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Chapter 28 (Original Archive)

supreme_arbiter 4/3/2005

Turn 12: Clones in Toyland

Percy and Arkady arrived in the supply room where Amanda was carefully examining the protein disrupter pistol. They emptied the contents of their containers into the recycler. "That should be plenty and then some," Arkady said.

Chelydra entered the room. "Hey, Amanda. Percy, Arkady," he nodded. He swiped his card and opened the door labeled 'Munitions Locker'. Inside the small room beyond, he turned right and likewise opened the next door. The heavy security door opened and revealed a small room. There was a piece of machinery with levers, hoppers and funnels on a large desk. A medium assault rifle, a heavy assault rifle, two medium sized assault rifles and three handguns were hung neatly from a mostly empty weapons rack. The inertial dampening shelves were mostly empty as well, but there were still some items left: 7 belt holsters, 4 large belt pouches, 6 smaller belt pouches, 3 large power cells, dozens of red cylinders, several small and large ammo clips, 4 orange cartridges, 5 large boxes of shotgun shells, a box of small metal pellets and empty shotgun shells, a box of green, red and blue orbs, dozens of boxes labeled 9mm and another couple of dozen labeled 9.1mm APHE.

Arkady was the first to enter the munitions locker. He picked up one of the handguns. It seemed to be a simple lead slug thrower. He managed to pull out the ammo clip. It seemed full. He tried to put the clip back in, but it started to make a clicking sound. Embarrassed, Arkady soon got the clip in snuggly.

OOC: I used the MA3e Complexity chart for a complexity level 2 item. Arkady nearly had an accident...

Arkady looked up as Bud entered the room. "Nice selection you got here," he said. He politely took the pistol from Arkady and showed him how to put the first round in the chamber by pulling back on the top half of the pistol then showed him how to turn the safety on and off.

"Thanks," Arkady replied. He took a belt holster and two full ammo clips for the pistol that Bud pointed out.

"Chel," Bud asked, "are you familiar with any of these firearms?" Chelydra shook his head. "This is a combat shotgun. Holds 12 18mm shotgun shells, single shot or burst. This assault rifle is a SK-19, Sturmkarabiner. It uses a binary propellant system: the ammo is harmless without the catalyst," Bud showed them how to remove an orange cartridge from the rifle. "This cartridge holds the gas that the rifle uses to fire. Each cartridge will fire 600 9.1mm armor- piercing high-explosive bullets. Single shot or burst mode. It also fires 6 30mm grenades." Bud looked in the box of multi-colored orbs. "Red grenades are always fragmentary, green are always knockout gas, and blue is smoke. And this," Bud caressed the largest weapon, "is a plaser."

"Is that anything like pleather?" Arkady joked.

"Uh, no. It's a plasma rifle."

"Not a laser rifle?" Arkady said, trying to sound serious.

"It's both, actually. Plasma is a super heated gas. But the gas cools too quickly in atmosphere for it to be an effective weapon from more than a few dozen meters away, so the weapon first fires a laser to heat a path for the plasma. The laser does damage as well, but not as much as the plasma. This is a Japanese model, a Kurita Type-21F. 15 megawatts of portable tank-stopping punch!" Bud showed them how to unload and load the power cell. "One atomic cell will fire 40 plasma bolts. And this," he showed them how load a small red cyclinder, "is the hydrogen charge. Each charge will fire 1 plasma bolt. Both the cell and the charge are required. When you fire the plaser, watch out: the charge'll be ejected from the chamber on your right and it'll be red hot! Finally, that device on the desk is a shotgun shell loading machine. Any questions?" Bud proceeded to show each clone how to use each weapon. He showed Amanda how to load and unload the hydrogen cell in her protein pistol. He showed the clones how to read the contents of a cell: the one in Amanda's pistol was completely full and could fire 20 more shots before it would need a new cell.

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THX-1492

The human stopped a meter in front of the robot. He did not look scared at all. He paused a moment and watched the robot, then swung the metal rod. THX could clearly see that it was a heavy piece of pipe with threading on the end. The robot watched as the pipe swung closer to its head.

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end transmission

OOC: There is now a page with a map of the lifeboat and details about the ship's contents. There are pictures of the new weapons in the Munitions Locker and a new image of one of the items in the Supply Room at:

http://www.metamorphosisalpha.com/ias/pandora.html


gglassdr 4/4/2005

THX-1492

THX-1492 puzzles for a moment. This human was not behaving logically. It should be running away in fear! No matter, the programming will input defense mechanisms.

THX-1492 swings its heaviest engineering implement to block the swing of the humanoid. If the humanoid continues to attack, THX will retreat back into the structure.


katrinalieff 4/6/2005

Amanda

OOCQuestion; Does Amanda have a ProTON Pistol, or a ProTEIN Pistol?

Amanda became very, very interested in the handling of the weapons, and pays very, very close attention. After the lecture, she holsters the pistol, and picks up the Sturmkarabiner. She tests the weight: "I don't know what it is, but I LIKE this one…" she said with a serious look. Admiring its color, shape, and testing its weight, she loaded the launcher with `red' frags. Finally, almost as an `afterthought', she slung the fancy rifle/carbine over her shoulder.


supreme_arbiter 4/6/2005

OOCQuestion: Does Amanda have a ProTON Pistol, or a ProTEIN Pistol?
protein - it melts organic material

In review of last turn, I noticed that I forgot to mention something about THX's turn. I assume that the robot was using its 'radio receiver' (radio signals) and not its 'broadcast power receiver' (a power source).


gglassdr 4/6/2005

THX-1492

yes, THX was not using a power source (got to conserve those batteries!)


supreme_arbiter 4/11/2005

Turn 13 - Down the Rabbit Hole

THX-1492 swung a heavy-duty grappling tentacle to block the humanoid's attack. The pipe struck the tentacle and burst into a cascade of light without doing any damage. The light grew until it consumed the robot's entire 360 degree field of vision.

When the light diminished, the humans were gone; the rocky, desert terrain was gone. THX stood in a clearing surrounded by jungle. Vegetation obscured the landscape. The ancient building and the excavated pits and trenches were still there. A small mammal moved nearby. When THX turned to examine it, the animal scampered toward a nearby tree and disappeared down a hole. Beyond the hole, the robot detected a fresh trail through the undergrowth. The same robotic footprints THX had seen in the trench below had marched this way into the jungle toward a cliff covered with vegetation.

end transmission


supreme_arbiter 4/11/2005

D'oh! I forgot to post an image of the small mammal :)




publius1024 4/12/2005

Arkady

"Thanks, Bud Sensei," Arkady said and bowed slightly.

Bud scrutinized him for a moment. Was he mocking him? But the look in Arkady's eyes indicated his honest gratitude. Bud smiled. "You're welcome, Padawan."

Arkady turned to Percy and said, "shall we go see a computer about a reactor part?" Percy and Arkady went through the door behind them and opened the matter compiler shed. The compiler was still on. The terminal indicated large quantities of carbon, silicon, hydrogen, oxygen, nitrogen and sulfur had been decompiled. There was already more than enough carbon to build the reactor part and there was another couple dozen kilograms of material in the recycler that had yet to be decompiled. They reauthorized the reactor part and construction began immediately.

Arkady browsed through the common items in the Emergency Equipment directory. He spotted 'Unformatted ID Passcard' and 'Comm Headset'. "Amanda needs a passcard, and Chel needs a headset," he said and clicked on the compile button. The compiler asked Arkady to select a priority for the new construction. He chose to have them built after the reactor part was complete.

"Now to get some sleep," he said to Percy. "I'll meet you back here when the replacement part is finished."

Arkady passed through the supply room on his way to the cabins. He noticed the weapons they had brought on board and decided they'd be safer in the munitions locker since the supply room doors didn't require passcards to open. After he took them all into the locker, the jackets hanging in a cabinet caught his eye. He took one off a hanger and tried it on. It was light, sporty and fit him well. Confident with his new look, Arkady finished stowing the weapons and left the supply room.

He turned down the corridor toward the medbay and stopped at the first cabin on his right. He suddenly recalled a memory of his former life: unassigned cabins were not often keyed to passcards. Arkady tested his memory by holding his thumb to the passcard panel. The panel illuminated and the door opened. Feeling pleased with himself, he entered the room. There was a three person bunk bed, a desk, a chair, shelves, cabinets and an end table beside the bed. The door closed behind him and Arkady sat at the desk where there was a computer terminal. He swiped his passcard over the computer's card reader to login. He typed the query, 'how do I lock my cabin?' The terminal displayed a series of diagrams showing the procedure. Arkady read them and went to the card reader inside the room beside the door. He put his thumb against the card reader as before. A moment later a message displayed above it, 'Thumbprint unknown. Please swipe passcard.' Arkady did so and soon the device displayed another message, 'Dmitrivich, Arkady. Thumbprint saved. Door locked. You may now use your passcard or thumbprint to lock or unlock this door.'

Arkady went back to the computer and typed another query. The computer responded by saying an alarm would ring in his room to awaken him when the matter compiler had completed construction on the reactor replacement part. "At last," Arkady thought. "Something that works!" He patted the computer affectionately, took off his holster and jacket and placed them beside the bed. He was ready for a nap, but he had one last thing on his mind. He left his room and found the restrooms through a small exercise area down the hall. He took a brief, hot shower and dried himself with a towel from the cabinet. He put on his jumpsuit, returned to his room and climbed into the middle bunk. Beside his jacket and pistol, he placed his pocket knife and attached his magnetic icon to the duralloy hull beside his bed. He thought about his parents, now long dead for many centuries. He wondered if he still had family on Mars, or anywhere else in the universe. Still wearing his jumpsuit, he lay on the covers. He fell fast asleep and dreamed dreams of wild marines and insane machines.

OOC: The GM has turned off the Fasten Seatbelt lights. You are free to walk about the cabins :) Like the last several turns, the next couple will be weekly (approximately.) This is due in part to the fact that we have two new players, and that the ship is more or less secure. The characters at this point are preparing for the next stage of the adventure...

MuwaHaHaHa :D BTW, I've updated Amanda's and Arkady's character pages and the lifeboat's contents page.


gglassdr 4/15/2005

THX-1492

THX-1492 stands motionless attempting to interpret this most strange turn of events. It turns on all its sensors to examine its new surroundings. It also attempts to replay all evidence of the transference to attempt to analyze just what happened.


gammaben 4/20/2005

Percy

Percy and Arkady arrived in the supply room where Amanda was carefully examining the protein disrupter pistol. They emptied the contents of their containers into the recycler. "That should be plenty and then some," Arkady said.

Chelydra entered the room. "Hey, Amanda. Percy, Arkady," he nodded.
"Howdy Chelydra!" Percy said happily, still feeling the high of having breathed real and not recycled atmosphere for the first time in his clone-self's life. He watched as Chelydra opened the munitions locker, and Arkaday and Bud streamed in like school students trying to be first in line to the water fountain at recess. Percy smiled, patted his laser pistol, and took a peek himself after Cheyldra and Amanda went into the weapons room.

Percy listened as Bud described the various weapons. The plaser sounded like science fiction! But, they were living science fiction and it was par for the course. He wondered what new inventions may have been dreamed up and fashioned into reality, back on Earth, in the intervening years since Warden's departure from the pale blue dot.
Arkady turned to Percy and said, "shall we go see a computer about a reactor part?" Percy and Arkady went through the door behind them and opened the matter compiler shed. The compiler was still on. The terminal indicated large quantities of carbon, silicon, hydrogen, oxygen, nitrogen and sulfur had been decompiled. There was already more than enough carbon to build the reactor part and there was another couple dozen kilograms of material in the recycler that had yet to be decompiled. They reauthorized the reactor part and construction began immediately.

Arkady browsed through the common items in the Emergency Equipment directory. He spotted 'Unformatted ID Passcard' and 'Comm Headset'. "Amanda needs a passcard, and Chel needs a headset," he said and clicked on the compile button. The compiler asked Arkady to select a priority for the new construction. He chose to have them built after the reactor part was complete.

"Now to get some sleep," he said to Percy. "I'll meet you back here when the replacement part is finished."
[[Percy]] "You bet. Don't put your blaster under the pillow unless you put the safety on, right?" Percy joked. He watched as Arkady left the garage, then grinned almost mischievously to himself. He sized up the car and hovercraft, and noted to himself what they might need to be functional again. Tires, he thought, and power, he continued, making a mental list. He tried to gain entry into each vehicle, to see what might look familiar to him. He may not have been a space pilot, but he could guess that his original self could drive _something_. Perhaps he could take one of the vehicles for a spin, and explore the surrounding area of the crashed lifeboat, if he could get it working. Soon, exhaustion started winning over excitement over the newness and intrigue of matter compilation and vehicle repair. He put in an order of tires for the car on standby, so as not to forget. He'd discuss with the rest of the crew later if it were a worthy use of their spare carbon. For now, he felt like a bit of a rest, himself, but there was one stop he wanted to make, first.

Percy made his way back to engineering. He walked within view of the rusting robot through the window to the reactor room, and cheerfully gave it an update. "Uh, Terminus?" He waited for the robot's response to his presence, which never came, so he continued. "Good news! We found enough carbon to compile a replacement containment chamber cooling system! Isn't that great? Uh, I hope you haven't been waiting five hundred five years to hear that news. I'm really sorry, if you have." He awaited the robot's response eagerly.


supreme_arbiter 4/23/2005

IAS turn 13.5 - Down the Rabbit Hole & Hot Rod Percy

THX-1492 stood motionless and attempted to interpret the strange turn of events. It replayed its video capture log to analyze what had happened. In slow motion, the pipe struck THX's tentacle and began to break apart like a gas or a cloud. A fraction of a second later, the point of contact burst into bright white light. The light spread quickly to the rest of the human's body. The transformation continued from his feet to the ground and soon eclipsed everything except the sky. Then the light gradually faded to reveal the surrounding jungle.

THX turned on its radio receiver and ran a search algorithm to see if anyone was transmitting. Nothing but static came from THX's speakers. The robot zoomed its telescopic lenses to examine its new surroundings, but there was nothing but jungle as far as it could see. It looked through the microscopes on the end of its tentacles. Nothing but air flowed beneath them. It turned on its ultraviolet lenses and radiation detector. There were no significant radiation sources nearby.

It turned on its infrared lenses and saw a strange sight. A faint, warm mist hung over the area. THX switched back to the visible spectrum but the mist was invisible in visible light. It switched to infrared again and watched the mist. It was blowing gently down the trail toward the overgrown cliff.

"Skree," yelled THX's speakers. It had finally detected a strong signal. THX carefully analyzed it. The frequency was very narrow. The message was well encrypted. It soon found several other frequencies that were similar.

OOC: THX-1492 (and robots in general) can record audio and video, but only those devices which are engaged. In other words, since THX was observing the events of last turn in the visible spectrum, he/it can't view the log in infrared or ultraviolet.

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Percy tried to gain entry into each vehicle. Each was unlocked and the keys were in the ignition. He turned the key in the sporty ground car. The hydrogen powered engine silently started. The dashboard seemed familiar to Percy. It indicated the power cells were fully charged. He turned the engine off and tried the hovercraft. It too was fully charged, but not so silent. Since the skirts were missing, the craft's blowers noisily blew air into the garage. A light on the less familiar dashboard understatedly said 'Skirt Integrity Compromised'. He shut the engine off and the noise stopped. As he got out of the hovercraft, he noticed there were several cans beneath the seat. He removed them and discovered six empty cans of Obb Beer.

Percy considered the vehicles. He may not have been a space pilot, but he remembered his original self knew how to drive. He was almost certain he'd be able to drive the sports car, however, it was deinitely not made for driving in sand, even with decent tires. The hovercraft was a different matter. It seemed similar to a regular car, but Percy had no memory of them at all. It might handle better on sand than a wheeled vehicle, but judging by the amount of wind blown by the engine, it might make riding in it uncomfortable without protection.





Percy considered taking one of the vehicles for a spin to explore the surrounding area, but they'd have to move the ship first. There was no way the garage lift would work with so much sand directly beneath it.

Soon, exhaustion started winning over excitement over the newness and intrigue of matter compilation and vehicle repair. He found a decent set of tires with good traction for the car, and a replacement skirt and protective shell for the hovercraft in the matter compiler's computer Emergency Equipment directory. He put them on standby, so as not to forget. He'd discuss with the rest of the crew later if it were a worthy use of their spare carbon. For now, he felt like a bit of a rest, himself, but there was one stop he wanted to make, first.



Percy made his way back to engineering. He walked within view of the rusting robot through the window to the reactor room, and cheerfully gave it an update. "Uh, Terminus?" He waited for the robot's response to his presence.

"Ter minus... Here." the robot's voice said tinnily over the room's loud speakers. An arhythmic tap tapping sound remained after the robot spoke.

"Good news! We found enough carbon to compile a replacement containment chamber cooling system! Isn't that great?"

"Containment chamber... cooling system... cool... Replacement ready."

"Uh, I hope you haven't been waiting five hundred and five years to hear that news. I'm really sorry, if you have." He awaited the robot's response eagerly.

Terminus stood in front of the reactor room's airlock patiently waiting. The airlock door reflected vacantly in its stereo camera lenses. Its wrist twiched against its leg making the metallic tapping noise. "cool," it said.

end transmission


supreme_arbiter 4/23/2005

I've had a change of heart about the Item Complexity charts. I want to keep more of a role play style, and less role play :) It's also more in keeping with the previous style. No one before Arkady has had to roll on a complexity table as far as I know. Placing Arkady in harm's way might have had some effect on my decision as well ;)

So, from now on characters will be able to use technology based on a less complicated mix of character background and GM capriciousness ;)

However, the computers on the lifeboat are mostly functional and programmed to give useful information to users with a passcard (i.e. the way Arkady used a computer to learn how to lock his cabin door.)


katrinalieff 4/26/2005

Amanda

Percy and Arkady arrived in the supply room where Amanda was carefully examining the protein disrupter pistol. They emptied the contents of their containers into the recycler. "That should be plenty and then some," Arkady said. Percy watched as Chelydra opened the munitions locker, and Arkaday and Bud streamed in like school students trying to be first in line to the water fountain at recess. Percy smiled, patted his laser pistol, and took a peek himself after Cheyldra and Amanda went into the weapons room. Chelydra entered the room. "Hey, Amanda. Percy, Arkady," he nodded.
Amanda nods in Percy's direction, still admiring the Assault Rifle: "Hello Percy. Did you find enough debris for the recycler?"
Arkady browsed through the common items in the Emergency Equipment directory. He spotted 'Unformatted ID Passcard' and 'Comm Headset'. "Amanda needs a passcard, and Chel needs a headset,"
Amanda waited for Arkady to give/issue her the pass card when/if he does, she will quietly say: "Thank you…"
[Percy then goes to see Terminus] Percy made his way back to engineering. He walked within view of the rusting robot through the window to the reactor room, and cheerfully gave it an update. "Uh, Terminus?" He waited for the robot's response to his presence, which never came, so he continued. "Good news! We found enough carbon to compile a replacement containment chamber cooling system! Isn't that great? Uh, I hope you haven't been waiting five hundred five years to hear that news. I'm really sorry, if you have." He awaited the robot's response eagerly.
Amanda does not hide the obvious fact that she is spending too much time admiring the "Sturmcarabiner" Assault Rifle, she is impressed by its sleek looks and massive firepower for a personal weapon. Both her and her player (ie; me) are impressed by it.

[OOC: Sorry for the `pithy' posts, but I'm still trying to get a `feel' for the game. I'm not entirely sure yet just what Amanda is supposed to be doing…but from the archives, I get the feeling that `she' doesn't either! Here's a stupid question…aside from the obvious…what does "Perfect Looks" gene do that is listed under abilities? I know what it means… but does it give any bonus to Leadership Ability, or just to `impress', or does it just make men (or women?) go: "WOW!" when they see her-distinctively an R.P.'ing thing.]


supreme_arbiter 4/26/2005

admiring the "Sturmcarabiner" Assault Rifle, she is impressed by its sleek looks and massive firepower for a personal weapon. Both her and her player (ie; me) are impressed by it.
Thanks :) I aim to please!

I'm not entirely sure yet just what Amanda is supposed to be doing... but from the archives, I get the feeling that `she' doesn't either! No worries. It's no big spoiler, but we are currently wrapping up the final chapter in this act. The results of the lifeboat repairs will only take another couple of turns (but several hours in 'game time'.) Until then, the characters are equipping themselves, choosing their crew quarters, getting a little sleep, or doing whatever else they wish.

I've probably been mashing the pace a little. I apologize, but I'm a little 'hot-to-plot' :D
Here's a stupid question... aside from the obvious... what does "Perfect Looks" gene do that is listed under abilities? does it give any bonus to Leadership Ability, or just to `impress', or does it just make men (or women?) go: "WOW!" when they see her-distinctively an R.P.'ing thing.
It's never been explained (as far as I know... Zhaxier? Any comments?) Amanda was originally an NPC so it wasn't necessary. I think the first person to play her was also the GM that created her. A Leadership bonus seems appropriate to me. +3? Of course it would only apply to NPCs.


Zhaxier Cole 4/27/2005

<[[Bachtrack]]>>
I pick "Ricercar a 6," from _Musical Offering_, BWV 1079. :)
[[katrinalieff]] Does [Perfect Looks] give any bonus to Leadership Ability, or just to `impress', or does it just make men (or women?) go: "WOW!" when they see her?
The former options you give are to some extent corollaries of the last, which I think was the original intent: those who are inclined to be attracted to her (notwithstanding her own preferences) will be. Here's some documentation of this conclusion elucidated by her link to Zhaxier.

In IAS, post #504 reveals that Zhaxier attended a differential equations course held aboard Warden. He had no intention of learning the material, but rather he (most likely on a dare) audited the course to tease its cute blonde professor: Dr. Amanda Flockheart.

In Murphy's Law (#1044, #1427), it is revealed that Zhaxier actually asked Dr. Flockheart out, but much to his surprise, she turned him down---and quite publicly. Zhaxier was humiliated, and his friends in Propulsion added to his shame by granting him the nickname "King" (as in "King of the come-on line").

A revealing interlude featuring a flashback to the original Amanda is given in post #1580.

Hope this helps!

-Z.


gglassdr 4/30/2005

THX-1492

THX-1492 attempts to analyze the encrypted message and determine the location of the transmission.

george


supreme_arbiter 5/1/2005

THX-1492 used its known encyption methods to decrypt the messages but they all returned garbage. The messages required more complicated software to decipher. The robot turned its attention to the location of the transmission. It used the difference between its main and auxiliary antennas to locate the signals' origin. Unfortunately the results were inconclusive: initial sound waves seemed to be arriving from numerous directions at once.

OOC: is this how radio transmission are locatred? I guessed. Anyways, the results will be the same :)


gglassdr 5/1/2005

THX-1492

Since its sensors cannot ascertain either what happened or the source of the mysterious transmission, THX-1492 will begin scouting the immediate area including the trail, the cliff, the buildings, and the jungle surrounding the clearing.

george


supreme_arbiter 5/4/2005

Turn 14

Since its sensors could not ascertain what had happened or locate the source of the mysterious transmissions, THX-1492 began scouting the immediate area. The trail through the dense jungle had been recently cut by laser fire (no growth had yet formed on the damaged plants.) When it reached the shade of the cliff, the robot could clearly see that the cliff was not a natural formation. The cliff was actually a dropship that had been overgrown by jungle. Vines had grown into the few cracks they could find between the plates of Duralloy. THX-1492 checked its memory and discovered that this dropship was sitting in the exact same position his crew had parked their dropship. It was identical except for the aging. The trail ended at the dropship's open gangplank. Heavy robotic footprints lead up the trail and into the ship. The robot's visual sensors, still in infrared mode, saw the faint warm mist being drawn into the dark belly of the ship.

Puzzled, the robot surveyed the jungle that surrounded the clearing. It was dense and crowded with vegetation. Movement through it would require heavy cutting and defoliation. The heat signature of distant birds could easily be spotted through the upper foliage. Their calls occasionaly pierced the silence.

THX-1492 returned to the excavation and continued scouting. It wandered through the ruins it had just come from. The ruins had not changed since the robot had rebooted, but the trenches and pits were overgrown and eroded. The rusted ironwork and exposed columns in the trenches bore silent testimony that an unknown race had once lived here untold ages ago. THX followed the trenches and the deep rut left by robotic footprints around the excavation site. It formed an unbroken circuit around the area. The only other footprints in the area were those that led down the trail to the dropship. They began abruptly at the top of the trench. The robot continued its search. All the crew's equipment was missing: tools, heavy lifting machinery, crates of artifacts, robots, parts. All of it was gone.

The last excavated pit was not overgrown or eroded. At the bottom, the robot found another large structure. It was a large rectangular ruin made of a hard, dark substance like basalt. There were no openings. On the side, several large rectangular spaces (about three meters tall and four meters wide) glowed warmly in the infrared spectrum.

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Elsewhere, elsewhen on the lifeboat...

Shlitzee completed the operation on Horatio's student. Horatio and Shlitzee helped David, still groggy from the sedatives, back to the Captain's dining room.

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Arkady awoke to the not-so-gentle alarm beside his bed. He strapped on his holster, put on his jacket and headed for the garage. There he met Percy. The replacement part for the reactor was finally complete! Percy opened the door. He tugged on the big metallic object inside, but it was too heavy.

Just then the blue light above one of the robot storage chambers turned green. The chamber opened and an engineering robot stepped out of it. The words 'HEPHAESTUS II 00056' were printed on its chest. Two heavy grappling arms projected from the robot. "Do you require assistance?" it asked.

"Why, yes we do," Arkady replied happily. "Would you please carry this containment chamber cooling part into engineering? Terminus needs to install it."

Hephaestus obligingly took the part and carried it out of the garage. The robot was strong and walked steadily but hesitated on every other step, like a limp. When it reached the engineering room, it called for the airlock door to be opened. The mechanism beside the door flashed to indicate that a precautionary decontamination was taking place inside. White foam floated down from the ceiling. While they waited, the speakers carried the sound of Terminus' tapping to them.

Arkady twitched involuntarily. "Doesn't that sound annoy you? It does me. I remember the sounds of ships and robots from my former life. They were regular, rhythmic patterns. This noise has no pattern. It's creepy. Or maybe it IS a regular pattern, but it's too long for the human ear to recognize? I don't know, but it makes me uncomfortable. Do you mind if I wait out the repair in another room?"

Arkady left. A few minutes later, the airlock door opened and Hephaestus placed the part inside. The door closed and a moment later the inner door opened. The tapping stopped and Terminus carried the replacement part into the maze of the reactor. "Warmth," it said drearily.

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Arkady returned to the matter compiler. He was surprised to see Amanda still in the munitions locker. He waited for the compiler to finish manufacturing the next two items. He took them out of the compiler when they were complete.

He took the first item to Amanda. She did not hide the obvious fact that she was spending too much time admiring her new Sturmkarabiner assault rifle. She was impressed by its sleek looks and massive firepower for a personal weapon. She was eyeing it affectionately when Arkady flashed the new passcard at her. "I got a little something for you."

"Thank you," she said quietly.

"Shall we set you up with a room and configure your passcard?"

Arkady and Amanda walked to the crew quarters. Amanda picked a room and they went inside. Arkady sat at the desk and logged into the computer. 'How do I configure a new passcard,' he queried. A series of diagrams stepped them through the process. Amanda scanned her thumb print on the passcard scanner and typed in her personal information. When the process was complete, Arkady showed her how to lock the door.

OOC: I modified the lifeboat map page (it's on the archive site, first link under resources.) The map now displays letters (a-n) in the crew quarters and the assignments are listed in the key on the right. Only two are occupied (locked), one by Arkady; the other by Nike. Please post your choice of quarters and I'll modify the map to reflect your choice.

To keep things in perspective, Nike has been asleep now for three hours and 50 minutes. It's dark outside (which the characters wouldn't know unless they are checking out monitors from cameras outside or are in a room with a window (the cockpit, the dining rooms or Nike's quarters.)

Finally, this is an image of the lifeboat's newest occupant, Hephaestus:



end transmission


katrinalieff 5/8/2005

Amanda

[Arkady] He took the first item to Amanda. She did not hide the obvious fact that she was spending too much time admiring her new Sturmkarabiner assault rifle. She was impressed by its sleek looks and massive firepower for a personal weapon. She was eyeing it affectionately when Arkady flashed the new passcard at her. "I got a little something for you."
"Thank you," she said quietly.

"Shall we set you up with a room and configure your passcard?"

Amanda looked to Arkady and said quietly: "UM, Alright. I want to lay down and see if I can get some sleep. That is, unless there is something `special' you need me to do before hand…"with that, she will follow Arkady to the rooms door.


publius1024 5/11/2005

Arkady

Amanda looked to Arkady and said quietly: "UM, Alright. I want to lay down and see if I can get some sleep. That is, unless there is something 'special' you need me to do before hand." With that, she will follow Arkady to the rooms door.
Arkady reddened visibly. Thoughts of Nike mingled with thoughts of Amanda. "What *I* need? I just need to know that you're ok. I've been worried since I heard you were knocked unconscious by the crash. There's a little time to nap before the repairs are complete and this bird flies again, hopefully."


gglassdr 5/11/2005

THX-1492

From the condition of the dropship & the ruins, THX-1492 concludes that it must have gone through a dimensional time warp. The robot stares at the large black basaltic rectangular slab. Its memory circuits faintly recalled an orchestral score from an ancient classic science fiction film. THX looked for a bone to throw into the air. Finding none, it retreats down the trail to the dropship. It enters the dropship to explore the dark interior.

George


supreme_arbiter 5/18/2005

IAS turn 15 - The Conference

The jungle invaded the interior of the dropship only a little ways. Dead vegetable matter cluttered the corridor. THX's cameras, still in infrared mode, could not see how pitch black it was inside. The warm mist filled the corridor and lit the way toward the cockpit. The floor was littered with broken shapes of useless debris.

THX-1492 stopped when one of the piles of debris resembled a human body. The robot turned on its spot lights and switched to the visible spectrum. A human corpse in combat armor lay a few meters ahead of the robot. It was very old and covered with dust. Punctures in the armor and laser scoring on the bulkheads indicated a battle had been fought there long ago.



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Arkady wished Amanda a goodnap. As he walked down the hallway toward the galley, thoughts of Nike and Amanda clouded his vision. Did Nike share his feelings? Had Amanda been flirting with him? Arkady slowed as his thoughts bubbled up. Suddenly he imagined a distant bell ringing. He stopped and pondered it. Had he really heard it? Was it a memory from his past? No matter. He vowed not to dwell on the matter. Currently, the galley was before him. He strode in that direction more purposefully.

"Hey Chel, I brought you a present," he said as he handed the headset to him. "Now you can join the party line."

Chel, Bailey, Horatio and the students were all seated at the Captain's table. They were dining. Chel explained that the students' bags had been mostly filled with food. They had loaves of bread, dried fruits and meats! Arkady sat down and joined them for a meal. He hadn't eaten since they'd left the cafeteria on the Warden, nearly 16 hours ago. While he ate, the students talked about the Sigai and their families. They also spoke of Eden. None had yet been there but they all hoped to one day make the pilgrimage.

After he'd eaten his fill, Arkady thanked them for the food and excused himself. He felt guilty for leaving Percy by himself for so long. He'd been gone for over an hour! He took a portion of food for Percy and headed for engineering.

Percy sat at a computer terminal, silently writing Post-It notes and sticking them around the monitor. "You're gonna run out of those. They're probably antiques now," he said as he gave Percy the food.

After several minutes the sound of Terminus' tap-ta-tap-tapping began again. It gradually got louder. Soon the robot emerged from the depths of the reactor. "Reactor repairs... Complete," it intoned. "Please test, warm engines..."

Arkady looked at the clock on Percy's computer screen. Five hours had passed since Nike had told them she was taking a nap. "Radio on. Nike, this is your wake up call. Are you awake? It's me, Arkady. The reactor repairs are complete and we're ready to test the engines. If we can lift the ship and set it down on level ground, we should consider moving our guests to the cockpit where they'll be safely seated and we can keep an eye on them."

OOC: If Nike wasn't already awake, the previous message in her comm device has woken her up. If Amanda took a nap (she had one hour of sack time) she is also awake. Bud (who was taking a nap in his chosen quarters) was also woken up by the message. Although the crew has learned how to turn the transmitter off ("Radio on/off"), they haven't yet learned how to turn the receiver off ("?").

end transmission


katrinalieff 5/20/2005

Amanda

If Amanda took a nap (she had one hour of sack time) she is also awake. In that case, Amanda will "Comm" Nike (or everyone): "Ah, hi folks. I just woke up a few minutes ago. Any word on our plans for the daycycle?"


katrinalieff 5/20/2005

Amanda

Had Amanda been flirting with him?
Answer: Sort of.


stacinator 5/20/2005

Nike

"Roger that," Nike said, her mind swiftly coming to an alert state. "Meet you in the mess in five minutes to discuss ship operations."

She still felt fatigued, but it was still a drastic improvement over her previous condition. Just being that relaxed--being naked and feeling the softness of the bed and being able to close her eyes--was invigorating. Rising, she went into the loo to splash some water on her face and put her jumpsuit and equipment back on.

A thought occurred to her... "Pandora, are you with us?" she said, fastening her belt.


gglassdr 5/21/2005

THX-1492

THX-1492 continues to examine the dropship in visual mode. It continues its inspection into the forward cockpit room. It is specifically searching for anything still operational, especially communications equipment.

george

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