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  1. fanfiction Aberration, The Lost Ark

    Chapter 32. Our Ragnarok Home. During the morning work session, the South Wall has been completed with watch towers. Sheds have been built for the rock drakes where they can shelter should the weather be like it was the night before. With the village completed, a survey crew has been sent out to check out the feasibility of fencing in pasture and farm land in the Scottish Highlands. “It is feasible to fence in a large grassy area for the sheep,” reports Sargent Thomas to Helena and Captain Powell. “It’s just that most everything is going to have to be hauled in for the construction given that the area is lacking in wood, fiber, and especially harvest able stone.” “I recommend that we have teams craft up stone walls in areas where those materials are available, then transport them by raft to an outpost where Cleo saw those dead whales.” answers Sargent Pasenna. “From there, they can be transported overland into the highlands.” “Just so long as we can stay upwind of those beached whales,” answers Helena. “Otherwise, we better find a way to get rid of them.” “The Stony Isles have lots of stone available along with plenty of driftwood.” Helena tells them. “We’ll just need to bring the fiber with us for crafting the wall sections of the fence.” A work crew gets prepped up with extra fiber and sets sail to the Stony Islands where they spend the rest of the day crafting up wall sections. During this time, the village is paid a visit by the Ragnarok Dragons which have gained several more to their numbers. Nothing else gets done that day as everyone goes out to give them some attention especially to the newcomers that are so astonished to find that humans are not so bad after all. Eddie and Lisa are out flying on the two lightnings Electra and Tesla when they come back with some alarming news. “There is a high level Giga tearing up the sheep flock in the Highlands.” “I guess now is as good as time as ever to try some tactics to take it out,” Captain Powers responds. “Are you dragons willing to learn some combat tactics to kill a Giga?” “Yes,” Tammy answers back. “Mayor and Margaret, go get your flight crew and have them armed themselves with rockets. Eddie and Lisa, you’re on your lightning friends. I need volunteers to fly on two poison dragons and two ice ones. Helen and I will fly on Tammy and Tarmac.” When everyone has been assembled, Captain Powell lays out the combat plans. “We’ll fly out to our target in formation with our mated pairs of dragons. I want the poison pair in the lead followed by us on the fire dragons, then Eddie and Lisa on their Lightning friends followed by the ice dragon team. Mayor and Margaret will be on the ground acting as bait to lead the Giga out into the open.” “Mayor, Margaret, don’t get too close to that thing, it could easily kill you in one bite. Just tease it to get into the open. Have your crew use range weapons to torment it into chasing you.” “When the Giga is out in the open, I want the poison dragons to hit it in the head with their poison attack. That should slow it down enough for us to set it on fire. Then, the lightnings can come in to paralyze it with their lightning attack. Finally, I want the ice dragons freeze its head at which time a rocket or two to it’s frozen head should kill it.” “Does everybody understand their role in this attack plan?” “Good, lets go kill that thing.” It doesn’t take long for the eight dragons to line up in formation with their crews as Mayor and Margaret start heading out to the Highlands. “It’s out in the open near the Spire Point,” Sargent Pasenna radios back as the dragon flight takes off to make their attack run. “Good,” Captain Powell radios back. “Keep it busy. We will be there shortly.” Rocky and Lady Rocky have perched themselves high up on a spire well out of reach of the enraged Giga, its eyes glowing in anger, as it tries to climb up to get them. It is with a roar of surprise when it gets two poison balls in it’s face. Choking from the gas as it staggers away to reach the safety of the Redwood Forest, it gets set on fire, then paralyzed by a four second burst of high voltage lightning. Sandy and Sammy come in close hovering next to it as they unload with their freeze attack to the Giga’s head. Still on fire, but with it’s head now frozen, it gets killed with the first salvo of rockets and crashes to the ground as pieces of it’s head go flying everywhere. “We have never been able to kill one before, especially a Level 185 Giga,” Tammy tells Helena and Captain Powell as they land next to it. “That’s what one can do with tactics and their combined forces,” answers Captain Powell. “By hitting it with different types of attacks in a row, that Giga was unable to respond to defending against any of them. As Daryl would say, we sank it. Everyone, be sure that you get your share of raw and raw prime meat off of it. We’ll take the hide and any tools it may have collected from past attacks.” “Level ups, what are those for?” Tesla asks Eddie. “We all got four of them for killing that Giga.” “Welcome into our tribe,” answers Helena. “Lets us show you how those level ups work.” “That felt so wonderful,” Tarmac responds as he gets leveled up in four different areas of abilities. “I never knew there was such a thing.” “Being our friends is probably why that ability has become available as a reward for you,” answers Captain Powell. “We are limited to a level 100. I’m not sure how far you, or our tames can go, but there will be a limit that will eventually be reached.” “Anything you are threatened by something as nasty as a Giga, come to see us. We will be more then willing to help you out.” “We can keep an eye on the wild sheep for you,” Tammy tells Helena. “We prefer to feed on the predators that keep going after them.” “Doesn’t that mean that you will have to leave your homes in the southern badlands to defend the sheep?” ask Helena. “No,” answers Tammy. “Most of us are moving back into the World Scar so we can build our nest there to raise our young.” “That would be so wonderful,” answers Captain Powell. “Our Rock Drake friends were so happy when they were able to raise young on their own for the first time in their memory. Enjoy yours when they hatch. They will grow up so fast.” “That will save us a lot of construction if they hunt the predators for us,” reports Sargent Thomas. “We now only need to fence in the gardens to keep the herbivores from eating our crops.” It is evening when the work crew gets back and gets the word that only fencing will be needed in the garden areas. A pair of fire dragons has been hanging out with two of the hostage ladies. “It’s been so wonderful to be getting all of this attention instead of being hunted for trophies,” Torch says to Sylvia. “I never knew that humans could be so cruel to each other,” Flame tells Jenny after she hears her story of being a slave of Crazy Harry. “At least this world has gotten off to a good start after we were forced to leave ours,” Jenny tells Flame. “Our rescuers have been most understanding of what we have been through. But, most of all, you dragons have been willing to become our friends in spite of how you were treated in the past by other humans. That is the most remarkable thing of all.” “Seeing the wild Rock Drakes and their young working with your tribe is what gave us the confidence that you had to be different.” answers Torch. “I’m so glad that Tammy took the chance of becoming friends with you especially after learning how quickly your tribe was able to stop an attack by Electra and Tesla without harming them. I can see us having some most interesting experiences in the future.” “I do too,” answers Jenny. “Like you, we will start raising our families here as well. Perhaps, in the future when Earth has recovered from the damage done by Aberration colliding into it, our future children may return to repopulate it. Hopefully, your children will join us to live in peace.” It is the following morning when Jenny and Sylvia ask permission to go exploring on their new dragon friends. “Be sure that you take desert armor and canteens with you if you explore the southern regions,” Coronal Powell tells them. “Helena says that it can be quite hot in that area. Don’t stray too far from your friends as it can be quite dangerous out there. Give us a report of what is out there when you come back.” Helena and her crew head out on the rafts to sail to a place between the volcano and an old lighthouse. They find a path by a stream that will take them up to the farm fields where they can fence them off for crop farming. Tammy and several of her dragons friends head out with them to scout the area. Using the tactics that they observed used to take out the Giga, they quickly get rid of a pack of Allos that are in the area chasing after the wild horses living there. “Thank you for getting rid of those predators,” Helena tells Tammy. “We can use the horses to transport the fencing to the farming fields.” “They were quite tasty,” Tammy answers. “We found these items on them.” “Those will be most useful,” Helena tells her as she checks out the blueprints, unusual tools, and crafting recipes. “We’ll tame up these horses, then start using them to haul up fencing to the fields.” It is a short while later when Cleo comes riding back on an unusual looking white horse she has tamed with rockarrots from the stream nearby. “Is that a Unicorn?” ask Helena. “Apparently, they do exist,” answers Cleo. “He just tamed up like any of the other horses out there. I was concerned that my quality time I had spent with Private Ledfoot would have prevented me from taming him. That rule must not apply on Ragnarok for taming a unicorn.” “Other then the horn on his head, he looks like all the other horses I have seen out here,” answers Helena. “Lets get to work fencing in the first farming plots.” With the help of the horses, all the farming plots are soon fenced in. An outpost and barn is also constructed for the purpose of staying overnight and storage. With a load of harvested crops that have been found growing wild in the fields, the expedition loads their raft with the horses and sail back to the village. “What an unusual find,” Major Powell tells Helena as she examines the unicorn. “As you suspected, he is no different then the other horses except for the horn and the fact that he can’t breed with them due to the differences in his DNA structure. Like the dragons, bulb pups, the shine horns, and other unusual creatures here, they have to be totally artificially created. It’s possible we may find a mare for him during our future exploration of the highlands.” “Here comes Torch and Flame back from their exploration. Where’s Jenny and Silvia?” Captain Powell ask them. “They are flying back on a most unusual creature that they found,” Torch answers. “It may take them a while. It flies a lot slower then we do.” “Major Powell,” reports Sargent Pasenna as he puts a spotting scope on them. “You are not going to believe what those two are flying on.” “A winged creature with an eagle’s head with front claws, yet, with a lion’s back end?” questions Major Powell. “Impossible, there is no such thing as a Griffin.” “No one ever heard of real dragons either until flight 19 showed up back on Earth with their Rock Drake friends.” answers Coronal Powell. “Where did you find such an unusual creature?” ask Captain Powell as the two ladies land with the Griffin. “It was up in the canyon,” answers Silvia. “Let me get a DNA swab of this creature before I run out of test strips,” ask Major Powell. “We had quite a good time on Flame and Torch,” reports Jenny. “We found a temple on an island that was safe for us to explore. It went from the top of the hill to the sea below. There was also an abandoned terrace there too. Nothing dangerous was living on that island. We also found more of those silk flowers.” “Inland, we found a most unusual temple in a waterfalls. It was called the Patron’s Temple. Most interesting among the statues and carvings were the names on the wall. All of our names were there along with hundreds of others, some that I recognize were of those that vanished without a trace in the Bermuda Triangle long ago.” “That is most interesting,” answers Captain Powell. “Here is the DNA report from the Griffin,” announces Major Powell. “It is definitely a genetically created hybrid given that there is no possible way such a creature could have been bred naturally, or artificially. I am unable to classify this creature as either male or female, the genetic markers and the biological scans do not exist for it. It confirms my theory that some extraterrestrials have created this place along with all of the creatures living here. This Griffin had to have been placed here by them. There is no other explanation for its existence or its docile behavior around us as a tame.” Gameplay note, the Griffin is a fictitious creature that was custom created for Ragnarok. It is unsexed and cannot reproduce. The Patron’s Temple is located to the Southeast of the southern Obelisk. Among the statues chambers are the names of patrons on the walls in glowing white lettering. They are the names of the game players that contributed to the creators of the Ragnarok Map. “Who knows what other surprises wait for us as we continue exploring this strange place,” comments Coronal Powell. “It gets stranger here all of the time.” “We may find out when we resume a detailed exploration of this place to learn all of its secrets and how they all fit in to this lifeboat in space.” With those discoveries and many more to follow, life on Ragnarok has settled down to the daily grind of life in this unusual community. Most everyone has found a mate and settled down to raising their families. Even the dragons have started to raise families of their own. The kids on both sides have been thrilled in growing up together. There are adventures galore waiting them as the caves get thoroughly explored, boss creatures defeated, and one expedition that finds the Labyrinth and successfully explores it. Does the Damaged Earth eventually heal itself up so it can be repopulated by a future generation of humans? Do our survivors ever send out expedition to explore the other Arks known to be out there? Those are topics for some future chapters of the Flight 19 crews that vanished without a trace, the crew from the PBM rescue flight which also vanished without a trace, the survivors from a destroyed future Earth, and the tribe of Helena that escaped to live with them.
  2. fanfiction Ark Land of the Lost.

    Be sure to read Aberration, The Lost Ark. Helena's tribe and the lost flight are now on Ragnarok after having escaped the extinction of life on Earth. I'm on the last chapter for that venture. I'll be posting updates to that story soon.
  3. Consistent random crashing.

    How much system ram is there? Are you running mods? Ark is now memory intensive to the point where 8G of system ram is not enough which results in the computer having to bank switch memory to the hard drive. (That causes lag on your end.) You should be able to get back into Ark through the icon at the task bar when Windows or some other process kicks you out of a normally running game.
  4. gameplay Ark Survival Evolved Gameplay

    A year ago, I took this a step further; Ark Walk through for first time players. All systems. First of all, get familiar with how the game mechanics work in single player using your, keyboard, mouse, game controller. Or, expect to suffer abuse and be killed a lot while you are trying to figure things out playing on a public server. Of the five official maps, The Island and Ragnarok are the easiest with the Scorched Earth and Aberration mod the hardest. The safest starting locations are South Zone One on The Island, Tropical 2 on Ragnarok, North Tropical on The Center, South Zone One on Scorched Earth, and the portal on Aberration. Basic resources are plentiful. It is recommended that you avoid Scorched Earth for now due to the brutal conditions you will face as a new player in that map. All first time players will have a chance to create their character to design and shape as they wish. Regardless of how they craft them, all characters start with the same stats in the game. Game Play. Constant running will make you tired as well as use up food and water faster. Cold will use up food faster, heat will use up water faster. If you spawn near a dilo or raptor, run. Get behind something or run by some herbivore which it may take an interest in, allowing you to escape. If you are killed, you will be reborn naked, but will retain your crafting skills. You can reclaim your stuff from your body if you can do so safely. If you have been eaten, a bag will be left with your stuff. You have fifteen minutes to reclaim it or it will be lost forever. To start out in the game once you have spawned in; Grab a rock. In Ragnarok, you can get wood and thatch from the litter on the beach area. Otherwise, punch a tree or driftwood with your fist to get at least 1 wood and 10 thatch. Punching will cause you to lose health but there is no other choice until you can craft a pick. Go into crafting and craft the pick. Place it in hot bar 1. Go hit a boulder with the pick to get flint. Go hit a tree to get more wood and thatch. Pick some bushes to get some berries and fiber. As you will have leveled up by now, apply the level to health or weight. Select the hatchet and spears from the Engrams list and craft a hatchet. Place it in hot bar 2. Chop a tree to get mostly wood. Use the pick for thatch and flint. Craft at least three spears and place them in hot bar 3. You now have some means for defense against any attacking spitters and compys. As spitters will flare their hood before spitting on you, jump to the side to dodge the blinding spit. If you are attacked by a compy gang, go backwards to keep them in front of you aiming the spear low to kill them all, then harvest with the hatchet. In Ragnarok, there are crates along the shore near the Blue Obelisk and other areas. One can obtain some good items early by smashing them open with the hatchet. Place mejoberries in hot bar 0. Why? To prevent more important items being stolen from you by the Pegomastax which will sneak up and take things. Stolen berries may passive tame one. Craft a torch and place it in hot bar 6. You can still pick stones and bushes while using a torch. Go kill some Dodos for their meat and hide. Gather more stone, wood, thatch, and fiber. Eat berries for food but save the Narcos for taming as they will put you to sleep. Likewise, the Stimms will give you energy and counteract poisonous bites but make you very thirsty. At the next level up, get the campfire, shirt and pants, craft the clothes and put them on. Find a sheltered spot where your back is protected from surprise attacks and place the campfire down. Place wood and the meat in it and light the fire. Stock the fire with at least 100 wood. Use the fire and or torch to stay warm. The light should keep any dangerous Troodons away from you when it gets dark. A Waterskin will store water for your use when you are away from a water source, but they leak. You can refill them by standing in water and use item, or place in the hot bar and press that number. They can also be refilled when it rains with the use command. You may use the spear for fishing. Just be aware of sharks, mantas, and predator fish. As it is likely getting dark by now, use the torch for light and warmth as you go gathering more materials for a shelter. You should have a level up soon to get thatch foundation and walls. A shelter will give additional protection from excessive heat or cold. On Level 4, get the slingshot On Level 5, the storage box. Place extra items in storage so you are not being overburdened. Get a sleeping bag but don't craft it for now. You need the engram for the Simple Bed which you will craft and place in your shelter. This will give you a place to be reborn if your character gets killed. Sleeping bags are portable but they are a one time use item. You will soon have plenty from the supply drops you can access in the game. There are going to be many more items then you will ever have engram points for selecting. Spend them on items that are most useful. At this stage of the game, mortise and pestle, narc, spark powder, gunpowder, standing torch, bow arrow, and the raft are top priority followed by the tranc arrows. Get the Bola. It is most useful for stopping an attacking raptor or for immobilizing a creature from a Parasaur size and smaller for taming. The raft will allow for safe? transport for resources and safer locations. You can place structures on them and ferry your tames to safer locations. Just watch out for swimming sarcos, alligators, which can attack your tames on the raft, alpha sharks, or Leeds, a giant fish that will attack a raft on sight. Your first pets for tames can be some dodos for an egg farm, spitters that you knock out with the slingshot and use as guard dogs or for hunting, a parasaur for transport which will soon help to chase away the pesky Pegomaxes and other small predators, and later, a Trike for berry harvesting. Get low level ones for now, they are easier to tame. Your first flying transport a pteradon. Wait until you can craft saddles for them before attempting a tame. You are now well on your way to being a survivor of the Ark. Play cautiously and watch your six. And, always prepared for the unexpected. Additional; The Bola is most useful for stopping smaller creatures for several seconds so you can either kill them, or knock them out for taming. One Narc arrow will drop most pegomaxes and low level pteradons. Bola a pteradon before knocking it out. Otherwise, it may fall into the water and drown. Beware of how fragile the lower level ones are. Have stimms on the hot bar if you are in Troodon territory to counteract their poisonous bite. They are extremely fast and hard to target with ranged weapons. Low level creatures will help you quickly get established. Once you have the Kibble and are well established, go for the high level ones to build up your dino army. In multiplayer, out of common curiosity, demolish your abandoned structures. Don't build on spawn points.
  5. What did you do today?

    The show was a success. Scored on several good items. Now, back to finishing up my story of Flight 19 of Aberration. Should update the changes here soon. Back to testing the Frozen Earth mod map V 0.4. The high flying sentinel robots, when shot down, drop an element shard. The lower ones have oil and some black pearls. Beware some attack with a lightning charge that paralyzes you for several seconds. Also using Structures+ in building. Love the auto lighting torches that need no fuel. Found a rex killer on the Skies map. Low level wyverns are so squishy and weak. high level ones are rex killers for sure.
  6. What did you do today?

    Been really busy with organizing table rentals for an upcoming train show this Sunday. 60+ vendors, some 200 tables, everybody wants their last year's location even though they order more or less tables, filling in the holes, moving their locations around, last minute calls asking if there are table available. Check the model train sites for the time and location. Now, I'm waiting on Bill Gates to update the laptop I need at the show. Waiting since 2PM. 5:30PM still waiting as Windows 10 Version1709 S-L-O-W-L-Y downloads. Preparing to install 67% Oh, it's now 68%. Then, the long install with several reboots. When it does get done, I will create a System Image backup. Oh Wow, its moving faster 70% It likely will freeze up for the next half hour or so.
  7. fanfiction Aberration, The Lost Ark

    Chapter 31 Our New Home. “What remarkable creatures these flying dragons are,” Helena comments to Captain Powell at their evening meeting. “I’m glad that Eddie was able to establish a peaceful relationship with them,” answers Captain Powell. “Given the damage that Electra and Tesla did to the village, they would have been a formidable force to deal with in a coordinated attack.” “At least they were good sports about it once they learned that we were not their enemy,” responds Lisa. “Tammy was so remarkable,” answers Helena. “Eddie was so fortunate to get on her good side especially after knowing what Eric Bloodaxe had done to her first mate.” “In the morning, we need to enroll Eddie into the Marines.” answers Captain Powell. “We’ll start him out with some basic training and give him the discipline he has been lacking when he takes off on his own. Maybe enroll David into the corp as well so the both of them can stay out of trouble in the future.” “That sounds like a great idea,” Coronal Powell chimes in. “It’ll give both of them a purpose in this new society we are going to be creating on Ragnarok. In the morning, we draft Eddie and David into the Marine Corp.” “These Dragons are really interesting,” reports Major Powell as she discloses her examination results. “Technically, they are not true dragons in the sense that they would have four legs and wings. These dragons are classified as wyverns. While I can understand how the fire, lighting, and poisons are able to generate and deploy their attack weapons, I do not understand how Sandy and Sammy are able to use their freeze attack without being frozen by it themselves. It is as if they are spraying their target with some kind of freezing liquid.” “I’m thinking that they might be using liquefied carbon dioxide as their weapon,” answers Sargent Root. “That can be stored at room temperature under pressure. When that pressure is released as it is sprayed on something it instantly freezes and can freeze whatever it touches.” “That would seem biologically logical,” answers Major Powell. “I could easily test for that the next time that I see them.” “We should consider setting up an outpost to shepherd the wild sheep up in the Scottish Highland.” reports Joe. “They would be better off being wild and protected from predators then being confined where we would have to gather food for them. Cleo has told me that they can be easily captured and restrained for sheering as needed.” “That would work out well,” answers Sargent Thomas. “We could periodically patrol the borders to eliminate any predator threat nearby. The Rock Drakes and Dragons can then feed on the nearby predators to keep them under control. We can also establish an overnight outpost to keep watch on them on a rotating basis and leave some tamed horses out there as well.” “There is also some abandoned cropland in the same area with good soil,” reports Cleo. “With some fencing to keep the grazing animals out and an application of fertilizer, which we can easily create using compost bins, we could be growing Savroot, Rockarrots, and other crops for our use.” “When we get the village completed, we can look into starting the two farming projects in the Highlands,” answers Captain Powell. “I’m turning in for the night. Everyone will get an assignment in the morning after we officially draft Eddie and David into the Marine Corp.” It is the following morning after breakfast that Captain Powell announces that he has drafted Eddie and David into the Marine Corp. On Helena’s suggestion, Lisa and Judy are also drafted. Sargent Gulliver is assigned the training duty. It is quite an interesting morning for those four as the two teens are dressed in army fatigues with the rock drakes in a makeshift sash on their neck. Sargent Gulliver puts them through some marching drills, some PT exercises, and gives them some history about the old Marine Air Corp of the 40s and its role in WW2. Lisa is questioning the role of women in the Corp until Coronal Powell pays them a visit to explain how things have changed since the 40s. The two rock drakes have found it interesting doing the PT and drill thing. He tells them the history of the corp since the 40s up until the present. The afternoon is spent with target training while riding on the rock drakes using crossbows with blunt arrows on targets. Lady Rocky is along with Sargent Gulliver to show them some of the tactics they used when training to attack Rockwell. Like what happened when Daryl and Darlene first developed the tactic, there are a couple of mid air collisions. As soon as the tactic has been learned, it is live fire with the crossbows on straw targets. Having used them before Lisa is quick to pick up on using the crossbow on both stationary and moving targets. Eddie take a bit longer as he has not had access to those weapons before. They both finish up the early afternoon with target practice while riding, then gliding on their rock drake friends. They are then given the rest of the day off with a notice that they will all be pulling guard duty during the night. “How is it going,” Captain Powell ask Sargent Gulliver. “They are progressing quite well,” Sargent Gulliver answers. “Our new recruits will become Marines in no time.” “We’ll we will see if they can stay out of trouble when on guard duty tonight.” answers Captain Powell. “I’d would love to test them in areal combat when Electra and Tesla come back to visit. It would make taking down a T-Rex much safer if we can use their lightning attack on one in addition to our ranged weapons.” “I’ll have to see of our dragon friends are willing to cooperate in such an experiment when they do return,” answers Helena. “It would give us the chance to test out their offensive abilities and fine tune them to maximum effectiveness.” “I saw some really dangerous creatures out there on my survey flight on Tammy that she told me they are very afraid of. There is a gigantic mountain of a sauropod that could smash this village flat with ease. Fortunately, it is a herbivore so is normally not a threat unless provoked.” “The two they fear the most are the Giga and the Death Worms of the desert. “The Giga is three times the size of the Rex and is a killing machine that kills just for the fun of it. It is also capable of smashing stone walls and structures. She says that they are very difficult to kill. I’d tried to tame one of those demons in the past, but found it to have a Jeckle and Hyde personality. I lost several very good tames to that devil when he went rogue on me, including my favorite raptor, before I was forced to kill it.” “Tammy says the Death Worms are the worst of all. Living strictly in the Dune Desert of the South West, they travel underground and can strike without warning. They attack by suddenly appearing from under the sand and will pull their prey under to eat them. Even a T-Rex is no match for them.” “The Death Worms should not be an issue so long as they live in the dunes and we stay out of there,” announces Captain Powell. “Since the Gigas can show up around here, we should develop some tactics for taking them down safely, both with the rock drakes and with our new dragon friends.” “This is what I want to do with Eddie and Lisa as they continue their training. I want them to learn tactics on their rock drake friends, then work with Electra and Tesla on aerial combat for safely taking out an attacking Giga, especially if it is a high level one.” That sounds like a good tactic,” answers Helena. During the day, a great deal of work has been done on the new village. The temporary storage sheds have been upgraded with stone ones. A pair of Doeds were tamed up and have been most useful in mining stone for the structures. A common building has been constructed with wood. Housing units have been laid out and completed for everyone. Work has started on a barn for the Rock Drakes and a perimeter wall to secure the village from any carnivore threats given that saber tooths have been discovered high up on the plateau. “We have made good progress,” reports Captain Powell during the evening meeting. “Tomorrow we can send a group over to the Highlands to survey construction of an outpost and fencing for pasture for the sheep. In the meantime, our marine recruits have guard duty tonight. Their job, keep watch on the southern perimeter of our village.” “That means no necking among the four of you, or sleeping on guard duty, when you are all out there alone. One of us WILL be checking on you at random during the night.” “Oh darn,” the four of them think silently to themselves. Captain Powell escorts them out to their assigned location on the south side of the village. The wall is only partially finished there so needs to be watched in case any larger predators or herbivores show up to try to get in. “You four have watch of this area for the night. Work in teams of two, a human and a rock drake on each team so you can keep each other awake. If you spot trouble, call us on the radio. You two can use these night vision goggles if it gets extremely dark. Even though your rock drakes partners can see in infrared, they may not be able to spot some of the cold blooded predators out there if a storm rolls in during the night. That is why I am having you work in teams of two with the night vision goggles.” Eddie and David are assigned next to the jungle area as Lisa and Judy take watch near the bay. They are not the only patrols out as the Marines and Helena’s tribe also pull rotating watch. While it is far less dangerous given that the dragons are now friends, there is always the threat of predators that can include an Allasaur pack or a Rex. “Such a peaceful night,” Helena tells Captain Powell. “I’m sure it is not always like this,” answers Captain Powell. “Aberration certainly was not.” “And, from my survey flight on Tammy, this place can be quite dangerous as well,” answers Helena. “Hopefully, our lovebirds will stay out of trouble,” captain Powell responds back. The night becomes far from typical as a storm rolls in from the sea. The rain and cold makes it miserable for the rock drakes and the two people on guard duty. It becomes so dark with the fog that even the night vision scopes can barely see. “I can’t see anything out there,” Eddie tells David. “I can’t see anything either,” David tells him. “I can see where you are in infrared but nothing else out there in this miserable weather.” Captain Powell comes out to see them with Private Grobbal and Ledfoot bringing them out ponchos for protection from the weather. “What a miserable night,” he tells them. “I had some oversize ones made for your Rock Drake friends to help keep them dry.” “That helps a lot,” David tells them as they place the poncho over his body. The weather remains miserable for the next couple of hours, then clears to reveal a moonlit sky. “Much better,” Eddie tells David. It has been quite a night even though nothing dangerous has shown up. By dawn, Captain Powell releases the guard duty so they can go get breakfast, clean up, and get some sleep before being placed back in training. It isn’t long before the four of them, the two recruits and their rock drake friends, are found sound asleep in a pile of straw inside the new village.
  8. Hobbies

    Yes, it is. Also the crew of the PBM that went looking for them and also vanished gets added to the story. The weather front has become strangely glowing as the five aircraft, now almost out of fuel, have closed into a tight formation as they descend to ditch the planes in the sea. Radio communication between the aircraft has become impossible due to something that is jamming the reception. The sea itself turns into a lighted landing field in spite of the very rough conditions 50 mph+ winds, have created on the surface. The glow gets brighter as the five aircraft descend towards the stormy sea. A strange noise sounding like a high pitch whine fills the cockpit of each plane as their electrical systems all fail resulting in the engines losing power. Then, suddenly, a bright ball of light engulfs all five aircraft rendering Lt. Tylor, his crew members, the other pilots, and their crew members, unconscious.
  9. fanfiction Aberration, The Lost Ark

    Chapter 30. We are attacked. With Helena and Cleo out exploring, the construction on the village continues. About half of the supplies have been moved on the day before into temporary sheds. “We should have the move completed by this evening,” Sargent Pasenna tells his crew. Eddie and David have gone back up to the butte to continue to keep watch for Dragons given that no one knows how many are out there or if they have been given the word that the latest visitors to Ragnarok are not a threat to them. Before leaving, Tammy told Captain Powell that she would be looking for the other Ragnarok Dragons to spread the word that they are not the vikings. “That was so interesting yesterday,” Eddie tells David. “You were so brave in your effort to protect us.” “I was scared out of my wits,” answers David. “I now realize that Tammy could have beat the crap out of me if she had wanted to.” “That’s all right David,” Eddie tells him. “The important thing is that they are now our friends.” Judy soon climbs up on the butte with a stranger riding on her. “What a surprise,” answers Eddie. “Who’s your friend that you brought with you?” “I’m Lisa,” the young lady answers. “I want to know all about how you and Cleo became such good friends with the wild dragons.” “It was scary,” admits Eddie. “But, it was great flying on that Alpha dragon. She was like flying on a high performance ultralight.” “Wow,” answers Lisa. “Do you think that there are more of them out there?” “I’m pretty sure there are,” answers Eddie. “Helena will probably find them as she is out with Tammy exploring Ragnarok.” “I sure hope so,” answers Lisa. “Before the force field failed on Aberration and ended up killing them all, they looked like they were such good flying mounts.” “That is such a crying shame,” answers Eddie. “Tammy was so enjoyable to fly on. At least everyone made it to here. I’m interested to see what this world will look like once the village is finished and we can go exploring again.” “Me too,” answers Lisa. “I see two purplish dragons flying towards the village.” “You have incoming,” warns Eddie as he radios Silvia from the butte. “I don’t know what kind of dragons they are. They are heading straight towards you at high speed.” Both Eddie, Lisa, and the two rock drakes watch in horror as both of them unleashes a lightning bolt that sets fire to two of the housing units. “Tranc darts!” orders Captain Powell as his men drop what they are doing and form up behind another housing unit. The second dragon is flying over aiming for one of the supply barns when it gets 20 darts to its neck. With a squawk of surprise, it hits the ground unconscious sliding into the barn demolishing it and scattering the supplies everywhere. As the first dragon circles around to attack again, it suddenly hesitates as it sees its friend lying on the ground. Then, he finds himself pinned to the ground upside down when an angry Mayor and Rocky body slam him from above and start hissing at him. “Hog tie that female before she wakes up,” orders Captain Powell. “I don’t want to be forced into killing either one of them.” “Can we get a hold of Helena on the radio?” ask Sargent Thomas. “Never mind, here she comes now,” as Captain Powell spots the white alpha dragon coming in fast with a rider on her. “I’m sorry, I’m sorry,” the male lightning dragon is now telling Mayor as two more rock drakes are now on top of him, pinning him to the ground. Tammy soon lands and heads directly over to the pinned male. “Why did you attack this village,” she ask him angerly. “I thought they were the vikings,” the frighten male answers back. “Well, they are not!” Tammy tells him sternly. “And, I expect you to apologize to these humans and their rock drake friends when they decide to let you get back up.” “Anybody hurt?” ash Helena as she gets off of Tammy. “No, Eddie warned us just in time that they were coming in on attack mode,” answers Captain Powell. “What about the other lightning dragon?” ask Helena. “She’s out cold,” answers Captain Powell “The tranc darts did their job of dropping her out of the sky.” Eddie and Lisa are now back with their drake friends to find out what has happened. “Anyone hurt? He asks. “No,” answers Sargent Thomas. “Only these three building were destroyed. They can easily be replaced.” “What kind of dragons are these?” ask Lisa. “They are lightning dragons,” answers Helena. “Like a bolt of lightning from a storm, they can do a lot of damage to whatever their electrical discharge hit.” “Mayor, Rocky, Lady Rocky, Margaret, let him get back up,” orders Captain Powell. “I think that he has learned his lesson about blindly attacking something without knowing what he is getting himself into.” The four drakes step back off the still shaking lightning dragon who then gets back up and starts apologizing to everyone. “Come on over to your mate,” orders Helena. “She is going to need your support once she wakes up from the effects of the tranc darts.” Lisa is over by the female and starts stroking her on the forehead as she starts coming to. “Oh, my head,” the female says as she opens her eyes to look at Lisa with her mate standing right behind her. “What happened?” “We made the mistake of attacking these humans,” answers the male. “You got knocked out with tranc darts. I had four wild rock drakes knock me out of the sky and pin me to the ground. They are all friends of these humans including Tammy.” “Don’t try to get up yet until the effects of the tranc darts wear off,” orders Lisa as she unties the restraints on her legs. “Do you two have names?” ask Helena. “I’m Electra,” answers the female as the trancs continue to wear off. “My mate is Tesla.” “You can go ahead and slowly get up,” answers Lisa. “Just take it easy for a while. “Here comes five more dragons,” warns Sargent Pasenna. “Two of them are green in color.” “Stay with these two,” Helena orders Lisa. “The Ragnarok Dragons are starting to find where we are.” “We’re safe,” reports Captain Powell as he places the spotting scope on the leader. “Cleo is escorting them in on Tarmac.” Helena and Tammy go over to them, along with the two newcomers and the four rock drakes, as the five land outside of the village to talk. “Tesla, what happened to you?” ask the poison male “You look like you went through hell.” “I made the mistake of attacking this village,” answers Tesla. “These four rock drakes pinned me to the ground.” “You are lucky to be alive,” answers the poison male. “I lost two of my friends when we attacked that last Viking village and they didn’t have rock drake friends to back them up.” “I know,” answers Tesla. “The humans dropped Electra out of the sky with tranc darts. Their rock drake friends could have so easily killed us both but didn’t.” “We know what the vikings had done to your kind,” answers Helena. “We have seen their handiwork over in their war room. No one here wants to harm you. Can we declare that attack as a misunderstanding and become friends?” “Yes” answers Tesla. “Where did you find rock drakes for friends? I’ve never seen them before on Ragnarok.” “They come from the Aberration Ark,” answers Helena. “They ask Captain Powell for his help to escape from there. Then, they came here with them when the Earth was destroyed by the Aberration Ark crashing into it.” “That is most interesting. What can we do to help you to repair the damage?” ask Tesla. “You could ferry supplies for us from the Blue Obelisk to here,” answers Captain Powell. “We can do that,” all dragons answer back. “Thank you,” Captain Powell tells them. “I’ll radio over to Joe to tell him that additional help is on the way.” “I’d like to ride over there on Electra if she will let me,” ask Lisa. “You can ride on me,” answers Electra. “Go ahead,” answers Helena. “Thank you so much,” Lisa answers back as she gets on her. “That’s great,” Joe answers on the radio when he gets the news. “We’ll rig up loads that they can carry using their feet. We should have everything out of here by late afternoon.” “How much can they carry?” “Lets limit the loads to 300 pounds for now,” answers Captain Powell. “We’ll have the first ones ready when they arrive,” answers Joe. Lisa is the first one there on Electra as she guides her to show the others how to pick up the sling of supplies for the return flight. Joe gives her a lighter load because she is riding on Electra for the trip back. The transfer process goes well as the six dragons start transferring the loads as if they were quadracoptors. They fly in over to each sling where Joe places the loop over the claw of the rear leg as they hover over it. Then, they are off to the village where they place the load by the shed that is being rebuilt. “This is really going well,” he tells his group. By late afternoon, the supplies are transferred with the heavier items placed on the rafts sailing back to Viking Bay. “Can we hitch a ride?” Joe ask Lisa when she comes back. “Ask our new friends,” answers Lisa. As the dragons land, the five crew members left pick a dragon and get on them for a new adventure. “Thank you for your help,” Joe tells Tesla. “It was the least we could do to make up for accidentally attacking your village,” answers Tesla. They fly back to quite a sight as twenty more Ragnarok Dragons are seen flying in with Helena and Cleo. “They had to come see for themselves,” reports Helena. “We even found a pair of frost ones up by the Murder Snow.” “We better all go out there to welcome them.” orders Captain Powell. Major Powell and Helena spend the next hour recording a record of each dragon for their records. They agree to let them get a blood sample and DNA swab. The records includes the type, sex, name, and a brief history of any past encounters with humans on Ragnarok. “I now understand why they were living in the southern region,” reports Helena. “The area was too hot or rugged for the vikings that were living here.” “Tarmac mentions of a barrier similar to the force field that is out far to sea.” answers Cleo. “He tells me that it may have kept the vikings away from them during the time they were being hunted by them. That is probably why we had only seen Tammy and Tarmac before finding the rest of them today.” “There is some really beautiful terrain on this Ark especially to the south. There are abandoned settlements that are not viking that we are going to need to explore in the future.” “The dragons are all leaving to go back to their homes for the night,” reports Cleo. “I told Tammy and Tarmac that they should go back with them to reestablish their friendships with them. They said that they will come back to see us in a couple of days.” “This has been a most productive day,” reports Captain Powell. “Our temporary housing should be complete in a day or two, then we can start on the permanent settlement, get our pasture area secure, and establish our farming area.”
  10. fanfiction Aberration, The Lost Ark

    Chapter 29, The Ragnarok Dragons. “Eddie, get over here now!” Cleo radios to him in alarm. “What’s wrong?” he ask. “The Ragnarok Dragons, they are a lot closer to us then they were a couple of minutes ago,” Cleo answers. “Lets get over there,” Eddie tells David. With a flying leap, David is over to the larger butte with Darlene and Cleo. They quickly get close to each other as they observe the two dragons flying closer to their location. “I’m scared,” Darlene tells Cleo as she goes into stealth mode. “Be brave, both of you,” answers Eddie as David goes stealth as well. “Hold your position,” Cleo orders as the two rock drakes so badly want to get out of there. “Lets see what their intentions are before we do anything.” The two frightened rock drakes are pressed tightly against each other as the two dragons come into land of the far side of the butte. They are soon talking to each other. “Are you sure that those humans are not the vikings?” ask the male. “They only have rafts, not longboats,” answers the red alpha female. “Did you see how quickly they killed that T-Rex? And those rock drakes working with them, they have no bridles to control them. Then, that one leaped onto that Leed that was chasing one of their rafts.” “That is so unusual,” answers the male. “We’re close enough now to see that they do not register as tames. The one that attacked the Leed seems to be in charge of the other rock drakes, even some of the humans. They are nothing like that egg tame that got itself killed the other day.” “I still don’t know,” answers the female with a tear in her eye. “I so miss my Melvin that those awful vikings killed for a trophy.” “I know, it was so long ago when they killed my Trixie,” answers the male back. “I really miss her.” “Oh no,” whispers Cleo to Eddie. “Their mates were the ones that became the trophies in the viking’s war room.” “Steady David,” Eddie whispers to him as the two dragons get closer to them as they continue talking to each other. “I don’t want you getting into a fight with them.” The two dragons continue coming their way. “David, NO!” Eddie yells at him as he jumps off of a frightened rock drake to get in front of him. “Awk!” the female dragon goes as she freezes in fear of suddenly seeing Eddie so close to her. David comes out of stealth with his war bonnet up full and hisses at her causing her to take a step back in fright. “David, calm down!” Darlene yells at him as she comes out of stealth mode. “You’re scaring them.” Everyone is now staring at each other not knowing what they should do next. Eddie gets back on David and starts stroking his neck as he starts to calm down and lay backs his feathers. Both dragons are also starting to relax some as they resume talking to each other. With David finally calming down, Eddie gets back off of him and looks at the female fire dragon. “Do you have a name?” he asks her. She hesitates for a moment as she is still frightened by what just happened. Then, she answers. “I’m called Tammy. My friend with me is Tarmac.” “It’s all right Tammy,” Eddie answers back. “I know that you’re still frightened of us. We won’t harm you as long as you don’t do anything to harm us. Be brave. Let us get used to each others presence.” “How is it that David doesn’t register as wild or tame?” ask Tammy after they have spent several minutes looking at each other. “Why does Darlene register as wild even though she has a tame saddle on her with no bridle. Why do you not register at all when Cleo registers as being a member of the tribe of Helena?” “Darlene is one of our friends from Aberration,” answers David. “She became our friend of her own free will. David is Doris’s son. He was hatched by her on Earth. I’m from the Earth. We escaped using the portal when Aberration crashed into the Earth destroying its environment.” “A rock drake was hatched naturally by his own mother,” Tarmac tells Tammy. “Maybe that’s why he doesn’t register as an egg tame. He is as smart as the rest of them. That has never happened before in our dragon world.” “We have to learn more about these humans,” answers Tammy. “They are definitely not like those vikings in the past. Especially with a rock drake hatchling so willing to protect them from harm.” “Can I come up to pet you?” ask Eddie. “It does feel quite good,” answers Darlene. “Oh, I guess so,” answers Tammy. She is hesitant to have Eddie get so close to touch her, but when he finally does, she breathes a sigh of relief and lays down. “That does feel good,” she tells him. “Tarmac, it’s your turn.” “Go ahead Cleo,” Eddie tells her. “Their skin feels like that of our rock drake friends.” “I would think that it should be,” answers Cleo. “After all, rock drakes and dragons are of a similar species.” “You’re right,” Tarmac tells Tammy as he also lays down by her. “That does feel good.” “It looks like this is going well,” David finally tells Darlene. “I was so afraid that I was going to have to fight them to protect the rest of us.” “That was quite understandable,” Tammy tells David. “We didn’t know what to expect either.” It isn’t long before both rock drakes are laying down next to the two dragons as they all engage in conversation about their life history. “Such remarkable creatures,” comments Eddie. “I’m glad that we held our ground when they landed here to determine that their intentions were mostly curiosity and not hostile.” “I’m glad too,” answers Cleo. “Tarmac is a lot like my Raymond, but so much smarter. He has already told me so much about this place then I ever knew on my research on that awful Eric Bloodaxe and his conquests.” “Would you like us to take you on the grand tour of Ragnarok?” Tammy asks Eddie. “David says it is quite enjoyable having you humans ride on him. “I thought that you would never ask,” answers Eddie as he hugs her around the neck. “What should we do,” ask David. “There is no way we can keep up with you once they go flying.” “Why don’t you two go ahead and head back to the village,” answers Eddie. “You no longer have to keep watch for the dragons. We’ll be back later.” Eddie gets on Tammy as Cleo gets on Tarmac. “They seem to have a natural saddle on their shoulder,” Cleo tells Eddie. “I now understand why the dragon riders of the past preferred riding them bareback.” “It does feel quite comfortable,” answers Tarmac. “Where shall we go.” “You’re in charge,” answers Cleo. “Lets see what it look likes from high up.” The two dragons take off in formation and fly for the clouds. “This place is so vast,” Cleo tells Tarmac as she observes the surrounding. I can see Viking’s Bay, the castle, the volcano where I first saw you two near the giant forest, and the Scottish Plains.” “I see what looks like desert and rugged mountains in the distance,” reports Eddie. “What is over there?” “We don’t know after we lost our mates,” answers Tammy. “We have sort of kept to ourselves ever since those vikings killed them.” “That’s too bad,” answer Eddie. “You two need to have other friends to be with.” “What happened to the time?” ask Cleo. “It’s already starting to get dark below.” “Should we fly you back to your village?” ask Tarmac. “We better find some place to stay out here,” answers Cleo. “Only David and Darlene knows that you are not a threat to the others. They have some dangerous weapons among their military command. We should wait until morning so we don’t frighten them and accidentally get into a fight.” “Then, lets head over to the World Scar and find a nesting cove where it is safe and warm,” answers Tammy. “It gets quite cold in the mountains at night.” Gliding down, the two dragons reach the high end of the scar and land by an abandoned nest. It is very hot by the cliff side but is quite comfortable in the alcove with the nest. “How come you two haven’t become mates?” ask Cleo as they continue talking to each other in the late evening. “We don’t know,” Tarmac answers back. “We have always gone celebrant whenever one of us has lost a mate.” “But, you both have something in common,” answers Eddie. “Even though you have both lost your mate, you still have each other.” “If there is one thing that I have learned from my father after he lost his first wife, you go through your period of grief, then, you get on with your life. “My mother had lost her first husband to a terrible accident. Eventually, the two of them got together and had me.” “I never thought of it that way,” answers Tammy. “We would not be violating any of our customs since neither of us have a mate any more. Tarmac, what do you think?” “I think that Eddie has become our match maker,” answers Tarmac. “If you are willing, lets see what happens between us tonight.” “I promise not to look,” answers Eddie. That has everybody laughing including an embarrassed Cleo. It is 2 in the morning when both Cleo and Eddie are awakened by two dragons that come over to snuggle next to them. “You’re mate boosted,” Cleo answers as she checks her Specimen Implant. “Good for you.” “It was wonderful,” answers both dragons as everybody settles back to get some sleep. Back in the village, it has been a fitful night as an extra watch has been added to the rotation. Two dragons had been observed that evening flying high in the sky away from the village towards the volcano, but nothing else had been seen since. “We better get some patrols set up,” orders Coronal Powell as the sun rises over on the east shore of the bay. Then, a report comes in over the radio. “I see two dragons flying in this direction. It looks like they have someone riding on them.” “Hold your fire,” a radio message comes back from Cleo. “These dragons are our friends. Let us land outside the village. Have Helena and Captain Powell come out to see us on Mayor. These dragons are still unsure about the rest of us so try not to frighten them.” “Is that white one an Alpha?” ask Helena as they come flying in. “It sure is,” answers Captain Powell. “It’s even mate boosted. Eddie of all people is riding on her. Cleo is on the male fire dragon. Here they come in to land. Lets get on Mayor and go see them up close and personal.” Mayor walks up to them, but no one knows what is being said in dragon speak. Then, he tells Helena and Captain Powell to rub their forehead when they come up to them. “It must be a form of greeting I knew nothing about,” answers Helena. “Oh! This alpha is really nice. Eddie, How were you able to make such good friends with her.” “We just had to do it one step at a time,” answers Eddie. “She was really frightened by us when we first saw her up close.” “His friend David was so frightened of us that he was going to take us both on,” answers Tammy. “Eddie took control of the situation in total disregard for his own safety.” “I wanted this to work out for all of us,” answers Eddie. “How did an Alpha get mate boosted?” ask Helena. “Those were their mates we found in the viking’s war room.” answers Cleo. “Eddie was able to talk them into getting together with each other.” “Wow, you ladies had better stay away from him,” answers Captain Powell in jest. “He’s a smooth talker and a match maker.” “Just kidding, Eddie. Good job in establishing a peaceful relationship with these dragons.” “Tammy, Tarmac, is there anything we can do for you?” “Just being our friends will be reward enough,” answers Tammy. “David, Darlene,” both Eddie and Cleo say in surprise as they come up to see the two dragons again to say hello. “I don’t wish to disappoint you,” Eddie says to Tammy. “But, David is still my best dragon friend. “That’s OK,” answers Tammy. “It was never my intention to take you away from your best friend. I’m really interested in learning more about Helena. I’ve been watching her from a distance the past month. Her tribe has done well surviving the challenges of Ragnarok. Helena, come ride on me.” “I’m speechless,” answers Helena to Captain Powell. “You better take her up on her offer,” answers Captain Powell. “Silvia can help handle things here in your absence.” “It looks like we are going to be gone for quite a while,” answers Helena as she gets up on Tammy. “I’ll update this map for us while we are out exploring.”
  11. Hobbies

    Been writing stories about the adventures. Current one is the lost Training Flight 19 which have escaped from Aberration and are now on Ragnarok with Helena's tribe. Also, modeling dioramas.
  12. fanfiction Aberration, The Lost Ark

    Chapter 28, The new settlement. That evening, Captain Powell calls a meeting of everyone by the Blue Obelisk including all of the rock drakes. “As you know, we paid a visit to Helena’s tribe this afternoon. They are the ones that escaped from Aberration before our arrival. Unfortunately for them, maybe fortunately for us, all of the men were killed keeping Rockwell busy so they could escape to here. I don’t know what that is going to mean for us and them. Most of them are young just like most of you are young. I can tell you this, we will not be going back to Earth now or ever in the foreseeable future. In spite of that, I do expect you to be on your best behavior around them. If anyone, and I mean anyone, forces themselves on any of those young ladies, we have found a most ideal Viking’s Brig you can spend some time cooling off in up on the ridge.” “Speaking of that place that we found, we have learned that the former occupants of this Ark hunted dragons for their trophies. Therefore, we can assume that they are going to consider us, including our drake friends, as their enemy and will likely attack on sight. Helena tells us that they can attack with fire, lightning, and poison at range. She even thinks that there may be one of them that has a freeze attack. Thankfully, none of them are capable of going stealth. Keep an eye out for them when we are on exploration patrol or working on the settlement we plan to start in Viking’s Bay. I don’t want to be forced to confront them at this time, but if we have to, lets be prepared to tranc dart them. When we are ready, we will go pay them a visit and see just what we are dealing with.” “We’ll continue on a watch schedule as always. Lets be prepared for visitors in the morning by sea. I’ll be sending a detachment with them to do a survey of the area and start construction on a permanent settlement for us all of us.” It is mid morning when Helena and Cleo come riding into camp on horses. These are of Mongolian breeding that look like zebras with a roached mane and beard, but much stockier much like a draft horse. “Where did you find horses?” ask Joe. “They live in the Scottish plains,” answers Cleo. “Our scouting party brought them back last night on their rafts. They were easily passive tamed with wild carrots we found growing in some of the abandoned gardens up there. We have found sheep grazing with them as well.” “They will prove most useful when the time comes to replace our clothes as they wear out,” answers Joe. “Our first load of supplies, along with building materials for a temporary shed, are ready to go,” reports Sargent Pasenna. “We’ll escort them with about half of our group and rock drake friends,” reports Coronal Powell. “Major Powell, Sargent Root, Sargent Harvey, and their girlfriends will travel with them so they can set up a clinic. The rest of us will continue to secure this area. Sargent Thomas is going to be in charge of overall construction and planning with Helena’s input. We will keep in contact by radio if you need us or anything else.” “Any news on the whereabouts of the Ragnarok Dragons?” “Ellen observed two of them yesterday when they were out taming horses in the highlands” answers Helena. “They spotted a dark reddish fire dragon and a light gray with reddish brown trim on its wings. They appeared to be aware of our existence but looked like that they were just observing us, watching what we were doing. They came as far as the ridge when we rode the horses down to the raft, but kept their distance.” “To be safe, we will go armed with tranc darts,” answers Captain Powell. “We’ll have some of our rock drake friends keep watch on them if they do show up at Viking’s Bay.” “Here comes the rafts,” announces Lt. Jerry. “Sorry we’re late,” reports Silvia. “We found some more of those abandoned crates with viking’s gear in them.” “The metal pick and hatchets will be most useful for building,” reports Lisa. “Excellent,” reports Sargent Thomas. “Lets get these supplies loaded and get going.” With the rafts loaded, the group has split into two teams with the larger heading escort on the rock drakes as the civilians ride the raft. Eddie, behaving independently as usual, has taken off with his friend David up into the cliffs. They find an interesting looking canyon which contains some natural bridges of vines and a skeleton backbone crossing it. “That is so weird,” he tells David. “I see a cave up on the cliff side,” reports David. “Should we go explore it?” “That sounds interesting,” answers Eddie. “Let me toss some flares into it so we can see inside.” As luck would have it, this cave is completely empty other then some crystal formations and a couple of creature skeletons embedded in the rocks. Coming back out, after harvesting a stack of crystal, David suddenly flares his war bonnet and goes stealth. “Climb up the rock face,” orders Eddie as a T-Rex roars at them by the entrance. Hanging on to his neck for dear life, David climbs straight up out of the canyon into a butte overlooking Viking’s Bay. They then glide down to where the rafts have just landed. “Where have you two been,” Captain Powell scolds them. “We found a cave with crystal in it,” answers Eddie. “Then, a T-Rex chased us away from there.” “Did you see any spider webs in there,” ask Helena with concern. “No,” answers Eddie. “It was just a small cave.” “Don’t ever go cave exploring in Ragnarok without an escort.” scolds Helena. “You two were lucky you didn’t stumble across Eric’s Cavern. Had you did, you two would probably be hanging from the inside of a web totally paralyzed as you get eaten alive from the inside out by the spiders that live in there. Audry’s expedition barely made it out of there when they found it yesterday. There were poison dart traps in there everywhere. She reported seeing a live cocooned T-Rex hanging from the ceiling.” “We’re sorry,” answers Eddie. “We did find this crystal in the small cave before the T-Rex scared us out of it.” “If you want to be of any help, go back up on that small butte you came down from and keep a watch out for any dragons,” orders Captain Powell. “And, stay on David so he can keep you safe from any of the giant eagles living up there nearby.” Author’s note. It is most fortunate that they did not find the cave next to the viking war room. That cave contains numerous pressure plate traps. Worse yet, cocooned victims are hanging from the ceiling that are being eaten alive by the baby spiders that are raised in it. They would have quickly become two more victims that would have had no chance of being reborn given that Eddie and David do not have a specimen implant. “They really got mad at us,” Eddie tells David as they head back up to the butte. “They were probably right,” answers David “We have no idea what could be in these caves. Besides, being paralyzed and eaten alive is not my idea of having fun.” “I don’t care for that either,” answers Eddie. “Anyhow, it’s such a nice view of the bay and surrounding area. I can see a long ways from here with this spotting scope. There’s two of those dragons way in the distance. They are just too far away to register in the spotting scope.” There is suddenly a rustling sound as heavy footprints scrape at the rocks on the slope. “Cleo, what are you and Darlene doing up here?” “We decided to volunteer for dragon watch after Private Ledfoot was assigned to survey duty,” answers Cleo. “Anyhow, it was a good excuse for me to spend some time with Darlene. She is so wonderful to be with.” “I know what you mean,” answers Eddie. “David is such a good friend.” “We’ll were off to the other butte nearby,” answers Cleo. “Give me a yell on the radio if you see something.” “I’ll do that,” answers Eddie. “You and Darlene have a good time. Keep a watch beyond the castle. I saw two dragons flying over there in the distance.” “Were they white and dark reddish brown?” ask Cleo. “Yes,” answers Eddie. “I saw them the other day when Raymond was killed by that T-Rex,” answers Cleo. “They seemed more curious of us rather then being a threat.” Down below, the survey has been completed under the supervision of Coronal Powell and Helena. Areas have been laid out for the living quarters and common area. A temporary wooden fence is under construction to be later replaced with more permanent structures. So are storage barns by the newly constructed dock for placing the supplies in that are now being ferried by raft and several of the rock drakes. A farming area has been set aside near the water South of the rock entrance. A large pen and taming pens are planned in the large flat area to the North. “If things keep running this smoothly, we can have everything over here in two days,” reports Sargent Thomas. “Alert! We have a T-Rex coming out of the western jungle,” warns Silvia. “We’ll take care of this,” answers Sargent Thomas as he and Sargent Pasenna get on Mayor and Margaret with their escort gunners. Heading out to the Rex in stealth mode, the two rock drakes proceed to flank the now confused T-Rex. “Rockets,” orders Sargent Thomas to the gunners. Two rockets to the head and the threat is over. “Interesting,” comments Sargent Pasenna as his crew and the two rock drakes proceed to butcher the carcass. “A metal pike, some armor, berries, and arrows. How do these creatures collect all of this stuff?” “It must be from them killing and eating the previous inhabitants,” answers Helena who has come out to check on the kill. “We found all kinds of stuff on the Carnos and Spinos on Aberration.” “We found the same thing on some of the raptors and other creatures that were killed in battle,” answers Sargent Thomas. “Lets get a crew out here to haul back all of this meat for us and our rock drake friends.” “Get some fires going,” orders Helena as she returns to the campsite. “We have raw prime that needs cooking before it spoils.” Before they can get done with the butchering, there is another interruption as a warning comes from the dock area that a whale size fish has gone after one of the supply rafts. “Beach it in the shallows,” orders Joe who is sailing a raft nearby. They both ram the raft into the shallows as the Leed charges in behind them beaching itself as well while trying to bite one of the raft a second time. As everyone rushes over with their weapons, Mayor comes gliding over landing on the Leed’s back and digging in all four claws as he starts biting it behind the head. “Melee weapons only!” orders Captain Powell as his men rush over to help out Mayor. The Leed gets its eyes poked out, then it is stabbed repeatingly with the pike poles until it is killed. “Mayor, You’re crazy,” Captain Powell tells him. “That thing could have killed you.” “It’s all right,” Mayor answers. “We can swim quite well.” “There’s giant sharks in these waters,” warns Helena. “They tend to attack in wolf packs. You would not stand a chance against them if they caught you in deep water. Lets get this thing butchered before they show up to harass us.” “We’ll never get all of this raw prime fish cooked,” warns Audrey as they work on butchering the giant prize. “At least, we are going to be well supplied with hide for a long time,” answers Joe McDonald. “I’ve never seen so much quality hide from one creature, especially a fish.” “I’ll radio Lt. Tylor that we are all set for the night,” reports Coronal Powell. “We have more then enough work here to keep us busy for the rest of the evening.” As everybody is settling in for the evening, David and Darlene come gliding back to the camp. “What’s wrong,” Private Ledfoot ask Darlene when he sees the worried look on her face.” “Cleo and Eddie took off flying on those two dragons you have been seeing,” answers Darlene. “Oh! My! Gosh!” answers Helena in alarm. “I pray that they are going to be all right after seeing those trophy heads yesterday.” “All we can hope for is their safe return,” answers Captain Powell. “It’s too dark and dangerous out there now to go looking for them. Besides, those dragons can fly and our rock drakes can’t. We’ll send out some patrols in the morning to go and find them.”
  13. fanfiction Aberration, The Lost Ark

    Aberration, The Story Continues on Ragnarok. Having escaped the destruction of Earth, the crew of Flight 19, the PBM navy crew, the military and civilians that survived the zombie plague at Ft. Lewis, and their rock drake friends are now on the Ark known as Ragnarok. It is a vast Ark much larger then the others floating out in space. Its landscape is a realistic representation of several locations on Earth, but like all the arks, it is totally artificial. Located in a place on orbit known as a Lagrange Point One, it is locked at a specific distance from the moon and the earth. Both can be seen at a constant size at night although now, the earth has been turned into a nuclear wasteland by the impact of Aberration into North America. Nothing can be seen of the surface other then some orange glows that manage to make it through the dirty brown clouds blanketing the entire planet. The actual mod map of Ragnarok is a player designed map that has been adopted for use as a free DLC for all platforms. It includes creatures from the paid DLC Scorched Earth and two custom ones, the Griffin and the Ice Wyvern. The map itself is about 144 square kilometers with several large cave systems and boss creatures unique to it. New is the death labyrinth where switching puzzles need to be solved or instant death awaits the player. While an actual story has yet to be added to the map, it already hints of Vikings and Game of Thrones. That can be seen in several of the structures and dangerous places to explore. The story's characters so far; The Flight 19 crew, their drake friends, and assigned PBM crew member Ft-28 Drake Friends Assigned Drake PBM crew Lt. Tylor, Davy, Seaman Nesbit Daryol, Doris, Ostmeyer Parport, Manor, Marty Ft 36 Sargent Thomas, Margaret, Eslander Sargent Pasenna, Mayor, Alvin Ft 81 Lt. Garber, Daryl, unassigned Private Ledfoot, Darlene, Lt. Combs FT 3 Ensign Bossman, Micky, Seaman Carpool Icelander, Minnie, Jordy Baluck, Ricky, Peters FT-117 Captain Shrivers, Ronda, Seaman Zorwieski Sargent Gulliver, Lady Rocky, Cameo Private Grobbal, Rocky, Ensign Archers New; The drake kid pairs; Michael and Sandy Danny and Marlene Ricky Jr and Sandra David and Judy From Ft Lewis; Coronal Powell and Major Powell – wife. Sargent Root – girlfriend Terrie McDonald Sargent Harvey – girlfriend Tina McDonald Joe McDonald and Carol, his wife Hostages freed from Crazy Harvey’ camp, Barbara, Jenny, Silvia. Eddie the lone teen. Friends with David and Judy. Helena’s tribe. Helena Cleo Silvia Unnamed others. Chapter 27. Viking’s Bay. In another interesting twist of fate as this story continues, Mayor has volunteered to take Helena and Cleo back to Viking’s Bay. “Are you sure that you want to do this?” Coronal Powell ask him. “What happened in the past between us was a complete misunderstanding,” answers Mayor. “It’s the least I can do to make up for being so angry at her.” “Here’s Lt. Garber with Mary,” answers Captain Powell. “We’re ready to go.” “Why did you pick Mary as your personal mount and not Mayor?” ask Helena. “It was a command decision to work with Mary given that Sargent Pasenna was already working with Mayor,” answers Captain Powell. “Besides, had something happened to us during combat, Mayor would still be available to take over command. Working with Lt. Garber, Mary has proven herself to be a worthy combat mount in battle. I have complete confidence in her decision abilities. “Now, I understand how you were able to defeat Rockwell without losing anyone in your command.” answers Helena. “What did Daryl mean by ‘we sank him?’” “I trained everyone on using attack tactics that a flight squadron would have used in attacking a battleship,” answers Captain Powell. “We hit him on all sides at once until he was weakened enough for Lt. Garber on Daryl to deliver the kill shot. That’s when they sank him.” “An interesting tactic,” answers Helena. “If they can, I’d like to get up high on the cliff so we can get a better view of this area.” “That won’t be a problem,” answers Mayor. “We can make the jump from the cliff you were on by gliding through the jungle and climbing up the high one behind there.” The trip starts off as planned with good time being made gliding through the jungle to reach the cliff where a waterfalls is coming down from it on the left. “It’s a good thing that Cleo and I stuck to the shoreline,” Helena tells Captain Powell. “There are quite a few predators living down in there.” “That’s what I was afraid of with establishing a beach side settlement.” answers Captain Powell. “We would be at constant war with them trying to establish anything inland of where we are now.” “At least, Viking’s Bay is much quieter with a large flat area for grazing and farming,” answers Cleo. “What’s this?” ask Captain Powell as Mary climbs up to a stone causeway. “I never knew that there were signs of civilization in these jungle cliffs.” “Lets follow it East,” answers Helena. “We should have a good view of the bay soon.” Following the stone causeway, a spectacular view is seen as they look to the Northwest. The Blue Obelisk is observed floating in all of its glory with the static electrical charge rising along the blue column as the blueish fog filters down from it. “That looks like an entrance to a chamber cut into the mountainside,” reports Lt. Garber. “Lets go check it out,” orders Captain Powell. “It’s quite dark in there and too small for our rock drake friends to come inside,” reports Lt. Garber. “Toss some flares in there,” orders Captain Powell. “Have your assault rifle ready just in case there is something in there that wants us for a meal.” Several flares are thrown inside, then the foursome proceed to enter the chamber which is showing man made primitive structures inside. “Oh! How disgusting!” Cleo reports as she has to look away from the petrified body lying in the floor in front of them. “Oh frack! There are more of them in these cages,” answers Lt. Garber. “They looked like that they were skinned alive.” “What kind of people would do such horrible things to their captives?” ask Helena. “It looks like the handiwork of Eric Bloodaxe,” reports Cleo who is still in shock of what she has seen. “He was a most ruthless leader of a viking tribe that came to power by killing four of his brothers at an early age.” “Oh, this is going to make things most difficult in obtaining an alliance with the Ragnarok dragons,” says Helena when she sees a pair of mounted dragon heads on the wall with the desk in front of it. “They are definitely going to consider us their enemy.” “There’s a map on the wall here,” reports Lt. Garber as he light up a torch so everyone can better see it. “Well, if there is one positive thing to this whole mess, we get a chance to see what Ragnarok looks like,” answers Captain Powell. “Here’s where we are at the Blue Obelisk. Here’s this room. This must be Viking’s Bay.” “There’s a leather map in the drawer that we can take back with us,” announces Lt. Garber. “What’s in these crates?” ask Cleo. “Break one open and find out,” answers Captain Powell. “If they are anything like the ones we found on the beach this morning, they will contain some useful primitive weapons.” A pike, viking wooden shield, sword, and metal ax is found packed in the crates. Cleo takes the items before everyone heads back outside. “What’s wrong?” Mayor asks Cleo when the foursome come back outside. “You look like you saw a ghost.” “I did,” answers Cleo. “A ghost from my viking past. This island was a stronghold of Eric Bloodaxe, the most ruthless viking warrior that ever lived. We saw some of his petrified handiwork inside. Worse yet, he had dragon heads mounted on the wall inside at his war desk.” “How will you ever form an alliance with the dragons here if they had been hunted for trophies in the past?” Ask Mayor. “We don’t know,” answers Captain Powell. “All I know is that we had better be armed with plenty of tranc darts if we want to avoid having to kill any of them. We’ll just have to face that problem once they find out that we are here. From what I saw in there, I’m sure that they will consider us a to be threat to them.” Continuing on after the shocking side trip, Viking Bay comes into view. “What a gorgeous place this is.” reports Captain Powell. “I can see why you decided to settle here.” “Is there anything up at that castle?” as Lt. Garber. “No,” answers Helena. “Just giant bats and spiders.” “I’m glad that we decided to settle here instead of up near the volcano. Now that I see just how the dragons had been treated by those vikings in the past, there is no way we could have made peace with them or stop an organized attack by them.” “When we get your village established, we can always go send out an expedition to see just what their intentions might be when we let them discover that we are here with them,” answers Captain Powell. “Lets go meet everybody so we can get back to our camp before dark.” It is an interesting meeting as Helena’s tribe gathers around the two strangers and their rock drakes friends. “Why do they register as wild?” Silvia asks in puzzlement. “At least 14 of them do,” answers Helena. “The other eight register as members of their tribe. The only reason I can figure out why that has happened is because they were hatched from eggs by their parents while on Earth. What’s more amazing is all of those hatched that way are just as intelligent as their parents. We definitely screwed up by trying to raise Raymond when we should have become friends with the wild ones in the first place. When I get the chance, I will need to further study how they interact with other and us.” “You should be able to work with Major Powell,” answers Captain Powell. “She has already done a complete examination of them including a DNA sample that has shown her the gene that allows them to go into stealth mode. She can also fill you in on raising the youngsters and tracking their growth pattern.” “How fast did they grow?” ask Helena. “It was a matter of days until they reached adulthood,” answers Captain Powell. “It was the same growth rate we observed with Raymond,” answers Helena. “What did they eat when they were growing up?” “Drake milk, then feral dog and pigs,” answers Captain Powell. “That alone might explain how they became so intelligent,” answers Helena. “Raymond would only drink Nameless Venom while growing up.” “Major Powell estimates that Danny, our first born, that Darlene raised from an orphan egg, was already as smart as a nine year old when he was just our size.” answers Captain Powell. “Their metabolism was something else. Major Powell was able to obtain a tissue sample from one of the youngsters that she had to stitch up it’s foot when it sliced it open on a broken window. She said that that cut was fully healed in less then an hour.” “I will definitely want to talk to her,” answers Helena. “Men, 30 of them,” reports Silvia. “Just take things slowly,” answers Captain Powell. “Three of us are married with two others already spoken for.” “You may want to add a third one,” answers Cleo. “Darlene has already set me up on a date with Private Ledfoot.” “Oh wow,” answers Helena. “She really is serious on getting the two of you together.” “He seems like a nice young man,” answers Cleo. “He's a little embarrassed by it all, yet very polite to the both of us.” “This area looks good for building an expanded settlement,” reports Lt. Garber. “Joe is going to find it interesting here. Their tribe found sheep up in the meadows East of here. They also found some interesting looking horses that are easily tamed and can be ridden bareback. We won’t need to be so reliant on our rock drake friends for our general transportation needs.” “Oh, it’s quite all right,” answers Mayor. “I don’t mind you using us for transportation now that we have become such good friends.” “We consider you our friends, not our tames,” answers Captain Powell. “You need to have more time for yourself to be with Margaret and Marlene.” “You’re right,” answers Mayor. “It has been a hectic last couple of days. I’d hate to rush you. It is getting late and we should get back before dark.” “He’s right,” answers Captain Powell to Helena. “Why don’t you pay us a visit in the morning with the rafts. We can sort out the supplies that you can bring back to the village. Then, my engineers can lay out a more permanent settlement that we can get started on.”
  14. fanfiction Aberration, The Lost Ark

    Chapter 26 Escape to Ragnarok “I’m sorry, I’m sorry,” Eddie keeps repeating as he and David pick themselves off the ground from on top of the others. “Don’t worry about it,” answers Captain Powell. “The important thing is that you two got back here when you did.” Overhead, a brilliant light is seen engulfing one side of the now distant Earth. It dies down to a spray of glowing molten embers that eventually engulf the entire planet turning what was once blue and green into a dirty brown with glowing orange flames. “We got out of there just in the nick of time,” reports Sargent Pasenna as he picks himself up and goes to check the console control under the Obelisk. “The portal to McChords AFB no longer exist. In fact, I don’t think that anything exist there any more.” “Roll Call!” announces Coronal Powell. “Lets make sure that everyone is OK, then we’ll help Sargent Pasenna take an inventory of what made it here with us.” One by one each rock drake and their two riders sound off as they untangle themselves from the pile in the platform, then, it is their kids and their military and civilian friends. Captain Powell and Lt. Jerry organizes a detail to craft up several wood structures for storing the supplies which are then inventoried and place in storage under cover. The Rock drakes are pulling security and exploration of the nearby area as the work progresses. It takes much of the day to get everything done as some early exploring and testing takes place among the group’s experts. “Good news,” reports Major Powell. “The seawater is fresh.” “We have an abundance of berry types here, just like we found on Aberration.” reports Private Grobbal. “Best of all, none of those dangerous red mushrooms are present.” “So far, no dangerous creatures in the area that we can’t deal with on our own,” reports Captain Shrivers. “This is very suitable terrain for climbing and gliding,” reports Mayor after he has a quick look around. “We’ll organize some exploration patrols once we get established here,” answers Coronal Powell. “Then, we can look for a more suitable place to establish a more permanent village.” “Do you think that there may be others here with us?” ask Captain Powell. “We do have a journal from someone named Helena that was able to escape from Aberration before we arrived there. We just don’t know if they made it back to Earth or not.” “I’m not aware of any records of a Helena or her tribe ever showing up on Earth,” answers Coronal Powell. “It would certainly help with the survival of our species if they were to show up here so we could become allies in this new world.” As that discussion is taking place, it is an interesting twist of fate that Helena and her next in command Cleo are high up on a ridge observing the activity taking place down below. They had decided to investigate a registering of activity at the Green Obelisk. Being dressed in Gilles Armor, they have remained hidden from observation for the time being. “I’ve never seen a more organized group then this,” comments Helena. “We are in severe trouble if they have come here to attack us.” “I’m thinking that they are refugees from the Earth,” answers Cleo. “I’m seeing some civilians working with those military personnel. They must have escaped just before that huge explosion we saw turned it into a burned up cinder. What I don’t understand is where did they get all of those rock drakes. It would have been impossible for any of us to tame so many, let alone find that many eggs.” “This is so interesting,” answers Helena. “There appears to be a command structure among the rock drakes as well. Some have tame saddles on them but no bridles. They all appear to be doing some kind of security patrols or are hauling building materials on their own for their masters. OH! that’s incredible! Are you getting the same reading from them that I am?” “How can they all possibly be registering as wild?” answers Cleo. “No wild creature has ever willingly worked with humans before. Even those few tames that we had were never so independent.” “This is even more weird,” answers Helena. “This young rock drake is registering as a tribe member. He’s not wild, he’s not a tame, It’s like he is one of them.” “The young man with him doesn’t register at all,” answers Cleo. “Neither do any of the women or three of the soldiers. I don’t know what that means.” “What are you doing here spying on our friends?” a strange voice calls out from behind them. “Helena, I think that we have two rock drakes standing just behind us in stealth mode,” warns Cleo. “They are both registering as wild.” “Then, who’s voice was that?” ask Helena. “Rock Drakes can’t talk.” “Yes, we can,” answers the same voice from the direction of the one rock drake as he uncloaks. “Oh! My! Gosh!” a stunned Helena answers. “A wild rock drake is actually talking to us.” “I’m Daryl. This is my mate Darlene. We didn’t know that there were any other humans living here.” “This is most interesting,” Helena tells Daryl as she walks up to him. “Both of you register as wild rock drakes, you have tame saddles on you without the bridles, and we’re talking to each other. How is that possible.” “Our leader formed an alliance with the humans so we could escape from Aberration before it was destroyed,” answers Daryl. “It looks like that alliance was a good one,” answers Helena in agreement. “Did everyone make it out of there?” “Yes, we did,” answers Daryl. “By my last count, there were only 14 of you when my tribe made the escape after our fight with Rockwell, yet I count more then that,” answers Helena. “How is that possible?” “They helped us bring our eggs with us,” answers Darlene. “Then we were able to hatch them for the first time in our memory.” “Now, I understand your loyalty to them,” answers Helena. “Stealing and hatching rock drake eggs for tames was never a good idea. The tames that resulted were always such dumb creatures. Cleo lost hers last week when he decided to pick a fight with a Rex. He wouldn’t listen to her to just run away. You’re so much different, far more intelligent then I ever imagine. I wish we could have done it your way.” “Darlene is so much more enjoyable,” answers Cleo. “I wish Raymond could have been like her.” “We arrived here two weeks ago when we were able to get away from Rockwell long enough to engage the portal. It sent us to a small island lush with redwood trees. We built rafts to sail West towards a safer area due to the dangerous predators living on the mainland. We settled in an area called Vikings Bay.” “How did your group manage to escape from Edward Rockwell?” “Our Captain Powell organized us into attack squadrons,” answers Daryl. “We were the pilots and the two humans on us the gunners. We went in as an attack force and sank him. Then, we made a mad dash to the portal before Aberration fell apart on us.” “How is it that you have appeared just now with all of those supplies?” ask Helena. “The portal sent us back to Earth where we ended up in a place called Ft. Lewis.” answers Daryl. “There had been a zombie plague ten years earlier that had killed everyone except for a few survivors. It is on Earth where we were able to hatch our eggs, raise the kids to adulthood, and get the supplies needed to escape to here before Aberration crashed into the Earth.” “So, that’s what caused the explosion that destroyed the Earth,” answers Helena. “You’re now trapped here with the rest of us. I’d like to go visit your commander if you are willing to take me down there to see him.” “You can both ride on my saddle,” answers Daryl. “If it is all right with you, I’d like to ride down on Darlene,” ask Cleo. “I’ve got to meet this Private Ledfoot she’s been telling me about. He sounds like a wonderful and caring young man.” “Oh my,” answers Helena. “Your Darlene is already being a bad influence on one of my tribe members.” “This is going to be so different riding on a rock drake and not having to control it every step of the way,” answers Cleo. “I wish we could have became friends with them in the past.” “I think that we have already done so,” answers Helena as she gets on Daryl. The discussion among the two Powells is interrupted when Coronal Powell sees Daryl and Darlene come gliding in towards them with riders. “It looks like we just got our answers about others living here,” answers Coronal Powell. Daryl makes the introduction. “This is Helena, the author of the journal Sargent Gullivar found up on the portal campsite. Her friend Cleo is riding on my mate. Captain Powell is in charge of operations here with his great grandson Coronal Powell in overall charge.” “I’m very impressed,” Helena answers as the both of them dismounts so the two rock drakes can head back out on watch duty. “I’m assuming that your intentions are peaceful given that Daryl would have never brought you here if he sensed otherwise,” answers Captain Powell. “They have proven to be such loyal honorary marines that we have placed complete trust in their judgment.” “That is so extraordinary,” answers Helena. “I wish that I had been born with better judgment of human behavior after suffering from the betrayal of Sir Edmund Rockwell.” “Lt. Jerry sure learned that the hard way when his flight crew paid Rockwell a visit to seek his help and were wiped out by him.” answers Captain Powell. “The important thing is that we all escaped before he had the chance to destroy Aberration and then the Earth.” “Sargent Thomas, find Mayor, Rocky, Sargent Gullivar, and Private Grobbal and bring them over here. I want Helena to meet the people and rock drakes that made this all possible.” “Cleo,” a voice calls out behind them. “I want you to meet Private Ledfoot, my good friend.” “Oh my,” answers Helena. “Darlene really is a bad influence on Cleo.” “It’s all right Mam,” answers Private Ledfoot. “She is just trying to return the favor by finding me a human mate.” “I think that I understand her plan,” answers Helena. “She want all of us to find mates together.” “We’ll understand if you want to move more slowly then Darlene with getting our two groups together,” answers Major Powell. “We have three ladies with us that have had a very unpleasant 10 years as sex slaves to a tyrant we were forced to kill in order to free them.” “Here comes the rest of the group for our meeting.” announces Captain Powell. “Oh, oh!” Helena tells Captain Powell. “I had a very bad experience with that rock drake a month ago.” “Perhaps, you two had better settle your differences before we start our meeting,” suggests Captain Powell. “Mayor is my second in command.” “Do you know who that is standing next to you,” asks a very upset Mayor who has flared his war bonnet in anger as he spots Helena. “Yes I do,” answers Captain Powell in disgust. “And, I expect the two of you to find a peaceful solution to your personality conflicts before I can start this meeting.” It is during the next 20 minutes, that starts out with an intense argument between Helena and Mayor. It then simmers down into a general conversation as Cleo and Margaret joins them. It finally ends with Helena and Cleo petting Mayor on his neck as they all walk in together. “Can I inquire what that was all about? ask Captain Powell. “It looked like Mayor was about to bite your head off.” “A month ago, we were involved in a fight over a stolen rock drake egg,” answers Helena. “As we found out the hard way, they are very defensive over having their eggs stolen even though none of them have ever hatched in the wild. We hatched the one we had stolen from his mate Margaret. Has we known how dumb an egg tame was going to be, we would have never taken it. It was Cleo’s tame that the Rex killed last week. It broke her heart to lose him in such a worthless fight. And, if Mayor didn’t think that this meeting wasn’t going to be so important, he would have bitten my head off in revenge for stealing Margaret’s egg.” “It was a misunderstanding on both our parts,” apologizes Mayor. “Thank you, both of you, for coming to terms over your differences,” answers Captain Powell. “Now, we can get down to the business of planning for our future together.” “As you can see, we managed to escape from Ft. Lewis with a sizable amount of survival supplies before we were forced to leave early. We cannot go back. None of can go back. Aberration crashed into the planet somewhere in the Rockies just seconds before we shut the door and activated the portal. Thirty nine of us, twenty two Rock Drakes, two old yellow labs, four Shinehorns, and four Glowtails made it here with us. We had planned to bring Joe’s goats and horses with us but were forced to abandon them when the shock wave from an explosion on Mt. Rainier spooked them to parts unknown and threaten to bury us in a massive mudslide. Sargent Pasenna has confirmed that the portal at McChords air base no longer exist. Given what we have observed from here, it is unlikely that there is anything left on Earth that we can return to.” “Two weeks ago, we were able to use the Portal to escape from Aberration as our warriors were engaged in a battle with Rockwell,” answers Helena. “He had just destroyed our village killing a large number of the children and elderly living there. Twenty eight of us women, one egg tame rock drake, two shinehorn bucks and two male glowtails made it to the Red Obelisk on Ragnarok. The warriors never made it as planned. We gathered what resources we had, crafted up a fleet of rafts, and hugged the northern coast line until we found what we called Vikings Bay which is East of here. We were planning on building our village on the beach in the Scottish Plains where we found wild horses and sheep, but decided against that location when we saw that there were dragons living up by the volcano. After the bad experience we had with Mayor when we stole Margaret’s egg, we decided that we didn’t want to have the dragons angry at us as well, especially after our egg tamed rock drake got killed by a T-Rex. So, we moved on to Viking Bay where we had better materials to build with to protect us from the Rexes that hunt on the high slopes up by an old abandoned castle.” “It looks like that we both have something in common,” answers Major Powell. “We have the supplies and skilled men to get a more secure place to live constructed. You have the women and their primitive survival skill to work with the environment. Together, we can help rebuild a new civilization on this lifeboat for humanity.” “Then, we are all in agreement,” answers Captain Powell. “We combine our forces to work together for the good of us all.” “Let me find Mary and Lt. Jerry so we can go visit Viking’s Bay before it gets dark. You can use Daryl and Darlene to make the trip back there saving you from a walk through the jungle. Then, we can form a plan of action for rebuilding this world.” And, that becomes a basis for another story, the survival on Ragnarok.
  15. fanfiction Aberration, The Lost Ark

    Chapter 25 Extinction It is 0600 when Coronal Powell calls everybody together for an important meeting. “As you saw early yesterday evening, the remains of Aberration are now getting dangerously close to the Earth. This was confirmed yesterday when Rocky told me that The Keepers have warned him that we must get off the Earth in less then seven days or face possible extinction. I’m betting that it is going to be even less then that given all of the debris that is starting to drop out of orbit.” “On the tarmac at McChord AFB, there sits an Obelisk with a portal that Sargent Gulliver says is big enough for all of us to fit inside. I’m sending them back with Mayor and Sargent Pasenna to study how it works and where it will send us when we are forced to use it. In the meantime, Captain Powell and Lt. Jerry are going to assign details to start packing supplies on the two heavy transports we found yesterday and start shuttling those supplies down to the Obelisk.” “I’m having Joe work on those saddles for the young rock drakes so they are ready in case we need to use them to get out of here fast. Stay with your teams and your drake friends as you work on the tasks at hand. Have your radios on standby in case I need to order an early evacuation.” “Lets go get to work.” Mayor and Sargent Pasenna make the trip with Sargent Gullivar and crew to conduct the inspection of the portal in the Obelisk. “This is excellent,” Sargent Pasenna reports. “We only need to be inside with the door closed when we activate the portal to leave Earth.” “It looks like we have a choice of three locations on that Ark that we can go to. I’m going to recommend that we go to the tropical location. It has a nice large pad and plenty of flat sandy beach beyond. The redwood location looks too small besides being on a small island. There’s too many big trees close to the forest one.” “The Keepers are recommending the tropical location as well,” Mayor answers in return. “They are telling me that the area is the safest of the three locations.” “So, we are going to face the prospect of running into prehistoric creatures on that Ark?” ask Sargent Pasenna. “We most certainly will,” answers Mayor. “It will be much safer to start out there then Aberration was. There are plenty of resources in the area to get you started.” “Will we start out there naked with nothing but our wits?” ask Sargent Pasenna. “No,” answers Mayor. “You will have everything that you have on you and have placed in the portal when you activate it.” “Then, lets send Sargent Gullivar and Private Grobbal back to file our report, have them bring back your mate, our flight crew, and set up shop here to prepare this portal for our escape.” Reporting back to Coronal Powell, the arrangements are made with Margaret gliding back with Sargent Thomas and Ensign Eslander and Ensign Alvin hitching a ride on the first heavy transport. It arrives by noon and is quickly unloaded inside. “Bring tarps with you on the next trip,” orders Sargent Thomas. “We will need to protect this stuff from the weather until we can construct structures to store it in.” A brilliant light appears in the sky traveling from west to east. Then, it explodes into a brilliant shower of fragments followed by a loud sonic boom that shatters several windows in a nearby hanger on the air base. “There goes another chunk of Aberration,” comments Sargent Pasenna. With the second heavy transport, Coronal Powell comes out to check on the progress. “I have the tarps you requested,” reports Coronal Powell. “Excellent,” answers Sargent Thomas. “We can now cover this stuff to protect it from the weather.” “We’re going to be tight for space once we get all of our people and 22 adult rock drakes in here. I’m going to arrange the supplies so that our rock drake friends will stand over them. With Joe’s saddles, we can place two people on the kids. That should allow for enough space for Joe’s horses, the buckboard, and the goats. We’re going to have to leave the transport vehicle and the cattle behind. There is just no more room to do everything on one trip. The teleport won’t function once the pad is filled from our first transport. I don’t think that it is wise to split up our resources to the other Obelisk not knowing how far away they are from the tropical one.” “Joe will be disappointed,” answers Coronal Powell. “But, our survival comes first. You have done well to be able to squeeze as much into one trip as you have done so far.” Three muffled booms are heard in the distance as everybody goes outside to see what is going on. “It looks like something has crashed over in the Olympia Forest,” reports Sargent Pasenna as they observe the big black cloud of smoke rising into the sky from that direction. “Looks like there is another forest fire on the slope of Mt. Rainer,” reports Ensign Eslander as he sees smoke and flames in the distance from that direction. “We better get a goat pen ready nearby and move them here,” orders Coronal Powell. “This stuff that’s falling down around us is going to become a real issue soon.” That evening, a third of the troops have been moved over to the Obelisk from Hanger 18. “Good Job everyone,” Reports Coronal Powell. “We should be ready to leave by tomorrow evening. It is a strange following morning as a pale hazy sun tries to break through the heavy smoke in the sky. “Are we in danger of that fire in the Olympia Forest from reaching us?” ask Captain Powell. “No, answers Coronal Powell. “It’s across the bay. It must be a big one given all of the smoke that’s in the air.” “Lets get the next load of supplies over to the Obelisk and plan on staying there until we leave. By mid morning, the heavy transports have dropped off another load of supplies. They have just returned to Hanger 18 when the sky is lit up with a brilliant flash of moving flames. “Oh, oh,” warns Joe. “That is a big chunk coming down.” Everyone watches as the big chunk of alien structure hits, then explodes in a massive brilliant fireball on the upper slope of Mt. Rainier. “Emergency evacuation Now!” orders Coronal Powell as the extinct volcano starts erupting from the major impact. “Drop what you are doing and get over to the Obelisk on your assigned rock drakes. The Nasqually River is only six miles from here. That eruption could bury Ft. Lewis in a massive mudslide with end the hour.” Author note, the Nasqually River valley not only runs through the Ft. Lewis reservation, there is major evidence of such mudslides having occurred in the past when the glacier has been rapidly melted by past volcanic eruptions. The ground is now shaking from a major earthquake that has been set off by the impact. All the windows are blown out of every building on the base as the shock wave from the impact hits. The rock drakes gliding back to the Obelisk are forced to land temporarily until the shock wave clears. Joe, his wife, and two daughters have been forced to abandon the goat herd when the horses and goats bolt in panic and take off for parts unknown. Marlene and Danny glide to their rescue. “So close, we were so close,” cries Terrie. “If we try to round them up now, we risk getting caught in a mudslide,” warns Joe. Another fireball lights up the darkening sky way to the North. It causes another earthquake that splits the ground open at the edge of the air force base. “To the Rock Drakes,” orders Lt. Tylor as the lead transport is now hanging over the edge of the fissure. A howling wind starts blowing in from the West as pieces of loose debris and glowing embers from the now raging firestorm in the Olympia Forest start blowing by. “This is miserable,” warns Davy. “It’s getting extremely difficult for me to glide in this.” “Just run,” orders Lt. Tylor. “Glide only where you have to.” Reaching the Obelisk, everybody is getting crowded into position inside. “Where’s Eddie and David,” ask a worried Sargent Pasenna as he does a final head count. “I’ Don’t know,” answers a worried Judy. “David said they were going to make a quick visit to Eddie’s camp so he could pick up some personal items.” Suddenly the entire sky turns a glowing bright orange as a massive object, now clearly recognizable as the remains of the Aberration Ark goes skimming through the stratosphere. The ground is shaking from the massive shock wave that is now coming through the lower atmosphere as it flies by at an unbelievable speed. “When that thing hits, we will only have minutes before the fireball from the impact engulfs us.” warns Coronal Powell. “If they don’t show up soon, we may be forced to leave them behind.” “I don’t want to be without my David!” cries Judy in despair as a massive fireball starts growing on the eastern horizon. “Here they come,” reports a relieved Sargent Pasenna who closes the door as those two crash into the others, then hits the portal activation button. A glowing mesh, with the hum of alien machinery comes down from the ceiling to engulf everybody inside it. It is becoming difficult to stand in position as supplies start getting knocked all over the place from the shaking ground due to the ever increasing violence from the earthquakes outside. Then, all is quiet as everything goes white.