I haven’t much to report lately. Most of the last month has just been prep work for rescuing Teegan. We didn’t have too much trouble getting to her even with the government shutting down the trains. Where there is a will there is a way and the Dogcatchers are a stubborn bunch. We made it there in short order with only minimal interference from Khadorian forces.
I went off on my own to scout and cover the group. It was kind of pleasant in its own way. It has been awhile since I’ve had much of a chance to just wander through the woods like I used to do back in Ord. I found myself mentally drifting back to that place except this time the book had been replaced by a rifle. Regardless of the high stakes, the soldiers, and the ever present danger of the Thornwood it gave me a chance to clear my head and think of my own next step.
The group met up with the Cygnarian soldiers. I wasn’t able to make out most of the conversation as I viewed the whole interaction through the scope of my rifle. When it came time to engage my involvement was nil. I wasn’t shooting well and they Cygnarians seemed to have some new warjack technology that was making me ineffectual when I did manage to hit my mark. I resigned myself of offensive action and decided to grab Teegan when I got the chance and lead her out of harms way. The rest of the group had everything under control. They might sometimes act irrationally but I can always count on their focus during times of conflict.
We all made it back relatively safe and sound. I’m sure there will be some repercussions from our actions but for now no one seems to be too concerned. They will be between the kingdoms, not us personally, even if that is what I would like to avoid.
Which leads me to my next steps. I know I might never see my ultimate idea come to fruition but I can at least make a few steps to better law enforcement and criminal justice. My next step is going to be to strengthen the Dogcatchers as well do some research and development for other groups. I’ve decided to try to set up a laboratory dedicated to crime. It will help us uncover further information while we can still go out and find more clues and evidence. When not on a case it can also do some work that will make our jobs easier. I’m going to try to see if the Golden Crucible has any members interested in making this a formal arrangement or if the Golden Crucible themselves would like to get involved. I would be more than happy to have their support and backing. Should my true aspirations come to be it would be nice to have a powerful, non-government organization helping with the process.