By the year 2298, at the dawn of 24th century, mankind had made great
strides on a technological and social level. It had assured that the
whole world cared about the welfare of all its people and the ecosystem
that housed them. Through genetics and neurosurgeries, hate and violence
in human behavior had been completely eradicated. But the mistakes of
the past; in particular the unrecycled waste dumped into the ocean
centuries earlier, remained a problem for many scientists. A great number
dedicated their lives to solve the continuing damage it did to the
These scientists included those from the Technological Institute of the
Sea (TIS), based in San Francisco, California. A huge team had created
and manufactured a series of aquatic robots provided with
top-level Artificial Intelligence, programmed to remove any human waste from
the seabeds. These robots are the Aquanoids, specially designed to work at
3,500 metres below sea level.
One day, from the US High Commissioner, an encrypted message is sent to the
TIS's main Chief of the Biotechnology, Environment and Robotics Department.
The message orders the clean out of an open area near the coast of
Newport, Oregon, where it had been noticed that Quontacflux batteries had
been disposed of undercover of darkness by a number of teenages.
A team of eight Aquanoids is sent to Newport Bay in search of
those batteries which use Quontacflux conductive fluid, a highly toxic
chemical product, although their boxes are structurally sealed. As no-one
knows if the batteries had been tampered with, the possibility of
contamination of the fluid with sea water is quite likely.
As if that was not enough, on arrival at Newport Bay, several additional
messages are received, ordering the Aquanoids to locate three extra
objects in the same location:
A keg of beer brand "Just Cheer", sealed and packed to the rafters
(accidentally thrown into the sea from a local freighter);
A half mint fuel can, thrown into the sea from a passenger ferry; and
A waterproof portmanteau containing private documentation that bears
the initials of its owner, Mr. Lewis Cartwright, a prominent businessman
and owner of space lines to the planet Mars and the moons of Jupiter and Saturn.
A laboratory has been installed near to Newport Bay, where it has been determined
that 15 batteries are currently decaying in the sea. The eight Aquanoids are
requested to dredge the sea, one at a time, to locate both these and the missing
three additional objects.
Beneath the seabed live all of local animals including teethy brown fish, octopii,
giant electric jellyfish, starving crabs and giant shelled clams.
Most objects are inside hollowed and sometimes intricate tunnels and old wrecks, tightly locked by those young rascals,
but fortunately their keys are not too far... how smart they were...
"They made our way easier, those scoundrels... I'm sure they'll be already
copped, but that's not something of our concern. Let's work!", squealed AQ-1, the
Aquanoid moral leader of the group.
Hence, the mission. Collect all batteries and lost objects, taking care not to get
lost in the underground caverns.