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(Rated M: for peril, death, swearing, drug use)
"With the update to Gravity Ball rules now in effect throughout the Concert leagues, I think we can all expect to see the Charabidian dominance of the field begin to crumble. I would say that, next season, we can expect to see Terran and Lyran teams. . . "
"I'm sorry to interrupt you there Hank. We have just received an update from our reporter in the field at the launching of the Elcano. We'll be picking up the feed momentarily. . .
"Hi Esran, this is Julie Piper reporting live from the Memoriam system. As you can see back in the studio, the Elcano is now breaking orbit of the dead world of Memoriam. As a joint project between the various Concert powers, this amazing vessel represents a great technological achievement. Its primary drive is now going through a final test firing before it heads for the Collector Gate, which I have been informed is now holding a full charge."
"Julie, what was the delay? Wasn't this launch meant to have occurred two weeks ago?"
"Good question Esran. At the moment concert officials are keeping quiet, but rumour has it it was security related."
"With the recent flare-up of hostilities along the Sentinax and Charabidian border, two of the biggest sponsors in terms of materials and science, that's understandable."
"That may be Esran, but. . . wow, look at that engine flare! The Elcano uses a pulsed plasma rocket as its primary motor, and you can see why, the acceleration for such a massive ship is incredible!"
"Julie, wasn't the Elcano meant to have a pair of docked frigates for escorts?"
"It was Esran. The two Buckler Class Frigates, new ships built for this mission, will be rendezvousing with the Elcano just before the gate, both ships were on shakedown cruises when the go order was given. Our networks drones will keep pace with the Elcano as best as they can, but the Elcano is accelerating at a constant 10 G. Looks like they really want to make the gate!"
"Thanks Julie. If you've just joined us, the Concerts Exploration Ark, the Elcano, will be shortly departing the known galaxy for the Sagitarrius Dwarf Spheroidal galaxy, a mission that will take five years. Two of those years will be spent in transit, with the crew asleep. You can catch up with the history of the Elcano and its amazing mission via the hyperlink below. And now, the Stock Market report, with Yevan Krondberg."
"Thanks Esran, hell of a thing isn't it? Well, with continuing border tensions and fleet movements, stocks in the super-material markets are predictably up . ."
ALL CREW TO CRYO PODS. PREPARE FOR HYPER SLEEP. ALL CREW TO CRYO PODS. PREPARE FOR HYPER SLEEP
Crewman dash around the medical decks of the Elcano, clambering into pods and hooking up to automated medical systems. As they do, key information about these sleepers is registered to the pods systems.
There is a heavy thunk as the two advanced frigates dock with the Elcano, and automated systems take over. The Sentinax aboard begin to throttle their processing power, dropping into a torpor as automated systems at the gate guide the Elcano's final approach. No backing out now.
The massive ship hits the gate, and time and gravity distorts, stretches, melts. Arcane forces catapult the Ark across the empty vastness between galaxies.
Who knows what they will find?
Player Characters :
Mission notes: One of the top flight Sentinax intelligences attached to this mission. I'm not sure I like something that old and that alien running our ship systems, but he has reduced our manpower requirements significantly .
I'm not convinced about this guy, but he works hard enough for three techs, he knows more than most of my puke mechanics have forgotten, and he has enough combat experience for a special forces team just because of who he is.
He's more of a GP than a MD, but we have a lot of people on this ship,
sharing a lot of bacteria. I'm glad to have the old guy.
ERROR NO BIO FOUND (BADGITREFEXCEPTION40978)
Dr Sayori Warrick, Phayder Corporate Chief Scientist
Mission Notes: Phaydar has 'donated' a large amount of patented materiel to this mission, our labs are 33% staffed with Phaydar scientists and equipped with Phaydar equipment, especially our Drone Compliment. Currently, Professor Nikos Garrick is heading up the science division aboard, which is split into Engineering, Physics and Social Sciences.
Mission Notes: Creepy. That imitator chassis is one of the more advanced to slip out of the Sentinax skunkworks. However as she is effectively a shapeshifter, 'she' might be our most valuable asset in a first contact situation. She reports directly to Sentinax Beta Unit Hekatonkles.
Mission notes: An absolute boon, an expert on everything we might encounter and a bit of a whizz with shield systems. Not Liking the political angle though. I don't think he will keep anything to himself, but. . .
Pilot First Class Miranda Sinclair-Clarke
Mission Notes: Yes, that Sinclair, and yes, that Sintaris Industries. They moved a lot of weapons our way, including the main guns on our Frigates, to get this girl out of their hair, and apparently that was because of the President breathing down their necks. Politics.
TFMC Private First Class Stefania Stratford
Mission notes: A conscript. She got swept up by the new 'Citizen Service' laws the Federation slapped in place to rebuild losses and prestige after the Concert War. She's got a real attitude problem, so I'd like her confined to non-critical missions if possible.
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