“Could that even happen?”
Retvik paced up and down the room, not in his calm, controlled self, but in a much more panicked state. Behind him, three unnaturally tall and skinny Ethran-types sat on a tattered brown sofa. One of them was Tenuk, the fellow Dessaron he had worked alongside for...Read More »
Note: This story is set about 50 years from present time.
“Tenuk, we should not be doing this!” Retvik had repeated that phrase a good thirty or fourty times, and every single time, Tenuk had ignored him and steamed forward with even more determination. He was a Half-Retha on a mission...Read More »
Note: This story is set about 100 years from present time.
“Curious. Interesting perhaps.”
Retvik sat up, then immediately fell back down, his body restrained by sharp, thorny bands across his arms and chest. Somevok was talking to him. The same somevok also had imprisoned the Retha.
“This has not happened in a...Read More »
I have been watching since the Phovan universe faded into emptiness, waiting as its remaining particles decay and eventually bloom into something new. These blooms grow into new universes, each governed by new rules, somewhat related to their mother universe but different enough to be new entities of their own.
The...Read More »
Translated from Laniaglos, language of the Lania
Come, children, come listen. For I have the reasons behind the blackening of the sky, the destruction of our highest mountain, the fleeing of time. I saw them with my own four eyes, I heard their battle. Life and Death came together as one.
The...Read More »
These are all writing prompts based on this imgur gallery.
I’m panicking. Where are they? Where did I put them? I’m rummaging through my hand bag and they’re not there! Did I leave them in the gym? I have to head back inside and see. I can’t drive home without...Read More »
The portal was only open for a moment, but it was long enough for something to pass through. A small bundle of fabric with a tiny, squirming creature wrapped up nice and warm. After a few minutes of silence, a second portal opened up, and the injured body of a...Read More »
Miraak’s voice echoed across Apocrypha, bouncing off the nonsensical walls and pillars of that horrible, green sphere. Sahrotaar looked up from what he was doing and sighed.
“SAHROTAAR, I SUMMON YOU!”
Why did that stupid mortal have to shout? Why wasn’t he dead in the first place?
With a growl and a flap...Read More »
This is everything. Eternity surrounds me. A small eternity. Young. Growing. Particles coming together, light gathering its speed, fundamental elements evolving and joining. A tiny universe swirling out of nothing. I snake across this small existence, a universe I shall protect with my very soul.
Despite the chaos, the sub-atomic activity,...Read More »
Burning smoke would have filled their lungs, if they had any to speak of. Eruptions of electronics, broken equipment and exploding gases blew their way through the ship, hovering over the bright rings of Saturn.
None of the remaining members of the squad were sure what had happened. One minute, the...Read More »
“Hey kid!” Frost grinned as he slapped the young Volt on the back. “Yellow, black and grey? Unusual colour combination. Did Ordis tell you his sensors were bleeding when you equipped that?”
The Volt, who was holding a mod he’d just picked up, trying to work out whether it was useful,...Read More »
Volt hated Spy missions.
He hated them with a passion. Not because Volt couldn’t hack, in fact, Volt had mastered hacking pretty quickly. He didn’t mind the sneaking either, he actively enjoyed being sneaky at times. No, Volt hated Spy missions because of all those stupid energy fields and sensors and...Read More »
Volt was bored.
He had been lounging around inside his Orbiter for several hours now, waiting for things to happen. Great things he had been told. Mysterious things. New things to do.
It wasn’t like Volt didn’t have things to do. He still had plenty of missions building up from across the...Read More »
I walk as fast as I can, avoiding attention, before slipping away into a side alley. My kind are not welcome around here. A Temthan dumping ground of former slaves. Big, burly reptilian beings everywhere, all suffering from various, untreated injuries. They’ve always envied us Thraki for managing to remain...Read More »
Volt sat happily inside his orbiter, happily admiring his shiny new Prime parts. He’d spent way too long opening relic after relic, looking for the somewhat rare parts he needed, then he’d waited three and a half days for it to all finish building. It was worth it though. The...Read More »
Volt stared at his navigation panel, then at his wallet, then back at his navigation panel. His Star Chart was mostly completed, except for the last few planets – Pluto, Sedna, Eris, and strangely, Europa. He had made a beeline for each junction on each planet, leaving out the awkward...Read More »
Volt’s neural sensors briefly switched off then on again, to simulate blinking. He appeared to be hanging from a wall. It was only vaguely familiar to him, as if he had only ever slept in that room. After a few more blinks, the Warframe realised he was inside the Arsenal...Read More »
The ship floated almost lifelessly in orbit around the dead, rocky planet. Occasionally, a spurt of energy would push the ship upwards, briefly away from the planet, a vague, failing attempt to reorientate itself. Inside, a lone being sat, lost in their thoughts.
The being didn’t look human. A strange suit...Read More »
Volt’s Operator had been incredibly quiet since their trip to the Kuva Fortress. Volt knew that he and the Operator were separate beings, but something after that rather lengthy mission had disturbed the Operator. Something Volt was unaware of, since Loki was the warframe the Operator had chosen, not Volt....Read More »
Volt hid in the shadows and waited patiently. He wasn’t a stealthy sort of Warframe, but there he was, doing a stealth mission, because why not? It wasn’t like Volt had anything better to do right now, and he wanted to test out his new silent blast Sonicor, so again,...Read More »
I was once Kenos. The personification of the void, of the vacuum, of the eternal decay into nothingness. The god of entropy. The lord of nothing. Through my dark veil, I protected my beloved universe. The mortals that roamed through space, the dragons of time, even Existence herself, they were...Read More »
Sometimes, I wonder how I got here.
A billion years of nothingness and here I stand. Observing. Watching. Guarding. That is my duty now. Protecting a fledgling universe from all the horrors that seek to consume it. Protecting a fledgling universe from mistakes that could destroy it from the inside out.
You...Read More »
Volt stared at the Donda, a small, metallic, spinning shape hovering above a diamond-shaped base, both plated in that familiar Orokin gold. Beyond the Donda was the view from the Orbiter’s window, the rings of Saturn drifting by, minding their own business.
Everything was quiet. All that could be heard was...Read More »
“How long were you hanging there, little one?”
Retvik laid down the blanket-wrapped body on his bed. It would occasionally move, exhausted, shallow breathing making its chest rise and fall. The odd shiver would course through its core, making it shake. As Retvik pulled away the blankets, he vaguely recognised the...Read More »
“Where am I?”
“I will explain soon. You have questions, as do I. But I wish for you to answer my questions first. You have been asleep for a long time.”
“We wish to try and figure that out. Do you recognise me?”
“Uh… My eyes are a bit… blurry… But… I...Read More »
Volt seemed uncertain as the heavy Orokin doors slammed shut behind him. This was his second time out on the plains. The last time he had been here, it was day time, and he lacked the proper tools to not only fight the swarms of Grineer roaming around, but he...Read More »
“COME ON, FROST! YOU’RE TAKING FOREVER!”
Rhino pounded on the front of the white and blue Liset, waiting for its owner to finally open the door and come out. Behind him were Ember and Volt, both being a little more patient than their heavily armoured friend.
“I’m not coming!”
“WHY NOT?” Rhino whined....Read More »
The Horseless Headless Horsemann checked the small piece of paper, looked at the heavy doors, then checked it again. Surely this couldn’t have been the place. Ever since he’d taken this Grim Reaper gig as a side job to pay his student loans, the Headless Horsemann had been to a...Read More »
Volt stood silently, watching his Operator wander around the ship. Occasionally, the Operator would turn to say something, only to pause and say nothing.
“Operator, what are you thinking?” Ordis would occasionally butt in with his own thoughts. This had been the fourth time, and this time, the Operator actually answered.
“I...Read More »
“Why are you saying sorry?”
“I don’t know. I just feel I should apologise to you.”
“Why? What have you done?”
“So why are you apologising?”
“Because I have done nothing.”
“I do not follow. You slept. You are not responsible for my actions. You have not done anything.”
“But I slept. I was oblivious...Read More »
“You’re making an honourable sacrifice.”
That’s the last thing I remember being told. Just before I was flung into that pit.
“Thanks to you, everyone else gets to live.”
I was conscious while they tore into me. Turning me and my allies into the same horrible monsters they were. I tried so hard...Read More »
Telos had been watching Zoan and Empros argue for a while. This wasn’t a new universe, but Telos knew that both of them were slightly scared. This was the second time in a short space of time that a Corruption had attempted to break in, and Zoan had been getting...Read More »
“So, uh, what do we do now?”
The higher levels of the relays were always almost empty. That was why Frost had picked the top level of the Kronia Relay as his little meeting place. The only thing here that could bother them was a single relay operative but they were...Read More »
The Crewman could hear lockers opening. He had finished his shift and was going to head down to the canteen for lunch. He needed to drop off his weapon and change out of his suit. Someone else was in there though, clanging and banging around. Rather than just barge...Read More »
Frost had just gone to Larunda to transfer some credits and ducats. He hadn’t expected to bump into his old buddy Volt. He’d known the electric yellow menace since they’d met on a random E Prime Lith Fissure a year and a half ago, and they’d been good...Read More »
Larunda Relay was busier than normal. On the Concourse of the relay, over fifty Tenno had gathered, half of which were taking part in the bi-weekly Larunda Fashionframe Contest. The contestants all stood in a ring, waiting for the head judge to pick a Tenno out. The spectators, of which...Read More »
“Do you guys ever feel like we should kill less?” Volt asked as he deployed several electric shields, giving Ember some cover while she hacked a console. The bullets of two Heavy Gunners vaporized instantly as they hit the electric shields. How, Volt was never really sure.
Ember cursed loudly as...Read More »
There was gunfire. Volt had just landed on the ground and there was already gunfire. That was unusual, since this was a minor Grineer ship, and Volt was only there to destroy some mining equipment. There shouldn’t have been shooting, and since this was a Grineer ship orbiting the Grineer-controled...Read More »
Iron Wake was always empty late in the evening, which was why it was a perfect place for four Tenno to have a sneaky little get together. Frost brought the tent, Volt brought the blankets and snacks, Ember made a fire and Saryn had managed to buy some bottles of...Read More »
Sirens blared as the three Tenno charged through the Corpus base. They were looking for their target, a teleporting Corpus Tech who had knowledge on a super weapon the Corpus were looking to build for the Grineer. The Corpus Tech in question was teleporting between rooms, but so far the...Read More »
“Wow, Larunda’s busy today!” Volt exclaimed as he and Frost watched fellow Tenno go by. “I thought the Void Trader was at the Kronia relay?”
“He is!” Frost tutted. “Everyone is coming here because they want to speak to Simaris and it’s slightly less busy here compared to Kronia.”
“I know…” Volt...Read More »
I always thought people were exaggerating when they said there’s always a weird, freakish regular customer. Surely it couldn’t be that bad. Maybe they were just awkward or something. People get shy, you know? Well, I was wrong. I’ve been running this little bar on the edge of the tourist...Read More »
“Ah, Hunters! I am so glad that you have decided to assist me with my experiments!”
The golden face of Simaris bounced around in front of Frost, really getting into his personal space. The Cephalon was always the sort to get too close, but today he was pushing it.
“Yeah, yeah. We’re...Read More »
“Once upon a time, there was a beautiful forest where the King and Queen of the Pixies lived…”
“A forest? On Earth? Since when were they pretty?”
Frost glared at Ember as the four of them sat around the fire. Saryn had wanted to go to Iron Wake to drop off some...Read More »
“Hey, Volt! It’s been a while!” Frost waved as he left the hangar and entered the Larunda Concourse. “Sorry I’ve not been around. Been busy… sleeping… and stuff…”
Volt waved back, but Frost could tell he was a bit distracted. He was standing by a Ducat Kiosk, clearly going through his...Read More »
“HELP! Volt shouted as he sped through the greenery up to the little enclave where he and his Tenno friends normally hanged out. “HELP, THERE ARE EXCALIBURS EVERYWHERE!”
Ember though ignored him. She was busy staring out into the depths of space. In the distance, Pluto could be seen, as well...Read More »
Excalibur grunted as he rolled and bounced down the hill, flung from the top by a Grineer Bombard. Eventually, he reached the bottom, but by the time he had picked himself up and reorientated himself, the Grineer responsible was dead, its head laying by Excalibur’s feet.
“You alright?” a familiar face...Read More »
“We’re going on an Eidolon hunt!” Frost exclaimed as he rummaged through his arsenal, looking for weapons to take with him. “We’re gonna murder some monsters!”
“No, we’re going to capture one monster…” Volt sighed. “Maybe.”
“Mate, I haven’t really done this before, just been carried by others!” Frost exclaimed. “I mean,...Read More »
“Volt? You there?”
Volt was messing around with his arsenal, slotting mods into his newly acquired Zaw, freshly levelled up and gilded after a trip to Cetus. He was in two minds on what mods to actually use though so he’d been at this for a while.
The mod mess was probably...Read More »
Volt made sure everything was dead before he hacked the console to open the door. He needed to go deeper into this horrible wreckage, deeper into the remains of massive Corpus ship that had crashed into an Infested breeding ground. Why? Because there was some useful data on three...Read More »
“It is time.”
“Time for what?”
The little mechanical creature stirred from its slumber. The voice sounded familiar, as if it was pretending to be someone the creature recognised.
“Time to end it all.”
Dim blue eyes flickered as neural sensors began to reactivate. Sparks of electricity coursed through the creature’s body. All...Read More »
Ember screeched down the hallway, skidding around a couple of Cephalon Suda operatives before crashing into a pillar next to one of the ducat kiosks where Frost and Volt were standing. She quietly picked herself up, stared at Frost and Volt, then started whimpering.
“I guess you saw the vision as...Read More »
“Stupid fucking Ospreys…”
Volt was not having a great time. There were Corpus Ospreys everywhere and they were shielding a ton of Corpus grunts. All Volt wanted to do was close a nearby Void Fissure, clean up some of the Infested that were lurking around and then get out of there,...Read More »
The Strata Relay was just ahead. Excalibur’s landing craft, his plain Liset, landed in the hangar, and the young Tenno happily jumped out. There were very few other landing crafts here. Just that yellow Mantis landing craft which always seemed to be parked in that same spot. Didn’t seem to...Read More »
Volt couldn’t remember how he got there. He wasn’t actually sure where ‘there’ was. Either way, it was a very tight space, with only just enough room for him to stand up straight. What bothered Volt more though were all the needles sticking out of his metallic Warframe flesh. Every...Read More »
It’s working! You’re working! Yes!
Alright. I have to be quick. I don’t know how long you’ll last. I’ve not… Well even if you just record, that’s fine.
Step forward! Little steps! Lots of them!
Okay, calm down. You’re working. I’m excited. I have a lot to say.
So, my name is… I...Read More »
The elevator doors opened up, revealing a cold, frozen landscape. Rocky mountains surrounded fields of ice and snow, while rivers of viscous, blue liquids that definitely were not water poured into a large lake, dripping from various ancient Orokin structures and cooling the air around them.
“It’s cold!” Rhino blurted, ruining...Read More »
Once upon a time…
No, we can’t start like that, can we?
We can? Oh good.
Once upon a time, there was a glorious world filled with magical creatures. Humans might have called them Pokemon. Humans might also have enslaved them. But humans didn’t exist in this magical world. In this world, the...Read More »
Volt waved cheerily as he watched the young Mag fly off in her plain grey Liset. He had accidentally stumbled into a Grineer mining facility where they had been secretly broadcasting attack patterns and security information to other Grineer ships waiting in orbit, and this poor Mag seemed to be...Read More »
The little Ember sent her message again, knowing that it would be ignored. Her message entered the Recruitment Channel and swiftly disappeared, pushed aside by a stream of other messages all saying things she didn’t understand.
“LF AXI L3”
“H 4X3 NEED HARROW”
“H ESO 3/4”
None...Read More »
Normally, Volt didn’t accept random invitations. But today’s random invitation was from a familiar friend. Someone he hadn’t spoken to in a while. A normally very happy little Excalibur who often found himself stuck in the past. But as Volt accepted the random invitation, he realised all was not well.
“GO...Read More »
“Operator, you have messages, are you not going to respond?”
Ordis had been watching Volt do void fissure missions for hours and concern was budding in the Cephalon’s mainframe. Volt had blatantly ignored Ordis every other time he had tried to slow him down and stop him from doing more missions,...Read More »
It had been a while since Volt had interacted with others. Most of the missions he had done, he had set off on his own, finished the mission and returned to his ship, only to rush off, on his own, to another mission. Even more difficult tasks, like half-hour...Read More »
One panicked, static-filled word just flooded the comms. We pick up signals like this all the time, but as we’re nothing more than a shipment vessel, there’s not much we can do about them. It’s always the much larger military ships that get attacked anyway. The problem is that we’re...Read More »
“Hey, space mum!”
Volt rolled his neural sensors as he received another message from an Excalibur he had recently taken under his wing. Unlike the first Excalibur, who seemed to know what he was doing and just lacked the firepower, this Excalibur was filled with questions. Questions and annoying nicknames for...Read More »
“Hey, is that your friend there?”
Khora nudged at Volt as they both exited Khora’s bright pink Railjack. Khora herself was decorated in white and red, with her pet cat Venari’s metallics matching, but the railjack was so bright that it put Volt and his yellow-ness to shame.
They had just finished...Read More »
“Welcome to my throne!” Inaros beamed as he welcomed Volt in with open arms. The room was filled with Ayatan Sculptures, all thrown into a vaguely chair-shaped heap. Around the base of the Ayatan heap was a small collection of noggles, most of which were of bobble-headed Inaroses. “What do...Read More »
“You want to farm Ash parts? Specifically the Ash Systems?”
It had been some time since Smolt had evolved into Smallnaros, and it had been even longer since Volt had seen the former newbie he had picked up and trained a while back. Things had clearly happened since then, what with...Read More »
“Alright. There are three areas left on Ceres. What do you prefer, Spy, Interception or Hijack?”
Inaros grunted to himself as he mulled over his three options. He stared glumly at the navigation panel, not really enjoying either of those choices. But that was all his cohort had left.
“What kind of...Read More »
“Hey Volt!” Wukong waved as he entered the dojo. “Long time no see!”
Volt tutted as he adjusted the plants in a small Orokin planter, not really paying attention. “Hi Inaros.”
“Oh.” Volt turned to Wukong, rubbing his two pairs of neural sensors. “Sorry about that. Been an utterly hectic month....Read More »
Volt gasped with exhaustion as he threw down his Kuva Kohm and slid down the ramp into his Orbiter. He had been working for hours, mastering the last of his massive collection of weapons, and he was finally done. The Kuva weapons in particular had been incredibly tedious, requiring a...Read More »
Volt stared blankly at the new mastery icon that was proudly displayed in front of him. A shimmering circle with those familiar lotus-shaped petals. Underneath the icon were two words: Middle Master. After night after night of long, tedious grind. After so long gathering resources for his Railjack. After weeks...Read More »
Kanuva had been patient with these Decay Lords. They meant well. They were looking after him. They had promised he could return to Kinisis when they were done. But as soon as he saw the little being who had entered the room, Kanuva immediately tensed up.
Standing before Kanuva was...Read More »
Volt stared blankly at the console in front of him, his multiple eyes scanning the message he had just received. By his side was his trusty Kuva Bramma and Zaw Rapier, the two weapons that had managed to get him through the True Mastery Test. The message in question was...Read More »