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PostSubject: Meeting Again for the First Time (IC)   Tue Sep 11, 2018 8:01 am

The Hudson surged with life, even with the departure of its captain and command crew. Everyone had a place to be in and a job to do. And they did it well. Captain Jakoby not only kept them fed and alive, he kept them happy. Well, as happy as one's life could be given the alternatives. His ship was a well oiled machine, and he didn't think his crew as purely replaceable as some others did. So, they worked hard and were loyal.

Sergeant Argus Rhone stood in the armsmen command station reserved for all Bastards action. Two vox specialists sat with him monitoring pict-feeds and vox traffic from the station. There was only so much they could monitor. For one, the station had highly encrypted codes, so what they had access to was limited. Secondly, while Barriks and the Bastards accompanying the captain were outfitted with long-range vox capability, his own Bastards from the 7/7/7 were not. So, he sat idly by. It was frustrating, but it was the job.

"Sergeant." One of the vox operators turned around. "You need to hear this..."


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The alleyway was full of people, but Julianna felt completely alone. They avoided her as though she was not even there. No one looked her way. This area wasn't the best and the people moving to and fro did not want to linger anymore than they had to. She had no choice though. Petra's goons were after her, and Petra had eyes everywhere. She needed a way out, but she also had to be smart. Her stay on Port Wander hadn't been long, but already she had involved herself with the wrong crowd: a perfect example of old habits dying hard. But when she had made plans to leave, Petra had forbade it. Apparently Julianna still owed him for "room and board."

It was a joke. It was extortion. But that was expected of Petra and his type. So now she was on the run. She rarely stayed in the same place for more than a day cycle, sitting, waiting, and hoping to find her chance off of the Port.
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PostSubject: Re: Meeting Again for the First Time (IC)   Tue Sep 11, 2018 3:28 pm

Petra and his gang had been a necessity, she was a murderer. The thought brought tears to her eyes, but again it has been a necessity to stay alive. Her cursed mind powers had been discovered and she had killed her accuser, fled from the Rogue Trader ship His Bountiful Light. Staying off the streets until the ship had left port was wise and the gang offered that opportunity, but their vices and predatory nature on those weaker sickened her. She was naive to think they would let her walk after the Rogue Trader ship had left, her time on it had caused her to lose her street smarts. She would not make that mistake again. Sniffing back the tears Jules continues on her way.

A place to have a rest, just a sit down for a short while was on her mind, she had been on her feet for hours. A quick drink might be nice she thought and to find someone to get her off this station, or at least some protection against Petras gang.
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PostSubject: Re: Meeting Again for the First Time (IC)   Wed Sep 12, 2018 1:06 am

They could handle themselves....

He repeated it periodically as if the mere thought itself was an offering to some omnipotent force that would keep any potential trouble at bay.

Argus Rhône and his equally stubborn Bastards of Seventh Company, Seventh Platoon, Seventh Squad were hardened killers. Each man and woman who made up the now renown squad of death dealing delinquents was skilled at bringing annihilation to the enemies of the Emperor.

Despite some losses, Seventh Squad was considered lucky by Imperial guard standards...and downright enigmatic for a Penal legion. Comprised entirely of soldiers condemned for various sins while in service to the God-Emperor’s war machine, the Bastards fought for redemption...or at least the illusion of it. Contrary to the fate met by most penal legions however, Seventh and their brethren in the 666th had found penitence in the form of Captain Jakkoby Aldon, a Rogue Trader who purchased their freedom and undeniably saved them from certain...and pointless death.

While Seventh squad was running errands and engaging in some much needed shore leave on Port Wander, Rhône reluctantly remained onboard the Hudson. Tasked with training and restructuring the Bastards, Rhone’s command presence was vital to integrating the Bastards with the rest of the inhabitants on the Hudson. Rhône scoffed at the idea of having to hang back. Port Wander was a den of danger and delight...two things the Sergeant enjoyed. If Seventh found themselves in a bind, he wanted to be there. Then again....

They could handle themselves....

Still...something gnawed at the back of his mind like a swarm of beaked carrion, pecking the last precious remnants of flesh from sun bleached bone. In his mind, he knew the thought was irrational....but in his gut, he felt there was something more to it.

Calm and collected, Rhône unfolded his massive arms from where they rested across his chest. Without pause, the grizzled Sergeant plucked the headset from the vox trooper’s ears and placed it against his own. His massive hand dwarfed the device, as he held it against an ear. With a quirked brow, Rhône listened, searching for what all the fuss was about. Finally, in a confused tone...Rhône spoke.

“I don’t hear a damn thing trooper...”
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PostSubject: Re: Meeting Again for the First Time (IC)   Wed Sep 12, 2018 8:40 am

Dingy or no, the back alleys of Port Wanders main thoroughfares were littered with places to eat and drink. The quality of the wares may have been questionable, but everyone still needed to make a living. With more than one million inhabitants, the station had long since stopped being a port for rest and recuperation only. As decades turned to centuries, original shop owners and random travelers, for whatever reason, decided to stay. The result was a fully functional city. Like any hive in Imperial space, as it expanded, the areas it expanded upon became refuge for the low class and outcasts.

Jules quickly found a small shop to suit her needs. It consisted of a long bar with no seats - standing room only. It was as packed to capacity as it could be. This was a good sign; not only did it mean the quality of the product was better than most, it almost gave her an opportunity to blend in...


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"Exactly, sarge." The specialist began changing the frequencies. One by one, Rhone realized that nothing was coming through on any of them.

"Thought it was an anomaly at first. Normally we are restricted from hearing about 75% of the channels given their Naval, Mechanicum, and Upper Echelon security clearance. But the other 25% we have a clear line to. But now everything is like this."

He switched to the 7th line. This was the direct line to Sgt. Barriks' honor guard squad; this was the direct line to Captain Jakkoby.

It was dead.
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PostSubject: Re: Meeting Again for the First Time (IC)   Wed Sep 12, 2018 10:04 am

An anomaly.....

The thought forced one side of Rhône’s furred lips to curl into a smirk. The Bastards’ entire existence was an anomaly. Seventh company never should have survived their fall to Hervara’s surface. Nor should Rhône and Seventh Squad have enjoyed a life of relative luxury running black ops missions behind traitorous lines. Even when an unforeseen turn of events had them staring down the barrel of a Commissar’s bolt pistol, Seventh prevailed. Rhône decided a long time ago there was no such thing as just an anomaly. If it walked like a grox and talked like a grox....it was the grox sucking universe trying to drag him to an early grave once again.

With a heavy sigh, Rhône folded his hands across his chest once again. He wouldn’t waste time and resources sending other’s out to investigate the matter. The Sergeant jerked his head to each side, emitting a loud crack from his neck before shoving the headpiece back into the vox specialists’ hands. In his usual charming but rough tone, he muttered.

“Don’t wait up trooper...something tells me I won’t be home for supper....”
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PostSubject: Re: Meeting Again for the First Time (IC)   Wed Sep 12, 2018 10:32 pm

The vox specialist looked over at his partner as Rhone made his exit. "So, we gettin' fucked up tonight, or...?"
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PostSubject: Re: Meeting Again for the First Time (IC)   Thu Sep 13, 2018 3:10 pm

She waited amongst the crowd at the bar for her opportunity for someone to vacate their spot, it was busy so it took a while but she eventually squeezed in. The smell of food made her stomach rumble and her mouth water, she'd been neglecting herself in exchange for constantly being on the move. Looking at the food on offer she smiled, they had noodles in a hot spicy sauce. It had some meat in it, the menu didn't specify and it was best not to ask, but judging by the crowd it was probably safe. Noodles were one of her favorites.

Catching the eye of one of staff she places her order and concentrates on her rumbling belly.

This is going to be so good


While day dreaming about the food she catches her reflection in a mirror, the workers used them to keep an eye behind them while their backs were turned. She looked ridiculous, it had not been long since she'd cut and dyed her hair and she was still getting used to it. Her long wavy brown hair had been replaced by a peroxide blonde bob; up close Petra's men would recognise her, she'd treated many of them but at the back or possibly from the side her disguise would hold.

A pot of noodles is placed before her its hot steam wafts up at her face. At this time when the shit was real this is going to taste great she thought. Placing a few thrones on the bar Jules grabs her food and moves back through the crowd, keeping herself within its safety she chows down. She took it slow and relished every mouthful.
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PostSubject: Re: Meeting Again for the First Time (IC)   Sat Sep 15, 2018 9:37 am

[With Jules]

The hot, steamy soup warmed Jules as it sat comfortably in her belly. She had been right in choosing this place; the crowds never lied when it came to food. The broth was delicious. Whatever bones had been used to make it had been well cooked down. The noodles were chewy, but just hard enough on the outside to not fall apart in the hot soup.

The voices around her talked excitedly, melding into a single wall of noise. As she took another gulp, both hands on her bowl, she overheard a table of men next to her whispering.

"Just look at it. Look at how busy it is - you know they have thrones stashed back there."

Another voice cut in. "That's it then. Crusha and Frunt covers the crowd, you cover the crew, and I'll find them thrones."
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PostSubject: Re: Meeting Again for the First Time (IC)   Yesterday at 1:04 am

Jules casts a glance to her left and right, surely someone else had heard that. All she saw were people engrossed in their food or conversation.

-Feth, why me! Why now when I need to lay low. I should put my head down and get out of here. Gah!-

It was a conundrum; if she got involved it might escalate and people get hurt, the same could happen though if the robbery went bad. Could she nip it in the bud before any of that happened, the last thing she wanted was a fight. With that thought she found herself turning towards the table next to her.

-What the feth am I doing-

She places a threatening had on her holstered hand cannon and leans over the table.

“I would suggest otherwise. This place is under Petra’s protection. Unless you want trouble I'd look elsewhere.”


Petra’s turf wasn’t that far away so she hoped her lie would hold.
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PostSubject: Re: Meeting Again for the First Time (IC)   Yesterday at 8:29 am

[With Jules]

The four men turn excitedly towards Jules. One's hand goes into his jacket, but sees that the blonde, bob-haired woman has beat him to the punch.

Surprise turned to anger, but her words seemed to cut through their posturing.
Scrutiny 3 DoS vs Jules 6 DoS:
 


"P-Petra?" One of them staggers out. The biggest one there, no doubt the aforementioned "Crusha" speaks out. "So the feth what? I say we break you in half, get the thrones, then break Petra in half..."

As soon as the words leave his mouth, the talker's hand was across his face. "We'd be lucky if all Petra did was kill us should we take from him. Where you from anyway, you don't know that? Use your fethin' head." He then turned back and regarded Jules. "Didn't know this was his place. Didn't know it was his turf. 'Course we ain't gon' hit it now. All right?"

The four stood slowly and headed out without any further words.

The situation calmed without anyone in the restaurant knowing any better the potential calamity Jules had just saved them from. She had just sat down to finish her broth when a hand gently touched her shoulder. Turning, she sees one of the workers from behind the counter facing her.

"Owner wants to see you, miss." He nodded his head toward a small, open door at the back of the room.
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PostSubject: Re: Meeting Again for the First Time (IC)   Yesterday at 11:55 am

[Rhone]


"Do not leave me here, Herr Sergeant...It has been far too long that I felt the thrill of death. Mila and Helen thirst for blut. "

Phaze sat cross-legged on his bunk, his wide eyes amplified through the goggles of the full face re-breather that likely smelled of fermented death by this point. Dietr "Phaze" Konig cradled the two knives, as if they were newborn children.  The lean framed, psychotic trooper that followed Rhone around like a loyal canine was almost pouting at this point.  Formerly of the Brontian Longknives, Phaze shared a special bond with his blades...a little too special considering the moaning that came from his bunk every night.

"Thats part of the reason your psycho ass is staying behind, Dietr.  This is recon, not a fucking blood bath. Now do you remember the plan or not?"

Rhone performed a final weapons check of his trusty bolt pistol.  The weapon was in excellent condition.  A low, red LED glowed from each eye of the ivory skull that decorated the side of the weapon.  At half capacity, one eye would dim...but at full, both shone brightly. Rhone swiftly slid the weapon into a drop holster on his right hip.  Turning to Phaze, Rhone raised a brow...waiting for the man to answer.

"Ja, Herr Sergeant.  I get a message to the bridge crew, once you are off the ship...meanwhile I sit here in this so very boring bunk while you go off and have a wunderbar, guten time."

Rhone shook his head and smirked at Phaze's almost childlike pouting. Psychotic and unstable, Phaze was loyal nonetheless. The Sergeant's gloved hands pulled a brown, fur lined, grox-hide flight jacket over a simple black T-shirt.  His khaki BDU's were tucked into heavy, black boots.  Rhone decided he would travel light. There was no sense in arriving at port with a  full arsenal, and advertising who he was. He would arrive through the lower decks and attempt to gather information on the comms blackout, while simultaneously trying to locate the Captain's honor guard. With an approving nod, Rhone spoke reassuringly to Phaze.

"Good man, Dietr.  Try not to creep anybody out while i'm gone.  Remember....if a lass tells you no..."

Phaze rolls his eyes through his masked face.

"It means nein, Herr sergeant...."


Rhone kept a chuckle to himself as he moved to exit the ship.
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PostSubject: Re: Meeting Again for the First Time (IC)   Yesterday at 6:39 pm

[With Rhone]

Rhone's message was sent topside, just as ordered. It was read by a lowly adjunct and passed to a lower deck officer who then passed it to the acting XO who read it with a raised eyebrow and dismissed it with a wave of their hand. What the newly bought armsmen decided to do on Port Wander was their own risk to take. To him, one more leaving the ship was a good sign.

Rhone easily bypassed the upper deck receiving bay. It was mostly dead with a few ratings on clean up duty. The hastened their pace as the NCO walked by. Always look busy, lest you want more work. He took the lift down, knowing that "his boys" were on special assignment within the lower levels of Port Wander.

The lift hissed as he reached his location, some decks down. The cargo hold here was positively bustling compared to the upper levels of the Hudson. Tech priest enginseers oversaw the off-loading and on-loading of massive freight containers. Servitors and Hudson ratings piloting mechanical haulers worked in tandem to ensure all the trade deals that were well above their paygrade, and worked out long before arrival, were accomplished in a timely manner.

Once again Rhone could see the difference in efficiency and general well being of this crew and the others he had seen in his life. There was definitely a difference.

From his vantage point, he saw two ways to enter the Port. One was reserved for cargo and freight only; the other was for personnel only - a customs area of sorts. A length of walkway between a bulkhead door led to a armaglass window of some sort. If Rhone didn't want to draw attention, this was the first hoop he needed to jump through.
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PostSubject: Re: Meeting Again for the First Time (IC)   Today at 1:07 am

[With Jules]

Some of her broth finds its way to the floor, spilling over the side of the carton. Jules almost crapped herself when she felt the touch on her shoulder, the adrenaline of the situation making her jumpy. Her heart still hammered in her chest.

She spun her head around... fight or flight?

Letting out an inward sigh to see it was one of the workers and not some thug, she throws a warm smile.

Had someone observed her? She studies the worker for a moment trying to suss out the situation, while stuffing more noodles into her mouth.

"Sure" Jules says between mouthfuls. Staying alert to any subterfuge she follows...
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Tucking his identity tags under his shirt, Rhône spotted the freight and cargo containers. That was his way in. He crept low, utilizing the cargo as cover. He was no expert at infiltration like Artur, but he was practiced when it came to commando raids.
Peaking around one of the containers, Rhône quickly jerked his head back into cover. Arbitrators....Espionage wasn’t necessarily the goal here, but blending in without anybody taking note of his arrival could open doors of opportunity later, especially with the seedier citizens of Port Wonder. He waited for his opening and moved passed at a careful, steady pace.
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