Unit Log Transcript 1stSquad/EchoPlatoon/2Company/ArcturusRangers [Reporting Officer Rank: *ERROR*Corporal Jes]
This is dumb. Sergeant Dudley says I need to keep our unit log. I wasn't trained on this, I think he's supposed to be doing it but just passed it on to me like everything else. I guess being insubordinate in an official record might not be the smartest thing I've done today. Still smarter than signing up for this in the first place.
He said I was supposed to log pertinent information here about our missions, sort of a double check for deployment orders and after action reports. Well, today we embarked on the ASV Redeemer. We left Reges starport at 0830 local, actually on time for a change. We're supposed to pass Arcturus tomorrow. I don't know if there are any inhabited planets orbiting Arcturus, but if there are I hope they don't get mad that we're a bunch of posers for using their star's name. I guess the 'Reges Rangers' doesn't sound as cool. Anyway, our Battalion banner says 'We Own The Night.' Funny motto, isn't it always night in space?
E Day + 5
Finally got orders from Fleet handed down from the Redeemer's skipper. I guess it came through an hour or so ago, and finally trickled down. I heard from Dudley that we're supposed to board some ship orbiting a planet called Dekko or something. It's a rock world, like Reges. I don't understand the science of it, but Dudley said only silicon based life could survive there. Dustin asked if that meant it could kill Grizz. Grizz said that a planet had tried to kill him once before and that it was now an asteroid belt. Everyone was sort of quiet for a sec. Ah, sociopath humor.
We're supposed to find out what happened there, and recover some sensitive material. Sounds easy enough. Wonder what the deal really is? The Redeemer has C-bombs...why do we have to put boots in?
Somnolent Rose Incursion Day 1
|The Battle Of The Dark Corridor|
I think our pod hit debris on the way, because we hit pretty far from the rally point with the rest of our company. We'll have to hoof it a ways bef...
They came out of the dark. Grizz was on point, Dustin drogue, because I just don't know what else to do with him, Dudley and I were in the middle and we were moving toward the RP. There was sort of a wet sucking noise, then these things came out of the dark. Good thing they make those noises, that was all of the warning we had. Even so they hit us pretty bad right out of the gates. Grizz was ready, and got in close. Probably not smart, with a slug rifle, but it's hard to argue with him when he beats them to death with the stock...then blows them apart with grenades. Dustin was firing all over. I don't think he even hit anything.
It was madness. Like one of those nightclubs in Capital City, muzzle flashes strobing, only able to see when someone's lighting up. Then getting blinded when Dudley finally decides to use his E-rifle and an E-beam glitters down the hall. I swear, each of his shots is still burned into my retinas. We all came through it alive, though. Some cuts and scratches. Dustin was a mess, but I patched him up alright. Nobody's armor ablated, which is nice. Hate for someone to have to spend the rest of this trip with no plates.
Weirdest thing though, we couldn't find any of the bodies.
Somnolent Rose Incursion Day 2
|The Ambush At Bulkhead 227|
The aliens came from the other side, though , and hit 4 hard. Casualties were pretty much total, from what I heard over the net. What I could make out between the screams and gunfire, anyway. Gave us time to be ready, and this time we sprung it on them.
We were set up covering a hatch, the only way through the bulkhead for hundreds of meters in either direction, when the things started coming through. None of them got to us. I got a better look at them this time, though there were still no bodies left when the killing was done. They looked sort of like gutterfish...they grew big like that in some of the sewers back home, people say, a mass of tentacles and shining eyes. Except these were walking. And spitting acid.
The most amazing thing here is that I'm the only one that got hurt. Vekking machine gun gets hot if you forget to let go of the spoon. Grizz slapped a dressing on it and spit on the ground. I wonder if that's how nutters say 'get well soon.' Still no armor ruptures. So far so good.
Somnolent Rose Incursion Day 3
|The Final Battle For The Laboratories.|
Anyway, when he got back from the briefing, he told us about the assault on the labs, which are pretty heavily infested. They are in the bow of the ship, and it's going to be a hard fight. We're just waiting now for the green li...
I was right, it was a hard fight.We ended up needing to get close, using the grenades to clear them out of every nook and cranny of the slithing place. Good thing we had Grizz along. Even with his expertise for havoc, we all ended up coming out of it the worse for wear. Dudley got messed up pretty bad. Dustin too. He ended up freaking out when his armor got slagged, and took off for base screaming that it was just like when he lost his life jacket or something. I don't get him. If he wasn't a trooper I'd demote him. Maybe I'll let Grizz kick his teeth in. I know Grizz would like that! It'll have to wait until they flash clone Grizz another hand I guess. One of the vekking things ripped it off with one of the tentacles. I guess those things have spikes inside the suckers.
Oh, I guess it's important to mention that the things weren't aliens. When we had killed the last of them, and finally had corpses for the tech heads to scan, they told us that it was the science ship's crew. They messed something up, and all turned into spiny, acid spitting gutterfish. Hopefully we got what we needed here. We're scheduled to go back to the Redeemer. They're finally going to C-bomb this wreck.
Author's Note: Hey all, Counterfett here. This was a bit longer than I meant, but there was a lot of 'intro' I felt had to be made for the characters. I think for the most part this series will be done in character. I picked Corporal Jes to be our narrator, since anything Dudley would write would be self serving, Dustin is too lowly and useless, and Grizz while amusing, is too crazy to be a coherent voice. I know death is a very real possibility in this game, but since I am controlling all of the PCs, I will do my best to keep Jes alive. She's unflappable and sassy, and has a wry sense of humor. I rather like her. Dudley is important to the plot, at this point, but shouldn't be irreplaceable. He makes a nice counterpoint to Jes' competence and integrity. Grizz is a lot of fun to write, and while he's a bit one dimensional as a character, I have some plans where I want him to go. Dustin is a bit of a throwaway. He is an interesting element, but his long term prognosis is not good. Folks who can read what is happening in the game between the lines of my writing know he has already used a weakness, so he's running out of lifelines, so to speak, and we're only 5% through the planned length of the series.