The Lost Art – Episode Eight: Schisms

The Lost Art – Episode Eight: Schisms


We’ve covered the whole area, Captain. Absolutely no sign of him, Major Lev. And it looks like Pope has finished scanning the vault. Okay, let’s go home. This place is giving me the creeps. Remember, your stunners have two settings. [Charging sound] The default delivers a sharp jolt, whereas the higher setting will incapacitate. Do not try to talk. Just…think. I can hear you! Is this how you communicate? I’ve been here two weeks? Who’s this? My assistant, Annie. Uh, Thomas? You do realise that she’s certainly not human… Some sort of android or bot? The first time I was here it was incredibly peaceful. But now it has an entirely different vibe. You don’t feel anything? And from that you’ve concluded that there’s an alien in this thing? I’m sorry, Morgan but it all sounds incredibly far-fetched. It affects all of us… well apart from Gabe. And apparently you and Katja. I have to admit Thomas claimed he dreamt about this place before he’d been here, and he’s a scientist. [Morgan weeps] Oh, for pity’s sake! Let’s get out of here! You’re not upsetting her, it’s the egg! Look, I know it’s a stretch— Really Zarek! I’m surprised that you of all people— [Sighing] Why don’t you speak Thomas? Ah, yes! Let’s go and talk to the destroyer of worlds. Schisms on the surface are mirrored in the cavern, the team is in mourning desperate for hope! The People of the Tablet also are struggling, diminished in numbers by a dark civil war. Together and alone they ponder the pieces, opening to the vision the deep city guards. A solution is growing at the heart of the labyrinth. Reflection brings revelation and mystery prevails. [Linking sound] Come. There’s someone you should meet. Who are you, the king of the Bahro? This is Chief of the Elders, my advisor. [Bahro medical scan] Stop it! Please stop! I urge you to be calm, Defender of the People. It is only a way to learn if you are still damaged. Protector of the Tablet means you no harm. What’s she up to now? I think she’s recharging. Something’s definitely up because Betty was acting weird all the way down here. Uh, colonel… I’m sorry, I feel like we’re interrupting Beatrice Lang meet Thomas Maxwell. Of CERN. I’ve heard a lot about you. Not everything! Betty is the head of UNESCO Special Projects. Why don’t you introduce her to your friend? She’s…she can’t be! She’s so human-like. Those look like D’ni clothes. I did wonder why she wasn’t in uniform.. But you said you were sending me some help! Everyone was busy… Impossible! In spite of their art and some amazing technology, I know the D’ni didn’t have bots. If they did, well there probably wouldn’t have been the need for servants. What did she say her name was? Annie. Annie Tayrett. That’s D’ni, Thomas. It means something like “I want to be useful.” [D’ni] Ah! Katja? She’s telling us she’s a builder. [More D’ni] I think she’s asking you to put her to work? Well, he’s not here. Can I ask you something? You startled me! Don’t tell me you can see her now! What, no…no. I was just talking to— [radio voice] Grace? Myself. What are you doing here? Uh, has anything happened? Katya is taking Beatrice to see Thomas. Beatrice Lang, head of UNESCO’s Special Projects Unit. Ah, your boss. You could put it that way. Speaking of which, did you know that the colonel was back? I’d better go check in. How do you feel about that? Beatrice meeting Thomas? No, I mean the colonel being back. After all, for a while now you’ve been in charge. As a matter of fact the UN has always had the final say. [Message alert] Is there a problem? I’ve got to go. There’s trouble in the Great Zero. Apparently Dr Maxwell’s bot doesn’t want to leave. Wait…what? Thomas has a bot?! You know, I think Grace has a thing for Zarek. Really, Morgan! You got that from a 30-second call? Well, she hung up on me! Ugh! I’m taking you to Er’cana to show off what we’ve been doing, not to talk about Zarek! So, this is what it’s all about ? Yeah. The long and short of it is that the pellets feed a luminescent species of algae . Wait, there’s only five here. So how many does the factory produce a day? Thirty? So you take them to the cavern… That links to a silo above the lake. The pellets are tested for quality and then dropped into the water. Can I have a go? Knock yourself out. I fed the algae! Don’t get too excited. I think you have just upped the luminosity by— Actually I don’t know how much it is. Ooh. It’s quite damp up here. Where’s your coat? I think I left it back in the furnace room. Here, have mine. Oh, what a manly man. Yeah, whatever. I know just the guy. There’s a lieutenant on the base, Dr Erb. He’s done a lot of work on the use of AI systems in unmanned aircraft. Ah yes, Martin. Pope’s husband. If you want I can send him a message. Good! I think we should let Katja try and convince Thomas. At the moment we’re the enemy. And now probably isn’t the time
to hand out those jackets. The whole point of which was to raise morale. Yeah, but I have a feeling the gesture would backfire. Great! So now they’re just going to sit in the supply depot going mouldy. Well, they’re black, so we can save them for the next funeral. Which will probably be mine! This is great! Your carapace was cooling. Where did you find this? I don’t remember the team being outfitted with these. They were discovered in a place of security. If it was secured how did you…? Humans are curious, they distract with ease. [linking sound] [linking sound] [linking sound] How do I look? You aren’t honestly saying we should pass up this opportunity to study what has to be the most advanced piece of technology this expedition has so far discovered? I’m just saying— Give Thomas a break! Even if I wanted to I don’t think I could— Ah, Mr Mazerowski. About time you weighed in on the discussion. I’m amazed you didn’t realise she wasn’t human. She is human. Not me! Dr. Maxwell’s assistant. They want to take her up to the surface to be studied. She looks like a D’ni, at least her clothes appear typical of the culture. But she’s been helping me! You weren’t so sure of that when we talked down at the docks. She’s a quick study! See, she knows you’re after her! [Frustrated sigh] Thomas… But where did it come from? The D’ni never had that kind of technology— Captain Culver is on the case. He’s done some scans… Hopefully we’ll know more soon. [Laughing] so just don’t tell the colonel! [Laughing] [Door opens] Oh good, you’re here as well. Hey, Colonel! This is the AI specialist I was telling you about. Martin Erb. Pleased to meet you! Beatrice Lang of UNESCO. The colonel has been singing your praises. Ah shucks, Colonel! Don’t make me blush. You found something? Actually it was the lieutenant who made the connection. Given that she was drawing energy from the EM chargers in the Great Zero, and also the fact that she was first seen after we returned from investigating Alex’s death… Well, Pope suggested we go back and look more closely at the vault. In fact Dr Maxwell had noticed a short signal spike a couple of minutes into Pope’s original scan. Ah! You reasoned that something you did inadvertently “woke her up” and that she followed you to the city. Indeed. So we went back to Kadish Tolesa. I have to say that even with the DRC’s walkthrough it’s a right pain making your way through that place. Sure enough we found an alcove inside the vault containing an EM induction charging mechanism. Which you hadn’t spotted before? It was hidden behind a panel, sir. I guess the bot must have left it open when she emerged. Otherwise we might have never found it. Something you did during your investigation triggered the charger— And the rest is history! Excellent work, both of you! So keeping the bot going— is that going to be a problem? Felix has sent me the power specifications, and I think we can come up with something that’ll suffice. In fact I’m going to try it right now. If that’s all, sir. I’m still wondering why there isn’t any mention of bots in the archives, even the uncensored ones. If you saw the hoops we had to jump through getting to the vault— Exactly! Actually that was our clue. This guy Kadish was so into puzzles, mechanical devices… So we read up on everything we could find about him. And we hit on a description of another of his worlds— Basically a hall of mirrors, one that he couldn’t have possibly built by himself. You see— [Door opens] Ah! There you are! Is she ready to go to the surface? Not so fast! [Another door opens] What’s going on? We think it only fair that we put it to a vote. Tiara, have I upset you in some way? Why don’t you say something?! I don’t understand why you’re being so obtuse? I’m not. I just think we should consider all our options. You can give me all manner of reassurance, but I don’t believe that when
the military gets a hold of her they won’t pull her to pieces! Thomas! She can be studied without disassembling her. You ought to know that. Then Henry can do that here! I’ve got to work on retrofitting the maintainer suits. I suspect we’re gonna need a lot more of them. Besides no one down here is a robotics specialist. Exactly! I think we’ve said and heard all the arguments. Let’s put it to a vote… Well, that didn’t feel at all strange. I was surprised first time as well. This really is beautiful. It’s a pity neither of us will see Teledahn. Richard Watson seemed particularly enamoured of that place. Well, thanks to Dr Maxwell… It’s not all Thomas’s fault, he’s just the one who still feels terrible about it. I know and now I get to add to his heartache. Are you sure you won’t come back with us? With a D’ni translator it would make the process a whole lot easier. With all due respect it took me 30 years to return to the cavern. [Meeting alert] What’s up? It’s just a reminder that I have to meet Zarek. Beatrice— It’s alright, Katja. We don’t need to take her apart. You seem put out. Look, I hope you understand— We aren’t always going to agree, Zarek. That doesn’t mean I don’t trust you. What’s this? What do you think it is? I’m guessing it’s a Teledahn book and I’m just wondering
what you’re trying to say? You want me to feel bad? I don’t need any additional guilt I’ve got more than sufficient! [Big sigh] Okay Mr Mazerowski, this is how much I trust you. Even the colonel doesn’t know this and it isn’t to go any further. Things are much worse that we thought. In what way? It’s not just weather anomalies and earthquakes… We’re getting disturbing evidence of an even bigger disaster. Can you be more specific? As soon as we know the specifics and there is something the team can do about it you’ll be the first to hear. In the meantime, we need you to carry on exploring, finding resource worlds— Are you considering some kind of evacuation? I’ve already said too much. We can’t have anyone distracted. I’m really sorry, Zarek. You’ll have to carry this worry yourself. I’ll be all right. [Linking sound] [Linking sound] [Linking sound] I have returned, Defender of the People. All this time I thought— Well who are these guys?! Oh, I’ve just noticed your eyes! My…eyes? Yours are orange… Is there something wrong with their eyes? I’m sorry to say that, except for you, you all look alike. To humans, I mean. I’m sure to the Bahro— Please, do not use that word. We understand that you do not intend harm, but it is a reminder of…painful memories. I didn’t know. So how should I— We call ourselves People the Tablet. And you are the tablet’s protector? It is the symbol of our sovereignty, our tiara. The place of shifting in the tree world was too damaged to repair. It has been removed, but we have found more— It is clear you are unfamiliar with the role we play in maintaining balance. The People of the Tablet are wardens— I’m sorry to interrupt. I’ve just had a thought. Is there any way you could please let my team know I’m alive? [Linking sounds] Lieutenant. Be forewarned. Awkward doesn’t even begin to cover it! Be nice to Dr Maxwell. I’m always nice! [D’ni] I am a builder. I know! We could have built wonders, you and I, wonders. We had no choice. I’m not talking to you, Colonel, not today. I may talk to you tomorrow, but right now— Well that’s me told! I can’t tell you how glad I am that this whole ordeal is over! Agreed, sir. Though I can’t help feeling sorry for Dr Maxwell. He seemed…smitten. Oh, for pity’s sake! Our lead scientist is in love with a bot. What next? If the dream team would just shut up about an alien in the egg we could get back to saving the world. They’re still going on about that? Afraid so, sir. When we were fetching the maintainer suits they decided to sit down and have a meeting about how it was sending them dreams. Actually now that I think about it, it was Thomas who instigated the discussion, but at least there’s a good reason for him to be down here! If you don’t mind me saying…? Speak freely, Culver. Sometimes I question the general’s reasoning for assigning them. Not entirely his decision. This is a UN-funded mission. Betty is the head of Special Projects and so she has the final say. Ah, so we’re just here for the heavy lifting? Yep! So why wasn’t Mazerowski in charge from the get-go? Well, since most of the people here are from the base… Speaking of Zarek, how did he do? Oh, he spent a lot of time all by his lonely lonesome doing super-secret spy stuff. Pardon? He was fine. [Message alert] Oh good. They’ve made it as far as the depot without anyone coming to grief. Once everyone stopped crying about the bot— [Stunners charge] Back off!!

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