“Technology… is a queer thing. It brings you great gifts with one hand, and it stabs you in the back with the other.”
JP (Pitbull) ————————-——-Battlemaster
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April 25th, 3025 : System – Aurore : * “The Iron Dingoes” took advantage of the accessibility of spare parts to find a few replacement bits for their Line units. They also assigned Trooper Marguerite Phillano to the position of “Attache” to System – Pirate’s Haven Star Cluster, on behalf of the unit. Lastly, Major Erika Hartmann “Glamour” attempted to convince the local ComStar representative, Precentor Damien to grant them access to their HPG network outside the Cluster, but failed miserably.
April 26th to 30th : The unit spent some downtime in various R&R endeavors, as well as conducting some research regarding Valediction Freeport, and the pirates common to Systems Constellation – “The Outrim Void”. Gamour attempted one last effort by meeting formally with Precentor Damien, but again failed to convince him to grant them access to the network.
The last couple days, the unit boarded their DropShips and burned out to the jump-point.
May 1st : Docking and jumping out-system back to their home in System – Dumassas, the unit began their 10-day burn towards Terramatrix. Reports were that an unknown plague was on the rise across The Federative Republic of San Marcos. The Republic of Buntar, a nominal ally of the unit’s national government, had locked down its borders to San Marcos, and deployed its military to cordon off foreign access. San Marcos was burning.
May 11th : Upon landing back home at Irondog Airfield in * Landhold : Garrison, the unit appealed to their liaison officer Captain Carla Estrella to approach the government to see if there was anything the unit could do to help. They got back a response, that there really wasn’t, since the efforts in containment of the millions of potential cases were beyond the capability of most national controls, let alone the handful of personnel the Dingoes might want to throw into the medical fray. For now, The New Republic of Sangria government were simply sending small amounts of food and supplies to their new allies in Buntar, and hoping for the best.
Doctor Max Helmut “Moxie” did a dry run of his upcoming talk to several of his staff, getting back a good response.
May 12th : The unit approached Manuel Serrate, and offered to purchase his interests in Expresos los Llanos. He demanded 2 Million plus a small interest (5%) in Whippet Transport Lines, which they agreed to. Papers were drawn-up and signed, and the trade was made official over tea and whiskey.
The unit distributed its recently manufactured Double Heat Sink (Prototype)s into various units in the Line Mechs. They also checked-in on their development of Powered Armor, and found the system was about half-way done. The development team had built a basic exoskeleton system, and was now working on developing the sub-system controlling its prototype stealth capabilities. This system was known as the GloryHound Exoskeleton.
The unit also sent their special ops forces, * “The Werewolves” in with both paws to investigate the university site of San Succi, as a preliminary to Moxie’s coming speech for The Sangrian Academy of Exact, Physical and Natural Sciences.
30th of May : Spending the rest of the month in downtime and conducting various personal tasks, the group prepared for Moxie’s upcoming speech. On the 30th, Moxie took the “Crimson Sands” to San Succi’s starport, now something of a shell of what it once was, and thence with an APC to the San Succi branch of the Universidad Nacional de Sangria, Garcia (UNS-G), along with a handful of line marines.
The event was moderately popular, and after meeting with some of the resident professors and some of the planet’s “greatest minds”, he was introduced to the young and beautiful Mia Ospina. Moxie also got into a lengthy discussion with Doctor Magnus Schroeter, regarding both Moxie’s personal interests in AI research and cybernetics, and Doctor Schroeter’s research into genetics.
Eventually Schroeter gave a headline speech regarding his studies in bio-genetics that Moxie recognized as being very closely related to the work they had interrupted back in Brightwater Base, that had resulted in the development of “Scarlet Jade”. Suddenly realizing this man might be an enemy made him become paranoid about his safety. Soon, he was up and giving his speech, with help from his lengthy efforts at preparation. It was well received (perhaps not as well as previous discourses), and when complete he received a full round of applause.
After glad-handing his way around the theater, and having another somewhat uncomfortable conversation with Doctor Schroeter, he was almost tackled by Mia Ospina, who convinced him to skip out to walk her home. He was closely followed by the Werewolves, but arrived at her high-security residence on the university grounds unmolested. He spent the night with her and left in the morning, after a simple breakfast, with her personal sat-com contact number (apparently her family has their own satellite…). The spec ops Werewolves had recorded the entire event, and promised to keep the records private…
June 1st : Taking the Crimson Sands directly to “The Factory”, he went to Doctor Sid Sutherland, and discussed the status of Scarlet Jade. He immediately began procedures to waken her, and after ensuring that the event was well recorded and as safe as they could make it, woke up “Scarlet Jade”.
The next couple days were a series of tests and exams as they began to try and understand who and what Scarlet Jade was. After several days of interviews and observation, they found she could talk fairly well, and had been raised in a lab environment most of her early life, but didn’t remember much past the age of twelve or fifteen, and implicitly trusts doctors and nurses in a lab environment. She was subjected to as many tests as she could handle, and as her sickness improved and she could use her body more and more. Colonel Kanto Jokukad “Pitbull” took a personal interest during the first week, but soon gave over the studies to the resident specialists to conduct. Plans were made to get her as healthy and capable as possible before real testing could begin.