NGPR Bulletin: Alarming Communications

Transcript of main New Gallifrey Communication Channel – SLT time- Monday 6th April.

Tethseram: Greetings, insects of New Gallifrey. It’s time for a lesson in history, yes? You who dwell in the “Panopticon” need to learn what the word means, yes?

President Phaon: The Panopticon is a type of institutional building designed by the English philosopher and social theorist Jeremy Bentham in the late 18th century. Is there something else you had in mind? I believe the reference is to N-Space Earth.

Tethseram: It is a type of institutional building, yes? But it was designed as a kind of prison, yes? The concept of its design ir nearly universal.

Speaker: It’s intent was to allow watchmen to observe all the inmates easily.

Tethseram: In most of the universe, the panopticon refers to a kind of prison, yes? Where the warders are able to watch and control all of their little prisoners through fear of punishment, since the little prisoners are seen at all times, yes? This must be why you have called your little cottage this.

Kylie Todriya: One could argue a bagel can be incorperated into a prison.

Tethseram: But the T’chkarri of Kortia have a different use for the word, yes? In the T’chkarri legends, their old gods sat on high, observing the universe, yes? but doing nothing to help those who worshipped them. Through terrible disasters, invasions, war, famine… still their old gods merely watched, yes?

President Phaon: Funny, I’ve never pitched a tent in the Panopticon.  I live in the SASTAP, work in the Citadel, and hold meetings in the Panopticon.  Which, given its layout, is an apt description.

Speaker: Considering that “pan” means “all” and “optic” means “seeing,” “all-seeing” seems appropriate for members of our race, does it not?

Tethseram: And so, the T’chkarri chose the greatest among themselves to rise up and slay their gods, yes? And they became the NEW gods of the T’chkarri. The new gods imprisoned the impotent old gods in their temple, the Panopticon, yes?

President Phaon changes tone… “anyone who thinks the Timelords simply watch is a fool.  The Prime Time line would have ended billions of years ago had it not been for us”

Tethseram: where the old gods now could only watch as the new gods reshaped the universe, yes? Improving it. And the old gods could only watch, yes?

President Phaon: And here I thought we’d already improved SL-Space.  Seems someone forgot to take out the trash.

Tethseram: You think you do more than just observe, yes? But, then… you have your so-called “laws of time”, yes?

Rowan Jinx Thursday: Panopticon VI, sixth deep space vessel of Old Gallifrey, was the first Gallifreyan starship to land on Karn.  Back then, the word was chosen as our ancestors felt that they were broadening their horizons, that, compared with the vision they *had* had, they could now see all.  So, no, I think it not a prison, but it is nice to meet you face to… voice at last.  How brave of you to appear to us in… well, almost person.  How tremendously brave, anyhow, dear Tethykins, we’ve been so looking forward to chatting to you after your lovely little messages.

President Phaon: Our Laws of Time have served us well.  And the rest of the universe. This one, and the others.  Yours as well, I suspect.

Kylie Todriya: those were messages ? they seemed more of a distorted cry for attention with little in substance or displays of power.  someone clearly was fed too much rice puddin ..

Tethseram: You call me brave, yet one does not need courage to step on an insect, yes?

Saffia Widdershins: Generally speaking, new gods do not destroy old gods – they subsume them. And then the new gods begin to display characteristics of the old gods. It is that which makes the new gods acceptable to believers …

President Phaon: Do not kid yourself Tethseram.  The Timelords are not gods.  We have never claimed to be.  And we certainly make no such claim here in SL-Space.

Saffia Widdershins: But forgive me – I’m Arcalian (when I’m not a nosy journalist). I take an academic interest in such matters.

Rowan Jinx Thursday: Oh yes, if you cut us, we bleed.  If you bleed us, we die.  If you step on us, we may be crushed.  That is being alive, not being gods…  But step on one of us, and you will find the rest of us grow a tiny bit more restive each time.

President Phaon: Our universe had gods of a kind – those beings which survived from the Universe before N-space.  We slew them.

Tethseram: No, dear Phaon. You merely let yourself be fooled, yes?

President Phaon: Oh no.  I am many things.  Passably good piano player, being one.  Fooled… that is rare.

Kylie Todriya: So is this big scary boogeyman Tethseram … going to sit around all day tossing pointless irrelevances… or was there a point for your cry at attention. Your boring and losing interests.

ᵀᴴᴱ мᴬᴰмᴬᴻ: Meh. Gods are boring. Apparently, they don’t play dice.

President Phaon: Oh .. this “god” far more boring than most.  You’re not nearly as Mad as you think sometimes, are you?

Rowan Jinx Thursday: So… tell us, how about you show your face? I mean, it was a very nice shiny mask and all… but a face is always a little more interesting to talk to… or did you have a particularly bad pimple that day?

Tethseram: Mock as you like. But your… time…is running short. Tempore Paret!

Rowan Jinx Thursday: Temporal Parrots to you too, mate.

President Phaon smiles.  “We have all the time we decide to make.”

ᵀᴴᴱ мᴬᴰмᴬᴻ: You know, I kind of like him. I think we should give him what he REALLY wants… pie.

Kylie Todriya: I’ve faced worse threats and lesser threats. Outlived all of them. Your not even a top fifty notable… cackles a tiny bit.

President Phaon: So, Tetheram, since you don’t want to come here… care if we join you? He smiles … “I see you.”

The Developer: The term God is simply a title used to describe one with power, or ability far beyond those less advanced, or technological. The so called god is not perfect, nor a race of gods perfect. They are just higher on the food chain. Even the Time lords could be considered Godlike by lessor races.. I think back to a wondering rogue time lord who once said “the laws of time are at my command, and they shall obey me”.. A god like notion, and mind set, albeit a flawed, and ignorant take on what we stand for. That’s all I had to say about it…

Kylie Todriya initates a theta wave pulse back along the transmission line . pointing yup confirmed . we see you .

President Phaon: Well said.  And you Tethseram, are not more advanced than us.  Having a bachelor pad in a pocket universe created by a teenage Junior Timelord…. damn, that was a good one too.

President Phaon: Lost the signal.

Rowan Jinx Thursday: Ohh there’s a surprise.

The Developer: That, or he fled..

Kylie Todriya: has anyone investigated the Eye of Orion of late?

The Developer: How the mighty flee when truth bites them.

President Phaon: Thanks to all of you on the channel.  During that bit of egomanical posturing, Deimos, Rowan, and Kylie were here in Temporal Control running a backtrace.

The Developer: Leading to the source I would hope? If so, good.

President Phaon: We think so.  We’re not prepared to release all information just yet, but the Council will pass information on to you all as it becomes a non-security threat.

The Developer: Noted. Salutations to everyone about in the group at this time, this was a most indubitably odd occurrence, and not one to take lightly I say. I trust the High Council has this well in hand.

ᵀᴴᴱ мᴬᴰмᴬᴻ : A posturing, preening self-absorbed fool in a tin union suit? How can we take him any way BUT lightly?

Saffia Widdershins moves seamlessly into “Over here, Mr President! Mr President!” mode: And you are confident of neutralising it, without further assistance, President?

President Phaon: Oh, I wish Lady Saffia.  But, one more piece of the puzzle.

Saffia Widdershins: Perhaps someone who reads this transcript in the media will be able to offer further illumination.

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