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PostPosted: Thu Apr 10, 2008 1:27 pm GMT    Post subject: Dwarves in Space Reply with quote

Here's the idea:

Anybody can post an installment in the story, but nobody is allowed to post more than once in a row. Otherwise, this would be a story written entirely by Ji-, I mean, one person.
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BOOM

The rocket's fuel tanks exploded, preventing liftoff and killing everyone in the ship.
"Wizards, revive them" shouted Ahgav, the dwarf in charge of the launch. Ahgav wanted to know if there was anything beyond their world of Esfah, so he designed rockets to propel willing dwarves into the sky.

Unfortunately, none of his 1,963 rockets were successful. By all of his calculations, they should have worked. It was as if somebody was trying to stop them from escaping Esfah.

"They have been revived, sir. Would you like them to try rocket #1,963?"

"They may as well. Load it. Maybe the 1,964th time's the charm."

BOOM

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Ahgav fretted as he sweated out the countdown. This was the 1,991st attempt, and the Dwarven Council was strongly hinting that it would be the last, unless Ahgav himself planned to pilot #1,992.

With a loud roar, the rocket (rocket? who had come up with that silly name, thought Ahgav) slowly rose from its launch base. It lurched into the sky, slowly gaining momentum. As it rose, it also gained speed...lots of speed...no, unbelievable heaps of speed...no...

"It's going too fast!" shrieked Ahgav, but it was too late. The rocket disappeared into the dimming twilight skies over Esfah.

"Congratulations, Ahgav!" said Chief Wizard Duragank. "It looks like you finally made it. Of course, I always believed you would." He tried to hide his smirk, but was unsuccessful.

Ahgav ignored the look. For some odd reason, he just knew the 1,991st time would work-almost as if the number itself held some hidden meaning. He was trying to think of something, something unknown that nagged at him. Nothing came to mind. He walked slowly back into the lab.

An officious junior wizard rushed up to him, carrying something. "Excuse me, sir, was this important?" he asked.

Ahgav groaned as he saw what the package was. "The communicalatorizer!" he cried. "Now they have no way to tell us what they find!"

"It could be worse, sir," the junior wizard said. "They could have Chguck up there with them."

Ahgav allowed himself the slightest grin. "And just where is that troublemaker?" he asked. (He would never forgive Stevik for assigning Chguck to the rocket project.)

Several dwarves looked at each other, then shrugged. One finally said, "I don't know, sir. No one's seen him all day."

Ahgav started to cry.

To be continued...
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 10, 2008 2:59 pm GMT    Post subject: Reply with quote

Location......
Ogan the Reef:
Hwarrm's Doom Bay

Did anyone ever think about moving the launch site....?
seems like launching in an area that was created from a crashing dragon crater might be a bit of an omen.

Hwarrm was the name of the dragon that crashed...
the launch site...
and the name of the next rocket.....

don't be superstitious...
bring back those units from the dead...
we have a rocket to launch..."shouted Ahgav"

To be continued...


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PostPosted: Fri Apr 11, 2008 3:08 pm GMT    Post subject: Reply with quote

It was dark. Very dark. One could say it was absolutely dark (or, as Chguck would have put it: "Me no see!").
Chguck took his finger out of his nose, where he had left it when he had started to think about what to do next - and that again had put him to sleep for a while, as always when he tried to think - and looked at the slimy substance on his finger tip, that is....he tried to look at it for a couple of minutes, tilting and turning it for better perspective, until he noticed that he couldn't see it since it was dark! With a quick gesture the finger disappeared in his mouth.

"Yummie! Ok, errr...., so what do next?" he murmured to himself, wiping his wet finger on his loin cloth.
(believe me, you don't want to know which is more disgusting on a loincloth: a Trog™'s booger or a Trog™'s spit!)

The shaking was over! Finally! It had scared him a lot and if he had been one of the Vagha™ scientists he would have thought "good transition into outer space", but since he was just a small - but very brave, of course!!!- Trog™, he rather assumed to have found the proof for the rumors he had heard when he had hidden himself in the laboratory at the launch site. Some scientists had talked about "low temperature protection....minus blablabla degrees.....outer space....".
Chuck couldn't recall the entire dialog, in fact he couldn't remember anything of it, but he remembered imagining the scientists wrapping a loincloth around the rogkged (or whatever that metallic flying apparatus was called) for protection against freezing. Obviously the protection hadn't worked, otherwise the rogkged wouldn't have shivered that bad!!

Apropos cold: Chuck uncomfortably realized that he had been sitting on this cold metal surface for much too long and maybe he should get out of this box and think about what to do next later.

"Squeeeeak!"
The aluminum box's lid lifted a little and two very intelligent looking Trog™ eyes stared around.
(Ok, I know, the lids of modern aluminum boxes don't go "squeeeeak" but come on....if car tires can squeal on snow in movies.....).

Chguck looked at the back of two chairs, big chairs, turn able chairs, covered in leather, with belts attached to them. And in front of those chairs there was a .......Chuck didn't know what it was, but it looked a little bit like the altar in their church back home, except for all those blinking eyes on this one! Green eyes, yellow eyes, red eyes, white eyes.....

Chuck ducked back into the box. After a while he felt sure that obviously no attack was following and he opened the box again.
"Squeeeeak!"
Silence...........
The eyes kept blinking.

"Me brave, me look now!"
As if he wanted to confirm, he nodded very convincing and crawled out of the box.
He found himself in a big circular room with a giant window in the front wall. A cute blueish/green ball could be seen outside the window with the glaring sun enlightening it.
(Well, scientists call that "being in orbit" but Chuck simply called it "big fruit swimming in a black lake"!).

For a moment he was distracted by the urge to jump out of the window and get that beautiful and hopefully rotten fruit, when he realized that this would be a bad idea! A very bad idea!! A deadly idea!!! He couldn't swim!!!!!)

He grumbled, striking his belly with a pitiful expression of sadness in his face and turned towards the altar again.

The eyes were still blinking, live-less, harmless. Chguck sighed relieved.
Then he discovered the small letters on each of the eyes.
He tried to concentrate, tried to remember the reading lessons he had underwent during his first (and final) grade at school:

"Life Supper"

"Artifekal Gravvy Tea"

"Light" (strange, there was none saying "Dark"!!)

"Trusters" (how naive!!!)

All of a sudden a large red blinking eye caught his attention. It was big!! Much bigger than the other ones!!!
He stepped closer and bent over the altar to read the eyes description:

"D--A--N--G-- Errr...! Hypno Jump! Feast on your seat belts!"

At least that's what he deciphered.
He jumped startled. Voices were approaching.

"...yeah, thanks to Mother Esfah, the hull breach could've been worse!"
"Well done, Neighl Armstrogha, my friend! Let's get back on the bridge.
We have to leave orbit in about ten minutes and I don't wanna be late for the dinner party at Hwarrm Launch Site!"

The voices came closer quickly!

What did that eye say? "D--A--N--G-- Errr...! Hypno Jump! Feast on your seat belts!"??? Chuck nodded. Yes, he was in danger of being discovered and he needed to jump back into his cold and dark hideout, the box!!
Maybe this eye could help him speeding things up?
He quickly grabbed one of the seat belts so he would have something to feast on while sitting in the box (even though he seriously doubted that this belt would taste as good as that yummie fruit out there!!), bent over the altar and reached for the red eye. Just at the moment when the Vagha™ entered the room he slammed his fist down on the blinking red eye.


To be continued....
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 14, 2008 3:18 pm GMT    Post subject: Reply with quote

Meanwhile.....back in the Wizard's lab

I tell you...
it is the XL-erator fuel on Dwarven soil the doubles the solid rocket fuel...
that's why it explodes every-time...

Perhaps a night launch during the nebula hand on near Karakto,
during the full phase of Rhaudian.

Yes, but I think the formula still needs to be toned down...
derivative of Dwarven soil,
let's add some black ice from the Shadowlands.....
that should help nuetralize the thrust.

The Wizards just smirked...
nuetralize the thrust?
we want to get off this blasted planet!!!
Double the Dwarven Soil!!

Ok I think it's ready. Twisted Evil

Um....are you going to test it?

Yeah... get those bubble helmets ready....
we're going to test it...har har har.... Laughing

to be...you know... Wink
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 14, 2008 3:50 pm GMT    Post subject: Reply with quote

"What do you mean, you need another set of bubble helmets??"
Ahgav slammed his fist on his desk and stared grimly at the young Theurgist in front of him.
"Are you guys still working on those thrust experiments??? And who do you think is supposed to fly the test???? Man, I'm glad we finally managed to get ONE rocket in orbit before they cancelled our budget and you guys wanna make another test??? You must be crazy!"

The young theurgist looked at his feet, puzzled and shy.
"But Sir...."

"I don't wanna hear anymore word!"
Ahgav pointed at the screen, where the rocket's position was shown as a blinking red dot.
" We've got a crew up there which we have to get back safely, they had a hull breach, the preparations for the dinner party are running crazy and last but not least nobody has found Chguck yet!! I have no time to take care of anything else right now! Forget about the helmets and ....."

Ahgav stopped right in the middle of the sentence and froze. With his eyes wide open he stared at the screen where the rocket's position had been shown before.
The red dot was gone!!!!

To be continued.....
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 14, 2008 4:19 pm GMT    Post subject: Reply with quote

The two dwarves stared blankly at the form before them. It appeared to be a Trog™-but no, that was impossible. They had carefully checked everything before the launch. Before they could react, the creature slammed his hand down on the panel in front of him.

The ship gave one mighty lurch, then...nothing. It seemed as if the rocket had come to a complete halt in space. Neal Armstrongha peered out the portals at the front of the ship. From the changing skyscene before him, it was apparent that the rocket was still moving. Then it dawned on him...

"Esfah-it's gone!" he cried. "What in the name of Firiel...?"

His companion cut him short. "Chguck!" he yelled, and dove for the stowaway. He managed to grab hold of one reeking foot before Chguck was able to spin away from him.

Armstrogha dove on top of Chguck. "What have you done, you vile, brutal, treacherous, repulsive, offensive, malodorous..." and he concluded with a Vaghan epithet better left untranslated.

Chguck had heard that all before. "Me hungry," he wailed. "Me eat belt. Me jump..."

"Jump??" Armstrongha hissed. He glanced at the panel and said "[VAGHAN EXPLETIVES DELETED]!! He pushed the hyperjump button! Buzzal, we are in serious trouble!"

The other dwarf, Buzzal Drin, nodded in agreement. "That's why there's no Esfah-we're nowhere near it, most likely." He turned to a glowing rectangle nearby and pushed some buttons covered with runes beneath it. His shoulders sagged. "You want the good news or the bad news first?"

"Can it be any worse than being stuck out here, wherever we are, with this?" Armstrongha snarled as he kicked the prone goblin.

"Well, the bad news is we're about 150 million marches from Esfah, give or take a million," Drin replied.

"And the good news?"

"We just broke the record for longest distance covered by a dwarf in one day."

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PostPosted: Fri Apr 18, 2008 6:10 am GMT    Post subject: Reply with quote

Chguck found the rations....
and tore into them with a savage frenzy.
What Chguck didn't know was there was some experimental Dwarven growth bars in the mix.

Chguck started to grow.......
in space the growth accelerated.....
soon Chguck was 5 times his size....

The Dwarves had to do something fast if Chguck kept the expansion up for much longer....

The Dwarves messaged the Wizards on Esfah for some advice.

"Throw him in the cargo bay...
if he gets much bigger...
launch him into space"

They lured Chguck into the launch bay, sealed the hatch,
and peered through the circular window as he just kept growing...

"Shall I?"
With his hand on the launch button...
No not yet...
this is experimental growth food...
let's just see what happens...
so they waited...
and Chguck just kept on growing....

"Me so hungry!!!"



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BOOM!!

Chguck let out a massive gas explosion, tearing the ship apart from the inside. The experimental growth bars turned out to only inflate the eater with gas, which eventually would have to be expelled.

Somehow, Neighl Armstogha, Buzzal Drin, and Ghguck were not killed in the explosion, though they were sent hurtling through space in the same direction.

Neighl, Buzzal, and Chguck would have been floating in space forever, except that they happened to be in the gravitational field of a large blue and green planet.

"Well, what do you know..." said Buzzal. "Looks like we're gonna die on another planet."

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PostPosted: Mon Apr 21, 2008 7:07 am GMT    Post subject: Reply with quote

But as luck would have it...
just then the Blue-Green planet exploded....

BOOM!!

they reversed field...

they seemed to be heading towards a star....

good thing those bubble hemets provided enough air to survive...

but for how long?

The star kept getting larger, as they grew closer....

Could this be a Dwarf Star? Wink


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As Neighl, Buzzal, and Chguck drifted (or rather, plummeted precipitously) toward...well, not much of anything, they heard a strange sound off in the background, almost like music, perhaps a theme song for a story about dwarves, and space, and stuff...

http://mysite.verizon.net/DDiceRC/DwarvesinSpace.mid

"Hmmm...that sounds like a tuba, a violin, and a GOBLINCASTER™," said Buzzal as they continued to spiral through the void.
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Deeghter shook his head, close to total desperation.
"Robert, look, this is supposed to be Blues! You gotta play a shuffle rhythm!"
Man, slowly but surely Deeghter lost his patience. Since they had left earth Robert had been working on this new song for weeks, but he still couldn't manage to keep the shuffle rhythm!
Deeghter seriously started to wonder if it had been a good idea to move into the mobile studios on board of the "Leopard Raider".
But on the other hand, since he had undergone the tremendous financial investment of buying a Mobile Space Studio, the cruiser had been sitting at the Kennedy Space Center Memorial Terminal for months and it had been about time to get that beauty in the air...respectively: in space!

First of all they could get rid of all the annoying groupies who had started to really drag the recordings (mostly due to Robert not being available since he was busy showing them his Tuba all the time!!), and after several rehearsings (rehearsals??) interrupted by excited girls screaming "Isn't he cute!" Deeghter had decided to prefer recording in the most ultimate silent environment he could imagine: OUTER SPACE!!

He carefully placed his GOBLINCASTER™ on its stand and turned around to Robert, intending to once again complain about the dents Robert kept bumping in the ship's ceiling with his Tuba (Robert simply was too tall!!), when the ship's computer voice interrupted his intention.

"Unknown flying objects approaching, Commander!"

Deeghter swirled around: "What is it, Mother?"
(it had become his habit to call the computer "Mother" because every evening it reminded him not to forget to brush his teeth before going to bed)

"Unable to identify! 3 objects coming in from 38675.436, speed 45000 kilometers per hour, distance 0.43 parsec. Objects are too small to be scanned. I suggest to greet them by playing a welcome song! Musical data base lists 2564 songs recommended for...."

"Play # 456, Mother!" Deeghter interrupted.

"Will comply! External speakers activated! Song # 456, TITLE: http://mysite.verizon.net/DDiceRC/DwarvesinSpace.mid , running in 3,...2,....1,....."

The dreamy sound of a tuba, a violin and a Golincaster echoed through the ship.

"Object's direction calculated, Commander! They're on a collision course! De-cloaking highly recommended! Preparing evasive maneuver LEAVING GOLD GREEN TREE DELTA, dropping to impulse speed! Shields are up, 100%!"

Deeghter walked to the front screen, slowly rubbing his chin.
"Ok then, let's see what we got here.....Deactivate cloaking device!"

Three small, heavily whirling objects appeared on the screen.

"I hope they're female!" murmured Robert with a big grin on his face.
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PostPosted: Thu May 01, 2008 8:41 am GMT    Post subject: Reply with quote

The music was coming from the remains of the exploded capsule....
as for those shinny spinning objects..
nothing more than fragments of their exploded space ship.
As the oxygen was becoming thinner..
they all realized that the visions of Leopard Rider Studio were being caused from asphyxiation.
One thing was certain...
they all needed to turn on their jet belts and catch up to the music...
which also was their remains of the capsule.

Cghuck was the first to fire up his jetpack as he saw an Asteroid Field of Dwarven Growth Bars reflecting the Dwarf Startlight that he was about to collect.

"No....Chguck....you'll never get them all!!"
It was like talking to a Brick wall.

Buzzal was a little concerned as his Bubble helmet had a crack in it from the blast...
and it was starting to spread.

"Everyone...
fire thrusts at my mark.....
512355.353366
now!!!!"
Buzzal commanded.

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Just then, a giant white creature with a beard and long hair appeared in front of Buzzal, Neighl, and Chguck.

Continuity error! shouted the giant. There can not be sound coming from two different locations if it is heard from only one and they are the same distance apart!

"Huh?" questioned Chguck.

It means that what just happened never happened.

"Huh?" questioned Chguck.

But just then, the great white creature took Chguck, Neighl, and Buzzal and flung them towards a green and red planet.

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Truly the oxygen level was almost gone...
as they all mas-hallucinated this Giant White Creature...
as they still were heading into a Dwarf Star...
one last attempt to gain control of the remains of the spacecraft...
while the music from Leopard Rider Studio still blasted into what seemed to be a thin atmosphere...!!

Ahhh,
we have air....
Buzzal was relieved because at that moment his bubble helmet collapsed.

Chguck continued to collect the growth bars...

Alright then....
the ship was within reach...
and just in time...
as the Butterfly Dance was about to repeat for the 1,346th time....

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