Minerva Rises

Downtime 1

This will be updated with the activities of the group during the first downtime, when decided upon.

However, a day after you arrived, you each receive an email.


Dear Sir/Madam of Division EI0302F;

This message is notification that you are currently being charged with the following offences;

All Members;
1 Count of Unauthorised Entry in UIG Property – Minus 1 Rank Point
1 Count of Insubordination & Insult to a UIG Member of Staff – Minus 2 Rank Points

Further for Miss Alice Eurosita,
1 Count of Assault upon a UIG Member of Staff – Minus 3 Rank Points.

You have exactly 7 days in order to report to a member of the UIG staff and explain the situation, or we will assume guilty, and deduct the required points from you.

This will drop you to Rank 0 Agents, and render any licenses that require you to be Rank 1 invalid.

Yours,

Captain Paige Hamilton,
Area Executive, Rank 6,
Venus UIG Branch.

UIG – United International Government.
_____________________________________________________________________________

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Episode One - Part 2: An Explosive Meeting
- Transcript of phone conversation between UIG Staff, Captain Paige Hamilton & Sgt Sebastian Shuster -

[Capt. Hamilton] Sgt Shuster , please confirm the details of the incident again that occurred 2 days ago.

[Sgt Shuster] Of course Sir. The offending party teleported into the complex, without prior-authorisation, and when our offices acted as protocol, the offending party attacked me and my men, and fled…

[Capt. Hamilton] My men and I Sgt

[Sgt Shuster] Sorry?

[Capt. Hamilton] You said me and my men. It should be my men and I.

[Sgt Shuster] Are you sure?

[Capt. Hamilton] Positive. I did a brief English degree a few months back.

[Sgt Shuster] Fair enough. The offending party attacked my men and I, and then fled the building.

[Capt. Hamilton] How many people were injured?

[Sgt Shuster] Only myself, I was shot in my main hand shoulder. I have received medical attention, it is nothing major.

[Capt. Hamilton] Very good. And do we have identities of the culprits?

[Sgt Shuster] Yes, they are a known group from Eurasian Incorporated, containing Miss Alice Eurosita, Miss Alex Leslie, Miss Cara Drake and Mr Luc LeBlanc. The fifth member of their team, Mr Vitali Grozni, was not with them.

[Capt. Hamilton] Oh shit, that group?

[Sgt Shuster] Yes, is that going to be an issue?

[Capt. Hamilton] No, no. Nevertheless, in light of their actions, they have exactly 7 days until to explain the situation, or they will all be deducted ranked points for the following offences; for all members of the division, 1 count of unauthorised entry, -2 points and 1 count of insubordination, -1 point. For Miss Eurosita, 1 count of harming a UIG member of staff, a further -3 points. If these are not explained before the end of the time period, each member of the group will be deducted the appropriate points, placing them all as Rank 0 Agents. This will also revoke any relevant licenses from the division that they are not eligible. Does this seem fair Sergeant Major?

[Sgt Shuster] It seems a little low. Is something wrong?

[Capt. Hamilton] In all honesty, I’d be surprised if we get away with those charges on that group. Still, we need to ensure we’re not bullied by the E.I.

[Sgt Shuster] Okay, thank you.

[Capt. Hamilton] That is all. Good luck with your recovery.

- End Transcript -
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Episode One - Part 1: An Explosive Meeting

"What the hell do you mean they’ve disappeared?!" Frazer Gabel slammed his hands on the table, knocking his computer tablet flying as he did. He loomed over the messenger, his cybernetic eyes bright blood red with rage, but his pristine black suit and perfect slicked back hair refused to budge.

The young messenger remained calm as Frazer covered him with flecks of spit. "They…well, their ship exploded, and they were gone. Life signs all disappeared shortly before the explosion. Mr Gabel Sir. The Captain of the ESS Poseidon received the group’s S.O.S. at 15:13 ET that a rogue A.I. had blown the engines, and the Pilot was down. Captain Riley responded as protocol, and informed them it would take approximately 30 minutes to arrive. At 15:26 two of the three escape pods were ejected, empty, and the third at 15:32 the third was ejected containing the pilot, and a message from Agent Eurosita. At approximately the same time objects were being pushed out of the loading bay, we now believe this to the Cargo they were carrying. At 15:40, The ESS Poseidon received a message from Agent Leslie that the ship was about to explode, the life signs then disappeared shortly after, followed by the ship rupturing and exploding."

Frazer looks gob smacked at the messenger. "You’re fucking kidding me. I want a full status report as soon as the debris is sifted through. Do we regain any of that cargo? I knew we could trust those idiots on this mission. It was a simple bloody shipment mission, through safe space, and they managed to blow up the ship!"

The messenger nodded, "The debris is currently being examined as we speak, and we managed to retrieve 3 crates of the Cargo after they were ejected in varying directions from the explosion. The Captain and his crew are being… 'debriefed' regarding this as well. The memo that was found on the Pilot was interesting though. It appears to imply that the rogue A.I. was an Archon, and they are following it to take it down. It was brief, and appeared rushed."

Mr Alden leaned forward at this point, "A rogue Archon, on that ship? Why on Earth would it be on that ship?"

Frazer sighed and slumped in his chair again, "It could explain why they apparently disappeared. We have no idea what those bloody things can do. Teleportation or whatever the hell it was is not built into the Ai-Jinn tech either… oh shit; we’re going throw some money at those Chinese bastards to keep this quiet as well."

Mr Alden tapped out a note or two on his computer "I’ll be bringing this up with the U.I.G."

A final figure spoke from the shadow of the room, "You’ll do no such thing Mr Alden. If we can get control of an Archon, it will put us in a very very powerful situation. In the meantime, keep this quiet, and we will see what my daughter and her team can produce. Start producing security sweeps across all our available facilities. If worst comes to worst, we can merely terminate the team. That is all"

The three other men nodded, and silently walked out the room. As the door closed behind them, Frazer swung towards the messenger, and grabbed him by the throat. Mr Alden didn’t turn, but carried on walking.

"You disgusting little shit. You’ll never bring me such news again!" The messenger trembled and nodded as best he could. "Y…yes, o…of course."

Frazer snarled, and clenched his hand slightly. A blade shot out of his wrist, severing the boy’s neck, letting his now headless body drop to the floor. "Yes Sir, you miserable worm."

Mr Alden smiled as Frazer briskly caught up with him, and produced a clean white handkerchief. "You always make such a mess Frazer." Frazer merely grunted as he started to dab his suit clean of blood.

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