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Postby Fates End » Fri Nov 17, 2017 4:33 pm

((With that, I think maybe it's time for a scene break? If there are no objections. Here goes.

For Reference, this is taking place at roughly the time of the Tribunal))


"Let me out." December was standing in the center of the barracks unit, glaring furiously at her Watchmaster, helmet and mask held under one arm, lasgun slung over her shoulder. "Damn it, Ash. I should testify."

Her Watchmaster blocked her path to the closed barracks door, a trio of other Grenadiers backing him up. Their masks still on, the only sound from any of them a soft "schk" as they drew steady, unworried breaths through their masks.

December paid no attention to the others, however. Focusing all of her anger, her fury onto the Watchmaster. "What they're doing is wrong!" She practically shouted. Wiling the Watchmaster to understand. He had to understand. "One shot up civilian targets. Another assaulted a friendly pers--a friendly unit. They need to know what they did was wrong!" Her eyes were almost pleading with the Watchmaster, begging him.

Finally, the Watchmaster moved from his statue-like position. Gloved hands rising and undoing the straps that secured his helmet and mask, lifting them off and away. Taking the impersonal, faceless Krieger out of the equation and replacing it with perhaps her oldest friend. "It won't help." He replied simply. "This regiment already decided what would happen to both of those units. You speaking out will do nothing but get us labeled defective as well."

That lone, measured response seemed to deflate the Medicae. He always seemed to have the right answer, and sometimes she hated him for it. "But---"

Ash shook his head. "They are not we. We are not they. And they will consider us defective. Which reduces our ability to do our duty." He paused, seeming to consider something. "They speak in units, we speak in men. Do you understand? They act like servitors, no thought of their own, at times. We--we did too. But now we don't. Defective or not, the Inquisitor decreed us servicable. And so we are."

December closed her eyes, nodding slowly. His logic was child-like at times. But she wouldn't take that away from him. She couldn't. "So they send her to die, and the other one? The one just following orders?"

To that, the Watchmaster had no specific answer. Though he did move out of her way. Giving her access to the door leading out of the barracks. And knowing she wouldn't take it.
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Postby Fates End » Wed Jan 31, 2018 2:49 am

(Ahem. I seem to have murdered the thread. Thus, tiiiiiiiimeskip))

Medicae Dryden stared at the briefly scribbled note in her hands with some incredulity. A newly inducted member of the Death Korp needed a physical. And she had been indicated as the medicae to perform it. One of her fellows from the former 19th had dropped off the scribble, given to him by their Watchmaster.

She glanced at the smudged numbers in the corner and realized that she was supposed to perform the physical within the next few minutes. And that her Watchmaster had already sent notice to the trooper, letting the man know where to go. The barracks of the former 19th had several small adjacent rooms and closets for supplies, one of which she'd taken over as an ad-hoc medical station of sorts.

December glanced around the main barracks room, noting that three others of her group were there. One sleeping, one cleaning his weapon, and the third carefully chiseling away at the far wall. Working his knife carefully, with obsessive detail as he chiseled a minuscule name into the wall. After their time here, the barracks walls were covered in hundreds, maybe thousands of names. But there was still space. And so they kept chiseling.

She spared a moment to stare morosely at the soldier and his bladework. But could give no further time to think on the past. "9890," She called out to the one cleaning his lasgun. "A new trooper will be coming to the barracks room for a physical. Send him into my closet when he comes."

The other Krieger nodded once, but otherwise stayed immobile even as the Medicae turned and headed into her tiny room. Checking to make sure she had her gear in something resembling order. Hopefully this would be quick.
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Postby TheExpendableGuard » Thu Feb 01, 2018 11:30 am

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Postby Fates End » Sat Feb 03, 2018 2:33 am

December popped the door open and glanced out at the shorter man, tilting her head quizzically. She wasn't used to being taller than her fellows. Most Kriegers towered over her. This one though---

If he had been expecting a stereotypical Krieger, then perhaps he would be surprised. At the moment, in the safety of her home barracks. December had shed the gasmask and helmet she normally wore. Her tired features were a good match for her regiment, but her darker complexion was at odds with most of those born on Krieg.

"Unit----#224." She stated, tasting the name thoughtfully before nodding. "You need a physical, and apparently Captain Wyss brought up my name." She paused, brown eyes gazing thoughtfully to the man. "Is #224 the name you were born with? You don't sound like a typical soldier of the Death Korps." There was no accusation in the question, though little regard for decorum either. She of all people knew the need for secrecy of a sort, even in the Korps. But his hesitation with the numbered designation gave hint as to "why" Captain Wyss had wanted her involved.

Though if the Captain thought she could give a non-Native Krieger any sort of advice on how to "blend in", she suspected he was sorely mistaken.

A moment later she backed up and waved her hand, indicating he could come into the small closet-like space. Against one wall was a meager cot, a table next to it with some few medical necessities and a sheaf of greasy paper that appeared to have been salvaged from a garbage heap somewhere.
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Postby TheExpendableGuard » Mon Feb 05, 2018 10:58 pm

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Postby Fates End » Tue Feb 06, 2018 11:39 pm

He seemed ---perhaps uncomfortable? But then, a transplant into a Krieger regiment was likely in for a rough time. So for the moment she chalked it up to his being in a new, dangerous situation and left it at that. "You've already had a true physical when you first joined the Astra Militarum, yes?" She questioned, though in full honesty she expected the answer to be yes. Even she, drafted into her regiment straight from civilian life, had experienced an extremely thorough physical examination by the Quartermaster.

Without giving particular room for him to respond, she continued. "If so, then this is a basic reevaluation of your current state, and will be fairly simple, and quick." She nodded towards the small cot. "Please take a seat."
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Postby TheExpendableGuard » Mon Feb 26, 2018 11:07 am

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Postby Johannes Wyss von Krieg » Mon Feb 26, 2018 11:49 am



Somewhere else in the base Complex, Hauptmann Unit #9453/1-101 calmly strode through the claustrophobic corridors with practised ease. Ignored by the personnel of the 554th save for a few checkpoints, he spared them the agony and did not ask for directions as it may cause them the pain of acknowledging his existence, and even imply that the Hauptmann was unfamiliar with the Base Layout -which for the record he is.
Though this meeting was Prearranged and planned, its outcome could not be foreseen in its entirety, as a very alien thing for this place had to be taken into account: The Human Element; base unpredictability and uncertainty rooted in those humans whose characters were not fully understood to make an educated guess to their driving motives. The Human Element is just a very complicated mechanism, it has a pattern; just that it is different from individual to individual requiring repeated studies. Unfortunately, #1-101 studied officers outside the Regiment which left him knowing only the bare bones on the character of his next partner in conversation.

And only one person in this entire base could fit this description as truly 'Human': Regimental Commissar Wittmann. It is a basic understanding that Death Korps Commissariat is rarely about discipline, more of a guidance regarding interaction with non-Kriegers and Strategic Goals like not dying for example.

Standing right outside the Commissar's Office, the Hauptmann knocked on the door 2 times "Unit #9453/1-101 requesting entry."

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Postby Johannes Wyss von Krieg » Tue Feb 27, 2018 6:09 am

Entering Wittman's Office, bearing a file neatly tucked under his armpit, Unit #1-101 took in the surroundings with no comment or emote other than searching for and identifying the Regimental Commissar.

"No need, herr Kommissar. You need it more to maintain current efficiency." The voice behind the respirator said while the body stepped closed to the seat, but remained standing. "Prior to initating conversation, this Unit must know the preferrable speech pattern to address Commissar Unit with: Standard or Human-like?"

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Postby Johannes Wyss von Krieg » Wed Feb 28, 2018 10:15 am

#1-101 regarded the Commissars desision with a silent nod. When when the Commissar went to his seat the Hauptmann remained standing as it wille easier to do the actions he is about to do.

Firstly, he placed the file on the desk, it bore the twin numbers of the Subject of the conversation.
Then, he removed the respirator with a hiss of depressurizing air that was tied around the neck, finally #1-101 doffed the helmet which was tied to the belt on a small hook, fully revealing his face. They are about to review papers and are on base, the meeting is estimated to be long so the optimal conditions had to be arranged.
"Negative and not yet."
Now seated, the Hauptmann Unit opened the file brought with him and stopped on a freshly inserted paper -handing him over to the Commissar. "The Unit Possesses a physical phenomenon regarding a change between two eye colours. One change confirmed by Hospitallier Valentine during the medicae Incident right before he shot her, second during the Tribunal also confirmed by the Hospitallier and personally witnessed by me. My theory is that the Eye change and behaviour are linked, possibly stemming from a Physical Mutation. I would want to launch an investigation outside of the 554th's knowladge: if the investigation will point that the Unit was defective right from the start, they may condemn the entire 606th Krieg as Defective based on this single case."

The given page, titled "Eye-Behaviour Mutation Investigation" backed these words and added information such as 'General Theory: Mutation, Possible Origins: Faulty Genetic Clerance on Krieg, Incident during Redacted Information, Present Mutagen on-base.'
And 'Observation Personnel: 9453/554 Company, Hospitallier Valentine, Confesssor von Smith (uncontacted yet)'

It appears to be a report of the investigation's ongoing proccess stopping at 'Contact 554th Reg. Cmsr. Whitmann - Clerance and Protection.'

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Postby Johannes Wyss von Krieg » Thu Mar 01, 2018 5:20 am

#1-101 was silent throughout the Commissar's little speech, it is improper to interrupt one's superiors after all. Even if these words are already embedded into his very being and their repeating is a waste of air.

Finally he replied. With an even and calm tone, explaining where in the communication and reasoning did the Commissar not understand him. A tiny eyebrow move here and there with addition of slower pronunciation on certain points as anchors to logical conclusion, selling the 'Human-Like' Speech pattern as a perfectly viable imitation of normal behaviour -if slightly cold and dispassionate with leaning on the logical side.

"The Report is an unfinished draft and should have been worded better."
"There is a Suspicion the unit is a Mutant -requiring further Observation -requiring Clearance from you to proceed. The Investigation effort requires Protection from the 554th regiment in a case should they decide to take a rash action. It is still within the bounds of a Theory; there is not enough data to confirm. I fully concur with your stance on Mutation, that much is certain, but Purging the Unit on these small grounds will not give an answer to the origin of the Phenomenon and if the unit was not a mutant then it's a waste of manpower we don't have."


He Continued "Our Quartermaster, #50-105, went through the Unit's Medical Records upon assignment to the company, and I went through his personal file we have on base. In both there are apparent meddling and redactions, not even a hint of tangible data. We can submit our notes on the matter to ease Kessler's Work. These are the grounds we work with, at least until connection with the 707th can be established, which is highly unlikely."
He browsed through the File's other Papers for emphasis, showing entire pages black with Redaction Marker and Inquisitorial Seals, sometimes from different Ordos.

"Finally, the Unit in question is under the process of re-training and re-evaluation by the company to ensure integration and therefore -closely observed. I have taken this responsibility upon me, even if unknowingly -I intend to carry it, without straining the Regiment's Resources any further, but now it is up to you, as the superior officer to decide."

He did not protest over the observation on other Guardsmen, probably in agreement.

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Postby Johannes Wyss von Krieg » Sun Mar 11, 2018 3:44 am

Finger Steeple was a hand gesture meant to convey Strength and Security, Often used for asserting dominance over other units, especially between Superiors and their subordinates. There is also the Fake Steeple of course, that is used to fool the user's own brain and create a sense of confidence in the first place.
Either way, Cmsr. Wittman is indeed the superior of Unit #1-101, it makes sense for him to use one gesture or the other as either he does know what he's speaking about or is at loss and wants to. It is the 2nd time he does it during this conversation.
#1-101 Mirrored the gesture with a subtle steeple of his own, clenching one hand and gripping it with the other. Both elbows rested on the armrests of his chair.

And Yes, Refusing to reinforce Regiments is borderline silly to the Krieger, but there was no answer to his inquiry only more questions that needed to be solved.

"The Last records state the regiment' remnants were a squad-sized force, they are all either MIA or KIA. I suspect if they are be found they will be sent into the company under my command similar to their leader. This Conundrum can be an opportunity to experiment with very close integration between Krieg and non-Krieg Units.
If we take the distance of other Guard Regiments from the Planet, the current reduced state of present forces -and The Administratum's Inefficiencies into consideration, then the Remnants' chances here to be merged into a single fighting force are almost guaranteed, regardless of the campaign outcome.
I am Uncertain if this will be applied to the 554th but the chance exists and so it is better to learn some lessons from this mistake and compose a plan to deal with wider scale integration should it occur."
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