Transcript: Interference Episode 18

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JACQ

Geneva, can you hear me?

GENEVA

hmm, oh yes! Hi Jacq!

JACQ

Oh! Thank goodness

GENEVA

Sorry, I’m a little distracted. You seem… upset?

JACQ

Mostly relieved now. We’ve had some, uh, happenings on this side of the portal.

GENEVA

Oh! What are they?! I mean, um. They’re not terribly bad right? Like you’re alright?

JACQ

Oh, I’m fine. I would only put them on the level with “global economic collapse” or something.

GENEVA

What? What’s happened?

JACQ

I have no idea. I mean - I know the result. The internet? The thing that I look things up on? Is… not. Working. Anymore?

GENEVA

It just stopped working?

JACQ

I mean - no. So, this is what’s up. Late yesterday everything started getting freshly bombarded with interference.

GENEVA

Okay, so interference first.

JACQ

But - okay, so. How’s this connection sound?

GENEVA

No issues here.

JACQ

Yeah. So, it’s a different kind of interference or something. Or maybe a different maneuver on the part of who or whatever is causing it? I don’t know. We got hit with stuff that made all of the different technology we’ve developed to remove interference stopped working, so radio signals were just going haywire, basically.

Then, after that, it interfered with wifi connections? So, most people lost their connection, but like, phones were still working and everything because of… I actually have no idea. Data. Satellites? I don’t know, because they’ve stopped working now too and I can’t get online. Haaaaa!

GENEVA

Wow so, you lost your internet and your communications network. Any news from other sources? Like do you have a print resource or something? Just word of mouth? Do they have any idea what happened?

JACQ

So, okay. Everything we do is tied to the internet. We have this news service called the AP news wire. It’s been around for like 150 years, so, Way Before The Internet. And that NAME refers to a kind of communication that, for all I know, would still work? Though I don’t know? It involved wires but I don’t know anything about it? But - they don’t use it anymore, because the internet is better. And I don’t know if there are failsafes, but they haven’t really kicked in, yet, if there are. News is traveling… very very slowly. For us, anyway.

GENEVA

Do you know how far it spreads? Like has anyone travelled out and come back to say I got wifi 50 miles out or something?

JACQ

I expect news about that! Eventually! I don’t know. But part of the issue is that everything we do that’s FAST is affected by the interference. People in charge of things are having to physically travel, by, like. Car, and train. And send messengers. It’s kinda like the world is over?? Or, you know, society.

GENEVA

Wow, i’m so sorry. It must be rough living like that. Are people causing more trouble on top of that? Like panic in the streets, increase in crime, or anything?

JACQ

It’s pretty quiet in my neighborhood because, like, it’s just houses, and we still have all the basics like water and electricity. But I can only assume that there is widespread panic. I am very nervous about what the government might do.

GENEVA

Yeah, I bet. I really hope it wasn’t something we did. It’s probably just...something else?

JACQ

That was kind of my next question - DID you do anything? I like… assume that whatever you have been doing is more responsible than Ramone so it would be a smaller effect. But. It hasn’t been all quiet over here, so...

GENEVA

Well Mostly we’ve been going over papers and studying the portal’s magical signatures. We did try to send something through, though. It was very small and it left and came back fine with no complications. On our side anyway.

JACQ

What did you send?

GENEVA

It was some kind of beetle. Native to this area, uh, a firewing beetle.

JACQ

Okay. That seems a lot safer than big bursts of magical energy.

GENEVA

You’d think so, but I don’t know. It seemed safe, but what if we caused this? We were all so excited about this success.

JACQ

I think that… hmm. You know? I think that there have been bigger things coming over, and you’re probably fine? Like, that intellect devourer. A beetle is nothing, comparably.

GENEVA

But we don’t really know where those things have come from. It hasn’t been from this portal. Your world could have just created those, though it does seem unlikely.

JACQ

There is another weird thing!!

GENEVA

what?

JACQ

So - other than the early interference we experienced, which was widespread? Stuff has sort of been focused on the park. There were issues all around this region, but as far as I know it wasn’t a global issue.

GENEVA

Like no reports of monsters halfway across the world or anything?

JACQ

Right! Not that we’re on amazing terms with every nation in the world or anything. But everything was here. Then, suddenly - BOOM - global communication networks start dropping? It seems… deliberate. To me.

GENEVA

Wait, so you think this is some kind of attack? From Chel?

JACQ

I didn’t! Until I started thinking about the intellect devourer. And I don’t know if it’s from Chel or from Earth, but I think it’s an attack. (sigh) I wish we understood more of what’s going on.

GENEVA

But, where are they attacking you from. No one’s reported anything.

JACQ

Well (thinking) it comes back to the interference, for me. It was such a huge deal when it started, and then we sort of… got used to it? But whatever it was caused by… it could have been someone or something studying and testing our communication systems.

GENEVA

Okay, so the communication thing, how we met was an accident brought on by this other group, and our portal opening is a coincidence?

JACQ

No no no, I think it’s the portals, I just think - (frustrated sigh) I have ALWAYS thought, there must be another portal open. There must be some sort of major energy shift somewhere, affecting the portals.

GENEVA

Okay, that sounds feasible. This is just the first one that we know of to open, but some portal we don’t have an eye on is already open and someone is attacking you. Gods if this is true we have to stop it. I don’t even know how to deal with this, but we can’t just let them attack you.

JACQ

I don’t think there’s anything I can DO, but maybe your society can? I don’t know. I’m kind of mad at them.

GENEVA

What? Why? Do you think they’re causing this like somewhere else? They do--

JACQ

It kind of doesn’t matter if they are, for me to be mad. They’re so… your whole culture is so… (long pause) I don’t know how to say it without being just... really mean.

GENEVA

It matters to me if they’re causing it. Not that I think that they are.

JACQ

Of course it matters! I just think that you are… not you, though, sometimes you too, and, it’s not just Chel or - Aellark or - S-CAPs and I don’t think that Chel has, like, cornered the market on it, but you’re so… COMPLACENT! Like, things are fine on the surface and you know everything that’s going on so nothing COULD be wrong. It’s okay to be queer because the moon and sun are in love or whatever. But you don’t question authority, and… stuff. I don’t know. I just think that if things there were less. Stodgy? Or something? We would have cracked this whole mystery open MONTHS ago like a rotten egg. A stinky and rotten egg that’s been under the porch since last Easter. (huff)

GENEVA

Well, alright then. I don’t really know what to say to that. Nice imagery?

JACQ

Sorry.

GENEVA

I’m sorry that we’re moving too slowly and that Ramone decided to throw a bunch of magic at your planet to see what happened, but I don’t really feel like we’ve had much opportunity to figure out what’s been going on with your world.

JACQ

I asked you about other portals like six months ago.

GENEVA

And I told you what we knew!

JACQ

And dismissed the theory!

GENEVA

Not dismissed! Uh I reported, but we can’t do anything about it. It’s taken us thousands of years to find the portals we have found. We’re not just going to be able to find new ones by going oh we have six months lets see how many new portal

s we can find. It’s going to be none! Well most likely none. I suppose we might find all the rest of them, it’s just not very likely.

JACQ

Do you know if there’s even a concentrated effort to take these findings, and start using the new data about the portal’s energy to pinpoint other likely places? The portal has to just be a big beacon of magic.

GENEVA

I don’t know. I assume that they would look for that based on what we’ve told them, but the portal could be anywhere.

JACQ

Yeah. Okay. Cool.

GENEVA

Look, we’re doing our best,--

JACQ

YOU are doing your best--

GENEVA

And I’m going to do better. I’ll check in on them and ask what they’ve found. And tell them about what you think is going on. And that I think they should look into it.

JACQ

Can I ask another mean question. Since we’re already basically fighting about it.

GENEVA

Yes.

JACQ

What’s the chance they’ll be cool with just leaving the humans to fend for themselves? Since it’s another PLANET and not much of their concern.

GENEVA

Everyone else? Sure? My city doesn’t care about you, the empire doesn’t care about you. I do, and the archaeological society… scholars are not going to let your world come under attack and ruin the knowledge that we could learn from your world.

We want the internet to work! We want the communications to work! So that we can study them. We want to know what happened last time and how things have changed. We’re not going to let you be destroyed.

JACQ

(pause) I’m just scared. I’m sorry that I freaked out.

GENEVA

(screams) I know. And I wouldn’t have yelled if I wasn’t scared too. Scared that I caused this. Scared that you might be hurt. Upset that you’re suffering. And yeah. I’m not going to let anything hurt you, if I have to spend my life savings hiring adventurers to keep your world safe.

JACQ

(nervous laugh) of course capitalism will save the day again.

GENEVA

(her own nervous laughter) Well it’s not like I’d be much use on my own I’m afraid. How are you with a sword? Maybe when I come over you can protect me.

JACQ

(real laugh) I am not a fighter. I can throw a good punch if I’m really mad. I don’t know what EITHER would do against something that can take down global communications, but, we’ll see.

GENEVA

I really hope we don’t have to see. I’d much rather it have been the beetle than an intentional attack. … Not saying that I think you’re wrong! Just, I hope you’re wrong.

A VOICE

Attention people of Earth.

GENEVA

What is that?

JACQ

It’s on my phone. And screen. And it sounds like the TV turned--

A VOICE

It’s nice to finally speak to you, face to face. You may call us… Carithell. Too long have we remained hidden beneath your world, barely surviving, but now we have reconnected with our brethren, and your world will soon be ours.

We have broken you, and we can break you further. Do not resist us. Accept us as your rightful masters and we will let the vast majority of you live.

(regular communications resume again)

GENEVA

The portal just flared all the way open!

JACQ

The internet is back. Everything is back.

GENEVA

(groans)

JACQ

Well shit!

(pause) Do you recognize that voice? It sounded… a little strange? But mostly just like a (dude)?

GENEVA

No, I didn’t recognize it. This is really happening right? It’s not just...

JACQ

I don’t know. It seems real. OH! You couldn’t see, it wasn’t just audio, there was... video? Like. It was a (guy) sitting there in a chair, kind of… average looking? Brown hair, brown eyes, pale skin. He was wearing a blazer and some sort of graphic t-shirt? Just looked totally normal, but the lighting was off, it was all washed out green from some sort of light behind him. It looked like a really cheap horror set, or something, or like one of those public access shows, where some local nerd introduces horror movies? Like the lowest budget Elvira.

GENEVA

I don’t see anything in there that will help me. If it looks that bad do you think people will believe him?

JACQ

Depends.

GENEVA

I wish I could just discount it as a fake, but it’s clearly not. I’ll have to work a bit harder on getting teams together.

JACQ

(phone rings) I have to go. Mom’s on the phone and I doubt it’ll be a quick one.

GENEVA

Yeah, yeah. No I understand. I’ll talk to you soon.

JACQ

Soon! Love you!

GENEVA

Muah!

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