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by The ✵ Dɪᴠɪɴᴇ Sᴜᴘʀᴇᴍᴀᴄʏ ✵ of Khoronzon. . 172 reads.

Introduction (very WIP)

Psst. Hey.

You there. I see you.

You lost or something?
This is no place to be wandering about.

There's bad things out there. They might catch you.
Then dying'll be the least of your worries.

What's that? "Where am I?"
Yeah, yeah. I know. Just hang on a moment, you'll see.

You are now entering
........ HAVEN-01 NOOSPHERIC BASE ........
Established: 2289 // Population: 133 // Security rating: 99.2%

Enjoy your stay.

Well, we're safe now. Sorry about all that.
I suppose I owe you an introduction.

Name's ̸̜̈́ ̵̮̿ ̸̬̐ ̴̅͜ ̵̞̒ ̸̰̋ ̴̳̂ ̶͔̆ ̴͎́ ̷̱̊ ̵͙̆ ̸̦̂. I'm on border patrol for this here oasis, fishing out the likes of you from the emptiness outside.
For some definition of "border" or "outside", anyway. I'm not sure if you've caught on by now, but we haven't been in physical space for some time.
Better get used to it, now that you're here. This place isn't so easy to leave behind once you set foot in it.

I should probably tell you where "here" is, on second thought.
Broadly speaking, right now we're in what we call the "noosphere". Disembodied mind-space is a good way to think of it.
Unfortunately, it's a dangerous place - governments don't take kindly to people finding it, mostly because it's home to some... well, as I said. Bad things.
'Course, it sucks always being on the run from mind cops and whatever else is lurking out there, which is why we have places like this.
Little havens to hide in, where they can't get us and we can do as we like.

You won't find freedom like this anywhere in the "real" world.
That's why most of us risk coming here in the first place. Sure it's dangerous, but it's better than rotting away.

What's that? "What's out there?" You mean you don't know?
Ah, great. Where do I begin?
I suppose I might as well just pull up the database. Work your way through it, will ya?

[To be added]


Got you.

Hehehe. Thought you could hide from me, did you?
How cute.

Don't worry, though. I'm not going to hurt you.
Not for the time being.