43 – The Doors Open03-Jan-09
While the rest of the group waits near the stairwell up, the party scouts have discovered a cargo bay – and perhaps an exit from this installation!
Ibben, Apollo, and Slinker have discovered a large, well-lit cargo bay. In the middle of the room are two large robots, different in appearance from the police robot which you encountered earlier. There is also the enormous body of a creature lying upon a table of some type. The monster is unfamiliar to you, and surrounded in a nimbus of light. The robots take no action, nor does the creature on the table.
To the south is a large set of cargo doors. These resemble perfectly the doorway which you spotted from the outside! On the east and west walls are large doors similar to the one you just entered, but brown-coded.
Ibben pauses to continue watching the two robots for a minute…
Saying nothing, and moving as quietly as he can manage, Apollo takes a couple of cautious steps into the room, glancing warily around this new area.
Other than the robots and the mysterious creature, there is little else of interest in the room. There are several open crates lying in the corners of the chamber, but from what Apollo can see they appear empty. He notes no dust or signs of disuse, unlike other areas within the lower level. In fact, the chamber appears well used – with scratches and scuff marks everywhere. There are definite signs that large and heavy objects have been repeatedly dragged towards the southern cargo doors…
The Slinker moves into the room slowly and carefully, scanning the room in hope of finding his valuable possessions. Although his camouflage is less perfect than that of Apollo or Ibben, the robots take no notice. With his gear nowhere in plain sight, Slinker peers into the crates. Although mostly empty, each contains at the bottom a smaller version of the ‘table’ that dominates the center of this room. (This still leaves each crate as mostly empty space.)
Suddenly, and without warning, the robots grind into action! They turn towards the central table, and suddenly the shimmering lights surrounding the creature blink out. You stand, momentarily transfixed, as the machines grab the enormous creature in their clumsy graspers. (Did the monster just twitch, or was it your imagination?)
Next, with the sound of grinding metal, the large cargo bay doors slowly begin to open, exposing sunlight! These are indeed the lower doors that you spotted while outside! The robots begin to drag their load towards the doorway, still seemingly oblivious to your presence.
What are your actions?