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Rinzler / Tron ([personal profile] notglitching) wrote in [community profile] thisavrou_log2017-06-27 11:39 am

Follow the sunlight down

Who: Closed to the Tron-Undertale Trainwreck Cast & Friends
When: June 24, shortly before the player plot ends
Where: The Center for Created Oversight and Affairs (Earth 91c)
What: Rinzler and Alan get in trouble; everyone else gets them out. With worse trouble. And frisbees that are brains that might be bombs?
Warnings: Mindscrew references for pretty near everyone. Personhood issues. VIOLENCE AND FRIENDSHIP, which are strangely inextricable.

"Multiple injured. One dead. In a world priding itself on peace and plenty, a utopia where Creators and Created have flourished together for centuries, the incident is horrifying to the extreme. Unthinkable that a Created would commit this kind of violence. Terrifying, that it isn't the first time. Eastgate City has been shaken since the attack at the rally, and to have another case of bloodshed so soon...

It truly is fortunate, that the matter has been closed.

Two nights ago, visiting Creator Alan Bradley was taken into custody following an outbreak of violence outside a local bar. Witnesses reported that Bradley's program initiated an unprovoked assault on passerby attempting conversation, agitating a child on the scene to join the fight as well. Though the child was initially believed to be responsible for the glitched program, Bradley proved able to control it on arrival—though not before his negligence resulted in a death."
The news goes on. It lists Ingress records and testimonials, identifying Alan Bradley as an offworld programmer clearly responsible for his creation's faults. A few sources even mention his effort to send away the program, and speculate darkly about what for. Not that it matters. Not long after the initial reports leaked, full of shock and rage and calls for retribution, Bradley's creation surrendered to the CCOA. That part, at least, no one speaks of with surprise. Even the most damaged Created know the debt they owe their keepers.

Besides, they don't know how to operate alone.

True, that Rinzler wasn't written to. True, that any risk to Alan-one is unacceptable—especially as a result of choices that he made. Rinzler attacked the users on the street. Chara helped, but he initiated, and Tron's maker only came to stop the harm he dealt from going further.

Still, not everything makes it to the news. There's no reference to Rinzler's missing disks. Not a word of the standoff that has built behind closed doors. On this world, as on any other, code is just another form of property—but Rinzler is Alan's property, requiring his creator's permission to modify or open up. It's not something that should have been an issue—the crimes the visitor is charged with are enough to warrant exile a dozen times over. Except that Alan Bradley has refused to leave without his program.

So they wait.

The stalemate won't last. Motions are underway already: invoking exigency for the risk posed to and by a program with no backup, filing to have Alan Bradley forcibly removed or else prosecuted as a native to their world. It won't last, but it's been long enough for those aware of the arrests to gather.

And possibly, prepare a less legal response.
alan_1: (concerned dadface2)

[personal profile] alan_1 2017-07-06 03:56 pm (UTC)(link)
It isn’t the question itself that gets the strongest response from Rinzler. Instead, it’s the promise that comes after that causes the program to flinch, mask tipping up towards Alan in mute confusion. As if it’s a shock that Alan would stay.

“I wouldn’t leave you on the Grid,” Alan says, “Why would I leave you here?” Rinzler already knows how far he had been willing to go to ensure Rinzler didn’t return to Clu’s domain on the Midway Hub. Refusing to leave seems like an even more obvious decision to Alan; waiting has become almost second nature to him by now.

“If I stay here, I’ll still have a little say in what happens. Maybe enough to slow them down, buy you time. If I leave, I forfeit you to them.” Alan shakes his head, his expression rueful. “You know I can’t do that.”

He’s already left too many people to suffer for too long out of his own ignorance. He won’t do it now by choice.
alan_1: (heavy sigh)

[personal profile] alan_1 2017-07-08 11:00 pm (UTC)(link)
Alan can hear the refusal before he sees it in the crescendo of Rinzler’s noise. Still, he’s startled by the syllable that breaks through the wall of static, an echo of his own command to Rinzler two days earlier. He stares—and then shakes his head again.

“I can’t. Rinzler, do you really think I’m going to just leave you here?” His tone is challenging, incredulous. This isn’t the first time Rinzler has insisted on being left behind, regardless of the consequences to himself—nor is it the first time Alan has refused to cooperate. “I know you’re trying to help me, but I’m not going to let you sacrifice yourself to do it. There has to be a better way.”
alan_1: (why are you like this)

[personal profile] alan_1 2017-07-15 08:52 pm (UTC)(link)
“I’m not. Going. We’re leaving this place together.” The frustration in Alan’s tone leaves no room for doubt or argument. “You’re not some pawn I can just trade in for my freedom. These people are already doing enough to convince me that you are and I don’t need you agreeing with them.”

He’s silent for a moment and when he speaks again, his tone has softened. It's almost pleading. “So please, just tell me what I should do: if it’s been ten days and we’re still here, do I give them permission to edit you or not?”

His eyes stay on the slope of Rinzler’s mask, as if he might be able to meet the program’s gaze underneath. “I can’t make that decision without you.”