Waterfront Disctict, Oneta
Local Time: 2135hrs
The bright neon lights of Carden’s second most populous city were muted somewhat against the torrential rain that splattered across the windows of the fast moving Skytrain. Officer Matthew Riesel sighed quietly as he leaned back into his seat after watching the familiar skyline disappear abruptly behind cloud and rolling fog. He had spent his entire life within Noueva’s walls and now here he was..embarking on what could possibly be a fool’s errand.
A quick glance around revealed that the transport shuttle was at least three quarters full, mostly businessmen and women along with a handful of off-world tourists travelling up to the Capital city of Oneta; the pride of Carden and the political heart of the Commonwealth. Riesel didn’t count himself as the typical demographic drawn into visiting Oneta but despite his reservations about the giant sprawling megapolis he knew he was chasing an opportunity of a lifetime. So what if the city was crawling with politicians, corporate sharks and various other forms of charlatan? This was an opportunity to meet Augustin Diggs!
The, Augustin Diggs; the most famous explorer the Commonwealth has ever known!
Riesel almost instinctively reached for his holopad and navigated to the most recent messages. A steady stream of blue text began scrolling from the device which he re-read for the umpteenth time:
#Commonwealth Systems - General Public Transmission
#26.15.2396 – 5a
#Received: 0150 ESBT
Attention Citizens of the Commonwealth!
Have you ever dreamed of travelling the stars? Is the life of a corporate wage slave leading nowhere fast? Want to see new and exotic worlds? Do you reminisce fondly about the old days of wars and conflict? Do you like the thought of been handsomely rewarded with good old fashioned Credits? If you answered yes to any of these then read on to find out about the opportunity of a lifetime:
The Commonwealth Council has recently drafted and passed the Explorations & Surveys Act (2396) commissioning the renowned explorer Augustin Diggs, who only recently returned to Bramford after establishing the Tortosa-Gaztain Warp Gate, to embark on possibly his most ambitious expedition yet – a journey into the Svala Wormhole! The astronomical anomaly has been baffling scientists, traders and the Commonwealth Navy alike since its sudden appearance in the Sakkara sector over 75 years ago. While remote drone data has been inconsistent the early analysis revealed a stable wormhole seemingly leading to our nearest neighbouring galaxy, Arcturus.
Diggs, a staunch proponent of manned deep space exploration, has been spearheading the campaign to explore and cross through the Wormhole for the better part of last decade. Finally, and after much pressure from various interstellar industries, the Commonwealth has agreed to fund his expedition and now seeks volunteers from all across the Commonwealth Systems to join his ambitious crew.
If you are of sound body and mind and have an adventurous spirit tinged with a flair for danger then do stop by at;
The Cartography Conventions Center (level 16),
0235 Discovery Boulevard,
City of Oneta (Central Business District)
Planet: Carden - Bramford System.
There will be a brief outline of the expedition provided by Augustin Diggs himself and a five minute Q&A session on 40.15.2396, starting at 1300hrs Oneta Local Time (OLT).
No prior experience is required to apply for this expedition. Successful applicants will be remunerated approximately 1 million credits (not including any extras or bonuses accrued over the course of the voyage) upon the successful completion of the mission.
Secretary - Augustin Diggs Enterprises
“That settles it!” Riesel thought as he shut off the holopad again “I’ll be making history…and…and then some…”
***Posters, billboards, holovids and all across Cyberspace…the word has spread; messages about the Expedition have started to propagate among the denizens of the Commonwealth and from all corners of the known sectors—from neighboring Tabuyo and fringe Acastus, from the tourist hubs of Bera and Tortosa, from the mining sector of Baraona and the manufacturing cluster of Gaztain…from everywhere, they come in reply. People are abuzz with excitement!