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OOC: Good to see we're back in business, and welcome to all the new members. Will be away for a while, so no need to wait for me to do something

Lieutenant Quintus Arctus

A voice from the ships com interrupted the conversation, announcing that they would be going to liberate the colony of Ronokis from an unknown force. "Well, now we know where we're going. All that remains is to take a group of unknown allies into battle with an unknown enemy. Looks like you were right about needing to get to the range, which I think is just two floors down."

He then stood, and began to make his way to the range.

Luna checked her scope and assault rifle one more time. "Mee, you up for a shooting challenge?"

Mee rubbed her head. "Give me a minute, whatever that strawberry thing was didn't agree with me and wrecked my systems." The sangheili responded.

Luna smirked, she switched the assault rifle to automatic and the two of them were soon down at the range. They noticed some people already there, a decent number actually and waited for their turns at the range.
"Twelve shots." Luna said.

"four to a clip." Mee responded.

"Switch lanes two thirds the way through?" Luna asked.

"Agreed." Mee said back to her.

All the two of them were doing was waiting now.

as Sarah wait for her turn at the range took her helmet off, and looked around a little, and saw lots of Marines, a few 'Covenant' and lots of the 'Council Races'.

when her turn finally did come up she set her helmet down, as she wasn't going to rely on her suits systems to aid her aim,and set the targets for random and fast moving and set out three clips for her rifle and three for her side arm, and started with her side arm.

the first clip was, naturally not her best, on a real flesh and blood target sure, would have been all kill shots, most things tend to not get back up when shot in the neck with a magnum but that wasn't the point of target shooting. by the time she was on her last clip she had 're sighted' her self back in and was largely trying to improve, and while she'd plateaued she done what she can to do, and got out of the way for the next person in line.

for the time being she decided to find a spot to people watch

Everett watched from the sidelines as UNSC Marines, Covenant Troops, and the various members from the Council Races that were sent as part of a diplomatic envoy, but also to study this new ship all took shots at the shooting range. They all showed various levels of skill, some were average, and quite a few were impressive. After Sarah had finished shooting, he took up the empty space she left, and began working on his own skills.

To ensure that he gave himself a challenge of varying skill, Everett had half of his practice was spent with the helmet on, and the other half without. He then made the targets come out with random speed and placement, as you never know when and where the enemy will strike, regardless of what universe your in.

With each shot he took, the target went down fairly quickly, and in some cases even managed to kill two with a single shot. Suffice to say, many of those that were watching, seemed to be rather impressed with his skill. Everett quickly switched up to his sniper rifle, and had the targets at long range. After some time, he soon stepped back from the range, putting on his helmet in the process, and made his way over to Spartan Sarah.

"It certainly is good to get some target practice in before a mission, helps keep everything working. You did well yourself Spartan. Glad your on our side Ma'am."

"It certainly is good to get some target practice in before a mission, helps keep everything working. You did pretty well yourself Spartan. Glad your on our side Ma'am."

she smiled "thank you Sargent, but it was a little sub par for a Spartan i think, I'll give it another go once the crowd dies down" she said making room for him "but you did pretty good your self, what ever team you'll be on will be in good hands"

"so, what do you think of these 'Council Races so far?" she ask

"Thank you Sergeant, but it was a little sub par for a Spartan I think, I'll give it another go once the crowd dies down." The Spartan Sarah said, making room for Everett next to her. He soon sat down next to her. "But you did pretty good your self, what ever team you'll be on will be in good hands." She then added. Everett could only but smile underneath his helmet as he sat down.

"So, what do you think of these 'Council Races' so far?" she ask

"Much obliged Ma'am, its compliments like that tells me I'm doing my job right. As for these Council Races, whilst they seem well mannered and good natured; I'll reserve judgement until this mission on Ronokis is over, can't be too careful." Everett replied with, as he checked over his side arm, replacing the training magazine for a live one.

"Much obliged Ma'am, its compliments like that tells me I'm doing my job right. As for these Council Races, whilst they seem well mannered and good natured; I'll reserve judgement until this mission on Ronokis is over, can't be too careful."

Sarah nodded "true" as she watch one of the tall, spiky headed ones ((a Turian btw)) shooting "still, least they didn't just start shooting, for basically no good reason. so i already like them more then the Covenant"

"Still, least they didn't just start shooting, for basically no good reason. So I already like them more then the Covenant." Spartan Sarah remarked, watching a spiky headed member of the Council Races begin firing practice.

"Yeah, they got that going for them. At least these Council Races at least tried making first contact with us. I mean, when the Covenant first spotted us, their Prophets discovered that Humanity were the Reclaimers for Forerunner artifacts, so in an attempt to keep their religion as how they perceived it, declared open war." Everett said in agreement, sitting back and watching the training unfold.

"And of course, it all started on Harvest. Ever get any action in the war yourself Ma'am?" He then asked.

JASTIS-015

Just as Jastis was going to leave, Nassa turned and got a message that the new driver was operational. "Alright, we shall begin heading to the Mass Relay soon, just double check all of its functions. We don't want anything to go wrong."

On the screen the Engineer nodded its head and then it turned off. "Would it be possible for one of you to stick around up here to help with our first time going through? Marsiani will also be helping us as she got data but never can be too sure." She asked the Geth.

Jastis left the room though and headed back down to the armory hoping he hadn't taken too long. When he arrived at the armory there was no one there but a lone marine. "Marine, do you know where everyone went?"

"Sir, they went down to the firing range. They went down with one of those new aliens, the Asari if I believe." The marine told him as he saluted.

"Thanks." Jastis spoke as he saluted and left the room. Originally he was going to go down there but decided against it since the Asari could probably explain things a lot better than he could about the various races. Instead he went to the advanced combat deck where he stepped into a very blank looking room. It housed its own Dumb AI.

"AI, simulate exercise 05-262." In seconds the room changed from being in a room to being in a lush jungle. Then suddenly other Spartan's began to appear firing at him. Since the races they would most likely being facing are humanoid he thought it would be best to fight simulated Spartans rather than simulated Elites. It was an exercise only Spartans were allowed to do, or if there was at least multiple Spartans in the group.

The Spartans dove into cover and thus he did to, but using his active camouflage he stepped from out of cover but he knew they would be able to see him using their VSIR 4.0, so he acted quickly. So he ran up to one of the Spartans and stabbed his knife into their head. Even though it was fake, it looked so real it somewhat disgusted himself to be fighting a Spartan. Pulling the knife out he hopped over cover and then hugged the chest-high wall. The VR Spartans began to move around and closing in on his position.

Aiming out of cover he shot his BR at one of them downing their shields but it didn't kill them so he ducked back under his cover. Knowing their shield would come back up soon he threw a grenade at their position but the VR Spartan threw it back at him so he shot it midair and it exploded hitting the Spartan and killing them. Even if they were Spartans they were still just VR and not as tough as the real thing or as smart.

Two more remained; one was with a Sniper on a high ridge while the other was lurking around. The sniper would easily get a headshot if he ran out; he needed to play this smart. He turned on his VSIR and saw the location of the other Spartan which was nearing close. When the Spartan got close enough he used it, throwing down a bubble shield it encompassed him and the VR Spartan. Using this he was able to kill the Spartan by taking his knife and slicing him in the throat while the Sniper could do nothing but watch. Taking out his M363 he aimed at the Sniper and shot just as the bubble shield ran out. When it made contact he ducked and exploded the magnetic explosive, it didn't kill the Spartan but it did damage and destroy a bit of his cover.

Using this he took out his MA5D and ran up to the spot and climbed up, just as the VR Spartan was getting up, Jastis kicked him back down and had his foot on the VR's neck. Then proceeded to shoot him down with the MA5D. When the VR Spartan vanished the simulation was over. He was sweating a bit under his helmet so he took it off. Most people had trouble with that simulation their first time, but he had run it dozens of times it was all instinct rather than reaction. He left the VR room as he put his helmet back on and now decided to go down to the firing range.

Sarah's tone grew bitter "and yet, we just let them on board like nothing happened" she started but stopped her self visibly upset by it her helmet still off and in her lap, and taking a few cleansing breaths, pushing it out of her mind for now.

"Ever get any action in the war yourself Ma'am?"
Sarah smirked, then laughed "yeah" holding up her index finger "1 mission, then, it was over" she said leaning back and remembering that instead "it wasn't anything major, search and destroy a 'loyalist' base" she moved slightly "got a souvenir though" she said pulling out her Plasma Sword "so I'm still basically a 'raw recruit', i find that rather annoying actually"

Jastis walked in to find the Asari and Mee up.

The two loaded one and laid out two more clips on the table. They set up the course. 12 tagets, random sequence, same for each of the ranges they were using.

The first four targets popped up.

Bang,Bang,Bang,Bang. Eight shots rang out in unison, sounding like four. Every one of them hit.

There was a click and the two of them swapped out mags.

The targets were harder to hit, a bit further away and more spread out.

Bang, two hits on the top targets. Bang, two hits on the bottom left targets. Bang. two hits on the bottom right targets. Ba-Bang. Two hits on the center target, luna lagging behind slightly.

They each grabbed the last mag and rolled into the other's lane. Luna stood up loaded and cranked out four shots, hitting each target. Mee stood up and hit the four targets, each one dead center. Luna's were more loose, but each still a kill.

"Hmm... Faster but a bit less refined. Tie?" Mee asked Luna.

"Good enough for me. Just wanted to have fun anyway." Luna said.

"1 mission, then, it was over." Spartan Sarah replied holding up her index finger, then leaning back, obviously thinking on what had happened.

"It wasn't anything major, search and destroy a 'Loyalist' base." She then moved slightly, pulling something out. "Got a souvenir though." The item turned out to be a Plasma Sword. Everett could only but whistle at the weapon in front of him. "So I'm still basically a 'raw recruit', I find that rather annoying actually." Sarah finished, a mixture of anger and sadness in her voice.

"Ouch, one mission, and then everything ended. Tough break Ma'am, still what little action you did see, certainly netted you nice piece of equipment to remember it by. Certainly don't see many of those outside of Covenant hands. Think once on a mission during the Battle of Earth, I managed to wield one of those after knocking it out of a Elites hands with my knives. Unfortunately lost it during a skirmish with some Brutes, never was able to get another one after that. Then again, I've always been more of a Sharpshooter anyway, but it pays to expand on your combat skills." Everett said, thinking back on some past missions he had been on, which lead him to something else.

"In any case, I think both the Citadel Races, and whoever is attacking the colony of Ronokis, might get a bit of a shock once the SOEIV's (Single Occupant Exoatmospheric Insertion Vehicle) begin to fall, that is if we use them for this first mission." Everett remarked, sounding a little excited.

Sarah smiled "yeah, its a good piece of gear that's for sure, takes some getting used to though, but worth it in the end"

"In any case, I think both the Citadel Races, and whoever is attacking the colony of Ronokis, might get a bit of a shock once the SOEIV's (Single Occupant Exoatmospheric Insertion Vehicle) begin to fall, that is if we use them for this first mission." Everett remarked, sounding a little excited.

Sarah giggled "yeah, they're in for a rude awakening if we'll be using those" she paused a second "kind hope we do to, always enjoyed the ride in those, i find them oddly calming as well"

Spartan Sarah giggled in response to Everett's excitement about the SOEIV, he was beginning to like this one. Past encounters he's had with Spartans have usually been the gruff silent types, not very talkative, and primarily focused on the mission. Underneath his helmet, you would see a rather cheerful man at the moment.

"Yeah, they're in for a rude awakening if we be using those-" She then paused for a second, "Kind hope we do to, always enjoyed the ride in those, I find them oddly calming as well." Everett chuckled as well, enjoying the moment.

"Yeah, the sudden rush of adrenaline as your fired out, heading towards the ground like a rocket certainly is satisfying. Despite the number of times I've been in them, there always is that excitement there waiting. You know what Ma'am, I think I'm going to enjoy working with you during the Broken Destiny's time here in this universe."

JASTIS-015

There was slight smile under his face but it was with mixed emotion. "Talking about the war are we?" He spoke to Sarah and an ODST who he believed was Everett.

"Talking about the war are we?"

Sarah looked up to see Jastis "not much to tell there in my case Sir" she said "mostly idle conversation on 'people watching'" she said as the council alien they'd been watching finished up "these new ali.. Council Races" she corrected "they're pretty good"

JASTIS-015

"We will have to see when we actually get into combat. Though I have only really sat down and talked with a group of Quarian's and one Turian. So I can't judge them all yet." He said as he sat down. "We should probably run a VR training mission or two before we go. When I helped train some of the earlier Spartan IV's, they loved the thing. Wonder if they have anything like that here."

Sarah nodded in agreement "that was already on my to do list Sir, just wanted to knock the frost off, and see the Citadel Races"

"Though I have only really sat down and talked with a group of Quarian's and one Turian
"oh? any of those here?" she asked "only one i've talked to as an Asari? i think is what she called her self, named Luna"

JASTIS-015

Jastis shrugged. "I believe the same Turian may actually be on board, as for any Quarian's, not that I have seen."

"We should probably run a VR training mission or two before we go. When I helped train some of the earlier Spartan IV's, they loved the thing. Wonder if they have anything like that here." Spartan Jastis suggested, with which Sarah nodded in response.

"That was already on my to do list Sir, just wanted to knock the frost off, and see the Citadel Races." It was then Everett's turn to speak up.

"Alright then, I'll leave you two to it then Sir and Ma'am. No doubt the VR exercises that Spartans are trained in, are out of an ODST like me's league in terms of difficulty. I'll keep on eye out on things down here, just in case someone causes any trouble. If you two need something, I'll have my communications system on." Everett said in a calm tone.

Eli walked up behind the other ODST "What my fellow ODST said, whatever you Spartans go through would probably grind me into the dust. Speaking of, Fellow ODST, I'm Sgt. Eli Nathaniel Anderson, I was just transferred here before this all happened, you?" Eli offered the other ODST his hand.

"What my fellow ODST said, whatever you Spartans go through would probably grind me into the dust. Speaking of, Fellow ODST, I'm Sgt. Eli Nathaniel Anderson, I was just transferred here before this all happened, you?" A man named Eli asked as he came up behind Everett, he turned to meet the man who was holding out his hand, and Everett returned the gesture.

"Staff Sergeant Everett Kerrigan, 7th Shock Troops Battalion, eight years in the ODST. I was transferred here a couple of days before we were making the jump to Reach. Well, I'm glad that there are some more Helljumpers aboard. So, Eli, what do you make of our current situation? We were just discussing before you joined us."

Crown and her squad had finished gearing up and were now ready for deployment whenever the order was given. Her HUD said that there was enough for a handful of shots before the Galileo would need to be recharged. A pity, the thing was more powerful than most ship mounted weapons, but had that damn battery pack that drained so quickly. Not that she was going to complain anymore than that, the thing was too good to leave behind for her set-up and squad composition.

"We were just discussing before you joined us."

The squad moseyed over to where a few other ODST marines were situated, talking about something. There really wasn't much to discuss, but these guys looked like they'd just been thawed, and she'd been in the freezer a few times before to know about that experience. Maybe with this new tech, if Leppy was to be believed, they'd be a thing of the past. She was a soldier, he was one of the smartest guys she'd ever met, and would've been shoved into intelligence years ago if he hadn't proven himself to be completely useless behind a desk.

"Lieutenant Sierra Crown, Sergeant. Two years ODST, got a transfer after a Scarab incident and I've been here since. As for what we're doing here, something about a weird jump in our drive got us here. There's more races on a single colony than in the entirety of the Covenant, from what me and my squad could gather, there's still humans, but then there's the guys looking like they've got steel for skin, that's the Turians, big military nuts apparently, and the guys with the Jackel build? Salarians, supposed to be pretty smart and,"She glanced at Chagerben, who had begun again making eyes at one of them,"Nevermind. Last you've got the blue squid-heads, Asari, all-female race, kinda weird if you ask me."

Her face scrunched up as she recalled the Geth aboard,"Oh, and there's also these robot guys around, they creep the hell out of me, supposed to be true AI, and they don't have a time limit before they go pitooey. There's one around here that came on board as soon as we got here, calls himself Alpha. I guess he's their leader or something?"

Leppy interrupted before she could continue,"Lt, the Geth are suppos' to be connected at all times, so there's some kind of individual in there,bud' if you talk to one of 'em, you're talking to all of 'em, or sommat, the files on the Citadel weren't that clear 'boud it. The only sure thing is that they jus' got out of a war with their Creators a few months ago that's been going on for centuries. Sure glad that didn't happen with the Covs."

"Thanks Leppy. So Sergeant, what's your story? I guess I should probably ask if your squad's out of the freeze too yet? We could always use another sniper, Gaffer here's got the highest marks the academy saw in five years before the Chief went missing and the War pretty much ended. Got shipped off just in time to arrive for the memorial the Admiral had in Africa, so he's still completely green, no combat experience beyond simulations, and we can't exactly get him up to speed here, so another man'd be great. You too, Anderson."

SSG Murphy

Many would call him old-fashioned, but Murphy still aimed with a red dot sight, rather than any kind of HUD. The targets would appear and we would double tap them with deadly accuracy. Mag changes, weapon transitions, position drills, all done with the smooth nature of a professional soldier.

After finishing and putting his empty magazines back in his chest rig, Murphy wandered over to a group of ODSTs off the range. He recognized Lt. Crown, but there were some who had obviously just woken from cryosleep.

"How's it going LT?" He said as he walked up. "Looks like these kids haven't even thawed out yet."

Murphy had to laugh at the looks the other Marines were giving him. He stuck out like a sore thumb among all of the neatly pressed uniforms in his brown t-shirt, chest rig, and tactical pants. His ballcap didn't help matters at all, and to top it all of, front and center of his chest rig was a smiley face patch. The patch matched the almost permanent grin on Murphy's face, one that he was wearing now.

"Staff Sergeant Murphy" He said, introducing himself to the group, "I'm not actually here." He turned to the Spartans. He wished that he had a marker to draw a smiley face on their armor.

Everett listened with interest as Lt. Crown began explaining the various races that made up the collective Citadel Races, each one as different as the last. She was then interupted by a man called Leppy, who was obviously more a technical person than combat, but all skills were necessary; explain about some robots called Geth, who were AI, but lacked a time limit before descending into rampancy.

"So Sergeant, what's your story? I guess I should probably ask if your squad's out of the freeze too yet?" Lt. Crown then asked him.

"Well, actually-" Everett began to say, before they was interrupted by a man.

"How's it going LT?" He said as he walked up. "Looks like these kids haven't even thawed out yet." He then added with a smirk on his face. Everett decided to keep his calm during the exchange.

"Staff Sergeant Murphy." He said, introducing himself to the group.

"Well, hello Murphy, seems like we have quite a few Helljumpers with us for this mission. That'll certainly give whoever is attacking this colony a shock. Anyway, to answer your question Lieutenant, I'm the only one of my squadron that was brought on board the Broken Destiny; the others were transferred to different operations to help fill positions that were needed, although we still managed to keep in contact with one another every now and then." He said before facing Murphy, holding out a hand in the process.

"Staff Sergeant Everett Kerrigan, 7th Shock Troops Battalion, eight years ODST."

Lieutenant Kenneth Senshi

Kenneth had followed Quintus down to the firing range, meeting all sorts of new faces, different types of aliens and ever super human soldiers. Kenneth had mixed feelings about the whole ideal though.

Super human or not, if they become cocky... He thought, practicing his shooting. With deep concentration, he easily fired shot after shot at the targets, body shots and head shots.

Eli nodded to Everett "I'm a new transfer, I don't have a squad. Some General's son got mine." Eli shrugged "I've got a good 12 years in the ODST. I managed to get into Special-Ops pretty early on, met an ODST and volunteered. I may not be able to get SPARTAN, but I can try as hard as I can to make you guys look lazy regardless." Eli gave them a friendly smirk

SSG Murphy

Everett held his hand out to Murphy, though it did look like he was a bit annoyed with his presence.

"Staff Sergeant Everett Kerrigan, 7th Shock Troops Battalion, eight years ODST."

Murphy shook his hand. "Well, I guess I won't have to worry about you shooting me in the ass because your green."

"I'm a new transfer, I don't have a squad. Some General's son got mine." Eli shrugged "I've got a good 12 years in the ODST. I managed to get into Special-Ops pretty early on, met an ODST and volunteered. I may not be able to get SPARTAN, but I can try as hard as I can to make you guys look lazy regardless."

He rocked back a bit on his heels. "There's nothing like shitty places full of people trying to kill you, is there?"

Murphy looked over and saw Mee walking off the range. He excused himself from the group of ODSTs and walked up to her.

"Hey Mee! How much do you know about Banshees?"

JASTIS-015

"Good that we have so many ODSTs here, I assume we will probably drop in. Wouldn't be an option really if we just only had regular marines. Granted though the option will probably only be allowed depending on what the situation is." Jastis spoke to the ODST's.

Fastina nar Nushia

After the chat with the 'Spartan' she broke off from her group of friends. She was intrigued by this UNSC he spoke of and wished to learn more. He told them a lot but only of one war, not what their society is like or anything. She needed to find a way on that ship and have permission. From what she could tell there was no Quarian's assigned to the ship and she was a civilian. No way could she sign up as an engineer, she was a Quarian but a horrible inept one at technology.

She was a good fighter... Even has some Biotics. One of the few handfuls of Quarian's who actually have them and survived. Going on a hunch she went to the dock where they originally got off from. Heading there after a bit she saw some workers who were putting large amounts of materials onto a cargo ship. Fastina went up to one of the workers. "Are you bringing this to that new ship?"

The worker just nodded. "Yup, apparently it's to build an upgrade, GARDIAN system, to their ship."

Seeing no other choice when they looked away she hopped into the cargo along with the materials.

Sarah listened a bit "well, Sir, Sargent" the 'Sargent' directed to Everett "i am going to go put my self through some unpleasantness for awhile" she said referring to the VR training room and with a lite smirk "so if anybody needs me that's where I'll be" putting her helmet back on and heading out the door

Aland James stood by his parade of warthogs, resting his back on one of the proud vehicle's viewscreens. His short thick arms slick and covered in grazes and scratches. He was hot, drenched in sweat and spattered with oil; this didn't stop him from being content though, as he had now fixed most of the warthogs, all of the tanks and cobbled together some mongooses from broken ones

Then the "Geth" had started appearing in his repair bay, the six foot mechanical creatures skulking around on long legs of metal. They would have been rather sneaky, if not for the large light-bulbs that were mounted on their heads.

He snarled at them whenever they had approached, or even looked at one of the vehicles that he was repairing. These... things he didn't trust, and would only trust them as far as he could throw up pickled brute testicles.... which was actually quite a long way.

Still, he wasn't about to let any of them near the vehicles that he had spent sweat and blood on repairing.

JASTIS-015

"I'll come with you to the VR." Jastis spoke; he wanted to get back into the action. He then followed Sarah.

"I'll come with you to the VR."

Sarah stopped a second to wait for him "sir, if you don't mind my asking, why was i assigned to this ship? experience aside, it's not exactly a secret i 'dislike' the Covenant" she asked with out really thinking as they walked to the VR

Mee was bored, she heard the spartan mention something about a VR and was curious. She decided it would be interesting to see what it was, so she cought up to them. "Greetings Spartans. I heard something about a VR, might i ask what it is you speak of?" she asked curiously.

Luna kept pouring rounds down the range, out performing quite a few there. She was content after that little challenge, so it wouldn't be an issue to spend some more time there. She needed to tighten her formations.

JASTIS-015

He wasn't surprised she asked him that, after hall he had read her dossier. "Sarah, you're a Spartan, and at the moment with the rise of insurrectionist activity, there was a high chance of insurrectionist trying to undermine the Reach Renewal Operation or the RRO. We needed everyone, and with you being one of the relatively new Spartan-IV have, thought it would be good for you. Obviously you have had years of training but with so many Spartan's being stretched thin over the Orion Arms, we didn't want to take any chances so that's why you were also assigned. Also because they wanted me to evaluate you on things such as working with aliens from the Covenant. Chances are in the future you may have to work with them. I understand your feelings towards them; I fought them for the whole 27 years. It's hard for me to also look at them like allies."

But then turned around as he heard the Sangheili ask: "Greeting Spartans. I heard something about a VR; might I ask what it is you speak of?"

Jastis responded to the Sangheili. "It's Virtual Reality, as you probably guessed from the initial. Officially it's called the Advanced Combat Deck; basically it can simulate environments and virtual enemies. It's very advanced, barely can tell the difference between it and reality at times. Which has caused some trouble in the past but after a couple of times you realize it's all fake."

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