Session 6 9

The vibrations and joltings, even before light fades and one can see the explosions, of jumping into a minefield are a standard Confed training simulation. Only Metis has not directly experienced it, and there is ample readily accessible data on the telltales.
Spyboy Pearson: "Oh, shit."
Zinda Tegram: "Hmmph. Typical."
This carries on for a minute - not the most compact of minefields.
[OOC] Zinda Tegram: Jumping into Oldziey right?
ExecutiveOfficer: "…oh come ON! This is DAVID!"
Metis: "Is David angry?"
ExecutiveOfficer: "This can't be right. According to readings we've already sustained 120% damage. We should have lost structural integrity by now."
ExecutiveOfficer: "But all systems report green. No casualties reported yet."
Spyboy Pearson: "…Could be EW mines mixed in, producing false damage reports - or could be the number of times this ship has been repaired throwing things off."
Spyboy Pearson: "….Mixed with the variety of those doing the repairs."
[OOC] WC GM: Engineering check if you wish to diagnose.
Abraham: "Spyboy, please made sure our sensors haven't been hacked and someone is having fun with us if you would. Thank you."
Zinda Tegram: "…How about someone actually heads out to take a look?"
Zinda Tegram fiddles with a knob on her flight suit.
Spyboy Pearson: "Probably a good idea anyway, but running that diagnostic."
Metis rolled up 4dF: - + + + (Base: 6 Total: 8) (Engineering to figure out what is wrong)
[OOC] Abraham: Zinda wants to stick her had outside a porthole.
Zinda Tegram: "I'll go check it out."
Spyboy Pearson rolled up 4dF: 0 - - + (Base: 6 Total: 5) (Communications to ensure no tampering.)
Metis logs into the console, looking for a more accurate report.
Zinda Tegram swipes her helmet off of a chair and heads down to the closest airlock.
Zinda Tegram rolled up 4dF: 0 + - 0 (Base: 5 Total: 5) (Alertness to be alert.)
[OOC] Spyboy Pearson: Reporting to hangars would probably be first action, if they hit a minefield…barring transit times. Right after we clear a minefield would be the best time for an ambush.
[OOC] Zinda Tegram: This is the Pldziey minefield right?
[OOC] Spyboy Pearson: No, David.
[OOC] WC GM: Nope. David entry.
[OOC] Spyboy Pearson: We have to cross David to get to Oldziey.
[OOC] Zinda Tegram: Ah OK. Huh.
[OOC] WC GM: Which was supposed to be boring and clear.
[OOC] Zinda Tegram: Right.
[OOC] Abraham: I blame Zinda.
Metis: "The organically-enhanced portions of the carrier are repairing in response to incoming damage, and the sensors have not been calibrated to adjust for this."
The multiple inbound hostile readings on radar come as no surprise. The XO does not even bother to call them out; he just points meaningfully at the screen.
Spyboy Pearson: "Agreed."
Spyboy Pearson: "Loading a patch to sync hull sensors to detect plant layer as an additional shield system…"
[OOC] WC GM: Abraham: Engineering, or Science at a higher difficulty, to blame Zinda. Or just what Metis said.
[OOC] Spyboy Pearson: Need me to roll?
[OOC] WC GM: You already rolled. See PM.
Heggy has already left for the hangar deck.
Zinda Tegram pulls her head back in and starts running for the hangar.
[OOC] Spyboy Pearson: Nah, to prevent recurrence. Besides, I'm sure Abe and the XO would want to know how much damage the ship has actually taken.
Zinda Tegram: "$Crown, time to go to work!$"
[OOC] Abraham: Blaming Zinda isn't a science, it's a gift to humanity.
Geoffrey: "$Already prepping to launch.$"
Spyboy Pearson heads down to the hangar, ready to join Heggy and take off as soon as the go-order is given.
Zinda Tegram sprints into the hangar and practically vaults into Sterne Lanze's open frame.
Abraham is running his own diagnostics on the bridge systems, to make sure the fault isn't in misinterpreting the perfectly correct data being sent to them.
Abraham rolled up 4dF: - - 0 0 (Base: 6 Total: 4) (Science to diagnose.)
[OOC] Abraham: Science, you have failed me for the last time.
There does not seem to be a fault, but Abraham does not immediately see the problem.
ExecutiveOfficer: "Crown Squadron already launching, sir. Shall I give the scramble order?"
Abraham: "Yes. Launch."
[OOC] WC GM: Code Omelette is go! Initiative order: Abraham, Metis, Zinda, Spyboy, enemies. Abraham, first action.
The as-yet-unidentified enemy fighters are not quite in engagement range. The mines have stopped exploding, to no net effect.
Zinda Tegram: "Stand down and identify yourself. Or else."
[OOC] Spyboy Pearson: Aaaaabraham
Abraham attempts to deduce an appropriate strategy from the enemy formation, flying speeds, and other suspicious sensor data.
[OOC] WC GM: Laying an aspect, I presume?
Abraham rolled up 4dF: - 0 - + (Base: 6 Total: 5) (Science for Tactics to lay the aspect on the enemy fighters 'Oh hey, I see what you did there.'.)
[OOC] WC GM: …autopass in this case.
[OOC] Abraham: See, it was the last time science failed me!
Abraham radios Zinda to tell him what he's figured out and giving her suggestions. She loves it when Abraham does that ((passing free tag to Zinda.))
The enemies are streaming in, in no particular formation, using slightly cobbled-together…the realization is like a gold brick to the forehead. Oldziey fighters. They will not be used to fighting in open unrestricted space - like, oh, say, this side of the jump point now that the nearby mines are gone.
Zinda Tegram: "…What, you kids think you can beat me?"
[OOC] Spyboy Pearson: Metis next, yes?
Zinda Tegram: "$Come on then!$"
[OOC] WC GM: Yes.
Metis endeavors to recalibrate the sensors for more accurate damage reports.
[OOC] Metis: Engineering or Repair?
[OOC] WC GM: Either.
Metis rolled up 4dF: + - 0 0 (Base: 6 Total: 6) (Engineering to recalibrate sensors)
For anyone else it would be an extended chore. For Metis - it's not perfect but it will do. Just recognize the amount of mass and therefore shielding from the organic components previously not calculated in. The plant material seems to have taken the energy of the explosions, along with stored energy (tapped from the Roland's power plants), to regrow quickly.
[OOC] Spyboy Pearson: Nice…mostly.
[OOC] WC GM: Have a tag: Shrugging Off The Small Stuff, usable by anyone on the Roland that Metis gives this info to.
[OOC] WC GM: Zinda's turn
Metis: "The recalibration is theoretically completed. However, it will be necessary to test the new algorithms under adverse stress conditions."
[OOC] Zinda Tegram: Thinking gimme a sec
Spyboy Pearson: "Not a problem. Zinda's here, so adverse stress conditions are sure to follow."
[OOC] Spyboy Pearson: Best part about playing Spyboy is he can say the things we say about Zinda without breaking character. =D
Zinda Tegram rolled up 4dF: - 0 - + (Base: 4 Total: 3) (Tactics to place "Not new to open space." on self.)
Zinda, unlike her former compatriots, has indeed trained and flown extensively in non-Oldziey systems.
[OOC] WC GM: Spyboy!
Spyboy Pearson lets Heggy get their fighter wide while he focuses on the signal dishes, triangulating radio sources.
Spyboy Pearson rolled up 4dF: + + - + (Base: 6 Total: 8) (Communications to place "Nerve center of the mob" on the enemy fighters.)
Abraham: "Regrettably, I have every confidence we will encounter those severe conditions sooner rather than later, even without Zinda's help."
The mob of enemy fighters does not seem to have central coordination, just like most…wait. Waaait. Glimpses of line of sight…someone's using laser communications to puppet them. Spyboy is not overly familiar with Oldziey tactics but remote-piloted drone fighters is not among what he knows of them.
Spyboy Pearson: "….Those are drones."
Spyboy Pearson: "Those…those are DRONES."
The drones open fire on Zinda, a chaotic swarm yet firing in perfect sync.
Zinda Tegram rolled up 4dF: - - - - (Base: 6 Total: 2)
WC GM rolled up 4dF: + 0 - + (Base: 6 Total: 7) (Gunnery)
[OOC] Zinda Tegram: …tagging born to reroll.
Zinda Tegram rolled up 4dF: - + 0 + (Base: 6 Total: 7)
[OOC] WC GM: With Chessa? Born to Reroll is apt.
[OOC] Spyboy Pearson: Got my next aspect picked out… >=D
Zinda Tegram: "$You want that bounty you're gonna need to shoot better than that kids!$"
That was closer than it should have been. More than one shot glances off the Sterne Lanze's shields. But nothing penetrates.
[OOC] WC GM: Abraham!
[OOC] Zinda Tegram: Also have the uh
[OOC] Zinda Tegram: Defense stunts
[OOC] Zinda Tegram: On the ship hehe
Spyboy Pearson: "$Drones don't get paid, Tegram.$"
[OOC] WC GM: Yeah, 0 damage.
Abraham: "But operators do."
Spyboy Pearson: "Eh, minimum wage…"
Abraham continues to study the sensor data for more weaknesses.
Abraham rolled up 4dF: - + - - (Base: 6 Total: 4) (Science for Tactics to lay the aspect on the enemy fighters 'Weaknesses Exposed.'.)
WC GM rolled up 4dF: 0 - - 0 (Base: 4 Total: 2) (Tactics for Tactics)
[OOC] Abraham: Chessa the even middle fingered.
[OOC] Zinda Tegram: Zinda didn't have the info
…if those are laser-comm-operated drones, blocking their line of sight will cut off their control. They probably have a bit of automatic guidance to survive short interruptions, but that can't last long.
[OOC] WC GM: Metis
[OOC] WC GM: So Spyboy just told Zinda that they're drones?
Zinda Tegram: "$Drones? Remote operated then, huh…$"
[OOC] Metis: Would it be possible to maneuver the Roland into LoS blocking position?
[OOC] WC GM: It would take a few turns - the engagement is "in front" of the Roland from that perspective - but it could be done.
Metis: "Admiral, it looks like the Roland is large enough to, potentially, sever the LOS necessary for severing the laser guidance. Should those coordinates be computed?"
[OOC] Spyboy Pearson: The Roland presumably has comm lasers. You could start a DOS attack.
[OOC] Metis: I know that you mean denial of service, but it amuses me to imagine attacking people with MS-DOS or PC-DOS. Razor-Sharp floppy disk attack!
[OOC] Spyboy Pearson: The OS-tan for MS-DOS is a cat.
[OOC] Metis: And therefore lethal to 0-level commoners.
[OOC] Spyboy Pearson: Carried by Win 3.1-tan.
Abraham considers Metis's request. "Yesss. I can not imagine that the engagement will last long enough for it to matter, but there will almost certainly be a next one."
Metis: "Computing coordinates."
[OOC] Metis: Engineering, Alertness, Science? …archeology?
[OOC] WC GM: No check needed - and no action needed. "Right over there" - even a human could point it out.
[OOC] Metis: What about doing so in such a way as to minimize the Roland's vulnerabilities at any one time? Advantageous rolling of z-axis and such?
[OOC] WC GM: Mechanically, it'd be better for you to make a move check to get the Roland over there.
[OOC] WC GM: Since that's just a matter of "move X distance".
[OOC] Metis: That wouldn't be Pilot, would it? We have ensigns for that.
[OOC] WC GM: Navigation, actually.
[OOC] WC GM: Since that's literally what Metis is doing.
[OOC] Metis: Abraham: Do you trust me rolling Navigation?
Metis rolled up 4dF: 0 0 - 0 (Base: 2 Total: 1) (Maneuvering the Roland into optimum LOS blocking position)
[OOC] Abraham: XO, roll nav for Metis. She's still underage.
[OOC] Metis: Could be worse! I'll tag Humanoid, but not Human for the extra processing power as a +2, and hopefully we don't explode!
The Roland is underway.
[OOC] Metis: And if we do, I'm very sorry.
[OOC] WC GM: Let's say, 10 total on Navigation/Pilot/similar checks. Either Abraham or Metis can make it in any one turn, since the Roland can't move twice in a turn. Zinda!
[OOC] Zinda Tegram: …I have an idea.
[OOC] WC GM: Four of the most dangerous words ever.
[OOC] Metis: I thought those were 'hey everyone, watch this!'
Zinda Tegram observes the Roland's movement as she weaves between the drone's fire. A small smile crosses her lips.
[OOC] Abraham: Right behind, It's your turn Zinda.
[OOC] Abraham: So will Nav be our turn or is this in addition?
[OOC] WC GM: Metis just made the Roland's Nav for this turn. So, you're 3/10.
Zinda Tegram rolled up 4dF: + - + - (Base: 6 Total: 6) (Piloting, to move the engagement such that the Roland will need to move less far. Tagging, "not new to open space.")
WC GM rolled up 4dF: - + 0 + (Base: 4 Total: 5) (Tactics)
[OOC] Zinda Tegram: …Tagging, 360 view cockpit.
[OOC] Zinda Tegram: So, 10 vs 5
Sure enough, they take the bait. Zinda falls back, they follow.
[OOC] WC GM: I'll allow it. 8/10. Spyboy!
Spyboy Pearson frowns
[OOC] Zinda Tegram: MAybe find out where they are?
Spyboy Pearson: "Green flight, come to 243 by 221. Red flight, 031 by 146. Gold flight, 115 by 045. Let's herd these guys the rest of the way. Chances are they can't damage the Roland."
Spyboy Pearson rolled up 4dF: 0 0 0 - (Base: 6 Total: 5) (Tactics to herd the drones the rest of the way.)
WC GM rolled up 4dF: + - + 0 (Base: 4 Total: 5) (Alertness to realize they are being herded)
Spyboy Pearson is too good to let something obvious like that happen.
[OOC] Spyboy Pearson: Tagging "Information: First Principle of Warfare" for +2.
The drones just keep pursuing Zinda, dodging shots to line up an attack run.
[OOC] WC GM: 10/10. The Roland will have to actually move to finish it, though.
[OOC] Zinda Tegram: Alright.
Though slightly out of position, the drones do take another shot.
WC GM rolled up 4dF: - + 0 - (Base: 6 Total: 5) (Gunnery)
Zinda Tegram hammers on her disposable shield boosters and aims to take the hit.
Zinda Tegram rolled up 4dF: + - - + (Base: 5 Total: 5) (Alertness)
Zinda Tegram: "$Come, dive you bastards…!$"
More shots ping off the Sterne Lanze's shields, but they still hold.
[OOC] WC GM: Abraham!
Zinda Tegram: "$Hehe…you lose. Good luck next time kids.$"
[OOC] Abraham: Okay, do we need another action to get the Roland in position or is it good to go?
[OOC] WC GM: One more action. Any Pilot/Navigation/etc. check greater than 0.
Abraham: "Thank you Metis. I'll make the final adjustments."
Abraham rolled up 4dF: - 0 - 0 (Base: 4 Total: 2) (Pilot for Navigation.)
[OOC] Abraham: And BRB.
The Roland slides into place. The fighters continue to pursue…and dodge less.
Zinda Tegram: "…switched to automated mode, huh?"
[OOC] WC GM: Enemies no longer get a turn while the Roland is in position. Since only PCs now have actions, combat time may continue or cease at your discretion, so long as the enemies don't come out from the Roland's shadow.
Zinda Tegram: "$Shame I was hoping to tow them in…$"
Zinda Tegram: $ "Crown, box them in the shadow. Let's see if we can't bring them in in one piece.$"
Zinda Tegram starts to lure the automated fighters in a loop through the Roland's shadow.
Zinda Tegram rolled up 4dF: 0 0 0 0 (Base: 6 Total: 6) (Piloting)
[OOC] Abraham: Back
[OOC] WC GM: Difficulty 1. Pass.
Geoffrey: "$Looks like you've got them handled. Want us to tow these leftover mines in their path?$"
Zinda Tegram: "$Yes, please do.$"
Spyboy Pearson: "$Give me a moment. I'd like to take one or two intact for examination.$"
Spyboy Pearson: "$Actually, if you could give me one or two intact for examination, that would be even better.$"
Zinda Tegram: "$I was hoping to take all six.$"
Spyboy Pearson: "$Not gonna happen if you run them into a mine or or two.$"
Zinda Tegram: $ "They're probably not stupid enough to charge their own mines. Probably.$"
Zinda Tegram briefly presents a firing angle to see if they're still shooting.
They are not.
Zinda Tegram slows the loop to see if they break or not.
They do not. Looks like their makers only trusted them with commands as complex as "follow" .
Spyboy Pearson gives Heggy a vector, then lets her guide them onto a course to blow up the engine of one. Meanwhile, he rigs the comm laser, starts running a brute-force handshake protocol to enter commands of his own into another drone.
Zinda Tegram slowly breaks to a stop.
Zinda Tegram: "$Looks like we won't need to shoot them.$"
Spyboy Pearson: "$Switch to boarding protocols?$"
Zinda Tegram: "$Yeah it's looking that way.$"
In short order, the six fighters are gathered, halted, behind the Sterne Lanze. They still have their shields for the moment, save for one that Gold Flight followed up on Spyboy's attack and shot the engines out of.
Zinda Tegram: "$…Check their fuel bays, I want to know if these are extended range or if there's still a transfer vehicle around here.$"
[OOC] WC GM: Still trying to break into their laser comms?
[OOC] Spyboy Pearson: ….nah, too much chance of triggering a self-destruct.
[OOC] Abraham: Well, given they are droids and their lackluster piloting, I'm expecting Protocol droids.
ExecutiveOfficer: "Tracing the controllers' source…no surprise, sir: it's Solomon."
Spyboy Pearson: "Gold flight, tow the damaged one separate from the others, scan for power sources. If it looks clear, bring it to the hangar for a thorough inspection."
[OOC] Zinda Tegram: Solomon is…Kali's carrier?
[OOC] Spyboy Pearson: Planet in-system.
[OOC] Zinda Tegram: Ah.
Spyboy Pearson checks the seals on his suit, then checks to make sure his wife is suited up, as well.
Spyboy Pearson: "Going for a bit of a walk, I'm afraid. I'm going to need direct access to ensure these things don't blow up on me when I hack them."
Metis scans through database information about David.
Zinda Tegram takes the chance to spore the carrier and get the design, including the self-repair. Just in case.
And the drone fighters too.
GoldFlightLeader: "Power sources are still active on all six, sir. If we tow it in it *could* open fire inside the hangar."
Spyboy Pearson: "Damn. I was hoping the reactor was with the engines."
No carrier is present - save the Roland, which Zinda's slitherers already have designs for the biological component thereof.
[OOC] Spyboy Pearson: Seeing as how they are the biological component thereof, in a way.
[OOC] Zinda Tegram: The Roland was the carrier I had in mind. But OK.
[OOC] WC GM: Ah. Then yeah, you have those designs.
Zinda Tegram: "Let me handle this one."
Zinda Tegram climbs out of the Sterne Lanze and ignites her torch.
Zinda Tegram drifts slowly over to the closest one, breaks the shield with her torch, climbs in, and starts hunting for the manual shut-off.
Zinda is quite familiar with this model of fighter. The remote control hookup is new, but it still has its cockpit with all its manual controls. This fighter is easily disabled quickly.
Spyboy Pearson slides out of his F-105E, jets over to another, and starts running power traces while he puts commands in.
GoldFlightLeader: "Tegram, sir. Reading zero power on that fighter. Want us to tow it in for you?"
Metis: "Admiral: The laser communication array is located on Solomon. That area is listed as the headquarters for Admiral Wenser. However, the lack of radio communications implies the headquarters is abandoned. The presence of laser communications implies it is not abandoned."
[OOC] Spyboy Pearson: Assuming Oldzieyan fighters have Old Computers aspect, will tag that on the hack roll if roll is requested.
Between his own expertise and seeing Zinda do it, Spyboy soon has another fighter disabled.
[OOC] WC GM: No roll needed.
[OOC] Zinda Tegram: Yep.
[OOC] WC GM: You have sufficient time and expertise available. Just narrate how you take them down.
[OOC] Zinda Tegram: "Tegram, sir."
[OOC] Zinda Tegram: HAhaha.
Zinda Tegram: "Yeah thanks Gold flight."
[OOC] WC GM: You knew it was going to happen eventually. :P
Zinda Tegram proceeds to disable the remaining fighters without much thought.
Gold Flight begins towing in the disabled fighters, one by one.
Abraham: "Something to investigate on our way back from Oldziey."
Spyboy Pearson rides one of the fighters in, going through its archives, trying to find any records that would indicate who dispatched the drones.
Spyboy Pearson also compares the fighter he's in to Crown Squadron's.
The fighters do not have much in the way of onboard archives.
[OOC] Spyboy Pearson: I should probably skim through the logs at metis.aerdan.org to see if anything interesting happened on the bridge while I was busy.
Crown Squadron's are a mixture of Oldziey and Confed technology. These fighters…aside from the remote hookups, they seem to be older Oldziey technology. Almost like a throwaway, apparently looking for Confed military IFF and attacking.
[OOC] Abraham: And the one who dispatched the drones is… Metis…
Spyboy Pearson digs into the remote hookup. Confed tech there?
[OOC] Zinda Tegram: No!
[OOC] Abraham: Yes. She also Killed Mr. Body in the Billiards room with the lead pipe.
[OOC] Spyboy Pearson: So Crown's fighters were upgraded in the same way as Zinda's, then. These fighters were never expected to fly outside of Oldziey…
Hard to say if this is even Confederation; Confed does not have much use for remote laser-guided anything.
[OOC] WC GM: Correct so far. And yet, here they are.
Spyboy Pearson: "Huh. Admiral? Got…several questions."
Spyboy Pearson: "First: these things were designed to attack anything with a Confed Military IFF."
Spyboy Pearson: "Three problems with that."
Abraham nods, as that was not a question.
Spyboy Pearson: "One, they issued proper challenges. So someone had Confed IFF code phrases."
Spyboy Pearson: "Two, they didn't get blown out of the sky by Kali."
Spyboy Pearson: "Three, same, but for Wenser."
Spyboy Pearson: "And Admirals Kali and Wenser have been through that jump node a lot."
Abraham: "But I think we have established that not all Wensers are created equal."
Zinda Tegram: "Treason? On Kali's part?"
Abraham: "At this point, I would say investigation is warranted."
Spyboy Pearson: "Oldziey's fairly urgent…but I'm worried about what we might be leaving behind us."
Abraham: "You are not alone in that. Still, Oldziey has to have priority."
ExecutiveOfficer: "No further hostiles detected in-system. Setting course for Oldziey jump point."
Spyboy Pearson: "Admiral? I recommend we spend the jump transition in our bays."
Abraham: "Ah. In case the drones have… presents? All right."
Abraham follows Spyboy to the hanger. It's been a while since he's been there.
Spyboy Pearson: "Well, I was more meaning that given, you know, Oldziey, we'll probably be under attack as soon as we exit the jump point."
The hangar techs are giving the drones a wide berth and disdainful looks.
Abraham: "Ah. There is that, yes."
Zinda Tegram: "…Heh."
Zinda Tegram: "If they attack us on the jump point, well…occupational hazard I guess?"
Spyboy Pearson: "Sure, but I'd still rather not die in an occupational hazard of my own."
[OOC] WC GM: Are you doing anything with the drones, or anything else before the jump point?
[OOC] Spyboy Pearson: Directing some hangar techs to disassemble one - probably the one Gold Flight got a start on - to try to trace any origin on the parts.
[OOC] Abraham: Other than making sure sabotage/happy fun surprises is set to off. Not really. It's not like Oldziey is dangerous or anything.
[OOC] Abraham: Ah, we are prepping our individual fighters.
Most of the drone seems to be standard, even somewhat antiquated, Oldziey technology. The remote control rig is "someone threw it together" grade.
The IFF certainly seems to be off-the-shelf Confed technology. There is even a serial number - a quick trace shows it is one of the spares issued to Admiral Wenser when his force was being outfitted for Chandley.
Spyboy Pearson: "Either Admiral Wenser threw this together - which is unlikely but possible - or someone's been going through his headquarters. That's not impossible."
Someone programmed image recognition of the Sterne Lanze as a priority target - but this, too, is arguably "standard Oldziey technology" .
[OOC] Abraham: Ah! A plant! Er… sorry Zinda, I mean 'false evidence deliberately left behind to implicate the innocent'.
A few hours later, the Oldziey jump point lies ahead. Unlike most jump points, there is not even a relay station here - only scraps and debris that drifted through when the jump point was opened before. Supposedly there is a mine field on the far side…
[OOC] Abraham: Zinda, lead the way.
[OOC] WC GM: Engineering or Tactics check for anyone checking the field.
Spyboy Pearson: "Good thing we have the Zinda-shield on the Roland now."
Abraham rolled up 4dF: 0 0 0 0 (Base: 6 Total: 6) (Science for Tactics)
[OOC] Abraham: Chessa, the absolutely indifferent. Yeah, it's an improvement.
Zinda Tegram stretches.
Zinda Tegram: "Time to go to work. OK, so uh…"
Zinda Tegram: "Abraham can you open the cargo bay door 6 doors? I'm gonna send a decoy through."
Abraham: "You want me to open door number six, or six doors?"
Zinda Tegram: "Sorry, I mean uh, cargo bay 6. The exterior doors."
Zinda Tegram: "I'm going to send a fake Sterne Lanze through."
Abraham pulls the lever, opening doors one through six.
[OOC] WC GM: The six doors on cargo bay 6?
[OOC] WC GM: Or the doors on all cargo bays?
[OOC] Spyboy Pearson: Open all the doors! DECOMPRESS THE SHIP, PUT OUT THE FIRES~
[OOC] Zinda Tegram: Cargo bay number 6.
[OOC] Metis: You organics and your oxygen.
[OOC] Zinda Tegram: The one Zinda keeps her crawlies in.
[OOC] Abraham: Hey, Fire isn't organic..
The slitherers know when not to breathe, at least. There is soon a fake Sterne Lanze just outside the Roland.
[OOC] WC GM: I'm assuming the doors get shut again post-launch?
[OOC] Abraham: I considered slamming them half shut when Zinda's decoys were half way through and blaming Metis, but yeah let's go with after they're through instead.
[OOC] Spyboy Pearson: Aww, she's jealous
Zinda Tegram sends it through the jump point with orders to dodge, then follows through herself and looks for the source of the fire.
[OOC] Abraham: You know, if we let Zinda continue to raise Metis, there is 78% chance that she will grow up in a couple of billion years as the first Reaper. Just mentioning it.
[OOC] WC GM: So…Roland's opening the jump point? Or is the Sterne Lanze capable of opening it?
[OOC] Spyboy Pearson: Stands to reason. And makes sense, given that I'm listening to Mass Effect music…
[OOC] Zinda Tegram: Hahaha.
[OOC] Metis: So, I should take Profession: Reaper?
[OOC] Spyboy Pearson: Yes.
Spyboy Pearson: "Heggy, Zinda, are you good enough pilots to get through the jump point without getting splatted, if the Roland initiates a jump?"
Zinda Tegram: "…Probably."
Spyboy Pearson: "That's….comforting."
Spyboy Pearson: "Metis, do you think Zinda should fly ahead of the Roland through the jump point?"
Metis: "Does it present undue risk that Zinda is unlikely to live through?"
[OOC] Metis: Its a shame that Science is a dump skill for the wikipedia-enabled AI…
Zinda Tegram stretches.
Spyboy Pearson: "Risk? Definitely. Undue? Questionable. That's why I decided to ask you."
Zinda Tegram: "I'll probably be fine. Probably."
Metis: "Is it actually possible to stop her?"
[OOC] WC GM: Well, you could do Science and be still alive, for at least one turn.
Spyboy Pearson: "Yes, and if you want, I can tell you how."
[OOC] WC GM: Ah, but will stopping her be an undue risk to ice cream?
[OOC] Spyboy Pearson: Not under the circumstances.
[OOC] Spyboy Pearson: Not with the weapon Spyboy is planning to use, if Metis wishes.
Spyboy Pearson frowns
Spyboy Pearson: "So. Proposed plan: Zinda, and decoy, and Heggy, and maybe Crown Squadron, fly in front of the Roland as it crosses from David to Oldziey."
[OOC] Metis: Man, this concern over human life makes it a lot harder to get my reaper membership card.
Spyboy Pearson: "Advantages: fighters are already out of the ship as it clears the jump."
Spyboy Pearson: "Disadvantages: timing is very, very tight - the fighters have to make it through the jump point, not brush the edges, not get floored by the Roland as it thrusts through, not run into mines on the other side."
Spyboy Pearson: "……Honestly, it's probably not worth it. We'll sit in the launch racks, take off as soon as ordered."
Spyboy Pearson: "Unless you really want to go through with it, Admiral?"
Zinda Tegram: "…I can do it."
Zinda Tegram lines up directly in front of the Roland
Abraham: "Actually, for the most part, the mines have already detonated. Arguably that's worse because there's still ship-shredding debris."
Spyboy Pearson kneels down next to Metis, and whispers.
Abraham: "And a lot more of it than there ever were of mines."
Zinda Tegram: "$No.$ I can do it, Abraham."
Spyboy Pearson: "Look right into her eyes. Say this: 'Mommy, please don't, it's not worth it!' Bonus points if you can cry."
[OOC] Abraham: Damn. We're just getting all our Mass Effect on today ,ain't we?
[OOC] Metis: Spyboy's going for the nuclear option.
Abraham: "Legally, I don't have the authority to order her not to. Not unless I want to arrest her or something at least."
Metis: "Processing."
Metis: "Optical lubricant now under manual control."
[OOC] Spyboy Pearson: You see? No undue risk to ice cream.
[OOC] Metis: Though if Zinda is sending a decoy, there's no need for Zinda to go herself, unless this is Zinda's version of cheap thrills?
Zinda Tegram twitches.
Then relaxes.
[OOC] Abraham: They're only cheap to Zinda because we always pay for damages.
Zinda Tegram: "Spyboy you sack of shit…fine."
Metis: "Zinda: If you die out there, I will be very sad. So: do not die. Simple."
[OOC] Spyboy Pearson: Spyboy's remarks to Metis were whispered. She hasn't had a chance of relaying them, yet.
[OOC] Spyboy Pearson: ….In retrospect, Spyboy could have done a 1-1 neutrino transmission.
[OOC] Spyboy Pearson: Also, Spyboy was gonna follow up with a 'even SHE wouldn't pick useless pride over her daughter' faintly from off-camera. =p
[OOC] Metis: Yeah, but you save the nuclear option for when you need it. This isn't a nuclear option scenario, this is 'tormenting Zinda', and that's totally different.
[OOC] Spyboy Pearson: …..and? =p
Zinda Tegram: "…Yes. I won't."
Zinda Tegram exhales.
Zinda Tegram: "I'm ready, Abraham."
Spyboy Pearson: "All pilots, report to the hangar and prepare for launch."
Spyboy Pearson salutes the Admiral.
Abraham: "Then you may launch."
Spyboy Pearson: "We'll be ready for anything, sir."
Abraham returns the salute.
[OOC] Spyboy Pearson: Well, we probably want to wait till the jump, yes?
Zinda Tegram exhales and places her hand on her accelerator
Most of the Roland's pilots were already hanging out in the hangar. Upon Abraham's order, they get into their fighters and begin launch preparations.
Spyboy Pearson hops in behind Heggy, starts breathing, focusing.
The Roland's jump engine powers up, triggering the jump point ahead, which lights up in the standard four-point-star array with a narrow passage at its center. The Decoy Lanze is first through…then stops abruptly, its newly severed pieces which had not yet cleared the jump point drifting back.
ExecutiveOfficer: "…they littered the jump point itself!"

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