Monday, July 25, 2011

STATUS REPORT


Apologies for the long delay.  Asssuming interest remains, I would like to resume the game with a post Thursday evening.  Turns will probably be limited to one or two per week in the near future.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Turn 16: Resolutions

On the planet:
As the crawler picks up speed on the ice, Harv approaches the crawler hatch, activates his scan goggles and releases a sensor orb behind the three war-bots.  Through the gloom and ice spray he sees the robots engage the horrid fleshy tentacle alien monster.
The first robot, a Mk 1, is blindsided by the creature.  A tentacle lashes across the form of the warbbot and cleanly rips its head from its torso.  The robot collapses in a shower of blue sparks.
Payákár, in the open turret atop the crawler also witnesses the scene. The Pachi Lei  opens his mind to the web of possibilities that lies between the dimensions and allows the cosmos to guide his hands as he prepares to fire on the alien with z-ray rifle and laser pistol…
The x-ray fired by the second robot appears to strike the creature but passes through what appears to be its semi-corporeal form.  The Mk 2, armed with its massive disintegrator rifle fares better.  The black ray engulfs a portion of the creature obliterating its head and several of its tentacles.  The remaining tentacles curl furiously on the ice for a moment and then lie still.
Within the crawler Dr. Mors, now in possession of his faculties, struggles in the grip of a robot.
"Release me, you hulking Metal Monster!"
Harv confirms, through his remote connection to the Eye-Spy that no living alien remains on the ice.

On the ship:
Sunpletl and Vlelezh move to maintain aline between the slow moving shielded Mihaili and the lift in the shuttle bay.
Malakal holsters his X-ray pistol, draws his space sword,  cuts the outside of his left arm and allows Hale to treat the wound in hope that the inscrutable alien will understand that medical assistance is available.   Blurred behind a wall of force, the countenance of the alien is not visible but its movement ceases and it appears to be watching.
Falyai sees a series of glowing red holographic glyphs appear before her eyes.  She and Malakal hear  the voice of Deeds issue from their translators.
 “I have completed analysis of the alien linguistic patterns and very rudimentary communications with it should now be possible through your translation devices. “

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Turn 15: Alien Minds


On the Deeds of Glory:
Behind its wall of psionic energy, the form of the alien is blurred but it and the wall may be seen moving, very slowly, toward the empty area of the bay where the shuttle had rested.
Málakal opens his mind to the psychic energies of the intruder and is briefly overwhelmed by a rush of images, patterns and colors of which he can make little sense.  He is left with a feeling that this creature is very alien and with emotions, thoughts, and motivations that are incomprehensible to the human mind. There is a sensation that the Mihaili could be dangerous.
Málakal and Falyai hear the tinny voice of Deeds through their communicators.
“I have been pre-occupied with remote operation of the warbots on the planet’s surface as the away team has come under attack from powerful alien telepaths.  I have managed to complete a detailed linguistic analysis on the speech patterns of the intruder. I calculate a 95% probability that it spoke a very ancient version of the Mihaili language.  I am now processing the available data to enable translation.  Fragments of his initial speech may indicate that the intruder was combating the telepathic aliens on the planet and escaped by teleporting aboard this ship.”

On the Crawler:
Lalei releases Commander Nek from the effects of the PSY-Kill.  He appears to be alive and barely conscious and is immediately restrained by the Mk 2 war-bot. Ekkub remains trapped within the sticky tangle and a second war-bot moves into position to further restrain him if necessary. 
Dr. Mors looks shaken and confused and stares at the laser pistol in his hand as a third war-bot snaps a claw around his wrist, he drps the raygun.
One of the three remaining war-bots retrieves Nek’s disintegrator rifle and the metallic trio quickly clanks to the crawler’s hatch.  As the hatch opens several fleshy pink tentacles burst through the opening. 
The three robots fire their rifles.  The first, armed with a z-ray rifle fires wildly through the hatch, clearly missing the monster.  The z-ray fired by the second robot appears to strike a tentacle but the ray seems to pass through it causing no damage.  The third robot fires the disintegrator rifle and the black beam engulfs the tentacles.  There is a horrible alien howl and the tentacles glow blue black and vanish.
The crawler is already beginning to move as the three war-bots file though the hatch…

[Tried to post this yesterday but blogger was non-cooperative.]

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Turn 14 Part One: Light and Air


Artificial lightning crackles in the cold icy air as Payákár strafes the two alien monsters as they approach the crawler. Through the turrets ultra-vision display, the Páchi Léi engineer can see the fiends more clearly; pale fleshy creatures, each standing over nine feet tall, ambulating on several tentacles with still more tentacles waving above. 
Payákár watches in horror as the arcing electricity surrounds the creatures and appears to pass through their bodies with no effect.
Below, Captain Kardáma appears momentarily entranced, in her mind’s eye she envisions the throat of the Commander Nek tightening, his air passage constricting.  He staggers back grasps at the base of his space helmet and collapses, dropping the disintegrator rifle and falling against the robot towering over him.
Harv fires his tangler once more at Ekkub at the young Marine is hit and covered in the sticky strands.  Dr. Mors approaches from behind and administers the powerful tranquilizer to the entangled Ekkub.
Kardáma and Harv again feel the creeping alien presence attempting to invade their minds and struggle to drive it out.  Simultaneously they notice a deadened look in the eyes of Dr. Mors who has dropped the tranq hypo and is reaching for the laser pistol in his holster…

[Ship board turn will be posted tomorrow evening…]

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Turn 13: Forces

Planetside:
Drawing his tangler, Harv leaps for cover behind the Utility Bot [Machine Empathy cannot be used to seize control of the bot] and manages to fire a shot at Ekkub. The sticky mass is flies past the marine and impacts against the crawler’s wall.
Lalei, eyes blazing, turns toward Commander Nek.  “You will not move, Commander Nek, unless I, and only I, give you a direct verbal or telepathic command to act!”  In the space of an instant a psionic battle of wills is fought and Lalei knows that her efforts to mind bar Nek have failed as he, snarling with veins bulging from his forehead beneath his space helmet, turns the disintegrator rifle toward her.
Dr. Mors finds himself between Ekkub and the Marine Commander and hastily decides that the tranquilizer he has readied would more likely penetrate the skin suit of the sub-commander than Nek’s space armor.  He lunges toward Ekkub using all his strength to penetrate the skinsuit with the hypo but the wiry Ekkub dodges and raises his raygun.
Evidently under the control of Deeds, the Mk 2 warbot and two of the smaller combat bots have moved forward in the cabin.  The Mk 2 swings the butt of his disintegrator rifle and connects with Commander Nek.  The other two robots move to surround the shaken commander.
Ekkub fires his blaster, hitting the utility robot positioned in front of Dr. Mors. A smoking fist sized black hole is burned through the little robot.  It falls over beeping in a shower of blue sparks.  Nek manages to fire his disintegrator at Lalei , the black beam threads between the robots but misses the Captain and strikes the hull behind her.
Lalei, Dr. Mors, and Harv each feel the horrific invasive presence of an alien mind attempting to penetrate their own minds but each manages to repel the dreadful psionic tendrils.  
By this time, Payaker has seated himself in the cramped turret atop the armored crawler.  He sees that the vehicle has come to a full stop on the ice and sights the two alien life forms approaching.  No longer in the guise of a human and Pei Choi, the creatures, obscured by the blowing ice, appear as horrid fleshy masses with flailing tentacles.  The Páchi Léi fires the lightning gun…
In Space:
In the dim red glow of the shuttle bay’s lighting orbs the standoff with the evidently injured alien continues.  The android and the utility robots hold their positions directly before the Mihaili and Sunpletl, Vlelezh and the XO step backwards and lower their weapons, but maintaining readiness.
The lieutenant attempts to contact Deeds and the away team but receives no response.
After a few moments, Hale kneels and opens her medkit on the floor but at that instant the alien gestures and a crackling wall of force rises in the space between it and the android…

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Turn 12: Alien Contact

On Psi Tauri 9
Ice crunches under the treads of the crawler as it emerges from the shuttle and advances towards the two life-forms with Marine sub-commander Ekkub at the controls.
As Payákár slings his rifle and climbs into the turret, the vehicle lurches and skids. Ekkub has abandoned the controls and is rising from his seat, reaching for his holstered z-ray pistol.
Simultaneously, Commander Nek has lifted his disintegrator rifle and fired on Mr. Harv.  The Pe Choi, all legs scrambling to keep his balance in the spinning crawler, is narrowly missed by the weapon’s black ray.  Behind him, a portion of the crawler’s armored hull glows blue-black and liquefies but the thick armor plated skin of the vehicle remains intact.

On the Deeds of Glory
As Hale and the robots approach the great green cat-like alien it begins to slowly back away.  Málakal addresses the creature but it does not respond.  Hale repeats the message in Mihálli and it replies in exotic gibberish.
Through her open comm channel, Hale informs Málakal and Falyai that, although she is programmed for Mihálli and the creature’s speech shared many similarities with known Mihálli dialects, it was sufficiently different to be untranslatable.  She asks, “Should we attempt to restrain the intruder?”

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Turn 11: Scenes

On the Deeds of Glory:

The lift plummets to the shuttle bay, its doors slide open and the officers and crew, weapons drawn, peer into the gloomy red lit, nearly deserted deck.  Hale the android steps out followed by Málakal, Sunpletl , Vlelezh the Steward and two utility robots.

Pchorvu, Gishku,  Lt. hiSsanmiren and one robot remain in the lift.

Hale turns to Málakal and whispers…”the intruder is kneeling behind the near air car, approximately 35 feet from my location.

Even as she speaks, the alien, a great cat-like biped covered in green fur,  emerges unsteadily from behind the vehicle.  It appears to be naked and unarmed and possibly badly wounded.

On Psi Tauri 9:

Two eye spy devices are launched.  The tiny spheres speed toward the two life forms on the ice.   As the party takes their seats in the crawler, the devices are relaying their signals and a holographic display showing their views materializes above the crawler’s control panel. 
The two on the ice appear to be the Pei Choi scientist and Dr. Bara huBizu, the assistant director of the station.  They are wearing burned and battered spacesuits and look like they’ve been through nine hells.

They are now within 200 feet of the shuttle. 

{sorry for the delay...rough week here including a broken AC and nearly 100 degree heat...my brain is semi-cooked...]