Subterranean Restoration is beginning to worry me. We weren’t really off with a good start, with the whole ‘enterprise’ setup and the veiled threats to the DRC, but what really gets on my nerves is the apparent contempt for the explorers.
Cormac openly said that explorers are allowed to visit ‘their’ dig sites but ‘at their own risk’, as if they had some kind of authority in the Cavern; then they hired the GoI, or at least part of them, as ‘security guards’ of sorts; and now it seems that, because of the recent lootings and the chance of ‘clambering explorers’ (Kingsley is surely clambering on his own words, and should leave the PR to someone else), they are restricting Nexus access to ‘their’ D’ni art museum in the City proper only to those who intend to participate in their contests… whoops, restoration projects.
They say they won’t stop us from visiting the museum if we go there with our own transport, but considering that there is no public transport to the city, that the area itself is severely damaged, and that they’re willingly not sharing the location of the place, they pretty much covered all the bases and telling us to get shafted.
But that means that security cannot be the real reason they’re limiting access: Nexus invites are inherently more secure than free access by foot, as they have a name tag attached, can be instantly revoked, are logged in the lattice and cannot be shared.
Kingsley made it clear with his line about clambering explorers: they don’t want us around because we’re just explorers, and they’re the pros. They want our help in exchange for breadcrumbs. Want to see the art museum? Then restore a design for us, or work for us. You’re just an art student, or a researcher? Too bad then. You get to wait until we say it’s safe. The DRC at least is fair and makes everyone wait the same way, without favouritism.
So I say: I hope to be proved wrong in the future, but for now, I’d advise you to keep an eye on SubRes and their associates. They might not be so explorer-friendly as they’d like to sell us.