Hurrah, it's Leotard Day! And the mission is SAFETY.
Pilots are invited to demonstrate fashion-forward hazard mitigation gear, along with safe spaceflight and shore leave techniques. Proper HARV operation including coupling formation, unconventional flight postures, balancing of pilots and/or ships on Earth objects, and other safe maneuvers are encouraged. What a good time to try your first flight on a more challenging ship!
We did. Lashings of acid green, hi-viz orange and eye-punching reflective graced the fleet, as well as many laseriffic ships. With Stogie navigating we went by way of the usual constellations to a strange playground in JP designed as a Habitrail for Earth humans, and populated the heck out of it. There was a chopper-powered angular momentum generator, fully justifying the "Nonstandard Spacetime" label that began this mission's bulletin. And a zipline. Hello, zipline!
Food was highly appreciative, whistling and honking like crazy, and a close ST encounter at a 7-11 went favorably.
"I'm kinda drunk right now so I don't know if you guys are real."
"I didn't get the memo! Let me know next time."
"If it was up to me you would all be shot."
Heard by many:
"Look, it's the Gay Bike Parade!"
And Tyrian reports:
"Check it out, spring is back!"
This mission fails if any medal of injury is or should be awarded. With great safety comes great risks.
We failed: Zappa shed blood. On the other hand he suggested a visit to a bench designed for beings of a type never yet seen on this planet, so he finishes the mission not without honour. (An explanatory plaque explained nothing.)
This tard reports an anomalous event: at Harvard Constellation a skateboard shot into the spacelane, passing before Trinity's primary thruster so that I flew directly over it, briefly operating a 5-wheeled vehicle with 4 wheels orthogonal to the direction of travel. Against all expectation, I stayed up.
Kudos to XXIII for climbing on top of every object we encountered. To Dreadflint and eXceSs for performing HARV coupling with brio and success. To Dr Claw for bringing groove and everyone (but especially Vomit and Snow) for bringing chic to safety. To navtail for creative and expeditious navigation, and keeping it together on a large and eventful mission. Sprocket and Mongoose for swapping ships at the right time, and Tyrian for rocking brand new HARV Iridium. Gosh! I wanna list everybody. Thank you all you guys. Every mission idea is stupid, until you make it happen.
Medal of strength to SevenOfNine for persisting in the face of injury, Valour to Dreadflint, eXceSs and Leotard for coupling in public, Chic to Vomit, and Injury to Zappa. Woop woop!