Ultra Investigation 1! The Case of the Mad PT Pilot!

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It was midday, a quiet afternoon over the Russian woodlands that felt distantly familiar to the co-pilot of the Tausendfuessler as it grazed the horizon, approaching the their destination. It was about a day since the video showing the massacre at the lab had been placed on the net, drawing attention from everywhere, constantly removed and uploaded again... It had caught the attention of those working at Tremaine Trading and Exchange.

It didn't take too much convince Milly to investigate the site, figuring it was either a hoax, or a crime in need of serious investigation. There was something... Different about the video. It was off putting, something familiar...

“Hey, Indie, I think... We found the site... I don’t think this was a hoax.”

Outside was a massacre. Destruction visible from the air as they landed the Baker Street.
 
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Only remnants of the original lab remained. A piece of blasted, scorched concrete. A fragmented metal plate, possibly from a hangar.

And up ahead...is that...

Virgola Unit One. It'd be surprisingly intact-the chest is damaged, with metal gouged out from the front. In front of it lies its partially destroyed Gunnery Carver, with parts sheared from the barrel and butt of the weapon. If the explosion had actually hit it, it should be more damaged.

It wouldn't respond to their presence.
 
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"Take us down, carefully." Indigo patted Milly on the shoulder as she walked back to the hanger section of the Baker Street's compartments, producing some air filters and a tool case. "Wear something warm and you don't mind washing the smoke out of, alright?"

The Taus' landed, and as Indigo waited for her compatriot, Millicent could be seen running back and forth through the rooms, half naked before finally emerging in heavy winter wear. "So, stay behind me until I can check out the PT. Unde-" And she was already out the door, leaving Indigo to trudge after her.

"Local time, 10:38, weather, crappy, and robot sidekick, grouchy." She had produced her video camera, looking over the scene before landing back on Indie who just shot her a venomous glare. "Sorry. Just trying to lighten the mood..."

The metalic woman just sighed, walking past Millicent to the Vigola, leaping onto it. "Stay back at least, just in case it's... Unpleasant in here." She produced a crowba from the kit, and began to dig into the edges of the cockpit, attempting to use her to pry it open piece by piece. "And stay clear of that weapon. It's bad news..."
 
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Kenneth stirred inside the Virgola's cockpit, awakened by a computerized voice alerting him to an attempted entry into the cockpit.

A second alert blared with it, warning of a new contact on the sensors.

How did that not wake him earlier?

Interestingly, his first instinct is to check the time. How long...

A day. He remembered. The nightmare at the lab, the ensuing tears, the hour spent inside the cockpit, paralyzed with indecision. There was nowhere to go for kilometers around, nowhere meaningful the Virgola could reach with its current fuel supply.

So he stayed. And now someone had come for him?

Without thinking, his fingers moved to the cockpit hatch controls.

The hatch slid open.
 
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Indigo jumped back as the hatch slide open, gripping the crowbar defensively as she tried to glance in. As imposing as she may be, caution was a far safer bedfellow than relying on looks alone.

“Hang back a sec.” She waved back to Millicent, stepping back up to the cockpits opening. Standing at a fairly imposing six foot ten, she had to bend down a bit to look in. The metallic woman froze as she locked eyes with the pilot, just staring at him.

“Name, warrior.” And with a hiss, her demeanor changed, snapping to attention and pointing her crowbar at him. “Affiliation.”
 
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"...Directoryyy~?" Kenneth responded, looking up and shielding his eyes.

"Kenneth Akeos, Virgola Test Pilot...one..."

Harsh greeting, that's for sure. He sure as hell can't expect it to be nice-not after, well, he blew up the entire lab and killed everyone there.

"And I'm honestly not a warrior."
 
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The android blinked, taking another step back. “Oh, right, soldiers, not warriors.” She shook her head,l before remembering the fact that he was in the cockpit of the murder machine.

“So, Kenneth Akeos, are you... Aware of what happened yesterday?”
 
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"No, I didn't notice when the entire base blew up around me."

Kenneth attempted to deadpan, but there was a hint of something else in his voice.

"What do you want? Are you my rescue party or something?"

"...Or did they not even bother sending one?"

Staaaaare.
 
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“As far as I’m aware, we’re the only people within a couple dozen miles.” Quipped the smaller woman, zooming in on Kennneth's face. "We're from the moon, actually, no clue where your rescue party is."
 
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"From the moon. Sure. Better than nothing, I guess." Kenneth sighed, weakly pushing himself out of the chair and standing up.

"From the moon? What're you doing here, then?" Kenneth's hand crawled blindly across a console, the sensor alert shutting off. "If you're not my rescue party, then..."
 
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“Tremaine Detective Agency.”
“We’re nobodies.”

The two locked eyes, staring each other down, a battle of wits taking place before both sighing while Milly took up the position of interrogator. “We’re here to investigate, duh.”

Indigo had started to walk to the Gunner Carvery, checking it out
 
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"So, you're, uh, detectives...how did you find out about this whole thing? Well, I mean, it's only been a day and the entire base was vaporized, so...."

The Carver has been damaged quite severely, missing large chunks from its stock and barrel. The larg-

Large green sphere inset into its body...seems to be glowing ever so faintly.
 
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"Let's say... There was a video leaked online, that portrays the event's of the last night rather... Poorly?" Milly shot a glance over at Indigo, briefly wondering why she had left her alone with the possible psychopath again.

Indigo approached the sphere tentatively, attempting to lay her hand on it as the glow became noticeably stronger as she approached...
 
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"A video?" Kenneth's brows furrowed. "From who? I wasn't aware of anyone recording, and if it was the base it should've been destroyed by the explosion. Actually, now might be a good time to start explaining."

As Indigo touches the sphere, the glow flares, erupting into bright green light-only to fade as soon as it had come.
 
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"If you'd like to start explaining, that would be greatly appreciated." Millicent took a seat on the Virgola's leg, producing her notepad as her camera dangled from her wrist. "The video on the net shows your mech attacking the base, and has been struck down and reuploaded so many times that the original source hasn't been found yet."
Indigo takes a step back as the sphere flares to life, mesmerized for a moment before going to touch it again.
 
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"...Well, fuck me." Kenneth sighed, sitting back down in the mech's chair. "So from the looks of it, I'm to blame. And I can..."

Brief hesitation as he swallowed.

"Confidently say that yes, I'm responsible for the destruction of the base and the deaths of everyone inside but it's a bit of a long story."

As Indigo touches the sphere again, no glow appears.
 
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“Well... Technically, we have quite a bit of time considering we don’t expect a rescue party anytime soon. Aaaaand we can technically hold you cause I doubt you can fight off Indigo, sooooooo... Start whenever you feel.”

Indigo peaked up from the Carvery, listening in.
 
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"I'm...not even in the mood for fighting, to be honest."

"Time to start from the beginning."

"Night test. Don't remember the time. Was told to head to a target point, found a weird red crystal and DAMONs. Told to retrieve the crystal, and the base got attacked by more DAMONs."
 
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“Red Crystals And DAMON? Hmm. Speaking from experience, DAMONs and the Russian wilds go hand in hand.” Indigo walked back to the group, looking over the site for any of those crystals.
“Red crystals, did you get any... Vibes from those?”
 
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"...Not...really...well, no, they're now fairly important. Did you ever wonder how the entire base was destroyed but I got away unharmed?"

"Those crystals...saved? me?"

"I...like I said, long story."

Deep breath.

"I managed to deal with the DAMONs and get back to the base. It was already mostly destroyed."