Don’t like this

The skip sent me out on SAR in the surveyor, I took along 2 of the marines just in case. Took several hours but the R was “Recovery” not “Rescue”. No survivors, however it looks like 4 of them took poison instead of waiting around to be rescued. In one case that made sort of sense in that his fighter had lost life support, but the other 3 still had full life support and at least 2 weeks fuel for it, plus they had fast drug, which means they had literally years of life support options. Methinks that some mind control is at work here.

What the hell?

06:30 Ship and high port time.  Slightly after dusk down station time.

This is not a drill Emergency all hands on deck, this is not a drill.

Stations start reporting in, not it’s like we have a lot of stations to report.

Mr. Urdar reports “Flight Ready“.  Well, duh, we are all three on the bridge when Skip Pushed The Button, but still at least Mr. Urdar had punched up the flight computer and had the manual system on standby.  I had the scanners up and running, seeing a lot of planet and a lot of navy, who’s IFF was showing “systems down”, other than the 2 ready destroyers  which showed “about to launch”, with  target points Beta or Zulu depending on which tin can.  That with us going to Alpha that’s pretty much a full system scanning deployment.

I assume that the howls in the back ground from guns was  two of the gunners deciding on who got what turret, probably Ghaekelig’d brothers Elevg and Avlig.  Pack Leader Ghaekelig barked and reported “All ready all guns Superior Pack Leader“.  Superior Pack Leader being what they call the skip.  L’Sgt Leigh is “Combat Pack Leader”.  Skip and the L’Sgt seem amused by this.  I’ve heard at least one Marine call her “Pack Leader” and I don’t think he was being ironic.  Hard to tell with Marines, they always sound either dead serious or drunk.  He wasn’t drunk.  Skip has made if very clear he is either “Sr. Scout or Skip”,  the IISS don’t have ranks.

Med Bay ready”.  Given that she sleeps in the “private” part of the med bay that shouldn’t be too hard.  I did notice that the intercom light for that one came from the bay half of the stateroom, not her personal half.  She was at least in the right spot.  You can’t reach that button unless you are behind the treatment table.  Good design that, give the IISS credit there.  In the original Navy type ‘T’ design they were about 30cm apart.

This was quickly followed by the Marines reporting, “A team ready for boarding action, B team ready for anti boarding and all ready for under way“. As per naval, but not scout tradition, the Engineering crew did not give a verbal report, but all the tell-tells, lit up green other than the jump, given that we were with in 100 diamaters of a large object.  This the planet we’re orbiting.  “Need to speak to them about that” mutters the skip Udar just grunts, I turn my head and tell him to save his breath “Eng’s never say squat unless their shit has gone to shit.  Trust them lights, Skip”

Mr.  Urdar, set course for point Alpha, launch when cleared.”  The skip must be taking voice lessons from the Vargr, that almost sounded like a bark.

Something must be up, because Scout Flight Control came back with in 30 seconds “Meriwether Lewis, you a cleared for launch.  Get some”  Naval command followed in about 15 seconds, “Decatur and Henderson, clear to launch. find and report”

Get some?  Find and report?  Ah, those are a combat comments.  What the bloody hell is going on? Is this really not a drill?

“Once clear station, Full thrust Mr. Urdar”

And the shake down cruise, if that is what this is, starts.

On ship now

Well, the pack is on this scout ship. Seems like we are being exiled to the Foreven sector. They claim it’s a exploration but I know better. Seems like that paper from “President” Orsguz means we’re “Navy” not “Pirates”. Navy gets to work with the Imperials. Pirates get shot. Better exile that shot if you ask me, but I’m still on the fence there. Should have just blown the coils on the when we got caught. Meh. At least they gave us the guns, not the mops, like the others on Evdadvur ended up.

They seem to have 2 packs, the one must be not in as much favor as the other because they all live in one big room, unlike the other pack which all have 1 or 2 person rooms. They gave us 2 person rooms, but with a large door between them, so we can make it a proper pack room.

Of the favored pack I’m not sure why Higgs isn’t the pack leader, he clearly has more charisma than Jamison. The ways of humans are strange some times. Boat master Higgs says that we leave for a practice cruise in 8 days.

What We got so far

The Skipper seems like a decent bloke, for a Sr. Scout at least. Knows what what, and who is who, so should be, Haven’t named my Surveyor yet, NOT naming it it after the wife or any of the Ex-wives, leaning toward “The Short Bitch” it not being a proper cutter and all. The less said about the navigator the better, only line officer on the ship. They tend to be prigs. Also his first scout crews. Not sure I like this mixed service crew, course I’ve been scout and navy, so I might be, I may be a bit biased there. Gunner are Vargr, which is always good, assuming I can win over Pack Lord Ghaek. All scored high on the blast a rock tests, so I’m not worried about them missing. Missing in combat is bad. Very Bad. I get the feeling they got their training as a crew on a “Vargr navy” ship and are working it off. Hate to have to slave the turrets to my station. Sergeant Leigh is about what you would think a Imperial Marine NCO on her first solo command would be. That’s a good thing as well. Not sure about the marines proper, only meet 2nd fire team leader Myrmidon. Need to tell skip that’s a name, not a title. He’s a Corporal, which means we “only” have have 2 NCO’s. Myrmidon is on his 3rd ship assignment so should be smooth with at least 2nd team.