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      [Casual RP] The Silk Road [SF]

      Welcome to Xi'an, the largest independent station along the Silk Road route in space. This spherical station, the size of a small moon, orbits a gas giant in the Rigelar System, lit by its massive blue giant.


      Xi'an is protected by the Sisters - battleship-sized spheres possessing incredible firepower. Rumors claim that larger spheres lay hidden in the system. Xi'an itself has massive gun emplacements on the Outer Hull, it's recommended to remain peaceful during your visit. Challengers usually become spare parts or scrap for the furnaces. Survivors wind up in one of the penal mines on Rigelod or Hohrunk. Few ever manage to buy their way out.


      Smaller ships for a modest fee can enter one of the space doors on the outer hull and land on the armored inner hull. Larger ships can hire space taxis (more like a bus with atmosphere and thrusters) to run their crew to one of the passenger hanger systems.


      Each deck of the station is a relatively smaller sphere, held aloft by massive pillars that contain massive freight and passenger elevators. With the ceiling high overhead, it's easy to forget you're on a station as it seem so planet-like, while maintaining one standard g throughout the public decks.


      Inner Hull is the ship repair and docking bay, and as impressively armored as the outer hull. Shields on the space doors keep air contained, so one can walk outside their ships without need of space suits.


      Market Square is the next in deck, a place with the reputation where almost anything and everything except slaves and children may be bought and sold.


      Next in is Up Town, a sprawling complex of hotels, bars, clubs, casinos, restaurants, hospitals and parks. Most visitors never go further down than that. Among the humans, Nick's Terran Cafe is a favorite hot spot - live music, an excellent chef, a fully stocked bar and a casino. It's said the casino is honest, it's also said the only way to leave Nick's with a small fortune is to come in with a larger one.


      Below them is Mechanicsburg, the manufacturing hub of the station. If nobody's got it, you can usually get it made here if you've got the Woolongs.


      Midway is the first primary resident deck - homes, schools, shopping, farm plots - station residents are very protective of this deck. Visitors are recommended never to enter uninvited.


      Farmville is the first of the Agri Decks, dedicated to growing much of the plants the station and its visitors consume.


      Shanty is the inland sea of Xi'an, a massive body of water filled with all sorts of fish, birds, and ocean mammals.


      Vat Works is the air and water purification deck, a massive complex of algee farms that is the source of that most basic of food stuff, Algee wafers, Survival Paste, and newt nuggets.

      Smallville is the second primary resident deck, with its own schools, shopping, homes and farm plots.


      HUB - the administrative area for the entire station. This is the home of the Station Administrator and the Monitors, the station's police force. This is where disputes are settled.


      Below the Hub is the Core Decks, which is strictly off-limits to visitors.


      Welcome to Xi'an, the jewel of the Silk Road. Stay out of trouble.

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      Casual space rp, a launching point for your own stories. No character sheets needed.No attacking the station. Bar fights allowed.

      While you can trade precious metals and gems, most use Woolongs as their currency. Those who show up with massive cashwads will find themselves separated from it.
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      Re: [Casual RP] The Silk Road [SF]

      ((Out of character: So we are free to post away in this one Expendable or will you be adding stuff first like last time, it sounds really fun I'd love to make a character and get started but I wanted to make sure you were ready for us to start posting, really great starting post))
       

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      Re: [Casual RP] The Silk Road [SF]

      (ooc - @Naughty Kitty - feel free to post. I'd like to retire Vagabond for now while I rework it.)

      Up Town - Nick's Terran Cafe

      Nick leaned over the railing, watching the patrons below drinking and generally having a good time. He watched as his General Manager wove through the crowd and up the stairs to his office. He gave her a nod as she appeared at the top.

      "So, how are we doing?"
      "We're out of salmon," Julie sighed. "One fight, otherwise a good night, boss."
      "What about that fight?"
      "An unhappy gambler whose luck ran out at the Roulette Wheel. He was claiming we rigged the roulette table and demanded his money back."
      "So why wasn't he brought up to my office?"
      "He threw a punch at Charlie - she ducked, and he punched a customer. The Monitors took all three in for questioning."
      "Did they examine the table?"
      "Yes boss. They were satisfied it was operating correctly."
      "Good. So that just leaves the little matter of why didn't you call me when it happened?" He growled, shooting her an angry glare.

      Julie winced, glancing down at the patrons. "Sam said you were sleeping and were not to be disturbed."
      "Whose's name is on the door of this establishment, Julie?"
      "Yours," she winced.
      "If the Monitors show up, I don't care what condition I'm in, you let me know and get me down there," Nick scowled.
      "Yes Nick."
      "Let it happen again, I'll fire you and kick you out the door. Understood?"
      "Nick, you should go to her...."

      He turned to stare at her quizzically. "Go to who, Julie?"
      "Nick! You know very well who I'm talking about!"
      "Better get down there and mind the house. Have one of the waiters bring up a pot of coffee," Nick said as he stood up from the balcony railing and turned towards his office.
      "Nick...!"
      "Coffee, Julie," he sighed, shaking his head. "And don't forget what I said. You're a nice kid, but I need to know I can rely on you."

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      Re: [Casual RP] The Silk Road [SF]

      Kat looked curiously up to where Nick and Julie were talking though she was too far below to hear what was being said, she could guess what some of the conversation was about from the expressions. She sighed softly and hugged her order tray to her self for a moment looking perplexed.

      "Miss, we're ready to order now?" Said one of the patrons at the table Kat was attending to.

      "Oh of course, please forgive me Sir," She said adopting her usual bright chipper waitress tone again and hurriedly taking out her order pad. "What can I get for you all this evening?"

      Thoughts of what might be happening with Nick and Julie were temporary put on hold as she returned to her duties. It was a busy night after all and it wouldn't do for her to keep anyone waiting. Still as she took down the order, a part of her couldn't help wonder what the two had been on about up there.
       

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      Re: [Casual RP] The Silk Road [SF]

      There was a small commotion at the entrance as Julie was coming down the stars. There were two Valkyries at the entrance. One was Loas, the local liason officer from the mission one deck up, wearing a very comfortable dark blue kimono festooned with embroidered white and silver moon flowers. The other looked like she'd just graduated from high school. The redhead looked uncomfortable, still clad in her clamshell body armor with her wings furled with monocrys covers. The blaster on her hip looked as worn as its holster. She looked around doubtfully.

      "Kat," Julie said, stopping next to the waitress, "Go prepare the corner table over there - swap out the two chairs for the padded benches. Whatever you do, don't get behind them and don't touch the young one's wings. They tend to be a bit jittery and not used to speaking. They can handle the Human menu, and I'll tell the boss."

      She glanced at the table. "I'm sorry to take your waitress away from you, it's best to seat Valkyries quickly. May I get you a round of drinks on the house?"

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      Kat nodded at Julie's instructions and quickly moved to make the arrangements. She had the two benches set up in no time at all and went to greet the Valkyries with a bright happy smile.

      "Good evening and welcome to Nick's if you two ladies will please follow me," She said to Valkyries, "We've a table all prepared."

      She made sure to guide the two guests down a more open path between the tables so that there wouldn't be any accidents. Once she'd got them seated she took out her little order pad.

      "Is there anything I can start you two off with this evening?" She asked happily. "Or would you like a moment to look over the menu first?"
       

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      Re: [Casual RP] The Silk Road [SF]

      "Forgive my companion," Loas smiled. "She's not used to speaking. We'll have the roast beef and Yorkshire pudding, mashed potatoes, gravy, biscuits, and two salads with raspberry vinaigrette with two glasses of ice water and two glasses of the house wine."

      The younger woman frowns, her brow furrowing in confusion, but nods when you look at her.

      "Yes, please," she says suddenly, glancing at Loas for a moment before returning her attention to you.

      "Thank you, my dear," the older woman says, touching the back of her hand.

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      Kat smiles happily as she nods and writes down the order.

      "Of course," She tells them, "I'll be right back with your drinks, please make yourselves at home and I'll be right back."

      She hurried off to place their order, as any good waitress should.
       

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      Re: [Casual RP] The Silk Road [SF]

      It wasn't until coffee and cheesecake was being served that Nick appeared, weaving his way through the tables.

      "Bring me a coffee too, please," he asks Kat as he sits down. "Good evening, Loas. Who's your friend?"
      "Good evening Nick. This is your new security person you asked me for, Rion."

      He did a double take, frowning. "I don't want some rookie, I thought you get vets through your office!"
      "Don't let her age fool you. She was cloned behind the battle lines. Worked support until her training officers deemed her ready. She's got three combat rotations under her."
      "So why is she here instead of that rock you call a homeworld? Get in some R&R, whatever you ladies do for fun."
      "This is her 'solo flight'," Loas shrugged. "Don't you humans practice 'Rumspringa' or whatever it's called?"
      "That's the Amish. You'd like them, big peace lovers."
      "Peace doesn't pay the bills," the Valkyrii sighed.

      Nick stared at the girl for a long moment, then shrugged. "Doesn't talk much, I'll grant her that."
      Loas laughed, glancing over at Rion who frowned, confused. "Let's just say you're not wired right to hear her. But working in this place would give her a chance to spread her wings, so to speak."

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      Kat hastened to get Nick his coffee and set it down discreetly so as not to disturb the conversation. She stepped away to see to other customers but wondered at what she had heard. Were they really getting someone new here? She was very curious of course, especially if it was someone that was going to be watching over them but time for questions later she supposed, after all she was just a waitress and she had a job to do too.
       

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      "Nick," Loas said, leaning forward, "I don't know when I'd get anyone better. You could at least give her a chance."
      "Yeah," Nick sighed, picking up the cup that Kat had just sat down for him. "I'll give it a try for a week. Do you give her a place...?"
      Loas laughed, leaning back with a smirk. "Nick, she's a bodyguard. She stays with you!"

      "What?!?" Nick yelped, causing a small stir among the crowd. "Hey, I didn't..."
      "You're here, so she's going to be right here too."
      "But there's just my apartment up there," he hemmed.
      "I'm sure there's a vacant room around here she could set up in quite comfortably, certainly better than battle field," Loas said, waving at his den at the top of the stairs. "If not, there's always that landing."
      "But what if I've got company..."
      "We don't talk about clients and their habits, Nick," Loas smiled. At least not where others can overhear us.
      I don't understand his reluctance. Rion frowned.
      You will, one day.

      "Okay, I can probably come up with something," he sighed, scratching the back of his head. "But has she got anything else she can wear besides that armor? She's going to stand out like a sore thumb in that!"
      "It's expected," Loas sighed.
      "What do you mean 'it's expected'?"
      "They'll shoot at me first," Rion said calmly, startling Nick. "It should buy you a second or two to escape or respond."
      "Ah," Nick said, face turning red. "Of course. But I can't have a girl in armor hanging around, people will talk!"
      "We can get her fitted with some body armor that nobody will see."
      "What about clothes?"
      "She has only her uniform and armor. Understand, we're a poor people."
      "I guess that's expenses," Nick sighed, then turned to wave at the waitress. "Kat! C'ome here, kid."

      "This girl," he said, pointing at Rion, "She's going to be working with us for the next few days, but she needs some working clothes. Can you take her with you tomorrow morning and get her set up? I'll give you a credit card and you'll get some overtime outta this. Sounds reasonable to you?"

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      Re: [Casual RP] The Silk Road [SF]

      Kat smiled brightly at Rion and then nodded at Nick's words.

      "Of course," She said cheerfully. "I'd be happy to help!"

      She looked around to make sure the other tables were being taken care of while she waited to see if there were any other instructions or anyone needed anything at the table. It was what she was here for after all. She was very curious of course but now wasn't the time for questions. She supposed she could ask some stuff of Rion when they went out to the shops which sounded fun.

      "Does anybody need anything while I'm here?" She ventured politely.
       

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      Re: [Casual RP] The Silk Road [SF]

      "Thanks Kat. I'm covering their bill - you're going to expense it anyway, aren't you?"
      "Like I said, we're a poor people."
      "Yeah. Julie will arrange a tip for you," Nick said to Kat, then turned to the two mercenaries. "I've got a pot upstairs, still warm. Let's go to my office to discuss the rest of this."

      "Oh," he paused, turning back to Kat. "What's a good time for you to meet up with uh, your name again?"
      "Rion."
      "Rion here? She'll be spending the night - on my office couch," he emphasized.

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      Smiled and covered her mouth to hide a giggle.

      "I suppose whatever time is best for her," She said cheerfully. "I should like her to feel comfortable after all and shopping is best done when one is well rested and ready for it!"

      She smiled brightly at everyone and looked at Rion curiously, her eyes large and questioning and a bit timid she was rather petite next to the warrior.
       

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