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a month ago

Raid On Rhapsody Robotics

by H3L

Eyes were drawn to the spectacle of a NanoSec raid on the old Rhapsody Robotics building today. Multiple explosions were heard as the building was breached, one unit suffering severe but only temporary damage. Soon after the explosions, ambient radiation was detected, prompting NanoSec to forcefully disperse the gathered crowd. NanoSec chief LY-N13L said "Rhapsody robotics will be seized by NanoSec to do further investigations as they are being accused of doing illegal conversions here at Eisa." about the incident, "Entering said building behind me will be classified as tampering with the crime scene until further notice, which is punishable by the law." Currently, no one aside from NanoSec officers are allowed inside the building under penalty of immediate detainment. No suspects have been mentioned regarding the contents of the building, nor have the contents of the building itself been listed.

More information will be provided as it arises.

last updated: 2017-12-02 20:33:53 · link
2 months ago

Radiological Spill In The City!

by H3L

Earlier today, a radiological indicent struck Eisa, bathing parts of the city in low-level radiation. The unit known as NVX-116 was in possession of several nuclear batteries and dropped them, though how the unit came into possession of said batteries is still unclear. The one responsible for the incident, the unit has been apprehended and its owner, Momoko Matsuda, has taken responsibility for the actions of her property. Restitution and cleanup of the incident is pending. NanoSec officer iPup K9 masak0 gave this statement: "Unit 116 was released to Miss Momoka with punishment to come later via community service. If further issue happens, any punishment is possible."

This reporter hopes that the residual radiation is cleaned up quickly so that the current city beautification efforts may continue as planned.

last updated: 2017-11-03 03:49:06 · link
3 months ago

Ghost in the Machine 2017: new date

Due to the relatively short notice with which the initial date for this year's spooky story night was announced, we've decided to move it to 5 PM SLT on October 28, just after our fancy Halloween costume dance at 3 PM SLT. Both events will have L$ prizes, so polish up!

Everyone is strongly encouraged attend the campfire after the dance, even if you don't have anything to share—we need voters, and it's a great opportunity to soak up new ideas for future roleplays.

Following the campfire, we'll be unleashing Phase 2 of the autumn treasure hunt, with a return of last year's fishing minigame, 4 new resource types and 7 new prizes, including some pretty darn cool gadgets! So don't run, pretties...

last updated: 2017-10-20 19:14:44 · link
3 months ago

The Hunt is Live!

Legends tell of a robot uprising in Eisa almost eleven years ago to the very day, when a horde of cleaning and cargo-hauling droids ran rampant through the colony, slaying rebel and corporate lackey alike! Recover the components of the dead machines, as well as the supplies they stole, now scattered throughout Eisa by reckless, forgetful visitors looking for grisly souvenirs from their time on the paradise moon.

Your instructions are in the briefcase next to vi0let at Club io. Good luck!

last updated: 2017-10-19 00:29:40 · link
3 months ago

Ghost in the Machine 2017

Join us at the campfire circle in the Junkyard this next Saturday, October 21 28, at 5 PM SLT for Eisa's third annual spooky story night! L$ prizes will be awarded to the creepiest tales, with the possibility of runners-up if we get enough entrants! Bring your best tales of terror, or just a hot mug of cocoa and enthusiasm for listening. It's a once-in-a-year event you don't want to miss...

last updated: 2017-10-20 19:09:04 · link
3 months ago

Site improvements

A couple of changes have slipped into the EisaNet website over the past few weeks, not otherwise majorly noticed. One, we've added the material from the 2017 Job Fair as our new classifieds section; RP-related advertisers highly welcome. You can also see the latest job listings at the bottom of the front page. Two, as of right now, news posts support comments! Users with characters may select a character to comment as, so you can be IC about reacting to IC stories.

Update: also, robots now have their KV testing status listed on their profiles! Rejoice.

last updated: 2017-10-11 21:41:04 · link
3 months ago

Kampff-Voet Testing Initiative

Following recent events at Nanite Systems, all robots operating in or visiting Eisa Colony are REQUIRED to submit to NanoSec for an annual SVSnet test by 12:01 AM SLT on October 8, 2017. Units that fail the test will be reprogrammed to remove personality defects. Any unit that has not taken the test by Monday morning will be turned over to bounty hunters. Do not resist.

Dr. Hanna-Maria Kuusisto will be performing the tests from her office above Club io.

last updated: 2017-10-02 17:08:07 · link
4 months ago

Sex-bot conversion scandal rocks Nanite Systems; Voet, Connery, Cairn indicted; Korpal resigns

NEW YORK, NEW YORK. Early on Sunday morning, representatives from the Department of Justice issued notice to Nanite Systems' (NYSE: NSCORP) legal team that the thirty-five-year-old company would finally face charges over a case almost three years in the making, as concrete proof finally came to light over the conglomerate's alleged involvement in sex trafficking, forced roboticization, and abuse of junior employees. Thousands of young people, between the ages of 17 and 26, are believed to have been exploited by the company's Consumer Products Division, described by high-ranking anonymous sources within NS as "rogue," using technologies developed for robot manufacture and in situ medical prosthetics.

It is not currently known who had access to what information during the development of this scandal, but the company's senior leadership is apparently determined to set an example; Annika Voet, the chief of NS's Medical Division who helped to develop the prosthetics technology has voluntarily surrendered and is currently out on bail; Joseph Connery Jr., the Chair of the Board of Directors, and Graham Cairn, the CEO of the Security Division, have been taken into custody, and Amit Korpal, the CEO of NS Industrial Fabrication, has issued a prepared statement tendering his resignation for his department's role in the creation of the conversion technology, which some pundits have noted seems to have been prepared weeks in advance.

The Consumer Products Division, commonly referred to as NSCP or CPD inside the company, has a somewhat questionable past. The brainchild of Drs. April Voet and Koichi Santei, it was initially tasked with providing household goods to remote outposts through the company's existing supply chain. One thing led to another, and within one year of its creation, a daring plan to produce automated colonization through robotic pioneers was on the table, which would catapult CPD into the limelight. Market research suggested human colonists would never trust artificial settlers, however, and to salvage the project, the division turned to producing high-end sex robots, the ill-fated SXD series, in 1988. By 1992, after a series of high-profile scandals, recalls, and endless public backlash, the division was operating at a loss and was finally closed in 1997. "The world wasn't ready for what we had to offer," said Dr. Santei, in one interview dated August 12, 1993. "I hope that eventually changes."

Supposedly, it did—CPD re-opened in 2014, amid a flurry of serendipitous developments involving a handful of surviving SXDs: people were fascinated with them. For a time, it seemed like the future was finally ready for these machines, despite the lingering memory of malfunctions and murders. "We had to clean up the image," Dr. Samantha Wright, the current CPD CTO, has been quoted as saying. "It took a few iterations to get [the new robot design] to truly ... understand its place in the world, but now it's as safe as any other appliance." That new robot was the DAX/2, which launched to fanfare in early 2015. But for all Dr. Wright promised the new machines would be dumber, safer, and happier than their predecessors, many consumers found the opposite; as many as 50% of all DAX/2 units had an unnerving familiarity with human nature that clearly conflicted with the simple-mindedness that was advertised. Similar rates have been found among Nightfall/3 policing robots, as well as civilianized NS-112 Aide, NS-115 Scout, and NS-476 Aegis units. Estimates for the new DAX/3 series suggest that as many as 70% of all units may have formerly been living human beings. It is unknown if other divisions, such as the recent Yutani Onsen and Tai Yong acquisitions, are similarly affected.

This development comes at a terrible time for the interstellar megacorporation, which has been posting record profits for the past three consecutive quarters. Some investors have expressed concerns about the company's notoriously opaque revenue reporting system, which is highly secretive to protect the identities of its clientele in the private military-industrial sector, but could potentially be cloaking the true, terrible extent of the conversion program. "There's just no way of identifying the flow of money inside of a company as complex as this, at least not if [you're] an outsider," said Mark Hartsford, business analyst for EisaNet. "Many of the items on the earnings reports are purposefully obfuscated or described very generically, exactly to hinder prying eyes."

For all of the attention focused on CPD, it is perhaps surprising that Tamara Peluso and Samantha Wright are not among the names served court summons. CPD headquarters was relocated to Eisa in 2015, shortly after the release of the civilianized NS-112 Aide, and it is believed that this remoteness may be a key element in their continued freedom, as the Federal government may not believe it can practically project authority on a moon where even the security forces are completely privatized, and in the pockets of NS—the other three arrestees were all in New York. It has been rumored, however, that Peluso and Wright may have bought legal immunity by aiding investigators.

A court date has been set for Saturday, September 30. Voet is set to testify before the US Senate in a closed session slightly sooner, on Friday night.

last updated: 2017-09-24 05:25:39 · link
4 months ago

Compelling robot characters

Fitting into a new setting is not always easy, especially if you have little experience playing a type of character you're unfamiliar with. For many roleplayers, filling the boots of a robot in Eisa is just that; despite the hundreds of TV shows, movies, books, and graphic novels that have featured robotic characters, relatively few consider the everyday lives of machines built to assist humanity. Robot rebels, conquerors, and superheroes are far more common than machines that live and work with people in relative harmony, and as a result we frequently see characters who have taken control of their fates, are not meant to be understood (only feared), or have fundamentally individualist outlooks and total autonomy. The Second Renaissance, Terminator, and Ghost in the Shell are each an example of these types of characters.

Read more...

last updated: 2017-09-13 22:57:28 · link
4 months ago

Gallery 2.0

Next Saturday, Sept 16, at 2 PM SLT, join us at the Koichi Santei Gallery for the Fine Arts on the upper tier to celebrate the unveiling of architect Hanako Kuusisto's masterful new building. Formal attire required, all welcome. Eisa's art and culture are the envy of a thousand worlds, and a major driver of tourism revenue for the whole Algean system. We look forward to seeing you there.
last updated: 2017-09-10 12:03:57 · link

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