Splash Down (A Subnautica Story)

ThunderShock27ThunderShock27 America Join Date: 2017-02-13 Member: 227880Members Posts: 105 Advanced user
Some of you who have seen some of my very lengthy posts on this forum may have rightly come to the conclusion that I enjoy writing and I do! I particularly love creative story writing. This post is going to be the first chapter of hopefully many chapters in a novilization of Subnautica's story line. Basically, I'll be taking the elements of Subnautica's story, and weave them all together into something like a book giving the character you play as his own personality. Now, because the character you play as in Subnautica doesn't have an official name, I will be giving him one myself. Let's see... his name will be... Jeff? Yes, Jeffery Masterson. Alright, let's begin!

Splash Down - A Subnautica Story

Chapter 1: Sit back and Relax

The Aurora was a sight to behold. It was the newest ship the Alterra Corporation had rolled out of the space dock. The space dock was a massive space station orbiting Earth designed to provide the space to build massive interplanetary vessels of all shapes and sizes. It also acted as a massive air-port with many commercial ships available for boarding. The Aurora, however, was off limits to commercial travelers. She was built for a special mission to the outer reaches of explored space. She wasn't the biggest ship docked today, but she was capable of carrying around 7,000 crew with a massive cargo space. Jeffery Masterson was sitting in the thousands of rows of blue chairs in the waiting area of the space dock's airport section. He sat reading on his PDA with nothing more than a backpack and a duffel bag at his side. He glanced up through the massive observation glass out at the Aurora. At that moment, a robotic voice echoed through the intercom system over the hustle and bustle of the airport.

"Alterra specialized craft Aurora now boarding. Please proceed to the Specialized Launch section and provide your Alterra IDs."

Jeff slid his personal PDA in his backpack, grabbed his duffel bag, and headed off on the long walk toward the corner of the boarding section dodging travelers that were walking to and fro. A hollow panel on the ceiling read, 'Specialized Launch'. Jeff approached the security check and was thankful to be one of the first few people in the line. After the person in front of him went through, Jeff came up to the scanner array.

"ID." A security officer said with a sigh. "Put your things in the luggage scanner and please step into the array."

Jeff handed him his ID. This ID identified him as an Alterra employee and authorized him for this special mission. Not your typical passport ID that most commercial travelers have. He deposited his luggage onto the hover belt that slowly moved his bags through a scanner. Then, he stepped into the large scanner array. The thing looked much like a door frame with a shiny black interior and white exterior. A blue light flashed on from the top and aimed a blue laser scanner down at Jeff. Instantly a green checkmark appeared on a monitor sticking out from the side of the frame.

"You're cleared. Next." The security officer barely let his words leave his mouth before saying 'next'.

Jeff grabbed his hovering luggage from the hover belt and continued on to to a door that lead to a horizontal elevator that would take him to the boarding tower that was attached to the Aurora and held it in place. Jeff stepped onto the massive platform that was the elevator and once enough people had gotten on, it automatically began zooming down a large glass corridor. Jeff got a really good view of the entire space dock. He had never really seen the immensity of the station since he hadn't traveled much except the few times he went with his family on vacations to Mars when he was too young to remember.

Jeff let out a low whistle as he observed the massive line of various ships all docked to the side of the station's exterior forward deck.

Before Jeff had fully taken in the view, a dark shadow came over the glass corridor. He turned around to see the Aurora in all its glory as the sun became blotted out by it. The ship was much bigger up close than he had initially imagined when viewing it from the waiting area. The elevator slowed to a stop and everyone began stepping off the elevator into the boarding tower's main room. Here, several corridors went directly from this room into the Aurora's boarding bay. Above each corridor was a label that identified a class. 'Engineer', 'Pilot', 'Administrative', 'Medical', 'Communications', etc. Jeff was a simple engineer who specialized in PRAWN suit maintenance. He had always wan'ted to pilot one of those things, but all he got to do was repair them which Jeff still enjoyed as much as a hovercar referbisher would enjoy fixing up old hovercars. He stepped into the corridor labeled 'Engineer' and walked down the long hallway until he came into what looked like a large cargo bay where there seemed to be crew members directing people to their assignments. As a group of people went off to the left, Jeff saw a crew member appear out from behind them.

"Engineer?" He said simply.

"Yeah, PRAWN maintenance and repair." Jeff replied.

"ID please."

Jeff used his free hand to retrieve his Alterra passport from his pocket and gave it to the man.

"Alright..." The man looked at the ID, glanced down at a PDA, and scrolled down a list. "Alright Jeffery Masterson, PRAWN personnel are to report to deck 5, Living Quarters branch 17. Head off to your left and follow the signs. Your room number is 119. Place your ID's bar-code up to the scanner to unlock the door. If you get lost, just find a computer terminal and pull up a map of the ship."

"Alright, thanks." Jeff said. The crewman simply looked past him to the next personnel coming in behind him.

Jeff headed off to the left where at the end of the cargo bay was a door that lead into a hallway. Once he reached the door, he saw an elevator at the end of the hall and quickly made his way toward the people piling into it. The doors shut behind him and a woman closest to the elevator's terminal began punching in numbers and asking people what deck they were going to.

"And you?" she asked Jeff.

"Deck five." he said.

After a bit more asking around, she finally entered all the decks everyone would be going to and the elevator starting going up. After several stops, Jeff finally came to deck five and exited the elevator into another set of hallways. A sign on the wall directed him to his left for Living Quarters. He made his way down several long hallways occasionally passing by a crew member that seemed quite enveloped in their work.

"Hey does anyone know why my Crew PDA is using the Vanilla 1.0 OS?" A crewmember called behind Jeff as he passed by him.

A reply came from some where down the hall behind him. "You musta been issued an older PDA, Thomas. Relax, its only one version older. I hear 1.1 isn't much different anyway."

Eventually Jeff came to the Living Quarters hallway and he started counting down the door numbers. "123, 122, 121, 120, Ah, here's 119."

Jeff took out his ID and placed it in front of the wall scanner and after a split second, the door unlocked and an automated voice chimed, "Welcome aboard."

The interior was very meager. A shelf, a bed, some wall lockers and a chair with a small shelf sticking out of the wall next to it that Jeff assumed was a table. He dropped his things and picked up a PDA that was sitting on his bed. As he turned it on, a loading screen appeared and an automated voice came over the tiny speaker in the handle of the PDA.

"Welcome to the Aurora personnel 119. This PDA will serve as your work PDA. DO NOT mistake it for your personal PDA. This device will only be used for work. According to launch schedule, you are not required of anything at this moment. Please standby for bridge orders. In the meantime, make yourself at home! Alterra Corp. hopes you enjoy your time here."

Jeff plopped down onto his bed and spoke to the PDA. "Work schedule and mission length?"

The AI replied. "2,941 hours of work time estimated to be in your schedule and flight is estimated to take a maximum of 2 to 3 years."

Jeff let out a long sigh. "I better relax while I have the chance."

End Chapter 1

I hope you guys enjoyed! Don't worry, things are going to get a whole lot more interesting!
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  • 0x6A72320x6A7232 US Join Date: 2016-10-06 Member: 222906Members Posts: 3,977 Advanced user
    Nice! Side note: We should make a pinned post linking to all of the fanfic here and perhaps on other sites. Any avid fanfic readers already have a master list stashed somewhere?
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  • DefconX3DefconX3 Join Date: 2017-02-19 Member: 228047Members Posts: 11 Fully active user
    Very nice! Looking forward to Chapter 2
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  • SkopeSkope Wouldn't you like to know ;) Join Date: 2016-06-07 Member: 218212Members Posts: 954 Advanced user
    Great story!

    It is nice to see others taking an interest to creating stories like these. It makes the Subnautica universe just that much bigger.
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  • the_marinerthe_mariner US of A Join Date: 2016-12-29 Member: 225653Members Posts: 125 Advanced user
    Sweet story! I love the attention you've put into creating a believable world. Please continue!
    I had drifted o’er seas without ending,
    Under sinister grey-clouded skies
    That the many-fork’d lightning is rending,
    That resound with hysterical cries;
    With the moans of invisible daemons that out of the green waters rise.
    - H.P. Lovecraft
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  • DavidXlte01234DavidXlte01234 Indonesian Join Date: 2017-02-15 Member: 227936Members Posts: 83 Fully active user
    11/10 would recommended...
    0x6A7232ThunderShock27
  • JamezorgJamezorg United Kingdom Join Date: 2016-05-15 Member: 216788Members Posts: 937 Advanced user
    That was so cool :)

    I love stories like this and am excited for there to be more on the forums, and I'm especially looking forward to @Skope writing his story ;) I'm a fan of people expanding the Unknown Worlds universe, and am still a strong believer that the forums should have a creative area where things like this can go.

    I love how you flesh out Alterra. I sympathise with Thomas; I'm still several iOS updates behind. Also, it my just be me over analysing things, but I reckon that'll be important later on. Don't know why, just do :D

    Also, no matter what happens, I will always believe that all of our stories are connected. In my mind Selkirk's on that ship with you, and he'll be doing Kharaa stuff in distant places whilst Masterson is going off doing everything that happens in-game. My story takes place 30 years after, so no problems fitting that one in. Eclipse is somewhere docked in that station, I just know it.

    Can't wait for more. I'll follow this until the end, it's such a good story already. Attention to detail is beautiful.
    I am currently writing a fantasy novel which I plan to be the beginning of a six-seven book series.
    To sate my thirst for people to read my stories, however, I write one on the forums in the meantime: FE . DC .
    TenebrousNova0x6A7232ThunderShock27
  • TenebrousNovaTenebrousNova England Join Date: 2015-12-23 Member: 210206Members Posts: 590 Advanced user
    edited February 19
    Love the atmosphere and attention to detail you paid to the space dock. I picture it as a much larger, more efficient airport with less pat downs and waiting times.
    Jamezorg wrote: »
    Also, no matter what happens, I will always believe that all of our stories are connected. In my mind Selkirk's on that ship with you, and he'll be doing Kharaa stuff in distant places whilst Masterson is going off doing everything that happens in-game. My story takes place 30 years after, so no problems fitting that one in. Eclipse is somewhere docked in that station, I just know it.

    We might catch a glimpse of the Rich Clan's airship!
    Jamezorg0x6A7232
  • JamezorgJamezorg United Kingdom Join Date: 2016-05-15 Member: 216788Members Posts: 937 Advanced user
    We might catch a glimpse of the Rich Clan's airship!

    God I hope we get more of that airship... Julian didn't live long enough to tell the full story, so we have to fill in the blanks...

    He's like H.P Lovecraft. Dead before his time, other authors expanding his story.
    I am currently writing a fantasy novel which I plan to be the beginning of a six-seven book series.
    To sate my thirst for people to read my stories, however, I write one on the forums in the meantime: FE . DC .
    TenebrousNova0x6A7232
  • SkopeSkope Wouldn't you like to know ;) Join Date: 2016-06-07 Member: 218212Members Posts: 954 Advanced user
    Jamezorg wrote: »
    I love stories like this and am excited for there to be more on the forums, and I'm especially looking forward to @Skope writing his story ;)

    You an me both, @Jamezorg

    You and me both...
    I'm never going to get that thing finished, am I?
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  • ThunderShock27ThunderShock27 America Join Date: 2017-02-13 Member: 227880Members Posts: 105 Advanced user
    edited February 19
    Jamezorg wrote: »

    I sympathise with Thomas; I'm still several iOS updates behind. Also, it my just be me over analysing things, but I reckon that'll be important later on. Don't know why, just do :D

    :wink: That part of the story might not get fleshed out much from Jeff's point of view, but if you look up some Subnautica storyline, you will find what that conversation between the 2 crewmen was referencing.
  • JamezorgJamezorg United Kingdom Join Date: 2016-05-15 Member: 216788Members Posts: 937 Advanced user
    Dammit, I hope Palmer made it out of there...
    I am currently writing a fantasy novel which I plan to be the beginning of a six-seven book series.
    To sate my thirst for people to read my stories, however, I write one on the forums in the meantime: FE . DC .
    TenebrousNova0x6A7232ApoNono
  • JamezorgJamezorg United Kingdom Join Date: 2016-05-15 Member: 216788Members Posts: 937 Advanced user
    And thus we say our farewells to everyone on the Sunbeam... Derek, Avery Quinn, all of them to face inevitable annihilation by giant green death beam...
    I am currently writing a fantasy novel which I plan to be the beginning of a six-seven book series.
    To sate my thirst for people to read my stories, however, I write one on the forums in the meantime: FE . DC .
    TenebrousNovasupertiger2340
  • ThunderShock27ThunderShock27 America Join Date: 2017-02-13 Member: 227880Members Posts: 105 Advanced user
    edited February 20
    Once I've developed the characters of each of the Sunbeam crew and given them a personality people will care about and connect with, that part might make you cry... ALSO, DON'T SPOIL MY STORY... jk XD
    Post edited by ThunderShock27 on
    Jamezorg0x6A7232TenebrousNova
  • TenebrousNovaTenebrousNova England Join Date: 2015-12-23 Member: 210206Members Posts: 590 Advanced user
    edited February 22
    I hope there's something in that flight manual about alien ground to air superweapons.
    JamezorgApoNonosupertiger2340
  • JamezorgJamezorg United Kingdom Join Date: 2016-05-15 Member: 216788Members Posts: 937 Advanced user
    Wow...

    So Quinn's gonna have to do some serious barrel rolls when he breaches atmosphere or everyone's finished. Either way, Jerret is an diamond in the rough. He's the most important player on the Sunbeam and I feel he is overlooked. He's the reason Quinn found out about the Aurora's splashdown, he said the most insightful and truthful thing I've heard all day and he's just a great guy.

    My heart goes out to Jerret. I love that guy...
    I even popped a little something for the guy in Eclipse :)
    I am currently writing a fantasy novel which I plan to be the beginning of a six-seven book series.
    To sate my thirst for people to read my stories, however, I write one on the forums in the meantime: FE . DC .
    TenebrousNova
  • the_marinerthe_mariner US of A Join Date: 2016-12-29 Member: 225653Members Posts: 125 Advanced user
    Jamezorg wrote: »
    Wow...

    So Quinn's gonna have to do some serious barrel rolls when he breaches atmosphere or everyone's finished. Either way, Jerret is an diamond in the rough. He's the most important player on the Sunbeam and I feel he is overlooked. He's the reason Quinn found out about the Aurora's splashdown, he said the most insightful and truthful thing I've heard all day and he's just a great guy.

    My heart goes out to Jerret. I love that guy...
    I even popped a little something for the guy in Eclipse :)

    Mind elaborating why?
    I had drifted o’er seas without ending,
    Under sinister grey-clouded skies
    That the many-fork’d lightning is rending,
    That resound with hysterical cries;
    With the moans of invisible daemons that out of the green waters rise.
    - H.P. Lovecraft
  • JamezorgJamezorg United Kingdom Join Date: 2016-05-15 Member: 216788Members Posts: 937 Advanced user
    Jamezorg wrote: »
    Wow...

    So Quinn's gonna have to do some serious barrel rolls when he breaches atmosphere or everyone's finished. Either way, Jerret is an diamond in the rough. He's the most important player on the Sunbeam and I feel he is overlooked. He's the reason Quinn found out about the Aurora's splashdown, he said the most insightful and truthful thing I've heard all day and he's just a great guy.

    My heart goes out to Jerret. I love that guy...
    I even popped a little something for the guy in Eclipse :)

    Mind elaborating why?

    So that bridges can be built between these stories, making them all feel like part of an overlapping and flowing world instead of being separate. Having this be a recount of the events of the game it felt like a perfect candidate. When Zenn is trying to remember Jacob Sand's name he flicks through a few others beginning with J, and Jerret's in there.

    I picked Jerret because they both began with J, really. No other reason, other than me liking the character more than I should (he's just pressed a button I don't know why I love Jerret so much) :D
    I am currently writing a fantasy novel which I plan to be the beginning of a six-seven book series.
    To sate my thirst for people to read my stories, however, I write one on the forums in the meantime: FE . DC .
  • the_marinerthe_mariner US of A Join Date: 2016-12-29 Member: 225653Members Posts: 125 Advanced user
    Jamezorg wrote: »
    Jamezorg wrote: »
    Wow...

    So Quinn's gonna have to do some serious barrel rolls when he breaches atmosphere or everyone's finished. Either way, Jerret is an diamond in the rough. He's the most important player on the Sunbeam and I feel he is overlooked. He's the reason Quinn found out about the Aurora's splashdown, he said the most insightful and truthful thing I've heard all day and he's just a great guy.

    My heart goes out to Jerret. I love that guy...
    I even popped a little something for the guy in Eclipse :)

    Mind elaborating why?

    So that bridges can be built between these stories, making them all feel like part of an overlapping and flowing world instead of being separate. Having this be a recount of the events of the game it felt like a perfect candidate. When Zenn is trying to remember Jacob Sand's name he flicks through a few others beginning with J, and Jerret's in there.

    I picked Jerret because they both began with J, really. No other reason, other than me liking the character more than I should (he's just pressed a button I don't know why I love Jerret so much) :D
    I was actually wondering why you loved Jerret so much, but you seem to have partially done that for me. Could you please explain why you think his dialogue is:
    the most insightful and truthful thing I've heard all day
    I had drifted o’er seas without ending,
    Under sinister grey-clouded skies
    That the many-fork’d lightning is rending,
    That resound with hysterical cries;
    With the moans of invisible daemons that out of the green waters rise.
    - H.P. Lovecraft
  • JamezorgJamezorg United Kingdom Join Date: 2016-05-15 Member: 216788Members Posts: 937 Advanced user
    @the_mariner
    Jerret piped up, "Don't get their hopes up. We're not going to be able to do much in such a bad situation."

    Looking at this from an outsider's perspective now, he's the most useful person on that ship.

    I read that and literally just said "Damn it, Jerret!"... Everyone else on the ship, including Quinn, is saying "We gotta get in there and save these guys!" and Jerret is telling the mwhat we know is the truth... Jerret, the Hero Overlooked... he was a good lad...
    I am currently writing a fantasy novel which I plan to be the beginning of a six-seven book series.
    To sate my thirst for people to read my stories, however, I write one on the forums in the meantime: FE . DC .
    the_marinerTenebrousNova
  • the_marinerthe_mariner US of A Join Date: 2016-12-29 Member: 225653Members Posts: 125 Advanced user
    @Jamezorg Fair point.
    I had drifted o’er seas without ending,
    Under sinister grey-clouded skies
    That the many-fork’d lightning is rending,
    That resound with hysterical cries;
    With the moans of invisible daemons that out of the green waters rise.
    - H.P. Lovecraft
  • SkopeSkope Wouldn't you like to know ;) Join Date: 2016-06-07 Member: 218212Members Posts: 954 Advanced user
    Glad to see you're still here @ThunderShock27.

    Can't wait to see more of Jeff's watery misadventures.

    He's going to have fun with the Reaper Leviathan, I can tell.
    Deceased leader of the UCR
    Subnautica Veteran (yet still scared of the Reaper Leviathan)
    Maker of positive comments
    Author of Subnautica fan stories (Dawning has finally begun!)
    I still have no idea what's going on
    0x6A7232CalvinTheDiver
  • ThunderShock27ThunderShock27 America Join Date: 2017-02-13 Member: 227880Members Posts: 105 Advanced user
    edited March 3
    Skope wrote: »
    Glad to see you're still here @ThunderShock27.

    Can't wait to see more of Jeff's watery misadventures.

    He's going to have fun with the Reaper Leviathan, I can tell.

    Oh I'm not going anywhere. Some parts just take longer than others because not as much happens in them. The parts I'm most excited about are still yet to happen so I have to do some less exciting filler to lead up to it. So yeah, still here, and I intend to go all the way through the subnautica story! :D
    Skope0x6A7232
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