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Redemption Aside (1-1)

Post by illirica » Fri Apr 06, 2018 9:13 pm


Azra and I wanted to do a little casual interaction between our characters, we're pulling it out of the main thread so that the plotline can progress effectively.
The Nine-Tailed Fox had capered its way into a tenable reality, a somewhat strange amalgamation of would-be heroes or would-be terrorists, depending on whose point of view was being expressed at the time. Karana Shiori considered them, more than anything else, a bastion of neutrality enforcement, not necessarily there to save the world, but merely to save the status quo. It was early enough that she was uncertain how her compatriots considered themselves, and that was the project of her current venture.

She was no empath like the furtive Silwin, but she was well trained in reading people, and tended to be good at getting them to talk. Sometimes, the best way to go about getting information was simply to listen to people. It was amusing how few people considered the notion. In the elevator, Miss Lionfang had made a not-entirely-serious foray into inquiring after Karana's potential vices, and while it hadn't been the time for such a discussion, Karana had allowed that it would be possible to explore the conversation at their convenience.

Once things had settled somewhat, she called upon convenience, and with it, Viviana Lionfang. Since Karana had been accused of favoring tea over more traditional vices, she'd placed a tea set on the little table in her compartment, more for showing that she'd been paying attention than anything else. She was not precisely intending to betray all her own vices to publicity, but she was curious whether Viviana could be convinced to do so.

For now, she awaited her guest, and indulged herself in the greatest vice of all mankind: accounting.

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Post by Azra » Fri Apr 06, 2018 11:52 pm

Viv didn't really know what to expect from this just cause she was lively and friendly didn't mean she was particularly adept at social interaction. She'd spent the large chunk of her life dealing with people like herself, people brought up for soldiering and piloting, for checking space ships and following commands. She spent the last couple of years being bounced from ship and port wasn't expected to get to know anyone cause she wouldn't be around them for long. There was some jubilation at the idea of course part of why she had gone with this mission was because it was something longer and personal. Didn't seem like it'd be done in a night or two and that felt like something she could use. Though she had no idea what she would talk about with the crew specifically the diplomat.

I mean maybe if she could relate fixing a air cooling system of a plasma core to fixing relations with a mayor of a city? I mean it was close enough, handle the cooling system poorly and you'd get hot air all up in ones face not unlike trying to manage someone hot headed. Course the core like the mayor would matter to make any progress on a venture. Sometimes you just wanted to take a wrench and bash it into submission though. She smiled thinking for a moment maybe such a visit wouldn't be as difficult as she expected.

Doors hiss opening to the room of someone from an entirely different walk of life. Electric blue eyes glanced about the place and from what she could tell there wasn't a single model space ship in the place. It was early sure but had to be something she'd thought in the walk here. A tea set was out, seemed unlikely to be purely coincidental the blonde figured. A tilt of the head to see what was being worked on as Viv entered the room followed. She didn't want to just make herself at home or go to far past the entrance uninvited curiosity had her looking at ones work however and a brow furrowed. Accounting.

"Hey Karana is it weird that me seeing that makes me think your the weirdest of the crew?" She was a bit playful and amused by the question. That said she also was just curious if it infact did? With so many aliens and possible livelihoods what was weird and normal was a jumbled mess to distinguish.

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Post by illirica » Sun Apr 08, 2018 5:16 pm

"It's not weird, but it does tell me something about where your comfort zone is," Karana answered, setting her tablet aside. "Welcome to my..." She trailed off, a glance around the room taking in the relative smallness of personal space on non-luxury craft. "...Compartment," she resolved, it being more accurate than apartment in terms of scale, and more accurate than closet in terms of politeness. Karana didn't require more space, but it would have been a lie to say that she wasn't used to it. Nonetheless, her near-minimalist tendencies came in handy, and if there was less empty space than she would have liked in the room, at least it wasn't overflowing with effluvia.


She rose to greet her guest, and offered her a seat. "You seemed the social type, so I thought I would extend an invitation. Can I offer you tea?" she inquired, with an amused look in her eyes. Sometimes, she rather enjoyed playing to people's expectations. "Or coffee, if that's your preference. You can tell me all about your vices, since you seem so very eager to discuss them."

Karana didn't think it likely Viviana would be entirely eager to reveal all her vices, but at the same time, much could be heard without anything being said. Besides... a discussion of vice was often far more interesting than a discussion of virtue, and, ironically, far less likely to lead to argument.

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Post by Azra » Tue Apr 10, 2018 1:35 am

She considered it a moment, specifically should she be polite or herself. To fall in line to expectations or be more open, or at least that was how she saw the choices. The accountant drank tea and when with other armed forces she probably would have what the provider had. Tea was gross though just dirty water, and while amongst the stars she was sure some planet had good dirt to flavor waterbher general consensus was that it was awful. "Uhm coffee. Specifically Blue Copper if you have it. I heard a pilot say it added a fluffy candy kind of texture to the usual mix do to a planet's abundance of sugar." She'd never tried it but she liked new things. Granted the best new discoveries were ships and vehicles she didn't know.

The room was dubbed a compartment which seeed to Viv a sign of the world from which the accountant came. It was the slightest of complaints of size it felt like, not the this room sucks give me the president suite though thankfully. Viv had worked for one of those types once, felt a strong urge to have the spoiled employer test the planet's gravity that day. Karana seemed nice though, "room seems fine to me" she remarked. Of course it was to Viv, she lived for ships loved riding on as many craft as she could. She was more familiar to a room like this then any possible room on a planet.

"Was actually more curious about yours. I already know mine." Sass aside however she knew if she wanted to get to know someone she probably had to do the same. Didn't get to really know a ship's engine until it got to know a engineer's hands. "I like sweets and spices a bit more then I should, had to much military routine food growing up. I'm also fond of seeing where nightclubs go on planets. So many offworlders and onworlders really lets you learn a lot." Of course such places could lead to as many regrettable nights as they could memorable ones.

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Post by illirica » Sat Apr 14, 2018 4:01 pm

"Unfortunately I haven't got a very wide selection of coffee," Karana apologized, "But I'll look into acquiring some of that variety." She started coffee anyway, a variant infused with a nutty flavoring she was particularly fond of. "Would you like to know all my vices, Viv? I don't know if I'm willing to tell you everything. For one, though..." She opened a drawer, and added a selection of small wrapped squares to a plate, which she set on the table. "Chocolate."

She smiled, amused, "A little thing, to be sure. I suppose it could be argued that another of my vices is... hm. More akin to gambling, I suppose. The stock market is the universe's greatest casino. Every corporation a card in a high-stakes poker game, and you've got to decide whether the information you have is a bluff of not, and decide when to fold or when to stay in and go after the jackpot. Quite addictive, really. Does that assuage your curiosity?"

Viviana's self-description seemed to suit her, a vivacious curiosity that led her towards seeking new experiences, the chase of the thrill. Karana made note of it - it was a good thing, but could also be taken too far. Spilled information in the wrong port could lead to a mission compromise, which would be to everyone's detriment. That being said, being outgoing and eager could also be a way to attract potential informants, so it wasn't a behavior to justify shutting down entirely.

Besides, of all of them, Viviana sounded like she was most likely to know how to have fun.

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Post by Azra » Mon Apr 16, 2018 8:14 pm

The choice was nutty, that was an interesting development to the engineer on some level. A sort of confirmation that the theory of anyone enjoying accounting being a nut job was in fact true. Course saying that would of been rude and perhaps not the best way to navigate conversation, Viv already thought one of her coworkers wanted to kill her. Would probably be wise not to make that the feelings from everyone she was coming to know. Her brow raised a bit at the initial question. Did Viv wan't to know all of her vices? Of course she did, what kind of rhetorical question was that?

"Never had just chocolate to be honest. All the worlds I've visited tended to have some form of alteration to it. And every import of it, came from someone to greedy." Go to one corner of the galaxy and the most mundane commodities could become something worth a fortune, for Viv's known corner that had been the case for that particular sweet. The next vice was a bit more compelling and questionable, gambling. Of course there was many vices to chose from, from certain activities to drugs, gambling though was one of the more interesting ones to Viv. She didn't partake herself but the stories were quite fun, her favorite being those who chanced their vehicles. Some dispute between people resulting in a race where one could win a spaceship. Though Viv got the distinct impression Karana probably didn't gamble for such things, stocks were more compelling to the woman then things with engines.

"Nope, now Im just additionally curious what the biggest gamble was? If maybe one went awry and you had to fight some mob? You seem the cleanest here. But I bet that's just good cover stories." Because surely with the colorful bunch gathered for the mission she felt there had to be an interesting background. "Me I may or may not have played a part in what may or may not have been a military installations possible down fall. And that maybe, assuming it happened might have put me in the shuffled off on people for high risk missions department." Her shoulders shrugged and pony tail bobbed as she played up the joking tone about a rather serious subject matter. It was all more or less in her file however so hiding it didn't seem worth the effort.

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Post by illirica » Fri Apr 20, 2018 1:38 am

"Me, fight a mob?" Karana inquired incredulously. "It would take quite the failure for me to be in a situation where I needed to do that. No, I do all my gambling... offsite, shall we say. I suppose once when I was eleven I managed to sell enough shares in a particular company within a certain time frame that the market whole assumed that the company was tanking and everyone bailed on them. They couldn't get a grant for years." She shrugged, then smiled. "I've learned a lot since then. Now I only do that sort of thing when I've got enough capital to grab all the shares when they tank and a line on some grant leverage to get the company rebooted so that I can sell at a profit."

She sipped at her coffee and considered Viviana's statement. "Truthfully... I would have expected you to get in trouble from something more like rewiring a ship like this one and taking it for a joyride while the rest of the crew looked on in dismay at a system out from which they had been locked. It seems like the sort of thing that you would have both the drive and the wherewithal to achieve." Her tone wasn't condemnatory, in fact, she sounded like she would be rather impressed by the idea.

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Re: Redemption Aside (1-1)

Post by Azra » Thu May 10, 2018 10:19 am

That was Viv supposed to be expected though some disappointment did show in her face all the same. A hope for something more adventurous and note worthy having been shot down. "Suppose at least there's reliability" she remarked forcing a smile and an effort of optimism over the information. Was better to have all the parts of a machine in pristine function after all. Sure trying to climb into a nova reactor of a starship under fire and about to self destruct the ship was fun but it wasn't ideal. The other story went a bit over the engineer's head, she didn't do stocks and while grants sounded like a universal plight Viv really didn't have to handle such a thing. Conversation turned and after a sip of her coffee the blonde opened up some with a brush of her bangs being tucked behind her ear.

"Not wrong just never as my own so I suppose it doesn't quite come up. Get a lot of reprimanding for that kind of stunt so while some missions are say to join a crew. Get them to all gather in the air lock for a birthday party and then leave them floating in space or something as I take their ship. It's all to return the ship to another employer. Granted I do wish I could just do it for myself, there was this one beauty. Ship was a frigate half a mile wide Dovariax war class. Engines that could handle any solar storm and enough guns to blow half the dreadnaughts I can name in two. I had this idea to take it even I serve them though not me." She didn't exactly regret serving a military but it was clear she wanted to fly her own craft more then handle someone else's.

She paused for a second then sighed "was one time though I did get to joyride, fifth semester at the academy. Captain there had a hoverstalion very retro design, still used gas even had a nice purr to it. Team dared me to take it from one base to the other, so I dropped a LSD from the SDL company that was trying to sell combat drugs at the time into the captain's coffee. While the captain was trying to court marshal the monitor screen he mistook as apparently a quad armed purple chick I was able to hot-wire the stallion. Got away with it for the night, team would give me their best wrenches. Downside being I spent the next two months working exclusively on the trash compactors and vehicles that trafficked the cubes of junk."

"So uh anyway where you from? What's that planet like? I don't get to go planet side as much."

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