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Re: [Spacebox Event] Investigation of Starport Iota [Open]

Post by HighVoltage » Wed Dec 16, 2020 3:55 pm

Gardan's mind raced the second he called attention to Sigma-008. The cold, calculating visage gave him a once-over, giving no recognition to any of the acts he laid claim to. Not that Gardan expected him to know any of it. The Acridi most likely only looked into information that involved him or current contracts. As his low, metallic voice delivered his ultimatum to Gardan, a smirk spread across his face. Of course he wouldn't let him down. Letting down a fucking Acridi usually meant death. As he was the only one left, Gardan waited for his knife to reform before heading back to Rook and Castle.

Surprised to see it all in one piece, he wandered in and immediately grabbed Celine by her shoulder as he walked towards his office. She let out a yelp as he grabbed her, followed him quickly. Gardan's office was simply furnished, almost reminiscent of the cells he spent much of his life escaping. A smooth black desk and a comfortable chair where the only things that filled the space. Even the walls were bare. Sitting at his desk and quickly digging through for papers, Gardan scribbled a few things while the one-eyed redhead stared at him in silence. As he signed the last thing with a flourish, he opened a drawer and pulled out a pair of gloves, slapping them down on his desk.

Celine finally broke the silence. "Why did you bring me in here, sir?" Gardan laughed, shaking his head at the title. She never called him 'sir'.

"Relax, Red, I'm not firing you." The tension in her shoulders lessened slightly. "I'm leaving for a few days, got the itch again." Celine nodded. Of all his workers, she was one of the few who knew of his criminal past. Not that he'd told her on purpose, but after several drinks his tongue had slipped. "It's only mostly illegal, and if I get caught nothing'll get tied back to the restaurant. So you're in charge while I'm gone, got it?" She nodded again, not saying anything. After a few moments of awkward silence he waved a hand and she left the office, most likely headed to the walk-in. Gardan cracked his knuckles and got up out of the chair, tucked the gloves into his belt, and walked out of the restaurant. As he did so, he heard a yelp of joy coming from the walk-in and rolled his eyes. One of these days she was gonna figure out that it wasn't sound-proofed.

Gardan was a tad miffed to see that he was the last one to arrive, but also nearly guffawed when he saw the amount of weaponry Sigma brought. While weaponry and violence were his modus operandi, he apparently had a tendency to go a touch overboard. As they switched to talking about welding and doors, Gardan groaned and opened all his eyes and began scanning the walls. He almost never opened the electromagnetic eye in the Starport, just because the amount of feedback gave him a headache. But at this point, it might help find what they needed.

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Post by Rollerblade » Thu Dec 17, 2020 8:06 pm

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There was no celebration to the corpse in a sack Ollie brought with her. She wasn't surprised though but rather felt something warm and reminiscent in her center. The memories of her world were vague and of her people a mystery in large part. She saw it all though and throughout countless generations, well not countless it did end she just couldn't quite remember when it began in relation to then. Point was many places of residence had such instances, the feast hunted, bought, prepared and the recipients often indifferent until it was ready to eat. They would be grateful later she told herself. She told herself this not paying mind to the fact if they needed it cooked it wasn't going to be her likely. After all she couldn't remember her own address let alone a recipe, unless she just stuck to her address being herself.

That same warm feeling at her center was felt as a hand ran along the walls. The surface was cold but she could feel it. Various devices were likely in place to keep the heat from spreading out, some of it though just came down to good metals though. Something thick enough or well made enough to bare what lay beyond. It reminded Ollie of her own skin both current and old in a way. Like the crust around a planet core but metalic, after all wasn't that what so much of sentience was? Trying to recreate a world so they could call it their own?

"I'd be fine need not worry." She did wonder if her body currently adapting to be like the metal of these walls would endure the heat alone. She got the feeling though that even if her body was destroyed by the heat it wasn't the sort of thing that would kill the core of a world. which wasn't to say she was immortal or indestructible one could even perhaps argue she was dead but this wouldn't rekill her at the very least.

Similarly if one was to scan her they would likely find a similar sort of intense heat and assortment of energies to her. It was why someone in the party experienced what they did at the meeting. Because Ollie was a sort of container for a small fraction of the energies of a world. A walking battery, a living volcano, the various forms of radiation both safe and not in a container. It was a mountain worth of fuels seeking to grow into something the size of a world, housed in a shell the size of an average being.

As for actions the iron maiden moved down the hall. A left hand exploring the wall seeking to try and "know" the place. One might compare it to a navigation system trying to survey the land to better work as a gps. Meanwhile her right hand was open, a fog was around it. A flowing mist of nightly shade that was odd and perhaps menacing to some in image but mostly nothing at the time. All it would take was to close her hand though and the mist would be her signature weapon. Odds were if someone was down the corridor at any given intersection they would go for guns not a blade. Still Ollie wished to go first because she was living cover for others if things did become a mess.

Taking a moment the radiant eyes looked back down the hall. "Are we looking to get closer to the heat source or is your quest away from it?" She wasn't sure about anyone else but even if she could come to know the lay of the land that didn't make her a mind reader knowing if someone wanted to go to the heart or the kidney, or maybe it was go to one coordinate or another most didn't think of places as apart of a body.


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Re: [Spacebox Event] Investigation of Starport Iota [Open]

Post by illirica » Sat Dec 26, 2020 2:51 pm

"Doors, yes." A very fine idea, as far as Brendan was concerned. Curiosity certainly had the right sort of mind for science! Metaphorically and artificially speaking, of course, but he didn't judge that sort of thing. Some of his best friends were computers... and not even intelligent ones, either. Perhaps this said more about Brendan's lack of a social life than his lack of prejudice, though.

"Doors... doors... doors." He wandered down the curving hallway. There were a number of doors along the outer wall. He opened a few: one room that was more or less empty, one room that was filled with various storage crates with labels like 'living room decor' and 'clocks,' and one room that contained... cleaning supplies. None of these seemed particularly meaningful to science, although it was always good to know where the cleaning supplies were in case science got away from you. "Doors." Another expostulation, as he looked at the smooth inner wall, then back at the outer wall.

He finished his circuit. The curvature of the hall did, indeed, come back to itself, meaning that after a little walk, he was back where he had begun. He pointed to the outer wall - "Doors" - and then the inner - "No doors!"

Science! Of course, it was the inner... area? - that they were interested in. He wasn't sure if 'chamber' was the right term if it didn't have a door. Ollie was asking if they wanted to get closer, which was the sort of question that Brendan thought had a very obvious answer and didn't need to be asked at all... and also the sort of question that his supervisors tended to ask right before something exploded or caught on fire. Perhaps he should be a little more... cautious, this time. Brendan looked to his assembled group. "Now what?"
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Post by Katpride » Mon Dec 28, 2020 10:06 pm

Curiosity follows Brendan as he makes a loop of the corridor, peeking over his shoulder into the rooms. Hmm. It doesn't look like the outer doors will be of much help, they don't see any other passageways within them. Unless the passageways are secret and sneakily hidden, but they would rather just get straight to the Science rather than continuing the search.

"If we can't find a door, maybe we can make one!" Curiosity is already digging through her bag as she says this, looking for her tools. After a second she unearths what appears to be a mix between a welding torch and a laser gun. It's a bulky, heavily modified laser pistol with three buttons on one side and a few different dials on the other. With the press of a button, a short spout of flame shoots from the tip of the pistol, before she turns it off again. She doesn't want to use up the fuel before she actually needs it.

"Now, I'm not an engineer or anything, but I think we can get through at least this outer layer." He raps a metal fist against the wall as he refers to it, trying to determine how thick it is. "There should be crawlspace for maintenance, if we're lucky, and then we can see the inner workings better."

Flicking on the heat-mapping filter again, Curiosity runs a curious eye over their assembled group, taking mental notes on their ambient temperatures. Ollie in particular is interesting, and they would love to investigate her more but right now there is an adventure afoot. They also check the hallway once more, looking for any sneaky air currents that might indicate a hidden entrance along the inner curve.
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Post by Rollerblade » Mon Dec 28, 2020 11:01 pm

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Ollie found her question had gone unanswered but from what she had learned that to was a form of answer. It usually articulated to a silent "yes", or a "of course not you idiot". She was willing to accept she might be an idiot granted, her head was just a chunk of metal after all. Much of her memory and thinking abilities were reduced to a small level, just one of many reasons she needed to return home. However she felt like the current help would have said something if she was wrong and not insulted her. They were a rather odd group, so she concluded it was a yes.

Her thoughts formed on a solution but Curiosity said it first. A metalic head nodded, hair of night sky briefly swaying like the tides of a ocean.

"I'm not good with tech but I can help open it." A hand closes and as it does the nightly mist about it forms into the shape of a handle. It rises and sways a moment before it's ready and then busts to life. The blade vibrant and long, though wide however the edge is minute. There's the resounding crackle of energy as currents swirl around it. The air distorting from the heat of the blade. "I can follow you on this side."

"If there's a security system though they likely wouldn't be happy with us. Perhaps the others should look to hack into machines while we hack out a door? Or at least stand guard? " She wasn't to concerned about trouble her needs mattered more and she could endure most things. That said at least right now these were her people and if she was chopping apart a wall she culinary be the rock between them and a hard place.


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Post by illirica » Tue Jan 05, 2021 2:29 pm

”Security?” Brendan’s tone was confused, as if he couldn’t possibly see why security would want to interfere in the interests of science. Likely, this particular mindset would come as no surprise to any of them who had known him longer than, say, five minutes. Curiosity and Ollie prepared various methods for trying to cut through the recalcitrant wall, and Brendan hovered excitedly before pausing for a minute.

”Ah.” His tone was slightly concerned, slightly disappointed. No - truthfully, it was mostly disappointed and only a tiny but concerned. He frowned slightly. ”I, ah... thermodynamic entropy. Dissipation of heat, right?” Of course, not everyone had a scientist’s brain, so he made himself slow down and fill in the gaps so the rest of the non-scientific minded could keep up with his statement.

”If it’s thousands of degrees in there and we breach the containing wall, it’s going to be thousands of degrees in here. That was scientifically determined, after all, and Brendan wasn’t one to get in the way of science, especially when science was going to cook him like one of Gardan’s entrees.

”Perhaps I’ll wait in the entry chamber and those who are less, ah, temperature-sensitive can stay in the ring corridor during the breach.” He wasn’t going to stop it from happening, of course. Mostly, he was just disappointed that he couldn’t be the first one in - but no, he’d be cooked too fast to even get a glimpse before he died, so on this particular account, self preservation had to win. Brendan retreated, along with the others who didn’t think they could withstand the blast, and waited for the cut to be made so that they could find out what all this was about.
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Post by Rollerblade » Sat Jan 09, 2021 7:57 pm

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For a moment after the response of the leader the living planet, or what was left of one took time to think. Then night sky was pushed to the side. A metallic ear now more reflective of lights above once unveiled. It really wasn't all that odd an action likely other then the fact Ollie as a being was weird. What might have seemed odd though was how she rested her head against the wall and seemed to grow close to it. Briefly it would look more like resting ones head on someone's chest before it seemed to almost meld into eachother. Eventually looking more like the wall and Ollie had melded together.

"Are there systems in place if breached." She said it allowed but it sounded more like she was talking to the wall then those in the room. "Good. Don't worry you shouldn't feel it." It wasn't like the surface talked back or through her so she might have seemed crazy. "Of course I'm sure...mostly." She was pretty sure the station wasn't like her and that this wouldn't be an issue. That said it was an intuition of one celestial body interacting with something foreign among the stars. Maybe they had a lot in common and she didn't know, maybe they were only similar in the fact they belonged to the vast sea of space.

All the same she peeled away from the wall, strings briefly dragging between wall and Ollie before she returned to normal. "I am mostly sure this muscle will not burn for long when we remove the dam." Because to her the blood vessel and a river were the same and so of course that analogy made sense to her.

Point was she was relatively certain it wouldn't be to long that cover was needed. The station told her so, or at least she thought it did. But that could just be because her brothers and sisters lost so long ago talked back to her so she thought she knew things here. What was understanding might have just been a damaged mind that was homesick. At any rate a blade of stars was lifted vast in size but rising as if no more challenging then a leaf.

Ollie would gesture the more squishy companions to get back and find some realm of cover. For the moment she could not be it she could not be the rock hidden under, the hill rested behind. In this moment she was the sunderer of worlds, her blade the maker of great divides formed by shifting tectonic plates. Or at least a strong metal woman with a sword that burned hot enough to meet rarely any resistance. She would try and be open to any experts direction, but she also didn't wait simply setting her weapon to use. Eager to gain entry to whatever lay beyond the wall.

Her mind lingering on the idea that it might be a source that after or among studying she could maybe consume a portion of. A hope that the point of interest might help fill the gaps of her being.


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"Ah good, always nice to have some assistance," Curiosity says, grinning at Ollie when she offers her help. The android eyes the sword, wondering what kind of metal it might be made of. How does she get the heat to stay circulating through it without cooling?

Speaking of heat, though, Brendan brings up a good point. Curiosity takes a moment to consider whether they can withstand the heat. Yeah, they're made of metal, but do they have a high enough melting point? They run a few calculations in the span of a second, and come to the conclusion that they should be fine. As such, they stay in the corridor even as the others begin to leave.

"Take Laika with you, I don't want my stuff to melt," she calls, draping her cloth shoulder-bag onto the drone and gesturing for it to follow Brendan to the relative safety of the entrance room. Laika’s metal isn’t quite as thick as her own, and she doesn’t want to chance it. Laika is quite dear to her.

After shooing his dog-like drone down the hallway, Curiosity turns back to Ollie, intending to ask about her sword, only to find the planet-person half-consumed by the wall. He watches in confusion as she starts to talk, having a conversation Curiosity can only hear one side of. Curiosity stays quiet while she does her thing, twiddling his thumbs and poking his pointer fingers together as he waits for her to wrap up.

When she pulls away from the wall, Ollie seems confident that... uh... whatever she says won't happen won't happen. Muscle? Dam? It kind of flies over their head, but the thing that sticks is - "You can talk to walls?! That's so cool. How long have you been able to do that? Is it more like talking to the metal, or the spirit of the place? Do places have spirits? Souls? I guess you would, being a sentient being. Unless you don't. I don't mean to assume. Do you?"

As Curiosity asks these things, the planetary personage begins to cut through the wall with her very large sword. Curiosity scrambles to join her, brandishing her own laser pistol/improvised cutting device and starting from an opposite corner, so that together they can carve out the rough shape of a doorway.
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The welding in the walls pulsed. What information they conveyed to Ollie might have been entirely her own conjecture, or there might have been something there, a rudimentary form of understanding. The movements, though, seemed quicker now - tighter, more intense. Certainly, something was reacting to all of this, one way or another. If Ollie felt after her brief conversation that whatever-it-was had been soothed, that may have been entirely made up.

Or it might not have.

For a moment there was nothing, as the more flammable members of the group sought shelter, leaving behind Ollie and Curiosity. The latter was all questions, as was to be expected. Whether or not Ollie had answers, it seemed like she was focused now on the wall in front of her, and the blade she carried. The tip of the sword parted the wall, and heat spilled out - intense, all-consuming. It filled the ring-corridor, bringing the temperature up well past the point where most life could be sustained, but the station seemed secure against it going any further - those within the other room would be fine.

Slowly, the heat began to fade, but it would be some minutes before it returned to normal levels at the least. The wall hadn't resisted being parted - the blade had slipped right through, opening a cut, moving her blade enough that a rudimentary "doorway" could be developed. As they had expected, there was a room within that hadn't been accessible before. For now, most of what was there was thermal energy. Lines of welding came inward from the outer chamber, not just along the floor and the ceiling, but through the open space, like spiderwebs.

In the center of the room was what looked to be a lump of very hot metal, to which the thermal welds were attached.
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Post by Rollerblade » Wed Jan 13, 2021 4:23 pm

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"Many places are alive are they not? The wires are the veins, electricity the rivers. What is a battery if not a heart? That doesn't mean you speak the language though. I'm a trespasser maybe I just think I know what's being said. But yes I would say I do and they talk to me." Actual scientists might have compared it more to empathy or some symbiotic relationship probably. The life forms usually had more quantifiable terms and explanations for these things. She was not a scientist though, she was a place.

And she said all this with a casual tone as if just maintaining conversation. Even though it was done as her sword cut at metal. As slowly heat escaped from its container and flowed into the room.

She felt soothed for a time as it washed over her skin. It reminded her of home, or perhaps more specifically when she was the core of a world. A home to a now dead race. Then though it started to hurt, the metal she was now was not her the real her. It was a casing and it had its limitations. It began to glow somewhere between silver and orange as the heat escaped more. "I should have picked another metal, if this was any hotter I'd be dripping."

She wasn't fond of that sensation. That feeling of melting, of ones self cascading off of themself. Better her then the squishy ones though. They didn't spring back as quickly most times. At any rate eventually the way was clear a new door having been made. There was a spider web of welding lines and Ollie pointed to them briefly. "Tell me those don't look like veins. Hey can I take a piece of this?" Of course she knew most of them likely just wanted to study it. She had other goals though, and sometimes a planet needed to eat to.


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