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Sat Aug 20, 2022 7:52 pm
The Iammelon Nebula. More than a decade ago they aided in a bloody conflict that raged through the ether lanes and planets along the south eastern sectors beyond their nebula, into the territory of what was at the time, Firstborn Kingdom, now the Firstborn Empire. In a conflict that came to be known as the War of Two Blades. What was known as ‘Excave’ at the time before it was reformed into the Iammelon Union, aided the Firstborn King. An amalgam Dragon/Zerg/Athailian called Zether. What they were fighting against was an enemy that had a plague-like rampance to them, tenacity enough to devour planets whole and cover their surface in their biomatter, known as the Zerg or ‘The Swarm’ as some of their Broodmothers referred to them.

Zether was known as the King of Blades. A ruler that created a kingdom that spanned 30 systems in a matter of 30 years from nothing more than a small smattering of 5 Broodmothers that defected from the Zerg to serve him. His antithesis was an entity known as the Queen of Blades. A successor of an origin in some far off galaxy. Filia, a denizen of Hoshi that fell to the swarm once they took over her colony world… The fallen world of Duxton.

While it was not a very long war, only lasting 5 whole months to route out most of the World Class nests that the Zerg had in other systems, and scorch their populations down from the hundreds of billions they had inflated themselves to in a matter of decades, it was a war that the Nebula has had the most bloodshed in for a very long time… Until the Civil War that followed.

Their main victory on Duxton removed the Queen of Blades from play. Neutralising her from uniting the xenomorphic hordes in her sway along with many captured specimens that made up her personal guard. Filia was altered, purged of her Zerg chains that bound her humanity and was released into the custody of one ‘Wolfric Wolvain’ the second Imperial Prince of the Athailian Solar Empire after a long trial period to make sure she did not harbour any ill intent against the nebula.

Though peace did not last very long after that war was settled, as everyone knows. The Nebula was met with a schism of Ideals on what the history of the Nebula should look like. On one side, Excave, on the other, Omnipo. The Zerg sided with Excave, their captors and handlers. Though it was more out of a mutual need to help instead of being forced.

Because of this new desire to help the budding Union after the sneak attack on Omnipo’s half, a project was devised to bring the captured Zerg specimens into the newly conceptualised Union that was forming as conflicts started to rage between Excave and Omnipo. The Project was issued by the once Admiral Tamour who has since become Minister Tamour under the new Iammelon Union. Hiring to his side the Broodmother Melyphis who still works as his aide and bodyguard.

As the war went on, Zerg strains were altered or found to be redundant to a degree. Many of the much larger or offshoot species were found to be unnecessary, so their imprints were put aside for the time being but not thrown away as new avenues could potentially come about in the future.

At the time, those subraces that were brought into a new era were purely devised for the sake of waging war against the Confederate Army. Though as the war waged on there came an opinion on if there was a reason to devise purely military adaptations and mutations for the new species. Melyphis’s team did think on this and decided that perhaps more general mutations were necessary, though those that existed already kept their military mutations as they planned to stay with the Union navy and ground forces after the war for the most part. Though there were still millions of captured Zerg undergoing gene therapy to transition into their new Subraces. So Melyphis and her team continued to find ways of improving the design of the new races.

As time marched on and the Civil War came to an end… As Tyfrondor became the new Union president. The conglomerate of Ex-Zerg forces were a mishmash of different Subraces without a home, or a culture of their own. So they were offered a small cluster of stars in honour of their service to the Union. For the blood, sweat and tears shed for making this future a possibility.

That small cluster of stars lies in the western section of the Nebula. A cluster of four stars marked the home of this new race, named in the honour of the War Minister that gave them the chance to become something so much more than they thought they could ever be. The Zemor. Their new Capital world was named Fia, a sort of homage to their previous Queen of Blades. A reminder of their past but one with a hopeful future seeing as the Ex-Queen of Blades has become an Imperial Princess after marrying Wolfric several years ago while the Civil War was still raging.

As they developed their worlds, their own lines of trade and their agriculture, the Zemor began to develop their own culture and subcultures, most being influenced by the other cultures of the Nebula. And as these new changes went on, a system of Government was devised… As it was forming, it looked to be a purely matriarchal society. Though as time went on, and Melyphis and her team introduced higher birth percentages into the genepool for males to start being born, the Zemor took on a form of Government that more resembled a Federation in how it functioned. All 8 races in the Zemor would elect a representative to sit at an elected Council that would govern the laws, judgement and progress of their people going forward from the Parliamentary building on Fia. Each Council member would hold a term of 5 years before an election can be held. And a Council member can only run for the position two times, this way there is no stagnation of power.

The decision to start introducing natural males into the Zemor races was a controversial move according to some the Valorians but ultimately the decision was with the Zemor to continue, and this matter was the first real issue that the Council had to tackle… It took three months, with 2 against and 6 for the implementation of natural males to be born into the Zemor. Come to the present day and the Council has one Male Council member so far.

The Zemor have good relations with numerous races in the nebula, though more recently they were able to gain the long overdue friendship of the Firstborn and with Zether Deinmaar, who they learned was a Dragon of Heord. Some old disputes were settled that still existed between Zether and Sieg specifically since the pair of them served together before Zether shattered the fleets of Leviathans over the broken ruins of his adoptive Daughter’s homeworld. They also became friendly with the Athailian’s early on as their government was developing, moreso with the Imperial couple Wolfric and Filia before their engagement was announced.

So what happened to the Broodmothers that paved the way for this to happen?

Melyphis remains on Heord, more specifically with Minister Tamour since she is his aide and Bodyguard. Though she does go to visit Fia along with the other Broodmothers that she helped settle into Excave before the transition over to the Union. She remains single though she would often say that she was above it, or that was married to her work. The truth of the matter was… That she was very picky about her partners despite being a woman that was easy to work with. Though that may be down to her wanting someone that challenged her.

Yajana still serves in the Union Fleet beside Mierl, her Watrike partner. Though she arose up the ranks thanks to commendations in battle against Confederates on numerous worlds. A decade later, she was now Captain of her own Ship, with Mierl serving as her First officer. Their relationship does not get in the way of their duties, with Yajana trusting her partner’s dry and logical judgement to balance her own emotional way of commanding.

Zemia, the Feisty and tomboyish one, took a leave from the Union Navy to help with the Zemor Militia Initiative. A hastily slapped together home army that was only running on the training they got during the War with the Confederacy. Thanks to her role in training up a whole Armoured Column during the war, she became the first elected Council lady of the Brayr once it was established. Not a role she would have chosen for herself but one she accepted with grace.

Xernus, the silent and calculating one, still works closely with Union Intelligence as an Officer alongside her Handler now partner. Having never faltered to stay with the Union after the war had ended. She realised that the Confederacy was not a simple one off issue for the Nebula and worked hard to make sure the security of the budding Union would not shatter so easily. Her current whereabouts are only known to the highest military bodies, naturally including Tamour and Tyfrondor.

Erika, the timid and huggably fluffy one, still remains on Proscore to this day long after the Confederate attack on the Agri world occurred. She had no desire to leave or become an officer in the Navy since she was always more of a Country oriented girl to begin with. She barely had a hostile bone in her body, unless it came to more Confederate invaders. But even there was always a reluctance for violence, but that being said she would never hesitate. She would only reflect after the fact. In time, Proscore even gained a small Zemor population that cropped up around Erika that become a big help to them.

And last but certainly not least, because she would complain about it. Sieg, the harmlessly angry one, continues to be relentlessly teased to this day by her once handler and now superior officer Aloni. The pair of them serve aboard Yajana’s ship as ship's security officers.


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Tue Aug 23, 2022 6:05 am
The Zemor, having sided with the winning side in the Iammelonian Civil War, had generally had an easier time than one might expect for a new species being integrated into Iammelon. While there was distrust of those they had fought against not too long ago initially, that distrust quickly faded as they fought alongside eachother. Tamour had vouched for the Zemor as they transitioned, but his choice to avoid Zemor-only units as they fought in the Civil War was one very tactical in nature. Having the various Zerg races directly integrated into regular Iammelonian units, or raising entire new formations like Zemia's armored column, was purposeful to create a new sense of comradery. Iammelonians were famously distrustful of outsiders and newcomers, and if the Zemor had been segregated it would've only intensified that natural inclination. But the quick integration instead had a very positive effect. Suspicion quickly died with closer interaction, new bonds were forged in battle, and acceptance came far faster than most expected. Other than Tamour, that is. The Dragon knew one thing well; Iammelonians were fearful of outsiders, but their willingness to look beyond species showed they were quite accepting of those they understood.

And in truth, Tamour had a second reason for avoiding any purely Zemor based formations. By spreading them out across the Union Navy and Army, and even a few being given over to Bazar Security (now the RSJD, Republic Security and Justice Department), he played on the fact they were in effect a newly emerging people without a home or culture. They had to serve alongside Iammelonians of all stripes so that Tamour could assure that whatever new culture did eventually emerge, it would be one he could trust to be Iammelonian. A culture that would slot in nicely with the other peoples and nations of the Nebula, to mitigate problems in the future. Iammelonians may not care about species, but they did care about culture. It was essential they see the new Zemor as an "Iammelonian-grown" people, as that would ensure long term harmony. In time, if all went well, their origins as modified former foes would simply fade into obscurity and become irrelevant.

Of course, while Tamour was the one who was effectively in charge of managing the Zemor during the war, he didn't impose too much. He did things here and there to influence the budding culture, and showed some of his quiet bias towards the "Scarletneck" cultural group that Tamour was personally partial too, but generally he let it happen organically.

And all that led up to the end of the war, when the planet now known as Fia as well as its surroundings systems were given to the Zemor as a new homeworld. The planets chosen were quite nice, hospitable ones. But they were not entirely empty. Fia when the Zemor arrived had signs of former life and civilization on it, ruined buildings and other such things. That was because it was once a minor Agriworld, but it had been cleaned of sentient life by the activities of Redmangor. The Totalitarian Communists had forcefully removed much of the planet's former population, and killed the rest, leaving Fia abandoned. The choice of world was no accident. Fia had been selected not only because it was suitable for the Zemor, but also as a symbolic choice. For their great effort, they were gifted a world that had been unjustly purged. The Zemor would inherit this Iammelonian World, in trust that they could live the prosperous life that its former inhabitants could not. And it was very much a gesture of trust, as the world had previously avoided settlement because of that history. Tyfrondor himself had chosen it for the Zemor, as a gesture of a new beginning for Iammelon as the Union took control of the Nebula, and thus accepting the Zemor as Iammelonians.

Besides the symbolism however, the Union did support the Zemor in setting up their new homes with resources and architectural experts. Importantly, building Starports on the newly colonized worlds in order to quickly ensure they were linked into the wider infrastructure of the Union. Part of a Nebula-wide effort of the Union to create new interstellar infrastructure to further connect all areas of the country. Otherwise, the experts primarily guided the Zemor to help them set up, and then let them take the lead for themselves. The new government structure for instance was entirely left up to the Zemor to decide, and the Union accepted the Federation structure when it was decided upon, making the Zemor Council an officially accepted government body.

Otherwise, Iammelon watched in interest at the newly emerging people, wondering what they would become. The Valorians were certainly disappointed as they strayed from their Matriarchal ways, but that choice was generally approved of by the rest of Iammelon. Some were especially supportive, in particular Proscore. The Proscorines hadn't forgotten the contributions made to the defense of their world, and so were particularly supportive in helping the Zemor set up. Such as happily assisting in the fields they had particular expertise in; agriculture and shipbuilding, with Proscore setting up an orbital dockyard above Fia to help facilitate trade for the planet, and the ability for them to maintain their own starships. But even their former enemies in the once-Confederate parts of Iammelon looked at the Zemor with interest, seeing an opportunity to make new friends and patch up any grudges before they settled in too deeply, although there were still those who grumbled.

As for the instrumental individuals involved with the Zemor...

Minister of War Tamour Rulcar had kept his position, and was lauded across the Nebula as a hero for leading the Union to victory in the Civil War as its highest ranking military official. But he was importantly also respected by the Ex-Confederates for a number of reasons. He had been courteous in victory, yes, but what was notable for the Confederates in particular were his origins. Tamour might have been a Dragon from Heord, but he did not really consider himself Heordal, having left the planet at a young age. Instead, he had mostly grown up and lived upon the world of Rulcan, a Scarletneck Agriworld fairly close to Avalantus. And as far as most, including himself, were concerned, Tamour was a Scarletneck. He had even changed his last name in honor of the planet that had accepted him more than his technical homeworld. Melyphis would even be one of the few people, thanks to being Tamour's aide, to hear him relapse into a Scarletneck accent from time to time when he got emotional. Still, this made him somebody who could speak with the former Confederate Scarletnecks, and he had made much progress in reconciliation and rehabilitation. His position was quite secure, and he had become a rather influential figure in Iammelon overall. Quite the advancement for the former Admiral.

Mierl stuck with Yajana. From handler, to partner, and now dutiful lieutenant. While he was not generally too opinionated on the whole matter, he was pleased with developments. He was never exactly ambitious personally, as he ascribed to the Watrike belief in duty being its own reward. But he was quite happy for Yajana being recognized and rewarded for her efforts, and he ended up rising in rank primarily thanks to his attachment with her. He continues to serve in what a Watrike would consider a dream scenario, being able to work alongside his much cherished partner aboard her new vessel. Of course, duty came first as always, but Mierl would continue to have Yajana's back.

Aloni's career trajectory didn't really change, but her service alongside Sieg was still important. As for all her teasing of her Broodmother companion, the fact Aloni and Sieg worked together quite well served as a case study for integrating Zemor into Iammelonian military units. Aloni for her service had been promoted to a Sergeant in the Iammelonian Marines. Sieg was actually also a Sergeant technically. But Aloni was a Sergeant Major, while Sieg was a First Sergeant, making Aloni technically higher ranked. A fact that she would remind the Broodmother about constantly, adding yet one more tease to her arsenal. Although her favorite would remain Sieg's interest in one of her Taurus superiors.

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And all that led up to the modern day, with Minister of War Tamour sitting in a transport as they descended towards the surface of Fia. He had come to check up on the planet. His nominal reason for being here was to inspect Zemia's new militia, to see if it was up to the standards needed to be properly recognized as an official Planetary Guard Unit by Union standards. But in reality, he was really just here to make sure everything was going alright. Tamour had ceased being the Zemor's official caretaker for a long time now, ever since the Civil War had ended, but he couldn't quite help but feel some responsibility to make sure the species that was now named after him was doing alright. Plus it was nice to be away from Heord and Javalus, two planets he disliked, albeit for separate reasons.

Tamour was quite interested personally to see how the planet had developed since his last visit. He considered it fascinating to watch a world that was still growing and developing, creating for itself new history. A rare opportunity, and while he was no Anubite... It was still interesting to him.

The Blue Dragon had not come alone, of course. As he was technically here on official business, his staff were with him. That would naturally include Melyphis, who had proven herself quite reliable and thus valuable to Tamour. He looked over to her and decided to ask a question as the shuttle was coming in to land, "Last time I was here, Zemia was still quite prickly about her new job. But she seems to have performed rather well. Not that I expected otherwise. The other council members are less known to me. Any others among their number distinguishing themselves? Haven't managed to keep too close on eye on that side of things."

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Tue Aug 23, 2022 8:24 pm
Oh getting to hear Tamour’s real accent was definitely the high point of Melyphis’s whole career up to that point. And that alone speaks volumes considering all of the very personal work she put into the Zemor project and her own contributions to safeguard Tamour during the civil war. Her contributions into Fia’s development can be seen as lacking but her duty is first and foremost to serve her boss. Besides, she trusted that her sisters have all worked very hard.

Though this was one of the rare times that she would be going to Fia, only really going twice after it was first settled. And just looking down upon the world from their transport vessel they can see just how far they’ve come in a few short years since it was settled. Fia being founded on the ruins of an Agri-world, it only seemed right that some of that legacy lives on as Fia’s infrastructure was designed around integrating nature into its cityscapes and towns. Its transport infrastructure was designed with some design elements of a Nydus network. An omni-directional Grav-rail system that connects to different layers of the Capital city. With rails being designed to support up to three trains to run on any given track at a time.

Looking down upon the world from above was oddly soothing, though even now she did not miss a beat as she picked up on Tamour’s question. A question she could easily answer. Even after everything she decided to keep some elements of his original body mixed into her new visage. Since the ‘Brayr’ have no set appearance besides a number of them choosing to look like Moth insect-humanoids. Her’s was closer to a human now, though she kept her horns and some of her chitin that spread across her arms to protect her whenever she got to go back into the lab.

Mel gave a soft smile as she too recalled her sister’s prickly acceptance of her newly gained role, oh how she whined that Xernus would be a much better pick than her… While she wasn’t entirely wrong, Zemia had the heart capable of leading more than just in war. Much unlike Xernus, who cannot stop looking for it around every corner. “Luckily for you I have kept an eye on them, Minister.” She spoke comfortably but with respect. “Amongst the Council members, all of them are rather decorated. None were chosen frivolously. Mmm… Well…” She paused as she looked at one of the dossiers she had pulled on a datapad filled with notes of hers. “Not strictly true… In typical Coralian fashion they all drew straws to see who would be the council member.”

Speaking of them. She may as well start with them. She flipped the pad onto its back and pressed a button, producing a hologram screen of the dossier for her boss. “Name: Kuuso Brak. He was a Coralian agent that teamed up with Cuthian’s often and more nefarious tricksters the Union deployed into the field for asset denial and diversions. His psych eval is disturbingly sound despite being one of our best.” Meaning that not many Coralian’s were not without their considerable personality quirks. In comparison Kuuso was silent and considerate. “I wouldn’t be surprised if he didn’t rig the game to suit his ascension. And the others didn’t care enough to call him out on it because he managed to trick them all.” She says as she softly shakes her head, she held no worry in her voice as she likely didn’t see them as a threat. But she was more annoyed that the Coralian’s were so lazy about their election process. “As a Council member, Kuuso has been working with Zemia to ensure security across our capital and colony worlds. He’s someone to watch but not worry about too much, unless his pattern of approach changes suddenly.”

“It’s no surprise that most of the Council members have a second name on their record, they’re all very accomplished…” She says as she begins to flick to the next one. As Tamour will know, an early part of their budding culture has been a custom of the Zemor to take on part of the name of someone they wish to personally honour. Like how they had chosen to honour Tamour by being called the Zemor.

The screen then changed as she flipped to the next council member. The image changes to that of a Rohan woman. One with a darker complexion while her arachnid parts sported fluffy white fur that matched her snowy hair. “Name: Daya Maxx. Served with Bazar Sec before their transition into the RSJD as a combat trauma medic. She got her second name from a private that gave her permission to use it after she saved his life… As a Council member she has been pushing for Universal health care without a charge. And given the number of people she had to treat right after becoming sentient, I can see why she would choose to do so… Currently we are operating with a hospital commission rate as our economy establishes but she’s pushing for a resolution to remove it now instead of in the next 20 years.”

The next came up, a Zeran woman with light grey fur and a horned headdress. “Name: Kina Thail. A very special case for us. She was a Zergling that defected after the war with two blades, what's more she originally went to the Firstborn before their Empress recommended her to us. Which is why she has their Imperial family name on her own. Not only that but she’s an accomplished tracker, skirmisher and interrogator. Certainly a special case… Mmm, she hasn’t done much with her time as a Council member outside of helping the next person on our list. Which isn’t surprising, the pair have fought together on afew engagements. The bond between Ultralisk and Zergling can be strong but always fleeting. It’s not uncommon to see a group of Zeran’s with just one Ultarian these days.”

The image changes once again, this time to an Ultarian. The first subrace to be uplifted. A tall and built woman, like an amazon with thin black horns adorning her head. “Name: Kresha. No honoured name. But she has a sizable service record over the war… She served in Zemia’s armoured column though, and when she wasn’t deployed it seems like she spent her off time on Proscore whenever she could. According to her file she belongs to Erika’s brood. No wonder she went there often… Apparently still does when she gets the chance. Such a diligent daughter… And just like a daughter of Erika it would appear she is working closely with the Proscorine farmers that are helping us set up our agri-facilities and Spaceports.”

“Okay. Next one.” She says swiping on the datapad to show a Hophrete woman. Light grey shifting to darker grew scales with a light brown and black stripe pattern across her body. “Name: Seffa Nix. Similarly to Daya, Seffa worked with Bazar security before it became RSJD. She worked as a marksman with them and excelled quickly. She wasn’t the top or anything, she was certainly above average though. She hasn’t seen as much action as Daya but she’s working hard to make sure that there are adequate routes for the militia to take to make sure the citizens are safe. It’s likely we’ll be seeing alot of her when it comes to the militia.”

“Next we have the Morxan council member.” She says swiping to the next dossier. Typical of a Morxan she had a human template but with some horns and strange chitin plating across the visible parts of her body. “Name: Kreea. I remember working on her, she worked as a pilot for us up until the end of the war. What’s remarkable about her is the connections she’s made, she managed to get in the good graces of afew trading companies, more specifically their freighter captains. You tend to do that when you save their ships from confee raids. She’s managed to help the trade out with some of her connections, her work as a council member has been to secure good trade routes and partners.”

“And lastly we have the Oracle council member.” She says as she swipes for the final time. A grey skinned woman with long dark brown hair and a single crimson eye, while more eyes on tendrils protruded from her back. “Name: Mayna Hex. She worked in the same unit as Xernus but as an Anti-stealth specialist before she resigned and migrated to Fia, she’s been working to secure the colonies, similar to Kusso… Both of them have been working closely but even I don’t know why they’re so buddy buddy.”

With that she closes the datapad. Looking up to Tamour now that she has answered his question. Though she did add some more information that she had in her notes. “It is unlikely we will see Daya, Kreea, Kresha or Kina here today. Since they do not have direct business with the militia. The ones we are likely to see are Zemia, Seffa, Kusso and Mayna.” She says as she watched as they started to descend into the atmosphere. It will still be afew minutes before they arrive so they still have some time to talk.


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Mon Aug 29, 2022 5:08 am
Tamour looked over to watch Melyphis scrolls through the images. He had to angle his head to look over her shoulder a little to see the comparatively small screen, but it was hardly the first time he had done this, and his eyesight was good enough to make it work. Just a bit amusing to see such a large blue Dragon looking over the shoulder like that.

They were an interesting lot, these councilors. He grunted after hearing about Kuuso, "Perhaps he is not a direct threat, but it would be a good idea to pay attention to any sort of system rigging he may be doing. He personally may be no danger, but if there are flaws in the system that can be exploited too easily, that may become a problem for Fia in the future. Best to avoid the political system getting too corrupt too quickly. So some form of standardization for the council member selection perhaps should go forward. I would prefer this Coralian apathy doesn't inadvertently cause issues for the others."

"Still, as for the rest, they generally seem to indeed be qualified. They all seem to be distinguished and mostly trustworthy. I'd like to meet all of them someday, but I am fine with the four we are likely to see. Zemia and Kuuso are the main ones I'd need to meet with soon, after all." Not to mention it would be good to find out if this Mayna one's reasons for being so close to Kuuso. If factions were forming, he wanted to keep an eye on that. And Saffa was another good one to meet. Tamour didn't like getting too involved with politics, but it was good to keep friends and allies. He already knew he could rely on Zemia, but he wouldn't mind another friend on Fia's council, and Saffa seemed quite suitable for that. The other being Kresha, but he could meet her later. Saffa would have to do for this little exercise in expanding his group of Zemour allies.

Now that he was more informed, Tamour nodded, "A good report, over all. Things seem to proceeding smoothly." As they had more time to speak, and there wasn't too much pressing to say right now, he did decide to switch into a more friendly and relaxed tone as he forwarded a different sort of question, "You were right that most of them had their honor names, for one reason or another. I am curious however if any of the Broodmothers have gotten Honor names. I am supposing Yajana is saving it for when she more officially ties the knot with Mierl..." The Minister was completely aware of that relationship, and he didn't at all care to prevent it. They were both professionals and didn't let it interfere with their work, and Yajana seemed to understand the Watrike, which overcame the other potential issue. Many were not understanding of how dedicated Watrike were to their duty, and all too often any who tried to form such a relationship with a Watrike went too fast or thought the Watrike would choose love over duty while on the job, and then trouble ensued after that. This was the usual reason intimate relationships with Watrike were discouraged, they were a special bunch. Yajana was just a fortunate exception.

"So with her, I am presuming she is waiting. How about the others? Sieg I am guessing has simply stubbornly refused to take one, but the others I can see doing it." He paused a moment to allow an answer, and then decided to smirk and throw in an extra question, "And then I am curious as to whether or not you have considered taking any honor names. You've certainly earned them time and time again, but still haven't taken one. Not found anybody worthy of it yet?" It was a more teasing question, he didn't mind if she avoided it. Although the Dragon was admittedly still curious.

Meanwhile as he asked the question, the shuttle was touching down. Tamour would prepare to get out, and wondered who might be there to meet them. The Minister also wondered when a second shuttle would arrive, as he had called in a few individuals to Fia himself for the militia initiative, but also for a secondary task. As there was something he would need them to investigate... Though that was for them to handle when they got here, for now he was focused on his own affairs.

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Mon Aug 29, 2022 12:11 pm
Mel does not mind that he had to look over her shoulder, far from it. Though she did ‘forget’ that the pad she had came with a projector to display a much larger holographic image. How thoughtless of her in creating this unnecessary closeness that was now made from this. “I don’t know if there is a fundamental flaw that he has exploited… I believe most of the Coralian’s are just reluctant when it comes to holding a position of power that requires absolute responsibility. They were made to be infiltrators and tricksters, their mindsets initially reflected this at the start of the project but as seen with Kuuso some have been able to grow from this initial mindset they had. While others are still content with being nuisances wherever they go. Much to the delight of their Cuthian cousins who made his possible I’m sure.”

While she did point this out, she didn’t believe that Tamour was wrong with his suggestion. They will have to make sure that while Kuuso may not have corrupt intentions so far they need to be vigilant that other council members do not begin to harbour any sentiments of abusing their new political prestige or influence. And a standardisation of the selection process will definitely be important going forward. Especially with Coralian apathy making things difficult for them. “I suppose looking into a fix for their apathy wouldn’t be too out of the question though I wouldn’t want to mess with their nature any more than we already have. It will impede the kind of natural evolution we’re going for now.” Though she knew that if a change was drastically needed then a new project will be made to correct any grave errors that may develop in their genes.

All of this was new territory for the Zerg at the time, giving wide spread sentience to a race that’s sole purpose was to act as the sword, shield and will of an overriding will that desires nothing but annihilation was already quite the task. What she had accomplished beside Iammelon was so far outside of the Overmind’s original design for them. So everything they do is new territory. What has happened up until now has been the best case scenario, no major behavioural deviation, no unexpected mutations, no rampant personality disorders, not even resurfacing orders from their previous lives taking hold. Just remarkable individuals with some deviants popping up here and there. Such as Kuuso for instance. Melyphis did foresee a worst case scenario where these guided mutations and DNA splices would encourage some hidden coding the Overmind could have placed, since he was known for his receptive planning even while he was under the control of the Dark God but quietly rebelling. So potentially there could have been coding hidden away that would give rise to a new Overmind iteration being born. But so far none have appeared. There was no worry of that happening in the Broodmothers because they were created by the first Queen of Blades and not the Overmind. Their creation was rather black and white with their coding. The other subraces? Full of anomalies that had to be tackled.

Mel ceased her gloom and doom thinking about possible worst case deviants popping up and focussed on what Tamour was saying with a much more calm smile. She too couldn’t wait to see her sister again, since she was often too engaged in her work to set time aside to fulfil familial obligations. Though she did try to once she was reminded. “Hopefully Zemia will be able to enlighten us on when we may be able to meet some of the other members. Since I got most of this information through her, she may shed some more light on what we have to deal with.” With Zemia as their shoe in the door, they could gain the chance to make more than just allies. They could scope out potential candidates that could be elected in the next few years once the current council has fulfilled their time.

Mel watched as they slowly made their descent into orbit before she heard her boss start up a new conversation. His tone now is much more casual, which she was used to. What she wasn’t expecting was his line of questions, wondering if any of the other broodmothers had taken Honour names and rightly bringing up Yajana and Mierl. “Oh she is definitely waiting for the right time to tie that knot. She’s a very patient girl, understanding too. Though for the life of me I can’t understand her love of Mierl the stone wall. Not that I dislike him, I would if he didn’t make any efforts to reciprocate her affection. Which he does. I admire that. But I don’t understand how she adores him.” She no doubt voiced a similar lining of opinions of many in the Nebula who watch someone close to them fall in love with a Watrike. “But… I did hear that she planned to soon. A sort of anniversary surprise. That is in four months, far enough in the future that I have not had the need to mention it yet.”

“Sieg, I expect her to either cave and take Aloni’s or whoever Aloni is using to tease her closeted nature.” She says with a deeply mischievous tone. This is largely because she has been feeding Aloni ammunition on the sly to tease her sister by proxy. “Xernus, I hear she took her Anubite Handler’s name. She’s grown rather close to them since she started working with the Intel Corp. Erika actually took the honour name of Score, as in Proscore. Choosing to name herself after the planet and community that took her in instead of just one person. Zemia, I haven’t actually heard of her taking one. If she has then she hasn’t told me.”

Then the teasing began, Tamour asking if she had taken one yet. Which had Mel’s eye’s going wide and avoiding his gaze for the first few seconds after he asked as she just tried to smile and act casual. Despite the fact that her face brightened up like a street light. “Me? An honour name. I… I wouldn’t say I haven’t found someone worthy.” This schoolgirl-like shyness did not last terribly long, while different from her usual demenous he did catch her off guard. Though she did have a moment to centre herself before she could speak more calmly, her face still flush with colours of embarrassment but her tone was calm yet sentimental. “I’ve never really had the right time to ask. Though even if I did, it has been an honour in itself to work for you this past decade. My duties, my work, even just being able to spend the time off duty on occasion with you have been more than worthy of the effort I put into it. So honouring you just with part of your name seems much too little for what you have done for not just me, but my sister and the rest of the Zemour. The chance you gave us all is worth so much more than just a simple honour name.” As she finishes saying this she couldn’t stop the brightest smile from gracing her face. She has always been someone who happily shared her opinions with Tamour, but this was certainly more than the casual talks they have. She did seem glad to get these thoughts out in the open however.

Soon enough they touched down and Mel had to compose herself again from her big emotional moment. Thanks to the major terraforming efforts, Fia’s Capital City ‘Duxour’ was built on what was at one point a dry crater. Now a developing centre of their new civilisation. The Council building was made near the crater’s centre, close to what now was a waterfall leading into a deeper basen hat was connected to a sort of Undercity for the more nocturnal residents like the Rohan, Zeran and Oracle.

Once the shuttle bay doors opened up, there was a small procession waiting for them on the landing pad mostly made of Ultarian and Zeran with other races here and there. Tamour would see that the militia was using refurbished excave gear that they were given during the Civil War. Which made sense since they lacked the kind of infrastructure needed to fabricate their own weapons and armour.

Leading this band of armed greeters was someone Tamour wanted to see. But not the Broodmother. It was Kuuso, dressed in the same attire that was featured in his dossier. Standing there with his hands behind his back, waiting for them to exit the shuttle before he offered a small bow. Kuuso’s voice was deep and gritty, like verbal gravel, but it had a strange smoothness to it as he spoke in a calm manner. “Minister Tamour, welcome to Duxour. I have been asked to greet you in place of your aide’s sister. Councillor Zemia has encountered a small emergency and needed a stand-in.” It was almost unnerving how respectful he was for being a member of a race who was designed for chaotic pranks and subterfuge.

Mel was certainly worried by this sudden news, and alittle disappointed she didn’t hear about this from her sister herself but this was still a good opportunity to get to see just what kind of being Kuuso was. “Is she alright?”

Of course.” Answered the Shapeshifter. “It was just a small issue in regards to scuffle one of her personal guards got into with a Taurus. I do hope you aren’t too disappointed that I am greeting you instead of her, miss Melyphis.

“I am, but only slightly. The matter is understandable as to why she couldn’t come.” She replied candidly, which seemed to surprise the Shapeshifter as his face slightly snapped up to look at her. A soft yet delighted chuckle did rumble from him as he stood up now from his bow. “I had heard you don’t sugar coat things from Miss Zemia. I’m pleasantly surprised that she was right.

“My sister does tend to exaggerate events for a better story. But I love that about her.” She says in response, finding it hard to pin down a read on him. He was hard to gauge because of his calm and measured way of speaking. Using just a single tone throughout the whole conversation, even after being surprised.

Indeed, Zemia certainly has plenty of tales to tell during the council meetings. Now-” He turns his attention fully to the Dragon minister, bowing properly. -A more sincere greeting. My apologies for making you wait as I talked with your aide. I was just curious about walking to the one who worked on me and gave me this spark of life. I understand it is your first time on Fia, Minister. I hope you will enjoy your time here.

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Fri Sep 02, 2022 5:29 am
Tamour gave a grunt but he couldn't quite disagree with her point on natural evolution, "Yes, relying too heavily on genetic modification will just impede what progress we have made thus far. So a different solution to their apathy must be found, perhaps some way to get the Coralians to engage more enthusiastically? Maybe we might want to bring in a Cuthian... Hmph, that's for later I suppose." There were many challenges indeed to bringing sentience to the Zemour, but it had gone better than most had expected. They had successfully made a species built for destruction into one that could build something to last. They just had to be careful, there were definitely dangers in play. For while Tamour knew little of the various previous entities that controlled the former Zerg, most of them hadn't exactly been pleasant.

The Blue Dragon couldn't help but chuckle at Mel's words on Mierl, "Aye, that's something I can agree with, can't quite see it myself either, but whatever makes her happy." He paused for a moment as a little Scarletneck had slipped through, and he pushed that back down to restore his trained voice, "Can't let that slip on Fia... In any case, that should be a fun event in the coming months. But it is indeed far enough away to not be a present concern. As for the others, they all make sense. Erika's in particular makes me happy, reminds me of my own 'honor name'. It is good to see that Proscore has treated her well enough that she is blending in with them. I would not be surprised to hear her pick up the accent and the culture in a few years time, if my own history is any indication. And while those Proscorines do have their heads a bit too far in the stars for my tastes, I consider that a plus all the same."

"Sounds to me then you have focused more on work and simply didn't think on such concepts as names." He then smiled widely, "But I appreciate your words. I am glad you find value in working under me, Melyphis. I suppose then the matter of names will simply have to wait until you find a better name to work with! Otherwise, perhaps after we are done with business here and we find more mutual free time, we can spend more time together as friends. You've never been to Rulcan before, so it could be fun to show you my adopted homeworld. I can show off my sheriff's badge as well!" Tamour was happy to see Mel voicing these thoughts, he did want to make sure she was getting something for herself out of all of this after all.

In any case, as the shuttle doors opened, Tamour recomposed himself as he stepped out into Duxour. He glanced around a bit, and did smile at the terraforming efforts. It was fitting they'd need to do so, as even if the planet was habitable, they had a variety of races to care for so some work there would be required. And then he looked to his greeters. The militia were as he expected, but Kuuso was about as strange as he expected too. The formality was very odd from one of his type, as all those Tamour had known were never quite so respectful. He could get some respect out of them thanks to his rank and standing with the Zemour overall, but their chaos was never fully muzzled. The fact Kuuso was now the one exception was certainly a bit unnerving.

All the same, he had come ready to deal with an abnormal Coralian, that was the benefit of seeing the dossier ahead of time. So he maintained his composure and gave a nod of his head in greeting to the councilor, "I take no offense. The matter of standing in for Zemia was enough to allow a small detraction. Not to mention your curiosity is quite understandable." He spoke back respectfully, he wasn't one to lord over others with his rank, especially not the Zemour. "This is indeed my first proper visit to Fia, I haven't had the opportunity before to see it for myself. It is good to see Duxour's construction is progressing smoothly. So I am looking forward to seeing more of it."

"But onto important matters first. Even if Zemia is not currently present, I would like to get to inspecting the militia here, and finding out what they may need. I would like to see the militia headquarters, and obtain access to the more hard-data in terms of logistics for the militia. I am here to access their quality, but I would also like to see for myself what might be lacking in terms of equipment or knowhow." He then paused, and decided he might as well mention this to Kuuso, "In addition, myself and Melyphis will not be the only ones here today. Arriving soon shall be a different group here for a separate matter and investigation. There will about three of them in the group. I'd like for quarters to be arranged for them, but I also tell you this because this group will likely need to speak with you and Councilor Seffa in regards to their investigation. They can fill you in then. For now, I desire to focus on my own reason for being here."

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Hearing Tamour speak to him respectfully, as if rank did not matter, it was honestly refreshing. And his attitude about his abnormality was doubly so. Though he knew that he had been briefed on it, likely by his aide. “You should have seen it when they started to set up the capital, it was like a host of floating carnival tents and wooden walkways. It was nice. Though the state it’s in now is a definite improvement.” This would have been only a couple of years ago at this point. Duxour has gone through some radical stages of development over the years. From the aforementioned host of floating tents and walkways to the bustling city it is now. Tamour has likely seen images of the different stages of the city's development as it went on.

He then brought up the Militia and their HQ. Which wasn’t out of the question. That was why they were both here, and it has been one of the major subjects that the council has been dealing with as Fia and her colonies have been developing. “Of course, the HQ. We ordained to have the HQ built at the city centre. With 7 precinct’s built across different parts of the city to ensure coverage. From here we face only a short walk. Only 5 minutes.

“You’ve set up multiple precincts?” Curiously asked Melyphis.

Kusso naturally nodded as he placed his hands behind his back. “It was my idea when we started to draw up the city plans. This way there is a natural radius of threat response that won’t have to be hours away. No matter how much the city grows. A similar plan is implemented in the colonies.

“... Not a bad idea.” Said Melyphis. The idea certainly had its obvious merits when creating a developing city. A fast response time is certainly something you want from law enforcement.

Thank you, Doctor Mel.” Said the Shapeshifter.

“Oh, pfft. I don’t have a medical licence yet. I may have a sophisticated understanding on par with most geneticists in the nebula but I don’t have the right to call myself that yet.” She says as she not so casually flicks the snowy white hair from her eyes.

... How incredibly humble of you. Doctor Melyphis.” Said the Shapeshifter. Remarkably saying something that resembled a joke. Which Melyphis did not find funny by the look on her face.

The mention of additional arrivals did seem to puzzle the Coralian. The three large blue lines on his face seemed to enlarge, like pupils being exposed to darkness to let in more light. “Another group? Well additional quarters are easy enough to draw up.” The Shapeshifter looks into his entourage and picks out one of them. A Zeran. “Inform the front desk to prepare another suite with three bedrooms.” The Zeran trooper salutes the Councillor and takes off across the landing pad and across a bridge to head into the Council Building. Leaving Kusso to look back to Tamour and Melyphis.
Shall I prepare an alternative guide for you, Minister Tamour? I would not want to have our tour interrupted and myself pulled away while we are in the middle of a discussion.

Mel brought her gaze back to her Blue Dragon boss before she started with her opinion before he gave his own. “I don’t think a change in guide will be necessary. Once we get to the HQ we only need to see Seffa. And anyone that can tell us about the Militia’s equipment needs. We would only need someone qualified enough to see us there and give us the clearance we need.”

Hearing this, Kusso does take a moment to think about her point. “I can send someone along with you and you can meet with Seffa at the militia HQ. Seeing as she spends most of her time there.

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Sun Sep 11, 2022 6:11 am
The mention of the floating carnival tents made Tamour chuckle a bit. He had indeed seen the images from the early days, as he kept a much closer eye on the developments within Fia during its first couple of months. That was the point of highest risk and greatest uncertainty. But it seemed everything had gone well, hence why he was then more willing to not worry quite as much. He certainly agreed that the present state of Duxour was a great improvement, however. It was nice to see the Zemour living in proper homes, after all.

The mention of the precincts drew a smile from Tamour, who listened to the explanation from Kuuso. He gave a nod of approval, "A good way to organize the local law enforcement. With the present lack of high tech infrastructure, moving even within the city limits at a rapid pace would be difficult. It was quite wise to account for that ahead of time, rather than needing to add it in later. Certainly would've appreciated that sort of coverage in my time as sheriff..." Then again, it never really was an issue for him on Rulcan, given that he was a Dragon and could fly at rapid speeds. His own personal response time was thus quite good. But he knew that was a special situation, and Kuuso's multiple precincts from an early stage would be a good way to handle things for Fia.

"Thus from the sounds of things, organization seems to be just fine. Just to help with the problem however, I'll see about getting some aircraft and vehicles transferred here of the law enforcement variety. This way the surplus military vehicles can go to the militia proper." He added.

Following the mention of an alternative guide, Tamour let Melyphis speak her point first. He nodded in agreement with her, adding his own opinion now, "I can agree with that. If you wish to wait for the next group, another guide to take us to the militia HQ would be acceptable. So long as it is somebody who can get us to Seffa and show us around where we must inspect, it will be quite acceptable. And... Ah, I suppose this was the wise choice. The next group has finally shown themselves."

He gestured up towards the sky, where another shuttle was coming in to land. After touching down, it took only a few seconds for its backdoor to open and a ramp to extend out, allowing those within to exit. Leading the group was a Human wearing the apparel of a Union Naval Officer. She walked with her hands behind her back, in a stern fashion befitting of an officer, but the smile on her betrayed the fact she was in a good mood. The second to follow was a large Taurus in a scout's uniform. He had a large gun slung over his shoulder, and glanced around at his environment with an inquisitive eye. The final one to exit was an Anubite with red hair, certainly an oddity for her kind. And by the rest of her attire, she certainly wasn't a proper Tombuiorn Anubite. Not to mention her bright red eyes, also not a common feature for an Anubite. She strode confidently, but kept to the back of the group, not interest in taking up the spotlight.

The Human Officer walked up and gave Tamour a formal salute, "Reporting in, Minister! Apologies for the delay, there was some difficulty with the shuttle and the mechanics wanted to clear it first before coming down."

Tamour waved a paw dismissively, "At ease, Captain. We aren't aboard a ship, no need for that." He then looked to Kuuso while gesturing towards the new arrivals, "And this will be the second team. Councillor, meet Captain Kadra Rikan, the officer I assigned to handle her team's investigation. The Taurus is Dephmis Rjax, a Union Army Ranger, and the Anubite is Doctor Verji Zakhet, a researcher of psionics in applied to biology. All three were in fact present at Duxton, and have experience relevant to the mission at hand. I shall let the Captain inform you of the relevant details."

Kadra nodded to Tamour and let her arm drop from the salute, and she looked to Kuuso with a smile, "Well met, Councilor. You must be Kuuso, I've heard about you! Just the one I need to speak with to get my investigation moving. But, uhm..." She moved in a bit closer, leaning in to speak more quietly, "It would be better to discuss this matter in a more secure area. It's important to keep this under wraps."

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Wed Sep 14, 2022 6:34 pm
Kuuso gave a soft nod to the Minister’s kind words. “I cannot take all of the credit for the idea. It was something the council came to after some reflection and reviewing other civilisations and how they handle law enforcement.” Even as a whole new race, they seemed to still embody the only worthwhile aspect the Zerg had besides their tenacity. The utilisation of other races’ traits. “Though some aircraft and additional vehicles would certainly help. Our Morxan militiamen will be happy for the chance to pilot something again.

Once Tamour had given his piece on the matter of an alternative guide, he did look back into his entourage for a moment before the sounds of a shuttle closing in met his ear. He looked back to see the shuttle with the net group in its land before watching them all get off. Kuuso swept his gaze over the new arrivals. Then there was the Anubite that especially stood out to him but he couldn’t gather what her purpose was just yet. Or why there was a Taurus in scout armour here… It was a very odd group.

That was before Tamour gave a formal introduction. Noting that he Anubite was a doctor that handled Psionics in applied to biology. Certainly a worthy field to have at your side when dealing with the Zemour. Kuuso gave a bow to the team. “A pleasure. Welcome to Fia, Captain Rikan, Ranger Rjax and Dr Zakhet. All of you served during the attack on Duxton… I wonder if we met in my past life.” He says before the Captain begins to talk to him.

Ah. Only good things I hope.” He says in answer to her saying that she had heard alot about him. That was when she asked for a more private place to get their investigation moving. He gave a soft nod before he turned to one of the accompanying Militia. And singling out one of the Ultarian’s. “Lieutenant Keera. Please accompany the Minister and his Aide to the Militia HQ. The rest of you may return to your standard duties.” He says before looking back at the Captain and her group. “If you follow me inside the Council Building we can talk privately in my office.” Kuuso looked back at the Minister and Mel.

I will have to leave the both of you now. But the good Lieutenant will see you both to the HQ, she has the necessary clearance too. Until our paths cross again.” Kuuso gave a respectable bow to both of them before he started to lead the good Captain and her team inside the council building.

The inside of the Council building started with a large atrium after an entryway with a front desk. Mostly the kind of people who come through here are either people working for a Council member, help with the daily administration work, or work on the numerous renovations the building is undergoing. From the redecoration of rooms, revamping the computer systems and making adjustments to the Councils main chamber. In the atrium on the west and east walls were elevator doors that would lead to the other floors. Right now the building has 10 floors.

Kuuso led the three of them to one of the elevators, each being large enough to hold 5 Ultarians which are roughly equal to Taurus. Perfectly capable of holding their weight. They travelled straight up to the 10th floor. Top floor was where all the Councillors had their offices, along with security checkpoints and meeting rooms.

The three of them were checked through a checkpoint before Kuuso’s office. Though once they were inside Kuuso’s office the councillor moved over to his desk to sit down and motions for them all to take a seat at their leisure. One of the seats being more than large enough to handle the Taurus scout. “We should be more than safe enough to talk. Would any of you care for something to drink? There’s a small bar up the steps by the circle window.

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The Ultarian Lieutenant saluted Minister Tamour and his Aide as Kuuso and the second team began to head into the Council Building. “Minister Tamour. Miss Melyphis. I’ll lead you to militia HQ now if you’re ready to go.” With their answer, the Ultarian would begin to lead them away from the landing pad and across the bridge to start heading into the city.

Just as Kuuso said, the walk to the city centre was only a 5 minute walk. But the Lieutenant still engaged in conversation to pass the time as they passed over the bridge and entered the city centre. Bustling with so many different examples of the Subraces that make up the Zemour. “You’ve come at an interesting time Minister, with the harvest festival being held in 3 days. Apparently Mother Erika will be coming.” As they passed through the streets they could see that the Zemour were adjusting well to the mixed bag that came with civilian life. Though it largely helped that most of the newer generations found and converted in the wake of the civil war did not have to be born into military service.
“Wait really?” Curiously asked Melyphis, seemingly out of the loop for this little tidbit.

“Oh yes. Councillor Zemia made a point of it during the last council address to the public.” Replied the Ultarian soldier.
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Tue Sep 20, 2022 5:32 am
Tamour could certainly understand that the Morxans would be particularly happy with some aircraft. That was what they had been bred for, after all. Perhaps he would need to think about setting up some sort of recreational service for the pilots, to keep their skills up but also to help their built in trend towards that. Or perhaps some sort of apprenticeship program for them to move into piloting cargo freighters in their civilian lives? He’d have to give that idea to Melyphis or Zemia, see if there was any merit to it.

In any case, Tamour had no objections to the Lieutenant taking the reigns of guiding them. He nodded his head to Kuuso, “Indeed, until we meet again, Councilor Kuuso. Thank you again. And good luck with what you are now involved in.” With that, he departed along with Melyphis and Lieutenant Keera, and so entered a different strand of fate.

Meanwhile, the Captain gave a nod to Kuuso, "An office will do. Lead the way, councilor." With that, the odd band of three would go with Kuuso to the Council Building, with Rikan leading the three, and along the way she quickly gave a comment, "It's unlikely we ever met before, I was still in the navy. The most of your kind I would have seen were former Mutalisks, and I certainly saw a lot of those. Rjax would've been more likely to see you, though whether or not he'd remember is a different story..." The Taurus rolled his eyes, but did not contest the statement.

Inside the building, Dr. Zakhet seemed the most interested in the architecture while the other two didn't pay it much heed. Such things did tend to grab the interest of Anubites more than anybody else. Although Rjax enjoyed the fact that he fit in just fine, and didn't have to crouch.

Rikan and Zakhet happily took their seats within the office, although Rjax preferred to stay standing. When Kuuso made his offer however, Rjax nodded, "Yeah, drinks are nice. Since I'm already standing, I'll get them. Hey, you two. Rikan?" The Captain shook her head, declining the offer, and so the Taurus turned his attention to Zakhet, who simply nodded her head. Rjax seemed to understand what she wanted and gave his own affirmative nod, "Same as usual. How about you, councilor? Want anything?"

The Taurus was already heading over to the small bar, and if Kuuso did take him up on it he would make sure to grab something for him as well. But while the Taurus was busy with that, Rikan settled into her seat, and looked to the Councilor, "Since it's important, let's get right into why me and my team are here. We're hunting an extremely dangerous individual, possibly multiple individuals, who we believe have taken up residence on Fia. Not within Duxour, but in some of the yet to be colonized areas of the planet. My team consists of people suited for our hunt. As for what we are hunting... Zakhet?"

The Anubite scientist smiled, and she spoke for the first time since they'd arrived in her serene voice, "As you are likely aware, Councilor, in the aftermath of Duxton Excave forces managed to capture a great number of Zerg, who are the foundation of your modern Zemour. And the modern five Brayr come from the Broodmothers we kept. The problem comes that during the surprise attack on Proscore... We lost the other four Broodmothers we had to a mysterious assailant. I bring this up because our target here is, if we are correct, is at least one of those four missing Broodmothers. Potentially multiple, if not all four. The trail we have followed is a rough one, but we are quite certain at least one of them has been brought here."

Rikan spoke up now, "Our mission is simple. We intend to track our lead, find the missing Broodmother, and capture them alive. We do not expect them to be alone, so we also intend to capture any other individuals of note who may be there with them. Even if only one is here, they can serve as an important clue to tracking down the others. Finally tying up that loose end, and learning their fates. If we're lucky, we can save them. And if there is a threat, we need to dispose of it sooner rather than later. I do not want to have to face the Zerg again as foes."

"And based on what I have found out from the trail of bodies we are following..." continued Zakhet, who had now taken out a dataslate and was typing away on it, "We're absolutely dealing with somebody who wants to play with the Swarm. Rjax, while a bit of an oaf, is a good tracker, and he's led us through a number of deepspace labs, in which I've found signs of experiments. Somebody trying to make their own strains of the prominent species... Specifically the ones that the Zemour are evolutions of. And now they are here. So based on all of that, we have good reason to believe there is an active threat to Fia." She then offered her dataslate to Kuuso, "If you'd like, you can read up on some of their strange experiments. They're too strange to be that of the Broodmother on her own, that's why we've crossed out the possibility of this merely being one rogue Brayr. And yet, not the work of some amateur either. Just somebody... eccentric."

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As Tamour followed the Lieutenant, he kept looking out over the city. Different from home, that was for sure. He could certainly sees the signs of soldiers trying to find their way as civilians. He understood that well. A lot of his life had been fighting, be it against pirates, in true war, or simply the fight against the wild as it was in his childhood. With so much conflict in his life, it was hard to adjust to peace. Sure, he took breaks from the life of the warrior, as a simple inhabitant on Rulcan. But he never stayed. He kept moving, constantly seeking new fights. Battle gave the warrior purpose. He was sure many of those Zemour would understand that too now.

He snapped out of those thoughts however when the festival and Erika was mentioned. He gave a smirk when he noticed that Melyphis clearly didn't know this, chuckling, "Really now? A harvest festival sounds lovely! Good to hear that Erika is visiting from Proscore as well. Perhaps she'll take the chance to bring some of her own harvest from the farms there. That would make for a festive time." He then leaned in further towards Melyphis, with a smirk on his face, "Fascinating too that this was even mentioned in a council address, and yet still did not reach my desk. Something I'd have liked to hear about since it lines up with my trip so well. How interesting it fell through the cracks, hmmmm?"

Deciding to lay off the none-too-subtle teasing at his assistant, Tamour retracted his head and looked back to their Ultarian Guide, "I could not help but notice. You called Erika 'mother'. Are you of Erika's brood, Lieutenant Keera? I'll admit I do have an interest in learning how each of the broods have acclimated to Fia. I know much of Erika's are on Proscore." It was a topic of interest to him, and one that could fill in the last bits of the trip to the city center precinct.

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After departing from the Minister’s side to begin travelling, there was a slight look of confusion on the Councillor’s face as he looked to the Team’s scout. Assessing the man before a slight shake of his head came with his well mannered and cordial way of walking with both hands clasped behind his back as he walked. “No… I believe I would have a better chance of meeting you Captain. We Corelian’s are descended from Changelings, so we are psionic infiltrators… Assassins and Spies if you will. The only way I would have met Rjax…” Again he peers back over his shoulder to the towering Scout, his eyes narrowing with beady black pupils being barely visible in the sea of blue of his three eyes that take up the whole of face. “... Is if he was there to stop my attempt on someone's life. As was my job. And is coincidentally how I was brought in. Aboard one of your vessels.” He says before turning around to keep walking into the Council building.

The Councillor saw no need to not be candid with his past life as he knows he has made certain strides since he became what he is now. An upstanding, if unorthodox and unsettling, member of the Iammelon Union. “Though none of you have sparked any memories. Alas, perhaps I may never meet my captor. The one responsible for giving me this wonderful life. How tragic.” His tone through the conversation was still as monotone as when he bagin, but his inflections changed to try and show some emotion. Give some intent to his words to get across that he does wish to find the person that foiled his mission to assassinate someone.

Once they were inside his office the Councillor took his seat behind his desk and settled in, hands clasped against the metallic surface of his desk as he crossed one leg over the other, leaning back into the blackened leather of his seat as it creaked its aged jointed in protest to his posture.

As Rjax asked if he wanted anything he mulled it over, his eyes individually shifting back and forth of a will seemingly all their own before he gave a firm nod. “Very well. I see no reason not to. There is a large rounded bottle with hexagonal detailing on the glass on the bottom shelf… It has a blue ribbon around the neck with ‘Thullian Brandy’ written on it. It is… Of Firstborn make, vintage is about 20 years. I understand that was when they first declared their territory their own.

Rjax was able to see a good number of bottles in the large rectangular cabinet under the circular window. The interior was refrigerated to keep everything inside nice and chilled. There was a brand of just about every alcoholic drink in the Nebula, and afew from beyond, on the shelf, some of which appeared completely untouched. There are 7 bottles out of the collection that have been touched… Including the bottle the Councillor just mentioned. Which was about half full, it appears to be his favourite seeing as the bottle was a rather generous 3 litres in measurement.

As he waited for a glass his gaze shifted back to the Captain and the Doctor next to him, the curious Anubite, as they brought up their business here. As their explanation continued to unfold there was of unease as it would appear he has not been doing a good enough job at what he has been trying to accomplish. Understandable given the relative newness of the Zemour people and obviously himself… But he was more than capable of seeing something like this. So why didn’t he?

The missing Broodmothers…” He quietly parroted to himself as his narrowed pupils looked more cracked and wild. The blue hue of the iris gained a slight green hue the deeper he grew more thoughtful. “Odd then… That my Mother, Xernus, isn’t here on the same trail as all of you. This is something she would have picked up on. Perhaps she’s following a different threat then. Or…” Kuuso seems to trail off after a moment, going silent.

He continued to listen to the rest of their mission here. Already his mind was ravaged with possibilities, this galaxy was too full of ambitious foo-... Ambitious folks who would use the Zerg to their own ends. But their list was more than easy to narrow down for races, factions, individuals with the ability to twist the Zerg in new and unhinged ways. There was a Psion Scientist who had his attention that was capable of this but he understood that he was the solitary type. Not someone who would needlessly stick their neck out unless it was for the sake of progress.

Kuuso’s eyes focussed, losing their wild appearance to the bland and blank ocean blue colour they were at the start of the conversation. “Live Captures… Is preferable. Though if you correct, I doubt they are in any state of mind to listen to us.” He says as he accepts the dataslate that Rikan was offering him, as he looks through what they have already gathered. “It is thinking like that that allowed the Swarm to overwhelm Duxton and a good 8 other solar systems. And exactly how I got to the bridge of a vessel before being stopped.” He says as he peered up to Rikan before he looked back down to the experiments. “The Broodmother’s were made to be cunning, adaptive, independent, resourceful… Ruthlessly efficient in their conflicts. Give them an inch and they will take a continent. It is never wise to rule out their ingenuity just because the Brayr are the next step up from them.

As he looked over the evidence. Kuuso will likely come to the conclusion and have to admit that some of the work here was more than just one Broodmother was capable of. Well… Unless Seig was one of these Broodmothers at large that is. He felt that the ancient Broodmother was somewhat underestimated given her… Bloody track record.

The idea of someone concocting their own Zerg Strains was not feasible. This team had hard evidence of that… But with adaptation and mutation comes risks. The fact they were focussing on the specific descendants of the Zemour to create new strains was suspect. Especially his own decadent base. Who would try to create a new strain for Changelings?

Once more he sat back, chair groaning in protest, with his hands retreating into his lap and linking his fingers together. Thumbs fidgeting while he thoughtfully stared into the ceiling bearing some local constellations embroidered into it. “Their reasons for coming here could be many. To test the Zemour against their work. To simply infest the world as revenge for what the Swarm has become under the Union… We could be seen as a bastardisation if seen under a certain lens… Perhaps they wish to acquire the specialised mutations we possess for their own works. To take a shortcut to sentience. Since the process for us was difficult and strenuous. Or perhaps it's just a feint. They know you’ve been following and Fia’s is a decoy to throw you from the trail…” There were more. So many more ideas of what this could all mean. But the few he presented held the most cohesion given the evidence and possible motives of those involved. “Either way. I cannot ignore this. The Council cannot ignore this. Whoever is using these broodmothers to create their own War engine in the Swarm need to be stopped. Another Swarm cannot rise, especially not after the Zemour have only just really started to work on erasing that violent past of ours… I shall help however I can in your investigation. Even Personally.

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Tamour could certainly see the clumsy awkwardness of soldiers trying to settle into lives not meant for them. Only that it was worse for them, Zerg were not meant for anything else other than the endless war they were made for. It was easy to see in some, but in others the vacant stare of people droning through the motions wasn’t as easy to see. There were people genuinely loving and living in the now, in the new lives that they have been given. It was easiest to see in the Zervan as they moved through the city centre. Ironically the most short lived of the Zerg species before their big uplifting from Zergling to Zervan. They seemed to be the most well adjusted, but also the most carefree outside of the Corelians.

Tamour’s sly accusations elicited a sharp inhalation, a gasp of ever so slight shock from Melyphis. “I don’t know what to say. I suppose even I am capable of making such a rookie mistake now and again. How very unlike me.” She says in such a mock surprised tone as she just so happened to be unable to meet her boss’s gaze as he had moved his head to look at her. This was very much her doing.

The Lieutenant gave a rather hearty nod to the Minister as he asked if she was part of Erika’s brood. Seeing no reason to really hide it, her accent shifted to something that held a proscore hue to it. “Aye Minister, that is the case. I was a first generation Ultralisk she made to defend her Hive. I was still steadfast in my duty right up until a capture team seized our hive. I joined up with the Militia cause I felt like I still had a calling for protecting others. You won’t find many of her Brood in the militia, or on Fia for that matter almost all of them followed her to Proscore. Most Broods follow in the footsteps of their mothers. Though Xernus’s Brood are understandably grounded here on Fia since their mother has a tendency to vanish into thin air.” She remarks in a joking tone. Though what she says wasn’t exactly wrong either. Xernus’s wk with Iammelon Intelligence meant that she seldom had time to catch up with her Brood. Especially now that most of her Brood had become pranksters and Psionic tricksters that did not mirror her style. Though she may still like one of her children at least. Kuuso seems to take after his brooding mother an awful lot. “As I understand it, much of Yajana’s brood served with her on her ship. Under her and Mierl’s command. And Fia’s militia is certainly made up of almost all Zemia’s brood. And your aide didn’t have a brood of her own as I understand it. Right?”

“That is mostly correct, yes. I was designed to understand sentient civilisations and see in them the possibility of possible adaptations and mutations we could incorporate into the swarm. I was told not to create a brood of my own… But… I won’t say I didn’t break that rule once or twice for the sake of protecting myself.” Mel clarified as she answered Keera’s question. “Though they are all gone. Sacrificed for my safety and continued longevity until I came into the Union’s service.” This was not something she spoke of often, but she had confessed such to Tamour after the Civil War was over. She did not want to continue keeping so many secrets from Tamour after all. She wanted to be trusted for genuine reasons other than just the goodwill that she has been shown.

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As he peered toward the Scout, the Scout in turn simply shrugged. Rjax didn't seem to deny the possibility however. His glance only temporarily, but tellingly, flicked to Zakhet before he just sauntered on normally.

Rjax, calmly just retrieving the drinks as the conversation went on, grabbed the Thullian Brandy that Kuuso pointed out. He looked it over for a moment, as it wasn't a drink he recognized, but shrugged and happily took the bottle. He then searched out the other two bottles he would need, and smiled as he located them. The first he grabbed was one of the larger bottles in there, that of Minos Whiskey. A strong drink even by Taurus standards, it was particularly potent so it could tickle the senses of the larger and more powerful species of the Nebula. Not something suitable for Humans. But it was good for Taurus, and the Ultarians would likely enjoy it as well given their similar circumstances. The other drink he grabbed was something more mild, Javalusian Green Wine, which was rather light as far as alcohol went. Fitting for a Javalusian, who wouldn't want to get drunk during an important meeting and accidentally say more than they meant to say. Still tasted quite nice.

Bringing back the drinks, the Taurus laid out the bottles in front of each of the ones who requested it, including himself, including glasses he got from the bar, "Alright, here ye go. Never seen that brandy before, how is it? Smells weird."

On the mention of Xernus, Captain Rikan sighed and nodded, "She is following something else, a second trail actually. You see, we are not completely sure our target is actually on Fia. There are several other possibilities, as our prey is elusive. Xernus as well as other elements of the RSJD and Union Naval Intelligence are pursuing these other ones. Places that need more... discretion, as some of them are not within Iammelon's borders. Xernus was entrusted with one of those more delicate operations that are occurring without the permission or knowledge of the local governments. All important places, but still... I personally believe Fia is the real destination. Maybe it is a faint, it certainly feels like one, but my gut says this is the real deal."

"As for ingenuity, I don't disagree there, I learned the hard way on Duxton. But when I say these modifications are irregular, I do mean it." Rikan's point would be proven as Kuuso read the dataslate. Inside were a number of reports written on investigations into the remnants of experiments within multiple hidden labs across Iammelon. Notably, all of these reports were written by one Dr. Zakhet.

The contents were odd, as while many of the experiments were quite simple tests, like small modifications to strength or stamina in the Zerg bioforms. But then came the more interesting ones. One was a strange form of Mutalisk which lacked a glaive, but instead used Hydralisk Spines. A form of Zergling that spewed acid from its mouth. Or an Ultralisk that could breathe fire. These were under the category Zakhet marked as "dangerous experiments".

Then there was the category for "Odd Experiments". In here, Kuuso would get to see reports detailing such wonderful experiments as an Overseer which did not have an eye, but instead a single really big ear  to listen with great precision, a Changeling who's only ability to change was into a white plastic chair with great accuracy, a bright pink Zergling, a Hydralisk which had googly eyes and could spit water, a Mutalisk which shot healing fluid instead of attacking (Zakhet marked this as both strange and useful), and finally an Ultralisk morph which glowed green and would run at the enemy to explode like an oversized Baneling. Among many other very strange ideas that were being used, without any regard at all for potential usefulness. Though it seemed most of the experiments were at least on base form Zerg, rather than Zemour. But as they said, it only consisted of Zerg lifeforms the Zemour were based on. And despite the oddity, Zakhet's notes mentioned that these forms were quite expertly designed. None of this was accident, it was all very intentional.

Zakhet herself spoke up after Kuuso finished reading, "In truth, I am unsure this is even a war machine. While many of these experiments are definitely dangerous and have combat potential, others are downright pointless. It feels less like somebody with a specific grudge against the Zerg, and more a creature playing God to see what the Zerg can do. Still, no reason to take this lightly. Such a creature is still all too likely to threaten the Zemour. Perhaps for no other purpose than to play a game, or test their creations. And just because they aren't making a war machine now, it doesn't mean they won't in the future. Maybe they'll make another Swarm, just to prove a damn point." The Anubite frowned at that possibility, clearly not a fan of the idea.

Rikan however smiled at Kuuso, "I am glad to hear that, Councilor. We are taking this very seriously, and having your Council's support is most appreciated. And if you wish to chip in personally... We actually have a place we intend to head soon. Rjax?" The Human looked over at the Taurus.

Finishing his glass of whiskey, the Taurus glanced up. Then he realized she was asking him to speak, and he nodded, "Ah, right. Alright, so based on some maps I discovered in the last lab we raided, we found some geographical scans. No labels or nothing, just pictures really. But judging from the direction a ship had departed from the station, along with a quick look over at topographical maps of planets that fit the bill, I came to the conclusion that the maps pointed to a batch of foothills. Out west from here." The Taurus helpfully gestured to the west, "Close enough to saunter over there on foot, actually. Anyways my guess is that if they set up a lab here, it'll be over yonder. Might be an undiscovered cavern or something. Makes it weirder that we detected nothing in early scans, or that none of you folks here noticed anything, but I still reckon it's worth checking out. This feller is pretty strange after all."

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The Blue Dragon couldn't help but chuckle at Melyphis's hardly disguised response. Seemed that this was meant to be a surprise then. So he couldn't help but comment again, "Very unlike you indeed. Well, I suppose it is thanks to this Lieutenant that your mistake was brought to my attention. If she hadn't mentioned that, why I could've been surprised by this festival as it happened. I am certain that was not the intent, so I shall just have to forgive your mistake for now." Of course now he was curious if there were other surprises in store, but it would only be sporting of him to find out later.

With the accent teeming through now, Tamour had to smirk. Seems he wasn't the only one hiding an adopted accent. He nodded at the Lieutenant, "Understandable that each of the Broods would generally follow in the steps of their mothers. And you are correct that Melyphis never had a full Brood of her own, at least not during her service with me. Nor did I ask her to do at any point. That is a choice for her to make."

He then turned back to his assistant and smiled, deciding to try and uplift her, "I would say that you ended up doing that job quite well. After all it was you who, after seeing Yajana successfully working with us, convinced the other Broodmothers to accept my offer of joining Iammelon. Leading to the adaptations and mutations used upon the Zerg we had to create the Zemour. A final set of mutations that ended the Swarm, and reformed your kind into something new. As such, I would say you hit all the points in your design criteria. And given that this duty is finished... The rule no longer applies. It is entirely up to you if you wish to have something of your own one day, Melyphis. You've earned that choice, should you want it. I trust you well enough to leave that decision in your hands." He decided to leave that off there.

Continuing the walk to the precinct, and hopefully getting close, Tamour decided to voice one last thought, "Lieutenant Keera, one last curiosity of mine for you. How have the various Zemour races been getting along? I hope there is no trouble after the transition away from military life. But I do understand that living with others in a civilian life is very different to the military life, and so I want to know if that change has gone alright."

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Taking the glass of Brandy offered to him, he brought the glass up to his empty chin before the darkness peeled back, revealing a morphable maw with a strange tong that seemed to unravel and help in lapping up the drink in the glass. A soft and satisfied breath left him as the darkness shadowed his mouth again before he answered Rjax’s question. “Doubt you would have seen this anywhere in the Nebula unless you were deployed beside the Firstborn. This stuff comes from their Empire. They have a whole agri-world devoted to being a super-vineyard just to make this stuff. They use special berries that aren’t from this galaxy, it has a unique heat to it even when it's chilled. It’s smooth, yet has a soft earthy taste that isn’t overpowering the fruity taste. It certainly isn’t for everyone, but I like it.

Kuuso drinks deeply from his glass, enjoying himself. Or at least it seemed like he was, again hard to tell since he does not allow much emotion or hints of intentions to show. Though hearing that his mother was following a different trail filled in that gap for him. Xernus was not one to leave possible trails unfollowed, though it was odd that she did not pursue the thread that led her to Fia. But then he did not claim that he fully understood how his mothers mind worked, it could be that this other thread may seem more dangerous. Given the options of the targets and her own expertise… He did think of a place that she was likely sent. ‘The Firstborn perhaps?’ It would make sense since she, as a former Zerg, could easily blend in with the populace and they have captured their own fair share of Zerg without turning them into new species, instead opting to re-house them under new leaders. The Firstborn still regularly use all manner of unaltered strains of Zerg subspecies in their military.

Kuuso brought his mind back to the here and now instead of having it linger on possibilities beyond his control. Focusing on the task at hand as he looked over the dataslate…

The contents of the experiments, both bizarre and dangerous, he turns silent in thoughtfulness. His eyes individually drift to process the information in larger chunks as he processes the capabilities and applications of these bizarre experiments. The dangerous ones naturally drew his attention. Each of these new examples had its fair reason for being dangerous. The Ultralisk was APC's worst nightmare already but now it could torch the units inside of it after cracking it open.

Moving on to the odd experiments as Zakhet had marked them. The three of them may be able to tell just which experiment he was reading about as he got further down the list. As NOW as he reads there was a growing emotion of bewilderment and surprisingly annoyance on his face. Zakhet could even briefly hear “Fucking googly eyes..?” Being said under his monotone voice as he kept reading. Though there were some applications in the odd experiments that had some useful applications though they did seem situational or outright against the design of some of them. What’s more, it was an insult that these jokes on their history were so expertly designed. He felt slighted. “Well… It is clear whomever is conducting these experiments has a very active imagination. With many ‘interesting’ ideas.

After reading your notes I am inclined to agree that this is no war machine… At least not yet. It is almost like they did these experiments at their own whimsy, just to see if they could be done. Or as you say, they have a grudge… Which does not surprise me. The Zerg have their fair share of harm in service to numerous masters. Most with ill intention… So then. We at leave have a possible motive. But now the list has likely only quadrupled in size.” He says plainly, knowing well that his ancestors have more enemies out there amongst the stars then they do in this dwarf galaxy. But if he narrowed that down again to just just this galaxy. Only several new names were added to his already existing list. “Our grievance with the former king of the Firstborn means that he and his children are unlikely to be involved despite their expert manipulation of Zerg bioforms. Same goes with the former Queen of Blades, Filia Wolvain. Perhaps… Someone from the Confederacy? A survivor of the conflict that came into possession of the broodmothers? Or perhaps they are the very same that stole them away in the first place.” His theory has the motive as well as their possible acquisition of the broodmothers they now hunt. The idea of a new Swarm did not please him. Not now that a new dawn was here and growing brighter. “Let us hope that we can stop this loonesy before it gets out of hand.” He reassures Zakhet before he looks to the Captain after he said he would help.

Hearing that they already have a potential place in mind was surprising. Though as they explained it there was a small itch in the back of his head, like there was something to remember just out of reach. Until Rjax explained the region in some detail. “Wait… I know of the foothills you speak of out west. Councillor Kina spoke of it once, she said that there was a group of homesteaders out that way. They get by on trading petty materials that scavenge and hunt on the hills, small game along with mineral and metals. We paid little attention to them since their desire was to make their own way on their own terms. We respected it and allowed them to use the land since it was not part of any expansion plan for the future.” Rjax’s theory on an undiscovered cavern would give an answer to how they can get by mining materials from the hills. Hey can sell off the excess materials for income as they set up a lab, that was if this group was affiliated with whoever was experimenting on the Broodmother and the old Zerg breeds.

Kuuso stood from his chair, setting his glass down after a swig that emptied it. There were already some suspicious pieces on the board for them to pursue. “If we can walk there then we best move. No doubt if they have set up that lab then they may have seen your arrival. Best to give them too much time to prepare. That is, if this lead is solid.

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“Oh indeed, she certainly fixed my mistake. How fortunate that she had that bit of information on hand.” She teased but the Lieutenant did cast an apologetic smile to Mel, the aide to the Minister just returning a soft smile in return that conveyed that she didn’t need to worry about it and her words were just in jest. “Thank you for forgiving this mistake of mine sir.”

As Tamour and the Lieutenant spoke of Mel’s possible creation of a brood of her own, the aide gave a soft chuckle at the idea. Not because she didn’t like the idea, she thinks of such a thing often enough in the present and certainly plenty of times in the past. But she did voice her opinion on this. “I thank you for saying so sir, it means alot to me that I hear this from you. Though I am not even sure what I would have them do if I create a brood or just one clutch of progeny, unless you are looking to have me increase your security detail with specialists of my own making.” She says mostly as a joke but she does smile warmly as she gives more thought to the idea. “Though to have the choice to have a small gathering of my own after so long… It would be nice. Perhaps someday. But hopefully not into the distant future.”

Kerra looked back to the Minister as he asked one more curious question of his. Which she was more than happy to answer. Though his question was certainly one that would require a more attentive mind than her own. “How have we all been getting along? Hmm…” It was rightly something she needed to consider. “The Zeran have adapted quickly, as you no doubt saw. Though I guess that was a desirable trait that crossed over from their Zergling ancestry… You can throw them at any profession and they’ll pick it up fast enough. Um… Well we Ultarian’s are generally happy as long as we feel helpful. If we aren’t in the military we’re dock workers, farm hands, builders… Basically if it involves manual labour or muscle we’re your girls. Oh, and guys.” She gets back to thinking about some of the others and does have some more information.

The Lieutenant looks thoughtful again as they keep walking along, a flash of recollection does show on her face as she continues. “The Hophrete haven’t been doing so hot outside of military life… Most that are not part of the militia have taken to becoming hunters or have joined up with a mercenary band off world to ply their trade there. Which again must be lonely. But I do understand not being able to do what you feel the most affinity for. And the Oracles… I haven’t seen many in the Militia. I know several personally who became artists, others work in other fields. I do know some that left with Hophrete’s to become their personal spotters like they did during the civil war.”

“Lastly… I couldn’t even begin to tell you about the Brayr. They keep to themselves for the most part, and there are so few of them already. I don’t notice them. I do know of one, a male Brayr named Jukko Wolv, he was brought here by the Athailian’s after the Civil War. Currently he’s in the running for being the next Militia Commander after the current one. A Hophrete named Senna.” She finishes as she scratches her head, believing that was everything she could say on the topic. “I suppose you could get a better idea on how the other races are doing if you ask a Councillor. We can hopefully meet one soon enough with Councillor Seffa being at the HQ today.”

Their walk through the citycentre leads them through the towering buildings around them to a point where the buildings begin to scale down. Here is where they could start to see the Militia HQ peeking out over the top of them all. It had a good view of the much larger Council Tower in the city centre. Getting closer to it, there would be a military style checkpoint with a high rising wall surrounding the HQ perimeter. There was a strange energy that could be barely seen just above the wall. Likely a discrete forcefield to keep the walls from being scaled and infiltrated.

As they approached the checkpoint, a simple enough opening in the large wall with a large energy gate that can be turned on at any moment. There was a booth where a member of the militia manned a station on what looked like a projection on a screen. Likely done to stop people from knowing if there was a person there to attack, the station was fitted with a alot of computer equipment. Kerra held up her badge to the screen for the militia member, a Oracle woman, to see before she spoke to the screen. “Lieutenant Kerra, escorting Minister Tamour and his Aide Melyphis while they overlook Militia operations. I will require all access badges for them while they visit.”

The Oracle on the other end of the screen logs all of this information in on the screen as she gave a nod. “Thank you Lieutenant. Minister Tamour, we have been expecting you. Councillor Seffa heard of your arrival and informed us. We have prepared the badges for you. They will be in the locker on your immediate right after you pass through the checkpoint. I hope everything will be to your liking.” She says as the energy gate blinks out, allowing them to pass through. The locker in question was a large, metallic, box shaped one that was electronically secured. Inside it were some specialised lanyards that allowed them full access to the building. One was meant for Mel, clea by its size and the clip that she can use to stick to her coat. The ministers were rightly larger, being the size of someone's head and easily stuck to a scale with magic without any pain or chance of marking.

Once they did they would be able to see the inner area around the HQ. There was a smattering of facilities, small courses for training and some staging areas filled with construction materials and workers as they work on both the tower above them, and the buildings within the perimeter. The HQ being connected to the R&D facilities that will eventually be situated here in the future. As they will see, there were alot of busy people making sure that construction and daily operations didn’t falter.
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