The WBA has been discretely meeting with staff at Feral Marine on Feral Marine’s pleasure cruiser, and speculation about the topic has all the customers at Pippen Hot coffee talking.
“It’s gotta be a conspiracy to take over Pippen,” said one over-caffeinated patron.
“I heard,” whispered another, “that the WBA is really just the WIA and that it’s all part of the Illuminotti.”
The barista tisked. “The Illuminotti is our special biscotti made of candied nuts.”
“I think you’re all nuts,” said the Waterbank News intern. “Just walk over there and ask them what they’re doing.”
Rumors are circulating about Feral Marine’s Tempest, the deep water patrol craft that is currently in dock at Tschotcke, Blake (link). The rumors are speculating that the company may break with its rigorous testing process and release an early “.7 version” to generate income for its increasingly expensive Sea Lion and Lynx projects.
“They’ve got these amazing products,” said Sketch Sun of the WBA, “but some of the development cost is… expensive. I don’t want to even think about how many cup holders they need to buy for the Sea Lion…”
Pippen docks are shipping out record amounts of catnip thanks to new equipment from Feral Logistics and new union representation.
“It’s all thanks to da new facilities,” said Don Catleone, “and, ya know, HR policies.”
East River is one if the few places with legalized catnip, but that hasn’t stopped a theiving trade in the narcotic. Every day tons of it are shipped out from the Pippen docks and into places where its status as contraband puts the ship crews in danger. Coast Guards and local law enforcement impound what they can though much of it makes its ways onto the streets.
“There’s a discussion at the policy level,” said a Waterbank University professor, “as to whether the war on catnip is having any real effect. The only thing we’ve figured out so far is that catnip is making everyone crazy.”
In an enlargement of the rift between Waterbank citizens and the East River, Feral Marine wet teams were actively looking for Waterbank separatists in Buckland combat area.
“No one really knows what is happening at Buckland,” a Feral Marine spokesperson defended. “Is it possible that a few of our security personnel find Waterbank in the wrong? Maybe. Is it possible that they took it on themselves to go where the news told them separatists were to follow their own judgement? Maybe. But as far as I know, there has been no order for them to do so.”
WIA has responded by sending some of their own agents too, though they deny it. “Is it possible that a few of our security personnel find East River in the wrong? Maybe. Is it possible that they took it on themselves to go where Waterbank citizens miight be in danger and to follow their own judgement? Maybe. But as far as I know, there has been no order for them to do so.”
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The Tempest, a deep water patrol craft from Feral Marine, has been receiving some upgrades while at the Tsochke dock. No comment has been made about the boat.
UCS – The fledgling UCS (United City-States) is preparing for a bigger role in the world with training sessions for its members, and here is a recent training exercise at East River Hospital in Pippen.
“People don’t always remember that ERH is one of the few hospitals outfitted with a decompression tank (link).” Said one doctor with the UCS. “They also have a Disease Center that can train us on infectious vectors in battlefield environments. We’re learning a lot.”
Seen here at Tschotcke, Feral Marine’s newest gun boat is still in testing.
“Quality takes time,” on the engineers said.