There are billions of stars, millions of planets, but there is only one man, Terrance McDoogal. Welcome to LIU Atlas.
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LIU Atlas - Novum Finium
The Ludgonian Industrial Union’s galaxy contains billions of stars and planets. Unfortunately, most residents of the LIU could only name a handful of these worlds. In order to improve astronomy grades across the LIU, TV2 has started a new program called LIU Atlas. Follow our host, Terrance McDoogal, as he takes you on a tour across the LIU and some of its more obscure worlds.
Note: This episode is presented in full screen. The corresponding dialogue is underneath each photo.
Doog: “Welcome to another episode of LIU Atlas. I’m your host, Terrance “Doog” McDoogal. Today, we’re onboard a pre-colonization ship known as the Novum Finium. Like all pre-colonization ships, the Novum Finium has been tasked with preparing a planet for colonization and exploitation. This includes installing various forms of infrastructure like roads, water, and communications. The Novum Finium is essentially a massive warehouse that holds all the supplies and materials needed to perform its task.”
Doog: “The Novum Finium is much too big to land on the planets surface. Instead, the front of the ship contains three large landing bays that allow the Novum Finium’s fleet of shuttles to transport people and supplies from the ship to the surface.”
Doog: “The Novum Finium is currently in orbit around a recently discovered planet designated as Silvis IV. Silvis IV, fourth planet in orbit around the star Silvis, will not receive an official name until it has been fully colonized. The planet was discovered nearly five years ago during a scan with the Almagest Mapping Center. Since then, the planet has been visited by several research teams, and it has been studied thoroughly. The planet is mostly tropical, with prairies, tundra, and ice near the poles. Silvis IV has a large fresh water sea that stretches almost the length of the equator. These conditions will make Silvis IV an ideal agricultural world. The Novum Finium only needs to lay the basic infrastructure to start farming.”
Doog: “Well folks, I’ve now boarded the Novum Finium, and it appears that my guide is waiting for me. Hello there, I’m Doog.”
Jagain: “Yes, yes. I know who you are. We can skip the pleasantries, you’ve already set my schedule back fifteen minutes. Can you walk and talk?“
Doog: “I can tr…”
Jagain: “Yes, ok, good. Follow me. I’m Jagain, Overseer of Silvis IV’s colonization. We’re on a tight schedule. I only have six months to ready this planet for exploitation. Every little hiccup, like parading around with TV hosts, threatens to delay our operation.”
Doog: “Can you…”
Jagain: “No time for questions. Make a left here.”
Jagain: “This is the ship’s mapping room. The long range mapping scans done by the Almagest Mapping Rings are low definition, and we are currently updating the mapping scans from orbit. The mapping center is also responsible for monitoring weather and surface conditions. Until the proper satellites, radar, and communication systems have been installed, the workers on the surface rely on the Novum Finium for all their information.”
Mapping Supervisor: “You’re late. I have you scheduled for 1730 hours.”
Jagain: “Nope. You forgot to update your LIUPad. The schedule changed. I have to show this guy around.”
Mapping Supervisor: “Do we have time for that?”
Jagain: “No, but we don’t really have time to discuss it either. How’s everything looking?”
Mapping Supervisor: “The scans are going well. As you see here, we just finished imaging grid 90W 38N. It looks like we’ll be able to run a road right through the valley. I’m worried about the water conduits though. It will be a pain to route them through the mountains.”
Jagain: “We’ll route them through grid 88W 38N, bypass the mountains.”
Mapping Supervisor: “Yes sir. I‘ll make the corrections and update the itinerary.”
Jagain: “How’s the weather in 86W 34N?”
Mapping Supervisor: “Sunny and 72 degrees. There shouldn’t be any delays during today’s landing.”
Jagain: “Great. Make the corrections. I’ll see you at 2655 hours for debriefing.”
Mapping Supervisor: “I’ll be there.”
Jagain: “Don’t forget, I expect you to finish the 38N grids by that time.”
Mapping Supervisor: “We’ll try.”
Doog: “What’s PKDU stand for on the screen over…”
Jagain: “No, time. Follow me. We‘ll cut through Storage Bay #6.”
Jagain: “The Novum Finium has vast storage bays that hold everything that might be needed during the course of our operations. Everything from food to spare parts for our mechs can be found in rooms like this. You can’t just run to the supermarket or home improvement store if you forgot something.”
Doog: “Bulk boxes of mac and cheese! Could I grab a few for my ship?”
Jagain: “If we get time, I’ll see what I can do. By the way, we don’t have time. Hold on. What’s this. Computer, get a engineer down here. Someone placed a canister of JH54 in the slot for JJ54.”
Computer: “The anomaly has already been detected. The proper corrections are scheduled to be fixed in twelve seconds.”
Jagain: “Thank you.”
Doog: “What is…”
Jagain: “No more questions and try to keep up.”
Jagain: “This is the staging room. Materials and supplies picked from the storage rooms are placed on pallets, secured, and made ready for transport to the surface.”
Jagain: “There is another cargo shuttle due in fifty three minutes. I trust everything is ready?”
Picker: “We almost ready now. We have two more pallets of steel beams to pack and we’ll be set.”
Jagain: “Great. I’ll adjust the schedule accordingly. Alright Doog. I’ve moved up our departure seven minutes. We need to get the personnel shuttle out of the bay to allow the cargo shuttle to land. Hurry. Come with me.”
Jagain: “This is our personnel shuttle, the LIU Alvus Mark II. It holds forty passengers. Two of those forty, will be us. Come on.”
Jagain: “We enter here.”
Doog: “Can we slow it down a bit. It seems like we’re rushing through everything. And I’ve hardly got a word….”
Jagain: “Sorry, I don’t have any time set aside for whining. Which reminds me, I need you to turn your head towards the shuttle.”
Doog: ‘What for?”
Doog: “Ouch! What the heck was that?”
Jagain: “It’s an inoculation against the planet’s native diseases. It also has synthetic chemicals that will prevent atmospheric sickness. Silvis IV’s atmosphere has a slightly different make-up than you are accustomed to.”
Jagain: “The rest of the workers have arrived. Let’s grab a good seat.”
Three minutes later:
Jagain: “Welcome to Silvis IV, grid 86W 34N. In this grid, we are installing a bridge and a water pump.”
Jagain: “Here, you can see some of our engineers laying the base for a hoverway bridge across the planet’s sea.”
Jagain: “And over here, workers are installing a water pump. The Novum Finium has enough water supplies to last for a few months, but we need to bring the planet’s own water systems online. They can’t depend on us forever.”
Jagain: “The water will be piped up to the settlement at the top of this hill. Follow me.”
Doog: “Not a hill!”
Jagain: “This is the LIU Bison. It’s our most dependable ground transport on the surface. It looks like this unit is transporting materials to the coast. You can also see some of the crude roads built through the forest. If we continue a little further, we’ll see more advanced hoverways being built.”
Jagain: “Ah, here we go. We’re constructing a huge network of hoverways, or roads, across the planet’s surface. When farming begins, they will be able to utilize these roads to transport crops to the local spaceport.”
Jagain: “Most of the construction involves assembling pre-fabricated pieces. The construction mechs make it pretty fast work. You can also see some of the stabilization grids being constructed under the hoverway.”
Jagain: “Of course, we are also installing water and power conduits along the hoverway.”
Jagain: “All the roads in this grid lead to this spaceport. Crops will be shipped off-world from here. It appears they are slightly ahead of schedule.”
Jagain: “As I said before, the mechs make this pretty quick work.”
Jagain: “Over on that roof there, an engineer is finishing up installing the port’s sub-space communicator. In a few hours, the planet will be in contact with the rest of the galaxy, and they will not have to depend on the Novum Finium for communications. Well, that about wraps it up. As you can see, the Novum Finium is essentially installing all the planet’s infrastructure. In about four months, when we are finished, farm workers will start arriving to transform this alien landscape into a massive Super-Farm.”
Jagain: “Hey, look at that. We’re ahead of schedule. You have about thirty seconds to ask a question.”
Doog: “Finally! I thought I wasn’t going to get more than ten words in today. Uh…what…no, I mean why…I got nothing.”
Jagain: “Time’s up. See you later Doog.”
Doog: “Well folks, I’m not sure what just happened there. I’ve been rushed around what appears to be some sort of construction operation. Oh well, hope you learned something because I sure didn’t. See ya next time.
Note: “Grab a LIUPad at your local LIU supplier and follow Doog and crew with the TV2 app.
I would love an LIU app, or some wiki where you can chart the galaxies with "discovered" locations, even making it update so that when an episode is ready for release, it can come up with a question mark on this 3D map, and they can all link to corresponding episdoes!
I can dream right?
Never knew somebody could shut down the Doog's mic. In other news, the work schedule here is strikingly similar to the crazy schedule of my last assignment at work. Impressive build as always and the hilarity never gets old!
Another selection of great builds and humour. I particularly liked the forklift truck and the details in the cross-section of the road. I also liked the the great idea of the 3-D map in the control room. Worryingly, that LIU shuttle wasn't totally white and the LIU didn't seem to be exploiting anyone in this episode. :) Nice not to have that Doog bloke distracting us with all those questions he usually asks!
Super entry in the series... is it me or is Doog coming off worst in most episodes recently? Loved all the builds here, full of great details like the construction mechs and the communication dish. Fantastic!