2 years ‘til game – Valdosta returns with Emerald; The GAF and GA begin talks with her and decide to grant the Viridians aid.
20 mos. – The plans for the Templar Fleet form; Crane (as part of a small committee) is enlisted to begin selection process for the other four ships, their crews and captains; Emerald spends time in Hart attending private conferences. The Valdosta visits the Viridians, officially offers them aid (which they accept) and makes plans to return to collect volunteers to inhabit the new fleet’s ships.
The visit is an experience very much like the first time they met Emerald – Emerald inhabits Hart and the other Viridians come in and out of the Valdosta to confer with the crew. No physical forms are ever actually seen. The Viridians are very much like Emerald in temperament and personality, though Emerald seems to be even more gentle and passionate about the human race than is standard with the other Viridians…which is likely why she was sent as an ambassador/scout.
18 mos. – The ships for the Templar Fleet are selected. Some will be taking their crew complement with them, others will not. The Valdosta is sent into dry-dock at Alhambra and begins modifications with Emerald en residence. The other ships are sent to various places – New Umbria, Sydney, Belfast and Mars – for their refitting.
15 mos. – The crews are selected for the Fleet. Those not enlisted with the GAF are required to come on board the program as contracted liaisons. Everyone is sent through Basic as a refresher. The crew of the Valdosta is asked to design a comprehensive briefing on the Viridians, Crimsons and Andromeda Gate.
One year prior – The Valdosta comes out of dry-dock and visits the Viridians, collecting four and returning to the Milky Way. The four Viridians are given names: Vert (pronounced as it is in French – ‘vair’), Pine, Jade and Olive. Vert and Pine are male-identified and Jade and Olive are female-identified. The names seem to please them very much.
8 mos. – Briefings and training begin on the mission. The crew of the Valdosta offers detailed reports on their experiences with the potential Crimson entity that they encountered. The fleet crews assemble regularly and the captains meet with heads of the GAF to begin compiling data for Operation: White Cavalry.
4 mos. – The ships are finished with their outfittings and upgrades and the Viridians move aboard: Vert on the Vyara, Pine on the Versailles, Jade on the Vancouver and Olive on the Venice.