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  1. goatman461

    [O - E01] Hombre on Donwarr

    Location: Donwarr - E01 Tags: Vehicle, Land Vehicle (speeder from last week, only sidecar added, skip if not applicable) [Hannibal] - ZAAEL! If you're still on Donwarr, we need your help NOW! [Zaael] - Heading your way, John. What am I getting myself into? [Hannibal] - After freeing Callahan, we got carried away killing off MANTIS thugs and may have set off a few too many alarms. Our reinforcement will meet you in route. Don't worry, they'll have all the fire power you'll need. [Zaael] - ReinforcemenT? As in singular? I hope this is one Bad dude [Hannibal] - The baddest dude I know, Z... [Dr. Long] - Z... these fools barked up the Long tree. Pew! Pew! Pew! Pew! Pew! Pew! Pew! Pew! Pew! Pew! Pew! Pew! Pew! Pew! Pew! Pew! Pew! Pew! Pew! Pew! Pew! Pew! Pew! Pew! Pew! Pew! Pew! Pew! Pew! Pew! Pew! Pew! Pew!
  2. Umbra-Manis

    [M-E01] Inspection

    Location: E01 - Donwarr Tags: Fleet, Land Vehicle I needed a force of 6 scout drones to do reconnaissance for this next part of the mission. What do you call this Bass? Well, We have four functioning units here,that perform as requested. The other two, that's a different story. One ended up with some programming that makes it act like a dog, and the other one had a paint malfunction. What kind of paint malfunction? Erm... That would be being put in the middle of a Paintball war with the R&D departments. Thanks for reading! MANTIS STAR WARS WEEK! This story is kind of related to my main story, but disconnected. C&C welcome!
  3. goatman461

    [O - E01] Exit

    Location: Donwarr, E01 Tags: Spaceship, Land Vehicle, Civil Building "Sir, he should be awake now." "Don't do this Cantillon, We both know John would have never approved this." "It's our one chance Barbara. We also both know that you can't stop me." "Johhn Hhhannibal... Octan pilot... warlord... war Criminal... desecrator of corpses... slanderer... fiend. I can't tell you how much it pleases the Council to have you here... Tell us what you know about Octan's latest offensive." "I haven't been with the fleet in weeks, Steve, you know I don't know it's route. And, we're obviously not in the interrogation room, so let's just get to it so you can get back to picking out accessories." "Commander Cantillon! We're tracking a massive formation of M.A.N.T.I.S. fighters moving to intercept. How close are you to target?" "I'm within the gravity well, but I've lost my starboard engine. Diving now." "Dammit Cantillon! You'll never make atmosphere. Get out of there!" "You're right, we don't bring scum like you here to interrogate. Our technicians have already mapped out and downloaded your temporal lobe, so asking questions won't be necessary. Goodbye John. How fitting it is that you will die on the very welcome mat you laid out for our invasion." "Commander Cantillon... Can you hear me Cantillon... Can you hear me Cantillon..................... (hopefully this post isn't too late, I got up this morning and realized I forgot to actually click "post")
  4. Master_Data

    [M - E01] Lord Mantis' Secret Base

    Sector: E01 Tags: Military, Building, Vehicle, Spaceship, Land Vehicle Begin Log: I've got him cornered! This could be it for Octan! All he has is one trooper. I can easily take them both. Master Data, this is Lord Mantis! Pause the simulation. We need you down here now! There's been a leak in one of the fuel cells. If it reaches the central power battery, this entire building will explode, crippling our operations in this sector. IR-wIN is taking care of it right now. IR-wIN: Already dispatched alien mechanic and rescue pod. How did that saw blade get stuck there in the first place? Don't ask! We need you to take out the new fighter to pick up some more power battery cells. The energy used to fix the fuel cell will probably deplete our last reserves. Alright, Howie, prime the fighter! End Log Well, I'm back (for now)! I wanted to come back with a bang, so I went to the extreme: 48x48. I also introduced IR-wIN and Lord Mantis. My studio couldn't hold the model, so my overhead shots aren't the best, but I hope you enjoy it!
  5. Umbra-Manis

    [M-E01] It's Time

    Tags: Land Vehicle, Fleet Location: E01 - Donwarr Previously Part I Part II Part III Part IV Part V Part VI Part VII Part IX Part X It's Time Urtem. The Rescue mission is Go. No reason to waste any time. Aryna? RIght. Thanks for reading Part 11! Judges: This is not a recolor of the 21103 Delorean Time Machine, it's a MOD with some heavy work on the hood. C&C Welcome!
  6. Mr Greeble

    [M-E01] When Pigs Fly

    Location: E01 - Donwarr Tags: Exploration, Military, Spaceship Previously: Part I Part II Part III Log of Agent G: Finding myself mysteriously stranded on Donwarr, my first order of business was to repair my com system, which was scrambled after my interplanetary journey. With me being in the middle of the forest, that proved to take a few days. Once that was repaired however, I was able to signal a M.A.N.T.I.S. M22-Persuader that was near Jurin II. It was able to land on Donwarr in a matter of hours. I took my new companion, the pig, who had stayed faithfully by my side the entire time. I have taken to calling him Herbert. He comes as a welcome relief from all the stuffy M.A.N.T.I.S. robots at home. ... Two days later ... Log of Agent G: After searching over M.A.N.T.I.S. records for hours as to what could have happened to me on the Octan spacecraft, I finally found something. Only a few instances of it have been found, but it seems like it is possible for humans to go through a GATE unaided by a spacecraft... The M22-Persuader is a heavy craft that packs a lot of firepower. Although it has a one seater cockpit, the rear has room for two people, or three, snugly. C&C much appreciated!
  7. Big Sal

    [M - E01] Mission H3E01

    Location: E01, Donwarr Tags: Land Vehicle, Spying Hawk to Sal. I've located our guy in an Octan truck headed north. Good work Hawk. Stay on them, but keep out of sight. Got it. Excellent. The fools will lead us straight to their base! Hey, Sal? Yeah? Couldn't we have just followed this clearly marked road to their base? ... ... ... .... --- Thanks for reading! C&C welcome! More pics in the spoiler.
  8. Kodan Black

    [O - E01] Donwarr Springs

    Location: E01 Donwarr Tags: Land Vehicle, Space Vehicle Previously... // PERSONAL DIARY // One of the great things about Octan is that they attempt to be more efficient. For instance we have giant mechs that we have ground penetrating radar and seismic analysis devices in order to more efficiently find things like water on Donwarr. We had established a water extraction site and shipped several mining and research vehicles out to it. We had even set up a monorail to aid the workers in moving about between the various sites. Aboard one of our light carriers, the OCS Artemas Ward, several of our heavy cargo ships were ferrying water from the planet's surface up to the various fleet ships. Most of the water would be consumed, but we also had some marked for scientific analysis. The Ward was very lightly armed, mostly it has enough firepower to scare off smaller pirates. It is used as an escort carrier for the fleet helping to move supplies around with her cargo vessels. Oddly this week we didn't deal with the mystery ships that had appeared the past 2 weeks. But that was probably because I was so busy at work. I bet that next week we see them make a return. Extra Pics: All the various smaller ships and vehicles I made:
  9. Kodan Black

    [O - E01] Hydroxic Acid Analysis

    Location: E01 Donwarr Tags: Land Vehicle, Space Vehicle, Civil Building, Science Previously... // PERSONAL DIARY // Dr. Allison had managed to predict the mystery ship's path as Donwarr. Fortunately our Octan fleet was arriving there by coincidence! While we were in the system we decided to do some analysis of the local water supply. Dr. Allison went ahead with ED-208 to one of our water pumping stations and began her work. I was glad that we were all back together and it was re-assuring having ED-208 to keep an eye on Dr. Allison. Though she had gained some field experience she was still a bit of a rookie and I wanted to make sure she was safe. Once we had collected some samples I filled a few containers and loaded them into one of our work trucks to haul back to a shuttle. I wanted to send the samples up to the Axle both for storage but also further analysis. While Dr. Allison is a talented scientist and our water pumping station had the ability to do some preliminary scientific analysis we would be best served doing a proper analysis up on the full labs of the Axle. As I was driving to the shuttle one of our fleet commanders informed me that another mystery ship had been spotted. This one seemed less like a dropship and more offensive in nature. They suspected the large circular thing at the front was some form of weapon. And it also appeared to have significant electronic data gathering capability. We'd have to be careful and figure out who these mystery ships belonged to! Extra Pics: I wanted to do one bigger cohesive scene this week. Usually I would do this as 2 separate builds but I wanted to try and make it all one scene. Part of what I like about AG is it gives me a chance to work outside my usual build style and try new stuff!
  10. goatman461

    [O - E01] Waking Hannibal

    Location: Donwarr - E01 Tags: Civil Building (weather station), Spaceship (MANTIS ship cross-section), Land vehicle (Octan speeder bike) "John... John..." "What, Dora?" "We need to get up." "But it's dangerous up there, lets just stay close to the reef." "No John. We have to get up. He's coming." "He can't get us down here, Dora." "Yes, he can John, get up now!" "Ok..." "Dammit... Dora, is the Mercy Brandy overhead?" "No signal, John, they appear to be jamming my comms." "Detach the beacon. Can you talk to the bike?" Weather Station by Ryan McBryde, on Flickr "No, John." Weather Station by Ryan McBryde, on Flickr "How am I looking?" "Not so good, wound is through and through, in between you liver and spine, but I can't stop the bleeding. You're going to black out again." "Yeah... You'd better erase anything you don't need and stay quiet for now." "Yes, John." "See you on the other side sweet girl..." Weather Station by Ryan McBryde, on Flickr Aboard the MCF Scythe... "The target is incapacitated but the droid is MIA, sir, do you want me to finish the job?" "No. We'll have to find out what he knows first. Deliver him to Jurin II and await further orders."
  11. Umbra-Manis

    [M-E01] Training Day

    Tags: Fleet Location: E01 - Donwarr Previously: Part I Part II Part III Part IV Part V AGENTS URTEM AND ARYNA! You have recently been upgraded or built for the express purpose of being some of the greatest agents in M.A.N.T.I.S. You can now assume any appearance you wish at will, mimic any voice, you can become anyone. And now you are almost ready for your ultimate mission. But first you must have final combat training. Please step into the MANTRIX, a reality which exists between our own and a higher plane. Yes Sir! This face will work for training. How long was I disassembled? You've been gone for nearly a month and a half soldier. Now get in there and get back in butt kicking shape. Well then. Let's do this. Inside the MANTRIX I am the Morph Program. I exist for training and for all affairs which involve my artificial plane of existence. Here I am the god, but I am a slave to that self same power. So your destiny is simply to stay here forever? It might be for now, but I posses the power to change the meaning of destiny within this realm. Tomorrow if you ask me what my destiny is I may say that it is to become an emperor in Andromeda, or simply to have a lunch of my choosing. Or tomorrow might never arrive for me, no matter how much time passes for you. The possibilities are endless, at least until I change what those words mean. Can we get on with this? I hate waiting when I don't have to. It could have been mere seconds that that conversation took, but yes we will begin. Fight me. Let's do this! YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH! Literal game on! Hold on! Why is there a control room? Aren't you the only inhabitant of this plane? Yes. It is quite empty. And I know your partner in spy crime here is about to make a joke about me just hanging here while you carry on this discussion. How did you? My World. My Rules. Resume. Thanks for checking out the latest installment! This is my biggest AG build yet!
  12. Big Sal

    [M - E01] Mission F2E01

    Location: E01 Tags: Land Vehicle, Spying Excerpt from the mission logs of Big Sal: Date: 5 Marzn 3816. Mission Code: F2E01. Location: Octan territory, Donwarr. Mission Objective: Find and sabotage Octan communications equipment hidden in the forest. Excerpt ends. Please slow down Sal! We're sure to hit a tree at this rate! Nonsense! I used to be a pilot, remember? My reflexes are excellent. Fine, but how are we ever going to spot the aerial at this speed?? I'll see it. Wait, there it is! AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH! Excerpt from the mission logs of Big Sal: Mission Outcome: Success - target destroyed. Excerpt ends. Thanks for reading! Not much time for a big story this week. C&C welcome. More pictures of the car in the spoiler.
  13. Planet: Donwarr Log of Agent G: Still stationed on Donwarr. I'm beginning to really dislike this planet. I was assigned to try to make peace between M.A.N.T.I.S. and the Na Vohz. When I arrived at the camp, I had probably killed half the insect population underneath my boots. You haven't experienced bugs until you've visited Donwarr, I mean, It's really spectacular, the ground is almost a solid, writhing mass of bugs, like that one scene from that old Mantiana Jones movie. Really gross. On crossing the lines into the camp, I was acutely aware of the Sliver they had on guard. The giant bugs had obviously noticed the bug muck on my boots, and they were no pleased about it. Even with my State of the Art armor, I could feel the beat of their wings, I kid you not. More on the Sliver can be found in my last entry: Log entry 100253. Thinking ahead, I had skinned a surprisingly white lizard to use as a white flag. You think M.A.N.T.I.S. would give all of their explores one, but they don't so I had to make do. Well, another interesting fact about the Na Vohz: They are devout worshippers to Maloh, the great god whose stomach we apparently all live in. It's complicated. I found that out from my last time spying on the Na Vohz. What I didn't know, was that they believe that the physical incarnation of Maloh is the rare white lizard that lives on Donwarr. Needless to say, the peace talks didn't go well, but like any M.A.N.T.I.S. explorer, I took it with stride. Oh, one more thing about the Na Vohz: they chop down an area of trees, usually in a circle, build a stone wall with one opening, and then herd their prey into it, rendering said prey helpless while the Sliver riders attack from above. Rather ingenious. - G Note to Judges: The Green bug is reused, the red bug is new. AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!! (I wasn't able to use my normal photo setup because it was so big, so enjoy a rare shot of my wall.) Extra Pics: The Na Vohz Sliver Bugs C&C much appreciated!
  14. Big Sal

    [M - E01] Mission T4E01

    Location: E01 Tags: Land Vehicle, Spying I don’t understand this, Sal. Why isn’t it moving anywhere? I don’t know, Greene. See if you can hack into their comms. Getting anything? I’m picking something up… but it can’t be coming from the tank. That would be ridiculous. Ugh, you’re useless, let me have a go. This is fun, eh Greene? I told you spying isn’t that dangerous. You’re probably safer here than in the lab! Greene? AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH! AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH! Thanks for reading! C&C welcome. More pics of the tank in the spoiler.
  15. goatman461

    [O - E01] An Attempt at Salvage

    Location: Donwarr - E01 Tags: Spaceship, Land Vehicle, Civil Building Their meeting at Freegate concluded, Octan Pilot John Hannibal and Merchant Confederacy Trustee / Admiral of the Merchant Fleet Bridge Callahan depart for Donwarr to investigate the debris fields left by the runaway Zoid slave ship. "Have you been to Donwarr since MANTIS threw out our treaties?" "A few times, John. Since Donwarr was taken by license before the war, the transition has been much smoother there. Our members are still operating their business... or creating new ones to adjust to the market." "That's good to hear. We've seen a lot of needless suffering on Jurin II. It's too bad that exchange couldn't have been more civil." "That's just the difference between a sale and a theft. In the former, both parties leave happy, in the latter, both are worse off. That economy still hasn't recovered since nobody knows if their business is going to be confiscated again. There's really no good way to deal with people that think they can just take whatever they want." "My scan is complete, John. No tracking devices, bombs, or signs of sabotage." "Thank you, Dora. Callahan, Where to first?" "A strip bar in the lower districts where we'll find our driver. We'll get there early enough to miss the patrons, but you should ditch the Octan colors, regardless. No need to stir up any hotheads." "Fair enough. This driver, proprietor, stripper, or patron?" AG Merchant Confederacy febRoverary by Ryan McBryde, on Flickr "Patron, a bit of a drunk, but he sobers quickly. Besides, he's the only one with the equipment we need... a H-Class beach rover with the towing capability to move heavy scrap. Anything nautical will be risky considering the lack of cover and jumpiness we've seen from MANTIS lately." "Time to move, our satellites got a hit on a heavier section of the ship and signs of life nearby." "Looks liak a bust to me C'mander, whate'er signs of life y'all pic'tup wit dem sateelites curnt've com from dis 'er rekage, dam t'ing a'redy burnt'up on reentry." "There must be something down here. Keep her running while I get a closer look." "Huh, must be one of Pombe's crew. Hey pal, you out here investigating the wreckage? Looks like you beat us to it." "Not exactly. You got an extra pair of pants? Mine didn't survive the fire." To be continued...
  16. Kodan Black

    [O - E01] Stealthy Supply Run

    Location: E01 Donwarr Tags: Science, Land Vehicle, Space Vehicle, Civil Building Previously... // PERSONAL DIARY // I had been called back to the Axle by our CEO pombe. He informed me that he was starting an executive club on the Axle with Bruce Vayne and that he needed me to acquire some very particular supplies. He needed pure, untainted ice from a comet for the drinks and he said that he needed me to also get him some drinks. His exact words were: "Some really good stuff!" As a scientist I know how important being healthy is so I made sure to get a large container of orange juice. Plenty of vitamin C which is really good for you! Pombe had said that this was a vital mission and that he was providing me with the latest stealth ship -- though on my inspection it looked more like a cargo tender that had been painted black. However, stealth isn't my area of expertise so I'm sure I simply wasn't aware of some of the Top Secret parts of the ship. The ship itself was pretty fun to pilot and I got the ice for pombe's new exclusive executive club, so I was sure he would be excited! ED-208 had been sent down to Donwarr to ferry around some Octan employees on one of our rovers. He was annoyed that the rover wasn't armed, but he seemed to enjoy being able to race it around. I told him that it was inspired by a very old lunar rover that wasn't armed and that he should be fine anyway as the area he was in hadn't seen any Mantis activity in weeks. There was a lot of activity on Donwarr actually as Dr. Allison was on assignment to investigate how Awesomnium responded to being tempered at different temperatures. She was working with several engineers and safety folks at an underground lab and said that it was proving to be very interesting work. She enjoyed doing things and not just being stuck in a lab waiting for mice to contract a disease or injecting them with Awesomnium. I was glad that my team was able to contribute to our corporation's success so much! Extra Pics: I know there are a lot of my "stealth ship", but for some reason I overall like the way it turned out.
  17. Location: Donwarr - E01 Tags: Spaceship, Land vehicle, Civil Building "So you tracked the Zoid ship to E01?" "Yeah, this one got through our fleet and must have jumped F02 just before MANTIS arrived." "Anything to salvage?" "Not sure yet, but there must be something left, because a speeder made it's way out and gave us quite the chase." [O - E01] Target Sighted- 1 by Ryan McBryde, on Flickr "Really? I haven't known Zoids to be especially fast." "Well that's the thing, this one wasn't totally Zoid. One low-level enforcer was driving, but it had some passengers." "Go on..." [O - E01] Target Sighted- 2 by Ryan McBryde, on Flickr "Two MANTIS civilians, no surprise there, the Zoids may have been raiding those settlements for some time now. The weird one was a Kawashita special operative." "Hmm... we've known they've been courting ALIEN, but to specifically team up with the Zoids seems low, even for them. So what'd you do with them?" [O - E01] Target Sighted- 3 by Ryan McBryde, on Flickr "They were going fast enough that we couldn't safely disable the speeder, and since it was MANTIS personnel on board, we decided to just use their rules of engagement." "Assume everybody in the vicinity is a hostile?" "That's the one. "So we came in low and left an oily wake in the ocean. We've got teams investigating the crash sites but I was happy to get out of that bucket you sent us." "What was wrong with the O.B.S. Maximum Effort?" [O - E01] Target Sighted- O.B.S. Maximum Effort by Ryan McBryde, on Flickr "Mostly it's just ugly, but it's still just a commercial freighter that's been converted over to a warship." "Well your specifications came in late so you got what you got. We're working on some warships. It's hard converting defensive patrols into offensive squadrons, but we'll get there. We may not keep standing armies, but once we get on the warpath, there's nothing that can stop us." "I have no doubt." C&C appreciated.
  18. Big Sal

    [M - E01] Mission O2E01

    Location: E01 Tags: Spying Guard, I need to see the prisoner. I’ll need to see your authorisation. Excuse me? Let him through Fischer! Sorry Sal, she’s new. No problem Mendez. Got a nice new ‘experiment’ lined up for the prisoner? Heh heh heh. Not this time. I just want to talk to him. Huh. Well, he’s all yours. Noooo! Not you again! My hay fever’s totally cured, you don’t need to take me back to the lab! Oh, don’t be such a baby. Anyway, I’m just here to tell you a story about my amazing spying exploits. No one else will stay and listen to me, but you don’t have a choice. Professor Bland wouldn’t even let me tell my story in spy school, even though it’s been all over the news! Er… So I’d discovered that the Octan diet biomass was chiral and that we could revert it back to sugary, fattening fruit using a mithril solution. My mission was to infiltrate a plant where the fruit was washed and introduce the mithril solution to the water supply. I managed to hitch a lift into the plant with two agents hidden in barrels… --- Well, I guess now I know who M.A.N.T.I.S. buys its doors and air con units from… Now remember: when I say ‘Octan’ you’re to pass the mithril solution out to me. And if I say ‘Kawashita’ it means I’m in trouble and you’re to come out and rescue me. Got it? Yes sir! Good, then let’s do this. Hello there fellow employees! I’ve brought some more barrels of water for you. Yeah, thanks pal, just leave them there, we’re kind of in the middle of something here. Uh, ok… I, uh, also need to inspect the barrels you’ve got hooked up over there. Water quality test. Wait, you’re a delivery guy AND an inspector? Uh… yeah. Two jobs. You know how it is – gotta pay off the mortgage somehow, right? Tell me about it. My name’s Stan. This is Dan, and that’s Locke. She won’t tell us her first name. Hi Stan, nice to meet you. Locke. Dan. ‘Octan’! Code word received! What? No! What? Uh, never mind. Hey, what’s with the chicken statue? Oh, some new order from CEO Pombe. Apparently corporate is looking to promote workers who prominently display cocks in the workplace. You a chicken fan, pal? Oh yeah, I’m a huge cock fan. ‘Octan’! Code word received! NO! Huh? Uh, no time to chat any more. I’ll just get on with the inspection. Alright, do what you gotta do. Um… how exactly do I get over to the barrels on the other side? That’s what the table’s for, pal. Just jump over. Typical Octan engineering right? … Ha, yeah. I said… typical OCTAN engineering, right? … We heard you, pal. Ahem… I sure am glad to work for OCTAN! … You ok, pal? You sure are saying Octan a lot. Looks like we have a right corporate pet here. Ooh, you luuuurve Octan. Heh heh heh. Hey, don’t mock, Dan. ‘Octan’! Code word received! Typical. --- Hey! What? Did you just put something in the water? Uh… no… why would I… hey, have you guys seen the new Star Wars? Episode 137? Yeah! It was awesome! Totally! What was your favourite part? Uh, all of it! Except the bit where Darth Leia died. I can’t believe they decided to have jawas eat her! ‘Kawashita’! Code word received! No, abort! What? I said… uh… I bought some new…uh… plants the other day. Oh yeah? Yeah, they’re not doing so well in the cold though. Had to get a flowers heater. ‘Kawashita’! Code word received! NO! Damn it! Huh? You’re acting kinda fishy. Yeah, and I’m sure I did see him put something in the water. What did you say your name was again, pal? Gulp… Kawashita. … Your name is Kawashita? Kawashita. … KAWASHITA. … KAWASHITA! … Ah, I understand. We’re all stressed about this war with Kawashita too. Yeah, we get it. Sorry for doubting you, pal. Er, right… I’ll just be on my way then… I’ll take these new barrels with me. Turns out their contents are idiots. Hey... What a strange thing to say about water… He was a strange fellow, though. Yeah. Everyone knew the jawas were going to eat Darth Leia – how could that have been a surprise to him?! --- Thanks for reading! Apologies for all the terrible word play. Finally managed to finish off this story though - C&C welcome!
  19. goatman461

    [O - E01] Octan is at War

    Location: Donwarr - E01 Tags: Spaceship, Land vehicle, Exploration, Spying, Military In a sparsely populated corner of Octan space, Octan Pilot John Hannibal has just exited his landing pod, rocketed from the fleets position on H03 days ago. Before he made orbit, he already knew that his homesteading plans were ruined by the sudden turmoil in the galaxy. "Dora. My transmission cutout when I hit atmosphere. What's the status on our 01-03 and 09-11 fronts?" "I'm sorry to report that negotiations have failed with M.A.N.T.I.S. and Kawashita have also chosen to dishonor their treaties. C.E.O. Pombe has sent out a message to the troops and hopes to recruit more commanders to the fight. Our ranks are swelling and a Commander O'Reilly has just wrapped up a very successful bombing run on D02. What are your orders?" "Send the Mercy Brandy to the WickNole Peaks just east of here with the sky hook ready. Then get me Commander Hombre. His mission will have to wait. Octan is at war," "Don't forget to lock the doors, sir." "Beep, beep" ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Plunging into the oceans of Donwarr... "Commander Hombre. This is Hannibal. Do you copy?" DSCN5495 by Ryan McBryde, on Flickr "I'm sorry to inform you that we'll have to delay your mission to root out the assassins guild targeting Octan command. M.A.N.T.I.S. and Kawashita forces have violated their treaties and I need you back under CEO Pombe's direct command." "..." "Perfect, I'll inform him to expect you shortly, but please be careful, your operation is now behind enemy lines and we don't know what the M.A.N.T.I.S. response will be if they find you, so be sure to dispose of any intel you might be carrying." "..." "I have no doubt of that. And, I agree, I left Earth for the same reason, entitled egalitarians and their wars... Thank you Commander Hombre. It has been an honor working with you. Hannibal out." [ C&C appreciated.
  20. Big Sal

    [M - E01] Episode J9E01

    Location: E01 Tags: None Incoming call from Big Sal. Accept? Sigh... accept. Long! Are you watching this? No, Sal. I'm too busy to be watching TV. You should be too busy as well. Just switch on Channel 1134. You'll like it, I promise. Hello and welcome back to OBC news, with me: Joan Hapley, broadcasting to the galaxies live from Earth. If you’re just joining us, we’re discussing the recent allegations that the wildly successful new line of Octan Mills diet products has stopped working, causing many to suffer dramatic weight gain. With me now in the studio is Dr Perkins, who claims to have seen a number of patients with the alleged problems. Welcome Dr Perkins. Thanks Joan. Also here with me is friend of the show Leslie Haverford, from Octan’s PR department. Nice to see you again Leslie. It’s nice to be back Joan! Dr Perkins, you claim that some of your patients have actually started to gain weight by eating these products? Yes, that’s right. They had all been losing weight by eating Octan diet products, but recently, despite no change in their eating habits, they’ve put on a significant amount of weight. They’re actually less healthy now than they were before they started losing weight in the first place! How strange. Leslie, what do you make of this? Dr Perkins, isn’t it true that medical science has no idea how the body works? No, that’s not been correct for hundreds of years. In fact there’s now almost nothing we don’t know about the human body- Almost nothing. So you admit that these people might simply be lying? Wait, what?? That’s not- Well, there you have it folks. Sounds like there’s really nothing to these malicious rumours. Next up, we take a look at the latest speech from Octan’s Pombe. Some are calling the Andromeda CEO’s speech the greatest in recorded history, while critics claim it’s merely the speech of the millennium. All that and more after these messages! --- Thanks for reading! C&C welcome!
  21. Big Sal

    [M - E01] Mission O1E01

    Location: E01 Tags: Vehicle, Land Vehicle ...and the mithril solution works? Yes, perfectly. Good. Then let's put it into action. Our spies have located a processing plant for the fruit. I'm sending you to infiltrate it and use the mithril solution to turn the fruit there back to the normal fattening kind. It should only take a few batches before word gets around that the diet products don't work any more. Wait, you want me to infiltrate the plant? Me, personally? Yes. Did you get the spy suit I sent? Yes, but- It's one of the new ones with persuadomatic technology. Since you promised us it would work, you should have no qualms about testing it out in the field. I guess... but I really don't have time to be infiltrating bases! Make time. Long out. Later... Are you sure these are the right barrels? Yeah, we had a guy scope out their supply lines and this is how they transport water. The wood just seems a bit... out of place. What do you think they should be made of? Bricks? Do you realise how heavy that would be? Uh... Anyway, let's go over the plan one more time. You two will hide in these barrels with the mithril solution, while I pretend to be an Octan driver whose truck got stolen. When the next truck comes along we'll hitch a lift right into the plant. I'm wearing a wire so you'll be able to hear what I'm saying. Once we're in, and the coast is clear, I'll say the first code word, which is 'Octan'. That means you should pass the mithril solution out to me. Then... We burst out and blow the place up! YEAH! What?? No! Then you stay in the barrels until I finish sabotaging the fruit and drive us out of there. You'll only need to come out shooting if something goes wrong and I say the second code word, which is 'Kawashita.' Got it? Yeah... I guess... Good. Quick, I hear something coming, get in the barrels. Y'know, this seems like a waste of our skills. A waste of your skills? Try being a highly trained scientist on a spying mission! Now shut up! Hello down there. Need a hand? I sure do, fellow employee! Don't suppose you could give me and this water a lift to the plant? No problemo, I'm headed there anyway, and I've got room for two more barrels. What an amazing coincidence! Uh, yeah... amazing! So they ambushed you and made off with your truck, eh? I knew this would happen when corporate decided to let M.A.N.T.I.S. operate on this planet. I said at the time it was crazy! Still, I hear we have a new CEO, so maybe we'll finally get some sensible leadership. Managed to squeeze in there, fella? Just about... Alright, let's get this show on the road! To be continued! Thanks for reading I really hate taking photos at night, but they'll have to do since I'm busy all weekend. C&C welcome, especially on the truck. A bunch more pics of it in the spoiler.
  22. Big Sal

    [M - E01] Experiment L5E01

    Location: E01 Tags: Science Oh my, this is it! It all makes sense now! I have to tell Sal! ...constantly undermining me! You are, without a doubt, the most annoying, obstinate woman I've ever had the misfortune to meet! Computer, hang up! Hanging up. Sal! Sal! I've cracked it! Alright Henson, come in. I figured it out Sal! Once I saw the circular dichroism spectra it was obvious! The biomass is almost entirely D-amino acids and L-glucose! Um, right. Obvious! I, er, suspected as much, but explain your conclusions please, just so I know we're on the same page... It's the perfect diet product! There's just enough D-glucose for you to taste it, and of course the mass fills your stomach regardless, but your body doesn't recognise the enantiomers as food. It just goes straight throught you without a trace! Yes, uh, enantiomers, that's exactly what I concluded. Well done Henson, go tell the others while I, um, think this over. Righto! ... Good, she's gone. Computer, search for 'enantiomer'. Yes sir! Searching for 'anteater'! Damn it! Computer, permanently deactivate CLAPPIE, then search for 'enantiomer'. CLAPPIE temporarily disabled- Damn it! -Searching for 'enantiomer'. Hmmmm, ok, ok. Let's see... 'chemistry'... 'opposite'... 'mirror image'... Interesting... let me think... mithril makes the best mirrors... maybe, just maybe... Computer, call- no, wait. Is CLAPPIE still disabled? Yes sir. Good, I don't want a repeat of earlier. Ok computer, call 'Long'. Calling Chief Accountant Long. What is it, Sal? I already told you, no matter what the personnel promotion matrix says, we're not making you CEO again. We can't afford another CEO inauguration party a week after the last one. Wait, you threw SpacerSteve a party?? How come I didn't- You know what, never mind - I've figured out how the diet product works! It's about time. Can the effect be reversed? I think so, but I'll need some mithril. I know we don't have much and- I'll have Hawk bring you some at once. -you won't want to... wait, really? That easy? Yes. This project is very important to m... to M.A.N.T.I.S. Long out. Later... Finally! Hey, it's not our fault Hawk delivered it to the wrong lab. ...and that should do it. How is this supposed to work Sal? Well, Pritchett, as everyone knows, the best mirrors are made of mithril. By creating this suspension of mithril nanoparticles and introducing it to the fruit we should be able to mirror the amino acids and glucose back to forms that the body will recognise. Um... that doesn't make any- Here, hold the solution a minute, but be careful, it's very- -volatile! AAAAAAAAAAH! Is he going to be ok? Um... probably? The solution is mirroring him on a molecular level, ooh, there he goes! The solution was incredibly concentrated. He probably absorbed enough to be mirrored a few hundred times. So it'll stop eventually?? I think so? Let's hope he mirrors back to original the last time he flips! Hopefully this wasn't too long! Thanks for reading if you managed the whole thing! C&C welcome, and a few more pics in the spoiler.
  23. Tags: Spaceship, Land Vehicle Location: E01 Since i'm swamped in paperwork, I sent Agent Urtem to Donwarr. I have no idea why its still called paperwork, when everything is either digital or. *Deafening Bagpipe Screech* That also the last time I don't make a decision between the choices Bass gives me. Dubstep Bagpipes is worse than Polka Star Wars Week. Sargent, get me Urtem on the Comm. Right away, Sir. Can i reprogram Bass yet? No, we might lose some engineering skills. A little busy at the moment Captain! By the way that music is worse than Star Wars Polka Week. Tell me about it. Just get back here with your report. Can I just turn up my comm? This thing seems sensitive to sound. As long as I don't hear it. To be Sort of Continued...
  24. Big Sal

    [M - E01] Expedition E0E01

    Location: E01 Tags: None Chief Accountant Long's Office, M.A.N.T.I.S. Supply Ship, Crentium Orbit. ...and so we finally figured out where all Octan's extra money was coming from. They have a new line of diet products that's proving wildly successful back in the Milky Way. We don't know how it works, but apparently you can eat as much as you want without ever gaining any weight. Our spies have traced the supply chain back to Donwarr. Whatever's in these products, it comes from there. Ah, ok, so you want me to analyse some biomass samples and figure out how it works so we can copy the product? Eventually, yes. But first you need to go and get the biomass samples. What?? I'm CEO, I don't have time to go fruit picking! I'm the head of this company, Long, you can't just- No, you're not. -order me around. Wait, what? That's the other thing I needed to see you about. OctanSoft finally patched the bugs in the Personnel Promotion Matrix. You're no longer CEO. But... I've been so good at it recently! Yes, your recent 100% increase in efficiency didn't go unnoticed. I don't know how you did it, but it doesn't matter. We have a new CEO. Who? Don't tell me it's this clown?? Aloha! No, SpacerSteve's the new CEO. I... oh. Then who the hell is this?? This is Pombie, one of our best special operatives. She'll be accompanying you on your mission. One of our... best? Is this a joke, Long? Have you ever known me to make a joke? Your ship leaves in half an hour. But- ------------------- Later, on Donwarr: ... total misunderstanding, could've happened to anyone. Chief Accountant Long wasn't very happy about it though. I guess that's why she's sent me on this babysitting mission without my team. Yeah, she can be a real pain. And, uh, did she make you wear that ridiculous outfit as punishment or something? What? No, this is standard issue Octan employee dress. Given Octan's control of the planet, I thought it prudent to be able to impersonate them if necessary. I, uh, guess that makes sense... but, um, are you sure you've got it right? Absolutely. I wore this for my last mission infiltrating the O.C.S. Axle and it worked perfectly. The mission that completely failed and led to you being sent to pick fruit? My orders were ambiguous. The disguise worked fine. Right... I've finished picking all the biomass over here, want a hand over there? That was fast, how did you... What the hell have you been doing? Picking biomass like we were supposed to. What have you been doing? -------- Thanks for reading, and big thanks to pombe for letting me use one of his awesome characters! C&C welcome!
  25. Tags: Exploration Jedadiah Douglass, signing in on Donwarr: Landed in the forests of Donwarr in search of water... thankfully that substance seems not very difficult to come by here. Found excellent and pure waterfall hidden deep in forests... My freebuild for this week, thanks for viewing, C&C are welcome!