ARCHIVE: http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/archive.html?tags=Varuna%20Base%20QuestWhen we last left off, I had somehow managed to improvise a bomb out of a waterproof electric car battery to kill a bunch of fish.Before that. I found this Raft Otter standing next to me in one of the rooms. He seems to like me at least, can't say I return it.And even before that, I got trapped on this base that I was supposed to salvage. My co-worker is dead. There are shitloads of angry monsters swimming around. Most of the base is underpowered and not working. And my only reliable contact can only talk to me through Morse code.The plan right now is to find the Chief Engineer's Keycard so I can unlock the bulkhead leading into security. That's why I did the thing with the bomb.But most importantly, I seriously need a fucking cup of coffee.
>>47577162We certainly gave the Otter something to eat that's for sure.Secord's been a little quiet since then. I'd have imagine he'd have at least seen what the hell happened through the ceiling camera.Oh well. What's our next stop, voices in my head?
the bomb has been deployed, yes? and all the fish in that... improvised lake are dead, right? in that case it's time to put on the re-breather and any other swimming gear you have and go for a swim. maybe the otter will build a nice corpse-raft from all the fish in here.
>>47577172This voice agrees with this voice >>47577260
>>47577260Maybe we can take a few fish so we can cook them up if we get hungry.
>>47577172> Get a light source. If necessary, improvise this from a smoke detector battery, empty thermos, a desk light bulb, and octo gel/duct tape. > Create a rope for easy access back up using tied together seat belts. > Take the plunge and don't forget to bring along that audio log.
>>47577260>>47577330Alright. Let's get the rebreather on then.>>47577341I'll have to save that for later. Health and Safety directly advises against eating alien fish, most of these are pretty poisonous.Though, if the Otter is eating it fine...No, the Otter is an alien too. He probably has some... weird tongue thing that keeps poison from killing him.>>47577543That's a good idea. I'll grab that Mining Lantern from back inside the lockerroom. The audio log as well.But holy shit, I hate wearing rebreathers. It's not like wearing a suit. At least with suits you had more vision.The Otter is just staring at me. I grab the railing and prepare to make the plunge. He leans over, then looks back at you.Well, he seems to be receptive of the idea now at least.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-EOg5LI3v4QWhile we're here, I can continue to answer questions on the world of Meropis and Varuna Base.
>>47577543rope? there is a ladder on one side of the hall.
Wooooo, okay. SmartSkin is keeping my bodyheat where it should be. Rebreather is functioning as it should. I just have to make slow deep breaths as all.Harpoon gun has three shots to it. It's the only weapon I have that will be of any use underwater for now, not unless I get hold of an entire Lindhelm Rifle.Looks like the entrance into the main shaft has been caved in somewhat. It should've been able to fit those cars upstairs, but now it can barely fit you.Looks like Chief Spalding left glowsticks to mark a trail.How should I approach this?
>>47577888How fast can you squeeze through the cave in? Is it too solid to clear out?
move fast enough that you have more then half your time left to get back out, if you reach half time then leave even if you haven't found anything.keep one eye on the otter, if it freaks out then follow after it.
>>47578067>keep one eye on the otter, if it freaks out then follow after it.This. I'm sure our companion has otterworldy night vision, even if we or our suit doesn't.
>>47577888Maybe pick up a few of those glowsticks in case we need to toss them towards a dark spot.
>>47578049>>47578067>>47578120Alright, I'll start moving through.Honestly, my idea was to just keep the Otter in front so that he'll get eaten by anything hiding in wait. But I guess it's a better idea to use him as a danger detector of some kind. I know I might seem cruel, but Meropis isn't exactly the Colony Station Animal and Biological Research Zoo.I always hated that place anyway.Bah, looks like a cave in forced a fork in the tunnel.The Otter is sniffing out the left for whatever reason. He seems eager to go down that path. But I see a glowstick on the right in the darkness.Where do we go?
>>47578381Could we find our way back without them?
it probably smells a critter, go kill it and double back.
>>47578404Right. What he's sniffing is most likely food and his food does us no good, and may even be dangerous to us.
>>47578404Let's go down the left path.
>>47578404If aquatic thriller films have taught me anything, it's that following the light in the darkness is never, ever, ever a good idea.
>>47578565Giant Anglerfish?Oh sweet Jesus, we better double check on those glow sticks.
>>47578565These lights are not b8, though.
>>47578595How do we know? This is horrible alien zoology land!
>>47578640>opposable thumbsWow, you're looking at the future dominator of the galaxy. Be kind.Also, thanks, Ms Protagonist. How did you know that but not before?
>>47578675Look, we know their physiology, we don't know how they actually behave.>>47578482>>47578434I guess we'll go down the left path then.The Otter swims forward, away from you. Almost out of your sight.And you come to a dead end where you find him chasing around random Swarmfish.Agh, bollocks, it's a dead end! Damn it, of all the times to get distracted by food.
>>47578907THUMP...w-... what was that?
>>47578929The Swarmfish rush past me without a second thought....I-... um. I think there's something in the tunnels bigger than those things.M-... maybe we can find a different way to open that bulkhead.
finger on the trigger
>>47578929>>47578929o deerThe fish are swimming towards you? I think it's time to hide behind that bit of debris earlier.
>>47578970It's obviously that mining officer guy who went underwater to save his fellow men! He obviously brought an oxygen tank to avoid dying, and then the area caved in on itself. He then heard something bigger than swarmfish (you) arrive, and is trying to get your attention.Go knock some Morse code on it.>.... . .-.. .-.. --- .-.-.- / .-- .... --- / .- .-. . / -.-- --- ..- ..--..
>>47578970Attempt underwater interpretative dance, accidentally triggering the Sacred Moves, unleashing your inner rap god, and assume command of this ship.Bump.
>>47578978>>47579240Right, to hell with it, I'm leaving! The Otter has the same idea too. Oh fuck oh fuck oh fuck... ah! Wait! What about the keycard!?Damn it, I can't just leave without that thing! Even if there's another way to open that bulkhead, having the keycard would be the easiest way too!FUCK. I gotta try my best to find it at the very least.The Otter continues swimming back, but turns his head to me once he realizes I'm stopped at the fork. His spines stand straight, and he swims around in a circle, apparently trying to get you to follow him to safety.
Psst, anon from last time.We need your help again.Help us improvise another bomb.
>>47579529take the other tunnel. we need the keycard.
>>47579529Hey, you know how you're actually a coffee-drunken master in underwater space kung fu? Time to show your skills. Get that keycard, lady!
>>47579529For now, you need the keycard, and for all you know, without a direct trail, the creature won't even follow you.>>47579630Eh. If we kept packing battery bombs, it'd get silly. We'll think of something else, anon, but for that something else, we need a new scene and a new set of variables to work with.
>>47579944Alright, heading right we come up to a new tunnel, with what appears to be a very, very, big hole leading towards the surface. That must be how this tunnel got flooded.I see another glowstick in the distance. This trail is going on for quite a while.I hear another Thumping noise. It seems to be coming from outside the tunnel, directly above. I don't know what's out there but honestly I am definitely not interested in finding out.Unless the Chief Miner somehow got sucked up there or something.
>>47579991What is that above the speargun? The burbling, bubbly thing?And where is Ottington?
>>47579991Carefully continue down the tunnel
>>47580037The hole leading up the surface.>>47580037The Otter didn't follow me down the tunnel for whatever reason. I don't blame him if I'm honest if something is down here with me.
>>47580037I guess Ottington left due to fear. Unless we get hurt from IMMINENT DANGER and Ottington saves us, like all good literary examples do.>>47580046This. Swim near the floor, and to the side of the big banging thing above. That way if it breaks through you won't be instantly crushed.
>>47579991Okay, so you see a hole in the roof, right?> Take a thermos (or preferably a more disposable item, like a sandwich bag)> Fill with air from your oxygen tank (if not already full of air by virtue of being empty) and a piece of detritus to make a racket> Use goop> Attach glowsticks to it> Send it rocketing up out of the hole, thus distracting the creatureBuy yourself some extra time.Hoping to keep the audio log a bit longer, but you can use that if all else fails.
>>47580121As a reminder, you should have enclosed containers that were in the ration box you had earlier. Take a can or bag from that, toss in a few coins from your pocket or other assorted junk, tie it off, attach a glow stick with octo gunk, and you'll have a floating, rapidly ascending beacon that smells like food to distract this guy.
>>47580051Welp, I'm going to bed now. I've actually got a session set up with friends for tomorrow, too.Swim forward, have fun, try not to die, hope that your coffee addiction doesn't develop withdrawal symptoms.>CAPTCHA: select images of tea
>>47580121>>47580208I still have that snack bag from earlier. Good thing the glowsticks are pretty sticky too. I slap one on then send it floating up through the hole.
>>47580535...Th-That was way faster than any submarine you've been on. That must've been at least 60 knots.
>>47580046>>47580054>>47580466Okay, biggest hope now is that that thing did not see me while it was charging my bait. Let's just keep moving.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-EOg5LI3v4Q
>>47580578Double extra FLEE!
Oh boy.That crushed up looking suit on the ground must be Chief Spalding. Taking a closer look, I can't even see anything left inside of the suit. The Swarmfish must have squeezed him out of it.Poor guy.Over there are the explosives all in one crate too.Okay, okay... where would he put the keycard?
>>47581009Check the suit's pockets, maybe he left something we can use.
>>47581009check the crate. I doubt its in there, but explosives are nice.
>>47581009Pockets or a rope around his neck. Question is what killed him and is this the end of the hallway? Regardless:> Get the key and whatever else he has on his person that seems useful. Personal datapad and the like, rebreather. Hell, thermos could count.> Grab the explosives if you can, however much you can carry.
>>47581009I wouldn't stand near the crushed body of Spalding. Whatever crushed him might be around him.
>>47581096he was killed by the swarm fish. those little fish you see right there. thing is they are only deadly in large numbers.
>>47581074>>47581144Hm. Let's check inside the crate first before we check his body. Explosives would be handy to have.
>>47581265I'm okay with this.
>>47581359slam it shut.
>>47581359Did they- Did they eat the explosives?Those little fuckers!
>>47581359AHHHH MY FACE IT'S FULL OF FISH OH FUCK AAAAAHHHH! GET THEM OFF
>>47581447Seal friend, help!
>>47581447Ottington! To Me! Ottington! I choose you!IA IA Ottingtion Fthahgn!
>>47581447This is otterly helpless AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA
>>47581447Try to roll?
>>47581447I leave you alone for five seconds... Hit the audio log and dial up as loud as you can. Time to summon bigger fish back. They'll flee from him (hopefully through the roof). He'll chase them and you then grab the explosives and run.
>>47581470>>47581590>>47581610FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCKPLEASE NO, OTTER HELP ME HELP ME I DON'T WANNA DIE!OH SHIT WHAT THE HELL IS THAT!? THEY'RE CRACKING THE GLASS, NO NO NO NO!
>>47581887STOP FORGETTING THE PICTURES
>>47581887>>47581836Stay calm. Octo gel will patch the cracks. For now, you need those fish gone. Now, do as the voices say and begin beating on the pipes with the crowbar for good measure.
>>47581904There's a loud thump that suddenly scatters them. In a flash, they and their bigger gray compatriots are gone. That big fish outside must be trying to get into the tunnels.I feel the crack on the rebreather mask. Okay, it's only surface level. It's not leaking.Right, right. What now, what now?
>>47581935Loot that corpse and the now empty boxes.
>>47581935search corpse, check box for boom, gtfo
>>47581935Loot the corpse. Maybe we can salvage part of their suit.
>>47581935You need the explosives. Grab them and run. If the big guy gains on you, octo goo the audio log to the top of the pipe and run. Fresh blood and noises will draw his attention.
>>47581962>>47581969>>47581977>>47581986Alrighty, gotta get looting.I bend down and reach for his suit. Inside his suit storage I do indeed find his keycard, excellent!> ITEM ACQUIRED: Chief Miner's KeycardI'll add that in with Stafford's Keycard.I also find that his suit still has a little bit of power left in it. It's all mangled completely though, nothing is salvageable. But I do find his suit recording. I turn it on.> Miners: Chief! Chief, help us! The rocks came down on us! We lost Perez! We can't get out!> Spalding: Just hold on! Just hold on! You stand back now, I'm gonna blow the place to Kingdom come alright!? Just... just gotta get the fucking explosives-> LOUD RUMBLING> Miner: Wh- what the hell was that!?> Spalding: J-... Just stay calm in there! I'll get-... oh shit. Oh shit! No, no! No! Aaagh! AAAGGHH!> END RECORDINGPoor guy. He was only trying to help his fellow man. And in the six months since, those miners are probably long dead too.There's another loud rumbling noise. What now, voices?
>>47582340To reiterate, get the fuck out of there.All those murderfishes.
>>47582340Grab da splosives and get back inside. That fish can smell voices.
>>47582340Bravely Run Away!
>>47582406>>47582410>>47582431>>47582550I stick my hand in the crate. All I get is a single stick of nondescript explosive.> ITEM ACQUIRED: Stick of ExplosiveRight, time to leg it-Oh...Oh.Um.It snarls, shaking its snout into the hole.Okay, this is a problem. Should I shoot it?
>>47582842STAY STILL and don't make a sound.
>>47582842No, don't anger the giant monster thing.
>>47582842blast the fucker
>>47582842it hasnt seen you yet. keep it that way
>>47582842remain calm. don't move yet, but get ready to. This is not a winnable fight.
>>47582842Wait. Bide your time. Also, did those little fuckers eat the explosives?
>>47582965There was only a single stick of explosive in the crate, so I assume they either did or a cave in covered up Spalding's progress.
>>47582861>>47582863>>47582909>>47582946>>47582965Okay, bide my time, just wait.It snarls around useless for a few minutes, then slowly forces itself back out of the hole....phew.
>>47583170It suddenly crashes through again.OH FUCK OH FUCK OH FUCK WHAT NOW!?
>>47583185Shoot it in the eye!
>>47583185RUN RUN RUN!
>>47583185> Shoot it in the eye!And, if you are feeling daring. > Throw the thing of octogoo at where his muzzle meets metal. Then while he is trapped, finish the job.
>>47583185Shoot it in the face!
>>47583261>>47583218Guys, it's presently blocking the way out. We cannot run unless we do SOMETHING first.
>>47583405Oh okay.Remind me what is this thing again?The only beast stuck in my mind is our Otter.
>>47583427Fuck if I know what it is!I've never seen a fish like that!>>47583209>>47583258SHOOT HER, SHOOOOOT HER!HA! I'VE CLEARED THE PATH! NOW TO FUCK OFF OUTTA HERE! AAAHHHH!
>>47577162Is that Mac and Bloo?
Alright, climb back on over.Right, I don't think it's following me.Wait. What the hell is that rushing water sound coming from?
>>47583600OH SHIT, IT FOLLOWED MEFUCK FUCK FUCK DO I GO BACK!? DO I SHOOT IT AGAIN!?
>>47583642Go back, we don't have enough ammo for this bastard.
can you make it to the ladder really fast? all the dead swarm fish may chum it into leaving you alone.if you can see the other eye then shoot that, shooting it anywhere else will just piss it off.
>>47583642Go back.....why is this base so devoid of self-defense firearm? We could use some super shotgun here.
>>47583745We're sort of underwater at the moment, so that's a problem.We could be DOOM Guy when we're up top, but down here? We're just a stormtrooper.
>>47583642Take inventory of ammunition and supplies.
>>47583695>>47583745>>47583776>>47583843Right. I'm out of the water. The crack in the rebreather has actually gotten a bit worse, so I decide to abandon it for now. Inside a tunnel is one thing, but a damaged rebreather is gonna be useless out in open waters, and especially if I run into toxic gas.I climb up the ladder, and still hear the faint rumble of that giant beast trying to break through. But for now, I'm safe.>>47583929So far, I have...> Rivet Gun: Feels half full> Keycards: K. Stafford - Chief Spalding> Crowbar> Thermos: Little bit of coffee left inside.> Harpoon Gun: Two harpoons left.> Radio> Stick of ExplosiveRight, on the other side of that bulkhead is hopefully a friend in this catastrophe. Shall we proceed?
>>47584017Yes, consume coffee first however.
>>47584017If you want to cover your trail, you can make another battery bomb and rig it against a seatbelt trip wire in the tunnel that thing will come through. For now though, examine your gear. The rebreather probably suffered an external crack you can apply octo sealant to fix. After that, scoop up some fish for later, make sure your friend is fed, and enter.
if you can kill the big thing then it would be great. and would give your buddy some building supplies.
>>47584049I take a quick sip of the last bits of coffee. I'll try to stretch those last drops. It could be a long day.>>47584083>>47584113Yeah... I don't think going down there while I know for a fact that it's insanely fast underwater is a particularly good idea. I'm just gonna go.I do pick up a spare fish for the Otter to eat on the way through the hallway to Security. He may not have helped, but the poor little thing is probably hungry anyway.Right, onwards to the Security Department.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-EOg5LI3v4Q
>Security DepartmentThey must have coffee and guns. And maybe even donuts, our MC hasn't eaten anything since we started.
>>47584328hmmmmm donutsinb4 bacon donuts
>>47584290I step into what appears to be a checkpoint. The thing that catches my attention immediately is the turret on top. Must be a magnapulse turret. I wonder if that thing is on."Hold on." A voice calls to me from over the intercom. In the window is the dark silhouette of a man. "I gotta unlock the doors for you. The OS just picked up your little pet walking in and tried to lock things down."Great, great."Erm... h-... he's not gonna bite is he?" He certainly sounds nervous.
>>47584328Are we going to go DOOM Marine, or Isaac Clarke route?
>>47584365Well, the only thing he bit yet is a weird tentacle monster.
>>47584365"Don't make sudden movement, perhaps?">>47584367No Super shotgun, no heavy assault rifle, no plasma gun... we goes Isaac for now.
>>47584367Let's start with Gordon Freeman and work our way up.>>47584365No promises are made.
>>47584343Place kinda on my way to work makes bourbon apple fritters with bacon as an option.
>>47584435At least we are not Amanda Ripley here.
>>47584365Reassure him that everything is fine with the otter.
>>47584510Or the guys from Amnesia.
>>47584410>>47584431>>47584552"He's fine. Just, no sudden movements. Weird octopus thing and some fish are all that he bit today anyway.""A-... alright. Just- hold on, I'll get the door open."You watch him work behind that console, then he leaves. You hear a blare sound out as the door into Security opens up.
>>47584653The door slides open, and out comes the tall Security Guard. Ah man, what happened to his arm?The Otter relaxes a little, watching him."Well... i-... it's nice of you to show up. Been waiting for about six months for rescue, heh. M- my name is James. James Secord and uh... um."
>>47584707"... please tell me you're real."
Nudge him a bit.
Rolled 19 (1d20)>>47584760Roll for hugs and comfort
>>47584725If you have coffee I will be as real as you need me to be.
>>47584725"Sorry. You've finally started to crack. Before your psyche completely collapses, might helping this figment of your imagination?"
>>47584725This voice >>47584766 has my support.
>>47584725You're very real. However, the "rescue" part may be stretching it a bit.
>>47584760>>47584766>>47584813Someone does need a hug.I walk over, and I gently put my arms around him in a light hug. That makes him drop the lantern and lose everything. He starts bawling, unable to make words except, "Thank you... thank you!"The Otter sits in the corner, staring at you two curiously.... oh God, you don't have the heart to tell him you're not his rescue.If anything, he's rescuing you.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EoZdlZGyamoThat's it for tonight's Varuna Base Quest. This seems like a good place to leave off for now. Hope you all enjoyed. Tomorrow will be a chapter in LGA2.Follow at: https://twitter.com/GermanSchteelAsk at: http://germanschteel.tumblr.com/Book Tumbles: http://germanschteelbookblog.tumblr.com/See you next time.
>>47585165Wow. You're really short!Or Secord is some kind of titan of a man.
>>47585227Both. Secord is pretty tall and the MC is pretty short. She's actually standing on her tiptoes there.
>>47585223Thanks for the fun, boss. I'll play catch up on LGA2 tomorrow after work.Is there an archive of Varuna base?
>>47585223Thanks for today Schteel!Waiting for LGA2 tomorrow and Der Film discussion by anons there. IF nobody ask for BT-42 tomorrow i'll draw Elodie lewd
>>47585268http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/archive.html?tags=Varuna%20Base%20Quest>>47585277Oi, you guys sold it in the first Quest, now look where it ends up.
>>47585236>>47585223See ya next time, GS! Thanks for the run.
>>47585283how you will fit Der Film on LGA continuity btw? Or maybe not at all?
>>47585331Well since Der Film takes place directly after the series and LGA2 takes place two years after LGA2 which also took place directly after the series, I could probably squeeze most of it into the continuity.Hell, a certain Karl might be the reason why SPGs are allowed in NATO Tankery.
>>47585350#RemoveArtyFromSenshadoLeagueI still weep for Karla, Jagdpanther-chan and Koume in film.
>>47585368We got a great girl out of it though.
>>47585379J Walter Christie would proud with her.
>>47585398I want more.
>>47585428>>47585379Too bad she sucks at drinking her tea. She probably just spills it everywhere. Especially her crew members.
>>47585460I want her to spill her tea on me.