Side Mission 04: Exploration

With one disaster after another, the crew of the Edward Deming are stretched thin after another incident places their friends and family in danger...Some will go to great lengths to achieve their goals, though others may not be so eager to make a Faustian bargain.
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Side Mission 04: Exploration

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Re: Side Mission 04: Exploration

Post by Charlie Pavolav » Fri Feb 22, 2019 11:32 am

Charlie Pavolav stood aboard the bridge of the Sojourner. It’d been a long, long, long time since he’d seen the relatively safety of a port. For now his starship orbited over Passchendaele and her warp station was prepared to receive them. It was going to take a simple micro-jump to get into position… with a brand new and highly experimental warp drive. The bridge was within the center of the starship, protected and safe from outside threats. But the cameras still painted the pained picture of a wartorn frontline world. Charlie could remember storming Passchendaele. He could remember everything about the war.

Fields of green within his mind were nothing more than ashen plains filled with the corpses of comrades that had fallen before a seemingly unstoppable onslaught. Their corpses had eventually become fertilizer over time. And now within those fields children laughed and played as their parents worked. Rolling hills had provided an excellent location for bunkers to shield the Alliance Marines from the falling bombardment of waves of plasma and radiation; and now shepherds grazed their livestock upon them. Trenches had once provided a barely safe haven for the weary soldier to sleep in or fight in… and now they were used as canals to irrigate fields with fresh water. Mountains had once proven an invaluable asset for stopping a ground assault in its tracks. These days they were little more than an obstacle for planes to go around or over.

He couldn’t see the beauty that Passchendaele had become. He couldn’t the birds singing and chirping over the clatter and staccato of machinegun fire or the roar of planes as they dropped their bombs or the rumble and whine of tanks as they churned up the ground and the bodies of friends and foes alike in a mad dash to secure victory. And for a brief moment… he was right back at Passchendaele.
“WHAT THE HELL DO WE DO NOW SIR?!” shouted a voice inside his mind. There before him stood a young man no older than sixteen. Their pod had just crashed into the ground and exploded as it was designed to do. Charlie was not physically upon the grounds of Passchendaele. He was reliving a memory… or perhaps more accurately he was having a nightmare.

Artillery screamed from the skies and obliterated a reptilian creature that stood like a man. They were not men… they were monsters. Corporal Charlie A. Pavolav lay inside the lip of a crater formed by his drop pod. In this memory, his armor contained a patch. 173rd Airborne Infantry read the path with the symbol of a tarantula biting into the belly of a lizard and gutting it.

When the drop pod had reached its destination Charlie had frozen for a brief moment. It was by luck or perhaps fate that a young Private had snatched him up by the arm and dragged him down into cover… right before that same Private’s head exploded into a shower of steaming blood, bone and gore from a sniper. The body lay beside him; still and unmoving.

ReeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE came the whine of a tank beside him as it rolled across the far edge of the crater and stopped. BOOM-BOOM! came the twin blasts of thunder from the cannons as it ejected the shells into the soil that was rapidly filling with miniature rivers and lakes of blood mixed with oil, fuel and fire.

‘What the hell do we do now, sir?’. It was a question for the ages. What could anyone do when warfare regressed to trenches and rat holes to stop an alien advance across friendly soil when the only thing behind the Marine Corps was civilians and those either unwilling or incapable of fighting?
“Sir?” voice a hesitant voice of a new ensign spoke aboard his bridge. “F-T-L is ready to engage at your order… has been for the past hour. Are you alright?” asked the navigator as Charlie turned to face him. There were no military personnel aboard this starship anymore… just fresh faced men and women; many of which whom had never even seen a rifle before coming aboard. But he had drilled them incessantly and made sure that they at least knew what to do intellectually. What few veteran crew members he did have had been made into officers or NCOs aboard the company’s starship; Sojourner.

Her decks had kept him safe in the past. Sojourner… Wanderer. Nomad. These words largely meant the same thing. He shook off the sound of rockets and cannons mentally and forced himself to focus upon the task at hand as he picked up the intercom. “All hands, all hands, all hands. Prepare for micro-jump. Secure any cargo and personnel. All fighters and shuttles must be secured in their moorings. Jump commences in T minus five minutes.” He called to the entirety of the crew. Charlie could almost see the look on his younger self’s face. Colonists… meant to start yet another home for the Alliance. His younger self would have laughed and whooped at the idea.
’Only the dead have seen the end of war’ – George Santayana
Five minutes later the last of the cargo was secured by deck hands and laborers aboard the mighty Ulysses styled warship. She was older… but no less sturdy and many of her style were still in service to the Alliance Federal Navy. Five minutes… and she was preparing to make the jump. “All hands! Prepare for F-T-L in five! Four! Three! Two! One! Engage!” Charlie called over the intercom as the ship lurched underneath those whom had not secure themselves. If experienced enough… it was entirely possible to remain standing as the starship made the jump to superluminal speeds. Hefty inertial dampeners and other similar technological marvels made it possible… though difficult. Many Marines and Naval crewmembers had referred to this as ‘sea legs’. And Charlie? He was among those standing tall as Captain of his new vessel.

And then… the alarm began to sound. “Ah… fuck.” Charlie grumbled to himself as he reached up and quickly grabbed hold of a rail above his head typically used in situations where gravity had failed them. “ALL HANDS! BRACE F-!”

He never got the full warning out in time as the starship made a blind jump in order to keep them from colliding with a freighter that had unfortunately disobeyed the warp station’s air traffic control tower and flown into their flight path. A combination of unfortunate events including the controller not paying attention and a faulty computer meant that Charlie and his crew were being thrown through not only space… but time. They would likely never see their homelands again. They would likely be leaving their husbands and wives and children behind forever. And perhaps even worse… they were jumping into unknown space.

The jump took mere moments not because the starship’s F-T-L was fast but because it needed to slow them down so that the navigator could plot a new course and hopefully correct as it had been programmed to do. “Engines are null and void sir!” called the navigator as the engineer turned to face him as well.

“Reactors are non-functional sir! We’re drifting!” called the engineer as he used the ship’s battery power to begin immediately issuing orders to the engineering crews to get the starship back online. “Airlocks and hangar doors are still functioning on manual releases! Launch catapults are good to go!”

“Launch all fighter squadrons and get the shuttles ready for an emergency evacuation. I want this ship ready to be abandoned at the first sign of trouble if we can’t get our engines back up.” Charlie replied suspiciously calmly as he switched from panic to ‘work mode’. Inside? He was certain this was likely to mean his death. And he would never abandon the Sojourner.

“Confirmed, launching fighters.” The Combat Air Controller (CAC) replied as dozens of fighters were pulled by hand onto launch catapults where servicemen yanked on a hook, dragged it to the bottom of the aircraft and attached the winch that would drag them out of the hangars. “All squadrons… launch.”

The world became a blur for those pilots as their starships were violently yanked through tunnels inside the ship’s superstructure. They were sped along at several hundreds of meters per second before the winches disengaged mechanically and flung them out into space. Each pilot was dazzled by a blur of motion and lights on their way out as they reached far beyond supersonic speeds. Only when they were already in space did their engines even bother firing up as squadron after squadron was launched all at once rather than one or two planes at a time. “First squadron is designated to patrol sector Alpha regarding ship orientation. Maintain heading but switch from pitch 2-4-1 to 3-3-2.” The CAC chattered on to his fighter squadrons as the others worked to get their various stations up and running.

“Get the Marines ready to get on the assault shuttles and load boarding torpedoes. Worst case scenario the shuttles can pick up the boarding torps and use them to shuttle more people. They’re sealed. It’ll work.” He commanded as he began to make his way off the bridge. “X-O, you’re in command while I’m gone.”

There were people everywhere… and they were more than a little concerned as their Captain walked off the bridge. Charlie had to see what was outside for himself… and he had to do so first-hand. “Sensors report tachyon disruption on pitch 3-3-9, bearing 2-4-4, Captain.” His coms officer reported into his radio as Charlie walked into his quarters and suited up into his armor.

The armor system was… terrifying to say the least. It made him nearly a full two inches taller all on its own. It had no powered joints like power armor. It could be moved without them. From head to toe he was covered in stiff, protective plates built as though he were a modern knight. The armor could have stood up on its own… and the weight was so well distributed it was more akin to a second skin than a layer of protective armored plating. His face was hidden beneath a helmet with no visor. Microscopic cameras would provide him with the vision he needed to fight. He picked up his rifle… his service pistol and finally for this particular potential fight he picked up the Z-85 that he cherished for its ability to shoot down small starships. Above all else; Charlie was a Marine. He would die before he surrendered.

“Acknowledged.” He responded to the man in charge of sensors. He made his way through the halls and as he did a handful of Marines made their way with him. By the time their potential enemies arrived… they’d find a full squad of thirteen heavily armed and armored Marines waiting for them in the hangar bay and a heavily armed and armored warship ready and more than willing to kick some ass. It wouldn’t take much…

Almost everyone in the ship was currently on a hairpin. A knife’s edge. It wasn’t going to take much to start a war. And even outnumbered… the Alliance Marines and their starships were more than capable of dealing serious and devastating damage. “Send a hail over to whoever the hell is coming in. Tell them to bring a shuttle… or we can bring ours. But make sure you have a target lock the entire time.” He commanded the bridge crew remotely as he stood upon the deck of the hangar while air hissed out of the vents and brought vacuum around him and the other Marines. The hangar doors opened silently… and Charlie waited for the newcomers to greet them.
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Re: Side Mission 04: Exploration

Post by uso » Fri Feb 22, 2019 3:24 pm

IAS Edward Deming
Hawking Starsystem
Headed toward gravitational anomaly


The Ship’s PA would crackle to life:

“Zenigata, Geiben, Report to the CIC.”

Sure, she could have used a direct message… but this hardly seemed the time for that. The International Summit had come to a close a few hours ago and the Edward Deming was now on route to its next mission.However before the ship could leave the star system something else would come up.

At first, it was just a weird distortion. The Edward Deming happened to be the closest ship with the facilities to investigate.

That distortion was now a warship.

It was more than 4 times the length of the Edward Deming, and many, many times more massive.

The Deming was still undergoing a resupply and refit while in transit. The Sakichi class support ship IAS Kiichiro was in close formation, both ships moving in close formation with a fuel-line and mechanical arms attached. A number of cargo containers were also being transferred between the two ships, containing additional missiles. Further out were two of the latest S1 series drones.

Green-Thumb was standing in the middle of the ship’s CIC, a floating display showing this new ship as well as their current course and relative distance. Ultimately, she wasn’t a professional starship captain, but she was an Officer. She knew how to get things done, by knowing who could get things done.

“Zenigata,” She stated firmly, as soon as she heard the Adlet enter the area, “I would like you to open communications with the other ship and determine their intent.”

“Geiben.” The captain to be, the sooner she could hand over responsibility for the ship the better, “I want you to handle the approach to the other ship. Keep us at a safe distance for now and have the Kiichiro disconnect. We may not get another chance to rearm so prioritize transfer of whatever weapons you think we’ll need. Green-Horn can help with laying in an approach.”

Green-Horn, the youngest of the staff assigned to Green-Squad would give Geiben a wave from her position at one of the nearby consoles. The redhead giving him a smile before turning her attention back to navigation.

Wazu wasn’t one to miss out on all this excitement. He had made his way towards one of the consoles at the CIC not too long ago. Using their sensor systems to catalog this new ship as completely as possible.

“Wazu. Combat recommendations?” Green-Thumb would ask. It seemed she already had some idea in mind of course. She was no longer wearing her Marine uniform, instead she had on the bulky D-122 marine space suit. The choice of clothing for the person who expected to be blown out into space at any moment. Her helmet was clipped to the front of her chest, allowing her to quickly pull it up and over her head at a moment’s notice.

Wazu was quite the opposite. Instead of heavy armor, he was wearing a simple work-out shirt and slacks. His attention fully focused on the displays in front of him, “Won’t have any until they start shooting at us. Just leave the drones on automatic and keep our distance. We should be fine.”
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Re: Side Mission 04: Exploration

Post by Readlliea » Fri Feb 22, 2019 3:38 pm

A break...that was all he was wanting, was a damn break. Couldn't he have just stayed holed up within the medical area? Nope. Oh well, he was here because Wazu still wanted him here. Taking a deep breathe, he started along to head to the destination.Claws clicking and clacking upon the metal floor as he went and his tail gave a swish behind him. As he was about to speak and ask why he was here, Green-Thumb caught onto the clicking of his claws on that floor and spoke up. He raised a brow at her, him? You were asking....oh for the love of death!

Not giving a verbal response, he went over to the pad that would enable him to do this. His white lab coat was loosely on him, one arm was free of the sleeve actually. Honestly, why? Pushing the needed buttons, he took a moment to figure out how to say this without causing problems. After a second or two, he pushed downward on the button that would enable him to communicate to the other ship.

"This is Dr. Zenigata of the IAS Edward Deming, are you in need of assistance?" Zenigata said through the communication challenge to the other ship.

No harm in figuring out if they were injured or not, medical attention was important. No lives needed to be lost. However...as for determining intention....how was he to go about this? This was new...this was different given how little he was used to this whole diplomacy thing.

"We don't deserve having to do a fire fight out here and causing any harm to you or your crew." Zenigata added, hoping that would be a little bit helpful.

The adlet didn't feel calm about this, deep down. He was afraid of screwing it up as he stood there, he waited patiently. Patiently for the return with a voice to say what they would. The offer of medical aid seemed to be a good ice breaker in his mind. For now.
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Re: Side Mission 04: Exploration

Post by Ray_Of_Meep » Fri Feb 22, 2019 5:06 pm

The man clutches on to a rope with both hands, his entire body soaking wet amidst the storm. Wearing nothing but a pair of trousers, Geiben howls out, exhilarated, at the upcoming wave, about the swallow him and his tiny, metal sailboat, sending them both into Pacifica's embrace. He smiles, his blood as violent and forceful through his veins as the rain and wind howling around him. Then---

His view turns white. A calm announcement replaces what would have been the sound of crashing waves. The to-be captain sighs, muttering, "Right away." Tapping on his virtual console, his view turns to that of of a glass screen before him, which unlocks and opens up, allowing him out of his VR bay. It took pulling a few strings to get it installed in his private quarters; the skeleton crew certainly wasn't too happy about it. But Geiben needs it. Besides, he isn't wasting the mass budget on anything else, and he owned the pod too. Throwing on his uniform over his biosuit, the Pacifican wastes no time arriving at the ship's CIC, salutes to Green-Thumb, and listens to her debriefing.

"Right away, ma'am." Geiben goes quiet for a few seconds to consider the situation. He then looks at the crew. "Disengage from the Kiichiro as soon as they have the last ballistic missiles sent our way. Have them stay behind us and charge their hyperspace drives. Keep us four light-seconds away from that ship; I want as much information on it as possible: weapon array, thrust estimates, affiliation. Send our drones in closer for analysis." He puts a hand to his chin. "Once we get a scan of their weapons array, I want our anti-ship missiles primed but kept in their pods." This is probably the best Edward Demming can do. If they have to fight, the least they can do is seize the initiative.
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Re: Side Mission 04: Exploration

Post by Charlie Pavolav » Fri Feb 22, 2019 6:10 pm

Charlie Pavolav stood by within the hangar as the bridge crew undoubtedly worked tirelessly to secure communications with the starship nearby. Unfortunately for everyone involved… Charlie and the rest of the crew did NOT speak English. They spoke a combination of English, Chinese and Spanish; the culmination of languages through eons of cultural and linguistic evolution within their species. It made first contacts with any species a trepid journey and perilous nonetheless. However, thanks to an individual that would later be named… there were certain things that were universal.

And then? The Sojourner sent a message to the Edward Deming that was as unmistakable as anything else.
2, 3, 5, 7, 11, 13, 17, 19, 23, 29, 31, 37, 41, 43, 47, 53, 59, 61, 67, 71, 73, 79, 83, 89, 97
The series were unmistakable and quickly followed by depictions of not just one or two species… but instead a whopping total of over twenty distinct lifeforms aboard the ship as well as a count of the crew; totaling to be near five thousand souls onboard.

Naturally, the majority of these souls were not hardened warriors but instead settlers and colonists looking to stake a claim in the universe for their own and their posterity. There was, unfortunately, no digitalized copy of their language onboard that starship. Such things took up memory on a computer and the memory on their starship was designated for… other purposes.

“Serenity.” Charlie called as he keyed up his headset with a thought.

“Yes Captain? Making new friends I see.” The artificial intelligence responded as she began to translate the words spoken to her over the radio. Outside the starship the fighters were pulling into a formation that was just as defensive as it was threatening. They had a clear message to those aboard the Edward Deming.

Keep your distance.

Charlie didn’t have the pocket to hire experienced soldiers or mercenaries but he did have the pocket to hire top-notch fighter pilots with some exceptional ships at least. The unspoken threat never advanced… merely kept a swarming hairball of fuck between the two ships. Perhaps the occupants of the other starship thought it would be an easy battle to win? Or maybe they were terrified of the Sojourner? It didn’t matter to Charlie. If they weren’t terrified and had hostile intentions; he would make them think twice about the next warship that came.

“As always, Serenity. Can you transmit back to them an interspecies greeting?”

“Already done, Captain. The greeting included readouts of all species aboard the vessel as well as a count of how many souls. I took the initiative to transmit that there are approximately one thousand Marines and roughly five hundred Naval servicemen aboard our vessel not including fighter pilots or shuttle crew.”

“Fantastic.” Came the sarcastic reply. Serenity meant well… but her advanced age as an artificial intelligence left something to be desired. Once a shrewd tactical mind… she had softened in her time. Unlike Charlie. Charlie was still… sore from prior deeds to say the least.

“I shall transmit a design of an earlier model of Ulysses but not our own. I know how much you like keeping surprises for potentially unwelcome guests.” She responded as the designed were transmitted. Older model Ulysses style warships were still equipped with a plethora of firepower and armor… but they paled in comparison to the heavily modified starship that sat in space before them now.

“CAC, get a shuttle crew ready with two squadrons of fighters. S-mage, can we get a boarding party of two squads down here?” he called to the bridge even as the orders were relayed to the pilots and necessary crew. “I want the most disciplined ones. Win the battle as we may we have no idea where the Hell we are and I’d rather not pick a fight with an enemy we know little to nothing about.” Charlie commanded as a shuttle was hauled into position just as the reactors were powered on.

Immediately, the ship locked onto the Deming with her cannons and missiles though she did not fire at that moment. Instead… she seemed to be almost alive herself; protecting those fighter pilots that were out in the front lines.

For Charlie’s people, the transmission of prime numbers coupled with anatomical drawings and brief depictions of history were meant to show intelligence and culture. To other species… such as the Balalonians aboard his starship… it was a threat and a declaration of conquest. Humanity had made that mistake when they had first encountered the alien species. Yet still old habits died hard. During those times man had seemingly gone insane. Few remained that found a way to live just one more day. Three decades of war… and it had spread like a disease or a cancer. There’d been no sign of peace in those dark times. Fortunately now things were objectively better… but who was to say this seemingly peaceful cargo ship wasn’t about to start bristling guns and cause the same devastation?

“Here sir!” shouted a squad leader as he and his men approached dressed in armor just like his. “Mount up! Hurry the fuck up you sons of bitches! Let’s FUCKING MOVE! GET ON THE GOD DAMNED TRANSPORT JENKINS!” he continued as a particularly nerve wracked Jenkins was nearly dragged onboard the shuttle while Charlie boarded and, rather than taking a seat, reached up and grabbed a handrail.

“Not a one of you better fire upon anyone unless fired upon. This is supposed to be a peaceful meeting. Now mind you, if you ARE attacked… mess them up. Don’t let a single one of them live if they try to harm one of you. Am I clear, Marines?” Charlie spoke to the lot of them.

“Sir! Yes sir!” they shouted in unison.

Hopefully talking to them would calm their nerves as well as Charlie’s. “Serenity. Have the bridge crew perform a maneuver that allows them to drift away and cloak. I want just us and the fighters visible for now.” He commanded the starship as the target lock dissipated and instead the ship performed a roll that should have sheared it in half… and then simply disappeared without a trace as it floated away; sensors and visuals both.

The shuttle continued to drift onwards towards the Deming as a group of fighters swarmed around it to protect it with their very own hulls. Eventually it was drifting without power as its engines shut down. Why waste the fuel?

Eventually the shuttle parted ways with the fighters which sailed over the starship in all directions; front, back, over and under… it didn’t matter. They seemed to be capable of turning on a dime and making full one-hundred-eighty degree turns in order to zip from one place to the next. Nevertheless the squad of Marines deployed from the shuttle and kicked off its hull once it came close enough to the starship. Rather than docking directly they appeared to be trying to figure out how to open the airlock… and even trying to cut through it with plasma torches if they found it necessary.
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Re: Side Mission 04: Exploration

Post by Readlliea » Fri Feb 22, 2019 6:51 pm

A brow was raised as he spotted the numbers come across the screen. Already he felt unease go through him. This....wasn't going to be easy, was it?

"UH....Wazu!" Zenigata called. "I don't think they speak anything like English."

Gesturing for the man to come over, he pointed at the screen. Diagrams of human anatomy showed up; include a rather ancient piece of work. What was he suppose to do? He wasn't here to fiddle with the controls of communications, he was here to try and talk to them! How else was he going to talk to them? Uncertainty swarmed his head as he stood there, trying to observe what was going on. Sadly, it was hard to know for sure what was happening.

"Tonrar amarok...." Zenigata muttered in his old language as he rubbed his eyes before taking a deep breathe and he started to type in numbers.

"57 65 20 61 72 65 6e 27 74 20 61 20 65 6e 65 6d 79 2e" the message sent back to the ship would read. "44 6f 20 79 6f 75 20 6e 65 65 64 20 6d 65 64 69 63 61 6c 20 61 69 64 3f"
(Translation: We aren''t a enemy. Do you need medical aid?)

With the message sent, he took a uneasy breathe as he stood there. Moving part of his black hair out of his face, his dark brown eyes stared down at his sent message before it wandered the room.

"Does this thing not have a video feed we can send them?" Zenigata asked out loud to everyone in the room with him.
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Re: Side Mission 04: Exploration

Post by Ray_Of_Meep » Fri Feb 22, 2019 7:26 pm

Geiben clenches his teeth. Blast it! He watches as the shuttles approach and the fighters swarm in formation. This isn't good, not at all... fighters?! "Get the marines ready for anti-boarding action. aim our turrets on those fighters." He reaches for his pistol, but keeps his hand frozen mid-action. The captain instead tosses Zenigata his data pad. "There, use the camera."

He then continues his orders, growing stern and decisive. "Prepare the Edward Demming and the Kiichiro for emergency hyperspace jump within a minute. If the vessel doesn't respond within that time, fire our missiles on their weapon systems, and take down their fighters. We'll vent the invaders out if we must."

"Forefathers, what are they doing?" He grumbles, frurstrated and nervous, he brings his hands behind his back. This is borderline insanity. Not two lines of exchanges and they're already bring out the boarding party... do they not recognize us as part of the Alliance?
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Re: Side Mission 04: Exploration

Post by Charlie Pavolav » Fri Feb 22, 2019 8:01 pm

Charlie and the team approached the airlock quickly and quietly. Perhaps most interestingly was that their shuttle only stopped briefly beside the starship in order to allow them to do so as the fighters began to systematically do fly-bys of cannons and turrets as they locked on and prepared to fire. Most interestingly was that the fighter aircraft were specifically using their incredible speed to move faster than most missiles were capable of moving (thusly simply outrunning most missiles) while a second fighter lined up a shot behind the first in a sort of ‘bait and switch’ tactic to cover the Marines.

”Edward Deming, this is Sojourner AI 3-0-0-2-Zeta-3-8-6-9-Alpha; Serenity. Marines are currently boarding your vessel. Power down your weapons and engines and prepare to be boarded.” a communication came in the form of a text message or in the form of a robotic voice speaking at them over the speakers. Fortunately for them something that Serenity hadn’t lost over time was her ability to translate an alien language she knew little to nothing about in a time frame that was inimitable.

“Captain. When you speak I will speak through your helmet’s speakers.” She informed Charlie as he reached the airlock. “I don’t think they’re looking for a fight.”

“Let’s hope so.” He responded as he commanded the nearby Marines with simple hand gestures and other similar signals rather than spoken word. “Prepare to board everyone.” He spoke to the nearby Marines as he pulled himself against the airlock and brought out a breaching charge. “I’m counting to ten. If the airlock isn’t open by then well then… uh… shit. Knock, knock.” He spoke as he held onto the exterior of the ship while Serenity translated what he was saying into the intercom of the starship or at the very least to the diplomat.

If it hadn’t been clear yet… it was probably very clear that Charlie was not the diplomat of his species.
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Re: Side Mission 04: Exploration

Post by Readlliea » Fri Feb 22, 2019 8:10 pm

What.....what....WHAT?!!! Zenigata's tail bristled as he heard the message come through. What the hell?!! Did everything....EVERYTHING out here want to handle things like his damn Kaskae? Oh sweet Ancestors....

"59 6f 75 20 61 72 65 20 74 72 79 69 6e 67 20 74 6f 20 62 6f 61 72 64 20 61 20 61 6c 6c 69 61 6e 63 65 20 73 68 69 70 20 77 69 74 68 6f 75 74 20 70 65 72 6d 69 73 73 69 6f 6e 2e 20 54 68 69 73 20 69 73 20 61 20 56 45 52 59 20 62 61 64 20 69 64 65 61 2e 20 57 65 20 63 61 6e 20 74 61 6c 6b 20 61 62 6f 75 74 20 74 68 69 6e 67 73 20 77 69 74 68 6f 75 74 20 65 73 63 61 6c 61 74 69 6e 67 20 74 68 65 20 73 69 74 75 61 74 69 6f 6e 20 74 6f 20 74 68 69 73 21 20 50 6c 65 61 73 65 20 72 65 63 6f 6e 73 69 64 65 72 21 22" The new message Zenigata sent them.
(Translation: You are trying to board a alliance ship without permission. This is a VERY bad idea. We can talk about things without escalating the situation to this! Please reconsider!)

This wasn't going to work. Turning the recording device onto the pad on, he stuck it in his coat pocket to where it would stick out just enough to be able to capture what was going on without his coat obstructing it. The adlet turned on his paw pads and sprinted out of the room without a word. Why? Everything out here just wanted to handle things in such a bullhead...STUPID manner! A thing the adlet were good at, sprinting. Now this metal floor made it hard for the adlet to be able to stop fully. However, he soon skidded to a halt as he arrived at the hanger. Course as he took note of crew members in the area, the adlet gestured for them to move.

"Clear out! NOW!!" Zenigata ordered, wanting to take the risk of causalities down just in case the morons opened fire.
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Re: Side Mission 04: Exploration

Post by Ray_Of_Meep » Fri Feb 22, 2019 8:17 pm

Geiben's face turns red, clutching his fists. He growls. "Ready the marines are primary airlocks, power armor and sub machine guns." He personally takes the comms. "This is Commander Geiben Folami of the IAS Edward Demming. You heard what my diplomat said. You are in violation of Interstellar Alliance Naval Code Beta 2-107. Transfer confirmation codes immediately, or I will be forced to treat you as an enemy disguised as Alliance personnel attempting to hijack this ship. Order your marines to stand down, and we will talk in neutral space."
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Re: Side Mission 04: Exploration

Post by uso » Fri Feb 22, 2019 8:34 pm

"They are QUITE close Wazu." Green-Thumb said, her voice conveying just how serious she was taking the situation as she moved her helmet up to the latched-closed position. Green-Squad was already on the wait to the airlocks as she picked up her G8 Launcher, pulling one of the green-striped magazines off her chest and sliding it in.

“Yes, but they in doing so they went slow so the Drones didn’t fry them.” Wazu said, as Green thumb left the CIC to go to one of the airlocks. Apparently quite confident that their handful of marines would be more than enough to deal with the larger number of aggressors,

“THERE’S A STROBE MODE!” Wazu shouted out, though it looked like Green-Thumb had already made her decision on what to do. Diplomacy was being left in the hands of Zenigata and Geiben, so Wazu would turn his attention to him, “The drones have a strobe-mode if you want me to just blind their pilots and marines a little bit. We’ve got a few more Poundcake drones in the lower bay if you want a little more firepower on the exterior of the ship and naturally the countermeasures aren’t going to launch unless we’re actually attacked.”

He didn’t seem too worried yet.

Green-Horn was busying herself with undocking their support ship, working with them to separate the two ships enough to allow some breathing room, keeping a few light-minutes distance between themselves and the new arrival, all the while retracting their support drones that had been ferrying over supplies. Wazu himself seemed happy taking over the role of tactical officer for the time being. His display was showing a number of timers indicating distance in light-seconds for various events if action should break out.
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Re: Side Mission 04: Exploration

Post by Charlie Pavolav » Fri Feb 22, 2019 8:41 pm

Charlie stopped what he was doing and turned to look at one of the nearby Marines whom shrugged. “Uh… say again? No such regulation exists. My service information is Corporal Charlie Pavolav with the United Systems Alliance Federal Marine Corps. I served with the 173rd Airborne Infantry through the tail end of the Hierarchy war, Machine war and the Wehrmacht uprising. Look it up. You should have connection to the Net even in deep space. I’m takin’ a gander that our coms are down since we can’t access the network ourselves but that’s not an excuse for poor manners! Also, why aren’t you guys speaking Alliance Common?” he responded over the radio as Serenity translated his voice. For now the Marines were just kind of hanging onto the exterior of the starship… floating around. One of them even did a backflip.

Meanwhile… one of the not-as-intelligent species amongst the Marines let go of the starship and reached his hands out. “Captain! Captain! Captain!”

“WHAT?!”

“I got a space rock!” the large reptilian creature said as he held out the offending rock as his weapon floated away.

“Really guy?” Charlie grumbled as he picked up the extremely heavy gun that the Balalonian had been carrying and tugged it closer to himself so it didn’t float away. “C’mon now! If we wanted to fight we’d’ve done it from the heavily armed and armored warship over there! It has air conditioning too! Y’think we enjoy being in hermetically sealed suits? You fart in these things and you smell it for days for Christ’s sake!”

"Edward Deming, this is Sojourner. No medical attention is needed at this time that our doctors cannot already provide. Routine medical procedures are emplaced. No serious medical conditions to report. However, the Captain is not currently inside this vessel. Captain Pavolav is currently clinging to the hull of your vessel attempting to enter the starship in order to make first contact in person." Serenity spoke as Charlie gave away to any sense of reason and tucked the plasma cutter in his belt before pounding his fist against the door.

"C'mon! Open up already!"

"He can be rather impatient..."
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Re: Side Mission 04: Exploration

Post by Ray_Of_Meep » Fri Feb 22, 2019 8:56 pm

Geiben freezes. He looks at his crew around him, who are also looking similarly confused. United Systems? Hierarchy War? Machine War? Wait--- "Sojourner, repeat. did you say you were part the United Systems Alliance? This is the Interstellar Alliance navy you are talking to. We aren't part of the same sovereignty. Have your marines and pilots stand down, and we'll lower our weapons as well. We can then meet in neutral space."

He turns to Mr. Wazu, sighing. "Keep the drones standing by for now. They are as clueless as we are."
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Re: Side Mission 04: Exploration

Post by Readlliea » Fri Feb 22, 2019 9:04 pm

Having the datapad open and still connected to the coms at the front of the ship. Wait...they spoke....FUCKING ENGLISH?!!! If Zenigata had fur on the rest of his body it would be sticking up, a brow twitched as he stood there before taking a deep breathe and collected his composure. And he was talking with the ship itself? Really?! Oh Ancestors technology could go rust away for anyone's worth.

"Corporal, I reached out to you with a verbal com system. I greeted you with the com system directly...to your ship. You sent a bunch of numbers and diagrams, and then never speak to us with words." Zenigata started, his tail lashing irritably behind him. "From what we gathered with that, you either don't know english or your coms were down. And you were still sent peaceful messages. IF anyone here has used poor manners and pardon my french....but it was you."

The adlet started to make his way back but paused as he heard the slamming against the door. The adlet turned and looked toward it with a very unamused expression as he turned the camera feed on to where he could look into the room with the intruders and a screen of himself was projected in so they could see who they were talking to.

"Now, let us start this over and start again." Zenigata started. "I am Dr. Zenigata, since your ship has 'kindly' informed us you are in no need of medical aid. How about you stop trying to illegally board this damn ship and let's talk this out? And since you have boarded us illegally thus far, where you are at is neutral ground. So you will have to stay there till my captain believes you are trustworthy to enter this ship the rest of the way. And please don't go blowing up the door, I'm right behind this thing and I don't fancy anyone dying at all."

The adlet had a very firm tone to his voice, serious as his brows narrowed as he stared at them. His canine tail gave a twitch as he stood there. To these people, they would have no clue what a adlet was. Thus Zenigata might be a bit...odd looking.
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Re: Side Mission 04: Exploration

Post by uso » Fri Feb 22, 2019 9:29 pm

"That doesn't match up with any of our old-earth records. They could be from present day earth and been dragged out here but the same type of incident that dragged the UESS Pioneer way back when... but if that were the case I'd expect their handshake protocols to have been a bit better." Wazu said, working through the problem. Luckily he had quite a bit of experience in this area. "If I had to guess, they are from another universe closeish to this one. It would explain the slight differences, tech-level, and confusion."

Green-Thumb would then chime in, taking the crew in the CIC and Zenigata into a private voice channel.

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"Looks like Geiben is part of the diplomatic team now. I'll leave it to yourself and Zenigata to assess the danger of letting them into the ship." Green-Thumb stated.

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She would end up standing beside Zenigata, putting one hand on his shoulder and gently pushing him so that he was standing behind her. She had picked up a heavy riot-shield along the way to provide a bit more protection as the rest of the crew cleared out of the hanger-bays entirely. The massive doors faced 'downward' and a number of small shuttle craft were suspended against the ceiling of this room.

"You should get a Space-Suit Doctor." Green-Thumb would say over her suit's external speakers.
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Re: Side Mission 04: Exploration

Post by Charlie Pavolav » Fri Feb 22, 2019 9:48 pm

Charlie was confused. Mostly because his writer was confused but we don’t talk about that. We don’t talk about fourth wall breaking either. Don’t discuss it. What was happening that distracted the writer? Don’t worry about that.

In any case, Charlie wordlessly called a shuttle back over to the group of Marines waiting around outside. At least the dumber one was going to get to keep his space rock. Maybe it’d be important later? “Pardon my French but here I was thinkin’ you guys were space pirates, Wehrmacht, Hierarchy or anything else under the big ass black hole in the center of the galaxy. Also, there’s only one Alliance. What’re you talking about? Or are you guys Indies? It’d explain a lot if you were…” he asked them as he touched his feet to the deck of the starship as the remainder of his Marines did. They hooked hoses to the backs of their helmets which fed their suits oxygen so that they could stop depleting their reserves within the suits. After all, their suits only held ninety minutes of air per suit.

“Verbal communications? Also what’s English? We speak Common. Serenity’s translating for us right now. Without her we wouldn’t be able to understand each other. You guys… what, all speak the same language?” he asked as he responded to the doctor that spoke to him. “Doctors are great n’ all but I cannot pronounce that name. I’m probably just going to call you Doc.”

”Doctor Zenigata, it should be noted that Captain Pavolav did not receive any awards during his military service for his professionalism nor for academic mer-“

“What she means to say is that I’m just really good at following the orders of those in command and taking command when necessary.” Charlie overrode her as he took a seat on the edge of the shuttle. It was… laughable at best. He was sitting down in zero gravity. Still, it helped him to relax and Charlie even gestured to the nearby hangar doors. “Now, can we come in already if we promise not to blow anything up?”
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Re: Side Mission 04: Exploration

Post by Readlliea » Fri Feb 22, 2019 10:00 pm

Zenigata's not amused expression worsened as Green-Thumb shoved him to the side and opened the door. Seriously? SER....oh you know what...never mind. Giving in a sigh, he turned the camera and projected version of himself off as he grabbed a spare suit. It was tricky getting into this thing but he managed before following after Green-Thumb. in which the doors closed once more.

"You can call me Doc or just Dr. Some call me Zen, it doesn't matter." Zenigata replied. "And no, we're not Indies and we're not space pirates. This ship was recently used for a diplomatic mission. As for...language...we sort of do. English is just the common tongue. I know my people's old language but no one else on this ship knows it. I'm not sure what you're getting at in regards to their only being one Alliance yet...you claim to not be part of it?"

Hearing the other ship's voice again, he figured as much. Most soliders seemed to not be...good at those things. Oh well. He wasn't going to get into that.

"Well here is a command, keep your asses where they are and no. You may not enter this ship yet." Zenigata started again. "It's not going to be that easy to get inside the ship you just tried to take through hostile means. I am not risking all these crew members and since I'm the diplomat, you will have to convince me a whole lot better than just promising not to blow us up. Now, back to the matter at hand here."

Sadly his claws weren't able to click on the ground it...felt so weird. Having something over his paws...oh boy. This didn't feel so great. But that wasn't something he could dwell on.

"Now, let's start with what you're doing out here and what this Alliance is you speak of that isn't the same thing as our Alliance? We can try to help you go back home." Zenigata offered.
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Re: Side Mission 04: Exploration

Post by Ray_Of_Meep » Fri Feb 22, 2019 10:08 pm

While the doctor tries to resolve the situation diplomatically, Geiben mutes his comms temporarily. "If what you said, Mr. Wazu, was true, then they must've suffered brain injury during their dimensional transit. Their AI has more sense then their captain." His face is a mix of disgust at the lack of professionalism, but more so curiosity. Pa always said every new encounter is a learning opportunity, after all, even if it means staring down a ship full of inter-dimensional lunatics that could blow them to smithereens. Something tells the officer that they aren't here to fight. Defenitley for the best. No way he was going to let these foreigners on this already under-manned ship though.

"Put power into our sensor arrays. I want to know everything about their ship and their fighters. Specifically their fighters. Why they employ fighters over guidance missiles is beyond me." He asks the crew around him. The commander plays with his fingers nervously behind his back. Even though what he said was true, those craft did swarm over this ship in short time too, and they're light seconds apart! What kind of dampener system let's those pilots survive acceleration like that. Furthermore, could they actually shrug off guidance missiles? In a vacuum? He smiles but also sweats at the thought. Another dimension, is it now? Scary...
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Re: Side Mission 04: Exploration

Post by uso » Fri Feb 22, 2019 10:45 pm

"I'm guessing they don't have the same experience with automation that we do. Or perhaps these fighters are meant for much longer range operations? Or even they are used to working in densely trafficked areas near planets where a human-pilot can provide some useful capabilities." Wazu thought outloud, "They are burning up their Detla-V doing those maneuvers, and it doesn't matter how fast you go... you can't outrun a laser.

But I suppose we should focus on that captain of theirs."
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Re: Side Mission 04: Exploration

Post by Charlie Pavolav » Fri Feb 22, 2019 11:15 pm

“The United Systems Alliance? The only… y’know, Earth? Mars? Luna? Home of the Monastery? Icarus Institute? The Martian Battle Academy? Some of the biggest landmarks in all galactic history?” Charlie responded as he turned his wrist up to look at it and began to swipe at its surface. Truthfully he was swiping at a holographic display that was only transmitting into his eyes through an implant in his skin. He could see quite a bit of information there.

What he displayed eventually however… or rather what he transmitted to be displayed across every available screen in their starship as well as played over their speakers that weren’t already occupied… well, if there wasn’t solid evidence that he was from someplace else then there sure as hell was now.

”Now let’s set the record straight. There’s no argument over the choice between peace and war, but there’s only one guaranteed way you can have peace and you can have it in the next second; surrender. Admittedly, there’s a risk in any course we follow other than this, but every lesson of history tells us that the greater risk lies in appeasement, and this is the specter our well-meaning liberal friends refuse to face that their policy of accommodation is appeasement, and it gives no choice between peace and war, only between fight or surrender. If we continue to accommodate, continue to back and retreat, eventually we have to face the final demand, the ultimatum. And what then?” the video began as the scene unfolded before them with something of the likes they had probably never seen before in their lives…

And truthfully, Charlie prayed they never did witness it with their own eyes.

Young men and women stood within a shuttle much like the one that Charlie sat within now. There were thousands upon thousands of shuttles screaming in the distance outside just within view of the camera as the flak began to spew between them in the form of superheated gasses. Several nearby shuttles exploded, rocking the aircraft of the cameraman. Perhaps most notably however was that everyone in the shuttle was not human.

Their armor was outdated compared to Charlie’s. Their faces were exposed and revealed humans, Anubians, Balalonians, Havinians and many, many other species all prepared and very willing to fight and die together rather than alone. It, if nothing else, at least spoke volumes about the character of the nation that Charlie was from.

“When that inglorious bastard Commissary General Kershaw told our people he knows what our answer will be? He has told them that we’re retreating under the pressure of this damnable war, and someday when the time comes to deliver the final ultimatum, our surrender will be voluntary, because by that time we will have been weakened from within spiritually, morally, and economically.” The video continued to speak with its unseen spokesperson as the shuttle plummeted from the skies. Though they were muted, the soldiers were clearly shouting at one another. Commanding each other, supporting one another and even carrying the wounded as they stormed a beach swarming with what appeared to be a ‘humans only faction’ sitting upon an empty field of land atop a hill from which they launched mortars and fired machineguns.

“He believes this because from our side he’s heard voices pleading for peace at any price or as one commentator put it, he’d rather “live on his knees than die on his feet.” And therein lies the road to war, because those voices don’t speak for the rest of us. You and I know and do not believe that life is so dear and peace so sweet as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery. If nothing in life is worth dying for, when did this begin? Just in the face of this enemy? Or should Moses have told the children of Israel to live in slavery under the pharaohs? Should Christ have refused the cross? Should the patriots at Bunker Hill have thrown down their guns and refused to fire the shots that lead us to this moment? The martyrs of history were not fools, and our honored dead who gave their lives to stop the advance of these damned Huns didn’t die in vain. Where, then, is the road to peace? Well it’s a simple answer after all.” The speaker continued as the scene shifted from Marines storming a beach to a group of corpsmen treating a number of wounded soldiers though thankfully whomever had made the video had done well to keep the gore out of it.

“You and I have the courage to say to our enemies, ‘There is a price we will not pay.’ ‘There is a point beyond which they must not advance.’ Winston Churchill said, ‘The destiny of man is not measured by material computations. When great forces are on the move in the world, we learn we’re spirits not animals.’ And he said, ‘There’s something going on in time and space, and beyond time and space, which, whether we like it or not, spells duty.’ You and I have a rendezvous with destiny.”

The video continued a little longer showing various branches of service, various species wearing the same uniform and various flags before finally it shifted to a singular flag raised above them all.

“We’ll preserve for our children this, the last best hope of sapient life in this galaxy, or we’ll sentence them to take the last step into a thousand years of darkness.” The speaker finished as the camera backed away from all present and instead showed a number of silhouettes clutching rifles as a promotional banner for the recruitment video displayed underneath their feet. Above and behind them however was a very distinct flag bearing a globe surrounded by a wreath surrounded by stars. The globe was definitely Earth. The wreath symbolized peace and harmony while the stars represented the Alliance’s unity and indomitable spirit. Beneath the ensemble were the words ‘Gloria Fortis Miles’ which held special meaning to many of those that called themselves Marines.


“See? Alliance. You HAVE to have seen at least some of these videos. They were broadcast across the entire Milky Way and hijacked every communication line that had ever been built during the time.” Charlie spoke as he leaned against the side of the shuttle and shut off the transmission. “I have others. That was a recruitment video for the time that the Wehrmacht tried to advance on Alliance soil.”

Meanwhile, the sensors picking up their fighters were going to detect something peculiar. There were quite a few humans behind the controls… but it wasn’t just organics flying them. Instead it seemed as though most of the fighters were actually automated though to a lesser degree than what a fully automated fighter might have been. Instead the fighters were programmed to primarily listen to the orders of a commander within their ranks though they were still capable of fighting on their lonesome to a degree. They were armed primarily with 30mm autocannons as their main guns but each fighter also supported a spinally mounted railgun and a few missile racks. More importantly however the cockpits were liquid filled and the pilots were wearing specialized suits to prevent them from blacking or redding out in the event that they pulled serious G forces in any maneuver. They were primarily powered by a micro-fusion reactor but also carried liquid fuel which they seemed to use sparingly… typically for high-speed maneuvers that required a lot of acceleration in a short amount of time. Aside from this however they seemed incapable of long expeditions without seriously expanding the size of the aircraft. While the automated drones were fantastic they lacked ambition and the inimitable randomness that an organic pilot was capable of. Programs could only take a fighter pilot so far after all.

Perhaps most impressive about them was a small turret mounted on their bellies that was specifically designed to shoot down incoming torpedoes and missiles; making each fighter a picket ship in its own right though obviously any singular fighter would be no match for a swarm of missiles. They were very clearly made to be supported by other larger vessels that carried heavier weapons and their role seemed to be primarily air superiority rather than attacking large ships. For that, they would have had to scan the Sojourner itself to find the bombers still hidden within its chassis which carried other various weapons.
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Re: Side Mission 04: Exploration

Post by Readlliea » Fri Feb 22, 2019 11:23 pm

A brow was raised as the video started playing. The adlet stayed put, not recognizing anything at all.

"Nope. Then again, I'm not from a world that has tech and such along with no knowledge of what this Milky Way is. That honestly sounds like one of those snack bares you have in this ship." Zenigata replied. "Green-Thumb, ring any bells for you? Or hell does this ring ANYONE'S bells on this entire bloody ship?!!"

The adlet would give time for the others to chime in as he stood there. Though he took a deep breathe.

"I think it's safe to say you aren't in your dimension." Zenigata said. "I think, you guys have somehow ended up in ours and it's different form what yours was."
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Re: Side Mission 04: Exploration

Post by Ray_Of_Meep » Sat Feb 23, 2019 10:38 am

Those species shown on the feed looked completely unfamiliar to Geiben, but that speech, it sounded familiar. "Put the audio through our data base, see what shows up."

After less than a minute, several articles show up on screen. "Wait... these are speeches of the leadership on Terra, back when humans were still in the dark ages." The commander opens the comms, "The audio and speakers involved resemble that of our own, old Earth, except yours speaks on the galactic scale. If anything, this only further confirms that you come from a different dimension, albeit with eerie similarities." He shakes his head. Similarities is an understatement. For all intents and purposes, there is no difference. The odds of this captain and his ship coming into a dimension with the same exact laws of physics so that they aren't torn to shreds is miraculous.

Geiben continues addressing Charlie. "Interdimensional or not, human or not, you are most definitley of a foreign power. And for that, I must follow our own Alliance's protocol. Remain on your shuttle, and prepare to be greeted in neutral space." He then opens comms with Green Thumb. "Captain, as I'm technically a rank below you, I must request that I be the one to go out and meet this man, though I'd like Doctor Zenigata to accompany me, given his experience in diplomacy."
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Post by uso » Sat Feb 23, 2019 12:04 pm

"Yeah, that's a snack bar," Wazu joked. He saw their request to display those videos on every screen... and just hit no. Though he did forward the videos to the crew's personal displays in case they wanted to view them.

"I actually really like their dark-chocolate one. It has marshmallows in it too and I usually don't go for those," Green-Thumb added reassuringly. "But I would prefer to have some options right now."

"They seem to be big on martyrdom. Though I get the impression if we try and proportional use of force we're going to need to escalate all the way immediately." Wazu stated, going through some options in his head and starting to just dump info verbally as Green-Thumb listened to Geiben's request. "They have some similar historical figures, so it sounds like they are from a fairly close universe. I imagine the usual negotiating tactics would work... sure they have a lot more military guys it seems... and whoever runs their broadcasts has shit security. Possibly they are a bit behind on tech from all the fighting? I doubt I have time to get into their systems remotely though...

If they have Churchill then they certainly had the cult of Mithras. Put on a tie and shake his hand, that usually works.

Offer to help send them back where they came maybe? I'm sure I can figure that out and we've got tons of math-specialists on Hawking that can do the heavy lifting. I think I could get a handful of them back right away too if they are willing to go on a bit of a trip.

I don't think he is going to respond well to threats so it may be best to just avoid direct military comparisons.

How about we give him something? Offer him tea and some starmaps if he comes to have a sit-down with us?"


"Request Approved Geiben." Green Thumb would say, her tone quite serious this time. "Get a space-suit and take a sidearm with you."
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Re: Side Mission 04: Exploration

Post by Charlie Pavolav » Sat Feb 23, 2019 12:40 pm

“I wouldn’ be surprised. Many great speakers often used the words of those in the past to inspire the people of today. For example, that speech is an adaptation of Ronald Reagan speaking about the Cold War. That was centuries before my time though.” Charlie responded as he listened to what they were saying. Serenity was having to translate everything. She could listen to the numerous people talking and find ways of figuring it out so that the conversation either made sense or at least was organized so that they weren’t talking over one another. Then?

“They’re thinking about meeting you in what they refer to as neutral space. I don’t think they share the custom of meeting on the other party’s ship as we do.” Serenity chimed in as Charlie waited for the inevitable.

“Odd enough but… fuck it. I don’t care anymore. Send’em on in. I’ll be waitin’.” He spoke as Serenity relayed the message in more… polite terms.


Charlie waited until they were at the shuttle door to open it to the vacuum of space. The Marines stood in their armor (best image available) which was more than affirmed to be sealed against the harsh environments of space. Radiation was unlikely to affect them; at least for short periods of time and assuming it wasn’t neutrino radiation. The shuttle was definitely, like the fighters, not made for long voyages and seemed capable of storing either a full squad of Marines (plus their cargo) or even heavily armored vehicles if no Marines were present in the shuttle.

There were seats… most of them were empty as the Marines stood upon the shuttle’s deck ready for action. First contact missions could and often did go south very quickly in Charlie’s homeland. When they eventually boarded however Charlie and the rest of the crew waited for the cabin to pressurize and each of them reached in turn underneath their helmets to remove them by popping the seals and releasing the safety levers. It was difficult to do if someone else reached underneath given that a Marine could simply incline their head downwards and block access to the levers and seals but for a Marine to do it willingly it was as easy as taking off a hat.

Most notably however was the lack of a single species. Charlie was human as were most of the Marines in the shuttle however the next one, Jenkins, was definitely not human nor were several of the others. “Human.” Charlie said, indicating himself and tapping his breastplate to emphasize the point as well as how the word ‘human’ was spoken in his language. It sounded nothing like English though clearly there were parts of the language that remained.

“Anubian.” He said, gesturing to Jenkins. “Balalonian.” He indicated a large creature that barely fit in the shuttle. It stood almost nine feet tall and judging by the extremely heavy weapon it held it was clearly very strong. In the opposite hand it held a space rock which had been announced on the radio earlier. “Havina.” He continued as he indicated something that seemed human but had wings and was very tall compared to humans; standing seven feet in total height… a foot taller than Charlie.

“Machina.” Charlie said as he gestured to a machine that removed its helmet to reveal that it had no flesh and bone; merely metal and circuitry. “Vampire. Qualatian.” He kept going as two others removed their helmets with one passing for a human with fangs and the other resembling an elf from mythology. “There are many others. Kotai, Qig, Poidian, Noobalian, Greys, Utani… we are many faces, many cultures… but united under a single banner.” He explained as Serenity piped in over the speakers inside the shuttle to translate for him as she would translate back to him when they spoke.
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Re: Side Mission 04: Exploration

Post by Readlliea » Sat Feb 23, 2019 12:51 pm

"I have not tried one of those things." Zenigata responded to Green-Thumb, a small shrug leaving him.

In truth, he was used to just eating food to survive. Things such as treats or snacks....not really something he knew of. Now HOney....oh, honey coating some meat was a nice treat; since harvesting honey without getting murdered by bees was the hard part. It was often a food item used for special occassions. According to the Shaman, honey had been used in marriage feasts...even for his own parents. Shaking the thoughts form his head, he waited to hear what was going to go on and soon enough, he learned.

They were going onto the shuttle and while Zenigata wasn't too pleased with that, he went along with it. The different races didn't stun him as badly as it had when he first left home. However, several things looked familiar.

"Hey Green-Thumb, Geiben. Aren't some of these races here? Like....I heard Vampires are a thing and there are some different elf species already." Zenigata said to them.

He was still bad at this. He could only tell that there were similarities between universes. Maybe he shouldn't even be trying here? Once again...he felt out of place greatly.
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Re: Side Mission 04: Exploration

Post by Ray_Of_Meep » Sat Feb 23, 2019 12:59 pm

"It seems we have far more in similarity than difference." Geiben addresses, both to Zenigata, and to Charlie. He himself has donned a white, pressurized space suit, a holstered pistol at his belt, his maglocks turned on, the heels of his boots emitting a small, green LED light. "I suppose welcome to this dimension's Alliance space." The commander reaches out his hand. "You do handshake, right? Given that you have a Ronald Reagan and a Winston Churchill, and that your own dimension has many species like our own, including yourself."

"Regardless, I have a few questions, the first being that if you recall how you arrived in this space. After all, I'm sure you'd like to return to your home." Geiben asks.
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Re: Side Mission 04: Exploration

Post by Charlie Pavolav » Sat Feb 23, 2019 2:50 pm

“We handshake, yes. Don’t expect it to mean I’m unarmed though.” He replied as he reached out and shook the hand that was offered to him. Truth be told he was far from it. The armor he was wearing was just as much of a weapon as the blade hidden in the wrist of the suit. “We’ve got all the greats. Theodore Roosevelt, Winston Churchill, Ronald Reagan, Lawrence of Arabia…” he responded as he shook the hand just long enough to be polite but not long enough to make things awkward. Many people said Charlie had a politician’s handshake… even if he definitely didn’t talk like one.

There seemed to be little need for magnetic boots within the shuttle. It appeared to have its own artificial gravity; though arguably it seemed that gravity was mostly meant for simply keeping them on the deck rather than acting as Earth-normal gravity.

“We used an experimental F-T-L drive to perform a micro-jump. There was a freighter that got in the way so our F-T-L did a blind jump and we ended up here. I’m sure there’s math behind it and physics but I’m just the guy that organizes the show rather than the mathematical mind behind everything. In truth though… many of our colonists are looking for a fresh start. Besides that ships tend to go missing where I’m from without a trace and I doubt we’re any different. Us showing up would end up with little more than needles, dissection and being put into a blacksite by any of the many factions or being quarantined for life by the Alliance to prevent a potential epidemic. I don’t think we can nor would I be morally inclined to subject my passengers to such a fate.” Charlie said as he leaned against the side of the shuttle.
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Re: Side Mission 04: Exploration

Post by Ray_Of_Meep » Sat Feb 23, 2019 3:12 pm

"... Understood, I'll take your word for it." Geiben's tone turns sympathetic, but his face twists into one of great difficulty. So... refugees of numerous species. A single foreign species would cause a stir in the Alliance, but multiple of them, from a different dimension no less, if they aren't careful they could throw this entire sector of star systems into chaos. What is even the protocol for handling a situation like this?

The commander looks at the foreign captain. A fear of being treated as test specimen, their ships ravaged, those are certainly warranted fears. But he also needs to take his own nation's interests into account. Whoever these people are, they certainly have technology on par, if not superior than that of the Alliance. He can't just let these people do whatever they please, but nor can he simply hand them over to his government, not that he could anyways, given the sheer firepower difference at the moment.

Geiben sighs, somewhat exasperated. "Before I suggest what I'm thinking, what are your plans for your people? Do you wish to return to your dimension, or do you want to seek out settlement in this world?"
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Re: Side Mission 04: Exploration

Post by Readlliea » Sat Feb 23, 2019 4:04 pm

Geiben seemed to have this handled. After all, there wasn't much to do. The stranger seemed more willing to talk now and that was all that was desired. With his tail hidden in the space suit, the furry appendage merely pulled closer to himself as he sat there. The adlet knew nothing of what was being talked about, nothing at all. So here he was, just sitting and trying to get a grasp on what was going on. Names....things...technology he didn't understand, the information was struggling to be contained in his head as he just sat there in silence.
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Re: Side Mission 04: Exploration

Post by Charlie Pavolav » Sat Feb 23, 2019 4:36 pm

Charlie seemed to listen in earnest at the least even if he was rather crude and obnoxious with how he spoke. Though… it at least didn’t seem like he didn’t do it on purpose. Judging by the number of fighter aircraft that routinely patrolled over the shuttle and even stopped to hover nearby at times these people were clearly taking every possible precaution just in case someone decided to either get a happy trigger finger or in case negotiations became aggressive negotiations. “I can say that our people are more than willing to find new market opportunities. We’re capitalists to the core and nearly every last man believes that on my vessel. We’re individualists as well; a collective of individual thoughts and beliefs united under a common goal to produce a singular outcome that is for the betterment of all.” Charlie began as he took a seat to get more comfortable.

It seemed like meeting face to face was enough to allow the Marines to relax a bit more than they had been. Several of them sat down nearby though the big reptilian one remained standing and clutched his weapon tightly. “We should have them prove their strength in battle. It is the only mark that matters to a warrior.” He spoke in a very deep, throaty voice that seemed to lack the ability to properly make hard consonants sounds; specifically anything that involved a large use of lips which it lacked.

“Pipe down y’brute.” Another soldier spoke; this one far smaller and furred. Charlie had called that species ‘Anubian’.

“Why don’t we discuss this onboard the Sojourner since it’s starting to get a little cramped in here?” Charlie suggested as the pilot looked back through a small window that separated the cabin from the transportation areas of the starcraft.



With the decision made, the shuttle sped off towards the Sojourner after sending appropriate communications to the Deming.

”C-V-S Sojourner, this is the Hammer; requesting permission to dock at shuttle bay Four Charlie. Transmitting clearance codes now.” the pilot called as the shuttle neared the forward end of the starship.

”Shuttle Hammer, this is Sojourner. Docking permissions are granted. Would you like computer assisted docking at this time?”

”Negative Sojourner. I’ll be taking this bird in naked.” came the reply from the pilot as the shuttle decelerated extremely quickly. Despite this extreme deceleration the occupants of the shuttle barely felt it even if they could visually determine that the shuttle had pulled a maneuver that would’ve sheared the wings off of a lesser vessel; especially if the maneuver had been done inside of an atmosphere. It seemed almost as if the technology developed by Charlie’s faction was meant to assist organic beings rather than directly augment them.

Nevertheless, the shuttle touched down moments later into a vacuum within the ship as the hangar doors closed and pressurized behind them. It took a while for the airlocks to cycle… but eventually Charlie lead the way as he stepped out of one of the two large doors on the side of the shuttle. There was a back door but it appeared to be a loading ramp covered by a mounted machinegun; meaning it was probably meant to be used for dropping into combat rather than for simple offloading or unloading of passengers.

The situation here was radically different from the situation outside. While the pilots, Marines and shuttle crew were all military there were far more civilians here than there were Marines or other such combatants. Deckhands in sealed suits shifted cargo to and fro, used lights and cables to assist the various small-ships in landing, secured cargo to the deck via the use of chains, directed forklifts and other heavy machinery as they moved mass amounts of cargo and performed maintenance on damaged vehicles.

“Welcome to my home.” Charlie spoke as he stepped onto the deck and assisted those off the shuttle that required his help. “The rest of you are dismissed. Go back to your families.” He told the Marines whom walked a little way off to perform the duty of being dismissed properly by their commanders. Discipline, ceremony and tradition… they were definitely military.

“What I would say to you before you make your suggestion… is get to know some of my people. I don’t mean on a personal level. Our culture. Our way of life… get to know this and you will have a better understanding of what will suit us.” He spoke to Geiben as he lead the way across the deck of the hangar and to a nearby door that connected to the remainder of the starship. “What you will find here is not weary travelers nor militaristic brutes nor anything similar. I’m fully aware… before you begin… that you aren’t making assumptions about our people. I am merely asking you to take a look before you begin to make a suggestion. We are similar… but I feel as though there are key differences between our cultures. Slight things… but things that make an impact all the more.” He said as he lifted a datapad from a nearby crate. “I’m borrowing this. You’ll have it back tonight.” He spoke to the crewmen that gave him a questioning look. Well… Captain said… and his crew seemed to trust him at least.

“Here. I’ve downloaded a map of the starship.” He said after tapping a few buttons and handing it off to either of the two visitors; whomever happened to be closer. The map was… extensive. “I can’t allow you into any restricted areas naturally but I can allow you almost free reign of the ship. Simply ask and I will guide you there. My name is Charlie. None of this ‘Captain’ crap. I was a Corporal long before I took command of a civilian vessel and I’d rather be called Charlie than Captain.”
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Re: Side Mission 04: Exploration

Post by Readlliea » Sat Feb 23, 2019 5:11 pm

"We are not here to cause fights." Zenigata spoke up to the lizard. "And while my Kaskae would gladly take you up on that, we are going to settle things with diplomacy and words. There is no need to go toward violence."

The Kaskae would do things his own way but Zenigata would NOT do things the same way. Violence would do nothing. IT would only cause more problems. As he waited for finally being able to leave the damn hanger, he wanted to get out of this suit. This was the only thing he didn't really enjoy about being in space, the layers of clothing. This damn space suit was too much for him to deal with. It was messing with him walking around. Course, he still listened as Charlie went on about things and even offered a map. To which Zenigata would allow Geiben to take.

"You take the map. I'll wander around on my own and explore the allowed areas..once I get this off." Zenigata said to Geiben.

With that said, Zenigata would go through the doors closest to them and remove the suit. His claws already clicked against the metal floor and his tail swished behind him. FINALLY!! Thank the Ancestors. Giving a sigh, he scratched behind the back of his neck and stood there for a moment.

"Alright...time to explore." Zenigata muttered as he started to walk around, the clicking of his claws giving away his position.
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Re: Side Mission 04: Exploration

Post by Ray_Of_Meep » Sat Feb 23, 2019 5:25 pm

"It'd be wise to stay together." Geiben nods, then taps his earpiece. "Captain Green-Thumb, can you still see Zenigata's and my bio-signatures? I want to make sure we stay connected." He then checks the map. "Hmmm..." The commander looks at Charlie. "You said you wanted us to understand your people's culture. Assuming that's our mission here, I think walking through your market would be the first step." He looks intrigued. "How do you maintain an economy on this ship anyways?"
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Re: Side Mission 04: Exploration

Post by Charlie Pavolav » Sat Feb 23, 2019 5:51 pm

The Balalonian warrior scoffed at the refusal. In his eyes, it was cowardice. “I’ll be seeking a real challenge.” He spoke as he wandered away from the formation and was given a wide berth by the number of other Marines and deck hands nearby.

“Stick close, I reckon. You’re free to go as you please however I’d like to remind you that some people here are on edge. First contacts are usually not smooth for us.” Charlie mentioned to Zenigata and Geiben. “The market sounds like an amazing idea and in all honestly would be the best way to get a feel for what we’re about. Right this way. And here…” he said as he passed off a pair of small gauntlets which appeared to be a little more complicated version of a wallet. “We use credits as I’m sure you do as well. Ours are just digitalized.”

With that? Charlie lead them through the belly of the proverbial beast. The hallways seemed complicated and perhaps they were… but for Charlie they were home and he was right at home navigating within them. When they eventually reached the market they found it to be a number of kiosks and stalls set up within a larger, actual market which comprised of many hollowed out sections of the starship that used to be used for things such as storage for fuel back when the vessel was new and still required liquid fuel. These storage containers were of course long gone but they were still evident that they had once existed there.

People of all races gathered here to do business. Some small, some large and some between with species matching the same descriptions. There were Marines around but they appeared to be shopping for the most part rather than performing any actual duties as security officers instead did the guarding. “Welcome to the Sojourner Markets.” One of the security officers spoke as they passed him by.

There were dozens of species here and all of them seemed to serve a purpose even if they looked different and they appeared to treat one another as if everyone onboard was merely human. Average citizens, average heroes… each of them worked in part for the greater good of the whole even if they didn’t realize it themselves. Even if they were individuals with free ideas, free thoughts and free lives… they were still bound together in brotherhood. Or sisterhood. The writer doesn’t judge.

“Mommy! Mommy!” shouted a child nearby as she ran across the deck as fast as her little legs would carry her. She was an Anubian… but her father was a human being rather than an Anubian himself. Her mother was just like her however; white furred and starry eyed.

Boyish laughter was generated from one end of the market as a number of teenagers of all species and sizes rampaged about as children often did in their stomping grounds. They sprinted from store to store causing chaos and mayhem in the form of stealing merchandise only to leave it directly outside the store… being typical teenagers and rebels.

“I love you…” whispered a human to a Havinian; the species that resembled angels. It was a woman whispering to a man. The response seemed to be likewise given the kiss they shared. It seemed as though some things were universal among species of similar biological design.

Cheers erupted from a nearby table as a Balalonian, strong enough to lift and throw a large SUV, squared off against a human being with some serious cybernetic augmentation. The two were arm wrestling and for the moment it seemed as though the human might’ve won… until the Balalonian pinned that arm against the table and caused sparks to fly from the impact. They quickly shook hands however rather than being angered… with the hand that still worked that was.

“I’ve got a space rock!” called a familiar looking Balalonian whom placed the rock upon a shelf of a nearby shopkeeper whom shook his head; refusing to purchase it. “But… space rock…”

“I’ve transferred a small amount of credits to your gauntlets. They are worth at least one or two items here. Depends on what you want.” He spoke before indicating a nearby store. “Our inteli-wear is pretty nice. Most cultures we’ve met don’t have it until they meet us.”
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Re: Side Mission 04: Exploration

Post by uso » Sat Feb 23, 2019 5:53 pm

"We've got tracking by the suit..." Wazu said, responding on behalf of Green-Thumb, "And biometrics... for example we can tell Zenigata just left his suit behind...."

Green-Horn would then cheerfully chime in, "We can still see you though! Just don't let the doctor out of your sight ok?"

Green-Thumb herself was now returning to the CIC. With the immediate crisis near the airlocks over she could return her focus to support operations. "Orient the ship for ground-support operations. Get the best possible signal to the away team." She stated, letting Green-horn roll the ship so that the massive array of sensors and transmitters on the underside was pointed towards their guests.
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Re: Side Mission 04: Exploration

Post by Readlliea » Sat Feb 23, 2019 5:59 pm

"Very well." Zenigata replied, waiting for the others and tagging along to the market place.

The guantlets were a bit...well oversized in Zen's mind. Granted, he was used to nor having his hands held down by something that weighed so much. He was quiet and he merely followed along. OF course, he was still pleased to see that some things were the same. Seeing couples together and children playing, it was nice. THe familiar voice caused Zenigata to give a small smile before he just kept walking. Geiben really had things under control...what was he suppose to really offer?

"I'm not one for wearing attire of any sort." Zenigata commented with a weak shrug. "You'll probably find something first Geiben."

At least...things weren't going in the way of chaos. That was good to see.
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Re: Side Mission 04: Exploration

Post by Ray_Of_Meep » Sat Feb 23, 2019 6:07 pm

Geiben smiles at the site of the market. He reminisces his youth, navigating through downtown Kilina, despite his parents' objections, trying to find the cheapest hardware for his sailboat; kid had a limited allowance, after all. More than anything, he looks intrigued at the people here. So many questions to be answered, yet so little time.

"How long have you been on this ship, and why run and economy anyways? You'd need quite the population for that." The commander asks Charlie as he walks over to purchase a small pendant, choosing one in the shape of a crest. Not that he really needs it, nor is he particularly materialistic, but rather the Geiben's just trying to act with good faith; it'd be rude to reject the captain's gifts. "I assume you also have quite the mining fleet to keep up with your resources, in that case, you have a fairly encompassing ark-ship here."
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Re: Side Mission 04: Exploration

Post by Charlie Pavolav » Sat Feb 23, 2019 6:19 pm

Charlie shrugged. “Weapons? Books? I mean what strikes your fancy? We’ve got a little bit of everything here.” He responded to the doctor as he listened to the pair of them talk. “We actually have no fleet. I’m a sole proprietor of this business so… essentially, I own the ship. More or less. Back home, most people don’t own a ship. Not on their own anyways. Well, not without a massive loan. So back in my home country we’d just stop at a station if we needed to get supplies. We’d trade for it if we had materials or take jobs hunting pirates. The latter was far more common.” Charlie informed Geiben as he glanced at the crest that the being had purchased. Charlie wasn’t one for jewelry. “This ship does currently having mining drones and equipment onboard but nothing that can actually be installed on the ship itself. Like I said before; we’re currently acting as a passenger ship right now. Hence the large amount of civilians. As far as the market is concerned… well… this is just how we handle things. If you need food? Work for it and earn it. Need shelter? Same thing. A place to sleep? Same. Here, in our culture the people are not granted anything more than their rights given to them by God as inalienable rights. Such as the right to own a firearm, freedom of speech, right to pursue happiness and many other rights.” He continued as he stopped at a nearby shop and placed down a handful of small stones. They didn’t appear to be anything special. “Two.”

Upon the word being passed along Charlie was returned with a small creature looking up at him from behind the counter. It vaguely resembled what one might’ve gotten if they combined a hairball with a nightmare. It smiled up with large, imposing teeth and extended a claw which contained a pair of stones that looked markedly different; namely that they glowed slightly. It took the rocks that had been offered and immediately shoved them into its gullet where the substances began to dissolve.

“Our society is as close to a meritocracy as we can possibly make it. Our belief is that those with the ability and drive to succeed should do so while those with a lack of ability do not. That’s not to say that we abandon our sick, dying, elderly or disabled of course. We do take care of them… but not as a government. Rather, we do that as individuals.”
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Re: Side Mission 04: Exploration

Post by Readlliea » Sat Feb 23, 2019 6:30 pm

"They should be encouraged to try and succeed." Zenigata spoke up. "If you go by that, then that will make those who fail feel worse. It will take away their self esteem, their own confidence. They will imprison themselves in their head thinking that they can't do anything right and since they can't do anything right, then what right do they have to have anything good? Going by that logic, it's almost saying that the Strong will survive while the weak are used. The great beasts on my home take care of their injured, the wolves of the mountains are hulking in size. If a wolf cannot provide for the pack it stays but with harsh penalties for their lack of doing anything. Mentally the beast gives into the view of it's pack that it is nothing and is only a burden. Mentally without anyone saying it, they will come to despise themselves for their lack of abilities. These thoughts drive them to set out on their own in foolish attempts to gain favor....with ill luck."

Shaking his head, the adlet sighed as he looked to Charlie.

"I'm not saying you are intentionally doing this but think about it. You have a large amount of people here, those who succeed are in some way better off. Mentally better, socially better....in some way, those who fail will feel that they aren't on equal ground." Zenigata added. "You aren't abandoning them for things that most would do, which is good. However in a way, you are mentally abandoning them. You are sending a message that if you can't succeed like the others, you are not meant to. It isn't something you are able to do and it's something you will never do. Thus the person who has never succeeded will feel horrible and eventually they start to turn away any forms of help you offer, desperate to prove they can succeded in something. And if they have children they might damage their own children without meaning to, it will also damage them further. To them they will feel like their children are at a disadvantage because they never succeded at anything..."

Like himself....he became a medic because he felt like it was his own fault his mother died. She died having him. She choose to die having him...she could've just allowed the pregnancy to terminate itself. Yet...she didn't. All his life he felt like he was having to make up for something he caused. A sigh left him.

"I don't think that mentality...is healthy, even more so if you are promoting people to be themselves. Those who succeded are meant to and those who fail are never meant to succeded is the other side of your desired message." Zenigata said in a serious voice.
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Re: Side Mission 04: Exploration

Post by Charlie Pavolav » Sat Feb 23, 2019 7:42 pm

“That’s not at all what happens nor is it what I’m saying.” Charlie responded as he walked wherever it was that they desired to go as a collective group. “Say for example that you have someone who is very hard working and average as far as what they can do. That person, generally speaking, will often receive a pay raise for their efforts and work ethic. Now on the other hand you have someone that sits at home all day and is brilliant… but never does any work. They don’t contribute to the group’s survival or quality of life. They’re a parasite… a leech. A blemish upon society. It’s not to say that simply being unemployed is what makes someone a parasite; it’s not seeking out the work in the first place. We have no time nor place for people that are unwilling to work simply because they would rather subside off the fruits of the labors of others. Those people feel the pressure of the economy abandoning them and will either move on to find someplace else to leech from or they will rise up because they have to. It’s social Darwinism. They have the choice to live that way.” He spoke as he stopped near a bulkhead and turned to face the pair of them.

“Now say, for example, you have someone incapable of working because of an injury or disability. That person is cared for by the others. We will help them find work if they can do it and we will help them try to fix what is wrong. Missing an arm or a leg? We’ll replace it. Mental disability? We’ll help you work through it. The key factor here is; you have to be willing to work and try. If you won’t try… we’ll leave you behind because we won’t carry deadweight.”

“Deadweight isn’t someone that lacks ability. It’s someone that lacks the drive to use the abilities that they have. For example, the original owner of Kolt industries was born with Down syndrome. However, rather than take advantage of government benefits at the time, he made a name for himself and used the various tools and gifts that were granted to him to create a manufacturing empire that still supplies the entire Alliance military with their body armor, weapons and ammunition by large and far on all fronts. At least, coming across the infantry.”
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Re: Side Mission 04: Exploration

Post by Readlliea » Sat Feb 23, 2019 7:55 pm

"And has it ever crossed your mind that others might deny a person work for any reason? Beings can be selfish and not trusting a person they don't know or from someone they don't like, they will deny them a chance. A person can try and try to find work but end up coming across the wrong people who don't give them a chance. You can't just trust that everyone has a fair shot." Zenigata replied as he walked. "There are some mental factors that destroy a person, they may want to work. But their self esteem can be so badly damaged that they fear they will only make things worse. That if they try, they will only cause ruin and people...often give up on others. This person may want to work but holds no confidence in themselves to go and try anymore due to constant disappointment so they no longer try, are they then a parasite in your mind? Are they dead weight because of the masses around them berating them and giving them grief for their littlest mistakes? You have so many people, so many cultures. All of them have different views on what is deadweight or what warrents someone to be berated be it with jokes or cruel treatment. How many people did you many throw away because they lost their heart? Lost their drive to try and contribute in a place they felt, they would only cause problems in?"

The adlet wasn't so sure if he should keep talking, Geiben was doing fine with this.....he was just poking a bear. Like always. Shaking his head, he gave a sigh.

"So those who have been torn down by life and those they think care about them, are nothing to you? So long as disability or age isn't affecting their ability to work, you are fine casting someone away who has lost their confidence? You can't inspire confidence in someone at the snap of your fingers. YOu can't order someone to snap out of it and expect a harsh pep talk to be what renews their confidence." Zenigata added.

The adlet's tail was raised but still in a neutral state as he stood there. Oh he knew this feeling.

"Look this your guys' ship, do as you please. I'm not saying change or anything like that. I'm just asking that you maybe consider that some people just give up and they are most likely unwilling to talk about it and let others help them." Zenigata started. "People's whose confidence as been destroyed, it takes a long time to repair that and some might not be able to fix it. Just consider that next time you decided to label someone as dead weight."

Taking a few steps, the adlet started to walk in a different direction. COnflicting thoughts in his head, conflicting emotions. This thing was going fine till he opened his damn mouth.
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Re: Side Mission 04: Exploration

Post by Ray_Of_Meep » Sat Feb 23, 2019 8:22 pm

Not good, especially because they're on a foreign ship. Geiben nods to the captain. "Charlie, if you'll excuse me, I'm going to have a word with our doctor here." The commander gestures Zenigata over to a corridor with less people. Not that he's afraid anyone trying to listen in; Geiben just doesn't want to cause a scene.

The commander leans back next to a wall, arms crossed. "Take a breather, doctor." He then goes silent for half a minute, before speaking up. "I won't say you're rationale is wrong. In fact, as an outsider, I'm inclined to agree with you. However, for one, we're just that: outsiders, we've barely known these people, inter-dimensional mind you, for less than a few hours. Similar as they may be, they might not, mostly likely not, play by the same rules as we do. In fact, that's what we're here for, is it not? To learn about their kind and seek out a solution for them, lest we dangerous both ourselves, and them."

Geiben sighs, gently patting the doctor's shoulder. "I know you've been through a lot, I know your emotions are justified. We, at this moment however, have a job to do." He then smiles reassuring. "So let's try to put our baggage behind for now and act properly as the face of the Alliance. Come now, we'll do our best, and once we finish dealing with these people, I'll get you a drink, or even better, I'll let you in my VR pod for a while."
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Re: Side Mission 04: Exploration

Post by Readlliea » Sat Feb 23, 2019 8:44 pm

"It is wrong." Zenigata interjected quickly. "This is their ship, their lives, his people in a way. I have no right to have even open my mouth and go spouting out nonesense to him."

The adlet shook his head as he took to pacing; oddly enough the only thing he had been doing lately when not struggling at...diplomacy. Could he really do this? Could he EVEr do this without causing some form of problem? Diplomacy was suppose to help...it was suppose to make things better. The clicking of his claws on the metal floor was a clear indication that he was getting caught up in his own head at the moment. Thoughts always rang the loudest, the hardest to ignore. And he had such a bad habit of being caught in it as...that's how he worked. With medicine, you look at the wound and search your mind for the right solution. And then...you do it. You work and don't talk unless you needed someone to get your something or help you.Silence....only the thoughts.

A hand upon his shoulder did cause him to jerk to a halt, his tail bristling slightly but quickly the fur went down. This was a high stake situation. A sign of a aggression in any form was going to get everyone in trouble.

"You were doing just fine without me here...." Zenigata replied. "I'm not trained for this. I am trained to bandage the oozing injuries and help mend sick, I don't...."

The adlet paused, shoulders bunching up as he looked away before giving a tired sigh. A small chuckle left him.

"I preach of how I want to solve problems with words so there is no need for medics...but let this simmer in your head till later." Zenigata started as he looked to Geiben seriously. "What do you think I meant when I said during our first meeting, it was great talking about my kind in a positive way? Don't answer here, it can wait...it can wait a long long time later. As for the drink, I'm not a drinker as for VR, you can keep it. I'd rather be in a real field with grass and a real breeze blowing. Thanks for the offer though."

A weak expression showed on his face, not a smile but not a angered expression. More of a face that was giving up on emotion to turn to a neutral stance; while struggling to erase all the emotions behind it.

"You should take over Captain...you are more qualified for this." Zenigata said as he walked past Geiben, slowly returning to where they were with Charlie.
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Re: Side Mission 04: Exploration

Post by uso » Sat Feb 23, 2019 9:00 pm

Meanwhile, back on the IAS Edward Deming...

Green-Thumb was back on the bridge, "Green-Horn, supply Zenigata with whatever information he needs on known species."

"YES MA'AM!" The younger woman shouted, before turning back to her workstation to continue.

Green-Thumb would then turn her attention to Wazu, "Thoughts?"

"As a citizen of the Interstellar Alliance, and someone who firmly believes in the process of innocent until proven guilty we should help these people find a home. We should prepare what assistance we can and..."

"AND," Green-Thumb said, preempting the rest of the speech she was expecting.

Wazu tapped his fingers on the desk infront of him.

"... Deadweight, Parasites... Makers and Takers. They are the Shibboleth of fascists. We won't pre-empt it, but I think I know where this leads. Zapping them now could save us some heartache...

...though our best bet is to get them back to their home as soon as possible."

"... Noted." Green-Thumb responded. "What do you need?"

"To do it all at once? I'd need access to their system logs and engineering data. No promises it would work. Doing it one person at a time would be possible but we'd need to take the long way around."

Green-Thumb nodded, and would open up a private line to the away team.

"Geiben, Zenigata, We may be able to help them get back if they share their drive data. We can provide assistance to them but best case scenario they return to their home universe."
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Re: Side Mission 04: Exploration

Post by Ray_Of_Meep » Sat Feb 23, 2019 9:06 pm

"Hmm..." Were it anywhere but here, were it time off duty, Geiben would've taken Zenigata somewhere and help him. The damage caused by mankind unto itself, its ignorance in the face of suffering, amends must be made, starting at the personal level, especially because Zenigata's part of his crew, and his crew is all he has for family out here.

Geiben shakes his head. No, now is not the time. He catches up to Zenigata before the doctor can approach Charlie. "If you'd like to return to the Demming to cool your head a bit, I grant you that permission. Otherwise, you can just stay behind me. As for the question you posed, I'll certainly answer it."

"Know this though, the worst thing you can do is put yourself down. Look around you." The commander points to all the different species in the market. "Everyone here brings something to the table. None of them, not you nor me, can claim competence everywhere. I'm sure you were chosen to be a diplomat for your people for a good reason, and rest assured it is not simply diplomacy in of itself. Forefathers guide us, just look at me." Geiben chuckles, pointing at himself. "I'm an engineering background, a backwater kind at that. This is a learning experience for all of us, and it always will be." He then walks forward to meet Charlie, but pauses to receive Green Thumb's message.

"Understood, ma'am. I'll get to it."

"Sorry for the temporary absence. I just received a message from my captain, so I'll meander no longer." Geiben puts on a professional, soft smile. "If you allow us to take a look at your engine log, we can help you return home. Truth be told, you continued presence in our Alliance space will cause trouble for both of our kinds, regardless of our course of action."
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Re: Side Mission 04: Exploration

Post by Charlie Pavolav » Sat Feb 23, 2019 9:43 pm

“That’s not going to happen.” Charlie stated stalwartly as he placed a hand atop his sidearm and canted his head very slightly. Upon seeing this, several of the Marines and security officers nearby slowly edged their way to firing positions though no one had drawn a weapon just yet. The earlier outburst coupled with walking away from the verbal engagement hadn’t helped matters. Nor did asking to see where they had come from. It was essentially like getting into an argument with a stranger only for that stranger to ask for your address. It invited attack. It was also against protocol for the Alliance on many levels civilian and otherwise.

And then? They seemed to have forgotten that Serenity had been using their radio to translate what they were saying when they were talking to one another ship to ship as she had been when she first deciphered their language. “Captain. Your new friends appear to think ill of you. They wish us to leave.” Serenity informed Charlie as he backed up half a step just to put some distance between himself and a potential attacker.

“Confirmed.” was the only thing Charlie responded with. “I think you ought to leave.” He told Zen and Geiben as he rested his hand on his handgun. Perhaps it was at this moment they might have realized… most of the people here were comparable to cowboys; most of them were packing heat as well.
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Re: Side Mission 04: Exploration

Post by Readlliea » Sat Feb 23, 2019 9:51 pm

"Leaving you here alone is a bad idea." Zenigata whispered before they reached their spot.

The hand on the gun didn't ease Zenigata's nerves. A hand reached and was placed onto Geiben's shoulder.

"Wazu only wants to help you get home, back to your dimension. Back to your Alliance. ISn't that something you want?" Zenigata asked as he raised his other hand in the air. "We aren't armed here, you're the only one with guns. As for why we might think ill of you, you were the first one to use hostile means at the start of this."

The adlet's tail raised in a defense manner, fur slightly bristled as he stood there. Taking a deep breathe, he really had no idea on how well this would go.

"Look, the only thing the log is needed for is to find a way to get you back home. The information isn't going to be used for anything else." Zenigata explained. "Your Alliance would want you back, your people on this ship might want to go back home. Being in unfamiliar space, it's a way to make enemies fast without even trying. Getting you home is the best way to ensure that you are all going to be fine. Other ships will not take well to you just demanding to let you board them like you tried to do with us. Think on that. If you do that to any other ship, they will have no issue firing back on you for being the hostile aggressor and there are some ships out here that would be the natural aggressor in this. Please, just think for a minute."
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Re: Side Mission 04: Exploration

Post by Ray_Of_Meep » Sat Feb 23, 2019 10:10 pm

"Agreed." Geiben clenches his fists, not out of aggression, but rather to keep them way from his own handgun. "Suppose you even stay out of your way and just asteroid hop from one place to another. Soon enough a less friendly nation will find your hyperspace signatures and track you down, maybe even mistake you for one of us. You'll cause an international incident, bringing about a new fear of inter-dimensional plagues, and technologies unknown. I'd be lying if I said I'm not damn scared of you right now, with your ark-ship's fire power dwarfing out own."

He looks around at the people readying firearms around him, then takes a deep breath. "The reality is, you're unlikely to find someone friendlier than us here. Even if your technology was superior, you're going to lose this attritional war that you insist on throwing yourself into. Right now, all of your people dwell on this one ark-ship. Are you sure you want to risk the entire population of your people by staying in these foreign lands?"

He then grows stern. "And make no mistake here, we've been more than hospitable, from not immediately firing upon your fighters, then allowing your marines to take foot on our ship's hull, and now allowing myself and Doctor Zenigata to come onto this ship, not neutral space, risking ourselves to become hostages, all for the purpose of reaching a diplomatic solution." Geiben clenches his sweating fist further, and gulps. "Captain Green Thumb, ready the hyper-space drive and jump as soon as you lose our bio-signatures." He then continues to address Charlie. "And now you're about to invoke the anger of entire star systems if you dare make aggression against two diplomats. Interstellar Alliance personnel are not to be bullied. There is a price we will not pay, your kinds own words, if I recall. Choose your next words and actions wisely, captain."
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Re: Side Mission 04: Exploration

Post by Charlie Pavolav » Sat Feb 23, 2019 10:32 pm

“Peace through strength.” Charlie returned as he narrowed his eyes within his helmet. They couldn’t see the facial expression unfortunately. “When the Hierarchy first met with humanity they thought us weak since we met them with a diplomatic ship… and because that ship was unarmed. It sparked a war that nearly caused the extinction of the human race as well as many other species. We greet everyone locked and loaded, ready to cause mayhem if need be.” He informed them as he kept his hand on his weapon.

“We have no war to fight here. And frankly, I’m not going to kill you. I’d be a poor host if I did.” He continued as his grip on his handgun slackened just a tiny bit. These people weren’t looking for a fight even if what they said certainly indicated otherwise. Perhaps it was a dialect thing? Wars were fought over dumber reasons in the past…

“I came to your ship because it is customary for our people to greet that way; always meeting on the other ship as a gesture of good will. Why? Because it puts our people at risk without putting yours at risk. If we had boarded your vessel and you jumped into F-T-L then it’s our people that’re missing and thusly we have done you no harm. Our fighters were launched well before we even knew you existed. Maybe you hadn’t noticed but our reactors were offline for a good few minutes? It was a precautionary measure to defend our ship against a potential attack in case something out there decided we looked weak.” Charlie continued as he slowly but surely removed his hand from his firearm and dangled it next to the frame rather than actively putting his hand on the weapon.

“Now I’m almost a hundred percent certain that this might just all be a misunderstanding coupled with already rising tensions over two different cultures. But don’t mistake our willingness to use our weapons for aggression. It’s a show of force to deter a use of force. Our ship outguns your ship by quite a bit but have you considered that the majority of the people on this vessel aren’t soldiers but colonists? Have you considered that the majority of our supplies are finite and that even a single missile strike from your vessel might potentially cripple our ship to the point we cannot repair it? All of this and more is in our minds and hell yeah it scares the absolute hell out of all of us. The difference is that we’re willing to fight to our deaths if needed and we will show that courage if it means keeping some other bastard from raising his fists if we raise ours first.” Charlie continued though he seemed to be calming down at least a little bit despite his tone… judging by the way he was moving his hand further and further from his handgun.

“Now quite frankly I think there’s been enough idiotic assumptions on both ends. Cease this talk of fighting. Believe it or not, I’m trying to be peaceful. But we have no idea what your culture or way of life is. It’s a risk to let you onto this ship for the very same reasons you mentioned; plagues and many others. But it’s a risk that by God we have to take. For all we know you could have been carrying bombs inside your bodies to act as sacrificial lambs to blow up inside our ship and cripple it.” He continued as his tone began to soften as well. “But we didn’t assume anything about you after the initial meeting. We, once we realized you weren’t hostile, slowed up on our roll and even opened the decks of our ship to be explored. Now I am not asking you to understand everything about our people in a day. Rome sure as hell wasn’t built in a day. But maybe, just maybe, give us the benefit of the doubt for a week or two and let the culture shock subside before judging us as needing to be sent home. We aren’t frail children and we’re not completely helpless, contrary to popular opinion. We aren’t going to take you hostage and we’re not going to infect you with some kind of plague that we can’t fix or won’t die trying to fix. We’re men and women of convictions and deep roots, not rampaging barbarians.”

“Thusly I will ask you once and only once to make a choice… leave this ship and never return or stick with us for a while and see how we function rather than assuming. We’ve got a saying; you can’t assume without making an ass of you and me.”
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Re: Side Mission 04: Exploration

Post by Ray_Of_Meep » Sat Feb 23, 2019 10:47 pm

Geiben's hands relax, but his face remains stern. "We're not trying to send you home because we think you're dangerous; like you said, that's not up for us to judge. But we can't guarantee the same outlook from the rest of the Alliance. We have a good reason to be leery, and admit it or not, you're still manning a ship with trained marines and starfighters. We only want you to return home as soon as possible for your own safety. Why do you want to stay in this dimension anyways? Given the similarities, there isn't anything here that your home dimension lacks, unless you think it's easier to seek sanctuary here."
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