Previously On The Theoretical Science Foundation:
Investigating the disappearance of an eccentric scientist in a small town troubled by monstrous flying insects, our heroes discover a "portal" in the man's basement. And the next thing you know, they're being sucked into it!
|Travelling through the portal!|
The portal deposited our heroes in an expansive red, largely flat, desert, then promptly blinked out of existence. Leaving us stranded.
Th sun seemly slightly smaller than my character, Buck (the global explorer), would have expected and the air felt a bit different, but otherwise we appeared to be okay (just lacking supplies, water, survival equipment etc).
I spotted a trail of faint footprints, starting where we had appeared, and heading off towards the mountains, so we set off on a hike across the plain.
We presumed these shoe prints belonged to the errant Dr Crow... and were our best (only?) clue as to how to escape from wherever we were.
After what seemed like hours - although the sun barely moved in the sky - we neared the jagged peaks, which were looking increasingly unusual to us, and spied cracks in the ground and plumes of smoke or steam arising about the place.
A brief, cautious, investigation turned up no definitive answers to the nature of these odourless plumes of cool liquid.
So we headed for what we had taken to be mountains, but now - closer up - were clearly something geologically different. There was an odd familiarity about the formation to Buck, but he couldn't place it.
Scrambling up the rock face to the lip, it suddenly it became clear that we were on the edge of a massive impact crater, at the bottom of which appeared to be more rocks and possibly some form of vegetation.
Making it to the bottom of the crater, those of us with more worldly experience, such as Buck and our photojournalist Freya (Clare's character), realised that the objects we had seen resembled stromatolites, but were more spongy, and surrounding a steaming pool of liquid.
Freya and Onyx (Erica's cat burglar) heard a buzzing in the air and some movement in the "trees".
But then striding over the trees were an enormous pair of monstrous harvestmen kaiju, American daddy long legs capable of stepping easily over the 15 foot trees, and - like the insects behind us - armed with viscous fangs and a hunger for human flesh.
The battle, as ever, was fierce. I was blasting away with both barrels of my shotgun, as Fr Ned (Simon's priest, played by Clare in his absence, as he's just moved house) set about breaking the giant creatures spindly legs with his mighty shillelagh.
The two giant walkers were quickly seen off, but the comparatively smaller insectoids put up more of a fight.
Onyx had her pistol blow up in her hand, but escaped serious injury. Switching to her crossbow, she started peppering the sundry beasts with bolts.
"Dead-Eye" Dick Tate (Kevin's G-man) kept up a steady hail of lead, until eventually Freya came round and - after snapping a photograph of the battle - grabbed her pistol and blew away the last of the insect monsters that Onyx was wrestling with.
The young cat burglar was splattered in sickly ichor... but at least she had survived the encounter.
Fr Ned gave a couple of thrashing, spasming, mortally wounded insect creatures the last rites - with a club blow to their brain pans
Wherever we were, we were beginning to suspect that maybe we were no longer on Earth.
To Be Continued...
- Buck Hannigan - played by me
- Dick Tate - played by Kevin
- Father Timothy 'Ned' O’Flaherty - played by Simon (absent)
- Freya Larson - played by Clare
- Onyx Jones - played by Erica
Showrunner - Pete