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Re: Jade Imperium - Came To Make A Bang

e of pi posted in Jade Imperium - Came To Make A Bang on 2020-02-13 00:30:22
"Yeah," Luis says. "If we can get them to turn on each other, it'll be spectacular, though." He admires the very-well-disguised gear for a moment. You've got a really good setup here. how tight is the security? The port was mostly just mercs, do they look hard at you on your recon runs?"

Re: Jade Imperium - Came To Make A Bang

Admiral Duck Sauce posted in Jade Imperium - Came To Make A Bang on 2020-02-12 01:24:23
"Longer than you," FTE sasses back. "Look, there's no answer I can give that earns your respect. Was I there when your BFF Jonnoperest died in that gilded zoo? No. I wasn't even a subroutine then. So yeah, I've been with the 815 a couple months, and I just met you now. So what? I'm here to teabag motherfuckers who think they know what to do with your fucking planet. Let's get our heads out of our asses and get to it."

Re: Jade Imperium - Came To Make A Bang

CrazyIvan posted in Jade Imperium - Came To Make A Bang on 2020-02-11 00:28:37
It's a careful line to walk. After all, the Technically-Still-a-Specialist knows that there is an immense joy to be found in fucking with people who are under the mistaken belief that they are too important to be fucked with. This is, as far as he is concerned, at least 20% of the appeal of reenlistment.

Instead, the goal is to simply appear impervious. Like a particularly stylish boulder. Both above whatever is going on right now but also impossible to get a rise out of. The kind of man who can simply make everyone's day a little bit worse. Once the Samal is done, Angel inclines his head once, picks up his effects, and makes to leave.

"My thanks, Samal Teaobo." Again, neither threatening nor with the salaciousness that suggests future bribes - the kind of thing that could set off the sort of upright Turai they have stationed on Grinacanne. No, just the sort of man who remembers names, and stores them away for later as an idle habit, one more way of ordering a universe that is his. Picking up his personal effects, he proceeds a respectfully unaffiliated distance away before connecting with the local Cortex, arranging for his bags to be delivered to the nicest hotel available.

"Nicest" being a decidedly relative description.

Though it's also one where Angel has just bought out an entire floor.

Re: Jade Imperium - Came To Make A Bang

punkey posted in Jade Imperium - Came To Make A Bang on 2020-02-09 09:38:31
(FTE Trust: 2d8 v. 1d8 = 8 v. 1, Trust is now Neutral)

The mere act of telling the humans that it was going to jump shells seems to be enough to lower their guard, so when FTE sits up in one of its new Turai shells, the scramblers are lowered and turned off.
"When Brinai told us we were getting sent a Sheen to help...we had to be sure you wouldn't just...take over everything and blow our cover," the woman that opened the transport shell - Anoni Hoim, according to the team's Bashakra'i files, said. "Name's Hoim. You're the 815 Sheen?" She nods to the others, starting with Tena Telosa, the team's listed second in command. "That's Telosa, intrusion expert." They narrow their eyes at FTE, obviously distrusting - but the scrambler stays off. "Vama Abeon, industrial systems, and his sister Vano, offensive code." Vama nods to FTE while Vano pokes at the transport shell before looking back to FTE, obviously excited to get closer. "Raand, Turai systems." She nods to FTE, and it doesn't need the team's files in its memory to know Lena Raand learned how to stand like that in the Imperial Turai.

"So, Sheen," Hoim says. "What's your story?" The tone in her voice changes, and not for the better. "How long have you been with the 815?"

Re: Jade Imperium - Came To Make A Bang

punkey posted in Jade Imperium - Came To Make A Bang on 2020-02-09 09:15:51
It's a short drone skimmer ride to the hotel - owned and operated by Getkesa Combine, naturally. Hale leads the way into the hotel lobby, followed by Garrett, Luis, and Swims-the-Black in the rear with the gear. As the team steps into the lobby, a rather simple yet stylish polished-stone-and-carpet affair, a fit young man in a somewhat revealing Getkesa Combine blue and yellow uniform approaches them. Hale intercepts him immediately, but the worker doesn't blink. He must be used to a certain degree of security paranoia from the hotel's guests.
"Mr. Namas and party?" he asks.
"Yes, I am Namas," Garrett replies.
"The rest of your crew is waiting in your room, number 943," the worker says, tapping his vox and "flicking" the room codes to the team before leaving with a quick bow.
Garrett looks to the rest of the group. "I guess we go to room 943."

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A quick elevator ride later, as rain starts to beat on the seamless glass window rising the whole height of the lift's run up the building, and the team files down the hall to Room 943. The room has the standard buzzer-sconce combo that the berths on Atea have, save the matching aesthetic to the hotel, but beside that is another sconce attached to the wall. As soon as Hale and Garrett step into view, the hotel room door slides open and a man in his 30s with perfectly coiffed hair sticks his head out. "Ah, our second team is here," he says. "Come on in, we need to plan our coverage before the show starts."

The room inside is already dominated by carryall crates for equipment, with sconce drones and a couple cogitators already unpacked and set up. A big dark-skinned man with braided hair looks over his shoulder and nods at the team, while a slight woman looks up from her equipment with interest as the painfully good-looking man closes and locks the door behind him. "Don't worry, we've already swept the room for the Getkesa listening devices," he says, then bows. "Kodor Viaweph, team leader." He points to the big man at the cogitator. "That's Qumu Manloni, and her name is Vaaosa Ilnu. So, we're told you're jumping onto our annual recon to cause some kind of trouble? Cover's a business proposal, and you want to get the whole rotten cabal to turn on each other?" He whistles. "That's gonna be one tall order."

Luis' ocular implants are naturally drawn to the tech that Ilnu is working with - some kind of hacking device? A broad-spectrum vox jammer? Sophisticated 3D scanner? Or...a multi-channel audio recorder and drone controller? Swims peers over the shoulder of Manloni, and sees that instead of some kind of complicated recon as it first appeared, Manloni is actually editing sconce video together, something about one of the new skimmer models on display. Garrett, for his part, can recognize the careful cadence and accentless-accent of a ravilar anywhere.

Re: Jade Imperium - Came To Make A Bang

Gatac posted in Jade Imperium - Came To Make A Bang on 2020-02-09 08:49:33
Hug'sh-as-Lorr eases forward. "Shipmaster," he says to Arketta in barked Naranai, "can Turai look at galley first? Must put freezer back soon." He gives the Samal an apologetic look, ears flattening and eyes cast to the floor. "Sorry for asking. There are cookies."

Assuming the Turai go with it, Hug'sh will give them the ten-minute tour of the galley, going over inventory, hygiene regulations and, of course, the smuggling space cleverly hidden behind the freezer, which Hug'sh has disconnected, unbolted and slid forward for inspection. The tray of fresh cookies sits on an unused counter, ripe for plundering by anyone who might feel peckish.

Re: Jade Imperium - Came To Make A Bang

punkey posted in Jade Imperium - Came To Make A Bang on 2020-02-09 08:37:22
Arketta eases the Crimson Akwhela into position in the pre-bracketed-for-fire space, lowers the power to station keeping only, and climbs out of the shipmaster's seat. She grabs her dark brown work jacket, throwing it on over her Turai crimson snap-up shirt and brown pants. She didn't get why Hug'sh and Angel snickered and called her outfit "shiny", but right now, she has to put on her best "I'm a smuggler, but an honest one" face for the inspection.

The Manta arrives a few minutes later, but it doesn't dock. Zaef warned her about this - an easy way to tell an experienced shipmaster from a novice is the newbies always assume that the inspection team will dock. Instead, the Manta heats up its guns, parks a few hundred meters away, and depressurizes the troop cabin to let two trins out the back on EVA packs. The six Turai jet over and land in the open airlock as Arketta, Zaef, Angel, and Hug'sh wait on the other side.

(Angel Intimidate: 2d8 v. 1d8 = 5 v. 1)
(Arketta Talk: 1d6+1d8 v. 1d8 = 6 v. 7)

Arketta puts on her best nonchalant smirk as the airlock opens. "Welcome to the Crimson -"
"Pursuant to system-wide order by Rav-Odun Duand Yarakaj, all ships entering the Grinacanne system are to be boarded and searched for contraband and any individuals with known terrorist sympathies," the Samal says, already sounding bored. "Stand aside and let us do our jobs so we can both get moving, Shipmaster."
Arketta slowly nods as the Samal walks right by her. "...right. Well, we've got nothing to hide. Panels are popped open, containers are spaced out for inspection."
Angel, on the other hand, doesn't move. He stands right in the Samal's path, looking both very rich and very used to getting his way.
"Noble on his way from...somewhere, he didn't say and I didn't ask," Arketta says. "His containers are laid out, but he refused to let them be opened for inspection, I tried to tell him, but..."

Angel glowers harder at the Samal, who visibly pauses to consider pissing off someone rich and powerful enough to walk right into a restricted system without proper ID and expect to get away with it. He quickly flips a haptic, and his scanner runs against the same bulkhead Arketta's pretending to have encountered, but also tells the Turai to let Angel through. A definite do not fuck with sign.

"Right," the Samal says. "Well, let's get this underway."

Re: Jade Imperium - Came To Make A Bang

CrazyIvan posted in Jade Imperium - Came To Make A Bang on 2020-02-07 05:32:28
Angel grunts, and tugs slightly at his coat to straighten the lines. The ship might be well worn and a little lived in, but his appearance is immaculate. Every inch the kind of man who would both hire a ship like this because he has uses for the kind of people who fly in it - and also the kind of man who views this all as every so slightly beneath him.

The kind of man who, to the average port inspector, might feel like more trouble than he's worth.

Re: Jade Imperium - Came To Make A Bang

e of pi updated in Jade Imperium - Came To Make A Bang on 2020-01-31 04:53:23
Luis watches while both Hale and the mercs take their chance to assert authority, and waits to see if the mercs take things any further. Mostly, it just seems like posturing to see how they react.

Re: Jade Imperium - Came To Make A Bang

Admiral Duck Sauce posted in Jade Imperium - Came To Make A Bang on 2020-01-29 22:12:15
"You could say I was born for this," FTE sends. "I'm going to attempt a connection with that shell 2.83 meters to your right, don't be alarmed. It'll be easier if we can just talk."