//<Two Serulian lean on each other and laugh.
They’ve just enjoyed a night out and are heading home.
They are inebriated and disoriented, tripping and stumbling down the street.
One looks up. “Hello? Who’s there?”
Horror fills their faces…
They fall to the ground dead, a perfect hole in their chest cavities.
A robotic hand retracts from view, but not before the camera feed captures it.
…Moments later, the same robotic claw-like hand is seen stealing carbon and graphene from a research lab. An alarm sounds, the feed goes dead.>//
Adventure lies beneath the surface of a barren inhospitable planet. A large city, protected by a dome, burrows hundreds of levels deep toward the planet core. Sentient beings from all over the galaxy come to partake in the ambiance and beauty of the city beneath the dome.
Little do they know the possibilities, both good and bad, that await them…
The year is 2219. Adrina Netchal is a five year veteran detective on the city’s massive police force. She and her partner Connor Bryt are tasked with investigating a double homicide and theft in the Sanctum District. As they begin to uncover details, additional murders begin to appear and they find themselves caught in a mysterious web of lies and deceit, a massive cover-up never before known. What’s more, the evidence isn’t adding up. There are no fingerprints, no weapons, and very few eye witnesses willing to come forward. However, all the murders and thefts point back to one peculiar place.
BZ-629, or BAZ, is the lead service bot for the city’s main corridor of servers. He dreams, if robots can dream, of a higher purpose and freer life. He desires nothing more than to escape the server life. His programming is monotonous and requires the same mundane work every day. His update hub longs for something more – upgrades, new programming and freedom, especially freedom. Boredom is his very mundane existence.
He’s been watching Adrina for some time. She sparks a tickle behind his photo-receptors and in his core processor unlike anything he’s ever felt. She’s… how do the humans say it? Beautiful. She’s beautiful. But alas, he’s a bot and not organic like she is. His exoskeleton parts comprise of rivets and bolts, with his naked exoskeleton parts revealing clusters of wires and gadgets. Unless that changes, he knows he’ll never get to experience the human intimacy and feelings he longs for.
RCP-TKL0000, or Receptikal, is a program whose primary function is file deletion and archival management. However, curiosity invades his programming and he comes alive in more ways than one. Armed with intel and an organic body he seeks to fulfill more than his primary function. He’s seen how organic beings waste their precious time and seeks retribution for their lack of vision and apathy towards existence. His desires to jump his programming and live undetected among the humans takes him down dark paths with destructive consequences.
Thank you for reading! Stay tuned for much more!
© Alan “Jedi” Zaugg 2018