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The following is an excerpt from Tyndall’s
Novalis II, Refitted Pacer Class Hovercraft, designated
227. Novalis II is
our first new hovercraft, even if it is one of our old ones…
was hard on everyone in Zion, but the Zion Military took perhaps the hardest
hit. With almost every single one of their trained redpills killed, and almost
all of their hovercrafts destroyed, there was a faction within the Military
that wanted to write off the Matrix entirely. Luckily for today’s
redpills, an aggressive training program began instead – hoverbarges
were built, redpills recruited, and the Matrix continued to be the center of
the battle for the future.
It was soon discovered, however, that an older style of hovercraft was needed.
These hovercraft were fast, and stealthy, and most important, they allowed
a group of redpills to work independently of Zion without eyes looking over
their shoulders. With that in mind, the Military set out to survey what was
left of their old fleet.
Many hovercrafts, like the Brahma, were destroyed so utterly that nothing
usable could be salvaged. Others, like the wreckage of the Novalis, were in
fairly good shape. The Novalis’ flight-frame was more or less intact.
With replacement parts already present in Zion, it was soon up and running.
The only question remained: who would crew this ship?
Concurrent with the lack of hovercrafts, the Zion Military was faced with
a shortage of trained redpills. Most were killed at the end of the war, and
those who remained were either in training or too inexperienced to take command.
It was these first days after Neo’s Truce that Zion faced a crisis of
Faced with a need to move fast and talk its way out of most of its problems,
Zion most needed a person able to handle the pressures of being the first hovercraft
captain after the Truce. This new captain needed to be able to talk when talk
was needed, but fight hard when the going got tough. With the resurrection
of the Novalis, now named by her captain Novalis II, came the promotion of
a promising young redpill, Sawayaka
Sawayaka found herself in a unique situation. Both the Machines and Exiles
placed unusual emphasis on her appointment. Considered the forerunner of a
new era, Sawayaka and her crew became more than the first new hovercraft… they
became a symbol of the new Zion emerging from war.
Combining the roles of diplomats, soldiers, and even entertainers, the crew
of the Novalis II has emerged from these critical first months ready to help
Zion and humanity find their way.
The Novalis II Crew
The Novalis II Personnel
Sawayaka | Captain of the Novalis II
Captain of the Novalis II. Duelist.
I was to pick one word for Sawayaka, I would use ‘driven.’” -
Eloquent, Dedicated, Diplomatic. Sawayaka’s handle means “refreshing
eloquence.” Diplomacy is her strong suit, which makes her a favorite
for missions that require negotiation or delivering orders discreetly. Her
style of speech is educated but modern. She is also a capable leader with a
good deal of combat experience during the war, and very dedicated to the protection
of Zion and of her crew.
Sawayaka is a friend of Niobe, and the two share an
intensity that has brought forth results when the chips are down.
Jayna was actually Awakened at the age of fourteen, along with her younger
brother Robert, after having experienced a very strange situation within a
glitched area of the Matrix. Being young, they were given work to do in Zion
while they adjusted to their new home. Once Jayna was deemed old enough, she
began work as an operative on the Icarus under her handle, “Sawayaka”.
Only a year later, Robert followed her lead and assumed the handle “Gaki” as
an operative on the Novalis.
There was an ongoing, friendly rivalry between the siblings, both racing to
attain some measure of fame and higher rank within the Zion Military. This
race abruptly came to an end with the destruction of both the Icarus and the
Novalis. Sawayaka was in Zion at the time, after having sustained serious injuries
during a Sentinel attack. The loss of both her crew and her brother was devastating.
Sawayaka threw herself into her work, and as the Truce changed the playing
field, made a name for herself as a diplomat. She came up for promotion to
Captain about the time the wreck of the Novalis was recovered, and she put
in a request for that particular hovercraft. Once the craft was refitted, she
christened it the Novalis II in memory of the original crew.
| First Mate of the Novalis II
(Wan Ni Mokaraakhom)
First Mate of the Novalis II, Hacker
“WanNi is very fair. He’s hard to work under, but we know he cares
for us deep down.” – Neurophyte
Awakened at an early age, WanNi spent more time in Zion than he did in the
Matrix. Always interested in programming, WanNi spent most of his spare time
with computers. Idolizing soldiers, he joined the Zion Military as soon as
he was eligible. WanNi is a soldier to the core, and always follows orders
from his Captain. He has risen to second in command of the Novalis II under
WanNi himself is something of an enigma. The only information Zion has on
the man is that which he has provided himself. In discussions with others,
he is guarded, but hints dropped in conversation seem to indicate his father
was an officer in the military of a South Asian country and personally hunted
Morpheus. Apparently, Morpheus and WanNi’s father encountered one another,
and WanNi was offered the Red Pill shortly thereafter. It is not known if Morpheus
was the one to offer WanNi the pill, or another Zion operative.
WanNi always follows orders, and rarely cracks a smile. Most
comfortable in a military setting, he often becomes frustrated by the antics
of the crew under him.
| Pilot of the Novalis II
Pilot of the Novalis II, Utility Coder
“Neurophyte wanted me to
say something about her. Since she’s writing
my bio, I think I’ll just say she’s a pleasure to work with and a
friend to everyone.” - Tamarin
Neurophyte is the youngest of the Novalis II crew. Just recently brought out
of training, her extremely quick reflexes and fast thinking have convinced
Captain Sawayaka to make her the pilot of the Novalis II in the Real, and the “runner” for
the diplomatic missions that Zion sends their way.
Anne is the "little sister" of the crew. Every person on the crew
spends a little more time making sure she knows the ropes, and most of the
crew members are on hand when she jacks out after a tough mission, to congratulate
her and welcome her back.
Zion has suspected for a long time that some humans in the Matrix may have
been altered from pure human genetic code. Neurophyte’s incredibly fast
neuro-kinetic responses (in the top 1% of all humans tested) are inexplicable
to Zion’s medical professionals. For this reason, Zion Command has requested
that Neurophyte take part in a rigorous series of mental and physical tests
whenever she returns to Zion. WanNi and Tamarin have complained that these
tests have taken away whole days of Neurophyte’s rest time.
Neurophyte enjoys writing, and telling stories. For this reason, Sawayaka
tends to have Neurophyte write any reports to Zion that aren’t critical.
The usually direct Tyndall seems to appreciate her reports, making sending
routine messages to Zion one less hassle in Sawayaka’s eyes.
| Engineer / Medical Officer on the Novalis II
Flight-frame Engineer/Medical Officer on the Novalis II, Guardian Patcher
“Vashuo is amazing. He can fix anything, except for the rattling sound
in the ventilator over Al3xandra’s cabin on the ship.” - Neurophyte
As a bluepill, Anatoli was always gifted when it came to electronics and computers.
However, his family struggled with finances a great deal. He would work odd
jobs as a child: paper routes, mowing lawns… he even went so far as
to sell lemonade to help with the income. His father was a proud man, too proud
to take his son’s hard earned money. The money Anatoli made from his
odd jobs was put away into savings as everyone in the family knew that if any
of them were to be successful in life, it would be Anatoli. When that time
came, the money Anatoli had made would be of great help to him in his endeavors.
That time finally arrived as a recruiter visited Anatoli’s high school
and was taken aback at the student’s abilities with computers and mathematics.
An interview was setup with a liaison within the Kalt Chemical Engineering
Corporation and the money saved up for his odd jobs is what got him there.
However, the very same day a terrible fire broke out at Anatoli’s home
which left no survivors. The police were confident that it was professional
arson. Wounded with grief for the loss of his family, Anatoli thought he would
never trust again… never feel friendship or love, again.
When the crew of the Novalis II approached him due to his uncanny knack for
manipulating the Matrix as a bluepill – Anatoli made a pact with himself
to never leave those he considers family ever again and to protect them at
| Reactor Expert on the Novalis II
Reactor Expert on the Novalis II, Martial Artist
and brilliant, Oniyuzu intimidates me sometimes. I often wish I could know
what she was thinking.” – Neurophyte
A beautiful enigma, Oniyuzu moves through a crowd like a shadow. Her brilliance
is matched with her modesty and beauty. Effortlessness is her watchword, as
she works to optimize every aspect of her life and work. When fighting, her
movements are precise, and powerful. Unlike others, she never seeks to impose
her will on the Matrix. She does exactly what she must, and leaves flashy gestures
to others in the crew, like Neurophyte, Lelan, Vashuo, Al3xandra, and Odran.
As the reactor expert, Oniyuzu’s job is to make sure the often cobbled-together
power supply is running at top efficiency. Power interruptions are a common
problem in hovercrafts, causing lengthy reboots of computers and endangering
jacked-in crew members. For this reason, captains often choose from their most
reliable crew members to take on the role of reactor expert. It came as absolutely
no surprise when Sawayaka and WanNi jointly announced Oniyuzu in that role.
| Support Engineer on the Novalis II
Support Engineer on the Novalis II, Karate Master
“I always wanted to meet a movie star, but Lelan was quite a surprise.
Lelan is kind of old, kind of corny, but we love him just the same.” – Neurophyte
In his bluepill life, Lelan was an incredibly well-known action/martial arts
movie star. He had always sensed that something wasn’t exactly right
with the world- success and fame came to him as naturally as breathing, while
others struggled to keep their heads above water.
After seeking his answers, Lelan was Awakened by the Novalis II crew. Lelan
is in a unique situation with the Novalis II crew in that he is physically
their elder, but most of the members of the crew have been Awakened much longer
People, redpill and blue, still come up to him requesting autographs and referencing
movies in which he was the star. His handle, “Lelan” was one of
his most famous acting roles. Lelan loves the attention, as he is sometimes
wistful for the bluepill life he led.
As he said in his last movie, Death of a Warrior: “We
go forward, never back. You can’t go back. Ever.”
| Communications Expert on the Novalis II
Communications Expert on the Novalis II, Master Knife Thrower
is crude sometimes, but most of the time she is the best of us – she
works hard, stays focused, and gets results.” - Neurophyte
Of all the members of the Novalis II crew, Toorima is perhaps the most secretive. She
keeps her feelings and thoughts close and often only expresses herself through
crude humor; strange for one who has been designated to be the communications
expert on the ship. When she isn't offending (and amusing) the rest of
the crew with her jokes, she is usually somewhat quiet. Extremely efficient,
she often comes off as cold and unfeeling. It has become a mission for
the rest of the crew to continually probe and prod to get her to reveal a bit
more about herself. She is a bit of a mystery, but one they seem intent
Toorima spends a lot of time sending data packets to Zion. Rumors fly about
long conversations with Zion Command. Is it a friend, a relative, a lover? Whatever
she's up to, she isn’t talking.
Odran | Life
Systems Engineer on the Novalis II
Life Systems Engineer on the Novalis II, Guardian Patcher
“Odran always surprises me. Just when I think I got this guy figured
out, he changes on me. If he’s laughing, I know everything is all right,
though.” – Neurophyte
Recruited into the Novalis II crew as soon as it was re-commissioned, Odran
was anxious to get back into the action. He finds amusement in the smallest
of things, and makes friends everywhere he goes, regardless of affiliation
or organization. Like his namesake, he loves life and tries to avoid fights,
but when forced, he is an unusually vicious opponent. Rumor has it that someone
he cared about was attacked, but he will not speak of it.
As life systems engineer, Odran makes sure that things like the light and
heat stay working, not to mention the complicated machinery that creates food
and fresh water for the crew. He constantly tries to keep the mood light with
jokes and other assorted mischief. In the Matrix, Odran has fallen quite naturally
into a role of healer and protector for the group.
| Navigator of the Novalis II,
Navigator of the Novalis II, Utility Coder
“People keep saying Alex is like my big sister. I don’t know why
they do, but I trust her more than I trust anyone on this crew. She earns that
trust from everyone she meets, it seems.” – Neurophyte
Every group of people has the person who isn’t quite the leader, isn’t
quite the loner, doesn’t quite belong…
Al3xandra (never ask why she chose a “3” in her name!) wakes up
many nights with relentless nightmares. She will only speak to Zion doctors
about these nightmares, but the story has circulated that Al3xandra was subjected
to “alien abductions” when she was a bluepill teenager. Whether
these “aliens” were Exiles or Machines, they left an indelible
mark on her personality.
In addition to intensive therapy with Zion doctors, she enjoys her own “therapy” by
flirting endlessly with the male crewmembers. WanNi and Odran take these in
stride, but Vashuo often dreams up more and more elaborate practical jokes
in order to stay on top of her “hit list.” In response, Alex will
often step up her efforts with Vashuo, prompting Lelan to often ask “when
the wedding will be.”
Sawayaka, like all good leaders, realizes the need for an outlet for pent-up
emotions, and subtly encourages her crew’s antics, especially Alex’s.
Alex returns the favor by becoming efficient and businesslike at a single word
Neurophyte has especially welcomed Alex as a role-model, and follows her words
and actions closely. Alex, touched by this trust, does what she can for her,
even painting her RSI’s face when Neurophyte did so on impulse.
| Operator on the Novalis II
Operator on the Novalis II
“Yes, he’s named for a monkey. I don’t understand the naming
conventions of the natural born, but the name is quite apt in a lot of ways.” -
If there is a person who lights up a room just by walking in, it’s Tamarin,
the free-born Operator on the Novalis II. When things look tough, Tamarin knows
how to break the tension. When things are going well, he knows how to get everyone
More than one admiring Zionite has noted that Tamarin would have made a great
psychiatrist, or an even greater bartender. He’s always available to
listen to complaints, be they Alex’s relationship problems, Odran’s “chef
experiments,” WanNi’s discipline frustrations, or Lelan reminiscing
about old movies.
Tamarin, who refuses to be photographed, loves his crew more than anything
else. He can serve on any ship, deal with any broken equipment, just so long
as the friends and comrades of the Novalis II are there with him.
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