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Celcius Vladimir

"I may not know what will happen tomorrow but I'll do my best to find out."

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a character in “The Vladimir”, as played by Alastairim

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[Celcius Vladimir]
android - female - 82 - science - captain

Celcius was built with ambitious and curiosity. Her mind filled with questions and constant amazement. Even over eighty years, she is still filled with the spark of life and need for adventure. Danger never processes well in her databases, finding the will to risk most things in exchange for the unknown. Her skill sets lie in planning and combat although her people skills can be somewhat lacking. Compassion is not a strong point and is often avoided. Some consider her harsh but she simply has a goal.

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It was the first day on Alpha-Seven. The journey there had been expectantly average; the sleep cycling had acted flawlessly and the Vladimir navigated their route without incident. The crew had been awoken an hour before landing to prepare. A satellite circling the planet provided the Vladimir with a brief overview of the geographical information it recorded from space. It was sent to the crew who were meant to review it at their leisure before landing - even the cook.

The survey had very little information to share. Most of it pertained to a location named the Elmers that was almost entirely covered by plants. There had been movement in the foliage but the details of the cause had been shrouded by the leaf cover. A small opening in the green forest had been pinpointed as the landing spot for the Vladimir. Next to the Elmers was a series of mountains while the other half of the planet had a permanent thick cloud cover of which the bot couldn't read past. Currently no water could be seen from space which was their greatest challenge at the moment. They had the means to draw water from air but that took time and energy - things which were precious to their mission. Perhaps they had their first mission already.

Celcius had uploaded the information to her mental archive; a great benefit from being an android. She could recall what little was known in incredible clarity as her system filtered out the filler words and kept the main facts assembled. She had even erased any memory of the previous planet's locations to make room for the future world below her. There was so much potential, she could feel her clogs tick a beat faster from the anticipation. "Can you see it, Vladimir?" The captain asked with wide eyes peering down from the cockpit. The ship beeped twice in reply. Celcius chuckled a retort, "See what? See the potential. There's so much to know, so much to find, so much to see." She smiled and the time fell away. Nothing changed for Celcius until her feet stood steady on the new planet.

The opening was barely three times the area of Vladimir with level ground. Some roots had twisted their way into the landing site but remained near its outskirts. The tree tops towered over the area, reaching several hundred meters into the sky. Their pale green leaves blotted out the sun so that only a dim light reached the forest ground yet grass still grew in abundance around the thick roots. There was forest in almost all directions, with the exception of the west were a stone mountain could be seen peeking through the tree trunks. From grass to leaves, nothing grew in-between. It made the forest appear almost empty with small orange dots that floated in the distance, glowing in the dim light. The entire scene welcomed Celcius whom was left only to sigh at its brilliance.

With a large smile, the android let her curiosity get the best of her. Her feet swiftly drove her to the edge of a plant where one of its large roots twisted from the dirt. With her free hand she rubbed its exterior before tapping and scratching at its shell. "It's brilliant." Celcius whispered under her breath, "Thick, dry and hardy. These layered plates have some sort of order, like scales." Without hesitation, the woman began to climb up the root using the breaks between the plates as anchors. Her smile was still twisted onto her features as she arrived at the top and scurried to its trunk. "Even this is layered albeit slightly softer." She mused before circling the round base. Her eyes had caught onto a series of scratches on its side which had forced the tree to bow. With an eager hand the woman reached upwards to rub the grainy texture and splinters that had frayed. Among her textile adventure, she felt a whole new sensation: smooth. Her hands pinched the source before bringing it down to eye level. "A scale?" She wondered aloud as she spun a silver disk in her hand that was nearly the size of her palm.

Celcius took a brief moment to turn back to any crew members that were outside with a wide grin. "Do you see this?" She cried with excitement. She hoped to see the same spirited adventure that bubbled within her frothing in her companions. After her oil had simmered down, she would go back to commanding. For now, however, Celcius was wonder incarnate.

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There was no way he was ever going to get used to artificial sleep. He'd feel fine one minute, before blinking into a dreamless unconscious state– and then he'd open his eyes again, thinking something had gone wrong in the process, only to find himself miles from home, on a different planet. He heard it made some people nauseated– space sick– and though he understood why, he was lucky enough not to be one of those people. Nico had a stomach of steel. Literally, in some places.

He skimmed the geographical overview, half an hour later, after a hot shower and a minor pep-talk from his reflection. They were surrounded by plants, which had to be a good sign, surely. While he would have preferred an inhabited planet, personally, that was rather the point of him being here in the first place. Out of his comfort zone, into the fire. Or the woods, as this case would have it. Both the mountains and the green of Alpha-Seven were shrouded in mystery, or at least clouds and thick vegetation, which made it impossible to get an exact impression of what they were getting into.

Before leaving he had bought what the man in the shop referred to as a "Cook's Traveller's Pack". It was really just a fancy name for a leathery satchel, which he could use to carry with him various knives and rations. He retrieved this from the kitchen, pausing to run a gloved hand over the surface of his workbench and making a mental note to clean the whole place properly later. He couldn't tell if he was excited or nervous, but decided to go with the former. He would have time to be scared when there was something worth being scared of, and if his minimal knowledge of space missions was anything to go by, there was always something worth fearing on strange planets. Sooner or later.

Nico found his way outside just in time to see his captain climbing a large plant with upheaved roots. There was another good sign, at least. If Celcius could still be excited about this adventure after her years of experience, there had to be something in it. While she climbed, he took his time to fetch a scalpel-like knife from his traveller's pack, cutting loose a small sample from the tree. There was no way the crew could survive on a vegetarian diet without becoming protein deficient, but it wouldn't hurt to check if it was edible.

"Do you see this?"

He looked up to see the captain holding something in her hand, presumably found in the top of the tree. However, she was too far up for him to see– perhaps it was a fruit. That would certainly be a welcome change. Not optimal, but surely everyone liked fruit? He felt the mechanisms in his throat rush to bring an air-like substance into his lungs as he prepared to speak. His voice was mildly electronic in sound, as his larynx had long since been replaced by a mechanical one, but not unpleasant as he asked, "You're too far up, Captain. What have you found?"

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'Space is weird...'

And it was between a searing migraine (more like a headache) and several aching muscles that the fair doctor contemplated calling in sick and stay bedridden for the next twenty-four hours. Cryogenic sleep sounds great until you realise your back felt like it had lifted a walrus off the ground and your head wallowed in a mental state not unlike the hangover that was the result of a sterling night out. And as much as Annika relished the thought of going to bed more than working overtime, 'This wasn't exactly a five star commodity'. Weighing the pros to the cons, however, maybe she was lucky her qualms were solved instantly with the slip of a pill.

She had taken her sweet time leisurely assessing the medical wing of the Vladimir, taking stock of everything and giving the crew's records a quick once over (something she would've normally done preflight) before making preparations to join the rest of the field team and size up their new playground. She took to packing only the necessities at present, first-aid equipment mostly, and set off for ground-level; something of a spark of excitement brewing steadily at the thought of exploring alien territory. “Alpha-Seven”, a name made up by the most boring man in existence, wasn't it? 'Probably...'

The geographical readings, however, proved the planet was going to be anything but boring, and as the doctor planted the first step onto the planet's grassy surface, it took a great deal of restraint for her not to grin at the spectacle. Somewhere she did want to, but resisted in favour of taking a more professional attitude (although there was that obvious smile on her face). Trees almost the size of skyscrapers cast a thick, leafy roof that blotted out but the tiniest rays of sunlight, and Annika would almost forgive herself for thinking she was eight years old again.

She shook her head. There'd be ample time to drool at the littlest details later, and as she forcibly pulled herself from this daydream, Annika approached the already present crew members; A hand raising to her head as she gave the one on the ground a two-fingered salute. “Mornin'” Or afternoon. Was hard to tell with the leaves, really. Her sight trailed upward to find their captain already picking through the dirt and roots, apparently having the time of her life doing so. 'No restraint, that one.' Although it was difficult not to chuckle at the thought of a captain acting so... gleeful.

“Mind letting us in on your discovery then, Celcius?”

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Celcius smiled stupidly as she cried out, "I believe it's a scale!" Her eyes paced the two companions who dared venture out with her but found a tingle of disappointment twitch through her circuits. The hope she felt was pale in them - at least outwardly. But that was a thing about bio-organisms: their wonder was suppressed by survival. Still, she stuffed the silver disc into a pack she had tied around her hips and began to climb again. Her limbs almost hugging a small portion of the tree as she wiggled upward, one hand and then the other. It was after about three of these reaches that she heard it.

A great scraping sound echoed through the forest, thin yet loud. The android's head had twitched to see its source but failed. In the direction, all that was seen were the trees. Without thinking, Celcius dropped her hold and landed flatly on her feet. Quickly she straightened up. A wide smile breached her features as she looked back to the cook and doctor. "Well?" She hadn't dared see their reaction. Instead she ran - bounded really - off the tree and onto the green grass. She slipped slightly from the distance but quickly recovered to jog deeper north of the ship. Her crew could follow if they chose but it was time for adventure.

Most of the trees appeared uninteresting compared to the first. All had twisting roots and branches with scaled bark and green leaves. Very few also bore the same splitter markings on their trunk, Celcius noted as she skirted between them. It didn't take long for her to stop running however, when a spark of silver crossed her path. She stood motionless and watched with wide eyes as thick silver monstrosity swayed through the trees. All she could see was a torso - maybe thirty feet in height - pass between the trunks until a clear fin swished by, tapered to the bottom of the mass. "It couldn't be..." She mused quietly. Slow to start, the woman jogged closer to the creature, arriving past the trees to see the monster in all its glory.

It was a silver fish, floating in the air between the tree tops and the ground. It was slow but deliberate, weaving between the trunks. It had a pair of pectoral fins that hung five feet above the ground and swished in turn to propel it forward as large, black eyes stared mindlessly from its sides. A mouth, suffering from a massive underbite, opened and closed to pull in air and filter it through the large gills on its side. A pair of orange dots slipped into the gaping mouth, found not to return out again. She watched as its tail brushed against a tree, which scratched the bark and rattled the leaves, as the monster slightly altered its course. As such, the mystery was solved.

With a modest grin, Celcius mused, "So it is a scale after-all." She paused, thinking on her situation for a brief time. Turning to whatever company dared follower her - or none, possibly - Celcius placed her hands heavily on her hips and stated with determination, "I believe it's about time we went fishing. Any idea on how to go about it?" She smiled with a very silly idea in mind.

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Brax was reading the survey report on his way up to the top level. There he was to make sure all weapons and gear was to be accounted for in the armory. The information was little it seemed, the probes must not have been able to pierce the veil of clouds found on Alpha-Seven. Still the forests could hide many dangers within it's thick and abundant foliage. He just hoped none of the crew members would recklessly endanger themselves by charging headlong into it. As he reached the top level with a cup of water he saw out of a window one of the crew doing that very thing.

The member bounded so fast into the forest he would have missed'em if he blinked. There was only one person on the crew that could move like that and that must be the Captain! Spitting out his water in disbelief, he ran into the armory and geared up in what seemed like an instant. He was donned in his pneumatically sealed power armor suit and equipped his 4E-336 Recycler Rifle and .50 Sandlund Pistol. He read the survey far enough to understand the planet's atmosphere was hospitable but nevertheless wore his helmet anyway. Never know if you might run into toxic gas or any noxious fumes for that matter.

As he ran out of the ship, cartridge locked and loaded, he noticed the Doctor and the Cook standing before him. "Both of you are out here too?" He asked, sounding concerned. "I saw the Captain bookin' it into the wilderness, there were no signs of danger right?" He asked as he held his rifle close to his chest. He continued to scan the area around them as his helmet's HUD display showed no hostile targets in their vicinity. "Hm, my display shows nothin' but that doesn't mean nothin' ain't out there. I'm goin' to check in on the Captain, if you two are coming it'd be wise to stay close to me." Brax suggested. He then headed north in the direction that Celcius went. Using what tracking capabilities the helmet's HUD possessed he would find the Captain standing before him. "Captain, Ma'am! You alright out here?" He asked concerned. He then noticed that she seemed distracted by something out there. As he looked his HUD indicated an moving target which happened to be a humongous fish swimming in...mid air!?

Defensively Brax raised his rifle into the air and called out, "Captain! Stay back!" He warned. He was hired to be a guard and that's exactly what he plans to do. Whether it be the ship, it's contents, or it's crew he was ready to raise his arms in their defense. He slowly approached making sure to not disturb the monster any further. As he came up to Celcius's side he looked over to her and spoke, "I don't think it notices us. We should move away from it before it does, Captain." He mentioned in a hushed tone.

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Nico almost jumped as the doctor appeared, answering her salutation with a quick nod. He had been so absorbed by the possibilities of the captain's discovery, he'd not noticed her approaching.

“Mind letting us in on your discovery then, Celcius?”

"I believe it's a scale!"

"A scale?" So far up? Nico placed his scalpel and the sample he had taken inside his pack. "A type of lizard, perhaps?"

In which case, he thought, the size offered considerable reason to be worried. Perhaps they were landed on a planet of huge lizardmen, a concept he was only vaguely familiar with– he seemed to remember something of the kind in an old horror movie. He was about to speak when the captain continued her climb, but held his tongue at the risk of sounding like a worried mother. The android probably had functions far beyond his imagination– it wasn't his place to tell her what to do.

And then he heard the sound– the creaking of movement through the forest, plants bending in the wake of something large. It moved slow, deliberate but clumsy by the sounds of things. The captain was before him in a flash, high-tailing towards the source of the sound.

"C-captain," he began, "maybe we should wait for–" he stopped himself, getting a fillet knife from his pack. He was on a mission, now. No time for cowardice.

He'd barely taken a step after Celcius before Brax arrived. He must have seen her go from the ship, for the man seemed worried to say the least– Nico couldn't blame him. As much as he admired the captain's spirit, he was happy not to be charged with keeping her alive.

"I saw the Captain bookin' it into the wilderness, there were no signs of danger right?"

"Um, there was a worrying sound, just now," Nico said, but was at a loss for words when it came to explaining it.

"If you two are coming it'd be wise to stay close to me."

"Right behind you." Nico clutched his fillet knife close and walked a small distance behind Brax– probably disappearing with his small frame, and unable to see until the man stopped. Nico avoided crashing into his back by a millisecond, and carefully poked his head around to see what everyone was staring at.

"Captain! Stay back!"

It could be a mullet, though it was hard for him to see from his position and there was no way of ascertaining without getting a closer look at the fins. He probably had a book of the different traits somewhere. It could also be a perch-like: a family of fish mostly recognisable by their lack of definable traits and thusly just another way of saying he had no fucking clue. The fact of the matter it was huge, even by ocean-creature standards, which was not at all helped by the fact that it was somehow swimming through the air. He also noted the presence of orange dots– the nature of which was unknown. A food of some kind?

The underbite reminded him of a catfish, but the head was far too small and delicate where a catfish would have a rounded, compact skull. That being said, a normal salmon would have quite the underbite, but would usually be more slender in build than the monstrosity before him. His closest call at the top of his head and without a close inspection of the fins would be sooty grunter, a fish that rarely appeared in day-to-day conversation, especially since it was a freshwater fish, and mostly stuck in his mind because of the name.

Heh. Sooty. He tried to remember if it was particularly tasty, but freshwater fish generally was an acquired taste. Hopefully nobody on board had a seafood allergy. In short, it was impossible to say for certain whether the giant was edible.

"I don't think it notices us. We should move away from it before it does, Captain."

"If I may interject," Nico said, trying to speak low although he doubted the fish would care much for them. "I would at least not recommend shooting it, captain, at the risk of spoiling the taste. I may have a harpoon hidden away somewhere."

He paused.

"You know. For cooking," he added.

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And there she went again, off to chase her own little wonderland. 'Mind the rabbit holes, I guess.' The doctor probably didn't feel quite as hard-pressed to investigate, just impatient to get on with their mission – An incentive that was currently disregarded by their commanding officer. And so Annika mused for a second upon the rationality of running into alien wilderness, tempted to shout after Celcius for want of something progressive to add to their first field day, but strangely didn't act on it (because, hey, captain's in charge).

The scraping sound echoing through the forest had done little to cement any indication of wanting to have a quick look, didn't sound friendly. Probably big, too, and the doctor didn't fancy becoming what was essentially this planet's equivalent of ants.

So it was, with hesitation, that the doctor followed behind the small group – Only dully noting Brax's arrival (the big lump) and rather uncharacteristic, and dare she say melodramatic, behaviour. Not that caution was unwarranted, mind, but Annika just didn't really feel a soldier of that man's stature, figuratively and literally, enticed certain... Herding traits. 'Honestly, Celcius can fend for herself you dolt.' And there was that.

“Better be a damned big harpoon” Annika commented, only capable of staring at the gigantic titan-fish lurking about the place, only wondering for a moment about what made this guy capable of floating in mid-air. 'Not to mention, how's it surviving off-shore?' Last she heard, fish belonged in the deep sea. Not exactly a sky-faring species. If it was a fish at all, even.

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The android eyed each of her crew in turn, searching for some inkling of excitement. There was something, at least, in the military man who was taking to his job in a very inconvenient way for the robotic explorer. Fear was instead is maker for the occasion. So, with a mild smile, Celcius barked, "Simmer down, Brax. If I break, I break. I'll be safe when the time calls for it." Her hand lightly tapped on his shoulder in an awkward attempt to settle his nerves. She assumed it would work but most likely, it was a horrible, cringeworthy attempt. Her attention had flickered onto the next optimistic company, however. First the idea-maker, whom she lazily called 'cook', and then the good doctor.

Both retorts made her grin and set her mind into motion. "I like the way you think, cook, for food and science. I bet I could get the mechanic to craft something up for us. I'm thinking rocket propelled? Perhaps that's too barbaric." The woman had started to mumble as she mused. "Truth be told, I had considered trying to find a way into its mouth - maybe a fishing rod - and render it helpless from the inside but I like the harpoon idea leagues more." Her smile had turned more cruel as she pointed a strong finger at Nico. "Cook, go search for your harpoon and bring it to the engineering bay. If you can't find it, let us know right away. I'll go to talk to Mal about the details of his fish-killing wonder. Brax and doctor," She paused to ensure her stern look bore holes into their skulls, "don't lose the fish." Each word held significance as they were smothered in silent threats. While she would never physically harm a member for such a lazy act, she would, however, be very disappointed in them - which could be physically exhausting for both her and her disapointees.

Celcius gave a quick nod to all the members, "I hope you've all kept your communicators on. We'll have to reconvene when we're ready. Good luck." With one last nod, the android spun around rather calmly and began to job off. Her mind spun with all the potential in the plan but also all the potential failures. If there was no harpoon, they would have to craft something similar. If they lost the fish, they'd have to track another one down - if there was another one. While they weren't her current stations they were her worries as Captain but she had faith in them. Organisms may have called it hope, Celcius, however, called it the promise of statistics. There was a good chance they'd make their initial attack but the rest was still calculating.

With little time and much thought, Celcius arrived back into the Vladimir. The ship beeped its respects although mockingly so. Celcius ignored it and moved to the engineering bay. "Where's the mechanic, Vladi?" She whispered with wandering eyes. Vladimir beeped again, entirely sarcastic this time. In english it could mean something like 'why don't you look for yourself?' or 'how am I meant to know?'. The direct translation was actually 'cannot compute.' "You cheeky bastard." She hushly cooed. She heard something in the background. It was unsteady and pitched unlike the machines that cranked and clanked through the bay. Her feet calmly marched forward on a soft foot as she approached the pair currently chatting. For now, the woman interrupted them with beaming confidence, "Good to see you two up. Mal, I need something." She had given the man a nickname without asking but she often wondered why people asked to begin with. Names were names, nicknames were simply easier names. Personal emotion didn't bleed into that logic for her. "We've found a giant fish floating in the Elmers. How quickly do you think you could craft a harpoon-propelling unit? Also, potentially we may have to craft a harpoon ourselves. I'll know in a few minutes." The woman watched her two males casually while standing lazily a few feet away. "Oh, and it can't taint the meat. Cook wants to cook it." She smiled. She liked the idea too.

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Brax looked back to see who followed him if anyone? Apparently both did and both didn't seem the faintest bit worried...well maybe the Cook was? It's pretty difficult to tell what a man is thinking or feeling with a mask covering his entire face. Of course he did read the report that the Cook needs it as an breathing apparatus amongst other things. So Brax may never get the chance to look upon their culinary artist's visage. In light of this the Cook's demeanor seemed very contrast to the Doctor's attitude even finding the time to add an insult directed towards him. Brax could say something in response to their youngest member but he understands that it would be best to disregard what she had said. After all last time he didn't he did kill a man.

Lieutenant Dustin Lattimore, he had quite the mouth on him. It came from being born a privileged child coming from a family quite famous for being in the military. One of those Military Lineages or some sort of extravagant title along those lines. Pissing off such an affluent family in your government will get you in a lot of trouble but now's not the time to dwell in the past. He merely rolled his eyes within his helmet as he looked towards the Captain. Sure, she is an android and he had no doubt that she could take care of herself quite competently. Nevertheless he knew of many combat droids and men and women with various cybernetic enhancements in the Service. Yes, it did make them better equipped to handle multiple situations that would arise but it didn't make them invincible. Plenty of robots and cyborgs were killed and destroyed like any other living being. Sometimes it didn't make a world of difference.

Brax did calm down at the behest of the Captain, if she didn't feel there was any real danger then she's probably right. Still, Brax kept an eye on the floating, giant fish for good measure. As for the other eye it was on everything else, giant fish in the air can't be the only thing out on this planet. It was then he was given the order to keep track of this floating monstrosity whilst the Crew figure out some way to kill this thing for study and a decent meal. Brax stood at attention and gave a firm, "Yes, Captain." He had no intention of failing in his orders, after all if he can lose something so gigantic then really, what good is he? When the Captain asked if they had their communicators, his was built in to the helmet so Brax gave an, "Affirmative." to confirm this. As Celcius's and the Cook left, Brax turned to look at the Doctor.

Besides the Captain's orders he would have to follow the overall objective of being a guardian. Not only would he have to keep track of this fish but also make sure nothing happens to the good doctor here. "Looks like we'll be working together for a bit, best we try and get along." He said as he holstered his rifle to his back. "Annika? Am I sayin' that right?" He asked as he drew out his pistol. He then took out a clip of pistol rounds that had a light emanating from it's tip. He then loaded the magazine into the gun, cocking it as he finished. He then took aim at the slow moving target, "Might want to cover your ears, just givin' fair warning." He said before firing the gun. Soon the bullet traveled from the barrel of his pistol flying up into the air and impacting itself into the side of the fish. As he thought the fish didn't even notice a thing, not even bothering to look for the source of the sound the gun created. He then said over Comms, "No contact, I repeat, no contact, fired a tracer round, over." As he finished with his Comms he then looked over to Annika. "Should help us keep track of the creature better," He said as he holstered the Pistol and re-armed himself with his rifle, "Still we'll play it safe and follow it anyway." He said as he moved, following behind the fish.

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“Hey, tell that to Moby Dick over there.” She gestured towards the fish still looming over the group, desperately attempting to avoid the captain's stern glare lest she looked too hard and set off something unpleasant. Something about not pulling the wrong faces when your superior wanted something done, not that Annika expected failing operation big fish would result in dire consequences. At least, she doubted it'd warrant typical sanctions given to disobeying otherwise official orders (while this sounded more like a request than anything else). And, hey, it wasn't as though they were looking after the neighbour's cat or anything. Something nearly the size of a whale shouldn't be hard to keep an eye on. 'Could always track it if it does swim off.'

“Just hurry,” The doctor commented, watching the captain and cook walk back to the Vladimir. “Forgot to bring my leash.” And now it was just her, some glorified gasbag fish and muscles for brains.

Speaking off...

Maybe having him around would make things a little less troublesome, typical soldier was trained for this sorta thing after all. And if things happened to go south, at the very least she'd have a meat shield at the ready. He was a big man. Probably be good for, what, two or three shots? With that amount of armour, though, he could probably tank a rocket.

“Annika? Am I sayin' that right?”

The doctor gave something of a half-hearted shrug, her attention more drawn towards their new friend than her temporary partner. “Not too bothered how you say it.” In the end it was all the same call for attention, anyway. So long as she got you were talking to her, you could call her anything from birth-name to horrendous pet-names. There were exceptions, of course, but the soldier didn't strike Annika as that petty. Seemed too serious-minded for that.

She was probably overthinking it, he might've meant well (one of the few who asked, at any rate). “Brax, was it?” And so, Annika figured she'd return the favour and opted out of mentioning how ironic it was that a soldier had a name more fit to give a dog. “You expecting trouble?” The doctor asked as she followed her partner who had set on marching with their target, not so much fishing for answers as much as she was attempting to start conversation.

They'd be here for a good while...

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It didn't take a socially adept genius to understand that the doctor was getting off on the wrong foot with Brax, the newcomer. Which was quite lucky, because while Nico wasn't the absolute opposite of a social butterfly, he still had some kinks to work out.

“Better be a damned big harpoon”

"It's not the size that matters," Nico protested, "It's how you use it."

He looked out at the floating monstrosity before them, his frown invisible to the others but nonetheless present. He wasn't an expert hunter, but he was at the very least experienced– his father had made sure of that, as soon as he discovered his son's interest in the culinary. The idea had been to somehow awaken Nico's latent masculinity, if he remembered correctly. His father had never been clear on whether it had worked or not. The fish presented an obvious disadvantage against smaller foes in that its belly was hanging some feet above the ground and was open to attacks. With enough force, a well-aimed harpoon would certainly do the trick.

"I like the way you think, cook, for food and science. I bet I could get the mechanic to craft something up for us. I'm thinking rocket propelled? Perhaps that's too barbaric."

"Barbaric, perhaps, but not too far from what we need," Nico replied. He hoped that sounded smart– he was becoming less certain that he knew what was going on. Gosh, space adventures were hard.

"Cook, go search for your harpoon and bring it to the engineering bay. If you can't find it, let us know right away. I'll go to talk to Mal about the details of his fish-killing wonder ... I hope you've all kept your communicators on. We'll have to reconvene when we're ready. Good luck."

"Yes, Captain," Nico said, nodding to the remaining two as he trotted awkwardly behind the android. By the time he reached the ship he had managed to pack away his fillet knife in the pack, and subsequently broke into a run towards the kitchen, holding the pack behind him just in case he fell over. Having half a head of metal sometimes threw his balance off, strangely enough.

The kitchen was made up of three separate rooms. The biggest room was where all the action happened: it consisted of a large cooking area, with two worktops surrounding a gigantic cooker. In the back stood nine shelves for dry storage– which he was particularly hoping to use for unknown herbs over the course of the journey. By the dry storage was a small work area where he kept the scientific equipment, which he would later use to test the sample he had taken from the plant outside, as well as the fish if they ever got hold of it. Past the shelves stood a pair of double doors that led to the cooler room, which he hoped the fish would become intimately familiar with, albeit post mortem. Then, hidden to the side in the corner was a single door without a lock. A badly scribbled post-it note hung around eye-level saying, "storage: misc."

The communicator came alive as he put his hand on the handle.

"No contact, I repeat, no contact, fired a tracer round, over."

He's shooting at it! Nico would have pressed his lips together in fury if it wasn't for the fact that he physically couldn't. The door swung open and immediately crashed into a plastic crate on the other side. He winced, entering a small and overcrowded room. All his personal belongings were in here. Nico's entire personal life, as though he had taken with him every trace when he left home. What a thought.

His hunting equipment was in a large container sent from the club. "To Nicolai S. Armitage," as though they were sending a professional letter. The only thing that would have made it better is if they'd ended it with "kind regards" just to alienate him even further. There– his rifle, still in good condition. He unpacked the container carefully, not wanting to set anything off. Almost at the very bottom he found what he was looking for.

"Captain," Nico's electronic voice spoke uncertainly through the communicator. "I found it."

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Malacahi flipped through the old operations manual, but he soon realized that the manual was not actually the operations manual for the bot. Someone slipped in a different manual probably by accident. Asimov huh?

He tucked the old ink on paper back into one of the bot’s storage canisters, “Um, you know what, I think we’ll…”

The Captain appeared out of nowhere and cut their little conversing short. The mechanic could have sworn she was a ghost. Her footsteps made no sound whatsoever, which he found difficult to believe because a clanking sound followed his every movement on this particular level.

"Good to see you two up. Mal, I need something."

“Yes Captain, what can I help you with?” Malacahi offered the biggest grin this side of Alpha Seven hoping to make a fine impression on the android.

“We've found a giant fish floating in the Elmers. How quickly do you think you could craft a harpoon-propelling unit? Also, potentially we may have to craft a harpoon ourselves. I'll know in a few minutes."

Mal looked at her dumbfounded, maybe he should have stepped out with them. He might have understood what she meant. Perhaps had he left his comm unit on he would have known about the context.

"Oh, and it can't taint the meat. Cook wants to cook it."

“Did you say ‘giant fish floating’? You need a harpoon…I can probably rig something up,” he started designing the device in his head.

As he said this, he went about rescanning Asimov’s lithe frame. He had not forgotten about the robot needing an assessment. As far as Mal was concerned, it seemed like there was nothing much to be done. He eyed a couple of the plates, which he felt could use some sprucing up. They seemed to have weathered more than just a bad paint job. The hydraulics systems worked without much kinks too.

“An eye examination won’t tell us much. I’d say you need to see the field a bit more. I think you’re fine though,” he slapped the bot on its shoulder, “Which is more than I could say about Vladimir.”

The ship beeped its grievances.

Mal shrugged then turned to the Captain, “We’ll probably need a tube of some sort if the harpoon does not come with one.”

The Captain’s comm unit beeped and then he heard synthetic vocals, “Captain, I found it."

“We have a harpoon? Okay, I think the armory should have a rocket launcher of some sort. I just need to reconfigure it. I’ll need about two hours time, tops. If I had some help from this bot over here,” he gestured to Asimov, “Maybe half.”

Then he pivoted, “Permission to speak freely…” that sounded off even for him.

He was never one for formalities and he wasn’t sure if Captain Celsius herself was big on them. She had called him ‘Mal,’ though, but he played it safe.

“Personally, Captain, I would have recommended something like a net. We don’t know what a harpoon or anything penetrating this creature could do. For all we know, it could explode into a bunch of bits and pieces as a somewhat…counterproductive self-defensive mechanism,” he gestured in an overly animated manner.

Mal thought about that last bit, yes, he had seen that somewhere. He saw it on Vordros while out on a hike to oversee the construction of a new solar generator for Bauer Chenmo Industries. The Ecological Survey had failed to inform them of the Quantids. Quantids were middle sized, ball shaped, orange scaled organisms that propelled themselves along on a trail of mucus.

Mal had the unfortunate luck of witnessing one of the security detail stupidly shoot at the thing because it represented a “security threat.” This sent all of the Quantids scrambling and the one that was hit by the round instantly exploded all over them. Needless to say, it took him days to get rid of the smell.

“At least perhaps we could capture it for study. A second opinion from someone who is familiar with xenobiology couldn't hurt,” that was the intelligent Mal speaking.

He remembered the last time he had tried Intari delicacies. The aquatic world was famed for its beautiful aquamarine waters that covered near the entirety of its surface. It was there that he discovered he was not a fan of their breed of calamari. In fact, he came to accept that fish in general was the bane of his appetite’s existence.

“Also, did you say we were going to eat it?” that was the everyday Mal speaking.

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Celcius silently watched Mal examine Asimov while her mind ticked through a few conclusions. She hadn't realized how old he really was before. Her first assumption was that the agent was a bot because the bio-organisms of the company refused to work under an android but his age gave her a new, grim perspective on the matter. She felt something similar to pity rise up from her bubbling oil but held a straight face to hide any free thoughts that lingered.

When the cook spoke back with those three golden words, a sly smirk crossed her face. "Noted." Celcius muttered through the communicator located on her wrist. About to order him again, the robot stopped to stare at Mal as he continued to talk. With a nod, the Captain gave permission for Mal to speak freely. Her full attention was tacked onto the mechanic as he dallied through the details. She paused for a brief moment after he spoke so an uneasy silence overcame the hall.

With her pale eyes pacing Mal, the android commanded into her comms, "Bring it to the bay."

Pulling her wrist back to her side, Celcius stepped towards Mal boldly. Her pale features held onto a small, kind grin as she placed a hand on his shoulder. She patted him twice. "While I respect your opinions, Mal, this isn't about being smart or doing things the right way. I have a brand new team which means right now, morale is the biggest challenge. The team needs to know that they can rely on one another even when doing something as stupid as hunting a strange fish on a vastly unknown planet."

The android pulled her hand from his shoulder as she clapped almost too happily. "Also," She chirped, "the company failed to provide enough consumables for the entire trip so it's best we get a source of food sooner than later. They, apparently, didn't think it was a necessity." She looked at Asimov with a smile, "No offence."

She pulled herself a few feet away and continued on her rant, "If you can agree to this, I'd love to have you both on the hunt. Finish up with the agent first though, I need everyone at their best - even the old geezers." Celcius jeered with a playful smirk at Asimov. Her face dimmed slightly as the android pipped up again, "And I kindly ask you both to keep that information about our consumables to yourselves. I don't want others to worry about things they don't have to."

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Two hours. A couple of buckets of sweat. Nearly burning his finely combed hair. Almost fraying the optics systems in his eyes. A hair away from creating a reactor meltdown that would have stranded them on the planet.

Maybe not that last bit, but everything else?

That was all demanded and much more.

Even without Asimov’s help, Mal thought he had done a fine job himself of rigging together a nice little rocket harpoon. Where was that bot? He forgot about it while he was busy. He'll turn up somewhere.

There was no real opportunity to test the device other than to puncture a hole in the side of a giant floating fish. He had hoped that he added enough compressed gas to ensure a decent projectile velocity. The firing mechanism remained the same, he just had to alter the harpoon to make it a suitable projectile.

For all its similarities to other colonized worlds, Alpha-seven may have had its own share of physics related quirks. Whether he had calculated for that was another matter. If it was anything like Earth, and they were in an ideal world, that fish would explode and dispel any chance of it entering that night’s menu.

But they did not live in an ideal world. They were finding it, though.

Best of luck to whoever the Captain assigned to firing the contraption. Worst case scenario was that it would explode in their faces.

Mechanics rarely often thought of that.

The mechanic stepped off one of the egress ramps and took a breath. Oxygen level readout held a 97% consistency rating with Earth, the timeless standard. He did not know much of Earth, but he had been to plenty a planet to understand that each had its own share of unique characteristics. The gravity did not make him jump with each step, so perhaps the harpoon will work. This world’s gigantic trees, shrubs, and ever expanding foliage seemed to dominate over any other spec of existence on the planet.

He took in all of his surroundings, it helped to refresh him after being cooped up in engineering all day. Mal assumed that the rest of the group had already departed to watch the fishes and he was acting as rear guard. Figures.

“This is Malacahi, did someone call for a rocket propelled harpoon unit? Because I'm delivering. Don't forget to tip.”

Moments later he set down the device against a tree and watched with wide eyes the gargantuan size of the purported fish.

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What he could figure was this: some of the plants were edible, although only the roots, and the process of digging them out was not at all worth the trouble. Had they been on the brink of starvation, perhaps– but from the look and the general build of the plants they seemed to have a lot more in common with ginger than, say, potato, meaning that the taste would be overwhelming and hard to disguise. Adding to the fact that they were currently on a planet where fish could fly, he didn't feel overly confident in serving the soil of the Earth on a platter until he was one hundred percent sure that none of the crewmates would instantly mutate once the plant had been ingested– and surprisingly that was hard to test without an actual test subject.

He should have brought the rats.

Nico spent the rest of his time trying to come as close to the fish as he could without scaring it. Which, granted, would have been hard considering the cyborg's tiny stature compared to the levitating monstrosity, but he had known whales to topple boats for less and would rather not take an unwilling flying lesson across the Elmers. His investigation revealed that there was a strange consistency to the hide beneath the scales– the latter of which were fragile and broke off easily against the plants as the fish went by. Where the removal of the scales of a normal fish would reveal the muscles, the giants of Alpha Seven seemed to have a second protective layer that reminded him of what one would expect to find beneath the blubber of a whale. He could only hope the harpoon coming their way was strong enough to pierce it– although he expected the captain would be happy either way.

"Really a fascinating creature," he said as he rejoined the others. "I can't for the life of me explain how it's alive, though. I've never seen anything like it."

It was around that time that Malachi's voice rang through the communicator. "Did someone call for a rocket propelled harpoon unit? Because I'm delivering. Don't forget to tip.”

The harpoon was done. Nico fidgeted nervously with his bag, pulling into the background as Mal arrived with the device. Now that the reality was setting in, he hoped to the Gods that the harpoon would work, and that his idea hadn't just wasted everybody's time– and the Vladimir's valuable resources.

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The captain felt little need to watch over her crew as they did their tasks. Mal would make the weapon to the best of his ability and the others would keep the fish in their sights. Her own curious feet took her in another direction through the forest. She wandered rather mindlessly over the grassy lands to simply intake all she could. With every breath, her systems recorded the experience. The slightly warm air brushed against her silicon flesh, dim light shrouding her sights in a slightly green tint, and the smell of a foreign pollen drifting through the breeze. It was peaceful compared to the metal echoes of Vladimir which still clicked and clanked in her mind's eyes. As she crossed another large tree's root, her wrist beeped. There was an hour left before the harpoon was finished and it was time for her to resume the chase.

Taking almost the full hour to appear back to the fish, Celcius was happy to see her crew already there. She, at a distance, watched her cook follow his own curiosity. It gave her some sense of hope that perhaps bio-organisms were capable of exploration. Then again, she wondered if that was his mechanic pieces working instead. And then her communicator heard a familiar voice pierce the silence: Mal was there and ready. She smiled and sprang from her hiding place behind the roots to chase after the news.

"It looks fantastic." Miss cooed as she popped into the scene. Her white teeth flashed a happy grin as she shuffled beside him and traced a hand up the machine's shaft. Her attention then turned to the next stage of their adventure. "So, Brax, how are you feeling? Still a little cautious? I don't know who else I'd trust with firing such a wonderful weapon." She grinned at the man slyly, beckoning him to the challenge. She then tapped the top of the machine lightly, gesturing for him to take it. Her eye brow wiggled once as her smile grew crueler.

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Keeping up with the Fish was every bit as eventful as one would think. Thankfully nothing had occurred, it just raises the question as if they are truly alone on this planet. It would seem his rather menial task has come to a close as members of the crew began to file in. First, Brax noticed the Cyborg was the first to arrive still in awe of this floating creature. Then via the Communicator he had heard the Mechanic's voice as he brought in the harpoon launcher moments after. Finally the Captain herself had arrived as she gave it the once over and she seemed quite pleased with Malacahi's work.

Brax walked up to the Harpoon and took a moment to gauge the craftsmanship. He was no constructor but he could admit that it did look nice all things considering. "So, Brax, how are you feeling? Still a little cautious? I don't know who else I'd trust with firing such a wonderful weapon." The Soldier looked at the weapon and then back at the Captain, "If that is your command?" Brax asked rhetorically. He holstered his own rifle as he lifted up the harpoon and like with any other rocket launcher, rested it upon his shoulder. He then moved away from the group looking for a position that was optimal to both accuracy and distance.

The HUD gave him a rudimentary vantage point in relative to himself, the target, and the environment. Of course his HUD had no data on Harpoon Launchers but did take it's estimates from other rocket propelled weaponry like RPGs. Once in position he took a knee to steady himself as he called to the Captain. "Ready when you are, Captain." He stated. Now all he waited for was the order to take the shot.

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Brax's willingness to take on the challenge inspired a wide smile on Celcius, one so wide it almost looked suspicious. Still, she wore it proudly and placed her hands confidently on her hips. With a deep breath and a motivated point at the fish that still mindlessly swam forward, the android barked, "Now!" Her blue eyes would take in every second of the next series of events.

Once Brax shot the weapon, its tip would soar promisingly through the air until sounding a great gush as it anchored into the target. The scales flexed inward before shattering from the blow when the harpoon dug into the further layers. From the wound a blue liquid oozed and trickled around the crests of the lower scales. While slightly crooked - by either aim or craft of the machine - the shot would land on the lower half of the fish's torso causing a non-fatal blow that was immediately felt by the prey.

"Eeeeeewiiiik"

The monster shrieked as it slowed for an instant to winch. Yet, as the muscles quickly loosened from the tense twitch, the beast reared forward with a renewed vigour. Forcing its way further into the woods, it crashed into every tree that stood in its path. As a number of clumsy thuds sounded, Celcius watched the fish bulldoze a clear path through the wilderness and take a quick turn left before disappearing into the distance.

As the clashes dulled, the captain held up a hand to the crew and asked in a stern tone, "Do you see that?" Her attention was held on what caused the monster fish to turn: a large rock surface. She took a few steps to centre herself in the path and spot the rock at a more detailed look. "There's a cave." She murmured before turning toward her companions. "Well crew, while we lost the fish, we may have-" Before the captain could finish, a new sound echoed through the air.

"Wiiiiiiiiiek,"

The voice sounded different than before, it was low and wavering. It send shivers down her spine as the call reverberated in her guts. It was something all of her systems noted as she quickly turned to find its source. Instinctively she waved at her crew to take cover as she sprinted out of the open. While she rolled against one of the roots, she watched a dark blue tentacle drift into her sights.

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“Certainly give us something to do, huh?” As much as the doctor took the uneventful trailing as nothing but a good omen, she had to give her soldier friend this; He had a point. Fish chasing wouldn't really make for good bedtime stories, and for want of staving of another sigh out of sheer boredom for their babysitting task Annika had taken to counting their steps not a mere five minutes after the rest had wandered off to get, well, whatever it is they needed to catch this air-born fish.

'Guess cook's harpoon isn't gonna cut it after all, then.' She kept her eyes on Brax, who was still as dedicated to his job as ever, only pausing her thoughts to catch up with the soldier (somehow he had the talent to take three paces with a single step).

“Hey,” she spoke up. “I'm not made for long walks y'know?”

Again she tried to remember why she went down with the ground team, when it was so obvious that the likes of her were more suited sitting around at a desk listening to some sap talking about how they might, might have come down with a terminal illness. Always turned out to be some new incarnation of the flu, too, so what did they know?

'Right, fishes.' The doctor sighed audibly in the face of complete and utter silence, safe for the few grunts from Brax and the fish mucking about in the trees, as there didn't seem much else to have a conversation about.

And finally the missing trio showed up, the cyborg cook being the first as he took a second breath-taking sight at the fish. “Could just be a novelty balloon for all we know.” The doctor shrugged, although the question hadn't failed to make her wonder the same thing. They'd find out sooner or later, though.

At least, if the harpoon cannon was going to do the trick. If not, well, she'd give Malacahi the thanks for trying award. Never fault the creator, but the creation and all that. 'Or the one shooting.'

Speaking of which...

Annika, and presumably the others, watched the whaling spectacle unfold in all its glory; failing to suppress a gasp as the cannon seemed to have done its job (in spite of her own doubts). The fish squirmed at his latest addition of a metal limb in its abdomen, and the doctor thought her ears would snap at the shrill cries the creature was capable of making.

Mere second later, and not a single fish to show for the effort, the action died down. Annika, who had taken cover at the captain's recommendation, had only managed to catch a small glimpse of what the android had pointed at before a second, lower howl drilled its way through her ears.

“Oh boy. The fun just doesn't end, huh?”

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The captain once again appeared from nowhere. Specifically from the nonspecific brush that at first seemed non-threatening. The captain proved that such shrubs and the various other vegetation covering the forest floor could hide dangerous predators. However, they had yet to meet any such creatures that could be hostile to humans.

He felt the blood drain from his face for a singular moment.

”It looks fantastic.”

“On the house.”

The compliment made him smile on the inside. It seemed his choice to join this expedition did not prove to be soul crushing. Yet.

"I don't know who else I'd trust with firing such a wonderful weapon," she said to the soldier, Brax, as he hauled the weapon.

Frankly, neither do I. Mal thought.

Mal watched Brax, decked out in combat armor already, lift up his precious new creation. The mechanic’s attachment to it was about as short-lived as any other device he had been ordered to cook up in his life. He glanced at the cook, who preferred the background to the foreground. If anybody knew anything about detachment from one’s creations, it would be a cook. Mal thought the masked man to be an introverted and observant type.

As the soldier positioned himself along the tree-line and shouldered the rocket harpoon awaiting the order, Mal surveyed the surrounding forest. The trees blotted out any sunlight. The land felt damp and cool. Shadow covered the land for leagues. It reminded him of Intari as nothing but cool colors pervaded his view. A memory in particular stood out, when he walked on the seafloor and looked up to see the gigantic tendrils of the seaweed and the vast colonies of coral. The trees of Alpha-seven reminded him of that.

”Ready when you are, Captain.”

The harpoon tip pierced the creature’s scaly abdomen. It did not explode, which meant Brax did not kill it. The soldier did succeed in killing Mal’s appetite if he had one to begin with. He could see that it began to ooze a blue liquid, probably its main body fluid like human blood. He looked at his bandaged finger, then back at the giant fish.

He had to remind himself he was not a voodoo doll.

The creature proceeded to provide another clearing through its own effort. It was like watching a starship take a fatal blow to its main plating, the best analogy a mechanic could think of. The Captain stood up to see where the fish floated, Mal followed but only after a glance behind to ensure nothing caught them by surprise. The tiny insects buzzed at a barely audible level. He looked on in the distance as the captain said something that he did not catch. He saw instead some shadows that seemed to have darted behind the many trees in the west. He blinked, nothing. He looked at his datapad,

"Well crew, while we lost the fish, we may have-" the Captain’s bold announcement cut short by a loud groan of sorts.

It was an echo, a haunting one, like the ghost of one’s mother whose funeral they did not attend.

Captain Celsius waved at them to take cover, which prompted Mal to sidestep to the trunk of a large tree without hesitation. He peered from behind a pair of large pinnatisect leaves.

“Oh boy. The fun just doesn't end, huh?” the doctor quipped.

Mal glanced at her, he thought she was screwed a bit tight. Well, to be fair, they were on a planet with potentially hostile creatures that could rip each of them to shreds in seconds. Still no sign of them yet. It was good reason for anyone to be sarcastic.

Except robots who chose to stay on board the ship.

Like Asimov.