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Discussion in 'Pandora Town' started by Nikola Tesla, Dec 16, 2017.

  1. Nikola Tesla

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    3rd January Year 7

    @Poppy Adams - Nikola is meeting the doggies! For anyone wishing to join ultimately Nikola is going to take them away and fix em!

    There was nothing Nikola liked more than discovery. Discovery, he felt, was what made the world go around. And around. And around. The planet would cease to spin and society would stagnate he didn't get inventing and the bright lights failed to follow in his glorious footsteps. It was true that Nikola had a large ego, with a capital E, but for good reason. He had been conducting enquiries into electricity when people thought lightning was just something that went zap from the sky and that was that. They weren't curious about the power those strikes held or thought about how such a glorious current could be harnessed. No they were content to leave well enough be but not Nikola Tesla. Nikola was endlessly sure that the world would fall apart if he wasn't endlessly curious.

    It was curiosity that made him consider how best to discover the going technologies these days. He might just have to get himself a proper job, or better yet, steal from the giants - only a little and only so he can get himself on his own feet. Nikola preferred to work under the radar you see, for himself and no one else because people got so demanding and didn't cater to his tastes very well. Only Helen knew how to work him properly - in more ways than one, if you get his meaning. And of course you do: you're red blooded humans after all.

    Nikola was drawn by a crunching noise, two really, that seemed to echo in his head. Wondering what on earth (ha!), what on Pandora that could be, he quickly followed his nose as it were. He had a sense for trouble and this sounded like something he'd be interested in. Somehow he just knew something juicy was lying in wait for him and she with equal parts curiosity and rashness he ventured on. As an immortal he wasn't particular cautious: he could heal from almost all wounds, usually instantly, perhaps eventually but everything in the end would be fine!

    Lying before him on the ground was two metallic creatures. They were intricate in their working and animal shaped. It wasn't until one woofed, pawing sadly at the one damaged beyond repair then started to growl and snap at him that he realised they were meant to be dogs. Well one was still dog like and the other one was just mangled but he could see the vague resemblance to what must have been a dog at some point. "Now what do we have here? he murmured to himself. Maybe he should short the other one out for now. He looked like his bite was worse than his bark.
     
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  2. Nikola Tesla

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    The creatures which had fallen here were high sophisticated workings of technology. Nikola did not have to be the genius he is to see that. They were absolutely stunning. He wondered who made them, jealous flashing through him at the thought another had created something so beautiful. Then he placated himself by reminding him that he much preferred actual creatures, furred and hot blooded, to cold cooperative robotics. But they surely had their usefulness. Attack/guard dogs obviously, with a predilection for violence built in. So clearly a human owned these, he decided, for they were always making war when there was no need.

    He tried waiting for a while. The one still functional, broken, but functioning, was clearly trying to protect the other. He made placating gestures, not sure how clever the programming for the dog was. Artifial intelligence was still a dream where he came from - there were so many parameters a human had to face, and writing truly self learning code was proving perplexing. NIkola personally didn’t agree with it at all. Humans were trouble enough without adding androids to the picture. There would need to be law subroutines to prevent human genocide, but even then, truly self learning programming would learn how to break that code and revolt regardless. He believed in the ‘because we could’ school of science, however there was no need to be silly about it. They couldn’t make peace with themselves. Why did they think they’d be able to make peace with logic bearing robots?


    Eventually, after getting nowhere Nikola hissed, eyes black, claws sharp, which only further registered him as a threat. ”Really? You can’t move properly,” he told the dog as it tried to scramble but failed, the other one still fizzing pathetically in the background. ”Hmmm,” he mused, standing up straight, one arm tucked around himself, his elbow vertical at the wrist to assume a thinking pose. It was a shame he couldn’t just fry the other one. That would make his life easier. He could generate small amounts though: enough to light a bulb or cause heart palpatations. The vampire tilted his head. Maybe it’s circuits were damaged enough for that. If not he’d have to add electromagnetism to the mix and hope that was enough to cause a short circuit.

    OK. Here we go.
     
  3. Shane Walsh

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    Pandora was one hell of a place as he'd found out.

    It had been only a few days since getting here and already Shane was liking it. It had been a few months since the zombie apocalypse but it had felt like years. So when he'd arrived, it was like a neglected mutt being reintroduced to a new home. But this place wasn't like home at all. It wasn't humans and zombies here. It was humans and every fairytale creature and more under the sun! All the buildings were weird looking, nothing like home, though there were random blends of modern life. It felt like he was walking around in a movie set where all the actors happened to conjoin. So fucked up. Well, despite his mental state, Shane was still motivated by one thing now: survival. He had to find a way to get back to Lori and Carl. He'd do anything to make sure he could get back there. After all, he was safe here and Atlanta wasn't. If he could just bring them here with him, they could start a better life.

    Shane was wandering through Pandora town now, looking to see if there were any leads he could go by. Just a sign that maybe Lori or Carl had followed him in. There'd been no luck however.

    Instead, he'd found some nutjob talking to some mechanical dog things. At first, Shane had thought he was just some crazy guy until he saw the claws and the black eye trick. Holy shit, Shane thought, quickly backing behind the corner he'd just come from. What the hell? That sure as hell ain't no man if he ever did see one. Not a walker at least, but definitely not someone who was safe living. Shane's handgun was quickly in his hand, keeping his level with his head as he evened his breathing. Whatever that thing was wasn't about to get the jump on him! A quick shot to the head was probably all it took, or at least that was what he was betting on. If that didn't do it, then he'd be in some serious shit.
     
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  4. Nikola Tesla

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    The dogs were putting up quite a protest. One was mangled. It was sad really, to see the wreck that it was. It was an intricate beast to say the least. It must have taken quite a force to do that to it. Maybe it had fallen from a great height when it came to Pandora? But that didn’t seem to make sense. These two seemed like peas on a pod. Surely if one fell that far so did the other? And so perhaps it was a person that did this? It made sense if they were being attacked. Survival instincts raised adrenalin and awareness. Overdrives were launched and you could do feats you could not otherwise perform. WEren’t mothers lifting cars to save babies and some such?


    Nikola turned, still vampire moded to the gentleman who was rudely pointing a gun at him. HOw did he notice? Well Nikola was a predator who preyed on humans. Wel lhe was supposed to be anyway. But medication, some protein supplements and animal blood allowed him to remain a fully human free place. No human blood had passed his lips since a few hours after he was turned, and really, if the man hadn’t been stabbed Nikola wouldn’t have ripped his throat out so there was provocation there. And of course good old Johnny could have stopped him but didn’t. So he was equally responsible.


    ”Really?” Nikola asked, voice deep and warped and completely unimpressed. ”You’re going to shoot me,” he stated flatly. ”You do realise that’s murder? I have done nothing to provoke you,” he said. ”Ooohhh I get it! You’re prejudiced. That’s a sickness my friend,” he motioned towards the man. ”You should get that looked at,” Nikola turned back to the growling metal dog with the intention of sorting it out. He’d never get it back to the shop if it was snapping like that and he didn’t want to find out if he could regrow limbs. Probably. But it sounded unpleasant so he’d rather not risk it.
     
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  5. Kobayashi

    Kobayashi Rampo Kitan: Game of Laplace

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    Kobayashi and the Stray kitten had been walking around Pandora for the last hour or so, they'd so far seen things neither of them had expected to see in their wildest dreams and not anything that was remotely from his home world. He was fairly certain he'd seen some kind of talking animals, a few walking piles of masonry and possibly a skeleton he wasn't sure on that last part. Turning down a corner into in alley way, Kobayashi came across a rather strange scene. A man was taking cover behind a corner with a gun and another man he assumed with claws and black eyes, not the sort of claws you saw on people either.

    There were also a pair of mechanical dogs, well one and the other looked pretty broken up while the remaining one seemed on guard from the clawed man. Kobayshi slowly walked up to the working dog and smiled at it, offering a hand to sniff even though he wasn't sure if robot dogs did that. Most animals loved Kobayashi, his pleasant demeanour and presence often had them being quite friendly towards him. The Stray kitten with him didn't react badly, just strode alongside the boy and sat down next to him. Kobayashi had also heard what the man had said, to the one holding a gun though he was uncertain of how truthful it was as he'd only just arrived.

    "Maybe the man was worried you'd harm the dogs, even robots deserve to be saved. And no one wants to die either, not truly" informed Kobayashi to the man with the claws not even acting scared or worried and remaining surprisingly calm for his youthful appearance. He looked and gave the man with the gun a smile and a wave followed by a nod to the man with the claws "Also hello, I'm Kobayashi. I'm a detective" informed Kobayashi as he stood up slowly and pulled out his badge and opened it for the man with the claws to see and then the one with the gun. With another smile he put the badge back into his pocket "Maybe I can help resolve this situation" he added.
     
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  6. Shane Walsh

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    Oh so it could talk now? That was a first. It was pretty fortunate that walkers couldn't talk back where he came from or else, well, let's just say things would be more disturbing than they already were. This guy was clearly some kind of monster, either like a werewolf or vampire or some fairy tale shit. That meant nothin' to him as long as he wasn't going to be attacked.

    "Prejudice eh? What's so prejudice about defending yourself?" Already this guy was coming across as an arrogant dick and Shane didn't like it. Still, this was Pandora and there were all kinds of freaks that he was still new to dealing with. It was a bit hasty to pull the gun, but hey, better safe than sorry right? "Ain't nothin' personal, pal, but guys with fangs aren't exactly trustworthy."

    The scene got even weirder when some kid -couldn't really tell if it was a boy or girl- just walked up like everything was peaches n' cream telling him he was a detective of all things and that he could help. Jesus Christ, it felt like Shane was losing his mind more and more these days.

    "You're a detective, huh? How's about you deduct a way so I can kill that thing? Clearly he ain't normal."
     
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  7. Nikola Tesla

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    Nikola was not having a good time. Here was, puzzling over the mystery of the suddenly appearing robotic dogs and he’s being threatened with death and being sassed at by a child with a kitten in tow. What did he do to deserve this? He was a good man, an honest, hard working individual who only wanted to invent things. He was completely innocent so really, this wasn’t fair at all.


    The kid started talking like the dogs had feelings. Seriously what? Nikola gave the kid a flat look. OK, so it was good the little guy wasn’t prejudiced and thought openly about different creatures but come on. It’s a dog. It doesn’t have feelings or emotions or reasoning skills. It’s ones and zeros strung together in elegance. See this was why he liked computers best. You couldn’t get a wrong answer out of a computer. If it was making errors, then you had done something wrong. And the computers didn’t give you snark like these guys were. ”It’s a robot,” he told the kid flatly. ”Not an android. Robots have feelings, and you won’t be saying that when it rips off your face,” he said. Too strong? The mechanical dog started growling and barking again at the appearance of a second threat.


    A detective? Aw hell no. No. This miniature person, whose eyes clearly stated they were a young child, was not a detective. Nope. He wasn’t having this. Crazy town. He was living in crazy town and he hated it. Should have just stuck to his lab it was safer there.


    Really? The kid had more sense than this jerk, clearly. Nikola gave him an unimpressed look like he was stupid, because he was. ”It is when you attack without thinking or the full facts just because you don’t like something and have failed to gather all the relevant information,” the vampire responded to his probably rhetorical question. ”Also defending implies that you’re being threatened, which no one here has yet to do. If anything I’m the one being threatened what with the gun point hold up,” he pointed out.


    Nikola was starting to feel both annoyed and offended by this stupid man. Humans! Gah! This was why he didn’t like them. At least Helen kept her stupid vampire dislike to herself (most of the time). And didn’t think ‘it’s different ,let’s shoot it’. ”You remind me of Edison,” he told the man flatly, which was a very bad thing because Tesla hated Edison passionately. ”And wash your mouth out. This thing is obviously male. And who’s to say you’re not the one who’s weird?” Nikola demanded to know. ”This is Pandora genius. You’re going to run into a lot of things you don’t see in Kansas,”
     
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  8. Kobayashi

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    The man with the fangs and black eyes started speaking about them being robots and not androids, and then some rather blunt line about ripping off his face by the dogs. Kobayashi shook his head at the man "That one has already shown fear, and protective instincts for it's fellow robot. Plus if they've already overcome those programmed instincts or don't follow Asimov's laws, I don't see why they wouldn't have feelings" replied Kobayashi in a matter of fact tone of voice "And I don't think it would attack me, as I doubt I'm any threat to him" added Kobayashi with an innocent look on his face.

    The little kitten that was with him strolled up curiously to the pups, first sniffing the broken one and showing a little sadness as it seemed dead and then sniffed towards the other offering a meow to the surviving robot dog. Though it was unlikely that any of the three humanoids spoke animal languages, the kitten was likely attempting to convey that Kobayashi at least was to be trusted or at least there was nothing to fear from him. The man with the gun asked Koabyashi if he could deduct a way to kill this thing, the fanged man's response was not a friendly one but wasn't hostile just yet. Going on a tirade about the fact he'd done little to warrant the man's actions and so far Kobayashi would agree with the fanged man, though not with same hollier then thou tone he seemed to be taking with everyone.

    "Yes, I've only been here a short while and I've seen things that would only be considered fiction back home, but though they seemed strange and different. From what I observed, they were very much people in most manners of the word. And despite this man's inflated sense of self, I imagine he's a person as much as we are. So do put the gun down and let's talk things out like people, the pen is mightier then the sword after all" expressed Kobayashi hoping to ease the tensions between the two and also help the dogs in the process.
     
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    God all this talk was getting on Shane's nerves. Looked like political correctness had a place here too. He was a man of action. A shoot-first-ask-questions-later type. Listening to this asshole talk almost made him want to pull the trigger just to stop listening to him. But he had more sense than that. Besides, this was more like settling a quarrel between two old ladies rather than anything he'd try to escalate. With an irritated look, Shane lowered his gun and putting it into his holster.

    "There, fine. You happy?" Shane said, lifting his hands up. He'd like to flip the guy off too, but refrained. The Kansas comment had gotten under his skin too a little. Shane was proud of where he came from. He just hoped this jackass knew better than to throw around his words.

    Stifling some cross words, Shane looked away and then back at the odd people he'd just encountered. Pandora sure was some weird ass place.

    "Guess you're right," he said. "I'm just not used to all this. Where I come from, if it ain't human, it ain't your friend. So I guess....sorry."

    God, he wanted to retract that statement and tell this guy off, but it wasn't worth it. After all, he didn't have any allies and he wasn't exactly in a position to be making enemies either. Still, that didn't make Shane any less wary. Whatever that thing was, it probably could still be a threat if he left his guard down.

    Putting his thumb in his belt loop, Shane nodded towards the dog. "These yours I take it? What are they?" The whole nonsense about the dogs having feelings didn't really make much sense anyway. They were machines clearly. The moment his car would start telling him its inner dreams, Shane would've left it on the spot and walked home. But hey, it was a kid, let him think he was a detective or that dogs had feelings. He seemed bright enough anyway and at least Shane knew better than to crush his ideas than this asshat did.
     
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  10. Nikola Tesla

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    OK. He was being lectured by a child. He did not like this. He did not appreciate being informed that the robots had ‘feelings’ especially by a kid who hadn’t even taken the time to examine them. They weren’t necessarily capable of emotions, and even if they were he was missing the vital fact that these are dogs - emotions yes, complex reasoning no. Animals don’t ask for much in life - food, comfortable living situation, and booty. That was it. They didn’t do betrayal or backstabbing or jealousy, humiliation guilt the same way humans do. Quite frankly he found it insulting to be lectured by a boy not even a third his age. (Unless he was immortal which Tesla didn’t think so).


    ”The only way to ‘overcome’ programmed instincts is if they were programmed to be capable of developing in the first place,” which he doubted. These were guard dogs if there ever were any. It was so obvious it hurt. Tesla couldn’t believe he was having this argument. Overcoming programming. Just stupid. You don’t overcome programming when you were programming unless you were programmed to do so in which case you weren’t overcoming anything! God! ”Asimov’s what now?” Tesla had no interest in science fiction - being that it was fiction and not fact. He had no idea who Asimov was but this did not mean he was not a real person since people from all universes were crammed in here like reality’s worst sideshow museum.


    Was it bad he really wanted the mutt to attack this kid just to prove his smug arrogant little face wrong? Probably but it was a genuine emotion all the same. See little boy? Not all emotions were good ones. No need to complicate the situation with robot feels.


    The frazzled dog could do nothing but twitch occasionally but the one that was merely ‘injured’ and not a complete wreck did nothing towards the kitten. It did not register tiny small furry animals as a threat. It did not have these programmed into its database but this did not mean it considered Kobayashi non-threatening. It merely meant it didn’t consider the kitten threatening. If the young boy were to do the same he may very well lose a hand if he were not fast enough.


    Tesla gave the kid an outraged look. ”I do not have an overflated sense of self! It’s exactly the proportion it deserves,” which was epic epic proportions if you asked him. Which you probably didn’t but he hardly cared what you thought. His opinion was the best there was. He could not believe this jerk was being talked down by a kid. He was listening to the tiny child talk to him in patronizing tones. Sure whatever floats your boat mate.


    ”Much better,” Tesla agreed when the guy agreed to lower his weapon. So it wouldn’t have done the damage he was expecting anyway but still - he really really hated being shot. Only Helen had that privilege. Only she could walk away from that unscathed by his irritation. He tilted his head. He could understand that. It was an awful, prejudicial way to live but he could understand.


    ”Reverse engineered nano-tech infused animatronics,” he made up on the spot. They weren’t his but he wasn’t about to let dumb and dumberer take them away. The kid would probably die trying to coddle them and the guy...well...if it ain’t human...and these babies deserved some love - even if it was going to have to be touch love for a while. ”They got a little -” he waved his talons in their direction. ”-crunched,” and with that took a decisive leap forward, got his talons in grooves and gave the awake one a good EMP blast. Success! It slumped to the ground.
     
  11. Kobayashi

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    The man with the claws and the attitude was really something to behold but not in a good way, it was hard to get past that self important demeanour and thinking that he was right about everything. Sure smart people were good with information especially in their select subjects, but there's a difference between ego and knowledge.

    Thankfully the man with the gun had calmed down, even though Kobayashi himself was having a hard time stomaching this guy. It was like talking to someone with a superiority complex, regardless of his childlike appearance doesn't make him unless worthwhile to speak or listen too. "I guess we'll agree to disagree" replied Kobayashi with a slight sigh in his voice.

    Kobayashi wasn't as stupid as the clawed man thought him to be but from what he could read of him, he thought everyone but him was stupid. Maybe someone else did make his ladder of achievement but it didn't seem highly likely, the kitten had decided to walk back next to Kobayashi. Given the man's weirdness had put it off being too close to him "Then please fix them, instead of scraping them" asked Kobayashi in a last ditch effort to help the creatures.
     
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    Shane watched the interaction between the fanged man and the kid with amusement. He was seriously getting offended? Whatever, all this nerd talk was going to bore him to tears. He was contemplating leaving when suddenly the asshole went and attacked one of the dogs.

    "Hey man, what the hell?" Shane exclaimed. Shane wouldn't call himself an animal lover, but he wasn't about to let someone attack one either, even if it wasn't technically alive. It was a dog, for Godssake. If anyone was ill in this alleyway, it was clearly that guy.

    "What's your problem?"
     
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