Re: To Bri'aitsya and ALL CREW:
- accounting summary/investment breakdown:
Tsa Cluster__C$10 million
Solar X Shipyards__C$10 million (10%)
The Elite Team/The Cap'n__C$40 million
Mr. Nashimura__C$10 million
Kickback from Williamson__C$20 million
total investments=90 million
along with the assistance from Redman-Smith and Kansas Mining this is
enough to finance the construction of the station.
i sent word to Rex Rencox already and he suggested/requested we
promptly contact the Cap'n and rendezvous with him on Alaundril.
there we can pick up a shipment of equipment/survival gear/habitat
domes so we can establish a workers' encampment. Rex also transmitted
to us a list of provisions that he wants us to pick up. if we leave
the tank we will have plenty of cargo space. the Cap'n has previously
mentioned that he has ample cargo space as well. construction can
begin within 48 hours.
- Well, what are we waiting for? Let's do it. Joseph, lay in the
course, after you park the tank. Heltbrenner, report to the command
deck, and Starbiirth, give Rencox an ETA for our arrival in
Alaundril. Mig, we're set to go, at you command.
- Cancel plans to go to Alaundril. We have BIG problems.
I just got a transmission from one of my contacts at ShadowRock Base.
He told me that if we show up on Alaundril, we're liable to be
arrested and my ship impounded! Evidently, the powers that be on the
Regency of Bluefall have mustered enough political clout to create
trouble for us at Babel. I guess someone came forward with video
stills or something that show the Liquid Sky leaving the scene after
Bri' summoned that thing.
So until this legal issue gets resolved, the Liquid Sky is going to
have to stay out of both Aegis AND Tendril. Any of you crewmates who
want to risk it are welcome to, but I for one will not. I am just too
recognizeable on Alaundril, especially in Babel-which is exactly
where we need to be.
I am going to send The Cap'n to Alaundril to pick up those supplies.
Major Heltbrenner- you are welcome to join The Cap'n. You should have
no trouble with the authorities.
- this is ridiculous! how can we conduct the business essential to
establishing the station if we cannot travel to Alaundril? i suggest
that bri'aitsya turn himself in. after all, HE was the one who gated
in the creature. for the entire crew to take the rap for this is
- Turn myself in? And how exactly should I do this? Walk up to the
Capitol building on Regency Island, and say, "Oops! Sorry about that,
you see, Vector Fields had me & my friends by the balls, and it was a
last-ditch effort, so I summoned one of the Ancient Ones. My bad!"
Yeah, that'll go over REAL well. And I suppose that I should simply
turn over the book, also, as "evidence". The next time you make such
a blaise comment like that Starbirth, why not run it though some of
those culture progams you have & see if "tackless" and/ or "just
plain dumb" come up in the search engine.
- turning yourself in does not equal an admission of guilt. it is
merely acceptance/recognition that you are wanted for questioning. i
thought even you would know that much. apparently i overestimated
your knowlede of law/legal matters. before you call someone dumb,
perhaps you should first check the law reference prog in the Liquid
Sky's computer core.
perhaps you should consider this: why should the entire crew take the
fall for YOUR folly? when Commodore Nova was detained by Concord he
did not try to drag the crew down with him. i strongly suggest that
YOU check your "culture" progs. then perhaps you will realize it is
qualities such as this that make him a leader, while you will always
be a follower.
- Turning myself in would lead to a trial, and subsequent label of
guilty (unless there's some A-list lawyer out there who knows how to
get the charges to go away). It that consequence that has kept me
from doing so (not to mention that right now, IO don't exactly have a
ride to Aegis).
Would you rather I have let Fields do us all in?
- i suggest that you simply deny the charges/plead your innocence.
there is no legal precedent regarding the summoning of extra-
tangential entities. as far as the law goes, the very existence of
other tangents is little more than theory supported by
mathematics/logic. this would be a very weak basis for the
prosecution's argument. a more likely explanation is that the
creature, which they assume is external, is an unknown/uncatalogged
aquatic species. even if it were external, how could they directly
link you to the creature?
- Regardless, I think that I'd need a lawyer (which I doubt that you,
Starbirth, regardless of the number of law reference progs you got on-
hand, would qualify as). I can't say how strong of evidence I against
me, but if the existance of the book, the means by which I summoned
Hastur, thus causing that catastrophe, were to come to light, that
would certainly put me/us in a very tenable position. It's far easier
to safeguard this book, the less known by the public at-large it is.
Should the Regecy scrutinize any testimonial I give, the book's
existance/ power may very well come out, and then where would we/ I
I'm going to do a Grid search and see if I can scare up a good
lawyer, and put him on retainer. I'll, of course, do this out of my
own funds, thereby alleviating fears of jepordizing funding for Kixil
[Jack into Grid: begin search= Verge lawyers, speciaizing in high-
profile criminal cases; success ratio>=75%]
- true, it is impossible to know how strong their evidence is, but i
doubt that they have made much progress in building a case. this
appears to still be in the investigative stages. no
charges/indictments have been brought against you/the crew. i do
agree with your decision to procure legal counsel, but i suspect that
they will question you and promptly throw out their case.
as far as protecting the Electronomicon goes, answer me this: how
will you protect it if/when you are in prison? whether or not you did
the deed for which they want to question you will be a moot point,
since they could detain you on the grounds of merely resisting
arrest/apprehension. they will not accept the argument that you were
unaware you were wanted for questioning. further delay only magnifies
the impression that you are disregarding/disrespecting Regency Law.
besides, unless YOU either willingly or accidentally reveal its
existence the public will remain unaware. even if they were to find
out, i doubt that most people would even believe that a book is
capable of such things. remember, the burden of proof lies with the
accusers. since they know nothing about the book/how to use it, logic
tells us that they would find it impossible to prove anything- even
if they possessed the book itself.
- That's precisely WHY I've not "turned myself in"! If I'm in prison, I
cannot even attempt to safeguard the book! Even if they don't believe
that this artifact is capable of doing something like what I've done,
don't you think they'll get awfully curious about what it CAN do?
They may decide to confiscate it for "examination of evidence", and
then what? At that point it would be immaterial whether or not I'm
guilty or innocent, THEY'LL HAVE THE ELECTRONOMICON!!! And, that, as
Kixil Kai's sacrifice clearly punctuated, is worth taking these
risks, and legal entanglements.
Now, if you will excuse me, I have some Grid-running to do, and I
think I need some of that voodoo fraal's herbal remedy...
[Gets up & leaves command deck, heads towards own quarters & seals