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It's the year 4035 and civilization stretches across the stars. An Alliance of space faring Factions, once biter enemies, have been locked in a now decade long struggle against the Neeran Empire. Entire worlds have been destroyed and lesser states brought to their knees. Vast fleets of warships do battle almost daily and the conflict shows no signs of slowing down.

Your Faction, the Dominion of Royal Houses has recently concluded a civil war that had lasted more than three years. Its economy devastated in the recent fighting the Houses have begun a massive reconstruction program. It is expected to last a full year before any are asked to help the Alliance again.

You are Sonia Reynard, Viscount of Rioja and a member of House Jerik-Dremine. Twelve years ago your House was one of the most minor out of hundreds and no one knew your name. Now the House has gained power and prestige placing it high enough in the Dominion for even the most powerful to take notice. You're one of the richest and most influential individuals in your House.

Your influence moves worlds.

Literally. A Terraforming team you've funded is testing altering planetary orbits to make them more habitable.

With the end of the Civil War you've turned your eye towards unfinished business: Planning an expedition to the Dyson Sphere.

A nearly perfect sphere containing a smallish yellow dwarf star. It has a radius of roughly 140 million kilometers and a circumference of 879.65 million km. From what you're seeing in the reports it shouldn't even be possible for a structure this size to remain rigid. It should just fly apart under its own weight. Whatever it's made of most conventional weapons aside from antimatter have proven next to useless against it.

There are size and mass inconsistencies with much of the sphere, all sorts of things that don't make a lot of sense. Larger structures at the interior poles seem to be connected in some way to maintaining the sphere's position in relation to the star.

What really makes things difficult for study missions is the presence of an energy drain on any electronic devices that get near the interior surface. It seems to be nearly identical to what the Neeran Empire uses against enemy boarding teams on their big ships to limit their effectiveness.

Too many unanswered questions point to this place. Even more so since the Empire captured that section of space early in the war. It's time to get answers.
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>>2006484
FOR HOUSE AND DOMINION
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>>2006484
For House and Dominion, how to steal a Dyson Sphere without the Neeran noticing.
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>>2006555
I was really torn between "Eye of the storm" and "Last Sanctum."

You've secured a Nocturne class cloaked ship from the Rioja fleet. It is one of the most advanced vessels produced by the Dominion and is equipped with an equally impressive cloaking shield. Unsurprisingly your old sensor officer Arron Westrate has volunteered to take part in the mission. He's one of the most experienced Nocturne pilots in the House.

Currently his ship is being tested to see if the latest series of upgrades have fixed detection issues. The cloak inherited a number of minor design flaws and glitches present in the Rovinar prototype your people illegally copied. So far it seems to be an improvement, though specialised detection grids may still be a threat.

Arron has warned that there isn't a lot of space aboard the ship for a large number of personnel or additional equipment. Two LST docks and two small shuttle bays will help alleviate that.

Newer model Landing Support Transports and Shuttles equipped with stealth coatings and holographic camouflage have been acquired and will be waiting for you at a J-D base closer to the front lines. Along with them will be options for resupply drop pods to keep field teams operational.

Start putting together a list of people you'd like to recruit. Some of those already under your direct command will probably volunteer.
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So we're more or less skipping directly to the dyson sphere mission?
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>>2006645
There's still time to do a few other things before hand. It'll take time to organise everything and get the equipment and personnel to the rally point in the Pandora cluster.
As you do have a few fast ships you can delay Sonia's departure from the J-D homeworlds until the last moment.
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>>2006637
Rufaro, Valeri, the other two bodyguards.
The Knight from the no-tech planet.
The two Neeran we met during the Veckron recovery mission.
Berwari if he's available/interested.
Duncan/computer specialist.
Eldal?
Versa
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>>2006686
>There's still time to do a few other things before hand.
Here's the stuff we could do in the J-D home territories I came up with, I was expecting more time to run around in faction space desu:
Finally meet Mike's son and wife.
Bother the Lorraine Day and her offspring.
Show up at the social club.
Visit Archivald to provide emotional support. Don't mention the incease in grey hair.
Meet council in the home territories.
Get proper clearance with the FA again.
Considering the significant losses sustained by the home fleet, maybe Sonia should be involved in the reorganization?
Find a new wing commander for the fleet based on Rioja.
Find somebody to do Sonia's job while she's gone.
See if we can get some J-D forces assigned to the Kythera expedition fleet.
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With an influx of funding Gunning's Heavy Manufacturing has opened up a new factory to produce a number of small arms using chemically propelled rounds. They've acquired short run production licenses for numerous related weapons.

Dominion 20mm sniper rifles have recoil dampening systems, either powered or hydraulic. These can be redesigned for operations on the dyson sphere with lighter weight materials though at a higher cost.

Most ballistic rifle designs use smaller projectiles around 6mm, though they boast large magazines as a result.

Pistols fall into two categories 1) High velocity, or 2) subsonic using larger than average rounds.
SMG's use similar ammo types, though tending towards the former.

Another option would be using Gyrojet/Bolt weapons, though these have drawbacks as well.
Something to think about.
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>>2006686
See if we can get some of the JD super commandos?
Figure out the map of the transport system Svidur left us?
Check his note for any invisible ink?
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You've asked your Nai genetic engineering contacts to start looking at domesticating Warrels. Hopefully that 30 million you're owed will at least get things rolling. Some of them are the size of a horse so you've been thinking about possibly using them as mounts. It's too bad this will never be ready in time for the expedition.

Meanwhile you've approached the Alliance with an idea for a retrovirus that would prevent Warrels from passing on their sub dermal armor to subsequent generations. They reproduce quickly so that shouldn't take long, but at the same time might not be immediately apparent to the enemy that they've been infected. They promise to look into it.
While the Alliance is officially against bio warfare measures this might be minor enough to get through.

Here in the homeworlds you schedule an appointment for a medical procedure. Without power armor you'll need every advantage you can get on the Dyson sphere. A boost to reflex and reaction speed might be just the edge needed. The augmentation given to J-D commando teams should be enough.
Once that's done and you've gotten used to things again you'll have a Bio synthetic limb manufactured to temporarily replace your cybernetic.

That doesn't mean the Krath are off the hook for that armor. That favor is being called in.
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>>2006693
>The Knight from the no-tech planet

Maybe we can recruit some more? We're literally planning what amounts to the ultimate dungeon raid for these guys.
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>Show up at the social club.

For being one of its founding members you rarely make an appearance since the relocation to Rioja. A lot of the old veterans are missing after the recent fighting and protracted losses over the course of the civil war. At some point a Memorial Plaque was started with the names of members killed or missing.

"A lot of new faces." you tell Jehtot Kharbos.

"Yeah. Glad Mike survived. That was nearly a close thing. A few people seemed shook up the last time they were in. Lorraine Day mentioned she'll be transferring to the Rioja fleet once there are openings since a number of vets have asked to go with Drake."

That makes sense you suppose.
"Keeping the rookies here out of trouble?"

"Someone has to. I know Arthur always had terrible luck in those missions with you but he always helped keep people from taking advantage of the less politically experienced knights. He made a few enemies that way but a lot of friends. There's sort of a support network now, a few people call them a gang. We don't tolerate Knights here double crossing our own."

"Has there been a lot of problems?"

"We've only kicked out four people since this club started. A couple have made formal apologies after Arthur found out what they were up to. It's helped. That was the whole point of this place. A lot of our members have gone on to be influential people in the House because of what they've learned here. That doesn't always translate into promotions but it doesn't have to.
We're distant family."
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"Have you seen Mike?"
"Not since the fighting stopped."

You haven't heard much from him either. Alex has just arrived back after escorting Forbearance back to the Run so he hasn't had a chance to look for him.

It takes more than a day to track him down to an outpost guarding the edges of the new border. Mostly quick response forces are based here, being called on to act as police for the surrounding regions as straggling pirates and privateers are finally cleared out.

He's in one of the training rooms beating the innards out of old practice dummies.

"Mike, Alex and I have been looking everywhere for you."

"Well you found me." he replies, not stopping his assault.

"Okay... Are you alright?"

"No, I'm not alright. I lost my ship, I lost a lot of good people I care about. I did everything that I could and they still ended up fucking DEAD!"
He punctuates this with a roundhouse kick that nearly detaches the dummy from it's chain.

"I had a lot of experienced officers under my command that should have taken higher positions elsewhere in the fleet. I promoted them. I told them to think of their careers. But they stayed because my unit was the best. Serth's Dragoons. And where did it get them?"

Worried you ask; "Mike have you been home?"

"No. I haven't."

"Uh, are things okay there?"

"It was going fine."
He steps away from the dummy and takes a moment to breathe.
"I don't remember a lot about my own father but from what I do remember I wouldn't have wanted to see him like this.
There are a lot of rookie crews out here that need a few days of training each and plenty of assholes who haven't figured out the war is over yet. So I'm out here killing pirates. Just like old times huh?"

>What say?
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>>2007612

Tell him to get some help. Be it a psychiatrist or what have you. The dude needs some help and I am sure he is smart enough to realize it too. But he should go see his family, right after he gets the help he needs to get his head back on straight.
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>>2007612
>>2007686

[ ] Tell him to get some help
[ ] "Mike you're relieved of duty."
[ ] Give him a hug, take him to get some help
[ ] Other / What say?
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>>2008252
First hug and if he doesnt follow, we relieve him from duty for his own and his crews sake.
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>>2007612
> [ ] Give him a hug, take him to get some help
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>>2008252
>[ ] Give him a hug, take him to get some help
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>>2008252
I mean.

We had a shark skin arm for a while when we first started dealing with this sort of thing.
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>>2008252
>[ ] Give him a hug, take him to get some help
Maybe call his relatives?

>>1826926
>Arthur Moton and Siri Thal are both listed as MIA after fighting a holding action to delay an enemy assault
>Some of Arthur's crew survived but the bridge teleport capsule from his ship was never found.
>None of the capsules from Thal's command ship have been found.
There's worse ways to spend Sonia's money than capsule recovery specialists. The FA probably has some really experienced and talented people specializing in that area by now.
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>>2007612
>Just like old times huh?
No, it really isn't.

It's been an apocalyptic civil war, losses are to be expected. Without his unit, who knows how many others would have died?

>>2008252
>[x] Give him a hug, take him to get some help
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>>2008252
>[X] Give him a hug, take him to get some help

There are worse ways he could have dealt with this so there is that at least. Hell like >>2008626 said we went a weirder route.

There is that one person that our dad recommended to us that would keep things quiet if we ever needed to talk so maybe we could recommend them?
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>>2007612
"You know, when I started having nightmares about little girls asking me not to take their dad's salvage I tried a lot of stuff to keep my mind from getting worse. I think discrete professional help and a hobby where nobody's life depends on me were the best. Or maybe it was the shark skin arm, it's kinda hard to decide in retrospect."

>>2008252
>other
Ask knight Dayton for help, he should have experience with this kind of situation considering how many generations of rookies he's trained.
Suggest Mike gets involves in video game development as a hobby. He loved that one game, iirc.
Get him a firestorm frigate plushie. Have one made by a tailor if none are sold here. Even if it has never been mentioned, I'm sure Sonia has at least one fluffy shark stashed away somewhere
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You shake your head. "No, it really isn't."

Walking over you surprise him with a hug which eventually he returns.

"Staying out here isn't going to help Mike.

"...I know." he reluctantly admits.

"Come on. My father knows a guy. Later we can all go for drinks with Alex and maybe you can school my sister."

This draws a laugh. "I don't know, she'd pretty good already."
"She just needs a reminder that she's not the best. Maybe nobody is."
"Alright."
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>>2009608
>Get him a firestorm frigate plushie.
Made by the people who make these things.
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You make sure Mike get's some help. It will take awhile but you hope eventually he'll be able to return home.

Updating Alex on the situation you go see Lorraine Day before she can ship out to Rioja. She has a nice penthouse near the capital.

"Hey it's good to see you!" She's quick to rush over once you've been shown in.

She's put on a little weight since the last time you saw her but it looks like she's still in shape.

"So, how is your kid?"
"Kieran? Having a nap in the other room. Don't worry about keeping quiet it's sound proofed, that's what monitors are for."

"Nice place." you compliment.
Most of it is fairly open with large windows overlooking the nicer parts of the city. Good for most people not anticipating a bombardment raid.

"This place costs a fortune. I was able to buy an entire building on Rioja for what it would have taken to buy this out."

"How have you been holding up?"
"Better than some. I had to be there for some of the big state feunerals. That was really depressing. There are still a lot of MIA but officially or otherwise they're being written off to increase the number of claims the House can make for cloning rights. If it's high enough we might be bumped up in priority."

"Always politics." you sigh.

"Exactly. I have had just about enough politics for a few years. I've always tried to help out at the social club when I have time, but there are always events going on with Lords and Nobles wanting respected Knights present. Make it look like they're doing everything they can for the House in these difficult times."
She scofs.
"I've got enough blackmail material on these people that I could retire, so it's time to get out of here. Drake just gave me a good excuse."

"You think you'll be safer out at Rioja?" you have to wonder if a week's travel is really enough.

"Out of sight out of mind. I'll be forgotten about in a year or two, though my information should be good for quite awhile longer than that. I don't know how Winifred could stand it for so many years."

"Drive and determination no doubt." is your response.

"Probably. Must be stubborn too. I just want a break from it all, but I figure a few things I picked up can help keep the heat off your planetary Governor the next time you're away. You're planning some crazy mission or fleet deployment right?"

"Dyson sphere expedition."

"Always thinking out of the box I see."

>Anything you wanted to talk about?
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>>2009711
What's the situation in general on the planet and for the house? Sonia's rank probably makes it hard to get an honest opinion from most folks. Lorraine can probably still talk to many people without being recognized.

Isn't she worried about education on rioja compared to what petras would have offered?
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>>2009711
Are there any particularly dumb plots going on we should nip in the bud before somebody gets hurt?
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>>2009711
Is there anybody who would benefit from a transfer to the run but hasn't asked for any reason?
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>>2009743
>What's the situation in general on the planet and for the house? Sonia's rank probably makes it hard to get an honest opinion from most folks. Lorraine can probably still talk to many people without being recognized.
"There was the attempted coup by the old guard, which went nowhere because its head got cut off. That split up most of Count Jerik's opposition into smaller less well coordinated groups. The council roped in a few of the less hard core old guard elements.
Plenty of back stabbing went on. It was really bad after it was found out people were still trying to sabotage Rioja. Your investigation team and that smug Erid bastard really caused a stir."

"Vanderwal?"

"Yep, him. There were closed door meetings for weeks after that.
Things are fairly quiet now. Everyone who lost or got told to stop rocking the boat are busy trying to move in on the recently captured territories these past few weeks. Trying to gain allies among the established nobles who were forced to change Houses."

"And they're letting them?"

"I think some are hoping to play both sides. They can sell their alliances to old guard connections or to the council for better position. I warned Drake so she knows."

Well that's good.

"Is there anybody who would benefit from a transfer to the Run but hasn't asked for any reason?"

Lorraine shrugs. "I'll have to look into that before I go."

"Are you worried about education on Rioja compared to what petras would have offered?"

"Not really? The House practically jumps at any opportunity to send people from the homeworlds out to a colony world. They must want more of our people on those planets than refugees from other factions."

True. You tell her about how Rioja's immigration policy has been doing just that.

Day will probably be able to hire professional tutors from the homeworlds to come out to Rioja and get a tax deduction on hiring if they stay there.
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>>2009902
Seems like she's got everything covered.
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>>2009902
I almost forgot: how's. Parenthood working out for here? Is there anything the military or fleet club could be doing better?
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>>2009963
>how's Parenthood working out for her
"Ehh, it was rough at first. There's a reason everyone warns about baby stuff. It's been this horrible divide between cute baby and eww realities. Thank goodness one of the others at the club suggested a place to get water and baby proofed uniforms."

That isn't a thing you'd previously considered.

"I don't get to spend as much time with my kid as I'd like but it's more than some people I've talked to."

"Is there anything the fleet club could be doing better?"

"Maybe a high security daycare? I don't know, most of us live in different areas or on different planets so its not like those of us with kids could send them to the same school."
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With Alex back you decide now might be a good a time as any to visit Baron Archivald. You were both asked by Count Jerik about the Baron's offer of resignation and agreed now isn't the time.

The Refit yards around Loran are hard at work. A Qlippoth type heavy carrier is being worked on while hundreds of salvaged ships wait to undergo repairs. You spot Wayward Treasures being rebuilt with what looks like half her interior open to space.

Meanwhile the Francis Alfonso, your Anchorage class, is assisting with construction or upgrade of defense platforms. It looks like a couple of the medium cruiser docks are being converted to construct station sections. It's quite the upgrade.

There are starfighters everywhere. Older models that have been pulled out of reserve or brand new craft fresh from the factory. The House's latest acquired Talos heavy carrier is sitting in high orbit surrounded by battleships, support craft and two Dominion Carriers. Engines at idle, it seems they're in a parking orbit while conducting drills.

Alex's Medium Carrier joins the group as the two of you take shuttles over to Archivald's command ship. The older Baron has gained a few more wrinkles since the last time you saw him. It looks like he must have taken to dying his hair because it's still jet black.

"Welcome aboard." the Baron greets the two of you after being shown onto the command deck.

"Hard at work I see." you comment.

"As long as my resignation is being turned down I don't intend to waste time. Rebuilding the starfighter corps will take many months, possibly a year with our expanded holdings. I've mobilized every available craft to give our new pilots flight experience."

"How bad were our starfighter losses?"

"Not terrible but Wayward Treasures being hit makes things more difficult. It had good launch facilities for less experienced crews but also would have been easy to set up for drone craft.
Most of our captains refused to use more than minimal numbers of Drones against House Xygen. They had too much Aries tech available so we were all rightly worried about drone hijacking.

We sold many of our drones to House Feron when they grew desperate."

"How did that work out?" asks Alex.

"Only minor numbers of drones were captured by Aries remotely. Once AI War protocol was enacted Feron slagged the control system cores on most of their drones and we had ours pulled and placed in storage.
Certain allies were, I suppose, less cautious? The Kythera were able to take control of some of the latest upgraded drones posted to fleets near Xygen space."

Ouch.

"We're still waiting on replacements or alternatives that have been green-lit as safe to use. Now more than ever we need those drones to be operational."
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>>2010157
Anything you wanted to ask about?

Heading out to get some groceries.
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>>2010161
How did Alex's Burlocks perform? Do they think we should use the iratar death pod drones for planetary defense? Should we try to buy a few ltsc class ships from the terrans or fa? Does he have a successor in mind?
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>>2010161
Which medium carrier model did Alex decide to get?
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>>2010161
Is his intention to retire after the fleet is finished rebuilding? Does he have anyone in mind for his replacement?
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>>2010157
How is he holding up? Being stoic aside the last few months can not have been easy on him.

Also yey for my suggestion being the new name
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>>2009670
In b4 they send him the uglier mk 2 by accident.
N*****a D.
Kavarian Imperium
Order came pretty quickly)! The child is upset version ship, it came mk 1. well worth the money))) Thank you)
S*****a R.
Dominion of Royal Houses
You I said to the seller that he wanted the Ship of first version and gave me in version two
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>>2010451
>wasted Nai creditcash on genetically engineering dumb Neeran fauna that aren't even useful to the dyson mission
>could have had genetically engineered megasharks designed to survive in Rioja's waters
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>>2010488
We can just throw real money at them instead.
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>>2010488
>Water sharks
>Not land sharks
>Not flying sharks
>Not miniature pack sharks
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>How did Alex's Burlocks perform?
It took the pilots time to learn a few tricks to reduce damage from ground fire. Apparently it can tank hits on the flanks of the craft quite well. It still can take hits to the bottom and keep the crew alive, it'll just knock out most of the weapons which adds up.

"They're good, but really need cover from other fighters. I've been thinking they might do well if they had a tail gunner."

>Do they think we should use the iratar death pod drones for planetary defense?
No seems to be the consensus.
"It doesn't make sense for our House. We've succeeded with quality over quantity."
"Not that we couldn't use a bit of both at times."

>Should we try to buy a few ltsc class ships from the terrans or fa?
The Terrans don't have enough of them to meet their own demands, and will only sell their latest model to the Alliance.
You can get the Alliance Medium Escort - Carrier version. They're similar in many respects, they just don't have as much dedicated shuttle capacity. There are still LST docks on the top and bottom hull.
They could be further modified, just keep in mind they're a cheaper design intended for mass production.

You ask Archivald if he had a successor in mind for his post. In response he turns to Alex.
"You were my first choice given your overall performance on campaign and at the capital. You're familiar now with siege and anti-siege tactics as well as a good grasp of starfighter and starship attack wings.
After you Baron Dremine would be the next logical choice due to experience."

"I'm glad you think highly of me sir." replies Alex.

"Remain ready to take the job Palaiologos. My political opponents may want me to step down once they find out Drake is my daughter."

[ ] Wait what?
[ ] [Sputtering intensifies]
[ ] "I guess she takes after her mother."
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>>2010533
NANI
>[ ] "I guess she takes after her mother."
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>>2010533
[ ] Wat
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>>2010533
[X] [Sputtering intensifies]
[X] Wait what?
[X] "I guess she takes after her mother."

That is how I imagine that going.
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>>2010533
[ ] "I guess she takes after her mother."

Dundundun!
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>>2010533
I knew we should have ran a DNA test to find out if she really was a Winifred 2.0
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>>2010533
[x] BAKANA
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>>2010533
To quote Linda from a couple of years back:
"Can you pass me that drink?"
"You're just going to spit it out aren't you?"
"Maybe."
They push the drink farther away.


>My political opponents may want me to step down
There are still some left?
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You struggle to get out a single word. "What?!"

"Huh..." Alex ponders this new piece of information. "That would create a few complications."

You look back and forth between them still nearly speechless. It's a good thing you don't have a drink. The next statement to make it from brain to mouth is: "I guess she takes after her mother?"
Alex winces.

"She does." Archivald admits, seemingly unmoved but what could be taken as an insult. "I was against her going on campaign against the Warlords but it was the safest place for her at the time. Not that I could have intervened."

"Wait, you said your political opponents. There are still some left?"

"Relatives. Especially the Harmen family when they find out."

That's not a political brawl you want to be anywhere near when it happens.
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>>2010488
> Not wanting to be able to integrate Krath bio-armour with the Warrels for Bio-mecha combat on the Sphere
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>>2010779
Who actually knows about this?

>I was against her going on campaign against the Warlords but it was the safest place for her at the time.
How did that happen? He knows she started out in one of those really crappy corvettes, right?
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"Not to change topics but is it your intention to retire after the fleet is finished rebuilding?"

Archivald shakes his head. "It may not be necessary. I would prefer to step down as commander of the home fleet, though I would remain Baron of Loran until the House can find a suitably skilled replacement."

Alex thinks the House will need at least 2 more Barons before that happens. One more in South Reach, another in DRH 1, maybe getting someone ready for future worlds in DRH 2, but that could be a decade.


>>2010240
>Which medium carrier model did Alex decide to get?

http://houseanddominion.wikia.com/wiki/Alliance_Medium_Escort
He already had 3 of the cruiser versions so it made sense to get one of the carrier versions if only to cut down on logistics.


"How are you holding up? Being stoic aside the last few months can not have been easy."

"My Knights and officers have stood by me, despite what happened. I have their support. Whatever happens they know I intend to make things right. Or at least use my resources to try.
But thank you for your concern."

>>2010798
>He knows she started out in one of those really crappy corvettes, right?
Everyone did.

Actually wait no. She would have been in the next group of pilots a couple weeks to a month after Sonia's. So she would have started with an attack corvette rather than a standard corvette.
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Sorry to stop yet again but I have to step out for an hour.
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>>2010833
>So she would have started with an attack corvette rather than a standard corvette.
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Super soldier Sonia runnign at incredibl fast hihg speed
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Back. Now with 90% less family interruptions for the day.

>>2010532
>Water sharks
>Not land sharks
>Not flying sharks
>Not miniature pack sharks
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>>2010798
>Who actually knows about this?
Foster family, Winifred, Archivald, and a few trusted aids. As few as possible.
There are plenty of nobles who have children raised under a different name to guard against assassinations. The doctors involved know not to ask any questions.

>How did that happen?
Signed up to join the fleet like you or any of the others.

Unless you mean about it being less dangerous there. Winifred had just divorced after the start of the campaign. The Holtby family would very much have preferred Drake dead if found out about. Far too late now.
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>>2011310
What's the cost of getting gene-men to make pet land sharks?
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>>2011414
Probably a fair bit by most peoples standards since it wouldn't be a minor cosmetic change.

The question then is would it be legal to have or import dangerous animals like them on Rioja? Sharks do have a lot of teeth. A lot of planets have laws banning or restricting imports of dangerous animals.

You could make licenses for them expensive enough that only the very rich could afford them. (And be responsible for medical bills if they bite anyone.)
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Did someone bring sharks along from earth or something?

Seems strange that there are literal sharks post-exodus
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>>2011401
>Foster family
Must be pretty awkward to have so many half and foster siblings.

>>2011516
>What's the cost of getting gene-men to make pet land sharks?
People were probably smart enough to create extensive DNA databases at some point.

>>2011468
>(And be responsible for medical bills if they bite anyone.)
That's not how a feudal society is supposed to work. The person that has been bitten has to pay Sonia damages because they fed her pet shark inferior meat.

>dangerous animals like
>Sharks do have a lot of teeth
Make 'em smol?
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>>2011516
>Did someone bring sharks along from earth or something?
>>2011544
>People were probably smart enough to create extensive DNA databases at some point.
That. Many Faction colony ships used to carry a database of species DNA records from their homeworlds.

The second rate colony ships that first settled Petras/Dreminth did not have anywhere near a complete record and had to make do with whatever was on hand.

>That's not how a feudal society is supposed to work.
Tell that to those litigious terran refugees you let onto the planet.
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>>2011657
>litigious terran refugees
Fucking rat bastards.
Are the Shallan adapting to Dominion rule better?
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>>2011657
>second rate colony ship
The captain of the terran colony ship "star of petras" was obsessed with the myth of noah's arc. Unfortunately, several questionable expenses concerning the acquisition of a pair of genetically engineered unicorns meant the ship could only afford on of every kind. One kind of fish, one kind of bird, one kind of tree etc. You get the idea. And that's why your homeworld is considered awful, Sonia. It's also the reason why J-D made it to the 4020s because nobody wanted to be reaponsible for that dumpster fire of an ecosystem.
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>>2011679
>Are the Shallan adapting to Dominion rule better?
Much better, for the most part. I do think they'd take exception to being mauled by a shark dog though.


You promise to have Admiral Tama contact Baron Archivald about starfighter training exercises with the Rioja fleet. At the very least some of the pilots should be rotated through.

Next on the list is seeing the J-D council. Maybe the Count too if there's time. There are many things to discuss.

Firstly you inform them of your plans to personally lead the Dyson sphere expedition. With your expected absence Rioja will need someone to lead its fleet. Your choice would have been Katherine Drake, but that isn't an option now that she's become a Baron in her own right.

A few others that spring to mind are either under qualified, uninterested or are no longer among the living. Lorraine Day might be talked into acting as the fleet's new Wing Commander, if not there are others. Overall command is the position you're most worried about.

You'd like their advice on selecting someone for the job.
Of those you're familiar with the council would be willing to approve any of the following. There are others but they'd be reluctant to back them at this time.

Verilis Rah'ne is expected to return soon following assignments with other Houses. The Dro'all officer has long had difficulty coping with failure and losses of those under their command. Not helped by being a good to average commander often put into situations where the exceptional were needed.
Transferred to working with allied units coordinating with J-D forces, it looks like Verilis has managed to recover from the downward spiral it looked like her career was falling into. Records from the Civil War show steady consistent performance overall with improvements to inter-unit cooperation. Given time will probably make for a decent large fleet commander.

Kim Yu Chung is an certainly an experienced Knight, having been in the military nearly a decade longer than you have. He's spent most of the war commanding cloaked battleships and the antimatter equipped forces during fighting in the DRH 1 Relay.
While a force the size of the Rioja fleet is much larger than anything he's ever commanded before he should have the years necessary to make it work.

Phas Rah'ne and Hera Boosalis are two of the up and coming commanders from the Rioja fleet. They're good raiders and know how to get salvage. The recent campaign under Drake's command have given both of them a great deal of experience in a variety of situations.
Hera Boosalis has been known to win greater victories, though at the cost of bigger risks and losses in the event of failure.
Phas Rah'ne doesn't take as many risks but as a result rarely sees the same results. Steady consistency however means that at the end of the campaign they tend to do just as well as their rival.

Did you want to select one of these four or look at others?
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>>2011981
>Phas Rah'ne and Hera Boosalis
Just do the old roman custom of having one be in charge one day and the other taking charge the next day.
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>>2011981
How experienced are these candidates when it comes to politics? I wouldn't be surprised if certain elements were to try stuff while Sonia's gone.
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>>2011981

I'm leaning more towards, Phas Rah'ne and Hera Boosalis since they are both already from the Rioja fleet. And they should both be familiar with how the Rioja fleet works and most of the knights in it. Although I get the feeling if we make the other one in charge of the Rioja fleet the other might feel slighted.

Hera sounds a lot like Sonia in high risks high rewards.

But Phas also gets the same results by being safer.

I think Hera might be a good choice, if given time to think bigger picture. And having more responsibilities and aids/ assistants, given to them. It's one thing to risk your own assets in dangerous situations, but you start thinking twice when you are in charge of someones elses assets and said person has enough power to ruin your career.

>>2011995 Bring up a good point. Which of these candidates is the better politician? They don't have to be Fadila good, but they should at least be able to make functional calls that ensure the continued existence of the Run Alliance. So that none of its members pull out of the alliance. Of course I would assume they would by now have their own political advisors. If not be assigned some in the immediate future.
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>>2011981
> Verilis Rah'ne

We need someone who can be reliable and also be replaced when we come back. As well, I feel like she's most likely to not have conflict with the others.

Also the dice can't hate her THAT much can they?
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>>2011995
>How experienced are these candidates when it comes to politics?
>>2012017
>Which of these candidates is the better politician?
All of them are from noble families and have some connections and familiarity.
Verilis and Kim are the more experienced.

Also Fadila and Vanderwal are not going on the expedition. She has no interest in going that close to the front lines again and he's getting too old for that sort of thing.
They should be able to help those in charge handle things.
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>>2012058
Can we get Vanderwal to dig up any info possible on the Dyson sphere if we haven't done so already? Dude has always come through for us with some info, he might be able to find something that gives us a small edge.
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>>2012112
He'll see what he can find.

The council also had a couple suggestions for the Wing Commander for Rioja's new fleet base. They were thinking less experienced members of the fleet that could benefit from the increased responsibility. Looking at their two suggestions you figure there may be other motives behind them.

Knight Captain Nel'odym from Magdalena, or Lyas Cinayk from the Rioja fleet. They probably want to keep them from gaining power too quickly, or as they said make sure they have more experience before moving on. Probably both considering their backgrounds and Lyas being the highest ranked Kavarian in the House.

Fortunately it's not like the old days before the Faction Wars when Iratar or rebel zealots would try to assassinate any Kavarian accepted into the nobility.

Resuming in the morning.
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>>2010533
>no seems to be the consensus
I don't really understand their argument. Let a single production line per planet produce these, and next time there's an attack on the planet you have a couple hundred or thousand of them to distract the enemy from our pilots.

>>2010833
>alliance medium
>he has 4 of them
He seems pretty happy with that ship type?

>>2011981
Verilis seems like an experienced candidate. The work with allied units seems especially helpful as there might be complications with the different factions in the run alliance in the future. Keeping the alliance from drifting apart seems like a major job for the J-D presence in the area in the next couple of years.
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>>2011981
I am partial to Kim as we've worked with him before. However I am willing to throw in with Phas Rah'ne
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>>2013008
>Drones
So you want to build large numbers of them now and later fit them with drone cores once a suitable one is working?

>He seems pretty happy with that ship type?
They're relatively cheap and compliment the larger gunned Monitor.
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Archivald and Alex's thoughts on the fast Super?
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And it looks like we'll need a survey for Sonia's stand in.

>>2013176
The Dominion could never match the other Factions for super heavy production. It makes sense to specialize in some way. With the fast super they can engage or retreat as needed by the Dominion fleet commanders letting them dictate how the battle unfolds. Yes they dont have as much firepower, but that was always going to be an issue.
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>>2013170
>death pod
Pretty much, yes. Or just get buy a basic core from the kavarians, the drone just has to be enough of a threat to force pilots and aa to deal with them.

>>2013190
How's the helios heavy doing? It should have finished construction by now.
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Will our leg-breaking grappling hook function okay on the Dyson sphere?
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>>2013207
There are modifications that can be made. Basically just a compressed air cylinder and a lever action pump. It would be restricted to single uses.
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I am all for us having a pack of cute landshark pets who will tear someone apart on command. We will treat them like puppies and it will be terrifying and glorious.
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>>2013190
>The Dominion could never match the other Factions for super heavy production
Who is actually building super heavies? Hune, Terrans, Kavarians and now the Dominion?

>>2012112
Make sure to ask the watchers and the union remnant as well. Maybe even check the srl, who knows where those guys have been.
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>>2013239
>Who is actually building super heavies?
Kavarians, Warlords, Dominion.

The Terrans have been looking at building their own but they'll probably only produce a few prototypes. Their AEC class had to be built in the Kavarian yards. It's debatable if they even own rights to the ACC super carriers.

The Republic mostly builds heavy carriers. They can refit Supers but they dont build them.
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Your last question for the members of the council is if they intend to assign J-D forces to the Alliance's Kythera expedition.

"We have been considering such aid." Says one.

An older, raspier voiced Councillor speaks up next.
"Your fleet has more of the needed weapons. Would you consider loaning the specialised suits of power armor your personal guard left the capital with?"
You did pick up quite a few good suits for the sort of work they'll be doing.

What did you want to loan to the House if they sent forces to help the Alliance?

a) Most of the Helios power armor
b) All of the Helios power armor
c) Storm Cannons
d) The Outer Heaven with Storm Cannons
e) None. The Alliance probably has it covered
or combinations of the above?
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>>2013390
We should check with Helios if it's okay to send these suits away from Dominion territory.
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>>2013394
They were fine with people taking the suits so long as they would be made available to protect the Dominion against AI/machine threats. I think that sort of mission would get a pass.
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>>2013390
> d) The Outer Heaven with Storm Cannons
> b) All of the Helios power armor

Loan, though? They mean "Rent". Otherwise just

> a) Most of the Helios power armor
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>>2011981
> Verilis Rah'ne

Almost missed this vote! A competent administrator > erratic commander.
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>>2013390
>a) Most of the Helios power armor
>c) Storm Cannons
Some diplomatic staff as well? Our guys have a pretty decent track record when it comes to avoiding open warfare with problematic entities.
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>>2013390
A) Most of the Helios power armor


Keep a reserve of the armor on Rioja, in the event a quick reaction force from the Run is the best option.

If the House wants Storm Cannons, let Mike make a buck by facilitating that deal.
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You reply that you're fine with most of the power armor being loaned (or rented) to the House contingent.

The Outer Heaven or the storm cannons she carries however are another story. Their use will have to be negotiated, if allowed at all. The guns are just far too rare and expensive to do otherwise.

With that taken care of, you thank everyone for their advice and for seeing you.
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Mike is doing quite a bit better the next time you see him, though it's clear he's still struggling. Despite this he needs to go and see his family. You and Alex are there to help.

It isn't an easy reunion. His significant other Tabitha Harland is pissed that Mike stayed away with the end of the Civil War. It doesn't take long for arguments to break out. Fortunately you and Alex are there to calm things down.

Despite initial difficulties Tabitha gets the idea that things have been not quite right and that Mike is trying. So that helps.

"I think we need to go back to marriage counselling."
"
Mike sighs. "Not more counsel-" He stops when he sees you and Alex glaring at him. "... uh, agreed."

Later on you get to see their kid, Quincy, who seems to be growing fast.

"Tell me, did you pick that name?" you ask Mike.

"I did not. If it was a girl I was going to get to choose."

Mike does seem pretty happy to see his son again. He's probably kicking himself now for staying away for so long.
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Is Kavos still ok?
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You spend a few days on leave hanging out with friends, family members and tpouring your property. With the medical proceedure coming up who knows what effects it may have on you. For all you know you may percieve things differently after.

As an added precaution, along with preparation for the upcoming expedition, you have another brain scan done. It will be stored securely to prevent it falling into the wrong hands.

When you go in the doctors explain that you'll be sedated through the proceedure and will probably be rather lethargic for a few days after.

"Do you know what happened with the prisoners that were experimented on?"

"Prisoners?"

"On Gesaur?"

"Are... Are you saying that awful movie was real?"

"Parts of it were, the writing certainly wasnt. We were too busy fighting for a lot of idle conversation."
"And the part with the door?"

"Oh that deffinitely happened."

It seems they don't know what happened to those from the prison. You do make sure to sign a few autographs before you're put under. Damn, those might have actually been worth some money.

Your cybernetic right arm is detached before they sedate you. The connection points may cause for a few problems but it sounds like they'll be minor.

They were not kidding about being lethargic. Most time you've been sedated for operations it wasn't a big deal. This time you feel exhausted when you wake up.

"That's partly intentional Viscount. It's to keep your movements from being too jerky at first. We'll have to do a few minor checks over the next few days to make sure complete uptake was successful and that you've adjusted properly."

Roll 1d100 for quirks
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Rolled 50 (1d100)

>>2013803
>awful movie
absolutely rude
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Rolled 3 (1d100)

>>2013803
That movie was a fucking masterpiece.
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Rolled 19 (1d100)

>>2013803
Well if we make any more movies i'm sure they will be better....I hope.
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>>2013814
>>2013807
The later movies were better received.

>>2013819
Yes.
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Rolled 75 (1d100)

>>2013803
"I Never Asked for This"
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Rolled 98 (1d100)

>>2013803
Do we have any auto-100s left?
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>>2013834
Please don't remind me what people decided to spend the last one on.
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>>2013803
>quirks
I hope this a reqm episode where it's something nice and interesting no matter the roll.
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>>2013880
In before permanent Geausar flashbacks.
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Following the operation it takes two days to determine there are some minor problems that need to be corrected. Signals in parts of the left arm seem to be getting a bit confused. Minor surgery and follow up therapy is required to fix them.
Your frequently injured left knee may have cause problems below it, mostly for your achilles tendon.

"When we were drawing up specs for the procedure we saw that your bones had been reinforced. How many times before that have you broken this knee?"
"Less than you might think?"

"Hmm. I think it shouldn't be a problem, a few adjustments and staying off it for a few more days should do the trick. You may get occasional muscle spasms in your foot but I'm sure they won't cause any lasting damage.
Good luck with your future endeavours Viscount."

>Lightning Reflexes unlocked!

[ ] Try to stand
[ ] Actually follow the Doctor's advice
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>>2013917
>[x] Actually follow the Doctor's advice
Construct pillow based fortifications.
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>>2013917
>[X] Actually follow the Doctor's advice
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>>2013917
>[x] Try to stand

What would happen with a 100?
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>>2013917
[x] Actually follow the Doctor's advice

One of the few times Sonia listens to others is when there are medical issues being worked out. That visor for fixing the eye implants was funny as hell
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Deciding that disobeying doctor's orders isn't worth the trouble you remain confined to a wheel chair for the rest of your outings. Or at least a repulsor chair.

You and your brother construct a pillow fort out at the lodge on his day off with him doing most of the "heavy" lifting. He's already having ideas about ways to more strongly fix the pillows and cushions in place. Like cement.

"I don't think so Ethan, I already need to worry about replacing the furniture every time this place burns down."
Which you admit has been awhile now.

After a few more days the drugs finally wear off and you start following the list of exercises laid out in the information you were given. Sure enough your response seems to be slightly faster, though it takes time to rebuild muscle memory.

Your cybernetic has to be left in diagnostic mode to constantly retune to match the change in reflexes. The occasional tumble out on your property results in picking up light impact resistant sports wear. It isn't long before you're giving your bodyguards a hard time in sparring.

Which brings up the possibility of offering to pay for similar procedures if they're interested.

Rufaro refuses.
"I'm sorry sir but I'm not having anything like that done to me. If you need to hire a replacement body double I understand. I'd be happy to stay on with your personal guard."

Do you plan to hire or recruit someone else who is willing to get such an enhancement? Or keep her on in her current role?
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>>2014070
No need to replace her over something like this. Of course we will keep her.
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>>2014070

I don't see a need to replace her.

I'm wondering if we might want to have Rufaro/Valeri stay back from the Dyson raid for reasons relating to updating Sonia's will, but I think that will come up soon enough.
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>>2014070
I'm fine keeping her on in her current role. Both her and Valeri have proved incredibly resilient and reliable, with a ton of experience too.

They're okay with going on the Dyson Sphere mission though right?
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>Rufaro refuses.
"I wish the voices in my head were that sensible!"
I'm a bit worried this treatment thing will bite us in the ass later.
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>>2013772
Yes.

>>2014105
>They're okay with going on the Dyson Sphere mission though right?
Oh hell yes.

They've been training with some different types of weapons similar to what you'll probably be taking along to be sure they can face down Neeran with minimal backup or armor.
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It's probably a stupid question but would solar panels work on the surface of the dyson sphere?
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Sorry for lack of posting. Trying to look up names that I didn't add to the wiki.

>>2014267
Poorly. It wouldn't be possible to store much of their output. But it could work.
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>>2014381
Is there any next-gen non-power-armor that's being tested? Maybe we can buy some to outfit the regular backup we'll no doubt be bringing.
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"Rufaro I'm not replacing you. Though if you ever want a transfer to a less active unit in the guard you just have to ask."
"Thank you sir. Not at this time."


Knight Ilya from the low tech world of Thule's Prism is interested in joining your expedition. He's certain he could recruit at least two more of the fellow Knights from his homeworld if you'd be willing to send a ship.
He thinks they may have equipment that could come in handy.

1) Send a ship? Y/N?


>>2014461
Yes. The Alliance has been working on one it but it isn't ready for mass production.

There are some prototypes from the program that have entered limited production. Likewise a couple of Houses have produced armor of roughly similar capability, though they'll be more expensive. The styling between the Alliance and Dominion armor also very different.

Both manufacturers have Lighter models focus on basic protection but are much easier to move in. Their Heavier ones are similar to the upgraded anti-neeran Marine armor but they've managed to reduce the weight 25%. Good for boarding actions but still not recommended you run a marathon in them.

2a) Alliance armor
2b) Dominion armor
2c) Wait to find other types
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>>2014569
>1) Send a ship? Y/N?
[x] Yes

Maybe if we explain what Neeran are and how powerful the commandos are, they'll bring some of the real good shit they had locked up?

>>2014569
[x] 2d) A mix of both Alliance and Dominion, and wait to find any other available types.
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>>2014586
>Maybe if we explain what Neeran are and how powerful the commandos are, they'll bring some of the real good shit they had locked up?

They won't part with their most treasured relics lightly. He'll need something special to offer as collateral.

"What did you have in mind?" You ask, idly polishing your newly rebuilt Mk 7 plasma pistol.

Knight Ilya looks from you to the weapon and back.

"No no no. I just got this thing fixed!" you complain.

>Offer up one of your prized pistols as collateral?
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>>2014569
>Knight Ilya
Best cup

1) Y
2c)
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>>2014628
Also looking for other ideas for collateral before I put the survey up for the night.


JFK files

Message to Cuban Ambassador & staff
"cease looking happy in public"
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>>2014628
I can't do it. Not our beloved pistols.
We don't even have all the intervening variants between the Mk 1 and 7.

>>2014861
>other ideas for collateral
Obviously some of the Neeran artifacts Svidur gave us, but I don't think we have any more 'relic' level gear.

Sonia's hand in marriage?
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>lightning reflexes unlocked
>plasma pistols
Can Sonia pull off some 'it's high noon' style ultimate attack now?
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>>2015016
I figured it was more like xcom lightning reflexes, where we can avoid overwatch fire when we break cover
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>>2014861
>JFK files
>
>Message to Cuban Ambassador & staff
>"cease looking happy in public"

Which file is that from, there's like 50 of them.
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>>2015016
>>2015026
It'll take some practice to see which you're more suited to.

>>2014975
>We don't even have all the intervening variants between the Mk 1 and 7.
To be honest not all of them were that great.

As for Neeran artifacts I figured you guys might be taking a few along with you.

Which might you consider using as collateral?

>Neeran artifacts
Dyson Sphere Map
Neeran biological fusion reactor data
Plasma weapon
Cooling laser
Micro E-beam
Man portable PPCDG/ lighting gun (upgraded to gauntlet)
Focusing system to amplify energy input
Energy conversion system
Tissue regeneration
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>>2015035
Saw it in article on theguardian com
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SURVEY!

surveymonkey com/r/ FQSSQDD
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>>2014861
SP Torp production plans

Maybe a couple of the age lengthening vials?
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>>2015298
> Thinking Terran Intelligence can't read spoiler text? Think again. Stop bringing up diamond mines.
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>>2015298
I like this idea. Our life extension juice isn't something that gets brought up a lot.
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>>2006484
If ypu dont do it first, I am going to compile all of these into a novel. Your creativity and story telling has been a delight TSTG. I wish you well and look forward to this new arc.
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>>2015298
That's actually a pretty fitting idea.
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>>2015392
Actually been working on something along those lines this week.
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Up to 2 Veckron vials
A contract for land rights on Rioja
And possibly the Tissue regeneration artifact

Are you fine with Ilya using these to negotiate with the other Knights?
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>>2015582
What about a small zero-g and holographics equipped training station in orbit with a cloaked shuttle for transportation? If more of them are going to leave on quests, the training there could prove essential to their success. Even if they decide to stop leaving the planet in the future, it would still be a nice training facility.
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>>2015608
"What about a small zero-g and holographics equipped training station in orbit with a cloaked shuttle for transportation?"

Ilya shakes his head.
"Too much hardware. We've always wanted as little as possible in system to keep from drawing attention. Now perhaps small drones equipped with holographic projectors would work. They could fly around making images of Neeran to fight. Only a few would be needed and we could store them in shielded locations when not in use."

Those sort of thing are not cheap, but they would be hard to pick up on sensors. That could work as the actual payment for borrowing their relics.
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>>2015632
Sure, why not.

Also, is the expedition supported by the FA? I can't really see us pulling this off without them.
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>>2015372
What are you talking about officer? This just our good plan of Shark-Propelled Torpedo plans that you see.. Ain't no Shield Piercing around here.

>>2015632
Sounds like a plan.
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>>2015582
>And possibly the Tissue regeneration artifact
How does this work? It's one of the two artifacts we've never investigated properly. Healing beam? A growing-lamp for people?
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>>2015702
You loaned it to the Alliance for study. As with all of those agreements you made sure you can get them back.

>Healing beam?
Essentially yes.

I wasn't sure if I'd be able to post much today. Going to be heading out on a hiking trip this afternoon. Not sure when yet.
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>>2015720
>Essentially yes.
Seems like something that would be super useful if we bring Krath or bio armor on the expedition.
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>>2015720
>healing beam
Can we use it to fix age related problems for people like Vanderwal or Kavos?
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>>2015725
I doubt we can use it. All the artifacts so far need big changes made to them for us to use (lightning gun) or barely work at all (convertor).
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>>2015734
It's conceivably possible. The Alliance has been working on reverse engineering technology based on it, though it remains in its infancy. They've been looking at it for use in repairing specialised cell damage.
Like most of the other artifacts actually operating it as intended requires Neeran support.
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>>2015741
That sounds pretty impressive. Can it fix veckron cancer?

Also, did Neeran society collapse at some point in the past? The stuff we got from svidur seems ahead of their current tech level but still requires neeran operators.
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>>2015746
>Can it fix veckron cancer?
I very much doubt that.

>Also, did Neeran society collapse at some point in the past?
If it did they have no record of it that you know. You'll have to ask when you meet up with them.

The Krath government are sending an agent to your rally point in the Pandora cluster with 2 of the suits you were promised. More are not yet ready and they haven't had a chance to field test them.

I have to head out. See you later!
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>>2015765
>>2015746
Crackpot conspiracy ahead.The Neeran are actually a genetically engineered race by the krath or their ancestors of the krath and were the builders of the Dyson Sphere.

I do have to wonder on what's the end plan after we explore the Dyson Sphere? Will we crush the Neeran and help bring a Dominion Ascendancy? Make peace with them? Make a goddamn roving battle planet fitted with veckron beam weapons, VTorps, Neeran jelly shields and cloaks, and the ablility to make superheavies and become our own faction with blackjack, hookers and AI's?
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>>2015795

If I remember correctly, the Dyson Sphere is supposed to be the final arc for H&D, plus whatever wrap up afterwards.
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>>2015795
>I do have to wonder on what's the end plan after we explore the Dyson Sphere?
Deal with the Neeran empire, once and for all.
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>>2015802
>final arc
TSTG said we'd have enough time to do a bit of the stuff the other arcs would have dealt with, so I'd assume we're going to get some AI spaghetti and neeran bullying once the sphere arc is over. And there's also that Sonia's SRL family side quest... he's here forever [/spoiler.]
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>>2015059
Speaking of artifacts. Been a while since we discussed them.

>Energy conversion system
It takes energy input and converts it yes? So could you hock it up to say a shield and a plasma gun or something so that each time the shield is struck the convertor converts the energy of the attack and directs it into plasma blast? The ultimate you hit me so I'll hit you right back. Then combine it with the Focusing system to amplify energy input for extra hitback or something.

>Neeran biological fusion reactor data
Still want to implant one of these.... Gimme those lightning powers already!

>Micro E-beam
I wonder if the RH would be interested in adding these to Fighters?
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>>2016125
>Been a while since we discussed them.
I think we haven't had an update on them in more than a year in-game. Maybe we could visit that facility we used to speak with the alliance leadership a while back on our way to the frontlines? It would be a convenient way to get a secure update on everything. And we'd get to say hello to chen.
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>>2016125
>Gimme those lightning powers already!

>actually wanting to pollute Sonia with disgusting xeno biologicals
>not wanting to make a pure version for the Krath armor.
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>>2016125
>Energy conversion system
>The ultimate you hit me so I'll hit you right back.
More or less, yes.

Though for use in energy shields that might need to work a bit differently. The Terrans have speculated on theoretical absorber shields that would do something similar. Intel thinks they attempted to make them but could never get them working well.

Plates included with the conversion system make mention of what may be a capacitor, if the translation is right that is. No such capacitor system was included with the artifacts.

>Gimme those lightning powers already!
You have the gauntlet, which works very well.

>Micro E-beam
>I wonder if the RH would be interested in adding these to Fighters?
According to my R&D notes you did make a research agreement with the Rovinar regarding this thing. It has accelerated their E-beam development such that they can now make these weapons 25% smaller. Unfortunately that means they still can only be mounted on LST's or large gunships.

Note to self: design a new Rovinar gunship.

>>2016277
They're still catching up on data that they previously got from studying the artifacts you loaned. The scans are still on file so they should be able to continue R&D without them for a few years.
They're closer to figuring out the plasma weapon than anything.

The Focusing/amplifier system artifact is being stored by the Alliance as a weapon of mass destruction for safety reasons. They'll probably want to know your plans for it and would prefer to assign someone to keep an eye on it if you'd allow.
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>>2017768
>The Focusing/amplifier system artifact is being stored by the Alliance as a weapon of mass destruction for safety reasons.

[x] I would like to know more.
How WMD are we talking? Strap it to a Helios UV laser heavy and get something that can core a Neeran city ship?
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>>2017768
>The Focusing/amplifier system artifact is being stored by the Alliance as a weapon of mass destruction for safety reasons.

... wait, we didn't give the Terrans a boost to their V-beam ships, did we?
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>>2017905
It's made of the same material used in veckron warhead cores. Just 1000 times more massive.
Did I spoiler this info last time? I don't remember.


>>2017908
No. Probably no.
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>>2017942
>It's made of the same material used in veckron warhead cores.
I immediately want to rig a hyper-veckron as a dyson-buster.

Most of the artifacts seem immediately useful. This one is pretty strange though. What can we do with it? Any speculation from the Alliance?
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>>2017953
>I immediately want to rig a hyper-veckron as a dyson-buster.
Pic related times a few trillion?

>What can we do with it? Any speculation from the Alliance?
Current speculation is that since Neeran can already do some creepy shit this could give them a power boost?
Alternatively maybe it could interface or combine with other artifacts in some manner they haven't figured out.
Or maybe it is for a beam weapon. Alliance R&D teams don't really know much about the weapons used by the Terrans against the Kythera.
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>>2017768
>According to my R&D notes you did make a research agreement with the Rovinar regarding this thing.
Neat, with the civil war over, does that mean we can start equipping the HAG with e-beams for support in urban terrain?

>>2018041
>Alliance R&D teams don't really know much about the weapons used by the Terrans against the Kythera.

The Dominion
Second largest space nation
Your unique tech is gluing two guns together and making them shoot the same spot.
That's it.

Can that principle at least be applied to other things like LD plasma? I think you mentioned the Dominion plasma line ended up being worse than you had intended.
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>>2018074
>Your unique tech is gluing two guns together and making them shoot the same spot.
Don't forget stealing Neeran doodads to make the two guns extra-cold.
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>>2018074
>does that mean we can start equipping the HAG with e-beams for support in urban terrain?
Such weapons have been offered before and everyone has turned them down. They're a little smaller now than the last time.
The engineers could work up alternate turret designs to use them.

>Your unique tech is gluing two guns together and making them shoot the same spot.
The Dominion also has more corvettes and more power armor equipped heavy infantry than anyone else.

Terrans and Rovinar have traditionally only made use of light power armor for their best special forces. (Recon and jump jet.) Most other factions were not using power armor much at all until the Warlords found a cheaper way.

>Can that principle at least be applied to other things like LD plasma?
I have said many times now that twin linking phase cannons to create exotic matter can't be done with a plasma weapons.
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>>2018144
>I have said many times now that twin linking phase cannons to create exotic matter can't be done with a plasma weapons.
Sorry... Can it be done with larger guns than the ones found on corvettes?

>Such weapons have been offered before and everyone has turned them down.
Oh, okay. It seems like a good weapon for urban combat compared to what's currently available.
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>>2018161
>Can it be done with larger guns than the ones found on corvettes?
Yes, though not as efficiently. It is possible to buy a Helios siege cannon that makes use of them. It has reliability and maintenance issues but this can mostly be kept in check by throwing more money and engineers at it.

Nasidum was working on a prototype weapon system that would be more like a spinal mount version. It wasn't considered fully operational by the end of the civil war but could fire. They built a special attack cruiser to act as a test bed for them.
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Dominion Plasma Lances
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>>2018207
>Nasidum was working on a prototype weapon system that would be more like a spinal mount version.
Neat.
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>>2018207
>like a spinal mount version
I wonder if we can mount a spinal mount-linked siege cannon for a Dominion Fast SHC
Like a mini, fast scorcher essentially
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>>2018144
>twin linking phase cannons to create exotic matter
Purely as a scientific curiosity, what would happen if you 100-linked phase cannons and pointed them at a central target? Similar to the laser fusion test centers we have now
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>>2018660
>Purely as a scientific curiosity
While we're on that line of thought, what happens if you activate a grav well generator while it's in subspace?
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>>2018962
The fuck? How-
Did they even live?
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With Ilya returning to his homeworld to bargain for use of their relics you get to work finishing off a few last things on Dreminth.

Verilis Rah'ne is contacted via a secure channel and you inform them of your mission and plans for Rioja.
"I intend to entrust Rioja's fleet and defenses to you in my absence."

Verilis isn't really sure they're ready for that level of responsibility.

"You helped coordinate with a number of allied fleets during the civil war, and even commanded a few good sized ones. You're ready enough. If you're still entertaining ideas of becoming a Baron some day this should be a good stepping stone to that. Maybe it will let you learn things you couldn't otherwise."

"What about the rest of the fleet staff?"

"You'll have Admiral Tama and General Uyi Rna to help out. I'm naming Lyas Cinayk as wing commander of the new fleet base. They need the experience with less mobile forces."

Verilis thinks it over eventually making a decision.
"I'll do it, but if you're not back within a year I need one Billion S to make my own additions and upgrades to Rioja's defenses and industry."

Rioja is always a work in progress. Agree to make money from your personal funds available to Verilis?
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>>2018216
Give it a century.

Er, wait. You mean like jousting lances? Could work.

>>2018483
It would require extensive modifications but you could put a spinal mount weapon in the bow. I doubt it could be as powerful as a Scorcher.

>>2018660
You'd get some interesting readings and then eventually it would explode. I wonder if that could be used to make a new type of reactor?

>>2018938
I'm sure the Guild has no intention of testing that to find out for a very long time.

>>2018962
>>2019131
Two of them survived and have been suitably rewarded. Everyone else is getting cloned.
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>>2019246
Sure.
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>>2019246
Sounds good to me and if we haven't finalized it yet we should do the same for our Planetary Governor, Make sure London has more access to company funds, and basically hire someone to manage our finances while we are away.
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>>2019287
>You'd get some interesting readings and then eventually it would explode. I wonder if that could be used to make a new type of reactor?
If it's pumping out exotic matter, and it's controllable to the degree you can pick roughly what output it is, you could turn the whole thing into a really, really powerful muon-catalysed fusion reactor.
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You agree to Verilis' terms and make sure that a contract is drawn up to make the money available.

"Good luck. Rioja is a busy place and only getting busier with the amount of traffic passing to South Reach."

Knight Ilya contacts you the day after reaching his homeworld. The heads of the Knight orders are intrigued by what you're offering as collateral. Four are willing to consider allowing the use of their relics.

1) Retractable Shield
The original, not the copies you'd bought made of high density armor. It seems to be indestructible. There are probably ways to test that theory but voiding the warranty wouldnt put you in good standing with the Knights of Thule's Prism.

2) Converter artifact
Similar to yours but smaller, there is little doubt it would work the same. Scan results are indentical.

3) Sword
A strange sword that looks to be made of the same material as the shield, though the styling is different. It seems to have faint markings on its surface but these are untranslated. There appears to be a slot in the pommel currently fitted with a small metal weight to improve its balance.

4) Interphase projector
A type of energy weapon not previously seen before.

"What's that last one do?"
"It makes holes?"
Papers left with it read that the first Knights to come to the world tried to have it studied. It was their conclusion that the device may tear holes in reality or link to another dimension. Whatever is hit by it don't seem to come back.

"A portal gun... interesting. Where do I get one of those?"
"The Watchers acquired it while they were exploring. A founder of our order took it in trade for rendering assistance."

There is a fifth Relic, what is believed to be an alien communications device. It isn't being offered as they're not sure how it works.

Which ones did you want to borrow for your mission?
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>>2019562
I guess 4 though I'm expecting the energy drain could make it useless. I kind of want the communicator just to have a Neeran tech look at it. Maybe it requires a psionic signal like the other artifacts.
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>>2019616
>I kind of want the communicator just to have a Neeran tech look at it.
I suppose you could ask to borrow it despite them not knowing much about it.
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>>2019562
>shield
Shouldn't we be able to get these from the royal guard thanks to Sonia's good girl points with the new ruling house?
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>>2019689
They might let your team borrow one, or get someone from the Royal guard assigned. It isn't known how many they have.
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>>2019562
[x] Sword
[x] Interphase projector
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>>2019562
>3) Sword
Make sure to take a detailed scan, maybe somebody came across that language since the last time people checked. Just having a copy of whatever is written on it could be of interest to archeologists.

>4) Interphase projector
The FA or Republic had a special unit for dealing with interdimensional snafus, maybe they could tell us more about this thing? Also, contact the watchers about it.

>There is a fifth Relic, what is believed to be an alien communications device.
I'd want to test to see if it works with Neeran, or if they have an idea what it is. If we're still clueless, we can always send it back.

>>2019767
>Guard shield
Can they shine some light on how they're made or where they're from?

>get someone from the Royal guard assigned
We should try to grab interested specialist from multiple factions if it's workable.
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>>2019562
>1) Retractable Shield
4) Interphase projector
God yes we need this projector. I don't even care what use it has we MUST have it and add it to the loot pile, even if only temporarily as we got to give it back.
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>>2019903
>The FA or Republic had a special unit for dealing with interdimensional snafus, maybe they could tell us more about this thing?
They'll need to see it.
>Also, contact the watchers about it.
They located it aboard a crashed ship on the other side of what is now Neeran space. It was placed in stasis with plans to study it once they returned home.

>Can they shine some light on how they're made or where they're from?
Looks like they were a gift to the Ruling House at the start of the previous dynasty. A famous archeologist provided them after falling out of favour with their own House. He did not say where he got them.

>We should try to grab interested specialist from multiple factions if it's workable.
The Alliance would like to send a few scientists that were previously assigned to the old science outpost station before the war. They have more knowledge of the sphere than most and have experience studying and translating artifacts and script.
The Alliance would prefer you're not entirely dependent on whatever Neeran assistance you can convince to go with you.
Keep in mind these scientists are civilians.
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>>2020092
So they get to sit in the ship and control remote controlled robots powered by a flywheel since the energy drain doesn't seem to steal mechanical energy.
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>>2020092
>He did not say where he got them.
Did the RH ever approve in-depth research of these shields?

>They located it aboard a crashed ship on the other side of what is now Neeran space.
Neat, do they know whose ship that was and if the tech fits the portal gun?

>other side of what is now Neeran space
Also, Jesus, the factions really are shit at most of the 4X thing. Centuries of barely any exploring, expanding or exterminating. Even exploiting is questionable with that shitty economy.
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>>2020108
>expanding or exterminating.
Exploring and exploiting maybe, but faction wars expansion and extermination was crazy.
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>>2020108
>Did the RH ever approve in-depth research of these shields?
Yes. It takes some digging and a few bribes, but you find that it looks like the shields were stolen. Possibly from the Navigator guild's civilian archeology department.

You've just spent 200k on bribes to acquire information.

After further investigation by RTS intel it looks like that archeologist may have stolen them from the Dyson exploration sciences foundation.

>do they know whose ship that was and if the tech fits the portal gun?
A species not previously encountered. Their technology seemed to match and included a similar means of FTL travel. There were plans to have a subsequent expedition conduct a more thorough search of the region to find who may have manufactured it. That was canceled after the Neeran Empire expanded into the area and it became too dangerous.

The Watchers have explored farther than anyone. The theoretical maximum speeds of their ships have never been observed by the Factions.

I have to stop here and get ready for work. I'll try to post a bit tonight when I get back.
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>>2020198
>Their technology seemed to match and included a similar means of FTL travel.
>The [Watchers'] theoretical maximum speeds of their ships have never been observed by the Factions.
Did the Watchers manage to salvage that ship or recover the drive?

>That was canceled after the Neeran Empire expanded into the area and it became too dangerous.
Jesus, the Factions deserve to lose this war.
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>>2020198
>the Dyson exploration sciences foundation
And we should definitely check that one out. If we're doing their job, they might as well loan us some equipment.
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>>2020198
Does the Power Amplifier plug into the slot at the base of the sword?
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>>2020496
/Something/ plugs into it and I bet it's nothing usable by humans.
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>>2020100
I'm suddenly reminded of that guy from Hellboy.
Also, that is a pretty neat idea.

>>2020108
>4X thing
Why didn't the HRE and Byzantines 4X their way into India? It can be done in CK2.

>>2020209
>Did the Watchers manage to salvage that ship or recover the drive?
They recovered the drive, though they have no interest in sharing additional information about it with Factions.
They have signed a nonagression pact with the Alliance and have agreed to trade. Worlds they allowed the Kavarians to settle are currently a joint protectorate, but the Watchers themselves are not a formal member of the Alliance.

>>2020496
>Does the Power Amplifier plug into the slot at the base of the sword?
It would appear your artifacts are all too large to fit.
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>>2020108
>>2020209

Wasn't the reason the factions aren't that good right now is that they essentially went through a few incredibly devestating wars and that they are essentially going through a post apocalypse scenario?

Also was that bit about them being refugees from another dimension still canon or is it now just one of those early day weirdness?
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>>2022350
>It would appear your artifacts are all too large to fit.
What does the slot look like? Are there any connectors on the inside or anything that could provide some idea what's supposed to go there?

>Why didn't the HRE and Byzantines 4X their way into India? It can be done in CK2.
And both ended up dead while India still exists, really makes you think.

>They have signed a nonagression pact with the Alliance and have agreed to trade
Did they join the treaty?
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>>2023045
>that they are essentially going through a post apocalypse scenario
Kinda? That definitely happened but it also happened over a thousand years ago. People were off well enough to start those faction wars twice after 500 years, I just fail to understand what happened in the 300 to 400 years after the union was defeated. Going by the timeline that's available on the wiki, everybody just sat around and nothing noteworthy happened. Or not even that, whatever they did worked out so poorly it turned into one gigantic (century long?) recession.
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>>2023165
They were throwing around thousands of Veckron torpedos if the wiki is to be believed. I would classify anything after that as being a difficult time when you rape space into oblivion.
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>>2023169
I think that was mostly limited to outlying regions like DRH1. The main regions of most species weren't affected. (?)

We could really use a wiki page for the faction wars.
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>>2023045
>Also was that bit about them being refugees from another dimension still canon or is it now just one of those early day weirdness?
The exodus is technically canon as I haven't figured out a good alternative to Terrans from Earth being in this particular universe. This being a different universe is convenient because I can use the relay network based on my original maps.

When I started H&D I looked at making up a map based on the actual universe, but there wasn't enough information available in convenient formats to do it. (I didn't realise that Universe Sandbox was a thing at the time.)
So instead I scaled my old maps to fit with actual common distances between galaxy clusters. It actually works pretty good in that regard.


At any rate the Alliance has got the dimension hopping tech working again that was largely lost.

>>2023165
>>2023169
Yes, they had to develop new trade lanes after the wars because of that.

The Guild also hadn't properly established any of their really big stations as part of the nav relay project yet. Those were all built in between. The same with the big Terran fleet bases, those took decades to build.

>>2023172
Sections of Kavarian and Terran space in the Centri cluster have similar problems to the DRH 1 relay, though they're not as severe. The main Dominion territories were largely spared.

>We could really use a wiki page for the faction wars.
There are the history pages but it's true they don't have a lot of detail.

I've got to attend a birthday party for a friend of the family turning 90 so I'll be resuming later.
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I have a theory regarding the Dyson sphere.

Look at how destructive weapons are becoming in the quest. Veckron torpedoes, antimatter, Plasma weapons are all prime examples. The Faction wars were absolutely devastating, and before that a whole universe destroyed. I think it would be reasonable to assume the Dyson sphere as some sort of biological life preservation. Built by some precursor species that saw the oncoming danger, and designed to preserve a small amount of any local species either for biological curiosity or later repopulation.
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I know we're more or less done with major ship design but I had an idea I'd like to share.

The Krath and Rovinar are currently providing the majority of cloaked ships for operations behind enemy lines, and the Dominion will be unable to provide the necessary numbers of Nocturn class ships to have them used for these tasks under most circumstances.

We're currently producing the SRL battleship with a decent cloaking device that works well enough and doesn't break the bank in the way the more specializes ship does. And our nat 100 snek ayy is currently not doing much.

So why not put a special modification of the SRL battleship into production that focuses on finding and retrieving crews behind enemy lines? Maybe stealth insertion or recon missions against less secure targets as well.

The ship would most likely require some hull extensions for sensors, shuttle bays, fuel tanks, medical facilities and various stuff to keep the crew from going crazy when they're in hostile territory for months.

It might be something that's worth looking into.
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>>2023817
A cloaked squadron tender. I think there could be a market for that.

>>2023137
>Did they join the treaty?
They are not officially a signatory to the Factions treaty, though this is less of an issue since they already follow most of its tenets. They're observers, they don't get involved. They'll trade if there is potential gain from doing so without puting them at risk. A lot of them didn't want to rescue the Kavarians but enough did.

Treaties they have signed with the Alliance allow the Kavarian Protectorate to trade as they will with the other factions, including transfer of war materiel. They also allow passage of Alliance and civilian ships through their space. Special dispensation has been allowed for the construction of a limited number of navigator outposts at the farthest edge of their territory. This will act as a jump off point for Guild and Alliance exploratory fleets to reach regions beyond Watcher space.

>>2020198
You discuss your findings with the Knights of Thule's Prisim.

"It looks as though a bunch of shields like yours were stolen at one point by an Archeologist from the Dominion. Yours may have as well if they're all from the Sphere."

Maksimilian Nevsky speaks up. "I find that highly unlikely. The Founder of our order may not have said how it was acquired but I doubt it would have been by theft."

'Don Quixote wasn't supposed to have been chivalrous before he went mad.' you think to comment, but instead keep quiet.
Who knows what trouble those old Knights got into before they came here.
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>>2024909
The original shields are human sized with human form-factor though right?
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>>2024932
Yes they are. Shallans could probably use them too but they'd be a bit big.
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>>2024962
Intriguing!
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Going through the list of Relics you check off which ones you'd like to borrow.

"So we don't really need the shield. The new Ruling House should be able to provide one from the Royal Guard.
I'm really interested in both of the more alien relics, especially if the Watchers were. Maybe we could see about borrowing them long enough for a science team to look at then sending them back? The Interphase projector for sure. I suppose we'll get the sword as well. We shouldn't need the converter since I already have one."

"Our converter fits the sword pommel slot." Ilya announces.

"I wish to revise my previous statement!" You quickly correct yourself. "Now, why hadn't you figured this out before?"

"This is the first time we've brought these relics together in more than a century. Not everything about them was passed down." Nevsky answers.

Like how they were acquired for instance.

Looks like you're borrowing the sword, converter, and the Interphase projector. The Communicator can be looked by scientists later once the projector is returned.

Are you temporarily trading your own converter for theirs to cut down on the collateral you're putting down? Or will you bring both with you?

[ ] Trade
[ ] Bring both
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>>2025123
>[x] Bring both
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>>2025123
>[ ] Bring both
Money and gifts solve all problems.
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>>2025123
>[ ] Bring both
We need maximum readyness for this.
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>>2025123
>[X] Trade
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"Just in case we better bring both. Especially if that means we'll be able to keep an eye out for Neeran infiltrators."

You put down 2 of the precious Veckron radiation shielding vials and a substantial parcel of land on Rioja as collateral.
"Don't think I consider that land expendable. It's going to be worth a few Billion in the not too distant future and I want it back. It's already worth a few thousand times more than what I paid for it."

"Did you pay the Iron Price?" asks one of the Knights before laughing.

"What? What does that mean?" you wonder.

"It's from an old book, don't pay the youngsters any attention." says Nevsky.

With that taken care of Ilya sets about preparing himself and a few other volunteering Knights for departure. They'll arrive in J-D space in a few days.

You send an update to the Alliance and the Guild science team they're putting together that you'll have a few items to look at before the trip to the sphere. Images of the sword are sent ahead for translation.

Working away at a few other things you're interrupted by Bekka.

"Still hanging out in the batcave?" she asks, gesturing to the bunker's command center built deep beneath the lodge.

[ ] "Don't call it that."
[ ] "I suppose it is a bit like the bat cave."
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>>2025694
>[ ] "I suppose it is a bit like the bat cave."
Please. Batman didn't have half the cool stuff I do.
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>>2025694
>[ ] "Don't call it that."

"It's not nearly as big as the batcave. Besides, I haven't even fought a t-rex or gotten a hilariously oversized seni coin made yet."
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>>2025694
>[x] "Don't call it that."
"Acceptable names are The Ultrabunker or Hellwar Command Center."
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>>2025694
> It's more of a Shark Tank. I'm thinking of making people who want me to be an investor meet me down here to pitch their ideas.
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>>2024909
>cloaked squadron tender
If used in conjunction with the dominion stealth frigate, the ship can probably free up more advanced cloaked ships for other tasks.

>>2025736
Now I want a gigantic coin for Sonia's hideout.
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"Don't call it that. There are plenty of other names to choose from. Ultrabunker, Hellwar Command Center..." you finish by mumbling; "something something shark tank."

Bekka shrugs.
"Okay, sure. We just flew in and gave your friend Linda a lift. There's food upstairs."

"Pie!" Valeri warns over your private channel. You realise that was meant as less of a warning about what you'd find upstairs as Bekka starts to wind up to throw something from behind her.

[ ] Dodge. Pies are much slower than bullets.
[ ] Stand your ground. You have bodyguards for this.
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>>2026125
>[OTHER]
Try to catch it or just let her hit Sonia, it's okay between siblings.
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>>2026125
>[ ] Stand your ground. You have bodyguards for this.
Protect me Valeri!
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>>2026066
Sure it will on a giant pedestal saying "Sonia's first coin made by salvage".

>>2026125
>[ ] Dodge. Pies are much slower than bullets.
>[ ] Other. She throws one pie we throw two.
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Dodging is an option but there are others. You hesitate. Bekka does not.

The whipped cream pie impacts the front of Valeri's helmet as he becomes visible, standing in the way.

Looking over his shoulder you lock eyes with your sister.
"I'm tempted to make some new rules for my property. Like whoever throws one pie gets two in return."

Bekka is off like a shot, running upstairs.

Sighing you tell your bodyguard to get cleaned up.

"Sorry Valeri!" Bekka shouts from the entrance to the bunker.

A few minutes later you join the others and say hello to Linda giving her a hug.

"Yay, I finally got to come home! I sure wasn't coming back during that cluster fu-"
"LANGUAGE!" Shouts your mother.
"Uh, during the Civil War. I don't like being shot at when they're paying me for it, let alone on my free time."

Well you're both glad it's over.

"Do you think Ber'helum will last as the new Ruing House?"

>What say?
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>>2026232
I would certainly hope so since I convinced the Count to consider it.
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>>2026232
"If we win the war they should last for at least the current ruler and the successor. Going by how old noble Dro'all can get, I'd say we won't have to seriously worry about a fight for the position of Ruling House for at least 200, maybe even 300 years. After that? Who knows. Even the Immortal didn't last forever."
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I have to step out. Shit keeps coming up.
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>>2026232
"Course they will! Assuming the Neeran war does not unhinge things further.
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>>2026232
"I don't think any house would last as the ruling house indefinitely. There will be a civil war, and a new ruling house in maybe 10 years, or 100 years, or even 1000."

"It's still too early to tell, but the Emperor himself is a good man and I can only hope his character carries over to his reign."
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"Course they will! Assuming the Neeran war doesn't unhinge things further. But I don't think any House would last as the Ruling House indefinitely."

"I just want them to last my lifetime. I can't do this civil war thing again. There were hundreds of people from the Dominion just that I met who didn't want to deal with it and left, either for deep space or to join the Alliance."

Linda starts laughing when she sees what food your parents brought.
"We own castles and space stations but are eating take out. This is all so middle class."

"You're complaining?"
"No."

"We brought enough for the guard detail if they want to rotate out for food." your father shouts out the door.

"Dad, just use the communicator."

"You have to know how to shout orders some times."

Linda shows you a few pictures of the renovation work done to her castle while she was away. It looks a bit more presentable now.
"My finances are steady. I've bought shares in a few companies that pay out enough to keep my property in the black. My parents and I are mostly on speaking terms again, and the war in the Dominion is over. No need to go off on crazy missions for awhile."

[ ] Linda did you want to go off on a crazy mission for awhile?
[ ] Enjoy your vacation
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>>2026535
[ ] Linda did you want to go off on a crazy mission for awhile?

Of course we have to ask this.
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>>2026535
>[ ] Linda did you want to go off on a crazy mission for awhile?

You can't present us with this option and the not except us to go with it!
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>>2026535
want sum crzy lindda?
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"Linda did you want to go off on a crazy mission for awhile?"

She stops chewing and glares at you.
Once she's finished she asks. "You're kidding right?"

"No."

"God dammit Sonia. This is why I charge the guild so much for special assignments. So they get the idea and stop sending me on them. If I do this you're paying me."

"I have money."

"And then I'm retiring. Maybe doing teaching."

"Sounds good. How much?"

"Thirty million."

That's more than a bit steep. Could be worth it though. She has been doing all sorts of classified work, that could give you an advantage.

Pay her?
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>>2026680
Talk about the mission first.
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>>2026680
She should know what the job is. I'm all for shelling out some pocket money for the navigator we accidentally turned into the go to gal for crazy subspace antics with our insane ideas.
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>>2026680

Sure she's worth it.
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You give her the rundown on the mission plan.

"My part of it sounds easy enough that I might knock 5 million off my price. Has anyone ever taken a cloaked ship in there before?"

Not that you know of.

"I think I'll stay at 30 million if you still want to hire me. Especially if we don't know how long it will last."

You make sure she knows where to meet up in the Pandora cluster.
"Do you need a lift there?"

"No, I finally got my own ship. It's a race yacht design a few people I know tricked out. We've built three of them so far. It's too bad we have to turn the FTL system's main power source over to planetary authorities whenever we take them anywhere."

"Why is that?"
"It has an antimatter reactor and half a kilogram of fuel."

You lean back in your chair while Bekka and your father suddenly start paying attention.
"Whoa. That doesn't scare you?"

"Yes but no more than half the other things in space do. If I think about it too closely I'll have another nervous breakdown. So I don't."
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The rest of the evening is spent hanging out trying to have fun. You don't have too many more days here before its time to head out.

Gunning's Heavy Manufacturing need a final call on the weapons you'll need. They can easily produce enough weapons and ammo to load up your ship and two LST's, but the less different types of ammunition the better.

Rifle class rounds
20mm*
12.7mm*
6mm

Pistol/SMG class rounds
12.7mm*
11.5mm*
9mm
6mm

Grenade Launchers
40mm
30mm *
25mm micro RPG *(Guided or non)
18.5 mm Shotgun grenades *

*= available in Gyrojet / Bolt

Other custom weapon sizes are an option.
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>>2027149
What's the smallest caliber that's still effective against warrels?
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>>2027149
>Rifle class rounds
20mm*
12.7mm*
20mm for marksman and anti-neeran with 12.7 for regular targets.

>Pistol/SMG class rounds
>6mm
Maximum amount of small holes to things too close to your liking.

>Grenade Launchers
30mm *
or whichever can be used on both dedicated launchers and rifle attachments.

I assume we'll be bringing some form of AT weaponry in addition to these?
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>>2027165
Kills have been achieved with 6mm rifle rounds but it generally requires quite a few hits to inflict severe enough wounds. (Barring precise head shots.)
There have been plenty of cases where lethal wounds have been inflicted but the Warrel takes a minute or two to die from them. In the meantime they can do a lot of damage.

Larger caliber is generally recommended when dealing with warrel, although this can limit the amount of ammunition carried and the weapons rate of fire.
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>>2027189
I'm not sure if it needs to be said but everything should be splinter ammo.
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>>2027190
>>2027149
I'd say go with 12.7mm for rifles and pistols, and also 6mm for pistols for people who can't handle the larger 12.7mm weapons. Not really sure about grenades.
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>>2027189
>I assume we'll be bringing some form of AT weaponry in addition to these?
Yes. A mix of guided and unguided munitions will be brought along. Guided ones could be sent via resupply drops.

>>2027192
>everything should be splinter ammo.
Everything will be.

>>2027195
This reminded me.
You could go with a pistol carbine type weapon, though it does have disadvantages compared to a proper rifle class weapon.
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>>2027225
What I'm even more interested in that weapon choices: has the FA managed to produce emergency stasis fields that consume so little power they aren't affected by the energy drain? There has to be a lower limit to what these fields drain or humans couldn't function in them.
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>>2027149
>Rifle
12.7mm

>Pistol
9mm

>Grenade Launchers
40mm
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>>2027229
Interesting idea.

I believe the Alliance are working one something to do with bioelectric fields if I remember right.
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>>2027259
Well, people are most likely going to get hurt considering the low tech armor we will have to rely on. I'd hate to lose anybody because we couldn't keep stasis fields running.
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Still waiting for more votes on the weapons but it's enough to narrow things down at least.

What sort of load out are you looking at for Sonia specifically? Keep in mind you may need to carry a pack with additional gear, or could choose to rotate out weapons with those in your pack.

Krath bio-armour
Hard Plate Heavy (Prototype next gen unpowered armor)(Alliance or Dominion models)
Hard Plate Light (Prototype next gen unpowered armor)
Marine Armor
Alliance armored jumpsuit

Dominion Long Sword
Dominion Rapier
Guard Katar (Similar to the extendable Forearm HF-Blade on your medium power armor)
Short blade (Unpowered. Styled after your HF-Blade)
HF-Blade (10-12h battery life)

Boarding shield
Tritanium Kite Shield
Masterwork folding Shield

Rocket launcher
MG or Heavy MG
Sniper rifle
Rifle

SMG
Forearm SMG
Pistol

Plasma Pistol (Empty)

Grenades

Smart grapple + air canister
Lightning Gauntlet
Converter
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Can we try to hire those guys that kidnapped Bekka for the mission?

IIRC, they're legit badasses clones, and frankly, I feel like we're going to need every last ounce of badassery we can possibly deploy onto that damned sphere.
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>>2027466
A call will be put out.
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>>2027430
>Krath bio-armour

>Short blade (Unpowered. Styled after your HF-Blade)

>Masterwork folding Shield

>SMG

>Grenades
Yes.
Seriously though how would stunpulse grenades react to the energy drain?

>Lightning Gauntlet
>Converter

I think this would work. We'd be more of a specialist and need to rely on the squad for longer range combat but that's what happens when you don't get to wear a suit worth more than a ship.
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>>2027485
I just realized Sonia will actually be wearing a more expensive than her normal recon suit. The suit is less powered than an aircar?
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>>2027485
>Seriously though how would stunpulse grenades react to the energy drain?
They use standard pistol power cells. They'll last about as long.

>The suit is less powered than an aircar?
You know that's a good question. The reactor on an aerocar simply due to its size would have quite a bit more power output. Maybe 2-3 times more than a suit of medium jump jet armor.

The bio armor doesnt have a rated power output. It should be able to provide several times the wearers natural strength. The fact that Sonia's bones were strengthened will probably help that.

As for cost Krath bio-armour isn't technically for sale at any price, at least not yet. It's their contribution to the war effort. Odds are they're going to want it back eventually.
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>>2027430
> Krath bio-armour
> Alliance armored jumpsuit

Just in case we need low-key armour

> Dominion Rapier
> Short blade

Rapiers are the best sword. Size matters in a sword fight.

> Masterwork folding Shield

> Rocket Launcher
> Rifle

> SMG

> Grenades
Concussion/Flashbangs

> Converter
> Lightning gauntlet

>>2027466

Yes

>>2027485
Man what do you think Squires are for?
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>>2027607
I think it's frowned upon to take teenagers wanting to learn combat into an actual combat zone. Even in the Dominion.
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>>2027612
You mean the same Dominion that we live in? Maybe if they were nobles.

Let's get some brave commoners.

Or some adults. Not sure why you think a Squire has to be a teenager.
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>>2027612
Also didn't we start as a 20 year old?

Besides Squires don't fight really. Too busy carrying our stuff.
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>>2027617
Squire would be someone taking care of a knights armor and weapons while training to become a knight himself. They were usually teenagers.

>>2027621
I don't think a warrel is going to care if the squire is a combatant or not.
I do however now have this wonderful image of Sonia in colonial India hunting tigers with a large collection of servants following her.
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I figured out what had me throwing up this time last week!
I now expect to be throwing up for the next few hours.


>>2027607
>Man what do you think Squires are for?
>a young nobleman acting as an attendant to a knight before becoming a knight himself.
Its ancestral form is sort of obsolete at present in much of the Dominion. Or at least in your House. For the Knights from Thule's prism however that's probably another story.

In your House most nobles expecting to go into military service will attend academies intended to train them as officers. Private tutors are an option, though a majority of nobles consider more exclusive academies to be good enough.

On this mission there are expected to be limits on how much manpower you can bring with you. Your ship doesn't have a lot of room besides what's aboard the LST's. If given the choice between bringing a trained marine or an officer cadet it's not much of a choice.

That doesn't mean I haven't been concerned about supply issues and how much people can carry. Domesticated warrels would be pretty nice.

Light repulsor vehicles should be able to last a couple of days if properly modified. With luck most missions investigating locations will be in and out. Otherwise it may be necessary to procure pack animals on site, provided you don't opt to bring any with you.
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>>2027744
Max 2 horse equivalents for scouting.
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>>2027744
Also let's bring some clothing and jewellery trade goods. Light and transportable and their value is mainly in their exclusive nature. So materials that can't be found locally.
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>>2027773
Low tech items made of modern materials could be useful trading goods as well. Things like binoculars, telescopes or simply a thread with high strength.

>let's bring some clothing
Depending on how small these have become, a rapid production loom could prove useful to provide the proper clothes to blend in with the locals.

>>2027744
>Light repulsor vehicles should be able to last a couple of days if properly modified.
Bring ultra light vehicles that are efficient enough to run on solar panels?

>>2027430
>Krath bio-armour
>Alliance armored jumpsuit

>Short blade (Unpowered. Styled after your HF-Blade)
>Tritanium Kite Shield

>Rifle
>Pistol
>Grenades

>(10-12h battery life)
That made me think. Shouldn't chemical batteries last more or less indefinitely until a current is drawn from them?
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>>2027773
Supporting this.

Another good high-value, low volume item would be crates of spices. If we contact the human population we might be able to pay them off, east-india-company style.
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Still kinda sick so I'll be resuming tomorrow.
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>>2028675
Sure. Down half the local drugstores wares and get some sleep.
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>>2028675
Take care buddy.
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>Dusk II
>16 Million

>Retribution
>50 Million

What happened?
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>>2028710
>A variant of the Vengeance Type, the Retribution is a Battlecruiser
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>>2028732
God damn it.
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>>2028149
Druuuugs nigga
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imagine what cool shit an artifact cybernetic arm would have.
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>>2030160
Storm cannon
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1m6--1CPf0w [ME3 Citadel - Farewell and Into the Inevitable]


Ilya and the other Knights arrive in the J-D homeworlds. They spend a few days touring the region and seeing the marvels of technologically advanced worlds. You spend those same few days making last minute preparations and spending more time with family members.

Nearly all of your friends and family in the region are there to see you off as your ship prepares for departure. Linda and a few others set off in her ship taking a more direct route. Yours will take you first back to Rioja.

Beka asks one last thing before you depart. "Hey Sonia, when I go back to South Reach is it okay if I collect a few of the left over guns not sent on your expedition?"
You'll think about it and send a message when you arrive in the Pandora cluster.

"Can I have one too?" asks Ethan, to which everyone strongly responds "NO!"

"You're not having a gun until you're at least twenty." adds Mom. "And never in the apartment."

Ethan is a little disappointed but doesn't seem all that broken up over it. "Fine. I put a present with your things Sonia. Opening it when you get there."
You promise to do so.

Kavos ambles over using a cane. "Once more into the unknown you go." He points to the station windows showing a picturesque view of your homeworld below.
"It will still be here when you get back, but don't forget what it looks like. Your new planet Rioja probably looks very different when you get back but Dreminth will still be much the same.
I'm proud to have served with you those years."

>What say?
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>>2031627

"Are you sure you don't want to come with?" As a last minute joke.

Or of course we could get sentimental on him and be out of character.
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>>2031627
"When I first set foot aboard that old corvette, completely fresh out of training, I knew I was in safe hands when you let me know you were authorised to kill me."

"It was an honour to have served with you, Kavos. I can wholeheartedly say I would not be in this position, here and now, if I hadn't met you."
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>>2031627
"I'm so glad you never had to shoot me."
>Use Hugs with Bipedal Yellow Frog.
"I owe you so much, I doubt I'd even be alive if I hadn't had you to look over my shoulder for the first couple of years. If you should need anything just talk to my parents, Mr London or my bank. Make sure not to let your grandkids wear you down."
I'm just going to assume we set some money aside for family emergencies and Kavos kinda qualifies for that.

>Ethan is a little disappointed but doesn't seem all that broken up over it.
He should get trained in fencing anyway. He's technically one of the more important nobles our House has.
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"When I first set foot aboard that old corvette, completely fresh out of training, I knew I was in safe hands when you let me know you were authorised to kill me."

You both laugh at that one before adding; "Are you sure you don't want to come with?"
"No. Too much to do with family, but thank you anyways."

"It was an honour to have served with you, Kavos. I can wholeheartedly say I would not be in this position, here and now, if I hadn't met you."

"And I wouldnt have been scared to death nearly so many times, filled out so much paperwork, or had so much fun.
Thank you."

You give your old XO a hug.
"I'll be back before you know it."

"Ha! I doubt that, but good luck and goodbye."

Waving goodbye to everyone you head through the airlock and board the Devourer.
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>>2031627
Additionally.

"I don't plan on being gone too long. You better be here when I get back."
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>>2031679
>I'm just going to assume we set some money aside for family emergencies and Kavos kinda qualifies for that.
Yes.

>He should get trained in fencing anyway. He's technically one of the more important nobles our House has.
He has been getting some instruction, though he still seems to prefer weapons that can be thrown. Speaking of which.

You open up the present from Ethan and find what looks to be an ornamental stone tomahawk with the head made using rock similar to that found on your land. Buried underneath it is a more useful looking one made using modern materials. Probably intended more as a utility tool.

Was there anything you wanted to take care of on Rioja?
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>>2031805
>Was there anything you wanted to take care of on Rioja?
Set aside a small fund for a Kavos Lva Memorial Park
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>>2031805
>take care of on Rioja

Make sure our will is sorted before we leave.
we can get away with ironing out some details of that as players after this point, I hope?
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>>2031805
>Was there anything you wanted to take care of on Rioja?
One last tour around the various important planetary sites? Sounds like we won't be back for a while.
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>>2031848
Absolutely.

It has been suggested that in your absence your yearly income be split up.

1 Billion (or more? up to 25%?) to Verilis to conduct spending on Rioja.
The rest would be split between: RSS/London 25%, Governor of Rioja 25%, with the remainder to go into savings, investments, and funds to earn interest.
Included under that last group would be things like emergency funds for your companies and family members, etc.

Would this division of finances be OK?
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>>2031964
I've got a reasonably crazy idea for the will involving a managed trust that I just haven't had time to type up.

The short is that we'd ask a few friends to place reps on a trust for 10 years, say Drake/Winni, and they'd get a funding amount to direct/advise toward RSS pursuits on their world. London/Family designee would have final say.

And maybe a shadow party with orders to assassinate anyone that attempts a hostile takeover via killing Reynard family.

I'll try to explain the logic to it tonight.
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>>2031964
A billion is good for the defense fund.
I'd also like to dedicate a portion of our funds to buying up small startups with interesting ideas or products.
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>>2027466
>>2027479
A letter (signed Anonymous) is waiting for you when you arrive at Rioja. It seems your intended recipient received word of your offer to hire them for your expedition to the sphere.
Unfortunately it seems that the sphere is too far outside of their preferred operation area to take the job. They seem glad that there are no hard feelings and promise to be available for hire should anything come up in J-D space.


While in the Run you make a last minute tour of the region. Rioja's newer moon base is testing the heavy cruiser docking facilities on Avun's Carrier. She seems happy with it.
"I'll help look after the Run while you're gone. This place was my home long before it was yours."

Ilya and the other Knights are able to stand outside on Rioja's surface without the use of masks or air filters. Large sections of the planet are still desert but grass lands are taking hold.
"It's not that bad. Better than when I first visited."

Even you could go without a CO2 scrubber for some time now, though you might be in trouble if a smog bank rolled through. The air around the major cities is clear enough now. Even in the southern hemisphere the situation is improving. An Atmospheric Containment field has been set up over one of the largest pit mines drastically reducing pollution levels in the Southern wastes. Despite this the city of Garzweiler is still expected to needs its own field for the foreseeable future.

With improving air quality the gleaming Rioja city spire is now visible for hundreds of kilometers around. It's a little harder to spot from orbit now that it isnt poking out above the thick clouds that seemed to near permanently obscure the surface. Likewise Mons Abyla isn't quite as imposing, though it's still hard to ignore.

Your tours bring you to see many of the newer businesses and industry that have been set up on planet. Quite a few owners and operators are happy to show you around and talk about the progress they've been making since moving to the planet.
Some however seem almost terrified of you.
"They're worried you'll see them as too successful and try and buy them out." Fadila informs you.

Your PR people made sure to send a documentary crew along and they'll work on editing together the tours for submission to Rioja's reality TV programs.

The Forbearance yards are at capacity when you finally get to them. Forbearance itself and another Mega are both undergoing full refits. Sections of their hulls are being cut open to better get at damaged areas that need to be removed or replaced. Nearby station sections are being fabricated for use in defense platforms and other permanent facilities. They haven't stopped the entire time you've been away and the RSS Kilo is constantly moving completed sections to other systems for installation.
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The Avoubic system has largely recovered. The most heavily damaged asteroid base in the system still shows its scars, but it is operational. You offer to see about getting them a production license for the new armor layer being worked on for Rioja's moon base but it's turned down.

While in system you also talk to the shipyard operators about alternate designs of the Monitor class. A few are not as practical as you may have thought but others have potential.
"We really need to get better armor or shields for ships assigned to escort Forbearance. It's a really big fire magnet."

Last on the tour is the first allied fleet base for the region. It isn't beautiful by any stretch, but it is functional. Docking stations and fuel stores for hundreds of ships are well protected, but there isnt an excess of material wasted on it. From farther away it almost looks like a cube. It's meant for quantity over quality. Despite this there are plenty of defensive weapon emplacements and new mounts are being added to some day install siege weapons.
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>>2031964
>1 Billion (or more? up to 25%?) to Verilis to conduct spending on Rioja.
>The rest would be split between: RSS/London 25%, Governor of Rioja 25%
I'd go:
25% RSS/London
25% Governor of Rioja
2.5% Winifred for local investments
2.5% Drake for local investments
2.5% Daska for local investments
2.5% Alex for local investments
2.5% Xisoth for local investments
1 Billion or up to 20% to Verilis
2 million for Ethan to invest as he likes, he's a noble and should get used to handling money.
2 million for Bekka to invest as she likes, she's a noble and should get used to handling money.
Remainder to go into savings, investments, and funds to earn interest.
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>>2032205
>2 million for Bekka to invest as she likes, she's a noble and should get used to handling money.
Bekka has already earned enough money off salvage to pay for an attack cruiser and still have 50 million left over.
Much of her raiding work was too far behind enemy lines to salvage easily at the time. She's since marked the locations of a few wrecks for recovery by RSS, but it looks like she may be sitting on locations of additional hulls. Probably listened to a few of your stories.
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>>2032257
Clever girl.
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Reynard Family Pistol fund. Every member of the Reynard family is given a plasma pistol for combat and ceremonial use.
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>>2032257
"Sonia Bethany Reynard, you need normal friends. People who are not millionaires. Good find some normal people."
"Yes, mom."
>several days later
"Sonia, what did I tell you?"
"Go find some friends who are not millionaires."
"And what are those?"
"....millionaires."
"Sonia!."
"But mom, they weren't millionaires earlier this week, it's not my fault, I just can't help it."
"Sonia, go to your room... house... ship... planet!"
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>>2032328

This reminds me of the huge ass ship from The Orville. Thats transporting a colony for thousands of years and is on a collision course with a star.

We should make a world ship, sorta like that. Or at least see if it is feasible in setting.
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>>2032353
I'm a bit sad we never got to explore dark space. There must be some awesome salvage floating around between galaxies.

Random idea: We could send out fleets with grav well ships into dark space and distant galaxies. The grav well generator is activate between jumps to keep instruments calibrated and so previously unreachable galaxies can be traveled.
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>>2032294
Next time a new model comes out comes out one will be shipped off to a family member instead of Sonia.

>>2032353
I keep forgetting to watch that series.
I keep remembering to avoid more of STD.

>>2032372
The Alliance has been working on a project similar to this. A number of events including the Civil War have repeatedly delayed the project.
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>>2032205
Did you want to add another 2.5 for Mike while you're at it?

And are there any other comments on this suggestion?
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>>2013517
>The Outer Heaven or the storm cannons she carries however are another story. Their use will have to be negotiated, if allowed at all.
Wouldn't it make sense to send our Quattro? If the main ship the Kythera field is a battle cruiser, it should make a good addition to any fleet that might have to fight them. Also, allow Tes'us to name the ship if nobody has yet.

>>2032430
>I keep remembering to avoid more of STD.
Saw this a few days ago.

>The Alliance has been working on a project similar to this
Neat, see if we can get involved somehow, maybe through the RH,

>>2032439
Sure. Maybe another 2.5% for Avun? That should cover every Baron we know well.

>>2023176
>At any rate the Alliance has got the dimension hopping tech working again that was largely lost.
Dibs on looting the ancestral territories. See if we can rent/"borrow" a dimension drive ship from the watchers for exploration purposes.
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>>2032439
What happens if we crash a grav well into a planet?
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>>2032488
It would be bad. It might not destroy the entire planet but it would still be bad.
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>>2032205
>>2032439
>>2032464
Sticking with this for the time being until there are other suggestions.

>>2006693
Eldal will see if its possible to meet up with you.

Duncan is unavailable as he's much too busy doing work for House Intel. He does suggest a few people that were transferred to the Rioja fleet.

Did you want to ask Şivan Berwari for help and in what capacity? He could send a few ships to the area as backup or for extraction. This could be done without informing most of the others in the Expedition.
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>>2032205
This is fairly similar to what I was thinking, as far as funding distribution.

What I'd really like to do, however, is tie those funding stipends to participation in an advisory council that would act as part of a trust, should we be killed or declared MIA.

This trust would hold RSS for 10 years before turning over proper ownership to Mom & Pop Reynard, or Bekka if she attains the rank of Baron by then. There would be contingencies to account for possible assassinations/deaths, and some shares distributed to the whole family as well.

The council would function to help guide RSS in future JD-enhancing investment choices, and hopefully insulate it from any JD attempts to seizure by placing several Barons in a position to benefit from the RSS status quo.

The council could also have additional powers, such as approving additional funding for Verilis, investing in non-JD (foreign) projects, or even initiating a limited distribution from earmarked savings for an emergency investment (natural disaster, refugee crisis 2.0, emergency repairs to a critical JD base?)

My hope is that this council both insulates RSS from the potential risks of Sonia being KIA/MIA, helps it to continue to expand, assists our political allies in their growth, and gives Father Reynard or Bekka the political power they need to successfully take over.


Finally, I'm wondering if we shouldn't leave someone we trust behind and put them in charge of ensuring that the Reynard family and RSS isn't destroyed by political shenanigans. With a funding line to allow that protection and/or retribution.
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>>2032570
Oh hell yes let's get him to come. This place is lie pirate heaven. We'll even spot him some sweet armour.

Bringing a pirate for looting is just common sense.
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>>2032570
>Did you want to ask Şivan Berwari for help and in what capacity
Is he busy atm?

>>2032584
Seems fairly complicated. I'd guess TSTG will have to decide if it makes sense.
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>>2032584
I'm going to vote against this. While such a setup could be helpful in the case we didn't return it would open a political route to RSS through the various barons and other politically notable personnel. After all owning more of RSS would be quite an incentive to most people and political favours form outside could be used to block beneficial or profitable decisions.
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>>2032570
>few ships to the area as backup or for extraction.
This would be ideal. Is he personally interested in joining the expedition?
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>>2032587
>>2032642
>Is he personally interested in joining the expedition?
He may not be able to go personally. He has been working to reestablish himself as a SRL Mercenary / Warlord. This has been difficult work, but his capture of a super heavy cruiser in DRH 2 has earned him a great deal of respect and legitimacy.

Even Warlord Cirtap Krussk has to admit that he took the ship fair and square and is reluctant to cause infighting by attempting to retake it. If he did try to capture it he'd probably demand Foss take care of it since he lost the ship to begin with. That's unlikely to happen as Foss is proving too successful helping the Alliance and cleaning up after the civil war.
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>>2032615
>owning more of RSS

Only Reynard Family would own RSS. The advisory council would be compensated by a modest cash payment (if we wanted to pay them at all) and the ability to guide RSS investments in their Barony, up to their fixed % of profits.

And as an advisory group, London & Father Reynard/Bekka would be free to ignore their input if it didn't make sense or was flat out bad.

If it wasn't clear, my plan would also keep all profits as RSS property/investments, rather than just paying cash to the various Barons and letting them invest it as their own.
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>>2032662
>his capture of a super heavy cruiser in DRH 2 has earned him a great deal of respect and legitimacy
>That's unlikely to happen as Foss is proving too successful helping the Alliance and cleaning up after the civil war.
It's the Reynard Curse! Get too close and you'll end up rich and successful ~wooooooo
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>>2032666
That sounds better, Satan. I'm not very enthused at giving such specific directions as opposed to directing London to focus growing the company inside JD space as opposed to outside of it.
On that note I believe we should be directing more funds to getting footholds outside of Dominion space. Not necessarily production but becoming a notable shareholder in medium sized companies.
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>>2032693
He was already rich and successful before running into Sonia. Berwari would have been a Warlord years ago if you guys hadn't played a hand in sabotaging his coup attempt.

You betrayed him to help the Dominion because your Faction needed that Warlord to form a new House. Then because of feeling bad about this, saved his life.

Saving him had the benefit of making the capture of DRH 2 easier. It also meant the Super Foss lost wasn't taken by an allied House but instead ended up back in the hands of the SRL. So you actually hurt the Dominion there.
Then there's the increased desertion Berwari caused among the forces of that new House as part of his recruitment.
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>>2032768
Lorentz orbits are always so trippy to me.
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>>2032768
>Berwari would have been a Warlord years ago if you guys hadn't played a hand in sabotaging his coup attempt.
He would have succeeded? Whoa.

>Then there
At least it's never boring with him around.
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>>2032717
One of the things that has crossed my mind is London attempting to take over RSS in the event Sonia is declared KIA/MIA.

Admittedly this should be more difficult due to RSS being exclusively privately held, and paranoid, but Mother Reynard did just warn us about that possibility.
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>>2032768
You win some, you lose some.
At least we're friends with Berwari now.

Maybe he can supply some top-notch freelance staff?
I'm personally excited about the Krath bioarmor.
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>>2032807
>He would have succeeded? Whoa.
His plan wasn't to take the Warlord's entire fleet himself, but to fracture it in such a way that a majority of the other Warlords could capitalise on it.

Instead his coup failed, Warlord Rayya joined the Dominion, and another Warlord tried to attack him to take his ships. This attack failed and numerous small pirate bands split off from the SRL and the new Houses. The crew of at least one Super Heavy went rogue and had to be hunted down. All of the new pirate bands caused enough trouble that new anti-piracy measures had to be enacted by the Dominion.
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>>2032823
>Maybe he can supply some top-notch freelance staff?
Very probable.

Berwari informs you that he has a modified Retribution he wants to test out so he'll be sending a reliable squadron commander up to the front with it.
"I liberated weapons meant for a Rovinar planetary assault ship so I'm testing to see how well they work on my ships. Also to see how badly a ship that big can break morale of an enemy ground force."

"You made it atmospheric capable?"

"It has six wings. Flying isn't hard, flying slow enough is. Send me a souvenir please."
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>>2032961
That gives me an idea. How far does the energy dampening field extend from the surface of the dyson sphere? You could just drop an arcology on the planet with all the power generation equipment housed in the top levels and more energy efficient stuff closer to the bottom.
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>>2032961
>You made it atmospheric capable?
>It has six wings. Flying isn't hard.
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>>2032972
I think I said 200 kilometers?
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>>2032997
120km
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>>2033046
I knew there was a 2 in there somewhere.

120 sounds right.
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>>2032977
Is that knight Sa'am "If the dominion's on the line, it's genocide time" of house Hy'de?
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>>2033058
Okay, I guess an arcology doesn't make sense with that range.
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With nearly everything accomplished around Rioja you set out once again. This time aboard one of your Excalibur class battlecruisers you continue your detour to pick up one of he Sphere artifacts. The Alliance isn't especially happy you'll be taking it with you behind enemy lines.

"If you're so worried why not send a specialist to keep an eye on it?"

That seems to have been taken seriously allowing you to pick up a scientist specialising in Veckron weaponry. A Dro'all civilian who may have been with the sleeper fleet, they unsurprisingly have no interest telling you how such weapons are made.
"I'm here to help the Alliance, not to help you help yourself to more toys. If you run into similar artifacts I'll probably know more about handling them safely than the politically bound desk jockeys from the foundation."

Okay then. Still plenty of time to drop them off before your departure.

Racing to the Pandora Cluster at high FTL speeds you arrive only a day after the main supply of weapons and ammunition. A Krath representative has arrived with your armor though there is no sign of Eldal yet.

>If you have any last minute additions please think of them soon.
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>>2033286
>A Dro'all civilian who may have been with the sleeper fleet, they unsurprisingly have no interest telling you how such weapons are made.
Does he have one of those bombs implanted in his skull? Or can we take a memory scan and stuff that copy into a torture simulation for a few years to get all those sweet veckron secrets? Asking for a friend.
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>>2033286
Uh, why are we taking the Super Veckron?
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>>2033340
Would anyone prefer not to?

Or are there ANY artifacts for that matter you feel should /should not be taken along?
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>>2033368
I think we should stick with the decision but I'd like to know the reason people ended up voting for it.
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>>2033286
>Civilian's comments

So long as the Alliance and this guy understand that what we recover is denied to the enemy and ours, I only see the need for a minor "I will commissar you if I have to" comment.
I miss Kavos already

also this >>2033340
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>>2033368
Eh I'm good with our choices. Nothing we're taking is really needed in the wider universe at the moment.

I just want us to maybe also take some chemical flamethrowers.
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>>2033374
I didn't vote for it. But we might find some neat v-tech there.

Brain scan and murder the scientist if we find anything related to diamond mines
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>>2033368
>don't bring
Bio reactor data
cooling laser
micro e beam

>prefer not to?
I have no idea why we would bring that either considerin how worried the fa is about it.
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>>2033374
There was no vote for it. Just the vote for which one to use as collateral.

That was the Tissue regeneration one by the way.
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>>2033433
Is this a subtle hint that we might find the thing useful for whatever purpose on the sphere?
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>>2033439
Seems that way. If the QM wants the thing there it's either as a means to blow the star system up when we find out the dyson sphere is using the stars power to rip this universe a Eye of Terror or as a plotpoint where we have to defend the thing from neeran commandos.
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>>2033368
I don't mind taking many/most of the thing just in case they end up being useful in some way.
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>>2033439
You might find any or all of them useful. Or not. That remains to be seen. Nobody objected earlier when there was talk of taking along artifacts.

There is also the danger of them being captured by the enemy.

>>2033448
>Eye of Terror
Why didn't I think of that?
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>>2033482

Like so?
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Put an N next to the ones you would rather not take along, or green text them.

Plasma weapon
Cooling laser
Micro E-beam
Man portable PPCDG/ lighting gun (upgraded to gauntlet) -
Giant Veckron crystal / amplifier
Energy conversion system
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>>2033509
Just bring em all and rig them with antimatter in case we need to vaporise them.
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>>2033509
>Plasma weapon N
>Cooling laser N
>Micro E-beam N
Man portable PPCDG/ lighting gun (upgraded to gauntlet) -
>Giant Veckron crystal / amplifier N
Energy conversion system
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>>2033509
Take them all

Become pirate queen of the Dyson inner sphere.
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I may just put another survey up since I have work tomorrow and may be hanging out with relatives after.

In the outer system you supervise practice tests with Arron deploying LSTs and shuttles while remaining cloaked. The newest model stealth coatings you could acquire have been fitted to all space capable craft. Holographics are in place to further hide the smaller vehicles from sight.

"Our launch bay space is limited." Valeri informs you. "Either bay has room for 2 Republic Shuttles or 3 Kavarian ones. We could also take 2 Kavarian shuttles and use the extra space for a starfighter or two, possibly ground vehicles?"

"What about Dominion shuttles, or even Aries ones?"
"The coating doesn't work as well with Dominion and GE shuttles. The techs claim it's to do with their reactors. We couldn't get any Aries ones in time that were considered reliable."

Thoughts on what you'd prefer?
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>>2033687
Wiki doesn't help so could you describe the republic and kavarian shuttles? Also estimated energy lifetimes for IFV's and fighters.
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>>2033712
This is why I've been working on drawing up an example of the Republic shuttle. I'll probably redesign it a few more times until I'm satisfied with it.
Think a cross between a 40k Valkyrie and an MCU Quinjet. It has wings and tail fins that can be folded for storage, with underwing hardpoints for missiles or other weapons. Troop space tends to be a bit less than some other shuttles but in its default state can carry more weapons.
It is capable of atmospheric flight on minimum engine and repulsor power if necessary unlike most shuttles. This should make it more efficient for your mission.

Haven't drawn a top down view for the Kavarian one. Kavarian shuttles tend to be more compact. They're tough and reliable, but need repulsors for steady atmospheric flight. Less bells and whistles but you can carry more of them because of their size.

Either design could carry an IFV.
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>>2033749
I'm leaning towards Kavarian shuttles. Two shuttles and a dedicated ground support fighter is something I'd prefer over better arming the shuttles themselves.
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>>2033749
I'd rather go with the Republic shuttles then.

Or one Republic shuttle and some dedicated fighters.

The Kavarian shuttles will be more waste of space if we can't get decent functioning time out of them. I'd rather have 1 or 2 reliable shuttles than 2 unreliable ones.

Especially since they'll be overkill either way, or if we're facing against similar levels if tech then we'll need as much of an edge as possible.
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SURVEY!

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>>2033712
>Also estimated energy lifetimes for IFV's and fighters.
2 days max for IFV's since they're repulsor vehicles.
Shuttles probably 3 days. 4 if you're lucky, but by that point I'm not sure they'd have enough fuel left to get altitude. It's best if they don't loiter too long.
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>>2033826
So either we'd need to resupply our vehicles every two days from orbit or carry massive amounts of fuel around. That's going to have to be a pass.
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>>2033826
What about animals? Does the Dominion Nobility have horses?
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>>2027744
So what had you throwing up?
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>>2033826
We need something like a stripped out box of a ship that can be dropped down and used as a hardened emergency base of operations if we find a large civilization or something. A fort in a can as it were.
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>>2033875
Some do. Only person I can think of off the top of my head that Sonia knows would be Troy Harmen.

Fortunately, you can buy almost anything in the Pandora Cluster.

>>2034154
A weird specialty peanut butter I'd been keeping in the fridge. It didn't bother me when I first opened it, which is odd.

Got relatives over in a few so I'll probably be resuming Saturday.
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Finally caught up to the latest thread! On one hand interaction, but on the other now I have to wait for updates like everyone else. It's been a pretty fantastic ride through the archives that has lost me more hours of sleep than I would have liked the following morning.

What's the tech level of the species inside the Dyson sphere?
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>>2034642
>What's the tech level of the species inside the Dyson sphere?
I was going to say at best somewhere around early to mid industrial revolution but after a few moments thinking about it I'm not sure. There have to be safeties in place to keep species from dying out or killing each other off, so who knows. The populations could be interacting with whatever systems keep the place operational and live in a garden of eden equivalent or the system simply grows replacements and settles them in a different area if something dies out.

Maybe the places closer to the control structures keeping the star in place have access to higher technology?
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>>>/tg/56204211
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ASh-12.7
I didn't even know about this gun.

I'll try to post a few times later tonight to answer some questions.
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>>2037254
>https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/KS-23
>"Volna-R" («Boлнa-P», "Wave"): cartridge with less-lethal rubber bullet
When you want to use "less-lethal" bullets but still kill your target.
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>>2037254

I am reminded of our missing anon who designed rounds for the Reynard Rifle.
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>>2037254
12.7mm battle rifles are the new hotness right now. With armor/material technology improving rapidly a lot of countries are looking at higher penetration rifle rounds.
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>>2037281
>12.7mm battle rifles are the new hotness right now.
I'm now reminded of the Martini–Henry rifle for some reason.

>>2034642
>What's the tech level of the species inside the Dyson sphere?
Many examined by the Foundation have been pre-industrial. At least one of their scientists believes this may be intentional. Because of this the Navigator's Guild enacted a number of quarantine measures to prevent, or at least limit, cultural contamination.

Sectors inhabited by Humans and Shallans show signs of varying levels of technology, including some industry in major population centers. The vast majority by area and population would be equivalent to Renaissance level technology or worse.

Jennifer Alam, head of the Foundation team that wishes to accompany you explains that they'd been conducting observations of the Human societies.

"We used camouflaged shuttles so as not to alert the locals so we could watch them going about their lives. On occasion we've sent in people disguised as locals to trade and learn languages.
I've been informed that the Alliance has already provided your people with all of our technical specs for vehicle modifications. Without asking the Foundation for permission."

You probably have questions for her. Ask away, I'll resume in the morning.
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>>2038677
"Maybe the Alliance has more faith in my capabilities. In any case, what do you expect to get out of this mission? I don't believe you've been studying this thing for all these years and still don't know its true purpose. How many previous ground missions has your foundation conducted?"
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Just caught up, some thoughts:

How well does Ye Olde Chemical Energie hold up on the sphere; can we get light ground or air vehicles that run on the combustion of liquid hydrocarbons, or has the STC for the chevy small block been lost to history?

What's the terrain like?

Population estimates for Human/Shallan/Other?

I'm anticipating occupation forces to be standard mix of Neeran and client races, so a mix of light and heavy weaponry should be useful. Depending on the size of our team and the nature of the environment some mortars or heavy grenade launchers may be good to have for fire support.

We should have warned at least three different people to watch out for Vanderwal, now we're gonna come back and find him in charge of the House.
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>>2038910
Even fission driven engines should be good
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>>2038677
What do people use as currency?
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>>2038677
How do we find a caretaker? And how do we use the transport system in the sphere?
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>>2038677
>I've been informed that the Alliance has already provided your people with all of our technical specs for vehicle modifications. Without asking the Foundation for permission"
"While I understand that asking for your permission would have been more polite, I hope you understand that the Alliance has tried to keep things quiet about this expedition. Unfortunately, involving large amounts of civilians usually doesn't help with that."
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Sorry for taking forever to get this post done up.

>Even fission driven engines should be good
You could use the equivalent of an RTG to power a wheeled buggy giving you very good range but its top speed wouldn't be great.

>can we get light ground or air vehicles that run on the combustion of liquid hydrocarbons
Possible. Buggies like the US DPV could give you a range of hundreds of kilometers.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Desert_Patrol_Vehicle
Engineers could also see if they can rig up a biofueled vehicle allowing you to make use of local fuel sources.

>>2027964
>Shouldn't chemical batteries last more or less indefinitely until a current is drawn from them?
>>2038910
>How well does Ye Olde Chemical Energie hold up on the sphere
/tg/ refugees, finding a way.

Chemical batteries don't tend to have a lot of output compared to power cells. They could be used to power a communicator but you might need a couple car batteries to contact the ship. Might work well for short range communicators.

>What's the terrain like?
Varied, though tending toward plains. Mountainous regions do exist, though clearly engineered to create climate zones or act as "natural" barriers.

>Population estimates for Human/Shallan/Other?
"Human population is surprisingly low given the area they're spread over. Perhaps a few hundred Billion. Given their current population doubling rate we believe they've been on the sphere for 3,000 years or more.
Shallan populations are significantly smaller. No that is not intended as a joke."

>>2039293
>What do people use as currency?
"Largely barter from what we've seen. Larger population centers have introduced paper currency. The trade goods you've been stockpiling should be sufficient.
We've also seen rare ores similar to those our civilisation processes for use in FTL systems. It seems to be accepted as a trade medium in all areas. One of our teams was actively searching for its source when we were recalled due to the war."
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"While I understand that asking for your permission for the vehicle specs would have been more polite, I hope you understand that the Alliance has tried to keep things quiet about this expedition. Unfortunately, involving large amounts of civilians usually doesn't help with that."

Alam sighs in frustration. "I don't blame them. Our work was always being curtailed by bureaucratic red tape and restrictions. Things like preserving cultures becomes less important when billions or trillions of lives start to hang in the balance.
I'm interested in how you intend to handle things. Ignore the tech disparity and walk among them openly, or will you try to hide it from the locals?"

[ ] We don't have time to play prime directives
[ ] We'll try to minimize cultural contamination
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>>2039780
We're probably not going to be going out of our way to stay hidden but we'll try to avoid unnecessary contact.
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>>2039780
>[x] We don't have time to play prime directives

They're not dumb. They must know they at least live in some kind of construct.
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>>2039780
We'll try to maintain a low profile even if it's mostly to try avoiding detection by the Neeran forces in the area.
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Dysonfacts for you:
With a surface area of 246 quadrillion square meteres, it roughly estimates to around 480 million Earths. With a rural population density of around 680 people per square mile, it could comfortably house 64 quintillion people.
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"They're not dumb. They must know they at least live in some kind of construct."

"We believe some do. Others may not know or care, it's simply how the world is for them." Alam explains.

Wonderful.
"We're probably not going to be going out of our way to stay hidden but we'll try to avoid unnecessary contact. That should make it a little harder for the Neeran forces in the area to find us. The last thing we want are the locals gossiping about us when Neeran pass through."

You decide to move on to the next pressing issue.
"How do we find a caretaker? Or for that matter how do we use the transport system in the sphere?"

"Your guess is as good as mine Viscount. For finding a caretaker, you'd have better luck asking your "Light" Neeran contacts. The caretakers have always hidden from us, though we'd long inferred their existence. Someone has to be looking after things, not just an AI."

A Rovinar aid by the name of Esibe uploads scans the Foundation took of the sphere interior as Alam continues.
"As for the second question, we know a transport system exists but never found a way of accessing it that wouldn't be seen as intrusive by our oversight committee. These maps of yours should help on that front."
Tapping the displays she calls up an image of a Faction built station inside the sphere. It looks like they hid it behind one of the shadow panels closer to the star. Parts of it look older than others and it has clearly seen better days. Plasma scoring from Neeran weaponry is evident.

"This is the old science outpost. The Alliance commandeered and upgraded it early on in the war."

Checking related reports there was a problem with the garrison commander selling out to the Neeran. There was an attempt to kill off the Alliance Admiral for the region shortly before it was attacked. Because of this there wasn't time to conduct a proper evacuation of the base.

The main fleet posted outside the sphere conducted a fighting retreat. Loyal survivors from the garrison fleet helped destroy an enemy super carrier buying time to organise a proper withdrawal from the system. As for the traitorous commander he evaded capture and hasn't been heard from since.

"A recent reconnaissance mission found that the Neeran hadn't completely destroyed the station. Some of the science labs and their databases were connected directly to the sensor arrays that monitor the Sphere's interior. The Alliance brought in their own equipment and largely sealed off the labs. If you can put a team aboard and reach our old computer backups it should give us an idea of what the Neeran Empire have been up to."

"Why hasn't anyone tried before?" you ask.

"The Rovinar attempted last year but were detected." says Esibe.

Maybe with a few Neeran of your own joining the expedition you'll stand a better chance.
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Re-reading parts of the archive.

>>2040038
The humans are located in a sector with a land surface area of only several tens of thousands of Earths. If they'd been on the sphere longer their population should easily be in the trillions.
There isn't a shortage of other sectors and species to study.
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>>2039747
Do shallans simply reproduce much more slowly or is it likely their population was added after the human one? Which would be extra weird.
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>>2040379
Looks like they started with a smaller population.

The Neeran detection specialists you worked with years ago have arrived. Going by the names Sam and Dave, they've undergone some training over the past few years. Working together they should be able to hide your ship from close range detection that might give away your presence through the cloak.
They'll also be able to provide other assistance.

They're sorry to report that Baldr, Svidur's apprentice, has had to turn down taking part in your mission. He's too important to the war effort and is largely responsible for pushing the Light Neeran Fleet to support the Alliance.
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>>2040598
>The Neeran detection specialists you worked with years ago have arrived. Going by the names Sam and Dave
What artifacts do they want to use during the mission? It wouldn't make sense to bring them and not use.
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>>2040149
Are there any Dro'all, Rovinar, or Hune? How does the fauna work? iirc Humans and Rovinar can't eat the same food, so has everyone on the sphere been genetically altered so they can process all the same stuff?
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>>2040682
The thing is easily large enough to just place the incompatible species far away enough from each other. There are probably some "natural" barriers separating different ecosystems.
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>>2040704
Sure, I just figure that after enough time there will be some eventual cross-contamination.
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>>2040713
You're not appreciating just how truly enormous this thing is.
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>>2040719
It's probably been around as long as it is big.
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>>2040598
>Sam & Dave
Do they have any orders from their government we should know about?
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>>2040682
A proto-Rovinar species has been identified in a distant sector far from the one the humans are located in. There are indeed natural barriers to prevent or reduce rate of spread into surrounding regions.

So far Dro'all have not been found, though it is possible they've been overlooked.

Rovinar can eat certain human foods but it can present some long term health problems if they don't supplement their intake. I hope that doesn't contradict with anything I've said previously.

>>2040762
>Do they have any orders from their government we should know about?
"We don't listen to our government?" Offers Dave.
"Like Baldr we're mostly aligned towards the Alliance lately."
"They probably won't allow us to go back."
"Maybe in a few hundred years?"
"We're fine to interact with the fleets that have been dispatched from our territory in Republic space."
"I'm sure some of them won't go back after all the trouble isolating ourselves has proven to be."
"We'll have to form a Neeran workers Union after the war."

The two suddenly stop talking and turn their attention back to you. "Baldr wants us to find Neeran officers who may have information useful to the war effort. We're to either capture them to rip the information from them as needed. If we had any Krath joining the mission they might be helpful."

You confirm that at least one should be joining you.

"Our secondary orders are to find out what happened to Svidur and if alive attempt rescue."
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>>2040833
Would the republic be interested in genetic information from hune who haven't had their genes tampered with if we find any? I remember something about genetic augmentation almost wrecking one of the faction species' dna.
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>>2040833
>capture them OR rip the information from them

>>2040862
At this point it's low on the list of priorities but Alam confirms that the Foundation has minor bounties on collection of such information.
"How minor?"
"Very."
You couldn't buy a new communicator for that!

Survey update: Majority vote is to leave the plasma, cooling laser and E-beam behind.

>>2040624
They're good with whatever really, though they'd prefer that nobody use the focusing/amplifier one unless in an emergency.

"The Gauntlet we crafted for you should still function on the sphere, but extended use may prove taxing to you."
Both are glad you were able to get some experience with it.
"That should help lessen the strain you experience when firing. Just be aware that you not over exert yourself."
"Fainting in the middle of a battle would be unwise."
"Your bodyguards should likewise be made aware of this risk."

Both of them are overjoyed when they see the weapons and equipment Knight Ilya brought with them.
"Excellent, a weapon. We can teach you how to use the converter on it's own or in combination with the weapon."
"We should probably teach several people. Casualties are an unfortunate reality."

"Is it like Svidur's staff?" you ask.

"No?" "Not really." "I don't think so."
"There are similarities." Dave explains. "Svidur's staff was intended for use by Neeran, as are your other artifacts. These were clearly intended for use by Humans."

"Where did you get all of these?" asks Alam. "That shield looks like one that was stolen from the Foundation more than a hundred years ago. We were hardly ever allowed to do sample retrieval missions because the board didn't want people to just steal our samples again."

[ ] Yeah that shield was stolen.
[ ] I have no idea.
[ ] I don't know about theirs, mine were a gift.
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>>2040966
>[x] I don't know about theirs, mine were a gift.
"Svidur gave these to me in a box that said "Open if I died," so I'll assume these ones are from some kind of similar circumstance."
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>>2040966
>"Where did you get all of these?
A career of helping influential people combined with a tendency to find rare things.
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>>2040966
>[X] I don't know about theirs, mine were a gift.

Basically what >>2040986 said and it also nice to know that we have at least two other people on the team who want to find our Wizard friend. Personally its my main reason for wanting to do this, but I doubt "Dyson Sphere Expedition: Searching for Lost Wizard" would have gotten as much traction.
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>>2040966
"The one I have is from the Royal Guard, and even if I knew I'm unfortunately not allowed to share internal information of the unit dedicated to the protection of the ruler of the dominion with civilians. As far as I know, nobody has a clue where or how the other one was acquired."
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>>2041002
It is nice to know we're not the only ones that miss our ancient space wizard.
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>>2040998
"I roll 100s on salvage and no one can stop me."

>>2041002
I would, in an ideal world, like to kill the Commando that blasted off our arm.
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"I don't know about theirs, mine were a gift. Svidur gave these to me in a box that said "Open if I died," so I'll assume these ones are from some kind of similar circumstance?
I've made a career of helping influential people."

"...Right. I'm going to help get my team prepared. If this is going to be a hazardous mission could you assign a few people to help get my team up to speed on survival training? We should be finished readying the translation packages we'll need by tomorrow morning."

"Translation packages?"

"A combination of memory imprinting to learn the most common language in the human zone, and modified universal translator implants. We also have additional equipment to be loaded aboard your ship that we're going to need."

There's more space taken up aboard your ship. Things could be cramped this mission.
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>>2041200
How much of this stuff has to go back up?
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>>2041200
Speaking of translations, were they able to make any progress with the inscriptions on the sword?
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>>2041229
Related medical equipment will be aboard the Nocturn not the LSTs.

>>2041230
"It has a different inscription on either side. Both were added after the fact and will probably wear off over time. I'll have the proper translation sent to you but I believe it works out to a promise of heroism?"

That would make sense.

The next group to arrive are with Krath R&D. It's a little worrying to see the cases they've brought with them are all marked with biohazard warnings. A Rovinar who introduces themselves as Doctor Seays informs you that a test will need to be conducted to see if you'll react negatively to the suit.

"They have been tested with some Humans but adverse side effects have been known to take place in 25% or more of cases."

Your bodyguards are not thrilled to hear this.

[ ] I'm still planning to wear a suit. Test it.
[ ] On second thought look for volunteers.
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>>2041450
[ ] I'm still planning to wear a suit. Test it.
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>>2041450
>[x] I'm still planning to wear a suit. Test it.
Get everyone on our personal retinue tested? It's like the Neeran said, we need to maximise troop skills and deployment options.
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>>2041450
>[ ] I'm still planning to wear a suit. Test it.
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>>2041450
>[X] I'm still planning to wear a suit. Test it.
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Would a nat100 mean we get the Symbiote?
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The first basic allergy test goes well. Not so much the other two. The second one especially is painful enough that you wonder if it would be such a bad thing to chop off the patch of flesh being tested.

"Viscount, it may be possible for you to wear one of the suits, but I would not recommend it for long durations. The longer you wear one the greater the chances you'll develop a serious allergic reaction."

"Can I take anti allergy drugs to suppress the effects?" you ask.

"Yes, but keep in mind that they're not a permanent solution."

So if you run out in the field you could be screwed.

[ ] Risk it
[ ] Make the suits available to bodyguards
[ ] Other
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>>2041607
[x] Nah
The whole reason I voted yes to bio-armor was in the hopes of having a high-endurance low-power solution to sidestep the power drain. Is it going to have the same affect on our bodyguards? Not much point in taking it with us when space is at a premium and we can't even use it for long periods.
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>>2041607
>[ ] Make the suits available to bodyguards
Oh wonderful. At least they'll be of some use with our bodyguard if they can wear it.
I wonder if destroying the immune system would be enough to bypass the allergy.
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>>2041627
You have a good size personal guard, not to mention others along for the ride. Odds are that at least 2 of them will have better luck.
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>>2041694
Can we get volunteers tested? They sound pretty gross so I don't want to force anyone into it.
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Unsurprisingly your bodyguards are always up for a challenge. They work for you after all.

Valeri does well enough that he could make use of the Krath suits.
Rufaro does better than you, but not by much.
Dave Kárpáti has a much worse reaction than you did and has to be treated for anaphylaxis.
Emor Kozan has the best success out of any of you.

"That was not a result we anticipated. Perhaps they are more compatible with Dro'all physiology? We will have to study this development."

Given the poor results the Krath are willing to take the suits back and make future versions available to you. Or your two bodyguards can make use of them on this mission. When it's over they can still be returned.

Return them or let Valeri and Emor use them?
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>>2041828
Their choice.
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>>2041828

If they're willing to use it. If not then return it to the Krath.
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>>2041828
Damn it I now want the future upgraded versions.
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>>2041857
>>2041863
There is zero hesitation from Valeri and he immediately sets about using training programs in the holobooths to see what it's capable of. Emor spends a bit more time thinking it over, deciding to at least try out some training programs first. Eventually your Dro'all bodyguard decides to turn it down.
"I believe I'll stick to hard suits sir."

Seays is shocked at the intensity of training your remaining bodyguard puts the suit through The program ends as the Doctor was on the verge of ordering it halted.

"It didn't like that, but it has potential."

"Is the suit sentient, sapient whatever?" you ask.

"Borderline." Seays admits. "The Krath are not used to doing this sort of work. We tried to help but this deployment was rushed."

"Valeri, your say in this?"
"It's still the closest we'll get to power armor that can last more than a few days. I think we need it sir. We had enough trouble keeping up with you before your enhancement."

You sign off on keeping one suit. The Krath personnel depart with the remainder, though Doctor Seays will remain as an addition to the medical staff aboard ship.

A few hours later you run into Eldal apparently waiting for you on the station.
"Are they gone?" he asks.

"The Krath R&D personnel? Yes they left a few hours ago."

"Good. I'm not supposed to be here but I'd like to join your expedition regardless."

"Are you in trouble?"

"Sort of. I'd appreciate it if you didn't tell the Krath government I'm here."

[ ] Welcome aboard!
[ ] Then maybe you shouldn't be here.
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>>2042082
>[ ] Welcome aboard!
What's one more secret between old friends!
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>>2042093
Also I'm sure we can get him wherever he needs to get if things get too exciting for him here.
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>>2042082

"Welcome aboard. But I am sure I don't have to tell you. But try to keep your head down, just in case."
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>>2042082
>[X] Welcome aboard!

One more secret isn't going to be too much for us and what better place to not be found than the Dyson Sphere?
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>>2042093
>>2042101
>>2042109
"Welcome aboard. What's one more secret between old friends! But maybe try to keep your head down, just in case?"

"Thank you. I'll try to make it up to you. Is the Krath officer your company's intelligence service employs along on the expedition?"

>Will Estavan Risto be coming along?
>Y/N?
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>>2042161

Yes
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>>2042161
Y.
Being on Sonias payroll and having interesting abilities tends to result in getting dragged into her shenanigans.
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Stopping here. If the thread is still here tomorrow I'll try to resume around 5PM EST.
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>>2042161
Is itvokay with Eldal if we bring him along?
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>>2042082
>[ ] Welcome aboard!
Internal Krath schism? Maybe some want to develop themselves and not just be space hitmen.
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>>2042161
>my government shouldn't know I'm here
>are you bringing the krath officer?
Is that guy only working for our company, or did he join their government after the peace treaty?
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Just in. I've been invited to go see the new Thor movie at 7 so probably wont got many more posts in. We shall see.

>>2042807
Ask about this?

>>2043243
"Estavan Risto" is a Krath working for RTS. He is a citizen of the Kavarian Protectorate(needs wiki page) which is recognized by the Factions.
He is not working for any government, unless you count yourself.
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>>2043678
Now we'll never get that tour of the krath homeworld.
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>>2043678
>Ask about this?
Yeah okay.
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>>2042161
"Yes I was planning on inviting them along. Is that going to be okay or will it be a problem?"

"No, no problem. I should speak with them at some point before the mission but I don't anticipate it being an issue."

"So let me guess, internal Krath schism?" you ask, pondering reasons for wanting to stay away from the Krath Government. There isn't a shortage of other potential reasons.

"We should speak somewhere private."

There are no secure meeting rooms fitted with jammers you'd trust on this station so you find the next best thing. A launch bay where engine tests are being run for some of the refit equipment and vehicles. It's noisy enough on the other side of the bay that Rufaro remains visible back near the doors. Eldal doesn't seem to care much for your idea of privacy but reluctantly admits it would be impossible for anyone to listen in.

"I was created for short duration high intensity missions to combat the Neeran. I've learned a great deal since then, experienced things well beyond my... I guess you would call it programming. Maybe I've learned too much. I'm still capable of being a good weapon but there is too much extra. A personality of my own has developed, not just ones I've temporarily hijacked and redirected."

"I noticed you were having problems back on Rioja."

"My creators made a mistake. It's been too long since we made any warriors. They didn't want to waste time so they stamped out toy soldiers without a plan for their growth or development. Now that they've had time to do the follow up generations right any of us left who are showing problems will be recalled and have our personalities wiped. Will have us start over."

"So you're going into hiding? What better place to not be found than the Dyson Sphere?"

"Hopefully that will be a last resort. I'm hoping to learn from the Krath living in the protectorate."

By all reports Risto is a kid and didn't have much experience before starting to work with your company. You're not sure how much the two could teach each other.

"I have a hunch about their genetic memory. That parts of it may not be accessible until they're ready. I was born with everything switched on, but with a smaller more specific set of memories to draw from."

[ ] "I don't want you mind raping my employees."
[ ] "As long as you're both consenting adults about it."
[ ] "Stick to talking until the expedition is over."
[ ] Other
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>>2044116
>[x] "As long as you're both consenting adults about it."

"Let me put out the word with some contacts. I may have met an older, wiser Krath who would be willing to help. I can't pretend to know all the solutions to such a...complex problem, but it might be worth it."

Referring to the Krath we met during the Watcher diplomatic mission, the one that called Faction Krath 'children'
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>>2044116
>Middle of the road option
>other
"What do they consider 'problems'? The lowered combat capabilities or the personality?"
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>>2044116
[ ] "As long as you're both consenting adults about it."
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>>2044116
[X] "As long as you're both consenting adults about it."
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>>2044116
I bet this is the kind of shit you'd find on future DeviantArt.
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I've re-written the next story post 4 times and it's still not working for me. I'll try to post tomorrow.
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>>2045415
Alright but revision can become your enemy.
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>>2045415
Clearly this is the work of Neeran Agents.
See ya in the morning TSTG.
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You sigh wearily. "As long as you're both consenting adults about it."

"I-I believe you may have misunderstood? I did not intend to- you're messing with me aren't you?"

"A bit. If he's not interested in answering any of your questions or helping I may know someone else. I may have met an older, wiser Krath who would be willing to help. I can't pretend to know all the solutions to such a...complex problem, but it might be worth it."

"I'd appreciate that. Maybe we could call it plan B?"

"What do your people consider 'problems'? The lowered combat capabilities or the personality?"

Eldal seems to struggle for a moment to think of what to say.
"Both? No. Yes! Maybe? But that's only part of it. Would you give a student your most powerful weapons?"

You doubt anyone would. "Our training ships have an NCO assigned to execute the trainee if they try to steal the ship."

"Exactly, which is why they didn't give us everything, just what we would probably need."
You remember that comment from your mission to Watcher space about Krath from the current Union being children.

Eldal continues. "In our case our personality and "morals" are like part of a computer program. It can effect the results of a calculated equation. They want us to consider the use of our abilities from a certain fixed perspective to ensure we don't cause damage disproportionate to a situation. Some of our ancestors used to cause excessive collateral damage."

"Eldal, we call that growing up. Sometimes you have to learn right from wrong the hard way, like from your mistakes."

"If a fully mature Krath makes a mistake thousands of people can die."

"So your government's thought police want to bring you in because you're modifying your own program, got it."

"Not yet but they will. If they attempt to recall too many at once it could worry the Alliance."

And here everyone worries about Terran AI's.
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>>2045978
Eldal is a good ole boy
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>>2045978

>the virgin unionist
>the chad exile
" I'm sorry Eldal but it seems your species is a meme."
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"What's your long term plan for getting out of this?" you ask.

"Grow up like you suggested and find a way to defend myself until I can convince my people I'm not a threat."

"That doesn't sound easy."

"I don't expect it to be. It will take time. Until then I can help you against the Neeran which is what I'm best at."

You send an encrypted message to Risto once he arrives at the station giving him a basic rundown and letting him choose if he wants to meet with Eldal or not. He reponds that he'll think about it. As it stands they'll need to do some training together before the expedition departs if only so they're familiar with everyone on the team.

Both Neeran team members have brought firearms better suited to their large size. While most of your weapons are 12.7mm there should be more than enough 20mm from the larger sniper rifles for them to make use of.

You get in some practice on each of the new weapons, getting used to their recoil as well as using primitive telescopic sights. They're really not that bad, just easier to knock out of alignment. The weapon techs are kept busy making adjustments to cut down on potential problems you could encounter in the field.

After the weapons is the armor. You're strong and fit enough to make use of the Hard Plate Heavy armor but it will certainly wear on your endurance not to mention reaction speed. Unsurprisingly Ilya and the other Knights will be using this armor since their familiarity and adaptation to heavy gravity environments means it wont have as much of an impact.

Since Krath armor is no longer an option what armor variant will you be using?

Hard Plate Heavy (Prototype next gen unpowered armor)(Alliance or Dominion models)
Hard Plate Light (Prototype next gen unpowered armor) (A or D)
Marine Armor
Alliance armored jumpsuit
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>>2046048
>Hard Plate Light
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Roll 3d20 for training with the new armor.
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Rolled 2, 20, 19 = 41 (3d20)

>>2046139
Better do well Sonia or you'll end up in marine armour.
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Should I do the other rolls too?
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Rolled 11, 6, 7 = 24 (3d20)

>>2046139
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Rolled 4, 2, 6 = 12 (3d6)

>>2046048
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>11, 20, 19
In b4 it turns out power armour actually slows Sonia down.
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The new armor takes a little getting used to but it has a few clear advantages over marine armor. Plates that make up most of the suit's protection are surprisingly light weight but they're not a one size fits all. Suits have to be sized appropriately for new users. This isn't so bad for smaller units but could be an annoyance for large scale deployment.
That problem could be solved with mass deployment of small scale fabricators able to print out custom suits, but that wouldn't allow anyone to make a lot of money off them.

It takes a few hours to sort through the full range of movement the new suit is capable of. Thanks to your recent augmentation you're eventually performing almost as well as you used to in your power armor in terms of speed. It's still tiring by comparison but there's nothing to be done about that.

Before long you're sparring with the other Knights and giving Ilya and his crew a run for their money. Ilya of course is wise to your tricks, and even with the increase in reaction speed you have a great deal of difficulty getting past his shield guard without getting smacked in the face. Outright blocking his blows is also a near impossibility, he's simply too strong. You have to dodge or parry.

Using the folding shields isn't a skill you've had a great deal of practice on. It seems a bit unwieldy at first but their are obvious advantages. You're still not sure if it's preferable to faster strikes at close range, but it should provide cover from ranged fire in a pinch.

Speaking of which the Knights also provide a few designs for light weight crossbows firing tritanium bolts. With the arrow heads sharpened to a monomolecular edge they should prove effective even against power armor.
Rufaro has seen a few similar weapons used by noble officers in the military before the newer mass driver rifles and plasma weapons were picked up.
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Vehicles are readied and animals for surface transport and scouting arrive. A few of your personal guard that have experience with horses will be looking after them. Once the expedition is underway they'll be placed in stasis during the flight.
Smaller scout buggies are compact enough to be carried aboard the LST's or stowed on the ceiling of the launch bays.

Undecided about the shuttle situation you decide to take 2 Republic shuttles in the one bay, while the other will have 2 kavarian shuttles and additional vehicles.

There should be enough room to squeeze in a starfighter and an IFV, maybe two.

>a light reconnaissance aircraft or two
Pic related? This could be stowed in pieces on the back of an IFV and assembled.
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>Several photographic (micro) film cameras, preferably designs that don't require batteries.
Check.

For Starfighters your best options are probably the Type 4 attack bomber or the KV-980 IMRF. Both are small enough to fit the ship's bay and still carry a reasonable amount of weaponry.

The Type 4 is better for use in space should you need a vehicle to deploy SP torpedoes. It can also carry enough missiles to engage other fighters or ground targets.

The IMRF is better at atmospheric operations and ground attack. It can carry torpedoes in a pinch but isnt meant for it. Its hardpoints can carry many missiles and stores in addition to integrated light mass drivers or cannons in the wingtips.

There are also light starfighters classes but they wouldn't be able to carry much in the way of stores. Starfighter Drones remain available though there are still lingering security concerns.

[ ] Type-4
[ ] IMRF
[ ] Drone
[ ] Light fighter(s)
[ ] No fighter, use space for surface vehicles
[ ] Other
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>>2046528
>[ ] No fighter, use space for surface vehicles

would make sense unless we're planning on hitting fortified Empire Neeran positions on the ground in the sphere.
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>>2046528
Can Krath survive prolonged exposure to space? We could bring a stealth drone and use it to transport our Krath to the old Alliance base within the sphere. They should be able to access the FA servers we were told about.
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>>2046611
>Can Krath survive prolonged exposure to space?
Some of them can, though they would prefer not to.

Eldal is trained to use Recon armor I believe.
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>>2046528
>[x] IMRF
I feel like if we're in a situation that requires the use of anti-ship SP torpedos something has already gone terribly wrong.
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>>2046528
>[ ] IMRF
Ground vehicles have really shit endurance and CAS can loiter outside the energy drain while not in use.
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>>2046657
I didn't even consider using power armour to infiltrate the station. A stealth drone that could be used to insert a small team seems like something incredibly useful. We should bring one.
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Looks like more people want a fighter.

I might be possible to squeeze the drone into the same bay as the Republic shuttles but it would then be next to impossible to rearm.
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>>2046944
EVA rearmament and refueling??
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>>2047050
That would be just about the only option.

As loading of supplies is underway you ask Jennifer Alam about communication once you're on the surface.
"If we're down there longer than a few days we won't have enough power to reliably contact the ship."

The chemical battery powered communicators the engineers have been working on are good for short range. If for whatever reason your ship or support craft are forced to move away there is a good chance they could be caught out of range.

"We've modified special retroreflectors to return specific wavelengths. As long as we know when and roughly where to look your ship's sensors should be able to detect it."

"You've field tested them?"
"Several times. I just hope the Neeran don't know to look for our signals."

"Anything souvenirs you'd like us to find for your foundation while we're on the sphere?" you ask.

"Information about it. Answers mostly."

It seems you're looking for much the same thing.
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We're a couple threads from the bottom. I'm not sure when the next game will be.
I'm going to see about talking to somebody a bit more experienced with publishing stuff tomorrow to see if I can learn a thing or two.




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