Part 7: Red Dwarf this aint.
It seems that the convergence plan made some headway, so well be taking a look at the Scifi chapter today. It wont take long, but Im going to have to do a fair amount of transcription.
Vessel Name -- Cogito Ergosum
Vessel Type -- Civilian Transport
Destination -- Earth
Cargo -- Alien life form
Crew -- 5
Passengers -- 1, military, in charge of cargo
Welcome to the Cogito Ergosum. To quote Blastinus from the old LP,
Its name means, "I think, therefore I am," and comes from the French philosopher Rene Descartes. Think of it as foreshadowing for smart people.
Most of our cast for the chapter remains in cold sleep, though one of them already appears to be up and about.
Theeere we go Finished!
That shouldve done it
Once we decide to move
The newly-activated robot makes happy sounds that can only be properly called burbling. Like what babies do.
Im Kato. Thats K-A-T-O. Kato.
Say hello to Kato, everyone. Hes the ships mechanic.
Good morning? Er Say, thats right! You dont have a name yet.
Nah that sounds like a dogs name, anyway
In the original Japanese version, Kato wanted to name the robot "Koro," which is Japanese for round, but decided not to because it also can mean dog. This is pretty much the same thing.
This concludes the stealing from Blastinus wholesale portion of the LP.
You can be Cube!!
maaaybe not. Oh well, Im sure Ill think of something.
Kato wants the yet-unnamed robot to follow him, but theres one thing we can do in his room. And indeed, we can do this for most of the cast.
Yes, we can invade their privacy.
Katos Diary posted:
Month X, Day X
Ive finished prototype 01. I ran some basic structural tests, but they turned out less successful than Id hoped.
Month X, Day X
Im gathering data for prototype 02. Ive got the walking system done.
Month X, Day X
Ive begun building prototype 03. Its going pretty well.
Month X, Day X
Ive finally completed prototype 03. Once Ive performed my routine check of the ship, Ill run one last test. Only one more week til were back on Earth Tomorrow, the other five crew members awaken from cold sleep. Id really like to get it working before then.
So our small spherical friend is Katos creation, Mk. 3. It sounds like the first one fell to bits, but what of the second?
Talking to Kato in the hallway lets us continue. We will have a chance to wander and examine the ships layout soon enough.
This is level 2 though. Its an oval-shaped circuit.
..... Here we go!
--Please state your business--
Good morning! I need to register a new crew member.
Classification Worker Robot?
Somebody suggested <3Cube as a name, but that isnt valid. And calling him Sphere was the other LPs thing, so were going with the default name. (I may give some thought to the suggestion of choosing names out of those offered instead of taking the most common vote, which is nigh guaranteed to be using the default now.)
Now you can come and go as you please. Mind, each of the crews individual cabins have security locks. If you dont have the owners permission, you wont be able to get in.
Certain rooms are plot-locked, got it.
Alright then, Cube. Now I want you to follow me on your own. I need to test out your AI. Ill be somewhere on this floor. Your job will be to come and find me.
And thus Kato wanders off and allows us to do some exploration of this floor if so desired. But trust me, we will be seeing every last inch of this god-forsaken ship in due time, and theres not even anyone around to talk to yet.
There are three levels of the ship, but level 2 is the largest. We are on the south-east part of the circuit, outside the Mother Computers terminal room.
Kato is just straight north from us, in the middle of the east side. The lower door leads to sick bay, but any effort to explore once youre on this screen will make Kato yell and drag Cube over to him.
Beyond this door is the Cold Sleep Room. During long trips through space, we use this place to go into cryogenic stasis. Dont suppose youd have to, though Well, please wake everyone up. Thanks!
Theres a name plate here.
The captain was already out of his bunk before we started, but everyone else needs a bit of assistance.
This is the reserve capsule, containing the military man responsible for whatever alien lifeform is onboard. I mean, who else would wear a red beret?
The other capsules tell us everyones names and jobs, but well get those in a minute. So, skipping ahead
Yeah! Hes called Cube.
See, we already knew that the first model fell apart. Thats what reading other peoples diaries gets you.
Rachel here is the ships communication officer.
And of course the cool dude is the pilot.
Huey has the glamourous job title of Cargo Handler. The universe hates Huey.
But since we have performed so admirably in our tasks so far, we now have to wake this poor bastard up.
Ugh Kirk, cmon! I thought I told you to lay off
...Thats a fair reaction, I think.
ey, Huey! Finally awake, huh? Thats the robot that Kato was building.
Eh? A A robot? Oh! You finally finished him?
We had gathered. But thank you for introducing yourself anyway.
First Kirk, and now Corporal Darth. Hes not the warmest gentleman ever, but again, military.
Corporal The robot that Kato was building is done. Hes called Cube.
... Just make sure it stays out of the way. Im heading to the break room.
To be fair, I understand the whole follow orders thing gets drilled in pretty hard.
Eh, dont worry about it too much.
When we wake up from cold sleep, we have a meeting in the break room. Come on! Youre part of the crew too, so youre obligated to attend.
Heh, thats so like you to be treating him as if he were human!
You really think so?
As Kato and Huey wander off to join the others, were able to poke around a bit more.
Sick Bay seems to be all in order. The decontamination system is working at least.
I know all about you
You are the first robot that Kato completed
I look forward to working with you
Never hurts to make friends with those in charge.
On the lower west side, we have some of the crews quarters. Kirk and Rachel have the top two rooms here, and Katos is the lower right. The lower left is the guest quarters, which Darth is using.
The middle and upper west sides have two entrances to the break room (our destination), as well as Hueys room and the Captains quarters.
All these places are connected by identical corridors, by the way. And you may have noticed the lack of Tindeck links thus far; the majority of this chapter only has atmospheric noises. At present, its machinery humming.
The break room is usually home to a quiet tune, however. Kirk is playing a videogame in the corner, and it will be sitting there switched on for most of the chapter. Well hear it (and try the game) later on.
Well, hes not on this floor unless hes in his quarters.
Damn straight! You want to take a shot at it?
We do actually have a good reason to refuse playing right now, but more on that when we do give it a try.
Kirks really good at this game!
Kirks game is awful.
Well, we have one other option to progress.
Its a story about people who lived centuries ago. I really like reading about people like that! They were so adventurous.
Ahahaha Thats cuz youre a chicken! Youd be too scared to do that stuff yourself.
I get that feeling Kirks words might have hit home a little hard for Huey there
Why dont we teach him how to make coffee? Cube, come over here.
Well, how hard can it be? I mean, you have some kind of espresso machine here.
The machine glugs-glugs-glugs out some coffee for us, but the Corporal isnt impressed.
Hey, not bad! Lets have a little taste.
...Practice makes perfect, right? By which I mean were going to take the opportunity to offer everyone coffee.
Th-thanks, I think. Im not really thirsty right now, though.
Thats the spirit, Cube! Thanks!
Thanks. Why not drop by my room sometime later?
Giving Rachel some coffee in this scene means we can see some optional stuff later. This chapter actually has quite a few lines and scenes you can miss.
Thanks! This is just how I like my coffee.
Were on a roll! Hey, Corporal! Want some coffee?
...A no would have sufficed.
I havent had many pleasant experiences with robots.
B-but that isnt Cubes fault
Huh. Apparently I used up my allowance of one lame Metal Gear joke too soon.
My apologies for the delay. How are you all feeling?
Were all fine.
Thats good. Hmm ? Whats that I see over there?
Oh, thats my robot! His names Cube.
Oh, you finished it! Id love to take a closer look later on.
First meeting: Looked at a book briefly, served coffee, got knocked across the room, and the meeting turned out to be largely pointless.
Some meeting! One game and its basically over.
Hah! You know you like em that way.
Hahaha! True that.
Well, those two seem close.
The Behemoth, you say? Good name for an alien beastie.
Well then, Ill see it after I check the Mother Computer. Cube, you come too. Use the elevator. The Mother Computer is on Level 3, while the hold is on Level 1.
And with the rest of the crew taking their leave, we have a couple of different ways to progress. But since weve met everyone and explored the largest of the Cogito Ergosums three levels, I think well call it here for today. Maybe something more exciting will happen next time, hmm?