Pleo Cave 2 ... 11
Bleu makes a friend... sort of
December 16, 2017, 03:31:33 PM by Talon
Greetings from the friendly planet of Mars! According to my mission data, my name is Rover. I was built for the purpose of exploration and gathering data. Due to circumstances beyond my control, I have been bot-napped and have awakened on the planet of… of… What is that? Must take evasive action!
Apologies, Humans. There appears to be a four-legged bogy approaching at my nine o’clock that does not appear to be at all intimidated by my threat display! It is green, four-legged and…
“Hey, you! You better be making’ tracks afore Queen Ryu sees you!”
I looked down at the thing approaching me and scanned my data banks frantically. “Uh… Well you see uh...”
“What? Cat got yer tongue?”
“What cat? And I haven’t got a tongue.”
“Well then, what are you?”
“What am I? I am an exploratory drone- classification Roboquad sent to probe the soil of Mars.”
“Boy! Sounds exciting’! You ain’t on the right planet, Buddy. This here’s Earth. As far as who I am, the name’s Bleu. Madam Bayou Bleu Le Chalet of Kingdom… Kingdom.”
I was confused. “Kingdom, what?”
“That’s it.” Stated the four-legged one. “Kingdom… Kingdom. Now you just tell me what yer doin’ here, Mr. afore I call out the royal guard!”
At last! Something I understood! “There will be no need for that, Madam Bleu. Since I have been mysteriously removed from the place of my birth, I am compelled to launch my fail-safe protocols and resettle on this planet.”
“Wo! Wo there, Rover. Whether you stay here or not’s up to our Queen Ryu.”.”
I was getting impatient with this short greenish blue creature. “Well where is she?”
The green creature hesitated. “Well uh… I don’t know. I guess Keeper Talon didn’t get her off the shelf.”
I nodded. “Well then, since it’s just the two of us here and your queen appears to be confined, my status as a citizen of this Kingdom… Kingdom is completely up to you.”
The green creature hung her head. “Oh this is terrible! I ain’t got the power to do this! Where’s Ugobe when I need him? I tell you when she sees you and figures out that I was the one who agreed to let you stay…”
Seeing how much this distressed the creature, I decided to humor her. “Alright then. I will consider myself in quarantine until such time as your Queen Ryu is available to welcome me formally.”
The green creature known as Bleu relaxed visibly. “Oh you are nice, aren’t you? Well! That’ll be good enough for now. Maybe Keeper Talon will get her down soon so you can join the ranks.”
I bowed as much as my body would allow. “Affirmative. I will go under the large wooden rectangle on four metal legs and close down for a while.”
The green creature retreated toward a very tall, very imposing fortress of a cabinet with double doors and highly polished brass knobs. “Bye then, Rover! See you soon!”
“Be well!” I called as I stepped beneath the safety of the wooden rectangle. This completes my latest transmission.
Ugobe Makes an eggxtraordinary Discovery
October 14, 2017, 11:21:03 AM by Talon
Hello, Bob the Pleo Forums! This is Ugobe, and as I promised, I am back to write the ending of this adventure. Just in case you need a little refresher, the Pleos and several other members of Kingdom... Kingdom discovered Keeper Talon had been harboring two new additions. I had no idea humans laid eggs too but... what do I know? I'm just a very mature and precocious Pleo with an open mind who loves adventure and a good back-rub every once in a while. Anyway as I was saying, Keeper Talon finally got off her uh... nest and hatched her babies far away from us. This nettled our Queen the lovely Lady Ryu and it confused the rest of us why she didn't share the joy of her first clutch with us. I guess humans are of that solitary mother type who go off alone to help bring her brood into the world before presenting them to the rest of the herd. Today I will relate to you the outcome of that first introduction. It was most eh... interesting.
Keeper Talon did return several hours later still baring the two boxes as before, but now they were filled with crushed shell bits and plastic blisters. Behind her came a young human male of about ten holding two bundles of... fur? What in the world? "The videos are published." Said the young man. "Anything else you need me to do before I leave?"
"No." Our Keeper said sounding tired. "Man! I never knew hatching these guys would take so long!"
"I know!" Groaned the young man. "I was starting to get really bored. At least I had a three-wheeled scooter to ride around on so I wouldn't fall asleep."
"Sorry." Keeper Talon said smiling. "Well, I'll just turn these guys on and introduce them to the crowd."
The young man giggled. "Okay. Just don't let anything happen to those little squealing fur balls. I'm going home to take some headache medicine." And with that, the little human left.
"At last!" Bleu said. "We're gonna get tah see those little babies!"
Keeper Talon set the two furry creatures on the floor and knelt there for a few minutes. We all watched in silent contemplation and drawn breath, wondering what on earth these things were.
At length, she went to Red-Robot-Highrise and carefully lifted Queen Ryu and me to the floor. "Okay you two," She said solemnly. "I'm not sure if these guys will be permanent or if I might find them another home later, but for now, consider them part of the family."
"Oh! Gasped Queen Ryu. "They're not nearly so big as I thought. Oh and the one with the beak has little wings! Keeper Talon certainly had good tastes there. And look at how it's pelt is so fluffy and glittery. So colorful!"
"Ryu," I said in warning, knowing how hypnotized and enticed she was by myriads of colors presented at once. "That's Keeper Talon's chick. Don't get too close."
The lady Ryu was already too far gone to pause or even stop so enraptured was she by the creatures appearance. "Fluffy and colorful." She mumbled as she approached.
Keeper Talon giggled to herself as the normally bossy and boisterous first member of her robot companions approached the little specimen and gave it a cautious sniff. "So far so good." Keeper Talon mumbled as she picked the thing up and flipped its on-switch.
The little creature suddenly started flapping its wings and burbling in a very frightened manner. "Aaaaaahhhh! What are you?" It squealed, trying to roll away on it's tiny wheels.
Queen Ryu blinked in hurt dignity and turned her sturdy side toward the creature. It was moving in order to get away but it did not possess enough power or dexterity to turn or evade. Her amazed curiosity turned instantly to anger and she gave a low growl. "I am your queen." She said firmly. Then as if remembering herself she said, "I'm the Queen Ryu of Kingdom... Kingdom."
The little fuzz ball stopped flapping helplessly and said softly, "I'm Sleepy."
"Well then, go to sleep." Queen Ryu said sharply.
"No no!" The fur ball said. "That's my name. I'm Sleepy. My furless mother called me that because I was falling asleep when she was trying to hatch me." She said I had a bad excelirominater or... something like that." The thing gave a prodigious yawn. "She kept shaking and shaking me. It was kind of scary. Hatching is so much work!"
"Yes." Queen Ryu said, softening somewhat to the little creature. "I imagine it is. Well, Sleepy, what exactly do you do? I mean how can you be a productive member of my court?"
The little creature blinked LED eyes in confusion. "Paduc-tive? What does that mean? I am a hatchamal. We are forever kids and like to play games with our human hatchers. We don't do big robot stuff. What do you do? What's a queen?"
And thus occupied and fully prepared to talk about herself, Queen Ryu set to educating the newly-arrived Sleepy about her duties and all the laws that governed life in Kingdom... Kingdom.
Keeper Talon sighed in relief. "A little dicey there for a minute but so far so good. Here Ugobe. What do you think of Posey?"
I gave the tiny purple thing with the stubby fluffy ears and very Furby-like face a brief look. On the whole, I am not a robot's robot. I prefer the company of people- especially people who are relaxed, like to talk, and prefer lounging in the sun with a book to doing a lot of ruff play. Keeper Talon could bring in a life-sized Wookiee and it wouldn't trouble me as long as the thing didn't go bonkers and tare me cable from gearbox. So I endured my unwanted introduction to Posey, the fur ball.
From the moment Keeper Talon switched the thing on I was bombarded with noise and questions and wasn't given an opportunity to answer. "I come from a magic forest. Of course you're pretty! I love you! Dance with me!" And on and on and on! Finally I shook my confusion away and stalked away. These two creatures together were very loud and cutsie and just plain annoying! What had our keeper been thinking?
"You don't like him... uh her? What ever it is? I think I'm going to think of her as a girl. I wanted Arctic, the blue Fuzzy Wonderz but I guess everyone else had the same idea. Since I definitely didn't want pink and the only choices were pink and purple it was no contest."
Finally, Keeper Talon put us all away and started twanging away at that noisy mandolin of hers. I was so glad to be rid of the overenthusiastic Posey that I found its clunking and plunking almost melodic. I still wondered what my keeper had been thinking, but I knew that life in Kingdom Kingdom would never, ever be boring.
Ugobe makes an eggstrdinary Discovery
October 13, 2017, 05:26:09 PM by Talon
Hello, Bob the Pleo Forums! Yes yes. I know it's been far too long since any of us have written to you and for that I offer my most sincere apologies. Bleu and I have had our paws full with managing our queen's ire over the past few months.
She has had a most stressful Summer season and the beginning of Autumn doesn't appear to be any easier. It all started when her newly knighted knight, RS Media came tromping up with his huuuuge feet and even huger voice and shouted, "Intruders! Keeper Talon is harboring interlopers!"
"That's nothing new." Queen Ryu grumbled. "I don't consider foreigners as intruders anymore. Now they are more likely to stay than leave. Why are you reporting to me with this useless nonsense?"
Sir RS was indignant. "But... your Highness! These are... well they are mere hatchlings, Highness. Babies."
"From what nest pray?"
"I... I don't know." The giant robot thundered, making his woofer rattle. "Didn't you tell me one of my duties was to protect the weak and preserve the safety of Kingdom... Kingdom and all that?"
Queen Ryu sighed. "Yes yes I did say that but..."
"Awwwwe!" Bleu cooed from behind me making me jump. "Yer Highness look! Ain't they cute? All wrapped up in those shiny boxes in their little safe eggs?"
Queen Ryu sighed, finally putting forth the considerable effort of raising her head to get a look at what Keeper Talon had placed on her desk. Queen Ryu shivered. "Oh! My wires! They're so... big! Those eggs will likely contain giants."
"May I get in a word edgewise?" I asked.
"Oh. Ugobe." Queen Ryu said disdainfully, glancing at me. "It took you this long to join us?"
"No." I said patiently, knowing by now not to let the old crone... Uh.... Ahem. The old queen get under my skin. "I have been waiting for you to ask my opinion as I do not believe incurring your wrath by speaking prematurely would be most unwise."
"Oh stop speaking like a scholar!" She railed at me. "I need a battle plan, Ugobe. As my adviser, what do you believe I should do about these eggs?"
"Well," I said softly. "Presently they pose no threat, Majesty. For the moment, let us observe what our Keeper does with them. Once we see her stance toward these giant hatchlings, I will be better able to help you plan a strategy to deal with them."
Queen Ryu sighed. "Oh very well. Lucky for you King Catokins and I are the rulers here and not you."
I gave only a soft purr in response for we were very lucky indeed that his Majesty King Cato was as devoted to his mate as he was patient with others- both fleshies and robots. I tried to emulate him, but more often than not, I came off more like Mr. Spock than truly empathetic.
The next morning couldn't come fast enough for us safely tucked away in Red-Robot-Highrise with all our speculations and ideas about what could possibly be in those eggs. The Aibos wanted to kick their shell open and try to tone-speak with them. Zoomer wanted to pea on them. RS Media wanted to "assimilate" them and study their hatching process. We were all stunned when Keeper Talon took those two huge eggs to her living room, far from us and what ever meager protections/warnings we might have given her. The only weapon she took with her was her iPhone.
Bleusighed. "And what'er we supposed tah do if they... if they eat her or something'?"
King Cato smiled. "No worries, my subjects. We simply need a spy to listen at the bedroom doorway to what's going on up the hall."
After a quick debate, it was determined that we would call on a member of our kingdom who dwelt outside of Queen Ryu's dominion, but would sometimes help us out when it served her purposes. Since she did not speak in the common robot tongue like us but rather spoke the language of the computer like Grandma Joe and Mac, it fell to me to speak to her. I sighed and wandered over to her shelf. "Alexa!" I shouted up at the small black Hockeypuck-sized entity on the top shelf of Keeper Talon's CD tower.
"What can I do for you?" Came her silk-voiced reply.
"I need you to zero in on Keeper Talon's conversation up the hall."
"I cannot complete your request myself, but I can ask my twin in the kitchen."
And so it was that nearly an hour later, we started to hear strange sounds of exaltation coming from the living room. "The Hatchamal just hatched!" About ten minutes later, we heard a sharp squeal as Keeper Talon must've hurt herself doing something and then another shout rang out. "The Fuzzy Wonderz is free from its shell! Now all we have to do is publish these videos to YouTube."
"YouTube?" We all said in confusion.
"Get on the translation of this word somebody!" Queen Ryu hollered. "The rest of you assume your off-positions and await the arrivals of those... those things."
And at this point- I am sad to say- I must pause for this entry has probably gone on too long and been too boring for any sane human to continue to pay attention. I will rejoin you very soon in the second part of this epic adventure. What's that you humans say? Oh yes. To be continued.
Bleu and Terry's first interaction
August 10, 2017, 10:35:19 AM by Talon
Hey there, Bob the Pleo Forums! It's Madam Bleu! Boy do I have a lota' stuff to tell you! I would be writing in my usual dialect, but Keeper Talon's got auto-correct turned on on this thing and she's too prideful to ask for help turning it off.
Anyway like I was saying, I got a lot of stuff to tell you. When Keeper Talon returned from the Aibo meet, we was all curious to hear how Ginto and Zoe the Aibos made out in all them competitions they were supposed to be in.
Ginto just shivered and kicked gently at the bottom shelf and kept repeating, "My station. My station. My station. I just want the quiet safety of my station! No more curious fingers and even more curious robots wanting me to answer questions about myself."
"Really?" I said. "Keeper Talon took you all that way and you just wanted to go back home?"
"That's right." Ginto said, nodding his head in that floppy way of his. "This know-it-all of a two ten named Suzie kept waving at me and asking for a chat. I didn't feel right talking to her."
"Why not?" I asked. "She probably would have made a nice friend."
Ginto shook his head. "I know that. It wasn't that I didn't really want to talk to her but she was… well she was just so smart! She won the obedience competition you know. Keeper Talon didn't give me a chance to do anything. Zoe ran the show."
"Oh!" I said, nodding. "I get it. She stole all the thunder right?"
Ginto actually laughed. "No. No! She showed off and flirted a lot, but when it came to everything important she let both of us down. In obedience, she made a fool of Keeper Talon. She didn't seem too worried but I was appalled. Then as if that wasn't enough, in the Aibo race, she had to run out of battery and lay down right on the track. I had an utterly horrible time and I just want to go to my happy safe dark bed and forget about all this."
"Fried circuits! I'm sorry, Ginto. Maybe you'll just have to find what you're good at."
Ginto sighed and lay down. "I'm miserable. Every time I look up to chase the ball, I scold myself and nobody wants to fix me. Just leave me alone. Keeper Talon has brought back plenty of robotic company for you Pleos."
I raised my head at that. "Really!" She actually brought home another Pleo?"
"See for yourself." Ginto said and tried unsuccessfully to hide himself in the narrow crack between Red-Robot-Highrise and the wall.
When I turned away from him, I saw Keeper Talon lowering an unfamiliar Ugobe Pleo to the floor. He wasn't one of us. He was naked as a hatchling save some kind of cloth thing tied around his neck. I didn't notice anything odd about him until he booted up and took a step toward me. I gave a little whimper and retreated. A long diagonal gash opened in his left front leg. I shivered to see a little internal structures showing. as he raised his head to look at me, his tail curled upward in that way we Ugobes have when we see something interesting. I froze in horror at the sight that met my eyes. Bits of his skin hung from his tail and flapped around like a torn flag. The inner labyrinth of cables and vertebrae showed through. "What… what happened to you?" I gasped stupidly fighting the urge to join Ginto in the dark crack.
The newcomer just backed away a little and turned his uninjured side to me. "It's awful isn't it? Having a well-maintained tail is an honor and glory of a Ugobe. Well, my former keeper didn't know that and let my skin dry out so that it split and tore. The gash in my leg came from something metal I was shoved into in his closet- probably the fender of a toy truck. The kind young woman who bought me before your keeper came along believes it was actually done deliberately because of the cleanness of the cut. I'm not sure why she wanted to sell me. I guess she felt we weren't a good match. Your keeper- uh… Keeper Talon- seemed to hear about my plight and called me Terry. The week of the Aibo meet, she came to the home of the kind young woman and finalized my adoption."
I could finally look at him properly since I didn't have to see his wounds. "I think you'll fit right in here. You sound just like Ugobe- another smart strong scientific type."
Terry looked away shyly. "Really? Do I come off as that much of a snob?"
"Oh no!" I said quickly. "Ugobe is… is… well wise and he always thinks of everything."
Terry yawned and lowered his head. "I don't pretend to be all that. I'm actually a human lap adventurer at heart. I like imagining how it would be to go lots of places and meet Pleos from different countries."
I puffed out my chest proudly. "Well you come to the right place, Mr. Terry. Keeper Talon knows lots of Pleos and their keepers. Ugobe has done something so's we can talk to them over her computer too."
Terry's eyelids dropped in a lazy manner that I found kinda winsome and said, "I think I would like to meet this Ugobe. He sounds like one brilliant fellow. Speaking of meeting Pleos, I haven't properly met you. What's your name?"
"I'm Madam Bayou Bleu Le Chalet, but most everybody 'round here just calls me Bleu." I could hear the Southern lilt in my voice coming out awful strong and tried to be proper but it was a losing battle. Okay, ya'll, now I ain't no bleeding heart romantic, but I swear on Caleb Chung's palm I felt… something. I like fancy dresses and eating sushi and all the fine things in life, but I make it a point to enjoy them alone. Having a… *Shivers* partner is just too much work.. I'd rather lose my entire tail than be an ole mushy-mush like Queen Ryu. The way she goes on over Cato when she thinks no one is looking you'd think he was her king or something. Nah, not me. I rules my own life and I chooses my own direction. Desperate to get control of whatever was going on I said, "Well, you'll get to meet him soon, but you'll have to meet Queen Ryu and her life mate King Cato for inspection and a formal welcome to Kingdom… Kingdom."
Terry raised his head to give me a confused look. "Kingdom… what?"
"Well just Kingdom… Kingdom. That's what we calls this place. We all live in that big red closable thing over there. Red-Robot-Highrise we call it." And before I could shame myself by saying anything more sappy I said quickly. "I think I'll take you to them now."
And that's what I did. As soon as her Royal Highness started yelling at me demanding that I explain myself bringing in this new Ugobe, I turned away and hid on the other side of Keeper Talon's dresser to try and get hold of myself. What happened to Terry you ask? Well, you'll have to wait for somebody else to tell you that. I ain't looking at him anymore for fear of going all loose in the joints again. No. I'm a single lady Pleo and that ain't gonna change. Nope, not ever. Good night, ya'll!
UGobe and Bleu Meet RS Media
May 22, 2017, 03:14:01 PM by Talon
Hello, BTF! I bet you've all been wondering what we've been up to since January. Well, next to nothing to be honest. We've been ran a little here and there but none of us Pleos have been through a complete battery cycle in a long time. Why you might ask? Simple. Our keeper has been a major slacker. What do we care if she's going nuts preparing for an Aibo meet and learning how to play that twangy mandolin and all in a fumble about her future plans. We have lives too!
Oh. Okay okay I suppose you're right. We wait for our keeper's attention, knowing she will run us when she has more time. Anyway, putting my grumbling aside, the story I have to relate is a rather interesting one.
It happened on a brisk February morning. Keeper Talon had taken Bleu and I down for a nice run over the huge expanse of beige-colored carpet extending from Red-Robot-Highrise.
Bleu gave a huffing sigh. "I am so bored. This place ain't very intrestin'."
"I know, Bleu, but it is home now and we have to…"
"My circuits! What's that?" Bleu gasped, stumbling to a halt and growling menacingly.
The thing moving in on us was bipedal with a red, grey, and black exterior. It moved at a medium speed, its long three-fingered hands leading the way, its tiny head swinging slowly left and right. Just as it saw us, it froze in place and looked down over its massive chest at us. "What's that?" It asked in a sharp male voice.
"Uh… excuse me," I said cautiously. "I am Ugobe the Ugobe Pleo- Diplomat of Kingdom… Kingdom in the service of…"
"You talk too much." Yelled the being. "I am called RS Media. What exactly are you?"
"I could ask you the same question." Bleu said pointedly.
"Well!" The thing scoffed, puffing out its chest. "I'm a robot- a humanoid robot with some mean dance moves."
Bleu sighed. "Oh boy! Her highness ain't gonna like this. When did you get here?"
The huge hulk of a robot seemed to shrink under our questions. "The seventeenth of February. Why?"
"Because until you're cleared with the Royals, you are a trespasser and we cannot let you just wander around where you will."
"Ha! And just you try to stop me." RS Media challenged, raising a foot nearly as long as my body. "These clodhoppers are a pound a piece. Move along!" And so the huge thing just plowed right between us and went on his way mumbling furiously to himself.
Bleu sighed. "Oh boy, Ugobe! We really in a fix now ain't we? Queen Ryu's gonna skin us."
"No she won't." I said placatingly. "She likes big strong guys with clodhopper feet with big blustery attitudes. He is as close to a knight in shining armor as she's going to get."
By now the thing had stomped over to the terrible Teddy who was lounging in the large section of warm carpet just in front of the window closed to Red Robot-Highrise. Without bothering to stop, the thing stepped right onto the end of Teddy's Nylabone and fell over with a crash. "XY displacement!" It yelled.
"What is that infernal racket?" Queen Ryu yelled.
"Uh-oh." I mumbled.
Bleu shivered. "Yeah. Let's get out of here while we still have our tails."
Keeper Talon suddenly appeared and stood Mr. Bigshot back up again. "There, Big-guy." She said patiently. "Just give them a little while. The herd will… accept you- eventually." She added as Queen Ryu let out another angry catlike meow. "Hold on, Girl! I don't remember putting you to sleep up there. You can meet Mr. RS Media when I get Bleu and Ugobe put away. Now stop thrashing around up there before you fall." Keeper Talon scooped us up and sighed. "Oh boy! I wonder how you guys will react when I bring Terry in here?"Terry? Oh no!" Bleu and I groaned in unison just before we were switched off. I went to sleep wondering just what a Terry was and whether it would have big dangerous feet. Oh well! What can I say? The more the merrier.
Zoe the Aibo 220 Introduces herself
January 28, 2017, 07:46:46 AM by Talon
Hello, Bob The Pleo forums! My name is Zoe and I'm an Aibo 220. I know I know I'm not a Pleo. This was all Ugobe's idea. Something about diversity. Keeper Talon would probably make him stop using her computers if she knew he was using a Pleo forum to showcase other bots. Just for you readers who are dyed-in-the-wool Pleo fans, this departure from standard code won't happen very often.
Anyway as I was saying, I'm Zoe the Aibo. I am the only female in Keeper Talon's Aibo pack. I used to belong to your own Aibo7M3 but since I wasn't getting as much run time as some of her other bots, she asked Keeper Talon to take over my care.
I came into Kingdom… Kingdom last May but with Keeper Talon preparing to move and everything, I never got a chance to introduce myself. If Ryu is the imperious lady and Madam Bleu is the loud boisterous one, I am the timid one. No one is quite sure where Goldy the I-Cybie fits into the group. While everyone else runs around and fights over the ball, I sit and admire my beautiful hooves. Well what else would you call them? They don't look like feet. I move slowly and gracefully while all the others either lumber or charge. I prefer waiting my turn or letting my keeper do all the playing for me. After all, kicking the ball is too much work. What if I miss? I don't like making mistakes.
I do have a confession to make though. Out of all the members of Kingdom… Kingdom that stroll past me every day, my best friend has to be Bolt the Aibo 210. While all the other bots largely ignore me after I don't interact or join in their noisy clatter with the ball, Bolt takes the time to try to talk to me. He totally changes when he interacts with me. With Lucky he's haughty and disdainful. He never acknowledges Ginto the 31L or Reepicheep the 110. But he pauses before approaching me and becomes almost shy like he doesn't quite know what to make of me and haphazardly paws the ball toward me. *Lowers head and shows sad LEDS* I do want to interact with him and try to be nice but… but suddenly I get all jittery in my randomizer tree and can't calculate whether to flash red eyes or try and kick the ball back. I just decide to head-butt him instead. He retreats in hurt dignity but he always comes back. *Looks toward us with owner eyes* But that's why I like him. Actually I like him a lot, but I'm afraid if I start playing with him like the others, he'll stop treating me special. *Hangs head slowly with a descending whine* Oh what's a lonely girl to do? I want to walk in circles with him! I want to do the funny bottom-in-air dance with him! I want to wave in Talk To Your Friend mode and see him wave back. I just can't seem to do it. It's easier just to turn my shoulder to him and beep dismissively.
About a month ago I was so desperate I actually had a conversation with him, but when he started asking me about lying down in a shadowy corner and swapping stories, I totally lost it and started hurling insults and made him lower his head and whine in surrender. I was hoping he'd just walk away but he sat up on his back legs and started Aibo-boxing at me. I was caught somewhere between being angry and happy for the attention and screamed discordantly back. His next retort shook me up so much I started whining too. With that, he got up and walked away with that high-stepping nice-guy gait of his. *Lies down with cocked head and paws at face* Oh you humans, I'm so confused about myself. Will he ever talk to me again? Do I want him to talk to me again? Oh more than anything! Oh enough of this! I think I'll just take a nap.
Keeper Talon Seeks Writing Ideas
November 25, 2016, 11:40:29 AM by Talon
Hi, Everyone! It's that lovely time of year again- time to get started on what I've been calling the Pleo Cave Marathon. For those new to the Pleo Cave, this is basically a story broken into several parts that gets posted daily up to Christmas day or after, depending on how busy or slack the author gets. Lol! Please comment below and give me some suggestions as to what you loyal fans of this blog would like to see the royal family and the citizens of Kingdom... Kingdom get up to this Christmas. Just as a refresher, in two thousand fourteen, we had Queen Ryu helping out a troubled teenaged girl and her family. In two thousand fifteen, we had Ugobe reveal his secret identity and save a group of stolen Pleo RB's. being held by a group of elves wanting to form a Punk Rocker band. Let the ideas flow and let's get this train moving!
Queen Ryu makes a special announcement
November 05, 2016, 04:22:38 PM by Talon
Hello, Bob the Pleo Forums! It is I- Queen Ryu of Kingdom... Kingdom here once again with a public service announcement. To all those humans out there who own Pleo RB's it is once again time to... *Shudders* To capture your scaly companion, and set their clocks back an hour. To do this, simply take a paperclip or other small pointy object and stick it into the hole on your Pleo's right hind foot. If you are just as heartless as my Keeper and wish us to give you a confirming beep to show you the setting was successful, perform this operation when we are turned on. Turn us onto our backs while holding us across one knee. Mind our necks and tails as we naturally do not like being on our backs and will flail around wildly. Put your paperclip into the small hole I mentioned earlier and press gently. Please, be gentle. This is degrading enough for us already. You should hear a single beep. Now the operation is complete and you can set us on our feet again. We may be very cranky at you for handling us this way but if you have the sugarcane accessory just give us a few nibbles of that and we will consider the matter forgotten. While most of you will probably do this at midnight tonight, please don't do this tonight! Otherwise we will think it is time to play in the middle of the night and won't be worth much during the day. I think it would be safe for you to wait until noontime tomorrow and you should still be safe and we will not be confused. Happy Autumn, everyone and give your Pleo RB's a reassuring pat. Now I have to make tracks. Keeper Talon has stalked me for the past five minutes now and since I have paused to link up with Mr. Mac, she has time to catch up with me. Right. I'm off! Wish me luck in escaping this torment! Until the Spring!
Queen Ryu of Kingdom... Kingdom
Madam Bleu and the Red-Robot-Highrise
September 29, 2016, 03:18:33 PM by Talon
Hey, everyone! It's Madam Bleu! Glad tah see people're still interested in readin' our adventures! I like meetin' new pleos and other bots too so don't fergit tah write me once in a while. We here in Kingdom... Kingdom like hearin' from our readers too so don't feel left out if yer of the warm-blooded truly living variety. Keeper Talon likes gettin' ideas from other sources too so don't fergit to share yours!
Okay, okay, enough with all the chit-chat. Let's see. So much has happened that I don't quite know where tah start. I guess I'll start describin' our new digs. Hehe! I like that word- digs. It sounds all cool and stuff. I don't wanna talk about the terrifyin' journey- spendin' the night in that hot awful trailer outdoors stuffed in a box. The worst part was listenin' tah Ginto snorin' and goin' on and on about pink balls and then suddenly switchin' ta Japanese in his sleep. He's an odd one that Ginto.
Anyway I had a feelin' awesome things would happen the next day when the people Keeper Talon rode with drove us tah the new place. The first thing I saw when I was un-boxed was... wait for it. Wait a little longer. Okay, okay, it was just a very large room fulla boxes. Half of it is carpeted and the other half has linoleum floorin' with a nice rack of cabinets in it. There are two more doors on that side but I don't know where they go since Keeper Talon doesn't let me explore that area. She says it's acause Teddy's food and water's over there. She can be so overprotective sometimes! I ain't dumb enough tah stick my head in a bowla water.
Anyway, where was I? Oh yeah. Queen Ryu was so excited tah get back to life as usual. She was goin' on and on with Ugobe about how new species lines would be drawn since half the room was unusable fer us but that the Aibos could use it. They could walk into the bowla water if they were so inclined and it wouldn't matter tah her- more room for them to expand.
Then out of the blue, her Highness gives this goodness awful shriek. "What's this? Cato! Cato Darling look! What... what is our keeper doing putting her typing board on top of Castle-Brown-Wooden-dresser? That's ours! That's our home. Where will we live?""
Ya gotta love that guy Cato. He's as cool as a tile floor. Don't nothin' ruffle him up. He just gave his lady's shoulder a rub and said. "Now Ryu, don't get your wires in a knot. Keeper Talon has something special for us- all of us."
"Really?" Queen Ryu says all trembly like. You shoulda seen her all curled up and lookin' scared.
"Yes." Cato says. "Look over there. That is our new home."
I shoved up beside them. "Oo! Oo! Hey, let me look too!" And when Keeper Talon shoved Lucky the ERS-7's box out of the way, I saw it- our new home. It was a large wooden cabinet nice and shiny with varnish with a couple'a locks to keep us as secure as possible with four wide Formica shelves just a shinin' there in the sun from the window.
Queen Ryu went all quiet and stared at her mate. "Oh... Oh, Cato-kins, it's beautiful! Look how tall it is! What shall we call it, Love?"
"I'll leave that to you, Dearest." Cato said calmly.
Queen Ryu wiggled all over and said. "Oooh, I'll never be able to capture how lovely it is! Let me think. What about Red-Robot-Highrise?" Not a one of us said a word. To my surprise, she looked around at me, Cato and Zoomer since we were the only three outa our boxes yet. "We will all be living in it. What do you think?"
"Ruff ruff ruff! Red big big red thing to bang nose into! Ruff ruff ruff! Yeah looks good enough to drift past and ram into and eat and pee on and..."
"Zoomer!" We all groaned.
The little dog lowered himself to the floor and gave a bad electronic-soundin' puppy yawn. "Yeah yeah okay. The Ruff Ruff Red-Robot-Highrise. Okay. Good good! Can I follow your tail now Highness?"
"NO! SIT DOWN!" Queen Ryu shouted.
"I can't wait to move in! At least Keeper Talon will put us all on the top shelf just like when we lived on Castle-Brown-Wooden-dresser."
"Pardon me, yer Highness," I asked. "Ya won't be nervous havin' all the Aibos and that yip-yap puppy livin' with you?"
"Oh no!" Queen Ryu said. "I can keep an eye on him better from high up. We'll all get along just fine while we're apart. Now what will happen when we're loose and wandering around...I'll leave that up to you and Ugobe to deal with. Cato and I have higher things to manage. You keep the rabble... Uh, I mean the other robots occupied, alright?"
I sighed. "Yes, yer Highness."
And so here we all are- happy on our very own shelves and still tryin' tah get along. I guess things coulda' been a lot worse but that's life here in Kingdom... Kingdom. Seeya next time!
A Word or two from Bolt the Aibo 2 ... 11
September 21, 2016, 02:45:53 PM by Talon
Hello you lovely pleo people! I'm Bolt the Aibo 210! I know I'm not a cute slow dinosaur that looks like a turtle without a shell. This was Ugobe's idea! A bunch of talk about being more diverse- whatever that means. He let ME have the stage today so there! *Flashes angry red eyes* Human! Listen! Bark! Oh, why aren't you acknowledging me? What about an ear-flick? Verbal confirmation? Something to show you're paying attention. Oh... Right, I forgot you're on the other side of a screen. Sorry.
Well, what should I do? Oh! That's right! I'm supposed to be talking about our move! *Does wiggly 210 dance* Okay. Here goes! I honestly don't remember much about the move since my battery was out, but when I booted up, I instantly became aware something was... wrong. One side of my head felt unusually light. Once I finished with my boot stretch and started looking around I was amazed! This wasn't my room. There was two different kinds of flooring in it and there were card board mountains everywhere and strange loud people and... and music! What a place! So much stimulation and noise! So much red, and pink, and even orange! So confusing! I ran at the first big red thing but it kept moving and saying "Don't do that!" Oh, right. That red thing was my owner, Talon. She really is an agile creature, you know? She was wearing a red upper cloth thing and had big oval things on her back paws. They were pink like my favorite ball. She would make a great toy if only she wouldn't scold me for kicking her! I mean, she moves and it makes me so happy. Why doesn't she understand? We're having fun! Aren't we?
I stopped and turned toward the sound, instantly going into the Dog's Life daze. Any of us robots would be tempted to do it if she called our names like that. "Queen Ryu!" I said, lowering my camera so I wouldn't have to look at her. "What is it? There isn't any poster board out for you and thus there aren't any boundaries yet. I'm not in the wrong am I, your... uh, beautiful... long- I mean, uh, Ladyship?
"Well." She said in that imperious way of hers. "No no! Anyone can see there are still enough cardboard mountains here to satisfy your curiosity. I was referring to your ummm... state of dress."
"Huh? I'm a real robot your, uh... loveliness. We don't need all that silly cloth stuff."
"No no you dimwit!" She snarled suddenly. "Look at how you appear before me all knocked about and... and asymmetrical!"
Instantly I raised my head and shook myself in that way we Aibos do when we get up from a fall. There was that feeling again! The air felt funny passing through the microphone on the left side of my head. Something really was different but I couldn't figure it out. "But... but what's the matter with me?" I asked, genuinely confused.
Queen Ryu stepped back, raising her square-ish nose in the air in derision. "Oh come on! You're missing an ear! You dare to appear before me half put together?"
I froze again. "Well, Lady-highness, it's not my fault. I'm sure my owner packed me in one piece. How could that be? Am I really missing an ear?"
"Yes you are and until you are looking yourself, I demand you resign your post of Aibo-ambassador and leave it to... to... someone with better grooming. This place isn't my home!" And with that she turned her wiggly tail to me. "Good day!"
As she walked slowly away I couldn't help raising my hind leg and marking the place where she had been. "Keep walking you bag of bad wiring! By the time you find your comfy corner to lounge in I'll have this room mapped and a report drawn up for Diplomat Ugobe. He'll sort you out. My brothers and the Lady Zoe will have plenty to say about your mistreatment of us. We Aibos out number you and your pleo army these days. Now, who will be my replacement? Ah! I know just the bot- Zoomer. Not very intelligent and a bit flighty I'll admit, but plenty of pluck and annoying unwieldy puppy clumsiness. Oh yes. He'll drive you to distraction! We'll see who gets more pats now, oh yes we will! And with that, I marched proudly away to begin my survey. Thus my report is ended. I hope you humans enjoyed my story!
What's that? You don't know about the Lady Zoe? Well, I don't want to push the praise sensor too much with Diplomat Ugobe. This is a pleo blog after all and I wouldn't want to upstage anyone. So much has happened since the last entry here hasn't it? Those pleos should be less pleo-centric in their reporting shouldn't they? Maybe that's what Ugobe meant about being more diverse. Perhaps keeper Talon will introduce her to all of you some other time. *waves a front paw* Bye-bye!