Gangs of Entropia Installment 21 3-6-2043 12:00 Doc sat in the warehouse all dressed up in a very finely crafted Zero Legend buisness suit nervously waiting the next phase of todays mission. He could hear all the work being completed on the far side of this warehouse. The local gangs that had helped him before were now quickly building an office space complete with communications and surveylance systems built in. Doc was staying as far from the dust and dirt as he could yet still be ready the moment the target appears in the square. The look outs have been posted in their usual spots so no one is the wiser. It has been reported that the man in the red armor has not shown up yet this morning like he usually does. The sadly obvious government employees in the oldschool suits and wired communications gear are back in the square and doing what they always do. Astriod hangar area 12:00 Alpha-3 straps into the seat of the private spaceship of Jon Jacobs setting the stainless steel briefcase chained to his arm on the floor next to him. On the ship with him is Simone Deborg' and two other hired guns that were to be back up secrity for this mission. A meeting had been arranged between Ms Deborg' and the glory seeker that was fortunate to have found the Atrox Queens Egg. Judging by the added security on this mission Alpha-3 is not sure if "Fortunate" will be the optimum word to describe this unknowing stranger. Luckily Alpha-5 was able to send details in a coded message to be passed on to our Teams waiting on the planet to assist as needed. Alpha HQ Fort Argus After a few hours nap following the morning sit rep I got back to work on the new MF chip I have been working on. I had not told the Team any findings other then I was able to load the chip after circumventing the security devises on the courier box it was in. Earlier at breakfast I had a short spark of usable thought about the chip. I was repicturing in my head the display and the error messsages I recieved when I tried to access Loki. It had told me a second chip was required. Looking back I remember that I already had an old style Teleport chip locked into the tool for use and that allowed Hermes to boot up and load correctly. Thinking this thru more as I began to fully wake up, I realised the new implant wanted a second tp chip inserted to boot up Loki. I grabbed my coffee and headed to the nearest aucton house that had storage facilities and retrieved the two matching lesser teleport chips I had there. One I had bought months ago before I looted the minor one that I am currntly using from an attacker gen 04 out near akmuul, and the other I had removed from the broken implant of someone who no longer "Needed" the chip. A quick repair of my inserter tool and back to HQ I went. 13:38 Warehouse near Argus square. Word has come that the man in the red armor has been seen after he arrived at the Argus Telepad a few minutes ago. It strangely seems that within a minute of his arrival our Lady friend soon appeared in the square leaveing one of the shops with several bags as tho she has already had a busy day of shopping done. Time for Doc to make contact. He went out the far side entrance of the warehouse so not to be viewed by anyone at the square. As he approached the edge of the building he paused to light a small cigar near the corner of the building so he could do a quick assessment of where all the players in this charade were. He wanted to be sure he was not spotted immediately by anyone playing this game. As usual the man in red armor took a position leaning on one of the planter walls in the square, only today he did something different. He removed his helmet which immediately spurred interest from the crowd. A rising wave of sound came as Everyone in the square instantly started telling each other who had graced them this day with one of his rare public appearences away from his private island. Several of the younger members of the population gathered enough courage to approach the man to ask for autographs and "screenies" (pictures for us old folk) Some were even brave enough to reach out to shake hands or to touch the legondary armor so rarely seen in public. Doc took this as his cue to approach the woman who had bugged him before to lure her away from the crowded square and out from the watchfull eyes that are always there. Being the suave and to the point man Doc approached the lady immediately reaching for her hand giving it a quik subtle kiss while stuffing his identification tag in her hand and sitting down as though this was a planned meeting between old friends or new lovers. Doc leaned twords her across the table and suggested after she read the tag that they discretely leave the area and head to the shops near the old warehouse. If she agreed to that he would fill her in more as they walked away from the crowd. He then set the bug she used on him in front of her, only it was inside a ring box like he was proposing or something. Corinth Hangar north west of Hadesheim 14:30 The two "security gaurds are dismissed to check the hangar and surrounding area. Ms Deborg' tells Alpha 3 to remain on the ship with her for a moment. Once the goons and the pilot have left she informs Alpha-3 that the case he is carrying is holding a large sum of Peds. That money will be used to aquire a VERY rare and EXTREMELY delicate Atrox egg. Once the money has been removed he is to clean the inside of the case with a special disinfectant then to treat the case with the instant foam only in the lower half of the case before the egg is placed in there. After the egg is placed into the case he was to close the lid and seal it again with the new lock mechanisim that is in the small gear bag she now hands him. Once it is sealed he is to finish filling the case with the foam through the one way valve on the top edge. At NO point before this was the case to be moved. The last thing would be to plug the large weapon cell into the power converter and plug that into the cases climate control system. Once that deal is complete she informs him... ANYONE NOT her including the two security goons and the ships pilot that get within ten meters of that case are to be shot immediately. No warning NO quarter. They have been instructed on what to do and where to be and are fully aware of the consiquenses should they not follow within strict accordance. The pilot peeks in the cabin and relays the area is secure they can move to the hangar and into the awaiting vehicle. Alpha-3 thinks to himself.. "Vehicle" these were outlawed long ago for security reasons. They only come out during special historical celebrations of major events in Calypso's history. Today is NOT one of them. Alpha HQ 14:30 After stopping for a quick lunch break near the square I made it back to the apartment and immediately got back to working on what I thought would wake up another part of this devise in my head. I removed the Minor teleport chip from my implant and inserted the two lesser ones. I immediately got an error message stating two of the same chips could not be used. After I cleared that error Loki automaticly booted and configured the two chips including balancing the decay equally between the two. It then asked to confirm this configuration and restart Loki. I gave it permissions and almost instantly Loki came back and the H.U.D. flashed the message "Start evasion mode Scenerio 4 now?" not knowing what that was I canceled the action and waited to see what happened next. A welcome to Locally Operated Kineticly Implemeted telportation series III screen popped up and gave several new menus to choose from. I highlighted the expand menus selection and many submenus tabbed from each main menu selection. Options ranged from setup and power usage, to balancing and matching new chips, to evasion and escape parameters, oh and of course a "Ping" option. The "ping" option was harmless last time I used it so it only seemed obvious to start there. The bad part was I did not pay attention to which menu it fell under. As soon as I activaterd the ping there was an instantanious flash of light inside my head so to speak and a feeling like riding on a roller coaster began only much more intense. Once the blinding light was gone and the feeling of movement began to subside I found myself outside of the apartment and half way down the street with the message stating maximum heat exchange reached flashing in the H.U.D. just as I felt the area where the implant was get really hot for a few seconds. By the time I felt that the H.U.D. changed and asked what to do next. Quickly retracing what I did I now saw that the "Ping" command fell under the evasion and escape menu. At the bottom of the menu was a new tab "history" I opened that and all the information for the last three teleports was there in graphical form three dimentionly. It showed I had made four jumps in the course of five seconds it also included tactical data regarding solid structures, any people or animals in the general vacinity and statistical information available for upload to another sysytem. I also saw that "Ping" stands for Programmed Instantanious Navigational Gate array. It seems I now have the proverbial "get the hell out of dodge" chip. Enough work for the day. I decided to do something else since there is a slight disorientation factor that comes with useing that mode of teleporting. Not to mention the walk back home. Warehouse office 15:00 After all the introductions were done and a brief who is playing what roll in this scenerio chat Doc asks the lady agent what her involvement in the goings on around Fort Argus are. She states the standard I cant tell you anything speech and wants to know more of who Doc's friends are as there are a few in her department that have been inquiring about their doings as well. Impaitent as a five year old the street gangs leader takes offense to this game and the fact that his people are on a "watched" status for an undetrmined reason at this moment. He begins to get loud and agitated twords the agent who manages to sit quietly back, watching and assessing the man now nose to nose yelling in her face. In one swift move she sticks her thumb in his mouth pressing his tongue down hard while squeezing with her other fingers. A quick twist of her wrist spins the man over on his back stretched across the table. Calmly she leans back into his face suggesting he not treat her that way as she IS a trained professional with legal permissions from the government to exercise whatever she feels necessary to complete her mission. Right now he was interfering with that and she was not happy. Of course Every one of the gang immediately pulled out some sort of weapon and tried to make clear that what she was doing was not benificial to her health and well being. Her only response was to ask if it were necessary she remove their leaders face to prove she takes her job VERY seriously. Doc steps in and gets between the gang and the agent and reaches down to her hand to get her to release the leader. He states clearly that the toughest kid on the block routine is not helping him get what he needs as his mission is far more important then either the gangs persuit of government downfall or the agents need to know everyones business. Being put on a second shelf like that both the Agent and the Gang kind of stepped back to inquire what Doc had that was so much more important then what they wanted.