Title: Terrarium Dome
Description: What is life, without plants?
Bern - April 16, 2009 06:47 PM (GMT)
The Terrarium Dome is a large building, which contains an assortment of plants and insects to boot. From the door to the Elephant Stage, the path leads along to the door leading out to the Lakeside Area. Along the way, one will come across the giant Rafflesia flower, which lives as more of a parasite and attracts flies with it's rotten meat smell.
Just across from the door to the Elephant Stage, a set of steps leads up to the upper level of the dome. Along this path, you will come across a bridge, although to cross it, you must jump up to the second section of it, as it is higher than the first section. Around from this bridge, a set of steps leads down to the door to the Lakeside Area. Just to the left of the door to the Lakeside Area, an area surrounded by large wooden fencing has been set aside to house plants that require special conditions to grow.
Throughout the dome, three computer panels can be found. Each panel has a button on it, which lights up one of the lights on each of the three panels... What might happen when all lights are lit?
Arnie - January 24, 2012 05:13 PM (GMT)
Max shuts the door behind him, presumably safe from the crows for at least a short amount of time, and takes in his surroundings, he didnt plan on staying long however, so he quickly looked around for anything that might be reference to the missing Mr Raccoon Medal.
Enter Area 10AP
Bern - January 24, 2012 05:24 PM (GMT)
As Max enters, he can hear the loud hum of bees or wasps nearby. By the sounds of it, there are quite a few.
Straight ahead is a set of steps leading to the upper section of the dome's interior. To his right is the start of the path leading through the lower section.
Arnie - January 24, 2012 05:31 PM (GMT)
"Fuck this... i'd rather take my chances with the crows!"
He'd come back later if he had a chance, but it looked like far too big of a detour, considering he was leaving a 15 year old with an overly aggressive elephant.
Exit Area 10AP
Bern - January 24, 2012 05:44 PM (GMT)
Max has left the Terrarium Dome towards the Elephant Stage
Arnie - January 26, 2012 09:39 AM (GMT)
Ah the precious Dome, free from elephants and crows! With all these plants, the lighter he had might come in handy Max thought, whilst trying to avoid a flashback...
"so... i hope you like plants"
Enter Area 10AP
Bern - January 26, 2012 09:43 AM (GMT)
Entering, Jen immediately clings to Max's side as she hears the loud hum of those bees.
"I hate them!"
Arnie - January 26, 2012 11:00 AM (GMT)
"well, i guess we'll get out of here as quick as we can...we can either go straight ahead, or do you want to head up top and work our way down?"
Max eyes the stairs as he waits for Jen to answer, he didnt want to scare Jen off and have to go around searching for her...
(Do I know about the computer panels?)
Bern - January 26, 2012 03:27 PM (GMT)
Jen peeks around the corner to the right for all of a moment before quickly rushing back over to Max's side.
"U-upstairs! The bees are down here, sir! Lots of them!"
(I'll point out when you see one.)
Arnie - January 26, 2012 03:49 PM (GMT)
(ok cool- btw i hope this doesnt turn into this http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-1GadTfGFvU)
Unfortunately bees could not get shot, and shooting was what Max done best. Heading upstairs with Jen, he hoped there would at least be something that wasnt a crazy animal wanting to kill them.
Bern - January 26, 2012 04:44 PM (GMT)
Heading up to the top of the steps, Max and Jen find themselves in the upper section. To their immediate right is a small wooden platform hanging over the lower sectio, with a rather heavy looking crate on it. There are railings on either side of the platform, though there isn't one at the other end.
There is also a path ahead which leads off to the right towards the bridge. Just at the start of this path, Max can see a computer panel. It has three lights, though only two are lit. There appears to be a switch on the panel. Further along the path beyond the panel, Max can see a rather lively looking vine poking out from a bush by the path, wriggling around...
Arnie - January 26, 2012 04:56 PM (GMT)
"Jen you wanna check out that computer panel?"
Looking over the edge, Max investigates the platform hanging over the lower section, maybe he could push the crate down for a speedy escape to the lower section if needed be.
Bern - January 26, 2012 05:25 PM (GMT)
Jen heads over to the panel and flicks the switch, turning the third light on, though nothing seems to happen.
Checking out the platform, Max finds that the lower section is too far below for it to be used as a speedy escape. Below the end of this platform, down in the lower section, is a giant red flower. The bees seems to swarm around over it and its foul stench can be smelled even from up here.
Behind the flower is a similar platform to this, jutting out into a small canal that runs through some of the dome. There appears to be another computer panel at the end of this platform, though it wouldn't be accessible at present with that flower blocking the way.
Arnie - January 26, 2012 05:41 PM (GMT)
Hmm, perhaps pushing the crate off would hit the plant? It might piss off the bees, but it'd probably be worth it in the long run. Max shouts for Jen as he starts pushing.
Bern - January 26, 2012 06:09 PM (GMT)
Jen marches on over at Max's call and even helps him push the crate off the edge of the platform. The crate falls down below, landing atop the giant flower and squashing it. It does seem to irritate the bees, who begin to buzz around in a wider radius than they previously had been.
Arnie - January 26, 2012 06:26 PM (GMT)
"Well i guess that takes care of one of the things out to make our day a little worse..."
Max dusts his hands and pats Jen on the back, after the day theyd had, a little bit of recognition wouldnt hurt.
Walking over to the control panel, Max notices all of the lights are on, maybe they needed to all be of he guessed, or something far away happened that they didnt notice.
"Theres another one of these panels at the very bottom, should head onwards and come to it last?"
Bern - January 26, 2012 06:29 PM (GMT)
"With those... Those bees down there, I wouldn't mind that!"
Jen says, peering off over the edge of the platform with a look of fear evident in her eyes.
Arnie - January 26, 2012 06:40 PM (GMT)
"yeah they dont look too friendly at all..."
before setting off towards the bridge, Max has a look around for anything useful in the besides the computer panel.
Search For Items 10AP
Bern - January 26, 2012 07:16 PM (GMT)
Looking around, Max finds nothing in the nearby vicinity. Jen begins to run ahead, though she doesn't get far.
The vine creeping out of the bush just ahead wraps itself around her ankle as she passes by, tripping her up. (Jen -3). It begins to tighten its grip and attempts to drag her in, though she struggles against it.
Arnie - January 26, 2012 07:20 PM (GMT)
Running down after Jen Max attempts to grab her hand as she is dragged along the floor. Taking her knife he gave to her a while back, Max begins hacking at the vine.
(if i cant take her knife, i guess il just stamp on the vine)
Melee x2 3AP
Bern - January 26, 2012 07:53 PM (GMT)
Max takes the knife, and slices at the vine. It proves too thick to chop clean through, though the slice does seem to dampen the living vine's spirits, causing it to release its grip and retract back into the bush.
Max has gained: Butcher Knife (+1 Power) Melee
Arnie - January 26, 2012 07:58 PM (GMT)
"Take that nature!" Max shouts, it wasnt exactly napalm, but felt like a victory nomatter how small.
"i guess il keep a hold of this then" Max smiles, helping Jen to her feet.
Max checks the nearby area for anything else planning on popping out on them
Search for Danger 10AP
Bern - January 26, 2012 10:47 PM (GMT)
Looking around, Max can see no other sneaky vines nearby. He does notice that a few of the bees are now buzzing around nearby, however...
Arnie - January 27, 2012 08:39 AM (GMT)
Giving his knife back to Jen, Max takes Jen's hand leads the way with haste, not wanting to aggravate the bees by outstaying his welcome. As much of an ice shot he is, Bees are sort of hard to shoot at.
Bern - January 27, 2012 09:44 AM (GMT)
Heading along, Max and Jen make their way for the nearby bridge over to the other half of the upper section of the dome.
Getting there, they can see that a section of the middle of the bridge has collapsed. It had likely been a set of steps, as the other end of the bridge is somewhat higher up. It'd be a dangerous jump, considering the height, though it'd be necessary to get to the other side.
Arnie - January 27, 2012 10:09 AM (GMT)
"... i havent jumped in over 6 years!"
Max caught a glimpse of jumping to an evac chopper back in the day... for forced it to the back of his mind.
"i guess i'll go first, if i can make it, im sure you can!"
Tucking his gun into his back of pants to free up both of his hands, Max walks back slightly to get a bit of a run up and makes a dive that resembled a seal flopping up onto land- not the most athletic of jumps to say the least
Bern - January 27, 2012 10:55 AM (GMT)
Max manages to make the jump barely, his upper body sprawled across the bridge and his legs dangling down the gap below. He'd be able to easily pull himself along and get to his feet.
Jen moves closer to the edge and peers down the gap, gulping at the sight of how much of a fall down below it was. She backs off and waits for Max to clear out of the way.
Arnie - January 27, 2012 11:11 AM (GMT)
Climbing up, Max backs off a little, but anticipates Jen struggling. Ready to spring into action if Jen slips up. Max Takes a moment to look around whilst he waits.
"when you're ready"
Bern - January 27, 2012 11:17 AM (GMT)
Glancing around, Max can see that the section of the bridge he was on now leads to a short rounded path which would bring him to a set of steps leading down to the other end of the dome.
Jen braces herself by taking a deep breath, before running forward and leaping to the higher section of the bridge. She fails to make it the full way however, and ends up grasping the edge of it with her hands desperately as he hangs helplessly above the lower floor below.
"H-help me, please."
Arnie - January 27, 2012 11:28 AM (GMT)
"I've gotcha!" Max shouts springing into action, as much as a near 70 year old man can spring. Grabbing Jen with both hands, he begins hoisting her up, providing a base for her to begin climbing.
Get to Feet 4AP
Bern - January 27, 2012 11:30 AM (GMT)
Max manages to help Jen up to safety, with the girl offering a thankful nod.
Max has gained 5 Bond with Jen
Arnie - January 27, 2012 11:43 AM (GMT)
Smiling, Max quickly remembers there situation was nothing to smile about, taking his handgun out of his pocket once more, he pressed on with Jen towards the steps
Bern - January 27, 2012 12:16 PM (GMT)
Getting to the bottom of the steps with Jen, Max can see a sliding door just ahead, leading out to the Lakeside Area outside this end of the dome. To his left is the lower floor path leading back to side of the dome he had entered from. Also to the left is an opening to a small fenced off area where exotic plants can be seen.
Arnie - January 27, 2012 12:21 PM (GMT)
Max decides to walk left slightly, although only to see if there are any more computer panels near
Bern - January 27, 2012 01:34 PM (GMT)
Stepping towards the path and subsequently the opening of the fenced off area, Max can see a third computer panel in amongst the exotic plants. Just like the other panel upstairs had been like, only two of the three lights on it are lit.
Several of the bees begin to buzz around Max and Jen...
Arnie - January 27, 2012 05:48 PM (GMT)
Max pushes Jen back to where they previously were, in a less densely populated bee area.
"shout if you need anything!" Max shouts
"and if i dont come back... tell them i died fighting the elephant, thats way better..."
Max wished he wore more clothing...
It was time to wade into nature, just like in vietnam. Claymores and booby traps all around the area, Max had no idea where the enemy may come out next. With his gun clenched firmly in his hand, Max made a bee line (no pun intended) for the control panel. The wildlife seemed to move around him, almost masking enemy activated in its tropical cloak. Max rolled forwards as he drew nearer the panel, seemingly putting his doubts to the back of his mind, the only goal of his was to make it to that panel, and back to Jen in less than 2 pieces.
-Flashback- (Man needs his wits when navigating the jungle)
Bern - January 27, 2012 06:05 PM (GMT)
Max makes his way over to the panel, succumbing once more to illusion. A few of the bees attempt to sting at him, though his roll gets him out of the way in time.
Making it to the panel, Max finds there to be a switch on it much like there had been on the first one.
Max: 86/100 (Flashback)
Arnie - January 27, 2012 06:47 PM (GMT)
Hitting the switch, Max turns sharply back the way he came.
"charlie in the treeline!" Max hurdles something that isnt there as makes a break for the safety, sprinting and rolling once more back to where Jen is.
Seemingly forgetting his age, Max sloppily recovers from his roll, ignoring what just happened and trying not to look at Jen as whatever dignity he had managed to keep through this ordeal slipped through the window.
Bern - January 27, 2012 06:51 PM (GMT)
Flicking the switch, all three lights on that panel are now lit. Max makes his way back to Jen, once again managing to avoid the furious sting of a number of angry bees.
Nothing seems to happen just yet, as a result of the switch flicking, though there was of course the other panel by the now crushed giant flower back near the other end of the dome.
Max: 86/100 (Flashback)
Arnie - January 27, 2012 06:58 PM (GMT)
Slowly recovering to his feet, Max shakes his head a bit as if to jump start a normal mode of thinking again.
"did you see that? this old man has still got the moves! hehe..."
Avoiding further conversation about an old man's moves, Max strokes his beard before talking to Jen.
"just the last switch to go then... the lower section right?"
Max rotated his arms as if working them after being stiff as he waited for Jen