For House & Dominion: Building Better Worlds (1)http://houseanddominion.wikia.com/wiki/House_%26_Dominion_Complete_Archivehttp://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/qstarchive.html?tags=Dominion+questhttps://twitter.com/ThatSlowTypingGYou are Sonia Reynard, Viscount of Rioja and a member of House Jerik-Dremine! Over the past few months your expedition ventured into the depths of the Dyson Sphere in search of defense systems that would protect it from the Neeran fleet massed outside. There you found everything from remains of the long dead Anomalous Hazards team, to a small kingdom of primitive Kavarians. Meanwhile the Neeran Empire apparently took a page out of your book. Breaching the lower levels of the polar region, several teams worked to draw the Caretakers away so a small group of commandos could get through. With the help of Caretakers Uller and Rán your own team was able to equip new gear in the Caretakers own armory and pursue. This was not to be as straight forward as it initially seemed. When pursuing them into the defense system chamber time dilation became a factor. Time inside the chamber was moving at slower rates than outside. Initially starting at a laughable one tenth of normal speed Uller warned this might worsen in places. Worsen it did, especially as the other Caretakers in the control room attempted to slow the enemy's progress. Despite gravity waves and signs the time dilation was worsening by orders of magnitude you pressed on. In the end you defeated and captured a high ranking Neeran officer by the name of Thrivad, apparently a relative the local fleet commander, Girisha. With the threat dealt with you exited the chamber only to be faced with the appalling realisation you'd been locked in battle for more than three years. Fortunately not all the news has been bad. With the capture of Thrivad the Alliance and the Caretakers have a chance at driving off Girisha or depriving them of support. With the Dominion's help the Factions are pushing back the Neeran Empire seemingly on all fronts. You have a new indestructible arm along with the armor and artifacts given to you by Uller and Rán. You've even learned greater control of some artifacts thanks to the caretaker warrior Veur.With your return as far as the Alliance is concerned you're owed about a year and a half of leave time. Intel has also been generous with the data modules you recovered with information on gravitational focusing and weather control systems. As long as you act quickly there shouldn't be any immediate competition as the Alliance will want to study their copies in detail first.
Heading for home you stopped along the way to bail former Shallan Admiral Mezan and a few others out of prison. Apparently the military government ruling Shallan Space -now known as the Shallan State- are becoming increasingly brutal in places to keep the civilians in line.Arriving on Dreminth to a heartfelt reunion with family members you caught up and prepared for the holidays. Shopping with family members led up to a small christmas party with a few of your closest friends invited as well. It was good to spend time away from everything catching up after what for them was more than 3 years away. The new year ushered in a great deal of work. Discussing your deployment with the Count and the protection of your holdings. Your political enemies within the House have been blocked from attacking you by the Count but that protection will not last forever. Especially once you start throwing your economic might around again. With this in mind it was decided it might be wise to arrange a political marriage to strengthen ties to the House and, just as importantly, to the established nobility. For a number of compelling reasons, personal, political and financial, you decided to ask Troy Harmen. One of the leading heirs to the powerful Harmen family of Loran II, the Harmen family control HTF, the largest and most powerful terraforming company among the Run Alliance. You're also one of the few people outside their family that controls a good sized stake in the company. Something they very much want back eventually.With the terraforming data you now posessed there was little chance the Harmen family would turn down the offer. Fortunately you asked Troy before his parents or he might have turned you down.On January 28, 4039 Viscount Sonia Reynard formally wed Troy Harmen. This despite an attempt by Baron Kári Darrow to interrupt due to still harboring feelings for the Viscount.A celebratory ball was held allowing you to meet and catch up with some of your long time friends, as well as new allies. Quite a few of them also brought gifts. Even Duncan turned out wearing a disguise. He gifted a new holo-camo system to Troy, wishing him luck in keeping up with you. Şivan Berwari gave you a copy of data related to you Mother's side of the family. It has been locked away for a very long time. Others who showed up included Levi Nxesi and even Svidur.
>>2502876FOR HOUSE AND DOMINION
>>2502876For House and Dominion! Return to Rioja!
For House and Dominion! Money rains from the sky edition!
In an effort to repair relatios with Darrow you've asked for Bekka's help customizing a Dusk II Attack Cruiser which you'll send as a gift, along with an letter of apology. Making a few visits you say your goodbyes to everyone before departing for Rioja. Troy likewise is able to finish everything he was looking into, getting a few things done with friends of his. Fadila arrives back at Rioja while your group is still in transit. Allowing her to prepare a few things before your arrival.When the fleet arrives in the relay you're called to the command center. A full wing of six squadrons of J-D ships are waiting near the nav station ready to escort you back to Rioja. They all look to have been recently painted in Dominion purple with full House markings. A few of the attack cruisers have been given gold coloured heraldry. Ignoring any lingering paranoia you signal them to fall in and soon the entire formation centered around the comand ship makes for Rioja. Within the hour you arrive in system to find not just one but a second new station nearing completion. Both moon bases appear to have seen some upgrades as well, though not nearly as many as you might have expected. They've both seen a completion of their outer armor layering making them almost visually identical until you spot the bay doors of the fleet dock.Civilian traffic to and fromt the planet is as heavy as ever and they seem to be making good use of the new stations. Plenty of IFF's from House registered civilian transport companies are present. You even spot a few from those former smugglers you bailed out. Here and there you see newer Dominion transports that the Ruling House obviously intends to replace the old Moli with. You don't see any of the other Neeran Mediums like the converted Quattro you picked up in the Civil War, but you do spot an Eclipse II on patrol. The Outer Heaven is escorted into dock at the main station with the smaller craft doing flybys. Once the ship has come to a halt fireworks are set off from the upper parts of the station.
According to the station commander a VIP shuttle is prepped and standing by for you to head down to the surface. They have the landing pad coordinates where vehicles are waiting to take you into the capital itself. A priority message from Fadila warns you to be in dress uniform as there is a media presence.You could wear a dress uniform like she suggests, or try for something a bit different. The Sphere armor for instance would certainly get people's attention. Then again it might be too much attention. You are supposed to keep your involvement with the sphere secret. But who's going to know where it's from?"[ ] Dress uniform[ ] Sphere armor[ ] Sphere armor + partially obscuring cape/cloak[ ] Other
>>2502968>[ ] Dress uniformFadila is a smart cookie. We do not want to share any details about the sphere after all.
>>2502968>[ ] Dress uniform
>>2502968>[ ] Dress uniformSpeaking of Sphere armor, did Levi Nxeis ever get around to looking at the armor before we left Dreminth? Or did his scheduale prevent him from doing so?
>>2502968>[ ] Dress uniformIt's all about listening to people who are smarter than yourself.
>>2502980Yes, he was able to take a look at it and take a few scans while you were busy. He really wanted to take apart the power supply since his scanners couldn't penetrate it, but was warned not to by the guards.
>>2502968>[x] Sphere armor + partially obscuring cape/cloakHermit Sonia
Deciding to heed Fadila's advice you and the others exit the ship in full dress. With the exception of the Caretakers and Illya who has gone home, everyone else from the Polar team is here. Eldal becomes nervous at the last moment and tells you he's headed to the Devourer to wait for the upcoming meeting. The shuttle, really a fancy LST, heads to the surface flanked by your Dante class Gunships and some other fighters. Descent into the atmosphere is smooth and there isn't the old drop off in visual range the moment you enter the thicker altitudes. In a few minutes the shuttle is coming into the capital, descending towards a landing pad. An honor guard snaps to attention the moment you step out the door and soon several vehicles pull up waiting for you. Surprisingly all three limos are convertibles with the top down. Holographic emitters on the side of the middle vehicle activate showing an image of Vanderwal. "I made sure everything is ready for you." the old spook announces. "Open top? Really?" you ask, eyeing them. You know what tends to happen to important enough people in big parades with open top limos. "They're new." your spymaster insists. "They have stasis shields that will activate to intercept incoming beams or projectiles. Compliments of the Baron Dante since he couldn't take time away for your wedding or the ball." "Business is still good with the Baron?""It is, and I verified he was the one to send them."Odds are good you can trust it then.Once aboard the vehicles head off down the main transit way into the capital. Protected from the wind by the airstream repulsors you stand up to see people lining the street. Quite a few buildings have gone up surrounding the capital arcology and the closer towers. In retrospect probably half of them were over the course of the civil war and you just didn't take the time to notice. As you wave to the civilians and see rows of military personnel lining the road ahead you consider how people will take your arrival. [ ] People want to see the returning Viscount[ ] People want to see the new couple
>>2503039>[ ] People want to see the new couple
>>2503039>[ ] People want to see the new couple"Feel like showing yourself to the people of Rioja?"
>>2503039>[x] People want to see the new couple
>>2503039>[ ] People want to see the new coupleMan I want to be there for when we start spending our saved up money but god dammit I am so tired.
"Troy!" you wave for your husband -still getting used to that word- to stand up along with you. Hand in hand for the crowds, that's what people want to see. It's not just going to be a festival because you're back, but because you didn't have the wedding here. There's plenty of cheering from the civilians once they see your approach and are able to make out that it's the new couple. Within a minute or two you reach the rows of Army and PDF personnel who quickly stand to attention. In some of the wider open areas where media crews are present rows of gleaming heavy tanks and their crews are present. Closer to the arcology are the starfighter pilots and then into Navy and special forces with their suits of power armor. Pulling up outside the main entrance at the foot of a podium, your party disembarks and ascends the steps. There Verilis Rah'ne salutes you before shaking your hand. The Governor and Fadila are also nearby. "Welcome back Viscount Reynard. I hope you'll find everything in order.""I'm sure it will be. It looks like you've done a good job." Verilis formally hands over command of Rioja's fleet and military forces to you. The cheering of the crowds quickly rises to deafening levels. >Anything you want to say to the populace while you're here?
>>2503099>>Anything you want to say to the populace while you're here?Just a brief thanks for all their hard work while we were gone, for their well wishes for our wedding, and a promise that we're going to continue making money and kicking Empire ass for the Dominion.
>>2503099"It's good to be back."
>>2503099Wow what a crowd! Look, all these people, what a cheer! Doesn't Rioja just have the best people? It does, and we're gonna be even better now that I'm back, it's going to be tremendous, and it's going to be great. You know what else is great? The terraforming. Good job, a big round of applause for our terraforming crews. It's only going to get better from here on, folks, we're gonna make this place so so great, people won't believe it until they visit, legally of course.
>>2503127>>2503099Actually totally this.
>>2503099In addition maybe mention that the group that's with us is also responsible for our success? Wouldn't want anyone to feel left out.>>2503127We're gonna build a big, beautiful Riojan fleet, and we're gonna bomb the shit out of the Neeran.
Now that you're up on the podium and looking out you can see that there are more civilians behind the military personnel in places, and others are looking out from the balconies of some buildings. "Wow what a crowd!" you say, turning toward the arrayed sound pickups. "It's good to be back, and what a cheer!"Well that gets quite a few people going, drowning you out for a few seconds. Once the noise has abated you try to resume."I just want to give a brief thanks for all the hard work while we were gone, and a big round of applause for the terraforming crews. To think-"You're again drowned out by noise. There's certainly no noise cancellation systems in place today. Maybe that was intentional."-to think it was only a few short years ago you couldn't go outside without a breathing mask, or even without a full suit on. It's only going to get better from here on, folks, we're gonna make this place so great, people won't believe it until they visit. ...Legally of course." you add.Given the problems before issues of immigration are not likely to have just gone away overnight."I promise that we're going to continue making money and kicking the Empire's ass, for the Dominion."Well you'll make money for sure, maybe you shouldn't make too many more promises for everyone else. Better wrap this up soon before you accidentally put your foot in your mouth."Thank you all for the well wishes for our wedding, and we hope you enjoy the festival!" You motion for Troy to say a few words. Not skipping a beat he keeps things short and to the point."Thank you people of Rioja. I hope to get to know you and this beautiful world you all helped make."With that the two of you spend a minute or so waving to the crowds before heading inside, where there is sound dampening present. The ringing in your ears is proof enough of how loud it was outside.Troy mentions he'll need to watch some of the more recent episodes of Building Rioja to not seem completely out of touch."You watch Building Rioja?""I've seen a few episodes."
>>2503208>maybe mention that the group that's with us is also responsible for our success? Wouldn't want anyone to feel left out.Sorry, didn't think I could work it in without making a mess of it.
For things to do there are a few choices available to you. There was time to adjust your sleep schedule to Rioja time on the ship so that's not an issue. Still, nobody's going to blame you for taking a rest day. You could get brought up to speed on the finances, though really that's not going anywhere. Between the Governor and Verilis the situation is well under control. Same goes for security issues and the military.The festival is expected to last several days during which the leading nobles will want to meet with you. Both to congratulate the two of you and of course to curry favour. The'll probably have a few business proposals but bringing them up during a festival wouldn't exactly be good form.Then there's Eldal's situation. It wouldn't be too hard sneak out the back door in Recon Armor or a stealth LST. He'd certainly like to get that over with.>What do?
>>2503269> Eldals situation, but tell people we're taking the rest day.Seems convenient.
>>2503269Let's take care of Eldal's problem first.
>>2503269Let's do it, then Eldal can maybe relax and enjoy himself?
>>2503272> Eldals situation, but tell people we're taking the rest day.>Seems convenient.You'll have to fly up to orbit to pickup Eldal then back down to the badlands. That should give enough warning for the Krath government to get someone out there.How large a party are you taking? Rioja does have a stockpile of commando armor and another Recon team if you wanted more Recon equipped elements.
>>2503301Bodyguards, a backup Recon team, and a commando team on standby, and a few PD weapons in orbit aimed at the rough location.
>>2503315Anyone else for/against this?
>>2503315I'm ok with this
>>2503315>>2503392Okay then. First you contact the Rovinar embassy about setting up a meeting and tell them you'll have Eldal at the meeting point in a couple of hours. The Ambassador claim that isn't enough time at which you point out there is already a krath unit operating on the planet. Suiting up you have Rioja's other Recon team contacted along with a commando team and spare suit for Sayadov loaded aboard one of the LSTs. You figure at this point there's no reason not to take Sayadov since he already knows about Eldal, a half dozen other crazy secrets and he's rated on power armor.Troy, not being proficient with sneaking around, heads to the Admiralty's command center with Verilis. They'll prepare a contingency such as the requested mass driver ship in orbit. Docking with the Devourer is only long enough to get Eldal aboard. He informs you there are signs that a Krath operative has been aboard, but not recently. They didn't get into any of the really secure parts of the ship. Then he hands you an expedition rifle and two magazines with the "special ammo" markings."What are these?""Hollow-point bullets with some additives."Glancing around you lean in close and whisper; "Epinephrine?""Yes."The LST drops your team at the designated meeting point then pulls back. The Commando team is still aboard and can be deployed at a moment's notice, either at close range or with sniper rifles. You advise them to load 20mm incendiaries.After two hours there's still no signs that the Krath are on the way. You switch your recon suit holographics to show you in a duty uniform. "You think they'll show up?" you ask. "They won't have a ship turn the badlands into glass." Eldal assures you. "Not with you potentially here. That would be way too public. If they refuse they'll send a Rovinar representative in their place. That would be really bad."You'd rather not ask why just now.Twenty minutes later you get a com signal bounced from the capital. "Troy to Sonia, those guests you were waiting for are on the way.""Copy that."A minute later a ship comes into view. Appearance wise it looks as though someone had tried to recreate the body of your old Needle fighter out of a single piece of dark crystal. It comes in low, a sonic boom overtaking it as it decelerates. Stopping about 50 meters away a hatch opens, extending downward into a ladder for the occupant to step down onto the dust bowl's dry surface. That's a Krath operative alright, and definitely one of their ships. The operative walks towards the two of you and stops at about what you would consider a safe distance from most hostile Krath. Far enough to give you time to dodge.Looking closely you recognise their features. "Hey, I know you. You were a captain on a sleeper ship.""Yes. They wanted someone experienced enough to handle the situation here appropriately. I take it both of you were on the same expedition all these years?">wall of text /3
You glance at Eldal then back at the Captain. "You're with the Alliance. Why don't you just ask them?""Compartmentalisation. Your operation has been outside my pervew."Wow, is that the first time that's worked in your favour?Captain... Murilo? turns to Eldal. "Jarato Eldal of House Aeil'sen, I officially request that you surrender to me so that you may be returned to our worlds."Eldal unsurprisingly declines. You raise your hands slightly and speak up. "Alright, now that that's out of the way, let's try to work out a compromise." Murilo frowns. "You've been out of contact for a long time and it's clear you've gone rather... independent. How do we know you're not going to turn into a monster on the loose that could kill thousands before anyone realises it?"Eldal glances your way before responding. "I want to go Free Agent. I'll do regular check-ins but who I work for is my business. Others exist. You've made deals with the mercs in South Reach and you have a treaty with the Protectorate.""The Alliance signed the treaty with the Protectorate.""And your Faction agreed to ratify it," you point out. "Even if only by remaining part of the Alliance. You're still beholden to that treaty." Murilo's frown deepens. You're clearly on the right track though. "I take it you have some incentive I'll be able to use to convince the others of the value of letting you go?""I wouldn't have come back if I didn't." Eldal replies, then turns to you. "You may want to look away.""You can tell the other to do so as well if you'd like." Murilo adds. "I dont know how many people you have nearby but one of them is an amateur and is giving their position away."He points at a lone footprint far from any of yours. "I gave you three years to practice your training." you mutter.Meanwhile Eldal get's to the part he told you to look away for. Throwing up a canister easily larger than a two-liter bottle. Grabbing the handle he yanks it the rest of the way out. That was definitely a thing you saw.Setting it down between you he backs away. Murilo cautiously approaches and examines the canister, reading the markings. Clearly recognizing it the operative laughs almost dismissively. "Young man you are not as clever as you may think. Do you really think we can't manufacture this ourselves?""I know where to find more.""I'm sure you do." The operative sighs in annoyance and glances back at his ship, thinking. "By all rights the easiest solution would be to kill you and save everyone the trouble. On the other hand you bothered to come back and brought this with you. That indicates you may be salvageable. What will you do?""Kill Neeran.""Very noble of you. What about after that?""I dont know yet. Probably help my friends.">2/3
Murilo's gaze flicks to you and then back."Alright. You pass my test we'll cut you loose. For now. Give me your hand." The other Krath steps forward and extends his right hand to Eldal, stopping once he notices your rifle aimed at him with the safety off."What's the test?" Eldal asks."I need to know what secrets you've passed on to others. Or will pass on." You remain silent waiting to see what they do. Finally Eldal motions for you to back away slightly, but you still keep the gun ready. When the two of them grasp hands you almost think they're going to arm wrestle for a moment. It only lasts for a few seconds before Eldal lets go and backs away. Without another word Murilo picks up the canister and heads towards his craft. Eldal looks a bit winded maybe shaken but otherwise seems fine."Are you okay? Is that it?""Yeah, I think so." Murilo calls out from the door of his craft. "Don't look too deeply into the memories of our kin in the Protectorate! You may find more than you bargained for, or worse, it may find you!"
>>2503732>Krath already capable of creating compound found on the sphere.Well shit, there went that bargaining chip.>You pass my test we'll cut you loose.Yay!>For now.Awah, well he didn't specify when. But I'm going to assume so long as Eldal keeps to his original purpose of fighting Neeran they won't take him away? So keeping him with us will definitely help in making sure Eldal doesn't get whisked away back to Krath space. Congratulations Eldal you've just volunteered to come with us on all future deployments into Neeran space!>Parting warning.That isn't completely totally ominous at all!Now, that that is done with and Eldal doesn't have to worry about being carted back to the Krath homeworlds anytime to soon. Though maybe have him stay on the Devourer for a day or so for Murilo to pass the message along to his superiors so the Krath team hunting him get their updated orders to stand down. Lets go enjoy our vacation for real, by spoiling ourselves with salvage! Surely there is some ship graveyard our there filled with ships that need salvaging. I want to find another heavy cruiser. Or some old Super Cruiser.Oh! Now that I am thinking of Supers and ships of their size. If I remember we had a cannon made of supers that we turned over to previous R'H after that big battle. Have those been refurbished? I forget the fate of our great cannon and its peaces.
Back in the LST on the way back to the capital you're trying to decide if that was scarier than you expected or more underwhelming. Maybe a bit of both. Nobody died so that's a point in its favour. Several points really given the size of your team. Eldal is a bit quiet, almost gloomy. "So what's wrong?""I need a new identity.""I thought we just cleared everything up with your people?""We did but I cant use this identity. It's complicated." [ ] Tell him to take his time[ ] You might have some ideas (what?)
>>2503785>[ ] Tell him to take his timeWe have a whole year and a half I believe, for him to make up a new identity and we have the means to make it believable so it holds up under most curious eyes.
>>2503785[ ] Tell him to take his time
>>2503783>If I remember we had a cannon made of supers that we turned over to previous R'H after that big battle.Yes. The previous dynasty signed a treaty with the Gelsan(?) that it would be used to assist their sublight settlement of nav hazard zones. This keeping in mind some zones will still last for centuries to come. The new Ruling House has reluctantly agreed to uphold this treaty since it would have been too troublesome to renegotiate. The accelerator array can, with little modification, be switched back to acting as a weapon array. This makes it convenient as a defensive measure for the relay.
>>2503785>[ ] You might have some ideas (what?)1950's Noir Detective, we could even set him up a small office on Rioja.
>>2503722>Do you really think we can't manufacture this ourselves?">"I know where to find more."A thought on this, from the sounds of it maybe they can make it but not in large quantities? Somehow related to Krath production? If it weren't valuable, he wouldn't have taken it?>Jarato Eldal of House Aeil'senHuman or Dro'all before he got Krath-ified?
>>2503835>If it weren't valuable, he wouldn't have taken it?Presumably. >Human or Dro'all before he got Krath-ified?A Dro'all that never existed. >>2503787>>2503796You tell him to take his time but offer to set up an office for him on Rioja if he decides to become a detective.
Do the festival thing next? Have to stop here for the night. Will resume in the afternoon tomorrow. Probably 2 or 3PM. Provided 4chan posting doesn't go down again.
>>2503853If there are no other pressing matters. I think having a part time might be a good time. Also be a great time to have Vanderwall send out our spooks to snag any criminals. Or gather intel/ evidence we can use on people abusing the law, for future arrests, if he was not already planning that. Use the ruckus of a festival/ party to get a few people out into the offices of those suspected to be doing illegal stuff, seems like a good idea to me.Need to get a debriefing on the whether or not the nobles have been behaving or if they've been up to some shady shit during our absence. I know we cracked down hard on illegal activity before we left, but it would be nice to know if that had any effect on keeping corruption and everything else low.
>>2503785>[ ] You might have some ideas (what?)Pretty sure we can make a new identity for him. Maybe have him be someone we picked up during our mysterious 3 year absence.
>>2503785>[ ] You might have some ideas (what?)Has he considered getting actual acting lessons? Not "I eat your brain and basically become you until my actual personality kicks in again" but regular ones. If he has to perform as a variety of characters, he could find some inspiration for his new identity. Just make sure he gets into classic theater.
>>2503853Only if the festival includes feasting on delicious food.
Posting seems to work again.
Test post, send in at 4:46pm
No longer bork?
>>2504385Was a ddos I believe.>>2503950>Pretty sure we can make a new identity for him. Maybe have him be someone we picked up during our mysterious 3 year absence.He'd certainly appreciate new papers I'm sure, but he has to decide who he's going to be first. Even what species to appear as. >>2504223>Has he considered getting actual acting lessons?Couldn't hurt.> If he has to perform as a variety of characters, he could find some inspiration for his new identity.Is actually a good idea.
>>2504400>Is actually a good idea.To expand on that - maybe we should get some tutors? He said he never went to school and some Dro'all Shakespeare might help as well.
>>2503785>[ ] You might have some ideas (what?)Eldal Reynard
With Eldal in tow you return to the capital and change back into your dress uniform. Within a few hours all of you are out on the town vising various parties being held throughout the capital. As you soon learn most of the other major cities are holding their own local festivals having been looking for an excuse for a holiday. Quite a few factories are running at minimal staff levels and the mines have largely closed for the next three days. (The Governor assures you that the mines have built up a stockpile of materials to cover the downtime.)Another thing you find out about is that with news of the marriage quite a few others are taking the opportunity to get hitched. Some have even timed things to hold mass weddings in places over the next few days, especially in Strymon and Garzweiler. You'll have to get out and visit a few places. Before that you have to meet with a few of the nobles, even if they have to try and get a few words in while you check out the specialty foods people from different worlds have made. Some of it is pretty good! With Rioja's primary terraforming stage complete HTF has sold off some of its land on planet. More nobles from other J-D worlds and those who have fled the war have moved here as a result. Quite a few actually. With the Governor's help many of the exclusive resorts and holdings around the Peremptory Sea have been rebuilt. It's quickly becoming a hot spot of activity for the newly arrived members of the nobility as are other parts of the southern hemisphere. A few of the nobles you talk to express some annoyance that while the northern hemisphere has seen a great deal of development very little land there is for sale.Do you wish to comment one way or the other on possible sale of some of your lands? Or stay neutral and say that it's under consideration?
>>2504476The land is not up for sale, I enjoy the level of control it brings us and the value will only increase as time goes on. However if they like we could put them ahead on the list of preferred clients for when we got land to sell on our world moving project? We should call it "Project Utopia" by the way. It has a nice catchy sound to it for PR reasons.
>>2504476Keep it under consideration, once development has reached a point where expansion is needed into the northern region. Besides I like holding the majority of the land on Rioja. Keeps the other nobles in line. Also allows us to award our subordinates land whenever we knight them.
>>2504476>Do you wish to comment one way or the other on possible sale of some of your lands? Or stay neutral and say that it's under consideration?https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=28sF2-amfMISay we haven't really considered it but we'll have to take stock of how the land has changed over the last 3 years before we can make a decision.
>>2504476Neutral. If they want the land just to have the land the no, but if they're proposing to utilise it for something that benefits Rioja, then we'll review.
>>2504476 >>2504501This is also another idea for selling land. If they an idea for the land they want to purchase they can send a proposal to our office or the governors. I still want to keep land so we have a majority. But I do realize others may have beneficial ideas for the development and improvement of Rioja.If any of these nobles are related to the ass holes earlier. Who thought to take advantage of Rioja. Keep a tighter eye on them.
You reply that you'd consider selling land but only under the right circumstances. If any of them has a proposal that would benefit Rioja they should send it to the Governor for review. They shouldn't expect you to start handing out land grants at the party though. Especially when you haven't seen the full extent of change brought about by the terraforming.While you're at it you do advertise for a list of preferred clients when it comes to terraforming worlds moved via gravity well generators. A few do take this seriously but many are still more concerned with short term prospects and getting construction started as soon as possible. Thanks to the transportation network you're able to visit many of the spires of the Capital in a short period of time. Some of the locals you meet have served with you on campaigns before others have moved here with family helping to run the planetary government.The majority in the capital itself are from J-D worlds. It's the other cities where the demographics are skewed more towards Terran, Shallan or Dominion refugees. Having toured the capital there should be time to see three or four more areas while the holiday festival is in effect. Which did you want to visit?>From North to South[ ] Strymon[ ] Barkhan[ ] Western cities[ ] Rioja City[ ] Premptory Sea[ ] Garzweile
>>2504587>[x] GarzweileThe mining industry in the south has been one of the pillars of Rioja's early economic success. We owe these guys a visit.>[x] Western citiesThese should be new, I think? Let's see how other people have built their cities.>[x] StrymonIt's Sonia's city.>[X] BarkhanWe should be able to cover this along our visit in Strymon, considering how close these are.
>>2504626I find this selection pleasing.
>>2504626>Western cities>These should be new, I think?These are ones that have mostly been built up by companies refurbishing old infrastructure and buildings that had been abandoned. Because of this none of those cities are very large and it would be possible to visit a few of them in the region.You did a lot to clear out criminal elements that had been using the region for anything from basic smuggling to slavery.
>>2504637What of our Shalan entourage that we got out of prison? Did we get them sorted through customs and what not? And did our admiral friend decide what to do now that we are at Rioja?
>>2504647Having been on the planet now for slightly less than 48 hours Mezan has been given temporary papers and is off seeing family.
>>2504637Could we squeeze in a visit to the University? It would probably be fun to bully Terran Democratic protestors at some point too.
>>2504703Inform them that they can receive political agency by joining the military and rising through the ranks.It's only fair that they prove they are willing to place their own safety at risk in defense of the Dominion if they want to be able to determine it's course.
>>2504724>>2504703Making sure, of course, to point out that we ourselves came from the middle class, and that Mike himself is a noble from the lower classes.The meritocracy works!
>>2504637Oh, that's neat.>>2504703I want to visit an orphanage. I'm sure there are more than enough of them around at the moment.
Threadly reminder that we need to investigate the Regenerator artifact's 'strangeness' described by Veur.
>>2504514I wonder if Rioja land has any prestige. Maybe we should start the sale with a donation to the new Royal Family with a nice plot of land. Of course it would be a nice mirror to the land we receive on the Homeworld.
My father's netflix got hacked and someone downloaded a terabyte of movies through it. >>2504749I started to write up a response to this last thread and got distracted, sorry.
After providing the Governor and personal guard with your itinerary a shuttle flight is arranged for transport to Rioja's southern most city. This is your first official visit to Garzweile. With a reputation as a dirty little mining town, the city of twenty five million people proves to be anything but. The establishment of atmospheric containment fields over the open pit mines has helped prevent the spread of pollutants in the southern hemisphere. It's actually allowed the hardy terraforming grasses and lichens to grow farther south in some areas than had originally been considered possible. Not everyone in Garzweile is entirely happy to see you. Those containment fields required that some expansion of mining had to be curtailed. Still, it didn't kill any existing jobs and the miners and their families can actually step outside the city without need of chemical protection. A few Dome Farms set up by nobles on land nearby will work just as well to help crops grow through bouts of cold weather common at this latitude. A short speech to the locals calling them one of the pillars of Rioja's economic success certainly seems to buoy public opinion of you.You have been to the Western cities before but each time has been under less than optimal conditions. Last time was as part of the anti-slavery raids assisting an ex-terran special forces officer search for missing family members. Some of the follow up work caused disruption in the region but it largely worked out in the end. The turnout in each of the smaller cities is good and there are few interruptions allowing your group to conduct several quick tours and meet a few locals. Some of the cities are on land not owned by you but have still benefited from the works projects. Strymon and Barkhan are next. It's into the last day of festivities by the time you get there. The upper class of course have several balls underway which the two of you are invited to. As always there isn't enough time to see everyone and with the amount of partying going on everyone is soon relying on sobriety meds and plenty of water to keep up with the hard drinkers. PDF and security are out in force at the university campus which is keeping things from getting out of control. Cleanup will still be an issue but as long as no vehicles are being overturned and set fire to it should be okay. You take the opportunity while there extol the virtues receiving political agency though joining the military and rising through the ranks. "I'm grew up in the middle class and I have friends who became nobles that were born into the lower classes. If someone wants to be able to determine the course of government it's only fair that they prove they are willing to place their own safety at risk in defense of it."Predictably a few of the Terran students accuse you of Fascism.>What say?
>>2504846"Welcome to the Dominion."
>>2504846And this is why no one likes Terrans in any significant number on their worlds in the Dominion.Say nothing to the ignorant shits. They're allowed to say their stupid nonsense. It's when their stupid nonsense endangers others that things become a problem. We have a space empire and a war and billions of dollars of industry and lives of a whole world and a fleet to consider. No need to give them a response.Space Feudalism = Fascism? Pfft, they would be more correct in calling us dictators, which is still a lie. But hey, it's nice to see how well they enjoy those lovely benefits provided by grants that we and others have made available. Rich kids with nothing better to do.
>>2504846I do not dismiss the virtues of democracy, but to ignore its faults and failures is not only naive but also to be dangerously and willfully ignorant.
>>2504846Terran refugees folks, don't we just love them? Do we have any other Terran immigrants here tonight? I bet you're all thinking, "The Dominion isn't as bad as I thought," and that's just great, just fantastic. The Dominion is the best, and I love it so much, and I would fight for it and the people that live in it. Is that so terrible folks? It's a simple deal, it's just great, it helped build everything around you and it means I can make the best decisions, absolutely the best.
>>2504846>What say?"If you consider the way things are run on Rioja fascism you better join the navigators' guild because you'll have to discover the first non-fascist society out there in the unknown regions yourself."
>>2504749>Regenerator artifact's 'strangeness' described by Veur.While it will certainly cause cellular regeneration and repair damaged tissue, it does not always work perfectly. It won't always restore the repaired area to what it was before, though it is certainly healed. This can result in some minor disfigurement when dealing with larger wounds. I only just now realised the potential deadpool implications of this. The artifact is very well suited to repairing certain types of brain injury, though if the damage is serious it may still result in a few glitches of sorts known to impair parts of existing memories. A patient may be able to restore these memories in time.
>>2504873>Say nothing>>2504866>>2504887>>2504910>>2504917Say some things. Okay.
>>2504846> If it is Fascism, then so long as it's improving the lives of the people who are my responsibility then it's worth it. > Until then, well, emigration is unregulated and if you think the Federation provides better opportunity then you have the freedom to try your way there. I hear it's expensive there, but I'm sure your families holdings here profiting in the Dominion could find your trips.
>>2504923Is this why the Neeran are so lumpy and misshapen?
>>2504982I'd prefer not to.
"Would you prefer a witty repartee like; Welcome to the Dominion? No?"Do we have any other Terran immigrants here tonight? It's okay, I'm not lumping you all in together, quite the opposite. I'm willing to bet some money that those of you here enjoy living on a planet that has food, shelter, jobs, and a good quality of life. Some of you, maybe a bit less of you, might even think the Dominion isn't as bad as I thought.There are other worlds, other challenges out there. No one is forcing you to live here. Except maybe those tuition fees you already paid, those are hard to get back." This gets a few laughs."I do not dismiss the virtues of democracy, but to ignore its faults and failures is not only naive but also to be dangerously and willfully ignorant. If you consider the way things are run on Rioja to be fascism maybe you should go out there and explore the universe to discover what you think the first non-fascist society out there is.I or someone else in my stead will be here, helping people build better worlds and protecting them. Because when it comes to this planet I would fight for it and the people that live in it."After this you decide it might be best to go before any more awkward questions are asked.I hope this was ok?
>>2505021Fadila is gonna be annoyed with us. But hey, we would not be Sonia if we did not do something that made her job somewhat challenging.
>>2505021I like it.
>>2505021I'm happy with it.
Last on the tour is Barkhan, the city on the opposite side of the river from Strymon. Have you never visited before? Apparently not, though it's hard to tell from the warm reception you receive. Quite a few families living here are Military dependents. Someone from your personal guard informs you that it's been a bit of a thing after Rioja was invaded in the Civil War. Strymon being near the spaceport would need to be secured immediately in an invasion, while Barkhan might not be seen as an immediate threat. Whatever the reason people are glad that you're back and happy to see that things are going well. The locals are a bit rowdy but otherwise well behaved. With plenty of military personnel on leave the drinks being served in most places around Barkhan are strong stuff.By the time your crew returns departs the city and returns to the capital it's the dawn of another day. If you didn't need a rest day when you first arrived back on Rioja you do now. "I need a drink that has negative levels of alcohol." you complain. "Ugh, what time zone are we in?" "The one where you are a Viscount not a Marine back from shore leave." Fadila informs you.Oh great."Everything okay?""It's ten in the morning and you're already drunk."You mumble that you still haven't gone to bed yet therefore anything you had to drink was something you had yesterday. It sounded better in your head though. "Things are well enough that it can wait until tomorrow. Get some rest." Fadila signals your far more sober bodyguards to help you out.
Almost forgot this.Garzweile +1 Morale, +1 Public ImageWestern cities +1 MoraleStrymon +1 MoraleBarkhan +1 Morale, +1 finally noticedTies to Established Nobility: +Improved Dominion Public Image+Improved J-D Old Guard Relations
Did we already had our wedding night?
Going to be running through the day tomorrow and will be doing the finances. Anything else to take care of first?>>2505261Not as yet. The survey (which is still in the active links on the wiki) has remained close the entire time it's been up. It's still up if anyone hasn't voted yet.surveymonkey com/r/ ZQ5T8P5
>>2505173>Sonia this drunkBetter make sure we didn't do anything silly, like pay off everyone's drinks tabs, planet-wide.
>>2505467Sonia "Now then, partying is over time to see how much money I made." Checks bank account. It says zero. "Where the hell did all my money go?! Fadila!" Fadila "You spent it all on booze for the whole planet. And since you're the Viscount no one tried to stop you." Sonia "Well crap."
>>2505487> Thinking that would dent our finances.Who do you think owns the liquor store, eh? ehhhhhh?
>>2505488Who buys that cheap shit? Only the best for the best planet in all the Dominion. And unless I forgot, we don't have a winery or any place that makes alcohol.
>>2505491We do indeed have our own vineyard. Some Terrans even helped found it.
Still alive just been figuring some things out.
>>2506003I need to know if this is Sonia's swole level
>>2506003Or if it's closer to this
Anon please, I'm trying to write.
>>2506030Maybe something like Valkyrie from R6 Siege?
>>2506051I don't know what that is but I like it.Is she sneaky though?
>>2506030>>2506033>>2506036>>2506051>>2506054Like things such as hair colour and many other aspects of appearance, ultimately this is entirely up to the players.I had ulterior motives for Sonia remaining physically in shape besides the obvious military uses. Namely that it's possible for women to greatly reduce (or even eliminate) the more negative effects of their monthly cycle. I did not want to deal with that.
>>2506051I am finding a lot of relevant Catachan girl pictures.
>>2506064Also holy shit we need to make little pins like this to hand out to kids in colleges as part of our "Remoras". Like our own ROTC, they get to come along on training operations and shit.In fact I'm pretty sure JD already has those. We should offer to run a training operation with them and give these out as pins to everyone who participates.Whiny Terran bitches can eat shit. If they want, they can play against us in the training games.
>>2506054Not really, but there's only one other character from the game that's considered stealthy.
Mumbling about Rioja having the best winery on the planet, you're put to bed by Rufaro. "Really glad you're not a fighty drunk sir."The rest of the day is spent catching up on sleep and shaking off the effects of a few days worth of swilling drinks. It seems nobles and citizens alike all over the planet know how to hold their liquor. You vaguely remember someone once saying sobriety meds should not be used as an excuse to keep drinking. They were probably right. Things remain a bit blurry despite getting up for water and to use the facilities between bouts of sleep. Probably should have used a sleep headset on the flights between cities. By the time you wake up fully recovered it's dawn of the next morning. You remember having the most wonderful dream, though you can't recall any of the specifics. Definitely feeling refreshed though.Sitting up you slowly begin to realise that this isn't your room. It looks like one of the nearby guest rooms you'd had made up for visiting family members. Bekka was staying on the station aboard her ship. The only one staying in here should be Troy while the two of you figure things out.Now fully awake you quickly glance around, sure enough spotting Troy buried under a pile of blankets nearby."WAKE UP!" you shout, causing the cavalry captain to instantly bolt upright."Woah, what?! Sonia? What are you..."Noticing his gaze drifting downwards you become aware of your general lack of clothing and grab the blanket to cover yourself. "...doing here?" he finishes."I don't know! What happened last night?""I dont remember, I was sleeping off the effects of that horrible magenta coloured drink." He presses a hand to his forehead and takes a deep breath. "My head is still ringing."Grabbing a pillow for cover he stands up. "I should go. I should find my room and get dressed so we can figure things out.""This is your room." you tell him."Really? Huh, that just raises more questions."Yanking the sheet off the bed you use it as a makeshift toga. "I'm going to my quarters. We can talk before the meeting with my advisors."Outside in the hall you call for whichever bodyguard is closest. Rufaro appears first followed by another member of the guard who she waves off."Rufaro, how did I end up in there?""You were a little out of it but you also said you knew where you were going.""And you believed me?""You did seem a lot more sober than yesterday morning."Not exactly the greatest comparison. Anything would be less drunk than yesterday morning."Did I say anything else?""Just that earlier you'd said you needed to discuss with Troy about having kids some day."You have decided that needs to happen sooner not later, but you hadn't decided on the how part yet. Hopefully this wasn't your subconsciouses terrible idea for a joke.>Cont.
Calling for a meeting with the advisors you, Troy and Fadila are the first to arrive. You tell him that yes, you do want to have a kid but are split on weather or not to make use of a surrogate to protect them from your political enemies. Predictably Fadila can't help but overhear."I hope I'm not being too presumpuous but, why not both? Any potential heir of yours will undoubtedly become the focus of public attention as well as political enemies. If it seems as though you've had no children your enemis might assume you'd had a child in secret and look for them.">What say?
>>2506184Really my main concern with surrogate or not is that having a kid in yer belly tends to limits us from doing certain things. I do not like such restrictions on Sonia. Like if we have someone try to assassinate us again I want Sonia to be able to fight back at full efficiency or be able to run like hell without risking her falling over and rolling like a bowling ball. That and morning sickness and the like must really suck.Also>>2506030>>2506033>>2506036Hnnnng, girl abs are the best
>>2506184It's an interesting choice for sure. How long would Sonia be pregnant for? 9 months? How long do we have left on our shore leave? I'd feel bad if we had a couple children then had to leave them alone all the time for fleet commanding. Maybe after the war?
>>2506184> Actually two kids at once isn't a bad idea. It's like dogs, they can keep each other company while we're away!
>>2506202Nah, pregnancy seems like it would be fun to try once.Besides women are actually pretty capable during most of their pregnancy and all we have to do is avoid going on crazy adventures for like the last 3 months.
>>2506184tl;dr: Do things the old fashioned way. Humans have been doing it since forever and we've turned out alright.I would rather not go the route of kid, but if we must, then we go the old fashioned way and raise them ourselves. Plus it would be kind of hard to hide away the fact we got a kid on the way while doing our job. Unless growing kids in a test tube is something done in this day in age, like the Caldari in EVE, unless they changed that bit of lore.Also since the we're married with the Harmen family, a number of our rivals should be placated somewhat. So worrying about rivals wanting to hurt/ kill the kid should be lessened. Since hurting the kid would also be seen as attacking the Harmen family as well. Though now that I think about it, that also means some of their enemies might also be looking our way as well.
>>2506228> With your return as far as the Alliance is concerned you're owed about a year and a half of leave time.We could induce twins, identical or fraternal, I'm sure the technology is there.We could probably even have them raised in an artificial womb, or have a surrogate birthmother.But that seems iffy given the whole anti-cloning thing, and the Nobility issue, so for legitimacy (which is one of our major problems) it's probably best to carry the child(ren) to term ourselves.
>>2506228>How long do we have left on our shore leave?It's mid February 4039. You shouldn't be recalled until 4040.>>2506233>all we have to do is avoid going on crazy adventures for like the last 3 months.No Recon suit actions and no high-g maneuver flying.>>2506234>Unless growing kids in a test tube is something done in this day in ageI suppose it can. >Also since the we're married with the Harmen family, a number of our rivals should be placated somewhat. >Though now that I think about it, that also means some of their enemies might also be looking our way as well.Both correct.>>2506237>We could induce twins, identical or fraternal, I'm sure the technology is there.Hadn't considered this.>artificial wombAgain, I suppose it can. >or have a surrogate birthmother.Yes, surrogacy option from the survey.
>>2506271Having twins would be pretty cool desu.If CK2 has taught me anything, having back up children is always a good idea
>>2506302It also means they will eventually compete with one another to inherit our stuff.
>>2506271I am all for fraternal twins.
>>2506307>It also means they will eventually compete with one another to inherit our stuff.>>2506302>If CK2 has taught me anything, having back up children is always a good ideaIn what little of CK2 I actually played, any time the kids weren't trying to overthrow me or their siblings they were dying of plague at an inconvenient time. Except the one time where the heir was captured by Hungary. That was a disaster.>>2506237>>2506321No surrogacy at this point, though keep that option open. Go for twins?Confirm?
>>2506307That just means we have to leave them too much stuff for one person to reasonably rule.Or we split the stuff between them, and they go and make their own empires.>>2506321I like the idea of identical twins so that we can swap them out every so often.
>>2506271>No Recon suit actions and no high-g maneuver flying.I mean, given our position we aren't really supposed to be doing those things ANYWAYS.
>>2506330>Confirm?Is there even any point to argue with this?
>>2506330Confirm! We only have 18 months, we can't be preggers the whole time.
>>2506330Would rather a single child, but if fate says otherwise then sure.
>>2506371Just wanting to make sure I'm not misreading people's intentions.
>>2506330Lets do it natural. Also we should set up some rules with Troy he most keep us satiated so we most do it at least 4 times a day minimum if we are on the same planet, any lovers he had are now also our lovers as well, they also have pick up his slack if he can't keep up, he most name the children because otherwise we do.
>>2506384I doubt we'll need anything more than what we agreed on before the wedding. The most we would probably need to do is figure out how we are going to do the whole family and affection thing.
>>2506389it was a joke if it wasn't obvious
Rolled 2 (1d2)>>2506381Just roll for it.
>>2506381I voted for a surrogate on the survey and I don't really see how people could misinterpret that. The only thing to decide would be if it's an heir raised officially by Sonia or by somebody else like Drake was.
>>2506439>I voted for a surrogate on the survey and I don't really see how people could misinterpret that. The only thing to decide would be if it's an heir raised officially by Sonia or by somebody else like Drake was.Which immediately brings us back to:>>2506184>why not both?Surrogate and [Fade to black] are tied and that's clearly not changing any time soon. Hence the middle ground option being given for why not both. Those of you who voted for the Surrogate option, would you support a "both" option?
>>2506451>Those of you who voted for the Surrogate option, would you support a "both" option?I voted for surrogate to avoid all the natural limitations and complications. So, yeah, "both" doesn't really work out for that.It seems everybody else is fine with it so whatever.
>>2506451A distinction should be made between bringing the children to term and raising them.
Another survey.I have included options on surrogacy, specifically raising them as part of the family or in secret.surveymonkey com/r/ QT3FK6C
>>2506502Wait - was surrogate for the birth, or a surrogate family to raise them?Also the word surrogate is starting to look weird and sound wrong.
>>2506502Like could we have natural birth twins, and a surrogate family raise them in secret?Tell everyone we only had one kid, and keep the other as a back-up but also swap them out every now and then?
>>2506530Should I shut down the survey and re-write it?
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Surrogacy>Surrogacy is a method or agreement whereby a woman agrees to carry a pregnancy for another person or persons, who will become the newborn child's parent(s) after birth.I have temporarily closed the survey.
>>2506554Use surrogate in a sentenceadjective Surrogate means taking the place of. An example of the use of the word surrogate as an adjective is in the phrase "surrogate teacher" which means a substitute teacher.noun The definition of a surrogate is someone who takes the place of another, particularly in a family role. An example of a surrogate is a woman who gives birth to a baby, but gives the baby to another family.verb Surrogate is defined as to substitute for something. An example of to surrogate is to act as the birth mother for a friend.
>>2506560So is there a problem that requires the survey to be rewrote?
>>2506572Can I vote to have a natural childbirth then send one kid away to a backup family?
>>2506582I've added it as a 3rd question. Survey re-opened. You may need to refresh the page.
The idea of twins is brought up. That can be arranged right? It looks like that's going to start an entirely new debate though, so with the others arriving the three of you decide to look at more options later on.The state of your finances is the first order of business. With your return the Governor and many Barons or friends you arranged to send money to have decided to treat it as a temporary loan. As a result quite a few have returned money, a few have even sent it back along with a share of the profits they made with it. That hasn't been possible for everyone. Drake had a run of bad luck last year and as a result effectively lost the money she'd received from your estates in 4038. She has been able to pay back some of the other years. Mike and Alex took the first years money and invested it in expansion of Gunning's Heavy Manufacturing to produce more rifles and munitions. No point in asking for that money back.Others are currently in a position to only pay back 10% of what you provided to them per year. This would work out to an income for you of 4.1 billion spread over the next ten years. While it would make for a handy income stream you could, in an effort to appear magnanimous, forgive these debts. They are your friends and acquaintances after all.[ ] Allow them to repay you (+410 million / Year)[ ] Forgive their debts[ ] Give them more money, they may need it
>>2506614I'd say forgive the debts if the money is actually lost and not just invested in something that could only be sold with a loss right now. Give a generous share of the profits to everybody who was able to earn money, and have our business people review what went happened in those cases where people can't pay Sonia back. We might be able to Salvage some of the projects or help a friend in need.
>>2506598Thanks! I do appreciate it, I know that it can be a pain to allow for all the options.God I really hope I'm not the only person to vote for it now.>>2506614> [ ] Give them more money, they may need itIf they choose this then we will have someone on hand to advise them about how much they will need to put into safer investments so that they can at least recover from things going poorly.> [ ] Forgive their debtsIf they prefer this route.
>>2506614I am split between asking them to repay over time and forgiving their debts. They are our friends and allies so making a point of money a contention point seems kinda bad and would make them reluctant to accept any aid from us in the future if we demand money back.Of course we do have to consider we have our own world and businesses to run. And other people who are not our friends and close allies who would be upset if we just forgave the debts of others.I say we give them a chance to repay us. And we continue to reinvest that money earned back in to them.>[ ] Allow them to repay you (+410 million / Year)
>>2506635Those that are paying you back in installments are making money off what you gave them, just not enough to repay you right now. In some cases that would mean selling at a loss if you wanted it paid back right away. Nobody from your company or family actually told people to pay you back ASAP, it just sort of became a thing when people realised others were doing the same.>review what went happenedDrake jokingly blames terrorism. Really though a few companies collapsed, including ones she'd invested in, and the government had to pick up the pieces at a loss.Her final assessment is that; "It was really stupid."
>>2506666I noticed your post number, quite nice.Also, if it was something people just decided to start doing on their own. And no one on our end asked them to pay back. Then I guess there shouldn't be any issue with clearing their debt.And if others who we gave money to who decided to pay us back bring it up. We can remind them we didn't ask them to pay us back that was their choice.So I'll alter my vote.>Forgive debt, that never existed, but allow them to pay back if they feel they must.
>>2506666Oh okay. I'd say forgive 99% of their debt and ask for a symbolic payment.
>>2506677>allow them to pay back if they feel they must.Odds are they're still going to want to pay you back a bit. Even at 2.5% of your income that was a lot of money you were handing out.>>2506701>I'd say forgive 99% of their debt and ask for a symbolic payment.Symbolic payment or a gift?
>>2506701Backing this.By forgiving the debt we appear magnanimous, but by requiring some token payment / gift, we formalise the fact that these are 'temporary loans' and that we expect to be repaid for any loans in the future.
>>2506727A gift is fine too.
Contacting Mike, Alex, Xisoth and Drake you let them know you're willing to forgive any debts they still owe you. In return they can choose to make either a symbolic much smaller payment, or send a gift to Rioja. Whichever is more convenient for them. They're all grateful for that. Mike informs you that in addition to a gift he's sending he'll also ship his brother out to Rioja. "Already married Mike but thanks.""That's not why I'm sending him. Talk to your spymaster."You look to Vanderwal for confirmation. Sure enough he smiles with malicious glee for just a second or two."I've been exchanging correspondence with a few people I think may prove useful. Rioja's population is primarily composed of what would be middle class workers on most worlds. That's wonderful, you've all done a great job on that front. Despite all the checks a lower class is still forming and I've been recruiting people to infiltrate it and existing black markets before it roots itself in place."[ ] Maybe we should uproot it now?[ ] Leave the spymaster his work
>>2506770> [ ] Leave the spymaster his work
>>2506770>[ ] Leave the spymaster his workHe knows what he is doing. So long as he keeps casualties to a minimum. And doesn't do anything to horrible I don't see any reason to pry further right now.
>>2506770>[x] Leave the spymaster his work
>>2506770>[ ] Leave the spymaster his workNot gonna do his job for him.
You decide to leave the spymaster his work and move on to more pressing issues. Before taxes the total income of your holdings amounts to 18,299,5595,500 S. After much more than a billion in taxes you're left with roughly 16.6 Billion S. The Governor speaks up. "You may notice your income in one or two areas seems lower than it should be compared to when you left.""I trust there's an explanation for that?""Yes. Your taxes are higher.""What, higher? Say again?""I mean the uh, the tax income for the planet is much higher now." Well that's good. "Is it enough we can rely on taxes alone to fund the planet's economic development?""For the most part yes. When combined with station maintenance it still doesn't leave much money left over for fleet development. About 1.2 Billion per year."You could actually do things with that. Then again the economy could always benefit from more money being put in. Terraformed or not there are still many cities to build and agriculture to expand. Verilis explains that one source of income you've lost from the planet was the Assault Corvette shipyard in Mons Abyla base."What happened to it?""We were ordered to formally nationalize it because of security concerns. The military were already operating most of it so it was decided anyone not in the military or employed by DHI should go. We made sure you were fairly compensated for the yard. Your company found jobs for any of the civilian contractors that were let go." That's unfortunate but not a huge surprise considering the attacks on the mountain base during the Civil War. It was inevitable the House would want to have full control over who was allowed in.
Next up is an item that would normally be much farther down the list of economic priorities. The media is desperate for any news on where you've been for the last three years and given your history of hiring Halide to produce films "based on a true story" quite a few people are turning to them. It wouldn't be difficult for a holding company to purchase the rights to an old early Terran spaceflight drama The Black Hole. You may have even seen that one, one version of it anyways.What did you have in mind for your official cover story? How much money did you want to spend on it? Most films can be done for well under 10 million.
>>2506900Or you know, you could buy the rights to that other movie.
>>2506874>>2506900>MoneyThat is a lot of money we earned over the last three years. I think dedicating the 1.2 billion back into the planet sounds like a good idea and if the governor/ advisors have any other ideas to put forward on what we can do or invest in we help. He has done well by us in getting the best results I think taking more of his suggestions would help.>Loss of Mons AbylaNooooooooo! I am now worried that the house might want to claim our other yards. As outlandish as that thought is, because I believe only the Count could approve of that I think.>MoviesWe can do a two part movie. The first tells the story of our marines who got trapped on the Sphere and how they survived.The second movie is us going to the sphere and rescuing them. And making contact with the Sphere caretakers. Which will lead to a cliff hangar of learning of an evil neeran commander looking for a super weapon inside the sphere. Best part is, we don't even reveal the existence of the Suvorov or its fleet. So we dont break Alliance security protocols.>>2506929Of course we could say time space shenanigans. And say we got trapped ala sleeper ship.
>>2506900>What did you have in mind for your official cover story?Something really boring, to throw people off, 'it was a stasis chamber all along!'Let's go big budget, 20 million?
>>2506993Okay then, instead of contacting them. We intercepted an important communication or a broad cast of the evil neeran commander explaining their evil plan to his subordinates and we were there to intercept it. And after making sure our marines and their families were safe at home we went to stop them from finding the super weapon.Only when we finally caught up to them the evil Neeran commander was already charging up their super weapon. A weapon that as it charged distorted time space around it. So while we only spent a few minutes fighting the rest of the universe moved on. Until we finally defeated the commander and disabled the machine with only seconds to spare before it could go off and destroy the whole galaxy in which the sphere was located in.
Realised I'd deleted half my post.>>2506959>That is a lot of money we earned over the last three years.6 billion of that was from HTF shareholder dividends. >Nooooooooo!Risks of building on property not your own.> I believe only the Count could approve of that I think.The Count (and the council) ordered it but the execution was left up to Verilis. You made a lot more money off of it than if someone else had taken care of it.>Movies>We can do a two part movie. The first tells the story of our marines who got trapped on the Sphere and how they survived.There we go.>And making contact with the Sphere caretakers. While the Suvorov is classified at the highest levels, the Caretakers merely asked you not to publish information about them or the sphere's control center. They didn't want treasure hunters from faction space after them.>>2506963>Let's go big budget, 20 million?You could also make ships available to help.
>>2507026I think that could be made to work.
>>2506963>Something really boring, to throw people off, 'it was a stasis chamber all along!'Have been trying to think of ways to spin this and the only thing I can think of is if there was a rescue mission thrown in there somewhere. Sonia's team get's trapped in stasis and is rescued by Troy's team? That will of course leave people wondering why he doesn't look 3 years older.Will leave the movie thing open for more suggestions. The Dominion Fast Super program is progressing. Your suggestions were taken to heart and sufficient upgrades and design changes are underway. As part of that they could really use some additional funding from anyone and everyone.What the maximum you would consider investing? I'll use that as a guideline for a later finance survey.
>>2507106What did we pitch in to help get this started?I think at a minimum 100 million to 1 billion at the maximum. I would settle on 500 million though.
>>2507116>What did we pitch in to help get this started?Wow, you already put a billion into it. Development costs are a bitch.
>>2507119Well if other anons are cool with another billion going into it. Then I vote for one billion.
>>2507106Another cool billion.God I hope this is worth it, I hope it has cooling lasers on every part of it so it can sustain the GOFAST.
>>2507119Our Dominion Fast Super is going to crash and burn isn't it? The other factions version is going to out perform ours and we will have wasted trillions of dollars from the Dominion to support a program that was doomed to die. And everyone will blame us and hate us.
>>2507140>I hope it has cooling lasers on every part of it so it can sustain the GOFAST.>Get the cooling laser idea from the engines of the Pillar of Autumn >Forget to put cooling lasers in the Fast Super engines>MFW
>>2507032Don't mention them as Caretakers but as Guardian Neeran. Noble techno-savages using their psychic ability to help the oppressed but unaware of the Sphere's deeper knowledge - until we came along to investigate with Dominion style derring do!
>>2507158I will spend another billion to add cooling laser engines.
>>2507155There are plenty of commentators calling it an overly expensive boondoggle. They call the Avalanche mobile fortress far worse things.There are a few funding requests from the company and the Governor. Reynard Salvage Solutions Profits have been inconsistent the past few years. Some times they've done quite well, other times not so much. The logistics and station construction divisions have both seen steady growth, to the point where construction is your largest earner. This has required substantial amounts of money going back into the company to maintain the rate of growth. Generally in the range of 1.5 to 1.7 billion each year. London needs at least that much to keep things rolling. There are two other large company investments he'd like you to consider but they're a lower priority. A funding request from the Governor would see you likewise continuing to invest at similar levels to before your departure. Money for the planet's industry, urban development and agriculture. You currently own close to 60% of the productive farmland on Rioja thanks to the money you were providing to the Governor. Requests: -1.5 Billion (or higher), RSS/RLS growth -250m Rioja Industry -175m Rioja Urban Development -250m Rioja AgricultureApprove?
>>2507208Would the 1.2 billion we are earning from taxes help alleviate some of that? I don't mind throwing in 2.175 billion. But is that before or after that 1.2 billion is considered?
>>2507218>Would the 1.2 billion we are earning from taxes help alleviate some of that?Absolutely. You wouldn't necessarily be making money off the invested taxes personally, just making more tax money. No that's not true, you could use the tax money and prioritize development of your own land over the other nobles. If you wanted. Opportunity there for Dominion nepotism at it's finest. Of course then you'd have a lot of very angry nobles on the planet. Really tax money to be used for that sort of development should be given to the Governor. They'll determine how best to prioritize who's land gets development assistance first. Assuming you trust them to be fair. Your share of the taxes would be for the military. Fortunately you're on very good terms with the Governor and don't have an antagonistic relationship like some worlds have to deal with.
>>2507208Approve! Money doesn't do any good sitting around.
>>2507247Then put forth the 1.2 billion aside for Rioja. And we can pay London the rest of the money needed to keep the company going. Or that is my idea for approving finances.
>>2507208APPROVE>>2507158Does it make it even faster or can it just sustain a boost with less strain?
>>2507208Stamp of approval
>>2507271A little of the former, more of the latter.Money assigned.The Alliance is contacted regarding your plans for a teleporter capsule search recovery program. They're understandably interested. It wouldn't be the first time people have looked at similar potential technology. The Terrans apparently conducted research into it but their government ordered it abandoned after a few accidents and deaths.House J-D has some territory that would be ideal testing grounds with likely sites to find capsules. Those near the Run have good potential but the proximity of Nav hazards and frequently used shipping lanes make it too dangerous. South Reach is a much better choice. They make sure to stress that this research will be dangerous. The Terrans dont screw around with uncontrolled forces as much as people would like to believe. What sort of support are you willing to provide?"[ ] Financing[ ] Station platforms[ ] Transport craft[ ] Light vessels (LSTs, tugs, etc)[ ] Basic station crews[ ] Basic ship crews[ ] Security / Mercenaries (RTS)[ ] Political support with J-D if something goes wrong
>>2507292>[ ] Station platforms>[ ] Light vessels (LSTs, tugs, etc)
>>2507292I might post briefly tomorrow then I'll resume tomorrow evening.
>>2507292[ ] Financing[ ] Transport craft[ ] Light vessels (LSTs, tugs, etc)[ ] Basic station crewsWe can cover Transport crafts and light vessels easily enough. And station crews are always in need so we can hire some more people. Also get some start up financing, with the idea that the Alliance or someone else takes up after it gets going.
>>2507292> The Terrans apparently conducted research into it but their government ordered it abandoned after a few accidents and deaths.Pussies. That being said let's see if we can get some dissenting Terran university students to help with our Humanitarian efforts as teleport crash dummies.> [ ] FinancingFor dividends on returns.> [ ] Political support with J-D if something goes wrongFor favours owed.
>>2507318>I might post briefly tomorrow (morning) then I'll resume tomorrow evening.
>>2507292>A little of the former, more of the latter.Nice.>>2507292>[ ] Financing>[ ] Transport craft>[ ] Light vessels (LSTs, tugs, etc)>[ ] Basic ship crews
>>2507292All of the above?
>>2507292>[ ] Financing>[ ] Station platforms>[ ] Transport craft>[ ] Light vessels (LSTs, tugs, etc)>[ ] Basic station crews
>>2507292>[ ] Station platforms>[ ] Transport craft>[ ] Light vessels (LSTs, tugs, etc)>[ ] Basic station crews>[ ] Basic ship crewsKeeping security in the hands of the FA seems preferable in order to keep pirates and opposing Houses off our back.>>2507208Also, while we're spending money I'd like to initiate a long term research project in the field of phase weapons with Veritas and Helios.Phase weapons are still great when it comes to easy of production and logistical impact and might yield interesting applications in the field of exotic matter generation. Infantry weapons could be improved if an easy way to deploy twin-linked phase rifles is found, ship weaponry could benefit from improved effectiveness if twin-linked phase cannons become feasible at larger sizes. They're also still the weapon of choice for anti-AI operations thanks to their effectiveness as EMP generators. I'm sure there are ways to improve that. Perhaps even a way to render the lesser energy drains used on Neeran super heavies useless?Anyway, Veritas would be able to provide a secure location and their expertise with maintaining and streamlining phase weaponry with minimal economic and support infrastructure.Helios would provide their knowledge from building large scale siege weapons, personnel and funding.Sonia and J-D would provide material, the ability to quietly construct and maintain a covert research station thanks to their extensive experience with deploying cloaked ships, and funding.
>>2507723>Infantry weapons could be improved if an easy way to deploy twin-linked phase rifles is found, ship weaponry could benefit from improved effectiveness if twin-linked phase cannons become feasible at larger sizes.There is a sort of spinal mount linked phase cannon that Nasidum and Xygen developed during the civil war. As a newer technology its reliability is still questionable and is only being fielded on a number of experimental ships. Most crews dislike it due to the increased cost and restricted field of fire compared to traditional twin linked turrets. The weapon system itself is also much bulkier. It's shield penetration capability is noticeably higher though. Did you want to buy one of these ships? I dont recall if you did before you left on the expedition.Multi-linked siege weapons are possible, they're just much more expensive to maintain and may have a shorter effective range iirc. Could be wrong.Everyone does do some level of phase weapon research to improve their capabilities. These upgrades are frequently shared or traded these days. >anti-AI operations thanks to their effectiveness as EMP generators. I'm sure there are ways to improve that. I'm sure Helios would welcome any assistance.>Perhaps even a way to render the lesser energy drains used on Neeran super heavies useless?The Alliance is pursuing research into that. So far increasing phase particle jamming has had minimal effect.>Veritas would be able to provide a secure location and their expertise with maintaining and streamlining phase weaponry with minimal economic and support infrastructure.More like they overspecialized at the expense of every other kind of weapons technology.I don't know if Helios would be up for putting an R&D facility in their space as they're a rather young House with not the greatest history. They might welcome their assistance though.
People are clearly interested in providing station platforms and crews. (Among other things.)With the construction of the big stations above Rioja the two old modular stations were going to find new homes. One has already been relocated to the Forbearance Yard so that there is a civilian port in system separate from the military facilities. The other is in the process of being shut down as services are transferred to the other nearly complete station. You could use modules from that station for the Alliance R&D base if you wanted a cheap solution. Or you could provide a more sturdy platform by buying some of the defense platform modules the company produces. [ ] Former Rioja station (Free)[ ] Sturdy platform core (-150m)[ ] Hardened facility (-500m)
>>2507834>[ ] Hardened facility (-500m)This is a facility focused on relatively dangerous R&D in Dominion space. I'd rather go with a maximum security facility. Would House Medel be interested in the older station?>>2507823Did I remember the thing about linked phase cannons of larger sizes generating exotic matter wrong?>More like they overspecialized at the expense of every other kind of weapons technology.Which makes them a valuable research partner. Going down only one branch of the tech tree has worked for the Krath, you just need allies who are willing to cover the rest for you.
>>2507834>[ ] Hardened facility (-500m)It's not paranoia if they really are out to get you.Also supporting research with House Veritas.
>>2507844>Would House Medel be interested in the older station?There's plenty of people in your own House that would be interested.Will discuss when I get back.>>2507844>Did I remember the thing about linked phase cannons of larger sizes generating exotic matter wrong?All twin linked phase cannons produce a sort of exotic matter, it's part of how they penetrate shields better than other phase weaponry. More size results in more.Have to leave for work, see you guys later.
>>2507850Would the Harmen Family be interested in the Station?Would it be possible to "trap" the exotic matter in a sort of capacitor to release a whole bunch at once? Or maybe store it in torpedo's? Sure it would result in less shield penetration per shot and not be cost effective for smaller ships/weaker shields.But for larger ships that can more quickly restore and distribute shield power, it could provide a timed knock-out that could be followed up with torpedos.
>>2507866>>2507850 . . . Wait a fucking second. Exotic matter is non-baryonic or otherwise abnormal matter. Like. The sort of shit you find in subspace.And it has shield penetrating properties.It's tied in to V-torps, or V-beams, or SP torps maybe?What happens to the exotic matter in an excessively dense gravity like that of a black hole? Can it be trapped by Gravity? Does it respond to Gravity?What happens to exotic matter in subspace?
>>2507823Suggesting a 100-linked phase cannon experiment again, all focused on one central point like a laser ignition fusion reactor.
>>2507901Can we use a gravity generator to try and collect the exotic matter from it?
While we're talking about experiments I'd like to ask two things about stasis fields. Both could turn out to be research projects if they don't contradict established lore or have been tried unsuccessfully before.a) What happens to the stuff inside if you compress a stasis field and then expand it again? Aside from a few subspace related things like v-torps and teleportation, the things inside the field aren't affected by anything happening to the field itself as long as it encloses them fully. So compressing and then expanding the contents of the field should be possible if the field is expanded to its original dimensions before being deactivated.b) Is it possible to counter the subspace effects that manage to affect the objects in the stasis field while it is up by establishing a secondary stasis field at the corresponding location in subspace?
All this talk of exotic particles and shield piercing tech has my SP hype going back into gear. I wonder if we can continue our research into the SP plasma beam and use that as sort of cover to learn more of SP tech without strictly saying going full on into SP research. I mean it was clearly stated the Terrans did not care overly much for our research on that path after all
>>2508095Remember to watch out for Terran Spies!
>>2508035>Are stasis fields expandable even.
>>2508113Well, they're certainly moveable even if they maintain a fixed position relatively to the projector. Instead of using a single projector to create a bubble or a shield like on the dante, we could could use four of these projectors to create a pyramid or six to create a cube. You could then compress the cube by moving the individual projectors. No idea if it's possible to link them together to form an actual stasis field in that cube but that's what the R&D department is for.
Sonia's Science and Engineering department had a few quiet years at least, but now that she's back they've started receiving her usual flood of ideas via crayon drawings.
I'm not all that well read on the tech of this quest, but is there a form of Casaba Howitzer using SP torp warheads or veckron warheads a thing?If not we should make it a thing, and use it on the neerans.
>>2508211Already a thing, is primarily a reason why SP and newer torpedoes are so destructive.
>>2508211If I remember correctly, torpedoes are basically that. Regular omni-directional nukes used on starships are called nuclear missiles or just missiles.
>>2507872>Exotic matter is non-baryonic or otherwise abnormal matter. Like. The sort of shit you find in subspace.In this case I've been using exotic matter as a catch-all term for matter that is not readily defined. I'd originally considered the twin linked weapons producing stuff like Degenerate matter.I haven't sufficiently explored the science of it.Hell it took me a long time plus help from some anons to nail down that Republic plasma cannons fired Iron.>And it has shield penetrating properties.All phased energy weapons have a higher chance of penetrating shields compared to conventional laser and particle beams. Many conventional torpedo designs have been coated in a phasing lattice to improve chances of shield penetration. With proper tuning phased energy weapons can completely cut through shields but it requires matching the correct frequency. After the Dominion figured out how to harden shields against kinetic weapons used by the Terrans it forced them to look for other options. For a couple centures there was a bit of an arms race over finding ways to match phase weapons to enemy shield frequencies. Eventually shield tech reached the point where only the more powerful phase weapons had a chance of punching through it. After this it's believed the Terrans and Dominion started looking for their own solutions to this. The Terrans with subspace weapons, the Dominion with linked phase weapons. >It's tied in to V-torps, or V-beams, or SP torps maybe?No. They rely on an entirely different set of properties, being proper subspace weapons.
>>2508870TSTG, if you're still playing warships there are some crazy bundles up atm. In case you already have the ships it's probably the cheapest doubloons you could ever buy in that game.
>>2508913I have refused to ever spend money on that game. I mostly just play it with family members. Most of us have stopped playing it these days. Thanks though.>>2508035>What happens to the stuff inside if you compress a stasis field and then expand it again?You can't compress the field itself, but you can compress its contents.Stasis reinforced fuel tankers have made use of this to load tankers with much more compressed fuel than they might otherwise be able to carry. This has of course led to accidents when they're shot at by warships and the cheap stasis field fails suddenly. As you have personally witnessed, near metallic hydrogen doesn't respond well to nuclear weapons.
>>2508035>b) Is it possible to counter the subspace effects that manage to affect the objects in the stasis field while it is up by establishing a secondary stasis field at the corresponding location in subspace?That may or may not require establishing stasis fields in a near infinite number of subspace dimensions.>>2508153>Well, they're certainly moveable even if they maintain a fixed position relatively to the projector.Indeed. They're not an immovable rod. That would result in old /tg/ memes.>You could then compress the cube by moving the individual projectors. Interesting idea. Depending on the type use you might just get a lot of them sliding off one another. Especially the newer tougher ones intended to act as shields.With older fields if you put them under enough pressure quickly enough it would simply cause the field to fail since the field itself cant be compressed. >>2508211>is there a form of Casaba Howitzer using SP torp warheads or veckron warheads a thing?As the other anons have stated most torpedoes are built similarly to that.It's assumed that most missiles fired by starships in a ship to ship role are nukes or newer stasis plasma warheads. The early Shallan navy, lacking the ability to build powerful beam weapons used a similar idea to the Casaba Howitzer to create a nuke pumped plasma weapon. >Realising the need for more firepower during the Second Neeran Incursion, Shallan engineers developed a new type of cannon that could be mounted on the spine of the (Void class) and jettisoned once expended. These weapons were a large nuke pumped fusion cannon. A nuclear warhead would initiate a fusion reaction consuming available fuel before being directed towards a target via magnetic focusing systems.
Back to what will be done with that station. Modular station options!>Would the Harmen Family be interested in the Station?Yes, they could make use of it for supporting terraforming missions since it looks like they'll be taking on more of those in the future.You might not make a lot of money off it immediately.Some of the Barons or governors of newly added worlds could also use a station. Many of these are on the waiting list for RLS or one of your competitors to build a new platform. You would make more money off of these.Another option: The station had quite a few modules. You could buy another core and redistribute them into 2 stations.[ ] Help out HTF[ ] Help out one of the Barons[ ] Redistribute for both
>>2509010>[ ] Redistribute for both
>>2509010>[ ] Redistribute for bothSpend some money to make money on the quick and to have an stable income that is more then just stocks.
>>2509010>[x] Redistribute for both"Troy, darling, can you imagine how dreadful it must be to be an impoverished Baron? With no money in the bank and no station in orbit of your planet as is proper? It must be a dreadful experience my dear. Simply dreadful."
Baron L'ak Tenni followed by Daska Rna are probably in need of another station more than anyone else. New territories that were added after the Civil War are in good shape for the most part, but additional stations would increase their ground to orbit cargo transfer. One of the other systems under Drake's protection also could benefit from another, but she'll be able to get a station into place long before either of the others.Who gets one?
>>2509050I'd prefer supplying both Daska and Tebni with a station each to giving one to HTF. We know how crucial getting a decent station is for early planetary development from Rioja and Surakeh.
>>2508870Has anyone tried turning a gravity generator on then shooting it into subspace without making a bubble around it?
>>2509050Give it to Daska. Pure nepotism but you know. Dominion.
>>2509050Has L'ak Tenni done anything for us recently or in the past? If nothing to serious/ important then I'd say it goes to Daska.
>>2509063>Has anyone tried turning a gravity generator on then shooting it into subspace Not yet. Dominion gravwell generators can barely make course corrections once they power up, let alone jump.>without making a bubble around it?You mean without the FTL drive field active? Then no.They're still working on that idea of how to create a drive field around the ship without the use of an actual core.>>2509079>Has L'ak Tenni done anything for us recently or in the past?Not really. Interaction has been near zero.
Did the Republic HeavyPlas we bought from Helios ever help the Moon develop any larger/more efficient Dominion variants?
>>2509058>>2509067>>25090792 for Daska, 1 for Tenni. Unless anyone wants to turn this into a tie it will go to Daska.>>2509092This will be answered once the station business is settled.
>>2509111Put me in for Daska too.
Going to Daska. Income increased.With the Alliance R&D base you'll also be prodiding funding, transport craft and light vessels. approximately 500 miilion is already being spent on the station for them. RLS will supply the requested support ships and crews, though they would prefer to get some money to make up for the ships that will be taken off other duties. How much do you want to spend? Custom amounts appreciated in case we need to debate this later.>1) R&D Financing250m500m750m1 billion>2) Transport craft10m30m50m>3) Light vessels 5m10m20m
>>2509128how much do we have all up?
>>2509138I'm updating it as we go here:http://houseanddominion.wikia.com/wiki/Reynard_Holdings_and_Finances#4039_.28Starting_from_18.2C299.2C559.2C500_S.29
>>2509128>1>230mLet's change this so it's a nice 800 million spent on this project in total.>2>50m>3>20m
>>2509128>1: 500m>2: 30m>3: 20m550m altogether.
>>2509152>550m altogether.I think the others are also counting the 500 million on that station so yours would be 1.05 billion total.
Teleporter R&D Financing will have to be decided upon at a later time.>>2509092>Did the Republic HeavyPlas we bought from Helios ever help the Moon develop any larger/more efficient Dominion variants?It has assisted in refinements of the various plasma cannons you produce. It has also resulted in a lot of the university students that have worked with it being hired by Helios or the Alliance. Some have stayed on thankfully. Most of the actual research is being shared with House Helios R&D since J-D lacks the capability to make the most of it. Because of this -and your other assistance- you should have clearance to purchase 1 siege weapon production license from Helios.Be warned; quality siege weapons take time to build and you'll only be able to get a license for a single production queue. This would cost 300 million.Another option is available. Iratar has started production of their own improved siege weapons based on Neeran phased plasma weaponry. The Dominion despite contributing is lagging a bit behind on this type of weapon.You could skip the wait and buy a more expensive license from Iratar, though many Houses are still boycotting Iratar over selling war materiel to House Che'len. Buying from them would also mean less money going to Dominion weapon development. Both are reasons it could hurt your relations slightly with other Houses.This would cost 800 million.Siege weapon production license, Select type[ ] Dominion variant R.Heavy plasma cannon (large 1 gun turret)[ ] Dominion variant R2.Heavy plasma cannon (experimental version. 2 gun turret)[ ] Helios Fusion siege cannon (large 1 gun turret)[ ] Helios Phased Fusion siege cannon (large 1 gun turret) [8 month delay][ ] Helios Phased siege cannon (large 1 gun turret)[ ] Multi-Linked Phased siege cannon (large 1 gun turret)[ ] Iratar Heavy Phased Fusion cannon (2 gun turret)[ ] Reserve for a later time
>>2509273>[ ] Helios Phased Fusion siege cannon (large 1 gun turret) [8 month delay]Gonna be preggers anyways.
>>2509273>[ ] Reserve for a later time
>>2509273I have no idea what's the difference between these aside from Helios/Iratar.
>>2509273>[x] Dominion variant R2.Heavy plasma cannon (experimental version. 2 gun turret)
>>2509292>Dominion 1/2 Gun Plasma CannonDominion copy of the Hune Republic's own Plasma Weapons, since they don't make enough and won't sell them in any great number. Very powerful, fires streams of pre-heated Iron plasma kept in stasis containers. >Helios GunsHelios Siege guns were on the same scale as republic heavy plasma, but fired a standard hydrogen plasma iirc. These new ones incorporate Neeran Phasing upgrades to do improved shield damage.The Phased Siege cannon is just a scaled up phase weapon.>IratarIratar versions were more focused on the Phasing element iirc.
>>2509309Are the parts on the Dominion plasma gun compatible with the ones used on the republic made ones?
>>2509292>I have no idea what's the difference between these aside from Helios/Iratar.[ ] Dominion variant R.Heavy plasma cannon (large 1 gun turret)This is a Dominion plasma weapon based to some extent on Republic Iron plasma weaponry. It is larger and more powerful than the Republic's heavy plasma cannon, but only 1 of them can be fit to a turret.Tech wise these are more in line with the main guns used by the ACS.[ ] Dominion variant R2.Heavy plasma cannon (experimental version. 2 gun turret)This is an attempt by the Dominion to match the size and capability of the Republic's heavy plasma cannon. It is an experimental weapon system and thus may not perform as well. Tech wise these are more in line with the main guns used by the ACS.[ ] Helios Fusion siege cannon (large 1 gun turret)These are the current standard siege weapon used by most Dominion Super Heavy Cruisers. They fire a stream of fusion plasma. They have a higher rate of fire than Republic weapons but are slightly less damaging. Easy to maintain but fuel requirements can be a concern.[ ] Helios Phased Fusion siege cannon (large 1 gun turret) [8 month delay]This is an upgraded version of the Fusion siege cannon. It uses technology based on Neeran phased plasma weaponry. Being a more complicated weapon it has seen some delays. It is anticipated to be much more powerful than it's predecessor.[ ] Helios Phased siege cannon (large 1 gun turret)Similar damage output to the Fusion based siege cannons. They are much less logistics intensive in terms of fuel requirements, but maintenance is higher. They theoretically have a longer effective range, but this is debated.[ ] Multi-Linked Phased siege cannon (large 1 gun turret)Rarely built, this uses technology similar to twin linked phase cannons to create a more damaging beam. It suffers from shorter range and maintenance difficulties, but is far more likely to penetrate the shields of another ship.[ ] Iratar Heavy Phased Fusion cannon (2 gun turret)An upgraded version of Iratar's previous Heavy Fusion cannons. (You captured a bunch of the older ones. I think Forbearance has 2 of her turrets fitted with them?? The other 2 with Helios Fusion siege cannons.)It uses technology based on Neeran phased plasma weaponry. Being a more complicated weapon it may require more maintenance but it's too soon to know for sure. These are much more powerful than their predecessor.I forgot one![ ] Gatling Light Siege cannon turret (5x)This weapon was developed by House Feron. Feros? It failed to enter production before the end of the Civil War. (The 4 gun version saw limited production as a result.) This has the longest effective range of any siege weapon currently in production. While it is less damaging this is partly made up for by a high rate of fire. Maintenance and production costs are comparatively low for a siege weapon.
>>2509374Shouldn't we be able to get the gatling regardless because Sonia and her House helped funding the prototypes and suffered huge losses while defending Feron space during the civil war?Anyway, thanks for the list. Voting>phased fusion
>>2509374I would rather hold off until later, but I'm torn between the Helios Phased Fusion and the Gatling Light Siege cannon turret
>>2509386>Shouldn't we be able to get the gatling regardless because Sonia and her House helped funding the prototypes and suffered huge losses while defending Feron space during the civil war?Yes. A production license would still cost around 300m though.>I'm torn between the Helios Phased Fusion and the Gatling Light Siege cannon turretRioja's moon base only has room for 1 siege weapon production line unfortunately.
>>2509405Helios Phased Fusion it is
>>2509405>Rioja's moon base only has room for 1 siege weapon production line unfortunately.But don't we have two moon bases now?>>2502955>Both moon bases appear to have seen some upgrades as well,
>>2509374Unrelated to our choice, but did the Alliance ever get the Super-Heavy Plasma Cannon working?
>>2509443>But don't we have two moon bases now?Yes. The other is a fleet base, not intended to mass produce plasma weapons. >>2509449>did the Alliance ever get the Super-Heavy Plasma Cannon working?Reminder please, which one? There's the siege formation thing which has been pulled off a few times.
>>2509458>Yes. The other is a fleet base, not intended to mass produce plasma weapons.Oh, okay.>>2509405>Yes. A production license would still cost around 300m though.Let's start a production line on Daska's planet. It makes little sense to start building them in the home systems right next to Feron but there should be ample demand for them in DRH03. It would probably also be a nice boost for the planet's economy and importance within the House.
>>2509475>Let's start a production line on Daska's planet.If you did do that and went with the Helios Phased Fusion siege cannon it would give Daska time to get a secure facility set up.
>>2509458>Reminder please, which one?The huge one intended for fleet bases. Listed on the wiki plasma page below heavy versions, if I remember correctly.
>>2509374[ ] Dominion variant R2.Heavy plasma cannon (experimental version. 2 gun turret)This is an attempt by the Dominion to match the size and capability of the Republic's heavy plasma cannon. It is an experimental weapon system and thus may not perform as well.Tech wise these are more in line with the main guns used by the ACS.does this mean we can improve it with R&D?
>>2509503I meant an additional line. Spend the Helios line on one design we couldn't get otherwise and build that on Rioja. Get the Feron license in addition to that and build them in South Reach.
>>2509507I will say that they've designed it and the concept may be undergoing scale testing. They dont have a station sufficient to mount it on yet. They'd need a small death star. Or one of the mobile fleet bases they're looking to start building this year.>>2509508>does this mean we can improve it with R&D?It means your Faction working together can. So yes a bit.>>2509521Added to survey options I'm working up.
Next order of business. London has 2 potential revenue streams related to the salvage business. Each will have some secondary options. 1) Karakum death worldThere is a planet in South Reach that suffered damage to its terraforming years ago and has since become an ecological nightmare. The locals tried to solve this through a number of solutions but those have all failed. Making things worse, radiation contamination is still present from fighting between a few Warlords a couple decades ago.It's barely a step up from Necromunda and the locals have been evacuating for years. That should be all of the bad news.The good news is that right now there is a fortune in industrial equipment and downed starships stuck on the planet waiting to be salvaged. It's going to be dangerous as anything but stripping the planet could yield considerable resources. There is also the planet itself. If work could be done to remove sources of pollutants then terraforming might just be possible again. This entire project would require a major investment, but on the upside you'd be looting a planet.2) RSS needs another HeavyThe Francis Alfonso, RSS's Anchorage Mobile Fleet Yard has served the company well ever since it was repaired and returned to service. It is constantly being kept busy these days with station construction projects. This means it is almost always unavailable for salvage work. Because of this RSS is frequently unable to take on larger jobs. London is worried that with upcoming salvage opportunities like the diminishing Nav Hazard zones you won't be able to take full advantage. Certainly the company is in no shape to salvage a Super Heavy without a large ship. There are also the Alliance offensives taking place. Big ships are being thrown around a lot of late and that will only increase if the war pushes into Neeran space.What are your thoughts on these?
Have to stop here for now. I'll try to resume for a few hours Sunday, then later on Monday or Tuesday.
>>2509625what are the chances of finding a Heavy on Karakum?
>>2509625>Death WorldIf we clean it up, do we get a majority hold of the world? I sense a downed Heavy there.>RSS new HeavyWhy hasn't London already gotten one?"London, you have access to our funds and our trust in running the company in our absence. You could have ordered the yard to build a new one. Unless you just wanted to let us salvage another Heavy that the company has found because you know we love salvaging things." -What I would say
>>2509625>What are your thoughts on these?1)Would we be buying the planet? Aside from that, good thing we started that power cell line for hazard teams on starships. These should come in handy on that world2)What if we buy one of those oversized Neeran tankers from the alliance? If we remove the fuel storage tanks it should have more than enough internal storage space for manufacturing and salvage processing. Qlippoth is based on the same hull, so J-D should have the knowledge to modify it to RSS's needs efficiently and quickly.
>>2509625>1) Karakum death world>There is a planet in South Reach that suffered damage to its terraforming years ago and has since become an ecological nightmare. The locals tried to solve this through a number of solutions but those have all failed. Making things worse, radiation contamination is still present from fighting between a few Warlords a couple decades ago.>It's barely a step up from Necromunda and the locals have been evacuating for years. That should be all of the bad news.You had me at looting a planet. Also > Ecological nightmareWe have that specialized bio-research facility with those aliens working for us. The worm bros.That + our recent ties to the Harmen Family makes this a very attractive option.
>>2509638>what are the chances of finding a Heavy on Karakum?There is no way there is a heavy on the planet's surface. Mediums however wouldn't be far fetched. >Why hasn't London already gotten one?Been busy investing in station production. Also having your actual political backing would be good especially if they had to buy production rights or a ship from a House. >>2509658>Would we be buying the planet? Technically you'd only be buying land and salvage rights. Ownership of the actual planet would remain with the political entity it falls within the borders of. Right now that's a minor House that cant deal with it.Mind you if the planet were settled with sealed arcologies and then reinforced as it improved, and you owned most of the land there, you could just say it was yours. What are they going to go, declare war on you?I'm sure HTF would be far more interested in selling it though so they could use the money to buy another fixer upper.
>>2509685How much would it cost to actually BUY a shit ball death world planet that is all toxicated and irradiated?
>>2509685>There is no way there is a heavy on the planet's surface.What about below the surface or in one of the oceans?
>>2509697I think it's structural issues with gravity.Like.If a Heavy crashes on a planet, it's not longer a heavy but wreckage. Probably cheaper to just build a new one in space.
>>2509701>I think it's structural issues with gravity.Kharbos managed to salvage their crashed dreadnought from a high gravity world and that thing was built hundreds of years ago.
>>2509709Could have been a unique situation.
>>2509625>1Aw yeah>2What's the going rate for a Jupiter at the moment?
>>2509697Improbable to highly improbable.>>2509701>If a Heavy crashes on a planet, it's not longer a heavy but wreckage.Good summation.>>2509709I'll say that was at least a partially controlled descent. Though an Ascendancy or an Anchorage would not have survived a similar landing.>>2509664>What if we buy one of those oversized Neeran tankers from the alliance?>Qlippoth is based on the same hull, so J-D should have the knowledge to modify it to RSS's needs efficiently and quickly.Your House may have the tech specializations but your civilian company does not. You'll need a Faction designed ship unfortunately. A stripped down Talos hull would be ideal. Something the more powerful Houses might sell to you personally, but not to a company.The Warlords have a few Supers they've rigged specifically for salvage operations. This has brought in a lot of money for them when rescuing far more expensive Alliance ships. You could ask Exodus about buying production rights for another Anchorage or similar vessel.>>2509688They know it does have value. Just for the land and salvage rights they want 4 Billion. Actually buying the planet and system? More. Worse, they'd have no incentive to police the surrounding space if you bought the system.>>2509741>What's the going rate for a Jupiter at the moment?Jupiter class is shit. Can be bought for 750-800m within the Dominion. A few Houses have bought production licenses from the Terrans.
>>2509764>Jupiter a shitWhat about the Cygni? Anyway, why not check which of the heavy cruiser/carrier designs still around from the civil war is unpopular and buy one of these? We can resell most of the weapons and military systems and turn it into the ship we need. Maybe even make additional money by converting other remaining ships of that design.
>>2509764Why not one of the ceres carriers? They're based on those heavy asteroid tug engines, which seems like a good platform for salvage modifactions.
>>2509764Ah well have to settled for salvaging a planet. And finding a Heavy to salvage.
>>2509764How much would Exodus want for another Anchorage? It's kind of the ideal ship with a nice blend of haulage and construction capacity.An Ascendancy fitted for construction work would be kinda neat. You could dedicate that internal volume to construction space.
I am all for getting salvage and terraforming claims on the world but I'd like fin ancillary support from Harmen. 4 billion is a lot of money after all and it would be only fair for them to help paying for it.New heavy is a go as wellong. Super salvage ship makes me have a bone but would be to expensive and resource demanding to get. Another Anchorge should do well.
>>2509853>How much would Exodus want for another Anchorage?An obsolete Anchorage would have a base materials cost of 2.8 billion. Probably closer to 3.5b total. It is a bit on the small side though for what's needed for future operations. >>2509788>What about the Cygni?Would be a good hull, though it's a bit new. Terrans might be reluctant to sell.>>2509792>Why not one of the ceres carriers?There's an idea. I believe you/your house has an IOU for one. Completely forgot about that. It would require some modification but I'm sure the end result would be cheaper than a ship loaded down with corvette rapid repair bays. Do this?
>>2510363That does sound good.budget heavy should not matte since we are not taking it into combat.
>>2510363>Do this?Sure. We don't need a top of the line ship to haul salvage and scare away pirates or raiders.
>>2510363>Ceres CarrierProblem, we already turned that favor in to help make them more amicable to support B'H right? Or at least ton not support thr former RH. Also I thought our house could not afford to man another heavy?
>>2510848>Also I thought our house could not afford to man another heavy?That was three years ago. Also, a civilian ship will have a lot less specialized personnel than a military vessel. Just compared the crews of an aircraft carrier to a container ship or even one of those floating fish processing vessels.
>>2510948I almost forgot - our House has picked up at least one additional heavy cruiser while Sonia was away, one of those newer Neeran blobs.>>2509625>There are also the Alliance offensives taking place. Big ships are being thrown around a lot of late and that will only increase if the war pushes into Neeran space.Friendly reminder to get an FA zero or low interest loan for additional heavy shipyards or upgrades for existing ones while we can.
>>2510848>Problem, we already turned that favor in to help make them more amicable to support B'H right?Oh shit, you're right. Sorry people forgot about that.>Also I thought our house could not afford to man another heavy?Your House couldn't afford it 3 years ago, but your company is separate. It has also grown quite a bit. Going to Exodus is still an option. Either for a Basic Anchorage, or perhaps a slightly expanded version. They also have other vehicles in development.Ceres should be able to build an equivalent ship though it may have a few idiosyncrasies. It would also give them an opportunity to edge in on Exodus' business if they could be used for station construction. A Ceres ship would also have an optional upgrade. For an additional half billion S, it could be fitted with an Asteroid Tug rated FTL system. Salvage Mega (Most expensive)New Exodus construction shipTalos*Expanded Anchorage*Ceres carrier modifiedBasic Anchorage* (Cheapest)* = could be built in your heavy cruiser shipyard
>>2511402Buy a Hephaestus Class engine module and slowly expand it into a salvage super heavy, growing with the contracts the crew takes to pay for the ship's expansion.
>>2511402>* = could be built in your heavy cruiser shipyardHow busy is our yard? Would us putting in an order delay any orders or delay our order?
>>2511402>Ceres carrier modified
>>2511414>Hephaestus Class engine moduleI like this idea a lot.
>>2511402>Salvage Mega (Most expensive)Gonna put this as my joke vote unless we seriously->>2511414>HephaestusWelp! I want a Hephaestus. I know it's a long shot but I'd love to have a ship that can continue to grow and expand until it rivals a super/mega or even a Neeran City Ship.>Ceres Carrier ModdifiedMore serious vote
>>2511402>Ceres carrier modifiedThis seems like the best option to me. Much as I want a Mega class as a salvage ship.
>>2511414This would require some not cheap redevelopment work on the design. You'd need to ask the Ruling House and/or the Seven for the remaining data that was captured. Also it would raise some questions after all the work you put in on the fast super, ensuring the Hephaestus stayed dead.>>2511415>How busy is our yard? Would us putting in an order delay any orders or delay our order?It's been busy producing heavy cruisers at a very good rate, one every 10 months. Stopping to retool for another design will cause delays and it will take time to get back up to speed again. The current heavy cruiser while certainly good enough, doesn't necessarily make you the most money. It has been suggested to the company recently that they should consider switching to another more popular Heavy design. Specifically one that is mass produced inside the Dominion.Either a cheaper one that could be built more quickly, or a high end cruiser or carrier. If you did intend to change over to another design then using the time in between to produce a salvage ship could work to your advantage.
>>2511499>It has been suggested to the company recently that they should consider switching to another more popular Heavy design. Specifically one that is mass produced inside the Dominion.If other anons are up for supporting such a switch. I'd say lets stop taking orders for it, finish the orders that are in for it and start building another type of heavy. Maybe another anon special?
>>2511499>Also it would raise some questions after all the work you put in on the fast super, ensuring the Hephaestus stayed dead.We're using it as a dedicated industrial ship where the unique construction process helps keeping the initial investment at a minimum. The fast super just can't compete in that area. It's designed to be fast and have excellent firepower - it's a warship. Both are things not needed by our construction/salvage company.Different tools for different jobs and all that.
I got to ask, when did Heavies become so expensive? I remember way back that Mediums went for like 200 Million for a expensive one. The Super Heavy Transport we captured during Typhoon only went for 4 Billion.What explains that incredibly high pay gap between a 200 million S Medium and the 3.5 Billion price of a obsolet Anchorage?
>>2511539Supply and demand would be my guess. Heavies were pretty rare before the current conflict, if I remember correctly.
>>2511499>Hephaestus, some additional thinkingWouldn't the Hephaestus also be close to what Alex is doing with his mobile Heavy Yards? So we would likely be competing with his design.>>2511533I think the Hephaestus makes a great mobile base of operations and is probably how the Neeran build their city ships, as wrong as I probably am on that idea. But unlike the Fast Super, the Hephaestus can if it escapes a battle can rebuild and resupply itself and eventually build its own fleet to overpower a fast super. In numbers and fire support. That's my thought at least, again as wrong as that thought probably is.
>>2511528>Maybe another anon special?There was an idea to take the bow of the current Anon heavy and use it as an alternate bow on the Inexorable Class.
>>2511539Tonnage is a big one for how I calculate the cost of the heavies. Some mediums are only 2-3 times as massive as some battleships. Hell, 2 Primordial class Battleships will out mass a Lance class ship.>200 million S MediumAlso I need to adjust and pin down the cost of the Eclipse. It's just listed as "greater than 200 million." I think 350 would be reasonable.>The Super Heavy Transport we captured during Typhoon only went for 4 Billion.Was that a Cygni or was it that the Mega? If the later, Bonrah was totally low balling it since actually getting a super back to full operation would be expensive and your House wouldn't have had the capability to do so yourself right then.>>2511561>Wouldn't the Hephaestus also be close to what Alex is doing with his mobile Heavy Yards? I guess? I think he wants to be able to go full STC with it to produce any Super/Heavy in the Dominion's inventory.
>>2511636>Hell, 2 Primordial class Battleships will out mass a Lance class ship.>Lance class shipWould it be possible to simply scale up the Lance and call it a day? It might be good enough for industrial projects. We don't need huge amounts of armor, excellent speed or anything fancy.
>>2511760>Would it be possible to simply scale up the Lance and call it a day?The Terrans have looked at scaling it into a Super.What did you have in mind? Connect a couple of them? Or just keep scaling them way up until they could carry as much?
>>2511811>Or just keep scaling them way up until they could carry as much?Yeah, basically that. Take the baseline version or the wider one and just scale it up until it can move whatever cargo you want to. It's not supposed to stand up to anything larger than a medium cruiser anyway.>Connect a couple of them? Plsno.
>>2511837But the twin mustang was good.
>>2511884Completely unrelated: Battletech feels like a downgrade from MechCommander 1 in every way except the graphics. How the hell did they manage to fuck this up so hard?
>>2511912Never did try mech commander. Should probably check it out.3 votes for the Ceres carrier modified, and 2 for Hephaestus redevelopment.The Ceres carrier cant be built at your yard yet, but it could be after the first modified version is completed. If you wanted to build more that is.The Hephaestus will require time, resources and political support. Development of the Hephaestus will likely impact Alex's project. (The option to throw money at Alex's shipyard and R&D was going to be coming up after a few more items.)
>>2511940I want a Hephaestus, so we can have a ship that is constantly growing and expanding. But I think Alex's idea would be the better way to go with this. Also helping Alex with his project will piss of less people.So I'll stick with getting the modified Ceres Carrier.
>>2511940Hmmm, that's a hard decision. Would it be possible to buy the carrier modification from Ceres and do the Hephaestus thing quietly and more long term?
Anyone else having trouble with google being really slow today?Also captcha not loading half the time. I hope I dont have another virus.>>2511966>Would it be possible to buy the carrier modification from Ceres and do the Hephaestus thing quietly and more long term?Regardless of how quiet you do it, you'll need political support from either the Ruling House or several members of the Seven just to get hold of the Hephaestus data. It's one of the few pieces of Aries data that's classified. They don't want it falling back into the hands of the Terran branch of the Aries corporation.Alex is also going to need political support for his project at some point in the future. Whoever you ask for help on one won't help with the other.
>>2512026Nothing out of the ordinary going on with google on my end.Random ideas to avoid Dominion politics: Ask Versa. See if Ferrigold managed to buy it off some desolate Che'len noble. The FA still owes Sonia a huge favor. See if the Kythera got the data while looting Aries facilities and if they would be willing to sell it.
>>2512058You could attempt to break into House Aries with Recon teams in an attempt to find the data and steal a copy of it. You're certainly not kept updated like the Ruling House now is on what they recover as part of their duties to the Dominion. Be aware that if you are caught you will be in serious shit with the top 8 Houses of the Dominion.
>>2512098Probably not worth it, then. Maybe a project for when Alex is finished with his project. Let's just order the Ceres carrier mod.Say, could we buy the data from Terran Aries?
>>2512126>Could we buy the data from Terran Aries?That would require them to admit that they have it. Which would further implicate themselves in the Kythera and Dominion Civil War mess. They chose to do heavy R&D in the Dominion to avoid the legal issues and oversight involved in building super heavy cruisers in Terran Space.Alex is (quietly) looking for R&D support for his mobile reconfigurable shipyard project. He needs engineers which is one thing that you do have R&D specialists for. Money is another thing that would be handy but isn't strictly necessary. "If your engineers can help iron out the last of our technical problems I can finally call in that favour from the Emperor for a shipyard. A shipyard that builds shipyards. I might need you there for political backup when that day comes."Fadila isn't entirely sure this is a good idea. "This has the potential to be politically very dangerous. Producing starships, even powerful ones, is something the Major Houses might tolerate. Producing mobile shipyards that can mass produce some of our most powerful vessels? This is something that could be a threat to entire Factions not just Houses.Jerik-Dremine's enemies will not want this to remain under our control."Vanderwal agrees to some extent. "It's an ambitious project to be sure but it may get away from us. Or be taken away for our own protection. That is what you asked the Ruling House for? Protection from our enemies? What if those enemies are ourselves?"That... isn't something you'd previously considered.The project is still far from completion so there is time to consider the political implications, and possible solutions.1) Provide the RSS R&D engineers or save them of another project? 1a) Provide R&D1b) Save for other2) How much money, if any, are you willing to invest in Alex's project?
>>2512245>1a) Provide R&D
>>2512245>1aProvide some R&D, so long as it wont cut into our R&D that we will need to get our weather control tower company up and running.>2 fundingFrom 500m to 1bil>Mobile Heavy Yards Political issuesI think we need to start finding a way to approach Ceres and Kharbos and Helios. So that they can also provide support for it, if Fadila and Vanderwal are concerned that the tech might be taken away. Then having them, along with Alex's favor from the Emperor will help protect that the rights stay within our house. If not financial support then at least support to ensure that it stays copyrighted to House J-D and that Alex receives a payment from any produced Mobile Heavy Yards.Perhaps we need to talk to Alex. To find ways he is willing to compromise to get the other big houses on his side. So they do not immediately come and take the rights away from him for concerns of safety or whatever reasoning they give.Then talk to the ambassadors from Ceres, Kharbos and Helios what they would want or expect in return for supporting the development of the Mobile Heavy Yards.Ceres needs it to repair their infrastructure.Kharbos could possibly use it for their desire to improve the Dominion no matter the cost.As for Helios it can help them maintain their neutrality and title as ‘king makers’ by having a means to support whomever they deem worthy to be the emperor.Another thought I had, that I believe another anon had in a previous thread. We could talk to Alex in to making the Mobile Heavy Yards have limited construction options at first purchase, but in order to build bigger ships they would have to buy those rights directly from the original owner of the ship designs. Sort of like normal Shipyards where you can only make limited runs of certain ships unless you purchase extra runs of a type of vessel. Only this time with the Mobile Heavy Ship Yard. It still retains its ability to repair Heavies and even Supers/ Megas. But you need to still buy the rights from the original developers to build anything.
>>2512245>Jerik-Dremine's enemies will not want this to remain under our control.Does Alex expect this to remain under J-D's complete control? It seems like something that would be put under oversight of at least the ruling house.>1a) Provide R&D>2) How much money, if any, are you willing to invest in Alex's project?200 million. Let's keep this relatively low key for now.
>>2512245>1a) Provide R&D>2) If it needs money to finish it off, then we'll invest it.>>2511940Switch me for the Ceres.
>>2512359>Does Alex expect this to remain under J-D's complete control? It seems like something that would be put under oversight of at least the ruling house.Much like Sonia, Alex hasn't always considered all the consequences of what he thinks to be a "good idea." Like that ski resort that took forever to start making its money back.Normally he's pretty good though and has decent advisors. This is just one thing he really thinks needs to be done. >>2512326>Provide some R&D, so long as it wont cut into our R&D that we will need to get our weather control tower company up and running.That's going to need an entirely different skill set compared to your vehicle and starship engineers which is what Alex needs.Did you want to contact Alex and discuss the political issues of his shipyard? Or wait until it starts making progress again?
>>2512428Then in that case, yeah give him R&D help.>Did you want to contact Alex and discuss the political issues of his shipyard? Or wait until it starts making progress again?Yes, tell him that while this is still on in the development phase. We should get the backing of Ceres Kharbos and Helios to help support him. That we would be willing to work with him and talking to them in coming to an agreement where all parties are in agreement. And we can avoid having a political incident.
>>2512428>Did you want to contact Alex and discuss the political issues of his shipyard?Yeah, let's make sure everybody involved is on the same page.
>>2512428>Talk to AlexThis will also be a good time to bring up to him if we haven't already. What the Count told us. The nobles are concerned about him so having him poke his head out and mingle some more might weighlay some of the issues from local nobles. Also we could ask if he would be open to the idea that HE should approach Ceres for a political marriage?
After sending off a message to the RSS R&D division you contact Alex. "I'm assigning the Research personnel you needed. They're the best I have.""I know. I've seen the HAGs and point defense gunships in action during the Civil War and since then in exercises. They know how to make the most of a vehicle. I'm hoping they can help do the same with my project and free up enough personnel to focus on other systems."Next you let him know you'll be putting a bit of money into the project, but are still figuring out how much. Your other finances might be a factor."Understood. I've heard Rioja is financially solvent at long last.""Yeah, I'm still putting most of the tax money into the planet itself."The two of you small talk for awhile longer before you move onto the more pressing issue."Alex I'm a little concerned about parts of the project and how you're doing.""I'm doing well. Why?""A lot of the nobles around the homeworlds are worried about about you not making a lot of appearances. Maybe you need to poke your head out the door and mingle a bit?""This is coming from someone who's average attendance to most balls is what, three? Four a year?""Exactly. Even I think you're being a bit distant and I've been gone for three years." "Right... okay. Point made. I really should get out more."As long as he's not locking himself in a room tying strings between pieces of evidence on a wall it's not too bad, but yeah he should see and be seen. He is a Baron after all."What were you worried about with the project?"You tell him about how it could be perceived as a threat by many. "If you don't want it taken away by the Ruling House or the Seven later, then maybe we should work on getting some of their support now? The backing of Ceres, Kharbos and Helios would be a big help, for them and you."Alex is worried that if he involves them they'll just take it from him. Fortunately Kharbos and Ceres both still need help rebuilding after the Civil War. Despite fairly stable long term relations they're unlikely to let the other gain sole control of the tech. Helios also has a vested interest in the stability of the Dominion. Alex thinks it over. "So you're suggesting an oversight committee almost, headed by a triumvirate? Wont that piss off the Ruling House being excluded?"[ ] Maybe we should involve them[ ] We shouldn't involve them in everything
>>2512631>So you're suggesting an oversight committee almost, headed by a triumvirate? Wont that piss off the Ruling House being excluded?"The heads of the oversight committee could be rotated every couple of years. All major Houses are going to go into full backstab mode no matter what we do. We just have to make sure J-D doesn't get hit by the fallout. Don't Dro'all like multiples of the number eight? Why not switch out one of the seats every 8 or 16-ish years?
>>2512648>Don't Dro'all like multiples of the number eight?Preferably 7.>All major Houses are going to go into full backstab mode no matter what we do. We just have to make sure J-D doesn't get hit by the fallout.So the oversight committee would determine who would be permitted sales of the mobile yards? In return they have to provide some defenses for the main shipyard?
>>2512682>In return they have to provide some defenses for the main shipyard?I like this idea and the idea of a rotating oversight council.Maybe the seven greatest houses each get a pick to determine who is on the oversight committee? They would probably pick themselves each time but it might be interesting if there was a rule against picking yourself.
>>2512631Alex needs to open up talks with them (Ceres, Kharbos and Helios) first. Get them warmed up to the idea of forming an oversight committee, so that he doesn’t end up losing control of his project. Once they are on board with backing him and forming such a group, then approach the Ruling House about his promise for ship yards. Informing him that he has garnered the assistance of several other great houses, to make sure that the Mobile Heavy Shipyards are not misused by us or those who possess them.Since Emperor B’H is already going to catch a lot of shit for granting this promise. Him knowing there is an oversight committee might make him less worried about what happens with those ships. And if the Emperor does require/ demand the R’H also be a part of the oversight committee then he lets them in.Also I totally forgot former R’H, Nirrium. Maybe also if he wants to, he can also approach them as well. So we can have all the great houses from the Civil War working on a project together again?There should also be a clause in there that the ownership/ rights to the design are attributed to Alex for creating them and that he gets a larger percentage for having put in most of the hard work in getting these ships built. And that the oversight committee cannot pull the rights to it away from him. Since the design is his.Also what >>2512648 is suggesting. Of having a rotating council from the members of the great houses.
>>2512694>Maybe the seven greatest houses each get a pick to determine who is on the oversight committee? They would probably pick themselves each time but it might be interesting if there was a rule against picking yourself.I'm see you HRE.It would probably be easier to just have it rotate. Though one of the original 3 would have to be on committee at any given time.>>2512695>Alex needs to open up talks with them (Ceres, Kharbos and Helios) first. Get them warmed up to the idea of forming an oversight committee, so that he doesn’t end up losing control of his project. Once they are on board with backing him and forming such a group, then approach the Ruling House about his promise for ship yards.That would seem the way to go about it.>ownership/ rights to the design are attributed to AlexI think that is very nearly the first thing in his book.>And if the Emperor does require/ demand the R’H also be a part of the oversight committee then he lets them in.Alternate idea. They can't vote but they can veto a sale. Approve?
>>2512682No idea, I have absolutely no idea what would actually work in that crazy society. Here's a random plan:We have the 7 grand houses, and the Ruling House. Because Dro'all like their sevens, a new committee is drawn every 7 years. A committee cycle consists of three drawings, which translates to 21 years. Each House can be present on the committee once each cycle with the Ruling House being the exception to that rule. They are allowed on the committee twice so that we end up with enough Houses for all 9 openings in one cycle.Each drawing three Houses are chosen by random draw, the majority of remaining Houses can veto the draw. This results in one of the three houses drawn is chosen at random and goes back into the pool of available Houses.The procedure is repeated with a House being chosen at random but this time the draw is final. The Houses that have already been on the oversight committee leave the pool of Houses in the draw for this cycle.After 21 years things start anew.Isn't Dominion noble society all about dumb games and keeping yourself entertained by trying to ruin your political opponents day without killing them? This might provide some entertainment
>>2512732That would be quite the powerful veto. But I imagine like with the US, the President can veto a bill or law, but if congress is still manages to get it through once again the bill/ law passes. I will admit I have not done a government class since I was in middle school, so someone is free to correct me on how it's actually done.
>>2512732>Alternate idea. They can't vote but they can veto a sale.If they veto all potential sales the RH is required to buy it?
>>2512732>Alternate idea. They can't vote but they can veto a sale.Nice idea.
>>2512755>>2512765Perhaps they can only veto so many times within a set period? Say, within the committee cycle?
>>2512793I think that's fine. The Committee and R'H can argue that detail.
>>2512793That would be easily circumvented by spamming sales to undesirables at the start of the cycle and then having free reign once the RH has used all theri vetoes.
>>2512798>That would be easily circumvented by spamming sales to undesirables at the start of the cycleGood point, though as with all things there are ways around that as well.>>2512797>The Committee and R'H can argue that detail.Sounds good to me! They can figure out the checks and balances so we don't have to. The general idea is; work with some of the major Houses now so Alex and J-D dont get screwed over later.What Alex can do is get working on the politics. He's no stranger to that. With that take care of you bring up the idea that maybe he should approach House Ceres about a political marriage."What? No, that's the worst thing I could do right now. Especially if I'm about to start negotiations with Kharbos and Helios and make it seem I'm equally neutral toward them."Well perhaps later.
As we got sidetracked by the political, lets get some confirmation on the RSS purchase deals. -3.8 Billion Ceres carrier modifiedDo you want to pay an additional 500m for the Asteroid Tug FTL system?Y/N?
>>2512865>Do you want to pay an additional 500m for the Asteroid Tug FTL system?Does Mr. London want it?
>>2512865As >>2512872 said.Does London think adding it on will improve its performance or will it be a needless waste of money? I mean dragging asteroids for resources would be great. But we can get other smaller ships to fill that role.
>>2512872>Does Mr. London want it?Not necessary, though it could prove useful if larger craft or platforms need to be relocated or salvaged. Especially if something needs to be done quickly under emergency conditions. If you're planning to salvage big ships on the front lines where a system can quickly turn into a combat zone it would be a big help. If it's just going to be doing the same job as the Anchorage then probably not needed.
>>2512894Then in that case, yeah put in the extra to get the Asteroid Tug FTL, so we can get those big hauls. Such as taking in a disabled/ wrecked Neeran City Ship.
>>2512894Let's not get it for now, then.
>>2511912>.The Harebrained Schemes one? Disappointing if true, their Shadowrun series was dope.
Don't worry I'm keeping an eye on how much money you have left.Asteroid Tug FTL system will probably be ending up in the survey. The salvage planet that RSS is buying the rights to. Buying out the land and salvage rights will be 4 billion. Troy is certain he could convince HTF to put a billion into the project. The question then is, does that let you take a billion off your own spending, or use that extra 1b to secure proper ownership of the planet for your House?HTF and the House could gain control of the planet by use of terraforming "squatters." By colonizing the planet with a majority of J-D citizens you could legally gain control of it at a lower cost. This will hurt relations with that minor House. Most other Houses will laugh at them for letting it happen. Not without risk though.As previously stated, buying the planet/system out early could leave it vulnerable to raiders.[ ] Use extra 1b to buy out system (-4b)[ ] Subtract 1b from RSS investment (-3b)
>>2512894Can we get it later, or does it need to be an integrated system.
>>2512976>[ ] Subtract 1b from RSS investment (-3b)It would be nice to have another system in control of J-D. But using squatters doesn't seem right. Maybe we can have the Count with HTF work with the minor house about transferring control at a later date? The count being so interested in gaining more territory for J-D. Having him discuss the details of transferring control of the planet to J-D at some time. Especially if we will be the only ones salvaging it, meaning we put in all the hard work in to making it better. We should get more say in what happens in the system. It's still a bit underhanded, but it's better then using squatters.
>>2512972To be fair, the first Shadowrun was significantly worse than the two that followed as well. It feels just a rough as that one.>>2512976>[ ] Subtract 1b from RSS investment (-3b)Don't bully your business partners, Reynard companies have stayed squeaky clean whenever possible and I'd like to keep it that way. Doing something like that also seems like it could damage HTF's long term business and reputation as well.
>>2512976>[ ] Subtract 1b from RSS investment (-3b)
>>2512988I suppose you could buy the rights to the system later. Though it will cost more if terraforming has already started to clean up the place.>>2512996>But using squatters doesn't seem right.Alright, I've split that off into a separate question.Karakum Death World II(If not buying out the system)2a) Complete contract, sell back land2b) Seize control of the planet via squatters2c) Convince House to buy out system later (-10 billion J-D)
>>2513071>2c) Convince House to buy out system later (-10 billion J-D)
>>2513014I mean. Still gonna buy it.
>>2513071I meant the Tug Engine, for the cruiser sorry.> 2b) Seize control of the planet via squattersIf the house isn't an ally.
>>2513071>2a) Complete contract, sell back land
>>2513090Whoops. It would be possible to get the FTL system swapped out but would require a visit to their shipyards for a refit.
>>2513105See you briefly tomorrow!
>>2513105Then I'll vote against getting it for now. We can do that later on the front lines.
>>2513082I am a stupid, our house could use this as a favor towards the smaller house. Seeing how the small house is having troubles cleaning the world up. We clean it up and they get to keep it, but they owe our house a favor and we get another ally, hopefully. I don't think anyone else in the house is as crazy as us to try and develop an under populated world. Like we did with Rioja.
>>2513071>2b) Seize control of the planet via squatters
Can we terraform other planets in Rioja's system?
>>2513258I look forward to us acting more Dominion/Noble/OG Sonia where we are a vicious merchant.People might have been thinking we were a bit soft, what with the democracy and us generally being really nice.
>>2513071>2a)But I also like >>2513206's idea of using it as a way to gain an ally for Sonia's housr.
>2ndLet's show the house that we are not just a ball and chain but that we can use that big sexy brain of ours to bloodlessly take world's.
>>2513071> 2bYou snooze you lose. A reminder to ourselves that this isn't a friendly game.
>>2513071After sleeping on it, I think I'll change my vote to 2a, but I still want to try and use this as a grounds to build relationship with a new house and gain an ally.
>>2512976>[ ] Use extra 1b to buy out system (-4b)If we go with 2b it might set a precedence for our allies or the Run Alliance. It would show them that we would be willingly to take advantage of weaker houses for our personal interests. They were already losing interest in the alliance as well. Its best we keep representing ourselves as the good guys (who love salvage).
>>2513071Also maybe attach an approval rating? For how other Houses will view House J-D depending on what we choose. Such as an increase in approval of J-D or a decrease in approval if we screw over a minor house. Also maybe add this to the poll?
>>2513071>2aI don't see a reason to get yet another system, especially if it causes tensions within the dominion. The house already has a rather significant backlog of worlds held in stewardship for them and we have grown so quickly we can barely take care of some of the newer worlds already.
>>2515251Supporting this anon.We have enough land to worry about - let's just focus on making a profit.
Your people keep an eye out for those you may know when they appear on Immigration reports. Recently some of the Lva family have relocated to Rioja. One of Kavos' kids and several grand kids. Did you want to see about making sure they had preferential treatment for younger members looking for jobs or considering joining the military?
>>2515287I'm all for getting them tutors they normally couldn't afford, some more expensive specialized training for the field of work they're interested in or organizing them a great internship. But not more than that. Sonia's House has managed to get where they are by being pretty close to a meritocracy and I'd like to keep it that way.
>>2515287Give them an advantage, but also make it clear that they should expect to get by on their own.
>>2515339>>2515298>some more expensive specialized training for the field of work they're interested in or organizing them a great internshipSo this then?With recent enemy raids the Alliance has started to move some training bases and ships farther away from the front. As a result of this an Alliance Foundry ship has arrived in the region. They're looking for a system to conduct mining and refining operations in to better train crews for forward deployment. In addition they'll also have a number of clearly marked training ships with opposing force IFF's, to conduct raids against the miners. They are prepared to buy mining rights to an uninhabited system, though they'll be paying in Alliance War bonds. Sell them mining rights?>Y/N?
>>2515358tl;dr: I am going to say yes. But also run it by our allies in the Run Alliance.Is the Run Alliance going to be okay with this? I would say sure lets do it. But I don't know if all the members of the Run Alliance will be okay with an Alliance base pretty much on their front yard.Also, in small writing that no one but lawyers read. In the event that the Alliance is dissolved for whatever reason. The system is returned to House J-D or in the event that J-D no longer exists returns to the Dominion and that J-D will be reimbursed for the value of ores mined.No one wants the Terrans to have even the tinniest of a foothold in the Dominion.
>>2515378>Is the Run Alliance going to be okay with this?They should be, there is an Alliance station at the edge of the Run which has resumed regular operations. >The system is returned to House J-D or in the event that J-D no longer exists returns to the Dominion and that J-D will be reimbursed for the value of ores mined.Firstly, you're selling mining rights, not ownership of the system. Also a Foundry ship is a starship, not an immobile station. It can leave easily enough. You can negotiate the cost of those mining rights, though that would generally be the up front cost.>No one wants the Terrans to have even the tinniest of a foothold in the Dominion.As an Alliance ship is it crewed by personnel from most of the Factions. If the Alliance were dissolved you can bet whatever crews managed to seize control of the ship would make for their own Faction's space at best possible speed. Assuming the Dominion crews aboard didn't just send a distress signal to every House within range to help capture it.It is far more likely that if the Alliance were dissolved the Various factions would negotiate how the super heavy cruiser assets would be split between member states. Foundry ships already in Dominion space would probably just end up going to the Dominion.
>>2515358Yeah, sure. Can local forces take part in the training?
Alternatively, since there is no Baron at Magdalena yet you could select a system in that region of J-D space, or in territory in the Run. Your call.>>2515397>Can local forces take part in the training?I'm sure they would be happy to. Care to take your Corsair or the Outer Heaven out against them? That should be good for a shock.
>>2515394Oh, okay I thought we were selling them an entire system to mine out. Then yeah sure let them mine.>>2515403So long as the Alliance is cool with us or the Run Alliance sending in units to spook their recruits or pilots every so often.
>>2515403>Alternatively, since there is no Baron at Magdalena yet you could select a system in that region of J-D space, or in territory in the Run.Let's give them one of the systems in the Run.>Care to take your Corsair or the Outer Heaven out against them? That should be good for a shock.Let's try the Corsair, we haven't piloted an attack cruiser in ages.
>>2515403Need Dominion oversight every now and then but else I am fine with it.
>>2515434>Need Dominion oversight every now and then but else I am fine with it.House J-D liaison officer assigned! Ruling House rep requested from the embassy.>>2515412>So long as the Alliance is cool with us or the Run Alliance sending in units to spook their recruits or pilots every so often.They were going to do it themselves, but if you want to show up at random they're fine with that. They'd probably prefer a few days a week where you didn't mess with them though.
>>2515403>Care to take your Corsair or the Outer Heaven out against them? That should be good for a shock.We never actually commanded a heavy cruiser in combat, right? Don't we have a newer neeran heavy cruiser model parked in orbit around Magdalena?
>>2515452>We never actually commanded a heavy cruiser in combat, right?You've commanded fleets with Supers and Heavy Carriers, but not heavy cruisers I dont think. >Don't we have a newer neeran heavy cruiser model parked in orbit around Magdalena?It and Qlippoth are undergoing some refitting at the Loran yards atm. They want to make sure that the salvaged Neeran ships are as up to date as possible and that they're using similar systems to cut down on logistics. The Outer Heaven has seen a few minor upgrades as well.You have 2 Neeran Mediums at Rioja.
>>2515461>You have 2 Neeran Mediums at Rioja.Shouldn't it be three? Outer Heaven, the Quattro, and that streamlined fast medium the fleet managed to salvage while Sonia was away?
>>2515476>and that streamlined fast medium the fleet managed to salvage while Sonia was away?Right, yes.
>>2515414>Let's try the CorsairGranting the Alliance mining rights the diplomats get to work determining how much the Alliance will pay the House for them. Before the Foundry ship is set to arrive you start getting some practice with the Corsair. It doesn't have high maneuver drives but it is quite light and nimble. In a lot of ways it reminds you of the original EX-K attack cruiser, especially with its spinal mount guns.Bekka has completed the upgrades to the Dusk II and has headed on to South Reach. The new ship is delivered to Baron Kári Darrow along with your letter of apology. It takes a few days but you do eventually get a simple letter in response accepting your apology. When word comes in that the Foundry ship has arrived in the Run you make sure that your diplomatic staff send an official welcome. You meanwhile take the Corsair out to the system the Alliance has mining rights and lie in wait. The Outer Heaven is standing by in the outer most reaches of the system among some of the outlying comets.The system itself is centered on a red dwarf star with a few thin belts and planetoids. It's not the most mineral rich but a fleet in the field wont always have the luxury of camping in the best spot. Within a few hours the Alliance ship arrives. A super heavy cruiser loaded down for manufacturing and refining, it's escorted by 8 mining barges, 40 transport craft and 60 assault corvettes. About half of these are docked to the outer hull.>Your plan of attack?
>>2515358Can we take over command of the opposing force secretly and teach them what a real raid looks like? Make it a proper training exercise, see if we can get locals Run pilots involved too.
>>2515579You might not be able to take command of them, but you can definitely cooperate with them. The OPFOR unit, which is currently in the Rioja system, consists of 3 escort carriers modified to haul Republic missile boats. All of the ships carry holographics packages to take on the appearance of Neeran Carriers and Corvettes.Houses with Training units nearby could be contacted to see if they want to throw a few surprise drills responding to distress signals from the mining fleet.
>>2515548Can we have the OH perform a very visible burn to lure some of the Assault Corvettes away? If they take the bait and engage, use the asteroid belts to approach the Forge and get in striking range, then launch a sustained burn at the Super aiming to knock out the contents docked on the hull.
>>2515548Jump in two of the carriers alongside the Quattro. Have the medium engage the mining ship so that the defenders are drawn away. Once most corvettes are busy engaging that group, take the Corsair, the other carrier, and Outer Heaven and go for the super.
>>2515608Have a unit or several remain in hiding/ cloak to sneak up close and barrage the super to cripple it and then break off to either regroup with another party or lead the response team away.
>>2515702>>2515710>>2515724Each a bit different. OH and 2 carriers jump into the system to draw away some of the escort. Sonia makes a run at the Foundry ship itself, possibly with the Quattro and remaining carrier?I had drawn up a skirmish pic but the upload is failing for some reason.
>>2515772>QuattroLet's name the ship. I suggest "Derringer". Quattro is unpleasant to type.Aside from that the plan is okay. It's just a training exercise, no need to stress about it too much.>I had drawn up a skirmish pic but the upload is failing for some reason.Seems like uploads don't work in general atm. Wanted to attach a jpeg to this post and got a nope from 4chan as well.
>>2515772That sounds like a good plan. I am sure the Neeran have cloaked units. But I doubt anyone who has captured one is going to devote it to a training exercise. However, it would be nice to steal Arron for this or a future exercise to get keep the Alliance fleet on the look out for stealth ships.
>>2515784>I suggest "Derringer"I guess we never did name it. Is this good or are there any other suggestions?
Rolled 6, 12, 19, 13, 11, 7 = 68 (6d20)Roll 2d20 for your own trainee ship crews.
Rolled 14, 8 = 22 (2d20)>>2515828bones>>2515813As always, The Domininator
Rolled 20, 8 = 28 (2d20)>>2515813>NameSure that's fine.>>2515828Dice!
Rolled 19, 5 = 24 (2d20)>>2515828Let me post images Hiroshimoot!
>>2515548Was Darrow like in love with us, or was it more a political motivation?Because if it was political then we might want to consider offering to have a relationship between our kids when they have one.
>>2515876A bit of both probably. He certainly admired Sonia greatly.>might want to consider offering to have a relationship between our kids when they have one.Something to keep in mind.Speaking of which, vote is tied between "Both" and "Arrange for twins instead"
>>2515927I don't even remember which options were in which survey any more at this point.
>>2515930It's the only one still up on the wiki front page.
>>2515932Oh, that one.Also>Outer Heaven - Neeran Fast Medium<br />>??? - Neeran Fast Medium<br />Calle the new one the mass production variant?
>>2515950>Calle the new one the mass production variant?For now I'm calling it the "Nautilus" Type on the Ships page more as a personal reminder until I can draw up my own variation based on it. I had just changed it on the Rioja page.
It seems even with a trainee crew the Outer Heaven is a formidable ship. That or all the best recruits want to serve aboard it. After the things you and Drake have put it through that shouldn't be surprising.Not only do the OH and the two carriers draw away the assault corvettes they rack up enough simulated damage that many of them are tagged destroyed. The survivors retreat back to the weapons range of the Super so that it can provide some cover. Once reinforced and enough of the mock Neeran corvettes are damaged they again try to go after the Outer Heaven. Kaz who is in temporary command has them pull back, this time drawing off nearly all the assault corvettes. Once they're far enough away you signal Derringer to jump in above the plane of the system and begin hammering the dorsal shields of the Foundry ship. Throttling up you head for the ventral side of the ship where the Mining Barges are moving to try and get cover. It doesn't take the gunnery crews long to notice your lone Corsair streaking in and they soon launch a scattering of phase cannon fire in your direction. The Mining Barges trying to enter the shields of the Super are also blocking fire from the larger ship's weapons, providing you an opportunity to get in closer. The guns on the Corsair can do a ton of damage in a short period of time and you're quickly able to rack up engine damage on one barge. Unfortunately they have a serious cooling problem. They're meant to operate in small groups, do damage and get out quickly, not hang in a fight. The guns cool off enough to damage a second barge and then you have to break off. A good thing too as the Derringer crew has pushed their luck and have lost shields. This may be a Foundry ship but it's still a super heavy.You order all OPFOR units to disengage and jump out. You may not have beaten them into the ground but you've done the next best thing, almost completely overwhelming their escort units and forcing it to break off mining operations. One of the Assault corvette squadrons managed to survive losing only two ships. The others were massacred. When you get back to Rioja you're informed that many of the trainees are calling the performance of your ships "unrealistic" and "more difficult than what we'll face." The training instructors are not thrilled with how badly most of the pilots got their asses handed to them.>Any statements you would like sent to the training units?
Have to leave for work. See you guys tuesday evening? Maybe monday, it depends what's going on.
>>2516035"If you think the Neeran are going to be easy. You're going to get yourself and your crews killed and cost the Alliance ships and supplies in future offensives. Learn from these early defeats and take them as chances to improve yourselves and your tactics."If they think war is supposed to be easy they best be shipped out now. Maybe send a suggestion to the Alliance trainers to put the trainees in ships with no teleporters? Like we did when we had to deal with the few pilots from J-D who were bottom of the class scrapping by. Or have them be in ships that have the teleporter disabled, so they are forced to think in terms of keeping themselves alive. Rather then just wasting ships in the belief that if their ship is gonna be destroyed they can just teleport out.
>>2516035>>Any statements you would like sent to the training units?Rent the holoplex on Rioja for a day or two and give the trainees a feature presentation of "The most crushing losses the FA has experienced" in uMax 3.5D?
>>2516076That's an idea we can do. Put them in the most brutal battle the Alliance had against the Empire Neeran. And let them see just how "Easy" real Neeran actually are.
>>2516035"Git gud"But seriously"Real engagements are far more terrifying as your friends are dying left and right. You where fighting Dominion Rookies. That should tell you all you need to know about combat at the Neeran Front. But if that wont get you serious about this then perhaps when you are tired of my rookies beating you again and again during the coming months you will reevaluate your stance on what is unrealistic and fair."I vote for us setting up some sort of bounty system for our rookies who will bully the Alliance pilots. Like extra shoreleave or the like for those who score the most kills or damage. So that we can REALLY get them in the competitive mindset. Then if this information where to spread to the Alliance pilots they would get serious about not getting ass kicked despite things being "Unrealistic"
>>2516035> Many of the trainees are calling the performance of your ships "unrealistic" and "more difficult than what we'll face."That's how most of our enemies feel, yes. So if they want to survive, unlike our enemies, maybe they should prepare for when they encounter the Neeran or Pirate version of us.God. I can't even imagine.
>>2516089>>2516035Supporting the trainee harassment bounty.
>>2516035>When you get back to Rioja you're informed that many of the trainees are calling the performance of your ships "unrealistic" and "more difficult than what we'll face."I am concerned the Alliance isn't sending their best.
>>2516035If they complaining and they're in modernised assault corvettes maybe they should be set to early specs, and then relive the Typhoon campaign and what the opening stages of the Neeran invasion was like.
"If you think the Neeran are going to be easy. You're going to get yourself and your crews killed and cost the Alliance ships and supplies in future offensives. Learn from these early defeats and take them as chances to improve yourselves and your tactics.Congratulations to those who did survive that first mock engagement."With this message sent to the trainees you decide to talk to the commander of the corvette training units aboard. They accept your offer of use of your local holoplex. They do have dedicated simulators aboard ship but something different couldn't hurt. You also mention that your own trainees will have some incentives for getting simulated kills against the Alliance pilots. That should increase their enthusiasm. The Training unit CO is fine with these measures but it worried about how frequent the raids will be. Both the mining and engineering training schools need a few days a week without an attack. They suggest coordinating exercises with the other Alliance fleet bases in the region so that the corvette crews get hours in every day.Only a few of the trainers would know which days are "safe" days for the miners.Departing again! See you whenever I can find time to post.
The call has been put out and after a few weeks Technicians have begun to arrive for the new terraforming tech R&D initiative. Only two of the research scientists are from HTF, having worked on integrating the improved Faction tech you previously traded. Many others are from different Houses or Factions. Harmen family intel assets warn that some of them are merely here to spy on the tech and export it to the other Factions before the project is completed . Because of this it is recommended that security be as tight as possible. Up to date R&D labs, resources and a small testing facility are predicted to range anywhere from 50 to 200 million. A higher end lab should be able to reverse engineer the technology much more quickly, though the security risks will increase. There is also the issue of a field testing facility. Trials need to be done on a real planet, and while it might seem like a good idea to begin trials on a world in need of terraforming, in practice it's not. Initial field trails should be done on a world with close to ideal conditions. 1) Investment1a) 50m1b) 100m1c) 150m1d) 200m2) Location[ ] Rioja North, remote Reynard property[ ] Rioja South, the arid basin[ ] Frostback (South Reach)[ ] Robrinaan (Former Erid colony)[ ] Merah (Run) (Red dwarf agro colony)[ ] Other
>>2518777>1) [x] 100m>2) [x] Rioja North, remote Reynard property.
>>2518777> 200M>[ ] Rioja North, remote Reynard property
>>2518777>1b) 100m>[ ] Rioja South, the arid basin
>>2518777>1c) 150m>[ ] Frostback (South Reach)
>>2518777[ ] Rioja North, remote Reynard property1c) 150mNo skimping on Security! This place should be more secure than a wizard virginity! No fly zone. Anti air canons. Shoot on sight for trespassers. The lot
>>2518777>1) Investment1d) 200m>2) Location[ ] Rioja North, remote Reynard property>3) Background ChecksEnsure everyone has a background check and is from either our house or those allied to us. Also as we did with the Sphere map, no one is allowed to be in the labs alone also have them sign NDR's and other legal papers that guarantee that they and whoever they work for will be sued into the ground for stealing technology. Also a legal clause allowing RSS to monitor all internal communications and to clamp down on those attempting to send info out to other sources. And a policy of taking nothing in or our of the research facility. Heh, maybe even have them pass through a small EMP hall that kills electronics going in or out through that entrance?Finally give our spy master the go ahead to keep agents on the scientists to ensure they don't try to secret away technology.Sonia's paranoia is go!
Putting down 150 million on R&D, you have a few people start looking for suitably remote parts of your land in Rioja's northern hemisphere. Nothing that will mess with your planned country house.>>2518876>>2519132Security for the R&D sites will be very high. >NDA's >legal clause allowing RSS to monitor all internal communications >policy of taking nothing in or our of the research facility. >EMP hall that kills electronics going in or out through that entranceThese can all be done, though an offer to provide higher pay and some money up front would certainly help with morale. Constantly being spied on is going to annoy many of the scientists even if they have nothing to hide. >Finally give our spy master the go ahead to keep agents on the scientists to ensure they don't try to secret away technology.He would have done that anyways. Uh, er, totally with you permission of course.>Ensure everyone has a background check and is from either our house or those allied to usBackground checks are standard. Unfortunately if you want the best you'll be required to look outside the Dominion and closest allies.If you want to restrict hiring to just your House and Allied Houses you'll incur a penalty to research speed.
>>2519151>Background checks are standard. Unfortunately if you want the best you'll be required to look outside the Dominion and closest allies.What about a clause that everybody working on the project has to either have their mind wiped afterwards or get stuffed into stasis for a decade. With pay, of course.
>>2519154A majority would consider this unreasonable. You are hiring civilians for terraforming work, not a weapons program for the war effort.
>>2519151>Extra pay for moraleFine>In House J-D/ Allies = delayI mean I'm not gonna complain if it takes an extra month or so. Hm, I know you said that the Alliance would like to get their hands on the tech eventually. Maybe contact the Alliance, see if they can send some of their scientists? I figured we were going to already hand that off to the Alliance for them to figure out their own method of implementation after we get our company started.My reason for thinking to ask the Alliance is that whomever they send, has to report back to the Alliance first. Not their home faction.
>>2519173>Hm, I know you said that the Alliance would like to get their hands on the tech eventually.They already have copies of the tech. It was going to take them a year or more before they established their own project to extensively analyze the tech and then disseminate it to the Factions. Your only advantage is lead time.
>>2519195Then let's just get a bunch of FA scientists and make a deal where we employ them until the lead time is up.Not like we don't have a giant backlog of research opportunities. Heck, we can even make that a selling point."Do good on this job and we'll let you see the REALLY interesting stuff."We'll blind them with our science.
>>2519223>Then let's just get a bunch of FA scientistsPart of why it's going to take them a year is because most FA scientists are busy with weapons programs etc for the war effort. Another part is intel screening and cover stories for where the tech came from in their project.They'll mostly have to hire civilians for it much like you're doing now. Many of the ones you're hiring could assist with the Alliance program later provided your NDA doesn't block them from doing so.Now, if you choose to combine your resources with the Alliance in your own current terraforming R&D project the Alliance will be obligated to share all of that tech immediately with the other factions. It will be finished faster and help many more people, but it wont necessarily help you first.Remember, you got your copy of the tech by dealing with Alliance Intel, not the main body of the Factions Alliance. If you had they might have taken the tech and said, "Thanks, this will really help a lot of people! Oh, here's some money as a tech bounty."
Involve the Factions Alliance with the Terraforming project at this time?A) For the Greater Good!B) For Chequing Account and Dominion!
>>2519326>"Thanks, this will really help a lot of people! Oh, here's some money as a tech bounty."Yeah that is something I feared was going to happen when our stuff got taken three years ago on the sphere. Actually no worse, they wouldn't have given us shit and said, "We got you out of prison as thanks for the tech. Now don't get in trouble again, unless you get us more free tech.">>2519340>B) For Chequing Account and Dominion!
>>2519340>A) For the Greater Good!Shallans need new worlds! And I'm sure we can work out a deal for long term profits with the FA.
>>2519340>B) For Chequing Account and Dominion!Sonia Reynard looter of all technology.
>>2519340> B) For Chequing Account and Dominion!
We have to develop a Terraforming procedure with the new Weather systems, and have it officially named the Reynard Procedure.
Remember when everyone was mad because all of your copies of the sphere tech was just going to be handed over to the Alliance?>>2519347>Yeah that is something I feared was going to happen when our stuff got taken three years ago on the sphere.
It seems we won't be involving the Alliance at this time. Allow the NDA to let scientists help the Factions Alliance after a year or two?>1) Y/N?An issue with some of the Starfighter production licenses has come up. Specifically the Republic attack bombers you've long produced. A few upgrades to the long lived Type 6 series have been released which are no longer covered under the upgrade agreements. The newer Type 10 version is based off the same airframe but there have been enough changes over the years that they dont all take the same parts. You can either stick with the slightly older license, upgrade to the Type 10 or look at other craft.The Republic's new Type 12 bombers carry many more torpedoes but are quite bulky and maneuver poorly. They're used as missile and torpedo boats, hanging back and launching from range while covered by the more nimble fighters and interceptors.The Dominion's Z6 series has been expanded with manned versions lacking the larger spinal mount particle beams. This has allowed increased mobility letting them make better use of their torpedoes. Your existing Z6D license has been upgraded with newer drone control systems that are far less susceptible to remote hijacking. As always the Ber'helum Z5Z remains available. It may not be able to carry as many torpedoes, but it remains a cheaper option with better ability to dogfight.If you want to take time to make up your mind the Republic is offering limited run production licenses for the Praetorian heavy interceptor. These have sufficient power reserves that they can be upgraded with newer stasis shields.>Type 6/8/10 Attack Bomber family 6 Torpedoes, average mobility (Slight improvement in newer versions)>Type 12 Attack Bomber12 Torpedoes, low mobility>Dominion Z6D & Manned versions (Z6C, Z6G)6 Torpedoes, low to average mobility depending on type>Z5Z4 Torpedoes, light particle beam cannons, Average to good mobility2)[ ] Stick with old license (Type 8)[ ] Upgrade to Type 10[ ] Replace with Type 12[ ] Replace with Z6D[ ] Replace with Z6C/G (Manned)[ ] Replace with Z5Z[ ] Delay/ Praetorian limited run
>>2519441>Allow the NDA to let scientists help the Factions Alliance after a year or two?>N>[ ] Upgrade to Type 10
>>2519441>1) NDAYes, they're going to figure it out one way or another. I am surprised they don't consider this weapons grade tech. But I am so glad that they do not.>2) Fighters/ BombersWhat is Archivalds opinion?I want to say get the Type 10 and a limited run of the Praetorian, to let our pilots practice with the Praetorian to see if it would be a good idea to invest in it in the future.
>>2519441>1) Y/N?Y, as long as we get a cut of the money the faction alliance version brings in>2)Build more starfighter factories.
>>2519473>as long as we get a cut of the money the faction alliance version brings inYou would probably not.Unless of course the "experts" remained on your payroll and you offered to assist the Alliance via a tech transfer or research assistance contract. Then they wouldn't be violating the NDA since they'd still be working for you.>>2519468>What is Archivalds opinion?On the one hand he likes the Type 10 because it does still share some parts with earlier models in the House inventory. It's also less massive than the Z6.On the other the Z6 is a Dominion produced design and 90% of the parts are shared between the manned and Drone versions. He dislikes the Type 12 because of how sluggish it is and due to how vulnerable it becomes once it runs out of ammo. It's payload can't be beat though.Archivald has no opinion on the Praetorian yet as he's waiting for more data on them.
>>2519494Then I'm sold on the Z 10, but would still like to get the limited run on the Praetorian for our fighters to get data on it.
>>2519473>Build more starfighter factories.Certainly possible. What fighters are those factories going to build?
>>2519530Upgrade our Type 6/8 factories to Type 10s, build one additional factory for them.One Z6D factory.One level 1 Praetorian manufacturing facility.Try to put them on planets that are struggling economically, if possible.
>>2519530I almost forgot: Are any upgrades for the Burlock available?
>>2519520Type 10, stupid brain doesn't want to work a quarter of the time.
>>2519541>One level 1 Praetorian manufacturing facility.You want say a custom fitting shop with crews building them by hand for a select number of clientele?>>2519553>I almost forgot: Are any upgrades for the Burlock available?Yes. They've been provided to you as you're one of the largest personal owner/manufacturers of the Burlock in Dominion space. They've not been terribly popular in the Dominion with all of the other competing designs. They have managed to become the PCCG's main line ground attack craft which has made them popular with many mercenary units.
>>2519597>You want say a custom fitting shop with crews building them by hand for a select number of clientele?Not exactly what I had in mind but as long as they haven't proven themselves in combat and are hideously expensive? Sure, why not.>They've been provided to you as you're one of the largest personal owner/manufacturers of the Burlock in Dominion space.Neat.
>>2519597Is the Burlock a "BRRRRRRRRRRRRRRT in Space"? We should make a dedicated futuretech GAU-8/A for it and sell stripped down versions to Shallans for insurgent activity and whatnot.
>>2519686>futuretech GAU-8/A for it and sell stripped down versions to Shallans for insurgent activityThe last thing you want as an insurgent is a hideously complex weapon that shoots huge amounts of ammo that are compatible with nothing else and that's not even particularly outside of very specific circumstances. Just send them a few thousand future RPG-7s instead.
>>2519686>Is the Burlock a "BRRRRRRRRRRRRRRT in Space"?Well let's take a look.http://houseanddominion.wikia.com/wiki/CCD_%22Burlock%22_Heavy_Fighter>2x Gatling Micro Phase Cannon or>2x Rotary Repulsor Mass Driveror>2x Particle BeamI think yes?
Looks like we're going with the Type 10 upgrade.Any opposition to setting up a shop for making a few Praetorians for members of the nobility or well paying customers?Intel have reported signs that a hacker may be targeting your finances. They're keeping an eye on it and trying to trace the source. So far there has been no noticeable drops in your finances as a result of this.Did you want to put out a bounty?
>>2519718The GAU-8/A and the A-10 are the exact opposite of hideously complex, and regarding ammo issues that's why I said futuretech GAU-8/A so that it would be compatible with other ammo systems.The idea is to have a tank-buster / commando killer that makes the most of the Burlock's ability to loiter around the battlefield and take hits.Like. Strip out the modular ability and torpedo ability and make it the best little close air support that could.
>>2519759I'm perfectly fine with this.Our first run should be the "Wedding Edition" and be a limited run of pimped out shit for the people we wanted to have attend but were unable to.
>>2519759>PraetoriansI would prefer to make a run for our pilots so we can get the data on how viable they will be when they are fully released. But if there are a few nobles willing to buy one for themselves, then sure, extra money wont hurt.>Bounty on HackerCan we not move our shit to a more secure bank? Or inform the bank that they need to update their shit soon or face charges when the fucker accesses it and tries to steal all our dosh. The accountant who lost their job due to an error they made all those years ago wants pay back!What can we legally do to anyone we catch who has illegally gained access and stolen our funds? If this is the Triad trying to get back at us after all these years. Can we please have Vanderwall put a hit out to collect the head of any operating members of the Triad left in J-D territory.Quietly put a bounty out for the hacker to be caught. I guess 1 million is a place to start?
>>2519784>>2519718During the Arab Spring and related conflicts there have been plenty of cases where ammo from old Soviet 23mm AA guns are used in makeshift single shot anti-material rifles.
>>2519819>Can we not move our shit to a more secure bank?It is in a very secure bank. >What can we legally do to anyone we catch who has illegally gained access and stolen our funds? Throw them in prison. Fine them, demand restitution, etc. They could also be thrown to Intel as an alternative means of serving their sentence/ replacing your money.If your money is stolen from the bank you can demand compensation. They might pay you via their insurance. If it were an actual armed robbery that stole from the bank they'd ask for a bailout from the government for sure.>I guess 1 million is a place to start?
>>2519883Could we ask Vera to look into it? Would it be cheaper to bribe Terrans to let her do so than to put out a bounty?Also we need to send out Vera a recording of our wedding.
>>2519883Shouldn't the Bank put up the bounty then?
>>2519896>Could we ask Vera to look into it? Versa? You'd have to disable a couple of AI war safeties that have been put in place in some of the long range com arrays since the Civil War. >Would it be cheaper to bribe Terrans to let her do so than to put out a bounty?No.>Also we need to send out Vera a recording of our wedding.Sent! If it wasn't already.>>2519942They might if it continues.
The bounty is put out at any rate. 1 million is small change for you but not for most bounty hunters. There are inquiries within the day and within the week three professional bounty hunters arrive on planet. Clearly things are getting a bit too hot for the hacker because by day 8 intel picks up a message. If they can get 2 million from your accounts without being noticed then give it back to you they're wondering if that would be enough to earn them a job.>How do you intend to respond?
>>2520121That is up to House intel if they need a hacker for some reason or if Vanderwal needs a hacker for any reason. Was this guy put on by Vanderwal to show his skill?
>>2520121Haha sure.We'll even pay them for the information on how they did it.
>>2520146>That is up to House intel if they need a hacker for some reason or if Vanderwal needs a hacker for any reason."This being a world with a rapidly expanding population we're always looking for talent." Vanderwal replies. >>2520172A day later Vanderwal informs you they've received a message indicating the hacker in question has the 2 million ready for delivery to you. The Bank shows no signs of a theft and neither does RSS or any of your other business. "Alright, bring them in I want proof." you tell the spymaster. "I'll even pay them for info on how they did it."A few hours later you're informed that the hacker in question is a young lady from Terran space. Well, young lady might be pushing it. "She's a little girl!" Vanderwal shrugs. "She's not very old I'll admit but she does seem to know her way around a computer system. Obviously there are some legal difficulties employing someone that young but there have been exceptions." Persephone Sarkisyan is 12 years old and seems to have made it onto the planet as part of a war orphans group. Usually they're sent to Terran worlds but at least one made it to Rioja. Her primary means of system access early on was with one of the Rioja communicators you have produced for new citizens. There isn't much left of her original, having scavenged it for parts. "Where, no, how did she get 2 million without the banks finding out?""Apparently she's been skimming transactions that were conducted inefficiently, gathering up fractions of a few Seni here and there."Most of it was through your company's business in the Run and on Rioja that make use of the more secure banks. Mr London has done some work in the South Reach offices cleaning up that sort of problem but he hasn't had a chance to get to Rioja personally.[ ] We can't hire a 12 year old![ ] We need her streamlining finances (Rioja improved financial efficiency)[ ] We need her strengthening network defenses (Rioja improved network defense)
>>2520317>[ ] We need her streamlining finances (Rioja improved financial efficiency)
>>2520317Also make a donation in her name of 500,000 to whatever orphanage she wants. We can write it off as her winning some sort of prize to cover the whole thing up.
>>2520317>Hacker is a twelve year old.That is amusing and a bit embarrassing. I'm sure we can create a small 'Youth Group Fund' to 'legally' fund hiring her for Vanderwal's little group.As for what to do with her...>[ ] We need her strengthening network defenses (Rioja improved network defense)We can get RSS on track to improving the network defenses of Rioja.Or if need be, there is that one House that is good in espionage stuff right? Hacking into systems and stuff like that that we dealt with during the Civil War. Getting B'H to talk to them and their rival in talks to put stuff aside for a short bit if not permanently. We could reach out to them and hire one of their security technicians to improve security... And as soon as I typed that I realized how stupid an idea that is. Letting a rival house get a look at our security measures.
I'll be back later tomorrow evening.
>>2520344Meant for>[ ] We need her streamlining finances (Rioja improved financial efficiency)RSS is supposed to handle security stuff anyways. Unless she is interested in security branch.
So I just came back to the quest after a while and that is a lot of changes that happened. What happened to our friendly space wizard?Also to the guy talking about Btech earlier, that's because they're following the Tabletop rules somewhat, improving some things as well. Although it's still kinda shit right now from the optimization issues and the tendency to create some hilariously unbalanced missions.>>2520344Just as long we call it unofficially as "Vanderwal's little group hush money and development Fund" I'd go for it.
>>2520317[ ] We need her strengthening network defenses (Rioja improved network defense)I prefer defenses being improved. Especially since we just dropped a high tech research base on Rioja.
>>2520639If I wanted an accurate tabletop representation, I'd play MegaMek. The game just simply falls flat in so many areas I play a video game for instead of going tabletop. The story is meh, the management part barely exists, the pilots are little more than a set of numbers and an awful CG image, the skill lines are disappointingly basic, the difficulty is fucked, and I can't even take support vehicles. It's just a shoddy product they've either had no faith in or they're about to go bankrupt. Thanks to /v/ I also can't get over the fact that the main protagonist is some tranny's wish-fulfillment fantasy.AND you can't even get urbanmechs without editing some files ffs. Why would they do that? They're the cutest mechs.>>2520317>[ ] We can't hire a 12 year old!Let's adopt her! If that idea doesn't get any traction I guess finances is the slightly better choice. I don't know if working with the military or finance at age 12 is worse. Or just let her choose. Enroll her in a correspondence course in the university in addition to that?>>2515287Would it be possible to keep an eye on their careers to see where the military or administration has become inefficient while Sonia was away? I'm sure some rot has set in while she was gone, so if they don't get a position they're qualified for or if they get a position they're not qualified for, it would give our people cause to investigate.
>>2520815>Thanks to /v/ I also can't get over the fact that the main protagonist is some tranny's wish-fulfillment fantasy.Sounds like a "you" problem.Honestly you just make the game sound more appealing to me. Git gud casul.> AND you can't even get urbanmechs without editing some files ffs. Why would they do that? They're the cutest mechs.Legitimate complaint here though.
>>2520897>Sounds like a "you" problem.Pretty much everything about a game you don't enjoy is a "you" problem. Aside from purely technical problems, I guess.It makes some of the story sequences and plot stuff even more laughable than these stories usually are but aside from that it's still a flawed game in practically every aspect. Nothing completely unsalvageable in a potential sequel, add-on or extensive patch but this is published by Paradox, so who knows what they'll prioritize in the 10 billion DLCs that are most likely incoming. I'd wait.>Legitimate complaint here though.You even have to shoot two disabled ones in the tutorial and then they never show up again.
>>2520317Any info on what happened to her parents? What colony she's from? Was the orphanage treating her okay?
>>2520815I did say somewhat on the mechanics. Though at least A/C ain't all that thrash this time around. Hell at least skirmish let's you play a lance of Urbies to dick around in. I can't even get a wolverine 6-M without having to mod it in.
LotGH Remake Episode 5 Opinion. We get to hear the Defense Secretary call for more war and see the militia under his command. Yang learns he is being promoted to Vice Admiral and must capture Iserlohn Fortress with half a fleet.Up next is Iserlohn Fortress pt1, so I can only assume that it's going to be a two parter. Which it was in the original, but even with all that they have cut out. I feel they could have left the cut out portions in and still had a good watch.The remake still looks pretty. I guess they are worried that they will lose watchers if they don't have action going on, so they are trying to hurry things up and get to the fights.I am left to wonder if the Terrans share any similarities to the FPA from LotGH.
>>2521115I've only watched the first two episodes and I felt disappointed that they cut all the gruesome scenes from the battle. The CGI ships and going with pulses instead of beams also makes the space battles look worse imo.
All I will say about Btech it is that I am not enjoying these salvage mechanics.Also: Holy shit even Kratos has a retractable shield these days. But enough about /v/ >>2520639>So I just came back to the quest after a while and that is a lot of changes that happened. What happened to our friendly space wizard?Svidur died unfortunately. Along with all of the other Neeran aboard that ship.Fortunately one of the enemy commandos figured it would be a good idea to try and steal his memories. This proved to be a mistake as Svidur was a powerful telepath and his personality fought the commando for control of their body. This was already happening even as you boarded that ship. Svidur's personality was trying to use the ship's network to contact you. After ending up on the sphere Svidur tried to kill any Neeran Empire personnel that came near their contested body while the Commando still tried to do the same against any Alliance forces.Long term Svidur was winning. With the help of an experienced Sphere Caretaker it was possible to finally contain the Commando's personality allowing Svidur to take full control of their body.TL;DR Svidur died, then he got better.
>>2520341>make a donation in her name of 500,000 to whatever orphanage she wants.That's enough of a donation for all the orphanages. >>2520815>Would it be possible to keep an eye on their careers to see where the military or administration has become inefficient while Sonia was away? I'm sure some rot has set in while she was goneYes. After what happened the first few times you were away from Rioja, and the subsequent cleanup operations, your people on planet got very good to dealing with things. They also had the added advantage of having Verilis on planet who you'd asked to look after the place while you were gone. She had a bit more authority to act on things that would have otherwise required you to be present, or permission from your family to conduct operations on your property.Vanderwal also triggered a few scares by implying you were returning to Rioja soon™.>>2520344>'Youth Group Fund' to 'legally' fund hiring her for Vanderwal's little group.Could work.>>2520924>Any info on what happened to her parents? What colony she's from?One of the colonies hit by a kinetic bombardment. Parents are listed as missing, presumed dead. She would have been in a school shelter during the bombardment. >Was the orphanage treating her okay?She admits that it was okay. Certainly better than the ship they were sent here on. She just didn't care for the school work. You decide that Rioja needs improved financial efficiency. Not just for you but for everyone else wanting to do business on the planet. Attracting more business and improving your own income at the same time remain vital to the planet's continued growth. Deciding to tell miss Sarkisyan in person of you decision a member of your guard have her shown in. "Okay, you're hired-"Yes!" "-but there's one condition""Fine, what is it?""You have to complete high school."She stares at you mouth agape for a few seconds."What?! That takes years!""I didn't say you had to complete it before we let you start hacking stuff. Just that you need to complete it, or it's equivalent eventually."She's not quite as unenthusiastic after being told about some of the Dominion's private schooling options.
The mad scientist you're renting a very private and remote research outpost to has supposedly made a breakthrough. He won't say with what, but it must be worth some money. He's sent an additional 10 million as thanks for giving him peace and quiet to focus on work.+10 millionWhile you were gone quite a few people in the military transferred to Drake's fleet. Ultimately it wasn't enough to make a serious dent in Rioja's fleet but your advisors most certainly noticed. Of those that did transfer many chose to have their dependents remain on Rioja. This seems to have been a good idea in a few cases as more rebellious elements have tried to target families of J-D personnel.With your return as many as half that did transfer are now requesting to go back to Rioja. Obviously Drake can't approve all of this at once or she'd be hard hit by the loss of experienced and otherwise loyal officers and troops. She's not sure if it's because they want to get away from insurgent threats or a return to family. Or because they think your fleet will get rich quicker. Either way she'd appreciate some help on your end to make sure transfers take long enough for her to cope. Agree to help, or allow people to return more quickly?
>>2521766>Drake personnel issueWe can work with her. Maybe get RSS or House Intel to work on finding out if the people wanting to be transferred back are worried about their family and the insurgents or if they just think they'll get rich quicker.I understand people wanting to get home and protect their families. But I believe somewhere in those contracts everyone signs when they join the military, that insurgents fall under things you agree to stand against.If the insurgents see that members from Drakes fleet are leaving to join Rioja. That will open her up to the possibility of spies and insurgents infiltrating her ranks, more so then they already have. It'll also make them bolder if they believe their tactics are working.Also, could we ask Drake if it is okay with her to send some RSS units or units from our own fleet to help her out in rooting out the insurgents?
>>2521766> Agree to helpMaybe we can rotate troops out to her for the ones who have families?
>>2521805She's glad for the support. She and Tenni have been putting up offers in other parts of House space encouraging transfers to their territory. Usually with higher rates of pay for the garrison troops. Due to the insurgency the PDF for those worlds remains in bad shape, with reduced rates of recruitment and high desertion.>It'll also make them bolder if they believe their tactics are working.That's one of her primary concerns. >Also, could we ask Drake if it is okay with her to send some RSS units or units from our own fleet to help her out in rooting out the insurgents?Drake thanks you for the offer but she doesn't want mercenaries, even good ones, in the mix right now. "It would be too easy to hire mercenaries to do some dirty work to clear out the insurgency then wash my hands of them. That doesn't get me a PR win. We're making progress here and this is going to be a J-D world eventually.I wish eventually was soon."
Deciding you've put it off too long already you and Troy visit a doctor to see if it might be possible to arrange for twins. Preferably identical twins. They can do some crazy things these days so this should be, if not simple, then possible. The doctor agrees that it should be possible. They'll need to take a few scans first to be sure. A few minutes of analyzing results later they get back to you. "Unfortunately I dont think you'll be able to have identical twins at this time. It's still possible for fraternal twins, though this is as late as I would recommend it.""Why is that exactly?" you ask."Due to your existing pregnancy inducing twins should take place as soon as possible. This is to ensure both children are at a roughly equal stage of development.""But I- wait, I'm already pregnant? When did we-" You look to Troy who shrugs."The only time it could have happened would be after the festival."Being too drunk to remember actually doing it isn't exactly how you'd pictured things going. Turning back to the doctor you ask if you'll need a paternity test."That shouldn't be necessary. The scans show close enough that it should be a 90% match for your husband." "Why haven't I felt any effects?""Hmm... give it two weeks? Or you might be lucky! One in four women don't suffer any serious cases of morning sickness." You need to call your mother after this. Ultimately you and Troy have already decided to try for twins. With the doctor's assurance this wont cause any harm to the existing pregnancy it's decided to go head with the procedure. When you get home you immediately call your parents. "Mom, how bad was your morning sickness?"Mom gasps in surprise."Am I going to be a grandmother?!""Mom, focus.""Answer the question daughter." she tells you in an icy tone. "Yes. Twins." you admit deciding to leave out the details."So? Did you have fun?""Morning sickness! Answer Please!"Mom pouts at your lack of elaboration but gives in. "No, it never really bothered me much. I didn't feel great but it wasn't like some women I know. You know, I've actually had worse cramps-""Okay thanks, love you. Say hi to dad for me! Bye!"
>>2521928>Double babsWell then... that's going to happen. Baby shower time? Also hey, idea for surrogate mom. How would Rufario feel about raising one of the twins? Or would that be to obvious? Hm, maybe talk to Mike and his wife see if they would be up for acting as surrogate parents. Speaking of Mike, call his wife and ask how bad it was for her.Send the other twin off to be raised by Svidur!
While heading to discuss business with the Governor and your advisors you catch Tamoren Balle arguing with Admiral Mezan. Both stop when they notice your approach."Everything okay?""We're having a difference of opinion." Balle answers.You look to Mezan. "Did you decide to get back to work or are you just visiting?""I've decided to help the government in exile but I'm having trouble working out how to do that. Many of them don't trust me. They also don't like some of the things I've been saying about the State and how things work now in our home territory. Like that they're not going to hand power back to the civilians once the war is over."Balle replies that she's not naive enough to think it will be easy but with economic pressure from the other Factions it should just be a matter of time."That's not going to be enough. We need to start forming our own military organisation now so that they'll actually be ready in a few years time."Balle is against this given the problems Dominion space has seen with militant Shallan groups among the refugee populations. She personally saw to it that the one in J-D space was broken up. >What say?
>>2522003How about a merc outfit in the PCCG, like she was thinking about earlier?Or if the government in exile doesn't want to support her actions then she could go pirate and start applying pressure to the Shallan military government. Have our own adorable short pirate queen ally. Though we should not say that out loud.Both of them have good points. A military force should be readied should the Shallan Military Government not step aside and things become messy. But starting a military force within the Dominion is asking for trouble and Bale already went through the trouble of breaking one up. If we were to support or help create a new one within the Dominion, we would be seen as trampling our own subordinates hard work and name. So I think suggesting a merc outfit in the PCCG might be the best choice. We can have a recruitment office for Mezan's mercs on Rioja so she can recruit the more militant Shallans who want to do something. Who want to return Shallan space back to the hands of civilians instead of the military.
>>2522032Supporting this.Supporting a foreign military on our planet within Dominion space sounds like a bad idea.
>>2522032>she could go pirateThat is what most terrifies the Government in exile. They don't want their people being branded as pirates and terrorists.>I think suggesting a merc outfit in the PCCG might be the best choice. >>2522047"I'd be happy to support you forming a mercenary company. You'd even be allowed to recruit here. But it has to based in the PCCG or another location. Balle has some legitimate concerns, it would be bad for everyone if you were to be based here."Balle for one seems relieved. Mezan isn't entirely happy but seems to accept what you say."I dont suppose you could help me get approval for a loan and weapons sales?"[ ] I'll talk to my advisors and let you know[ ] Come on in, let's talk to my advisors
>>2522070>[x] Come on in, let's talk to my advisors
>>2522070>[ ] Come on in, let's talk to my advisors"We're already here. Lets get this taken care of now."
>>2522070[ ] Come on in, let's talk to my advisors>Twins >Due to drunk sex AAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHH
Resuming tomorrow. I think. My schedule and side jobs are making things a little confusing.
>>2522191Good luck!>>2521928Are the kids going to have any fucked up deformities from all the stims and combat enhancements we've had over the years? Maybe give them the speed upgrade from an early age?
>>2522070> [ ] Come on in, let's talk to my advisorsBetter to have an army and not need it, than the other way around.
>>2522202We can take the immortality drug though now that we've knocked out a couple descendants.I wonder if Grandchildren could convince our mother to travel in space.
>>2522328We could certainly try."Are you going to stay on Dreminth and miss the chance to hold your grandchildren for the first time? Before they are old enough to be able to space travel themselves." We could offer to have her placed in stasis and brought to Rioja so she doesn't have to know or experince space flight.
"Come on in, let's talk to my advisors."Nothing tremendously pressing is on the agenda today so within a few minutes you're looking over what would be needed. Fadila is glad that they would not be based here but rather the Pandora cluster."The best choice in my opinion would be to form a mercenary unit through the PCCG. They regularly provide loans to assist with mercenary startups." As Mezan points out those loans are rather small. "They're meant for creating squadron sized units. That way they dont lose as much money if they get wiped out. If they survive and are successful the PCCG makes a ton of money back. I know how to utilise medium cruisers well. If my unit could start off with one of those we'd actually stand a chance at expanding.""What did you have in mind?" you ask."Since I can't possibly get my old ship back I'd like a loan to buy the next Eclipse II out of Rioja's shipyards."Those ships are not cheap, even at cost and you say as much. Mezan is just as aware. "If I were to loan you enough for it, could I own shares of the company?" you ask. You've made similar deals before, such as those helping House Medel. Mezan isn't against it but Fadila is, especially if the company later goes up against the Shallan State. "A simple loan they could pacy back over time, even a large one would be preferable."Vanderwal thinks it should still be safe to own shares through various shell corporations. [ ] You don't need an Eclipse II[ ] Shares via shell companies[ ] Large Loan[ ] Other?
>>2522976>[ ] Shares via shell companies
>>2522976I think we should go with Vanderwal's idea.>[ ] Shares via shell companiesAs I am already guessing that after the Empire Neeran are kicked from faction space. A lot of Shallans are going to be calling out louder then ever for the military government to stand down and hand back power to the civilians. With the Alliance having to use Shallan space to get to Empire Neeran space and their own standing order of not being involved in faction politics. The Alliance cannot get involved in that mess but I can bet that the Shallan Military Government will 'request' demand the Alliance and other factions pay some form of toll to pass through Shallan space to reach Empire Neeran space. Said fine would be used to suppress/ repress Shallan citizens who want a return to the prior government.
>>2522976[ ] Shares via shell companiesI for one think it's high time for the Shallans to join the Dominion.
>>2522976>[x] Shares via shell companiesVanderwal is just the best. We should have got him a gift from the Sphere too, very useful guy.
>>2522976Out of interest how is the Eclipse II performing after our three years of absence? It always seemed a pretty solid Medium but I'm wondering how it stacks up against more recent modernised designs?
>>2523044It's still a good tough ship, even more so since its modernization. The option to refit for sniper work with light siege cannons, or Carrier duty thanks to a modular mission section has won over doubters. It's still among the most expensive mediums fielded. Most would rather have 3 cheaper vessels for the cost of 2 Eclipse.>>2522998>>2523000>>2523014>>2523018You decide to get some shares in the company by the use of shell companies. Not 100% fool proof but nothing ever is. Sale of an Eclipse II to Mezan has been approved. PCCG startup loans should cover the cost of a dozen Dusk II's and they're now available from just about anywhere. They won't be a problem. Cheap but effective standardized weaponry will be needed for their group. Because of this Mezan would like to start buying any older Type 6 attack bombers that your House may begin to replace with newer Type 10's.Small arms such as outdated phase rifles would also be good. She's not going to load up on Reynard Rifle models.1) Approve Starfighter and small arms sales?>Y/N?That just leaves a question of how large of a loan are you willing to float, and if your ship and arms sales will be at cost or the usual sale price.2) Loan size2a) 400m - Enough to cover the Eclipse and a few upgrades2b) 500m - Eclipse and a few extras2c) 750m - More than enough2d) 1 billion - please stop, Fadila will be upset3) Sales3a) Sell the ships and weapons at discount3b) Sell them at cost3c) This isn't a charity, use average sale cost
>>25230851) Approve Starfighter and small arms sales?>Y2) Loan size>2b) 500m - Eclipse and a few extras3) Sales>3a) Sell the ships and weapons at discount
>>2523085>1) Approve Starfighter and small arms sales?Y>2) Loan size2b) 500m - Eclipse and a few extras>3) Sales3a) Sell the ships and weapons at discountCan we also strike a deal where she uses RSS for and ships she needs salvaging? We can get in on some of that loot. Though I am sure she would like to keep most of the ships she and her crew blasts for her purposes. I don't think she would be able to repair refit and crew every ship she puts holes into. Especially if she manages to somehow get a Heavy or Mega
>>2523085>2b) 500m - Eclipse and a few extras>3b) Sell them at cost
>>2523096>Can we also strike a deal where she uses RSS for and ships she needs salvaging?Mezan can't promise they'll always be near where your company assets are stationed. Even if they're registered in the PCCG its more likely they'll be out by Terran and Dominion colonies that are facing attacks. Or even in Norune space. Most of your front line company assets conduct forays into Shallan space and it would be suicidal for her to go there.500 million will be provided for the company start up. That's enough to buy the eclipse and get a few extras. Or it would be if they were buying at the average sale cost. You've decided to give them a discount. You ask Admiral Tama to start looking at the Starfighter forces and prioritizing older Type 6 bombers for replacement. Older phase rifles on planet will also be marked for sale to the mercs. The Governor is a little worried about the sale of the older weapon. "Many cheaper surplus firearms are used to supply the PDF. Due to the higher risk of desertion Houses don't like to provide them the more expensive weapons reserved for the mobile armies. Being a newer colony our stockpiles are not as large so we cant handle a large number of them being transferred all at once."Tama speaks up. "Aside from routine security work and the occasional protest, the PDF hasn't seen major action since the civil war. Surely you can weather it for a few months until newer rifles can fill in the gap.""We can, I dont just dont like the security forces lacking rifles or spares should anything happen."[ ] PDF can make do[ ] Buy a shipment of newer replacements[ ] Encourage a company to set up another arms factory
>>2523216>[ ] Buy a shipment of newer replacementsIf we're gonna pull from the planets stocks then we should replenish them.
>>2523216>[ ] Buy a shipment of newer replacements
>>2523216>[x] Buy a shipment of newer replacements
You decide to simply buy a shipment of newer replacement phase rifles. This proves to be so cheap that it barely registers on your transactions. The new ones will be assigned to more veteran PDF units. It seems that the newer rifles that entered production after the civil war have a few changes. They're slightly more efficient power wise but supposedly also boast increased effectiveness against Kythera nanites. Newer hardened casings mean they also don't look like they're a thousand years old.Mezan has one last request. "I know I've been asking a lot so I don't expect to get a positive response to this. I'll need people who are prepared to fight, even if they may have history. I'd like to take the Shallan prisoners that Balle and House Jerik-Dremine arrested.""Now that's just asking to be labeled terrorists." Says Vanderwal before turning to you. "I'm not saying I'm against it."Balle of course is, as is the Governor.Troy clears his throat. "Putting this out there, this will be kicking them out of J-D space. That could be a good thing">What say?
>>2523267>Shallan TerroristNo, they have to serve their time. If we let them out before they have then we might as well just be rewarding them and supporting terrorist actions as well. Balle did a lot of work to get as many as she did and us letting any out would again in my mind be seen as trampling upon her hard work. Now, what they choose to do AFTER they serve their time is up to them. They'll still be considered terrorist in J-D and most other factions most likely. But if they choose to join Mezan and she hires them. That is her and her merc outfits decision to make. Same with if any Shallan terrorist that Balle didn't manage to capture. If Mezan hires them, that is on her.It would be great to get rid of them and put them into someone elses care. But I don't want to be seen as rewarding their actions or disregarding the hardwork put in by Balle.
>>2523267Maybe we can get the political dissidents out but it's not going to look good if we start freeing blatant terrorists. Even the ones that are being let out, I think should be made clear it's a penal legion sentence rather than a clean break for them.
Have to go deal with my laundry and stuff. May be able to post later, otherwise see you for a few hours tomorrow!Got Friday through Sunday off so I'll be running those three days.Was there anything you guys would like taken care of while on leave? Or projects that you'd like to invest in?Some more Terraforming stuff is coming up.
>>2523386Maybe go out an salvage something? Or see about expanding RSS into the newly gained J-D worlds.
>>2523386What's Ecord up to?It seems like a lot of allies and enemies alike are now using the newer torpedo resistant armor. Is there a way to regain an advantage here either by investing in either newer newer torp armor or newer penetrating torps?
>>2523386Additionally, let's take time to spend with friends just casually so we can reduce some PTSD points. I'm sure Eldal could use a day off to talk to someone he trusts about how his new situation is going so far. Maybe look into any possible upgrades for our ship? Structural improvements, better shields, stock up on extra maintenance supplies for high performance weapons like the lightning gun. It's been 3 years, is there any chance of acquiring another fat pair of storm cannons?
>>2523386>>2523500OH! Can we put more funding into developing our SP Torp Armor? To get a better improved version.
>>2523267> Offer to sell them to herIf she wants to ransom them from us then that's fine. We can extend the same offer to the Shallan government.We don't have to tell the who the other buyer is though. We could approach the Shallan government and just ask for a high price that they're likely to refuse.Or we could do a prisoner swap wIthaca the Shallan government for people with less severe crimes.
>>2523386I would like to see if we have any competitors in Salvage operations we could buy out and keep as separate companies. Specialists in dealing with FTL zones that are opening up soon.Or if we could snipe skilled labour/people in management and offer them money to start up their own companies for it, sort of franchising out the salvage operations.
Saw the first episode of the new Lost in Space. Mite b cool.SUPER SPOILERS AHEAD: They killed off Billy Mumy in the first episode.>is there any chance of acquiring another fat pair of storm cannons?Yes. The Republic has put them back into mass production and is stockpiling them. They plan to re-equip large numbers of medium cruisers just before the invasion of Neeran space. Some are being sent to training units for familiarization other to elite units. Others are being auctioned among trusted parties.Roll 2d20 for price markup.>>2523500>What's Ecord up to?Busy being the head of Rioja's special forces most of the time. He and the other "Immortals" have continued to report a number of strange side effects from the injections they took all those years ago. A previously reported increase in resistance to energy weapons has been confirmed. Hitting them with stun weapons is far from the most efficient manner of knocking them out. If anything trying to stun them makes them temporarily stronger.>newer torp armor>>2523551>Can we put more funding into developing our SP Torp Armor? To get a better improved version.The Dominion did begin a joint armor R&D program in an effort to keep up with the other factions progress. The armor company, which you're still making a lot of money from, is collaborating with the Dominion project since they lack the resources to progress much beyond incremental improvements.That might be enough in peace time but not now.Better armor is available but nothing that can be mass produced cheaply enough to equip entire fleets of starships.>>2523667>If she wants to ransom them from us then that's fine. She's not that desperate, and fully expected to be turned down.>We can extend the same offer to the Shallan government.They're already wanted criminals in the Dominion. Everyone else just doesn't want them.>>2523675>Specialists in dealing with FTL zones that are opening up soon.That's RSS's specialization. Your only real competition are from the Warlords and criminals. And the Warlords are smart enough not to mess with regions that fall under the Dominion's salvage rights.
Rolled 7, 3 = 10 (2d20)>>2524086>Roll 2d20 for price markup.Power of lightning from the top of your ship to rip your enemies to shred? Sure lets check those prices out.
Rolled 5, 14 = 19 (2d20)>>2524086>Roll 2d20 for price markup.Time to hold court and see who makes it through the selection process to see us?
Rolled 17, 18 = 35 (2d20)>>2524086
>>2524086> Some are being sent to training units for familiarization other to elite units.Could we volunteer to take on some training units too? We are unarguably one of the elites with using them.
Worst case scenario, the Neeran manage to get a Wormhole beacon constructed in the FTL hazard region and manage to sneak a Scorcher to the relay, then it turns up on the edge of the Rioja's solar system. Do we have a contingency plan against something like that?
>>2524194It's only ends up costing you 60 million to acquire a pair of storm cannons. You could actually fully equip a Heron class ship now.>>2524198Isn't Drake more famous for using them though? Whatever, you still make the offer to assist with training. The Alliance certainly isn't going turn that down and within 2 weeks a few crews arrive.Predictably, they want to run simulations of the Outer Heaven vs the House Nasidum fleet at the big shipyard battle. They're informed that due to limits on simulator time each crew is only allowed to do it once. So they better make it count.
>>2524224>Do we have a contingency plan against something like that?Scramble the four Supers that are at the Forbearance yards at any given time. Pray you can hold off a Scorcher with next to no SP torpedoes until they arrive.
>>2524236Now I know why people build up SP torpedo stockpiles.
>>2524226Drake might be more famous using OUR cannons, but we can always play the "we taught her everything she knows" card.Plus we are in movies.Finally Drake didn't offer.Just trying to keep up with our involvement in potential up and comers.We should do a hunt with the lodge of young knights and nobles we set up.
>let's take time to spend with friends just casuallyGood idea. Luckily there are resorts open now.Beach vacation! The sand, surf and sun are all in abundance at one of the high class resorts around the Peremptory Sea. Things are quiet and peaceful, with only a few guests present today aside from your party and escorts. "I swear if some idiot rips off my top I'm going to punch them with my indestructible arm.""Sir, you're starting to sound like your mother." Rufaro helpfully warns you. Your long time bodyguard is in casual wear for the first time in forever. She seems to be enjoying herself for the most part but is also monitoring a military grade personal com. As she informs you her prospective replacement for the position of body double and close bodyguard is currently in training. She has her running around the beach in Recon armor trying to shadow you without giving away her position.It's not easy, especially due to sand's annoying tendency to leave footprints. Then there's all of the potential obstacles like thrown objects and people wanting to talk to you. Learning how to stay out of the way while still being close enough to act is a serious challenge. You certainly make it harder for them by doing something as out of the ordinary as swimming. Charging in you quickly find yourself in water deeper than you've had to deal with in awhile. Certainly not since your enhancements. Fortunately it only takes a few seconds of flailing about to get back into the swing of things."Are you okay?" Rufaro asks clearly suppressing laughter. "Almost forgot how to swim for a second. I need to do this more often.""It's a good thing our expedition vehicles only ever got stuck in waist deep streams." She's one to talk, she nearly drowned the first day on the sphere.The others all seem to be enjoying themselves. Rob Ecord needed a day off, he's a workaholic almost on par with you. He and Eldal catch up on things including the new identity quest. With the prevalence of Humans in J-D space he's considering trying to pass as one. Towards that end he steps in and out of a change room a few times, having taken on a different appearance each time. Eldal's changes of identity throw off security a few times when they dont recognise him, requiring you, Rob or one of the others to intercede. Troy in an attempt to compare watercraft manages to roll a jet ski belonging to some millionaire. Fortunately no one was hurt. By the end of the day Valeri and Rufaro think one or two of the new bodyguards may stand a chance at keeping up with you. "How many have you been trying out?""Actually we had four out here today.""And I thought it was just one screwing up a lot."
>>2524421>surfHas Sonia ever surfed?
>>2524463>Has Sonia ever surfed?I don't think so? There is still time to make a few attempts.Roll 1d20 worst of 3
Rolled 15 (1d20)>>2524476Sonia stronk, do it in Recon armor
>>2524476I'll pass on that roll, unless we somehow trip over a sunken corvette.
Half asleep so see you tomorrow!
Rolled 4 (1d20)>>2524476
Rolled 1 (1d20)>>2524476We are the shark.
>>2524686>worst of three.>1You mean the shark ate us
>>2524730No, we manage to surf so bad we surf upside down, the only sign of us is the boards fin looking like a shark.
>>2524686>Rolled 1 (1d20)Through perservearance, grit and determination you tame the wild beast that is the surfboard. Clearly your skills know no bounds. To the outside observer however your performance appears considerably less dignified. "Do you think she knows you're not supposed to use your face?" Troy quietly asks Ecord during one of your attempts. "I think she knows.""Should I say anything?" "For your own health I don't think that would be wise."Dave rather thoughtfully provides popcorn to the assembled onlookers."There she goes again.""Ooh.""Ouch."
The next week or two you're not feeling the greatest. It doesn't take a genius to figure out why and it's not because of the surfing. Fortunately it's not as bad as it could be and for now, aside from some increased intake of supplements, there's no change in your daily routine. One of the things you did ask the doctors was if any of the enhancements you've taken over the years would have any effect on your children. The answer is no. The only changes have been to the bones, musculature and nervous system. If you were taking any combat stims, which you largely don't except for lengthy periods of fighting, they'd metabolize out of your system in a matter of hours to days. Starfighter pilots take tons of combat stims and they're largely fine. Mostly. The matter of politics rears it's ugly head. There are a number of nobles who have taken exception to a comedy TV show run by a number of Terran refugees. They call the show "Sofa Kings" and parody the way of life in the Dominion. Neither of the shows co-presenters name names but they have done skits that are clearly references to real life events. Because of this a few nobles that have suffered parodies of themselves would like you or the Governor to do something about the show. There are slander laws in most Houses, but then again this is a parody and not actually naming the persons involved.>What do?
>>2525164Kek. I like these updates.>>2525223Parody and satire is the voice of the masses. To infringe on this would not only serve to draw more attention to the case to begin with but also help to anger the people at large.No, better to let it be as it is now. In the event that they start openly mock targeted individuals or the House itself it becomes another matter entirely.But to placate the nobles who feel like they've become the target of parodies perhaps we could send a letter to the producers where we share our concerns. Nothing threatening or overbearing. Just straight up telling them that they should not take things to far or they will piss off the wrong people and they don't want that. Not while they work and live in the Dominion.More importantly. Is the show actually funny?
>More importantly. Is the show actually funny?It has its moments. They clearly try to ride as close to the line between funny and not as they possibly can. >In the event that they start openly mock targeted individuals or the House itself it becomes another matter entirely.>we could send a letter to the producers where we share our concerns.A letter is prepared. Agreement for anyone else?
>>2525223>Because of this a few nobles that have suffered parodies of themselves would like you or the Governor to do something about the show. There are slander laws in most Houses, but then again this is a parody and not actually naming the persons involved.Maybe have a word with the show producers? It sounds pretty funny to be honest, I'm imaging a full equipped, power-armored noble with a Flag and banner standing over a sofa declaring it captured for the glory of their House.Whilst we can't officially support such a show, if they were to tone it down a bit we might be able to stop any legal actions by disgruntled nobles.
>>2525303>I'm imaging a full equipped, power-armored noble with a Flag and banner standing over a sofa declaring it captured for the glory of their House.They produce their show on something of a small budget. That does give me an idea about decoy suits made out of cardboard. >Maybe have a word with the show producers?Talk to them or send the letter?
>>2525321>>2525279Just send a letter to tell them to be careful.
>>2525321send the letter
You send a letter to the show's producers warning them to be careful not to openly mock specific individuals. Or the House. For the time being you'll let them go about their business. If they do cross that line there's not a lot you'll be able to do to protect them. The nobles will sue them into the ground if that happens. If they actually insult the House by name you're not going to take that well. They send a response that they're preparing to do a parody episode of a top heavy House with a giant ship but nobody to man it. That was about as close to parodying J-D as they were thinking of going.
A few of the larger cities on Rioja, especially Rioja City and Strymon, have something of an image problem. Not the usual one you'd be worried about thankfully. Many of the larger habs that are mass produced look rather identical and can be difficult to identify for those above ground. It's a new problem that has only surfaced since people started to be able to go outside. Some have suggested painting buildings unique colours and combinations. Holographic art pieces, unique markings and other similar suggestions have been sent in. The Governor is against holographics because of the power requirements. Did you have any opinion on custom building markings?
>>2525368Paint the buildings so they look like the Dominion Flag or House J-D flag from above? Maybe add decorations like gargoyles or other creatures perched from corners and places. Or using the idea of holo-graphics. What about signs and the like?
>>2525384>What about signs and the like?Yes those could be included as well. Most people who have sent in suggestions don't want to simply end up with giant advertisements on the sides of the buildings.
>>2525392I was thinking let the residents come up with a name for their buildings if they do not already. And then have a sign/ billboard put up with the name of said building.Or hold a competition for the residents of the buildings where they come up with their own design for their buildings which everyone that lives in it would like and have them put up around the building.
>>2525368Advertisements and the like just help to make city blocks ugly as hell. I'd say get them to help themselves make their neighborhoods pretty. Set up a competition among the districts where they get to design how their buildings are painted and the like and then we paint it like that. With monetary prices for the artists with the best ideas. That way we get the citizens involved in the process and they'll be happy. Really they could commit to something as simple as "Green with white trim around windows and doors" and we'll go with it.Also I would very much like for us to introduce as much green as we can into the city. Trees and various amounts of vegetation will definitely help break up the monoton of steel and concrete.
>>2525368suggestion regarding holographics: special fee/tax that goes towards improwing the powergrid
>>2525368Exterior cladding? Building owners get their preference and it will be half funded by us? Has to have a purple and green quota though, and some gold too.
>>2525397>let the residents come up with a name for their buildings if they do not already. And then have a sign/ billboard put up with the name of said building.>>2525400>I'd say get them to help themselves make their neighborhoods pretty. Set up a competition among the districts where they get to design how their buildings are painted and the like and then we paint it like that. There's an idea. >Also I would very much like for us to introduce as much green as we can into the city. Trees and various amounts of vegetation will definitely help break up the monoton of steel and concrete.That's ongoing. Tree nurseries are running at capacity. >>2525406>special fee/tax that goes towards improwing the powergridThat would certainly help.>>2525421>Exterior cladding?As long as it's not flammable. Even the Dominion has fire codes. Alright so Districts would have a general theme voted on by the people in that district. These would be come up with via competitions. Each building within that district would have identifying features such as a building name. This could also include holographics if the people in that building spring for it. Advertisements on the buildings themselves will be banned, though the underground plaza's that connect them will of course still have ads. 1) This sound good? Y/N?2) Did you want to provide a couple million to help things along?
>>2525434>1) This sound good? Y/N?Y>2) Did you want to provide a couple million to help things along?Sure
>>25254341) This sound good?>Yes2) Did you want to provide a couple million to help things along?>Yes
>>2525223Can we guest star in a parody about the Terran and Dominion Gov't accidentally blowing up space, then fixing it by blowing up time to prevent space from blowing up?
>>2525446Like. The Terrans are wildly impractical and blow up space on purpose.The Dominion is practically ridiculously, or ridiculously practical, and chooses to blow up time not to save the universe but to one up the Terrans.The Terrans and other factions fight them to prevent time from also being blown up, but disappear one by one into the boud until only the Dominion is left.And then they blow up time to impress no-one because it's the principal of the thing.Ideally they would simultaneously release a swapped episode where the Dominion blows up Space to spite the Tettans, who then blow up Time as the quickest way to solve the problem and also because their time exploder is REALLY shiny.
>>2525434Yes and we should own the companies that personalize the districts and use them to spy on the districts.
>>2525397What about a yearly competition to determine the theme, in the spirit of Dominion meritocracy.
>>2525446They did have a short role in mind for you if interested.You'd appear as a Governor or Baron replying to a request by the skit's protagonist. Each time the view would switch back to you there'd be more papers and data pads stacked on the desk. They were also thinking more medals would appear on your uniform as well.>>2525451>>2525437>>2525436With you willing to foot some of the costs it doesn't take long for volunteers to begin organising things in their respective areas. Competitions start and entries begin to be sent in with various colour schemes for the buildings. It becomes a popular topic for the schools. There are arguments and disagreements of course both only a few get out of hand. People are glad to get their minds off the war and it shows. The entire exercise helps to build community, or communities, inside the larger cities. People living on Rioja are from all over the place. Many have lost their homes, worlds or loved ones. This is giving them the chance to form new connections. This is Rioja and this is their world. >Civilian morale improved!
>>2525463I would think a one and done is good enough, but if later on more people want to change it then they can request another such event.
>>25254341 Y2 YA couple of millions is pocket change at this point really. It's well worth it to make Rioja more cultural and the population happier.
>>2525469Hooray, we made people happy.Should we build local Dominion-Community outreach centers too?What do the people of Rioja desire in their day-to-day lives?
Intel report.The Alliance continues to monitor a large enemy buildup in the Neeran Empire. Their fleets are currently out of position for a direct attack on Shallan space or the DS2 cluster. Five full fleets with command ships have been confirmed. More may be on the way. Reserves are being moved into position to cover a number of potential targets. R&DThe Terrans have made advances to their quantum singularity generators allowing limited subspace focusing. This is similar to the gravity focusing sys