Shadowed Thoughts (Tyr)

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Earth Lagrange Point Two

January 20th. 0300 hours UTC.

While many people know of the five Lagrangian points around earth's orbit - and their role as colonial clusters - very few care about their specific designation as Lunar points. The Earth has two additional points concerning its orbit around the earth itself. The first of these points is primarily used for solar observation - being too close to the sun for any sane individual to attempt to live there. While the second point is also primarily a glorified observatory, the possibility of human life being able to sustain itself at that point exists.

And life does exist. It just doesn't stay there very long unless it can help it.

A single artificial station drifts among the satellites and debris, carefully disguised such that one might mistake it for just another satellite at a distance. But this was no mere satellite.
Orbital Habitat - "Tailwind"

STATUS REPORT:
Station operating at full capacity.
Life support - 99.5%
Power - Charging, currently at 70%
Current Messages - 3
There has been 1 resupply since your last visit.

Welcome home, operatives.
Liana pushed the message away with a sigh. Their last operation had been successful, but it left her feeling... unfulfilled. All they'd done was sabotage the chance of a colonial victory against those monsters - and without being able to find the time to assist on their own merits. She kept telling herself that their machines would have been little more than dead weight as they are.

The hard part was forcing herself to believe that.

"Laura - Debriefing once we're docked. We need to discuss what happened today."

While Liana's annoyance was by no means an unfamiliar sound, this time it was... different. She wasn't mad at a prank or some other unforeseen circumstance. It almost seemed like she was annoyed at herself for some reason.
 
Aug 25, 2018
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Laura had pestered Liana about being willing to sell her for most of the journey, but had fallen silent some time before they reached their base. "Sure thing Merchant." Laura quipped, though she too sounded different than usual. It wasn't often that she sounded weary or anything other than the cheerful demeanor she usually had, but now she sounded weary, as if thoroughly tired of something.

What that something was was anyone's guess.

After landing, Laura briefly visited her room to grab a pen as well as a notebook to doodle to. After a brief consideration she also grabbed a bag of gummy bears before heading to the room where Liana liked to have her debriefings at.
 
Aug 4, 2018
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Liana had claimed the common room for her 'Debriefing', activating a projector in the center of the table. By the time Laura returned she was in the middle of reconfiguring it to show both their machines in their damaged states, barely acknowledging her until she was finished. She'd wave the fox over to one of the seats, still standing as she cleared her throat.

"Okay... I'm going to start with the good. Mission complete, we're both alive, and all three targets were eliminated." Her tone was.. devoid of emotion, but not in her usual boring fashion. She was just going through the motions, repeating an almost rehearsed speech while her mind was busy elsewhere.

The Circle was a threat. Prometheus didn't want the circle to get a foothold. The Circle must be destroyed, with all collaborators.

But was that... really the highest priority? Were they really doing this the right way?

"We've taken heavy damage. My plating is easy to fix, and our superiors have promised to supply us with the exotic materials the protector requires. But.. But.. but..." Liana paused mid sentence, repeating herself a few times as she tried to remember what she was going to say.

Endless war without loss of life. But all we did today was kill people and stop others from saving lives.

"...But it's going to take some time for everything to be fixed. Debriefing over." She slumped down on the seat with a sigh, disabling the projector with a wave of her hand.

"That's all going on the record - anything else we discuss today isn't. So I'm going to ask you a question, and I want a serious answer." Liana wasn't suppressing anything any more. She sounded confused now.. almost sad.

"Do you think we did the right thing today?"
 
Aug 25, 2018
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Laura snorted at Liana's question. "From an idealistic, theoretical standpoint nothing that we do is the 'right thing' Liana." Her doodling had stopped for a moment as Liana demanded seriousness, but they resumed their work soon after, the pause only lasting long enough for Laura to throw a gummy bear aimed right at Liana's mouth.

"But even not accounting for such silly foolishness I see absolutely nothing that would justify what we did today!" Laura declared brightly with a wide smile. "It certainly doesn't bring Shadow Mirror any closer to its ultimate goal, for that it would've been far better to aid the Colony under siege by the Lamalice. They've been left to die by the Directory so turning the Colonist against Earth would not be difficult. But at the same time it doesn't even meaningfully deny the boogeymen Prometheus fears so much."

Her hands paused again, but this time Laura calmly put them down to the table, staring Liana straight to the eyes. "No matter how you slice it Prometheus fucked up big time."

Challenging her to refute her point.
 
Aug 4, 2018
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Liana went to bat the flying object away until she realised exactly what it was, grabbing it with her left hand and frowning at Laura. "Can you... please stop fooling around. I'm trying to have a serious discussion."

Her frown only grew as Laura went on. She agreed with parts of it, but at the same time...

This can't have been something Prometheus was behind. It goes against his ideals as I know them.

"You cannot lay the blame on Pro- on a single individual for this operation. Someone fucked up. I don't know who - that spymaster always seemed shifty - but the point remains - blowing up aliens is a waste of our time and in this case a waste of human lives. But..." She trailed off, not willing to speak the rest of the sentence out loud.

But what if I'm simplying imposing my ideals onto an impression of him?

"I'll look into it. See if I can figure out who was behind this, and make my own opinions on the subject clear. Maybe it's time to shift our own operations as well - move away from causing chaos, see if we can snatch something useful instead." Liana amost seemed to be talking to herself at the end, putting the sweet into her mouth and chewing idly while she waited for Laura to shoot back with some new and exciting mockery.
 
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"I am entirely serious about my fooling around." Laura assured Liana.

Her amusement didn't last long as Liana went on with her rebuttals - apparently completely blind to her hypocrisy. By the end Laura's ears were drooping as she looked at Liana with a mixture of pity, sorrow and even scorn.

"You are such a sad existence." Laura declared flatly. "Are you truly so blind that you do not even see the immediate hypocrisy you turned to? You claim you can't blame one person for that mess of a operation and then proceed to do the very thing to avoid criticizing our dear leader." Laura pointed a finger at Liana.

A finger Liana had seen carve on man's face like knife through butter. It was not a very friendly gesture. "I was Shadow Mirror's enemy once, and am now on its payroll. I've noticed that most of you can actually be bearable, not at all different from people you might find elsewhere. Not you though. You worship Prometheus like some sort of a god. Even to me it is obvious that that is not normal. Your leader is not infallible, Sheep. No one is. I'd like my gummy bear back."
 
Aug 4, 2018
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Liana glared for a moment, then spat out a small gooey pile of sugar and jelly directly at the Foxgirl. "There." Sure, it was a childish response. But wrangling her partner seemed to be more akin to babysitting half the time as it was.

"You know my history already, but I'll spell it out for you. My own people cast me away, left me for dead - or worse - and yet Prometheus and his group took me in. I wasn't tossed aside, or used as bait, or sacrificed for some tactical advantage. They simply talked to me. Call it resocialising, call it propaganda, call it whatever the fuck you want - but that is where my beliefs were shaped! You keep going on about how I don't think for myself, but what other bullshit thought process would you have me attach myself to? Your home is gone. Even if I wanted to follow whatever their structures were we don't have enough records."

She was standing now, shouting across the table at Laura.

"And yet whenever we disagree you claim I'm wrong because my thoughts aren't my own - because I worship Prometheus. You're wrong. I follow him because he puts those beliefs into practice. I do not follow him because of who he is - I follow him because of what he does - and the ideals we share. But if it turns out we don't?" Liana paused for a moment, realising just how far across the table she'd gotten and sitting herself back down with a sharp breath.

"Then both our places within Shadow-Mirror will need to be reconsidered." Liana had a dark look on her face as she finished speaking and wiped her mouth - as if she was already pondering murder.