After finishing an assignment in New Babbage ahead of schedule, I had some time to explore the city. I set off in the direction of Port Babbage at the edge of the Vernian Sea. Many changes were evidence since the last time I had visited, so I poked my nose into various shops, took pictures, and explored the undersea tunnels.
The calm sea above does not to justice to the sprawling tunnel complex below. The ironworks girders supporting endless corridors, spotted with numerous portholes, are impressive, as is the artistry on the metal.
Strange creatures drift to and fro, oblivious to the human activity inside.
I find a robotic barman. Very efficient, though his conversational skills are perhaps not yet up to par.
On the surface again, I decided that I would pay a visit to that notable resident of the Vernian Sea, Doctor Obolensky. Out of an abundance of caution, I took an ironclad with me and approached the doctor's lair carefully. As it turned out, one cannot approach with too much care: the villain had aimed a death ray at the submersible, programmed to target whoever exited the craft.
As it turned out, that was me:
Ah well, I was only a little worse for wear, though I glowed in the dark for several weeks afterward.
Doctor Obolensky appeared to be out, though I saw an admirer left a piece of cake for him. Most thoughtful, really. I almost nibbled a bite myself, as impolite as that would have been, had I not smelled the almonds - bitter almonds, at that - and, as I do not care for almonds, left the present alone.
I piloted the craft to the edge of the sea, where Tinny Tim stands guard:
From there, it was a quick trip to Clockhaven, though that must wait for another day.