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#RuinsOfRakhana – September 23, 2016
The ship's ramp leads to a rectangular cargo hold, fairly large considering the small size of the ship overall. There is a door in the opposite wall which stands open, thick cables running out from the room beyond to power the water purifier. Metal stairs lead up to a walkway with another door. Mahmoud shows Renala inside and then points at a pile of electronics and metal rods in a corner of the cargo bay, next to some haphazardly
Jason sets Namira down in the cargo hold, making sure to lay her out of the way. "You just relax and I'm sure Renala will have that equipment working in no time, alright?" he offers with a comforting, if tired smile. "We'll be out of here in no time. You're doing great." He sets down her water canteen beside her as he gives a glance back to Mahmoud and Renala before patting Namira on the shoulder, "They're already getting to it.
Namira offers a faint smile and an inaudible whisper, closing her eyes and enjoying being back in the shadow again.
Renala need barely an explanation after his gesture before she makes her way over to the antenna. The technical challenge would be enough to motivate her, but as time goes on, she keeps worrying about Steve and the others. Of course, she'd be hard pressed to admit that it does resemble her daughter's worries for her. "I won't sleep until that thing is operating," she says to Mahmoud before turning her attention to Jason.
Jake shakes his head. "Nah, she's real. I mean, I think so anyway... I mean, she's not really friendly enough to be imaginary..." he trails off and takes another swig of water. "Man, is it nice to see some friendly faces. The locals are real assholes." He glances at Seriah. "Uh, no offence." says, quickly adding: "Don't shoot me." before taking a step away from the drell.
Seriah rolls her eyes at the strange alien and heads over to the planters, running a hand through the branches of a shrub with a small smile.
Korio appears in the doorway with the case in hand, a small smile crossing his lips as he hears Renala's request. "No need. I was not about to simply remain out there and wait for something to do." he says as he approaches the asari and sets the case down beside her. "I am not familiar with such devices, so I will probably not be of much use. But should you need another set of hands for anything, you need only ask." he continues,
Jason stands up and turns to Renala, nodding just before his response is deemed unnecessary and Korio arrives without prompting. "Do what you can, Renala, that antenna is our ticket off this world. But don't overwork yourself. We were out in that sun a long time. If you need a break, you take one." he says, "I'll get the rest of our shit out of the sun." Now that everything has slowed down and he's no longer worrying about
wandering aimlessly, the feeling in the pit of his stomach worsens. Still no contact from the others. That can't be good. They could be anywhere. If something had happened, they'd have no way of knowing without those comms up.
Mahmoud looks at Renala and Korio. "What's the plan with the antenna? You guys have a ship in orbit?"
Jessica sighs and nods. "This entire planet sucks." she frowns in response. "We run into drell out there. A drell by the name of Kell-..." she trails off momentarily as she realizes his name rhymes. "The drell, Kell. Kell the drell." Yep, rhymes. She rolls her eyes and shakes her head dismissively, "Had a whole colony of people, I guess. But he would not help us." A sudden, uncontrollable yawn begins to escape her, causing a pain
to shoot through her side. She brings a hand to her mouth as she wrestles with it, "I just want to go home..." she mutters, and it comes as a surprise to herself just how much she misses Aite. A place she dreamed of getting away from her entire life.
Jake takes a seat by the fire, looking over to Jessica. "Oh man, you ran in to those guys? They're freaking crazy. They killed a lot of us the first month. Assholes."
Renala smiles to the drell as she starts picking up the antenna parts to lay it out on the floor to assess what they have, what's broken and what they need. While her specialization is software and to some extent firmware, she has learned how it works on the bare metal level in order to perform repairs as well as understand what happens as input and output travel up and down the layers. "I sure hope so," she says. "We've been
stuck out here for a few days now without contact." Although, the hanar probably didn't get within comms range either before he perished, so there was reason to still hope. She looks up at Korio, and shakes her head. "I think I'll be fine," she says. "You can help me arrange the pieces on the floor, though."
Korio offers Renala a bow of his head as he lowers to a knee and begins removing the parts from the case and setting them aside. "There was a ship waiting for our return. But it has been a couple days since we were supposed to be back." he chimes in to Mahmoud, "Our hope is that it has not abandoned us. However, it seems our boss believes that the Agency we work for would send rescue if they have not heard from us when they should.
For now, I think he would just be pleased if we could contact the rest of our team that are scattered here."
Jessica's frown deepens. "Some of our people went to attempt trading with them. We lost contact with them a few hours ago." she sighs. "Are probably dead, yes?" she asks, feeling less good about the idea of Nathan rotting somewhere than she had assumed she would. Which just serves to further frustrate her.
Mahmoud furrows his eyebrows. "You had a hanar with you? You were here legally, then?" he says, crossing his arms.
Renala snorts. "For as long as that lasted," she says. "The asari over there was shot by one of his personal guards when it was clear he wasn't keeping the prothean artifact." Doesn't hurt to be honest while it shows them in a favorable light. Though, considering the Eclipse's less scrupolous reputation, they might have just admitted to being unreliable mercenaries. She places the last piece on the floor and begins moving a few
Korio gives a nod to Renala's retelling. "We were assigned to protect the hanar. He and his guards turned on us and left us for dead." he chips in as he continues to lay the parts out neatly in a row to make it easy for Renala to identify each of them at a moment's glance, "I will not ask why you are here. It does not seem particularly relevant given our present circumstances. Rakhana has left us all as equals and it is my hope
that we will leave as such." he offers, trying to let it be known that he doesn't care why the Eclipse were here, they're all in it together now.
Jason approaches one of the stretchers just in time to catch the tail of Jake and Jessica's exchange. "Cut that shit off, Jess. They're going to be fine." he snaps at her as he crouches down to lift the water tank and a bag from the stretcher. "Now isn't the time to dwell on that anyway. Renala will have the communication equipment working before long and we'll get them back here." he continues, offering Jake an apologetic glance
Jessica looks to Jason, then to Jake before giving a shrug. "Definitely dead." she sighs as Jason leaves earshot.
Mahmoud studies Korio for a moment before nodding. "This ship of yours, they gonna feel the same way?"
Jake glances at Jason and then turns back to Jessica as he departs again. "So I'm guessing he's the boss, huh?"
Renala sighs. She wasn't sure how they'd feel about them with the hanar dead, let alone these Eclipse mercenaries. "We'll convince them," she says. "You might have been the best thing to happen to us out here, so we owe you that much." She sits down on the crate and starts looking out across the neatly arranged parts. "Thank you, Ara," she says before her attention returns to Mahmoud once again. "Did she leave any notes
behind?" she asks, "because that could save me an hour or two." Not that she thought so, because she has found herself getting lazy with documentation herself due to her usually being the only client of her own work, but it was worth a shot.
Jessica gives Jake a nod. "Mmm. Is that obvious?" she snickers. "He is okay. Usually." she shrugs, "A little stupid. But okay."
Korio simply nods with Renala, believing she put it about as well as he could have. Now isn't the time to worry about such things anyway. There's no telling if the hanar ship is even on Rakhana anymore, after all.
Renala sighs. "Very well," she says. "That'd be all for now." She stands up and walks over to the largest piece of the antenna and picks it up. "I'll come to you if I need anything." Now she needed to focus, regardless of how helpful the distractions might be. She enjoyed being in the zone, alone with her work, where nothing else mattered. And she's very used to working alone after the year on Aite.