For House & Dominion: Building Better Worlds (3)http://houseanddominion.wikia.com/wiki/House_%26_Dominion_Complete_Archivehttp://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/qstarchive.html?tags=Dominion+questhttps://twitter.com/ThatSlowTypingGYou are Sonia Reynard, Viscount of Rioja and a member of House Jerik-Dremine! Following your expedition to the Dyson Sphere, and ensuing absence, you've returned home. Arriving on Dreminth to a heartfelt reunion with friends and family members, you caught up and enjoyed the holidays. It was good to spend time away from everything catching up after what for them was more than 3 years away. The new year ushered in a great deal of work. Discussing your deployment with the Count and the protection of your holdings. Your political enemies within the House have been blocked from attacking you by the Count but that protection will not last forever. With this in mind it was decided it might be wise to arrange a political marriage to strengthen ties to the House and, just as importantly, to the established nobility. For a number of compelling reasons, personal, political and financial, you decided to ask Troy Harmen. One of the leading heirs to the powerful Harmen family of Loran II, the Harmen family control HTF, the largest and most powerful terraforming company among the Run Alliance. With the terraforming data you now possessed there was little chance the Harmen family would turn down the offer. Fortunately you asked Troy before his parents or he might have turned you down.On January 28, 4039 Viscount Sonia Reynard formally wed Troy Harmen.A celebratory ball was held allowing you to meet and catch up with some of your long time friends, as well as new allies. Arrival on Rioja was met with celebrations both for your safe return and for the wedding. A parade into the capital was followed by festivals held in every city across the planet. Rioja has changed since you first became it's Baron. Terraforming grasses stretch across much of its surface. Productive farmland extends out from Rioja city and Strymon, swaths of green now easily visible from orbit. People can walk outside without need of suits or rebreathers and the sky is largely clear. All easily visible signs of the hard work the people living on your world have put in. With plenty of leave time ahead you began to give serious thought to potential heirs. Plans to have children may have been carefully thought out, but the actual act was anything but. Both of you were too drunk from the cross planet festivities to remember much of anything. On November 5, 4039 Eleanor Reynard-Harmen and Leon Reynard-Harmen were born.
>>2594387FOR HOUSE AND DOMINION
>>2594387FOR HOUSE AND DOMINION! MOMA SONIA EDITION!
With the newborn twins safe and healthy you and Troy have been trying to establish a new routine. Spending time with them while balancing matters of state would be impossible without the assistance of several maids. After an incident earlier in the year your spymaster has assured you there won't be any further issues with the household staff. Troy is continuing work on a family manor and estates in the more remote regions of Rioja's northern hemisphere. Deep within your own land holdings it's about as private a place you could ask for. A nearby lake and waterfall are within walking distance while grass lands stretch out to the south away from the mount mountainous terrain to the north west. On the other side of those mountains lie a hidden launch bay holding a stealth corvette. Your last resort if it becomes necessary to abandon the planet, or just if the mansion comes under attack. Your friend Jan Novák, the former Krath agent known as Jarato Eldal, has been adjusting to life as a free agent. Having taken on the form of a human you suggested he try out acting classes. In part thanks to this he feels he's been learning a great deal. With much more left to learn as a person about individuality he expects to keep quite busy for some time. If you ever need help though he won't hesitate to drop what he's doing and come to your assistance.Getting used to "Jan" is still taking a bit.The terraforming systems based on data you recovered from the sphere have been completed and have entered early production. Getting them up and running was not an easy task. Currently 2 of the project scientists remain under arrest as a result of their efforts to sabotage the project. There is still no clear picture of which was responsible or if both were. A Hune scientist was also arrested trying to steal project data to smuggle out.Regardless the system was shown to work correctly in full scale demonstration in front of numerous guests. These included Troy's parents, visiting Rioja for the first time. They may regard you as a bit of a spendthrift but they do appreciate that most of what you invest in tends to pay back dividends. Your land on the Dominion's capital have been built up into new offices supporting your various companies and those of the Harmen Family. With officers on the capital ambassadors from other House and even Factions can make appointments to purchase the new terraforming systems. Your salvage and station building companies can also accept contracts from a wider number of clients. The Reynard securities company may not be large but having offices on the capital as well is sure to provide some higher paying clientele. Bernard Foss of the South Reach mercenary guild has also been allowed office space in the securities building. Not an offer the former pirate would turn down. House Medel was initially interested in acquiring offices for their mercenaries as well but have since changed their mind in light of continuing domestic problems.
Rioja's plasma weapon production facility has a new addition. They are now able to produce the Helios Phased Fusion siege cannon. These are quite a bit different from the Republic style plasma weapons the engineers there have worked on before. Given the value of this production line to the House a few specialists have been transferred from Loran while other crews are in training. The army is also in the middle of outfitting with new body armor. Enough of the new hard plate armor has been acquired to equip all special forces. Production established in the western cities will ensure the entire army is properly upgraded in just a few years. Enough time for Army training to catch up. While staying on Rioja and studying your equipment from the sphere Levi Nxesi had something of an epiphany. Over a few short weeks he created one of the most advanced suits of power armor you've ever seen. Having gone a bit mad while making it the suit is a one of a kind. It has since been dubbed the Nxesi Pattern Relic Armor. The Dominion Fast Super Sovereign has been rushed into service 2 weeks ahead of schedule. Currently the ship is to immediately reinforce the Dominion territories in danger of another Neeran attack. Because of this you were not invited to it's grand unveiling at the capital. Unfortunate but not much to be done about it. As an apology the Emperor has sent you a set of (actually quite expensive) commemorative recordings and models. Yacht races in the Smuggler's Run managed to cause considerable chaos for Rioja and immigration. As a result you had the Army assist the PDF with impounding ships conducting illegal landings. During this one of the racers landed on the planet with the antimatter tanks still aboard their yacht. Luc Bouchard was arrested for endangering the populace and given the choice between jail time or enlisting with the Alliance. Using this event as justification you pressured the racing league into enacting increased safety measures and a zero tolerance policy on entering atmospheres of habitable worlds with their fuel tanks aboard. In addition you've clarified antimatter handling restrictions for government and research organisations. A more solid cap has been placed on limits permitted within the atmosphere in line with the Factions Treaty.
Staring at the red haired baby girl fast asleep in your arms part of you still doesn't seem to believe this is your kid. Even with the 9-ish month nightmare preceding it."This is still really weird." you tell Troy when he enters the nursery to check up on them. "Which part?" he whispers.>What say?
>>2594653"All the parts."
>>2594653"It all happened so quickly - I always thought I'd wait until after the war or things were much quieter. Now we're here, married, and with two kids."
It’s late on this side of the world, but I just wanted to say ‘thank you’ for running an awesome quest before heading to bed. Awesome read will wait me in the morning :)
>>2594842You're welcome. Glad people enjoy it.
"All the parts." You reply. "It all happened so quickly - I always thought I'd wait until after the war, or when things were much quieter. Now we're here, married, and with two kids."Troy checks that Leon is asleep before saying anything. "If someone had told me a year ago this is where I'd be I probably wouldn't have believed them. Even after all of the surprises we encountered on the sphere this still seems... not impossible but unlikely? Even after we were married your mother warned me not to expect children for a long time.""She said that?" you ask, trying not to raise your voice. Glancing down you make sure Eleanor isn't waking up. Okay, good. The last thing you want is a crying baby. You've had enough of that the past couple weeks. "I suspect your mother says a lot of things." Troy finally replies after rearranging a few blankets."What's that supposed to mean?" "Like how she was expecting you and your bodyguard to elope and how she would have been okay with that.""She said-" you almost start to shout then lower your voice and ask more quietly; "She said that?""Yes. Don't worry my parents weren't around." "That isn't the part that I'm surprised by. More that she was still criticizing me for him being around despite helping to get me arrested."She probably figured there were ulterior motives to you accepting him back and wanted to annoy you to the point of admitting what they were.
>>2594912Poor Valeri, I voted for him and everything.
Still alive, just trying to figure out how big the J-D fleet in the region is.
The Alliance is currently tracking at least 16 main fleet groups crossing the area known as the Crystal Sea. It's supposed to be impassable according to the guild. Natural distortions are known to render navigational instruments next to useless in the region. It's also farther across than any ship can travel in a single jump.Additional contacts were detected closing in on the relays themselves only hours out. Six advance forces, probably equipped with better cloaking tech or the deep space network would have detected them like the main fleets.You've decided to mobilize the fleet and most of the other J-D Barons have done the same. The Run Alliance have begun to coordinate efforts in the event it becomes necessary to defend the Relay. It takes longer than you would have liked but you do eventually get through to the Count. He's reluctant to fully mobilize the entire House fleet and send them against the Neeran, but is seeing about readying multiple taskforces."It is imperative that we still have enough forces left to defend out territory in the event the Neeran get through. No more than three fleets are to be sent. One from the homeworlds, another from your relay and the third from South Reach.Select a Knight Commander to lead forces that you and Baron Avun feel you afford to part with. I'm authorizing you to send one of our heavy assets with them if you feel they can make the most of them.Inform me once you've made your decision Viscount, I have other matters to attend to.""Aye sir."Knight Commander Nel'odym from Magdalena has been preparing for some time to lead a large fleet and prove their capability to become a Baron. They're the right choice for this mission. With Forbearance and Avun's Heavy Carrier Righteous Intent being the only heavy assets available to the House in the Relay you're faced with a difficult decision. Both would be vital to supporting mobile operations locally if the Neeran make it this far. Then it occurs to you there is another option. Contacting Bernard Foss you ask to hire his super heavy cruiser. His terms are that he be allowed to equip more powerful weaponry if going up against the Neeran. Fortunately your House has a reserve of Iratar guns captured in the civil war. Weapons that, with the new Helios guns now entering production may become out dated. You order Foss to bring his ship to the super heavy refit yards to be equipped with the more powerful weapon systems and to take on supplies. They'll need additional armor for repairs and Commander Nel'odym has already placed an order for stockpiles of torpedoes. They'll begin loading down the ship with what they'll need at the Knight Commander takes stock of what fleet assets they can requisition from the local J-D forces.
Foss has managed to pick up a pair of upgraded Monitor class ships over the last few years in addition to the previous Sledge Mediums. That will certainly give the group considerable punch. There was another heavy ship among the local J-D forces, though not nearly as valuable as Forbearance or a Heavy Carrier. A newer Neeran Heavy Cruiser that was captured by Rioja's fleet is currently stationed at Magdalena. Up to 14 Medium Cruisers are available for assignment to the fleet. Those permanently attached to the H.Carrier or Forbearance as escorts are unavailable. Foss makes sure to point out that his Mediums are likewise for escort of his Super, not for other missions. Among the Mediums 2 are outfitted for use as dedicated command ships. The Outer Heaven has served you and Drake well on numerous occasions. It has the mobility and firepower to quickly relocate to assist allied units in need. Another Neeran ship, a Quattro that House Kharbos heavily upgraded, is also outfit as a command ship. You made use of it in the closing days of the civil war. It's not nearly as fast but it can keep pace with most ships and has fairly impressive firepower for its size. The big guns do not have same range as larger siege cannons.The Knight Commander could make use of any Medium as a command ship but either of these 2 would be the best at it.What Medium assets do you want to assign to the Expeditionary Fleet? (You can add the Neeran Heavy if you want.)
>>2595401Give him the Quatro to use. OH is gonna be our Command Ship, should we need to defend Rioja. As for the Neeran Heavy I'm surprised the Count or another noble hasn't requested it to defend the home worlds. So if possible keep it fueled and on stand by to report to whichever region in J-D space gets hit first to help take some of the pressure off.
>>2595423>I'm surprised the Count or another noble hasn't requested it to defend the home worlds.The House picked up an Inexorable Class heavy at the end of the civil war. That makes 2 heavy cruisers and 2 heavy carriers in the homeworlds. The Zeus is a bastard for logistics so they can't support any more there long term.>So if possible keep it fueled and on stand by to report to whichever region in J-D space gets hit first to help take some of the pressure off.Keep in mind if the homeworlds come under attack they'll probably panic and request Forbearance.
>>2595477Alright, well then still keep in on stand by should we need to respond to something happening within the Run. Still prefer to keep the OH as our flag/ command ship.
>>2595507The upgraded Quattro will be assigned to the expeditionary fleet. Assign any other medium cruisers?
>>25955681x Monitor1x Crescent2x Eclipse1x Sledge (Mostly because the mercs already have a few with them so they should be able to repair/ refit the sledge while working together.)
>>2595613With that awaiting approval or alternate suggestions, how much of the region's J-D fleets did you want to make available to the Knight Commander?Previous deployments to Shallan space while you were away were generally around 35% of the Rioja fleet. At this time assets are available from Avun's fleet and forces based at Magdalena.
>>2595648At this time assets are also available from Avun's fleet and forces based at Magdalena.
>>2595648Personally anywhere from 40-50% until other anons put in their thoughts.
>>2595648Good morning. Sorry for getting here so late.Considering the size of enemy forces and the threat they represent along with how many Mediums we are sending I would say that 40% of our forces should be sent. Then we will still have a sizable force to react and help protect the run with.
>>2595660>>259574140% of just the Rioja fleet or did you want to ask Avun to send forces from the Kaptlyn fleet as well? Keep in mind that Magdalena while adequately protected is outside the Smuggler's Run defenses. Then again if it gets to the point where that matters you've got bigger problems.[ ] 40% of Rioja Fleet[ ] Rioja and Kaptlyn[ ] Rioja, Kaptlyn & Magdalena
>>2595779[ ] Rioja, Kaptlyn & MagdalenaI assumed 40% of all our DRH1 forces.
>>2595779[ ] Rioja, Kaptlyn & Magdalena
>>2595779Åre Neeran fleets on the way to us? In the run that is.
>>2595840Cause if not then send from all three.
>>2595840At the moment it looks as though they're headed towards the nearest Faction Nav relays, spacing out their fleet approach angles.
You talk to Baron Avun and ask if it would be possible to make elements of her fleet available to the Knight Commander. "Can we afford to send 40% of our forces away?" Avun asks. "If this is as serious as it looks I don't think we can afford not to." you reply.Even without Forbearance going this is one of the largest deployments conducted by the House since the Civil War. Ships are quickly being readied and crews embarking. There is no send off with the entire fleet departing in a grand gesture. Units when ready are deployed to a holding position near one of the navigator stations as the fleet is assembled. It takes 4 days for Foss and his group to arrive sporting hastily fit turrets. Nel'odym has purchased a good number of LD plasma cannons as spares and upgraded some of the Mercenary ships. Combined with the better quality torpedoes The commander hopes the fleet will be able to throw out an impressive barrage. "I think you're in good shape." you tell him. "Just wait until the Alliance loads up your fleet with SP Torpedoes.""I'm preparing in case they can't spare us any. They're certain to send us some but who knows what will happen to our supply lines."You can't help but notice that a lot of the equipment is being bought on credit but that's how things are normally done. Salvage will be needed to pay the deployment costs. It's make or break time for the would-be Baron. By the time the J-D fleet begins their jump out of the relay a few secure updates have come in through intel. The deep space sensor network has detected possible deployment of enemy gravity wells at locations in the Crystal Sea. A number of fleets have stopped, some only temporarily it would seem. The early wave of cloaked enemy ships has been largely wiped out. Apparently Admiral Chen had deployed an Alliance fleet largely filled with Terran reserves to lie in wait in anticipation of the attacks. They were able to protect most of the long range sensor arrays. In a few cases enemy troops were trapped after attempting to reach ground based generators to disable the shields. Even shield platforms it seem aren't a perfect defense.
By the time you return to Rioja after seeing the fleet off, troop transports have nearly finished loading up reserve personnel for transfer. They'll be headed to help staff the reactivated Alliance Capital Ships which are running low on manpower. Hopefully that will help give them a fighting chance. The new ships can bring a tremendous amount of firepower to bear in a short period of time. With that taken care of you're faced with the inevitable questions from the Media. A good portion of the populace wants to know the cause of the recent deployment. For now the media haven't been able to comment due to wartime secrets acts but word will spread and it would be best to make an official statement.Did you want to assure the populace that this just another Neeran offensive, completely lie about what's going on, or warn them to prepare for losses among the fleet?>What say?
Resuming tomorrow and running until I need to leave for work at 4:30PM
>>2596037Tell them that there is another Neeran Offensive happening in the very near future. While we don't know the exact size or scope of it, we're using this as an opportunity to strengthen our inter house ties and alliances with our allies in the Run Alliance and else where. During this upcoming trying time, that we ask the families of our fleets and armies to be supportive of the military and to do what they can to support them. And for the rest of our citizens of Rioja, to please listen to commands from Governor Dlam'ard and the PDF, to follow them to their utmost capability. So that everyone remains safe and unharmed.
>>2596004Bless you Admiral Chen. Best Admiral and the only Terran I like.>>2596037The truth with propaganda of course. The Neerans are once more attempting a attack on the relays. Much like they did before except bigger this time.We will not stand for this incursion into Faction space. The Neerans will be sent reeling back into the Crystal Sea with their tail between their legs. Already the Factions are showing them that this time we are ready. This time the vanguard of the enemy only managed to stick their head I to the door before we knocked them out. The enemy is beginning to feel the pressure. They know their time is coming and they are afraid. This is a desperate act and we will stand triumphant in the face of their fear. The Dominion will prevail.
>>2596079>>2596096Combination of these two sound good.Don’t mention the crystal sea or any details about the incursion location though - gotta remember OpSec.
Wanting to head off matters you prepare a statement for the media. "As some of you may already be aware the Neeran Empire has launched another offensive against Faction space. We will not stand for this or any other incursions into Faction space. This is being treated as an opportunity to strengthen our inter house ties and alliances with our friends in the Run Alliance and else where. In cooperation with them, elements of Rioja's fleet have been deployed to face this renewed threat. Make no mistake, this is a desperate act on the part of our enemy, and we will stand triumphant in the face of their fear. During these trying times, that we ask the families of those serving in our fleets and armies to be supportive of the military. Your reassurances and support from home help to remind them of what it is they're fighting to protect. For the rest of our citizens of Rioja please be mindful of upcoming broadcasts from the Governor and PDF. Emergency preparedness drills may be conducted in the days ahead. For the sake of our allies, friends and families we will continue to push back the Neeran. The Dominion will prevail.">Is this adequate? Y/N?
Intel has confirmed the presence of enemy gravwell generators in the Crystal Sea region. It seems the Alliance is now considering strikes against these deep space gravity wells. The admiralty is arguing that as long as those wells remain in place the Neeran will use them as Nav Relays for more conventionally equipped forces to directly invade Faction space. These are allowing them to bypass the choke points in Shallan space or the DS2 colony zone.Terran and Dominion gravwell generators are being moved to the front. The Alliance thinks the new Terran and Dominion focusing systems will allow fleets to reach the enemy units without becoming trapped. There seems to be opposition to this plan from most of the Factions given the risks but the Terrans are keeping suspiciously quiet. Vanderwal suspects that the Terrans and the Alliance have already thoroughly tested the system but hadn't used it yet because they didn't want to tip off the enemy. Many Houses currently believe the risks to be too great and within the day are already petitioning the Emperor not to allow Dominion Super Heavies to be used in this operation. 1) What is your position on this?2)Do you think the Count should back either side?
>>2596759>Is this adequate?yes>1) What is your position on this?Allow Dominion super heavies>2)Do you think the Count should back either side?no
>>2596759I feel it is adequate enough for now until we get more info.>>2596805>1)I feel we should help them. We have another heavy sitting in the Run that we can send to help with those operations. That way the forberance can remain with the home worlds.>2)Depends on how he feels this will affect the houses standing. We are willing to help support him if he decides to support the decision to send ships after those Neeran in the Amaranth Sea. He did protect our holdings for three years, it's good to help friends/ allies. Personally, we need to gst rid of thise ships now. Or else the Neeran are going to keep coming until we damn up their approach and force them to go the normal routes. It will only take one Neeran Command ship to appear before the homeworlds for the rest of the factions decide making space uninhabitable around our worlds is a suitable enough loss to V-Torp it to death.
>>2596759Approved.>>2596805>1) What is your position on this?Let's throw everything we've got at them, this whole war has been them slowly grinding the Factions down and we might be able to stem the flow of reinforcements.2)His prerogative on which side he picks.
>>2596759>Y>>2596805>1The Alliance would not make such a statement without anything to base it on. Furthermore they would not risk precious warassets and the continued support of the Dominion for something reckless if there are other options.So I say the Dominion should go along with it>2It would be better if we and perhaps some other Barons did it. That way if this SHOULD backfire, which it hopefully wont, he can save face of the House at the expense of us.
Deciding it makes the most sense for the Alliance to strike at these targets now you make it clear to your advisers that you would support the Alliance operation. The next time you talk to the Count you discuss this matter and your position on it. At the same time you're not always the best judge of the political climate of the Dominion. If he feels it would be wisest to support either side or stay out of the decision entirely you'll back him. Count Jerik thanks you for your understanding for the often times difficult intricacies of inter-House political debates. He intends to have the J-D ambassador quietly support the Alliance initiative for the time being rather than outright public support. There is a very real chance things could go badly and he'd rather J-D not get dragged down by it if that happens.>>2596979>I feel we should help them. We have another heavy sitting in the Run that we can send to help with those operations.Did anyone else want to send along the Neeran heavy? It's FTL is rather good so it could either catch up with the expeditionary fleet or head up to the front faster and join up with the Alliance forces there.
>>2597043>Did anyone else want to send along the Neeran heavy?Yes. I feel like if there's any serious Neeran threat in the Run/Relay we'll just end up infiltrating their biggest ship and assassinating the commander.
>>2597043>Did anyone else want to send along the Neeran heavy?You know what. I think that may be prudent. If anything it will help us get some more salvage.
You order the Heavy Cruiser at Magdalena to prepare for departure. Admiral Tama has a contingent of small craft assigned to it along with four LRBS II's. They should be able to keep up while providing adequate escort. Less and less intel is available on the situation at the front. The Alliance is clamping down on information about their current fleet deployments and force concentrations. From what your spymaster is able to uncover the Alliance is throwing a substantial fleet against the Neeran. Elements are moving to intercept the incoming wave in deep space before they can attack any of the relays. A few nobles from Garzweiler are aware of just how tenuous the situation at the front potentially is. They own local production lines that construct Tugs, LST's and larger shuttles in the southern hemisphere. With very little modification they could quickly convert their existing lines to produce evacuation ships similar to those built for the Shallans. These could be quickly deployed to locations across the planet when needed and could potentially help evacuate tens of millions in a short period of time.Most of what their lines produce are used by the local economy so there would be an impact if diverted towards evacuation ships. Did you want to convert some of the production lines, or assure them that Rioja is not at risk?
>>2597210Convert 10% of the lines. I'm really hoping we don't need them.Can we go Nav Hazard diving to look for any leftover Faction War items that might give us an edge should the conflict reach home territory.
>>2597210I think we all agree that we hope we don't need them. If they want to convert their lines to building enough shuttles to evacuate the world, should the worst happen. Then let them.It would most likely be bad PR for us, if it was found out that nobles in charge of those production lines offered to build shuttles to evacuate the populous and we said no. Even if the threat never came to us.What are the chances that our Empire Neeran commander who was holding down forces at the Sphere, decided to come personally get rid of us?
>>2597210Assure them Rioja is not at risk at this moment. We need to appear calm or the entire economy might spiral into panic.
>>2597250>If they want to convert their lines to building enough shuttles to evacuate the world, should the worst happen. Then let them.While they might do so themselves there isn't a lot of money in it. They'd need some funding to actually pay for the evacuation ships. The Governor won't have spare funds available for more than a month.
>>2597232>>2597250>>2597265[ ] Assure them Rioja is not at risk[ ] Quietly convert of 10% of lines (-30m)[ ] Convert half or more (-60m)[ ] Secretly construct evac ships at Mons Abyla base (-60m) (Delayed start)
>>2597338[ ] Assure them Rioja is not at risk
>>2597338[ ] Assure them Rioja is not at risk[ ] Quietly convert of 10% of lines (-30m)
>>2597338>[ ] Assure them Rioja is not at risk>[ ] Quietly convert of 10% of lines (-30m)
You assure them that Rioja is not at risk but at the same time cant fault them for their caution. Still, it can't be allowed to adversely impact Rioja's economy. Because of this you promise to provide funding if they were to quietly convert 10 of their production lines."The last thing I want to cause a panic among the populace. As far as anyone else is concerned these ships are being stockpiled for donation to front line worlds. I fully expect to do just that with them, just not immediately."They're certainly glad this has worked out without badly damaging their bottom line. They genuinely want to help people but they'd rather not go bankrupt in the process.The Governor promises to set aside docking bays inside Mons Abyla to store a good number of the evacuation craft. As long as there is adequate warning they should be able to move them into place to assist evacuation efforts in an attack.
Your new heavy salvage ship has been completed. RSS crews have taken possession of it from the Ceres yards and are now headed to the J-D homeworlds under escort. Once there they'll spend the next 2 weeks taking on more crews for training. More defensive armament will also be installed. With the war situation London is wondering if you would prefer to send it to assist Alliance salvage operations closer to the front. Alternatively it may be possible to pressure the guild into giving an early green light to salvage a few locations near nav hazard zones. [ ] Conduct training operations as planned[ ] Support operations closer to the front[ ] Annoy the navigators for early salvage
>>2597595[ ] Conduct training operations as plannedConsidering the amount of money we've sunk into this thing I would rather not take it anywhere close to a Neeran Command Ship. Also I don't want to bug the Navigators more than we need to.
>>2597617>[ ] Conduct training operations as plannedGet the crews trained up to our standards. Once they are good to go then we can send them out to the front to start salvaging those megas and supers that are going to be shot to shit.
>>2597646And I have to head out. Not sure if I'll be able to resume tomorrow as I need to go buy some birthday presents.
>>2597617>[ ] Conduct training operations as planned
>>2597617>[ ] Annoy the navigators for early salvage
>>2597617>[ ] Annoy the navigators for early salvageFaster than building ships for the war effort.
I'm worried, guys. How much more can the Factions take?
>>2598437Considering the factions were pushing the Neeran out of Shallan space and planning to invade Neeran space before this invasion? In fairly good shape, albeit if the Dominion Civil War is anything to go off of. People were getting tired of fighting and losing to the Neeran. This will likely be the biggest test any of the factions have faced since the opening shots of the Neeran war. I expect several worlds to be lost to Scorchers or V-Torps in the coming days. The sooner the Alliance can cut those supply routes through the Amaranth Seas off and force the Neeran to rely on getting through the Shallan space the better.
Will not be resuming tomorrow looks like. Possibly Tuesday but won't know for sure until tomorrow as my online schedule is acting up again.>>2598677>>2596979>Amaranth SeaIs there an obvious joke here that's going over my head?
>>2599121Nope, I'm just an idiot and mixing names up because I was thinking of something else at the time of writing that.
So apparently I'm not working today like I thought. Oh well, time enough for the birthday party thing. I'll be running in the evenings Tuesday and Wednesday then plan to run through the day Thursday and Friday barring getting called in to work. Q&A for now I guess? There's always questions in thread that I mean to get around to answering then forget about or get side tracked.
What does our house think about us now that we're married?
>>2601256What is the overall opinion of Sonia from the people of Rioja as a whole. Then what do the lower and middle classes as well as nobles think of her separately?How are our friends and allies feeling? Do any of them feel betrayed or neglected? Anyone that we haven't spent a long time with that we really should to ensure that bridges don't just fall apart from decay.What are something we can be doing besides showing the Harmen family with goodies. That we can do to show the old-guard we mean well and don't intend to usurp them. Not without good cause of course. If they had anything to do with Fox and the attempted coup earlier. Then they can rest assured they are still firmly on the shit list.Has House Intel turned up anything in their investigation to prove that the Rovinar was indeed a spy and was sabotaging the development of our company.What is the status of the Alliances pet project that we green-lit to be built in the Run, with the agreement of our allies in the Run Alliance. Is it still just bits and pieces? Or is it a frame of a ship yet? Or heck is it anywhere near completion? And has intel managed to get any data off of it on how to replicate it?While I know it is still in the design phase and Alex has only just started talking to the Great Houses. How is that going for him? Are any of them biting or showing interest? We've funded his project and sent some engineers and will most certainly back him politically. But is there anything to help improve his chances of ensuring the Great Houses are on board?What are our chances of being called upon to lead an expeditionary fleet or any fleet for that matter from the House anytime soon?
>>2601421>What does our house think about us now that we're married?General feeling about you among the Barons and most major nobles was moving towards positive overall even before the wedding. They know you're good for a fight and are using your wealth and skills to improve the House. Being big goddamn heroes of the last battles of the Civil War certainly helped. The middle and lower classes, especially those not living on Rioja, are now more inclined to seeing you as established nobility. They're increasingly wary that you'll stop supporting efforts to improve their lot. Continued efforts to ensure there are jobs, food and housing on Rioja help you out considerably.Your enemies within the House have largely lost their enthusiasm for continuing attacks on you. It's not worth the effort and wont be for some time. They've gone back to "wait and see" mode.You're also sitting on the key connection point between the Homeworlds and the South Reach territories. If they piss you off too badly you can make their life hell by making trade more difficult. Marriage with the Harmen family has only made it much easier for you to potentially do that. Any family that effectively declared war on either of you would suffer a two pronged assault against their distant holdings. That you have good relations with Winifred and Daska means they'd probably stay out of it and let both sides duke it out.
>>2601466>How are our friends and allies feeling? Do any of them feel betrayed or neglected? Few if any. They fully accept you've been away a long time and have been busy looking after your holdings. Baron Kári Darrow did accept the gift you sent as an apology. Relations there might still be a bit poor still but it looks like he has moved on. House Phobos is still looking at trying to solidify an alliance with your House despite setbacks. It's increasingly looking like Alex may be called on to help out on that front. You've been working hard with the Run Alliance improving support and relations there. Avun has done her part while you were away but the other Barons were prepared to talk more to you than her.>Anyone that we haven't spent a long time with that we really should to ensure that bridges don't just fall apart from decay.Winifred and Daska would each probably enjoy a visit. Relations with House Veritas remains complicated. HTF is still doing work in their territory. They hope that with your new terraforming tech they can complete the jobs there more quickly so they can leave ASAP. An official visit would provide an opportunity to propose that phased energy weapon R&D program previously suggested.>Cont.
>What are something we can be doing besides showing the Harmen family with goodies.Not make an ass of yourself in public? That's about it. You're doing enough and they have somewhat low expectations of you when it comes to inter-family politics.Speaking of which, the comedy show Sofa Kings is ready for your two guest appearances. They've set things up with their producer and studio space acquisition so that in your second appearance you'll be able to "salvage" their production set. Sonia's appearance would be altered slightly for the scenes since this is a parody after all. Mostly just minor cosmetic stuff.Still up for it?
>>2601664>Solidify Alliance with PhobosI wont presume to know how Alex thinks or what kind of women he might be into or if he even wants to consider marrying anyone from Phobos.But are there other ways to solidfy an alliance between J-D and Phobos? Our houses are good allies as is, but if they want to solidify it, actually what do they mean when they want to solidify our Alliance?I should ask that first. Do they mean they want a marriage between our house and theirs? So that we are less likely to betray them or forget our ties or connections to them? Can you clarify what they want to do to solidify our alliance?>>2601711>Don't make an ass of ourselves.That shouldn't be to hard...>Sofa Kings appearanceIf other anons are into it.I think it would be fun, and let the populace of Rioja know we are okay with a few jokes. Who knows, maybe it'll get the other nobles who complained about it think twice about wanting to shut it down or instead funding it if they can get us to appear on it. Also I'm not expecting some high payroll for making a guest appearance on it for however long we're supposed to be on it.
>>2601744>Do they mean they want a marriage between our house and theirs? So that we are less likely to betray them or forget our ties or connections to them?Yes that. They want more ties to the second strongest Human House in the Dominion. Political, personal, through marriages or whatever they can get. J-D has good relations with the Ruling House, Helios and Ceres along with passable relations with Nirium. As J-D isn't a member of the Seven, alliances with your House won't hurt their existing ties to Nirium. Increasing direct ties to Ceres for instance most likely would. By allying more with your House they get a 2 for 1 deal of sorts.
>>2601744>Also I'm not expecting some high payroll for making a guest appearance on it for however long we're supposed to be on it.Considering they started out at Wayne's World basement filming tier you can bet you wouldn't be paid a lot.>Has House Intel turned up anything in their investigation to prove that the Rovinar was indeed a spy and was sabotaging the development of our company.Both suspects are trying hard to implicate each other. Part of the problem is that what they've pointed out all seems to be correct. Taken seperately it would clearly seem the other was responsible. Vanderwal is of the opinion that each of them worked out the same way to sabotage the system. If they were aware others were doing the same it allowed them to collect evidence to use against their counterpart while hiding their own tracks. Therefore they're both correct and both equally guilty.The Rovinar ambassador has finally made an official request on the status of the investigation against their citizen. [ ] Still under investigation (Solidify your proof)[ ] They've both been found guilty
>>2601664>Daska & WinifredI would be up for visiting them both. But that would likely have to be after this current invasion. Unless we want to use the excuse of going to talk to them about requesting their assistance to help fight the Neeran off to go visit them.>House Veritas and Phased energy weapon R&D programAgain, likely after this recent Neeran invasion is over with and likely after we talk to Daska and Winifred.>>2601763>PhobosI would assume the Count is well aware of Phobos wants to reinforce ties to us. Which leaves me to wonder why he hasn't said or done anything towards that, unless he has been to busy with other stuff or was hoping other members within the House would take the initiative.Is Phobos allied to anyone that doesn't like J-D or is envious of J-D that we could calm down by strengthening ties with Phobos? And what of their allies who are opposed to the way B'H replaced Nirrium? It may have been a good thing for Phobos that we didn't marry Darrow, seeing how we played a part in ensuring B'H became the new RH.>>2601829>Rovinar>[ ] Still under investigation (Solidify your proof)What are our chances of using this as a means to get the Rovinar to owe us a favor? We let their agent go and point all evidence to the Dominion agent. In return they owe us a favor. I would assume they would agree to this so long as we have good strong concrete evidence to imply it was their agent.
>>2601711>Still up for it?Yeah, let's do it.>>2601829>[x] They've both been found guiltyIs Rioja still hosting the Custom Power Armor/Arms show with the renewed Neeran offensive?
>>2601852>I would assume the Count is well aware of Phobos wants to reinforce ties to us. He is.>Which leaves me to wonder why he hasn't said or done anything towards that, unless he has been to busy with other stuff or was hoping other members within the House would take the initiative.Delicate matters do occasionally take time. He has no interest rushing into an alliance without the particulars worked out. Also you may have interfered slightly what with getting married to Troy. >News report: "According to our sources Troy Harmen is getting married but not to the person everyone thought. If you've been following our coverage you'll know that Lady Elissa of House Phobos has been on Loran since the holidays. Speculation was that she and Troy Harmen might be married to strengthen ties to her House."Mind you that was doomed to failure but she and her House didn't know that.>Is Phobos allied to anyone that doesn't like J-D or is envious of J-D that we could calm down by strengthening ties with Phobos?This is a possibility. Having another House acting as a bridge between them can help reduce tensions and allow neutral locations for diplomatic efforts.>And what of their allies who are opposed to the way B'H replaced Nirrium? Partly why negotiations are not being rushed.>>2601886>Is Rioja still hosting the Custom Power Armor/Arms show with the renewed Neeran offensive?It could certainly be used as a distraction even though many Knights with their suits have been sent away with the fleet. Proceed with it?
>>2601920>Proceed with it?If others are interested, it gives Sonia some public exposure and it's a good day out at least. I bet Dante would bring some interesting items if we invited him.
>>2601920>Proceed with it?Yes
>>2601964>>2601974Okay it's added to the list.>>2601466>What is the status of the Alliances pet project that we green-lit to be built in the Run, with the agreement of our allies in the Run Alliance. Is it still just bits and pieces? Or is it a frame of a ship yet? Or heck is it anywhere near completion? And has intel managed to get any data off of it on how to replicate it?Before I forget, the teleporter project is now running and hasn't exploded yet. So that's good. The mobile fleet base project is progressing well enough considering it's expected to take 3 years. Most of the work being done is focusing on constructing the base frame of the ship. It looks like they're building a cylinder with rectangular boxes sticking out either side. It's easily large enough that an ACS series ship could comfortably fit inside the box structures. The only part of the ship that's being actively built up are what appear to be materials processing and industrial fabrication bays. Apparently this was part of the Alliance's original plans. Even with finished materials arriving from Houses in the Run they still need to customize everything for this particular design. Intel believes that the structural frames being built up are not the final key structural elements that will support the ship. With conventional tritanium construction the current design would fall apart the moment it tries to jump. They've leaving gaps for what must be much stronger supports to be added later."Are they getting set up to produce the stronger supports from their own fabrication bays?"Vanderwal doesn't see any signs of that happening. "I think they'll have these frames flown in from the main Super Heavy shipyard in Kavarian space. The frames used in the ACS Standards are made of a much stronger material we still don't know a great deal about. It seems Iratar isn't sharing it with anybody except the Alliance."
>>2601256>Q&A for nowHere's a small one.Can the Focusing technology we acquired for the Gravity Well systems be applied to HRR weapons to improve them as well?
>>2602081>Can Gravity Well focusing systems be applied to HRR weaponsNot for repulsors, though it is plausible it could be used to produce gravitational pulse weapons. Oh god what have I done?>>2601466>While I know it is still in the design phase and Alex has only just started talking to the Great Houses. How is that going for him? Well enough that he's convinced the 3 major Houses to start serious talks with each other over the issue. He's made it clear that the Ruling House is to be brought in on it in some capacity. Helios in particular thinks this is a good idea to give the Seven some control over who will be permitted these advanced yards. >But is there anything to help improve his chances of ensuring the Great Houses are on board?By not saying anything to the Ruling House too early."I know you could sell the Emperor on this idea and find a way to make a ton of money off of it. I'm asking you not to do that. I appreciate all of your support and helpful ideas, but now that I know what I'm going to do, I want to prove I can manage the political aspects. In the worst case scenario I make a mess of this and need to ask for your help again. Until then let me try. I know my business sense hasn't always been the best over the years but I think I can do this."
>>2602217>gravitational pulse weaponsTime to fund another new research base?
>>2602051>It seems Iratar isn't sharing it with anybody except the Alliance.I imagine that is a secret on par with the SP-Torp tech and would incur a very sizeable hit on anyone outside Iratar if they were to replicate it.Can we add this to the list of things to have researched? Not a super pressing thing, but a passing interest.>>2602217>AlexIf that is what he wants. Now the wait and see game.
>>2601466>What are our chances of being called upon to lead an expeditionary fleet or any fleet for that matter from the House anytime soon?If the Neeran get as close as the next relay over? It would become a certainty. Keeping the rest of the fleet ready to deploy at a moment's notice would be a good idea.
Keeping close watch for developments on the front you still manage to make time for your guest appearances on the "Sofa Kings" TV show. Security finds the entire things to be a nightmare to deal with but some how find a way to keep from tripping up production staff.While getting in costume you memorize your lines then belatedly notice the name of your character. "Baron Hardbody? Really?" you ask the shows lead stars. They're known to do a good share of the writing and production though they're relying more on others for that these days."We didn't write it.""It was their idea!" Both of them point at two people in suits off to the side apparently checking the scripts."Who are they?""After that suggestion you sent, our producer hired those suits to check the scripts for things that might be stepping over the line.""Some of our writers do step over that line a bit.""Habitually.""Yeah. They're habitual line steppers."[ ] Let it pass[ ] Insist on a different name (Suggestions?)
>>2603944>[ ] Let it pass
"Eh I've been called worse. Let's get this done."As previously described to you the first scene you film involves you playing the part of a somewhat dictatorial Baron acting at the other characters boss. It's a scene that ties together several other skits and shorts that would appear as part of the same larger episode. Filming it is actually rather complicated. You have to say all of your lines while multitasking signing off on reports or rubber stamping papers with a fictitious royal crest. Most of it involves dressing down the two main characters for their failures in other skits and warning them not to screw up again. As planned each time the camera cuts away and back to you the costume and wardrobe department have augmented the fake dress uniform with more medals. More reports and papers are likewise piled up around and behind you. Next up part of the interior scene is filmed showing you once again berating the leads over video coms, and informing them you've ordered a portion of their holdings seized in recompense. "Which portion of our holdings?"In response you open a desk drawer and press a big red SALVAGE button. The next day's filming will be done on location out on the edge of the west cities overlooking wide open plains covered over in terraforming grasses. As you see later on TV, the scene immediately following shows the interior of the usual set which is centered around their large ornate looking sofa. The entire set begins to shake then the walls and ceiling begin to pull up and away from the flooring. With the cast running for cover and camera crew panning out, it's revealed that the entire set was built underneath a cargo container which is being lifted into the sky by an LST. Once it has gained enough altitude it flies away towards the horizon. The cast watch the departing salvage ship then turn back to the camera."I guess that's it for this season.""I'm Todd.""And I'm Ed.""And we're the Sofa Kings!" Behind them a few people in salvage company uniforms pick up their sofa and begin to carry it off."Hey that's ours!" Roll credits. The Producers are eager to find out if you'd be willing to make another guest appearance in the future.
>>2603944They missed a golden opportunity to go with Baron Hard Abs. Not to say they didn't think of it, but there was an opportunity and I am both glad and sad that they didn't go with it.>>2604112No promises, but if they find themselves needing or wanting us to come back. They can always contact us or our offices. I think that went well, I wonder how well the masses will take to it.
Planning has begin for what will effectively be a ball where guests are to arrive wearing power armor. Obviously this will result in a very exclusive list of guests tending towards the eccentric. If eccentric people are expected then Baron Dante is among the first on the list to be invited. You don't know if he'll have a new suit or just have a walker parked outside. It doesn't matter.A few key points need to be decided on. Location is a big one. Having it here in the capital arcology would just be asking for local nobles to "accidentally" find their way in without power armor. It shouldn't be done in the capital. You briefly consider the new mansion but it isn't ready for that many guests yet.You'll have to think that over.Then there is the issue of weapons. Many newer suits have integrated weapon systems which will make this entire event an enormous security issue. As you saw in the battles against the Kythera and their allies some suits now have plasma weapons hooked up to their reactors. Someone with a plasma sword could do a lot of damage even if everyone nearby were to quickly gun them down. What are your plans?1) Location2) Weapons
>>2604112The occasional guest appearance shouldn't hurt, I hope.>>2604317>1) LocationOutside the capital city? On the old resort we have with the vineyard if it's big enough?>2) Weapons I'm not opposed to weapons, everyone will hopefully be in their best armor, but for the more dangerous items maybe have the attendees disable them and be able to provide proof of such?
>>2604317I think >>2604438 had the right idea of holding it at the vineyard. Let them show off their power armor and taste test some wine. As for weapons, have techs disable the weapon systems before hand.
>>2604317In a few of the Arms Fairs I've been to, the venue is usually specially constructed for the event. It's that plastic/polymer fabric stuff but on a larger scale and with more layers, then the halls are filled with the requisite expo stalls. Another one is converted airfield hangars.Mons Abyla temporarily refitted hangar?Somewhere in the dustbowl for dramatic scenery?
>>2604438>On the old resort we have with the vineyard if it's big enough?Those are 2 separate locations I think?But yes the resort could work well enough. They're used to large reservations.>>2604466The vineyards are in the domed agriculture regions in the north. The only dedicated resorts are in the South.>>2604492>the venue is usually specially constructed for the event. It's that plastic/polymer fabric stuff but on a larger scale and with more layers, then the halls are filled with the requisite expo stalls.That could be made to work near the vineyards I think. The only issue would be the weight involved with all the power armor.
>>2604501>That could be made to work near the vineyards I thinkI'm feeling that's our best option to be honest, it's not the prettiest but for security it's perfect since nothing is fixed in place and the construction team can be tightly screened. Maybe have a geology team test the ground first though?
>but for the more dangerous items maybe have the attendees disable them and be able to provide proof of such?As you will inevitably be bringing a plasma pistol will it be loaded? Or will you have it unloaded as a sign of solidarity with the guests and rely on your bodyguards?
Invitations have started to go out for your power armor ball. Most are local, not wanting to draw high ranking officials away from systems where they may be needed in an emergency. Baron Dante is the farthest away of those you invite. A few people you contact inform you of others in the region that may be interested in attending. As long as it's kept below one thousand people things should be fine. Those responsible for the vineyards are not impressed with the potential disruption. Adequate signage is put up to keep nobles from trampling the grounds. You also promise to compensate them for any damages. As responses begin to come in it's starting to look like a few hundred at least might attend. They at least see it as a welcome distraction to the increasingly fierce fighting taking place at the front. The Alliance seems to be heavily censoring news about their counteroffensive into the Crystal Sea. You have quite the assortment of suits to choose from. As the Ball approaches it's time to choose what you'll be displaying. Choose your loadout!Sphere Armor (Light)Light ReconMedium Jump JetMedium Jump Jet Anti-Kythera Nxesi Pattern Relic Armor (Medium)*Heavy Power Armor (Not previously worn by Sonia)Did we have other types of armor available to Sonia? I feel I've forgotten one.
>>2604705>Nxesi Pattern Relic Armor (Medium)
>>2604705>Nxesi Pattern Relic Armor (Medium)The only other suit I could think of using is the Sphere Armor. But that takes a back seat to this beauty.
While Mr Nxesi made sure not to take anything apart on the new suit that doesn't mean he didn't take a good look at it before departing. Instructions he left indicate that the suit should be one size fits all for most people inside the average hight and build range. Which fortunately includes you. Suiting up for the first time in it you take time making adjustments and walking around to get a feel for it. It feels heavier, more sluggish than you're used to. At the same time you get the impression that its larger angular slabs of armor are much tougher than other suits. Certainly more than the jump jet armor. With it's dark exterior paneling it looks more like an aries stealth suit or power cell armor than what you'd usually wear. Rather surprisingly it has a much less powerful reactor system than you might have expected. Only one reactor assembly compared to a Recon suit's two, or the Matryoshka's eight. Making up for it are a tremendous number of capacitor systems. Probably needed more room for them if this suit is supposed to absorb energy.A simple test run with a few low grade lasers fired at the suit shows that it does indeed work, absorbing most of the heat from the shots. You then have the option to discharge that energy, either through boosted movement systems and repulsors, weapon artifacts, or by dumping it into nearby metalic objects via Induction.Techs have tried to get the induction system to work over the years since you saw it used by a Neeran soldier, but they've never worked reliably. Or so the reports have said. With everything he's been involved in it's very possible Mr Nxesi has worked on classified projects where they got it to function properly.
You arrive at the site of the Ball well ahead of any guests. You'd hate to be late for your own party. Preparations are largely completed, though some of the wine tastings are still being set up. Security checks and testing have caused a few minor delays. Troy is present wearing what to you would seen an unusual suit. It's a specially modified form of power cell armor the jet bike units now use, both for protection and to more easily make use of anti-tank weapons one handed. It looks quite a bit like commando armor. Your bodyguards Dave and Emor have their jump jet suits shined up looking good as new. Valeri and Ruiz are present as well, though you're debating asking them to become visible. Some of the guests may have sensor systems powerful enough to detect them.You'd half expected Vanderwal to be present with his customized Recon suit but he claims to be getting much too old for that sort of thing now. He hasn't worn it since the fighting to hold the Helios Embassy. The first guests are some of the Knights stationed on Rioja. Those who endured boarding attempts back in the Civil War seem best equipped, though often enough with the least flashy armor. Some of the younger ones that have made enough money in Shallan space while you were away have acquired suits themselves. Those who are pilots first are clearly less experienced with them. Only one of Rob Ecord's Knights make an appearance. His unit has largely re-equipped with a form of commando armor upgraded with an outer layer from the unpowered hard plate armor. It makes them difficult to pick out from the marines and other soldiers. Despite this they're still carrying repulsor based jump jets hidden away. "Remind me to ask Rob if that's actual commando armor underneath or if they're upgrading them to full power armor."Baron Dante shows up in a fairly minimalist suit of light power armor. It's clearly more for show than anything, with gold filigree patterns. "I assure you it's not. This suit is equipped with some of the latest holographic gadgetry... supposedly. I've been wary of testing it given my usual preference for larger vehicular pursuits. But I couldn't turn down the opportunity to attend! Brilliant idea. Don't let your detractors say otherwise.">Have Valeri and Ruiz turn visible before too many more guests arrive?
>>2604900>Have Valeri and Ruiz turn visible before too many more guests arrive?Yeah, don't want any of the nobles to panic about people sneaking around. Or having any noble show off the stealth capabilities of their own suits.
>>2604900We may as well do it. We got 4 bodyguards in power armour. We are as safe as can be
With plenty of bodyguards present along with friendly officers and Knights you tell Valeri and Ruiz to step out for a few seconds and then return with their camo systems off. There are already ECM systems in the area powerful enough to reveal any hostiles ready to be activated. If the guests cant use their camo, your people shouldn't be using theirs. Much to your surprise Lyas Cinayk makes an appearance wearing an unusual suit of power armor. The Dominion doesn't exactly mass produce suits intended for Kavarians. "Alright you've piqued my curiosity." you admit. Lyas explains that given the number of Kavarian pirates and malcontents nobody actually produces armor for them. Or they didn't until the war. What is made these days are reserved exclusively for the Alliance. The SRL makes power cell armor that will fit Kavarians but won't sell it to the Dominion. The Knight had needed to buy outdated medical equipment through the black market and construct what was more or less a modern version of Bioform Armor. That didn't work as well as might have been hoped. This is currently the 4th iteration, now using movement systems stripped from House produced power cell armor. While it's now functional it's not exactly ideal for mass production, with everything being custom fitted."There must be other Kavarians in the House that would pay for a good custom fit suit of armor." you point out."I'm sure there are sir, but with all the work and materials involved it still ends up costing as much as a small starship. Only someone who becomes a successful Knight could afford that."
As more guests arrive Vanderwal contacts you. "A word of warning. Old House Erid nobility are on the way. They may or may not be aware that House Erid is dead and not coming back."You roll your eyes. "Perfect. Anything else?""They should follow the rules, just expect them to annoy people with separatist talk."When the Erid nobles arrive you recognise one of their number from an earlier ball held years ago. Doing your part as the host you welcome each of them. It's easy to tell who are more likely to be stuck with the old times, with two of them wearing the oldest most ornate armor with the House Erid crest designed into the larger patterns and features. Fortunately there are plenty of other guests arriving after them, allowing you to avoid getting dragged into a debate. Some of the others present are not as fortunate. [ ] Send Troy to intercept[ ] Try to distract them yourself[ ] Discourage their separatist talk
Stopping here until tomorrow night. May have time to make a couple posts earlier in the day tomorrow, we'll see.
>>2605003>House Erid Old GuardI thought any dissenters or nobles who refused to abide by J-D were stripped of their lands and titles? Or were there just to many of them in positions to important enough that removing them right away would prove detrimental.Time to play politics I guess?>[ ] Try to distract them yourselfBe kind and courteous. Make some small talk and do our best not to mention what happened to the Erid territories. Make a show of trying to play nice to older Erid nobility. If they want to be petty and hold a grudge after us trying to be courteous to them as guests. I doubt anyone would take to listening to their moaning about seceding from J-D. We don't have to be friends or friendly, but it wouldn't hurt to show that we are not the bad guys these old nobles would have our guests and other nobles believe.Also call Troy to come with us or to at least walk in and join us if it looks like we could use his help. And have our bodyguards nearby ready and waiting, I doubt they'll try and throw down. But you never know how petty someone can be.
>>2605003It may be better if both Troy and Sonia went over to deal with them. So to keep the separatist talk to a minimum and perhaps even win some over. But also to ensure we can act if they suggest something actually treasonous.
>>2605003>[x] Try to distract them yourselfIf it gets bad enough maybe threaten to abduct them the same way we captured their Count to force the surrender?
>>2605003>[ ] Send Troy to intercept
>>2605281I don't think we will need to go that far. But if they do get to confrontational, in a room filled with knights loyal to us and nobles that are allies to J-D. Then they are denser than Sonia is, in knowing when it is a right time and place to do things. This is a chance to show off our power armor and for others to escape the fighting happening on their boarders with the Neeran.
>>2602217>Can Gravity Well focusing systems be applied to HRR weapons> Not for repulsors, though it is plausible it could be used to produce gravitational pulse weapons.> Oh god what have I done?More like what HAVEN'T you done.Namely using a grav generator focusing system to first trigger a Coronal Mass Expulsion by condensing the Corona I precise areaa to the point that it disturbs the magnetic bonds so the plasma can escape.What does that involve you ask?> Morton Waves The reality of Moreton waves (a.k.a. fast-mode MHD waves) has also been confirmed by the two STEREO spacecraft. They observed a 100,000-km-high wave of hot plasma and magnetism, moving at 250 km/s, in conjunction with a big coronal mass ejection in February 2009.> Solar Energetic Particles Solar energetic particles (SEP) are high-energy particles coming from the Sun. They were first observed in the early 1940s. They consist of protons, electrons and HZE ions with energy ranging from a few tens of keV to many GeV (the fastest particles can approach the speed of light, as in a "ground-level event"). That's in addition to the up to each CME releasing up to 100 billion kg (220 billion lb) of this material, and the speed of the ejection can reach 1000 km/second (2 million mph) in some flares. Solar flares and CMEs are currently the biggest "explosions" in our solar system, roughly approaching the power in ONE BILLION hydrogen bombs!TL;DR Once we figure out how to aim it any system with a sun will be our fucking bitch. And in Space people to read to nor live by Suns.
>>2605487This all sounds slightly terrifying.Terrans with V-Torps destroying subspace, Dominion with sun bombs, sun beams destroying entire solar systems.
>>2605003> [ ] Discourage their separatist talkAsk them if they're still trying to secure a loan, tell them if so you're willing to consider it if they have any capital to put up as security against it.They surely must have SOME assets left, you could probably even be generous and provide them with a Battleship for them to try not to lose in exchange for those wonderfully gaudy power armour suits.You could use them for props in your next film, they would fit right in with the aesthetics.
>>2605496The best part is that Stars are already having CME and associated events *all the time*. Also those are considered to be the low end of energy estimates. That's not even getting into the havoc exotic particles released by the CME creating a shockwave through the solar wind would cause to pretty much every organized system of 3 dimensional information like ships and life forms.Seriously though the numbers fuck with my brain.The best part is that the actual triggering of events doesn't require that much (relatively) energy since you're just selectively destabilizing what is already a giant fucking explosion just a little bit more.
And here I just want to use the special SP data to make Dominion brand SP torpedoes and all everyone else want to do is become a mad scientist and blow up solar system. Where is the profit in that?! Unless it is all a plan to get more terraforming contracts?
>>2605584Fun fact! If we were to rotate the grav we generator while it was functioning, it would produce a gravitational field offset to the degree of its angular momentum, which in turn would cause any approaching mass or radiation to experience frame dragging resulting in precession along its axis relative to its frame of reference while also increasing its inertia! So any vehicles approaching from outside its frame of reference would not only have to correct course to continue advancing but they would also have to thrust against the angular momentum being created perpendicular to the grav s rotation.It would also start deforming g the local electromagnetic field and causing.f CME
>>2606035I remember reading some manga where they were using a small singularity to power an FTL system. The chief scientist realised mid jump that it was spinning and had to destroy half the ship in order to save the test crew and return them to real space.
>>2606146It's fine so long as the ship rotates to stay within the same frame of reference. Also - has anyone tried turning the gravity generator to reverse?
>>2606146Also did you know that neutron stars produce gravity "tides" due to their rotation resulting in approaching objects being torn apart by the the shear force of the gravity field density changing drastically over only a couple of inches as the star moves? Shut it wack.Anyways you can move neutron stars with electromagnetic fields, but I was thinking of the Grav Wells could reduce the local gravity field instead of increasing it the we cpuldbharvest neutronium from them and then everyone else would be fucked.Also what happens if you rapidly shove a singularity in and out of hyperspace repeatedly? Could we use the gravity generator to manipulate the electromagnetic radiation inside and sort of create like a subspace bubble in the top level universe, sort of the reverse of ships when they enter, and then collapse it directionally toward an enemy?
>>2606171>It's fine so long as the ship rotates to stay within the same frame of reference.That was part of the problem. The ship's spin was going to kill everyone onboard iirc.>Also - has anyone tried turning the gravity generator to reverse?Considering they had trouble getting them to hold together in their preferred mode of operation? If they did it probably would have been blown apart.>>2606205>neutron stars produce gravity "tides"Makes sense. There was a Known Space short story were they were investigating how the crew of a ship were killed despite being protected by an inertial compensator. They'd failed to take into account different parts of the ship experiencing far different forces because of the difference in orbital speed between the bow/bridge and the generator. Neutron stars and black holes are scary shit. >Harvest neutroniumI've actually been considering that for some time. The problem would be, wouldn't it rapidly expand once removed from its high gravity environment?
>>2606222> The problem would be, wouldn't it rapidly expand once removed from its high gravity environment?No? It would just form neutron degenerate matter. Good luck cutting it thouhj
"Troy, you spent a lot more time in the homeworlds than I did during the Civil War. Weren't any Erid dissenters or nobles who refused to abide with joining our House stripped of their lands and titles?""With politics it's always complicated." he responds then sighs. "I know of groups like these. Most are just talk. They propose ideas like the advantages of splitting off again. Usually they'll do nothing themselves but keep the spirit of resistance alive. All without actually doing anything. If someone does actually break away from the House successfully they can claim they were backing them all along. If a rebellion fails they can say it was just talk and they gave them no monetary or political support.""So they're full of hot air." you conclude."Exactly.""In that case I have a cunning plan."Troy waits patiently for you to either explain or start putting it into action."Get them to bluster about their suits."With that in mind you set your plan into motion to try and distract them from their ambitions towards a lost cause. Striking up a conversation you ask for their advice on how best to balance classic Dominion armor aesthetics with the requirements of increasingly newer technology. Jump jet armor, nanite and turret equipped suits, even the heavier power armor were all quite a shock initially. In the time it takes to get one looking just right, the technology has continued to move on. This seems to have had the desired effect. As other nobles are drawn into the conversation the Erid nobility become the center of attention for their little area. Thus allowing you to make an escape and see to the other guests. Any topics you wanted to bring up with the other nobles?
>>2606222Hey I read the same book.
>>2606294THEY MUST SEE PICYURES OF OUR CHILDREN. THEY MUSY PRAISE THEM.
>>2606294Mostly just get to introductions of any nobles we've not met before. Or just strike up some talk with others we've not had a chance to talk to in a while. If anyone important from another House is here lets talk with them get to know them a little. Maybe even try and find an up and coming knight and see if they have any interesting ideas that they don't have the funds to see through?
After discussing suit quirks with a few nobles from other Houses of the Run Alliance you ultimately end up being asked about the kids. What you initially thought would be a few minute distraction ends up as most of an hour showing baby pictures. When the number of people surrounding you going, "Aww!" increases to more than a dozen you start to take notice. "Sorry! I'm neglecting the other guests!" you eventually announce. There are plenty of nobles you haven't been properly introduced to. Those from other Houses, or J-D worlds and outposts in the region. Two of them are even nobles that jumped ship from House Sulos to take up residence on Kaptlyn supporting Baron Avun. At least one of those present is from House Nirium, having been a noble of House Possat before that. Quite the assortment of guests it would seem. The later half of the evening involves wine tastings. This is fairly mundane by most standards but fully expected with location next to the vineyard. One of the locals suggests an added challenge; wine tasting without opening or removing the helmet."And how would one accomplish that?" another guest asks."Emergency Induction Port.""That's a straw." "Yes it is. Some suits have an intake port, usually reserved for use when operating in environments where the suit must remain sealed. Soldiers need to drink." The challenge put forth is to attempt wine tasting without breaching suit integrity. [ ] This is silly[ ] I accept your challenge! Roll 1d20
Rolled 20 (1d20)>>2606521>[x] I accept your challenge!
Rolled 11 (1d20)>>2606521This is silly, but I accept this challenge!
"I accept your challenge!" You're quick to announce. Quite a few others step forward as well. Soon the staff get to work making sure there is enough wine ready to go. Mr Nxesi did an amazing job on this suit. Hopefully he still remembered a few of the more practical aspects when working on it. Fortunately he did. It has a fairly standard connection port hidden beneath an armored panel in the chin.The real struggle then is to find a way to make a normal straw fit the smaller port. Fortunately you mastered the art of connecting multiple straws together when you were little."What are you doing?" Troy asks.You switch to a private channel before responding. "Folding the straw so it will fit while not flattening or crushing it. I just need to be really careful because I'm using power armor."Troy watches intently as you manage to get it to fit the port for your suit. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M5L7rE6qzfQ"What, you never played with straws when you were little?""No." Troy states flatly.You guess his parents sent him to the no fun allowed schools.A few of the guests are offended by the sound of straw sipping noises. Despite this quite a few take part and try to see if they'd survive actual combat as they would certainly need alcohol to get through it.One of the most hilarious sights is seeing someone in a suit of heavy power armor trying desperately to get a straw to fit to their helmet. That was good for a few laughs at least.The party is winding down now. It won't be long until some of the guests begin to depart. Did you have anything to say to everyone or just thank them for having attended this little experiment?
>>2606668Thank them for attending, and hope they continue to place their utmost faith in their houses and the Dominion. Without either, I doubt most people in the room would have any Power Armor, and Sonia would probably be dead without it.
>>2606668Thank them for their time in coming here. And as always unity and working together to a common goal will see us through any hardship. Be it drinking through a straw in power armor, to kicking Empire Neeran ass out of the Dominion and Faction space.
"I wish to thank you all for attending. The Dominion and it's Houses are made up of many different peoples, but enough of them share common goals and interests to see us through hardships others might not survive. Power armor might be a hobby for some or a life long passion. Others owe their lives to it. Myself included. The Dominion and its armies would certainly be different without it. Probably not for the better. The ties between those of us and the Houses can help see the Dominion through any hardship. Be it drinking through a straw in power armor, to kicking the Neeran Empire's ass out of Faction space. Because who else is going to do it if we dont?Thank you for attending."After light applause more of the guests begin to gravitate towards the wine and liquor. Thanking up before their departure it would seem. Others that are less inebriated are discussing heading to a weapons range to try out some of the equipment they weren't allowed to bring to the ball. From the sounds of it a few have various plasma weapons, possibly even Dominion knockoffs of the Mark 7 plasma pistol. Baron Dante seems eager to demonstrate his suit capabilities in front of an audience. Do you want to go with them or head back to the capital?
>>2606874>Do you want to go with them or head back to the capital?We've been gone to long. Time to see how the war effort has been going. Excuse ourselves and say we need to check on something back at the capital that needs our presence. Or hell that we need to go back and check on the kids. If anyone questions or asks why we don't come with them. Also, inebriated nobles and plasma is a bad combo, lets avoid that incoming law suit/ violation of whatever law or ever.
>>2606874Go along, if only for whatever Dante has prepared.
>>2606888>>2606891Don't go but ask Dante to send you a video if nobody dies?
>>2606985I still want to go just to see the state of PA after our 3 year absence, but that's fine.
Returning to the capital you get changed out of the power armor and have it stored once again. Your guards are glad that nothing unfortunate happened at the party. If another is held next you you might insist on a power armor ballet show as part of the nights entertainment.So far there is little new news from the front. Nearly everything is being blocked other than showing that all of the major colonies in the relays nearest the front are holding. The J-D fleets from the homeworlds and Rioja have reached the area and are engaged in local defense efforts. So far no serious losses. The fleet from the J-D South Reach territories hasn't reached the front as they were farther away. They're expected to arrive in another four days. Vanderwal is working on acquiring better information through side channels though it will take time. In the morning you receive video from Baron Dante of the various nobles showing off their weapons at a firing range. A heavily reinforced one that thankfully is rated to deal with modern weapons. It seems that whoever made the new suit for the Baron has gone all out. Much like the plasma swords you've seen, it's holographic systems are capable of super heating columns of air. These can be used to direct beams of plasma at targets, though their range and penetration are both quite poor. Still it's a step in the right direction. The Baron also demonstrates another way to use it. Focusing the outward streams of plasma from points on the back he can use it as a rudimentary jump jet. It's not as effective as conventional or even the repulsor based jump jets used by your House, but it would certainly give a recon suit more options if upgraded.Most of the other nobles simply had modified Shallan weapons or blasters, though one had a genuine Mk 7 hooked up to their armor for a steady fuel supply. Actually now that you look at it one of the Shallan weapons seemed a good deal more compact than others you've seen fielded by State forces. It may be a weapon that was produced by those militant Shallan groups Tamoren Balle took care of. [ ] Ask the noble about it[ ] Have intel investigate
>>2607227>[ ] Ask the noble about itShow some curiosity as to what model it is and how they got a hold of it. Maybe if it were possible for us to get one as well.
>>2607227>[ ] Ask the noble about it>Rudimentary jump jet.>Recon armor>Plasma beamsDante always knows the best things to invest in.
You send a message to the noble in question apologizing for not attending the weapons range demonstrations. As something of a plasma weapon aficionado you're hoping they could tell you where to get a gun like that. They're of course glad you appreciate such fine weapons but can't provide you with a supplier unfortunately. They acquired it off the black market some time ago and they've since become unavailable. That would make sense if it were from one of the weapons smuggling rings Balle cracked down on. Those guns borrowed parts from the now common Plasma Blaster and older Shallan Fusion Guns to make a cheaper hybrid weapon. They've since been nicknamed the Obrez. You've asked the noble to let you know if they find more of those guns. In the morning you check in on the kids and for your trouble are thrown up on. That seems to set the mood for the day. Arriving at the morning briefing late wearing an older duty uniform that's slightly too small, your advisers make a point of not asking.Vanderwal isn't present, apparently still looking into into acquiring more information. A request has been sent to the Dominion requesting more gravity well generators for the Alliance. The current offensive has strained available numbers. The older well used by the terraforming company for orbital correction is currently between jobs. It could be sent without endangering any corrections, but you'll be losing money on it while its gone. Worse there is a non-zero chance it could be lost in the fighting. [ ] Make the gravwell available to the Alliance[ ] Loan on condition of replacement[ ] Do not make available at this time
>>2607390>[ ] Do not make available at this timeCorrect me if I'm wrong, but aren't we expected to have some defensive engagements against the Neeran coming up.\?If they think they REALLY need it, they'll have to offer us more than just to bring it back.It doesn't have to be money, maybe they have some non-military tech or suchlike that they could let us have as collateral slash payment.What's their holo-suite industry look like?
>>2607390Is the Alliance asking us for the use of it? And there is a high chance of it being lost? Oh sure lets go ahead and loan them our grav well generator!Sorry, but I'll have to pass. Unless there is some written guarantee that they'll replace it should it be lost. And its own escort fleet to make sure it doesn't get destroyed the moment it enters the field.The more I think about. The less I want to send it to the front lines. We built up a business around it and risking it now would be stupid loss without something to cover for it.
>>2607390Not to be that person but over my dead body that we send it. It's worth to much as a terraforming tool. Maybe if we can get a few more after the next deployment.
>>2607404>What's their holo-suite industry look like?Roughly comparable to your own. Commercial grade are about the same everywhere.>>2607407>Is the Alliance asking us for the use of it?Not you specifically but anyone that may have spare gravity well generators available. >Unless there is some written guarantee that they'll replace it should it be lost. Hence the option of "Loan on condition of replacement"Resuming tomorrow. I have been asked to work a shift tomorrow night so I'll only be running until 4:30 PM.
>>2607455What about opportunity lost while it's away. We just came up with some fun gravity ideas
>>2607455I'm going to have to pass on the opportunity. Maybe if we were out there, I'd be more for it. But seeing as we're back here I say no. And if there worst should happen that they make it to the Run we can use it then since it'll be shit going down hill at that point.
>>2607390>[ ] Loan on condition of replacement
>>2607390>[ ] Do not make available at this timeIt's an old Mk1 variant, so if I remember correctly it's slower, the singularity takes more time to charge/discharge, and the armor isn't as good either. I'm really not keen on loaning it out at all, if there's a shortage of them who knows when we'll get a replacement? They could lose it and not replace it for several years.
>>2607498>What about opportunity lost while it's away.The same as opportunity lost by having salvage ships up near the front instead of operating in the Run or South Reach. At this time you've decided not to make the gravity well generator available to the Alliance. If things get desperate they have an Alliance representitive on planet that should be contacting you personally.
>>2607390> Fuck you pay me>>2607843
The Run continues to see increases in civilian traffic as traders wanting to shave time off the flight to South Reach pass through. Some stop for fuel, others don't, but in the end it's a net positive in terms of improving the local economy. The other members of the Run Alliance are reaping the benefits as well. House Nirium still controls a great deal of territory outside the Run and have been stepping up efforts to ensure there are similar options available for transports there. According to reports it looks like they're trying to undercut your fuel prices. It may go farther than that. Nirium still officially controls an uninhabited system with a realignment point in the Run. It now looks like they're preparing to construct a logistics station in that system. This could even further cut into the Run Alliance's profits. What did you want to do about these problems?
>>2607937Bring this to the attention of the other Alliance members.tl;dr: Talk to members of the Run Alliance, Nirium may be trying to subtly force its allies to be more reliant upon them.Especially if they are allied with Nirium, I thought Nirium wanted to help its allies. Make them stronger, not more reliant upon them for everything. We certainly cannot force Nirium to not build a logistics base. But I'm certain pressure from their allies in the region could be used to force them to either reconsider building a logistics base in a different area or to keep their prices equal to that of the logistics base in the Run. Unless of course the other houses that are part of the Run Alliance are okay with relying upon House Nirium for everything? Because if profits for the Run Alliance go into the negative, I am pretty sure that most houses allied to them will turn back to Nirium to help support them and then the slow death of the Run Alliance itself.A thought, the system is uninhabitaed, yes? Well what will happen if they build a logistics base there? A whole bunch of ships will enter that system. Some of them mostly though traffic. But we've had trouble with refugees trying to settle on our world. Before and after the logistics base was built. And we have a military pressence on the world and in the system.What do they think is going to happen if refugees see a habitable world/ system and no one has any colonies or active military present there? And we've seen with the latest race that refugees can be crafty. Having corvettes with camo netting and other goodies to hide their pressence on a world. Do the members of the Run Alliance want a world full of squatters next door to them? It may technically be claimed by Nirium. But Nirium certainly doesn't seem to be putting any interest in it other than building a logistics base. Which will almost certainly cut into the Run Alliances profits and make its allies in the region more reliant upon them.
>>2607988>habitable world/ systemThe system in question does not support any planets suitable for terraforming. The only gas giant in system has barely any Helium 3 present. It is primarily useful as an FTL realignment point.
>>2607996Then why build a logistics station if there are no habitable worlds and the the station will be relying upon fuel being shipped in from elsewhere after a short while?That seems counter intuitive and more like an under handed attempt to under cut the Run Alliance. Unless they are well aware of it and are hoping to gain some short term returns and force those present in the Run to be reliant upon them once freighter traffic sees a 'cheaper' route for gas.
>Bring this to the attention of the other Alliance members.>Which will almost certainly cut into the Run Alliances profitsDo this?
>>2607937What's the price of a Kavarian Stellar Harvester?
>>2608051It currently costs [not for sale at any price] S.Iratar is rightly worried it could be used as a weapon and want to prevent that from happening. The Dominion's intelligence assets have been working diligently in attempts to acquire data on it. So far more than a dozen spies just from the Dominion have been caught or killed attempting to escape.
Requesting a meeting of the Run Alliance you're informed that Baron Khyor Binil is offering to host talks. You suppose that's fair given the number of times things have been held on Rioja. The other members of the Run Alliance have always wanted their fair share of inclusion. Binil does not have many colonies in the Run, and you're momentarily worried the meeting might be held on Kaartinen. Fortunately its on their other colony closer to Rioja. The world seems to be building up nicely with only a few atmospheric processors located here and there to maintain things. After everyone has arrived you thank the Baron for hosting the meeting. Once things get underway you make available the information on House Nirium's fuel price fixing along with their plans for a station in the Run.Most of the Barrons are less than happy about this. "They're trying to drive us out of business.""Or make us hurt enough to make a deal with them." suggests Ull'ek Kadnil. "We can't afford to drop our rates and still make a profit. A big House like Nirium can weather local losses without much difficulty, and scoop up most of our customers in the process."Binil is the only one not terribly bothered by all of this. "And why should this concern us?""It should concern all of us." Replies Kelly."I mean why should it concern House Binil. We don't have any territory directly on the trade lane."Kelly frowns."Neither does House Trin'qua, that doesn't mean we're going to let them treat us like chumps." >What say?
>>2608165SO many things to say.> We don't have any territory directly on the trade lane."So? This will subvert or destroy the economy of several members of the Run Alliance. Even one being negatively affected will make it's mark on all others. And if someone perchance is forced to do something drastic? Even one member being forced away from the Run or out of the Alliance could risk destroying all of it. We are all in this together. United. If we do not work together like this just because we do not feel the direct results of outside interference then why even bother with the Alliance to begin with?Now. Call it what ever you want but to be blunt. This is economic warfare Nirium is now waging on us. I do not know what caused this. We are suppose to be in good standing with them and all but apparently they now no longer consider us this. None the less I would like to have a chat with their leadership and simply ask "What the fuck". Their response could tell us A LOT of how they now see us and how we should respond locally and to our respective leaders.
>>2608165Not sure how other anons are viewing this, but this is my view.The way I see this. Nirium wants to force its Allies in the Run to remain dependent upon them and cause the Run Alliance to break/ fracture. So that they can consolidate control of the Run under their house. While other houses like Binil or Trin'qua might not be immediatly affected by this implementation of a Nirium logistics station. It will adversely affect its allies. And when its allies start to feel the pressure, they'll either fold and fall in line to Nirium's designs or have to suffer for not being part of Nirium's plan.I don't want to suggest that Nirium is that petty. That they would actively harm their allies in the Run, by usurping their own source of income. Just to ensure that they remain loyal to Nirium. But I do really feel that way.A thought, is the Run Alliance solely being financed by the logistics station on our side? Or by other means? What are the primary means of income that supports this alliance of houses in the Run?Jumbled up thoughts:*Nirium wants to build a logistics station*Logistics station to be built in a system that is a realginment point*Nirium is undercutting the Run Alliance Logistics Base, therefore undercutting the Run Alliance*Nirium can afford to lose money on an unprofitable logistics base*Not all houses in the Run Alliance will be affected by this (Binil and Trin'qua)*When the Run Alliance loses a reliable source of income it will adversely affect the majority of the houses in the Run Alliance*Nirium is possibly doing this to force the Run Alliance to the bargining table, to what end we do not know
>>2608246>What are the primary means of income that supports this alliance of houses in the Run?Trade, salvage and shipyards. The Faction Wars era battlefields provided a huge amount of salvage potential, though by now they're largely being exhausted. Scrap and salvage has helped to provide materials and useful components for the shipyards in the region. Not just those that your House operates. As the easily reached graveyards have neared depletion the locals have augmented the yards with more local industrial output and mining to keep them in operation. Salvage income helped give those a kick start thanks to their funding. Leading into the Civil War and since then, trade has steadily increased. Due to more worlds being located closer to the other slower trade lane through the Relay trade used to follow it. As the Dominion continues to exert its renewed influence on South Reach there is increasing traffic that only wants to get there as quickly as possible. All of this new traffic passes through the Run.
>>2608292>Due to more worlds being located closer to the other slower trade lane through the Relay trade used to follow it.Also because the Run was full of pirates.
>Nirium is undercutting the Run Alliance>When the Run Alliance loses a reliable source of income it will adversely affect the majority of the houses in the Run Alliance>This will subvert or destroy the economy of several members of the Run Alliance. Even one being negatively affected will make it's mark on all others.>If we do not work together like this just because we do not feel the direct results of outside interference then why even bother with the Alliance to begin with?>This is economic warfare Nirium is now waging on us.Stress these points and suggest that the Alliance ask Nirium for an explanation?
>>2608333Unless other anons want to add other points to bring up, yes.
>>2608333Yes.This seems about it.
You've bided your time as the others argue. Once there is an opportunity you ask to speak. "Nirium is undercutting the Run Alliance. When the Run Alliance loses a reliable source of income it will adversely affect the majority of the Houses in the Run Alliance. Houses Binil and Trin'qua have both benefited economically from the increased trade thanks to being able to move their goods or supplies to allied systems on the main trade route for sale.If Nirium is threatening to subvert or destroy the economy of several members of the Run Alliance. Even one being negatively affected will make it's mark on all others. If we do not work together like this just because we do not feel the direct results of outside interference then why even bother with the Alliance to begin with?If one of the outlying worlds nearer to the nav hazards were under attack we would come to your aid wouldn't we?"Most of those present immediately agree that they would. Even Binil reluctantly, so though he points out this is now the same. "This is economic warfare Nirium is now waging on us." you reply. "I would suggest we treat it as much."Baron Ull'ek Kadnil has a suggestion."If this is economic warfare there are other ways to escalate. Ones Nirium will not be so willing to tolerate.We have many connections with the Navigators Guild and with other Houses specialising in FTL drive components. It may be possible to locally cut off House Nirium from access to new systems being produced in this relay. They produce some themselves but much of their business is done through the guild. That could be disrupted."That would be a major blow to Nirium. Even if they figured out who was responsible within the day it would take them more than a week before they could bring in more equipment from other colonies. Binil being the defacto Nirium supporter at this meeting is reluctant to make such a bold move. Really they'd rather not even be associated with it, though Khyor admits something should be done. "We should simply contact Nirium and ask them for an explanation first."Before attempting that Kelly has another idea. "Blockade of their construction site. The Run Alliance can conduct inspections of all ships that are headed just to that system to help with construction. That would slow them down, and give us more options as leverage."You ask your host if they would care to establish contact with the former Ruling House. When asked what is going on they reply that they're responding to the shift in trade lanes by constructing a new station that they can better take advantage of it. As for the drop in fuel prices they claim it's merely to promote trade between the Centri Cluster and South Reach. Making it cheaper for traders to make the trip should help that a great deal.Few of you are satisfied with this answer. Most feel that actions in the Run should consider the position of the Run Alliance as a whole. >cont.
1) 1a) We don't want your logistics station there 1b) We'll allow it under conditions1c) Any station there will belong to the Run Alliance2) Refusal will be met by...[ ] Economic escalation[ ] Blockade station site[ ] Offer to buy the system (Make it an offer they can't refuse)
>>2608495>1a) We don't want your logistics station there For the simple reason that it is damaging to our economy.>[ ] Blockade station siteThis is relatively simple to perform while not being full on escalation. We want continued trade and good relations with Nirium. By doing this we show solidarity and that we will not accept them trying to bully us without us resisting. Should they fail to respond to that we can escalate matters.
>>2608503You could also reserve the threat of economic escalation for dealing with their fuel prices.
>>2608495>Baron Ull'ek Kadnil has a suggestion.I like his idea.>1)1c) Any station there will belong to the Run Alliance>2) Refusal will be met by...[ ] Economic escalationand they can avoid this by either selling to the Run Alliance, maybe even to House Binil so that their ally has some skin in the game that is the Run.If they do sell the system to the Run Alliance/ Binil. We could move the current logistic station there. And just import gas from local gas giants in the Run. It might up the price a little bit on fuel, but it will still be profitable and keep trade income into the Run Alliance.
>>2608503#>[x] Any station there will belong to the Run Alliance>[x] Economic escalation
>>2608503>1c) Any station there will belong to the Run Alliance>[ ] Blockade station site
>1c) Any station there will belong to the Run AllianceSo this combined with Economic escalation and blockade. Blockade initially and if they don't respond favorably increase to Economic escalation? Will write up a full post when I get back from work!
>>2608768>Blockade initially and if they don't respond favorably increase to Economic escalation?By lack of responses while I was gone I'm guessing everyone was ok with this compromise?
>>2609974Yes. I'm surprised Nirium went on the offensive to be honest, I guess they don't have to play Neutral now that they're not the RH?
Well, it has taken the better part of a month bit I have finally managed to get all the way through the archives. It really is amazing seeing just how far we have come.
Baron Kadnil, being recognized as the more politically neutral member of the party speaks on behalf of the Run. "The area known as the Smuggler's Run is a region under the mutual protection of the members of the Run Alliance. All members. If you take action within that region that would negatively impact the members of our Alliance then we will have to ask that you cease and desist. Immediately."The Nirium representative, a new face you're not familiar with, seems rather surprised with this."You haven't chosen to exercise this right in any way when it comes to our territory within the Run before.""We are now." Kelly points out."Actions in the Run should consider the position of the Run Alliance as a whole. Any logistics and fuel station you wish to place along the trade lane in our area of control will blong to the Run Alliance. Through cooperation we have built up a chain of powerful fleet bases in the Run. You can either cooperate with us or we will blockade the construction site."The representative of the former Ruling House gives the assembled Barons an "Are these guys serious?" look. After a few seconds they turn to their local nominal supporter."Baron Binil, I would care to hear your opinion on this."Binil, who until that moment was trying to stay out of sight, is quick to realise that tactic is futile and instead performs an about-face."My peers do seem to have a legitimate grievance. Their suggestions are not entirely unreasonable." "I see... Give me a week to discuss this matter with the right parties and I will be happy to negotiate a possible solution."[ ] Give him time, but watch their House [ ] "You have a day."[ ] "You have one hour."
>>2610137>[ ] Give him time, but watch their House
>>2610137>[ ] "You have a day."
Resuming tomorrow, hopefully around noon.
>>2610137change it to>[ ] "You have a day."
>>2610137>[ ] Give him time, but watch their HouseLet's give them the benefit of the doubt
>>2608076> Iratar is rightly worried it could be used as a weapon and want to prevent that from happening. Bringing us to my plans for using the Sun as a solar lasing weapon.
>>2610137>[ ] Give him time, but inform them that you won't wait to take actionWe aren't clerks or service workers, but Nobles with our own responsibilities as well. If it takes Nirium so long to organize their household that's their problem. The Run had always required fest decisions and decisive action and if they can't cope with that then they shouldn't be here in the first place.
"You have a day." you reply."That will hardly be enough time." "It will have to be enough. I'm sure everyone here would like this resolved before the holidays."That gets several nods of assent from the others. Once the channel has been closed the group discusses possible responses and how to deal with them. The main concern is that you still haven't dealt with the issue of the price fixing.Baron Kelly shrugs. "Not much we can do. If they sell fuel cheaper farther inside their space or closer to the guild stations there isn't much we can do about it.""We still have the economic options we discussed."You suggest saving those until the outcome of the station situation is resolved. "If they don't want to compromise on the station then we'll drag the fuel issue into it and combine it with our demands for the station."Binil surprisingly has another idea. "Regional Economic Development tax.""How will increasing the tax on our customers help us?" asks the House Pantaq Baron."Not on us, on anyone passing through the Run who has purchased fuel from House Nirium at the reduced rates. Anyone refueling from our stations or those of our allies outside the Run at normal prices are exempt."If Nirium does agree to bargain on the station but not on the fuel prices that should provide a long term response. Early the next morning, before the Run Alliance Barons have resumed to see Nirium's response, you're contacted by Avun. She's been remaining on stand by should there be an emergency while you're at the meeting. While you've been busy some of her people have acquired the station construction plans. "They're going to bury a gravity well generator inside part of the station structure. Once the station is finished it should be completely concealed. They're planning long term and getting ready for the next big war between the Houses.">What say?
>>2610905Let's let that issue sleep for now and save it to be brought up during negotiations so we can put them on the spot and accuse them of trying to start the next war.
>>2610939I am liking this plan
>>2610939This sounds good
>>2610939I can live with this.
>>2610905Is there any hard evidence of the construction yet' or just the plans?
>>2610905Oh.... Oooohh.... OOOOOHHHHH....>>2610939You. I like you anon. Distract them with the angry noble and then slide in the knife between their ribs when they are distracted. So devious. Full support.
>>2610978Just the plans, which don't say in big bold letters GRAVITY WELL GOES HERE. It just happens to have a planned empty section the exact same size as one, with structural reinforcement and power supplies necessary to support it. Construction wise they only have the basics started. It looks like the station would be partially completed before installing the gravity well.
You thank Avun and promise to save that info for the negotiations.Later that day you're called in to resume the previous day's meeting and prepare for Nirium to make contact. Amazingly they're on time. The previous Baron that you'd talked to has apparently passed this issue off to their superior because none other than Count Al'mari Nirium is on the other end of the com channel.Now you're getting somewhere. The Count was in command of the Nirium forces deployed to this relay during the Civil War. "I understand that the Run Alliance is unhappy with not being consulted on issues taking place within our territory.""All territory within the confines of the Smuggler's Run." Kadnil confirms. "I wasn't aware the Run Alliance were still such a harmonious group.""We are when it comes to making money and people endangering our bottom line." "I see. Your proposal is that the Run Alliance would control this refueling station?""Correct." Kadnil confirms. "We would be prepared to partially invest in the station's construction as we have done on other projects such as the establishment of fleet bases. Our Houses would expect to receive a commensurate share of the station's profits. We would also have the right to garrison customs patrol forces there.""Are your own stations inadequate for your customs forces?""No, but your station would be well placed as a deployment location. It is at a key realignment point. It would also allow each of us to keep an eye on our joint investment."The Count is clearly not pleased with this proposal."House Nirium is not accustomed to allowing permanent garrisons from multiple minor Houses to hold what could be key installations without our own territory. We legally acquired the rights to that system from House Posat much as each of you scooped up territory for yourselves." The Count's hologram locks eyes with each of you in turn. Your own world was picked up partially as a result of House Posat beginning to collapse."However-" Al'mari resumes. "As these are new times with a new Dynasty a compromise may be possible. We would be willing to permit permanent customs forces from each of your Houses not exceeding 500 active duty personnel, and up to 6 ships. As we are the majority investor and it is our territory the Houses of the Run Alliance would have half the station profits split between them."[ ] "How would it make any profits with the fuel at these current prices?"[ ] Express concern at what must be a giant fuel tank, totally not a gravity well hardpoint[ ] Haggle over % and garrison[ ] Other
>>2611024>[ ] "How would it make any profits with the fuel at these current prices?"
>>2611024[ ] "How would it make any profits with the fuel at these current prices?"Play it cool. Wait for the right moment to slid that knife.
>>2611024>[x] Express concern at what must be a giant fuel tank, totally not a gravity well hardpoint"The Run Alliance has been developing a distributed, balanced infrastructure plan. During the previous conflict, we all saw how the invading forces made a concerted effort to capturing vital infrastructure such as weapons and fuel facilities. Such a large volume of fuel that the station looks to carry would be an incredible strategic target in any conflict, have you considered reducing its size?"
"How would it make any profits with the fuel at these current prices?" you ask."It's merely a temporary measure to promote trade between the Centri Cluster and South Reach. Making it cheaper for traders to make the trip should help that a great deal."The Count repeats the party line almost word for word. "Just how temporary would these measures be? Some of us have privately owned and operated fuel refineries that might be endangered should this continue for too long. Unless of course you would be willing to compensate them appropriately and purchase their fuel at their normal rates.""No doubt refineries in House Nirium space are offered similar deals are they not?" asks Binil, continuing your line of questioning.This is one thing the Count isn't going to go for. "They are temporary and you would earn more profits thanks to the increased trade. We have provided assistance to a number of local producers in our own House. Likewise your Houses can afford to support the few very minor producers during the short period of time they may have difficulty. This is being done to help the Dominion's Houses in South Reach in addition to ensuring stable relations with the South Reach League. The new Dynasty most likely prefers the current state of affairs with the SRL, allowing them to purchase more super heavy hulls."Oh so they're trying to make this seem like the fault of the new Ruling House are they?[ ] Counter offer (What?)[ ] "Maybe we should ask the Ruling House?"[ ] Express concern at what must be a giant fuel tank, totally not a gravity well hardpoint[ ] "Would the new Dynasty prefer to establish a gravwell generator in the Run?[ ] Roll out Binil's tax idea[ ] Other, combination?
>>2611091At some point > Make the offer for a higher buy-in on the statio if it could be used to provide military security for the region. Say if a Grav Well generator were to be designed into it. That would guarantee the investment in it by the other members of the Run Alliance.What's better than exposing their plan? Stealing it.
>>2611091For now > [ ] Roll out Binil's tax idea
>>2611107>Make the offer for a higher buy-in on the stationAs in the Run Alliance completely buys it out?
>>2611107>>2611091There isn't necessarily a reason we have to create an enemy here by being too harsh on this topic remember.This both gives them an out if they need it while forcing them to I close us if they want to build the grav well generator.It would be different if we had something already built we could confiscate.
>>2611110Either that or that it's managed properly by a significant portion of RA employees as befits a strategic military asset.In exchange for that support they could provide incentives to ease the fuel price issues.
>>2611110I mean hey, if they want to pay for the construction that's fine so long as they aren't the only ones in control of the grav well generator.It's another thing entirely for them to build their castle on our doorstep.
I have an idea on how we can directly compete with the Ruling House in addition to providing infrastructure for the local area.If we were to use Gelsan accelerator systems to provide a fuel-less transport lane, we'd be creating traffic flows to the exact locations we want, and incentivize trade ships to pass through the exact systems wanted.
>>2611121Oh I like this.
>>2611121Using them to accelerate a ship up to jump speeds will only help locally. Ships need a lot of power for the long jumps to other relays, which means their reactors use a lot of fuel over the course of the entire trip. If you can stop for fuel in one of the relays without diverting far from the main lane it saves a lot of time. Rioja has been a good spot for that, so has the Forbearance yards for military ships. It would take a rather long time and a lot of resources to build up accelerators at every jump lane and realignment point just along the Run. For 8 course correction points you'd need at least 2 accelerators each in order to quickly assist traffic going in both directions. The resources required could be used to build 48 super heavy cruisers.
>>2611136Oh, that sucks. I thought the Gelsan were using them to move around the entire relay nav hazard zones.
>>2611167They are, at sublight speeds. Its accelerating them to greater than 60% light speed. They generally only place them in systems they intend to colonize. And since they dont have hundreds of ships coming through a system per day they really only need 1 per system and can take the time to aim it where needed.There is one mobile accelerator that can jump around in the areas of undamaged space where using FTL isn't a terrible idea. It's being used to send ships at high sublight into other nav hazards in the region. >>2611112Just to be clear here you're asking for more control of the station and to have them pay you when they'd prefer to do neither of those things.
[ ] Counter offer, Run Alliance has full control of the station[ ] Counter offer, even split for control of the station, all parties[ ] "Maybe we should ask the Ruling House?"[ ] Express concern at what must be a giant fuel tank, totally not a gravity well hardpoint[ ] Roll out Binil's tax idea[ ] Other
>>2611173> Just to be clear here you're asking for more control of the station and to have them pay you when they'd prefer to do neither of those things.That's fine so long as they refuse to accept a Grav Well being built there then.> ] Counter offer, even split for control of the station, all parties
>>2611178>[ ] Express concern at what must be a giant fuel tank, totally not a gravity well hardpoint
>>2611178[ ] Counter offer, even split for control of the station, all parties>[ ] Express concern at what must be a giant fuel tank, totally not a gravity well hardpoint
>>2606035>>2606146Found it. http://mangareader.info/manga/2001-nights/4
>Comment too long
"I have a suggestion for a counter offer."All eyes turn to you. A few of your allies seem a little worried you might say something disastrous. "I would suggest an even split of control of the station between all parties involved. Equal garrison forces, profits, all of it." "This is still system. That would demand a larger share at the very least." points out Al'mari. "I'm not done yet." you reply, then pick up your data pand and skim through it. "I think the others would agree that safety at a refueling station is one of the most important aspects of operations. Because of this some design changes may be necessary. This section here for instance, the very large stasis reinforced fuel tank more than a kilometer in diameter. I think we've all seen those explode enough times just fighting the Warlords to realise that installing it almost in the heart off the station is a mistake."The others trade odd looks not entirely understanding so you hand off the pad to Kelly to look over."I'm assuming it's supposed to be a stasis fuel tank. The only other thing that could possibly require that much power would be a gravity well generator. Surely that can't be the case, because if it was that could be seen as a provocation that would start the next war between the Houses." "Son of a bitch." Kelly curses before showing Binil. The other Baron flips through the plans then zooms out to check the scales involved."You said this was a refueling station! These plans would see it become a fortress!" The Count acts as though this doesn't change anything."We do intend to make sure the station would be able to defend itself should it become a target. It could be upgraded to either a fortress or a more substantial trading station over a period of several decades."Ull'ek is next to speak gesturing for everyone else to quiet down. "And the gravity well generator? Are you denying that you intended to place one there?" "Clearly no point in denying it now. We intended to use it as a defensive measure should relations with the SRL break down again. This is the shortest route to the Centri cluster, a raiding fleet must pass through here. Which is even more likely to happen since you have a pirate base inside the the Run."Foss and his mercenaries have been careful to play by the rules since establishing that base. Any actual pirates not on their payroll who have tried to trade goods stolen from the Run have been killed and their ships captured.>Cont.
[ ] Bullshit, this is to fight other Houses / remove your station[ ] The offer stands, even split of control[ ] Help House Binil to buy the system [ ] Help House Trin'qua buy the system You can tell that some of your options might have more -or less- of a political impact on relations with Nirium than others. Binil is still Nirium's strongest supporter in the Run Alliance. They may be more amenable to selling the system to them in the hopes of making use of it later. Like Binil, House Trin'qua lacks any systems directly on the Run and would be eager to acquire it. They increasingly don't have the best relations with Nirium and would be all the more grateful to get hold of the system themselves. This would be certain to anger the former Ruling House a great deal.
>>2611326I honestly have no idea what to do here. On one hand we can now allow this to stand. It's just not possible to allow them to build this fortress right on our border. On the other hand we really can't afford to get on shit terms with Nirium. But really they are acting like complete douchbags here and seems to almost WANT to provoke a reaction that would sour relations with all of us. Something is strange here.
>>2611324> [ ] The offer stands, even split of controlOtherwise if they fear that the run is such a danger to the Dominion, maybe it would be more appropriate to get the Ruling House involved in it's defense. We would much rather have the Run deal with the issue on its own, but if the House Nasidium insists the threat is too great who are we to deny that it requires the intervention of the *Ruling* House. Honestly if they still can't see that we're going beyond what we are obligated in order to be reasonable with them, we might as well accept that they don't intend to deal honestly with us at any point and chalk diplomatic resolutions up to a total wash.
>>2611326>[ ] Help House Binil to buy the system
>>2611347They just aren't really used to not being the ruling house anymore I feel.They're trying to build up backdoor power, but they are trying to use their position to smother opposition.So if necessary we will just kick it up to the Ruling House to act in defense of the Dominion as a whole by buying the system out at a reasonable price I'm totally sure and then building an outright fortress in that location.
>>2611217That's pretty dope.Space is terrifying.
>>2611324>pirate base inside the the Run."What a bigot. They're clearly law-abiding privateers and he should respect their pronouns.>>2611326>[ ] Help House Trin'qua buy the system
>>2611324Actually instead of >>2611359Quite frankly I wonder if the Count should even be in charge of these negotiations if he's so unaware of the implications. Even if he was honest in his desire only for defending the Run, to refuse to work with us is unacceptable.We already caught him trying to do this in secret and he's just brushing us off? Nirium would owe us for the insult alone, much less us being willing to still work with them.Shared control AND a defined and set term on the fuel price cutting or else we go to the Ruling House with the issue for arbitration asking for complete control of the system to be handed to the Run Alliance as a whole to build a fortress and fueling station in.There are goddamn limits to shamelessness,and ir should say something when it's someone with our reputation calling them out on this.
>>2611377>>2611361Why not have it be officially part of the entire Run Alliance owning it? Make the Alliance a bit more if an official institution [/spoiler]future House of its own while acting in line with Nasidiums own reasoning that it's a matter of more than just local security so they can't argue against it.
>>2611393I thought about having Binil and Trin'qua share control, but I didn't think that they would agree.Having the Run Alliance as a whole buy it out might work
>>2611326>"Clearly no point in denying it now. We intended to use it as a defensive measure should relations with the SRL break down again. This is the shortest route to the Centri cluster, a raiding fleet must pass through here. Which is even more likely to happen since you have a pirate base inside the the Run."That's a low blow. And a poor excuse. Foss and his group have been doing their best to work within the rules since that base was established. Lets not forget those so called *pirates* have been working with the Dominion in protecting the interests of the Dominion from the Neeran threat. Those so called pirates who are right now out there on the front lines fighting to protect the Dominon. Rather then using this amazing oportunity to raid the Run and all our holdings, while most of our forces are currently deployed elsewhere.I don't see them building a fortress to apply a strangle hold on the Run. The only ones I see doing that right now is Nirrium. But if they are so concerned about the future safety of the Run. Then they should hand over the system to their currently strongest supporter in our number, Binil.But I still think it is bullshit that they want to build a fortress there. Right in our front yards.I am upset with Al'mari Nirrium. I wonder how many more of these stations they have built elsewhere in strategic locations so as to have a strangle hold on key locations against minor houses? Once we're done with this. I want to make sure B'H is aware Nirrium is likely building up fortresses like this in key areas and to be on the look out.>[ ]Other, either remove the station or sell the system to Binil. Putting the system and station in control of the Run Alliance.
>>2611393>>2611398A jointly administered system? There are precedents, but in the Dominion those cases rarely end well. If there is a disagreement it quickly becomes a target. Though split between so many might actually mitigate that somewhat.Another option would be to buy the system and give the title to a neutral group like the Dominion Knights on the condition that only the Run Alliance together has the rights to a jointly operated base there. Though that's likely to be just as messy. Ensuring that one House has rights to the system should be the least complicated method.
>>2611437In that case I say we should get Binil it. They are the closest to Nirium should they should face the lest opposition. Nirium get's their fortress to help protect all of the Dominion from the spooky pirates, just like they wanted. Only they wont command it and use it as a potential staging ground into the Run. Which ofcourse they never would because it is only there in case of pirate raids.
>>2611493If we're going to offend Nirium then let's go all in.>[ ] Help House Trin'qua buy the systemIf the Run Alliance idea seems too complicated.Maybe have Trin'qua be the majority owner and the rest of the RA be minority shareholders to divide the costs - and profit.
>>2611527>>2611326See here now.
>>2611326> [ ] Help House Trin'qua buy the system
I was writing it having them make the choice of who to sell it to Trin'qua or Binil.
>>2611571Sorry to come in late and wreck everything :(
You could go on a lengthy tirade about the abuses of the major Houses but if you did it would probably take all day and ultimately wouldn't change anything. "I intend to provide monetary aid to House Trin'qua to buy the system. They can choose to remove your station, take ownership of what you've already built or split it's operation among the Run Alliance.""And if we do not agree to your terms and hand over control of that system?"You look to your left towards Baron Kadnil who quickly takes over."We will blockade the construction site and begin economic escalation against your House in the region. We can begin in as little as 18 hours.""You are all minor Houses, even yours Viscount. We could break your economy.""Not without endangering war factories and shipyards vital to the war against the Neeran." You point out. "The Ruling House has guaranteed the protection of Jerik-Dremine and the Emperor is aware I would not test that protection lightly. Either sell the system or allow things to fall into a trade war. If the Ruling House needs to mediate this problem you won't get any money for that system. They might take it for themselves but at least they would abide by the treaties we have with them."The Count remains silent for a long while considering options. "Ownership of the system will be sold at the standard calculated price for for a high value trade lane. No less. We will remove our stations, outposts, sensor and communications relays from the area in question. Do you intend to chase us off the remaining colony in the Run now that you've ensured it will remain habitable?" [ ] We're just protecting the Run[ ] Might as well
>>2611672>[x] We're just protecting the RunIf you had approached us with this plan, like the Alliance had with their project in the region, we could have worked out terms early and not lead to this escalation.
>>2611672>[ ] We're just protecting the RunAnd what >>2611699 said.
>>2611672> [ ] We're just protecting the RunIt's a shame that it needs to be protected from another House within the Dominion, but they're the ones who put us in this position.
>>2611672Can we send recordings of this to make a formal complaint against them as well? Or keep the recordings at least.
>>2611672>[ ] We're just protecting the Run
>>2611699Hell, if they had backed down even slightly in these negotiations and not just treated us with contempt there could have been a different outcome.
"We're just protecting the Run. If you had approached us with this plan, like the Factions Alliance had with their project in the region, we could have worked out terms early and not lead to this escalation."With that taken care of the Count closes the channel in order to get to work evacuating the system. Sure enough the former ruling house begins clearing out anything of value that isn't needed to maintain communications with their remaining colony in the Run. Which isn't much. A good deal of the station equipment is relocated into orbit of that world, which should help their economy. That planet definitely needs it.House Kadnil begins to look into other ways to mitigate the fuel issue. The easiest is to convince the Ruling House to support a similar economic initiative to assist in building trade with South Reach. They'll pay the difference to allow your Houses to lower their prices appropriately.Before you depart Khyor Binil asks you a question. "Why House Trin'qua? Was it out of spite?"
>>2611809[x] I flipped a coin
>>2611809I voted for having Binil buy it. But I can see the usefulness to having Trin'qua be the ones purchasing it.Trin'qua has shown to be adamant against the station from the outset. While Binil only seemed against it when they learned about its real purpose. This way, Binil can maintain its standing/ reputation with Nirium and should Nirium decide it wants to be a bully to the Run Alliance, Binil can act as the voice of the Run Alliance to other houses. If Nirrium is going to disregard the alliances its allied houses make. I wonder what the other houses will think.
>>2611809I am not really sure what we should say but we might want to help Binil out with an investment if they are in the need.Poor Binil seems to get the short end of the stick a lot.
>>2611809> Nirium had already tried to sneak in one way, could you honestly say that your House with it's closer ties could have resisted their pressure if they had approached you alone?> If you need to start disengaging from them, though, we will be more than happy to aid your house in that as well. You are a valuable member of the Run Alliance and we don't want to expose you to unnecessary danger by putting you in the middle of our interests vs a Great House like Nirium.
"There were good reasons for either of you I suppose. At least this way you're not as likely to have lost as much of your standing with Nirium. Hopefully at least you will be able to talk to them still. Talk some sense into them about not building forts in allies back yards without asking first.Let me know if you need any help with investments. You're right that your House doesn't benefit as much from Trade along the Run. On top of it all you have to deal with Kaartinen. That can't be easy.""No, it's not. Fortunately they haven't tried to nuke each other recently. I'll see if any projects are in need of investments. Thank you.""I wonder how many more of these stations they have built elsewhere in strategic locations so as to have a strangle hold on key locations against minor houses?""Dozens if not hundreds. They were the Ruling House for a few centuries after all. Lat'tham needed assistance to construct their fortified facilities in the next relay."Good point."I hope our next meeting of the Run Alliance isn't quite so eventful Viscount. Good night.">Run Alliance +10>House Trin'qua +30>House Nirium -50
The holidays are fast approaching when Vanderwal manages to acquire some of the data he was after. It looks like the Alliance is counterattacking with a much more powerful fleet than suspected. Nearly all of the older Mega class ships that made up the Iratar reserve and home fleets have been sent. "They're leaving the shipyard undefended?""Hardly. They still have a dozen training ships plus those in line to undergo upgrades or conversions. Even a mobile fortress that's supposed to be refit for fleet support soon. We also don't know how effective their stellar matter harvester would work as a weapon system. It's a safe bet anyone going near that system would regret it."With the Iratar reserves deployed that adds nearly 300 Supers to the lines. Outdated or not they still have a respectable level of firepower and can support smaller ships. "So is the counterattack going well?""For now yes. They've destroyed a few ships that were generating gravity wells. The fighting seems to be keeping the enemy focused more on the fleets rather than trying to get past them to the relays. They are having trouble with sensors but so far they've managed to coordinate the entire fleet's communications to keep a solid lock on their position for jumps."This could mean a lot if the Alliance no longer needed to rely on the navigator relay network. By the sounds of it they might be limited to where they can safely operate without tremendous force being employed. "There was another matter I think you'll want to know.""What is it?" you ask."The AI Vera is gone. The base you visited has been disassembled.""Wait, what?! Why would they disassemble it?""Either the project has been scrubbed, or they don't need it anymore and they're simply to covering their tracks." Given what you saw when visiting that station years ago it seems unlikely they'd cancel that project. That must mean it's progressed to operational status. With the massed Alliance Fleets out in the Crystal Sea they would probably greatly benefit from AI boosted fleet coordination.
With the already hectic holidays you're having to deal with added confusion of a pair of several week old babies. How do normal people manage it?In the days leading up to Christmas the populace doesn't seem to be very much in the mood for celebrations. Too many are waiting and watching to see if family members will return from the fighting alive. Was there anything special you wanted to do for the holidays?
>>2612020Good have all the families who have family that are currently deployed to the front lines send out gifts/ presents to their loved ones and we can offer to pay for shipping. They may be holding their breaths, but it may do their loved ones some good knowing that they still have family back home waiting for them and wishing them well from back home. If I were out there fighting, having any gift come to me during the holidays from family would be great. Especially if there has been a ton of heavy fighting and losses recently.Also, maybe see about coordinating with out techs and scientists about having Rioja be covered in snow for the holidays? So long as it isn't detrimental to the environment.How old do the kids need to be before they can safely traverse through space? Could make a surprise visit back home to the family. Also, we need to get a gift for Troy, what are some things that he might like to receive? Then we should also of course get gifts for our friends and allies.Also, if kids are able to make space travel. Show up at Winifreds with kids and jokingly ask her if she's ready for two more recruits to come through her ranks. Add a couple more white hairs. If they aren't able to make the trip, send a a few bottles of some quality Rioja wine and a letter saying it is an apology in advance should she have to deal with two more pilots from us in a couple of years.Other ideas, Sonia goes salvaging! Are there any nearby places that we can go and salvage? Or are we gonna have to wait until we deploy next year?Also, a message from us to Chen, to be sent to Versa, wherever she is. "Be safe, be well and have a merry Christmas." With an actual gift meant just for him of course.
>House Nirium -50For our house, or us personally?On a side note, we should probably spend a bit more time focusing on the diplomatic aspect of our role. Make sure that we're on the same page as the Count so when we make these decisions we don't accidentally work at cross purpose to our house. I don't know how much time people want to spend focusing on the politics of our allies, but it might not be a bad idea to set up an inter-house cooperative development bank for the Run if one hasn't already.I kind of want Fadila's opinion on the current situation in the Run (how are the alliance members generally, are there any specific pressure points we can use to strengthen ties or block opposing interests), the DRH 01 Relay as a whole (what are the bigger power players up to, are there any situations we can use to advance our house's longterm interests, actors acting against our interests, etc.), and an update on the House as a whole. Also, whether it's time to expand our local/regional diplomatic footprint.
>>2612042>How old do the kids need to be before they can safely traverse through space?In theory as long as the artificial gravity is fairly good they should be fine. That hasn't stopped refugees from crowding aboard old rust buckets with kids.>Troy, what are some things that he might like to receive?Being a big fan of bikes and horses just about anything related to them. A powerful gun that could be fired one handed from a jet bike would be handy too. Preferably one that doesn't have terrible range.>surprise visit back home to the family.>Show up at WinifredsThese are in opposite directions and it takes more than a week to get to each. Trip to Dremine before new years, then plan a trip to South Reach in a month or two?
>>2612115>For our house, or us personally?Both. Fortunately J-D still had a standing in the +70's with them. So it could be worse.>Fadila's opinion on the current situation in the RunWill update following holiday arc.
>>2612129>Trips to Dremine and South ReachFamily as a primary visit. Also I would guess we would need to visit Troys parents and show them the kids in person at some point? Does he want to show them to his parents?Then South Reach afterwards to talk to Winifred and Daska after, yeah I feel that works. Not sure how other anons would feel about it, but I think it's time to go there.>Troy giftsA bike and a Plasma Pistol and a melee weapon! Make him into a lighter version of a mounted space marine with plasma pistol and melee weapon!>Space travel with childrenHuh, neat well if Troy is cool with it. And doctors say it is okay.>Personal/ House standingYeah that would be bad for us if we greatly affected our houses standing with Nirium more then we already did back during the civil war. I agree with >>2612115 anon. We should see if there is a way to make sure our decisions can coordinate more with the houses needs. Sure, we can talk to the count almost whenever and we did get specific instructions from him before leaving Dremin to boost the Run Alliance unity. But I am almost positive there is more he or the council could want from us. But just rushing head long into something and potentially ruining relations or some plan others within the house may have had going on. Like the Count working on making a lasting alliance with Phobos. I would hate to ruin that.
>>2612215>Family as a primary visit. Objections?>Also I would guess we would need to visit Troys parents and show them the kids in person at some point? Does he want to show them to his parents?Presumably, even if only to reassure them that yes they're real. I've been up since way too early and am burning out. Will be resuming Sunday evening.
A series of PSA's thanking our troops for their service and reminding our people to extend a hand or seat at their table to the families who are missing members this holiday season.Sitting for a family portrait (or picture if the kids won't sit still) to go over one of the mantels. Discussion with Troy over which in-laws we'll be visiting and when. Gifts for family, friends and allies. See if we can do some sort of a secret santa through our officer's club.For Troy, see if we can find a one handed weapon which can be hooked up to his jet bike to draw additional power. Or if he likes rebuilding bikes find him a cool project.An unrelated thought, could we use Drake's (and the other Baron who's name I'm forgetting's) local problems as training grounds for our intelligence and special forces? We get our people valuable experience in the field, they get additional resources at a substantial discount kind of arrangement. I know Drake didn't want our help, but this wouldn't be a charity case or us muscling in on her turn. Just one Baron making use of a mutually beneficial arrangement with another.Also, should we get something for the count or have Troy/Fadila take care of it?
We need to do something nice for Avun. That intel was key for the Nirium negotiation.
>>2612492Definitely, we need to do something nice for her. That was critical info that helped bring heat on to Nirium and put to light their plans. However "noble" their claim might be.
>>2612020>Was there anything special you wanted to do for the holidays?Snow on Rioja with the weather machines?
>>2612129What about a horse that turns into a jetbike?
>>2612922 #>Snow on RiojaRun this by all the experts first to make sure there won't be unintended consequences. Like tornadoes, killing large swaths of terraforming grasses and plant life, causing large scale health issues if the civilians in Rioja's equatorial region don't own cold weather appropriate clothing, etc.
>>2612042>Also, a message from us to Chen, to be sent to Versa, wherever she is. "Be safe, be well and have a merry Christmas." With an actual gift meant just for him of course.Also ask Vera to bring us back a souvenir or two
>>2612020Christmas tax break?
>>2611407>Once we're done with this. I want to make sure B'H is aware Nirrium is likely building up fortresses like this in key areas and to be on the look out.Agree with this, make sure BH knows what is going on here as likely elsewhere.
More burns, more tick bites but I'm back. Kinda wiped out from work still so we'll see how many posts I can put together tonight.
>>2618848Outside is the best though.
>>2618873It's not bad but could do without the worry of lyme disease.>>2613153>What about a horse that turns into a jetbike?Like a robot horse with jetbike abilities? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vMLr1Ch7sgo
>>2619142I'm hoping that transformer-horse anon was joking because I don't actually see Troy going for a robo horse. It wouldn't have the top speed, maneuverability or ascetic of a bike, not the "working with live partner" appeal of an actual horse. Maybe I'm wrong, but probably doing a feasibility study on creating wild mustang herds on Rioja, getting him a classic bike to work on, or pieces of art that capture the essence, thrill and adrenaline inducing nature of either of his hobbies. Also, weapons and personal shielding (something capable of mitigating a crash and arms fire for when he's riding) seem like good gift ideas.
Preparing for the holiday you publicize a program to ship military care packages from families to deployed service members. Compared to how much you usually spend on things this is trivial. Refugee transports headed back to the colonies near where the fleet is operating are contracted to get gifts for the troops most of the way there. Contacting the Knight Commander you ensure that arrangements are made to get things the rest of the way there. Gifts are also sent to Admiral Chen and Versa, though you're not entirely sure they'll be able to get through. Just in case a message is sent via more conventional means along with the gifts. The message reads; "Be safe, be well and have a merry Christmas."Well if it doesn't get through it's the thought that counts. Talking to the weather control teams and that have been testing wider usage of the system across the planet you ask for some snow for Christmas day. If it won't cause problems that is. Their main worry is damaging the crops present in the agricultural areas surrounding Strymon. As a compromise with the groups actively managing your farm land light snow is arranged. Ground level remains warm enough that the crops won't be damaged by frost. Unfortunately this means there isn't any snow on the ground, but the effect is nice. With enough planning before hand it might be possible to arrange for a real snowfall in the future.Perhaps a snow park is in order?Sending out gifts for everyone you know becomes a monumental task. One that means you ultimately resort to gift cards or bonuses for people. Avun As you plan on departing for Dreminth no later than boxing day you ask the Governor about tax free boxing week sales. That's sure to give the economy a good kick. Next year a tax free week one month before the holidays could be implemented.>>2619189>Also, weapons and personal shielding (something capable of mitigating a crash and arms fire for when he's riding) seem like good gift ideas.>>2604900>It's a specially modified form of power cell armor the jet bike units now use, both for protection and to more easily make use of anti-tank weapons one handed. It looks quite a bit like commando armor.The jet bike teams have rather good armor already that provides quite a bit of protection. Newer bikes also have a stasis emitter to protect the pilot during a crash. The backseater is generally screwed either way since there is little protection for them. Some models have additional protection for the passenger and these can be upgraded with a stasis system as well, though that wouldn't do much for weapons fire.
>>2619238. . . . Are there jet bikes with AM afterburners?
>>2619238> backseater is screwedMaybe sartart investing in a universal safety conversion kit to add a stasis field that can optionally cover both riders? Otherwise we're not going to be able to take the twins on rides with us once they're big enough. Also, let's not use antimatter propulsion in atmosphere. Probably would send the wrong message after we just cracked down on that yacht racer.
>>2619238How is Illya doing?
>>2619270No. No there are not.That would be like making a Vespa 150 TAP that was propelled by davy crockett nukes.>>2619315It is considered high risk and not suitable for children. But yeah a civil version with better stasis field coverage would be good.>>2619360>How is Illya doing?Currently training and recruiting more knights back home.
>>2619407So you're saying it's possible.>>2619315Nobody said the Jetbikes had to be used in atmosphere.
With Troy's insistence on using what is effectively a light unarmored starfighter as his preferred method of doing battle you figure he could at least do with some upgrades. Firstly a Bike nearly identical to his personal vehicle, but this one equipped with the latest stasis shields developed by Baron Dante. To make up for the power draw a more powerful and efficient reactor is fitted, ensuring that the vehicle doesn't gain any weight from everything. Construction of a plasma carbine is commissioned that can be connected to a suit or the bike for power. It is effectively a Mark 7 plasma pistol with a longer barrel and beam containment systems allowing it longer range. Troy is overjoyed with the gift. There is only one thing he finds wrong with it which he only admits when you're on the flight to the Homeworlds. The stasis shields cause a great deal of drag when activated which can make the vehicle difficult to control. Especially if they're only active on one side. It could be worth the trouble though. You ask what sort of surprise to expect for your own gift."Isn't the gift of two beautiful children enough?""If you're not joking I'm going to hurt you.""Yes, I'm joking." Troy has procured a set of beautiful rings with different inset gems that look very similar to your wedding ring. These you're told are assassin rings, each containing a small weapon with a single charge. Most have an energy weapon though some have poison. "These will get through nearly any scanner undetected.""That's certainly handy.""If you kill another noble with one of these and get caught... well, don't get caught."Most people who know you are aware you keep a holdout pistol. Odds are your enemies are aware of this by now. It keep their attention focused there and not on the hidden ring weapons Troy has also gifted you a new holdout. Though it does still have a stun setting this one is more likely to penetrate or disrupt heavier armor in regular operation. Lastly you've been given an item of last resort to be added to your medical kit. It's called the Guillotine Helm, a piece of equipment you'd suggested some time ago. This would enclose the head and sever the neck a safe distance down the spinal column, encapsulating it in a stasis field. Not ideal but it could mean the choice between life and death.You can't imagine any of these trinkets were cheap.
>>2619701Wait.Troy isn't richer than us is he?
>>2619713No, but he has access to more old nobility connections to acquire certain things.
>>2619701>Head in a Helmet, instantly reminded of that scene with the dudes head on a turtle.Not sure how that would save our lives... but I wont doubt that it could be useful in certain situations...
>>2619701I love it, he knows just the gifts to get us. We can even fulfill social obligations and not make a scene when they insist we remove our numerous anti-tank weapons.
>>2619767I mean we should still make a bit of a scene to focus their attention on our known proclivity for solving problems with overwhelming firepower.I also think we should get monomolecular nails that have snap-off caps for our fake arm.
>>2619743>Not sure how that would save our livesIt would be a complicated process to be sure, but certainly possible.
Question, while you're on holiday do you want Verilis on standby aboard the Outer Heaven at Rioja? Or would you prefer to take your Command ship with you? It's not quite as fast at FTL, though I suppose a few temporary modifications would fix that.
>>2619819Leave it there at Rioja, we got the Bittenfield or one of the other many warships in our command to fly. Heck we could take 'The Great Devourer' this time.
>>2619819Leave it on Rioja for now.How have Anti-Neeran intel operations in the Run been going? Has Vanderwal seen an increase in potential saboteurs and reconnaissance efforts?
>>2619827Bittenfeld is permanently stationed at Dreminth on standby should it ever be necessary to evacuate family members. The Great Devourer (Average FTL) 10 day travel timeExcalibur (High FTL) 6 days?High Speed Luxury liner (High FTL)EC-K (High FTL)Cloaked Battleship (Average FTL)Eminence II (Average FTL)Equally fast escorts will be assigned whatever you pick.
>>2619889>Excalibur (High FTL) 6 days?
Not making a lot of progress typing so resuming tomorrow.
>>2619701Oh hey, a nanny bag. Well that's pretty swell.
>>2619889> The Great Devourer
>>2619889>The Great Devourer (Average FTL) 10 day travel time
>>2619889Excalibur is the only choice here. Got to go fast.
>>2619889>EC-K (High FTL)
>>2619889> The Great Devourer Pimping in style
I knew I was tired, didn't think I was sleep 11 damn hours tired.>>2619889The Great Devourer still makes for a good backup command ship. After spending a great deal of time on a cramped cloaked ship for the Sphere expedition it's accommodations are quite nice. Regardless of how long ago now it was made you're reminded that they didn't spare any expense when building this ship. While you were away Tes'us made sure a number of upgrades were performed on the now 15 year old ship. Updated shields, engines, most of the weapons, sensors, medical, even the attached LST had similar upgrades. "Sounds like you were busy.""Aside from kicking the occasional upstart off the Outer Heaven I didn't have a lot to do commanding a squadron of your personal warships.""I hope you at least have been keeping up their training.""Of course."
>>2620852FULLYAUTOMATED LUXURY SPACEFEUDALISM
The other Battleships and Battlecruisers among your escort squadron have seen similar upgrades. Mostly that's resulted in additional weapons or more powerful engines and shields. It seems the Razor class Battlecruiser aren't completely useless at long range now. Ten days are spent in transit, mostly helping to look after the kids, but also getting used to the ship layout again. Interacting with the crew it seems they're all quite happy that you're back. Quite a few of them attended the wedding festival when you first returned to Rioja. Gunnery crews for the main cannon are the only ones who don't seem to be in tip top shape. They're aware that their gun, though amazing in 4024, has now been outstripped by newer models. It still outperforms the latest Dominion models, with or without holographic cooling systems. Despite this it may be time to acquire a newer gun. They've put in a lot of hours on this one so they won't be happy to see it go, but at the same time they're aware that it won't perform like the latest and greatest if called into action.That can't be good for the morale of the rumored cult. "There is no cult sir. Occasionally we've used Paraffin wax as an electrical insulator in hard to reach places of the gun. This temporarily improves the energy efficiency without requiring the addition of more permanent insulators that would cause other problems for the gun. As it's only temporary it needs to be done on a regular basis ."That sounds almost legit. You're not sure if you 100% believe that explanation but as long as they don't start sacrificing crew members from other departments to keep the gun at optimal you don't care.Troy has brought along his new carbine but you're not entirely sure if the firing range on the Devourer is suitable for either of you to make use of your plasma pistols. You are able to try out the new holdout and find it has a surprising level of kick. It's some kind of charged ion particle beam. By the time you arrive at Dreminth it's into the new year. First stop (after being thrown up on again and changing your clothes) is to see your parents and little brother. Mom can't believe she managed to live long enough to be a grandmother."Who are you and what have you done with my daughter?"
>>2620900"We are the Borg. Your biological and technological distinctiveness will be added to our own. Resistance is futile." "In my defense I was drunk and Troy took advantage of that""I don't suppose this is a good time to share the plans of impregnating myself with my own DNA to create a copy of myself to become my heir?"In all seriousness."I got things to do and this was the best time for having a child. It's not ever year that I get over a years worth of vacation all at once. Now help me do something about these puke machines before they vomit on me again."
>>2620900It is time to develop a new spess lightning gun, a lightning superweapon
"I got things to do and this was the best time for having a child. It's not every year that I get over a years worth of vacation all at once. Now help me do something about these puke machines before they vomit on me again."Mom bursts out laughing, while pointing at you. "Oh my goodness, you used to do the same thing!""How long did it take me to grow out of it?""A few months. How much are they throwing up? In volume."You indicate the size of a typical patch they might have thrown up on. "Oh that's nothing, everyone's babies throw up that much. Honestly Sonia part of me was convinced you were faking the whole pregnancy thing to keep me from bothering you. I still wasn't sure as you seem to have lost all that baby weight.""That took a lot of work." You tell her, leaving out the minor cosmetic surgery. Ethan is a little weirded out by his niece and nephew but your father is more than happy to risk picking them up. You remain on planet for the next two days, spending most of that take at your parents. The rest is out at your lodge spending time in the deep forests of your property away from the bustling cities and interiors of starships. The kids are too young to really notice the change of scenery much. You make sure to take a few branches with the feather like redwood needles to put near their playpen. In the coming year you hope that the Manor property will be finished enough of its development to allow planting of redwood saplings. Some of the greenhouses have been growing trees using seeds taken from your property years ago. On the last visit to your parents place leaving becomes more difficult as the media has belatedly realised that you're on planet. More than one hundred reporters, independent or otherwise have largely blocked off the main entrance. [ ] Use rooftop shuttle pad[ ] Secondary exit[ ] Personal guard clear a path[ ] Distraction / one of you make a statement to the media
>>2620967>Avoiding the MediaLets have it look like we plan on heading out the secondary exit, but instead we take the shuttle pad exit. Can we get an LST to pick us up?
>>2620967> [ ] Distraction / one of you make a statement to the mediaRaffle off the opportunity to take baby pictures with us and the family.We will accept cash, inside information, and rare/experimental technology.Alternatively they can have a media cage fight, last man standing rules.
>>2621026>Can we get an LST to pick us up?Yes, though a shuttle would be less immediately obvious. >>2621027Those are some interesting ideas. I don't know how legal some of them would be.
>>2621035Fair point about the shuttle. Maybe it wont be to bad to let a few media people in to take photo's of the family and kids. Seeing how that is probably their main reason for swarming now.So maybe have security screen a select few trust able media people to let in and we do a few picture takes? While we wait for a shuttle to get ready to take us away.
>>2621027>>2621049So combine things? Leave with the shuttle for now, but let one of your people make an announcement for a Raffle or Auction for media rights?
>>2620967let them take some pictures, then leave via shuttle
>>2621061Yeah might as well get a slice of the action. They're going to be paparazzi anyways.
>>2621035My other idea was for a combat interview, they get to ask questions fir as long as we get to keep shooting at them.To be fair, we wouldn't even use our plasma pistol.
Sending one of your people down to the entrance they make an announcement for a Raffle for rights to get pictures. An auction would simply favour whatever media chain had the most money available. They're able to throw things together surprisingly quickly and soon have drawn a pair of names from those present. Checking them through security they're brought up to the shuttle pad in time to see you leaving. As they did pay quite a bit just to get into the raffle you and Troy make sure to stop and wave for them while they get their pictures. Either of them are only offered a chance to ask a few quick questions then you're boarding the shuttle and headed into orbit. That should keep some of the media happy without giving them too much.A short trip to Loran later and the four of you are being received by the Harmen family. They're quite happy to see their grandchildren and potential heirs, though they show it a bit differently from your own parents. Troy's mother takes a few minutes to hold both Eleanor and Leon. Having a bit more experience she's quick to hand them off to one of the waiting nurses when one starts to burp a bit more, heralding the appearance of a bit more baby sick. Clearly she knows a thing or two about keeping her good clothing safe. Lord Harmen himself seems a bit more standoffish and uncertain at first but does seem to see enough of a resemblance in Eleanor that he begins to act a bit more satisfied. Later in the day you're called to take part in an updated family portrait. It seems the Harmen family tries to keep a large portrait at their main holdings with all of the immediate family and heirs. It's a big affair and gives you a chance to meet Troy's various cousins, many of which are competing for inheritance. It's a bit nerve wracking to be honest. More than a few present probably want your kids dead even if they might not personally bear any ill will towards you. In part because of this you're only too happy to get the hell out of there.Anything you wanted to discuss with the Harmen family while on planet?
Fucking hotmail. I didn't even have time to memorize my email password this time before it was necessary to change it again.
While in the area you have a short meeting with the Count. He's understanding of your decision to prevent Nirium from completing their interdictor station. That obviously needed to be blocked one way or another. He's less happy that relations with that major House have taken such a substantial hit in the process. "As in many situations there is a right thing to do, the wrong thing to do and the best thing to do. You absolutely did the right thing by exposing what Nirium was up to. The way you went about it could have been better.Finding a way for the Run Alliance to hang onto that station, or ensuring a House that was less hostile to Nirium was given control of that system probably would have been the best thing. Even with the risk they might try to subvert House Binil to regain control of the station later, that's something that could have been fought in the shadows. A fight in the shadows, that neither side can acknowledge is happening, is less likely to publicly impact standings and relations." Also discussed is your decision to hire Foss to support the J-D fleet. "That was a wise decision. From what I'm hearing of the intensity of the fighting we want to keep ships like Forbearance from it until the last possible moment.""How bad do you think it will get?""I don't know Viscount. I can only hope we'll beat them back without sending too many more fleets to help."
Before departing for the Rioja once more you receive an intel report. Substantial enemy raiding forces have penetrated into the relays between the Centri and Pandora clusters. Those regions are already known to have some enemy units operating there. Because of this they may try to reach areas deeper in Faction Space.Interception units have been strengthened along the edges of the Centri Cluster. With additional penetration of the Nav relay network expected the Guild has requested additional ships to be positioned near their stations. Mike and those from his unit that have recently deployed with the Alliance have been transferred to a Rovinar light cruiser squadron equipped with FTL upgrades. They're on their way to the Alliance base in the DRH 1 relay since they're familiar with the region.With his preference for sometimes odd ships you'll have to see if Mike needs any money to buy one of the vessels at the end of his tour. While the Devourer and its escort are in the middle of the long jump you get word that the nearby Terran Relay is seeing increased numbers of enemy raiders and that some are confirmed as heading towards DRH 1. >Did you want Verilis or Avun to deploy part of the fleet to the Navigator station to assist in defense or interception duties?
>>2621239yes, Verlis for interception
>>2621141>ask the in laws a questionIs that Death World going to be one of their harder jobs?>>2621239Verilis
>>2621287>Is that Death World going to be one of their harder jobs?It will certainly be difficult and messy. Removing radiological contaminants is a pain and will require more unmanned systems and maintenance difficulties. Safe disposal is it's own problem but there are groups that deal with those issues.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ig7ZQlBYkUcVerilis deploys a number of dedicated units to assist with interception duties. They rebase to the small J-D shipyard and facility near that particular guild station. Your minor House allies that are nearby likewise get ready for a fight. By the time you arrive in the Relay small numbers of raiders have reached some areas and are trying to evade interception forces. Groups that were making for the other nav stations have been largely destroyed. Checkpoints have gone up and civilian traffic passing beyond the far end of the Run are being advised to operate in convoys for the time being. Verilis is actively pursuing an enemy Delta Medium with the newer Eminence II's while other J-D forces are protecting House and allied facilities. The EC-K units are forming the core of the pursuit forces hunting down smaller craft. Mike's unit has been given the considerably more hazardous duty of intercepting incoming ships out in deep space. That explains why he got the job. You all have experience with FTL intercepts, except he can now drop a full volley of SP torpedoes into a ships engines."Nothing bigger than a Medium Cruiser?" you ask once safely back at the capital. "Not so far." answers Admiral Tama. "Unless they go to ground we estimate the last of the raiding units should be wiped out within 48 hours."1) Against current enemy forces.1A) Deploy more ships to help capture that Medium1B) Let Verilis handle it2) Do you want to position a more substantial J-D force closer to that Nav station to prepare for any other enemy arrivals? The Alliance the Guild aren't reporting any more inbound at this time but that could always change. Odds are you'll get some warning before hand.2A) Wait2B) Ask Avun to position near station2c) Position Forbearance near stationback in an hour
>>2621388>1)Give Verilis some additional ships to capture that Neeran Medium get some more salvage!>2)Get Avun near the station, and give her permission to call up the Forbearance should Alliance or the Guild detect any incoming fleets/ forces large to pose a credible threat. This of course will mean we will need to get Forbearance primed and ready to jump. Maybe not at maximum readiness, but make sure they are alert and ready to respond should Avun call upon them.
>>2621388On a slightly random aside, should we be vetting/contracting tutors for the twins yet? I assume there are a finite number of first-rate contractors available that are actually trust worthy (i.e. not spies) and can be put on retainer.
>>2621388Did they fix image posting yet?
>>2621388How similar, or not, are the nav hazards in the Crystal Sea to those at the center, norther and southern regions of the DRH 1 Relay?
>>2621388>1A) Deploy more ships to help capture that Medium>2C) Position Forbearance near stationIf we were to make Forearance look weaker than she is, and keep Foss's super relatively undiscovered, I wonder if we could draw in an enemy heavy looking for an easy kill? Forbearance would look pretty anemic to them, being one of the few Champion class in use. Then we surprise them with Foss and bag ourselves a whole heavy.
>>2621559Different type. The Run's nav hazards are nearly all a result of massed Veckron Torpedo usage. The crystal sea has warped space and subspace instabilities in addition to the usual problems one might face in a long jump. The upside is that they're unlikely to tear open a rift just by jumping like you might in the Run. >>2621564>keep Foss's super relatively undiscoveredFoss and his super are currently deployed with the J-D Expeditionary Force that Sonia sent to the front. You payed 400 million S in addition to some salvage rights for his fleet's services. His super was equipped with J-D owned Iratar siege cannons.See: >>2595401>>2595648
>>2621583Ah shit.Mount scrap to the Forbearance to make it look like a junker?
>>2621674Easier done than said. Only down side is that it would get in the way of most secondary weapons and the repair pads.>>2621388 (You)Tie breaker anyone? Just a question of what to put near the nav station.[ ] Heavy Carrier[ ] Forbearance
>>2621710I still believe that having Avun and her carrier there is the better option. Since it can put out enough of a fighter screen and have enough escorts and corvettes in its care that it can bog down any attackers long enough to get Forbearance there for back up. Or if slip past they can send out groups of corvettes to track them and then we can get Verilis on them or take them out ourselves in the Outer Heaven.If we're going to move the Forbearance anywhere, we should move it closer to the relay so it can respond quickly to any summons to guard it. If that means working something with our allies in the RA, then we do it.
You send a few more ships to help Verilis with her capture operations. A Cloaked Battleship or two with additional LST's should certainly help out. As for stationing one of your heavier vessels near the station, both have their advantages. Until you get warning of other threats coming in you've decided to hold off on assigning one. Avun suggests reinforcing the nearby shipyard though as an intermediate step. It will certainly save your forces time getting over there since fewer quick routes connect to that station. By the time your reinforcements reach Verilis she is on the verge of cornering the enemy Medium, having destroyed most of its escorts. Her own ships are taking a bit of a beating. Those phased plasma beams still pack a punch. The newly arrived reinforcements are well equipped for boarding operations, hitting the vessel with a salvo of shield breaker torpedoes. These are much preferable to heavy antimatter warheads. Those just destroy all the salvage. With the added help Verilis quickly overwhelms the vessel and hits it with LST boarding teams. Dominion Veterans equipped with various models of newer power armor storm through the ship. They're backed up by more marines in power cell and hard plate armor. Teams secure engineering centers before the crew can conduct too much sabotage and prevent the captain from activating a self destruct. Several hundred crew surrender including 5 Neeran officers with the captain among them. [ ] Turn over POW's to the Alliance[ ] Turn over POW's to House Intel
>>2621850>[ ] Turn over POW's to House IntelHold on to them with House Intel, unless the Alliance specifically requests/ demands the prisoners be handed over.I wonder what are chances are of finding more of those Rovinar we encountered on the Sphere. See if we can't use them to 'help' the Rovinar continue to keep their secret. And get a favor out of it. I doubt there will be any but I can hope, right?
>>2621873>unless the Alliance specifically requests/ demands the prisoners be handed over.They haven't yet. Fleets fighting for the Alliance are required to do so. Right now the Alliance only makes up a small portion of the local forces fighting the Neeran in this relay. >I wonder what are chances are of finding more of those Rovinar we encountered on the Sphere.Pretty low.
>>2621850> [ ] Turn over POW's to the HouseThey can then turn them over to the Alliance if they wish. But we gotta recoup our heavy personal investment in this fight.
>>2621850>[x] Turn over POW's to House IntelWhen was the last time we engaged in a good old fashioned boarding action? I bet we could rush entire sections with our Sphere Armor.
>>2621884Verilis falls under J-D command and was working in concert with us and the Run Alliance/ Dominion forces and not part of any Alliance task force or fleet. So yeah, I think we should be fine in having her turn them over to House Intel. If we are really worried about the Alliance saying something about how we are a general and should have told her to do so. We can have Avun or someone else from J-D tell her to hand them over to House Intel. That way the Alliance cant get upset at POW's being kept by J-D.
POW's are handed over to house Intel. They'll see if they can gain anything useful before the Alliance asks about them. One thing is for sure they're not going to be hired to help with R&D projects like Nasidum did. RSS send their Kilo out to collect the crippled ship and haul it back to Rioja for repairs. While that's going on it seems that all or most of the other attackers have been dealt with throughout the region. Within a few days Neeran weapons and equipment become available on the black market. Most are damaged in some way but others are in good shape. The Delta Medium has quite a few detachable corvette hard points allowing them to act as powerful turrets. Able to carry an impressive 28 corvettes this thing out guns most medium cruisers, but its power systems can barely allow half of them to fire at once. The spine of the ship is also a bit flimsy. If a Shukhant were to ram one it might snap in half.Thanks to the House engineers ever increasing familiarity with Neeran hardware they'll be able to return the ship to space worthiness. It should be sent to Loran for a proper refit through. They might even be able to improve on some of its design flaws.
>>2621952>If a Shukhant were to ram one it might snap in half.Can we recommend this to the Alliance as a totally viable tactic and to purchased Shukant ramming plows?
>>2621952>They might even be able to improve on some of its design flaws.I am good with them improving the ship and getting rid of that flaw. Also what >>2621968 suggested of recomending to the Alliance to ram those things until the Neeran learn to protect that side.
>>2621968>>2621975Suggestion sent.Given the current situation do you still intend to plan a trip to South Reach?
>>2621993Stop in Rioja and reassess the situation.
>>2621993See how well things are looking in the Run first. See if there are any fleets heading our way from the other relays that need to be dealt with.
>>2621952>Within a few days Neeran weapons and equipment become available on the black market.If we weren't so damn recognizable these days I'd say it's time for a shopping spree.Let's put a pause on the visit to South Reach until we can evaluate the situation.
Jan 16, 4040You're back on Rioja and the recent Neeran raids into the relay have been crushed. It may have been quite a few years since fighting in the Relay in the Civil War, but the local Dominion forces have clearly not forgotten how to deal with raiding attacks on their territory. Vanderwal continues to get updates from up at the front through back channels. The Alliance is taking losses. The Neeran are using the natural sensor distorting properties of the Crystal Sea to stage ambushes on smaller Alliance fleets and independent units. Jed Enright has been killed in action. His ship the ACC Stormhawk was destroyed and is believed to have been lost with nearly all hands. The Alliance have regrouped, forming more powerful fleet groups often consisting of multiple ACS and AEXS protecting groups of heavier carriers. This seems to be working for now though the Neeran are now conducting around the clock attacks on these groups. Something Vanderwal is not able to uncover himself is relayed to the Factions the following morning. The Neeran are now believed to have developed teleport jammers. These are rendering emergency teleporters useless in their operation area. Fortunately they have a finite range, though what exactly that is has not yet been determined. The Alliance is requesting reinforcements of pilots and assault corvettes from all training bases. Similar requests are expected to be received by the Factions soon.
>>2622055I think it's time we petition the Emperor to reduce restrictions on Cloning.
>>2622078While it would be nice to have an army/ fleet of clones to send to the front lines to fight and die. There is a matter of what to do with those clones after the war is over and several centuries of Dominion history to go against cloning except in dire situations. And unless the Alliance wants to make it perfectly clear to the Emperor just how poorly things are that they request that he allow clones to be used. Us petitioning for clone restrictions to be lowered would be laughable if not politically suicidal. No matter how good a relationship we may have with him.
>>2622100That would way too far and why I suggested reducing, not removing restrictions. I'm thinking similar to the replacement of confirmed losses seen post-Civil/Nanite War.
"Where is Nel'odym and his fleet?"Vanderwal isn't 100% certain. "They're still in the Kavarian relay, probably helping to fend off attacks there. I think the Heavy Cruiser and the faster ships are assisting units deeper into the Crystal Sea. It's difficult to get much through from them. If I had to guess our fleet is being being use as a hammer. Whenever the Neeran strike at a heavily defended planet, the orbital defenses act as the anvil. Or at least that's what Chen was doing."Even with all of the upgrades the Super that Foss commands is just a well armed EX-Mega. The Alliance probably has them stationed there because it's more of a second line position. That could always change.Did you want to send any reinforcements to the fleet? Ships? Pilots?
>>2622180>ReinforcementsUnless Nel'odym sends us a message requesting reinforcement. Hold back for now.They better not have gotten Nel'odym killed and aren't telling us.
>>2622180I'd like to send a few more Mediums to bulk up the fleet if we have any.
Those Dominion Mega class refits that are carried out at the Forbearance yards have now been dubbed the "Dominion Enhanced Capital Ship." They've been added to the AEXS page on the Wiki along with appropriate redirects. >>2622272You have 7 Mediums not already assigned to escort duties, being prepped to head to Loran, or in use as Sonia's command ship.-Nautilus Fast Medium-Helios AM Torp-Kilo Torpedo battery ship-Shukhant/Crescent 7G-Monitor-2x Eminence II (A bit damaged)Another Monitor and a 7G should each be completed and launched from the Avoubic yards soon if you wanted to buy them.
>>2622418>if you wanted to buy them.Honestly, yes.
>>2622418I am just reluctant to send them out there because I feel as if the Alliance is being so tight on comms is because they are barely hanging on and the reason they needed to call in so many older supers is because they just did not have enough available to combat the current invasion.But if we were to send any, then, lets go with the two Eminence II's the Kilo and the Crescent
-230m Shukhant 7G-200m MonitorNote: The Monitor has seen improvements to increase survivability, though this has bumped the cost up a bit. It can be decided later if they'll be bought with Rioja tax money or Sonia's. >>2622450>two Eminence II's the Kilo and the CrescentAnyone else fine with this? Will be running tomorrow but it's going to be interrupted part way through by another relative's birthday party.
>>2622478If we buy them with Rioja money they are protecting Rioja, if they are bought with Sonia money they can be deployed after their shake down runs and crews are ready to go. That's my stance.
>>2622478I'd like to keep the Monitor in the Run and sent the Shukant to the fleet.
>>2622487Reminder that Rioja didn't have any money to buy ships before last year.
>>2622574Why aren't we just V-torping the shit out of the Crystal Sea if we can't traverse it anyways?
>>2622574Then with what >>2622540 said, Monitor for the Run and the Shukant that we get, we send with the other mediums to either join Nel'odym or back up any of the other fleets J-D has sent out to combat this threat.As for which money to use. If other anons want to use Rioja tax money to pay for it. Then lets use both Rioja and our own money to pay for them.
>>2622478What is our capability to support more mediums even?
>>2622812Should be fairly good. Mediums are nowhere near as resources intensive as Heavies are or Supers are.
>>2622812You still have some fleet capacity available iirc because of the moon base being added and Avun upgrading facilities at Kaptlyn.A lot of your capacity was taken up by that accelerator/siege array at one point which has since left your employ.
>>2623064. . . . We should totally make another one of those. But like. With a grav-well generator lensing the energy so that it converges into a point right at the target.Since for some reason nobody wants to run with my Solar Lasers idea. I wasn't joking about that.
Important question as I calculate the year's finances. How much are we charging for planetary course corrections? Most previous work was scaling up testing to give the crews experience and so were not really making much money. Calculate by maneuver or by planet?The job for Nirium only required one set of maneuvers. The job for House Pantaq required 2 sets, one in the outer system, another in the inner system.
>>2623084Depends on how they want to pay us.If we're only involved in the maneuver part, then by maneuver.If they pay by selling us land on the planet, or it's bundled with long term planetary development, then by planet.
>>2623084Based on the time the well was required?
>>2623107>If we're only involved in the maneuver part, then by maneuver.Being quite separate from the other terraforming companies (to mitigate losses should anything go wrong) they're just there to conduct the orbital correction maneuvers.>by maneuver.>>2623112>Based on the time the well was required?That's another good way. How much per maneuver that would require an average investment of time? 250m300m400m500mMore than 500 million? You could charge it since it's not like they'd get much use out of the planet without you. At the same time they're still going to have to spend a lot of money after that on terraforming once in its new orbit. That will make them reluctant to spend too much.
>>2623118500 million.Essentially however much we can charge without making it reasonable for them to get their own Grav Generators
>>2623130>Essentially however much we can charge without making it reasonable for them to get their own Grav GeneratorsBasic Gravwell generators cost 1 Billion. So if in the unlikely event a planet required 3 maneuvers to stabilize it might be cheaper to buy a gravity well themselves. Though they'd lack the specialized and experienced crews to make the best use of it.
>>2623133How muxh does it take to maintain the gravwell? Parts crew and everythig? I would imagine with all the specialized crap it would be quite expensive. Maybe not in the hundreds of millions, but still up there.>250-400 range
>>2622806>Why aren't we just V-torping the shit out of the Crystal Sea if we can't traverse it anyways?Odds are good that is being done to augment the firepower of the Alliance fleets deployed there. As previously mentioned the Alliance Admiralty has increased usage of Veckron weapons in areas not considered vital. >>2623185Thanks to the agreements with the guild the upkeep is more or less covered.So around the 400m range looks like. You just made 1.2 billion from those maneuvers conducted in the Run.
>>2623216I've already calculated your taxes for the previous year and I'm not doing it again so charges for last year were 400m per average length maneuver. If you want to lower it in the coming year to increase potential for sales that's certainly possible. 4040) Starting 9,133,413,373 STAX = -822.007mRemaining = 8,311,406,373 S
>>2623227[x] Buy another Mk 1 Gravwell
>>2623237We already have cash set aside to buy the gen 2/3 the newer one with focusing tech.
>>2623237There are none available at this time. You're already locked in for a new Mk3 that will be completed this year. The money was placed in escrow. In b4>Why do we have less money this year compared to last year?A lot of reasons.People paying back money you had the estate hand out while you were away was a big one. No big 5 Billion S dividends payout from HTF this year since there weren't any jobs finished this year. The Heavy shipyard only completed 1 ship this year. Salvage for RSS wasn't great and they've only just started work on the death world.
Money has been set aside for the new Shukhant and Monitor. The Monitor will remain in the Run as part of the defense fleets.>ReinforcementsA) ShukhantB) Shukhant & Eminence II'sC) Shukhant, Eminence II's, Kilo
>>2623243Ye but the faster we expand the quicker we can harvest up all the lucrative business contracts and get ahead of the competition.If we can get some Mk1 clunkers even for 1b, they pay for themselves in a year assuming a minimum of three planets relocated, and with a tighter schedule I bet we could squeeze even more. We weren't particularly efficient with the prototype, using it for testing mainly. Imagine what we could do if we had three of them out and about?
>>2623247>C) Shukhant, Eminence II's, Kilo>>2623259A fair point, but I can't see many Houses wanting to pay for someone to come fix their worlds, currently. Though after the out comes of fixing Pantaq and Nirium's worlds I could guess there would be more interest in it.
>>2623259I agree with anon on this. I would like 2 dedicated grav ships for planet work and a mark 3 for frontline work. The salvage haul should be better if the enemy can't escape. Then there are the jd world's we can fix. Like making rioja into a twin colony. >AWe already sent another heavy and we still need home defenses.in case anything bad happens or for when we rotate out our forces and launch our counter attack.More stuff to invest in.... I don't know at this point. All our bases are covered. I really want to see if we can align the second world in the Rioja system. So down payment for that maybe?
A Shukhant 7G will be sent to the front to further reinforce Knight Commander Nel'odym. A small escort will be sent with it. There are no additional gravity well generators available at this time. As a preferred customer who pre-bought the Mk 3 Gravwell your order can't be cancelled. The Alliance is now trying to buy out Gravity well generators currently in production from among the other customers.The Alliance is offering you 2.4 billion for the rights to your Mk 3. This is twice the retail cost. You could probably hold out for a higher bid.[ ] Keep the Mk 3[ ] Sell for 2.4 billion[ ] Wait/ask for +3 billion
>>2623302>[x] Keep the Mk 3
>>2623302[ ] Keep the Mk 3UUuuuhhhh. On one hand that's a lot of money. On the other I want to keep it and buy a third one like I said here.>>2623289Why so eager for all the grav well ships? Did they break all of their own in the crystal sea?To further go down the hole of Gravity wells for terraforming. Perhaps we could offer terms to people not wanting to pay so much cash for the moving of planets in return for them guaranteeing the Harmen family gets first dibs on terraforming at favorable rates? That way they save short term money and we gain more long term money.
>>2623317>Why so eager for all the grav well ships? Did they break all of their own in the crystal sea?Even if they didn't they need wells or ships with gravity focusing in order to safely move around in that area of space. The more they have the more options their fleets have for mobility.>Perhaps we could offer terms to people not wanting to pay so much cash for the moving of planets in return for them guaranteeing the Harmen family gets first dibs on terraforming at favorable rates? That way they save short term money and we gain more long term money.This is actually a very good idea. One I'm sure your in-laws would appreciate.
>>2623302>[ ] Keep the Mk 3>To further go down the hole of Gravity wells for terraforming. Perhaps we could offer terms to people not wanting to pay so much cash for the moving of planets in return for them guaranteeing the Harmen family gets first dibs on terraforming at favorable rates? That way they save short term money and we gain more long term money.supporting
>>2623302>[ ] Keep the Mk 3What the heck is happening out there? I get that the Neeran might be targeting these things. But is the Alliance just not protecting them well enough? Or are the sending them out into the Crystal Sea without a plan to pick them up or rescue them? It just seems like they are getting their shit kicked in what with their need for so many grav wells. If they need more then they should freaking tell us, I would be more willing to loan them a damn grav well if they were more open about what was happening. Because right now it just sounds like sending a grav well out to the crystal sea is sending the thing out to be destroyed.While yes, having the things active in a relay or in faction space is also risky. At least we arent throwing them out into an area with nav hazards and things that make it near impossible to cross.
Maybe they need so many because the Kavarian Protectorate went full power?
For now you've declined the offer to sell your new gravity well generator. You hold to your belief that more habitable worlds are needed to make room for displaced populations as a result of the war. >>2623407>the Kavarian Protectorate went full power?They and Iratar both have. They're building enough Mega hulls and frames that it's impossible to complete them all as ACS and ACC ships. Iratar's reserve of 300 Supers had been largely disbanded earlier in the war upgrading them to EX-Megas. That reserve has been rebuilt since then.Intel updates:The South Reach League has begun moving a large fleet of super heavies towards the Pandora Cluster. At least 60 Supers have been counted, what is believed to be nearly a third of the SRL's remaining mobile fleets. Intel believes these are being moved into position to act as a reserve force. The PCCG has recently completed development of new repulsor mass drivers that can be fitted to siege weapon turret hardpoints. The multiple guns in each turret combined have a roughly comparable damage yield to lower tech SRL produced scrap cannons. These have been dubbed Shredder Cannons. It is believed the PCCG intends to trade some of these weapon systems to the SRL for protection.
A message has been received from Count Jerik who has forwarded it from the Emperor. From: The Factions Alliance AdmiraltySecurity clearance: VioletTo the governing bodies of the Factions. As you are already aware the Alliance is currently engaged in a large scale battle in the region known as the Crystal Sea. Thanks to new technologies and starships the Alliance is inflicting heavy losses on the Neeran Fleets, losses the Admiralty believes will not be easily replaced for at least a decade.The enemy are not without their own resources. They are making use of tactical gravity well traps and more powerful Super Heavies to quickly kill vessels before fleet commanders can respond. We have since adapted to these tactics to further reduce losses. More difficult to adapt to is the presence of teleport jamming technology. While we continue to inflict disproportionate losses on enemy warships, our elite corvette units are being decimated. We are requesting immediate aid in the form of transfer of additional pilots. In highest demand are trained Assault Corvette pilots to bolster the forward fleets. Other aid would not be turned down. Increasing losses are anticipated over the course of this campaign. Despite this the Admiralty remains confident that the Neeran fleets are nearing exhaustion and will soon deplete their reserves. After this is signed the names of the Alliance admiralty. Appended to the message is another from the Ruling House.Houses of the Dominion, it appears that we are approaching a critical juncture in the war against the Neeran. The Neeran have committed more of their reserves to this latest invasion attempt than previously believed. Because of this it is essential that we break the back of their fleets here and now. At the same time it is imperative we do not exhaust our own fleets, thus preventing an offensive into the Empire. That day is soon approaching. For now I would request all Houses that are able to send at least some small measure of their pilot reserves to aid the Alliance. High speed transports are standing by at Alliance training bases to convey crews to the front. This is the darkness before the dawn. The Dominion and the Factions will emerge from the other side.-Emperor Aros Ber'Helum
Decide how you wish to respond to this. I have to head out for another relatives birthday party.
>>2623428not sure how many pilots we should send, but make sure that everyone that is sent, has updated memory backups
>>2623428Don't suppose now would be a good idea for clone volunteers go out in force?
>>2623426>>2623428If the Emperor is requesting that we (the Dominion) send units, it would ill behoove us to ignore his ignore his request. Taking into account our friendship with him, we should send some units into assist Dominion forces taking part in the offensive with the Alliance.So lets first ask for volunteers to head out. With promised monetary bonuses for those that volunteer and if the count is okay with it, knight hood and land on Rioja upon their return, if they show good leadership in the field. If we don't get enough what is the minimum needed to keep the Rioja fleet at peek effectiveness, before it starts to experience draw backs due to a lack of small ships?>birthday partyHave fun TSTG!
>>2623421>dubbed Shredder CannonsHow much? Sound like they're giant flak cannons.>>2623426Maybe it's time for Sonia to lead another fleet?
>>2623356>>2623330More or less what I suggested here >>2623107 so of course supporting.
>>2623426Let's go rock out with our cocks out! Can we get special dispensation for pilots lost in the fighting to be cloned from memory scans afterwards and given the rights of their originals, in light of the teleporter blocking?
>>2623463>make sure that everyone that is sent, has updated memory backupsDone. They should already be doing this but reminders couldn't hurt.>>2623470>clone volunteers go out in forceCould be done.>>2623491>How much? Sound like they're giant flak cannons.100mThey're mass drivers that fire slugs the size of heavy torpedoes at much higher speeds than the old mass drivers. (Those fired slugs similar in size to regular torpedoes at lower speeds.) You could theoretically fit them with suitable ammunition to act as Flak guns. They could also fire AM Heavy Torpedoes, though that would be a bit more complicated.>Maybe it's time for Sonia to lead another fleet?That is up to you.>>2623693>Can we get special dispensation for pilots lost in the fighting to be cloned from memory scans afterwards and given the rights of their originals, in light of the teleporter blocking?That would take a lot of political wrangling. Supposedly the Ruling House has already been increasing the number of cloning facilities since the Civil War in preparation for invading the Empire. Even with the Neeran war still raging not everyone has been happy with just how many facilities are being put online. Eventually Houses from J-D's size and larger are to each have a full size facility. These are expected to be shut down after the conflict is over.Rumor has it a massive cloning facility was being built that would provide crews cloned from all the main Faction species for the Super Heavy fleets. It is jointly controlled by the Alliance, the Ruling House and the Seven. Work was started on it under the previous dynasty so its current state is unknown.
>>2623926But isn't cloning the Dominions answer to Kavarian industry, Terran SP toros, Iratar V-torps etc? We aren't just handing over our super weapon are we?
"Start asking for volunteers to head out here. We'll promise monetary bonuses and incentives for those that volunteer and are sent."Lyas Cinayk promises to take care of those announcements. "More importantly, how many pilots should we send?" you ask.Tama begins to call up data. "Not so many that we can't field our full fleet in an emergency."Before sending out Nel'odym with 40% of the local J-D fleets there were 2736 warships of Attack Cruiser grade or smaller posted here. Pilot reserves were being built up to ensure an additional 50% of crews were available to allow the House to survive losses. In practice they had only achieved a 44% reserve.Nel'odym's Fleet = 1240 Pilots & Crews (at time of departure)DRH 1 Main Fleet = 1500DRH 1 Pilot Reserve = 1200Those in reserve status remain inexperienced and are made up of pilots recruited after the Civil War. So you have 1500 veterans and 1200 rookies. You need 1500 personnel to man your fleet.1) Up to a maximum of 1200 pilots, how many are you willing to send? 2) What ratio of vets to rookies would you prefer to allow? 3) Or will you let it depend entirely on volunteers? This may result in skewed ratios.>Volunteer only Y/N?
>>2624003>1) Up to a maximum of 1200 pilots, how many are you willing to send? 600 not including the ones who volunteer>2) What ratio of vets to rookies would you prefer to allow? One vet for every two rookies>3) Or will you let it depend entirely on volunteers? This may result in skewed ratios.Unless a hundred of more of our pilots, vet and rookies alike volunteer. I don't think the volunteer numbers should be counted towards the number we send out.
>>26240031) 700 Pilots2) 60/40 Veterans/Rookies3) Volunteers preferred but round out the fleets with some service required troops.
>>2623995>We aren't just handing over our super weapon are we?Hardly. The Alliance presence at such a facility would mostly be to calm the collective butts of the other Factions. An overwhelming majority of forces permanently stationed there would be from the Dominion. Conversely building it outside the Dominion would protect it from rival Houses easily annexing it.
>>2624003> A maximum of 400 vets and the rest of however many rookies want to go.Gotta limit our Veteran population. > A minimum of 1:4 ratio of Vets to Rookies to make sure some rookies survive to be vetsSo if 1200 people go in total we would want 300 if them to be Vets at least.Otherwise a minimum of 200 Vets and 200 rookies and let the rest be made up of volunteers l.
Oh good Windows update time.Wish me luck.
Good news, the update only broke nearly everything instead of everything plus things that were previously unbreakable.
>>2624010>I don't think the volunteer numbers should be counted towards the number we send out.Well unless you find a way to make pilots appear out of thin air to make up replacements they're being counted.Rephrasing this since it's a rather complicated question and I simplified it far too much to get it done quickly:3) Will you allow the balance of Vets to Rookies be entirely dependent upon whoever happens to volunteer to go?Yes - It's up to the volunteers. You won't interfere with the ratio.No - Use your ratio selection from question 2
Compromise between the 3 options so far. Somewhere between 500 and 650 pilots would be permitted. This would be at a ratio of 37% Vets to 63% Rookies.Thoughts?
>>2624289I think that volunteers shouldn't count towards it, unless they leave in a significant amount of numbers. I'm imagining only 10-50 of them leaving, vets and rookies. But if there is more support than I imagine among our pilots, then yeah definitely count them towards the pilots we send.>>2624331I'm fine with this.
>>2624331Can agree to this.
Within the day Lyas reports in with a list of volunteers from the fleet. A total of 391 have sent in applications to join the reinforcements. These include 244 vets and 147 rookies. Obviously not as many as you'd originally hoped for. Also these numbers greatly favour the more experienced pilots, which is a problem. If you stick with this number of vets and continue to fill out the remainder with rookies that should give you 650 pilots at the preferred ratio. Then it would just be a question of how to convince another 260 rookies to sign on. Any intermediate steps you'd like to take to improve recruitment? Fadila points out that it has been awhile since you've visited the training centers. Last year didn't exactly offer many opportunities to show off your flying skill.
>>2624390>Visit training centers?Sure, lets go wave the flag some for our pilots. Get them interested in performing their bests and standing out against pilots from other houses.I was wondering if we could suggest the proposition of keeping knight hood on the table. Not something that is promised, but as something available to do for the pilots that prove themselves and meet the houses standards for knight hood. Then I realized that may be a bit to much.
>>2624409>I was wondering if we could suggest the proposition of keeping knight hood on the table. Not something that is promised, but as something available to do for the pilots that prove themselves and meet the houses standards for knight hood. Then I realized that may be a bit to much.You could ask the Count if it's ok. The House is continuing to expand and losses are anticipated over the remainder of the war.
Contacting the Count you ask for permission to offer Knighthood as an additional incentive to promote recruitment for the units being sent. "As long as they're being granted land on worlds in your region. I would also suggest keeping the number of available Knighthoods to less than 50."Taking a flight up to the lunar fleet base, you visit one of the larger training facilities in the region. Those who have already volunteered are being shipped out. Talking to some of the Veterans on base you make it clear to them that only rookies will be recruited for the reinforcement unit from now on. Towards that end you arrange for competitions in one of the big simulator training rooms. Simulator rooms like this are usually just converted cargo bays that have more power and computer capacity set aside before they're crammed full of the spherical devices. Looking out over the bay from one of the observation platforms, you see Flight Officers and other lower ranked pilots are gathering, talking among themselves about what's going on. Quite a few are present. "May I have your attention please!" You shout, drawing looks from everyone below and causing conversation to drop off. >What say?
>>2624419I would like to check with him. See if he is alright with us knighting some more upon their return and giving them land on Rioja. Pending other anons are okay with us giving them land on Rioja.
Have some economy stuff ready to go for later.Resuming tomorrow night probably around 7PM EST.
>>2624490A’s long as our total land ownership doesn’t drop below 35%, I don’t mind.
>>2624489"Pilots of Rioja, Jerik-Dremine and the Dominion, you are here today because you are some of the most capable pilots to have seen combat, and some of the newest recruits with the greatest potential. The Neeran War looks to be entering its final stages, with our combined factions finally gaining enough momentum to truly damage the invading fleets. As I'm sure you have all heard, the most recent Neeran fleets are being intercepted and irreplaceable losses inflicted.The Factions Alliance has requested all capable entities to send as many elite corvette pilots as they can spare, and that is why you are here today. Your victories in these coming days will set the stage for any future conflict, and volunteers will be greatly rewarded upon their return.For House and Dominion!"
>>2624489>knightsLets work something out with Avun to give knighthood to the pilots who went with Nel'odym and those who are going out now. To award knight hood and land in the Run.>SpeechI suck at speechs but,"As you are all aware, the Factions Alliance has called upon the Factions for help and to send additional pilots. Many of your friends and allies have already volunteered to the call and for that, myself, the Dominion and the Factions Alliance are greatfull.However, I must ask that more pilots to volunteer. I know many of our Veterans are eager and willing to go out there and take the fight to the Empire Neeran. To show them what real Dominion pilots are made of. But as eager as you are it is only fair that we give our newer pilots a chance.Much of the hardst fighting in this latest incursion has already happened. The Neeran have suffered losses that will take them genrations to recover from. That is not to say that the coming battles will not be difficult, far from it. But as the battle comes to a close the Neeran are going to become more desperate and crafty. To counter this we need you pilots to be there, to out manuver and out perform the Neeran. And to kick them from Dominion space once and for all so that we can take the fight to them.Fight to protect your friends and family. Fight for honor and glory, but most importantly for House and Dominion!"
Just realised I forgot something. Will be back and writing as soon as I can.
"Pilots of Rioja, Jerik-Dremine and the Dominion. The Factions Alliance has recently called upon all the Factions for help and to send additional pilots. Many of your friends and allies have already answered the call and volunteered. For that I myself, the Dominion, and the Factions Alliance are most certainly grateful.The Neeran War looks to be entering its final stages, with the combined might of the Factions finally gaining enough momentum to truly damage the invading fleets. As I'm sure you have all heard, the most recent Neeran attempts to enter Faction space are being intercepted and irreplaceable losses inflicted. Much of the hardest fighting in this latest incursion has already happened. That is not to say that the coming battles will not be difficult, far from it. As the heavier fighting draws to a close the Neeran are going to become more desperate .To keep up our momentum and finish driving them back the Alliance has requested as many elite corvette pilots as can be spared, and that is why you are here today. Many of you are among the newer recruits with the greatest potential. Your victories in these coming days will set the stage for any future conflict, and volunteers will be greatly rewarded upon their return.Show me what you're made of pilots! You're going to be competing against me!" The instructors prep a simulator for you. What are you loading up with?[ ] Assault Corvette, how hard could this be?[ ] Attack Cruiser (EC-K or Vengeance)[ ] Corsair, directly fight them[ ] Other
>>2626385[ ] Attack Cruiser (EC-K or Vengeance)
>>2624901>A’s long as our total land ownership doesn’t drop below 35%, I don’t mind.You'd have to be grating parcels of land larger than Wales to encounter that problem with this deployment.
>>2626385>[ ] Attack Cruiser
>>2626385>[ ] Attack Cruiser (EC-K or Vengeance)late to the party but joining the trend
You load up one of the preset attack cruisers and find yourself entering one of the larger sims with a newer Vengeance Type. Spawning near a mixed Faction fleet with Heavy carriers you see enemies appear some distance out launching from a Super Carrier. Nothing special, just your average fleet defense and intercept sim. Both sides corvettes are trying to damage the enemies carriers while protecting their own.Listing for com chatter you see and hear squadron leaders forming up their units. Once enough of them are ready the Wing Commanders begin to order squadron level engagement. Most of the Assault Corvettes kick in their afterburners, jetting off toward the enemy at high speed. You do the same, diverting power from energy weapons to the AM generators. There are advantages and disadvantages to the way your ship is equipped. Your afterburners wont run out of antimatter, though you'll have to stop using them to fire phase and pulse cannons. The Assault Corvettes have their will weapons compliment at this disposal but will run out of antimatter eventually. If they take any damage the storage tanks will automatically jettison. With a few EC-K's hanging back providing ECCM support the rookies charge in. When the incoming corvettes launch plasma balls they respond with waves of missiles and torpedoes. Once they're blocked from view and sensor jamming has increased the squadrons scatter. The smaller 3 ship flights stay relatively nearby but leave enough space between them to dodge plasma balls that begin to track them. You don't have time to observe the others much from here on out. The simulated crew launches missiles and you punch through still on afterburners. As soon as an enemy appears on scopes you dump torpedoes into them using the 2 round burst fire launchers. Apparently the J-D fleet hasn't been completely upgraded yet with the 3 round burst ones. Whether simulated enemies or OPFOR pilots they're not expecting you to have kept the afterburners on the entire time. Let alone that you'd launch torpedoes at such close range. Using so many torps is probably running your deployment costs through the roof but it is a sim, and you do have money to burn. "I'll shoot you guys with money if it keeps more of my pilots and crews alive."Punching through the worst of the fighting you notice that a couple of enemy ships are trying to get in behind you, risking the destructive engine wash. Nothing else to be done, you cut the afterburners, pull a 180 and reverse engines, unloading full weapons into each of them in turn. Now on the enemy's side of the battlefield you're faced with a decision. How best to show up the rookies?[ ] Solo a few of the smaller carriers and their escorts[ ] Touch the shields of the Super Carrier and run back[ ] Rack up kills in the dog fight
>>2626573>[ ] Solo a few of the smaller carriers and their escortsWe can rack up more pilot kills on our return to our side I feel unless they suddenly decided to focus us down.
>>2626573> [ ] Rack up kills in the dog fightProbably bad for morale, but we should fight viciously to kill pilots so we can get an idea of what their losses against the Neeran will be like. If they are just going to go and die we should reconsider.
>>2626615>Probably bad for morale, but we should fight viciously to kill pilotsAs you did not pilot a Neeran ship you're fighting on the same side as the rookies that would be sent.
Rolled 2 (1d2)Rolling>>26266111>>26266152
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-fboWAA_itoDeciding to show up the rookies in what should be a far less maneuverable ship, you dive back into the dog fight and begin to rack up kills. Using the afterburners to zoom from one small engagement to another you're able to interrupt multiple small battles that were starting to shape up. On more than one occasion you blast an enemy ship just as one of the less experienced pilots had gone to the trouble of bracketing it with fire, or lining up for the perfect shot. "Hey that's my kill!""Mine. No! That was mine, what are you doing?!"Activating the fleet coms you suggest that if the rookies don't want you to steal their kills they'd better step up their game. "We're training for war, not shuffle board. Now show me what you've got."This seems to have the desired effect. As the next enemy wave launches the rookies redouble their efforts to mow through the incoming attackers. Senior officers make sure to try and keep them operating as units. Flights punch through corvette screens and tear into the Battleships using as few SP torpedoes as possible. Success does seem to embolden a few who make torpedo runs against the enemy Super. Predictably this doesn't go well for them To help correct that the next sim you ask for is focused on engagements with multiple wings acting in concert. The allied units fight their way through a corvette screen but this time strike at a Schorcher, hitting it with waves of SP Torps to open a hole in its shield. Having apparently done sims like this before some of the pilots use the opening to get under the shields and begin removing turrets. Half of these fight their way towards the bow of the ship and attack the siege array. To their credit the squadron that hits the array manage to do enough damage that the sim shuts it down to prevent more damage. More enemy ships attempt to drive them off. Before being forced to retreat they've managed to completely cripple the Scorcher's main weapon. [ ] Offer these nutcases a promotion[ ] Berate them for recklessness[ ] Both
>>2626865I think, let their commanders berate them for their recklessness. Not sure if it was told to the pilots that there are teleport jammers in use now. But they might be acting rashly thinking they can teleport out before their ship blows. Now if that doesn't sober them up, the idea of being blown to bits doing something that brash. They should not get a promotion, if they do then give their superiors permission to promote them as they see fit.Also keep that tactic in mind for future implementation.
>>2626905>Also keep that tactic in mind for future implementation.Asking around about that attack run you find out data on it is being passed around as a result of an Alliance post battle analysis. Corvette wings from Jed Enright's Carrier Group destroyed the siege array of a Scorcher over the planet Esson late last year with minimal losses.
>>2627009Oh... the same guy who came up with the idea of flying into the hangar of a Super and shooting it up from the inside and gtfo'ing. Am I remembering him right?Still think we should keep it as a tactic to be used in the instances we can use it and the Neeran haven't figured out a counter to it just yet. But we shouldn't rely upon it.
>>2627041I'm certain someone else did it before him. Pretty sure he was just the first to mention it to Sonia.
You leave berating the more reckless pilots to the instructors, though you do point out to them that the enemy is deploying teleport jammers in some battles now. As you expected that's a sobering piece of information. Despite this spirits among many of the pilots are high.Your efforts have brought in another 174 volunteers. Plenty of pilots are still reluctant, especially with the whole teleport jammer thing. Avun has managed to convince one wing of pilots volunteer. That means you're only 14 pilots short of your objective. Suspecting you might still need a few more pilots, one of the instructors informs you that a fair number of them are former mercs that worked for your House during the big battles against House Nasidum. Plenty of mercenaries still work in the Run, even if the pay isn't great. Some of them are even former pirates that used to operate in the region and have been released over the years. [ ] Hire mercs to fill out the remainder[ ] Go without them
>>2627154>[ ] Hire mercs to fill out the remaindersure why not
I feel like I should be putting everything to survey. I've had posts ready to go but can't get anywhere near using them because of waiting for responses on what should be quick minor things.
>>2627154>[ ] Hire mercs to fill out the remainder
>>2627296Survey's might be a good idea if not enough people respond quick enough.
You know from experience that some mercs are worth their weight in gold. You ask the instructors to pass on requests to some of their contacts. You need pilots and are willing to pay. If they want to try and wrangle pay from the Alliance at the same time, that's their prerogative but you need them soon.The outposts and stations in the systems near the Forbearance Yards are still rough places. Many who used to live on the old Super have relocated there. Those that didn't get work in the yards themselves. Within a day the instructors have rounded up enough pilots from these places to fill out the remaining spaces in the volunteer party. Many of the vets and early recruits have already shipped out, though some have held back. A number of those that have been part of the Rioja fleet since it's inception have their own assault corvettes that are tricked out better than standard. Certainly better than the Newport designs that make up the bulk of the Alliance fleet. They want permission to take their ships with them. With the shipyards in Mons Abyla base it shouldnt take long to replace any missing assault corvettes from your fleet. Allow it?
Will make a few posts in the morning before I head out for work.
>>2627373>Allow it?Those are their ships. What they do with them is up to them. I am assuming that they already paid for their ships in full, right? If they lose them out there they'll be back to square one when they come back.
>>2627373Sure. See if we can get the alliance to loan us a Couple dozen Newports while we replace the loses for our remaining pilots/trainees to get hands on experience with.
>>2627373>Allow it?Ship replacement is not really a problem for us at all.
>>2627373Can we also make upgrades for the non-customised veteran ships available through the requisition system? It would give our wing commanders their own choices in what area to upgrade.
>>2627800>Can we also make upgrades for the non-customised veteran ships available through the requisition system?Yes though the more customized ships are compared to the standard the worse it is for logistics. If say, an entire Wing were to get the same upgrades it wouldn't be as bad. If people want to take their own ships you don't intend to stop them. Those veterans that are taking their own ships arrange to get to the front docked to a high speed transport. Their corvettes are not meant for higher FTL speeds after all. A message form one of the training instructors to you points out that in the simulation you made heavy use of afterburners during some maneuvers not meant for it. Had this been the real thing you probably would have caused more than 1 million S in structural damage."Do Vengeance types just suck these days?""No, but most ships do have limits. Assault corvettes are made to be easily taken apart to fix damage like that."
>>2628011Is it time to develop an Assault Attack Cruiser?
Distracted by the war a number of issues need to be dealt with economically. Spiral CityIn planning stages for some time, Spiral City is a proposed construction project that would build an entire city from scratch. Space for habitation, industry, business, all of it would be preplanned. It would be much like a larger arcology in a way, though more spread out and open. As its name implies a central spire would be the tallest point in the city with progressively smaller buildings spiraling outward. Planned population is 25 million. With the designers being a Terran company they would like to ensure jobs and habitation are sufficient to allow 45% of the populace to be Terran refugees. This would (barely) fit in with standing House J-D immigration guidelines to prevent Rioja from becoming a Terran colony world. The Governor is somewhat wary of having a city with such a high percentage of Terrans. Especially with it being made by Terran engineers. People are still a little paranoid about large companies from other Factions even years after the Civil War. The site of Spiral city has not been nailed down. It could be built on your land if you wanted more personal control over security measures, alternatively a number of other nobles have proposed sites for cities in the southern hemisphere. 1) Give your approval of the 45% or impose restrictions?2) Where at?2A) Northern hemisphere (Increased personal control)2B) Southern Hemisphere (Make it someone else's problem)
Fuck I have to go vote. I don't like any of these assholes.
>>2628030What are the current Demographics of the planet and the house?
>>26280301) Compromise, 35% or no city.2)2A) Northern hemisphereI'm fully expecting them to sneak in tunnels and other bits that they could use if they ever wanted to declare independence.
>>2628011>>2628022I think it is time we develop a new Assault Attack Cruiser. That can take those hard maneuvers and still maintain its maneuverability.>>2628030>Spiral City a City for Terrans!I am with the governor and the Count. We don't need a sudden influx of Terrans. Terran refugees since they have no where to go during this war are fine. But suddenly importing millions of them from Terran worlds? I'll pass as I am very against this plan, but I understand other anons might be more for it.>1) Approval?The count and J-D have already done their best to ensure Rioja remains a Dominion world and doesn't turn into a Terran colony. So I say decline it.But if other anons really want it to go through, then I think any range between 10-20%. With a mandate that the Terran citizens have to abide by Dominion law. This is a Dominion world and while we may be welcoming to Terran refugees. Suddenly importing millions of Terran citizens from other Terran worlds is just bad juju and asking for trouble. Tax money be damned, it wont be worth it if we have to deal with the constant headache of newly imported Terrans who think Rioja is going to be just like any other Terran world.Hm, maybe we can work with Drake? If she has a problem with a lot of people on her world being pissed off that it is a J-D world. Maybe we can work something with her to encourage people to move to Rioja to counteract any influx of Terrans? Heck, we could make a deal with any of our allies to help counteract any influx of Terrans that this city plans to create.>2) Where at?I don't want it anywhere. But if we must choose where then.2A) Northern hemisphere (Increased personal control)And make sure we put a lot of Dominion propaganda and encouragement that they become Dominion citizens. Also make it blatantly obvious that it may be a city with a lot of Terrans in it. They will still need to abide by Dominion law and standards. Actually, can we get a background check on this company by House Intel? Make sure this company isn't run by some Terran space Mafia or the space Yakuza?
>>2628043>What are the current Demographics of the planet and the house?Well here are the ones for Rioja. The J-D originated population is slowly clawing its way back towards a majority, though that's still a long ways out. J-D population is already a mix of Human and Dro'all. Front line Houses are largely Dro'all.
>>2628022>Assault Attack Cruiser>>2628055>Assault Attack Cruiser.Vengeance UpgradeEC-KDusk IIChevalier DragoonMad EyeAll of the above fit the bill. Attack Cruisers are meant to be tougher, which means breaking them open is a bit harder than with an Assault Corvette. Worth pointing out that because of how they're built Assault Corvettes are also horribly weak against Harmonic Resonance Repulsors while attack cruisers are not.I was wondering if anyone would ever put that together. It's partially why the Storm Cannons were so effective for Drake in the Civil War.Sonia pushed the ship way past the red line. When you do this ships take damage. Any ship.Have to go, need to vote before work!
>>2628060Yeah, that only makes me more for not agreeing to this plan. If they want to build the city, fine, but I'd rather pay them for it then import more Terrans and make them a majority of the worlds population. So that's my stance and I do not intend to move.Hell if we get desperate for population. We can make deal with our allies in the Run Alliance. Asking if they have additional population if they would not mind sending them to Rioja. Or using Phobos to import more Dominion citizens. They want a strong tie to JD? Then having a large number of their population on one of JDs worlds seems like a good idea.
>>2628030>>26280601) Give your approval of the 45% or impose restrictions?up to 45% of non-Dominion Residents2) Nothern hemisphere
>>2628030> 1) Give your approval of the 45% or impose restrictions?Fuck no, we have enough difficulty with the Terrans at the University as it is. Ain't gonna build some Terran spiral ghetto. We don't play that racism game here, this sort of institutional bigotry is against the very ethos of the Dominion! If Terrans want to live there they can buy in like anyone else.> 2A) Northern hemisphere (Increased personal control)We should buy out the company if it's profitable, if it's not profitable accuse them of being a Terran black ops site front and kick them off the planet.
>>2628071>>2628067Actually this, 45% non-Dominion Citizens (and then we float a bunch of Shallans in exile to go live there and when the Shallan Empire complains about them all being in one place we tell them it was a Terran funded project and having certain amount of refugee population was one of their conditions.)
Northern hemisphere for sure looks like.>>2628055>can we get a background check on this company by House Intel?They seems legit. Some of their staff moved to Rioja awhile back and have been doing work for nobles building skyscrapers in Rioja City. They've since started moving more of their staff off of the Terran colonies where they were based. Mostly the only thing their business back home does now is sell apartments in safer areas of the known universe to people planning to evacuate. >>2628089>If Terrans want to live there they can buy in like anyone else.They have customers in Terran space wanting to leave that are ready to buy in.>>2628071>>2628109>45% non-Dominion CitizensWould this be acceptable?
>>2628134I like it. We can always stuff more non-Terran refugees in if the Terrans are causing problems.
>>2628134Why do they want such a high percentage of Terrans anyways? Can we somehow use our terraforming tech to make it so that we can collapse the City if they fuck about and try any bullshit?
>>2628137In Canada that's know as the Quebec Solution.Hey, since the Dominion has a treaty with the AI race do you think we could sneak one of them in to the City? I have no idea why we would do that except that AI makes the Terrans even more uncomfortable than the other people.
>>2628197>Why do they want such a high percentage of Terrans anyways?Because their company is from Terran space and they know they can sell housing to people from there. They probably think it's a low percentage. >Can we somehow use our terraforming tech to make it so that we can collapse the City if they fuck about and try any bullshit?Dominion building codes are rather strict when it comes to structural integrity. They may think a lot of the Factions Treaty but they fully expect their cities are going to see fighting. You'd need to nuke it or drop starships on it to bring it down.Have to head out to work. Will be back for around 7 PM EST.
It's not just that Terrans would cause a ruckus. It is that there would be a majority of Terrans on Rioja, enough that the Terran government could make a claim to Rioja. Similar to what J-D did to gain one of our other worlds when it used to belong to Terrans. But the Terrans were to busy elsewhere to stop JD. So unless we want Rioja to be handed over to the Terrans in the fututre we need to cut back on our intake real quick. Again, refugees I have no problem with. I just do not want to suddenly import millions of Terrans from Terran worlds. The people in the company may mean well. But their idea of moving millions of Terrans to Rioja will mean it is ever closer to being a Terran world. If some Terran politician thinks they could get a deal to turn Rioja into a Terran world due to the present population. They will. Why don't we do a program to engourage births among the Droall? They have a high birth rate right? We could dress up the program as a means to increase Droall representation in JD, which would look good on other JD worlds thst complain it is to Human focused. If need be we can get the council to help spin ideas to increase Droall birth rates on Rioja.
>>26280302A) Northern hemisphere (Increased personal control)I am not against a new nice city. I am however against such a city being specifically for one demographic like this. And if they come here and live on our world they wont be Terrans anymore. There are only proud citizens of the Dominion and House JD on Rioja. If they can't accept that we wont be guaranteeing Terran favorability for the city then they can sod off. Because at that point it's starting to sound like discrimination and it creates to high a concentration of Terrans in one spot. Causing integration to faulter.
>>2628205>Invite potential troublemakers for the sole purpose of agitating themNo
>>2628330I just wanted to share this.
>>2628924I like to think Sonia has a shark blanket she uses occasionally.
>>2629360This would not surprise me. >>2628256>Similar to what J-D did to gain one of our other worlds when it used to belong to Terrans.Which one was that? I mean Dremine was settled by independent human colonists then conquered by a full blown Dominion colonization fleet.
>>2629466Loran, that is what I am thinking of. Had to look back into the wiki.
Sonia shark pantsu
Working thing out with the governor, a counter offer is sent stating that they'll be permitted 45% non-Dominion Citizens. It's going to be a bit tricky to pull off your own plan of ensuring that 45% are not locked in terran citizens that the company will want to pre-sell before construction even begins. Towards that end the Governor stresses that they'll need to show that they'll offer jobs along with the associated housing, to refugees that have made it through immigration to the Run without discrimination. With the lawyers and a few of the Governor's people working away at that you're confident they'll make a good effort to keep things fair. The Terrans might not consider it fair but the Shallans Kavarians and whoever else probably will. That leaves the question of where to build this city. The areas that are already seeing the most development are boxed in red. Aside from the large island near Rioja city most of the lands in the northern hemisphere is Sonia's. What areas did you have in mind for placement of new cities? While only one is needed at the moment, the population of the planet will undoubtedly continue to increase.
>>2629627Which areas have a higher Droall population?Which areas have a higher refugee population?As I would think we should build it close to cities that match those requirements. So that we can encourage refugees and Droall to move to this new city.My ideal location for it would be between the capital and Barkhan, location B. So we have two major city centers between it so that it can get supplies from those two locations as well as have people moving in from them. It also keeps it close to Mons Abyla in the case we need to send troops to respond to anything there.Next spot we could put it would be in location A, directly to the left of Strymon and Barkhan. If Spiral City is going to be planned out and is projected to have a population of 25 million. That is a bunch of jobs that could help benefit Strymon at the start and possibly encourage people to move to Spiral city.
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>>2629731Rioja city has a slightly higher Dro'all population compared to the others. >Which areas have a higher refugee population?Strymon, though 55% of the planet's population are refugees from one place or another. Really, if you count the in-house people from Erid space or the other new worlds like those Drake controls then it's really more like 70% of the population are. They can be found living and working in every city. Strymon had a population of 120 million as of early 4039 and Rioja City +100 million. They're big cities and their space ports are busy.>A/BThose are both located out in the plains so the city won't have as much ready access to water for the population. Plus side it would kick start even more of the agriculture.
>>2629786Well there is room to build it near a river for A and B though that would mean building it further away from any established city. Also getting our agriculture going sounds like something we should be looking into.
>>2629809>Also getting our agriculture going sounds like something we should be looking into.It is. Agriculture is being established and spread out from areas with access to the planetary transportation grid as it expands. Those are the areas in a slightly darker green. Sonia's stretches from the capital out around Strymon. The other nobles and the Governor have been focusing on the suitable land surrounding Rioja City. More could always be better.New cities don't necessarily need to be within the areas already under development. If anything it would be beneficial for the planet's development to go elsewhere as an incentive extend the transportation grid. High speed repulsor trains already extend from Strymon to Garzweile. Aside from the west cities, there hasn't been much of a push around the rest of the planet. I've added a few markers for A and B
>>2629900Probably worth putting on the poll.
News from the front lines!Knight Commander Nel'odym has reported back that they've helped carry out a number of interceptions of enemy fleets. Most of these have been very minor actions, or convincing the Neeran to leave by showing up with many more ships than them. While relocating between systems the fleet was ambushed by an enemy Executioner. It immediately targeted their Super and Foss was forced to conduct some rather extreme evasive maneuvers. Without them the ship might have been destroyed as it didn't take long for the Executioner's main guns to begin punching their shields. With the entire fleet tackling it using shield breaker torps and SP's they managed to bring it down. Corvettes hit the engines preventing it from jumping out and Medium cruisers hammered it from all sides. Once crippled J-D troops conducted a boarding assault, despite the danger, and secured much of the ship. Most of the battle was a jumbled mess and Nel'odym considers it something of a miracle that the fleet didn't take more losses. The enemy super has been tagged as salvage, though the Alliance will get a cut of it. Despite the efforts of Foss and his crew the Sam Bellamy did take a few hits near the drive section. Because of this the fleet conducted a fighting withdrawal to a nearby colony to conduct repairs. They've been fighting off raids for 2 days now assisting the PDF. The Sam Bellamy actually took worse damage from simple raids as a few enemy corvettes got in close enough to attack the repair station and hit unshielded sections of the ship. It's now expected to be out of operation for 3 weeks. Nel'odym is considering deployment without the aid of the super but for now they're on guard duty. Squadron level attack units are being sent out on patrol duties for the moment. He promises to contact you before doing anything like heading into the Crystal Sea itself. "Hang in there. I sent another Skukhant your way. And if you see and of the Delta Mediums have your tougher mediums ram it. They're about as structurally stable as a Lance class.""Thanks for the advice sir."Anything you wanted to add?
>>2630072What is his opinion of the conflict so far? Does he really think Neeran are on the defensive now? Will the Factions be able to push them back out of Neeran space?Also, any of the pilots there he could recomend for knight hood. The Count did say we are aloud to knight up to 50 pilits right? Well have him keep an eye out for pilots who show potential. He may or may not get some additional corvette pilots and we want to make sure those that went out with Nal'odym have a chance to be recognized for their bravery and hard work as well as their leadership skills. Same with our vets and rookies we sent to support the Alliance, gotta give our people a chance to advance. And he would have a good idea who among his fleet is deserving of a promotion.I still think we should work something out with Nel'odym and Avun, if I wasn't being open about it. To get more knights, maybe not the max of 50, but to get a few more before our next deployment.Oh, any strange or unusual tactics that he has seen the enemy deploy lately?>crippled neeran super?Does that mean that there is a possability of a new Super entering JD's control?
>>2629466Shark Onesies for the babies to writhe around in on the floor while we make "Duhn-dun" noises and Troy looks on the scene with an expression of pic related.
>>2630165They have to at least be able to crawl around first.
>>2630177Did I say crawl? No I said writhe.
>>2630072Could we strap a bunch of supers into an executioner class and us it to power the weapons and shields instead of wasting time fixing either one?Like that Corvette docking carrier that uses them as ablative shields slash turrets, but scaled up to ridiculous levels.Or make like an energy core designed specifically for that?
>>2630190Spacemarine Spacemarines, only with Supers inside of Supers.Core out the Neeran and put Foss's Super inside of it.
>>2630108>What is his opinion of the conflict so far? That their fleet probably would have been forced to abandon the Sam Bellamy and run for it if they didn't have SP torpedoes provided by the Alliance. It's a good thing Foss upgraded his ship with heavy torpedo batteries able to fire shield breakers because the Iratar guns were not cutting it given how short the battle was. "Fighting with conventional weapons we need enough firepower to win a fight quickly and decisively. The Neeran are not mucking about with their new ships and tactics. In an even fight between these Executioners and an ACS I think it would go to whoever brought their weapons to bear and fired first.With all of the now obsolete ships that have been deployed here I expect to see word of high losses before this is over.">Does he really think Neeran are on the defensive now?"No, or it doesn't seem like it. If feels as though they're trying to break our fleets.">Also, any of the pilots there he could recomend for knight hood. The Count did say we are aloud to knight up to 50 pilots right?I think it was more of an upper limit for inspiring the volunteers.The Knight Commander will of course want to be looking out for potential Knights. He'll want to build up a corps of loyal supporters for his own world, not just for yours.>Does that mean that there is a possability of a new Super entering JD's control?Not unless you plan to pay the Alliance for their share of it. Then you'd need to find a way to make it mobile again. That would be like refitting 10 Qlippoth's just to get the engines operational again.Nel'odym thinks it might be possible to salvage one of their big guns, or perhaps their gravity generator. It would probably be a model similar to what the terrans use so not ideal for Terraforming. Even if they just take the scrap value of it that should pay the fleet's deployment costs.
>>2630190Actually there is a way to detach the drive section of the Executioner class. The Empire uses it to make their own salvage operations easier. Then you'd just need to build a replacement drive section that could move the whole thing.Have to stop here for now. Will resume and run through the day Saturday.
>>2630249>The Knight Commander will of course want to be looking out for potential Knights. He'll want to build up a corps of loyal supporters for his own world, not just for yours.Understandable, just wanted to be sure he was keeping an eye out for potential knights.>Repairing crippled SuperThat is a steep bill. And a lot of work to be done to bring that back up to speed, I guess that is one neeran super remaining in the grasp of the Alliance.>Salvage claimsWell he is the commander on site, I wont presume to tell him what he can and cannot sell to make up his deployment costs.Still him and the fleet as well as Foss did a good job taking that Super down. I guess it really was a good thing we didn't send the Forbearance out there after all. Though I'd imagine it working in tandem with the Sam Belamy might have made it a bit more even. But still just as brutal a fight for all involved. I bet Foss is going to have a word or three for us upon his return for the damages caused to his ship.So much for those Iratar guns.
>>2630292I keep telling you guys, turn suns into lasers. Fights don't happen outside of systems anyways.
I like b3 as a position for the new city. No salvaging new supers. We got problems manning additional Heavies at the moment let alone a Super. Just sell it and hope for something nice elsewhere like Heavies make for good hunting and are worth a lot in terms of salvage money.
>>2630249>Even if they just take the scrap value of it that should pay the fleet's deployment costs.That sounds like a good plan to me. Pay for the fleet early and then anything else is just a bonus. >Salvage gun or gravity generatorDoes it have the fancy shields on it? >extreme evasive maneuversBad enough to cause structure damage? Would be interesting to see how a Sovereign would perform in a similar engagement, being a smaller, faster target.>City locationI like spot B3 as well, a nice lakeside view.
>>2630072Is the alliance going to buy out JDs claim on the super? If they do, we should get a lot more than if it were just scrapped.
>>2630954I think what TSTG meant was that even if the Super was just the equivalent mass in scraps it would be enough to cover the deployment costs. With the worth of the ship being more due to it's working conditions and intact tech.
Neeran Empire map "soon."(tm)May need a new thread tomorrow. Will see.>>2630292>So much for those Iratar guns.The guns are undamaged. They actually have a good rate of fire they just dont have as much punch. Numbers wise they average out roughly equal to Republic heavy plasma cannons in damage over time. The Sam Bellamy just mounts half as many as an ACS standard would. >>2630701>Does it have the fancy shields on it?Yes, but its operated by a Neeran mentally controlled interface. This is now believed to be a means of securing the tech against theft by member species of their own Empire. The isolationist/ Light Neeran faction have managed to get enough working now to equip a couple of their own ships. They're rumored to be not incredibly reliable but they've had less time working with them.>>2630954>Is the alliance going to buy out JDs claim on the super?That's up to the knight commander if he wants to sell it. >If they do, we should get a lot more than if it were just scrapped.The thing is though that area is an active combat zone as well as being in Kavarian space. The risks and costs involved in actually salvaging it and returning it to Dominion space are such that most probably would just sell to the Alliance. It's what you did out in the DS2 colony zone, taking heavies like the Qlippoth, or Mediums like the Outer Heaven that could be more easily salvaged and returned to service by Your House.>>2631179>With the worth of the ship being more due to it's working conditions and intact tech.Also true.
Added Spiral city to the next survey.Combat footage of some of the elite Alliance units up at the front has prompted some instructors to question if the training programs are adequate. The elites take risks that ordinarily wouldn't be encouraged with such expensive warships but they get results. Increasing demands of the programs could yield superior pilots, though there is a danger they'll incur more vehicle damage in combat. Trainers doubt that everyone would be able to keep up with increased difficulties and more pilots would wash out of the assault corvette programs. [ ] High risk, high reward[ ] We need pilots not elite cadres
>>2634695Are these House training programs or Alliance?If it's House, I'd like to set up a secondary program that offers the top recruits more advanced training. We keep our current standard, and have the option of more elite units even if they're trained up at a slightly slower rate.
>>2634758>Are these House training programs or Alliance?House.> I'd like to set up a secondary program that offers the top recruits more advanced training. >We keep our current standardUsed in combination with the already established training, got it. So will be making this option 3. Keep in mind this probably won't produce the numbers of aces that option 1 might, though you still get the benefits of option 2. 1) High risk, high reward2) We need pilots not elite cadres3) Keep current programs, make additional J-D Top Gun
>>2634785>[x] 3) Keep current programs, make additional J-D Top Gun
>>26347853) Keep current programs, make additional J-D Top Gun
Fuck sake I've been called into work. New thread tomorrow.
>>2634785>3) Keep current programs, make additional J-D Top GunI assume we have educational programig teams working with those training/skill-implanting headsets (or their modern equivalents) who can work on modules for our Top Gun program?Will it be possible to expand the program after they work any bugs out with the first few classes?
>>2629900You know, looking at that map I have to wonder just how much higher Rioja's sea will rise before the Terraforming is complete? just to check, non of our major population centers are in danger of being under literal water in the future, right?
>>2634785>3) Keep current programs, make additional J-D Top GunLet's be real here. Not everyone is of the same caliber. Some are naturally better and some are worse and some should do nothing but sit down and handle latrine logistics. Then there is the fact that you can only get people so experienced with training. I am of the opinion that for pilots to truly become elite units they need real combat experience.
>>2634785>3) Keep current programs, make additional J-D Top Gun
3) Keep current programs, make additional J-D Top Gun