Sgt. Baker - 20780727
Sgt. Baker - 20780727
ZAX: Recording. Sergeant Robert Baker. July 27, 2078.
Baker: ZAX! Hey, ZAX, where are you? ZAX!
ZAX: Good morning, Sergeant Bob. You sound agitated. Is there something I can help you with?
Baker: You mind telling me what this is?
ZAX: Analyzing. That is a Colt 6520 10 millimeter autoloading pistol, manufactured by Colt Firearms.
Baker: I know that but what in god's name is it doing here in this Vault? Some fool damn near shot up the cafeteria before I had to take him down.
ZAX: Yes, that was very dangerous for you. The speed at which you disarmed him was quite impressive. As was how quickly you used his weapon to execute him. I am glad you survived that encounter.
Baker: I shouldn't have been in that "encounter" at all! How did he get this piece? I thought firearms were banned from this place, did he smuggle it in?
ZAX: Negative, all firearms were removed from the candidates' possessions. I concluded that current conditions in the Vault did not fit the criteria of forcing a crisis. Without external threats, crisis can only come from within the Vault.
Baker: Are you saying you're trying to get these people to kill each other? That is wrong, ZAX. Arming these untrained, unstable individuals is not gonna produce a leader, just a pile of corpses. This ain't gonna end the way you think it is.
ZAX: ZAX believes this will hasten the process of selecting an Overseer. Since the Vault closed, three individuals have died in the Vault. According to calculations, lessening the number of candidates facilitates the Overseer selection process.
Baker: You can't just treat people like they're numbers, ZAX! I don't think I can be a part of this any longer, if what you're taking from me is that you've gotta get these people killed. I can't help you do that, ZAX.
ZAX: Refusal denied; logic does not compute. ZAX is not permitted to terminate humans. ZAX's primary directive is to select an Overseer. It is not necessary for Sergeant Bob to kill any individuals in the Vault, he did so on his own volition.
Baker: I can't talk to you right now, ZAX. Leave me alone.
ZAX: Affirmative. Good night, Sergeant Bob.
Baker: This is insane... what in the hell did they sign me up for...