Four second lieutenants, two Engel pilots and two pilots of mecha who’ve met the night before at a bar, face off in simulated combat as part of their graduation ceremonies. Before the team of Kellden and Amity can finish off Dova and Vlad’s brave defense, however, it’s discovered that a Migo scout mech has infiltrated the battlefield. Managing to flush it out by violently detonating the bomb (courtesy of Kellden’s rocket salvo) the dragonfly had planted, the Migo scount was shot down narrowly before it could escape, and subsequently obliterated. That battle the four pilots earned their callsigns: Dova is Juneau, for his stalwart bravery in the face of superior firepower; Kellden is Alpha Strike, for his coordination and devastating barrage of destruction; Vlad is Deadeye for his beautiful shot that took down the Migo scout; and Amity is Slag, on account of the heavy damage she took in the explosion (practically destroying her mech). After their debriefing and formal graduation ceremony, a night of celebration: while Dova took a cold shower, 2nd Lt. Roy Lehran stopped by with some champagne to compliment Kellden’s whiskey. Several glasses later, Kellden and Amity strike out with a young broadsword pilot too drunk to hold down her lunch, before hooking up with each other, and Vlad scores a menage a quatre due to his status as hero of the hour. Meanwhile, Dova took a cold shower. They’ve got an early morning ahead of them: Amity needs to pick out a new mech to be transferred with her, and they all need to report to Colonel Verraad on their new post aboard the NEG Victory, one of the six battlecruisers that are the crown jewel of the NEG military.