MINI-READ Tenth Installment
This tenth mini-read installment ran for two weeks from 30/12/19 to 13/01/20 which features the eleventh chapter of Participant In Entropia by Andrew Jenery.
Participant In Entropia
Attack of The Robots
A strange anxiety went through me as I headed away from the vast plains due west of Twin Peaks, at way past two-thirty in the morning, whilst engaging the teleporter-chip implant. Strange, as the hunting foray here had been more or less successful, so I couldn't understand why I was feeling this way.
The chip power-up phase completed as usual and I then selected the teleporter at Twin Peaks itself from the corresponding e-map, before entering the engage command. Landing somewhere near the teleporter a few split-seconds later, I barely have time to gather my senses as all mayhem lets lose.
The unmistakable 'zap, zap - ping, ping' of rapid laser fire suddenly fills the area, as two, maybe three columns of robot-drones appears out of nowhere, along with what seemed to be a Trapudion escort! A few more split-seconds, and 40+ drones are on the scene, making short work of a few unfortunate 'new kids on the block'.
I wanted to try and even the score, but I was ridiculously low on ammo due to the hunting, and Goblin armour was no match against an army of robots anyway. One or two, perhaps, but not a whole bunch of them in concert. Instinct took over very simply, and very quickly - and I just bolted for the nearest entrance as fast as I could, somehow avoiding being fatally hit. I was now inside the local bar and immediately I turned to face the entrance with my Isis HL6 'Limited' handgun at the ready, just in case a drone had decided to follow up the short ramp. Nothing appeared, however. For the next ten minutes or more, it was almost as if time had stood still in this very strange and surreal situation, as the battle outside ensued just a few yards away from me. In the end, I decided two things. To try and help out in some way; as I couldn't really stay here for ever, and to try and get a screen-shot of the action as the word 'news' was suddenly going around in my head.
This was a big mistake... Of course I should have realised that drones would probably be covering the entrance, which they were. I was hit rapidly by a deadly crossfire just as I exited the building, and the next thing I know is that I am at the Revive Terminal in a heap. I was determined however to get the screen-shot if nothing else, if this was at all possible, and somehow I managed to get it just before I was terminated yet again. This time the number of bodies at the Revive Terminal was almost comical, not that the situation was at all really funny, in fact the situation was becoming almost embarrassing.
Luckily, a few veteran colonists finally arrived on the scene with the right armour and equipment and decisively began to even the odds by giving the drones a taste of their own medicine - and then, suddenly, it was all over, almost as quickly as it had started. I then walked over to the teleporter amid the robot wreckage and selected my next port of call...
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.