Chapter III: A Rat In The Making
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|Chapter III: A Rat In The Making|
|Linked to||Pigmote Isle|
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The Chief Engineer led me to the northern side of the island, skirting the Chickenwoods. We passed through a number of what can only be termed check-points, as fierce-eyed rats shouldered their derringers and saluted the Chief Engineer. Soon we come upon a small colony, smaller than some of the infestations I had encountered in London flats: perhaps only fifty Rattus Faber all together, working diligently to fortify their side of the island. The first thing I noticed was a brilliant light, beaming out from a stump of Chickenwood about six feet high; it bathed the whole settlement in a clean blue glow, and was almost too bright to look at. By its light I could see several raised mounds of earth, suggesting shallow tunnels. An efficient fishing operation was set up by the water: an albino rat mending nets while others stabbed sharpened sticks into the waves. Further inland was a barracks, where a sergeant barked drills at a small squadron of fighters. My arrival drew attention, and several rats paused in their work to look at me curiously. "Welcome to Murinia," said the Chief Engineer, voice warm with pride. "It's not much to look at now, but it will be once we've rousted the Cavies. Take a stroll around while I summon the war council." With that he vanished into one of the mounds and left me to explore.
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Frequency: Always (100%)
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|I visited the rats' barracks
The drill sergeant appeared to be sizing me up. Were the few rats around her really all she had to launch an attack?
||We were fighting impressive odds.
I approached the drill sergeant and went so far as to salute her, which earned me a grunt of satisfaction...
|I took a closer look at the 'Rat Star'
An excitable-looking rat was peering at it through smoky goggles, twitching her whiskers and making notes on what appeared to be real paper.
||Blue as a sapphire, but endlessly more brilliant.
"It's not a star, of course, not really, but try explaining that to the others...
|I headed down to the beach
Who ever heard of a rat mending a net?
||Where the green billows played
An albino rat smiled up at me from his mending work, looking dainty and a little shy...
|I finished my exploration
The bells of the War Council rang. I was summoned.
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