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Prologue

From the collected letters from Lysian geographer Gérard Le Marchant (1492-1574).

A letter to his friend Yohanisi Keni (1507-1588).

Mercredi, le sixième jour de Juillet, dans l'an de nostre Seigneur, 1555

Mon cher ami Jehan,

 

It is with the greatest excitement that I share with you a most important rediscovery.

During my most recent visit to one of the most ancient libraries in our beloved Occident, I came across a document that claimed to hold an as of yet unknown discovery by the classical philosopher and polymath Proximander.

This document encloses various mathematical calculations such such advanced complexity as I have hereto not seen before. These are well worth investigating is my belief. Should my impression of this most illustrious document prove to be correct, it is my honest belief its contents will greatly influence the perception of our wurlde.

At the top of the Eurth there lies a great whirl-pool Polus Argicus, into which empty the waters of the Thalassa ton Kataigidon. And the water rushes round and descends into the Eurth just as if one were pouring it through a filter funnel. It is said ot measure one and a half degree wide on every side of the Pole. That is to say three degrees altogether.

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And it is right under the Pole that there lies a bare rock named Rupes Nigra in the midst of the Sea which Anaximander calculated to be made of entirely magnetic stone with a circumference of almost 33 Lysian miles.

This island will almost certainly contain fauna and flora that has never been seen in other regions of the glube. Verily, finding and exploring this most exotic island may be the most important discovery since the Age of Reconnection.

This is the reason why I beseech you, my friend, to grant a loan on my behalf to form an expedition.

 

Ton ami de toujours,

Gérard Le Marchant

From the early modern manuscripts section of the Archives of the National Library in O'polis, Orioni.

Chapter 1: The Mission

The icebreaker IRV Beredo was the first heavy icebreaker in the CAOS scientific fleet. Since its launch in 2019, the Beredo has made several journeys to Antargis already, resupplying all existing scientific Antargic stations. The ship also paid a visit to numerous points along its journey, including Berenyi Island, Balter, and Odberge. Beredo was joined by the IRV Menelassar and the IRV Connor Grey. Together, these three ships form the wurld’s largest and most powerful fleet of nuclear-powered icebreakers. The three vessels were thoroughly tested by Deltannian experts. After May 2022, the ships also received upgrades with Prymontian technology from Aamotech.

This year, during the upcoming Antargic summer season, the two newest vessels will take care of the Antargic resupply mission. Meanwhile, the Beredo is preparing for another mission.

They will be exploring the Argic Ocean a short, under the watchful eye of experienced @Miirosi Captain Beinteinn Versson, a short, balding man, dressed in a bright red uniform with gold stripes. Captain Versson put together a trained multinational crew, with people from all CAOS members. The only real competition could come from @Prymont, the isolationist Volscians, or the small cluster of @Ivericans living on the Islas Ultramares. But most of them appeared to be distracted by Anglian adventures.

Ownership of the Deltannian island in the northeast Gulf of Lanjon are disputed and also claimed by Volsci. The Gulf of Lanjon has become widely navigable because of receding pack-ice and improvements to shipping. This had led to calls by international bodies and foreign powers for Volsci to concede its sovereignty over the route and allow it to exist as an international passageway. The Volscians have immovably wanted to do so, with the ability to enforce their claims over this and the deeper Argic waters. For this reason, the Volscian Navy began developing new Argic warships: the Harold Volk-class offshore patrol vessel. As of September 2022, one is in service, three have been completed, and five are still under construction.

(OOC. To quote the modern Pennsylvanian pop culture oracle that is Taylor Swift: “Ooh, look what you made me do.” From 2017 to 2022, I've written various posts about the icebreakers being announced, built, tested, and the first missions. It seems like enough time has passed to have matured the technology and give this expedition a realistic undertaking appeal. As for the crew, I suggest that all CAOS-members as of December 2022 can place one or more characters as crew on board of the Beredo mission. We'll re-use the collective RP example that was set by the brilliant Antargic Adventures at Simon Station.)

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Chapter 2: The Crew
Scene 1: The Captain

Captain Beinteinn Versson is a short, balding man from @Miiros. He is dressed in a bright red uniform with gold stripes. The past few months have been very busy. He needed to secure funding for the expedition to Rupes Nigra. He was also involved with planning the route and logistics of the expedition, including determining the appropriate supplies and equipment that will be needed, and the route that will be followed.

Captain Versson is a skilled navigator and explorer. He is always looking for ways to improve his methods and expand his knowledge. He is interested in using any modern tools and technology to plan his route. Anything that could improve the safety and success of his expedition.

Thanks to modern technology, the route for this polar expedition is planned with a high degree of precision and detail. It involves using satellite imagery and other remote sensing techniques to identify potential routes and potential challenges, such as ice flows or rugged terrain. Additionally, the team uses computer modelling and simulation to test different route options and assess their feasibility.

Once a potential route has been identified, the team could use GPS and other navigation technologies to plot the exact course and ensure that the expedition stays on track. Overall, modern technology would allow the team to plan and execute a safe and efficient route for the expedition.

Personal Information

Name: Beinteinn Versson
Gender: Male
Age: 47
Nationality: Miirosi
Profession: Captain
Speciality: navigation, exploration, leadership, planning
Personnel category: Officer
Description: The leader of the team, Beinteinn is a seasoned explorer and captain of the IRV Beredo. With over 15 years of experience navigating the icy waters of the polar regions, he is an expert in ice navigation and survival in extreme conditions.

And, of course, he was involved with putting together a team of experienced explorers, scientists, and support staff. The team will be conducting research and making observations along the way.

A number of criteria are used to select the team for a polar expedition. These criteria include:

  • the person's experience and expertise in polar exploration,
  • their physical fitness and ability to withstand the harsh conditions of the polar environment,
  • the ability to work well in a team, and
  • their willingness to take on the challenges and risks associated with such an expedition.

Additionally, the team would need to include individuals with a range of skills and expertise, including scientists, navigators, medical professionals, and support staff, in order to ensure that the expedition is well-equipped to handle any challenges that may arise.

For example, the team might include individuals with backgrounds in fields such as geology, biology, meteorology, and oceanography, who can conduct research and make observations in these areas. Additionally, the team would need individuals with technical skills, such as mechanics and engineers, who can maintain and repair equipment, as well as individuals with practical skills, such as cooks and medics, who can provide essential support for the team. Other important skills for a polar expedition might include navigation, communication, and emergency response.

Chapter 2, Scene 2: The Interview

The first job interviews took place in a sleek, modern office building in Miiros. The room is well-lit and sparsely furnished, with a large glass table in the centre and several comfortable chairs arranged around it. The walls are adorned with abstract art and the floor is covered in a plushy, neutral-coloured carpet. The atmosphere was professional and businesslike, with a low hum of conversation and the occasional sound of typing from nearby offices. Outside the window, the city skyline of Orthen stretched out into the distance, punctuated by the occasional glint of sunlight on glass and steel.

Captain Versson: Good afternoon, candidates. I am the captain of the IRV Beredo, and I am in need of a crew to join me on a journey through the frozen seas.

Sailor 1: Why would anyone want to go on a journey through the ice, captain?

Captain Versson: Because it is an adventure like no other! The icy waters hold many mysteries and treasures that are just waiting to be discovered. Plus, our icebreaker is a sturdy ship that can handle the toughest conditions.

Sailor 2: But isn't it dangerous? I've heard stories of ships getting stuck in the ice and being crushed.

Captain Versson: Of course there are risks, but that's what makes it exciting! And with a skilled captain like myself at the helm, I can ensure that we avoid any treacherous situations.

Sailor 3: What's in it for us?

Captain Versson: Apart from the thrill of exploration, there are also great rewards to be had. We will be paid handsomely for our services, and any experience you get will add to your future career prospects.

Sailor 1: That does sound tempting. Count me in, captain!

Sailor 2: And me too!

Captain Versson: Excellent! Welcome aboard the IRV Beredo, mates. We set sail December 13th, seven days from now, so be sure to bring your warmest clothing and your bravest hearts. It's going to be an interesting adventure!

(OOC. Chapter 2 is a second reminder for the current Entente members. Please reply to this topic if you want to join the crew. If you don't have the time, just post a placeholder and edit it later. For maximum exposure, players from observer states are also invited.)

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Chapter 2, Scene 3: Making the cut

Captain Vensson stared out at the dark, cold waters of North Oriental Ocean, his mind racing with the weight of his decision. As the leader of the IRV Beredo and its crew, it was his responsibility to make the tough choices and ensure their safety. And this time, the choice was harder than ever. He knew that taking the Beredo on a voyage through the frozen waters was a risky proposition, but he also knew that the potential rewards were great.

For years, he had dreamed of exploring the polar regions and uncovering the mysteries and treasures that lay hidden beneath the ice. And now, with a skilled crew and a sturdy ship at his disposal, he felt ready to take on the challenge.

But as he stood on the deck of the Icebreaker, the captain knew that the decision was not one to be taken lightly. The icy waters were treacherous, and many ships had been lost to the crushing grip of the ice.

Still, the captain was not one to back down from a challenge. He had faced danger and adversity before, and he was confident in his abilities as a captain and navigator.

After careful consideration, the captain made his decision.

The captain had a warm and friendly relationship with the technical staff on the IRV Beredo. He respected their skills and knowledge and valued their contributions to the voyage. He often spent time talking with them, discussing the latest advancements in ship technology and sharing stories from his many years at sea.

Technical Staff

First Mate Rachel Williams from $country: As the captain's second-in-command, Rachel is responsible for assisting with navigation and ship operations. She has over 10 years of experience sailing the polar regions and is an expert in ice navigation and survival.

Chief Engineer Amrit Benjankar from @Mahana: Amrit is responsible for maintaining the IRV Beredo and ensuring that all systems are functioning properly. With over 20 years of experience in ship engineering, he is a vital member of the team.

Electrician Peter Patel from $country: Peter is responsible for maintaining the electrical systems on the ship and ensuring that all equipment is functioning properly. He has over 15 years of experience as an electrician and is skilled in both repair and installation.

Mechanic Sahmi Werjet from @Hemahat: Mike is a mechanic who is responsible for maintaining the ship's engines and other mechanical systems. He has a background in mechanical engineering and is an expert in troubleshooting and repair.

Environmental Technician Alice Anderson from $country: Alice is responsible for monitoring the environmental impact of the voyage and implementing sustainable practices on the ship. She has a background in environmental science and is passionate about protecting the polar regions.

Communications Specialist Samantha Sheppard from $country: Samantha is in charge of maintaining communication with the outside wurld during the voyage. She is an expert in satellite technology and radio communication.

Chef Tim Tatashirfrom $country: Tim is the team's resident chef, responsible for providing nourishing and tasty meals for the crew during the long voyage. He is an expert in creating delicious meals using limited ingredients and resources.

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The captain's relationship with the scientific staff, however, was somewhat cooler. While he respected their expertise and admired their passion for exploration, he sometimes found their more academic approach to research to be a bit dry and unengaging. He was friendly with them, but he didn't have the same close bond that he had with the technical staff.

Scientific Staff

Expedition Leader Maria Garcia from $country: Maria is the leader of the support staff on the voyage, responsible for coordinating logistics and overseeing the safety of the team. She has extensive experience in expedition planning and management.

Dr. Julia Jones from $country: A renowned biologist and oceanographer, Sarah is in charge of leading the scientific research on the voyage. She is an expert in marine life and the effects of climate change on the polar regions.

Geologist Mark Johnson from $country: Mark is a geologist with a passion for exploration. He is fascinated by stories about Rupes Nigra. He is responsible for conducting geological research and collecting samples of rocks and minerals from the polar regions.

Seismologist David Lee from $country: David is a seismologist who specializes in studying earthquakes and other geological phenomena. He is responsible for conducting research on the structure and composition of the earth beneath the ice.

Meteorologist Emma Lee from $country: Emma is an expert in weather and climate, and is responsible for providing the team with accurate weather forecasts and analysing the effects of climate change on the polar regions.

Survival Trainer Jackie Lee from $country: Jackie is a trained survival expert who is responsible for teaching the crew how to survive in the harsh conditions of the polar regions. She has experience in wilderness survival and is an expert in first aid and emergency response.

Medic Jake Thompson from $country: Jake is a trained paramedic and the team's resident medical expert. He is responsible for providing medical care to the crew and conducting any necessary research on the effects of extreme environments on human health.

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This is the crew he would take on a voyage through the frozen seas, and he would not rest until he had uncovered all the secrets and treasures that lay hidden beneath the ice. It was time to embark on a journey like no other, and the captain was ready to face whatever challenges lay ahead.

Chapter 3: Loading the Ship

As the IRV Beredo prepared for its journey to the polar regions, the crew went through a thorough checklist to ensure that the ship was properly prepared and equipped.

IRV Beredo

First, the ship's engines and mechanical systems were thoroughly inspected and tested to ensure that they were in good working order. Any necessary repairs or maintenance were carried out, and spare parts were stocked on board in case of emergency.

Next, the ship's navigation and communication systems were checked and tested to ensure that they were functioning properly. Satellite communication equipment was installed, and the ship's GPS and radar systems were calibrated and checked for accuracy.

Once the technical systems were in order, the crew turned their attention to supplies and provisions. Food and water were loaded onto the ship, along with any necessary equipment and supplies for the scientific research that would be conducted during the voyage.

Finally, the ship was stocked with emergency equipment and supplies, including lifeboats, first aid kits, and survival gear. The crew went through extensive training on emergency procedures and survival in extreme conditions, and they were prepared for any challenges that might arise during the voyage.

Once all the preparations were complete, the IRV Beredo was ready to set sail on its journey to the polar regions. The crew boarded the ship, excited and nervous for the adventure that lay ahead.

There are many risks associated with a voyage to the polar regions, particularly for a ship like the IRV Beredo.

First and foremost, there is the risk of ice damage. The polar regions are covered in vast expanses of ice, and navigating through these treacherous waters can be challenging, even for a modern icebreaker. The ship could become stuck in the ice, or it could be damaged by the massive chunks of floating ice.

In addition to the risk of ice damage, there are also the challenges of extreme weather and long periods of darkness. The polar regions are known for their harsh weather conditions, with frigid temperatures, high winds, and frequent storms. The ship and its crew must be prepared to withstand these conditions for extended periods of time.

There is also the risk of isolation and communication challenges. The polar regions are remote and far from civilization, and the ship may be out of contact with the outside wurld for long periods of time. This can make it difficult to get help in case of emergency, and it can be challenging for the crew to stay connected with their loved ones back home.

Overall, a voyage to the polar regions is not without its risks, but with careful planning and skilled leadership, the IRV Beredo and its crew can overcome these challenges and accomplish their mission.

Chapter 4: Departure from Ypsilandi

Captain Versson stood on the docks of Ypsalindi, a small, rugged Miirosi outpost located in the frigid waters northeast of Ide Jima. Surrounded by rocky shorelines and coniferous forests, the island is home to a diverse ecosystem, including hardy wildlife such as seabirds and fish adapted to the cold waters. The island's interior is covered in dense coniferous forests, where visitors can explore winding trails and discover hidden waterfalls. The island's locals are known for their hardy, resilient lifestyle and hospitable nature.

Ypsilandi

Location of Ypsilandi, off the coast of Ide Jima (approx. N53°30' and E149°)

As the crew of the IRV Beredo prepared to set sail on their journey through the frozen seas, they said their goodbyes to their families and loved ones.

Some crew members hugged their loved ones tightly, tears streaming down their faces as they said their farewells. Others exchanged heartfelt gifts and promises to stay in touch, despite the challenges of long-distance communication.

For some, the goodbye was especially difficult. Those who had young children struggled with the thought of leaving their families for an extended period of time. They took comfort in the knowledge that their loved ones would be waiting for them when they returned, and they vowed to make the most of their time at sea.

Overall, the goodbyes were bittersweet, as the crew members were both excited and nervous about their upcoming voyage. But they knew that they had an important mission to accomplish, and they were determined to make the most of their time at sea.

Versson had a sombre look on his face as he gazed out at the Beredo, the ship he called home. Beside him, his two young children clung to his legs, their eyes filled with tears as they realized that their father was leaving again.

"Daddy, please don't go," his daughter pleaded, her lip quivering. "I don't want you to leave us again."

The captain knelt down and took his children in his arms, hugging them tightly. "I know it's hard, my darlings," he said, his voice thick with emotion. "But I have to go. It's my job to sail the seas and explore new lands. And one day, when you're older, you'll understand why I have to do this."

His son looked up at him, his eyes shining with admiration. "I want to be a sailor like you, Daddy," he said. "I want to see the wurld and have adventures."

The captain smiled sadly. "I know you do, son," he said. "But for now, you have to stay here and take care of your mother. She needs you, even if she doesn't always show it."

He turned to his ex-wife, who stood a few feet away, her arms crossed and her expression cold. "Take care of our children, Elísabet," he said, his voice firm. "I'll be back before you know it."

Elísabet didn't reply, but the captain could see the hint of sadness in her eyes. He sighed and turned back to his children, giving them one last hug before walking down the gangplank and onto the ship.

As the IRV Beredo pulled away from the docks, the captain stood on the deck, looking back at the shore where his children stood, waving frantically. He knew it would be a long and difficult voyage, but he also knew that it was his duty to explore the unknown and bring back the treasures of the sea.

And even though he was saying goodbye to his children once again, he knew that one day they would understand why he had to leave, and they would be proud of the brave sailor he had become.

(OOC. Chapter 2 describes the crew. Depending on which posts you take, this story began 7 to 10 days ago. So far, no crew volunteers signed up. So a crew was invented. CAOS members and observers can still claim one of these characters as their own, and RP their actions. Just let me know here or via private message. Please claim your character before the end of this month, December 2022. Any unasigned characters will be randomly given a nationality from the CAOS list.

Chapter 3 details how the ship is prepared. Not very interesting, but very necessary. To find out how this is actually done, I reads a couple of stories for more details

Chapter 4 is the actual departure. For the location, I looked at the northernmost EOS members and picked a port that is closest to Rupes Nigra. The choice was between Deltannia, Ide Jima, and Miiros. In the end, I noticed that Mirros island off the coast of Ide Jima. Its the perfect place to depart from: close enough to the polar region, and far enough from all the Anglian drama going on.)

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CAOS-icebreaker Beredo departs for exploratory mission to North Pole

Written by Jorijina Yeigiziabiheri Wedaji

YPSILANDI, Miiros -- As the modern icebreaker IRV Beredo sets sail from Ypsilandi on its exploratory mission to the North Pole, excitement and anticipation are running high among the crew. Among them is Captain Beinteinn Versson, who spoke to us about the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead.

"This is a truly historic moment for us," said Versson. "The IRV Beredo is a state-of-the-art vessel, and we are confident in its ability to navigate through the most treacherous ice conditions. But more than that, this mission represents a chance for us to learn more about our planet and its changing climate, and to gather valuable data that will help us better understand the world we live in."

The IRV Beredo, which is equipped with the latest in icebreaking technology, is expected to be able to reach the North Pole within a matter of weeks. Once there, the crew will conduct a variety of scientific experiments and gather data on everything from ocean temperatures to the composition of the ice pack.

"This is an exciting opportunity for our team of scientists and technical staff," said Dr. Maria Garcia, the chief scientist on the mission. "We have been preparing for this for years, and we are eager to get out there and start collecting data. It's a chance for us to make real contributions to our understanding of the polar regions and their role in the global climate system."

The IRV Beredo is not just a research vessel, however. It is also a home away from home for the crew, who will be living and working together in close quarters for the duration of the mission.

"We are all looking forward to the camaraderie and teamwork that comes with being part of a mission like this," said Chief Engineer Amrit Benjankar from @Mahana. "We know that there will be challenges ahead, but we are confident in our ability to work together and overcome them. This is what we have trained for, and we are ready to take on the task."

As the IRV Beredo sets off on its historic journey, it is clear that the crew is united in their sense of purpose and determination to make the most of this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Whether they are braving the elements or conducting experiments in the lab, they are united in their commitment to advancing our understanding of the world around us.

(OOC. Just a piece of news, describing the ship's departure. It's not enough to be a separate chapter on its own. Just thought I'd do a personal piece on the crew.)

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Personal Information

Name: Sahmi Werjet (Given Werjet, Family Sahmi)
Gender: Male
Age: 35
Nationality: Hemahatik
Profession: Mechanic
Specialty: Ship Repair/Maintenance, mechanical troubleshooting, electronic repair, detail attentiveness. 
Personnel category: Mechanic 
Description: Werjet, always a gearhead, is applying to be the Mechanic of the IRV Beredo. Having graduated from the Khewet Education Academy with a Bachelors in Mechanical Engineering, he served as a mechanic for a few Hemahatik Shipping companies, predominantly working on-ship as a troubleshooter and repairman. 

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Chapter 5: The first days

The IRV Beredo had set off from Ypsilandi, headed for the icy expanse of the North Pole. In the first two days of their journey, the crew was occupied with settling in and preparing for the long months ahead. The ship was equipped with all the modern comforts of a research vessel, including labs, living quarters, and a cafeteria.

The captain and navigator were carefully plotting their course, using the latest navigation technology to guide them towards the treacherous Argic waters. Meanwhile, the scientists were getting ready to begin their research, reviewing their data and setting up their equipment.

As the ship sailed further into the open ocean, they encountered rough weather - strong winds and high waves. The crew took precautions to keep the ship stable and protect themselves and their equipment. Despite the challenges, they were excited to be on this once-in-a-lifetime adventure, eager to delve into the mysteries of the frozen north.

For years, Captain Beinteinn Versson and Expedition Leader Maria Garcia had been working in the field of polar research, devoting their careers to understanding the Arctic's complex and fragile ecosystem. They had both been on numerous research expeditions to the region, and they were excited to have this opportunity. As they walked through the ship's corridors, they stumbled upon each other and stopped to talk.

"Good morning, Maria," the captain, Beinteinn Versson, said. "How are you settling in?"

"I'm doing well, thank you," replied Maria Garcia, the scientific expedition leader. "It's a bit of an adjustment being out at sea for so long, but I'm looking forward to getting started on our research."

"Yes, it can be a challenge," said Captain Versson. "But we have a great team on board. I have every confidence in our ability to accomplish our goals."

"I agree," said Maria. "It's a privilege to be part of this expedition. I'm particularly excited about the opportunity to study the impacts of climate change on the Argic ecosystem."

"Yes, it's important work," said the captain. "And we have the best equipment and resources available to help us gather the data we need. But we also have to be careful out here. The Argic Ocean can be a harsh and unforgiving environment."

"I understand," said Maria. "We'll make sure to take all necessary precautions to ensure the safety of our team and the success of our mission."

"Good," said the captain. "We'll stay in touch with the home base and update them on our progress. And we'll keep an eye on the weather, as well. It can change quickly up here."

"Thank you, Captain," said Maria. "I'm looking forward to a productive and successful expedition."

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Chapter 6: You are not alone

Perched atop a steep cliff overlooking the rugged coastline stood a high-tech radar station located on the eastern seaboard of Volsci. The station was housed in a fortified concrete building, designed to withstand the harsh weather conditions of the region.

Stations like this were a crucial part of the Volsci military's operations, providing a vital link between the officers on the ground and the command centre in the capital city of Antium. It was a place of constant vigilance, where the officers worked around the clock to protect their country's strategic interests.

Inside, the radar station was a beehive of activity, with officers rushing back and forth between screens displaying real-time surveillance footage and maps of the surrounding waters. The walls were lined with shelves of sophisticated technical equipment and powerful computer servers, humming with activity as they process vast amounts of data.

At the heart of the station was a spacious control room, filled with rows of workstations where officers monitored the radar screens and communicated with other military units. The room was bathed in the flickering light of fluorescent bulbs, and the air was thick with the smell of coffee and the sound of keyboards clicking.

Two Volsci officers were hunched over their screens in the high-tech military command centre, their eyes fixed on the real-time surveillance footage and maps of the North Oriental and Argic Oceans. They had the most advanced military equipment at their disposal, including top-of-the-line communications systems and ultra-high resolution radar imagery, to gather every scrap of intelligence on the Beredo's movements and intentions.

At the same time, they were monitoring the ship's radio communications, intercepting any messages that might give them an edge in this high-stakes game. They were permitted to do whatever it took to protect the Volscian interests in the polar region.

"Sir, we've just received word that an icebreaker from a foreign CAOS organisation is approaching the northern polar circle," Volsci Military Officer Petri Väisänen exclaimed, his eyes wide with alarm. "We can't let them intrude on our territory like this!"

"Calm down, officer," replied Base Commander Kustaa Ollila, his voice steady and measured. "I'm aware of the situation. The ship is called the IRV Beredo, and it seems to be on its way to conduct some sort of scientific research in the north."

"But sir, these perfidious EOS-spies have no right to be here!" Officer Väisänen argued. "We have to do something to stop them!"

"I understand your concern," said Commander Ollila. "But we need to proceed with caution. We don't want to escalate this into a full-blown conflict unless it's absolutely necessary."

"But sir, if we don't take action, they might think they can just waltz into our territory whenever they please!" Officer Väisänen countered.

"I agree that we need to show strength," Commander Ollila said. "But we also need to be smart about this. Let's gather as much information as we can about the Beredo and its intentions before we make any decisions."

The Volsci military had well-established protocols in place for communicating developments and decisions up the chain of command. These protocols included regular updates and reports from lower-level officers, as well as briefings and meetings with higher-ranking officials.

In the case of the Beredo's approach, this required informing the very highest levels of government, through a series of secure communication channels. Ultimately, the decision about how to handle the Beredo's approach would be made by those in charge of the military chain of command.

Under normal circumstance, that would be Executive Triumvir Nadar Berbatiev. But his role was more and more usurped by his protégé and designated successor, Deputy Executive Triumvir Alyeksandr Voremen. He used encrypted emails and satellite phones to receive sensitive information and updates on the Beredo's movements and intentions. It was a closely coordinated effort, one that required careful planning and precise execution.

To get rid of unwanted visitors such as these, the Volsci military had a variety of options at their disposal. This included unconventional tactics that the Beredo's crew might not expect, such as psychological warfare, or non-lethal means to disable the ship and force it to turn back.

Alternatively, a more direct approach might be needed. They could use their advanced radar-evading technology to approach the icebreaker undetected, giving them the element of surprise. Once in position, they could deploy armed soldiers to board the ship and seize control of the situation, before the Beredo's crew had any chance to react. It would be a ruthless and effective tactic.

(OOC. Absolutely nothing new here. The icebreaker is still sailing north. Volsci can likely track the ship's course from their eastern seaboard. Volscian government characters were introduced a while ago. The Argic Ocean strategy is a more recent development. Still unsure how much of an opponent is needed in this story, and some excitement never hurt anyone.)

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Chapter 7: Status Report

The IRV Beredo was ploughing through the icy waters of the Argic Ocean, making its way towards the Rupes Nigra. Captain Versson was in his cabin, staring intently at the navigation screen, when he received an urgent message from CAOS headquarters. They were requesting a status report on the icebreaker's progress and current location.

Versson quickly opened his computer and drafted a brief message, detailing the IRV Beredo's current location at 74°40'50.74" N 152°49'31.06" E. He then hit "send" and leaned back in his chair, waiting for a response. Within minutes, he received a message from CAOS. They acknowledged receipt of the report and instructed Versson to continue on his current course. Jameson closed his computer and headed back to the bridge.

On the bridge, Captain Versson stood at the helm, monitoring the ship's progress as it sliced through the icy waters. The room was filled with the hum of electrical equipment and the occasional beep of an instrument, but otherwise it was silent as the crew went about their duties. Captain Jameson gazed out the forward windows at the vast, white landscape stretching out in front of the ship. He was aware of the dangers of navigating these waters.

First Mate Rachel Williams was studying the array of screens and instruments that surrounded her. Her eyes were fixed on the display of the towed array sonar, which was picking up a signal 5 kilometres behind the ship. She was deeply concerned, and she knew that her captain and the scientific expedition leader, Maria Garcia, felt the same way.

“Captain, come take a look at this,” she said, beckoning him to her side. “Our towed array sonar is picking up a signal 5 kilometers back. We're being followed.”

Versson's eyes went wide with alarm as he looked at the sonar display.

“Do you think it's the Volsci?” Garcia asked, her voice tense with worry.

“It's possible,” Captain Versson said, his eyes narrowing. “They've been known to monitor ships in these waters, and they won't hesitate to take action if they feel threatened.”

Garcia nodded. “What do you think we should do next?”

Captain Versson rubbed his chin, deep in thought. “We need to act, but we also need to be cautious. If we're being followed by the Volsci, we don't want to provoke them.”

“Agreed,” Garcia said. “But we also don't want to be caught off guard. We need to be prepared for anything.”

Captain Versson nodded. “I'll call a meeting of the crew to discuss our options. We need to come up with a plan.”

(OOC. Because of course the Volsci are going to be shadowing the ship.)

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