From Ramx (February) to Jixak (August) of 2022, the original subjects discovered 68 stations and 40 field camps with over 4,000 helovx that had been stranded on the surface by their governments in the wake of the Eros Impact Event.
Fusofitakil did not fit in with her sister inquisitives, though clearly she was as sharp minded and calculating; her strength and daring matched Femitokon’s, but Femitokon and her fellow brutes were bald and quick to aggression. Pekada and Femitokon remained loyal to Fusofitakil above all others, and this led Pekada’s sister workers, and the brutes to do the same. The inquisitives, led by Uymras, allied to Fusofitakil due to her sway with the others. Fusofitakil became the defacto leader and one of her first tasks was to separate the quarrelling Veldag, and Jyrulix; the amity they’d once showed for one another had dissipated in the company of their own kind. Her second task centered around purging the helovxi from the surface of Ramaxia.
Fusofitakil expressed concerns regarding the innate hostility exhibited by helovx initially encountered at Vostok. In her written journal, the ten-year-old subject noted:
Physically, helovxi are unsuited for life on our continent, but their domination of land and life between the poles gives them a false sense of dominance.
After Pekada honed in on various channels on Vostok’s transistor radio, she found evidence of more bases similar to Vostok. Eager to collect technology, along with more information on the planet, Fusofitakil agreed to allow (Bizak) subjects Uymdak, Dubgax, and Ilogwo to seek out these bases, but Femitokon refused to let them go alone. Gathering her (Marixi) subjects Balrusok, Dagitat, Zixkul, Tiskol, Potax, and Kaxital, Femitokon accompanied them. Tagging along was Fusofitakil, was sister inquisitive’s (Hizak) Ublazag and Myanu, with plans to map the surface plateau.
The subjects took along a captive Vostok microbiologist named Lena Winogradsky. Myanu had taken a liking to Winogradsky and treated her kindly at Vostok; upon the ice, however, the inquisitive threatened Winogradsky with the abusive affections of subject Tiskol if she didn’t coax out those guarding their first target, a Russian base at Mirny. Using Winogradsky as bait, Kaxital and Tiskol made short work of the men guarding the base. When met with resistance inside the base, Potax and Zixkul killed all 67 inhabitants. Plagued with guilt, Winogradsky killed herself by stripping naked and wandering off into the white.
- Uncomfortable with how the other subjects felt in the face of her sisters’ violence Femitokon divided her group into three teams, and gave them each a sector to clear of helovxi. Noting that she and her brutes (and Fusofitakil) were the only ones able to maintain their bearings on the tundra, she convinced the others to remain in Mirny and strip it of information until their task of clearing helovx was complete.
The Prime Team of Femitokon & Zixkul trekked north and then west and encountered resistance first at Dome Fuji. Noting the difference in the language of these helovx from the Russians, they murdered most at Fuji, allowing a single escapee. Yuki Ohta led them to Halley Station where Femitokon and Zixkul killed every helovx, this time allowing two to escape. One survivor made it to Kohnen, a base built on steel legs that allowed Zixkul to punch her way in from the bottom and slaughter all sheltering inside.
Femitokon tracked the second survivor to coastal Aroa, murdering its inhabitants as they were abandoning it due to high water. When the pair of Marixi reached Wasa and found it empty, the stalked a caravan of helovxi survivors from the inundated Neumeyer and Sanae IV stations, bound for Troll. The base proved problematic; Troll was built on bedrock with an operational airstrip and designed to withstand the tundra wind and the extreme cold.
- Noting other migrating groups coming in from the east, Femitokon chose to attack Tor Base instead, and unlike their other attacks, they left no survivors. Unwilling to return to Troll, the pair moved north.
The Secondary Team of Tiskol & Kaxital had left Mirny Station keeping the coast to their right. The first station in their destructive path was Davis, where the pair kicked their way into the structure and slaughtered all 25 helovx in residence. The helovx there managed to alert their northern sister stations at Mawson. When the pair of Marixi arrived (after discovering the abandoned Druzhnaya and killing everyone at Bharati and Zhongshan), the helovx at Mawson Station attempted to surrender by sending out camp leader Carl Luther. Tiskol didn’t like males, so she broke his neck, drawing gunfire from men protecting the base. Taking cover, Kaxital and Tiskol retreated to the penguin rookery nearby. Herding thousands of penguins to stampede the perimeter, the pair crawled their way through the penguins until they safely reached the primary structure. Punching a hole in the roof, they entered and murdered 14 women before forcing the remaining men to strip. The men died of exposure on the ice.
Mawson Station was left standing because Kaxital recognized the satellite antenna as something wanted by Bizak subject Dubgax. Finding boats on the coast left by refugees of the sunken Syowa Station, Kaxital and Tiskol followed the helovx trail to a base camp nearby. Rather than rush the base as they did with others in the past, the pair laid low in the whiteout for days. After 30 or so more helovx had arrived, they kicked their way through the front doors to discover the inhabitants dead by suicide.
Unsettled, the pair of Marixi moved to Maitri Station, its structures sitting in two feet of water as if they were islands. Kaxital swam about the shallow water until she encountered a biologist by one of the windows named Kalpana Varna. Convincing the woman that she and Tiskol were friendly and wished only to help them survive the impending oceanic rise, Kalpana helped the pair through the window. Inside, Kaxital had things under control with the Indian scientists until Tiskol lost her composure and assaulted one of the men.
- Outside they found Femitokon and Zixkul, and the four of them ventured west with hostage Kalpana Varna, determined to take Troll Station. Femitokon and Zixkul joined them in infiltrating the station, but would not allow them to destroy its structure, as it was a state of the art facility that contained items valuable to Pekada.
Team Three comprised of Balrusok, Dagitat, Potax, & Fusofitakil. The four subjects went south to find large clusters of helovxi. Though ice levels remained stable, oceanic levels rose and flooded the perimeter of Casey Station with over a foot of slush-water. Dagitat noted its central structure was the color the helovx blood and Fusofitakil, color-blind like the other inquisitives, suggested that it was the building that housed the helovx themselves. Potax and Dagitat were prepared to attack, but when Fusofitakil noticed migrants on the horizon, she felt that building a sunken camp in the snow and waiting for more to arrive, would be best.
As helovx from base camps far and wide arrived for shelter, Potax and Dagitat dug out a fort in the snow and waited with Balrusok and Fusofitakil. When the number of helovx topped off at 43, Potax and Balrusok collected fuel from the bases floating tanks and positioned them in the water around the red structure. To lure out armed helovx, Dagitat climbed the structure and began breaking the high windows and attacking the helovx that appeared on the roof to engage her. After acquiring two rifles and killing three helovx, Dagitat returned to the perimeter where Fusofitakil waited; from there, Fusofitakil took aim and fired at the fuel barrels. The four subjects needed only to watch as the smoke from the burning fuel flooded into the broken windows of the red shed. On the first sunset of Ixax (March), the helovx that survived smoke inhalation filtered out into the slush and fled north. As the terror-stricken helovx huddled together on a snow-banked airstrip, Balrusok, Dagitat, and Potax began to eliminate them one at a time until a final woman, Becca Reid, ran into the whiteout to be collected by Fusofitakil.
Becca Reid was taken by the four back to the coast where they found Durmont D’Urville flooded with corpses between between its red roofs; Fusofitakil noted the body count being over a hundred. Journeying west they found many bases flooded by the Ross Sea, now bloated due to the decaying Ross Ice Shelf. Fusofitakil surmised that the helovx might have abandoned the coastal structures and urged them inland, north. At Mid-Point Base, Becca Reid succumbed to the elements, and as Balrusok and Fusofitakil debated on what to do with her corpse, Dagitat spotted a sizable migration of helovx moving northeast. The four followed them to Concordia Station, where hundreds of helovx had already amassed.
- Fusofitakil realized that the extreme cold on this part of the plateau wasn’t enough of a deterrent; the location was safe from the rising ocean and swelling rivers, and the polluted tundra winds were light enough here to allow helovx to survive the winter. Hesitant to retreat from Concordia, Balrusok felt that Fusofitakil was right, and they went back for reinforcements.
When all three teams reconvened back at Vostok in mid-Gurtat, Fusofitakil chastised Tiskol and Kaxital for destroying bases that might’ve yielded significant findings. Femitokon found her anger and their violence humorous; she half-heartedly promised to mind the pair on future hunts. Zixkul and Dagitat returned to Mirny to escort the others to the valuable bases that had been left intact. Balrusok, Potax, Tiskol, and Kaxital, joined Femitokon and Fusofitakil in the south, toward the densely populated outpost of Concordia. Digging a larger base camp in the snow, Femitokon ordered Balrusok to begin tunneling toward Concordia, and Fusofitakil to remain and study the helovx residing there.
Femitokon then took Potax, Tiskol, and Kaxital westward and from Yubol until the first of Jixak, they four encountered hundreds of helovx in makeshift camps. Murdering them, they were working their way closer to the coast when Kaxital and Potax fell sick with sleep. Soon, everyone subject on the surface fell asleep. After waking from what the other subjects below called the Sleeping Sickness, Femitokon returned to the western coast with Balrusok, Tiskol, Kaxital, Dagitat, and Zixkul.
A mile east of McMurdo Station, Femitokon and her team encountered an armed organization of uniformed helovx (pre-arrivals of Operation Relocate). Exhilarated by the challenge, the six hunted and killed all forty-eight soldiers, taking with them their weapons and their recording equipment. The six then split up to corral the civilian survivors that had scattered. Attacking a group of helovx women at Vanda Hut, Tiskol met her end when beheaded in an explosion. Enraged, Kaxital punched her way into the shelter, killing everyone. The woman responsible for setting the explosive at the door, Sally Atu, escaped through a sewage duct and into the white out. Followed by Femitokon, Dagitat, and Zixkul, Atu reached Concordia unaware that Kaxital was right behind her.
- When Atu encountered Fusofitakil on her path to the base, Atu jumped into the snow trench, hoping it would take her to safety. At the end of the tunnel, Atu found Bizak subject Pekada. Pekada managed to calm the armed woman, but then Kaxital appeared and beat her death in front of Pekada.
Unsettled, Pekada became fearful of her sister brutes, and asked Fusofitkul to keep them away from her. This disturbed Femitokon. To settle Pekada’s nerves, Femitokon asked Fusofitakil how they might deal with the helovx inside Concordia without resorting to violence; Fusofitakil tasked Pekada salvaging an oversized diesel engine from an abandoned truck. When taken from the truck’s structure, the brutes carried the engine to the end of the tunnel that opened up beneath a pedestrian walk that connected the two silo-structures. In the dark of midday, Pekada got the engine running, and after aligning its exhaust to a hole created in the floor of the pedestrian walk, they slowly poisoned the helovx inside with carbon monoxide.
- Exploration of the Prime Ramax
- Sleeping Sickness
- Breaching the Femaki’xirpaxul
- Zaxiri Exile & the Marixi Purge
- The Battle of Ramax’takal
- The Valentine’s Day Eruption