The Congo – Fire Down Below

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The Congo – Fire Down Below

Postby Smokescreen85 » Sun Oct 28, 2018 10:06 am

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The Democratic Republic of the Congo, also known simply as the Congo, is the southernmost country in Central Africa. It is also the second largest country in that region by area and the eleventh largest in the world. With a population of over 78 million, the Congo is the fourth most populated country in Africa and the sixteenth most populated in the entire world. It is here that the Predacons and a contingent of vehicon miners have been sent to extract a large deposit of Ore-13, also known as Ultra Energon. The site of the deposit is underground near Mount Nyiragongo, an active stratovolcano with an elevation of over 11,000 feet in the Virunga Mountains. The main crater is about two kilometers wide and contains a lava lake, which has at times been the most voluminous known lava lake in history. Numerous underground lava rivers stretch out beneath the surface of the surrounding forest which will make extracting the Ore-13 more difficult, not to mention very dangerous.

Skies over the Congo – Approaching Mt. Nyiragongo

The shuttle broke through the clouds over the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Greenery stretched out for miles in every direction with only the Virunga Mountains breaking up the forested landscape in the distance. It was there that Mount Nyiragongo was situated, a gentle wave of smoke slowly rising from the crater.

“There,” Razorclaw pointed with one clawed actuator. “That’s the volcano, Divebomb. The Ore-13 deposit should be somewhere on the opposite side. It’s underground so you won’t see it. The coordinates I previously inputted into the navicomputer will guide you. Take us carefully over the mountain and set us down in the forest a few kilometers from the volcano.”
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Re: The Congo – Fire Down Below

Postby Insidious » Sun Oct 28, 2018 1:00 pm

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Skies over the Congo--Approaching Mt. Nyiragongo

"My apologies, my lord. Indeed, it does appear to be the most energy-rich. And the most volatile," Divebomb said, buckling slightly at their leader's jab at his memory. As if he were some unreliable Stunticon glitch.

“There. That’s the volcano, Divebomb. The Ore-13 deposit should be somewhere on the opposite side. It’s underground so you won’t see it. The coordinates I previously inputted into the navicomputer will guide you. Take us carefully over the mountain and set us down in the forest a few kilometers from the volcano.”

"Following provided coordinates. The extraction equipment I requisitioned is following us down on a Vehicon-piloted supply shuttle," Divebomb reported.

"Looks like my kinda terrain," Tantrum huffed as he looked through the cabin windows. "'Volatile', heh."
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Re: The Congo – Fire Down Below

Postby AFTRHR » Fri Nov 02, 2018 11:16 am

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[Skies over the Congo – Approaching Mt. Nyiragongo]

Tantrum wrote:"Looks like my kinda terrain,"

“Hehehe, and here I was thinking that Otis lived on a barnyard, not on some giant flaming mountain!” Rampage chuckled in his seat, near Tantrum’s own. To be fair, the view they were seeing on the displays was pretty impressive.

“This Ore-13 stuff, is it some kind of energon that turns you super saiyan? Or maybe it gives you another evolution? ‘Cause that’d be pretty cool to have around.”
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Re: The Congo – Fire Down Below

Postby Cryhavok » Sun Nov 04, 2018 4:58 am

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Skies over the Congo – Approaching Mt. Nyiragongo


Headstrong too was observing the area they were flying towards through the shuttle’s cabin windows. Seeing something with your own optics always beat staring at monitors. Still, given his relatively poor eyesight for a Cybertronian, most of the terrain appeared to him roughly as they did to a human. Masses of changing colors allowing him to spot different tree masses from grass fields and such but not too much of details.

”Rampage please.” Headstrong snorted, ”You had your tank full of Ore-13 for the Fallen campaign. Your memory is as short as your attention span.”
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Re: The Congo – Fire Down Below

Postby Insidious » Fri Nov 23, 2018 3:21 pm

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Skies over the Congo--Approaching Mt. Nyiragongo

"Every surge of new power makes is too quickly adjusted too, making it easy to forget what we had to subsist on previously," Divebomb ruminated as he guided the ship along its plotted course.

"Yeh. Well. We got a ways to before we can make enough of that stuff to get 'used' to it. I've stashed away my last tankful for an emergency. Hopefully we'll be able to get crankin' on a new batch fraggin' quick," Tantrum added.

Divebomb guided the shuttle to the forested area that Razorclaw had indicated and began to angle downward.

"Where's that shuttle full of diggin' supplies you ordered?" Tantrum grunted, looking over at Divebomb. The Predacon Aerial Specialist checked the ping of the support shuttle. It wasn't far.

"Right where it should be, Tantrum. Don't blow a servo. Engaging landing sequence."
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Re: The Congo – Fire Down Below

Postby AFTRHR » Thu Nov 29, 2018 12:31 pm

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[Skies over the Congo – Approaching Mt. Nyiragongo]

Headstrong wrote:”Rampage please. You had your tank full of Ore-13 for the Fallen campaign. Your memory is as short as your attention span.”

The tiger put a digit to his chin and squinted his optics in thought. Did he actually? “Oh yeah, now I remember!” Wow, that was one hell of a drug.” He racked his memory again, but it wasn’t coming back to him clearly enough. What DID come back to his mind was that one scene from Spongebob, when Squidward threw his clarinet straight outta the darn window. That was funny stuff.

Divebomb wrote:"Every surge of new power makes is too quickly adjusted too, making it easy to forget what we had to subsist on previously."

“Gee, Divebomb, good job cracking open the thesaurus for that big word, “subsist”. Makes you look real snazzy and smart, don’t it? Pfeh.”

He awaited the moment he could get off the shuttle, so he wouldn’t have to necessarily be jam-packed with these other dudes.
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Re: The Congo – Fire Down Below

Postby Insidious » Sat Dec 15, 2018 3:19 pm

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[Skies over the Congo--Approaching Mt. Nyiragongo]

Divebomb quirked a barely noticeable eyebrow ridge in Rampage's direction.

"It makes me useful is what it does," Divebomb sighed. "We can't all spend our functioning vorns doing little more than watching holovids and 'tee-vee'."

The shuttle came to a reasonably soft landing. Divebomb engaged the clamps, just in case the surface was not as sturdy as it seemed.

"And we're here."
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Re: The Congo – Fire Down Below

Postby AFTRHR » Sat Dec 22, 2018 1:03 pm

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[Woods near Mt. Nyiragongo]

Rampage stepped right off the shuttle as soon as it had opened. It sure was a bright sunny day down on the mudball. He could spot the volcanic mountain in the distance, somewhat covered by the foliage. Huh.

He turned back to his fellow zoomates, putting a hand on his hip and leaning a little with some sass and swagger. “So, where do we start?”
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Re: The Congo – Fire Down Below

Postby Smokescreen85 » Sun Jan 06, 2019 2:10 pm

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Shuttle / Forest near Mt. Nyiragongo

Divebomb wrote:"Following provided coordinates. The extraction equipment I requisitioned is following us down on a Vehicon-piloted supply shuttle.”

“Good,” Razorclaw responded to his aerial subordinate. Divebomb may not like his Predacon brethren, but he was one of the more useful, not to mention smart, mechs under the lion-former’s command. As a result, Razorclaw could overlook Divebomb's anti-social tendencies.

Ignoring the harmless bickering between some of the others, the Predacon Commander kept his attention on the volcano and forest ahead. Before long, the shuttle had landed right where it was supposed to and they all began to depart.

Divebomb wrote:“So, where do we start?”

Razorclaw heard the question as he stepped off the ramp and onto the softer forest floor beneath his feet. The lion-former didn’t immediately respond. Instead, he began scanning the area, focusing primarily on the ground. “We start here,” the Predacon leader finally spoke, pointing to the spot in question. “According to my scans there is an old lava tube about 10 meters down. Once we access it, the tunnel should lead directly to the Ore-13 deposit.”

As Razorclaw finished speaking, the supply shuttle arrived overhead with the extraction and mining equipment that Divebomb had previously requisitioned. After a few astroseconds, the shuttle landed not far from the crew shuttle and the vehicons within stepped out.

“Over here!” The Predacon Commander shouted to the vehicon miners. “Start drilling here. And the rest of you…” Razorclaw’s attention then shifted to his Predacon warriors. “Assume your alt modes. Now!” Following his own instruction, Razorclaw transformed into his beast form. The synthetic skin covered his normal metallic appearance, making him appear to be an ordinary, if not overly large, lion.

Razorclaw then turned back towards the vehicons who appeared to be taking their sweet aft time. To impress upon them a sense of urgency, the lion-former let out a deafening roar which caused the vehicons to almost jump out of their metal frames and hurry themselves along, bringing a large drill out with haste before setting it up where Razorclaw had told them to.

Moments later, the drilling had begun into the forest floor.
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Re: The Congo – Fire Down Below

Postby Cravex » Sun Jan 13, 2019 2:49 pm

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Forest near Mt. Nyiragongo

The volcano and surrounding landscape drew Tantrum’s attention, stirring the animalistic side of him in ways few locations were capable of. The brutal conditions surrounding them guaranteed only the strong would survive.

He was home.

Or as much as any place was home for him.

Razorclaw wrote:“Assume your alt modes. Now!”


He groaned at the tone in Razorclaw’s command. Our mission. Right, he thought, remembering they were supposed to blend in.

Obeying the command, Tantrum transformed into his bull mode and snorted, sending a cloud of gas bursting from his nostrils. He pawed at the ground, zeroing in on any stray vehicons that were slow to respond to Razorclaw’s orders.

Of course, their leader took care of it himself, hogging all the fun.

“What next? Patrol, stomping errant lackeys, or roaming mindlessly like this world’s lifeforms?” He knew it had been covered in their briefing, but found the information lost in his recent enjoyment of their assignment. He didn’t even mind the faux covering that made him look like an Earth bull.
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