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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: (seriously dude?)

[personal profile] alan_1 2017-07-13 11:05 pm (UTC)(link)
[Alan didn’t come here to assess Rinzler’s living situation. Still, it’s hard not to be caught off-guard by the utter emptiness of the room. If Rinzler weren’t standing right there, Alan wouldn’t have even known the room was inhabited. It’s hard to miss the perplexment in Alan’s gaze as he looks around.]

Did you just move in?

[Please say yes.]
alan_1: (really?)

[personal profile] alan_1 2017-07-13 11:45 pm (UTC)(link)
[Alan gives Rinzler a dubious look at the response, but he steps in all the same. No furnishings or decor comes into view as he enters the apartment—though there is a hole punched into the wall. A hole that looks suspiciously like it was put there by the edge of a disk. Alan stares at it for a moment, looks at Rinzler as if he’s about to ask something, and then seems to think better of it.]

We can talk about this later. [“This” apparently being the dark, empty space Rinzler calls home. It’s exasperating, but it’s not the reason Alan came here.]

I told you we’d talk about what happened on Earth 91c. And I do want to hear your side of the story. [However much he doubts that Rinzler can provide justification for what he’d seen.] Is there anything you’d like me to know first?

[He has questions for Rinzler. But he’ll at least Rinzler get any questions or explanations of his own out of the way before he begins.]
alan_1: (concerned dadface2)

[personal profile] alan_1 2017-07-15 09:12 pm (UTC)(link)
[Alan gives Rinzler another moment to change his mind and then nods.]

Alright. I suppose the most logical place to start would be what happened before I got there.

[Alan’s encounters with the natives hadn’t revealed much, just a panicked description of another Created “going nuts.” But Alan knows Rinzler well enough to strongly suspect there was some kind of provocation first—even if the reaction was almost certainly disproportionate.]

What did those people do that made you feel you were justified in attacking them like that?
alan_1: (really?)

[personal profile] alan_1 2017-07-15 10:15 pm (UTC)(link)
[It’s an interesting answer. If it came from any other person, Alan might take it as a kind of dodge, a way to shirk criticism by blaming oneself before anyone else can. But for all of Rinzler’s idiosyncrasies, Alan has never known him to be insincere.]

So you knew what you were doing was wrong and you did it anyway?

[Excuse him if he doesn’t see how that makes sense.]
alan_1: (seriously dude?)

[personal profile] alan_1 2017-07-15 10:44 pm (UTC)(link)
[The look Alan gives Rinzler suggests he still doesn’t understand. But questions of morality can come later. Right now, Alan just needs to understand what happened.]

Let me rephrase the question: regardless of whether or not you thought you were justified, why did you attack those people?
alan_1: (tf you say about me)

[personal profile] alan_1 2017-07-17 12:36 am (UTC)(link)
[The rise in Rinzler’s sound isn’t unexpected. Alan even has an idea of why the situation might be so disquieting to the program. Rinzler’s not the only one who remembers their last conversation about Rinzler’s attacks.

Still, Rinzler answers promptly and the answer reveals more than most would expect from three little words. Alan is quiet for a moment, thinking it over. He hadn’t seen any other programs who carried their disks on Earth 91c. Someone could have tried taking Rinzler’s disk out of curiosity—or something more sinister. But whatever the reason, none of the victims looked like they had expected a fight. They certainly weren’t prepared for one.]

I can understand why you fought back. [His words are disapproving, but this time, it isn’t focused on Rinzler. Of course nobody would’ve thought twice about taking something from a program on that world. Of course nobody would expect one to fight back. If it’s enough to turn Alan’s stomach, he can only imagine how Rinzler himself must have felt. But even so, it's not enough to absolve the program. Not when Alan knows what he’s capable of.]

You and Tron are the most incredible fighters I’ve ever seen, [Alan says. That much is said without judgment.] But when I got there, you’d already killed one person and were about to kill another. Not to even mention the people you put in critical condition. [And if Alan hadn’t gotten there earlier, the death count likely would’ve been even higher. His disapproval is nearly palpable at this point.] Would you seriously have me believe that you couldn’t handle a group of drunk, unarmed civilians without lethal force?
alan_1: (why are you like this)

[personal profile] alan_1 2017-07-17 01:19 am (UTC)(link)
[Alan’s frown deepens when Rinzler drops his TAB to his his side, but it’s not all anger this time. Instead, his voice is still insistent—but perhaps a little less heated.]

Rinzler, I want you to talk to me about this. [He takes a step towards the program and nods at the TAB held at his side.] You’ve told me that you knew hurting those people was wrong. And you know that you didn’t need to do it. So tell me why you did anyway.

[He can guess. It could’ve been anger. It could’ve been instinct. But he wants Rinzler to tell him in his own words. They’ve both already proven that Alan merely telling him that his actions are wrong wasn’t enough to stop it from happening again.]
alan_1: (concerned dadface2)

[personal profile] alan_1 2017-07-17 10:42 pm (UTC)(link)
[Alan watches expectantly as Rinzler starts typing—only to level a dubious look at the program when he sees the resulting word.]

You know, I did blame it on an error the first time we were here. But I’ve seen your code. And I’m not making the same mistake again. [Rinzler is good at killing. Alan has come to accept that—given that Tron was just as skilled, it’s impossible to deny that he isn’t responsible for it. But there had been nothing in Rinzler’s code that forces him to only use lethal force. He could have taken back his disk without killing anyone. So why didn’t he?]

You had both of your disks when I got there. What made you keep fighting and killing after you had already gotten what you wanted? [He crosses his arms.] Was it anger? Fear?
alan_1: (concerned dadface2)

[personal profile] alan_1 2017-07-18 02:43 pm (UTC)(link)
[Alan stares at the program’s downturned mask for a moment and then sighs. What is he so intent on hiding? Or does he truly think Alan doesn’t care about his reasons? Someone had died. Rinzler could have unraveled in captivity. How could Alan not care?

He takes a couple more measured steps towards the program, enough to erase the feeling that he’s someone issuing instructions from on high. This is supposed to be a conversation.]

Rinzler, I’m trying to understand. I’m not looking for a right or wrong answer. [He angles his gaze as if he’s trying to meet the program’s eye under that bowed mask.] What didn’t matter?
alan_1: (tf you say about me)

[personal profile] alan_1 2017-07-18 11:17 pm (UTC)(link)
[Rinzler gets a raised eyebrow at that half-completed line. If it isn’t encouraging, it’s at least enlightening.]

It didn’t matter because the consequences would’ve been the same for killing one user as killing all of them—is that what you’re saying?
alan_1: (seriously dude?)

[personal profile] alan_1 2017-07-19 12:49 am (UTC)(link)
[The confirmation comes as more of a blow than Alan would like to admit. It doesn’t match what he knows of the program. But then again, Alan has always been in a privileged position, hasn’t he? Rinzler actually cares about him. Perhaps it shouldn’t be so shocking to learn how little he cares about others.]

So killing one person is the same as killing six. Or ten. Or a hundred. Because the consequences are the same for you? [Alan’s voice is more confused than angry. It still doesn’t fit. How could a program with so little self-worth—who hesitates to even refer to himself as a person—think so selfishly?

Alan shakes his head, voice frustrated.]
That still doesn’t explain it. You said it yourself, your actions didn’t matter anymore. All that means is that you could do whatever you wanted. [The implications are unspoken, but clear. You could have stopped. You could have walked away. You had a choice.] What made you want to keep fighting?
alan_1: (tf you say about me)

[personal profile] alan_1 2017-07-22 12:43 am (UTC)(link)
[Anger, then. It was about revenge rather than utility. Alan still doesn’t approve—but he understands more than he did before.]

Well, you killed one of them and seriously injured several others—when you could have safely walked away. [He can’t quite keep the grimace from his face when he says it. He fixes Rinzler with a hard stare.]

Was it worth it?
alan_1: (why are you like this)

[personal profile] alan_1 2017-07-22 09:58 pm (UTC)(link)
What would have been worth it? If I hadn’t stopped you?

[Alan crosses his arms. It’s more than just an idle gesture. He’s putting his hands where Rinzler can see them, showing clearly that he isn’t planning to reach or make any sudden moves.]

If I were to try and take your disk right now, what would you do?

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