Session 6 13

Space is big. Really big. Even with modern engines, Roseblood is still going to take some time - a few hours - to cross a good chunk of Oldziey and reach the party.
Which means there is time to prepare defenses - if not much available terrain to prepare them on. Still, this is what Admirals are trained for.
What preparations are made?
[OOC] Abraham: Our goal is to turn RB into a fine red mist right? There's no point in trying to take him prisoner?
[OOC] WC GM: Ask Zinda.
[OOC] Spyboy Pearson: I would like to be able to examine his computers…
[OOC] Zinda Tegram: Zinda's gonna temblor him if he doesn't dogfight her.
Spyboy Pearson convinces Heggy to turn the main dish onto the group and starts performing a deep emissions map of every spacecraft in Roseblood's little flotilla.
[OOC] Metis: Don't temblors work best by having a planet to shake down?
[OOC] WC GM: My impression is not so much "no point in" as "no chance of".
[OOC] WC GM: Due to Zinda.
[OOC] Zinda Tegram: Yeah no Zinda's gonna kill him
[OOC] Spyboy Pearson: My understanding is that not only do they need a planet, they need a tectonically unstable planet.
Zinda Tegram: "$Took you long enough to show up, your highness.$"
[OOC] Abraham: A plated planet at the very least.
[OOC] Zinda Tegram: Roland main guns?
There is no answer from Roseblood…yet.
[OOC] Spyboy Pearson: Well, he's still light-minutes away.
[OOC] Abraham: I'm thinking mines, because what's mine is yours and I'll mine what's yours. Also attaching small engines to some of the larger asteroids to act as one-shot rams.
Zinda Tegram looks over the monster-ship for a core superstructure she could board.
[OOC] Abraham: The engines would obviously be triggered remotely.
[OOC] WC GM: The local asteroids are all fused into the ring - with added mass from elsewhere.
Roseblood's command center/boarding ship does indeed have a core superstructure, much like the Sterne Lanze is a core surrounded by engines - though the center has engines and boarding/grappling/manipulating tubes.
[OOC] Abraham: Well, we could always shoot powdered aluminum at Oldziey (the star, not the planet) and try to entice a directed solar flair.
Zinda Tegram: "$Ready for a spot of Regicide, Geoffrey?$"
Geoffrey: "$Been looking forward to this. You want to lure him out into a fighter for a one-on-one?$"
[OOC] Abraham: RB's flight path is obvious, yes?
Geoffrey: "$Or board if he won't come out?$"
[OOC] WC GM: Yes.
Zinda Tegram: "$I don't think he'll go for it. I'm going to board and take my torch to his damn neck.$"
[OOC] Abraham: Do we have anything like leech mines designed to drain away power from ships?
[OOC] WC GM: You have schematics for them, but none on hand.
[OOC] WC GM: And they'd have to penetrate shields.
[OOC] Abraham: And minutes is probably not enough time to manufacture a relevant number.
[OOC] WC GM: I.e. you'd need something else to get them actually onto the ships.
[OOC] Spyboy Pearson: Hours, Abe
[OOC] WC GM: Hours - and given your facilities and the PCs' capabilities, it is merely difficult for you.
Zinda Tegram: "Abe, can you punch a hole in that thing's shields with the main guns?"
Abraham now cocks an inquiring eyebrow at the XO.
ExecutiveOfficer: "We have the firepower, sir, *if* we can hit it. By the looks of it that thing's as maneuverable as Zinda's craft."
ExecutiveOfficer: "It may be up to the fighters to break through."
[OOC] Abraham: Okay, tentative plan: a line of concussive mines that are not designed to damage RB's ship, but to send out waves that will force RB to fly in a predictable manor, making him a simple target. Then The Roland takes it's shot and either destroys or severely damages the shields. Finally a round of leech mines to draw away power. Then he should be weakened enough that we can do whatever we like.
[OOC] Zinda Tegram: How large is RB's craft again?
Spyboy Pearson focuses his scans on the radio spectrum, looking for any incoming or outgoing communications systems, then pulses the ship with the Nephilim Handshake Protocol.
[OOC] WC GM: RB's craft is slightly smaller than the Roland.
[OOC] Abraham: And slightly more maneuverable.
[OOC] WC GM: Considerably, yes.
There are a few radio signals, mostly propaganda. On Nephilim…
Nephilim: "[The Abrahim approaches! Look, look, the king dances and will fall and a new queen will emerge, all by the will of the Abrahim.]"
[OOC] Spyboy Pearson: Oh, my.
[OOC] Abraham: I don't dance. Well, except on piano.
[OOC] Spyboy Pearson: You're not the king that's dancing.
[OOC] Spyboy Pearson: That's Roseblood.
Zinda Tegram frowns. "$Well Geoffrey, looks like shield punching is up to us then. So in that case…$"
[OOC] Abraham: Fact, the Nephilim are just jazz fans.
[OOC] Spyboy Pearson: …..That would explain…
[OOC] Abraham: oodles and oodles of stuff, yes.
[OOC] WC GM: …you're going to get me to write an actual music battle into this eventually, aren't you?
[OOC] Abraham: Oh no no no yes.
Zinda Tegram looks at the thrust-pods on Roseblood's ship. They pivot, right?
[OOC] Abraham: So no commentary on my plan above?
[OOC] Spyboy Pearson: No commentary whatsoever.
Zinda Tegram: "$Geoffrey, crank your tow cable to fire forward. We're going to disrupt their thrust, hopefully the low projectile velocity will let the grapple pass through the shield.$"
[OOC] Abraham: All right. Then we'll go with it as written.
They do indeed pivot - being pretty much the same design as the Sterne Lanze's, and most Oldziey craft.
Zinda Tegram reaches forward and furiously starts cranking.
Geoffrey: "$Roger that.$"
Zinda Tegram: "$Alright. And, just in case…$"
Abraham: "XO seed these coordinates with concussive mines and compute how the waves will force Rose to fly." ((Laying an aspect on Roseblood 'Forced to fly predictably'))
Zinda Tegram buzzes the Roland and tries to get the organic elements of the hull to start growing their own smaller grapples to fend off the boarding claws of Roseblood's ship.
Spyboy Pearson hmms
[OOC] Abraham: Roll it?
Spyboy Pearson: "Zinda, what do you think the chances are of this ending in a ship-to-ship battle?"
Zinda Tegram: "Pretty good. They're using a omni-thrust doctrine that the Roland isn't intended to fight against. Crown and I will try to disrupt their thrusters with low velocity grapples and maneuver them into the firing line."
[OOC] WC GM: Yes please.
Spyboy Pearson: "I see."
Zinda Tegram: "Once the shields are down though, I'm going to take his head."
[OOC] WC GM: Zinda too, for Anti-Grappling Growths.
Spyboy Pearson: "So, what you mean to say is that it will START with a ship-to-ship battle but end with a boarding action."
Zinda Tegram rolled up 4dF: + 0 + - (Base: 4 Total: 5) (tactics to place mentioned aspect)
[OOC] Spyboy Pearson: Want me to roll for emissions map?
Abraham rolled up 4dF: + + + + (Base: 6 Total: 10) (Science to lay aspect 'Forced to fly predictably' on Roseykins.)
Zinda Tegram: "This is Oldziey. Everything ends in $boarding action.$"
[OOC] Abraham: Chessa's riding the wave.
Zinda Tegram: "If it comes down to it, maybe you can just blow him out of the sky, but…I want to hear him whimper."
[OOC] WC GM: Spyboy: yeah, if it's an Aspect.
Abraham: "In space, no one can hear you cry uncle."
[OOC] WC GM: And what is Metis preparing?
Spyboy Pearson rolled up 4dF: + 0 - 0 (Base: 6 Total: 6) (Communications to place 'Detailed Emissions Map')
[OOC] Spyboy Pearson: On the one hand, 'meh,' on the other hand, we're at the point where 'meh' is AMAZING.
[OOC] Abraham: Yeah. So when we going to exalt?
[OOC] WC GM: Yeah - the only roll they can really defend against there is Zinda's.
WC GM rolled up 4dF: - + - - (Base: 3 Total: 1) (Science to figure out how to grapple organic ships)
[OOC] WC GM: Abraham: would you notice if you had?
[OOC] Spyboy Pearson: Well, they should be able to defend against Abraham's, since it's planned.
[OOC] Abraham: Chessa has spoken in a voice loud enough for everyone to hear.
[OOC] Metis: There'd be more glowing, at least.
[OOC] Spyboy Pearson: Or rather, since they can decide they'd rather go through the mines than fly into his guns.
[OOC] Spyboy Pearson: The emissions they can't….but they could have in advance, if Oldziey was big on EW, which my understanding is they aren't.
[OOC] WC GM: Re Abraham's roll: they can't defend against a 10.
[OOC] Spyboy Pearson: True, but they can try =D
[OOC] Abraham: For which we are grateful.
[OOC] WC GM: Abraham's probably actually studied omni-thrust doctrine and counterstrategies to it.
[OOC] Metis: With enough FP, and aspects, they could… but is it worth it?
[OOC] Metis: brb
[OOC] Zinda Tegram: Oldziey hasn't had the computer-oriented technological advancements.
[OOC] Abraham: Forcing them to burn six or so FP would totally be worth it.
Spyboy Pearson: "Got some good news, at least."
Spyboy Pearson: "The Nephs on Roseblood's ship think we're gonna win."
Abraham: "… I want to ask if there's a betting pool…"
[OOC] Metis: back
Spyboy Pearson: "I doubt it. They're taking it pretty religiously, and you know how religious people get."
Abraham: "Yeah. They take their betting seriously."
Spyboy Pearson: "The important thing is soon I'll be able to get into their network. Still too distant for real-time hacking now, though."
Abraham: "Okay, let's see if we can't make Zinda's job slightly easier and weaken that shield."
Abraham rolled up 4dF: 0 + + - (Base: 4 Total: 5) (Gunnery to lay aspect 'Damaged Shield' on Roseblood.)
Finally, a radio transmission from Roseblood's ship. A gaunt, haggard face fills most of the video. "Iii ch-challenge the traiiitor returned after all this time." Though his voice is neutral (if somewhat off), his pupils are dilated and the slight sheen of sweat can be seen on his forehead. It takes a moment for Zinda to even recognize King Roseblood.
WC GM rolled up 4dF: - 0 + 0 (Base: 6 Total: 6) (Piloting to dodge)
[OOC] Abraham: Either high or Borged.
[OOC] WC GM: Yes
Spyboy Pearson opens up Zinda's communications system without any hesitation. Or difficulty. He than taps the Roland's bridge in.
Spyboy Pearson: "Is it just me, or does he look…puppeted?"
[OOC] Abraham: Well, not much point to burning one aspect to lay another.
[OOC] Zinda Tegram: Tags…?
[OOC] Abraham: Well, not much point to burning one aspect to lay another.
[OOC] Spyboy Pearson: Tapping your comms system, dumping the output to theirs.
Abraham grunts. Still, he consoles himself, that's one direction that Roseblood will not be flying, making his flight path just that bit more still more predictable.
Zinda Tegram: "$Liege? Dear god, what have they done to you…$"
[OOC] Spyboy Pearson: But it's one-way - you can hear what they say but Roseblood can't.
[OOC] WC GM: Detailed Emissions Map, Forced to fly predictably, and Anti-Grappling Growths
[OOC] Abraham: BRB
[OOC] Metis: Is there still assumed to be a medical officer on board we can pipe that down to and get a medical opinion on Roseblood's condition?
[OOC] WC GM: Yes.
[OOC] WC GM: Though said officer would, at this point, just throw up his hands and ask Metis.
Spyboy Pearson: "Huh. Chatter in his fighter screen. Can't read it yet, but could be a reaction to Roseblood's broadcast."
Metis analyzes Roseblood's transmission, studying his complexion, intonation and cadence of his voice to perform a stress and illness analysis.
[OOC] Metis: Highly inaccurate, given its a visual diagnosis without any vitals… Medical?
[OOC] Abraham: Back.
[OOC] WC GM: Sure.
Metis rolled up 4dF: + - - + (Base: 2 Total: 2) ((Medical assessment of Roseblood's condition.))
[OOC] Abraham: Is it wrong of me to be envisioning this as a fighting game, and I'm just filling RB's side of the arena with tat to control him?
[OOC] Spyboy Pearson: Yes.
[OOC] Abraham: Then I'm a bad person, because that's what I'm doing.
[OOC] Spyboy Pearson: Kay.
[OOC] Abraham: I can accept that.
Spyboy Pearson starts decrypting the comms between the fighters.
[OOC] Spyboy Pearson: Shouldn't be too hard. It's mainly figuring out which one of Oldziey's standard codes they're using.
[OOC] Spyboy Pearson: Those codes being ROT6, ROT13, and ROT20.
[OOC] WC GM: Yeah, no roll needed for Spyboy.
Metis replays the footage… hmm. "Michael: replay transmission from Roseblood, frame 7412 to 7414. Analyze and confirm: does that resemble a cable leading to Roseblood's neck?"
Spyboy Pearson does so.
Indeed, something that looks a bit like said cable can be seen.
It would enter the neck about where Spyboy's and Heggy's neucomm units are.
Spyboy Pearson: "…..I agree…but….Hmm."
Spyboy Pearson: "…..Actually, that's some odd symmetry."
[OOC] Abraham: But not a fearful one?
Spyboy Pearson: "Metis, perform a locational analysis based on standard Integration procedure. Could he have been hardwired-Integrated?"
Metis: "Analyzing." ((This would come closer to Engineering? Or Medical still?))
[OOC] WC GM: Either one.
[OOC] WC GM: This type of thing borrows liberally from both fields.
Metis rolled up 4dF: 0 0 0 - (Base: 6 Total: 5) ((Engineering, cross-referencing standard Integration procedure, cross-referencing available visual data: Is Roseblood Integrated or something similar, using a hardwire?))
Metis: "It does not seem to be related to Integration directly. However, expanding cross-reference… processing…"
Metis: "The location used for Integration would be suitable for other functions, such as controlling or influencing the brain's functions, or for direct manipulation of another system, such as a vehicle."
Metis: "Roseblood may have direct-brain access to his fighter, or be influenced by whatever is on the other end of that cable. Both scenarios fit the visual symptoms."
Spyboy Pearson: "I see."
[OOC] Spyboy Pearson: Are we close enough for me to start hacking?
[OOC] WC GM: You would need a data channel for that.
[OOC] Spyboy Pearson: We established last time that comms are on data channels. =p
[OOC] Spyboy Pearson: That said, I was more referring to lag time.
[OOC] WC GM: True, but you're also assuming they're listening.
[OOC] WC GM: Lag time means it'll be roughly the start of combat.
[OOC] WC GM: Maybe a round or so before the shooting starts.
[OOC] Abraham: Aren't we in the internet of things yet? Doesn't my underwear come with data channels now?
[OOC] WC GM: Yours, perhaps, but these are Oldziey. As mentioned, they lag a bit computer-wise.
[OOC] WC GM: So no, Oldziey underwear does not come with data channels.
[OOC] Spyboy Pearson: Spyboy doesn't care. If he can't make them listen, then he'd feel no guilt spending the rest of the pre-combat time trying to make them. However, if we're talking five minutes between 'What's up?' and 'Not much,' then he would wait.
Metis: "Zinda: Be aware that Roseblood may not be in direct control of his actions. Additionally/Alternatively, he may have direct brain access to his fighter. Take appropriate precautions."
[OOC] WC GM: So…skip ahead to combat now, then?
[OOC] Abraham: Pamela Isely vs. Vic Stone. Round One, FIGHT!
[OOC] Metis: Aye. Unless the ninja-saboteur is finally going to show their face and blow up the engine core?
Zinda Tegram: "….I'll keep that in mind."
[OOC] WC GM: You are the ninja.
[OOC] WC GM: To some, anyway.
Zinda Tegram rolled up 4dF: - 0 0 0 (Base: 5 Total: 4) (Gunnery to place 'tethered thruster' on Roseblood)
WC GM rolled up 4dF: + + + + (Base: 6 Total: 10) (Piloting to defend)
Zinda Tegram: "Tch…"
[OOC] WC GM: That being first action of combat?
[OOC] Zinda Tegram: Yeah
[OOC] WC GM: Works. Typing up scene transition…
[OOC] Abraham: Wait… Chessa gave two max results in one session? Contact Aerdan, she's obviously broken.
Finally, Roseblood's squadron nears. Even cloaked, there is just a slight shadow of radiation from the sun - not nearly enough to target, but enough to know they are there. And then they decloak, rounding the asteroid belt and seemingly not caring about the radiation.
At the core of the formation, all thick metal tendrils and engine pods, is Roseblood's ship; decloaking around him are several fighters, nominally Oldziey design with bolted-on systems not immediately recognizable.
[OOC] WC GM: Initiative: Zinda, Roseblood, Spyboy, Mook Squadron 1, Abraham & Metis, Mook Squadron 2
[OOC] WC GM: Zinda has gone, so…
Roseblood spins around Zinda's tethers and attempts to grab on to her fighter.
WC GM rolled up 4dF: 0 - - - (Base: 6 Total: 3) (Agility)
[OOC] Spyboy Pearson: Chessa disagrees. Zinda, you have to pilot to dodge!
Zinda Tegram rolled up 4dF: + - 0 - (Base: 6 Total: 5) (Piloting)
[OOC] WC GM: Plus 1 for Spin - but still not enough
[OOC] Spyboy Pearson: Zinda also disagrees.
Zinda gets the distinct feeling that was more of a punch than a shot she just dodged.
[OOC] WC GM: Spyboy!
Zinda Tegram twirls around the claw and tries to jockey for position to disrupt Roseblood's thrust again.
[OOC] Spyboy Pearson: Mind-machine interface theory CONFIRMED.
Zinda Tegram: "$Come on is that all you've got!?$"
Spyboy Pearson filters for Nephilim sources. Are they on Roseblood's ship, or on the fighters, or both?
Roseblood: "$ZIIINDAAA!$"
[OOC] Abraham: Then at least he'll feel it when Zinda kicks him in the tailpipe.
The only Nepilim sources Spyboy can detect are on Roseblood's ship, behind the cockpit.
Spyboy Pearson commences high-speed conversation with them, piggy-backing data transfer.
Zinda Tegram: "$ROSEBLOOOOOD!$"
Spyboy Pearson: "[Hello!]"
[OOC] Zinda Tegram: KANEDAAAAAA!
[OOC] Zinda Tegram: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J4COLV6CleU
Nephilim: "[It is the assistant of the Abrahim!]"
Zinda Tegram: "[I am NOBODY'S ASSISTANT!]"
Spyboy Pearson: "[I think they were talking to me. What's the haps?]"
Nephilim: "[It is the other assistant of the Abrahim! The one the Roseblood is angry at.]"
[OOC] Abraham: Don't worry Zinda, you are a good assistant. Isn't it better than being a wallflower?
Spyboy Pearson rolled up 4dF: - + 0 + (Base: 6 Total: 7) (Communications to slip data access into the neucomm transmission.)
Spyboy finds this neu-comm link, links to no data sources - other than the Nephilim themselves.
[OOC] WC GM: And Metis, Spyboy, Heggy, and the neu-radio.
[OOC] Spyboy Pearson: OBNOXIOUS.
[OOC] Metis: Stay out of my brain.
Spyboy Pearson starts looking for the Nephilim's visual feeds, then….though he suspects he knows how they're involved now.
Sure enough, they are literally behind the cockpit. Spyboy glimpses the cable leading from Roseblood's neck to something outside of one feed…inside another, some kind of control rig that's patched into the ship's systems but also has manual controls one Nephilim is adjusting.
Which is about how much Spyboy can see before having to dodge fire.
WC GM rolled up 4dF: - - + 0 (Base: 4 Total: 3) (Gunnery)
Spyboy Pearson: "Heggy, don't let me distract you!"
Heggy throws the fighter into a sharp evasive pattern.
Spyboy Pearson rolled up 4dF: + 0 + 0 (Base: 4 Total: 6) (Piloting for Heggy)
[OOC] Spyboy Pearson: ….spin?
[OOC] WC GM: Have a Spin.
[OOC] WC GM: Abraham & Metis!
Metis orients the Roland's sensors for better analysis of the unknown systems on the fighters.
Abraham: "He is still on the projected flight path and closer now, so let's try that again."
Abraham rolled up 4dF: + - + + (Base: 4 Total: 6) (Gunnery to lay aspect 'Damaged Shield' on Roseblood.)
WC GM rolled up 4dF: 0 + + 0 (Base: 6 Total: 8) (Piloting)
Roseblood and Zinda are dodging too fast - the entire dogfight is out of the way.
Metis rolled up 4dF: - 0 0 + (Base: 6 Total: 6) ((Alertness (or Engineering) to analyze the new bits on the fighter(s)))
[OOC] Spyboy Pearson: 'Damaged Shield' sounds more like a Consequence than the result of a Maneuver.
[OOC] Metis: Might be better off trying to lay the aspect 'Flak' on the zone or scene. Zones and scenes don't dodge… often.
[OOC] Abraham: Has our communications officer communicated the brain-access RB is postulated to have?
[OOC] Spyboy Pearson: I dunno, talk to your communications officer. I'm just the AWACS guy.
Quick analysis and database comparison reveals these systems are similar to Nephilim cloaking systems, with additional anti-radiation protection. It would take detailed analysis, likely from salvage after the battle, to replicate their protection, but this is how they have been traversing Oldziey.
The communications officer does not appear to know the contents of Spyboy's mind. Somehow.
Metis: "Zinda, try not to obliterate all of the fighters. The salvage could be interesting."
Zinda Tegram: "$Geoffrey, please take care of the gnats.$"
[OOC] Metis: I thought Spyboy was the comm's office….. SPYBOY IS NOT SPYBOY!
Counter-fire rains upon the Roland!
WC GM rolled up 4dF: 0 + + 0 (Base: 4 Total: 6) (Gunnery)
[OOC] Spyboy Pearson: If it helps, Metis has communicated the brain augmentation that RB is postulated to have?
Geoffrey: "$Will try.$"
[OOC] Metis: Out loud on the bridge and directly to Zinda. Everyone should know this probably classified information.
[OOC] Spyboy Pearson: …actually…
[OOC] Metis: Metis has not yet tweeted it.
Abraham rolled up 4dF: 0 + 0 + (Base: 5 Total: 7) (Alertness to dodge the fire they knew was coming from the predicted flight path.)
[OOC] Spyboy Pearson: Perhaps Metis IS the communications officer, which would imply that the communications officer actually IS capable of reading Spyboy's mind.
[OOC] WC GM: That would make sense, if Abraham assigns Metis to that station.
[OOC] Abraham: I do need to come up with some sort of position for her.
[OOC] Metis: Zinda's mascot?
…very, VERY rarely, has any naval officer even dreamt of a carrier dogfighting with fighters and coming away unscratched. Abraham's crew pulls it off.
[OOC] WC GM: Round 2. Zinda!
[OOC] Abraham: Zinda's Keeper?
Abraham: "This is being logged right? The Academy will want those records."
[OOC] Metis: Same thing.
ExecutiveOfficer: "All sensors are logging, sir. We'll review after action which logs to keep."
Zinda Tegram rolled up 4dF: + - - 0 (Base: 5 Total: 4) (Gunnery, Tethering again.)
[OOC] WC GM: Still using Piloting to defend; Roseblood's roll is 8, so Spin.
Roseblood's ship's extensions splay out, Zinda's shots going between them - then collapse in, trying to crush the Sterne Lanze!
[OOC] Zinda Tegram: It's round 2 though
WC GM rolled up 4dF: + + + 0 (Base: 7 Total: 10) (Agility)
[OOC] Zinda Tegram: Don't they need a new roll?
Zinda Tegram rolled up 4dF: + + + 0 (Base: 6 Total: 9) (piloting)
[OOC] WC GM: It clears on his action, not start of round.
[OOC] Zinda Tegram: …Chessa?
[OOC] WC GM: Hit by 1, unless you're tagging something?
[OOC] Spyboy Pearson: I'd take the Consequence or Stress. It's not that big of a deal.
[OOC] Zinda Tegram: Ah. I didn't see the .fudge 7 go through on my end.
[OOC] Zinda Tegram: Like, Chessa never did the roll.
[OOC] Zinda Tegram: He rolled a 10?
[OOC] WC GM: Ah. Yes.
[OOC] Zinda Tegram: …Hmm. I'll take the hit.
[OOC] WC GM: 3 stress.
Zinda Tegram dives and weaves through the ship extensions, but can't get out. Realizing there won't be an escape conventionally, she dives into one of the less immediately threatening ones and uses the impact to fling herself out of the trap.
Perhaps even more rarely is when someone straight-up punches a fighter, hard enough to matter. The Sterne Lanze's shields flicker but hold for now.
[OOC] WC GM: Spyboy!
Spyboy Pearson starts putting all that time he spent doing…maintenance…on the Sterne Lanze to work. Filtering the emissions map of Roseblood's craft with his experience, he opens up a data channel.
Spyboy Pearson rolled up 4dF: + 0 0 0 (Base: 10 Total: 11) (Communications for a data attack; Tagging 'Information: the first principle of warfare', free-tagging 'Emissions Map.')
WC GM rolled up 4dF: 0 + - - (Base: 3 Total: 2) (Computer)
[OOC] Zinda Tegram: Give him a debuff. I'm going to tag across, uh, four domains.
Fighter-on-fighter combat, Roseblood is capable of. Defending against top-of-the-line ConFed electronic warfare is another matter entirely.
[OOC] Spyboy Pearson: Not up to me how he deals with the damage…but that's 9 stress he has to soak up somehow. I'd expect a Major Consequence at the least.
[OOC] Zinda Tegram: …Take the shields off.
Dodge dodge dodge…and then his engines cut out and his shields drop, dead in space.
[OOC] WC GM: Shields Down and Engines Out, how about?
Zinda Tegram grits her teeth. "Spyboy! Dammit!"
[OOC] Spyboy Pearson: Niiiiiiiiice. Though that'd be less 'Major Consequence' and more 'Knock-out.'
Zinda Tegram: "He was mine!"
[OOC] Metis: Unless his weapons/targeting are still up… dead in the water but still blazing.
Spyboy Pearson: "If you don't think that gets to count, maybe you should win personally."
Spyboy Pearson: "Hand-to-hand."
Zinda Tegram: "…I hate you, but fine."
Zinda Tegram: "$Geoffrey, I'm going in."
Spyboy Pearson: "Be advised, given that he's got that MMI installed, he's probably as good in physical combat as he is in a dogfight, and that was…good enough."
RosebloodMinion: "$FOR THE KING!$" …are they seriously kamikaze attacking? Yes, they are seriously doing the kamikaze at Spyboy and Heggy.
Spyboy Pearson: "Stupid minions! Know when you're beaten!"
Geoffrey: "$Roger, we'll keep the flies off you.$"
Spyboy Pearson rolled up 4dF: - + + 0 (Base: 4 Total: 5) (Piloting for dodge for Heggy.)
[OOC] Metis: Are you saying they should know their place?
…and they are seriously missing.
[OOC] WC GM: Abraham & Metis!
[OOC] WC GM: Well hey, they dare challenge you.
[OOC] Metis: Is Abe going to lay down covering fire?
Abraham: "Let's put something between them and our people to give them something to think about."
Abraham rolled up 4dF: + - + 0 (Base: 4 Total: 5) (Gunnery to lay the aspect 'The area's lousy with flack' on the zone)
[OOC] WC GM: Aspect laid
Metis accesses the targeting solution algorithm for the Roland's guns, patching it into the allied fighter's nav-com.
[OOC] Abraham: Something then can tag to deal with the kamis.
Spyboy Pearson sets up a personal comm-…….ohh, right, Metis.
Spyboy Pearson relays a neutrino transmission to Zinda's radio.
Metis rolled up 4dF: + 0 + 0 (Base: 3 Total: 5) ((Communications to place 'Known firing solutions' on the zone (unless we can refresh tags in this version, like in Fate Core, then refreshing the 'flak' aspect)))
[OOC] Spyboy Pearson: Huh. Wifi down on my compy.
[OOC] WC GM: An extra tag is an extra tag. Besides, if Flak could be refreshed, Abraham just did it.
More of Roseblood's fighters attempt to ram the Roland!
WC GM rolled up 4dF: + 0 + + (Base: 4 Total: 7) (Piloting)
[OOC] Zinda Tegram: …Anti-grappling thingy?
[OOC] WC GM: Totally taggable for the defense.
[OOC] WC GM: Abraham or Metis, roll to defend?
Abraham rolled up 4dF: 0 - - + (Base: 5 Total: 4) (Alertness to dodge the Kamikazes.)
[OOC] Metis: Metis is definitely not at the helm.
[OOC] Abraham: Hm… can I get the untagged aspects
[OOC] Metis: We'd all be dead.
[OOC] Metis: I'd say don't worry about the damage, unless its catastrophic. Leave the aspects for the fighters.
[OOC] Abraham: I can see that. All right. 2 FP for 'Can out Math Aliens' and 'Military Family'
[OOC] WC GM: Known firing solutions, The area's lousy with flack, and Anti-Grappling Growths
[OOC] WC GM: There's also Forced to Fly Predictably, which I think was tagged
Incoming angle here, vector there…dodging's almost as easy as sniping. Almost.
[OOC] Zinda Tegram: Was it tagged?
[OOC] WC GM: Round 3. Zinda!
[OOC] WC GM: Yeah, on reviewing the logs, it was.
[OOC] WC GM: "Alertness to dodge the fire they knew was coming from the predicted flight path."
Zinda Tegram dives in on the immobile Roseblood and begins carving a door into the ship's hull to board with.
[OOC] Abraham: That was more a justification for using Alertness to dodge than an invocation of that aspect.
[OOC] WC GM: Given circumstances - no roll needed, and that's Zinda's action.
Spyboy can see Roseblood get out of his chair and draw a sword.
Spyboy Pearson: "he's getting ready to face you, Zinda."
[OOC] Metis: Still tethered?
WC GM rolled up 4dF: - 0 0 0 (Base: 6 Total: 5) (Agility to lay "Prepared counterattack")
[OOC] WC GM: Still tethered
[OOC] WC GM: Spyboy!
Zinda Tegram kicks the door in, draws her torch and points it at Roseblood.
Spyboy Pearson starts targeting the fighters, jamming communications and splitting them up into a disorganized furball.
Zinda Tegram: "$My name is Zinda Tegram You killed my father. Prepare to die.$"
Spyboy Pearson rolled up 4dF: 0 + - 0 (Base: 4 Total: 4) (Tactics to place "Forced to Fight Alone" on the fighters.)
[OOC] Spyboy Pearson: Though in retrospect that would be .fudge 6.
[OOC] Metis: You've been waiting all game to say that, haven't you?
[OOC] Zinda Tegram: Yep.
[OOC] Zinda Tegram: It's been an aspect on my sheet since the game started.
WC GM rolled up 4dF: - - + 0 (Base: 3 Total: 2) (Communications)
[OOC] Spyboy Pearson: So, literally, 'all game.'
[OOC] Zinda Tegram: …Yeah.
Roseblood raises his sword, snarling an inarticulate challenge. Unfortunately for literary references, he does not immediately break and run.
The jammed-up fighters try ramming Spyboy nonetheless.
WC GM rolled up 4dF: - 0 - + (Base: 4 Total: 3) (Piloting)
Spyboy Pearson rolled up 4dF: + - - - (Base: 4 Total: 2) (Piloting to dodge; for Heggy)
[OOC] Spyboy Pearson: Any Harm on that attack?
Zinda Tegram relaxes into a fighting stance with her torch and begins dancing to feel out Roseblood's swordsmanship.
[OOC] WC GM: Harm 5 - the length of their stress track, plus 1.
[OOC] Spyboy Pearson: Yeah, rather avoid it, then.
[OOC] WC GM: They're serious about this "kamikaze" business.
Heggy would be unable to dodge a concerted attack by this many fighters - fortunately, their formation is a mess and she can focus on one at a time.
[OOC] Spyboy Pearson: Free-tagging Forced to Fight As One.
Zinda knows Rosseblood's swordsmanship. Powerful, yes, but also elegant and coordinated. This…this is merely powerful, his movements stiff and controlled.
[OOC] WC GM: Abraham & Metis!
The Nephilim that Spyboy saw through are cloaked, empty spots in Zinda's vision where they should be.
[OOC] Metis: Is the amount of Harm from a kamikaze attack obvious?
[OOC] WC GM: Yeah.
[OOC] WC GM: At least in this case.
Abraham: "Detonate the mines in sections 1, 3, and 4."
Spyboy Pearson: "[If you have time, Zinda, can you tell me what the Nephilim are up to?]"
Zinda does not respond.
[OOC] Abraham: Not sure what to roll to lay the aspect "Shockwaves in flight paths" on the area.
Roseblood's entire frame seems off. His muscles slightly atrophied, fleckles of spit at the corners of his mouth, stomach bloated a bit, limbs twitching.
[OOC] Metis: How are you doing it?
Metis integrates into manual control of the shields, adjusting on the fly to maintain the optimum deflection angle against the kamikaze assaults.
[OOC] Spyboy Pearson: No shockwaves in space, so…magic?
[OOC] Abraham: Bureaucracy?
[OOC] WC GM: Abraham: that's more of an attack than an aspect.
[OOC] WC GM: Roll attack?
[OOC] Abraham: Okay.
Zinda Tegram rolled up 4dF: 0 0 0 - (Base: 5 Total: 4) (Gunnery, 'You killed my father', Shadow of their former self, Through reinforced hulls like….)
[OOC] Zinda Tegram: …So, 10
[OOC] WC GM: Zinda: not your turn yet.
[OOC] Zinda Tegram: Oh, derp. Haha OK.
[OOC] WC GM: We can use that roll on your turn.
Abraham rolled up 4dF: + - 0 0 (Base: 4 Total: 4) (Gunnery to attack the Kamikazes.)
Metis rolled up 4dF: - + 0 + (Base: 6 Total: 7) ((Alertness to plot angle of attacks and place "Re-aligned shields" on Roland.))
[OOC] WC GM: Not Mook Squadron 2's turn yet, so their previous Piloting of 7 still applies - spin.
They barrel roll around the guns and dive!
[OOC] WC GM: Now it is their turn, so…
WC GM rolled up 4dF: - + + - (Base: 5 Total: 5) (Piloting + Spin)
[OOC] WC GM: Free tags available to you: Re-aligned shields, Known firing solutions, The area's lousy with flack, and Anti-Grappling Growths
[OOC] Abraham: I'll take Realigned shields and Anti-Grappling Growths
[OOC] WC GM: Technically those are both Roland aspects, so you can only take one
[OOC] Spyboy Pearson: Best to roll the defense then add what Aspects you need. That way you don't waste any.
[OOC] WC GM: The other two are both zone aspects. And - yeah, roll then choose.
[OOC] Abraham: True.
Abraham rolled up 4dF: 0 + + 0 (Base: 6 Total: 8) (Resolve to weather the Kamikaze's attack without harm)
[OOC] Abraham: I think that's good.
…there are those who would question how someone can just Stoic(TM) their way through bullets crashing into them, let alone fighters crashing into their ship. They have not met the rare breed who earns the title of Admiral. Though having damage control teams properly placed can make a lot of difference.
[OOC] WC GM: Instead of spin - stress damage on the attackers?
[OOC] Abraham: I'm just calling on my inner Lord Rust.
[OOC] WC GM: Especially if you take one of those tags, that'll KO that squadron.
[OOC] Abraham: That makes sense.
[OOC] WC GM: Which tag, then?
[OOC] Abraham: Ah. Then I'll take the realigned shields.
As can having the shields aligned to ablate and slow them down before they actually impact.
ExecutiveOfficer: "Superficial damage only. That's half the fighters destroyed."
[OOC] Abraham: So… anyone want to lay the aspect 'Wait, did that just happen?' on the scene?
[OOC] WC GM: And now for Zinda's attack! Roll already happened, so…
WC GM rolled up 4dF: + + 0 - (Base: 8 Total: 9) (Alertness + Prepared Counterattack)
Roseblood brings up his sword to block - but it is not quite fast enough.
A singe mark slashes across his chest. He stumbles back, and strikes in a telegraphed but solid slice.
WC GM rolled up 4dF: 0 - - 0 (Base: 6 Total: 4) (Agility for ROSEBLOOD CHOP)
Zinda Tegram rolled up 4dF: + - 0 0 (Base: 5 Total: 5) (Alertness, You killed my father)
[OOC] Zinda Tegram: …tagging again, for spin
[OOC] Zinda Tegram: Uh…Shadow of their former self
[OOC] Zinda Tegram: I know it's bad with numbers but I want to do things that spin would justify
[OOC] WC GM: Not seeing Shadow on Zinda's sheet or the scene list?
[OOC] Zinda Tegram: It's a guess of an aspect of Roseblood's
[OOC] Metis: She's guessing… that.
[OOC] WC GM: Ah, right. And yeah, close enough to one of his aspects.
[OOC] Zinda Tegram: Yeah
Zinda Tegram neatly sidesteps the cut and steps in to shoulder checks Roseblood to knock him off balance. As he stumbles back she points her torch at him again.
Zinda Tegram: "$…what did they do to you? This is sad…$"
The sword does a number on the empty air where Zinda used to be. Despite the overall size of the ship, the cockpit room is not much larger than Zinda's fighter's.
Roseblood: "$RAAAARGH!$"
[OOC] WC GM: Spyboy!
[OOC] Metis: Zinda isn't just cutting the tether?
[OOC] Abraham: Me Roseblood no bozo, me king!
[OOC] WC GM: She only got 1 stress hit.
Spyboy Pearson starts a complicated maneuvers, planning where the rest of Roseblood's escort will wind up.
[OOC] Zinda Tegram: What's my refresh again?
Spyboy Pearson rolled up 4dF: + - 0 - (Base: 6 Total: 5) (Tactics to place 'Led Right onto the Flak Cannons' on Roseblood's mooks.)
[OOC] Metis: 9, I think.
[OOC] Zinda Tegram: OK. So I still have a few more tag-heavy turns.
[OOC] WC GM: Yeah, 9. 3 start, and there've been 6 mid-chapters by now.
[OOC] Zinda Tegram: OK.
WC GM rolled up 4dF: + + + + (Base: 3 Total: 7) (Tactics)
[OOC] Metis: Chessa is being very generous today.
The mooks actually seem to know that particular trick.
They break off their kamikaze attacks and begin just shooting at Spyboy again.
WC GM rolled up 4dF: - + + + (Base: 4 Total: 6) (Gunnery)
[OOC] Abraham: Okay seriously, these max rolls. Once is interesting. Twice is suspicious. Thee times is enemy action.
Spyboy Pearson rolled up 4dF: - 0 0 - (Base: 4 Total: 2) (Piloting for Heggy)
[OOC] WC GM: Harm is only 2 on these.
[OOC] Spyboy Pearson: Tagging That's Why I'm the Pilot, Area's Lousy With Flak, and…
[OOC] Spyboy Pearson: And leaving it at that. So 2 stress, mitigating with Minor Consequence…how about Smoking Dish?
[OOC] WC GM: Sure.
[OOC] WC GM: Abraham & Metis!
[OOC] Zinda Tegram: I crave free tags.
[OOC] WC GM: The current ones are Known firing solutions and Anti-Grappling Growths
[OOC] WC GM: …neither of which really applies to Roseblood. But others can be set up.
[OOC] Spyboy Pearson: FINE
[OOC] Spyboy Pearson: I can do some of that, can you get these fighters off my back?
Abraham: "Target the remaining squadron. Lets not let them scratch the paint job anymore."
[OOC] Zinda Tegram: You'll be fine the Roland has a huge stress track
ExecutiveOfficer: "Plotting firing solutions."
Abraham rolled up 4dF: + 0 0 + (Base: 4 Total: 6) (Gunnery to do bad things to the remaining squadron.)
[OOC] Metis: I wasn't sure the Roland had a stress track at all, just Physical Stress: PLOT.
WC GM rolled up 4dF: + 0 + + (Base: 4 Total: 7) (Piloting)
[OOC] WC GM: It kind of does.
[OOC] WC GM: Tagging?
[OOC] Abraham: Tagging Known firing solutions.
[OOC] Metis: Is the fight with Roseblood in sight of the Roland's visual sensors?
The XO's worries about the guns being able to track these fighters appears justified. Only the preplotted firing solutions allows grazing hits…
[OOC] Spyboy Pearson: It's inside his ship, so no, but Metis can see what the Nephs can.
[OOC] WC GM: That. Though given telemetry you can more or less calculate exactly where Roseblood is - if you wanted to try shooting him and not Zinda through the hull.
[OOC] WC GM: …that would be somewhat difficult, of course.
[OOC] Metis: No, Metis with a gun would make no one happy, except Chessa. Now, if only I could send a sonar pulse through the Nephilim's neu-comms…
[OOC] Metis: Wait, the Nephs were controlling Roseblood via come kind of manual control?
[OOC] WC GM: What are you sonaring?
[OOC] WC GM: You're not sure how much "control" vs. "set general parameters", but yes.
[OOC] Metis: That's okay.
Metis diverts attention from the shield manipulation to focus on the data gained from the neutrino communicator. Noting the Nephilim's direct attention is necessary to control Roseblood… [Spyboy: Prepare for neutrino noise.]
Metis rolled up 4dF: + + - + (Base: 3 Total: 5) ((Communications to place 'Aural flak' on the neutrino comm (which I guess means zone?)))
[OOC] Metis: Basically, the neu-comm version of blasting static in the Nephs' ears.
[OOC] Metis: Should be sufficiently distracting that Zinda can free-tag it.
WC GM rolled up 4dF: - + - 0 (Base: 3 Total: 2) (Communications for the Nephilim to resist)
[OOC] WC GM: The Aspect comes through to Roseblood more like "Distracted Puppeteer", but placed it is.
[OOC] WC GM: Zinda!
[OOC] Spyboy Pearson: "[Wow. Where did you get all these cat videos you're streaming, Metis?]"
[OOC] Metis: "[Diana.]"
Zinda Tegram notices a bit of hesitation in Roseblood's movement and steps in to try and take control of the tempo of the fight, specifically trying to cut Roseblood's blade.
Zinda Tegram rolled up 4dF: + 0 + + (Base: 13 Total: 16) (Distracted Nephilim, Tool I have demonstrated utmost proficiency in, Shadow of their former self, Through reinforced hulls like….)
[OOC] Zinda Tegram: MMPH YES HARUMPH!
[OOC] Zinda Tegram: Just trying to direct the angle of any consequences Roseblood takes.
WC GM rolled up 4dF: 0 + 0 + (Base: 4 Total: 6) (Agility - Distracted Puppeteer)
[OOC] WC GM: Hit by 10. Go for it!
Zinda Tegram steps in, and angles her cut to force a parry by Roseblood. Unfortunately, parrying hot plasma cutters with a sword is probably not wise in most cases….
A few bits of the resulting hot splattering metal hang in midair, giving away the three Nephilims' locations.
Zinda Tegram steps back a bit to make use of her new range advantage.
Zinda Tegram: "[You're next. You think me a goddess, am I wrong?]"
Metis: "[You are not wrong.]"
Nephilim: "[You are a servant, a mere queen to be, and mother to the Impossible. You are not the Abrahim.]"
Roseblood grins, and begins cranking one of the arms…soon pointing it to fire on the cockpit. Zinda barely sees what is going on in time to dodge.
WC GM rolled up 4dF: 0 0 + 0 (Base: 6 Total: 7) (Gunnery)
[OOC] Abraham: And that's the real real reason I never got a neutrino com. I do not need the Nephilim swelling my already stellar ego. I already shrug off kamikaze attacks on my ship through sheer force of insanity… I mean willpower.
Zinda Tegram: "[There is more than one Abrahim, child. I serve nobody but myself.]"
Zinda Tegram rolled up 4dF: 0 + 0 - (Base: 5 Total: 5) (resolve)
ExecutiveOfficer: "…uuuh, sir? Roseblood's ship just fired on its own cockpit. Is this normally how Oldziey duels go down?"
[OOC] Spyboy Pearson: So basically, you're going to kick reason to the curb and go beyond the impossible?
[OOC] Zinda Tegram: tagging…hmm.
Abraham: "… let's just say it's not entirely unprecedented. Or unexpected."
[OOC] WC GM: Not sure how Resolve stands up to starship weapons on personal scale?
[OOC] Zinda Tegram: Ah. Different skill? Alertness.
[OOC] Zinda Tegram: Tagging private army.
[OOC] Spyboy Pearson: Not so much 'different skill' as 'narrate the use.'
[OOC] Metis: The world explodes around her and she calmly walks away from the explosion, seen in every action movie every in the last ten years?
[OOC] WC GM: Yeah. Though Alertness works.
Zinda Tegram 's eyes widen and she dives back out of the breach into her own ship. If that's how Roseblood wants to run this….
[OOC] Spyboy Pearson: Does the Other Guys count?
Zinda Tegram drags her personal armory out and pops it open.
[OOC] WC GM: Spyboy's turn!
Spyboy Pearson is just gonna sit here and map out the Nephilim's neural pathways…not his fault if that winds up disrupting their control over their puppet.
Spyboy Pearson rolled up 4dF: + - 0 0 (Base: 6 Total: 6) (Communications to place 'Distracted By Infodump' on the Nephs)
WC GM rolled up 4dF: + - 0 0 (Base: 3 Total: 3) (Communications)
[OOC] Spyboy Pearson: Yes, yes…give your secrets to me….MUAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA
While Spyboy pipes that through, the remaining fighters keep firing on him - though probably without knowing they're attacking the main threat to their "side" on Roseblood's ship.
WC GM rolled up 4dF: - + + - (Base: 4 Total: 4) (Gunnery)
Spyboy Pearson rolled up 4dF: + + 0 + (Base: 4 Total: 7) (Pilot)
Heggy finally pulls out all the stops, basically ignoring the attack.
[OOC] Spyboy Pearson: Spin, yay, here's hoping I remember to use it
[OOC] WC GM: Abraham & Metis!
[OOC] Metis: What's left of the opposition?
[OOC] Abraham: One slightly singed squad, I believe.
[OOC] WC GM: Roseblood & the Nephs aboard ship, and one fighter squad that you can see.
Abraham: "Now detonate the mines in section 2."
Abraham rolled up 4dF: + - + 0 (Base: 4 Total: 5) (Gunnery to lay the aspect 'Full of shrapnel' on the zone.)
WC GM rolled up 4dF: + 0 - - (Base: 4 Total: 3) (Piloting)
[OOC] Abraham: Enough?
[OOC] WC GM: Laid, yes
[OOC] Metis: Are they staying engaged or moving to escape? Better question, are they being flown by wire as well?
[OOC] WC GM: They're still engaged with Heggy, who's leading them on a merry chase.
[OOC] WC GM: You can be pretty certain there's no actual wire leading from Roseblood's ship to them.
[OOC] Metis: What tags are available?
[OOC] WC GM: Full of Shrapnel and Anti-Grappling Growths
[OOC] Spyboy Pearson: Also spin.
[OOC] Metis: The other aspects are still in play, yes? They can be invoked?
[OOC] WC GM: Yeah
[OOC] WC GM: For a FP each
[OOC] WC GM: So long as you're not using 2 of the same type of tag, of course.
Metis studies the pattern of movement. "Admiral, is it time to eliminate the opposition?"
Abraham: "Yes, I do believe it is, Metis."
Metis computes a firing solution, based on the extant data gathered from the battle.
[OOC] Metis: Now I'm just trying to decide if there are enough different scopes out there that I can FP our way to victory, or lay yet another aspect.
[OOC] WC GM: I suspect there are.
Metis rolled up 4dF: - 0 - - (Base: 1 Total: -2) ((Gunnery 1 to discern firing solution against the fighters. Plus tags; there will be much tagging in the future.)))
[OOC] Spyboy Pearson: I'm sure you can. It wouldn't be the first time someone landed enough of a curve to take someone out in one hit.
[OOC] Metis: Chessa doesn't like tags. Lets see how this works out.
[OOC] Spyboy Pearson: It wouldm't even be the second, even if they settled for a measly mild Consequence.
[OOC] Metis: Invoking 'Humanoid, but not human' for reroll; advanced processing power allows Metis to immediately discard invalid firing solutions.
Metis rolled up 4dF: + - - 0 (Base: 1 Total: 0) (((Second try, chessa.)))
[OOC] Metis: Good enough. I'll wait for their defense before using free tags and such.
[OOC] WC GM: Hmm…actually, reusing their Piloting roll will work. So, 3.
[OOC] Metis: Invoking (for FP) knowing firing solutions, free tagging full of shrapnel. That's a 4. Now I just need to see what other aspects were laid…
[OOC] Metis: Actually, invoking the enemy aspect 'Oldziey Fighters' or equivalent… Using Metis' knowledge of their tech (from experience with Zinda) against them with the superior targeting solutions of the Roland. Total guess….
[OOC] Spyboy Pearson: One more from Spin from Spyboy.
[OOC] WC GM: …that qualifies, yes. You could probably tag Emissions Map too.
[OOC] Metis: Why not. Brings us to an 8, I think. Spin makes it 9, which is respectable for a roll of 0.
The fighters are now ex-fighters. Heggy has to dodge through a couple explosions, but that was ConFed tradition before any of the party were born.
[OOC] WC GM: And back to Zinda.
[OOC] Zinda Tegram: Thinking
Zinda Tegram roots through her personal armory and extracts a laser cannon and an EMP grenade. She throws the emp grenade around the corner and aims the laser cannon at the opening she is hoping roseblood and the nephilim will be forced into.
[OOC] Zinda Tegram: Tactics to attack or…?
[OOC] WC GM: Can work. Or Gunnery.
Zinda Tegram rolled up 4dF: 0 + + 0 (Base: 5 Total: 7) (Gunnery to attack area.')
[OOC] Zinda Tegram: Any free tags available?
[OOC] Zinda Tegram: Also, laser cannon probably has a nasty harm value
[OOC] Spyboy Pearson: Distracted Neph, Neucomm Static
Metis: "The view is clear of hostiles except Roseblood, Admiral. Repair bays are prepped to receive our fighters."
WC GM rolled up 4dF: + 0 0 - (Base: 6 Total: 6) (Agility)
[OOC] Zinda Tegram: Yeah let's take those and make it an 11 area attack, cannon has a harm of 3
…the cockpit is now mostly nonexistant. It is hard to see if the Nephilim are still there…but there is Roseblood, panting, heaving. The shields must have come up at some point, enough to contain an atmosphere.
[OOC] Zinda Tegram: Does Roseblood have a hole in him?
Roseblood: "$ZINDAAAAAAAA!$" The now one-armed king swings a fist in his target's direction.
[OOC] WC GM: No, though he is somewhat disarmed.
WC GM rolled up 4dF: + - + 0 (Base: 7 Total: 8) (Brawling)
[OOC] Zinda Tegram: …Compel his arm.
Zinda Tegram dodges around where his arm is missing.
[OOC] Spyboy Pearson: Good, so it was at least a Major Consequence.
[OOC] Zinda Tegram: Disarmed, DisARMed, are his two consequences ATM?
[OOC] WC GM: Pretty much.
[OOC] Zinda Tegram: Alright.
[OOC] Zinda Tegram: …I could knock the shields out, I guess…
[OOC] WC GM: Going to roll defense? The tags will help your dodge.
[OOC] Zinda Tegram: I was trying to compel a miss.
[OOC] Zinda Tegram: Does he take it?
[OOC] WC GM: Ah, K. Hmm…sure.
[OOC] WC GM: You'd probably dodge anyway.
[OOC] WC GM: Spyboy!
Spyboy Pearson does a quick scan of the Neph's current actions.
[OOC] Spyboy Pearson: Well, Nephs'.
Either they moved fast enough that signal lock was lost, or they have ceased to exist. It is not immediately obvious which.
Spyboy Pearson: "[Nephilim may be down, and the computers certainly are. The rest is up to you, Zinda.]"
Spyboy Pearson does a more deliberate search for the Nephilim, peppering the area with the Nephilim Handshake Protocol, in case they really did move that quick.
Spyboy Pearson rolled up 4dF: + + + + (Base: 6 Total: 10) (Communications to reestablish a connection.)
…there's one, floating inside the shield. The rest - yeah, looks like they're toast.
[OOC] Spyboy Pearson: Given that they probably got vaped, that's…such a waste.
[OOC] Spyboy Pearson: Ah, tossed a bone for the ++++. Thanks!
[OOC] WC GM: Abraham & Metis!
[OOC] WC GM: Sure.
Spyboy Pearson starts listening again…
Zinda Tegram: "[$You understand me!?$ If he's Abrahim, then so am I! I am no man's servant!]"
Abraham: "Now that we're not being distracted, what's the situation inside Roseblood's ship. How goes Zinda's duel?"
Spyboy Pearson: "She's winning, but it's not over yet."
Metis: "Roseblood is missing an arm, and Zinda appears unharmed."
Metis resets the shield algorithm to automatic and logs back into the scanners, sweeping the area for anything of import.
[OOC] Metis: Alertness if necessary?
If there were other fighters waiting in reserve, they have bugged out.
Metis: "We are alone, except for Roseblood."
Abraham: "And if we interfere in Zinda's honor duel, she'll whine. Hm…."
Metis: "Zinda does not whine."
Spyboy Pearson: "Oh, she totally whines."
Zinda Tegram steps back and uses her range and limb advantage to try and slash Roseblood's other arm as he reaches for her.
Metis: "Zinda does not whine!"
Spyboy Pearson: "Did you hear her when I blew out the ship's systems?"
[OOC] Spyboy Pearson: <Metis> "She avoids alcohol entirely!"
Zinda Tegram rolled up 4dF: - + 0 + (Base: 9 Total: 10) (Disarmed, Dead puppeteer)
[OOC] WC GM: Does she Chardonnay? What about Zinfandel?
[OOC] Metis: Are you kidding? She's a plant now, she ferments her own.
[OOC] Spyboy Pearson: Hee
[OOC] Zinda Tegram: Hahaha.
[OOC] WC GM: Skipping Abraham's turn - though, is Abraham doing anything?
Abraham: "All right, then I think the best thing to do is look over The Roland for any damages that we might have missed."
[OOC] Abraham: Not really.
[OOC] WC GM: K
WC GM rolled up 4dF: + - 0 + (Base: 6 Total: 7) (Agility)
Zinda strikes at what she thinks is his other arm - and slashes through that cable leading to Roseblood's neck.
Zinda Tegram: "$You speak my name, you sack of shit!? You dare call yourself a king when you act as puppet to the god damn Nephilim!?$"
He looks at her, shivering a bit…and throws up.
[OOC] Zinda Tegram: Combat over?
[OOC] WC GM: Yep. Wrapping up session too.
[OOC] Abraham: Good, because we are way over and I've gotta go.
[OOC] Spyboy Pearson: Gonna chop his head off in front of cameras?
[OOC] Zinda Tegram: Awww, want to argue with him. But yeah, Zinda's going to commit a war crime.
[OOC] Metis: At the moment really, unless something changes in the duel, This Is Something Zinda Must Do On Her Own. No, really.
Metis: "That was not whining. It was low-pitched. And perfectly reasonable!"
The king - battered, injured, minus an arm, in generally poor health, and now with his own vomit on him - shakes, partly in rage. "$ZIIIIN- *urp*$" And then his body fails him, sending him collapsing at Zinda's feet.
Zinda Tegram pushes him over and stomps on his chest with her boot, pointing a torch at his face.

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