Buried Treasure

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Buried Treasure

Post by Kastrenzo » Mon Jun 21, 2021 9:53 pm


Somewhere in the wastelands of Zephyr Heights, Mir
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Trash and rubble are scattered all over the remains of what was once a fuel station, long since abandoned after ecological disasters.

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A pair of mercenaries on motorbikes arrive and turn off their engines.

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Merc 2: Scavengers did a number on this place.. Must have been a SindrOIL station?
Merc 1: I'd say... but its just as likely the place just collapsed from the elements. Scavs might have emptied the tanks and stolen shit... but the pavement here looks like it's been through a damned quake.
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Merc 1: Doubt theres anything useful inside the shop, I'll check the pumps, you go check around back see if there's anything worth taking
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The Merc in the metallic armor walks around the station, stepping through the cracked pavement overrun with dirt, rocks and overgrowth

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turning into what looked to be the remains of a parking lot, its even messier. A trailer made of junk, and filled with junk. An abandoned police car no doubt stripped of it's drive core, and punctured fuel tanks.
Merc 2: Probably not gonna find any fuel here!, Tanks are punctured!
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He flicks on his high-tek goggles

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He detects several peices of Precious metals, "Aurium" a substance only used by the Sericans, the precursor civilization to Mir that were often called the "Elders". The material is entirely useless to those not of their kind, so its presence means one of two things... its a garbage dump... Or Elder Remnants are nearby.. The partially hidden cave entrance giving off heat signatures suggests the latter.

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He approaches and inspects the gold trinket,

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Merc 2: Definetley Aur,
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His partner turns the corner and surprises him, he quickly shifts it into his pocket
Merc 1: What're you doing back here? are you ready to go?
Merc 2: Was checking that trailer, nothing but rusted rims and rotten tires. but yeah, just let me make a call to a friend and we can go..
Merc 1: Who you calling, your girlfriend?.. or your momma
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As his partner leaves, he looks back at the bunker, Someone went out of their way to try to hide this place, but its pretty clear that someone is living here. If it's an Elder Holdout, walking in alone is certain death. But the treasure inside may be priceless..

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He turns on the old Callbox, surprisingly still working, and dials an unknown contact, Muttering some kind of code into the phone before quickly hanging up
Merc 2: ..yeah.. .Cave, behind station. Send cleaners. Trace call.
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His partner interrupts, on the bike, and he hangs up the phone

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He nonchalantly points at the wrecked police car
Merc 2: Oh. Nothing, just know a guy who collects stuff like this, was telling him where to pick it up
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They get on their bikes, and leave.

Later that Day
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A small convoy of vehicles arrive at the station, Painted in Syndikat PMC colors.

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A group of soldiers, and scientists exit the vehicle

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PMC Elite: Your troops will hold the perimeter, don't engage unless someone tries to come exploring, or otherwise interferes.
PMC: Yes Sir!
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The Scientists and Elite guards prepare to enter the bunker

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They rip off the door, and in they go.
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Re: Buried Treasure

Post by Kastrenzo » Thu Jul 01, 2021 9:04 pm

Here's the other half. had to build it.. didnt plan ahead

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Inside the cave, the science and security teams come to a large bulkhead door

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One of the scientists uses some kind of gizmo on the door lock, while another picks up a piece of paper left in front of the door
Scientist 1: Look at this... It's definetley Elder, but I can't read it... perhaps some kind of warning?
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Machinery snaps and groans, and the doors unlock and begin to slide open

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The Security team rushes ahead of them

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Behind the door is nothing but a small room filled with boxes, and beyond it the rest of the base is sealed by an energy shield. Perhaps a security measure was tripped when the door was hacked.
Security: These boxes.. they're filled with supplies?.. Is this place just a supply stash?
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The Scientist who hacked the door tries his hand with his device to disable the shields.

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The doors open, and on the other side is a larger room with paneled floors and large support beams. what little is in the room is arranged into some kind of display
Scientist 1: "Incredible! This bunker appears to be not just a supply stash, but I also a treasure hoard!. Look at these Serican Artifakts!
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The team is oblivious when shadows move overhead

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The Security Guards look at some of the treasure
Security: So what? All I see is some gold trinkets, any of this stuff actually useful or is it just a prize for some rich asshole to put in his museum?
Scientist 1: Indeed, Most of this appears to be little more than inert items that just look pretty on a shelf... but this...
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He walks towards the display in the center of the room, as he steps onto a panel the shields around it automatically go down
Scientist 1: This one, arranged as the centerpiece of the display. I'd wager the entire bunker is being used as a means to protect ... this!, It's made with Gold... but It's emanating some kind of energy I've never seen before!
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Before the scientist can rant any further, suddenley some grate or panel falls from the ceiling and crushes some of the team, Black skinned creatures scamper around it having seemingly been the cause of the fall.

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Above, more of the creatures pour out of some unknown source on a higher level, quickly and clumsily clambering down the scaffolding, making horrific growling and roaring sounds as they move.
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The Scientist quickly grabs the artifakt.

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He turns around only to see he's too late, he's screwed. the monsters are flooding the room and some are onto him.

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He decides to throw the artifakt over the crowd, before he is devoured by the monsters.

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The last surviving member of the Science team catches the artifakt.

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he turns around and runs for his life as the security team unloads into the literal wave of flesh, claws and teeth that comes bursting out of the room, Neon green blood flies everywhere but it doesn't seem to slow them down at all.

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The Scientist escapes the storage room, behind him the Security contractors are slaughtered in seconds, the entire room has been painted red and green as the monsters effortlessly turn the soldiers into sushi while pursuing the theif with the treasure they were placed there to guard
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The door is shut..

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Suddenly one of the monsters slips itself through the crack, shreiking and hissing as it flails wildly trying to slice anything it can.

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The door closes shut, and splits the creature in half.

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A second later, it springs back to life, screeching and trying to impale the guard

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The Guard fires a barrage into the creatures face until it explodes.. finishing it off..

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The Survivors exit the bunker, the other PMCs who were tasked with guarding the perimeter are shocked as so few return from the expedition.

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The Scientist addresses the leader of the guards.
Scientist: Secure this artifakt, Pack up the vehicles, we need to leave as soon as possible.
PMC: What about the others?
Scientist: They're all dead... and we will be too if we go back in there. We got what we came for, Put a call out to Imperial Authorities, Anonymously of course, tell them there's an Elder Bunker here, They can be the ones to waste troops clearing the damned horrors in there...
PMC: Yes sir... what was in there?
Scientist: Elder Bioweapons, monsters created for war, all they do is kill and eat... What we got out of there must be worth unimaginable fortune for them to leave those abominations as their security system... enough talk, its time to go!
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Re: Buried Treasure

Post by Food_Truk » Sat Jul 03, 2021 7:16 am

Sweeet, mass monster murder spree. :studgod: Nice design for the artifakt display cases.

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