Aboard NMV On Rising Tide, somewhere on the Inland Sea
06:18 | 10-22-3061 (2h to Target Zone)
The On Rising Tide used to be a fast cargo ferry plying the inland sea but when the 1st McCarron’s Armored Cavalry and 3rd Canopian Fusiliers landed in Starbow near the Inland Sea. The small port town of Cylion was militarized and expanded to support their operations. On Rising Tide was one of the ferries that got militarized and is carrying elements of the 67th Canopian Infantry Battalion and 52nd Support Corps plus your support personnel and spare parts. Its large vehicle deck is currently packed with light armored vehicles and cargo containers all bound for Brightstone.
Your techs have been on high alert since early yesterday to ensure that this operation would go smoothly. They were brought ground-side to get some shut eye in the sleeper cabins while the ship finished prepping. Chief Tech Williams and Astech Turner wake up due to rough seas in time to see the sun rise over Nashuar and get some morning chow at the mess. They overhear the Canopian sub-commander going over battle reports and the details of their attack with Commander Duchamps.
Ashley – “Sounds like we still have employers Chief Williams”
Codie – “Yeah well that is a relief, probably the only one we will get all day”
Sub-Commander – “Commander Duchamps we are two hours at current speed from Brightstone. How long until you launch the main assault?”
Commander Duchamps – “The main assault will commence in an hour, one of Spiteful Ghosts landing ramps failed to engage, it took longer than anticipated to unload. The mercenaries have secured their objectives ahead of schedule though and are en route to our staging area”
Lt. Commander Thoms – “Roger that Commander, inform us if there is any need to change the timetable, Commander Thoms out”
Ashley – “Wait Commander Thoms? that can’t be right I know that name I want to take a look”
Codie – “Why? I’m sure he will stop by later and give us any relevant details, enjoy your coffee and let the man work”
Ashley – “I’m going to say hi and you should come with me”
Codie – “Fine, don’t make a scene though we have to work with these people”
The two walk into the screened off area where there are five ensigns but one has a commander’s insignia attached to his helmet although his cuffs have ensign markings.
Bvt. Commander Thoms – “Hello, you must be the mercenary techs. I am Brevet Commander Derrence Thoms aka “Blackout”, and he introduces the others (Ensigns “Splitter” Riggs, “Lipstick” Caron, D’Armitz, Langlais)
Pleasure to meet you, we will be seeing a lot of each other I imagine”
Ashley – “ Oh I hope so, are you the same Derrence Thoms that won STARS Man of the Year award two years ago? And I’m Ashley and this is Codie”
Thoms – “The very same I see you are familiar with my work”
he does a quick but impressive modeling pose
“It has been a pleasure to meet you both I have to go and make sure everything is prepped. Commander Duchamps expects this will be a tough fight to remove the 7th from Brightstone”
As he leave he kisses Ashley’s hand “Enchantè, my dear but there is work to be done"
Standing up again and putting on his helmet, "Chief Codie I suspect that your people have work to attend to as well. See you all once we are done with this”
Thoms and his subordinates break to ensure that everyone is briefed on the current plan
Codie – “Is this guy for real?”
Ashely blushes “No he’s dreamy”
Codie – “This is going to be a long day, go wake the others Ashley. We need to make sure we can put everything back together tonight. Right now though I need to finish this coffee, probably with some whiskey.”