Legacy Station Xinjab Prime, Saisei Sector March 4th 2258 “My son the diplomat, who could have ever believed it” said the Lord Marshall semi-sarcastically as he walked down the ramp of his shuttle. “You mean, our son the diplomat” said Iakia Blair as she walked down next to her husband. “Mom, Dad what a wonderful surprise! I’m glad to see you!” said the Sky Marshall as he walked toward his parents, giving his mother and hug and exchange a very serious salute with his father. The Lord Marshall preferred if his son kept it strictly professional in front of his men. The reason was something about respect and strength or some such that Mrs. Blair didn’t agree with. “Lord Marshall, this is General Trix Asha of the Inixil Federation and this is General Grixxel of the Xinjab” said the Sky Marshall politely introducing his new companions. “It is a pleasure to meet you Lord Marshall. Your son has told us much about you” said General Asha with a bow. “Yes…it is an honor…to meet the…progenitor…of our...resurrection..” said General Grixxel. His speech had gotten a little better since they were offered medical treatment and upgrades by the Ashqa engineers in the expedition but the long-term damage to their organic components couldn’t be easily reversed. Thus all of the legacy units were still defective in some form, but still very much alive. “Well it is an honor to meet you both. My son’s discoveries of your two people’s have caused much talk back home. I think that this discovery may soon come to rival my victories in battle” said the Lord Marshall with a bit of contempt in his voice. He still wasn’t a 100% proud of his son’s choice to be a diplomat instead of a warrior but it was his choice to make. A choice that with that way things were going in the Imperium, might benefit it in the long-run or so he hoped. “Yes I do hope that they will. However gentlemen there will be a time and a place for that. Right now, I would like to speak with my parents privately. I haven’t seen them in close to six years and would like to catch up with them. If you don’t mind” responded the Sky Marshall rather politely. “Of course Sky Marshall” said the two generals politely. They saluted and went off back to their duties while the Blair’s headed to the Sky Marshall’s quarters for dinner. Back in the SM quarters, Mrs. Blair did the typical mother thing, exclaiming her joy and all her son’s accomplishments and showing all the emotions that she had to keep in check when in front of the SM’s men. After getting that out of her system, the three sat down and began to talk about how things were going back home and out here on the fringe. Mrs. Blair was extremely happy that her son had taken this assignment for surely he would have been involved in the VT war back home. The Lord Marshall however was more interested in the status of the projects that his son had convinced him to spend billions of credits on and the relationship between the Inixil, Xinjab and the Imperium. “Well Dad, all the information on the Xinjab and Inixil has been in my reports. The Xinjab are extremely loyal inspectiods. They would do just about anything for us. They’ve constantly been open and very very adamant about rebuilding their civilization. When we unleash the Phoenix next week I’m sure they will be very enthused with the results that their loyalties have brought.” The Lord Marshall shook his head in agreement. For all his disagreements with this son’s “play nice with everyone” policy, he had to admire his commitment to the key values of the Imperium. It was becoming more evident to him that these could be achieved and shown through other means aside from violence. “You know, I’m extremely impressed with how you’ve handled that situation. Slowly growing their trust and making this our little bastion of strength out here on the fringe of space. But do you really think that the Inixil can be trusted to respect it?” said the Lord Marshall very plainly. “Well, I don’t know yet. It’s too soon to tell. From what the SMS has gathered on them, they’re a couple notches down from us technologically speaking. But in numbers I could imagine them being a threat. I know that resources are stretched because of the war, but we could do for some more ships to… keep the peace, so to speak. Construction at the Legacy shipyards are slow going because of the lack of raw materials but I think that the Inixil might be able to help with that.” “I see, your reports stated that you would be able to mine more of the planet once you got the Phoenix up and running. Plus giving you more materials to trade with the Inixil will most certainly bolster your ability to defend yourselves against them or any others out here.” “Oh you boys and your constant talk of battle and mistrust…”interrupted Mrs. Blair rather rudely. “I’m sorry Mom, we shall save the talk of war for another time… let’s enjoy a nice quiet family dinner…” said the SM looking over at his father. The Lord Marshall nodded conceding the point. He knew his wife wanted to spend time with their son without something work related coming up and thus he would give her this night. He was almost certain that the next few days would be very busy with the unveiling of the Phoenix Project.