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An Aethion Expanded Multiverse Story Series
Cipher Chronicles Episode 5
Guest written by TakunuvaC01
Finished and edited by Takuta-Nui
Toa Zuruk was walking through the streets of the Promathus Forum when he noticed the smoke rising from up ahead.
On industrialized Promathus, it would not have been too unusual; but here, in peaceful BZ-Koro, it was an odd sight.
He quickly realized the smoke was coming from his destination. Alarmed, the white-and-sand-blue Toa of Ice broke into a run.
Zuruk had been carrying on negotiations with the representatives of leaders of major Industrial companies via Gadget for a few days. They supported the Olmak Merging Plan, but were unwilling to officially endorse it at this time. Things had been going well, however, until the representative of The Guild requested his personal presence.
And so he was going back to the planet he represented; to the Industrial Totem on the central island of BZ-Koro. It was located in the Promathus Forum, near the Hapori Tohu statue on the central island. All matters related to the planet Promathus were discussed in that forum.
Unfortunately, in BZ-Koro there was limited ground transportation, so he had to suffice with walking. He couldn't wait to get to Industrial, where at least he could enjoy the comfort of a taxi.
But it was from the Interplanetary Teleportation Hub holding that Totem where smoke was rising.
Zuruk quickly reached the ITH. The building had been ripped open by high-yield explosives. A team of emergency response robots was putting out fires and clearing away debris.
Before he could look around any further, he was greeted by an anxious Skrall named Ultarius, who was the commander of security at the ITH.
"Toa Zuruk! The Olmak Totem has been stolen!" Ultarius shouted.
Zuruk sighed. I was afraid of that. Why else would anyone attack an ITH?
Before he could say anything in response to Ultarius, Zuruk's Gadget beeped. He raised a hand apologetically and activated it.
It was Toa Hanashi. She looked tired.
"Zuruk - we just received a report that the Promathus Totem has been stolen. Have you reached the ITH yet?" she asked.
"I have," Zuruk said. "Gadget, perform a slow spin." With that command, the Gadget began a slow rotation, allowing Hanashi to see the devastation of the ITH.
When the panoramic display was complete, Hanashi frowned.
"The Alarist Ambassadorial Government has received a voice-only message from someone claiming to represent the Alarist Underground, claiming responsibility for this attack," she said.
"The local crime syndicate? Do they have the resources to pull this off?" questioned Zuruk.
"They do," Hanashi said. "In the last few months, there have been more and more thefts in BZ-Koro. I did a story on it when it started."
Zuruk nodded. "I was on Enigma at that time, of course. But why would they want the Olmak Totem? Do they have an agenda, or are they just trying to cause trouble?" He had never thought much about the crime ring before. He remembered that Okotenga, CEO of Miscellaneous Enterprises and his boss, had once complained they were losing profits due to thefts by the crime ring on Alarist, but it hadn't been his job to worry about that.
It wasn't my job to worry about anything back then, other than Gadget updates. How glad I am things have changed...
"We don't know their agenda - the identity and goals of their mysterious leader are totally unknown. But in this case, they told us what they wanted," Hanashi responded.
Zuruk was confused. "And? What is it?"
Hanashi hesitated. "They want the AAG's money stamping secret," she responded.
Zuruk's eyes widened. "They have to know the AAG would never give it up. Not even for an Olmak Totem." If he was the AAG, he would have licensed the secret out to high-paying parties long ago to maximize profit. That's what Experimental Industries had done with the Cargo Stars. And how simpler would this be if it was Promathus that had invented the secret... we would give it to them and get back the totem, problem solved.
Hanashi nodded. "You're right - they won't negotiate. So, here's your first mission as second-in-command of Team Cipher. Get to the bottom of this. The AAG won't negotiate. The crime syndicate claims to have hidden the Olmak Totem where we will never find it - never even think to look. Your job is to try and prove them wrong. We need to find the Totem."
Zuruk nodded. "I'll do my best," he promised. "Any other news?"
"Nothing really new," Hanashi responded. "Artakha and Karzahni have had no luck curing the ghosting of Bajnok and Ekinodus, and neither have any of the other scientists who've studied it. They say it is probably completely impossible, unless they can figure out what powers were used. Barrawahi is still on the brink of a civil war. Negotiations are beginning between the AAG and Tanuuk over the release of the Royal Steward and Lady Sulmiris. No new Agent sightings."
Zuruk nodded again, and Hanashi closed the channel.
The Toa of Ice sighed, turned and stared at the devastated ITH. How to begin...
Edited by TakunuvaC01, May 15 2012 - 06:45 PM.