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Decrypted header information from data fragments labeled ‘Cosmic.Negation.2011’
Somewhere in a former Soviet Union state, a broken man worked tireless to end his own suffering. His last happy memories were with his family, and they were dashed when his family has killed in a house fire. He could still see the bright bursts of flame engulfing the house and hear the heart-wrenching sounds of his wife and daughter screaming in terror. He wanted nothing more than to dull all of the light and sound around him; his desire was to end the pain from the terrible memories that his senses forced him to constantly relive.
This man, Sid, was a nuclear physicist in his prime, decades before. Quite wealthy, he had access to equipment, technology and a large abandoned military compound. When he completed his frightening work, it took the world by surprise and humanity once again looked to the skies for the Pixeltank.
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1| Trifusion Clutch
- 3:14 -
Despite my banishment to the space station orbiting the Earth, I spent much of my time sending and receiving broadcasts to and from my allies around the globe. Not everyone had turned their backs on me after the events that took place in 2009. A few months ago, all of the broadcasts suddenly and unexpectedly stopped.
My first thought was that the Pixeltank had somehow malfunctioned. I tried communicating with the equipment on the space station. Still nothing. Maybe solar activity was interrupting my communication? I wasn’t sure. Several days passed and I was unable to send or receive anything at all. As my fears grew, I also began to observe a greyish “film” that appeared to slowly cover the face of the Earth, leaving it seeming dark even in direct sunlight.
By this time, my anxiety had escalated into complete panic. Desperate for contact with anyone at all, I checked the old communicator that I had used in the past to send my coordinates to aBot. There were two unread encrypted messages present on the device. They were from aBot. The first warned me of danger on Earth, the second was too complex to decode quickly. I prepared to launch the Pixeltank.
2| Terra Mater
- 3:57 -
I had not been home in 2 years. As I entered the atmosphere and returned to Earth, I noticed a much different landscape than I remembered. There were no colors, just shades of grey. It was like stepping into an old silent movie. The smoky film was thick in the air, and the music I played to fly did not travel very far through the air. It appears that the film may have absorbed and cancelled the sound waves somehow.
The messages that I received from aBot were sent on the day that I had stopped receiving regular communication from the planet. Apparently this had all begun at that time and he was trying to warn me. (I still regret that I never noticed until it was seemingly too late.) Part of the data that he sent me contained coordinates. I continued to play as much music as possible in order to keep moving, but I was using a great deal of power and I could not recharge my solar cells in the darkness. Everything was frustratingly difficult in this grey dark substance!
The most terrifying aspect of this whole experience was seeing what it did to humans. Everyone was lost and disoriented, wandering aimlessly like zombies! I was afraid of leaving the Pixeltank and breathing the air outside, so I decided to set my course for the coordinates that aBot sent me.
3| Cosmic Negation
- 4:32 -
The coordinates led me to an abandoned military complex in Eastern Europe. This was the source of the filmy mess. The intention of Sid, that delusional bastard who was driven to madness by the loss of his family, was to drown out his pain by negating all of his senses. His focus was partially on dulling his sight, but his primary concern was drowning out the sound of the screams that played on repeat in his mind.
He never meant for the film to spread outside of his complex, but as he increased the power to his device and manufactured more and more concentrated doses of the substance, he found that it was not successful. Eventually, the experiment went haywire and spread out of his control. The Cosmic Negation he created continued to spread, carried by air currents in the atmosphere, until it had covered the globe.
Upon arriving, I made a quick attempt to breach into the compound and quickly destroy the device. I was hoping that destroying the source of the negation and playing enough music would clear up the film, but the Pixeltank was simply not powerful enough. I pushed it to the limit, draining much of my remaining power playing as hard as I could. Once I was critically low I had no choice but to retreat, flee the planet, and regroup with a new plan.
4| Chemical Synapse
- 4:31 -
When I was safely in orbit, I turned my attention towards my energy crisis. When functioning normally, the Pixeltank is designed to quickly recharge its power using solar energy. The dark film from the Cosmic Negation blanketed the panels, and I was unable to get a strong charge. I made attempts to clean them, but they were unsuccessful.
Being too low on power to return to Earth, I decided that the best course of action would be to try decoding the second message that I had received from aBot. After a bit of work, the computer finished the decryption process and I was shocked at what the message contained. It was a paper discussing multiple references to the megalous in ancient times that we had not discovered during our initial studies years before.
A clergyman in the Enlightenment, just as interested in finding the megalous as we had been, described a vision he claims to have had. In the vision, Jesus and the angels of heaven visit him, and instruct him to find the megalous. According to him, Jesus instructed him to “ride the path of Iris to the seat of Hermes to gain power from Apollo.” He found it puzzling, as a Christian, that he would receive a vision that referred to pagan gods. In his notes, aBot explains that this vision is more significant than the clergyman knew.
- 3:40 -
His theory, based on this and several other later writings, was that the clergyman, close to finding the megalous, was contacted by beings from another world and interpreted this vision as a religious experience. If aBot’s theory was right, the instructions given to him by Jesus might be a clue. Hermes was known to the Romans as Mercury, and this vision could have meant the planet Mercury. Perhaps the naming of the planet on Earth was influenced by this same source as well?
It seemed like a long-shot, but the message sounded to me like “fly to Mercury to get powered up by the Sun!” I used the navigation system on board to locate the planet Mercury. Once locked on, the Pixeltank began to fly on its own, using most of its remaining energy to boost itself towards the planet.
I flew in space for three days. Each day grew hotter and hotter. The Pixeltank struggled to maintain a survivable environment as I got closer to the Sun. The approach to Mercury was beautiful. It was too bright to see until the Pixeltank turned around to face opposite the Sun. The surface of Mercury was bright with the exception of a symbol carved into the dirt, shaped similarly to the Pixeltank. We landed right on it. This is the song that the Pixeltank played all on its own while the Sun burned the film from the Cosmic Negation right off. I sat in awe.
6| We Rise
- 3:39 -
Once I was supercharged with power, the Pixeltank rebooted itself and began processing at speed benchmarks that I had not previously seen (or even thought possible). With this much power, I was convinced that I finally play enough music to dissolve the filmy substance smothering the world. I was thankful that I “saw the signs in the sky”.
7| Stellar Waves
- 2:43 -
Armed with a newly upgraded Pixeltank and a plan, I rode the stellar waves back to the Earth as fast as I possibly could. I wondered if this new level of power would just make the governments of the world search for me even more despite all I have done to help humanity.
8| Sound of Sight
- 3:49 -
As soon as I breached the upper atmosphere of the Earth, I got to work. I maximized the broadcasting signal of the ship, powered on the synthesizer, and played across as many frequencies as the Pixeltank could handle. The effects were noteworthy, to say the least. The dark film sizzled and evaporated as the sound waves were absorbed.
The grateful people in the neighborhood that I landed looked as if they had been born all over again. Their eyes lit up, and they smiled from cheek to cheek at their newly restored abilities to see and hear. The joyful sound of their sight motivated me to keep going. This was working, although it was on too small of a scale.
There was another problem, too. As I travelled from neighborhood to neighborhood, the negation from areas that were still infected started spilling into areas that I had already cleared up.
If I was going to clean up this mess, I was going to need a way to broadcast a signal powerful enough to clear up the entire world at one time.
9| Boogie Thunderland
- 2:41 -
It was this realization that led me to a further, more significant, epiphany. The mothership from the invasion from 2009 was still orbiting the Earth in the upper atmosphere. I used it before to broadcast a signal around the globe, so I didn’t see why I couldn’t do it again.
Government officials and scientists had been studying it for the last two years, so I was somewhat doubtful if I would be able to achieve the same effect as the last time. At any rate, I decided to risk it and it worked.
Once I was able to locate it and find the center, I pumped out the funkiest that I could play. The results were astounding. The sky around the world lit up with bright colors as the Cosmic Negation dissolved into basic harmless elements!
10| Aquatic Ambience
- 3:04 -
Although it was successful at destroying the Cosmic Negation, my plan had disastrous consequences for me. The signal I was broadcasting was too much, and it caused the mothership to become unstable. As I once again use up nearly all of my power, I began to free fall with the mothership. I was trapped inside and I could not recharge my cells in time. We plummeted towards the ocean, and crashed at full force. I was knocked unconscious on impact, doomed to sink slowly to the bottom of the sea.