Monday, February 6, 2023

2023 Quest Calendar 17: Escape! (2 days)

Starday, Hydronis 4-Moonsday, Hydronis 6

The tunnel that Brokvar and I took led to a hall of glowing eggs. We tried to sneak past them, but still ended up causing some of them to hatch. Brokvar guarded our escape as we made our way out of the tunnel and re-emerged on the surface of the comet.

We made our way back to the safety lines which we began crossing to get back to the ship. As we were crossing, Brokvar's line snapped and he began to drift away. I grabbed the safety line to pull him back, but it hurt tugging on my arm. Once I pulled him in, we secured him to my suit and kept going across the tethered line to the ship. His body made movement difficult, and I felt exhausted by the time I made it back to the airlock.


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Friday, February 3, 2023

2023 Quest Calendar 16: Exploring the Caves

Fruitsday, Hydronis 3

Brokvar and I kept exploring the cave that we had fallen into, hoping that we could find some way to escape. It was a complex of tunnels that branched and connected, and I am anxious about the possibility of us being stuck down here forever.

Today I am Feeling: Ready to get back to 
the ship.
We came upon a chamber with more of the fish aliens. I tried to sneak past them, but I accidentally tripped and they were awoken. They tried to attack, but through my dumb luck (or Brokvar's good shooting), we were able to make it past the creatures once more unscathed.

From here the path diverged in two directions, but I took the larger one that looked like it had been more well traveled, hoping that if it was  tunnel the fish aliens used, it might lead back out to the surface. This path lead to a chamber where we saw numerous bones piled around of various species. My stomach churned as I thought about how this was probably where the fish aliens ate other captured space travelers. 

From here the path diverged again, and I took the path on the left hand side, as it seemed lighter and seemed to open up more as it went.


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Thursday, February 2, 2023

2023 Quest Calendar 15: Alien Ambush

Today I am Feeling: Frustrated
Thornsday, Hydronis 2

Brokvar and I were attacked by more of those alien creatures like the ones I'd encountered when I first arrived on the comet. 

Based on my deduction from the rocks that this comet was actually real and not just built for the experience, I deduced that these creatures must live underground in the comet. This was, as opposed to my previous thought that they were animatronics.

Surely, one would think that the tourist company had at least done a scan of the comet to make sure there were no life signs on it before

Wednesday, February 1, 2023

2023 Quest Calendar 14: The Fall

Windsday, Hydronis 1

Brokvar and I began to head back across the comet to the ship when an earthquake shook the ground beneath us. We tried to take off running, but the ground still collapsed into some sort of cave chamber below. 

As I was falling, I tried to twist in the air so that I'd land on the ground softly, but I was hardly able to prepare myself enough and my legs buckled underneath me as I hit the ground.

Today I am Feeling: Upset, Injured, and
ready to rest back on the ship.
That didn't seem very safe at all for a tourist experience! I looked up and couldn't see any sort of automated or mechanical structure working the entry into the cave. Besides that, the rocks that had fallen with me and Brokvar seemed to

Tuesday, January 31, 2023

2023 Quest Calendar 13: Putting on the Brakes

   Today I am Feeling: Excited and Energized    
Truceday, Nebulis 31

Reaching the far side of the comet, Brokvar and I began to set up the equipment we'd been sent out to set up. He asked me what I knew about astrophysics. I laughed, but he kept staring at me, so I guess it wasn't supposed to be a joke.

I looked at the "brakes" that we had, and I figured out that they are pretty much just rockets that push against the way the comet is otherwise going to stop it and/or to have it go the way we want it to go. I told Brokvar this and then we worked together to guide and build the brake. I got so excited about the progress that

Monday, January 30, 2023

2023 Quest Calendar 12: The Long Dark of the Comet

       Today I am feeling: Tired and Worn Out       

Moonsday, Nebulis 30

Brokvar finally made it across to the comet, just happening to land after I'd dealt with the animatronic alien attack. I'm sure it was just a coincidence. Brokvar told me we had to put the equipment down on the other side of the comet. I thought this was no problem, but boy was I wrong.

I couldn't tell from the entry to the anti-grav room, but the comet set was massive. It took hours, maybe even days, to get to the other side. I had to use two space rations for fear of survival! 

Brokvar had asked me if I'd wanted to take the path through the mountain or the valley. I chose the valley. I'm not sure if it was any faster or not. We did see another alien creature. This one was rock like and made hissing noises at us. I used what little I knew of working with animals to try to calm it, and then it ran off away from us somewhere. I counted that as a win.

Saturday, January 28, 2023

2023 Quest Calendar 11: Uhm...what?

Today I am Feeling: Relieved
Starday, Nebulis 28/Sunsday, Nebulis 29

Monsters! Alien space fish monsters! I guess the way the story goes, they're supposed to be inhabiting the comet that we took? Either way, three of these things came at me with their razor sharp teeth. Brokvar hadn't yet made his way across to the comet, so I was on my own facing them.

Terror filled me. The fear was so real that I almost started to think the "immersive experience" wasn't a tourist trip at all.

I want to say that I don't know how I survived the assault of the creatures unscathed, but the truth is