Max sat in the back row, having come in slightly late due to his previous club. He was more or less knew what to expect today and wasn't surprised the Druids had again raised a stink about their intervention. Though, unlike his club leaders, he believed magic had its place and that working with magic could only improve technology. He had no interest in debating its viability with the two sisters. As Corona and Esther concluded their short speech, Max approached them, "Good morning." He dully greeted before asking, "Do you have a moment. I wanted to discuss the future of this tracking device. I may have some ideas on how to better utilize it. Beyond just tracking lost cattle."
"Hmm? What do you mean?" Corona asked, tilting her head slightly.
"Yeah, what do you mean, Max?" Esther chirped in, one hand on her waist. "Tell us clearly. We're always open to any suggestions from our members after all!" she said with a smile.
"Excellent," Max replied, looking more motivated. "My first thought was looking into human trials. Although this is typically looked down upon knowing a person vitals and being able to track them has many applications for safety services such as police and fire and rescue. However," Max grinned a bit, "What I think would be even better is if we could modify the device to read magical energies. Knowing how much magic a person, or creature, has a lot of strategic advantage. If we were to speed up the delivery mechanism, or even make it ranged. Then it wouldn't have to be voluntary either."
Corona’s smile disappeared, turning into a frown.
“Funny you should say that, since I’ve been suggesting that from the very beginning!” Esther replied. Unlike her friend, it seemed she was still as cheerful as ever. “Human chips would really be useful, I agree. I even suggested to Corona to replace our electronic cards with implanted chips instead. It’s far more secure that way, no?”
Future Tech members were given said cards that were needed to access the building. Higher clearance cards would be needed to access the lab and storage, as there had been cases of thievery, usually from those outside the club, stealing all sorts of gadgets and doodads from their labs. Thankfully, none of the stolen goods had been of the dangerous kind. Usually, those troublemakers just stole them for their pranks.
“I’ve told you, Esther, it’s not ready yet for human usage,” Corona finally interjected. “And Max,” She turned to face towards him with crossed arms. “We would never inject them to people without their permission. That is not how we function.” She gave him a grave look, pretty much saying that he would be screwed if he tried that little idea of his without her permission.
“I agree with the rest of your suggestion however,” she continued, her posture now turning into her usual, relaxed form. “It indeed could be useful. But like I said, it’s not ready yet for human usage. Not enough tests. We have to make sure it wouldn’t trigger any allergies on the human body first. Speak to Miriam. She’s in charge of the testing.”
Miriam was of course, another member of the Future Tech club. Naturally, Corona and Esther couldn’t handle all the experiments and research the Club did, so they had to relegate their duties to other members of the Club.
Max should have expected the split response given the Sisters tended to have radically different viewpoints. He was glad Esther agreed with his assessment, but he did politely listen to Corona's objections before responding, "I will talk with Miriam about testing the modifications. Though Corona, I ask that you not misconstrue my meaning. I concede the point that rejection of the implants could be a problem for human subjects. However, I feel that testing on Otherworld creatures would be safe, even with the current version. They aren't like us after all, so I doubt it would bring great harm to them. I want to be able to understand these creatures better Corona. And, part of that understanding is realizing they won't always just let me." Max looks at Corona for a response before adding, "Now on a different note. How are we getting to town today? I hope it is not the long version or I may need to skip out as I have an important date today at noon."
“Well…” Corona answered. “I’m fine with using it against beasts and animals. As for how to deliver them from a distance, I suppose it could be done with a launcher of sorts. Something like a dart gun. Or even mini-drones, though the creation of them still requires a level of expertise we still haven’t reached yet.”
“Imagine mosquito drones fighting actual mosquitoes, keeping you safe from them even in the middle of the thickest, most damp tropical jungle. It would be a wonderful invention for everyone, as long as we can mass-produce it of course,” Esther chimed in with excitement.
“That, of course, is still further away even more,” Corona commented.
“As for your other question…” she continued with a smile. “We’ll be taking the flying saucer. So get ready. Brush up on the manual if you forget your duties as one of the bridge crew.”
"Ah yes, the Saucer," Max said his voice deflating with each word. It was a little known fact, but Max hated heights. He could deal with flying alright, but when it came to the site of the ground fast approaching he would lose all his nerve to anxiety. He took a moment to compose himself as he thought." I don't imagine you will have much use for me. Seeing as I am on weapons." Max replied, sounding a little hopeful. "There really wouldn't be much point in me equipping that VR headset if I have nothing to shoot at." the headset Max referred to was a half helmet that Max could wear that gave him direct control of any weapon he wanted. It also came with a set of controllers he could aim like real guns allowing him to employ his real-life training. Sure they had targeting computers capable of locking on, but they were slow had no sense of the situation or their surroundings. Max could do more than just aim well.
“Hmm, true,” Corona resigned, pursing her lips. “We’re not doing a large scale beast extermination task after all.” Occasionally they would be requested to take care of beasts and monsters that disturbed and threatened the people of the countryside, where they lived near the forests, swamps, and mountains where such creatures existed in large numbers. Unlike the druids who would prefer to negotiate and commune with such creatures, they would just come and kill them instead, ending the problem permanently. And with some of the club members being Bestia members, they had a good knowledge on how those beasts would hunt, where their territories would be, how they breed, etc, etc.
“Alright, if that’s all, then we shall depart at once,” Corona declared. “Esther, the engine for the Saucer is all tuned up already, right?” Esther was the head of the mechanical engineering department of the club, so the task fell to her lap.
“Of course!” Esther puffed her chest. “I already did the checks early in the morning, just as you told me too!”
“Good. Then there should be no problem,” Corona replied with a smile.