Ch. 1: Highway Chile.   Posted by Raellus.Group: 0
Mike Carswell
 player, 117 posts
 USN CPO
 Dave Ross
Thu 16 Feb 2017
at 09:56
Re: Ch. 1: Highway Chile
”You got it.” Carswell replies to Nash, the Corpsman shifting his position slightly, taking a pace away from Sam. ”I ain’t explaining this to your wife though so you better get your ass back here when you’re done buddy.” It’s said with a wry smile but there’s concern on Carswell’s face as he watches his fellow Chief casually close the distance to the bikers.

The medic would sorely like to unsling his rifle, to have it at the low ready, just in case, but he knows that might be interpreted as a hostile act by the bikers, might crank what is already a tense situation up another few notches. So he leaves his rifle slung over his shoulder, his arms still folded, trying to continue to look relaxed. Behind his shades wary eyes flick from Ron to the bikers. His right hand has come to rest a few inches from one of the two M67 frag grenades attached to his LBE. If it does go south some of them are going to get that frag. Right after he’s warned Ron.

Carswell
A couple of feet away from Sam’s passenger side
Standing / still trying to look relaxed / observing
G3 (20/20) slung / M1911 (7/7) in shoulder holster / 2 x M67 Frag on LBE
If it goes south plan is to warn Ron, frag the bikers (tossing grenade at a spot where no friendlies are talking to them) then get his head down and unsling his rifle

Kurt Hoffman
 player, 34 posts
 Lt. USMC; Cpt. NMSDF
 Mahatatain
Thu 16 Feb 2017
at 10:13
Re: Ch. 1: Highway Chile
In reply to Raellus (msg # 221):

"Well, that's a matter of perspective," Kurt replied to the Sheriff with a half smile.  "It's very true that the NMSDF has to do more to make a difference and that's why we're here.  Not just part of a PR exercise but the first steps towards finding out what problems there are in the State and doing something about them.  General security is one thing.  Working out where the Mexican troops are occupying and maybe doing something about that is another.  Trade is a third."

He glanced again over the assembled motorbikes.  "You're clearly doing well here.  Electricity.  Your own militia.  Enough fuel to keep all of these bikes running.  That's some serious production and if you have spare fuel then you have a commodity that the rest of the State would be interested in trading for."

Kurt looked again at the Sheriff, studying him further, trying to work out if he was the genuine article or a biker dressed up in a Sheriff's uniform.  "Can we meet this President please?  It would be good to talk to him about some of this stuff, see if you've got any needs that we can help with.  Goods that you need that we might be able to orchestrate a trade for with something like surplus fuel.  Something like that."

Kurt wasn't an idiot.  He knew that the motorcycle clubs called their leaders Presidents so he was ninety five percent certain that the bikers had taken over this town, offering the residents protection in return for control.  Whether they were just taking advantage of the situation or were actually looking out for the general population as a kind of beneficial dictatorship would be the key thing to determine.  There was every chance that the Sheriff was actually the President of the bikers, playing a role to work out what the NMSDF were interested in.

He glanced again at the line of assembled bikers.  "As you said though this isn't really your field so can you arrange a meeting with the President please?  What's he called for a start?"
John Mesa
 player, 87 posts
 Captain, 19C, RA
 mediiic
Fri 17 Feb 2017
at 12:34
Re: Ch. 1: Highway Chile
Mesa let Kurt do the talking just for now, but glanced at Chief Nash. There was a creeping feeling, the man was up to something and if he was, there was a chance, it might backfire and cause a carnage. However, there was little he could do about it without causing a huge mess, so he let his most senior NCO go about his business and just asked the Great Spirit to not give them all a kick in the nuts.

This message was last edited by the player at 12:34, Fri 17 Feb 2017.

Jorge Camacho-Matta
 player, 91 posts
 Former N.M.S.P. #927
 Corkman
Fri 17 Feb 2017
at 22:45
Re: Ch. 1: Highway Chile
In reply to Mike Carswell (msg # 224):

Jorge sits anxiously behind the wheel and says to Carswell, "I still don't know about these bikers Mike.  I had a lot of experience with these fuckers when I was on the road and let me tell you something, they can be pretty nasty.  Unless, these are like some 'Bikers for God' or something like that?  It just seems unusual that the biker would be working with the sheriff."

OOC: Rae, I'm not sure if Jorge would have any dealings with the sheriff or any of his deputies?  It's OK if he doesn't.  Just a thought.
Raellus
 GM, 134 posts
 Storyteller
 Arbiter
Fri 17 Feb 2017
at 23:31
Re: Ch. 1: Highway Chile
Kurt Hoffman:
He glanced again at the line of assembled bikers.  "As you said though this isn't really your field so can you arrange a meeting with the President please?  What's he called for a start?"


Matic chuckles to himself, "Crooks, is his name. If you'd like to meet with him, I can arrange that. I'm sure he'll be interested to meet you."

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Raellus
 GM, 135 posts
 Storyteller
 Arbiter
Fri 17 Feb 2017
at 23:36
Re: Ch. 1: Highway Chile
Ronald Nash:
Ron sauntered up slowly toward the bikes.  "Morning.  Any of you fellas originally from Hatch?" he asked.


"Fuck wants to know?" drawls the nearest biker- a large, bearded man wearing more leather than denim.

The man parked next to him guffaws, "You picked the wrong guy to make chit-chat with, buddy. Don't take it personal, though- Ol' Sully here hates damn near everybody. I was born in Hatch. 1949. Ain't lived there since the late early '70s, though. You from there?"

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Ronald Nash
 player, 57 posts
 USN Seabee CPO
 Spartan-117
Sat 18 Feb 2017
at 04:51
Re: Ch. 1: Highway Chile
Raellus:
"Fuck wants to know?" drawls the nearest biker- a large, bearded man wearing more leather than denim.


Ron mentally labeled this winner as Too Stupid to LiveTS2L clearly had a leather fetish and God only knows how many fleas and small rodents in that nappy beard.  The Seabee didn't say a word in response to the biker, but instead he glanced down slowly at his name tape, then shifted his gaze back toward the biker.  Ron looked a second time down at the strip that said "NASH", before turning his attention to the second, more congenial hog rider.

"We've got a few folks from Hatch with us.  They are eager to see home again.  I've got an old Air Force buddy there myself.  Greg Beridze," Ron said.  He was fishing now, looking for any information, though he wasn't keen on giving up too many details about the Hatchians among them - OPSEC and all.  Instead he floated his father-in-law, who moved there in either '76 or '77, Ron couldn't remember which.

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Kurt Hoffman
 player, 39 posts
 Lt. USMC; Cpt. NMSDF
 Mahatatain
Sat 18 Feb 2017
at 12:28
Re: Ch. 1: Highway Chile
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At a quick powwow before entering Truth or Consequences

As they returned to their vehicles to mount up and go and meet with President Crooks he glanced around, ensuring that none of the bikers or the Sheriff were within hearing range.  "Just before we go and chat to this guy Crooks I think that I need to outline the mission I was given and how I'm currently interpreting my orders," said Kurt to everyone present once he was sure that they weren't being overheard.  "My orders were to meet with the militia commander of Truth or Consequences and inform him or her that their militia now falls under the authority of the NMSDF.  Now that's pretty much an ultimatum and my presumption is that if I was to say that it would certainly get a negative reaction.  I'm therefore holding off from actually saying that and am trying to interpret my orders with some common sense instead.

"Essentially even though the intel we had was that a number of bikers were the core of that militia here that doesn't seem to have been taken into account by the higher ups.  So instead of actually delivering the message I was ordered to I'm sounding out the situation here, trying to work out who's actually in charge and whether they can be persuaded to become part of the NMSDF controlled territory, with all the benefits that that entails.  As the Sheriff said however we've got a pretty shitty reputation currently and we might need to do something about that.  Telling them about the cultists might prove to be beneficial in the end but it's risky as we have no idea about the alliances here." It was clear that Kurt agreed with CPO Nash's suggestion to maintain OPSEC on what had happened the previous day.

"So for the moment I'm going to waffle on about setting up trade between communities, ensuring that any security threats like bandits are dealt with and also understanding what the actual front line is.  It's clear that the Mexicans have pulled back to some point further south and we need to find that out but I, or rather we if you're going to help me with this, need to make the narrative about rebuilding rather than initiating another round of fighting with the Mexicans for communities further to the south of here."

He glanced around the men and women of Sabre patrol who he'd met yesterday in rather unfortunate circumstances.  "Does that make sense and does it raise any questions?"  He looked in particular at his two fellow officers but made sure that everyone got a chance to put in their two cents worth.
John Mesa
 player, 88 posts
 Captain, 19C, RA
 mediiic
Sat 18 Feb 2017
at 21:36
Re: Ch. 1: Highway Chile
Mesa gave the plan a solemn nod. "I'm up for that plan, Hoffman. Let's play this cool, people - no unnecessary provoking or getting provoked. Who knows, we might actually get these guys to join up by some miracle", he said, though it was quite clear he did not expect things to go that well. "Hoffman, you want to do the talking?"

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Jorge Camacho-Matta
 player, 93 posts
 Former N.M.S.P. #927
 Corkman
Sat 18 Feb 2017
at 22:27
Re: Ch. 1: Highway Chile
John Mesa:
Mesa gave the plan a solemn nod. "I'm up for that plan, Hoffman. Let's play this cool, people - no unnecessary provoking or getting provoked. Who knows, we might actually get these guys to join up by some miracle", he said, though it was quite clear he did not expect things to go that well. "Hoffman, you want to do the talking?"

Jorge steps forward and looks to address the group.  "Stop me if I'm out of line Cap'n.  I've had a lot of dealings with bikers in my pre-war days.  They're not a hospitable bunch and they like to stir shit up.  If we have to deal with them, they're probably going to test us to provoke us.  This is some weird shit that they're working with the sheriff but, I guess they're in survival mode.

That's all I have sir."

Raellus
 GM, 142 posts
 Storyteller
 Arbiter
Sun 19 Feb 2017
at 00:24
Re: Ch. 1: Highway Chile
Ronald Nash:
"We've got a few folks from Hatch with us.  They are eager to see home again.  I've got an old Air Force buddy there myself.  Greg Beridze," Ron said.  He was fishing now, looking for any information, though he wasn't keen on giving up too many details about the Hatchians among them - OPSEC and all.  Instead he floated his father-in-law, who moved there in either '76 or '77, Ron couldn't remember which.


The man scratches his paunch with the long box magazine of his TEC-9 and ponders a moment. "Hm. Name's kinda familiar but I don't know. Maybe."

His name tab reads, Graves.

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John Mesa
 player, 89 posts
 Captain, 19C, RA
 mediiic
Sun 19 Feb 2017
at 07:26
Re: Ch. 1: Highway Chile
"Duly noted, Jorge. We'll keep our eyes open, adapt and overcome when necessary." Mesa didn't seem at all miffed by one of his troopers giving him insight on things - on the contrary. He seemed rather pleased with this bit.
Ronald Nash
 player, 58 posts
 USN Seabee CPO
 Spartan-117
Sun 19 Feb 2017
at 08:33
Re: Ch. 1: Highway Chile
In reply to Raellus (msg # 235):

Ron nodded somberly.  "Could be that he moved on when all this shit started, but it would be nice to see him.  Everyone's lost a lot of friends these days," Ron added, before dropping what remained of his cigar to the ground.  His left boot ground it into the dirt, extinguishing the glowing red cigar foot.

"Looks like the big-wigs want a pow wow.  Be seein' you fellas," Nash said.  He strode back to Home Depot to get ready for the move.

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Kurt Hoffman
 player, 42 posts
 Lt. USMC; Cpt. NMSDF
 Mahatatain
Sun 19 Feb 2017
at 09:30
Re: Ch. 1: Highway Chile
John Mesa:
Mesa gave the plan a solemn nod. "I'm up for that plan, Hoffman. Let's play this cool, people - no unnecessary provoking or getting provoked. Who knows, we might actually get these guys to join up by some miracle", he said, though it was quite clear he did not expect things to go that well. "Hoffman, you want to do the talking?"

Kurt pondered for a while before responding.  "Actually I think that me doing all the talking wouldn't be a good idea," he replied thoughtfully.  "I think that's too formal, too military for this situation.  I think that a number of us talking, particularly non-coms, is the best approach.  That's less formal and much more friendly."

He glanced around, noting that the Sheriff and bikers were almost ready to escort them.  "I'll certainly be one of the people talking but it shouldn't just be me.  We're trying to put them at their ease, trying to convince them that we're good people to ally with and if they want us to perform some kind of test," he glanced at Jorge with a nod of gratitude for his insights, "then we'll have to see what that is.  We might need to play their game though."
Jorge Camacho-Matta
 player, 95 posts
 Former N.M.S.P. #927
 Corkman
Sun 19 Feb 2017
at 13:23
Re: Ch. 1: Highway Chile
In reply to Kurt Hoffman (msg # 238):

Jorge returns the nod to his fellow Marine.
Mike Carswell
 player, 123 posts
 USN CPO
 Dave Ross
Sun 19 Feb 2017
at 15:28
Re: Ch. 1: Highway Chile
Carswell stood, arms folded, his ball cap keeping the Sun off his eyes as he listened to Hoffman's briefing and the conversation that followed. "I'd suggest let Captain Mesa go first. He can establish himself as the boss and introduce everyone from our side. Then turn it over to Mr Hoffman, who gives the actual pitch. Then we can all chip in as needed."

The Corpsman looked over at Hoffman. "If we can try and find out where they're at in terms of their medical needs, maybe there's a way in there.  Our medical supplies are limited though, so we need to manage expectations. I can't run a clinic for the whole town. But if El Presidente has any friends that need special treatment maybe we can help with that."

The medic then turned to Mesa, nodded. "Playing it cool is good with me."
Emily Nash
 player, 31 posts
 USAF O3
 Spartan-117
Sun 19 Feb 2017
at 15:40
Re: Ch. 1: Highway Chile
"If our hosts are open to some trade, I'll probably skip the larger meeting and see if I can make contacts with any merchants in town.  I'll see what I can get for the Rolex..." Emily said, giving a nod to Mike, "...and perhaps find out what they need, and what they have to trade.  We can compare their official answers with what the merchants are hawking afterward."  Emily could already see there were a lot of cooks in the kitchen for the meeting with El Hefe and she'd rather deal directly with the merchants of ToC.
Chevelle Watkins
 NPC, 3 posts
 USAF E-5
 Raellus
Sun 19 Feb 2017
at 15:50
Re: Ch. 1: Highway Chile

It was prejudice, and Chevelle felt a bit ashamed for thinking this way, but biker gangs weren't known for their chivalry and good behavior. "Not sayin' you can't handle yourself, Captain [Nash], but I don't know if it's such a good idea for a woman to be on her own in this place."

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Emily Nash
 player, 32 posts
 USAF O3
 Spartan-117
Sun 19 Feb 2017
at 15:54
Re: Ch. 1: Highway Chile
"Good point.  I'll go take a nap with Ron in the truck.  Padillia's in charge right?" Emily said.  She returned to HD, glad she at least had Ron to talk to.  Otherwise her rucksack gear might start talking to itself.
Kurt Hoffman
 player, 45 posts
 Lt. USMC; Cpt. NMSDF
 Mahatatain
Sun 19 Feb 2017
at 17:27
Re: Ch. 1: Highway Chile
"Checking out their medical needs makes sense," Kurt commented to Mike.  "It might be more a case of something being beyond their capabilities here rather than digging into your medical supplies.  Also your suggestion of our approach makes sense as well.  Start with some formality from Captain Mesa, then I'll start talking and we can then widen the discussion out further."

He glanced at Emily.  "Captain Nash, I think that you should come to the meet and then go looking for merchants to talk to.  I think that we should get their President's permission first before wandering round the town, even with an escort."
John Mesa
 player, 92 posts
 Captain, 19C, RA
 mediiic
Sun 19 Feb 2017
at 18:43
Re: Ch. 1: Highway Chile
Mesa gave a solemn nod. "Sounds like a 6P solution. Precautious Planning Prevents a Piss-Poor Performance. I'll go first, then Hoffman, then Doc and after that, others can chip in as needed."
Jorge Camacho-Matta
 player, 98 posts
 Former N.M.S.P. #927
 Corkman
Mon 20 Feb 2017
at 04:08
Re: Ch. 1: Highway Chile
John Mesa:
Mesa gave a solemn nod. "Sounds like a 6P solution. Precautious Planning Prevents a Piss-Poor Performance. I'll go first, then Hoffman, then Doc and after that, others can chip in as needed."

"I always thought it was seven P'S sir.  I guess every branch has their own 'P' system."
Dominic Padilla
 player, 20 posts
 U.S. Army MP
 Kilgs
Tue 21 Feb 2017
at 05:29
Re: Ch. 1: Highway Chile
Dom's head popped up at Ms. Nash's comment and he shrugged. "I can certainly call it from outside the truck. A nap is a sensible thing to do for a soldier... and keeps you behind the wheel." He thought for a moment. "Make sure you got a radio handy. Me squawking into one may make our hosts a bit antsy."

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Mike Carswell
 player, 124 posts
 USN CPO
 Dave Ross
Tue 21 Feb 2017
at 10:58
Re: Ch. 1: Highway Chile
”One more thing” Carswell added as the meeting looked as though it was about to break up. ”We need a duress code. A way to warn the guys outside if any of us end up with guns pointed at our heads inside. Something we can slip into a conversation without it looking suspicious.” The Corpsman paused for a moment, thinking.

”Let’s keep it simple. So if any of us come out of the meeting and say ‘it’s going great’ that’s code for we’re in the shit. Everybody got that? ‘It’s going great’ is the duress code. Make sure everybody knows that.”

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Kurt Hoffman
 player, 47 posts
 Lt. USMC; Cpt. NMSDF
 Mahatatain
Wed 22 Feb 2017
at 21:55
Re: Ch. 1: Highway Chile
"Sounds like a plan to me," replied Kurt.  "Good idea Doc."