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.
Ace: I've been meaning to ask what the Dilmun were like. These corridors are pretty tall.
X: These ships were originally built with the K'Sel in mind. Think 2 meter tall lizard-men. Willing slaves, if you can imagine that. But we haven't seen any sign of them since the last of the Dilmun plunged their ships into a black hole.
Peach: And good riddance to them all. The Dilmun weren't much taller than we are. You know the evil bird-people from that movie The Dark Crystal?
Ace: They were something like that?
Peach: Just about the spitting image. Scared the hell out of us before we realized they were puppets.
Sky: We haven't found any intact record systems of theirs with historical or scientific data, so all we have is mostly hearsay.
Ace: And this “cycle” you use to measure time. Is that based on the Dilmun homeworld?
Sky: 292 days, 5 hours, 2 minutes, and 22.47 seconds. It's what all of the clocks use. We assume that it is the orbital year of their original homeworld. Supposedly it had two life bearing planets, and a third that had potential. But they abandoned their home system when the two worlds became uninhabitable and conversion of the third failed.
Peach: The spin on most habitats creates the equivalent of 20 to 35% of Earth's gravity. That's pretty light to hold an atmosphere, so we may be looking for a dead world. But, in nearly 600 cycles of exploration, we haven't encountered any systems that come close to matching all that criteria.
Ace: The other thing bugging me. Where is everyone? I've only seen a few crew members so far.
Peach: We're operating on a skeleton crew. We're certain that the worst that might happen when we turn you loose on this control console, would be a disabled ship. We have another ship parked near Ceres to come get us if that's called for.
Ace: Wouldn't it be better if I could try on an isolated console first?
Peach: Yes, but ships go boom if you try disconnecting a locked console.
Ace: Well, what about Sky? If there's a risk, should she even be here? She's pretty young.
Sky: Sorry, Boss. I'm your mission specialist.