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Discussion in 'Cascade Sands & Docks' started by Futaba Sakura, Jun 18, 2017 at 5:07 PM.

  1. Futaba Sakura

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    June 17, Year 6
    @Daisy Johnson

    Login: Alibaba
    Password: ********************

    There, she was in! A wide smirk, bordering on madly wicked in its mischievousness, crossed Futaba's face as she looked at her screen. She'd gotten this laptop cheap, trading some work on another computer part for the basic setup, and then had used every little trick she knew to get it up to optimal. It was overclocked, the fans were spinning a little fast and it was louder than usual but it would work! Besides, she wouldn't even notice the noise with her headphones on, and if it bothered people they'd probably adapt too.

    Once she'd gotten herself registered, using Leo's kindly provided wifi password for Starknet, Futaba promptly loaded an IM client, whatever Starkbook seemed to be, and then began to find her way into the Dark Web. Every program and network had backdoors by necessity; they had to, for developer's sakes. And to be honest, this one was pretty good at resisting people- but she wasn't just 'people'. She was Alibaba, and she knew the secret password, just like the mythical one.

    And then she was in, proxy enabled and as secure as she could get it for a brand new system of internet in a weird half-scifi world. For hours she sat there, reading intently, dark and gothy jpop playing through her headphones, as she started to work her way around. There was so much that was new, and her curiosity was so great, that she just kept going. Morning turned to afternoon and turned to evening, and still she worked through it. Everything was becoming clear..

    And then she found it. Signs of another. A puzzle. And the girl smiled again, cracked her knuckles, quietly laughed and began. When she got through and the scoreboard appeared she narrowed her eyes, backed out without saving and started again. And again. And by only a couple hours past dinner, she was closer to the top- and had made sure that there was a chance to get there one day. Plus, she had a cool new game to play.

    With a yawn and a stretch Futaba rubbed her eyes behind her glasses, restarted her playlist. "Top three, I can get to top three," she muttered to herself while she loaded the game, just to see what it was like. Besides, her mind would thank her if she let the cognition of it all settle in before she attacked the riddle once more.
     
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    There'd been a lot of hits on the puzzle - more than she'd expected. So many, in fact, that she'd had to filter out the pings based on the time it took a hacker to solve her little coding maze. She hadn't been super impressed with what she saw thus far. She wasn't just looking for speed, but finesse. That was important, too. She'd done the majority of her searching in Pandora Town, but after a couple of days of disappointment she'd decided to hit the beach in Cascade Bay.

    She'd only had to wait a few hours before she got a hit, and this one was different than the others. The person's style was more sophisticated than she'd seen so far, like they'd been doing this for a while. She watched with some amusement when they backed out only to try again, and again, getting a little faster each time. Daisy had written the program so that the encryption would scramble each time it was solved, so it wasn't just a matter of memorizing the steps. They'd set up a proxy, too, and a pretty advanced one at that. It took her a minute or two to pin it down, but she managed. It helped that Cascade Bay - and more importantly, Cascade Bay's network - wasn't very big. She couldn't help but smirk a little when she found them.

    Leaning back in the beach chair, Daisy tilted the laptop screen toward her to alleviate some of the glare, then set to work. Moments later, the person on the other side would find the game they'd just opened paused, and a small message window popped up in its stead.

    trem0rz: nice moves
    trem0rz: interested in another puzzle?

     
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    Yesss, it was time to get her game on! And after all of this work she deserved some downtime too! A faint cackle left her mouth as she linked her fingers, cracked her knuckles and got ready to play like there was a million yen on the line-

    Then she stopped dead, hands hovering over the keyboard, brows furrowed in a mixture of offended surprise and irritation at her game being interrupted- though the former faded quickly enough. It wasn't that hard to wire a contact client into a game, especially if you were good enough to make a game and then scramble it enough to make opening the game another game too! And she couldn't fault whoever it was for wanting to know who had broken into the puzzle; she would too.

    Besides, there was every chance in the world that this wasn't a real person messaging her, and another layer of the game had just made itself known. Either way, it deserved a response, just to see what would happen.

    With a course of action now in mind her smirk returned and she began to type.

    Alibaba: Huh?! SURPRISE PROTAGONIST!
    Alibaba: Sure, I'll play again. Bring on level 2!
    Alibaba: OPEN SESAME

     
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    She let out a low chuckle, brown eyes crinkling with amusement. Style and personality. Was the alias a reference to Aladdin? She could dig it. With a lingering smirk on her face, she typed out a quick reply.

    trem0rz: this one is kind of a scavenger hunt
    trem0rz: follow the crumbs and you get a tasty prize.

    With that she signed off, but not before sending a little package. Daisy's expression was just this side of smug, though she felt she was entitled to a little bit of self-satisfaction. The 'scavenger hunt' was a custom program she'd put together herself. It was location-based, meaning that Futaba would literally be walking around Cascade Bay if she chose to follow it. The way it worked was deceptively simple: each encryption would unlock a new navigation point. The next encryption would only be unlocked once Futaba physically traveled to the first. There were no satellites in Pandora space - yet - but Daisy was still able to use the Stark towers to ping specific locations. It was a way to test the extent of the stranger's curiosity, as well as their patience. Both would be vital traits for anyone that Daisy enlisted for her personal mission.

    It also gave Daisy time to get her stuff together and head to the final checkpoint - a quaint little ice cream shop on the pier. Her phone would get an alert each time Futaba hit a checkpoint (six in all, weaving a slightly random pattern down the docks so the next location couldn't be guessed), allowing Daisy to track her progress. She closed her laptop and gathered up her things, hoping the positive vibes she'd gotten from the person on the other end would hold true. It wasn't that Daisy couldn't do what she needed to do herself, but having the help of one or two more brains would make the task go by much more quickly.

    She estimated it'd take Alibaba two hours - tops - to hack her way to the finish line. Daisy would be comfortably settled in by then, sitting at a table on the dock with her laptop in front of her and some kind of tasty milkshake in hand.
     
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    Crumbs? Tasty treat?! With a little whine Futaba pouted as the text box disappeared and she realized just how hungry she was. She hadn't eaten anything since her usual breakfast of a handful of cereal and can of soda. Well, that just meant she had to solve it for sure! And if there wasn't some kind of snack, she was going to make sure whoever trem0rz was knew how bad it was to lie about having cookies! ...The edible kind.

    The new puzzle appeared and, pushing aside all of those other distracting sensations like tiredness and hunger she got to work. First, she looked it over, every side she could find, looking for the trip-ups, and snags. And there it was. A conditional input, somewhere deep, that was not being met. A little poking, a little prodding, and she could at least find the nature of it. Coordinates. A GPS ping- no, there wasn't a chance. Something planetary, and more rooted to the fundamentals of the system- her wifi. She needed to login at another spot.

    And it wasn't here. That meant walking around in the world, and toward the stranger who was setting up these challenges. For a moment she stopped, a tiny furrow appearing between her brows. She didn't know this person, they could be anyone, it could be a trap. They could be a creep. It was not advisable to get into cars with strangers, so it couldn't be advisable to walk where they wanted you to, not knowing, could it?! For a moment the old anxiety took hold of her and she clenched her fists, lips pressed together thinly as she shut her eyes tightly. The world was frightening.

    No. She was brave. She'd faced Shadows and monsters and her Uncle, and her mother's murderer. This was just a hacker's game.

    With a huff she focused on standing up from her chair, pulling up her hood over her head and picking up her laptop in a death grip. Time to start on the path.

    It took her a little longer than someone used to all of the activity, especially carrying this nearly-antique early-2000's laptop, but she made it in two and a half hours. The docks stood there, and so did Futaba. There were a lot of people here and she did her best to only give them a few nervous, wary glances as she looked for her contact. Well.. they must have a computer..

    She found a woman with one, and walked over, setting her laptop down carefully, then sat down gingerly, giving Daisy a long, unblinking look.
     
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    It took longer than Daisy had expected, but it wasn't because Alibaba stumbled over the hacks. If anything, they breezed through them with obvious skill that probably rivaled Daisy's own. It was the in-between stuff that took the longest, the getting from point A to point B. Daisy only pondered over the issue for a moment or two before shrugging and diving into some research for her project in the meantime. She'd find out what was up soon enough.

    Movement in front of her drew Daisy's dark eyes away from her computer screen. She blinked in mild surprise at the young, ginger-haired girl that stood before her. Leaning back in her chair, Daisy lifted a brow as the girl perched on the chair opposite her and proceeded to simply stare. She returned the look for a long moment, her lips quirking upwards slightly. When she finally spoke, her tone was both impressed and amused.

    "Your skill is pretty impressive." She reached out to push her laptop shut so she didn't have to look over it to see the girl. "How long ya been hacking?" It couldn't have been long. A few years, tops? And the girl was already this good. That didn't just take smarts, it took drive.
     
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