Nuria was surprised at how nice the mobile home was with its solar energy collectors, and its artificed heating units. Its reinforced walls were covered in satellite maps printed in waterproof plastics. They showed the coastline, and much of the glacial wastes.
It was an incredibly impressive region, with lots of wide open spaces.
Alphine spoke quietly as she used a laser pointer to tap out places on the maps.
"The south of the Glacial Wastes had a small forest, but the sat images show it is infested by very militant icewyrms.
The north has a few different mountain ranges, each which might be high in mineral content from the readings we are getting. In fact one section of mountains we could reach in a three day hovertruck drive would be one very high in copper ore deposits.
I know the trip out here was quite terrible Nuria, and you saw the loss of a lot of people. And I know my ex-worker royally screwed you over Nuria. It seems he was trying to line his own pockets, which the Guild does not allow for to prevent the very sort of corruption you experienced.
He obviously did not prepare you for the rigors of this office, but I know you will be a success at it. And since all the Guild documents have your name as Expedition leader, I cannot very well move ahead with any operations without your full support."
Nuria was still preoccupied by the dream from the night before. She still could divert to find the crashed Pleasure Barge, the Hot Press and the rest of Nereel’s objects shared in the dream.
Nuria wondered if she should tell Alphine about Nereel and the dream messages. Getting the Guilder’s support would allow her to send ahead the Guilder and her team to either the Forest to harvest wood, or to the Mountains to recover copper ore and stone, while she went on her own to the crash site.
Or using the Guilder’s team, she probably could reach the crash faster, and secure it within a day instead of the time it would take Nuria alone to explore it.
Or she could just ignore the dreams of Nereel, and visit either the forests or the mountain.
It was a challenging decision but the best ones always were.
“So Nuria, any questions I can assist with?” Alphine asked.