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The Experiment

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a character in “The Multiverse”, originally authored by Patcharoo, as played by RolePlayGateway

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The Experiment's Story

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Stubbing her toes would be the least of her worries. Up ahead and half buried in moss lay a large metallic hatch with a broad handle. It looked unused, ancient even, like no one had noticed it for a long time.

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The handle would give with a loud creak and a hiss of air, before it started to lift on its own to reveal a short ladder climb down to some sort of underground structure. The passages were dimly lit by old lights, some of which had dust and cobwebs over them, but the spiders who might have lived there looked like they had long since left.

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Down below the greater scope of the structure could be seen, from metal wall to metal wall. The place overall seemed small, but that was mostly because of the numerous sealed off doors with keypads and dull LED screens saying 'Locked'. However, not very far in there was one room that remained open. Maybe the door was broken, or something had gone wrong, but inside was nothing more than a lone light bulb dangling from the ceiling, a computer and a few barely visible giant glass tubes at the back.

There was still information on the computer screen.

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The machine was labelled simply.
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Experiment Z
We've finally reached a success in the cloning procedure, however I am being transferred. I fear this creation will never see the light of day. Maybe it is not meant to.
-Dr. Harriet Brennen


At the bottom of the screen were several convenient buttons including 'Lights', 'Eject', 'Terminate' and 'Run Procedure'.

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There was a sudden noise sharply to the right, further into the darkness as a red light suddenly flashed to light in intermittent pulses, illuminating the tank below it. Inside was... Something, and it was in for a rude awakening.
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"Emergency ejection protocol underway, please stand clear."


The tank was shifting, the front casing of the glass suddenly flipping open with a gush of liquid pouring out, followed by whatever was inside. It looked organic, but at the same time there was lots of metal bits. Bits on its arms, legs, head. The wires attaching this bizarre armour set all snapped off as it was forecfully shoved from the tank, leaving a pale-fleshed thing laying in the darkness and liquid.

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There was a weak groan, masculine in sound, coming from the creature which slowly now placed its hands on the ground to try to rise up. They seemed disoriented, weak even. Their eyes, if they even had any, couldn't be seen behind the visor of their helmet. The creature was strange, a pale purple in colour, with three fingers ending in bulbous grips like a gecko. They were smaller than her, maybe four or five feet tall at most. They were also very thin, with a strange tail and completely smooth skin.

Their head was noticeably cat shaped, but the ears seemed to be affixed to their skull instead of loosely attached like a normal cat.

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The thing struggled to get up, very animal-like legs slowly raising to push up off the ground. "What..." it spoke, not aloud, but telepathically, as if they held no control over it. Their voice seemed masculine. Their head tilted down to examine their hands, fingers flexing weakly as if examining themself. "Am I?"

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The creature raised his head, turning to look at her. "Z?" he asked, then turned his head back down to stare at the floor. "Why... Was I created?" The disorientation was clearly wearing off, and there seemed to be intelligence and acknowledgement of his own state of being.

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"Help?" they asked, turning to face her properly, arms finally lowering. "Help... you?"

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His hands were raised once more to study. "Do?" he echoed. He cast a look over his shoulder towards the tube he came from, then gestured with his hand, causing it to slam shut. There was a lengthy hesitation as the door slowly swung back open on its own momentum and a profound something stirred in the creatures chest.

"I feel..." he said, "Like I can do anything."

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Z stared at her for a moment. "Yes," he answered, "I will work with you, if I am given time to learn who or what I am." He obviously knew there was a difference between the two of them. He wandered in her direction with a few shakey steps. The armour that covered most of his body seemed to be supporting him.

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"Outside?" he echoed once more, turning his head to stare for the ladder. "Yes, I think." He didn't seem to understand the gesture of her hand, but still he put his hand in hers.

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He stared upwards, then nodded, gripping onto the first rung awkwardly with his three fingers, then giving a sharp tug upwards. Slowly he ascended after her, but it was clear he was still weak from waking. The only thing pushing him forward was his own desire to leave the place.

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"No," he answered, "I remember fleeting pieces. People in white coats. Scientists. Soldiers. Information coming through wires." A sudden shudder. "I was not the only one." He turned his head slowly back for the edge of the hatch.

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He shook his head. "I don't think they're down there anymore. At least not alive." There was a sudden dull gleam of blue, two eye shapes hidden behind the dark of his visor, but it quickly faded. "We shouldn't dwell on it."

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"Food," he answered, one hand coming to rest on his bare stomach. The armour did look a bit rediculous. Big ol' shoulder pads, over-sized arm bracers, some sort of leg guards and a helmet. But nothing on the stomach. Even his chin was visible, though whether he actually had a mouth was hard to tell.

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"Nuts," he said, "Berries. Feed, if you have any." It made him sound awfully like a bird.

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He seemed grateful to receive the bag, opening it and immediately shoving his chin into it.

Wait, it wasn't his chin, that was where his mouth was. His entire face angled downwards towards his very narrow mouth. Now he munched away contently, but it was difficult to read his emotions when his eyes were hidden. "Thank you," he spoke while eating. "Were you with the scientists?"

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"Oh..." he answered, disappointment in his voice, "I thought you might know someone who had the answers to my existence." It sounded philosphical. Like he expected god or something. A hand raised to rub at the edge of his helmet irritably. "I just wonder why I was made. Do I have a purpose?"

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"I guess," he said, "It fills me with disillusionment to know that I was not the only one of their creations. I think I was the second. They kept referring to me as 'Two'." He shook his head. "I can barely remember."

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He nodded, lowering the bag of feed and resting it in his lap so he could place his hands together. "A clone? A copy?" His eyes sought the sky. "I wonder what I was cloned from."

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"Yes," he answered, "I feel much stronger now." There was a hesitance. A definite pause. "Do you think I was meant to be a weapon?"

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Like so.

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In the middle of the forest amongst tumbled down stones and damaged structures sat a lone figure cross-legged and staring forward, or at least it appeared they were staring forward. Still in the armour they had worn when 'birthed' from the tube, the pale-purple fleshed creature looked near machine. For a start, their eyes were hidden by a black visor and strange helmet and what looked to be metal shoulder pads. Wires ran between the two, and the arm guards the creature wore, which were matched only be the shin guards and the almost stylised metal armour around the groin.

It looked very sci-fi and hardly practical. After all, it left their mid-driff bare, and the experiment clearly didn't have much in the way of physical strength. They were all gangly and slim. Of their physical features what most stood out was three things. The first was their head which was angled and almost catlike, but with the ears affixed to their skull instead of detached. The second was their fingers, three on each hand with bulbous ends like a gecko. The third was their lengthy tail which was nearly as high as their head.

Even while sitting it was obvious the thing was shorter than a human in size. And there they were. Staring or meditating. It was hard to tell.

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He slowly spun on the spot, pushing on the rock with his feet to turn around and to stare into the forest. He could hear voices. Up rose 'Z' as he had been dubbed, staring for a moment with apprehension. Had his creators come to reclaim their possession? Or give him an answer to his existence? Instead of going with fear, he went with determination. He felt confident, like not a thing could harm him, as he marched towards the sound of the voice.

"Who goes there?" his voice penetrated the air. It was a vocal projection, not generated by speech, air and vocal chords, but from his mind to the surrounding atmosphere. Telepathy.