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  1. Automatic notifier 21 Cycle 115 Nikola: Cycle 115, 5.5 cycles until arrival to the destination if launch procedures are in order at mid-day. Proceeding with personal log. So, today is the day. In the evening the last of the fuel should go into the rocket, the biological cargo is loaded, orbital cargo bay nominal and the cabin is pressurized. We are still missing the rations for the expected crew of three but if everything goes to plan Jones should be able to get it, pickle meal is… an ‘experience’, to eat. but it should last more than enough. This whole operation still worries me but hope is the last thing you lose, right? I just hope to see those two alive and to get away from this place. If something happens, this would be my last recording. It's an unexplainable feeling when everything is about to happen but it still hasn’t happened... For the critters it won’t be more than some cycles without food. For us it would be our last day. [End of personal log] [Starting recording] Nikola: Preparations ready and launching at 14:00. No sightings of Jones or Nails. If they aren’t here at the twelfth schedule block it means that part of the mission has been compromised and I'll have to lamentably continue with the launch procedures. I have assigned myself the piloting skill, any non-crucial skill unassigned, it would put too much of on me and I'd already have to carry a whole colony by myself. The gas cargo canister has enough oxygen to keep us alive for around 20 cycles, it's a 5 cycle expedition. We’ll have 15 cycles to set up a basic life support system. A lonely expedition would last longer, but settling would be hard. On top of that is the mental strain of isolation. I might have survived this long down here but at least here I had a whole colony close by, even if they hate me... I'm afraid I won't be able to make it- *quick passed steps* Oh, for sure somebody is outside, I’ll go see if it’s Jones or Nails, the noise seems to come from only one person, maybe one didn’t make it… I'm worried. *Nikola climbs up a ladder* Nikola: Jones? Jones?...... Nobody's here. *Sigh* Ok, this is risky, but I need to go outside. He may have gotten lost, that's all, yeah that's all... Nikola steps outside in a silent pace, a long corridor of storage bins and doors extends as far as he can see, the unlit path from storage to storage, difficults every step he takes to prevent any noise. Nikola: This is so... he never should have gone out, we may have solved the food problem then. The door of the base became increasingly distant and the noise of the other steps long gone was really unnerving for Nikola. Nikola: Maybe- Maybe I should return. This wasn't a good idea, I should have launched a schedule block ago. With the first step back, a loud noise broke the silence in the room. Nikola froze in place. Jones: Nick, we need to get out! Nikola could respond, he was quickly following Jones through the darkness to the base, the whole situation going through his mind. Nikola: what hap- Jones: shh. As Nikola and Jones approached the door behind the storage bin a figure emerged from the darkness. Liam: No way in... In desperation they ran in the other direction only to find their captors blocking the way. Ren: ...And no way out. Jones: Argh. Just let us go! Nikola was simply in shock. so exhausted that the whole conversation that followed went over his head. He could only think about what went wrong, what they could have done better. His whole plan was exposed, the hopes, the freedom, his friends. All erased in the glimpse of an eye. Nails entered the room and followed through a long corridor they had never seen. It all clicked in their mind, the pardon, the work, the isolation, the question. it was all a mind game. Nails: Ren! Ren! Hey you don't have to do this! I'm still useful… I can- I can do what you want, believe me! I'll work overtime, I'll go to prison! just stop this! My life is yours! (Nervous laughter) I- I still have value, right? I'm still worth it you know! This is just a misunderstanding, I was totally gonna follow the plan, you- you just took me by surprise. Just- let's leave this aside. Ren: Enough. I'm afraid that that won't be possible. You and your little friends have caused us enough trouble already, now you're gonna reunite with them, one. last. time. I'll give you that. Nails: but- this is my home, I was here since the beginning everyone knows it. Ren: your home? Your home? you betrayed your own home, your own work, your own "friends", those who you think are good people, you think that they have answers? That they know the way? It's all against your own good, open your eyes. We tried to show you, you just had to see it, see around you, see this world all made by us. Believe me, I tried, I really tried to help you, to show you. but you, you are hopeless. your time has come. A pneumatic door opens loudly, cutting through the tension in the room. Ren: I have changed my mind, prisoners. Jones: What, you’re gonna let us free? This is such, the fever dream. Ren: Sarcasm… My answer is no, rather I have decided that you three are going down together… *fingers snap* Nails take a seat please. Nikola struggles, tied to his seat with his mouth shut. Jones: great… Nails: No, Ren, please, just- just let me go. Guys I’m sorry- Jones: There's no need Nails. You've said enough. Ren: moving on, I have come to this outcome after finding no actual need for Nails in the colony. And as they say “snitches get stitches”. Tie them Liam. Nails: No, no- Liam ties Nails tight to a chair. Ren: what a sight, what, a, sight. The one who killed her, the one who helped them and the one who is not from here. All tied before my eyes. Nails: what do you mean? Ren: what? The "not from here"? I thought you already knew it, what a friendship… this- individual who you know as "Jones" isn't actually from the colony, he was not printed by our lovely pod, we are not sure if he was printed at all, Ari found him in a sealed cave no food, no water, no source of air, he was unconscious, when Ari tried to wake him up and help him, he woke up startled and threatened to shoot them, he acted incoherently and said nonsensical things, I quickly tied him before he could harm poor Ari. We tried to get answers but nothing from him. Now, any answer? Nails: I- I don't know what to say. Jones, is it true? Jones: Nails. I- I'm sorry. Ren: I'd love to continue this conversation but we have things to do and feats to celebrate and this place is scorching. Here have the frost buns from earlier, see if you can enjoy them now and thanks for the rocket dandelion! *Door slams shut* *padlock clicks* Nails struggles tied to their seat. Jones stays still in his chair, looking defeated at the roof. Nikola pulls all the stops to free himself but for nothing. The room is full of smoke, heat and a strange Mystery that extends beyond what is seen. *Steps fade away* Nails: Jones? … Nails: Please, speak to me, I don't wanna go like this. … Nails: I ruined it, I shouldn't have left, I know, Nikola? I- I'm sorry, you tried to help us and what did I give you in return?... I deserve this. I deserve to not know. I deserve to live a lie but you two don't deserve to go with me- Jones: No… Nails, it's my fault, I messed it up, I tried to hurt people before, I stole frost buns in an attempt to selfishly save my life, I hid everything from you, I ruined Nikola's plan. He even tried to help me when I was running to the rocket. I planned to get the food for myself when I heard your news at the turn of the century, but the meal wood farm was almost completely gone. I thought you left us when you were actually having a really hard time covering us up. I'm sorry. Nails: Jones- I- couldn’t bear any longer, it's my fault… Now we are all gonna pay. I pardon you for keeping that secret, it doesn't change anything, we’ll always be friends. Nikola I'm sorry. I could have done better, thank you. Jones: Nails I pardon you. Nikola nods in agreement, not being able to say anything. [Time skip] Nikola laid placid in his chair just waiting to rest knowing that he had done well in life. Jones had a plain expression looking away with a certain relief, he had seen death before only this time he was gonna die happy near his friends. Nails was still thinking about many things, the people they had seen suffer, when would They rest? Who would remember Them? They had nothing and it seemed like Nails was the only one caring about Them, they just hoped to see Them free. A dandelion left to fly through harsh winds only to land, grow and finally wither. Yet in the worst of situations you can still see the light. In the dark blanket that covered the room something moved through the winding paths of the cave, something observed. Without anyone noticing, something got closer and closer. It approached Nails who didn’t even notice it, lost in their thoughts, and it gently touched Nails’ arm Nails: The cold hands of death... Take me away… Jones: what the-? Someone is here! The figure quickly untied everyone and ran into the darkness. Nikola: aha! Thrown back into the board! Time to play our cards guys. Nails take the buns and everyone run up the ladder, we've been given another chance and it won't be long before they find out. Jones: Who are they? Why did they save us? Nikola: No time to waste, just go, we'll find out later. Nails: is this enough for the trip? Nikola: With the food onboard, it seems like it. The mysterious figure quickly climbed the rough ladder with Nikola, Nails and Jones following behind with renewed hopes. Nikola: This is beyond exciting. Jones: You think so? Because we are not out of trouble, just look down. Nails: oh, no. They're coming. Nikola: Quick fill out the ladder, there is igneous nearby. We need to gain some time. As their captors climbed the ladder and threatened to shoot, Jones quickly blocked the way with some tiles and continued ascending. As they reached the top and got to the base of the rocket the figure ran away into the nearby ruins. Jones: What are they doing? They just come in, free us and then disappear without a word? Nails: we can't leave them. They saved our lives. Nikola: Hmmm, Nails and Jones climb up and initiate launch procedures, change the crew list. Jones: What are you doing? Nikola: saving someone when I can, go and wait for me! Nails: oh pod. Jones: He’s gonna get killed. Nikola ran across the frosty surface to the ruins. Nails and Jones climbed as quickly as their limbs allowed them to and opened the doors at the top that prevented the launch. Nikola entered the broken down ruin finding a little camp hidden away in the cracks. Nikola: hello? Please come here, we are running out of time. … Nikola: I won't hurt you, I want to thank you for saving us. Nikola found the figure in a little room, holding firmly an old broken down tape, they were wearing a gray rain coat. The room was filled with beautiful markings in the snowy walls that resembled drawings made by the most precise artistic tool with a small firm with the name Max. In a frosty box three sleet wheat grains showed the humble rations Max collected from the scarce plants nearby. Nikola: Max? How long have you been here? Max shoke in terror or from the cold, in the end of the cot still holding firmly the tape Nikola: do you- like tapes? Here, I have one. Max looked at the tape curiously and stepped out of the cot. Nikola: See, everything is fine. Look, I need to get you out of here, you can have my tape if you come with me, I'll bring your supplies if you want, we have everything you may need in the rocket. Max thought for a moment and nodded their head in agreement. Both of them ran out of the camp hidden in the ruin and in a second they were already climbing the ladder. Halfway through a loud noise came from an opening at the base of the ladder which was soon followed by Ren and his crew pointing their multitools at them. Ren: ¡Stop, right now! Nikola: Run. Max ¡Run! ¡Jones turn on the engine! Balls of plasma ascend quickly, almost hitting them, they impact on the ladder and parts of the rocket generating bright flashes of light as Nikola and Max approach the top. Nikola: ¡Almost there! The ground shakes with the flame of the engine making some of the crew fall but Ren keeps firmly clinging to the ladder and makes a last shot hitting Nikola in the foot almost making him call but Max pulls him up and both enter the hatch. With the crew onboard the rocket launches even with a last attempt from Ren to open the door. Flying into the unknown yet clear space above, with growesta growing distant in the sky.
  2. Automatic notified 21 Cycle 100 Personal log #001 Nikola: Jones went out of the base at 01:00. He promised to return, before his departure we were greeted by a message in the speakers. “Good morning Growesta, I’m very grateful to announce that we have reached the colony milestone of ‘turn of the century’. For your great work in keeping the colony afloat I’d like for everyone to reunite at the central dinner hall. All but essential work will halt until nightfall and we’ll all enjoy a celebratory banquet. Bring your best suits. Thank you.” As Jones predicted they were gonna host a celebration mid-cycle. This was his signal to leave, after reluctantly accepting goodbye we opened the door leading to the hole in the colony. After accompanying him outside to evaluate the surroundings we found that the room connecting to the base had been completely rebuilt into a two-floor warehouse spanning the length of the entire lower section of the base. We both thanked pod that the hole in the wall behind a storage bin wasn’t found. Jones said goodbye and disappeared into the darkness of the warehouse. I just hope that he found enough food in the greenhouse until he can produce more. I returned to the door in the base… and locked it. Regarding the fuel production I can inform that the slickster population has increased to 2 members and an egg is in incubation with two cycles remaining. The second slickster is a cycle away from maturity. A third egg will be laid in 3 cycles.The population will continue to grow exponentially albeit very slowly until reaching 5 members, at which point enough fuel would have been produced for launch and the remaining egg population stored safely into the rocket. Current rations give me an estimated life span of 30 cycles. In the case of the crew being unable to come, I’ll be forced to proceed alone in this mission. I have decided to record this in a formal way as to prepare me to be someone who my crew can lean on. A captain of sorts. Or as a way to toughen me enough to bear the darkness of space, alone. Sometimes this recurring dream comes in my slumber, in it I see the world I promised in ruins, I see the hope I have given to others as a fading flame facing the indifferent nature of the universe. I see the world we’ll leave, crumbling, with a loud shattering sound, tearing itself apart under the pressure, and I think to myself if it would have been any different by us being there. After that I wake up startled and recall the last moments of the dream. I see her. She looks into the distance, facing away from me as small debris fall out of the blue, and a bare lifeless rock rises over the horizon, the place she called home, then it ends...
  3. I think you forgot the nuclear meltdown to break a window. I'm not sure if it did work tho. The logical next step is to turn it into neutronium, then we'll build a rocket chimney to destroy it!
  4. Automatic notifier 21 Cycle 95 Nikola: cycle 95, 1 cycle before the egg hatches, 2 cycles before another egg. We're a third of the way there. Current temperature is 65 degrees celsius, the heat is unbearable, a little more and we’re gonna get heat stroke. 100 kg of crude oil has been collected as of yet, if refined with an oil refinery only 50 kg of petroleum would be left, we need 315 kg. A better method of refining would be to heat the crude oil with geothermal energy from the core but going down there is difficult, piping is expensive and there is no easy way to control the heat emanated, it might flash the crude oil to sour gas and then a scorching cloud of gas would fill this place, it’s not an option, it’s too dangerous. Jones hasn’t talked with me since cycle 93, I think I went too far with my questions or something, the slickster topic can’t be taken lightly with him and I don’t know why, maybe a trauma or something personal related to that. I’m gonna talk with him and hopefully we can leave that behind, there are bigger problems awaiting us. Jones is completing the basic nosecone of the rocket, the rocket stands on top of the surface, a long and improvised later connects the small base to the top, going through a long rust biome and several jungles is the harsh and frozen surface. Nikola: *gasp* *gasp* That- is a long ladder. Jones: *groan* What is so important that makes you climb that ladder. Nikola: I want to talk with you. I’m sorry if I shouldn’t have asked that. Jones: It's- okay Nikola, you don’t worry, it’s fine. I figured out how to go to that meal lice farm and hot to not get noticed. Nikola: Is it really fine, you seemed upset about the question, I’m still sorry if it upset you. Jones: nah, it’s- fine, we’re fine. I’m done here, the engine and the nosecone are done. Let’s go down, to tell you the plan. Nikola: uhm, okay- be careful with the ladder. Jones: Here we are. Now I’ll explain, at cycle 100 I’m gonna go up there and get to the mealwood farm, everyone is gonna be celebrating the turn of the century, I’ll stay hidden by blocking the entrance and I’ll stay there fertilizing the mealwood until I get the meal lice needed. How much meal lice would be needed for the expedition? Nikola: what? No you can’t go up there, Jones it’s too risky and you are our pilot, believe me we’ll find a solution we just need some more time. Jones: Nikola we don’t have all the time in the world, if you want to make up for what you say you are gonna let me go, assign your self the piloting skill. In the meantime you’ll stay here and get that petroleum collected and sent into the rocket. I’ll try to hear about Nails while I’m there. ¡How many meal lice we need! Come on. Nikola touches his forehead with his arm, the mere thought of going outside makes him nervous. Nikola: 30,000 Calories… Jones: Nikola, if I don’t return until launch please go without us, just go with whatever food is left. Nikola: I’m not gonna leave you, I would rather die than be alone in space, and without you two this wouldn’t have been possible. Jones: I know and I’ll try my best to come back with Nails if necessary. But please, go if we can’t make it, I’d rather help another hurt soul than die without doing anything meaningful in this place. Nikola: *sigh* ok.
  5. Ren has had enough, he knows is a long fall but he has decided and if he's gonna fall he will take the bread with him. Nobody suspects anything.
  6. Automatic notifier 21 Cycle: 93 Nikola: Jones the recording started. He he, time- sure flies by. I think we should go to bed, I still have stamina but a nap wouldn't hurt. Right? I just need to move our schedule blocks a bit. *Schedule block slides* Jones: Don't worry about the schedule, we'll make up for it later. Please take care of yourself. Nikola: I will, I'm sorry, I won't need to stay awake now. This blueprint should solve all our problems- What? What's this? What happened? Nikola looks horrified at a bunch of scribbles and a rough sketch of the petroleum engine, half of the research could be salvaged, the rest is incomprehensible nonsense. Nikola: *sigh* oh how do I hate myself right now. Well for now let's just go to bed, I'll get more irradiated later at the material study terminal. Jones: Good luck with that. Night. Nikola: It’s- morning. Recording stopped The ground thaws, the walls drip, the ceiling falls then settles, the air doesn’t has the same chill as before… a gray figure runs through these frozen tunnels.It has been here for a while, sometimes it travels downwards and looks through the cracks, their ‘home’ is falling apart, the easier stuff to melt goes down first. For this gray figure some cracks are more interesting than others, some have more color, they particularly enjoy looking through these… Catching a glimpse of someone’s life, a mere moment in time, like a short lived candy and seeing something other than sleet wheat and ice is comforting but it's a short sighting and silence comes back to the cold tunnels. Recording starts Nikola: So, Jones, about finding food… Jones: We're gonna try with sleet wheat? Nikola: It’s a complex plant… It needs a very… special temperature control. Growth ceases due to heat stress… Nikola walks to a chalkboard part of the research station and begins writing a demonstration for Jones, Jones follows behind with interest. Nikola: at 5°C and above the plant suffers from heat stress due to its adaptations to cold environments, it needs irrigation so if the temperature is lower, the water solidifies in the pipes and hydroponic tile rendering them useless. We are back to square one. They both sit down, Nikola keeps thinking of a solution, he didn’t plan all of this to be stopped by such a simple problem. Jones is sitting close, thinking about their options and about the effort of both to make this work, any doubts have been left behind, at this point they can only keep going. Jones: What if… we go outside and look for that farm I talked about, the plants might be enough. Nikola: *sigh* it's risky, we would need to go outside and stay there until we produce enough food, then come back and pickle it at the grill. Too much exposition, they would find us immediately. Jones: And what else can we do? Nikola: urg, I don’t know, I just- don’t know, we are so close and yet so far. *slickster bubbles far away* [Editor note: the sound slicksters make will be “bubbles” due to lack of an analogous organism] Jones: Your little ‘thing’ seems to need you, take a look. I’ll harvest the trees while I come up with a solution. Nikola: He most likely needs grooming, he has earned it, we already got an egg with 2 cycles of incubation, three cycles to hatch and another egg coming in four cycles. Jones ascends the nearby ladder leading to the dense arbor tree forest, a marvel of pip engineering that consists of 15 wild arbor trees to power wood burners and stockpile lumber, the whole forest took 32 whole cycles to grow and mature enough branches, pips and divergents developed this little oasis with Nikola’s planning. But every oasis is surrounded by a desert and this is no exception, below it is the jungle and barren biome but it’s partially insulated by the resilient abyssalite layer, open tunnels in the layer provide access and leak heat from the wood burner and biomes below. The oasis in a way fuels the desert, throwing fuel into the fire. Jones: Why the ‘he’? *harvests branch* Nikola: Well he seems to like it and they are all more than creatures. Even if they reproduce asexually and don’t have gender. Now I’ll ask you a question, what’s your problem with slicksters? If you want to talk about it. Jones: *harvests branch*. I- they- they have shown me their true colors before. *slickster bubbles happily* Nikola: you can go now little guy. So what did they do to you? For all I know they are harmless. Jones: it’s- complicated, okay.
  7. *cough**cough* is somebody still here?.... Anybody?... Anyways have some dupes I thought would be good for- turn based combat? Why did I even do this. Okay bye! I regret everything
  8. Automatic notifier 21 Cycle 92 Jones: today I'm going to talk with Nikola. Recently he has been staying up late, working every night to complete whatever research he needs for that engine. He's too tired to be destructive, leaving him a little grumpy and maybe delusional. So he needs to sleep, it’s not helping with his condition so I got this thing built. Jones presents a massage table with a certain joy and pride in what he has built but still keeping a serious expression, falling to realize that the recording can't get what he has built, at the end he notices his mistake. Right *facepalm* I made a massage table, so Nikola can relieve his stress and maybe sleep but that’s not the hard part, I got to convince him to stop working and for pod’s sake just lie down. The piles of paper, data and debris reached high near Nikola's desk, reaching ever higher, like skyscrapers in the depths of the cave, this was an unconscious habit Nikola had acquired. The common nature of the sharp of mind is to accumulate every single thing you need for your work in the desk, it might appear like a nonsensical assortment of items but for the one who thinkers with the mind it is a way to reach everything, but the state of the desk was beyond normal, the piles swinged right and left threatening to collapse but Nikola continued neck deep in his work. Nikola: What were the angles again? Where is that paper? Come on, I'm almost done. Where is it? *Yawn* I had it here, who’s playing tricks with me? His eyes battled to stay open. All the operations, data and all his doubts, worries and fears mixing up into a confusing mess keeping him from understanding any of it and a mess that wanted to turn into a migraine and slowing down his progress to a crawl. Nikola: I just need to finish. If I get to finish we’ll be in a better place, sooon *yawn* *face slapping* It's not time for this, you are almost done Nikola, concentrate! But the desk feels so comfy… Jones: Look who’s here. The man himself. Nikola you need to sleep you silly. Look at the mess around you. Nikola: Jones *yawn* there’s no time for arguments, if my mind can still serve me well, a fourth of the cycle has already passed. There’s stuff to doooo *yawn* you lazy boy, don't you want some freedom then Why not sing a lullaby to a little prince… Jones: Nikola stop it, you really need to sleep, do you hear what you are saying? It's already mid cycle. And what’s all of the little prince about? You are gonna lay in this table I made and you’re gonna like it. Nikola: Shhh, the prince needs silence for his song. *yawn* little prince, soo soon, you’ll break out of the shell to see the woooorld *yawn*, the light of day will shower you, the light of day will calm you. *hugs incubator* Jones: Are you done? Well you are going to the table, you’re stressed, you’re tired and you look half dead. *starts pushing Nikola* Nikola: What are you doing Jones? I’m fine, stop messing around *yawn*I'm completely capable of working. Just let me continue. Why don't you let me do this. Jones: Not in a million cycles will I do what you say in this state, it's nonsense. I’m doing this for you and I’m doing this for me, now rest in the massage table. *Nikola getting dragged* Nikola: stop. You can rest alone if you want, but I need to do so many important things, can’t you see that I’m trying to save *yawn* all of us? I promise I'll sleep later. Jones: can’t you see that I’m trying to save you. Nikola finally lands on the massage table, seeing that resisting is fruitless he accepts the treatment. The mechanical arms immediately start doing their job, the soft cushion-like hands massaged the aches and pains away, finally relaxing Nikola and making his voice all wobbly due to the vibration. Nikola: No, no. I don’t need slee- *yawn* weell, maybe just a short nap, just a nap- He succumbs into a deep sleep, meanwhile the massage continues and the stress goes away little by little. Lost in his slumber he remained calm, giving a rest to the loss of a friend. Jones: Now, time to change your schedule, there’s way too much weight on your shoulders. You were killing yourself with that routine, just some bathtime, lunch, sleep work and then repeat! No wonder why you had a loose screw. I’ll expand our downtime and when you are awake we are going to improve this place, in these conditions nobody can live, even us. It may take time but you need it, at least a water cooler to talk. Nikola: *small snore* As Jones goes away and prepares some renovations, Nikola finds himself in a deep sleep but even in your best dreams you can’t escape your true worries… He found himself in the planetoid he had seen from a great distance, previous dreams weren’t as clear as this one, he could feel the rough parts of the surface, lengthy stretches of rusty valleys sprouting an uncountable amount of nosh beans and ethanol lakes, cavernous ocean biomes filled with warm water and tranquil waterweeds feeding many pokeshells which thrived in the resourceful pools, Nikola found his friends joyous in their new home, the wild life he had cared for so much, finally free to brave the empty and dead space in the universe echoing through time and space defeating entropy itself. But not all stories get a happy ending and the past can’t be avoided until accepted, these are long shadows which tie us to our errors and haunt us in our dreams. Nikola could start to see lifeless shades creeping through the land, humble plants turning into greedy weeds, the floor rumbling threatening to break wide open, shameful voices replacing the joyful songs which filled the air. Nikola: no, ¡no! What's happening? *the planetoid rumbles* This can’t be true, ¡guys! ¡guys! Nikola shakes fearfully as he sees the figures of his friends as empty statues, empty eyes piercing through his very soul, he started to hear noises coming from everywhere and nowhere. F̷̨̤̤̫͔͙̳̮̑̏͜͜ẽ̴̛̘̝̑̿̊̅̇͝ă̶̢̼̞̥͓̍̊r̵̨̨̨̝͇̖͇̜͉̮̽͂͊̋͘: lies, lies, lies, lies, lies, lies, lies, lies. f̷̨̤̤̫̑̏͜Fẽ̴̛̘̝̑̿̊̅̇͝ă̶̢̼̞̥͓̍̊r̵̨̨̨̝͇̖͇̜͉̮̽͂͊̋͘ : you lied, you lied, you lied, you lied. F̷̨̤̤̫͔͙̳̮̑̏͜͜ẽ̴̛̘̝̑̿̊̅̇͝ă̶̢̼̞̥͓̍̊r̵̨̨̨̝͇̖͇̜͉̮̽͂͊̋͘: They believed, they believed, they believed. Nikola: ¡¿what?! No, I- I didn’t, I didn’t know, I didn’t know this would happen, I’m sorry, guys I’m sorry, I tried to give you a better future but I only dragged you here. I’m sorry, ¡I’m sorry! Nikola tries to reach his statuefied friends but the weeds in the soil grow tall and low, preventing him from coming, thorns spread from branch to branch covering Nikola in a thornful dome leaving him unable to move, leaving him lamenting the misfortune he casted upon his friends. The ground shakes more violently and Nikola sees a light in the dark sky, something that shatters all hopes in him, growesta raised in the horizont devastated and left in two big pieces orbiting around the planetoid, Nikola just closes his eyes and repeats to himself that it's not true, he didn’t caused it, he didn’t left them behind, he didn’t left her behind. When he opens his eyes he sees a familiar place, familiar faces. He’s back to where it started, everything happens so fast, the background changes to a forest or arbor trees and mealwood, it's the greenhouse, a rumbling machine appears in front of his eyes, he realizes what’s happening, he falls on his back backing off from his creation, a gray figure gets close to the artifact, too close, the machine blows up into a million pieces, the gray figure covers their face the explosion has left them with some scrapes in their face, nothing serious but Nikola feels chills run down his spine, in a blink of an eye the figure turns out to be Ari. Nikola: ¡I’m sorry I didn’t mean to!- Nikola can’t say anything else, another figure quickly approaches, looks at Ari’s condition and helps them get up, Nikola is frozen in place by the memories until the other figure gets close and starts to talk… Ren: ¡¿what did you do, new guy?! ¡¿are you listening?! Nikola can’t even think, the scene of the explosion has been burned into his brain, he can’t even hear Ren. Ren: What were you thinking? You built this right?! You did this! You are not an engineer. Ren holds a torn down piece of the machine, springs and screws fall from his hands as he tells Nikola what could have happened and that he needs to focus on what he can do and stop messing around with this pipedream. Just as Nikola was about to formulate a sentence a strong wind rushed through the greenhouse, arbor trees flew through the air, pips squeaked and got dragged out but they froze in mid air and lost their color turning them into more gray figures, Ren stopped talking and the wind sweeped away his colors too, leaving just another gray figure behind which quickly turned into dust disappearing in front of Nikola as he screamed for it to stop and curled into a ball, the wind grew stronger and Nikolas voice echoed in the emptiness left by the wind. When Nikola looked around there was just a barren surface left but something was standing in the dense mist, Nikola recognised that gray figure, it was he. She laid there, looking, thinking, hoping. Nikola got close not even believing she was there. That she was alive but at the first steps Nikola took, the surface separated and crumbled, leaving her in an island separated by the void from Nikola, then Nikola could clearly hear her words as he fell to the ground. Gossman: Sweet dreams. With those words Nikola wakes up startled by the dream, well rather the nightmare, his fears manifested this way to remind him, to fight his fears. Jones walks around and after seeing Nikola awake he rushes to see his condition while the critters follow him in the darkness. Jones: Nikola, you are finally awake, are you ok, you weren’t having the best of dreams by the look of things. Nikola: I- I’m okay, why didn’t you try to wake me up? It was- it was terrible. Jones: I didn’t know what would happen if I woke you up, and just so you know sometimes it's better to not run away from problems, would you like to chat about that? The recreation room is ready and there is a water cooler waiting for you. Nikola: I guess we could talk, we don’t do much apart from working, I don’t even know much about you now that I think about it, ok let’s put it this way, we’ll both talk about each other, to establish trust between us. It would be better with Nails here but… Jones: I know, I know, they aren’t here. Nikola: Do you miss them? Jones: I guess I do, a thought crosses my mind once in a while, what if they want to stay here now? What if they convince them to leave us. They are my friend and I don’t have many of them. Nikola: I see. it’s - it’s funny how they risked their lives to help someone that has been living in a cave for 17 cycles, that is suspected of committing an act of murder, that was put in a cell after two days of being- ¡alive! That befriended the wild critters of the caves and constantly talked to himself to remain sane. I have been hearing my own recordings, hearing my own voice say crazy things as the cycles passed for entertainment, building what I guess is simply a pipedream while I let my only friends fall apart just because I think I'm doing something better for their future but ¡I don't take their present into account! I'm a fool. Jones: Are you done? Nikola remained immobile for a second just to let out a long sigh and simply say yes. Jones: Well now that you let it out, let me tell you that you have done nothing to deserve this misfortune, your actions were justifiable in the state you were and we’re in this together, anything else you need to say? Would you like to talk about that nightmare? Nikola: Oh, right, what I did while I was in a- bad shape to put it kindly, I- I’m so so so terribly sorry and I got to give you thanks for what you did for me. I hope you can pardon me eventually, if you’re still mad at me. As for my- Nightmare, I- need some time, it was a lot to go through is all I’ll say for now, any other question, it’s the least I can do after what I’ve done. Jones: Uhm, not really. Maybe about that “bad past with machines you had” Nikola: ugh, that, to put it shortly it was my first day and when I got printed everyone was very busy, I even didn’t get to know who printed me because they went away to do something, I found myself alone and surrounded by a thriving colony, machines running left and right, plants hanging from modest pots, the air filled with a calming tone produced by many mirthy leafs, I felt in a sort of modest paradise and wanted to contribute immediately but I wasn’t given a job or priorities I was for the most part a blank sheet, I let myself ‘into the wind’ and I got attracted to the small greenhouse nearby, I get in and finding the plants in need of irrigation and seeing how everyone was so busy I got an idea, collecting some ores in the floor I started to work in a small machine to irrigate for us, having finished I was approached by Ari in their down time, they were curious of my progress and got closer to the machine- *long pause* Things went sour and after that I was instructed to focus on my jobs and interests, so after that I dropped anything to do with machines, kinda letting that aspiration die off and with it also anything that I didn’t knew how to do. But I had to come back to it when I found myself in a small cell with time between research and an automatic notifier in my reach, that’s how I made these. *lifts recorder* I needed a whole cycle to even know how it worked and how to change it for what I wanted. I- it wasn’t shortly, was it? Sorry for taking so much time. I got lost in the memories. Jones: nah it’s ok, it might be getting late so I got to tell you some things, first we are both gonna have a down time in our schedule, second you are gonna need to uh “unlearn” some skills, you don’t have the moral to afford doing so many things, third and most important we need to talk about food because we are gonna starve even before launch, what do you think? We are gonna need to get food from somewhere and I know it will hurt you deeply but those critters might not make it. Nikola: I- have already thought about it and even if we kill the critters it won’t be enough, between a grub grub, three sweetles, four dreckos, a pip and slickster (which we cannot eat) there isn’t enough food for three of us for like 5 cycles of traveling through space, then enough time to find food in the planetoid, it just doesn’t add up to the amount we need, I looked at it from every angle, even the eggs we are reserving to repopulate once there made into omelets won’t help us, this plan might be flawed from the start and it awakens me at night. Jones: Then maybe we’ll need something from outside… would it be too risky to try to get to the meal lice farm above? Nails and I found it and it’s enormous. Or we could grow food in those tundras near the surface close to the rocket. That place is good for plants to grow, right? at least sleet wheat- Recording stopped time limit reached initiating new recording…
  9. 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.
  10. Oh so that's why the asteroid fields in the starmap of spaced out include things like: Exploted ice giant, exploted gas giant, helium cloud, carbon asteroid field, etc... These were from the original starmap but due to the whole collision and mess of time and space these celestial bodies have been turned to pieces including the man-made satellites and the rest of space debris. Very interesting, you always know how to make us think Klei. ¡Great job!
  11. 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- *Footsteps* 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.
  12. 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..... #flashback# [...]: 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.
  13. 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.
  14. Hmmm if the travel distance per radbolt is now longer, i wonder if this could fill a room with radioactive contaminants for 25 rads, leaving another way to grow mutated plants if you don't want to use radiation lamps, just by making a radbolt bounce back and forth in a liquid near the plants, this way it only uses energy, now i just need a powerful radiation source near the generator.
  15. 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.