Bureau of Cartography

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An Announcement

Good fellow Cartographers,

The ACTP heralds, however indirectly, access to bits of the ship that have been forgotten. There will be explorers not yet part of our great project; there will be those from Blackout who live in shadows; there will be those who spend their spare time quietly, away from the hubbub. For there will always be leaders, rebels, poets.

Talk to people. Befriend them. And, not to put too fine a point on it, mine them for information. Try to get invited on any sort of reconnaissance missions. Talk to any Keepers you might find. Speak to those whom Wolf Drop has rescued, or those on its staff. Join the team yourself. Reprogram BOBs, add dedicated cameras to them, or recruit someone who can. Use your initiative.

Talk to others as you see fit, but proselytise only where you find someone willing. And step carefully: if invited to Blackout, make sure you have failsafes.

The Truth is in our hands.

–Jocelyn Green, Administrator Prime 1), Bureau of Cartography

Adventures in Cartography

Given the amount of time they end up drawing or staring at maps, it's easy for others to think of cartographers as dusty academics. That is not true on the Asimov. The unmapped areas of the ship are fraught with danger–there's a REASON they're unmapped–and even Computer may have a vested interest in keeping them unknown. For this reason many cartographers are explorers, engineers, and other utterly practical things which serve well when survival might all of a sudden become a challenge.

Of course, there are those who expend much artistic talent on creating beautiful, intricate maps. Trouble is, they're often rendered obsolete as they're being made, as sectors are rebuilt or compartments repurposed over time, the layout of the Oxygen Forest is changed yet again by agriculturists, doors sealed or opened, and so forth.

Being explorers, Cartography don't usually have any enemies unless they're treading on someone's toes. It's usually wise to note down stashes of materials, secret hideouts, and Quiet Places and move on quickly before their owners return. It's also wise to make sure Computer approves of your exploring - people are pretty sure the only entity who knew of the ill-fated Tanzer Expedition outside of the Bureau was Computer itself…

Sector 2E Accessible

The upper low-grav areas of grey sector 2E had until recently been under restricted access due to a noxious coolant leak, and human personnel were unable to enter for a good three months while it was haphazardly meticulously cleaned by specially modified BOB units.

Of course, what this means is that 2E is ready for exploration again. The coolant leak was apparently caused by some restructuring of the compartments so it's almost certain that the layout has been changed slightly, and of course that means that maps will need updating. It's likely that the place is still dangerous given that they had BOBs cleaning the place up, though, so it's worth being wary.

New Maps [New turn 1]

With the success of the Toroid 4 expedition, we now have maps of sector 4-E available, along with other substantial data. In addition, 2-E has been remapped, with the main difference between pre-shutdown and now being one wall. In addition, should you wish to travel to 2-E, it is noted you should wear protection of some kind, as there are still coolant issues.

Commendations to Ellis de Bouillon and Jon Blackout, and to Varian White for coordinating the expedition to toroid 4.

—Jocelyn Green

Request for Maps [New Turn 9]

In light of the discovery of completely unexplored areas of the ship, we would like to reiterate that any maps of previously unmapped or unexplored areas of the ship would be a blessing to the Cartographers. We hope that the exhibition of maps of the ship will inspire Cartographers-to-be, as well as advertising our desire for new maps.

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