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Aristeia! Story

Discussion in 'News' started by HarlequinOfDeath, Jul 23, 2020.

  1. HarlequinOfDeath

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    A while ago I started a little story in the Human Sphere with some Aristeia! in it... though English isn't my mothertongue I tried to translate it and hope it doesn't sound weird. ;) I maybe need to read some of the roleplaying books to get more deep into the background but hey... at some point you need to start I guess. ;D

    Here comes the first part:

    REAL DEATH

    ***

    It would be a home game. But not for her. Someone else was the star in the HexaDome of the Tunguska Arena today. And herself? She was getting tired of going into the arena again and again.

    Because the HexaDome was a perversion or maybe just an expression of the perversion of the masses.

    Decades ago, after the silk had been discovered and made usable by the Haqqislam Nation and therefore people were able to map their consciousness and memories, their entire identity, in cubes and thus secure them, human life no longer meant much, or at least the life of the body that the cube was connected to.

    Because even if the body dies, the person who has a cube does not die. The Cube can easily be used in a new body. The only question is whether you can afford this transfer and which new body the budget gave: a cheap normal artificial body, a standard LHost, or even one with expensive physical upgrades. The really rich, on the other hand, usually use their own optimized clones.

    Immortality has its price. And not always just one that you could pay with credits. Psychological disorders due to long age or experiences with the previous body dying bring with them their own problems.

    Real death, on the other hand, if the cube was damaged or even destroyed when the body died, was less common. Accordingly, such a case was strictly prosecuted and severely punished. In some systems of the Human Sphere, this even means the death penalty.

    In the Hexadome, this concept has now being pushed to the extreme and the technically feasible has been exhausted. When someone dies in the arena - and the participant can afford it - the cube is immediately extracted and implanted in a new body. With some adjustment difficulties and possible trauma from the death that occurred just a few moments ago, you are immediately ready for action again and can continue to participate and... die over and over again.

    This brought with it its own problems and quite a few of these athletes were dependent on drugs, gambling or extreme consumption and are most often narcissists.

    In the past, Aristeia!, this so-called sport, was only carried out in the HexaDome by robots and so-called recreations, artificially created people. But the audience quota fell after a while and Vissiorama, an entertainment corporation owning the biggest media network in the Human Sphere and former sponsor of Aristeia!, decided to let real people into the HexaDome to keep the crowd happy.

    Since then, Aristeia! has forced many other popular sporting events, especially in the esports area, such as the virtual Laser League, to rethink and use people, and has led to a boom in bloody events with real people, such as a battle royale.

    But all of these events couldn't keep up with Aristeia!.

    There was no media channel in the Human Sphere without a show on Aristeia!. Plus live streams from various arenas, Aristos social media channels and merchandise for trillions of credits.

    The top league of the whole was the Prime League with the top stars of the sport.

    And at the top she sits in state, the woman who would shape and dominate this evening again: hEXx3r. A Nomad hacker, always masked and mostly wrapped in red robes. Nobody knew what she really looked like. This mysterious appearance coupled with her spectacular manipulations of the HexaDome had made her one of the most popular Aristos. And that had let her survive her shameless provocations against Aristeia's biggest sponsors.

    hEXx3r's head tilted slightly in her direction and the illuminated single eye of hEXx3r's characteristic white mask flashed briefly: "Well, little one? What is bothering you again?"

    "Oh, nothing ..." she replied.

    "You should concentrate, little one. Two more minutes," hEXx3r reminded her, then added, "We can talk about it afterwards. But I would hate to lose today and in my arena."

    This she said so firmly and emphasized that it was her arena here on the Nomads generation ship Tunguska that she did not want to disappoint hEXx3r. She was a star herself and her fans expected a lot from her, after all, it was only three weeks until the end of the season and half a dozen Aristos were almost on point on the road to the victory and the Bahadur title.

    She brushed her thoughts aside and stretched again. Her eyes fell on a young girl in the opposing team. Her name was Laura if she could remember correctly. In the HexaDome, however, she called herself Storm. She was confused because the girl seemed very nervous, even kind of scared. This was actually very unusual in the Prime League, since only the professionals participated and had already gone through a lot. In addition, nobody died in the big official leagues, which took great care to ensure that there were no real deaths. Not so in the underground leagues. Someone died there almost every day.

    The only difficulties for the professionals were the stress, the physical pain and the death experiences that Aristos inevitably suffered in the HexaDome. And she also - as she told herself - took "medication" against it.

    The noise from the arena grew louder. Today a large number of spectators, almost all Nomads, were actually physically present to see their star. Usually they were only projected onto the seats using holograms, but the tickets for today's event were sold out within 1.5 seconds. It was also a political statement. Everyone was aware of that. The Nomads Nation stood closed after the Wotan jump gate affair.

    "Ten!" it popped out of the speakers and she was torn out of her thoughts again. For the next few minutes, only the sport was in the foreground. The crowd counted down the countdown over the commentator's voice.

    Then their team's platform rose and the cheers of the crowd grew louder when they saw Hexxer and cheered for the team.

    Her team was her mentor, hEXx3r, the legendary Bahadur Final Boss, another Nomad, a robot called Mecha-1, and herself, who was known in Aristeia as Gata.

    Their opponents were the legendary Wild Bill, 8-Ball, Maximus and the newcomer Storm.
     
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    This first part is promising. If you don't mind, let me comment:
    • The name of the show is "Aristeia!". I know that "!" is a problem, but the correct name must include it.
    • hEXx3r, not Hexxer.
    • ALEPH did not decide about humans in Aristeia! It was Vissiorama's decision. Though ALEPH could have been behind... Who knows?
    • "Usually they were only projected onto the seats using holograms, but the tickets for today's event were sold out within 1.5 seconds". Love it.
    • "And she also - as she told herself - took "medication" against it". The famous Pain Suppressants. :wink:
    :smiley: Waiting for the second part!

    Thx!
    :wink:
     
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    One day we'll talk about the main plot of the Core Box... :thinking_face:
     
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    Thank you very much for your positive feedback. :)

    Writing the second part and describing combat will be a challenge to me.

    I changed the names to be correct and the part about Vissiorama/ALEPH. And sure, ALEPH always pulls the strings (saying this as a Nomads player ;)).

    What did you mean here?

    Now I'm curious. :D And would be nice to see a manga/graphic novel from CB in the far future with a story in based around Aristeia!.
     
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    You catch me editing my post. I just added "The famous Pain Suppressants"
    Yes, sure it would! :smiley:
     
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    I'll be more than happy with simply an standalone manga of Gata drawn by Kenny Ruiz. A man can dream!
     
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    Hi @HarlequinOfDeath,

    I read this morning into my bus from home work. That's really cool and immersive. I liked the way you settled the story with "her" point of view (discovering only at the end who "she" is) ! :tada:
    And those teams, whooo, I like it and wonder how this match will end (they have 8ball on the other side, who is a Nomad also lol, so is this a fight between Tungunska and Bakunin hidden behind? meanwhile there is Final boss on HeXx3r side... :thinking_face: )

    Go ahead, I found you really at ease describing and writing this story. :facepunch::flag-de:
    Thank you for that advertisement. :clap:

    And I would love also a manga/comic book in Aristeia! universe :innocent: (exclusive Ko Dali miniature from Betrayal resembles a bit to Parvati, doesn't she?)
     
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    Thought about changing him to Major LUNAH since I got a cool idea for her. But I need that stuff later. ;D
     
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    The story goes on. Thanks to @Jonah for the proofreading:


    "3 ... 2 ... 1 ... Aristeia!"

    As soon as the countdown was over, the first shots hit a billboard next to her. The arena AI had already calculated this in advance and displayed an advert for Wild Bill's casino chain and captured it with the numerous and nimble micro-drones the size of flies that were buzzing around the arena at the right time and equipped with high-performance optics.

    Gata instinctively sought cover, but she lost sight of the opposing team as a result.

    Her subconscious sounded the alarm. She quickly thought about what was strange to her and it took a few seconds before she realized:

    The gravity in the arena had been reduced, because usually Wild Bill's revolvers didn't have that long a range. She only knew such situations from earlier fights on Corregidor, where many Aristos with excellent Zero G training took part in corresponding competitions that were regularly held in their HexaDome.

    She looked at her teammates, who had also taken cover. And they too seemed to have noticed that something was wrong here. Or was that another crazy idea from the show masters?

    hEXx3r switched the fastest and gave Mecha-1 appropriate instructions. If the enemy took advantage of the changed conditions, well, so could they.

    Mecha-1 was an old war robot that had long since been retired thanks to the ALEPH creations. His specialty was therefore a bit outdated and not particularly subtle: transforming into a stationary Gatling gun that let a devastating and continuous hail of fire rattle down on the enemy. With reduced gravity and thus increased range, this was of course an unpredictable quantity.

    However, he would need time to get into a good shooting position.

    "Darling, you have to give Bill a little lesson and I'll give you the necessary distraction," hEXx3r called out to her. "On my command."

    Gata understood and knew that it was up to her now.

    Immediately in the moment as hEXx3r shouted "Now!", she sprinted off. She only saw out of the corner of her eye how an ever faster energetic vortex began to form around the Nomad hacker and heralded her ultimate ability. She was gradually lifted up by the suspension of gravity around her, stripes on her jumpsuit, together with the only visible slit of her characteristic white mask, began to shine as bright as sunlight and emphasized her flawless body even more. And suddenly, at the apparent zenith of the charge, a red nova escaped from it, bathing the arena's hex fields in an equally red light.

    And no matter how often Gata had seen this effect, it was always an impressive spectacle, designed by the best hologram artists in the human sphere.

    The result of this effect was visually impressive and meant that hEXx3r temporarily took over control of all the mechanisms that controlled the HexaDome. Because every field had a hydraulic system to move it, optics for visual special effects, strong magnets and much more; and all of this could therefore also be hacked. And that's exactly what hEXx3r had done.

    The HexaDome now obeyed the Nomad witch.

    Shortly afterwards, the mechanics began to move under the feet of their opponents and briefly shook Wild Bill and Storm. Only Maximus and 8-Ball were able to maintain their balance. However, despite all resistance, they were all moved to other places in the HexaDome.

    Then everything happened at the same time:

    Final Boss gave Gata cover fire as she ran from cover to cover, waiting for the enemy to react. She saw Maximus throw himself in front of Storm to protect her from the fire with his huge shield while 8-Ball tried to get at hEXx3r.

    Wild Bill, on the other hand, assessed the situation and realized almost too late who Gata was targeting. In what seemed to be the last moment he realized that he was her target, pulled out his second revolver, let both swirl around impressively in his hands and discharged the entire chambers of both firearms in Gata's direction.

    But that was what Gata had expected. She let herself fall and slide the last few meters in his direction on the ground, but not without first having administered herself special neuroblockers via a small switch on her wrist, in case she should be hit.

    But everything went well and when she got there, she sprinkled a blinding powder on his face and hit him in the back with a painful but not dangerous blow with her artificial cat's tail, only to scurry away from him.
     
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    That's completely wonderful !

    Thank you mate
     
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