The three main factions within Gargantia were surprised, horrified and intrigued by the appearance of the phenomenon outside the dome. Seeing an entire section of city ruins. Equivalent to an entire city block disappear and being replaced by a Nothingness was more shocking than the ever present storms or pillaging raiders. It was several hours before the Syndicate and The Judges had recovered enough to act. While those factions were busy running around erratically, the Armored Brigade had already restored peace by marshalling additional manpower to defend the outer walls. This nothingness may have got the drop on them but it would not intimidate the Armored Brigade for long. Long range cannons, timeworn laser weaponry that had been recently renewed in the militaries hangers, were trained on the anomaly in case something tried to threaten the Dome.
Within a day a strategic meeting was held between the three branches to determine their next step forward. As expected the Brigade had already began assembling an Exploratory team to investigate the anomaly. Not wanting to be left out the other branches stressed the importance of making it a coalition effort in the guise of keeping the population calm. Specific members were chosen to be part of this Exploration Team.
One from each branch and one minority Republic group that represented the public interest in regards to the main three branches constant power struggle.
The Armored Brigades MAC-669 Android would be assisting the mission, along with Sergeant Adrian Von. who is in charge of leading the expedition and would be focused on the well being of the squad and overall assessment of the missions findings..
The Freeman’s Electoral Reporter would be responsible for supporting and reporting the mission details.
The Judge’s Inquisitor would ensure the laws were followed on either side of the gate to ensure Justice and order prevailed.
The Constitutional Commonwealth’s Agent would assess any resources and possible alliances for the Dome.
Aside from the representatives they would be equipped with whatever vehicles, equipment and supplies could be made available.
The power struggle continued until Adrian Von. took charge and listed what he needed for the journey.
He choose a Mark II Striker, a vehicle well past its prime and if lost wouldn’t be sorely missed. The equipment he chose was of similar make, time worn objects with limited functionality and operation time before they too would be useless. He chose only enough supplies to reach the gate, an exploration time of three days with enough for a return trip.
This soldiers prudent planning was justified easily enough though the utilization of MAC-669 made many fluster at the possible loss of such a fantastic technological relic. Adrians words though made many reconsider voicing opposition further. “We don’t know what or where this gate leads, better to send less and if lost not regret the decision in regards to supplies. However it takes skilled manpower to make such supplies last, to ensure mission critical objects are met in a timely and orderly fashion. With the five of us we can make the journey and back again on time. MAC will provide the support needed and if everything goes sideways then MAC will be the bearer of the dead and the Dome will have its answer about what lies beyond the gate.” It was an unassailable point and garnered the Armored Brigade much respect as the expedition leader refused to budge on the issue and when pressed was supported by the logical and thoughtful MAC-669.
If anything could survive the gate it would be MAC-669 a recently found relic but inexhaustible and near indestructible machine relic from nearly five decades ago.