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  1. Mesabi

    [K-G10] Ramming Speed

    Location: Onix, Sector G-10 Tags: Spaceship In the depths of space, Captain Mesabi's target emerges, the rogue ALIEN frigate Widow Eater (The name doesn't translate well.) Ramming speed by North White, on Flickr "So the plan is to hit her with everything we got, before their weapons warm up." Says Captain Mesabi. Ramming speed by North White, on Flickr The front of the ship loomed ahead of them. "You mean literally one torpedo?" Asked Rusty "Hmm... I've got a new plan..." Replied Captain Mesabi Ramming speed by North White, on Flickr The torpedo hit the ship. Captain Mesabi turned the ship around Ramming speed by North White, on Flickr "We are literally out of ammo, what the megablok are we going to do?" "The only thing we can do..." Ramming speed by North White, on Flickr "RAMMING SPEED" Ramming speed by North White, on Flickr Ramming speed by North White, on Flickr Ramming speed by North White, on Flickr Ramming speed by North White, on Flickr "Ow...." Muttered Rusty. FIN Hope you liked this week's installment. I've decided not to photoshop to much any more since it doesn't really improve anything. C&C appreciated.
  2. gurusql

    [K-G10] - Fast Ship to Onix

    Tags: Science, Spaceship Mission Log Recording - "This is Dr. Steven Quin Livingston with my nineteenth weekly mission in Andromeda. Suddenly someone in my chain of command has decided that the Onix system is potentially unstable. I taking a "Viper" scout ship to give my scientific opinion. My mission is to provide new information to help us determine how, when and where this planet formed which will lead to better models on the systems stability." Comments and criticism are welcome This is ship is strongly based on a Vic Viper model from the Lego Adventure Book #2
  3. "...and the Revolution will be brought to you by Octan and with brief Commercial Interruptions." The Invasive Species: Part 7. Finale. Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Part 4 Interlude Part 5 Part 6 Part 7 (Finale) Tags: Military Land Vehicle, Civil Structures Meanwhile, in the Gongen Empire's capital. This Revolution Will Be Televised by Danny-Longlegs, on Flickr "They are at the gates, my Queen. Duchess Qui Zil 'Ing gave them the keys. It is over, and they have won... But you must live on. The hope of our people rests in you. Take the concubine's tunnels below the castle. Escape to the East River Tribe. They will harbour you." "But what of you, Bishop. Will you not go with me?" "I cannot. I must stay behind and misdirect them if I can. Vile though they may be, I don't think they'll hurt an old woman like myself too badly. Flee, my Queen." In the Streets.... Into the Light of One Thousand Suns. by Danny-Longlegs, on Flickr Broadcast in Oni-Ren Language: "Citizens. Rejoice. We come not as conquerors, but as liberators. The Queen has the cure to the Black-eye and she wants to watch us suffer. Join the resistance! Let us put an end to her tyranny!.... Citizens. Rejoice!...." Into the Light of One Thousand Suns. by Danny-Longlegs, on Flickr Into the Light of One Thousand Suns. by Danny-Longlegs, on Flickr later, Within the Palace... This Revolution Will Be Televised by Danny-Longlegs, on Flickr General: "Lord President, We have captured the bishop. There is no sign of the Queen, but the bishop has been... very talkative." Ba'al Ba'al Jinks: "And what has she said?" General: "She told us everything. The Queen left for the West Lava Canyon Tribe days ago." Ba'al Ba'al Jinks: "Good. If she's told us everything she knows, then there's no reason to keep her alive. Now, let's get this place in order for when Octan comes. They informed me they'll be here at week's end to ensure a peaceful transition of power." Later that week.... Into the Light of One Thousand Suns. by Danny-Longlegs, on Flickr Dr. Long: "We need to inform Ba'al Ba'al to invest in paved roads." Jebediah: "Maybe we shouldn't have walked." Meanwhile... This Revolution Will Be Televised by Danny-Longlegs, on Flickr "My Friends, today is a glorious day! We have successfully liberated the Gongen Empire from the oppression of Queen Bowa San! We stand now at the window of opportunity. I look out that window and I see a brighter future for all of us. No longer shall we be restrained in darkness to serve the Queen and her lackeys. Now we walk freely together into the future. Under Queen Bowa San, Onix was made a laughingstock. The Aliens from other planets looked down at us and they chuckled, for they saw a sad backward little people. The Queens refused to let us interact with the aliens, share their secrets. Instead she forced us to suffer illness and famine... War, and bloodshed. But that ends today. Today we have removed our shackles, and we may enter the galaxy at large. Now is our time to step forward together into the glow of not one, but one thousand suns! Together, we will make this planet great again! Once the votes are cast, I will be your new president, Ba'al Ba'al Jinks, and no longer will we be the Gongen empire, no. I am pleased to declare that starting today, we are now the Liberated Democratic Republic of Unified Onix! Together, we shall work together, in the name of peace and progress, and we will earn our brighter future!" *Crowd cheers* Later.... This Revolution Will Be Televised by Danny-Longlegs, on Flickr Ba'al Ba'al Jinks: "Youssa remember dat youssa say the Copper youssa need be under dah "Hunting Grounds" right?" Dr. Long: "That is correct." Ba'al Ba'al Jinks: "Well, Messa be havin' a present for you. This golden tooth comes from there. See, themsa biggun bigguns with the big moneys, they was hunting for the Steam swamp dragons there. The Steam Swamp dragon is a fiercish predator. Always eating. Theyssa say that the dragon is the smartest of all the animals on our world... but not smarter than wessa Oni-Ren. The way themsa be huntin' the dragon is they get a captive Oni-ren, and dey make the Dragon go huntin' dissun. The Dragon will stop at nothing to capture itssa prey. There is a legend. This legend say that the reason the dragon hunt us Oni-Ren so hard is that theysa be jealous of our smarts... that theyssa thinksin' theyssa can be stealing ourssa smarts from us if theyssa catches us. But youssa and messa... Wessa smart'uns. Wessa know that legends are all fake fake. She's just a predator, and all shessa be wantin' is to consume." Dr. Long: "How fascinating. What a barbaric practice." Ba'al Ba'al Jinks: "Thissun' is the last golden toothwe'll be huntin' for. Now on the huntin' Grounds is the Minin' Grounds. " Dr. Long: "Excellent. That is our prefered method for you to pay off your debt to us for the army and equipment." This Revolution Will Be Televised by Danny-Longlegs, on Flickr Jebediah: "Dr. Long. I'm getting intell that there's a gathering of protesters in the streets. They are armed. We may need to form a defensive perimeter to ensure the safety of our Octan personnel." Dr. Long: "Damnit Jinks, I thought you said you had the capital under control." Ba'al Ba'al Jinks: "Messa do.... wait just a moment." *discusses with general* Okeyday! Problem solved! Now is bein' a time of celebration!" This Revolution Will Be Televised by Danny-Longlegs, on Flickr "Peace!" After the ceremony, and discussing finance, The Octan officials pile out of the Presidential Palace, and begin making their way back through the war torn streets to find an unpleasant surprise. Into the Light of One Thousand Suns. by Danny-Longlegs, on Flickr "So this is what she meant when she said everything was under control. I'm beginning to have my doubts as to whether or not Ba'al Ba'al Jinks is a fit ruler of this planet. We'll have to ensure strict civil rights policy adherence... By the stars..." Into the Light of One Thousand Suns. by Danny-Longlegs, on Flickr "Help... messa." Into the Light of One Thousand Suns. by Danny-Longlegs, on Flickr Into the Light of One Thousand Suns. by Danny-Longlegs, on Flickr "Hey. It'll come out. I always use Octan's 'Out Damned Spot' brand laundry detergent. It does the trick every time." Later..... This Revolution Will Be Televised by Danny-Longlegs, on Flickr "PR called. They said we should have the employees here take some footage. They're going to cobble together some kind of Public Relations video to ease this all over." "Great." This Revolution Will Be Televised by Danny-Longlegs, on Flickr PR Video (and reason why I place the build on Illustria) In spoiler! ****************************************************** There you have it, the exciting conclusion of "The Invasive Species" ~Insectoid Aristocrat
  4. Mesabi

    [K-G10] Old school bomber.

    Tags: Spaceship Location: Onix G-10 marksman 3 - Copy by North White, on Flickr "So Rusty, you ready for this?" Asked Captain Mesabi marksman 2 by North White, on Flickr "Ready as I'll ever be." marksman 5 by North White, on Flickr "Good, time to activate attack mode." marksman 1 - Copy by North White, on Flickr "Who the brick names the attack mode 'Attack Mode?' "Don't care, we have a job to do." FIN Thanks for reading this fortnight's post. I finally got around to photoshoping some pics. Here's a shot of the whole ship. C&C appreciated, I know the pics are bad, I was rushed and now I'm at college posting backdated stories. Marksman by North White, on Flickr Marksman by North White, on Flickr
  5. Dannylonglegs

    [A-G10] What is a Queen to a God?

    "What is a God to a nonbeliever?" The Invasive Species: Part 6. Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Part 4 Interlude Part 5 Part 6 Part 7 (Finale) Tags: Alien Planet: Onix What is a Queen to a God? by Danny-Longlegs, on Flickr What is a Queen to a God? by Danny-Longlegs, on FlickrWhat is a Queen to a God? by Danny-Longlegs, on Flickr Queen: "But the scripture states that the gods returned from the heavens when the Zoid slavers did descend upon our people. The Gods... They showed us that by eating the Zoid we could be free of their shackles. Will not the gods return to us now, in our time of great need?" Bishop: "The Gods work in mysterious ways, my Queen... And our enemy is not from without... but from within. I fear that the Gods may... require us to resolve this ourselves." Queen: "Ba'al Ba'al is no true Oni-Ren*. She might as well be a mere extension of the arm of Octan. Do you think her army of Mecha-nicks was herself created? Do you think the Nan-Nan tribe built for themselves their armor of black?... Ba'al Ba'al and her army are merely puppets to the true enemy... Will our gods not return and teach us how to beat them back?" Bishop: "My Queen... I must confess that I do not believe that the gods will return again.... It has been so.. so very long since they did before." Queen: "But are we not faithful? Have we not upheld their ways? Why would the Gods have abandoned us to our doom?" Bishop: "The Gods abandoned us long, long ago." *The word for Oni-Ren in Oni-Ren is not Oni-Ren, but rather a word more like the common word "Person" What is a Queen to a God? by Danny-Longlegs, on Flickr Later, In Cerebus Station. An Audience with the Queen by Danny-Longlegs, on Flickr Translator: "Wessa be wanting to discuss... peace." Dr. Long: "I'm listening." Translator: "Oursa Queen be wanting youssa to be... calling off youssa dog, Ba'al Ba'al Jinks." Dr. Long: "Octan claims no affiliation with Ba'al Ba'al Jinks. She may have been our guest at one point, however, Octan has yet to recognize her freedom fighters as a legitimate organization." Translator: "Oursa Queen be beggin the question of howsa Ba'al Ba'al be having offworlder technology?" Dr. Long: "That would be a question to ask a representative of Ba'al Ba'al Jink's freedom fighters." Translator: "Theysa no talk. Only kill." Dr. Long: "Perhaps there would be a way to... circumvent any further losses. I'm sure Ba'al Ba'al could be reasoned with... But for Octan to become a partisan in your civil war... That would certainly come with a price." Translator: "Does youssa mean the old agreement?" Dr. Long: "More than that. We discussed that arrangement during times of peace. Now you come to us in a time of war and ask for our direct interference with your internal matters? We would have to assemble a taskforce to assess civil liberties in your nation, and draw up actionable plans to bring your empire closer in line to Octan's corporate policies before even considering intervention on your behalf. Octan follows strict moral and legal guidelines in circumstances such as this to ensure mutual benefit of all parties involved." Translator: "Wessa no think wessa can be working with youssa." Dr. Long: "Very well. My people will be in contact with your people, should you change your mind." Later that week, after a battle, by the Statue of the Fallen Goddess. What is a Queen to a God? by Danny-Longlegs, on Flickr Dr. Edris: "Is that azure liquid... Water?" Dr. Long: "Yes. Poisoned by Copper." Dr. Edris: "Do the natives drink it?" Dr. Long: "The natives have a greater capacity for copper intake than we do. Nonetheless, the copper in the water will need to be filtered out and converted to a usable form." What is a Queen to a God? by Danny-Longlegs, on Flickr Dr. Long: "It's wasteful. Don't you think? All this usable copper oxidizing away in a great heap." Dr. Edris: "This is an item of great cultural significance, from what I can tell. It's one of the statues to their gods. I'd say the religious significance of this item alone makes it almost just as valuable as the copper put into making it." Dr. Long: "Well, we'll need to dismantle it, so take your pictures now." Dr. Edris: "This is a priceless artifact we're talking about, Danielle. This needs to be preserved." Dr. Long: "They've done a fine job preserving it themselves. It looks like it more than half melted into the lava ages ago. Appraise the item in reference to its cultural value. We'll write Ba'al Ba'al a check. We can construct a new one out of Steel." Dr. Edris: "For the record, I don't approve." Dr. Long: "Noted." What is a Queen to a God? by Danny-Longlegs, on Flickr What is a Queen to a God? by Danny-Longlegs, on Flickr __________________________ Kudos to those who have been following my larger story and get the implications of this being a statue to the Oni-Ren Gods. Also, the build is kind of a reference to Planet of the Apes. unintentionally, at first, I might add. ~Insectoid Aristocrat
  6. Mesabi

    [K-F09] Betrayal above Arium

    Location: Arium Minor F09 Tags: Civil Building, Ship "I'm approaching the lab, I'll shut down the guard with this EM doojob." Said Captain Mesabi. "That's a Remote Electromagnetic Advanced Jamming Device Type 2." Replied Hailey. Extraction from onix by North White, on Flickr "EM doojob." Captain Mesabi Grabbed the Robot's Gun. Extraction from onix by North White, on Flickr "Alright you Octan Eggheads..." Extraction from onix by North White, on Flickr ...Where are the Weaponized Samples?" "What Weaponized samples?" The Robot Got up, Mesabi shot it. Extraction from onix by North White, on Flickr Repeatedly... Extraction from onix by North White, on Flickr Extraction from onix by North White, on Flickr "Okay, Okay, all the samples are in the freezer, in there." A panicked scientist said. Extraction from onix by North White, on Flickr "Good." Replied Captain Mesabi, He shot out the windows. Extraction from onix by North White, on Flickr Extraction from onix by North White, on Flickr "Samples, Samples, where are you?" He muttered to himself "Ah! Here." He picked up a sample jar. "Package acquired, proceeding to Rendezvous point." Extraction from onix by North White, on Flickr "Roger that, ALIEN will provide us some cover." Agent Hailey replied. The compound rattled as explosions hit. Extraction from onix by North White, on Flickr Extraction from onix by North White, on Flickr Captain Mesabi reached the rendezvous point. "Almost there now, he said to himself." Extraction from onix by North White, on Flickr "STOP" a drone shouted from it's loudspeaker. Extraction from onix by North White, on Flickr "PUT YOUR HANDS UP AND STAND DOWN!" Captain mesabi dropped his gun and put his hands up. Extraction from onix by North White, on Flickr "Again? how many times in my career am I going to be robbed at gunpoint by robots?" He muttered to himself. Extraction from onix by North White, on Flickr Suddenly, the drone exploded. "Captain, we're here." Extraction from onix by North White, on Flickr "'bout time." Extraction from onix by North White, on Flickr He Boarded Icarus Returning ************************************ Later, aboard the Meiyo (KSD Honor) "Another successful mission." Said Bo'sun Jacobs. "And I didn't lose a pair of claws this time!" Replied Rusty Extraction from onix by North White, on Flickr "Yes Yes, it was very successful." Replied Agent Hailey. Extraction from onix by North White, on Flickr "But we had alterior Motives, Hands up!" "Oh come on, this is Pluto Station all over again!" Rusty muttered. "Minus the Feral Cats." Bo'sun Jacobs muttered. Extraction from onix by North White, on Flickr "Goodbye, Idiots." Extraction from onix by North White, on Flickr The ALIEN ship took off, firing on Icarus Returning as it took off. Extraction from onix by North White, on Flickr "What did you people do to my ship?!?" Yelled Captain Mesabi, stepping out the Docking port. Extraction from onix by North White, on Flickr FIN Thanks for reading, as usual don't judge Icarus Returning as its been judged before. Sorry if Picture quality is worse than usual. C&C appreciated. MOAR pics.
  7. Mesabi

    [K-F09] Infiltration on Onix

    Location: Arium Minor F09 Tags: Piracy, Spaceship, Land Vehicle, Exploration "Agent Hailey, you still haven't told us why we need to get to Onix so fast." said Captain Mesabi. Traveling 6 GATE jumps had taken a toll on him. "Right, well, you know what biological warfare is?" Agent Hailey replied Onix by North White, on Flickr "You mean like germs and stuff?" Answered Captain Mesabi. "Yes, well it seems Octan has been weaponizing a version of the 'Black Eye' disease in the Oni Ren. http://www.eurobrick...74#entry2595813 "And? I'm a Pilot, I fly things." Captain Mesabi replied incredulously. "No, You're a Pawn. Just like the rest of us. And your Orders are to recover samples of the virus so we can develop an antidote." Agent Hailey said darkly. "We're going to capture a small Octan water tanker leaving Arium minor. You'll use this to infiltrate Cerberus station on Onix." "Right...." "Agents, We've sighted the tanker, right on schedule." Yelled Bo'sun Jacobs from the cockpit. Onix by North White, on Flickr "You know how this is done. Suit up." Said Agent Hailey. Onix by North White, on Flickr "Closing in, Hang on!" Yelled the Bo'sun. The Silence of Space filled Captain Mesabi as he stepped out in his suit. Onix by North White, on Flickr Before him was the Tanker, he ran forwards. Onix by North White, on Flickr A short leap through space, terrifying. Icarus Returning was far faster than the tanker, and so such a maneuver could be done. Onix by North White, on Flickr He latched onto the side. The Pilot inside looked scared. He pulled open the door, and grabbed him. Onix by North White, on Flickr The two ships docked, the prisoner was tied up, and Captain Mesabi took control of the tanker. Onix by North White, on Flickr ****************************************************************************************************** The Tanker was feet from the landing pad, Captain Mesabi turned the ship to face the correct direction. Onix by North White, on Flickr Onix by North White, on Flickr "Why do I always forget, the gauge is on the side with the nozzle..." He muttered to himself. An Octan guard walked out, holding a ladder. Onix by North White, on Flickr "Thank goodness, we're almost dry." The Octan Guard siad Onix by North White, on Flickr "Yes, I am an Octan Water Tanker Pilot. Filling Water is My job that I enjoy much." Captain Mesabi said, "Look, just fill up the tank." Onix by North White, on Flickr "Well, First I need to TANK! you!" He jumped into battle. Onix by North White, on Flickr He Grabbed the rifle, The Guard shot into the air, "Security Breach", he yelled into his helmet Onix by North White, on Flickr The Guard tossed him off, and fired. Onix by North White, on Flickr Onix by North White, on Flickr Mesabi rolled just in time, dodging the bullets Onix by North White, on Flickr He ran up and kicked the rifle out of the guards hand Onix by North White, on Flickr It flew over, and landed in the lava river, Onix by North White, on Flickr Crackling, it melted to a crisp, firing as the heat disolved it. Onix by North White, on Flickr A swift uppercut to the guard sent him sprawling Onix by North White, on Flickr Picking up the ladder, Mesabi slamed it down, knocking him out. Onix by North White, on Flickr Onix by North White, on Flickr At once, he became aware of the alarms blaring. "Security Breach, Security Breach." Cried the monotone alarm system. He ran towards the door. Onix by North White, on Flickr "What do I do? This isn't going as planned!" Mesabi yelled into his helmet. "Find the Computer system and unlock the following doors:" Onix by North White, on Flickr *Meanwhile, on the upper level Gardens." Onix by North White, on Flickr "That's weird...." Onix by North White, on Flickr "Woah!" Onix by North White, on Flickr *Splash* Onix by North White, on Flickr "Where am I going! this place is huge!" Captain Mesabi yelled. "Go left, right, left, left, right, and get into the elevator." Hailey radioed him. Onix by North White, on Flickr "Aw man, they have a bowling alley! we don't even have one on Orinshi!" "Stay on target, now run forwards, and jump out the window." Onix by North White, on Flickr "What?!?" "Just do it." *meanwhile* "The Infection is getting worse. I'll expect some results by the time I get back." Said Doctor Long. http://www.eurobrick...howtopic=137990 Onix by North White, on Flickr "YAAA!" Onix by North White, on Flickr *SMASH* Onix by North White, on Flickr "I'll do the best I can but," *THUNK* Onix by North White, on Flickr "What was that?" Dr. Long asked. "Beats me" answered the scientist." Onix by North White, on Flickr "I really hate Mondays." Said Captain Mesabi. FIN Hope you liked this weeks build(s) I hope I didn't break any rules, I just wanted to get a lot of the story knocked out. Thanks to Dannylonglegs for letting me use her charecter. I hope you liked this weeks build, if only one of the vehicles can be judged, please do the Octan tanker, and thanks for viewing!
  8. Dannylonglegs

    [O-G10] A Conference with the Queen

    "And a Meeting with Dr. Long." The Invasive Species: Part 3 Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Part 4 Interlude Part 5 Part 6 Part 7 (Finale) Tags: Vehicle (Micro Chauve-Souris Blanche), Civil Building, Science Planet: Onix, G10 This is a long one. Sorry in advance. An Audience with the Queen by Danny-Longlegs, on Flickr An Audience with the Queen by Danny-Longlegs, on Flickr An Audience with the Queen by Danny-Longlegs, on Flickr "Log Date 686, This is Dr. Danielle Long, recording from my Touch-Down Office in the Virology department of Cerebus Station, Onix. Thanks to the added help from the Axle's forces (and a galaxy-renowned geneticist recruited by our CEO) Dr. Martenz's efforts manufacturing a vaccine for the Oni-Ren disease Black-Eye have been accelerated exponentially. We've worked days and night on this project... figuratively and literally. The planet's rotation around its sun is quick compared to Earth's or Farmolis's.... We have arrived at a final product that is 99.8% successful in producing near-immediate positive immune response in Oni-Shu test subjects. Today, we inoculate our first Oni-Ren test subject. Ba'al Ba'al Jinks has volunteered for the honour. I expect results by the end of the day." Later An Audience with the Queen by Danny-Longlegs, on Flickr Dr. Martenz: "Danielle, we've done it." Dr. Long: "Has our specimen already begun to demonstrate immunity?" Dr. Martenz: "Yes. Yes it has... I mean, she has. Ba'al Ba'al has." Dr. Long: "Go on?" Dr. Martenz: "Well, thanks to the miraculously quick immune responses demonstrated by much of this planet's multi-cellular life, we can confirm that Ba'al Ba'al is immune to the Black-Eye virus." Dr. Long: "Excellent." An Audience with the Queen by Danny-Longlegs, on Flickr Dr. Martenz: "I present to you... the future." Dr. Long: "No need to be dramatic, Dr. Martenz, it's a vaccine, not the Fountain of Youth. Ba'al Ba'al. how do you feel?" Ba'al Ba'al Jinks: "Messa be thinkin' youssa hoomans be havin' a sayin' for dis. Oh, yeah! 'ain't no fleas on messa!" Dr. Long: "How apropos. Well done. Dr. Martenz. how long before we can conduct a larger operation? Are there any other natives willing to work with us? To prove to the Queen of the Gongen Empire that the Vaccine works?" Dr. Martenz: "As a matter of fact, there is a tribe of Oni-Ren willing to deal with us. The Nan-Nan tribe just south of the empire, on who's land we currently reside, have been eagerly awaiting the vaccine. They are a small band of people, who's population has been devastated by the plague. They are a mercantile people, and more likely than not introduced the infection to the Empire themselves, but that's neither here nor there. We will begin the outreach stage of the Vaccine productions later this week." Dr. Long: "You will start now. Take as many men as you need. I want results, not more delays." Dr. Martenz: "Um... OK, yes. We will begin today. I'll send a representative to the Chieftan post-haste." Dr. Long: "Excellent. There is much work to be done yet, but we've made great progress. I have arranged a meeting with Queen Bawa San. I need all the pieces in place before then to ensure her compliance. I have other business to attend now. Good work. Touch back with me later when the process is in motion." Later. An Audience with the Queen by Danny-Longlegs, on Flickr An Audience with the Queen by Danny-Longlegs, on Flickr Jebediah O'Reilly: "Dr. Long." Dr. Long: "Mr. O'Reilly." Jebediah: "You rang?" An Audience with the Queen by Danny-Longlegs, on Flickr Dr. Long: "I did. I called for your assistance because we're facing a recalcitrant and dogmatic adversary. We have developed a functional vaccine for the Oni-Ren's Black-Eye plague, but yet I cannot be sure that the Oni-Ren Queen will acquiesce to our attempts to aid them. She is letting her people die by not allowing us to assist, and I have reason to believe her ignorant belief system will persist even when I present her with hard evidence of our vaccine's efficacy." Jebediah: "And what can I do about that? Do you want me to kill her?" Dr. Long: "No. Lord Business no... Think about PR! No... But I want you to do a little digging. Dig up some dirt on the empire if you can. I want to know about anything from minority oppression, to technological suppression. I want to know how the people are treated, both within and without the empire. I want to know who supports the Queen and why... And I would like to know as soon as possible." Jebediah: "That sounds doable. And what do you expect to accomplish with this information?" Dr. Long: "Knowledge is power, Mr. O'Reilly. And another issue as well. Dr. Martenz has taken a local under his wing. Ba'al Ba'al Jinks. I'd like to know more about her. She was an exiled political dissident. I want to know her ideals and methods... and her ambitions." Jebediah: "I think I understand. Sounds like a plan." Dr. Long: "And be careful. I hear the Oni-Ren are occasional sentient-eaters." Jebediah: "I'm a trained professional. I think I can handle a few cannibals." An Audience with the Queen by Danny-Longlegs, on Flickr Several Days Later... An Audience with the Queen by Danny-Longlegs, on Flickr Lawyers: "Waxler and McGrill, Lawyers at law." Mrs. McGrill: "If the shoe don't fit..." Mr. Waxler: "...You must acquit!" Lawyers: "We're your legal council!" Dr. Long: "Ok, fine." Lawyers: "Legal Council: Because sometimes people say things that Octan doesn't want them to say!" Mrs. McGrill: "And that's where we come in!" Mr. Waxler: "No comment is a good comment!" Dr. Long: "I get the picture. Let's get prepared to meet Queen Bowa San." An Audience with the Queen by Danny-Longlegs, on Flickr Dr. Long: "This is our Translator, Ba'al Ba'al jinks. She's an Oni-Ren, as you can tell." Mrs. McGrill: "Hey cutie." Ba'a' Ba'al Jinks: "Hewo, Messa Ba'al Ba'al Jinks." Dr. Long: "Alright, then, if everything is in order, then we can get started." An Audience with the Queen by Danny-Longlegs, on Flickr Later, in Queen Bowa San's Palace, in the Gongen Empire's capital.... An Audience with the Queen by Danny-Longlegs, on Flickr An Audience with the Queen by Danny-Longlegs, on Flickr Bishop: [in her own language. Old.] You now stand before the Queen, divine regent of our people, and actor of our Gods' will. Ba'al Ba'al: "Customary Greeting." Queen Bowa San: [in her own language] "You offworlders have brought Ba'al Ba'al Jinks into my palace? This is an insult." Ba'al Ba'al: "Shessa be sayin' wessa not being welcome." Dr. Long: "As expected. Inform her that we come in peace." Ba'al Ba'al: [in Oni-Ren common] "We come in peace." Queen Bowa San: [in Oni-Ren] "Did you come in peace when you flew an offworlder vessel into my summer palace's tower? I think not. But speak. I will hear your demands since you came so far to my abode... But do not assume that I will sign any treaties with those creatures." Ba'al Ba'al: "Shessa gonna hear us out." Dr. Long: "Good. Inform her that we have developed a medicine that will render its recipient immune to the Black Eye Plague. Tell her that we will provide all Oni-Ren with this 'vaccine' if she lets us work with them. We can help her people. Improve their way of life and living conditions... And we ask very little in return." Ba'al Ba'al: [in Oni-Ren] "My friends can cure the plague. They can help our people. Our old way of life is inferior to theirs. They will bring us into the light of a thousand suns, and all they ask is our cooperation. Please, your highness, our people are dying and suffering." Queen Bowa San: "How do I know you are telling the truth." Ba'al ba'al: "I have received it, as has the Nan-Nan tribe." Queen Bowa San: "The Nan-Nan tribe is our enemy! They are untrustworthy barbarians." Ba'al Ba'al: "We can give the cure to the Empire too. You just need to cooperate with us!" Queen Bowa San: "What does cooperation entail?" Ba'al Ba'al: "Shessa wanna know what we want." Dr. Long: Excellent. Ba'al Ba'al, tell her what I'm saying." An Audience with the Queen by Danny-Longlegs, on Flickr "This is a holographic representation of your planet, Queen Bowa San." An Audience with the Queen by Danny-Longlegs, on Flickr "And this is where your empire lies. On the North Pole of the planet our people refer to as Onix." An Audience with the Queen by Danny-Longlegs, on Flickr "Let me zoom in on that. There we go." An Audience with the Queen by Danny-Longlegs, on Flickr "I have magnified the location on this holographic map of the richest copper veins not only on your world, but in the entire galaxy. Copper is not a common commodity in this galaxy. It has long since been removed from most planets in the galaxy... long before we humans arrived here. But your planet has a vast reserve of Copper, and our corporation desperately requires this mineral. In exchange for our technological assistance, and freely distributed vaccine, we would humbly request to share a portion of this land that we may mine for copper here. Our sources indicate that the land is undeveloped 'hunting land.' We would be able to work here without disturbing the wildlife or whatever hunting expeditions are conducted here. We could have a beneficial relationship." Ba'al Ba'al: Translates. An Audience with the Queen by Danny-Longlegs, on Flickr Queen Bowa-San: "No." Dr. Long: "What?!" Queen Bowa San: "No. [in her Language] You plague-walkers have brought death to my people through your insidious disease, and now expect to rob my domain of our land and treasures in exchange for the cure?" Ba'al Ba'al: Translates. Lawyers: "Octan denies any responsibility for spreading the illness. There is inadequate evidence to suggest any culpability on our behalf." Ba'al Ba'al: Translates. Queen Bowa San: "Insult after insult. The OId ways are tried and true. Tradition has defined our culture and saved us from the occupation of the Zoid. Our ways are the ways of the gods. You and your human masters will destroy our people and destroy our culture more assuredly than a plague might. Tell these demonic creatures that I will not kowtow to their wishes, and I will not abide by their presence on my planet. You will leave at once." Ba'al Ba'al: "Thissa not good. She 'a sayin' wessa gotta go." Dr. Long. "Damnation. Tell the Queen that we offer her a bounty. Peace, Prosperity, and Plenty. An end to illness, and an end to war if she desires. Octan can be a powerful ally, but an even more powerful enemy. Tell her she's making a mistake." Lawyers: "Don't translate that powerful enemy part." Ba'al Ba'al: "messa no be thinkin' wessa have time to translate any of that." An Audience with the Queen by Danny-Longlegs, on Flickr Queen Bowa-San: "Go." An Audience with the Queen by Danny-Longlegs, on Flickr Later... An Audience with the Queen by Danny-Longlegs, on Flickr "Log date 690, this is Dr. Danielle Long recording from Cerebus station, Onix. Negotiations with Queen Bowa San went horribly. I hate dealing with Ignorant, uncooperative creatures..." _________________________________________ Earlier... An Audience with the Queen by Danny-Longlegs, on Flickr Dr. Martenz: "I'm sorry about the accommodations. We don't have many Touch-Down offices in the station. It's Mostly labs." Dr. Long: "I've had worse. At least this hallway is not directly under an Air-Ventilation unit." Dr. Martenz: "And, I'm sorry too about the view. There's not much to look at. Just rocks and ash clouds. Octan could make this planet great." Dr. Long: "We will. When the Oni-ren learn to move past their archaic xenophobia and isolationism, then they may share in our wealth and advanced technology and benefit from our generosity. We can help them... they just have to let us... " ______________________________________________ Comments and critiques are, as always, more than welcome. Any hints on photographing black? ~Insectoid Aristocrat
  9. Dannylonglegs

    [O-G10] Like a Fecund Fruit Tree

    "...With produce ripe to be plucked." The Invasive Species: Part 2 Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Part 4 Interlude Part 5 Part 6 Part 7 (Finale) Tags: Science, Civil Building Planet: Onix (The Axle, in Orbit) Not new build Dr. Martenz: "Progress on the vaccines goes slowly. We are in our trial stages now, but the alien species most like the Oni-Ren in regards to immune system is the Oni-Shu, but the creatures are... uncooperative. They keep escaping their crates and destroying lab equipment. Simply put, Danielle, I need more people. Not new build Dr. Long: "And the Oni-Ren are still unwilling to open a dialogue regarding their epidemic?" Dr. Martenz: "No. The Queen is sticking to her state's Isolationist, Nationalist ways. They refused to join A.L.I.E.N. or cooperate with Kawashita, and they are unwilling to negotiate with us now. Dr. Long: "This is unacceptable. Their people are dying but yet they are too proud to work with us? Well they rebuke us at their own peril. The Oni-Ren should be grateful that our benevolent and powerful corporation is even so generous as to consider the mutually beneficial arrangement we've offered. Vaccines for the Black-Eye, beneficial trade deals, access to our advanced technology, agricultural practices, and health-care, and a steppingstone for interplanetary recognition, all in exchange for copper mining rights in land they don't even use to its fullest potential! Their resistance is illogical. Dr. Martenz: "I concur." Dr. Long: "Once we have a cure to their ailment, then we can make our move. Their Queen cannot say no when she sees with her own eye the true power of Octan. We will show her the light even if we have to hold her eye open to it. Dr. Martenz: "Well... I could have the vaccine finished in two weeks time if you simply sent me some more workers..." Dr. Long: "You didn't get the memo?" Dr. Martenz: "What memo?" Dr. Long: "I've made this endeavor one of the Axle's top priorities. You have the full force of the Axle at your disposal, and I shall make landfall with a force of peacekeepers and my finest scientists in one standard business week." Dr. Martenz: ".. Oh... Wow. I'm honoured." Dr. Long: "Check your holo-mail." Dr. Martenz: Yes, Dr. Long." Dr. Long: "See you in a week. Dr. Long out." Dr. Long: "Thank you for the files on Kawashita, Mr. Dillberg. It's a shame about their CEO. Killed by a reactor leak? I thought Kawashita was better than to let something like that happen. from what I heard, Raven was an effective leader and an analytical mind. I suppose I should be glad that her passing weakens our rival corporation... but a human is a human, and I take no joy from senseless loss. And then there's the matter of their new Master Mechanic that they brought in from the Milkyway. I wonder if it's... No.. couldn't be. Anyways, Odus, you've done well. I've finished reviewing the files from my Sabbatical... care to join me on the Forward Observation deck of the Axle?" Odus: "Sure!" Dr. Long: "I want to see this planet of ours." Later, on the Forward Observation Deck of the Axle, in orbit of Onix: Dr. Edris: "There's Onix." Shorty: "And its moons; There's Kwartz, the ice moon of the lava planet; and there's Garnit, the rock moon that shines red; and where's Paerl, the glimmering jewel of Onix?" Dr. Edris: "It has a wide elliptical orbit. We've actually already passed it." Shorty: "Pity. I hear it's the most beautiful one." Like a Fecund Fruit Tree by Danny-Longlegs, on Flickr Jebediah O'Reilly: "What a view." Kodan Black: "Spectacular." Dr. Long: "Mmmm." Jebediah O'Reilly: "Glad you brought us here, Dr. Long. It's quite the pretty sight." Dr. Long: "Pretty?" Jebediah O'Reilly: "Yeah." (incase you want background music to accompany the following monolog, click now.) Dr. Long: "Look at them." Jebediah: "The Planet and its moons?" Dr. Long: "Yes. The celestial bodies... As a child, I marveled at their greatness. I would gaze out my window vainly hoping to catch a glimpse of just a single star or planet through the smog and the light pollution... But to no avail. The first time I saw one outside of a holo-screen or class simulator was my first time leaving earth. I was lucky enough to have a window seat on the shuttle, and my life's trajectory was forever changed by the gravity of what I saw. The void was full of light. I looked back on Earth, and it was small. So small, it looked as though you could hold it in your hand like a bruised green apple. And to think... that green apple was our home... this astronomically small blue-green orb was the birthplace and the graveyard of almost all of humankind. One day Earth will breath its last breath, I thought to myself there in that shuttle... But humanity will not. No... We are no longer tethered to that green orb. No longer are we worms in the core of a rotting fruit. We have metamorphosed, and now we have wings. Dr. Black, Look at them all. Gaze upon our fecund intergalactic fruit tree! All these worlds are ours... So full of invaluable resources, Copper, biomass, water, Awesomnium. Any one of them could be a new home for our species, but we have access to all of them, Mr. O'Reilly. They're so beautiful. So inescapably tempting... It's as if I could merely extend my arm and grasp one in my hands... "They're like plump, ripe fruits, and they are in season to be plucked." Messenger: "Oh, there you are Dr. Long. I have something for you." Jebediah O'Reilly: I found it floating in space, aged pretty badly... for whatever reason. Messanger: "It's your logbook. We consolodated your temporary logbook with your old one and put it all in on sleek new device!" Dr. Long: "Excellent. Thank you." Like a Fecund Fruit Tree by Danny-Longlegs, on Flickr "Log Date 683, This is Dr. Danielle Long.... ... It's good to be back." __________________________ Everyone needs a good monolog now and then, wouldn't you agree? This was originally going to be my entry for challenge 2, but the build din't work then. I have since gotten more pieces and figured out a better way to pull the structure off. So, Here is "The Invasive Species" Part 2. I'm proud to say that the titular invasive species has appeared in every one of my builds since I returned. It's hard to see in some of them though, but I think most of them have been pointed out. ~Insectoid Aristocrat
  10. VK-318

    [K - G10] Stardate 3816.12.6

    Location: G10 Onix Tags: None ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Captain's Log Prisoners still in custody - dispatched to Onix in response to reports of pirate activity. Fleet intelligence advises suspected connection to band eliminated prior to formal hiring. Jump made in good time - traffic at Onix GATE continues to be low. Fleet intelligence indicates only known Octan traffic composed of weekly mail courier, one science ship departing, and some activity in low orbit en route to former pirate base. Assess as likely transit lockdown following earlier Kawashita activity in this sector - Octan fleet is far away and unable to provide significant support or escort, and most armed ships likely drawn to provide logistics for Octan-M.A.N.T.I.S. conflict elsewhere. Captain's Log, Supplemental I strongly doubt that FI is correct. Some visual footage of suspected pirate ships was provided, and the hull configuration does not match that of any vessels we encountered previously in the Onix sector. Of more interest is why pirates are raiding Kawashita shipping in Onix. There are several other sectors that are equally vulnerable, given the current disposition of the fleet, and almost none with less traffic than Onix. Certainly they would be more likely to be detected in other systems, but as a rule, in the sweet trade the important part is to get away, and being spotted in the process is unimportant. I do not care to speculate, therefore, concerning what might be these presumed pirates' motive for raiding in Onix. Diary of Silvia Kramer Viktor is worried about the word from the fleet. He's sure the fleet is wrong. I told him I was sure he had finished with the pirates before, and the fleet must be wrong. But he said he hoped it would turn out to be the same pirates. I wasn't sure what he meant, but I didn't get a chance to ask. The corporal came in with some questions for Viktor, and I had to let it go. I've been thinking, though, and I think I get it. Pirates from the base we visited would still be operating there while they try to recover and get re-organized. But new pirates in that system aren't looking for loot - they're looking for ships. That's why they haven't stopped the Octan mail courier - they want a Kawashita hull, and a merchant one, too. But why? The freighters that run those routes are tubs that only mount one turret! Captain's Log Encountered hostile activity in Onix system. Weapons fire was spotted over Onix's moon, concealed from the planet surface by the moon. Upon approach, conflict was identified as a battle between a Kawashita freighter and an unknown hostile craft. An attempt was made to hail both craft. Neither responded. We moved to approach, but before we arrived, contact with the freighter was lost. Thermal contact dropped off, followed a fraction of a second later by loss of radar and visual contact. Fate of freighter unknown at this time - fluctuations in local gravity commonly associated with GATE anomaly/drive failure not detected. Boarding party sent aboard hostile craft. Assessed as non-Human design and construction. No life signs detected during approach, and none found during thorough search. Assessment is difficult. Lacking evidence for clear-cut evaluation, hostile craft has been flagged as category-red quarantine zone. Transponder attached - reporting directly to Variga. Will inform fleet once more complete assessment of situation and threat posed by unknown craft are more complete. Have issued security ID cards to crew, and instituted automated checkpoints throughout vessel until further notice. Corporal Nodachi concurring. Captain's Log, Supplemental The corporal may not be useless. He agrees with my assessment. Someone or something far more advanced than ourselves has taken control of one of our freighters, and intends to use it for unknown purposes. Diary of Silvia Kramer I'm afraid, and so is Viktor. We're pirates, not soldiers, and this isn't our kind of mission. But I don't think we should tell the fleet. Then we might loose a line cruiser, or even a dreadnought. This way, if something does go really, horribly wrong, the Kawashita Group is only down one corvette, five people, and a couple of robots. Andromeda isn't quite our galaxy yet, and we don't know who or what is really out there, in the hundreds of systems not connected to the GATE network. May God help us all. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ So, I bought a game called "Stellaris" a week or so ago. It's a sci-fi, 4X, grand strategy game that is devouring my life. This doesn't have anything to do with my build, or the plot arc I'm starting, except that I spent so much time playing that I never got around to building anything new for this week. So, I dug through my drawers of Legos and found some old ships that I build a few years ago and never shared here before. The green one is inspired by the Dragon Pod, from the X-Pod series of a decade or so back, and the Kawashita freighter is inspired by a Highlighter market and by General Grievous' flagship in Revenge of the Sith. C&C welcome.
  11. Col. Brik

    [K-G10] Chair Ship

    Mission, Chair Ship Tags, Kawashita, Spaceship, Onix The easiest way to move about the city and stations in the Kawashita umbrella of planets is by a speedy ship with a easy way in and out. Setup specifically for Col. Brik, this simple ship can get him from the office to the landing pads quickly and safely.
  12. Tags: Civil Building, Science Planet: Onix //"This is Dr. Martenz contacting the O.C.S. Axle. Please Direct me to Dr. Long's office."// DrMartenz by Danny-Longlegs, on Flickr Catching up with Odus by Danny-Longlegs, on Flickr Odus: "This is Dr. Long's Office, Odus Dillberg speaking." Dr. Martenz: "Hi. Look, I've got a very tight schedule, so I'm going to make this quick. Transfer me directly to Dr. Long. This is Dr. Martenz, from pathology, and I urgently need to speak with her." Odus: "Ooh. Sorry, I'm afraid that's simply not possible." Dr. Martenz: "What?!" Odus: "Yeah. She's on sabbatical at the moment. I'm currently managing the administrative side of things on the Axle, and Dr. Black is running the sciency stuff." Dr. Martenz: "Kodan Black?!" Odus: "Yeah, that's the one! Fine chap, very nice." Dr. Martenz: "... Kodan... Black?" Odus: "Yep!" Dr. Martenz: "Ok. Ha ha. Now please, transfer me to Dr. Long. I know she doesn't take sabbaticals. She's never missed a day of work in her life. I understand she's a busy woman, and she's probably in some meeting, but please don't disrespect me." Catching up with Odus by Danny-Longlegs, on Flickr Odus: "Huh? I'm being super serious right now. Dr. Long has been on leave for months now. She was... uh.. Well, I guess I'm not supposed to say why, but there was an incident, and, well, she hasn't been able to come to work." Dr. Martenz: "Great Scott! You're serious! And... That Kodan thing is serious too?! Great Scott!.. I should'ave been nicer to the kid. When's she coming back?" Odus: "Should be pretty soon. I just heard back from her doctor that... oops. Shouldn't've said that! Soon." Dr. Martenz: "No kidding. Well. I'd like to leave her a message then. Tell her that I'm calling in a solid 'you-owe-me.'" Catching up with Odus by Danny-Longlegs, on Flickr Dr. Martenz "I need more people on the ground here. The Oni-Ren are making a pathology report on Onix damn-near impossible. They won't let me anywhere near their settlements. This is made even more frustrating by the fact that they are currently dealing with an epidemic of something they refer to as 'Black-Eye.' " If I had more men... possibly some peace-keeping troops, I could conduct my report with far greater efficiency... and hell... we might even profit by selling them vaccines for their illness. Please convey my message to Dr. Long as soon as she gets back... I don't know how much longer I can do this all by myself and with these stupid interns I keep getting sent. Seems like they all outrank me in a year anyways. [inaudible grumbling noises]" Catching up with Odus by Danny-Longlegs, on Flickr Odus: "Ok, I'll let her know. Is there anything else I can help you with?" Dr. Martenz: "No, that'll be all. Thank you. Dr. Martenz out." Catching up with Odus by Danny-Longlegs, on Flickr Robotic voice: "You have _27_ calls waiting on hold." Odus: "Oh bother. There's just so much work to be done. How ever did Danielle manage so much!?" Robotic voice: "You have _28_ calls waiting on hold." Odus: "What would Dr. Long do? Oh! I know! I'll consult the Dr. Long AI!" Hello Holo-Long! by Danny-Longlegs, on Flickr Odus: "Dr. Holo-Long, I've been answering phone calls all morning! My other desk is piled full of paperwork so high I can't even work there! All the other Secretaries are all swamped just like me! What ever should I do?!" Holo-Long: "Get back to work." Odus: "Ok, boss!" _____________________________________________________________________________ Anyways, More updates on affairs without the good doctor. Please keep in mind that I am very open to constructive criticism. I'm not entirely satisfied with how my surface-of-Onix build looks. I was aiming for a rocky landscape without Lava (because there can't be Lava on every square inch of the planet) and I tried to incorporate some elements from previous builds on Onix (Kai's green biomass crystals, Black and dark grey rocks) along with some of my own (Nugget moss/fungus, dark tan soil/moss) but I worry I may have gone too many places all in the confines of one very small build. Tell me what you think, Edit: also the picture is not flattering. Also, for those of you wondering why so many builds without Long, well, I'm setting things up. This, for instance, is setting up a story arch I have planned. Stay tuned for "The Invasive Species" Coming in like 3 weeks. ~Insectoid Aristcorat
  13. VK-318

    [K - G10] Electrified

    Location: G10 Onix Tags: Civil Building Note: All parts of this build except the parts shown in the spoiler are re-used - that is, the main room, torture rack and restraints (but not the larger frame around it), and the two small implement-holders are all re-used, and therefore should not be judged. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ "AAAAAAAAAAAAUGH!" "AAAAAAAAGHNOOOOOOO!" Clunk. "What was that?" "What the ..." Crack! Thud. Crack! Crash. "Silvia!" "That's far enough, Viktor." "Girault. You're going to pay for this." "I don't think so." "I don't know how you managed to get this far into my base without raising any alarms. For that matter, I don't know how you even managed to enter the system. But I really don't care. Torture is so much more effective when you it's somebody else suffering, and your wife has been most uncooperative." "No.. Please, no ..." "It's under control, Silvia." I fixed Girault with an icy gaze. "It won't take but a minute. In fact ..." If you want to break a standoff, do it in the middle of a sentence. In fact, do it in the middle of a conversation, if you have the option. It delays your opponent's reaction time by a critical fraction of a second. I snatched a hammer from the wall and threw it as hard as I could. He fired, of course, but his aim was off and I was already out of the way. Then the hammer struck him in the head and he collapsed limply. Not dead - just out cold. "... It's already taken care of," I finished. "Let me get you out of that thing, Silvia." "I can't move," she said weakly. "He's stuffed me full of drugs." "I know," I said. "T1-N1 had a chat with their computers while I was on my way. I'm so sorry, dearest. I came as fast as I could." "I'm just glad you made it," she said, sighing with relief as I loosed the restraints. I wrapped her in a cloak and cradled her in my arms. "Just one more thing to do, and then we can be going." With one arm already full, it was not easy to remove Girault's shirt, or to drag him up onto the torture rack, but I did it. He had loaded Silvia with stims to keep her conscious through the torture session, and the syringe he had been using was almost empty. I injected what was left of them into him, then waited for him to wake up. It only took a few seconds. "I'm sorry I don't have the time to properly thank you for everything you've done for my wife," I said, "but I hope you'll accept this parting gift. As soon as I'm gone, the Variga will destroy this base, and I don't plan on waiting around, so you probably won't have time to pass out from the pain, but you should be well entertained until you die. Goodbye, Girault." I pulled the lever, and the machine came to life. With Girault's screams echoing off the metal walls, I carried Silvia out and down the corridor. "Are there any more pirates here?" she asked. "I don't think so. T1-N1 sealed off most of the base, and I've lost count of how many people I've killed. My bolter's power clip must be about drained." She sighed. "I'm so tired. Can I rest now?" "Yes, dearest." I smiled. "Once we get back to the Variga, we're going to rendezvous with the fleet. They'll patch you up. You're safe now. You can rest all you like." "Thank you, love. I think I will." And she did. This week, I did two new builds that expand on something I did previously. I had more story to tell in this particular location than I could tell in one week, so I came up with some expansions that can stand as a build in their own right. They're in the spoiler. C&C welcome!
  14. VK-318

    [K - G10] To the Pain

    Location: G10 Onix Tags: Civil Building ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ "Boss? She's here." "You sure took long enough. Bring her in." "Silvia Kramer. Allow me to welcome you to my home, or at least, one small part of it. I hope you will enjoy your stay." "Save the pleasantries, Girault. You know my husband will be coming for you." "We'd better get down to business, then. Jason, would you do the honors?" "With pleasure, boss." "Now, now, Silvia. You shouldn't struggle like that - you've gone and gotten yourself a nasty bruise. This way, please." "Please make yourself comfortable, ma'am. We've got a lot to discuss." "Girault, you know Viktor. He's not going to let you get away with this." "I'm afraid he'll have no choice. Just this last week, we completed the installation of a new sensor relay station. If any ship comes out of the Gate, I'll know right away. Besides, no luxury cutter has the firepower to breach our defenses. "Humans have been in the business of inflicting pain on each other for such a very long time, but when the victim struggles, it can make a torturer's work so much harder. Awesomnium has provided us with an invaluable aid to this process. "This syringe contains an awesomnium-based solution that I think you'll find most interesting. We bought the original from a fellow called Laszlowe, from M.A.N.T.I.S. It was supposed to serve as a long-lasting sedative, a hibernation drug. But it didn't work quite as planned." "I - I - I can't move. I can't move!" "But you can still feel, can't you? That's the beauty of it. Your sensory receptors are still firing, but your brain can't send anything back but critical body functions. It's the perfect torturer's tool." "Don't do this, Girault." "I'm afraid I don't have much choice. I need the passcodes for the Kawashita Group's private Gates, and I don't have time to convince you to give it to me. This is quicker. "Also much more entertaining." "No - no, please - no - AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH!!! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ "Kramer to Variga, good work. I'm through the breach." ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Yep, we're still pretty dark over here. I promise I'll lighten up in a few more builds. The name is a reference to The Princess Bride.
  15. Location: G10 Onix Tags: Exploration ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ "I think I've found it, boss!" "Looks like a Kawashita probe, alright. The sensor dome's still intact!" "Good. We'll need that." "Bot, crack the dome open." "Wouldn't it be simpler just to take the whole thing back with us, boss? I bet Octan would pay well for something like that." "Trust me, Jason, we don't want Octan to know we've been here. See that little green thing in there? It's this probe's onboard computer. That would tell us what ship launched this probe." "So what?" "Let me ask you something, Jason. Which would be better: finding a space probe that we can't use and can't safely sell, for fear of getting turned in for theft of proprietary technology? Remember, Octan and Kawashita aren't at war any more. Or, getting our hands on Viktor Kramer? And the navigational codes for the entire Kawashita Group quadrant?" "The second one, of course. But what's the connection, boss? I don't get it." "What do you think the odds are, eh? A red and black ship captures Dr. Gregorovich, a top Octan scientist, and his top-secret prototypes. Then, out of the middle of nowhere, a Kawashita probe shows up, in the very same system where Gregorovich got grabbed. Pretty interesting, no?" "How do you know it was Kramer?." "I saw the footage of the ship. Octan may not know what the ship is, but I do. It was the Variga - I'd stake my life on it. This little thing is what's finally going to let us get our hands on Kramer - and maybe a few nice secrets with it? Bots, push this dome into the lava. We don't want Octan to figure out we were here. Let's get back to the ship and see what this baby can tell us."
  16. Location: G10 Onix Tags: Spaceship, Building, Exploration ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Onix. A harsh, inhospitable world - alas, such worlds are common in this foreign galaxy. What little of its surface is not tortured by volcanism is stalked by the strange and hideous wildlife of this hellish globe. "Where are you taking me?" Doctor Gregorovich was proving to be a rather annoying passenger. I suppose it made sense that, with such an inquisitive nature, that he would be such a great scientist, but that, combined with his arrogance, was not endearing him to any of us. Even the robots disliked him. "Nowhere yet. With Kawashita still so close by, your people will have all the Gates closely watched." "Why are we flying over a lava plain?" "We're not. Sending the signal now." "What is this place? Octan didn't build it. Who did? "Rum smugglers." "They build it a few years ago - killed this volcano by drilling it a new vent ten miles from here, cleared away the ash and basalt, and put in a little base with stealth and heat shields." "Where are the smugglers now? This ship doesn't seem like a smuggler." "With the little flash-in-the-pan of a war a few weeks ago, the smugglers decided they needed to clear out. They left the base, though, in case they got a chance to come back after things cool down a bit. I made a deal with the smugglers - got the access codes to turn the stealth on and off. Everything still works." "So you're just parking the ship here? Next to a volcano?" "You don't park a ship, you berth her. And yes. We should be quite safe here, until it's time to leave. I'm being well payed to see you delivered unharmed, and I don't intend to risk you or my ship, let alone my wife, in a structure I don't trust completely. You're safer here than aboard one of your own starships." "So it seems." ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Yes, I really did build two nearly-identical micro volcanoes. The title's a Pirates of the Caribbean reference, if you were wondering. If any of what I built is too small for a tag, that's okay. I'm in this for the storytelling and the building, not the points.
  17. MKJoshA

    [K - G10] Aggressive Wildlife

    Location: G10 Onix Tags: Exploration Last time, in Ender's story: A Space Saga Begins Is it Mine Mine? Okami Bike Kawashita Hummer Where Was I Supposed to Be? Spaceman Spiff Black Hair, the Pirate Merry Men Adventures (Where There's Lava There's Water) Car On A Plate Too Girly Underwater Junk Ender was confused. The reports he had heard from Octan seemed to indicate that the Zoids were a evil race bent on the enslavement of other races. However, one of Kawashita's leaders, Narbilu, had explored the possibility of working with the Zoids and 4 other races so they could be all that bad. Secretary, I think I need to set up a meeting with a representative from A.L.I.E.N. Does your "thinking" involve enough confidence for me to go ahead and schedule the meeting Sir? I can tell we're going to have to work on your android programming. Yes Sir, I'll begin right away. No, begin after you set up an appointment for me. I need to get to the bottom of this. Ender had been on his way to the meeting with a Zard that his android secretary had set up when he meet some of the predatorial life Onix was known for.
  18. Garmadon

    [O, G10] The Alien Artifact...

    Tags: Land Vehicle, Exploration Jedadiah Douglass, signing in from, Woohoo, something other than Castral (namely Onix)! Hey, look at that! It seems there is some sort of alien artifact in this here lava stream! What a find, Jed my boy, won't those scientists be happy when they get a sight of this! So, what exactly is this thing? Let's see... Bang, bang. Crack, crack. Bzzz. Nope. What could it be? Hey, look at this! It's Guy's camera! I'm sure he'll be happy to get this back... except for all the dents and holes I just punched in it. Oh well, no pain no gain, right? Figless: And the vehicle: I'm finally off Castral! Ha, ha! Thanks for viewing, C&C are welcome!