Recovered Scout Drone Video Logs
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TAURION SCOUT DRONE
DESIGNATION 0763
ASSIGNED TO: UNIT ML-DM5

PLEASE INPUT A COMMAND.
> ACCESS MISSION DATA
> ACCESS VIDEO FEEDS
> POWER OFF

MISSION DATA:

ACCESSING MISSION DATA….
MISSION DATA:
SURVEY AND SCOUT OUT PLANETS MARKED FOR DECONSTRUCTION.
TAKE HIGH INTEREST IN ALL LIFE FORMS AND REQUEST IDENTIFICATION OF UNKNOWN SPECIES.
REMAIN PASSIVE UNTIL ATTACKED OR ORDERS STATING OTHERWISE ARE GIVEN.
WHEN DECONSTRUCTION PROTOCOLS ARE ENACTED BY PARENT UNIT, RETURN TO BASE.
END OF MISSION DATA.

VIDEO FEEDS:

ACCESSING VIDEO FEEDS…

A video begins to play on the projector. For the duration of the video the screen is completely black. A voice can be faintly heard saying: "Launching from Planet Designated: Taurion in T-Minus 10… 9… 8… 7… 6… 5… 4… 3… 2… 1…" followed by a loud roaring sound. The roaring sound continues for several minutes and then the audio feeds are silent for several hours until the faint voice says "Heading towards Exoplanet Designated: Glaxcorion.
Estimated Time of Arrival is approximately: 4 months, 2 weeks, 5 days, 16 hours, 30 minutes, 26 seconds." A louder voice, which you recognize as the voice of the metal spiders that you now know are called scout drones, says "ACTIVATING STANDBY MODE." and then the video ends.

Another video begins to play, and it is from the perspective of the scout drone. This time you can actually see visuals on the screen, but it is unlike anything you have seen before. The scout drone walks amidst a gigantic lake of bubbling lava and swirling gas as meteors crash down from the sky all around. No audio is picked up from this feed. Gan speeds up the video and you see the scout drone wandering around this molten planet for about a month before it suddenly stops and turns around. It begins to head towards its home base, which you can now see, plain as day, is Maldemos.

The giant sphere of metal sits amidst the magma, even more imposing on the horizon due to the fact that there are no mountains to stand up to it. As the scout drone approaches Maldemos, a gigantic hatch opens up in the side of the sphere, revealing an incredibly long and tall hallway. The scout drone, which is the size of a house, is dwarfed by the size of this passage. It is hard to tell from its perspective, but one might even say the size difference would be comparable to an ant stumbling into a mansion.

The scout drone walks down this long hallway for several hours and enters a hole in the wall. The video feed returns to black. The drone says "ACTIVATING STANDBY MODE." and the video ends.

The video feeds loop in a similar fashion, showing extravagant scenes of other worlds in a stage that you can only assume is their formation. The scout drone explores the surface of 17 planets for about a month each and returns to base, flying to a different star system once, after the exploration of the 5th planet. In all of these feeds, the planets appear to be in a primordial magma based state and are being bombarded by countless asteroids.

The next video that plays depicts something different this time. The scout drone walks amidst a world that, while very alien in appearance, you can tell is flourishing with plant and animal life. Beings of strange configuration encounter the drone at several points, some of them attacking it and being subsequently burned to death. After about a week of exploration, the scout drone discovers something quite interesting; a city. The buildings are extremely alien in design but they are recognizable enough that you can determine these are civilized structures. Further compounding this thought in your minds is the fact that shortly after, the scout drone stumbles upon a group of aliens. They appear to be humanoid aquatic lizard people, standing about the same height as the average person here on Faerun, and wearing primitive clothing. This group panics at the site of the scout drone, attacks it, and well, you know the rest.

After this planet, the scout drone lands on and explores a new planet. It looks quite similar to the last one, but there are notable differences. The plant life here is much taller and of a radically different color, and the animal life is also much larger. Megafauna roam the forests and many attempt to attack the scout drone, but none succeed despite their size and strength. After 2 weeks, the scout drone runs into another civilization. This one appears notably more advanced than the last, with buildings that appear to be made of a mixture of metal and trees towering high into the sky. Strange metal horseless carts float through the sky, pilotted by members of another species of aquatic lizard people. These ones appear much sharper than the last, both in terms of physical appearance and intelligence, and are a wide assortment of colors whereas the last species was only one color. The scout drone stands on the outskirts of this futuristic city and says "CALCULATING THREAT LEVELS… CHANCE OF DESTRUCTION AT 133%. STANDING DOWN." and it promptly returns to its base.

The last few video feeds show more recognizable things.
The scout drone lands on Faerun and begins to wander around the land, surveying the area as it goes.
It discovers a civilization which you can recognize as the town of Bakush and stands on the outskirts of the town, then says "CALCULATING THREAT LEVELS… CHANCE OF DESTRUCTION AT 6%. PROCEEDING." and it enters the town. A man walking the streets sees it and panics, attacking it and immediately burning to death. Shortly after, you see yourselves running out of a building and your encounter with the scout drone plays out how it did. The scout drone then leaves the town and moves on to continue exploring.

The next video shows the scout drone stumbling upon a group of people in blue and white robes. One person standing in the center is notably different from all the others; you don't know what race he is, and he looks like one of the aquatic lizards encountered on the last planet. You manage to pick up from context clues throughout the video that this is a group of people from the Maldemism "religion" that has sprung up. They encircle the drone and hold it in place somehow, and the aquatic lizard man walks up to the drone. You hear the sound of metal against metal, and then the video feed cuts out.

The last video shows a person that you don't recognize staring directly into the camera of the scout drone as it powers up. You can't determine what gender this person is, though you do recognize their race. They are a dark elf with purple eyes and long black hair tied into a ponytail. As the scout drone turns on, they step back from the camera, allowing you to see that they are wearing blue and white robes, and say "Ah, you're awake! I thought Venneth had done you in." and then they pace around for a few seconds and say "Listen, I've got a secret plan. I don't know if you're actually capable of listening, but listen anyways. I'm going to steal something from the "secret place" we just discovered. I need you to cover me, okay? If anyone follows me, you intervene, okay?" There is no response from the scout drone. A few seconds later, a voice says "YURUSU! Stop talking to the spider, that thing's always recording! Who knows who's gonna see it?"

Yurusu then steps away from the scout drone and says "Jesus Gagiel, do you have to be such a spoil sport?" The scout drone remains in the same position for several hours. Yurusu returns, and stands in front of the drone, chanting something in a strange language and making weird motions with their hands. A couple seconds later, the video feed cuts out.

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