Day 1, 112PA
Weather: 60F, light clouds, strong SE wind.
Magic: little within sensible distance.
Radio traffic: heavy
Barracuda looks around the grounds of the college for areas that seem to be accessible. Traveling around the perimeter, he finds an area cordoned off with large pavilions. There are several Omega Guard in here, large TVs and promotional material. It appears to be a recruiting station. There are flyers as well as applications. Ashlynn sees the same thing.
Grant spots a couple of students leaving the college and approaches them as to how to gain access. A woman points Grant towards the recruiting tents. If he travels there, he finds the same display that Barracuda sees. There are applications available and a friendly Omega Guard recruiter. IF Grants gets close or makes eye contact at all, the recruiter engages him instantly. "Now YOU look like someone ready to serve! Just look at you. You're the picture of a master of the arcane, are you not? Depending on your proclivity, I'm sure you could get an officer commission. MUCH higher pay and better food."
he adds, saying the last part quietly away from the other potential recruits filling out paperwork. "If you're not sure, we have a demonstration of the swearing in this afternoon so you can see what it's like. No obligation. Free meal and an evening at the hotel of your choice here in Merctown. You'll also receive 500 credits for your time."
Using his farseeing, Grant can see runes on the large structure. It's hard to read all of it but this is what he can take away (assuming Grant can read runes). He gets the gut feeling however that this structure relates directly to the subdued magic energy and may even be inhibiting dimensional travel or even teleportation.
Daisuke gleans from the show that for the most part they seem to only possess traits common to the average person, though outfitted with cutting edge tech. The cranky sergeant , who constantly busts their chops does seem to possess unnatural strength. While it's not unheard of to see people with supernatural strength, there is also a chance it could be purely for comedic effect. Though from what Daisuke sees, the actor probably possesses the strength to save the film production on special effects. One episode with a particularly attractive Omega Knight is something completely different. She seems to exhibit immunity to energy weapons, vast psionic capabilities, advanced techniques against technology (much like Ronith), magic, teleportation and a host of other capabilities. Truly she seems like a combination of Cyber Knight and Mystic knight.
Ronith senses evil, of which there is certainly some around. Of course that isn't unusual even from his own world. For better or worse however, this Merctown is more orderly than his own. There are buses and cargo vehicles of a commercial nature that could easily transport everyone. There are APCs, which clearly are converted Coalition equipment that would also work, but parked near Guardsmen.
Ashlynn in her general observations gets the impression that the Emperor is not located in Merctown, but that it has its own regent who is under the Emperor. He seems to reside in a place they call Valhalla, which from brief conversations with locals might be either a renamed Dweomer or City of Brass, but definitely a hidden location to the east of Merctown.