Chapter 4 - Act III - Part 2


[07:41:43] Tana: okay, aboard your Garfishy. With the Bor..I mean Invid Sphere folded away, you scout the rest of the planet and besides some isolated left behind pockets of Invid, that are mopped up over a weeks time by a combination of orbital bombardment (when the concentration is unawares and large enough) or alpha strike. With the last (known) pocket wiped out, so is most of your ammunition and the Captain departs the system to head in for resupply.
[07:44:56] Tana: The resupply ship is a repurposed Zent LST and when you arrive there is another Hayes and the Ikazuchi flotilla command ship nestled up to it taking on supplies as well.
[07:44:58] Capt Kain Crockett: "So who wants me to put in for shore leave if we resupply at a base rather than rendevous with a supply ship?"
[07:45:09] Capt Kain Crockett: ((forget me line))
[07:45:34] Tana: ((the LST is large enough to have a 'civilian rest area ala Macross))
[07:46:06] Tana: ((hell the Flagships in Macross II had their own mall's and mini cities in for their crews…))
[07:48:04] Capt Kain Crockett: "Shore leave? Yes? No? Rotten toes?"
[07:48:13] WO Febrith Nyx: "Maybe/
[07:50:06] 2Lt. Sarah shrugs and coonsiders it. "Well, a base or a large ship should have some kind of facilities on it, so if the others want to , sure."
[07:52:12] 2Lt. Sarah: "More space to stretch legs out than the 'fish at least, after all."
[07:52:25] Tana: Okay, your ship pulls up and can actually harddock inside of the LST such is it's size. Once your ship is landed you are released (since you guys are essentially augmentee's you would be underfoot during re-provisioning anyhow.)
[07:53:15] Capt Kain Crockett walks over to the ship and just simply meanders the place to see what is avaiable.
[07:53:51] WO Febrith Nyx heads over to hit the stores for new clothes.
[07:54:24] Lt. Melanie McGregor is busy with ensuring everything is requisitioned correctly, and all the proper hardware is where it needs to be.
[07:54:53] 2Lt. Sarah wanders through the stores, looking curiously at things.
[07:55:38] WO Febrith Nyx: "So, are you planning on getting some sore of souvenir for Suki and her little spawn?"
[07:55:50] Cpt. Aylanea peeks at the stores, checking for things.
[07:56:35] 2Lt. Sarah: "Hm… will look for something, wouldhope for a bigger store for stuff like that, but…" She shrugs and looks around.
[07:58:54] Tana: There are a few stores, one is your standard BX (AAFES style) as well as a few outlet sotres.
[07:58:58] Tana: (stores)
[07:59:46] Tana: There is also mail for a few folks.
[08:00:10] 2Lt. Sarah looks through them all of course, trying to think about what Suki and the little poop generator want. And gets her mail to look at and think on it more.
[08:00:37] Cpt. Aylanea checks her own mail quickly, rubbing her hands slightly.
[08:00:58] Tana: Sarah, you get a few via hypercom from Okami (you are copied on the mailing list, after Suki's name)
[08:02:30] Capt Kain Crockett checks for any mail from the whiff…
[08:02:31] Tana: Most of the e-mail is run of the mil matters of state type updates. Of note is the first successful round trip of one of the systems Trade Fleets. Another worthy item is the launch of the systems first dedicated and locally built Battlecrusiers.
[08:02:49] Tana: Kain, you get a few letters from the shiff
[08:02:51] Tana: whiff
[08:03:35] Tana: Ay, you get ads for Viagra
[08:04:32] Capt Kain Crockett: ((well, there are a few interesting comments. Like having a pretty big pair already…))
[08:05:31] Tana: ((I will leave the most of the contents of the letter to Kain up to you James, but there is the fluffy I miss you, when are you coming back home? Dont make me come out there to get you! etc))
[08:06:03] Cpt. Aylanea peeks through the Okami mail quickly.
[08:06:20] 2Lt. Sarah peeks through the Okami mail quickly. (*bonks ay*)
[08:06:45] Cpt. Aylanea o.O's at the ads she ggets, shaking her head and deleting them.
[08:06:51] Tana: ((there is also the now settled lawsuit becuase your wife killed and cooked a neighbors dog…(she's rather proud of it, one shot with a bow and arrow. and the rest of the neighborhood really didnt care cause that dog was a yipping terror that kept them up nights.
[08:07:05] Cpt. Aylanea: (( LOL ))
[08:07:42] Capt Kain Crockett hangs his head at some of the things he reads.
[08:08:54] Tana: ((you are lucky that Aquila is a militocracy thats rather pragmatic, the provost marshal was of the mind 'well, you should keep better track of your animal…you, drow lady, pay the man fair market value and settle))
[08:09:09] 2Lt. Sarah: (( hehheh ))
[08:10:11] Tana: ((Sarah, note that Okami does have a growing Trow population as well, not huge, may 1% of the over all population, but still significant.
[08:10:25] 2Lt. Sarah: (( cool ^_^ ))
[08:10:51] Tana: and speaking of population, Okami recently topped 1 million souls in terms of population
[08:11:28] Capt Kain Crockett: "Oh dear lord, I need some home leave sooon, or the upgrade to my wife's new business is going to kill my career."
[08:11:40] 2Lt. Sarah smiles at that, and blinks a little towards Kain. "Hmm?"
[08:11:45] WO Febrith Nyx: "Why's that?"
[08:12:42] Capt Kain Crockett: "My wife is working off some frustrations, by opening a sex shop. I'm pretty sure the colonial defense force is going to come after me, if she upgrades to brothel in the not too distant future."
[08:12:46] Tana: most are skilled labor, essentially reqruited, or vetted thru a application process. those that are of the unskilled varaiety (like dispossesd zents from Earth and traditioanlists occupy 'traditianl' enclaves that aside from a few modern trappings look like Edo Japan.
[08:14:01] GM: ((those enclaves produce a good portion (maybe 35% of the populations food (rice etc))
[08:15:32] 2Lt. Sarah jawdrops at that, while reading her own mail. "Yikes…"
[08:15:35] GM: ((well James, all you would need to do is approve the new business model…hooking is the universes oldest profession, Aquial and Okami both allow it…legally, taxed and regulated, but yeah, have fun!))
[08:16:20] GM: ((define yikes Sarah? do you need further detals?))
[08:16:37] 2Lt. Sarah: (( that's at Kain, not a tthe letter stuff ))
[08:16:57] GM: ((ahhh))
[08:19:33] WO Febrith Nyx: "So long as her children are your children, I fail to see the problem."
[08:19:55] Capt Kain Crockett: "Is that your idea of monogamy?"
[08:20:04] WO Febrith Nyx: "Pretty much."
[08:20:16] GM: ((Note: Kain, and Sarah, Aquila and Okami are growing closer as trade partners (with Aquila the more prominant of the pair basically due to shee time in existance. But, the trade fleets that Okami has, with their nigh monopoly into Trow space (deals were made…) is pumping incredible amounts of money into the Okami economy and a tech trasnfer see's Okami producing on licenace the ADF's new VF-22 (for both local and ADF use)
[08:21:11] WO Febrith Nyx: ((That's the VF-2 from Macross II, and not the VF-22 from Macross 7, right?))
[08:21:51] GM: ((part of that build on licenace deal is alos a sweetheart deal for Aquila in terms of trade tarrifs for Trow goods. Essentially, Aquila gets their goods duty free, with Okami 'gifting' the cost of transit and stocking))
[08:22:01] GM: ((sorry Macross II correct))
[08:23:24] GM: ((Aquila makes a grip as well, reselling market surplus to other colonies…kekeke who dont get the duty fee rate))
[08:24:41] GM: ((as for market share, Aquila has most if not all of the Sol Secotr, while Okami runs roughshod over the Fantoma market (selling their picked up goods along the way home (when they get back, half their holds are emptied of Trow goods and refilled with local Fantoma wares…or gold))
[08:24:42] 2Lt. Sarah: (( cool ^_^ ))
[08:25:38] GM: ((which is why each trade fleet consists of over 6 destroyers (3 DD(G) and 3 DD) plus corvettes and fighter craft))
[08:25:58] GM: Anyhow…
[08:26:32] GM: ((VF-2 and AAB's, lots, and lots of AAB's…so many AAB's…))
[08:27:04] 2Lt. Sarah: (( cool ^_^ ))
[08:28:08] GM: Any further open RP?
[08:28:26] 2Lt. Sarah: (( hm. *shrug* ))
[08:29:00] GM: ((i'll take that as a no))
[08:29:05] 2Lt. Sarah: (( was all listening to the intrtwining plot between the two worlds. Are 'unwanteds' trying to get off Earth at all, with the traders? ))
[08:29:17] GM: ((define unwanted?))
[08:30:09] 2Lt. Sarah: (( the Zentraedi weren't the only ones who had defectors, and if the ASC is running the show… ))
[08:30:23] GM: spell it out Sarah? you mean Invid right
[08:31:16] 2Lt. Sarah: (( well yeah, the tirolians have it easy ssince they're going closer to home. lol ))
[08:31:38] Dairugger (enter): 20:31
[08:33:10] Capt Kain Crockett: ((got what Kain needed to get out.))
[08:33:12] GM: there is a small Invid population on Okami as well (what can be smuggled out…the ASC would preffer them dead, but…some are just as happy to be rid of them, either way, it's a fine tightrope Okami plays, since they act thru thrid and fourth parties (since Okami is very keen on not allowing the ASC to know it even exists…
[08:33:17] 2Lt. Sarah: (( hehe ^_^ ))
[08:33:28] 2Lt. Sarah: (( nod ))
[08:35:40] GM: Those that have been smuggled out tend the pair of PC garden orbitals. Thats their skill set, and thats what they are initially employed as, although once they aclimate they can do whatever they want to, although there is a tinge of racism involed, I mena they are Invid. but, with the Consort to the Shogun an Invid, that goes a long way to spell out the Shogunates official view on the matter.
[08:36:03] 2Lt. Sarah: (( hee hee hee ^_^ I'm sure :p :) ))
[08:36:34] GM: ((so, in short, no affermative action, but the writing is on the wall. If an Invid is good enough for the Shogun, they are good enough for Okami, deal with it.))
[08:36:42] 2Lt. Sarah: (( nod ))
[08:37:47] GM: ((and Aki…Suki's chief retainer, keeps the rest on line.))
[08:38:04] 2Lt. Sarah: (( heh ))
[08:38:32] GM: ((indeed, he's a hard ass…remember, he's one of the few people Suki is actually, and legitimalty so, afraid of in terms of skill))
[08:39:10] GM: ((he taught her everything she knows, and while she might have raw talent…that guys got decades of experiance on her…))
[08:39:20] 2Lt. Sarah: (( yup ^_^ ))
[08:41:10] WO Febrith Nyx gets her new clothes and goes back to settle in.
[08:43:02] 2Lt. Sarah keeps doing her shopping, smiling to herself and looking for things her love and the little spawn might like, gtting anything that she thinks might be cool for one or the other, and making sure to write a letter to both, to say how much she misses them. ^_^
[08:44:06] GM: I think the best quote was from the new TMNT show Splinter said to the turtles. "I have shown you everything you know. That does not mean I have shown you all that I know." (or somesuch)
[08:44:37] WO Febrith Nyx: ((I just saw that episode!))
[08:45:43] 2Lt. Sarah: (( heh ))
[08:46:06] 2Lt. Sarah: (( heard that finally had a wham episode into serious stuff ))
[08:46:16] 2Lt. Sarah: (( after reportedly starting a little closer to the original show ))
[08:46:38] GM: ((yeah, that was a cool one…the Shell Raiser!))
[08:47:01] GM: I love the anime O.O eyes the toss in
[08:48:22] 2Lt. Sarah: (( I remember when the second show came out, I agreed with TV Guide's view. Too many 'extreme' action cartoons. the 87 show worked very well because it was funny. ))
[08:49:12] GM: Okay, so, you shop and generally relax. The Garfishy is respllied in due course, but her repairs take a tad longer. As that is underway, you are asked along with the CO and XO of the garfish to report to one of the LST's briefing rooms. (You know enough about these kind of things to know that those rooms are used by visiting flag officers)
[08:49:36] GM: (I think the 2012 TMNT is helarious…grnated I havent seen much of it…)
[08:49:54] 2Lt. Sarah: (( I'll hav to look more ))
[08:50:22] WO Febrith Nyx: (("you tagged sensei!" "I just had the horrifying realization, he's been holding back on us!"))
[08:50:55] Capt Kain Crockett attends the briefing in proper gear and makes sure everyone is on time.
[08:51:21] GM: ((yes, that was a great line!))
[08:51:23] 2Lt. Sarah: (( 87 was great in Turtles Forever (where the 3 shows that existed at the time were combined with the image comic in a crossover), the ones in other eras wondered how the hell the 87 ones thought they could walk right down the street without issue. Then they go to the 87 Turtleverse and find NYC hardly batting an eyelash at being invaded by talking bananas. ))
[08:51:40] 2Lt. Sarah: (( or somethin like that ))
[08:52:17] 2Lt. Sarah: (( all of us are asked, or just Kain? ))
[08:52:21] 2Lt. Sarah: (( eep ))
[08:52:36] GM: (well, one thing I like about shows like the new TMNT and SWCW, is that, being CGI…that ensures the animation is consistant…and will keep.)
[08:52:45] GM: All of yall. (except Mel)
[08:52:49] 2Lt. Sarah: (( ah ))
[08:52:51] 2Lt. Sarah: (( lol k ))
[08:53:12] 2Lt. Sarah gulps and makes sure she's freshly showered and that her hair and uniform are all nice and proper before heading to the briefing room.
[08:54:33] GM: As you enter Gen. Gar…I mean, the ADmirals aide shows you to your seats and informs you the Admiral is on his way. A shirt while later he arrives and after protocol (room atten huh etc) he greets you.
[08:55:48] 2Lt. Sarah: (( heh ))
[08:55:49] VAdm. Winter: Thank for 'comin. Trust yer enjoyin yerself herabouts.
[08:56:12] Capt Kain Crockett: "Yes, sir."
[08:56:56] Server Administrator-> Kicking '(5) Dairugger' from server… Removing dead client
[08:56:57] Dairugger (exit): 20:56
[08:57:10] WO Febrith Nyx nods.
[08:57:13] VAdm. Winter: Well, I read yer reports, and must say, while I'm nhat suprised, I am dismayed. Rekon thats all the Republic needs now is an other infestation t' deal with.
[08:57:41] VAdm. Winter: Anyhow, good work out there, an, I trust yall will keep it up.
[08:59:34] 2Lt. Sarah listens very quietly.
[08:59:47] VAdm. Winter: Right then, guess I'll git to the point. All my ships have passed by here for their resupply, save on. S'why you are here and not smoe other yahoo's. The Havoc is five days past due, an I don't need ta tell you that Colonel ishida taint one to miss a date, not without good reason.
[09:00:29] VAdm. Winter nods to his aide and the aide brings up a star chart onthe holo.
[09:00:36] VAdm. Winter: Her last known was here…
[09:00:45] VAdm. Winter points to a system about 5 ly distant
[09:01:23] 2Lt. Sarah blinks, and her expression turns highly worried, looking very intently at the screen.
[09:01:41] VAdm. Winter: Last we heard was that she's found a few largish settlements, Tiresian, maybe 'bout 5k all told.
[09:01:55] Capt Kain Crockett keeps his composure and looks at the ship.
[09:02:08] VAdm. Winter: And yeah, case yer all wonderin, Havoc reported an Invid presence ta boot.
[09:02:10] Capt Kain Crockett: ((ship's last location.))
[09:02:59] VAdm. Winter: So, what I want yall ta do, is find my missin ship!
[09:03:10] Capt Kain Crockett: "So we go in, spread the salt, rescue the havoc. Anything else we should know about?"
[09:03:49] VAdm. Winter: Well, you'll be hauling freight on yer way to her, if she missed her resupply, it's a good bet her silo's are all but dry.
[09:04:31] Capt Kain Crockett nods.
[09:04:38] 2Lt. Sarah nods quickly.
[09:05:29] VAdm. Winter: Captain Falks here will fill you in with th' finer points. I want ya underway as soon as yer repairs are done.
[09:05:43] VAdm. Winter says, motioning to his aide, then looking at the CO of teh Garfish.
[09:06:16] GM: The 'Fish CO nods and replies with a 'Yessir!'
[09:06:42] GM: Capt Falks gives you what they have. Planet is earth standard, mountinous, and a bit on the cold side.
[09:07:14] GM: Latest intell had reports of five sperate settlements ranging from 1500 to 200 folks per
[09:07:42] GM: Economy was mainly mining, with enough game to be self sufficiant for food via hunting.
[09:08:34] GM: Invid presence was reported as light, with the locals holding their own for the most part with their own security forces and PMC contractors.
[09:09:24] GM: That info is at least a week to two weeks out of date. The Havoc entered the area three weeks ago (wound about the time you were entering orbit over your paradise
[09:09:33] GM: ((wound = round))
[09:11:35] Capt Kain Crockett: "Any reports on the Flower of Life growing in the region?"
[09:12:30] VAdm. Winter: negative. Damdest thing, but no. Now, on that rock where the Havoc was last, it's to dang cold.
[09:13:03] VAdm. Winter: If there is a farm on one of these other worlds we havn't found it yet.
[09:13:32] VAdm. Winter: But, that mobile hive yall run off, well, might have one inside it. Was certianly big enough.
[09:14:46] VAdm. Winter: Honestly, I dont see Invid here on a seeding mission. From what you saw, and other reports we've gotten. Looks like this here sector of space is one great big weapons lab an provin grounds.
[09:15:46] 2Lt. Sarah frowns slightly at the idea of that, pondeing it intently.
[09:15:56] VAdm. Winter: For what purpose, I cant rightly say. Still that dont change our SOP. These Invid are hostile. They have ill intent. They get put down. No offence missy.
[09:16:04] VAdm. Winter nods respectful like to Sarah
[09:16:48] 2Lt. Sarah: "None at all taken, sir." She doesn't smile though, and still looks highly worried.
[09:17:27] VAdm. Winter: Welp, I reckon i've taken enough yer time. If you've anything furhter, Capn Falk here fix you up.
[09:18:07] VAdm. Winter stands, the room does as well, and the Captain remains behind to answer questions, or take requests, as the case may be.
[09:21:49] Capt Kain Crockett: ((BRB, something is not agreeing with me))
[09:22:08] GM: (9ew, kk))
[09:26:54] Capt Kain Crockett: ((back))
[09:27:26] GM: ((fellin okay?))
[09:27:54] Capt Kain Crockett: ((stomach is doing backflips, but nothing as bad as yesterday))
[09:28:13] 2Lt. Sarah stares worriedly at the screen and the last known location, biting her lip softly, and glancing to Kain quickly before speaking. "Have any more mechs been pulled from mothballs at this point? Having Betas for the Shadow Alphas might help if things go bad. The Synchros would need to be taken off any that had them, I know…"
[09:30:26] GM: Yes, they can scrape together enough Shadow Legioss for you all
[09:30:49] 2Lt. Sarah: (( yay! ))
[09:32:34] 2Lt. Sarah relaxes a little at finding that out, of course.
[09:33:02] Capt Kain Crockett: "That's great for those trained to fly those craft. However, not all of us are."
[09:33:22] WO Febrith Nyx: "Can toss me into that class of people."
[09:33:30] Lt. Melanie McGregor: "Ditto."
[09:33:50] 2Lt. Sarah hmms and nods at that. "Point."
[09:38:09] 2Lt. Sarah glances over at Aylanea, thinking.
[09:38:15] GM: ((well, what would you like in terms of mecha?))
[09:40:03] Lt. Melanie McGregor: ((Kain would like a VF-2, but without formal training he's better off with the gamma, though I do intend to take MECT: VF-2 when he gets to the appropriate level))
[09:40:41] Lt. Melanie McGregor: ((Mel is just fine with a Gamma, but she is probably going to customize and possibly invent a full-armor pack version, with GM permession))
[09:41:40] Lt. Melanie McGregor: ((Nyx could probably use a different mecha, the Delta, or maybe an ALpha with training would be good.))
[09:41:41] GM: Mel gets this and will like it!
[09:41:59] 2Lt. Sarah: (( lol ))
[09:42:27] GM: ((hehe couldnt resist, no, I take no exception to a Gamma FAST pack))
[09:42:44] 2Lt. Sarah: (( *peers at that plane. wtf* ))
[09:42:50] Lt. Melanie McGregor: ((Mel gets that and three months later the damn thing is outperforming an Alpha, until it overheats and needs to be towed back to the ship.))
[09:45:18] GM: Okay, Gamma's are easy to get, and they scare up the desired Shadows
[09:45:42] 2Lt. Sarah: (( dual EU-13s on both Alphas if possible! ^_^ ))
[09:45:46] 2Lt. Sarah: (( hehe ))
[09:46:42] Lt. Melanie McGregor: ((disruptors all around!))
[09:47:26] 2Lt. Sarah: (( oh yeah, should get a disruptor shouldn't I ))
[09:47:31] 2Lt. Sarah: (( for each, just in case of field issues ))
[09:47:33] 2Lt. Sarah: (( :p ))
[09:48:00] GM: kk
[09:49:00] 2Lt. Sarah: (( so a 13 and a disruptor. hehe ^_^ guess with the Beta I can still fire 3 EUs in the air, so that's fine ))
[09:49:54] GM: Okay, you get your gear all taken care about the same time as the repairs are completed and the respully pods are latched on
[09:51:49] GM: With that, you set off.
[09:52:43] 2Lt. Sarah sits there looking worried the whole time.
[09:52:51] GM: A 5 ly hop isn't all that long and you exit space a good distance away from the planet in question as a precaution.
[09:54:52] GM: Of note is the floating debris of a Ghost fighter, bearing the squadron markings of the RNS Havoc.
[09:55:11] 2Lt. Sarah bites her lip softly.
[09:56:02] Capt Kain Crockett goes out and grabs the fighter to have Melanie look over.
[09:56:48] GM: The fighter is pretty chewed up, blasted and then what was left, clawed up.
[09:57:25] 2Lt. Sarah stares at that, closing her eyes after.
[09:58:22] Lt. Melanie McGregor examines the fighter for anything useful. [1d100] => [44] = (44) vs 93 Computer Programmin, [1d100] => [89] = (89) vs 84 RSI, [1d20] => [20] = (20) PERC, [1d100] => [62] = (62) vs 79 Mecha Engineer, [1d100] => [57] = (57) vs 94 Electrical engineer, [1d100] => [78] = (78) vs 89 Porotoculture engineer, [1d100] => [73] = (73) vs 69 Robotechnology Engineering.
[09:58:41] GM: damn nice perc
[10:00:19] Lt. Melanie McGregor: ((thanks))
[10:03:59] GM: Mel. The Ghost in this instance is a message drone. It looks like it was fitted with a comm booster on one of it's underwing pylons. The message says. (i'ma paraphrase) Invid Presence greater than anticipated. Have set up a perimeter around the largest settlemnt and am working to get outlying settlemnt populations evacuated. Invid are blocking comms. Invid cap ships in orbit but cant match our range. Request support and humanitarian supplies.
[10:05:38] GM: Aside from that the flight recorder shows the drone put up one hell of a fight befire it was swarmed under. At least 15 kills in a running battle over a distance of over 2.5 million klicksbefore it was taken out.
[10:09:50] GM: drone was launched maybe three weeks ago


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