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.

Comments

Upon returning to base Janus wants to research any references for Astral domains to refresh his childhood training.

The Gemini Protocol Part II
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