• Quest Friends!

Ep. 13: The Clockwork City, Part 9

Updated: Apr 29, 2019

Elee and Misha run around unsupervised. It goes poorly.

Listen as they:

ERR on the side of danger!

CRUSH their enemies!

RAISE Hell!

Content Warning: Suffocation, implied graphic violence

TRANSCRIPT (Downloadable Version):

Previously, on Quest Friends…

[Opening theme, “Friends” by Miracle of Sound, begins.]

Tom (as Xoc)

I suppose I don’t have any other choice but to go see, see this, this doctor.

Kyle (as Queen Armalu)

He is a traitor, and a thief, and a murderer! And I see so much of him in you now.

Kyle (as Mauve)

Now you all met Everett. He’s abrasive but very talented.

Ari

Okay -

Emily

[Laughter.]

Ari

Then I want to toss Everett to Fancy Tom so that he –

Ari and Emily

[Laughter.]

Tom

Oh no!

Emily

[Laughter.]

Kyle

And you fall down, ten feet, twenty feet, thirty feet, forty feet, fifty feet, sixty feet. You don’t really hear anything except for the loud ticking of the insides of a clock.

[Opening theme intensifies.]

Kyle

Elee always figured she’d go out falling down a fiery pit. But today’s experience wasn’t quite what she expected.

Kyle

In those few moments after the pit opened, and you fell towards your long-avoided death, Elee – you remember the candles on your head shining brighter than they ever did before. A religious woman would call this the work of spirits. A pragmatic woman would call this the work of some random gases and chemicals getting lit by your candles and turning you into a grandma-sized fireball so hot it tore through grating and punched a hole through multiple layers of metal. You were too quickly knocked out to be either of these.

And so, time passes for a little bit. But after a moment, you wake up and you find yourself laying on a bed of glossy metal. Uh, there’s not much light, but there is a lot of sound. The air is filled with the massive churning sound of hundreds of ancient gears pushing each other forward, despite age and friction begging them to stop. And as you get up and look around, you do see Misha laying a few feet away from you – seemingly unconscious, but in kind of one of those stock “T” poses you see in animation; where they’re just standing perfectly upright and their arms are splayed out so they look like a “T” and they’re just lying on the ground like that.

Emily (as Elee)

...Ow.

Emily

I’m going to go over and kind of nudge Misha with my foot a little bit.

Emily (as Elee)

[Hesitantly.] You, uh, you a-a-aliiive?

Kyle

There is no response from Misha.

Emily

Elee sighs and hoists Misha over her shoulder.

Kyle

And, uh, you just take a look around?

Emily

Yeah.

Kyle

Alright, so -

[Mystical, echoing music plays.]

Kyle

-with this, uh, android hoisted over your shoulder, uh, you take a look around and you notice that while the platform you are standing on is still, it’s connected to a series of 5- to 20-foot wide glossy cog wheels moving at multiple orientations and speeds. In fact, these clockwork components stretch as far as you can see. On and in between many of them is rough scaffolding made of a common metal. Bridges, ladders, ropes and even some additional wheels are made out of the substance. The only light in this place comes from harsh blue beams emanating from crevices that flow like veins to a central tower. This tower is comprised of massive cog wheels that rotate in alternating directions. And it seems almost to be beating like a massive heart. It’s surreal, and nothing like what you’ve ever seen.

[Music stops.]

Kyle

But there is something that you have seen – at least a couple of times. Because as you’re looking around, you hear a small “yelp!” and you turn over and you see someone in a trench coat entirely too small for them, and with an exclamation point rising above their head, stumbling on one of these vertically-rotating cog wheels before, as I said, letting out a small “yelp” and falling flat out on his ass a few cog wheels away from you.

Emily (as Elee)

[Suffering sigh followed by pained laughter.] It’s...Everett, right?

Kyle (as Everett)

You saw nothing! No one was here, I am like the shadows.

Kyle

And you see, uh, the trench coat rise up, as the figure just flumps to the ground and tries to hide themselves.

Emily (as Elee)

Everett, you’re not the shadows.

Kyle

Uh, the voice which is about twenty feet away yells:

Kyle (as Everett)

I can’t see you, so you can’t see me!

Emily (as Elee)

God, Everett! I can see you. Like, you’re - you’re there – I can see you.

Kyle

The, uh, mound does not respond; and instead starts shuffling-

Emily

[Laughter.]

Kyle

-a few feet away from you.

Emily

I’m going to go and grab him by his trench coat collar and stand him up.

Kyle (as Everett)

[Shrieks.] Ah!

Kyle

Yeah, so you walk up these rotating cog wheels like stepping stones, and pick up this trenchcoated figure, who is in fact - yes, Everett, man of a thousand voices.

Kyle (as Everett)

Alright no, I’m sorry! I’m sorry I let you die, I didn’t want to let you die!

Emily (as Elee)

I -- you know I’m not dead…?

Kyle

He looks at you dead in the eyes.

Kyle (as Everett)

That’s exactly what a ghost would say.

Kyle

And he, uh, squirrels out of his trench coat, revealing a tank top with the name of some band and starts, uh, shuffling backwards.

Kyle (as Everett)

[Panting.]

Emily (as Elee)

Everett, why are you here?

[5:00.]

Kyle

He brushes his hair to the side.

Kyle (as Everett)

Well, I’m, uh, on a, uh, on a top-secret mission, but I shouldn’t tell you more about that – ghost!

Emily (as Elee)

[Deadpan.] Are you going to rescue Mako?

Kyle (as Everett)

[Defeated.] Yeah, yeah. You, uh, promise you’re not a ghost?

Emily (as Elee)

[Exasperated.] I promise I’m not a ghost, Everett.

Kyle

His eyes squint for a second, and -

Emily

Are you really going to make me roll to convince him that I am not a ghost?

Kyle

[Laughter.] I mean he’s very, he’s very ignorant.

Emily

Okay, I want to smack him up side of the head, not enough to like knock him out, or-

Kyle (as Everett)

Ow!

Emily (as Elee)

Does this feel like a ghost to you, Everett?

Kyle (as Everett)

No, no.

Emily (as Elee)

Can we go now?

Kyle (as Everett)

[Sighs.] Okay.

Kyle

He, uh, points to Misha.

Kyle (as Everett)

But what’s going on with them?

Emily (as Elee)

You know, to be honest, I’m -- I just woke up and they were laying there, and they’re an android so I’m assuming they’re not dead. But they are dead weight. I’m just going dragging them around.

Kyle

So, he walks around, and he starts examining Misha from, uh, who is hanging over your shoulder. And he says,

Kyle (as Everett)

Well I mean, with my band – my third one, not, not the second, or fourth, or first one – I saw this, uh, a couple of times.

Kyle

And he motions for you to lay Misha down.

Emily

I flop them down as gently as possible. I am generally not gentle at all.

Kyle

Okay, Misha, I want you, uh, to take one point of damage before armor for Elee flopping you down as gently as she can.

Emily

I’m sorry!

Kyle

You have one armor though, so you don’t take any damage. So, Everett is going to look over Misha a little bit and start saying,

Kyle (as Everett)

Yeah, yeah – this looks exactly like what I’ve seen before.

Kyle

And as he’s like getting ready to do something he turns over, uh, to you, Elee, and says,

Kyle (as Everett)

Okay, so uh, so I haven’t done this in a while, but I think I know how to solve this.

Kyle

And he looks up, and he looks down, and he looks square at Misha’s chest, and he brings it down as hard as his bony little arms can bring it down and slams into Misha’s chest.

[Robotic synth music plays.]

Kyle

And Misha - with a start - your torso just moves up ninety degrees, and your eyes open up. And as you wake up, a series of text runs past your eyes like when a computer is booting up. For the most part, it’s normal white text, but occasionally red error messages will pop up saying things like, “system not found”, “disconnected from network”, “suffocating”, “please listen”, “need you”, and of course: “error”.

And while this is happening, your eye turns an unbelievably strong red before starting to flicker. Now Misha’s an android and wouldn’t know what suffocation feels like.

[Robotic synth music intensifies.]

Kyle

But what they are feeling is absolutely what human beings would call drowning.

Ari

Oh God. Well, Misha is going to make gasping sounds and just start being like:

Ari (as Misha)

[Ascending Robotic Voice.] Help, help, help!

Emily (as Elee)

Everett, what did you – you didn’t hit -- you didn’t hit them that hard!

Kyle (as Everett)

Listen, I don’t, um - I must go find assistance.

Kyle

And he shuffles behind his coat and he plops to the ground again and hides.

Emily (as Elee)

For Pete’s sake Everett, I can still see you.

Kyle (as Everett)

No, you can’t!

Emily (as Elee)

Misha, are you al- you don’t look alright -

Kyle

Yes, yes – drowning person [Laughter.] [Sarcasm.] – are you doing okay?

Ari

Misha is going to have to have his, their hands near their chest. Like I say, if a human was drowning, they would instantly put their hands there, so, that’s what Misha is trying to do.

Emily

[Stressed laughter.] Can I, can I roll to see if I can help them?

Kyle

Doing what?!

Emily

I don’t know!

Kyle

It’s a role-playing game!

Emily

I don’t know what to do!

Kyle

Okay, but you can roll a history and see if there’s something you recognize.

Emily

Okay.

[Dice rolling in background.]

Emily

Oh!

Kyle

Nineteen. So, you remember a time long, long ago -

Ari

In a galaxy far, far away?

All

[Laughter.]

Kyle

No, you have, you have a memory of Karl. One time, when Karl just had way too big of a piece of bread. And he just started gagging and choking, and you thought it was him trying out some sort of new singing technique, so he did almost die. Uh, but eventually you realized that he was choking and you gave him the “Xiemlich” Maneuver, created by Franklin Xiemlich (which is just the Heimlich Maneuver).

Emily

[Stuttering.] I-I-I want to do the Heim -- the Xie- Xiem- Xiemlich?

Kyle

The Xiemlich Maneuver

Emily

Xiem-, I am going to do the Xiemlich Maneuver [Laughter.] on...this...robot.

Kyle

Um…

Ari

Will that even work?

Emily

[Laughter.]

Kyle

You go behind…

Emily

Probably not.

Kyle

You push on Misha’s side and as you pull in, you hear a “crack” and a “thud” -

Emily

[Faintly.] Sorry!

Kyle

-as something breaks inside of Misha.

Ari

Shit.

Kyle

Uh, and the text moves faster and faster and faster.

Ari

Oh fuck.

Kyle

And your eyes just start flashing, “error, error, error, error”. And then the red light turns off, and you’re catching your breath again and you’re -- you’re able to, to look around.

Ari

Okay.

Kyle

It seems that what Elee did to you, it kind of broke the, uh, the robot equivalent of an appendix.

[10:00.]

Ari

Oh my God.

Kyle

The appendix is the one that doesn’t matter, right?

Ari

Yeah, it’s the one that only ruptures.

Emily

Unless you like - rupture it!

Kyle

Yeah, so –

Ari and Emily

[Laughter.]

Kyle

Well it’s, it’s different. When it ruptures inside robots, it’s okay.

Emily

[Laughter.] Okay.

Kyle

Trust me, I -- I’m God. So it’s, it’s like that, it’s not going to affect you at all.

Ari

Okay.

Kyle

But you’re still aren’t one hundred percent. Everything feels kind of foggy.

Ari

Mm-hmm.

Kyle

It’s like you’re having to kind of breathe through a straw to get information.

Ari

Okay.

Kyle

And so all esoteries or spells you do are going to cost twice as much intellect, with the exception of your kazoo.

Ari

[Laughter.] Alright.

Kyle

And I’m going to give you an experience point for that GM intrusion. So, who are you going to give that other point to?

Ari

Elee! [Laughter.] I mean -

Kyle

[Sarcasm.] Are you sure? Everett was very helpful.

Ari

[Laughter.] I don’t think I can give –

Emily

Don’t you dare pick Everett over me.

Kyle

So as, as you get your bearings Misha, I have one more thing for you.

Ari

Yes?

Kyle

You look around, right? And you are able to take in, uh, everything that Elee took in.

Ari

Mmm-hmm.

Kyle

Just like with Elee, it’s very surreal. But for Elee, it was surreal because it was nothing like Elee’s ever seen. For you, Misha, it’s the only thing you’ve ever seen.

Ari

Oh, what?

Kyle

Because you realize, Misha, that you don’t remember where you are.

Ari

Oh my God.

Kyle

You don’t remember why you’re here.

Ari

Oh, no. [Laughter.] Oh -

Kyle

You don’t remember anything.

Ari

It happened again! No, ohhh! Why? Ohhh!

All

[Laughter.]

Ari

God, fine.

Emily

[Laughter.]

Ari

Alright, alright. I have to adapt to this new situation…um.

Kyle

[Laughter.]

Ari

So, Misha is just going to look around, and they are going to start grabbing really slowly the – whatever is – like, if we fell inside the pit, is there still trash within us? Like near us?

Kyle

There is not trash near you, uh, mostly because you didn’t fall where all the trash is.

Ari

Okay.

Kyle

Essentially, Elee became an impromptu fireball -

Ari

Okay.

Kyle

That burned a hole that both of you fell in. So, you’re far away from where all the trash was.

Ari

Okay, ‘cause I was--well, uh, then they are just going to run their hand throughout the surroundings. Like if there is any wall, they’re going to like, like walk around the perimeter of the room, or whatever we are - looking kind of dazingly at it and kind of walking -

Kyle

[Laughter.]

Ari

-really slowly like they are, they don’t really know what they are doing there. They are not noticing Elee at this moment. They are just going to be doing that.

Kyle

And to justify, essentially what you’re in is, you’re inside essentially a giant clock.

Ari

Oh, yeah.

Kyle

So, there are cog wheels everywhere.

Ari

Right, so they are going to be touching the cog wheels and walking around that.

Kyle

Okay. Everett is going to peek out from beneath his, his cloak.

Kyle (as Everett)

[Whispering.] Did you fix it?

Emily

Elee is going to ignore him and move a little closer to Misha.

Emily (as Elee)

You uh, you okay kid? - Did I break you?

Ari

Misha is not going to, it’s not going to react to that. Just going to still be looking at things.

Emily (as Elee)

Kid?

Ari

Misha is kind of going to be startled a little bit, as if like they are just realizing that like there is a sound coming nearby, but they are not going to turn around still.

Emily (as Elee)

[Yelling.] Misha! Misha Jarvis!

Ari (as Misha)

I believe that is my nomenclature, yes. My nomenclature is “Machine In Suit of Human Armor Just a Rather Very Intelligent System.” So, is -- are you the source, you are the source of my, of my nomenclature, right?

Emily (as Elee)

[Slowly.] No, you - you told me your name when we met – you know,

Emily

[Whispering to Kyle.] How, how long ago was it?

Kyle

It was like a week.

Emily (as Elee)

A week ago – you know? Remember? “Misha Jarvis at your service?”

Ari (as Misha)

I…I… did? I, I what, what are you? Not who are you, but what are you?

Emily (as Elee)

[Laughter.] ‘S a real good question.

All

[Laughter.]

Kyle

[Laughter.] Ah, Misha, instinctively your scan ability pops up.

Ari

Okay.

Kyle

And, uh, it starts to draw a line around Elee and starts to pull information. And you get the name “Elee B”, but then after that the text starts to, to crackle a little bit, and, and when it says you know it starts to be like “attributes”, “alignments”, uh, “species”. It all kind of becomes garbled, uh, text.

Ari

Okay.

Kyle

With the exception of “alignment”, which is “???”, which is absolutely correct.

Ari

[Laughter.] Okay.

Kyle

But everything else becomes garbled text before the scan starts to peter out and disappear.

Ari

So, Misha is going to look at Elee and be like:

Ari (as Misha)

You -- you are an Eleeb. Nice to meet you, Eleeb. Eleeb, do you know -

Kyle

[Laughter.]

Ari (as Misha)

-what this place -

Kyle

[Laughing harder.]

Ari (as Misha)

-is?

All

[Laughter.]

Emily

Elee’s just going to ignore the name. That’s one of the nicer names she has been referred to as, and pat Misha on the shoulder a little bit.

[15:00.]

Emily (as Elee)

Well it’s, uh, it’s under a trash pit and I thought it might be hell, but it’s not, um -

Kyle (as Everett)

It’s a prison.

Kyle

And you see Everett, who has gone up and is perched at the end of the clock on the cog wheel. And he turns over and says,

Kyle (as Everett)

But not a metaphorical prison, like most things. It’s not a metaphorical prison like university, or work, or parents –

Emily (as Elee)

Everett--

Kyle (as Everett)

it’s an actual real prison.

Ari

Misha is going to notice Everett, and they are going to be like:

Ari (as Misha)

Uh, I do apologize, I believe I have been before, even though I cannot access what I have been before this moment. I see that you are similar to Eleeb, except not the same height as Eleeb. Have you met Eleeb? Are you related to Eleeb? Have you been in this prison with Eleeb and me long?

Kyle (as Everett)

[Scoffs.] I’m an individual.

Emily (as Elee)

[Warningly.] Everett.

Ari (as Misha)

Salutations, An Individual.

Ari (as Misha)

My name is…

All

[Laughter.]

Ari (as Misha)

Machine Institute in Human Armor. Just a Rather Intelligent System.

Emily

[Laughing.] Ari, you’re so wonderful.

Kyle

Ahh, and he looks at Elee like ‘what the fuck is going on?’

Emily

Elee’s -

Kyle (as Everett)

What the fuck?

Emily

Elee looks back with the same sort of look, in addition to kind of a reprimanding ‘I don’t know either’.

Emily (as Elee)

Misha --

Ari (as Misha)

That is a name I seem to recognize myself as.

Emily (as Elee)

Great start. Um, we’re in a bit of a time crunch.

Ari (as Misha)

Time...crunches? I did not know - I thought time was linear, but could not crunch. It seems an innate thing I know.

Emily (as Elee)

So, we are in a rush.

Ari (as Misha)

Uh, this place is a rush.

Emily

Elee really thought that she was -

Ari

[Laughter.]

Emily

-choosing her words very carefully. [Laughter.] But realizes that she is not, apparently.

Emily (as Elee)

[Slowly and deliberately.] We’re going to go get a man out of his jail cell – of a literal prison. And Everett is going to tell us where to go. [Threateningly.] Aren’t you, Everett?

Kyle

He looks at you, looks at Misha, flashes back to when Misha was, uh, was fully there and threw him into a lake.

Ari

[Laughter.]

Kyle

And with fear in his soul, just says,

Kyle (as Everett)

Yep, that’s what I’m going to do. But I’m not doing it for you, alright? I’m doing it for my partner.

Ari

I want to Datasphere search what a “man” is.

Kyle

[Laughter.] [Sarcasm.] Uh, a miserable pile of secrets! [Shushing noise.]

All

[Laughter.]

Kyle

Okay, yeah you can scan it, it will cost you twice as much.

Ari

Alright.

Kyle

Uh, what do you, what words are you, uh, Googling?

Ari

“Man in prison cell”. No actually just, actually just “man”. What is “man”?

Kyle

Yeah you get, a uh, a couple of things. You get like a treatise on what it means to be a man;

Ari

[Laughter.]

Kyle

-you get something from, from billions and billions – from a billion years ago – uh, you get some like forum post talking about what it’s like to be a ‘real man’-

Ari

Perfect.

Kyle

-and colored pills or something like that.

Ari

Do, do I get results on the song “Be a Man” from Mulan?

Kyle

Yes, you absolutely - because “Be a Man” survives every world, a variation of that song exists. And it somehow keeps getting better every time.

Ari

Perfect, as it should be.

Kyle

Uh, but the last thing you get is you do get, because you know sometimes you type in the Google and it’ll show you like an image or two? You get a couple of figures of, uh, of essentially, what human beings look like, covering you know, the whole gender spectrum.

Ari

Sounds great.

Kyle

Uh, it is still a bit crackly and the images are grainy. You know how sometimes you click on Google Images and it shows like the picture before it’s completely buffered in?

Ari

Eh, yeah.

Kyle

Yeah that’s what it looks like. So, you still get a pretty good idea, it’s just not crystal clear like it normally is.

Ari

What I picture is, is like Doki Doki images post second act, with like…

Kyle

[Laughter.]

Ari

-glitches at random times.

All

[Laughter.]

Emily

Oh no!

Kyle

If you like Quest Friends, you’ll love Doki Doki Literature Club!

Emily

Don’t tell them that.

Ari

I did a thumbs up, but my camera-

Kyle

[Laughter.]

Ari

-my camera is not on, so it doesn’t matter.

Kyle

Also it’s a podcast...

Ari

[Laughter.] That too.

All

[Laughter.]

Kyle

So, if you don’t have anything else to do, Everett is going to call you over.

Ari

Okay.

Kyle

He’s leaning on the edge of the cog wheel looking down and pointing at something. But then he looks distressed, because the, uh, cog wheel is maintaining to rotate, so his finger keeps pointing in a different direction. So, then he run back, runs back in the center and points at it again and starts rotating.

Ari

Oh my God.

Kyle

And then eventually, he sighs, and runs to the other side of the cog wheel and just waits until the moment when it lines up with what he wants to point at. And he points down, and says:

Kyle (as Everett)

It’s there.

Ari

I am having flashbacks to Nancy Drew puzzles right now.

[19:55.]

Kyle

[Laughter.]

[Sneaky, beat-heavy heist music begins.]

Kyle

And what you see is a short distance diagonally below you – so kind of front, kind of down – is a forty-foot wide cog wheel that’s very different from the rest. So, the rest are on -- are big, you know, honking, five- to ten-feet thick glassy metal. But this one seems disconnected from the other wheels; instead propped up by an axel on its center. And instead of pointing outwards, its gears point inward, rotating a series of much smaller vertical wheels beneath it. These cog wheels have their centers filled with a glassy substance, and they all have names written - I would say on their top, but really kind of all over them, because they do rotate - but you are far enough way that you can’t really read them.

The whole structure of this massive, uh, cog wheel is comprised out of a grated walkway material complete with hand railings. It’s segmented in the middle by an actual walkway that extends to that center axel that’s holding the whole structure up. Presumably, that axel is how you also get down to a platform connected to the smaller wheels.

So, that was the elegant way of saying it, the simple way of saying it is you’ve got a rotating donut-shaped walkway that stands above a platform and that platform, uh, beneath it is surrounded by vertically-oriented cog wheels that all have names written on them.

[Heisting music ends.]

Kyle

Two scientists stand on the walkway. One is walking around, just kind of looking at everything while the other is leaning over and looking down at the vertical wheels taking notes on a notepad.

Kyle (as Everett)

That’s where he is. That’s where the man we need to rescue is. So what we need to do is we need to get down there, we need to take everyone out, and we need to give Mr. Mako this.

Kyle

And he, um, he pulls out a little hexagonal thing about the size of his hand. Just like a metal kind of object, you know it’s mostly flat, but it’s got a hexagon. And in the middle, there’s this like glassy bump with a red gem inside of it – which Elee would presume is the hematium. Have either of you played the game “Sorry!”?

Ari

Yeah.

Emily

Oh, with the button?

Kyle

You know that thing you press in the center to move the dice?

Ari

Mm-hmm.

Kyle

Imagine that, but a lot, lot, lot, smaller. Uh, and he kind of pulls down and says:

Kyle (as Everett)

And we have to give this to Mr. Mako. And then -

Kyle

He tries to put on a cool smirk – it doesn’t work.

Kyle (as Everett)

…we raise hell.

Emily (as Elee)

That’s nice.

Kyle

And then he goes to fist bump Elee, who he remembers mentioned Hell earlier.

Emily

Elee is going to be a little further away [Laughter.] and then clench her fist and let the claws come out.

Ari

[Laughter.]

Kyle (as Everett)

[Shrieks.] Um…

Emily (as Elee)

Don’t tell me about raising Hell.

Kyle (as Everett)

I, uh… I was also given a, a couple of other supplies that I thought might be helpful, I got out of the bag.

Kyle

And he reaches into, uh, his pockets. And he pulls out two things. And I want each of you to roll a D12.

Ari

Oh. Alright. That’s… Shaking things up from the beginning. Where is a D12?

Kyle

[Laughter.]

Ari

Uh, I think this is uh – this is a D20 – hang on. I have a D12 somewhere in my, in my life. Oh! I found it!

[Dice rolling in background.]

Ari

Five!

Kyle

Elee, you rolled a two, and you rolled a five. So, I’m going to reference my “random cypher” sheet.

Ari

Oh!

Emily

Yay! I’m going to have two cyphers.

Kyle

So, he gives Elee - Elee, you get a sphere on a string that extends up to sixty-feet and then returns to the user. The sphere is very sticky. And Misha, you get a wheel that won’t stop spinning, regardless of how much pressure is applied to it.

Ari

[Pleased.] Oh. Misha is just going to stare at that thing. [Laughter.]

Kyle

[Sarcasm.] Alright, that’s the session, we’re done!

All

[Laughter.]

Kyle

Misha sits here for eternity- and you noted what you got, Elee?

Emily

Yes.

Kyle

Okay.

Emily

I got a, a sticky yo-yo.

Kyle

Okay. So, what are you going to do?

Emily

Elee’s going to take charge because right now she’s not got a lot of faith in Misha’s planning ability. [Laughter.]

Ari

Misha is still walking around still touching the walls [Laughter.] of the cogs or whatever we are.

Kyle

I don’t know what you guys are talking about, Misha doesn’t know the past, so they can only think of the future!

Emily

Misha doesn’t know what scientists are, or prisons, does not know who we’re looking for.

Ari

Misha is just really interested in that highly-spinning wheel -

Kyle

[Laughter.]

Ari

-- and the magical property that it possesses. How long has it been doing that exactly? [Laughter.]

Kyle

Elee, you are in charge.

Emily

Great.

Kyle

Uh, you are the woman with a plan.

Emily

[Laughter.] But I don’t have a plan yet! Um - see, the thing is Elee is not a woman of plans, she is a woman of action. So, they’re below us, right?

Kyle

Uh, yeah, kind of diagonally below you. So, like if you want to put feet to it, maybe fifteen feet forward and then like twenty-five feet down.

Emily

[Laughter.] So how high would I have to roll to make a jump?

Kyle

Um - [Thoughtful tongue clicking.] you could try it? You could try it. You could try it!

Ari

You could try everything, as the Zootopia song would say.

Kyle

[Shushing.] It’s true though, you can.

Emily

I want to roll.

Emily (as Elee)

[Yelling.] Follow me!

Kyle

Okay, Elee is going to go make a jump.

Emily

And I want to spend a point of effort.

Kyle

Spend a point of effort? Alright, that’s going to be - I’m going to say that’s might effort.

Emily

Might effort?

Kyle

Because you are jumping.

Emily

Okay, yeah.

Kyle

Alright, roll.

[24:59.]

Emily

Pray to the Gods, Ari! Pray to Kyle!

[Dice rolling in background.]

Emily

Oh!

Ari

Did my praying work?

Emily

Let it happen, Kyle. Let it happen!

Kyle

Ladies and Gentlemen, that would be a natural twenty on the court!

Ari

Oh, what the hells? [Clapping.]

Emily

Yes!

Kyle

Elee jumps to take a duuuuuunk! Elee you get like a major benefit, so what happens?

Emily

Okay, Elee is like half metal, like a ball bearing, right?

Kyle

Yeah.

Emily

Small, compact, heavy.

Kyle

[Singing Miley Cyrus’ “Wrecking Ball’ in a painful falsetto.] I came in like a wrecking ball!

Emily

[Laughter, delighted voice.] She’s going to come in like a wrecking ball!

Ari

[Exasperated.] Why?

Kyle

[Laughter.] And how are you going to wrecking ball this platform?

Emily

I want to cannonball it and try to make sort of a shockwave to knock them down.

Kyle

Uh, knock what down?

Emily

Aren’t there two scientists?

Kyle

Yeah.

Emily

Yeah [Laughter.] I want to knock them down.

Kyle

[Laughter.] Yeah you slam on the ground and the one that’s walking trips on their feet and kind of stumbles over and falls and is gripping onto the railway and yells,

Kyle (as first scientist)

Brad! Brad, I’ve fallen! Help Me!

Kyle

And the one that’s been leaning over turns over and he screams:

Kyle (as Brad)

Chad! No!

Kyle

And he runs over to pick up Chad.

Kyle

And so you’re pretty cocky right now, you’re pretty confident, right? And you notice this guy and instead of going to pick up Chad, you notice Brad reach up to his hand where he has one of the time tattoos and you see him rotate it.

Emily

[Gasping in horror.] No!

Kyle

And as he does, the platform that you are on starts to tilt upwards. Which for you, since you are on the opposite side means you are tilting downwards, giving Chad enough time to clamber up onto the platform before Brad, the other scientist, rotates that clock again to level the platform.

Emily

So, he’s rotating the actual marking on his hand?

Kyle

The actual marking on his hand is, is being rotated.

Emily

Okay.

Kyle

Uh, the, because if you remember it kind of looked like an indentation, so -

Emily

Mm-hmm.

Emily (as Elee)

You said you wanted to raise hell.

[Laughter.]

Kyle

You hear Everett yell:

Kyle (as Everett)

Uh, yeah, I’m not so sure about that anymore. I should watch, uh, Misha. That seems like a good plan.

Kyle

And then he remembers, uh, Misha throwing him over the water and says:

Ari

[Laughter.]

Kyle (as Everett)

Actually, no, I think I’ll come down by you. That seems like a better idea.

Kyle

And, uh, we’re going to move away from Elee towards Everett and Misha. And Everett’s going to look at you over to you and kind of like, look in kind of a like, ‘you’re coming?’ fashion.

Ari

Oh! Yes, An Individual. I am coming.

Kyle

And the two of you just going to jump off?

Ari

Uh, yeah. Misha is.

Kyle

Okay. Give me a roll for jumping.

Ari

[Singing.] Jumping - I have a six. I didn’t put effort or anything.

Kyle

So, Everett is going to jump, and he is going to land on the platform, unsteady. And Misha, you’re going to jump. But this is the first time in your whole life you’ve jumped.

Ari

Misha is just going to like, I guess just walk, like not even jumping; but just like keep walking and then fall -

All

[Laughter.]

Kyle

Yeah, you walk.

Ari

[Laughter.]

Kyle

And you just hear [descending whistle.]

Ari

[Laughter.]

Kyle

As Misha just sees the platform and just keeps falling. And what’s going to happen next, I’m not going to have be a GM intrusion, because it’s technically also saving you from certain death.

Ari

Good.

Kyle

Um, you’re falling down. It feels nice, actually. It’s, it’s a bit of a weird feeling. But it’s novel, and you’re really into that right now, you know?

Ari

Yeah.

Kyle

And as it happens, you get a sudden hit -

Ari

Oh no -