MINI-READ Second Installment
This second mini-read installment ran for two weeks from 17/09/19 to 29/09/19 which features the third chapter of Participant In Entropia by Andrew Jenery.
Participant In Entropia
The Amazon Mining Run
Hunting Fouls in Amethera hadn't been a fantastic success; certainly no global, but after some twenty or so victims; thanks to my trusty old 55rpm EP-40 Mercenary laser handgun, I had managed to get enough loot to make the trip just worthwhile. I ponder the point whilst heading towards the teleporter, so as to get to a location that will have repair terminals, as there are none where I am now.
Hadesheim City back on Eudoria seemed a good bet for repair terminals, as there were never usually that many citizen's there and so very few bottlenecks. I jump into the teleporter before selecting the location on the e-map and In a few seconds I'm at my intended destination. Nobody is there; there usually never was, mainly due to the threat of Araneatrox, or giant four-armed and four-legged spiders, plus the absence of Gun Towers. I run towards two such terminals in the usual spot a few yards from the teleporter and quickly transfer some of my other items that needed refurbishing into one of them. A few minutes later and they're restored to full health for which I had to pay the due repair-fee in order to retrieve them before putting them back into my personal inventory. Now, I was going to do an old mining run that I hadn't done since way before my regeneration, along a very long river that some refer to as the Amazon, and bang in the middle of Eudoria.
Fouls are red mutant bipeds with huge 'orbs' that seem to put on a strange dance or jig when ever you get near one, prior to running up to you for no apparent reason. No apparent reason; because no matter what they do, unless you just stand in front of them and do absolutely nothing, they find it very difficult to cause you any real problems. In fact, even if you just stand there, they find it very difficult.
I decide not to go right to the southern end of the Amazon as this would take me forever, but to somewhere about one-third of the way up. Fort Fury. Another flashing teleport jaunt and I'm there in a few more virtual split-seconds. I know from memory that going due east will take me to the river, then I'll just have to turn left and head north.
An old friend once told me, that you should stay relatively close to a river when embarking on a solo mining expedition, because going too far inland is just plain suicide, unless you happen have both very good armour and very powerful weapons, and even then, a good outcome is far from certain. If you do, you will sooner or later come across a fearsome foe that you haven't a chance of winning against, or many of them if you do have a chance against one of them.
The river isn't far from the teleporter and so I hit it in no time at all, before turning north and heading up the left bank. A few virtual-seconds soon become a few virtual-minutes and then as always, my senses are suddenly bombarded with the latest EBN hits via my in-ear phones. This is actually a very welcome thing, as otherwise you can easily go a bit nuts and start thinking of all sorts of things when mining on your own in the middle of virtual nowhere.
Dozens of mining bombs and probes later and I'm not that happy, with just a few small deposits acquired and one 'XL'; or Extra Large. I think to myself that the XL was something, so maybe it wasn't all bad. All I know is, that suddenly nearly an hour has gone past, and that Ithaca Island is dead ahead of me. I know that Ithaca Island is also Atrox land and so I have no wish to go there, especially as I am now very overloaded and far from running at full pelt.
So I decide to cross the Amazon to get to the other side, where the possibility of meeting deadly creatures is usually much less, and then go due east towards Fort Argus. I somehow manage to get to the other side some ten minutes later, I was that overloaded; in fact seriously overloaded. I couldn't use my teleporter-chip as I didn't have enough Mind Essence - and in any case, I had no idea what I would land on or near to at the end of the teleport-jump! Whatever, I head due east as best I can.
Guardian Angel often had a very funny sense of irony. I was a bit miffed at just a few mining smalls and one XL, and because of the ten minutes that it had taken to get across the river, so to get things off my chest, I assassinated a Snabblesnot Male Young from long range with my Jester D2 laser rifle. Suddenly, 'whirly-stars' and 'whoo-hoo' tunes enter my in-ear phones, because I have just got a global! The 70+ PED's worth of loot was all well and good and I suppose made up for the so-so mining results, but I now of course had a very big problem.
Walking or running made no difference as I suddenly remembered that I was now heading towards Maffoid Mountains, and Ambulimax Alley! So much for crossing the river to avoid the Atrox at Ithaca Island... Now almost at a standstill, I keep checking my e-map regularly until I am certain that I am nearer to Fort Argus than to any outpost, whilst somehow keeping clear of the now numerous Maffoid clan. Unladen, I would have taken some of them on fairly easily and maybe have got some more loot, but now was not the time.
I power-up my medium-range teleport chip; before I was still too far away, and seconds later I'm next to the pyramid at Fort Argus. All the loot is safely stored away minutes later, which meant I could now attempt to visit six new teleporter locations on Amethera that had been recently constructed.
End of this mini-read installment. Click here for the next chapter or chapters of Participant In Entropia which runs from 29/06/20- 13/07/20.