Post by Qurinth on May 15, 2016 9:15:11 GMT
"Atlas, this is Adeki Qurinth, Requesting down link of repair module 40-21d.
Experiencing lag in software update 2.002 for ship kelner 997, Possible system malfunction."
Adeki released the thrusters and slowed his ship to a pedestrian 5 km/s, keeping it centered away from the dim planet he was trying to navigate around. It was an opportune time to inspect the hardware as the sparse, quiet expanse meant he had no reason to worry about pirates intercepting him and making off with the few valuables he had stored in the moderately sized hull of the kelner explorer.
He pressed the commlink, watched for the blinking red light to signal connection and spoke again.
"Atlas, come in Atlas"He waited for a message to read across the computer hub telling him diagnostics had figured the issue and maintenance would be an easy fix, but nothing. Atlas had received the message, as the computer revealed but was not relaying any information back towards him. He let a thick exhale escape him and clenched his fists.
"fricking pile of junk, what is it with that damn database, does it think people on the outer rim aren't worth it's time, I give it good samples to analyse and this is how i'm treated."
He stood up from his seat, banging his head for the umteenth time on the small catch that pertruded from the ceiling manifold and cursed himself for forgetting about it. He was no engineer, nor any being grasped with the knowledge of mechanics and apart from blowing inside some of the vents and dusting off the pipes he felt helplessly stupid in the face of this debacle.
"if it's the damn software installation thats having problems theres nothing i can do about it, it's up to you kelly, tell me why the system won't update?"
Kelly was the name he had given to the AI Interface that monitored both the craft and the network grid which maintained the connection with the Atlas. It had a mind of its own, one that Adeki had grown to love and hate, although recently it had been growing more towards the latter.
"you know i'm sorry about what i said the other day, right? i mean, come on, like i would actually shut off your mainframe capabilities, sometimes i get angry, i say things i don't mean. The silent treatment has run its course. don't you think?"
He really had meant to limit her control over the ship, there had been some incidents in the recent past that forced him into some dangerous positions and he had his suspicion's kelly was responsible for a majority, if not all of them. what he wanted the most was to reach the next trade station and have the maintenance teams remove her completely from the system, start afresh and head back out amongst the stars, only the jouney which was initially estimated to take just a day and half had been 4 days and counting and he was feeling as if she knew his intentions and was trying everything to slow it down.
"When we get to the next trade station, i promise i'll have you spruced up good, give the ol' processor a nice upgrade and whatever else needs doing.We're a team remember, you need me, i need you."
His patience began to wear thin as the deafening silence continued, he fell back into the the cockpit chair and stared off into the terrifying immensity of the cosmic arena, stars light years away dancing to the rhythm of the galaxies. He knew very little of the history of his people, they were so few and scattered thin across the expanse, he only remembered what his father had told him before being thrust out into the wide worlds.
'We are sky wardens under no man's sky, star chasers of the golden spheres and the embodyment of the universe itself. this is our journey and the journey is ours alone.' Adeki liked to ponder on those words, they filled him with a sense of inspiration, urging him to delve further and further into the unknown, seeking answers to his most pivotal questions.
Adeki probably would have lost himself in thought for a couple of hours had the commlink not buzzed, alerting him that the Atlas had finally replied. He pressed the touchscreen monitor and read the message aloud.
"Inital scan shows no core malfunction despite outdated software mainframe, blah blah blah.. Attached is down link of mod stabiliser needed to run update 2.002 at optimal capacity."
Adeki ran the mod application and stored it in the background whilst scrolling through his desktop applications until he found the update and began the installation, never taking his eyes off the percentage bar that showed how much data had been processed and how long it would take to finish.
"only 2 minutes and we're good to go" he said to himself, feeling ever more optimistic the more the bar filled. 50% jumped to 70% and when it reached it 90% he breathed a sigh of relief and took his eyes off the screen chuckling at the paranoia that had gripped him, he began to stand up from his seat so he could stretch when her voice spoke.
"file corrupt, installation incomplete."
"WHAT!? No, no, NO! you're lying!"
She wasn't, the computer had frozen with the percentage bar at 99%, a tiny box had popped up repeating the exact doomed words Kelly had said.
" how dare you interfere with my work, witch! all this time i knew something wasn't right, you had some motive to keep me reliant upon you." Adeki let out a maniacal laugh before punching his hand through the monitor ripping out all the wires and chucking every loose item around the cockpilot.
"we are over! i'm going to enjoy watching you ripped from this system and forgotten forever!"
At that moment the ship jolted sporadically and began thrusting forward throwing adeki to the metal floor." what the hell was that?" Initally it felt like something had crashed into the kelner but adeki quickly realised kelly had taken control of the ship.
"O no you don't, what do you think you're playing at, turn this ship around now!" the ship was being steered towards the planet adeki had wished to stay away from and the side they were facing was covered in darkness, all he could make out was a faint green hue emanating from the atmosphere. He stood up regaining his balance and jumped into the cockpit seat grabbing the joystick and wrenching it in the direction away from the planet but it made no effect, either his moment of madness had disabled manual control or kelly had corrupted the system to her own devices. The ship was gathering speed it was thrusting adeki into the back of seat chaining him so that he could do nothing but watch the blurry world closing in, he wanted to shout at kelly at again but felt futile, she had won and he needed to make peace with what was happening, he felt every emotion run through him in the space of seconds until he finally closed his eyes and spoke softly to himself.
" I am the sky warden under no man's sky, star chaser of the golden spheres, embodyment of the universe itself. This is my journey, the journey is mine alone".