Inspecting the panel by the door that just showed us a video, I realize (Nat20!) that I can communicate to a degree with the glitter cloud – a bionanite swarm. I learn from the membanks that it mis-recognized us as deformed androids, which it has spent the last untold years repairing. Its purpose is to fix tech glitches (mutations), and it clearly thought we were more projects to work on. And unfortunately I can only access the log file, not the command interface. I can’t find out what the swarm’s malfunction was, but I do see that it’s still self-repairing. Time to move.
We head to the next room, and I barely have time to survey the rubble in the room since four defective-looking androids appear! Two hit me, and the other two disappear. Vayu swoops me and “castles” me. I try to hit one with The Dawnflower, but this type of combat, or really combat in general, is realtively new to me and I miss terribly. The androids do some sort of nanite surge and the visible circuits in their skin glows with the unsettling color of sheepknuckle. Ting! runs along a wall (like, perpendicular to the ground!), swings around, and claws one of their arms off. In short order we kill these defects, and discover that Ilarris Zeleshu is in the northern-most room. She quickly makes an attack against Aakpesh and then cowardly disappears.
Examining the “bodies” of these androids, they seem incomplete – like the 3D printer is running out of materials but doesn’t know it. They bear a striking resemblance to 10Lo, and after a little investigation and introspection, it seems likely that this is indeed the place that he was created. While looking around, 10LO enters a booth as Aakpesh hits a nearby red button that in Androffan clearly says DO NOT PRESS. A burst of blue goo falls onto 10LO from a nozzle above, and he quickly wipes it off. After reading a bit more, had he left it on, it would have grown skin – something he clearly rejects. The giant tubes in this “finishing room” are apparently where new androids come from. We open a door to a room to the East-Southeast that is filled with tools, and 3D printed bone skulls! there’s also no dust in here, it seems like been used recently.
This work room also has odd weapons, made on forge in that same room. We open the other door to the South, and four more mandroids jump out! In short order, even more show up. I try a “sudo shutdown -h now” in Androffan with no success, so I cast Bull’s Strength on Aakpesh who immediately goes full beast-mode and immediately kills two of them. Two throw something at us (grenades), and Vayu manages to smack one away (c0ncussion grenade). One unfortunately hits us though. OW! (30dam). I step away from the mandroids and liberate a concussion grenade ( deals 5d6 points of bludgeoning damage ) from each dead one by me.
On the other side of the room, one that looks distinctly different from the rest (blue hairs, and the pseduo-flesh doesn’t quite meet) appears and says TO ME, MY CREW! REPEL THE BOARDERS!
*LEVEL UP (after rest)*
Session Date: 06/01/17, Prior Journal XP: 273, Session XP: 1,760.
Title Source: Misfits – Skulls