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27-March-2173

My first impressions of my new shipmates have largely been positive.   The Captain seems to be an actual human being, instead of a military meathead, and I’m more motivated to serve well under him than any of my commanders during my military service.  The Ship’s First Officer, is friendly and professional but he’s a been a corporate man his entire life, can we count on him if the shit hits the fan?  Too soon to tell, so far I appreciate the way he handles himself and he hasn’t pulled rank on any of us little folk yet, so I remain optimistic.

The highlight has definitely been the Chief Medical Officer, Anya, a very friendly middle aged woman who is teaching me a great deal about medicine and surgery.  I very much enjoy her company and have been spending as much time as I can with her, learning all that she can teach me.

I’m hesitant to approach and try and befriend any of the Terrans on the ship but so far no one has given me any shit.  Hopefully my assumptions about them will prove to be incorrect, but my experience on my tour of duty leaves me hesitant to befriend many Terrans…

It’s a job though, one more year and I can perhaps attend a medical school somewhere.  I hope that we have an uneventful, and profitable tour.

19-Mar-2173 (19:00:00)
Ships Status: All systems normal
Navigational Status: SOL SUBSECTOR (1822), NUSKU

15-March-2173 (10:42:13)

In dock at Nusku Spaceport.  Captain Brierfield has assigned me and Mr. Matthews to a mission.  We have orders to board a Florin class shuttle and make a cargo pickup from Ceti-V.  It’s a mining rock, about 70 hours from Nusku.  I’ve been there before with MacKenzie back in the day (his family is from there).  I don’t expect this trip to be nearly as fun (or exciting), but it might be nice if I get a chance to drop in on his folks and some of the gang from the old days.

Duty Report:  Loaded and logged the last supply load assigned to me.  Security gear stowed and stashed on board the Monarch.  Comm, comps and spacer gear packed for mission.

(11:51:17)

Supplemental:  Mr. Matthews has asked me to pilot the shuttle!  I get to FLY again!

Duty report:  Flight plan calculated, plotted and filed.  Pre-flight check completed.  Liftoff set for 15-March-2173 (12:02:00)

. . . end log

16-March-2173 (16:21:33)

About 28 hours into the trip.  And I’m getting to FLY!  God, I’ve missed this.

The Florin is a nice little shuttle.  Got some speed to her, and even packs a tiny punch.  Been getting to know Mr. Matthews a bit.  He’s one hell of a navigator.  He shaved hours of what I thought was a damn good plot.  Seems like an okay guy, too.  He’s not military, though.  I wonder how he’ll react if things go south?

Duty report:  Flight proceeding uneventful and according to plot.  Running fire control simulations to familiarize myself with the systems.

. . . end log

17-March-2173 (18:11:21)

Well, the “uneventful” part is over.  We landed at Ceti-V, but were slotted for just a quick grab & go.  Mr. Matthews helped with the loading equipment and showed me how it worked a bit (Mac would have laughed his ass off at me trying to drive that loader).  While we were loading, though, a screamer came in way off approach.  I don’t know what got into this guy but he was nuts.  At first I thought he’d just lost control, but when Mr. Matthews had me hop in the shuttle and track it, I plotted his approach and saw the he trying a crazy-fast atmospheric braking orbit.  After a few circles he hit the surface.  Mr. Matthews had me relay all my telemetry to Ceti Control and offer our assistance.  We finished our load (to clear the dock; it’s a one-pad port there) and set out with a few volunteers from the dock to attempt a recon/rescue/recover.  When we got there, the crash had left a gouge about 3 km long and skipped back off the surface.  We tracked the “landing” path and found the craft settled about 10 km farther down.  There was no sign of survivors among the debris, and the ship was pretty banged up.  But the contragrav was clearly still operational because the ship was floating about 15 meters off the ground.  We approached as closely as possible but encountered some serious interference with our gravity thrusters (turned out they had externalized their artificial gravity field to cushion the crash; pretty quick thinking for a nutcase).  We examined for a bit, and then Mr. Matthews had the idea to take out their power supply to disable the gravity and let it crash so we could get on board.  He pulled up a schematic for me to pinpoint their power plant, and I popped it with one shot from the little laser the shuttle had.  Worked like a charm.  The ship dropped like a rock and we set down next to it.  We went aboard and found the five crew unconscious but alive.  We kept them that way while relaying condition reports to the base physician who was en route on the air raft.  He got there and did some real patching up, then requested we use our shuttle to medivac everyone back to the port.  We did that no problem, and they took them all to sick bay for treatment.  We couldn’t wait around for an update, so once everyone said a quick thank you, we lifted off and headed back to Nusku.
It wasn’t the craziest trip I’ve had to Ceti-V, but it was pretty close.  And I don’t have to wonder how Mr. Matthews responds under pressure, at least.

And, of course, I’m getting to FLY!

Duty report:  Cargo pick up completed.  Observed unidentified inbound to Ceti-V badly off-approach and in communications blackout.  Tracked and plotted.  Mr. Matthews offered to assist Control in recon/rescue/recovery operation.  Found vessel badly damaged (possibly Pickett class).  Disabled power plant to shut down inverted artificial gravity field to facilitate boarding.  Made rescue of five (5) crew.  Medivac’d under supervision of Ceti-V station physician.  Offloaded at port and launched for return to Nusku.

. . . end log

20-March-2173 (12:06:21)

Made it back to Nusku and the Emerald Monarch today.  Got a nice congratulations from the Captain.  Mr. Matthews recco’d me, so that’s a nice start with a new ship.  I think I’m gonna like him.  Also found out that we have a Gunnery Officer on board now, so I made my report to him.  Seemed competent and professional, but kind of flat.  Doesn’t seem to have a lot of life to him, but he’s my superior officer and I have to report to him (and probably even more so, once we get some weapons).  Still haven’t met the Chief of Security.

Man, it was great to be flying again!

Duty report:  Florin shuttle returned, cargo offloaded.  Reported to the Captain and resumed shipboard duties.  Made report to Chief Gunnery Officer.  Routine maintenance and diagnostics completed.

. . . end log

15 March 2173

I just got some good news yesterday.  I have had several leads on Engineering positions and one of them is paying off.  The Emerald Monarch has a Chief Engineer position open and I have been asked to join her crew.  Since this is my first time as a Chief, I am really looking forward to the challenges.

The news is bittersweet however.  I will have to leave Megs for a least a year.  This will be hard for me as this is my first real relationship since Sarah.  It took so long to heal after her death that I hope the separation from Megs won’t be permanent.

On a brighter note, I get to bring Jenny II.  She still needs some work, like new carb jets, but I’ll have the time that I need and she will be a good distraction from the fact that Megs is not there.

Well, the shuttle just landed and it is the last one to the spaceport for the day.

15-MAR-2173 (11:16:25)

The company has asked me to volunteer my First Officer and a pilot to take a shuttle to Ceti V. The shuttles original crew had both come down with the same illness. I’m told that it will be a four to five day mission…I hope so because I really need them for our own departure preparations.

Our own preparations are going well. I’m pleased with the crew that have arrived so far, and to my surprise they actually live up to the fluff in their personnel files.

I have also received some new orders. Before we depart Nusku we are to collect some surplus communications and computer equipment from the Navy Shipyards. We will be taking these with us as “commercial incentives” for the Vilani.

… end log.

14-MAR-2173 (21:42:13)

I received orders today.  Captain Martyn Brierfield of the Emerald Monarch accepted my application and invited me to join his crew.  It’s a deep space merchant freighter headed into Vilani space, “to explore and develop trade/merchant connections deep within the Imperium.”  Whatever.  He said I would be serving double duty as gunner and security, but the ship has no weapons system!  He hinted that there would indeed be something for a gunner to do during the mission, so I suppose the plan is to pick up some armaments later.  But I’m packing all my guns and armor along with my databases and vaccsuit, just in case.  A Terran ship without guns in Imperium space is likely to need some serious security sooner or later.

Either way, I’m ready to get back into action.  My first gig out of the military certainly feels like a fresh start.  Maybe, just maybe, this time everything won’t go quite so horribly wrong.

Duty report: weapons and ammo cleaned and inspected, armor inspected, diagnostics run on vaccsuit and all electronics, gear secured and ready for stowing.

… end log

14-MAR-2173 (10:13:20)

It looks as if my two month vacation is finally over.  I was contacted by the Captain Martyn Brierfield of the Emerald Monarch and offered the first officer position.  I gladly accepted and offered my skills and abilities to help the mission succeed to the fullest.  It’ll be interesting being on a new ship, the layout is very similar to the Yankee Clipper, but I’m sure the noises will be different (they always are).  I wondered for sometime if I was ready for the first officer position, Captain William has told me I’ve been ready for more than a year. Well more exactly, “If I don’t go find a job he was kicking me off his ship to force me into a higher one,” which, to his credit, he did.  The time at home and corporate HQ have done well to remove any lingering doubt about the new opportunity, more an ancy now than anything. 

The rest of my gear will be up in a day or so.  I’m having my sidearm cleaned and serviced along with the comm gear.  The biosniffer had to be sent out for calibration as well.  I intend to look over the refit record to get a feel for the changes, as well as trying to contact the last engineer of the vessel to find out any quirks we might need to be aware of.  When time, I need to review the crew with the captain to get his choices for the other positions and any thoughts.  The captain hopes to be underway by weeks end, should be a busy week.

…  end log

11-Mar-2173 (08:22:14)
As of 08:22 on the 11th of March 2173, I, Martyn Brierfield, officially assume command of the Emerald Monarch.

The ship was pushed out of space dock yesterday and the refit went well with a number of upgrades made to bring her up to par again. I will ensure the new Engineer goes over everything before we leave port.

Despite my objections, the company has removed the weapon systems from the ship. Apparently the Vilani border patrols are stopping all armed Terran vessels, and the company does not want an unnecessary incident. Our orders are that we make the attaining of armaments a priority once clear of the border. We should have sufficient money for the fitting and whatever bribes we are likely to have to pay.

I have gone over the crews records, and human resources seem to have done a good job short listing candidates. I will submit my selections tomorrow after I’ve had time to sleep on it. If everything goes to plan then I will contact the successful applicants over the weekend. We should be able to ship out by the end of next week.

… end log

10-Mar-2173 (15:25:18)
Ships Status:
All systems normal
Navigational Status: SOL SUBSECTOR (1822), NUSKU