Enter the Fuzz Farmers -- Battle for the Fridge
Meet the Fuzz Farmers:
Bluto, Wanda, Ma'am, and Dave ...
... and Jupiter.
Theirs is a sad story. Once upon a time, they were members of a successful colony. Actually, it was a colony that had some satellite colonies, and
they were tasked with running lots of trading missions to local tribes and villages, gathering items for a large project. No one told them what the
project was. It was top secret!
They were very excited to participate. They were assured that no other group was as accomplished at getting things as they were. Over and over they
hit the roads and trails with their faithful muffalo Roma, Action, and Violet. It was a good time to be alive!
But Jupiter and Bluto began to suspect that things were not as they should be on those last few trips. The main colony began to be distant and no one
would talk to them. The last time they went out, they didn't even have a list of things to bring back. By then, Dave was starting to think they were
being sent away on purpose too. Ma'am was kind of slow, so she never noticed anything, and Wanda was always just happy to be alive.
As they left out over the plain that last day, there was a huge booming roar and they turned to see a large, bulky pod lifting off over the horizon.
An old radio link on Jupiter's belt crackled to life one last time and they heard a scratchy voice say, "Sorry!" before it all cut out.
They had been abandoned to their fate.
Jupiter, Bluto, and Dave got right to work deciding what to do. Sweet natured Wanda calmly gathered plants and herbs with Ma'am while they waited on
the men to come up with a plan. In the end, it was decided they would cut toward the coast and away from the satellite colonies. After days of hacking
through some heavy growths of fungus jungle and even more rainforest, they hit the sea.
Wanda and Ma'am quickly found good places to set up vegetable, grain, a herb gardens in the shelter of a large outcrop of stone. Ma'am also thought
they could grow cotton too. For a simple gal, there wasn't much about plants she didn't know, and when she swung a sword, you sure did get out of her
way! Wanda was interested in what herbs she could glean. She was an intuitive healer, and her skills opened all kinds of doors for the group when they
Meanwhile, Jupiter the engineer of the bunch directed the others in setting up the first shelter. It was rough with log walls, but it kept out the
rain. It wasn't long before they had a place to sleep and a place to store their goods. The next project was another room for cooking and eating.
Somewhere in all that was when they heard the strange noises ... odd clicks and whirs, scratching sounds. They seemed to be coming from the wall. And
they didn't sound good. Jupiter and Bluto examined the wall closely and discovered that it was actually ancient brick work. Something was on the other
side, and they knew they'd have to deal with it sooner rather than later.
So a plan was hatched. I between all the other activities needed to survive, Jupiter carefully surveyed the extent of the ancient ruins in the
mountainside. They were extensive, and it was decided that they would break into the chamber on the far side of the ridge. Jupiter, Bluto and Ma'am
spent time discussing how best to set up a kill zone leading out of the side of the old wall.
So for days, they worked on building chutes and walls, and a gun complex ... mud moats and spike traps and barricades.
Finally, they decided they were ready, and with everyone who could fight gathered in defensive positions, Bluto breached the wall ...
It opened into a chamber of horrors. Ancient cryo capsules defended by a mechanoid warrior drone. The drone attacked immediately, and the group fought
hard. Over the years as traders, they'd managed to lay in a good arsenal of weapons and armor, and it was put to the test now! But in the end, they
won out. They thought it was over, but there was a failsafe built in. Now it activated. The cryo capsules shut down and the occupants lept out
brandishing weapons, and another fight ensued. This one was even harder.
They weren't sure they'd make it, and the group's bull muffalo was killed. Bluto was seriously wounded fighting a breaching action into the chamber
itself to dig some hunkered down strangers. Things looked grim for a time, but Wanda was an angel of mercy. She stabilized the wounded, saving Bluto's
life. And everyone except poor Roma survived.
And in the days to follow, love bloomed amid the chaos.
Bluto fell hard for his nurse.
With strangers dispatched and everyone healing nicely, plans went forward to convert their chamber into a freezer for the group's food stores.
Jupiter and Bluto quickly pulled up flooring and began adding a second layer of steel wall inside the stone brick work. It would help insulate the
room against the sometimes brutal jungle heat. The old quartz pillars could not be moved and neither could the cryo capsules, so they had to be
scrapped and broken down. At least they yielded useful metals and minerals that could be useful later on.
Meanwhile the group's animals "got busy". Dave was an excellent at husbandry, and it didn't take long for Sowbell and Poppy to start preparing for
litters of guineapups. And even though it looked like they might be just looking at poor Action and Violet being two lonely cows ... it turns out that
Roma did his duty before he died. Both cows turned up pregnant and if even one of the calves was a bull, the group could continue the herd assuming
they could trade for a new cow elsewhere in the future.
As the time went on, the work picked up in pace, and soon, it came together -- the glorious freezer! The group was proud of it. They'd fought for it,
sacrificed, shed blood over it, but now ... they had a means of keeping all their hard-won sustenance safe in cold storage.