On Patrol: Vista

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We fell into the companionable silence of veteran watchstanders. The sun slowly set behind the vast mountain peaks, casting long shadows that lengthened into dusk and night. Once, a single Aery loomed out of the darkness, steel frame and bright lights rising up out of the snow-covered slopes like it was breaking away from the cold mountain. Their heliograph stuttered rapidly, but briefly as we already had the bulk of waiting messages.

I traced down the message – the signal watchstander would have his own copy, but it was important for the officers to be able to receive a heliograph too.

BEGIN LOCAL NEWS STOP
BANDIT WARNING BETHAS/TRUNNION/IRWELL STOP
HEAVY SNOW TORRENTIAL RAIN TRUNNION/LOCAS/RENNAL STOP
COMBAT ZONE TRUNNION/LOCAS/TRYPTAS SCAVENGERS ABROAD STOP
END MESSAGES STOP

Bertram, although fairly inebriated, managed to look lively while I copied the transmission down. He seemed interested in a dark object to the north for a moment, but shrugged and gave up on whatever it was he had seen.

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  1. Avatar HSAR

    For those who are interested, the triple-location format from the heliograph message simply designates the approximate triangular area the message concerns, as defined by the closest point of interest.

  2. Avatar Princess Binky Lemontwist (LoA)

    That comment, my dear friend, went WHOOOOSH! Right over my head. My brain has an automatic shutdown mode when triangles and numbers are thrown at it. :P

  3. Avatar Princess Binky Lemontwist (LoA)

    By the way, great story! XD

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