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    When Bert Thomas and his father Ricky move into an Quadraen community on King Kazma's Live Anime World, Bert must learn to associate with the local Quadraen society as he participates in the local game of choice S'taurrior where he learns to work with a Quadraen S'taurrior partner.

    S'taur View - Anime World

    [AWT-04] BT-05 Return of the Quadi Knights
    By Darrel Vanwinkle (Lord Pouchlaw)

    Chapter 01

    Bert remarked. "I would have to say, not now, American Rabbit. I have too much work to do with Orion and the other gamers at the moment. Besides, I'm only twelve."

    American Rabbit said, "Sorry, Bert... its just that you are so attractive in that body. I'm not normally into foxes, but you make it look good. Anyway, back to business."

    Bert said, "I've been told that most of the Taurs in this area are way younger than they look. Most are only fourteen to sixteen years old. I am twelve. There's are least three Taurs who have been waiting for me to hit puberty."

    Medina and her brother Burstfire worked with Covert Fox as they programmed a Digital DNA vortex that pulled the Imperial Characters into the trap to contain them from causing any further trouble.

    Bert activated his communicator. "Orion? Where are you and the others locked up at? We just rounded up all the Imperial Escapees from the game?"

    Orion's voice shouted, "Come quick! We're in the basement of the observatory! Your dad is here too! The Imperials programmed a purging device and loaded all of us into it. They were going to wipe us out of existence and take over the valley when the timer reached zero! We have about forty minutes left!"

    Bert shouted toward the heroes to come with him to stop the purge timer and then their group headed for the basement of the observatory. At the bottom of the stairs, everyone could see the timer sitting on thirty-five minutes and counting down. Within a large transparent containment cell were all of the S'Taur View citizens looking worried along with the one human male who was in there with them. Medina, Covert Fox and Bert converged on the console where the program and timer were controlling the device for conducting the character purge. "Medina? This program looks familiar to me. Give me a few seconds while I check." And he reached up and activated his game collar. Since he had set his game collar to skip the movie, He was quickly into the game where he entered the DeBug Menu and looked up the ClearCharacterCache program that all Imperials had access to in game. Out loud, Bert said, "This is how to stop the timer, Medina." And he began reciting off an override code very carefully, this took about five minutes to recite and confirm before hitting the submit button.

    To everyone's relief, the timer stopped at thirty-one minutes and twelve seconds.

    Then Bert recited off the containment cell release code. This took a little longer and when it didn't work right away, Bert exclaimed, "Blast the lock open guys! The Imperials never initiated a release protocol for anyone placed into the purge chamber! Orion! Dad! The moment the door is open, get everyone out as fast as possible! The stupid Imperials placed a self destruct protocol just in case someone came to the rescue! It is powerful enough to destroy the entire mountain chain!"

    American Rabbit was then at the forefront once again as he sang, "It's Too Heavenly Here! Come on, Charlie! We have to rescue people this time!" The Heavenly dogs all appeared, only this time Annabelle was with them. American Rabbit quickly explained the bomb problem under the base and how they needed to get all of the Taurs back to the Village at the base of the Mountains. "Bert's father and Orion as well as the other Villagers are stuck inside that Containment Cell which was made over into a universal Purging Device. And yes, I am sure! Or is the poker game off?" All three angel dogs reached up and touched their collar tags as a trio which teleported the Taurs and Human out of the Observatory and back to S'taur View. King Kazma then said, "We don't know where the bomb is, Annabelle! Therefore, I want this entire mountain removed from the chain sadly with Bert's replica base included and moved off into a black hole in the Argex-5 sector of space." American Rabbit looked to the angel dogs again. "For the sake of my father's planet, please make it so and replace the mountain as it was before the Thomas family moved into Kazma's LAW. We will make it up to Bert later for all the work he is about to lose."

    While the heroes made their plans, Bert in-game was making sure that Lukas and Clan closed off the Stargate from the home base as it was about to be destroyed and to make sure all allies were within the game universe for their own safety. Bert in-game then said, "I love you both, Lukas and Clan. Hopefully this won't be too long of an absence. Bert out." He then logged out of the game and said, "We can make the mountain disappear now, guys! Let's get out of here!"

    The Heroes and Red Rabbits along with the angel dogs exited the mountain where they watched from a safe distance as the entire mountain and former base glowed with the Heavenly power before being replaced with a duplicate of the mountain before Bert had taken the original mountain over.

    American Rabbit then hugged Bert and said, "I want to make it up to you for your losing you Taur Valley base, Bert. No obligations involved. Before I settled here on Kazma's LAW to make my current hero team, I had originally had a scientific base at a location on one of the other animated worlds which was called Two Rivers. The predecessor of our current team was based out of that original building. I would like to give you and Orion that building as the new Taur Games Headquarters here in Taur Valley. I would prefer you have it set up at an actual location where two rivers come together so the base's nickname still makes sense. Two Rivers. Kazma should know where a locale such as that resides. I will have the angel dogs set up the headquarters base for you which can be lived in and yes, it has its own observatory in one of the two towers. The other tower contained our gaming hall. Where we would often invite the space pirates to come and have a safe legal place to gamble on Friday nights. Although if you want to use that space for a different reason, you could. That tower has space docks for star ships. Your buddy Clan would have a place to park his space ship. Will you accept my gift, Bert?"

    Bert looked to King Kazma, "Are there two rivers in Taur Valley where we can set this thing up?"

    King Kazma replied, "I know just the forested location to place the building. If I remember correctly, the original Two Rivers was nestled into a forested area. As for the spot I am thinking about, I can Terra-Form the two drainage ditches to become the new rivers. One of the drainage ditches runs along the back side of Ernie's farm. He would probably use the water access for his crops. The two drainage gullies normally dump out into a river to the North. The other drainage ditch runs beside the Ottertaur's bog lands to the West of S'taur View. They could also use a fresh water source for when their bog swamps dry up occasionally."

    Bert then said, "As long as there will be a road connecting the Two Rivers base back to S'taur View, I will accept your gift, American Rabbit. In the meantime, Orion and I need to initiate a mass recall on all S'taurrior game collars; especially Imperial Collars. All game collars used during the beta phase of the game should be regarded as suspect and all new collars keyed to each player will be awarded back to the players themselves. However, all former characters from the Beta version of S'taurrior should be erased to Level One and if they want to remake the same character again, a backed up appearance file will be available for each player to make it easier to remake their character from a fresh slate. However, everyone will get Rebel collars. Imperial Collars will be a thing of the past to preserve game balance in S'taurrior. Everyone will get to start fresh as if the game is brand new which for the record, with the changes that I was working on, the game WILL be brand new for most of the players."

    End of Chapter 01

  • #2
    Chapter 02

    Bert then continued. "...Within reason, a character could visit their player for a short amount of time before needing to return to their own universe. No one will be allowed to play an evil character."

    Medina then said, "I work part time with the Game Control Card Police Authority, Bert. I would like to help out with making the game more secure so this fiasco has less of a chance of happening again. Will you permit Covert and I to assist you with this?"

    Bert smiled. "Of course I will. I wanted game balance and security from the beginning. But Orion was overwhelmed so it wasn't his fault."

    Getting to work immediately, King Kazma and the heroes began making with the locale changes and the bringing in of the Two Rivers base location for Bert's usage. The two new rivers were a blessing for every farm in the region especially since Ernie's corn farm needed irrigation and this would do it. Bert spent the time explaining to Ernie what was going on in the area so he wasn't surprised by having the extra water.

    "So you are going to be living closer to my farm, Bert? That makes me so happy. So very happy." Bert got a fond, firm hug with a kiss from Ernie the Donkeytaur. Bert was blushing since he had previously already forgotten how much Ernie loved him.

    "Once everything is balanced and running smoothly, I will come and personally visit you more often, Ernie. The Imperial fiasco will be a thing of the past. I know you wanted friendship more than anything else."

    In the coming days, the Two Rivers base was completed which contained a doorway which led to an inter-dimensional non-space which housed Bert's S'taurrior guild base replica in its entirety. Another door within the replica base was a shortcut to his characters' project base. Having Medina and Covert Fox assisting with the reprogramming of the security systems in the collar-worn rebel game just made the rebuild go all the faster. Standing at the main monitor inside his replica base, Bert sent a message to King Kazma. "Two Rivers is fully operational, sir. I was able to recreate my replica base within a non-space provided by Medina and Covert Fox within my new base headquarters. The two of them are finalizing the security on the S'taurrior game engine and collars. S'taurrior MMO: The Final Quadrant is on schedule thanks to all programmers assisting us with this project. Orion and Epsilon were checking out the base this morning along with a few of your sexy red rabbit soldiers. I don't know why they turn me on, sir."

    King Kazma replied, "Those were likely the newest young studs fresh out of the academy. They are closer to your age, Bert. I am glad you are about back online."

    Bert then said, "Linus and his mom as well as my father will all be living out here at the Two Rivers base. All of S'taur View is undergoing a clean-up process to remove filthy traps that we may not know about. Medina and Covert added in a real world clock into the gaming engine so players will know exactly how long they have been in game."

    Kazma said, "I am glad you guys almost have the system ready for game play. A lot of citizens out there are likely depressed and bored since they cannot play the game currently."

    At that moment, both Lukas Quadwalker and Clan Single came in and they gave Bert a sandwich hug between the both of them. "We missed you, Bert. Any chance of your joining us for a wienie roast at our base camp?"

    Bert said, "Of course I will, guys. I was just giving Kazma an update to the games' progress. Check back with you later, sir. My partner and his friend need me." And he signed out of the vid-call. "Let's get going, guys. I know I promised you both some fun time. Is Linus waiting on me as well?"

    Clan remarked, "Yes, he is there as we speak. This camp out is a bonding session between us guys. Please don't reset my ranks back to One for the game release, Bert. Linus and I have worked our tails off to get to where we got to before you joined the game. I know you want to retain game balance; but Linus' original threat to leave the game still exists. Maybe you can make it so that good players have to take a quiz based off of the rules to retain a percentage of their former ranks. Resetting everyone's ranks will likely result in a lot of players no playing the game anymore. The former Imperial players; yes I can see them having to start over. But the rest of us... what have we done wrong to get lumped into sharing the punishment?"

    Lukas added, "Clan and I were talking earlier, Bert; our using the Imperial staff menus to rank me up in the way we did it was outright cheating. It makes it so I missed out on the incredible items normally associated with earning the ranks the usual way. Not to mention there was an old rule in regards to earning the right to make a guild. The old rule stated that you had to be rank Twenty and have at least Ten players to help vouch for your new guild. While it was true that you and Thunder used the Staff privilege to bypass the usual rules in making your guilds, Epsilon, under the dragon's influence, made it so a player had to get their character's cooperation in making the guild early. You were right when you noted that there was no way I would want to be stuck with a huge guild that I personally didn't even care about. Remember how I initially acted when you agreed to the Shared Existence protocol? In truth, Thunder Rails was suffering through the same thing with Lightning. Epsilon forced me to learn my lesson to be able to retain partnering rights to you, Bert. So how is it game balance that Lightning didn't also get the rescue reprieve that I was given? We were both Imperials and we both initiated the Shared Existence protocol offer to our players. Thunder never got the instant rescue while you did. All this talk about game balance seems lost if all formally Imperial partners are not given a chance to clean up. I made it, so why not the others?"

    Bert said, "I think we need to talk to Orion, Epsilon, Medina, and Covert about this. Orion and Epsilon are the game masters while Medina and Covert are handling security in the game itself. Don't forget that Lightning was a prick for far longer than you were, Lukas. Reprogramming him now would still result in his losing a lot of ranks that he likely would feel that he had honestly earned but in truth, as you said earlier, using the Staff menus to gain those ranks was outright cheating as was making that Punk guild that the honest players did not like. Come on, guys. Lets go talk to the programmers and see about making honest corrections in game."

    Within the Staff Conference Hall, Bert re-explained what Lukas and Clan had suggested to him in regards to game balance and cleaning up former Imperial characters. Orion listened with an open mind and didn't say anything outright just yet. Epsilon however had something to say about it. "Bert, in regards to this subject, let me remind one and all, the Imperial Characters were programmed to have the Hell Dragon influences much like an evil empire would have over their citizens anyway. Mind-control. They did as the emperor said or they were dropped into the emperor's open slit and remade into a loyal soldier that way. I would suggest that all old Imperial characters older than a month of play be retired into a permanent NPC status in game and existing players be permitted to play the children of the former characters as Imperials Gone Rogue."

    End of Chapter 02