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20 minutes ago, Ookla the Lad said:

Schevin and Azgard were offline from all lightspeed communication: the engine, of course, was no place to have such signals bouncing about.

Arkin continued typing. “Heading down to engines for routine check.” Au took the last bite out of his burger and pressed the button on au wristpad to hail an innercab.

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Edit: yes, this happened at the same time as the investigation. Why? Coincidence.

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The engine was quiet.

All the thrusters and main generators were in the cold vacuum of space: all they could hear in here were the faint tremors from what little friction made its way through from the heat. The DM/Fusion engines--as well as all the hardware--were surrounded with joint-alloy glass, so they couldn't hear any of that either.

"So..." Schevin looked around. "If I were a vanished robot... where would I be?"

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BUWF ep 9: DM/Fusion engines. Turns out dark matter (DM) has a really low heat tolerance, so cold fusion with them is possible. They're incredibly energy-efficient, and can be drawn from the cold heart of space in a pinch. It's a cheaper fuel compared to some other sources, but it's certainly more reliable.

BUWF ep 10: Joint-alloy glass. It's reinforced glass that can absorb vibrations without dispersion or shattering. 

 

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Maxxie's chat privileges had been revoked after she spammed it with obscenities as a joke. Nova blasted engineers couldn't take a joke. She could still read, so she did, but she couldn't type anything. 

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The innercab chugged along, and Arkin flipped through some messages on au wristpad. Au had finished au burger a while ago - au was beginning to wish au had brought another. As the innercab neared the back of the ship, the surroundings became less polished, silvery metal, and more black, industrial-looking material.

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E-IS-315k followed Schevin, his sensors had to be turned down quite dramatically in here, he didn't like that it dropped efficency significantly.

His caution score had been moved up to three, he would watch for the time being.

 

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In Ieli, the black material was called aerkai. It was extremely durable - the most durable material in the known universe, in fact. It was excellent for making high-intricacy machines that would break if scratched. It was hard to manufacture on a large scale, so it was fairly expensive, but it was worth it if you needed something to last a while. Arkin guessed there must be 816,000 cubic meters of the stuff in this section of the ship - ((2000 meters * 20 meters * 4 sides) + (2000 meters * 2000 meters * 2 sides)) * 0.01 meters (aerkai walls don't need to be very thick). That must have been expensive, considering just one cubic meter of it (more than enough for most of au engineering projects) cost 2,500 credits*.

*1 credit is equivalent to approximately 1.437 US dollars.

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