A Quantum Leap?
Posted: Thu Mar 26, 2020 4:30 pm
On the Planet Nacroo, some time ago a battle occured. But all the factions have left the mysterious filling and refinery base, taking with them all of their belongings, and all things of value they found in the surroundings...
However, two small, sturdy dropships approach the site. No markings of any known faction of the Henndirro Galaxy can be seen...
Immediately after landing, a mixed group of scientists leaves the ships and inspects the environment.
Scolasticus Ameeno Asyd: "I sense something... unusual here. I can all but feel that we´re close to it! Apothecarius! What does the ABS-Abnormometer say?"
Apothecarius Secundus: "There´s a peak in the transparent spectrum. Yet it´s hard to say if that comes from the remains of the Maniac Beer that was processed here or if it´s an active source..."
"I guess we´ll find out soon enough. Apothecarii, Purgatores, proceed to the facility. Protector, you stay with us."
"The old writings of The Ancients speak of promising distillates that were created here, they were close to discovering the secret..."
"The signal comes from this room. It was surprisingly left unharmed during the battle. My men will have the gates opened in no time, Ma´am."
Apothecarius Tertius: "I´d say, in less than no time! Come on in!"
Ameeno Asyd slowly enters the laboratory, awestruck.
"It´s here. I know it. Here we have some intermediate goods, there we have some distillates we already know, and... wait - is that... it?"
She picks up a bottle from beneath the table and freezes. It seems her expectations are overfulfilled.
They... already had the formula? And made it work? I hoped to find detailed notes about it to help us, but this..."
She turns around, keeping the precious flask near to her, carefully, like she´s holding an invaluable treasure. Which she actually does.
"We have what we wanted! Take everything valuable from that lab and go back to the ships. We will return to Tectum immediately!"
No sooner said than done, the ships leave Nacroo with the rest of valuable items, making the refinery base not more than a worthless skeleton of concrete and steel...
On board of one ship, Ameeno Asyd still marvels at the flask of questionable content.
Purgator Primus Camden: "Ma´am, may I ask what exactly we found on that base?"
"Well, you know that we are extensively experimenting with Maniac Beer for a long time, do you?"
"I´m quite aware of that, Ma´am."
"And that we currently know how to brew all of them but one?"
"Wait... there´s more than two types of Maniac Beer?"
"Well, seems you don´t know all about the history of Maniac Beer, Camden."
Meanwhile the ships have landed on Tectum, and the scientists bring the loot to a nearby base. Asyd and Camden are still deep in conversation.
"What do you know about Maniac Beer? Tell me."
"Oh, well. The Ancestors wrote much about this, but it´s way older than their civilizations were. It is the strongest Beer for troops to get drunk, the most efficient fuel for Starships and the most precarious explosive in the Brikverse. Only the Immortal Empire and Briktopia once posessed mentionable amounts of it, other factions were lucky if they could get hold of a keg or two, and even more if they were not slain by other factions who longed for it."
"So far so good. Proceed. What about the two types you´ve mentioned?"
"We know a OT and a YT variant. Yet the only difference I know is that the OT variant seems to be a little bit stronger."
"Not quite stronger. It is simply more... Ossum."
"Ossum? I don´t understand. What do you mean with that?"
"It is the main characteristic of the OT Maniac Beer. Each has its own distinctive characteristic. And yes, there´s more than two types..."
"...and I believe the content of this flask helps us to complete the formula of the final Maniac Beer.
This is what the Conventu Scolastici Aeternitatis is working towards for many years now. That´s why I have to meet with the other scolastici immediately, and cannot further explain. But in the meantime, I´ll have one of my Adiutores assigned to you. She will elaborately tell you about ..."
"...THE LEGEND OF THE SEVEN MANIAC BEERS!"
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