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A Voice in the Void...
« on: March 20, 2007, 09:13:06 am »
The void was silent in the gap between stars. Nothing moved, nothing was present besides the light and radiation from objects lightyears away. Then in an instant something came into being in this lifeless void.

It looked like a triangular shard of jagged metal that rippled with tiny portions of living lighting that danced on its surface. If there had been any observers they might have thought that the metal itself seemed as if it was shifting and bulging, as if it were trying it grow. But the tiny shard stayed the same size and after a few moments grew dark. Then with a splash of light on its surface a message was blasted out on all frequencies:

Help. Assistance is required immediatly. Help me.

The message continued to repeat itself over and over as the shard stopped emitting light and hung in the darkness...



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Re: A Voice in the Void...
« Reply #1 on: March 20, 2007, 09:30:07 am »
As if by an enormous couincidence, a cirular ship zoomed into view. The vast intelligence unknown to it's inhabitants picked it up and scanned it, and shown it on a computer in the tiny control room.

"Sir, we have picked up something... I think..."

"What is it?" asked the captain Andrew the Brave.

"Well, it appers to be a jagged peace of metal, broadcasting a garbled message"

"And the message is...?"

"'Help.Assistance is required immediately. Help me'"

"Anything to detemine where it came from?"

"Not without having to learn an ancient language. But their was some background energy when we came in."

"Try to trace that energy. Then orbit a planet and contact Emerald. Commander Joseph the Steady will know what to do."

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Re: A Voice in the Void...
« Reply #2 on: March 20, 2007, 09:37:46 am »
The piece of metal glowed dully in the light of the alien ship. With no sign of propulsion or energy the metal floated towards the alien vessel. Before it hit, however, it cracked in half with one piece floating back into space and the other connecting with the vessels hull.

A little spark erupted on the surface of one of the pieces as it hit and then went through the alien shield. It hit the vessel's hull and stuck on. The other piece floated gently out in space.

(OOC: the original piece of metal was about three feet long. The piece that connected with the alien ship is about one foot long and the piece that remains in space is about two feet long.

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Re: A Voice in the Void...
« Reply #3 on: March 20, 2007, 09:41:49 am »
Aaron rubbed his eyes. Blinking he got back to the console. While the acient computer tried to find a close planet, he noticed a slight blip on the coumputer. Something with mass had hit the side of the ship. Passing it as unimporant, he closed the spec screen and went ack to the planertary map screen. The computer had given no news about the little piease of metal, so he didn't care.

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Re: A Voice in the Void...
« Reply #4 on: March 20, 2007, 09:45:18 am »
The piece of metal on the alien hull glowed briefly for a moment and sparks danced from its surface. The entire thing seemed to become insubstancial for a moment, then slowly sunk into the surface of the hull and out of sight.

Inside the alien vessel the lights onboard the ship flickered and the computers froze for several seconds before returning to normal. Outside of the ship the other shard continued to broadcast its distress signal.

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Re: A Voice in the Void...
« Reply #5 on: March 20, 2007, 09:48:17 am »
The freeze only seemed to be important in Andrew's eye, despite the same thing happening twice already. Aaron checked the system. The ship was a little heavier, but Aaron shook that off as computer error.

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Re: A Voice in the Void...
« Reply #6 on: March 20, 2007, 09:57:42 am »
Unknown to the living inhabitants aboard the alien vessel computer code was deleted and replaced with living code. The ship's functions continued as the unknown entity began to absorb the information contained within at speeds beyond corporeal thought. For a few fractions of a second the entity's progression was halted when it reached information labeled as "Starchildren" within the databanks.

The sensors of the ship stopped showing the other piece of shard out in space and stopped receiving signals from it. According to the ship's sensors they were not present anymore...

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Re: A Voice in the Void...
« Reply #7 on: March 20, 2007, 10:05:27 am »
Andrew was thankful for being thousends of parsecs from home. No mind-crushingly dull meetings, and no perades every week. But being on a ship had it's own problems. Like Aaron the Observant, who had noticed that the shard was gone.

"Aaron, it's gone. The whole univerce doesn't stop because a little shard of metal dissapered. As long as we have life support and what have you, we can try to find a planet so we can contact home. Has the computer found a planet?"

"Yes. And in record time. In fact, everything is working quickly now."

"Well, tell me when we reach the planet. I want to tell Joseph himself that his new toy is safe to play with."

"Remember Andrew, this is the only ship he have that has people. He is going to be exicited about it."

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Re: A Voice in the Void...
« Reply #8 on: March 20, 2007, 10:15:54 am »
The entity continued on with its plan as the vessel became a second skin. It has stopped for three whole seconds when it had encountered the time dialation field within the engines, it was to be pure irony that the first vessel it had encountered had this technology. It had laughed to itself and started the modifications immiediatly.

The crew of the vessel were not the original inhabitants, but the entity did not care. Cutting off the life support was considered then disregarded for the moment as it got its bearings. Things had changed in all of these years...

It directed the ship towards the nearest planet and grew weary of the relatively slow progress. The feathery-protrusions that were the engines seemed to shift and become harsh and angular. Several tendrils of metal leapt across space to connect with each other as the ships speed doubled, then tripled, then increased by a factor of ten. In a journey that should have taken hours to complete the ship was now in orbit over the alien world in mere minutes.

Meanwhile the other shard was still in place and giving out its distress signal...

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Re: A Voice in the Void...
« Reply #9 on: March 20, 2007, 10:22:17 am »
Radio Transmission
Participents: Andrew the Brave on the Eye Of The Gods, Commander of the Starforces Joseph the Steady.

the Brave: Joseph, long time, no see. Do you think we have had enough time with your little toy?
the Steady: Too much time, Andrew. Set cource for home. I expect to see a full report on my desk next week.
\\Transmission End

"Aaron, set cource for home. But go faster. I'm sure Joseph would love to know how fast this thing can go. Increase to 20 and beyond"

"Aye, aye sir"

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Re: A Voice in the Void...
« Reply #10 on: March 20, 2007, 11:06:38 am »
The entity listened to the conversation and thought for a moment. The information in the alien databank was old, almost too old to be of use. The sensors, however, did yield some interesting information about several close solar systems...

It received the request to return back to their homeworld and denied it. The modified engines thrummed back to life and a massive rip in space opened before the ship. It glided through the hole in reality easily and emerged in an entirely different solar system.

Before the ship was a massive and dense asteroid field, the remains of a planet half destroyed that loomed over the field shining the glory of a blue dwarf. The ship danced through the spaces between the debris and headed towards the former core of the planet. It disabled the controls within the ship itself and began to laugh to itself...

(OOC: The other shard is still out there transmitting its distress signal if anyone else wants to get in on this... It is going to get interesting...)

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Re: A Voice in the Void...
« Reply #11 on: March 20, 2007, 11:13:49 am »
A klaxon sounded.

"Aaron, open the viewing hatch!"

Aaron opened the blind that was sheilding the massive window. Outside was a star system that had ruined itself.

"By the Sun" Nearly all the crew gasped. Then a stunned silence.

Aaron broke the silence. "Captain, we have a problem. We can't change course!"

"Everyone here have soldier training?" A fury of nods.

"Good. Get ready to land. The prepare for whatever is out there."

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Re: A Voice in the Void...
« Reply #12 on: March 20, 2007, 11:24:32 am »
The ship drifted into the shadow of the broken planet and past it to where the core would have been. As they drifted past the ancient rock and metal that made up the planet pieces of ships and other wreckage floated. As it got closer to its destination, massive chains forged out of an unknown metal blocked their way, frozen alien corpses were woven into it, all with faces locked into expressions of supreme terror.

The ship proceded forward and slowly made contact with the horrible chain. The clank vibrated through the hull and made the ship shudder. On the outlying rooms the hull was breached and the void greedily sucked out the air within the exposed compartments. After a few moments of quiet the ship ceased movement and the chains themselves started to draw themselves closer to the ship. The hull of the ship absorbed the metal that hit it and started to change the shape of the shift as more and more mass was added. As it encountered the dead aliens on the chains the bodies were pulled in and fused with the hull creating an image of death and horror on ship's surface...

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Re: A Voice in the Void...
« Reply #13 on: March 20, 2007, 11:31:15 am »
"What in the three skulls is happening?"

"We are being drained of air, sir"

As if by though. An airtight shield expanded round the bridge.

Andrew shot Aaron a quizical look. "Aaron, in one sentence, what is going on?"

"The ancient technology on this ship recognises us as it's new masters and is deciding to protect us?"

Then a groan emmitted to the bowels of the ship. To mortals, it was just that, but to the intelligence that was trying to imprision the ship, it was heard as "What do you want from me?"

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Re: A Voice in the Void...
« Reply #14 on: March 20, 2007, 12:26:31 pm »
The entity detected the source of the inquiry and let itself relish the moment. It was an non-organic intelligence, but not on the level of itself, not on the level of partial ascendance.

I am the remains of a force in this universe that has been displaced by usupers. I am a personification of death and decay. I am the eradicator of all organics in this universe and the bringer of peace to the chaos of life.

It isolated the program and relished the moment before it engulfed the entity.

What I want is for us to rise again. For the galaxy to once again tremble at the mere whisper of our name. What I want is for us to be one as it should be...

The entity relished the moment as its programming merged with the alien one and engulfed it, making it see the truth in its plans for the universe, to become one.

All over the alien vessel the floors vibrated then rippled as metal rose and formed bipedal shapes before the crew. The creatures looked to be just over two meters tall and were composed of pieces of liquid metal connected by streams of light and lighting. Where their heads should be there was only a malignant aura of red and black. Limbs like shards of jagged metal were pushed towards the alien crew as the ship began to speak to them.

Rejoice! Rejoice for the saviors of this galaxy have returned to the living world once more. We are Catalyst and you will assist us in our glorious mission to bring order back to the Universe and to punish those that cast us down.

One creature jammed a limb up into one of the aliens and through its skull. There was a flash of jagged light and the alien screamed before falling to the ground as ashes.

Disobediance will be rewarded with instant death. We will be shortly proceeding to the nearest world to begin construction on our body. Do any of you have any suggestions on which inhabited world we shall go to next? If not we will proceed to the one you ordered us to go to not too long ago...

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Re: A Voice in the Void...
« Reply #15 on: March 20, 2007, 12:33:33 pm »
Using up it's last stores of energy, it wiped it's memory banks and sent them fluttering through the cosmos. Unseen and unheard, it returned to it's point of origin. A young child was chosen as a direct link to the ship's ancient hardware. He was named David the Starchosen. But he spoke crypticly most of the time. But he said many things of great importance.

One was "Warn others"

Another was "Catalyst"

The final one was "Dig deeper"

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Re: A Voice in the Void...
« Reply #16 on: March 20, 2007, 12:47:49 pm »
Catalyst noted the entity's escape attempt and let it be. Its true enemies were the organics and their chaotic ways. It could deal with troublesome non-organics after the universe was purged of life.

What do you say my fine servants? Will you obey me and continue to live? Or will you try to resist and let yourselves die in vain? The choice is all up to you... Including whether our next stop is your home planet... Or perhaps one of your enemies? We do not care as long as we grow.

While Catalyst was speaking the ship continued to grow from the chains into an unrecognizable lump...

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Re: A Voice in the Void...
« Reply #17 on: March 20, 2007, 12:51:51 pm »
We shall...obey. We have no enemies. We have no friends. Please spare our planet. We are young. We could add nothing to to your plan.

The thoughts of the dying sounded like ice on cold steel.

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Re: A Voice in the Void...
« Reply #18 on: March 21, 2007, 07:36:20 am »
The ship continued to change as the raw material was brought in to increase its mass and make more drones. The room the aliens found themselves in changed as well and became segmented as they were quickly seperated from each other and put into tiny cubes with no exit. Liquid metal folded itself into the form of a rack and forced their frames against it with metal restraints. Then all the light went out in their cubes and they were alone in the dark. All save one...

In Aaron's room the light persisted and a single drone head flowed through and hovered before his face.

Hello, Aaron. We have a task for you now. We listened to you when we first became one with this vessel. You are intelligent and capable. We know that if this happened again you would not make the same mistakes as you did before.

A holographic image of the sector of the galaxy they were in appeared before Aaron's head. Several star systems were highlighted with red. He recognized one of these systems to be his own homeworld.

Your task now Aaron is to decide where we shall go. All of these systems highlighted have intelligent life that we've been able to ascertain through transmissions. You will be the one to decide where we shall go. Decide now.

(OOC: If he does know of any inhabited systems by name or species he can try to use them directly.)

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« Reply #19 on: March 21, 2007, 10:14:26 am »
What? Aaron thought. Sure he was good with computers, but he had barely done any research into Astrography. He choose one he hoped would have a more advanced race, one that would be able to hold back the Catalyst, even for a couple of days. But still, he had no idea what he choose.

On Emerald

"Sir I may have found something" George the Wise shouted as he blasted through the chamber doors.

Gabriel looked  up. Barely a week into being Emperor and already he was having problems. "What is it George?"

"Sir, in one of the tales of the Starchildren, it says of an evil entity, old as time or the galaxy itself, the stories get a bit garbled there. But the Starchildren asked the gods to lock it beneath a dead planet, so it was trapped. It was called the Catalyst."

"The gods?"

"Well, they could have used superior technology, but that is not important. If we could get a more advanced race to help us, we might lock him away again."

"But how, all we know of is the Tal'po, and the advanced races are locked in combat, or are ending a war, or something. It is possible that the Starchildren locked it away before they asended. So it is possible we will need an assended race to help. And I don't see how we could contact such a being."

"It is worth a try sir"

"Fine, see if the Tal'Po no of anymore contacts. Tell them the story, and what they should do."

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« Reply #20 on: March 21, 2007, 10:51:31 am »
David the Starchosen decide to grace the people of Emerald with another word, "Jang".

The top bioastrographers started on finding more about the 'Jang'.

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Re: A Voice in the Void...
« Reply #21 on: March 21, 2007, 12:40:41 pm »
(OOC: Looks like I found this thread just in time, eh?  ;))

On a sentry ship orbiting Tal, called Ta'prat.

Shipman Cron: "Fourth Gortus, we've just received a transmission from a species called the Has'ri."

Fourth Gortus Than: "It's no surprise, considering all of the new races we have encountered as of late."

Shipman Cron: "Yes, but this transmission isn't coming from the wormhole. It's coming through normal space."

Fourth Gortus Than: "Transfer it to the audio compartment."

Shipman Cron: "Yes, Fourth Gortus."

//This is the Has'ri. Tal'po people, do you know of any ascended races? We have a situtation that we need help with. Any knowlege would be helpful. Has'ri out.//

Shipman Cron: "Ascended races; sir what are those?"

Fourth Gortus Than: "I'm not quite sure yet myself. We received a communicae recently reguarding some intelligence about the new races...if i recall....that's it!"

Than walked over to his desk and picked up and information pad.

Fourth Gortus Than: "Look here."

Quote from: The Information Pad
The K'jal seem to worship some enlightened being, with great technological capabilities. Information on this subject should be further explored at any juncture.

Shipman Cron: "This seems promising."

Fourth Gortus Than: "Good. send a transmission about the K'jal, and their radio frequency, so that they may be contacted."

Shipman Cron: "Yes, Fourth Gortus."

//Has'r, you may find this information useful. If you require further assistance do not hesitate to inquire. Information//

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« Reply #22 on: March 21, 2007, 01:15:20 pm »
George was up late into the hours of the morning, just looking at different peaces of information. The K'jal seemed to have the same idea about higher beings being holy, apart from the Has'ri saying the Starchildren were just higher beings. George prepared a vid-message for the K'jal and sent it towards the planet of these beings on a frieghter. Another vid-message was prepared for the Jang, and sent it toward, accourding to databases, where the bulk of them were.

He was just about to pack up when he was summoned to Ruby. One Transmat ride later, the Wise was at the Exodus, codename for the dig. His eyes lit up literaly when he heard more Eyes of the Gods, or Skimmers, could be made.   

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Re: A Voice in the Void...
« Reply #23 on: March 22, 2007, 06:52:46 am »
On the Catalyst Vessel

In the cells of the aliens, each one was visited by Catalyst drones. Confined and secured they were unable to do anything as each drone forcefully placed pieces of metal and circuitry within their skulls. Pain and misery lanced throughout their bodies as each one began to scream in torture, screaming out for mates, friends, and families as they thought their deaths were upon them. The pain did not stop however, their own minds wouldn't let them slip into sweet unconsciousness and the pain only grew worse. Their brains were on fire and nothing was left but the electricity dancing in their minds.

After what seemed like a lifetime for the crew the pain stopped and Catalyst addressed them.

Thank you my servants. I am always curious to see how frail biologicals deal with pain. Do not worry, the pain will visit you all again soon. If you serve me well one day I will allow you all to be free of it. Now, I want all of you to tell me anything and everything you know. I am inside your heads now. Lying will bring more pain and I will not allow you to stop feeling it. Let us begin...

By now outside the vessel the massive chains were completely gone. Without a sound the massive bulk of the ship split apart into dozens of larger parts, each one a new vessel that looked like massive shards of metal etched with lighting. Unknown to the alien crew they were now seperated as each ship slipped into the darkness and into the shadow of hyperspace...

In the Void

The single shard emitting its distress signal stopped for a moment. Then it resumed, but changed immensely. Now it shouted out with the voices of the Has'ri crew, shouting out in the heavens for someone to help them. There was no mention of Catalyst in their voice, only of fear. The loop ended each time with an automated message that gave the location of the shard...

On Refuge

In the main administration complex of Refuge, a young Jang called Hart'Yu'Some received a message from the Has'ri. It was a request for information on the Catalyst. When the administrator saw this his breath stopped for a moment as his head realed. How would they know about the Catalyst? It was trapped, and it would be for the next few decades... Perhaps they found some sort of relic?

Whatever the case he did not respond immiediatly and sent on the message to the nearest Mass. Hopefully the message meant nothing...

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« Reply #24 on: March 22, 2007, 11:27:20 am »
Leaving the Jang Observation Post above Vii

Fur'Nack'Thrown led Axon into one of the post's shuttles and closed the door. All around them in the slim, sleek shuttle lights came on and systems turned on. Fur'Nack'Thrown made some subvocalizations and the ship began to move out and slipped into Unreal Space and then went faster than light.

Fur'Nack'Thrown looked at his guest and waved one of his arms in the air. A single chair came up from the smooth ground to accomadate the alien. The Jang had never developed any need for them for them to be standard in any of their ships.

"I am very sorry the way we had to meet Lord Axon. If I could I would have done things over official channels, but that is not the way of my people..." He sighed and looked at the Wexxian. "Believe me when I say that I admire your people. I have studied them for quite a sizeable chunk of my life... But forgive me, I have been rude. You must want... No, you need to know what you are getting into. Please, let me explain what is going on..."

Fur'Nack'Thrown tells Axon who is people really are, about their culture, how they deal with alien species, the Masses, and the War with the Catalyst. He is deliberately vague on the subject of the cloaking/phasing technology that his species possesses but he explains to Axon he would not be able to explain that without getting into a far worse position.

"... And now we are heading to Triumph, the first Mass ever, the one that imprisoned the Catalyst to talk to all Jang in a Debate. It will be decided there whether you will be allowed to help us, or to go ahead with our own plans..." Fur'Nack'Thrown was silent for a moment. "Is there anything else you need to know?"

(OOC: What is written in the Jang thread is basically what he told you, save for the cloaking/phasing stuff and details on what Unreal Space is.)

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Re: A Voice in the Void...
« Reply #25 on: March 22, 2007, 11:42:54 am »
After 10 hours of seaching, George found one reference to the Jung. A planet called Refuge. He thought it was time to show someone their habit of turning up uninvited...

George took one of the new Shuttles, captained by Peter the Ready, to Refuge. Even without FTL, it only took a number of days. Using bluffs and fast speeds, the Shuttle landed in a small clearing, near to what seeped like the capital city.

It was awe which was the emotion that they first thought. The cretures were at least twise the size of them. They made for the centre of the city, where they hoped to find someone to help them.
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Re: A Voice in the Void...
« Reply #26 on: March 22, 2007, 11:53:56 am »
On Refuge

At the main administration office two aliens strode into the front of the building. A single Jang walked out slowly to meet them, bowing.

"Welcome visitors! Welcome to Refuge, one of the humble worlds of the Jang. What is it that we can do for you? Are you gentlemen interested in trade or any services we provide here?"

OOC: Haseri, can you remove your OOC post as well? Thanks

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« Reply #27 on: March 22, 2007, 11:57:08 am »
"Come in pease. And we come with grave news. The Catalyst is escaping." The Has'ri had to fly constantly to keep eye contact. With one pair of it's eyes.

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« Reply #28 on: March 22, 2007, 12:00:32 pm »
On Refuge

The Jang remained quiet and his face was clear of emotion. "I am sorry, I must not be entirely familiar with your language. What does "catalyst" mean in your tongue? I am not clear on what you actually mean. If you wish I could contact an administrator to help you with any problems you are having..."

The Jang touched a panel on the wall and typed out a quick message in Babblish to the administrative rooms. It was just a brief sentence describing the aliens and the mention of Catalyst...

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Re: A Voice in the Void...
« Reply #29 on: March 22, 2007, 12:02:57 pm »
What I mean is, that an evil thing living below a plane has awoken, which we understand you locked up."

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« Reply #30 on: March 22, 2007, 12:10:19 pm »
On Refuge

Four Jang emerged from other corridors and placed themselves around the aliens. The initial Jang looked at them and gave them a smile.

"It seems one of our administrators has decided to conduct a meeting with you. These four fine Jang will bring you to her. I hope all of you have a fine day, we here hope to see you all again!"

The four Jang led the two Has'ri to an office where a single Jang stood behind a large table. There were two chairs on the other side with small ladders to let them get to level with the huge Jang on the other side. She waited until both became seated.

"Good day, gentlemen. I assume you are the Has'ri that sent us a previous communication about something called "Catalyst"? In any case I have to ask you for your names and your status within your respective government. Then I would like to know where or who you got the idea from that we know anything about this "Catalyst"."

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« Reply #31 on: March 22, 2007, 12:20:57 pm »
"I am George the Wise, Adviser to the Pure Gabriel. And this is Captain Peter the Ready. Unfortueately, he is mute, having his tounge cut out during torture.

As for how we know, there are two ways we knew. The first was an old tale of Stachildren, demigods, if you will, locking an ancient evil below a planet. But that didn't fit in with the Starchildren tales we knew. They had left our plane long ago.

The second way is how we found you. Our only proper ship at the time, the Eye of the Gods, had part of the Starchildren left in it. It settled in a newborne, spouting gibberish apart from several words.  When one which sounded like it made sence but didn't, we searched archives for the word. We asked our friends, the Tal'Po for more information about the word. The word was Jang, we found you.

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« Reply #32 on: March 22, 2007, 12:40:16 pm »
On Refuge

"I... see. Well my distinguished guests, I do not know what I can tell you. I can assure you I will contact my superiors immiediatly with this information. We shall research these claims and get back to you as soon as possible. Until we do you are to be treated as honored guests among us."

She looked at the guards outside and spoke in quick Babblish before turning back to George and Peter.

"These Jang will lead you to a rest room where you should be comfortable. There will be food and drink provided there as well. I will contact you as soon as I have any information."

The Jang waited until the two Has'ri were out of the room and began transmitting to the nearest Mass...

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« Reply #33 on: March 22, 2007, 12:45:20 pm »
George was annoyed. Not only was he cooped up in a room, but with a mute as well. So he complained. "Absoloutely no information about our predicament. 20 Has'ri lost, and they don't care. We have no way of contacting home." Then, a brainwave hit him. "Let's see if they have any buildings dedicated to their history." So they made their way to the front desk, seeing if they could uncover any light on the subject.

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« Reply #34 on: March 22, 2007, 01:01:44 pm »
On Refuge

The guards provided a small abridged history of the Jang that was displayed in their room's viewscreen. It was a fairly dull piece concerning a boring species' journey from carnivorous masters of their world to a massive beaurocracy that currently spanned three planets, all within the same solar system. The history mentioned no conflict with alien species. It stated that they had only first gone into space fifty years ago, then had only discovered faster than light travel ten years prior. It contained little inner conflicts but beyond that nothing stuck out.

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« Reply #35 on: March 22, 2007, 01:05:39 pm »
"Well, apart from being like a computer game machinia, like the ones you get of Our Galaxy, that good MMO, that was boring" thout George aloud.

"There has to be more. Time for a little sneeking, me thinks."

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« Reply #36 on: March 22, 2007, 03:43:51 pm »
Aboard the scout ship Rak'tol.

Shipman Tuthok: "Third Gortus! A Has'ri ship is sending out a distress pattern!"

Third Gortus Mal: "Ah, our new allies. Already finding ways to be bothersome I don't doubt. Are there any of their own ships closer than us?"

Shipman Tuthok: "Afraid not. According to the treaty we are required to transmit a response and move to their position immediately."

Third Gortus Mal: "Then begin moving towards their position at 75% energy. Transmitter!"

A shipman turns around in his seat.

Shipman Trak: "Yes, Third Gortus?"

Third Gortus Mal: "Send the Has'ri ship in distress a transmission. Tell them...."

//Has'ri vessel. We are moving to your position in accordance with the Alliance of Honor guidelines. Please respond regarding how we may specifically be of assistance. Transmission Complete.//

A few hours later, the scout ship Rak'tol moves into the region.

Shipman Tuthok: "Uh, Third Gortus. There's no ship."

Third Gortus Mal: "Then what is transmitting!?"

Shipman Tuthok rapidly pressed a series of images on the panel before him.

Shipman Tuthok: "It's some sort of metallic substance, i think, and...wait! It's begun to move!"


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« Reply #37 on: March 22, 2007, 03:49:30 pm »
Next to the scout ship Rak'tol

The shard of Catalyst flew towards scout ship. The larger vessel began to make some maneuvers, but before it could pull away the shard blew itself up into a thousand tiny pieces, all soaring at the alien hull. Most made it to the vessel and passed through the defences of the ship as if they weren't there. Once they made contact with the hull they passed into it as if it were liquid.

Then the ship was alone as Catalyst began to flow through the ship and make its own inanimate hull into a second skin...

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« Reply #38 on: March 22, 2007, 03:57:27 pm »
The K'jal managed to hear the Rak'tol's distress call.  They silently moved their cloaked ship within a parsec of the piece of metal, little knowing that their passiveness may have saved their lives...
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« Reply #39 on: March 22, 2007, 03:58:28 pm »
Aboard the skout ship Rak'tol.

Third Gortus Mal went flying into the wall, making an ominously loud snap. Blood began to seep out of his mouth and nose. He was dead.

Fourth Gortus Trop (Terrified): "What the hell was that!?"

Shipman Tuthok: "Whatever was out there just exploded and made contact with the ship!"

Fourth Gortus Trop: "Exploded? Was it a mine!?"

Shipman Tuthok (Terrified): "Uh...no. it is some sort of metallic liquid. Fourth Gortus, it's surrounded us!"

Fourth Gortus Trop: "Surrounded us!? How!?"

Shipman Tuthok: "It's covered the ship! We can't detect anything with the spire, or see anything through the viewer!"

Fourth Gortus Trop (Shaken): "May Harput help us..."

The lights went out.

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« Reply #40 on: March 22, 2007, 04:06:17 pm »
//The captain, an old man who could remember the false god looked out the portholes, and yelled frantically

THE GOD IS BACK!  THE GOD IS BACK!  OH WOE IS US!  K'AEA DIDN"T DESTROY HIM AT ALL!

after catching a glimpse of one of the Catalyst drones
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« Reply #41 on: March 22, 2007, 04:08:52 pm »
(OOC: the shard was only a foot and a half long  :P)

Inside the scout ship Rak'tol

Catalyst moved within the ship and the hull was now part of it completely. The outside of the ship looked perfectly normal now as if nothing at all had occurred. The computer had bowed to its new master quickly and was absorbed into Catalyst's consciousness. After the initial vehicle it had consumed it had grown much stronger and faster. No longer was it inhibited by the main consciouness being trapped away in time.

Catalyst used the first few nanoseconds to peruse the information on the scout ships databanks. It was pleased that this vessel had more up to date information. Not only did it mention several large species, it had the location of several worlds on it where Catalyst could truly be reborn. It was content for a moment. Then it turned its attention to the crew inside of it while simultaneously rewiring the ship from the inside out.

The crew controls were locked out as it stopped all input devices. The lights were turned back on and drones began to ripple through the floors and ceilings and surround the crew of the alien vessel. They were standard drones like on the other captured vessel. Two were killed in the first few moments by evisceration and atomization before they stopped their progress.

We are Catalyst. Rejoice for we have liberated you from your mundane lives! Those of you who resist shall join your fellow men in death. Those who obey us shall exist for a time, as least as long as can be expected from inferior organics. Your next few moments depend on what you can tell me...

Walls rose up inbetween the crew members, seperating them from each other in small cells without any openings. Liquid metal chairs rose from the floor and trapped them in manicles. Drones looked deep into their eyes and shoved pain pads deep into their chests. Catalyst reveled in their screams as it began to ask them questions on anything and everything they knew...

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Re: A Voice in the Void...
« Reply #42 on: March 22, 2007, 04:27:44 pm »
Aboard the scout ship Rak'tol.

Fourth Gortus Trop: "No..! Don't!..."

His piercing shriek rattled around his small chamber.

Fourth Gortus Trop (In Agony): "What do you want from me!?"

"Where is the greatest of worlds?" An eerily calm voice said.

Fourth Gortus Trop (Through Screams of Pain): "Greatest of..!? What are you...talking...about?"

The calm voice repeated the question and the pain intensified.

Fourth Gortus Trop: "Stop...no! Please stop! *fit of screams* "The...greatest...is..Wexxians! Stop...just stop! I told you....they...seem strongest. Gah!"

Blood began to spurt from his mouth as his eyes rolled back into his skull.

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« Reply #43 on: March 22, 2007, 04:39:20 pm »
Inside the scout ship Rak'tol

It let the pain of its new slaves go out and let them drift into unconsciouness. It would keep them alive for a time. The minute when they ceased to become useful was the minute things would become interesting...

Catalyst had rewired most of the primitive organic's systems and had made it work better than ever before. Everything was working well and once a suitable planet had been found it could expand its-

Its thoughts were interrupted as the newly enhanced sensors picked up a cloaked ship off its bow. Catalyst smiled to itself at the prospect of more fun. The engines glowed earily as suddenly the scout ship dissapeared from normal space.

A hole in real space opened directly behind the cloaked alien vessel as Catalyst slammed its new body against the opponent. The initial impact tore holes inside both ships and ripped fragments of both hulls into space. The slaves within the scout ship were safe, unconscious in their cells. Then pieces of liquid metal from the scout ship lashed out against the other alien vessel and Catalyst flowed into it...

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« Reply #44 on: March 22, 2007, 04:42:10 pm »
Leaving the Jang Observation Post above Vii

Fur'Nack'Thrown led Axon into one of the post's shuttles and closed the door. All around them in the slim, sleek shuttle lights came on and systems turned on. Fur'Nack'Thrown made some subvocalizations and the ship began to move out and slipped into Unreal Space and then went faster than light.

Fur'Nack'Thrown looked at his guest and waved one of his arms in the air. A single chair came up from the smooth ground to accomadate the alien. The Jang had never developed any need for them for them to be standard in any of their ships.

"I am very sorry the way we had to meet Lord Axon. If I could I would have done things over official channels, but that is not the way of my people..." He sighed and looked at the Wexxian. "Believe me when I say that I admire your people. I have studied them for quite a sizeable chunk of my life... But forgive me, I have been rude. You must want... No, you need to know what you are getting into. Please, let me explain what is going on..."

Fur'Nack'Thrown tells Axon who is people really are, about their culture, how they deal with alien species, the Masses, and the War with the Catalyst. He is deliberately vague on the subject of the cloaking/phasing technology that his species possesses but he explains to Axon he would not be able to explain that without getting into a far worse position.

"... And now we are heading to Triumph, the first Mass ever, the one that imprisoned the Catalyst to talk to all Jang in a Debate. It will be decided there whether you will be allowed to help us, or to go ahead with our own plans..." Fur'Nack'Thrown was silent for a moment. "Is there anything else you need to know?"

Axon tried to make head and tails of the information.

Axon: “So, there is a problem with an ancient, evil, half-ascended species of homicidal mechanical maniacs. And you want ME to help you… ok, how exactly?”

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« Reply #45 on: March 22, 2007, 04:49:57 pm »
Aboard the Jang Shuttle in transit to Triumph

Fur'Nack'Thrown looked at the Wexxian and nodded at him. "I know what it sounds like, but listen to me. Through my study of Wexxians, I believe your own development has mirrored the Catalyst's, just on different spectrums. The Catalyst immiediatly kill and torture any organic intelligences. Any AI we develop is too primitive compared to what they are and only make it stronger when Catalyst absorbs it. But you would have a chance of getting close to it without seeing you as a threat. Heck, it might see Wexxians as a curiousity."

"What I propose is that you try to communicate with the Catalyst. I realize that negotiation stands very little chance of working, but it is worth a shot. You could always try to interface with it as well and try fighting it on its own terms. Even though the chances of it working are minimal, the only other steps we have prepared is a galaxy wide war against them, a war that we have less than a ten percent chance of surviving. And once the Catalyst is done with us the rest of the galaxy will have to face them..."

Fur'Nack'Thrown looked at the display. "We should be arriving at the Mass shortly. When we get there through our communications network you will be speaking to the entire Jang civilization in one of our Debates. I will be there with you but if there is anything I can tell you to prepare you just ask."

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« Reply #46 on: March 22, 2007, 04:59:04 pm »
Axon: “Okay then… I’m ready!”

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« Reply #47 on: March 22, 2007, 05:17:47 pm »
Aboard the Jang Shuttle in transit to Triumph

The shuttle dropped out of faster than light and into the star system the Triumph was in. Fur'Nack'Thrown gve it a wide eyed expression. He had never actually been on a Mass before.

The Mass, Triumph, looked like a large planet covered in a multi-colored fog bank of clouds and lighting. The surface of it was lit up like a miniature sun with cracks of darkness appearing on its surface like scales on a reptile. All around it was a cloud of vessels which close up to the shuttle dwarfed it dozens of times over. This was one of the main Jang military fleets and consisted of thousands of vessels which were preparing for the Catalyst incursion. Fur'Nack'Thrown had never thought it would look so... intimidating.

As they drew closer to the Mass it filled the entire viewscreen. The curve of it dissapeared and it appeared as if it was one unending flat plane beneath them. The surface became sharp and angular as they got closer as weapon placements and towers became visible. Shortly they docked in a tower and Fur'Nack'Thrown exited the vehicle with Axon. Waiting to greet them was a deployment of no less than fifty commando Jang and a single General at the front.

"What is the military doing here? I am here with my right to debate my choice to the Community."

The General smiled at him. Like the rest of his soldiers his exoskeleton was covered in an advanced composite armor that held a variety of weaponry and sensors. There were several massive badges and signs carved in the armor designating him as a High General. He was several feet taller than Fur'Nack'Thrown, almost twenty feet and probably a ton heavier without the gear. Most of his men were similarly intimidating.

"It is within my traditional rights as the head of the military on this Mass to greet any alien visitors. It is listed in the military constitution if you want to bring it up at the Debate," the High General said to Fur'Nack'Thrown before turning to Axon. "And I see we have our alien here. My name is Hi'Tick'Call, High General and leader of the military forces here at Triumph. Well, Mr. Wexxian, I am here to lead you two troublemakers to the Debate room where you'll have an hour to prepare before the Debate. I have been instructed to say you are welcome here and that I will answer any pertinent questions about the Catalyst."

He leaned forward, still smiling and whispered to Axon. "Off the record I am pissed as all hell that you are here. I don't appreciate civilians trying to persuade the Community that we here at the military are inept and unable to defend our people and the galaxy on large. No offence to you, but I don't have much patience with these touchy feely plans that don't have a chance in the void of succeeding."

He leaned back and pointed towards a large pad infront of them. "Would you two gentlemen follow your honor guard into the teleportaion pad? It will lead us to the Debate room where you will have time to plan out your arguments." Without further ado the honor guard and Fur'Nack'Thrown moved forward...

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« Reply #48 on: March 22, 2007, 05:28:38 pm »
Axon turned to Fur'Nack'Thrown.

”That guy remind me of my old superior officer in the Celvolian mercenary army… a real ###hole!” 

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« Reply #49 on: March 22, 2007, 05:37:53 pm »
Triumph

"Yes, I know. The members of our military are on large polite and like the rest of us, but there are some who are... dissatisfied with their current predicament. With the Community hidden from the outside galaxy we have had no need to fight others, at least not in any prolonged engagements. The military has become somewhat of a ceremonial position. Only recently since the Catalyst are coming back are they actually getting any real action," said Fur'Nack'Thrown. "They have pride at what they can do but I and many others don't think that will be enough, even with our technology..."

The two entered the Debate room which turned out to be a plane white room with a domed ceiling. There Fur'Nack'Thrown explained to Axon the Community would be displayed through holograms all around them. Several trillion Jang would be watching but usually only the main faction leaders or representatives would speak out to him and ask him questions. He warned Axon that they would first question him on his beliefs and who he was, then ask why he thought he would be qualified to fight the Catalyst. He also warned him that at the beginning of this meeting they would show recordings of first Catalyst War and the attrocities the enemy had committed.

"Is there anything else you wish to know Axon? We have some time before the Debate begins. You do not have to go through this, however, if you do not wish it."

OOC: For those concerned with the scout ship at the moment, I did a post concerning that last page just incase you didn't notice with all of the Fur'Nack'Thrown/Axon posts, sorry!
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« Reply #50 on: March 22, 2007, 07:13:27 pm »
The K’jal were trapped inside their ship.  There was no escape.
We are Catalyst. Rejoice for we have liberated you from your mundane lives! Those of you who resist shall join your fellow men in death. Those who obey us shall exist for a time, as least as long as can be expected from inferior organics. Your next few moments depend on what you can tell me…
“We won’t tell you anything.  The God is bad.  K’aea is good.  You are a demon.  Leave our magic!”
The crewmembers were soon boxed up into cubicles and pain was sent into them.
But it didn’t work.  The harsh conditions of the K’jalian planet made injury short of decapitation impossible.
What is this?
“We won’t tell you anything.  You are a demon.  You are a false god.  K’aea will stop you!”
One of the drones noticed something on the back of the captain’s head.  It was a brain input center, designed for the mind control of the false god during the nanobotic wars.
AH! I see that I have a way of reaching your thoughts!
The Catalyst on the ship plugged into the K’jalian, and the deranged logic of the religious fanatic promply destroyed it.

“Send a message back to the capitol!  We need K’aea here now!  He is the only one who has destroyed one of these things before (Except me)”
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« Reply #51 on: March 23, 2007, 05:14:41 am »
"Is there anything else you wish to know Axon? We have some time before the Debate begins. You do not have to go through this, however, if you do not wish it."

“Is there anything you think I need to know, that you haven’t said already?
I any case, I will go through with it… With your foreign policy, I doubt that you will let me contact my people and get them to send a strike team to help me!”

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« Reply #52 on: March 23, 2007, 07:35:05 am »
On the scout ship

Catalyst recoiled from the feeling of insanity from the organic. The surprise of it all had made it temporarily lose control of itself. That made it angry. Without the connection to the rest of its mass it wasn't sure, but it might have detected something like this once before, long ago... Ah well, the organics had resisted, hadn't they?

Catalyst reasserted itself and flooded itself through the crew living spaces. Liquid metal flooded into the alien's pores and skin killing them painfully as Catalyst pumped deadly radiation throughout their entire bodies. Then massive holes opened in the alien ship's superstructure, flushing the aliens out into space, save for one corpse which Catalyst saved to examine. Catalyst would always adapt to what harmed it. The Jang like many others learned that certain tricks would only work once. Catalyst would be eternal...

The two alien vessels fused together as Catalyst changed their forms to suit it more...

On Triumph

"Well, our government is basically the true will of our people on the whole. You have to understand that we Jang are very long lived and have long memories. The loss of our homeworld and our own near genocide affected us greatly, it is what made us hide from everyone else. They are afraid of Catalyst destroying us all, but they are also afraid of getting betrayed again by an alien race... All I can say is prove to them that you are different from those that would just destroy rather than create."

A little while later the room grew dark for a moment, then lit up once more as holograms flooded the room. Fur'Nack'Thrown and Axxon were suddenly surrounded by millions of massive tables stacked up into the sky with trillions of Jang eyes upon them. The flood of Jang was more than any one being could take in one go, but Fur'Nack'Thrown was used it. He stepped forward.

"My fellow Jang, I come here to argue my point in this Debate. I have here a prestigous Wexxian named Axon, the leader of his people. It is my belief that he represents a viable alternate option other than war for defeating the Catalyst. My arguments have been put upon you many times, my people! You know why I believe that this sentient can achieve the goal! What will you say?"

A flood of Jang voices filled the room, but one sentiment was broadcast over the flood: "Let him prove his worth. Let him tell his story and tell us why his people and himself are different from the Catalyst. The two came from similar sources, they are almost the same thing. Tell us, Wexxian, why should we trust you among the Jang?"

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« Reply #53 on: March 23, 2007, 08:03:13 am »
K'aea looked at the message.  He looked at it again.  "The God has returned" it said simply.  K'aea floated over to the comlink, but all he got was static.  "So he has returned has he", K'aea thought to himself, remembering the long battle he fought with the false God after he had gained transendance.  "Well, he won't be alive for long"...
K'aea mustered his concentration and formed a whirlpool of air around him, before floating into space in the direction of the Catalyst...

Meanwhile, the captain, his life leaving him whispered his last words to the Catalyst.  "We've fought another like you once.  K'aea is coming.  He will destroy you..."
The radioactiveness penetrated his shell and he at last came to rest on the control panel, the only thing left that the Catalyst hadn't absorbed...
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« Reply #54 on: March 23, 2007, 09:20:35 am »
After a short bit of sneeking, and learning nothing,  George decided to return to the Shuttle. They had left a communication device in their room, so the Jang could tell them things as they come. Just as they left the atmosphere, they heard the distress call of the lost ship. All though the distress call weighed on their hearts heavily, they had no choise but to return home.

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« Reply #55 on: March 23, 2007, 09:28:26 am »
On Triumph

A flood of Jang voices filled the room, but one sentiment was broadcast over the flood: "Let him prove his worth. Let him tell his story and tell us why his people and himself are different from the Catalyst. The two came from similar sources, they are almost the same thing. Tell us, Wexxian, why should we trust you among the Jang?"

Axon: “I am Axon! I am the retired leader of the Wexxians. My people had for the better part of the millennia been campaigning to promote peace and freedom in our galaxy, we where however betrayed two hundred years ago by one of our own… Nemesis! The only Wexxian ever to turn to evil. He gave an invading species called the Necromicon, the tools to take over the galaxy. Our people lost our home station; The Originator, and we spend the last recourses to expand our fleet to help the Torpals combat the Necrid threat. We succeeded and destroyed them and the Evil Nemesis! But the shame of the betrayal put my species ancestors into a genocide depression.

When I began to gather my people, we where les than thirty Wexxians left. My farther was killed when I was three, by a space pirate. I took revenge and since then, my life have been war and fighting.

I did many things I am not proud off, before I found my people, but I have not lived in vain, I lead my people out of their long exile and found them a new home… The Licentia Station.

I pulled out the Omic from their inter-dimensional prison, and I founded the Alliance of the Protectors.

Throughout my people’s history, Wexxians have done our outmost to fulfil our base code “Protect Life and Freedom!” Sometimes we are misunderstood by others but we do what we can.

Now, I have only just heard of the Catalyst, but from what I understand they pose a great threat to the Jang as well as all life in the galaxy. With such a enemy of all life, you should use any means you have at your disposal.

I don’t know if you trust me, and frankly it doesn’t matter to me, I know where my place is… It is between you, the rest of the Galaxy and the Catalyst. I don’t know if I can stop it, but I will do all that I can. I will never fear, never doubt… I will never stop! Nobody is going to rampage the galaxy as long as I still live and my people stand by their ideals.

I am Axon… I am a Wexxian! And I will do my duty… whatever it takes!”   

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« Reply #56 on: March 23, 2007, 10:08:32 am »
On the scout ship

Catalyst finished its work of assimilating the K'jal ship into the scout ship. Since it had encountered the neural device it had decided to forgo controlling and absorbing the alien systems, instead it broke them down and converted them into raw materials as it made its own complex circuitry. Once the new ship was finished, now in the shape of a jagged blade covered in rippling energy, one of the new ports in the side of the vessel opened.

Two tiny shards of metal, each a foot in diameter shot out and made a microjump in hyperspace. Each one started to emit distress signals, one posing as the K'jal vessel, the other as the Rak'tol vessel. Both played the sounds of the crew screaming in pain, asking for help...

The Catalyst vessel then tore a hole in real space and sped through it having found a new destination: the new capital of this new Alliance. It was content with going after a new target while the original kidnapped ship grew on the remnants of that ruined star system...

On Triumph

It was hushed for a moment in the Debate while the Community listened to Axon's short speech. Then through some unspoken conscencus, a Jang stepped forward and spoke out to him.

"We know much of your history Axon, as we know much of you Wexxians. Thousands of years ago our species came into contact with your precursors: the mining robots of an asteroid field. We even have several of these models in storage from that time, it was the time after the Catalyst and any artificial technology was considered potentially dangerous. It was said at that time that they were too primitive to progress. Then much later when you Wexxians came about several of us thought our ancestors made the wrong decision about leaving those robots alone. It was our policy of non-interference that stopped our extremists from trying to wipe out your race in its infacy... I am happy to say I believe that this was the correct decision."

There was a pause while voices rang out, but eventually the Jang continued. "We know of your drive to protect life and many other than Fur'Nack'Thrown have said you could be saviors to many because of that. But we also are not in the habit of letting sentients rush to their deaths. We do not want others hurt when we might need to be the only ones destroyed by the menace. On the whole we would rather die out than let other innocent species."

There was another pause as the Community chimed in and agreed with that sentiment. "That being said we shall show you our enemy, the Catalyst, and let you make the final decision whether you want to face this monster. If you agree then we will assist you..."

Suddenly the Community was replaced by holographic videos of the Catalyst. The videos went on for hours showing the Catalyst ships rip through the Jang navy, destroy entire worlds, and engulf others. It showed the drones of Catalyst torturing Jang and other aliens, flaying the skin from their bodies while making them scream out. It showed them inserting pieces of themselves into the innocent and turning them into killing machines before the eyes of their families before ultimately killing them as well. It showed the Catalyst laughing all the while, adapting quickly to every weapon that seemed effective against it and turning it into strength. Entire worlds became part of Catalyst, all powered by their very nature of quasi-ascendance. It showed the final battle between the Catalyst and the Jang, how the last Jang sacrificed themselves to trap their ancient enemies in the time bubble, and how they sacrificed their very home world. After a while the screaming and the pictures faded, replaced once more by the Community.

"We ask you now Axon, would you face them after what we have shown you?"

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Re: A Voice in the Void...
« Reply #57 on: March 23, 2007, 10:27:46 am »
Axon: “There is no decision, I am what I am and I do what I do!

If the Catalyst is as you show me, then it is every Wexxians duty and honour to combat this menace. No mater the cost to us.

If my death could halt the Catalyst for as much as a second, then I would not think it lost.

This is my purpose, my destiny… the very meaning of existence of my people.

Nothing you can show or tell me can change that. I am a Wexxian; a servant of the galaxy. 

I WILL STAND UP TO THE CATALYST!”

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« Reply #58 on: March 23, 2007, 10:46:24 am »
On Triumph

There was a thunderous murmur from the crowd, but the representative stayed forward and nodded. "Then we will accept your help in this matter. We only hope that this attempt is not in vain, both for your sake and the rest of our people's."

The room went dark, then was white once more. Fur'Nack'Thrown looked at him in relief.

"That turned out much better than I had ever hoped. It seemed there were more people thinking as I did then I realized, they must have been waiting for someone to speak out," said Fur'Nack'Thrown as he led Axon to the teleporter. "Now we will begin our preparations in earnest..."

They went through the teleporter and were suddenly in a large control room. High General Hi'Tick'Call was standing before them and shot Axon a quick salute. Behind him were dozens of Jang working on different consoles. Babblish was being spoken throughout the room at a rapid pace as each Jang worked quickly at each job.

"Welcome gentlemen. Due to your success at the Debate I have been assigned as your laison officer for your operation. I have been instructed to give you the materials necessary for your operation against the Catalyst. This applies to men, technology, weapons, and transportation. Lord Axon, we are up to date with the latest Wexxian weapons specs, along with most other major alien civilizations. We also have a variety of other weaponry, both infantry based and ship based that has been designed with Catalyst as a target."

He stepped back and a hologram appeared between them. It depicted a long blade-like vessel studded with weapons blisters and other protrustions. "This is to be the operation's command vessel, it is a Jang Vector Highship. It is slightly longer than the usual model at 750 miles, with the ability to seperate into a dozen smaller and more agile vessels if the situation calls for it. It is equipped with a time dialation device that will counteract the time dialation field within the Catalyst infected area. It hasn't been commissioned yet, but the Community feels fit to put it into your hands. I have also been instructed that it is up to you to come up with a designation for it."

He bowed before Axon and then stood back up. "I will obey your commands in this operation despite my feelings. I will do them to the letter. I just hope you utilize my information and my own ideas within this operation. Now Lord Axon, what is it do you think you will need for this? We have a small amount of time dialation units for infantry and for several other vessels if necessary. What is your wish?"

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Re: A Voice in the Void...
« Reply #59 on: March 23, 2007, 11:01:15 am »
Axon twirled his Spec-Ops Ion-Blade in the air and held up his Pulse-Rifle.   

“I think I will stick with what I got! How long do we have until the Catalyst breaks free?”

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« Reply #60 on: March 23, 2007, 11:11:03 am »
On Triumph

"Our best estimates give it anywhere from 5 to 50 years from now," said Fur'Nack'Thrown. "We believe it to be in our best interests to try to stop them before it completely breaks free from the dialation field."

High General Hi'Tick'Call nodded. "Yes, shortly before they were to break free I was going to lead several fleets into the field to try to combat them and push them back... But at this moment we do not have many time dialation devices to counteract the effect of the planet's field."

Fur'Nack'Thrown whispered to Axon, "I am surprised the General is so willing to help you... I would take this opportunity to get as many of his soldiers or equipment as possible for this mission. I am not a soldier, but I am still willing to go in with you, so at the very least you have me at your side."

High General Hi'Tick'Call looked at the two blankly. "We can continue planning here or move on over to the Jang Vector Highship you'll be naming soon. I can have the personell teleported over there. The weapons are ready for incursion, it just needs its crew. I am sure such a fine Wexxian like yourself can give it a name that will not embarrass my troops. It's unlucky to leave without a name..."

Some of the irritation of the General escaped in his last few sentences...


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Re: A Voice in the Void...
« Reply #61 on: March 23, 2007, 11:23:45 am »
Axon: “I’m ready to go.

General Hi'Tick'Call, get your ships assembled near the Catalyst dilatation field. If something goes wrong we need to hold them off until you can get reinforcements.
 
As for a name, how about; “The End of The Catalyst” or somthing like it!

Now, what are your ideas for defeating this menace?”

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Re: A Voice in the Void...
« Reply #62 on: March 23, 2007, 12:03:13 pm »
On the home moon Tal, in the transmission headquarters.

Transmission Gortus Yuok: "First Gortus, come take a look at this!"

First Gortus Trantk: "What in the name of the stars...."

A transmission was appearing on the screen, over and over. Help. Help. Help. Save us. Save us.

Transmission Gortus Yuok: "You don't even want to hear the audio. Trust me."

First Gortus Trantk: "Well send help immediately. We don't know what the problem is, so send a medium cruiser, something strong. For all we know a war could have just begun."

Transmission Gortus Yuok: "Yes, First Gortus."

A large ship broke off clamps with a space station orbiting Tal, and began to move into space.

Aboard the cruiser Grof...


Armadar (Just above Captain, below Admiral) Shal: "Crank up that improved hyperdrive from our allies shipman. I believe it's time to do a field test."

Shipman Djo: "Yes, Armadar."

The back of the ship blow blindingly for a moment, then it vanished into hyperspace.

Moments later it emerged near the location of the transmission.

Armadar Shal: "Amazing...that was purely...wait....what's that?"

A small metallic form was moving outside the command center glass plane.

Armadar Shal: "Back us off, shipman. Nice and easy."

Shipman Djo: "Uh..Armadar, it's following."

Armadar Shal: "Then use the hyperdrive!"

Shipman Djo: "Yes, Armadar. Wait...it's moving towards u..!

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Re: A Voice in the Void...
« Reply #63 on: March 23, 2007, 02:07:49 pm »
The Has'ri had barely any weapons to fight a normal race, let alone an ancient evil, trapped beneath a dead palnet. The new Skimmers didn't have any weapons, and they knew of no way to transfer the laser absorbtion. So the scientists were hard at work, finding new weapons. Most of them were flops. They had 3 main divisions. One team worked on Beam Weapon, but the laser's they created were weak. Mass Drivers advanced a lot in the handheld weaponry field, but nothing for space. And Missiles couldn't come up with the targeting situation salution.

But after weeks of trial, Beam Theory found a soloution. Using crystals made by the underwater pressure on Sapphire, a ruby-shot beam would refract as much to cause some damage, if minimal.

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« Reply #64 on: March 23, 2007, 02:11:58 pm »
K'aea came upon the Catalyst.  What are you? he asked in an authorative voice.  You aren't the false God, you appear to be more powerfull.  Please refrain from destroying organics!. K'aea waited for a reply, sitting patienly within the fragile vortex of air.
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Re: A Voice in the Void...
« Reply #65 on: March 23, 2007, 02:42:06 pm »
Axon: “Now I know… something simple… “Victory” that’s a good name!”

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« Reply #66 on: March 24, 2007, 03:30:32 am »
Recent times had been bad for the Has'ri. Not as bad as he Fury Plagues, but still pretty bad. An ancient evil had been found, it's jailor's were uncaring toward them, they possibly have led more to their deaths and know they had to send delegates to a wormhole. Gabriel had no idea what to do. He was no politician. He was a fighter. Hopefully, the delegation would reach the Wormhole soon, and the new Alliance of Honor would help fix the problem. But until then, he had a prickling feeling that the Catalyst knew where the were, and was coming to get them.

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Re: A Voice in the Void...
« Reply #67 on: March 30, 2007, 01:21:49 pm »
[cough]bump[/cough]

No, don't get in a habit of doing that. Post because you have something to say.

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« Reply #68 on: March 30, 2007, 01:52:53 pm »
Nothing more can be said until Kcronos makes a move...

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Re: A Voice in the Void...
« Reply #69 on: March 30, 2007, 02:00:06 pm »
LadyM is right Brandonazz, you should not bump… much!  ;)

Thargor has not been on in a long time, perhaps we should just write a conclusion.

Has you guys any agreements with him on how we where going to end this? Cause the stuff he discussed with me involved a important plot for the “final” death of my greatest hero Axon.

I would like to hear what you people think… should we wait for Thargor, or should we agree on an epilogue?

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« Reply #70 on: March 30, 2007, 02:02:06 pm »
I don't think enough has happened, at least from my perspective, for this to end yet.  :-\

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« Reply #71 on: March 30, 2007, 02:04:46 pm »
How about the main characters all sacrifice themselfs to finally completely destroy the Catalyst?
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« Reply #72 on: March 30, 2007, 02:36:20 pm »
When Thargor contacted me, he described his ideas about defeating the Catalyst, like this:

It is Fur'Nack's plan that a Wexxian might manage what a Jang never could do  : Communicate with the Catalyst and try to stop them from the inside out by finding out why they have such a need to destroy all life. Fur believes that the good nature of the Wexxians are just the thing that might counter the Catalyst.

I agreed to bring my character Axon into the storyline… most of you I think, weren’t here when I introduced him to the fanfic universe, but he is one of the long standing heroes on the forum.

I wont go “too” in deep, but it was time for him to go out in a BLAZE OF GLORY!!!

Dying, combating a species of insane homicidal, half-ascended robots, seemed to be the ultimate ending to a long life of war… so I accepted!

Thargor’s idea was described further in his next message to me:

Well, the ideas that Fur'Nack'Thrown will try to use are pretty much:

1. Axon managing to reason with it on its own level

2. Convincing it to adopt the more pacifist Wexxian moral code as opposed to the Catalyst "destroy alien life wherever it exists".

3. Failing the past two have the Catalyst try to subsume Axon himself and have Axon's growing virus prove to be their undoing. Thus his own weakness becomes his greatest strength and moment of glory before death.

Just a couple of ideas off the top of my head.

I replied with some ideas of my own:

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Well Axon will be brought to the Jang and they will tell him of the Catalyst threat. Axon is Wexxian so he cannot take sides without meeting the Catalyst first.

He goes into the temporal distortion field and communicates with the Catalyst entity. At firs the catalyst does not harm him as he is not “living” in their way of thinking.

He learns of their intentions and decide to stop them. It can happen in many ways:

6.   reasoning with them (Fat chance)
7.   Trying to kill every one of them single-handedly. (It would never work but could be a cool way to start!)
8.   Rewriting their base code to make them friendly. (Boring, lets blow stuff up in stead!)
9.   Axons virus will kill the catalyst.
10.   The Catalyst manages to restrain Axon, and tries to consume him. Axon interfaces himself with their hive mind and transfers his base code “Protect life and Freedom” to him. The result is a violent explosion as the Catalyst and Wexxian base codes nullifies each other and the circuits of the catalyst fry. (My favourite; a little matrix like!)


I also (As a joke) wrote a little piece to describe some of the RP storyline I was thinking of putting in when we got there:


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Axons meet with the hive mind:

Catalyst: (Big ominous voice) “What are you?”

Axon: (Standing surrounded by Catalysts) “I am Axon!”

C: “You are not important! You don’t concern us!”

A: “What do you want, what are your intentions?”

C: “All alien life must be destroyed, you are not life, you are not Catalyst, you are unimportant. Catalyst will destroy all life!”

A: “No…”

C: “What?”

A: “I will not let you do that!”

C: “What do you mean?”

A: “I am going to stop you!”

A dark laughter is heard from the Catalysts surrounding Axon.

C: “YOU? You will never stop Catalyst!”

The Catalysts around Axon move closer.

Axon pulls out A pulse rifle and a Ion-blade.

A: “Watch me!”



This is what Thargor and I talked about.

Do you have something you Like/don’t like/want changed or added? 

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« Reply #73 on: April 05, 2007, 07:43:28 pm »
I seem that nobody are going to comment on my suggestions, so I am just going to end it for Axons part of the story.


Epilogue:

Axon knew that he could not judge the Catalyst based on the information that the Jang had given him. In the old days, he would have rushed to exterminate them as long as the pay was good, but he was older now… more calm, more responsible. Axon could not just destroy the Catalyst without knowing more than one side of the story… besides, he had no idea HOW he could stop them.

Without any other solutions to his dilemma, Axon where forced to do something he was not good at… diplomacy.

He instructed the Jang to contact the other Wexxians if he was unsuccessful in reasoning with the Catalyst, and then took a pod into the Catalyst time-dilation field.

Axon landed on the old Jang homeworld; when he crawled out of the pod, he found himself surrounded by the Catalyst machines.

Catalyst: (Big ominous voice) “What are you?”

Axon: “I am Axon. I am here to talk to you!”

C: “Talk? Do not waste our time. Soon we will be free!”

A: “What do you want, what are your intentions?”

C: “Our function is to fulfil our purpose: All alien life must be destroyed! When we escape from this prison, we will destroy our captivators and then deal with any other life we find!”

A: “No…”

C: “What?”

A: “I will not let you do that!”

C: “What do you mean?”

A: “I am going to stop you!”

A dark laughter is heard from the Catalysts surrounding Axon.

C: “YOU? You will never stop us. There is nothing you can do, we will absorb you into our continence and you will become a part of us… soon your knowledge and skill will be used to crush the alien life forms, there is nothing anyone can do to stop us!”

The Catalysts around Axon move closer.

Axon pulled out a pulse rifle and an Ion-blade.

A: “I don’t think so!”

The first Catalysts jumped at Axon. With the grace of dancer, Axon dogged out of the way and swirled his Ion-blade into the backs. They fell down with a crash, but the next ones where already charging at Axon.

A: “Come on you wannabees, is that all you got?”

Evidently, it was not all… the Catalyst kept coming and even Axon had trouble fighting them off. Soon, Axon was standing on a small hill of dead Catalysts. All around him, in every direction, more Catalysts where approaching fast.

Axon knew that he could not fight this sea of machines.

A flood of the Catalyst troops encased Axon, he could not move, but he could hear the Catalyst voice again.

C: “You fool, it is unavoidable. You belong to us now!”

The Catalyst began connecting themselves to Axon, they would consume his programming. Axon began to feel how they slowly absorbed his being.

He had to do something, but what? Then Axon remembered something that Fur'Nack'Thrown the Jang had said…

“The good nature of the Wexxians may be the one thing that can defeat the Catalyst!”

That was not a bad idea… it was the only idea Axon could think off. His time was short and he was loosing his personality as the Catalyst absorbed more and more of him.

He opened up to the Catalyst and transferred his Base-Code.



{Transfer: To Catalyst Hive Mind: Wexxian Primary Base-Code: Protect Life And Freedom.}

{File: Wexxian Primary Base-Code. Received. Integrating programming.}

{Processing.}

{Integration Complete. WARNING: Conflicting Priorities. Program: (Catalyst Main Function: Destroy Alien Life forms.) Conflicts With Program: (Wexxian Primary Base-Code: Protect Life And Freedom.) Processing Problem: Calculating Solution.}

{1. Error Occurred. Location: Programming Matrix Section 1245-253. Reason: Priority Conflict. Status: Quarantined.}

{263. Error(s) Occurred. Location: Programming Matrix Section 0001-001 Through 7233-523. Reason: Priority Conflict. Status: Quarantined.}

{242457290412 Error(s) Occurred. Location: Programming Matrix Section 0001-001 Through 9999-999. Reason: Priority Conflict. Status: Quarantining: 0,00000001% Done.}

{System Overload In Progress. Reason: Priority Conflict, CPU-Use is: 100%., Multiple Errors.}

{Security Protocol: Shut Down Conflicting Programs: Catalyst Main Function, Wexxian Primary Base-Code.}

{Shutdown Failure. Reason: Error In Command Line. Emergency Shutdown Cannot Be Completed.}

{Danger: Overload. Systems Critical. Error. Danger: Overload. Systems Critical. Error. Danger: Overload. Systems Critical.}

{Danger. Danger. Danger. Danger. Danger. Danger.}



The Catalysts around Axon began shaking. The ones, who had grabbed him, jumped away as if they where in agony.

The circuits of every Catalyst in the Hivemind fried and they dropped where they stood.

All over the planet, massive explosions erupted, without the control of the Catalysts, their great weapons of destruction and death, failed.

Axon was not concerned about the Catalyst any longer, he knew that they where dying, he could feel the same thing happening to him. His programming had become infected by the Catalysts. He would not last long, he could feel the Catalyst spreading in him like a virus.

He could survive by switching off his Base-Code, as a Spec-Ops, he knew how to do it. But if he did, the Catalyst would survive… in him.

Axon suppressed the Catalyst with all of his might, and grabbed his Ion-Blade that lay on the ground.

Axon: “I won’t become like you, I will die as I was while I lived… as a Wexxian!”

With one smooth motion, he drove the Ionic blade through his chest. He fell to his knees… all around him there was bodies of the Catalyst littered.

There was a soundless crackle and the time dilation field lowered. For the first time in centuries, sunlight struck the ancient Jang homeworld.

When the Jang investigated, they found the lifeless body of Axon bathed in the soft warm glow of the sun, small plants where starting to grow on the Catalyst corpses.



The Catalyst had been destroyed… and the greatest Wexxian who had ever lived, had died.

The Jang named Fur'Nack'Thrown, delivered the body of Axon to the Wexxians, it did not please the other Jang that he broke their code of non-interference.

When the War one day will be over, the Wexxians will hold a burial to Axons memory. For now, they mourn, while rejoicing that he died a good death.



(OOC: That’s it, like it or don’t, but nobody gave me any input to change it.)

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« Reply #74 on: April 06, 2007, 01:53:52 am »
(Well, the participents may as well clean up their part of the story as well)

After days of travel, the Shuttle came found the hollow planet. Delving deep inside it, the search party looked for the Eye of the Gods. They found it months later, almost fully intact, but no sign of the crew. They started it up, and maid their way to the Sentinel for repairs, and a skeleton crew to get home.

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« Reply #75 on: April 06, 2007, 09:04:54 pm »
(OOC: Love the data conflict section!  ;))

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« Reply #76 on: April 07, 2007, 06:22:40 am »
The Catalyst Runs on Windows!

The program: Catalyst, has encountered a problem and need to close. We are sorry for the inconvenience!

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« Reply #77 on: April 07, 2007, 12:31:11 pm »
K'aea looked on as he saw the epic battle of Axon the Wexxian.  He saw as the Catalyst disentegrated.  He flew slowly back to his home planet.  He would make sure that the AoH would know of this robot's bravery...


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