AWD #002: I Challenge You To Believe
I Challenge You To Believe
Summary: Iphigenia delivers a speech to the crew of BS Orion.
Date: 07/01/2013 (OOC Date)
Related Logs: None
The Combat Information Center is the tactical heart of the Orion. This CIC is designed in a circular formation, the Admiral apparently a fan of the classical set-up. Dead center are a set of large monitors suspended from the ceiling with DRADIS readings as well as other vital shipboard information. Under this is a small map table outlining current plots and positions. The table has a built-in phone as well as smaller displays as to critical damage reports. Both port and starboard other watch stations are set at all times, in two rows of tiers like stadium seating, one above the other. Each station has a purpose — Helm, Weapons, Communications, Electronic Warfare, Damage Control, and further tactical monitoring. More displays and banks of computer monitors line the walls. This area is heavily guarded by Marines at all hours of the day and night.
AWD #02

The clarion call of the ship's address system comes to life. There is a brief introduction by one of the com officers, and then Iphigenia's smooth, calm voice takes over.

"This is Lieutenant Chaplain Iphigenia Arden. Many of you know me, and many of you who do not have taken time in these past few days to speak to my fellow chaplains of the Colonial Military Ecclesiastical Services."

"Many of you have come to me with a question. It has always been the same question, and I believe that an equal amount of you have not spoken it, but have held it in your hearts and minds. That question is, Why?"

"I wish I could give you an answer. I wish that I could give you an answer that was not based on faith. But faith in the end, isn't really about certainty. It's about doubt. It's about the willingness to believe in the face of doubt. So right now, my brothers and my sisters, I will tell you what I believe."

"I believe in the Cycle of Time. I believe as the Scrolls say, that all of this has happened before, and all of this will happen again."

"What does this mean for us? That this is the first time we have been lost. That this is not the first time we have suffered. And that also means that when this happened before - we survived. Do you understand? We survived. And we will survive again."

"Many of you are believers. Many of you are not. But I ask that all of you, the faithful and the doubting, look to each other in the coming days for support and strength and courage. We have lost dear ones. We may yet lose more in the coming days. But I urge you all, do not despair. I challenge you to believe. Believe, with certainty, that we will survive and thrive despite loss, despite challenge. Have faith. If not in the Lords of Kobol, then in each other, and in yourselves, as I have faith in each and every one of you."

"Stay strong. Keep up the fight. So say we all."

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