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Chapter 24 - What Could Go Wrong[]


6 May 3041
Terra (ComStar)


Precentor ROM Charles Seneca read the report from his ROM agent on Inner End detailing quite a few suspicious HPG messages being sent from Inner End. While Inner End was on the far side of the Federated Suns and pretty much a back water system, the few details contained in the messages was enough to make a report to a higher authority. Precentor ROM Seneca slowly read the message copies attached to the report also noting the dates of those messages.


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Sender - Harry Caldwell
Recipient - Fairchild Dornier, CEO
Priority - High
Rate C-Bill - 720
Transmission Date - 8 February 3041
Delivery Date - 10 February

Message:

Have recovered a long-lost product of yours. Could be beneficial to your company to come have a look see. Inner End, Federated Commonwealth, reply to sender if interested and again on arrival via message board Caldwell10198
You really want to see this for yourself.

Message End


Sender - Harry Caldwell
Recipient - Bauer Enterprises, CEO
Priority - High
Rate C-Bill - 540
Transmission Date - 8 February 3041
Delivery Date - 10 February

Message:

Have recovered a long-lost product of yours. Could be beneficial to your company to come have a look see. Inner End, Federated Commonwealth, reply to sender if interested and again on arrival via message board Caldwell10198
It is worth your time to see for yourself.

Message End


Sender - Bauer Enterprises
Recipient - Harry Caldwell
Priority - Normal
Rate C-Bill - 31
Transmission Date - 11 February 3041
Delivery Date - 14 February 3041

Message:

Interested.

Message End


Sender - Fairchild Dornier
Recipient - Harry Caldwell
Priority - High
Rate C-Bill - 720
Transmission Date - 12 February 3041
Delivery Date - 14 February 3041

Message:

Will see what you have. Hope it is not a waste of our time.

Message End


Sender - Carl Heinrich Theodor Knorr
Recipient - Bauer Enterprises, CEO
Priority - Priority
Rate C-Bill - 3100
Transmission Date - 4 May 3041
Delivery Date - 5 May 3041

Message:

Not a toy. Outside of my expertise. Verified it is one of our products. Military. Need guidance. Expected cost 90 Million C-Bills.

Message End


Sender - Bauer Enterprises, CEO
Recipient - Carl Heinrich Theodor Knorr
Priority - Priority
Rate C-Bill - 3100
Transmission Date - 5 May 3041
Delivery Date - 6 May 3041

Message:

Purchase item, if it is worth it. Maybe we can produce it again.

Message End


Sender - Petra Claus
Recipient - Fairchild Dornier, CEO
Priority - Priority
Rate C-Bill - 3100
Transmission Date - 5 May 3041
Delivery Date - 6 May 3041 Expected

Message:

See item in lobby. This is much better than that. Purchased and additional items.

Message End

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Well, whatever was going on at Inner End seems to have caused quite a reaction, Precentor ROM Seneca thought to himself. He pulled up a database and typed in Bauer Enterprises. He then selected another drop down, which called up all known products ever produced. He spent 20 minutes scrolling the list until he stopped when he read.

Rapier Aerospace Fighter. Versions RPR-100, RPR-101, RPR-102. Tharkad factory shut down due to technical reasons 2917.

So, someone has probably located an old Rapier Aerospace fighter, he thought. He called up additional information on the Rapier, learning that it has a sophisticated target and tracking system originally. Only the ComGuard are known to fly Rapier containing this advanced system. This is worth looking into this Harry Caldwell person, Precentor ROM Seneca thought making a note to have the Inner End ROM team check it out.

He next called up Fairchild Dornier. Repeated the search for all known products ever produced. It took him less than a minute before his eyes spotted:

SL-25 Samurai. Obsolete Aerospace fighter. Production halted 2620
SL-26 Samurai. Terran Hegemony Aerospace fighter used by SLDF. Mizar factory complex destroyed 2774

But which one was found, he asked himself. He made another note and circled it in red for the Inner End ROM team to check out Harry Caldwell ASAP.


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