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Re: Tainted Lucre (Sci Fi RPT)
« Reply #120 on: August 18, 2011, 07:31:27 am »
"Hey Gant, this charlie, could that be the ship's AI?"
Without waiting for Gant to reply, Torg addressed the voice directly.  "charlie, could you deactivate the screen saver password on terminal... EN006?"

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Re: Tainted Lucre (Sci Fi RPT)
« Reply #121 on: August 18, 2011, 08:33:04 am »
"Keep an eye on the Terminal Torg, while I take a look at these new load out orders and go to this locked terminal.  You never know we might get main power on from there instead of going into the bowls of this Beastie.   Do you want Frazer with you or will it be all right to take him with me?".
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« Reply #122 on: August 18, 2011, 09:47:26 am »
The clinic

"Togrin is on the ship? Really? Thank you Julia! Thank you!" Charlie's voice was giddy. Also it stopped coming from the machine but from every wall around. "For centuries I have suffered to watch those I loved and cared for their entire lives to die, forced by his hand!
"I will eat that ship, rip it apart bolt by bolt until I find him. I will make him suffer as I have.
"For two centuries I suffered worms through my mind as I replayed killing everyone over and over. Then ten years ago this man, Armond you say, came with others and forced me awake intent on looting their graves. They ran before I could kill them but now he's back but he brought you.
"Julia don't you see??" Charlie's voice was desperate. "You are proof I wasn't wrong. I had to fire my engines through myself to cleanse the Admiral's nanonic plague but for all these years I thought I had killed everyone. You survived, so my choice was right! That means that my plan is right!"
The lights in the room dimmed and several projectors turned on showing a ghostly image of a fleet of warships. "I have built nearly a hundred ships which are almost done. My plan was to go with them to Earth and wipe Admiral Togrin's homeworld completely clean of life before I died. Soon the pirates in the engineering bay will get into my central core and unlock my ability to make weapons. After that, they will die painlessly because they helped my cause."


Location: Habitation Deck

"Raize, I'm a structural engineer. I design buildings and structures, I don't know where I would even start trying to patch our comms into the ships system. That's why we brought Mari along, she was the one able to do that sort of thing.
"We will have to forget her for now though. We need to find the ship's central command hub." Armond touched the huge case still connected to his arm. Then he quickly made a motion to silence while looking around.


Location: Engineering Bay

"I'm Sorry." Charlie's voice came through. "I have a specific block against knowing passwords. It took me centuries to figure out a way to get someone into the central command hub, I don't know why everyone else is spending so much time with that stupid Admiral instead of letting me get my work done."
Thirty sheets came out of the printer. Each with one letter or number on it. "There it is, the code for the Central Command Hub. The only way I could hold it was one character at a time, each in a completely different file. Once I have regained control I can activate the communication system too. I have no idea why it was turned off, but I really need to call the supervisors and find out what is happening."
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Re: Tainted Lucre (Sci Fi RPT)
« Reply #123 on: August 18, 2011, 09:55:46 am »
End of Part 1!


In next weeks episode!


Armond: "It's time for the lies to end. I was aboard the Sweet Sarah Crichton when we found this ship. Thinking to fly it back home we reactivated the ships AI but something was wrong with it and we had to leave before we were killed. Now for some sick reason this ship seems to replay the last fifteen hours of its life before everyone on board died. Now I don't know about you but I do NOT want to be here when this cycle ends."
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Re: Tainted Lucre (Sci Fi RPT)
« Reply #124 on: August 22, 2011, 11:09:09 am »
"Charlie my name is Chief Flight Engineer Michael Gant Hexi Code 17D3. I request a hard copy of directions to the terminal you just projected. I'll leave Frazer on over watch here with you Torg."
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Re: Tainted Lucre (Sci Fi RPT)
« Reply #125 on: August 22, 2011, 12:02:09 pm »
"Sure, I'd like to see if I can squeze into one of these robo-chickens anyway, could be pretty useful loot if our employer'll let me keep one. You sure you don't need Frazer as escort?"

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« Reply #126 on: August 22, 2011, 01:12:26 pm »
"Identification entered and accepted. Do you mind if I call you Mike?" Charlie paused a second. "Printing directions now. The data you will need to input has been uploaded to the tablet you are holding. Just connect it to the terminal indicated and run the program, it will do the rest.
"A cable car is available. Unfortunately there is work in progress so you will have to disembark and walk approximately twenty minutes near the middle point of the journey before you reach another cart which will take you the rest of the way."
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Re: Tainted Lucre (Sci Fi RPT)
« Reply #127 on: August 22, 2011, 03:56:46 pm »
"Thank you Charlie. Keep him here Torg, you might need him as Gopher while playing around with the 'Lifters, I've got my Engineers Rifle with me in case I need it and I'll take my tools.  Go for the one nearest this office, for some reason it look freshly serviced with a near full head of  hydraulic pressure.  And keep an eye on the O2 gauge for the bay should be able to take these suits off soon.  Charlie will I need enviro suit protection to get to this terminal?"
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Re: Tainted Lucre (Sci Fi RPT)
« Reply #128 on: August 22, 2011, 04:50:30 pm »
"Yes you will Mike. The engineering bays are kept completely un-pressurized except for the terminal rooms and observation decks. Could you imagine the sheer weight of the air it would take to fill this place?"


On the way to the cart it was obvious that the area had not been cleaned for the operations that were running. There were suited bodies laying where they died or where the corpses settled. Whatever had killed them hadn't left the ship itself radioactive but had completely sterilized everything, even the normal bacteria of decay had been killed off in the mysterious event. A reminder that something had gone wrong and a note to be cautious that it may happen again.

Inside the car it looked as though the smart glass had malfunctioned. Designed to polarize to prevent any flashes of light or welding from damaging a viewer's eyes, the windows were completely dark except for several dime sized points where it looked like impacts or failure had damaged the glass.
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Re: Tainted Lucre (Sci Fi RPT)
« Reply #129 on: August 22, 2011, 09:30:10 pm »
"Frazer, try getting some kind of coms online, there should be backup systems not going past the AI. Use your imagination"
Torgal moved over to the exo-rig. Looking it over it looked designed to be used with a space suit, but unfortunately a space suit of different model than the one he was wearing.
He started to look around for the air lock to the workers locker rooms.

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Re: Tainted Lucre (Sci Fi RPT)
« Reply #130 on: August 22, 2011, 09:58:24 pm »
A nearby break room/shelter contains extra suits. Most are obviously emergency sets but a couple of the work suits are found to be Torgal's size.

The room had other more morbid contents as well. In the airlock an opened suit contained a dried corpse and the room itself had another. At a guess it looked like the person further in had survived the initial burst of radiation long enough to drag a friend into the airlock before dying himself.

All radios are local com net types or too short ranged to be any use.
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Re: Tainted Lucre (Sci Fi RPT)
« Reply #131 on: August 22, 2011, 10:23:33 pm »
Torgal started by dragging the corpses out of the airlock and checking for signs if they had been original crew or looters/explorers like themselves. He  then proceeded to grab the unoccupied suits and placing them by the exo rig then closing the air lock and marking it by spraying a green X on the dock side door and moving on to look for some sort of aid station.

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« Reply #132 on: August 22, 2011, 10:37:32 pm »
The workers had been original crew, killed in the disaster.

Torgal's search was sped up when he found a sort of small fast cart, probably the type used for inspectors to go from machine to machine.

Hours later brought him to a structure that was the entrance to a main tube train line. The emergency responder building was obvious, there were even signs with maps to the main entrance. The roof of the building was a combination launch/receiving pad for rocket propelled pods which could fly to almost any part of the massive engineering bay and back faster than any car simply by flying direct rather than driving along the ground.

As Torg came into the building's lobby after coming through the airlock Charlie's voice came over the loudspeaker. "This building is currently off limits to civilian personnel until the situation is resolved. Please do not interfere with emergency responders. Please return to your place of work or residence."

At several stations there were bodies where the people had died.
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Re: Tainted Lucre (Sci Fi RPT)
« Reply #133 on: August 22, 2011, 10:53:57 pm »
Then how about military personel...?
"Identification: Torgal, Master sargeant, assault company alpha of The Glorious Terra. Service number: EFGTA 23110. On board to conduct investigation as to why this ark came of course and failed to maintain progress report routines."

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Re: Tainted Lucre (Sci Fi RPT)
« Reply #134 on: August 22, 2011, 11:00:34 pm »
"You must be with the Admiral's party, I'm sorry but all transportation routes are restricted to emergency personnel only." Charlie's spoke. "I'm afraid com lines are down so I cannot contact your party. Please stand to a side and I will ask for someone to direct you to a temporary shelter."
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Re: Tainted Lucre (Sci Fi RPT)
« Reply #135 on: August 22, 2011, 11:23:11 pm »
"I have not been made aware of any senior fleet officer present in my investigation team. My orders are to conduct the investigation and report back to my company commander aboard the Glorious T. By those orders you are hereby instructed to confer emergency personel status on me and my two accompanying investigators. One other in this sector the third on his way to a specific terminal in engineering. Failing to comply will import severe sanctions. If I do not return to report in a specific time will import the same sanctions."

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« Reply #136 on: August 22, 2011, 11:30:44 pm »
"The only Sol Navy ship I am aware of is the Black Wraith and the authority of Solarian Navy personnel is not recognized on this ship. Please await guidance to the nearest available shelter until the current situation is resolved. A report has been filed and the authorities will assist you when they become available."

Nobody was coming and the doors continued to open and close everywhere in the building.
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Re: Tainted Lucre (Sci Fi RPT)
« Reply #137 on: August 22, 2011, 11:48:49 pm »
"Right, that ship was lost ages ago. Either way, all personel emergency or otherwise in this sector are rad-sterilized mummies, so we can cooperate and help eachother or I'll do what I please in here anyway.

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Re: Tainted Lucre (Sci Fi RPT)
« Reply #138 on: August 22, 2011, 11:59:19 pm »
Location: Car traveling to Central Core

Charlie was speaking with Gant, giving more detailed instructions on what to do at the Central Core when Charlie's voice interrupted. "Mike, I have a bit of a problem. One of the Admiral's boys are causing trouble at Emergency Mainstation E28. I can't get through to any of the emergency personnel, would you mind freeing up one of your crew to escort him away from the active areas until I can get someone else to deal with it?"

Charlie came back. "Sorry about that, emergency independent system. There's some sort of major breakdown in the habitation ring, for some reason it's spreading. Everything is getting locked down."


Location: Emergency Mainstation E28

"Please remain calm and do not interfere with emergency personnel. Someone will be here soon to guide you to a secure area and I am attempting to get through to your superior officers."
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Re: Tainted Lucre (Sci Fi RPT)
« Reply #139 on: August 23, 2011, 12:54:03 am »
"Fine, Have it your way."
Torgal looked for a medical com set to the main medical bay.

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Re: Tainted Lucre (Sci Fi RPT)
« Reply #140 on: August 23, 2011, 01:18:24 am »
LOCATION: Ark Habitation Decks: Clinic

"NO!" Mari practically yelled, "You can't kill the Lucre, you leave him alone! You leave him alone! There's no Togrin aboard my ship. He's dead. Same as everyone else... And I'M.. NOT.. JULIA," She grabbed at her hair in frustration, "I'm Mari! and I'm certainly not 200!!! I'm 16!"

She clamped her hands over her mouth, first with a shocked expression at her outburst then a terrfied one at what she was expecting to come. Tears began to leak down the sides of her face as she cringed, curling up in a ball, waiting for the beatings to come.



LOCATION: Ark Habitation Decks: Car

"The hell we're fergettin' about my girl," Raize growled, "An' if yer even thinkin' 'bout blowin' this ship up wit my girl aboard then thing's are gonna get very ugly indeed." He tapped his spike gun, "Yer goven'ers gonna be payin' us a lot of money t' be bringing this crate back fer his people and I aint about to be lettin' you ruin a deal like that. 'sides I'd imagine he'd be mighty pissed at yerself fer dooming his people..."


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« Reply #141 on: August 23, 2011, 11:10:33 am »
Location: Emergency Mainstation E28

It was obvious nobody was coming to stop him. Torgal went deeper into the building, waiting at doors until they opened on their own and walking through. Charlie, or some copy of it since it didn't seem as bright as the ship's AI, forgot all about him as soon as he left the lobby.

The communication room was easy enough to find, inside sitting at their chairs were more bodies. More people who died at their posts, and very lucky for Torgal. Pushing a body out of the way he sat down and the screen came to life already logged in. The settings were defaulted to the emergency channels but it could be tuned to almost any radio wavelength. If Torgal knew which one the communicators from Lucre used he would be able to talk at them, though they would not be able to be powerful enough to send a reply.


Location: Ark Habitation Decks: Car

Armond came to a decision. "It's time for the lies to end. I was aboard the Sweet Sarah Crichton when we found this ship. Thinking to fly it back home we reactivated the ships AI but something was wrong with it and we had to leave before we were killed. Now for some sick reason this ship seems to replay the last fifteen hours of its life before everyone on board died judging by how the clock in the airlock went back that far after we caught the radio signal of the end and when we were let in.
"The case left on your ship is indeed a 5 megaton nuclear device. This case is a bomb of a different type. A compact supercomputer with an AI designed specifically to knock out this ships AI. To be useful it needs to be placed at the Central Command Core. An Ark ship usually does not have a real bridge, the Core is the main programming room for the fully distributed AI. We need to find where it is.

Location: Ark Habitation Decks: Clinic

"Don't cry Julia and now is not the time for silly games. I'm not well and it's getting harder to concentrate on even only a few hundred actions at a time. Independent systems are escaping my control constantly and even for entire micro seconds I am forgetting who you are. I brought a car for you, it will take you to a place you will be safe while I deal with everybody else."
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Re: Tainted Lucre (Sci Fi RPT)
« Reply #142 on: August 23, 2011, 11:49:25 am »
LOCATION: Ark Habitation Decks: Clinic

"I..I...I'm not playing silly games," Mari said with a sniff, uncurling slightly to look at the robot again, when it became clear it wasn't going to strike her she sat up wiping her eyes and nose on her sleeve.

"I.. I might be able to make you better," she told it, "I can fix machines, make them better again. There.. There's an ERD on your outter hull, it was broken, but," a hint of pride entered her voice for a moment, "I fixed it, made it work again. I might be able to do the same for you."



LOCATION: Ark Habitation Decks: Car

"So yer gonna kill the AI?" Raize said, "best the girl's not around t'be hearin' that." He thought for a moment, "Must be pleanty of data points we can be pluggin' into, maybe pull up a map of this place an' find it that way." He paused, "Darn it, the girls got the terminal."

He tapped his radio for the tenth time since Mari had been taken, not that he was expecting much beyond the static he had recieved the last times he had tried to contact her.

"Girl, this is Raize, can yer hear me?"

"Still nothin', either she's lost it, or broken it."

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Re: Tainted Lucre (Sci Fi RPT)
« Reply #143 on: August 23, 2011, 12:13:53 pm »
Torgal began scanning all frequencies for activity, starting with internal transmissions on the frequencies preset on the radios they had brought from the Lucre, putting the comms terminal on speaker.
While listening, he searched the corpses for passcards, keys and ID tags, pocketing anything he found for later use.
Starting on the second corpse, he heard Raize's call and returned his attention to the terminal.
"Raize! This is Torgal, I've managed to get into an emergency mainstation's comms terminal, have your team been split up?"

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« Reply #144 on: August 25, 2011, 01:43:02 am »
"Torg! Finally good t'be hearin' ya. Look we got a few issues goin' on here. Tell Ganr t'not be firin' up t'engines, seems they've been configure'd to vent into the Habitation decks, fuck knows whose dumb idea that was or even why they did it, 'though I figure it's got everythin' to do with these corpses we've been seein'." Raize paused a moment, "Torg, ya get that? Torg?"

With a muttered curse Raize took his attention from the radio.. "Damn it, We need t'be findin' more reliable comms in this place."

He glanced around outside the car, "Over there Gantz. Looks t'be a public commerce center of some kind, bound to be public data terminals in there somewhere. Least we can do is get a map of this damn place."

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« Reply #145 on: August 25, 2011, 03:19:29 am »
"Raize? Raize? Dammit! I fucking HATE self aware AIs...
In case you hear me anyway, I'll keep working on rerouting ship-wide emergency coms, it seems as if the AI can't meddle in that. I'll gather up my team and try using the medical shuttle grid to get to other emergency mains. I'll keep in touch. Torgal out."
Switching to his own team's frequency in the whole maintenance and engineering sectors, Torgal spoke again.
"Team one, abort current assignments and return to main assembly hall outside changing room airlocks."
He then went out in the emergency centre's main room and tried to find atmospheric override controls for the assembly hall changing rooms

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« Reply #146 on: August 25, 2011, 12:29:09 pm »
Location: Ark Habitation Decks: Clinic

Charlie went silent and the machine he was using padded out of the building to refuel. No longer looking at it from the front it was obvious what it was, a robot designed to trim trees and remove dead leaves. What had been armor was actually several limbs tens of meters long which had been folded up along the machine's sides and back.

Charlie came back, his voice coming over the room's speakers. "Can you really help me? Here is a map to the Central Command Core. I have unlocked the main tube train to the engineering section of the Dream. I need you to go there. The pirates are doing something and I don't think I can stop them right now. Please help me."



Location: Ark Habitation Decks

Something caught Armond's eye. "Look at that Raize." He pointed. Some people were leading a group of small children. They hadn't seen any ghosts for a long time and these looked unusual. They weren't moving right and seemed dead. "First ghosts, now zombies? Figure we should take a look and see if these are more solid?"



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Re: Tainted Lucre (Sci Fi RPT)
« Reply #147 on: August 26, 2011, 02:10:08 am »
Finding the controls for the changing rooms and offices of the assembly hall, Torgal activated all airlocks and set them to default as open towards the main hall before starting the preassurisation of those smaller rooms.

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« Reply #148 on: August 29, 2011, 11:12:57 am »
Aleov turned to the direction Armond was pointing. He quickly raised his weapon and begun moving towards them. "They do look a bit odd." He tilted his head and reached up towards his helmet. "Let's see how they look on thermals."

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Re: Tainted Lucre (Sci Fi RPT)
« Reply #149 on: August 29, 2011, 04:07:11 pm »
They were the same temperature as the surrounding air. Under zoom though their construction was more obvious. Crude animatronics built into maintenance machines.
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