Red lights. I… I remembered something bad. I think there has been only a select few who have witnessed a ful instrument display of failing and disabled systems in an Imperial TIE fighter and have lived to say that they all work as intended. It is now hard to forget. Only now in the end of the day I write this entry. I dont know what else to say so I am just going to attatch a video file I was allowed to keep.
The video begins on a camera feed inside a simulator of a standard TIE fighter. The top hatch opens and a fully clothed female Imperial pilot slowly climbs down into the cockpit's seat. Before sitting into the seat, she checks the seat's ejection hardware to make sure the seat is safe and then straps herself in.
Simulator Technician: "...yes sir… alright! Pilot 408, can you read me?"
The helmeted pilot nods, "Yes sir, 408 reads you loud and clear."
ST: "Copy… alright this is flight control, begin your preflight."
Nekoto: "408 copies, beginning preflight checklist."
Nekoto fumbles to the left depths of her seat and produces the fighter's preflight checklist. She goes through and starts off with checking all the circuit breakers that they are set in the safe or normal posistions. Then, turning the powder on, she begins the onboard diagnostics while checking all systems were green.
Nekoto: "Control, 408 reporting all green, clear for engine start."
ST: "408, Control, start engine and stand by".
Nekoto: "408 copies... beginning engine start."
Nekoto reaches to the right side of the cockpit, flipping a switch and reaches for the power lever as she raises it while watching the readouts. Suddenly the output RPM spikes, causing Nekoto to go into a practiced emergency procedure as she shuts off the engine to prevent output speed damage. She monologs her actions as she performs them.
Nekoto: "Spiking detected. Shutting engine off and standing by for reattempt in two minutes. RPM did not go over 120%."
ST: "Copy 408. Good job catching it. Ok, your two minutes are done, go ahead and start up fully. You are clear to launch when you are."
Nekoto copies and starts up the engine. It all starts up smoothly this time, unhindered by any simulated failures. Once ready and all systems functioning normally, she brings the simulated TIE into a light hover and radios her progress to the tech.
ST: "Copy 408, proceed 1k meters off station one using approach alpha. RV with patrol squad Razor."
Nekoto copies, relaying the orders back and flying with no prolbems up the RV with the patrol. "Patrol Razor, 408, attatching to formation."
ST playing now as the patrol flightleader: "408, Razor 1. Copy. Form up on port wing for V formation. Designation is Razor 8."
Nekoto copies, forming up with the V formation and the patrol goes through a number of waypoint markers. Suddenly a unknown target appears on Nekoto's readout.
Nekoto: "Bandit ahead 2k out and closing. Three X-wing. S-Foils open!"
FL: "Copy, three bandits. Squad, weapons hot, engage at will!"
Nekoto accelerates her virtual TIE and flys upwards and angles downward to attack from above. The rest of the squad made up of 5 other TIEs split and comes to attack the bandits from different positions. Everyone attacks the X-wings simultaneously, leaving them only enough time to do one attack run which damages one nameless TIE. All the bandits are destroyed. The encounter is over just as fast as it occurred.
FL: "Razor 8, Razor 1, escort Razor 3 back to ground base."
Nekoto: "8 copies, escorting 3. 2k out from atmo re-entry."
Nekoto and Razor 3 fly to the re-entry point and gravity starts to affect the entry. Nekoto in the camera feed visibly tenses up as she grips the controls. Her TIE starts leaving Razor 3 behind as the AI slows down to a safe re-entry speed. Red lights start to pop up on Nekoto's flight readouts as she seems frozen in place as systems overload or shut down attempting to adjust to the unsafe gain of speed. The simulator tech comes onto the radio, breaking his roleplay as the flight leader or control as he notices something odd in her actions.
ST: "Hey 408! Slow down your entry! Hello?! Can you hear me?!"
Nekoto stays frozen in place as she seems to replay the actions that she now remembers on that fateful day. The tech does a emergency simulator shutdown and quickly opens up the hatch to yell down at the TIE pilot asking what is going on. She stays frozen in place and the tech jumps down into the cockpit as he puts both feet on the armrests of the pilot seat, facing Nekoto and blocking the camera with his back as he crouches down to face directly into Nekoto's helmet and taps the side of her helmet trying to pull her out of her episode. Nekoto shakes as she realizes where she was, the tech directly in her face and he pulls her helmet off. The tech climbs up out of the way of the camera after unhooking her helmet breather tubes taking her helmet with him, telling her to follow. She watches him climb upward, her face covered in sweat and she slows her breathing before taking her hands off the flight controls as she still had her death grip on and flexes her hands, confused what had just went on. Nekoto climbs up and after the tech to debrief. The camera feed continues for a minute before shutting off.