The Von Braun Incident: Chapter 11 – Scuttled Shuttles
Sorry about being busy last week, but here’s chapter 11! That I have ingeniously dubbed “Scuttled Shuttles” for secret reasons.
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While I feel like I’m approaching the climax of the game as more and more plot points are revealed, I really don’t know exactly how big the Rickenbacker will be, or how much resistance I will run into. SHODAN indicated it would be a lot. Should be interesting, and nerve-wracking.
110th entry: Bloody hell. Of course that’s where the Rumbler had gone. Assuming it was still the same one. I didn’t have time to reload the pistol with anti-personnel rounds, and I don’t know why I hadn’t already reloaded it, so it took a full clip into the monster to bring it down while it chased me back and forth through that corridor. I’m definitely sweating. Thank… thank SHODAN, I guess, for my superior dodging skills. Speaking of SHODAN, she has a new task for me. The Many have caught wind of what we are doing, as I suspected, and are loading shuttles with their blasted eggs to get away. I am to take out those shuttles, and maybe make some proper blasted eggs in the process. For once a task I feel happy to perform.
111th entry: I have scoured the cargo area of shuttle bay 2, and reprogrammed the rocket turrets to stop the annelids from retaking it. Sadly the door to shuttle bay 1 was busted, so I can not currently reach Delacroix. I found another log by Korenchkin, where he claimed he was “complete”, whatever that means. Nothing good for me, I’m sure. The Many have protected their shuttles with some kind of forcefields, but a log left by a certain McKay claims I can shut those off from Shuttle Control, so I’m heading there now. The voices try to distract me, but I push forward. I care not for their bold claims.
112th entry: Clever girl. I found a cyborg midwife in the process of destroying the shield control computer for shuttle bay 1, so I have no way to turn the shield off. The shuttle in bay 2 is dealt with, however. They thought they had been smart posting a ninja as a guard, but I have no time for this crap any longer, so I melted a hole through it with my laser pistol. Over-charge does funny things to electronics. SHODAN has a plan, though. She says she’s uploading the schematics for a… thingy, to the replicator up here. If I attach it to the shield generator, it should take care of the shield, and the shuttle, and anything else nearby. She warned me against staying too close, because she still has need of me. How nice of her to care.
113th entry: I can’t get the back door to the cargo area for shuttle bay 1 open either. I can hear a cyborg midwife in there, but I doubt I could persuade her to open it. How big will the blast be, exactly? Delacroix is supposed to be in there, after all. Can I really do this and risk her life? …yes. I must. It does not matter. We must all die in the end, once the threat is over. I’m sorry, Delacroix, but you weren’t getting away from this place alive anyway. Maybe you could have joined me to the end of my adventure, but ultimately it matters little. Forgive me.
114th entry: SHODAN tried to warn away from going into cargo bay 1. Even went back to calling me “insect”. Well, I wouldn’t stand for it, so I went in. Delacroix was dead, but not because of the explosion. The Many had cornered and killed her, and SHODAN had abandoned her. There was a log… with some nonsense about a faster-than-light drive. God, I hope it’s just nonsense. She wasn’t able to record the full details, but I’ve heard enough. This just makes my plan all the more paramount. Whatever SHODAN is planning, I can’t let her do it. SHODAN was so unhappy that she actually removed some of my Cyber Modules. I will leave for the Rickenbacker through the umbilical, let SHODAN destroy the Von Braun, and then I will destroy the Rickenbacker. The Many will no doubt already be on-board. Korenchkin and Diego both. With who knows how many minions. …what am I doing?
115th entry: Spiders! Spiders everywhere! Bash in their brains! Bash!
116th entry: I found another of Delacroix’s logs. This seems like an old one, or she was talking about Polito in retrospect. Sadly it seems that SHODAN had scrambled most of it, so I couldn’t get anything useful out of it. Polito had discovered something though. Was that what made SHODAN drive her to suicide? I honestly have no idea, but it seems plausible. SHODAN does not like us knowing anything she doesn’t want us to know. There is also a strange forcefield here. As I approached it, I got a message from Korenchkin. Telling me to come to the Von Braun bridge, to discuss my future. I will go, but I fear there’s little discussion to be had.
117th entry: Korenchkin is dead. Probably. I actually do not know exactly how The Many work. Maybe he’s just been reabsorbed into the hive mind and will be reconstructed later? Either way, his form is destroyed for now. He actually fooled me at first, crafting a powerful projection of a Psi Reaver to fight me. I remembered what Prefontaine had said though, and quickly searched for the little brain creature controlling it. I smashed it, and found beside it a log, again by Korenchkin, saying Suarez and Siddons would not be allowed to leave. I think they still did though, so score one for them. I am still not sure if they left alone, however. If it wasn’t such a risk to leave SHODAN on the Rickenbacker for too long, I’d use the ship to hunt them down. In bad news, destroying the brain does not destroy the Psi Reaver. It merely stops it from regenerating.
118th entry: I am now on-board the Rickenbacker. I have found two logs on my way up here. One where Norris explained that he was the one who created this… viral weapon I found. I honestly still think it’s pretty useless, but I keep it with me, just in case. Next was an old log from Bayliss, right after they first made planetfall on Tau Ceti V. Apparently Korenchkin and Diego were the first to set foot on the planet, ignoring regular safety procedures. I find this interesting. Were they really just out for the glory, or were they already hearing the voices, spurring them on?
119th entry: I honestly do not know what creeps me out the most. That The Many now fear me, and have spawned some sort of black eggs that will usher in the next generation of annelids, so formidable that I have no hope against them. Or that SHODAN just called me her “Avatar”. Thank every god there is that after this day, we will all be destroyed, and no one will ever know of this. Anyway, I need to get these eggs destroyed, then wait for SHODAN to scrap the Von Braun before I destroy the Rickenbacker. *sigh* Here we go again.
120th entry: Ha. Hahaha. HAhahahahaHAHAHAHA! Haha… ha… this body is pretty amazing. The things I’ve done… what I’ve suffered, and yet I’m still here. I have speed and stamina beyond any human. Strength to rival large beasts. Weapons never dreamed of by man. A brain of exceptional power and processing speed. What could I achieve elsewhere…
Next time we delve into the depths of the Rickenbacker in the hunt for black eggtober.