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Captain,

I know that the text only files must be getting annoying to you, however I am limited in what I can send. Audio, video and reconstructed data require high clearance just to see, and higher to copy. Yes, I can see them, and no, I can't copy them. Not even my AI, with more liberties than most smart AIs, can do more than a casual review of the data. My humble apologies.

In other news, how do you like your new AI? From your service record, I see that you've never dealt with a smart AI before. And before you ask, yes, we chose her for a specific reason. We've been carefully making them like this ever since the end of the war specifically for this purpose. Some people might call it paranoid, but by the fact that we've had to field her, our paranoia has been justified.

From what I've gleamed, she's harder than the average AI to crack and contains about as much intel on the Orion-IV project as anybody. Unfortunately, she'll only reveal any tidbits of information to either an Orion, ONI, or HIGHCOM, so you're kind of foxtrotted (Did I use that term right?) if you try and pry anything out of her. Believe me, I've tried to get her to change her attitude towards that. It would make things so much easier for the both of us, don't you think?

Meanwhile, I still worry. If it actually is F484, then having such a direct connection to his training might be hazardous. Keep an eye on Helen, and if she needs pulled, I'm told that the Prowler that's ghosting you will finally come out of the woodwork.

I'd also like to apologize for her demeanor. The original Helen was distant in her dealings with anybody who wasn't ONI, an ONI "adviser," an instructor, or an actual Orion. This Helen is almost hostile. I'm told that she'll strive to keep polite and civil with your crew, but command staff? Honestly, I wouldn't push my luck. She's nothing but a pale imitation of the original. More powerful, more capable, but ultimately not nearly the same.

They also recreated Roland from the Olympus facility. The Orions didn't interact with him as much, which is why they chose Helen for this mission. Still, Roland would have been better. He's a near match for the original. A smart, sharp military AI, even though the original handled mostly clerical duties. The only time that the Orion-IVs dealt with him was during their week long fencing training. Yes, somebody programmed a full fencing database into a clerical AI.

Roland... God, I miss him terribly. He wasn't a smart AI, but with the support of the AIs on the facility he could fake it well. I loved talking with him. It was soothing. He was such the gentleman, too. In the end, when the Olympus facility was getting attacked, he proved himself to be more capable than anybody thought. He kept transmitting until the very bitter end, using the facility's very doors as weapons. And when he finally blew his horn, when they were penetrating his very data core, everything within 60 miles of the facility was vaporized.

I've seen the video of that. I can't think of a better way for him to have gone.

On a more personal note, I'd like to say that your speech to the men during your downtime was nothing short of amazing. The fact that you are forced to take such measures, though, amazes me. I always thought that the Engineer Corps were less superstitious and more scientific, but I suppose it comes with the territory. I'd just like to thank you for putting them back into the proper mindset. Hopefully, things will get back to normal soon enough, both for your sake and theirs.

And yes, we are monitoring your ship that closely.

Sincerely,

Chair

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Note by Hive: Captain, I have encountered additional encrypted data within this message. The encryption keys are old enough to be added to my own databanks upon my creation due to our frequent status in the outer regions of humanity's occupied zone, in case we encountered any of the number of missing ships from the war. Below is the unencrypted message.
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Don't call upon the Furies against her. Please. Think of the crew.
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Sat Mar 19, 2011 4:48 am
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Helen and I seem to have gotten off on the wrong foot, I'm sorry to say. After her opening remarks concerning our discussions, and what I took to be an editorial about your future, I got somewhat... I believe 'peeved' is the word I'm looking for. Indeed, Hive confirms that she seems more amicable toward the crew.

Roland sounds like he would have been the better choice, from this end. Oh well, thus are the effects of our causes. (I hope that came out right.)


Sat Mar 19, 2011 5:08 am
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Captain,

Getting defensive over me me, are we? Are you sure you're not flirting? ;) I kid, I kid.

In all seriousness, though, don't expect her to be the friendliest sort in the world with you. From my understanding, she doesn't see the point of a captain, being too familiar with the decentralized command with Orions. The original Helen just went on high security protocols, hence why she kept her distance. This Helen...

I shouldn't say anything, though. She was good to me when they defrosted me.

I'm trying to secure another good data packet for you, but no promises that I'll be able to do it tonight. I only have so much candle left to burn.

Sincerely,

Chair


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Helen is now filtering the reports I get. One of my crew suffered a physical effect (I hesitate to call it an 'injury') as a direct result of the latest anomaly. When I asked the witness for more detail, the report I got was sanitized.

If she's trying to get on my bad side, she's succeeded more than admirably.


Sun Mar 20, 2011 7:58 pm
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