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"More coffee, Arn?" Nick asks as her face turns red.

 

"About that armory request, there are a few places I would recommend.  I am sorry we had to destroy the door on your quarters, I hope the repair work meets with your approval.  I had the opportunity to encounter Wallace on one of his visits, I have no qualms with hiring the man."

 

more to herself than the others, "rum rations?  we don't...." and a perplexed look crosses her face.

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Sira smiles at Joshua's anitics "Well, we have a week til the ship is ready, plenty of time to get her re-named, get the new crew settled and select a job. Though the medical run does sound promising. It will also give us time to re-equip the ship, JASE is making an list of what needs to be replaced, since some of the stuff was on "loan" to us from our previous Patron. Plus we need to decide on those two fighters we have and replace our ship boat." She pauses " Should check with JASE and see how much we have in money so far."

  At Arn jib she quirks an eyebrow and smiles at Arn, as she tries not to laugh at the puzzled look on Nick's face. Making a few 'coughs' she turns back to Joshua " I was just heading out to check with JASE on that list and then do a little "price shopping' for suplies."

LT

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Arn turns to Nick, thanking her for the refill of coffee. He sips again before setting the mug on the table.

 

"If I may make a suggestion: Those two fighters will be slaughtered in any real engagement. We would need at least a squadron, preferably two if we were to have a stand-up fight against anyone, especially piracy. I reccomend selling them and investing the proceeds into the ship. Please remember that this is a merchant vessel, not a warship. If we do encounter pirate activity, flight is and will always be our best defence.

 

I'm not an engineer, and I know this would be an expensive proposition, but upgrade of engines and compensators will give us two-fold advantages..." Arn ticks them off on his fingers, the flesh and blood ones.

 

"First, we will be able to run from those wanting to hurt us. Second, we will be able to get cargo to its destination faster, thereby we can charge a premium for getting delivery. Even if we must indebt the ship to get these improvements, the money coming in will help repay that quickly."

 

Arn pauses a moment, looking at the others. "Um, forgive me, that was one of the things I was going to message the Captain about, but I guess now's a good time to talk about it..."

 

Arn picks up his coffee mug, and drinks.

 

--lstormhammer

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" I really wanted to keep one of them. I love my merchant, but that's real flying, right there."

 

Joshua looks a little crestfallen.

 

"I mean, after all, a fighter is pretty standard, a lot of pirates are poorly armed opportunists. But then, this old nag could really afford to jump a little harder when I kick her. I'll need to get JASE to do some legwork for me. I'll need to know how much each fighter is worth, how much to replace the ship's boat, and wether sacrficing one or both fighters will garner a reall increase in our run-like-buggery capability.

 

But like I said.... I would dearly love to keep one. I'd cut such a dashing figure in a millspec fighter. "

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"well, then. Why don't we get JASE to give us an exact amount of what we have in the joint funds for the "Wanderlust" and see what we can do. Maybe we can keep one of the fighters if you really feel we must. And one never knows of something like a fighter may come in handy sometime down the road. Stars only know that one came in handy to get rid of ORTHUNE!" She pauses. "We really need a list of what equipment we need to replace. We need to get Wallace over here, to take a look at the engines and see what he recomends. I wonder if I can get a hold of him and get him here. For that matter, we might want to see if the other three can join us? See what suggestions they have for equipment needs and such."

 

LT

 

(Hint, hint to you others "new" characters! Drop on by to visit and put in your two cents worth!)

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"So Wanderlust sounds like our decision is made."  Nick steps over to the computer terminal and sends the name change off, "Done, sir.  I also sent out a call for Wallace, I suspect he isn't too far away, so you can inform him of his new position."

 

"Sira, later this evening, I have a few things I'd like your opinion on if you have some time, please."  Nick asks with a slight pinking in her cheeks.

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Sira looks over at Nick "Sure. What would be a good time for you?" Then back at the others. "Why don't we get a hold of the new crew and set a time for us all to get together? We can get to know them, and see if any of them have any specail requirements. We can also let them know that we plan to do the medical run and see if they have any suggestions for doing it? After all. might as well get them incorperated into our 'little family' and get them use to how we do things."

LT

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:D At this moment in your discussion JASE comes trundling in and says "I have finished a partial inventory of assets for the company (please see ooc post by me for today) and placed them in a common access file for your perusal Captain and crew.  Also, I have picked up and additional advertisement of employment.  The fighting in the sectors where the supply runs were scheduled has picked up and heavily armed ships are desired for the runs.  With the two fighters out we could probably do it."

 

JASE hands over the disc recording of the advertisement for employment:  "Zephyr Trading and Mercantile is looking for intrepid merchants to go to Unaught and open a trading consession.  Contact Zim Nibblic at 6, 68, 8421 in the Fomori Garden District."

 

*****Your name change goes ahead without a hitch.  Your ship is in the ShipYard now and while it is the Basic Beowulf with some mods (two small hangers for ships boats/fighters from trading on planets that were rough and without starports) now would be the time for an armory (5x3x2.5 meters) to be added at 1.5 million credits and you could trade or buy a grav car like the one you lost for 2 million credits.

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Arn turns immediatly to the new arrival, another unfamiliar face in the crowd. He stares intently at the person delivering the report, making note of hair, eyes, uniform, any weapons or potential threats, and then lets him report. After this new arrival delivers his report, he turns back to the Captain and executive staff. "With your permission, I have a ship to look after, I know it's yours and the Engineer's position, but after the construction, there's a chance for a leak. And we'll all sleep better at night knowing we won't suffer from explosive decompression. I'll queue up my report to your computer once I have a chance to elaborate on it." He nods to Joshua, Sira and Nick. "See you shortly, all of you."

 

With that, Arn departs.

 

--lstormhammer

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After Arn leaves, Sira bring her face up to her mouth to hide her smile and muffle her chuckle. Then dropping her hand but still smiling she turns to the others. "Same old Arn, all businness! And did you see how he looked at poor JASE? Better let him know who and what JASE is." Then on a more serious note. "Now that he's left, I have a request. You two know me, but Arn doesn't. Not yet. Nor do our new crew members. Given the general opinion on psionics, I would prefer we keep my abilities quiet for now. Let them get to know us,  and 'trust' us first before letting them know. I have had... many... 'problems' in the past when others knew about my powers, and I would like to avoid any with the new crew for now, if you don't mind?"

LT

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"Sure Sira, if you think it best I will keep quiet.  I think I'll go find Arn and explain JASE, it was my project, I would be best to do this."

 

"With your permission Sir, I'll take my leave..."  At Joshua's nod, Nick departs.

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After Nick leaves Sira turns to Joshua "We could really benifit from having a 'ship patron'. I have some connections in the higher social circles....I could 'nose' about and see if I can find out if anyone is looking for a ship to be patron of. Someone a bit more trustworthy than her ladyship was."

LT

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"If you think it wise, then I'll trust your judgement. Fear not, your secrets are safe with me, and for an extremely modest price."

 

Joshua grins.

 

"Now, maybe you should escort me, and I can introduce myself to our new crew."

 

He looks briefly at Nicks disappearing back.

 

"It must be really something, to read minds," he murmurs thoughtfully.

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Sira raises her eyebrows at Joshua's first comment, but says nothing. Standing, she offers her hand to help him out o his chair. "I just hope they are all here, or at least close by. I know Nick put a message out for Wallace to come over, and I can put a call out for the rest, if they aren't already here." As they walk out of the room, Sira hears Joshua's last comment and replies "It's not all it's cracked up to be...."

 

LT

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***For those of you with the Traveller Books this is the Beowulf Class 200 ton Free Trader.  There is a level two modification for the small craft hangers.  Your cabins were the best, with a common room in between.  Some mods were made on that level as well from the basic plan.  Let me know if you spent the money on the armory modification.***

 

The WANDERLUST has returned from the shipyard.  Word has come in from a Starport Official that you have one week remaining on your current contracted use of the Hanger.  After which charges are 10000 cr per day.

 

One of your new crewmen is capable of flying a fighter as is Joshua.  So with these vessels flying support and the WANDERLUST armed you could make the medicine run.  The Unaught mission was pitched to you by an agent of Zim Nibblic.  And your new crew have begun telling you stories of the possibilities in the Imperium.

 

What will you do.

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