HMMS Broadside

The Lost Journal Series [Part of the Near Galaxy Saga]

Broadside


Day 312


Personal Journal Serene Falk:

Captain HMMS Broadside

  • Mission parameter – Hunting Ghosts
  • Classification Secret – Captains eyes only

We are still on track toward the Silos 3 beacon as far as I or the Ai’s can tell me. Although the relationship between Bonnie and Clyde is becoming progressively more fractious. The neural roboticist of coarse insist on duality to ensure that all calculations are double checked and authenticated. But what the pencil pushers didn’t count on was that these Ai’s are programmed with real personality bios to enable full cognitive assessment of any given situation. Correspondingly all they seem to do is bicker and argue. It’s like having two delinquent teenage twins on the bridge. However, the upside is that it makes time pass a little quicker and helps to ease the growing tensions in the crew.

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Day 313


Personal Journal Serene Falk:

Captain HMMS Broadside

  • Mission parameter – Hunting Ghosts
  • Classification Secret – Captains eyes only

Today was far improved as the Ai Bonnie decided to sulk and remain quiet. This allowed Clyde to get on with navigating and the crew to get on with their duties.
As per standard operating procedure there are two Firestorm fighters out on patrol at all times and today they earned their keep. As they located the carcass of the missing fleet carrier RMS Penrose. She was last recorded heading outward toward the Dog Star Cassiopeia at flank speed. No SOS or distress call was received, but its clear from what remains of her 12000 tons that she was subject to viscous and sustained attack. All her compartments are open to space and all six hundred and forty crew are missing. For confirmation, missing means not a single soul alive or dead has been recovered and no viable records or data remains. I have no knowledge what race would have the will or firepower to take down a renowned class carrier and consequently like everything else on this mission it has been classified command crew only.

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Day 316


Personal Journal Serene Falk:

Captain HMMS Broadside

  • Mission parameter – Hunting Ghosts
  • Classification Secret – Captains eyes only

As well as yesterday’s discovery of the USS Penrose, it now appears that the intermittent communication issues with the Earth Bridge have worsened. With little or no contact for the last five cycles it has been confirmed that the carrier wave is dead. Which, for a multi array military bridge is both un heard of and technically impossible? The only other person on this ship that is party to this information is the Engineering Chief Hux Mayhew, who also doubles as my coms op and has and has been officially warned to keep it classified. Unofficially I have also told him that mentioning it to anyone will get him pushed out of the airlock in his under clothes. It’s a thin line I am walking between honesty and need to know, as some of the crew are barely hanging on from the horror that we all bore witness to on Tellasion minor [ Refer Log 244]. Personally, I am fighting the nightmares of what was there and have taken to a healthy measure of Carrisi Rum before turning in. This helps me sleep but doesn’t always keep the monsters away.

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Day 317


Personal Journal Serene Falk:

Captain HMMS Broadside

  • Mission parameter – Hunting Ghosts
  • Classification Secret – Captains eyes only

Today was quiet, still no coms from the Earth Bridge and every other ship board band is quite Which either means they are locked down under combat conditions and radio silence or we are in fact truly alone out here on the edge. I am not sure which is worse and I although I have resisted the temptation to raise the ship status to amber as per the regulations for nil contact I am very aware of our vulnerability out here. It’s true we are the fastest and most deadly in the fleet, but I have a feeling that means little to those that took down the Penrose or instigated the horror on Tellasion. Hux. has been good though, as have all the other officers, I just wish we would get sight of what we came out here for. Inaction is often worse than combat, as it gives room for the fear to take hold. Bring on the fisticuffs, a good fight is often the best motivator.

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