On A Mission

Intaki V – Moon 5 – Astral Mining Inc. Refinery

Leisel Anteida, ILF Mission Agent

Leisel Anteida, ILF Mission Agent

“Overall, I think you’ll approve of the results!”

Leisel Anteida tapped on her datapad, then turned it toward Sakaane with a smile as she sat down on the edge of one of the chairs opposite the Suresha’s desk.

Sakaane leaned back and tried to give the datapad a serious look, but out of the corner of her eye she could see Leisel’s knee bouncing. The speed of the bouncing increased the longer the silence stretched. “How are you settling in?”

“Oh! Good. Great actually! Coming to lowsec wasn’t as scary as I thought it would be.” Leisel smiled shyly but her eyes glittered from behind wispy bangs. “The girls back in Amygnon are still sending me messages weekly though, asking if I’ve been shot up by Serpentis yet, can you believe that?”

“What do you tell them?”

“That it’s not my job!” Leisel laughed. “I think they just miss me, and are still finding it a little weird that I’m exclusive to your corporation now, instead of working for Aliastra and providing work to any capsuleer who contacts me. I’m not sure any agent has ever done this kind of thing before!”

Sakaane smiled. “I’ll admit that Etaurtetel was reluctant to entertain my proposal at first.”

Leisel’s eyes grew wide. “You spoke to Ms. Ruyt about hiring me?”

“Certainly. We have a valuable relationship with Aliastra. I’m glad I got her to warm up to the idea. She recommended you specifically, actually.”

“I’d been trying to get reassigned to low-security space for a while,” Leisel said sheepishly. “Unfortunately the closest lowsec Aliastra station to Intaki is in Aulbres. Six jumps was one jump too many in the wrong direction for my liking.”

“Jufvitte is closer, I believe, though not quite low-security space.”

“They didn’t have any openings.” She shrugged and grinned. “Doesn’t matter now. Your offer was more than I could have asked for!”

“Perhaps one day we can get FedMart pushed out of Intaki. Aliastra could take over the station at Planet Four.” Then Sakaane looked back at the datapad. “Would you walk me through these numbers?”

“Sure!” Leisel sat forward as Sakaane set the pad to display its data via the holoprojector in her desk. The information glowed faintly in the air between them. “So. The incident at the Agoze warehouse seemed like the perfect opportunity to get the ball rolling, so that’s what I went with. Who would have thought fedos could do so much damage? Anyway…” She pointed. “I went with some fairly generous estimates for participation. I had to assume certain skills and ship loadouts too, which then allowed me to calculate these targets.”

“That’s a lot of ore.”

“Yes…but I didn’t really expect it would all be mined.” Leisel straightened up and looked at Sakaane through the shimmering display. “As an Aliastra agent, I had to adhere to strict guidelines. A pilot either met or failed the objectives of the missions I issued. But here… Well, you said I could be a bit more relaxed with my approach.”

Sakaane nodded. “Working for the corp shouldn’t just be about work. After all, we do say, ‘for fun and profit’!”

“Right. Instead of making these targets hard goals, they’re just…goals. Ideal totals. If they aren’t met, that’s okay too but it means less reward.”

“So there’s incentive to get to the goals but no fail state if they’re missed.”

“Yes ma’am.” Then Leisel wrinkled her nose, which scrunched up the pale white tattoo running across her face. “I guess that’s not entirely true. If nobody participates at all, then technically the mission was failed.”

“Go on.”

Leisel gestured to a set of percentages. “This is what was achieved, by ore type.” When Sakaane frowned, Leisel rushed to add, “These numbers may look small but the results are actually quite good! Don’t forget, I had to start with a lot of estimates. Half the number of pilots I calculated for participated, and these ore amounts provide a great baseline for future calculations. If you translate the percentages into actual units…”

Sakaane tapped a command and the figures shifted. “Ah! Yes, that looks a lot better. This much ore will refine into quite a healthy amount of minerals.”

“Yes. These results also provide valuable guidance in other areas as well. Your people had some good feedback.”

Sakaane smiled and dismissed the display. “So you think they’ll participate in future missions you offer?”

“Certain of it. They earned a lot of loyalty points for doing this one, and I have some ideas to encourage them to get their fellows to participate too.”

“Very good, Leisel. I’m pleased.” Sakaane handed back the datapad. “I’ll look forward to seeing how your program evolves.”

“Thank you, Suresha!” Beaming, Leisel turned and let herself out of the office.