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The Golden Spire, an Orokin tower on Lua rumored to be the home of a powerful Archimedian during the height of the empire. Legends abound about the fate of its owner, Miriam Tanis whose children were lost aboard the Zarimman Ten Zero. 
 

Some claim she went mad with grief, and blamed the Orokin for their loss, inciting a rebellion at the Tower of Altra, only to be executed for her treason. 
 

Others claim she chose to become a Cephalon to escape her grief, and persist to this day, archiving data in some forgotten terminal, unwilling to return to the world of the living. 
 

A handful claim she roams Lua as a disembodied spirit, watching over the empty somatic pods of the Tenno, forever searching for her lost children. 
 

Whatever fate befell it’s original owner the Tower is now occupied by the enigmatic House Tanis, a group of artificers, artisans’ and researchers dedicated to bringing back the glory of the Orokin Empire one sculpture at a time. Their finest works adorn the lobbies of Corpus and Tenno alike, and they are well known for breathing life into ancient wonders. 
 

Those willing to risk life and limb exploring the crumbling depths of Lua will find House Tanis offers more than fair price for any recovered relics, especially those that might shed light on their namesake’s fate. 
 

Within the tower lie two shops ready to equip would be adventurers with the gear they need to survive the Lunar Depths. 
 

Morrison’s Masks and Filters offers a variety of safety gear for those without access to Warframes, and a selection of exploration themed mods for the Tenno. 

Alarik’s Arsenal offers a selection of weapons and tools for the eager adventurer, from simple rock climbing picks to heavy mining gear, as well as advice on what dangers may await. 
 

Once one is prepared they can speak to Seven, a former resident of Fortuna, to be granted access to the Lunar Depths and begin their adventure. 
 

Those who wish to know more about the enigmatic House Tanis, and their work, may consult one of their many Artisans. 
 

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Arrival

The tower gleams in the Lunar light like a golden needle poised to pierce the sky. It’s surface is surprisingly pristine. The reason why quickly becomes apparent upon closer inspection. Crews in ornate environmental suits hang from scaffolds, polishing and repairing the walls. 

Five landing pads fan out from the top of the spire, currently unoccupied. Each one leads to a massive door. A pair of corrupted Nullifiers stand guard at each, each flanked by a pair of fusion Moas.

 

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"... Thank you Spire, coming down on pad 3."
The Solari pilot closed the comms channel, and looked at the passenger.  "Well," he said, "Here's your stop.  You're sure this is where you want to go, right?"

The passenger was already shuffling toward the hatch, crouching under a ceiling that was meant for normal people, not three-meter mistakes of genetic engineering.

"Yes," she answered, matter-of-factly, as if it were some innocently obvious truth of the universe.  This was where she had asked to go.

There was a jolt as the transport struck the landing pad, and a screech of a hinge that had seen better days as the cargo door opened, letting the lights on the landing pad illuminate the passenger's face.  It was an ordinary Grineer face, streaked and splotched with colors ranging from albino-white to pure-melanin-black and everything in between.  One eye was a pale green, almost white; the other socket contained a dark lens surrounded by some unidentifiable metal.  As the door opened further, the guards would see that the passenger wore the orange armor of an Arson Eximus, dulled by wear.  Behind her, a modified Regulator drone floated to the ceiling with a small tap!

The pilot appeared next to her.  "I've dropped off many a young adventure-seeker here," he said.  "Most of them don't come back up."  The Grineer looked at him quizzically.  "I'm not seeking adventure," she said.

As the pilot began to unload crates from the ship, the grineer stepped down onto the landing pad, unfolding to her full hight and grabbing hold of the drone as it began to gently float upwards, and walked towards the guards with long, bouncing strides in the lunar gravity.  She stopped just close enough to be awkward, then took a step back and gave a small wave.

"Hello.  My name is Anak.  Is this House Tanis?"

((Sorry for the wait.))

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On 2020-07-23 at 2:10 PM, UnremarkableUsername said:

"... Thank you Spire, coming down on pad 3."
The Solari pilot closed the comms channel, and looked at the passenger.  "Well," he said, "Here's your stop.  You're sure this is where you want to go, right?"

The passenger was already shuffling toward the hatch, crouching under a ceiling that was meant for normal people, not three-meter mistakes of genetic engineering.

"Yes," she answered, matter-of-factly, as if it were some innocently obvious truth of the universe.  This was where she had asked to go.

There was a jolt as the transport struck the landing pad, and a screech of a hinge that had seen better days as the cargo door opened, letting the lights on the landing pad illuminate the passenger's face.  It was an ordinary Grineer face, streaked and splotched with colors ranging from albino-white to pure-melanin-black and everything in between.  One eye was a pale green, almost white; the other socket contained a dark lens surrounded by some unidentifiable metal.  As the door opened further, the guards would see that the passenger wore the orange armor of an Arson Eximus, dulled by wear.  Behind her, a modified Regulator drone floated to the ceiling with a small tap!

The pilot appeared next to her.  "I've dropped off many a young adventure-seeker here," he said.  "Most of them don't come back up."  The Grineer looked at him quizzically.  "I'm not seeking adventure," she said.

As the pilot began to unload crates from the ship, the grineer stepped down onto the landing pad, unfolding to her full hight and grabbing hold of the drone as it began to gently float upwards, and walked towards the guards with long, bouncing strides in the lunar gravity.  She stopped just close enough to be awkward, then took a step back and gave a small wave.

"Hello.  My name is Anak.  Is this House Tanis?"

((Sorry for the wait.))

The Nullifiers glance at one another and exchange a flurry of words in their strange tongue. Then both take a step to the side as the door opens. A single Orokin drone floats out. 

“Anak is it?” A voice asks, emanatin. “Welcome to House Tanis. I am Steward Hozen. Please forgive the lack of physical presence.”

You can hear something shatter in the background. It sounds like glass. 

“Please step inside and I will give you a short tour of the place.” Hozen says. “Unless you would like to skip directly to business.”

 

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A strange Landing Craft glided gently down to the landing pad. It was painted with a strange scheme, primarily purple with black and red accents. The body was wide and fat, unlike the typical Liset, Mantis, Xiphos or Scimitar Landing Craft that most Tenno use. (It's the new Nightwave LC)

The door opened to reveal an elegant Equinox Prime. A strange person walked out from inside the frame, as if they phased into existence. The person wore an interesting purple suit with an even stranger mask covering the hood. The suit had an Infested look, while the mask looked like a glassy visor. Behind the mask were a pair of cyan-purple eyes that glowed purple. Turning around, Kacilius smiled. "That's a fine fashionframe for sure." He phased back into the Equinox and looked around for the escorts from House Tanis.

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A strange Landing Craft glided gently down to the landing pad. It was painted with a strange scheme, primarily purple with black and red accents. The body was wide and fat, unlike the typical Liset, Mantis, Xiphos or Scimitar Landing Craft that most Tenno use. (It's the new Nightwave LC)

The door opened to reveal an elegant Equinox Prime. A strange person walked out from inside the frame, as if they phased into existence. The person wore an interesting purple suit with an even stranger mask covering the hood. The suit had an Infested look, while the mask looked like a glassy visor. Behind the mask were a pair of cyan-purple eyes that glowed purple. Turning around, Kacilius smiled. "That's a fine fashionframe for sure." He phased back into the Equinox and looked around for the escorts from House Tanis.

The Nullifiers closest to your pad drop into a ready stance at the sight of the infested suit. Another Orokin drone flies out of the door, this one moving noticeably faster and comes to a halt before you, a scan sweeping over you. 

“Infestation detected. Please verify sterile status or containment measures.” An automatic voice says. 

You can hear the whir of Fusion Moa cannons warming up, and those with keen eyes would notice the turrets spaced around the pad have begun to track your movements. 
 

 

 

 

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(Aw shet XD)

Kacilius put his hands up. "Woah, calm down. This Infestation is benign. It's only visual, and it won't hurt. You can put your guns down." He looked around, counting three Nullifiers, five Fusion Moas, and the Orokin Drone, in case he would have to fight. (It's the Emissary Operator Suit, is that fine?)

A screech could be heard from inside the Landing Craft, and a Vasca Kavat stalked out, eyeing the Nullifiers and Fusion Moas carefully. Kacilius sighed. "Ok, and now Vampkitty is about to bite your face off. Let's all calm down, especially you, Vampkitty, ok?" Vampkitty looked at Kacilius and just meowed.

Then a Helminth Charger strolled out.

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(Aw shet XD)

Kacilius put his hands up. "Woah, calm down. This Infestation is benign. It's only visual, and it won't hurt. You can put your guns down." He looked around, counting three Nullifiers, five Fusion Moas, and the Orokin Drone, in case he would have to fight. (It's the Emissary Operator Suit, is that fine?)

A screech could be heard from inside the Landing Craft, and a Vasca Kavat stalked out, eyeing the Nullifiers and Fusion Moas carefully. Kacilius sighed. "Ok, and now Vampkitty is about to bite your face off. Let's all calm down, especially you, Vampkitty, ok?" Vampkitty looked at Kacilius and just meowed.

Then a Helminth Charger strolled out.

“Analyzing.” The drone says. “Sterile strain confirmed. Redirecting precepts to orientation protocol.” 

The Nullifiers resume their normal stance. The Turrets disengage, and the Moas disperse th heat buildup through side vents. 

The voice changes to a more feminine one. 

“I could I’ve told you it was benign, Hozen.... I don’t know.... it’s some weird Tenno thing.... well they are insane.... wait, how long has my mic been on?”

You can hear the scrabble fingers on ceramic, along with a string of what seems to be Orokin curse words. 

The voice becomes warmer. 

“Tenno, welcome, this is Caretaker Haleen. Welcome to House Tanis. Are you here for business or adventure?”

 

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Kacilius turned to the drone. "I am Kacilius Venrai, and I am here for adventuring, although I may have interest in selling wares." He rubbed Vampkitty on the head. "This is Vampkitty, my Vasca Kavat. Excuse me for the disruption; I did not want to scare your staff too much. Can I have a tour of House Tanis?"

Technocyte, the Helminth Charger, then bounded out next to his master's leg. Hopefully House Tanis won't shoot on sight like earlier.

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14 hours ago, Rakawan said:

“Anak is it?” A voice asks, emanatin. “Welcome to House Tanis. I am Steward Hozen. Please forgive the lack of physical presence.”

You can hear something shatter in the background. It sounds like glass. 

“Please step inside and I will give you a short tour of the place.” Hozen says. “Unless you would like to skip directly to business.”

"Thank you," said the Grineer with a nod bordering on a small bow, and walked forward towards the door, keeping a hand on her Regulator drone so it wouldn't float away.  As she passed throught the Nullifiers' bubbles, she raised her other hand in front of her and, looking at it quizzically, snapped her fingers.  There was a small, bright burst of flame, as if she had lit a match, and she waved it away.  Interesting.  She'd always wondered what a nully would do to her eximus ability.  Reduced, but not gone.

As she stepped through the door, it occurred to her how rare it was to find a door she could walk through without having to duck.

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Kacilius turned to the drone. "I am Kacilius Venrai, and I am here for adventuring, although I may have interest in selling wares." He rubbed Vampkitty on the head. "This is Vampkitty, my Vasca Kavat. Excuse me for the disruption; I did not want to scare your staff too much. Can I have a tour of House Tanis?"

Technocyte, the Helminth Charger, then bounded out next to his master's leg. Hopefully House Tanis won't shoot on sight like earlier.

“Excellent, we could use more adventurers.” Haleen says. “I can give you a quick tour, and get you on your way to the Lunar Depths.”

She hesitates as charger and kavat emerge.
 

“Unfortunately both your pets have been classified as infectious life forms.” She says. “As a Class C infectious lifeform the Kavat is allowed, provided it is muzzled. However the charger must stay aboard your ship. Class A infectious lifeforms are forbidden except within the depths. There is a landing pad by the base of the tower for offloading companions.”

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"Thank you," said the Grineer with a nod bordering on a small bow, and walked forward towards the door, keeping a hand on her Regulator drone so it wouldn't float away.  As she passed throught the Nullifiers' bubbles, she raised her other hand in front of her and, looking at it quizzically, snapped her fingers.  There was a small, bright burst of flame, as if she had lit a match, and she waved it away.  Interesting.  She'd always wondered what a nully would do to her eximus ability.  Reduced, but not gone.

As she stepped through the door, it occurred to her how rare it was to find a door she could walk through without having to duck.

“Our Nullifiers have three separate effects depending on classification of target, an improvement over the Corpus model.” Hozen says. “Those tagged as Ally received no hindrance. Neutral targets are slightly suppressed, in order to limit accidents. Enemy targets are completely suppressed.”

The pride in his voice seems to indicate he was al least partially involved this upgrade. 
 

“We are even working on a portion using tech recovered from the Jordas Golem to create a variant than can sterilize ingested tissue within the field.” He says through the drone. “However  that project is more of a pipe dream.”

Something shatters on the other side of the microphone. It sounds like pottery. 

You can hear a small voice yell. 
 

“It’s not a pipe dream you unimaginative buffoon.”

Hozen clears his throat as you pass through the inner doors and into a long corridor. 
 

“As you can see my colleagues and I disagree on certain topics. House Tanis is home to many and varied individuals. However our differences have not stopped us from managing to create... this!”

He finishes his speech just as the doors at the end of the corridor open. The space inside is massive, and somehow seems bigger than the structure should be able to contain. A series of five doors, including the one you just walked through, are spaced around around the outer walls, a series of alcoves between them. Humans in long flowing robes walk around the circular pathways, tapping on gilded tablets or conversing in hushed tones. Inside the alcoves more are at work, poring over statues, fountains, and strange widgets whose purpose escapes you.  
 

“Ahh it seems we are in luck.” Hozen says. He turns and looks at a Tenno in Frost Prime talking to an individual whose robes are gilded nearly to the point of absurdity.

”That is the Steward.” Hozen says. “And the Tenno is the Arbiter, one of Master Tanis’ most trusted servants.”

Whatever the two are talking about seems rather urgent. From their reactions it seems evident it is no small matter.

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“Excellent, we could use more adventurers.” Haleen says. “I can give you a quick tour, and get you on your way to the Lunar Depths.”

She hesitates as charger and kavat emerge.
 

“Unfortunately both your pets have been classified as infectious life forms.” She says. “As a Class C infectious lifeform the Kavat is allowed, provided it is muzzled. However the charger must stay aboard your ship. Class A infectious lifeforms are forbidden except within the depths. There is a landing pad by the base of the tower for offloading companions.”

“Very well. I’ll put Technocyte into stasis and put a muzzle on Vampkitty.” Kacilius ushered both companions onto his Landing Craft. He put Technocyte into his Personal Quarters. “Stay here, alright? I don’t want to get kicked out of here, not when there’s a chance for me to find it.” Kacilius sighed as he finished putting the muzzle on Vampkitty, who was unhappily screeching before calming down and accepting his fate. “ Hopefully I can learn about what happened to her.”

Satisfied, Kacilius walked back out. “My Charger is in stasis and my Kavat has a muzzle. Can you lead the way for me, Caretaker Haleen?”

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“Very well. I’ll put Technocyte into stasis and put a muzzle on Vampkitty.” Kacilius ushered both companions onto his Landing Craft. He put Technocyte into his Personal Quarters. “Stay here, alright? I don’t want to get kicked out of here, not when there’s a chance for me to find it.” Kacilius sighed as he finished putting the muzzle on Vampkitty, who was unhappily screeching before calming down and accepting his fate. “ Hopefully I can learn about what happened to her.”

Satisfied, Kacilius walked back out. “My Charger is in stasis and my Kavat has a muzzle. Can you lead the way for me, Caretaker Haleen?”

“Of course.” Haleen says. “Right this way.”

Her drone darts through the doors into a long corridor. Those familiar with Void Towers would notice the same retractable paneling used in rooms with laser traps. 

”House Tanis was originally founded during the Orokin era, by our namesake, Miriam Tanis.” She says. ”No one knows for sure what kind of research she did, but nowadays we stick to restoration and replication of decorative features. Ayatan sculptures, fountains, and a handful of quality of life utilities for colonists. Things like food storage and cheap prosthetics.”

Haleen finishes her speech just as the doors at the end of the corridor open. The space inside is massive, and somehow seems bigger than the structure should be able to contain. A series of five doors, including the one you just walked through, are spaced around around the outer walls, a series of alcoves between them. Humans in long flowing robes walk around the circular pathways, tapping on gilded tablets or conversing in hushed tones. Inside the alcoves more are at work, poring over statues, fountains, and strange widgets whose purpose escapes you.  

“Well that’s new.” Haleen says. She turns and looks at a Tenno in Frost Prime talking to an individual whose robes are gilded nearly to the point of absurdity.

”The golden fellow is the Steward.” Haleen says. “Good man, but a bit uptight. Just remember to smile and wave and flash a few credits and you’ll be best friends. The Tenno is the Arbiter. No one really knows his name. He handles any problems that arise. On and off the books, if you catch my drift. Has the Master’s backing to do whatever he has to to keep things running. I’d say steer clear but the last Tenno took that as a challenge. Never saw him again.”

The two seem to be locked in an argument of some kind. The Steward seems to be arguing adamantly against something.

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Of course.” Haleen says. “Right this way.”

Her drone darts through the doors into a long corridor. Those familiar with Void Towers would notice the same retractable paneling used in rooms with laser traps. 

”House Tanis was originally founded during the Orokin era, by our namesake, Miriam Tanis.” She says. ”No one knows for sure what kind of research she did, but nowadays we stick to restoration and replication of decorative features. Ayatan sculptures, fountains, and a handful of quality of life utilities for colonists. Things like food storage and cheap prosthetics.”

Haleen finishes her speech just as the doors at the end of the corridor open. The space inside is massive, and somehow seems bigger than the structure should be able to contain. A series of five doors, including the one you just walked through, are spaced around around the outer walls, a series of alcoves between them. Humans in long flowing robes walk around the circular pathways, tapping on gilded tablets or conversing in hushed tones. Inside the alcoves more are at work, poring over statues, fountains, and strange widgets whose purpose escapes you.  

Kacilius looked around in awe. Not even the Void Towers were this beautiful, and he wasn’t a stranger to the Void. The artifacts caught his eye, as well as strange widgets that were being examined.

17 minutes ago, Rakawan said:

“Well that’s new.” Haleen says. She turns and looks at a Tenno in Frost Prime talking to an individual whose robes are gilded nearly to the point of absurdity.

”The golden fellow is the Steward.” Haleen says. “Good man, but a bit uptight. Just remember to smile and wave and flash a few credits and you’ll be best friends. The Tenno is the Arbiter. No one really knows his name. He handles any problems that arise. On and off the books, if you catch my drift. Has the Master’s backing to do whatever he has to to keep things running. I’d say steer clear but the last Tenno took that as a challenge. Never saw him again.”

The two seem to be locked in an argument of some kind. The Steward seems to be arguing adamantly against something.

“Arbiter, huh. It would be interesting if they were aligned with the Arbiters of Hexis.“ Kacilius stares at the Steward. “That’s... a really elaborate robe.” Looking nervous, Kacilius turned back to the drone. “I... think we should move on. I do NOT want to fight either of them, judging from their current tones.” He shook his head. “I also don’t have good relations with the Arbiters as well, and those Death Platoons have  almost screwed me over before.”

Looking around, Kacilius also noticed a Grineer Heavy Gunner a few meters away. She must have arrived before him, but his nerves were on edge. He had a HUGE hatred of both the Grineer and Corpus. Hopefully he wouldn’t be noticed or instinctively attack.

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1 hour ago, EpicdudeX said:

Kacilius looked around in awe. Not even the Void Towers were this beautiful, and he wasn’t a stranger to the Void. The artifacts caught his eye, as well as strange widgets that were being examined.

“Arbiter, huh. It would be interesting if they were aligned with the Arbiters of Hexis.“ Kacilius stares at the Steward. “That’s... a really elaborate robe.” Looking nervous, Kacilius turned back to the drone. “I... think we should move on. I do NOT want to fight either of them, judging from their current tones.” He shook his head. “I also don’t have good relations with the Arbiters as well, and those Death Platoons have  almost screwed me over before.”

Looking around, Kacilius also noticed a Grineer Heavy Gunner a few meters away. She must have arrived before him, but his nerves were on edge. He had a HUGE hatred of both the Grineer and Corpus. Hopefully he wouldn’t be noticed or instinctively attack.

Upon closer inspection the widgets appears to be some form of Ayatan sculpture merged with navigation devices. Instead of stars you can see series of smooth crystalline orbs made from prismarite. As you stare one suddenly whirls to point directly at you. The researchers working on it glance up... and immediately launch into a whispered argument, complete with angry hand waving at eachother. One seems elated while the other looks frustrated.

“Man loves his robes.” Haleen says, still staring at the Steward. “That’s actually less gaudy than normal. Master Tanis made him tone it down after he stepped underneath a particularly bright light and nearly blinded an entire research team.”

The drone turns and hovers forward.

“Most of the upper level is for the more flashy projects. Things that make people go ooh and ahh.” Haleen says. “Feel free to ask the Artisans about them if you’d like. Just be prepared for copious amounts of facetious technobabble. They love sounding smarter than everyone else.”

She stops next to a gilded teleporter.

“Of course if you’d like to get busy exploring the Depths we can hop down to the first floor and get you outfitted.” She says. She seems very eager for you to pick that option. “They have some pretty nice gear for sale too. And a few guns.”

There is a garbled burst of speech from the speakers and you hear Haleen sigh. 

”Fine.” She says. “As a member of House Tanis I am legally obligated to inform you that any weapons purchased on this premise are provided by a third party vendor and that House Tanis does not engage in, profit from, or directly condone the research, sale, or manufacture of said weapons... happy Hozen?”

You can hear a garbled response. 

“I don’t care.” Haleen said. “I don’t...Hozen... I’m blocking your channel.”

The drone turns back to you. 
 

“Now, where were we?”

 

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24 minutes ago, Rakawan said:

Upon closer inspection the widgets appears to be some form of Ayatan sculpture merged with navigation devices. Instead of stars you can see series of smooth crystalline orbs made from prismarite. As you stare one suddenly whirls to point directly at you. The researchers working on it glance up... and immediately launch into a whispered argument, complete with angry hand waving at eachother. One seems elated while the other looks frustrated.

Kacilius turned around, surprised that a device would point straight at him. He slowly moved to the left to see whether the device would keep pointing at him.

26 minutes ago, Rakawan said:

“Man loves his robes.” Haleen says, still staring at the Steward. “That’s actually less gaudy than normal. Master Tanis made him tone it down after he stepped underneath a particularly bright light and nearly blinded an entire research team.”

“Well, that sounds slightly better than a Mirage, Excalibur and Vauban playing around with their abilities and nearly killing the four of us. The Excalibur Radial Blinded us when the Mirage was creating a Prism, causing the Vauban to accidentally trip his Bastille to become a vortex. I was blind for a week.”

30 minutes ago, Rakawan said:

The drone turns and hovers forward.

“Most of the upper level is for the more flashy projects. Things that make people go ooh and ahh.” Haleen says. “Feel free to ask the Artisans about them if you’d like. Just be prepared for copious amounts of facetious technobabble. They love sounding smarter than everyone else.”

She stops next to a gilded teleporter.

“Of course if you’d like to get busy exploring the Depths we can hop down to the first floor and get you outfitted.” She says. She seems very eager for you to pick that option. “They have some pretty nice gear for sale too. And a few guns.”

There is a garbled burst of speech from the speakers and you hear Haleen sigh. 

”Fine.” She says. “As a member of House Tanis I am legally obligated to inform you that any weapons purchased on this premise are provided by a third party vendor and that House Tanis does not engage in, profit from, or directly condone the research, sale, or manufacture of said weapons... happy Hozen?”

You can hear a garbled response. 

“I don’t care.” Haleen said. “I don’t...Hozen... I’m blocking your channel.”

The drone turns back to you. 
 

“Now, where were we?”

“I think I’ll take a trip down to the Depths first, then check out the upper floor. As for gearing up, I’ll take a look at what wares there are. I don’t mind the third party vendor, although if it ends up screwing me up in some way, I might take out the vendor. Just kidding.” Kacilius chuckled as he heard Haleen yell and block Hozen. “Who’s Hozen? Sounds like you two don’t get along.”

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5 hours ago, Rakawan said:

He finishes his speech just as the doors at the end of the corridor open. The space inside is massive, and somehow seems bigger than the structure should be able to contain. A series of five doors, including the one you just walked through, are spaced around around the outer walls, a series of alcoves between them. Humans in long flowing robes walk around the circular pathways, tapping on gilded tablets or conversing in hushed tones. Inside the alcoves more are at work, poring over statues, fountains, and strange widgets whose purpose escapes you.

Anak squinted as her eyes adjusted to the light.  There was more gold in here than she had ever seen in her life up to that point.  And with all these people working with ancient technology... Maybe there was someone here who could help sort out Floater's software problems.

1 hour ago, EpicdudeX said:

Looking around, Kacilius also noticed a Grineer Heavy Gunner a few meters away. She must have arrived before him, but his nerves were on edge. He had a HUGE hatred of both the Grineer and Corpus. Hopefully he wouldn’t be noticed or instinctively attack.

14 minutes ago, EpicdudeX said:

“Who’s Hozen? Sounds like you two don’t get along.”

Anak suppressed a laugh, and it came out as a small snort and a huge grin.  Pointing to the drones with her thumb, she said, "Hozen is operating the other drone.  I think the pilots are in the same room."  Her voice was calm and deliberate, with barely a hint of a Grineer accent.

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11 minutes ago, UnremarkableUsername said:

Anak suppressed a laugh, and it came out as a small snort and a huge grin.  Pointing to the drones with her thumb, she said, "Hozen is operating the other drone.  I think the pilots are in the same room."  Her voice was calm and deliberate, with barely a hint of a Grineer accent.

Kacilius yelped, then tried to hide the fact he was surprised. “That would make sense, although just blocking the channel doesn’t prevent Hozen from directly going to Haleen and harassing her or whatever.” He eyed the Grineer carefully. “I don’t think I’ve met you before. What’s your name?” He slowly but carefully extended his hand out for a handshake.

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51 minutes ago, EpicdudeX said:

Kacilius turned around, surprised that a device would point straight at him. He slowly moved to the left to see whether the device would keep pointing at him.

“Well, that sounds slightly better than a Mirage, Excalibur and Vauban playing around with their abilities and nearly killing the four of us. The Excalibur Radial Blinded us when the Mirage was creating a Prism, causing the Vauban to accidentally trip his Bastille to become a vortex. I was blind for a week.”

“I think I’ll take a trip down to the Depths first, then check out the upper floor. As for gearing up, I’ll take a look at what wares there are. I don’t mind the third party vendor, although if it ends up screwing me up in some way, I might take out the vendor. Just kidding.” Kacilius chuckled as he heard Haleen yell and block Hozen. “Who’s Hozen? Sounds like you two don’t get along.”

“Another Caretaker.” She says. “He oversees some of the more temperamental internal systems. It requires an eye for detail, which makes him a terrible tour guide. No one needs to know the name of every spec of dust on all eleven floors.”

38 minutes ago, UnremarkableUsername said:

Anak squinted as her eyes adjusted to the light.  There was more gold in here than she had ever seen in her life up to that point.  And with all these people working with ancient technology... Maybe there was someone here who could help sort out Floater's software problems.

Anak suppressed a laugh, and it came out as a small snort and a huge grin.  Pointing to the drones with her thumb, she said, "Hozen is operating the other drone.  I think the pilots are in the same room."  Her voice was calm and deliberate, with barely a hint of a Grineer accent.

“Different room.” Hozen says, matter of factly. “However there is a shared channel to allow us to keep tabs on one another, and any visitors, as well as coordinate in the event of an emergency.”

His drone turns to stare at Haleen’s. 
 

“Disabling it is heavily discouraged.” He says pointedly. 
 

“So is....”

Both drones suddenly dropping, their lights dimming and then relighting. A new voice emanates from both. 
 

“Every time.” It says. “Hi! I am Cephalon Idri, Chief Caretaker. I will be taking over as your tour guide. Don’t worry. I am fully capable of operating across multiple platforms simultaneously.”

She pauses, noticing the interaction between the two visitors.

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3 hours ago, EpicdudeX said:

Kacilius yelped, then tried to hide the fact he was surprised. “That would make sense, although just blocking the channel doesn’t prevent Hozen from directly going to Haleen and harassing her or whatever.” He eyed the Grineer carefully. “I don’t think I’ve met you before. What’s your name?” He slowly but carefully extended his hand out for a handshake.

Anak held out a hand, then realized it was her left, and she was still holding the Regulator drone with her right.  She switched hands, and shook Kacilius's hand.

"Oh.  uh.  I'm Anak.  You?"

Both her arms looked to be organic, and the hand Kaciliuis shook was... very warm.  Hot, even.  It seemed that this grineer had an unusually high body temperature.  And, she was huge.  Kacilius's Equinox was only about as tall as the grineer's orange-armored midriff.

She carried no weapons besides a standard-issue sheev and a kitgun that looked like it probably wouldn't be more dangerous to a tenno than a high-powered laser pointer.  Was she that confident of not getting in a fight?  Surely even an arson eximus would carry something to defend themselves in this system.

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28 minutes ago, UnremarkableUsername said:

Anak held out a hand, then realized it was her left, and she was still holding the Regulator drone with her right.  She switched hands, and shook Kacilius's hand.

"Oh.  uh.  I'm Anak.  You?"

Both her arms looked to be organic, and the hand Kaciliuis shook was... very warm.  Hot, even.  It seemed that this grineer had an unusually high body temperature.  And, she was huge.  Kacilius's Equinox was only about as tall as the grineer's orange-armored midriff.

She carried no weapons besides a standard-issue sheev and a kitgun that looked like it probably wouldn't be more dangerous to a tenno than a high-powered laser pointer.  Was she that confident of not getting in a fight?  Surely even an arson eximus would carry something to defend themselves in this system.

“Kacilius Venrai. Nice to meet you.” Kacilius replied, although his voice was strained. He was trying not to throw Anak outside and beat her up. “I was not expecting a Grineer here, can I ask why you are here?” He looked at her weapons.

Only a Sheev and a strange Kitgun. Still, she’s an Arson Eximus, which means she can knock me away with her Fire Blast and shoot me.

Kacilius watched warily while placing one hand stealthily on the Velox clipped to his hip.

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3 hours ago, EpicdudeX said:

“Kacilius Venrai. Nice to meet you.” Kacilius replied, although his voice was strained. He was trying not to throw Anak outside and beat her up. “I was not expecting a Grineer here, can I ask why you are here?” He looked at her weapons.

"I need credits.  And I wanted to go somewhere quiet.  Scavenging the depths seemed to fit."

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46 minutes ago, UnremarkableUsername said:

"I need credits.  And I wanted to go somewhere quiet.  Scavenging the depths seemed to fit."

Kacilius relaxed. Most Grinner that served in the Empire didn’t have a need for credits. “Ah, so you’re unlike the others. Forgive me for acting strangely, but my past experiences with Grineer have not been pleasant. Would you like to go down together? I am also here for adventuring.” Vampkitty snarled. “Whoops, excuse Vampkitty. He doesn’t really like anything non-Tenno, to be honest. Vampkitty, calm down. Anak is friendly.”

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On 2020-08-27 at 10:40 PM, EpicdudeX said:

Would you like to go down together?

Kacilius's voice pulled Anak's attention back from his kavat.  She recognized the signs of the Vasca virus, and made a mental note to stay away from the infected animal.
"Sure.  Why not."  He seemed nice enough, and getting to know the other people around this place was probably a good idea, considering that she intended to be here for a while.

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