Desperate egocasting

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Irenaeus Irenaeus's picture
Desperate egocasting

Hey everybody, first post here.

I've been running a game, putting four characters through Continuity and then Mind the WMD. Now we're going to start on The Black Spot (plus hijackers and some more) from the excellent resources at aleph.se.

One thing I'm trying to establish properly is what the absolute minimum required equipment is for a long-range egocast in the solar system. I get that people in the EP world are fuzzy about information security when it comes to their egos, and that quantum-encrypted neutrino comms are the standard, but if you're desperate to get your ego out, how low can you go? And what dangers would be associated with such an attempt?

All input is welcome.

o11o1 o11o1's picture
Do you worry about 9-Lives?

A lot on the information security side is what makes things tricky. I suspect that an Ego Bridge and a radio transmitter are the bare minimum to exfiltrate a mindstate, but there's enough looseness on the beam that anyone in between your source and destination will be able to slurp up a copy of that traffic, even if it's some tiny sniffer sat trying to scoop up everything.

At that point, since you just sent yourself, there could now be a copy of you in the clutches of any number of groups. The Jovians, the Inner Planets Alliance, a criminal consortium. If they realize they have slurped up a mindstate, they might be willing to spool up simulspace and attempt to extract every bit of information that you know.

Since you're a firewall agent, this is potentially really dangerous for Firewall's secrecy. Needing to rescue such an ego (or -being- such a fork) could be good setup for a mission.

A slight smell of ions....

Irenaeus Irenaeus's picture
o11o1 wrote:A lot on the

o11o1 wrote:
A lot on the information security side is what makes things tricky. I suspect that an Ego Bridge and a radio transmitter are the bare minimum to exfiltrate a mindstate, but there's enough looseness on the beam that anyone in between your source and destination will be able to slurp up a copy of that traffic, even if it's some tiny sniffer sat trying to scoop up everything.

At that point, since you just sent yourself, there could now be a copy of you in the clutches of any number of groups. The Jovians, the Inner Planets Alliance, a criminal consortium. If they realize they have slurped up a mindstate, they might be willing to spool up simulspace and attempt to extract every bit of information that you know.

Since you're a firewall agent, this is potentially really dangerous for Firewall's secrecy. Needing to rescue such an ego (or -being- such a fork) could be good setup for a mission.


Thanks, that's pretty close to what I suspected. I like the assumption that will pick it up, hell, even just some rescue service. It changes the question from "can I do that" to "is it worth it", "how much will I need to trim a fork for this to be even vaguely acceptable", and "am I ok with pruned copies of me I might never be aware of being interrogated or tortured for information for a potential virtual eternity".

I like the mission suggestion rather a lot as well. Thanks for the excellent answer.

P.S. Extrapolating from this, it makes me wonder about desperate infugees from the inner system wanting to go to e.g. Titan. Can unsecure egocasts be some sort of parallell to the horrors of boat refugees or human trafficking today? Hell, the standard may even be that they both arrive safely are intercepted and exploited.

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As far as "Can somebody pick

As far as "Can somebody pick it up" look up The Long Array on Dione. It can pick up a distress call pretty much across the entire solar system, never mind an egocast meant to go any real distance.
Their policy is to freely distribute all received transmissions, too - wonder if they'd make an exception for a wayward ego?

Irenaeus Irenaeus's picture
MAD Crab wrote:As far as "Can

MAD Crab wrote:
As far as "Can somebody pick it up" look up The Long Array on Dione. It can pick up a distress call pretty much across the entire solar system, never mind an egocast meant to go any real distance.
Their policy is to freely distribute all received transmissions, too - wonder if they'd make an exception for a wayward ego?

Thanks for the tip on the Long Array. That's interesting. I'll easily buy that there are numerous exeptions in the way signals are passed on, and egos would probably be close to the top of that list.

I'm pretty sure I'm going to make it a common infugee fate in my game to have simultaneous alpha forks at existing at Titan (usually only as a backup or inforph, though, considering the waiting time for morphs for fugees) and some sort of explotative situation other places. An interesting dynamic to this which seems very different from any refugee crisis I know of is that the least skilled and most damaged people can probably risk an insecure egocast without fear of being abused far more easily than strong and resourceful refugees.

Looking forward to seeing if my PCs prefer an insecure emergency egocast or just dying and reverting to a backup without continuity if things doesn't play out.

o11o1 o11o1's picture
Oooh, Lost Fork.

Sounds like the Lost Fork negative trait.

A slight smell of ions....