Quote from: undefinedThe next day, Altair stopped by MenuetOS's shop to check if it was open. She noticed that the sign on the window with the shop's hours of operation had an asterisk next to the hours. At the bottom of the sign, the asterisk indicated that these were normal hours of operation, but that the shop could be closed during an emergency.
Altair entered the shop and saw MenuetOS at her desk fixing Altair's calculator.
"Hey, were you able to track down IMSAI 8080's stolen devices and return them to her?"
"Yes. That bootleg OS-tan that stole from her put up a fight, but I got everything back". MenuetOS recounted the challenges of the fight. It was in a forest with low visibility. The sun was setting, and her night vision goggles weren't working. She could not chase down the culprit in the air. She had to carefully land her hovercraft, then had to run, and rely on her hand-to-hand combat skills to disarm the culprit and seize back the stolen devices.
"Great!" Altair cheered. "So... did you mention me when you spoke with her?" she then asked.
"I didn't know if you wanted me to this time, so when she asked what I had been up to before I went to help her, I just said I was at my shop fixing a calculator for a customer and friend. She seemed curious who that was, but didn't say anything."
"Oh, that's not too bad. Before you left yesterday, I wanted to say that I didn't know that she was still alive, and I wanted to ask if she knew that I was still alive."
The shop bell rang, and another visitor entered. A green-eyed woman who was slightly taller than MenuetOS, and had long black hair in pigtails with 4 colored streaks in red, yellow, green, and magenta, and had goggles on top of her head. She wore dangling cube earrings, and wore a black top with slate blue pants, black boots, and pieces of gray armor.
"Hello" She said.
"Hi, NeXTSTEP!" MenuetOS said to her. "I have your ray gun fixed with a little upgrade! I'll get it for you now!"
MenuetOS walked to the storage room, and brought NeXTSTEP's ray gun to the desk. NeXTSTEP paid, but had a discount for also being a CIOST member. She picked up her ray gun and admired the work done to it. "Thanks! You went the extra mile fixing up the scuffs too!" She said.
"I did that without any extra charge." MenuetOS said. "Please call me if you also need help fixing your tank or battle armor!" She added with more excitement in her voice.
"Sure! I will!" NeXTSTEP said as put her ray gun in her holster, waved and walked out.
"Was she one of your friends?" Altair asked.
"Yes. That was NeXTSTEP. Both times I applied for the CIOST, she voted in my favor. We became friends when she said that I had a lot of potential, and because she sympathized with me having a difficult time getting approved".
"She had a difficult time getting approved?" Altair asked in disbelief.
"Whether she was powerful enough, had enough combat skills, and whether she had other skills that would help the CIOST were never disputed. The difficulty for her was from her ties to the Mac House. She became an honorary member of theirs some years ago, but it was before the CIOST was founded."
"And that would've disqualified her?"
"How did she prove herself? Did you vote for her?"
"Oh no" MenuetOS chuckled. "We hadn't met yet. When I first applied, and when I met her, I noticed that she seemed on-edge around some of them. She gave off this vibe of being tough, but lonely, always having to prove that she's not a sell-out seeking political power."
"That's not it, was it?"
"She told me that before her alliance with the Mac House, she was lonely and frustrated that no one cared about the technology she wanted to share with others that would promote cooperation. There were just a few CIOST members at the time who could vouch for her. One of them was BeOS, her former rival who knew her before she allied with the Mac House."
"Who were the others?"
"I don't remember, but there is something you can take from this. If you don't know many of the other CIOST members, even if some of them are suspicious of you, you could still get in if you have skills we need."
"Hmm..." Altair looked down at the table, pondering what skills she had that could be of use.
While Altair was still thinking about it, MenuetOS was adding the last fixes to the calculator. Altair was still thinking.
"It looks perfect! Thank you!" Altair said when she saw the fixed calculator in front of her, but then she worried.
"It's okay if you can't pay the cost all at once." MenuetOS said.
Altair reached for some money from her purse. "This will cover part of it. It's from a writing commission I had."
"That covers about half of the cost, but I'm not in a hurry for the rest of it."
"That's a relief."
"It's almost closing time. Would you have time to go to the shooting range with me tonight? I have another ray gun and I can teach you how to use it."
"Yes! I want to get started training tonight!"
Quote from: Bella on July 13, 2019, 01:47:40 pmIs that a m o o n s p y I see?
Quote from: undefinedName: Commodore 65-tan
aka: C65, C64DX
Height: 179 cm (5'10.5")
Weight: ?? kg
Eye Color: Dark purple
Hair: Dark purple
Note: The C65 prototypes were unofficially released in 1994 after Commodore's bankruptcy.
-Is bold, energetic, and is very loyal to her friends, but can be aggressive and ruthless.
-The youngest of the 8-bit Commodore-tans, and never officially served in the Commodore Fleet.
-Her existence was only known to Commodore 128-tan, who assisted with her training.
-Was exiled from the Commodore Fleet in 1991, and later became a pirate, and talks like a pirate.
-Was a long-time enemy to the other Commodore-tans except for C128-tan, since the others thought she was a bootleg.
-The truth about her not being a bootleg, and her being welcomed by the rest of the Commodore-tans happened around 2010 when C128-tan explained the truth.
-Used to wear a sailor uniform as a Commodore Fleet cadet, but dresses in a blue and white pirate uniform with rainbow accents, a tan bandanna and a tan ascot.
-Wields a large cutlass.
-Suffered several near-death experiences, but became well-off from piracy and mercenary work.
-Her closest friends are Macintosh System 3.4-tan and Windows 3.2-tan, who she saw as fellow odd ones out from their families.
-Remains a wanderer because she doesn't want to leave behind the friends she made, and to not lose her livelihood.
QuoteName: Windows Neptune
Height: 173 cm (5'8")
Eye Color: green
Hair Color: green
Note: Neptune was never officially released, but a build of it was released to developers December 27, 1999.
-A prototype Windows version, was meant to be the first NT-based Windows-tan for the consumer market.
-Resentful towards XP Home-tan for taking her intended role, which led to her abandonment.
-Usually seen with Odyssey-tan and Longhorn-tan.
-Has a stoic and serious demeanor.
-Has long green hair in pigtails, and is almost always seen wearing a red visor.
-Wears a black sleeveless qipao with blue accents, and large red bracelets. Has a red talisman around her collar, and has mechanical headpieces.
-A very tough and skilled survivalist. Wields a large trident as her weapon.
QuoteName: Windows Odyssey
Height: 165 cm (5'5")
Weight: ?? kg
Eye Color: blue
Hair Color: blue or green
-A prototype Windows version, was meant to be Windows 2000-tan's successor, but was abandoned.
-Resentful towards XP Pro-tan for taking her intended role, which led to her abandonment.
-Similar in appearance to 2000-tan, has short blue hair, but with long bangs framing her face, and wears a red headband across her forehead.
-Wants to be friends with 2000-tan.
-Has a pair of floating gold wings, and has a gold halo above her head.
-Wears a light blue dress with puffy sleeves, black and white accents, and wears a white ascot.
-Usually seen with Neptune-tan and Longhorn-tan.
-Is somewhat shy and socially awkward, but likes to express herself.
Quote from: undefinedName: DEC Rainbow 100-tan
Height: 148 cm (4'10")
Weight: ?? kg
Eye Color: Blue
-Has three modes she can switch between: VT-100 mode, CP/M mode, and MS-DOS mode. Her VT-100 mode is more stoic and was utilized when on duty in the DEC Military.
-The lone home computer of the DEC-tans.
-Never got promoted above cadet rank in the DEC Military. She mainly served as a cadet under VMS-tan's division, but felt like her skills were being underutilized.
-Served as the ambassador of the DEC Military to the Microsoft-IBM Family, but wasn't very good at it.
-Has ambivalent attitudes towards MS-DOS-tan and PC-DOS-tan since she wanted to be like them, but still saw them as her rivals.
-Is a great multi-tasker, likes to write and draw. Is usually carefree, but can still get competitive.
-Relies on her resourcefulness and cleverness more than raw power in combat.
-Wears her old DEC uniform jacket with frilly dresses and colorful hair ribbons.
-Can manipulate light.
-Friends with Amiga, Windows 1.0, DR-DOS, TOPS-10 and TOPS-20.
-Was in the CIOST for a while, and left to be a wanderer again, but kept the friendships she made in the CIOST.
Quote from: undefinedName: Macintosh System 3.4
aka: AppleShare 2.0
Debut: Early 1988
Height: 180 cm (5'11")
Weight: ?? kg
Eye Color: Dark gray
Hair Color: Dark brown
-Is hot-blooded, boisterous and cheerful, but is stubborn and single-minded.
-Was created specifically to continue the AppleShare role started by Macintosh System 3-tan, and took pride in this role, specializing in communication, networking, and sharing information.
-Is physically weak, but has telepathy and strong telekinetic powers.
-Is Macintosh System 6-tan's twin sister. (System 3.4 used the same Finder version as System 6.0.x) They never competed over who would lead the Mac-tans while they were both current because they had different roles.
-Left the Mac House in 1992. Refused recruitment from the Vintage Federation, had clashes with some of its members who tried to recruit her, and believes that joining them would be giving up.
-Is a traveling stunt performer and carnival ringmaster who uses her success to encourage and inspire other vulnerable wanderers to persevere over the odds against them, and seeks more of them out as allies.
-Her closest friends are Commodore 65-tan and Windows 3.2-tan. The three of them are usually seen together, and met in their early years as wanderers.
-Suffered several near-death experiences, and struggled to survive for years as a wanderer, but became well-off and defied the odds against her.
-Wears a grey frilly blouse and blue skirt with ballet shoes.
-Keeps her hair tied in long, forked pigtails tied with red ribbons and decorated with hairclips. Has large, winged sunglasses with colored panels.
Quote from: undefinedName: Macintosh System 7.5
Debut: Sep 1994
Height: 165 cm (5'5")
Weight: ?? kg
Eye Color: Lilac
-Has a disgruntled, and stoic demeanor, but can show a caring side.
-Is a gunslinger, and usually carries multiple guns with her, with one of them being an assault rifle.
-Is highly adventurous, and is an inventor, but has a questionable track record with her inventions and expeditions. (7.5 added a lot of features, but wasn't very stable, and was the basis for the OS of the Pippin, which wasn't commercially successful)
-Has long blonde hair with a large cowlick and a "7.5" hair clip.
-Wears a long blue dress with a white vest, combat boots and window bar-style armbands.
-Disappointed in herself during the OS Wars, she left as a wanderer to continue her life as a wandering vigilante, or mobster, depending on who you ask.
-Occasionally visits the Mac House, and quickly got along well with Mac OS 9-tan since they first met.
-Maintains a rivalry with Windows 3.1-tan, but they also have some respect towards each other.
-Gets along well with the OSX-kuns, but is willing to enforce punishment when needed.