IC - 14 - Administrative Building - Jojo

By the waning years of the 22nd century, humanity has expanded beyond Earth, establishing colonies on Mars, Ceres, and the moons of Jupiter and Saturn; the latter of these being largely penal or mining colonies, taking advantage of the isolation and mineral wealth of these moons. One such colony, known as Benedict’s Rest, was established on the shores of the north polar sea of Ligeia Mare on the moon Titan, in the year 2169. Originally a penal colony that used convict labor to harvest liquid methane, Benedict’s Rest was bought out by a German energy conglomerate, Richter Dynamics, and expanded; now, in 2189, contract, or “free” miners outnumber convicts 5 to 1—158 free miners to 31 convicts.

The colony’s productivity, formerly the highest of any Richter colony site, has dropped 19% in the last month with no reasonable explanation provided. In the same period, the colony medic, Dr. Henry Holzer, has died; the administration has been vague regarding cause, though it has been intimated that he committed suicide. Over the objections of colony administrator James Kingsley, Richter Dynamics has sent a team of corporate troubleshooters to investigate these two issues and make recommendations to revive productivity.

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After a minute of pummeling the door and walls, Jojo stops and regards the intact door standing between him and freedom. A strange feeling comes over him. He finds it hard to classify but suspects that organics would call it 'unease'. If synthetics had piloerection the hair on the back of his neck would be standing on end. Without any other warning Jojo feels himself being seized from behind, something grabs his shoulders and sticks in. He catches sight of an iridescent spiked claw-like appendage and his internal monitors register tissue damage and extreme tensile strain in his shoulder girdle endoskeleton with two further superficial injuries either side of his lower back. There is an odour, oily complex hydrocarbons with acidic traces. Immediately behind him he hears click-click-click.
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Mechanically we're into a combat round, the creature has higher DEX so goes first. It has managed to grab Jojo, I haven't allowed Jojo to Dodge/Fight back against that first attack due to the surprise.
Jojo feels himself being dragged backwards, he fights against the vice-like grip but it is immensely strong, even compared to his synthetic servosystems.
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Jojo is about to be attacked again, he can't dodge because he can't see what is happening but he can fight back with a manouevre to try and free himself from its grip - you can roll either STR Vs STR or Fighting Brawl vs the creature's attack. Otherwise Jojo could try and fight back against the creature (e.g. kicking back) with a Fighting Brawl roll and a chance to do damage if he wins
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I want to break out of it's grasp.
Jojo struggles to get free.
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Jojo pulls with all his strength against the creature, feeling his surface tissue tearing in its razor sharp grasp. But it's no good, he cannot get free, and he feels himself drawn further back, the oily smell getting stronger. Click-click-click.

Then Jojo's systems register critical damage, heavy tissue destruction, compromise of core system modules...He looks down to see a sharp point of glistening crystal rip through his clothing and protrude out of his chest. A gush of thick blue hydrodynamic fluid cascades down his shirt.
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Although Jojo got an impressive extreme success so did the creature. So Jojo has taken 14 points of damage (minus one for the weighted clothing he's wearing), that's a major wound and leaves him with only 2HP, test CON to stay conscious
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Jojo is surprised that the creature is stronger than he expected and attempts to calculate his next action. He focuses on staying conscious as he contemplates the crystal spike protruding from his chest.
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Despite extensive damage to his physical infrastructure, hydrodynamic systems, and electronic submatrix, Jojo is able to redirect power to his core systems and maintain cognitive functions.

He looks down at the multifaceted surface of the spike, the shifting pattern of colours obscured with a thin film of blue hydrodynamic fluid. His pattern matching algorithms register the close similarity to the rocky column sticking out of Administrator Kingsley's chest. He considers starting off some background processes to cross-reference and model the structure of the crystal and compare it to the samples from Montrose but decides his currently limited computational resources would be better spent elsewhere.

Reviewing self-repair and monitoring subsystem diagnostics Jojo estimates that he has suffered catastrophic damage and calculates that he cannot tolerate a further attack without irreversibly compromising structural and computational integrity. He needs to extricate himself from this situation immediately.

Jojo still has only limited information on his assailant, which continues to grip him between four razor sharp appendages buried in his soft tissue and an impaling spike of crystal.
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It is Jojo's action. He still has the same options as before, try and free himself using STR or Fighting - Brawl. Attack whatever is holding him from behind using Fighting - Brawl. Or something else you decide. Jojo realises he can override his normal operating limiters to ramp up power output with the consequence of burning out his servos. Mechanically this means he takes 1HP damage for a bonus die to STR for one test only. That would leave him on 1HP.
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As he seems to be held fast, Jojo tries to fight whatever is holding him from behind but is has no leverage and is unsuccessful.
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Despite writhing and twisting Jojo is unable to pull himself free and he feels the sharp grip tighten further.
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Lose another HP from the superficial tissue damage
His self-repair and monitoring subsystems caution about a foreign material being released into his body and he sees a white viscous substance leaking from the length of the crystal shard.
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Jojo stays conscious but please roll a hard CON check. Jojo realises what is being pumped into his body, check Sanity - loss 1d2/1d4+1
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As Jojo feels the fluid being dispensed into his body, he musters the last of his energy to try to keep his internal systems operable. His emotional subroutines have been shut down by the damage and he observes dispassionately as his energy ebbs away.
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Jojo uses his remaining energy to divert all his internal resources to intrinsic repair routines. He is in no fit state to resist his assailant any further and he just clings on to remaining minimally operational. The likelihood is that he will receive a final, terminal attack within the next 45 seconds.

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The shard in his chest twists and there is a degree of torsion throughout his thorax. Then he feels the grip on his shoulders slacken and release. Click-click-click. He collapses to the floor like a ragdoll. There is the sound of something hard scraping against the metal floor and then silence. The crystal shard continues to protrude from his chest, slick with blue hydrodynamic fluid, and he feels more of it bubbling up from his throat.
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Jojo contemplates the shard protruding from his chest as his systems attempt to repair the damage. He is certain that he will not be successful without it's removal but he is unable to remove it without help. He wishes he had been able to leave a message to the others and attempts to preserve an intact copy of his investigation of the office in his memory unit.
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While he files his investigations in an auxiliary memory system, Jojo is physically unable to do any more than remain immobile on the floor.

The door in front of him clicks and then starts to swing open.

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