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Charles Snippy: Dreams

Tue Feb 14, 2012, 2:22 AM



Entry 382:

My personal online psychiatrist is making me narrate this nonsense down on the chip embedded in my tooth in hopes that someday I may be cured of my "incompatibility" with ANNET, or at least possibly reduce the "mild psychosis caused by work-related stress" as she calls it.
I know that it's not going to happen. The problem is something genetic and while those goons in the genetics department would love to get their machines into my brain, I prefer the lack of sleep and headaches to lobotomy.
I seen the reports on their test subjects: "total neural shut-down", "subject resists integration with the net, increasing the signal strength lead to damage to the 85% of the frontal lobe."
Call me old fashioned, but I like my brain the way it is.

I've had that day-dream again. Day-mare is more likely.
A flash-mare? Not sure what to call these, really.
The transmitter towers dotting this bloody city are making my life difficult, but not as difficult as the fact that everyone expects me to work 14 hours a day.

I seem to exist entirely on microsleep.

The latest episode of microsleep was a bizarre and psychedelic combination of environments with no usual characters present who torment me with their nonsense.

Yet they did have something to do with it...
I can't remember exactly how it went but there was something about living in a fish and then being chased out of it's ribs by cake-shaped spiders?
Hah, I must have been really small to fit inside of a fish.
Ridiculous, I know!

...Wait, I can sort of remember it now.

The green eyed man-child-robot was responsible for getting me into the fish somehow... aided by the purple eyed girl? Was that it?
I remember being really angry in my dream at the green eyed one, at the fish and at the whole situation. My hate for these characters within the dream even forced me to strangle my lunch, as soon as the flash of microsleep was over.
It's not a good sign when dreams start to infect my interactions within reality.
I wouldn't want to report this to my psychiatrist. If the Directorate finds out, they might delay my transfer to the Dead Zone tourism and that would be the worst. They might permanently disallow operation of heavy machinery and then there would be no way for me to get out of this place into the Zone.
Anyway, it's not like anyone will ever review these recordings. I don't think my psychiatrist is even human, the way she talks, she could probably be just a recording made for all cases like mine by the Directorate.

According to my psychiatrist though - the sleep issues and headaches should decrease as soon as I am outside the city, deep in the Zone, the ANNET broadcasting signal there just isn't strong enough.
And I will be the one in charge, so I can set my own hours!
Screw those tourists, they can learn to live under MY sleep schedule, instead of me trying to adapt to current society's insane standards and practices.
I really dislike what humanity has become. It's like everyone is a slave, and addict to the broadcasting wave.
I saw how ridiculous people react if the broadcasting signal is down. They can't talk or act.
One of the scientists wrote a whole thesis on this matter, putting test subjects outside of broadcasting range and disallowing them to use personal transmitters with satellite reception.
The test subjects didn't know what to do with themselves. Those who stored 99% of their memories within the net, had troubles recollecting who they were and what they did without the search engine to aid their minds. This experiment had of course given the scientist a ginormous grant to build more transmitter towers and satellites. Self perpetuating insanity! It's like someone up top wants people to become machines.
The longer everyone spends online, the less human and self-reliant they become.
Mark my words, someday those fools will loose their own identities within the net!

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Hagamablabla Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2012
Purple eyed girl :0
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catflavored Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2012  Student General Artist
Wait.. is Captain a girl? So confused
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Dragons-Desires Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Alexiuss,have you ever read the book "Feed"? It's very similar to this, the people only talk using a chip in their brains that allow them to IM eachother, shop, and more, kinda like internet in your head. Really reminds me of it but this is much more epic <3
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Nexciv Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2012
Wait >.> I was pleasantly fine thinking what I was with the comics alone, now the journals make me go WHA?!? I dont know what to think the order of the happening is. Engie wrote about destroying Annet, we saw Cancer, yet Charles recalls the whale incident...Is Cancer just messing with everything right now?
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NoriMori Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2012
The Cancer is making Snippy and Pilot remember stuff from the past. Engie just had a flashback.

The relevant journal entries are now in the descriptions of the comic strips they go with (on the RA website). Go back and read them again and it'll make sense. Start from 59.

Some journal entries don't really go with any comics, so it doesn't matter much what order you read them in. However they were mostly submitted in chronological order, so if you read them that way you should be fine. But most of Vitaly's jouranls don't have much — or anything — to do with the story, so it's easier if I just tell you what order they're in (the important ones are also in the comics, so I've written which ones are in comics for you):

Snippy: Biographical Data 001 [link] (can also be found in comic 59)
Pilot: Things I Like [link]
Snippy: On The Road To... [link]
Snippy: Rememberances of the Past Day [link]
Engie: Regrets [link] (can also be found in comic 65)
Snippy: Flying Day [link] (can also be found in comic 66)
Snippy: Transfer [link] (can also be found in comic 70)
Pilot: Shoe [link]
Pilot: A Captive Audience [link]
Snippy: Dreams [link]
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NuclearD00d Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2012
Actually, I'm pretty sure Cancer is manipulating memories from Snippy. Pilot however, is a broken mind and his fantasies results in becoming snippys weird nightmare dreams. Cancer is trying to integrate them into the biomass matrix. Meaning, not only his body has to be broken down, his mind would have to as well.

The journal entries gives us a backdrop to the story and dives in depth into different matters. He presents the story from specific viewpoints. This one for example, is the confused mind of snippy, assuming that the illusion is reality and that reality is a bad dream caused by his genes. To make a long story short, if snippy became engraved into the mind of cancer without his mind being broken down first, it would essentially like giving cancer.. cancer. However, pilots mind is essentially like giving cancer aids. XD

Although is this my personal interpretation. There's many interpretations available, which makes this comic so interesting.
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NoriMori Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2012
Lol, wait...WHAT?! I don't really see how your interpretation differs from mine. XD
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NuclearD00d Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2012
There's one difference. Yours was that they remember events. Mine was that Cancer scans their memories, distorts them and introduces them to them again. I also think the distortion also helps Cancer conncet memories, resluting in Pilots fragmented mind becoming Snippys nightmares. It's like having two new puzzle pieces with the wrong shape, so cancer hammers them stuck and makes the edges fuzzy in order to be able to glue them into the biomass matrix. The Cancer is, after all, a hive mind with some alien or something at the core. Then again, you could've meant what I said, it just didn't seem clear though. ;S

As for the connection of alexiuss journal posts, well, I misread. I assumed you said that there wasn't one. XD
I assumed that the list with compact text and links was your signature. Sorry 'bout that.
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NoriMori Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2012
"There's one difference. Yours was that they remember events. Mine was that Cancer scans their memories, distorts them and introduces them to them again."

But...that's exactly what my theory is. I think you misunderstood me. XD

"I also think the distortion also helps Cancer conncet memories, resluting in Pilots fragmented mind becoming Snippys nightmares."

Interesting. That's possible.

"It's like having two new puzzle pieces with the wrong shape, so cancer hammers them stuck and makes the edges fuzzy in order to be able to glue them into the biomass matrix."

That's kinda like my theory, just a bit different. I think he's making Snippy remember stuff, but the memories are probably distorted and merged with other memories, so that they aren't exactly the same as what actually happened. And then, maybe Snippy had nightmares, but they weren't of the Cancer, but because that's what happened before integrating the memory of his old life, it seems from his past perspective that he dreamed about the Cancer. Or something. Am I making sense? XD
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NuclearD00d Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2012
I assume the reason they are not glowing red skeletons yet would be because of Snippys genetically abnormality and the general fragmentation of Pilots memories. I mean, the journal state that their whole memory is stored globally in a connected network. Take over the network, take control over the people. Maybe Cancer is a bio mechanical monster rather than just a regular monster? Maybe the whole attempt at rewriting the memories to fit its purposes is basically it's primary objective. Find people, integrate them into the biomass, reach further understanding resulting in new objectives.

Reminds me of Invader Zim when Gir went nuts. Good times.

To simplify what you said at the bottom. Think Assassins Creed. To get connected to a memory you need a full synchronization. But introducing new foreign information results in disrupting the once stable harmony. As a result, you make the victim assume that the general understood reality within the matrix of people to be real. Essentially, majority decides what is truth and reality as it results in the least amount of stress within itself. Snippy is immune to the implants, thus any information introduced into his mind is not very effective and at times, Snippy wakes up, sees where the hell he is and assumes it's a nightmare, causing further stress to Cancer.

Pilot however, is clinically insane. The memory is fragmented, resulting in a stalemate. How do you twist memories if you only got pieces of memories? Let's go with a metaphor, You take an old fish from Pilot, makes is a fish stick and introduces it to Pilot only for him to turn it into a pretzel. Any attempt to confuse, twist and manipulate to introduce harmony causes more chaos. Pilot is essentially like an anti-Cancer entity. Which is pretty awesome. At the moment, the continuous chaos breeds more chaos, so much even that Cancer is overwhelmed, causing dreams and desires of Pilot to manifest itself as a full blown hallucination for Snippy. You never see Snippy wake up and shake his head over a bad nightmare, you see a frustrated Snippy trying to strangle Pilot.
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NoriMori Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2012
"Think Assassins Creed."

What makes you think I've played Assassin's Creed?

"To get connected to a memory you need a full synchronization. But introducing new foreign information results in disrupting the once stable harmony. As a result, you make the victim assume that the general understood reality within the matrix of people to be real."

That makes sense.

I don't really get the other stuff you're saying though. I don't think Pilot's insanity makes him an anti-Cancer entity. Aside from the initial restart, it didn't seem to be affected by it. And I don't think Snippy's hallucinations have anything to do with Pilot's insanity.

"You never see Snippy wake up and shake his head over a bad nightmare"

Yeah, you do. You see it the first time Cancer integrates him.

"you see a frustrated Snippy trying to strangle Pilot."

That's because at the time he'd been strangling Pilot in his memory/dream/thing.
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Nexciv Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2012
Thanks a lot for putting the time and effort into putting this together for me. Much appreciated. :D
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NoriMori Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2012
You are welcome. :) Have you read them yet? Does stuff make more sense now?
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Nexciv Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2012
Lots, thanks muchely.
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NoriMori Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2012
You're welcome. And now I'm sure you know to read the comic on the website instead of reading them on deviantART like a silly person. XD
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Lancer873 Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2012
Well, nobody's really sure. It could be that Cancer is making them have visions of the past, or maybe Snippy's having dreams of the future. Or maybe he's just having irrelevant dreams and none of this ever really comes true, though I doubt Alexiuss would go for that route. The fact that Snippy's acting in the past based on his dreams would point to it being the dream-route, but who knows.

Well, Vitally knows, of course, so I guess we'll just have to wait.
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NoriMori Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2012
I know nobody's "really sure", but it's a reasonable assumption and I'd like to think that it all happens at some point. Besides Snippy said his dreams were about the future — why would he say that if he didn't know? Plus, him dreaming about choking Pilot in the past may not have happened, his memories might be mixing with stuff he already knows to make it seem like that.

But yeah. Alexius will hopefully tell us eventually.
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xxpublic-enemy1xx Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2012
Wait, Captain's a girl?

Crap. Now I have to change the deep manly headcanon voice to something more appropriate.
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NoriMori Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2012
Lol, this isn't confirmation that he's a girl. No need to change that deep voice yet. XD
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xxpublic-enemy1xx Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2012
Ok good :P
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NoriMori Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2012
But...someday...who knows? XD
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Lancer873 Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2012
For the record, folks:
Every piece of evidence for and against Captain being a girl is debatable and moot. Including this, as you can tell by the fact that he calls Pilot a robot-boy. The only solid piece of evidence is that Alexiuss has said that various people dress up to do the greenscreening of Captain, including his girlfriend, so Captain is technically both genders. =P

Also... yey! More backstory ^-^
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NoriMori Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2012
Finally, someone who gets that this isn't "definitive" or "official" proof that Captain's a girl! Everyone was driving me crazy! XD
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Asylums-Impulse Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Purple eye Girl = Captain? :O
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GiftedElements Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
FINALLY. Someone sane calls Captain a girl. No more of this "Well, they are crazy, so they probably THOUGHT he was a girl" bullshit.
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An-Average-Shadow Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
...so Captain is a chick, then. Damn. I wonder if he had this planned from the start, or if he just decided to change it at some point.
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Kusugari Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Waitwaitwaitwait......Did Snippy just say Captain is a girl!?!?!?
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SamTheBlazeFan Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2012
... purple eyed girl... so Captain really is a girl for sure? That's official? Even with the crush on that billboard girl?
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GiftedElements Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
yeah lesbians exist. Also I think it was the bomb, not the girl.
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SamTheBlazeFan Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2012
Really? I suppose I really wouldn't have thought of that... But male, female, gay, or staight, Zee Captein is insane and we love him/her regaurdless!
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GiftedElements Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I think something he/she said made it sound more like they were talking to the bomb. idk. It seemed appropriate given his general lack of sanity.
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SamTheBlazeFan Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2012
I dunno... He said ma cherie...
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AjnosFTW Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2012  Student General Artist
I bet office-Charles is either having flashforwards to RA, or RA-Charles is having flashbacks to the office, unconciously and uncontrollably. Most likely the latter, and being within Cancer is the cause of it.
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Grey-Walker Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
New theory: Snippy has precognition. His psychic abilities are what make him incompatible with ANNET. The "BEWARE THE MUG!" note was written by himself, to himself, predicting Ze Captains destruction of ANNET.

Looking forward to more! Will these be included in RA books?
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lydiavaldez26 Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
so the whole apocalypse thing is snippy's dream? captain and pilot only exist in his mind? or are these just uncontrollable flashbacks and the apocalypse is the real bit? gah! i fear we may never know...
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LakoniaPL Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
what if, Snippy have dreams about what would normal life be.
Being Mr. Snippy=reality
Working=dreams

or

Mr. Snippy have a clone. While he was giving the tour he has been abandon, and ANNET killed only killed the people inside like the main building.
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Doodled93 Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2012
Is there anywhere to read all these in order? Hard time finding all of them through your posts :(
Maybe a blog or something?
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maniac-fangirl Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2012
Man... the fans of this series would make the WMG pages on TVTropes proud...

I LOVE THIS SO MUCH, YET IT MAKES MY BRAIN BREAK! I WILL FIGURE YOU OUT, ROMANTICALLY APOCALYPTIC!

Pilot... a robot...? Hmm... where did he get this from? Robots don't see dead people... do they?

So... is Engie the only 'normal' person in the cast? After all, Snippy can see the future, Captain practically warps reality, and Pilot sees dead people (sorry, this is my personal theory on Pilot based off of his journal posts)... Yet, it appears that Engie does nothing supernatural!
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alexiuss Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2012
engie is a human statistics calculator, he built annet after all
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maniac-fangirl Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2012
All by himself? That's considerably impressive... but I wouldn't really call it supernatural... There are geniuses out there, and people actually acknowledge their existence! In my humble opinion, that still qualifies as (relatively) normal.
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GiftedElements Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I thought engie was a girl
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NoriMori Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2012
No, Engie's a guy. His name is Alexander Gromov.

Pilot's just crazy, I don't think he really sees dead people. But who knows. O.o
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TerraWolffe Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
So either Charles is prophetic, making in "super-human" like Zee Captain...

or most of RA is in his head.
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NoriMori Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2012
It's possible that it's neither. Perhaps he didn't dream the future, it's just that rememering his old life in such a real way makes the current reality seem like something he dreamt, so his "old self" (in the flashbacks) thinks he's dreaming the future. Does that make sense?

And he said that because he couldn't connect to ANNET he had dreams about the future... Maybe that was normal for people like him.
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Galialay Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
So, definite proof Zee Captain is a girl! :la: Purple-eyed girl~ Whelp, my day feels accomplished.

Poor Snippy :(
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NoriMori Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2012
This isn't definite proof. :/
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GiftedElements Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
What, should Ze Captain strip for all of us?
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NoriMori Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2012
No, but it needs to be clear corroboration from someone who actually knows and who isn't either a) An unreliable narrator (Captain or Pilot), or b) Not thinking straight (Snippy remembering Captain as a girl in a poorly remembered dream). Or we need to see Captain's face, or torso, or something. Or both.

If Engineer knows Captain's gender, and said s/he was a man/woman, that would probably be enough for me.
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Galialay Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Close enough for me *shrug*
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Blue-Fire-likes-pie Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
:heart:
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