Crew Stasis Chambers.   Posted by Janus.Group: 0
Janus
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Fri 12 Jun 2015
at 09:19
Re: Crew Stasis Chambers
-= From EPIPHANY SESSION: Remembrances of Things Past: Arthur Grimes =-

Ice crystals crack and hiss on Arthur’s skin, as he wakes up in his stasis pod. A cold, cloying fog billows out from the pod, obscuring his vision of the larger chamber for the time being. There is a lingering, throbbing pain in his chest - aftershocks from the strange electric sensation that he had received from the entity.
Arthur Grimes
 player, 14 posts
Fri 12 Jun 2015
at 11:27
Re: Crew Stasis Chambers
Arthur slowly opens his eyes and takes several long, deep breaths of the cool air to steady his nerves. He groans as he shifts inside his pod, grumbling, "Well that was pleasant. Maybe next time my grandmother can turn into a naked chainsaw-wielding clown and eat my face."

Turning his head this way and that, Arthur attempts to see through the fogged over glass out into the main chamber. "Hello! Somebody open this damn pod! I have to use the restroom and I seriously need to speak with your manager because I'm incredibly unhappy with my experience!"

This message was last edited by the player at 11:47, Fri 12 June 2015.

Janus
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Fri 12 Jun 2015
at 12:53
Re: Crew Stasis Chambers
The enclosure opens with a soft hiss, spilling cold white fog out into the cavernous room beyond. Everything is still and silent as Arthur acclimates to the chill, dry air.

Arthur’s pod is located about halfway up the tiered wall, surrounded on all sides by other chambers emitting their strange, pale blue glow.
Janus
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Thu 18 Jun 2015
at 04:32
Re: Crew Stasis Chambers
-= From EPIPHANY Sessions: Gherren and Crio =-

Gherren wakes up with a start in one of the stasis pods. He can hear the faint sound of someone else talking in the room, but he does not hear any major commotion or activity beyond the confines of his chamber.

The enclosure opens with a soft hiss, as cold, white fog spills out into the room and the ice crystals on his skin begin to melt and crack.

-

For Crio, there is no abrupt change in scenery or temperature. The fog continues to envelop him, and his fingers ache with the intense coldness.

Gradually however, Crio becomes aware of a voice calling out in the fog - and the pressure release of his pod door, as it opens into the stasis chamber. The fog spills out, obscuring the room beyond… but he is fairly certain that there is a room, that something exists beyond the blanket of grey and white mist.
Arthur Grimes
 player, 15 posts
Thu 18 Jun 2015
at 04:45
Re: Crew Stasis Chambers
Hearing another pod being released, Arthur calls out, "Hello?" his teeth chatter a bit as he is only slowly warming up from his time as a Popsicle. Looking about he takes a few steps in the direction he believes the noise is coming from. "I would figuratively kill for a handwarmer right now. Or an espresso." Arthur sighs and shouts, "Hey? Anyone else out of the freezer?"
Janus
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Thu 18 Jun 2015
at 05:03
Re: Crew Stasis Chambers
Arthur’s footfalls clatter against the cold metal walkway, as he moves towards the source of the sound. One of the pods is opening on the same tier, about 15 feet away. A figure inside seems to be slowly regaining consciousness. Two tiers down, another pod hisses, opening with a cascade of white fog.

Looking through the metal grating on the floor, Arthur can see a terrible sight far, far below him in the tall chamber. About 75 feet down, the blue glow of the stasis pods vanishes abruptly. Torn buttresses and metal cabling drift listlessly in the vacuum of space. A dozen pods are shattered and empty, devoid of the light that is so calming and reassuring in the upper parts of  the vast room.

There are several bodies floating within the maw of this brutal opening, listlessly drifting within the wake of the ship as it hurtles through space. Their lifeless faces stare upwards at the crew members stepping out of stasis.
Gherren
 player, 9 posts
Thu 18 Jun 2015
at 16:24
Re: Crew Stasis Chambers
Gherren gasps as he is shifted from the serene whiteness of EPIPHANY to the chill and mechanical dark of the seed ship. He takes a cautious step out of the pod, his arms folded around him. He rubs his torso to help chase away the cold.

He can hear other people awake in the stasis chamber. Were they the crew that registered as being active on the ship? His thoughts spin in several different directions - non-approved stasis, rampant streams of consciousness - but each thought found its way back to the same endpoint: Something has gone terribly wrong.

He steps out onto the catwalk and glances around. The soft glow from the pods soothe him.

"Hello? Who else is awake? Please state your name and current directive."
Crio
 player, 6 posts
Thu 18 Jun 2015
at 18:28
Re: Crew Stasis Chambers
Opening and closing his fists, trying to fight off the cold and numb, Crio takes a shallow breath of the warmer air followed by a sigh. Still a little groggy through the process and adjusting to the abrupt change, he's more aware of sounds than sights. He's always been a little slow transitioning out of EPIPHANY and the jarring switch this time slowed him down further.

Trying to puzzle out what went on, he can only muster a weak grunt and "Hello? What.. what happened.."

Crio slowly hoists himself out of the pod and onto the firm metal of the catwalk. Bracing himself with a hand against the side of the pod he came form, he hears a voice, more substantial than the ones that had been coming out from the fogs.

Otherwise distracted by piecing together what happened in EPIPHANY, he airily calls out: "Who's here? What's happened?"
Arthur Grimes
 player, 16 posts
Fri 19 Jun 2015
at 02:01
Re: Crew Stasis Chambers
Arthur leans down to look through the grated walkway, staring in disbelief at the chaos below. What had he signed up for? "Look at...Look at this place.", he says out loud but to no one in particular,"Did we hit a space iceberg or something? Are those people really dead?"

This message had punctuation tweaked by the player at 18:57, Fri 19 June 2015.

Janus
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Fri 19 Jun 2015
at 12:37
Re: Crew Stasis Chambers
Gherren and Arthur find themselves on the same tier together, their pods only separated by about 15 feet of walkway. Crio’s pod is affixed to the wall two tiers down, and hangs slightly askew in its moorings.

As Crio steps out onto the walkway, he can clearly see down, far into the broken abyss beneath him. Mangled pieces of metal are pealed away from the bottom of the ship like an open can of sardines, exposing the black emptiness of space. Amongst the listless corpses floating, suspended in weightlessness, is an older man with a scraggly beard…. Though his skin is taut, sunken and brittle, the dead man's misty eyes are still recognizable as Abrams, who gazes up at Crio -  his mouth slightly agape in an expression of perpetual surprise.
Crio
 player, 7 posts
Mon 22 Jun 2015
at 19:15
Re: Crew Stasis Chambers
Eyes going wide, Crio braces and pressed himself harder against the pod he came out of, his body going numb as panic sets in. The tattered hull of the ship and the blackness of empty space beyond it seemed overwhelming. Crio shouts in dismay as Abrams' body faces him, suspended with his eyes seemingly staring at Crio.

With the reality of his situation coming down upon him, Crio grabs hold of anything substantial and tears his gaze away from the lifeless eyes of the bearded body. He swings his head back and forth, trying to get a clear look up into the next tier of pods, trying to see anybody who can help him.

Unable to form any words out of the string of croaks he is producing, Crio stutters until he finally musters a voice: "Help! You have to help me!"
Norah Hale
 NPC, 1 post
Wed 24 Jun 2015
at 10:56
Re: Crew Stasis Chambers
“Dr. Norah Hale, Medical supervisor,” a clear voice drifts down from somewhere above, replying to Gherren’s question. A tall, somewhat ungainly woman in her early 50s peers over the railing from three tiers up, backlit by the pale blue glow of the room. The woman speaks with a cultured British accent, that seems remarkably calm and collected given the situation.

She leans out, scanning the lower tiers and frowning in thought. Her eyes shine with the light of Clairvoyance, as she assesses the situation. “There should be a rope in the emergency station just outside, if we need it. Crio, calm down. Can you make it to the stair?”

Examining his surroundings, Crio can see that the walkway below his feet, although badly damaged, still connects to the adjoining stairwell. Part of the railing is broken, dangling limply into the open chasm below. With caution, he might be able to move slowly to the stair, and up to safety.

Close to the drifting dead, he can see several faces in various stages of decomposition. Some of the bodies are nearly skeletal, whereas others are merely gaunt and mummified from the sudden exposure to space. Amongst the bodies of men and women, he catches sight of one horrible image - a young child, her face frozen in a sheen of ice, staring fixedly out towards the stars beyond.
Gherren
 player, 10 posts
Wed 24 Jun 2015
at 17:57
Re: Crew Stasis Chambers
Gherren can make out Arthur's silhouette further down the catwalk. Although the man does not answer him Gherren begins to move cautiously in his direction. As he gets closer he notices Arthur staring over the railing into the depths of the stasis chamber.

Gherren chances a glance in that direction and freezes. The empty maw of space swallowing up the pods from the lower tiers. It was only a moment ago that we has in the EPIPHANY system checking the crew and, apart from that strange bleeding of subroutines, all crew were accounted for. Did this just occur? Had she not waited for his investigation before coming to the conclusion to proceed with a sacrifice?

"Display crew vitals..." he barely manages to whisper. How many had they lost?

He hears a woman's voice above him. He slowly processes who she is - medical supervisor.

"We're going to need you down here," he yells out, "we need to save as many as we can!"
Janus
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Thu 25 Jun 2015
at 10:02
Re: Crew Stasis Chambers
Clairvoyance blooms to life in front of Gherren, displaying information about the crew in a series of complex info-graphics. Twelve are dead, floating in the cold emptiness of space. According to the data, they have been dead for nearly 52 years.

However, the contradictory data that Gherren had seen before remains unchanged: all crew members are registered and accounted for within the EPIPHANY Subsystems, or awake on board the Janus. The two crew members who were asleep in the ARK Containment units are also now awake and active.

“No saving any of them, I’m afraid.” Norah comments grimly, beginning to walk down the nearest staircase. Her heavy boots clang against the metal, as she continues to scan the situation with a slight frown. “Oxygen levels are a little low coming into some of the pods on Crio’s level. I’ll check on that. We may need to carefully evacuate a few additional chambers, if they are at risk of coming dislodged - but as for the ones floating… they’ve been there for a while, and I’m no Victor Frankenstein.”

An audio transmission interrupts their conversation. “Hello this is Jakob Reiter with Eswald Nieves, reporting in. If anyone is hearing this… please respond. We’ve had a hell of a day…”
Arthur Grimes
 player, 17 posts
Fri 26 Jun 2015
at 05:21
Re: Crew Stasis Chambers
Arthur snorts, "Yeah, you've had a hell of a day? How about the bundle of corpses we have drifting around down here!" Looks around him, spying Gherren, Arthur waves his hand at the chaos below. "Can you believe this? What happened?"
Norah Hale
 NPC, 2 posts
Sun 28 Jun 2015
at 08:58
Re: Crew Stasis Chambers
“We might have hit some debris…” Norah offers, but her answer does not sound especially convincing. “That, or perhaps-“

Jakob’s voice comes over the comm transmission again, cutting her off mid sentence: “We’ve got someone here I wanna bring in for questioning… We’ll be there ASAP. Over.”

“… Or perhaps there is something far more unpleasant going on.” She swallows a lump in her throat and looks down at the expanse of stars below.

Searching for something useful to do, Norah takes a few careful steps down the staircase leading to Crio’s level. She examines the walkway leading to Crio’s pod, and crouches - holding out her hand towards him. “Here. Just come across slowly. You should be able to make it if you don’t look down.”
Gherren
 player, 12 posts
Wed 1 Jul 2015
at 13:46
Re: Crew Stasis Chambers
"Someone you want to bring in for questioning?" Gherren mutters. He stares at lifeless bodies in the detached pods, the AI's words echoing in his mind. A crew member could not be responsible for this. It was impossible! Wasn't it?

Gherren gestures at Arthur, "We need to help her secure the remaining pods. See what you can do, I'm going to see about rerouting some systems to increase oxygen flow."

His focus shifting inward Gherren drifts through the ships operating system, searching for the Crew Stasis Chambers life support programming.
Arthur Grimes
 player, 18 posts
Wed 1 Jul 2015
at 15:21
Re: Crew Stasis Chambers
Arthur looks back and forth between Gherren and the situation below. He clears his throat and steps away from the railing. Taking a nervous step in the direction of the stairway he pauses and turns around to Gherren. "Uh, ya know I'm just the janitor. Not even the head janitor around here. Shouldn't we wait for security to come take care of this? I mean I don't want to sound heartless or anything but what could I possible do for those people."
Janus
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Thu 2 Jul 2015
at 06:28
Re: Crew Stasis Chambers
As Gherren shifts his attention to the life support systems, a sea of imagery swells forward to engulf and surround him. Pushing through the array of data that bob and bleed together like buoys on the surface tension of the water, Gherren can see all of the life pods and the consciousnesses stored within as a spectrum of flawless data, over which he has partial dominion.

The data “breathes” along with the oxygen readings, pressing towards him and away like a chest rising and falling in deep slumber, and Gherren can easily identify the pods that have abnormal readings. Strangely, the pods are all receiving the correct amount of oxygen, but several are consuming the oxygen at about twice the normal rate, which is causing the discrepancy. Increasing oxygen flow to compensate should be simple enough, but will require medical approval or an A.I. override before taking effect.

--

Norah chuckles drily. “Wouldn’t it be nice if security could come and solve everything? I’m afraid, at least for now, that we’re all there is… Who can say when anyone else will arrive to save us?” Norah glances up at Arthur, then back down at the bodies with a sigh.

“But all right… if you’re in janitorial, can you do something to collect the corpses then? They will need to be identified and examined, and eventually disposed of in a proper manner. I can make sure the pods are secure. From what I can see, none of them seem about to fall into space… but I will run a manual check to be sure.”
Arthur Grimes
 player, 20 posts
Thu 2 Jul 2015
at 12:19
Re: Crew Stasis Chambers
Arthur opens his mouth as if to argue but pauses and grumbles, "Yes, fine. I suppose." Pulling up the drone clean up program on his damnable implant Arthur fumbles around trying to remember exactly how to work the drones, specifically how to start them up. After a few moments of muttering and cursing to himself he manages to locate the correct system controls and activates the zero grav machines. Looking down he overlays the display over the debris and bodies below digitally tagging each loose body and pod. Before giving the final command he looks over at Norah, "Where shall I tell them to put the...victims, I guess? Back here or into another bay? Maybe the docking area? Seems there'd be enough room in there for techs and medics and what not."
Gherren
 player, 13 posts
Thu 2 Jul 2015
at 17:47
Re: Crew Stasis Chambers
"Dr. Hale, oxygen flow is processing as normal but the occupants are consuming it at above normal rates. Is this cause for concern? I can try to increase the flow, but it may take more time. Perhaps they are experiencing psychological stress?"

Gherren reaches through the data looking for any trace of the A.I. He sends out a silent request for temporary clearance to administer changes to the life support systems.
Crio
 player, 8 posts
Mon 6 Jul 2015
at 15:22
Re: Crew Stasis Chambers
Crio doesn't do well in crisis situations generally, he's less of an adventurer. Especially when he's groggy being pulled out of stasis. He's unnerved by all of the dead floating around, but as the shock slowly starts to dissipate he shakes his head at Norah.

"No, no.. I should be fine. Just had a mild panic. I will not be looking down though. I was never fond of heights and the emptiness down there really reinforces that." Cautiously, Crio takes the walkway over to the stairs without much issue, following behind her as they make it up to the more secure levels.

Looking around at the disarray and the other crew members, Crio quietly calls out. "What happened? I guess more importantly, how can I help?"
Janus
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Tue 14 Jul 2015
at 04:06
Re: Crew Stasis Chambers
As Gherren continues to scan the data, the array feels strangely empty; devoid of the usual soothing presence of the AI, whose signature is normally present in every interaction, and every line of code. After several long moments (an eternity for the computer system), he receives a soft reply ripple along the informational channels - “Access Granted”. The data quivers with the intake of oxygen, and Gherren can feel a cool breeze from the additional air  transmitting to the affected pods.

As the warning signs dissipate and the pod behavior stabilizes; just for a moment, he catches sight of a strange, dark silhouette stalking slowly amongst the data. The figure is nothing more than an oily blur on the horizon, and it pauses, seeming to stare at Gherren across the forest of data with a cold, predatory hunger. Then just as suddenly, the figure darts away, its shadow clinging to the data clouds as it runs, like a stain of tar spreading across the pristine, abstract environment.

-

Once Crio is safely back with the rest of the crew, Norah quickly descends the staircase again and moves over to the pods that had been receiving less oxygen. She seems to be running an analysis and making some adjustments, as she considers Arthur and Crio’s questions.

“Mmhm. Docking Bay is fine,” she nods in approval. “Plenty of room to work, and less risk of making people queasy when they wake up.”

“As for what you can do…” she sighs, leaning against one of the nearby pods. “Honestly, does anyone have more information on what happened here? Any experiences in Epiphany that could shed some light? Just before I woke up, the whole program went mad... It was frightening, actually. Like a nightmare more than a normal session.”

“If you like, we can move somewhere more pleasant … get some coffee and warm up a bit.”

The small drones are agile and responsive, navigating the environment effortlessly as Arthur programs their path. As they move around the bodies, there is a slight discharge of energy whenever they impact the force field. They are able to move through the obstruction, although the bodies are caught, suspended in the net and unable to drift further out to space.

This message was last edited by the GM at 04:08, Tue 14 July 2015.

Crio
 player, 9 posts
Mon 17 Aug 2015
at 14:17
Re: Crew Stasis Chambers
Still slightly shaken but gathering himself, Crio lets out a sigh and nods at Norah. "I think a hot drink would be nice."

Following behind her, he starts recounting the last moments he had in EPIPHANY. "I remember panic at the end. We, myself and other scholars, gathered for a meeting having taken all the necessary precautions. Well, we thought we had at least." He cleared his throat, choking up slightly as he remembered those who didn't make it.

"Then, like you said, it went mad. We all tried to escape, salvage whatever we could, but it just felt like being kicked out. I didn't manage to gather much, just scraps. I'm not at all sure what any of it means."
Norah Hale
 NPC, 3 posts
Fri 21 Aug 2015
at 05:47
Re: Crew Stasis Chambers
The robots work quickly, moving the corpses out of the room with a cold efficiency. Soon, the void space beneath the stasis pods is serene and empty. Only stars are visible through the open wound in the ship. The last body to be taken away is the corpse of the young girl, whose dark brown eyes stare up at Arthur with a look of frozen surprise.

“Horrible… This is all just … unspeakably horrible.” Norah comments with a sigh.

Turning away from the carnage, she ascends the rattling staircase and walks alongside Crio towards the exit. She waves her hand, dismissing a few stray readouts from Clairvoyance as she listens to what he is saying with a thoughtful nod.

“All highly disturbing…” she mutters, chewing on her lip for a moment and then looking back over her shoulder. “Gherren. You’re a systems administrator did you say? Is there a malfunction that explains any of this?”

“And will the two of you join us for a coffee?”

As Crio and Norah stand near the exit, there is a low, whispery groan from the darkened hallway, followed by the sound of sudden footsteps thundering down the empty metal corridor. The sound seems to be moving away from the stasis chamber, as if someone is running quickly, towards the deeper parts of the ship. Norah swings back around, staring at the exit with a look of alarm. “What in the nine hells…”