FRONTIER Doctors Without Borders

Discussion in 'Private Roleplay' started by Shay Lockley, Aug 9, 2019.

  1. Shay Lockley

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    And yes, Shay had absolutely no idea what the Belter meant with the military hand gestures, wondering if the fist in the air meant they should stop. But that wouldn't make sense, if they hadn't even started walking towards the ruins ahead of them. Hell, he'd forgotten most of the CQB hand signals he learned back in his UNN days. He nodded as Youssef explained the meaning of the fist.

    The vibrating ground was the first thing that made Shay feel uneasy. He wondered if Youssef felt it as well, as it was very subtle. But soldier seemed focused and unaware, or simply didn't say anything about it. Soon they had entered the structure itself, walking gingerly underneath is towering dome-like ceilings. Shay looked up, taking a few moments to observe the wide curvatures and convexities, wondering just how old the whole thing was. Nature is known to creep itself through the innards of abandoned buildings. The complete lack of vegetation growing in between the building's crevices or over its ground meant there was something active within it.

    Shay had remained quiet through most of the journey into the structure, having marvelled at the interiors. Despite the lack of any life having infiltrated the facility - if that was what it was - the place had clearly been battered down by the elements over at least several centuries. Maybe even a millennia, or longer. But as they went deeper into the ruins, less could be seen due to the lack of sunlight. Shay fumbled with the controls over his arm on the HAZMAT suit, and switched on the bright headlights on his helmet.

    "Any other readings you're getting aside from temperature?" he asked quietly.

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  2. Youssef Davila

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    "Nothing yet..." Youssef responded as he approached the ramp cautiously. He peered down into the inky darkness for a moment before pointing the torch on his rifle down the tunnel. It continued for some way, but he didn't notice anything particularly strange. He began to decend down the ramp, Shay keeping close behind.

    It took them almost twenty minutes of steady descent until the ground leveled out. The ceiling was smooth, slightly curved rock that arched over their heads. The walls were were a black stone that reflected some of the torchlight. Every now and again Youssef paid closer attention to it, and thought he could see some sort of translucent properties to it, but the more he focused on it the less it seemed.

    Eventually they passed through an archway and the roof above them gave way to a massive expanse of empty space. The path they talked on became a bridge with no visible suspension, leading into the gloom. The ceiling was similarly lost in darkness as was any sign of a floor far below their path. The continued along, cautiously for what seemed like eternity until Youssef stopped. Shay, distracted by the massive space all around them, bumped into his back and uttered a quick apology.

    "There's something ahead..." Youssef said, taking another cautious step forward. About fifty metres away the path widened out to a circularly platform. Several other paths connected to it, all similarly suspended in the massive empty hall. In its centre appeared to be a cylindrical container, a large crack in it side where a rock had hit it, most likely dislodged from the ceiling. Around the crack, was growth not unlike fungus or lichen, it coated the inside of the container, the crack and spread into a spiderweb pattern out from it.

    "Looks like some sort of containment vessel...its been breached..." He swept left and right with his rifle and them focused the torch on the crack in the vessels side. "Doctor, I believe we may have found the source of our patient's infections...I recommend you take some samples."
     
  3. Shay Lockley

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    Shay wasn't sure if any of this was a good idea, but such fear clashed against his curiosity and desire to explore. There they were - just the two of them, wearing hazmat suits without any indication of their reliability to protect against whatever infliction they might encounter, into a dense ancient structure that could very well block or scatter any communications with the outside world, and an arsenal of only Youssef's rifle and the small pistol strapped onto Shay's leg.

    It seemed like the perfect recipe for disaster.

    They went under massive halls and atria, stepped over a bridge that appeared sturdy enough, into yet another great concourse-like area.

    And then Shay saw it - evidence of an organic growth of sorts, creeping out of a large crack in some cylindrical structure up ahead. He studied it further, visually, and came to the conclusion that this was certainly something that was - or at least used to be - alive. It was of a light green-yellow appearance, though a few patches were grey and wilted compared to the rest.

    He unzipped the backpack he wore and pulled out a small sampling kit. He unscrewed the top of the small plastic container, the lid acting as a handle for the swab stick.

    "Looks like this was a canister, or vessel of some sort, to contain whatever this stuff is..." Shay murmured.

    "Think you can give it a scan first?" he suggested, nodding over at Youssef. He had no idea what kind of analyser/scanning device the military man had brought with him, but he wanted a bit more information before disturbing the fungal-like growth. For all he knew, simply touching it could kill it, or stir it from some sort of hibernation and reveal itself to be more than some stain on an old containment device.

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  4. Youssef Davila

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    "I can do one better," the belter said as he slung his rifle over his shoulder and accessed a side compartment on his backpack. After a moment of rummaging around he extracted a complex looking device, part terminal, part robotic appendage with several sampling devices, including drills and scoops. He walked gingerly up to the containment vessel and stopped a foot short of where the strange growth had stopped on the ground near it. He bent over, inspecting it up close, before bringing the device up to it.

    The device whirred to life, emitting a series of bleeps and bloops before it began scanning the substance. After a moment, one of the arms extended and began drilling into the ground while another arm vacuumed the material up and began analysing it. While this occurred, a laser projection sweeped across the ground, mapping and surveying the substance down to the milimetre.

    After several moments, Youssef stood back up with a slight groan and brought the device over to Shay. "Looks like the computer can't make much sense of it...it's definitely organic...but it contained what appear to be nano particles which it has listed as extremely hazardous to humans. If those kids touched it...those particles could have entered through their skin...once it got to their blood stream...well...we saw the results."

    As he spoke, the radio attached to their helmets crackled. Fragments of voices came through, male...much similar to that of their skiff pilot, but nothing they could make out as actual words. "I'll go check what the pilot wants...here Doctor," Youssef thrust the scanner into Shays hands before unslinging his rifle and placing it on the ground, "activate sentry mode," he said, pressing his thumb against the grip. Small legs flipped out and stabalised the weapon, lifting it a few centimetres off the ground. It then began to scan back and forth around the local area. "It will keep you safe...if there is anything to be afraid of down here that is...I'll be back in a moment."

    With that, he turned and hurried off back across the bridge before shortly disappearing into the darkness, only the light of his torch bobbing steadily into the distance gave his existence away. Shay stood there, scanner in one hand, robotic sentry rifle sitting faithfully next to him, in a massive underground chamber next to an unknown biological substance, his shoulders slumped.
     
  5. Shay Lockley

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    Shay had never seen such a device before, and so he watched with bemusement and some fascination. It was certainly more complicated than the very simple swab stick he held, so he put it back in its container and watched as the military man proceeded with the sampling instead.

    He thought he might almost jump the moment one of the device's appendages made contact with the ancient artefact. As if he was expecting something dramatic to occur. Perhaps an explosion, or the appearance of some mythical creature from the cave at the corner of this massive atrium-hall, ready to devour them for trespassing and touching things they weren't supposed to touch. Clearly his imagination was wilder than reality, but such frightening fantasies were nothing compared to what he - and millions of others - saw rising out from the gas clouds of Venus five years ago.

    The young doctor was snapped out of his speculations when Youssef's voice broke the silence.

    "Nanoparticles," Shay mumbled under his breath. Like any micro-organism - bacterial, viral, fungal - but often with a clearer objective in mind. Programmable microscopic structures. They may be small, but their hazmat suits would certainly be protection enough, he hoped.

    He suddenly realised he was to be left alone in this huge ancient hall, when Mr Youssef handed the sampling device over and suggested that they should split, so that the pilot could be checked on. Well, not completely alone - if one presumed the rifle's sentry mode was reliable.

    "Wait, what?!" Shay exclaimed as Youssef began walking away. "You can't just... just leave me here!"

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  6. Youssef Davila

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    Youssef was already far down the hallway when the echo of Shay's cries of protest reached him, he clicked on his radio with an amused chuckle, "relax Doctor, I'm right here. Besides, the gun will keep you safe just as much as I would have. Keep investigating the anomaly, I'm almost back at the surface."

    He doubled his pace, not an easy feat in the bulky hazmat suit. The faster he got back to the surface and could see what their pilot wanted, the faster he could get back and hopefully stop the poor doctor from having an emotional breakdown. As he ascended the stone ramp back to the surface, the sound of radio static and garbled words began to come from his radio.

    Immediately he noticed how low the sun was in the sky, much more time must have passed than he realised. The second thing he noticed was the skiff slowly circling above, glimpses of it could be seen through the great arches above the entrance to the underground facility. He clicked on his radio, "this is Davila, come in," he said...keeping his eyes on the skiff as it passed out of slight for a moment and then came back into view.

    "Youssef...finally, been trying to get you on comms for ages. We got a urgent message from de settlement...those patients...somethings happening to dem...not sure what...the koyo on de radio sounded shaken."

    "Pashang...okay...taki beratna...will go get the doctor mi, and get out to the EZ...See you soon."

    "Sa sa ke kopeng, see you soon."

    Youssef swore under his breath before turning and descending back down the ramp into the darkness.
     
  7. Shay Lockley

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    Shay was glad that the military man hadn't left him alone for too long. He managed to give the sampling device a bit more of a play, collecting a few more specimens from various parts of the, presumably, organic thing they'd been looking at.

    His mind continued to play with the idea of nanoparticles. Of course, they weren't anything new. But much of their use has been in the chemical, textiles and other similar industrial sectors. Less so in the biomedical field, although research in the past decade has developed rapidly to incorporate nanotechnology into life sciences and health care related applications. Many of such advancements were a result of recent work on the protomolecule.

    Shay was about to try to find a way out of this place himself, to look for the other man, when Youssef returned.

    "Where'd you go?" the young doctor asked. "What's goin' on?"

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