The Manual of Care, Operation, and Handling for The Jupiter Message

Written by Etoilebane

The Manual of Care, Operation, and Handling for The Jupiter Message is a manual roughly 3-and-a-half inches thick, with a faded olive-green cover and black, blocky letters proclaiming it to be "The Manual of Care, Operation, and Handling for The Jupiter Message." Nowadays, several beer and whiskey stains have joined the cover, along with a sizeable indentation from the card table's leg. It may also conceal a tablet containing the technical information on the Jupiter Message, but no-one aboard the ship has so much as opened it within the last five-to-thirty years.

After winning the Jupiter Message in a game of cards; the new owner, Riss Modi was unaware of the manual's existence. One day, when he was talking with a contact, he tripped on The Manual of Care, Operation, and Handling for The Jupiter Message. He went head-first into a chair and lost out on purchasing a vintage blow-torch as a result.

Upon discovering the manual Riss Modi commented that 'he doesn't need it' and 'he could probably rebuild this whole goddamn ship from the ground up if he felt like it' and 'this goddamn manual tried to kill him'. Shortly after, it was consigned to a nearby cupboard until Niko complained about the card table one day.

Following this, The Manual of Care, Operation, and Handling for The Jupiter Message was lovingly and carefully wedged underneath one of the legs to keep it steady.

Purpose

This manual is to provide adequate technical and observational instructions for the proper and safe care, handling and maintenance of the ship known as 'The Jupiter Message' as written by numerous technical writers in the employ of the Jupiter Syndicate
— Back cover text of The Manual of Care, Operation, and Handling for The Jupiter Message.


Currently, it keeps the back right leg of the Jupiter Message's card table from wiggling too much.

Document Structure

Legal status

The copy-right status of The Manual of Care, Operation, and Handling for The Jupiter Message is likely still enforced, as while the Jupiter Message itself is an Expansion Era ship, the rights holder has since defaulted to the legal department of The Jupiter Syndicate.


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Type
Manual, Technical / Blueprint
Medium
Digital Recording, Text


Cover image: Hologram Wheel by Ademal

Comments

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2 Jul, 2018 16:41

Aww, that is an unusual sad fate for any type of book - or manual. Now I want to know what fate awaits the Jupiters Message due to them not reading the effing manual :D Very well written, I like it a lot!

2 Jul, 2018 16:42

Good article overall and very good idea but i would love to know a bit more about why this manual is in anyway signifiant. Does his use a card table rectifier in anyway a big deal for ship inhabitant ( other than weel preserved card ballance) ? Will it come to be used ( or missed ) someday ?

Forgemaster Dimitris
Dimitris Havlidis
2 Jul, 2018 17:17

I love this - quite.. bitter-sweet? :)

2 Jul, 2018 19:14

Be honest: Did you get the title to fit perfectly in one try, or did you have to finagle it to keep the title on one line?

Etoilebane
Daniel Jackson
3 Jul, 2018 04:41

It actually didn't fit. The page's layout had to be fiddled with a little so it would.

2 Jul, 2018 19:16

And now that I've fully read the article, this got a giggle out of me. As they say on imgur, +1

2 Jul, 2018 21:44

I'm feeling for the person who took the time to write out the manual as someone who is used to technical writing for general consumption. I thought this was a nice play with the mishandling of the manual even though it was written for the safe care of a ship. Well done!

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