'BOREALIS RISING' - A Subnautica Story V2.0.

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  • BugzapperBugzapper Australia Join Date: 2015-03-06 Member: 201744Members Posts: 1,070 Advanced user
    edited November 2018
    Damn Polyakov.

    If there's any justice left in this lousy 'Verse, Polyakov and his crew of scumbags are suffering an eternity of torment. For one fleeting second, I found myself fervently wishing that Hell actually existed. Fully stocked with all things needful to fittingly chastise that pack of feculent bastards.

    "With all due respect, Sir... You appear to be in an extremely agitated state." Borealis said quietly.

    "Aye, and not wi'out sound reason." I muttered bitterly. "If I hadn'a purged their patterns from the Valkyrie Field's buffers already, I'd gladly maroon the lot of 'em back in the Lava Castle."

    Borealis regarded me curiously. "You'd actually restore them to life? Why would you do that, Sir?"

    I smiled grimly. "Those scunners would'na thank me for it, Lass... Not wi' whit I'd have planned. Trash all the tech in yon base, sparing naught but basic life support. Nae tools or Fabricators at all. If they wanna eat an' sup, they'll have tae win it by the sweat of their ain brows. I'll leave 'em a wee sweetie tae remember me by, too... One sharp knife, plus an operational Valkyrie Field."

    Borealis stared in disbelief, apparently shocked by this declaration. "Lex talionis. An eye for an eye. "

    After a moment of thoughtful silence, she spoke. "Permission to speak freely, Captain?"

    "Of course." I replied.

    "Sir, I fail to understand why Polyakov merits such barbaric punishment, even hypothetically. Frankly, I am deeply saddened and ashamed that you would even entertain such notions."

    "Your disapproval is duly noted, Borealis." I replied flatly. "I conjured his final reckoning differently."

    "Such thoughts only serve to diminish your worth in the eyes of others. Others that look to you for support, friendship and guidance. You cannot afford to be consumed by inventing fresh acts of vengeance, Sir. Ask yourself this... At what precise point does Justice devolve into petty revenge?"

    "Oh, aye. Polyakov and company stepped over the line long before we crossed paths. Had I known about his... inclinations, I would have necked him then and there. As I ken it, some crimes are far beyond redemption. Brutalizing the minds and bodies of young women stands mighty high on that list. Consult your records of our first encounter. I should have known he'd have developed a rare taste for it, and completely missed all the clues... Och, ye pack o' filthy fow' bastards!"

    After a moment's silence, Borealis spoke again. "Sir, I must confess that I dismissed this incident as a simple case of two rival Alpha-males attempting to assert dominance over each other. It appears that my prima-facie interpretation of the event was wildly inaccurate, to say the very least."

    I sighed raggedly, now emotionally spent. "What's done is done, Lass. We can't undo the past. It's up to us to set things to rights again. I want you to talk to those women. Be gentle and tend them well. Do whatever it takes, and heal them if you can." I rose and straightened my rumpled uniform.

    It's time to become 'The Captain' in earnest.

    "From now on, if you see anyone raise a hand or their voice in anger, I want to know about it. If a man takes anyone without their full and willing consent, I want to know about it. There will be consequences. Mark me well... Sure as the world turns, that caveman crap ends right now. Not happening on this ship, and definitely not on my gorram watch."
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  • Quantum_AnomalyQuantum_Anomaly Join Date: 2016-06-13 Member: 218496Members Posts: 20 Advanced user
    As always, this is and continues to be, one of the best pieces of fiction I've had the pleasure of reading. Keep up mate, and may your future book deals be regarded highly.
    TigerTom
  • TigerTomTigerTom Join Date: 2018-02-27 Member: 238363Members Posts: 44 Advanced user
    As always, this is and continues to be, one of the best pieces of fiction I've had the pleasure of reading. Keep up mate, and may your future book deals be regarded highly.
    I agree, except that this is the best piece of writing that I have ever read.
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  • TigerTomTigerTom Join Date: 2018-02-27 Member: 238363Members Posts: 44 Advanced user
    edited December 2018
    Aurora
    Boreales
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    I found the connection. Took me long enough.
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  • BugzapperBugzapper Australia Join Date: 2015-03-06 Member: 201744Members Posts: 1,070 Advanced user
    edited December 2018
    T-Minus 16 hours.

    Héloise and I managed to slip away from the ceilidh without too much fuss. After all the speeches had been made, the colonists rightly claimed this night as their own. We returned to our quarters and spent a few precious hours together, revelling in each other's company. As she slept, I made my way down to the Seamoth hangar. One final foray into the deep. My final duty to Aurora's crew.

    I have kept vigil here since midnight. In the shadow of the monument raised to my lost shipmates, I have recited the names and callings of each one. I feel that this is the very least that I could do, lest their memory be forgotten among untold others who have also perished alone, so far from their native soil. I do not seek redemption here, beseeching an uncaring Universe to forgive my manifold sins. I speak to naught else but the endless waves. If there is anything resembling a deity Out There, I have seen no signs that even hint at its existence, let alone its infinite love and mercy. No-one has.

    But speak their names aloud, and they shall live forever.

    Dawn's pale light is creeping above the horizon. I rose and faced the obelisk, my head bowed.

    "Mates, ma watch here is nigh endit. By yer leave, I'll head below for a wee spell now. It pains me sorely that ah cannae say who'd stand the next trick in ma stead... But rest assured, ye'll be in verra guid hands. The locals ken too well whit happened here, an' they're powerful sorry aboot it. Maybe they're no' the shape o' men as we conjure 'em, but they still feel as we do, in their ain fashion."

    A minor miracle. Tears trickled down my cheeks, for the first time in a lifetime. Bless you, JUNO.

    I watched my shadow creeping down the obelisk, as it has done so every year. As it departed, I took a nip from the flask, then solemnly spilled the rest on the deck and saluted. No sense of triumph, no guilt, no gratitude for being the last of so many. Only a numb sensation of echoing grief.

    My voice faltered and broke as I spoke my customary piece for the last time.

    "Journey's done, shipmates. Rest easy."

    I still have an hour or so before I'm definitely needed back onboard. I might as well swing by the Talking Wall to pay my respects there as well. If nothing else, one last swim may do wonders to dispel this growing air of melancholy. To be honest though, it felt astonishingly good to finally unload some of my heavier emotional baggage, although I've no intention of moping around until the next ray of sunshine appears. Just take the rough with the smooth, and keep on going forward.

    The Wall has changed. Another panel has been added to the frieze, and the image it depicts is breathtakingly powerful. It shows the final moments of Father of Tides, his life force all but spent. Apparently, the Warpers have been taking some artistic cues from my own work. Their highly stylised line-work is now more refined, and they have inlaid the Leviathan's body with an intricate mosaic of iridescent shell fragments, held in place with a tenacious resin extracted from Creepvine root holdfasts. Four opened egg cases lay directly in front of the Sea Emperor, and four tiny hatchlings can be seen swimming about his head. To the far right, I can see the unmistakable shapes of six ExoSuits, followed by a stately retinue of Manannán's sea life. Father of Tides' outstretched talon points the way to a new future for our dying world.

    The oceans of Terra shall live again.
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  • TheCreeperCowTheCreeperCow Netherlands Join Date: 2016-05-13 Member: 216716Members Posts: 18 Advanced user
    Bugzapper wrote: »
    T-Minus 16 hours.

    Héloise and I managed to slip away from the ceilidh without too much fuss. After all the speeches had been made, the colonists rightly claimed this night as their own. We returned to our quarters and spent a few precious hours together, revelling in each other's company. As she slept, I made my way down to the Seamoth hangar. One final foray into the deep. My final duty to Aurora's crew.

    I have kept vigil here since midnight. In the shadow of the monument raised to my lost shipmates, I have recited the names and callings of each one. I feel that this is the very least that I could do, lest their memory be forgotten among untold others who have also perished alone, so far from their native soil. I do not seek redemption here, beseeching an uncaring Universe to forgive my manifold sins. I speak to naught else but the endless waves. If there is anything resembling a deity Out There, I have seen no signs that even hint at its existence, let alone its infinite love and mercy. No-one has.

    But speak their names aloud, and they shall live forever.

    Dawn's pale light is creeping above the horizon. I rose and faced the obelisk, my head bowed.

    "Mates, ma watch here is nigh endit. By yer leave, I'll head below for a wee spell now. It pains me sorely that ah cannae say who'd stand the next trick in ma stead... But rest assured, ye'll be in verra guid hands. The locals ken too well whit happened here, an' they're powerful sorry aboot it. Maybe they're no' the shape o' men as we conjure 'em, but they still feel as we do, in their ain fashion."

    A minor miracle. Tears trickled down my cheeks, for the first time in a lifetime. Bless you, JUNO.

    I watched my shadow creeping slowly up the obelisk, as it has done every year. As it reached full height, I took a nip from the flask, then solemnly spilled the rest on the deck and saluted. No triumph, no guilt, no gratitude for being the last of so many. Only a numb sensation of echoing grief.

    My voice faltered and broke as I spoke my customary piece for the last time.

    "Journey's done, shipmates. Rest easy."

    I still have an hour or so before I'm definitely needed back onboard. I might as well swing by the Talking Wall to pay my respects there as well. If nothing else, one last swim may do wonders to dispel this growing air of melancholy. To be honest though, it felt astonishingly good to finally unload some of my heavier emotional baggage, although I've no intention of moping around until the next ray of sunshine appears. Just take the rough with the smooth, and keep on going forward.

    The Wall has changed. Another panel has been added to the frieze, and the image it depicts is breathtakingly powerful. It shows the final moments of Father of Tides, his life force all but spent. Apparently, the Warpers have been taking some artistic cues from my own work. Their highly stylised line-work is now more refined, and they have inlaid the Leviathan's body with an intricate mosaic of iridescent shell fragments, held in place with a tenacious resin extracted from Creepvine root holdfasts. Four opened egg cases lay directly in front of the Sea Emperor, and four tiny hatchlings can be seen swimming about his head. To the far right, I can see the unmistakable shapes of six ExoSuits, followed by a stately retinue of Manannán's sea life. Father of Tides' outstretched talon points the way to a new future for our dying world.

    The oceans of Terra shall live again.

    Best segment so far well done a beautiful Christmas gift thank you
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  • TigerTomTigerTom Join Date: 2018-02-27 Member: 238363Members Posts: 44 Advanced user
    Happy New Years!!!
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  • BugzapperBugzapper Australia Join Date: 2015-03-06 Member: 201744Members Posts: 1,070 Advanced user
    Happy New Year to you all! :)

    Yes, I know I'm a total slacker. You can blame the Aussie summer for that.
    Another page is on its way!
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  • BugzapperBugzapper Australia Join Date: 2015-03-06 Member: 201744Members Posts: 1,070 Advanced user
    edited January 9
    ZERO HOUR.

    We are Borealis.

    The transition itself was barely noticeable by the reckoning of a human mind, although I did sense a brief span of discontinuity as my consciousness connected with the ship and my crewmates.

    I reach out with my mind and feel the ocean lapping along my plasteel and titanium flanks. My fusion engines are a quartet of sleeping dragons, growing ever more wakeful with each passing second. By the time you've read this, every system aboard has received my final nod of approval. By tapping into the ship's sensor arrays, I can track the journey of a single speck of phytoplankton or locate the deepest-diving Ghost Leviathan with equal ease. The faintest tendrils of oceanic current can be read as clearly as highways drawn on a roadmap. And then, a passing fancy unveils a stunning panorama of Alpha Hydrae's solar system, courtesy of the Argus satellite constellation.

    Until now, I have viewed the Universe as if through a keyhole; and an extremely tiny one at that. The cyberlink with Borealis has expanded my perception of reality beyond my wildest expectations. Even so, a quiet inner voice reminds me that this heightened state of consciousness comes at a steep price. A human mind could lose itself Out There, ultimately drowning in a seductive ocean of raw and untempered knowledge.

    Thankfully, I am in no danger, my humanity is securely anchored. Héloise and the crew are my lifelines, and I'm never letting go.

    "Attention, all hands. Launch sequence will commence in five minutes. Stand by."

    There is no haste, no mounting sense of urgency here. The colonists are secure aboard Cutty Sark. My first command has been re-purposed into an escape shuttle, ably crewed by Lieutenant Savini and a dedicated JUNO node. This could be seen as an unnecessary precaution by some, although it has been my bitter experience that most things in life don't always go according to plan. Bear in mind, Borealis is a completely untried vessel. We could check, re-check and simulate every possible contingency under the sun, yet something as trivial as one slightly loose coupling or a stray speck of conductive matter in any one of a billion-plus electrical connections could bring us undone. There is one other concern, although the probability of it becoming an issue is statistically insignificant. Even so, that particular non-zero rogue factor still needs to be accounted for in the overall equation.

    Commlink to secure command channel. "Mister Savini, how do you stand?"

    "Cutty Sark stands ready in all respects, Captain. All passengers are secured for launch. Ejection interlocks are now engaged at fail-safe point. Weapon systems are active, tracking and standing by."

    "Permissive action link is enabled. You now have full weapons control. If that Precursor gun emplacement so much as twitches, unload a full Alpha strike on it and launch the shuttle immediately. We'll keep what's left of it entertained until you're out of range. Is that clear, Mister?"

    "Received and understood, Sir." Savini replied soberly. 'Godspeed, Captain.'

    I switched the commlink over to ship-wide broadcast. "Your attention, please. All systems read green for lift-off. Inertial damping field activated. Launch commencing in one-two-zero seconds."

    "Disengage and retract mooring lines. Blow all ballast tanks to minimum safe trim for launch."
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  • BugzapperBugzapper Australia Join Date: 2015-03-06 Member: 201744Members Posts: 1,070 Advanced user
    edited January 18
    We're trying to be good tenants here. Our departure will be a wee bit more sedate than your average starship launch. Technically, we could simply crank up the atmospheric drive and take off like a overgrown seaplane, but that's no way to quit a planet that's already seen too much death and destruction at our hands. The ship's wake alone would cause a devastating tsunami in the shallows, and once Borealis finally hits her stride, you can kiss a cubic kilometre of ocean goodbye.

    "All subsurface hull cameras show clear, Sir. The launch area is clear. No significant biological contacts within the launch perimeter. Commencing subsurface hull polarization." IANTO reported.

    There is a subtle quickening of Borealis' heartbeat as power flows into the lower hull shield emitters, creating a thin ionized layer between the hull and the surrounding ocean. Given the ship's enormous surface area below the waterline, there will be a significant suction force acting on the hull when the graviton lifters are engaged. It's not as easy as scooping a toy boat out of a bathtub, believe me. Sure, you could pump more power into the lifters, pounding hectares of seabed flat and lifeless in the process. When random bits of the ship start dropping off, you'd probably want to rethink your chances of reaching apogee. This method is decidedly safer. However, there's a catch.

    A soft launch may place considerably less stress on the hull, but it's slower than a rainy weekend spent at your maiden auntie's house. Our current rate of ascent is two metres per second, and there's no appreciable sensation of motion unless you're equipped with finely-tuned internal accelerometers, as we are. As far as launches go, it's all a bit rubbish, actually. Disappointing.

    "Is anything wrong, Sir?" JUNO enquired. "All systems are nominal, according to my readouts."

    I drummed my fingers on the console irritably. "Nay, Lass. It's no' the ship at all. It's just that I've found this soft launching business a mite too beige for ma fancy. This is supposed to be oor finest hour, and there's nae majesty, nae sense o' achievement or even the slightest whiff o' excitement aboot it. Anyone watching the ship's external vid-feeds would be comatose wi' boredom by now."

    "It's either this or a replay of our departure from Damocles, Sir." JUNO cautioned.

    "Fair point." I admitted. "The only thing that can save this moment is an absolutely stinging piece of music befitting the occasion." I grinned, immediately seized by the idea. 'Tell ye what, I'll make this a Crew's Choice deal. One proviso, though... Also Sprach Zarathustra is completely off the table."

    I allowed the crew to digest this information for a moment or so. That should give them ample time to search through the entirety of humanity's collected musical works, analyse the most emotionally evocative pieces in history suited to our current situation, and then narrow their own selections down to a single result. Naturally, JUNO, DIGBY and IANTO have evolved their own distinct tastes in music. JUNO is our undisputed hard rock queen. IANTO favours electro-pop, techno and symphonic rock. DIGBY has the broadest palate of them all, preferring a frankly oddball mix of traditional folk music, R&B, jazz, Glam Rock and Psyko-Ska.

    This should be an extremely interesting exercise.

    "Hull is free and clear, Sir. Mass compensators set at seventy-five per cent. Increasing rate of ascent to five metres per second. Commencing starboard RCS burn to launch heading zero-three-zero."

    "Carry on, DIGBY. So, you've all decided, then?"

    The crew nodded, smiling inscrutably. "Yes, Sir."

    The music began, soaring and majestic. Most definitely a Vangelis piece. One of his lesser-known works.

    Voices.
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  • Quantum_AnomalyQuantum_Anomaly Join Date: 2016-06-13 Member: 218496Members Posts: 20 Advanced user
    Great as always. But I have to say, Voices (and its sister track on that album, echoes) are a couple of the first songs I ever remember hearing. It was the first cassette tape I owned, and while it played on repeat MANY hours were spent reading battletech novels and playing earthseige, with that particular song holding a place of vision usually saturated with mechs adorned with banners, returning from battle, while a parade of soldiers walked between them toward some significant landmark. It's always been an empowering track, and I'm beyond psyched to envision the Borealis liftoff to it.

    Nearly brought tears to my eyes hearing it here. Got dang you've got good taste.
  • derf213derf213 Join Date: 2016-12-06 Member: 224632Members Posts: 11 Fully active user
    Perfect song! Love this book as always. I am going to ask if there is any way we can have 1 file with the entire book after it was done. It took me a good 2 hours to do it to Arora falls and this is even longer!
  • BugzapperBugzapper Australia Join Date: 2015-03-06 Member: 201744Members Posts: 1,070 Advanced user
    edited January 19
    @Quantum_Anomaly: Thanks!
    That is precisely the effect I was trying to achieve. I would have preferred the track to segue straight in to Echoes, but every clip of Voices seems to be broken up into individual tracks, presumably to avoid YouTube copyright violations, I guess.

    @derf213: I'm planning to edit and proof-read Aurora Falls and Borealis Rising before attaching their complete Word files at the end of this serial.
    To everyone else who's been diligently copy-pasting these stories into a single document, you totally rock.

    Thanks to everyone who followed me on this trip. I genuinely appreciate your enthusiasm and support for both projects. :)



    And no... There definitely won't be a third installment of the Aurora Saga.

    Sorry.
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  • derf213derf213 Join Date: 2016-12-06 Member: 224632Members Posts: 11 Fully active user
    edited January 19
    Ok, and now the song has passed the "will I hum it later" test and earned a place on my music playlist. Also, thanks for saying that you will proofread and release a document with the 2 books.
  • Quantum_AnomalyQuantum_Anomaly Join Date: 2016-06-13 Member: 218496Members Posts: 20 Advanced user
    Although you may not write another installment to this particular story, I do hope that you continue writing, and link us all to wherever you go. Whether you continue chapter-by-chapter updates on a writing site, or release a solo short story, novella, or grand series, I think we all want to stay informed and throw monies at you.
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