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 Post subject: Caulder's Quarters
PostPosted: 29 May 2013, 09:21 
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Fairly small in dimensions, especially considering the Realm's ability to make more room, Caulder had left this place while still trying to find something of an identity for himself, and it shows.

This room is very spartan in decoration, and consists of nothing more than two distinct sections; a bedroom and a bathroom. The bedroom contains a single bed, a wardrobe, a chest for some storage, and a shutter built into the wall to separate it from the bathroom, with just enough floor-room to move around in, and a space cleared at the foot of the bed, in front of the wardrove, in which he could sit should he need to.

A few things lay atop the fewer surfaces available, mementos mostly, a couple of holocrons, a combat knife, some ragged old papers and a necklace made from a chunk of polished red chitin.


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PostPosted: 29 May 2013, 10:05 
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[From the Corridors]

Caulder stepped into the room slowly. It was strange for him to come back here after so long, though it was oddly made easier by the way the room had pretty much fallen apart. It was an absolute mess, completely untended since his leaving, he guessed. His initial response to this was to clear a space on the floor, sit down, and use the Warp to put everything back the way it was, but as he began to shift things he thought better of it, and decided to clean the room by hand. He had the time, after all.

~~~

Some hour-and-a-half later, the room was looking very clean indeed. He had had a replicator and disposal unit put into one of the free walls to help with fixing things up, and had decided to keep them. The bed was back where it had been, as was the wardrobe and the chest, which he reset the locks on, and the bathroom was all sorted and in order. He stood now in the middle of the room, turning the little necklace he had just found beneath a dislodged ceiling panel over in his hand. It had been his before he'd left, something of Jayge's to remind him of his place here. Or rather, it had been his, a piece of his own carapace from during his formative year here aboard the Realm after Jayge had created him, then a near-mindless animal, that Jayge had kept, and had then given back to him. A reminder of a great number of things. A reminder of a different person entirely, in fact. He had been someone else back then.

He set the necklace down on top of a shelf on the wardrobe. It was enough for him to know it was safe. He set down his old holocrons as he found them as well, one containing old messages between Jayge and himself, and the other one that he couldn't bring himself to watch through again, as well as what remained of an old paper-based diary he had been keeping. It had started as a way to teach himself to write, but soon became a habit that he still kept today, his suit's internal memory contained weekly, if not daily, entries; a collection that spanned decades. He thought it would be a good idea to make a backup of those now, and had the replicator fabricate a small data-stick with just enough memory space for the task, connected it, and went about finishing his tidying as the transfer worked in the background. Finally he found an old combat knife, exactly where it had been left, though there was a lot of debris covering it. He allowed himself to remember for a moment the event that had placed it there- a friend's advice-turned-challenge, and an argument that had sparked his own initial decision to leave. The knife had been embedded in the floor, where it had been thrown. Now it lay of its side, a piece of rubble and the passage of time had dislodged it. He picked it up and thought for a moment about replacing it, but decided not to.

"I'm not so conflicted now, and I may not have found what I'm looking for, but I've got something holding me here now." He chuckled lightly behind his visor. "Not what you had in mind, but certainly what you wanted, right?" He set the knife down carefully on the shelf between the other things. "...Well that was silly." He shook his head, stepping away from the wardrobe and looking about himself, the room was clean and tidy now, and he had once again run out of things to do.

He did notice that the file backup had finished, and been just about to disconnect the datastick, then an idea occurred to him. He took off the heavy jacket he had been wearing and hung it from the side of his wardrobe and lay out on his bed. Had he not been encased in his suit, he figured that the experience would have been quite pleasant, though he didn't give himself time to think about it now. Instead, he started a new recording, noting the current date and time before beginning,

"I'm back on the Realm, finally. It's been a while.."


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PostPosted: 05 Jul 2013, 16:30 
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M's message rang out across his room, rousing Caulder. He had fallen into a sort of meditative state after logging his latest audio entry, and he sat up from his bed.

"Fuel? So Wraith was right, no more Phazon. That is rather troubling." He rested his helmed head on his hands for a moment, thinking, running numerous calculations in his head, before clapping his hands together, the solution in his mind, and standing. "I can but try." he said as though reciting, "Best to ask first though."

He paused, looked about the room, then donned his jacket and left for the bridge, trying not to feel anxious over the weight of his possible contribution.

[to the bridge]


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PostPosted: 27 Oct 2013, 14:27 
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[From the Main Deck]

Caulder stepped through the door in deep contemplation, though the sound of it closing behind him snapped him out of it. He had come to a number of conclusions though, he knew that he should seek out and talk to Raine properly at some point, and he knew that it was unlike him to be so nervous about just talking to someone, so it would make sense for him to try and get past this and discuss his ideas with her, among other things. He sat down on the end of his bed and connected his systems to the Realm's PAD network, devising a message to send to Raine.

Hello, this is Caulder. I believe that we have a few things to discuss concerning our options regarding the Realm, and about Jayge. If you would like to pursue these topics then please come and find me at your earlier convenience.

He had written and re-written it three times before he decided that he would not get better at feeling less awkward about this by practice, so he attached his current location to the missive and sent it along. Then he waited.


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PostPosted: 27 Oct 2013, 16:59 
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[From the Corridors]

Raine knocked on the door, and it opened as if of its own accord.

"Welcome." said Caulder, sitting on his bed. "You'll have to forgive the lack of chairs, I will see to adding some soon. In the meantime, do take a seat." He stood up, and motioned at the bed, all neat and tidy. Raine had a hard time not scoffing at the decorum.

"You wanted to talk to me about Jayge?" she cut straight to the point, sitting herself down perhaps a little more casually than she should have on the side of the bed, looking up at the man.

"That, and about feeding your vessel. Which would be the shorter conversation by far." Caulder replied, standing up straight and effecting as neutral a posture as he could without making it look unnatural. Raine was too distracted by the apparent lack of life within his shell to notice much else about him, though she was singularly interested in the conversation as soon as he mentioned her ship.

"Might be I find that one more interesting right now as well." She said. Her curiosity about this Jayge character was quite substantial, but her ship was important to her, and he was likely to be very hungry when he woke up. "What do you have in mind?" Caulder seemed pleased by her choice in topic.

"I believe that, currently, we are in dire need of short-ranged vessels for a variety of needs, including scouting, transport, and emergency response just to name a few, and your ship could well be the most practical to repair for those purposes. The main obstacle, as I see it, is that we do not know how much sustenance it would require to return it to a functional state, and we do not know if the Realm's stores would be able to facilitate that. So I am considering looking further afield, to more...external sources of food." He took a moment to observe Raine's reactions, and was pleased to see that she was paying attention, and patiently waiting for him to finish. "I think that we could use the Realm's long-range scanner to locate a planet with enough flora and fauna to feed your ship, then I could take you and your ship with me via a careful Warp jump, and see to it that you get all of the biomass you could need." Raine seemed to perk up at this idea. "The downside to that would be the danger inherent in Warp travel, which is substantial.. So I have decided to leave that decision up to you."

"I... I will think about it." Raine nodded, she had first hand experience dealing with the terrors that spill forth from the Warp, it was not something to take lightly at all. "So, what do you know about Jayge?" She asked.

"This will take a while, I have been trying to organise my thoughts about the matter since before I sent you that message... It is complicated."

"I have time." Raine nodded, sitting up to attention in a distinctly feline manner, her eyes wide in anticipation of some great secret.

"Alright, where to begin.." Caulder took a moment to think, organising his thoughts, and decided to start at the beginning. "Jayge Ashera is the effective progenitor of everything you know to be Tyran today, he was a figure of similar importance to another race, the Metrans, as well, but the divergence of the two is quite distinct, and that would be a story for another time. Initially, the Tyrans were created by a man called Darth Sirriax, a particularly awful Sith Lord, with the purpose of understanding how the Tyranids genus' that your kind gets most of their abilities from work, and how to integrate them into human anatomy. most of the more important members of your race's leadership is made up of the first generation of Tyrans initially created by Sirriax, and later modified by Jayge, to be what they are today, Urza, your adoptive father, is among this group."

Raine nodded as she took in the information, she had always known about the man Sirriax and his vile experiments, and how they were the cause of the Tyran race. It was considered common knowledge. She had never heard of Jayge before, however, though it did make a certain amount of sense.. people had always reacted to her last name with an awkward sort of respect. Urza had told her that it was because people recognised her as the only Tyran to possess the Norn Queen genus, and so she'd always thought that was what her last name had meant.. Now, however..

"So, he was kind of a big deal, right? What happened to him, and why have I never heard of him before?" She asked, genuinely curious.

"Well, he decided to disappear for a while. Actually, he came to live aboard this very ship for a long time, up until the ship fell into disuse. It was.. it was here that I was born, his creation. And it was here that Jayge underwent the biggest and most important changes to his biology, he discovered the effects of Phazon on Tyran anatomy, and how stones taken from a certain world could be used to trigger sudden and relatively controlled evolutions, a process that is now commonplace on Tyran worlds, as I understand it. The only thing he was unable to do was make peace between the three three distinct parts of himself, you see, unlike the Tyrans and Metrans who were created before him, Jayge was born from creatures who were previously sentient, rather than just tissue samples and genetic splicing. He was effectively fused into being, and his components maintained some of their sentience."

"So, he had a Tyranid and a...Metroid?" Raine had heard of the Metrans before, but knew very little about them. They were generally regarded with an odd sort of disdain on the Tyran worlds. "He had them in his head, vying for control or something?"

"To put it simply, yes. He had the remnant personality, if you could call it that, of a rather unique strain of Hive Tyrant, and its link to the common Hive Mind to contend with. Then there was the personality that came to call itself 'Frost' out of some kind of misplaced sense of irony. We were never sure whether it was an Omega metroid or a Queen that had been used, but whatever was left of it's individuality drew from Jayge's knowledge and slowly became another entity all in itself, and it learned from the Hive Mind, becoming hateful, greedy, and, well, dangerous. If the two hadn't been constantly at each other's throats, Jayge would have been washed away by either of them easily, and so an awkward sort of status quo was achieved, with the help of a fourth personality, that of the original human body, Kreil."

"...Was this Kreil guy important? It sounds like he was just kind of tacked on later or something." Raine grumbled, folding her arms. Caulder would have laughed at that if he were able to.

"It would be more accurate to say that Jayge was the one that had been tacked on, but again, that's another story, for another time. The important part of this is that Kreil left during Jayge's time here aboard the Realm, leaving Jayge to fend for himself within the confines of his own body and mind. He was able to do so without trouble initially, but given time... Well, we needed a solution."

"Annnnd that solution was..?" Raine seemed to be running out of patience, Caulder noted.

"The solution was the Jayge that came here aboard the Intrepid, along with Syn, Richard and Shaina, yourself, and me." He said, seeing no reason to be anything be blunt.

"..What?" Raine's disbelief was understandable.

"That's that part that will take time to explain."

"Keris to all hands. We've been contacted by a ship belonging to a security force patrolling this sector. They wish to come aboard and have requested personnel to remain in their quarters. Co-operation looks to be the most expedient course of action - for now. But everyone be ready for anything - just in case. Richard, Shaina and Syn, please report to..."

"Hm, I suppose that at least gives us time." He added in response to the broadcast.

"This is M. Main Hangar. We'll meet you there. You've got four minutes before we get in trouble with people with weapons and a big ship."

"That, however, gives me pause to worry.."

"Should we stay here?" Raine asked him, torn between curiosity and this new development.

"Yes, but I'm going to link up with the Realm and keep tabs on things. I want to be able to respond the moment something happens, if it does." He wasn't expecting trouble, but then it had never hurt him to prepare before.

"Well let me know, I want a piece of the action too."

"Let's just hope that nothing happens."


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PostPosted: 04 Dec 2013, 19:17 
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Raine's impatience was showing. It could have been the pacing, or the grumbling under her breath that gave it away, but it wasn't. It was how she asked Caulder 'What's going on now?" every few minutes that bordered on making it obvious.

"I don't mean to imply that you're making it hard to concentrate." Caulder replied after the latest iteration, "But really, I would appreciate it if you could keep yourself occupied with something while this is happening."

"But you haven't got anything here for me to do." She glared, "You could at least let me watch on a monitor or something."

"I do not have a monitor with me that would connect to my suit's hardware." said Caulder slowly, trying to pay attention to the goings on in the hangar despite Raine's talking. "Hold on just a moment." He added, as it seemed a decision had been reached by those in the hangar.

"....What's happening?" Raine asked again. To her credit, she had managed to wait for almost a minute this time. Caulder sighed heavily, but he looked up this time.

"I think that we have reached a compromise with the soliders who have docked. Members of our crew are escorting, or being escorted by, small, organised teams. I believe that the intention is to scope out the ship for potential issues, like restricted cargo and such. This strikes me as a fairly routine security check, at least in nature. This could still turn interesting, but I trust that our crew will be able to handle it."

"Sooooooooo we're okay?" Raine asked, moving to sit down on the edge of the bed again.

"I would hazard a guess at yes." Caulder nodded in confirmation. "At the very least, the security force seems to be trustworthy. We should be all right."

"Phew, good to know." Raine relaxed visibly, folding her legs up under her. "And we can get back to you explaining what this is all about then?"

"I believe so." Caulder nodded again, then took a moment to recall what they had been talking about. Raine helped.

"So this 'solution'. It involved...another Jayge. Me, and you, and the crew of Jayge and Syn's ship?" She asked.

"After a fashion. Directly, it only involves you, me, and the second Jayge." Caulder found the act of referring to anyone as a 'second Jayge' to be quite strange. "In addition, Syn, Urza, and Wraith were asked to help, and they did as best they could, to my understanding." He didn't want to mention that Syn had sort of dropped the ball, but then it did seem to have been something outside of his control that went wrong. Still, it posed an issue.

"I still don't understand just what this 'solution' of yours entails. What happened to the original Jayge, if it needed a second one of him running around?" Raine asked, confused.

"I'll explain," Caulder sat forwards slowly, wondering how the knowledge would affect Raine.

[Time skip :P ]


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PostPosted: 27 Jan 2014, 23:25 
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[After time skip]

"No." Raine's dislike of what she'd been told was rather...noticeable. "Why would you even think I'd be okay with that? Who would ever be okay with that?" She was getting rather loud.

"Because it is important. And we do not yet even know what it would actually cost you, if anything." Caulder tried to reason, it was getting difficult. "Please try to understand, I am in much the same position as you are here."

"Bullshit." Raine retorted. She was up on her feet, arms folded, her features scalding and her body tense. "There ain't no way you could call this the same. This is my life, not just some.. some voices in my head." she gestured about her as she said the words. "I'm not going through with this."

"Just... Just think about it. I need you to at least do that." Caulder was close to pleading, though his voice betrayed not a hint of it.

"And Urza was in on this the whole time? Syn too? Stuff it. Just stuff it." She huffed.



"Calling Doctor Howard, Doctor Fine, Doctor Howard. Please Report to Surgery."

The silence was broken by the communication.

"So... For that Metaphor, Emeris is Doctor Howard, Keris is Doctor Fine, and Shaina is Doctor Howard. And Surgery is the Bridge. So... basically, could you three come to the bridge? Actually, everyone not keeping the ship from blowing up could probably come. Thank you."

"I guess that is a good way to bring this to an end." said Caulder after a minute that felt like an hour. "At least you are aware of this now. Better this, than you find out later, after we get Jayge back from Sirriax."

"I'll help get him back, but only because I know what Sirriax is like. That's it. Then we're done, grand plan or no." She grunted, then left the room.


Caulder sat alone for another minute. This one felt like a day.

"...Balls."

He stood up and followed Raine.

[To the bridge]


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