Of course, no system is perfect. Sometimes the victims couldn’t be saved or the rectifiers’ intervention caused noticeable changes to the timeline. Consequently, every assignment included a failsafe: an ‘ensurance log’ securely stored for the HBR director’s attention, detailing the case and instructing the bureau to make the attempted rectification.
Remember, the biggest difficulty with time travel is avoiding paradoxes. If you go back and change things ever so slightly, you might end up creating big changes further down the line. If you change things to the extent that a client never asks for a death to be rectified then there would be no reason for the team to be there making changes and we are back to paradox. The failsafe system is intended to work around this possibility. When you go back, you overdetermine the cause for your being there. The failsafe that you leave behind acts as a backup cause for the team’s going back, in case changes to the timeline cause the client not to request a rectification.
On a non-time-travel related note, I’ve been playing around with the live trace function in illustrator (the software I use for my pictures) with some pretty good results. Basically I’ve discovered that I can sketch and ‘ink’ my pictures in a different program, then copy and paste that picture into illustrator and turn it into a vector (which is worlds better for scaling and manipulating) for colouring. Expect some good things to come picture wise!
That’s all for today, check back tomorrow for Part 5 of The Davis Loop. Pip pip!