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  8/17/2013

Well, I'm not going to lie, that warp portal wasn't all I thought it'd be. I didn't wind up anywhere near that legendary vendor. Nope, apparently it had been moved ages ago. At least the people who did it had the courtesy to leave a note.

So, I bet you're wondering: how did I get to this ship? Well, there I was, getting on this ship, to take me to the vendor's shuttle. You know, the usual. A boring ride halfway across the universe, to a planet that had no warp portals. I had no idea it would be quite so- chaotic.

Looks like I'll have to fend for myself again, before I can find the vendor and head home. Just my luck, right?


- Rascii
 
c1anddsaddict

c1anddsaddict
United States  


  8/18/2013

Day 1

Of course there could be only one shuttle to the universe's biggest transport hub, this time of year. And to make matters worse, it's no normal shuttle. Nope: I have to take part in ANOTHER survivor game to get taken where I want to go.

So here I am, stuck in a tiny room, with an obnoxious computer repeatedly asking for a DNA sample. Not to mention the overly ominous welcome message.

Honestly, though, I think it's just a ploy. I mean, I hate to break it to the shee who put us here, but this is a spaceship with full amenities. According to the brochure (thankfully translated into a script I could read), it's nicer than my home ship! Compared to the Arctic Wasteland I found myself in last time, this should be a pleasure cruise.

No, I am NOT overcompensating for having been such a scaredy-cat last time.

Anyway, they're just getting us worried over nothing. The drama has to come from somewhere, right? I hope so. The last thing I want to have to deal with is some evil AI.

The horror! My staff has started yapping again, and seems to be entering an annoying contest with the insistent console. Better hurry up and register before I'm driven insane.

Ok, now that my door is unlocked, I suppose I should figure out what to do. Might as well check out the desert terrarium. It's supposed to be pretty cool: full of artificial ruins and even a pyramid. Maybe it'll remind me of home.

It's a bit odd, going back to two dimensions after the three dimensions of the arctic. It makes me miss depth.

Oh, and that noise outside that totally didn't make me jump? Whatever it was, it's gone. The hallway is almost eerily empty, and with a breeze as cold as the lighting is dim. I might just need to seek a light source to carry with me.



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c1anddsaddict

c1anddsaddict
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  8/18/2013

This ship is a labyrinth! The brochure may contain a map, but it hasn't been all that helpful to me. I think I might be in the lower docking bay...

My eyes are having a hard time adjusting. Going from dimly lit corridor, after corridor, after corridor, to bright light streaming in through a window is jarring, to say the least. There's a massive window, directly facing the planet's star. I really hope the windows are radiation-proof. I don't have Mea around as a walking Geiger counter anymore.

I miss Mea.

Anyway, the computer is shrieking at me again. Apparently it's mandatory for all contestants to visit the planet this week. Just what I need: more jumps between three dimensions and two. I should probably go get my weapon, but it's not very useful if I want to avoid being seen. Anyway, I still don't like resorting to violence, though it may be wise to be prepared when visiting an alien planet. I wonder if this ship has any weapons stashed aboard...

Meh. If I look for them, I'll just get lost again. But I'll make a mental note. Time to head out unarmed, I guess. I'll just have to be very careful.

Well, so, I'm on another alien planet. It looks to have a forest, but I landed in what appears to be a vast grassland. I can barely see anything, as it's night time, and this planet has no moon. It's kind of funny, really. With this planet's star glaring in my face, it didn't occur to me it'd be night time on the part of the planet I landed on.

Well, at least, it was dark, until a bright red light lit up the sky, coming from the forest. If I didn't know better, I'd say it was an emergency flair. I'm a bit conflicted as to whether to approach it. What if it's some kind of trap?

Oddly enough, H.A.N.D noticed that question, and replied,

"Shuttles 13 and 4 are unaccounted for. Contestant 5, also known as Nimhslab, took 4 to the surface about 3 hours ago. Shuttle 13 *indecipherable static* ERROR. Occupant is unknown. Possible system error. Scanning now.

All shuttles are equipped with automatic emergency flairs."

It seems a fellow contestant may be in danger. But there's another ship out there too, apparently.

"H.A.N.D?" I ask, "Could you pass a message on to the other contestants? I need to get my weapon, but I might be too late if I do that. Plus, back-up might be helpful."

I didn't get any reply. Well, I hope they get the message. Meanwhile, I'm headed back to the ship. A Mysterious 13th shuttle with an unknown occupant, gets lost, shortly after the AI loses contact with a contestant's ship? There is no way I'm heading into this unarmed.

It's a bit worrying, though. Didn't the introduction said any unregistered creatures would be vaporized? Why can't the computer recognize this thing, and how has it avoided the supposedly state of the art defense system?


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c1anddsaddict
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  8/18/2013

This ship really needs a better cleaning system. How long has it been since the vents were cleaned out? They're so filthy, I can see orange ooze coming out of them. It looks like it's half-way to attaining sentience.

Of course, I have no intentions of cleaning it out myself. Cleaning is gross. Anyway, you couldn't give me enough ambrosial chicken nuggets to get me to touch that stuff.

I've spotted a closet or two on the way to my room, but none of them contain weapons. So, I've had to reclaim my staff. At least it ceased yapping my ears off.

Back down to the planet, then. I hope it's as smooth as last time. With two shuttles that seem to have crashed, I worry about how safe they are. Well, I'll make sure to take the same one as last time. At least that one gave me a smooth enough ride.



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c1anddsaddict
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  8/20/2013

Sorry I didn't write yesterday. I stayed up all night. I tried making up for it in the pod. Well, I think I slept for an hour or two. But mostly what I got out of it was discomfort. At least it's better than sleeping on a cave floor.

Anyway, since nobody came to meet me, I decided to head into the forest. I held my staff at the ready, pushing aside undergrowth and keeping bugs at bay (so many bugs!). What I didn't expect was for another contestant to take a bite out of me!

I faced the ron norn, ready to defend myself. We battled epicly, trading blows in a deadly dance. Just kidding. I hit him with my staff a few times. I don't think I did any damage. Regardless, he was gone before I could see.

This reminds me of an incident involving a 'polar bear'. He's either some poor, deranged chap, or survivor lets in full-blown cannibals these days. At least I never ended up taking a bite out of anybody.


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c1anddsaddict
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  8/20/2013

Apparently my efforts have been for naught. When I found what I believed to be the crash site, it was empty. Making the dismal trip back through the humid forest, I decided to head back to the pod. My task was done, after all. I hoped Nimhslab (was it?) was safely back on the ship, but there wasn't much I could do about it.

So, I took an uneventful trip back to the ship. But I seemed to have walked into a bit of a standoff.

I found a distressed ettin, pacing around the docking bay hallway. His eyes were trained on the departure airlock labelled 'Shuttle 4'. I heard loud bangs coming from it.

Could that be what took shuttle 13? I don't know what's coming out of there, but it can't be good. Anyway, I ran to the ettin's side, brandishing my staff.

"What's going on, ettin?" I asked, "And what on the Shee Ark is in that pod?"


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c1anddsaddict
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  8/20/2013

Well, the ettin replied. I think I've found somebody more paranoid than I am. But this time, he's probably right. The only thing more terrifying than ghosts and monsters is disease. I spotted the anti-bacterial shower in the airlock earlier. I thought if I just wore a mask and took a shower, things would be fine.

I was a bit distracted, though. I forgot about showering when I saw him. Maybe it's not too late?

Of course. Just my luck: I didn't bother to check whether the shower actually worked, earlier. I pressed the button, and only got sprayed with orange goop in response. You wouldn't believe the speed at which I wiped that off.

Well, the ettin is probably right. We need to stock up on immune system boosters and antibiotics. They had a decent supply back on my home ship.

I'm not sure we should be the ones to go. I hate to do this, but we likely need to quarantine ourselves...

Wait, what was that? The grendel was just talking to me, when we both heard a deep, guttural growl, echoing through the dark hallways. I jumped, and she said we needed to get out of here. I take it, what ever it is, she's seen it before. If we escape with our lives, I'll have to tell her.

Needless to say, though, I didn't need her advice. I didn't stop to type this at the time. No, as I hide in a dark airlock, I have what seems an endlessly long time to ponder this. To hope I don't hear screams. Because, at just one word, all that work I'd done melted away.

I wasn't brave, or smart. I was a useless norn, hiding in a haunted cave while Mea made herself useful. I was the one abandoning my friends because some stupid ghosts got me on edge. I think I'm carrying a ghost! How stupid was I? Stupid then, stupid now.

You know what? I was even worse than those things. I was the norn who did all that, and pretended to be brave . Pretended to be smart enough not to die of some horrific alien disease, bringing about a dozen others down with her. Oh yes, I'm carrying a haunted staff! Oh yes, I'm not afraid to fight things! As if.

You don't want to hear this, though, do you? I guess that's why I put on a brave face. Melodrama, melodrama, melodrama. It shouldn't matter whether I win. My goal will be achieved anyway, unless I die. But I think, deep down, I want to win this. There are probably people on this ship who need and deserve it more than I do.

Enough of this, though. Voted off or no, I guess I should be ready. Defend those other contestants if I hear them.

Oh no.
No, not right now. This is why I didn't want to bring this thing.
The staff is yapping again!


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c1anddsaddict
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  8/20/2013

Wait, something is wrong. The room is spinning, and has turned an interesting shade of purple. An oddly familiar figure is standing before me... How do I know him?

Is he real? What is wrong with me? Am I in the throes of an alien disease? The room is spinning, but I need to get up. I've lingered too long: I need to move. I don't know what's wrong with me, but there will be even more wrong with me if that thing catches me.


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c1anddsaddict
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  8/24/2013

I'm sorry for not writing for a few days, I wasn't in much of a state to. I might have starved if I hadn't brought my vendor, which thankfully managed to dispense enough chicken nuggets to keep me alive (there was, of course, a 50-50 chance it wouldn't do that)

I made my way, somehow, into the infirmary. By following the strange figure, actually. For a hallucination, he (I think?) was pretty helpful.

I'm glad I got there when I did. Apparently I was suffering from both a disease and a hallucinogenic substance. The disease it says I got from a blood-sucking insect. The hallucinogen was a bit more strange. It was the orange stuff that came out of the shower, as traces were found in my fur. But as soon as it took a sample, it said something that worried me,

"Analyzing blood sample...

Species unknown."

It knew I was a norn, and it had already taken my blood. It wasn't my blood it was sampling. Why is there unidentifiable blood everywhere on this ship? I'm almost hoping I don't find out.

The disease isn't sufficiently developed as to pass from creature to creature yet. So, I wasn't contagious. But I rested on one of the infirmary beds and took the medicines it offered until I felt better.

I vow to myself never to go back to that planet without a space suit ever again. In fact, if I can, I'll avoid the planet entirely.

Now that I feel much better, wasn't there a desert terrarium I wanted to see? I could go for food beyond chicken nuggets. Time for some sightseeing. Now, if only I knew how to find it.


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c1anddsaddict
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  8/26/2013

This is quite a large infirmary. Then again, this ship is made to hold many more creatures than mine ever could. I guess it makes sense the infirmary would be larger.

Anyway, I spotted an ettin. I'm saying hi. I just hope he's not as paranoid as the last one. And that I don't run screaming, hallucinating some horrible monster. That'd be nice.


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c1anddsaddict
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  8/28/2013

I'm a little bit offended. The ettin completely ignored me. Well, I don't need him to go to the desert terrarium.

Is everybody on the ship this time around so unfriendly? First one tries to bite me, then another one gets paranoid and insinuates about my intelligence. And, as the icing on the cake, another ignores me. I guess friends like Mea and Laura are few and far between.

Well, I knew that already. Otherwise I'd have had friends like that back home. Well, I don't need these people. I've gotten through one game of survivor. This will be no different. This ship has more supplies than I could have dreamed of there being in the Arctic. I'll be fine.
______

As I stepped into the Desert Terrarium, I was greeted with a blast of familiar warm air. I could hear a home-coming song in my head. I decided to check a nearby monitor, to see if I could find a map.

It seems I'm the only one who has thought of visiting the terrariums. They've gone to their rooms, the infirmary, the planet, but none have so much as touched the so-called luxurious terrariums.

I've also noticed that more of the pods are out of service . What is causing so many to crash? Well, there is no way I'm going to that planet again. Not unless the game orders me to. With pods dropping like flies, I'm not willing to take the risk again.

But enough dwelling on the negative. This place is beautiful. The ruins have a brilliant coat of paint on them, that shines in the artificial sun. Sure, none of it is genuine. Not like some of the things I've seen. But I can really appreciate the aesthetics of it.

Are the other terrariums as beautiful? Well, there's more to explore of this place before I find out. Something deep down says this is too good to be true. That there's some monster lurking behind the next pillar. But I don't want to dwell on that.


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  8/29/2013

I wonder when I became a treasure hunter. Here I am, in a massive pyramid. I feel the need to justify myself: these aren't precious grave goods. They're fake artifacts put here for the entertainment of visitors.

But, that reminds me of what I'm doing. I'm looking for a famous artifact. It doesn't belong to me. Though it might not belong to anyone, any more. Does that make me selfish?


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c1anddsaddict
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  8/31/2013

I woke up this morning to a computer monitor notifying me that I hadn't been voted off. Well, I'd noticed. So, time to soldier through another week.

It's not all that hard. These last few days have felt like a pleasure cruise. Roaming the dark halls and the planet, it's easy to forget this was originally supposed to be a luxury liner. But not here.

_____

Ok, that was interesting...

A metal hand just flew across the metaroom, near the ceiling. It was hard to tell, but it seemed to be holding...
Wait, is that the norn who tried to eat me? Struggling like he's in the paws of some massive beast?

The hand took him into that large pyramid I'd visited the other day. I suppose I should go talk to him, see if he's alright.

____

"Hey, you..." I asked, "You alright? You act like you've never been carried by a hand before."



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c1anddsaddict
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  9/2/2013

That's odd. I walked towards the norn, and he vanished. Where did that hand get to?

Wait, what was that noise?

No. Nope. Nuh-uh. I did not just hear the door shut. Great. Now how am I going to get out of here?


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  9/2/2013

Apparently there's a speaker somewhere in these labyrinthine tunnels. I know because I heard somebody calling a meeting that I can't attend.

I wonder if there's a console. Perhaps I could use that to attend. Though, I doubt I'll have much luck if the H.A.N.D intentionally shut me in here. It's worth a try...

Ugh, maybe it wasn't worth a try. I had to move a VERY realistic fake corpse from its sarcophagus to get to the console. It's still giving me the shivers, lifelessly glaring at me from the corner where I deposited it.

Well, after that ordeal, there was no way I wasn't going to try. I managed to project my image as a hologram into the mess hall. I also asked the H.A.N.D,
"Hand, open the pyramid door"

As I expected, I didn't get any sort of reply. Well, time to watch what unfolds in the mess hall.


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  9/2/2013

Urgh! I lost the connection to the mess hall! No sound, no audio, nothing.

Oh, so I should message this one who called the meeting? Fine, then.


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c1anddsaddict

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  9/3/2013

I've been wandering around this place, looking for food or water. My pocket chicken nugget device is refusing to cooperate, and is dispensing black powder instead. That stuff gets everywhere. Part of me wants to try eating it, as it comes from a food vendor. But then again, it could be engine lubricant or something else I really don't want in my stomach.

I hear footsteps. Another contestant? Maybe I'm not alone! Or, it could be a fake mummy meant to scare me, this time of the walking variety. I guess I'll check it out, hold my staff at the ready

My staff seemed to respond to that, and is yapping up a storm.


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c1anddsaddict

c1anddsaddict
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  9/3/2013

Well, upon turning the corner, I found that the footsteps were coming from the floor below me. I looked for a staircase, but found none. I did find another console, though. This time, conveniently not hidden behind any fake corpses.

There's another message. Well, I'll just have to read it then, now won't I?

So, the yettin thinks the other contestants are dead. Well, I've come out of a survivor session alive. Why should this one be any different?

Even if weird stuff is happening, it's all part of the game. I mean, back in the arctic, we had a lot to deal with. Polar bears, malevolent spirits, polar bears who happen to be malevolent spirits... Not to mention hunger, thirst and exposure to the elements. Surely this is no different. They're just compensating for the luxury of the ship by making things more sinister-looking.

I mean, who would even bother with a survivor game that takes place on a luxurious spaceship, without any sense of danger?


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c1anddsaddict

c1anddsaddict
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  9/4/2013

I've got good news and horrible news? Which might you like to hear first? I suppose, since I expect no answer, I shall start with the horrible news.

The monitor... The ettin... I saw it all. So much blood, and she wrote in it!

The norn who tried to eat me came by, and tried to talk to me. I cried, paw over my mouth,

"Come see this! Look at the moniter!"

But it was hard to hear, and hard to be heard. The norn ran away.

The good news, though I feel bad about that after the horror I bore witness to. The door is opened. I don't know how, or why, but I'm glad to be out of there.

Now? I'm going to check on the ettin. I seriously hope I won't be too late.


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c1anddsaddict

c1anddsaddict
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  9/4/2013

I ran as fast as I could, only stopping to check the monitor. I saw he was where he'd been left, but medical bay had already deployed machinery. So, I figured I would wait in the medical bay.

I figured, anyway. About halfway through, I started seeing stars. I think I was dehydrated. Rather than waiting, I stuck myself in one of the remaining pods, before the yettin arrived.

I was apparently decently healthy, but for the dehydration. The machine didn't even recommend an IV. It just dispensed water, which I quite happily drank.

When I was allowed to leave the pod, I noticed one next to me in operation. If the yettin was in there, that's good news. It means he's alive.

Well, I'll wait for a while. The machines say he's fine, but I'd like to see for myself.

I feel like I'm ignoring the elephant in the room: what if the grendel comes back?


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  9/4/2013  1

I mean, I talked to her. I couldn't imagine that she'd...

I mean, snapping and attacking somebody, and writing in their blood on the walls... This is some deep stuff. Surely they do background checks, right? This type of thing shouldn't be happening. We shouldn't be writing in each other's blood.


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c1anddsaddict
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  9/5/2013

So look who's up. The yettin is up, and already messing with machinery.

I must have fallen asleep while waiting. It'd probably be impolite to not say hello, now. Here goes nothing.

Well, then. That was interesting. He looked quite surprised to see me. Apparently he had caught a strong whiff of grendel, but not the one who attacked him.

That's very strange. The only other grendel on the ship was voted off. Could it possibly be him? Wait, no, I caught a whiff of it too, just now.

Is it just me, or did this room get somewhat chilly? Oh, and my staff winked. But stuff like this is pretty par for the course. I shouldn't be getting chills from it. I'm past this stuff, even if my staff is blatantly haunted.

Well, that does seem to be where the smell is coming from. Let's just hope, if our ghostly grendel friend chooses to materialize, that he isn't the kind who gets his kicks giving norns (or ettins) far less pleasant kicks.


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c1anddsaddict

c1anddsaddict
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  9/5/2013

Ah, but while there isn't a ghost before me, I've neglected to introduce myself. Better late than never, I guess.

"My name is c1anddsaddict. I'm from one of the innumerable incarnations of the Shee Ark. How many ships did the shee think they'd need? Anyway, I guess I'm a treasure hunter. But I plan to retire as soon as I find this one artifact..."

Smooth, addict, smooth. But what can one say to an ettin who has just been beaten half to death?


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c1anddsaddict
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  9/8/2013

The ettin didn't pay me much mind. He went back to messing with the machinery after little more than a "hi".
Oh well.

So, what now? He's obviously in good enough shape to work compicated machinery (and ignore me), so he doesn't need my help. And it seems like he wouldn't want it anyway.

So, do I check out a terrarium? I could check on my fellow players' journals. See if any of them need help, or something.

Looks like somebody is rebelling against the hand... The one who bit me, in fact. Oh, and I got HER gender and breed wrong. Well, if you ever read this, Kappsune, sorry about that. I'm still not happy about the biting. Oddly enough, she's scared of me. I did hit her, but it was in self defense! What was I supposed to do? Season myself and hop in a pot of soup?

Attempted cannibalism aside? A rebellion? That sounds dangerous. Very dangerous. I'm not sure what that H.A.N.D. is capable of, besides locking pyramid doors. Plus, what if it compromises my reaching my destination?

Well, you readers probably know me too well. I'm only saying this because the thought, at least to some degree, appeals to me. I just can't imagine, though...

This is scary. This is all scary. I admit it.


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c1anddsaddict

c1anddsaddict
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  9/9/2013

I made a map of the ship. I used the brochure map, combined with my own experience. It doesn't make all that much sense, though. The Brochure showed no labyrinthine hallways like the one I came through to get to the docking bay. My attempt to draw such a thing proved fairly futile. It just didn't seem to fit. I even tried retracing my steps, but it still feels wrong.

I've taken to looking at my fellow contestants' journals while hiding out in my room. After all the craziness, it feels good to have somewhere I can be safe. For the time being, anyway.

The yettin suspects there's some master mind behind all this, and that he or she is among us. It's certainly an interesting idea: one that makes more sense than anything else. I suspect Loverian and Kappsune will make a formidable team.

I remember when I was in a formidable team. I'm not always such a lone wolf as I've been recently. But everyone here seems so distant.


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  9/12/2013

I'll probably go stir-crazy if I stay here too much longer. I've looked into going into the terrariums, but honestly? I don't want to go back to the desert right now. I don't want to get my fur dirty in the swamp, nor get swarmed with mosquitoes. Don't even say,
"C1anddsaddict! Go to the Arctic!"
Surviving there once was enough. Or, apparently not, because I came straight back to another game of survivor.

I suppose I could check out the woodland terrarium...

Wait. The computer's picking up pings from the crashed ship below.

It seems Coolpikkaa is trying to be rescued. I suppose I should head down there. I told myself I wouldn't, not after all that awful stuff. Guess I have to, though. He's in bad shape, and probably needs to be taken to the medical bay as soon as possible.


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c1anddsaddict

c1anddsaddict
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  9/13/2013

I'll admit, I considered asking Loverian to do this instead. From his journals, I get the idea he would do it. Our fellow contestant may have been insane, but she certainly hit a psychological nerve with him (besides the actual, physical nerves, which she also hit).

But I also get the idea that he's very busy. He hasn't rescued or tried to help anyone so far. He's tried to get things together, fairly unsuccessfully. I guess he fancies himself a leader.

Anyway, I didn't ask anyone to do this. I took a pod down to the planet, put on my space suit, then found an ettin. He had a wild look in his eyes, and what looked to be an infected wound on his shoulder. He stared at a small island in the middle of an oasis pool (I hesitate to call it a lake).

"Hello, Coolpikaaa?"
I asked.


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But I would receive no answer. He opened his mouth to speak, but all too soon a ray of energy appeared around him, and he vanished. At the same time, the pod I took began beeping incessantly. Thinking the two were connected, I checked out the console...

He's been voted off, as has Loverian, and another by the name of Feddlefew. Three contestants? That never happened in Survivor Arctic, nor any other survivor game I had ever watched. Perhaps there's something to Loverian's suspicions. He was certainly not perfect, but I didn't vote for him, and don't see why so many others would. Blitz has barely done anything...

Hey, where is Blitz, anyway? Last he reported, he was headed to the ship. That was days, if not weeks ago. I haven't seen him around at all. I have a very bad feeling about this...

Time to head back to the ship. I think I'll look for Nudgie, though I have no indication of where he might be. Who knows where he's gotten to in the past weeks? I'm alone, but I don't have to be aimless.

This ride wasn't so smooth. The pod hit what it called "biological debris" with a sickening thump, slamming my face into the console. I really don't want to think too long about what "biological debris" might mean. Luckily, it wasn't enough to bring me crashing down back onto the planet. The pod made it to a ship, but it didn't end up in the docking bay I'd taken off from...

I found myself in a large hangar. I guess this is where damaged pods that make it to the ship go. From the ceiling, hangs a ripped lopsided banner, declaring,

"Keep calm, the H.A.N.D will assist you shortly"

I certainly wouldn't wait for that. I think it'd please that machine to keep me in here forever. So I began to look for an exit.

There was another pod there, too. Pod 11. Ship records say it took off from the planet on the day Blitz stopped writing. That's not the most worrying thing: that would be the smell. A horrible, easily recognizable smell wafted from the pod, overwhelming me to the point of gagging. My staff began to bark furiously. I think it, too smelled the unmistakable stench of death and decay.

I chose not to look into the pod, and failed to continue my search for an exit. Instead, I fainted dead-away. The last thing I saw was a flash of metal. The H.A.N.D had found me.



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  9/15/2013

I woke up to something disturbing, but slightly comforting. But I'm getting ahead of myself.

I guess the H.A.N.D took me back to my room. I woke up on the bed. Well, I guess it's not 100% malicious.

Anyway, when I woke up, I checked the journals. Blitz is alive! He posted a journal just today, with no mention of his pod ending up in a repair hangar. That's a bit odd... I'm hoping he just didn't see fit to put that in his journal.

But if he's alive and well, that doesn't explain the horrible smell. His pod smelled like death, like something had been dead in there since he stopped posting for a while.

I wonder... Blitz stops posting for a long time. He ends up in the hangar, which would certainly have been of note, but fails to mention it. The pod he took smells like something is dead in it. Does Blitz have something to hide?

His journal gives no indication of his current whereabouts. He doesn't appear on the digital map of the ship. It's like he doesn't want to be found...

Interestingly, his description of the ship is very different from mine. The ship is a maze, and his map looks so simple. I had to wander aimlessly until I found a shadow figure to follow to the med bay from the pods. Plus, one of the terrarium names is off. There is no volcano in the desert terrarium. There was in my home, but this terrarium is based on a different type of desert altogether: no cacti, no volcano, no rocky outcrops. It's sand dunes, as far as the eye can see, only interrupted by the massive pyramid, and pillars rising out of it, and the small delta with its green banks.

Why are so many contestants getting very different ideas of what the ship looks like? One would think we were on different ships...

Well, I had no idea where Blitz was, but this was something I could investigate. So, I went into the room next door, which belonged to one of the contestants who was voted off. I was only looking for one thing: their brochure.

Upon finding it, I flipped through until I came across the map. It was different from the one in my brochure! Loverian mentioned several unmarked floors... Perhaps we're ON the unmarked floors.

But then, how am I seeing and interacting with fellow contestants? How are they interacting with each other? I have seen some pretty impressive holograms in my travels.

While bored waiting for a shuttle, I passed by a machinery exhibition. It was filled with ettins, mostly. I did spy grendel salespeople, security guards and shoppers. Here or there, I would see another norn. The place was made to smell like my home, so nobody would get the urge to carry the gadgets to the Ettin Home without paying.

Anyway, I decided to check out the main event. Some company had produced a new type of hologram that they were showing off. Not only did it look completely solid, but it could actually pick up objects. The spokeswoman used it to have a conversation with her kids from across the room. The audience burst into applause as the hologram took the candy from the spokeswoman's hands.

Perhaps this is what we're dealing with.


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  9/15/2013

I've sent a message to Kappsune and Josey,

"If you're planning what your journals say you're planning, tread very carefully. You may not physically be in the same terrarium. I believe the ship has multiple levels, and each of us is on a different one. We are not seeing or touching each other, but holograms of each other, that act in our place. I may be able to prove it, with your help.

There is a doorway on my ship that, if your map is correct, is a solid wall in yours. If I were physically there, I couldn't pass through the wall. But I think I can.

Be careful of the H.A.N.D.

Have you ever heard of the phrase 'Divide and Conquer'? As the H.A.N.D. has access to many of the ship's systems, it could do just that. It could turn off the holograms, leaving you alone. Your best bet? Find a way to physically get together. But first, meet me in your Med Bay."


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  9/17/2013

I've gotten a bit bored, waiting for a reply from Kappsune or Josie. But Blitz has made a few more entries, so I've read them.

Well, if Blitz is telling the truth, we've found Loverian's theoretical mastermind. I pictured an ancient Shee, rubbing his hands together in a sinister manner before cackling evilly. Not to mention twirling his facial hair (do shee have facial hair?).

I wouldn't have guessed that it was, in fact, a friendly ettin, eager to share his story. Hardly worthy of his pseudonym.

It would seem the "survivor" thing was a ruse this time. Either the H.A.N.D invented it to trick us into coming here, or there was a survivor game, but it kidnapped us before we could take part.

Chosen to pilot such a fine space ship; it's quite the honor. And a historical one at that, a keystone of the development of this part of the universe.


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  9/17/2013

I suppose not everyone would know about the history of this part of the universe. I didn't, not until I was bored and leafing through a history magazine.

The story of the Lone Shee made sense, because when he went to planets with norns on them that weren't Albia, he went to another universe. In this one universe, however, we have a multitude of planets that contain norns, ettins and grendels. These are so closely related to the Albian norns and their descendants that they can breed without producing infertile offspring.

This is, of course, an evolutionary impossibility (or at least a severe improbability, depending on whom you ask). By all rights, if those worlds had life at all, it should have been alien.

There are other anomalies. This side of the universe has much more life than the other, and most of the life on the other side IS alien.

Then, along comes a space ship, said to have traveled the universe, terra-forming it. Not only that, but it was populated by Shee. Could they have been the reason norns, ettins and grendels are so common in this side of the universe?

It's hard to believe this ship is capable of terra-forming. It's hard to believe the power to terra-form is sitting at my fingertips...

If I were to gain control of the ship, and live up to the task the H.A.N.D. has given me, I can only imagine the power I'd wield. After I find the ambrosia vendor, I will have the H.A.N.D. return me to this ship. Why settle at always having something to eat when I could have a utopia?

If I could find Mea, I could give her a wonderful new home, and hold the power to defend her from the Borg. I would return to my home, and give them a planet, or several.

I've told Josey and Kappsune, "Never mind. I won't make a move against the H.A.N.D. You should probably do the same. Read Blitz's journal if you want to know what is offered, and moreover, what's going on."]

Before I go mad with power, I shall have to speak to this ettin.
I should be wary; Blitz might be dangerous. I can't forget that there was the smell of death in his pod. This could be a trap. I will tread carefully, then, and make sure I'm armed.


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  9/18/2013

The H.A.N.D. is fixed. As soon as we're gone, and the ship is clear of monsters, it'll probably bring some willing and qualified Shee. If I returned, and was LUCKY, they might use me to colonize a planet. My kind were, after all, originally intended to be pets, or worse, slaves.

Shee don't share power with a norn. So, barring sabotage and murder, there is no way I'm getting this ship. I guess the idea was nice while it lasted.

I'm still going to find Dom, if for no other purpose than to find out if this stuff is true. I still don't trust Blitz.



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  9/21/2013

Blitz is gone. Voted out; nothing more sinister than that. That should make finding Dom a safer endeavor. Safer, but not all that easier. I'm having trouble finding him.

There is no beach terrarium on my floor. I've looked all over, to find any hidden entrances not listed on the maps, but there's nothing. Well, maybe nothing...

There has to be a way to get from floor to floor, in case of hologram malfunction. So, you'll find me in the elevator to the docking bay, examining a hidden panel. It'll only take me to a maintenance level, but that's exactly where I'd expect an elevator to the other floors to be.

Well, while I wait, I thought of something. Those Holograms don't follow the first rule of robotics. When I was a girl, and deathly afraid of her robot assistants, the hand explained to me about the rules of robotics, the first being that they can't harm creatures, or even let a creature be harmed by not doing anything. I was still scared, but it was comforting.

I believe very tiny robots were used at that electronics exposition I went to. That's what the presenter said, anyway. Your typical hologram is just light: it might activate a solar panel, but it can't physically touch you, much less beat you to a bloody pulp. So, they built little robots that would flock together, following the light. And therein lies the problem.

Why don't these follow the rules of robotics? I guess there's not much danger from the robots themselves. They don't need to be sentient. They just need to read data and follow the light. Not much risk of them becoming self-aware. That would be the last thing this ship needs. Murderous micro-robotics.

But one player was able to beat another pretty badly. Those robots should have disregarded those orders. Perhaps the problem is that they're not complicated enough, not making the connection between the heavy force they're mimicking and the creature they're hurting.

That was one long elevator ride...




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  9/22/2013

One long elevator ride, which led to ANOTHER long elevator ride.

Kappsune is in danger. The norn who called me crazy after taking a bite out of me. Apparently the H.A.N.D stuck her in a supply closet with nothing to eat or drink. Her best bet would be for me to find Dom, as I don't have the faintest idea of where this closet might be.

And there lies another worry. According to Blitz's account, the H.A.N.D should be fixed. It shouldn't be doing things like this. So why is it?

Am I walking into a trap? Are Blitz's adventures an elaborate, too-good-to-be-true lie? He's gone now, but he may have had an accomplice. Certainly not Josie; she's barely left Kappsune's side. Maybe his story wasn't entirely fake. Dom could be real.

I suppose I don't have much of a choice. I save the person who thinks I'm insane, and discover that I indeed lost a chance at owning the most powerful ship in the universe. Or, I walk into a trap and probably die horribly.


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  9/23/2013

Finally, the service elevator has arrived at the top floor. Apparently my floor is at the very bottom of the ship. So, I'll start at the top and make my way down. It shouldn't take all that long to check each floor; all I need to do is find a console.

The fact that I'm writing this now, of course, means I have found a console. I'm in luck, as this floor has an iteration of the Beach Terrarium. The layout of this floor is oddly familiar...

Why, it's a spruced-up model of the Shee Ark, but with different terrarium names! This brings me back. I wonder when I'll get to visit the artificial desert I called home again?

I digress. With the greatest ship in the universe, and a norn's life at stake, I doubt anybody cares about that.

I've found it.


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