CatastrophicFailure

ALIEN SKIES: A 6.4-scale playthrough of GPP/Rald

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17 hours ago, CatastrophicFailure said:

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I vote FrankenFrog.

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Year 7, Day 345...

Our intrepid, and increasingly unhinged, quartet begin this update with a quick detour to the Kargyre impact basin. It's underwhelming, but not quite so under that they can go outside without suits.

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On a related note, somebody take a note to send them hinges in the next care package...

 

That's the end of any hope for a breath of fresh air for a long time. Not at all related to Stinky's overuse of bleach in the lavatory. The crew now being the long, slow climb up the frigid, dust-blown Kharsis Plateau.

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Any hope for a decent view is also quickly lost, however, as they soon disappear into Rald's thick cloud layer. There's a good reason for going this way, other than the gigabytes of science they're recording, that is. RaldSCAN has uncovered yet another hulking, not-possibly-natural formation high on the plateau.

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It's some sort of enormous pyramid at the 9000-meter level. It's over 17 kilometers across, and a good 8km to the summit, 12,000 meters above the surrounding bedrock.

[COMPUTER SIMULATION]

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Early attempts to climb it are, unfortunately, unsuccessful.

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What mysteries lay on its shrouded peak? Could that be the only spot for leagues still bathed in unfiltered sunlight?

The science team has nominated Lodvin to go find out.

What?!?

Um, er, congratulations, Lodvin.

I'm not going up there! You saw what happened last time!

Ah... exactly! Lodvin, you're the only one who can go up there! Anyone else would be in grave danger. Everyone knows lightning never strikes twice, so you're effectively, uh, immune... (yeah that sounds good...)

I am?

Of course.

You're sure?

Absolutely.

But it wasn't exactly lightning...

Someone kick him out, please.

Hey!

Ok, fine, but I'm taking this!

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Fine. Just be careful, it's not paid off yet. Not paid off yet? Why are we making payments on it, we made it! Who are we making payments to?!? Oh. Alright, then, forget I asked...

 

Hey, it works!

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Wooooooo Hoooooo!!!!!

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Just watch your thrust settings at high altitude, 12,000 meters is just above the Jetwing's estimated ceiling, you might not have much margin to--

BANG!

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Ow.

Lovely. 

You're walking home, now.

Who cares, this view is fantastic!

Lodvin...?

Wowwww.....

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Er... Lodvin...?

 

Woooooow....

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...Lodvin?

Wwwwwooooowwwwww.....

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LODVIN!

What?!

Are you feeling all right?

Yeah, why?

You've been up there for hours...

No I haven't, it's been like two minutes!

Look at the sun...

. . .

How'd that get so high?

Maybe you should head--

I feel funny...

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My toes are all tingly...

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AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUGH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

Not again--OW!

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Oof!

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D'ouch, my shin!

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Ow!

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Aaaack!

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Oh, my spleen!

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Ow!

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Why did I not see this coming--ow!

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THAT's gonna hurt in the morning!

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Augh!

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Eep!

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Seriously starting to re-think my life choices here--OW!

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Are bones supposed to go "crack?"

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Ow!

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Aaaack!

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How is this even physically possible--OW!

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Ugh, my shoulder just popped out!

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S'ok, it just popped back in.

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Ouch, on the wrong side!

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Just kill me now.

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Get back here, foot, I'm not done with you yet!

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Ooooh this is gonna--

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OW!

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Aiieee!

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What even IS that?!?

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Why am I still falling--OW!--?

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This thing isn't even that steep--OW!

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Can we just be done now? ACK!

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How can this be boring AND painful?! OW!

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Is that really what my butt looks like?

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Shouldn't those endorphins be kicking in by now?!

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Y'know, body's natural painkillers--GAAAH!

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Is there a doctor in the house?

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What's up, doc?

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Ok, there's the ground, looks hard... 

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Yep, it is! OW!

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oOF!

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UUuuuuugh...

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Ohhhh....

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I think I pulled something.

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Wow. That was pretty bad. Maybe you should get back inside, now, Lodvin.

Help, I'm stuck in the ladder!

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Ohhhhhhhh...

I need a vacation....

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Don't count on it. You're still paying for that JetWing.

Ow.

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7 hours ago, CatastrophicFailure said:

It's some sort of enormous pyramid at the 9000-meter level. It's over 17 kilometers across, and a good 8km to the summit, 12,000 meters above the surrounding bedrock.

Wow.  Those ancient Raldians could certainly move some dirt!  I hope you can find some traces of their bulldozers and such.  Those would have more practical value than any UFO technology they might have had :) 

Speaking of which, do you think this pyramid is the cork for the cenote back at the ancient city?  Maybe you should try to put it back.  You know, try to get the genie back in the bottle.  It might make life easier for Lodvin.....

 

7 hours ago, CatastrophicFailure said:

What even IS that?!?

That's definitely something to put back in the fridge.... :D 

 

7 hours ago, CatastrophicFailure said:

I need a vacation....

You know, if the lightning has some beneficial properties, maybe you could lash Lodvin to the rover's masthead.  That way, when he gets zapped again, the current would flow down into the whole crew, and nobody would have to fall down mountainsides :) 

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