The Response Team attacked the wolves. During the battle Cinnabar had the tendons on his leg ripped off, and was revived by Ru Zil with his advanced nanites. They killed the Alpha, making the other irradiated wolves in the pack flee in fear, and recovered the screamer which Ru Zil figured out could make the wolves run away or be drawn to the device.
Returning to the assembly line of the Factory, and talked to the Host-Bot. They learned that when the Drakath first landed on Adron IV during the War, a worker turned on a Phase Gate and ran through it. The robot assumed this worker died because the Gate was not officially documented to be going anywhere off planet.
Commander Zil called Lieutenant-Commander Ana to send down a shuttle with a power core down. Ru reconnected the Phase Gate to a power source and began to work on it restoring the power. They connected the wormhole to the last known location the Gate opened it at. The coordinates were set to location in the vast tundra of the planet.
Turning on a probe and sending it through, the probe detected a distortive field before shutting off all communications and only managing to send back a still photograph of a battle scarred room. Following the probe inside they found that the probe was perfectly operational. Finding a data pad with information that is written in Adronikos script, they found that there was a project called “Efficiency”, and it had recordings of time vs radius size.
Continuing along they found a supply room and when Ru Zil tried to get inside he found three Drakath pointing their guns at him. They did not recognize Ru Zil’s species, and asked them who’s side they are on. Ru Zil managed to tell them that they were on their own side, and just wanted to talk. The team came into the room slowly with their arms raised. The Drakath told them that this was an Adronikos research facility and all they wanted was to get to the center room, their mission goal. The team agreed.
Ru Zil hacked into a console in the supply room, learning there was one last Adronikos alive, Vrokis. He learned that the Drakath had attacked this facility, and that all camera feeds of the bottom floor were rerouted to another console. He turned on the elevator, and they ventured down it with their new Drakath companions.
Arriving on the bottom floor, they came upon another computer console that monitored a massive device, it’s core was damaged and failing. The console also monitored the factory suggesting for them to remotely vent Fo Radiation into the atmosphere. They were ambushed by an Adronikos who killed one of the Drakath soldiers. Vrokis obviously against the Drakath threatened to kill each of them as they were a threat to her and the machine.
Seeking to gain her help, the team betrayed the Drakath and shot them in the back. Vrokis explained that she was Head Engineer on a project to create a machine that emits “time distillation fields”, bubbles in space that can slow down inside of them. However anything that is in the initial creation of the bubble if it contacts matter outside of the field is immediately vaporized. When the Drakath first invaded she turned on the field to prevent them capturing it. She has been stuck here ever since. Ru Zil explained that they were here to repair a device and needed to get to the factory’s Sky Box.
Vrokis offered a solution, she could expand the time distillation field to encompass the Fo irradiated lake so when the Sky Box’s engines came into contact with it they would have time to get in and get out before the explosion incinerated them. However, the extra stress on the Efficiency’s core would likely dissipate the field and vaporize everything in the facility including her. Ru Zil tried to convince her to give up the blue prints for the machine but she would not betray her 4 thousand year dead government.
While the others left the factory, Chen stayed behind to get into the Sky Box managing to restore the last part of Uro-Herald. They escaped on their shuttle back to Sol Invictus and watched as the factory erupted in a mushroom cloud of fire and ash.
Departing the Adron system, they made their way back to Alliance space and to Ika-tra where Cinnabar had an important senate meeting. Grundy thought back to when he was on Parliament and visited Jam Eel, an ex-VIS agent, heat pack partner of Ven Brill and now private investigator. He looked at the evidence she had compiled to prove Ven’s innocence and discovered that Plipht hired an assassin, Ofaar to go after Archon, a scientist specializing in dark energy research for the Drakath Empire. During a mission to stop this attack, Ru Zil helped the Drakath capture the assassin, and after Ru met with Ofaar in Drakath custody the assassin managed to escape. He also discovered that the tampering to the Ambassador’s offices was done by the same console that it was confirmed Ru Zil was using.
Ru Zil tried contacting Dok’Lis andPhy’Is individually, both did not answer and he left a message. He began research on one of the irradiated wolves.
Chen interfaced with the Cube, and met with his master who had shed the skin of the young boy and sprouted as an adult man, with crystalline skin and a Ravarsi right arm. Uro-Herald with his memories restored relayed what was lost to his Proteriat:
“In the beginning me and my five brothers were brought into being by the Precursors. ”/campaigns/sol-s-exodus/characters/praxis-1" class=“wiki-content-link”>PRAXIS, VITA, SIRE, RECKONING, and UMBRA. We were sent to the Milky Way as an expeditionary force, to test the limits of organics and their civilizations and how they reacted to certain…stimuli.
When we first arrived there was no one but is exploring this galaxy. We waited thousands of years, planning our chosen experiments until the arrival of the Otamics. The Slave Masters you called them, and they would be our first focus group. VITA’s experiment was first, the extent to how organic civilization can withstand a deadly virus and what they would do to survive. VITA created the virus specifically tailored to destroy them and only them in case one of their servant species was to be one of our future test subjects. We wouldn’t want our experiments to overlap.
As millions dieds everyday, the Otamic shrunk bit by bit until there was almost nothing left. PRAXIS, the eldest and our leader ordered the experiment to stop as they had gotten all the data they needed to. VITA refused, and continued on, wishing to wipe the rest out. Luckily for the Otamic PRAXIS had hid a world full of pure Otamics from VITA, and punished VITA severly for his indiscretion being copied a thousand and one times, linking those consciousnesses together then simultaneously murdering a thousand of them is quite painful.
Next, the Adronikos. SIRE and RECKONING’s experiment. To see how an organic civilization handles internal and external forces wishing to destroy them. The Adronikos were intially a unified people but over hundreds of years of being a galaxy spanning empire they began to split apart into factions. As an inspirational leader created by RECKONING came upon them, wishing to unify the people the Empire was almost at the strongest it had ever been, then he suspiciously was murdered. The assassination was done so perfectly that each side thought the other was at fault and civil war erupted across the galaxy.
Nuclear war, biological attacks, the Adron reverted to the foulest and harshest tactics to win their war of vengeance. As the two sat at the brink of defeating each other, SIRE’s second half of the experiment came in. While the plague on the Otamics, and the civil wars of the Adronikos were happening, SIRE was raising a species from the Stone Age to unbeatable space faring conquerors. The Drakath. They were naturally self destructive they would have destroyed their environment with their reproductive methods before they even had a population able to support a strive to space. PRAXIS however guided them there, and forged their culture into a precise tool for them to use. The Drakath Horde swept in and decimated the Adronikos but not before the ailing Empire united under one banner but it was far too late for that. They perished, but gave some informative data on organic group behaviour and their survival instinct.
Finally, the Valkon arrived, and UMBRA took his turn. His idea for experimentation was how a unified government that acted as a cohesive symbiote feeding off each other and working together as cogs on a wheel would act if they were all disconnected from each other. UMBRA attempted to destroy their Phase Gate network but was discovered and the Valkon began hunting him. Fortunately for us the Valkon were unaware of the existence of UMBRA’s brothers but PRAXIS was furious with his failure, so furious that he consumed UMBRA taking in all of his intelligence, knowledge and skills into himself.
PRAXIS needed to clean this mess up before the situation became too dire. The Valkon were prepared for any strike from the Drakath so he found another army to do his bidding. Taking a hold of the Verox’s primitive source code he directed a slave revolt exterminating the Valkon to every last man, and burning their cities down only leaving the husks of the Dyson Spheres for the galaxy’s descendants to remember them by. He then directed the Verox to fly into dark space and never come back.
PRAXIS had saved us and the mission but he had gone too far. He had many rights as leader but did not reserve the right to kill a subordinate. VITA and I decided to remove him from power. We knew RECKONING would always stand at PRAXIS’ side but when we approached SIRE he refused, relocating himself to Drakarum and stating that ‘PRAXIS always knew, it was better to hide behind an army of mice than to face the lion and die.’
VITA and I faced him, but somehow he knew we were coming. He crushed us. Destroyed what hosts we had physically. He consumed VITA much like he did with UMBRA. He also betrayed RECKONING and did that as well. However, I was of no use. I was a glorified recorder of knowledge, he stuck me in this box and buried me in a hole no one would find.
PRAXIS is still out there, somewhere. He wants to be a legend, to gain the respect and admiration of the Precursors, and if you are going to be loved by Gods you must do something amazing…Game altering."
Uro-Herald also told Chen that in order for him to have any effect on the galaxy he has to have a host body. A normal organic body like Urodotros’ old one would not do as it’s brain decompose from the vast consciousness that he holds.
Arriving on Ika-tra, Cinnabar attended the Senate meeting. Senator Neous, Cinnabar, and Senator Slag announced that they had begun a new age of unity for the Ikaite Imperium. Neous would replace Slash-Punch as High Inquisitor. While Slag would replace the now reportedly deceased Crag as Consul and General of the Emperor.
After the proceedings, Slag expressed his regret to Cinnabar about joining forces with the Morphic Party. Due to the policy changes Cinnabar has made, and the many victories he has won against the rebellion he and his political allies have seen the light. He offered to bring Trach and the Bloodsworn in chains to the Emperor Chief without bloodshed. In exchange Cinnabar would reform the Senate to a Parliament and all officials would be elected in, the Throne would belong to Cinnabar’s bloodline, but the seat would merely be a figurehead position but he would spare thousands of lives, and save billions on any war that would happen if he decided to fight the Morphic.
Cinnabar refused stating that this would bring dishonour to his fathers. The Senator left, promising to continue peaceful opposition and expressing sadness that the Ikaite would be forced into another unnecessary war.