("Beep swoop eeeeeewoooo," the new R2D7 indicates while passing Captain Wietu the correctly sized next spanner with it's gripping extension.
"Nix, you're doing alright there after all, for a droid I mean," replies the Captain, remaining focused as he updates the capacitors for his recently installed SLAM engine on his official Rho Interceptor.
The familiar deckhand approaches with some urgency in his steps. He looks the droid up and down, and with a rare choice of few words declares, "So I suppose this means you don't need me."
The Captain pauses his work, and turns around. There is a softness in his blue Pantoran features as he replies, "Mix, we all need you; but this droid will help you ascend in your own duties by helping you have more time to study for the next tier of maintenance education. You do want to be a deck commander one day, I presume?"
"Did I hear you call it Nix?"
"Yes, Deck Officer, you did," replies the Captain.
"Cute. Real cute," replies Mix, turning and departing then without further word.
The Captain releases a deep long sigh, and comments, "Don't suppose you know what that was about?"
The droid rotates its dome left to right, and back right to left, accompanied by a low, soft hum.
"Too bad then, but you'll learn quick, little one," adds the Captain with a chuckle. These damn things always do. "Off to file another report then. Here - plug up to the diagnostic terminal and prepare your own report for me."
The droid obliges. Captain Wietu marches towards the Rho office.)
He begins composing this week's message on the terminal.
Greetings, as per ever, my Comrades in Black.
I am grateful to each of our pilots who made sure to take up the Imperial Mandate to utilize shore leave effectively and efficiently during the current window of decreased operations. Bravo to you all. You cannot properly serve the future Emperor unless you maintain your best self first and foremost!
You may all recall that the purpose of the "down time" here was to be sure all pilots were well prepared for our next fleet wide operation - known colloquially as "Raise the Flag." This is our most important fleet-wide event held once per Standard Imperial year, and it offers elite rewards to the ship that performs best - and moreover, a designation for the most valued Squadron as the "Tie Core Commander's Escort Squadron."
For the previous year, as you well know, this designation has belonged to the Jolly Rhogers here in Rho Squadron - much to the chagrin of one Captain Honsou fof Tempest. Should he read this fleet-wide communication, may it be a surprise to him - and a source of personal guilt his way - that he learns I do not expect our squadron to maintain this title for the coming year.
And there is no dishonor in being truthful. In fact, I stand that there is high honor in knowing your history, the current context, and the future. Our squadron has had an unprecedented level of turnover since last year's resounding victory and awarding of Escort Squadron. We are essentially building fresh and new. It would be dishonorable of me to pressure for an unattainable repeat of the feats accomplished by the members of Rho at this time last year.
As we now begin the future chapters of Rho Squadron in earnest, and based on our current composition, we will make the most of the upcoming Raise the Flag event by focusing on the following three opportunities:
- Legions of Combat for Star Wars Squadrons - 7 of our 9 members have priority simulator experience in the SWS mode. We should utilize our strength there.
- Contributions to the Imperial Record - So called "Fiction" is highly rewarded. We are strong in this option across the whole Squadron
- Star Conflict Legions of Combat - 2 of our 9 members are strong with this simulator historically, and the Commander invested heavily in this simulator during the Imperial Storm III War Games
To conclude this report, I also wish to remind the entire Squadron that our participation in the "Project Sovereign" experiment for salaries in the Tie Corps continues through this month. Your new cash flows have been paid and will be enumerated later in this report. I fully hope that each of us will take advantage of this opportunity to personalize our quarters and lives in the coming weeks.
Until a new Emperor is seated and the Rebellion is forever crushed!