(The Pantoran Captain and Rho Commander approaches his official issue Interceptor cautiously, preventing his boots from sounding his steps across the hangar floor. When at last he reaches the side of the ship he speaks in the direction of the maintenance figure's lower half that protrudes from the engine compartment.
"That better be Mix," he barks.
A muffled rumble returns as response.
"I see you and Nix.. the R2d7 unit.. have made... acquaintance," the Captain then replies.
Mix slides back out, marked prodigiously with engine grease, and retorts, "You could call it that. I know Raise the Flag is coming up so you better be spending more time coordinating your unit than hiding here in the hangar going through the ship inspection list and hiding from your responsibilities."
For a rare moment, the Captain is silent.
"My thanks, Mix," he adds at last, turning and stepping listlessly towards the Rho office door.
The R2D7 unit whistles low and slow, tilting its body towards the floor, and Captain Wietu enters the isolated space.)
He begins composing this week's message on the terminal.
Greetings, as per ever, my Comrades in Black.
The time is now, and the urgency is high. Raise the Flag commences this upcoming Friday, appropriately enough on the first day of the Emperor's 10th month of the Calendar year. Per usual, we would expect the official start time to be at 00:00 Universal Empire Time for the start of that day.
I have seen a change log type report indicating scoring adjustments from this year's event versus last, and am looking forward to a simplified direct report more digestible for our Flight Members. Should such a format not be shared, I will aim to provide a direct briefing based on certainty of the final data as the end of the week draws closer.
Regardless of the broader details, LCM Davalorn and I have analyzed our roster's strengths, duties, and schedules, and see our opportunities for contribution best directed at these three priorities in order from high to low:
- Star Wars Squadrons Simulator - We will mix PvP operations in Dog Fights with PvE operations for Fleet Battles
- Culture of the Fleet "Fiction" - We are looking to set up interactive exchanges to report out on our pilots and activities for posterity of the Imperial Records
- Star Conflict Simulator - We will have additional contributions from some pilots who prefer the shorter battle simulations of PvE in an alternate universe construct
I have particularly enjoyed the opportunity over the last ten days to introduce our new pilots to the historical perspective and current status of Rho squadron. They are:
- LT vapinvanman, a mysterious figure from a planet with unusual smoking customs
- LT Fern Domgra, a person of direct speech and a particularly aggressive combat style
For their benefit and the knowledge of the rest of Rho Squadron, as mentioned in my last report, Rho is indeed in a rebuilding phase and I have no presumption that we will repeat as the TCCOM's Escort Squadron. That title is awarded to the top performing Squadron in the fleet during Raise the Flag. Our performance will no doubt be exemplary, but it would be absolutely unreasonable of me or our Commodore to expect an outcome to match what was done by Rho in last year's event. In the end, I am not your leader - I am here to facilitate your success at contributing your best efforts at times and in ways that match to your current skills.
I sincerely look forward to celebrating our growth together - with and for each other.
Until a new Emperor is seated and the Rebellion is forever crushed!