Chapter 33 (Original Archive)
Irsa listens and only fidgets a little. The vehicle that Thx-1492 came in sounded the
best bet to check out the old excavation site. That much she said.
"Waaaaaitaminute. I'm no propulsion engineer, but seems like this bucket of bolts would be a
lot faster than the little air car. Or am I guessing wrong at the specs for these things?
Then again, maybe the air car would use less fuel." Percy thought about it for a minute,
and asked his recently dazed new friend and former Warden resident if she were ok.
Irsa listened and only fidgeted a little. The vehicle
that THX-1492 had come in sounded the best bet to
check out the old excavation site. That much she said.
Nike agreed. Arkady and Bailey went back to the garage
to try and refuel the aircar. They listened in with
their comm units as the rest of the crew discussed
"Waaaaaitaminute. I'm no propulsion engineer, but
seems like this bucket of bolts would be a lot faster
than the little aircar. Or am I guessing wrong at the
specs for these things? Then again, maybe the aircar
would use less fuel."
"Probably a lot less fuel, and it has very little
mass," Bud replied making a sign with his hand like a
"How will we know how to get there, THX?" Nike asked.
"You will need the GPS coordinates. I have copied them
with the map data I uploaded to the lifeboat's
computer. The aircar does not possess a GPS device,
but I have one installed internally."
"Nike, this vehicle is pretty high tech," Bailey said
over the comm. "I've never seen anything like it. It
was clearly designed for a human but it's strangely
alien. I can't describe it. I've had experience with
numerous types of air and land craft before I was
frozen, but I've never seen anything like this."
"What kind of fuel does it require?" Nike asked. "Do
you think you can refuel it?"
"That's the strangest thing, it uses hydrogen. Our
Type VI. large Hydrogen cells fit the fuel receptacles
perfectly, two of 'em in total. There were plenty of
Type VI's in Engineering. I fueled it up and put an
extra four cells in the vehicle's storage. The aircar
was designed to seat two, but we might be able to fit
three if two people don't mind sharing a seat."
"THX," Nike asked, "Is your vehicle rated for three
"Max recommended capacity is 300 kilograms."
"That should be plenty," she replied.
"Hello?" called a tentative voice.
"Hello?" Nike replied.
"What's going on?" Arkady asked over the comm.
A blond haired man stepped into the hallway leading to
the cockpit. "I didn't mean to disturb you. The door
was open and no one answered my calls."
Nike glanced at the life forms detection monitor. A
warning light had been flashing but no one had noticed
it. There had only been one life form detected. No one
else was lurking outside. "Who are you?" she demanded.
"My name is Drake. I fell from the sky in some sort of
escape hatch. I saw your lights across the sand."
OOC: Bud made the motion, Irsa seconded it :) All in
favour of taking the aircar to the excavation? Who's
going to go?
Also, greetings to new character Drake! :D
THX states "This unit will fly the aircar and crew to the excavation if desired by the crew members."
"I can read and write the Ancient tongue and read a few of their heiroglyphs. Can I go?"
Irsa asks politely, scared curious and excited all at once.
Nike looked angrily at Bailey. "Keep an eye on that life form sensor, Bailey."
Bailey made a strange salute, "Aye aye, captain." He looked at Bud and rolled his eyes.
"Are there more of you?" Nike asked Drake.
[insert Drake's response here...]
"All right, Irsa, take whatever you think you'll need. You and THX
will take the aircar to the excavation. Is there anyone you'd feel
comfortable sharing a seat with?"
OOC: is anyone else going? what are you going to take with you?
I'll post a turn 3 next weekend. If anyone needs more time, just let
"Don't have a preference." Irsa replies and runs to her room to get her weapons and writing pad.
The pad made of 12 pieces of parchment tied together on the left side. Irsa also has a vial of ink
and a quill pen. Puts the pad and writing implements in her right cheek pouch. And she puts some food in her left cheek pouch.
Then she returns to the aircar ready to go. (her cheek pouches bulge a little when she has stuff in them)
Sorry, guys, I forgot to check my e-mail for a few days.
"Are there more of you?" Nike asked Drake.
I don't think so. Where are we exactly?
IAS turn 3
Becka awoke from her vision. She was shocked to see several people
around her. She had forgotten where she was. "Are you ok," asked the
hamster with green feathers flying in front of her.
"Yes. I'm fine Irsa," she smiled, gradually returning to
normal. "Really, I am."
Nike watched Becka sit upright. "Shlitzee, will you please have one
of your attendants run a med scan on Becka?" Shlitzee nodded and sent
the appropriate signals.
[...volunteers are chosen for the trip...]
[...we meet Drake...]
Nike explained everything to Drake while one of Shlitzee's attendant
robots arrived and examined Becka. [OOC: Drake, email me if you need
a recap of the action thus far] A few minutes later Shlitzee
broadcast the results over the comm devices. "Becka has several
unknown genes. They are pervasive but not cancerous. I suspect she
may have latent mutations from the Warden. Other than that, she's
perfectly healthy, as far as humans go."
Nike finished showing Drake their maps and turned to Becka. "Ok
Becka, the doctor says you're healthy enough to travel, so go get
your things ready. You three will be leaving soon."
Irsa ran to her room. She checked that her bound pad of 12 parchment
pieces, vial of ink and quill pen were still in her backpack. She
wielded her knives and spears and left her room. She went to the
kitchen and put some dried fruits and meats in her cheek pouches. Her
cheeks bulged slightly.
Becka went to her room and fretted over the duffle bag in the cabinet.
She didn't want anyone to find it. She went through the items in the
bag, but only removed the cloth covered book. She closed the bag,
shut the cabinet and returned to the supply room. She put on one of
the jackets. It was made for someone much larger than she was, but it
was comfortable. She found a large pocket inside the jacket. She
concealed the book inside it. She also took four bottles of water,
two blankets and a medkit.
Nike, Irsa and THX walked into the supply room.
Becka silently follwed them into the garage. Nike lowered the cargo
door and THX drove the aircar off the ramp. Nike put Becka's water
bottles into a small cargo space in the aircar and gave Becka and
Irsa two small devices each. The first she said was a communcation
device. She explained how they should put it on their heads so they
could talk to the crew. The other two items were passcards. Chelydra
had configured a card each for Becka and Irsa. "We gave you security
clearance. You might need it where you're going."
Percy came running out of the ship's gangplank. He carried with him a
very small box. "You might need this too," he said as he gave the box
to Irsa. "It's a radiation detector. You can never tell with old dropships."
Percy showed Irsa how to use it. She thanked him and climbed into the
cabin behind THX. With much coaxing, Irsa convinced Becka to join
her. "Don't forget to keep your lights off until you're far enough
away," Nike reminded the robot unecessarily.
THX confirmed his orders and sealed the cabin door. The aircar rose
gently into the night sky and flew off toward the east.
Bailey returned to watching the life forms detection monitor while
Hephaestus brought in the recycling. Arkady and Bud went into the
kitchen and found the coffee Percy had left there. They each made
themselves a cup, took some bread and dried meat and went into the
recreation room. On the Omega Box they found games, magazines, and
several thousand movie titles to choose from. Low and behold, Arkady
found 'A Boy and his Dog'. Bud sat down at another of the four Omega
stations and browsed the selections while he ate his breakfast.
Meanwhile Nike showed Drake around the lifeboat. She gave him a
communication device and a passcard and told him to pick a cabin to
make his room.
The aircar sailed through the night sky. A dull humming sound rumbled
behind and to either side of them. Irsa watched the electric parade
flash and dance on the dashboard. A few of the words, like fuel and
temperature, she recognized but many she did not. "What do all those
things mean?" she asked.
"The instruments show driver everything needed to safely arrive at
destination," THX responded.
"What about that one," Irsa pointed to 'elevation'.
"It measures distance to ground."
Irsa marvelled at the high number. Becka squirmed and tried to
get comfortable despite the fact she was sharing the seat. Irsa
leaned forward and asked THX about every detail of the ship's instruments.
Soon dawn approached. Both Irsa and Becka curiously watched the sky
through the windshield. It was larger than anything either of them
had ever seen before. They had each seen an environment deck or two
on the Warden. They were enormous, dozens of miles wide and much
longer. But this sky had no ceiling. There was no roof. They wondered
how plants could grow without sprinklers or lights.
The sky grew brighter and brighter until a sliver of bright light
appeared over the horizon. Becka and Irsa leaned forward to see what
it was. Becka looked down and saw they were over a large body of
water. It was unbelievably large. It was infinite! And they were
higher than she had ever imagined in her worst nightmares. She sat
back down and closed her eyes tightly. Irsa watched the sun rise
curiously until it became a round, bright light. It was brighter than
any light she had ever seen before. "What is that?" she asked THX.
"That is Rho1 Cancri A, a yellow-orange main sequence star. 0.95
times the mass of Sol and 1.1 times the diameter of Sol."
The journey lasted several more hours. They travelled fast and saw
nothing but ocean until at last a land mass appeared before them. It
rose gradually. Soon Irsa could see a range of mountains sheltering a
green valley. The flew over the valley and THX descended. Irsa saw a
dense jungle. THX flew closer and closer to the ground. This is
amazing Becka, you should see it."
"I saw it," Becka responded from behind her hands.
Irsa couldn't see where they were going to land until they were
directly over the top of it. Then she became aware of a hole, a few
kilometers wide, with an equally high hill to the north of it. THX
steered the aircar into the hole and over the ruins. He flew into one
of the ruins and landed the vehicle. The cabin opened and Becka got
out. They were inside a room made of solid, black rock. There were
four other aircars in the room, but nothing else. Becka climbed out
of the aircar and followed Irsa through one of the three doorways
that led out of the room. They walked up a sloping hill until they
stood on top of a large, muddy plateau. In front of them was a large
hole. A partially exposed cube of black rock was at the bottom. To
their right was another pit with another cube of black rock. A trench
led away from it exposing six, smaller black cubes.
THX walked up the slope behind them.
OOC: here's a map of the excavation:
The dashed lines indicate earth ramps for walking down into each excavation.
"Wowza!" said Irsa as she looked around. "Now what do we do?"
I wanted to create a new yahoo-group poll, but it's not possible with
our present settings. I would have to disallow hidden email addresses
to create a poll, and that's something I will *NOT* do.
So, as a work around, please post your response OR email them directly
to me at 'supreme_arbiter @ yahoo.com' without the spaces, of course :)
How often should new IAS turns be posted?
-several times a week
-etc... fill in your own frequency
This is an informal poll. You won't find any polls in this yahoo group
and members that have hidden addresses will remain hidden.
I think every 3 weeks would be okay.
every two weeks
Twice a week.
Katkin_Kalvin (John) 2/26/2006
every two weeks
Agreed, every two weeks is good