Have Fun Storming The Castle (Island)
Initially we weren't sure there would be a mission. With pilots and the fleet admiral beyond the outer reaches of our galaxy, it was unclear how many might show. But since there were perfect conditions for a flyby of the local planets, a small battalion formed under Vomit's leadership. Our mission was to head to Castle Island without getting stopped by ST's, or as Wombat would say, "The PoPo". With BaneThunderbolt's makeshift tool bag in hand, it was "navi away".
Rather than fly directly to Castle Island Vomit led us on a greatest hits tour of all our favorite places to fly. We started by heading through the Charlestown System. Upon approach Diva smelled the dark matter of a quadruped and Bane Thunderwolf said, "we have arrived in Charlestown." We turned onto the wormhole known as "Harborwalk" which dropped us off in the Boston System past our favorite MoJo Dock by the Boston Harbor Nebula and led us past the USS Constitution and alongside some fast spaceshuttle lines. We went across the locks and eventually joined up with some planets that led us to Luna Bova's Bakery where we stopped for refueling.
Here we learned just how long it takes Wombat to consume stromboli molecules as a 5 minute shore leave ended up being on Mercury Time. Leotard departed from the group and the rest of us re-entered the harborwalk wormhole traveling through the Boston System. Since there were only a few of us and the area was free of transport traffic, we managed to complete two flight formations: wall and V formation. We were going to go for the oil well, but decided not to showboat.
Eventually we exited the wormhole and headed into South Boston passing under an impressively illuminated overpass. Tyrian turned down his music and put his bouncing on hold as went into a more stealth-like mode for our approach to Castle Island. The pathway there was strewn with cups and Diva reveled in flying over the perfect shaker cup full of mango juice. But the pathway was also full of dark matter — filled diapers causing pilots to really have to hone in on their flight skills.
Upon our arrival at our destination we did a a donut around the point in the Pleasure Bay Nebula and then rested and refueled on Threespeed's box of Ring Ding molecules (or were they Ding Dongs?). Two civvies stopped and asked if we had any tools to fix a mechanical on their civiship. We quickly obliged and helped them get their ship back into flight-ready condition. They were very grateful for our help as they did not want to have to spacewalk back to Boston. Meanwhile, Sidekick was not feeling well and had to abandon ship. We hope she did not burn up on re-entry.
Vomit led the remaining group of us down some of the more populated planets on our flight back. Heading up some negi g-well, we suddenly noticed that Bane Thunderwolf was falling behind and then realized he had a mechanical. Before we could even get to him a really nice ST was already offering him assistance. He chatted with us for awhile and we passed back and forth some nerd intel, and then we continued on our way. As we approached downtown Boston along planet Berkeley we learned we narrowly missed gunfire. It was quite disconcerting. Vomit quickly altered course for a safer return vector to base.
Once in the heart of the Boston System we passed through some of the alleyway wormholes parallel to the planets. We headed across planet Mass Ave. to pass over the Charles Nebula. As we approached MIT, Threespeed recognized his civi friend Steve who had set up an emergency preparedness HAM radio. He had a really impressive set of antennas and told us he had received transmissions from the California Galaxy and even the Slovenia Universe.
Passing by some in ground illumination along the MIT planets we then headed back to the fort in high spirits. All were impressed by Vomit's "greatest hits" navigation.