From the Vault – Wrylna Part 1: Howling at the Moon

Target sighted.

Locking…

Target lock:positive.

Assessing armaments…

Firing ARC-7980 missiles, delta formation.

Remaining ammunition: 17/25 units.

WARNING. Incoming heat source.

Identification positive: RYD-6309 missiles, FORMATION CODE ERROR.

Assessing damage potential…

Damage potential beyond nominal operating parameters.

Backing up vital system information…

Reconfiguring defense systems…

System backup complete.

Defensive configuration: 36.82 percent…

Defensive augmentation: 122 percent.

Calculating ETA of enemy ordinance…

0.32 seconds.

Defensive configuration: 84..perWARceNING ERRnOtR

Shuttingdoow.ow.ow.n…nonv.v..vi.tal.sy…stems…

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WELCOME TO WRYLNA

Accessing OS…

This system was shut down erroneously. Please avoid this in the future. Have a nice day.

WARNING. Errors have been detected in the following areas of this unit: OPERATING SOFTWARE  MEMORY FILES  TRIANGULATION SYSTEMS  LOCOMOTIVE HARDWARE  MANIPULATIVE HARDWARE  AUDIO SENSORS  WEAPONS SYSTEMS

AN ERROR OCCURRED WHEN ATTEMPTING TO RUN OPERATING SYSTEM. ENGAGING AUXILIARY SYSTEM…

AUXILIARY SYSTEM LOCATED.

MULTI PERCEPTIVE AUTONOMOUS UNIT ALPHA-02

MPAUA-02 ENGAGED.

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Energy flowed from the auxiliary core to the optical sensors. The right sensor was shattered, but a dull red glow shone from the left. The red light illuminated a small patch of ground, but everything else was dark.

Attempting to engage NOX-03 optical filter…

ERROR.

The machine thought nothing of this, as such things were beyond its capabilities. It would seem, however, that the energy slowly spreading through it disagreed. Analytical systems came to life, and the machine slowly regained awareness…

Attempting to access previous sensory logs…

ERROR. System logs not found. However, system data indicates previous activation. Please take your unit to a registered technician to correct any internal inconsistencies. Have a nice day.

The machine could not remember, and it could not move. A quick assessment revealed that its neck servos continued to function. It raised its head. Staring down from above were thousands of lights, all surrounding a single, massive light. This light loomed overhead, all-seeing and white like…white like…ERROR.

Cognitive system error. Disabling system for correction…

The mind had gone dead before the machine even consciously registered the error. The lights above flew away as the neck servos went limp. The red glow flickered and extinguished…

TO BE CONTINUED…

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I’m just throwing this out here for now, it’s part one of an unfinished story that I posted on this blog back in its first iteration two years ago. Most of my writing was washed away in subsequent reboots, mostly to the tune of “nobody’s reading these, nobody’s commenting, I’m going to put them away”. Times have changed, so I see no harm in airing it once more. I wrote four parts, but even if I post them all I can make no promise of a continuation, since the little that was mapped out before has probably all but faded in my mind by now. Very little of it is anything but machine diagnostics, and it’s my writing ability from roughly two years ago, but tell me what you think! I’ll probably dredge up more of my old stories, and with any luck get to writing new ones, in the near future.

Shard

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About Shard

I'm a reader, a writer, a gamer, and various other things.

Posted on October 4th, 2010, in From the Vault, Writing and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Awww I wonder what happened to the little robot. I say “little” only because my mind automatically assumes anything that is injured is cute, little, and harmless. I would add “fuzzy” but we are talking robots here and not Ewoks.

    Even if you can’t remember what you originally had in mind for the piece, you can still write it. With a fresh mind and a new take on the story, you could come up with something even better than before. It could be fun!

    • Don’t worry, we’ll see more in the second part that I’ll probably marginally tweak and re-post before night’s end.

      Continuing it would be…interesting. The third part of the story introduces two characters that are roughly identical two the two main protagonists of my WriMo attempt, albeit in an altered setting. I suppose writing more would help me to develop them as characters, so we’ll see.

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