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The Mars Saga: Part 1 NEW CHAPTER!
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My first attempt at a story
Submitted By ffroggy on 11/04/27
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This Document originally posted in the "Mars Explorer" Group

Intro: 200-A

It was cold, and dark. I was sitting in my buggy, waiting, and watching. The base seemed deserted, but was it? Nothing moved. I maneuvered into a better position. I could see the jet hangar now. Something moved. Switching to the sniper scope, I tensely held my fingers on the triggers, waiting. It moved again, just out of my sight. I moved the scope. Something stepped forward. It was a man. I knew him. “Gunther”, I mumbled. So that was what he was up to. Static suddenly crackled on my radio.

                “ffroggy, have you found him yet?”, said the voice. It was Kruncher.

                “Yeah, he’s in base 200-A”

                “200-A? we have dangerous experimental weapon prototypes in there! Get out now! We need to remotely destroy the base.” I quickly turned around my buggy, getting ready to fly out of there. I started to drive away. My buggy started to slow down.

                “What’s wrong with you? Go!” I yelled. My buggy came to a complete stop. I couldn’t move forward, or backwards. Everything was still running, but there was no engine power. I got back on my radio.

                “Uh, Kruncher… You had a quartz combustion destabilizer in that base didn’t you?”

                “Oh no." he replied "This is bad. Ffroggy, we’re going to activate a self-destruct countdown. You need to keep Gunther in that base, for the next thirty minutes, any way you can. This is a matter vital to the security of the entire war. Those weapons can and will tip the scales of this fight”

                “Yes sir. I’ll get right to work”, I replied as I deactivated the cockpit force field. Before this mission, I had gotten something from GTR. It was a little helicopter he called the Micro-Drone. It would be quite helpful for locating Gunther without getting myself killed. Then I remembered that the controls for it were embedded in the buggy’s dashboard. “sorry my friend, you’ll need some maintenance done when we get back” I told my buggy as I got out my knife. After cutting the controls out of the dashboard, and getting some emergency batteries from under my seat, I set off for the base. Gunther knew I was coming. He got a hold of some sort of new weapon. I watched him through my helmet scope. He was attaching it to a jet. I had an idea. I sneaked up to the  wall of the hangar.  “Good thing I got this micro-drone” I sent it flying into the hangar. I had to find that quartz destabilizer. After locating it, I ran over to the spot. It was in a turret on the roof of the hangar. I got into the turret, and turned off the destabilizer. I heard a sound. It was the jet, taking off. I quickly rotated the turret to the entrance of the hangar. I watched as the jet began to take off. “Time for a taste of your own medicine” I said as I turned on the destabilizer beam. Sure enough, the jet began slowing down. Then Gunther did something I never thought about. He turned around and fired that new weapon. I panicked for a second, and then realized that the projectile coming out of the weapon was propelled by a quartz energy beam. I turned the turret on the weapon. The weapon slowed down, fell to the ground, and exploded. I moved the beam back to Gunther’s jet. His jet fell to the ground. I got out of the turret, and began running toward the fallen jet. I looked at my watch. Ten minutes. I reached the jet. Gunther was slumped over the joysticks. He was unconscious. I used my knife to cut through the force field. I reached for Gunther’s gun. My hand went right through it. Then I felt cold steel on my neck.

                “Why ffroggy! So nice to see you”, Gunther said, smiling sardonically. “I really enjoy these new technologies. That hologram generator was really fun” I had no choice. I set my knife down, and put my hands up. He directed me toward the base with his gun. I walked. He chained me up to the leg of a jet, and walked toward the turret. I had to watch him just walk away. It was excruciating. I had been searching for so long, and he was just out of reach. I looked at my watch. Two minutes. If only I could reach the micro-drone controls. Gunther came back. “Good bye, ffroggy” he said as he casually walked away from the building. I could almost reach the controls. An automated voice spoke: “one minute until self-destruct” I stretched harder. I was just inches away. One last time, I put all my strength into pulling against the chains. I got the controls. Good thing that particular micro-drone came with buzz saws. The drone buzzed into sight. It cut the chains.  I was free. Running out of the hangar, I remembered something.

                “We probably don’t want Gunther to get those weapons, do we? I guess it’s a good thing I placed those explosive charges on that shooting weapon thing he attached to his jet". I pressed a button on the arm of my suit. “That should do the trick” I began walking toward my buggy. The base blew up. I got in my buggy and drove away.

Part 1: The search for Gunther

Chapter 1: A new mission.

As I flew away from the base, I heard more static on the radio. Kruncher’s voice came in.

                “ffroggy, are the weapons secure? Did Gunther get away?”

                “The weapons are all secure. They’re blown to pieces. The only thing Gunther got away with was a hologram projector. He had attached a weapon to a jet in the hangar, but I blew it up”

                “Gunther got away, again?”

                “Yeah.  I’ll find that guy, and bring him to justice, though. I attached a tracking device on the hull of the jet. That should let us know where he goes”

                “Great thinking. Get back to base, we have a surprise waiting for you.”

                “Affirmed. Over and out” I thought about all that Gunther had done. All the innocent miners he had so flagrantly destroyed. I just wanted justice, that’s all. Anger welled up in me. I suppressed it. Something beeped on my dashboard. I looked down. Three white arrows were coming in from behind. I looked back. There were two buggies and a tank. None had friendly markings. “Time to have some fun” I thought. I sped up. They did too. Then I flew up, and popped in my wings. I could hear the air rushing around the cabin. It slowed down as I stopped my ascent, and began going down. The buggies and tank were below me now. The tank’s turret began moving. The buggies parked on the ground. I was still falling, waiting for them to move. They all three fired at once. I popped the wings out and turned to the left. The lasers missed. The buggies began to take off. I quickly switched to sniper and took out the one on the right. The one on the left took off. The tank shot again. I dodged a second laser beam, only to find a large spread of lasers from the buggy heading my way. I swooped down, narrowly missing the spread and shot at the tank. It was a close miss. I turned. The buggy was right above me. Perfect. I hit the back end. The buggy was rocked by the impact, but stayed in the air. The tank fired again. It got me in the left wing. A red light flashed on the dashboard. They got my stabilizer.  Struggling to stay upright, I made a not-so –perfect landing. Lucky for me, it was behind a hill. The tank couldn’t get me. The radar on my dashboard said that the buggy was flying towards me. Then the radar started sparking, and then it went black. “Oh boy, this’ll make things hard” I said. I could still see the buggy out of the force field. I switched to sniper and took out the cockpit. The driver wasn’t wearing a pressure suit. He lost control and the buggy spiraled to the ground, where it blew up. I had to focus on the tank now. If I got its treads, it wouldn’t be able to move. The tank was slowly moving up to the hill. I began speeding up. I drove up the hill, jumped off the top, switched to sniper, looked behind me, and took out the treads. Then I had to find cover. I couldn’t fly. The tank fired. I saw a blinding red flash of light pass right in front of my eyes. A narrow miss. I switched strategies. The tank would have to wait a little while for his turret to cool before it could fire another laser. Taking advantage of that, I switched to sniper and took out the turret. Now the tank couldn’t move or fire. I stopped, faced the tank, and pounded it with lasers. When I had finished, there was only blackened metal left. Then I turned and began driving towards base. Another light flashed on my dashboard. The quartz generator was running out of energy. I took the emergency batteries out of my makeshift microdrone controller and plugged them back in under the seat. The light stopped flashing. I powered through the rough terrain, finally reaching the base. After I had gotten a lift up to the buggy garage, I parked my smoking buggy in the maintenance spot. I deactivated the force field and climbed out. I took off my helmet and put it to one side. Kruncher came out to meet me.

                “ffroggy, good to see you in one piece. I see you took some damage” he indicated the smoking buggy, with holes in the wings and a dashboard that looked like it had been hit by a mini tornado.

                “yea, that beat up thing has done its job well” I replied, “I need to make some changes once it gets fixed”

                “Sounds good. Why don’t you come inside and we can get you something to eat and brief you on your next mission” I walked inside with kruncher. We went to the dining hall to get some food. “You know, this war is going to be hard to win.” Kruncher explained, “The alliance controls about ½ of the planet, as you know, Olympus Mons is our main stronghold. We also hold Ares Vallis and Aram Chaos. The United War Organization holds the polar caps and maintains a strong force in Bakhuysen Crater. We don’t know where the UWO’s base is. The tracking device you put on Gunther’s ship should enable us to find it. We will be moving tank troops to Arena Colles, where we have maintained a transport base. The jets there are in prime condition to…” As he was briefing me, I thought about Gunther.

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                It was day. The blinding sun glared down on us as we raced through the canyon. Nili Fossae was a fun, and dangerous place to be. The hovercrafts we were in were had just been modified by the local mechanic, and we were testing them out. I looked over. Gunther was gaining. I still held the lead, though, and I had a couple tricks up my sleeve. My radio crackled:

                “ffroggy, you should really just give up. You know you can’t beat me” That was Gunther.

                “Gunther, you don’t know me. Get ready to bite the dust” I turned up the thruster, lowered the repulsion, and cut just in front of Gunther. The dust disoriented him, and he was forced to slow down. I pulled ahead again. Just then, something showed up on the radar. I looked down. It was a massive dust storm, headed straight for us. “Gunther, come in. We need to get out of here, pronto. There’s a huge dust storm headed our way. It doesn’t look friendly.

                “Psh” replied Gunther, “That’s nothing. We can brave it. C’mon ffroggy, I’ll race you to the outpost”. The wind began picking up. A cloud of dust appeared on the horizon.

                “Gunther, this is a bad idea” I said as I shifted all power to the thruster. We could see the outpost at Arena Colles ahead. The wind howled outside of my hovercraft’s shell. Another light started flashing and an alarm began sounding. “Gunther, the dust is clogging up the air intake vents. We need to stop.”

                “We’re almost there, we can’t stop now!” Gunther looked determined. I looked grimly ahead. The outpost was only a mile away. The storm was almost on top of us. We raced. The ground flew below us. All of a sudden, an unseen canyon came out of nowhere. At this speed, there was no way to brake in time.

                “Gunther!” I yelled as we dropped into the canyon. The canyon wall suddenly appeared out of the dust, and then I knew no more.

                Amazingly, the cockpit had remained intact during the crash. Everything was dead, though. I sat in the cockpit, waiting for someone to find me. Eventually, a rescue crew made it through the dust and found me. There was no sign of Gunther though. I remained at the outpost for weeks, searching. Gunther had been my only friend. I couldn’t abandon him. But he was nowhere to be found. Night fell, and I sat on my bed, defeated.

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                “ffroggy, are you listening? Ffroggy?” It was kruncher. I shook myself out of those old memories, and forced myself to focus on the task in front of me.

                “sorry, I was just thinking” I said.

                “Right. As I was saying, we have jets at the transport base at Arena Colles. You will monitor the signal, and as soon as you find out where he is, deploy the jet scouts. They are to fly at high altitude. Do not engage the enemy. I know you can do this ffroggy. Don’t let me down.”

                “Yes sir” I took another bite out of my PB and J sandwich. I still haven’t found anything quite like PB and J. Then I got up, and went to the living quarters to get some rest. I had a big night ahead of me.

Chapter 2: Surprises (this part of what I've written so far, the rest is coming soon) 

The sun woke me up early. It was dusk outside. Time to get up early. I propped myself up against my pillow. It was about 7:30, PM. I slowly got out of bed. Stretching, I stood up and got dressed. After a quick stop at the cafeteria, I made my way down to the jet hangar. I got the coordinates for Arena Colles and the surrounding area, which also happened to be a race track: http://map.syn3h.com.s3.amazonaws.com/GTRsDesert/Whirld.utw. During the war, Mars was divided into sectors. The Geiodo sector was the largest one. It represented the deserts of Mars. The Dropbox sector was the next largest. It mostly represented the inhabited places of Mars, although some of the coordinates were places with more complex terrains. There was also the syn3h sector, where this world was. This was where many of the major battle-zones and strongholds lay. For example, the UWO’s main Polar base had the coordinates: http://map.syn3h.com.s3.amazonaws.com/GTRsIceWorld/Whirld.utw. The coordinates for the alliance base were: http://map.syn3h.com.s3.amazonaws.com/DudesOlympusMons/Whirld.utw?v2.  These coordinates look like web addresses, because they are. When plugged in to the navicomputer in a buggy, tank, or jet, the computer looks up these coordinates on a virtual world map.  Once the coordinates are located, the computer knows exactly where to go. It creates a temporary portal between places and transports the atoms from you and your vehicle to the new spot. The computer tracks your progress by putting the percentage of molecules transported up on the screen. MarsAssets are the molecules. SceneData is the way that your molecules will be put together. It’s quite a marvel of modern technology. Anyway, I plugged in the coordinates for the Arena Colles base and went there. When I arrived, I found Flyclub waiting for me.

                “Kruncher has sent me your history” he said, “You are a pretty good pilot. Allow me to introduce you to your squadron”.

                “Wait a minute” I spoke, “In order for me to command a squadron, I’d have to have an increase in rank. Does this mean…”

                “Yes it does. Congratulations” He pinned a flying eagle onto my chest. I was now a commander. “Now if you don’t mind, I’d like to take you to your new squadron” He lead me to the barracks. I walked into a small room at the end of the hall. Inside the room there were four bunk beds. Each bed had someone in it. “Allow me to introduce you. This first person on the left is Sven. He’s pretty new. He’ll be at the tail. The one above him is his brother, Cal. He’s had a little more experience. He’s your jet specialist. The person to your right is Evan. He’s the tank expert. And the one below him is Gary. He’ll be your wing man. Cadets and soldiers, this is ffroggy. He’s your new squad leader.”

                “Hey there ffroggy” said Sven

                “Do I know you?” asked Gary.

                “Yeah” I replied, “You were the one at the cadet school with the name tag that said _InsertBetterNameHere_. Funny”

                “That was me” Gary replied.

                “Hello Cal” I said to Cal.

                “Hey there ffroggy. Do me a favor and go easy on Sven” Sven rolled his eyes, “He’s kinda new, and I’d hate for anything to happen to him.”

                “I’ll try Cal” I replied, “Well boys, we have a mission. As you may know, the UWO’s base location remains unknown. An alliance spy has placed a tracking beacon on a prominent UWO member’s jet. He is expected to fly to the UWO base. If the tracking beacon isn’t lost during his location jump, we should be able to find out the location. As soon as we know, we will be sending troops into the area. This squadron has been commissioned to do a preliminary scouting mission of the UWO base. We will find out what it will take to destroy the base and then return. We will not engage the enemy. You are to remain unseen at all times. If you are seen the mission will be aborted and we will leave as soon as we can. Am I clear?” The response was unanimous.

                “Yes Sir!”

                “Good. I will let you know as soon as we find the coordinates” I left the room, and headed to the commander’s barracks to get some sleep. I found my room and went to bed.

Please let me know what you think. 

thanks,

ffroggy

PS All you people who wanted to be in the story, you're coming in next chapter. Be patient :D

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Re: The Mars Saga: Part 1
6 hours - 940v
Posted 2011/04/27 - 18:35 GMT
i think its awesome but could u do me a favor and add me in there
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Re: The Mars Saga: Part 1
3 days - 9,746v
Posted 2011/04/27 - 18:52 GMT
Sure, you'll be in the next chapter somewhere.
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Re: The Mars Saga: Part 1
5 days - 26,111v
Posted 2011/04/27 - 19:24 GMT
ffroggy! Nice story, its epic. I p.m.'d Aubrey like you told me to, thanks. Oh yeah, you dont have to, but can i be in the story somewhere? Oh yeah, is Gunther a player on Marsxplr? Just asking.
 
          -Sven
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Re: The Mars Saga: Part 1
3 days - 9,746v
Posted 2011/04/27 - 19:33 GMT
Sheesh I sure hope Gunther's not a player on Mars! You will be in the story as well. I've got an idea...
do you mind if you die in the story?
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Re: The Mars Saga: Part 1
6 hours - 940v
Posted 2011/04/27 - 20:22 GMT
hahahahahahahahahahahahahaha!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!XD(I died laughing)
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Re: The Mars Saga: Part 1
5 days - 26,111v
Posted 2011/04/27 - 20:36 GMT
Oh, dude, that's totally fine, it's epic! :D
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Re: The Mars Saga: Part 1
6 hours - 940v
Posted 2011/04/28 - 13:22 GMT
Can u call me SUPREME-PRINCE or anything u want
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Re: The Mars Saga: Part 1
1 week - 24,924v
Posted 2011/04/27 - 21:07 GMT
Very good story! I like it.
 
 
Just one question; in the next installment, will there be some context? Like a sort of "prequel" to clear up some confusion, like who Gunther is, what the war is about, etc?
 
 
 
Again, very good job! I'm looking forward to the next part!
 
Oaky
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Re: The Mars Saga: Part 1
4 days - 12,819v
Posted 2011/04/27 - 21:50 GMT
That is a good idea oak2, but it would be better if ffroggy didn't do that. Instead, explain later on throughout the story.
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Re: The Mars Saga: Part 1
1 week - 32,767v
Posted 2011/04/27 - 22:18 GMT
Maybe a series of flashbacks to provide the background. Nice story.
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Re: The Mars Saga: Part 1
3 days - 9,746v
Posted 2011/04/29 - 23:05 GMT
Hmm, flashbacks are a great idea. The storyline is gonna clear up as the chapters progress. Thanks all for your ideas!
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Re: The Mars Saga: Part 1
3 days - 12,455v
Posted 2011/04/28 - 20:10 GMT
GOOD JOB FFROGGY! *clap clap clap*  ...can i be in part of the book...?  YOu don't have to put me in, but if possible, please put me in.
-Cal
PS: on Mars, if you're doing stories/books, do they have to be about Mars XPLR?  The reason I'm asking is because I'm writing a book on Microsoft Word (I'm on page 40, woohoo!), and I wanted to know if I would be able to post it.  All in all, it'll be about 120 pages, but I'm obviously not going to post all 120 something pages on this...
-Cal (again)
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Re: The Mars Saga: Part 1
3 days - 12,455v
Posted 2011/04/28 - 20:15 GMT
Btw, cool guys don't look at explosions!  Good job, you didn't look at teh explosion! (lol, it's a song from SNL I think...  Cool Guys Don't Look at Explosions)
-Cal (tois time)
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Re: The Mars Saga: Part 1
3 days - 12,455v
Posted 2011/04/28 - 23:09 GMT
Again, awesome story. Cant wait for next installment!
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Re: The Mars Saga: Part 1
3 days - 9,746v
Posted 2011/04/29 - 23:06 GMT
Hey Cal, could you please just post everything you have to say in one comment? You can go back and edit a comment that you've already posted. It helps keep the general clutter down.
thanks,
ffroggy
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Re: The Mars Saga: Part 1
5 days - 26,111v
Posted 2011/04/29 - 21:50 GMT
Dude, ffroggy, wait, what's my name gonna be in the story? Is it Sven? lol
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Re: The Mars Saga: Part 1
3 days - 9,746v
Posted 2011/04/30 - 21:16 GMT
Your name will be sven, unless you want it to be something else...
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Re: The Mars Saga: Part 1 NEW CHAPTER!
1 day - 5,338v
Posted 2011/05/01 - 21:21 GMT
Nice! I always like these stories that people write.
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Re: The Mars Saga: Part 1 NEW CHAPTER!
1 day - 2,223v
Posted 2011/05/02 - 3:35 GMT
Hey, is it too much to ask for me to be in it?  You can make me die, or anything you want, I don't care.
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Re: The Mars Saga: Part 1 NEW CHAPTER!
3 days - 9,746v
Posted 2011/05/03 - 23:19 GMT
'ello poppets!
I just wanted to post a little notice for you all. The Mars saga will go like this:
Part 1: Will be based on Mars
Part 2: hopefully syn3h will be out by the time I get here. by this point, the war will have spread beyond Mars, encasing other planets and worlds in turmoil
Part 3: Maybe back to Mars, I really haven't planned out the storyline this far. I'm just letting the story weave itself really, with a little structure, but not much.
Just thought I'd let you all know!
see ya,
ffroggy
 
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Re: The Mars Saga: Part 1 NEW CHAPTER!
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Posted 2011/08/05 - 13:19 GMT
How do I create a phase in the Mars Explorer I do not know please help
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Re: The Mars Saga: Part 1 NEW CHAPTER!
9 hours - 840v
Posted 2011/08/05 - 15:20 GMT
Ffroggy, this is good... I like it. Reminds me alot of the Chronicles I'm making.
 
Speaking of which, being that you are a Colorshock member, you will most definately have a part in the story.
 
However, what would you want to be as - as a character in the story?
 
Like, what would you be? A technician, etc... anything with a certain job that helps the Mars Community?
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Re: The Mars Saga: Part 1 NEW CHAPTER!
3 days - 9,746v
Posted 2011/08/05 - 16:52 GMT
hmm...
umm
idk
I think I'd like to be a technician, like you suggested. I love taking stuff apart (hint, hint)
see ya,
ffroggy


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