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Re: I get knocked down...
« Reply #30 on: 11 July 2022, 00:08:00 »
Makes perfect sense to me!  :thumbsup:

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Re: I get knocked down...
« Reply #31 on: 17 July 2022, 00:35:18 »
Kathil, 19th June 3039.

   Captain Russell glowered down at the Corporal sitting in front of him. He was tired and really just wanted to leave a message with his sister.
   "Corporal, all I am asking you to do is take a hand-written note in to Major Russell-Ngo. I'm going to be here for at least two or three weeks. You just take it in when you have a moment and hand it to her. She'll be more than happy to contact me outside of duty hours. You know and I know she's busy as hell in there, checking requisitions and such and I do NOT have clearance much less an appointment to go in there. If I make an appointment, she'll be pissed that I had to go that far. You work for her daily, I'm just her little brother. I sent a heads-up last month, so she is expecting me to leave the note."
   The Corporal thought for a moment and took the folded sheet of paper.
    "Alright Sir, I'll take this in in a few minutes. You want to stick around so she can reply in person?"
   Daniel smiled.
    "No, I don't think so I need to hustle back to my BOQ so I can be by the vidphone. I'll expect a call right after she gets that note."
Daniel quickly gave the Corporal a grin and spun on his heel.
    "Corporal I owe you one, I'll swing back by before I boost off this rock with a thank you coffee and sticky bun. It's the one thing I can legally do since I can bring enough for the whole office."
« Last Edit: 24 July 2022, 23:19:10 by Deathrider6 »
"You're either with me, or you hate freedom and kittens. " - consequences on VSD and a draw result of the Great Refusal.

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Re: I get knocked down...
« Reply #32 on: 20 July 2022, 01:54:00 »
  BOQ Suite 101, Uhlans Base, Kathil, 45 minutes later.

     The Vidphone chirped insistently as Daniel leaned over and hit the accept key.
     "Captain Russell, how may I help you sir or ma'am?"
Daniel had hit audio only since he was off duty and in a pair of sweatpants and a battered Nagelring shirt. His older sister's voice came back over the link.
      "Danny, it's Allie I'm at home so you can hit video if you are decent. To cut to the chase, your note made my day. I was wondering if you could come by for dinner tonight or tomorrow? I have the next two days off."
     Daniel smiled as he opened the link and looked at his sister's face. She looked a little care worn and over worked but her eyes were bright and the smile on her face was genuine.
     "Allie I could come by in a couple of hours, we are taking a couple of rest days before resuming tour stops. I can take a cab after I get back into a uniform or I can come in civvies. Your call sis."
     Kommandant Allison Russell-Ngo shook her head.
    "Wear a uniform Danny, I rate a full-time driver and we can eat the main club. Dave is off on mission and if I have you over to the house, neighbors' tongues will wag. I'll be there in an hour."
The link went blank before Daniel could reply. He walked into the suite bedroom and quickly changed.
« Last Edit: 20 July 2022, 02:02:41 by Deathrider6 »
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Re: I get knocked down...
« Reply #33 on: 20 July 2022, 14:53:25 »
Main Club, Uhlans Base, Kathil.

  Daniel waited as his sister sat down and sipped the wine that had been brought over for her approval. He sat down and poured the Timbiqui Dark ale into a frosted stein.
   "How are things going Allie? The letters tell me that you and Dave are doing well but that's about it. I would have gotten here sooner but as you know, there is a war on." His attempt at humor fell flat but Allie didn't seem to notice.
   "Well, we are doing fine. Dave is off doing God knows what, Secret Squirrel stuff behind the lines, he can't talk about it, but I deal with the nightmares. He does his required therapy and does not beat me or the kids when they are with us. Right now, they are with Grampa Dinh on Kowloon." She drained the wineglass in a swallow.
   "I suspect the separations are hardest on Henry and Elizabeth since they are the youngest. I am due to rotate back to the Lyran State Command after this tour is done. Dave will be too, but we are still not sure where we want to be assigned. Dave is due for a cadre post. I will probably teach at one of the Academies for a couple of years just to try and give the kids a sense of normalcy. If I don't teach, I'll take a post at a major supply point like Skye or Donegal."
    Daniel nodded.
   "Allie, I'm not sure what to tell you. All I know is that I have about four more months of this bond tour thing and then if I am lucky, I go back to my unit. I wish Dave was here so he could see and hear you. The way you are putting down the wine makes me a little worried. No, I am not going to preach at you or, try to tell you what to do. I'm lucky to see you every couple of years and here I go trying to give my big sister a lecture."
« Last Edit: 20 July 2022, 22:04:04 by Deathrider6 »
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Re: I get knocked down...
« Reply #34 on: 20 July 2022, 17:27:35 »
Yep, failed that willpower check...  :D

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Re: I get knocked down...
« Reply #35 on: 20 July 2022, 21:37:28 »
Something to keep in mind here:  Allison cut her maternal leave short to go back to the office for the War of '39, leaving her youngest with a grandparent at age two-during critical bonding years.  (and it's not even the first time she's done it.)

Career>kids.

With both parents in the service, holding security clearances that are high, this is not unprecedented in real life.   It IS, however, relatively unusual. 
"If you have to ask permission, then it's no longer a Right, it has been turned into a Privilege-something that can be and will be taken from you when convenient."

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Re: I get knocked down...
« Reply #36 on: 22 July 2022, 00:25:56 »
Main club, dinner continued...

    Daniel sipped his beer.
  "Sorry about that Allie, I know that things are difficult right now. They have sucked since before you and Dave got married. Dad has gotten over it and wants to patch things up, but Mom is being a stubborn pain in the butt. She insists that you married below your station even though the Ngo family has been ennobled for generations. She has been giving me hell about getting married and I'm a whopping three years out of the Nagelring. If it helps, I like Dave, I think he is good for you, Dad agrees but defers to Mom to keep peace in the house."
    Allie sighed.
    "Dad always has been reasonable. You take after him quite a bit, you'll probably surpass him though. He made Colonel then hung up his boots to run things at home. You'll probably end up very senior as long as you don't piss too many people off. I'll probably top off at Colonel because I don't have that 'it' factor. I can make paper move but am not a pure leader. Dave will go far if he does not get himself killed. He's up for Leutnant Colonel. He will have to come into the light, so to speak, to rise above half bird. It just frustrates me having the kids so far away when he is on mission. I don't want to go reserve though I get a high of doing my job."
     With that Allie took a swallow of wine and Daniel shrugged.
    "Allie you just need to find balance. Find it before it's too late. I have the advantage I'm still a junior officer so I can adapt. I'm also a Combat Arms Officer so, I will promote fairly quickly since turnover is higher. I have another year on the line then I have some schooling and a staff tour. Figure three years from now I'll be a junior Kommandant under the incoming system at most maybe still a senior Hauptmann, but I'll have another line posting. Regardless of what rank I hold there's a good chance I'll have another command. I do well they will groom me for the next level. The hard part is not pissing someone senior off. I have been fortunate so far."
He drained the glass and poured his second beer into another frosted glass.
     "I hope you understand why I worry about you Allie. You always have been the rebel. At the same time, you burn very, very bright. You have a great reputation as a logistics officer. My Battalion Commander sang your praises. You have a decent shot at General's tabs too, as long as you find balance. I'm going to do my best to keep in touch and encourage you and Dave. Give me the word and I will work on our parents too."
 
"You're either with me, or you hate freedom and kittens. " - consequences on VSD and a draw result of the Great Refusal.

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Re: I get knocked down...
« Reply #37 on: 22 July 2022, 00:40:14 »
Author's note:


 Thanks to Cannonshop for the in-laws angle. Daniel was the only member of Allie's family invited to the wedding. Allie and Daniel are as close as interstellar distances and a military career allow so, he as much as I tried not to, probably comes across a preachy to the reader in the last two passages. The Russells are a bright burning bunch who in this particular AU usually hang out in the Periphery region of the old Commonwealth. They support Katrina and the FedCom alliance but do not have the baggage that the Ngo family has. They are also "old money" their holdings go back to pre-exodus Terra.  They don't have near the sheer finances and business contacts that the Ngos have but through savvy investments they have a rather nice nest egg and a planet they rule over.
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Re: I get knocked down...
« Reply #38 on: 22 July 2022, 03:23:41 »
Which planet? ???

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Re: I get knocked down...
« Reply #39 on: 22 July 2022, 21:42:51 »
   Kwangjong-ni, in this story I have the Russell clan hailing from there. In the original batch of stories, Daniel was from Kirklin in the old Fedsuns. I decided after the completion of that arc that having the Clan from Kwangjong-ni and having relatively close family on Kirklin allows me a bit more freedom and allows me to set him up as a heavy later as Kowloon and environs are (re) detailed. Hopefully more stories to come. I had fun putting this together and am deciding if I want to extend this bit or end it and start a new piece.
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Re: I get knocked down...
« Reply #40 on: 23 July 2022, 06:58:26 »
Cool, thanks!  I look forward to whatever you decide!  :thumbsup:

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Re: I get knocked down...
« Reply #41 on: 23 July 2022, 16:49:10 »
I hope for more
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Re: I get knocked down...
« Reply #42 on: 23 July 2022, 21:50:10 »
Federated Suns fan forever, Ghost Bear Fan since 1992, and as a Ghost Bear David Bekker star captain (in an Alt TL Loremaster)

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Re: I get knocked down...
« Reply #43 on: 23 July 2022, 23:31:29 »
Just a little info drop. Probably should be in Non-Canon units but here will do for those who want to play at home.

   Russell's Striker Lance, Bravo Company, 2nd Battalion, 10th Deneb light Cavalry RCT

    Leftenant Daniel Russell (P-4/G-3) Wolverine 6R (Modded, swap AC/5 for PPC plus 2 heatsinks)
     Sergeant Peter Kessel (P-4/G-3) Valkyrie QA
    Mechwarrior Simone DeMonet (P5/G5) Valkyrie QA
    Mechwarrior Alexander LeMat (P-4/G-4) Firestarter FS9


  Opfor (4th Ghost Regt)

   All DCMS troops are P-4/G-4 and are considered veteran

   Grand Dragon
   Panther
   Jenner
   Stinger


  10th Deneb must fight for 10 turns and eliminate 50% of DCMS forces for victory. 10th Deneb must have 50% of forces exit home edge after turn ten, early exit by 10th Deneb unit(s) do not count towards victory conditions. Leftenant Russell must not be captured or killed. If Leftenant Rusell is captured or killed scenario is a win for DCMS regardless of other conditions.


   DCMS unit must destroy 10th Deneb unit in 15 turns. DCMS unit fails if 50% or more of DCMS force is destroyed. Game ends at turn 15 (10th Deneb has additional units inbound DCMS unit was pushed out off camera).

  Maps are desert (2 by 2) short edges are home edge.

Units on both sides will advance across map until contact is made. AFFS and DCMS units are at 50% Ammo loads to simulate heavy fighting. 

Option: Each mech on both sides have 1d6/2 hits of 5points each roll on the front table, minimum of 1.

    Author's note: been a while since I have written anything scenariowise, so tweaking might be needed, will be using this as a demo scenario at a later date.  If you play, feedback can be posted below.
« Last Edit: 24 July 2022, 23:13:55 by Deathrider6 »
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Re: I get knocked down...
« Reply #44 on: 23 July 2022, 23:38:33 »
I'd at least drop that 6 Gunnery to 5.