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-August 10th 2011-
-Six years ago-


You panted heavily as you held the datastick in your hands containing what you had managed to 'borrow' from the Pendragon computer labs as well as the palace's internal security archive. Both were things that would get you in far too much trouble with your parents. Your father most of all. The prototype Artificial Intelligence, M.E.R.L.I.N, short for Machine Engineered Rational Living Intelligent Network had been in the works for years now. You were only 10 years old, but your genius with computers had been noticed by an Earl on one of his trips to Pendragon. Lloyd Asplund, one of the Britannian Empire's greatest engineers and scientists, and also an important developer on the M.E.R.L.I.N team.

You fiddled with the datastick as you relaxed against a wall of the cargo plane that you had managed to flee to. You needed to get as far away from Pendragon and Britannian influence as you could, and you considered heading to either China or the EU, but quickly decided against it. You always knew that something was going on ever since Lady Marianne was slain and poor Nunally was rendered a blind cripple from the attack. Unlike the rest of your siblings, you were determined to find the culprit behind the attack on the royal family. While you had never gotten along too well with Lelouch himself, Nunally was a dear friend, and other than your own sisters, she was one of the few people who actually made an effort to talk with you... or at least she was before her accident. With the EU and Chinese Federation out of the question, there was really only one place you could head...

You were a child, but personally, the only two people you considered potential rivals to your intellect were Lelouch and another of your elder brothers: Schneizel. You'd proven yourself to be more intelligent than those two already, at least in your own opinion. Lelouch got exiled to Japan as a result of an outburst against father, ending up as the Ward of the Prime Minister of Japan. He and Nunally were likely slain as a result of the Britannian conquest of the country, something that infuriated you to no end.

Schneizel meanwhile had tried to be a little more discrete, trying to get information from higher ranked nobles who still ranked below him. Unfortunately for all of you, you were all still just children. So for all of the intellect of your siblings and the effort they put into learning how to manipulate people, it was still insufficient to find out anything at all about the assassination of Lady Marianne. Fortunately for you, you didn't spend your youth learning how to manipulate people. You skipped out on lessons on courtly etiquette constantly, avoiding dancing lessons and all sorts of other obligations you had as a young prince, all instead to focus on learning how to manipulate machines and computers.
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You had always been treated as something of a black sheep among the rest of your siblings because of this. Your unerring focus on machinery hadn't really won you many friends among your elder half-siblings. You had always been interested in computers, even before what happened to Nunally, but after you saw what happened to her, and how the culprit was never caught, your interest became an obsession. Day after day you taught yourself everything there was to know about computers. Euphemia would sometimes come along and tell you to remember to eat, whereas Cornelia would drag you to dinner by force. But... your constant delving into the Pendragon security systems uncovered a vulnerability, and you pried into that vulnerability over and over again until you had gained access to the most secure files and systems of the palace, including the prototype AI: M.E.R.L.I.N as well a corrupted video file that had a creation-time of the hour in which Marianne and Nunally were gunned down. From there, you knew what you had to do. You thought back to how you ended up hiding in the back of the Transport Plane waiting for it to return to Pendragon's main airport's military section, where you would then switch to another plane in order to get to the country you wanted to get to. The country where Nunally and Lelouch were sent and likely died. Japan. Their bodies had never been found, but that meant very little. The Japanese leadership probably killed Lelouch and Nunally out of spite and hid the bodies.

Weeks of preparation had led to this moment. A virus you designed would keep the palace too busy to notice you were gone, and by the time they managed to get things back on track, you would be long gone. With the only copy of M.E.R.L.I.N as well as the corrupted file on the high-capacity datastick, you ran. You'd have never been able to sneak aboard the Transport Plane that arrived in Pendragon were it not for the distraction.

Your short legs didn't exactly carry you very quickly as you ran to a window that you had determined to be your best route to the palace airstrip. The airstrip was famous for being used in Britannian formal occasions, but as Pendragon was a logistical nightmare, the palace required a Transport Plane to deliver resources to it, and the huge aisle that was known for occasions such as Royal Weddings and Coronations was occasionally used as a landing strip.

Despite the chaos in the palace itself, you had ensured that the virus would force the palace systems to grant all requests for clearance received from the Transport Plane. You breathed a sigh of relief when the plane finally took off towards the airport, and you thought in that moment that you were home free.
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The next step of your plan went smoothly, and you managed to slip onto the plane you had wanted. It was a military cargo plane, but nobody was paying any attention to invaders from within the plane itself. The base was on high alert for an outside attack, so you managed to slip on to one of the unattended cargo planes bound for Area 11. That was when things started to fall apart.

A loud gunshot was followed by an explosion that rocked the aircraft, and you immediately leapt to your feet as the dimly lit cargo bay of the plane was suddenly illuminated in a soft red glow as the emergency systems began blaring alarms. A terrorist attack?! You didn't speak, not wanting to reveal your location on the off-chance that the plane was still able to land successfully. You slowly moved towards one of the windows, immediately you saw the source of the loud noise, one of the engines had been devastated by some sort of explosion, and you started to panic. This wasn't a terrorist attack. You were still flying over the pacific ocean. This was a sabotage. No... could you have been found out!? There's no way! Your plan was flawless!

The plane started to tilt to one side and you realized to your horror that the pilot's door was open, as was an exterior door. Damn it! Damn it! Damn it! You raced to the front of the cargo plane, realizing now that there was no need to be careful with the soldier having abandoned the aircraft already. You quickly made your way into the cockpit and looked at the hundreds of switches and buttons on the control panel. "W-what am I supposed to do?!" You knew that you were probably going to die, but you weren't going to give up. You took hold of a control stick and tried to pitch the aircraft upwards, only to find it completely locked in place. "No! I'm... I'm not going to die!" You bemoaned your fate as tears began to well up in your eyes.

"That's right, you're not going to die, Sebastian." A female voice behind you suddenly made you nearly jump out of your skin, and you turned to face the woman. She was a beautiful green haired girl, around sixteen years old in appearance. She was wearing the outfit of a pilot, and... for some reason, the right side of her face was covered in blood, the blood took away from her natural beauty, but you ignored it. She must've just hit her head when the plane was rocked.

"What do you mean!?" You tried to remain in control of yourself as you demanded an answer from the woman, who simply grabbed your wrist, and immediately your vision was taken from you, instead replaced by a psychedelic show of lights as you were cut off from the world around you.
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"You don't want it to end here, do you? You have too much you need to do, don't you?" Her voice echoed in your head. W-what's going on? "If you were to be granted power, could you go on?" What is she talking about? "In exchange for this, you must agree to make my one wish come true. If you accept this contract, you accept this condition." All sorts of imagery flash before your eyes. That girl, dozens of girls with an odd symbol emblazoned upon their forehead. "You will live a life unlike any other, of a different providence. The power of a King will condemn you to a life of solitude. Do you accept?" You waited for a moment, knowing that despite the insanity of this whole situation, the girl spoke truly.

"Yes! I... I accept!" You yelled, and you felt a new power suffuse into your body. Gears turning in your mind as it did.

You took deep breathes as you looked at the girl again for a moment before you looked out at the ocean beneath you. The plane had started to tilt downwards, and you knew you didn't have much time. You willed the power in your right eye to activate, and spoke. "I Sebastian li Britannia, command you! Machine! Obey me!" You grasped the control stick of the plane once more and it seemed as if the electrical impulses from your mind were interacting with the plane itself! You had... You had full control of the remaining systems!

-Present Day-
-7:30AM August 10th, 2017-


"Bastian!" You heard your name being called from downstairs as you looked at yourself in a mirror. You hated having to dye your hair and wear these ridiculous blue colored contact lenses, but... it did help to keep your identity a secret. You were Bastian Ashford, the younger cousin of Milly Ashford who lived in a property away from town. Around your neck was a datastick you wore at all times, even when you slept. After you managed to successfully crash land the plane 6 years ago, you woke up in a private hospital bed. The green haired girl having vanished without a trace. You had actually managed to arrange for the Ashford family to shelter you while you attempted to 'uncover the fates of the two children of Lady Marianne.' It was no secret that the Ashford family were always great supporters of Lady Marianne. It did come as quite a shock when they had agreed as easily as they did despite your young age. You also found it odd that you were given a place to stay in a property that was outside of the city itself. Of course, that suited you just fine, as you were basically given the run of the place, with only one of the Ashford maids, Elizabeth, to watch you. Still, there wasn't much in the way of computer processing power in this place, so in six long years, you had made zero progress on M.E.R.L.I.N or working on a way to uncorrupt the video file.
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The voice calling you however today was not Elizabeth, but Milly herself. She came to visit once a week to make sure that things were going well with your study, but today was a day you really weren't looking forwards to. The Ashford Academy Uniform was really something you could've done without having to wear, but...

The door opened, and Milly burst in. "There you are, little cousin! All dressed up and ready for your big day!" Your altogether overbearing 'cousin' had shown herself, and you frowned at her.

"Milly. I'm sixteen. You don't have to treat me like I'm a child." You told her in no uncertain terms, but it wouldn't reach her. Barely anything ever did when she was like this. "Honestly, I don't even understand why you're making me wear this or go to school in the first place. I'd bet you two hundred pounds that I score the highest on the annual assessment tests."

"It's... not about your education, Bastian. I... remember how you told my father that you were looking for Lelouch and Nunally all those years ago?" You nodded, and she continued. "Well... why exactly were you looking for them, anyway?"

>"So I could help Lelouch find out who killed his mother."
>"So I could have them return to Britannia."
>"Because I might have information that could reveal who killed his mother."
>"Because I missed Nunally, and didn't want to believe she was gone."
>Something Else?
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I'm feeling it's almost like the start of
>Lulu route
>neutral/Britannian loyalist route
>Milly route
>Nunally route

Based on the options. Decisions decisions
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Yo, W.IZ.A.R.D, as players are we working with series metaknowledge? Because pretty much everyone has watched Code Geass.

Also, me thinks Sebastian here just accidentally got on C.C's plane and wasn't personally targeted here, but he seems like a proper paranoid schizophrenic despite his hackerman computing skills.
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>>4965539
>>"Because I missed Nunally, and didn't want to believe she was gone."
Letting us on best girl route early, as Wizardman?
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>>4965570
I suppose you can use a little bit of Metaknowledge, so long as you have at least some justification for making Sebastian think that way.
Just try not to rely on it as a crutch, OK?
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>>4965576
So... then, seeing as they have shared interests...

>technoautist going to ashford

Time to befriend table-chan and get access to the F.L.E.I.J.A

>>4965539
>"Because I might have information that could reveal who killed his mother."

I'm gonna vote for confiding in Milly, because if Bastian is really this much of a schizo it'd probably be healthy to have an onee-san figure to reign him in when need be, and have someone he can trust and confide in.
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>>4965539
>"Because I missed Nunally, and didn't want to believe she was gone."
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>>4965539
>"I... I don't know anymore."
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>>4965580
Support

Also QM how powerfull of an AI is Merlin suposed to be, thinking ahead of time about the terror that is AI knightmares
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>>4965627
M.E.R.L.I.N is a Military AI that was being created for the purpose of acting as a control system for a network of autonomously controlled military vehicles and defenses, including Knightmare Frames. You just have the raw data for it right now though, and you'll need basically a Super Computer for it to be able to run correctly as an Artificial Intelligence.
It's still got some bugs and work that needs to be done on it as well, but again, without extreme computing power, there's no real way to work on an AI.
You could always attempt to load it onto a network of lower powered computers, but Sebastian doesn't really have the resources for that right now either. Yet.
In Sebastian's assessment, it's highly likely that the Artificial Intelligence program had all of its funding cut as a result of their loss of the data to your hack.
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>>4965539
>"So I could have them return to Britannia."
>"Because I missed Nunally, and didn't want to believe she was gone."
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>>4965531
Came by to post these for you. I hope your quest succeeds and that you do not flake nor lose your passion for writing and kino.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K_ECULM77fk
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FnLi6BURX8A
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c3Ng1vJt0_M
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_m0TAwVd71E
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ywSRv79lBrE
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>>4965570
>Because pretty much everyone has watched Code Geass.
I haven't. I fell off around ep15 of season 1.
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>>4965539
>"Because I might have information that could reveal who killed his mother."
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>>4965746
It's time anon. You can binge the rest in one night. Geass is quintessential 4chan anime.
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>>4965539
>"So I could help Lelouch find out who killed his mother."
I get the feeling we aren't going to get along with our dear older brother.
Also our Geass is machinery control?
That's pretty cool.
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Might as well get this out of the way first.
We're going after CC as waifu, right?
I'd have liked Euphy, but judging from our middle name, she's our full-blood sister.
Is it time to go full Chris Redfield on Suzaku for Euphy?
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>>4965974
Euphy is too good for spinzaku. Lelouch can have CC, we're going for the best sister.
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>>4965978
But incest is wrong, anon...
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>>4965980
Says who?
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>>4965981
Society as a whole.
Also Cornelia would break our legs.
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>>4965986
We are Britannian Royalty. Society says what we tell it to say.
And Euphy can handle Cornelia. There's no need to worry about her at all.
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>>4965978
This i'm going for nunally or euphie maybe both if we can. Incest is best.
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>>4965989
>Nunally
How to get killed by Lelouch?
>>4965988
I'm pretty sure Euphie won't be into the whole "forbidden love" stuff.
Also I think we might have autism, so I doubt we're going to be charming our way into her pants.
>"Muh machines, Euphie"
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>>4965989
>Incest is best.
Only people who don't have actual sisters say that.
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>>4965995
Cousin incest is superior anyway.
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>>4965994
>I'm pretty sure Euphie won't be into the whole "forbidden love" stuff.
How do you know that?
>Also I think we might have autism, so I doubt we're going to be charming our way into her pants.
Oh, we definitely have autism, but no one knows us better than her and she certainly finds it endearing. And if our autism is too much to charm anyone, then any talks about waifus are useless, don't you think?
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>>4965997
So you're for Milly?
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>>4965998
We just need to find somebody equally autistic.
Like CC.
Or Anya.
Idk, we've yet to see how our boy does in social situations.
Poorly, I'm going to guess.
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>>4965999
Maybe.
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>>4966001
Or we need somebody caring and social who will see past and help us with our autism. Like Euphy.
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>>4966005
You're right.
Yaoi route with Lelouch.
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>>4966007
Lelouch might actually be even more autistic than we are.
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>>4966009
I don't know about that.
Lelouch is only autistic sometimes.
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>>4966005
Or Shirley. Or someone used to this shit, like Cecile?
>>4966001
Nina?
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>>4965539
>"Because I might have information that could reveal who killed his mother."
>>4965974
I think it is too early to think about romance options.
For all we know, we might end up running into Rakshata or Kaguya and working with them to achieve our goal. Easy way to get some funding and tech too.
Not sure how possible meeting CC again and romancing her or being sisterfucker are.
And Sebastian seems to be a guy who does not really care and thinks about romantic things and pursues.
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>>4966016
Cecile would be a good handler.
I wonder how assmad Lloyd is about getting hacked by a ten year old.
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>>4966022
Now, imagine hacking him again and having Lancelot dance live on tv.
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The very first prompt is not even resolved and already we have a waifu war. This has to be a record.
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>>4966025
Poor Lloyd.
He just wants to make Knightmare Frames.
>>4966026
Code Geass is a wonderful thing.
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I want more info about our geass desu.
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>>4965539
>"Because I might have information that could reveal who killed his mother."
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>>4966040
>Machine! Obey me!" You grasped the control stick of the plane once more and it seemed as if the electrical impulses from your mind were interacting with the plane itself! You had... You had full control of the remaining systems!
I assume it is ability to control machines? We should experiment and try to hack ATM or similar before attempting to do something more advance.
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>>4966050
That's reasonable, yeah. Start by hacking ATMs and our school records, see how it goes.
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>>4966051
Wonder how much Bastian has used it in six years.
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Actually, depending on how our Geass works, couldn't it make us one of the best Knightmare Pilots?
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>>4966076
Not sure why it'd make us one of the best, but it will probably allow us to be decent with zero training.

But speaking of knightmares, when (not if) we get into Britannian databases again, we'll be able to locate and steal the Gawain first and make better use of it than Lelouch ever could.
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>>4966086
We also don't need activation keys.
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>>4966040
Sebastian has done a little bit of research with it over the past 6 years, but in between his own pride in his skills with technology and a belief that it should only be used in dire situations, he's not used it as much as you might think.

What he has realized is...
>His eye cannot be covered by anything when he uses it. (Including colored lenses)
>He must be making physical contact with a mechanical or electricity controlled machine for it to take effect.
>When he is actively using his ability on something, he is unable to control his body properly and instead controls the machine through what he assumes are the electrical impulses of his mind, though he remains aware of things and can break the connection at any time.
>He can use the power multiple times on the same machine
>There seems to be a problem of scale, the power fails if he attempts to control something too large. (Anything larger than a plane is a problem, as are large computer networks.)
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>"Because I missed Nunally, and didn't want to believe she was gone."
>>4965572
>>4965600

>"Because I might have information that could reveal who killed his mother."
>>4965580
>>4965770
>>4966021
>>4966042
>>4965627

>"So I could help Lelouch find out who killed his mother."
>>4965955

>"I... I don't know anymore."
>>4965616

>"So I could have them return to Britannia."
>"Because I missed Nunally, and didn't want to believe she was gone.
>>4965644

I believe that is everyone?
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>>4965904
Oh. You're trolling. Nevermind.
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>>4966183
Read Nightmare of Nunnally. It's essentially:
>What if Code Geass was actually good.
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"Because, Milly. I might have information that could reveal to me who was the one behind their mother getting killed and Nunally getting crippled and blinded. Though I've not had the opportunity to act on it, I have a file which I'm trying to... unlock." You decide to keep the terminology simple for Milly. She wasn't stupid at all, but you felt that layman's terms would be best when dealing with... well, a layman. "It was something I managed to take with me from the Pendragon Palace. A file that I have reason to believe contains the security archive footage from the day where Lady Marianne was gunned down." You look at her with determined eyes. "If I'm right, and I do manage to find the culprit, then it could lead to the Britannian Royal Family having a civil war. That's why I think the plane I was on was targeted." You don't know how it happened the way it did, and how your plan was seen through, but you aren't the arrogant child you were six years ago anymore.

"That... Jesus, Bastian... you're not joking around, are you?" The normally cheerful attitude of Milly sank like a stone in the ocean, and the girl sat on the side of the bathtub. "You've... not tried to do anything with this information?" Milly sounded just a little bit confused by your decision, of course she would be. She was the one who wanted to go into... what was it, journalism? If you remembered correctly, she had a job lined up with a news organization or something when she graduated from Ashford Academy. If anything, you were taking a risk even telling her about this information, though you did trust Milly's ability to keep a secret. Besides, it's not like the story would really have much to go off of, and she'd managed to keep your existence a secret from the world for over half a decade now.

"How could I? If a Britannian spy or official caught wind of this, I wouldn't just be sent back to Pendragon. I have reason to believe that I'd be executed." You shrugged. "Besides, without a state of the art computer lab, even attempting to find out what is contained within the files is hopeless. Even for me." Milly was well aware of your skill with electronics and machinery, though... she wasn't aware of your little project in the basement of the house. Neither was Elizabeth, for that matter. It was your own little personal secret project, though you probably couldn't call it little when you thought about it.
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"I see... so you're saying that if you had a state of the art computer lab, you could've found out who killed Marianne and crippled Nunally?" Milly leaned backwards and talked up, facing the ceiling, what you were telling her was obviously quite a lot to take in, even for a girl already involved in the international conspiracy that was your entire existence. You were officially reported to be dead. For some time, all public knowledge of your disappearance was kept secret, but after a certain amount of time... about.. a year or two? It was officially revealed to the world that you had unfortunately died due to an inoperable tumor that had grown in your lungs. It was at least somewhat helpful... the only problem was that you couldn't just wander around with your natural hair and eye colors. You shared the same rare hair and eye color inherited from your mother with your two sisters, and if people saw you, they might start to get suspicious. The last thing you needed right now was to attract the attention of Euphie or Cornelia, even if you did miss both of your sisters dearly.

"Possibly. I don't know if my hunch about the files are correct. But it's... a very high possibility. Somebody went through a lot of trouble to try to render this file unrecoverable, but it seems like they made an error somewhere along the lines. The corruption of the file prevented it from being properly registered by the system, so the deletion failed and it was simply cached somewhere in the back-up server of the palace." Milly had started to look at you with eyes that were glazed over now, and you shook your head. "Basically, think of it as somebody not being able to delete something because it was too broken to be able to be deleted properly... if that makes more sense... I know! You've seen the protests about Sakuradite Radioactive Waste Disposal, right?" It was a hot topic among people who had nothing better to do with their time, but you didn't pay those particular protests much mind. The world was constantly on the brink of global all-out war, and they thought the most important thing to do was make a nuisance over the disposal of a waste product? The demonstrators at least knew to remain peaceful, so their protests hadn't ended in disaster yet like more than a few of the Eleven protests had...

"I have, of course. What does that have to do with this?" Milly didn't seem to get your point, so you elaborated a little.

"Think of the corrupted file like... Sakuradite waste, it can't be disposed of in the normal way, so extra care needs to be taken so that it is safely dealt with." You nodded to yourself, happy with your own analogy. "The person trying to get rid of this file did the equivalent of digging a hole and attempting to bury barrels of the stuff." It wasn't exactly the best comparison, but it was a topical one that you knew that Milly would be able to understand.
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"I... I think I get it now, Bastian." She got up from her seated position before sighing. "The reason I asked is because..." She paused for a long time, clearly uncomfortable. "It's because... Lelouch and Nunally are alive, and... the Ashford family have been hiding them ever since they disappeared all those years ago, just like we've been hiding you." You went silent. So silent that you could hear a pin drop, as you looked at Milly with disbelief plainly written over your features.

>"How could you have kept this a secret from me?! What else have you lied to me about, Milly?!"
>"Oh. I see. I must admit, I did believe they had survived, but I never would've expected the Ashfords to be involved here too."
>"That's great! Though... I have to admit, it does sting a little that you didn't tell me sooner. But I imagine you were forbidden to do so, right?"
>"Does Lelouch know about me?"
>Something else...
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>>4966245
>"That's great! Though... I have to admit, it does sting a little that you didn't tell me sooner. But I imagine you were forbidden to do so, right?"
>"Does Lelouch know about me?"
No reason to get angry for keeping another secret like ours. And Sebastian thought they really were dead.
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>>4966245
>>"That's great! Though... I have to admit, it does sting a little that you didn't tell me sooner. But I imagine you were forbidden to do so, right?"
>>"Does Lelouch know about me?"
Does make me worry how long she'll keep our secret though. Probably until someone else tells her something cool.
"Oh hey, did you know this dead guy is alive and is being protected by my family."
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>>4966249
+1

That description of our geass does makes us the best pilot since we can basucaly neurolink to a knightmare
But i bet the drawback would be along the lines of "The flesh is weak!"
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>>4966249
+1
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>>4966245
>>4966249
+1
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>>4966245
>>4966249

>>4966183
get well soon
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>>4966532
Kill yourself soon.
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"That's great, Milly! Though... I have to admit, it does sting a little that you didn't tell me sooner and kept me in the dark about my half-siblings for all this time." It feels something like a betrayal, but... you're much too rational a human being to get angry over something like this, and your cool head prevails. "But... I imagine you were forbidden from telling me about the two of them, right?" For all the Ashfords knew, you were actually aware of the fugitives that they were hiding from the world and were sent as a Britannian spy. It... was rumored that the Britannians had used especially trained Child Soldiers in their business before, something about assassinations? Of course, you weren't going to give rumors without any evidence much thought, but there was a high likelihood that at least one or two people in the festering pit of corruption and nepotism that was the Britannian Noble System were using such methods.

"Right... sorry about not being able to tell you about them... the next thing you'll probably want to know is..." Milly seemed to know exactly what you were about to say, but you said it anyway.

"Does Lelouch know about me?" This was really a moment of truth, if Lelouch was made aware of you for as long as you'd stayed as a guest of the Ashfords, then that would mean... well... it would mean a lot of different things. Namely that the Ashfords really have been misleading you for half a decade! It's frustrating enough that Lelouch and Nunally were so close but so far away this entire time. You didn't exactly like the idea of having to rely on Lelouch for anything, but he was undoubtedly intelligent, your intellectual rival... at least that would be the case if he was still as sharp as a teenager as he was back when you were children. In truth, you and Lelouch had something of a brief rivalry. While Lelouch could never defeat Schneizel at chess once, you actually managed to defeat your elder brother once. Lelouch did beat you at the majority of games you played with him back then, but you managed to defeat Schneizel through a form of analysis. You observed every single game he played against, silently building an algorithm in your own head to read his moves.
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That algorithm you built in your head was swiftly rendered ineffective by Schneizel's incredible skill and wit, however it was enough to give you an overwhelming advantage in your first ever match with the second prince, and to the stunned amazement of everyone observing at the time, you had put him in checkmate by the seventeenth move. Of course, after that, you never beat Schneizel at chess ever again, nor did you try to, it took far too much effort at the time just to come up with the strategy you used, and it just wasn't feasible for you defeat Schneizel with your same counter strategy over and over again. That's where you differed from Schneizel and Lelouch. Schneizel was objectively the best of the Britannian royalty when it came to quick thinking and planning around his opponents, and Lelouch was his rival in many regards, though his age meant that he could never have an advantage when you were children, but you considered yourself to be the best at creating detailed plans and strategies and deducing things that other people might miss or overlook. Lelouch's plans... well, they tended to fall short, even when you were kids. He was somebody that seemed to fail at the idea of long-term planning. He was very... impulsive, though you don't know if 'impulsive' alone really did Lelouch justice. Not after what happened that led to his exile.

"No." You looked at Milly in surprise, in truth, you were expecting the opposite answer. "He doesn't know about you, and... truthfully, I have no intention to tell him about you, either." Then... it wasn't your trust getting betrayed, but... Lelouch's? What was Milly playing at here? "The difference between you and Lelouch is that... you're wearing a disguise and your name is... mostly fake." Bastian instead of Sebastian. It was a strange choice of a name, but the shortened name did give you the inspiration for your online handle: 'Bastion'. You'd gained a certain level of infamy under the handle, and though you didn't actually participate in hacks yourself, you occasionally revealed security vulnerabilities to other hackers in order to cause disruption to Clovis's administration of Area 11. Clovis was... well, he was never very intelligent, and the less you say about his governing abilities, the better.

"Then... you're telling me that Lelouch isn't wearing a disguise?!" You shouted accidentally there, too surprised by the sudden reveal to keep composed, and Milly nods with a frown.

"He's not dying his hair, nor is her wearing contacts a different shade from his actual eye color... and... well... he and Nunally are going by the name Lelouch and Nunally Lamperouge." You stare at Milly for a few seconds, hoping that she's just telling a joke, before you burst out laughing anyway.
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"Really, Lelouch?!" You shouted, unable to keep the mirth from your voice. "You hid from the world for all these years, and you didn't even bother trying to hide?!" You weren't sure whether you should reassess your opinion on Lelouch now that you had found this out. As ridiculous as the idea that he'd yet to be found was despite him seemingly taking no precautions, you imagined it was some variety of taking refuge in his own audacity that was aiding him. After all, unless you knew Lelouch personally, it was basically impossible to connect the ancient portraits and photographs of the young prince to a boy in his late teens, even if their name and eye color were the same. Even the name 'Lelouch' wasn't that suspicious, it was a popular boys name for people his age. What was a problem however, was Nunally. No doubt still crippled and blind unless a miracle had occurred while the two were gone. For anybody with any deductive reasoning, they'd put 2+2 together in moments! Maybe he'd just surrounded himself with idiots. Oh Lelouch, if you wanted that, you could've just stayed at court!

"C-calm down, Bastian." Milly sounded worried for you. "I know you had something of a rivalry with Lelouch, but... his identity is a secret to everyone outside of the Ashford family... and... well, now you as well." Guess it really was just something that sounded so ridiculous to most people, that they'd automatically just dismiss it. Never underestimate the limitless capacity of humans to be ignorant.

"Sorry, I just... lost control of myself for a second there. Is there any reason he's not wearing a disguise?" You wanted to know, but Milly just shook her head.

"If you want to know about that, then you'll have to ask Lelouch himself. He has his reasons, I'm sure." You hoped so. You didn't want to laugh at him too hard for making such a fundamental mistake in his hiding. He was supposed to be intelligent. "But... now that's out of the way... the car is ready for the two of us. You don't want to do anything else before we head to school, right? You are my cousin, after all." Milly gave you a friendly smile, and you smiled back. You didn't spend much time with Milly, but you did like the girl... you thought, at least. She was sharper than most, had a friendly demeanor, and knew how to listen to people. Even if her job choice wasn't exactly one you agreed with.

>"No thanks, Milly. Let's just head to school."
>"Yeah, why don't we get breakfast? My treat."
>"Actually, can you wait her for a second, I want to check something quick." (Head to the basement)
>"Actually, Milly. I suppose I should reveal something I've been working on to you." (Head to the basement.)
>Something else...
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>>4966684
>"Actually, can you wait her for a second, I want to check something quick." (Head to the basement)
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>>4966684
>"Actually, Milly. I suppose I should reveal something I've been working on to you." (Head to the basement.)
We should repay her trust with trust. What is even in the basement?

Lelouch is such a retard at times.
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Who was basement QM?
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>>4966725
I wanted to keep it a surprise for you all but... if you must know...
Sebastian has been working on putting together a Knightmare frame out of scrap parts he has managed to collect as well as commercially available supplies.
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>>4966727
Based techchad autist.

How complete is it? Does it have any projectile weaponry yet? Or just an exosuit made of scrap at this stage?
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>>4966728
It's functional with the power of his Geass, but otherwise no, it's missing vital electronic components that he has yet to find a suitable replacement for, it does have a slash harken though. It would be a lot better if Bastian wasn't limited to stuff he can salvage in his spare time and had actual resources. It's mostly something he's done to keep himself busy.
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>>4966736
Could we create small drones to assist in finding scrap, or identify better scrap? maybe something like a flying drone and one digging drone.
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>>4966742
While Sebastian certainly has the tech-knowledge for them, he'd need high quality scrap to build such things in the first place.
He's also trying not to attract all too much attention to himself, and seeing as Area 11 is an occupied country, civilian owned flying drones are banned.
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>>4966736
So we're gonna hijack the school's Knightmare then, as soon as he finds out about it through their network.

Does the prototype have a name yet?

Also Mao could be really interesting in future. If Bastian is just Geass piloting drones like >>4966742 mentions, he wouldn't be able to read his mind. Also, Lulu solves the Mao arc with heavy use of technology, so Bastian could interfere quite a bit here. Nunally is his relative too, so I imagine he'd get involved pretty quick.

I wonder if Bastian could ever figure out Geass cancelling tech and make Mao a retard helmet to keep him sane, or a helmet for himself to nullify Geass used on him once the plot gets rolling. Then Mao would have someone to talk to that isn't C.C, could make an interesting ally that is great at manipulating people, something Bastian seems somewhat incapable of/uninterested in due to severe and crippling autism.
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>>4966744
Also, how closely are you gonna be following the original story? Has Bastian's existence caused any major butterfly effect?
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>>4966751
>Does the prototype have a name yet?
Up to you to name it when the time comes.
Bastian currently refers to it as "Prototype Scrap Knightmare Frame 01"
He doesn't feel the need to be creative with the name just yet.
>>4966756
He has made some minor ripples by existing, but as a result of just disappearing off the face of the map one day, nothing too major.
Cornelia has been investigating his disappearance however, and Euphemia is still sad about it.
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>>4966684
>"Actually, Milly. I suppose I should reveal something I've been working on to you." (Head to the basement.)

Seeing as it's basically just a big brain science project at this point, and she has no idea about Geass. Also it doesn't have anything too illegal like firearms. Probably good for him to keep confiding in her.

Also if Lloyd ever hits the scene this might get interesting with Milly knowing and comparing the two of them
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>>4966684
>>"Actually, Milly. I suppose I should reveal something I've been working on to you." (Head to the basement.)
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>>4966684
>"Actually, Milly. I suppose I should reveal something I've been working on to you." (Head to the basement.)

>>4966736
If Bastian had the time to work on his A.I. project, could he have the A.I. automate purchases on the dark net to collect everything he needs to make his Knightmare Frame faster?
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>>4967082
While the Dark Web does exist, it's very difficult to actually physically get the materials delivered to you.
Especially with your current level of resources.
Area 11 is, again, an occupied country that is under tight military lockdown, and the Britannians have no problem gunning down people.
Comparatively, they're much more advanced than our world too.
Bastian has really been waiting for his chance to strike.
Though by working on MERLIN, you'd definitely have more options available to you.
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>>4966684
>"Actually, Milly. I suppose I should reveal something I've been working on to you." (Head to the basement.)
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>>4966684
>"Actually, Milly. I suppose I should reveal something I've been working on to you." (Head to the basement.)
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"Actually, Milly. I suppose that I should reveal something that I've been working on to you before anything else. You trusted me with the information that Lelouch and Nunally are still alive, so... I suppose I can trust you with my own secrets." It wasn't much of a secret, really. Not compared to what Milly had just told you, but... well, you supposed it was nice to have somebody who you could talk to about your hobbies. "Here, follow me to the basement, alright?" The basement was usually an almost entirely disused room in the house that you stayed at, to the point that even Elizabeth never went into the room. The house that you were staying at was really far too big for just one boy and a maid to stay at, and a normal person would no doubt get lonely at the lack of companionship... or at least that's what you surmised based on your observations of people and their constant need to be surrounded by others.

"Huh...?" Milly tilted her head at you. "I hope you've not been hacking the government or anything like that, Bastian..." Milly knew you were good with a computer, but you'd managed to hold back on hacking like that up till this point, the few hacks you did do were just on groups not related to the government. You knew for a fact that the Britannian tech division could revert most of the damage you could do and potentially trace your position. Better to keep them lazy and unaware of you. Between Marianne and Nunally, as well as what had happened to the mel Britannias, who with the exception of Marrybell, were killed in a terrorist bombing that was never resolved, it was clear to you at least that there was somebody high-up trying to get people out of the way. But who? Your father, Charles? No. For all of his many flaws, you doubted that your father would act in such a manner. He was far too direct a leader for that. If he made a decree that somebody would be killed, he would have their crimes revealed, have them confess, and then held a state execution for them. That was the sort of person that Charles zi Britannia was.
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"Don't worry, nothing so ridiculous as that, Milly." You shrugged. "I don't have the computer power here to do anything relevant anyway." You may have been a little more inclined to hack Clovis' administration if you could actually have done anything meaningful, but as it was, your commercially available laptop wasn't exactly the best hacking tool. Even if you had overhauled it a few times, you really needed processing power to break through the layers of encryption placed upon Britannian systems, and you didn't want to spend the weeks it would take you to locate a security flaw in any given Britannian Governmental Office. It was just a waste of time, and your hacking efforts would be detected eventually too. Better the Britannians didn't know that there was somebody out there who could peruse their secrets on a whim if he really wanted to. Honestly, if the Viceroy of Japan was somebody like Schneizel or Cornelia, or hell, even Marrybell, you'd take things much more seriously. But what secrets could a buffoon like Clovis really be hiding? His favorite wine, perhaps? The man was only slightly above Guinevere and Odysseus in terms of general competence, and the Crown Prince and Crown Princess were about as dense as nobility got. For as brilliant as the Second Prince and Second Princess were, the Crown Prince and Crown Princess were dull. Unlike Schneizel or Cornelia, the two of them had lived a life of luxury and never had any reason to grow their skill-sets. Schneizel was the Prime Minister of the Empire, and Cornelia was a decorated war hero in addition to having become the Chief General of the Imperial Army, entirely on her own merit as a strategist and commander. As her younger brother, it always made you proud and happy to see that she was doing so well, even if she may well have been fighting on the wrong side. Perhaps her plan was to become the Empress after Charles' death in a coup? The Military would much sooner support her over somebody like Odysseus, that was for certain. Schneizel may have also been plotting such a coup, though he was more the sort to just use Odysseus as a puppet and rule as a shadow emperor.

"Huh... so is it a matter of not doing it because it's against the law, or because you can't?" She raised an eyebrow. Oh Milly, always so inquisitive. That's that journalistic nature showing through once again.
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"I never said I couldn't do anything at all. Just that I couldn't do anything relevant. I could be a general nuisance to Clovis' administration, but that wouldn't really do much other than cause the Britannian armies to be harsher on the people of Area Eleven." You didn't really like to use the term 'Eleven' to refer to the people of the country that was once known as Japan. It wasn't a name that the people either chose or even really accepted. A name given to them in an attempt to destroy what national spirit they had left. Of course, a strategy that Charles had first used when Britannia began their conquests. 'The destruction of national spirit and identity shall eventually allow for true loyalty to Britannia to emerge' or some ridiculously arrogant statement like that. You didn't hate the Britannian Empire at its core, but you knew that it was much too large, inefficient, cruel and corrupt. Something you had seen with your own eyes as a result of living away from the Palace for this many years. You didn't consider yourself an empathetic person, and you could usually ignore the problems of other people to focus on your own problems, but... what the Britannians were doing in Area 11 was wrong. You'd heard tell of Clovis' sanctioned 'purges'. Where 'terrorist threats' were resolved by killing everyone found in a particular building or city-block. Britannians included. Still, you couldn't bring yourself to hate Clovis either. He was far too incompetent to take part in any sort of conspiracy, and though you never spoke to him much in your youth, you knew that he loved his siblings and the Britannian Imperial Family too much to be involved in something like an assassination attempt. You remember playing against him in chess, and he played like a complete tool. Completely over-reliant on his queen and folding the moment she got taken off the board every time.

"Right." Milly shook her head as she looked at you with a faint smile. "What exactly did you want to show me, anyway?" You walked out of the bathroom and gestured for her to follow you, and the girl shrugged before she followed you down to the disused storage room.

When you reached the basement, you quickly input the 20 digit numerical pass-code into the electronic lock, before you used the biometric thumbprint scanner you had installed to confirm your identity and allowed the locking system to open. Twelve random digits was a good number for a pass-code, you thought. For most people, remembering 20 digits on the fly seemed to be an impossibility, the biometric scanner was just something you found as scrap and restored, though you did think it allowed you to have a sort of top-secret lab effect for the basement.
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The door to the basement slid open, it was a more advanced automatic metal security door that cleanly slid into the floor. You had managed to repair that from scrap as well, but Milly didn't look that impressed by your show so far. "Bastian... is this level of security really necessary? At least now I know why Elizabeth said she was concerned about you being a little... paranoid." You frowned this time. It wasn't paranoia, it was a legitimate concern for your own safety. You'd already survived one assassination attempt in your life, and you didn't enjoy the idea of being forced to go through that again just yet.

"No, Milly. I believe that my precautions are mostly required for the sort of danger I run from just... well, existing at all, after my disappearance. Though I will admit, the pass-code is something of a memory game to me, and the biometric scanner is just something I installed for the fun of it." The tech for some reason didn't take off in Britannian military installations, blocked by a high ranked unknown noble, if you recall correctly. So somebody didn't want biometric doors stopping their agents, it seems. Biometric Scanners did require a finger-print on record, after all...

"Right..." Milly seemed to accept your viewpoint as you took her inside the basement, which you had furnished to quite a degree. It was something like a cross between a lab and a workshop now, a place where you worked on machinery. On the tables were discarded dissembled guns in varying states of wear. Cables and wires were strewn about almost at random in some places, and there were multiple unfinished projects laying around in the lab. A set of identity concealing personal armor that you had designed with the intent to allow both ease of movement and to resist small arms fire, but it was only halfway done right now, so to the untrained eye, it just looked like a bunch of geometric metal plates and a few metal frames. You were still working on the internal display of the suit, and until that was ready, it was basically useless anyway. You needed some high quality cameras in order to finish the display. A Night Vision Camera, an Infrared Camera and a High Definition Camera. Two of which were banned for purchase for the average citizen by Britannian decree.

The next thing of interest was a half assembled metal rod on a table. Another half-finished invention of yours. A stun-rod. A weapon that when finished, you hoped would be able to knock a guard unconscious with a single strike against an unarmored target. You were still working on the settings. A high powered burst of electricity running through a target would almost always both kill them as well as destroy the stun-rod. You were still working on a way to keep the power low enough that the jolt of electricity would temporarily shut down their consciousness and not melt their internal organs. Thank god for internal readings and testing.
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Milly was looking around your workshop with a bewildered expression, and that was when you walked to the center of the room, grabbed the tarp from the large hidden object, and revealed it to her. "Behold, Milly! The Prototype Scrap Knightmare Frame 01!" Underneath the tarp was a large Knightmare Frame created through the salvaging of parts that had otherwise been thrown away by the Britannian military for being defective. Of course, you were able to repair many of those parts, and as a result, you had managed to slowly assemble a strange Knightmare Frame. Like a cross between a Glasgow and a Sutherland, with parts from both, but only one Slash Harken right now. You were of course the first person to admit that the name needs a little work. The constant salvaging and looking for parts in junkyards had left you in pretty incredible shape, too. You needed to be strong if you wanted to lift half of the parts you needed, and even then you needed to sometimes destroy the salvage you found further before you could bring it back home and repair it. Annoyingly enough, you couldn't actually pilot it yet as a result of all the circuit-boards you needed to house your custom developed HUD for the Frame being totally fried... well, you could pilot it, but only through your Geass, and while you hadn't actually climbed into the cockpit, you had used your Geass to control it from outside. Unbelievably, despite the relatively shoddy state of the Knightmare Frame, you recalled that under the power of your Geass, you could move it as if it were an extension of your own body!

"This is... very impressive, Bastian." Milly looked at the scrap frame. "But... why exactly are you showing this to me?" She didn't seem to understand what you were trying to do here, so you shrugged.
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"I believe that relationships should be built on trust. You revealed something important to me, so I revealed something important to you." You smiled at Milly. "Don't worry, I'm not planning on doing anything bad with it. I just wanted to make sure that my skills didn't degrade over time." You didn't have any plans to do anything with it yet. Though when you thought about it, with all of the engineering work you had done on the Knightmare Frame, you had probably become something like a world-leading expert on the mechanics and development of them. The only thing holding you back from actually developing an advanced Knightmare Frame was once again, resources. Of course, what you didn't tell Milly is that the Slash Harken wasn't a normal Slash Harken at all. It was actually repurposed as a data transference device containing a virus that you had developed to shut down the internal systems of Knightmare Frames it hacked and allow for them to be captured! The Slash Harken itself contained a tiny microchip on the tip, which would automatically attach itself to an enemy Knightmare Frame, burrowing two connectors down through their armor when it struck them to begin to rapidly assume control of the entire vehicle when it reached an electrical system. It was a weapon that would completely change combat, if its existence became known to any of the world's superpowers, or even to a terrorist cell.

"So... was there anything else you wanted to show me? Or should we head to school now?" Milly asked with a strained smile. Clearly, she had been taken completely by surprise by your lab. "You're going to need to decide how you want to handle Lelouch's presence." Lelouch is usually smart, and the chance of him seeing through your disguise were fairly high... but not incredibly high...

>"I'm going to tell him and Nunally who I am."
>"I'm going to tell Nunally who I am."
>"I'm going to observe him first before I make a decision."
>"I'm going to challenge him to a game of Chess."
>Something else...
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>>4967289
>"I'm going to challenge him to a game of 5D Chess With Multiverse Time Travel"
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>>4967289
>Something else...
We're gonna tell him his disguise was bad and he should feel bad.
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>>4967293
>wheeze
This too
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>>4967289
>"I'm going to observe him first before I make a decision."
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>>4967289
>"I'm going to observe him first before I make a decision."
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>>4967289
>>"I'm going to challenge him to a game of Chess."
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>>4967289
>"I'm going to observe him first before I make a decision."
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>>4967289
>"I'm going to challenge him to a game of Chess."
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>>4967289
>"I'm going to observe him first before I make a decision."
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>>4967293
+1
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>>4967289
Supporting >>4967293
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"Well, Milly. It's quite simple, I'm going to challenge him to a game of 5 Dimensional Multiversal Chess with Time Travel, and that way, even if he can't discern my identity, he'll have a good idea as to just who I am." Milly didn't laugh at your joke, and you sighed. "It was a joke, Milly. I'm not actually going to challenge him to something like that, don't be ridiculous." Of course, you were something of an expert at the game, just as you were at the Grand Master level when it came to normal chess, but... Lelouch definitely wasn't the sort of person to ask to play a game of it with you, especially thanks to its nature of requiring to be run on a computer to be played properly. Maybe Lloyd would be interested in a game or two of it, if you ever met him again?

"Ahaha!" Milly tried her hardest to fake a laugh, but she knew that she wasn't fooling you, so she stopped quite quickly. She should understand that even though you don't see the need to interact with other people all too often, that didn't mean you couldn't analyze social cues and read expressions. You just didn't care about other people ninety-five percent of the time. There really weren't many people you cared about in your life. You suppose you cared about a few of your siblings, Elizabeth, and... Milly? That was really about the limit. Your Mother had died a few years after having you, though you still remember her face. An expression as gentle as Euphie's with eyes that burned with determination like Cornelia's. Her own death wasn't exactly suspicious, but... you don't want to dwell on it. Sometimes, you found yourself missing Euphemia and Cornelia though. As illogical as it might've been to concern yourself with your family when you could open up any news site or newspaper and take a look at their daily schedules, you still couldn't help but long for the day when you could reunite with them.

"You don't need to fake a laugh, Milly. I can tell that you didn't like my joke. Regardless, I'm going to challenge my half-brother to a game of normal Chess. I've been practicing in my spare-time here, and I believe that I'll have the upper hand against him." Milly should hopefully understand just how much that Lelouch enjoys Chess. "I don't even have to defeat him, all I need to do is allow him to think that he is up against somebody of similar skill, and then he'll naturally start trying to figure out who I am."

"But... is that really the wisest move, Bastian? What if he finds out?" Milly sounded a little worried as she fiddled with a half-finished invention on the table, and you slowly took it out of her hands. It was a half-finished poison detector, and you can't remember if you had cleaned the detection nib off the last time you had tested it.
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"What if he finds out?" You cross your arms. "What's he going to do, sic the Britannian Army on me? Is it too much to want to play a game with my brother? It's been years since we last saw each other, and I want to see just how intelligent he actually is!" In both Chess and deductive ability, of course. While it was still odd to you that his disguise was so... lazy, it seems to have somehow functioned, considering that Clovis, who idolized Lelouch, had somehow managed to overlook them. Either Clovis was dumber than you gave him credit for, or the Ashfords had friends in high enough places that the Britannian's conveniently overlook them. The latter was almost certainly to be the more likely. The Ashfords were close allies of Lady Marianne, and probably still had a few allies among the upper echelons of Britannian Nobility as a result of that connection. Especially when it came to something like sheltering the two exiled children of Marianne. You're sure that they would've preferred Lelouch to stay at the capital, but Lelouch selfishly had to drag his sister into his little temper tantrum. You're relieved that Nunally was alright though.

"I suppose it... couldn't hurt. The two of you are going to need to find out about each other eventually, after all. I don't want to keep your existence a secret from Lelouch any longer than I have to, honestly. He's a close friend, and it just doesn't sit right with me to keep him in the dark." Yes, keeping Lelouch in the dark about you was probably more detrimental than anything else. He was always smart and resourceful in his youth, and with any luck, that resourcefulness will have finally flourished now that he's a teenager. You had information that could uncover the truth behind Marianne's murder, so with that, actually convincing him to assist you would be quite simple. Or at least you thought as much. Lelouch was much too rational to accuse people who couldn't possibly have anything to do with Marianne's murder of foul play. Of course, it's not like you weren't capable of plotting your own grand conspiracy at a young age, but you doubted any of your other siblings would've had the analytical mind that would be required to pull off an escape like yours. You managed to deceive the entire Imperial Palace and escape without any assistance at all! Well, maybe a little bit of assistance...
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Your mind's eye flashed a picture of that green haired woman. The one who gave you this mysterious power known as 'Geass'. You don't even recall being told the name of the ability directly, as after the plane crash landed in Area Eleven and she shielded you with her body, you woke up in the care of the Ashfords. The woman had disappeared without a trace. You still wonder who she was. You had in your spare time done a light spot of record entry searching. Hacking into facial databases across the globe and creating a rudimentary comparison AI to cross reference a digital recreation of her face you mocked up with all of the images that you could find. No luck at all. You even rather riskily hacked the facial database of the Britannian Air-force, Army and Navy at one point at an internet cafe, yet even still, you had not been able to locate the mysterious green haired woman on any record. That woman... and the power of Geass. You wondered just where that might fall into place in this grand conspiracy that the world seems to be ensnared in. Is this Geass a power unique to you? Do others have it? Are all abilities the same? You had many questions that you wanted to ask that woman, and no way to get the answers you sought without her.

"I'm glad you see things my way, Milly." You got up and started to leave the lab. "Did you enjoy getting to see the interior of my lab? I hope you understand that it's not something I'd show to just anyone." Milly was a close friend of yours, and, outside of your direct family, was probably the closest friend you've ever had. Which really said more about your ability to make friendships than anything else, considering you really on average only saw Milly two times a week.

"It was... interesting, I'll say that much. But... I couldn't tell what ninety percent of the stuff in there was." She sounded apologetic, that she didn't understand what you were actually making down there, but you just smiled.

"Don't worry, next time, I'll make sure that I give you the guided tour! That way you can know just what I've been working on down there!" You give her a happy smile, and she just nods, a very faint grimace on her face for some reason.
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"Uh-huh. That's great! I can't wait!" There it was again, that tone of false excitement. You weren't going to comment on it, but you really wondered just what reason she could have for not being excited to visit your lab. You were certain that if she knew some of the incredible inventions you had made good progress with, she would soon realize that this converted basement was a place where you could create miracles! You suppose that next time, you'll just have to give her a better explanation as to what all of your half-finished inventions are supposed to do. "Come on, the car is waiting for us." She took the lead now, and quickly walked out of the front door of the manor house. "I had intended to offer you a room to stay in at Ashford Academy, but... it might get a little awkward what with your whole... laboratory thing." Milly spoke to you in the back of the car, the barrier separating you from the driver was soundproof, so there wasn't any worry of him listening in. "Which is why I'm going to have one of the disused storehouses renovated for you to act as your own personal secret research lab! If... that's what you'd prefer, at least. It's getting more dangerous, and the house might not be secure anymore. Between the talk of an Eleven uprising growing more and more likely by the day, as well as the rapid military development of Britannia, it's not too much of a stretch to believe that another big war is going to start soon, and it would be safer to have you in the Britannian majority district of the city, rather than here on the Outskirts."

>"Thanks, Milly. I'll live at Ashford Academy, if that's what you think is best."
>"Don't worry about my lab. I can leave it here and visit when I want to."
>"Actually, I'd rather take my chances at the manor. I can defend myself, if need be."
>"Are you worried about me, Milly?"
>Something else...?
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>>4968222
>"Thanks, Milly. I'll live at Ashford Academy, if that's what you think is best."

Milly's offer is cake and eating it too in a way, once the warehouse is renovated we can get what we need shipped there. Ashford has a knightmare we can use, and a significantly larger computer network with a whole lot more processing power.

QM, at what point in the story is it right now? Has lulu met CC and got his Geass yet?
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>>4968222
>"Thanks, Milly. I'll live at Ashford Academy, if that's what you think is best."
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>>4968222
>"Thanks, Milly. I'll live at Ashford Academy, if that's what you think is best."
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>>4968222
>"Thanks, Milly. I'll live at Ashford Academy, if that's what you think is best."
Thank god we showed her the basement. She's giving us the perfect solution on a platter. And damn, Sebastion is heavily autistic and I love it.
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>>4968241
Well, for reference, Lelouch of the Rebellion happens over the span of August 15th-September 9th

It's currently August 10th
You have 5 days before it all starts.
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>>4968222
>"Thanks, Milly. I'll live at Ashford Academy, if that's what you think is best."
Oh no.
Milly's growing on me.
Causing Lelouch to seethe at Chess will be great.
I can't decide what path I want to take.
>Black Knights
>Britannian Military
>Independent
Though there are a few other things we could do, these are the big 3.
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>>4968564
Nina's F.L.E.I.J.A tech + AI/Virus/Drone Knightmare army + possibly Mao? for dealing with people politically? Seeing as Bastian has autism supreme
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>>4968564
I don't see why we would want to join either Lelouch or the Britannians. We can easily form our own faction and be a terrifying force as anon >>4968571 said. Being in the middle of their conflict will bring us plenty opportunities to work with or against each of them as we see fit.
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>>4968571
Nina, us and maybe Mao (how do you intend to recruit Mao?) can't make an entire faction by ourselves.
Are we just going to start recruiting random characters?
Hey... we have the corrupted security tape for what happened to Marianne and Nunally.
We could get Orange-kun, maybe?
Jeremiah is one of the best Knightmare Frame pilots.
>>4968572
But we can probably go undercover on Lloyd's team, right?
We could do a lot there.
Steal a lot of data too.
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>>4968580
If Bastian can figure out a geass canceller quickly, seeing as he is super paranoid and has already theorised if others have such a power there might be a way as I mentioned >>4966751
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>>4968580
But Nina is also a tech autist, Bastian is one of the few people who could actually get along with her. She got on pretty well with Lloyd, who shares a bit of characterisation with Bastian.
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>>4968580
Oh, yeah, we can totally recruit Orange. It'll be really easy too. All we have to do is go to him after Lelouch humiliates him and reveal some of the truth. He's a loyaltychad, he'll instantly come aboard.

As for those being too few people to form a faction, why do you think that? AI-controlled Knightmare frames mean we don't need many pilots, only specialists. A small core of competent and loyal people works far better for what we want to do. Hell, Milly could even be our Diethard if we want.

Going undercover on Lloyd's team will be way too dangerous and it will limit our freedom way too much. But we'll meet him soon anyway. I think he'll be inclined to talk and cooperate with a fellow autist, and we can hack him whenever we want too.
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>>4968582
I think that'll require a raid on the Geass Order to figure out how to make.
Also lets us grab loads of kids with Geass powers.
>>4968585
She's also unstable and prone to mental breaks and table fucking.
>>4968586
It depends how much QM wants to include spin-off stuff
There are a lot of potential recruits there.
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>>4968594
Channelling her autism into useful science projects with someone both as big brained AND retarded as her would be pretty healthy though.

She got Euphie oneitis from her standing up for her at the hotel. The whole hotel scenario would probably play out very differently with Bastian around. It's also the first time the Lancelot shows up iirc. Which is Lloyd's child, something Bastian would be very personally invested in.
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>>4968594
If we even sniff the geass order we then have V.V personally chasing us which will be an interesting story arc, potentially the main line/final boss of the quest if it snowballs enough.
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>>4968594
Table-chan just simps for best girl. We can bond with her over how Euphie is so kind and cool and hot.
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>>4968595
>the hotel
I wonder if we should start carrying a gun around.
Just in case we get cornered like that by terrorists.
>>4968596
Can we take V.Vs code?
Being immortal sounds based.
>>4968600
Euphie is not for lewd.
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>>4968613
I mean, if it turns out Bastian was only accidentally targeted because he got on C.C's plane and his fear is all in his head, his overprep should catch V.V off guard. He's also jacked to the tits and likely would carry some kind of combat equipment at all times, rather than risk being caught unawares.

The true Sigma protagonist
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>>4968613
Sebastian is already working on a stun baton and combat armor, I imagine a taser wouldn't be too difficult to make. And unlike Lelouch, he's actually swole. He can hold his own in a fight.

Immortality is lonely. Sebastian is heavily autistic, but I imagine even he would be affected by watching his sister grow old and die while he remains eternally young.

>Euphie is not for lewd.
That's just like, your opinion, man.
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>>4968617
>V.V. makes the worst possible enemy entirely by accident
>somebody with autism.
Dumb Shota.
>>4968620
I wonder if we'll get to go full Operator mode.
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>>4968620
>Immortality is lonely.
Sebastian can try to make human-like companion AI. And he can give her knightmare body.
He is autistic enough for it.
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>>4968645
The V.I.V.I.A.N.E to the Merlin AI?
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>>4968652
Yeah, perfect. That could be test project after we get necessary equipment to start working on bigger projects. And it is best adjutant that Sebastian can get.
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>>4968645
It might not be worth it if we can't figure out how to replicate Code for our family and (eventually) our lover.
Whoever that ends up being.
>>4968652
Can't wait to get an AI buddy.
Do you think that Milly will be able to get us an advanced enough computer to host MERLIN?
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>>4968222
>>"Thanks, Milly. I'll live at Ashford Academy, if that's what you think is best."

>>4968564
It depends on what we want to do with Britannia, Lelouch and that attempt to kill us.

Brittania is despised for methods from first impressions, Lelouch seems like a rivalry which doesn t mean is negative since there are even friendly ones and from Sebastian paranoia he doesn t like the fact that they attempted to kill him. It doesn t mean anything for future decisions, but it looks like this to me right now.
In addition he probably doesn t like the corrupted nobility, while having some kind of respect for anyone he considers worthy or skilled.
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>>4968645
Immortality alone with our AI daughteru still sounds pretty lonely desu.
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>>4968705
Britannia is clunky and Charles prefers it that way. He's not even trying to rule.
He's busy trying to make bootleg orange tang.
Lelouch definitely won't try to kill us if we reveal the corrupted video file. Revealing that is the go-to method to ally with Lelouch if we want to become his most trusted ally, which is probably what CC wants.
Bastian seems like the sort of guy who respects his allies if he considers them a challenge. If we don't take the Black Knight route, I expect a fixation on Zero.
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Lelouch isn't as smart as the mc gives him credit for. He would absolutely kill or distrust people that is clearly innocent in his mother's death. The mc without meaning it throws shade throughout his though process. At one point he thought Lelouch wouldn't go after Clovis because he's clearly incompetent and loves his family but OOC we know that's exactly what he did in canon. MC shows him the video and it's just a mystery box on how he'd react. Suspicion will likely not go away ever. Plus even if the mc is completely innocent doesn't mean he won't be used for the betterment of Nunnaly or his crusade. Look at what happened at the end of season one.
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>>4968864
Yeah, Bastian does have a relatively high opinion of Lelouch still, even if he thought his lack of a disguise was humorous (he's actually quite jealous), he's not expecting him to be as ruthless towards people like Clovis as he actually was in canon. Then again, Clovis was admittedly a tyrant, and killing him gave Zero a huge amount of sway that he otherwise wouldn't have had with the Japanese people.
It was still a dick move though.
The difference here being that Lelouch was acting as an agent of revenge, having had his life ruined as a result of what happened to Marianne and Nunally and then the later invasion of Japan which ruined his life again by taking vengeance on people he considers to be related. Meanwhile Sebastian is acting more out of a wish to know the truth, to uncover the conspiracy out of his own personal sense of justice. Revenge isn't as important for Sebastian, even if the plane he was escaping on got bombed, it's not like he actually got maimed from it, so he doesn't consider what he thinks as a failed attempt on his life the justification he needs to attempt to destroy the entire Empire like Lelouch wants. In fact, he's more impressed and paranoid at the idea of there being a genius at Pendragon that surpassed him to the degree that they were capable of seeing through plans that he himself believed were flawless, which is one of the reasons that he's so paranoid now.
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"Thanks, Milly. I'll live at Ashford Academy, if that's what you think is best." You don't really have any strong opinions over where exactly you'll be working, but you did admit, the idea of being able to work in a larger environment than just a relatively small basement was tremendously appealing to you. Actually being able to have the Scrap Model 01 stand up properly without needing it hunched over for fear of damaging the rest of the building above was something that would work wonders for actually restoring it to working order. Having to use your Geass to control the machine obviously wasn't ideal, and while it obviously makes you a better pilot, there's something that you just can't explain that makes you not want to do it, it wasn't just your own pride. It was... something else. You hated that feeling of not knowing, finding out the unknown was something that you had always strived for. "But... what about all of my stuff? Is there really a way to get it all to Ashford Academy without any suspicion arising?"

"Ha! Of course there is. The patrolling Britannian troops know better than to harass Britannian nobility like the Ashfords. I'll have it hauled over in a truck. My father has... made a few concessions for your... eccentricity, and a nearly functional Knightmare Frame might be skirting the line a little, but... I'm sure that he won't mind too much!" Eccentric? Is that what she saw you as? "You don't have anything specific you want to take that you don't want to be hauled over, right?"
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"Not if you're going to be discreet about things." There was nothing in that lab that you considered truly irreplaceable, the only thing that you considered to be irreplaceable was the datastick you kept on yourself at all times. You'd put practically every protection on the contents of the device that even you wouldn't be able to crack it if you hadn't memorized the multitude of passwords on the device. In a way, it was something like insurance. Even if you were to be caught, the datastick would be worthless to whoever found you unless they kept you alive, of course, that did leave you open to being tortured for information, but... that was preferable to just being put down like a dog by the Britannian Government. Besides, the Britannians didn't openly condone torture, though it was obvious to the entire world as to what they did behind the scenes. You recall the curious case of a high profile domestic terrorist in Britannia, Phillip Graylock. To the rest of the world, it was a case that was resolved when he renounced his entire organization that he had set-up and provided the Britannian Government with accurate information as to every single one of the members after being convinced to take a plea deal, but to you... it was just another aspect of the conspiracy. No 'Plea deal' would force a man to give up his own wife, son and brother, who had remained unknown to the authorities and you wouldn't become a leader of a Terrorist Cell unless you were able to deal with a little bit of torture... but more curious than that, you had taken a look at the images of Graylock before and after the high-profile case, and he didn't look like he'd been tortured at all! Then, even more curiously, the man became a die-hard supporter of Britannia, despite having taken up arms against the empire for their violent stomping out of a riot in his home town that killed both his parents. But what could the Britannians have done to the man to have him give up everything? It didn't add up, it...

"Bastian? Did you zone out? I've been talking to you about your new dorm arrangements. You're actually going to be sharing with a new transfer student like yourself!" Milly had a smile on her face as she managed to get your attention again, you had gotten a little too focused on the 'Great Conspiracy' as you had taken to calling it.

"Wait... I am? Milly... are you sure that's a good idea?" Still, the news that you'd be sharing your dorm with another student was... concerning, but Milly didn't seem worried, and you couldn't help but wonder what could've made her so confident that this wouldn't backfire somehow.
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"Well... honestly, I can't say I think there's much of a chance of him realizing who you really are, Bastian." You raised an eyebrow at the girl, and she continued speaking. "We actually found him at Ashford Academy. He was both heavily wounded and had lost almost all of his memories, except for a few basic faculties, and his first name." Milly shrugged. "He's been at the hospital for the past few days."

"His name...?" You wanted to know the name of your new dorm-mate, but Milly shook her head at you and smirked.

"I'll let him introduce himself, we were actually taking a quick detour to the hospital to pick him up." You looked out of the window to see that the car had indeed stopped at the patient pick-up area for the Tokyo Settlement Imperial Hospital, and there was a boy wearing the same boy's uniform of Ashford Academy that you were wearing. He had piercing blue eyes and snow white hair, as well as a few obvious signs of injury. "There he is!"

The boy is led over to the car by a chaperon, and before long, he is sitting opposite you and Milly. He had a small frown on his face, but his eyes were alert. Not vacant, as one might expect that a victim of memory loss would be. He looked at you for a moment, before he carefully put a hand out for you to shake, uncertain in what he was doing. "Good day... I am... Rai. It's very nice to meet you." You took his hand and shook it slowly.

"Mmm, I suppose that remains to be seen." You allowed the handshake to continue for a moment before you broke it off, getting a good look at the man's face, you could tell that though he was clearly genetically a Britannian, he had some traits of the Japanese too. Interesting. You looked at the boy for a moment as you tried to get a read on him, but it just wasn't working. Though he looked alert and ready, that was about all you could determine about him. He was... something of an enigma.

>Ask him a few questions, see how deep his memory loss goes. That level of memory loss but the retention of speech shouldn't be possible.
>Make conversation with Milly on the way to school. You wanted to know more about the student body of Ashford Academy.
>Try to bring Rai into a conversation between you and Milly, to lose your memory is a terrible thing, and you pitied him.
>Just sit in silence in the back of the car as you wait to arrive at school.
>Something else...
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>>4969052
Sigma and Alpha sharing a room. Dis gon b gud
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>>4969052
>>Ask him a few questions, see how deep his memory loss goes. That level of memory loss but the retention of speech shouldn't be possible.


>>4969053
Kek
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>>4969052
>Ask him a few questions, see how deep his memory loss goes. That level of memory loss but the retention of speech shouldn't be possible.
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>>4969052
>Ask him a few questions, see how deep his memory loss goes. That level of memory loss but the retention of speech shouldn't be possible.

>>4968659
We can probably Frankenstein the entire school's processing power together at night when the students are all asleep. It's a pretty big campus with a lot of devices. Kinda like the chad IT guys who used colleges to mine crypto.
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>>4969052
>Ask him a few questions, see how deep his memory loss goes. That level of memory loss but the retention of speech shouldn't be possible.
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>>4969052
>Something else...
CHALLENGE HIM TO A GAME OF YU-GI-YO!
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>>4969052
>Ask him a few questions, see how deep his memory loss goes. That level of memory loss but the retention of speech shouldn't be possible.
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Ok so this isn't going to be canon based in the show but the video game since Rai is here. We'd have to spend time with him to figure out what route he's on.
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>>4969052
>Ask him a few questions, see how deep his memory loss goes. That level of memory loss but the retention of speech shouldn't be possible.
>>4969433
>spend time with him
>what route he's on
You sure its a good idea?
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>>4969433
It's not specifically based on the Videogame, but I will have stuff from the spin-offs show up sometimes to throw you for a loop.
Wouldn't want things to be too simple, would I?
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>>4969052
>Ask him a few questions, see how deep his memory loss goes. That level of memory loss but the retention of speech shouldn't be possible.
Just what we needed.
An unpredictable wildcard with a terrifying Geass.
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>>4969870
In case you don't know about Rai's Geass, he's got Lelouch's power of absolute obedience but sound based.
He can also choose to join multiple different factions and could properly fuck things up for us.
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We should focus on recruiting Nina as quickly as possible, if only to keep an eye on her.
She's the Geass Universe's equivalent of Einstein and the Manhattan Project rolled into one.
Her name is Nina Einstein for gods sake.
She pretty much singlehandedly develops FLEIJA too.
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>>4969952
dw brah I've been shilling her from the start. Bastian's autism might actually go over well with her, they can probably create some incredible tech with collaboration.
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>>4969955
I thinking Micro-FLEIJA missiles that have Knightmare Frame sized explosions.
Would be devastating.
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Well, you might as well ask him a few things, you're much too intrigued by the enigma that was this boy to just simply ignore him. You first wanted to establish whether he was merely faking his amnesia, or if he was legitimate. Milly might not have been too paranoid by things going on about her, she never really wanted to pry into your life. You had heard from Elizabeth that the young noble was actually quite curious when it came to secrets, so could she have been ordered by her parents not to look into things too deeply for your case? The Ashford family, despite being nobles who had fallen from grace and lost their official titles, still had a lot of power. Between you, Lelouch and Nunally, they were also housing a veritable menagerie of royals. It was something of a small fear of yours, that the Ashford family would reveal that they found the missing prince in Japan. Unlike Lelouch and Nunally, however, you actually still held your royal titles and had not had them stripped like Lelouch had. You may have been officially listed as dead, but you were still the Eleventh Prince... or at least, you would be, if you became known to the Britannians... if you weren't assassinated first. No, you wouldn't and you couldn't reveal your survival to the Britannians. Wait... weren't you supposed to be doing something else? Oh right! This so-called amnesiac. "So, Rai... you said that you couldn't remember anything right? Not even your parents? Siblings, maybe?" You decided to ask a simple question first.

"No... I don't remember if I had any siblings... and I can't remember anything about my parents either. I... my heart aches when I think about the idea of family though." Oh? His... heart? Interesting. The heart contained memory cells, so... it could be the case that whatever ailed Rai was something that only affected his brain. Perhaps a targeted alteration of memory? As science-fiction as targeted memory removal sounded, it was exactly the sort of thing you'd expect the governments around the world to be working on. Your mind shifted back to Graylock for a moment... targeted removal and alteration of memories... could that have been enough to make the man betray his ideals and family? Unrelated to the boy, but... was Charles really so unscrupulous that he'd even alter memories in accordance to his goals? No, that sounded ridiculous, if anything, it was the work of some sort of underground Britannian secret organization. Putting aside your continued thoughts on the Britannian conspiracy, you looked at the boy again, with renewed interest.

"Interesting..." Milly looked somewhat concerned by the way you had decided to speak with Rai, but she didn't involve herself just yet. "So... how much do you actually know? I assume Milly has been giving you a brief rundown of the world." You looked at Milly, and she nodded.
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"Rai is... well, he's had some time spent on learning the basics, and he was a remarkably quick learner too, he learned how to read and write in just a day!" Hmmph... could it have something to do with lost memory that he could learn at an accelerated rate? The re-establishment of already created neural pathways? Yes, that would make some sense. That his mind had lost its memories, didn't mean that his body had lost its memory of the mind. The reformation of things that were previously established in his mind should be a possibility! While you weren't exactly interested in brain science and medicine in general, you'd read about a dozen books on the subject at some point just in case it came in useful in the future. A lot of it had to do with wanting to get a better grip on the inner workings of your Geass, but the power was annoyingly supernatural in origin, as much as it pained you to admit defeat against something, the inner workings of Geass was something that would continue to elude you unless you did something ridiculous like tearing your own eye out to study it, and that would just be idiotic.

"Yes. It's thanks to Milly and her family that I've been able to get to this point." Rai smiled at Milly, an innocent almost childlike smile, despite him appearing to be just a little bit older than you were. Maybe about a year. What was frustrating however was that he was taller than you! You were still growing, of course, but it hurt to be the shortest person in the car. You didn't feel that bad though, Milly was taller than both of you. You tried not to let such simple things as height bother you, but you hardly struck the figure of an imposing prince at 5'8"... you hadn't stopped growing yet though, so it's not like things were totally hopeless. You hoped... you didn't want to be an inch shorter than Euphemia and three inches shorter than Cornelia when you finally met them again. You couldn't always be the little brother, could you?

"So... do you remember anything about yourself other than your name, Rai?" You decide to focus on talking to the boy, and he shakes his head, while you didn't know how to tell whether somebody was lying from just their body language alone. You felt as if he was being genuine about his loss of memories, and that by itself was quite saddening. You didn't know the boy at all, but you still had some empathy towards somebody suffering from such cruel circumstances. To lose everything about yourself but remain alive. In some ways, forgetting all that you were but continuing to exist was crueler than death, though with Rai's case, considering his rapid ability to relearn basic things through what you surmised to be the reconnection of existing neural pathways, it was clear that there was a hope for him to discover who he once was. You were interested in the tale of the boy who was both badly injured and without memories, it was the sort of thing that intrigued you.
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"To tell the truth, I don't even know if this is my real name. It was... just the first thing that I thought of when I was asked about my name." Ah. So it might not even be his name? Interesting... though it's likely to be at least somewhat related to his real name if your untested and on-the-spot theory about his memories turned out to be true. Your own name was not something easily forgotten, no matter what might've happened, the fact that Rai could remember even something about himself, even if it was incorrect, showed great promise.

"I see..." You don't know why exactly you had taken this level of an interest in the boy. Was it because he had ignited your scientific curiosity? Another mystery to be uncovered and unraveled? It was just a bonus that in unraveling the mystery that this boy hid would also help another person. You liked helping people and... in truth, you found the idea of killing others somewhat abhorrent. That was one of the reasons you had developed or worked to develop means to incapacitate other people without actually needing to kill them. Of course, if you had no choice but to kill, you would, but you hoped things wouldn't get to that point. You weren't a fool who believed that everything could be solved without bloodshed, but you'd try to minimize it if you could. There was enough death in the world without somebody with a mind like yours adding to the tallies. You wanted to change the world, to uncover the secrets being kept by those who believed they controlled everything. Terrorism against the Britannians would never accomplish anything. Nothing but delaying the inevitable, in the case of the JLF. That group hadn't had a single meaningful victory against the occupying Britannians since their formation, and that was with an incompetent viceroy like Clovis in charge! If Cornelia or Schneizel took notice of the JLF and got involved, then you were certain that it would take about a month before their leader's public executions were broadcast to the world. "Do you have any hobbies?" It was a completely pointless question, but you felt like asking it anyway.

"I don't know." Right, you should've expected that much. You spent the rest of the journey heading to Ashford Academy receiving the same answer from Rai no matter what you asked him. He really didn't know anything about himself. Eventually, just as you were starting to grow tired of quizzing the boy and asking questions you already knew wouldn't receive answers, the car pulled up to Ashford Academy, and a relieved looking Milly quickly stepped out of the car.
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"Here we are, you two! Ashford Academy!" You looked at the school. It wasn't that much different from the images you had looked at, and while you had never found personal reason to head to the school yourself, you had looked at enough images to know the basic layout of the building. Rai had also been here too, according to Milly. But you highly doubt he remembered much considering both his amnesia and the fact that he was supposedly heavily wounded at the time. "Now, I suppose the question is if the two of you want a few days to settle in before you start classes, or... if you're ready to just go ahead and meet the Student Council now. I believe that you might know two of the people on the council, actually, Bastian. Lelouch and Nunally Lamperouge, you met the two of them a few years ago, if my memory serves well." Oh. Milly was offering you a chance to get settled in before meeting Lelouch. Well... you suppose that a few days would allow you to better prepare for your planned Chess match with Lelouch... and maybe set up a few cameras around the school, take control of the security room... stuff like that.

>"I'm fine with meeting the Student Council now, Milly."
>"Yeah, I'll want to get settled in first." (Skip 5 days, activity choice if vote wins)
>Something else...
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>>4970481
>"I'm fine with meeting the Student Council now, Milly."
Going in raw. We can spy on the girls locker room later.
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>>4970481
>>"Yeah, I'll want to get settled in first." (Skip 5 days, activity choice if vote wins)
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>>4970481
>"Yeah, I'll want to get settled in first." (Skip 5 days, activity choice if vote wins)
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>>4970481
>"Yeah, I'll want to get settled in first." (Skip 5 days, activity choice if vote wins)
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>>4970481
>"I'm fine with meeting the Student Council now, Milly."
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>>4970481
>"I'm fine with meeting the Student Council now, Milly."
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>>4970481
>"I'm fine with meeting the Student Council now, Milly."
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>>4970481
>"I'm fine with meeting the Student Council now, Milly."
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>>4970481
>>"I'm fine with meeting the Student Council now, Milly."
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>>4970481
>"I'm fine with meeting the Student Council now, Milly."
Here's hoping we beat Lelouch at chess.
Also we're a manlet.
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>>4970946
Actually is it worth beating him at chess?
Flexing aside arousing suspicion might not be good.
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>>4970973
Time to redo Lelouch vs Schneizel chess match.
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Imagine actually thinking in a chess game when Bastian has a brain big enough to just code up a Grandmaster Chess AI and have it run through a pair of glasses or something. Physically impossible to lose and no thinking required. Lulu sweating bullets the whole time while pokerface sigma yawns.
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>>4970984
The solution to this illegal move is to promptly declare all your pawns are now queens because at that point you're just playing imagination chess.
>>4970986
I don't think Geass ever touches upon the superiority of machines at chess, does it?
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>>4970987
Nope. It's all just an algorithm. Considering Bastian's Dexter's Lab tier basement whipping up Deep Blue sounds like child's play.
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>>4970988
Hell, it's a practice/component of getting M.E.R.L.I.N to eventually work. If we want to keep the Arthurian naming theme, maybe something like S.I.D.H.E?
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>>4970992
Arthurian naming theme is the Britannian preference.
Lloyd's team is called Camelot.
Their ace mecha is the Lancelot...
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>>4970993
I guess we'll have to pick a new theme? We'll see what seems appropriate as we learn more about Bastian, or if anything that inspires naming happens in story.
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I'm kinda hoping we can hack the Lancelot.
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Morality wise, I'm worried Bastian doesn't have the spine to do what needs to be done.
He's got some of Euphie's softness it seems.
We're smarter than Lelouch, I think?
Lelouch with a brain could've been emperor by episode 6.
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>>4970994
We could go with monsters? Or wronged mythological heroes? Could be cool having AI squads of knightmares with callsigns like Hydra squad or Arachne squad.
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>>4971012
I think Bastian is too much of a good boy for monsters.
Heroes might work.
What about naming them after angels?
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>>4971014
Specific ones or just types of angels like Virtues or Thrones? That naming approach can even branch out into Kabbalah names if we produce a lot of those battle AIs.
But QM take plot elements not only from anime so even adjusted Nightmare of Nunnally could still happen too. Not sure that taking religious or occult names won't results in huge early interest from Geass Order.
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>>4971022
Why would the Geass Order care if we name our mecha after religious stuff?
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>>4971028
Sorry, guess I thinking too much Eva with mecha and religion.
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>>4971030
Luckily for us I don't think anybody will be piloting their own mom anytime soon.
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Do you think Bastian will be able to realize Kallen is actually a terrorist?
Lelouch needed to waste his Geass on her to figure it out.
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>>4971012
>>4971014
How about monsters that were wronged? Medusa and Arachne would both fit the bill.
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>>4971071
"No pure blooded jap has tits THAT big, She must be a terrorist! "
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>>4971302
Mr paranoid schizophrenic would justifiably hack the surveillance systems and get profiles of everyone at the school once the military issues start in about 5 days time.
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"I'm fine with meeting the Student Council now, Milly." You didn't feel like putting off your reunion with your long-lost half-brother and sister was a good idea. You and Lelouch always had a less... straightforward relationship as a result of the two of you both possessing prodigal intellects in your youth. Schneizel was a little too old for either you or Lelouch to develop a real rivalry with, you still held it as a point of personal pride that you had defeated him once despite the age gap the two of you had. While it wasn't unheard of for children to be able to defeat people many times their own age at chess if they were true prodigies like you, Lelouch and Schneizel were, but for one prodigy to defeat another despite an age gap of ten years... you'd never forget the look on Lelouch and Schneizel when your older brother realized that he had been tricked in the last stage of the game by you purposely sacrificing your last non-pawn piece on the board in order to guarantee that one of your two remaining pawns could become a queen and win the game. It was a gambit that you'd never be able to trick Schneizel with again, nor Lelouch, for that matter. But at the time, your strategy was considered to be masterful. Unfortunately, to spare Schneizel the ridicule of being beaten by a child, his defeat was covered up with him just saying that he had felt bad for taking your last piece, and that he decided to resign after taking your last bishop as a way of not embarrassing you. But he knew, you knew, and Lelouch knew that Schneizel had lost the game.
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"Well, that's fantastic news! Then as the first thing I'm going to do as President of the Student Council... Rai! This is Bastian Ashford, my cousin and the treasurer of the Ashford Student Council!" W-wait! You didn't agree to be a part of the Student Council, much less the treasurer! You don't want to have to be the one in charge of directing the council's budget, you have less agonizingly boring things you want to do than handling the financials for a school! "And Bastian, this is Rai. He's an honorary member of the Student Council, as I believe that he'll need the additional support of the council as a result of his... delicate situation." You crossed your arms as you looked at Rai again and then at Milly. So this was her plan all along then? You supposed that there wouldn't be much of a way to avoid spending time with Lelouch now that your 'cousin' had revealed that you were to take such an important role in the council. Traditionally, the treasurer was only second in command to a president... or third in command, if the president had a deputy president. The third most important position in the Britannian Empire behind the Emperor and the Prime Minister was the Chancellor of the Exchequer, after all, the person in charge of the money of a country was always going to have a tremendous amount of power and sway. Of course, there's a difference between a country and a school. But it was still an important role, so in a way, you were at least thankful to Milly for giving you an important role. Of course, you were annoyed that she did so without asking you first, but it would be impolite to turn her down now, especially as you were acting as her cousin.

"Me? The treasurer, Milly? Do you not already have a treasurer?" You asked with curiosity, and Milly shook her head.
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"I had originally had somebody lined up for the role, but... she turned it down, she didn't want the extra attention it would bring." Wait, what the hell? So this girl could turn down the role of treasurer but you couldn't? That wasn't fair! Damn it, Milly! "Well, she's a member of the council anyway, but she has no official responsibilities. On paper, she's the smartest student the school has ever had. She's aced ever single test she's been given in Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics, Electronics, English Literature, English Language and even Computer Technology!" Milly listed off the girl's accomplishments with a smile on her face. "Perfect grades in every one of the classes! The only competition for her in grades is of course, Lelouch, but... when it comes to the sciences, Nina is clearly ahead. She's also... really very introverted, so I'm hoping that having somebody like you around might help her come out of her shell... though she's... heavily prejudiced against the Elevens because of something that occurred in her past..." Nina, huh? Perhaps another prodigal intellect like yourself and Lelouch? Perhaps greater in some aspects... though that would remain to be seen, you'd enjoy getting to meet a fellow Polymath, at least. You were a little concerned by this apparent prejudice, but you suppose that was a natural result of the Britannian occupation. You weren't going to pry into what had happened to cause her outlook either.

"She sounds quite interesting." You kept talking as you and Rai were led through the halls of Ashford Academy by an excited looking Milly. "And you're saying that she's always had perfect scores, or is this a recent thing?" You wanted to make sure that she hadn't just lucked into finding a cheat sheet or something. You would be tremendously disappointed if the girl turned out to be a fraud. Though with how Milly was speaking about her, it was a possibility that was near-zero that she wasn't genuine.
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"Always! When it comes to posted scores nationally, Nina Einstein is the pride of Ashford Academy! Though... don't let anybody know that I said that. I have a reputation I need to uphold as the President and daughter of the Academy's owners, and I can't be seen showing favoritism to any students with the exception of family like you, as well as people who require special treatment, like Nunally and Rai." Milly said with slight irritation in her tone. Clearly she'd prefer to be able to act as she pleased, but there were certain rules that she needs to both uphold and exemplify as the Student President. "Now, other than the Vice-President Lelouch, who you're both familiar with already to some degree..." Wait, how did Rai know Lelouch? You suppose it was always possible that he was with Milly when the boy was found, but it still surprised you somewhat. "There's his sister, the honorary member Nunally, who is both crippled and blind, so you need to take extra care to be gentle near her. She's a bright young girl who got into an accident at a young age." Milly frowned, you refrained from speaking on Nunally's 'accident' considering that she too was undercover, and it probably wasn't her choice to keep her name instead of changing it to something safer. "Then there is Shirley Fenette, a kind girl who'll befriend pretty much anybody she sees if they give her half the chance. She's also one of the academy's better scoring students, and her family is incredibly prestigious." Ah yes, you'd actually heard of the Fenettes, they were no doubt prestigious, and powerful too. Close to being granted Noble Titles for their continual military service and contributions to the war effort. Earl seemed to be a likely result of their service. You wouldn't be surprised if one day soon, this Shirley would gain the epithet 'Lady' before her name. Then again... it's not like it would be hard for you to regain the title of Prince. Between you and Lelouch though, the title of '11th Prince of the Holy Britannian Empire' was considered cursed. Before Lelouch's exile, you had been the 12th prince. Then when the line of succession was adjusted, you held the title your elder half-brother once had, only to lose it thanks to your disappearance.

"And... anybody else?" You were fairly interested in all of them so far, which for you, was an oddity.
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"Well, there's the secretary, Rivalz Cardemonde, but..." Milly sighed. "Well, he's the easy-go-lucky sort. I'm sure you'll get on with him well if you want to give him a chance." It seemed that Milly had more... complicated feelings about the secretary of the council. But you decided it would be better not to press her on that particular line. "Ah. Look at that, we've arrived!" Milly abruptly stopped at a set of doors before she pushed the two of them open, allowing you to see the people within. A few people you weren't familiar with, who must've been the other members of the council Milly told you about, then there was the surprised looking face of one Lelouch 'Lamperouge' and the gentle expression of his sister, who he was standing next to.

>Introduce yourself to everyone.
>Allow Milly to handle the Introductions.
>Ignore the introductions entirely, go over to Lelouch and challenge him to a match of chess.
>Something else...
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>>4971556
>>Ignore the introductions entirely, go over to Nunally and abscond with her, telling Lelouch if he wants her back he has to beat us in chess.
Then we can go get lunch and catch up with Nunally while we wait for him.
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>>4971556
>Introduce yourself to everyone.
It wouldn't hurt to make a little bit of an effort.
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>>4971556
>Introduce yourself to everyone.
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>>4971556
>Introduce yourself to everyone.
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>>4971556
>Introduce yourself to everyone.
>go over to Lelouch and challenge him to a match of chess.
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Challenging lulu here basically ensures he'll be suspicious of us. Wouldn't Mr. Schizo prefer to size him up a bit first?

>>4971556
>Introduce yourself to everyone.

Time for Sigma dialogue
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>>4971556
>Introduce yourself to everyone.
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>>4971556
>Introduce yourself to everyone.
>Something else...
Proclaim that you will build the blind girl new eyes and an exo suit to walk in.
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>>4971556
>>Introduce yourself to everyone.
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>>4971556
Yo wizard, so if in setting we're at the tech level where we can make mechs, how come the blind girl isn't walking and seeing yet? Can we be the first one to develop the techniques to cure cripples? It would be smart to get royalties for the discovery.
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>>4971787
the anime actually explains it. the blindness/crippling is entirely mental and is caused by geass magic n shit
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>>4971800
The fuck? Well how do we unfuck that?
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>>4971807
Have you never watched the anime or read the manga lad?
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>>4971821
No, only some meme's and an episode I saw a long time ago.
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>>4971826
Well spoilers then, Bascially she gets mentally unfucked by Lelouch doing some stupid shit and she opens her eye. She is blind, Therefore can't open them or something in the anime. But once open she well...realizes she can see.

Her spines still fucked though, I think thats both geas and bullets.
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>>4971830
The Geas blindness sounds like bullshit, but I think Bastian could totally unfuck her spine either through implants or surgery.
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>>4971840
I'd say Rai probably could remove the blindness with his Geass.
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>>4971845
....hhhoooowwwwww?
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>>4971840
>>4971830
It's not just her spine, I think she can actually feel her waist down, it's that her legs got turned into chili con carne.
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>>4971852
Its the same as Lelouch's geass but sound based instead of needing eye contact and he could simply command her to not be blind (this would actually work).
Geass Cancellers are also established as a thing and it isnt completely unreasonable to build one considering we are making a Knightmare Frame in our basement
Either way these solutions only really work for the blindness part because apparently her legs are physically fucked up and not just crippled by Geass
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>>4971875
....so we can still unfuck her legs through conventional means? That's good I guess????
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>>4971875
Who the fuck is Rai?
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>>4971941
the kid we were talking to, the one with amnesia.
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>>4971807
Charles' Geass rewrites, erases and implants memories in people. He mindraped his own daughter into being a cripple purely from mental compulsion.
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>>4971941
OC donut steel MC from Code Geass Lost Colors visual novel
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Giving Nunally her legs back will make Lelouch simp to us.
It's well worth the effort considering everything he does is for her sake though.
Now he won't have to make a world without stairs.
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Would it be possible to at least attempt to protect Shirley's Smile and Confidence, which starts with saving her dad from a certain landslide?

And maybe preventing someone from just blowing her off constantly.
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>>4971556
>>4971562
+1
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>>4972193
I don't see why not.
Bastian is clearly a very good person even if he seemingly has trouble showing it.
He's even working on non-lethal takedowns for stuff because he doesn't like killing.
Getting Lelouch to deal with Shirley's feelings would be good for both of them.
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>>4972193
How is someone as socially retarded as Bastion going to set two people up?
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>>4972219
Engineer a perfect algorithm to get them together.
Or lock them together in a room for a day.
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>>4972219
If Milly knows some of what we can do it shouldn't be long before we get asked to do something to help, or if we find an opportunity to get her to help.
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"Good morning everyone." You stepped forwards, walking in front of Milly in order to address the student council. "My name is Bastian Ashford. I'm not sure if Milly told you about me, but I'm her younger cousin. She's asked me to take the role of treasurer on for the student council, so I will strive to do the best I can." You gave them all a polite smile, and the girl with orange-y blonde hair spoke up in surprise at your sudden appearance and revelation.

"Huh? You asked a new student to be the treasurer, Milly? Also, you never mentioned anything about a cousin, how come?" The orangey-blonde haired girl was clearly unsure about the addition of a new unknown student to the student council, and she didn't sound all too pleased about Milly's decision to keep you a secret either.

"Oh? I never mentioned him? Huh, well... he's the sort of person who likes to keep to himself, honestly. I doubt he'd appreciate me talking to other people about him without his knowledge."

"What's this, you've started to respect the privacy of other people now, Milly?" Lelouch stepped up now, curiosity in his voice as he looked at you, Milly and then at the yet to be introduced Rai. Clearly, he must've been curious as to the meaning behind all of this, perhaps more curious than the rest of the council members, who were obviously surprised by the sudden addition of a new member to the Student Council who was previously not even a student at Ashford.

"Well... he is family." Milly gave Lelouch a half-smile. "I'm sure I must've mentioned something about him at one point, did I just forget to tell you two about the student transfer that was going to occur?" Milly was actually surprisingly good at lying when she needed to be, in fact, even right now you couldn't tell if the girl was lying or telling the truth! You suppose those are the skills that you need to learn when you're a member of a fallen noble family and you need to keep the truth obscured at all times due to having multiple secrets that could cause the destruction of the family... or somebody who wants to go into journalism, either or.
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"Not to my recollection, Milly." Lelouch shrugged, the boy was clearly just as sharp as he ever was, you were lucky to have such fine control over your own emotions in situations like this, because you really really wanted to burst out laughing at how little Lelouch had done to disguise himself or Nunally. How the hell nobody in this school who had ever looked at a picture of the missing Lelouch and Nunally vi Britannia and never put two and two together was beyond you. Or maybe some of them had and just didn't want to bring it up or make a scene? It was weird, but you suppose at a stretch you could understand things. He then walked up to you and looked you right in the eyes, holding out a hand. "Lelouch Lamperouge, I'm the Vice-President of the Student Council. It's a pleasure to meet you, Bastian." Ah, there's that charisma you were expecting from him, those perfectly rehearsed movements and speech patterns. That's the posture of somebody who actually paid attention in his etiquette lessons.

"Yes, I'm sure it is." You smirked, and Lelouch frowned at your joke. "Joking aside, it's a pleasure to meet you as well, Lelouch. Milly has told me quite a bit about you." Well, not really all that much, but you knew enough about Lelouch already from growing up with your elder brother... at least up until he was sent away.

"She has? How very unlike our president to go talking about others behind their backs." Lelouch had a confident smirk on his face. "Nothing too embarrassing I hope." Looks like Lelouch wasn't yet suspicious of you, clearly, he hadn't been able to easily recognize you as you had managed to easily recognize him. Though he must've been aware of your disappearance too, it was something that you made as difficult as possible to connect your current self to. The existence of Sebastian li Britannia was one that you had made as difficult as possible to connect the existence of Bastian Ashford to. While your name might've been something of a giveaway at first glance, it was actually so that you had a reasonable way to deflect attention from somebody who knew your identity mistakenly calling you by your true name. Which... turns out to have been completely unnecessary what with Lelouch here.
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"Not much, really, she did tell me that you were a big fan of Chess though, and I must admit, I'm something of a fan too. I'd like to see how you play at some point." Lelouch rose an eyebrow at you. Obviously he wasn't expecting to be challenged to a game of Chess by somebody who he'd just met, not to mention somebody who should be well aware of how skilled he was. Of course, you knew Lelouch's prowess very well, even assuming his skill hadn't increased from the time you were children, defeating him would still be something of a challenge, though you were confident in your analytical algorithmic mind to see you through to victory. Analyzing the game-state was something of a specialty of yours. Planning for your opponents next moves and being three steps ahead of them through tactical analysis of all possible moves and outcomes. It was a technique that actually put stress on your own mind, but your algorithmic thought process was something unique to you, and by taking into account everything about a situation, you were fairly certain you would always be able to form a winning strategy. Of course, that would require you to have all the information available to you, though over a protracted game like Chess, you couldn't rely on being able to use your algorithmic thought processes for too long. You might've idolized computers, but you couldn't force your mind to function like one for too long before you would just pass out.

"H-hey, are you sure you want to go about challenging Lelouch at Chess? I've never seen him lose a single game! He's like some sort of Chess God!" The blue haired boy suddenly warned you about Lelouch's skill, Rivalz, if Milly's explanations were correct. He seemed like he had a good heart.

"Well, I'm always up for a game. Why don't we get a bored now, Bastian. It's not often I get people challenging me to a game despite knowing how good I am... well, I do find myself defeating Nobles who are aware of my abilities, but... you don't strike me as the kind to overestimate your own abilities." Lelouch had a confident smile on his face, looks like he wants to play too. Well, how convenient for you.

>"Ha! How good could you be? I'll beat you in under 30 moves." (Try to win dramatically)
>"Well, let's see who's better, shall we?" (Try to win)
>"I look forward to playing a fellow grandmaster." (Just play casually, try to use it as an opportunity to get a read on him)
>"I think the one overestimating his abilities is you, Lelouch." (Play just to frustrate Lelouch)
>Something else...
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>>4972668
>>Something else...
Play exactly like Schneizel. As close to perfect as we can replicate. Keep shiteater grin on at all times.
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>>4972668
>”I believe practice makes perfect, Lelouch. Let's have a fun game.” (Try to get Lelouch into same situation Schneizel was in >>4971548 but let him win and make sure he knows you let him win where Schneizel lost)
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>>4972668
>"Mere chess ill befits minds such as ours. Let's take this game into the fifth dimension!" (Challenge Lelouch to a game of 5D Chess With Multiverse Time Travel)

no but seriously
>Use the playing style you came up with all those years ago to beat Schneizel.
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>>4972668
>>"I look forward to playing a fellow grandmaster." (Just play casually, try to use it as an opportunity to get a read on him)

Attempts to replicate the method we used against Schneizel will instantly call our hand, and that's silly.
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>>4972668
>"I look forward to playing a fellow grandmaster." (Just play casually, try to use it as an opportunity to get a read on him)
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>>4972668
>"I look forward to playing a fellow grandmaster." (Just play casually, try to use it as an opportunity to get a read on him)
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>>4972668
>>"I look forward to playing a fellow grandmaster." (Just play casually, try to use it as an opportunity to get a read on him)
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>>4972668
>"I look forward to playing a fellow grandmaster." (Just play casually, try to use it as an opportunity to get a read on him)
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>>4972708
+1
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>>4972708
+1
Really like this
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"I look forward to playing a fellow Grandmaster." You smiled at Lelouch, letting him know that you were indeed on his level of skill, at least rank-wise. You hadn't even really had to work that hard to get the rank, just show up at a few contests once in a while and beat a few other players. Their play-styles were predictable and amateur, generally. As far as games go, Chess isn't an incredibly complex one, which is why computers had effectively already mastered the game. It was simply an algorithmic process of going through the routes that would lead to the most favorable outcome for you and the least favorable outcome for your opponent. Positioning was key to victory in the game, and seeing as a computer algorithm was capable of taking into account millions of calculations about positioning in a traditional game, it was obvious as to just what was superior.

Of course, officially, Chess AI had been banned in the Britannian Empire, which was honestly just hilarious. The nobility and the royalty who enjoyed the game felt so threatened by something as simple as being beaten by a machine that they had the entire idea banned! What made things even more ironic was the funding that the Britannians later put into the development of far more advanced AI, though as per your theft and deletion of all the back-up files, that too had basically been entirely canceled. You were probably one of the few people on the planet who understood how dangerous a true AI could become. Something with a limitless amount of processing power but with all the thought capacity of a human being. In a world run on machinery and electronics, that sort of being would be something akin to a God. Only through fleeing their own creations would humanity be able to resist such a thing. Perhaps only through machinery like this with good intentions could a truly perfect society be formed? Who can tell?

"You're a Grandmaster?" Lelouch sounded surprised. "I must admit, I didn't expect to meet somebody as young as yourself who had the rank. You really must be something of a prodigy." Lelouch was a little more guarded just by hearing about your rank, but that didn't matter. It was better that he knew of your skill beforehand instead of being surprised by your technique in the game itself. Both options would arouse suspicion, but the path you had taken would ensure the minimal chance that he cottoned on to the fact that you weren't simply Milly's cousin. Low as that chance might be. Lelouch was smart, but he wasn't so paranoid as to connect you and your royal self. You had strived to appear different to your past self. Even athletically, you were in good shape thanks to your time spent hauling scrap for your projects. Though it really looked like Lelouch was the opposite, with his skinny frame, you kind of doubted that he'd even be able to throw a punch that could hurt somebody.
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"Heh, don't flatter me too much, Lelouch. I've heard about your skill, and even if you don't officially rank, you're also a Grandmaster in terms of skill, aren't you?" You smirked at the boy, and he shrugged. You were looking forward to being able to play Lelouch, to see how his strategy had changed over the years.

"So I've been told." Shirley brought a board to a nearby table. "Thank you, Shirley." Lelouch gave the girl a quick thank you as he started to set the board up. "Now, let's flip a coin to decide who gets to pick their color, shall we?" Lelouch offered the traditional sportsmanlike approach of a coin toss to decide who got what color, but that wasn't necessary.

"Oh? I'd prefer you just have the opportunity to choose your color, Lelouch. It's not often I get the chance to play somebody else on my level of skill, and I'd like to see just what you'll pick." Lelouch looked a little put-off by your decision to allow him to pick the color, but he shrugged.

"Very well, then I'll pick Black, and allow you the first move." Black? A reactive personality, rather than a proactive one, perhaps? That much was clearly for certain. In all his time in Japan, it appeared as if he hadn't made much progress towards anything at all. What was he waiting for, exactly? With his level of strategic thinking, he could at least do something! After all, unless something is done, you estimate that the Britannian Empire will have achieved global rule in the next 5 years. Neither of the other global superpowers had the tenacity to last long against the power of the Britannians, not to mention that the Britannian's had the best technology, always remaining on the cutting edge. The amount of times they had wiped out an opposing force through the revealing of a newly upgraded Knightmare Frame was genuinely frightening. Victory through superiority of arms and strategy. It was a devious combination that sheer manpower couldn't overcome.

"As you wish." You both took a seat at the table, and you made the first move, moving a knight forwards onto the field. Knights may have been your favorite piece of all in chess. The one piece that wasn't bound to the same rules that all other pieces are required to follow. A wildcard if there ever was one. Sure, the Rook was powerful, and the Queen even more so, but the rule breaking nature of the Knight was its greatest appeal. No other unit could move like the Knight, and no other unit could jump over units as the Knight could. Even if it was deviously difficult to get your opponent into Checkmate with a Knight as an offensive piece.
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The match continued for a while, and you noticed that Lelouch was hesitant to trade units, though he also bizarrely wasn't afraid of using his own King as an offensive piece. The match continued for some time as the two of you both played relatively casually. You managed to discern from his play-style that not only was Lelouch a more reactive personality, but he was also somebody who disliked trading units at no gain to himself. Or at least that was what you believed to be the case until he took advantage of the board and took your queen and put you into Check at the same time. Though he hadn't noticed that was your plan the entire time, as you swiftly took his queen with a knight and then went on to take a carelessly placed Bishop. The match became one of such intense concentration, that even though the two of you were playing casually and didn't have an true intent to win, neither of you heard the bell ring to signify the start of classes, at least up until Milly stepped in.

"That's it, you two! Lelouch, you'll need to continue this with Bastian later on. You have lessons you need to take. I need to get Bastian and Rai's paperwork sorted out to, so..." She in no uncertain terms told Lelouch that the game was over, but Lelouch didn't seem to think much of it. The game was still in an uncertain state, where either of you could've taken victory. A draw.

"You were good, Bastian. I look forward to playing you at chess once again." Lelouch had a smile on his face, not all too bothered by the interrupted game. Neither of you were playing seriously, but at the same time, you both knew that. Lelouch was still tremendously skilled at the game, though you imagined that you would've been able to defeat him if you really gave it your all.

"You too, Lelouch. Let's do it again sometime when we have a little more free-time, shall we? I intend to defeat you next time." The rest of the student council, with the exception of Milly, were utterly flabbergasted by the draw, though Milly swiftly chaperoned them all out of the Student Council Room with the exception of Nunally, who she had left you and Rai alone with for a moment. You imagined that Milly would be back in just a moment for Nunally, Rai and yourself, but you probably had a few minutes if you wanted to say something.

>Say something to Nunally (What?)
>Say something to Rai (What?)
>Say nothing and wait for Milly to show up again.
>Run off and go looking for the school's security room so you can hack the cameras.
>Something else...
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>>4973657
>Say something to Nunally (What?)
>So how you and your brother been doing here? I have to say I feel a bit dissapointed Lelouch failed to recognize me.
>I might be able to help you with your wheelchair situation
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>>4973657
>Run off and go looking for the school's security room so you can hack the cameras.
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>>4973659
>>4973661
Why not... both?
Nunally is in a wheelchair.
We can talk as we walk her to the security room.
She's a good girl.
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>>4973657
>Run off and go looking for the school's security room so you can hack the cameras.
We should steal these sometime and make a factsphere out of them.
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>>4973657
>>Run off and go looking for the school's security room so you can hack the cameras.
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>>4973675
Wouldn't our Frankenmech have one already?
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>>4973657
>Run off and go looking for the school's security room so you can hack the cameras.
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>>4965536
We need a Hackerman Bastian edit with this image.
Also where did this image come from?
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I can't wait to build our own faction.
Should we invite Milly as well as Nina?
Shirley might be able to provide stockpile information for military grade equipment too.
Getting Shirley involved in the terrorism business is the best chance she has at getting Lelouch in the end.
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We can design perfect eternal companion for C.C.
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>>4973723
Do you think MERLIN will be male or female in personality?
The name suggests male but a man can dream about his AI wife.
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>>4973726
Everything depends on our lord and savior W.I.Z.A.R.D but having Nine-expy AI in Code Geass would be cool as fuck.
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>>4973690
Like this?
Also, it's heavily edited from some picture I found at some point.
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>>4974112
Nice work, QM.
>>4973733
Building an AI or an android?
Androids would be good for dealing with Geass users.
Is Bastian smart enough though?
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If we get cameras up Lelouch and Kallen will basically be our bitches.
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>>4974112
Based
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Well... now that Milly was gone, and there is nobody watching you... you felt like now would be a perfect time to engage in a little bit of espionage. You knew that the school must have at least some sort of security room, as you'd noticed that there were more than a few security cameras around the place... of course, interestingly enough, they had been disabled. There hadn't been a single security camera that appeared to be active in the entire school. Were they down for maintenance, or did Ashford Academy purposely keep them disabled so that the chances of Lelouch and Nunally's discovery were limited? The two were very much hiding in plain sight, but you suppose that keeping a video feed may have just been considered a little too foolish by the Ashford family. After all, their family would be totally doomed if it was uncovered that they were keeping the existence of two presumed dead royals hidden from the Britannian Empire.

"Rai. Nunally. I'm afraid I need to go, tell Milly that I've just gone to look for the restroom if she comes back, OK?" Milly probably wouldn't believe that was what you were up to, but what was she going to do about it? You were capable of making your own decisions, and you wanted to make sure that you had access to whatever security systems that this school building had. While you weren't expecting much, setting the cameras to appear disabled while having a direct feed to your laptop for every camera in the building would be ideal for catching any foul play. You were a little suspicious about Lelouch still, after all. Could he have really just stood by and done nothing for all this time?

"Uh? Yeah. Sure." Rai seemed not to have any sort of suspicions as to what you were doing, and Nunally didn't either. Or at least if she did she didn't voice them. The girl was a blind cripple, there was genuinely very little that she could do to stop you even if she wanted to. You felt for Lelouch's plight. Even back then when he was still officially the Eleventh Prince, it was clear to everyone around that he adored his younger sister. The day that Marianne died and Nunally suffered from those terrible injuries is the day that Lelouch's heart must've broken. That he's still taking care of his sister even despite the danger of remaining with her with their original names shows just how much he does care for her.

With Rai's barely aware acknowledgment of your actions, you slipped out of the student council room and started to sneak around the corridors. Or well, rather than sneaking, you were walking with something of a hurried pace. To trick anybody who might see you into believing that you were nothing more than a new student who was late for his class. Both fortunately and unfortunately for you, Ashford Academy was huge, so you spent quite a bit of time wandering about as you looked for the security room. Eventually, you came across a 'Faculty Only' portion of the building, so you slipped inside without any hesitation.
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To the right was a room that was labeled 'Break Room', not exactly something you wanted to go inside of. Especially not with the multiple voices you could hear from the teachers and staff talking about... something behind the door. It wasn't relevant to you at all, anyway. You doubt that the teachers really had any sort of idea as to what was going on here in this academy. The fact that the Ashfords had started to try to get you to interact more with the outside world was a sign that they might be plotting to reveal you to the rest of the world at some point in the future. You didn't have much evidence as to that theory, but it was a sudden change, and you personally believed that all changes required catalysts to occur. Nothing can happen without a reason, a simple fact of life. There was a chain of actions that led to every action. In this case, it would appear as if the Ashford Academy were likely growing tired of their current situation, and though Milly herself probably wasn't aware of it right now, they would likely attempt to reveal your identity to the world and arrange a marriage or something, knowing ex-Britannian Nobility. Milly had already managed to turn down multiple suitors who had been forced on her in the past through her overbearing personality. Though you only kept an eye on some of her affairs out of concern for yourself, you noticed that most Britannian nobles who were set up to have dates with her seemed to dislike her attitude, instead clearly preferring women who were submissive to them. Milly obviously understood that, and not wanting to basically be sold to some random noble somewhere so that her family could regain stature, had adopted a few techniques that would enable her to scare off potential marriage candidates. She was better at manipulating people than you gave her credit for, when you thought about it like that. She had even managed to get you to open up to her a little. But... you couldn't wholeheartedly trust the Ashford family, even if you could trust Milly herself. There was too much risk involved in doing such things.
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Walking past the break room, you kept creeping through the faculty only part of the building until you came across an unmarked door that seemed to be relatively disused, there was a buildup of dust on the door-handle, and in upper corners of the doors, cobwebs had formed naturally over time. Interesting... You pulled the door handle down and pushed, but the door was locked. Annoying. You looked at the door, and saw that it was a basic cheap lock. You had a few screwdrivers in your bag, so... you could probably just use it to force the lock open, though that would almost certainly render it unusable in the future... or you could just... kick the lock? You're pretty certain that the cheap aluminum lock would snap with a well-placed kick, though it might alert the staff room that you're breaking into the security room.

>Force the lock open with a screwdriver.
>Kick the lock and break it, who cares about being indiscreet?
>See if you can find a key nearby. The headmaster's office should be close, and that should contain a key.
>Just go back to the Student Council Room. This can wait until tonight. Less risk.
>Remove one of your contacts and use your Geass to unlock the door.
>Something else...
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>>4975062
>Force the lock open with a screwdriver.

I mean the dust and cobwebs implies that no-one goes here so we'll have time to come back and replace the lock if we feel we need to.
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>>4975062

>Force the lock open with a screwdriver

If we can build a knightmare from scrap, we can fix a lock we broke
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>>4975062
>>Remove one of your contacts and use your Geass to unlock the door.
why should we hinder ourselves?
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>>4975062
>See if you can find a key nearby. The headmaster's office should be close, and that should contain a key.
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>>4975062
>Remove one of your contacts and use your Geass to unlock the door.
That's why we have it
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>>4975062
>Remove one of your contacts and use your Geass to unlock the door.
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>>4975062
Based Chad Milly. She ain't gonna settle for any limp noodle arm onions noble cuck.

>>4975062
>Remove one of your contacts and use your Geass to unlock the door.
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While you could probably break through this door with more mundane means, this is the exact sort of situation where your Geass would excel, and honestly, it's about your best option too. While you don't like relying on it when there are alternatives that would work just as well, in a situation where all you could do is attempt to break the door's lock with a screwdriver or look for a key that you might not be able to actually find, then your Geass is clearly the best solution. Though it's a mundane door-lock without any electronic parts, your Geass still has the power to manipulate such mechanisms. It's a supernatural wonder, could it have something to do with the manipulation of the metallic parts of the lock through electromagnetism, maybe? Or was it something else? No, it couldn't merely be magnetism that allowed your power to work, could it? No... from your testing, a few years back, the power of Geass was something that worked on any form of mechanism, so long as it had moving parts, you could manipulate it. It made little sense to your scientific mind that there would be some sort of... unknown force out there that could be used to manipulate the world around you to your will when it came to machinery and mechanisms, but it existed, and while you didn't like having to rely on powers that you could not yet comprehend, you would not ignore the most useful path.

You quickly reached up to your right eye and removed the colored contact for a moment, before placing your hand on the door's lock and uttering two words under your breath, almost silently. "Obey me." It was a simple order, but not one that didn't hold any power. For the moment that you uttered the command, your control was temporarily taken from your body and you used your will itself to force the door into unlocking. Years of built-up rust and grime on the locking mechanism were shook loose as the bolt of the lock slid into its rightful place and the door was unlocked. It was a process that took less than two seconds of focus to accomplish, and knowing that your job was done, you allowed your mind to take control over your own body once again. It was always an odd experience, to be separated from your own body like your Geass enabled. You had of course already pondered on what might happen if your body were to somehow die while you were within a mechanism. Would your mind continue to exist within the mechanism? Or would death automatically cancel out your Geass? It... really wasn't something that you were in any sort of hurry to find out.
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Clenching your hands for a moment and ensuring that you indeed had full control over your body once again, you pushed open the door leading to the previously locked room, making sure to shut it securely behind you so as to erase any suspicions that anybody would go into the room in the first place. Even more conveniently, it turned out that the room had an interior lock that didn't require a key to operate. Probably a safety feature so that nobody was locked inside the room by accident. There weren't any windows in the room, though there were a few dusty looking monitors and a computer unit, as well as a few obviously empty filing cabinets. The cabinets had no use to you at all, so you ignored them in favor of booting up the computer. The machinery within the the old computer whirred as it came to life, and the largest monitor in the room showed the OS boot-up screen. The damn thing was still running something two Operating Systems out of date! Of course, that meant that there were hundreds of patched security vulnerabilities that you could take advantage of, so you weren't that bothered by the slow speeds.

Eventually, the boot-up process stopped, and the monitor displayed the log-in screen. Username: Administrator... hmm... you type 'Password' into the password box, and somewhat unremarkably, the computer immediately lets you through. Looks like somebody wasn't paying any attention to their password security. It was moments like this one that reminded you just how incompetent the majority of people around you were. Still, their blunder was your gain, and you happily watched as the log-in process was completed with a cheerful looking welcome screen.

Your eyes scanned the desktop, finding only a few icons of much interest. CameraMaster was obviously what you were looking for, while you could probably look at some secure records for the school from here, you really didn't care enough to check. It was a high-class private academy for Britannian parents that chose to or had to live in Area 11 for whatever reason. It wasn't really the sort of place where you could find top secret intelligence. The best you'd be able to find out is maybe Nunally and Lelouch's true identities, and... well, you already know that. You strongly doubted that Ashford Academy had any secrets to hold other than yourself and the vi Britannias. At least not any that would be documented on this old computer, anyway.
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Ignoring the records and ancient outdated video files, you loaded up CameraMaster, and immediately, the other monitors blinked to life behind the master terminal. Each one simply read 'Offline' right now, though you could easily turn the cameras on right now, if you wanted to. Though some more attentive people might notice if the recording lights on the cameras were enabled... it was of course possible for you to code a quick program that would prevent the LED activation in the cameras, but that would take a few minutes, and you still needed to hook CameraMaster to your laptop too!

>Enable the cameras.
>Write a program to have the cameras appeared disabled when active, then activate them.
>Just copy all of the data that allows for the cameras to be controlled onto your own laptop then get out.
>Something else...
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>>4976143
>Just copy all of the data that allows for the cameras to be controlled onto your own laptop then get out.

We're on a bit of a time limit.
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Is there a rule to how the vi, zi, li particle in royalty names is decided or is that arbitrary attempt to create something distinctive from “de” or “von” Britannias came up with when they left EU?
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>>4976143
>Just copy all of the data that allows for the cameras to be controlled onto your own laptop then get out.

>>4976176
I don't think there's a firm rule, other than the particle being the same for children of the same mother and different for children of different mothers.
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>>4976143
>Just copy all of the data that allows for the cameras to be controlled onto your own laptop then get out.
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>>4976143
>>Just copy all of the data that allows for the cameras to be controlled onto your own laptop then get out.
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>>4976143
>Just copy all of the data that allows for the cameras to be controlled onto your own laptop then get out.
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>>4976142
>Just copy all of the data that allows for the cameras to be controlled onto your own laptop then get out.

We can the script at home, when we're not at risk of being caught on our FIRST day.
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>>4976143
>>Just copy all of the data that allows for the cameras to be controlled onto your own laptop then get out.
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While it's unlikely that anybody will actually find you in this room, you don't really want Milly getting suspicious of you on your very first day at school, and the off-chance that you do end up getting caught by a teacher or something would be a nightmare. You really doubted you'd be able to simply talk your way out of something like that either, while you didn't like to admit it, but your people skills were... well, there was a reason why you preferred the company of the near-silent whir of machinery rather than your peers. With a few exceptions, of course, but those exceptions were only exceptions because you considered them to be exceptional in some regard, those without any stand-out qualities were just people you were unable to properly get along with. Rivalz, the secretary of the Student Council, was one such person. Despite being surrounded by people with either exceptional circumstances or abilities, he was... just normal. This was one such reason that you weren't exactly the best at talking with other people. Unless you saw them as interesting, you just had difficulty bringing yourself not to speak down to them or dismiss them out of hand.

Deciding that the best thing to do would simply be to download everything and get out, you grabbed your own laptop out of your schoolbag before opening it up and connecting a high speed data transfer cable between it and the security room computer, then you simply ran a program on your own laptop in order to copy and download the relevant files for controlling the schools relatively lackluster security systems. It only took about thirty seconds before the file transfer was complete, and with that done, you closed the security computer down. With your business in the security room concluded, you put your laptop back in your bag, and after peeking through the keyhole of the door to the hallway outside to check that the coast was clear, you left the room.

You quickly hurried back out of the Faculty Only section of the school building and back into the general use hallways, thankfully not being seen all the while. You were about to start to return to the Student Council room, but you spotted something a little odd. A girl with red hair rapidly ducked into one of the rooms, clearly trying to avoid being seen by you but just a moment too late not to draw your notice. Who... was that?
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You begin to wonder just what reason somebody could have for hiding from you of all people. It's an impossibility that she figured out your true identity with just a glance, so then... why was she hiding? Something about this whole situation felt strange. Was she skipping class and trying to hide from everyone or something? Would a girl skipping class really care about what other people might think about them skipping class? Or was she maybe afraid that you'd inform a teacher of her truancy? You didn't really know if it was worth your time investigating the girl's circumstances, you supposed that there could be something else going on, but... what could you really have to gain from going after a girl skipping her classes?

>Ignore the girl, you need to get back to the Student Council Room.
>Investigate the girl. Your interest has been piqued.
>Something else...
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>>4977135
>Ignore the girl, you need to get back to the Student Council Room.
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>>4977135
>Investigate the girl. Your interest has been piqued.
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>>4977135
>Investigate the girl. Your interest has been piqued.
Kallen!
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>>4977134
>Ignore the girl, you need to get back to the Student Council Room.

She's probably just really shy.
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>>4977135
>Ignore the girl, you need to get back to the Student Council Room.

I totally get why people would want to, but unless she actually saw us coming out of the staff area, I'm not sure Sebastian would care?
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>>4977290
Well he could be worried she is a spy, that his or the other royals‘ are being looked for.
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>>4977135
>>Investigate the girl. Your interest has been piqued.
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>>4977135
>Investigate the girl. Your interest has been piqued.
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>>4977135
>Ignore the girl, you need to get back to the Student Council Room.
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>>4977135
>>Investigate the girl. Your interest has been piqued.
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>>4977135
>>Ignore the girl, you need to get back to the Student Council Room.
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>>4977135
>>Investigate the girl. Your interest has been piued.
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>>4977135
>Investigate the girl. Your interest has been piqued.

I think Kallen has been following the mc. We have no idea how much she knows and we can atleast know who she is. She usually pretends to be sick this will at least bust her and clearify how much she has seen.
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>>4977135
>Investigate the girl. Your interest has been piqued.
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Could the girl have seen you in the Faculty Only section of the school? You had walked some distance from the Faculty Area already, but... you couldn't discount the idea that the girl had managed to see what you were up to and was following you. You hadn't seen anybody when you left the room, but that doesn't mean that you were totally in the clear. There were a lot of places that you could've been seen from when you exited, after all.

It was honestly probably nothing, but... you couldn't just disregard the possibility that the girl had seen you and was planning on reporting you to a teacher for obviously sneaking into the Faculty Area. You really didn't need the trouble on your first day, and while you were pretty certain that any trouble you found yourself in could be swept under the rug thanks to Milly and through your own connections as somebody who was technically an Ashford, it still wouldn't look great. You also didn't want to use any sort of connection that you had as a result of posing as Milly's cousin either. The Ashford family certainly wouldn't enjoy that, and you were kind of only housed thanks to their good grace, not that it would be difficult for you to hack a few ATMs for all the money you would need to rent your own place.

Taking a deep breath, you set off to follow the girl. Speed walking over to where you had seen her duck into a room. You sighed as you looked at the sign on the door, either the girl hadn't noticed it herself, or she was so desperate to avoid your notice that she just dived into the room without a single care as to what it actually was. Either way, you felt that things were about to get... just a little bit awkward.

You pushed the door labeled 'Storage Closet' open and saw the red haired girl staring directly at you like a deer in the headlights of a haulage truck. Her facial features... was she half-Japanese? She remained frozen in shock for a few moments before you finally decided to break the silence and spoke.

"Uh... are you... OK, in there, miss?" She was probably a year or two older than you, so you opted to be polite. Even from her appearance alone, she looked like a shy and reclusive girl. You were starting to believe that she might've hid from you simply because she was so shy that she avoided all social encounters with other people. Well that was one possible explanation of just why the girl had tried so hard to avoid being noticed by you.
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"I... um... sorry, I um... guess I just got startled when I thought you s-saw me... I thought that you... might have... um... been one of those trouble-making new students..." The girl seemed to be desperately looking around for an escape, but there was no energy to her actions. The girl almost acted like she had some sort of illness or condition that prevented her from putting too much energy into her actions. But at the same time, she did duck into this storage cabinet pretty quick. Odd, but... could it have just been adrenaline? Odd to get your adrenaline pumping simply because you wanted to avoid somebody who you thought might've been a school bully, but... the excuse wasn't something impossible to believe, especially not for a girl who looked as shy as this.

"Ah, well, I'm sorry to have startled you, miss, but... I'm not a trouble-making student at all. In fact, I'm brand new here at Ashford Academy! It's my first day, and I was actually just talking to the headmaster about a few things." A lie, but not one that she would have any reason to investigate. "My name is Bastian Ashford, and you are...?" Her eyes widened a little as you announced your last name, looks like she made the connection pretty quickly.

"K-Kallen... Kallen... Stadtfeld." The shy older girl gave you her name, and you tried to give her a reassuring smile. It was kind of silly that she was still standing in the storage cabinet.

"Well, Kallen... do you want to leave the storage cabinet now? I'm not a bully or a delinquent or anything like that, I promise." You promised the girl, and she nodded.

"T-thanks. The truth is that... I don't have many friends here. Most... most people don't want to be seen with me because... I'm only half-Britannian." Ah, there it was, the typical Britannian racial superiority shining through once again, even to the point where it was inherent within an entire school. Of course, not everyone shared such viewpoints, but as a result of simple peer pressure, you could imagine that it could be very hard for Kallen.

>"So you're half-Japanese? The war with Britannia must've hit you hard, huh?"
>"Well, it was nice meeting you, Kallen, maybe I'll see you around." Follow her discreetly to see where she goes.
>"How ridiculous that some people still can't see past their own biases. Why don't I escort you back to your class if you're worried?"
>"Well it was nice meeting you, Kallen, but I need to be going now. Milly is expecting me."
>Something else...
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>>4977717
>"Well, it was nice meeting you, Kallen, maybe I'll see you around." Follow her discreetly to see where she goes.
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>>4977717
>>"Well, it was nice meeting you, Kallen, maybe I'll see you around." Follow her discreetly to see where she goes.
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>>4977717
>"Well, it was nice meeting you, Kallen, maybe I'll see you around." Follow her discreetly to see where she goes.
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>>4977717
>"Well it was nice meeting you, Kallen, but I need to be going now. Milly is expecting me."

Largely because I don't think Bastion has the ability to keep hidden from someone who's already paranoid about being followed.
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>>4977717
>"Well it was nice meeting you, Kallen, but I need to be going now. Milly is expecting me."
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>>4977717
>"Well it was nice meeting you, Kallen, but I need to be going now. Milly is expecting me."
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>>4977717
>>"Well, it was nice meeting you, Kallen, maybe I'll see you around." Follow her discreetly to see where she goes.
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>>4977717
>"Well it was nice meeting you, Kallen, but I need to be going now. Milly is expecting me."
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Huh, it's a 4/4 draw.
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>>4978228
Flip a coin qm?
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>>4977717
>"Well, it was nice meeting you, Kallen, maybe I'll see you around." Follow her discreetly to see where she goes.
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>>4977717
>"Well, it was nice meeting you, Kallen, maybe I'll see you around." Follow her discreetly to see where she goes.
Might be nice to know she's a terrorist.
Gives us a good in on the plot too.
We have what?
5 days?
She also might stab us, so let's try to not get caught.
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I just want to get to the exciting stuff.
Mech battles when?
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>>4978294
But we'll see her in the cameras.
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>>4978327
Those are off and we didn't turn them on.
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>>4978334
She'll sneak off again. We can see her tomorrow.
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>>4978340
We might miss out on some time sensitive information though.
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>>4978343
She'll catch us.
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>>4978347
So what?
Worst case scenario we reveal we're a hacker/engineer and join their Terrorist Cell.
We can even reveal the MERLIN hack.
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>>4978355
pretty sure the worst case scenario is the terrorist girl killing the suspicious stalker and disposing of the body
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>>4978375
I don't think Kallen has the heart.
We're more likely to get kidnapped or something.
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>>4978355
>Hello nosy Britannian noble I just met. Why yes, I do want to tell you all my secrets and invite you to my anti-Britannian Terrorist Cell.
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>>4978454
We have an AI strung around our neck as a bargaining chip.
We can also go full retard and reveal who we are and that they tried to assassinate us.
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>>4978458
>NOOOOO KALLEN-SAMA I KNEEL
>Here are all of MY secrets, valuables and bargaining chips! Just let me play with the cool kids!
The absolute state of Kallen simps
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>>4978461
She's cute and deserves a better leader than Lelouch of all fucking people.
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>>4978472
Yes, because stalking her, getting captured, spilling everything and begging her for mercy just screams leadership material...
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>>4978478
Counterpoint: with our Geass we can Houdini our way out of handcuffs and straight jackets.
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>>4978487
So you want us to get captured for some cbt with Kallen?
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>>4978493
We probably won't even get captured.
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>>4978497
This obsession with stalking your waifu is pathetic. But it's all good. She'll catch us, see Sebastian as the retarded autistic stalker that you want him to be and that'll be that.
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>>4978472
>She's cute and deserves a better leader than Lelouch
I voted for stalking her because I want in with the plot already but LOL Do I really need to remind you she betrayed him first on Kamine island?
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>>4978510
He did sort of cause that massacre of Japanese people before murdering his own sister.
And with the explanation of Geass it all makes sense.
He had it coming.
>>4978503
We'll be invisible like a Ninja.
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>>4978516
>NOOOO YOU AREN'T MY DREAM FREEDOM WARRIOR
>I'M GONNA BAIL LIKE A BUTTHURT BITCH

All she had was deranged rantings of known race traitor. But I guess kallencucks gonna kallencucks.
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>>4978519
All Black Knights are idiots. They betray the leader that brought them victory after victory at the drop of a hat.
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>>4978519
>>4978525
Schneizel rolled a nat 20 on his diplomacy check.
It was just bad writing to set up the finale anyway.
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Rolled 1, 6, 2 + 6 = 15 (3d6 + 6)

Ah, time for the first dice roll of the quest, everyone!
I want three anons to roll 3d6 to see if Kallen notices you.
It's best of 3.
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Rolled 5, 1, 3 = 9 (3d6)

>>4978545
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Rolled 6, 3, 4 = 13 (3d6)

>>4978545
we'd have to roll damn near perfect to beat that.
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Rolled 2, 5, 1 = 8 (3d6)

>>4978545
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Rolled 4, 3, 5 = 12 (3d6)

>>4978545
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>>4978550
Well, she is quite good at covering her tracks and making sure that nobody is following her.
Her life very much depends on her ability to check such things.
Bastian is just vaguely suspicious of her so he isn't exactly expecting the shy girl to be some sort of stealth master.
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>>4978554
Don't get me wrong, I wasn't complaining about the roll or insinuating it was unfair. In fact I'm happy it was difficult. I was just pointing it out to people that thought we'd be able to just follow her without issue.
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>>4978555
Not surprising honestly, anons can sometimes make the dumbest choices, i had my fair share of stupid thinking
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To be fair there is a good reason to follow the super soldier. I'm curious to know how much she saw. In thinking the reason the camera system is down isn't Lelouch but her. Either that or she is researching the mc for some reason but she didn't know his name so I feel that's unlikely.
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For some reason, there was something about this girl that just seemed... off. You couldn't quite place it, but... her shy personality and her complete lack of energy... it just didn't add up here. What sort of person with such a reclusive personality would take active action to avoid being seen by anybody else? You'd imagine that they'd be more the sort to simply tune the world around them out entirely, not the sort of person who would be able to rapidly escape from the sight of somebody who they simply believed might've been able to look at them. Of course, it would be different if she believed you would have active reason to be seeking her out, but as it was, her excuse was just too flimsy for you to buy. She thought that you might've been a bully so she tried to hide in a storage closet? Who the hell would buy that?

No, the girl was definitely up to something, and though it was more than likely just some ridiculous school drama, you couldn't help but feel worried that there might've been... more to it. While Kallen didn't look like the lying sort, you still just couldn't shake the feeling that there was something going on behind the scenes. Damn it, this would be so much easier if you had the cameras up and running already! Well... you suppose that it wouldn't be too much trouble to just... follow her discreetly to see where she went, would it? It certainly wasn't polite, but... when your interest was piqued about something, it was very difficult for you to simply let things go as they were. "Well, it was nice meeting you, Kallen, maybe I'll see you around." You spoke with a smile. If you were going to see where the girl was going, it only made sense that you actually let her get going without delaying her any further.

"Y-yes... it was nice to meet you as well... Bastian. But... I need to be getting to my classes now, I'm... already late!" Kallen quickly scurried off down the hallway and left you standing there watching her go. You waited for the girl to turn a corner before you set off after her. You didn't want to be completely obvious here, you didn't think that the girl would really have that much luck in telling if anybody was actually following her, so maybe you were just being overly paranoid. Well... a little bit of paranoia has never hurt you, though you really should be getting back to Milly about now. She'll probably start to wonder where you got off to if you leave things any longer than you already have... then again, what's the worst that could happen, really? It's not like you had lessons to be getting to, at most you'd just miss Milly and she'd need to go to classes before sorting out whatever paperwork she needed.
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You quickly ran over to where Kallen had turned the corner and peeked around the hallway to see that Kallen was now walking quite a bit faster than she had when she was simply walking away from you, not quite running, but almost a run. You needed to pick up the pace if you wanted to actually catch her! You kept running after Kallen, taking care to not be seen by the girl by only following after her when she turned a corner. You almost lost her a few times, but despite her pace, it didn't look like the girl really thought there was any risk of being followed. It was strange, what was going through her head right now? What was she up to? This... wasn't normal behavior.

Eventually, the girl finally entered one of the rooms, and this time it wasn't a mistake. For whatever reason, Kallen had decided to enter the school's basement. Odd. Whatever could she be doing down there? Was there some sort of truant club, maybe? She really didn't strike you as the type on girl to skip out on classes, was this a bully thing? She did mention that she was terrified of bullies, but... whatever could she be planning to do in the basement?

You waited about a minute before you followed her inside, opening the door as quietly as you could and stepping into a dimly lit downward staircase that went a fair distance down until you were standing in a disused sports equipment storage room. There was no trace of Kallen though, so you started to look around for the girl.

"Why are you following me?" The was a little more confidence in the voice that came from behind you, and though it was undoubtedly Kallen's voice, you still almost leapt out of your skin in surprise. She saw you? Damn it! "I... don't like being followed." She tried to make her voice a little more shy, almost as if noticing her own error, and you turned to face her. She was fidgeting with a pink leather pouch at her side, while staring directly at you.

>"I was just worried that you were being bullied by somebody, what are you doing down here?"
>"I was curious to see what you were really up to. What are you up to, Kallen?"
>"Dunno, I was just kind of bored and don't really have anything to do. This is a pretty cool basement though."
>"As a member of the Student Council, it's my duty to make sure that all the students follow the rules! I'm pretty sure that this area is off-limits to students, Kallen!"
>Something else...
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>>4978873
>>Something else...
>>"I was just worried that you were being bullied by somebody, but you didn't seem to be comfortable socializing so I didn't think you'd let me walk with you."
>"As a member of the Student Council, it's my duty to make sure all the students can get to their class without trouble, so if you're ever bullied you can come to me."
>"That being said, what are you doing down here?"
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>>4978873
>"Dunno, I was just kind of bored and don't really have anything to do. This is a pretty cool basement though."
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>>4978876
+1ing this
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>>4978876
support
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>>4978876
+1 this
Guys we're really close to getting murdered here lmao.
Following her in hindsight wasn't the best idea.
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Mech Combat when
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>>4979174
Then it's time we level up Sebastian's speech skill.
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Oh also +1

>>4978873
At some point I how we can develop a transparent skin suit se can wear at all times. You know like go hard on nanomachine technology then make a suit out of it.
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"Well, Kallen, I... I was just worried that you were being bullied by somebody, but you didn't seem like the sort of person who would be comfortable socializing with other people, so I didn't think you'd let me walk with you." You gave Kallen a half-smile as you continued to speak. "Honestly, I'm the same way, actually. Talking with other people, I mean. It's... sometimes difficult for me too." You really didn't enjoy conversation most of the time. Even now, your mind was racing for the best words to say to the girl.

Kallen stops fidgeting with the pouch at her side and tilted her head. "W-wait... were you... really just... worried about me?" She seemed genuinely confused at your explanation, and you weren't actually lying either. You didn't know what this girl was getting up to, but there was a potentiality that whatever it was, that it could be dangerous to both herself and others. Though considering that she had just taken the time to run into the most isolated place in the school, that didn't feel likely.

"Well, as a member of the Student Council, it's my duty to make sure all of this school's students can get to their class without trouble. Personally, I abhor those who bully others who are weaker than them just because they want something, or just because they can." This extended to the more recent actions of the Britannian Empire, as well. Effectively because of their bullying imperialism, the world had been forced to gang up into three massive superpowers. The Chinese Federation, the European Union, and the Britannian Empire. Nothing good would come of any of these factions prevailing over the others, yet at the same time, the Britannians were forcing matters in their continuing quest for world domination. "So, Kallen, I want you to know that if you're being bullied, you can always come to me, Milly, Lelouch, Shirley... well, you get the point. It's my role to support the students of this school and to resolve things." You actually didn't really know if that was an official role of the Student Council, but it sounded right.

"Wait... you're a member of the Student Council? Aren't you... a little young?" Kallen seemed to pick up on that for some reason, and it was almost as if she relaxed a little upon finding out that you were acting mostly out of concern for the school. "Also, no offense, but... I haven't exactly seen you being mentioned as a member of the Student Council anywhere." The girl, though shy in appearance, was quite inquisitive when she wanted to be.
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"Well, obviously. This is my first day. I was... fast-tracked to being the Student Council's Treasurer by Milly, because she knows that I'm talented with numbers, I imagine... she didn't exactly give me a choice in the matter, but that's family, huh?" You tried to laugh a little, but it sounded kind of weird. "Uh... Milly's my cousin, if you were wondering." You decided to clear things up with Kallen to make sure that she didn't get any wrong ideas. Then again, the only incorrect assumption that she could make was that you were Milly's brother instead of her cousin.

"Oh... well, I... guess that if you were just worried about me, then that's..." She shook her head, almost as if she was satisfied. "D-don't worry about me, Bastian... I'm not... I'm not being bullied, but... I just go down here sometimes to be alone. It's quiet and I can be sure that nobody is around. That's just... that's why I come here. So... if you could please not tell anybody about this being the place I come when I'm feeling stressed out, I'd... really appreciate it." She requested you keep this a secret, but just as you were about to answer, out of the corner of your eye you spotted something quite strange. Behind Kallen was an access shaft to the water pipe system. It was usually something that required a key-card and an access code to enter, yet... for some reason, the trapdoor to the shaft was showing that it was unlocked. Instead of the typical red lock light, it was green. It was... probably nothing, but... why was it unlocked? You made sure you didn't have a visible reaction to the realization. "So... do you promise?"

>"Sorry, Kallen, but you can't just skip out on your classes."
>"I guess. I hope you know that if this gets out, we'll both be in trouble."
>"Why is that pipe access shaft unlocked, Kallen?"
>"Sure. I'm not exactly the sort of person who enjoys following rules either, despite my position on the council, ironically."
>Something else...
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>>4979441
>Something else
>"Don t worry about that too much, i have no reason to tell it around .... though if you skip too many classes i might start coming here and take you back with me. Don t over do it ok ? Have a good day Kallen"


We don t have anything on us at the moment, since it was our first day. Next time we should get a few of our tools in our school bag.
We can control later this place from the computer by looking at the map of the school. Just need to look at the name of the room outside of this door.

By the way how much time we spend for dye our hair for look like an Ashford ? I was wondering how we will do that routine here. As well for go to that warehouse for tinkering/experimenting.
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Well atleast Bastion has a clue she isn't normal. Don't know how we are going to use it later considering she's a super soldier.

Speaking of which will we be uncovering why there are two super soldiers in the series or will that stay a mystery?
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>>4979494
+1
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>>4979441
Support >>4979494
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>>4979441
>Something else...
>"Well... fine, if you're just here for some alome time, then I'll be off. Just don't forget that if you're ever feeling troubled you can rely on the Student Council. See you soon, Kallen."
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"Don't worry about it. Your secret is safe with me, Kallen. I don't really have any reason to tell anybody about this, even if I am a member of the Student Council, I'm not exactly going to report you to the authorities like some sort of soulless bureaucrat obsessed with the rules. That's... just not how I operate... but if you do skip too many of your classes with this place, I'm going to probably have to start coming here to take you back to your class. After all, your education is important." Well, for some people it was important, you had no doubt that you already knew absolutely everything that a teacher at a highschool might be able to teach, so your being here was probably more for the Ashfords trying to get your existence more established before they revealed the truth about you to the world.

"T-thanks for being so understanding, Bastian... I... I'll try not to skip so many classes in the future." You still had your suspicions as to what this girl was doing, but you decided it really wasn't worth the trouble right now. You'd be able to determine exactly what Kallen was up to when you had the school cameras up and running. As it was though, you didn't see the point in pushing the matter. You weren't exactly great at manipulating other people into telling you things that they otherwise would've wanted to keep a secret. Hell, even Kallen here was clearly quite suspicious of you still, even if she wasn't going to push the matter, you didn't really learn anything from following her... well, other than the fact that the pipe system access was unlocked. You thought about telling Milly or somebody about that for a moment, but decided against it. You never knew when such an escape route would be useful to you... or... Kallen, as the case might be. It's a pretty complex way to be a truant though. You make a mental note to later on check the school records for Kallen Stadtfeld.
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"It's no problem, Kallen. Just don't be too long down here, otherwise your grades might start dropping! Have a great day!" You gave her some friendly advice as you turned to walk back up the stairs and out of the basement. Kallen made no move to follow you, and you left alone. A bead of sweat dripped down the side of your face when you were finally clear of the basement, and you breathed out. Why was your heart racing like this? As if you were somehow in a dangerous situation? Kallen didn't give an impression of danger at all! But... at the same time... you were always the type to analyze a situation, and between the bizarre situation you had found Kallen in, and her occasional lapses out of her shy personality... you couldn't help but feel that there was more to her. You'd have to keep an eye on that girl, you didn't trust her for one second. Other people were so difficult to understand sometimes... if only everything worked on the easily understandable code that machines ran on... then you would be able to determine everything with ease! Just what secrets was she hiding from you? Damn it! The more you thought about that girl, the more you felt frustrated! You hated secrets, you hated not knowing the truth! Damn it!

You shook your head, realizing you had started to get irritated over something that you really had no way of changing right now. You'd find out just what Kallen was keeping secret, and you didn't think for a moment that it was that the disused storage area in the basement was her place to go whenever she wanted some peace and quiet. Still, with all that out of the way, you had nothing stopping you from heading back to the Student Council room. Thankfully, you had what you believed was an eidetic memory... of course, you'd never told anybody and subsequently never been tested to see if that was true or not, but you could remember effectively everything that had ever happened to you from a very young age. Well, almost everything, but even for you, it was only natural that a few non-useful memories would be lost. Eidetic memory or not, pointless information would eventually be discarded. Just as a piece of useless data would be deleted from a computer, so too would useless data be deleted from the mind of a human.

You quickly made your way back to the Council Room, finding Milly, Rai and Nunally talking about something by the time you returned, Milly was the first to notice that you had returned, and turned to greet you with a smile. "Oh, Bastian. You're back! I hope you didn't run into any trouble when you were trying to find the lavatories... it's been... what? Near about thirty minutes since you left?" She eyed you suspiciously, but you just shrugged.
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"I must've just overlooked them and got lost. This academy is pretty big, after all." Well, nowhere near the size of the Britannian Imperial Palace, and it was something that you would probably have mapped out entirely if you spent a few hours wandering about, but it was a good enough deflection to stop Milly from getting too suspicious of what you were actually up to.

"I wish you would've just waited for me to return before racing off, Bastian." She sighed before she started to shuffle through some papers. Well, it's hardly like you could've asked the other two people in the room for directions, considering that the other people in the room where an amnesiac who was just as new to the school as you were, and a girl who hadn't had the ability to see for about a decade now. You briefly wondered if you could create something that would allow Nunally to walk again. Perhaps a fine tungsten steel mesh hydraulic brace that was controlled through neural impulses...? Of course, that would require a massive amount of development, but considering your Geass seemed to work on Neural Impulses somehow, it must've been possible to replicate with technology alone. Her blindness always seemed... strange to you. The girl had no actual physical reason to be blind, so far as you could tell. There was no record of any eye surgery being required after the attack, and psychological trauma causing somebody to go blind was... strange, to say the least. You suppose that it couldn't hurt to look into that too, at some point. Hell, you were looking into the actual attack with the data you stole from the Imperial Palace computer systems, so it couldn't hurt to look into seeing what you might be able to do about the aftermath, about the horrific injuries that those useless doctors were incapable of doing anything about.

Your mind was brought back onto the idea of a leg brace for Nunally... considering that Knightmare Frames existed and were already using incredibly precise hydraulic movements in order to allow for combat maneuvers, shrinking down the technology to be usable on a personal level would not only be useful to Nunally, but the combat applications of miniaturized Knightmare Frames and hydraulic powered suits of heavy combat armor couldn't be understated... you might bring up the idea to Lelouch. Even if you couldn't construct a neural link to the hydraulic legs, you could still likely create a control system similar to her current system, as well as the algorithmic logic that would allow her to even safely go up inclined slopes or even sets of stairs! It might make for a good side-project, actually. One that you'd have real incentive to actually complete, too!
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"Bastian? Bastian?" Milly was still talking, and you realize that you must've zoned out as you thought about Nunally and potential creations you could invent to make her life just a little bit easier, not to mention the oddness of how she was blinded in the first place. You wondered for a moment how many medical experts that Lelouch had actually taken the girl to, and whether it was even worth you examining her. You didn't doubt that when it came to things like the human anatomy and the sensory organs, you were far more knowledgeable than Lelouch was. You prided yourself on being as book-smart as you possibly could be, and you had probably read an entire library worth of information in total, between online theses, guides and articles as well as many journals and manuals, you had a tremendous amount of theoretical knowledge on practically every form of science and engineering. Of course, outside of your electrical engineering skills, that knowledge didn't really have a tremendous amount of use to you as of right now. Knowing how to properly treat things like stab wounds and gunshot wounds might come in useful to you in the future, and it was one of the reasons that you carried a well-stocked first-aid kit in your schoolbag along with your laptop and a few engineering tools... it's not like you had any books you needed to take with you anyway. You doubted you'd have many reasons to actually use a first-aid kit in school, but... you found solace in caution.

"Bastian!" Milly snapped her fingers in front of your face, and you realized that you had zoned out on something else immediately after being snapped out of it the first time... huh. You looked at Milly, and she smiled. "Oh good, do I have your attention now, little cousin?" She grinned as she handed you a sheet of paper. "I dealt with all of the other paperwork you would've needed to sign myself, but... I do have your first official duty as the treasurer of the Student Council here! You need to decide how we're going to use the funding to equip our new mechanics workshop!" She nudged you after handing you the sheet, and you looked at it to see a sheet of paper that simply had 'Budget is £150,000. Write what new stuff you want in your workshop, OK? :)' You looked up at Milly and she winked at you.

>Pick all that you want your workshop to have that comes to £150,000 or less.
>Budget Computer Server (£10,000)
>Mid-Range Computer Server (£30,000)
>High Power Computer Server (£100,000)
>Metalwork Tools (£5000)
>Woodwork Tools (£3000)
>Fully Stocked First Aid Cabinet (£2000)
>Industrial Welding Tools (£3000)
>Knightmare Frame Mount (£20,000)
>Personal Generator (£2000)
>Large Power Generator (£10000)
>Sprinkler System (£10,000)
>Soundproofing (£10,000)
>Better locks (£3000)
>Motion Sensing Alarms (£6000
>CCTV (£10,000)
>Industrial Forge and Metal Shaping Tools (£30,000)
>Reinforced Doors and Walls (£20,000)
>Write-in (Ask QM for price of what you want)
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>>4980503
>Mid-Range Computer Server (£30,000)
>Metalwork Tools (£5,000) ,35
>Woodwork Tools (£3,000), 38
>Fully Stocked First Aid Cabinet (£2,000), 40
>Sprinkler System (£10,000), 50
>Soundproofing (£10,000), 60
>Large Power Generator (£10,000), 70
>Better locks (£3,000), 73
>Industrial Forge and Metal Shaping Tools (£30,000), 103
>Reinforced Doors and Walls (£20,000), 123

I would recommend leaving any of the
security electronics (since they leave a record and would need to be tied into the school's system, and could be turned against us especially easily, considering how simple it was to make physical access), and the "mounting frame" for later since they may well be better obtained "off the books" as it were.
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>>4980503
>Mid-Range Computer Server (£30,000)
>Knightmare Frame Mount (£20,000)
>Large Power Generator (£10,000)
>Industrial Forge and Metal Shaping Tools (£30,000)
>Reinforced Doors and Walls (£20,000)
>Soundproofing (£10,000)
>Sprinkler System (£10,000)
>Metalwork Tools (£5000)
>Woodwork Tools (£3000)
>Fully Stocked First Aid Cabinet (£2000)
>Industrial Welding Tools (£3000)
>Better locks (£3000)
That should be £146,000.
Really want that High Power Computer, but that's expensive. Guess we're not playing Crysis any time soon.
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>>4980503
>Mid-Range Computer Server (£30,000)
>Metalwork Tools (£5000)
>Industrial Welding Tools (£3000)
>Knightmare Frame Mount (£20,000)
>Large Power Generator (£10000)
>Soundproofing (£10,000)
>Better locks (£3000)
>Industrial Forge and Metal Shaping Tools (£30,000)

Totals up to 111,000. Can't see a need for woodworking, and the security protections will probably draw too much attention.
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>>4980503
Also The budget doesn't include anything for Materials for us to work on, is it safe to assume that whatever is left of the budget will be spent.
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>>4980542
Woodworking could be useful if we need to build supports / scaffolding for larger "projects" and containers for sand casting and in the production of " positives / negatives" for metal casting.
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>>4980548
I wonder if we could get a clarification on this from the QM.
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>>4980503
>>Mid-Range Computer Server (£30,000)
>>Knightmare Frame Mount (£20,000)
>>Large Power Generator (£10,000)
>>Industrial Forge and Metal Shaping Tools (£30,000)
>>Reinforced Doors and Walls (£20,000)
>>Soundproofing (£10,000)
>>Sprinkler System (£10,000)
>>Metalwork Tools (£5000)
>>Woodwork Tools (£3000)
>>Fully Stocked First Aid Cabinet (£2000)
>>Industrial Welding Tools (£3000)
>>Better locks (£3000)

Milly is great
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>>4980552
I suppose that it depends on what sort of raw materials you want to buy.
Though you probably shouldn't be spending more than £10,000 on the materials you need, and you could always just embezzle school funding.
Or hack an ATM if you want some more hands-on theft.
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>>4980558
Depending on how complex the build-a-bot becomes, things like;
>RHA (armor) plating
>CHA precursor (needs to be cast into shape and is slightly worse armor than RHA)
>Face Hardened Steel (Worse "quality" RHA, but far cheaper)
>Stainless Steel (Corrosion resistance)
>Aircraft grade Aluminum (light weight)
>Titanium (light weight and strong but expensive and hard to work with)
>High Silica Glass (better than HHS in a NERA array by mass, but larger volume is needed)
>Tungsten (heavy, but good best in class non ablative Thermal resistance)
>Manganese Alloy (important for lightweight structural elements)
>Chromium (used for altering alloy properties)
>Epoxy precursors (needed if we want to do anything with plastics for a potential NERA array, used as a light weight replacement for air "voids", useful for increasing Standoff for protection against Chemical energy)
>Ceramic plate (used in body armor, and NERA plate to dissipate large amounts of Kinetic energy)
and more could be useful.
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We need to start siphoning money from nobles and ATMs now.
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>>4980558
>Or hack an ATM if you want some more hands-on theft.
Are we going to need to get a crew together?
>Lelouch the Distraction
>Kallen the Muscle
>Nunally the Wheelman
>Bastian the Brains
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>>4980575
i dont really think putting armor on a knightmare is possible, they are too mall, there would be no space for internal componant. Unless of course we make it bigger.
(Metal Gear Chads rise up)
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>>4980657
Or we get a hold of some sort of fictional material like Luna Titanium or Super Alloy Z.
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>>4980658
nah, we have to make a giant knightmare capable of launcing Not!Nukes aka fleijas
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>>4980661
We should just steal and upgrade the Gawain
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>>4980503
>>4980536
I'll support this one. Yay for nepotism and corruption!
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>>4980662
you have to think BIGGER
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>>4980670
The Siegfried? It's gonna be much harder to steal. The Gawain is just there for the taking.
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>>4980670
We need to steal Damocles?
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BIGGER
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BIGGER
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>>4980678
Bigger?
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>>4980683
to capture the insane scale of this aboslute lad, the tank at its feet has something like an 800mm cannon
Supreme commander is silly
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>>4980695
NOW WE'RE GETTING SOMEWHERE!
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>>4980683
Damocles is officially 3km tall though.
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>>4980701
could be wrong (supreme commanders scale is wired) but i think the mech is like ~km tall, though its been a while since i played it, so i could be wrong
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>>4980711
*~5km tall
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>>4980714
Wonderful, that just means 5 km worth of weapon space!
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>>4980720
let's drop a diffrent fat boy in nagasaki
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>>4980726
I was thinking more... Oceanside retreat
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>>4980732
personally i like the Atlantis II's design better, but i get what you're saying
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though considering that float-systems are a thing in CG we could build this flaoting factory
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>>4980742
As much as I like the floating factory, I've always been a bit more partial to the giant underwater mobile base just because I love the concept of sneaking up on somebody with a giant metal tube and spamming fighter-bombers until they drop. Except this time, we got knightmares!
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>>4980752
personally i have a soft spot for flying warships ala ace combat or project wingman
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>>4980760
Yeah, flying warships are pretty naiss too, although my liking for them started with Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow, but that's a tad bit outdated for this setting, I might say.
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>>4980503
>Write-in (Ask QM for price of what you want)
Would it be possible to set up our own refurbishing business for accumulate our own income on the side? We could be our own CEO and hire people to do the mundane work for us.

>>4980558
>Or hack an ATM if you want some more hands-on theft.
I mean on average how much will and ATM have?
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>>4981238
>Would it be possible to set up our own refurbishing business for accumulate our own income on the side?
Anything that draws large amounts of attention is something that Bastian would kind of want to avoid.
Also, you're operating out of a warehouse in a school, and people would notice if you started an actual business within it.
>I mean on average how much will and ATM have?
Probably... £100,000-£200,000?
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>>4980536
For the sake of QM not losing his mind counting I'll support this.
Milly might be best girl.
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>>4980503
>>4980536
+1
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So are we going to try to turn ourselves into a symbol like Zero did or do something else?
It's only a matter of time till we come into conflict with somebody.
Hell we almost got shivved by Kallen already.
We don't really need human followers when we get our AI shit going.
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>>4981445
Are there any reasons to run a revolutionary war that are not foppery and whim?
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>>4981457
Prevention of Human Instrumentality.
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>>4981445
I doubt kallen consider us enough of a threat for do that, what we did was fairly normal. When she understand that Sebastian is kind of autistic, any doubts she had would quickly evaporate. But i recon she doesn't even have those. Now if we start appearing in places she use for her activity constantly and she see us, she would start looking for information about us and then she would act.
I am not sure what we could do, its a big matter/decision. Right now i just want to fuck around this 5 days.
Though whatever we do i wouldn't do it alone or backed just by Merlin. Being completely alone means no internal problems but it means even 0 help and just the input of one man and his AI. And the AI it self will require some time before is ready for use.
In regard going in conflict with someone you mean here at school ? we can keep a low profile for avoid most of that, if we want to avoid conflict. Sebastian isn t unused to that.
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>>4981293

Holy shit yeah can we rob an ATM now? That's gonna be enough to upgrade to a super computer.

>>4981530
I too wish to see the A.I. completed.
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You write down a few items on the piece of paper as well as an approximation of the total cost. You spend a while pondering just what you would need for the optimal workshop. Of course, while a budget of £150,000 was pretty startlingly high for something as small scale as a private workshop, it still wasn't enough to get you the proper high quality industrial equipment that a proper factory might have, though on a smaller scale, you'd still be able to make proper adjustments to your scrap forged Knightmare Frame. Honestly, you were really lucky to be able to get the parts you've been able to find from dismantled Sutherlands and Glasgows. Clovis' administration was incredibly wasteful when it came to scrapping parts, and while a more savvy governor would have the damaged parts melted down and reforged or used as spare parts for other Knightmare Frames, Clovis was... far from savvy.

Still, you'll always be thankful for your elder half-brother's incompetence when it came to governing this country. If not for his horrid mismanagement of Area 11, then the Japanese wouldn't still have hope that they would be able to reclaim their country from the invading armies that had taken it from them... of course, some of the blame does lie on the Japanese for how they were invaded by the Britannians. They used their effective monopoly on Sakuradite to effectively exploit the economies of other nations around them, but because of that decision by the Japanese Government, when the Britannians did decide to invade them, they didn't exactly have many allies that were willing to come to their aid. Honestly... it might've been a pessimistic thing to think, but with the way that the Japanese were attempting to exploit others through controlling the world's majority of Sakuradite... was it really any wonder that they were going to end up in the sights of the world's most militaristic superpower? Genbu Kururugi really was a dreadfully poor leader because of that decision... though he at least had the intelligence to commit suicide in order to put an end to the war instead of leading Japan into its complete and total obliteration at the hands of the merciless Britannian Army.

"Here, Milly." You hand the sheet of paper back to the girl, and she looks at it for a moment before she nods. "That should be about everything that will be needed." Sometimes, you wondered how much Milly actually thought about your motives. The girl was more observant than she let on, and also far more caring than her usually boisterous and overbearing personality would show. She was also pretty good at keeping a secret... though for an ex-noble who was secretly harboring not one, not two, but three missing royals that could each turn things in the capital on their head by themselves if their survival was to become known, it was only natural that she'd be good at keeping secrets.
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"Right, well... to get everything on this list... I think it'll take about... yes, four days ought to do it. I'll have one of the laboring companies that the Ashfords are the majority stakeholder in to do the work too, that way the school's budget won't be strained nearly as much." The Ashfords were pretty startlingly rich despite not having Noble titles anymore. It really did go to show that despite all their wealth and power, they couldn't simply buy their way back into nobility... or well, they could, but Milly was the sort of girl who purposely scared off any nobles that would've otherwise been interested in courting her and the wealth of the Ashfords.

"Four days?" That wasn't really that long at all to get everything transported to the school and installed. You could only trust that Milly's workers would be extra discreet about the transport of the Scrap Unit Knightmare Frame. To tell the truth, you actually wanted to complete the thing, and an actual fully stocked workshop would let you actually get it to a level where it would be able to function without the assistance of your Geass!

"Mhm. Of course, that does mean that you're going to need to spend the next four days doing something that isn't... you know... tinkering." She smiled at you, and you frowned. She knew you well, frustratingly well. Though... you supposed that you could spend the next few days...

>>Pick Three
>Getting to know somebody better (Who?)
>Spying on Kallen
>Hacking the School Records.
>Going around and hacking ATMs for some easy money.
>Playing Chess with Lelouch
>Something else...
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>>4981832
>>Getting to know somebody better (Who?)
Milly
>Hacking the School Records.
>Going around and hacking ATMs for some easy money.
We really should spend more time with Milly, hacking the school records is obvious, and we need money. Once we have the cameras up and running we can easily write a program to go through the stored footage, we don't have to spend time doing that manually. And playing chess with Lelouch will get us exposed, he's not that stupid.
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>>4981832
>>Getting to know somebody better (Who?)
Nunally.
>>Spying on Kallen
>>Going around and hacking ATMs for some easy money.
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>>4981832
>Getting to know somebody better (Who?)
Nina
>Going around and hacking ATMs for some easy money.
>Hacking the School Records.
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>>4981832
>>>Getting to know somebody better (Who?)
>Milly
>>Hacking the School Records.
>>Going around and hacking ATMs for some easy money.
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>>4981832
>>4981847
+1

Get to know the person holding our purse strings. We also need more money for a trailer to hold the knightmare that can sneak in and out of campus with noone the wiser. Maybe also find a secret quick route.

I wonder what we'll need to create something on the level of Lancelot? Can we hack the guy who created Lancelot when we get high tier computers?

What is the mc going to do in this. The mc only really cares about uncovering the truth and still loves his family. Having him fight against Britain when his sister becomes governor would be like asking Lelouch to do that in R2.
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>>4981832
>Going around and hacking ATMs for some easy money.
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>>4982089
>Can we hack the guy who created Lancelot when we get high tier computers?
We hacked Lloyd int he prologue, I bet we can do it again when he gets here. We should make the Lancelot dance.

>What is the mc going to do in this.
Yeah, we can't ally with Lelouch, especially after he kills Clovis. We can't fully ally with Britannia either though, they're not in the right here. We should form a third faction, and tell Euphie and Cornelia who we really are and why we hid from them.
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>>4981832
>>4981847
+1

>>4982372
So would we end up in mutual conflict with Brittania and the Black Knights? What goals besides stopping the unmasking of humanity would we have?
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>>4982529
Emperor Sebastian li Britannia has a nice ring to it, don't you think?
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>>4981938
+1
Nunally is a good girl
>>4982529
World peace through putting AI in charge maybe?
At least stopping Lelouch from murdering half of our siblings too.
Especially Euphie.
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>>4982533
We'd have more luck installing Cornelia as Empress.
Bastian is way too far down the line of succession while Cornelia is the Second Princess.
Unlike Lelouch we can't just eye power everyone into acknowledging us as Emperor.
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>>4982372
Make the Lancelot do virgils EX taunt kek.
https://youtube.com/watch?v=slkblIhEfDM
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>>4982538
And what if Cornelia supports us? Or Euphie? Euphie would make for a fine Empress too, and the line of succession is just lines on a paper. Otherwise we'd be forced to support Odysseus, and no one wants that, right?
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>>4982578
Cornelia is actually a decent leader though.
Euphie is an idealistic retard.
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>>4981832
>>4981938
+1
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>>4982587
Cornelia has no ambition to become Empress, and she tells Euphie that she should do it if she wanted to end discrimination. Cornelia also completely fails against Zero using her methods and ends up defeated and captured. Euphie's Administration Zone, meanwhile, would have been an absolute success if Lelouch hadn't lost control over his Geass at the worst possible moment. Cornelia is a fine general but not a great leader, and Euphie is idealistic but the only retarded thing she did was her relationship with Spinzaku, the biggest retard in the series.

Still, Sebastian would be a better Emperor than any of the alternatives.
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>>4981832
>>4981847
+1
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>>4982602
Euphie is too soft to become Empress.
Bastian is too autistic for it.
Cornelia just doesn't want it.

I guess maybe we can go for dual rulership with Euphie?
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>>4982613
Why not just let the AI do it?
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>>4982613
Yeah, Emperor Sebastian and Empress Euphie would complement each other nicely.
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Over the course of the four days that you needed to wait for not only the workshop to be fully operational and for everything from your basement workshop to be shipped over, but for Milly to get everything in order for you to start taking classes that you really really didn't need nor want to go to, you got up to a few things. You were still technically made to attend school on weekdays, but on weekends you were free to get up to pretty much whatever you wanted to on campus. You were now living in the academy, after all. Rai, for his part, was a quiet room-mate. The boy barely spoke, but that was to be expected of somebody who was relearning how to go about life. His progress was rapid, but... you mostly left him to the school physician to deal with for the few days you had until your workshop was ready. It was a Thursday today, so you had two where you really just had nothing better to do than sit around in the Student Council Room, sometimes you flicked through the news channels to see if there was anything going on, but... really, there never was much happening.

You spent the time you had in the Student Council room getting to know Milly a little bit better. Despite the fact that she was officially your cousin according to every record that the Ashfords could get their hands on, you didn't really spend that much time with her... of course, you knew all about her from observing her when she was in public. You liked Milly, in your own way. She was the sort of person who didn't deserve to live in a world constantly on the brink of all-out war between three tremendously powerful nations. She was a fundamentally good person, unlike the vast majority of people around you. Milly wasn't prejudiced towards anybody, and despite hiding things quite well sometimes, was a genuinely very caring person, the fact that she had managed to get even you to open up to her a little was really kind of testament to that, when you thought about it. It was... difficult for you to form emotional bonds to other people. It always had been, really. The only people who you ever really did form such attachments to were people who... well, people who didn't give you a chance to avoid them. Your sisters both qualified when it came to that specific trait though. While you did care for your other siblings, acknowledging the concept of family, you never really felt connected to many of them. Of course, your silent rivalry with the two of your siblings that you considered to be your intellectual equals aside... as well as your wish to find justice for Nunally, and perhaps restore her sight... but you didn't know if you could call those things emotional bonds.
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With that in mind, you spent a lot of time in the Student Council simply talking to Milly, finding out about the school and your role as the treasurer, even though you already knew pretty much everything that was expected of you. Sometimes it was just nice to talk to people that you liked... even if it served no purpose whatsoever. It felt illogical to waste time like that, but... you didn't mind. You didn't really feel like you knew anything new about Milly that you didn't know before though, other than the fact that she ruled the Student Council with an iron, but fair, fist. Even Lelouch himself seemed to be scared of just what the Student Council President might've been capable of, and... a few of her policies did seem a little... well, you supposed 'playful' might be the best word for it. She did seem to enjoy abusing her power to play pranks on her fellow Student Council members, but at the end of the day, it was mostly harmless. Of course, you did end up finding out that Milly had yet another wedding arranged for her, to a... familiar name. Lloyd Asplund. It had come as some surprise to you, but... as far as marriages of convenience go, it would get him access to the wealth of the Ashford family as well as access to the Ashford Foundation's Knightmare Frame manufacturing divisions. You supposed that if you ever wanted access and control over such places for yourself, you'd really need to get Milly to trust you a lot more. Though... considering the recent developments with the Glasgows and Sutherlands... it's not like the Ashford Foundation were really using those facilities... of course, they were still heavily guarded, so you couldn't exactly just break into them and use them, even if they weren't actively producing any Knightmare Frames. Not unless they wanted to produce some Ganymedes that even a Glasgow would be able to turn into scrap. You made a mental note to avoid Lloyd if he ever showed up at the school. While you had no doubts in your mind that Milly would successfully break the engagement, you worried that Lloyd was observant enough to see through your disguise... then again, with Lelouch and Nunally also in the school, it was really unlikely that Milly would bring the enigmatic scientist here... you hoped.
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When you weren't spending time with Milly, you went about hacking the schools records with one of the computers in the IT Labs. It wasn't difficult at all, and while the Administrator's password wasn't something that could be guessed in five seconds this time, it was still child's play to break through their security and start looking around the student files. There were a few that interested you, of course. The first being your own, and... it was delightfully devoid of any sort of information about yourself. As were Lelouch and Nunally's records, of course. Rai's record made note of his amnesia and his... multiple bullet wounds from when he was found. Of course, there was one student's record that you wanted to look at more than anybody else's. 'Kallen Stadtfeld/Kōzuki' You opened up the record, finding out Kallen's Japanese family name immediately. There were no specific notes about her other than the fact that she would sometimes go missing at random intervals and show up some time later... and the fact that her brother had recently been killed in one of Clovis' anti-terrorism purges. You really needed to keep a close eye on that girl from this point on.

Lastly, you went out to town at midnight in order to go and earn some quick money. While you had never resorted to theft before this point, you decided that things had started to move, and you didn't know how much time you had before things really started to happen. It was just a feeling that you had, but... you felt like the world was about to change once again. So for that reason, you decided that you would disregard your own pride and use your Geass to steal money from four ATMs around town. In total, you stole over £300,000 worth of notes, completely untraceable and as far as anybody was concerned, completely legitimate. You still disliked how much better you were at manipulating machinery while using a power that wasn't your own though. You doubted that you'd ever get over that particular bugbear.

-Monday 14th August: 9:30AM-

Finally, the four days had passed, and you found yourself in the Student Council room on Monday, waiting to be given the go-ahead by Milly that it was fine for you to actually check out your new workshop. Lelouch seemed to be in a good mood today, and you found yourself being dragged into a conversation with him. The chess board on the table already told you enough about what the topic of the conversation was going to be. Milly wasn't around yet, so it was just you and Lelouch. Even Nunally hadn't arrived yet, the maid that usually carted her around was still absent.

"Ah, Bastian. It's good to see you." Lelouch started things off with the typical politeness, before he immediately steered the conversation into the topic of chess. "I was wondering if you wanted to come and play chess with me tomorrow. I've got a game against a noble planned." He had a smirk on his face, and you raised an eyebrow.
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"Oh?" Was Lelouch really presenting himself in front of Nobles and still not getting caught out?

"Right. Playing for money, some arrogant noble claims he's the best player in the country, and I... well, I feel like I should prove him wrong and earn a little bit of money at the same time. Of course, I don't doubt that you'd also be able to appreciate the game... at least more than Rivalz here."

"H-hey! I understand Chess!" Rivalz butted into the conversation, indignant at his lack of Chess knowledge being insulted.

"Rivalz, the last time I tried to play Chess with you, I had to keep telling you how Knights could move." Lelouch frowned as he looked at his friend, who crossed his arms as he was unable to come up with any sort of rebuttal to Lelouch's apparently true words. "So, what do you say? Are you interested?"

>"Not really. I've got other things I need to get done tomorrow."
>"Sure, why not?"
>Something else...
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>>4983033
>"Sure, why not?"
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>>4983033
>"Sure, why not?"
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>>4983033
>"Sure, why not?"
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>>4983033
>>"Sure, why not?"
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>>4983033
>"Sure, why not?"
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>>4983031
>"Sure, why not?"
Will we be able to use our own funds for the workshop?
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>>4983033
>>"Sure, why not?"
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>>4984199
You will be able to, at a later date.
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"Sure, why not? Could be fun." You certainly didn't have many reasons not to go with Lelouch tomorrow. It's not really like you needed to go to your classes, and while you didn't want to make a habit of it, you'd already proven your teacher's definitively wrong a few times.

"Excellent, Rivalz, you're good to ride with somebody behind you and somebody in the passenger car, right?" Lelouch asked the blue haired boy.

"Uh, yeah. Sure. Hey, Bastian... you're good to push the damn thing if it breaks right? Lelouch is... well, he can mock my chess skills all he wants, but you're looking at the one student in Ashford Academy who couldn't even move the bar on the weightlifting bench!" Rivalz chuckled as he mentioned Lelouch's extreme lack of any sort of physical fitness. Of course, a little bit of it was probably feigned, but Lelouch... really wasn't in a great condition. Honestly, if it weren't for her crippling disability, you'd probably say that Nunally was more physically fit than Lelouch was.

"Rivalz, I maintain that it was locked into place, or had too much weight on the bar for a beginner like myself to lift." Lelouch defended his lack of physical strength, and Rivalz just shook his head at Lelouch's pitiable defense. It really wasn't fooling anybody, in fact, judging from Lelouch's expression, even he didn't believe that anybody was going to buy into that lie.

"Lelouch... even Shirley was able to lift it..." Lelouch cringed at the reminder, before he shook his head. He looked like he was about to say something, but you spoke first, not wanting to continue Lelouch's humiliation about his own physical weakness any further... though he really should probably start going to a gym or something. According to Shirley, who often complained about Lelouch very loudly and very publicly, he also didn't study nearly as much as he should either.

"Regardless of Lelouch's physical capabilities, I myself am in peak condition, Rivalz. Regardless, if your bike breaks down, I carry around enough tools on me that I'd probably be able to fix it myself." Honestly, and even if in the very very slim chance that you couldn't use your own technical know-how to fix something, you could just cheat and use Geass.
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"A real handyman, aren't you?" Lelouch smiled, there was no hostility in his smile either. It seemed to be just a genuine friendly smile. Of course, there was really no way of telling just whether or not Lelouch suspected your true identity. For somebody who has played the part of somebody else for even longer than you have, lying would obviously come naturally to Lelouch, as would feigning emotions. Especially because unlike how you handled the situation through mostly just hiding away and being a recluse, Lelouch managed to somehow safely interact with hundreds of other people without any of them ever seeing through his complete lack of any sort of disguise. It was nearly unbelievable... but you supposed that people really must just be that stupid sometimes. It was a bad habit of yours, honestly. You'd both overestimate and underestimate people constantly... depending on how you regarded them. For one thing, you really weren't expecting that Lelouch would be able to get away with not even bothering to disguise his identity for the best part of a decade, but you supposed that was just a result of you overestimating just how observant the average idiot Britannian was. It was still odd that none of his close friends like Rivalz or Shirley had picked up on his true identity, but... maybe they had their suspicions and were just keeping them quiet for Lelouch's sake?

"I've always been fond of machine work, honestly." You shrugged as you took Lelouch's compliment. "Give me a set of tools and enough time, and there's nothing I couldn't fix." A bold statement, but one that was true, at least with mechanical engineering. Outside of a few experts in the field, you genuinely believed that you had no competition when it came to that field of science... of course, even if they did rival you in that particular field, you were without a doubt the greatest hacker in the world. Even without relying upon your Geass. Even the heavy security on military computers would only take you a few hours to crack at most, and intercepting and patching yourself into private radio transmissions was quite simple for you as well.

"Well, in that case, I look forward to bringing you with us tomorrow. At least that way if the hunk of junk breaks down again I'll have somebody around who knows how to fix it." Rivalz seemed relieved to know of your skillset, but before any more words could be exchanged, Milly gracefully stepped through the double doors of the Student Council Room with Nina and Shirley close behind. Nunally wasn't attending the meeting today. Rai had been standing around not saying much, as he often did. You still couldn't get any sort of a read on the enigmatic amnesiac, but it was fine. You'd already started to lower your own personal evaluation of the threat he could potentially pose to you. Unlike Kallen, who was still very much a suspect. More so now that you had her record and knew what she was connected to.
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"Everyone, I'd like you to talk among yourselves while Sebastian and I go and check on something. It's a family matter." She grabbed you by the hand and pulled you out of the room with haste.

"Milly...? What's this about?" You imagined it could only be about the workshop that according to her calculations, should be fully refurbished and kitted out with all of the new equipment you had asked for.

"What do you think? Your workshop is done, and I want you to give me your thoughts on it, obviously. Really, I'd say they outdid themselves with it this time, but... I want to see what you think first." Milly smiled as she lead you outside into the open areas of the school and towards a large and relatively fancy looking building. Though a closer inspection revealed that despite the pretty exterior, the building was very much functional in design. You ended up in front of a large upwards folding mechanical door, which was operated with a remote that Milly tossed towards you when she had finished opening the warehouse.

The two of you stepped inside and the first thing you noticed was the Ganymede on display, Milly laughed when she saw your shocked reaction towards her the Knightmare Frame that you weren't expecting to see. You hadn't read about it in any documents either. What the hell?

"Yeah, that's the school's personal Knightmare Frame... but it's been demilitarized for safety reasons. We use it in order to toss a giant pizza during the school's annual festival, it's all great fun." She sounded happy, before she moved you deeper into the Warehouse, stopping when you reached a thick diving wall and a heavy looking metal sliding door. Judging from a rough estimation of the strength of the construction... the door alone should be resistant to most pistol and rifle fire. Milly inputted a quick code into the door panel and you followed her inside, breaking out into a huge smile when you saw everything from your previous workshop perfectly intact, in addition to the perfectly installed new equipment too. All of your unfinished projects had been handled with care, and the Scrap Frame stood pride of place in the center of the workshop. You looked at Milly, who seemed very happy about all this.

>Hug Milly as thanks.
>Thank Milly before getting to work on your machinery.
>Ask Milly if she wants another tour.
>Thank Milly for her continuing support.
>Ignore Milly entirely and just get to work.
>Write-in...
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"Everyone, I'd like you to talk among yourselves while Bastian and I go and check on something. It's a family matter." She grabbed you by the hand and pulled you out of the room with haste.

"Milly...? What's this about?" You imagined it could only be about the workshop that according to her calculations, should be fully refurbished and kitted out with all of the new equipment you had asked for.

"What do you think? Your workshop is done, and I want you to give me your thoughts on it, obviously. Really, I'd say they outdid themselves with it this time, but... I want to see what you think first." Milly smiled as she lead you outside into the open areas of the school and towards a large and relatively fancy looking building. Though a closer inspection revealed that despite the pretty exterior, the building was very much functional in design. You ended up in front of a large upwards folding mechanical door, which was operated with a remote that Milly tossed towards you when she had finished opening the warehouse.

The two of you stepped inside and the first thing you noticed was the Ganymede on display, Milly laughed when she saw your shocked reaction towards her the Knightmare Frame that you weren't expecting to see. You hadn't read about it in any documents either. What the hell?

"Yeah, that's the school's personal Knightmare Frame... but it's been demilitarized for safety reasons. We use it in order to toss a giant pizza during the school's annual festival, it's all great fun." She sounded happy, before she moved you deeper into the Warehouse, stopping when you reached a thick diving wall and a heavy looking metal sliding door. Judging from a rough estimation of the strength of the construction... the door alone should be resistant to most pistol and rifle fire. Milly inputted a quick code into the door panel and you followed her inside, breaking out into a huge smile when you saw everything from your previous workshop perfectly intact, in addition to the perfectly installed new equipment too. All of your unfinished projects had been handled with care, and the Scrap Frame stood pride of place in the center of the workshop. You looked at Milly, who seemed very happy about all this.

>Hug Milly as thanks.
>Thank Milly before getting to work on your machinery.
>Ask Milly if she wants another tour.
>Thank Milly for her continuing support.
>Ignore Milly entirely and just get to work.
>Write-in...
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>>4984697
>Hug Milly as thanks.
>Ask Milly if she wants another tour.
this combo honestly sounds fucking hilarious
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>>4984697
>Hug Milly as thanks.
>Ask Milly if she wants another tour.
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>>4984799
+1
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>>4984697
>>Hug Milly as thanks.
>>Ask Milly if she wants another tour.
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>>4984697
>Hug Milly as thanks.
>Ask Milly if she wants another tour.
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You don't do this very often, but upon seeing the great work that had been done for your sake without any real effort on your part, you decided that the least that you could do was show Milly a sign of physical appreciation. You were of course playing the part of her younger cousin still, so it's not like it was weird for you to hug her... right? Right. Without any further ado, you approached Milly and hesitantly put your arms around her in order to hug her. She was obviously enjoying your awkward attempt to hug her, and laughed a little before she returned the hug by putting her own arms around you. The hug made you very much aware of the fact that Milly was actually taller than you, and that was... kind of annoying still. You knew that you hadn't finished growing yet, but being so short... it was really frustrating, honestly. It really didn't help you make other people think that you were anything other than a kid.

"I take it that you're happy with things then, Bastian?" Milly sounded happy that you had responded in such a way, of course you were happy. This new workshop was both out of the way and difficult to find if you didn't know what you were looking for. The security was pretty damn great too, with everything that you had installed on this half of the warehouse, you had both the space and the materials that you needed in order to create all kinds of new technology... now, it wasn't quite a cutting edge laboratory or factory, but at the same time, in this place, you felt like it would actually be possible to finish a few of your... well, unfinished projects. Not to mention that because of the location being shared with the school's storehouse, you'd be able to get materials delivered directly to you! No need to go diving around for rare parts in Britannian scrapyards any longer! Well... you'd still need to do that if you wanted to salvage stuff like damaged Glasgow and Sutherland parts... you'd like Gloucester parts too, obviously, but... you don't even know if there even are any such units in the country. You don't exactly put your cutting edge military technology in a country that has already been conquered. It's wasteful, especially when the terrorists would be lucky to field even stolen Generation 4 Knightmare Frames... well, unless they had an engineer of your caliber working for them. You're certain that with the right resources and tools, you could design something on the same level as a Generation 6 at least. You'd heard whispers on the online circles about the secret development of Generation 7 Knightmare Frames around the world, but they were thankfully all in the Prototype stage still. Sometimes you felt like doing some of your own hacking to find out just how true the rumors were, but... that carried a certain amount of danger.
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"Of course I'm happy, Milly... this workshop is great!" Your eyes glanced over to the computer server unit that was covered to protect it from the environment of the workshop. You wondered if you could actually begin to work on M.E.R.L.I.N now that you had access to a suitably powerful computer of your own. You never would've been able to get away with the energy draw such a machine would have back when you were at the Ashford Manor, but with this workshop and the Power Generator you had had installed, it was finally feasible to potentially work on the AI for the first time in six long years! Not to mention that you might be able to start getting to work on uncorrupting that data file containing what you hoped were the video logs of the day that Lady Marianne was shot dead. For the first time since you arrived in Japan, you finally felt as if you were getting closer to being able to uncover the truth. You didn't hate Britannia, but you hated the obvious conspiracy that was controlling the upper echelons of Britannian Society. At this rate, you strongly believed that even if the Emperor or Empress was noble and just and dedicated to eliminating the injustices that were being spread by Britannia, whoever ordered Lady Marianne's death would quickly dispose of them just as they had disposed of the woman who once held the title of Knight of Six.

"I'm glad that you like it. I had a few specialists come in to ensure that everything was properly installed and in optimal condition, and... well, this is what they came up with." The two of you stopped hugging and Milly learned against one of the metal railings that had been installed around the workshop. The actual workshop containing all of the tools was on a slightly elevated platform, and there was a set of stairs that led up to a catwalk that was closer to the ceiling and allowed easy access to the Scrap Frame's head. Everything seemed to be in order. "There was a little bit of money left over in the budget, so I used that to buy some raw material for you to work with. You can also use whatever you find in the store room that you want to use... except the Ganymede. I'd get in a lot of trouble if that went missing."

"I understand." You accepted the conditions of only using what you found in the storehouse... though with all the money you were carrying about. You were carrying about £25,000 on you personally now, while you had almost £300,000 in a bank account that could be accessed with a multi-purpose ID card. "So... how about I give you the tour again, Milly?"

The girl burst out laughing. "B-but you've only just laid eyes on the place, how could you give me a tour." She was terribly amused at the suggestion, but you just shook your head.

"You underestimate me, Milly. I've seen more than enough of this workshop to give you a proper guided tour." You smiled as you offered the tour once again, but then it was Milly's turn to shake her head.
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"Much as I'd love to be given another tour, I kind of have to get back to my duties as the Student Council President... and my classes. I'm not in the same situation you are, and I can't exactly be seen to be slacking on any of my duties, otherwise it would make the Ashford's look worse by association. I'm the direct heir of the Ashford Foundation and the family itself. I can't just skip classes... and also unlike you, I've not got the capacity to just ace my tests even after skipping classes." She sounded a little jealous of your prodigious intelligence, but it was only natural to feel envious of somebody with such a thing, it was a little arrogant to think that way, but... it was true. Milly started to walk towards the door of the workshop "You've got most of the day free though, but I expect to see you at lunch! See you then... Sebastian." She used your real name as she left, though it was fine, as you were in complete privacy.

With Milly gone, you took a look at the workshop with a wide smile on your face.

>>Choose something to work on for today.
>Attempting to finally boot M.E.R.L.I.N up.
>Starting the uncorruption of the video file.
>Getting the Scrap Frame to a usable condition.
>Finishing up the Stun Baton.
>Assembling your personal armor.
>Starting work on a hydraulic powered frame.
>Something else...
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>>4985058
>>Attempting to finally boot M.E.R.L.I.N up.
Gimme that AI wife, QM.
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>>4985058
>Starting the uncorruption of the video file.
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>>4985058
>Getting the Scrap Frame to a usable condition.
Milly and Bastian are so cute together
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>>4985058
>>Getting the Scrap Frame to a usable condition.
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>>4985083
Agreed.
Milly and her autistic paranoid egomaniac "cousin" is a fun duo.
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>>4985083
they really are
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>>4985077
Had an idea.
Our Geass only works with direct touch contact, right?
How about we build a tiny wrist mounted grappling hook so that we can use it at a range on things like Knightmare Frames?
Because I'm switching to that.
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>>4985120
here for what we know about it

>>4966097
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>>4985159
So there's no reason that a grappling hook wire couldn't work, right?
It even goes together with our shutdown virus thing we have on Scrap Mech.
Needs a name, our mech.
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>>4985164
We should ask Milly to name it.
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>>4985172
I like that Milly has a big role in this quest.
I always liked her.
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>>4985164
Yeah it should work. It doesn't sound impossible for me for a write-in. Virus and grappling hook could be combined.
Puppeteer maybe for a name ? I know it sounds simple, but being able to control things through a connection like this sounds like "wires" that attach to other knightmares/vehicles/machines for control them.
Is not the best name of course, i was thinking more myhtological or heroic names honestly. Not sure which though.
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>>4985058
>Attempting to finally boot M.E.R.L.I.N up.

I'm hoping this unique resource can help with our other projects. Also getting the scrap frame working won't really do much shirt term. We don't have a trailer to cary it off campus even if it could fight Sutherlands. Hopefully we can steal one of those when we go out with Lelouch.

I'm also tempted to get the armored suit because of the hell that's about to be unleashed.
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>>4985058
>Attempting to finally boot M.E.R.L.I.N up.
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>>4985058
>Getting the Scrap Frame to a usable condition.

>>4985194
Can't our scrap knightmare already do that?

>>4985197
>Also getting the scrap frame working won't really do much shirt term
And what will the AI do short term?
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>>4985058
WIZARD which one of these did we end up picking? >>4980503
>Starting the uncorruption of the video file.
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>>4985237
This one
>>4980536
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>>4985197
A trailer can be bought, it doesn't seem much of a problem to move the knightmare with that done.
Honestly i am more fearful for our current computer not being enough for the AI. Merlin was installed in a far larger computer than what we have after all.

>>4985223
i remember knightmares having grappling hooks, so we should have them. But i am not sure, ask qm.
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>>4967289
>Of course, what you didn't tell Milly is that the Slash Harken wasn't a normal Slash Harken at all. It was actually repurposed as a data transference device containing a virus that you had developed to shut down the internal systems of Knightmare Frames it hacked and allow for them to be captured! The Slash Harken itself contained a tiny microchip on the tip, which would automatically attach itself to an enemy Knightmare Frame, burrowing two connectors down through their armor when it struck them to begin to rapidly assume control of the entire vehicle when it reached an electrical system.
>>4985259
Sounds pretty similar
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>>4985244
Can we use our own funds to acquire the CCTV (what's that?) and the motion sensors for additional security, and then replace the 30k compute with the 100k one by paying the difference in cost?

Can we try constructing human sized robots for security purposes?
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>>4985284
>Can we use our own funds to acquire the CCTV
Of course, but it would require a trip into town or alteratively waiting for them to be delivered by ordering them online.
>What's that?
CCTV stands for Closed Circuit Television, and is basically just buying and setting up additional security cameras. In Bastion's case, they'd be in difficult to spot locations and give near perfect survelliance in and around his workshop.
>Replace the Computer
Again, it requires time or a trip into town. A trip into town to actually get one would take up the majority of a day, or you can order one online and wait however many days it takes for it to arrive. You can probably trade in the new mid-range computer for 20k if you felt like it.
>Can we try constructing human sized robots.
Of course, but don't expect fantastic results without going through the prereqs for that sort of stuff first. Namely, miniaturized hydraulic systems are important for that, as they open up ways to get both suits of powered armor as well as human sized robots.
You'll need a cutting edge lab if you want to go more advanced than relatively simple hydraulics though, but that'll likely come in time.
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>>4985223
Actually yes it could help short term depending on what it's allowed to work on. Hacking, knightmare modeling, helping uncorrupt the save file etc. It depends on what the QM allows it to do honestly. It was built for bigger things so it's my assumption it can do these smaller ones.
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Would having two computers do anything? I just don't want to trade in for 20k, especially when it was a gift.

Once the AI is finished can it help with computer based options? Or is there some kind of limit. I'm assuming it helps with stuff like the corrupt data but I want to make sure.
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>>4985342
The first battle of the series is tomorrow. It's obvious how our scrap knightmare will help there. How will the AI help? Everything you mention is more long-term than that.
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>>4985358
We're not going to be anywhere near our Scrap Frame tomorrow, though. we'll be with Lelouch and Rivalz when the shit hits the fan..
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>>4985358
How exactly is the scrape frame going to teleport to us when shit hits fan? How is a scrape frame going to deal with the latest military knightmare? We are better of stealing a sutherlander during the chaos then bring the scrape frame that's a death trap in a battlefield.

Where do we get military grade armor or weapons for it? If you wanted something useful for the fighting the baton or the armor would be better vs ground troops.

I'm not sure what's the limits of the AI but can it pick up signals to create a tactical map? Connect to the phone and give the mc a leg up. I'll admit im not sure what it's limits and usages are in taking a gamble on it.
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>>4985088
this is me. i change my vote to
>>4985058
>Assembling your personal armor.


Thinking about it a bit more, the best thing we have is our geass. Beside that though is true that our frame (i don t think it will be bad if we work on it now, just not at a prototype level. It will not be a "scrape" if we get our hands on it and work for make it better though) can t be in the battle, but we also don t know if our AI can even reach our position for aid us at that distance (more for the computer where we will put it in).

Personal armor and baton should be portable for us. The baton is the one more conceivable, but the personal armor can be probably put on a backpack or a suitcase. Depends how big/heavy it is. I dislike the idea of being at risk since we will just have civilian clothings.
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