The LockBox

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The LockBox

Postby almighty_smiley on Fri Jun 26, 2009 7:53 pm

Crow was entirely unaware of the ship's jump to lightspeed, any vision of space being obscured by meter upon meter of hull. The mess hall lived up to its name, with corpses strewn about along with overturned tables, broken plates, and in one particular case, Gran organs. Two hallways branched out to the left and right, undoubtedly leading further into the bowels of the ship.

There would be time for that once the head of the serpent was cut from the body.

Trudging toward the stopped turbolift, Crow walked into its confines when he suddenly stopped. Sure, he could take the turbolift right up to the bridge, assuming it hadn't been forced to stop by the ship's computer. But that would only alert the captain to his coming, and the firefight could easily damage the Y-8's systems. To say nothing, of course, of the massive windows that gave the bridge an astonishing field of vision. One hole in that, and this ship wouldn't be worth scrap metal to either Lecter or his crew. Furrowing what was left of his brow, Crow walked back to the remnants of the two Gran soldiers he had taken out with his pistol, collecting the few proton grenades he had left, and clipping them to his belt. Walking back toward the elevator, the droid spread his legs to either side, giving him a bit of extra height in the turbolift. He balled his right fist, analyzed the roof for the weakest point, overcharged his arm servos, and let the fist fly.

One punch was all it took for Crow to break through the turbolift roof into the elevator shaft, where he proceeded to silently scale the walls via their ridges and couplings, edging his way toward the top deck.
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Re: The LockBox

Postby HeartBreaker Series8 on Fri Jun 26, 2009 8:28 pm

Hidden within walls and ceiling the LockBox had security cameras tracking fairly every nook and cranny of the place and so it was that A'yeev witnessed the assassin droid's new ploy and quickly switched the the single camera that gazed down the turbolift shaft.

Slowly taking in a deep breath the Gran leader began to tap in commands, the bridge becoming secured with heavy ray and particle shields at the only entrance: the turbolift, A'yeev began to plan his next moves, ordering his crew to make ready to come out of hyperspeed at the rendezvous point and contacting his only surviving son, quickly explaining the situation in their bleating tongue...

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As Crow nimbly climbed further up the shaft, he passed a few decks in his journey towards the 'top' of the ship, but after passing the last a sudden 'buzz*hummmmmmmmmmm' caught his attention as a particle shield activated just below him and just above the entrance to the so recently passed deck.

Gazing upwards, the droid had three more decks to cover before finding himself at the top of the shaft.
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Re: The LockBox

Postby almighty_smiley on Fri Jun 26, 2009 9:15 pm

The shields couldn't stop the machine.

Particle and ray shields could have generators hidden in the deepest bowel of the ship, and they could still be projected anywhere, rendering the idea of smashing the generators useless. And Crow couldn't rely on his density to save him, either; particle shields evaporated any matter that contacted them, regardless of how thick it was. The wall behind him, after a single knock, was too thick to penetrate with his current leverage. The opposite wall, however, was much more forgiving after a quick sonar check...

Once again powering up his limbs beyond their normal levels, Crow launched himself at the wall with his legs, and threw both fists into the shaft's wall with both hands. The thick metal buckled just enough for Crow to dig his hands through and slowly pull it apart, opening the way into a decently-sized air duct.

One that, thanks to his density, he immediately fell through and into the hallway below.
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Re: The LockBox

Postby HeartBreaker Series8 on Fri Jun 26, 2009 10:09 pm

Crashing to his feet upon the dull metal floor of yet another corridor in this odd maze of a mining craft, Crow found himself alone.

Proceeding forward, the droid found himself in a supply dump for the crew's journeys. No doubt bought in bulk and carted about the galaxy, the crates of consumables stood silently.

It was with interest that the assassin noted a manual access hatch in the upper right hand corner of the chamber, though the hall way beckoned at his back as well...
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Re: The LockBox

Postby almighty_smiley on Sat Jun 27, 2009 4:10 am

With no alternative open to him (the manual access hatch would very likely expose him to open space), Crow turned his back and marched down the foreboding hallway.
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Re: The LockBox

Postby HeartBreaker Series8 on Thu Jul 02, 2009 11:07 pm

The tromping of the droid's metallic feet echoed up and down the sinuous hallway. Crow traveled past a few more wide openings onto large deposits of supplies and now noticed that in all the excitement hadn't registered that the temperature had fallen alarmingly low... for a biological organism.

But for the Assassin droid, he simply followed the path before him to a large portal, a hatch-like door set as a barrier.

Obviously pneumatically sealed, it must be to keep the coldness in and was probably thick to boot.

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Four decks above Crow, A'yeev began to chew his gum like lower lip, favoring one of his ancient quadraped ancestors as he gazed from display to display... but somehow he'd lost the assassin droid.

The ripples of anxiety were palpable among those on the bridge, as they began to finally wonder... why was it here? Who was it after?

Whispered rumors were already floating about the ship that it was A'yeev himself, their grand father, their leader, finally having gained the ire of one of those others who traveled the dangerous trails of the universe's underworld. Hutt space was never safe and that was a fact.

Now, the remaining Gran had been mobilized and equipped with weapons to repel a droid... a damn crafty droid at that. The shaft camera's weakness was it's inability to give an accurate depth of distance.

A'yeev was pretty sure the droid's violent exit happened on one of three decks; the elder Gran now gambled that the band most lately dispatched would be enough...
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Re: The LockBox

Postby almighty_smiley on Fri Jul 03, 2009 2:34 am

Temperature sensors had not ignored the suddenly freezing temperatures that the ship now held. Crow reasoned, although he could very well be mistaken with this unique layout of the ship, that he was somewhere near the engine coolant area. It could be the refrigeration area, but the crates surrounding him weren't marked as foodstuffs. Furthering Crow's logic was that the ship's reactor and engines were far more powerful; they would need an equally powerful cooling system to keep the massive Y-8 running for normal crewmen. The various boxes held markings in a foreign code; one that he had neither seen before nor could reason out. It stood to reason that, if the door was sealed, then there was a good chance that the boxes would be as well.

It also stood to reason that whatever was in them couldn't possibly be legal.

Small armies facing him around every corner? Absurd amounts of weaponry for even pirates? Maze-like layouts of a ship already powered beyond normal parameters? Whatever was in those crates could carry one of two things; a death sentence or a fortune. A death sentence that would mean very little to Crow; he could fathom a way out of many prisons before the guards realized what they were dealing with. A fortune, however, that would set his crew for a great deal of years, and maybe even land him in Lecter's good graces, putting him that much closer to his information.

And that much closer to Vidalu Na'an.

Crow's head snapped to his side as he heard footsteps approaching from his right. Slipping out of his Mass Termination Protocol and into his assassination subroutines, he silently slid across the floor to a small alcove just next to the hallway, gripping one of the freezing pipes of reactor coolant.
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Re: The LockBox

Postby HeartBreaker Series8 on Mon Jul 06, 2009 3:34 am

A single shadowy figure emerged from one of the other tunnels leading to this main access point, mist like condensation swirling about it's legs as it moved through the fog.

Reed thin and sporting four arms, the figure was completely encapsulated in an opaque environment suit, a heavy belt of tools about it's narrow hips...
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Re: The LockBox

Postby almighty_smiley on Mon Jul 06, 2009 12:45 pm

The exact species of the newcomer was masked by the environmental suit, prohibiting Crow from pinning down the best form of interrogation. Under normal circumstances, the being would be dead by now; frozen and crystallized by the pipe he had in his right hand. But now, with these crates, the game had changed significantly. He figured that just charging in guns blazing was stupid; knowledge of the mysterious crates could lend his way in the coming confrontation as leverage against the ship's current captain. But once more, Crow was drawn to the magnetic sealing protecting all the crates; even a stronger droid than he would be hard pressed to pull them open, and that was assuming they didn't have further protection against unwanted access.

Needing an answer and a ship as soon as possible, Crow grabbed the thin, four-armed by the back of the neck, growling in Basic, not bothering to mask his natural mechanical tone.

"I have questions. You have answers. Enlighten me."
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Re: The LockBox

Postby HeartBreaker Series8 on Mon Jul 06, 2009 11:08 pm

Boskianus trotted down the hall, nervous with energy as always. A hundred tasks that needed completing flitted through the Xexto's orb like head as he went on his way, but it was the last rather befuddling orders from the bridge that stuck foremost in his mind.

As Boskianus' trip was cut shot, an electronic ::EEP!:: burst forth from the front of the large enviro-mask the creature was wearing, it's round head sheathed in rubbery material the squealed as Crow dug in.

High pitched and plaintive, the Xexto's voice squawked through the suit's built in comm-unit, ::Gah! Do not harm me! I'm only a mechanic!::
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