MINI-READ Fourteenth Installment
This fourteenth mini-read installment ran for two weeks from 24/02/20 to 09/03/20 which features the fifteenth chapter of Participant In Entropia by Andrew Jenery.
Participant In Entropia
Skilling 'n' Killing
He was right... Things certainly got harder in passing the middle skill-levels and trying to get towards the top ones, only I was still bang in the middle ones and nowhere near the top!
There was one thing though that was becoming more and more apparent with the new carbine and plasma, a faint glimmer of hope that told me I was doing the right thing - er, hmm... Which was, that I was gaining new ranking positions more frequently. This was still at a fair snail's pace, but it was still slightly quicker than before.
The one downside though, was the increased ammo expense in going after harder mobs, which I was now doing more and more. Otherwise what was the point of having these fairly hard-hitting, long and mid-range blasters?
Just now, for instance, I was on the tail-end of nearly a two-day long solo expedition against yet more robots and other creatures, having had just a few hours respite here and there to keep sane. I had started out from the North Space Base teleporter with enough energy cells and explosive projectiles and gone due south along the coast, first encountering the usual herd of Cornundacauda. My usual P5a handgun was enough to take a few of these which rewarded me with a few more every-day commodities, but I had no wish to waste too much ammo on these, so I circumnavigated via the sea and hit the coast not far from where I knew the odd one or two Warrior 05's would be.
Two red dots then appeared near the edge of the radar, so I checked to see that they were the intended targets with the plasma's optical scope, prior to donning my Vigilante armour and raising the Foxtrot to the firing position. The key against Warriors, because of their multiple fire-arms and fast attack speed, was as much distance as possible.
I pinged it with the plasma and the robot hurtled towards me at great speed as I quickly switched to the rocket launcher and sent an explosive projectile straight into it. A ball of flame went up around it, but it kept on coming anyway. I was able to get a second projectile in which caused a lot more to come of it's health-level, as I myself was suddenly hit by it's own return fire. Then I switched to the Isis LR59 as the launcher would now be too slow. I just kept firing as quickly as I could as my own health levels started to get dangerously low, and just when I was certain of being retired to the nearest revive, I managed to stop it in it's tracks by switching back to the launcher and firing one more projectile at point-blanc range.
Transferring the robot parts into my inventory, I decided to leave the other Warrior alone, as something told me that I might lose out next time - so instead I went back to the teleporter at North Space Base and decided to go to Orthos West Mound to tackle the more numerous but somewhat easier Drone 01's & 02's. I got quite a few, as well as the odd Atrax and Faucervix, and slowly but surely, my inventory started to get fuller and fuller.
The rest of the two-day stint was spent going up the Amazon River, as some refer to it, in the middle of Eudoria - starting from the south and going up north on the left bank, and then coming back down again on the other side. This had taken over five hours. At the end of it, after numerous Allophyl kills and more Faucervix and lord knows how many other creatures of all kinds, I was seriously overloaded. I could hardly move, it was that bad - so in the end I decided to get killed deliberately instead of using the teleport-chip, as there was no way of knowing whether or not I would end up on top of some major mob and get killed anyway.
I revived at Tethys Creek which sort of made ironic sense, as I felt like I was up-the-creek anyway, and finally decided to call it a day. I had used a lot of ammo, but the returns were at least some sort of compensation and so I was generally pleased with the end result.
End of this mini-read installment. Click here for the next chapter or chapters of Participant In Entropia which runs from 13/07/20- 27/07/20.