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Mass Effect/AEC: Chapter 13 (c.3): MagLev


 

Novgorod to Moscow Railway Line, Russian Federation,Earth, Sol System, Local Group,  October 3, 2197

“Matching speed and holding steady at 350 kph,” said lieutenant Andrews from the shuttle cockpit.

Utah nodded in response. The shuttle and the train carriage doors open simultaneously. I jumped the gap, followed by Pasha and Utah.  Utah scanned the interior of the car while Pasha and I secured the entrances.

An angry engineer burst into the compartment, “Who are you? What are you-”

I pointed by assault rifle at his face, then signaled him to sit down and stay quite. He complied without compliant.

“Commander Thompson-Ramos, we have a problem,” said Utah.

“What kind of problem?”

“I bypassed the device primary fuse to the train’s speedometer. However, there is a backup fuze tied to a primitive digital chronometer. Scans indicate that the device will activate the moment it is tampered with. Estimated fifteen minutes to detonation,” said Utah in his even robotic voice.

“Device, what device, what is going on here?” asked the engineer.

“Nuclear device. Big boom.”

“One hundred and fifty kiloton boom, Commander Thompson-Ramos,” quipped Utah.

The blood drained from the engineer’s face.

“We can’t toss it to side, now can we.”

Utah made a quick call on their omni-tool. The doors slid open again, flew beside the train. Utah took control of a cargo loader, transferred the box with the bomb to the shuttle, lept into the shuttle and then tossed lieutenant Andrews like a ragdoll back into the train.

“Utah?”

“Bypassing primary fuse software. Require shuttle to transport device to safe detonation altitude. Will transfer consciousness to Kursk’s central computer core. My apologies to Lieutenant Andrews for my rudeness,” he said.

“Bloody hell,” muttered Andrews.

The shuttle rocketed upwards. Five minutes later a bright explosion lit the morning sky. I prayed that the bomb’s emp effect didn’t interfere with Utah transfer to the Kurk’s systems.

“Utah, Utah, can you read me?”

“Transfer complete, Commander Thompson-Ramos. I apologize for my rudeness and the loss of Alliance property,” he said over the comm.

I let out a long breath, “Well it will probably come out of my salary.”

The engineer got up, “I never, I mean, was that, what happened?”

“Utah saved the day. Again.”

 

 

 

 

 

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Enter the Little Shit!


 

 

Tower of Ashal the Magnificent, 3rd High Moon of Harvest…..

I waited….and waited…and waited, because the old man would not get out of the damn room. “Take a shit on a pot ya old geezer”, I thought. Instead he arranged things, moved things, lifted things, dropped things, oh and dusted.

And dusted…

And dusted some more.

Don’t wizards have like spells for this shit?” I though to myself, as my nose tickled from the dust. I should have shanked the old man. But you know if ya shank a man, ya gotta hide the corpse. So I didn’t shank him. Then he made a beeline for the kitchen. I opened the broom closet door. It creaked louder than ma Ma when that paladin stabbed her in the cave.

Ears perked.

The sound of stir fry came from the kitchen.

Damn, I’m hungry.” I thought. The sooner I finished the job, the sooner I could get me some grub. So I climbed the spiral staircase to Ashal’s lab. Her door was ajar. I slipped in and saw my target with her back to me. Her red long hair spilled over the table that she gripped with her hands. Her arched back exposed her slender neck. Her moans….Her moans? Yes her moans. Which, yes, I should have asked myself why was she moaning. But I didn’t. Instead I jumped on the oak table, grabbed her by the hair and sliced her neck open.

Done and…well…not done, because a young apprentice spilled out from underneath Ashal’s voluminous robes. The mousy brunette, her lips wet, stared at me. I stared back. She screamed. I screamed back. She utter a furious incantation. I jumped down from the table. Out of a cloud of sulfur and brimstone stepped out a bullheaded man-thing with bat wings and a nasty bloodstained spear in hand. In front of the door. So out the window I went. Yes, out of a thirty foot drop into the not so deep pond of the tower’s back garden.

Yeah, it hurt.

Yeah, the brunette shouted some more things at me.

And yeah, fire rained down from the window.

And yeah, I ran like my life depended on it.

Told my master about it. He laughed, I laughed. His giant pet frog laughed. I hated that frog.

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Machine Language: Beeps and Boops of Outer Space


 

Again I did a thing. A silly thing, but a thing nonetheless.

Enjoy!

 

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You thought I forgotten about Xmas, eh?


\No I did not, but as always, I am busy with so many other things. But a quick reminder of the holidays:

 

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I did it! I am now a Twitch Affiliate!


 

Yes, if you wondered where I have been the past year, it has been over at Twitch. And this morning I got some wonderful news:

 

Yes, that is the name of my channel. Feel free to visit and say hi!

https://www.twitch.tv/lessonslearned1

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Mass Effect/AEC- ANN News: Nuclear Terrorism Impacts Earth


ANN News Desk

From Alliance News Desk in Vancouver

September 25, 2197

Nuclear Terrorism Impacts Earth

By Doh-Keun Jung

BUSAN, KOREA-At 11:47 hrs local time. a low-yield nuclear device detonated inside the Shinsegae department store, the largest department store on Earth. The blast obliterated the store and caused significant damage in a 200 meter radius from the detonation point. Rescue operations by local first responders are ongoing, but due to the nature of the attack, the likelihood of survivors remains low. While no official estimates of casualties has been released, experts estimate casualties figures in excess of 10,000 among the visitors and employees across the Centum City complex that houses the store.

While no group has officially claimed responsibility for this attack, major news outlets across Alliance space received the following message a few minutes ago:

Then I saw when the Lamb broke one of the seven seals, and I heard one of the four living creatures saying as with a voice of thunder, “Come.” I looked, and behold, a white horse, and he who sat on it had a bow; and a crown was given to him, and he went out conquering and to conquer.

This passage comes from the christian bible, Revelation 6:1-2, and according to our experts, it is a “calling card” of Death’s Legion, a covert military group linked with similar operations the Traverse and Terminus systems in the past two decades. The Alliance government linked Death’s Legion to several suicide attacks on Milgrom (see: Suicide Attacks on Milgrom). If so,this is is a grave escalation of the conflict on the part of Libertas’ embattled regime.  No word yet on what measures, if any, the Alliance will take in response to these events.


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Mass Effect/AEC: Chapter 12 (c.3): Busan


 

Captain’s Quarters, SSV Kurks, In orbit around Moros, Sphinx System, Argos Rho Cluster, Attican Traverse, September 25, 2197

Admiral Shepard face filled the screen in front of me, “Are you sure?”

“It had all the hallmarks of a false flag op, sir.”

“Purpose?” he asked.

“To seed chaos plus rope the Alliance into another crisis.”

“And you think that Cerberus is behind this,” Shepard asked.

“A group that sprang out of nowhere, an attack that was violent but unfocused, and whatever the outcome it would have derailed the Alliance ability to secure a steady source of impact diamonds at a time we are ramping up fighter and ship production. Not to mention put pressure on the Alliance Parliament to launch another military intervention. Who else benefits from that?” I asked, exasperated.

“But you have no proof,” Shepard said.

“Not at the moment, and to be honest, sir, wasting our time patrolling the outer reaches of this system is not helping. I need to get out there and find answers, and this ship, and it’s crew,  are my best tool to do that,” I said.

“I know how feel, commander, but we have to- wait one,” Shepard raised a finger, “I think you should see this.”

The screen split. Shepard was on the left, an ANN reporter on the right. He newscaster stood on a street corner, a thick column of smoke rose to the sky behind him.

“This is Doh-Keun Jung, reporting from the Korean city of Busan. Earlier today, as shoppers filled the Shinsegae department store, part of the Cetum City district of Busan, a massive explosion, followed by a mushroom cloud engulfed the whole of the shopping district,” said the reporter, his shaky hand pressed to his ear. The image cut away to a street level shot of the large department store, a sudden flash, then the image cut out, followed by a long distance shot of a mushroom cloud that hovered over the city.

“So far no one has claimed responsibility for the attack, the first nuclear act of terrorism on Earth since The North American Civil War.” The reporter looked at his omni-tool, ‘Wait, we are now receiving a message from ANN headquarters in Vancouver from a group claiming to be connected to the attack and I quote ‘When the Lamb broke the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth living creature saying, “Come.” I looked, and behold, an ashen horse; and he who sat on it had the name Death; and Hades was following with him. Authority was given to them over a fourth of the earth, to kill with sword and with famine and with pestilence and by the wild beasts of the earth’ unquote.”

Death’s Legion.

Shepard’s face hardened, “New orders, commander. Find those responsible and eliminate the threat.”

“Understood. Commander Thompson-Ramos out.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

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