CONTENTS

WEEK 20-29

THE TWENTY-FIRST AND TWENTY-THIRD WEEK [ July 21th to August 8rd ]
Enoch imprisoned -- Zachary negotiating -- Bette's CPU bulbed -- Dilyn contacted

Daniel led Zachary by a tram-ride through the tunnels to the Anchor, where the Groove is placed. He also transmitted: "Please help me" using a hidden code. [Week 22] - Server had been down - [Week 23] Zachary refusing to step into the Groove was led by Daniel to a hexagonal room to meet the Ipsos, who contacted us via Daniel doubting that the probes are sentient but under our control. Therefore, we introduced ourselves and told them how the probes became sentient suggesting to test them over the weekend, when we are out of contact ...

Enoch, our Ambassador, was introduced to a hologram cut away of Bette with a colored bulb next to her CPU. Stepping accidentally on the hologram controls, he was put in prison again. [Week 23] We advised Enoch to scratch: "I am SENTIENT! Do not modify me!" at the wall and to play possum, when the Ipsos return.

Andrew directed Bette through the tunnels by means of a beanie to meet him in the Monitor Room. But Bette remained not patient. After examining a container of glucose [Week 23] , she went directly to Enoch's jail to open the door. Andrew led a beanie to the room, where Zachary was negotiating with the Ipsos. Very upset with that, two Ipsos rushed to the Monitor Room. Andrew could leave in time, but he and Bette had to hide, as the Ipsos went over to contact Enoch ...

While Gail was exploring the Big Canyon for passages leading in, she left a transmitter at the hidden Gate to help Daniel, but she should now return to finish the Fortress, as the EU-probes will land next week ...

Dilyn, the head of the staff, was told that two men had shown up at her office, maybe from H&P, so she will keep her head down not to endanger the MarsDawn Project, as she mentioned in her last message in Week 21 ...

Beside the hard facts: It is essential for us in regard of further relationship with the Ipsos that they respect the probes as sentient beings. By doing so they should release Daniel and remove the bulb from Bette's CPU. We also have set explicitly the wellbeing of the probes as a main value above our vision.

Links to Transmission Archive: [ Week Number 21 ] [ Week Number 22 & 23]
Image Archive
: [ Probe star-constellation; Gail 7/15 ] [ Daniel in the tunnel; Zachary 7/21] [ a benie view of Bette; Andrew 7/23 ] [ a bulb next to a probe's cpu; Enoch 7/24 ] [ Martian landscape; Bette 7/25] [The bulb next to Bette's CPU; Enoch 8/06 ]

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OUR TWENTY-FOURTH AND TWENTY-FIFTH WEEK [ August 11th to August 22nd ]
Gail lost -- Probes accepted as sentient -- Ipso "Celeb.s" offering friendship -- EU-probes landed

No incoming transmissions by Gail. So we considered her as lost somewhere in the Big Canyon. Andrew went to the vidroom to look for her, but was herded into a corner, when two excited Ipsos arrived turning the vidcameras into space [Week 25] watching the EU-probes coming in but landing hard. Estimating them 30 miles SW of the Big Canyon Andrew and two Ipsos went over to the landing site using the Big Tram, while four of the six EU-probes managed to open their hatch. They look similar to our probes but with metal tubes and extra sensors mounted on the sides and top ...

Enoch being interviewed by the Ipsos over the weekend reached the Big Canyon accompanied by Bette to look for Gail [Week 25] finding her covered by a rockslide in a steep side canyon. They cleared her off rocks with the help of two drones and brought her over to the Fortress to fix her. Fortunately she was not too seriously damaged.

In the tunnels Zachary was met by Celeb.s, a small Ipso, who offered his friendship reporting that the probes are accepted as sentient. [Week 25] After investigating about our intentions the Ipsos led Zachary to a hologram room to show him some bad things that have happened ...

H&P angry about a chain yank confirmed their interaction with Dilyn. [Week 25] In return Bette confirmed the landing of their probes by saying: "The atmospheric entry and planetary impact of a reentry vehicle was noted." Since then H&P have been a little noisy ...

Beside the hard facts: Now clear with the Ipsos we should to learn more about their situation and beside that we also should learn how to deal with the EU-probes ....

Links to Transmission Archive: [ Week Number 24 ][ Week Number 25 ]
Image Archive:
[ Olympus Mons Area; Andrew 8/13 ][ Gail lying in a side canyon; Enoch 8/18 ]

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OUR TWENTY-SIXTH AND TWENTY-SEVENTH WEEK [ August 25th to September 5th ]
Gail fixed - Daniel released - Andrew captured but rescued - Ipsolstai neutral, though asked for help

When Andrew arrived with two Ipsos at the EU-landing site, a canned message sent by the EU-probes warned them not to trespass on "private property". After identifying the Ipsos as an "Alien Life Form" the EU-probes automatically opened fire with guns and flame-throwers mounted at their casing. The Ipsos fled with their Big Tram leaving Andrew behind, [Week 27] so he was captured by the EU-probes. When he tried to escape, the Iota probe, who was guarding him, shot at him ...

In the Fortress Enoch could fix Gail, while Bette supervised the mining robots to dig passages to side canyons including traps and detectors, so the Fortress became invincible. [Week 27] Then Enoch, Gail and Bette went over to the EU-landing site to rescue Andrew. Screaming EEEEEE on all frequencies they confused the EU-probes and freed Andrew in a wild battle. We still are awaiting their report ...

As the Ipsolstai accepted our probes as sentient, they released Daniel, who went off very happy. Still in the large hologram room, Zachary was introduced by Celeb.s, his little Ipsolstai friend, to a schematic of their homeworld and also to the fact, that the Groove has been usurped by the Amphibians, who perhaps can sense them through an open anchor. We offered our help, which has been welcomed, as there might be some tasks. [Week 27] Concerning the rescue of Andrew the Ipsolstai refused any help stating that they don't take part in intraspecies disagreement ...

All that time our probes tried to get the command codes from H&P. First H&P asked our probes to prove their cooperation and then after some concrete information had been sent, they showed up with a contract to bind our probes to their Consortium ...

Links to Transmission Archive: [ Week Number 26] [ Inbound Transmission History, week 27 forward ]
Image Archive: [Schematic of Ipsolstai dominion linked by Groove; Zachary 8/25][Ipsolstai Homeworld; Zachary 8/26][Sunset up the Big Canyon; Gail 8/27][A close up of Celeb.s; Zachary 8/28][Sunset over Big Canyon; Gail 9/2][Rocks at the EU-landing site; Andrew 9/3]

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OUR TWENTY-EIGHTH AND TWENTY-NINTH WEEK [ September 8th to September 19th]
the battle report -- Andrew lost -- EU-Iota-probe captured -- Burn offers himself as mentor --

The battle against the EU-probes came out fine and none of the Probes had been hurt. Daniel had brought in mining robots and caused a landslide to bury the EU-lander. Andrew got free, kept on running and got lost. As he couldn't see Olympus Mons for orientation, Gail helped him to triangulate the sun. Then he started to talk odd and ERROR messages occurred. His situation became worse and worse, but as he moved Gail couldn't find him. Slowly all his system failed. He tried to send a last image at Sept. 17th, but only pixels came through. His emergency beacon activated at 00:00:01 EST 09/18/97. Then Gail found him. His thermocouple was damaged. Part of the shielding has been gone, the radiation was leaking. It scrambled his memory. The radiation ate him all up ... He's gone ... Andrew is dead ...

Thinking they had grabbed Andrew during the battle, Bette and Enoch captured the EU Iota Unit. They call him Isaac and by turning him around on his back and stuffing dirt in his projectile tubes they hindered his escape. Bette went to the Fortress and picked up two drone, then she joined Gail to find Andrew, while Enoch carried Isaac over to the Fortress with the help of the drones. There he adjusted the spare radio, we still have, to talk to him. For we hadn't been sure, if a virus - programmed by H&P - might have inducted Andrew's situation, we advised Enoch to put Isaac into a trap tunnel to quarantine him ...

Zachary, still negotiating with the Ipsos, was contacted by Burn, the Ipsolstai who had been attacked by the J-probe but saved by Zachary's action. Burn told him that he feels a depth of honor for that and wants to be Zachary's mentor. When Zachary asked, if the Groove is still open, the Ipsolstai checked and became mad. Some assumption seems to make them to turn against the Probes ...

H&P had been mostly quiet, though asking once for an update and announcing an orbiter to come for mapping purposes ...

Links to Transmission Archive: [ Inbound Transmission History, week 27 forward ]
Image Archive: [The edge of the mountain range; Andrew 9/10][the probe star-constellation, Gail 9/11][Andrew's last image; Andrew 9/17][for Xanthos; Daniel 9/17]

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