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Sira laughs at Wallace's joke "Oh, I take that back. You'll do just fine! And yes, in a way I am going 'undercover' best way to get 'un-official news' as to whats going on, is where people gather. PLus it's amatuer night at The Run I want to see if I can get a few sets in."

LT

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"'A few sets'? Do you play an instrument Commander?" Asks Wallace. "And what type of music do you prefer?"

 

Wallace thinks for a few seconds then smiles again. "Don't forget to be careful how much you 'blend' Ma'am.... the local bars don't seem the type to be all that forgiving of those who have too much 'fun' and not enough 'wit', if you get my drift."

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"Always a wise move Commander." Replies Wallace. He then pauses for a moment, almost as if he's trying to make up his mind on something. "It might surprise you Ma'am, but I've been known to 'do a set' myself. Perhaps we could, erm, jam, sometime. That is if you don't mind a sax accompanyment."

 

Wallace smiles, his eyes warming slightly despite the steel in his posture and the 'cold as space' look on his face.

 

"Looks like maybe I joined the right ship. I'm beginning to think their engines won't be as bad as I thought."

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Sira smiles warmly at Wallace "That might be fun. And please, call me Sira." She starts to leave again, the stops turning her head to look back at Wallace and Joshua " Blues? or Jazz?" She asks.

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"Both Ma'am... erm I mean Sira." Wallace shouts after Sira as she walks out.

 

"Pretty informal crew, but discipline comes in many forms. Gotta remember to call them by their names though...."

 

"My apologies Captain. Ready when you are, for real this time." Replies Wallace with a smile.

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Joshua leads the way to engines and support areas, pointing them out as he goes, explaining to Wallace what he knows (and doesn't know) about the ship; Joshua it appears is a fair mechanic but doesn't have the specialist knowledge to really run engineering and support roles onboard- but he knows his limitations.

 

"Basically Wallace, I want you to take care of my baby. Here in the guts of the ship, I'll be following your lead and helping out when you need me, and when I can. Your knowledge is going to be very valuable to us. Now, I have to see a man about a horse. Get to know the Wanderlust, won't you, but for the moment we're getting some R&R, your time is your own."

 

Joshua smiles cheerilly and sets off to do some pricing of components.

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"Aye aye Captain, I'll keep her so sweet she'll pur like a kitten." Says Wallace as he waves good bye to the captain. "And I prefer to be called Master Chief or Chief while on duty sir, if that'd not to much trouble that is." Wallace's steel spine is back and seems to have been reinforced somehow. His eyes sparkle with delight yet it's subtle, and his movements are now smooth, fluid and dynamic and have a confidence as if he's aware of everything going on around him and is master of the domain in which he stands.

 

Wallace spends the next few hours (somewhere between 3 and 6) learning the location of the important pieces of equipment, running diagnostics and checking logs, maintaining machinery and generally doing his utmost to get the engines and other systems working as best as he can. He also investigates any 'improvised repairs' he encounters and either replaces them with a 'regulation repair' or improves upon them, and makes permenant, depending upon their innovation and effectiveness. Those that're made permenant will be added to his personal 'regulation repair manual' (which is in his head).

 

While working, he formulates a list of equipment he thinks the ship needs, including life-critical and mission-critical supplies and spares he'd like to see added to ship's stores.

 

He then leaves the engineering spaces and wanders the ship in order to familiarise himself with each and every nook, cranny and bulkhead. He spends another hour or two doing this.

 

When he's finished he returns to the bridge and logs into the Bridge engineering station to make sure that it's interfacing with the engines and other equipment and also to make sure his ID will let him do it. He also checks out the level of control he'll have from this station.

 

While doing so, Wallace notices an all hands memo about the construction of an armoury (if such a thing exists) and, having caught his eye, he goes and inspects the workmanship and also security and safety factors.

 

Once Wallace is finished familiarising himself with the ship, he returns to his cabin where he showers and changes into a fresh pair of overalls. He then gets his saxophone out of his duffle and begins to play some fairly upbeat jazz.

 

Should anyone encounter him while he's learning the ship, he'll respond politely but with little emotion and won't linger... basically he'll answer any direct question but he'll politely disengage from any conversation that's not related to the ship or ship's business. As for the jazz... he'll not be anything approaching polite if asked to 'cut out that #### noise' or similar sentiments :o)

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Walking past Wallace's chambers, Nick stops and listens to the noises within.  

 

nice, very nice... I wonder if...

 

She stops and starts to knock, and hesitates, and keeps walking.

 

right, what would you have said anyway, best to keep moving...

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While most of you are in the position to enjoy the days in whatever fashion you desire the Captain has arrangements to make.  With a week until charges begin to accrue he meets with ships chandlers for supplies; water, food stock, special treats, sand for the sand caster, fuel.  And then there is systems checks, contractual obligations for crew to work out and the Cargo Deal to make.  

 

Guar Phish, the agent for the meds to Plotoun Army Base is a tough trader.  He wants the Wanderlust Corp to have delivery made in no more than one month or loss of contract and no payment beyond the 2,000,000 operating fee currently offered with payment of 10,000,000 if the contract is completed.  Or, he prefers 15,000,000 credits for the cargo and Wanderlust Corp can have any and all profits though sales to the Army is required (the Army is advertising 35,000,000 credits for this delivery).

 

****A little background here, the WANDERLUST is a standard design Beowulf Class Free Trader.  I have done some modifications and I hope that I have successfully sent the picture files to Lady Tam.  If so you may get to see the ship soon.  The company that Joshua worked for before adventure one was fond of small parcels and liked keeping the Free Trader in space and delivering with a ship's launch.  In addition, they were required to have thse Free Traders capable of acting in the position of militia.  Carrying fighters from planet to planet in the systems where they worked.  Just thought you might want to know.****

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****Well I have tried to keep all the lines in mind for this posting.  If I missed something let me know by PM.  I have been able to find GURPS Far Trader so this will be added to the rules systems I am working from, with some oddball house rules as well.****

 

The week is almost over.  The collector of tariffs, the official in charge of rentals on the hanger and a few others are waiting eagerly to begin charging the WANDERLUST for services and ETC.  The medicine is ready for delivery pending transfer of 15 million credits (Federation Official Scrip or equivalent in trade value).  Delivery of supplies for refitting has taken place.  These supplies take up twenty five percent of available cargo space (with packageing and dunnage).

 

The operating funds for Wanderlust Inc 29,000,000 credits have been depleted by 1.5 Million for descretionary spending by Arn, 1.5 million for engine supplies, 100,000 for resupply of food stock, 500,000 for refueling and water.  This leaves 25.4 million credits in the operating funds.

 

The fighters have been traded off for other ships vehicles, however, there is some debate over the utilization of either of the ships hangers as fueling cells.  It might be preferable to put cargo in a hanger and convert cargo space amidships to fuel tankage.

 

Systems checks on the WANDERLUST are as follows:

 

Hull plated and sectioned for damage control, all in good order.  Vessel is streamlined for atmospheric entry and has landing gear, all in good order.  There are five portals from the interior of the vessel to the exterior.  One to the forward section (STBD) and two for the cargo bays (PORT and STBD) and one eact for the Landing Craft Bays (also PORT and STBD), all in good order.  Vessel fitted with fuel scoops, all in good order.

 

Systems:       Jump Drive:  100%  //  space drive: 100%  //  NavComp:  100%  //  InfoComp:  100%

                      laser system:  100%   //  sand caster:  100%  // Auxiliary power:  100%  //  GravGen:  100%

                      life support:  100%  //  galley supplies:  four months per person  //  waste storage: 000%

                      Jump Fuel:  100%   //  standard systems fuel:  100%  //  normal drive fuel:  100%

                      Beacons:  100%  //  Communications:  100%  // Emergency generator:  operational

 

Note that the basic food processing units take raw materials and make a variety of meals or in some cases the crew members can cook.  Though these "modern" ships can recycle elements eventually wastes are produced which are to difficult to recombine for the average starship.  At some starports the wastes can be sold for minimal profits, at others they are taken for free and at some you must pay to have them removed.

 

ARMORY:  One laser rifle with a backup charge pack.  Three laser pistols.  One shotgun 1000 rounds and three projectile pistols (9MM with 1000 rounds).

 

And so it is time to draw the crew in from fun around town and prepare for the first Jump to Kildir's Outpost, a planet near, but not on the front lines of the war.  From there it will depend on the way the battles are going as to which jump to take next.

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(four hours before launch, comm lights up and the following message is broadcast) "Attention, attention, this is your captain speaking! (chuckle). We have a passenger at the last minute, but he's paying well for the priviledge. Sira, he will be reporting to you for your expert appraisal. Professional expert appraisal. 'hem. Chief, if you would run any last minute diagnostics on our engines, we'll get this bird in the air. Nick, if you would be so kind as do come and give me the good oil on routes and astrogation. You are commanded to bring chocolate. Over!"

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"Aye aye Captain! I'll head below now." Replies Wallace over the intercom. "I should be ready to answer bells in under four hours, but holla if you need propulsion sooner."

 

Wallce terminates the intercom channel, puts his sax in the stand and secures it in, then he heads off to the engine room where he begins final preparations to answer bells.

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A few hours before scheduled departure, a well-dressed man walks into hangar A314, carrying a fairly large aluminium travelling case. He appears professional, wearing fashionable business clothes that are smart but not flashy. His hair is dark brown, well coiffured and swept back in the current sober style. His face is handsome and his whole posture and being are attractive.

 

He walks confidently into the hangar and approaches the Wanderlust with an elegant, purposeful stride. His voice, when he speaks, is clear and resonant.

 

"Good Afternoon. My name is Dexter and I believe the Personnel Officer is expecting me. Permission to come aboard?"

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(four hours before launch, comm lights up and the following message is broadcast) "Nick, if you would be so kind as do come and give me the good oil on routes and astrogation. You are commanded to bring chocolate. Over!"

 

Nick giggles at the message.  She makes a quick stop at the galley to obtain some chocolate and proceeds straightaway to the bridge.

 

"Really, sir, you ought not command me to bring you treats.  It could be misconstrued by the new crew members.  And then they would be lacking in the proper respect they show to you."  She admonishes as she holds out the open box of chocolates for his perusal.  "No, not that one, I want it, try this one.", as he attempts to pick a piece for himself.

 

"Routes and astrogation, right sir?  Now, I believe based on my calculations.....(she goes in to much more detail than the average listener would be interested in)... and therefore this is our best course."

 

And she tilts her head a bit to one side as she considers a second piece from the box.

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