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The pod sealed with a slight pop/hiss. The screen was a white wall with the words "Insert Disk" emblazoned across it. After settling comfortably into the seat Jaired drew out his disk and dropped it into the slot. Whirring softly the data cartrige slipped into the reciever and the screen muted itself. Moments later panels started to light up as the controls started to manifest themselves. A new message floated on the screen "control check, please". Jaired ignored it, choosing to concentrate instead on the panels. Stisfied, he pressed the button marked 'clear' on the central console where the game radar would be.

His names popped onto the screen: Jaired - Clear. Following that Chiisai - clear, Auzzie - Clear, Clipper - Clear, SpaceC - Clear. Five opponents..might be easy, might not.

After all of the players registered as on-line the screen changed again, this time showing the interior of a Mecha Bay (#3). In front of him a slim female in overalls was directing him toward the bay exit and the entry tunnel for the arena.

Slowly Jaired moved his mech toward the doors, as he approached they opened, in the distance he could see red hills..'so it was to be the Blood Plains today', he thought, advantedge to me. He started to accelerate, one hand over the electronic panel, ready to activate his primary systems the moment he exited.

Halfway down the tunnel the screen Twisted and went blank. 'Wha???' "Warning: Sensors Off-Line" "Warning: Power Core Unstable" "Warning: Navigation Off-Line" "Warn - ". The computers voice cut out.

 

The Labyrinth
A (Psychopatic) Virtual Mekton Arena

Take a classic labyrinth, give it to MC Escher. Hand it toGiger, and ask DeSade to populate it. The sky is an angry bloody soot color, the walls are of ancient steel with some sort of vine growth on it. There are (here anyways) three exposed levels leading lord knows where. There are mech-sized stairwells leading up to landings to access those tunnels. Panels are scattered here and there along the wall, some frozen open, others vined shut. A low rumble can be felt, what it was coming from was anyones guess. For a more detailed description, see the short history on the Sidebar.

The Labyrinth is not a Standard Arena. It shows up at random, usually only when experts or better are playing, but it has been known to pull in the odd group of novices. The labyrinths physical description is very close to the "dianetics" commercial(also see above), the layout of this is up to the GM, but remember: this has three levels, each of which is mostly open to the others. There is only one way out: the central anomaly. The central anamoly will allow ONE mech - the first one to reach it - out of the labyrinth and onto victory. The others will fight it out for second place as the only Survivor of those that came in. There is no third place.

Whoever built this didn't want to make it easy, there are many traps and denzeins. And you cant fly higher than 3 hexes (nope, can't see over the top to get a free layout)

Now, the traps in this are of varying types: the Claws (do 1k damage REGARDLESS of protection,) which pop out of the walls (roll init for first shot) and can only take 1k damage before they are rendered harmless, the Lava Pits (2k damage(cumulative), incendiary) make wonderful places to drop an opponent. The Energy Grids (3k beam disruptor, 1kill to the doorframe blows them offline)which are usually hidden in doors).

Floor Spikes (3k AP melee, 2kills to blow apart). Lightning strikes hit spikes on the top of the walls every now-and-then, but will hit any mech on the third level as well (5k, shock added)(15+1d10 to hit). Some walls collapse (4k, entangle, dodge only way to avoid), some doors are pulled from Star-Wars: they are instantly open, then instantly closed(4k, bv2, 5kills to destroy).

The drones vary, but a typical one will be slightly less powerful than the weakest mech (1kill less than the weakests frame and armor) with enough fire power to cause 1-3 kills to the intruding VMs. shapes vary, as no one (NO ONE) has ever found the Drone Foundry or explored the entirety of the maze. The drones will attack at random in singles or in pairs, or when a VM gets careless and doesn't pay attention to the envrionment (this means the players themselves, no "I stay at amximum alertness until this match is over" statements from them). The feel of the evironment is Death At The End Of The World. The maze is slightly decayed, as are its inhabitants. Quiet, desperate music is piped into the pods, underlying the PCs choice of music (doesn't interfere with it), sometimes the music will even cue the player that Something Might Happen. If they pay attention. Not all is against the Players here, there are rare Repair Bays (nominally for the Drones, but hey the controlling intelligence is a bit out of it anyways.) that will repair the VM to full up status. There are also occasional "dead" units that might have a power-up. Just don't expect them to give them to you without a fight. It has yet to be found, but there are rumors of a SINGLE map module on one of these dead units..t it has yet to be found, and what good did it do for that user?

General limits in the Labyrinth are: basic sensors function only, radar will work to the farthest extent of visibility (won't go through walls), flight limited to 3 hexes high,electronic systems function (cloaking, ecm, etc etc)sporadically (luck vs 12 every time activated/used)

If you are the lucky player that Escapes the Labyrinth, you will win Triple the rep points normally associated with a match - only 2 have ever done this.

If you are the Survivor, you get double, +1 for every opponent (PC) you take out. If you are taken out, then you lose nothing..he labyrinth is a rareity, and not an easy one to boot. Depending on the arcade, you might even gain a few points for having been IN the Labyrinth.

Working on more details..ut this is the majority of it.

This arena created by Kencyr

 

 

He started to unbuckle himself from the straps, and reached for the pod hatch. Cursed viruses, no respect for a proper game, if I ge ahold of whoever brought in a Bad Disk I'm gonna kill them Jaired thought savagely. The pod door refused to unlock. "Sonuva" he started to swear. That was all he got out when the screen relit.

Given the choice of having the game be over or facing what he saw now, he would have headed home happily.

It was The Labyrinth.

Take a classic labyrinth, give it to MC Escher. Hand it to Geiger, and ask DeSade to populate it. The sky is an angry bloody soot color, the walls were of ancient steel with some sort of vine growth on it. There were (here anyways) three exposed levels leading Lord knows where. There mech-sized stairwells leading up to landings to access those tunnels. Panels were scattered here and there along the wall, some frozen open, others vined shut. A low rumble could be felt, what it was coming from was anyones guess.

"Sensors at 80%, Computer On-Line". The computers voice made him jump, distracting him from his musings. 'Well, what can we see?' he muttered. Not much more than what was visible, the walls defied his sensors. Wonderful, I'm Blind. The game radar was hash, completely unusable for the moment.

A panel screeched open and a robotic arm shot out, clawing at his armor trying to shred it. He reflexivly triggered his cannon, blowing the arm into scrap..her panels started to open. Time to move out, sliding the throttle forward, he zipped past the limbs trying to embrace his tank.

'Great, now where do I go?' A panel beneath him opened, exposing what looked like lava. 'Thank god I coded for Grav drives'. "Space/Time Anamoly detected at 3 o'clock" the computer announced. 'Time to take a look around', so thinking he fed more power into the gravs and lifted his machine onto a third level balcony. The view still sucked. He transformed into a humanoid shape and tried to climb the wall. It refused to be climbed. He tried jumping. his machine hit its head on Something.

"Warning: Anamoly collapsing, rate of collapse will seal the anamoly in three hours" Warning: Anamoly unstable". 'Well, those being the only Clues, my guess is that it is the only way out of here.'

Jaired went Hunting.