Transcript: Interference Episode 14

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JACQ

Okay so listen to this.

RADIO PERSON

Meteorologists are completely baffled by the sudden storm that occured late last Tuesday. Weather experts are scrambling to determine the cause of this strange occurrence. They assure us that they have several working theories, and believe they will reach a conclusion soon, so that such storms can be better predicted.

In other news, the reports of strange sightings have continued to increase, and insurance companies are dealing with claims of monsters having caused accidents or property damage. (radio clicks off)

JACQ

This is bad.

GENEVA

Yes, it sounds quite bad. More creatures have come through? They mentioned accidents. Has anyone been hurt?

JACQ

Not many details in news reports. I’ve (through interference) gotten some

GENEVA

(through static and interference) Hold on, you’re breaking up.

JACQ

Sorry, let me see if I can adjust… (static ends) better?

GENEVA

Yes, Thank you. I really wish that would stop happening. I have enough data on the interference. What were you saying?

JACQ

Uh, I was saying I’d gotten some emails from locals who listened to the podcast, though, asking questions I can’t answer. Like in the sense of, I’m not allowed, and in the sense of, I have no idea what the answer is. AND they’re telling me about stuff that’s almost definitely because of the portal. More weird weather anomalies but even smaller than what happened in the park. Strange looking animals, but usually close enough to Earth animals that you might not notice. Oh, and someone’s living room got filled with sand?

GENEVA

Well there's certainly plenty of sand here.

JACQ

Yeah, I thought of that.

GENEVA

But why sand, why would sand cross over? I mean why would anything? Nothing has gone through the portal.

(pauses)

Oh right! The portal! I forgot to tell you! I mean I just learned myself. So It’s open now.

JACQ

It’s open!? When did that happen!?

GENEVA

Well, Not all the way open. It’s just a small opening, barely big enough to peek through.They said there’s not really much to see though. All they can see is the magical field formed by the portal. They can’t see what's on the other side of it without going through it. Which they’re unwilling to try right now.

JACQ

But WHEN? And couldn’t they send a lab rat or something? I guess you wouldn’t get much info from that if you didn’t have a camera on it.

GENEVA

I’m not sure when it was. And I think the hole’s too small for that still. It would have to be a lab spider or something.  

JACQ

(chuckles) But why aren’t you up to date? Is it that, uh… what’s the new project leader’s name? Ramone? Is he not keeping you up to date? Did you get a look at it? Nothing has changed other than the way it looks?

GENEVA

I’d guess it probably started opening during that storm, actually.

JACQ

I mean that makes sense, but that was a WHILE ago now.

GENEVA

Yeah, I mean they could have t- (interference)

Oh blast it not again! Can’t I talk for just a few...ugh!

JACQ

Yeah there’s only so much we can do with it. Sorry. (after a moment, interference ends). Okay, go.

GENEVA

So, now that that’s over. I was saying that it would have been nice if they’d told me sooner. It’s an important change! I guess they just feel like I don’t need to know these things anymore, since I’m not making reports directly to the S-CAPS office.

I haven’t actually gotten a look at it myself. The research team tries to keep people out of there, who aren’t actively studying it.

JACQ

But you ARE actively studying it.

GENEVA

I don’t know if I’d say that I’m actively studying it. I’m actively studying... you, I guess.

JACQ

Well that makes it sound creepy! We’re doing a cross-cultural exchange of ideas and information.

GENEVA

Of course, yes! But what I mean is, in order to do that, I don’t technically need access. Even though it was originally my project.

JACQ

Man, that’s super suspicious. To me, anyway. It makes sense that they’d protect their site, but you’re the person who discovered the anomaly. Are they trying to steal your work, or… is it something worse? What’s going on

GENEVA

(sighs) I don’t know. Ramone thought it would be best if I focused on talking with you. Which has been great! But they won’t even let me in, anymore. I mean I kind of get i--(gets cut off)

JACQ

Oh dang! Is.. is it the human thing?

(interference)

GENEVA

Human thing?

JACQ

Do they not want to deal with you because you’re, I dunno, a human-sympathizer? Too soft on humans? They want a more disconnected view of Earth?

GENEVA

I-I don’t think so? I mean it’s not like they’re letting in everyone but me or anything. It’s just that one team who’s allowed down in the portal room. I know that, it used to be my job to watch the portal but…

(sigh) Okay you know what, maybe. Everyone hated Ezcobar, and they knew I was trying to get along with him. I tried to get a mediator to help us get along. They didn’t like that.

AND they all know that I… ha...Enjoy talking to you.

JACQ

Boo! I’m mad at them.

GENEVA

Ugh! It’s so frustrating! They won’t let me do anything useful, other than talk to you. They won’t even let me help them dig!

JACQ

Well. You could take the initiative. Go rogue if you have to!

GENEVA

(laughs) Go rogue? And do what?

JACQ

I mean, the rogue archaeologist is a pretty popular story on Earth, if I’m totally honest. But… I mean, like, start your own research project! Or take back your original project. What do you want to do?

GENEVA

I-I don’t know. I mean S-Caps is a pretty good organization generally-- And I don’t want to lose my job.

JACQ

I get that, but… wouldn’t headquarters take your side if you explained what’s happened with your work? Or is it pretty much just up to the project leader they assigned.

GENEVA

I, I’m not sure. Maybe if I could provide evidence that Ramone wasn’t doing a good job, then they would let me back in on the project. I wonder if Jen would help me out with that.

I’d really like to know more about what’s going on with the portal. I think everyone deserves to know.

And… If it ever does open all the way. I’d..

JACQ

You could come here!

GENEVA

Yes! I’d like that very much. I’d like to see you.

JACQ

Me too! There are so many Earth things that you really need to SEE. I want to take you on like a dumb tourist trip. We could - oh! We could go to the art museum, too?

See! So many reasons to stand up for yourself against your coworkers. (singing) Fine earthen aaarts!

GENEVA

(laughs)A museum sounds good! Oh! You could also show me your computer!

JACQ

(laughs) yes!

GENEVA

Okay, so I’ll see if I can’t get Jen to help me with that then. But don’t expect me anytime soon! We still don’t know if it will be safe to travel through, and it’s only open a little right now.

JACQ

Right, we’ll have to wait and see. I’m so excited though!

When you come over, what are you going to do? Are you bringing a team? What do you want to study?

GENEVA

Well assuming that my little...coup is successful...

JACQ

Hahah! A coup?

GENEVA

Isn’t that what it is? It seems like one? My rebellion maybe?

JACQ

You’re already giving yourself bad press, you’re thinking “Rebellious orc disrespects the authorities” or something instead of “Misunderstood researcher takes back what is hers!”

GENEVA

(laughs) Well I suppose they’re both true from a certain point of view. It’s just a very new idea to me.

Anyway, if I’m successful, I’m certainly not coming alone. Not with what I know about your world.

JACQ

The guns thing? Or the incursions of really bad creatures from Chel in residential areas thing.

GENEVA

I probably should have thought about the whole monstrous creatures from here thing… But I was thinking about the guns.

JACQ

Totally fair.

GENEVA

As to where to start studying… There are so many things! I’ll have to start making lists and categorizing things and figuring out what takes precedence. I should also really consult with the other archaeologists about that.

JACQ

We’ll need to figure out a place for all of you to stay, as well. I guess I could do that? Scout? Or whatever?

GENEVA

Oh! I just thought that we’d set up a camp in the park. It’s already been roped off and we wouldn’t have to move equipment far.

JACQ

Hmm. That might be able to work, if you can work with the police on it.

GENEVA

(sighs) I’m really not looking forward to that, but we’ll have to deal with them anyway, when we arrive.

JACQ

Honestly, if they like you and trust you as an actual group of authorities from Chel, you may be able to get hotel rooms and stuff. I’ll see if I can talk to Agent Sopando.

GENEVA

Thanks Jacq. I really appreciate everything you’re doing to help. I almost feel like I can do this.

JACQ

You can do it! You’ll be great.

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Thank you for listening. Interference is an Orc Zone production. For more information, or to get in touch, head to orczone.com, or hit us up on Twitter @theorczone. If you would like to support this show, you should check out our patreon or our new teepublic store. Links are in the show notes. Finally, as always, we thank Jahzzar for the use of their song “Please Listen Carefully,” available at betterwithmusic.com.