TSP: Ch. 1 - Into the Silent Planet (IC)

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Far beyond the edge of the inhabited universe lies the Silent Planet, a fertile but isolated world rumoured to be the final resting place for a number of lost interplanetary expeditions. Despite the planet’s deadly reputation, legends of riches, vast resource deposits, and lost alien technology tempt those brave, or foolish, enough to take the risk. Will the Silent Planet’s latest batch of colonists quell its dangerous wildlife and hostile inhabitants, or will they end up as another in a long line of expeditions that have simply ‘gone silent’?

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Re: TSP: Ch. 1 - Into the Silent Planet (IC)

Postby PMiller » Sat Oct 22, 2016 3:19 pm

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Caitlin continued to wipe tears from her cheeks with her sleeves, not even registering that she had been crying. Whether it was from anger, fear, or grief, even she did not know. It was probably all three mixed together.

At least Rian's body was not running away now. "What explanation? You have evaded explaining and openly admitted to be stealing Rian's memories as well as his body!"

"A blood test is only evidence to help prove you are not infected. Show us that change in your eyes again so Delvin can look," she demanded.
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Re: TSP: Ch. 1 - Into the Silent Planet (IC)

Postby Calvin » Sat Oct 22, 2016 4:53 pm

Oleg seems unsure you to respond at first when Caitlin calls for Jaden and Delvin. He follows cautiously when the two take off running, concerned but unsure of what to do. Svetlana follows behind him.

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They arrive in the longue in the middle of Caitlin’s depends for a blood test. Svetlana immediately offers her assistance. “Do you require medical assistance? There is a medkit on board should that be necessary. I can also provide a full biometric scan, including DNA analysis, though my earlier scan did not indicate the presence of any urgent medical issues.”

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Oleg turns to Svetlana “I… think this may be a family thing.” He turns back to the Malloys, a note of hesitancy in his voice. “We should go… um…. Examine the cargo or something.” He points back in the direction of the cargo hold. “We’ll give you some time to… sort things out here.”
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Re: TSP: Ch. 1 - Into the Silent Planet (IC)

Postby LMiller » Mon Oct 24, 2016 3:23 am

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Jaden jogged back to the lunge, his medical kit in one hand and a blood test syringe in the other. He came back with a worried look on his face, thinking about the possibilities of what really happened to his older brother.

When Rian mentioned lab experiments, he got something in his mind.

“Rian, who were the people who did that experiment on you?”

Jaden put down the medical kit since the droid already did a scan.
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Re: TSP: Ch. 1 - Into the Silent Planet (IC)

Postby Delvin » Mon Oct 24, 2016 11:33 am

Delvin frowned as his brother or what possessed his brother pushed the penlight away. It or he also refused the blood test firmly. So firmly that it gave the older Mallory pause. A possessor if that was term, would certainly not consent to that type of test. The way Rian said it however, made Delvin believe that there was some scaring behind it. Something that perhaps possession would not have.

The older Mallory was silent as Jaden returned with his medkit. They could still the blood test, if Rian would co-operate, but perhaps that need not go that far.

"Alright, Rian."

Delvin did not notice Captain Oleg or Svetlana enter and leave right away. This was a family issue after all.

"We're your family. So I think we are owed an explanation...what you are willing to give at the least."

The gunslinger glanced at Caitlin and then focused back on his other brother.

"I guess it would be best to start at the beginning. What happened after you left the freighter?"
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Re: TSP: Ch. 1 - Into the Silent Planet (IC)

Postby Rian Mallory » Tue Oct 25, 2016 12:19 pm

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“Thank you,” Rian said, looking at Delvin. “We are more than willing to give a full explanation. We have been attempting to do so. We are not certain how this escalated into a conflict in the first place.”

He paused then, glancing at Oleg, who was lingering with his droid.

“Thank you for your assistance as well, Captain. We have it handled from here.”

He turned back to Delvin and the others.

“Our stories are two stories, but we will tell you the story you are asking about first. The story of what happened when Rian Mallory left home. We are Rian Mallory now, but that that time, we were not. So when we speak of ourselves then, we will refer to ‘Rian Mallory’ as a separate entity that existed in the past, to make it easier for you to understand.”

If, Rian reflected, they could understand. He had not been sure from the outset, and he was even less sure now.

“Rian Mallory left home by stowing away on a ship in the flotilla when the Jillian’s Luck docked there to trade. From there, he traveled from ship to ship. Eventually he joined a crew. This crew was engaged in less-than-legal activities. Crimes. This went on for some time, but eventually, he was arrested by the authorities. He was sent to prison.”

He spoke in a calm, measured tone, one that Caitlin had called ‘weird’. Or perhaps it was the content of his message and not its delivery that she had found so objectionable. He was not sure, but he thought inquiring at this point would be counter-productive.

“One day some people arrived. They said he was being transferred to another facility. He was brought onto a spaceship and after a long flight, he arrived at this new facility. But it did not seem like a prison at all. Everything was white, and there were no cells, only small rooms with beds that had restraints. He was put into one of these rooms and strapped down. That is when they started the experiments. They began with shining lights into his eyes, and taking his blood.”

He let that last point sit for a moment, then went on. Rian rolled back his jacket sleeve at the wrist, and held out his hand, palm up. There, around his wrist were horizontal scars, red marks upon more red marks.

“Here is where the restraints cut into his wrists when he struggled. We have similar marks on our ankles and hips.”

He showed them his other wrists, were similar marks formed dark keloid scarring. Then he pushed back his jacket sleeve further, and showed them in the soft skin on the inside of his elbow. Many small dark dots marred the skin there.

“Here is where they stuck the needles, and injected drugs into Rian Mallory’s body.”

Rian showed them similar marks on the opposite arm. Then he tugged at the hem of his shirt, lifting it to show his navel. A particularly dark scar ran from below his belt straight up his belly. It was healed, but still fairly fresh, the angry sort of scar that had not yet faded in time.

“They cut into him here, to continue the experiments. As you might imagine, this was agony. Torture. Rian begged them to stop, but they paid him no mind. He cried and screamed and shouted, but they just continued. Eventually, they brought out the surgical lasers, and cut into his head.”

He turned to Delvin and reached for his hand, keeping the movement very slow and obvious. When Delvin did not pull away, he took his brother’s hand and placed it on his own skull, guiding Delvin’s fingertips to feel the scars under his thick hair. They ran around the base of his skull, above the temples, and at the crown. If he shaved his head, the scarring would be obvious – it was only because he had the same thick hair that all the Mallorys had been genetically gifted with that the scarring was hidden.

Rian let Delvin’s hand go as gently as he’d taken it.

“At that point, the second part of the story comes into relevance. The other entity that is us now was also in this facility, and was also undergoing experiments. This entity is what you would call ‘an alien’, but its nature was unlike what most would think of as sentient life – without a ‘body’ as you would term it, without a gender or a name that can be spoken by a human tongue, without other physical attributes. Still, the entity had a family that it was separated from. It had a life it wanted to return to. This entity was severely weakened, but it managed an escape from its confinement, though it was still trapped in the facility. Then it found Rian Mallory.”

He cocked his head slightly, studying Caitlin, Delvin, and Jaden, wondering what they were thinking. Trying to judge their thoughts by their body language.

“Rian Mallory and this entity found they were able to communicate with one another. Separately, they would not be able to escape the facility. But together, they could. If they joined. And so that is what we did.”

He paused, bowing his head.

“And that is who you see before you now. Two that joined willingly with each other to become one. There is no ‘infection’. There is no possession. Nothing is wrong. Yes, we are unalterably different than we were before. We are not denying this. A test of our blood would show this, but we will not consent to such test, for reasons you hopefully understand now. Nothing can change the fact we are different now, and furthermore, we do not want it to change.”

A strange sort of emotion started creeping into his voice, and it surprised even him.

“We cannot go back to our other family. We would not be able to…interface…with them, in this form. But we have you.” He paused again. “If you will have us.”
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Re: TSP: Ch. 1 - Into the Silent Planet (IC)

Postby Delvin » Thu Oct 27, 2016 5:54 am

Delvin's expression had softened once Rian, or the entity that was now Rian had told it's story. It was a lot to take in and process. According to the entity, it was still Rian and their brother. Just merged and different. If one followed that logic, it was no different than some traumatic experience. Yet, it was more than that.

The older Mallory took a deep breath and looked down at his hand. He had felt the scars on the back of his brother's head. There was no denying it. The merge should not be treated any different. Yet...it was willingly done, at least according to the Rian sitting in front of him.

"This..." Delvin started and stopped. He really didn't know what to say. His brother had changed beyond something the rest of them barely understood, yet was still their brother. Perhaps not by blood any more, since it a blood test would show something different.

The gunslinger glanced over at Caitlin and Jaden. How were they taking this. Caitlin looked to be an understandably emotional wreck. Hell, they all were. A bunch of wayward humans.

Human...what was it to be human. Could Rian still be human? It was asking for acceptance, and talked of family. Did being human really matter. No.

"I...you are still our brother, Rian. Whatever happened to you, whatever changed your blood, the family ties are strong. You are our brother."
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Re: TSP: Ch. 1 - Into the Silent Planet (IC)

Postby LMiller » Thu Oct 27, 2016 7:02 pm

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Jaden didn’t say anything when Rian finished talking. He was speechless for a moment, until Delvin spoke up.

“Well, we can’t really change what those people did to you,” he said, tears welling up in his eyes. It was sad that he didn’t remember much about him, but when he came back his brother was different.

“Just like what Delvin said, we are still family and siblings. Nothing can change that, Rian.”
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Re: TSP: Ch. 1 - Into the Silent Planet (IC)

Postby PMiller » Thu Oct 27, 2016 7:03 pm

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Caitlin listened, absently sniffling and wiping the tears from her face. She had stopped crying after the story started. She took note that Rian paused to let it sink in that blood tests and shining lights in his eyes were exactly how the experimentation had started. She looked a little sheepish at that, but she had not known at the time so she did not feel as guilty about it.

Then the story got worse and her guilt became insignificant to what her brother must have went through. She murmured under her breath with horror, “No anesthesia!? Villains.”

When the story shifted to the other entity, her anger and horror were replaced with some curiosity mixed in. While the other part of the being now the merged Rian Mallory was not human, it was a kindred spirit that had been tortured like her brother. The situation being reversed, both had suffered greatly.

Caitlin had more questions but her anger at Rian for abandoning the family fell away in the understanding of the horrors that befell him. Her brothers had accepted the merged being and she was no different.

She stepped up and put her arms around Rian and hugged him tight. She shed more tears for him, but she was not sobbing. After a few seconds she breathed, “I am so sorry.”
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Re: TSP: Ch. 1 - Into the Silent Planet (IC)

Postby Rian Mallory » Sat Oct 29, 2016 11:29 am

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Rian held onto Caitlin tightly, hugging her close. He closed his eyes and rested his chin gently on the top of her head. He felt a tremendous force inside him, the raw power of emotion. When he spoke again, his voice was uneven.

“We thank you,” he murmured back to her. He opened his eyes and looked over her shoulder, meeting his brothers’ gazes, looking at Delvin and Jaden in turn. “This all we want, to be with you now. Our family. It matters not what we do, just that we do it together.”

He looked down at Caitlin again. His eyes welled up and an inky black tear leaked from the corner of his eye, down his cheek.

“We are grateful for your acceptance. Life is change, but we know this is more change than usual. We know it is difficult on you all.”
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Re: TSP: Ch. 1 - Into the Silent Planet (IC)

Postby Delvin » Mon Oct 31, 2016 3:47 am

Delvin glanced away as the emotion broke through his expression. The sight of a family holding on to dear life was just too much. Through thick or thin, they would stick together. They would find their parents killers, and they would carry on their dream of creating a colony.

The older brother moved and embrace both Rian and Caitlin in a bear hug embrace. He then pulled away.

"It is a difficult time. But it will pull us together and make us stronger."

After a suitable amount of time, and every one has regained their composure, Devlin looked at the others.

"So about that mirror..."
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Re: TSP: Ch. 1 - Into the Silent Planet (IC)

Postby LMiller » Mon Oct 31, 2016 10:53 pm

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Jaden joined the group hug and tears streamed down his cheeks. He wiped them with his sleeve and pulled away.

“I’m sorry,” the boy managed to croak. He felt so miserable and guilty about what happened.

“Anyways,” said with the changing subject. “We could get the mirror later, Delvin. Because I seriously don’t know what I need to do.”

He waited for an answer, but added, “I don’t know what to do when the pirates arrive in the cargo hold. Any ideas?”
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Re: TSP: Ch. 1 - Into the Silent Planet (IC)

Postby PMiller » Tue Nov 01, 2016 4:07 am

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Caitlin sniffed a few times to help clear her nostrils and wipes her eyes, finally realizing that she had actually cried quite a bit.

However with the change of subject and the discuss turning back to the issue of dealing with the pirates she focused her thoughts again on the main task at hand. It helped to put the trauma her brother had suffered out of her mind.

"I have the mirror as I told Rian. It is in my cabin and I can bring it when it is time."

"However, before I noticed his eyes changing, we were discussing an idea that I had. When we are ready for ambushing the pirates, we can be holding on to cargo nets to keep in place while we turn the gravity off and back on again. If we catch them in the open of the cargo bay, they could float out of control and then potentially crash down and get hurt. We could maybe do it a few times and almost take care of the pirate problem without having to fire a shot if we are lucky."
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Re: TSP: Ch. 1 - Into the Silent Planet (IC)

Postby Rian Mallory » Tue Nov 01, 2016 1:03 pm

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Rian slowly let go as the others pulled away, and he nodded solemnly to each of his siblings in turn, thanking them once more for what they had given him. They had grieved with him; they had comforted him; and in the end, they had accepted him. He could not ask for more than that. They had welcomed him home. But soon the conversation moved on to more practical things, which was good. It was very difficult to focus on painful matters for a long time.

“Yes, Caitlin had a very good idea.”

Rian looked around at his siblings.

“We can also use cargo tethers if anyone feels merely holding on would be insufficient.”
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Re: TSP: Ch. 1 - Into the Silent Planet (IC)

Postby LMiller » Thu Nov 03, 2016 4:46 pm

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Jaden nodded as his sister talked about the plan they were discussing. He liked the idea of turning off the gravity, but had a question.

“I like the idea of turning off the gravity. It should work.” the boy said.

Thinking about the plan, he had another question to confirm.

“Caitlin,” he said with concerned look on his face. “Are we all going in to the cargo hold, or someone's going to stay behind?”

The plan seemed to work, but he had more questions. “Also, where's the switch to turn off the gravity? Is it in the cargo hold?”
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Re: TSP: Ch. 1 - Into the Silent Planet (IC)

Postby Delvin » Fri Nov 04, 2016 5:54 am

The idea of the turning of the gravity was decent. It would catch all the pirates off guard and give the Mallory family an edge.

"Ok, so turning off the gravity...if we do that in the cargo hold, what about the pirate left behind in their fighter?"

Tethering and all was good, but if they didn't deal with the fighter, all of it could be for naught.

"Jaden, I think Svetlana can trigger the gravity remotely."

On the question of what his younger brother should do, Delvin didn't really know.

"How are you at throwing? Perhaps we can make a flashbang of sorts?"
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