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21th of September, 19xx

Audio Recording #2: Facing the Devil's Maw

by R&D Officer Lio L. Levon

"It seems I t-took today a bit more seriously th-than I thought."
"I decided t-to head to the B-Belle after my repair work. A-a lot of the crew's g-gear had some major d-damage with recent events, but I n-needed to make sure I did n-not overwork myself f-for the umpteenth time. I r-ran into Tsoki, Midnight, and Nichol th-there, surprisingly!"
"Tsoki's b-been through a lot i-in the last mission, and h-his visions had b-brought him a great deal of e-emotional strife as of l-late. I've n-never seen him so s-sad before... Thankfully we w-were able to cheer him up some. I w-won't get into detail of what he told u-us that he saw in his v-visions. Th-that's not my place to speak of. I'm g-glad we were able t-to help him feel better though! It h-helped that Nichol and I h-had a spar to do, for Tsoki and Midnight to w-watch a few officers face o-one another, h-heh!"
"...I just w-wished I handled i-it better."
"Nichol s-seemed to have figured a w-way to strike a b-bit of a nerve, giving m-me honorifics... Lord Levon, pfeh. I'm n-no Lord, or a-anything of the sort. Amel p-put it simply, and best; I'm a-a coward. I kn-know this too. I'm a c-coward who honestly... r-really hates being p-put on a pedestal. Th-that's not my place, n-nor would it ever be."
"I had already started that duel on the backfoot with that stuck in my head, and Nichol took advantage o-of it at the start by catching me o-off guard with h-his tail. I w-was able to get back my f-focus and was h-honestly gaining the upper hand, sticking to my pr-practice and formations w-with the shield I h-have been honing s-since getting the Rampart."
"...Then I was caught b-by another of Nichol's tricks in combat. I n-nearly went to ch-check on him, almost letting my worry get the b-better of me, and I thought I r-read the feint in time... but I only n-noticed one, not the other, and an uncomfortably h-hot pile of dirt was th-thrown in my face. I..."
"...I-I got so angry. L-Livid, even..."
"I d-dropped my shield and a-all sense of s-strategy m-must have left me a-as I just... S-screamed at him. Wh-whatever happened after that, I g-guess ended in my favor, as I s-saw him take a knee before I c-came to my senses. I h-hate getting like this. Why is i-it that these things affect me so fully? Sadness, Anger, Fear. I-I hate how terrible I a-am at keeping myself in ch-check when these things happen. If I-I am to b-be an officer, and th-therefore a-an example f-for the d-department I am a p-part of, I c-can't let myself do these th-things so often..."
"There's a-always room to improve, but I r-really need to figure this out sooner r-rather than later..."

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  1. The Final Exam
    22nd of February, 19XX
  2. A Futile Report
    25th of April, 19XX
  3. Problems
    1st of May, 19xx
  4. IWL Debacle
    3rd of May, 19xx
  5. Admiral's Orders
    8th of May, 19xx
  6. Avian Antics
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  7. Saving Private Squishy
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  8. A Not-so-Warm Welcome
    11th of September, 19xx
  9. The Quiet (But Busy!) Year
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  10. Timothy's Trial
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  11. Wandercrew's Wild Ride
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  12. Vatna's Reunion
    18th of December, 19xx
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  14. The Road to Unification
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  15. A Tree Grows in Liminal
    20th of December, 19xx
  16. Promotion
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  17. Work and Play
    2nd of February, 19xx
  18. A Kindred Spirit
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  19. Sigil Sagacity
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  20. Dear Mom
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  21. A Star's Silver Lining
    23rd of May, 19xx
  22. Gone...
  23. Twenty-Three
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  24. Questionnaire Pt.1 (1-25)
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  25. Questionnaire Pt.3 (51-75)
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  26. Questionnaire Pt. 4 (76-100)
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  27. Checking on the Herd
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  28. To Meet One's Heroes
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  29. Useless
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  30. A Mind for Machines, an Ear for Music
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  31. Wandervania: Symphony of the Nightcap
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  32. Some Assembly Required: An Inventor's Dream
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  33. Taking Teeth for Granted
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  34. An Unknown Science
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  35. A Raucous Reunion
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  36. To Pim and Ento
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  37. Beauty
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  38. A Perfect Storm
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  39. An Invitation
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  40. Happiness
    12th of August, 19xx
  41. Tinger and the Bun
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  42. Time Away From Work
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  43. Addicted to Failure
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  44. Long, Long Ago
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  45. Questionnaire Pt.5 (101-120)
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  47. What Was Lost
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  48. Something Lost, Something Learned
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  49. Coming Full Circle
    4th of September, 19xx
  50. Audio Recording #1: Risky Rifty Tech
    5th of September, 19xx
  51. Audio Recording #2: Facing the Devil's Maw
    21th of September, 19xx
  52. Audio Recording #3: Parks and Renovation
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  53. Audio Recording #4: Facing the Giant
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  54. Audio Recording #5: Becoming More than Myself
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  55. Audio Recording #6: Crewmate Camaraderie
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  56. Audio Recording #7: Passing the Wrench
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  57. Audio Recording #7: The Coming Storm
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