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Re: Important People. (Alternate Ngoverse}
« Reply #60 on: 25 December 2020, 19:56:27 »
I just hope they don't punish her by trying force her to do things she wasn't meant to do. I hate that crap.
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Re: Important People. (Alternate Ngoverse}
« Reply #61 on: 25 December 2020, 20:53:27 »
Does the Kowloon Coast Guard Militia have mess dress uniforms?

I think KCGM dress uniform just had a shinier skinsuit with a smarter harness over it.

Has she been transferred to the LCN or is she on secondment and staying in her home service uniform?

I wonder if there's a way of wearing a ballgown over a skinsuit...
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« Reply #62 on: 25 December 2020, 23:37:04 »
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"...I didn't think it was required!" Amanda scoffed, "So I ignored it."

"Well, now you know."  Irena said, "If I had realized you were That Ngo family, I would've helped you out sooner!"

She examined Amanda's scant personals.  "You don't have a Mess Dress, do you?"

"uh, never needed one?" Amanda said, "The Class Alpha overgarments-"

"Are fine if you're not attending the Archon's Royal celebration."  Irena told her, "They're not fine if you ARE.  Do you even own a dress?"

"Not since I was five?  Mom stopped making me wear skirts to communion when I was old enough to give her rational reasons not to."

"We need to get you fitted with something, kay? Come on, we're spending our surface chits.  We'll get you some proper outfits, and the admiral is right about that hair, and some shoes."

"I can't wear heels. Can't stand them, they hurt my feet and I always feel like I'm about to fall over."

"We'll deal with that." Irena said cheerfully, "You've been teaching me how to spacer, now I'm going to show you how to be a Proper Lady!"

"With Punkfolk music?" Amanda teased.

"It's a skill, not a lifestyle."
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« Reply #63 on: 25 December 2020, 23:52:47 »
with correct fitting, a mess dress uniform can make the Hunchback of Notre Dame look presentable. incredible.

I've worked in extremely confined & blistering hot compartments with a Navy Chief (of equal size) for eight straight 12 hour days.

*no, I can't tell you we were installing/repairing primary fiber optic/ netware junctions in a space the size of a 55 gallon drum.*

A month later, saw her a business event/ holiday celebration:  if it hadn't been for the fact she introduced herself to my wife and had an attendee lanyard on...
I'd never recognized her.

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« Reply #64 on: 26 December 2020, 00:24:12 »
Gagnon's On Katrinastrasse, 14 hours before go-time...

Amanda had never been here.  The sign on the door said 'By appointment only' and Irena had to grab her hand and lead her in.

"Irena! Child!!"

"Hello Margi, I bring a friend." Irena said.

The walls were festooned with artwork that Amanda was pretty sure cost as much as a working shuttlecraft, and the inside of the store didn't look like a store.

It looked, if anything, like one of those parlours from a bad holovid about rich people.

"This is Amanda Ngo." Irena continued.

Margi, a tall woman (two meters at least) with hair piled even taller in a style that must have taken hours to achieve, let out a bit of a squeal.  "My Goodness! a Ngo!!"

"Whut?" amanda looked confused.

"You must be Elizabeth's daughter, yes?" Margie continued.

"Um, yeah..?"

"Laura!! Elizabeth Ngo's little girl is here!!"

Amanda was more confused.

"You know my mom?" Amanda asked, "How do you know my mom??"

"She was Maggie's favorite little project!"  'Laura' turned out to be a buxom brunette almost as tall as the bombshell blonde Margi.  "My god, she looks like a younger version...but taller.  I assume this is for an outfit to the Archon's ball?"

"who's 'maggie'?"

"Oh, Lady Margaret Doons, rest her soul. She brought your mother in once a year for decades, until the poor girl married that foreigner."  Laura spouted, "Gagnon will be shocked to have another chance."

"Hm Skinsuit." Margi said, "Ship's boots..." and then she ran fingers through Amanda's hair, hissing and tsking, "Spacer's hair too...so little time! Come on Ladies, time is wasting!!"

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« Reply #65 on: 26 December 2020, 01:04:22 »
Social Admiral detected.
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Not always. To expect an officer, especially one with a comparable social standing to Lt. Ngo's, to attend formal social occasions makes sense. If she's going to become a Captain, she'd be expected to attend them. Get officers used to such functions as juniors, and they can effectively host and attend them as senior officers.
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« Reply #66 on: 26 December 2020, 01:58:10 »
Wonder if she'll go in one of Liz' formal mens suits, or wizard costume?
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« Reply #67 on: 26 December 2020, 07:05:32 »
"She was Maggie's favorite little project!"  'Laura' turned out to be a buxom brunette almost as tall as the bombshell blonde Margi.  "My god, she looks like a younger version...but taller.  I assume this is for an outfit to the Archon's ball?"

"who's 'maggie'?"

"Oh, Lady Margaret Doons, rest her soul. She brought your mother in once a year for decades, until the poor girl married that foreigner."  Laura spouted, "Gagnon will be shocked to have another chance."

"Hm Skinsuit." Margi said, "Ship's boots..." and then she ran fingers through Amanda's hair, hissing and tsking, "Spacer's hair too...so little time! Come on Ladies, time is wasting!!"

they're going to eat me alive!

I hope they are referring to Lady Doons as the 'poor girl that married a foreigner', otherwise Amanda might take offense to the insult they just gave to her father.  Similarly, the comment about Spacer hair, I hope that was another observation, and not another insult.  Smart people would have referred to it as just 'short hair', and hummed in the process as though they were considering it a challenge, rather than potentially seeing her as a 'lesser'.

Amanda might be better behaved during this process, as she might see them as fools that have no idea of what life is like.  Amanda might even remark to Irene that nothing was done because she didn't want to destroy her only friend's reputation on the first visit, though if Amanda visited again and their behavior was unchanged then there might be 'results'.

There may be an attempt by the designer crowd to make changes that would reduce the safety/effectiveness of her survival gear, and Amanda will likely refuse on the grounds that she might die.  So whatever design they recommend, Amanda's first priority will be that she can still get airtight in a matter of seconds.  Hopefully Irena can phrase the outfits as a form of uniform for social situations, and compare it to uniforms for onboard a ship.  Amanda might even phrase her comments about their style as 'which is better, a good looking corpse that can only be dressed once, or someone who can do repeat visits for different wardrobes each time'

Her style might be an example of showing the Archon her priorities by using subtle messages.  She can look pretty, even fashionable, but at the core is a certain practicality that wants to get the job done.  A noble might wear different outfits for different purposes, with gems, cloth, and accessories from different locations, all to send a message (i.e. weapon made on a certain planet might carry one message, while a necklace from another planet might send another message).  By having the spacer suit visible at the edges she is reminding them that at her core is Spacer practicality, and the outfit is the thin veneer on that practicality.  A dress might be a casual/relaxed veneer indicating she can relax and talk, while a military style outfit with the Lyran symbol prominent might say more about loyalty being first.

Irena might have to help with this, to answer a few questions to make sure the proper message is sent:
  • Who she is at the core (Spacer?)
  • Does she prefer more independence or loyalty
  • Who is she loyal to (something to show the core loyalty is to the Archon, but maybe with a message about loyalty being rewarded as well)
  • Who does she/Kowloon consider as friends/allies (and are those friends/allies in one location, or a broad scattering across the LA)
  • Who is she/Kowloon willing to admit to being enemies (and what do those enemies have in common)
  • Other details such as a sash around the waist with extra cloth hanging down her right hip might be similar to a quick-draw holster, indicating that she is willing to resort to violence

Lots of fun stuff here.  On thing to note is that nobles may be foppish, arrogant, and in the center of their own worlds, but they are not fools.  If they see that her outfit lists certain systems as allies, then nobles from those systems may tend to head towards her.  Nobles from systems that tend to be more independent may tend to stay away if she shows strong loyalty to the Archon.  Dancing may give two people a chance to talk, as it also lets potential rivals meet without posturing at each other.  Skilled nobles can still insult while dancing (or pass hidden messages to each other).

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Re: Important People. (Alternate Ngoverse}
« Reply #68 on: 26 December 2020, 07:17:58 »
There are times where I do miss the option to "Like" posts on this board here, because I so want to "like" your post @idea weenie! :thumbsup:

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« Reply #69 on: 26 December 2020, 07:46:31 »
I'm really enjoying this one... can't wait to see more!  :thumbsup:

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« Reply #70 on: 26 December 2020, 07:48:36 »
Gagnon's continues...

"Are you certain you won't try the heels?" Laura asked.

"I am certain." Amanda said, "I don't want to feel like I'm about to topple over and hit something."

from the next room over, a man with frameless glasses and nonexisting hair came in wearing a shirt that was more ruffles than shirt.  "Ladies, Ladies! This is the Duchess Ngo's child!"

"of course, Gagnon!"

the nervous, fidgety man said, "There is a certain decorum and impugning her father is not part of it!  Laura!! Fetch the wine, and a nice plate of refreshments! Margi, begin preparing the hair-bath!!" He stopped, and regarded Amanda, "I do apologize for the rudeness of my daughters, they are used to a certain kind of customer, they have not had to contend with your mother for many years!!"

"Uh, apology...accepted?" Amanda half-asked in response.

"Baroness Von Oosten, if you please, Henri will be with you in a moment for your final fitting."

"Amanda's with me this time, Gagnon."

"as if that would make it better?" the man fussed, then turned to Amanda, "The way of dealing with a Ngo, your mother, and by your resemblance, I suspect you, is to begin with asking what do you want?"

"um...I...they said mess-dress is appropriate, or a ball-gown, but I've not worn a dress since I was five." Amanda said.

"Ah, we are getting somewhere!" Gagnon smiled, "The earring-is that something you wish to wear?"

Amanda hesitated, "I...yes." she said, "I earned it, my ship was destroyed in combat and I survived."

"Then, we shall begin with finding the most fetching way to display it, like any other hard-earned medal!" he said.

Amanda decided she liked this nervous, fussy man far more than his assistants.

"You will need to wear something other than a skinsuit." he said, "Sadly, while the rest of the lines no doubt flatter your figure, the helmet-ring is quite...prominent and makes it a bit like wearing a coolant vest and shorts to a formal occasion, but I believe I can find a compromise, if you are willing?"

"What does it involve?" amanda asked warily.

he waved and a hidden holotable lit, giving a halfway decent image of herself.

"I have patterns for the Kowloon Coast Guard's wet-naval dress uniform, the Marine ground service dress uniform as well...and the Lyran Commonwealth Armed Forces Mess-Dress."

the holoimage Amanda split into four variations.

"where'd you get these?" she asked.

"I have worked with your mother since she was a teenage girl." he said, "Though she does not find many reasons to visit Tharkad these days, her staff still keeps me updated on everything she might wish to purchase on her infrequent trips to the core."

"it's duty." Amanda decided. 

"Yes." Gagnon said, "Which service is your primary?"

"Coast Guard Naval." Amanda said, "Navigation department."

the other images vanished, leaving a crisp uniform with high collar and buff white 'sam browne' belt and polished low-quarters.

"it's not vacuum rated, I'm afraid, and you can't wear it in the front seat of a fighter." He told her, "but, it is authorized under LCAF and LCN regulations, I have the patterns and materials in stock, and we can have it ready for you in time."

"The swagger-stick?" Amanda asked, "I-can I substitute something?"

"well, of course, what do you have in mind?"

"A crowbar." she said.

the nervous little man smiled "and claim it's a dress uniform item?"

"Yeah."

He giggled like a little girl, "yes!  You are certainly your mother's child, Amanda, with your subtle subversions!"

"a Crowbar?" Irena asked from her place across the room.

"They give 'mechwarriors sledgehammers." Amanda said primly, "It's not like I'll be the only one in the room with a melee weapon."

"I want one now!"
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« Reply #71 on: 26 December 2020, 07:53:16 »
This is going better and better. So much fun must be illegal.

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« Reply #72 on: 26 December 2020, 07:54:04 »
Now you're spoiling me.  I beg for more and two minutes later... voila! 8)

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« Reply #73 on: 26 December 2020, 08:25:13 »
Archon's ball, Royal Palace, Tharkad...

The trip to Gagnon's resulted in something that would end up needing to go into a storage unit when Amanda returned to the Coast Guard, as the mess-dress uniform came with extras.

so many extras.

the brimmed cap had decorative leafwork in the cap-badge, displaying branch insignia and a single vertical silver bar of rank, which matched with braidwork on her sleeves which also denote rank, along with the collar pins.  Dark blue trousers with a black vertical stripe along the outer seam denoting space service, stripes on the mid forearm-one for each year since technical enlistment, and the medals rack.

She wasn't the most medaled person in the room, but aside from a handful of older personnel and chaperones, she had the most foreign service and combat decorations, including an Expeditionary Service-Clan Homeworlds ribbon, a wound medal, and citation of service medal with three clusters denoting combat against deep space naval opponents, as well as a trefoil medal with three clusters indicating combat with thermonuclear ordnance (and surviving such).

She carried a crowbar with her as well, on a loop on her buff white harness kit, where a swagger stick might be carried by a more senior officer, a not so subtle multilayered reminder of her heritage, her family's past, and how the Lyran Commonwealth Navy put paid to the Word of Blake under the command of Kowloonese.  She also wore the crest of the Kowloon Coast Guard Academy-Spider Moon, the crest of which was simply an Orcinus Orca over a moon with a spideweb pattern in the background in silver over black.

Gagnon and Laura had worked out something that was low-effort to maintain for her hair as well, cutting it much, much, shorter on one side, and layering it to drape over her right ear, thus displaying her earring as if it were simply a decorative ornament, instead of an earned medal in and of itself.

Irena's uniform for this was actually a bit less complicated, being a standard LCAF mess Dress tunic and jacket over pressed trousers with academy rag, medals, (this time mostly peacetime, and reflecting how many more medals are awarded in the LCAF than in the Coast Guard for...well, everything) but she had to settle for an officer's walking stick instead of a chromed crowbar.

the pair were swallowed up in the crowd of young noble officers attending, most of whom had far more elaborate, and at times, non-regulation uniforms and outfits.

Amanda's mother stood out at these things as a young noble, by wearing somber, simplistic black business attire, but Amanda found she was standing out as well, and that was even with the wearing of a martial costume.

Her short hair, light makeup, (almost nonexistent) and lack of superfluous awards, as well as which awards she was wearing, guaranteed it.

"I might as well have worn the skinsuit and ship's boots." she muttered. 

"They're staring because you're pretty, and exotic." Irena told her, "also because you're with me...or that's what I tell myself." the New Capetowner flashed a dazzling smile, "Koren! over here!!"
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« Reply #74 on: 26 December 2020, 13:02:48 »

"With Punkfolk music?" Amanda teased.

"It's a skill, not a lifestyle."

It's both. She's just a liar.

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« Reply #75 on: 26 December 2020, 14:36:05 »
Nicely done... great new NPC.
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« Reply #76 on: 26 December 2020, 14:47:36 »
Since it seemed to work so well last time, what would it take for some grizzled O-6 to hand her a drink and ask about that amazing medal rack?   ::)

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« Reply #77 on: 26 December 2020, 16:54:52 »
Hopefully Amanda realizes how lucky she was that her friend is on personal name basis with not only one of the best designers on tharkad, but also probably the only one that is extremely familiar with Liz and the Ngo family preferences and cultural blind spots.

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« Reply #78 on: 26 December 2020, 23:28:39 »
'Koren' turned out to be one of Irena's sisters, she was tall, like Amanda's roomie and friend, blonde, and wore her hair in a 'mechwarrior crest over an evening gown.

"Jy is anders! waar het my suster jou liefie opgegrawe?"  it took Amanda a moment to sort out the accent.

"Koren, be nice!" Irena snapped.

"That's Afrikaans, isn't it?" Amanda commented, "not quite english, not quite dutch."

"Ya."  There was something distinct about the taller woman that grated on Amanda's nerves instantly.

"vậy bạn đã đụ ai vì đôi giày đó?" she asked sweetly, gettng confused looks from both of them.  "It's Viet." Amanda said, "Since we're exchanging traditional greetings." her eyes glittered.

"Amanda, she's my older sister!" and more softly, "that was unkind."

"Okay.  I'm your little sister's roomie on the Frederick Steiner." Amanda extended a gloved hand.

"Koren Van Oosten, they don't issue medals in your...regular service?"

"They don't issue pointless ones." Amanda said, "Kit is kept to bare minimums for space and mass allotment.  What do you do, Koren? The hairstyle says 'mechwarrior, but your outfit says lady-for-the-evening. Is a dress uniform insufficient??"

"I have enough rank to choose!" Koren shot back at the dig, "and the mess-dress uniform is...complex."

Amanda wanted to, she really did.  something about the taller girl grated and she couldn't pin it down.

"Aaand Now is a good time for us to begin again!" Irena interrupted.  "Koren, big sis, this is my friend Amanda, she's from Kowloon, and she's a Navigator."

"Bus driver huh?"

"No, no, no!!" Irena stepped in before Amanda could get a word edgewise, "She's Guild Certified as a Jump navigator!!"

"It means nothing to Kommandant Van Oosten." a voice pierced through and a young man who looked a little like the Archon, but wasn't, stepped in, "excuse me ladies, but if you're going to snipe at one another at my father's party, I'm afraid you will need to wait while we set up a playpen full of lime gelatin and a betting board."

Andrew Steiner, the heir-apparent to the current Archon, was twenty-two, and the same age as the others, (and younger than Amanda chronologically).

"Which I'd be totally into, except that it is messy, and undignified." he added.

"Highness"
"Highness"
"Sir."

That got both of the Blondes looking at Amanda. "What??"

"O-4, he's a sir, we're in uniform." Amanda stated.

"Call me Andrew, Leutnant...Ngo is it?"

"Ayeh Sir." she said.

"While you being Guild Certed isn't something that will impress a member of the first royals, it does tick a box for me-you're assigned to the Frederick, ja?"

"Ayeh."

"Let's go have a drink, and you can tell me what those medals are, and why you're only wearing one earring." he said keenly.

Amanda accepted the Heir's arm, and let herself be led away.

Irena watched her go, then turned to Koren.  "Well?"

"Where do you find such strange people to be your friends??"

"Around."

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« Reply #79 on: 26 December 2020, 23:44:13 »
Not an O-6, but I suppose the heir apparent will do...  ::)  ;D

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« Reply #80 on: 27 December 2020, 00:01:33 »
Sounds Andrew trying to seduce, Amanda.
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« Reply #81 on: 27 December 2020, 00:08:16 »
Getting intimate with the ruling Steiner line never goes well for the Ngos...
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« Reply #82 on: 27 December 2020, 00:28:54 »
but he at least knows he will be dealing with them the rest of their lives, so he might as well be friendly.
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« Reply #83 on: 27 December 2020, 03:36:04 »
"...I've read some interesting reports, and some of them don't make sense." Andrew said, filling a cup from the punch-bowl and offering it to Amanda.

"What kind?" she asked, accepting it.

"Oh...let me see...a junior officer fresh from the frontier showing up and angering one of the largest industrial concerns in the Commonwealth by taking it on herself to continue work that was stopped."

"True-to a point.  I wasn't doing anything that wasn't in the book, sir."

Andrew nodded, "I know, it very nearly gave Max Haranshire a heart attack, his screaming tirade at my father was hilarious."

"I have a question then, aaaaand I can't really ask the Admirals." Amanda said, "WHY?"

"Oh, the delay? that's politics." Andrew told her, "It seems there are a number of interests with fingers in some interesting pies, and for whatever reason, they want us to scrap much of the fleet.  Bring it down to parity with the other major nations.  Father is even reviewing a treaty to that effect."  He poured his own cup, "I...am not a fan, but a lot of influential people in the Commonwealth are."

"Seems counterproductive." Amanda noted.

"I agree." he said, "We're stronger than we've ever been, and maybe that is our undoing-success has let powerful nobles forget the failures we've had to endure.  the problem is, we need the peace faction."

"Why?"

"Because there are factions that are pushing to open wars on our borders, Amanda.  Groups calling for war against the Free Worlds League and renewed offensives against the Clans, people calling for a repudiation of the Blair Atholl accords and the Kowloon Protocol, and they're popular.  We need the Peace Faction as a counter-balance."

"I'm so glad I'm not stuck doing politics." she said, "I would hate having to address that mess."

"You don't think you'll have to?" he queried with a raised eyebrow.

"Patrick's going to inherit, I get to finish my active duty five, and then, I can go be a Shipper, or set off as an explorer." she said, "Nobody dragging me into no-win situations where it's cuddle up to the people you don't trust because the others are worse."

Andrew looked grim, "What if doing that is the worst possible thing to do?" he asked.

"I can't tell you. You're going to be Archon someday.  I don't envy anyone stuck with that.  I'm not going to be Duchess, so I can still follow my own path, which I intend to do.  My ideal outcome is a good ship under my boots, and open sky ahead."

he sighed.  "I wish I could go." he confided, "I won't hesitate to tell you-I envy anyone who can take their own path."

"Make the path your own? that's what Dad used to tell me when I was going to be the heir instead of my brother." she suggested, "maybe instead of reacting to external forces, create your own internal force and bend them to follow?"

"Sounds vaguely totalitarian." he told her.

"Might be, I'm not a good advisor."

"Can you dance?"

"Uhm, I..."

"I'm not a great dancer myself, shall we?"
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Re: Important People. (Alternate Ngoverse}
« Reply #84 on: 27 December 2020, 04:02:56 »
Dude Andrew, you're the ARCHON heir if that is not totalitarian, then what is?

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« Reply #85 on: 27 December 2020, 06:02:23 »
After the dance, He led her to group.  "Amanda Ngo, I would like you to meet my fiance, Milena O'Rourke."

"Andrew! did you charm another one?" Milena O'Rourke had almost-white blonde hair and a rounded face.

"His Grace was very charming." Amanda said, "Also a complete gentleman."

"What a disappointment that must be." the Royal Scion's bride-to-be said it, with humour, but Amanda sensed no malice in her eyes.  "you're the Ngo girl, right?" There was a sense of security there, and when Amanda looked at the two of them, a 'fitment' that made her think of her mother and her father.

"It was an honor, Milady, he...taught me to dance."

"My Andrew is a charmer.  I've seen some of your work."

"Milady?"

"Through a Telescope, your work on the Frederick Steiner!"

"Not all mine, I just got the ball rolling, ma'am." Amanda demurred. "The crew did the work-the real work, and when we've got the parts, we can do the rest if need be, Captain Krieger is a good CO."

an older man in LCAF Blues cleared his throat, "and yoiu would know that how, exactly?"

"Because you measure a man not by his face, but by his works, sir, and a leader by those who follow.  A bad leader will break good followers, a good leader will make good followers just as a good crew can raise an average captain to greatness, or a bad crew can break a great officer-it flows." Amanda recited it from her officer training courses.

"So really, it's a two-way relationship." Andrew added, "Good followers make good leaders, good leaders make good followers."

"Exactly, your highness." Amanda stated.

"and what would you say about the LCAF's current leadership?" the big man asked.

Amanda looked thoughtfully into nowhere in silence for a moment.  "Which ones?" she asked, "I can't tell you anything about people I've never served under or with, or even encountered, sir."

"Policies?" he pressed.

"I don't judge policy. I'm a navigator." she said, "I worry about hyperspace field interactions and gravity points, and that's quite enough worries for me, with all due respect, sir.  I know my mother had her say on what she thought of it, but I can't for the life of me tell you what I think of things I have little to no expertise in, it would be like asking a machinist to rate the quality of medical care at a distant hospital."

"you must have some opinion!" the man demanded.

Amanda didn't know this man, but he was irritating her.  And the more he spoke, the more annoyed she became.

"General, sir, I am an O-2, is that an order to speak freely about politics, sir?" she took a different tack.

"Yes, and it's General Hogarth.  You may have heard of me." he rumbled.

she closed her eyes, and spoke.

"Commerce is the lifeblood of any interstellar nation, when goods and personnel can not travel in safety, the nation ceases to be a nation." she opened her eyes, "Therefore, one of the bedrock fundamentals of an interstellar nation, is shipping, shipping requires protection, ground forces can protect cargo at either end of that equation, but in between, it is the duty of the Navy to guarantee the lifeblood of the nation, to protect it from interruption, and to strike at the lifeblood of enemies.  A blockade can destroy the civilization of a world, therefore, that navy must have the force to either apply, or lift, blockades, it is also vital to guarantee the movement of ground troops in the event of invasion, or as part of one, but that duty-the servicing of ground forces, is a secondary role.  The primary role, is to secure the space-lanes necessary for civil existence."  she spread her feet slightly, "Therefore, General, in my admittedly inexpert opinion any policy, treaty or law that limits the Navy's ability to perform its primary duty, is stupid and wrong."

she took a deep breath, and relaxed her posture, "Thankfully, for many of the people in this room, nobody agrees with my position, and the primacy of ground forces remains in effect.  The ground forces are only useful in wartime, a proper, working navy is active all the time. both as deterrent, and as a fundamental link in guaranteeing the flow of commerce that keeps this nation alive."

"Those are very strongly worded views, Leutnant." General Hogarth said darkly.

"You asked, sir.  I don't make policies, and my views aren't predominant, so we're done, neh?"

He walked away looking angry.

"I think you offended him." Andrew said.

"probably." Amanda said, "No doubt I'll have to answer for it when I get back to the ship."  she turned, "but that's what you get when you question the value of a heavy-equipment operator who grabs headlines, ayeh, sir?"

"you expressed a low opinion of 'mechwarriors..."

"My father is a 'mechwarrior." she reminded him, "I expressed a low opinion of no-one,unless it is to say a lower opinion of some than they hold of themselves, or their specific branch of service..."

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« Reply #86 on: 27 December 2020, 07:47:39 »
 8) That was a well worded snub I reckon? In the end she is correct after all and I'd really hope that the Archon-Heir recognizes that and puts in some work to that effect.

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« Reply #87 on: 27 December 2020, 08:08:01 »
Amanda eventually found herself drifting away from the Archon-Heir's presence, and skirting the wall as casually as she could without giving offense.

"Herr Leutnant!" she stopped, and turned.

voice belonged to a young man in Wolf-in-Exile brown dress uniform, with the red wolf's head.

"yes?" she asked cautiously, looking for his rank insignia first and foremost.

Star commander...okay, I can do this.

"You are Amanda Roshak-Ngo, quiaff?"

"Aff." she answered.

"From the Kowloon Coast Guard ship Mila Weintraub, quiaff?"

"Aff...and you are?"

"Curtis Folkner." he said, "I am honored to meet you."

this caught her off guard, "What??"

"The actions at the Colleen system, that was...epic."

She frowned sourly, "it was a failure Star Commander.  We lost all of them.  Everyone died, we only saved them for a few weeks, and I spent six years in stasis in hyperspace with a shattered ship."

"it was heroic and noble." he told her, "you took on a Star Adder fleet with a tiny ship."

"We had no choice, Star commander, not really." she shook her head, "We couldn't do it, but we had to try...and we failed."

"Nothing heroic is easy." he told her, "and...what you did achieve was amazing."

"That was Captain Daimh, I just ran the jump drives." she said.

"a six second transitory jump point into the middle of their formation!" he said, "you did that, quiaff?"

"It was nine seconds, and it wasn't enough." she felt like she was choking.  "can we talk about something else please?"

she felt the emotions again, her torn suit, the memory of seeeing the bow torn away in front of her, the lancing of tracers through the CIC, the stab of fear and the freakish inspiration when she hit the override on the drive to force a jump...

"Of course." he said, "may I...may I have this dance, Herr Leutnant?"

she smiled as graciously as she could, and nodded, then let him lead her out on to the dance floor.

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« Reply #88 on: 27 December 2020, 08:26:19 »
"Do you know who she is, Koren?? do you have any idea?"  Irena was a touch irate.

"no, not really, one of the peripherats I'd suspect." Hauptmann Koren Van Oosten idly poured a little vodka into her punch glass, "Is she your latest girlfriend?"

"She's not a lesbian, she's not even bi." Irena stated flatly, "So no, I'm not ****** her. in addition to being Elizabeth Ngo's daughter-"

"As I said, a peripherat." Koren snorted.

"-you bitch, you know what? forget it." Irena snarled.  "You can't look past Father's prejudices."

"that's low, Irena." Koren said quietly, "bringing up father like that!"

"You deserve it." Irena turned to examine the buffet.

"can we go one night without fighting, Irena?" Koren asked.  "Mother worries about you."

Irena snorted "that's a laugh. when is she sober enough to worry about me?" she huffed.  "Tell her when she's sobered up that I'm fine!"

"Irena, Please!!" Koren said and there was a twist of desperation in her tone, "Please, Irena."

the younger Van Oosten girl paused, and turned around, "what?  Why do you want to talk to the blek shep now? I'm disinherited, haven't you heard?  A 'shame on the family'!"

"I...I didn't agree with that." Koren told her.  "What makes your friend so special?"

"She's my friend." Irena said.

"ya, but..." Koren struggled to find the words.

"but you don't understand, and I can't make you." Irena told her sister.  "Give my regards to our father, Koren, this was a mistake."  and she walked away, vanishing into the milling crowd.
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Re: Important People. (Alternate Ngoverse}
« Reply #89 on: 27 December 2020, 09:59:38 »
Looks like Irena might bail for the Periphery when her mandatory five is up too...

 

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