Meanwhile...up in the Sunrise Station orbiting Rubi-Ka...
"Ah...finally, looksss like it'sss done. Why would he have usssed sssuch ssstrrong encrrryption?"
Ken took a seat in his office chair, flicking away a small flake of shed scale-skin, hissing gently to himself, glancing back at the "DECRYPT-COMPLETE" message that flashed across the holo-screen. It's about time he got to the bottom of this...
The words of a kind of journal spread out before him on the screen, and all Ken had hoped for was a little more of an idea at what the hell was going on...
I have found my old lab its in immense ruins and its in the shadowlands I have not had time to explore it. A lot of my assignments have kept me busy. I hope to at least find out what happened there. In the mean time I have decided to search for an old friend I noticed he "appeared" in the communication channels but I have yet to communicate with him I have had flashbacks and some pieces of my memory of him and yet I hope to talk to him soon he may shed some light on what may have happened to me.
I have finally found my friend the other day "shadowpsych" he gave me my data files on who I was and slipped me a small container and whispered to me of viralbots. This is scary stuff viralbot technology is what aliens use in their everyday life some even say its what they are made of.
After pocketing it I spent some time reminscing with shadowpsych and some other people I asked if he remembered a girl from my past and he mentioned audrin. After that we went into some discussions but audrin never left my mind.
I had a full flashback of when I met her it was several years before the incident which landed me into a coma. She worked in omni-med while I worked as a nano scientist for omni-R&D. We both had very great futures to look forward to and things were starting to look up. I remembered proposing to her we would have been married. Fate it seems is without its ironies her job got more dangerous she got involved with a project that made her question her medical ethics. My job got more interesting as well but with it came the secrets. Our relationship was based on secrets and pretty soon it got to a point that we both couldn't cope with it.
I chose to resign rather then risk my life any further to spend time with her. She chose to stay in omni-med regardless of the questions. Bit by bit I was losing her. soon enough the questions she left unanswered started plaguing me. The secrets she had grew worse and each time we met I saw that haunted look in her eyes it was killing me. I confronted her about it and she wanted to tell me but each time she tried she froze up in fear looking around and being wary as if she was being watched. One day she left a datapad out with one of her projects and I saw it.
-----URGENT AND CLASSIFIED----
a memo is being sent out to all omni-med employees a quarantine is being issued in your sector failure to comply will have penalties up to a fine of 250,000,000 credits and possibly permanent death. the Quarantine is as follows:
all medical assets are to be seized pending further investigation
those infected in the quarantine are to be isolated for further study and if possible put into a habitat to accelerate the effects of their illness. If infected you must turn yourself in to the nearest medical personnel. Failure to comply with these orders will have you fined or executed for treason and being a public danger that is all and remember omni-tek is your friend.
My god it was so cold and clinical before I could read any more of this memo Audrin came in and took it away and started screaming at me. The fights were just the beginning of the end. I had more then enough of it I told her that there were to be no secrets she had to tell me what set her off. After that happened it was the last time I saw her. The next day I found audrin dead with a syringe and some nanite encased stims. She left me with nothing else but more questions as well as guilt and grief over her death. The official story was suicide but being a man of science as well as some forms of medicine I would have recognized the effects of an overdose her death seemed far too suspicious for it.
I sifted through her personal belongings before omni-tek had seized most of it and was able to find some clues to what she was working on but nothing solid or concrete her computer was already confiscated as it was considered property to omni-med. In the end I had to hire the help of a hacker an old friend of mine who was an expert in both computer and grid science he helped me attempt to track down vital information to what may have happened to audrin.
The closer I got the more dangerous things seemed to be. I found various bugs and plants within my own apartment. I was being watched. It got worse someone outright told me to back off. I should have taken the advice but I was stubborn and persistant in the end those two traits nearly got me killed.
I gained a small bit of data to a very dangerous nano-virus something capable of wiping out A LOT of people it was still in its experimental stages. Unfortunately I never got very far with this bit of information. Omni-tek stormed the place we were in. My hacker friend took the brunt of the assault and fell dead I recognized the pattern of the wounds as well as the weapons those soldiers were using, he was permanently killed. it seemed as if our attackers were of omni military alignment but I couldn't see their faces as they were hidden by masks. They were silent and grim in their determination to kill us.
I fought back leaving a trail of destruction and bodies in my wake. it was brutal I escaped with few scratches nothing serious however emotionally and mentally I broke down. The levels of violence I used shocked and terrified me. I came very close to ending my own life permanently that day. The only thing that stopped me was my memory of audrin and everything else that mattered most. I could NOT give up hope if I died then Omni-Tek will have already won. I knew that after that level of violence omni-tek would never stop searching for me I was a marked man. I hacked into my own files and wiped out any traces of my existance to throw them off my trail.
After I did that I severed all ties with omni-tek and joined the clans faction. I had failed audrin and my friend paid the price for it. I vowed from then on to always find the truth because to do less would make me a monster of the very same caliber as omni-tek. Sometimes violence doesn't always work and in my case it didn't solve anything I had lost any traces of proof when we were fighting the information terminal was destroyed and with it any chance of finding out what happened to audrin or what omni-tek even did.
I was back at square one in my search of what happened but with the awareness of what my carnage did I realized that violence wasn't the only solution to problems. Sometimes you have to seek the truth out and unveil it. Sometimes you have to believe in hope or at least an idea that is much greater then your own. Once that happens your enemies will fall.
Eine Zanders -callsign- Freezan
220 Finalizer (FINALLY, after 3 years without a single ding!) Nulion
, Squad Commander (And Council of Truth Clerical Staffer) of Alpha Omega
Once upon a time, I dreamt I was a butterfly...Suddenly I awoke...Now, I do not know whether I was then
a man dreaming I was a butterfly, or whether I am now a butterfly dreaming that I am a man. - Chuang Tzu