Verity Gavroche – Comms Log 11023302 – (VIU Response)

Verity Gavroche – Comms Log 11023302 – (VIU Response)

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From:  [CSO Arthur Guin (Varati Independent Union)|Forrskal Hub|Varati]
To: [CSO Nelson De Rosa (Canonn)|Thompson Dock|Varati] 
Subject: Easy, tiger!

De Rosa - man, you got more leaks than that vapourised Cap ship over in Facece; are you deliberately trying to create a security vacuum over there!  I'd offer you a job, in anticipation of your imminent removal from office, but I think our working relationship would be strained at best.

Perhaps you should go work for Ursula eh?  I'm sure she'd enjoy walking all over you ;)

Anyway, thanks for confirming what we already figured out ourselves.  The names of Canonn pilots who fought against us in COL 285 SECTOR IX-T D3-43 have been recorded and KoS orders have been issued.  I'm sure you understand - like you say, it's nothing personal.  I doubt it'll end there, though.


So, let's talk about this 'spy' of yours.

You say he was communicating with someone here on Forsskal, but you can't tell me who, or when, or what he was saying.  And on that basis, you're assuming that the VIU are institutionally involved?  That's some serious mental gymnastics you're playing at there!

We've got thousands of warm bodies here from all the local factions, and many from outside Varati - any one of those people could be your mystery bogeyman.

And taking Ursula at face value - honestly, Nelson, I thought you were smarter than that.  It's like you're begging for a finger to wind yourself around...  It's sad, man.

But I've done some digging anyway, for old times' sake, and I can't get a sniff of any VIU plot to undermine or threaten the precious Dr Arcanonn.  In fact, my personal sponsor - senior patron Egan Baxter - asked me to give you a message to forward to your Council:

"The news of Arcanonn's enforced exile has shocked me and the other patrons to the core, and we can't imagine why anyone inside or outside of Varati should wish him terminated.

We're eternally grateful to him for all the attention that's been heaped upon our home, and the opportunities that this has given to us for expanding our patronage by bringing in external investment.

It's true that not all of us share his enthusiasm for the discovery of non-human objects so close to occupied space, but we're not alone in that.  I was speaking to a delegate from the Varati Ring the other day, following our unfortunate defeat in the civil war in IX-T D3-43, who expressed much stronger views.

I believe his words were 'I hope Arcanonn rots in his stinking cave'.

Might I also suggest that perhaps the Canonn look at the disappearance of Professor Palin for some more clues?  One prominent scientist going missing after another goes into hiding would appear to be too much of a coincidence.

I'm reaching out to our founding patrons across all the major factions, to see if any of them can shed some light on who might wish the doctor harm.  So far I've not heard anything, except consternation at the breakdown in relations with our formerly good friends, the Canonn.

I should add that they are offering us their 'full support' here in Varati."


Well, that's nice isn't it.  Do you feel special now?

I told him whatever he said was likely to be leaked, so consider that a 'political' response.

As far as I'm concerned, I'm done with this, now.  I'm done chasing ghosts - I've got better things to be doing, like cutting my toenails and examining a particularly interesting nostril hair I've just discovered.

I admit I was curious to see if there was any shred of truth to it all.  Now, I'm satisfied that it's all just a load of Varatian baloney.

If you're so convinced someone in Forsskal was Korbemile's handler, then I suggest you get over here and do the digging yourself.  Bring your own shovel, though, and expect to be using it dig your own grave because you won't be getting off the station alive.

Personally, I think you lot have made the whole thing up just to justify having a pop at our boys and girls - you've supported us as long as you needed to, and now you want us out.

Well give it your best shot, pal - we'll be waiting.

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