Violet Hill

Annie's Log 1

The job advert did not lead to what I expected. It’s been better and worse all at the same time, but I’ll get to that. First I’ve gotta say, prettiest gorram boat I have ever seen. Boat ain’t a good enough term for what the Umbra is, ain’t a moniker in the ‘Verse that’s good enough for her so boat will just have to do. Pretty crew too, and only two of ‘em even knew about the advert. Situation wasn’t funny, but their facial expressions kind of were when two of us showed up to apply.

The crews reluctance to bring more folk on, even just for one job, made me feel some reluctance to carry on with my application. Part of that might have been Olivier’s gnarly lookin’ scyths… Hell, most of my reluctance was due to those. But the Umbra was just TOO. DAMN. PRETTY. Couldn’t resist. Meeting Reilly might’ve had something to do with that too. Hard to say “no” when given the chance to work with one of your heroes.

Ai ya! I am rambling. So messy, I hate that. Time to make some lists.

Firstly, let’s talk about folks:

  • Me – Haha, just kidding. I know who I am. The only thing worth noting ’bout me is that I was fool enough to take this job for the sake of a shiny shiny ship.
  • Segovia – My fellow job applicant, nice that I ain’t the only new one. Wish her name was shorter. A Companion, lovely inside and out, not used to working jobs like this… neither am I. Not really sure anyone should be working jobs like this. A helluva a pilot. Good driver. We’re pretty different, but I think we can be friends.
  • Reilly – Techy, hacker, genius. Sent Segovia and I the job advert and conducted our “interviews.” Master of keeping secrets. A smartass. …Bet he’s reading this…. Witty. I meant witty.
  • Gavin – A kid, but can do ALL the things. Seriously. All of ’em. Designed Umbra. Patched Segovia up when we first boarded. Always working on something. Protected by all of the crew, worth it.
  • Mycah – Captain. Mechanic. Not as good as me though, his heart’s just not in it. Serious, but can crack a smile when appropriate. Cares about his crew.
  • Olivier – Biggety badass. Pretends like he’s a mute, but he ain’t. Got his approval, I think. And Reilly said it wasn’t possible, ha!
  • Corina – First mate. Said she used to play violin a little, but Segovia acted like it was more than “a little.” I guess if she ever decides she wants me to know, she’ll tell me. Quiet. Also, best cook ever.
  • Devlan – Lots of energy and he’s got a smart mouth. Sassy. Pilot? Hard to tel since he let’s Segovia take the lead on that now. A fighter like the others.

Time to hear about the bad:

  • I wasn’t being completely paranoid, Pops really is still hunting after me. According to Reilly he’s been keeping tabs all along. Hwen dan. Some Bailong Tong even turned up at the scrap yard during my job interview, not that I noticed. I was right to leave the Gambit after all.
  • The Purple bellies are even worse than I thought. And we’re definitely on their bad side now.
  • More of the dangerous kind of excitement than I’m accustomed to.
  • The sounds of men screaming will haunt my sleep for a while.
  • Ah, and to stay and be more durable (for all the dangerous excitement) I’ve got to go through a potentially deadly experiment.

Finally, the silver lining, good stuff:

  • The Umbra, she is shiny. Fancy, clean, and there are kuh ai little robots that help keep her that way. Precious.
  • The crew, to each other they’re family. That’s nice to see.
  • Reilly made it so the ‘Verse thinks I’m dead, so that’ll buy some time with the family. Hope Mags and them don’t learn about it.
  • Finally got to see Blue Heaven! And it is. Heaven. Segovia and Mycah are fun to shop with. One for girly things, one for explody things.
  • More excitement then I’m accustomed to. I won’t be bored.
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Segovia's Cortex Waves - Game #1

First Game

To Gran
Hi Gran,
Wanted you to know I’m safe. If you hear anything strange about me or rumors, don’t believe them. I’ll explain when I can, when it’s safe. I think I’m going to have a little adventure…think you’ll be proud.
Love you,
Via


To Tia
Arden betrayed me, drained my account….he’s a slaver Tia. Blacklist him. Make sure he can’t take advantage of another companion. I’m safe. I’ll contact you when I can.
Yours,
Segovia

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Segovia's Notes - Game #1

I cannot believe that Arden turned out to be a different man. I had fantasized about something long term, not having to flit from client to client…I thought he cared. Turns out he was using me for my bank account, to launder money from his slave trading. I’m not sure how I was naive enough to not see the signs. And I was even more stupid to confront him. I should have known a man that would deal is slaves wouldn’t just walk away from that when his companion asked…I should have known. Thanks to his crew I was able to leave alive, penniless and without my possessions, but alive. I bought a scarf and some cosmetics to hide the bruising and rented a room for the night. I’m not ashamed to say I shed a few tears over the events, but in the morning while I was out to buy a second pair of clothes…I saw an ad for a pilot…and I thought…why not. Wouldn’t Granny be proud to say her granddaughter was a pilot. I suppose I’m just ready for a bit of a break from being a companion…my heart needs to heal a bit first, I fear I feel a bit more for my clients than I should, more than it’s respectable for a companion to anyway.

The ship for the pilot posting is huge…much larger than Arden’s ship, but I’m sure I can still fly her better than most. The crew were surprised about the posting and they appear very reluctant to bring anyone new on board. It appears there was also a posting for a mechanic, so I won’t be the only new person…which I’m thankful for. The mechanic, Annie, seems like a lovely girl…and I’m excited to have a woman on board that seems interested in shopping and cosmetics. It’s been awhile since I’ve had any females in close proximity to spend time with. In addition, it seems somehow Corina Glasco landed herself on this ship. My mother used to play her symphonies and match harmony…when I was little I always imaged I was a great violinist too, playing alongside Corina and my mother on a grand stage. That is, until the accident took my parents…fantasies like that didn’t hold much place in my heart after….so being able to play alongside Corina was very nastalgic and a bit emotional for me. And I’ve decided, I’m getting my violin back from Arden. Sure he may have emptied my account of a few million credits, but I can always make more credits…the violin, well, my mothers hands have held that instrument…I can’t replace that.

On top of it all Corina gave me a priceless violin, which I plan to treasure, but the sadness that she covers with apathy pains me for her. I wonder what happened to this incredible woman that pulled the joy of music from her. I feel I need to help her, show her that even in sorrow music can be beautiful, can touch the soul.

The gentlemen on board are very rough around the edges, very unrefined…and quite frankly I find that refreshing, even comforting as odd as that sounds. Arden always knew the right things to say, the right way to say them…these gentlemen have stumbled over their words and actions quite a few times. I can tell they have good souls and although they all have a dark secret I can’t put my finger on, they aren’t bad people. Regardless of their attitudes they have honesty in their hearts and I find that’s precisely what I need right now. And interestingly enough, they also have a young boy on board, who’s an orphan that the crew is looking after…more confirmation that these are good people. And the boy, he’s a fascination to be sure. Saw through fabric and foundation to see my bruises and was skilled enough with a dermal mender to put a core doctor to shame. I wonder where they picked young Gavin up?

The mission they needed an extra pilot and mechanic for seemed, well, suicidal at best….but after Riley’s display of taking down 6 tong members …my curiosity is getting the better of me. But unfortunately their plan to raid an Alliance cruiser was just that, suicidal, and they wound up getting caught. Annie and I fumbled our way through getting aboard the Alliance ship as well and jumbled together a workable plan for possibly helping the crew…and to my surprise we actually pulled it off…I mean, not like we’d originally planned, we got more than a bit lucky, but we were able to help the crew by freeing them. Once the IV drips were pulled off them they woke up quickly on their own…but things get more than a little strange here. They somehow “charged” themselves with light…and they did impossible things. Oliver turned into an alien creature, Devlin was faster than any man could or should be..and Micah could literally bend ship hull with his bare hands. What have I gotten myself into….I wasn’t wrong Granny, this is going to be an adventure for sure.

We were able to get off the Alliance ship with the crew, although Corina is hurt and needs more medical attention than I can provide, and Oliver…he announced we were staying. I’m not too sure of all that happened after that. Hearing the Alliance officers burn alive, seeing the destruction we did….it was a bit much for me, and I can’t hold my liquor…so a glass of scotch in and well, I’m going to have to ask Annie about the evens about halfway through that glass and after…

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