The Edge of Infinity

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The Edge of Infinity

Post by arcanus » Tue Aug 19, 2014 8:49 pm

Menagerie 2012, Isla de la Juventud – Greater Antilles
Discovered in HLD (Homeline Date) 1997 Menagerie was discovered to be a pristine world where evolution had inexplicably followed a different path in every ecosystem.
Confirmed as having no indigent intelligent life it was opened to research, tourism and limited settlement (largely to support the former), thirty years later it had a million residents scattered across the globe.

Susan Wallace had moved quickly arriving via cargo conveyer from Homeline Havana to Menageries Habana and then by contragrav vertol to the resort of Bibijagua Beach on the Isle of Youth.
Her trail immediately took her up to the Xenozoological Research facility in the pine covered hills above the port of Nueva Gerona, the more she looked into Stuart Arving’s offworld activities the more time she discovered he’d spent on Menagerie.
The mention of her former mentors name to the research staff had immediately ingratiated her to the staff and fortunately had avoided awkward questions, so far so good.

Wallace had climbed out from a tree platform adjacent to the facility, the building itself resembled a tiered series of levels fitted to the Cliffside and immersed within the thick trees.
Following the lower outcroppings of rock running from the cliff a line of tree platforms and houses had been built to aid observation and research.

She reclined on a sturdy branch and consulted her tablet, as twilight crossed the horizon she paused rubbing her eyes and looked out across the Gulf of Batabanó to mainland Cuba.
Slowly she reached into the large pockets of her cargo pants and equally slowly withdrew its content, the most noticeable aspect of Menagerie was the quiet, the sound of the forest, of little in the way of machines or humanity.
She waited until the source of her discreet observation was just below her, a long neck started to crane around the tree trunk, a long jawbone stretching open revealing row upon row of fangs.
It quietly leaned forwards until its head appeared to her right, again she slowly raised her right arm as if stretching and fired.
The discharge was a quiet thump, the bizarre creature recoiled, screeched and then plummeted into the undergrowth below, Wallace peered over down watching as it twitched and writhed, the sonic stunner would only lay it low for 10 minutes, hopefully teaching it wariness in the process.

She frowned one of this World lines natural oddities, its body resembled that of a large dog, its legs ending in hoof like feet only curved into claw like protrusions, the oddness however was despite its mammalian form it had a reptilian tail and serpent like neck and head.
All of this covered in a tiger orange fur with leopard like markings, a long mane flowed from it neck, lengthening from its back and then fanning out from its tail.

“Questing Beast” mentioned a foreign voice, her attention was drawn to a stocky man balanced precariously on a neighbouring branch, she regarded him quietly, rugged, hard, outdoor shorts, trail top, body warmer and wide brimmed bush hat.
The man wasn't regarding her however, looking down the 50 or so feet at the stunned creature, thoughtfully, Wallace noted the machete sheathed on his side and the bulky rifle slung over his shoulder.
She waited until he looked up at her, she guessed he was late fifties, maybe early sixties, although probably fitter than men half his age, from his tan rarely indoors.
“Hazard, Jim Hazard” he said by way introduction
“Susan” she replied “Ranger or random guy who wanders around?” she added
He frowned at her initial terseness, then grinned “Ranger maam”
“Kentucky or Tennessee?” she replied
“Close west Virginia”
“What kind of creature is that” she asked looking back down to the creature and noticing that it was beginning to stir
“Not from any family of animal you’d recognise maam” he replied
“Susan” she corrected
“There’s over 200 different animal families on The Zoo, Questing Beasts are someway to the left of a lizard and a mammal”
She nodded, it was hard to comprehend something that wasn't from a family of animals she’d recognise, but that was the appeal of this line, not just variations on theme but completely new families or branches of flora and fauna.

“Thank you Mr Hazard, good to know you’re around”
“Looks like you can take care of yourself Miss Wallace” she nodded in response, hopping from the branch back onto the tree platform and started back to the research centre, distantly she could hear the evening revelry of tourists on the Bibijagua Beach resort.

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The Edge of Infinity

Post by arcanus » Tue Mar 19, 2019 6:04 pm

The Infinite Otherworld University (IOU) Campus – The Clock Tower
The view from the esteemed Clock Tower was always spectacular, the IOUs main campus was a sprawling series of classical buildings and halls each of Palladian or Georgian design.
Between the university buildings were large areas of greenery, rows of trees and a multitude of monuments and activity stations such as bandstands, statues and arenas.

If you looked a little more closely you noticed the oddities and vagaries of the place, trees and foliage not quite native to Earth or long extinct and statues celebrating historically incorrect personages.
The other thing you sensed was an energy in the air, a constant motion not granted by a breeze or the weather.

The IOU was Infinities Otherworld University, although Corporation sponsored Universities around the world none were remotely like The IOU, for starters the majority of the campus wasn’t even on Homeline. Unknown to the masses and even some of its students the main campus existed within an orbiting pocket realm cleodynamically joined to Earth by a complex nexus gate, in turn other nexus gates within the pocket realm led to other Worldlines.

As such the IOU was monitored by Infinities Nexus Oversight Division, although run by its own faculty and support personnel. In return Infinity could school its more esoteric, unusual or useful findlings and budding future recruits.

Here Parachronic experiments could be safely performed, higher mana levels enabled a small number of magical students to be trained, something Infinity sorely needed and parasciences were taught.
Essentially any academic or scientific area that was too strange to be taught in a Homeline University could be schooled within the IOU.

As such Infinity based a unit of semi retired patrolmen and Infinity techs within the campus, as well as a small number of Nexus Personnel, all of whom fell under the watchful eye of Nexas Oversight Director Thomas Månsson.

Sat within the Archdeans opulent office, in the Faculties headquarters known as the Clocktower, Månsson awaited the Archdean, the mysterious and potentially inhuman Head of the IOU.
As with the majority of parachronic oddities The IOU was both an enormous asset and immense headache, the majority of Infinities Board and UNIC couldn’t stand it, hating its status, particularly it being run by independents.

However, its environment and results were unquestionable, the IOU Faculty had assisted Infinity in identifying several other Earth orbit pocket realms, all of which could have presented strategic headaches or vulnerabilities if discovered by less scrupulous agencies.
Plus it routinely produced notable high quality students who passed into all manner of important positions within Homelines Transworld industry, so the status quo remained.

Power plays and postering where endemic to the campus, so he didn’t allow the Archdean’s late entry to bother him, drawing his attention from the sunny view outside as a large fluffy cat rubbed his leg announcing her arrival!

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