Status: Success


Like Deers In Rain

Mission Objectives

  • Visit the Dock Tattoo in East Boston (location link) on the way to Deer Island
  • Created by Friend of SCUL Liz, and a volunteer crew including Buntjigger - good place for barnacles, obv.
  • Make it to Deer Island
  • collect at least 100 collective points from scavenger hunting
  • chalk and barnacle at least three different starsystems

Mission Summary

I've seen things you people wouldn't believe.
Flag-draped ovoid poo spires off the coast of Winthrop System. Battleships dropping out of warp in radioactive turbulence. Glittering Iridium reflected off I-beams by the Chelsea gates.
All these things will be lost, like Tyrian in rain...

Twelve pilots, three maggots, and one babymaggot whose name nobody could pronounce lined up on the launchpad.

Forecasts are wrong all the time. Especially on Saturnights. Aren't they?

A printed list of photo-scavenger hunt items was distributed amongst the battalion. We set our sights to a far-off destination. The ships started fast on course to navigate the Sullivan black hole and slingshot straight north and out through the dystopian produce-and-refrigeration districts of Everett and Chelsea.

The terrain grew turbulent. Emerging into Chelsea System, we took shore leave at Luna 7-11.

The radiation began.

Then the radiation intensified.

Did I mention the terrain was rough on choppers?
Trinity dropped out of warp.
El Guapo dropped out of warp.
Even Schadenfreude dropped out of warp.
But I digress...

A missed turn led to a brief navi-coordinational shore leave. Loading docks make fine disco hangars. Threespeed took the navi helm for our next leg towards the tattoo dock.

Hard ferro-turbulence on the bridge from Chelsea deep into East Boston System had every pilot praying for their thrusters.

The skies stretched on forever. Space grew colder.

"I was quit when I came in here. I'm twice as quit now."
And so we lost Tyrian on the long shore of Winthrop System.

The smell of low tide gave way to the smell of our destination, and then the glow of that distant station: Deer Island.
As it turns out, in an outpost full of poo, things can only get better. Close to the security gates, a malevolent tree attacked Wombat, knocking his glasses down before a line of choppers – but they were miraculously spared. The radiation abated, and the unnerving warmth of the scented breeze was welcomed. Stripping, friction, calisthenics, space blankets, and tea ensued. Beneath the glowing eggs, Ganoderma was knighted.

We rolled out in good spirits for about a hundred feet, when Reflex lost a booster nut to the darkness.

Then, the radiation returned.

The chopper lays on its side, thrusters battered in the cold mud, beating its boosters trying to turn over but it can't. Not without your help. But you're not helping.
I mean, you're not helping! This mission is a test, designed to provoke an emotional response. Shall we continue?

XXIII bravely strapped himself in to the remaining booster, Deadblow took over on tail, and a harsh flight home ensued through many g-wells under merciless radiation. Nobody's sure how he did it, but XXIII made it multiple light years on that one lone booster, earning both a Medal of Strength and a Medal of Valor.

As they say, he's more human than human.

Yet even a Replicant can find salvation by the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost. In East Boston System, a Medal of Ingenuity-worthy plan was hatched to swap in one of Trinity's redundant boosters.

Dawn broke over the soaked pilots on the landing pad.
And we have burned so very, very brightly.
Pilot Ship Points Promotion
Amethyst Chastity 0  
Cortana Pestilence 811.054   Petty Officer First Class
Deadblow Honey Buzzard 800.811   Ensign
dogi Wheelie 948.087   Senior Chief Petty Officer
Ganoderma Ez Raider 684.219   Aviator First Class
Geist Trez Bonz 0  
Puppy Iridium 752.241   Petty Officer Third Class
Red Squirrel Centvrion 831.366   Ensign
Rocket El Guapo 755.196   Petty Officer Third Class
Silfr Trinity 931.63   Master Chief Petty Officer
Skunk Cloudbuster 1725.06   Vice Admiral
Threespeed Schadenfreude 1243.18   Captain
Tyrian Compliance 605.46   Chief Petty Officer
Wombat Moneypenny 1408.86   Lieutenant Junior Grade
XXIII ReFLEX 1293.59   Master Chief Petty Officer
Zanarkand Mad Rabbit 0  
Pilots must be logged in to see the briefing.
Taskforce Pilot
Mission Leader Skunk
Deck Officer XXIII
MRC Officer Skunk
Navigator Wombat
Tailgunner XXIII
Com-Sat 1 Threespeed
Tool Bag Geist
Flat Bag Puppy
Medi Bag Red Squirrel
Wookiee Bag Ganoderma
Ambassador Cortana
Still Cam Zanarkand
Airlock dogi
Life Support 1 Threespeed
Life Support 2 Tyrian
Damage Control Cortana
Mission Pinner Ganoderma
Mission Debriefer Cortana
Mission Reporter Deadblow
Stellar Cartographer Threespeed
Cleaner Skunk
Print Jockey Amethyst

Mission Parameters

Mission LeaderSkunk
Mission Size 16 pilots
OriginFort Tyler
DestinationDeer Island
Light Years31.602
G-Well Activity2.842
Technical Rating3.922