Splash Down (A Subnautica Story)

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  • SkopeSkope Wouldn't you like to know ;) Join Date: 2016-06-07 Member: 218212Members Posts: 1,179 Advanced user
    You should write a book on this

    This is pretty much already a book, just a free, specifically thematic book that doesn't have to fret over needlessly complicated copyright laws.

    Win-win :)
    I've been skulking around here for almost four years.

    Yet I still have no idea what's going on.
    ThunderShock27thelegoguy0Hunter387
  • AkuMasterofMastersAkuMasterofMasters Join Date: 2017-09-10 Member: 232934Members Posts: 185 Advanced user
    After reading this I'm wondering if I should attempt to write my own story, so far I've got a title, "Isolation" (may be changed)
    supertiger2340
  • supertiger2340supertiger2340 Eugene OR USA Join Date: 2017-07-21 Member: 231956Members Posts: 114 Advanced user
    After reading this I'm wondering if I should attempt to write my own story, so far I've got a title, "Isolation" (may be changed)

    Give a man 30days and he can make a good book
    AkuMasterofMasters
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  • ThunderShock27ThunderShock27 America Join Date: 2017-02-13 Member: 227880Members Posts: 114 Advanced user

    Tell that to my incessant homework. But yes, I'll make it out of the mines of Moria soon and then I'll be able to post the in-progress chapter!
  • ThunderShock27ThunderShock27 America Join Date: 2017-02-13 Member: 227880Members Posts: 114 Advanced user
    edited November 2017
    Chapter 40: Sally, Fastest Route to Nearest Pharmacy

    After searching around for an hour or two with maximum terrestrial scanner range, and several dead ends, a potential entry cave was detected in the grand reef. Unlike the caves of the jelly shrooms or the trenches of the blood kelp, this cave started at a much greater depth then any of the other areas they had searched. Not only that, but Sally was picking up an unidentified structure at the mouth of the cave.

    The Determination edged down toward the grand reef floor and toward the cave's mouth.

    "You think it's related to the facility we're heading to, Jeff?"

    Jeff rotated lazily in his chair, propping his head up with his arm on the terminal and extending his legs to the side of it.

    "I hope so. We don't really have any way of knowing which cave leads to this facility... or if there even is a cave that leads to it. For all we know there's some elevator that leads to it from some where else on the seafloor. Terrain scans don't show a dead end yet though so that's still promising. In fact, the cave seems to head in the direction of the facility's way-point. If this other structure we're approaching is alien, it aught to indicate we're on the right track... here's hopin'."

    Palmer brought the Determination into the mouth of the cave dodging a dense curtain of large blue anchor pods.

    "Well we should find out in a second. The structure is just up ahead."

    Save for the faint bioluminescence of the anchor pods, it got dramatically darker as they slowly went deeper into the cave. Through the dark murk, one of the ship's forward floodlights caught a glimpse of the structure ahead of them.

    "Wait... that's not alien..." Palmer said.

    Jeff looked through the dorsal cam.

    "That's human! But... where did... The Degasi! This must be where they moved after their attempt in the jelly shroom caves."

    "I'd ask why the heck they would want to move down here with these creepy crab squids, but after they moved into an area with crab snakes, I think they're decision making is beyond questionable at this point."

    The two stared at the structure. It was perched atop a large natural pillar that might have once been a connection to the cave ceiling.

    "Doesn't look like they fared any better than their last two outposts," Jeff said.

    "That's for sure... So uh... guess it's time to break out the PRAWN suit eh?" Palmer said with a smirk.

    "Just be careful man, those crab squids are aggressive. I'll man Determination while you're in there and if any get too close I'll show 'em are new toys."

    Palmer got up from his seat and Jeff switched over to the yoke. Palmer headed for the secondary bay and dropped down into the PRAWN suit.

    "I'll be quick." Palmer said over comms.

    The sound of the bay doors opening echoed through the hull and Jeff looked at the sonar as a friendly green signature showed up. The green blip slowly made its way along the underside of the ship until, with a burst of bubbles from the propulsion system, Palmer became visible through the pilot's bubble as he made his way toward the structure. The outpost was much simpler than the one at the jelly shroom caves. It had a stack of three MP rooms at the center with two observation bubbles sticking out the sides. The main entrance was a tube hallway at the bottom that lead out onto a platform that extended beyond the surface of the pillar but this section had fragmented long ago which gave an entry for Palmer at the breaking point of the hallway.

    Palmer landed on the platform and instantly the entire thing shifted slightly under the new weight.

    "Watch it Palmer. That thing is very unstable. You should probably park the PRAWN suit up closer to the main section on the more stable foundation."

    "Roger."

    Palmer carefully boosted up off the sloping platform and landed on the sturdier one. Then, he exited the suit and pulled himself through the opening in the hallway.

    "Alright, I'm in. I'm not seeing any of those cave crawler things so this aughta be a cake-walk."

    Jeff watched the sonar for a few moments before Palmer spoke again.

    "It's bad in here. There's bottles of booze strewn all over and unless that's some kind of moss or algae, there's blood stains. There's a PDA in the locker here... As usual most of its data is corrupted but there's a voice file here."

    A few moments of silence.

    "Ok, I downloaded it to my PDA and took a listen. At this point they've realized they're infected with what sounds to be the same bacteria we have. Only they seem to be in much worse condition. They describe coughing, itchiness, and blisters. We've felt the itchiness that's for sure but it's apparently going to get a whole lot worse."

    "Sally, record the new symptoms to the data entry on the bacteria," Jeff said.

    "They sound just as heated as before too. They're at a loss and this Marguerit lady isn't making anything better. The voice data ends with Bart asking for time to think. I'll look around for any more PDAs."

    There was silence for a few more moments. Jeff saw Palmer exit through the broken hallway and swim up toward the tops of the MP room stack. Through a broken window in one of the observation bubbles, he swam in. More silence.

    "They've got lab materials in here," Palmer said suddenly, "Most of it is broken but I'll scan it for future reference."

    Jeff could hear the sound of a scanner on the other side of the comms. Then, Jeff saw a new blip on the sonar. It wasn't a crab squid, it wasn't a normal fish. It was something unidentified. It was small, but it came out of nowhere. It just showed up on the sonar half way between the edge of the sonar's range, and the Degasi outpost.

    "I've got an unidentified signature on the sonar. It's nothing big, but just a heads up. I'll check it with the cams."

    Jeff walked over to his terminal and eyed the cams. The tail cam got a visual. Jeff stood in alarm. It was one of those disappearing things. He had seen one by the gun platform before and he'd caught glimpses of them occasionally on resource runs, but most of the time they would just disappear in a cloud of bubbles and light before he would have time to investigate. This one seems to have come here on purpose.

    "Hey Palmer, ya know those cloaking things I've told you about? Well, one just showed up. They haven't been aggressive before, but those mantis-like spikes on their arms makes cause for alarm. I'd say wrap it up and get back in you're PRAWN suit."

    "Roger."

    Then another identical blip showed up on the sonar. This one came from the opposite side of the Degasi outpost and closer too.

    "Palmer, we've got another. I've never seen two in the same place at once. Hurry up."

    Jeff watched Palmer swim out of the broken window and down to the PRAWN suit. Suddenly, two more of the creatures showed up on the sonar.

    "Four of them?! This has got to be coordinated."

    "Palmer, two more of em just came in."

    With a boost from the propulsion system, Palmer started heading toward Determination.

    "There's one coming up on your tail!"

    Jeff watched as one of the creatures slowly came up behind Palmer at just a bit faster than he was able to go. Suddenly, Jeff saw Palmer disappear from inside the PRAWN suit.

    "What the-"

    The PRAWN suit began sinking with no control input from its pilot. As the suit fell out of view, Jeff spotted Palmer appearing out of a cloud of bubbles with three of the mantis-like creatures surrounding him.

    "SALLY! TARGET ALL CLOSEST UNIDENTIFIED WARP CREATURES AND FIRE STASIS CANNONS!"

    Suddenly a burst of electrical whirring emminated from the ship and two blinding beams shot out instantly at the creatures. Jeff brought his hand down from shielding his eyes and he saw Palmer swimming back toward him with the three creatures behind him caught in two overlapping stasis bubbles.

    "Sally, maintain target lock and fire four torpedoes."

    A rapid, muffled thump akin to that of a grenade launcher was heard echoing through the hull and three lighting fast torpedoes zipped toward the paralyzed targets. In three flashes that lasted only a second, the creatures were ripped apart in the explosions and large masses of bubbles shot toward the cave ceiling. The fourth blip also disappeared off the sonar as its corresponding torpedo made contact. A large cloud of yellow blood was all that remained of the creatures.

    "Personnel airlock opened." Sally echoed.

    Palmer climbed up the ladder onto the bridge and quickly slouched into the pilot's chair.

    "That was terrifying! One moment I was sitting in the PRAWN suit, then suddenly, I lost all my senses. I couldn't feel, see, hear, smell, or taste anything! I thought I was dead! Then, in a rush of feeling, I found myself floating outside the PRAWN suit with a ringing in my ears and a numbness all over my body! What... What even just happened to me?"

    "You were teleported. I knew those things had the ability to disappear, but I thought they just had some kind of advanced cloaking ability like an octopus's camouflage, but... they actually have the ability to teleport themselves and other creatures!"

    Jeff turned to his terminal, "Sally, mark all corresponding signatures as aggressive.

    "That was insane. How much energy did we lose from that stasis blast?"

    Jeff stared at the energy meter, "A lot...I... I couldn't just use torpedoes. You were out there too close to the creatures. I'd'ave killed you if I opted to save energy."

    "Yeah, I know... But we still lost energy. How much do we have left?"

    "We were at 99%. now we're at 89%. A whole 10% was lost in 1 shot."

    "So, taking the bioreactor into account, we really only have 9 stasis shots left..."

    "Let's hope we can jump straight to torpedoes next time," Jeff said as he slumped into his chair and sighed.

    Palmer turned toward the yoke, "Now, let's go pick up the PRAWN suit. I hope one of those stupid crab squids isn't sucking on it or I swear..."


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    AkuMasterofMastersSkopesupertiger2340thelegoguy0
  • AkuMasterofMastersAkuMasterofMasters Join Date: 2017-09-10 Member: 232934Members Posts: 185 Advanced user
  • supertiger2340supertiger2340 Eugene OR USA Join Date: 2017-07-21 Member: 231956Members Posts: 114 Advanced user
    Who's still following?
    AkuMasterofMastersHunter387
  • RecursionRecursion The cosmos Join Date: 2017-07-01 Member: 231505Members Posts: 481 Advanced user
    Who's still following?

    Me.
    I'm a stupid person who makes stupid games and constantly self-deprecates his stupid life because he's a stupid idiot.

    Yeah, I'm a bit messed up.
    supertiger2340
  • AkuMasterofMastersAkuMasterofMasters Join Date: 2017-09-10 Member: 232934Members Posts: 185 Advanced user
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  • RecursionRecursion The cosmos Join Date: 2017-07-01 Member: 231505Members Posts: 481 Advanced user
    edited November 2017
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    I'm a stupid person who makes stupid games and constantly self-deprecates his stupid life because he's a stupid idiot.

    Yeah, I'm a bit messed up.
    AkuMasterofMasterssupertiger2340Hunter387
  • SoonerbotSoonerbot Join Date: 2017-08-28 Member: 232694Members Posts: 18 Advanced user
    I has returned. Still entertaining as ever I see.
  • ThunderShock27ThunderShock27 America Join Date: 2017-02-13 Member: 227880Members Posts: 114 Advanced user
    Sorry guys! Was preparing for my brother's wedding, dealing with school, and all the good 'ol distractions of life! If that wasn't enough my laptop has been having issues with internet for a while that took some time to fix and another big reason is because the chapter I'm working on is almost finished but I need to take some time to hop into subnautica and make sure all my research and descriptions are accurate in-game!

    Don't worry. As with every time I've been dormant for a while, I'm still here! Still reading your comments! Still trying to get the next chapter done! It should be coming rather soon!
    AkuMasterofMastersCalvinTheDiversupertiger2340Soonerbot
  • AkuMasterofMastersAkuMasterofMasters Join Date: 2017-09-10 Member: 232934Members Posts: 185 Advanced user
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  • ChenTheGuyChenTheGuy Join Date: 2017-12-07 Member: 234272Members Posts: 2 Fully active user
    Just started reading yesterday and I think it’s awesome!
    AkuMasterofMasters
  • AkuMasterofMastersAkuMasterofMasters Join Date: 2017-09-10 Member: 232934Members Posts: 185 Advanced user
    ChenTheGuy wrote: »
    Just started reading yesterday and I think it’s awesome!
    Glad you like it! This is definitely my favorite subnautica story
    ChenTheGuysupertiger2340
  • supertiger2340supertiger2340 Eugene OR USA Join Date: 2017-07-21 Member: 231956Members Posts: 114 Advanced user
    edited December 2017
    ChenTheGuy wrote: »
    Just started reading yesterday and I think it’s awesome!
    Glad you like it! This is definitely my favorite subnautica story

    100% agreement
    ChenTheGuy
  • supertiger2340supertiger2340 Eugene OR USA Join Date: 2017-07-21 Member: 231956Members Posts: 114 Advanced user
    Off topic

    I've been waiting for the next chapter...
    Battery is at 0% I've been waiting so long...
    Wondering how That's possible...
    AkuMasterofMastersChenTheGuy
  • AkuMasterofMastersAkuMasterofMasters Join Date: 2017-09-10 Member: 232934Members Posts: 185 Advanced user
    Who would win?
    Your common sense to go to bed
    or
    One story boi
  • supertiger2340supertiger2340 Eugene OR USA Join Date: 2017-07-21 Member: 231956Members Posts: 114 Advanced user
    Long story short I went to bed
  • supertiger2340supertiger2340 Eugene OR USA Join Date: 2017-07-21 Member: 231956Members Posts: 114 Advanced user
  • ThunderShock27ThunderShock27 America Join Date: 2017-02-13 Member: 227880Members Posts: 114 Advanced user
    New chapters coming soon! I just spent the last week re-reading my entire story to re-familiarize myself with the course of events and what has and hasn't been done/said. I'm pretty forgetful lol. Anyway, still here! Still reading your comments and still brainstorming the next chapters. The full release of Subnautica will help with the story progression as we get into late-game in the story. B)
    AkuMasterofMastersSkopesupertiger2340
  • supertiger2340supertiger2340 Eugene OR USA Join Date: 2017-07-21 Member: 231956Members Posts: 114 Advanced user
    edited January 2018
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  • ThunderShock27ThunderShock27 America Join Date: 2017-02-13 Member: 227880Members Posts: 114 Advanced user
    Chapter 42: Three's a Pattern

    Nate sat at his cubicle at Alterra HQ. He was one of a whole room filled of coms officers. Their jobs ranged from assisting vessels with directions, to dealing with distress signals. While most of his comrades were busy informing other ships about a planet's weather or walking them through the proper airlock cycling procedure, Nate sat staring at his computer screen. On the screen was a starmap zoomed in on planet 4546B.

    "Coms completely silent for months now... If there were any survivors, shouldn't there have been some communication attempt by now?
    Surely some one survived who could build a two-way strong enough to reach us..."


    He worked his jaw continuing to ponder the situation.

    "That's two ships that have gone missing in orbit around 4546B. First that Mongolian ship, now the Aurora...

    "Here's your usual," said a voice behind him. It was Brent, a good friend of his holding out a sandwich in a wraper.

    "Oh thanks," He said taking it and setting it on his desk.

    "Just got a new report in," Brent began as he leaned against the wall of Nate's cubicle. "A bulldog class merchant ship called the Sunbeam on the outskirts of planet 4546B's system reported receiving the Aurora's distress signal and went in to investigate. After entering the atmosphere, the coms went to static and then completely cut out. Ship's signal completely disappeared. Not even any black box data or distress call and no indication that the lifepod was jettisoned in the minute of static before complete loss of contact."

    "What?! That's the third ship in a row that has gone missing in orbit around 4546B!" Nate said in half anger half sorrow.

    "Yeah, rumors are going around that something 'fishy' is happening on that ocean planet," Brent said with a chuckle.

    "Well one's an accident. Two's a coincidence. Three's a pattern. Something is definitely going on there. We still haven't received a single signal from the Aurora since a few hours after planet fall. Not a com link and not even a lifepod distress signal. The planet's been dead silent for the last four months... Who'd we lose on the Sunbeam?"

    Brent switched a bag of sandwiches he was carrying from his right to his left hand and pulled out his PDA with this right, "Cpt. Avery Quinn 45, Co-Pilot Derek Lanston 22, Pilot Westly Tamar 27, Nav. Officer Carson Rainer 25, and Engineer Jerret Valis 34."

    "God save their souls... Uhhg, It's not looking good. The Sunbeam was the only ship close enough to investigate at the time and now their disappearance makes it even less likely there'll be any survivors for the Everest to pick up. I'm not going to give up on the Aurora though. The automated distress signal was still going even a few days after planet fall, and the data in the signal indicated 26 lifepods successfully jettisoned. That's a minimum of 26 survivors out there some where. Why they haven't tried to contact us or why we've not picked up their distress signals, I don't know, but they're out there... When was the last communication with the Everest?"

    Brent took a bite from his sandwich and tried to scarf it down so he could answer.

    "This morning. They called in to report their position. They're one month from the rendezvous point with any survivors from the Aurora. Once there, they'll be in range to do a detailed scan for survivors on the planet or in space. If no one is detected, they're prepared to investigate the planet themselves."

    "Wait they're planning to go in if no one shows up at the rendezvous? Have you warned them that a third vessel has been lost indicating a dangerous pattern?"

    "Was getting ready to after I delivered everyone's lunch orders. I'm going to advise 'em to stay out of 4546B's orbit and to send in some recon drones."

    "Okay good. The last thing we need is to lose a military vessel. Not only would it be more expensive, but that thing is five times bigger than the Aurora. The loss of life would be horrific if it became the fourth loss."

    "Yeah we're not going to lose another ship, don't you worry. It's slow and methodical from this point on and 'sides, its an Assault Frigate."

    "Are they prepared to get into combat if we find out there's some criminal organization operating from there?"

    "Oh yeah, you bet your buttons they are. Five long range ventral mass drivers, twenty dorsal close range mass drivers, and plenty of anti fighter turrets."

    "I sure hope so..."

    "Alright, I gotta deliver the rest of these sandwiches so I can get back to work and call the Everest, see ya buddy," Brent said with a pat on the shoulder.

    Nate turned around in his chair back toward the monitor. The planet was still silent. He zoomed all the way out until the solar system 4546B was in was reduced to a spec. Until the FMS Everest's symbol was visible.

    "I hope there's some one for you to pick up... Some one to tell us what the heck is going on down there..."
    AkuMasterofMastersthelegoguy0supertiger2340Skope
  • thelegoguy0thelegoguy0 netherlands Join Date: 2018-01-24 Member: 235616Members Posts: 5 Fully active user
    it is a great story, hope you continue this for a while
    LEGO!!
    ThunderShock27ChenTheGuy
  • ThunderShock27ThunderShock27 America Join Date: 2017-02-13 Member: 227880Members Posts: 114 Advanced user
    Just a progress update. Microsoft forced an update to my desktop computer which sent my computer into an infinite reboot loop that can't be canceled. I was playing the full release of subnautica in order to catch up with the story so I can get info directly from my own playthrough but since my computer is toast right now, the next chapter will be delayed until I can fix my desktop (however unlikely that may be) and then play through the full release until I get to the 2ndary research facility. Keep your fingers crossed I can fix my desktop, and just hang in there!
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