Guidance System (High Altitude)

This page documents the drone guidance system for drones found at the top of the damaged building in the Slags. See Guidance System for disambiguation.

Routine

Image GuidanceSystem.jpg
Type Utility System

Responses to Functions

Function Message U Result
Offense The guidance system is, perhaps unsurprisingly, quite well protected. A piercing alert ripples through the system at the slightest touch. ?
3+ Offense, prob. other variables involved You crash out the guidance system, then find the entire system going down a moment later. It's almost as though the drone needed that for something. ? Shuts down the system, 2 XP
View This is the drone's guidance system. Buried somewhere under layers of defenses and encryption are the coordinates it's headed for… but the coordinates are down there somewhere, which means you can change them. ?
Defense,
Other
The guidance system seems to have its metaphorical hands full steering the drone. ?

Command results

Sometimes, regardless of amount of Command used:

It's best not to ascribe emotions to computer routines, but the system seems reluctant to head to your position. There are errors and warnings popping up whenever you get close to redirecting the shipment.

With exactly 1 (or maybe sometimes 2?) Offense and at least 5 Command:

You manage to wipe out the drone's restrictions on heading near your location, then overwrite its coordinates. You're rewarded a minute later with the drone's package.

(Disconnect)

Or:

The drone seems to be barred from heading anywhere near your current location, so you do the next best thing: tracking down the underlying coordinate system and substituting one where its destination matches where you're standing. You… think you got the math right, although it's kind of cryptic now that you look at it more closely.

Luckily, the drone shows up a minute later, a box in tow.

<one of the following results>

Relieved of its cargo, the drone switches to return mode, dropping your connection in the process.

(Disconnect)

Alliance Shipping (X?, FREE, some REG)

You open up the shipment to find a container of pills. It actually looks like it might be legitimate at first glance.

On closer inspection, the patient's name is left blank… which probably isn't a great sign, legitimacy-wise.

You found: Arzac prescription

According to the receipt in the flat, it contains some electronics warranty parts. It's a little odd, though, most warranty parts wouldn't be shipped priority like this.

You found: 4? of biomonitor circuit, capacitor array, memory stick, processor chip, signal analysis circuit, thick cabling

You crack open the shipment to discover all the rush was about a slightly creased old hat.

You found: investigator's hat

You crack open the shipment to discover all the rush was about a hat… at first glance it looks old… it even has a certificate of authenticity, by which you guess they must mean it was authentically made yesterday.

You found: noir retro hat

The shipment has a children's book in it. Hmmm.

You found: old fairy tales OR uplifting fable

The shipment has a children's book in it. Hmmm.

And it's signed, which is just mysterious.

You found: signed fable

You open up the shipment to find some ghastly nesting dolls. As you search through them, you eventually find that one hides an eyedropper filled with some luminescent blue liquid.

You found: strange eyedropper

Midgard Shipping Drones (IOM, MCC, MIO)

You open up the box to find it filled with packing material and a single plastic envelope. The envelope hides a sheet of yellowing paper.

You stare for a bit… it seems like a lot of work for a sheet of paper. In the process of staring, you realize that it's interoffice mail to "Muninn" at Midgard corporate headquarters downtown.

You found: ancient notes OR yellowing map

The flat mostly contains packing material, but there's a pretty nice watch nestled in there. It's gold and has some writing on the back that looks like ancient computer code, so it was probably intended as a gift for a programmer somewhere.

You found: coder's watch

This flat contains an accusatory note asking the recipient to not break "this one" and, beneath that, a Midgard-branded PDA.

You found: corporate Y5

All that seems to be in the shipment is some paper… seems like test reports from one of the drone factories.

You found: 1-2 drone testing reports

The flat has a small bag with a few Eclipse tablets marked "for immediate testing." They… look pretty normal as far as Eclipse goes.

You found: 3-4 tablets of Eclipse

You're pretty sure you're not supposed to ship live ammunition by drone, but Midgard apparently doesn't have to follow the rules.

You found: 4-6 long clips
You found: 1-2 sets of assault rifle fittings OR 1 Midgard MK8 OR Midgard MK9

The flat contains a rack of test tubes, each filled with a dark liquid and helpfully labeled "Slags antidote."

You found: 4-6 vials of slags antidote

The flat mostly contains packing material, but there's… nothing… wait, there's an eyedropper. Man, these guys really don't mind using inefficient shipping containers.

You found: strange eyedropper

Silver Courier Drones (SCR, SLV, ARG, (some?) UNR, some REG)

You remove the "Metroplex Antique Council Certificate of Authenticity" from the flat to find a dueling pistol. They're not from the first time dueling was popular, but from the craze about twenty years ago, coinciding with painless cybernetic replacements for the richest in society.

You found: antique dueling pistol

You remove the "Metroplex Antique Council Certificate of Authenticity" from the flat to find a well made and maintained sword. It must be decades old… probably far longer, but it's still sharp.

You found: cavalry saber

You remove the "Metroplex Antique Council Certificate of Authenticity" from the flat to find a restored blade. You pull it out carefully, because it seems delicate.

You found: fragile antique blade

It looks like someone called a courier for… a drink. Huh.

You found: 3-4 bottles of healthy soda
Or
You found: 3-4 bottles of specialty beer

Carefully secured in packing material, you find a single chip. It looks like some people still use Silver Courier for courier deliveries.

You found: locked courier chip

Carefully secured in packing material, you find several chips. It looks like quite a few people are still using Silver Courier for courier deliveries.

You found: 3-4 locked courier chips

You remove the "Metroplex Antique Council Certificate of Authenticity" from the flat to find an old PDA.

You found: old PDA

You remove the "Metroplex Antique Council Certificate of Authenticity" from the flat to find a well-preserved coat.

You found: vintage suit coat

You remove the "Metroplex Antique Council Certificate of Authenticity" from the flat to find a well-preserved set of suit pants.

You found: vintage suit pants

You've heard it's hard getting fresh produce, but nothing drives it home like seeing people order apples delivered by Silver Courier.

You found: 2-3 waxed apples

You find several packets of coffee carefully arranged so they cover the majority of the surface.

You found: 3-4 scoops of fair trade grounds


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Silver Courier

It's packed with skulls… granted, they seem to be made out of foam rather than the usual bone, so they're not very threatening.

You found: 2-3 foam skulls

There's a lot of packaging in here, protecting an electric motor. It seems to have done a good job. The motor looks pretty fragile, but doesn't have any dings or scratches.

You found: animatronic motor

The flat contains a tube of something. It's labeled "foam" for whatever that's worth.

You found: foam tube

Well, the contents explain the strange shape of the package. One sheet of mirrored glass and a totally reasonable amount of packaging material. It's going to be kind of interesting to get this anywhere without a drone to carry it.

You found: mirrored glass

It's filled with branches… fake branches.

You found: 3 plastic branches

It seems to be full of crepe paper. It's still neatly rolled… which is good, because there's no way to roll paper this fragile without tearing it to bits.

You found: 4 rolls of woodland crepe

There's a whole mess of stuff in there! It looks like they're trying to get it out the door because it's all just sort of thrown in there.

You found 6-9 of: foam tube, woodland crepe, animatronic motor, plastic branch, foam skull, mirrored glass

Some rarer than others?

Sources

High Altitude Shipping Drone Net

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