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    Raiders of the Lost Litterbox?

    Post by Grodus on Tue Apr 08, 2014 11:06 am

    Time: 4:00 PM
    Date: 3/25/2014

    The trip from the Mountains to the Wastes had been largely uneventful. There wasn't much but wildlife out here, and the nastier varieties generally wouldn't come out until nightfall.

    Oh, wait, there was one rather eventful something that happened. As Grodus was making his way down from one of the mountains, he lost his footing and ended up in the air. There were only a few seconds to get his barrier up before impacting on the next set of rocks. He had his Xs strengthen said barrier, and a rather odd thing happened . . . when the bottom of the field hit the rocks, it bounced, taking its passenger with it. Anyone observing from a distance would see what looked like a glowing green ball with someone inside it bouncing most of the way down the mountainside. It was a bit disorienting, but ended up being faster than walking down the path.

    Once the mage hit more even terrain, he lost momentum and his break from walking ended, but that was all right with him; he was almost to his destination anyway.

    Soon enough the sparse trees and grass of the mountains gave way to the even more desolate environment of the Wastes. Nothing but sand and rock almost as far as the eye could see; it would be very easy to get lost out here. Thankfully Grodus had a very good sense of direction, between that and his sensors he would be able to find his way back to Portal City at any time.

    He certainly didn't want to go back just yet, of course. There were supposedly quite a few abandoned structures out here, any one of which might serve quite well for a new base.
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    Re: Raiders of the Lost Litterbox?

    Post by Grodus on Fri Apr 18, 2014 7:24 am

    Grodus progressed quite a distance into the desert, and it would not be long before he came across his first discovery out there, though it would prove more intriguing than useful. A few of the maps had indicated there was formerly some sort of robotics factory in this very area, but the only thing the technomage ended up finding was a massive crater in the earth, so deep he couldn't quite make out the bottom. He wasn't reckless enough to get too close to the edge of said crater, so he was currently standing upon a rocky outcropping overlooking the huge hole.

    Well, whatever was here, certainly wasn't now. He had to wonder just what could have caused the factory to just up and disappear like that. The self-destruct he placed upon his own moon base did come to mind, though this didn't seem like the work of anything truly explosive. There would be a debris field if that were true, while whatever did happen ended up consuming the place utterly. Grodus did pick up on a few faint but weird gravity readings in the area . . . maybe a micro black hole was used in this case? He wouldn't find this out from just standing around, and likely never would unless he went to the source. Given what little he had learned so far about Factory Zeta and it's former owner, however? This was one secret that would stay that way...

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    The next thing Grodus would come across would be another crater in the sandy ground, though this one was a lot smaller and bore more evidence of just what had happened there. There wasn't very much left of the structure that stood in the area, but the mage definitely recognized the kind of laser scarring some sort of orbital strike caused. Space travel options and things related to it were some of the first things he looked into after he'd settled in on this planet, and he found out about the various satellites in orbit while doing so. Exact specs were unknown, but there were several people on the Breach that had that sort of firepower squirreled away. One of which was the former owner of his previous discovery. No, he probably wasn't going to find out much about this one either, but that was all right with him.

    There were a few more ruins out here, but Grodus had his eyes on one last desert hideaway in particular . . . it was some distance away, and rather than continue to stand around staring, he turned and got to walking.
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    Re: Raiders of the Lost Litterbox?

    Post by Grodus on Tue May 06, 2014 10:22 am

    It was quite a long walk from the last ruin, but soon enough the pointed roof of a pyramid began to jut from the horizon. This one, Grodus had a bit more hope of it being intact, despite of how long the place had likely been out of use.

    As he moved closer to the pyramid, signs of an old battle quickly became apparent, as quite a few of the exterior buildings had been utterly destroyed. It looked like another orbital strike, but the damage was so old the mage wasn't entirely sure. Someone had wanted whoever lived here dead, and judging from what little he found remaining about them, it sounded like it was justified. True, he himself was an evil genius, but he didn't bother trying to hide it once that little detail was figured out by anyone. To declare oneself as good even after one's actions had proven otherwise? That felt pathetic and delusional to him...

    But enough about what Grodus thought of some dusty old records he found, back to exploring! Speaking of dusty, the next thing he came across near the entrance of the pyramid looked to be a mech with a heavy coating of sand. He didn't startle upon encountering it, as even from a distance away he could tell it lacked power. From a few scans he aimed at it, it almost seemed as if the thing had burned out from the inside. He couldn't really tell how, and it had been too long for any remnants of the cause to still be remaining.

    Leaving the mech to rot in the sand where it stood, the technomage moved on, to the entrance of the pyramid. Given how high the sand had piled in front of the strangely open doors, it was a bit of a tight squeeze for him to get inside. Somehow he managed it, brushing sand from his robes as he stood within the entrance hall. The first thing to hit him was the total silence, not even the subtle hum of technology running in the background. No, that certainly wasn't a good sign, and his guard went up pretty much instantly.

    The next bad signs were the obvious indicators of battle within the pyramid's halls. The scrapped hulls of some sort of flying drones littered the corridors he passed through, all showing various signs of what ended them. Blunt force for some, fire for others, perhaps some sort of acid for a few more? Not only that, why were there so many dead plants? Grodus was surprised at how much dead vegetation he found, the dried out plant material crunching underfoot as he walked. The withered and brown tendrils of whatever this was were everywhere.

    So, there was another fight inside this place, looked to be plants versus whatever technology might have been here. It didn't look like either side had truly won, though. There was probably a reason for that, but Grodus hoped he wouldn't have the luck to stumble across whatever that reason was. Chances were, whatever it was had to still be lurking around here somewhere...

    The technomage only ventured a bit further down the current hallway before stopping in his tracks as he realized something. His sensors had been reporting movement besides his own the entire time he was in here, despite the silence as well as all the dead plants and drones. If he had any hair on the back of his neck, it probably would've been standing on end. Where in the world was that movement coming from?

    Focusing his scans to try and figure this out, his gaze soon focused on the corridor up ahead of him; it looked like some sand from outside had gotten into the facility somehow. It wasn't enough to fill the corridor completely, but it was still a sizable pile. Wait, sand was usually a yellow or golden color . . . why was this particular pile of the stuff a silver tone?

    Intuition told Grodus to not go any closer, and that intuition was rewarded approximately two seconds later when suddenly the 'sand' reared up and started heading for him like a tidal wave! Only two things saved him from the onslaught: at the imminent threat he cast a strong flame spell directly in front of him, effectively cutting the wave in half, and in the next second brought his barrier up before turning to run.

    No, if that was what he thought it was, he was NOT sticking around. Sure enough, as Grodus ran, behind him the 'sand' soon recovered and started pursuing him down the hallway! There was no way it truly was sand, not if it was actively trying to chase him . . . he poured on a bit more speed, jumping over some of the downed robots in his way until he got to a slightly safer spot closer to the entrance.

    Grodus's sensors soon revealed the truth; the thing currently hounding his steps looked to be a huge colony of nanomachines! "Tch, rogue nanomachines . . . what kind of fool would be so careless with these blasted things?!"

    Left unchecked for so long, they had nothing to do other than multiply, though still seemed to have memory of their last order, likely something about protecting this place. Something about that order had either gone wrong or was badly programmed, judging from all the death strewn through the halls . . . the little monsters had likely destroyed every other being in the facility besides themselves.

    The inexorable tide of microscopic robots still pushed onward, and Grodus decided his time here was at an end. He resumed his exit from the building, not looking back once until he cleared the entrance and gotten a good hundred yards away from it. If the nanomachines were supposed to defend the pyramid, hopefully that meant they would stay inside. If not, well, he would simply be the first to be devoured...

    Thankfully, the latter would not end up being the case. Noting their prey was no longer in the facility, the silver tide simply remained near the entrance for a minute or two before streaming back into the depths of the pyramid.

    Out on the sand, Grodus let loose the breath he wasn't quite aware of holding and then dropped to his knees. That was . . . that had been entirely too close for comfort. He knew it could be dangerous exploring out here, but certainly wasn't prepared to almost be eaten alive. He shuddered briefly at the thought of it, though only had to take another handful of moments to recover before getting to his feet again.

    All in all, this little adventure had proved quite useless, with none of the places visited yielding much of anything. There was a part of him quite furious with that, but given the close call, Grodus was mostly just relieved to still be alive. Oh well, back to the drawing board in regards to a new base . . . and maybe he should see about warning those ISO things about the death trap back there. It would be best to sterilize it utterly rather than risk the lurking nanomachines deciding to emerge and destroy everything...

    In any case, the walk back to the city wasn't getting any shorter with him just standing here, so Grodus turned away from the half-buried pyramid and started heading back.

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