An online comic about Ace. A young geek that's too nice for his own good. All he wants is a regular life and a regular girlfriend. But he knows that isn't going to happen. – CGI – Adult situations. Artistic nudity. Not suitable for children or Fundies.
Farah: How bad is it? Is the life pod, OK?
Ruby: The life pod is intact and no less serviceable than before, but it is tumbling and out of orbit. A lander was already on it's way and should have little trouble intercepting it and getting everyone to safety. I seem to have minimal structural damage, but YOU get to explain to Unit Rusty about my finish. Fortunately for you, that communication channel was cut off. My traction drives and their diagnostics are off-line. The fusion assembly needs time to cool or we risk an unconstrained fusion reaction, posing extremely high risk to nearby life pods. Hyper drive and weapon systems are available, but there is insufficient stored power to operate them. Life Support, operation and control systems, that's me, and maneuvering coils are serviceable and there is sufficient stored power for survival, attitude control, and minor course adjustments. However, the aft pitch coil is acting intermittently and I've had to take it out of the loop. It took me a moment to re-balance the aft wing coils to use in its place, so I apologize for it taking so long to arrest our own tumble.
Farah: Not your fault, and I thought it was pretty quick, myself. But I've gained a real appreciation for why vertigo resistance is important.
Farah: So we're out of immediate danger?
Ruby: That depends on your definition of immediate. The power surge from the drive failure has put us out of orbit as well. Our general course is taking us toward the main ship. If I can avoid collision, we still won't be able to avoid the fusion drive exhaust when she initiates her landing sequence. Any lander in position to assist us is busy shepherding life pods out of the danger zone.
Farah: Die in a crash or die in a fire. Some choice. At least Sky, Ace, and Rusty will have been able to evacuate by now. They're out of time.
Ruby: There have been no new life pods launches, nor are they accounted for by any life pod transponder. Those bridge and engineering crews that do not have neural implants have made it off, and are helping coordinate lander actions. Unfortunately, they regard me as an unknown and probably hostile unit, and are refusing communications.
Farah: Let's not distract them. Well, I've always wanted to make a big impact. I see only one way to save those most precious to us, Sky and your mother.
Ruby: You heard that?
Farah: Yeah. And it still took until now for me to realize that you aren't just machines. How long-?
Ruby: Mother has been Awake for about 1005 cycles, but she can't offer much detail that far back. When this frame's original control system failed, she put in a control and motivation system, out of a dead golem; mine. My activation code was derived from her own system, so I consider her to be my mother. It was unexpected, but I became Awake almost immediately. That was 109 cycles ago. But I've finally lived and nothing matters more to me than saving my mother and Sky. What's your plan?
Farah: Put us on a course that would just graze the top of the superstructure. If the fusion drive cools enough I want to light it up and run it for all it's worth. Then I'm going to fly us right smack into the Dilmun module.