Welcome back to Dark Empire Quest, where you the players aid the reborn Emperor Palpatine and Captain Alana Tyrna as they fight to rebuild the Empire after the crushing defeat at Endor and the subsequent collapse. We will guide their choices, deal with the consequences of their actions, and work to ensure the Empire rises once again.Important links:Archive>http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/qstarchive.html?searchall=Dark+EmpirePastebin for potential Info Dumps>https://pastebin.com/u/Timekiller21Twitter feed I use to announced planned game times.>https://twitter.com/DarkEmpireQuest This is the map system I use for planning>http://www.swgalaxymap.com/And this is a gold mine resource for Star wars info, take with a grain of salt since this universe follows its own continuity.>http://starwars.wikia.com/I allow between ten and twenty minutes for voting depending on the importance of the issue and how divided the vote is. If the vote is tied up, I usually allow an extra five minutes for a tie breaker, and if no one votes, I roll for the tie breaker (The will of the dark side)I always try to incorporate (and encourage) write ins if they don't violate the spirit of voted decisions, though I may edit or tweak them to fit better.***Previously:>>1404884We followed Alana during her early participation in Operation Tattered Banner as she found her attempts to demonstrate her skill continually frustrated by bad luck and uncooperative superiors. In the end, Admiral Oxtroe accepted Alana's idea to press their advance to the shipyards of Rendili, although she left Alana behind, intending to take credit for the push herself it seems.While Alana brooded over this latest setback, a distress call came in from Captain Clure of Massiff, a Strike-class helming a small squadron defending the world of Perma. Clure claims to have come under heavy attack from a major Rebel force. Alana and her officers weigh their best courses of action.(1/2)
"There's no guarantee we're not jumping into some kind of trap," you say aloud before addressing the comm officer, "Send a message to Captain Clure. Tell him we need more to go on. I want enemy force strength, I want their apparent goal, and I want to know how long he can conceivably holdout""Right away, ma'am!""We're not going to help them?" Lieutenant Lumis, executive officer aboard your current ship Grim Death[i/], asks."It wouldn't do us or them very much good if we're ambushed on route or led by the nose into a trap," you explain patiently. "But, I'm not going to leave them completely unaided. Get Captain Amey on the holocom, have him set course for Perma right away and report on the situation.""Ma'am," Lumis says as he trots off to execute your orders.Now was a waiting game, teeth clenched as you waited, knowing that somewhere, many light years away, your comrades were fighting and dying.Within five minutes, you see the Nebulon-B Frigate Vengeance Endor jump away with a flicker of pseudo motion. Minutes tick by with excruciating slowness. An attack on Perma was a dire situation indeed. If the Rebels somehow had gotten around behind you, and took Perma, they would control a world that sat astride your hyperlane back home. Oxtroe's whole fleet would be cut off until Perma could be retaken."Ma'am," Lumis comes up to you with a datapad, "We've heard back from Captain Clure." Lumis looks at his data pad and reads off the message. "Enemy fleet centered on two Assault Frigates, six corvettes, and three GR-75 medium transports accompanied by approximately sixty enemy fighters. Clure reports enemy seems keen to take the planet, though the transports seem to be armed as second tier warships."Unsurprising, the Rebels had a tend to compensate for poor force composition with sheer numbers where possible. If it could fly, they would put guns on it and press it into service, even if those bulbous transports only served to absorb enemy fire.Lumis continues, "He reports he is unable to break away due to enemy fighter cover, he intends to fight where he stands but doesn't estimate his chances for holding out are very good." When he finishes he looks up at you, eyes wide. "Ma'am if they take Perma, we'll be isolated out here.""We verified the transmission codes?" You ask, avoiding his comment."Yes, ma'am, it all checks out. But . . . A force like that, Clure doesn't stand a chance, and quite frankly I'm not sure we will either.">There's only one way to find out . . . (order the jump to Perma)>Contact the surrounding garrisons at Thoadeye and Leria Kerlsil and havem them meet us there (Jump to Perma and summon reinforcements)>You're quite correct, order Clure to retreat best he can and rendezvous with us.>I think it best we wait until Vengeance Endor makes visual confirmation of the attack
>>1421825Whats the makeup of our fleet?
>>1421843Grim Death A Victory-II Class Star Destroyer, and Vengeance Endor a Nebulon-B Class frigate which has already jumped for Perma.Between the two of you, you have three squadrons of Tie/Lns. Clure's Squadron is/was 1 Strike class Massiff, 2 Carrack class, a handful of patrol craft and three squadrons of Tie/Lns
>>1421825>Contact the surrounding garrisons at Thoadeye and Leria Kerlsil and havem them meet us there (Jump to Perma and summon reinforcements)We can take these guys if we play it smart, and we get reinforcements
>>1421825>Contact the surrounding garrisons at Thoadeye and Leria Kerlsil and havem them meet us there (Jump to Perma and summon reinforcements)Don't make the same mistake again of attacking overwhelming hostile forces alone. Advise the local commander reinforcements are on route and to proceed with a fighting withdrawal until he can regroup with allied assets.
>>1421825Jump and assist right away. We cant afford to divert resources away from other worlds in case this attack is a diversion. If it is, we risk losing more than one world.If we retreat, we lose everyone's respect
>>1421862We have verified the command codes... If this is a diversion it is a damn good one.
>Contact the surrounding garrisons at Thoadeye and Leria Kerlsil and havem them meet us there (Jump to Perma and summon reinforcements)>writing
>>1421875Do we have any special weapons on the frigate or our ship? Anything besides the regular vehicles we are supposed to be carrying?
"Why not even the odds a bit, hmm?' you ask Lumis before turning back to the comms officer. "Summon the surrounding Garrisons and have them meet us at Perma. I believe Grudge is about the same distance out as us." You refer to the second Victory-Nebulon Pair at Thoadeye.""Yes, ma'am!"The view from Grim Death's forward viewport lurches sickeningly as the ship reorients itself, preparing to jump."Signal Captain Clue," you order, "Have him conduct a fighting retreat until we can arrive in system. Then, when ready, execute the jump."Within moments, your star destroyer is tearing along the gulf between worlds, racing toward Perma at unfathomable relative speeds. If reports are accurate, you know you'll have a hell of a fight ahead of you when you arrive.The azure vortex of hyperspace reverts to star lines when themselves become the pin points of stars encircling the unremarkable world of Perma. "Multiple contacts on comscan!" sensors cries.All the crew jolt up, several actually standing and craning their necks to see out of the main viewports."Back to your posts!" Lumis shouts, perhaps louder than he needs to, his voice almost shrill. He paces over to the viewport to stare at the ships silhouetted against the blue-green world."Ensign, give me a report," you tell the sensor operator patiently."Captain Clure's forces are heavily outnumbered, ma'am," sensors begins, reading off numbers to you. As he speaks, you see a small Gozanti-class cruiser explode under concentrated turbolaser fire from the rebel forces. This leaves two weakened Tie/LN Squadrons, a heavily damaged IPV-1 patrol ship, a nearly crippled Gozanti venting atmosphere, two Carrack cruisers, both with their shields exhausted, being battered by enemy fire, and the Captain Clure's flagship, the Strike-class Massiff, her shields still intact, but beginning to falter. map to followAttacking the system is a full rebel fleet. Two Assault Frigates, the Mark I variant. Four CR-90 "Blockade Runner" corvettes, a DP20 gunship, two GR-75 transports that appear to have been outfitted for light combat, as well as approximately 4-5 squadrons of fighters, X-wings and Y-wings. The battle takes place amidst a small but growing debris field of destroyed vessels, it looks like Clure's squadron has been fighting for some time before you arrived.Just ahead of you is Vengeance Endor, launching her own Tie compliment."Launch our Ties immediately!" Lumis orders, "Send them against those rebels!""Belay that, Lieutenant," you snap, stepping up beside him, suffering a withering glare. "Or do you really want to have a conversation about command authority in the middle of a fight?"Lumis glares silently for a moment. "No. Ma'am.""Good," you raise your voice again, "Launch the ties into a holding pattern around the ship and let's see what we're up against."(1/2)
The situation looks fairly dire. Clure's force faces annihilation if it tries to run, it would be easily chased down by the superior rebel formation, and you mentally begin writing off both Carrack's and their crews. Possibly, Massiff could be saved.In comparison, your own relief force is pitifully small, but you a have received confirmation of reinforcements. Both nearby garrisons are on the way, to the galactic north two Carracks should arrive, while west, a Victory, Grudge and its Nebulon B escort should be arriving.For now, it's just you.>Send the Ties into the fray but hold here>All forces advance at once, we have to help Clure>Hold here and have Massiff make a run for it>write-in
>>1421917>>All forces advance at once, we have to help ClureTIEs screen the Massif as the tip of our spear.
>>1421917We'll have to try to sandwich them. We'll put a majority of our power into our engines as we try to race to get behind the enemy force. Our ties should focus on the GR-75's while the Grim Death moves to get rid of while Endor will be right by us to protect against their fighters and bombers. If we have any special equipment on board, now would be the time to say, TK.
>>1421917>>write-inHave our fighters link up with Clure's in order to form an effective screen for the captain's remaining ships. There are too many escort ships among the rebels for our fighters to be effective without support we don't have, so have them aid the escape. Make certain our fighters know their orders are to link up and screen; NOT to engage the rebel fleet head on.Meanwhile, bring our ships into long range of the rebel forces and concentrate firepower to the main guns. Hopefully we can get the rebels to break formation and have some of them come at us which will, with the addition of our fighter screen, allow clure's force to escape.
>>1421943Sorry. No. Just Tie/Lns, and normal Victory layout. Turbolasers and a handful of ion cannons.
>>1421917>All forces advance at once, Flanking them as they can only bring half there guns to bare.>Other the other fleet to use the debris field and anything else as cover because its the only way most of them will survive.
>>1421945We have the necessary boarding ships and the troops for them, right?
>>1421962You have SOME necessary ships and boarding teams. Most of your stormtroopers were left on Lolnar as a garrison.Bunch of different answers, but the gist seems to be attack prudently. I'll try to collate them as best I can.>writing
I'm thinking we could send some boarding craft to at least one of these ships to take them out of commission, or even better, to take control and turn it against the other Rebels. Any other ideas?
Rolled 2, 7 = 9 (2d10)"Move in, all ships," you order. "Have our Ties link with Clures's but avoid engaging the rebel fleet directly. They are to screen Clure's forces. "Otherwise, advance into turbolaser range, we'll swat those corvettes with ease." You hope the confidence you're exuding is felt by the crew around you.The twisting dogfight around Clure's ships is evened somewhat by the arrival of your Ties, who clearly catch the rebel pilots off guard, you spy a pair of Y-wings torn apart.Half the rebel fleet breaks off their attack on Clure and is burning toward you, clearly intent on intercepting your forces before they can come to Clure's aid.Some intense AA fire from Carrack A drives away a strafing attempt by a flight of X-wings that almost certainly would have sunk it. Your Tie's are keeping the enemy fighters at bay, using the debris field to their advantage, denying the Rebel AA gunners on the cruisers clear shots at them. Despite this, your fighters are unmatched and with roughly even numbers, it's only a matter of time before the superior fighters of the rebellion leave their mark."Enemy ships in Turbolaser range now, ma'am!"Lumis reports hungrily.>Focus fire on that Assault Frigate>Focus fire on the corvettes>Fire at will, close to point blankThis turn we'll also be the first chance for reinforcements to arrive. I'll be rolling 2 D10, one for each force. When either hits the target number, those reinforcements will arrive. That target starts at 10 and counts down each turn.>1st Dice = Grudge and Escort>2nd Dice = 2 Carracks
>>1422009>Focus fire on that Assault FrigateWhile we are doing that, we should send boarding parties to the CR90 A. Hopefully the fighters will be focused on us, and not on the small ships we are sending out
>>1422009>>Focus fire on that Assault Frigate
>>1422009>Focus fire on the corvettes
>>1422009>Focus fire the corvettes. We can't take out the assault frigate very easily, but if we take out the escorts it will reduce incoming fire and may cause the rebels to consider retreating as their losses mount. It will at least give our fighters and bombers a potential opening.
Rolled 2 (1d2)>1 Assault Frigates>2 Corvettes
>>1422046Well Corvette's has it either way.>writing
Rolled 10, 4 = 14 (2d10)"Let's thin their numbers a bit," you say, "Target their corvettes."The Turbolasers on Grim Death speak, followed by the batteries on Vengeance Endor.While they fire toward the oncoming rebels, you see a squadron of X-wings forming up ahead of them and racing to execute strafing attacks on your ship, with no Tie's to dissuade them, you'll have to rely on you gunners to keep them at bay.Your fire splashes across the shields of the enemy corvettes as they close the gap, starting to return fire. The deck under your feet trembles with vibrations from the impacts though none breach your shields, but now the fighters are upon you, a pair of X-wigns level off, diving straight for the bridge before they are cut down by laser fire, exploding dramatically, debris showering across your shields."Arrogant fools," Lumis spits.Shockingly, your fighters are still holding back the enemy, though losses are starting to tell on both sides, enough for a Rebel blockade runner to shoot its way through the fighter screen and strafe Carrack A, the two small capital ships trading fire ineffectually and eventually breaking off>Continue the attack>Withdraw Clure's forces to us now that we have an opening9 is the target number>1st Dice = Grudge and Escort>2nd Dice = 2 Carracks
>>1422089>Withdraw Clure's forces to us now that we have an openingOnce the reinforcements arrive we can push them out of the system. We're just conducting a holding action at the moment and regrouping will help with that.
>>1422089>>Continue the attackTurning this into a line battle will help no one. We have to think of something or else this will turn into a war of attrition.
>>1422089>>Withdraw Clure's forces to us now that we have an openingWe need our fighters back to screen for us. Once Clure has escaped we can recap our fighters to deal with the X-wings.
>Withdraw Clure's forces to us now that we have an opening>writing
>>1422089>Withdraw Clure's forces to us now that we have an openingClure's forces have been severely battered, I don't think they will last too much longer if we press the attack.
"Order Clure's ships to withdraw to us," you say, "I'm not sure how much longer our Ties can hold." You spare a glance at a tactical display which only strengthens that belief as several more Ties are wiped out with little to show for it. Clure's squadrons are almost entirely depleted with perhaps only half a dozen fighters remaining between them."Captain!" Lumis calls, "Grudge has arrived!""Have her come in at best speed, we stand a good chance of stopping these rebels here now," you say, unable to keep the smile off your face."Ma'am, our shields are 50%, but holding," the tactical officer says as the X-wings make another strafing run across the bow of your ship, your guns tracking them ineffectually.One of the Rebel transport ships is cored by a turbolaser shot that rips through its shields like fabric and sends the transport careening away in flames. The other two remaining corvettes are suffering terribly. Almost in retribution, the Assault Frigate unleashes a withering barrage that rocks the ship so violently you have to grab a hold of the console you stand beside."Our forward shields are down, ma'am!" a crewman cries."Get them back, now!" Lumis snaps back."I'm trying , sir!" the crewman calls back with a desperate tone in their voice."How long till Grudge reaches firing range?" you ask Lumis in a low tone."Minutes, ma'am. We may not last.""We have to," you reply.There is a brilliant flash from starboard ahead. Both you and Lumis look in time to see Carrack A's reactor detonate, blowing the small warship clean in half. The frigate that destroyed it fires a few more defiant shots at its wreck before training its guns on the fleeing Massiff.There is another flash ahead, on the opposite side of the Rebel fleet."That's the Carracks from Leria Kerlsil!" Lumis calls in triumph."No sir! Comscan reports it as a heavy cruiser," a crewman replies, reading his display. "Dauntless-Class.""Dauntless?" Lumis asks dumbfounded."It's more rebels," you growl.Sensors confirm your assessment, a Dauntless-class heavy cruiser and a fresh squadron of X-wings have arrived opposite you on the battlefield.>Have Grudge Intercept the Dauntless>Have Grudge continue to attack the forces engaging us>We should consider withdrawingPictures coming cause I like flavor images!
>>1422183>Have Grudge Intercept the DauntlessWhile that is happening, have the Massiff and the Carrack B intercept the CR90 A, while Grim switches it's fire to the assualt frigate while we launch a boarding party to CR90 D. The Grudge will send one of it's squadrons to help the Grim
>>1422183>>Have Grudge continue to attack the forces engaging usIf we can destroy that damn assault cruiser we may have a few moments to lick our wounds and recover. We can consolidate forces and slug it out. In theory we should still have reinforcements coming in, right? Unless the rebels already conquered the system the Carracks were in...
>>1422199Seconding this.Also, shift power away from aft shields to reinforce the front & have our TIEs return to engage the fighters around us.Given how this battle is going, we should probably send a coded priority message to High Command.
>>1422211>In theoryYes>>1422211>Unless the rebels already conquered the system the Carracks were in...No way to be sure.
>>1422183>Have Grudge continue to attack the forces engaging usWe should continue to inflict as much damage as possible now before the Dauntless engages. Perhaps if we're lucky we can affect a route before the Dauntless intervenes
>>1422218The TIEs can form a net in front of us
>>1422230They'd just act as a sacrificial shield. I'd rather they engage the X-Wings.
>>1422235That's what I meant. The TIEs should form the net and be ready for the swarm of X-Wings while we focus on the ship
That's 2 for Dauntless and 2 for reinforce, plus murmurings about boarding action.Boarding action is possible. Grim Death has 5 Lamda shuttles on board that can be used for that purpose, each can hold 20 stormtroopers. However, without fighter superiority in the area, it would be risky.Giving a few more minutes for tie breaker votes before I roll to decide
>>1422183>Have Grudge continue to attack the forces engaging us.Focus fire on the engaged foes, try to thin them out before Dauntless links up. We're stronger together, we can help each other out with AA and take advantage of the Tank Squared theory.
>>1422256Moff Wibles with the tie break.>Writing.Welcome back Moff, I'm guessing you and I are in very different time zones lol
>>1422248Hmm, maybe avoid the boarding action then.We really need to develop boarding pods (or some high speed equivalent)
>>1422256What happens when that Dauntless arrives and attacks the Grudge in it's side while it's being attacked in the front
Rolled 1 (1d2)uh well nvm, we're 3 against 3. In that case. Let's consult the dark side.>1 Attack Dauntless>2 Reinforce Grim Death
>>1422267You gotta take risks. If the X-Wings attack the boarding pods, then we get some time with those fighters off of us, if not, then we hopefully get rid of one of those ships
The spirits have spoken.>Writing
>>1422265Straya, m8. Doesn't help that my sleeping patterns are getting more and more wonky.
>>1422272I hope that Strike Captain is smart enough to use her ship's speed and agility to get to the blind spot of that junker.
>>1422301They've taken a major pounding. They may not be able to speed up that way.
Rolled 2 (1d10)"Have Grudge Cut off that Dauntless before it can join the battle," you say. "And ready the stormtroopers. I think I see a corvette that the Emperor would like back."Your batteries change their aim to the Assault frigate you're locked in combat with, your ships are so close you can now see the title Gun Queen emblazoned on the side. The two of you exchange fire at point blank range, another series of violent shudders run through the bridge, sending you to your knees as you fight to stand. You look up to see debris and atmosphere venting past the view port."Captain, heavy damage to our port side turbolaser batteries!"You hear klaxxons sounding deeper in the command tower, that last volley dealt some serious damage your vessel from the sound of it, an assessment confirmed when you pull yourself back to your feet and crowd over to the tactical section with Lumis."By the Emperor, there's damage all over the ship," Your XO say breathlessly. "And Vengeance Endor's shields are down.""But so are the other bastard's," you point outThe power on the bridge flickers momentarily and, adding insult to injury, the X-wings execute another strafing run on your ship, blasting holes in her bow with a barrage of Proton torpedoes.In an ordinary line battle, this would be the part where your ship would be withdrawn while heavier capital ships slug it out. In this case, there were no heavier ships.Carrack B fires a defiant salvo at the nearby CR90, blowing away its dorsal turbo laser mount.Gun Queen and Grim Death are locked in mortal combat, blasting away at ranges they can't miss from. You're delighted to see your shots finally starting to punch through the shields to the armor beneath, but it's clear the Assault Frigate is coming out on top in this trade off.A positive is that your five shuttle boarding team wasn't spotted by the X-wings circling your ship, and approach the Blockade runner whose gunners likewise fail to hit the shuttles. Like deadly, white butterflies they settle on the hull of the CR90, cutting lasers engaging on their undersides and burning into the hull within. The crew of that ship is going to have their hands full with 100 pissed off stormtroopers in their passageways soon enough. You hoped you lived long enough to see the results of that.You so see Massiff come about and dive toward the Assault Frigate facing you, blasting away at her armor as she comes. The right flank of the battle has become a confused mass of fighters as the squadrons break up into individual dogfights. Somewhat shockingly, your fighters are still holding their own despite the parity in numbers, giving as good as they get. A few dead Tie pilots are to be expected, but it's a joy to see X-wing jockey's ejecting from exploding craft.>We can't take much more of this, order the fleet to jump to hyperspace, we'll regroup at Lolnar>From Hell's heart I stab at thee! For hate's sake, I spit my last breath at thee!
>>1422317>From Hell's heart I stab at thee! For hate's sake, I spit my last breath at thee!
>>1422317>>From Hell's heart I stab at thee! For hate's sake, I spit my last breath at thee!Like we can retreat with this kind of damage and a more agile ship hot on our aft.
>>1422317>From Hell's heart I stab at thee! For hate's sake, I spit my last breath at thee!We can win! If we leave now our TIEs will be shredded and those stormtroopers will be dead in the water.Have the XO to order all non-essential personal to prepare to evacuate the ship. Also, launch any remaining Lamba shuttles we have with additional boarding parties.
>>1422317>>From Hell's heart I stab at thee! For hate's sake, I spit my last breath at thee!We aren't getting out of this, so lets take some of these bastards. I say ram the Assault Frigate head on
>>1422317I knew we should have had the other Victory move to support us. We were taking too much damage as is.>From Hell's heart I stab at thee! For hate's sake, I spit my last breath at thee!Fight to the finish. We needed reinforcements and didn't get them, but we can still sacrifice heroically. Perhaps ramming could disable both our own ship and the Assault frigate?
Another deadly volley exchanged and you're satisfied to see Gun Queen Is venting atmosphere at several points now."Captain, we should consider withdrawing!" Lumis insists."I'll see this other bastard in hell first!" you reply, fire in your eyes and the taste of blood in the air.The power flickers again as an officer reads out a damage list, power is being rerouted all over the ship and two decks have been completely vented, but your reactor is intact, and you can still fight. For once, it looks like you may have an advantage on the Assault frigate. With its corvettes effectively out of action, one being boarded and the other engaging one of the Carracks, you outgun the enemy vessel.Not to mention Clure's ship, Massiff which fires its own barrage, breaking the back of Gun Queen quit literally. The Assault frigate splits in two and begins to launch escape pods. Then a bunch of good things happen all at once.First, CR90 A explodes rather spectacularly under fire from Carrack B, afterward."Captain! Sergeant Messa reports CR90 D is out of commission, they're still fighting to take the bridge, but the reactor has been shut down successfully.""Very good!" you take a triumphant look out the viewport as the remaining X-wings high tail it for the rest of their fleet which is virtually unharmed, and that fresh Dauntless is a . . . Daunting task.Beyond that, the strain of battle is starting to show on your Ties, as losses mount you find yourself with two less squadrons.It's quite clear to you that Grim Death is out of the fight at any rate, with shield generators all offline and your gunnery section itself hit with a turbolaser. Perhaps Grudge and the others could carry the fight . . . Or perhaps not.>Carry the fight, let Grudge lead the attack>We're lucky to have made it this far, begin withdrawing to the Hyperlimit>We won't give up the field, withdraw into a defense posture and make the enemy come to us.
>>1422373Your emperor approves
>>1422400>We won't give up the field, withdraw into a defense posture and make the enemy come to us.
>>1422400>>We won't give up the field, withdraw into a defense posture and make the enemy come to us.And setup the Mastiff and her Escorts for a flanking maneuver while our remaining TIEs get ready to meet the X-wings as they try to take our Victory out.
>>1422400>>We won't give up the field, withdraw into a defense posture and make the enemy come to us.They either run away and we win, or they crash like waves upon our walls. Have the Grudge attack the Dauntless while the Nebulon A comes over to help with the fighters. Mastiff and Cararck B should focus on the CR90 A and the DP20 A while the CR90 helps us with the Frigate once they get it under control. Have our fighters pull into a defensive formation. We're not out of the fight yet
>>1422400>We won't give up the field, withdraw into a defense posture and make the enemy come to us.We still have reinforcements on the way after all.We should also send a coded priority message to High Command detailing the situation here.
Choice is obvious.>writing
>>1422400>>We won't give up the field, withdraw into a defense posture and make the enemy come to us.We're evenly matched now. We would be winning if it were not for the fact that the Massiff and Grim death have suffered major damage. It is a close decision whether to disengage or remain, but the fact that we still have reinforcements incoming and a fresh Victory and her escort coming in help to even the fight.Have our corvette get in position to reinforce the screening fighters. We need their anti air capabilities.Have damage control teams do what they can to effect emergency repairs. Make sure we display our starboard side to the enemy rather than our damaged port broadside. We're evenly matched now if the Dauntless cannot get to us, and hopefully the other victory and nebulon will be able to deal.
>>1422422>>1422422This and we need to ask for some sort of repair station that's capable of Star Travel. We're gonna be a bloody mess after this
>>1422431We really do maul every ship we touch, don't we?
>>1422433To be fair to us, we saved the Massif and her escort from almost certain death (albeit at great cost to ourselves). That captain will owe us dearly for this.
>>1422433I can't wait to find out our nickname after this.
>>1422433We're going to get a bad rep at this rate.Alana - daddy's girl and ship crippler
>>1422442Not to mention a second planet the Empire would have lost without us.>>1422444It won't be flattering.
"Bring in the ships," you say, "We're played our hand, let's let the rebels make their move." you turn to comms, "And I want an encrypted message sent to Oxtroe and to High Command informing them of our current situation with updates to come." You pause and add "And if there are mobile repair facilities available, we'll need them here as soon as practicable.""Ma'am!" the comms officer sets about transcribing the message.You watch your forces draw together, fighters forming a cohesive screen ahead of you, at the same time the rebels are withdrawing in good order as well. "Captain, the Leira Kerlsil Garrison has arrived and is deploying their Tie Squadron," Sensors reports."Well, it looks like the Rebels have had enough," you say."We certainly bloodied their noses," Lumis replies. "Damage reports are still coming in, but it's clear Grim Death is likely going to be spending time in drydock, maybe at Kuat or Rendili.""Hmm," you reply noncommittally, full engrossed in the issue at hand. The rebels aren't taking your bait, and in fact, are obviously withdrawing toward the hyperlimit.>Press the attack! No rest for the enemies of the Empire!>Don't push our luck. We've secure the system, let them go.>>1422433A clean sword is an unused sword.>>1422444I have my own mental nickname for Alana but I'm pretty confident yall would find it goofy so I've kept it to myself lol
Forgot my beautiful map
>>1422459>>Don't push our luck. We've secure the system, let them go.
>>1422459>Press the attack! No rest for the enemies of the Empire!All we need to target is that Frigate. Just take out it's engines and we can have our prize kill
>>1422459>Don't push our luck. We've secure the system, let them go.In before it was a feint and we lost the world we were assigned to guard.
>>1422459>Don't push our luck. We've secure the system, let them go.
>>1422459>>Press the attack! No rest for the enemies of the Empire!We have the advantage now right? Let's not get our ship dry docked for little
>>1422459>>1422472Changing my vote.
>>1422484To attack? Just clarifying
>>1422490We have them in a pincer, no? Let's make the most of it. Wipe them out.
>>1422459>Fresh forces will harass the enemy as they withdraw, but refrain from seriously engaging.
>>1422463>>>Don't push our luck. We've secure the system, let them go.We are all heavily damaged and I doubt two carracks would last long under attack by the Dauntless.Now that we know the Rebels are in system command can deploy more to root them out.
>>1422502Dauntless ain't fresh either.
Because of how contested this vote is, I am interpreting this as a cautious, probing attack rather than an all-out assaultYell at me if you hate that.
>>1422502We have fresh ships ready, they don't
>>1422514or its a trap, Like the rebels are known for.
>>1422509I'M YELLING AT YOU BECAUSE I LIKE THAT.
>>1422515If they have more Ships, they won't come here. They'll hit the systems we left.
>>1422520I ALSO APPROVE OF THIS
>>1422523Unless this is the planet needed to get to the next one.
"Lieutenant," you say conversationally. "Ma'am?""I don’t think they've had enough."Lumis blinks, "Pardon?""The left wing of the fleet is fresh, we'll send them forward and see how they fair. Apply some pressure on the right, but nothing too strenuous. We'll hold Grim here with the corvette.""Yes, ma'am!" Lumis says, incredulous.Orders are relayed and Grudge takes lead with the small task force gathered on your left. Your Ties tear small gashes in the exhausted rebel fighter screen which falls back quickly, leading your Ties into the guns of the remaining freighter and Corvette B where they are driven off, revealing two Carracks that followed them in, turbolasers flashing emerald death. The CR90 you labled "B" is destroyed in a lucky strike on its reactor, return fire being paltry in comparison.As if on signal, the rebel fleet turns in unison, all racing for the hyper limit. The GR-75 doesn't make it. IT's exposed engines are shredded by Tie strafing runs and the vessel surrenders shortly afterward. Carrack C gives chase of the Dauntless, but fails to penetrate its shields before the rebel fleet reaches the limit and jumps, leaving you in control of Perma.LOSSES: Rebel:Assault Frigate Mk I "Gun Queen"2 GR-75s1 DP20 Frigate2 CR90 Corvettes20 X-wings12 Y-wingsIMPERIAL:2 IPV1 Patrol ships1 Carrack Cruiser1 Victory Class (Crippled)60 Tie/Lnsyall got some crazy lucky rolls for the record, 8 hits out of 10 rolls in one turn against that Assault Frigate which evened the odds like crazy(1/2)
Celebrations are somewhat subdued on board Grim Death given the dire state the ship is in. A reactor leak has forced the evacuation of many lower decks, and the wounded are being offloaded to Grudge since your own medical facilities aren't operating at peak capacity.It's only when you receive a response from High Command that the exact situation becomes clear.Zahns fleet did in fact captures Kuat completely intact. Then, on approach to Neimodia, ran headlong into a rebel fleet with a sizable composition. A battle was fought and Zahn left the bloodied, drove them off. Afterward it was discovered that the planetary governor of Balmorra had signed a treaty with the so-called "New Republic", falling under siege, now that it was "trapped" behind the lines.After two stinging setbacks, the rebel fleet consolidated a defense between Foundry, Humarine, and Commenor. It seemed neither you, nor they had any expectation the other was entering this area until they ran headlong into one another.That, coupled with Admiral Oxtroe's report of successfully capturing Rendili after a skirmish with a local militia has led Operation Tattered Banner to be declared a success. It becomes known for four major victories, Admiral Zahn's capture of Kuat and his victory in the Battle of Neimodia, Admiral Oxtroe's capture of Rendili, and Captain Tyrna's dogged defense of Perma, ensuring the "B Squadron" was not cut off, and driving the Rebels off the Corellian Run.The exact consequences of this, and the new of Thrawn's potential movements will be explored next session, where we will rejoin Emperor Palpatine, plan our next stage of conquest, and check up on the training of our delightful pupil and apprentice, Mara Jade.>Twitter for updateshttps://twitter.com/DarkEmpireQuestThanks again everyone! Hope to see you next time, day after tomorrow!
>>1422547>"Lieutenant," you say conversationally.> "Ma'am?">"I don’t think they've had enough."NUT
>>1422574ayyy we saved the day.
>>1422580It only cost you another ship.
>>1422574We'll be known as the Fire Chief at this rate and will our deeds get us much needed Reputation? Also, thanks for running TK.
>>14225816 for 4, I dunno about you but that seems like a victory of proper measurement.
>>1422581About time for a promotion don't you think? What do you say to Alana marrying a fellow Imperial to advance her career?
>>1422581The ship's only mostly dead. And we sure as hell have a lot more survivors aboard than there were on that assault frigate we blew up.Considering the odds against us and the necessity of our action in the face of overwhelming enemy strength, I'm happy to call this a win.Repairing our Victory, as expensive as it may be, is still much cheaper than the Empire needing to build a new one from scratch.
>>1422588I'm not against it - perhaps to a political appointee from a noble family, like our father?
>>1422583I suspect we're getting a reputation as a fiery commander who, while competent, is persistently bold and aggressive even in the face of superior enemy strength. We are getting known as someone who will fight the enemies of the Empire tooth and nail and with a penchant for skilled, but highly risky, action.
>>1422588>>1422592If Alana (the players) want, I'm not opposed. But Alana IS a career officer serving in time of war. Popping off to get hitched is time consuming. Maybe ask daddy-senpai to find someone for you?
>>1422592Daddy's obviously going to arrange it of course. I think if it could put her up the command chain Alana would accept it
>>1422600I'm against it, personally. We are a career soldier first and a noblewoman second. We have an upwardly mobile career trajectory. A match now could risk tying us down. Dad can pick us out a suitor if he so wishes, but we do not rest nor waiver in our duty to the Emperor for a moment until all the pretenders and rebels have been cleansed from the Galaxy.
>>1422600What is Alana's nickname noe? And the one you were talking about?
>>1422610In my head, behind her back crew call her The Durasteel Baronesses
>>1422611lelThat's corny as fuck, I love it
>>1422611[Spoiler] that's gay [/spoiler]
>>1422613>>1422617*Baroness. Yeah, there's a reason i didn't try to make it official lol.
>>1422609I'm tottaly okay with this. We do need to birth offspring so we can continue the familys name. We are of noble blood after all. Dad can select the suitors for us, i believe he could select someone who will both increase the familys hold.
>>1422611Eh. That's really corny. But i like it. i still want to get the nickname of Bloody Baroness or something like that
>>1422621Maybe...We did get our name out there in a pretty good way for this battle. Despite our losses we fought off a superior force to great tactical effect. Our loyalty and skill will hopefully be noticed and we will keep climbing the officer ladder.
>>1422574Good shit, cya TK.
>>1422628the Bloody Baroness of Byss I could work with that . . . .As far as marriage options, I CAN include that if there's really enough interest. But I hadnt intended to go in that direction originally.>>1422631As far as the effects on Alana's career, that will likely wait until our next Alana session
>>1422642I don't want to go the marriage route, at least not yet.
>>1422642 The only reason I could see her marrying is for power not love. So, if there's a suitor who could help her climb the ranks quickly then Alana wouldn't mind.
>>1422642Obviously we'd want to cuck Mara Jade and marry Sheev right?Or cuck Pellaeon and marry Thrawn
>>1422663 delete this
>>1422662I suppose that's true, but we are more concerned with the Empire, War, Order, and being a good soldier (who lives up to daddy's expectations) than we are with climbing the ranks. While we're ambitious, I believe our ambition is secondary to our desire to serve the Empire. In that regard, a marriage for power that would take us temporarily out of the fight for the Empire might be something we don't want.
>>1422676Finding a suitable husband will actually help us greatly. If he is a bureaucrat, he could procure more ships every time we put ours out of commission (kek). If he's someone in the Imperial Navy then we would be sent to the most prestigious missions and escape consequences if we fail. I do agree that we should wait until the fighting has wind down a bit. Perhaps after the Empire has full control of the Core Worlds then we could go for it.
>>1422657>>1422662>>1422676>>1422708Marriage is fir peace times. For now the empire needs all able bodies on the front.
This quest reminds me of how badly empire at war needs a sequel...
>>1422937>good star wars game>2017Anon...
>>1423260let us dream
>>1423260I was going to say something about the new battlefront. But after the last one was such a disappointment i changed my mind.
>>1423260Let me atleast imagine performing Base delta zero with my battle group on a rebel controlled planet. But yea, since EA took the reigns, things have been downhill.
Welcome back to Dark Empire!Last we left off, Alana, through blood and determination, kept the Perma System firmly in Imperial hands, bloodying a Rebel fleet sent to capture the planet, and in doing some earned some notoriety for herself and her actions. The end result is a campaign that is mostly successful and has minted some fresh military heroes for the Empire.Such concerns are beneath the Emperor, who has bigger problems to deal with such as the composition of his new Dark Side structure, the production aims of the Empire's budding Military-Industrial Complex, the next focus of its military campaigns, or the training progress of his new apprentice, Mara Jade.Twitter>https://twitter.com/DarkEmpireQuest ***It seems every holonet channel in the Empire is filled with the victory celebrations in orbit around Kuat's expansive artificial ring, and on the ground as the whole planet turned out to welcome Zahn and his liberators. Kuat Drive Yards was and is perhaps the largest military contractor for the Imperial Navy, and Kuat IS the Kuat Drive Yards in essence, it was a welcome return.After Coruscant, Kuat is the first victory the forces of your Dark Empire have scored worthy of notice on a Galactic scale. With Imperial Center, and the Kuat Drive Yards, surely any other obstacles will be reduced to mere inconveniences. With all that being said, there are some who expect the traditionally reclusive emperor to emerge from Imperial Center to make his presence once more on a grand scale.Though, such visits you find tiresome, personally. They are taken up by endless processions of officials and ceremonies and bowing and scraping. You time could potentially be spent much more productively by working on other pressing matters and sending your Grand Vizier Mas Amedda to act in your stead on Kuat.>I will visit Kuat for celebrations>I am too busy for such trivialities (Focus on the dark side)
>>1425178>I am too busy for such trivialities (Focus on the dark side)Need to make Mara "GIT GUD". Also as a master we need power to so our dear apprentice doesn't try anything funny.
Sheev senpai hasn't noticed Alana yet...
>>1425178>>I will visit Kuat for celebrationsIn these early days, it is important to keep up an appearance and bolster the populace
>>1425178>I am too busy for such trivialities (Focus on the dark side)
>>1425193Don't you think this is to much exposure for us? Maybe you are right and if Thraw and the rest of the imperials se us they will know it really is their emperor.
>>1425201I think TK said that our return is well known around the galaxy. Between our electric storm above the capitol, and massive surrenders all over, our return isn't really a secret anymore
>>1425204>our return isn't really a secret anymoreThis.At minimum people know a guy, very strong in the force, is running the Deep Core factions of the Imperial remnant, and he claims to be the emperor.Generally, smarter people know well enough to believe.
>>1425209>Generally, smarter people know well enough to believe.The thing is the masses are dumb. There will always be that guy who has hope this isn't the emperor or that we used some kind of super weapon. If we make our presence defenitly know the remaining imperials will devide themself
>>1425209I think i will change my vote...can a change it yet TK?
>>1425220You can always, as long as you visibly highlight it
>>1425220Whenever you'd like before I say "Writing"
>>1425178>>1425185Changing my vote then>I will visit Kuat for celebrations
>I will visit Kuat for celebrations>Writing
>>1425223Sheev used to be a politician, if he knows something it is about manipulating the masses.
>>1425234That's why I want to start a huge propaganda campaign, rivaling what we did in the Old Empire
>>1425239And let's be real...although we knew we could escape death, most of our people doubt our power.The masses only need to know that we somehow survived the death star explosion and were away healling our self..for six years...Ah i know so we would finally know who was truly loyal to the empire!! Yes that's why.
>>1425256We could say something along the lines that the Dark Side kept us alive, and we became more youthful and powerful than ever before. Or we can say that we were so smart and tactical that we escaped in the nick of time and went into meditation.
>>1425274I like the second option.
>>1425279That cements the faith in the Emperor, not the sith or the Dark Side, which I quite like too.
>>1425281Yeah Sheev kinda lots his, political gift once he became emperor. Guess we suffered of the same thing that caused the fall of the jedi pride.And Vader being a cunt to.
>>1425294With our new youthful appearence and renewed vigor, we should be able to gain the eye of the public once again.
>>1425325And the bitches! Don't forget then anon. But i guess the Dark side is Sheev's waifu.
>>1425377Nah, we're gonna respect the Dark Side of course, but have a few women, namely one special Director of Intelligence and former Warlord
Just as foundries need ore for the furnaces, and shipyards need armor plating and electronic components, the masses require motivation to be kept in an obedient stupor. You make plans to be present on Kuat for the launching of the newest Star Destroyer Blood Oath. The Kuati ruling family is a vital ally, and of course it's important to keep them happy and content to stay under your thumb.The trip to Kuat is itself an eventful affair, requiring you to board Tarkin and travel with your super star destroyer squadron through what had been a recent warzone.Accompanying you are two of your closest followers, Sedriss, your Executor, and your Apprentice-in-Training, Mara Jade. Your reformation of the Dark Side Order is a slow affair, requiring primarily a huge influx of fresh, force-attuned blood. But, that was a problem for another time. You push the thought away as you greet the new ruler of Kuat, the young Kuat of Kuat, no more than a teenage boy at the moment, controlled by a powerful family with ancient roots that encircled the planet."We live to serve you, my liege," he said.The words were pleasing to you, as were the uneasy glances they would cast to the two Dark Siders who followed you on your trip. Sedriss was a known, if unpleasant, quantity to them. This woman though, who calls the Emperor "master" was something new. You could feel it in their minds, the comparisons to Vader. The Emperor's Fist.Let them fear, let them wonder. They would learn soon enough.(1/3)
The climax of your visit comes in orbit of Kuat in the shipyards that encircle the planet. A vast factory floor, cleared of all manufacturing equipment and polished till the floor reflected the ceiling, housed what must have been ten thousand Kuati dockworkers. Their attention was focused on you, standing at a small dais with a collection of dark side followers behind you and an honor guard of storm troopers. It wasn't truly the dock workers that mattered, but the holocam lenses that glinted at you from points throughout the room. Through those artificial eyes, billions upon trillions of sentients would watch this moment. The entire back wall of the room was a floor-to-ceiling transparisteel view port, showing the Star Destroyer Blood Oath, marked with red blazes on its flanks as the first warship launched from Kuat after your return, draped in black fabric to symbolize the long enforced mourning period the Empire had underwent in your absence.A commander for this vessel had yet to be decided, but you could be certain competition for such a placement would be fierce. "This battleship," you begin, "Symbolizes the might of the people of Kuat, and the determination they share with many trillions of beings across the galaxy, to restore the rightful government to its place of power. Many of you are two young to remember the chaos, turmoil, and bloodshed of the Clone Wars that nearly destroyed civilization as we know it, but now, more than ever, the specter of defeat looms! Since my near fatal wounding during the treacherous rebel ambush on Endor, my Empire has been picked at and ravaged by would-be petty kings and robber barons. Despoilers who seek not to uplift, but to tear down!""I stand before you, humbled by circumstances and so desperately proud of the citizens of the Empire, asking that you, people of Kuat, and people of the galaxy at large, do not despair! Do not surrender hope! Order is coming, Justice is coming! And with it, retribution and judgement against those who would upset prosperity that they may snap up what they feel is their own reward. We will not sit idly by and watch the empire that we love, taken so callously from us. Rise! Rally to your emperor, and together, nothing will stop our return!"As you hold your hands to the ceiling, you are momentarily deafened by booming applause. You can feel the emotions of the crowd of ship builders packed into this room. Fear of uncertainty, anger at the future they believe was stolen from them, the future they believe they can now win back. As the crowd continues to cheer, you idly wonder who much this speech will increase recruitment numbers.(2/3)
With the formalities at Kuat completed, and other pressing business to attend to, you leave everything else in the hands of the admirals and bureaucrats, returning to Imperial Center to focus on the war effort.With the capture of Rendili and Kuat, as well as vast swaths of the Inner Core, the Imperial Navy is once again becoming a navy in spirit as well as just name, just starting to approach its Pre-Endor glory days. The capture of Kuat itself provides a whole combat fleet, Approximately four Star destroyers + escorts while between Rendili and defections from local garrisons in the Inner Core, you manage to outfit a second combat fleet. To add to this boon, one of your defense fleets at Coruscant is repaired and fully operational, though Admiral Zahn's fleet, and Oxtroe's to a lesser degree, requires some repair work.That being said, within your current military hierarchy, Sedriss is your Imperial Executor and has overall command of your armed forces. The role of Executor had previously been partially filled by Vader, and your Emperor's Hand to some degree. They carried the authority of the Emperor and could oversee personally operations which you could not. Sedriss had taken this role shortly before your death at Endor and served faithfully in your absence, proving leadership and guidance, though it could often be less than inspired, Sedriss was always fanatically loyal. By all accounts, with what he had to work with and the lack of respect other warlords paid his title, he did a wonderful job holding your military together, however Sedriss is not a soldier in the conventional sense nor an officer. To this end, it has occurred to you that Sedriss, and even the role of Executor itself, may not be what the Empire needs at this moment. Should you wish to replace him, a number of options are open for you.>Leave Executor as head of the military (Option to choose new Executor)>Place a new Grand Admiral under the Executor as the acting head of the military (Choose New Grand Admiral)>We have no need for an Executor any longer, a Grand Admiral will lead (Sedriss is no longer Imperial Executor)(3/3)
>>1425412We thank Sedriss for his role in keeping our Empire alive, and while he has served his purpose, he will remain in some way within our power structure. He is an administrator, not a soldier, and we need a soldier for this job.I propose something different. We don't put an Admiral in charge, but instead, someone who has a wide variety of military experience within all different branches, then we have the Grand Admiral of all the navy, a general of the Armies, who control all the land forces, and any other categories get split between them.
>>1425444>I propose something different.There aren't really any candidates who have extensive experience with ever branch. A "civilian" like Sedriss might. Otherwise, most high ranking officers are fairly specialized.Udner the "conventional" structure, a Grand Admiral is in charge because the navy has primacy. The Imperial "big ship"navy is the darling of its military
>>1425473Well in that case, we'll pick someone from the military hierarchy and put Sedriss into an Administrative role.
>>1425412>Place a new Grand Admiral under the Executor as the acting head of the military (Choose New Grand Admiral)After Vader's treason we should keep the ones loyal to us happy. Not so they continue to obey us but to show as a example. I want to make Thraw the commander of our forces and he would know how to deal with Sedriss zealatousness
>>1425473>>1425444Lets be real guys we really want to put Thrawn as our military leader...if he showed right now i bet you would give it to him.
>>1425498>ThrawnWell sure but he's pissing about in his own faction of space
>>1425473This could do Sedriss command the navys logistic and one or more officer to act as a military council.
>>1425502Thraw isn't a fool. If we continue to do propraganda en masse some of his forces will start to go to us out of fear or from simple loyalty.Let's be real we have being out for six years things must have changed ever since.
>Executor is administrative role, another leader is appointed to helm the military directly.>writing
>>1425532Thrawn has a sizable part of space, a lot bigger than our own. In time, we will try to rope him back in, with promise of leading the greatest fleet ever assembles in galactic history.
Sedriss should focus on his role as Darknest Knight WIP Title, any fun alternatives? as head of the Blackguard, though removing him as Executor would be seen as a demotion. To that end, you decide to keep Sedriss in his role as Executor, but roll back the direct military control that he wields.As it stands, you have two obvious military commanders who could be considered "Great".Admiral Helvus Zahn is an obvious choice given his steadfast loyalty after your death. Not to mention his victories at Coruscant and Neimodia. Given the huge role the navy plays in your military, Zahn would be a perfect candidate.General Maximillian Veers is a longtime favorite of yours, serving under Vader on his "Death Squadron" while he hunted Rebels. Veers was the "Hero of Hoth" and is well known. Either through accident or design, he ended up in the Dark Empire, still serving his emperor years later. Putting a General over an admiral would be unorthodox, but stranger things have happened.>Grand Admiral Zahn it is>Grand General Veers will lead>I prefer . . . (other) NOT Alana. Sorry.
>>1425587>>Grand Admiral Zahn it isWhile I do like Veers a lot more, this is more of a naval position. veers will be in charge of all Land forces in the Empire though.
>>1425587>Grand Admiral Zahn it is
>>1425587>>Grand Admiral Zahn it is
>>1425599Veers can still be Grand General, without having superiority over the navy.
>>1425587Does Veers has a energy weapon on his star destroyer? If he has i would rather promote Zahn for his loyalty.Although Veers is still a favorite
>>1425607Veers doesn't even have a star destroyer
>>1425606Oh i will vote for Zahn then.>>1425587>Grand Admiral Zahn it is
>Grand Admiral Zahn>Writing
>>1425606And I assume the "Grand General" applies to all land forces?
>>1425610Shit iam talking crap forget what i said anything.
>>1425619For some reason i confused Veers for Piet.
>>1425641Lol, too bad that glorious bastard died on Executor. :(
The ceremony of promotion is a fairly simplistic affair and takes place on your private Skyhook in low Coruscanti orbit. Zahn and Sedriss meet with you in one of your meditation rooms, a shadowy room seething with dark side energies.Zahn enters, looking both proud in his crisp, new, white, Grand Admiral's uniform, and uneasy to be in your company. "Zahn," you say, "You are the first of my new Grand Admirals. There will be others, but you will always be the first. This is an honor that cannot ever be taken from you. I Trust you will not betray my faith in this decision.""N-no, your highness," he stammers. "It's a honor to be selected.""It is a natural conclusion," you say waving off his praise. "I select those I deem most worthy. You will have plenty of opportunities to demonstrate my good judgement.""Yes, my liege."With Zahn's installation as supreme military commander, you take a look at one remaining blemish in your otherwise well executed campaign.Balmorra.Though Kuat is of course a shining jewel in the metaphorical Imperial crown, Balmorra is quite the opposite. Perhaps more of a Mynock around your neck. Balmorra, like Kuat, had once been a major source of armaments for the Empire, but Balmorra lacked the conservative attitude of the Kuatis and had embraced the ideas of rebellion whole heartedly, especially as a means to secure more profits for themselves.It seemed the Rebels intended to seize Balmorra for their own purposes and only the intervention of Admiral Zahn and his victory at Neimoidia had prevented that. Now cut off, Balmorra refused to lower the flag of rebellion. Sheltering behind a sparse orbital defense and extensive ground-based military forces, Governor Beltane refused to turn the planet over. At present there is little risk of the Rebels breaking your siege, but you have made little headway against the defenders since the risk of destruction to Balmorra's extensive industrial facilities is great. At present, three methods exist for reducing and capturing the factory world.>Land forces for ground assault (Will be risky)>Continue to lay siege to Balmorra (Will take time)>Commence orbital bombardment Balmorra (Will destroy the factories)
>>1425663I still wonder, how many super star destroyers the empire could have build instead of the death star.
>>1425700Do we have any ODST Shock troopers yet? Or do we have yet to still set them up?
>>1425700>>Commence orbital bombardment Balmorra (Will destroy the factories)They make guns. There will be resistance and rebellion on and from that planet for generations. Getting rid of it sends a message, some stragglers will fall to us but we'll send others further into rebellion but they were likely to jump that way anyway.
>>1425700>Commence orbital bombardment Balmorra (Will destroy the factories)We need to make an example of rebel supporting worlds
>>1425715I haven't done an elite trooper "event" yet. It's on the list. But there's SOOOOO much to cover. I'd have to make everything just a giant list of decisions to catch up which I find tedious and dull, but maybe I'm wrong? haha
>>1425700Mara isn't ready yet right? Or can we send her with a special op to infiltrate the planet? Because sieging Balmorra will only attract the rebellion and we are not in full force. You know what? We have to show no quater with rebels>Commence orbital bombardment Balmorra (Will destroy the factories)Rebels and traitors get the hammer.
>>1425748I mean I see what you mean. While I might find creating random small Elite Trooper divisions and picking what they are equipped with, I am sure almost no other players, as well as you, can stomach it.>Land forces for ground assault (Will be risky)
>>1425759If anything it will stop the rebels from using those factories. BOMBARD IT FROM ORBIT!!!
>>1425771Shit I meant >Commence orbital bombardment Balmorra (Will destroy the factories)Could we scout the planet so we could be just a little more accurate?
>>1425700>>Commence orbital bombardment Balmorra (Will destroy the factories)The rebels would destroy the factories themselves if we conducted a ground war and we do not have time for a siege. This is no time for mercy; they shall feel our wrath for their treachery so that others will not make the same mistake.
ARE YOU GUYS CRAZY! Balmoraa is PRICELESS! we can't destroy those factories
>>1425792We don't have the specialized troops or equipment to deal with the entrenched military positions. I want to keep the factories, but we can't. Unless we just target their farms and any other way they supply their planet
>>1425771I PROMISE that's on my list. I try to cater my game to my player's interests.I am willing include political marriage if enough people want it for godsake haha. We just have a lot to cover. Hang in there!>>1425759>Mara isn't ready yet right?Not really. Stay tuned>>1425776>Could we scout the planet so we could be just a little more accurate?Accuracy itself isn't really a problem, its more of a problem that to break the shields over these cities, you have to hammer them relentlessly, some shots get through, others don't. It's impossible to predict which shots will "break through" and the ones that do could hit anything.>>1425792Holy shit. It's 1930s blues sensation, Lead belly!
>>1425792They need to be made a example off. The other worlds that accepted us were fine Balmorra may be precious, but i would rather bombard it than let the rebels have it.
>>1425801It's gonna suck giving up Balmorra. "Balmorra is home to the largest weapon manufacturing plants in the galaxy. Half the munitions used in the last war originated on this world."
>Nuke it from Orbit, only way to be sure>writing
>>1425792No one should consider them self too big to destroy or too important to be in danger of the Empire's wrath. Alderaan was a demonstration. Balmora will be another. We cannot afford to allow them to defy us and should not risk the humiliation of a long siege or military ground attack. We must make the best of the cards we have been dealt.
>>1425800Well at least we will have more slaves for our empire.
>>1425807that mentalaity lost us the war in the first place! Making an example of vaulaube planets just rallys eceryone against us AND loses us a valuable planet
>>1425813Then we use the traitors as forced labor or sell then for the Hutts. I want the rebels to pay for it!!!
>>1425839>working with the hutts at all>especially in slavery
>>1425827Too late you cannot stop this it's happening.
>>1425827Oh hey dude didn't notice you were in this quest at first.
>>1425846I cant stop you but I can tell you why you were wrong
>>1425844 It's not working with then is just giving the shit we don't want. We can always use slaves for menial labor too.
>>1425850I've been lurking since the beginingjust not under a tag and not always saying thing
>>1425853Yes you can but it's too late. Now let's enjoy the good or bad out comes from this.
>>1425863Eh, it would be better to keep using Xenos as slaves and try to press Humans into Service
>>1425874Nah the humans who don't submit are killed. However...the ones that swear loyalty to the emperor may be forgiven.
"Grand Admiral Zahn" you say. "On the eve of your promotion, I have your first assignment."You see fear in Zahn's eyes. The fear of failure, the fear of disappointing his monarch. Good."Yes, you highness?""Destroy Balmorra."Afterward, you watch the holovids taken of the planets "reduction" with something akin to regret. Balmorra would have been a wonderful prize to take intact, but you think a man not afraid to break his old tools is a man who is expecting to use even better ones in the near future.Emerald shafts of turbolaser fire streak down from the heavens to smash on the shields Beltane had erected over the capital, Bin Prime, and other major strategic centers. Such shields held up well while orbital forces drove off the enemy fleet. In this case though, Balmorra had no orbital forces. Soon the power was failing and your lasers were smashing buildings and roads, factories and depots. The reduction of Balmorra took just a few standard days, and in the end, the sprawling seas of slag and industrial waste piles were almost indistinguishable from what had been Balmorra.Beltane's body is dug from the ruins by stormtroopers who land on the world to claim it. Zahn is quoted as saying "We have made this world a desert so there may be peace."A pitiful mass is left behind when the dust settles, with no factories to work in, and no pay to be earned, they are a great hopeless mass.>They will learn the error of their ways as slaves for the Empire>Perhaps they can be rehabilitated. Press them into service as soldiers>The people cannot be blamed for the decisions of their leaders, we will help them rebuild>Balmorra and its people will be left as a reminder. A graveyard for the rebellion
>>1425883>The people cannot be blamed for the decisions of their leaders, we will help them rebuildUse the mass unemployed to start work cleaning up and start on the long process of rebuilding. Imperial engineers will be there to oversee, but the vast manpower will come from their own people. The Empire takes, the Emperor gives.
>>1425883>The people cannot be blamed for the decisions of their leaders, we will help them rebuildBetter yet, build better factories to show them the error of rejecting us, and how unworthy they are of this mercy.
>>1425883>The people cannot be blamed for the decisions of their leaders, we will help them rebuild. (Except for the aliens those become slaves.)Now this here is how you build a empire. Carrot and whip.
>>1425883>Perhaps they can be rehabilitated. Press them into service as soldiersMore warm bodies
>>1425887I wonder what kuat drives would think of add Balmorra as a point for more of their factories.
>>1425883Filthy xenos will be slaves though
>>1425883supporting>>1425887plus building churches, for lack of a better word, to the dark jedi, these can later be used as testing centers for find force sensitives
>>1425893"Now THIS is empire building!" -Anakin
>>1425901Just the humans right? We are not so desperate to include alien filth in our ranks.
>>1425883>>1425889Backing this as well
>>1425912Xenos still forbidden in the Imperial Military.>We can rebuild him>Writing
>>1425923Good. Last time aliens had weapons or a army thing didn't worked out so great.
To leave Balmorra a ruin would be to invite criticism of your government and build sympathy for the rebellion. No, you will show the galaxy the benefits of Imperial servitude. You can use the manpower of Balmorra for much of the "heavy lifting" under the supervision of Imperial engineers . . . And perhaps the occasional platoon of Stormtroopers.Even if you squeeze every credit possible from Balmorra's ruins and sell off their every asset to the Kuat Drive Yards or Rendili, you will still have to foot a hefty chunk of the bill. You consider it an investment for the future and try not to think of the weapons you could have built with Balmorra's aid, or bought with the money you're using to rebuild the ruined world. Nonetheless, construction starts in earnest, though it does reduce the funds budgeted to Kuat for more warships.That being said, in a conversation with the chiefs of KDY, you are told of two rival plans, each mutually exclusive, for further development on Kuat.The shipyards are of course geared to produce Imperial II-Class Star Destroyers as they have done for about a decade now, but another plan exists. Before being deposed, the warlord, Admiral Harssk had blueprints draw up and materials gathered for the construction of an Executor-class Super Star Destroyer. The Kuatis can continue with his plan, or use those resources to put together virtually an entire battle fleet.>An additional combat fleet is what we need most, our forces are stretched thin (Construct an additional combat fleet)>A flagship, an icon to rally around would be most useful (Construction Executor-Class SSD)
>>1425979>>An additional combat fleet is what we need most, our forces are stretched thin (Construct an additional combat fleet)Constructing giant warships is so overrated
>>1425979What's all in a combat fleet? 4 star destroyers + support ?
>>1425979>An additional combat fleet is what we need most, our forces are stretched thin (Construct an additional combat fleet)
>>1425979>>An additional combat fleet is what we need most, our forces are stretched thin (Construct an additional combat fleet)
>>1425979>An additional combat fleet is what we need most, our forces are stretched thin (Construct an additional combat fleet)One ship won't stop Thraws fleet.
>>1425990Yes. Exact composition may vary slightly, I don't want to get TOO granular, but the basics are 4 capital ships + Escorts (Strike cruisers, Carracks, lancers, whatever)
>>1425998Question. Does this included only the "empty ship" or does this coast includes the amount of figthers vehicles to fill a ship?
>>1426019It's a combat-ready fleet. Everything but the bodies to crew it. Currently your officer corps is still stretched a little thin, but your choice to promote promising conscripts has fleshed out the ranks a bit. More problems with manpower may crop up in the future. Every choice has consequences. There are no perfect decisions of freebies.
>>1425979>Find plans for the reactivation of old ships.Ventator and Dreadnought hulks are floating around in deep space right? Our ISD's and Victories would be better suited on the frontlines rather than on garrison duty while these old clunkers can still be a threat to anything that isn't serious about taking a planet's orbit.
>>1426038>>1426038>Ventator and Dreadnought hulks are floating around in deep space right?To be honest, not really. They were phased out of service a few decades ago in the case of the Venator, and even longer back for the Dreadnought. Cheaper, less capable ships like Nebulon-Bs, Strikes, and occasionally Victory-Class SDs are used for garrison duty.Gathering up and crewing hulks would really only make your manpower shortage much worse.
It's a sad day for the Empire when a simple project like a Super Star Destroyer is considered "frivolous" but you have to accept it will be best to build a new navy from the ground up in essence. To that end, assembly lines on Byss and Foerost are finishing up their latest production cycles and it falls to you to decide what they should focus on next. There are two basic schools of thought.The first is of the hard line conservatives in the navy who advocate the status quo. They follow a school of numbers, quantity over quality. They hold that the results of any hypothetical engagement can be determined mathematically by analyzing the numbers at play. To that end, they advocate "Keeping the assembly lines hot" to replenish losses and ultimately add a fresh combat fleet to the Imperial naval roster. Currently, much of your navy consists of older ships that should have been "mothballed" years ago and many of your forces were pulled out of storage. This results in second rate ships serving in a front line capacity. The biggest victim of this is your fighter corps, most of which are Tie/Lns, their replacement having been set back by the Shadow Droid development program. Investing in this option would give your commanders on the front line access to things like Tie bombers and Tie Interceptors to supplement the Lien fighters.The second school is more bold, the mavericks, the wunderkinds, those advocating change. They hold that new weapons will be needed to win future battles and that an endless stream of Tie/Lns simply won't suffice. They advocate the development of new and experimental weapons of war, namely in the fighter category. It would require extensive retooling of your assembly lines, but the effect would be a fresh supply of Tie/Ad "Avengers" put into production to supplement your fighters forces.>Old School (+1 Battle fleet under construction, more availability for Tie/Ins and Tie/Sas)>New School (Tie/Ad "Avenger" goes into full production)
>>1426037I know. But warm bodies are very easy to find. Specially if we start using clones again. But i would rather avoid it.
>>1426063>>Old School (+1 Battle fleet under construction, more availability for Tie/Ins and Tie/Sas)Stick to the proven methods
>>1426063>>Old School (+1 Battle fleet under construction, more availability for Tie/Ins and Tie/Sas)As much as I want newer, better TIEs, that can wait until our holdings are bigger and more secure.
>>1426063>>New School (Tie/Ad "Avenger" goes into full production)We are a reborn empire, and need a new fighter. And besides, our enemies know our fighters, and know how to defeat them. We will take a hit with production, but I see it as useful
>>1426063>New School (Tie/Ad "Avenger" goes into full production)
>>1426057>New School (Tie/Ad "Avenger" goes into full production)I bet Thrawn has a lot of defenders being produced. And we still have a limited amount of pilots to throw at the rebels. Besides Mara needs a new ship. She gets the prototype.
>>1426063>>New School (Tie/Ad "Avenger" goes into full production)
>New School (Tie/Ad "Avenger" goes into full production)>writing
>>1426126Since we're restarting the TIE Advanced project, how soon can we get the TIE Phantoms made again? Their potential is virtually limitless.
>>1426149We need to take the Maw. They were produced there.
>>1426155Which would be far easier than it sounds since Daala is in charge.Also, is Abeloth gonna wake up?
The Tie Avenger has proved quite popular with your test pilots, and reports from front line commanders have been critical of the performance of the old Tie/LN. It's time for change, even if change takes time. You order the production lines changed and being to produce Tie/Ads, soon they will be available for deployment to the front lines.With the minor details hashed out, it's time to answer more serious questions, about the fate of the empire at large and its plans going forward. To this end, you hear reports from Yssanne Isaard, your Director of Intelligence in your personal skyhook."To begin with," Isard says, clearing her throat, "I have an overview of the strategic situation we are faced with, and a number of proposals from our top military leaders on how to approach them.""Go on," you reply."And then I have a proposal of my own," Isard's mismatched eyes fix on yours and see the spark of what makes her so dangerous to her enemies, for just a moment, then it's gone. You find your interest piqued. "Proceed, director.""To start with, Tattered Banner is a partial success. We've liberated a large chunk of territory and vital strategic areas, though our plans were disrupted by unexpected Rebel interference.""How did such an attack occur with such little warning?" you ask."My liege, we lack significant intelligence assets within the rebel forces due to ongoing reliability concerns. Not to mention every estimate said the Rebellion was incapable of launching any major attacks after their engagements against Thrawn."(1/2)
>>1426149>>1426155I don't know, I am not really sold on the phantoms. They would only be good on long range recon
"Evidently those reports were wrong.""On the contrary, your highness.," Isard replies, perhaps one of the few in your empire who would dare to contradict you, "We suspect the only reason the rebels entered the Inner Core was because they expected no resistance. Neimodia and Perma showed the rebels weren't anticipating a stand up fight, nor were they prepared for it. They withdrew to defensive positions shortly afterward." When you make no further objections she proceeds. "Unfortunately, their interference has secured Foundry, Humarine, the hub world of Commenor and Balmorra, to some extent. All vital positions in their own right. These worlds make up the vital support structure that keeps Kuat fed with materials to produce fleets, until they are liberated, Kuat will be operating at reduced capacity.""Not to mention," Isard continues, "This rebel salient threatens any advance we would make down the Hydian Way or Corellian Run. Admiral Harssk's former holdings in Corellia are ripe for the taking, but doing so may invite a rebel counter stroke since their strength's in that area are poorly known. This provides a major crimp to any operations we would wish to execute to the galactic south."Hearing of problems with no proposed solutions sets your nerves on edge and as you glower at Isard, you take to drumming your fingers on the armrest of your throne. "Don't think, director, that I've forgotten your promise to bring me the heads of these warlords who betray me.""I have not forgotten, your highness," She says quickly. "I am merely laying my plans to deliver them to you.">I grow tired of waiting, Isard. My patience has limits>Very well, I trust it will be worth my time.
>>1426179Long range recon that is almost impossible to stop or detect.
>>1426183>>I grow tired of waiting, Isard. My patience has limitsGet to the point woman, you intelligence types are too wordy and overthink everything.
>>1426183>>I grow tired of waiting, Isard. My patience has limits
>>1426183>>Very well, I trust it will be worth my time.Be thankful we have other enemies to turn our gaze to. I fear for them, and you, if I run out of worlds to conquer.
>>1426183>>Very well, I trust it will be worth my time.I'd rather get full intelligence briefings than have our top advisors skip over sections because we have the attention span of a child. Let's hear Isard's full proposal before chastising her for delaying getting to the point, if that is indeed the case.
>>1426201Seconding this.A minor knock...for now
>>1426183>I grow tired of waiting, Isard. My patience has limits"Words and more words. You have only show problems and not solutions....ah you are afraid...afraid of failure. Well it would be expected you had already failed to hold my empire together"
>>1426166>AbelothWhat in the fuck is an Abeloth? That's some lovecraft lookin shit right there. You damn kinds and your "NEW" star wars! Back in my day we had Splinter of the Minds Eye and Dark Empire and that was it! And we damn well liked it!Now Luke's got grandkids commin out of every orifice. Everyone is a Jango Fett Clone and Sith Lord There's six sides to the force and 500,000 years of history! The guy who cried when Jabba's Rancor died is the main character in a six-part novel series and a comic book! Fuck me, I just like space battles and laser swords! t;ldr probably not, not that familiar with that part of the continuity. To be honest. But I'm not gonna rule anything out. In fact, I hope that the decisions yall make start to compound and alter canon so much we have a dramatically different galaxy before too long.
>Very well, I trust it will be worth my time. (Barely and a minor knock with a helping of "GET ON WITH IT")>Writing
>>1426224I really loathe Abeloth and other goofy nonsensical parts of legends
"Be thankful we have other enemies to turn our gaze to," you say, staring pointedly at Isard. "I fear for them, and you, if I run out of worlds to conquer."Isard bows quickly, "Yes, my liege.""I'll remind you, I wouldn't be asking so much of you had you not failed to hold my empire together in my absence.""I did what I could, your highness," Isard says, "With treachery in the ranks of the navy-"You wave a hand, "Now is not the time for your excuses. Continue.""Yes, your highness," Isard collects herself before continuing. "Closer to Imperial Center, in the Negs, the xenos of Yevetha continue to maintain the illusion that they have a functioning government they call the Dushkan League. They've slaughtered or enslaved the soldiers and civilians we left behind during the withdrawal. The area itself is insignificant strategically, only its relative proximity to Imperial Center, and a handful of minor shipyards lend it any importance. Our analysis of the Dushkan military leaves us with doubt they are any sort of credible threat, although they are in possession of the Black Fleet, including three Super Star Destroyers.""Three Super Star Destroyers in the hands of renegade slave labor?" you ask, "And you expect me to believe they don't amount to a threat?""They're xenos," Isard replies, as if that explains everything, "Clever ones, but Xenos nonetheless. Driven purely by emotion and instinct rather than logic or reason. In fact, it seems they hate us perhaps even more than we hate them. Their bigotry and xenophobia plays to our favor.""And how is that, my dear?" You ask."Their genocidal beliefs precludes any possibility of meaningful alliance with either the Rebels, Thrawn, or any of the remaining warlords. Not to mention their territory is hard to 'break out' from. We have them bottle necked with the outpost at Cal Seti. This eliminates the possibility of a sneak attack against Imperial Center, and renders most of the threat they otherwise pose, moot. They should be dealt with, but that time can wait.""And what of your assessment on the so-called 'Brentaal Protectorate'?" You ask."The vermin have dug themselves deeper. It seems our advance onto the Hydian Way made 'High Admiral" Reddrin nervous of being flanked, and so lashed out and seized the world of Skako to prevent us having a clear path to strike Brentaal itself and crumble his petty kingdom.""Very good, director," you reply approvingly. "You've done an excellent job of information collecting. There is oif course one issue of paramount concern to me.""The situation on Velusia," Isard replies coolly."Exactly," you reply, "My Grand Admiral is proving to be quite troublesome."(1/2)
"I would agree. Thrawn, we previously thought, was too engaged in his war with the rebels to pay us any mind, but it seems your . . . " Isard hangs on a word here, "return to Coruscant caught his attention." She removes a datapad from the blouse pocket on her uniform, tapping a few keys and bringing up a series of holograms that illustrate her talking points. "We know now that a small, two star destroyer task force jumped into Velusia and quickly destroyed the picket force we'd left behind. Velusia stands strategically located to defend any avenues of approach on Thrawn's territory, or to serve as a jumping-off point for attacks on Coruscant and the Deep Core . . .""What do we know about Thrawn's military capacity?" you ask."We know that he hides his numbers through rapid redeployment of his forces. He has a hyperlane, the Celanon Spur, that enables him to transfer his fleets across the breadth of his territory easily.""Thrawn never needed numbers to win," you say with a scowl. To wield Thrawn as your own weapon had been a pleasure, but to face him as an enemy . . . "What do we know about his little empire?""Thrawn is not much of a governor," Isard says, "Though leadership comes naturally to him, he lacks the finesse needed for politics." You were amused by this assessment, coming from a spy who pretended at being an Empress, but allowed the Director to continue."And his power is not as monolithic as it seems. While he is a military leader and a figurehead for his empire, the power behind the scenes is Grand Moff Ardus Kaine. Formerly head of the 'Pentastar alignment' Kaine has thrown his lot in with Thrawn in a bid to rebuild the Empire as they see fit. Politically, they are compatible with our own aims in many respects save one.""They don't consider me the true emperor," you fill in."Whether this is an oversight or a conscious decision, they have not responded to your command for all loyal forces to return. Unless of course you count their seizure of Velusia as a response. And that." Isard says," Is a succinct description of the strategic situation facing us with proposals to follow.">I have more questions . . . >Proceed, Madame Director.I will answer as many questions as I can as quickly as I can. I'm asking everyone to absorb a lot of information(2/2)
>>1426272>>I have more questions . . .Would Grand Moff Ardus Kaine be up for any negotiations or avenues to talking at all? Would he be willing to defect at all, to the best of your knowledge?
>>1426272>>1426282Agreeing to this along with my own question.>What is the situation on our Maw Installation?
>>1426272>>Proceed, Madame DirectorWhat are your proposals? We shall evaluate them and perhaps make some modifications.
>>1426282"Would Grand Moff Ardus Kaine be up for any negotiations or avenues to talking at all? Would he be willing to defect at all, to the best of your knowledge?"Isard gives you a thin smile. "Ardus Kaine is a firm believer in High Human Culture and the New Order. So much so, that he considers these the paramount goals of the empire. During his time with the Empire, Kaine was a true believer. It was that much more surprising when he opted to become an independent warlord rather than stay true to the empire." Isard was careful to avoid specifying if that were her faction, or Sedriss's. I don't have anyone close to him, but it seems to me that Kaine has found something he likes more than the Empire. Or at least that he has no interest in returning to status quo. As the de facto political head of Thrawn's Empire, I'm sure he will talk, but I don't know if he will listen or join us."
>>1426286"What is the situation on our Maw Installation?"Isard spreads her hands, "Quite unknown I'm afraid to say. During the Withdrawal, no orders were relayed to the Maw Installation, or if they were, they were since destroyed. We have heard nothing from it. For all we know, the installation is still intact and undiscovered. Unfortunately, it lies deep within Hutt space, which itself is in New Republic space. Getting even a small team there undiscovered could prove quite a challenge."
>>1426292What about the situation on the core as a whole? Any renegade worlds or unconquered pockets? We need to solidify our base in the core before confronting Thrawn or the rebels
>>1426292Fairly disheartening, but I guess it's time for me to get back to playing politics. It's been far too long, since my chancellor days. After this, see if you can't get a hold of him.What is Luke Skywalker and the Jedi up to now? Still playing commander?
>>1426272Thrawn is a smart guy, he's fleet attack is a obvious attemp to drag our forces in that direction, making us fearfull of expanding with so allowing less worlds to be controled by while the him and the rebellion lick wounds.This could be interpreted as a response to Thrawn wouldn't make such attack without any reasonWhat was lost during Thraw's fleet attack? Anything of importance taken? Or was just hit and run assault?
>>1426057Damn shame. The Ventator at least has a heavy fighter compliment so it could still be useful. A retooled Subjugator would work as a budget flagship.
>>1426272A long term goal may be to somehow spur Rebel elements or Thrawn to threaten the Brentaal Protectorate and at the same time make friendly overtures to our wayward High Admiral Reddrin. The less we have to fight individual independent Imperial leaders the better.The more we are seen winning the more likely the rest of the Remnant falls in line. Long term goal: Improve our espionage intelligence and security from enemy spies. I know we've always had a problem with this from the Rebels, and part of this will be resolved with Komissari.
>>1426310Sounds like a plan.
>>1426298"What about the situation on the core as a whole? Any renegade worlds or unconquered pockets? We need to solidify our base in the core before confronting Thrawn or the rebels.""Corellia was Harssk's former base of operation before his death at Coruscant," Isard says, with nary a tear shed for her former comrade in arms, "With his fleet destroyed or captured, Corellia is only held by a skeleton force and would likely fall easily. Otherwise, there is a broad expanse of backwater worlds that may not be worth the ships it would take to subdue them.
>>1426301"What is Luke Skywalker and the Jedi up to now? Still playing commander?"Isard snorts and crosses her arms, "Luke Skywalker, in a closed meeting with the rebel senate, has declared his intent to rebuild the Jedi order. Near as I can tell, he has been following that goal, seeking out force sensitives to train."
>>1426330We could send a small force Alana to snatch those worlds up. We could use the resources, and the manpower that they hold.
>>1426330Judging by that map by all accounts Corellia should be our next strike. It is extremely valuable, poorly defended, and sits right on our territory. Let's grab it before someone else does.
I still think we should eliminate those rebel xenos. Maybe we can manipulate then and make then attack Thraw. Or we can go on a smaller scale and have a group try assassinate us during a public event and capture their super star destroyers.
>>1426341They aren't strong enough to attack us, and are too strong to send a small force. Whole I hate Map Gore, they'll have to be a nuisance for a little while longer
On that note,lets get to the main planning session anon. I think you'll be happy with the choices>writing
>>1426341>Or we can go on a smaller scale and have a group try assassinate us during a public event and capture their super star destroyers.That doesn't quite follow. Why would having a group try to assassinate us publicly allow us to capture their SSDs?We don't need public support to go and kill foul xenos. And the problem with their SSDs is that they will likely fight to the end and will be difficult to capture (our true goal) rather than destroy. A failed assassination attempt would not make capture more likely than it is right now.
>>1426335We should do this. Specially with enemies at our back. This worlds might be conquered by then or the republic.
"Proceed, Madame Director. I am eager to know what plans the greatest military minds of the Empire have gathered."Isard smirks at what she interprets as flattery. "At present, we have seven combat fleets, one of which is undergoing repairs after Zahn's engagement at Neimodia. We may undertake multiple plans, provided we have the requisite number of ships."In addition to your seven combat fleets, you also have your "Command Squadron" consisting of Tarkin and two Allegience-Class Super Star Destroyer escorts. This fleet is currently in orbit of Coruscant, but can be deployed to supplement any portion of the fleet. For simplicity sake, I will typically only allow that through write-in, and it will need at least 3 votes to make it a thing, otherwise your fleet stays with you.Two of these fleets are deployed facing the rebels, near Kuat, one is in repair, and two are defending Coruscant. Any offensive will likely weaken one or both of these deployments."And what of your proposal, Director?" You ask."I posit that warships are not the only method we have for speaking with our enemies," she replies."Go on.""For the Rebellion, there's no negotiating with them, they will dismiss any attempts as a trick, and it will undermine your credibility. The warlords may be bribed back, but they are no longer trustworthy. Beyond which, I have my own plans for dealing with them. But Thrawn . . . ""Negotiate?" you scoff, "With Thrawn?""Thrawn is a reasonable man . . . Xeno," Isard corrects herself. "He will be willing to talk with you. If we open negotiations with Thrawn in earnest, it may by us some room to manuever and smash one of our enemies. I recommend either Brentaal or the Yevetha.""Alternatively, if we open talks with Thrawn, it could drive Reddrin back into our control out of fear by being subsumed by both of us by force. I could also lay some ground work, with enough funding and support, to make inroads into getting agents in Thrawn's command and the Rebellion. We may ultimately even be able to steer the war goals of enemy factions, but it will take some time."(1/2) Plans to follow
>>1426346>>1426352You guys are right i was saying really stupid things and didn't phrase it well. Let's forget about it and go for Correllia. Those back water worlds sound very promissing to fill our army with troops.
>Operation Strike HammerA punitive expedition against the Yevetha in the Negs. Has the benefit of gaining a secure "back yard" for your empire as well as securing a few minor shipyard facilities and, potentially, a fresh supply of slave labor. This would be a brutal campaign of total subjugation, either complete genocide or re-enslavement of the Yevetha. (Requires 3 Fleets)>Operation Black FistThrawn's hostility in the border regions can't go unanswered. This particular plan has two variations. Black Fist A involves a buildup in the regions North of Coruscant, anticipating and hopefully discouraging follow up strikes by Thrawn (Requires 2 Fleets)Black Fist B is more aggressive, and instead mounts a full-scale counter attack against Velusia with intent to recapture the planet. (Requires 2 Fleets)>Operation Red MoonThe abortive polity of the "Brentaal Protectorate" must be eliminated before it pitches in with a larger neighboring power. The worlds of the Protectorate also are vital in their own right for further expansion in that vicinity. This would be a slog of a campaign and likely each world would have to be taken in succession leading to extensive siege warfare. (Requires 3 fleets)>Operation HowlrunnerWe have the rebels on the back foot near Commenor, if we relinquish pressure now, they may redouble their efforts against us later. We have to strike while they are weak and drive them back further. This will also ideally capture the factory world of Foundry who can provide Kuat with the components needed to increase warship production. (Requires 4 fleets)>Operation MalestromWith the Inner Core in our hands, Harssk's former capital world of Corellia lies exposed. Of course, the Rebels could quite easily attack and potentially cut off such a stretch, but the reward of gaining such a vital core world, and access to more hyperlanes may be worth the risk. This would be a mad dash for Corellia before the Rebels can react. (Requires 2 Fleets)>Isard's PlanOpen peace talks with Thrawn, trust this to stall any efforts he might make to attack you, and strike at an enemy of your choice. Invest heavily in espionage and seek to undermine the Brentaal Protectorate/infiltrate Thrawn's command and the New Republic with spies and agents.>NoneWe are stretched thin as is, we would do best to rest and recover our forces.
Vote for as many as you want and can "afford". Whichever combination of plans gets the most votes and still makes sense I will adopt. You can also rest safe that I will deploy the remaining fleet in whatever defensive configuration makes the most sense while attack plans are selected. I'm still experimenting with ways of simplifying and "crowd sourcing" complex strategy so let me know if you have feedback for me doing it like this.ALSO since it's been brought up a bunch about having a small force gobble up those backwaters. Love it! Great idea, but for that to be a thing, Corellia will have to be taken first so you can have reliable access to those places.Please ask my for any clarification, and be sure to turn into an angry mob if anything doesn't make sense or suck. I only respond to pitchforks and torches.
>>1426387>Operation Malestrom>Operation HowlrunnerDo both, if they try to block us of from Corellia, pressure them in Foundry.
>>1426387>>Operation Malestrom>With the Inner Core in our hands, Harssk's former capital world of Corellia lies exposed. Of course, the Rebels could quite easily attack and potentially cut off such a stretch, but the reward of gaining such a vital core world, and access to more hyperlanes may be worth the risk. This would be a mad dash for Corellia before the Rebels can react. (Requires 2 Fleets)>>Isard's Plan>Open peace talks with Thrawn, trust this to stall any efforts he might make to attack you, and strike at an enemy of your choice. Invest heavily in espionage and seek to undermine the Brentaal Protectorate/infiltrate Thrawn's command and the New Republic with spies and agents.We'll need to be aggressive and quick. I'd say put our vest two fleets on this one.
>>1426387How many fleets do we have in total again?
>>1426387>>Operation Howlrunner>We have the rebels on the back foot near Commenor, if we relinquish pressure now, they may redouble their efforts against us later. We have to strike while they are weak and drive them back further. This will also ideally capture the factory world of Foundry who can provide Kuat with the components needed to increase warship production. (Requires 4 fleets)>>Operation Malestrom>With the Inner Core in our hands, Harssk's former capital world of Corellia lies exposed. Of course, the Rebels could quite easily attack and potentially cut off such a stretch, but the reward of gaining such a vital core world, and access to more hyperlanes may be worth the risk. This would be a mad dash for Corellia before the Rebels can react. (Requires 2 Fleets)>Isard's PlanOpen peace talks with Thrawn, trust this to stall any efforts he might make to attack you, and strike at an enemy of your choice. Invest heavily in espionage and seek to undermine the Brentaal Protectorate/infiltrate Thrawn's command and the New Republic with spies and agentsI call this the rebel obliteration plan. Send our personal fleet for operation Howlrunner
>>1426424Seven, one of which is undergoing repairs, so six effective fleets
>>1426387>Operation MalestromWith the Inner Core in our hands, Harssk's former capital world of Corellia lies exposed. Of course, the Rebels could quite easily attack and potentially cut off such a stretch, but the reward of gaining such a vital core world, and access to more hyperlanes may be worth the risk. This would be a mad dash for Corellia before the Rebels can react. (Requires 2 Fleets)>Isard's PlanOpen peace talks with Thrawn, trust this to stall any efforts he might make to attack you, and strike at an enemy of your choice. Invest heavily in espionage and seek to undermine the Brentaal Protectorate/infiltrate Thrawn's command and the New Republic with spies and agents.I doubt Thraw will accept metting with a powerfull force user he knows better. But it doesn't hurt to try.
>>1426403>>1426428>not having any fleets for defense
>>1426387>Isard's PlanOpen peace talks with Thrawn, trust this to stall any efforts he might make to attack you, and strike at an enemy of your choice. Invest heavily in espionage and seek to undermine the Brentaal Protectorate/infiltrate Thrawn's command and the New Republic with spies and agents.Delay can only help us, although Thrawn may see it as a sign of indecisiveness, therefore we should also: >Black Fist A involves a buildup in the regions North of Coruscant, anticipating and hopefully discouraging follow up strikes by Thrawn (Requires 2 Fleets)Both as protection against any further attacks and to show Thrawn he is now in our gunsights. Any negotiation without would make us appear weak.At the same time we could either: >Operation HowlrunnerWe have the rebels on the back foot near Commenor or >Operation MalestromWith the Inner Core in our hands, Harssk's former capital world of Corellia lies exposed. If we go for Corellia we also unfortunately expand the battle line leaving room for the Rebellion to cut off any Fleet sent there.However if we go for Commenor, WE may be put in the Rebels gunsights a threat numero uno.However however, showing that we are making the Rebellion our primary focus may help sway other Imperial Remnants to coming back.It's a tough call.
>>1426440We will be on the offensive on all fronts. Best defence is a good offence
>>1426457If we have some fleets in reserve, we have reinforcements that can destroy the rebel fleet trying to cut us off
>>1426461what is this autism
>>1426457I'd rather we crush the Rebels, as until we are absolutely certain that every single one of them has been captured or killed, they'll be back like cockroaches.
>>1426387>Operation MalestromWith the Inner Core in our hands, Harssk's former capital world of Corellia lies exposed. Of course, the Rebels could quite easily attack and potentially cut off such a stretch, but the reward of gaining such a vital core world, and access to more hyperlanes may be worth the risk. This would be a mad dash for Corellia before the Rebels can react. (Requires 2 Fleets)We need Corellia badly and it will only be vulnerable for a short time. We need to strike now.>>Isard's Plan>Open peace talks with Thrawn, trust this to stall any efforts he might make to attack you, and strike at an enemy of your choice. Invest heavily in espionage and seek to undermine the Brentaal Protectorate/infiltrate Thrawn's command and the New Republic with spies and agents.Thrawn will be expecting this, he knows Isard well. So while we do this do not count on peace talks to slow him down. Instead follow it up with.>>Black Fist B is more aggressive, and instead mounts a full-scale counter attack against Velusia with intent to recapture the planet. (Requires 2 Fleets)Hopefully we can strike Thrawn off guard. While we won't stoop to betraying Thrawn during peace talks at the moment, he needs to know we are strong enough to hold our own.>Keep the remaining 2 fleets in reserve.
>>1426440I was planing to drop Operation howlrunner's fleets to 3, if the rebels do block us from Corellia we can have one fleet attack Humbarine from that planet just outside our border in the lower lane.
>>1426477That's risky. The Rebels are still a threat to behold, and it is a very large undertaking at that. I feel that we need 4, at least
Top votes:1. Malestrom2. Howlrunner3. Isard's PlanThere's some disagreement about the best way to defend the remaining territory. Let me quickly write up a couple compromise plans for a final vote>writing
>>1426494I don't, we just need to put pressure at first and start with 3 then we can send a fleet to help after Malestorm is complete.
>>1426496Is our personal fleet mobile enough? They could be used as very effective defence
>>1426506It amounts to roughly an over strength combat fleet, but its only one fleet, it can't be everywhere at once
Plans. Vote or discuss if you hate them. Questions are welcome.>Plan A(Feint at Commenor, real effort at Corellia)3 Fleets attack Rebel lines near Commenor Objective is to keep the Rebels busy, not take "ground"2 fleets make advance on Corellia1 Fleet kept in reserve at Coruscant to defend against Thrawn>Plan B(All-out assault on Commenor, mad grab for Corellia)4 Fleets attack Rebel Lines near Commenor (Objective to smash enemy fleets and capture worlds)1 Fleets rush for Corellia (If they get lucky, maybe they can capture Corellia quickly. Maybe)1 Fleet kept in reserve at Coruscant to defend against Thrawn
>>1426477Alright after checking the map i have found 2 paths we can use after MalestromRecopia-Mawan-HumbarineOrRehemsa-Rendili-lorreto-Seyugi-Humbarine
>>1426544>Plan C>4 at Commenor>2 on Corellia >No reserve
>>1426544Plan AIf we can take Commenor somehow then perfect, but our real efforts should be on Correllia.
>>1426544>Plan AEasy gains now, no need to poke the Rebel hive of scum and villainy yet.
>>1426556You trying to be Hitler? And we all know how being Hitler worked out.
Okay, Plan A seems pretty obviously the choice with a BOLD alternative also proposed.>Writing
The plans for the next leg of your campaign are drawn up. A major feint at Commenor, with a push to seize Corellia. Corellia has long been a black sheep of the core worlds, especially in regards to its fairly spotty relation with the Empire. But no matter, it is a key player in Core World politics, and a gateway to another end of the galaxy. Forces will have to be marshaled, leaders assigned. The plan, as drawn, has Zahn as overall commander with Admiral Yazz commanding the attack on Corellia and Admiral Oxtroe leading the attack on Commenor.>This assignment is fine>Oxtroe should attack Corellia and Yazz should attack Commenor.>Perhaps a different choice . . . (write in)
>>1426602>This assignment is fineI feel that Yazz would overextend due to his aggressive natured we have him more ships and more enemies.
>>1426602>>This assignment is fineI'm going to bed, but another great run TK.
>>1426602>>This assignment is fine I hope Alana gets assigned to the Corellia strike.
With the details decided and the next phase of the war underway, it remains to be seen how the enemy will react, and key decisions yet remain to be made about Thrawn, Kaine, and their breakaway empire. Additionally, the fate of the Dark Side still rests in your hands, the Jeslax'raum have been made into rule, but still must take practical effects. Archmage and Grand Inquisitor must still be selected, and dark side users must be . . . Collected for you to expand their ranks.And most importantly to you, your apprentice-hopeful Mara Jade is nearly ready for her passage into Sithhood, to ascend and become a true Dark Lord. Her final test remains. What sort of Apprentice will Jade be? We'll find out on Friday! (7 EST 11 UTC) Day after tomorrow.Twitter, follow to stay up to date with game times>https://twitter.com/DarkEmpireQuest I hope this wasn't an incredibly dull info dump for you guys. I'm not sure if I should streamline the Palpatine decisions more, or if you like getting nitty gritty with the planning. There's just SO much to cover. Let me know! Otherwise, you guys have been great, I have a blast every time I run this.
>>1426602>This assignment is fine
>>1426602>This assignment is fine>>1426662God damn it, I fucking missed it. thanks for running.
>>1426627Me too, thanks!>>1426693Bad timezone? I basically run it every other day at 7 EST. 11 UTC. We could always use more decision makers. Contested votes are interesting votes.
>>1426702No, just forgot you were running. I'm EST.
>>1426702Well if you could run a wee bit later that would be great
>>1426662Thanks bossman, nitty gritty is fine by me.
>>1426662I enjoyed this nitty gritty bit, and I really enjoyed how Kuat went. I'm looking forward to seeing what comes next with Mara and ThrawnI unfortunately missed just about everything too because I was out having dinner, but I enjoyed reading up on everything
I would be amiss if I didn't throw an obligatory "May the Fourth be with you" in here.
>>1428068And also with you.Also, wasn't able to read until quest was over (May 4th was yesterday for me, so lightsaber club + marathon with the missus kept me busy), but definitely enjoyed the nitty-gritty parts of the quest.
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>>1428111Good to hear! I'm really regretting that you live so far in the future, your contributions are always welcome. Next session is in 26 hours, it's gonna be very Dark Side-y. Not sure if you'll be able to make it
>>1428114Pic related. >>1428120Sorry mate, will be doing a charity thing with the 501st then.
>>1428130Thanks. Sadly all my other star wars images are prequels memes. Don't lynch me
>>1428130It's for a good cause so all is forgiven.>>1428139Prequel memes . . . so hot right now
>Not just using the Eclipse-class' superlaser to destroy Balmorra's capital. >Not making Veers the head of the MilitaryWhat's /ourguy/ up to?
>>1429618The Eclipse had to protect Coruscant and we needed the fleet to capture all the close by Planets anyway.Also the position was for the Grand Admiral of the Navy, Veers gets to be the Supreme Commander of Ground Forces anyway.