I don't think we fully checked out the skeleton's table
Ansha opened the north-west room's door and revealed another identical chamber; but this one was entirely empty of any physical remains. The pulsing, healthy looking lines of magic led her to believe this room's device had never actually been activated or used.
Tebati moved to sit down on the stairs, but was surprised to find herself unable to reach them. A sheer wall of intangible, magical force had risen up at the opening to the stairwell, with no apparent gaps. The group were trapped upon this level.
Inspecting the fountain, Ansha came to the conclusion that at least the group would not die of thirst anytime soon. The water seemed to be coming from the very external walls of the structure and seemed to be pure and fresh; even a little chilled. More magic was no doubt at work here.
Through to post number 4,000
On the positive side - we have food and drink at least... and if we turn their school room over to an outhouse we can likely survive in relative comfort for a while :P
Good point. Ansha tried to download the memories from one of those stasis rooms into a skull, but we haven't tried downloading them into a living person yet.
Exactly how desperate we'd have to be to try that on ourselves is a separate question. :P
What if Akirra tried to use his stasis table to download his own lost memories back into his brain?
Faith in action? - prove a point to us disbelievers of the Order? :P
The strange invisible presence in said chamber
Desks and chairs lined the room, with a much larger desk on the far end along with an empty bookshelf. Clearly, this room was a classroom, eons ago. Akirra felt a vague sensation that he should know this place, but the thought was frustrating, always at the edge of his subconscious.
With the doors thrown open, an ancient contingency was triggered. A totally monotone voice emanated from the south side of the room, speaking in Azlant. It seemed to come from one of the statues on that side of the wall. These statues were depicted in greater detail than those in the corridors outside, and seemed to be more distinct and varied. Nevertheless, the theme of the statues remained unchanged, although there was clearly greater honor imparted to the individuals depicted.
If you are a true son or daughter of the Order of Arioch, or are accompanied by such, fully recite the 3rd Treatise of Arioch.
Stairs down in the treatise room
Jakob said: We have a makeshift library in the camp, but we are trapped on this level by a wall of force.....A wall of force that we can see through!"
"I may have a solution... If we return to the entrance we can get the attention of one of the expedition staff. They can check the records we have and with any luck tell us what we need to say.
Getting their attention through the force wall might be difficult but I expect we can find a way."
This water seemed to, somehow, be holding an image- likely a map although it wasn't easy to tell from here. The water was clearly depicting geography of some kind; and littered across the green and brown segments which must surely represent land, bright beacons of light seemed to glisten like stars. On the same bathtub-like device, several levers were affixed to the end closest to the chair. In addition, a single lever of solid metal was affixed close to the door.
After some experimentation, Akirra found that they switched the image on the water entirely to a completely different landscape. One lever switched to and from a region as large as the original region itself, although it was much more land-locked. This too, had perhaps several dozen points of light scattered across the map.
The other lever showed a much smaller map in far greater detail. With almost no geographical memory to call upon, Akirra struggled to relate its size, but he estimated that it was likely ten to twenty times smaller than the original map he had seen. This smaller map had less than a dozen points of light upon it.
DM breadcrumbs suggest that there might be something learnable in the school room... or at least Akirra had a (meta) failed memory recollection there.
The water table appears to just be geographically related.
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Just because its worth noting OOC, you haven't missed any vital clue to help you access the next room. Unlike a video game, not every single locked door has a key, not every poison an antidote.
The creators of this place clearly fully expected a memory restored member of the Order to guide you through.
Unfortunately, you get Akirra.
A small advanced warning - starting Wednesday (my time so roughly 48 hours from this post) I'll be in geographical flux at these highlighted locations.
Fly out of KL on Wednesday night, two days in Kota Kinabalu, one full day in transit in Singapore then about eight days (through to Sunday 19th) in Adelaide before returning back to home location. I should retain interwebs connectivity throughout (though with tablet + keyboard rather than laptop), though my access and verbosity might be moderately curtailed at times.
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Um...I/Ansha got the impression that the apparatus would simply "extract" memories from the subject, and then store them in someone else. So from Ansha's perspective, we'd have to use another living thing to 'download' the memories and sensory data into. And since Ansha would be half-afraid we'd just have two people thinking they were Akirra, she's definitely not volunteering for it.
Hmm... going back to reread the specifics, I was operating on the assumption that mind wipe would remove memories and sensory extraction might ... extract them from the machine and put them back in the receptacle? It's certainly not clear that that's the case, however.
Maybe mind wipe is reformatting the hard disk while sensory extraction is just moving the files elsewhere? I'm not sure I catch the distinction.