Right there's a post and a half for you! Would have kept on going but if I don't sleep soon my eyes will fall out...
Right, firstly, I didn't mention it but the engineer dude? He'll be on board the triton too, non-combatant but he'll be able to use the wierd console in there (you know from the game with the sonar on) to control wee Bubbles. Bubbles is not a SWS by the way. Hence it being completely different in every way to a SWS! I'm guessing it'll either get nuked in the mission and XCom will deem it necessary to develop a prototype replacement or it will prove invaluable and XCom will feel compelled to develop a prototype replacement.
Now Zager worked on the original Tanks in the first alien war so I imagine he would take great pleasure in nitpicking over Denman's flawed genius in the form of Bubbles if it gets back intact! So there you are Zag, all yours the old R&D bit as per! Wait till we get back though mind, your character hasn't seen this thing yet, and 40 years is a long time to forget how invaluable that tank was!
Next thing, I don't know if we're ready to intercept this UFO yet or not so there are a few ways forward... It flies off, that's that, contact lost... We intercept it and land at the site, then it pans out however it pans out... We down it in water too deep to take the Triton and the divers into (over an aquatic chasm or something) It's up to whoever posts next, I'd like to see how it unfolds either way, hence me trying to prepare these people as well as possible for what seems to be a pretty hopeless mission!
Another thing is THIS LINK
to XCommand, it'll answer all your UFOpedia style questions. Like superheated laser what? Is he making that up? And, what does a harpoon gun look like again? Or what other weapons do we need to bring into the fic before the next mission? etc and so on!
Lastly but not leastly, here's a list of all the characters in the fic so far, including a few I've introduced in that fic through necessity. Uria, your guy is already on this mission so if you're reading this topic then its your time baby! Go to it! DC Scott is on board but your new guy isn't as we'll want everyone to be a few ranks up on what they are now before we bring in any more experienced soldiers to dominate the team! Like I say below, the SGT is a filler in for the missing command structure that we'll need fairly imminently but I have no problem with keeping him/promoting him, whatever. Bottom line is, he's free for all, anyone can use him so I'm not bothered what happens to him. The new pilot is one of mine, feel free to interact as you blatantly need to in this next post! But I'll do most of the donkey work on him, I enjoy having Trigger as a pilot in the UFO fic!
My Character, Barracuda-01 pilot, profile to come
Filler technically, just needed someone to take control. We could keep him if we decide to
Able Seaman Mark Reynolds
Accounting Trolls character. 30yrs old joined XCom March 2039
Able Seaman Brian Goldstein
Filler Recovered Crawley's corpse from the Hyperion wreck
Able Seaman Andrew Munt
My Character. 23yrs old joined XCom July 2036
Seaman Scott Gasvin
Dumb Commander's character. 29yrs old joined XCom August 2039
Seaman Dale Peterson
Seamen Richard Pritchard
Filler Kills and recovers only alien casualty from the Hyperion wreck
Uriaheep's character. 35yrs old originally joined SORESO October 2030