Starboard cannon bay 5
Two hours ago
Criador leafed through the vellum sheets detailing the gun emplacements. Some of these documents were copies of the original documentation from when the gun decks were built, some were later additions as each refit and change brought out more of the ship´s unique personality. The oldest scrolls were ruinous with age and heavy with waxen seals and strips of vellum detailing refits or modifications.
Looking up at the huge breaches he carefully held up one of the scrolls, aligning the drawings over the mess he could see in front of him as his optical implant adjusted its focus.
"By the forges of Mars, Cease activity!" he yelled over the din of work. watching as the enginseers overseeing the work quickly repeated the shout, the ratings able to be spared from other tasks stopped trying to loosen the massive fastenings holding the firing mechanisms into the rear of the cannon he was working with.
Short on manpower, short on supplies. this new captain had better bring a supply vault and troop transport of ratings with him. he thought a moment, as several others in the rust-red robes of the mechanicus climbed up to the platform.
"Does no-one else check these documents? You were about to depressurize the entire bay." He said in the chittering language of the Mechanicus, the Binary echoing oddly in the vast hall. With the shortage on ratings the ship's systems were being run ragged, and the enginseer prime had pulled many of the senior enginseers back to the enginarium, leaving him with junior members who, while mechanically competent, were above the positions they were used to overseeing. As a result, he had to rush from repair to repair and accidents were going to happen, he was just fortunate to have caught this one.
"Scroll 55, Addendum strip... Octo. Dated 413 M41. Before removing the firing mechanisms, perform the rite of disassembly and the rite of sealant on the breach, lest the atmosphere on the gun deck is lost as the machine spirits are angered.. This second rite has not been performed or performed inadequately, as the seals are not in place."
Some of the ratings looked uneasy as the discussion continued in binary. Being unable to understand what was being said they did not know what would happen, whether punishment, a break or continuation of labour.
Arrival of the Florin
Having set the enginseers to the appropriate rite Criador made his way to the command tower. With his customary rust-red robes still smelling faintly of incense he was holding a muted conversation in Binary with the Enginseer prime of to the side of the other officers when the new rogue trader disembarked.
As the man made his way to the assembled officers Criador waited until the Enginseer Prime, as the formal representative of the Mechanicus on board, had introduced himself before speaking up himself.
"And I am Explorator Militant Criador, by the grace of the Omnissiah serving as Master of Ordnance." He said simply, his implants giving his voice a faint distortion, and offering no explanation as to why a member of the Mechanicus was serving as the man in charge of the gun crews.