Space. Out here, it was hard to tell the time by the various cycles one traditionally used, but the crew of The Odyssey had their tried and true methods. It was quite simple, really: their clocks worked on Terra Nova’s time. Right now, it was bright and early in the morning… Or, at least, it would’ve been back on Terra Nova.
But Captain Valerie Chase awoke to the endless, icy reaches of black space. Sitting up and stretching, she gazed out her cabin window at the unfathomable depths of glittering stars in their inky sea of nothing. To others, it may have been daunting, perhaps even sickening, to think of what was out there, but not to the Captain of the Odyssey.
Valerie went about her usual morning routine as she always did and then finally donned her uniform before she set out into the pristine ship halls. Other crewmen were already awake and hurrying about to tend to their duties, offering her crisp salutes and wishing her a good morning as she passed. Valerie returned each one, never missing a beat.
It was impossible to miss the Captain when she stepped out onto the bridge, the door softly but swiftly sliding open before her. Bright blue-white lights overhead lit the entire bridge, the walls of which were lined with great computer stations. That light served well in drawing attention to her: tall and athletic, Valerie wore her raven black hair longer than regulation standards and often left it loose, despite recommendations. Few bothered to question her, particularly with her air of authority, which her sharp, striking features and aquiline nose only accentuated.
Her frosty blue eyes quickly swept over the bridge as she approached the blue and white chair, its armrests containing various control panels, that took center stage. She swiveled to face the enormous window and view-screen, which currently looked out across the vastness of space. From the corners of her vision, she could see the communications officer and the navigator sitting almost on either side of her, each manning their own station and staring down at computers and control panels.
Drawing in a deep breath of the crisp, filtered air, Valerie said, “Lieutenant Winters, report.”
“Our breakfast is still terrible, and a few minutes ago I fixed my hair to my reflection in Conrad’s glasses without him noticing,” replied an incredibly sarcastic woman’s voice from a few feet away, off to Valerie’s right. In a more conversational tone, she added, “How’re you this lovely morning?”
Valerie turned her chair enough to face the middle-aged woman who briefly regarded her with a nonchalant, sideways glance. She wore a white earpiece, and she sat at yet another computer station. Long, brown hair fell down about her shoulders and down her back, clearly following Valerie’s example. Lieutenant Andrea Winters’s earth-green eyes met Valerie’s, and she offered her a remarkably cheerful smile, crossing her legs and turning back to her computers.
“Bored,” Valerie admitted with a small laugh. “And now, Lieutenant, the actual report, if you please.”
“Yes, Captain. If you’re bored, it should make you happy: Victorian High Command wants to talk to you right away.”
Valerie arched a long, thin eyebrow. “Did they try to contact us overnight?”
“No. Terra Nova didn’t explode, and they didn’t okay drinking during work hours, so it clearly wasn’t that urgent.” Andrea flipped a small switch. “I’ll put you right with them. Channel one,” she finished, gesturing over her shoulder to Valerie at the same instant that a communicator panel on one of her armrests chirped.
It was less than an hour later that a team stood assembled in the shuttle bay, briefed on their mission and ready to go. They had received every ounce of information currently available from Victorian High Command - and they knew they would almost certainly be joined on the surface of the planet by some members of Grimm's Army. But they hadn't known who else was going to be part of their own team until they reached the shuttle bay.
They had some time to mingle and check their gear before they boarded the shuttle to land on the planet. As one entered the shuttle bay and regarded each present individual in turn, they would certainly see some interesting faces. While some may have been previously acquainted, the Odyssey was home to over four-hundred crewmen, and plenty of them may have never even seen each other.
The first one in the room, who had been waiting for them, was a muscle-bound man clad in a heavy suit of armor ((Hancock, NPC)). He was chomping on a very archaic-looking cigar like he had an incredible desire to smoke it, but everyone knew he wasn't allowed to smoke... especially not in the shuttle bay.
"Well, well, well, what a fine bunch of skinny little men and skinny little ladies," he growled, one hand resting on a massive Harpy Eagle pistol despite being in the company of allies. "Hell, I can't tell some of you apart."
His eyes darted over to Saljen and seemed to regard her with far more respect than anyone else present. He gave her a nod before he returned his attention elsewhere, apparently in indication that she was a rare exception to his statement.
A final figure joined them then: a very tall, lanky Victorian agent trying to catch his breath ((Levi Novak, NPC)). His relatively late arrival caught Hancock's attention, but all he did was briefly show his teeth as he bit down harder on his cigar again. Levi just gave a small, rather sheepish, wave.
Nearby, a shuttle was prepped and ready to go once they were given command, though a few crewmen were still double-checking the craft. But, for now, they had at least a few moments to themselves.
((Welcome to Awakening! You should only post here if your character is in Victory or Yavakaro. Right now, we're just doing introductions and initial interactions, so use this time to get to know each other. DM posts will usually happen about once a week (unless I'm replying to someone as one of my NPCs, in which case I will reply a lot faster).
For convenience, here's a list of the characters present at this time...
- Kit Varsiti (Burgs)
- Saljen Valkairen (Sareth)
- "Rico" Capulet (Cappy)
- Cayden Warmann (Metalic)
- Kaori Kuribayashi (Ambad)
- Syryn Asvasty (Burgs)
- Levi Novak (NPC)
- Hancock (NPC)