A Fatal Error

Fifteen years after the cataclysm forced Moren and his people from the surface of his planet he returns on an exploration mission in hopes of finding a way for them all to return. As fate would have it however nothing goes as planned and a simple mission becomes a fight for survival.

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3. Moren One

Moren awoke to a shrill buzzing sound. “Computer, turn that damn alarm off.” The sound stopped immediately and his aching head was grateful for it. He was aware that he was on his back. He looked directly up at the gray cloud that had almost killed him. “Moren one, cloud of death zero.” he mumbled to himself. He decided that before he tried to move he would run a full check on all the suits systems. The suit was arguably the most advanced piece of technology to be built since the cataclysm. It consisted of three main parts. First was the thin skin tight jump suit. It covered his whole body only leaving his face exposed. It was the layer that read and kept track of all of his biological readings. Heart rate, blood pressure, body temp, amount of oxygen in his blood stream. If it was measurable it was measured. All that data was constantly being updated and sent to the suits computer. The second layer was a semi fluid hi-tech gel. It acted as a cushion between Moren and the suits exo-shell. It also insulated him from extreme cold and heat. If things got to cold or hot the suits life support systems where capable of rapidly heating or cooling the gel. The gels final purpose was to act as a control module to the exo-shell. When Moren moved a part of his body it slightly changed the pressure the gel exerted on the inside walls of the shell. Very sensitive pressure sensors detected the change and moved the suit accordingly. The final layer was, of course, the exo-shell. It was a very strong high-carbon composite. That meant it was lightweight but durable as hell. If Moren had hit the ground moving at terminal velocity the suit probably would have survived the impact. He however would have been reduced to a jelly like substance but hey at least the suit would have been fine. Each joint contained a series of powerful micro motors. This augmented his natural strength and endurance allowing him to lift twice the weight he could before for twice as long......and of course giving him the ability to move in the first place. Built directly into the back of the suit was his oxygen tanks, water reservoir, and sensors for measuring all external data. It made the back of his suit look slightly blocky but that was fine, he had no one around to laugh at him anyway. “Computer, run and display full systems check.” He scanned through the diagnostics information that popped up on his visor.

“You've got to be kidding me.” Surround in a sea of green words and numbers appeared a single line of red.

LEFT KNEECAP MOTORS

SYSTEM STATUS: FAULTY

SECTOR LOCK DOWN INITIATED.

“Computer, show detailed report of faulty systems.” Another string of data popped up on his visor.

LEFT KNEECAP

MOTOR 1: UNRESPONSIVE

PROBLEM SOURCE UNKNOWN

MOTOR 2: UNRESPONSIVE

PROBLEM SOURCE UNKNOWN

MOTOR 3: UNRESPONSIVE

PROBLEM SOURCE UNKNOWN

MOTOR 4: UNRESPONSIVE

PROBLEM SOURCE UNKNOWN

SECTOR LOCK DOWN INITIATED

“Great. Haven't even started my expedition really and so far I've almost died and now I can't bend my left leg. This just isn't my day.”

Standing proved to be a tricky task. He still had full range of motion in his left hip but the rest of his leg was locked in a fully extended position. It was a safety feature he had written into the suits code. In the event of a critical system failure the damaged area of the suit went into lock down. It kept the user from being able to move damaged components possible making the problem worse or hurting the user. It also made simple tasks suck as standing harder than they should have been. After a few failed attempts he discovered the best way to stand was to hold his left leg out and pull his right leg in, positioning his foot just under his butt. From there he could do a one legged squat and boom he was on his feet once more. “Any longer on my back and I thought I was going to have to start calling myself turtle man. Note to self: Don't fall down.”

 

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