'AURORA FALLS' - A Subnautica story.

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  • BugzapperBugzapper AustraliaMembers Join Date: 2015-03-06 Member: 201744Posts: 1,096 Advanced user
    sayerulz wrote: »
    Unless you go for a star trek level of science failure, that would surely mean that the sea emperor is not native to this planet.

    I wouldn't be too sure of that. Naturally, I'd have to inquire precisely how you reached that conclusion.
  • BugzapperBugzapper AustraliaMembers Join Date: 2015-03-06 Member: 201744Posts: 1,096 Advanced user
    edited May 2016
    "Do you mean that in a strictly metaphysical sense, JUNO?

    "Negative, Captain. IANTO has confirmed that all specimens collected by the Magellan expedition share the same basic genetic structure. All life forms of Manannán are merely highly specialised variants of a unique primal genotype. An ancient genetic precursor organism. In this case, it is the Sea Emperor. Its DNA structure is more mutable and significantly more genetically flexible than Terrestrial DNA. Theoretically, a Sea Emperor could sire an entirely new species with each new mating."

    " I'd say he's more than a king, but less than a god... But what other organism would it mate with?"

    "Our consensus is that Dragon Leviathans are exclusively female, and appear to be of the same species as the Sea Emperor. Sexual dimorphism would account for their differing physical appearance. They are effectively the brood mothers for the entire planet's life forms. The existence of a single Alpha male organism and multiple females would ensure long-term stability in the core genome, allowing the Sea Emperor to maintain precise control over the evolutionary process. This also explains how the planet is able to produce new species within a remarkably short time. As the need arises, the Sea Emperor simply designs a new species capable of dealing with rapidly changing environmental conditions. Since any resultant organisms are only equipped with conventional dual-helix DNA, they will continue to breed true to their species. At least, until the Sea Emperor introduces a new variant of that species. Although this is an elegant biological adaptation, its main drawback is that it renders the Sea Emperor and therefore, all other life on this planet extremely vulnerable to outside interference."

    "I'll bet. It would certainly explain why Torgaljin Corp would want to capture a Sea Emperor and effectively hold it for ransom. I believe the term 'total compliance' was bandied about in that message to Paal Torgaljin. Anyway, we can discuss this later. It looks like the Warpers have finished telling this part of their story."

    I studied the image closely for at least ten minutes, then turned to the Warpers and gestured that I understood what they had told me so far. My response was to start drawing a similar picture, only this time it involved various items of technology. I started with the (now) customary image of me standing next to a Fabricator console. I showed the Fabricator making a range of tools and objects. The second image echoed the Warper's genesis saga. I drew the same image as before, but added three 'friendly' human outlines appearing below a Fabricator unit. Next, I showed De Ruyter's attack on the planet and its subsequent destruction. The final image of this sequence showed all three androids and me replanting and restocking the ruined areas with sea life.

    One of the Warpers delicately traced a talon over the image of an android. It looked at me inquiringly, as if to say "Why do these ones look different to you?"

    This was a tricky one. How do you explain the concept of a machine to an intelligent species that doesn't use machines? I pointed at Gawain standing nearby, then swam over to retrieve a Builder tool and some raw materials. I moved over to a clear patch of ground, then fabricated a foundation slab and a basic habitation module. Apparently, the Warpers were astonished by this demonstration. Naturally, I only had an intricate series of talon motions and rapid colour changes to base this impression on, although I could safely say that they were basically impressed.
    TenebrousNovarhys_elcinsbaronvonsatan
  • sayerulzsayerulz oregonMembers Join Date: 2015-04-15 Member: 203493Posts: 744 Advanced user
    Bugzapper wrote: »
    sayerulz wrote: »
    Unless you go for a star trek level of science failure, that would surely mean that the sea emperor is not native to this planet.

    I wouldn't be too sure of that. Naturally, I'd have to inquire precisely how you reached that conclusion.

    I came to that conclusion simply due to the fact that life cannot start evolving at such a complex level. Your subsequent writings explain it as being a more literal form of progenitor for all of the planets life, but the same issue remains: such a complex creature would have to have evolved from a long series of simpler creatures. Which can't be if it is the progenitor of all life on this planet. Of course, I suppose it is theoretically possible that all creatures that came before the sea emperor are simply extinct.
    TenebrousNova
  • BugzapperBugzapper AustraliaMembers Join Date: 2015-03-06 Member: 201744Posts: 1,096 Advanced user
    edited May 2016
    Spot on.
    Ever wonder about the gigantic skeleton that's slated for the Lost River biome?

    The Sea Emperor is the final product of a long line of highly developed precursor organisms.
    The new evolutionary paradigm for the planet.

    Clock's ticking, and someone will have to develop progressively advanced technology in the (relatively) near future.
    Don't forget, the Alpha Hydrae star system is doomed. 15MY remaining, max.
    baronvonsatan
  • sayerulzsayerulz oregonMembers Join Date: 2015-04-15 Member: 203493Posts: 744 Advanced user
    Bugzapper wrote: »
    Spot on.
    Ever wonder about the gigantic skeleton that's slated for the Lost River biome?

    I figured that must have died because it's jaw was not articulated and it had no throat.
    TenebrousNovarhys_elcinsbaronvonsatan
  • CoranthCoranth Members Join Date: 2015-06-02 Member: 205160Posts: 719 Advanced user
    Oh my god... This is amazing!
    EpicIan60142baronvonsatan
  • 5Raptorboy5Raptorboy Members Join Date: 2015-05-29 Member: 205021Posts: 30 Advanced user
    This explains a serious amount of things.
    TenebrousNova
  • JoeakuakuJoeakuaku USAMembers Join Date: 2016-04-10 Member: 215614Posts: 55 Fully active user
    So a Garryfish, Bleeder, Blood Crawler, Floater, and Sky Ray all evolved from a single creature?



    Damn.
    EpicIan60142TenebrousNovaCalvinTheDiver
  • Phoenix223Phoenix223 ChicagoMembers Join Date: 2016-02-18 Member: 213174Posts: 185 Advanced user
    The Sea Emperor is the creator-god of Mannanan's marine life? What a story...

    Love your work!
  • Tmart94Tmart94 u.sMembers Join Date: 2016-04-21 Member: 216043Posts: 14 Fully active user
    Usually I don't post. But when i do its a good (insert explictive here) story
  • lorcogothlorcogoth belgiumMembers Join Date: 2015-09-14 Member: 207943Posts: 105 Advanced user
    would engineer Selkirk be able to "donate" some genetic material to the emperor so that it can make out of water existence easier?
    because his genetic DNA has several millions of years of land based evolutionary history while the emperor barely has any land based evolution in its genetic history.
    BugzapperTenebrousNovabaronvonsatan
  • fangfatherhunterfangfatherhunter englandMembers Join Date: 2016-05-05 Member: 216369Posts: 30 Fully active user
    exceptional
    also im not a command block god so dont expect the adventure map to have an actual reaper and stuff like that
  • BugzapperBugzapper AustraliaMembers Join Date: 2015-03-06 Member: 201744Posts: 1,096 Advanced user
    lorcogoth wrote: »
    would engineer Selkirk be able to "donate" some genetic material to the emperor so that it can make out of water existence easier?
    because his genetic DNA has several millions of years of land based evolutionary history while the emperor barely has any land based evolution in its genetic history.

    Interesting question.

    I'd suspect having the opportunity to examine ( and possibly communicate with) a Terran would be all that's required.
    He's worked on Cave Crawlers, so the Sea Emperor already has a pretty solid idea about the Leg Thing.
  • lorcogothlorcogoth belgiumMembers Join Date: 2015-09-14 Member: 207943Posts: 105 Advanced user
    Bugzapper wrote: »
    Interesting question.

    I'd suspect having the opportunity to examine ( and possibly communicate with) a Terran would be all that's required.
    He's worked on Cave Crawlers, so the Sea Emperor already has a pretty solid idea about the Leg Thing.

    I was more thinking about lungs and making sure that the senses are fine while out of the water
  • TenebrousNovaTenebrousNova EnglandMembers Join Date: 2015-12-23 Member: 210206Posts: 641 Advanced user
    edited May 2016
    I wonder if Selkirk plans on teaching the Warpers how they can eventually make their own technology. I guess that their psionic abilities and portal generation meant they never had to bother with it before, but if their star system is doomed then they'll need to become capable of space travel at some point.

    I mostly got this idea from the picture of Selkirk helping the Warpers out of the water, representing their planet.
    Bugzapper wrote: »

    Interesting question.

    I'd suspect having the opportunity to examine ( and possibly communicate with) a Terran would be all that's required.
    He's worked on Cave Crawlers, so the Sea Emperor already has a pretty solid idea about the Leg Thing.

    Does that mean that the Sea Emperor can consciously decide what genetic characteristics his offspring will have? That's impressive. And is he the only male of his species?
  • Pudding01Pudding01 MinnesotaMembers Join Date: 2016-05-03 Member: 216308Posts: 25 Advanced user
    I wonder if Selkirk plans on teaching the Warpers how they can eventually make their own technology. I guess that their psionic abilities and portal generation meant they never had to bother with it before, but if their star system is doomed then they'll need to become capable of space travel at some point.

    I mostly got this idea from the picture of Selkirk helping the Warpers out of the water, representing their planet.
    Bugzapper wrote: »

    Interesting question.

    I'd suspect having the opportunity to examine ( and possibly communicate with) a Terran would be all that's required.
    He's worked on Cave Crawlers, so the Sea Emperor already has a pretty solid idea about the Leg Thing.

    Does that mean that the Sea Emperor can consciously decide what genetic characteristics his offspring will have? That's impressive. And is he the only male of his species?

    At the moment, yes he is the only living male of his species.
  • RainstormRainstorm Montreal (Quebec)Members Join Date: 2015-12-15 Member: 210003Posts: 1,050 Advanced user
    Bugzapper wrote: »
    From what I'd seen thus far, this was beginning to look like a ridiculously dodgy rescue operation. No idea of the disposition of the base's defences, no idea of what level of armed opposition we could expect and no expectation of any significant backup. Rather than dwell overlong on all of the negative aspects of this mission, I decided to concentrate on making the most of what we did have.

    Four Gen II ExoSuits, three whip-smart androids, two Warpers... And one crazy Martian Scotsman.

    Will Selkirk YOLO it or plan his approach carefully? OMG the tension is unbearable :smiley: STAY TUNED FOLKS!

  • Pudding01Pudding01 MinnesotaMembers Join Date: 2016-05-03 Member: 216308Posts: 25 Advanced user
    Wait, does Selkirk still have the re-spawn thing or was that destroyed?
  • JoeakuakuJoeakuaku USAMembers Join Date: 2016-04-10 Member: 215614Posts: 55 Fully active user
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    yes, as far as I can recall he still has the lifepod secured.
  • Pudding01Pudding01 MinnesotaMembers Join Date: 2016-05-03 Member: 216308Posts: 25 Advanced user
    I should be studying for my final tomorrow but... THE HYPE!!!
    EpicIan60142ComicalSkate
  • 5Raptorboy5Raptorboy Members Join Date: 2015-05-29 Member: 205021Posts: 30 Advanced user
    After you finish this, make a sitcom out of these characters.
    Bugzapper
  • EpicIan60142EpicIan60142 IllinoisMembers Join Date: 2015-08-18 Member: 207263Posts: 45 Advanced user
    Bugzapper wrote: »

    Four Gen II ExoSuits, three whip-smart androids, two Warpers... And one crazy Martian Scotsman.

    My favorite quote from this story so far XD
    "Don't tell me the sky is the limit when there are footprints on the moon" -Paul Brandt
  • fangfatherhunterfangfatherhunter englandMembers Join Date: 2016-05-05 Member: 216369Posts: 30 Fully active user
  • Phoenix223Phoenix223 ChicagoMembers Join Date: 2016-02-18 Member: 213174Posts: 185 Advanced user
    Selkirk is starting an alliance with the Warpers? Awesome! I can't wait to see how this turns out!
  • Brodude1234Brodude1234 Members Join Date: 2016-03-31 Member: 215106Posts: 11 Fully active user
    On the fourth day of Manannán, the Sea Emperor gave to me: Four Gen II ExoSuits, three whip-smart androids, two War-pers... And one crazy Martian Scots-man.
    Phoenix223EpicIan60142Bugzapper
  • Phoenix223Phoenix223 ChicagoMembers Join Date: 2016-02-18 Member: 213174Posts: 185 Advanced user
    On the fourth day of Manannán, the Sea Emperor gave to me: Four Gen II ExoSuits, three whip-smart androids, two War-pers... And one crazy Martian Scots-man.

    Son of-... I completely missed that! XD
    Pudding01
  • BugzapperBugzapper AustraliaMembers Join Date: 2015-03-06 Member: 201744Posts: 1,096 Advanced user
    On the fourth day of Manannán, the Sea Emperor gave to me: Four Gen II ExoSuits, three whip-smart androids, two War-pers... And one crazy Martian Scots-man.

    In the pipeline: 'Aurora Falls, The Musical.'
    Pudding01Phoenix223rhys_elcinsCalvinTheDiver
  • BugzapperBugzapper AustraliaMembers Join Date: 2015-03-06 Member: 201744Posts: 1,096 Advanced user
    And yes, I'll write the 'Twelve Days on Manannán' Filksong at some stage. ;)
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