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Hey!  This is my own little story inspired by MF99K's story.  I will edit when new Cycle Logs are ready!

Cycle 3

I have been printed.  Why do we call it printing?  Why not birthing?  Whatever, it doesn't matter.  My job seems to be researching and operating.  Everyone calls me "Nails".  The only other people are Gossman, Ari, and Ren.  So far, I have researched a LOT!  We now have better decor and a grill!  Safe to say, we good.

Cycle 17

Sorry I haven't made any logs, I have been researching.  Today, we have made a mealwood farm.  I don't really like them, they just seem... untrustworthy.

Cycle 19

Gossman has made herself the leader!  She's doing really good too and productivity has reached a high!  Safe to say, we wont need any more refined metal for a while!  Sadly, Ari got Slimelung which is causing them to be quarantined by Gossman.  Ari is making a recovery which is great!

Cycle 21

We got a new dupe!  His name is Nikola.  He is a researcher and farmer.  We also tapped into ethanol, but the others are using it as a drink additive.  I expect a lot of sick dupes.

Cycle 22

We found Gossman dead in her room.  Based on an autopsy, she was hit with plasma a multitude of times, just like our guns.  Something is a foot here and Nikola is looking real suspicious...

Cycle 23

We held a trial for Nikola, he had no alibi and he was seen in the area 20 minutes before the estimated time of death.  Ren even claims to have seen Nikola go into the room and kill Gossman.  Nikola was put into a little jail cell with only a food dispenser and an outhouse.  Ren seemed to be filled with glee everytime he passed the cell and I don't know why.

Cycle 26

Ren has declared himself the leader and he is STRICT!  We can't take breaks and we only allowed to eat small things.  Maybe he was the one who killed Gossman.

Cycle 39

Ren said I couldn't make logs, so I have to do it a night, when everyone is sleeping.  We found oil and are harvesting it.  Maybe we can escape this horror?

Cycle 52

Telescopes have found that there is no asteroid in telescope radius, so were stuck.

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Cycle 53

Nails:  THATS IT!  I’m ready to go kill Ren myself!  He is THE WORST!

Ren:  What was that Nails, you are ready to kill me?  You’re coming with me.

*Multitools being fired*

*Log ends*

Cycle 55

Nails:  I got put in the slammer.  All I have to eat is muckroot, and the only company I have is someone named...  what is your name again?

???: ...

Nails:  He doesn’t like being recorded I guess.  Oh I remember now, your name is Jones!  Am I correct?

Jones: Maybe... you should turn that off, the guards will most likely confiscate it.

Nails:  If you say so

*Log ends*

Cycle: 69

Nails:  Me and my friend here have been let out!  I also learned why he was here in the first place, he-

Jones:  I aimed a multi tool at someone, and it was for good reason!  They had just been looking at me!

Nails:  Right...

*Log ends*


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Cycle 75

Nails:  A tool fight has broken out in the former rec room (now speech room) between the enforcers of Ren, and a resistance group!  Now me and Jones are in the crossfire and we- DUCK!


Nails:  We got to get out!

Distant dupe:  OVER THERE!

Jones:  Pick up a multitool, we’re joining the fight!

Nails:  How about we run?

*Plasma guns being fired*

Jones:  You’re going to have to fight sooner or never, cause if you don’t, you’re dead!

Nails:  *sighs* Let’s do this

*Log ends*

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blueberry pi    83

Automatic notifier 15: prison

cycle 27

Nikola: hello, hello, ¡come on old piece of machinery!

Internal system now set to: record

Nikola: there that will do, hello this is Nikola, its cycle 27 i believe, in my 6 days being here i never thought of being held in a prison, ¡i’m innocent!, even if they don’t believe.

Im recording these messages as a way of relief me and preserving my discoveries, i think there isn’t much time before they kill me or maybe hunger will kill me.

cycle 33

Nikola: well i think i live for a bit longer, ren has gave me some supplies for research but i do all the rest myself, they want me alive for some time but I’m a very observant person and i know ren’s ways, once i’m done they won’t need me anymore.

Cycle 41

Nikola: i’ve been quite busy for a while, echos in the colony tell me they have found oil, quite an achievement finding any with the geology of this place. Ren unlocked a door in the back, it seems to lead to some sort of old ruins, he sent some dupes with a pip, a seed and some materials, they never gave me a look nor a word.

he said that it’s more efficient this way, they built a compost and the pip planted the seed, it’s branches and caps say its an arbor tree.

Cycle 43

Nikola: supplies are not coming, i now know what ren was saying, i must make my own samples for research, at least the pip and arbor tree give me some more dirt, seeing the tree slowly grow, gives me hope.

cycle 51

Nikola: finally a relief from that cell, i’ve been transported to the cold surface, the rocky and semi-frozen terrain was my place to live for a while, they made me a telescope and meep looks after me, what i do, what i see, he knows everything, he’s a bit of a puppet in ren’s hands.

the beautiful sky gave me relif but the powerful rays from the sun gave sunburns, the absence of asteroids make my fears true, there is no place close to go from our rocky prison. Ren isn’t very happy about that so he got me back to my cell.

Cycle 54

Nikola: yesterday there were multi tool sounds, things are happening out there.

cycle 55

Nikola: outside of my cell i saw nails being put into a bigger room, i think i’m not the only one not happy with ren’s leadership.

The pip makes good company but sometimes messes with my dirt bin in search for seeds, the arbor tree has grown fully and i have harvested one of his branches, it contains a high amount if ethanol compounds which make it good for power, i don’t think they’ll miss having one.

Automatic notifier 19: please type current location...

cycle 75

Nikola: there, now you work, hello, a good time has passed, they didn’t wanted me anymore... ren tried to kill me but it was his downtime so he saved the killing for later, all of this got to my nerves and in an act of despair i broke one of the tiles from the floor, the hole lead to some caverns in the asteroid, i secured the pip and an arbor corn, then i jumped in...


the place is not too welcoming but its safe, they think i’m dead. I left my stuff hidden away from my opening and a cycle later the hole was closed. i found what my codex describes as a grub fruit plant, lots of plants really-

*shattering sounds* *distant multi tools fire*

Nikola: what’s going on up there.

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Cycle 76

Nails:  All of my papers and formulas, are gone.  Everything is in ruins.  They just kept shooting at each other, till they ran out of battery.  I don’t know where Jones is, and Nikola has been gone for multiple cycles as far as I can tell.  I hope he is alive and well.  A bunch of shinebugs got into phosphorus, and now there are abyss bugs everywhere.  I remember Jones telling that they are one of the only critters that he likes, so I made a little terrarium for it to give to Jones... if he is even alive.  Good news though, a bunch of dirt was displaced and I found some acorns in the nearby forest biome, so I can use these for power soon

*Log ends*

Cycle 79

Nails:  It’s been... rough surviving, considering that a bunch of important things were decimated in the fight, so I have been requiring to eat grubfruit preserve jars.  I did find someone I have missed!

Jones:  Hey, I guess.

Nails:  I think Jones liked my terrarium for him.  I saw it near his cot he salvaged.  That’s all right now.  Oh, I almost forgot to mention, we found a GIANT meal lice farm.  It must have been blocked when we switched to other foods.  Alright, that’s all.  Nails, logging off.

*Log ends*

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blueberry pi    83

automatic notifier 19: pleaseeeeeeeeeeee *static* tyype cu-cu-cuuurent location.

Cycle 7-7777777777

*static* *multi tools stop* *small debris falls to the ground* 

Nikola: oohhh what a damage you took box of wires, i don't have all the aluminium ore in the world to be always fixing you. Well they stopped, hmm the cycle counter inside is broken, nothing to fix it for now, gonna have to be the time keeper now. Something happened up there for a good while, parts of the ceiling fell down, some igneous rock took a hard hit at my improvised recorder but i'm ok, this hole event uncovered more bits of those old ruins, this one seems to contain a bathroom and barracks similar in design to ours, but the tiles that compous it ar diferent, it's at least a place to rest and live for a while-

*sand is moved* *crawling sounds*

what was that, is somebody there? *suffocated chirping* i'm gonna take a closer look, hello- *creature falls tired to the ground* oh dear printing pod, what happened to you... come on, come on codex, here divergents: they are a kind of critter composed of two very different but closely related individuals, hmmm sweetle no, here grub grub. what do you need poor grub grub? how can i help you? *grub grub slowly turns his head to a sulfur block and starts liking it* do you want this, hmmm grub grubs and sweetles feed off sulfur, *multi tool starts drilling* there eat this. *grub grub eats slowly the sulfur* you are injured, rest here for now *nikola turns to the notifier*, it seems to have come from a hole in these runs, it's been crawling for a while in search of help, the hole from where he came contains various grub fruit plants but they seem to be more fertile than the ones i found before, *sweetles clik clik* oh there are other ones, they were trapped by the falling sand and debris. There you are, all free now *sweetles clik happily* *sweetles start running with the call of a grub grub*. they seem to respond to the call of help from the grub grub, they help the grub grub by liking sulfur and applying it to its wounds, that's all for now.


cycle *strong static sounds*

Nikola: ugh i forgot to remove the cable to the broken counter, *static stops* much better, i've been looking at the sweetles and grub grub, the grub grub is recuperating, some sweetles get close to me and click happily, i think they communicate with each other and are thankful for my help *pip squeaks*, oh sorry pip i forgot to mention you, it is better down here, even if food may become scarce, i've been running a little experiment and have concluded that divergents will tend to any plant but will make grub fruit plant grow into a more plenty full form, sweetles effect on a plant is small, grub grubs on the other hand will make the plant grow 2 times faster their only downside is that they are more food consuming- grub grub don't eat all the sulfur don't be greedy, yeah the sulfur in these carvens is not too plentiful, *sweetle makes a lump of sucrose* and sweetles transform the ingested sulfur into sucrose, grub grubs seem to also be able to consume sucrose which fills them much more than sulfur.

I think it's cycle 78..... i really haven't been able to keep my time count straight. at least in the cell i had dupe interactions with ren's visits, even if they were only hurful comments and tireful job errands, the apparent silence is killing me, my only comfort is these critters and plants, i started looking around the parts of the ceiling that have tiles in them, a little opening leading me to our mess hall reveals nothing more than silence, except for the shining light in the distant of the abandoned printing pod, how long has it been waiting, storing it's blueprints and escence in the hopes that somebody will come and print something, something useful, something to cure the suffering of its children, something to make echo in the empty space, if only i could reach it, but deconstructing in the zone is forbidden, building seems to have been enabled, power in ren's hands may have slipped enough for this to happen. sometimes i dream of a better place, always outside our reach, an oasis in the middle of this cold, dead space, something unreachable, something precious, *sigh* that's- that's all for now.

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blueberry pi    83

Automatic notifier 19


Nikola: *cough*  hello * cough* i started digging around, some old blueprints of the colony tell me the oil biome should be around here *cough* the air down here is mostly carbon dioxide, there is nothing to consume it so it rests down here, can't get through the abyssalite so I'm searching for another opening apart from the one the others made, because that long tunnel is all tiles. I'm particularly looking for a ruin, they seem to connect some biomes by breaking the abyssalite seal, temperature down here is increasing, that's a good sign.

you may wonder ¿Why am i here? For oil, i have a plan to escape this place but I need quite complicated stuff to get. wait a minute, hmm this formation is the right temperature but it's not insulated by abyssalite, rather is a mix between granite and obsidian...

I dug around, it's a full circle around a heat source, bellow it's the barren lithosphere, a hard crust containing iron, granite, igneous rock and small blobs of obsidian, nothing I can dig through or the others, the geology of the circle resembles a geode.... The oil is inside, there is no oil biome.


Nikola: hello again *cough* the carbon dioxide is rising, oxygen is decreasing in pressure. Oxygen production must have stopped or has been limited. They won't kill us by hand, they'll kill us by air *cough*, I'll be ok i accessed more bits of the initial forest, oxyferns are by hope, the pip planted them in my cavern.... Little bits of oxygen from the oxyferns are all i have *cough*, but co2 poisoning is a real treat.

With all the air i could store in my lungs i headed to the geode, the amount of oil they were talking about must have been stored inside, but the illusion of reaching an oil biome can only be achieved by the surrounding material and fauna *cough* there are distant sounds inside, the little snorings of a sleepy slickster larva, there must be slicksters inside.

*slickster snorings* *slickster sucks in air* *slickster sucks in air* *slickster excrudes oil* *slickster excludes oil*

I left the recorder to listen them for a while, there are two adult sounds coming from inside but only one small, as there is enough space for them to have 2 eggs and there is only 1 larva, there must be another egg inside.

Oil will become a scarce resource, but there is no other way in except for the sealed tunnel, i need someone inside *more serious cough* sooner than later there will be no more air. There have been steps in the nearby area, the printing pod printed something, i can't see who is around, I'll wait a bit more, the critters will be fine they don't need oxygen *cough*, as for me i need to rest close to the oxyferns.

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blueberry pi    83

Automatic notifier 19

*tick* *tock* Nikola: coming closer *a weakened spark* slowly into your place *spring bounce*, there you go just like new.

Cycle: 82

That took some time, i'm not the best at repairing things, i'm more on biological solutions but it's great to have a measure of time again, i took a little bit of time to start building some things, found some more useful things, i'll try to describe that place. it had a lot of vines that identified them as pincha pepperplants. in the rocky, bleachy and caustic soil grew magnificent and vivid balm lilies, they have medical properties so i grabbed a few flowers, these bloms don't wither, and grow in those suffocating and irritating biomes that i found, all this dense foliage gives it the name of jungle, anyway i found some algae, bussy organisms that made my breathing much more easy, i... diffused them into oxygen and saved some algae for later.

*abyss bug appears*

Oh hi little shine bug, oh little abyss bugs, abandoned their luminous ways in exchange for a longer lifespan but inside it's hidden the most shiny of lights, waiting to be passed to their children if their diet is right and when that moment arrives, a crystalline radiant bug will give the world a last shine, oh but that's not all for these critters as their radiation emission has not stopped, one is completely safe but too many can be deadly. 

I started to build some machinery and refined some metal, i'm not good with machines so the process was quite slow and tedious, refined some iron and carbon and i dug to the surface to start building something, all my machines are powered by a wood burner, it does not produce much power but it makes enough carbon dioxide and heat for what i need, i'm still waiting for someone to get close to the opening i found, but there hasn't been to many people around, i suspect they have moved their location away from the ruins they left after that fight, tho someone is still printing stuff...

I may be able to build all of this but without a slickster this whole plan is not gonna work.

*speaker starts making noise*

"hello all of you silly traitors, i was kind enough to organise a little truce with a delicious feast, it's your downtime after all, come and eat, don't be shy"

oh no, that was ren, this can't be good, but it's my only opportunity to get someone to help me, they are gonna reunite in the mess hall where my little opening is...

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blueberry pi    83

automatic notifier 19

special message: now playing astronomical plan.

Nikola: hello you are hearing this as a special message because i want to keep it secret from evil powers, in my observations of the night sky i could detect a certain mass of mixed gasses, these gasses seem to come from a big astro, different from previously observed asteroid fields as the resources coming from most of these are not gasses due to temperature, this astro its out of view from the radius of this planetoid, to examine its surface and possible sustainability to form a colony i'm gonna need to launch a primitive rocket powered by compressed co2, if my observations from the rocket result correct, i will start the construction of a much durable rocket for the journey, this information needs to be keep a secret as powerful forces might find interest in the colonisation of this planetoid, this could be my only hope of a secure home.

but before observing the astro i must prepare all the supplies that i need for both travels, the launch of the rockets must be very close to each other to avoid suspicion, if you find this because you knew where to look and it's your last hope, these are the coordinates of the hex where to look, the planetoid is out of range of any basic rocket so you'll need to be creative to get there.


as for the home i'll leave behind, well there isn't too much here anymore, my observations of various places in the planetoid tell me we are almost at resource exhaustion, there isn't too much left for this sad rock. we called it our home but we left it with nothing. another mission of this rocket is to conserve the fauna and flora of this place and bring it somewhere more livable, thank you for listening and i hope this information can help you.

finally to the rock that saw my printing and development i say sorry.


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Cycle 81

Nails:  I have been hearing weird sounds, like drilling under the floor.  I wonder who it is making the noise, maybe a survivor of the fight got lost or stuck?

Jones: You know we have to help them.

Nails:  Alright, we can go in the morning.

*log ends*

Cycle 82

Ren over speakers:  Hello all of you silly traitors, I was kind enough to organize a little truce with a delicious feast, it's your downtime after all, come and eat, don't be shy

Jones:  We shouldn't go.

Nails:  He will be suspicious, we have to.

Jones: Fine.

*log ends*

Cycle 83

*utensils clatter*

Nails:  Hello log, and welcome to the "great hall", the place where we eat.  It is just depressing in here, right Jones

Jones:  I mean, I guess

Nails:  Well, I have this, thing.  its just a bar of green stuff, and it is gross and sickly.  Honestly wish we could get off this-

Nikola Whispering:  Hey, Nails!  Over here!  It's me, Nikola, I can help you with that wish.

*Nails walks to the hole in the wall*

Nails:  Oh my pod, you are still alive!  How?

Nikola: Oxyferns, very useful.  Who is that?

Nails:  Oh this is Jones.


Nikola:  Not much of a talker huh?

Nails:  Not if he doesn't know you.

Nikola:  Anyway, I have a job for you, I need a slickster egg.

Nails: Why?

Nikola:  That's a secret.  Your assignment starts tomorrow

Nails: Got it

Nikola:  Btw, nice log recorder.

Nails: Thanks!

*Log ends*

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cycle 83:

Nikola: great great great, i just talked to Nails and with my more convincing set of words got they to go for a slickster egg, oh i just realized, the rocket is gonna need more supplies if more people come in, ok i'm gonna keep y promise of making Nails wish come true, they might want Jones to come too, i'm gonna add a bit more supplies to be sure we can survive, now i need to get some more things ready to get out of here in the least amount of time possible. first get the engine researched, i prepared 5 wheezeworts to generate radbolts, it might be dangerous but i need that research. the first rocket is prepared to scan the sky and run some experiments in orbit, i have been collecting all the seeds from the planets flora and looking for a good opportunity to get the fauna ready, the storage of the eggs needs to be timed and careful we need all of them alive when we arrive, i'm gonna need to fly the first rocket sooner than planned, so many things but i'll make it, just need Nails to deliver the egg then i let them inside, hope that everything goes as planned.


cycle 84:

Nikola: the food is done, it should last enough to make a base in that planetoid its grub fruit preserve after all, i've started to research with a material study terminal, at the rate the radbolt generators are working it's gonna take 8 cycles, i'll be fine a bit of radiation wont hurt to much, tho the power drain from all of this is making me run a wood burner continuously but the carbon dioxide is gonna get consumed by the slicksters when they arrive, the space farer module is ready and the basic nose cone too, there is storage for gases, a trailblazer module and an orbital cargo bay, i'm just waiting for the slickster egg to arrive.


¡yes, yes, yes! ok Nails delivered the slickster egg and i gave them some grub fruit preserve and told them to visit me tomorrow to tell them the plan, i have the egg incubating rapidly and i had to give myself a ranching skill for it, some more days for the egg to hatch and make it happy to make more eggs, the time is limited so i'm gonna get into the first rocket to do the research and find my goal.

automatic notifier 20

okay the tank is filled, destination set, orbit growestra for half a cycle, there is enough food, i got a little bit of plastic from a glossy drecko to run some tests in the orbital microlab, *inhales* it will be a short trip, there might not be a bathroom but i'm gonna be fine, telescope first then research, okay blast off *engine starts* *rocket flies into orbit* o- okay everything is fine, you are just in space, i'm in orbit, now two hex over to use the telescope, map charts are okay, small battery is charged, lets see... empty hex, empty hex, oxidized ore field... ¡a planetoid! it seems to be covered in a layer of rust and other biomes, the surface seems to be easily accessible, ok, the plan it's gonna work, now to the microlab *multi tool deconstructs* now there is space, there. Looks very professional, now orbital manual, insert plastic *beep**beep*beep*, and run test. *micro lab starts* there doesn't seems to be more manual labor- *micro lab starts opening* no, no stop. oh manual, ¡manual!, close the plastic container if opened, there, pull the lever, *lever slides*, now- *result container opens* *Nikola gets hit*, ouch!, get back into place metallic apparatus.

>research porcentage: 10%

*sigh* it's gonna be a long day, i'll stay here for a while, that's all for now Nikola out.

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Cycle 83

Nails:  Alright, today's the cycle where I get a slickster egg.  I should be extremely careful, as the temp down there is scolding hot and Ren's enforcers patrol that area the most.  Now, the direct travel tube to it has been shut down, but there is a maintenance shaft with ladders I can use to go down

*sliding noises*

Nails:  I'm here at the oil biome.  Good thing I got a atmo suit with oxygen with me.  Where is it!  Oh, I'm wearing it, silly me!  Alright, so the signs say to go down this shaft to the ranch.  There should be lots of eggs there!

*Multitool picks up item*

Nails:  There!  Oh how it is magnificent.  Good thing Jones isn't here, he would most likely destroy it. Just got to head back up!

*Ladder being climbed*

Nails:  Just got to get back to the shaft before-

Ren:  Hello there Nails, what is that on your back?

Nails: Um...

Abe:  It's an egg sir!

Ren:  Ah, someone trying to smuggle resources, eh? Hm, Abe, Ari, seize him!  Liam,  my right hand man, you supervise them.

Abe, Liam, Ari:  Yes sir!

Nails: WAIT!  *sigh*  the egg was for an omelet sir, as a gift for making this colony more efficient then ever!

Ren:  Hmmm, stop, let him go.  Nails, you have access to the kitchens now.  Be quick.  Nails, you will be the bottom of the role pyramid.  If it is an upgrade or a downgrade, you decide.

Nails: Thank you sir.

Ren:  No, thank you.  Men, head out.

*Walking noises*

Nails:  Alright, so no I need to get a different egg.  Good thing is, there is a hatch infestation!  I just have to get the egg there on the way to the kitchen and make an omelet.

*Multitool picks up item*

Nails:  Got the egg, now I have to crack it and fry it, just gonna leave you right there.

*Recorder clattering on table*

*Frying noises*

Nails in the room over:  Here you go sir!  One slickster egg omelet.

Ren in the room over:  Now that, is good food!  Good job.

*Nails walking*

Nails:  Phew, I got the egg, now I just have to wait about 10 minutes for him to leave

10 minutes later

Nails:  Alright, now I have to go give Nikola the egg!

*Nails walking*

*two knocking noises*

Nikola:  Oh, hello Nails.  I trust you have the egg?

Nails:  Oh course.

Nikola:  Good, where is Jones?

Nails:  I didn't bring him.

Nikola:  Oh okay.  Come next cycle, and I will tell you more.  For now, here is a gift.

Nails:  I will open it tonight.

*Log ends*

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blueberry pi    83

Automatic notifier 20

Cycle 84: 

Nikola: You know the view is pretty around here, the planetoid is beautiful except for some scars on the surface.... They've been digging for resources, overtime nothing will remain other than a dead crust. I really shouldn't think too much about it, it- it just sticks to me. Better enjoy the view, i wont see it ever again after we go.

The microlab has completed the experiments, after some mishaps here and there, some good results, i saved some samples to add to my personal research, the time up here has not been the best really, stress has risen but it'll be fine, now it's time to land, hope for the best to not see Ren and a crew ready to capture me when i land, here we go.

>orbiting growesta

>decreasing orbit


*rocket exhaust increases then stops*

Please dont be here, please dont be here, please, *exhales* ok nobody here, check on the egg, its fine and should hatch in 3 cycles, after that i need 10 slicksters happy at all times to get enough crude oil for the small petroleum engine, i need 4.5 cycles for all range, most things are ready, i just- ¡Nails! i need to tell Nails, they have to prepare and come here very quietly so nobody knows, i'll leave this here meanwhile i talk, They must be waiting.


*grub grub chirps*



Ren: Nails needs to be supervised, I don't really trust them. i just got them on our side so we can know what those traitors are doing, i need you to have an eye on them at all times, Liam by doing this you will completely gain my trust, i need my men in my side and i need a right hand to retain power and keep any doubt on these walls at bay, can i trust you on this?!

Liam: yes sir, i will prove my abilities to serve you, count on me, they will never see it coming.

Ren: great, now go and do your job and move on, we can't have anyone hearing about this.



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blueberry pi    83

Automatic notifier 20

Cycle 85:

conversation detected

initiating recording:

Nails: so Jones, meanwhile Nikola comes, I need to tell you about something.

Jones: what you got yourself into this time?

Nail: hey, it's nothing to worry. You see, i have to do so work for Ren, I need to keep him happy, until Nikola finishes whatever he is doing, we raised enough suspicion by getting that egg.

Jones: you know he can't be trusted, he has already done enough to us.

Nails: it'll just be for a while, I'll do my best to keep things simple with this doble truce, I might even get us some stuff by doing this and you could be talking to Nikola in the meantime.

Jones: fine.


Nikola: hey guys over here! Sorry to be late.

Nails: it's ok.

Nikola: ok, look we need some trust to make this work, can i trust you two?

Nails: yeah.

Jones: whatever.

Nikola: ok... we'll have to work on that. ok so I have been planning and building some stuff to get us out of here, the plan is to obtain some petroleum to power a rocket, that's what needed the slickster egg, I have already discovered a destination to settle on, it will be a new start, it will be rough, we'll need to work a lot but we'll be free. Can I count on you guys to help me?

Nails: umm, i'm speechless, i guess you can?

Jones: and how are we gonna survive there? even the oxygen systems here are bad, how are we gonna breath? is there even food there?

Nikola: it's ok, everything is planned, there are basic resources for our survival, not the most pleasant but that's not the most important part, there are more advanced resources if we get to establish we could thrive and develop a self sustaining colony there. So what do you say?

Jones: fine, but it's your responsibility to keep us alive.

Nikola: ok with that aside, you can come in, i got some food, shelter, i hope you are fine with critters, it's not much and you are gonna have to do some jobs but i think you'll be fine. We just need to open up this hole to let you in.

Nails: uh, Nikola, i can't go for the moment, i gotta do some work for Ren but it's to keep us safe, i'm not in his side.

Nikola: ok... but don't delay coming, I'll need 30 cycles to get the petroleum, do you want to help on the meantime Jones?

Jones: I guess so, what do i have to do?

Nikola: you can dig for oxylite and ores, refine some alumin(i)um on the rock crusher, harvest lumber for the wood burner, help build the rocket. Also look at this beauty, it has grown up just now!

*slickster shakes and inhales*

*Jones prepares multitool to attack*

Nails: ¡NIKOLA NO!

Nikola: ¡woah woah woah, stop right there, this little guy is our ticket out, ¿why you want to kill it?!

Nails: Jones doesn't like slicksters. Jones please just let it go this time.

Jones: fine but don't get it near me.

Nikola: ok, ok, just get inside, the slickster ranch is gonna be at the bottom anyway, you don't need to be near. And you Nails, please be careful, we don't know what Ren can do.

Now we just need to make this hole bigger for you to enter-

*Jones punches the wall into dust*

Jones: there.

Nikola: uhhh, ok, hmmm let's move some tables and storage bins near the opening so they don't notice, also get everything you own here.


Jones: there those are all my things, be careful with those abyss bug eggs.

Nikola: ok Jones, so... good luck Nails, come here if you need to, but be careful, if they discover you, don't tell them about this place, please under any circumstance keep quiet.

Nails: I'll do my best, do you want anything from here? I might get some stuff for my work.

Nikola: maybe some reed fiber, are there any dreckos for fiber here?

Nails: they recently got some from the lovely printer, I'll get you the fiber. Jones this is your chance to make more friends, Nikola can be trusted, don't worry about the slicksters.

Jones: you can go already, I'll be fine, maybe some people aren't evil...

Nails: ok, take care.

Nikola: let's go inside, you can take a look at the rocket if you want.

Jones: time to see the "plan" to get us out of here.

*sweetle goes near recorder and clicks*

Nikola: oh, I left the recorder in automatic, well i guess that conversation was important, do you mind being recorded Jones.

Jones: nah, I guess it's ok.

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Automatic notifier 20:

Cycle 86

Nikola: and it's not recording. So Jones this is the base, ignore the whole mess and the critters going around, this is gonna be your room, cot, latrine, mess table you name it it's all in here but don't worry the food is better than the place, well kinda, I serve grub fruit preserves, sometimes bbq is in the menu or some scarce gristle berry if you like, just chose something in the ration box, there should be plenty as i was the only one in here to eat. Pardon me if I'm a bit weird, ¡I hadn't talked to anyone for weeks! just me, the critters, and the plants....

Jones: umm, I guess I'll have some bbq. And don't worry, also were you really alone all this time.

Nikola: Of course little Jones, sometimes when things were really bad, ¡I started talking to myself! I just had my little recorder to keep me sane. Everyone left me when they accused me, throwing me in the jail for something I didn't do, then nobody cared when I went missing, ¡They thought I was dead! *throws book to the wall*

Sorry I lost my composure for a sec... But you and Nails are fine, ¡you are outcasts like me!. tell me, when were you printed? I didn't saw you around in the time I was free.

Jones: well let's say I wasn't the brightest bulb in the colony, I got here before you, if what they told me is true, you see I mostly worked in the maintenance room and ducts, different schedule, different job, you probably didn't meet me.

Nikola: that makes sense, well you must have experience in the manual department, would you refine some alumin(i)um and start building our rocket, I left the blueprints ready to start.

Jones: fine, *looks at blueprints* so this gigant tin can, you call "small petroleum engine" is gonna propel this thing? is it safe at least?

Nikola: trust me I got a past with astrophysics, aerodynamics and other sciences being the colony's scientist, it's gonna work, ok maybe I didn't had the best engineering experience and building anything mechanical makes bad memories come to my mind but that's where you come in, you know how to build this things.

Jones: right.... could you expand a little about those bad memories about machines.

Nikola: nope, we don't have time, go, go, go, I gotta ranch and feed critters and the moral here isn't the best, good luck.

*walks away*

Jones: ok.... weirdo. Well some tweaking might not be a bad idea. 'I hope Nails is doing ok'


Nikola: oh silly, silly Nikola, your past wont let you forward, will it? now Jones has more questions and you're stuck in here, without another alternative that to answer, it's the least you can do after you went haywire in front of him and now you are talking with yourself. Keep it together, you have things to do, and maybe remembering what made me lose my passion and caused me to escape from my failures and problems will be good for me... no, no I'll be ok, just keep going forward, keep it to yourself. Now I should prepare that biological package with all the fauna and flora, every living thing will have a hard time after the things Ren is doing to the planetoid, so preserving them is a priority, the first egg should arrive in 5 cycles more. How are we doing in the petroleum collecting? *looks at small container* hmm 10 kilograms, we need 315 Kg, it will be more in a few cycles, I'm sure, well, if we have a few cycles....

*sweetles click* *grub grub chirps*

oh right, time for the daily sulfur and i didn't forget about you little pip, even if you are kinda wild-ish, you are still part of the family.

*pip squeaks*

I have truly lost my mind, haven't I? I- I'm gonna get better tho, now that I can talk with people, and we are gonna go to a better place, away from the source of all our misfortune, I just need to practice my social aspect, I can't lose these friends now, can I? They count on me to get them to a better place and to survive... I- I can do this, step by step.

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Automatic notifier 21:

Cycle 88

Jones: uh, a recorder out of a notifier system, gotta admit that Nikola is a recursive fella, most things in here are made out of very basic stuff, anyway. Hello, I guess, this is Jones, main assembly guy of the mission.

Nikola made me record messages as a log for the mission we're doing, something about "saving our progress for the development of others" if things go wrong, and also of a way of "relieving stress". I don't actually think it works, but hey! Nikola has our chance of escape, so better do what he says.

I been assigned some jobs for the construction of what I like to call 'tin can'. Some of these jobs include, crushing ores into aluminum... aluminium? whatever.... building an oxidizer tank and filling it, which i think is a very dangerous task, but ok. searching for lumber to keep two good burners on at all times, needless to say the place is getting a bit warm, even for my standards. All to keep those innocent but actually malicious faces happy and warm, just because they make the fuel, it's just one for now but soon it's gonna be intolerable, with their slimy and deceptive nature, I lived it first hand, what they actually do, but- somehow I'm still here.....



[...]: Now where would I find rust? Ironic, you first think it's worthless and now we search it like gold, talking about iron here is some *multitool digs* uhh? Guys I found someone! they seem unconscious, come help! Hello, are you okay?

Jones: uh, what? Where am I? Who are you? how did i get here? wait. Where is that vile slickster? *raises multitool* Tell me!

[...] hey, hey, calm down, I'm Ari, this is our colony, everything is fine, there are no slicksters here, so put down the multitool...

Jones: But why am I here?! answer! answer me!

*multitool wrangles*

Jones: Let me go!!!

[...]: are you ok Ari?

Ari: yes, thank you Ren, He was making questions and seems delusional or at least confused by the situation.

Ren: but why was he alone in here, unconscious? He is not part of the crew, nor was he printed here.

Ari: I don't know, he was just in there as if he has just begun to exist but no... He seems to recall things, so it's he existed before.

Ren: this is all very weird, just lock him in the cells, better if no one notices him, it might cause paranoia, and maybe he'll be more cooperative with talking once he's there.

Jones: let me goooooooooooooo



....moving on, I got a 20% of the structure complete, next in the list are some orbital cargo and a lander, this is all of course very heavy, will it even lift up? I hope. On a side note I would like to know the condition of Nails, our other companion in this escape mission, they seem to be unable to accompany us for the moment but I know the dude will get out of troubles, they are smart. And that is my required time of recording, so I'm gonna go on my way, erm... Jones out.

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Cycle 88

Nails:  I have done a lot of things that I wish I hadn't in the last 2 cycles.  I wish I could just bail, but I will surely be seeing darkness for a while if I do.  On cycle 87, I had to check on the prisoners, with Ari of course.  I could feel the despair of the prisoners, with the prisoner count doubling since when I was here.  I heard multiple cries from all around, and some of them noticed me, and they had a look of betrayal in their eyes.  I think a few of the prisoners were dead, as morbs were infesting some cells.

This cycle, I had to throw someone in prison for "disturbance of the peace".  They looked as if they were stomped and beaten unconscious, as they had blood and bruises all over their face and clothes.  There was red trailing me all the way to the cell.  I felt so horrible not sticking it to Ren, at that moment and that spot, but then I would also be getting dragged, except I would be dragged into a hole.  The blood though...

All... that... blood...

*Log ends*

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Automatic notifier 20:


Cycle 89


Nikola: This is Nikola. Start of the recording 1 preparation phase.


I have been running the material lab to finish our engine design, as of yet no incident with the radbolt distribution. In my research I constantly ask myself things like what to use not to melt the rocket mid launch. Jones already did the exterior meanwhile I develop the engine and get it out of testing phase, he also started to assemble the upper modules on top of the engine, these are mostly designs taken from the colony, when the rocketry program gave everyone high hopes of reaching other worlds. The majority of the blueprints are attributed to Nails. I wonder how they are doing out there… I have also started packing up some things early, it would be better to not leave anything behind. In my search to collect all the species's future offspring in the upper parts of this cave, I found this office in which I'm recording, it's a nice reminder of someone truly special, Gossman. Here she planned several aspects of the colony. What to do next, what tasks were given to who, and what was needed for survival long term to guide our decisions, all in her lunch time and sometimes she would stay up in long nights. Now little is left of her things and the hallway leading here has been walled in. I guess Ren wanted somewhere else for himself, to run the colony at least. It's sad to see this place again in these conditions. In another time, I would wait to show her my research results at the end of the day. It was something she told me to do when- when bad days arrived. *Long silence*

Okay, let's- let's just see what's left, I would like to find something to remind her, hmm she didn't have many things, what she had was mostly her friends, and the constant mission of not only keeping everyone alive but also happy.

Maybe she had a diary or something in these drawers. *Drawer opens slowly* it's a little stuck. *drawer opens* Surprisingly she had a... tape recorder? Uhh seems like her log of the colony, I'll try to play it-


Ren: So this is going to be your task today Nails, you will get things working, because you little one, are a smart cookie, your sharp mind is what keeps you going, the rest… well has flaws. And if you decide that you won’t help us, you will surely be in a precarious situation.

Ha. A crew of 3 trained individuals waiting outside, a dead end path, no one to help you. Odds are truly against you. You could end up in The Hole if you are not careful, but let’s not get ahead of ourselves. Things don't need to be like this, and you know it, you can help us and at the end don't even think about any sabotage with the system, I finally have my little fingers put on you, a pull of the strings and snap... *turns head slowly and looks at Nails* you’re gone.

If you need anything Liam is going to be outside working in the generators, right Liam?

Liam: Yes, sir.

Nails: and- how much time do I have? Sir...

Ren: I would like it before the end of the cycle, all you need is here, you just replace and improve some things, I would do it but it’s not my art, and remember I need you to have one electrolyzer online at all times, now start working *clap clap*.

*Footsteps decrease then stop*


Nikola: Ohhh that was so close, I'm going back to base *deep breath* Nikola out.

Recording stopped


Resuming recording…

Nikola: ¡Jones, Jones! Come, come I need to tell you something.

Jones: Now what’s happening?, you look like you saw the void face to face.

Nikola: *recovers breath* I heard Nails and Ren in the oxygen system, near the abandoned office.

Jones: How are they? What did you hear?

Nikola: Ren seems to have made them repair the oxygen system, they are being watched by Liam and threats still fill the air, can we help them?

Jones: Are Ren and Liam still close by?

Nikola: Liam seems to be on the outside of the system, Ren is away from what I heard. Maybe we could write a message for Nails.

Jones: But we need to be careful and silent.

Nails: Well this thing is a mess, how does this keep running?

Liam: I would prefer you to work, the system is fine but it could work better.

Nails: ok then, I’ll see what I can do, where do I start.

Jones: psss, Nails, over here. *notebook falls softly*

Nails: uhh? *opens notebook*

Nikola: It has some helpful notes and principles to help you, be careful when you read it.

Nails: *writes*  *note slips through*

Thank you guys, I’ll be ok, I know I’ve been working a lot out here but I’ll try to see you later if I can, I can do this don’t worry.

Nikola: Try to see what they are up to, the mission is ready in cycle 115 just resist, it’ll be over soon.

*note falls*

Nails: *writes* Ok, I’ll see what I can gather, I’m gonna be careful, go to a safe place, I’ll be fine.

Jones: time to go Nikola.

Nikola: ok, I’ll leave this here for a moment.

*auto notifier rests against wall*

Nails: let’s see what to do first, that gas filter can go because it should be able to filter itself, now I just change out some pipes and bridges. Huh,  it’s pretty hot in here Liam, don’t you think? I’ll try to add some radiant pipes to keep this place cool and improve the thermal transfer of all the fluids.

Liam: That sounds- good… but I need silence when looking at the wiring.

Nails: sorry, just one more thing, is there any smart battery connected to regulate?

Liam: Yes, It's all in here, just focus.

Nails: ok, ok. Sooo this atmo sensor can go to 500 and that one to 800....

So what have you done lately for… the colony and what could I help with.

Liam: oh look at you wanting to learn the job, well. I've been doing some excavation with the rest of the crew and building a storage pool for the geyser, that thing powers this thing. And it’s not my job to tell you what to do but If you want my thoughts, I think you are going to be transferred to the development plant. As Ren kindly said, your intellect is highly valuable if you do cooperate.

Nails: you think so? I guess it is good to be of interest for the development of the colony.

Liam: But don’t get too comfortable, we all heard him, you may be important, but not irreplaceable and if you don’t behave and are rebellious like before even a little, Ren will be more than happy to assign you to the harder jobs or worse, now start showing progress because you speak way too much.

Nails: *nervous laughter*, I- I think I need some tiles here *multitool builds*, now we run the hydrogen pump to filter and all is working.

Liam: Is that all?

Nails: hmm, yes sir.

Liam: Huh, that was quite quick for a repair but we’ll see later how it behaves in a stress test.

Also you shouldn’t bother calling me sir, I don't run this place, I’m just here for everyone, for the people in here, for the future. And what about you? You could do many great things for everyone, we could all be working together just like before. Will you join our bright future?

Nails: uhmm…. Th- the oxygen system- should now operate constantly and work as intended even if the liquid flow stops so it should stand the stress test.

Liam: right…… all it takes is some time. Now it's time for dinner. Ren is waiting to hear about your work.


Nikola: Well, Nails is still alive, let's hope this trend continues for the next few cycles so we can go, we didn’t raise much suspicion and we helped Nails.

Jones: That’s a win for me.

Nikola: Yea for me too. could you go shear some of the dreckos? It shouldn't take too long, we might need the biopolimer and the cellulose fibers for later. I found a recording you might enjoy while you work.

Jones: bio- cellulose, fiber? That's-  thinking about it I don't want to know. The tape- does it have music?

Nikola: Not really, it's from Gossman, our last leader, she- isn't with us anymore but it might be interesting to hear it.

Jones: Well play it then if it's "interesting".

Now little glossy, I'm gonna need your plastic, so let's see how this shearing station thing works. Huh, lots of dials and buttons for such an easy task. Let's see what they can do, I think I'll get a little creative with your look, I think you need something more fresh.

*glossy drecko nods in approval and anticipation*

Then it's time to start, you need some patterns and- maybe the scales need to be more open…

*shearing station works*

And that should be it glossy, how are you feeling now?

*glossy drecko roars enthusiastically*

What about the rest, are you feeling a little jealous?

*dreckos nod synchronized*

Fine, fine, one at a time, you guys are a little different in terms of- texture...


Nikola: It’s good to see him having fun, *sigh* If only you were here to see all of this, to fix it all… Let us hear you, just one more time.

*tape starts*


[Gossman:] Hello, I’m Gossman, leader of colony 474B, currently located in Growesta, classified as a forest Moonlet by our latest examinations with no unexpected traits other than irregular oil which we still haven’t discovered.

In an attempt at saving our progress for future duplicants I decided to start recording all the events and my view of the crew as we continue forwards.

So first we were, Ren, Ari and me, when we arrived, we started by digging our surroundings to search for water ponds in the forest and after Ari found the first one and a bright smile appeared in their face for finding such a treasure, we quickly build a pitcher pump and Ren started making a space for a latrine, those were not the best days but it was fun to overcome the first problems, expand our food reserves with the weird hexalent fruit found naturally, meet the troublesome pips that would be our companions for a while, then we slept on the floor, away from the light of our pod and some shine bugs nearby. Feeling exhausted but filled with a new hope and a sense of family between us, alone in that forest.

Once a new cycle started we got up with a pain in the back and a few laughs from hearing the night before the loud snore from Ren, he wasn’t close enough to not let us sleep but enough to know where it was coming from, he was serious at first but then he laughed it off and we continued with the day, we dug a hole for the co2 to settle and started making some space for a little barack, a manual generator and a research station, then we found out we weren’t the bristest bulbs, so the research was going to be slower, taking turns on the generator and research station, and going too fast to get off the wheel safely making us rotate around and  then fall off, I remember it so clearly, I told Ari that we looked like pips running for seeds in the generator, we all laughed and continued in our mission to settle the basics, dig more space and start looking for ways to make oxygen. So cycle tree arrived and the printing pod was ready to print something for us. After looking through the options, figuring out our passions and abilities we decided on a researcher and operator, the option was Nails. They were excited to start working and with a professional researcher with us and his skill point, development was going at full steam, They decided to research the branch of food production and refinement, while we originally wanted to figure out some sort of oxygen system involving the easily accessible rust in the region, I let them follow their decision in part to secure a food source quickly, in part because the levels of oxygen would last us a while and to let them follow their vision as they were a new source of hope for this little colony, plus the research delivered an efficient alternative involving oxyferns and an irrigation system, same result different solution. While Ren was not happy at first with the decision (his face tried to hide it), he eventually accepted it and Ari was happy either way to have more company, we discovered the basics of grilling meal lice into pickle meal and slightly roasting each other over our decor standards by building some pottery for the mirthy leafs.

The roles that we assigned by our interests and the current roles are as follows:

I gossman am a builder, and have the hard digging skill learned from the printing pod, while is not part of my interests, it's also my job. I got diver’s lungs and shriveled taste buds.

Ren is a digger and operator with mole hands as a bonus. You already know the loud snoring.

Ari is a supplier and plumber, is biohazardous and buff.

Nails is our researcher and operator, they are anemic, quick learner and early bird.

Liam is a pilot and an operator, he is handy and has allergies.

Abe is a doctor and-


Oh, hi Nikola, Nikola is our newest recruit, a researcher and a farmer and a little bit of an animal lover. What you got there, Ah, I see the research papers for a micronutrient fertilizer station, very interesting, I’ll read them later, you can go eat lunch, I’ll go later.


So I think the rest of our roles will have to wait, let’s continue.

Some cycles roll by and we find ourselves with an oxygen system at the bottom of the base consisting of oxyferns, some piping and a pump in a central pond we dug for the water. In this whole process we dug quite a few natural plants and a pip even helped to plant them in the hydroponics. A wood burner providing power when needed with a smart battery circuit. Some new dupes to help with the base and to give them food, a meal wood farm, with some doubt about the edibleness of the wigly grain.

Then we get to cycle 19. After a discussion about a centralized view for the colony I was elected lider over Ren, while I expected him to be a little salty about it, he seems fine with the decision. Some might say that I made myself the leader but I wasn’t really interested in the position until little Max gave me a push. That cycle Ari couldn’t concentrate in the election and it wasn’t their spacing out once in a while, they got slimelung, seems like the culprit is a morb we encountered in the jungle biome, they were having a bad time breathing so I had to quarantine them to avoid spread to the polluted oxygen clouds that have been appearing, we had replaced the latrines with lavatories recently so the polluted oxygen was worse than ever but at least Ari was recovering Abe was helping them in an improvised hospital.

As a final note we have explored parts of the asteroid getting deeper into the rust biomes, we are soon going to hit the crust and maybe break free to colonize all the beautiful worlds out there, completing our mission. Meanwhile we found ethanol pools in several caves, some have decided to use the ethanol to reduce our daily intake of water by diluting it, while I see it as a not very wise decision we went ahead with it, who knows maybe it will raise everyone's spirit to continue in the mission.

And that should be it for this report-  Huh, Ren weren’t you in the lunch break, oh, you need me for something, sure, I’ll just stop the recorder.


>End of recording #001

>No more recordings found


The room fills with an overwhelming feeling of sadness, emanating from an innocent soul in realisation, as the tape starts slowly rewinding, cold tears hit the magnetic tape coming from Nikolas eyes, he tells Jones to continue for a while, while he clears his thoughts, saying that he’ll be ok. Looking at whats is left in the old ration box resting in the thick co2 atmosphere, Jones gathers at most 25 more meals, and as the grubfruit plants fall off wilted by the heated atmosphere from the burners or maybe from the grief of their master, and the critters left in the darkness of this home crawl a sadly. nothing can be done to these critters as the loss will only be greater for Nikola if they die realizes Jones, he continues with the building of the rocket now more eager than ever and also concerned for the impact of this in Nikola and the food shortage in their hands, his thougths are interrupted by a grub grub seeking for comfort, as another cycle ends.

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The caves fill the almost silence with small cracking sounds, the crush of machines fills some spaces too, and the constant crackling from the wood in the burners signals their constant work. The heat is taking its toll on the walls, as the rock becomes drier and the metallic ores start expanding and the heated air warms more and more. At the bottom the dense Co2 stops bubbling bits of oxygen, the ferns producing it have stifled with the warmer climate, the air quality worsens but oxygen flows from above. The fauna and flora continue changing as the temperature and cycles advance, pincha pepper vines start sprouting in the ceilings, helped by the pips finding the nearby Jungle but these wild vines produce no comfort nor want any care, downgraded to a simple weed, elevated in their place they stay out of reach from anybody. The oldest of the vines are just in time to let their peppernuts fall.


Automatic notifier 20

Cycle 91


Nikola: Start of recording 2 preparation phase.

Progress in the rocket has continued at its normal rate, the upper sections have been constructed, gas storage and a space farer module, the nosecone and the interior of the habitable space are the next focus.

Finishing the research for the engine has proven difficult, the collection of radbolts is slow to maintain safety, finding a rad source was problematic, abyss bugs were tough to contain for generation but it was all that was available, so a long exploration upwards in the frigid space biome was needed, in the process a sleet wheat grain was collected for the biological package and the required wheezewort was also collected and planted for a higher radiation production, the safety of increased rad exposure near the material lab is debatable but it is not as much of a priority as finishing the engine. The engine blueprint is due for tomorrow and it can finally be completed.

The population of slicksters is gonna increase by one in the span of 10 cycles, an egg has been laid and is incubating, and the next egg is coming in 6 cycles if their needs are met- *pincha pepper collapses* *pepper nut falling*

*Pepper nut impacts*


Ouch! *static* you little…… Weed! growing and growing just to STRIKE me! With your flavorless and dry fruit. And the recorder…, You know how many I had to make and replace! ¡Go ahead and cease to exist you worthless thing!   *Unintelligible mumbling*

End of recording


Automatic notifier 21


Jones: I’m starting to doubt the veracity of this whole plan, as I feared Nikola’s condition has gotten worse with the recent recording, it seems to be centered around a certain Gossman, well rather her death, I know little about all of this, but… it looks like he was framed for the murder, somehow got here and Ren is in some way connected to all of this? Well I wouldn’t be surprised if he is part of this. Even knowing as little as I know, I can already tell he isn’t a good person.

Nails would shine some light on the whole thing but they’re busy with the ‘upper class’, I really hope nothing wrong happens, because who knows maybe they are brainwashing them. What I do know is that now there is a lot to do and an uncomfortable amount of heat to top it all off. And we are not growing any more food. The rations are not enough to even launch that tin can, and it's gonna be hard to break it to the ‘stress Nikola’. I might lose a limb if I tell him.

 But maybe he just needs some time to process the whole trainwreck that has gone over his head, that’s all. *sigh* I’m not made for emotional support.

*sweetle gets close and starts dancing by extending its legs up and down and clicking*

But you, you sweetle are something out of this world, let's go enjoy some time in the abyss room, work time is over.

*click, click*


In his little dark spot Jones could think with his abyss bugs and enjoy their beauty and little chorus of voices. The existence of these creatures can be traced back to a phosphorite mass melting, a mining expedition and someone interested in multi color observation of shine bugs.


While in their search for geographical features the dupes accidentally uncovered a minor volcano, luckily the nearby debris from the excavated Jungle made for a pretty good blockage when it all melted, forming a carbon block and a puddle of liquid phosphorus. Making such a cool new material led the dupes to bring it home.


An artistic soul lived in such a bland world forest seeked color in the humble shine bug, searching for the different diets they slowly acquired the means to feed the five shine bugs. The wild and hungry critters accepted the food: crisp gristle berries, savory fried mushrooms, delightable pepper bread and flavorful stuffed berries were some of the delicacies the little shine bugs were given and with enough time a new color was born, with increasing colors came increasing demands and the dupe had to search far and wide, the source of all life was the source of some food, the dupe’s project was kept at secret for very long. Keeping the bugs wild was a decision made by them, to use as little food as possible and when finally the azure light arrived evil arrived too. The five shiny critters were set loose. As for the dupe, well little is known about them from this point on but they remained silent until the day they were gone, a missing coat might be a clue…

The blue light finally reached the phosphorus and destined to the dark of the abyss.


and without any clue Jones rested in the floor of his new terrarium, accompanied by the sweetle listening to the chorus of five shadows, hearing their harmonic melodies while lost in his thoughts. While in the upper floors a dilemma crawled in the back of someone's mind and a doubt made its presence known.

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