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ME: Dahlia Stark - Episode 19 - Debriefing
    “Rhodes, am I being thanked or arrested here? I’m getting some mixed messages from the crowd here.”
    Dahlia turned to the lieutenant, standing out of the way in a corner of the conference room. A parade of colonial officers had been streaming in and out, bringing new datapads and whispered messages. Meanwhile, Dahlia had been kept waiting, seated at the center of the activity, for nearly an hour. Bored out of her mind, she’d have been secretly chatting with Pepper and scanning planetary extranet activity...if they let her put her helmet back on. While the officers accepted that they could not get Dahlia to remove her armor, they forced her to keep the helmet on the broad table running the length of the conference room.
    When the ships of the colonial patrol fleets returned from Prospect, the pirate flotilla beat a hasty retreat - even though Dahlia preferred to believe it was her siege of the command carrier
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ME: Dahlia Stark - Episode 18 - Battle for Horizon
    The Ryxera crew was on Horizon for three weeks when the sky fell.
    Hann and Elsai were volunteering at Barton Hospital in the colonial capital, wondering why the staff suddenly buzzed with activity, like a hive of bees agitated by a looming threat.
    David was aboard the Ryxera, checking in with his uncle’s family, as he did every day since landing on Horizon, but the communication cut off unexpectedly.
    “What in the…?” he growled. “Pepper, what happened to the channel?”
    “Pepper’s offline,” Jin wheezed. “Dahlia’s up to something in her workshop.”
   
    “My transfer to the new hardware is complete, ma’am.”
    Pepper’s voice chimed through the headset Dahlia wore. She heard her companion’s update despite being intensely focused on completing the work
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ME: Dahlia Stark - Episode 17 - Business as Usual
    Dahlia couldn’t sleep.
    She slipped silently by the others sleeping in the bunks they claimed and exited the ship through the cargo hold. Even though David and the ground crews had cleaned out the refuse, she kept her helmet on rather than risk facing that smell again. The night air’s cool kiss raised the tiny hairs on her neck, having slipped beneath her overjacket. She couldn’t wait to begin working with the armor in the storage lockers to create a new, sealed hardsuit.
    “Pepper, wake up the arc reactor and route enough power to the repulsors for sustained flight. No walls or pipes to hem us in this time.”
    Dahlia straightened her posture and held her arms out to her sides, aiming her palms away from her body at acute angles. The emitters in her boots raised her into the air, steadied by those in her gloves. She increased the energy output and fully left the ground behind, ascending
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ME: Dahlia Stark - Episode 16 - New Family
    About an hour after Hann stormed off the ship, Jin contacted the remaining crew aboard the Ryxera - Dahlia, David, and Elsai. He informed them that he’d paid for the docking fees they’d accrued during their short stay at the spaceport, for the ship to be refueled, to have its drive core static charge safely discharged, and for the cargo hold to be washed out. However, Jin also suggested that, once those matters were taken care of, they should move the ship to the grassy plains on the outskirts of the capital to avoid racking up any more costs.
    “What about Hann?” Elsai asked Jin over the comm.
    “I’m keeping an eye on him,” the volus said. “I think he’ll be okay….He just needs some time to think….We’ll meet up with you….after you’ve moved Ryxie.”
    “I wonder if he’ll be okay,” Elsai said after the call di
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ME: Dahlia Stark - Episode 15 - Imperfect
    No sooner had the crew of the Ryxera officially come together than it was nearly wrenched apart. Hann was initially stunned when Elsai confessed that she was not returning to the Migrant Fleet, but he quickly became livid.
    “Don’t be mad, Hann,” Dahlia interrupted, trying to diffuse the bewildered quarian. “Elsai talked to me about this back at Mordin’s clinic. This isn’t about…”
    “You told her about this but couldn’t talk to me?” Hann exclaimed to Elsai. Dahlia did not appreciate the bitter inflection he used to refer to “her.” She was about to set Hann straight, but Elsai stopped her with two fingers touched softly to Dahlia’s elbow. Elsai shook her head, pleading with her human friend not to match Hann’s anger in kind.
    “It was too difficult for me to come to you about this,” Elsai said meekly. “But life
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ME: Dahlia Stark - Episode 14 - Cost of Living
    As the Ryxera broached the atmosphere of Horizon, a pair of outdated interceptors arrived to escort the ship through airspace over the colony’s capital, Discovery. With significant help from Pepper, Jin guided the vessel towards the spaceport where they were given clearance to land. David brought his relatives up from the cargo hold so they could return to solid ground and freedom, but Dahlia pulled him aside.
    “I’m probably crazy to volunteer,” she said, “but you’d better let me disembark first.”
    “Why?”
    “Whoever leaves the ship first will probably set a new personal record for most gun barrels aimed at them, and the colonists will be less trigger happy if they see a human. I’m not trying to hold anything against you, Dave, but I don’t want to see you get shot right as you’re about to be a big hero and set your family free.”
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ME: Dahlia Stark - Episode 13 - Taking Stock
    When they emerged from the cargo hold below deck, David, Hann, and Elsai found Dahlia rooting through every drawer, box and locker she could crack open. The orange light of her omni-tool washed across the dingy bulkhead walls as she kept a digital record of everything she found.
    “We need your help down below,” Elsai entreated.
    “No thank you,” Dahlia replied. “I need to inventory our spoils of war. The three of you are better suited for working with the prisoners.”
    “They need a human face,” David said. “One of the men would’ve lunged at me if my uncle hadn’t vouched for me. They don’t know me. I’m just another batarian, and they’ve seen too many of us lately.”
    “And I don’t think they find our faceplates very welcoming,” Elsai added. “A friendly human face could go a long way toward
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Dahlia Stark: Interlude
    “I’m surprised you asked for me, sir. Whatever the task, wouldn’t Ms. Lawson be better suited?” Viktor Hand asked, his words dripping with sarcasm.
    His superior - or at least the holographic replica produced by Minuteman Station’s quantum-entanglement communicator - took a long, slow puff from his cigarette before answering.
    “Spare me your petty rivalry. Miranda is tied up with a very important project. The less said the better. What I have for you is right up your alley, Viktor. We’ve received an interesting tip from an informant on Omega. It seems that Tony Stark’s daughter is alive and carrying on the family legacy.”
    “So I'll be departing for Omega?”
    “Unfortunately, she’s already left the station. Your first objective will be to locate Ms. Stark. You’ll then need to observe her and gather information. We kn
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OC Profile: Dahlia Stark
Full Name: Dahlia Natasha Stark
DOB: 5 October 2158
Birthplace: Milgrom General Hosptial, Bekenstein, Boltzmann System, Serpent Nebula
Father: Anthony Edward Stark (Deceased)
Mother: Virginia "Pepper" Potts-Stark (Deceased)
History:
        Born while her parents were representing Stark Enterprises during the initial colonization efforts on Bekenstein, Dahlia Stark became part of the first generation of native-born colonists on the planet. She was educated by private tutors through approximately 5th grade, then entered mainstream middle school when Kaori Nagumo Preparatory School was built in the developing colony's capital, Milgrom.
        During a break between academic semesters, at age 14 Dahlia accompanied her parents for a private meeting with a quarian envoy ship near the Intai'sei planetary system. The family's personal ship was ambushed by unknown attackers purported to be batarian raiders. Only Dahlia survived the attack
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ME: Dahlia Stark - Episode 12 - Departure
    Despite the pirate dragging her along by a cord wrapped around her wrists, for just an instant Dahlia felt nostalgic. The narrow hallway, running from the helm at the bow to the rest of the ship, reminded her of the crowded life aboard the Helash. She also reflected on how Imani'Barael would’ve thrown a fit to see how poorly kept this dirty, messy ship was.
    The batarian pirate led Dahlia and her friends into what served as a living area: a wider space at the center of the ship furnished with a stained, worn table, a ratty couch set in front of a communal computer console and viewing screen, and some bunks set against the port and starboard walls. Only one other pirate, a drell woman with teal skin highlighted by the dim lighting, sat in the common room. She sat on the floor, propped against a bunk, thoroughly engrossed by the contents of a datapad. She didn’t even take notice of the new arrivals.
    Seeing that all the b
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ME: Dahlia Stark - Episode 11 - Liberation
    After the Eclipse mercenaries’ raid on the clinic, Dahlia secluded herself in her workspace and surrounded herself with the broken remnants of the mech casualties. Focusing on work to be done - problems to be solved - helped her escape the lingering anxiety. Dr. Abrams and the quarians were also still shaken, but they managed to carry on after cleaning up the mess left behind.
    Her last visitor was Elsai, asking if Dahlia wanted to say anything to the bereaved Jin. During the raid, Ryxera used her natural asari biotic talent to fend off one of the mercenaries. The strain exacerbated her illness. She asked for her bondmate, and Jin practically crashed his aircar rushing to be at her side when Ryxera passed away.
    Dahlia waved Elsai away and silently kept to her work. She could not face the solemn atmosphere permeating the clinic. Dahlia also could not face Dr. Solus. Despite the attack and Ryxera’s passing, Mordin resume
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ME: Dahlia Stark - Episode 10 - Trial Run
    Being surrounded by so many people left Dahlia’s shoulders shivering beneath her jacket, but when she saw Ryxera wobble out to the atrium, assisted by Jin and Elsai, it became impossible to back out. Dahlia had not wanted such a large audience for her first flight test, but Dr. Solus and so many of the patients and staff wanted to see her work’s debut that she had no choice in the matter.
    Elsai was the only other witness to the arc reactor’s first, successful activation. However, after Hann was invited to watch the second activation, he could not help but gossip throughout the clinic. In the handful of weeks since then, Dahlia was bombarded with questions about when she would fly.
    The culmination of the mounting excitement was the crowd assembled in the atrium outside the clinic. The wide space was crowned by open, soaring heights like an ancient cathedral. Dahlia wore a modified incarnation of her survival suit
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ME: Dahlia Stark - Episode 9 - In Treatment
    Thirteen days working for Orsk had dragged out like two months for how grueling the work was: hauling cargo, unpacking bulk commodities, cleaning muck and trampled produce from unknown worlds, and she and Hann were once even tasked with butchering cuts of meat from fresh varren carcasses. That was the worst, as far as Dahlia cared. Even with her suit’s helmet on, protecting her from the smell and spurts of gore, her stomach turned to find herself wrist deep in the foul beasts. The ordeal was all the worse for working under the glare of the Talon and vorcha guards and enduring Orsk’s constant belittling. While Hann received the brunt of the krogan’s abuse, the boss also made his low opinion of Elsai and Dahlia very clear.
    However, time passed much quicker for Dahlia while working at the Omega Clinic. The work was no less intense, since lives depended on the staff, yet the challenge was rewarding for Dahlia. Her new responsibilities
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ME: Dahlia Stark - Episode 8 - Doctor's Visit
    “This can’t be Heaven - it smells like Omega and you two are here. Still doesn’t rule out Hell.”
    “That’s not nice!” Hann exclaimed.
    “I just risked my life to save you two. I get a free pass to be honest.”
    Dahlia had woken up to find the quarians standing beside her cot. They were in some sort of med bay or doctor’s office. The walls were bare and myriad pipes and valves traced their way along the ceiling. Just out of sight, large vents hummed like a volus’ breather. The narrow room was as spartan and uninspiring as the rest of the station, but it was oddly clean and well kept. Dahlia read the clues suggesting that whoever was in charge took serious pride in their work.
    “Was I whacked out on pain meds, or did I hear someone humming show tunes while I was asleep?” Dahlia asked, propping herself up on the cot.
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ME: Dahlia Stark - Episode 7 - Performance Review
   Orsk called Dahlia into his “office,” his name for the corner of the warehouse where he had dragged a rickety table and wobbly chairs. There was no mystery about why the krogan boss wanted to harangue Dahlia. She’d been ditching work fairly frequently - regularly, even - to scrounge for parts around the district’s trash heaps. It was dirty work. Even though she wore her full survival suit, helmet and all, each day’s end left her feeling very unclean. Scrap was a valuable commodity, readily snatched up by other scavengers on the station. For every usable bit of wire or other component she found, there were ten more varren bones picked clean of meat, mountains of soiled scraps of clothing, reams of food packaging, and so much xeno-feces.
   While she sacrificed less sleep to collecting and tinkering, now more time was spent decontaminating her suit...repeatedly.
   However, even as Orsk tried to politely chew her out, all Dah
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ME: Dahlia Stark - Episode 6 - Problem Solver
   “Keelah! What was that?”
   Hann practically jumped onto a stack of crates full of dried varren meat when the small mechanical critter raced by his feet.
   “Even after I welded patches over the gaps in the walls and ceiling,” Dahlia said, “vermin were still getting into the warehouse, so I used scrap electronics to cobble together this ‘mouser drone.’ It tracks down small lifeforms within the confines of the warehouse and stuns them with a short range electrical pulse.”
   “When do you have time for all this? Don’t you sleep? You’ve patched the warehouse, repaired the gate controls, improved the efficiency of this place’s wiring, and you’re building drones, too?”
   “Hann’s just mad because you’re making him look bad in front of Orsk,” Elsai explained, wielding a metal stick to pick up the unconscious carcass of some kind of s
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