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Re: Week 24, Day 7 of 113 TA

Post by Zeiss on Sat Dec 14, 2013 9:14 pm

Alexander turned his full attention to the broadcast when it started. He understood the gravity of the situation and when his HPC started to vibrate, he didn't lose any time and simply got up on his feet, approached the waitress to pay her as fast as possible and then asked the other soldiers in the dinner :

"Do you have a vehicle?"
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Re: Week 24, Day 7 of 113 TA

Post by Rory on Sun Dec 15, 2013 4:28 am

Zeb certainly couldn't chug that coffee without getting burned, and he wouldn't take the mug with him. Sore that he had to cut his morning meal short, he closed the HPC alert when he got out of his seat. Thankfully he wasn't hungry anymore, and as alert and ready as he could be. "Captain, after you."

"Mr. Wright gave me ride here," he answered when the lone marine hustled over and asked about a vehicle.
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Re: Week 24, Day 7 of 113 TA

Post by Kolson on Sun Dec 15, 2013 9:06 am

Javi gives the Spaceman a shake. "Time to go, Wright. We need the jeep again."
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Re: Week 24, Day 7 of 113 TA

Post by Essoje on Sun Dec 15, 2013 6:25 pm

"H-huh? That j-jeep...? Okay", answered Wright as if his mouth was somewhat numbed, and started to walk outside the diner and seemly ignoring the rain while walking towards the jeep, sits on the driver's sit and turns the jeep on.

As soon as the spaceman is sure everyone but Fax is inside, the jeep suddenly accelerates. Alexander, who was still going to sit down, would have fallen had the roof not been in place, but that.

Somewhere in the middle of the way, you all find Fax jogging at a quick pace towards the base. Everyone could hear this sound coming from the jeep, which now comes to a stop besides Fax.
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Re: Week 24, Day 7 of 113 TA

Post by Kolson on Wed Dec 18, 2013 7:49 pm

"Yo." Javi greets Fax with a little wave. "Heard you need a ride. Unless you enjoy running like an idiot through the rain. If so, steady on, LT."

Javi's smile indicates the complete lack of seriousness in his teasing.
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Re: Week 24, Day 7 of 113 TA

Post by Archengeia on Wed Dec 18, 2013 9:40 pm

Fax, without missing a beat, tries to grab the side of the jeep and haul himself in, doing what would normally be an acrobatics check.

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Re: Week 24, Day 7 of 113 TA

Post by Essoje on Fri Dec 20, 2013 11:13 am

Fax easily succeeds on getting onboard the jeep safely, which prompts Wright to now push the vehicle to its limits, but not before alerting the bases' gate guards to clear the way via HPC so he'd have no trouble delivering the Zephyr members to the spacedocks.

It only took about a minute for you all to reach the entrance to spacedock proper. Top-of-line boarding room, APSL windows with all sorts of information all over the place, a few people in 'proper' terran uniforms going about their business in a frantic pace, small floating machines carrying containers about 10 times their size and traveling into the magnetic rapid transit lines and then speed away to their destinations; It felt like being back to reality to those used to the life aboard spaceships, chilling around docks and buying in spacestations back on Sol. Except now reality included a massive alien spaceship closing in to the Zenobia, possibly even capable of destroying it.

Spaceman Wright was still not over on how ridiculous, dangerous and horrifying the current situation was and it showed on his face, yet still saluted all of you and wished godspeed as you board all one of the personel magtrams together with a dozen marines, and your mutual distination being the Zephyr dockyard.

An APSL window in the magtram has a countdown at six minutes and 51 seconds and a distance of 75 kilometers, which reminds you all on how large a spacedock can be when it extends by most of the Zenobia's outer layer, and how secret Zephyr really is, since it's ships are so far from any of the civilian sectors.

One of the marines decide to use his HPC and opens an APSL window in mission mode, which allows only military and zephyr personel to see it. It shows military activity outside the ship. There are only a few ships in jump space right now for some reason, and the unknown, dubbed Megalo-class, is still a good ways behind, and not in full sensor range yet. There are six ships outside, FLT-SIC-01 to 05 and a SSV-X1.

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These are the results. Open only the ones that mention you if you want to see how others respond to your explanation, or go full spoilery, up to you. Also, the Zenobia has a 200km diameter, not 20. Silly lacking extra zero and how it makes everything look a LOT different. I edited the faulty post yesterday.

Jav and Fax:
Successful military check. The FLT-SIC-## is a short for the Sirocco, a top-of-line flotilla that was a big deal 2 months back when they were first created, under the command of Read Admiral Gullivan. Much like the Zephyr, they have access to top-of-line spaceships. Unlike the Zephyr, everyone in the Zenobia knows about them, even the civilian population.

Jav:
Instinctual Tactician gives you that the Sirocco's ships are not just waiting for the Megalo-class to approach, but also for something else, based on their positioning, as they are somewhat spread behind the Zenobia, but biased slightly towards the right side.

Zeb:
You are pretty sure (that's not even a roll) all of the ships outside are equipped with D.M. Cores. A ship's barrier must be synchronized with the jump node's frequency in order to create a 'real space bubble' to keep the ship, or they would be destroyed at an atomic level. Not only that (and this was a roll), but these ships also cannot go very far from the Zenobia, because it is the distortions caused by the Zenobia passing through the node that is weakening the jump's frequency effect enough to allow the smaller Micro D.M.Core-fed barriers to work.

Alex:
You notice that the SSV-X1 which is working together with the other ships is the Awakening, the official science vessel of the fleet. You have been worked security in it before and you'd recognize its shape with ease.
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Re: Week 24, Day 7 of 113 TA

Post by Archengeia on Fri Dec 20, 2013 12:51 pm

Fax eyes the ships for a moment before reaching for one of his spare cigs. Thankful to be out of polite company he lights it up and chomps down on it, leaning back and closing his eyes as per his usual before entering a combat situation.

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Re: Week 24, Day 7 of 113 TA

Post by Rory on Fri Dec 20, 2013 1:28 pm

Zeb leans slightly forward with his forearms resting on his thighs, his right hand over his left. Easily noticeable, but not distracting, it becomes apparent that he's rubbing something every so often. A casual glance will reveal, to anyone paying attention, that he is rubbing two stainless steel rings on his left pinky, with his index and middle fingers, which rest over them when he isn't.

He tilts his head downward and turns his wrist to look at his HPC, but beyond looking, is doing nothing with it.
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Re: Week 24, Day 7 of 113 TA

Post by Zeiss on Sat Dec 21, 2013 4:25 am

Alexander watched his HPC for a few seconds,turned it off, then closed his eyes to prepare himself mentally for what was to come.
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Re: Week 24, Day 7 of 113 TA

Post by Kolson on Sun Dec 22, 2013 12:47 am

Javi pitches his voice low and says to Fax, "Hey. Looks like there may be more to this than they are letting on. Look at the way the Sirocco's ships are deployed. It looks like they are waiting for something else."


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Re: Week 24, Day 7 of 113 TA

Post by Archengeia on Sun Dec 22, 2013 1:22 am

Fax's eyes don't open, but you can tell he's paying fairly close attention and lowers his own tone.  "You thinkin' reinforcements?  Or..." he chews on his cig a moment.  "You thinkin's theys watchin' to see what our bogey'll do first, let 'em get close or sommat?"

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Re: Week 24, Day 7 of 113 TA

Post by Kolson on Sun Dec 22, 2013 1:34 am

"Maybe." Javi calls up the fleet deployment on his own HPC and chews on his lower lip a second while he studies the image and thinks. "Or they are getting ready to drop out of jump space. I mean, where is the rest of the fleet? Shouldn't they be in the jump with us?"
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Re: Week 24, Day 7 of 113 TA

Post by Zeiss on Sun Dec 22, 2013 1:42 am

Alexander listened closely to what his colleagues were saying. To Javi last comment, he proposed this idea :

"Maybe that's all that's left of the fleet."
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Re: Week 24, Day 7 of 113 TA

Post by Archengeia on Sun Dec 22, 2013 1:44 am

At this Fax chews his cig a bit more, scowling a bit.  "I'd feel better in the cockpit right now," he mutters.  For the first time it occurs to him that he doesn't know what exactly he'll be piloting, and he wonders if he can pull that info up somewhere.

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Re: Week 24, Day 7 of 113 TA

Post by Rory on Sun Dec 22, 2013 2:13 am

Zeb stops fiddling around to give a response of his own.

"The Zenobia itself causes strong distortions which weaken the node frequency enough to allow those other ships to move out without having their atoms split during the jump," he added, "but they can't move out too far without their integrity getting compromised."

"It's a safe bet that cutting edge ship core tech is involved in the making of the Zephyr fleet, 'cause that's Zenobia's best goin' out there. We're all she's got, boys."


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Re: Week 24, Day 7 of 113 TA

Post by Essoje on Sun Dec 22, 2013 6:43 am

ooc: fax:
You do have Database access to find out more about your designated space fighter. This is the entry for it.
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Re: Week 24, Day 7 of 113 TA

Post by Zeiss on Sun Dec 29, 2013 3:36 am

Alexander stayed silent and waited to arrive at destination while also trying to ignore the discussion the others were having. It didn't reassure him.
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Re: Week 24, Day 7 of 113 TA

Post by Archengeia on Sun Dec 29, 2013 12:53 pm

OOC:
Suddenly Fax leaps up screaming "We're all gonna die!  Game over man, GAME OVER!!"

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Re: Week 24, Day 7 of 113 TA

Post by Essoje on Sun Dec 29, 2013 4:53 pm

The marines themselves start talking about their own take on the situation. One of them looked spooked for a moment, saying something about the Megalo-class  moving, which was followed by a few chuckles from his comrades, as it was obvious it was moving, otherwise it wouldn't be approaching the Zenobia, which he promptly accepts and sighs in a bit of a relief.

As the floating counter started to reach one minute left, the magtram starts to slow down, stopping in front of a tram-sized gate, parallel to your previous route. Outside, there were 4 unmanned turrets that kept their aim at the magtram you are boarding right now.

It took about 10 seconds of nervous silence from the marines until the gate suddenly opened and the turrets went into patrol mode. As the magtram continues its journey, you all can easily see the gate was made of a single 1 meter-thick door, which Zeb identifies as being made of Denobium Steel, a lightweight and somewhat durable alloy that is also cheap to manufacture. Zebedia wouldn't be surprised if there was an array of these cheap barriers ready to replace the first one in the scenario it was destroyed, buying time for the turrets to stop whatever is trying get inside, not to mention any outside squads and drones that would quickly gather in such a case.

You all finally reach your destination, a smaller version of the station where you boarded this tram, but nobody is around. The magtram's doors open, which prompts the marines to disembark, some of them wishing good luck to your group's mission. They start walking towards one of the station's exits to your left, an APSL window identifying it as 'Pathfinder'. There are many other exits like that one, about 16 of them, but only 4 seems to be open to access at the moment.

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Re: Week 24, Day 7 of 113 TA

Post by Archengeia on Sun Dec 29, 2013 5:34 pm

Fax takes a long draw on his cig, chewing at the tip habitually as he mulls.  One eye raises a bit as he turns to Javi deferentially.  "Orders?"

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Re: Week 24, Day 7 of 113 TA

Post by Rory on Sun Dec 29, 2013 7:24 pm

Zeb starts doing a little detective work in his head to try and figure out where to find the Reliant, one very important and basic part of that being finding out which ships the other 4 open exits are labeled for.

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I imagine that'd be Recognition or Wisdom.
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Re: Week 24, Day 7 of 113 TA

Post by Kolson on Mon Dec 30, 2013 10:02 pm

"We report for duty," Javi brings up a map of the area and searches for the duty officer so they can do just that.
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Re: Week 24, Day 7 of 113 TA

Post by Archengeia on Mon Dec 30, 2013 10:46 pm

Fax, without hesitation, heads in the direction of the duty officer.

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Re: Week 24, Day 7 of 113 TA

Post by Essoje on Mon Dec 30, 2013 10:47 pm

Zeb finds where he needs to go with ease, as they are all clearly labeled. The labeled exits read from left to right: 'Courageous', 'Reliant', 'Pathfinder' and 'Celestial'.

Javi gets from the map that there's no duty officer, and a quick database search gives him the information that the Zephyr has no duty officers, and instead they must report directly to their ship's captain, remotely if needed, but only once they are on-board their designated ship.

The map also shows that the 'changing room' is right ahead following the labeled exit. They should be able to change into their working uniforms, weapon and armor there before boarding the Reliant.
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