Komm Susser Tod 2 3 14

[00:10] <Yanmei> Having finished up a small amount of small talk with the Iron Guard standing at attention by the entrance of the hallway that let to Engineering, Yanmei fumbled with the straps to her radiation suit one last time and waved a cheery goodbye to him as if marching into this sort of environment with these sort of preparations was the most normal thing in the world. "Later~" -
[00:14] <Yanmei> From now on, she decided silently as she trudged along, she would send proxies instead of making these visits personally. Some poor sap like Hyuga or Archibald… For now, she simply tried to make it past the radiation leaks as quickly as the awkward, heavy suit would allow.
[00:17] <Minaplo> [She'd soon emerge on the other side of the corridor, although… That was odd, wasn't there supposed to be an Iron Guard on both sides?-
[00:18] <Minaplo> [Engineering was bustling with activity- and right in the middle of it Yanmei could see Surov, speaking to an engineer over a set of holographic blueprints.-
[00:19] <Minaplo> [There were Iron Guard here after all, but they weren't guarding the door- instead they were working, all under the guise of a leader with a servo arm and mechadendrite harness similar to Surov's own.]
[00:34] * Yanmei wandered among them, heading for Surov, still shuffling about awkwardly with her suit but also incredibly wary of being accidentally knocked over by the Guards who were rushing around. What was Surov discussing?
[00:40] <Minaplo> [The conversation was quite technical, and Yanmei couldn't make heads nor tails of it…-
[00:40] <Minaplo> [He looked over at her as she approached, frowning.]
[00:47] * Yanmei removed her helmet with -flourish-, swishing her violet hair for the proper dramatic effect. The person under the bulky, humble suit was actually a graceful and awesome Chancellor! She beamed at him, fully anticipating some surprised reaction to the reveal. "Hello Surov." She nodded to the engineer too, because it was polite.
[00:54] * Zack is now known as ZackInquisition
[00:57] <Minaplo> [Both the engineer and Surov stared at her for a moment.-
[00:57] <Minaplo> [The engineer blushed, muttered something incomprehensible and scuttled away, but Surov's frown deepened.-
[00:58] <Minaplo> ["Zhang. What are you doing?"]
[01:04] <Yanmei> "I came to check on your progress? And I also wanted to discuss another project." The engineer's response pleased her. That was totally surprise.
[01:05] <Minaplo> ["No, what are you doing with the suit?"]
[01:09] <Yanmei> "Eh?" she peered down at it with a frown, but didn't see anything out of place. "Um, the radiation leak? You of all people should know about that."
[01:10] <Minaplo> ["Fixed yesterday."]
[01:12] <Yanmei> "…" Yanmei gave a light chuckle. "That's a good one? But the Guard out front said otherwise."
[01:15] <Minaplo> ["He lied."]
[01:19] <Yanmei> "N-…" She peered around. Already, she could feel her face reddening. Why weren't there any other people in radiation suits walking around?! "No way! Why?!"
[01:21] <Minaplo> ["I don't know. Go ask him."]
[01:29] * Yanmei fumed! She glared at him, and then pouted impotently, glaring off to the side. "Whatever," she said tightly. "Let's get down to business."
[01:30] <Minaplo> ["Very well."]
[01:37] <Yanmei> "How are the ship's repairs progressing? I was informed that we only have a few days left until we're ready to leave?"
[01:49] <Minaplo> ["We'll be flight-worthy by then." Said Surov. "Although most our weapons systems are still disabled."]
[01:57] <Yanmei> "How long do you think those will stay offline?"
[02:02] <Minaplo> ["Realistically, we need access to our supply and industrial base back on Earth if we want to repair them in time." Said Surov.]
[02:06] <Yanmei> "All the more reason to retake the Geofront."
[02:07] <Minaplo> [He nodded.]
[23:12] <Yanmei> "Concerning other weapons, however… one of our security people has his eye on a type that some of Caine's troops were using. A 'Battlesuit'."
[23:14] <Minaplo> ["We managed to capture three Battlesuits during the boarding attack, but none of them are in condition to use."]
[23:17] <Yanmei> "Is it possible to repair them? Or do we need more supplies for that too?"
[23:18] <Minaplo> ["Possible, but time-consuming and costly. I would need to custom-build some parts."]
[23:22] <Yanmei> "Unless we can capture some more during the battles we'll be having on earth…" She rubbed her chin. "In any either, it will have to wait until we get back."
[23:24] <Yanmei> ^either case
[23:33] <Minaplo> ["I could begin work on some custom parts right away."]
[23:34] <Yanmei> "How long would it take?"
[23:35] <Minaplo> ["At least two weeks."]
[23:38] <Yanmei> "That's not so bad! Think we could eventually mass manufacture them on our own with enough money and understanding?"
[23:41] <Minaplo> ["Possible."]
[23:46] <Yanmei> "The gentleman in question said he wanted a custom-built suit. I'll relay to him what, precisely, we have available."
[23:47] <Minaplo> ["I will need his details." Said Surov. "Measurements, so on and so forth."]
[23:48] <Yanmei> "He's Matthias Holmstrom. If we don't already have that on file, I'll send him here to get measured."
[23:49] <Minaplo> ["Holmstrom? Why does he want a battlesuit?"]
[23:59] <Yanmei> "He'll be accompanying the Princess of Wales on a trip back to Britain. Naturally, we'll want to provide the very best security measures available to make sure she makes it back to us in one piece."
Session Time: Wed Nov 19 00:00:00 2014
[00:00] <Minaplo> ["I see. Is that all?"]
[00:02] <Yanmei> "Well. Do you have any insight into how Mr Ezekiel's… erm, research has been going?"
[00:10] <Minaplo> ["His research?"]
[00:12] <Yanmei> "Yes. I thought he would be checking in with you and Sarasvati about it? It's an ancient alien… thing. A person absorbs it, and it contains their soul if they die instead of letting it get caught in the cycle of reincarnation. A temporary measure to keep our people out of Caine's hands if the worst happens to them?"
[00:20] <Minaplo> ["He did not tell me about this." Said Surov. "He discussed his 'deal', however. I had my own idea for it."]
[00:21] <Yanmei> "Oh?"
[00:23] <Minaplo> ["A large scale matter replicator." Said Surov.]
[00:24] * Yanmei gave him a blank look. "So a… cloning machine?"
[00:25] <Minaplo> ["What?"]
[00:27] <Yanmei> "You want something that replicates matter. Things are made of matter. So you'd be replicating things. Like a cloning machine would."
[00:31] <Minaplo> ["Cloning suggests organic matter specifically; you're not incorrect, but imprecise." Said Surov. "The device I proposed would take tiny quantities of any form of matter, primarily inorganic for our purposes, then reproduce them in massive amounts and in pre-set configurations."]
[00:40] <Yanmei> "W-whoa. We could replicate all sorts of tech and mass produce it in a second! It'll improve our ability to trade, too. Although," her eyes took on a vaguely sinister gleam, "we could probably also copy money outright, couldn't we~?"
[00:41] <Minaplo> ["We can do that already." Said Surov. "It's called a mint, and mass copying leads to wild inflation."]
[00:45] <Yanmei> "Tch. Well a machine like that is a good idea, anyway."
[00:46] <Minaplo> [He nodded.-
[00:47] <Minaplo> [It was at this point that someone- or something- grapped Yanmei firmly around the middle! If she looked down she'd find a pair of long, slender pale-skinned arms wrapped tightly around her chest…-
[00:47] <Minaplo> [A head appeared to her left. Red hair, green eyes-
[00:47] <Minaplo> ["Hello, Chancellor." Said Sarasvati serenely, smiling brightly.]
[00:56] <Yanmei> "Ah-! You surprised me." Yanmei flashed a half grin. "Hello Miss Sarasvati."
[01:05] <Minaplo> ["I heard father telling you about his proposal." Said Sarasvati.]
[01:06] <Yanmei> "That's right. What do you think of it?"
[01:08] <Minaplo> ["His proposed device is adequately useful." Said Sarasvati, resting her chin on Yanmei's shoulder. "However, since our requests are limited to a single item, we have to maximise usefulness, which is to a certain extent subjective. Father's suggestion comes at a time where we are suffering a resource and manufacturing shortage, for example."]
[01:14] <Yanmei> "You think we'll regain an industrial foothold eventually even without it?" she guessed.
[01:16] <Minaplo> ["Most of the industrial facilities owned by our allies on Earth are still functional. France, the Soviet Union, China are mostly untouched. They cannot match the output of our enemies, however, which is what my father is truly wanting."-
[01:16] <Minaplo> [Surov nodded.]
[01:28] * Yanmei sighed heavily. "Probably true. I wish he'd be more flexible about the number of perks he'd give us."
[01:30] <Minaplo> ["I tried testing the parameters." Said Sarasvati. "I requested a new and improved battleship, but he said no. So I requested a powerful kilometre-long cannon around which a habitable, space-worthy maneuverable superstructure had been constructed, and he told me that was the same thing. He told me anything larger than a Superheavy was out of the question, and even then it was uncertain."]
[01:42] <Yanmei> "He's completely stingy?" Yanmei complained, folding her arms. "If I could think of anything that could do it, I'd wish for something that would end the war immediately in our favor."
[01:42] <Minaplo> ["I suspect he will deliberately refuse any device that would permit that." Said Sarasvati.]
[01:43] <Yanmei> "Like I said. Stingy."
[01:44] <Minaplo> ["I think he has a reason for it." Said Sarasvati. "He wants to help us, but he has no intention of winning our war for us. He wants us to be able to show we can handle ourselves."]
[23:06] <Yanmei> "But it would cost fewer lives and cause less turmoil if he just won it for us! Isn't that a better avenue?"
[23:12] <Minaplo> ["In the short term this is true." Said Sarasvati, resting her head so that her hair lay against Yanmei's chin. It was soft and smooth and she felt rather warm… "But what about the long term? What if we encounter a foe in the future even greater than the one we already face? He won't be around to help us then, and we will not be as prepared as we would otherwise have been if we'd handled
[23:12] <Minaplo> Mary Caine by ourselves."]
[23:12] <Minaplo> <cheek*>
[23:18] <Yanmei> "Mrph." Yanmei pouted, trying not to get too squirmy. "What other foes could there possibly be? Besides. Well."
[23:23] <Minaplo> ["There's an estimated 200-400 billion stars in our galaxy with at least as many planets." Said Sarasvati. "The Ancestors seeded some of them with life, and over the eons that life has undoubtedly spread and seeded more life. There is also the possibility of 'accidents' having occured, creating life forms in the same situation as our own. Simply put, the odds of us encountering nothing but
[23:23] <Minaplo> non-hostile entities in the rest of the galaxy is fittingly astronomical."]
[23:27] <Yanmei> "Yeah," she said grudgingly. "There's that. Other aliens…"
[23:31] <Minaplo> ["In all honest, we should be grateful for what help he is offering instead of wishing he could offer more." Said Sarasvati.]
[23:36] <Yanmei> "I'm completely grateful?" Yanmei tried to toss her hair, but it was a bit difficult to do that with Sarasvati so close. She held back a pout. "Well, whatever. We'll just have to do the best we can?"
[23:40] <Minaplo> ["I know you will." Said Sarasvati, her tone now warm. Strange…-
[23:41] <Minaplo> ["Your best has always been all we need, Chancellor."]
[23:46] <Yanmei> "…?" Yanmei stepped away, patting her hand lightly and turning to face her properly. "Anyway? You never mentioned how you've been getting along down here. Making friends?"
Session Time: Fri Nov 21 00:00:00 2014
[00:05] <Minaplo> ["Yes." Said Sarasvati.]
[00:11] <Yanmei> "I'm glad!" Yanmei beamed. "I knew you would."
[00:13] <Minaplo> ["When I'm able, I have been playing games with Suzanne Sartre."]
[00:14] <Yanmei> "Ah…? Is it okay for her to play around in here?"
[00:28] <Minaplo> [Surov snorted.-
[00:28] <Minaplo> ["It's fine, Chancellor." Said Sarasvati with a smile.]
[00:39] <Yanmei> "What about Vimes' son? He requested to be one of your volunteers, but I never saw how that played out?"
[00:48] <Minaplo> ["I have him working for me, yes." Said Sarasvati. "I've been training him. I would like to speak to you about something in private, Chancellor."]
[00:50] <Yanmei> "Certainly?" She gestured for her to lead the way to a more private spot. "I'll see you later, Dr. Surov."
[00:59] <Minaplo> [And so Yanmei was taken into Sarasvati's extremely cold office.-
[00:59] <Minaplo> ["It is about your general officer corps."]
[01:01] <Yanmei> "Yes…?" The radition suit should have kept her warmer than this! She made a deliberate effort to keep her teeth from chattering.
[01:04] <Minaplo> ["Would you describe us as requiring more commanders?"]
[01:15] <Yanmei> "…yeah, we probably do need more. A lot more, especially if we start to reclaim more territory."
[01:24] <Minaplo> ["I would like to volunteer myself as a high level commander."]
[01:27] <Yanmei> "W-what? Why?"
[01:29] <Minaplo> ["Because it is a role I am capable of filling." Said Sarasvati. "And because we require the role to be filled immediately."]
[01:38] <Yanmei> "You're absolutely sure about this?"
[01:39] <Minaplo> ["Yes. I am willing to respond to any doubts you may have."]
[01:40] <Yanmei> "I'm worried about one of our chief scientists being blown up on some battlefield."
[01:42] <Minaplo> ["The same measures that we use to protect the safety of our generals, such as Wellesley, during a battlefield will suffice for me also, with the additional fact that I am much more resilient." Said Sarasvati. "So long as my computer core is preserved, I can be restored to full capacity. Although I would prefer to avoid it if at all possible."]
[01:51] <Yanmei> "Yeah, no kidding," she muttered. "I guess if you're that confident about it we could try it out."
[01:59] <Minaplo> [She smiled, a big wide smile. "Thank you, Chancellor."]
[01:59] <Yanmei> "Thank -you-. You were under no obligation to volunteer, and yet you did."
[02:11] <Minaplo> [She nodded once.]
[02:21] <Yanmei> "How awkward?" she chuckled. "We'll have to tell Surov that he has to be Chief Science Officer for longer than he was probably planning to be."
[02:22] <Minaplo> ["I've already discussed this with him." Said Sarasvati.]
[02:23] <Yanmei> "Oh. Heh. Yeah, of course you would! Thanks."
[02:23] <Minaplo> [She smiled. "I hope I won't disappoint."]
[02:26] <Yanmei> "I doubt you will!" Yanmei gave her a cheerful pat on the shoulder. "I'll be on my way, then. Gotta forward the news to Thomas so that he'll assign you a proper squad?"
[02:32] <Minaplo> ["A squad?"]
[02:35] <Yanmei> "Yup~ Although, I guess a Unit is the proper term for it. You'll probably end up with multiple ones."
[02:36] <Minaplo> ["I see." She smiled, and held her arms out for an embrace.]
[02:40] * Yanmei blinked and then, a little shyly, almost, stepped into it for a brief hug.
[02:45] <Minaplo> [She had very firm hugs. "Have a good day, Chancellor."]
[02:46] <Yanmei> "You too, okay?"
[02:48] <Minaplo> [Sarasvati nodded.]
[02:53] <Yanmei> It wasn't long before Yanmei had left her and Surov behind, wandering back the way she'd come. She hesitated at the first door, and then steeled herself, squaring her shoulders, pressing on without putting her protective headgear back on. How was her new nemesis Iron Guard doing when she returned to him? Undoubtedly, he was still standing there, radiating smugness.
[02:56] <Minaplo> [The Guard, wearing red armour with gold filigree and ornate engravings, had a truly shit-faced grin on his face as Yanmei emerged. He made little (well, big) gun hands at her as she emerged. "Gotcha!"]
[02:58] <Yanmei> "Hmph!" Yanmei tossed her hair. "I knew all along? I was just humoring you."
[02:59] <Minaplo> ["Consider me humoured." Said the Guard, his grin widening. "You could say I am radiating humour."]
[03:10] <Yanmei> "Grrr…!" Yanmei tossed her hair, and started away with a big huff. "You haven't heard the last of this!"
[03:37] <Minaplo> ["If I had, would that make me a last shepherd?"]
[03:44] <Yanmei> She actually winced at that, but she didn't break her stride. "Good -day-!" she snapped.

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