I was cloned, Batch XX-221bd43821, designated unit H'Youndie R'heddisien, on Earth Calendar (Galactic Standard) 21 March, 1432.
|Breetia TULL, Azonia LAPLAMIS, Exedore FORMO, and Khyron KRAVSHERRA- It Is No Accident That Each Of These T'sentraedi Have A Class Of Ships Named For Them.|
As I was, at that point, not yet qualified for anything over Regult, I was assigned to the general pool. T'sentraedi assignments went on a restricted lottery system; Previous assignments first, qualifications second.The qualifications, in order of precedence, was Regult (battlepod), Gluuhaug Regult (light artillerypod), Serauhaug Regult (heavy artillerypod), Del Regult (recon scoutpod), power armor (both the male powerearmor Nousjadeul-Ger and Queadluun-Rau female powerarmor), Recovery Pod, Gnerl (fighterpod), Quel Qualie (theater scout pod), shuttle pod, Frand'lar Tiluvo (re-entrypod), Salan weapons, ship command center (radar and helm mostly), and ships command; Ships command, however, was restricted to the officers, and as a warrior, I was ineligible.Assignment were Negronta Zugara Salan (repair ship), Negronta Zugara T'sen (hospital ship), Negronta Zugara Fub Relau (supply ships, especially fuel for auxiliary engines), Nous-Grandiel (special forces), Derurigaado (rear-guard to cover ordered retreats, reconnaissance, and planet or spacecraft security; also bodyguard assignments), and finally Kerugadorasu (stormtroopers and main assault units).Negronta Zugara was considered a minor inconvenience, or perhaps punishment, depending on circumstances. You would generally NOT be assigned to such a unit unless either you asked to (in which case you were considered a t'sen-mot coward), or it had been so long since you were assigned to one that you were due for a little "light and unpleasant duty." It was, more or less, like the Terran practice of putting lower-ranking personnel on messcook (KP). At a certain stage of your career (after qualifying for recovery pod), you could ALMOST guarantee you would never be assigned to a Negronta Zugara unit again. After qualifying as Quel Qualie pilot, you could ASSUREDLY guarantee you would never again be assigned to a Negronta Zugara unit unless you requested it; At which point you would never again be assigned to a combat unit.Nous-Grandiel was a reserved assignment, only available to those who requested it AND passed certain HIGHLY DEMANDING standards, including psychological; You had to be able to endure the hardship of continuous micronization for up to 1,000 years. However, if you COULD take it, you were a Honored Among Equals, and would NEVER be returned to a normal combat command again. There was, also, another caveat: you had to have served in ALL types of commands, and qualified in every type of position (less ships command for warriors). Even if you did still otherwise qualify, you could still be refused entry into such a unit on the decision of it's commander. S/He (usually a she) had to WANT you in their command.Derurigaado was more or less an R&R command; After several turns at the front, you would be rotated to the rear, and placed in security/policing units. You might be assigned planet side or in a ship's company, though the vast majority of the latter were at Robotech Factories or NUPETIET-VERNITZS-Class flagships. These commands would last until a routine re-assignment, so less a few unlucky ones, this was a lifetime appointments.Kerugadorasu were the most common assignment; There were ALWAYS troops at the front dying.You could also request a re-assignment from a less to a greater unit; For example, someone in a Derurigaado unit could ASK to transfer to a Kerugadorasu command, and for the most part could do so with his bags already packed. But request a transfer from a Kerugadorasu to a Negronta Zugara unit, and might well be killed on the spot unless you were due for a routine transfer.We were assigned to a ship, to remain there until the ship was declared Negronta t'sen-mot: That the ship had been too badly damaged, by one means or another, to continue to be of service to the empire, and would be towed (usually) into a repair yard or factory to be rendered down, and her crew reassigned. It was here that your new orders would be assessed, based on previous experiences and qualifications; Officers who had performed badly also might be reassigned to subordinate positions, or to the same position at a lesser command. Transfer to a equal position at a similar command (for example, being put in command of a Kerugadorasu at a TOU REDIR, after having just been the commander of such a unit) was a mark of good performance. Advancement to a HIGHER command (for example, transfer from command of a TOU REDIR'S Kerugadorasu to one at a THUVERL SALAN) was a sign of excellent performance.Such was NOT so for Warriors; Our re-assignments in unit size did not reflect our abilities. At that level, one unit's the same as the next, as long as the mission is the same; Assignment to a TOU REDIR'S Kerugadorasu was the same as a FULBTZS-BERRENTZS' Kerugadoras. It was the qualifications that made a difference, and mission was secondary. You might be PROMOTED being sent from a FULBTZS-BERRENTZS' Kerugadoras to a Negronta Zugara's Derurigaado, as you had mastered ALL Mecha and duties.My first assigned was to Grammieir Borotu, on THUVERL SALAN (destroyer) YYT7113827. My first combat was against the Invid in some forgotten system. My ship was ordered to hold a flanking action, preventing the Invid forces from escaping. They didn't even TRY, and rarely did, but a relief force DID attempt to interfere, and we fought them. I killed an Armored Scout that day.
|Me During My Civilian Years (Picture Is Dated).|
In 1561, I was sent to Garuda. While I was there, I was trained by Tirolian collaborator Garudan Master Trackers. It was here, during one particular patrol, that an event that would DRASTICALLY change my life occurred.Garudan rebels had staged an offensive in the southern hemisphere; Our unit was dispatched to track down a group that was suspected of operating out of a valley that wound north-northeast. We chased them up the valley, smashing small pockets usually attacking with mere spears and arrows; Occasionally, even a log slide or ram attack. (Many years later, I would see a Human-made movie wherein 2 to 3 foot tall aboriginals used a double-log trap to destroy a Destroid; This was very similar to Garudan tactics.)Still, we thought we were winning. Little did we realize they were setting us up for a MAJOR ambush. The Garudan had been stripping Regults of autocannons and ammo, then mounting them on crude, wooden wheels and axles, and dragging the deep in the valley, where they'd been amassing them. The western wall of the valley was a veritable WALL of gun posts. When the full division was solidly trapped, they opened fire. Our Regults were practically cut to ribbons.Garudans, you see, can't MAKE complicated machines. This DOESN'T mean they are stupid. They are QUITE intelligent, and smaller-scale versions of this same tactic had been seen occasionally. This was just the largest scale version that had been seen to date, with about 20 guns being used. (Lasers and P.B.C. require reactors; The Garudans realized that, while doable, the desire to obtain these weapons wasn't worth the effort with their limited technology.)My own battle pod was hit SEVERAL times, and therein lay my changing: You see, Hin got into my cockpit. Before I could close the face mask on my suit, I had breathed deeply of Garudan air. Though I WOULD recover, I was forever changed. Physically, I was undamaged. But I spent several days unconscious. My commanders thought I was simply concussed, and I allowed them to believe so. Mostly, I thought this was true myself. I had gotten such a small dose of Hin (especially versus my mass) that the effects were able to remain hidden for many years.Knowing the Hin links every Garudan together in some unexplained meta-physical way, I have oft wondered if they didn't do this deliberately; After all, I am the only person I know of who has been dosed with Hin to, outwardly, show no symptoms. At any rate, this opened my mind in some ways, which would bear fruit latter in life.It is here were I will, for a moment, leave my story for a moment of chastisement: It is often told by Humans that T'sentraedi were both unable and unwilling to treat our wounded. This simply ISN'T true. Our abilities were limited, but those assigned to Negronta Zugara attended to their tasks well. Our abilities, even with the limitations, generally resulted in a 50% recovery rate. Thought FAR outclassed by Human medicines, when one keeps in mind that the Tiresians did not ALLOW us to know much about even our OWN biology and medicine, this rate is PHENOMENAL, and should NEVER be snubbed at. Great BREETIA and Great DOLZA BOTH saw time inside a Negronta Zugara T'sen ship. Great Exedore, due to his misshapen body, routinely went to such ships.Shortly after recovering, I was transferred to a RIN NADOW LOJM-Class Monitor, and in 1611, we were sent to Carbonara to quell an insurrection there.
|A Slightly Beaten Up THUVERL SALAN-|
Class (Human Designation "T'sentraedi Destroyer").
An anti-Tiresian faction had staged an uprising, taking control of a critical power plant in the northern hemisphere. This power plant fed energy, derived from Sekiton-fueled drives, to most of the surrounding zone (essentially a Terran country). In this sector was MANY factories, several of which supplied war-related mat'eri'el. With the factory operating on emergency power, Robotech Scientists decided the power plant HAD to be retaken. Also, they had been shamed for "allowing" the plant to be taken in the first place.The TRUE history of this stage of the battle lays no fair blame upon the Scientists; Being a true-blue hater of the Masters and their lackeys of ANY sort (including and ESPECIALLY unreformed T'sentraedi loyal to the Masters), it may sound hypocritical of me to say this, but the Scientists defense plan was, for lack of any better word, perfect, vis-'a-vis what defense issues they had. The Carbonarans plan, too, was "perfect"; Saboteurs, posing as employees, set fire to a primary control room, then, under the guise of suppressing the fire, shut down the plant.Their allies outside then stormed the northern gate; This was, in fact, a feint, using a protest group that routinely annoyed the plant. Led to believe that the plant would be in confusion from the shut down, they stormed the gate, with the intent of destroying the generators. This was, however, not meant to be; Rebels had told them this would happen if they did, and they were duped into presenting a diversion. Meanwhile, the REAL rebel force snuck through the south gate, posing as pro-Tiresian security forces. Packing weapons they would legitimately have needed to quell the riot, they turned their weapons on the actual security forces and killed just about all of them. Only the senior administrator escaped along with his driver, bringing the word of the assault to regional HQ, which believed that the riot was under control for several hours (until the arrival of the Scientist).For his part, the Tiresian and his Carbonaran driver did all that they could do, but both were convicted of cowardice; The Tiresian was executed, but the Carbonaran's actions were excused, on the grounds that his SOLE duty was to attend to the Scientist.With the power plant firmly under their control, the rebels demanded a general armistice to discuss terms; However, shamed once for losing the plant, the Regional Commander, a Bioroid Terminator by the name of Ghead (said "Gee- Hod") preferred a military solution, and sent 5 full Legions of T'sentraedi Kerugadorasu Warriors, plus a supporting legion of Derurigaado as scouts. This was to be their plan; The Derurigaado were to sneak in, determine strengths and positions, then withdraw to develop the big plan. After this, if possible, they would be sent back in to kill senior members of the rebels to sow confusion. Then, the main assault force (which we believed would number as many Regults as there were insurgents) would attack from four directions; Not the cardinal directions, but in fact half of them. This was due to a believe that this would demoralize the rebs due to their religious beliefs. We discovered, however, that this had no effect either way. When the main force was launched, they fired many missiles. (If you ever watch a medieval-period movie, you would see a sky of arrows; That was what it looked like.) This barrage smashed our forces, and we were forced to retreat in disarray (those of us as survived, that is).Normally, such a defeat would result in the T'sentraedi who showed such cowardice being killed; However, on special orders from the Scientist, this normal punishment was suspended for those willing to redeem themselves by returning to the battle (less the wounded). This tactic of suspending the rules was commonplace, in truth, to discourage demoralization (the Tiresians weren't stupid; just greedy), especially in large-scale actions like this.It is my assumption that all volunteered to return, as any that refused would have been made example of. I would not however know myself, as my Regult had been hit by at least 3 missiles and multiple near-hits; Shattered, a chunk of armor must have fallen on my head, as I suffered a cranial fracture- My skull was broken, and I was transferred again to a Negronta Zugara T'sen (treatment) ship to recover. A concussion left me incapacitated for several months. I was, in fact, expected to die. T'sentraedi medicine, while limited, COULD resuscitate even one so wounded as myself.After I was released from the Negronta Zugara T'sen, my file was sent to Great DOLZA. He liked what he saw; Survivor of the H~s~s~shah Valley Ambush (Garuda), Survivor of the Assault on Brackohr (Carbonara), and I was 3 centuries old. I WAS A SURVIVOR. I was reassigned to Frien Borotu, which was a TOU REDIR-Class (Salan Scout) assigned DIRECTLY to Trati Kemma DOLZA, leader of the T'sentraedi Forces. This was a MAJOR career boost; I, T'sen H'Youndie, was a PERSONAL bodyguard to THE Leader of the T'sentraedi, Lord BOLDOZA'S OWN Derurigaado.
|A Typical T'sentraedi RIN NADOW LOJM-Class (Human Designation "T'sentraedi Monitor").|
We shipped out to a highly contested world; The Tiresians coveted it as a forward base for the re-taking of Peryton; The Invid sought to keep it from them. We fought an on-going battle, seesawing back and forth.It is here I would speak of Trati Kemma DOLZA; Human historians, ZEITGEIST, HAYES-HUNTER, even SEIMBIEDA, have all called DOLZA "evil," and "bloodthirsty"; Even "diabolic." NOTHING could be further from the truth. Though DOLZA'S plan for his people was flawed, it WAS a good plan, based only on the Tiresians greed being put, FOR ONCE, to good use.
|A Factory-Fresh TOU REDIR-Class|
(Human Designation "Salan Scout").
To reinforce this, I would tell you OF the T'sen himself; I saw Lord BOLDOLZA, in mere body armor, rushed to a stricken Regult to help it's pilot escape; Under HEAVY fire, he lifted the left side of the pod, rolling it over enough that the pilot could open the hatch and escape. This is not the actions of a power-hungry warlord; This is the actions of a TRUE leader, who seeks to help his people. And before you ask, Great DOLZA DID this; I knew the man PERSONALLY, and could have identified his body armor even if he had repainted it and put it upon another T'sen; Even a female. Further, I could have identified HIM, even if you were to dress him up in anothers armor.Lord BOLDOLZA's plan for the T'sentraedi people may have been wrong and mistaken taken in light of the outcome of history, but one should NOT apply this hindsight to this great leader; And a great LEADER he was.In Lord BOLDOLZA's service I fought on many worlds; In the Atorian Sector, I was part of the invasion of Flyjt (said "flite" or "flight"), a mineral-rich planet inhabited by independence-minded Mi'cronne Humanoids with small noses and short, pointed ears. Their bodies were about 5 foot 3 inch to 7 foot 6 inch, with palish skins, hues ranging in light, sickly green, a pukish yellow, a haunted grey, and a light brownish-red. (Apparently, these colors denoted races, much as skin color in Humans shows ancestry.) The Atorians, then allies of the Tiresians, wanted the planet for these minerals, and to build factories were they could manufacture semi-finished goods. The Flyjt's wanted nothing to do with the Atorians, and had (or so they believed) the means to resist.
|Lord BOLDOZA, Supreme Commander|
Of All T'sentraedi Forces.
We were brought in to bring the Flyjt's in line. The invasion lasted a few months, and more than 10 million Flyjts would die. Hundreds of thousands were placed in shackles and sold as slaves. Few survived the war intact. The Atorians built their factories, mostly worked at by slaves from other parts of the Empire; In fact, a few t'sen-mot cowards were placed in the factory as security and cowardly Tiresians Bioroid Terminators who, for whatever reason, were spared death, were placed as administrators. These, effectively, were slaves as well, and understood their plight- They understood they'd been brought to Flyjt to be surrounded by people who wished to kill them to escape.The only location deemed "appropriate" for TRUE security (by way of Bioroids) was the spaceport; Even here, Atorian Security forces formed the backbone of security. Because the spaceport would be a primary target in the event of servile insurrection, the spaceport was secured by well over 100 Atorian-built combat robots, 5 times that many power armors, heavy assault rifles set on tri- and quad-axis pintles, and etc. This was augmented by 25 Bioroid Mechas with assault sleds, and a second army of 200 T'sentraedi warriors that included 10 fighter pods, 2 Gulag Officer Pods, and a few dozen recon pods.This force should be an indication of the importance of the spaceport; A single Regult had the power to quell any would-be insurrection on the planet short of a full, planet-wide insurrection. Even this could EASILY be quelled by nothing more than a squad of a half-dozen or so Regults by themselves. It was to remind the people of the planet not to even TRY to revolt. To the best of my knowledge, no insurrection was attempted until after the Tiresians/T'sentraedi forces were withdrawn from the world amidst the collapse of the Masters Empire.My next few centuries were mostly filled with more of the same; In the year 1945, however, my ship was attacked by Inspection Forces which ambushed us. My ship was not outright destroyed, but the force was badly mauled. My ship had to be abandoned.I was, again, wounded, and transferred to a Negronta Zugara T'sen. One evening, as I rested, a female entered my quarters. I will not speak of what happened that evening but to say this; Any OTHER T'sentraedi Warrior may not have been able to handle it. It was here that the Hin experience of so many years before came to bear it's first fruit; She, I suppose, had had some experience of her own. What, I don't know.It was not long after that Zor's Battle Fortress was located- Maybe a few months. I never again saw her, and do not know, to this day, what, if anything, came of her.That is not to say no T'sen ever showed an independence; There were some who showed an artistic bent. But these were treated suspiciously, as this t'sen-mot behavior often belied a hojoka sprit. Some things were tolerated, however- Amongst the T'sentraedi, we even had a few world class artists. But it T'sentraedi culture, for artwork to be tolerated, it had to show the glory of the T'sentraedi. Scenes of massed T'sentraedi death were tolerated, provided it showed the surviving T'sen fighting heroically. Historically accurate pictures were tolerated, no matter what it showed; This was the only time death scenes, such as the massacre of Forueth Gulch (there is a short pause at the end of Forueth). The greatest of our artists did that scene (tragically lost with the death of Trati Kemma DOLZA), where an absolute sea to dead T'sen can be seen, bits of Mecha sticking out of it like flotsam. When one considered this must mean that the bodies pile up to cover whole Regults, one realizes how many dead are out there. (T'sen Grean also fought in that battle. He died in a Regult that tradition says was destroyed by Trati Kemma Max STERLING shortly after he joined Vermillion Squadron.)For the majority of us, though, such a bent was not well. Small things, such as a doodle of a scene could be tolerated, but those who showed an artistic bent MIGHT find themselves spaced as a threat to their fellows. It would really depend on the situation; If he had showed cowardice, or had other problems then he could easily "break the camels back" with this straw; If he had shown to be a TRUE T'sentreadi, a warrior's warrior, then his stuff would be tolerated. There were limits; Sexual material, in the hands of ANYONE, was instantly suspect. Anything a human would call "landscape scenes" was also regarded as suspect.During the War with Sol 3 (Terra/Earth), I was once again on a THUVERL SALAN. My unit was NOT supposed to attack Zor's Battle Fortress directly. Ours was a Negronta Zugara Salan ship.Again, I shall step out of the story and speak of T'sentraedi abilities; It is often assumed that the T'sentraedi had "no" support ships; This really isn't true, though an understandable misunderstanding. Our support ships were warships FIRST AND FOREMOST, then support ships second; Additionally, they were considered "second class," and their permanent crews were not QUITE t'sen-mot, but not "true" warriors. Their second duties, which involved manual labor (such as repair, supply, and etc; in other words, service-oriented), made them "lessers among equals."Of course, not all "Techs" (as these ships and their crews were referred to) were these "lessers among equals"; About half were wounded/functional (such as a lost eye, lost leg, etc, but survived and could continue to be effective), and they were Honored among their crews, and in the rest of the service; In Human terms, "ONE BAD MOTHERFUCKER." They were "greater amongst equals," and usually filled the leadership rolls aboard their ships.Most of these vessels were modified TOU REDIR or RIN NADOW LOJM, and filled three rolls; Negronta Zugara Fub Relau, supply ships; Negronta Zugara Salan, repair ships; and Negronta Zugara T'sen, hospital ships.First were the Negronta Zugara Fub Relau, which in Human terms can be compared to an AOE, AE, AO, and AKR (Fast Combat Roll-on/off Ammunition, Fuel, And Mecha Cargo Vessels). They delivered basically everything EXCEPT food. Spare Mecha was delivered intact; While we "could" make basic parts switch-outs (swapping the undamaged legs from one Regult for the damaged ones on another, for example), we couldn't really make "major" repairs (except as mentioned under Negronta Zugara Salan). One thing we COULDN'T do was make spare ammo and fuel (only the Hyperspace Fold drives ran on Monopole/Protoculture; The in-system mains and auxiliary drives did not). And we were CONSTANTLY running low on these two critical supplies, as well as Mecha and spare T'sen. (It should be noted that we were calling for more ammo and fuel than men and Mecha; A testament to superior numbers and better training overcoming our VASTLY inferior technology.) One should think of them as a combination of warehouse and delivery truck, though it was more warehouse than delivery truck. Mostly they stood off at the edge of a larger fleet, just sitting there awaiting the call for supplies.Next was the Negronta Zugara Salan, the "repair" ships of the fleet; A combination ACS, ATF, and ARS (Crane Equipped, Fleet Tug And Salvage Ship). These were not "true" repair ships; Of course, in T'sentraedi terms, "repair" was what Humans would call advance damage control; We'd board a damaged ship and make whatever patches had been made permanent, and towing stricken vessels to repair facilities. Auxiliary engines were simple to repair, and all that would be required in the event the ship WAS damaged and (by some miracle of wisdom, or perhaps cowardice or accident) the commander elected to withdraw; Mostly, they were highly advanced salvage ships, making the most critical of repairs necessary to tow the damaged vessel to a Factory Ship to be either properly repaired (unlikely), or rendered down for parts. Some humans have likened this to 'meatball' repairs, though this would over-state their capabilities a bit; They were more of advanced damage control, and at that hull breaches were typically left unrepaired. Keep in mind, we could always utilize our battle and power armor in the event of an atmospheric loss, so being hard vacuumed meant nothing to us, in general. Indeed, MANY of us could survive without ANY atmosphere (Great BREETIA was HARDLY the exception, though rare was the sort would deliberately wander INTO such an environment).Often, the commander of such a vessel would be killed for cowardice; However, usually a damaged ship would have surviving crew, yet LOOK dead. Commanders of such a ship would never be punished. The condition of his ship was NOT due to his cowardice- The enemy had mistakenly thought them dead, and having left, the captain would salvage what he could. This would not lead to promotion, of course, as the captain had been defeated, but so long as the captain had shown his gadoraraskas, he could not be punished. (It's not HIS fault, after all, that his enemy was stupid.)After this were the Negronta Zugara T'sen. These were the AH's (hospital ship) of the T'sentraedi. They had what was, for T'sentraedi, a proper hospital; Of course, to a Human's eye, these were little more than advanced battle aid stations, where bandages could be changed, wounds properly cleansed, and illnesses treated (we DID have extensive disease-treatment capabilities; Even a small virus, if given the chance to take root in the fleet, could utterly decimate the entire service, leaving the Tiresians with nothing). We would NEVER simply kill off a fellow T'sen, but allow them to die, if they did, and their bodies would serve to keep their fellows fighting. I myself spend about a year on one of these ships as a patient.The next most common type was the Zugara Tivularr Nupesiet Thakun Quodrono or Botoru (as appropriate; usually Botoru). Their duties roughly translated into MCM (Mine Countermeasures Ship), used to defeat both natural and artificial mines (such as asteroids, attack satellites such as the Carbonaran TTA, and etc). Among the techs, these were Greaters amongst Equals in the service, as these vessels and their crews not only fought as T'sentraedi, but indeed were ALWAYS the razor-edge of the point of the tip of the spear; Even when no space mines were to be found, the minesweepers would lead the force. (Amongst the great empires, only the Tiresians and the Carbonarans fielded much in the way of space mines; The Carbonaran type was a simple proximity-fused nuclear weapon, easily defeated- IF you detected it in time.)
|Two Pics Of Flyjt Aero-Space Fighters. The Bottom|
One Has A Nuclear Missile (Fixed Near The Nose).
All of these had EXTENSIVE automation to ease the strain of duties on the crew, as these were kept at low-staffing to increase the number of personnel available for combat.It was while on the Negronta Zugara Salan that my life took a permanent, critical turn, an event sown in a valley on Garuda. While on this ship, a friend brought me a thing. "H'Youndie, come see this," he had said."What is it?" I grumbled; I remember being disgruntled about being put on a Negronta Zugara, especially after having been Derurigaado to Lord Bolodaza. Unfortunately, I was only Recovery Pod qualified, and my turn was up."Listen" he answered patiently. It was a thing, a Mi'cronnian thing. I was told it was a "Minmei". It was doing something, something called "singing". Right then and there, I joined the Minmei cult. I wasn't the first convert- The infection was actually well along, about 3 days.Three days later, the Minmei stopped singing. I knew, no matter what, I had to hear it sing again. I was told Zor's Battle Fortress had HUNDREDS of them. I made up my mind, then and there, no matter what, I would NEVER live again with out the Minmei Song. I made a deal with another T'sen- He would get me over there, hide me in his Battle Pod- And I would get him a Minmei. After that, I was on my own.
|The Modified Inspection Forces Gunboat Zor Used As His Flagship;|
It Was This Ship That Would Become The SDF-001 MACROSS.
He did and I did. He conveniently kicked out a shop window for me to take the Minmeis from- I grabbed him about a half dozen. I remember well; As I handed them to him, he started to protest. "You only were supposed to grab one" he said."Just take them, and go before the mi'cronne catch up to us.""But you only said one!""Take them you hojoca!" I screamed. He finally did, as mi'cronne Mecha were closing. He got back into his Regult, and I never saw him again. I have no idea what happened to him after that.I hid out in Macross's back streets after that, afraid I'd be found out. One night, I was sleeping on a park bench when a man in a T'sen-style uniform took me to his command. I thought sure I was discovered and would die, then and there, that night. Instead, I was processed, something I had not realized the Mi'cronnes did. I thought only Warriors did that sort of thing. I was sent from one possessor to the next, until eventually I was sent to an apartment, and given a job of sweeping a floor in a Mi'cronne Warriors messdeck.This went on for a couple of weeks. Over this time, I found others like me, others who had "made the leap" for the Minmei. During this period, I had a few- MISADVENTURES.For example, about a week after receiving my apartment, my roommate sent me to the store to purchase food. He gave me a VERY SPECIFIC shopping list:
|LYNN Minmei, Savior|
Of The T'sentraedi.
MilkIn addition to this, I got marshmallows, ho-hos, those little sugar cubes, a dozen candy bars (I was wise enough to get a variety, in hopes I'd find what I liked), enough candy to make a child wince, and MORE sugar. And then I ate ALL of this in a week. Uhhhg… Well, live and learn.In another incident, Tom, my buddy from work, Tom, wanted to go dancing. Having never heard of dancing before, I was unsure of what to do."It's easy, come on," he assured me. We went to a club he knew of, and I tried. I wasn't very good, but a few girls laughed.I was dancing with a girl (I don't know who she was), when a male Mi'cronne came up. "What are you doing?" he demanded."I'm dancing with a girl, what about it?" I replied defiantly. At this point he got REALLY mad and started swinging. I had noticed her ring, but not knowing what it meant, didn't take any great notice of it.To say he was sore would be an understatement. I beat his ass, but then it WAS partly my own fault. Not knowing Mi'cronne customs, I (wrongfully) assumed anyone there could "be" with anyone. (Little did I TRULY understand what "being" with someone meant in Mi'cronne tongues, previous experiences notwithstanding.)My lack of knowledge of culture was usually attributed to my false history of being a so-called "street rat;" Since I'd lived on the streets my whole life (or so they thought), it was understandable that I couldn't dance, that I didn't "realize" too much candy would make me sick, so on. It is my great fortune that Tom was there for me. Every mistake I made, he took care of it. Every time I screwed up during this period, he fixed it. Tom was truly and angel to me.
And Tom was the cause of my second, though not last, conversion- While watching a Minmei broadcast one day I said, "Oh, how I'd like to meet her.""Really? Well, it just so happens that I'm going to Mass tomorrow. Maybe she'll be there.""Oh really?" I practically shouted, "That'd be so good! She is my whole reason for being here!" Well, I didn't say my english was perfect."Ya, she's had that effect on a lot of people," he answered, as if he thought I meant she'd kept me going when it got hard.At any rate, she wasn't there, but I learned enough about Christ that day that I certainly wanted to know more; The idea of one man dying to save many more rung well in the ears of one such as I. Not long after, I converted fully to Catholicism. I have been a mostly-practicing Catholic ever since. I did eventually meet the Minmei, but long latter, just shortly before the so-called "Rain of Death."By happenstance, the same day that Great Miriya came "out of the closet" (to use the Micronian term), I made my OWN decision. That night, I bought a bottle of bleach, and died- Or more precisely, bleached- my hair. The next day, I went into an RDF recruiting center. "Can I help you?" the tired desk Sergeant had asked me. (He smelled of alcohol, and this was at 0800.)"I want to fly a Veritech" was all I said. (My English had GREATLY improved, and I already knew a passable amount when I made the leap.)"Fine. Name?"
|The SDF-1 MACROSS, Rebuilt (Attack Configuraton).|
|Shoulder Patch Of VPB-6 "Greenland|
Patrol" (AKA "T'sentraedi Patrol").