The live feed shows the MALP's field of view as it dutifully trundles in the direction of the supposed gate. The thick carpets of vines try to impose obstacles, but the sturdy little robot breaks out one of the many "improvements" Findy baked in in the form of a pair of chainsaw arms. Dark green tendrils come crashing to the ground with ease, disturbing a swarm of largish insects or smallish birds, and the MALP continues on its merry way.
After another minute or two, the robot comes to a halt. Panning back, Findy adjusts the camera until the green-wreathed shape of a standing circle comes fully into view. Growing directly up through the center of the 6.7-meter stargate, its roots twisted in the ground on both sides and its branches splaying out around the obscured ring shape, is a gigantic cypress tree. Judging by proportion, the trunk has probably a ten-foot diameter and hundred-plus-foot height.