IF door not open:
[-l+2-] See if the slot contains a way to activate it.
-[-l+2-] How to access it, though?
---l+2-] Continue to scope out enemies and wait for one to walk out and ambush it.
ELSE IF kappa does not carry door-opening "thingy":
[-l+2-] Force the door open.
[-l+2-] Continue to scope out enemies and wait for one to walk out and ambush it.
-[-l+2-] Force the captive to let you in.
[-l+2-]Try to climb up and reach the handle or whatever the indentation may be.
“I… Let’s look at this logically. We can do this, Rika.” She pinches her nose and stares up at the slot. “That has to be the key to get into this structure.” Rika stares at it for a bit longer before she inches forward, being careful to still not touch the structure. “It might be a retinal scanner or some other form of technological identification. It appears likely.” She shakes her head and continues to edge forward, searching for any telltale glint of a protective cover that would protect the eyepiece of any electronic sensor. After a moment, she starts looking for any brass protuberance, crystal for refraction, or pool of water that might reflect information using a decidedly non-consensus method.
However, despite all of her efforts, she does not see a single one of those; all she can tell is that the handle is dark and obstructed by the depth of which it is inset to the structure. Quietly, she continues to inspect what she knows to be the doorframe, not finding any other surface imperfections. “There has to be more to it than that… It must be hidden so that no one can easily find the way in.” She pauses for a second. “No… Is it just a utilitarian reason? To prevent any seams from being exploited, or perhaps to seal in the interior atmosphere and prevent contamination…” Rika looks back up at the recession and hums softly. “I suppose it would be the second reason, or something along that vein. If it were security… There wouldn’t be anything left exposed at all.”
“...But if these are kappa…” Rika pauses where she is standing and looks straight up, staring at the hidden handle above her. “It could be that simple. But is their hubris so…” She trails off for a second before quietly snorting. “What am I saying? I can hear them. Even if it isn’t the same as the one who did that to sister…”
The girl’s thoughts pause for just a moment before she catches herself. “Now is not the time for that. Focus…” Rika continues to look up to the handle before raising her arm up towards the recession. It is easily out of arm’s reach. But two arms’ reach… “...Is it that simple?”
Though she immediately starts looking around for something to use, there are no twigs nearby that she could attempt to purloin and extend her reach. Those are all at the top of the crater and at the treeline. “Not so simple, then. ...But all I need to do is reach up top.” Rika looks at both sides of the doorframe and looks up again. “...I guess I will have to risk it, in the end.” Letting out a deep breath, she hesitates, waits, dithers, and delays as her hand slowly inches towards the plane, unassuming wall. And, after another few moments that took far longer than they felt, she touches the wall.
Rika stares into the fortress as her breath quicken and her heart leaps into her throat, fearful that she had tripped some sort of silent alarm with that bare touch. Her eye darts around, searching out the minds that are lingering so far away. None of the kappa inside drop what they are doing and start dashing off. They do not freeze in place and stare, and there are no thoughts and concerns about a sudden violation of their holy research funhouse. They just… continue on with their mad, pointless, and/or depressing behavior. “Huh…” Rika leans forward and presses her palm against the wall. There is still not a change in the behavior of the Youkai on the inside.
“Let’s not waste time, then.” Ignoring the ramifications for this very moment, Rika presses her hands into the wall and then tries to anchor one foot against the wall. After sating her concern that it won’t slip, she hikes up her other foot and wedges against the opposite side of the doorframe. She breathes in deeply before moving her hands up, one at a time, and continues to wedge her way up the wall. I’ll be thankful enough that I still have shoes, even with my clothes shorn like this.
. Rika carefully treads her way up farther and farther, huffing and puffing and doing her damndest to make sure she does not slip and fall.
It doesn’t take long for her to reach the top of the door, and she has a better look on the inside. To her surprise, there is neither an electronic nor magical scanner that she can tell. All that is there is yet a simple bar that is attached to the sides of the chamber on both sides and a track to keep it in place. Again, daring herself to go ahead with her efforts, she reaches upwards and carefully grips the bar. It doesn’t immediately respond with any aggression, and she feels no prick to her skin or hairs raising in wake of some glamour or spell. It also does not pull immediately and, after a gentle tug or two, Rika grabs the bar firmly and drops her other three supporting limbs.
Her weight dangling from the bar seems to be enough, and the entire apparatus finally gives way. Once it reaches the bottom, the door in front of her slides open without so much as a hiss, revealing a clean and polished corridor within. ...I honestly expected there to be a few more bloodstains, honestly.
Rika drops down from the bar and takes a careful look inside, noting that the passageway in front of her leads on for quite a ways before there is a break in its structure. Roughly seventy feet from here, she notices a large pair of double doors leading into a room to her right. They are located about halfway to the far distant end of the hall, though she sees there is an abrupt right turn at that far end.
“Nothing is here… Kinda…” She stares at the polished floors, waxed to a shine. She can see her face reflected in them. “Weird. If I didn’t know better, they would have been just cleaned…” She looks up around the algae green walls, searching for any kind of security camera or device. To her growing concern, she spots nothing obvious; all there is on the left side are a series of electrical panels and other access panels strewn haphazardly throughout its surface. What is more likely? They are too sure of themselves to bother? Their subjects are so plentiful that an escapee isn’t such a concern? Or they have something where I don’t know to look?
Rika edges inside, noticing that, adjacent to the doorframe on the interior, there is a keypad of some sort. An odd, circular keypad with a spiral design on the cut metal. “...What am I missing here…” As she looks back to the door frame proper, she spies a few treadmarks just barely impressed into the stone structure. “...Did I…”
Before she can examine, the door closes as quickly as it did before, merging quite seamlessly with the wall once more. “Lovely…” Rika looks back down the hall, taking a moment to check on the kappa. Still not a one of them seems to have moved. “No one is nearby…” Her eyes drift to her right, towards that room that lurks past the double doors. No one save this subject… She continues to be obsessed with boats, and prattling about impressing her professor.
Rika feels her heart tug a little bit… Just like Rikako. She may have lost herself, but she did at least try to help me in that twisted way.
She clenches her eyes shut for a second before wiping away the hints of whatever tears might have been forming. Later. She’s better now. Just… Just have to keep going. Remember the others…
[ ] Find a way back outside to ambush a kappa.
[ ] Check in on the boat girl; even if she isn’t helpful, she may have parts…
-[ ] Write-in: How to enter and conduct yourself.
[ ] Ignore her and continue on. You’re sure that nothing the poor girl has could be useful.
Calling any votes that may be here in five days. >>190938
Technically, up here on Luna, it’s barely been more than one sidereal day. And with how the Youkai like to travel sideways through reality, who knows how long a real day is?