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Kerny Kerman's Journal (mission reports from a Kerbal's point of view) [Chapter 75: "Captain, we've achieved orbit."]

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Moho 27, Y003
"
Not only is it something, but it isn't our something!"
MISSION DAY +5.50

Chapter 71

The orders were clear. We were to keep our distance from Kerbin. Since yesterday's flash message, I've had Lieutenant Obion and Ensign Hildi each assigned to a shift, monitoring all communications we can detect from our current distance. So far, our first trip beyond Minmus has taught me a lot about how inadequate the training is for spaceflight. Sure, most of the stuff the Kerbalnaut training program taught us was valuable in short, ten-day missions to the Mün and Minmus, but being out here on an extended mission has already presented unique problems our training didn't adequately prepare the crew for.

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What makes the Excursion different than the other craft used is it's size.  Ship navigation and communications, although somewhat automated, still require a Kerman presence. The refits made by Dr. Angelo did increase the on-board computer some, but now there's more mass. We've also discovered, during the process of docking with the Discovery IV crew, this ship lacks any significant way to reduce forward inertia without rotating the vessel. Commander Karloff suggested that a set of small, forward facing rockets would probably be all that's needed to solve this problem. In the meantime, he suggested we tie into the Discovery IV's computer and fuel systems and use it's engine as a sort of brake. 

After dividing the crew into two shifts, it was time for me to get some much needed rest. "Lieutenant Gilti, you have command," I said, as  I got up from the center seat.

"Aye, sir!' She replied. "I have command."

I slid to the rear of the command deck and watched as she took her position in the center seat. Once she was seated, it was my turn to catch up on much needed sleep. As I entered my cabin, Gilti was already paging me.

"Captain, there's a Priority Three message coming in from Dr. Angelo -- "

"Go ahead and patch it through," I interrupted.

"Aye, sir," she replied. "It is an audio transmission only. Patching it through."

"Captain Kerny," the familiar voice called out. "Are you there?"

"Yes, Dr. Angelo," I replied. "Why an audio transmission only -- "

"I'm sorry, but right now, I am sitting at some runway I didn't even know existed until a few hours ago." Dr. Angelo began.

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"If you remember the last time we talked, I told you that Prime Consul Katrine had summonsed me to meet her at New Kerbin City for a meeting with her. Well, as I was heading to my personal plane, Major Thompberry offered me a ride from the tracking center to my waiting plane. He told me not to trust the Prime Consul. He didn't go into a lot of detail, but he believes there is something more than what she's telling us -- "

"Well," I started, "we've all figured that out. That's really nothing new -- "

"So, anyway," Dr. Angelo continued, "We left the KSC on a heading to take us to New Kerbin City. It's about an hour and a half flight and doesn't take a lot of effort to get there."

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"Captain Podwin volunteered to fly with me," Dr. Angelo continued, "and I'd be flying as his copilot; that's not really important..."

Yeah, yeah, I thought to myself. And the point of this discussion is...?

"We did our pre-flight check, taxied to the runway, and awaited Kuzzter to give us clearance for takeoff. So far, there's nothing out of the ordinary about this flight. And within about twenty minutes, we were in the air and on our way to New Kerbin City."

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"Captain Podwin and myself couldn't help laughing at the site of one of those external tanks, I think this was from the Jala Kerman, lying in the shore. Bobak said that the shuttle launch was perfect and the orbital insertion went well. But he did also mention her crew didn't jettison the tank at the planned time - but some twenty minutes later!"

"Yeah," I said through a slight chuckle. "I remember reading something about that. How even Kuzzter was warning of how close to the KSC the tank was coming -- "

"Yes, Captain!" Dr. Angelo exclaimed. "There it sits, right near the end of the runway! I imagine Major Thompberry will be all over that crew when they get back! Anyhow, the next leg of the flight was fairly normal. Nothing really major happened during that part of the flight..."

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"What should have been the last twenty minutes of our flight turned out to be near the beginning..."

"Wild Blue Flight Alpha Zero," the voice came over the radio. "You are ordered to take a heading of forty-eight degrees and continue on that course until advised by control."

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"Dr. Angelo," Captain Podwin began. "That can't be right. That's a heading of nearly east-northeast of where we are now. New Kerbin City should be to our north, not at all in that direction -- "

"New Kerbin City Control," Dr. Angelo said. "Please verify new heading -- "

"Wild Blue Flight Alpha Zero," a slightly agitated voice came over the radio. "The heading is forty-eight degrees. That's FORTY-EIGHT degrees and continue on that course until advised by control. New Kerbin City Control Out."

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"We flew over New Kerbin City at an altitude of 7,000 meters. Captain, they never responded to any of our additional radio transmissions asking for clarification on our new flight plan. So, we simply kept that heading..."

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"Once we were about two hours north of New Kerbin City, we received a new set of instructions about a homing frequency we were to switch over to. But here's the strange thing - this new frequency isn't listed under any of the guides -- "

"That's not really too surprising," I interrupted. "There's a lot of things -- "

"Changing, I know," Dr. Angelo said, nearly in a mocking tone. "But this homing frequency took us to an airfield which according to everything we have available... doesn't exist!"

"Wait" I interrupted...

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"Captain," he began again. "I'm telling you, we are sitting in my aircraft with only 1/3 of the fuel remaining. And we are at an airfield along the northern coast. Sure, there's a control tower, but I don't think anyone is here -- "

"What's your plan, Dr. Angelo?" I asked. I had to ask.

"We have no choice but to stay the night here. We've got to conserve our fuel. We have a couple of choices and neither one of them sounds too good. One is to fly to the North Polar Station. I know they have a fuel production facility there, but it has been quarantined for the last month or so..."

"And your other option?"

"We are trying to raise Colonel Ralph. His craft carries fuel production equipment. If he is nearby..."

"Understood." I added. "Is there anything I can do for you, Doctor?"

"Yes," after a brief pause he continued. "Send a flash message to Colonel Ralph. You might have better luck than I will."

"Roger, out." and with that, I ended the radio communication. Why would the Prime Consul request Dr. Angelo to meet her in New Kerbin City only to change his orders in mid-flight? Before I could even begin to put those pieces into the ever-growing puzzle,the communications panel in my quarters came to life again.

"Captain," Gilti called out. "Bobak has sent you a data packet. He said Gene wants you to review it."

"Sure," I replied, "send it back."

Within a moment, the screen of my communications console came to life. Gene and his coffee cup stared down at me from the viewing monitor on my communications console.

"Captain," He began. "I've identified another potential crew member for you. Her name is Katman and currently she's in the pilot training program. I've sent you the images of her first solo flight..."

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"Tango Two, this is KSC Control," Kuzzter's voice said. "Change heading; use coastal area as your visual reference. Maximum altitude of one-seven-five-zero meters, minimum altitude of eight-five-zero meters. Maximum speed of two-five-five meters per second. Begin course as defined in your flight briefing."

"Roger, KSC Control" the young female voice said. "Beginning programed flight plan now..."

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Within minutes, she had reached the first point of the course she had been assigned. But what made Cadet Katman stand out was the way she handled the craft - almost as if the craft was an extension of herself! With great precision, she made her first banking turn and gradually increased her speed to the maximum allowed for this flight.

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"Tango Two," Kuzzter's voice could be heard. "Gene says to bring her on back in. Once you land, please report to the briefing room in the tracking center."

"KSC Control, this is Tango Two" Katman replied. "Request permission to land -- "

"Oh, yeah," Bobak added. "I know what we taught you in training... What was that, Gene? Oh, ahem, excuse me, cadet... Permission to land granted..."

And with that, I watched as one of the newest pilots of the Kerbin Defense Forces execute a near perfect landing and taxi to the apron next to the space plane hangar. The screen then returned to Gene.

"Kerny, with your next mission still being planned, I really think we need to assign her to your crew. I know that you've said you would like some more engineers and scientists, too. And we are working on those. I also know that Dr. Angelo is supposed to be discussing the next refit of the Excursion with the Prime Consul. But for now, Captain, this is all I have. Maintain your current distance from Kerbin until you've been given an "all clear" by either Dr. Haywood or myself. I wish I could go into more detail; for now, this is the way it must remain."

And with that, the screen indicated the data recording from Gene had ended. Apparently Gene was totally unaware of the current situation with Dr. Angelo.

I did try to get some sleep but after two hours tossing and turning in my bunk, I decided to return to the command deck. Second shift still had another two hours before the end of the shift but I didn't have any desire to stay in my quarters for another minute.

"Lieutenant what's the -- "

"Captain on deck," Triy called out. Yes, an annoying bit of protocol Commodore Valentina insisted be continued on larger space-ships, as she called them.

"Captain has the command," Gilti called out. "Sir, here's our status," she began as she returned to her normal duty station. "We've not detected any abnormal communications from New Kerbin City or from any of the smaller surface settlements. Commodore Valentina did issue a flash order to the Dres. She's been ordered away from the crash site and is resuming her previous patrol route. She departed the search area about an hour ago - just a little before Kerbolset at the KSC."

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"The orders from the commodore state she's to depart the area and head to the Great Southern Ocean to resume her patrol. Any debris recovered from the crash site is to be turned over to Major Thompberry as a part of their port call at the KSC Oceanside facility. The cargo vessel Emiko and a few other ships will be following in a few days.

"It appears," I began. A small lump in my throat started to grow. "the search for Dr. Edmund is officially over."

"Aye, sir" Karloff's voice answered from the rear of the command deck. "It definitely has. They say the passenger compartment either broke apart or sank on impact. It's hard to believe he's... he's -- "

"Gone." I said, in almost a whisper. "Is there anything else you wish to add to your report, Lieutenant?"

"Yes," Gilti added. "About the time I sent Gene's message to your quarters, there was a high frequency radio burst. We tracked its source and it came from somewhere near Minmus - almost like the source was in orbit around it. But the intensity of the radio burst made it obvious the target was somewhere on Kerbin  -- "

"Yes, sir!" Obion exclaimed. "It happened when the area of Tulum Station - where the pyramids are -- "

"So," my turn to interrupt. "What you are telling me is something orbiting Minmus is sending radio signals to the surface of Kerbin?"

"Yes, sir!" Obion continued to explain. "Not only is it something, but it isn't our something! The type of signal is unlike anything we have on Kerbin -- "

"Yet it sent a signal to Kerbin?" Karloff asked. And I have to admit, I was going to as a similar question.

"That's exactly what I am saying." Obion finally was calm enough to explain what he meant. "We have nothing - either civilian or military - which can produce that high of a frequency wave..."

"Now that's interesting!" I caught myself saying. Could this radio wave pulse be the reason Gene wants us to stay out here? Is it some sort of new communications experiment? "Karloff, what do you say we take a trip to Minmus..."

"Captain," he began, "Gene did tell us to keep our distance from Kerbin. He didn't say anything about Minmus -- "

"Sir," Gilti interjected. "I've plotted our course. We can insert ourselves into orbit around Minmus in four days -- "

"Let's do it," I ordered. "Commander, let's see if we can figure out what's sending out that signal."

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"Captain, our course has been changed." Karloff reported. "We are now on a trajectory to rendezvous with Minmus."

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On 2/9/2019 at 6:30 AM, roboslacker said:

In the next chapter, Kerny and his crew will rendezvous with an alien spacecraft.

Sounds like you got it right! Kinda...

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15 minutes ago, TeslaPenguin1 said:

Sounds like you got it right!

Baseless speculation is pretty fun, you should try it.

In the next chapter, Kerny will discover an Alien numbers station.

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If The Excursion is supposed to maintain current orbital position, wouldn’t going to Minmus defy those orders? Presumably Minmus is closer to Kerbin than the Excursion is, unless I am confused and their orbital altitude is about the same as Minmus, and the ship hasn’t breached Kerbin’s SOI..

And poor Kerny Never Sleeps Kerman.. ;)

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2 minutes ago, roboslacker said:

Baseless speculation is pretty fun, you should try it.

In the next chapter, Kerny will discover an Alien numbers station.

Yes, but it can set you up for either a major disappointment or something even more shocking if you're wrong. :D

Just now, Angel-125 said:

If The Excursion is supposed to maintain current orbital position, wouldn’t going to Minmus defy those orders? Presumably Minmus is closer to Kerbin than the Excursion is, unless I am confused and their orbital altitude is about the same as Minmus, and the ship hasn’t breached Kerbin’s SOI..

And poor Kerny Never Sleeps Kerman.. ;)

I actually debated this and decided to let this story line play out. You're right, Minmus is closer than the Excursion is - in fact, the Excursion is actually on the edge of Kerbin's sphere of influence! Just 1,500 meters further out and it literally is in Kerbol orbit. That's really not a lot of "wiggle room" when you think about it.

Remember, Kerny is naturally curious anyway. Give him something strange and he finds it really hard to "stay put" so to speak. And he hates doing what we all hate doing - to be told to sit and wait until we're called for... So, naturally, he is going to go do something the first chance he gets. :D 

 

 

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9 minutes ago, adsii1970 said:

Yes, but it can set you up for either a major disappointment or something even more shocking if you're wrong. :D

I actually debated this and decided to let this story line play out. You're right, Minmus is closer than the Excursion is - in fact, the Excursion is actually on the edge of Kerbin's sphere of influence! Just 1,500 meters further out and it literally is in Kerbol orbit. That's really not a lot of "wiggle room" when you think about it.

Remember, Kerny is naturally curious anyway. Give him something strange and he finds it really hard to "stay put" so to speak. And he hates doing what we all hate doing - to be told to sit and wait until we're called for... So, naturally, he is going to go do something the first chance he gets. :D 

 

 

I suspect that Gene might get angry but also sees that the Excursion is keeping to the spirit of its orders- effectively, stay away from LKO and away from Katrine’s grasp...

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2 minutes ago, Angel-125 said:

I suspect that Gene might get angry but also sees that the Excursion is keeping to the spirit of its orders- effectively, stay away from LKO and away from Katrine’s grasp...

And that's at the heart of Gene's orders, to be honest. Gene isn't going to come out and say it, but it is definitely implied. Right now, Gene (nor anyone else) is sure what Katrine is up to. Kerny knows something is up - which is one of the reasons he is trying to monitor the communications to find out what exactly is going on. He hates not knowing what's going on.

If you notice, Katrine - or someone - diverted Dr. Angelo's flight. But why...? Hmmm...

 

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Oooooo!

Mysterious!

I'm baselessly speculating pondering what they'll find in orbit about Minmus...maybe aliens. Interceptors, immediate launch!

My dad is kind of a 60s-70s sci-fi nut and it's rubbed off on me :P

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Hmm Dr Angelo's orders came from a previously unused frequency and the thing around minimus was sending radio bursts at about the same time.

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Just got done from a long break and started rereading from the beginning. ;) Kerny has certainly come far from a Cadet into one of the highest-ranking officers, hasn't he? I've also prepared a recap sequence for the previous chapters (Chapters 60-70) with the key moments of each chapter. It's been a long time since I did one! (Maybe I've accidentally rewritten some elements as well? :rolleyes:

@adsii1970, what does the phrase "tacos and sea-bugs make for happy travellers" (somewhere in Chapter 60-65) actually mean? I've been putting my brain to work and can think of several things - let the speculation begin!

And maybe it will be revealed in the story? - please....

  • The death of a high-ranking Kerbal official and the activation of another set of command orders. (Dr. Edmund, you were gone too soon...:()
  • A security incident requiring the activation of Section 31 orders (Ohoroxtotil or Ah Cuxtal). Of course, any knowledge about [REDACTED] would probably require Dr. [REDACTED] and Senior [REDACTED] [REDACTED] and it would mean: :sealed:
  • The sighting of an unidentified craft necessitating the urgent notification of a Consul member. (Not particularly likely, because we have seen several other reports of Mission Craft which didn't include the phrase :0.0:)
  • The sending of an encrypted data packet from Section 31 awaiting retrieval. (Not very likely, because it would be incredibly inefficient to send these reports every time, unless this is an extremely sensitive data packet :huh:.)
  • Confirmed resurgence in the pink slime infecting several different Kerbonauts. (As sad as it would be, this would probably be the one that it signifies) :(
    • Personally, I think this is the most likely option, because of the phrase "tacos and sea-bugs" [which were Dr. Tesla's codename for the pink slime]. It would also explain Maxbas's very sudden change of demeanour. The "happy travellers" part could mean that the Kerbals were getting very sick from the pink slime.

Conversely, Maxbas's response of "and then we'll order sea-bugs and eat the tacos until Minmus rises" could mean several different things as well, but it most likely means "I am aware of X" with X being one of the options below:

  • I am aware of:
    • the pink slime, ("sea-bugs") and will meet ("order sea-bugs") to personally discuss it ("eat tacos").
      • Again, I still think this is the most likely possibility due to the "sea-bugs" codeword, and the "order tacos" could suggest a private meeting will take place.
  • I have recieved the data packet (if the codephrase indicates the transmission of the data packet).
  • I am aware of the situation (death/security incident/unidentified craft) and will meet ("order tacos") to personally discuss the course of action.

Oh, yes, and before I drag this on for too long, the recap log! (Haven't done one in forever, so this is my @adsii1970-tax!) 

Spoiler: Audio transcript of captain's log, Moho 27, Y003 (Chapters 60-70 recap sequence). (I feel like Kerny Kerman and the Gang is the name of the series, just like The Saga of Emiko Station)

Spoiler

*coughs* Personal log, Moho 27, Y003. Initialize recording. *clears throat* Previously, on Kerny Kerman and the Gang....

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"Mission Control, Tsoolik is reporting all systems nominal. We are green across the board at this time, holding countdown...."

<<"DO NOT MENTION SENIOR CONSUL MAXBAS IS WITH YOU ON AN OPEN CHANNEL OR ON NKC">>

"We just sit here and wait. That's our orders."

<<"DELAYED FOR ONE DAY. REMAIN AT CURRENT LOCATION UNTIL RECIEVE NEXT MESSAGE">>

<<"SEE ENCLOSED REPORT ABOUT THE PINK SLIME. NO KNOWN CURE AVAILABLE AT THIS TIME.">>

"There are days when I miss the solitude of space..."

"Kerny, is it really that beautiful up in space?"

"Captain Kerny, are you in a secure location?"

"He's asked me to tell you, tacos and sea-bugs make for happy travellers."

"Tell Gene, "then order the sea bugs and we'll eat the tacos when Minmus rises."

"Oh gods, what are they? Are they.... sea bugs....?"

"Kerny, I'm scared. Is it really possible that someone tried to kill me and Dr. Edmund at the same time?"

"I just want you to know there are things right now, things I cannot tell you that have been set in motion --"

"You're one of three members - well, two now since Dr. Edmund is dead - who are a part of that level - Ohoroxtotil - of Section 31--"

"Kerny, my love, there are ten of us who are Ah Cuxtal within Section 31. But there's only ever three members who are Ohoroxtotil."

Kerny, in the ideal world, myself and the other member of the Ohoroxtotil would take you to an isolated location to explain to you the orders and principles of the Section. There are things at play right now which makes it impossible for us to do so. In the history of our world, since the Fifth Great War, there have been three hundred members of Section 31 but only twenty-four members of the Ohoroxtotil. And there are only three members at one time. Your selection to serve as one is no accident.

But before I get into all of that, let me explain to you what Section 31 is and what our mission is. We are all the guardians of the Republic as described in Section 31 of the Governing Statues and Decrees. Within the original Regulations, Section 31 was assembled to protect the integrity of our government. The members of the Section came from all parts of Kerbin society and were encouraged to be a part of society. The job was simple - be exemplary citizens and be the eyes and ears of the Grand Committee.

The lower level of the Section, the Ah Cuxtal, report to one of the three members of the Ohoroxtotil. The meaning of the Ah Cuxtal, the ancient deity of our ancestors, was responsible for child birth and fertility. The early framers of Section 31 felt the first level had assigned responsibilities which they felt paralleled Ah Cuxtal. Remember your primary education, Kerny. Every primary-aged Kerman is taught this deity protects the unborn Kerman and ensures its safe passage into the world. And this is what the Ah Cuxtal do - protects the Republic for the next generation of Kermen. Over time, this role evolved into where we are now - as the guardians of the Republic. 

A few years after the founding, and in spite of what Dr. Zarkov will tell you, I was NOT there, a second level was added to Section 31 - the Ohoroxtotil. To understand our role is to remember the deity which is our namesake. The deity, Ohoroxtotil, was one of the creator gods. He is the creator of Kerbol and the deity that made the world habitable by destroying the extremely deadly scorpion platypi, which infested the surface.

Just as the deity had the power to create and destroy, so does the Ohoroxtotil. While the mission is the same, the defense and preservation of our Republic, the tools at our disposal are different. The Ah Cuxtal take orders and report directly to the members of the Ohoroxtotil. There's only one member which acts as the liaison at a time. Traditionally, the eldest member of our level is not only the regarded as the head of Section 31, but is who the lower level reports to directly. I don't remember if I told you who the other member of the Ohoroxtotil is.

Dr. Zarkov holds that title. He's been at this level for nearly thirty years; he replaced Dr. Bohr Kerman about five years after his passing. The decision was made by myself and the other member of the Ohoroxtotil, Piper Kerman, whom you replaced two years after her death. Dr. Bohr Kerman's death was expected. He was already over three hundred years old when he died. Piper's death caught us off guard - she wasn't even seventy yet... I've been a member of Section 31 for nearly a hundred years and became a member of the Ohoroxtotil about twenty years before Dr. Zarkov.

Anyhow, shortly after the founding of Section 31, it was decided that the section must operate in secrecy. So, when the Governing Statues and Decrees was updated later that year, Section 31 was rescinded but with the section number marked "reserved." This is why within the library, only the revised Governing Statues and Decrees is available to the public. When I first recruited you for Section 31, I told you that you now had access to everything you could possibly want or need for your research on the alien craft. As a member of the Ohoroxtotil, you have access to even the most secret of Grand Committee records. You'll even be able to access the secret archives which date from the times before the Fifth Great War. But there is much, much more you'll have access to. But with access comes great responsibility. 

You are now one of the decision makers for Section 31. You are an equal with myself and Dr. Zarkov. You were recommended by two members of the Ah Cuxtal, Bobak Kerman and Captain Bob Kerman. Those were pretty impressive recommendations from two Kermen Dr. Zarkov and myself hold in high regard. You were selected because of a combination of your natural curiosity, the ability to remain mission focused, and your ability to directly and indirectly influence others to share your passions. You were chosen because you are also a visionary - able to see the world as it should be. During your candidacy interviews for the Kerbalnaut program, I was amazed at how quickly you could come up with applications for theoretical technologies. Dr. Zarkov was impressed by your ability to see all sides of a problem and work out a solution which was sound and easily to implement. This is how we operate; this is who we are. When you return to Kerbin, Dr. Zarkov will meet with you and we will continue your training together. There's a bright future ahead of you, Kerny.

"As far as I know, the only other Kermen who know what I am are Maxbas, Dr. Zarkov, Gene, Bobak, and the late Dr. Edmund. No one else knows."

"He said with me being Ah Cuxtal, I had access to anyone else in Section 31 - and I was to share this with you only."

"Earlier this morning, when I was still aboard the Orbital Station Zebulan Kerman, I received a Kerman-to-Kerman priority two message from Prime Consul Katrine."

"I'm about thirty minutes into the flight to New Kerbin City. I'll contact you when I know anything else."

<<"REMAIN AT KERBIN ORBITAL POSITION AND WAIT FOR FURTHER INSTRUCTIONS">>

"Dr. Angelo, that can't be right. That's a heading of nearly east-northeast of where we are now. New Kerbin City should be to our north, not at all in that direction -- "

"Aye, sir, it definitely is. They say the passenger compartment either broke apart or sank on impact. It's hard to believe he's... he's -- gone."

@adsii1970, thank you so much for an awesome story! :D (Kept having to retype this for an hour because I would accidentally hit Command+Z and undo all my work :mad:) See you next time!

- RocketMan-Explorer

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@RocketMan-Explorer:

It has been a while since I've seen you around! Nice to have you back. Here are some slight corrections to your line of thinking:

13 minutes ago, RocketMan-Explorer said:

what does the phrase "tacos and sea-bugs make for happy travelers" (somewhere in Chapter 60-65) actually mean? I've been putting my brain to work and can think of several things - let the speculation begin!

Kermen, thanks to @Angel-125's mod, Snaks, it seems my Kermen are always hungry. Since the mod really doesn't define what the snacks are, it gives me some creative license. In some of his other mods, such as his Pathfinder mod offers a slight glimpse into Angel's mind - nearly every set of living quarters has a cheese-puff based snack. So, they love Cheetos! In one of the KIS add-ons, there are tacos... and so in my Kerbiverse, they also love tacos. And the sea-bugs was a playful idea between myself and @Just Jim. In my mind's eye, they are a type of Kerbin shrimp. But just like earth, there are a variety of shrimp. Unfortunately, like on Earth, everything gets lumped together - think of sodas... In the American South everything is a "Coke" - including Pepsi, Dr. Pepper, etc. So, when Dr. Tesla first sees them, she considers them to be sea bugs. But she will learn differently.

The pink slime is, and if you look close at it in that chapter, NOT a shrimp at all. It has tentacles (this will be VERY important). This is one of the many story lines we are going to see developed slowly over the course of many chapters. But to give you a sneak peek into how my brain works, these things are actually microscopic. And they also secrete a small amount of poison - when there is a group of these things together the poison reacts with the salty Kerbin ocean to produce -- pink slime. This is probably one of the story lines I really need to develop more. Dr. Tesla is still studying them...

35 minutes ago, RocketMan-Explorer said:

"and then we'll order sea-bugs and eat the tacos until Minmus rises

Actually, this is a play on the above phrase, "tacos and sea-bugs make for happy travelers." One of the things I have been trying to do is give the Kermen in my story a culture of their own. And this includes a few sayings. Since they love snacks, fellowship, and exploration, the phrase uses the most popular snack foods on Kerbin and is a play on the phrase we have, "eat, drink, and be merry..."  but without the part "for tomorrow we die." Think of their culture as really enjoying good company and good food. And the part about "Minmus rises" refers to an off-handed measure of time, much like the phrase in America, "party all night 'til the sun comes up."

Data packets:  These are fun and a shame we don't actually do this in our world. We do, but it is very limited if you consider an email attachment as a "data packet." A data packet is simply a bunch of various files slammed together in their version of a ZIP file, then sent out. You're one of the regular leaders so I will let you in on this - In my mind's eye, these data packets can be huge depending on what all is packed in them. So far, there's been a few television show episodes of Emiko Station, there's been video files, all-text documents, and in the next chapter - computer software upgrades - which are transmitted to the destination.

Yeah, that hitting the wrong keyboard combination gets me too. Sometimes I will do that after I've spent about two hours writing a chapter. And I have a tendency not to react too well when it happens...
 

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1 minute ago, adsii1970 said:

And the sea-bugs was a playful idea between myself and @Just Jim. In my mind's eye, they are a type of Kerbin shrimp. But just like earth, there are a variety of shrimp.

Yup. On Emiko they started with a Lobster... But Emiko also called it a "Giant Sea-bug"...

I agree. If you put a prawn in between a lobster and shrimp, you immediately will realize they're all cousins.

I would even include crawdads... they're all in the "sea-bug" family  

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Ok, folks, it is "official" We've a new binge reader! Everyone welcome @Newtie! :)

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In the middle of 70 right now. Looks like I'm almost out of chapters ;)

10 hours ago, obney kerman said:

Welcome to the forums, @Newtie!

Not new, just don't post much. Been around since 0.18 :)

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1 hour ago, Newtie said:

In the middle of 70 right now. Looks like I'm almost out of chapters ;)

Not new, just don't post much. Been around since 0.18 :)

There's a new chapter coming soon... I'm about 1/3 of the way through with screen captures.

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Ha! Thanks for the warm welcome! I just finished binge-reading (I like that term!) this whole "blog" in a little under a day (not 1 Kerbin day... 1 Earth day). Can't wait for the next chapter!

Edited by Kerballing (Got Dunked On)

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Cool. So, do you think that the Prime Consul is being controlled by an Alien brain-beam?

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5 hours ago, roboslacker said:

Cool. So, do you think that the Prime Consul is being controlled by an Alien brain-beam?

I think her behavior is the result of another bug in Wild Blue Tools.

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6 hours ago, roboslacker said:

Cool. So, do you think that the Prime Consul is being controlled by an Alien brain-beam?

Ok, nope. Not at all. I thought about not saying anything... Then, well, what would a little insight from me hurt.

We know Piper didn't finish her term as Prime Consul and the belief was she was assassinated. Now we've seen similar speculation about Dr. Edmund's death - was he a victim of an accident or sabotage? Hmmm. One could argue  there is something going on with her in a quest for power...

39 minutes ago, Angel-125 said:

I think her behavior is the result of another bug in Wild Blue Tools.

That's funny!

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Posted (edited)

Does this mean that Chapter 72 will be supplementary to find out more about the PC's background, @adsii1970? (Prime Consul, that is) This is just another fan theory, however, and should not replace any future plans you have for the series. I'm just curious.

Edited by Kerballing (Got Dunked On)
Grammar... bleh

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