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    by Published on 03-27-2013 01:42
    1. Categories:
    2. Hunting,
    3. Robots


    It was a pleasant day. The morning began with the sun shining its golden light upon the landscape of Eudoria. As the sunlight brightened, so did my mood. Although, in all honesty, it was not only the pleasant weather. The coffee helped as well.

    I had had a terrible night of sleep, dreaming those dreams. The ones where I am eaten. It usually starts with Trox, but it's gotten worse. These days, I even have nightmares of puny creatures.

    This morning, I took a bold decision; I was going to take the day off. No work today. Sure, that would put my long-term financial goals back a bit, but what use is a battery when it doesn't get recharged every now and then?

    I slipped in my comfortable attire, packed something to eat and drink and strolled to the nearest TP. There, I spent a few minutes to decide on my destination: Jennifer's Island, or perhaps the beach at Corinth. I choose the latter.

    I shouldn't have.

    Upon arrival in Cape Corinth, I noticed an unusual amount of people there. I smiled, as I thought that perhaps something was going on. A beach party? Or even a music festival? Such a lucky coincidence.

    I entered my hoverpod, to drive along the beach a bit, in order to find a spot to plant my hiney, drink a few moonshines and just waste my day away. As I drove, I saw some fighting. Low level drones were easily defeated by colonists. My first fright as seeing robots here was ushered back to sleep by the ease with which our defences held. I felt secure.

    I shouldn't have.

    I drove on, crossing the large flat sandy plains just east of the TP. And that is where misfortune struck.

    One moment, the plain was empty, then, suddenly, it was filled with... I do not know what it was.

    They just seemed to TP in at the same moment. Twenty or more of them. Huge, metal machines. Like giant spiders. And all twenty turned to me, and started firing.

    The structural integrity of my vehicle lasted for 3 seconds.

    I lasted for another second.

    Then, I was overwhelmed by this all-too-familiar pain and red haze. Remembering the CDF warning about too much pressure on the revival terminal system, I wondered if this would be the last time I died on this planet. Dead, without having found those riches promised when I arrived. Dead, eternally dead.

    I was revived, as you can see, but the revival process was slightly scrambled. It took me days to recover from my injuries. Many days I spent in the hospital ward. Awake in pain, or asleep... haunted by new nightmares. Nightmares which will be with me for a long time to come...
    by Published on 11-03-2010 15:01
    1. Categories:
    2. Robots


    During a routine patrol, unit Alpha-37 discovered a group of dead civilians near Billies Spaceship Afterworld. Aware of the reports of non-functioning revival terminals, the field commander decided to investigate, hoping he would be able to collect information about why these civilians were not revived at the nearest revival point. Although the unit was unable to collect any data, the mission can be considered a success, as they managed to locate and repatriate one settler, whom they found hiding in the nearby hills.

    The civilian has been identified as Jerry Wollo Wollongong, who has no military record, but who has fought in self defense during the last robot wars. Contrary to what one would expect of a veteran of earlier wars, the civilian had not managed to maintain his calmness. Present military personnel reports that the civilian was panicking when they discovered him, and even tried to attack on soldier in an attempt to escape. Paramedics administered some tranquilizers and the civilian was transported to the nearest CDF Intell base where he spent a day in the sickbay to recover. After he was released by the Hospital Commander, he was requested to report at the interrogation room for a debrief.


    Interrogation report

    File PC/CDF/RX/7463-4
    Subject: Jerry Wollo Wollongong
    Interrogation performed by: Maj. xxxx xxxxxxxxx
    Transcript by: Cpl. xxx xxxxxxx

    Interrogator: Mr. Wollongong, how are you feeling today
    Subject: ....

    I: Mr Wollongong? Do you hear me?
    Transcriber: Civilian acknowledges that he is aware of interrogator by nodding.

    I: Are you feeling better today?
    S: I guess....

    I: You guess...? How so?
    S: Can't be worse... can I?

    I: Can you tell me what happened?
    S: ...

    I: Do you remember what happened?
    S: I am not sure...where am I?

    I: You are safe, Mr. Wollongong, you are in a CDF base. We picked you up two days ago over at Billies. Do you remember that?
    S: Billies.... billies.... oh.... oh my god... (silence)... they are dead...? Aren't they?? They are all dead!
    T: Subject puts his head on the table, covers it with his hands and cries. After about 5 minutes, he appears to recover from these emotions again. Interrogator hands him a tissue to dry his tears.

    I: I am afraid they are, Mr. Wollongong, I am afraid they are. Did you know these men and women?
    S: *sniff* Well.... yeah... we'd been hunting for a while together, and you know how these hunts are. You have to work together closely to deal with nature around here.... this... creates a bond... you know? Like brothers in arms.

    I: I see. Mr. Wollongong, you were found in near Billies. Could you tell me what you were doing their?
    S: Well, we were looking for new trophies. You see... we were doing those...uhm...missions... for the CFA. You know, controlling wildlife by selective culling? We had been given multiple assignments... daikibi, argonaut, cornuns... we were supposed to kill a large number of those, so we were looking for new and rich habitats.

    It went quite well... until.... until.... oh.....

    T: At this time, the subject turns pale and looks around frantically. Coincidentally, a VTOL just flew by. The sound of the jet engine seems to have triggered something which caused the subject to panic. Subject jumped up, knocking down the table, and ran to the door. The subject was intercepted by guards, and was administered tranquilizers again. The interrogation was continued the next day, in the presence of a psychiatrist.

    I: Mr. Wollongong, do you think you can tell me about what happened before we found you?
    Psychiatrist: Please try to ask specific questions
    I: Mr. Wollongong, do you remember that we found you?
    S: Yes

    I: Do you know when that was?
    S: A few days ago, I think... I don't sleep well. So I am not sure.

    I: You don't sleep well?
    S: I have dreams... horrible dreams... it's like... like...
    P: You do not have to answer if you can't...
    S: I can, and I will... (silence).. I have these dreams..two of them. If have this flashback to what happened... I see us happily through the woods..then mechanical noises...we look around..nothing...and then, from the sky... fire...grenades...death...it's horrible... I see Hellen... she was so beautiful... We had just agreed to go on a date once we'd be back in town, and after we had taken a shower... she was cut into pieces by a laser (silence, some tears)... I see Benjamin dodging a bullet, only to catch a grenade... they are dead... all dead... and I am surrounded by these bots...they don't kill me, for some reason...

    and there is this other dream... I am ... I am a robot... I see what the robots see. I see their army, their leaders, their plans. God, these horrible plans. I can hear the bots speak with eachother, and I speak with them. Do you know that old movie they excavated on Earth a decade ago? I think it was called... Star Track or something...where there is a species which consists of individuals who are all part of the collective mind...? It's like that.

    When I sleep...they talk to me... it's terrifying... and if it is true...

    we are going to die. All of us...

    WE ARE ALL GOING TO DIE!!!!!

    P: Calm now, Mr. Wollongong...Calm now

    At this moment, the subject loses his calmness and starts panicking again, attacking anyone nearby. The subject had to be subdued and is currently incarcerated.

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