The Gemini Protocol

The Gemini Protocol Part II
Exploring the unknown

Aeolus continues documenting the other artifacts found at the ruins of the castle on Mulerva IV, the largest of the three other artifacts, which is a rectangular cuboid measuring roughly 3.5 feet by 2 feet by 2 feet completely smooth with no apparent means of opening it. The metal it was made from appeared to have the same coloration and texture of the first two artifacts (the beacon with an imprint of a hand on the top and the teleportation orb. After Janus performs an Object Read on the artifact, he informs Aeolus that it’s a storage device that is connected to a pocket dimension. With this knowledge, Aeolus uses his Phase Power D-Phase to pass his head through it and take a look around.

Upon examining the inside of the container, he can tell that it’s larger on the inside that it should be, but it’s link to the dimensional pocket is limited. Janus is able to provide after further examination that as a safety feature, the container’s link to the dimensional pocket is severed if the container is destroyed, but it can repair itself over time, but until it’s connection to it’s particular dimensional pocket is restored, the link is limited. Aeolus decides to research the matter further at a later time

They then turn their attention to the remaining two artifacts, one which is a sphere one foot in diameter with a crystal lens of some sort on it, and the other is an urn with some magical looking runes on it and ashes inside of it. After performing an Object Read on the urn, Janus learns that it contains the ashes of a powerful vampire name Marlo Santo. Aeolus and Janus discuss the matter theorizing that the urn may have been made by True Atlanteans to contain the ashes out of fear that the vampire might be brought back. Upon further examination, Janus reveals that while he can’t identify precisely who made the urn, it was definitely made by a powerful Necromancer and not the True Atlanteans. Their best guess is that the necromancer had the vampire ashes as a material component for spells and rituals.

The pair finally turn their attention to the sphere, which Aeolus infuses with mystic energy until it activates and projects an image from the crystal of a bunch of dots, one of which is connected to two others by a line to each. However the dots all were shifting slightly. When Aeolus zooms in on one of the three dots that is connected by a line, he notices that the image shows a static view of the Mulerva system, however he can’t read anything since everything is written in Atlantean, so they get the True Atlantean worker, Nomas Aerihza, to help them translate. Nomas tells them that it very much appears to be a fragment of an ancient True Atlantean Dimensional Map. Aeolus then decides to examine the other two dots on the map that are connected by lines and is unable to find a matching system in the Anvil Galaxy but is able to find a system that matches only one of the the other two dots in the Corkscrew Galaxy.

Aeolus feels that they have just about learned all that they can from the artifacts for the time being and goes ahead and writes up a report to submit to the Promethean Council on Phase world, which is routed through the space station’s Station Master who routs it through UWW High Council, who then routs it to Phase World after reading it. They log a formal request to examine the artifacts, but Aeolus ignores the message until he hears from his superiors whom tell his it’s alright for him to allow access to the True Atlantean artifact (especially since the True Atlanteans are prominent species in the UWW) and the urn of ashes of the vampire Marlo Santo. While Aeolus is doing this, Janus is writing up his own after action report to submit to for a re-supply of ammo used during the fight on Mulerva IV.

Almost as soon as Aeolus hears from his superiors, Sandro the Great appears to start examining the artifacts, starting with the urn. After signing out the urn he returns it in a little over a day and a half and is accompanied by a True Atlantean researcher, ErevnitĂ­s Skellian, who sign out the True Atlantean Dimensional Map together for a couple of days. After the map is returned and Aeolus has safely stowed all artifacts in the Promethean Foot Locker, they inform Aeolus that the wish to see the archaeological site they were found at. The weather is windy and heavily overcast when they land and they notice a storm brewing out over the water. While they are exploring the castle grounds, they hear a loud noise over the water and see a large ley line going up to (or coming down from?) the sky. As the group debates about whether they should leave or not, they begin to realize that the ley line is moving toward them (or rather they are moving toward the ley line).

Aeolus decides he wants to stay and see if he can update the Dimensional Map’s information, so he (and everyone else) goes to the top of the eastern tower and waits for the ley line to arrive. While they are doing this, Janus realizes that he can feel the presence of an interdimenisonal gateway nearby (relatively speaking). As they pass through the ley line, Aeolus notices a metal structure that at first appeared to have been some sort of abstract art piece is now radiating mystic and dimensional energies. He decides to let the ley line pass to allow the map to update as much as possible before examining the structure.

When he does examine it, he finds that it’s made from the same material that the other Promethean artifacts are made from and that it appears to go into the western tower. The group enters the caste ruins looking for access to the western tower only to find that the tower contains no doors or windows or entrances of any sort, which doesn’t stop Aeolus who uses his Phase Power D-Phase to walk through the tower wall. What he finds is that there is nothing inside the tower except for support columns and flying buttresses, but the number or them and the way were organized seemed to suggest that it amplified the abilities of the structure in some way (one of the ways is allowing anyone to use it by spending either PPE or ISP).

As the group is getting ready to leave, Janus informs Aeolus about the interdimensional gateway that he senses, and Aeolus asks Sandro the Great and ErevnitĂ­s if they would like to come with, but they decline but decide to return to the space station via magic. Aeolus, Janus, Shade, and Nomas go investigate the gateway and discover that the ley line goes all the way into the star. Janus calculates the gateway is roughly .25 Astronautical Units away from the star and it takes them close to 6 hours to get to it. Once they get there, Janus activates the gateway and Aeolus makes the decision to enter it.

What they find on the other side of the gateway is an infinite dimension that appears to be some sort of Astral Realm filled with mists as there is a much higher presence of psionic energy than magical energy. Aeolus and Janus exit the ship to explore, leaving Shade and Nomas to stay and guard the ship. They find that they are able to shape the control the mists with some effort and concentration when Janus starts to look for what he referred to as “dragon tracks”, which he found one. Following the “dragon tracks” takes them through a psychedelic tunnel of sorts that ends with an Astral Domain of sorts with a mountain range 100 miles tall made from purple quarts, trees with blue leaves and red and green tiger striped wood, and a magenta sun. After seeing this, Aeolus and Janus return to the ship, go back through the gateway, and return to the space station.

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The Gemini Protocol Part I
The Adventure Begins

Fate tosses a disparate group together.

Shadowed by his career in the TGE military, Janus Tyr leaves the military and travels on his own until he runs out of enough credits to continue traveling. He signs on to do security work at an archaeological site on a distant world on the fringes of space controlled by the United Worlds of Warlock.

The UWW have uncovered artifacts that pre-date most of the races in the Three Galaxies and have asked Phase World authorities for help as at least some of the relics appear to be Promethean in origin. The Council of Second Stage Prometheans elect to send Aeolus to the site, for reasons unknown even to him.

Shade wakes up among the ruins of an old castle with little knowledge more than who he is and what he can do. As he is waking up, a significant archaeological find is brought up to the preliminary examination room that was set up to inspect artifacts before they are brought off world by the supply ship that comes every other day. As Aeolus is inspecting the new finds, Janus hears voices out among the ruins, so he goes to inspect and finds the voice to belong to Shade. Aeolus, intrigued by the events in the lower ruins, also goes to see what the commotion is about. Shade explains that he has no knowledge of how he wound up in the ruins, much less on that planet, and Aeolus confirms that Shade was likely an non-consenting recipient of a transportation spell or power of some form.

Aeolus offers for Shade to follow them back to the castle where they have food and drink available, to which he happily agrees to. Back in the castle, Aeolus and Janus continue to examine the collection of artifacts, including an orb that appeared to have been some sort of device but had no seams or other way to open or unlock it. Janus takes it and does an Object Read on it which tells him that it is used in transportation in some form and that it was linked in some fashion to one of the other artifacts. While Janus is doing this, Aeolus hears the sound of an approaching ship and informs the others, who all go to the top of the castle tower to get a better look at what’s happening because their next supply shipment is not supposed to show up until the next day.

As the ship comes in to land, they are able to identify the ship as Splugorthian in design. Upon this realization, Janus attempts to contact the UWW to send help, but in his haste was unable to connect to them. Janus decides to try again later (so long as there was a later) and picks up his gravity rifle and aims for the ship as it’s passengers disembark. A squad of 5 humanoids ranging in height from six feet to seven and a half feet come out wearing armor, each with a different monstrous face plate. Aeolus identifies them as Sunaj assassins, but not before Shade stealthily approaches the group until he is discovered less than 35 feet away from them. They all pull melee weapons out and attack him.

Seeing this from the top of the castle tower, Aeolus and Janus open fire on the assassins. The assassins force Shade to fall back, fighting the entire way. About half way back to the castle, Aeolus is finally able to kill one of the assassins, and between Shade’s strikes with his Phase Swords and Janus firing of his rifle, they seriously injure another of the assassins. The assassins, realizing they are out matched, take cover and retreat back to their ship where they leave.

A short while later, a UWW naval ship arrives and deploys a detachment of Warlock Marines to secure the site as Aeolus, Janus, Shade, and a laborer all board the UWW ship, hauling the artifacts with them. Once the ship leaves the planet, they make Rift Jumps seemingly at random until they finally stop at a UWW naval base where Aeolus’s office is located. Once in Aeolus’s office, they begin examining the other artifacts and find one of the other Promethean artifacts is a cylindrical looking device roughly three feet in height and roughly the size of a human’s head in diameter that has a Promethean shaped hand print on it’s top. Aeolus places his hand upon it and communicates with the device learning he is supposed to set it, which he does. When he does, the orb glows softly for about a minute. In a moment of inspiration, Aeolus decides to try using one of his Phase Powers, D-Phase, and finds that he is able to activate a button that is hidden with in the orb. Upon activating the button, he is instantly transported to right next to the other artifact that he had just recently interacted with.

Upon more experimentation, he tried it again this time holding Janus’s hand. It worked again, but due to space limitations, Janus transported into a wall, which didn’t harm Janus as Aeolus was still using the orb. Aeolus has since moved the artifact to a clear area and has camouflaged it with potted plants. The whole experience has left both Aeolus and Janus (especially Janus) more cautious of the device.

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