Transcript: Interference Episode 8

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GENEVA

Observation log, 2nd of Melt 763 Adan

This is Geneva reporting for The South Coast Archaeological and Preservation Society. Reporting from the recently uncovered ruins of the Temple of Asden, in the deserts of Tilan.

Today will be my last day making these reports. Darren will be taking back his reporting duties after today. Finally.

I have been tasked with communicating with our contact on Earth, Jacq. I of course am also charged with writing reports on those communications, and tabulating the data we’ve learned and comparing it to relevant data from the records that we have from the previous contact.

As such, After today, communications with Jacq will no longer be appended to these messages. Instead I will provide reports on the communications to Darren who will report them to you.

The portal has finally shown signs of activity. There is a faint line of illuminated energy around the edge of the portal. We can now detect a magical field coming from it, but it is very faint. We have unfortunately been unable to glean any information from observing the portal itself.

We believe that the magical field is being suppressed in some way. Not the field itself, but the energy it gives off that would be detectable to us. A portal to another world, even one as slight as this, should be putting out a lot more energy than we’re detecting. We think this explains why we couldn’t detect any magic from it before, when we started receiving these strange communications.

When the portal opened we were bombarded by static and communication with Jacq was cut off. It was just a momentary disturbance, as the portal flared to life, and we established communication again shortly after.

In other News High Wizard Ezcobar and his troop have returned, well... most of them. The high Wizard and his associates seem to have suffered some kind of trauma, while they were away. Many of them had fresh wounds, and a few of their number are missing. We don’t know if they’re dead, or if they simply missed the return trip for some reason. Unfortunately we can get no clarification from them, as their minds all seem to have been addled by something. They are incomprehensible, and all of our staff skilled in medicine and Clerical magics are working trying to heal whatever is wrong with them. So far without success.

The crypts have now been excavated, and have proven to be quite interesting. It appears that a section of the crypts has been cleared out, and has been made into a barracks or a residence of some kind. Research is still being done on both the barracks and the crypts that still lie deeper inside.

The current theory is that the barracks were made to house humans who crossed over during the last portal opening. This is purely conjecture, however, we have found no evidence to corroborate this fact.

That is all I have for now. I will now open up a line of communication with Jacq, so that we may discuss the events of the past few weeks.

This has been Geneva reporting from the Temple of Asden in the Deserts of Tilan  2nd of Melt 763 Adan

Hello Jacq, can you hear me?

JACQ

Yes, I’m here. You’re early!! Just give me a minute to finish up. *typing noises*

Okay, so, I’d like to fill my audience in on what we’ve discussed over the past couple of weeks.

GENEVA

Okay. Where would you like to start?

JACQ

Well, let’s explain what happened at the end of my last recording. I’ve gotten so many messages asking after my safety and yours - it’s really touching! Especially since you all started following for D&D tips.

GENEVA

Okay, so I guess first off, we’re fine.

JACQ

Yep!

GENEVA

So on my side all that happened was a burst of static and being cut off from you. Well that and the portal was glowing. There was an explosion on your end, right? I didn’t know about that until later.

Am I doing this right? I’ve.. never podcasted before.

JACQ

(laughing) actually you’re a very popular podcaster. At my meager level, anyway. You’re doing fine.

But yes, as the portal opened, there was an explosion at a park not too far from my house, which explains why the two of us were one of the first stable connections between worlds. Uh - no one was hurt in the initial blast, a burst of energy just left a smallish crater, and scorched some trees and equipment. It’s really lucky no one was there at the time.

GENEVA

It really is. It sounds like getting caught in that would have been nasty.

JACQ

Yeah - it’s good that it happened late in the day. I used to hang out in that park all the time when I was a teenager, my favorite bench got vaporized. Anyway! Everyone’s fine.

GENEVA

Yes, we’re fine, and I’m sorry about your bench. (Jacq laughs)  You mentioned other stable connections. Do you want to talk about that next?

JACQ

That sounds good. Do you want to start us off?

GENEVA

Um, okay I guess. So after the portal illuminated. Have I mentioned that it’s just illuminated a little, like just a bit around the edge? It’s not really a portal, at least not yet.

JACQ

Like a closed door with a light behind it?

GENEVA

Yes! That’s a good comparison. I’m actually going to make a note… Okay, so yes like that. Anyway, after the event, the signals began to get clearer and other people have started talking between the worlds.

JACQ

A lot of you probably know that, now that I think on it.

GENEVA

The weird thing is, I don’t know who you’re talking to really. The only other person at my site that has talked to anyone is Harold.

JACQ

You didn’t tell me about this! Who did Harold talk to?

GENEVA

Um, I think their name was Brittany. They didn’t really talk much. Mostly they just played some songs?

Do you know Dirty Computer by Janelle Monae?

JACQ

HAH! Yes, that is the hot album right now. It’s revolutionary, I’ve been listening to it a lot. Did you like it?

GENEVA

I thought it was really good. Some of the instruments were a bit strange at first. What do you use to make those noises?

JACQ

What kind of noises? There are probably dozens of different instruments on there.

GENEVA

There are, like, these deep ba boompy noises and these swirly noises?

JACQ

(laughing) the “ba boompy” noises are probably just an electric bass? I don’t even know how to start with swirly, maybe just something else electronic. I can play you some stuff some time and talk about the instruments, but not if I’m going to release it as a podcast.

GENEVA

Okay, that sounds good! I guess it would take a while. Your audience probably doesn’t want to listen to us for too long.

JACQ

I think my audience would actually love that, they like to hear about how different your world is, and they really like to hear me sound foolish trying to explain things that I half understand. It’s actually an intellectual property thing.

Though we are a little off track.

GENEVA

Right! We’ve talked about so much. I’m not sure I know where to go next. What would your audience be interested in?

JACQ

Well, if we’re going to do reports like this regularly, maybe they’ll write in with requests.

For now… hmm… well, there are all the rumors of strange creatures, here, never seen before.

GENEVA

Yes, you mentioned that. People are claiming to have seen strange beasts or something?

JACQ

Uh huh. There are a lot of reports - online, and I’ve seen a few actual news reports - of sightings of creatures that sound like they’ve been pulled right out of the Monster Manual.

GENEVA

We haven’t seen anything like that on our side, and like I said earlier there’s not really a portal, so I don’t think anything could have crossed over from our world to yours.

JACQ

(pause) Not yet, anyway.

GENEVA

Right. I don’t know what they’re seeing, but it’s not from Chell.

JACQ

But! I wanted to mention it, because it could be important. It could be hysteria, or it could be a sign that another portal is open elsewhere, or any number of things. It’s… dubious, but worth keeping an eye on.

GENEVA

I guess another portal could be open, but not one that we’ve found. It just doesn’t seem very likely.

JACQ

Do you have records available on all of the portals on the Chell side of things?

GENEVA

Like readily available, or… didn’t we talk about this yesterday?

JACQ

Yeah, I was trying to encourage a natural-sounding report of the info to my crew.

GENEVA

Oh! I’m sorry! uh...

JACQ

No, that’s okay.

GENEVA

We don’t really know how many portals there were, or where they’re located. We’ve mostly been finding them due to the sheer amount of digging that we’ve done over the years.

JACQ

How many do you have eyes on? And is this the only active one?

GENEVA

So we know of 6 portals. 4 of them are actually under the care of other groups. We regularly check in with them about them, and communications have been frequent due to recent events. None of the other portals show any sign of activity.

JACQ

Good to know - and making it seem more likely that sightings of strange creatures are just caused by overactive imaginations, or culture shock, or something.

GENEVA

Yes, that seems most likely.

JACQ

Uhhh… I think we’ve covered everything really important. Is there anything else you wanted to mention?

GENEVA

I think that most of the things I have to talk about are things that your audience probably already knows. Because they’re things that I’ve learned about your world.

JACQ

Right! We’ve done some sharing. We’re a little more on the same page about technology and magic and the history and culture of the worlds.

For example, I learned that Geneva is actually an Orc. My Dwarf assumption was way off base.

GENEVA

Wait, you thought I was a Dwarf?

JACQ

Well, you have this sort of husky voice, and you’re doing stonework… it’s probably stereotyping, but that was all I had to go off of at the time.

GENEVA

(Geneva attempts a higher voice for a bit)

And based on my reports, Jen is trying to work out how this electricity stuff works, and how it can be harnessed for science?

JACQ

(hesitates) um… right. Both worlds are probably going to have (Geneva starts coughing in background) a lot of exciting discoveries, if we stay in contact for any amount of … are you okay?

GENEVA

Oh (coughs) I’m fine. Just, a bit dusty in here all of a sudden.

JACQ

I... wasn’t trying to insult you with the Dwarf thing, or with what I said about your voice. You have a pretty voice!

GENEVA

Um...Thank you. And I wasn’t insulted. We don’t have anything against dwarves.

JACQ

Right, right, you’d probably be more insulted if I thought you were a huuuumaaann.

GENEVA

*sighs* unfortunately true. I’m sorry about that. I am enjoying talking with you, and learning about your world.

JACQ

Me too! … Um. Okay. Is that all we needed to share?

GENEVA

I think so? I can’t think of anything else important.

JACQ

Okay. (more presentational voice) So that’s it for this week, everyone. Geneva and I are going to stay in touch about this issue and keep being interdimensional liaisons… (losing it) and stuff.

GENEVA

Yes! Now all of you go away, so that we can talk.

JACQ

(laughs) don’t tease them, you know they’re not actually here. But I’ll stop recording now.

GENEVA

Great! So Brittany said something about an emotion picture, can you tell me more about that? Can you show it to me?