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(75 replies, posted in The Dreamcatchers)

Thanks for the update, Giorgio. But take it easy and don't overdo it! Don't forget to get enough rest!



-Mischa

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(142 replies, posted in Odyssey)

From the bridge, the captain replied:

= "This is the bridge. Understood. Good work. August out." =



-August Solitaire

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(374 replies, posted in Odyssey)

August replied with simple:

= "Roger." =

He knew that his engineer wouldn't let this test interfere with their flight schedule. He of course followed the process of the engine test on the bridge consoles, although there were a lot of readings which were beyond his comprehension.

However, before long Ronon sent another message to the bridge:

=" Bridge this is Ronon, we got engine number one up and running, shes purrin like a kitten "=

August certainly wasn't an engineer, but since most readings on the monitors were in the green - literally - he had gathered as much.

= "This is the bridge. Understood. Good work. August out." =


-August Solitaire

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(15 replies, posted in Odyssey)

After a few seconds the door opened. The man called Rolov Latka looked at Olaf with a semi-bored expression. "What is it?" he asked in a tone that bordered on being rude.



-GM

5

(110 replies, posted in The Longest Journey)

This was the moment Ku'untook had been waiting for. He started to utter words that Ciara couldn't make any sense of. They sounded very differenty from anything else she'd heard in this world. As if in response to these words, Ciara's body began to feel warm. Not like it was being heated by a fire or something, but from the inside. Again she actually felt the firmness of her bones. It was a very strange feeling. Was this how ordinary people felt?

As Ku'untook kept saying on his incomprehensible words, Ciara's body kept... changing? Was she actually glowing?



-GM

6

(119 replies, posted in The Longest Journey)

Don't worry about that. We're happy to see you back here, though! smile



-Mischa

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(374 replies, posted in Odyssey)

August looked up from his work. He grunted, then replied:

= "Yes, you may. In fact, head over to them now and tell them they are free to move around the public areas of the ship and eat their meal in the mess hall. After they have cleaned up the cargo bay, that is. Keep an eye on them when they clean up: the cargo bay is not one of the public areas they're allowed to move freely in. August out." =

He thought he had been clear on the matter, but apparently he had been wrong. It seemed futile to make a big point of it now however, given how close they were to finishing their deal with the Russians.



-August Solitaire

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(60 replies, posted in Odyssey)

The reply came immediately:

= "Yes, you may. In fact, head over to them now and tell them they are free to move around the public areas of the ship and eat their meal in the mess hall. After they have cleaned up the cargo bay, that is. Keep an eye on them when they clean up: the cargo bay is not one of the public areas they're allowed to move freely in. August out." =



-August Solitaire

9

(163 replies, posted in Odyssey)

The two women currently were the only ones left in the mess hall. The table had been cleaned for the most part, since all that had eaten earlier had picked up their own dishes and put them in the dishwasher.

The two Russians however, still hadn't eaten. The captain had promised them that they would get something to eat when he'd sent them to their quarters, but so far he hadn't acted on it yet. Perhaps he had simply forgotten to do so. There was plenty of the food left, so that couldn't be it.

Ayla still had a choice to make: who would she choose to help her with watching the crowd when Lizzy gave her performance: Olaf or Ronon?

Shadai in turn would have to decide which wares she thought she could sell to this business associate of the captain.



-GM

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(60 replies, posted in Odyssey)

The akita's keen sense of smell however would tell her that another dog had also taken the liberty of relieving himself in her spot. The dog was nowhere to be seen at the moment - it would be in one of the guest quarters together with its caretaker, but Freya's nose told her what had happened.

Olaf in turn discovered that one of the dogs - was it the same one or the other of the two - had been less successful in finding a proper place to do one's business.



-GM

11

(62 replies, posted in The Longest Journey)

As if he could hear her thoughts, Constance immediately started on one of the questions Cass had just asked herself: "So, when will you be able to start recording? We'd like to start as soon as possible, but you'll need to write some material, I gather. How long will that take you? We prefer an on-the-go handling of things: writing, recording, some more writing, some more recording. Instead of writing everything before you start to record." It was amazing how Constance suddenly had gone into business-mode. Cass had trouble recognizing the man from moments earlier.

Then, in the corner of her eye, she saw some colored lines, dancing up and down. But when she looked directly at them, they were gone. Had she imagined it?



-GM

12

(142 replies, posted in Odyssey)

The engine room was filled with a smell of oil combined with sweat. Repairing an engine and hauling heavy parts was exhausting work.



-GM

13

(185 replies, posted in The Dreamcatchers)

"Hmmm" Nico spoke, finishing his lunch. He didn't know what to think of this exactly, other than finding out what this merger would mean for both companies; naturally he asked Maaike about it: "Anything interesting to report on that German company? And is it really a merger or a takeover?" He knew from his own experience that what officially was called a merger often ended up being a takeover, meaning reorganisations and all that. The important part in these kinds of arrangements always was the acquirements of certain patents.



-Nico

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(185 replies, posted in The Dreamcatchers)

Again, in itself Nico didn't think it that strange; having a daughter declared dead after a year or searching without any success would finally allow for the mourning process to begin. But again there were too many other things at work. Maaike was right: the woman he had seen in the dreamworld definitely was Jennifer. Or at least she'd had her image. Why would anyone pose as Jennifer Ryan? Something about her death or disappearance was odd: either he had actually seen Jennifer and she wasn't dead, or someone wanted to look into Jennifer's disappearance.

"That's all speculation right now" he said to Maaike. "But it's obvious that we must look into it. Do you have any idea who exactly wanted Jennifer declared dead? Was it her father, her sister, both?" As for the reason of wanting Jennifer declared dead: dismissing the one without any ulterior motives, he guessed that it had to do with ownership of the company. "And can you also find out who, if Jennifer would be declared dead legally, would get their hands on her shares of the company?" he added.



-Nico

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(185 replies, posted in The Dreamcatchers)

Nico very much doubted if everything was as white as Maaike thought it was. There were too many unknowns. The person they had made contact with online seemed to be experiencing some of the same things as Nico was, or at least so it seemed. And what was the deal with the Ryan family, especially Jennifer? Although a fire or an explosion in itself wasn't so strange as to attract attention, given what he had experienced in the dreamworld and how this all seemed connected to Ghleannglas Pharmaceuticals there must be something more there.

No, Nico wasn't ready to make blatant accusations yet, but it was clear that Ghleannglas Pharmaceuticals was at the heart of this and they knew more than they let on. If there was an 'evil force' in this story, it would be them. But who was behind this company?

He turned to Maaike: "Is there anything known about who currently runs Ghleannglas Pharmaceuticals? Actual people, I mean."



-Nico

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(185 replies, posted in The Dreamcatchers)

Nico's face grew more serious. Maaike had already told him about her actions regarding the Elven Universe game and he hadn't said anything about it then, but he felt obligated to do so now. "You do realise that things are never that black and white, do you? I'm not saying that the company was in the right, but you do know that 'justice' often is a very subjective term, don't you?"



-Nico

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(62 replies, posted in The Longest Journey)

Cass might not have thought it possible, but Constance's grin grew even wider as she handed him the signed contract. "Congratulations!" he beamed.

Then Cass suddenly felt a hand on her shoulder, as Frill leaned over her to refill her glass with champagne. She too was smiling, although her smile was more like a smirk. For once, she didn't make any weird sounds, although she was looking Cass straight in the eyes as she poored the champagne, which she strangely managed to do without spilling a drop.



-GM

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(163 replies, posted in Odyssey)

OOC: Of course, Dondi. Whatever Shadai brought with her on the ship when she joined hasn't been checked over by August, so there could be a lot of interesting items among her stock; it's up to you!



-Mischa/GM

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(374 replies, posted in Odyssey)

"Granted" was all that August said. He was relieved that Olaf did not have any bad feelings about Ayla acting as XO now; a job he had held himself before his sudden departure. Other people would have felt that after making such a sacrifice as Olaf had, would entitle them to get their old job back. Olaf on the other hand always seemed to be content with whatever job was shoved to him, as long as the man could fly. At least, that was the impression that August got from him.



-August Solitaire

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(173 replies, posted in Atlantis)

Ryan, who had just downed another glass of water, decided that this Jacob's plan was a good one; the chief engineer disengaged himself from the bar, took a few moments to balance himself and then went to the toilet. "Be right back" he mumbled to no one in particular.



-Ryan Bow

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(374 replies, posted in Odyssey)

August listened to his pilot's report. Leave it to Olaf to find a way to get them to their destination sooner. He realised that he'd missed the man. For a short moment he considered his pilot's request: "Permission granted." Since Olaf had managed to gain them a few hours, there would be time for an inspection at least.

"When we arrive, find a quiet spot in space near the planet and then go out to check the sails. But don't start any repairs without consulting with me." August wanted to know that if repairs were needed, how long they would take. Olaf gaining them a couple of hours did leave some time for possible repairs, but August wanted to use a part of the time gained to prepare for his own plan more thoroughly.

After glancing down at Freya, who for some reason always seemed to know when someone was watching her since she always looked back immediately, August turned around and walked over to the captain's chair, in which he sat down. August knew that their stop at Greenleaf Skyplex had provided them with some fresh ammo for the ship, if not much since at that time he hadn't been able to afford much more. But perhaps more importantly: he had stocked up on bullets for their hand weapons and on grenades. If something went awry on the surface at least they wouldn't run out of ammo anytime soon.

"Olaf, when we arrive at Quarry, there are actually two jobs that need to be done. One of them is setting things up for and guarding Miss Lusko, the other job is one that has to do with a business associate of mine. I didn't mention this in the mess hall, because Miss Lusko need not know about that particular errand. As I said in the mess hall, Ayla will supervise Miss Lusko's performance: you and Ronon will help Ayla set things up for Miss Lusko, but only one of you will help her with keeping an eye on Miss Lusko during her performance; I need the other one for the job I mentioned." He didn't stop his explanation there, but instead went on about Shadai's and his own part in all of this: "As soon as we land, I'll head over to my business associate and I'll be taking Shadai with me: she has goods that might interest him. And don't worry about our other two guests and their dogs: they will be disembarking at Quarry. Just make sure they'll pay for their trip; Ayla will know how much they owe us. Also make sure they don't leave any luggage behind." It wouldn't be the first time someone would try to stick a certain item on August only to call authorities on him.

He leaned forward in his chair: "Olaf, I have given Ayla the choice over which of two jobs to take the lead on, since she is the XO. It is time for her to step up and act like it." There wasn't a sound of conviction in August's voice; he was simply stating the facts. "I am telling you this, because I don't want you to step up and help her out every time she has trouble making a decision. Yes, we are a team, but she needs to learn to take the lead." August knew that whenever possible, Olaf stepped up to lend a hand. It was one of the best qualities of the man. But Ayla needed to learn what it meant to be an XO, which was to take the lead.



-August Solitaire

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(173 replies, posted in Atlantis)

Ryan grinned: "My head is fine, but I'm afraid it won't be in a couple of hours." Apparently the bartender had noticed the same, since a glass of water was put in front of Ryan at that moment. He gratefully accepted it and emptied it in a few gulps. "That was awesome!" he continued, referring to Jade stepping up to help his captain. For a moment, Ryan wondered what to say. "What are you doing here?" sounded rather unfriendly, but "what brings someone like you to a place like this?" simply sounded like a pick-up line. He finally settled for: "Where did you learn to shoot like that?"



-Ryan Bow

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(185 replies, posted in The Dreamcatchers)

Nico said nothing, wondering whether Maaike thought him a 'black hat.' He didn't fool himself: having a company that was doing well for itself certainly was comforting, but back in the day when he'd started the company, he'd actually had a vision. That vision had grown out of the frustration of not being able to find relevant information about others on one simple page even though all that information was readily available on different websites. Basically the only thing his platform had done back in the early days was to gather those different parts of information from those different websites, which was actually very simple. In those early days the biggest part of his job had been getting sewed by those websites (something which he had known would happen and which he had prepared for) and actually convince people to join his platform: people had to join and connect their accounts to their other social media accounts, otherwise Konnect wouldn't be able to gather and combine the information.

From there, things had grown. In large part because other companies updated their platforms all the time, which meant that in order to keep Konnect working, his company had to do the same. But also in large part because the Konnect algorithms had gotten more and more complicated because it turned out that there actually was a lot of information that could be gathered through social media with the proper algorithms.

Although Nico had some programming knowledge himself, the Konnect platform had grown way beyond his own technological comprehension. So in those terms he certainly was a black hat, but as Nico had learned throughout his life, things were hardly ever that black-and-white. He figured that Maaike would eventually learn that life lesson herself, just as he had.

Had he himself been so naive when he had been younger? It was hard to believe, but he gathered he must have been. A part of him even envied Maaike for still thinking in such simple terms. He turned his head and looked at Maaike: "A dreamer yourself? How so?" he asked her.



-Nico

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(185 replies, posted in The Dreamcatchers)

While the stewardess was handing out their lunches - Nico had opted for the one with meat - he didn't speak to Maaike about what she had just said, but he did have a bit of time to think on it. It would indeed be much easier if he could take her with him - or anybody for that matter - in these dream travels. But he could see no way for that to happen: it would appear that while he was in the dreamworld, he was on his own.

When the stewardess moved on, Nico replied: "It sounds nice and it probably is worthwile to see, but as you say: the monsters make for different priorities. Maybe the builders of that castle have indeed fled, but perhaps they didn't have time to flee." He didn't speak out loud what he meant by that, but it was obvious: what if these monsters had simply killed these elvenlike creatures?



-Nico

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(185 replies, posted in The Dreamcatchers)

Nico did as Maaike had suggested, using a fake name on the digital form. After he had filled it in and sent the query, he shut off his digital devices as was required by the airline.

Departure went without any incidents and before long, Nico was looking outside to a clear sky, which slowly filled itself with some clouds. It looked as if they were leaving the nice weather behind.

Due to the time they were leaving, lunch would be served during the flight. Before long Maaike and Nico were supplied with a small menu on which they could mark the lunch they'd like. Given that they were on an aeroplane, the basic choice was between a vegetarian and a non-vegetarian lunch.



-Nico