For House & Dominion: Crucible (12)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! Threochts planet is under threat. Someone at or near the Dyson sphere has been attempting to establish a wormhole connection to the local gates. They've been fairly aggressive about it too, going so far as to try and tune the wormhole connection to find any gates that are out of phase. This had the unintended effect of putting a great deal of strain on the system that keeps the planet's interior safe and hidden. Countering this meant making use of the wormhole generator on the builder ship you and your allies have taken control. Establishing a connection during the minutes between the hostile connection attempts ensured that those on the other side would have a harder time figuring out which location it came from. Once the wormhole opened you found out that the opposite end wasn't one of the massive space gates used by the sphere but a smaller one aboard an old Neeran city ship. Unfortunately it didn't take long for those ont he other side to figure out what was going on. All of the Caretakers with your expedition, and those who have been given enhancements to duplicate some of their abilities, are now out of action due to some sort of telepathic jamming. Knowing the Neeran have used weapons like this before you've launched a boarding assault through the wormhole. Shuttles and newly discovered teleport beams from the ship land hundreds of special forces personnel from your House, the Rekesh army, Tower Guard, Rovinar and the Krath. Once aboard your team cut its way through several enemy units before recovering intel from a Neeran infiltrator. Pulling information from its brain, Jan was able to warn you about an attempt to infiltrate the core of Threochts planet using the medical evacuation shuttles. "Reynard to all shuttles, stop the medical evac. We need to search the shuttles for enemy infiltrators trying to enter the shipyard. Medics, do what you can with stasis units for now."The ship contacts you."Sir some of the shuttles have already come back through the wormhole.""Don't allow them to land. Set up containment fields to sweep the shuttle exteriors then they're to wait until our caretaker enhanced people are back on their feet to help search them. Disable any shuttles that refuse to stop.""Aye sir!""And get any remaining armed forces we have left in the yard prepared to resist an enemy boarding attempt.""We copy. Ship security measures activated."
"Now what?" asks Jan."I have a few ideas. Someone find out how long until the teams sent to lock down the command section are finished. I want to head back to the field hospitals to help watch for infiltrators but there's something we should try first. We're going to look for a terminal with access to the ships systems."Jan leads the group farther away from the central chamber and to the edges of the city ship's transportation systems. Finding a security monitoring station that has a door cut open, the team guns down a few Trayan mercenaries that were present working on something."Odd to see Trayan unsupervised." says RuizValeri jumps forward shield raised, deflecting a hail of projectiles from a pair of Spikers hiding in one corner of the ceiling. Jan hits both of them with explosive rounds."Clear." announces Valeri.Estavan is wounded but he'll be fine, everyone else is largely untouched."Why is it we're here?" Jan asks once you start looking over the security controls."I'm trying to take a shortcut to removing the telepathic jamming obstacle that is crippling our allies."Searching through the rather decrepit system which is operating in low power mode you try to find a way to jettison the command section. Try as you might the system wont recognise you as a Neeran. Though your attempts do cause a few odd system commands to pop up."The system isn't letting me initiate the ejection system but it seems to think I'm an ally." you tell the others."Can we use that somehow?" wonders Valeri.>ADMINISTRATIVE LIFT ACCESS UNLOCKED"I'm pretty sure we can."The lift can get you into the command section it looks like, bypassing the heavily reinforced defense perimeter the enemy have established. Trying to find out what other locations it could provide access to, you find that the system is still playing cat and mouse with you. It seems you need to picture a particular type of destination to see if there is a similar one aboard it can unlock. Auxiliary bridge fails to get any results, but there are responses for primary engineering and a parade bridge. The latter is listed as partially cut off due to damage, but that it can still be reached on foot.Making what was supposed to be one last quick attempt you ask for a communications center. It doesn't quite give you what you want but it does unlock access to the external coms arrays. A patchy signal starts to come through. It sounds like a default Alliance message telling Neeran forces to surrender.Working quickly you match channels and broadcast that both Faction and Caretaker forces are on site. You append your Alliance security ID to it in the hopes that they wont torpedo the ship while you're still aboard it. "And if you're sending reinforcements, do it soon."
>>3809983FOR HOUSE AND DOMINION
>>3809984For House and Dominon! Claiming a City Ship in the name of House J-D!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DwhSQI97AlA"Let's go." you tell the others, boarding the lift. "We're getting into the command section and wrecking their shit." It isn't a very large lift, even by your standards. One or maybe two full sized Neeran might fit inside. It hasn't held up to age like builder constructs do and the ride is a bit rough in places. Regardless you can see it approaching the command section by watching a small projected map above the controls. Readying your shield and lightning gauntlet you advise everyone to get behind you. The doors slide open revealing the aft section of one of the more open command decks. Its layout is nearly identical to one you'd seen years ago. Only this one is a bit more crowded. Valeri and Ruiz down the pair of enemies that are posted right outside using 20mm fire. Sweeping right you turn towards the main open area of the bridge level and send lightning arcing outwards. Bolts strike three Gadaran soldiers ripping through them easily, then a pair of larger Neeran. When your gauntlet doesn't kill them immediately it badly wounds them, ripping open limb, torso and anything else facing your side. Everyone else on the bridge spins towards the new threat, drawing weapons or diving for cover behind the few consoles. You rake lighting across the entire area. Heat and energy from the few shots to get past your shield and strike armor are quickly soaked off into the capacitors. Concentrating you use the amplifier artifact to increase this flow to what you would consider dangerous levels. Once built up you direct all of it to the gauntlet. The number of arcs streaming forth from your right hand increase in both number and power by an order of magnitude. For a brief few seconds you can't even see what it is you're shooting at. Consoles, weapons, armor and people simply explode under the onslaught. "Cease fire! Behind us!" Valeri yells, making sure you hear him. Halting the lightning attack you see that your suit is glowing and your hands feel like they're on the verge of burning. Suit diagnostics are flashing warnings that a temporary cooldown is required. Drawning your sword you spin to help with the new threat. Neeran equipped with the newer shields resistant to your 20mm rounds are charging from the bridge entrance. You join Ruiz, Jan and Estavan who are moving to engage them. You dont see Valeri but that isn't a surprise. Cont.
The Neeran on the flanks use their plasma pistols while the others draw their larger swords. The curve bladed weapons are thicker than a cleaver and depending on the model are capable of ejecting the outer layer as a close range projectile. You've been hit by those before. Charging in you vault over a wide sword slash, barely avoid being hit with your opponent's shield and slash at its neck and shoulder while sailing past. Landing behind you you only have enough time to deliver a stab to a leg before it lands a solid kick to your shield, sending you flying.Your speed has already been enhanced before, with the latest additions you'd be even faster if not for your armor. The Nxesi pattern it would seem is not built for reaction speed. Though it is quick it's simply not light or fast enough for your reflexes. Valeri turns visible as he stabs one of the flanking neeran from behind, cutting down through its neck and spine to deliver a killing blow. Ruiz is handling herself well enough, dancing away from her opponent while inflicting injuries. Both of the Krath are looking more like whirlwinds of death. At least until Estavan takes something of a wrong turn and gets a limb chopped off. Risking the heat damage you swap the sword to your left hand and draw the plasma pistol, putting a trio of shots into the back of the one attacking your wounded Krath ally. Then it's back to melee as the nearest Neeran throws their shield, knocking the pistol out of your hand. Sword back in hand you prepare to meet the incoming enemy only for them to turn their sword and launch the blade surface at you. Diving to the side, you catch part of the hit on your shield, the impact sending you into a mid-air spin. It lasts only until your fleet touch the ground and then you're launching yourself at him. Knocking their sword out of the way just enough to get past it, you drive the point of your sword up into its neck and up into the head.This doesn't quite kill it, or not immediately. Grabbing your sword hand it attempts to crush it through the armor. [ ] Lighting[ ] Free hand HF-blade
>>3810075>[x] Free hand HF-bladeSee if we can capture this one! It doesn't give up easily, I like that.
>>3810075>[ ] Free hand HF-bladeWhile I'm sure our suit can withstand electrical shock. We'd probably end up making this dudes nerves clamp down harder faster before he dies.
>>3810075[ ] Free hand HF-bladeThis is just so brutal. I love it.
>>3810075>[ ] LightingNot the first time a Neeran has tried to crush us. It's not gonna get away with it this time.
Struggling with your shield you manage to grab your HF-blade and stab it through the Neeran's eye. This weakens it grip but doesn't completely do the job until you ram the smaller blade deeper in with your fist. Dropping to the floor, you're in the middle of rolling into your feet when you see the remaining pistol armed Neeran retreating. He's putting down suppressing fire while keeping his shield at the ready. Valeri hits him with with a few 20mm explosive rounds but those only help to propel him past the doors to the bridge. The doors open, revealing a number of neeran and others putting down long range fire off to the side. Probably dealing with some of your allies. One with a larger gun looking more like a tank cannon turns and puts a few shots your way as another hits the door control. Jan hurls a grenade through before the blast doors slam shut. Taking stock of the situation you're in a bad spot plus Estavan is wounded. Pulling back onto the bridge itself, which is only slightly on fire, Jan helps the other Krath reattach the severed arm. "I'll be fine, I just need a minute." he assures you. The command section is a sphere with multiple levels. There should be a meeting chamber in one of the lower most decks and a similar space on the top most one. "Jan, where are we headed?" "Lowest deck if the infiltrator knew correctly." "Any idea how we get there? Besides punching through the crowd on the other side of the doors that is."Once Estavan is patched up Jan shows you the way to a side area. Here he locates a conduit that is part of the ship's neural network. Like the rest of the ship it has clearly seen better days. You recall that Svidur was able to communicate to you through the ship's network from inside the council chamber on the lower decks. Quite a few of the conduits must converge there. Taking a closer look there is just enough room that a person could climb or crawl through the open spaces inside the conduit. It's going to be tight for your armor though. You might need to lose some gear. "Estavan and I could use this to get in and find a way to halt their jamming or attack whoever is causing it." "It would be better if we stick together." Valeri points out. Everyone looks to you, as you have the bulkiest armor. It's either strip off some of your gear or go the other way through the massed enemy forces outside the bridge.[ ] Exit bridge, rip and tear[ ] Remove equipment, use conduit[ ] Split the party[ ] Other?
>>3810128Would it be possible to take off the armor and have each person in a group carry part of it through the conduit? Then we should be able to put it on again on the other side.
>>3810128Primary>[ ] Split the partyHave Jan and Estavan go through all sneaky like, find us an alternate route through. The second we stop their jamming the Neeran are going to know someone is with their jammer. And send what units they can spare to secure it.But if Jan and Estavan can open another path forward for us then all the better.Of course, this relies on there being another path forward. Can we give them all our groups stun grenades and have them sneak through and stun nuke the room ahead for us to get in?Backup>[ ] Remove equipment, use conduitFailing all this, i would make the best sense for us to remove some equipment and sneak through. Though if there is someone on the other side of the conduit and they are expecting us they'll have a free reign to shoot us in a line.
>>3810128Is there any kind of shuttle bay or exterior access we could open or activate from here to help FA forces enter this ship?
>>3810128Can we set up some kind of feedback on the Conduits? Plug the positive wire into the negative terminal?
>>3810128>[ ] Remove equipment, use conduit
>>3810132The suit isn't really meant to be disassembled like a normal suit. Doing so in the field would be difficult and you'd be left with no protection in a combat zone. >>3810161Many of the ship controls on this level are destroyed due to lightning gauntlet. >>3810188You're not expert on neeran neural networks. You could connect a normal power line to it in an attempt to short out parts of it. Of course there may be safety systems to deal with that but you don't really know.
>>3810128>[ ] Exit bridge, rip and tearShould've brought some heavier weapons.
>>3810202>Many of the ship controls on this level are destroyed due to lightning gauntlet.That's unfortunate. I'd still suggest we take a minute and check if anything useful survived.>[x] Other?If we plan to assault the forces around the bridge, we need to coordinate with the rest of our forces current engaged in combat. Svidur was able to contact us last time we were on a ship like this. Is the communications system here still functional?
>>3810240>Svidur was able to contact us last time we were on a ship like this.Through the neural network. If you were capable of using it you would not be in a condition to participate in this assault. >Is the communications system here still functional?Ultimately unnecessary. You manage to raise nearby friendly forces. Quite a few are attacking the enemy positions while the others that were assigned to lock down the clamps for the bridge section report that they've partially accomplished their mission. The Bridge isn't going to go flying through the wormhole any time soon. At least not in one piece.The few people with suits of heavy power armor are giving the Neeran a hard time, while others equipped with builder armor are able to take some hits and keep going. Some Neeran are switching to heavier melee weapons to deal with those in the stronger armor. Relying more on blunt force rather than trying to cut them apart. >Remove equipment, use conduitThis technically has 2 votes so we're going with it. Jan and Estavan will go first and make use of your stun grenades to clear the way. Roll 3d100 First roll is hopefully not important.
Rolled 34, 56, 23 = 113 (3d100)>>3810269
Rolled 17, 46, 30 = 93 (3d100)>>3810269Breach and clear!
Rolled 85, 41, 85 = 211 (3d100)>>3810269This close quarters combat makes me wonder how effective the HRR shotgun, made a few threads ago, would be.
Equipment harness, grenades, magazines, anything and everything that might get caught or snag while attempting to get through the cramped conduit has to go. Shield is retracted but kept attached to the left arm as usual, along with the sword and recovered plasma pistol in its holster held in either hand. "You four first. If I get stuck at least I wont be in your way." You hand the last of your stun grenades to Jan and everyone gets into position. Gravity is low enough that you should be able to climb back out using the suit repulsors if necessary. It'll still be a pain in the ass but whatever, more important things to worry about.Everyone lines up, both Krath climbing part way down so that your bodyguards can get into position. Jan gives the go signal and both of them drop down the sloping tunnel. Ruiz and Valeri follow then you. Between the low gravity, somewhat rough interior and the incline you dont build up much speed. Which is a good thing as far as you're concerned. It gives you time to maneuver yourself around supports for the network bundle. Below you hear stun grenades going off then lot of noise, shouting and weapons fire. You almost get hung up on a support but tilt slightly for your sword to get past without incident. There's a bit of a bump from a cross connecting bundle then you find yourself on the floor of the lower chamber. There's no shortage of action as your team engages those present. Seeing doors at the back open you dawing your pistol and dumpt most of a fuel call into a group of enemies coming in through the door. You drop two infiltrators and found a few others. The rest scatter then suddenly turn invisible. "Got him!" shouts Ruiz. Glacing over you see a Neeran in the center of the room connected to the neural network by way of some sort of interface. Gripping your sword by its hilt you make use of the convertor. Soon enough the infiltrators become visible to you once more. Most have decided they dont want any part of the fight going on here and are retreating. After firing off a few parting shots you open your shield and toss the pistol and holster aside for the moment, joining the melee. The five of you gang up on two Neeran shielding a third who seems be be unshackling a number of Neeran in civilian clothes that are chained up on the opposite side of the room. At first they dont appear to be an immediate threat but after pointing a remote at one the neeran in question instantly flips from a docile state to a crazed berserk condition. It throws a few punches at the one who had released him before trying to tackle Jan."Valeri!""Got it." Your bodyguard goes invisible and then shortly afterward the soldier with the remote control is missing the hand with the device. Over the next few seconds the soldier is cut to pieces, despite landing a few good hits on Valeri. You jump past the other embattled Neeran and take his legs out from under him letting the two of you get a quick kill seconds later.>cont.
Over coms you've been hearing reports from the various other units coming in. They're all reporting that the jamming has ceased. While this is undoubtedly good for you overall everyone now has to regroup to better repel infiltrators. The small number of enemy Commandos have now also started to cut loose and are wreaking havoc.It isn't long before you're left in control of the room, with just those that are chained up left sitting on the floor. A few have little in the way of restraints left but dont appear to be in any hurry to go anywhere."Looks like they're wearing slave collars." is Valeri's assessment. Retrieving your pistol and attaching the holster to your suit once more you consider the options available to you. Jan asks in the Neeran tongue if they can talk but they dont answer. Ruiz retrieves the remote from a severed hand. "I've got options for chains, collars and input command, then there are some group command options." Estavan gets your attention. There are bodies off to one side that none of you are responsible for. Dead neeran that appear to have been gutted for their organs. At least five. Checking the one in the interface you see that there are signs of recent implantation. "I think at least some of these are clones."Valeri agrees, pointing out two that are chained up who have identical markings. [ ] Leave them here for now[ ] Order them to stay here for now[ ] Deactivate restraints[ ] Deactivate restraints of non-clones[ ] Stun them[ ] Execute the clones[ ] Other?
>>3810448>[ ] Other?I'd rather place these lot in stasis. But I am pretty sure we don't have enough on our group. Can we lock the door to this room and make sure no one comes in here. Along with a note to not disturb these people until Caretaker Neeran can handle these folks, clones or not they've been through enough shit. Best thing we can do for them is to keep them out of the combat. And prevent the Empire Neeran from exploiting them anymore.
>>3810448>[ ] Other?Stasis units for everyone! If we don't have enough for all them, put at least the Neeran in the interface in stasis. Or oes the ship have emergency shelters for civilians for situations like these?>Jan asks in the Neeran tongue if they can talk but they dont answer.Check if they still have their tongues or whatever they use for verba communication.
>>3810459>Can we lock the door to this room and make sure no one comes in here.Should be possible, though any engineer or tech head familiar with Neeran systems would be able to override it fairly easily.>Or (d)oes the ship have emergency shelters for civilians for situations like these?Good question, you dont know. Modern ones certainly do but this ship is tens of thousands of years old.>Check if they still have their tongues or whatever they use for verba communication.It seems like they do. The slave collar programming is probably blocking them from doing certain things without permission.
>>3810476>The slave collar programming is probably blocking them from doing certain things without permission.In that case, I'd like to remove the collar from one of them to see how they react. Have people stand by to stun the Neeran if they react violently.
>>3810476Then lets leave them here for now, making sure to lock this room down on our way out. They Empire Neeran likely know how to get around it, but we don't have the capability right now to protect them. And moving them will likely put them in greater threat. So lets keep them in place and secure the next chamber and hopefully secure the command module.
>>3810448>[ ] Execute the clonesI have a bad feeling about them
>>3810501Test removing a collar from one>>3810515Lock them in / Leave them here for now>>3810519Execute.Support for any of these for a tie breaker?
>>3810529I'd be willing to test removing the collar from one of them to see if we can get anything coherent from them and impress upon them that we're not the bad guys. And that they need to hide.
>>3810529Leave them here for now
>>3810529>>3810536Actually don't care, I'll vote for whatever's highest to speed things along. If we do remove, pick the least threatening looking one.
"We dont have a lot of time." you look for one of the least physically threatening ones and separate it from the others. Away from the device in the center of the room. "Let's remove the collar from this one and see how it responds. Be ready to stun it." Estavan gets into position to help restrain it if necessary, while Jan and Ruiz ready stun grenades. Looking over the control there looks to be a power settings and other configuration options."Ruiz where is the- oh here it is. Safely remove hardware." Activating this option and pointing at the test subject you wait for results. It doesn't take long. The restraint beeps then powers down before simply falling off. Once it drops off it's like they've just woken up... and have decided to punch the shit out of everything nearby. A solid hit to your chest plate drives you back but isn't enough to force you from your feet. Once you're no longer the closest target it spins in an attempt to kick at Valeri and Estavan. Both leap back and Valeri deactivates his camo in time for the others to hit it with their stun pulse grenades. Five of the spherical devices go off and deliver enough of a jolt that even the normally stun resistant Neeran momentarily collapses. Your suit soaks off some of the energy pulses giving you a bit extra to work with if necessary to augment suit strength. Those of you close enough help to restrain the Neeran before it recovers, putting the collar back on and activating it. "So much for that then." you mutter."I say we lock them in." says Valeri. "Use a plasma pistol to weld the door shut. Let intel sort through them later when we have more time." They're certainly not going anywhere on their own. Regardless there is also the situation with the network interface. It might be valuable to the Alliance or the Caretakers for building a countermeasure or as a weapon in its own right. There is of course the risk that Neeran still present could regain control of this room when you leave. >1) Network interface1A) Leave for now1B) Destroy it>2) Fate of the prisoners2A) Lock them in2B) Execute the clones
>>3810655>1) Network interface1B) Sabotage/ Destroy itI take it we can't get a scan of it before we start pulling plugs and sabotaging it? >2) Fate of the prisoners2A) Lock them in
>>3810655>1) Network interfaceDisable it, if possible. See if we can destroy sections that are hard to replace but are made of standard parts. The power supply of the device is probably a good place to look, the network interface another.>2) Fate of the prisoners2A) Lock them in
>>3810655>1A) Leave for now>implying we aren't going to make this a Reynard Flagship>2B) Execute the clones
>>3810700I'll back this
Leaving the interface device is probably the best idea. but leaving it functional isn't really an option either. Jumping up towards the connection points near the ceiling you damage the neural network its attached to enough that using it will probably be hazardous. As for the prisoners they'll remain here, minus the clones. Too much risk they might not be berserkers like the rest. Valeri mutters that he doesn't like executing prisoners but ensures they have a quick death. Jan hides the remote along with a com relay that should lead the Alliance or J-D recovery teams to it. Heading for the door everyone gets ready for a hard fight. Checking sensors first it looks like a friendly team is getting closer. Opening the door you find the position outside abandoned, or nearly so. A few field Gadaran soldiers are manning heavy weapons and operating a number of sentry guns that are firing nearly non stop. Gunning down a couple of them, the one near the sentry controls raises their hands in surrender. "Shut down those guns." you order while Estavan secures the prisoner. After performing a sweep for infiltrators you turn your attention back to the prisoner."Where did everyone go?!" Your translator is a bit rough when it comes to Gadaran and from what you can gather they've left for some reason. Possibly to reinforce the positions on the other levels. "Can anyone manage a better translation?"Jan intimidates him into talking and explains that the remaining Neeran forces are probably beginning to desert. Some however are either glory seekers or fanatically loyal and may be trying to find a way to help their commander.You've momentarily interrupted as a door explodes. The bodies of several of the smaller rovinar come sailing through the opening a moment later, smashing against the opposite wall. Metallic stomping heralds the appearance of a soldier in a rather badly damaged suit of J-D heavy power armor. It still appears to be fully operational however."Can I be of assistance sir?"You jerk a thumb over your shoulder towards the chamber you just left."We need that door and the prisoners inside guarded until this place is secured. Call for backup if you need it, by the looks of it I'm not sure how much more abuse your suit can take.""Will do sir!" The soldier takes up position but asks for cover long enough to slave control of the remaining sentry guns to his suit. After which he clambers back in and seals the hatch. Getting reports from the other floors it sound like the prisoner's description of events is accurate. A lot of enemy auxiliaries are fleeing into other parts of the ship. Plenty remain and are giving it their all now that they can use their abilities again. A Commando equipped with a hammer is tearing through friendlies on the upper level. >Cont.
You're about to begin planning out where to head next when the entire ship is rocked by what heels like an inner hull impact. This is different however as it's followed by vibrations similar to what you experienced when the wormhole was trying to dial the gates at Threochts planet. When it was interacting with the phased planet core interior. "That has to be the wormhole. Reynard to anyone near the wormhole, report in!" "Explosion on the other side of the gate sir. We'r-" The channel is momentarily overwhelmed by static and you can feel a shockwave propagating through the interior of the city ship. Atmospheric shockwaves reverberate through the corridors eventually reaching you. "-down! I repeat, the shield around the wormhole is down! Viscount Reynard do you read? The gate is acting strangely, flickering at times. We're experiencing a power drain from the other side. What are your orders sir?">Your orders?
>>3810852Aaand the ass hole got through to the other side anyways, greaaaaat.Get word through to the other side to cut connection immediately. We found the source of the remote call and disabled it. Tell them to get the portal open into the facility and get our troops in there to start sweeping that whole entire god damn ship for any sign of the bastard and to put him down HARD. Atomize him if they have to.
>>3810852Set the place to self-destruct and get everyone back through the wormhole?
>>38108581 for cutting the wormhole ASAP>>38108851 for getting everyone back through it first>self-destruct For the city ship? It's questionable if it has such a thing let alone if it could activate one in its low power state.
And presumably taking the caretakers out of stasis will also be a priority. [ ] Cut the wormhole ASAP[ ] Get everyone back through[ ] Break off combat while you try to get more info
>>3810955>[ ] Get everyone back through
>>3810955>[ ] Break off combat while you try to get more info
>>3810852Can they beam us a Neeran like Veod or Uller? We could stick them on the Amplifier and use it back at the bad Neeran.
>>3810850>Valeri mutters that he doesn't like executing prisoners but ensures they have a quick death.Did you just throw a couple of years of character development over board for two guys who couldn't be bothered to reply with a proper sentence?
>>3811264Have you had Valeri execute prisoners before?>>3810983>>3811162>>3811303Priority seems to be getting everyone back through the wormhole now before things get worse. For all you know the wormhole might shut down if there's an energy drain but you're not an expert on such things. The door hasn't been welded shut yet. Did you want to retrieve the neural interface device and the other prisoners to take with you or leave them here?[ ] Take device with you[ ] Take prisoners[ ] Both[ ] Leave both here[ ] Leave both, have a team remain here
>>3811712>[ ] Both
>>3811712If we are abandoning this position, then take the prisoners with us. Along with the device. Once we're on our side, put the prisoners in stasis until Neeran Specialists can work with them.And having this device in hand might give us a chance to figure out how to counter the Empire Neeran's use of it on friendly Neeran and possibly use it on the Empire Neeran in turn.
>>3811712[ ] Both
>>3811712Hey it's just another crime to add to Sonia's eventual war criminal trial
>>3811712>[ ] Take device with you>[ ] Have a team remain here
"New plan. We're taking that device and the prisoners with us." You turn to the heavy armor trooper. "You probably have the best idea of a safe route back to our lines. Plot a course and we'll follow." While everyone is busy you broadcast on the command frequency for all units to begin a fighting retreat. "Recover wounded and pull back to the gate. Do it in good order but try to make it quick. No telling how long we have until the gate loses its connection."Jan recovers the remote control for the slave collars and uses it to order all of the prisoners to their feet. They comply and soon enough have formed a collumn following behind the larger suit of power armor. "Why is your suit stomping around that much? Most others are fairly quiet." Or at least they are by comparison."Damage to the repulsors and shock absorbers sir." That makes sense. The background rumbling coming through the ship indicates that the gate is still having trouble. With that in mind you do what you can to get the group moving more quickly. Along the way you make sure that the crew back aboard the ship are taking advantage of the jamming being down. By the time the group makes it half way to the gate Veod contacts you. "Sonia Reynard are you there?""Yes, now tell me that asshole hasn't boarded the ship.""He hasn't. An infiltrator aboard one of the shuttles launched antimatter projectiles at the ship. The screens automatically redeployed to protect us and keep them out, but in the confusion at least two shuttles landed inside the docks." Not ideal but at least they're not aboard the ship. Unfortunately the antimatter weapons have triggered system defenses. An energy drain far in excess of anything on the dyson sphere is now present, and a number of manufacturing pads are producing drone craft. Some of the Drones are targeting Krath with sterilization beams, while others are sweeping the exterior of the shuttles and draining their power. "What about the wormhole?""The defenses are attempting to interfere with it but the ship is a separate system. It cant directly disable it so it's trying to drain energy from both it and the ship. We wont be able to maintain the wormhole indefinitely.We still have enough power to teleport everyone back aboard. Do you wish us to do so?">Y/N?
Called into work. They tried to call me in yesterday too about an hour before game start.
>>3812114>We still have enough power to teleport everyone back aboard. Do you wish us to do so?"Yes, Lock on all friendly ID's and teleport us in. If they have teleport us to holding locations to make sure no extras come with then do it.
"Yes, do it. Priority on teams farther back carrying large numbers of wounded." Switching back to the command channel you relay orders for teams with wounded to signal for evac first. Getting your own group into position within line of sight of the gate, everyone gets ready to deal with enemy snipers. Fortunately they seem to have largely been taken care of. Most surviving enemies are geared up for close combat in the corridors, not the open areas of the atrium. Beams from the wormhole begin to strike locations and your people vanish without trace. Some are on the verge of being over run by pursuing neeran. A commando armed with a hammer lands where one such team had been a few seconds before, turning the area into a crater. It deflects 20mm fire being sent its way with an upraised hand while pulling back into cover.While awaiting your turn you pop off a few plasma pistol shots at targets of opportunity. Probably not the smartest thing to do given the range and visibility of your shots, but it doesn't stop you from trying to aid the others. A trio of builder shuttles take off and move to help recovery of teams that dont have line of sight with the gate. You warn that they'll have to be checked for infiltrators once through the gate. Most of the wounded that had made it to the base camp are loaded onto the remaining Faction built shuttle and escape through the still flickering gate. Not long after your group with the prisoners are brought aboard in a flash. Appearing aboard on one of the pads you immediately notice pulsing lights that weren't there before. Biohazard alerts are going off. Not a good sign but soon enough it's clear why. Krath are aboard and are still considered a potential risk. Jan and Estavan tell you they'll help get the Krath and prisoners sorted while you head for the bridge. You take what might be considered the long way to the bridge now that the teleporters are confirmed to work. Better that than to potentially block pads needed to help evacuate people. By the time you make it to the upper decks medics are making use of every medical/manufacturing pad available to get people back on their feet. "Status of the evacuation?""The last shuttles are through now." answers Af Ied, who is looking a bit rough around the edges. "Evac complete." announces Uller.[ ] Glass the interior of the city ship[ ] Close the wormhole, let the Alliance deal with the enemy survivors
>>3813457>[ ] Close the wormhole, let the Alliance deal with the enemy survivorsClose the wormhole and start figuring out how the hell we can disable/ turn of the power drain in the facility before it leaves everyone in the facility powerless and releases the Leviathan and its brood.
Work plus getting my car fixed tomorrow. Cant promise when I'll be able to post. Might even have to wait until sunday to resume.
>>3813457[ ] Close the wormhole, let the Alliance deal with the enemy survivorsCant destroy potential salvage!
>>3813457Is there an option in between glass and no explosive? Something like a big HE round, or even better, a fuel-air bomb, to concuss the survivors. That would be pretty devastating inside a spaceship I bet.
>>3813457>[ ] Close the wormhole, let the Alliance deal with the enemy survivors
>>3813558>Is there an option in between glass and no explosive? Something like a big HE round, or even better, a fuel-air bomb, to concuss the survivors. That would be pretty devastating inside a spaceship I bet.Disintegrate the command module.Super heat the air in only a portion of the area, etc.
>>3811712>Have you had Valeri execute prisoners before?>:^)Yeah, sorry. That probably came off more rude than intended.However, even if not a lot of people were voting on that prompt I still think it's not a decision that is in character. Sonia hasn't discriminated against clones so singling them out for this decision doesn't make much sense. In addition that that, she hasn't had POWs executed out of convenience before. Or done so herself. Considering we've often done what we could to keep prisoners alive even if it's not convenient I don't think it was a choice that should have been made with a vote that was so close and with two votes conveniently appearing with 1 posts and minimal replies each. I hope that explains the point I'm trying to make better.>>3813457>[ ] Close the wormhole, let the Alliance deal with the enemy survivorsCan we set the environmental controls to flood the ship with a sedative for Neeran? I'm sure it has a riot suppression for civil unrest with the huge population usually present on these ships.>>3812114>Some of the Drones are targeting Krath with sterilization beamsSend the Krath to the city ships to keep the drones from interfering?
>>3814115Get ready for autism. Use the conversion beams to fabricate around 5 tons of 80% Ethylene Oxide, 15% Propylene Oxide, and 5% Aluminium nanoparticles, by mass. Compressing it as much as physically possible would be ideal then you could rely on the pressure as a burst mechanism, then ignite it with a pyrophorric gas, something like a non-metal hydride. This should produce and explosion equivalent to 30 tons of TNT, but as a thermobaric mixture it'll produce a crazy shockwave to rupture internal organs, suck air out of the lungs, rupture eardrums, all manner of debilitating damage to infantry.
"Shut down the gate. The Alliance can deal with the remainder and we're going to need the power."The hole in space quickly collapses and instantly the power situation begins to stabilise. One of the medics contact you with the casulaty report but you tell them it will have to wait. All of you are in considerable danger if the sysytem defenses are active. "What's the drone situation?""50 drones, roughly the size of heavy starfighters are attacking Krath outside. The Krath have only tried attacking one and as soon as it was disabled a replacement unit was built." "Get the Krath aboard. Use the teleport beams or even the shuttles if you have to. What about the stasis container ships?""Drone are ignoring them." answers Uller. "The system must know they aren't a threat." That or it recognises they contain a biohazard."Let's hope is stays that way.Get someone making sure the power on those containers wont fail."One of the rekesh personnel promise to look after it. With that underway and the gate closed the ship is able to maneuver, sweeping the docks with sensors and looking for signs of hostile Neeran. Tu Quedis speaks up. "We keep reacting to what they're throwing at us. Perhaps it's time we try to prempt them before they carry out whatever mystery objective they must have?"It's not a bad idea but you only have a vague idea of where in the docks the Neeran might be right now. Uller and Veod are still shaking off the after effects of the jamming and so aren't much help with sensing the enemy's location. [ ] Continue scans [ ] Switch to high power scans (Unknown how defenses will react)[ ] Other suggestions?
>>3814919>Can we set the environmental controls to flood the ship with a sedative for Neeran?I mean you could, if you wanted to knock out your allies. Any hostile neeran in the core are in the docks. None made it aboard the ship as the defensive screens automatically switched to surrounding the ship during the antimatter attack.
Gone to work!
>>3816539I meant back on the city ship.>>3816537>[ ] Other suggestions?Put all manufacturing pads and control stations into lockdown and see if we can set them to notify us if somebody tries to access them. Station a small garrison at the central control room. Did the Krath manage to establish communications with the more advanced scales?
>>3816537>[ ] Switch to high power scans (Unknown how defenses will react)
>>3816537[x] Get the ship out of there
>>3816537>"50 drones, roughly the size of heavy starfighters are attacking Krath outside. The Krath have only tried attacking one and as soon as it was disabled a replacement unit was built."Have we had any luck interfacing or communicating with the automated systems responsible? The ability to Give our Krath something like guest status would already be immensely useful.
>>3816556>I meant back on the city ship.Sorry. Not operating on a lot of sleep.I can';t even into words right now.fuck I'm tired, resuming tomorrow.>>3816556>Put all manufacturing pads and control stations into lockdownWorth a shot>>3816923Any support for this or hold as a backup option?
>>3818015>Any support for this or hold as a backup option?I'd prefer to keep it as a backup option, just in case the local Empire forces don't know about this attempt.Is the energy drain limited to the high security facility or does it extend to the sphere as well?
I'd say get the ship moving and away from the main station so it's harder to board. Then send a heavy time to secure all possible control stations in the installation. If the enemy infiltrators get control of those then we're fucked. It also seems to be me like that is the best way to calming down the security response. If we gain control of the security it will also be easier to find the infiltrators.Three birds with one stone.>>3818015>Any support for this or hold as a backup option?Back up plan. Hopefully it wont come to that however.>>Put all manufacturing pads and control stations into lockdownThis is a excellent idea too.
Why not booby trap manufacturing pads? They're indestructible, have them set to make a low yield explosive upon activation. Shred the infantry trying to use it, leave the pad intact.
Is there a PDF doc of the archives for this quest anywhere?
"Alright, let's try to head off whatever they might be attempting to do. See if it's possible to put all manufacturing pads and control stations in the dock yards into lockdown. They can't have brought much equipment with them and we need to deny them war material. If possible it would be good to have those systems trigger a security alert if anyone tries to make use of them." Af Ied and one of the younger caretakers get to work seeing what they can do about this. "Veod, make preparations to use the wormhole generator again if necessary. I want us to be able to get the ship out of here at a moments notice. Worst case we leave the Neeran to get dropped back to real space with the core.""That's more likely than you may think." comments Uller, who has been busily working away on something. You head over to his station on the upper level where displays are showing cutaways off the docks, core and planet interior. The planet interior looks like a normal orbital view of the night side of a planet. "Wait, I thought the interior didn't have a day night cycle?""It doesn't. It's a result of the security protocols. Energy drain plus no light for the interior will mean the population will begin to freeze to death inside of a week." Uller points to a few numbers that seem to be scrolling down. "We do not have that long. The antimatter attack triggered not just the security systems but a failsafe. The phasing system for the core is already preparing to shut down and will do so without a command level authorization.""WHAT?""When the core goes is might take the rest of the planet interior with it."This can't possibly get any worse can it? Taking a look at the numbers next to the core and interior energy fields it looks to you like they're scrolling downwards impossibly fast. "Is there any other way to prevent it?""I'm attempting to find out.""Manufacturing is locked down." reports Af Ied. "I'm putting the security alert in place."A J-D tech speaks up. "Enemy subspace beacon detected!""Triangulate!" you snap."Locked."The location appears on the main display. It isn't too far away from an intersection of dock walls. You could probably take it out with a quick shot from the conversion beams. Then again if the enemy have split up it might be worthwhile to capture whoever is there.[ ] Shoot it[ ] Teleport in a team
>>3820903No, I was starting to work on one last year but got bogged down with job searching.
>>3821034>[ ] Teleport in a teamGod damn Neeran everything they ruin absolutely everything they touch. No prisoners, kill them all.
>>3821034>[x] Teleport in a teamTell Uller they have 30 minutes to come up with a solution. If they don't manage to find one, we'll print a copy of that original crew member Af Ied's grandfather managed to find.>>3821046If we don't plan to capture anybody we might just as well shoot them with the ship's guns.
>>3821060I just want to make sure none of them escapes. And just shooting the place seems like it would make the situation worse.
>>3821073I guess? Can't really say I think it's a worthwhile course of action.
"Teleport in a team. Use our enhanced specialists that were out of action before. It's time they contributed." A few of the officers that took part in the recent fighting aboard the city ship round up those who have been pulled out ouf stasis and get set. Once loaded up a pair of beams flash out from the ship, dropping the unit in the approximate area. They spread out and are soon engaged by a small number of infiltrators. A small number of Krath that haven't completed evacuation also close on the beacon at high speed. One of the Rovinar personnel on the bridge gives them updates, warning of a drone that is in pursuit of them. Fortunately the craft is too large to make use of anything but the main cross corridors. With both super human strength and reaction speed on top of the caretaker enhancements it doesn't take long to finish off the infiltrators present. They disable the beacon and secure the area until the Krath arrive to extract information from the wounded or dying. What the find out is that there are very few enemies left in the docks. Their Commander, one or two commandos and less than a dozen infiltrators made it through the wormhole. None of them were even sure how many survived the antimatter explosions used for cover. More worrying is that the commander is carrying at least a gram of antimatter split up into smaller yield devices. Given their leader's determination to make this mission work the infiltrators were beginning to suspect he is carrying a deadman switch for them. "Fucking Neeran. Do you have the commander's name?" you ask."They all thought it was Girisha at first but he was confirmed dead two weeks ago. They were starting to think he might be a clone stocked with captured reactor organs.""Girisha is dead?" Veod seems surprised by this. "The Alliance wasn't aware of this. Or they weren't last week.""Any other useful intel? Like how they planned to split up?" you ask."Their commander will try to get to the main control center any way possible. They were also worried someone named Svidur would come after them once they started dialing the wormhole gate on the city ship."The control center is locked down and reinforced with stasis fields. However most builder stasis fields aren't meant to act as a defensive system in their own right. With enough punch it might be possible to overwhelm them. Fortunately for you the area around the command center is still frozen up tight with minimal atmosphere. That may slow down the enemy.[ ] Get to the command center[ ] Evacuate docks in case he uses antimatter[ ] Restore heat and atmosphere, warm up blight scales[ ] Evac docks, reconfigure weapons to veckron beam[ ] Other?
>>3821332>[ ] Get to the command centerTime to knock on the door. What happens when one stasis field hits another?
>>3821332>>3821332>Get to the Command CenterSetup a trap and be ready to burn this fucker from existence if we have to. We could try capturing them, but at this point it may be easier to just kill him or make him a brain in a jar. Also gaining access to that command center is likely going to be the only way to stop the core from phasing into reality and killing everyone in here. So we should make getting in there through any means neccessary a priority.
>BeaconDuplicate, place on a ship/decoy planet.>InfiltratorsIs it possible they're altering memories because they know the Krath will read them after/during death?>Clone commanderClone of Girisha, that bastard that shot our arm off, or someone unrelated?>SvidurWhat?
>>3821332>[ ] Get to the command center
>>3821332[ ] Get to the command centerGOGOGOGOGOGOGOG
>>3821332>[ ] Get to the command center>[ ] Evacuate docks in case he uses antimatterStart evacuating all non essential personnel and try to get in contact with Af Ied's grandfather.>[ ] Other?-Contact the local advanced scales and ask for help.-See if we can manufacture a stasis grenade and corresponding launcher device with our manufacturing pad. The antimatter deadman switch doesn't mean much if it and the person carrying it are frozen in time.-Have people continue to work on preventing the destruction of the facility.>They disable the beacon and secure the area until the Krath arrive to extract information from the wounded or dying. Please don't murder everybody this time.
>>3821501>What happens when one stasis field hits another?Not a lot unfortunately. >>3821724>Svidur>What?You haven't kept up with what Svidur has been doing since he essentially changed bodies. I think you did exchange messages and there was talk of inviting him to the wedding? Whatever he's been doing to help the war effort has been classified. If the enemy were actively worried about him interfering then the Alliance must have brought him back to the sphere for whatever reason. >Is it possible they're altering memories because they know the Krath will read them after/during death?It's not impossible.>Clone of Girisha, that bastard that shot our arm off, or someone unrelated?A clone of Girisha.The body of the one who shot your arm off is currently being overridden by Svidur.
>>3821501>>3821669>>3821880>>3821912>>3821964Getting people to the command center is the priority looks like. The fastest way to do this would be to use the conversion beams to simply put a hole through most of the structure between the docks and there so a teleport beam can be used. Transmuting the material to an inert gas would probably be safest. As for opening the command center it might be possible to completely surround it with a stasis field of your own construction. Turning it on and off would theoretically cause the other one to shut down. There are a number of reasons this might not work but a few of them can be planned around and countered. Use the conversion/teleport beams to get troops to the command center exterior? Or would you rather they leg it from the closest possible point?
Heading out for work.
>>3822338>Use the conversion/teleport beams to get troops to the command center exterior?No, I don't want to damage the interior any further while the system is on high alert. That might cause it to shut down even faster.>Or would you rather they leg it from the closest possible point?Yes, I would prefer that.
>>3822338> use the conversion beams to simply put a hole through most of the structurePlz no. It's already angry enough as it is without us poking holes in it.>Or would you rather they leg it from the closest possible point?Si. Worst case we could have a team standby to do the beam thing if all else fails.
>>3822338Stealth approach. Don't let them catch on to where we're going.
>>3822299>there was talk of inviting him to the wedding?Yeah, I remember he attended. I'm surprised they thought he'd come after them, since the super-old Caretaker said never to challenge anyone, or he'd lose control to the Commando?
>>3822701>I'm surprised they thought he'd come after them, since the super-old Caretaker said never to challenge anyone, or he'd lose control to the Commando?Maybe the figured something out to avoid that? I think it's been almost a decade at this point since Sonia retrieved him from the sphere.
Anyone else reconsidering the Caretaker enhancement for Sonia? If they had jammed her when we opened the wormhole, the situation might have been even worse, and from what we've seen, is it worth it? She can use artifacts already, can detect infiltrators with the converter, etc.
>>3823306Unless we or the Alliance can find a way to nullify or a way to ignore such jamming. Getting that upgrade seems like a liability, especially if we intend to go into any other Empire Neeran held territory and they have those jammers deployed.
Calling up the next teams on standby you let them know that they'll need to haul ass and get to the core's control center as soon as they can. While the bridge crew calculate the shortest route you try to give your front line people a heads up."This guy could be carrying antimatter -a lot of it- so watch out.""How much sir?""Enough for nearly fifty megatons of ordinance."Rather understandably the troops dont react positively to this."Can we even risk shooting the thing without setting off the bomb?""Bombs. Plural." you point out."With all due respect sir, what the fuck are we supposed to do against that?""Use your stasis units. Snag him or his equipment, or parts of either with it." This is not a maneuver most of your people have first hand experience with. As you point out Valari pulled off something similar to thwart an assassination attempt and you dont need that level of precision. As the teams are teleported in you broadcast to them. "Get it done or use your heads to find another way to handle it. I dont care which."Roll 4d20
Rolled 5, 2, 20, 14 = 41 (4d20)>>3823361
Rolled 8, 15, 17, 12 = 52 (4d20)>>3823361Attack of the Girisha clones?
Rolled 9, 17, 20, 16 = 62 (4d20)>>3823361
There are a few quick reports indicating the team is closing in on the core but other than that they try to remain radio silent most of the way in. A few minutes later scattered and garbled reports start to come in. It sound like they've engaged the commander and he's giving them a hard time. There isn't much to do but listen and wait. Moving around the bridge you take a look at the displays. "Why do we still have biohazard alerts in parts of the ship?" you ask one of the Rovinar. "When we started bringing Krath aboard it seems we also picked up that advanced scale form we were tracking. It's in a pressure suit and has been sequestered in a section by a number of Krath. Everyone else has been cleared from that section to prevent harm."One piece of good news. It should be able to help the Krath quite a bit with the local blight scales if they survive this mess. "Antimatter secured!" reports one of the people from the team sent to the command center. It looks like they and one of the Krath are retreating from the battle at high speed. "Can we do anything to neutralize that antimatter once they get it to the docks?"Veod answers that they should be able to deal with it using one of the conversion beams. Or at the very least contain it within a defense screen bubble and detonate it safely."Go with whatever will keep the system defenses from cracking down on us worse." Not long after that the remainder of the team reports that they've finally managed to stop the enemy commander. Their head and upper spinal column are trapped in a stasis field, though it took a few tries. Two Krath are dead as are four enhanced. Most of the survivors are wounded. Through a dangerous gamble that cost the Krath operative their life, they managed to get the antimatter away from the enemy early in the fight. Several attempts to stasis the commander failed due to the Neeran telekinetically deactivating the devices any time a limb was caught in them. Do you want to recover the head or ensure it's destroyed?
>>3824136>Do you want to recover the head or ensure it's destroyed?If possible. I am sure the Krath can perhaps extract SOMETHING from it.And pheeeww. Thank fuck that's over. Shame six people died but it could have been a hell of a lot worse than it was.
>>3824136Just to make sure I am reading correctly and so anyone else can correct me. Does this mean Girisha Clone is dead? Or that his head is in a jar? Because that is what I read, unless I misinterpreted it?Bring his head in. I still want him atomized and all that, but his head is full of secrets we could use against the Neeran Empire. And with the Krath assisting us, we can get all that juicy info out and then atomize his remains.Good work to our enhanced team and the Krath that went with them. While it is regrettable to hear that they suffered casualties. That they were able to bring down the Girisha clone and his infiltrators/ commandos speaks volumes to just how powerful they are. Considering what they've done to take him down, I'm sure they deserve a medal of honor or whatever the Dominion equivalent is. Same with those who survived. As well as the Krath who went out and assisted in taking the bastard down. Bring them in and get them healed up and rested.Time to start planning on cracking open the Command Center and turning off the security measures before they phase this place back into reality and kill us all.
>>3824153>head is in a jarThis.It is well within faction medical capability to keep them alive.
>>3824136Recover and secure behind the strongest and most time-locked Stasis field we can manage. Full honors for those Krath and the Soldiers.
>>3824136>Do you want to recover the headYes, definitely. Our teams went through the trouble to capture that guy alive, it would be a waste not to use it to our advantage.>Two Krath are dead as are four enhanced.Are any of them recoverable?
"Recover the head. I want it secure aboard the ship. No chance of escape or incident, understood?"With that acknowledged you turn your attention back to the ongoing crisis of the phased space time field shutting down. Simply leaving wont be enough as the rest of the planet's interior is in danger. Opening the core's command center would certainly be one way of doing it. Those there would have the authorization necessary to countermand the automated system. Getting in wont be easy or you would have done it already. "Uller, how long do we have?""A few hours at most until we lose the core."Not a lot of time. Af Ied has looked over some of the data and proposals sent by her grandfather earlier. She thinks it might be possible to shunt field power between the core and planet interior to permanently stabilize one or the other. This should override the security shutdown in the process. Unfortunately this would mean sacrificing one to save the other. Obviously either option would be bad, though you could evacuate the core via the ships wormhole generator. Af Ied points out that if the opposite were done it might be possible to save much of the populace of the planet using the ship teleporters. Temporarily storing people in a sort of inter-dimensional limbo they could be brought back in a safe location. Not sure if you're ready for that yet you ask the Caretakers if they have other options. Firstly is reviving the docks technician you found the medical records for. While they might not have the security clearance to stop everything they might be able to give you other options. You were already giving it some thought. Next is getting into the core through your own efforts. Given the time limit there are only a couple of realistic means of doing so. Overpowering the stasis field by force, or using the conversion beams to construct a new stasis field around the command center. Both are dangerous in their own way as you'd need to cut through the core's structure for the line of sight needed by the conversion beams. [ ] Evacuate core, save planet interior[ ] Evacuate planet interior, save core[ ] Revive docks tech[ ] Overload command center stasis field[ ] Construct new stasis container around core[ ] write in?
>>3824242>[ ] Overload command center stasis field
>>3824242>[x] Revive docks techIt's a pretty questionable move but I think the situation warrants it.
>>3824242||Use the pads to create a time machine and send a message back to us in the past to open the portal and firebomb the inside of the city ship and avoid this mess.||I am conflicted here. We do not have much time but we need to save as many lives as possible.How reliable is using a stasis field to negate another stasis field? Has this been done before and if so, has it succeeded previously? As this sounds like it shouldn't but if it does great.Get the techs to figure out how much force we would need to crack open that stasis field anything near or on level to another anitmatter bomb is a no go. While also getting the peeps in the command center to plot out just how much we would need to carve out in order to impliment the Stasis field to negate the other one. And while they are doing their calculations, get the caretakers to prep that dock worker clone.I don't want to have to bring the guy back from the dead thousands of years after his people are dead and gone. But millions of lives are at stake here.If none of the calculations for either proposal of cracking open the stasis field are satisfactory. Go ahead and revive him and get his help in shutting down the Sphere's safety mechanism.
>>3824242>[ ] Overload command center stasis fieldUller, and whatever technicians he needs.>[ ] Revive docks techSonia, Af led, Tereoct?
>>3824289>How reliable is using a stasis field to negate another stasis field? Has this been done before and if so, has it succeeded previously?Mostly reliable. Sometimes it takes a bit for the target stasis field to be knocked out entirely. Its done with medical stasis fields all the time but that's faction tech, it's a little different in some cases.Also you'd need to disconnect the command center from external power sources that might allow the target stasis field to kick back in when you disconnect your outer one. >Get the techs to figure out how much force we would need to crack open that stasis field anything near or on level to another anitmatter bomb is a no go.Energy output equivalent to megatons of explosives can be delivered with a beam weapon without much collateral. It would certainly be needed. You still need to get it to the target though. It would be more effective if you could hit multiple sides. >While also getting the peeps in the command center to plot out just how much we would need to carve out in order to implement the Stasis field to negate the other one.Quite a bit. The faster you want it done the more surrounding structure needs to be removed. It's possible to cut a line underneath and build a stasis unit that would project upwards. You'd then need to have a few engineers cut off the remaining power conduits. While less destructive it would be slower than simply carving out the whole thing with the ships beam weapons.>>3824290>Tereoct?Is at the western gate facility. You'd need to turn around and open a wormhole.
>>3824242>>3824331I'm going off the one Neeran City Ship we were on. Where it still functioned even when the Command Center was detached and wormholed to a whole other galaxy. So if we disconnect the Command Center, this place wont immediately shut down and destabilize into reality again, though it may hasten it some.I'd be willing to give it a shot. Making our own more powerful stasis field to overpower the current one.Also, reviving the dock tech seems like it would be prudent thing to do while getting the stasis thing setup. In case he doesn't know how to shut it down or in case this is the only way to get past the stasis field.>[ ] Revive docks tech>[ ] Construct new stasis container around core
>>3824331>Is at the western gate facility. You'd need to turn around and open a wormhole.Then anyone else who can operate a medical pad. Sam? Dave? Sonia's not experienced in construction, so it's best to let them get on with it, right? In that time she could be dealing with the dock worker scan.
>>3824351>Then anyone else who can operate a medical pad.Dave since he's your specialist that has used it the most.
>>3824331>. While less destructive it would be slower than simply carving out the whole thing with the ships beam weapons.I'd be okay with that as a backup plan in case the technician doesn't get enough votes or can't provide help.
Still alive, puzzling through tech's responses
"Dave, begin work reviving that docks tech that Tereoct found the medical scan for."Turning to Uller and Veod you ask them to begin cutting a hole through to the command center that could be used for either stasis construction or the overload attempt. You'd like to keep your options open in case the revived tech has a better idea you could implement. Using the conversion beams the Caretakers work carefully to avoid hitting anything important. Turning builder material into gases that simply boil away, the beams penetrate multiple bulkheads. After about a minute of this the beam has reached the depth of the command center. While the drones dont seem to like this they're not doing much besides making sure to sterilize anything along the new corridor. The last of the personnel from the docks are finally evacuated. A few people aboard the packaging ships are standing by to drive out of here if you open a wormhole connection. A non-Krath team are readying the giant stasis container the Leviathan is in for transport as well. Conversion beams finish construction of a stasis projector unit then begin cutting a second smaller tunnel above. This to allow them to hit both sides of the command section with glancing energy beams to overload its stasis field. That way if too much power is put in it wont kill anyone still inside.Engineers are teleported in to set up atmospheric containment fields in the surrounding section. Decontamination equipment is also brought in. Once the equipment is in place smaller drones are left behind to conduct cleanup while the engineers evacuate. Inside of 20 minutes you're ready to attempt the overload. Down in the medical bay Dave completes reconstructing the technician and are making sure they're in good shape before attempting to wake them up. Af Ied heads down along with one of the Rekesh officers and a Kavarian from your special forces. Given that the tech's physical appearance is closer to Kavarian than Rekesh it should be slightly reassuring. Also helpful is that the translation package is set up. A few minutes later Dave quietly informs you that the patient is up and talking with the others, though they're obviously out of sorts and want to know what is going on. It doesn't take long for some panic to set in and the security station on the bridge shows an attempt as a minor override. "Good and bad. At least this tech knows some security protocols." >Cont
Af Ied contacts the bridge and tells you that they've moving the tech and getting suited up. His name is Kaxid, or at least that's the significantly shortened form. After making it to one of the teleport pads he makes a rather predictable escape attempt. He inputs coordinates on the docks and is instantly flashed aboard. Of course Af Ied and those with her arrive bare seconds later. After seeing the sort of condiction the Crucible is in first hand Kaxid reluctantly agrees to assist in your efforts to keep it from being destroyed entirely. He lacks the authority to shut down the security system or open the command center but he has a few ideas. One teleport later and they're at an entrance to the command center. Quickly determining that he should be able to trick the system intpo opening up he sets to work. Forcing an override on a nearby manufacturing pad to produce the engineering equipment needed he requests two more people to help. "He seems to think he can get the doors open within an hour." says Af Ied. "That will be cutting things very close." warns Uller."What about the other options we discussed?" you ask."He doesn't know enough about those to really comment, other than to warn the ship might be attacked if you fire on the command center.""Attacked how?""He doesn't have the authorization to know but apparently it was frequently discussed and the conclusion was that the ship could survive it."1A) We'll risk attempting the overload (Fastest)1B) Construct new stasis container around core1C) Let him make the attempt (Longest)2) Did you want to use the wormhole generator to get the transport craft and Leviathan out of here while they're busy?>Y/N?
>>3824521>1B) Construct new stasis container around core>1C) Let him make the attempt (Longest)Let's keep building the stasis container and then see how far along the tech's plan is once that's finished?Does he have any ideas to temporarily stabilize the installation our techs could attempt while he's doing his thing?>2) Did you want to use the wormhole generator to get the transport craft and Leviathan out of here while they're busy?Yes. I'd rather sacrifice the core than the outer shell, simply because we won't be able to evacuate the Rekesh or the scales and there's simply more of the latter out there than in here.
>>3824521>1A) We'll risk attempting the overload (Fastest)>2) Did you want to use the wormhole generator to get the transport craft and Leviathan out of here while they're busy?Y
>>3824521>1bGet the stasis field up and going, while that is in progress have this tech continue what he is doing to get the command center to open.>2Get it prepped to get out of here should this all fail and fall apart. While I hope we can secure the core, need to have a backup plan to move it out of here same with this ship.
You tell the engineering team to get working on their stasis container while the the precursor tech works on his solution. Once they're all in place you ask Veod to open the wormhole and begin evacuation of the ships from the dock.To reduce the risk of collateral damage if anything goes wrong with the container craft Veod opens the wormhole above the northern area of the interior. If a container ship breaks open it wont do much but spread a couple hundred thousand more blight scales in regions already overrun by them. If the Leviathan escapes for any reason you're in trouble no matter where it happens. There is significant interference as a result of the energy drain and other security systems trying to disrupt the wormhole. The ship is buffeted by the side effect but the hole in space remains relatively stable for the most part. One by one the sluggish ships make their way through. Their engines and repulsors only being meant for operations inside the dock make for slow movement. Not something you'd want to be dealing with if the core were on the verge of last minute collapse. Eight builder shuttles dock with the Leviathan module, acting as tugs to help push it through. They're forced to reverse engines due to a gate stutter. "What's happening?""An imbalance in our systems due to the power drain." answers Veod. "Compensating."The gate fluctuates forcing the forward shuttles to disengage and pull back. A good thing too as one of the docking mounts are destroyed by the edge of the gate not long after. Uller activates tractor beams, saving the container by pulling it back before it can be ruptured. Once the gate stabilizes enough the container is rammed through, shuttles linking up with it again on the other side. Once they're clear one more container ship and one of the Faction shuttles are the last through. They signal they've made it and Veod closes the gate. "Will we be able to get through without incident?" you ask once everyone has had a chance to catch their breaths. Veod seems certain that you will as this ship will be able to create a bubble around itself during transit. Something it cant do for other ships. With the majority of the expedition now evacuated from the core or aboard ship you're ready to escape if it looks like things aren't going to work out with the command center. Reports from the engineers show that they're making progress. Kaxid is even getting things done faster than he estimated. There is however a new problem which is now slowing down your engineers.>Cont.
"What now?""To complete getting the stasis field in place the engineers will have to cut the remaining power conduits to the command center. Kaxid says he needs them in place for his trick. He's going to hook them up to the systems draining power from everything." "How long does either team need?""Either of them need twenty minutes to complete, another ten or fifteen to have an effect. Then it's a matter of getting in and hoping the people inside can stop all this. We dont know how long it will take them to respond." Uller says that you have less than an hour now and no he doesn't have a more accurate number. The wormhole opening messed up his estimates.[ ] Let the tech finish power drain[ ] Let the engineers finish stasis[ ] Not enough time. Evacuate core, save planet interior[ ] Attempt overload before it's too late
>>3824702>[X] Let the tech finish power drainSee if we can cut down on the preparation time our engineers need in case the tech's plan fails.>Uller says that you have less than an hour now and no he doesn't have a more accurate number.Does the interior have longer or will both get destroyed at the same time?
>>3824702>[ ] Let the tech finish power drain
Also, maybe it's worth unfreezing an actual energy-being builder and ask them nicely for the disarm codes?
>>3824702>[ ] Let the tech finish power drainI sense an on coming dice roll. Very well, have him do his thing.Time to pray to the salvage gods that we can stop the collapse of this place?
>>3824721Wouldn't the energy drain kill them?
>>3824713>See if we can cut down on the preparation time our engineers need in case the tech's plan fails.They've done all the can on that front. They need to cut through a bunch of conduits made of builder material. That takes time, even with the specialized cutting tools from the yard.>>3824721>energy-being builder>>3824734>Wouldn't the energy drain kill them?I hadn't actually considered that and yes it would probably be a genuine threat to them.
>>3824736>I hadn't actually considered that and yes it would probably be a genuine threat to them.We could simply take their stasis units far enough from the surface to stop the drain from working. It extended only a couple of miles from the surface on the sphere.
>>3824742Not so easy to do considering those stasis vaults are underground in a builder facility. Or at least not a quick thing to do. Wait shit they're actually proper vaults aren't they? Maybe you could do it with the ship. Wormhole out, cut through maybe the eastern gate facility and teleport out the stasis container. That's still going to take time. Any support for attempting this?
>>3824736>Wouldn't the energy drain kill them?>I hadn't actually considered that and yes it would probably be a genuine threat to them.>Energy drain systems are just builder-nukesbig brain time
Gotta step out for a bit. Please decide on a backup plan.
>>3824752>I hadn't actually considered that and yes it would probably be a genuine threat to them.If these are vaults, does the drain affect them? It doesn't seem like a good vault design if the defense system can easily damage the occupants during an emergency.
>>3824761>Please decide on a backup plan.Ask for volunteers to prepare the stasis setup if the tech's plan fails. Give them 10 minutes to complete the setup and 5 to wait for any effect. Then sacrifice the core for the rest of the sphere.
>>3824761Backup plan overload the core with the ship's c-beams.
You tell the engineers to either evacuate or help Kaxid finish what he's doing. Half of them pack up what gear they can carry and retreat to the evac point while the others do what they can to assist. As the minutes tick by Af Ied retreats as well and requests to be returned to the ship. Reports start to come in that the situation is worsening. Temperature around the matter siphons is increasing and the field around the facility is weakening dangerously. One of the caretakers has kicked life support back into cooling mode to keep the interior habitable while the team there works. The structure is also being placed under strain. If it weren't for its structural material it might have begun to fail by now. "Uller, how long until system collapse?""Fifteen minutes, no more."Tu Quedis speaks up. "Viscount perhaps it would be best to withdraw? Pull the ship out of here then reestablish a wormhole to teleport everyone out if they've run out of time?" "How long does Kaxid think he needs?" "A few more minutes according to last report." answers the coms officer.Af Ied looks around the bridge then turns to face you. "Sonia Reynard, my grandfather's plan to save the planet interior will not work if the core has already collapsed. We need to act now if there is any chance of saving the Rekesh civilians.""Coms, get me a new ETA!" you demand."They're saying minutes sir!"[ ] We wait[ ] Move the ship out of the core, but wait[ ] Move ship out of core, use Tereoct's plan
>>3824925If we use Tereocts plan, that guarantees the core is gone forever, correct? No saving anything inside here?
>>3824944In theory yes. Though with the technology recovered it might not be impossible to bring some of it back some day. That would certainly be a long term project though.
>>3824925>>3824951God fucking damn it, fucking Neeran!Civilians take priority. And I can 100% guarantee if that mechanic fails. The Rekesh will end our alliance and go to the Factions Alliance and we will be remembered for our greed and killing millions of our allies people. Fuck!
>>3824925>[ ] We waitHow long will Tereoct's plan take? Instant? If Kax fails, then it's core destruction time.
>>3824986>How long will Tereoct's plan take? Instant?It will take some time. Maybe not a lot, but 15 minutes isn't very much notice regardless and they'll need to know to start work on it at the western gate.The more power left in the core's field when they attempt it the better.
>>3825007Ok, we give Kaxid exactly two minutes, then we Tereoct the core.
>>3825007I'm kind of assuming that if they start work on collapsing the core, then in the time it takes them to set up we can at least wait to see if they can breach the stasis barrier.
Experiencing some technical difficulties. Will post tomorrow before work.
>>3824925>[x] Move ship out of core, use Tereoct's planI'm okay with giving the tech two more minutes. The plans can probably run at the same time for a bit if Tereoct's also needs almost 15 minutes to complete.>>3824951>Though with the technology recovered it might not be impossible to bring some of it back some day.Leave a signal beacon behind, if possible.
Crazy backup plan, build them a Kythera open core reactor as a replacement sun and have it orbit the core. Use all the big brain Neeran to figure it out, and use the ship to build it. They get proper illumination and a day-night cycle!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I2VCdZ-626sRelenting you give into pressure from the Rekesh."Alright, we move the ship out of the core, but we're still giving the techs 2 more minutes." "Open the wormhole now so I can alert my Grandfather." says Af Ied. Veod brings up the wormhole generator again and activates it for a third time. The portal generated is even less stable this time. To bring it under control requires far greater energy expenditure and ship power reserves begin to plummet. Engineers increase singularity reactor output to compensate. While the wormhole is being stabilized Af Ied contacts her grandfather and the western gate, telling them of the need to enact the plan now. You can hear Tereoct's furious voice yelling at his granddaughter for waiting so late. "This is not a simple procedure!""Scold me later, work now!" The glow outside of heat bleeding through to the core is intensifying. Ambient temperature inside the docks is also still climbing despite the efforts of the environmental controls. While considering firing cooling lasers to help get it under control there wont be much point if the team isn't successful soon. The two minute mark slips past with no change. The command center still isn't open and with a sigh of resignation you order the engineers to pull back to the evac point. "Don't bother taking anything with you just get out of there quick so we can teleport you back aboard."Veod begins the procedure to take the ship through, however there seems to be a delay with some of the engineers. Kaxid is refusing to give up on opening the command center.[ ] Leave him[ ] Stun him and bring him with you[ ] Let volunteers stay, recover if possible through western gate
>>3825828>[x] Let volunteers stay, recover if possible through western gateLeave plans for stasis units that can be manufactured by the local pads behind, in case they can't escape in time.
>>3825828>[ ] Stun him and bring him with you
>>3825828>[ ] Let volunteers stay, recover if possible through western gateIf he succeeds, then out fucking standing give that guy a medal, if not, well... at least he wont have to live in a universe that has moved on without him or his people.
>>3825828>[ ] Let volunteers stay, recover if possible through western gate
>>3825828>[ ] Let volunteers stay, recover if possible through western gateOh god oh god oh god. This is call FUCKED. Goddammit.
https://youtu.be/YRJiAXjbuvs?t=110"If any volunteers want to stay and help I wont stop you. We'll try to establish a wormhole from the west gate to open a way out. That will be your last chance."About half of those left scramble to the evacuation point and are teleported out. Veod activates the field bubble and the ship is pulled through. Emerging into the planet interior the wormhole snaps shut behind you. Everything is dark, at least at first glance. You slowly start to pick out pinpricks of faint light in places. Fires lit by the populace to hold back the darkness. How terrifying must that be to experience night for the first time? Worse than night, they dont even have stars in here. All hell must be breaking loose down there among the Rekesh civilians. Probably thinking it's the end of the world. Contact is established with the western gate. They have power but most of their Faction built equipment is being drained rapidly. Including the shield. As the ship closes with their location ground teams activate vehicle spotlights and visible range lasers to help mark the location the west gate's wormhole will appear. To fire the teleport beam through the gate you''ll have to get beneath it,but this isn't a small ship. With the gate activates you can just make out its edges. "Let's find out what kind of progress they're making. Both on the surface and in the core." "I'm certain they will let us know when they are able." Af Ied points out."Ten minutes." warns Uller.At 9 minutes Tereoct warns that he's beginning the activation sequence. "If anyone is left in that place get them out now!" "Reynard to engineering team, time is up, prepare for evac."Veod brings the ship to a hard stop dangerously close to the surface then sideslips to put one of the conversion beams in line with the gate."Sir, Kaxid wont leave." one of your people reports."That's his choice. Now move if you're moving. This is your last chance to get out."Af Ied speaks up. "The power and field transfer has started. Core collapse accelerating as expected."Uller updates the revised numbers. "60 seconds." Two engineers drop down to the open space providing line of sight. They're not quite in position as the ship beams were offset at a slightly different angle when cutting through before. "Go! Go! Make for the entrance!" you tell them, hoping they'll manage to get to a better position in time. Veod yaws the ship to starboard 3 degrees. A few seconds later the engineers are far enough out that the new angle allows the teleport beam to grab them. "Got em sir." Uller reports that field strength for the planet interior is increasing rapidly.On the other side of the wormhole the docks continue to glow brighter red. Atmosphere inside is rapidly heating out of control. There's a garbled transmission from the other side sounding something like "work damn you!" then the wormhole cuts out. You look to Uller. "Tell me it worked." >Cont 1/3
The Caretaker doesn't respond right away, looking over the numbers. "Partially." he finally manages."What does partially mean, did it work or didn't it?"A transmission from Tereoct clears things up for you remarkably well."You fools you waited too long. It wasn't enough."You walk over to Uller's station. "Why didnt it work? Give me details." Apparently Tereoct figured out that if the field strength was pushed past a certain level it would trigger a reset of any systems that could potentially cause it to crash. This includes the linked security protocols. "Is there any other way to boost the field strength?"Uller and Veod turn to one another and after a wordless glance Uller vaults the console down to the lower level. From there he sprints from the bridge."Where is he going?""Teleporting him to the western gate. Tereoct listen closely, you must set your gate's wormhole in reverse." "Re-reverse? As in behind the facility?" asks the old man incredulously."No. We're going to activate the ship's wormhole generator. You need to divert the wormhole energy we will be projecting into the facilities phasing field. Uller will help complete the setup.""Can that work?" You and Af Ied both ask."The field power levels are still increasing but at the current falloff rate wont reach the upper level needed for the reset. This is our last gamble.""Can't we just beam power from our reactor?" you wonder."The gates are not properly equipped to do so. We are improvising."While Veod directs power to the wormhole generator once more, it occurs to you just how dangerous the situation outside could be for your troops. "Reynard to all ground forces, evacuate the western gate perimeter immediately. Get everyone outside the shield radius and braced for possible blast waves. Get people inside and underground if you need to."Fortunately most of the ground forces figured they'd need to perform a GTFO maneuver ever since the sky went dark. Light tanks, buggies, repulsor bikes and shuttles vacate the area. The faster craft make multiple trips picking up ground troops and transporting them to minimum safe distance. Tower guard and most of the heavy infantry retreat inside the facility itself, locking down all but one of the doors.A few units that are too far out from a quick pickup are targeted with the teleport beams and flashed out to the edges of the shield. This includes a small number of civilians that had previously refused to abandon their holdings inside the perimeter. >Cont 2/3
The ship maneuvers so that it's pointed bow down towards the gate. Uller soon signals that they're ready and both he and Veod activate wormhole systems on either end. The result is an initial collision of exotic energy particles then being dragged into the surface side emitter. As you rather expected the initial activation creates a fairly substantial overpressure event, though not nearly as bad as you'd worried. "The energy transfer doesn't appear to be terribly stable." comments one of the Rovinar.Veod acknowledges this but otherwise doesn't seem to be inclined to halt the process. While it's hardly the most efficient means of power transfer it does seem to be working. The projected energy curve shows it ticking upward slightly more every second. As one of the others on the bridge reports the unstable wormhole event is also causing damage to the forward hull. Which means the wormhole projector itself is probably taking damage. Through the deck plating you can feel what seems like the ship being sandblasted."How long can we keep this up for before the wormhole emitters fail?""I dont know." Veod says sounding increasingly worried.Then the world outside lights up. Not an explosion, just daylight returning."Energy drain is gone." reports sensors.Veod kills the wormhole and reverses engines in case the western gate systems continued to spit out dangerous emissions. Uller shuts things down on his side soon after. Looking around at the displays you ask the question everyone is thinking. "Did we do it? Are we safe?"It takes a few checks of the facility systems with Tereoct but it looks as though the immediate crisis has been averted. Barely.
>>3826932>Barely.I will take barely over failure any day. So does this mean the inner core is saved or is it molten metal/ rock?Tereoct is going to be furious with us, but you know what? The old wizard can be as mad as he wants to be.Get a status report of all our forces here in the facility and reestablish comms outside. Find out if anyone outside has noticed any changes during today's events. And whether or not that cloaked Neeran Super has been dealt with or chased off. I will be highly surprised if no one outside noticed anything happening in here. Once we've reestablished comms outside, lets see about reopening comms to the inner core, if everything in there is "safe".
>>3826932Oh god.... This had me in such fucking suspense unlike anything else in this quest up until this point. Well done TSTG. Jesus.
>>3826968MFW for most of this thread.>>3826951>So does this mean the inner core is saved or is it molten metal/ rock?It's gone. Or at least occupying the same space as the planet's iron core. Mind you it is made of builder material so the structure is still there. The Neeran are actually in the best position to recover it right now. They could hit the planet with a Scorcher or two, destroy it, then systematically remove the iron from the core facility. And what's more they're one of the few groups that would be willing to use such methods. >Get a status report of all our forces here in the facility and reestablish comms outside.No serious injuries from the blast or evacuation. Two engineers that remained in the core are presumed KIA, though with the stasis systems that had been constructed beneath the command section they could have resized it and used it to survive. This seems unlikely but not impossible.The surface reports that they detected an odd beacon signal from inside the planet that was active only briefly. Jamming was activated almost immediately but they're not certain if they were able to block it. No energy drain was experienced on the planet exterior, though they couldn't activate the transit chamber while the security protocol was in place. So far there are no signs of the cloaked Neeran ship. The captured beacon has been sent through and engineers are looking it over to see if it can be sent to the decoy site. Fleet assets are still in position, ready to jump. According to Veod the wormhole projector has suffered damage but it is still functional. For now he would advise taking the system offline until checks can be done. With the Crucible gone proper repairs may very well be impossible. Those from the tower however seem determined to try. They may only have one matter siphon but combined with the power output of the ship they might stand a chance. Of course this might give them a chance to assert more control over the ship at the expense of the other involved powers. You sigh as the realities of political hindrances.
>>3827013You cheeky dickwaffle>Of course this might give them a chance to assert more control over the ship at the expense of the other involved powers.Can we not power up the Matter Siphon at the Facility we found? Where we found the Builder in stasis and first started producing artifacts that is.Recovering the Crucible is going to be a fucking pain in the arse. But at lest it's not outright gone thanks to the wonder that is builder material. And we got the ship. We still got the interior of the planet. We still got a Builder base with working tech. Now we just need to assert more control of the ship due to the Crucible being unavailable. Does anyone know how we dig a entire base out of a core?
>>3827041Yeah that gate facility doesn't have full industrial grade capacity. The suits, equipment and other baubles didn't really require much of the existing matter stores. When big chunks like those for the wormhole were needed they were produced mainly at the tower. Birthday party tomorrow so out and about. I'll probably resume after 6 on Friday.
Aaaaaaaaaa I knew we should have just hit the core with a max strength beam.
>>3827013>They may only have one matter siphonCan't we just build more?>The Neeran are actually in the best position to recover it right now.We just need to design and build stasis and phase shift generators that can survive in the molten planetary core, send them there, cover the facility in a stasis field and then shift it back. Definitely a long term project but nothing that shouldn't be doable in a couple of decades, especially with the conversion turrets and scanners available on the ship.>It's gone.I wonder if Kaxid was just really unlucky or just plain bad at his job. Did the other options have a better chance of succeeding?
>>3827066Happy Birthday, in case it's yours.
>>3828976Thanks.>>3827289Really unlucky that you woke him up so late.>Can't we just build more?Even with data collected from the shipyard itself that will require the assistance of the Caretakers. Construction data for conversion beam use is still being figured out since they wont work exactly the same as the manufacturing pads. Those records were largely wiped except for the teleport options and material conversion capability. Engineering teams were holding out hope of finding this missing data in the shipyard eventually.
>>3829977Poor guy. I hope he and the engineers managed to repurpose the stasis field into a shelter.
Moving the captured enemy beacon to the decoy system is complete. The sensors on both of your waiting super heavies have been reconfigured for long range scan but are showing little to no signs of enemy movement. They and the main arrays nearby may be covering too wide an area and the resolution may not be good enough as a result. At the insistence of Ni Ahni (who has sent you a message in hard copy) you send out a false alert to the top 3 J-D commanders in the galaxy. This indicating your position is compromised. If the enemy are intercepting your communications that might help draw them out. It's impossible to know if the beacon was detected previously during the minutes it was active. Your forces did jam it almost immediately. With the beacon now active at the new site the enemy will likely be aware that you will be able to detect it as well. Were it real your forces would probably try to jam or disable it ASAP at the decoy site. Which is true enough given your response time in the core. How long did you want to have the beacon broadcast? [ ] Minutes[ ] an hour[ ] Longer but try to jam it for most of that time
>>3836847>[ ] Minutes2 minutes without any jamming. 5 minutes with light jamming. 10 with heavier, and maybe add another 5 at lowered output to simulate battle damage on the beacon.
>>3836636I've been kind of out of it the last few days.
>>3836847>[ ] Minutes
"Only keep it active for minutes. Long enough they have time to pick it up but not so long they think it has to be a trap."With messages sent and that operation underway your presence is requested topside. Rob is of the opinion that it would be best if you were available on short notice if the enemy acts. The 10-20 minute delay by the transit chamber doesn't make it easy to relay orders quickly. Before your departure however the Krath request the ship be used to erect a series of barriers around the northern gate. This would make containment easier. Steep walls, especially those made of builder material, would prevent blight scale escapes. Would you be fine with the ship being used for this while you were gone?>Y/N?
>>3836909Yes, assist the Krath in containing their kin. Give some good news to the people who just experienced night for the first time. Also the idea of likely never having to worry about blight scale attacks aught to make everyone happy.
>>3836909>>Would you be fine with the ship being used for this while you were gone?Sure, just keep an eye on the construction rays so we don't inadvertently break them by overuse.
Veod moves the ship to the north while you and your bodyguards teleport to the transit chamber. Those stationed at the base are glad to see you're alright. They were starting to think they might be in real trouble when the light went out through the interior. Attempts were made to organize for an evacuation but the transit chamber had stopped functioning until the lights came back on. Rekesh army units on base are given a full update and informed that the danger posed by system defenses should be past. They're preparing medical and relief teams to help the surrounding towns and cities that may have had difficulties from the blackout. Some of their field teams were attacked by scared locals blaming outsiders for the darkness. Fortunately neither the J-D forces nor your allies took any losses. Overall not as much was done for the locals as could have been. The commanders were more worried about finding ways to save their own people if the interior started to collapse. By the time you reach the outer surface of Threochts planet the beacon transmission at the decoy site has been halted. So far there are no immediate signs of enemy activity. Sensor readouts and enemy coms intercepts have been quiet. A few hours later Sam wishes to speak with you. He thinks that additional enemy infiltrators have arrived in system, possibly already on planet. Did you want to do anything to reinforce defenses, either here or at the decoy site?
>>3836961>Did you want to do anything to reinforce defenses, either here or at the decoy site?Yes
>>3836961>Did you want to do anything to reinforce defenses, either here or at the decoy site?If so please specify.
>>3836970Probably can't get any friendly Neeran to the other site, so why not just increase security by posting people with the scanners or converts, the things that let people spot cloaked Neeran. Also, get to work with the Rekesh military to find out how Neeran infiltrators could be getting onto their worlds. Finding possible vectors and what not.
>>3836978>posting people with the scanners or convertsThis can be done.>find out how Neeran infiltrators could be getting onto their worlds. Cargo ships that they're unable to sweep properly because they dont have people backing them up who can detect infiltrators. Did you want to transfer say, half your people that can use convertor artifacts or who have the caretaker enhancement to help screening the various sites? Decoy site, customs inspections at major spaceports?
>>3836989>>3836961>Did you want to do anything to reinforce defenses, either here or at the decoy site?Neerans and enhanced units at the entrance to immediately murder any infiltrators trying to get in. Get started on building that fortified area on the inside of the planet. Also put down a military base on the outside with all the scanners in the world. Call it a base to help ensure the safety on the planet in the face of outside threats if civilians ask the government. Like the Neeran and the Ulgean. Which is true. Just not in the way they might think. Send copied artifacts to help deal with the security there.Get some of the wizards people to help on the inside part of the gate as well. They should have artifacts to help with that. Can't have a second infiltration.
>>3836961>Did you want to do anything to reinforce defenses, either here or at the decoy site?Haven't we already done that in the past?
>>3836995I believe we stood them down after we repulsed the initial wave of infiltrators.
>>3836995>Haven't we already done that in the past?You did do some reinforcement, deploying more J-D troops nearby and setting up 1 of your 2 planetary defense guns at the nearest space port. A few people with artifacts took part in operations checking outgoing ships for enemy infiltrators. At the time you didn't have as many people who could detect infiltrators. Now you have enough to station them at most of the major spaceports if you want to.
>>3837002Okay. I'd say station a group that can detect infiltrators on the largest orbital station, two at the decoy site, and the rest across the planet. Aside from that, I'm not really sure what we can realistically do.
>>3837002>Now you have enough to station them at most of the major spaceports if you want to.I like it a lot.
With regional and army defenses already adequate you focus on deployment of specialists. People who can detect infiltrators are needed and fast. A couple can be sent to the decoy site to keep an eye on things there. The rest will help watch the spaceports or other important locations. In the planet interior you request the tower guard assign those who are similarly capable to help protect the entrance. Two of the heavy weapon vehicles are transferred from the western gate to the base to help guard the entrance as well. If anyone comes through without clearance they'll receive a warm welcome. Roll 3d100
Rolled 65, 57, 60 = 182 (3d100)>>3837025>Roll 3d100From one Empire Neeran menace to another.
Rolled 54, 36, 32 = 122 (3d100)>>3837025
Rolled 48, 17, 29 = 94 (3d100)>>3837025>Roll 3d100Dice!
Rolled 16, 63, 57 = 136 (3d100)>>3837025Here we goooo
65, 57, 60It's just not going well for Sonia.
It takes some time for the special forces you requested to be recalled from the interior and reach their assignments. There are a few encounters with enemies trying to sneak off inbound transports. These result in a few rather public firefights at the ports but they're largely contained. Only one or two manage to escape the lockdown or security cordons that go up. The numbers that Sam is reporting has increased and dont add up wit those killed or captured. Some must have gotten through one way or another. Possibly before the teams could get into position. Because of this the next group to arrive from the interior are sent to help protect the defense gun and other key locations. 8 hours later and there have been only a few more incidents at the ports which have been more easily handled. Sam doesn't think any more have made it to the surface. The numbers have stabilized. The decoy site is largely quiet. No attempts have been made to probe it at ground level but your operatives lack the range to tell if ships with infiltrators aboard might have made passes in high orbit. Then a report comes in that one of the planetary shield generators is under attack. Fighting is in a built up area meaning orbital fire support and even HAG use is a no-go. Civilians are fleeing the area. "Infiltrators?" "We think so." answers Ecord. "Our local detector specialist must have kept them from sneaking in so they're attacking the site defenses from surrounding buildings."It looks like the PDF is responding but the infiltrators might be able to secure the shield before reinforcements get there in sufficient numbers. [ ] Sabotage the shield[ ] Sever local power conduits[ ] Orbital drop troops from Outer Heaven
Lighting storm. Shutting down for a bit.
>>3837115>[ ] Orbital drop troops from Outer Heaven
>>3837115>[ ] Orbital drop troops from Outer HeavenHell Jumpers are go!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zzczX2V0hRo"Order the PDF to keep that shield down. Reynard to Outer Heaven, get troops to the surface to secure that shield generator. Get them down there anyway you can. Use the drop pods if you have to." While people load up with power cell armor, the few remaining aboard with full on power armor take your advice and make use of the drop pods. The Outer Heaven maneuvers to align her torpedo launchers and fires off the SP drop pods. Around the time the 6 pods enter the atmosphere the planetary shield begins to power up. "What's going on?"Ecord brings up a more detailed site map of the shield generator facility."It looks like half of the site defenses have collapsed. The rest are holding but infiltrators are probably inside." The shield comes online but only in an area directly over that city. It isn't even at full power in that section. Enough to deter shuttles though. The drop pods punch through the shield as though it isn't even there, decelerating harshly. All 6 of them impact at points around the generator kicking up clouds of dust and debris. Two of your personal guard outfitted with medium suits of jump jet armor leap clear firing plasma weapons. They quickly take up positions on the roof helping to suppress enemy units still outside and preventing others from entering. You dont see the other 4 on the overview but soon enough the shield shuts down again. While the first wave of reinforcements have stabilized the situation the generator remains contested. A few more "detection specialists" are on the way by shuttle to help out but they'll only arrive when craft from the Outer Heaven do. The on-site specialist is still alive but has headed inside to help the other teams hold the interior. That leaves those still manning outer defenses to engage an enemy they can rarely see. Your jump jet troopers of course have methods of dealing with enemy infiltrators. Especially when they attempt to make use of snipers. A shard missile takes out the suspected sniper nest and any nearby enemies on the floors above and below too. A Rekesh PDF officer complains about property damage but is told to either stuff it or let the rest of his people get killed. Interrupting the show one of the intel officers gets your attention. "Sir we've lost contact with the decoy site. The system is being jammed." "Is the shield generator attack a diversion?" asks Rob. You're not sure but Forbearance needs to be ready to jump. Before you can put a call through to them all of your out system links save for the secure entangled one goes dead. "We're being jammed by multiple V2 type attack cruisers that just jumped in system." The Outer Heaven can still contact the Ruling House and their fleet with its secure line and pass orders to Forbearance. Where are you sending them?[ ] Threochts planet[ ] Decoy site
>>3837379How much time will it take them to go from one site to the other?
>>3837408Not too long in theory. Super heavies do take a bit to accelerate for jump though. A few minutes as long as it's not too much of a course correction? Forbearance is positioned to jump to either with the least correction. The Sovereign with its more powerful drives was given the angle with the largest course correction.
>>3837379>[ ] Threochts planet
>>3837414Thanks.>>3837379>[x] Decoy site
>>3837417>>3837418You could also send Forbearance to one and the Sovereign to the other.
>>3837424Well, not knowing anything about the enemy commander, it's essentially a coin-toss. However, I think we've put ourselves in a bad position. If we throw ships at the decoy site, then they just attack Threocht's planet, and if we keep ships here, they're just going to attack the Decoy planet and try to snipe our Supers. So at this point I don't really care where we send them.
>>3837440I think the advantage of sending them to the decoy site is that we'll still be able to maintain contact through the entaglement connection and find out if something's going on there. If the Neeran start a large scale attack on this planet, we'll still be able to send an SOS to them and call for FA help if necessary. All that will take longer if we direct the fleets to this planet.
Tie breaker still needed. Heading out to the movies in another half hour.
>>3837379 Threochts planet Decoy site Split upAnother option. Order the super heavies held in reserve. Send attack wings to reinforce each site?
>>3837600Send them to the decoy site, while sending limited attack wings to reinforce and hunt down the jammers here in this system. Have the Supers ready to burn and make a return trip back here if the decoy site was used as a decoy against us. I'm pretty sure they'll learn within minutes of arriving in that system whether or not the decoy was used against us. And the RH Baron is smart enough to make the judgement call to return to Threochts if the decoy is a bust.If we want to make sure the decoy site was meant to be believable, we have to send the Supers there first. Their likely watching the drive flares for the two of them. To see where they are heading. And unless we have something that can disguise its drive flares to be a super and head to the decoy site while sending one of the supers here decoying their drive flare as a heavy. Sending them both out to the decoy site and confirming whether or not the Neeran super is present in system before burning trails back to us if it isn't.
Went to see Ad Astra. It was different.
"Send the following orders. The J-D fleet is to split off a few attack wings to help clear the jamming craft from this system. Both supers are to jump to the decoy system and resolve the situation there. If no enemies are present they're to double back to Threochts planet as soon as possible."Orders are sent to the Outer Heaven and relayed to the Ruling House fleet. Hopefully it wont take too long. A tight beam transmission is sent from the Krath fleet indicating they're redeploying their forces that are in orbit. Because of this they'll need a new no-fly zone to park their heavies ship in. The rest can either sit nearby or stay out of the way as needed. It doesn't take long to relay this to the PDF's orbital command. Before your requested support from the J-D fleet arrives another Krath ship contacts the base. They've just arrived in system and the Alliance was reporting activity along the border. Jamming is intensifying and sensor updates indicate the arrival of at least one Cordate class medium cruiser reinforcing the smaller jamming craft. It's now growing difficult to resolve solid contacts. ECCM on the Outer Heaven is powering up to full but it's range is going to be limited. "None of them are cloaked?" you ask."Not so far, but the level of jamming would hinder the effectiveness of cloaking shields on the same ship."The J-D attack wings jump in near Threochts planet itself then begin to realign for micro jumps to other parts of the system. Both of the medium cruisers under the command of Phas Rah'ne appear a few seconds later. They're not what you asked for but simply sending Rah'ne's entire unit was probably faster."What's our status up there Rah'ne?""We'll have the jammers cleared out in no time sir, but it looks like some of the Alliance border outposts are being targeted."That can't be good. You send a request to the PDF that they fully mobilize if they haven't already. J-D garrison forces all report ready for combat. Switching back to the displays of the shield facility you see that the LST's have begun to arrive as has the shuttle with the detection specialists. It wont be long now until the shield is retaken. "New contacts in orbit... four super heavy cruisers!"Rob reacts with disbelief while stepping over to the sensor station."Nobody has that many supers just lying around. Putting it on the main display." The image you get is a clear one thanks to the Outer Heaven's ECCM. Four Ulgean super carriers have jumped into orbit and are deploying support craft. A stream of them are already making for the planet."Raise the planetary shields! Tell our teams at the contested generator to raise theirs as well. Then get me a com channel to the Ulgean fleet at my station.""Channel ready sir."1A) What say?1B) Actually forget the channel, open fire2) Roll 2d100 for getting that shield back up
Rolled 3, 82 = 85 (2d100)>>3838186tl;dr: Ask the Ulgean Commander what the fuck he is thinking invading FA member space. And tell him to gtfo before he and his fleet are reduced to scrap. While waiting for a response, I cant wait to hear it, tell all defenses to find targets and open fire the minute their in range.Oh good, I was looking for another reason to be pissed off.Fucking Ulgeans, if it weren’t for the fact they brought four supers, I’d laugh in their fucking faces. Open comms to whoever is the Ulgean fleet commander and demand to know why they decided now was a good time to invade a Factions Alliance members space. And that they have five minutes to get the FUCK out of here before their piece of shit ships are blasted to atoms by actually competent military.They better hope to whatever god they pray to that the Neeran Super is at the decoy site. Because if it’s not. I want to salvage all four of these Supers and then fire them out of the nearest scrap cannon at an Ulgean strong hold and blow these fucking cunts out of here.Actually, fuck it, tell orbital command and planetary defenses to start getting target lock on targets of opportunity and to open fire. This is an act of war and they are clearly attempting to invade Threochts. Tired of playing respond to the crisis, with Empire Neeran threatening to bring the sphere into real space by dialing us from the sphere, then crippling our allied Neeran with their jammer bullshit. And then firing an anti-matter bomb that caused the whole facility to go into lock down and caused us to lose the inner core and all the juicy secrets/ tech inside there.So you know what? Fuck it, Ulgeans get to feel the pain. Need a suitable punching bag and those four Supers are just flimsy enough to show just how insignificant the Ulgeans are and how fucked they are for attempting to invade Threocts and try to steal our treasure from us.
Rolled 20, 37 = 57 (2d100)>>3838186>1B) Actually forget the channel, open fire
>>3838186"Desist or be destroyed. The Empire couldnt defeat us. What makes you think you can? This is your only chance. Withdraw immediately. "There is nothing else to be said för they will not listen. Should prepare to bring out the builder ship to one hit all their supers be worst comes go worst.
Rolled 30, 96 = 126 (2d100)I do wonder what burning Ulgeans ships smell like in the morning.
>>3838223>Ask the Ulgean Commander what the fuck he is thinking invading FA member space. And tell him to gtfo before he and his fleet are reduced to scrap. While waiting for a response, I cant wait to hear it, tell all defenses to find targets and open fire the minute their in range.Support
Rolled 82, 71 = 153 (2d100)>>3838186>1A) What say?"Attention Ulgean fleet, this planet and system are sovereign territory of the Rekesh State. Any kind of aggression will be not only considered an act of war against them but also the Dominion of Royal Houses, and by extent the Factions Alliance.Call back the ships currently approaching the planet without permission and leave the system.">2) Roll 2d100 for getting that shield back upWe already have three roll but I'm curious what I'd get.
"Ulgean forces you've entered Alliance territory. Leave immediately or we'll turn your fleet into scrap. The Empire couldnt defeat us, what makes you think you can? This is your only chance. Withdraw.""Sir we're detecting an Ulgean broadcast on all civilian channels."You gesture for them to put it on."-mean you no harm. Due to the presence of hostile Neeran forces on this planet the Ulgean Hegemony is acting out of necessity to secure the safety of the local populace by bringing it under our control. Military forces are directed to stand down to avoid being mistaken for Neeran collaborators.We hope that in the future you will aid us in the necessary work of ridding the stars of Neeran influence. We are all united in that goal and will not permit them to establish enclaves along our borders. Never again will we permit their barbarity to threaten the star empires they have crushed under foot. Surrender peacefully and join us in our noble quest." Yeah right the tiny infiltration unit your people are on the verge of overwhelming are the dangerous "Neeran forces" supposedly threatening the Ulgean. Its a flimsy pretext but if they win control of the planet quickly enough, before the Alliance can muster a serious response, the final outcome would be questionable."Any response to our warning?""No sir.""Open fire. Target transports that are in danger of reaching atmosphere first. Pull the medium cruisers back to the defense platforms."The orbital space above Threochts planet lights up. All three medium cruisers and the remaining wing that Rah'ne had held back firing what they can while burning hard for the cover of the main platform. Orbital defenses have had weeks to conduct repairs, though they're still not at 100%. Despite this they throw out a respectable volume of fire and the AM missile stations blast holes in the incoming transport formations. While Ulgean super carriers are not exactly what you would consider quality built craft they still have plenty of weapons. Larger plasma cannons like those used on the Quattro begin to hammer the main platform or take potshots at your mediums. Fortunately your larger warships are still maneuverable enough to avoid the worst of it. "Have Outer Heaven update the main fleet on our situation and get an ETA on when we can expect them.""Aye sir.""Status on the shield?""Partial shield restoration at the contested site." Reports Ecord. "They're able to protect the city but there's still a gap." >Cont.
Despite the bombardment in orbit some of the smaller shuttles and transports are now entering the atmosphere. PDF is scrambling fighters while your army garrisons are loading up theirs for a mix of air to air and ground attack. Ground based defenses begin to open fire. Despite being at the edge of its effective range the big defense gun joins them knocking out one Ulgean HLV. The first wave of Rekesh fighters are entering engagement range when you get a response from the main fleet. They've prevented the capture of the J-D Nocturn in orbit though the ship ended up destroyed. A Wraith class super has been engaged at maximum weapons range and is fleeing. Pursuing it is going to be difficult given the strength of its cloak which is remaining online despite weapons fire and electronic warfare. Once it jumps it's going to require a substantial number of ships to cover a wide enough area to maintain contact with it. [ ] Maintain pursuit[ ] Have Mike attempt pursuit with attack wings[ ] Recall to Threochts planet ASAP
>>3838959>>3838960Well so much for that decoy site holding any value anymore. They’ve determined it’s a fake. Time to pull back the fleet and obliterate these fools. Tell Mike to take his wing and tail that thing to the edge of the galaxy if need to. Also, tell the Krath the ball is in their court to make sure that Super doesn’t disappear and to keep tabs on it so either we or the Alliance can get rid of it. Once we’re done with this bull shit.>Ulgean response.Typical, as expected. No mercy, blow them out of the skies. Any of them that set foot on the planet are dead already. The SRL are better organized and equipped than these pretenders who have just kicked off a fight they cannot win. Recall our Supers and tell them to load out to scrap four Ulgean Supers.Give no quarter, these fools think their flimsy excuse enough to invade Rekesh territory a FA member and an ally to the Dominions space. Then they are about to get a massive dose of “Get fucked!”
>>3838974Add thought, who wants to bet the Ulgeans are being controlled by the Neeran Empire and are to stupid to realize it?
I think this should be a somewhat accurate overview of Sonia's fleet. It's based on the last fleet overview and repair report, minus Ren's and the Rekesh forces, and the stuff we gave to the Rekesh government.Salvaged ships that might have finished repairs by now are to the lower right in orange.>[x] Maintain pursuitI'd suggest we split off some of the slower ships to reinforce the planet. The 3 Monitor class ships, the 2 Wasp carriers, the two unassigned Shukhants, and one wing of assault corvettes to provide support.
>>3838960>[ ] Maintain pursuitIf we have any corvette wings in orbit of Threoct's planet, maybe it's worth giving them an offensive strike mission to throw a few SP torps at the Supers.
Heading out for work. Will put a post up tonight.
>>3838960>[ ] Recall to Threochts planet ASAPThere is no point in the decoy site and thus no real need to follow the Wraith. We got bigger fish to deal with. Concentrate on teaching these Ulgean dogs why we were named the Hammer of the Emperor. We need to cripple their forces here so that we can then proceed to roll over their corrupted territories.Should send a priority message to all forces in the cluster that the Ulgeans should now be considered hostile and encourage them to destroy them at first opportunity like the animals they are.Also to the Emperor that our side project is compromised by both the Ulgean and the Empire and we need reinforcements to hold it properly. No need for subtlety anymore.
>>3838995>There is no point in the decoy site and thus no real need to follow the Wraith.It's a super with a cloak that allows it to fire pretty much undetected. It seems like an incredible thing to capture, either to advance Dominion heavy and super heavy designs or as something that can earn us a huge favor with the Rovinar and Krath.>Also to the Emperor that our side project is compromised by both the Ulgean The Ulgean are most likely only here because the Neeran attackers gave them an excuse to intervene.>Empire It seems like they bought the ruse at the secondary site, though.
>>3838960> [ ] Maintain pursuitWorth it to cripple it. Also we can find evidence of Neeran/Ulgean collaboration.
>>3838960>[X] Recall to Threochts planet ASAPDisregard smaller salvage, protect mega salvage. This Ulgean attack is the biggest threat to the success of our campaign thus far.
FFS guys, another tie? >>3839550>>3839551And the moment it looks like the tie might be broken it just magically reasserts itself inside of the same minute? Maintain pursuit Recall to Threochts planet ASAP[6 votes] Sonia has a crisis and cant make a decision
>>3839941If we need to break a tie, then I am fine with recalling to Threocts. There's Ulgean salvage to be had.
"Signal Forbearance to maintain pursuit. Have them reassign some of the slower Mediums and one of the assault corvette wings to "Rob Ecord gives you a look."Respectfully sir, we're going to take a lof of losses without reinforcements.""Destruction of that Wraith is the priority for the moment. If necessary we can use the Builder ship against the Ulgean fleet." You point to the coms officer once they've finished relaying orders through the Outer Heaven. "Authorize attack wings to use as many SP warheads as they feel necessary against the Ulgean Supers." Checking for an update from the Krath you see that they've sent a message indicating they've broken orbit to get into a better position. Hopefully they know best how to contribute in all of this.By now most of Rah'ne's other forces have realised that Threochts planet is under attack and all but a few have broken off their efforts to hunt down the jammers. Both groups micro jump back into orbit and begin to engage corvettes and battleships. Heavy fire from the enemy capital ships destroys two of the missile platforms and hammer the main platform. A number of ships in your command squadron are hit taking them out of the fight while they perform shield restarts. Your trio of medium cruisers are outmatched by the escort brought along to protect the larger Ulgean vessels. At least 3 Shoal class mediums each with another Cordate ECM ship hanging back in the shadow of the middle two supers. There might be a medium carrier back there too, sensors cant tell. The Assault Corvette unit that had already been in orbit is being overwhelmed by enemy numbers despite tearing through an impressive number of opponents. Fortunately this is serving to draw more ships away when the newly returned wings hit the flank. Assault corvettes carve out a path for the mixed wing to punch through and launch torpedoes at the heavier ships. A powerful salvo of SP Torps punch through the nearest vessel's conventional shielding ripping into the hull and armor. At first it shrugs off the hits thanks to the slabs of armor used for protection around vital areas. Soon that isn't enough and weapon hits get through the destroyed sections into the interior. A series of large internal explosions chain through much of the starboard side crippling much of the remainder of the vessel. Though now drifting a few of the crippled super's shields are still online. Corvette turrets are taking cover beneath the remaining protecting while throwing out fire at J-D ships. They're still proving to be a hazard when the mixed wing attempts to form up to strike the next super in line. The next torpedo salvo isn't quite as effective as a result. Accumulating damage the attack cruiser commanders decide to break off. >Cont.
"Sir, Ulgean units are concentrating anti-missile defenses around the middle two Supers." "When the attack wings have formed up again tell them to take out the far one. Ideally before they can strengthen their formation to shield it from torp attacks as well."Some of the SPs got through of course but not enough. Even Forbearance could have shrugged off a similar number of hits. You're certainly glad when reinforcement arrive. Some of the Monitors outfitted with extra shields, a couple of older Shukhants and the Quattro come about, assembling into a tight formation. Fire from their 16 larger guns punch through the screens of lighter warships and hammer one of the enemy mediums. Soon enough the vessel is in flames and they've begun to shift fire to the next in line. A Rekesh fleet unit including Ni Ahni's flagship chooses that moment to appear on nearly the opposite side of the enemy formation. 2 Heavy Cruisers, 2 Shoal mediums, a dozen battleships along three wings of corvettes and frigates open fire. They're still outnumbered by Ulgean ships on that flank, not counting the Super, though only barely.Seeing that the enemy is distracted and your mixed wing is preparing for another run the Krath decide to join the fight. Powerful E-beam weapons cause sections of the Ulgean formation to simply evaporate. Hostile forces have reached the ground in number, the main platform is losing shields, but the battle in orbit seems to be slowly turning in your favour. Did you want the mixed wing to aim for one of the Supers in the center of their formation? Or quickly take out the less well defended one? Trying to cut off the head might allow you to attempt a rout, though it could still be costly. They do still have numerical superiority.On the other hand if their outer units collapse it might be enough to convince the Ulgean commander to withdraw.[ ] Go for the head[ ] Try to force a withdrawal
>>3840036>[ ] Go for the head
>>3840036>[ ] Go for the headKill them all. They need to be punished.
>>3840036>Try to force a withdrawalWe can hammer them later if needed, what we need is to make them fuck off the planet and the system. Dont lose your head guys.
>>3840036Swapping >>3840041To withdrawal.Still have to tackle the Wraith.
>>3840036>[ ] Go for the headThe Ulgeans, last I checked, had a dozen of their own flimsy ass Supers, two Cinquedas two Exes and three Super Carriers. So make of that what you will. Unless they have several more Neeran style supers hidden away or being finished up. That they feel it is worth throwing away four of their own supers. Because lets be honest here, one of our supers is worth at least two or more of theirs.I’m not to worried about a reprisal from the Ulgeans. Because this is a clear act of war and the Alliance has to respond in kind to this act of aggression. Or the Alliance better react in kind to the Ulgean aggression, if they want to be taken seriously by anyone on this front. Especially if we are not the only world experiencing this ‘Ulgean interventionism’.So lets go for the head and capture/ kill this Ulgean commander, And ship his head back to their forces as a warning to never try this shit again. before any of them gets the bright idea to call in reinforcements of their own.
>>3840036>[x] Try to force a withdrawalThere's nothing to win here, we should aim to minimize our losses. Losing four of their garbage supers probably means little to them overall, so I'd prefer to scare them off asap.
>>3840036> [ ] Go for the headGo hard or go home.
>>3839550This is me.
Some of the new Eve online ships are some real sleek shit.
"Target the center of their formation. Maybe we can break them and force a rout."Attack wings make use of the hole in the formation the Krath have created and get in closer to launch torpedoes. This time more of them get through the missile defenses, though many are still intercepted. Enough get through to knock out half the engines, some weapons and the aft shields. Once your units have cleared the line of fire the Krath tear into the unshielded sections of the ship. They're well on their way to turning half of the super into scrap in record time when the Ulgean change formation. The Super from the side facing the planet turns hard, moving into position to shield the crippled ship. As it brings its heavier guns to bear the Krath scatter, turning away quickly and cloaking once more. They seem to be missing but keep firing in the hopes of knocking out some of the dangerous Faction ships. Forward weapons on the crippled ship are still battering the main defense platform. Shields have failed on the station and only parts of it are protected by the partially completed Heavy Cruiser docked there. Despite this enemy fire is now split enough that your trio of mediums that had been hiding behind the planet are able to sortie. Rah'ne leads the unit into the main battle, clearing a path to bring the storm cannons on the Outer heaven into range. Once ready the cones of lightning scattering from the weapon turrets tears through corvettes and other attack craft. Conventional weapons are used to kill battleships while SP's are dropped into medium cruisers. As heavier guns begin to shift away from setting more of the station on fire the Krath reappear. Decloaking below the damaged super they focus massed beam fire through its center, punching clean through to the top side. This time fuel stores for the main guns must have been hit because secondary explosions are significantly more powerful. Enemy units closest to the planet begin to break off, pulling back towards the other two supers. "This is Rah'ne, we're moving to assist the Rekesh before they're cut to pieces."It seems they're not doing too well. A small number of their ships were equipped with SP torpedoes. They've been used to good effect, crippling some of the heavier turrets but they're simply outnumbered and outgunned. The largely untouched Super now to the rear of the battle is directing heavy fire their way as well. The Rekesh Hecaton class heavy takes a number of bad hits, forcing it to ram the weaker super in order to use its bulk for cover. Half Rah'ne's ships are destroyed or out of action due to damage while Rekesh losses are approaching similar levels. Despite this continued long range fire from the medium group is having an effect. The Ulgean cant effectively counter them from their position and, though winning some local engagements, overall they're losing the fight. >Cont
"Transmission from the least damaged Super.""What now, more propaganda?" you ask."I dont think so." says Rob. "It's the enemy Admiral. It looks like we hit the wrong ship.""Put it up." you grudgingly reply."Alliance forces, it appears this contest will not be won by either side so easily. I have considerable numbers on the ground, and though your fleet may yet prove victorious it would cost you such vehicle losses as to taste little better than defeat. Agree to a cease fire and I vow to withdraw all Ulgean personnel from Rekesh territory."[ ] Agree[ ] Refuse[ ] Demand their surrender, your Supers are on the way (you hope)
>>3842087>[ ] Refuse"You had your chance. Now burn with us"
>>3842087I'm still of the mind, these fuckers need to be taught a lesson. Charge up a Vekron and aim at this idiots super.Accepting anything other than their surrender is admitting weakness and letting them off the hook for invading faction space. And we return to the previous stand off of them watching and waiting for an opening to invade, again. They want a cease fire, then they can surrender and admit they were in the wrong and pay dividends not only to us but also the Rekesh for their blatant disregard or treaties and for using BULLSHIT excuses to invade Rekesh space.
>>3842087>>3842107>[ ] Demand their surrender, your Supers are on the way (you hope)They damn well better be on their way. I know Forberance was ordered to deal with the Wraith. So Baron Xedols best be on his way.
>>3842107>Charge up a Vekron and aim at this idiots super.The Krath do have Veckron weapons available. >>3842111>I know Forberance was ordered to deal with the Wraith. So Baron Xedols best be on his way.Both Supers are pursuing the Neeran Wraith, you guys were quite clear on that.
>>3842087>[ ] Demand their surrender, your Supers are on the way (you hope)
>>3842115If they got those nifty Vekron beams, can they use it to carve into the side of that ship, Or just carve straight down the middle cutting it in half? Not sure how Vekron beams work, but just imagining their usage. Do Vekron Beams also have the lovely side affect of rendering habitable space uninhabitable?Or do they only got Vekron torps? Which would be a good "Get the fuck off my property." Albeit we kinda ruin Rekesh space... Hm, probably best to use as a bluff mechanism?>Both Supers are pursuing the Neeran Wraith, you guys were quite clear on that.Huh, I read it as only the Forberance being told to chase after it, if that meant both then alright. Still they should be able to cripple the thing and be back while we bicker and delay with this guy. Long enough for them or the Alliance to come in and force them to surrender.
>>3842087>[x] Demand their surrender, your Supers are on the way (you hope)Would our allies really use veckron weapons should we request it?
>>3842125>while we bicker and delay with this guy. Long enough for them or the Alliance to come in and force them to surrender.Neither side has agreed to the cease fire yet so both sides are still fighting.>Vekron beamsOnly the Terrans have those.>can they use it to carve into the side of that shipWould really only be useful for killing crew with radiation or detonating antimatter stores. >Do Vekron Beams also have the lovely side affect of rendering habitable space uninhabitable?They only cause subspace damage to a small area. It's still a bad idea to jump ships through it but doesn't do anything to planets in the region.>Or do they only got Vekron torps?Yes.>probably best to use as a bluff mechanism?If you want them to retreat and abandon their ground forces yes.>>3842128>Would our allies really use veckron weapons should we request it?The Kath would probably assume you'd either A) gotten permission from the Rekesh or B) take personal responsibility for such an order.
>>3842087>AgreeNot like this is going to win.>>3842133Please don't use v-torps this close to a facility that relies on subspace shenanigans to continue existing.
Looks like you're going to demand their surrender. You can try to pull a bluff to help that along, or rely on an actual show of force to ensure the rest fall in line.Bluff: Your Supers are on the way (hope)Bluff: Krath charge Veckron torpedoForce: Recall the SupersForce: Krath prepare to use Veckron torpedoForce: Deploy Builder ship
>>3842172Quick question, can we use the charge of a Vekron Torpedo to mask the opening of a Wormhole? Do they give off the same emissions pretty much. Just in case we need to use force.
>>3842181>can we use the charge of a Vekron Torpedo to mask the opening of a Wormhole?Short answer is no. You'd be farther ahead using jamming and putting the wormhole on the far side of the planet.
>>3842172Can't we call in help from the Factions Alliance? Unless the Ulgean are starting a large scale offensive, they should be able to spare at least a few ships to reinforce us. At least the Rovinar should be relatively close, if I remember correctly.
>>3842172>Bluff: Your Supers are on the way (hope)I'm going to be crazy man here. And put my faith in Baron Xedols to finish off or cripple that Wraith and return. Maybe put in a text message through to him to find out if they have an ETA to return.If they really are having a hard time chasing down the Wraith. Then we recall them. As I don't think Ulgeans count as a sufficient threat to deploy the Builder Ship. Now if they had an Executor type Super on the field. That would be a different story.
>>3842217>Can't we call in help from the Factions Alliance?Yes via the Ruling House as there is still jamming in place. Their main fleets are too far away. The best you could hope for within a reasonable time frame is maybe 1 wing of assault corvettes. After all, the Dominion fleets are covering this section of the line. The fleet units with your 2 supers are supposed to be the ones to respond to attacks like this.
>>3842229Okay. I guess even one wing is better than none. Are any of our Neeran with the main fleet? If they can pull that drive flare boost maneuver again, we might fool the Ulgean into surrendering.
>>3842087> [ ] Demand their surrender, your Supers are on the way (you hope)Their act of aggression is clearly a prelude to war, unless the admiral is willing to take responsibility for this *unsanctioned* attack on the Rekesh people and Alliance forces.Since he is choosing to double down by threatening to expand the conflict, we can do no less in return.They were unable to rebel until we started beating the Neeran Empire, and we originay planned to be able to defeat the Empire including what is now their newly born state. While we don't want more conflict, if their state is willing to be antagonistic from the beginning to us, better to strangle it in the crib.After all, what are they going to do, return to being under the Neeran heel?
>>3842236>Are any of our Neeran with the main fleet? No, they're investigating the builder facility.
>>3842172Vote is closing in 5 minutes.
>>3842172>>3842267>Bluff: Your Supers are on the way (hope)I'm not really too keen on any of the options but I wasn't able to vote on the post before this one. I'm okay with this one from the options available.
>>3842267Change >>3842260To Force: Krath prepare to use Veckron torpedo.If they don't believe our super bluff.
"We won't agree to a cease fire unless it's to allow your forces to surrender. I have a fleet with Super Heavy Cruisers on their way right now. Given the piss poor job you've done against just some mediums and a couple heavies I dont think you stand a chance." The neckless alien looks displeased with your declaration. "I see no sign your supposed fleet is on the way. Your willingness to commit so many of your allied soldiers to a pointless death might be seen as commendable if you were a Neeran. Let none say I did not offer a reasonable compromise when your Alliance examines this incident."With that the Ulgean cuts communications. "Damn. Any word from our main fleet?""Nothing yet sir. Last update was that they were spreading out assets to pursue the Wraith."Looking back to the displays you see that the least damaged enemy super is now accelerating away from the planet. They were already on course to leave the gravity well and it looks like they're now in the clear. Most enemy corvettes and escorts are now conducting a fighting retreat back towards the command ship. Te remainder are helping to cover the damaged Super the Rekesh have been trying to down. Ni Ahni's command ship is taking serious damage but doesn't look like they're in a position to retreat. The Rekesh unit in general is being mauled as the Ulgean units on that side of the fight try to retreat through them. "Tell Rah'ne to go save the Rekesh fleet before they're wiped out." The long range focused medium group continues to rain fire down on the support elements heading out of the gravity well. Once the least damaged super is loaded up with corvettes and damaged craft it immediately jumps. It's escort do so as well. With that attention shifts to the damaged super and rescuing the Rekesh. The Krath for once have decided not to cloak once more and have formed up with your fast mediums. Forward shields on the damaged super fail as it maneuvers to prepare to jump. By this time the Rekesh command ship has lost engines and is drifting into the path of the larger vessel. Rather unexpectedly it locks tractor beams onto the heavy cruiser, dragging it along to help cover the gap in its shields. Despite the makeshift shield Rekesh and soon J-D ships continue to pelt the bow of the ship with cannon and torpedo fire. One or two surviving Kraken class ships keep shooting down torpedoes, though you note most of those are now conventional munitions. Cont.
You point to the display."What's going on? Why aren't they hitting with more SP weapons?""They've exhausted their SP stores sir. One squadron is pulling back to rearm." Shit. Most J-D ships only carry magazines with maybe 20 SP's and 40-80 conventional depending on the ship. They're just too valuable to risk losing a full load when a ship is destroyed. Despite this handicap nearly the entire forward section of the super is on fire by the time it's able to jump. Once it has left the system any surviving jamming craft soon depart as well."Sir, jamming is down. We have direct communications with Forbearance.""What's their status?""They've just caught up to the Wraith closer to the Ulgean border. It tired to shake them and they've lost ten ships maintaining contact with it. It's currently crippled and enemy forces are abandoning ship."[ ] Tell them to intercept fleeing Ulgean units[ ] Focus on securing the Wraith
>>3842355>[x] Focus on securing the WraithI don't want to escalate this by pursuing the enemy into their territory, and securing the Wraith is necessary so our losses here are not in vain. Also request search and rescue support from the alliance.
>>3842355>[ ] Focus on securing the WraithTake this thing out now. Capture it and bring it back. It's been a major thorn in our side this entire time. And I want to make sure it is no longer in play. Also I want to confirm my bat crazy plan that it was working with the Ulgeans to give them a reason to invade.>"I see no sign your supposed fleet is on the way. Your willingness to commit so many of your allied soldiers to a pointless death might be seen as commendable if you were a Neeran. Let none say I did not offer a reasonable compromise when your Alliance examines this incident."Big words coming from a coward who uses the same tactics as the Empire Neeran to invade its neighbors while claiming to want to exist peacefully along side other species. All they are are just another group of power hungry bastards who think their brand of despotism is better then the others. Good faith and reasonable compromise my ass. I see no further purpose in negotiating with these people beyond their complete surrender if they're going to be pretentious pricks that hide behind paper thin excuses. If you're going to try and pull a trick like this, you better damn well make sure you go through all the way and succed instead of half assing it, jack ass.Put the word out on general broadcast that the Ulgean fleet has abandoned its ground forces here. If they surrender now they'll be treated as prisoners of war and given fair trial under the Factions Alliance. Because if they were tried under Dominon Law, I'm sure some of their neckless heads would be rolling.
>>3842353> Your willingness to commit so many of your allied soldiers to a pointless death might be seen as commendable if you were a Neeran. Big words for the asshole who decided to attack us.
>>3842355> [ ] Focus on securing the Wraith
>When TSTG takes extra long to calculate your losses
"Tell them to focus on securing the Wraith. I dont want to be seen making any other moves towards the border." While that's going on you update the Alliance on the situation and request assistance for search and rescue operations. Priority first is the recovery of allied ships, getting them out of the debris zone and allowing engineers to get them into a safe condition. After the Rekesh heavy cruisers are seen to your mediums help to drag the remains of the two super heavies into a stable orbit. Ulgean Troops fighting on the ground dont seem to immediately be aware that their fleet has jumped out. The planetary shield is back up but they've managed to land in positions encircling the city as local AA defenses were too powerful to land inside of it. Now on the surface their units are pushing into the ountskirts and are pushing through hastily erected defensive positions. With PDF and J-D ground and air units attacking their HLV's and transports from outside the perimeter it's starting to look like a siege within a siege situation might occur. J-D personnel report that the enemy troops are made up of a mix of conventional Empire member species augmented by Ulgean troops in heavy power armor. It seems that rather than reinvent the wheel the Ulgean decided to copy parts of Neeran doctrine with the larger power armor replacing Neeran shock troops. The Ulgean advance into the city grinds to a halt after 3 hours of increasingly bitter fighting. LST's have been making overflights of Rekesh positions and sending in resupply pods with weapons and supplies. Even the low end Repulsor rifles with small stocks of 20mm ammo make a significant difference against Power armor equipped enemies. 200,000 J-D troops and another 300,000 Rekesh complete the encirclement and reinforce, preparing to push inward. When it becomes clear things are only going to get worse for the Ulgean army from this point on their General asks to discuss terms. "I'm partial to unconditional surrender myself." is your response.The same cant be said for the Rekesh government. They've just lost a significant portion of their mobile space fleet in the battle, and the main defense platform is now worse off than when your forces crippled it. What they dont want now is a costly ground campaign. Ni Ahni was wounded when his command ship was crippled and wont be able to contribute to negotiations. That leaves you having to deal with the Rekesh civilian government.One option suggested by the Ulgean is disarmament and repatriation. It's not ideal from their standpoint but might be better than other options.[ ] Insist on unconditional surrender (reduced relations with Rekesh government)[ ] Disarmament and repatriation[ ] Wait for Alliance diplomats[ ] Ask for Ruling House diplomats
>>3842484>One option suggested by the Ulgean is disarmament and repatriation. It's not ideal from their standpoint but might be better than other options.I'd be open for that if it is limited to enlisted ranks. Officers would become regular POWs.
>>3842484What does the Rekesh Government want out of them for invading their world? Or do they just want them gone and off their world?
>>3842513The government would just like it to be over but will take any form of reparations they think they can get their hands on.They also have an interest in securing the remains of the supers in orbit.
>>3842484>[ ] Ask for Ruling House diplomatsGet the R'H diplomats on the horn to work with the Rekesh government to ring out whatever else they can get out of them. Make sure they know that the General has already offered disarmament and repatriation.Would it be to much to ask to get the general and officers of this Ulgean army condemning the admiral and whoever made the decision to invade Rekesh territory?
Considering that it seems we'll have to invest in improved defenses for the Rekesh, how much would an Aethra class ship with mounts adapted for the Rekesh siege turrets cost?
>>3842548>how much would an Aethra class ship with mounts adapted for the Rekesh siege turrets cost?I dont know. Cheaper than a conventional super. Not sure if it would be cheaper than the Ulgean supers.We've got different 2 votes. Combination, let the Ruling House and Rekesh diplomatic corps together hash out a deal with the Ulgean army?
>>3842584>Combination, let the Ruling House and Rekesh diplomatic corps together hash out a deal with the Ulgean army?I'd be okay with that.
>>3842584Delegation go, yes
While the details remain to be worked out the invading army group at least agrees to a cease fire. Aid flights are sent in to evacuate wounded and civilians from the city in case fighting should start back up. Both sides are digging in while they wait. J-D army units deploy some of the citadel shields that were brought along for added protection. The Ruling House are of course glad that they have an opportunity to continue exerting their influence in the region. While they dont want to be the ones starting a war with the Ulgean they're more than willing to help support the Rekesh with the Alliance. Continued presence of Ulgean troops on Threochts planet is causing all sorts of problems politically, as the the "border violation" incident. Ruling House diplomats suggest you keep a very careful tally of damages and losses your forces suffered. Information on just how much the Ulgean fleet lost is to be kept secret for the time being. No need to have them demanding too many POW's back. That can be used later depending on what track the diplomats decide to take. Those at the center of the city siege are already reporting Ulgean defections. Mostly among former empire troops pressed into service. They'd prefer to be Alliance POW's over being stuck in Ulgean penal regiments. 150 of your ships are out of action. Close to one third of those were destroyed and would be farther off being scrapped. The rest are being scattered to various repair facilities by salvage craft. Seventy ships lost at least some of their crew even with emergency teleporters. Forbearance reports that 3 of the ships they lost in pursuit of the Wraith were lost with nearly all hands due to teleport jamming. Boarding teams managed to secure most of the Wraith with only one section being so badly crippled they couldn't even board it. Self destruct charges caused some damage but losses were fairly light.Given their proximity to the Ulgean border Hera and Baron Xedols think it would be best to relocate the ship as the first opportunity. That means either calling in the Alliance or detaching the siege cannon so the two Fast Supers can work together to jump the Wraith out."Cant the salvage teams just attach fusion torches to the hull?""Not as safely. They'd need to build structural bracing in places and that takes time."[ ] Best call in the Alliance[ ] We need that technology, detach the turrets[ ] Take your time
>>3842707Are they still technically on our side of the border or are they in the no mans land? Or the Ulgean side?
>>3842711They're still on your side of the actual border, though it's close.
>>3842707>[x] Best call in the AllianceEven if it'll cost us something, we'll have to get the ship back asap in case the Ulgeans are watching.
>>3842707>[ ] Best call in the AllianceNot like our house can run two Supers, but it will be a nice piece of hardware to bargain with afterwards. Be it the siege module or the cloaking mechanism or just selling someone another Super.
>>3842707>[ ] Best call in the AllianceNeed to have a look at the Wraith when we drag it back, see if it's worth fielding over Forbearance when compared to a Fast Super.
>>3842707>[x] Best call in the AllianceAny other noticeable movement on the ulgean border?
The Alliance are called in to help with salvage of the Wraith. They're understandably eager to get hold of such a craft and immediately send a team to the site. Within a day a group of Alliance ships arrive from another galaxy. An Iconoclast Mobile Fleet Base along with a damaged ACC and escort jump in from above the plane of the galaxy. Built out of the remains of a larger Neeran Super Carrier, the smaller Wraith is just the right size to be easily picked up in one of the two capital ship docks. Once loaded and weight is redistributed the vessel and its escort jump back out the way they came, headed back to one of the navigation stations. It seems the Alliance wants it as far from the Ulgean front as possible. With the Wraith gone your fleets are finally free to return to duties guarding Rekesh territory and standing by to wreck shit if the Ulgean try anything. Two days later it's shown that they're clearly not willing to waste resources on any more local ambitions for the time being. They formally recognise the Rekesh as an independent breakaway state formerly of the Neeran Empire. Rather surprisingly they also agree to certain Rekesh border claims, extending a set distance into the denser star zones. This may have been done to prevent any future Rekesh claims against their Neeran shipyard. The Army unit trapped on Threochts planet will surrender weapons and equipment such as power armor, vehicles. They wont have to surrender certain non-military supplies and munitions, but for the most part anything they dont have room for is going to be left behind. Transport craft will be disarmed and used to ferry the army back to Ulgean territory under escort. A similar arrangement is being organised for surviving fleet personnel. Some logistics craft that neither yourself or the Rekesh government consider worth acquiring are being patched together to help move personnel. If there are other stipulations to the treaty you aren't informed. The Ulgean aren't paying reparations, just bargaining away things they would lose no matter what the outcome. The stabilization of a section of the border helps them as much as it does your side, but can be spun as them giving territory to the Rekesh if needed for appearances.
>>3842918It would have been nice if they could have helped to move the disabled Ulgean supers to the repair station we set up in this galaxy before leaving.
>>3842943Priority given to getting it away from a front line position. If they had known things were going to become safer they might have hung around a bit longer. The yard you set up might not be the best spot for them due to the Neeran tech involved and extensive work needed. Unsurprisingly the Rekesh government is looking at the idea of rebuilding the two supers using their own siege cannon turrets. Something that would need to be done at one of their yards. A secure message has been received from the Sphere. The Alliance and Caretakers recaptured the city ship and found your message. Girisha is confirmed dead. Some of his officers had caused problems for the Caretakers elsewhere as a distraction, just as well as they might have been killed by the weapon employed against your unit. For a number of reasons Alliance forces had to approach the city ship at sublight, delaying their arrival. You still have prisoners (including clone Girisha's head) in confinement or stasis. There is also the recovered device used as part of the weapon. Now that things are a bit quieter did you want all of it sent to the surface and along to the Caretakers or the Alliance?
>>3842958We can go ahead and hand of the PoW's. What does the R'H rep want to do with the head? Since there could be a chance to spin it that the Dominon was the one to literally, claim the head of the one responsible for much of the suffering caused to the Shallan's and to the those Dominion houses who lost worlds. Also a point of bragging likely. Of course, it being a clone and Dominion clone laws and all that. Well, lets see what he wants to say. We can always ship his head in jar to the Alliance if the R'H diplomat doesn't want it.As for the device. We need to give our guys times to study it. To see how we can teach our Super Caretaker Soldiers to resist its effects. In case they face any opposing forces with this tech. I don't want us to get the Caretaker upgrades or any further Caretaker upgrades if there is no way to properly counter tech like this that incapacitates/ kills you if you don't know how to counter it.
>>3842958If what Uller said is true, and the caretakers aren't going to be happy with us improving our soldiers, then maybe we should hand it over to them? Like a peace offering, they now have the only potential non-convnetional weapon against upgraded nervous systems.
>>3842958Yes, please. Make sure to scan it with our artifact scanners before handing it over.
>>3842975>>3842977What about the POWs and the clone head?
>>3842989POWs, Alliance.Head, Caretakers, since they're probably the only ones who can pull info from it, unless the Krath think they can do a better job.
>>3842958We shouldn't h and things over for free. Let's say that we hand both the intact head along with the device over to the Caretakers in return for.... Let's say, them helping restore the Crucible for us? It is after all partly their fault it got lost inside of the core to begin with since if they had not lost the cityship then the Empire would not have managed to attack us. Or that is how we could spin it, with nicer words. I also feel like we should push for that once, and if, we hand over the Builder ship to the Caretakers. A working Crucible seems to me to be far more valuable than the ship after all.
>>3842989Hand them over to the caretakers. We captured them on a ship that's caretaker property, and they have more experience in dealing with powerful Neeran than we do. Maybe they'll be able to come up with a sufficiently ironic punishment for Girisha.
>>3842965>What does the R'H rep want to do with the head? Since there could be a chance to spin it that the Dominon was the one to literally, claim the head of the one responsible for much of the suffering caused to the Shallan's and to the those Dominion houses who lost worlds.While a valuable trophy actually keeping him would be like putting a live nuclear warhead on display. The Alliance, Caretakers or even Baldr's faction of the Neeran Isolationists would be better suited to handling it. The Krath do not want to deal with it at this time. They have enough problems and commitments at the moment.I'm sure it could be spun into a PR piece if it were decided to be worth the risk of leaking information. >>3843108>them helping restore the Crucible for us?It will be added to their list of things to do but Uller warns that their timescale for beginning work on such a project let alone completing it will be somewhat different from human norms. As long as the Neeran Empire is kept away they'll have all the time in the world. Decoding the technologies on the builder ship will likely be given a much higher priority. POW's to the Alliance.Clone head to the Caretakers. Device to the Caretakers with an oversight team from the Alliance or Baldr? Maybe Svidur?
>>3843417POW's to the Alliance. AgreedClone head to the Caretakers. AgreedDevice to the Caretakers with an oversight team from the Alliance or Baldr? Maybe Svidur? Agreed, Baldr, since he's in charge of the Light Neeran if I remember correctly.
>>3843417>timescale for beginning work on such a project let alone completing it will be somewhat different from human normsWe could start by constructing probes out of builder material to assess the situation in the core. With a bit of luck, designs for that kind of hazardous environment might still be available.>>3843417I'm okay with all of these.>>3843424Yeah, Baldr seemed sensible. Maybe have somebody from the sphere foundation tag along, in case Baldr turns out to be the bad kind of crazy.
>>3843417>POW's to the Alliance.yes>Clone head to the Caretakers. yes>Device to the Caretakers with an oversight team from the Alliance or Baldr? Maybe Svidur?Alliance and Svidur
I'm going to be leaving for work in few minutes plus working tomorrow. I figured the thread would be closer to the bottom of the board by now but it might hang around for awhile. Start giving some thought to stuff you'd like to like to take care of over the next few weeks/months in game time. It wont be too long now until the Alliance begins preparing the 3rd invasion wave. Forbearance will probably be handed off to another J-D Baron at that time so making sure it's fully operational might be good.
>>3843463>Start giving some thought to stuff you'd like to like to take care of over the next few weeks/months in game time.-As amazing as this discovery is, Sonia can't be here all the time. We should consider who we can place in charge of J-D interests in the area when Sonia's away.-If the Emperor is relatively close, we should meet in person to speak about stationing garrison forces in the area. And all the other things that have happened.-Produce copies of the medical pad and have them shipped to J-D territory. We have several people back home who need repairs. See if we can get at least 1 pad per galaxy.-I'd like to talk with Versa about how things are going for her and the other AIs back in Terran space.-We need to speak to the defectors we picked up on this deployment about their plans for the future.
>>3843417>POW's to the Alliance.>Clone head to the Caretakers.>Device to the Caretakers with an oversight team from the Alliance or Baldr? Maybe Svidur?Well, I can agree on all of these.
>>3843417>It will be added to their list of things to do but Uller warns that their timescale for beginning work on such a project let alone completing it will be somewhat different from human norms.What would happen if we just opened a WH in realspace and sucked it through?
>>3843463>Start giving some thought to stuff you'd like to like to take care of over the next few weeks/months in game time.Getting the Rekesh back on their feet, economically, and socially as a people. All these years of Neeran occupation can't be healthy.Local fortifications/DominionisationCementing local links and ties to the Dominion/J-D.Test out caretaker enhancement?
>>3843463>Things to do.Get with Ni Ahni, find out how he is doing and if there’s anything we can do for him to help get his fleet back up and running. And to make the Rekesh fleet sturdier and more capable of defending its own boarders.Get with the R’H diplomat and see how we can further establish and cement J-D/ Dominion relations with the Rekesh in the coming months. Since we’re not planning on any serious engagements in the current galaxy.Get with the R’H rep on how they’d like to proceed with the facility. So, we can plan on approaching the group that is in the know. On when/ how to bring the facility to the attention of the FA, once we’ve gotten a good understanding of the builder ship and the Krath have their kin and the Leviathan secured and ready to be shipped out.Get with our commanders and go over our losses. And how we can get things repaired and up to operational status before we return.Make sure Forbearance is repaired and in good condition. As well as its support fleet.Side thought, did that Heavy Carrier we bought during the Emergency Council incident make it through all this? Or did it get scrapped? Has that thing recouped its cost this deployment or just been a waste?Try not to think to hard on the people lost. Fail, spend a hard night drinking in solace inside the facility staring at the core and all the loot inside it, lost. Because fucking Neeran.Check on the status of the South Region, see if they managed to establish their own government at last. Or if they are still bickering. Also see how the Northern and Western regions are good.Pretty much just getting an idea of the over all setting of the galaxy and our forces and where/ how we can send our fleet to assist.
>>3843463>Start giving some thought to stuff you'd like to like to take care of over the next few weeks/months in game timeI would like to secure the entrance to the interior more firmly. With a proper building and a proper military base around it.I would like to cooperate with the RH to get into talks with the Rekesh governemnt to further entrench them to our side. We are already allies but we can probably get them to join the Dominion proper. We can offer them a whole lot after all and we want them happy and secure to ensure we maintain access to this place with no fuss. Money, help with infrastructure, moving planets for future colonies and getting proper Dominion tech. Likewise we should see about improving relations with the other forming factions in the galaxy. Primarily the southern guys. If we impress them with the House Rekesh and how we treat them then the southern guys might want the same.None the less. Improvement with the civilian government and spreading our influence is important here.File an official complaint against the Ulgeans to both the FA and the Dominion for their unprovoked attacked on Dominion forces and her allies.Make plans with the RH for what we will demand of the Factions and the Caretakers in return for us handing over the ship, which we need to name, over to the Caretakers.
>>3843417-Check in with Tereoct. Was the newer medical technology able to fix his health? What are his plans for the next 10-20 years?-Keep bothering people about the builder interaction and stabilization suit. BIAS suit.
Bad news everyone. My pharmacy decided to wait until the last minute to tell me there's a manufacturer shortage of my medication. Which means I'll have to switch to the alternate type causing horrible withdrawal symptoms for 2-4 weeks if earlier this year was any indication. So probably going on hiatus.
>>3847145Shit man, best of luck, be safe.
>>3847145That sounds awful. Best of luck getting through that TSTG. They can't send you the stuff from a different pharmacy that still has stock available?
>>3847145Say that you feel suicidal on the alternate stuff?
>>3847145You doing okay so far?
>>3843516>What would happen if we just opened a WH in realspace and sucked it through?If you mean removing the core then it could result in an implosion event that would cause considerable damage to the local civilization(s) via ground quakes. >>3847418Wont make pills that dont exist suddenly appear. Its a manufacturer level shortage.>>3851597Been running around trying to get backup plans into place. Things are going to get really interesting tomorrow.
Wrote up a few short posts on break at work.>>3844313>Get with our commanders and go over our losses. And how we can get things repaired and up to operational status before we return.Fleet reconstructionThe Outer Heaven's escort squadron had a number of the weaker battlecruisers crippled. While they can be repaired or rebuilt engineers wonder if it's worth the effort. They're undergunned and underpowered. Their hulls were not built for modern combat. Even with the substantial refits done by RSS they're simply too old for front lines anymore. But these are your ships, you own them.[ ] Restore for use[ ] Retire or scrap[ ] Transfer to RSS
>>3852036>[ ] Transfer to RSS
>>3852036I think we should be looking to retire via moving them to RSS. Until then, get them combat capable so we have some form of escort. Unless the Rekesh or some other entity here in this galaxy would like to purchase them.
>>3852057>Until then, get them combat capable so we have some form of escort.You still have the fast battleships in the escort squadron, the Athena and Artemis class ships, as well as the Excaliburs. They took some damage of course but they're either new enough to hold their own by comparison, or your people know how to extend their service life. The Terrans have gone to great lengths to keep their Excalibur class ships updated over the years. Predictably the Dominion and by extension RSS have had opportunities to look at these upgrades during salvage operations over the course of the war. RSS has learned a great deal from their time in Shallan space.
You'll see to repairing the crippled Battlecruisers and make arrangement for their eventual transfer to RSS. Their salvage operations can benefit from the protection of second line warships. These should be a good fit.Attack Cruisers are among your most expensive losses. Not counting the Nocturn that was blown up of course. You'll have to draw replacements from the reserve you and Alex paid to set up, or wait until you get back to Rioja. Fortunately Assault Corvettes are easy to rebuild. If anything too easy. The Alliance FOB's you brought along were created with field manufacturing in mind. Not just the ability to produce hangar sections, but all the basic parts necessary to assemble assault corvettes from scratch. Due to this a small part of the purchase cost of these bases includes a corvette production license. Using military personnel to man these bases you're effectively able to print out corvettes nearly for free. This has led to some concerns about the impact on industry back home. Civilian manned yards produce the bulk of the House assault corvettes. Some of which you own. They're also one of the highest earning investments both for you and for the House.What are your feelings on restocking your losses using the FOB's manufacturing capacity? [ ] We need to shorten the supply lines, print corvettes locally[ ] Things are quiet now, support the home industry
>>3852161>[ ] Things are quiet now, support the home industryMy thoughts are we support the home industry right now. But we should also start talking to some of the Rekesh Civilian Government reps about using some orbital space around their worlds for corvette production. Giving us a secure location for which to build our yards in the future and to provide the Rekesh jobs now that they can breath a little easier. Also opens the door for allied Barons to start their own talks in opening yards closer to the front.The yards back home are still our primary money maker and should continue receiving support. But we would be remiss in passing up the opportunity to open a front for our house to open yards closer to the front so we could make more money. ||And since this is Rekesh space we could probably find some tax loop holes to avoid J-D tax and make more profit. Especially if said yards can be claimed to be assisting the FA push into Empire Neeran space. And since the Rekesh are likely looking to get any new industry to support their people us giving their people jobs would look good and we could probably negotiate something so we don’t have to pay to high a tax or something.||Of course this all hinges on us being able to convince the Rekesh Civilian government to work with us. When I got the impression earlier that they would very much not want to.
>>3852161>[ ] Things are quiet now, support the home industryMy thoughts are we support the home industry right now. But we should also start talking to some of the Rekesh Civilian Government reps about using some orbital space around their worlds for corvette production. Giving us a secure location for which to build our yards in the future and to provide the Rekesh jobs now that they can breath a little easier. Also opens the door for allied Barons to start their own talks in opening yards closer to the front.The yards back home are still our primary money maker and should continue receiving support. But we would be remiss in passing up the opportunity to open a front for our house to open yards closer to the front so we could make more money. And since this is Rekesh space we could probably find some tax loop holes to avoid J-D tax and make more profit. Especially if said yards can be claimed to be assisting the FA push into Empire Neeran space. And since the Rekesh are likely looking to get any new industry to support their people us giving their people jobs would look good and we could probably negotiate something so we don’t have to pay to high a tax or something.Of course this all hinges on us being able to convince the Rekesh Civilian government to work with us. When I got the impression earlier that they would very much not want to.
>>3852161>[x] Things are quiet now, support the home industryI'd print a wing of corvettes per inhabited world in this galaxy to provide some minimal defences and then shut down the manufacturing unless the conflict restarts.
>>3852161>[ ] Things are quiet now, support the home industry
>>3852201>But we should also start talking to some of the Rekesh Civilian Government reps about using some orbital space around their worlds for corvette production.For now the Alliance doesn't want Faction assault corvettes and certain high end warships being sold to Neeran Empire successor and breakaway states. The Ruling House has agreed to this. Certain slightly less capable classes previously approved for lend lease to rebels are permitted for sales. This includes production data.You could acquire certain facilities for use by the Dominion to help supply ships to the Alliance from locations closer to the front. There will just be security concerns to worry about. It should be possible to convince the Rekesh government to sell a few facilities that could be modified. Of course they'll try to do anything they can to gain technical data and production expertise on the best Faction warships. Ni Ahni does not trust his government in this regard but fully believes they'll support a two way transfer of technology. Some of their plasma tech and phase arrays have the potential to be more efficient if further developed. This could benefit Dominion R&D. The Ruling House is well aware of these issues. Negotiations about future implementation are being used as a smoke screen for other discussions, such as those regarding Threochts planet.You could always throw in a couple hundred million S in funds to ensure you get ownership of a small shipyard facility for your company. Through official diplomatic channels that is, you wouldn't be doing anything illegal after all. It cant really be illegal if the Ruling House publicly signs off on it.
>>3852161[x] Things are quiet now, support the home industry
>>3852161>[ ] We need to shorten the supply lines, print corvettes locallyWe are still on the frontlines of the largest war in known history. In the very same galaxy that we are there is a great power that can very much be considered hostile. It would be irresponsible of us to focus on the economy back home later over the lives of our soldiers in the here and now. Or that's my two cents on it.
>>3852347>Of course they'll try to do anything they can to gain technical data and production expertise on the best Faction warships.One thing we should do is try to get the Rekesh a decent deal on ships to complete their lineup. They're missing medium and attack cruisers, even if they're not top of the line models. Dusk I attack cruisers and either Sledge or Illustrious mediums might work.
Orders have been placed with the J-D shipyards for replacement assault corvettes. Personnel from training units at Rioja will be assigned to the new ships as completed and they'll form up into a couple of new Wings before deploying to your fleet. To cut down on logistics impact they'll be practicing field refueling from planets along the way when possible. The Royal Logistics corps have designated refueling points for this purpose making the whole thing easier. The only exception is the Lighthouse, where big tankers are regularly brought in.Some attack cruisers are on the way from the J-D forward reserve. Not as many as you need unfortunately. Losses elsewhere are quickly depleting what's left. The other Barons as well as your own shipyards are working to keep numbers up but such ships are in high demand.Hera has been talking with the Alliance units in galaxy and may have discovered a shorter term solution. With access to stockpiles of assault corvette parts it may be possible to replace the missing attack cruisers with the Hex Class. Though more expensive, requiring enough parts to build 3 newer corvettes, it would solve the shortage. All you would need to do is acquire the PL through one of the alliance fleets in theater. >Do so? Y/N?
>>3855875>YIf production at home can't keep up with the demand, I guess taking a shortcut is fine this time. We should check if somebody was crazy enough to design even bgigger ships using corvette parts while we're at it.
Thread is still here!? Constructing a city made of builder material at the north pole as blight scales are cleared out. Give crews a chance to work on expanding the database of stuff the beams can build. Discuss.Gone to work.
>>3856784>Discuss.I'm a bit worried about wear on the beams if we use them that much. Can we maintain, repair or reproduce them?
>>3852347>Rekesh fleetOne thing they might want to run the numbers on if it would be advantageous to cease production of their battleship design and instead start building CX transports in these yards to sell to the alliance and faction fleets in the area. All these new territory gains will have put a strain on logistics again and locally available support craft might be worth more than combat ships.The Rekesh could use the money from selling these transports to either expand their infrastructure or order combat vassels from faction space.