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Camille Arca

"I didn't exactly choose to be a hero but--"

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a character in “Black Fang”, as played by SkyCladSaya06

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Name || Camille Arca

Role || Black Fang Pilot, Mechanic

Callsign || Crow-04

Gender || Female

Physical Appearance || A young woman with light blue hair and turquoise eyes, Camille stands at 5'6" and weighs a little over 120 lbs.

Personality Traits || Rather energetic and outgoing, Camille is quite friendly to her colleagues and is quite known to be a rather relaxed girl outside of battle. While not exactly the best of the bunch, Camille more than makes up for her average skills with diligence and willingness to learn along with the tendency to take unorthodox approaches.

Personal History || Camille grew up in a rough and impoverished community, finding some semblance of an occupation as a mechanic and courier in a nearby military base. Camille first demonstrated her affinity for piloting during a sudden MASS outbreak near the area. As the front-line forces were overrun, non-combatants like mechanics were forced to take up arms and fight alongside the soldiers in a vain effort to defend the base. Although the base fell, Camille was able to evacuate along with other survivors.

Currently stationed in the mobile fortress "Haven" and assigned a scouting and reconnaissance role.

Equipment:
Black Fang Scout Attire || Camille's primary uniform and the garb she's usually seen in. It is colored a light blue with a few yellow highlights and accents.

H&K PSG-1 Sniper Rifle || Camille possesses the whole kit which includes its scope, bipod, tripod and spare magazines.

Toolbox || For when she has to tend to her mechanic duties. Contains a wide array of useful tools.


Credit to: Senzi for the FC.

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So begins...

Camille Arca's Story

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Character Portrait: Renzam Aubrey Character Portrait: Avery Hall Character Portrait: Camille Arca Character Portrait: Rhys Hudson

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The Gobi desert...certainly not a place one would expect tons of debris littered about. Judging from the stories she heard and the picture books she read growing up, Camille had always envisioned the desert as a wide and clear place where one can see the sky in all its full glory. Now a shadow of its former self, its charm had long faded and Camille soon felt that the place was more trouble than its worth.

"Well, at least the sky's still there." She sighed as she went back to tending to her trusted machine, the "Corvidae". As she tightened various bolts and screws, she wondered how the machine got its name. She recalled it being some kind of bird of sorts but with over half the biodiversity gone, it was rather difficult to recall which one.

She can overhear some of the other mechanics mumbling down below. One girl in particular seemed rather displeased with the hardware they've brought aboard Haven. Even went as far as to call it a "walking war museum". In a way though, she was right.

"At least we've still got manuals...Wouldn't know what to do otherwise." Camille mutters to herself as she finishes with the adjustments on her end and shoving her machine's reference manual back in the cockpit. And as if on cue, she heard a slight beep come from her personal terminal, notifying her that their Captain wanted to see them. Having received the message, she locks the cockpit and jumped down from the plane, taking her terminal with her. As much as she wanted to grab a quick lunch after the maintenance check, orders are orders and she wouldn't want to leave any bad impressions on the get-go.

Along the way, she could already see three of the pilots walking ahead. Seeing this, she quickened her pace in order to catch up until she was almost level with them.

"Yo! Big man called you guys too?" Camille greeted, giving them her usual friendly wave. They were quite an unusual cast and it made Camille wonder who piloted which machine.

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Character Portrait: Renzam Aubrey Character Portrait: Avery Hall Character Portrait: Camille Arca Character Portrait: Rhys Hudson Character Portrait: Anna Mirnova

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What began as a small exchange between two people suddenly grew in size in a matter of seconds as another pair of Black Fang pilots joined the fray. To answer one of Avery's questions, it looked like everyone's already been informed of their meeting in the commander's office.

The first to answer was not Renzam, but an older man that had just left the shade of his tent. Rhys, was it? He was a rugged, not so bad looking fellow himself, though perhaps she would've preferred a shoulder to lean on rather than a compliment. "Thanks, I can feel my stomachache going away already," Avery jokingly assured him as Camille joined in from the other side. Man, I'm glad everybody's been pretty friendly so far. Well, almost everybody. Anna doesn't really look like she's interested in making friends just yet, which is kind of a bummer - where is she, anyway? I don't think I've seen her around.

In any case, she returned Camille's wave with something resembling a smile. "Yeah, we were. . . we were just heading over." Avery stumbled a little bit as she walked, holding a hand close to her mouth in case she felt something come up again. Needless to say, she wasn't looking forward to spending another round dry heaving over the trash can, much less vomiting on her future teammates. Not a great first impression, but you've at least got to minimize your losses.

"Next time, I think I'm gonna ask what's in the soup. . ." she groaned, sniffling loudly.

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Character Portrait: Renzam Aubrey Character Portrait: Avery Hall Character Portrait: Camille Arca Character Portrait: Rhys Hudson Character Portrait: Anna Mirnova

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The young man, Renzam Aubrey, stared, frozen in place with bugged out eyes, as Avery vomited into the trash can. Rather... loudly, at that. He quietly looked between the bowl in his hand. Then to the messy blonde. And back to the bowl. And now I've lost my appetite. Wonderful.

Renzam grabbed a plastic lid from his pants pocket, and used it to seal his bowl of questionable yellow soup. Soup looked like ass anyways.Then, he slowly walked towards her, replying to her greeting with a nod. Before he could answer, though, another came to greet them. An older fellow than either of them, with a goatee styled almost like two cartoon cat heads. Rhys Hudson.

"Yo. Old Man," Renzam greeted him back, teasing him slightly with that nickname. Old Man. He wasn't THAT much older, of course. If he shaved his facial hair, the three might be able to pass off as cohorts. "Ready and eager," he added, his voice deadpan, but not insincere.

As they walked a few paces forward, Renzam spotted a petite figure with long waving at them. Camille Arca. With her long, bright blue hair, they'd be able to pick her out from miles away. Sunny as always. "Yeah, guess it's time for the big speech," Renzam replied.

When Avery stumbled again, an alarmed Renzam moved closer and instinctively grabbed her by the shoulders, then pulled her close, leaning her against him.

"O-oy! Careful...!"

Renzam's brows furrowed in concern. He then asked her, "You want some water?", before reaching into his pocket to pull out a mini canteen, which he held out.

A bead of sweat trickled down his temple. "J-Just don't vomit all over my new shirt. Please," he asked sheepishly.

Renzam glanced away, spotting the tall, dark, and aloof figure of Anna Mirnova strutting away. She did not look much better than Avery. Though far less approachable.

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Character Portrait: Renzam Aubrey Character Portrait: Avery Hall Character Portrait: Camille Arca Character Portrait: Rhys Hudson

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Rhys chuckled at his new nickname, Old Man? Hopefully that was not going to be his new call sign. "Good to hear Spike-O. Always good to have that energy in the morning." He replied before turning to another voice.

The voice belonged to a young woman, and a good looking one at that. He had no idea who she was since he was more aquantued with his fellow squad mates. Perhaps he should interact with more people instead of hitting the bar... "Well, good morning good looking! Names Rhys, pleasure to meet you." Rhys smiled and gave a two finger salute in her direction. However it appeared that she was indeed another pilot, Probaly also heading to the meeting.

"Let's take the show on the road, don't want the commander to get on our case in case we are late. I mean if we are...Lunch is on me. Don't use that as an excuse to late though. The commander will probaly scold us. The others not here must be on their way so we will bump into them. So, anyone with me?"

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Character Portrait: Renzam Aubrey Character Portrait: Avery Hall Character Portrait: Minerva Petra Character Portrait: Camille Arca Character Portrait: Tsubaki Horizon Character Portrait: Rhys Hudson Character Portrait: Dix Neuf Character Portrait: Raiza Amsel Character Portrait: Anna Mirnova

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Commander Neuf remained smiling, without a tense nerve in his face, at the sight of Anna's cold, hard glare. He grabbed the chair he previously tucked away by the wall, dragged it in front of the bathtub, and proceeded to slouch atop it, his long, olive coat cape draped over like a heavy curtain.

"If it bugs you so much," the Commander spoke, staying utterly calm. "I could send you off back to the Russian branch with a formal letter. You can stop whining about the desert, and we'd all save money on vodka and bath water."

Eventually, the rest of the team filed in, from the tallest to shortest. Rhys Hudson, Renzam Aubrey, Camille Arca, and Avery Hall.

The Commander looked at each briefly, then sat himself up properly. "And we're all here. Ahem."

"As Base Commander of this fine and fortuitous fortress, I, Dix Neuf, formally welcome all seven of you as members of Haven's Silhouette Defense Force." His words were official, fitting of an authoritative figure, but his tone was calm. Lax. Almost flippant, in a way.

Renzam glanced left and right, scanning the rest of his teammates. The white haired woman, in particular, caught his attention. Minerva Petra. She was there when his brother was killed in action. She was there when a lot of people were killed in action. Time, and time again. Renzam's hands balled into fists, but he quickly looked away once he realized he was staring, and focused back on Dix Neuf's speech.

With one eye closed, the Commander continued his speech, "Some of you have tasted true battles in the past. Others have engaged in mere simulations. It matters not."

"We're all part of a team now, and with our strengths, we will cover each other's weaknesses."

Dix Neuf sighed and stirred in his seat.

"After so many months, the construction of Haven will reach its end at around 1900 hours tonight. We will then open our gates, and proceed with the boarding of over 23,000 men, women, and children alike."

Renzam's entire body froze. His mouth quickly blurted out what was in his mind, "All seven of us are responsible for THAT many people?"

The Commander kept his everpresent smile. "Oh, you won't be alone. The ground vehicle and air support divisions will help you. Your Silhouettes' firepower will be our trump cards, but our less advanced jeeps, tanks, and fighter jets in the secondary hangar will perform secondary and tertiary tasks."

Dix Neuf paused, letting the information sink in, before continuing his speech, "We'll try and make sure the boarding process is as quick, painless, and organized as we could. This is a crucial operation, so I will need ALL of you to sortie in your Silhouettes, and watch our bow, stern, port, and starboard alike."

The Commander leaned back in his chair and snapped his fingers.

"Now. Tsubaki? You here?"

A monitor on Dix Neuf office table flickered to life, displaying the red haired Operator's calmly smiling face.

"Yes, Commander, I'm-"

A pause. The Operator glanced down from her position to see Dix Neuf's rose-scented bathtub. She quickly directed her eyes back to the Silhouette Defense team, and cleared her throat.

"I-I'm here."

They could see the girl wordlessly sigh at the Commander's impractical use of his water rations. Dix Neuf, of course, remained nonchalant. He looked up to the group, and asked, "Before we proceed with our review of MASS knowledge, I have a question."

The Commander paused again, taking his time to make eye contact with each of them, his expression far more serious than before.

"This team is going to need a field leader. Any volunteers?"

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Character Portrait: Renzam Aubrey Character Portrait: Avery Hall Character Portrait: Minerva Petra Character Portrait: Camille Arca Character Portrait: Tsubaki Horizon Character Portrait: Rhys Hudson Character Portrait: Dix Neuf Character Portrait: Raiza Amsel Character Portrait: Anna Mirnova

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As Rhys entered the commanders office, the most eye catching sight of the room was the commander himself. Slouching over a chair while still inside a bathtub. Being a commander sure had its perks, a nice bathtub. Where can he sign up to be a commander? He chuckled at his thoughts but stood at attention, a little bit casually.

His eyes soon scanned the room looking at everyone that was currently in the room and boy was he surprised. Out of the seven of them here, a stunning five ladies were here, they were all pretty good looking as well. He expected perhaps a bunch of men as well but if this was the defence force, the people who would engage the nastiest threats. Then he would be glad to work along every one of them. He could only imagine if he was not her, Renzam would be the only guy here. Probaly the start of a book he once read...something about comedy and romance. The name evaded him.

Shaking away his thoughts, he listened to the commanders speech or introduction...however out of the entire speech when he mentions 23,000 people he whistled. It was up to them and everyone who had volunteered to be in the armed forces to defend every last person here. This was some big responsibility, he signed up for this occasion and make a bit of a difference. At least he would be fighting with some pretty ladies.

However before the captain could talk about the MASS he had a question for them all...who wanted to volunteer for fire team leader. Well then, he could cross himself right off that list. He was pretty casual and a thinker sure, but strategy and tactics was not his deal, or maybe it was? Maybe Renzam? If he would be like his brother one day then he would Probaly make a good leader. Or perhaps Minerva, she was a veteran and Probaly had the most battlefield knowledge.

He decided to see who actually would volunteer, fire team leader was an important role after all. If he volunteered he would have to be a team leader, he could think under some heavy pressure but in the field...An order could be fatal...yeah, not going to have that on his conscious.

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Character Portrait: Renzam Aubrey Character Portrait: Avery Hall Character Portrait: Minerva Petra Character Portrait: Camille Arca Character Portrait: Tsubaki Horizon Character Portrait: Rhys Hudson Character Portrait: Dix Neuf Character Portrait: Raiza Amsel Character Portrait: Anna Mirnova

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Minerva didn't even bat an eyelid towards Anna's outburst. She internally disputed the group's fortune that this woman was awake, but knew better than to voice such opinions aloud. Commander Neuf merely smiled as he towelled off and thankfully put his jacket on. The rest of the pilots filed in shortly after as he prepared to deliver his speech.

While listening intently to the briefing, Minerva caught someone looking at her out of the corner of her eye. She looked away when she recognised that face. Adzam's brother. Of course. She knew that she would be expected to work with him, being assigned to the same squad, but... her stomach still turned at the memory of hearing the news. That the Diesever would be refitted with a close combat loadout as per the specifications of its new pilot. To her, it was a disservice to the memory of its former occupant.

The quiet girl looked up when she heard Dix Neuf ask for volunteers to lead the squad. Minerva looked to the others assembled in the room. Many of them looked like fresh faces. Then again, such a proportion of rookies was hardly unusual among Silhouette squads. Whoever was elected to lead them, the protectors of so many human lives, would need to be competent enough to handle the task.

Minerva stepped forward, saluting smartly. "Sir. Based on my previous combat experience, I would like to nominate myself as a potential candidate for this position."

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Character Portrait: Renzam Aubrey Character Portrait: Avery Hall Character Portrait: Minerva Petra Character Portrait: Camille Arca Character Portrait: Tsubaki Horizon Character Portrait: Rhys Hudson Character Portrait: Dix Neuf Character Portrait: Raiza Amsel Character Portrait: Anna Mirnova

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Anna had stayed quiet listening. She smirked at the commander's suggestion of her going back home sure he would love it until he saw the whole Death Knight tank force go with her. But as she listened on it sunk in the gravity of it all how many lives where on the line...

The call for a field commander took her by surprise she had thought it be Dix giving the orders. She had led tanks before but this was out of her area of expertise. So she stayed quiet...

But then Minerva stepped forward... Sure she had talent and even with her earlier comments Anna would normally follow such a vet but she had heard the tales of Minerva getting her whole squad killed.

" Know you have experience Minerva but I also know how many times those under you command die...I personally wish to survive this mission and am sure everyone else in this room would as well not to mention the 23,000 Innocents we are called to protect." Anna said

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Character Portrait: Renzam Aubrey Character Portrait: Avery Hall Character Portrait: Minerva Petra Character Portrait: Camille Arca Character Portrait: Tsubaki Horizon Character Portrait: Rhys Hudson Character Portrait: Dix Neuf Character Portrait: Raiza Amsel Character Portrait: Anna Mirnova

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As the other five pilots entered, Raiza politely waved to her new comrades, each one seemed interesting to her, and she wanted to know them better. Though the conference began soon after, as Dix Neuf began speaking, welcoming the new team into Haven, while she was familiar with most of Haven, being that she'd been here a while she understood the implications and especially how much pressure was on her. Especially when the civilian count was read, over twenty-three thousand civilians, along with the crew of mechanics, information specialists, Support units, pilots, and every ounce of this soon to be living base. The pressure of that all felt immense, though not new whatsoever, Raiza's felt pressure before, and knew her strengths.

Though it was time for the briefing of the boarding process, which was to be quick and painless, with everyone covering a flank like they mean it. Though without even so much as a notion, Raiza smiled as Tsubaki came up on the screen, knowing that she was likely still aggravated by Rai's personal air show, as the mechanics were definitely just as crossed, as Raiza was being a bit of a showoff with her skills. It was only normal, and was only for showmanship that the Silhouette pilots were good at their job, giving a secure feeling to everyone, and even hope that the long war could be won. Which as far as things stand, was a pipe dream, but, a girl can dream can't she? Though her eyes glanced carefully at each pilot, as a Field Leader was asked for, and volunteers would be welcomed,

Renzam Aubrey, from a mere look at him he seemed like one of those rough-and-tumble types. Though the number shocked him, Raiza felt that he could be a good pilot from his looks, though not great leadership material.... Next was Minerva Petra, a cold, and possibly calculative person. She'd experience in combat, though led a team to their demise before, as was mentioned by others, Rai liked that she's willing to try again at the least.... After was Rhys Hudson, a calm and casual, even in danger, while he wsa the type that was simple and clean both in mech and tactics, Rai liked how he wouldn't get himself in knots... After was Anna Minrova, a cold, cunning and temperamental pilot, Raiza wasn't exactly someone she would open up to, but there's something underneath everyone, and she wanted to know... Then Camille Arca, a bright and happy person, while she had a lot to learn, there was something about her that made Rai think very fondly and positive to the girl, maybe the fact she knows her weaknesses, and is willing to learn to triumph over them.... And finally was Avery Hall, a spunky and care-free girl, she had quite the experience with the MASS, and volunteered to be the leader, even going so far as explaining her story with everyone, while most would ridicule the poor girl, Raiza smiled, and gave her a gentle rub on her back, a way to comfort someone, something a mother would do, as she looked at Dix, the Tsubaki, and striking out with her words,

"I shall volunteer as well. I feel a synergy with this team, and am willing to put my skills to aid them, and push this squad farther than they realize the can go. However, I will pay my respects to Minerva, and Avery, as I am not questioning your skills or reasons, we all have our reasons to be here. And I will kindly accept any result of this matter. But, I want to ensure everyone's survival, we could use all the help we can get."

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Character Portrait: Renzam Aubrey Character Portrait: Avery Hall Character Portrait: Minerva Petra Character Portrait: Camille Arca Character Portrait: Tsubaki Horizon Character Portrait: Rhys Hudson Character Portrait: Dix Neuf Character Portrait: Raiza Amsel Character Portrait: Anna Mirnova

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The veteran pilot watched Avery, of all people, speak her piece in the application for squad leader. Though initially raising a quizzical eyebrow at this development, Minerva could understand where the rookie was coming from. The powerful Silhouettes, even dated models, commanded an awesome presence on the battlefield. And despite the obvious risks involved, such acts of bravery and heroism provided a source of inspiration and boosted morale among troops and civilians alike. The sacrifice of a single life in the right scenario could very well save hundreds or even thousands of lives.

Shortly after, Anna spoke up. Though it wasn't to throw her hat into the ring alongside the other two...

Minerva turned her head towards the tank pilot, her one eye casting an icy blue glare. The tactless Russian seemed to have struck a nerve. "I'll have you know that I although I am a veteran, I have not once assumed the position of field leader. I have merely served as a subordinate," she corrected Anna. "Or perhaps you have been too busy pickling yourself in alcohol to notice?"

She almost failed to notice Raiza step forward with her own proposition for command. The pilot of the Polaris spoke with more wisdom than Avery, and more warmth than Minerva herself. It was, of course, ultimately up to Dix Neuf as to who would be placed in command.

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Character Portrait: Renzam Aubrey Character Portrait: Avery Hall Character Portrait: Minerva Petra Character Portrait: Camille Arca Character Portrait: Rhys Hudson Character Portrait: Dix Neuf Character Portrait: Raiza Amsel Character Portrait: Anna Mirnova

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"T-Twenty three thousand?!" Camille was almost taken aback upon hearing the number straight from their commander's mouth. "Let's see...That's practically around three times the number of people back at the H.O.M.E! I'm getting a little nervous."

In all honesty though, she didn't really expect to find their commander rather...flippant? Well, she wasn't really bothered by the fact that he opted to meet them in his birthday suit as most military personnel back at the H.O.M.E were desensitized to such things. Rather it was the use of that much water just to bathe. Considering that if they'll be taking in that much people well...rationing may be a little difficult.

Yet something about his demeanor put her at ease. At the very least, he didn't seem like a very strict man--well, until he threatened to send one of the pilots, Anna, back to Russia. "Gulp!"

The next order of action was to choose a team leader for their squadron with which both Minerva and Avery were more than happy to volunteer. Anna expressed doubts over Minerva's capability though, mentioning something about people often dying under her command. Minerva immediately spoke up in rebuttal though, making Camille worry that it might erupt into a full-flown catfight. Fortunately, Raiza also spoke up to volunteer and the way she presented herself seemed a lot more professional than the previous two.

"Hmm..." For a while, Camille wondered if she should volunteer for the position. "The people here may not take kindly if a mere fighter pilot assumes command of a Silhouette squadron. Not to mention that I'm already tied down with mechanic duty as well. Aside from that, it's quite difficult enough to escort twenty-three people to safety--what more if it was like, a hundred times more than that number! Urghh..." Camille sighed. This position just isn't for her.

"If I may...isn't it difficult to choose a leader among us right now? We barely even know each other much less our areas of expertise, personal experience and qualifications." Camille directs the question to the commander himself. "Wouldn't it be more appropriate to finish all briefings first, engage in drills later on and then choose the man or woman to take charge? That way, we can all get a grasp of how each one thinks and acts in face of the situation around them."

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Character Portrait: Renzam Aubrey Character Portrait: Avery Hall Character Portrait: Minerva Petra Character Portrait: Camille Arca Character Portrait: Tsubaki Horizon Character Portrait: Rhys Hudson Character Portrait: Dix Neuf Character Portrait: Raiza Amsel Character Portrait: Anna Mirnova

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Renzam looked between the nominees for field leadership. The professional and unemotional Minerva, seemingly the type to stay cool under heavy pressure. And on the other side of the spectrum, Avery, whose impassioned speech caused Renzam to raise both brows in surprise. "Okay. I admit, that was pretty cool," he thought aloud next to her.

But then he continued to run his mouth, "...Cooler than puking your guts out, at least."

Then, Anna and Minerva exchanged sharp, ice cold words. Renzam glanced at the two and furrowed his brows. Seemed like these two would have quite the colorful interaction.

Commander Dix Neuf, with his eyes closed and head down, held up a hand to stop them from breaking out into an all-out cat fight. Not that he wouldn't enjoy it. "Now, now, girls. Play nice," he calmly requested, his smile never leaving his face.

Renzam then took notice to Raiza as she joined in and promoted herself. Her words were passionate, yet her voice was calm and certain. A healthy mix between Minerva's experience and Avery's compassion.

The Commander listened to each of their suggestions, offering no immediate response, verbal or physical. He finally looked up and opened one eye as Camille offered her perspective. She seemed young and relatively inexperienced, yet thoughtful.

"You're right of course, Camilla," Dix Neuf suddenly spoke out.

He then looked to the others, from Minerva, to Anna, then Raiza and Avery. "I was merely checking how many of you actually want the position. I am pleasantly surprised at what I hear, for the most part."

The Commander turned his eyes to Renzam and Rhys. His smile curled into a mischievous, cat-like one. With a chuckle, he jokingly reprimanded them, "Shame on you two, men are supposed to take charge. Make the ladies swoon with your confidence, you know?"

Renzam remained straight faced as he replied, "I'm a fighter. I follow orders, I don't hand them out."

"Heh. Can't blame you, Renz... nothing is more attractive than a woman that is not only beautiful, but ALSO charismatic... Wouldn't you agree?" The Commander inquired, eyeing both Renzam and Rhys.

Renzam slowly blinked. "...I never gave much thought to women, Sir."

Dix Neuf turned his attention back at the group in general. "In any case, I have taken all of your words into consideration. But before I decide, I would need what you've got."

The Commander spun in his chair, and turned towards the monitor with Tsubaki's face on it. "And before that...."

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Character Portrait: Renzam Aubrey Character Portrait: Avery Hall Character Portrait: Minerva Petra Character Portrait: Camille Arca Character Portrait: Tsubaki Horizon Character Portrait: Rhys Hudson Character Portrait: Dix Neuf Character Portrait: Raiza Amsel Character Portrait: Anna Mirnova

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Tsubaki smiled and nodded, keeping her opinions of the field leader candidates to herself. "Good afternoon, everyone. All of you have read my messages, but this might be the first time you've seen me in person."

Renzam glanced to his teammates, then whispered, "Does a live video feed count as 'in person'?"

"Allow me to properly introduce myself. I am your operator, Tsubaki Horizon," she continued, her voice steady and serious, but accompanied by a certain warmth. With a bow of the head, she proceeded, "I look forward to working with you."

The screen switched away from a view of Tsubaki, to a small map of the desert around them, with Haven in the center, and two bright red dots, located northwest and southeast at the corners of the map. The dots pulsed with a slow-moving, radial wave from within.

"Now, allow me to refresh your memories. These dots represent the "Anomalous Rifts", distortions in the air from which the MASS invades into our world. These rifts become stronger as days passed, and after several nights, they would burst and bring forth our enemies, literally out of thin air."

The screen then shifted once more, this time into a light gray page which displayed the front, side, and back views of an alien creature. Black from head to toe, with a sleek body and long, spindly limbs and a hunched posture. Narrow and thin Rectangular patterns, not unlike a circuit board, were carved into their flesh. The creature lacked any kind of discernible eyes or ears. Instead, its head was shaped like a faceless cuttlefish, with five long, flexible tentacles tapering at the end.

"Our researchers link the pattern of these particular rifts to those of the MASS Nightcrawlers, the most common type of MASS. 13 meters tall when hunched, with sharp and flexible tentacles for limbs. Fast, fragile, and relatively easy to take down, they often attack in groups of five."

With a click, Tsubaki turned to another page. This one displayed more sketches, showing the true face, or 'core' of a MASS Nightcrawler. Their jet black tentacles pulled back and opened like a blooming flower, showing off a bright orange orb covered in patterns of technical circuitry and organic tendons.

Renzam winced at the sight, his eyes lost in the sea of techno-organic surface. "That's gross."

"You could take a MASS down by sheer brute force, but the most efficient way to take down a MASS, and the only way to truly destroy it, is to claim its core," Tsubaki continued to explain. "Destroying a MASS' exposed core ensures that the rest of its body will wither, and for the core itself to ignite and explode."

"The explosion from a single Nightcrawler would do little more than scratch your Silhouettes, but the larger MASS variants will be much less forgiving."

Tsubaki closed her presentation, replacing her face on the screen. "Oh, One last thing. Extracting a MASS core intact instead of destroying it will earn you large bonuses on your paycheck, and is considered by many Silhouette pilots to be a mark of true skill. The energy from inside the core are also invaluable in providing extra fuel for Haven."

The Operator's smile faded, and her glass eyes focused. "But, please, PLEASE, whatever you do, focus on destroying the MASS and coming back safe! No bonus in the world is worth your life..." Tsubaki's voice softened near the end, and she glanced aside, silently remembering many careless pilots who forsook safe survival for a chance at glorious victory.

Dix Neuf slowly spun in his chair and turned his eyes back at the team. "So, any questions? If not, you have five hours of free time. Use it as you see fit. Training, mingling, eating..."

The Commander winked, then gave a thumbs up. "Even fraternizing is fine too!... Juuuuust... don't let the High Command know."

"Commander!" Tsubaki protested with an exasperated frown.

Renzam nodded to himself. It was always good to have a refresher, especially since it had been over two weeks since he last saw actual combat. His eyes darted between the rest of his teammates, curious as to what they would do with the time they have.

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Character Portrait: Renzam Aubrey Character Portrait: Avery Hall Character Portrait: Minerva Petra Character Portrait: Camille Arca Character Portrait: Tsubaki Horizon Character Portrait: Rhys Hudson Character Portrait: Dix Neuf Character Portrait: Raiza Amsel Character Portrait: Anna Mirnova

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"Apologies commander, I will be sure to give a nice gift to all the lovely ladies for my poor manners at taking charge. A little sorry for them all. I will be sure to jump at the next opportunity...also I share the same sentiments about beauty and charisma." Rhys smiled and shrugged casually. Yeah, now that he thought about it...it was ungentamanly of the guys to sit on the sidelines instead of rise to the occasion.

Before the commander could go on yet another tangent, the operator Tsubaki interrupted...or at the very least stopped the commander before he could rant yet again. She began to talk about their enemy, the MASS. How they appeared, how to spot them, their weak points and the common MASS unit they would encounter.

Soon his eyes soon began to have a sort of glint of them, a nice pay check to get a core intact. Not only was it valuable energy but it would be nice to have the extra cash. Of course like hell he would risk his life, maybe if there was one enemy left, taking the cores could be rather simple especially since if they attack in fives, that would mean easy energy and money right? Nah...he should not underestimate the enemy, he was a gambler, he knew about risk and reward well. If things look fine, it usually is or could be a trap. "Thanks for the information, and extra thanks for the kind words. Of course no bonus is worth our life, how else would we spend it if we died? All jokes aside I will be certainly taking care so don't worry about me...a smile suits you much better." He grinned as he pointed right at her.

"As for you commander...I will be sure to mingle around and train...and buy some gifts...but you should be careful commander. If word got out you use water rations for baths like that along with standing in the buff in front of your subordinates...high command will also not like that I am sure." Rhys grinned before turning around and waving. "Gonna see if they have some sort of shopping stall set up. Get you girls some gifts. Don't expect anything too fancy, but I will try and get something you all might like." And with that he laughed heartily as he walked away.

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Character Portrait: Renzam Aubrey Character Portrait: Avery Hall Character Portrait: Minerva Petra Character Portrait: Camille Arca Character Portrait: Tsubaki Horizon Character Portrait: Rhys Hudson Character Portrait: Dix Neuf Character Portrait: Raiza Amsel Character Portrait: Anna Mirnova

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Avery was feeling quite confident after her verbal presentation to the group, if a little nervous, but the intensity of both feelings seemed to switch places in an instant at Raiza's gentle touch. It was kind of embarrassing to have the older girl rub her back, but it wasn't unwelcome. With flushed red cheeks and a smaller posture, she listened to her request the role of team leader as well. Raiza was professional in her words like Minerva, but without the same of sense of distance. It was then that Avery started to wonder if she'd been too passionate, nervously glancing between the faces around her.

Still. . . I don't think I'd mind if someone like her was our leader, she thought with some consideration, shaking off her anxiety and nodding to herself in approval. Heck, she also happens to be the only pilot with a Variable, if I'm remembering this correctly. The rest of us are stuck with walkers, humanoids. . . Avery's gaze briefly strayed toward Camilla, but didn't linger.
. . . fighter jets.

Her train of thought derailed when Minerva shot back at Anna - she was hoping that this would not be a lasting development in their team composition, though there was little to be done about the fact that it was beginning to look like the first development. Renzam wasn't helping any with his little jab at her, although he did say that girls weren't really on his mind.

"Man, that hurts almost as much as my stomach," Avery said with a joking glare.

She raised a brow at one of the commander's comments and smiled to herself, clapping her hands together. "Oh, so you know a thing or two about 'the ladies,' do you, commander?" Confidence isn't a concern to her, but a kind heart and a sense of humor are a definite prerequisite. Well, maybe she did have kind of a preference for taller guys too, but it wasn't a deciding factor.

"Uh. . . if you need me, I'm gonna grab something to eat that isn't soup and then take a quick shower," Avery said sheepishly, recalling the unfortunate incident earlier today. "I'm not feeling so good so I'll probably lay down in bed for a while, though I wouldn't mind if any of you came over to hang out. Well, see ya!"

With that, she followed Rhys and Anna out the door, though they were already quite far ahead of her by the time she parted ways with the rest of the group.

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Character Portrait: Renzam Aubrey Character Portrait: Avery Hall Character Portrait: Minerva Petra Character Portrait: Camille Arca Character Portrait: Tsubaki Horizon Character Portrait: Rhys Hudson Character Portrait: Dix Neuf Character Portrait: Raiza Amsel Character Portrait: Anna Mirnova

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Raiza looked back, hearing Camilla speak, making actual sense of the situation, with an aspect that Raiza hadn't thought of until now, the team wasn't too familiar with eachother. It was definitely a noteworthy revelation, before Neuf spoke again, the team was to be decided after the sortie that evening, fair enough. Though then came the real fun, Tsubaki explaining the MASS, how they appear, which is through a type of temporal rift that quite literally spawns the blasted things out of thin air, it was old news to Raiza, as she'd been through this before, through both researching about the things, and through briefings like this. Moving on was the fun with the anatomy of Nightcrawlers, the most basic MASS "organism" if you could call it that. Thin and spindly, it begged the question as to why this creature is implemented in the army of sorts, outside of being probably inexpensive and good at taking care of humans outside of Silhouettes, though they were scary big, being almost as tall as Polaris in Battleoid form, they were not something exactly easily climbed. But outside of that, there was little to really fret on with them as Raiza could tell, as a Nightcrawler alone wasn't hard, however they came in packs, that's what made them dangerous. Then there was the take down ways, Raiza understood the core was it's weakest part, but wanted to try other methods, and even so much as research them a little more... The MASS intrigued her, and especially made her think what could be done should Black Fang get their hands on researching them....

Though the thought was snapped as the briefing ended, with Tsubaki finishing her report, and then Neuf mentioning the free time, five hours. While Anna merely walked off without so much as a word, Rhys mentioning mingling around and training, along with getting gifts for the female members of the team, with a gentle smile, she responded with a "Oh, you don't have to... I don't mind if you don't get anything for me." Next to walk out was Avery, whom as Rai has heard, was vomiting this morning, 'I'll be sure to make some tea for her, I believe Green Tea should help with that....' soon enough, Raiza spun on her heels, and lightly waved,

"If you don't mind me, I plan to get something to eat, maybe have some tea, and whatnot." as she began to walk away, mumbling bit and pieces of her plan to herself, and somehow ended in the Hangar once more, looking at Polaris, as engineers crawled around it. It was a nice craft she had, and Raiza made sure she tended to it the best she could, often with regular cleanings and regular checks herself. While Engineers knew what they were doing, Raiza preferred to check herself. Though that was not what she was there for, as she looked for bright pink, Genna. It didn't take long to find her, and soon words were exchanged,

"If you have the chance, Genna, could you equip Polaris' Heavy Weapons module? And if you could also switch the Phoenix missiles for the Wasp missiles that'd be nice too. But if you can't do it that's fine, I know you're busy."

It wasn't like Raiza needed it, it was more-so that she needed more firepower to protect the people entering Haven. Raiza would not allow a single casualty without both her and Polaris to go down. Though after being confirmed to her request, Raiza stopped by her next stop, without even realizing she was still in her pilot uniform, (Though it'd make no sense to change, she'd be back in it a few hours later) which was the observation deck, the pilot often visited the area as it gave her both a good view of the surroundings, and also giving her a chance to talk to Tsubaki, whom was likely still cross with her for the mini-air show. 'I really could have joined a flying circus....' she thought laughing at the prospect of that, though she did make a note to that, when there was a safe chance, to have a show for the people of Haven, though she pushed the thought aside as she entered the Observation deck, as the door opened, Rai laughed a little,

"Still dimly lit as ever I see, do you just enjoy the room to be lit by only monitors, Tsubaki?" she asked, shaking her head with a laugh, "I remember being told watching a monitor in the dark is bad for your vision." It was apparent to Raiza that she felt like everyone's mother, but that was brushed aside, as the pilot took up a second chair, rolling towards a monitor, as it flickered up, giving a view from the top of the fortress, while only one tent was noticeable, the red one, that is, Raiza moved the camera around, slowly picking up on the terrain they were in, to place Polaris in the right position...

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Character Portrait: Renzam Aubrey Character Portrait: BFSH-035 Diesever Character Portrait: Avery Hall Character Portrait: Minerva Petra Character Portrait: BFSH-013 Sarissa Character Portrait: Camille Arca Character Portrait: Tsubaki Horizon Character Portrait: Rhys Hudson Character Portrait: Dix Neuf Character Portrait: Genna Strawberry Character Portrait: Raiza Amsel Character Portrait: Anna Mirnova

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Minerva was surprised to hear that the commander had only called them here to see just how many wanted the position of leadership, before jokingly calling out the team's two male pilots on taking no action while the women did so. Yes, perhaps their capability for leadership would be best seen on the battlefield itself. It didn't sound like standard procedure to her, but then Dix Neuf was hardly one for convention. The bathtub still sitting in the office was proof enough of that.

The briefing proceeded to a formal introduction to their operator, Tsubaki Horizon, who gave them a quick refresher as to the nature and capabilities of the MASS. Having sat through so many similar briefings, Minerva practically knew it all by heart. Take down a MASS by destroying its core, but try to extract it if possible to help fuel Haven. It was all a matter of weighing the risks against the rewards.

When the meeting was adjourned, Minerva watched some of the pilots file out of the room before departing herself. So they would have a few hours of free time before they were needed. The veteran pilot decided to check up on how her Silhouette was doing in its hangar bay. During her years of service she was no stranger to being transferred to a new base, but those had all been stationary installations. She was quite curious as to what facilities a mobile base such as this had to offer.

Haven's hangar was already loaded with the team's Silhouettes and their support vehicles, with adequate staffing to repair and maintain them. Minerva briefly caught the sight of Raiza speaking with Genna, the latter's bright pink hair making her stand out like a beacon despite her lack of height. Deciding not to intrude upon their discussion, Minerva pressed on towards the familiar blue shape of her own Silhouette, the Sarissa...

...and right next to it happened to be the Diesever. With a sigh, she averted her gaze from the retooled and repainted machine in favour of taking a closer look at her own to see if the mechanics were giving it proper treatment.

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Character Portrait: Avery Hall Character Portrait: Camille Arca Character Portrait: Genna Strawberry

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Much of the briefing with Tsubaki was an overview of how the MASS work--which was something Camille rather appreciated. Back then, all they were instructed to is to point their weapons at the enemy and pull the trigger. No core-extraction, no corrosion due to MASS fluids. Well, not that she'll have anything to worry about--as long as her bird stays in the air. But--

"Hmm...extracting a core could net us a huge bonus huh? Kind of difficult to pull off in a craft without arms..." Realizing this, Camille sighed. She'll just have to make up with her mechanic duty.

After a few more exchanges, they were dismissed and most of them went on to do their own business. Camille, as with most other pilots, headed back into the hangar in order to check up on her bird. She had done the tuning prior to their briefing lest they were attacked while on standby. "Perhaps now may be a good time to check up on our weapons?"

There were currently four AS-30s equipped on the wings; she had already launched two when she encountered an attack en route to the Gobi Desert. They were older generation missiles but were still in production so she hoped there would be enough to replenish her ammunition as they go on. She wasn't really familiar with the base and its people yet so she looked around for someone to ask.

"Ah!" Camille immediately walked up to a pink-haired girl whom Avery was talking with. "Hello! Can I check with you the inventory for weapons and ammunition? I'm kind of a new pilot and mechanic stationed here and I don't know left and right yet so--please?"

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Character Portrait: Camille Arca Character Portrait: Genna Strawberry

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Soon, yet another girl entered the restroom. Bright blue haired, with matching eyes which pierced straight into Genna's soul. She wished she had eyes that icy... Another vaguely familiar face, but one with a name that danced at the tip of Genna's tongue... until she mentioned her status as a new pilot and mechanic.

"OH! That's right! Camille, right?" Genna asked, smiling wide and feeling proud of herself. For once, her memory did not (completely) fail her! Huzzah! She observed Camille from head to toe. She said she was new, but... Genna wouldn't have been able to tell. She was so calm! And the absolutely adorable way she said please.... "Eeeheeheehee!" Genna giggled."So it's up to me to teach you the ropes, eh?"

Genna couldn't blame her. Most of the mechanics were either gruff and cranky, balding old men or foul-tempered, unfashionable women. Compared to them, her goofy pink hair would no doubt seem more friendly. "I let Head Engineer Careedas borrow my inventory log. We can go get it from him in a bit," Genna briefly explained as she waited for Avery to finish her business.With a determined smirk and both fists pumped, Genna promised Camille, "I'll be the best senior you've ever known!... But, uh..."

A pause. Genna looked between her and Avery. Camille was technically a silhouette pilot, so no doubt she did something right to achieve that position. Or she just got lucky, but Genna would rather be optimistic. I probably should read the dossiers more thoroughly next time, Genna thought.

With her cheeks puffed, Genna asked, "How much do you actually know about silhouette maintenance? You're a new transfer, but..uhh... are you, like, totally green with all the technical wizardry, or do you just need pointers on where things are?"

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Character Portrait: Avery Hall Character Portrait: Camille Arca Character Portrait: Genna Strawberry Character Portrait: Anna Mirnova

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Anna smirked hearing Genna she was half tempted to come out with just a towel on just to see the look on the pink haired girl's face. But then she heard two others come in the bathroom had become quite popular it seems.
Anna finished up shutting the water off and drying. Sliping her clean clothes on while the others talked.

Anna then came out " Well hello ladies!" She said clearly in a better mood than at the meeting. She turned to Genna "So I heard you checking out my tank earlier she is quite lovely is she not.." she said with a sly grin.

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Character Portrait: Avery Hall Character Portrait: Camille Arca Character Portrait: Genna Strawberry Character Portrait: Anna Mirnova

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"Curls?" Avery said with a few almost confused blinks. The thought of wearing such a hairstyle hadn't occurred to her before, but she decided that was for the better. With a warm smile, she responded, "Nah, they look way better on you. Besides, I don't have the willpower to shape my hair like that every day, let alone maintain it." That said, she was a bit startled to find the girl shifting behind her to hold up locks of her hair, offering her own compliments.

"The blonde yes, the radiance not so much," she admitted with a laugh. "I wish it was always this-"

Suddenly, one of the other pilots from the earlier meeting - Camille - appeared and raised some questions about the armaments on their Silhouettes. Is that what her job is? Avery wondered, looking back over to a delighted looking Genna. Letting them continue their conversation uninterrupted, she set the rest of her clothes on the counter and waved to them, heading toward the other room.

"Alright, you two have fun with that. I'm gonna go hop in the showe-" Before Avery could finish her sentence, Anna abruptly emerged right in front of her with an alarmingly loud greeting, which was nearly enough to send her stumbling backwards.
Sure, she expected someone to be coming out after the water turned off, but definitely not like that. In any case, it seemed like Genna was quite the popular gal around these parts so she left her to it, giving her and the older pilot a cursory nod before quietly slipping inside the shower stall that Anna had previously used. She didn't really want to wait for the water to warm up, after all.

Whew. . . it's harder than I thought just to get some chit-chat around here, Avery thought, turning the slippery faucet.
Anna and Camille are here, and I saw Rhys earlier in the Plaza looking for gifts. I wonder what the others are up to?
The hot water was more soothing that she expected, relieving some of the dryness in her skin. The desert was not a fun place to hang out for long periods of time.

As her thoughts began to drift, she moved on to thinking of what kind of things she'd bring to the table once they've gathered together again in less than five hours. Pep talk? Strategy? General questions?

Or I could just eavesdrop, hehehe.

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Character Portrait: Avery Hall Character Portrait: Camille Arca Character Portrait: Genna Strawberry Character Portrait: Anna Mirnova

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Genna jumped up, hamster-like eyes wide, and shrieked as Anna emerged from the showers. She was in there the whole time?! With both hands held up, the pink haired engineer stammered, "I-I WASN'T CHECKING YOU OUT! I-it's not like I'm jealous or anyth-"

A pause.

A blink.

"Wait. Checking out your tank! Ooooohhhh....." Genna slowly realized. It was as if a switch was flicked in her mind, and the technically passionate side of her brain took over.

With her hands clasped together, the pink haired engineer babbled, "She is VERY lovely! Her construction seemed simple, yet I bet she hides a lot of interesting technology underneath that beautiful shell! I-I mean, I haven't seen her in action, so... does she really hover? And is she fast?? A-and do you think we could equip her with a gigantic railgun or two? Ooh! How about a rail machinegun?!"

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Character Portrait: Avery Hall Character Portrait: Camille Arca Character Portrait: Genna Strawberry Character Portrait: Anna Mirnova

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Anna grinned "Well more firepower is never a bad thing... Perhaps you could join me next time I take her out? Theres plenty of room inside as these tanks were originally designed to hold a crew of three or four.."

Anna paused looking Genna over with a smile stepping closer she ran her hand though one of Genna's curls ( if she allowed) as she added "It would be a great way to get to know her and all she can do..."

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Character Portrait: Avery Hall Character Portrait: Camille Arca Character Portrait: Rhys Hudson Character Portrait: Genna Strawberry Character Portrait: Anna Mirnova

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"Hehe~ I've jsut been recently transferred to this base but I've been doing technical maintenance on vehicles and Silhouettes for as long as I can remember." Camille clarifies her prior work record. She may be a bit of a new face in fighting on th front lines but as a mechanic, Camille swears she could've tried for a supervisor's position.

"Just needed to know where all the things are." In the middle of their conversation, Anna emerges from the shower, catching Genna off-guard. Avery had already gone in so it was just her with the two ladies.

"Engineer Caridas right? Thanks for the help. I'll go look for him now!" Camille excused herself with a smile and promptly return to the hangar, leaving the other girls.

Hangar was mostly empty, save for Rhy whom she saw walking about, bags in hand. "Oh, right. Commander kid him about buying compulsory presents for the girls. Did he take it seriously?"

"Slow day?" Camille called out to him. "I heard winds are about to pick up soon so it's best to stay indoors. I might get called to fly out though."

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Character Portrait: Avery Hall Character Portrait: Camille Arca Character Portrait: Rhys Hudson Character Portrait: Genna Strawberry Character Portrait: Anna Mirnova

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As Rhys enetered the hanger, the first person to notice him and call out to him was Camille. He would have waved back but both his hands were occupied at the moment. "I though about passing the time in the hanger, we have five hours to chill and relax. Anyways I was planning to get some gift you all you ladies...but the shops were closed for the moment. So, I guess this will have to do. Sorry if Cinnamon Rolls are not your favourites. I would have got you a pendant to go with those lovely eyes of yours, but food is pretty good all the same." He smiled before continuing. "So winds are picking up huh? That means it's going to be a sandstorm out there...Low visibility and an irritating thing when it gets in your eyes. Stay safe out there then, if you are a fly girl then low visibility must be a pain huh? But anyways here, catch!" In the next moment, Rhys placed both the bags on the ground, took out a small bag of what appeared to be cinnamon rolls and tossed it at her.

Now that he looked around, the hanger seemed relatively empty...of people that is. There were the pilots Silhouettes standing at attention. He wondered where the others were though, if he met the others he could give them some Rolls as well. He had nine...Well eight now. But it was still quite enough to spare.