You are Princess Lydia Tannhäuser Von Cygnus Gates the third, duchess of Tannhäuser and executive director of the Royal Rocketry Corps of Midland. It is now turn 17 of the year 714 of the Gates Dynasty, and Tannhäuser isle is being hit hard by a Typhoon. Fortunately you evacuated to the Principality of Westrin to do some research at the local Academy of Natural Philosophy.You are currently staying at the Midland Embassy in Westrin and were planning on meeting with the Merchant princes.>Ferrarin Piccolo, Aerospace titan, owns the company that built the Maiale Volante.>Silvano Bruscoloni, Media mogul, Mr Radio's biggest rival.>Galimberto Nestle, Food magnate.>Luca Borri-Ghilott, Construction boss and patriarch of Westrin.>Giovani Amedeo, Composer and philanthropist, he wrote a symphony about the planets, and went to your i'll fated party.You have also heard the following newsMs Kenaway has launched a third balloon-sat into orbit.Seperatist protests are going on in the western isles, they don't like the taxes that have been levied to pay for damage from the war.The merchant princes are holding a ball on the Fall equinox. Which is one turn from now..>Wiki with archives and info: http://emlia.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php?n=WhatGoesUp.SpacePrincessQuest>Rules: http://emlia.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php?n=WhatGoesUp.WhatGoesUpAll posts must use the royal we. Any suggestion unfitting a princess will be ignored
>>24688854We shall meet with Giovanni Amadeo, the composer. Our offer is of inspiration; pictures of space and of the Earth from orbit to spark his creativity. Best to only buy a Trendy Dress on the turn of the Ball, since it would go out of fashion and be a waste otherwise.
>>24689092Master Amadeo is pleased to welcome you into his house, and meets you in his observatory one evening. This room houses a large telescope and a grand piano. He does most of his work in here.Right now the scope is aimed at Wodan's moons. He tells you that he also has been able to spot the SSCs balloon satellites with them, although it is hard to track such fast moving objects and regrets to inform you he hasn't been able to spot any of your capsules yet.He then asks what you wanted to talk about.
>>24689389We would like to request musical themes for the RRC. Simple jingles would do, something to play before/during the radio interviews. Maybe even somethign grand for the next party, if the next one does not result in a fiasco.That is a good question, why are we meeting this guy, instead of, say, the patriarch?
>>24689654Because you like his work, have met him before, and while Ghilott is the Patrarch, he has little to offer the rocket corps.Amadeo chuckles when you request a jingle. While he would not mind at all if you used movements from one of his symphonies for such a purpose, the Maestro does not compose 'jingles'. He just can't contain himself to such a small and padestrian format. "No, I need to compose on a scale as grand as the cosmos itself your highness."
>>24689756Very well, then we'd like to use his symphonies to play during the travels. If he has no objections to that, or if he would like to compose something, it would be most pleasant. Rewards shall be given, if payment is necessary.
>>24689906The Maestro likes this idea a lot more, and would not charge to have his music played in voyages across the stars.He then asks you if you are planning on attending the fall Solstice Festival?
>>24690006We shall attend the Festival. Will he be playing in the event?Unrelated, but am I am the only one posting/voting? Where's Space Core and the others?
>>24690051(It's early and people are probably eating dinner, I should probably eat too)Yes, all the major figures in the region will be there. He probably won't be preforming though.
>>24690156(Hopefully the quest will pick up in speed later, then)Delightful, we shall be looking forward to the vent then. If he has something he'd like to discuss, he is free to bring the tpic up. Othewise, we shall be retiring, for now.
>>24690051Sorry, was still at work :)We should make it a point to talk to Piccolo next.>>24690334That's too bad! We know better than rush artistic genius, but what does he have in mind?On that note, how does he feel abotu active repeaters?
"Active repeaters?" The Maestro asks inquisitively. "You mean radio equipment? Are you planning to one up the Merikans, Your highness?"
>>24690650This one is on you, Space Core. I was just improvising until someone came, I have not participated in a single project/research discussion.
>>24690650"Well, of course! They came up with a wonderfully simple system, and there's no excuse as to why we didn't think of it first. However it's intrisincally limited. How'd you like to be able to do a simultaneous broadcast over most of the world, with good audio quality."We're taking a gamble here, a lot of classical composers disliked radio...
The Maestro is skeptical that the sound quality of radio could possibly match a life performance, let alone radio signals that have come all the way from space. But he also does not care if you want to broadcast his music, he'd be glad to allow you to do so. Where shall you go now?
>>24690913We should go tlk to Piccolo, probably. At the very least he may have something to teach our guys on the matter of practical aerodynamics!
>>24690913>Galimberto Nestle, Food magnate.We want some flavor and food for our Pilots in space that doesn't taste like poop, no offense.
We shall visit Piccolo.
>>24690913Piccolo. We might be able to get his cooperation in exchange for test data on extreme high speeds and altitudes.
>>24691100You call on Piccolo down at the harbor. His company specializes in flying boats, and he has a factory on the waterfront. Right now the Maiale Volante is being serviced, and another aircraft of the same make is under construction, as well as several smaller types.The receptionist tells you that the Prince is busy, and asks if you would wait for a while?
>>24691297Must be hella important for them to ask us to wait. Perhaps a bit of sneaking around is in order?
>>24691297No one keeps the royalty waiting. We shall take a tour around the place, and return once we believe the Pricne will be avaiable.
>>24691323>>24691433The receptionist tells you that Mr Piccolo is out on the water doing a test flight, but allows you too look around the facilities.You see an assortment of passenger carriers, but you also notice what appear to be submarine hunters. They don't look like the ones the Royal Navy uses, and haven't been given any insignia yet. Perhaps they are a new model?
>>24691551Who has submarines other than the Huns?
>>24691580The royal navy, some of the western mercenary companies, some of the navies of the southern states, and if rumors are correct, some pirate clans.Beyond that, flying boats also fill the tasks of search and rescue, reconnaissance, and even light anti-ship missions. The Navy has also been experimenting with using them to refuel carrier based aircraft in flight.
>>24691833Are private armed merchantmen allowed, or at least common?
>>24691990Very common. These however look much more uniform.
>>24692373Does the Prince do military contracts, civilian only, or does he do everything?
>>24692471The receptionist tells you that she can't divulge any information on clients.After you have been waiting for a few hours, you hear and aircraft on the horizon. A few munites later it is coasting up to the pier, and a young man steps off and removes his goggles. It is Ferrarin Piccolo Jr, current head of the Piccolo Aircraft Company.The Receptionist rushes up to welcome him back and introduce you.
>>24692471Looks like someone is building a small fleet, or getting ready to escort one. Hmm, wonder if any corsairs got a hold of a submarine.
>>24692616We're mildly miffed at the wait, but should treat the man with the respect due to a captain of industry. Or, are we in the same line of work for now?
itt>Tee hee! I'm a little girl>Conscious: "No your not">Yes I am! No daddy no! Not in the face! I promise not to wear mommies dresses again! WHAM!(THIS IS ALL YOUR FAULT MURIEL!)(NO JIM! NO!)(I'M CHECKING OUT, AND YOU'RE COMING WITH ME, YOU DIRTY WHORE BLAM! BLAM! BLAM!)tee hee, i'm a little girl!
>>24692733That's the way that Space Core plays the Princess.Someone who still hasn't grown the fuck up because she's now the Commander of X-COM.
>>24692616We shall act as the proper princess we are, as the Director of the RRC."Mr. Piccolo. A pleasure to meet you. We have much to discuss."
>>24692846"Good evening your highness. I hope you weren't waiting for long. what is it you wanted to ask me about?"His aircraft is quite strange, it seems to be some sort of jet powered seaplane.
>>24692874"We wished to talk with you about getting your support for the RRC, and how we could help the PAC in return. We are sure that there are other locations possible in which to converse."
>>24692924"To be frank, I'm really not sure how I could help you, unless you want to order more flying boats. Space is wholly beyond my expertise." He explains curtly as he leads you into his office.
>>24692790That doesn't even make sense, girlyman.
>>24692964"Oh, but space is not the only concern of the RRC. There other areas of expertise that your company may be able to assist us in. "Your engineers are very good with advanced metallurgy and high-energy chemistry. Expertise and materials that the RRC would like to have."
>>24693188"Are you sure your masked friend can't help you there? Surely the Royal Rocket Corps has good contractors already?" He's getting kind of rude. Not overtly so, but there is a bit of coldness in his voice.
>>24693241This is kind of odd, indeed. "We do, but as you can imagine, the sort of thing we are trying to do compels us to look for the best."
>>24693241A country that relies on one company or organization to contract from becomes hopelessly attached and suffers from not enough diversity in its solutions or ideas.
>>24693333"That's all good and fine, but what exactly do you want me to do? I am a specialized manufacturer who has to run a profitable business Ma'am."
>>24693608Have a couple inventors or contractors come on over to my island and assess my program. See if they can come up with new Ideas that we haven't though of yet. They will have to sign agreements of non disclosure for our countries secrets but I'm sure that we could find something that your company could make to help us out.(If this is stupid please tell me, just thinking about What BAE does in America for its submarines and aircraft.)
>>24693721The man considers this for a few moments as he scratches his chin. "I'll consider it, Call back when you have something to show... I understand you have suspended operations for the storm season?"
>>24693967Yes indeed, we don't want to risk our equipment or lives during the storm season. If you wanted to visit we could set something up for when it won't interfere with your schedule. I'm sure we'll have something to launch at the time or a new Void Knight in training t that point.
>>24693967"Yes. Our prime orbital launch location came at a cost. "You are a merchant, so of course you would like to see what it is you are investing in. We are sure that we can provide something of worth to you. "Good day."
By the time you get back to the Embasy it is dark outside. The stars are a lot less visible from here than at Tannhäuser isle.Speaking of home, you have received a message detailing the damage from the storm, repair costs are estimated at 6 RnD points. This storm seems to have passed and things are much calmer now, but it's still only halfway through the season.
>>24694332>repair costs are estimated at 6 RnD pointsAnd the costs will only continue to go up as the season progresses.We must be intelligent about our spending.
>>24694385You have a reserve of 14 points unspent, and have not spent any this turn.I am houseruling that no item that has not been built physicaly can be improved higher than 5/10, and that no item can be built without a dedicated workshop (which you do not have right now)Existing items are granfathered in as usual.
>>24694439>no item can be built without a dedicated workshopCan we borrow the Academy's labs for the purposes of creating the first MultiVAC?
>>24694676If you went and talked to them you probably could. Instead you have been spending your time chatting with merchant princes.
>>24694695And will we need to wait till next turn before we can talk with the Academy?
>>24694782You still have a few days, but the effect of doing many things in one turn instead of focusing on one is reduced. Also next turn is the festival. Do you want to miss that?
>>24694815The calender for reference.>15 (| >16 |) Begin Typhoon season >17 (| <Present>>18 |) Fall Equinox >19 (| >20 |) End Typhoon season>21 (|
>>24694815....no.Dammit. Alright. Let's go to the next Merchant Prince in the morning, Galimberto Nestle.
>>24694886Keep in mind, all these people will be attending the festival.
>>24694945Spend 1 RP to improve the Radiolight Beacon to 5/10.Then I suppose we can go ahead to the next turn, saving the rest of the RP.
While you are preparing for the festival, several members of your staff complain that the Embassy does not have adequate lodgings. While the majority of the staff have taken a vacation during the evacuation. The ones who are with you are all trying to fit into the Embasy's apartments.Shall you spend some of your funds to rent proper lodgings?
>>24695266Yes.Using RRC funds to pay for RRC Personnel lodgings is only appropriate, so long as they are not extravagant. No abusing room service.
>>24695291How much shall you allocate?
>>24695335What can we get for 5RP?What about for 10RP?What about for 15RP?
>>24695353For one turn, 5 RnD points is enough to rent a single penthouse or entire floor of normal quality lodgings. 15 is enough to rent an entire hotel.
>>24695414For 10 RnD points per turn, you can also rent a wherehouse. Be warned that working on things that explode or emit harmful waves is ill advised.
>>24695414And how many personnel do we need to put up?5RP sounds like it would be enough.
Your budget is now refreshed and you have 38 Rnd Points with 9 saved up. 6 points of damage have been dealt to the RRC's facilites by the storm, but things are clear now.It is now time for the Fall solstice festival. Will you spend 1 RnD point on an appropriately fancy dress, or continue wearing your business dress?
>>24695790We shall spend 1RP on a Trendy Dress.Since we only used up 5RP (hotel floor rental) last turn, shouldn't we have put 33RP into our savings?
>>24695989Oh, my mistake, I'm getting confused with how to handle money during this downtime. Part of me wants it to represent man hours as well as just money, in which case it should not be able to be saved up. On one hand I don't want the players to be unfairly penalized for having to miss two months out of the year, but on the other i don't want them to just save everything up and then spend it all at once when they get back.
The night of the festival approaches. As the sun sets in the fall equinox, all the well to do in the city of Westrin descend upon the square for a night of merrymaking. Who shall escort you tonight?>Professora Minerva>Colonel Smith>Sir Perro>Dame Cobham
>>24696188Well, if we can't save them for later, we should've improved or invented something, even if the conditions weren't ideal.
>>24696418>Sir PerroHe's a local, right?
>>24696418Sir Perro. He is from the Western Isles, and he is our bodyguard. I doubt that he would allow himself to be away from us at any rate.
>>24696427You have plenty of things invented, it's a matter of developing and producing them at this point.>>24696460>>24696474Sir Perro, your bodyguard, is from the western isles. He was trained from a young age by warrior monks from Theanos It is in this environment where he is most suited to accompany you. He is both a perfect gentleman and a peerless duelist.All the merchant princes and major power players in the western isles are here. >Ferrarin Piccolo Jr, is chatting with Patriarch Luca Borri-Ghilott. >Silvano Bruscoloni, is chatting with several giggling party girls.>Galimberto Nestle is making friends with none other than your own Dame Cobham, who may or may not be drunk already.>Maestro Giovani Amedeo is talking with Achille Abbado, the Dean of the Academy of Natural philosophy.>and Amelia is also here somewhere with Minerva.
>>24696705>Galimberto Nestle is making friends with none other than your own Dame Cobham, who may or may not be drunk already.We will need to at least introduce ourselves to every one of them, before the end of the festival, simply as a matter of propriety.
>>24696747>>24696862As you wander over to the pair, Cobham is indeed drunk. "Oh man, I love your cookies, I wish we could totally have them in space. No we don't have any real space food, just this orange tangy drink that one of the alchemists cooked up, said it would invigorate our vital essences..." She just rambles on and Mr Nestle smiles and nods. "Oh heeeey," Cobham notices you. "It's her hi-ness, hi-ness, say hi to mr ness." She giggles at the sloppy excuse for a pun.
>>24697002Smile politely at Mr. Nestle."Good evening, Mr. Nestle. Dame Cobham has been regaling you with tales of our culinary deficiencies at the RRC, then?"
>>24697056>>24697067Mr Nestle smiles at you, "Oh she's just delightful. Is it true that you are planning to send people up for longer trips in the future?"
>>24697150"It is our hope, yes. Proper food preparation is a concern. We were wondering how to keep food in such a weightless environment."
>>24697200"Yes, I suppose crumbs might be a problem. Tell me more about this orange drink howeve, what exactly is it? And do you drink it in a bottle or a bag?"
>>24697267"Ah, the Tang. A drink which can be stored in powdered form, and mixed with water. Our space requirements dictate the usage of a bag, however a bottle would be possible."Would you like to try a glass, Mr. Nestle?"He's interested, he can already see the marketing value. We just need to get compensation for it.
>>24697652"yeah, cuze the water comes from the fuel cells, and it tastes like Shiiiiiiiiit without the tang." Cobham blurts out. "Something about vitamins too.""Oh I'd be delighted to." Mr Nestle says, ignoring Cobham's drunken ramblings.
>>24697852"We are sure that a test can be arranged."Good, he's interested. We can get his support for Tang.Let's greet the others, in order. We don't have anything to offer them, so let's just keep it cordial and enjoy the festival.
Alright, it's that time again. See you next Thursday.I apologize today has been kind of Blah.
>>24696705>Maestro Giovani Amedeo is talking with Achille Abbado, the Dean of the Academy of Natural philosophy.That's good, Amedo already knows us and can introduce us to the Abbado and help us to negotiate the use of Academy facilitys.