Alexi called the briefing to order.
"I hope you've all had a good rest while we dealt with our prisoners, ship, and recaptured booty, because this is a strange one. Or rather, a strange two; we've got two requests for assistance, neither of which wants or needs a full squad. You can volunteer for one or the other or take an extended vacation, as you see fit.
"First up, we have a request for assistance from another CCS crew." He made a small gesture and the common room display flickered to life. "This is Tatsu. Some of you have been there before. It has a bunch of human colonists and a bunch of traditional Zentradi colonists. They don't like each other. The fact that the humans include large numbers of Yakuza who keep making deals with the Zentradi and then backstabbing them—according to the Zentradi, anyway—hasn't helped.
"For the record, neither side likes the NUN; they kicked both the UNS and NUS off-planet shortly after the start of the three-year war. The NUNS maintains a peacekeeping fleet in orbit just to make sure the Zentradi don't get off-planet. Oddly enough, neither side liking the NUNS is part of why they hired CCS; we're mercenaries who don't really like either side, so we're as unbiased a third party as they're going to get.
"There's been some rapprochement between the two sides lately. They're holding a soirée at a specially-constructed dual-size ballroom." He made another gesture, and several views what appeared to be a fancy building in a park appeared. Judging from the nearby trees, the upper balcony level circling most of the inside and outside walls would be about chin-height on a Zentradi, allowing a human and a full-sized Zentradi to converse face to face. "They've hired CCS to provide security for the event. A force recon squad consisting mainly of Zentradi has taken the contract. They need a few humans or micloned Meltrandi to fill out the human-scale side, plus Olga."
Olga grinned. "Hoo, yez."
"This is a dismounted, concealed-weapons-only mission in formal attire. I wish I could come with you on this one, but I can't. Any questions before I move on to the other option?"