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 [Alpha Test #1] Father's Intuition

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PostSubject: [Alpha Test #1] Father's Intuition   Mon Jun 13, 2016 7:35 pm

In the catacombs of Albedo exist a small village with small robots all made for the sake of gathering graphite from the planet for harvest. The village was enshrouded with darkness, all of the machines either having high beams in their optic receptors, or a form of heat vision implanted in their eyes. There were no fires, for warmth the machines preferred the cold to keep them quick and fast. The air was dry and dusty, almost sand like and the drills above shook the earth every so often causing sprinkles of sand to cover the homes of the harvesters. 

A majority of the machines lacked a wide variety of intelligence, many of them having almost know sentience at all, acting specifically on programming alone, no will or care to change said programming. There were a select few how ever who had a master to obey, these were the abominations of the dark, put together from scraps of other dead machines, ugly and deformed they together were the best harvesters in the village, not because they harvested the sprinkles of graphite that fell from the natural made ceiling, but because they harvested the graphite of fallen racer shells that died in one of the greatest street races to ever take place on Albedo. The first of many races that would allow a racer to go pro, to enter this years biggest street racing event, one would have to start from the bottom, in the depths.

Just before the entrance to the catacombs, a crowd roared, monitors of the caves insides all in display for all to see, whispers of a death race about to take place. Wagers and bets with credits on a USB chip ready to be transferred to the victors. Racers from all over the solar system were there, to make there initial claims to fame, today they were nobodies... but finishing this race would put there names on everyones radar. The track alone was famous for having a mere 20% survival rate, lucky for most racers they had plans and funds to be resurrected should they fall.
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PostSubject: Re: [Alpha Test #1] Father's Intuition   Mon Jun 13, 2016 10:06 pm

This was probably one of the few times Mantis didn't belt how and gloat. Sure he had done plenty of it last night, and the day before, and on the trip here, but normally before the races Mantis decided to remain quiet. Sure everyone was about to see that all his showboating had a lot of merit behind it, but it was still a time for respect and concentration. He stopped by the holographic course map doing his best to remember the many pitfalls and how to get around them. One out of every five of them wouldn't make it out without losing a pretty penny, meaning close to four or five of them would probably survive. Mantis had poured a lot of money into this build, he wasn't about to start from scratch.

Mantis decided to do a series of basic system checks as he walked out into the cheers. He smiled and gave a small wave as he approached the starting line. Most of his competitors seemed to have far too many modifications, few seemed to still be humanoid in shape and were extremely bulky. Mantis laughed to himself thinking that they'd lose out to the first few pitfalls. Oh well, less competition for him.

The announcer called for the racers to take their marks in his loud excited voice. Mantis took his mark between two larger bots with hydraulic mods clearly visible. Mantis slid his visor over his face and got into what we'd call a track start position. His black coating almost made him vanish in the shadow of the bots next to him. "Careful small one," one of them said sounding like they paid for their modifications some of their vocal processors, "We wouldn't want to trip over you."

Mantis chuckled as he selected his series of racing software to help him narrow his focus. "I'd be more worried about your exhaust ports getting clogged with my dust." Mantis's feet shifted into the skate form as he listened for the starting bell.

"ON YOUR MARK!" The program finished loading.
"GET SET!" Mantis shifted his weight forward.
A shot rang out as Mantis's ankle rockets launched forcing him forward and quickly away from the two bulky bots now behind him. Quite a few of the competitors we decently close to him but he continued to press forward. He would've used another boost to get ahead of the pack but he didn't want to risk getting caught unawares from anyone behind him. No, it'd be best to see what others could do. After all this was his first Death Race.

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PostSubject: Re: [Alpha Test #1] Father's Intuition   Sat Jun 18, 2016 10:54 am

As the racers took off, each of them had a unique build designed for navigating the land, one of them instantly began to tunnel under the earth going beneath everyone's feet so as to avoid conflict and avoid the dangers of the cave, another took to a means of flight, hovering and echolocation gliding through the cave to gain an aerial advantage. The two giants that stood beside mantis revved themselves up and made a speedy recovery, somewhat now determined to crush mantis after his remarks. Their fun in these races assumably were not to win but to play as obstacles, and weed out the weaker models for other racers. They both had been designed with an engine that overclocked them as they burst forward with hopes of catching up with mantis.


At the start of the buzzer one racer didn't even start running but instead launched a giant wall at the starting line made of graphite threads, blocking off half of the racers, only a total of twenty-five made it through, the others were at his mercy. The catacombs were made mostly of graphite, so he would use his custom design to mold the graphite into whatever shape he wanted, this was his ideal playground.


The cloud of smoke left behind by the racers, gave another racer something he apparently needed, so as to avoid the fate of the other racers, as he then followed the digger without digging his own tunnel, the cloud of smoke being vacuumed into the hole with him, providing camouflage and a weapon.
A loud screeching could be heard as a series of Biosynth Bats came flying into and out of the cave, disturbed by the racers clearly. They began feeding on the energy of racers who were not fast enough or lacked the ability to get past them while staying ahead of them as their pursuit was an endless one. It was a swarm, as the bats filled the cave, almost seeming infinite in numbers.


A mech with a fuel booster strapped to his back walking on foot had caught up to the front of them by simply allowing the rocket to launch him forward, his body glowing as he held two swords in his hand cutting things in his path, cutting off the legs of at least three competitors on his way up.


As the racers in the lead were moving forward a fork in crossroads appeared, two caves one with a red luminescence, and one with blue. Not including Mantis: the driller, the leech that used his holes, and the swordsman took the red path, they had made it past the bats, by avoiding them entirely, or by simply cutting the bats down the middle with extreme precision. Their coolant covered the swordsman body and left a trail of dead bats in his path.


The two giants on the other hand simply smashed their way through, however it was not as effective as the others methods, they lost some energy but still charged through towards the blue path. Afterall they were titanium models so the energy loss and use wasn't detrimental to them, plus through the method of overclocking they already had massive energy reserves as a means to move forward.
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PostSubject: Re: [Alpha Test #1] Father's Intuition   Sun Jun 19, 2016 12:41 am

Mantis watched the other racers out of his peripheral receptors with a mix of awe and joy. It would really suck if only one of them made it to the higher ranking races. He focused enough only to see a quick majority of those in front of him take the red path. He remembered that the red path was a bit longer and that probably meant the other racers did a bit more research and they knew the blue path was dangerous. Well that was about as much preparation he needed before he rushed down the blue path, reaching his consistent, non-enhanced top speed on his skates. He saw the large build bots start turning behind him and smiled. He was looking forward to what they could do and, if the damage they did to the wall was a good indication, Mantis was going to have a good time.

Mantis didn't have much time to take in the series of stalactites and stalagmites as he began to bob and weave through them. Perhaps it was because there was very little room for maneuvering that the other racers chose a different path. Then he felt and heard it, a series of small electro-chemical explosions following along the path he was carving through the cave. Mantis was barely keeping ahead of them, feeling the vibrations catching up quickly. He clenched his jaw and pushed himself to rush faster narrowly missing some of the spikes around him.

He looked at the spikes catching the small blue creatures that were giving off the light of the cave, Electroflies. That'd make too much sense. He noticed that unlike the ground, they were far more populated on the spikes. Mantis momentarily reflected to the other racers, remembering the two titans behind him and approaching faster than he believed they could. He smirked as he began touching as many of the spikes as he could, using some to make tighter turns. Either they'd get caught up in the blast or have a lot of rubble to sort through, likely causing more explosions.

Before long Mantis exited the cave, catching a couple of surprised looks of the other racers. His smugness almost caused him to fall into the canyon he should've known was there and only a quick slide to slow down a bit before jumping to the side and regaining his momentum. He cursed himself quietly but quickly got back up to pace, conserving energy when he felt like he was even with the leader on the other side. The converging point was coming soon. This was where it was going to get tough.
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PostSubject: Re: [Alpha Test #1] Father's Intuition   Thu Jun 30, 2016 3:13 pm

The canyon's walls were riddled with small caves, but specific caves had a banner above them indicating they were the only caves that did not end in a dead end. This was intended to be a signal for the racers to know what their options were. There was one cave that went straight down and into the unknown, if one could naturally survive the drop and avoid the obstacles on the way down they naturally would be fine, but the drop below was at least a five thousand foot drop, and estimates indicated on the map said that the actual drop into the dark cave could be up to twenty thousand feet, and at a minimum fifteen thousand feet from the top of the exit of the cave they had just come out of. The racers would have to jump down or climb down, but most of them were not climbing units, nor were they built for such a feat.  


Another cave was roughly three thousand feet below, it had a clear angled path for racers to take, it had clearly been molded by racers with wheels who took that path over and over following other racers in history all of them sharing the same fate. This fate of course would be a mystery as the map would not have shown the insides of any of these caves, or the path in the cave that brought them towards victory, just information on depth and in this particular caves notes, to avoid using any form of light while inside, or if you were going to use light you had better be fast. There were scraps of old shells that could be seen were dragged out of the cave by some unknown force, whatever was in there was alive and unfriendly towards trespassers that brought it into the light. The two giants, however accepted this easy path and began to run down it, they had to think fast to overcome this obstacle but they had confidence in their ability to fight whatever it was, their shells were a tad scorched from the explosions that mantis had cause, but as per their mindset, they ran through it, took the damage, and kept moving towards the next destination. One of them even hit his chest twice, to indicate the titanium that he was proud of.


The digger jumped for joy, coming out of the main cave and then jumping right back into his next hole, this time however he covered up his entrance to put an end to his follower. You could see that he was racing toward the third and only other option, the cave had a gate and two guards, they were the simple obstacle that had to be overcome, "A simple warning digger" One of them spoke, "This cave connects..." the other said, "It connects to the cave you just came from, and it connects to a lava fountain, a fountain that will destroy you should you dig into it and are unable to dig out..." The Dig follower of course tried to follow him on foot, but the gate guards did not let him pass, "Only those with unique upgrades may enter... those of you who have primitive, or basic designs have to choose the other two paths or face us in combat..." They spoke in unison, both of them having chrome sleek designs... one would say they were a similar maybe older model to the faceless that run things today. The main difference being that these models had faces. They both pulled out spears, and blocked the dig followers path again, one of them holding a fist to the machines chin.


While the guardians, and the leech discussed, the swordsman was chugging down a new fuel pack. He wiped himself down, and then looked towards the bottom, he unsheathed his weapons once more and walked towards the edge of the potential twenty thousand foot drop. "Tata slow pokes, see you at the finish line, for your sake... I hope at least" He turned his back to the drop and fell backwards into the bottomless pit. You could hear him screaming from the thrill of it on the way down. Surely an impact at the bottom would sound like death, but it was too far of a drop for sound to travel. No one would be able to tell if he survived. The options were available to them, a drop to her death, a fight with a beast you couldn't kill, or team up with the leech to waste time fighting two guards.


And all the while other racers could be heard in the caves once more, another set of explosions going off, the slower ones were quickly catching up to those with speed on them, and they were covered in fuel, spare parts, some of them were even taking entire shells of defeated racers with them, for some this wasn't a race, this was a free reign to murder and steal.
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PostSubject: Re: [Alpha Test #1] Father's Intuition   Thu Jun 30, 2016 11:48 pm

Mantis took a bit longer than he should’ve to decide which of the three paths to go down, and once he did, he felt stupid for taking so long. He wasn’t built for combat especially against things that could rip apart machines so easily and even 2-on-2 with the leech, Mantis couldn’t trust the other racer not to betray him later. Mantis followed the swordsman’s lead, jumping with a shout and a short 8 rocket boost to get to full speed as he aimed for the darkness in the hole. At full speed both he and the swordsman would make it to the cave entrance exceptionally quickly, despite the length of the fall. Mantis streamlined his body briefly before manually turning the wrist and ankle rockets and using those to slow himself as he entered the darkness.


Mantis wished he had infrared sensors built in, that way he could simply follow the trail of the swordsman, instead he’d have to focus on footwork and listening to the dull roar of the jet engine. That bot probably had an instrument or two that helped with navigation. Luckily the ground seemed extremely smooth for the most part so Mantis was able to ride out the momentum he gathered through the length of the cave thus far. Something seemed off, as the echo of the jet engine began to get quieter. Even if the bot didn’t slow down at all, it shouldn’t have gotten that quiet that fast.


Mantis forced himself to focus on the echo of his steps and noticed that the walls were getting slowly wider apart, as if someone or something had been digging the cave out for a long time. Mantis hoped it wasn’t sensitive to sound as he started to sprint, listening for a turn off. Hopefully the exit was going to be a lot easier to find that whatever else was in the cave.


It didn’t take long for Mantis to see the light of the jet in front of him. “Hey! Sword guy!” Mantis shouted, “I don’t know if you’ve noticed it, but there’s something in this cave too. Cut me up later if you gotta, but we gotta find the way out and fast!” Mantis either started something he’d regret or he gained a temporary ally. As long as neither of them were murdered in this cave, he didn’t care.


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