Session 6 12

The Roland, and fighter escort, travel along and in the shadow of the newly-formed asteroid-and-then-some ring. It is fortunate that the Roland's shields are able to deflect what part of the radiation spills over; still, the safe flying area is nearly two-dimensional.
[OOC] Spyboy Pearson: Great, a Raiden clone.
[OOC] Abraham: Do not take The God of Lightning's name in vain.
[OOC] Spyboy Pearson: Thor? I always pay him the utmost respect.
[OOC] WC GM: It's just his clones you disrespect?
Zinda Tegram shivers a bit in her seat. "It's…very different, now."
Spyboy Pearson: "How long until the wormhole starts forming?"
[OOC] Abraham: Science to guesstimate?
Fortunately, while there are many installations here and there - habitats, and mobile mining rigs hugging the asteroids close - they are all too busy shoring up the ring to fire on the party.
It is difficult to guess precisely, but given current rates, it may be roughly three to four hours before fighter-sized traffic can safely traverse the edges. The longer it goes after that, the larger things can get through.
It will take roughly three hours to reach Roseblood's expected position.
[OOC] Abraham: Of course.
Zinda Tegram rebroadcasts the image of the slashed throne as she proceeds through the belt.
Abraham relays that to Spyboy, assuming it's not obvious.
Spyboy Pearson ensures the image is relayed on to Roseblood's location.
Transmission requires routing it through the habitats - before long, everyone in the system has had a good view of it.
…and now the habitats start shooting. A few of them, anyway.
[OOC] Zinda Tegram: Roll to evade?
[OOC] Zinda Tegram: Also, do some others stop working?
[OOC] Zinda Tegram: Idea is to slow the construction of the ring.
[OOC] WC GM: The initial stuff - beat a 2 to evade. Pressure will ramp up as you go on.
[OOC] Abraham: I assume either the XO can handle that or The Roland is out of range?
Construction and shoring up does not slow down.
[OOC] WC GM: The Roland can't really dodge; OTOH, it isn't getting incoming fire yet.
Heggy whips into a loose evasion pattern and hopes this additional distraction won't slow them down enough that they miss their chance at stopping what's going on.
Spyboy Pearson rolled up 4dF: - 0 + + (Base: 4 Total: 5) (Piloting)
Zinda Tegram weaves a bit.
Zinda Tegram rolled up 4dF: 0 - + - (Base: 6 Total: 5) (piloting)
[OOC] Abraham: Spin? Or that just on attacks? Can't remember.
[OOC] WC GM: Spin - we're not in combat yet, though.
[OOC] Zinda Tegram: Spin is just on defenses
[OOC] Spyboy Pearson: Spin is on rolls that don't have flexible amounts of victory. And this IS a defense.
Zinda Tegram: "$Hmmph. Are you all cowards who will accept Roseblood's yoke? Or have you not heard about he massacred his own people when he was crowned?$"
[OOC] WC GM: This is a defense and pass/fail, yeah. So, spin.
???: "$He's been massacring us! He swears if we do this he'll go away!$"
???: "$That there's a bigger world to conquer!$"
Spyboy Pearson: "$And you take his word for it?$"
???: "$Yes?$"
???: "$He says it is where he got those new fighters from.$"
Zinda Tegram: "$Oh, there is. The universe is vast, as he says, but in every lie there is a kernel of truth.$"
Zinda Tegram: "$He's using you. The ring you're constructing is a wormhole generator, and through it will come Nephilim. And then Oldziey will be as Chandley.$"
???: "$He says he intends to invade the Nephilim.$"
???: "$That this leads to their weak, undefended homeworlds.$"
[OOC] Abraham: Abraham wishes he spoke Oldziey. He could use the laugh.
The XO provides Abraham with text translations.
Spyboy Pearson: "$Who do you think gave him the fighters?$"
Zinda Tegram: "$Then he is a liar as well as a tyrant.$"
[OOC] Metis: Specifically, a lyrant.
???: "$He's stopped attacking us.$"
???: "$For now.$"
Spyboy Pearson: "$Because he's worried about us.$"
Spyboy Pearson: "$Because he knows we can win.$"
Zinda Tegram: "$He's a coward. I have called him to single combat, but he knows that if lives by the oath he took in the name of the pious sky he would perish at my hands.$"
Zinda Tegram: "$He is unfit to be king. He ruined Asago, and now with the help of the nephilim he will ruin Oldziey as you know it.$"
Zinda Tegram: "$…Or have you ever known me to be a liar?$"
???: "$Who are you?$" "$Fool! That's Dame Tegram!$" "$…THE Tegram? Butcher of the Confederation? Kali's Last Hope?$"
[OOC] Abraham: I still keep reading that as 'Abstergo'.
[OOC] Abraham: No. 'A' Tegram. They come in six-packs.
Zinda Tegram: "$Is that what they call me now? I've held Kali at torchpoint not a week ago. I do not bow to the confederation.$"
Zinda Tegram: "$Want the footage?$"
[OOC] Abraham: You really should just post it to
Zinda Tegram: "$Before you call to mind base slander and rumor, I would remind you of my tenure in the harvest royal guard.$"
Zinda Tegram: "$My father was among the first purged in the mad king's reign. What I seek now is only justice, for murder most foul.$"
???: "$They say that's what she said! 'Even if you can stop me, Zinda will wreck you.'$"
[OOC] Abraham: And…I just read that as the harvest moon guard. I am officially downgrading today to a two-potsa-coffee-before-noon day.
Spyboy Pearson: "So she's down, then? Perhaps that wreckage we ran into in the jump point really was hers…"
[OOC] WC GM: That's how I read it at first too. And I can just picture a game where you play Zinda guarding farmers…
Zinda Tegram: "$Oh, does the murderer rise to my challenge? Name thyself!$"
GangesMiningFacility: "$This is Sered Kai, fore of Gagnes Mining Facility 032-76. I'm not challenging you, honest!$"
[OOC] Abraham: Liar! Everyone challenges Zinda!
[OOC] WC GM: <MathTeacher> "$Tell me what is 1+1…OR DIE!$"
Zinda Tegram: "$Ah. Well, don't sweat it then. You're not him.$"
[OOC] Metis: Is that addition or concatenation? Specify base.
[OOC] WC GM: <EnglishTeacher> "$Give me the difference between an adverb and a verb…OR DIE!$"
[OOC] Abraham: A verb is an action. An adverb is the action of advertising.
SeredKai: "$Sweating it anyway. We're kind of stuck here.$"
[OOC] Abraham: Fortunately my Adblocker blocks Adverbs.
Zinda Tegram: "$…You don't have any fighters?$"
SeredKai: "$Not since Roseblood took or destroyed them all. Not that we had many. We barely have any mining craft - not enough to evacuate everyone on this facility. And most of the others are in the same way.$"
Zinda Tegram: "$I see. If you can hold back construction for 3 hours, I'll have his head and then I can evac you.$"
SeredKai: "$So we either get to help reshape this asteroid belt or get stuck out in the radiation.$"
Zinda Tegram: "$Three hours. You have my word.$"
SeredKai: "$We can't stop…but maybe we can slow down.$"
SeredKai: "$I don't suppose your Confed allies have some kind of electromagnetic pulse?$"
Spyboy Pearson: "$We could probably rig something up.$"
SeredKai: "$The whole belt's one big conductor now. If you could do something that would look to him like sabotage along the whole ring, he wouldn't turn off our oxygen.$"
Spyboy Pearson: "$I see.$ Metis, do you think between us we could use the Roland's reactor to send a pulse out?"
Zinda Tegram: "$Thank you. I'll see what I can do.$"
Metis: "Such is possible."
[OOC] Metis: If it isn't, I'd be surprised…
Zinda Tegram: "$I'll see if I can mine the belt as I move through. I'll 'forget' to hide them very well for you.$"
Zinda Tegram: "Abraham, do we have mines?"
[OOC] Abraham: My mines. Not yours.
Abraham: "Yes. I assume you have a plan then?"
Zinda Tegram: "They need an 'excuse' to work slowly."
Zinda Tegram: "We're going to visibly mine the belt as we move through."
Metis: "Will the mines be active?"
Zinda Tegram: "Yes. But obviously."
Abraham: "They will be on remote controlled detonation. So we can safely 'randomly' detonate one or two as needed so every one knows those crazy Confeds mined the belt."
Metis: "Then they will not have an armed proximity trigger."
Abraham: "Correct."
Abraham: "Also if we're fortunate we can retrieve some of them after the ruse runs it's course."
Zinda Tegram: "I'll leave it to you then."
Metis: "I will key in the activation sequence for the mines after preparing the reactor for an EM pulse."
Abraham makes preperations
Spyboy Pearson: "….About that. Metis, is the layer of Zinda over the Roland tough enough to withstand a few minutes of EM fire?"
Spyboy Pearson: "I think our best bet for an EM pulse would be to discharge the shield capacitors."
[OOC] Spyboy Pearson: …Wing Commander does have shields, right? I'm not misremembering?
[OOC] Metis: It does.
[OOC] Metis: Shields and ablative armor, then a really fragile chassis.
[OOC] Metis: I'm not sure what the organic layer counts as. More armor?
[OOC] WC GM: You're currently relying on the shields for anti-radiation protection.
[OOC] WC GM: The organic layer counts as armor, but faster-regenerating armor.
[OOC] Metis: So, it wouldn't bother me overly much, but everyone else would be grumpy if we discharge the shields.
[OOC] Metis: Though, if we pulsed, how long would it be before we could bring the shields back up?
[OOC] WC GM: Minutes. Enough time that you'd want a temporary solution for the organics. Including potentially the armor.
[OOC] Metis: And it wouldn't matter if we pulsed from the core, or from the shields, it would still be minutes before the rad-shields were back up?
[OOC] WC GM: If you're pulsing the shields you're pulsing the shields. Which core?
[OOC] Metis: The reactor core.
[OOC] WC GM: That would take most of the electronics down - including the shields.
[OOC] Metis: Thanks.
Metis: "Discharging the shield capacitors would temporarily disable the radiation shielding of the Roland. We should need to have alternative methods to prevent radiation damage to the crew."
Spyboy Pearson: "….So much for that idea."
Metis: "Sufficient to withstand multiple minutes of radiation bombardment. This would result in significant damage to the organic hull and may result in disadvantageous mutation."
Abraham: "Let's avoid that then."
Spyboy Pearson: "….And an EM pulse would take the shields out, too…"
Spyboy Pearson: "…Metis, have you done calculations on the effects of the EM pulse on the ring?"
Metis: "I have not." ((Also, the cap'n is the number-cruncher. Cap'n, crunch those numbers, then pass them to me all stealthy-like.))
[OOC] Abraham: X Rads * Amount of time it takes the shields to recharge = Oh God Oh God We're all going to die
Spyboy Pearson: "I'm wondering. Our fighters are small enough that they'd be shielded by the ring. And they're mobile enough that we could keep them far enough from the Roland that the Roland would maintain shields."
Abraham crunches the numbers and shares the results.
Spyboy Pearson: "But I don't know if it's worth the risk."
[OOC] Metis: What do the numbers show?
[OOC] WC GM: You'd have to dump quite a lot of energy to be showy enough to be noticed.
[OOC] WC GM: More than a single reactor core, even.
[OOC] Abraham: I dunno. I have a confession to make. I'm not /really/ a ConFed Admiral.
[OOC] WC GM: Tactics if you want, Abraham. ;)
Abraham rolled up 4dF: 0 0 + - (Base: 6 Total: 6) (Science for Tactics.)
Abraham: "You know… there's an awfully large number of habitats in this ring. I'm sure they'd be willing to lend their power."
Spyboy Pearson: "I'll….ask."
Spyboy Pearson constructs a virus to do the asking…once a number of filters have ensured that the momentary power loss will not damage anything critical, like life support or heat exchangers.
[OOC] Abraham: Cyberdiplomacy.
[OOC] WC GM: Going to need a Cultures/Tech for that one. Spyboy doesn't have ready familiarity w/Oldziey systems.
[OOC] WC GM: Like trying to hack Windows when all you know is UNIX systems.
Spyboy Pearson rolled up 4dF: - + - + (Base: 5 Total: 5) (Spyboy does have C/T Oldziey, and tagging First Principle of Warfare.)
It takes some doing, but soon enough a virus is prepared that should pulse the ring in series. Two questions remain: does Spyboy wait on anything before deploying it, and does anyone tell the miners what's about to happen?
[OOC] Abraham: Since no one else actually knows what SB is doing, it's really on him to inform them.
[OOC] WC GM: Okay, a third question: does Spyboy tell the other PCs?
Spyboy Pearson hmms. Virus complete….and distributed…only awaiting the keyphrase for launch.
[OOC] Zinda Tegram: Is anyone going to tell Zinda?
Spyboy Pearson: "Admiral, I've…secured cooperation from the mining habs. I need a few more minutes to try to mitigate any side effects. Roseblood might decide to retaliate against the habs. Can you make the Roland ready against the pulse?"
[OOC] Metis: Tell Zinda what? We're not doing anything…
[OOC] Spyboy Pearson: Spyboy sent that on a relatively secure net, but he didn't exclude Zinda from it.
Spyboy Pearson tweaks the virus to kill any data links between the habs. It'll keep him from doing something like this again, but also keep Roseblood from killing life support in revenge.
[OOC] Spyboy Pearson: I'm assuming that killing the data links won't cut off communication.
[OOC] WC GM: Actually it will. The data links are communication.
[OOC] Spyboy Pearson: Ah, I remember why I was thinking what I was thinking…
[OOC] WC GM: They aren't wired-networked; the same radio that they talk via also carries commands.
[OOC] Spyboy Pearson: Aaaand I know how to fix the threat.
[OOC] Metis: But you won't tell us until next week?
Spyboy Pearson reverts that change to the virus, and replaces it with a 'fix' that will corrupt the command passwords. The only way to shut off life support will be local.
Spyboy Pearson: "Admiral, is the Roland ready to brace for EMP?"
Abraham: "Ready and waiting Spyboy."
Spyboy Pearson: "All fighters, brace for EMP! Firing in thirty seconds!"
Spyboy Pearson broadcasts the codephrase: "$Those Confed bastards are in our systems! They're$"
[OOC] Spyboy Pearson: Which triggers the pulse…
[OOC] Abraham: I will have you know that our parents were very happily married.
The pulse is surprisingly effective. Small arcs of lightning are visible, twinkling here and there, as the virus washes both ways across the ring. While it does not stop, it seems that the rate of spin was being sped up in time with material safety limits - and with construction stopped, the acceleration stops.
Repairs start almost immediately - but quick scans show that these are somewhat lackluster.
Spyboy Pearson fires up a tightbeam to Zinda.
ExecutiveOfficer: "Sir! Reading engines powering up…looks like that got Roseblood's attention."
ExecutiveOfficer: "We've got incoming, ETA one hour."
Abraham: "Oh goody. We're not being ignored."
ExecutiveOfficer: "…straight course, ignoring the radiation."
Spyboy Pearson: "Zinda. So you know, $I killed remote access to the mines. I can't repeat that, but he won't be able to take out the colonies for revenge, or to prevent a repetition.$"
Spyboy Pearson: "Either the Nephilim boosted their shields, this is a suicide run and they think they'll live long enough to make it to us, or those are unmanned drones."
Spyboy Pearson: "The last is unlikely. High radiation is harder on computers than it is on us."
Zinda Tegram: "$Copy that.$"
Zinda Tegram: "$Are they in range of the Roland's main guns?$"
ExecutiveOfficer: "Given what's been reported, I'd bet on shield boosting, Lieutenant."
A quick check of the map shows that Roseblood is still a fair fraction of Oldziey away - as yet out of range of any available ordinance.
Zinda Tegram: "So they're going to engage us across the ring?"
ExecutiveOfficer: "They'll come at us from 'inside'."
Zinda Tegram: "Figures. We should probably stop and orient, then."
ExecutiveOfficer: "Roger that. Are there any special dueling rules we should know about, to limit or alter our engagements?"
Spyboy Pearson: "I disagree. We may fight Roseblood early, but his backers won't be there. We may as well continue, get closer to his control center so we don't waste as much time once we're through using his biomass to add to the ring."
Zinda Tegram: "Depends on what he shows up with."
ExecutiveOfficer: "Given the size of the signature, I think he's bringing his control center."
Spyboy Pearson: "….Well. That's interesting."
Spyboy Pearson: "I take it back, then. Staying here will instead minimize the amount of time it takes to get back to Asago and the jump point."
ExecutiveOfficer: "It's a little smaller than the Roland."
Zinda Tegram: "So, it's a capital engagement?"
Zinda Tegram: "That plays to our strengths, doesn't it?"
Zinda Tegram: "Oldziey hasn't developed a capital doctrine since before Chandley."
Metis: "Do we have a schematic on Roseblood's control center?"
Zinda Tegram: "It's probably of nephilim design."
Abraham: "I think he wants to surprise us. We should assume he has some kind of edge. Probably Nephilim in origin."
Zinda Tegram: "Though if he is bringing a capital scale craft…we can board it."
ExecutiveOfficer: "Actually, I took the liberty of asking for pictures. Here…"
Metis: "I would look forward to boarding a potentially Nephilim vessel."
A near-Roland-sized mass of thrusters and manipulators shows up, caught in the middle of ripping apart one rebellious habitat.
ExecutiveOfficer: "There are a few hangars, but that's a boarding vessel if I ever saw one."
Abraham: "I'm impressed. I'm no engineer, but I really want to slap whoever designed this."
ExecutiveOfficer: "With luck you're about to get your chance, sir."

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