The Von Braun Incident: Chapter 9 – Basketball is not for weaklings
And we are back with a new, and rather special, chapter of The Von Braun Incident. It’s the first time I’ve come up with a chapter title! The plan is to go back and add titles for the other chapters as well.
This time we get a rather nasty surprise, and as usual almost manage to get ourselves killed. It’s becoming a habit.
As I mention down in the logs I find the Viral Proliferator this time, and honestly it felt a little underwhelming. That could of course have been partly to do with how the big target I was after wasn’t exactly a pure annelid after all as I had thought, but rather an evolved Hybrid. That, combined with the effort it takes to find ammunition for the thing makes me wonder how useful it’ll actually be, but I’m gonna take it along for now.
89th entry: I am inside. The passkey worked. I passed by the the cinema on the way, and it’s certainly seen better days. I actually vaguely remember going there. I know SHODAN attempted to wipe all my memories of what happened aboard this ship, but I also know memory is a tricky thing. The only guests now were some annelid eggs. One of the cyborg ninjas had taken it upon himself to man the snack kiosk outside. Anyway, I need to see if I can figure out where Cortez went. I need… I need him to still be alive.
90th entry: May the bastards rot. It seems they’ve turned the entire crew quarters area into a breeding ground. Droids and Hybrids walk the hallways as guards, while almost every room has more eggs than I care to count. At least I have the passkey to Athletics now. That’s something. I do still have more rooms to search though. I need to find that device. Weapon. Whatever it is. Hopefully I can figure out how to use it without poisoning myself.
91st entry: I found it! What… whatever it is. It looks like a rifle or cannon of sorts, and I’m fairly certain it must be annelid in origin, or at least based off of them. The other rooms didn’t hold much, but I found another ghost, so that’s just lovely. Watching a woman weep herself into hysteria is how I like spending my evenings. Am I better off now than I was? Who can say. The next thing on the agenda will be to research this weapon then. Figure out how to use it safely before I attempt to fire it at anything. I have a feeling I won’t especially enjoy the hike back to the chemical storage. Distressingly there’s no sign of Cortez, alive or dead. Where could he have gone?
92nd entry: I made it into the Athletics sector just as research completed on the weapon. I was right in my hypothesis that the annelid worms I’d found in the beakers are meant as ammunition for this thing. I can apparently adjust the settings to damage annelids or humans. This was not built by annelids though. It seems to have been constructed by humans. But who? Cortez and his gang seem to have no idea where it came from, at least according to the logs. And I can’t imagine the ones joined with the Many making such a destructive weapon that would afflict their own masters. Could it have been Taylor himself? How could he have misused it, if that were the case? It’s a mystery, but I will keep it with me. Should one of those flesh giants show up, this might give it pause.
93rd entry: That was curious. I went over the map for the Athletics section before I ventured past the locker room, and I figured I’d check the top door first. I heard a blast just as I approached, and the door is no longer responding. I wonder if there’s a way I can get in from the basketball court besides it. I’ll just open th- Christ Almighty! [roar heard in the background before audio cuts]
94th entry: Okay, that ‘superweapon’ I found? Practically useless. I pumped all I had into the flesh giant and it didn’t even slow it down. In the end I beat it into submission with the crystal branch. It had more speed and power than me, but I had more agility. I don’t know how many blows it took, I honestly didn’t count, but it’s dead now. I made sure. I used the branch to further slice it open and extract what the computer deemed to be the central organ. SHODAN says the thing is called a ‘Rumbler’, but she doesn’t want to offer anything more. I’ll do my own research then. I have also found the transmitter now on the viewing floor of the court, but I’m still missing one number on the activation code. And I’m not about to start guessing.
95th entry: No no no no. Damn it! Damn it all. This is not what I wanted to hear at all. The Rumbler is apparently a Hybrid that has further evolved, but it is not the final form, according to the research computer. It’s more like an in-between kind of deal of the regular Hybrids I’ve been smashing, and a third as of yet unknown form. On the plus side they don’t like fire. On the minus I don’t really have any incendiaries. SHODAN isn’t talking, so I have no recourse but to dread the future. Not that that’s entirely new, of course. I still need to find the final part of the code. Where have I forgotten to look?
96th entry: I found the final part of the code and activated the transmitter. SHODAN weakened Xerxes and seized control, then spread out and attempted to wipe out her ‘creations’, as she called them. Apparently they have too firm a hold on the ship though, so she has opened the elevator up to deck 6. She says she’ll give me further instructions up there. A pity. I knew it was too good to be true, but I had still hoped… still hoped it would be over. That I could have rested. It is also rather worrying that she said the signal had been tampered with. What, exactly, did we transmit to Earth?
97th entry: Our new plan, as crazy as we are. I am to access the bridge and scuttle the Von Braun completely. Destroy every little part of it, to rid ourselves of the Many, the annelids and the Hybrids, and then escape in the Rickenbacker. What could go wrong? Okay, first task is to access the bridge and transfer SHODAN to the Rickenbacker. Could the captain still be here? And if he is, what has he turned into by now? I honestly do not want to find out. Either way, I am certain the Many will throw whatever they have left at us to stop us. Spiders, Rumblers, droids and more.
98th entry: The voices speak again. Saying they won’t allow Xerxes to be destroyed. Taunting me about whether their ‘machine mother’ would be as generous towards her servants. Probably not, but I have a feeling I wouldn’t like the way the Many would ‘take care of’ me. They also mentioned Earth. They think we’ve done a poor job managing it. They might be right, but as for thinking they could do a better job, that is stretching it beyond my belief. I do wonder where Cortez went. The crew quarters were swarming, and that’s the last place I saw him. Did he also make it up here? Is that too much to wish for?
99th entry: I am at the tram. Several dead bodies here; I assume they were killed attempting to escape. I have been thinking. The Many have to be stopped. They can’t be allowed to reach any other planet, or space station, or even ship. And definitely not get all the way to Earth. But can I allow SHODAN to make it back to anywhere either? The havoc she could cause… the havoc she did cause the first time around. Honestly, she is to blame for everything that has happened here as well. While I support her plan of destroying the Von Braun, I think I should attempt to destroy the Rickenbacker as well, when opportunity allows. None of us can be allowed to make it back. We must all perish out here.
I guess the bridge of the Von Braun is our next stop. Will we find Korenchkin there? Maybe even Captain Diego? Or will they both have retreated to the Rickenbacker? Maybe the bridge will simply hold four Rumblers?! We’ll find out next time.
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