Cinder mumbles something about "compensating"
but otherwise stays quiet.
As Jamie searches the room, he finds the body of the 6th mercenary still warm in the center. He had thrashed a lot in his last moments, and many of the loose articles on him had gone in several different directions. You find a few spare charge cells for his rifle, scattered a few feet away alongside his dog tags. His name was Kenneth. Nearby, display still on, was the machine he was using to scan the room. Upon closer inspection you see that the beeping had stopped and the scanning display was devoid of any abnormalities, aside from a few flecks of blood. There's several buttons running alongside the display with labels written in Sino. You imagine with some know-how
, you could modify the device to try and read different wavelengths of electromagnetic radiation.
Here's another installment of Hibou's Weird Background Information
These will pop up occasionally whenever I drop some information that probably warrants explanation. They'll also make their way onto the OOC thread for easier access, if you're into that kind of thing.
In the 23rd century, language has changed a lot. Borders have become less defined, culture is more diffused, and trade is booming. So, the formation of trade languages is common among interstellar merchants. Some trade languages are used in such a large context that they become official languages of some factions. Sino is an example of that kind of circumstance. It is an amalgam of separate langauges that originated from the eastern Asian continent and Indian subcontinent, featuring heavy influences from the Mandarin, Korean, Japanese, and Tibetan languages. At the present day, it's one of the most widely used languages today, and many people speak it alongside their own native language. As a result, bilingualism isn't just common, it's the norm.
Other languages that grew up like Sino include Balto (A wide reaching mix of languages originating from eastern Europe), Indo (Incorporates the linguistic traditions of the Middle East, North Africa, and the Indian subcontinent), Nilo (Primarily Creole with some other influences, like Afrikaans, Swahili, and even some Arabic), and Roma (The closest thing you'll get to English, it also incorporates Spanish, French, German, and other romance languages.)
For the intents and purposes of this game, you guys won't have to worry about language. It's understood your characters know enough to get by pretty well in this future, and if you can't understand a language, it's probably for plot reasons.
Anyway, on with the show!
Jeremiah takes a closer look at the rounds, and while he can gather that they appear to be the size of a 20 gauge round, they lack any priming cap and could not be fired out of a conventional shotgun.