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15-Apr-2173 (16:32:40)
Ships Status: All systems normal
Navigational Status: DINGIR SUBSECTOR (1622), APISHAL

26 Mar 2173 (1622-D Apishat)

It has been a busy week since I last logged in.  We have been scurrying over the ship getting ready for the jump to Altair and let’s just say I already see many improvements that I can make to the ship.  I wish I had two months to work on her in a proper shipyard as I see many areas that can be improved.

I was able to shoot off a quick email to Megs.  I hope it gets to her soon.

27 Mar 2173: Transit from 1622-D Apishat to 1522-E Altair

We have arrived in Altair without any incident.  I did get to spend the week tuning the engines a bit.  My Assistant Engineer’s name is Susan and from what I have seen so far she may work out ok.

Our mission in this systems is to drop off supplies at a research station that is orbiting a moon orbiting a gas giant.

04 Apr 2173: Arrived at Station

We arrived at the station today, but have been unable to make contact.  We are getting ready to board her and assess the problem.  Initial scans show micrometeorite damage to the hull and elevated radiation levels most likely related to a leak in the core.  It’s orbit is also in decay, but it has a few weeks left before it is in any danger of reentry.  There are 3 lifeboats missing and presumed to have been used before it was too late.

05 Apr 2173: Repairing the Station

We spent most of yesterday repairing the core of the station.  As we thought, micrometeorites caused widespread damage to the station.  The damage was swift and unexpected as many computers were still logged in.  We discovered 5 dead on board including one in Engineering.  All bodies were recovered for later return to whomever is in charge of the station.

06 Apr 2173: Finishing Repairs to the Station

With Susan’s help I was able to finish repairs and stabilize the station’s orbit.  The station has been put into a stable orbit and been placed in an automated station-keeping mode until such time as here owners want to return.  After the station was repaired we used the station’s sensors to locate the life-pods.  All three had landed in relatively the same area on the moon below.  The moon has an atmosphere, but it is hostile in nature and requires supplemental air to survive for any length of time.

07 Apr 2173: Rescue Mission

We were able to find all the survivors on the moon except one who had perished during the landing of his pod.  At the first pod site we ran into these huge beasts that were a cross between potato bugs and elephants!  There were four of them and I almost killed myself trying to get back into the air raft.  Four times I slipped and banged against the hull while trying to get back in.  Finally one of the crew was able to give me a hand and pull me in.  Thank God I had my biosuit because I was covered, head to toe, in muck from constantly falling down.

After getting in I quickly grabbed my rifle and helped to dispatch the charging creatures.  The rifle’s low recoil is normally fine, till you’re covered in muck and sliding around the raft.  Every time I fired, I moved back a bit.

After the creatures were stopped we were able to track, thanks to Mr Matthews’ bio-sniffer, the rest of the survivors who had gathered in a cave.  On the way there we found the above mentioned crash victim.  After getting everyone aboard the Emerald Monarch, we set up a quarantine area as several of the survivors were showing signs of infection.  It will take us a few days but we are going to take the life support equipment from the station’s shuttle and create a self-contained environment in the cargo bay for all the survivors and members of our crew who were exposed to the infection, in order to isolate them and negate a strain on the ship’s life support systems.  I had our crew transfer bunk-beds from the station for the survivors to sleep in for the trip.  There were a total of 10 survivors and 6 bodies recovered.  Before leaving the system we look them back into the station in order to retrieve any items they wanted to bring back.

08 Apr 2173:  Transit from 1522-E Altair to 1622-D Apishat

The trip back was uneventful.  The doctor released the quarantine as he deemed the virus as non-threatening.  I had some time to look at Jenny II (still in the crate) while in the cargo hold talking to the survivors.  Maybe next week I will have some time to work on her.

We arrived in Apishat on 15 Apr 2173.

4-Apr-2173 (13:23:00)
Ships Status: All systems normal
Navigational Status: DINGIR SUBSECTOR (1522), ALTAIR


I’ve spent most of the first couple weeks of travel running diagnostics on the upgraded systems to evaluate their operating functionality.  Everything checked out in the shipyard, but shipyard and space are two different operating conditions.  So far, the results look very good.  The captain has informed me that along with our primary goals, we are also tasked, albeit passively, to collect as much intelligence we can upon the Vilani.  Considering the buildup going on at Nusku, it seems clear the Confederation thinks the next Interstellar War is imminent.  I can’t say that I’m surprised but I do hope it holds off until we’re back home.  A war could provide us with some very lucrative opportunities but it’s surely to put us in far more danger. 

The crew seems to be settling in well, I’ve been most impressed with the security department.  They have shown a very wide range of skills and a can do attitude.  If we can continue this high level of operation and further develop the skills of the crew, this ship could very well be one of the best around.  Only time will tell here.  I look foward to doing my part.

…end log


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.


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