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Offline IriTheEerie

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Jewel's Tale, Chapter 4: What's In a Name?
« on: August 23, 2017, 03:47:53 PM »
--{ Chapter 4:  What's in a name?

Memories bubbled to the surface as Jewel laid out pieces of paper, trying to fit them together.  Memories of fitting puzzle pieces together in class, and memories of another child flying into a fit of rage when the timer bell went off and his puzzle wasn't complete.  One orderly had tried to physically restrain the child and ended up screaming on the floor with a compound-fractured tibia.  It had taken two different tazers to subdue the child before he was dragged off.  She couldn't remember ever seeing the child or the orderly again after that incident.

Most of the folder itself was blank but for a few doses of medicines, so she separated it from what appeared to be the main sheet underneath.  As she worked, her vision pixelated, forcing her to stop and squeeze her eyes shut, camera shutters closing.  Without the work to distract her, the pain and thirst settled in, and her stomach rumbled.  She felt the muscles in her face stop twitching, and opened her eyes again to quickly complete the puzzle.

────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────┐
Jewel:      | Female | Bionic Monster                                           │
           STATS          │  ENCUMBRANCE AND WARMTH  │           SPEED          │
                          │^Torso  (0)   0+10  (  0) │ Base Move Cost:     110  │
 Strength:         8 (10) ││Head   (0)   0+0   (  0) │ Current Speed:      100  │
 Dexterity:        8 (10) ││Eyes   (0)   0+0   (  0) │                          │
 Intelligence:     8 (10) ││Mouth  (0)   1+0   (  0) │                          │
 Perception:       8 ( 8) ││Arms   (0)   0+10  (  0) │                          │
 Base HP:              90 ││Hands  (0)   0+20  (  0) │                          │
 Carry weight(lbs):  116.8││Legs   (0)   2+10  (  0) │                          │
 Melee damage:        7.5 │vFeet   (0)   2+10  (  0) │                          │
──────────────────────────┴──────────────────────────┴──────────────────────────┤
 Subject appears to have strong mental acuity, able to solve puzzles and learn  │
 new concepts quickly.  Mastered Israeli Defensive arts rapidly, and trains     │
 tirelessly.  Does not get along with other organisms, humanoid or not.         │
──────────────────────────┬──────────────────────────┬──────────────────────────┤
          SKILLS          │          TRAITS          │          EFFECTS         │
 dodging:          6 ( 0%)│ Addictive Personality    │Krav Maga Edged           │
 melee:            6 ( 0%)│ Animal Discord           │Krav Maga Hand-to-Hand    │
 unarmed combat:   6 ( 0%)│ Fast Learner             ├──────────────────────────┘
 bashing weapons:  2 ( 0%)│ Fast Reader              │
 computers:        2 ( 0%)│ Fleet-Footed             │
 cooking:          2 ( 0%)│ Forgetful                │
 electronics:      2 ( 0%)│ Good Hearing             │
 fabrication:      2 ( 0%)│ Growling Voice           │
 first aid:        2 ( 0%)│ Heavy Sleeper            │
 mechanics:        2 ( 0%)│ Indefatigable            │
 survival:         2 ( 0%)│ Light Step               │
 tailoring:        2 ( 0%)│ Self-Defense Classes     │
 arcana:           0 ( 0%)│ Thin-Skinned             │
 archery:          0 ( 0%)│ Trigger Happy            │
 bartering:        0 ( 0%)│ Truth Teller             │
 cutting weapons:  0 ( 0%)│ Ugly                     │
 driving:          0 ( 0%)├──────────────────────────┘
 handguns:         0 ( 0%)│
 launchers:        0 ( 0%)│
 marksmanship:     0 ( 0%)│
 piercing weapons: 0 ( 0%)│
 rifles:           0 ( 0%)│
 shotguns:         0 ( 0%)│
 speaking:         0 ( 0%)│
 submachine guns:  0 ( 0%)│
──────────────────────────┘

On the next sheet, she managed to find a list of the Compact Bionics Modules they had implanted into her.  Some were helpful.  Most were not.

┌────────────────── BIONICS ─────────────────────┐
│ ┌──────────┐                                   │
│ │ACTIVE (4)│                                   │
├─┘          └───────────────────────────────────┤
│ k Metabolic Interchange, OFF                   │
│ l Scent Vision, 1 PU/turn, 1 PU act, OFF       │
│ m Bionic Claws, OFF                            │
│ o Water Extraction Unit                        │
│                                 ┌────────────┐ │
│                                 │PASSIVE (11)│ │
├─────────────────────────────────┘            └─┤
│ a Self-Locking Thumbs                          │
│ b Motor Control Overstimulator                 │
│ c Bionic Short Circuit                         │
│ d Leaky Bionic                                 │
│ e Endocrine Enervator                          │
│ f Bionic-Induced Deformity                     │
│ g Voice Remodulator                            │
│ h Squeaky Ankles                               │
│ i Visual Disruptor                             │
│ j Wire-induced Stiffness                       │
│ n Expanded Digestive System                    │
└────────────────────────────────────────────────┘

After memorizing the information, she gathered up the papers, clumping them together once more, and stuffed them into her pocket.  Carefully, she reached around the edge of the doorway, hooked her fingertips under the edge of the door, and pulled it shut.  The turret's targeting system made no reply as Jewel was plunged, once more, into darkness.

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Re: Jewel's Tale, Chapter 4: What's In a Name?
« Reply #1 on: August 23, 2017, 09:44:32 PM »
Pretty good so far. You keep on typing, I'll keep on reading! :D

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Re: Jewel's Tale, Chapter 4: What's In a Name?
« Reply #2 on: August 24, 2017, 01:11:51 AM »
you should probably put all this in one thread. it would be a lot more clean.

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Re: Jewel's Tale, Chapter 4: What's In a Name?
« Reply #3 on: August 24, 2017, 01:50:32 PM »
you should probably put all this in one thread. it would be a lot more clean.

Fair point, that.  I realized belatedly that the others are in one thread, so I'll follow suit.

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Re: Jewel's Tale, Chapter 4: What's In a Name?
« Reply #4 on: August 25, 2017, 06:03:07 AM »
If you want I can merge the threads for you, just let me know.
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