In which the Pathfinders discuss progress.
The cats are making themselves at home. I wonder if they intend to become members of the crew as well.
I’m not quite sure how to read the statement that there’s been an alteration in the universe that “produced a realization that choice is available”. One possible reading is that they observed the alteration, then said to themselves, “If this is possible, then it’s also possible for us to make choices.” Another reading is that the alteration itself, as one of its effects, gave them the ability to make choices, or at least awareness of the ability. One way that might work is what I was talking about last entry: if they were still being influenced by a control signal from the old universe, that was cut off when Ren Zel sealed it away.
I’m curious about Stone Ronin’s history now. If it’s sophisticated enough to be recognised as an intelligence capable of speaking for itself, what’s it doing working rudimentary surveillance? For, furthermore, a company notorious for being a cheapskate, who I wouldn’t expect to shell out the money for a device of that sophistication even if it weren’t considered illegal to have one? (Or did they get cheap because it was illegal?)
Scout Commander yos’Phelium’s field judgement is not, in itself, a complete answer to what to do with the Old Tech fleet. Scout Commander yos’Phelium specified that the judgement does not apply to any intelligence that is “provably an artifact of Old Technology”, which was a wise choice to minimise the grounds on which the judgement might be challenged, but does mean that it can’t be applied directly to these artifacts here. Even so, it gives them hope and direction; knowing that there exists a category of socially acceptable Free Logics, even if it doesn’t include them, offers the possibility that they might one day be included and shows them how to behave if they want to improve their odds. Something that will help, once they can establish it, is that this particular bunch of Old Tech artifacts is no longer marked by the main attribute that makes Old Tech socially unacceptable, i.e. being under the control of the bad guys.