The Dark Zones were a sight to see. Hovering hundreds of feet over the ground, Kirito scanned the scorched earth below, looking for signs of intelligent life. Sadly, like almost everywhere else, the landscape in this sector was barren. Though he had been able to find a number of struggling communities in other sectors, he knew before entering this one that be would find nothing. It wasn't just that life was a rarity in these wastelands that he could make thus prediction, but the fact that he had already searched here four times before.
Though important, Kirito's task of cataloging and tracking life in the Dark Zones was a tiring one. While it didn't take much physical effort to speak of, it was lonely and unrewarding. At first it had been quite interesting to discover the varied (while few) denizens of the Dark Zones, but without anything new to discover, it had become monotonous. There was little in terms of interaction, for he had chosen to sacrifice personal relations with the people of the Dark Zones in exchange for utility by taking use of an aerial drone as his interface with the outside world.
Most of the time, the only communication he has was when he would return to the city to recharge the bi-copter, process complex data, and debrief before going back to scan the next sector. The one who gave him these missions and provided him with the power and resources to fly said missions was known only as the Vendor. Kirito would like to say that he knew the Vendor better than most people, which might be true as he had been running missions like these for him for almost as long as he could remember, but sadly that really didn't mean much. Almost nobody knew the Vendor at all, and the few that did would only know what they needed to. Kirito was no exception.
Finishing the last scan for the sector, Kirito started west northwest towards the city. As this was the last sector, he knew that his next expedition would have to begin a sixth survey. A sixth time scanning the same territories yet again. As he neared his destination, he began to think about the areas he was unable to explore. Most were physically out of his reach, but there were others he had been directly ordered by the Vendor to not inspect. Most were small pockets of land, but one in particular was very, very large. In fact, it was large enough that Kirito had been forced to designed his polar survey plan to exclude nearly ten degrees facing east toward the forbidden territory. Kirito had often wondered why these places were off limits, but had decided not to question the Vendor's judgement. But now he was getting restless. Kirito decided he would ask the Vendor if he could at least visit some of the smaller sites.
Activating cloak, Kirito approached the city and made his way to a dark window five stories off of the ground. entering through, he set down in a the bi-copter charging dock and began to analyze the data from the last sector while he waited for further direction from the Vendor.