22/02/3050. Day 91
After the morning meeting Hauptmann Samara Hellstrom ordered Professor Anna Morozov to her office for the express purpose of letting Ruin Dmitar go to Medical without her involvement. Instead Ruin returned to his room where Adept VI-Iota Michelle Abnett cooked up a meal, but Ruin sent her to give the food to Jacques Dubois who appreciated it greatly.
Jacques Dubois had gotten ahold of a copy of “Odyssey from New Miami”, speculative fiction of what befell the residents of New Miami during the Fall of Atlantia, which he enjoyed with the unexpected breakfast.
22/02/3050. Day 91, 19:00
Hauptmann Samara Hellstrom found she had a few days in which the Hellstorm suits would be modified for the wargames. This time and Ruin Dmitar’s premonition of something beckoning from the south gave Samara a great opportunity to field test the PAL suits.
The lance set out using the small fusion powered fixed wing aircraft assigned to the base. Able to travel at 600 kph at altitude, they were able to reach the continent of Clotho and the Clio islands in roughly 30 hours.
During the flight Ruin experienced a growing sensation of beckoning, which increased to visions.
24/02/3050. Day 93, 01:00
Ruin’s visions seemed to lead towards the crater at the site of the (destroyed) city of Newport. The plane landed on a makeshift airstrip near the crater. Being closer to the source made it harder for Ruin to sense the direction.
The four pilots were equipped for the climate, and a partial field test of equipment:
- Samara Hellstrom using her Valkyrie MkII PAL
- Ruin Dmitar using his Nighthawk MkII PAL
- Jacques Dubois using his Hellstorm HM1 Medium Battle Armour
- Ingrid ‘Mouse’ Marsh using a Light Environment Suit but driving a snow-jeep.
The team began by abseiling into the crater and starting to explore there but that didn’t feel right. They returned to the top and found the airstrip followed the remnants of an old highway and this seemed to match the road imagery in Ruin’s vision.
Following the road led to a range of hills and mountains, among which Ruin Dmitar spotted something odd, an un-natural landscape item. It appeared to be a nuclear detonation site with a surviving structure. Directing Mouse’s attention to it distracted her, the snow-jeep spun out and only Ruin’s quick reactions saved them both. Luckily Samara and Jacque had been travelling independently.
24/02/3050. Day 93, 03:00
The group discovered the remains (mostly intact) of a fortified structure that was formerly a underground bunker of some sort. The surface portion, which appeared to have been less fortified, was destroyed. The floor below was breached by the blast and had apparently been ravaged by fire. Before this it had been the operations center with many operators who had either died at their terminals or trying to fight the resulting fires. Below was a six level Hyper Pulse Generator station with a intact HPG system.
During the exploration Ruin Dmitar showed flashes of unusual insight into the unfamiliar yet legendary technologies. Ingrid ‘Mouse’ Marsh‘s excitement impaired her ability to fully hide her familiarity with them and the underlying science. Ruin picked up on this and took her aside, finding out her father was a ComStar person who had leaked some of the order’s secrets to her as she was growing up. She didn’t reveal who he was. She hadn’t mentioned it before because she feared getting her father into more trouble, getting recruited (by choice or not) by ComStar, getting shot by Ruin (who remains famous for hating ComStar), and not in that order.
Mouse revealed that the signal Ruin was sensing was probably the distress mode of the system, in which it leaked a byproduct of the K-F based transmission system, similar to detectable emissions from Jumpship K-F drive operation. Only people with the right equipment should have been able to detect it.
The group recovered a series of HPG logs from the system, which had been storing them. They inspected some select items.
- Precentor Ezikiel Dawn had been contacted by First Circuit Precentor Joshua Blair warning of Ruin’s arrival and that Adept IX-Epsilon Bryce Alexander was being dispatched to help deal with the threat.
- Hpt. Kommandant Dieter Herrman had been contacted to solicit his aid getting the Scholz Streikende onto Strata. His response was “Denied”, though he didn’t warn anyone either. He later contacted a number of Samara Hellstrom’s political adversaries and informed them of her knighthood.
- The Strata HPG system had been disabled during the invasion (as recoded by history) but it seemed no distress signal had been sent out either.
The system recorded the destruction (not deactivation) of the HPG system on Lachesis but the HPG system on Atropos was apparently operational. Neither the Clotho nor Atropos HPG systems would have pinged since neither had sent out a signal, and apparently the rest of the network had lost contact with them during the fall.
The team lacked any recording equipment capable of downloading all the accumulated recorded transmissions (with the destruction of the jeep) so returned by foot (albeit accelerated) to the plane.
24/02/3050. Day 93, 07:00
The group returned to the plane and the expedition began preparation to lift off. This was towards the end of the six hour life support envelope of Mouse’s Light Environment Suit, but only half way through the operation envelope of the two PAL and the Battle Armour.
The only issue with the joint operation of the suits was the different ground movement and jump movement capabilities.
25/02/3050. Day 94, 15:00
The flight landed at the Atlantia Military Base. Jacques Dubois was contacted by Shane O’Rourke telling him about a new ‘watering hole’ set up by the Wolf’s Dragoons and he immediately invited Ruin Dmitar.
The pair took the buffalo hovertruck. At the still unnamed watering hole they discovered a mix of base staff, Hellions, Gray Death Legionaires, and Dragoons.
As the alcohol flowed, Jacques Dubois began a tournament to pass on the champion bare knuckle fighter title. The dragoons elementals proved very supportive of the event, naming it a ‘trial of position’ for the title of fight club champion. Shane O’Rourke battled his way to win the title over runner-up Elise Bertrand.
Meanwhile Ruin Dmitar met up with Shin Naoki Yukimura of the Legion and Mechwarrior Zachary of the Dragoons. They spectated on the tournament and later Ruin sparred with Shin.
26/02/3050. Day 95, 02:00
After a solid evening of drinking Elise Bertrand and Shane O’Rourke cooked up a scheme to roll their hoverjeep and blame a crash for their bruises.
Ruin and Jacque set up in the hovertruck and managed to get lost enough to go to New Miami and then actually crash into the floating town. They then lost the keys but managed to find them and hightail it into the darkness before anyone from New Miami could get to the truck. They then were lost enough again to swing past the Gray Death Legion base before getting their bearings and headed back to their own base.
26/02/3050. Day 95, 07:00
Once back at base Ruin left Jacque in the passenger seat of the truck and snuck to his quarters, only to run afoul of his assigned elemental Adept VI-Iota Michelle Abnett. She was very disapproving but when she challenged him “what time do you call this” his snappy answer “bed time” temporarily placated her.
Jacque was found in the passenger seat thoroughly intoxicated. This kicked off a investigation as Samara Hellstrom started investigation an alcohol among her company. Reports started flooding in from the Dragoons and then the Legion as bits and pieces of fall-out from the previous nights excesses continued to flow in.
All intoxicated Hellions were sentenced to panelbeat the damaged vehicles, which Jacque enjoyed but was torture for Ruin.
Michelle watched over this, though mainly over Ruin. She had also raided his alcohol stashes (while he was unconscious) and informed him of a sophisticated electronic lock on it. Later when he disarmed the lock, and found a beautifully written letter informing him that she’d be helping control his alcohol consumption from now on, Ruin snapped.
Ruin Dmitar stormed into Samara Hellstrom’s office to complain about Michelle, wanting her gone and telling the Hauptmann about Michelle claiming the alcohol. This backfired when Samara ordered Michelle to destroy the stash and any more alcohol found on base and to prevent Ruin from drinking. She also expressed her disappointment and frustration with her subordinate.
Ruin returned to his quarters to try to get some rest, only to be confronted again by Michelle. She promised to watch him closely and always, and regretted giving him too much leeway. Also that even both Samara and his Dragoons superiors had ordered her to look after Ruin, it was still very difficult. And she didn’t like failure. His first impression was to object but he decided to back down and ask (quite politely) if Michelle would move to the next room so he could sleep in peace.