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Offline Terradon

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The Dark Room
« on: November 16, 2007, 05:48:12 PM »
The Dark Room, by Aterr Terradon

I had just made the trip from Divide, back to Foreas Base, where I decided to take some R&R. That is where this story begins.

You know how it goes, you get in from the field, clean your Armor and Weapons, reeking of sweat and assorted Bane entrails. I showered, shaved then headed towards the Tavern, wearing just my T-shirt and comfy pair of Motor Assist Leggings and Boots.

I entered the Tavern about Mid Evening, not many people there. I don't know why I even bothered. I don't drink... well maybe one or two times a year... I walked up to the bar, and ordered some sort of Forean Drink. No alcohol, but it always did something to sooth my nerves. After visting some friends in the Hospital, I needed to unwind. A few of the Troops from the 11th Infantry were there, talking quietly in the corner. About me, no doubt. I knew that there was tension between Receptives and Regular Army. I hear it... not a lot, but I hear it none the less.

I was about to leave, when I noticed a young blond lady sitting by herself at the darkend end of the bar. I had 'felt' her presence more than seen her at first. She was wearing a light blue jumpsuit, no Rank or Insignia. I was wondering if she were a Corman at first, but I felt that she was a Receptive... Very odd sensation, I felt like I knew her.

I approached, noticing that she appeared to be very depressed. I didn't want to intrude and turned to leave.

"It's okay Terr, I don't mind. Buy me a drink?" she asked.

I was stunned, she knew me... but how? I'd never seen her before.

"Hello, I'm Aterr, do we know each other?"

"In a way, we know each other very well. I'm Susan, Susan Hildebrand, nice to finally meet you."

"Okay, Aterr Terradon, and I'm afraid that I can't say that I've heard your name."

"You probably never have, I don't get out much. Lets move to that table over there, okay?" She pointed to a corner booth.

"Just how do you know me?"

"I know most of the Receptives. It's my job." she stated "matter of factly"

"So, why do I feel like I know you? We've never met, as far as I know. I feel that you are a Receptive as well... but this feeling... it's not the same as when I'm around other Receptives."

"It's my charming personality!" She quipped, brushing the long blond hair from her eyes.

She'd been crying, her eyes red, tired. She looked older than she should.

"Are you okay? I didn't interrupt something earlier, did I?"

"It's really okay, I'm just tired, my job is so taxing... it's so... well never mind, you have enough problems without me spilling mine".

"How is it you know so much about me, and my problems?"

"It comes with the territory." She said crptically.

"Okay, this is nutty, and making me damned uncomfortable."

I start to leave.

"Don't go... please, I'll be nice." Depression had crept back into her reply.

"okay, I would like some answers. I want to know how you know me so well? I want to know why I feel drawn to you? Can you read my mind or something?"

"You could say that. But I'm not supposed to talk about it... it makes people uneasy. I mean we haven't been told NOT to talk about it... it's just one of those Impressions that I get from the Higher Ups."

"Okay, I'll bite. Pretty girl, Receptive apparently, doesn't get out much, sits by herself in a bar... dunno... seems a bit odd. What? Do they keep you locked in a Dark Room somewhere?"

"You actually are closer to the truth than you know..." The tears began anew.

"They lock you up? Whoa!"

"No... they don't lock us up, we just don't associate with people much, and yes, we work in a Dark Room. More like a Darkend Vault, it's very quiet there."

"Okay I think you need to break this down for me, just what the Hell do you do?"

"I'm a Recovery Specialist, a Receptive Recovery Specialist." she said, just like I should have known.

"Alright, just what is that supposed to mean?"

"I think you know..." she tried to avoid the question.

"Listen, I'm going to leave you to your drink, I really am too old for mind games."

"Aterr Terradon, 44, June 19th, 1963, and you love Dark Chocolate, and I'm not into mind games." she snapped back.

"So, is that supposed to impress me?"

"No, but I know a lot more."

"Tell me how you know."

"I know about every Receptive that I recover. The more times I recover them, the more I learn."

"I don't understand... Recover, explain that please, I'm getting a headache!"

"When you are injured, incapacitated in battle, I teleport you to a Hospital immediately. When I do this, our minds touch briefly. I know and feel everything that you do, but just for a moment."

"Are you kidding?" I was thinking this Chic is wasted!

"No... I wish that I were... it's so hard to just be able to bring you back and leave the others behind time after time. And No, I'm not wasted!"

"Why just me?"

"Oh, get over yourself, not just you! I meant Receptives! I can't Translocate Non-Receptives! That's not how my ability works!" She exploded.

"Whoa! I didn't mean to piss you off. Damned! No wonder you're in a foul mood!" I was trying to make light of her outburst. "I'm sorry I pried!"

"This has been a long time coming, it's just so hard. We need every Receptive, and there are so few of us. I mean there aren't many Recovery Specialists, and every so often, we loose a Receptive. You know, it's really hard to loose someone that you know. I didn't ask for this, but I do it. Sometimes it really gets to me... and I'm afraid."

"Afraid? Of what?"

"That one day, it won't bother me anymore. Like you are, now. I know that you put it out of your mind and focus on the task at hand. But it doesn't hurt to have feelings."

"I still have them... I know that, because they always get me into trouble. But how do you know how I feel now?"

"I'm Empathic as well, it's a side effect, and since I've recovered you many times, I can almost read your thoughts... it's the same for every person I recover... it's the same with everyone of us that can recover."

"Okay, this is impressive, but how do you know when we're... uhhh, in need of recovery?"

"Mostly, the Medical Diagnostic in your armor sends an alert to our department... but... after a while, we can 'sense' it. Then all we do is 'visualize' you and we just do the Teleport. Doesn't matter where you are either, or where I am for that matter."

"Is that all? I mean you know a lot about me..."

"We all sort of develop attachments to certain people... I've even recovered you a couple of times from my Dorm. Don't know why, it just happened. It happens to all of us... We know that our job is important to our very survival, but sometimes, we just want it to stop."

"I'm glad that you do what you do... and I'll try to be a little more cautious and not take your gift for granted. I thought it was just a fancy machine that was keeping me alive. Not that you aren't fancy or anything like that."

"No you won't! Remember, I know you. But thank you, I think that I needed to hear that once... I've never done this before... Maybe I need to get out more often."

"Next time in, Coffee?" I ask.

"Sure. I'll know... I should call it a night... I have a long day ahead of me." She didn't sound so depressed anymore.

I gave her a hug and kiss on the forehead. I felt better knowing that there was a Guardian Angel out there watching over me for real. Now, maybe, I can find some real coffee for the next time we meet.
« Last Edit: November 16, 2007, 07:36:22 PM by Terradon »

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Re: The Dark Room
« Reply #1 on: November 16, 2007, 05:55:37 PM »
*picks jaw up off floor*

Woah! SUbmit this one bud, seriously submit it (hell i will jump all over Critters to get it up for you as well)
1) I reject your reality.... and substitute my own
2) Not to be used when upset... will void warranty
3) Stoke me a clipper i will be back for dinner
4) Never tell Gangrel to do anything... he will probably get it wrong
5) I have seen more intelligence from an NPC AI in TR beta, than from most MMO players.
6) BLOG ME!


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Re: The Dark Room
« Reply #2 on: November 16, 2007, 05:57:04 PM »
Thanks, and I intend to do so...

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Re: The Dark Room
« Reply #3 on: November 16, 2007, 05:57:55 PM »
now how about getting a ranger who hands around in Foreas base involved ;)
1) I reject your reality.... and substitute my own
2) Not to be used when upset... will void warranty
3) Stoke me a clipper i will be back for dinner
4) Never tell Gangrel to do anything... he will probably get it wrong
5) I have seen more intelligence from an NPC AI in TR beta, than from most MMO players.
6) BLOG ME!


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Re: The Dark Room
« Reply #4 on: November 16, 2007, 06:58:48 PM »
damn fine story   :D
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Re: The Dark Room
« Reply #5 on: November 16, 2007, 07:16:24 PM »
Thanks! It make the immersion into TR better I think. Just imagine a big dark room filled with Special Receptives that have the ability to Translocate, and can see you through their minds eye. Just making sure you can continue the fight.

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Re: The Dark Room
« Reply #6 on: November 16, 2007, 07:36:09 PM »
i feel watched ;)

...i hope they are hot alien-catgirls. ;)

but realy, awsome story. submit it.
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Re: The Dark Room
« Reply #7 on: November 16, 2007, 07:37:42 PM »
Typos Corrected! Thanks Temko

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Re: The Dark Room
« Reply #8 on: November 16, 2007, 08:40:42 PM »
Good read.  I think players developing their own in character solutions for certain features of the game is a great idea and I enjoyed this one and hope the developers take notice.

On that note, I have a suggestion/challenge.  Explain Wargames  ;D.  Ive heard people complain on multiple occassions about the immersion factor (or lack there-of) concerning Wargames.  The whole "we are at war with the Bane, why are we fighting eachother?" reasoning.  Granted these are probably more often than not just general anti PvP posts as opposed to RPers concerns about immersiveness, it would be nice to have an explanation for those anti-PvP individuals trying to play this card for why TR shouldnt be a PvP game and perhaps more importantly as another possible RP outlet for RP guilds and immersion for players in general.  Since PvP is consensual between specific clans there is plenty of room for Wargames to increase immersiveness for RP guilds who otherwise may not partake in PvP.  Anyway, thats just my suggestion if any of you writers out there are searching for your next RP topic.  My feelings wont be hurt if nobody jumps on it as Im sure its alot easier to write about something if it was your idea from the ground up.

Pardon me for getting off topic in your thread Terradon but I wasnt sure where to post this.  I didnt want to start a post in this section of the forums as they are pretty much all RP stories and I figured the best place to get the people that needed to see this to see it was here somewhere.

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Re: The Dark Room
« Reply #9 on: November 16, 2007, 09:02:08 PM »
I have to admit, I have been trying and failing miserably trying to come up with a story that could explain PVP Warfare... Training Scenarios have been toyed with, but I can't see training on live Battlefields... Give it time, I'm sure someone will come up with something.

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Re: The Dark Room
« Reply #10 on: November 16, 2007, 10:48:28 PM »
bhato, humans will always fight each other, there can be billions of bane standing on the other side, if you got two different factions on the human side, the bane will have to fight only one because of the other will be gone before, truly

and terr, n1 again, looking forward to read more
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Re: The Dark Room
« Reply #11 on: November 21, 2007, 01:36:09 AM »
I might get some time to work on the Second Chapter early next week.

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Re: The Dark Room
« Reply #12 on: November 21, 2007, 07:39:24 PM »
Wait, just now saw your response Teskon.  Im not sure what you are getting at.  Kinda bored so you wanna entertain me with a clarification?

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Re: The Dark Room
« Reply #13 on: November 21, 2007, 08:10:14 PM »
LOL I was trying to come up with a story like you asked, to explain PVP in TR... and for the life of me, I just can't come up with one.