30 minutes later, Lake Endric Starport, Dainmar Majoris
The MMV Alexandra Cul set down on pad 5 of the Starport, Adept Deepwater disembarked after the ground cooled to a safe level. The Permacrete around the dropship was still warm and mixed with the cool lake air to create a blanket of fog. She could see the lights from dropships on pads 2 through 4 creating eerie shadows along the tarmac.
One of those shadows was Adept Anero the second in command for the Lexington HPG C in his Black Pit Bull with a Detroit Workhorse following, both painted with a white “Word of Blake” and bearing its insignia. He stepped out with the other technicians to meet her in a non-loading area as a pair of Conestoga Heavy Transports backed up to Pad 5’s loading area to deliver their supplies (dual use medicines, baby food, condensed milk, and other dairy products).
“Blessings of Blake upon you Adept Deepwater, we are pleased to have you home
and upon you Adept Anero, I feel you might be the only ones
Why? Surely your mother will be reasonable the Primus has decreed that this operation is part of our sacred duty. We are the only ones who can accomplish it.
My mother has never been reasonable nor has my sister, I am not here to throw stones against a mountain. I am here for the Abbess perhaps she can sway the Bishops to support us, surely they can understand the grave peril that Mechdur is in.
It is a pity that Adept Argent cannot be here perhaps both of you could sway your mother to lobby for more aid.
He is doing Blake’s work on Mechdur just as we should all seek to do every day wherever we are. What news have you heard on planet please inform me while we ride."
The Workhorse pulls up to the unloading are and receives a half container marked “HPG upgrade components, destination Dainmar Majoris”
While in transit Anero informed Ame’ of Mercs Unleashed’s deal with her sister and how their base property was cut out of what was nominally considered the Abbess’ Demesne. Infuriated she demanded he take her to Chateau Deepwater and informed the acolytes to keep heading to the HPG. Upon reaching the Chateau they were challenged by a squad of Carabiniers at the gate.
“You there stop, the Chateau is a private residence show us some ID. I am sorry Lady Deepwater, we cannot bar you from entering if you have official business but we have to make sure you both are unarmed. Ruby and Stannus are here as well, we don’t want trouble.
Adept Deepwater Corporal, I stopped being a Lady in my mother’s eyes when she exiled me to the desert. Do what you must but watch yourselves."
The two of them drove the Pit Bull up the winding gardens of the Chateau where magnificent marble statues and high hedges shared space with stables and grazing areas for the famous dancing horses. The whole Chateau had a luxury village feel to it that made it the envy of the New Abilene Great Ranches.
“Leave the truck running, I am going to see my mother so this won’t last long”