5/13/2211 The Regular Army O

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Post by hardrocks » Mon Feb 10, 2020 3:51 am

Calson orders fruit juice and poached eggs, then sits back politely observing the verbal dance. When hearing that Huli might have a job he inwardly sighs.
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Post by Bindoner » Mon Feb 10, 2020 6:14 am

"Republic." Adding between delicate forks of purple cabbage, "As persona non grata, as there I actually made the news, I have had a falling out with the Imperium. Broader perspectives, yes, you crew a spacecraft, interstellar, adventurers? I take it you are no fan of the Imperium, I have a job that may interest you."
"'Republic'. Yes, we called it that, didn't we? Peró sokól'ye, a nutró vorón'ye. A noble looking hawk, but a crow at heart. I helped keep the plumage presentable as long as I could. Mén'she znáesh' -- krépche spish'."

Zhenya swerves away from the dark mood that beckons:

"Your integrity in reporting the injustice of what we now call openly the Empire of Earth at the cost of your privilege speaks to your character. You helped show the true colour of things, and there are many who are grateful to you for it. I am one of them, so I would like to help you."

The mention of the ship, term adventurers, and prospect of a job bring an involuntary smile to Zhenya's lips, which is covered by dabbing at them with the napkin.

"We have a ship, yes, but it is in dock. Annual maintenance and repairs. Then we must sell cargo, and buy more. This is the nature of our adventure. But, we do have our Ship's Boat here. If we can be of service with that..."

Zhenya allows a small smile to show:

"Amusing. Actually, I was hoping to interest you in something. A lead on a story, rather than an offer of work though. Perhaps, after we hear your proposal?"
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Post by dragoner » Mon Feb 10, 2020 1:25 pm

"The Peoples Congress, often called the Beautiful Peoples Congress, and the Council of Ministers, or Council of Adonis, not so unlikely of a nick, because just looking at pictures of the past: the starving, the aged, the infirm; we are beyond that, you might as well compare them to medieval peasants, we are that much different. A non gene-fixed person is now an oddity. From the Council of Adonis, the Ministers of Science, Industry, Culture, arose an Adonai, Joaninha, a strong hand to guide us, from of course the Commerce Minister, former CEO of Apollo Corp. It is a human frailty to trade loyalty for security, and that is where the Republic fell upon its own sword; with Joaninha's experience at management, now to manage us all. A brilliant move as well to declare an Empire, the word holding such past glories, immanent for the future."

"Not that any of them needed to do anything, with our benevolent GAI (Generalized Artificial Intelligence), Gaia, to guide us." Huli wipes her lips with a cloth serviette, before pushing away her half eaten salad.

"Now of course most are familiar with Apollo Corp's 'Minerva' program through their Demeter subsidiary, trying to make perfect military people, built on the the earlier Vargr or Aslan national programs. Minerva ended not because making perfect people failed, but for the fear that this is all there would need to be, our replacements: print and programmed people, all watched over by the Godlike machine."

"So of course with it's former CEO de-facto Empress now in control, it's rumored that the Apollo Corp is building upon that an entire world of warriors, Project Sparta, and we all know how a military caste for this Imperium is an even greater woe to humanity. The project is being carried out in secrecy in the 11 Leonis Minoris system, Pollux subsector; I would hope to find someone courageous enough to be willing to slip in through the back way, and then expose this project as another threat. Even if humanity is to be ruled, it's not without guidelines, and this will strike against Joaninha as well. I can offer 50,000 Cr, for the trip, maybe more with expenses?" She does look at Cal, almost as if feeling his inward sigh.

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Post by Bindoner » Mon Feb 10, 2020 4:34 pm

"I am unfamiliar with that system, and the difficulties of reaching it. This is something my companion here, and other technically minded crew members deal with. I am just the person who talks to strangers."

"We operate as a democracy, of sorts, so I cannot assent to the mission without consultation anyway. It seems like an interesting and important investigation though, and I will advocate for it. If you are right, it would be my duty to assist you."

"Of course, as I said, our ship is in dock for some time yet, so there will be time to discuss things properly."

"While we wait for the work to be completed we had an excursion or two planned. It seems, from your recent reporting, that you have quite good access here. Perhaps you could advise us on reaching locations away from the usual tourist itinerary?"
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Post by dragoner » Mon Feb 10, 2020 4:42 pm

"It is an unfamiliar system, I think they have meant it that way, in an area of subsectors that border the Procyon, corporate zone, what thin reedy systems that offer a gateway to a lush frontier of G type stars, it would be a shame if they were able to build a corporatocracy there."

"So what do you have in mind, your proposal?"

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Post by Bindoner » Mon Feb 10, 2020 6:29 pm

"Your proposal is for a distant system, mine is local. I would rather discuss the details in a less public place."

"In outline, we need to reach a location temporarily outwith government control. Our current plan of approach is.. dramatic. If you were able to provide a subtle method to reach the location then you would be present for quite a 'scoop'. "

"There is another story I know some of, a tale of INI skulduggery. There are a couple of details I need to pin down before I can tell it, witnesses to question, but it is exactly your sort of thing."
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Post by dragoner » Mon Feb 10, 2020 6:36 pm

"Those both sound interesting, shall we take a walk on the beach? That seems safe enough, unless you have another idea."

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Post by Bindoner » Mon Feb 10, 2020 7:03 pm

"A walk on the beach, yes, that would be delightful."

As the little group leave the resort Zhenya removes the battery from the comm and puts the two items in different pockets, gives Calson a meaningful nod indicating he do the same, flashes a conspiratorial smile at Huli:

"So we are not interrupted."

Once we reach a lonely place, close to the sound of the sea:

"We have a client who wants us to reach a certain location on the other side of the highlands, east of Dharmasiriwardene. It is currently in rebel hands, but not for long. We must get there first. Do you have the contacts to get us to a strategic installation in such a place?"
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Post by dragoner » Mon Feb 10, 2020 7:08 pm

"I'm beginning to think everyone knows of the up coming offensive. I am embedded with the flying pincer force, coming in from the east, and sweeping west towards Yerkes Creek. This installation ... the fusion power plant? What are you planning on doing?"

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Post by Bindoner » Mon Feb 10, 2020 8:19 pm

"Neutralise the asset for easy take-over by your pincer. We are to deny the power to any local defenses. Sensors, comms, everything without an organic back-up. Non-destructive, of course. As our client is a commercial entity rather than a state organ, and we are not soldaty, I believe it is more in the nature of a repossession than a seizure. If you arrive as an embed you will miss the moment."

"As you say, everyone seems to know of this offensive. Perhaps that is why we are going in first."
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Post by dragoner » Mon Feb 10, 2020 9:32 pm

[ooc] Not going to tell Huli about inserting a virus into the power plant's control computer? :lol:

Huli is pretty smart, quick to figure things out, and difficult to deceive; this much Zhenya and Calson can tell.

"So you are offering a chance for me to go with? I'm thinking I might decline that, as the commercial entity would probably frown on publicity for what it's doing. Honestly I think this offensive is going to fizzle, the guerillas will retreat back into the hills, bury their weapons, and come back after they are gone. The Vijayans will declare a victory, and then go home, cutting Pryp'yat loose, the Highlands won't be able to maintain control out here, in the end it won't care either. It will become a morass of Vijayan, both north and south, corporate, and local interests. Personally, I am ready to leave, it's pretty, except also petty, and basically boring."

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