You are Percius Aurex, Captain of a raider-class pirate vessel. Formerly the 14th son of a noble family, you fled that life in search of adventure and to escape your status as a political pawn. Having concluded your business with the vaguest form of authority willing to deal with a pirate such as yourself, you set out into the void to pirate your first victim. Unfortunately, your choice to pirate a sprint trader met with near disaster as your ship's engines could not withstand the strain of the additional output needed to maintain pursuit of the vessel. As your prey escaped despite a massive gash rent along her flank, the vessel's Captain taunted you with promises that the 'Merchant Lords' would hear of your attack. Thankful that your ship escaped with minimal damage but with further prey alerted to your presence, you decided to set course once more for Vectes before you became prey yourself. Shifting back to the matterium causes your skin to tingle, the bridge crew going about their business and scanning the system once more with augers. Everything seems just as you left it, a forbidden system full of naught but asteroids, airless planets and the dead. As your ship sets for silent running toward the asteroid cluster where you noted the remains of a hidden base, your augers detect a small, new field of debris where the aft section of a cruiser should have drifted in your absence. "Looks like the guardians of this place aren't just the dead" mutters Elise.
>>26332705>Asteroid Base is known to have a dock suitable for your vessel filled with debris. Estimated time to clear: 36+ hours?>6 Arvus lighters available for EVA!>Lighters allow 144 souls to be deployed and supplied.>Techpriests available: 22 [Techpriests work faster than Armsmen at engineering projects]>Armsmen available: 478 [more info: http://privateerquest.wikia.com/wiki/Aurex%27s_Armsmen>Aquila Landers unable to safely operate without clear landing zones!>Chief Enginseer Advinessa and 20 Techpriests are repairing damage from failed pirating attempt.>Orders?
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>>26332766>>Asteroid Base is known to have a dock suitable for your vessel filled with debris. Estimated time to clear: 36+ hours?Assuming there is no where for us to land our lighters at this time
Head for the asteroid base.
>>26332983You are currently on course to the asteroid base. Apologies if this was not clear.Currently requesting orders as to Operations upon the Asteroid Base. Info @ >>26332766
>>26333184Can we slap some girl's ass?
>>26333184We will need to do this fast, so get everyone ready to work hard and make sure to plan out shifts in advance.Put what repairs we can on hold so we can free up more techpriests to clear the debris faster.We know of one dock, right? See if we can find more. Look around the surface.Also, what is our allotted time budget this time?
>>26332925Arvus Lighters are capable of deploying forces near the debris or in smaller areas.Aquila Landers require larger areas to do so.>>26333224All nearby women are likely to keep your hand after severing it.
>>26333272>time budgetEntirely up to you>pulling techpriests off repairsYour engines have suffered damage from being overtaxed. Without repairs further attempts to push the engines beyond their normal operating power may result in catastrophic failure.>Look around surfaceYou have 6 Arvus Lighters and 2 Aquila Landers. Please distribute them between tasks.
>>26333305>All nearby women are likely to keep your hand after severing it.Aww, Yandere.
>>26333388In that case, keep repairing things.Our lighters are to use their full capacity to supply the away teams.Our armsmen and what few techpriests we can spare are to clear the rubble from the main dock.Can our lighters dock with the landers? If so, use the landers to ferry supplies and the lighters to just move them to the asteroid. Unless that's impractical or impossible.
>>26333528Dangerous, but possible.Do you wish to assign any officers to tasks?
>>26333554>Dangerous, but possible.Nevermind, then. I can't trust the dice with something like this.>Do you wish to assign any officers to tasks?Keep Advinessa on repairs.Kihomi is in charge of the lighters and landers.Elise is in charge of commanding the work crews clearing the rubble.Keller will be in charge of the armsmen once we start exploring the asteroid.Captain Percius is in charge of troubleshooting.Tell Orsola that we will want some of her medics on the asteroid in case of emergency. just a few will be enough and they will stay in the hangar.
>>26333674I was writing up my own list but this basically cover what I had in my for the officers.
>>26333674Sounds like a plan Noko
>>26333674Since we are kinda waiting for something to happen why don't we have another look at those coded letters and journals? If things go smoothly we will have a lot of time on our hands between reports.
>>26333674>Roll 3d100 for Debris clearing>Roll 2d100 for Special>Roll 1d100 for Advinessa's team
Rolled 75, 34, 57 = 166>>26333829Rolling for Debris clearing.
Rolled 40, 38 = 78>>26333829Special
Rolled 15>>26333829Rolling for repairs.
>>26332705People are building massive 40k Gothic vessals in a game called Starmade right now. You can create a ship in private then upload it to a server and wreck shit with it.Might be something to think about for RP reasons.
>>26333819Journals aren't coded. Only the two letters. 3d100 to attempt [again] to decode them.[extremely difficult due to previous failures]
>>26333916It's been a long time since I messed around with that.It's cute.
>>26333963Do we have anything that could boost our odds? Cogitators, techpriests?
>>26334053You recall Advinessa having a passing interest in Cryptology, but she is unavailable to assist at this time.
Rolled 90, 57, 37 = 184>>26334125Maybe she can help us next time.
Rolled 13, 80, 70 = 163>>26333963Reroll
Repairs go well under Advinessa's supervision, her repair team digging into the damaged portions of the ship and baring the damage to their strange ways in record time. As you sit about attempting to once more decode the pair of letters that were in Captain Menexel's possession. Hours pass as you scrawl various notes across parchment, each sheet in turn balled up and thrown in frustration across your quarters. Reports slowly filter in from Elise's teams as they hit complications, their progress into the kilometers of twisted wreckage. Though progress is made, the estimates of how long work will take grow steadily.The second day begins, showing better results for the work teams, the debris that caused the initial delays nearly dealt with by the Techpriests and 'Rockhounds' of your armsmen. Advinessa's teams report that they'll have completed repairs by the week's end, and you finally cease throwing your decoding attempts into the sizable hill in the corner of your quarters. More good news arrives as Elise sends you a dataslate with a pict capture of part of the debris. You almost agree that the objects seem to be engines.The second day ends as you come to an interesting conclusion. These notes seem to have been between Alexander Kerr and Captain Menexel, and the number 50 comes up in reference to the subject matter.>36 hours >Unknown Object discovered in dock debris! Unable to Identify!>Dock Debris cleared in: 52 Hours>Arvus Lighters supplying work teams!>Aquila Landers on standby. No landing zones available!>22 Techpriests assigned to work teams! 122 Armsmen assigned to work teams!>Orders?
>>26334617>You almost agree that the objects seem to be engines.Did Advinessa get the chance to look at that in an attempt to identify them?Have someone hook up a servo skull with a vid transmission to allow her a better look at it. Or whatever else she might ask.Also, can we send servoskulls into the asteroid base to explore the place and look for traps and stuff while our crew works the debris?
>>26334764Your crew has no servo skulls, the anti-grav technology used in them isn't within your current means to produce.There are several damaged ones in the possession of techpriests, but so far none have been in condition to repair.>Advinessa's opinion"A ship may have been in dock when the base was destroyed. My repair teams can continue their work on their own if you wish me to focus my attentions upon the possible wreck."
>>26334617>focus attention on wreck
>>26334876Focus on the wreck.Also good night.
>>26334958>>26335031>assign teams to Advinessa's efforts?12 teams are currently working upon the wreck.>Set next time skip? 24/48/52/other?>12 hours per roll
>>26335195>2d100 for Work Teams>2d100 for Advinessa [no teams assigned. Recon only]
Rolled 82, 63 = 145>>26335435work teams
Rolled 11, 64 = 75>>26335114rolling for Adinessa24
Rolled 23, 82 = 105>>26335435Adcinessa
>>26335466>11Roll me 3d100 more, mr NPC
>>26335455>>263354661 out of 4this sucks
Rolled 33, 83, 80 = 196>>26335517
Delays. It seems every hour more delays are reported due to the microgravity of the massive asteroid shifting debris as your men work to clear it from the dock. Thankfully, no injuries are reported, but you can't help but sigh as yet another report of an estimated delay is reported by Elise. "We're looking at nearly 90 hours to finish clearing this damned dock, Captain. Everything just wants to shift deeper into it.""Chief Enginseer Yulem reporting. Captain, this vessel is intact within the wreckage.">60 hours have passed! [+25 hours for travel to Base] >Unknown Vessel in wreckage! Vessel is intact!>Dock Debris cleared in: ~90 Hours>Arvus Lighters supplying work teams!>Aquila Landers on standby. No landing zones available!>22 Techpriests assigned to work teams! 122 Armsmen assigned to work teams!>Advinessa investigating Unknown Vessel...>Orders?>Set next timeskip. 24/46/60/other?>Offer your praise unto the NPC for his glorious rolls.
>>26335827Once Advinessa has found a way to get into the unknown vessel, we ought to go over and join the away team personally.Time to be more Kirk and less Picard.
>>26335988>liking kirk more than picardYou are truly worse than 40 niggers.But yeah, we should probably wait to make sure the ship isn't full of deadly deadly booby traps and genestealers before going over in person.
>>26335988second this and a 48 hour time skip (also are we able to enter the station proper at all?)
>>26336164The debris seems to be shifting into the station proper every time you remove portions of it. Work crews were attempting to free the debris from the structure and then space it, but this doesn't seem to be working well..
>>26336394Could we use the cutting torches to help cut things up so the gravity has a less drastic effect?
>>26336467they're already being used by your teams.You're cutting at debris that fills a space roughly 2km x .6km x .6km
>>26336164If there are no objections to 24 hr timeskip...2d100 for Work CrewsAdvinessa working...
>>26336598Does it appear that, if the partially buried ship's engines were brought on line, it could move clear of the debris on its own?
>>26336705The ship is intact, but clearly trapped in the debris. No estimate can be given for freeing it until teams are deeper into the debris.
Rolled 59, 5 = 64>>26336672They see me rollin...
>>26336859Work continues into the next day, slow as ever. As you alternate waiting upon the bridge, the plotting room and your quarters, it strikes you. You're hungry for an adventure. Perhaps you'll take a jaunt into the confines of the base when your crew has cleared a path, or even the trapped vessel. Elise does seem quite content with the view when she returns from her shifts with the work teams. Eventually, though, good news is upon you. "Rockhound actual to home plate! Captain Aurex, we're your boys when it comes to this kind of work. We just cut a massive chunk of the debris free and we're about to set some boosters on her. We're going to set them to fire on a delayed fuse and pull out like this bitch is a Caseblancian whore!"As your teams return to the ship and Kihomi prepares the vessel to dodge the massive chunk of debris about to fly out of the dock, Advinessa seeks you out. "Captain Aurex! I have identified the equipment upon the trapped vessel. It is a mining barge, possibly one that collected the very ore that makes up this vessel's core." Practically rambling with excitement, your Chief Enginseer can hardly stand still. "More importantly... the barge is not warp capable, but I believe that the designs may complement each other. We may be able to use the barge's equipment to secure it to the Partisan and thus make our escape with the whole vessel.">78 hours have passed! [+25 hours for travel to Base]>Mining Barge in wreckage! Vessel is intact! ~30 hours to free from debris!>Dock Debris cleared in: ~48 Hours>Arvus Lighters supplying work teams!>Aquila Landers on standby. No landing zones available!>22 Techpriests assigned to work teams! 122 Armsmen assigned to work teams!>Orders?
Rolled 90, 19, 37 = 146>>26336859say 36 hour time skip
>>26337514get the barge and get out of thereI wonder what it's worth?
Rolled 98, 86, 8 = 192>>26337670Its priceless to us as we can use it to strip hulks of their ship components, repair our ship from heavy damage, or set up a shadow port in the next sector.
>>26337820sorry forgot about the dice
>>26337566>>26337670>>26337820Please assign your forces to tasks. I need to know who is doing what.
>>26337926everybody to the Barge(unless we can speed this up by clearing some room for those Aquila Landers)
>>26338025anyone else to confirm these orders?
>>26338249>>263380253d100 for work crews
Rolled 54, 77, 13 = 144>>26338282
>>26338365Your crews are quick to dive back into the heart of the debris and begin carving out a rough escape path for the mining barge. Two teams brave the wreckage and begin to cut directly at debris that has pierced the barge's hull. Clouds of tiny molten particles scatter among the void, marking the location of your work teams as you watch them from behind the thick windows of the parade bridge. Progress is still slow, however. After two shifts, there is little visible change in the debris from your perspective, but once again the Rockhounds produce results in the next shift."Rockhound Actual to Home Plate! We're going to have to blast some of the last debris in the way, can't cut through rock with our equipment. Everyone clear out before Commander Marbo gets cooking!""I'm flattered, Ketur. Now clear out before I light this baby up!" Keller's voice is full of joy, and you can imagine him happily setting explosives about the debris.'Fire in the hole!'Debris flies wildly from the gaping maw of the dock, filling the void with glittering red embers and silvered shards of smaller metallic debris. There is probably some rock in there as well, but you're far more concerned with the grin coming from Advinessa's hood. "That fool has done it, Captain! The barge is free!">102 Hours have passed! +4 hours for debris to clear to safe levels! [+25 hours for travel to Base]>Mining Barge free of debris! Vessel intact!>Dock Debris cleared in: ~20 Hours>Lighters are safely aboard your vessel.>Work Crews are safely aboard your vessel!> 66 Hours until repairs completed!>Orders?
>>26338886Let's board the barge and check out what we've got. Perhaps something of value might have been left on board when it was abandoned.
>>26338992confirm24 time skip?
>>26338992>>26339203Are we feeding the urge to board personally or timeskipping by sending others?Also, with a timeskip will you send all armsmen to inspect the barge or keep a group working on debris in the dock?
>>26339382and work both
>>26338992Have a ground team keep working on the debris while we personally take a look at our new vessel.
>>26339382Go check it out ourselves. You never know if the former captain accidentally left a fancy hat behind.
>>26339702>>26339843>>263398872d100 for Contents! [High is good!]2d100 for work crews [Low is good!]
Rolled 90, 52 = 142>>26340023contents
Rolled 73, 45 = 118>>26340023one pair
>>26340071>>26340073Your void suit is comforting, the carapace plates embracing you like an old friend in the void. Thousands of minute, molten particles fly into the void from Advinessa's torch as it melts through the twisted section of hull. Bracing yourself upon the massive metal beam that pierced the barge's hull, you double check the connections of your hellgun, the weight of it's charge pack still a new sensation upon your lower back. Tes and Ana flank your Chief Enginseer protectively, not sharing her excitement for the unexplored vessel as you do. Behind you wait the bulk of your armsmen, ready to storm the barge and eliminate any threats. Not that you'll find anything. You hope.With a strong kick, Ana drives the jagged section of hull inward before deftly propelling Tes and then another armsman into the breach. "Clear lef- Oh shit!" Tes gives off a yelp of shock over the vox frequency, followed by a slight chuckle of the armsman that followed her. "Damned big bilge rat, Tes. Good thing the fuck has been dead for who knows how long, huh?""We're all clear in this compartment, looks like a massive hold of some sort but I'm not seeing anything. Come on in, boss."You and Advinessa enter soon after, the techpriest quickly shoving herself off toward a nearby hatch. "The power systems are dead, but are not hardened against intrusion, Captain." In little time, she has pried a panel from the bulkhead and connected a series of wires to a large charge pack from her gear. Shortly after, a massive cargo door begins to open toward the vessel's aft with a soft hiss. Armsmen quickly head into the new area, finding a massive interior bay that stretches fore and aft far beyond the lights of your team. Equipment looms in the darkness, and you're quickly drawn to the form of a sentinel power lifter. "Corpses, lots of them."
>>26341523The next six hours see your teams moving amongst masses of equipment and hundreds, perhaps thousands of huddled corpses. Making your way to the simple bridge, you leave Advinessa with a squad of men while you go in search of the Captain's quarters. Ana finds the Captain first, a decayed, scored pile of bones in a fairly plain officer's uniform. "Bilge rats must have made meals out of the dead" Ana picks up a simple locket from the skeleton, her gauntleted hands fumbling with the small object for a moment before it yields. Inside is a simple picture of a young woman in a sun dress and wearing a sweet smile upon her face. Returning the locket to the corpse's remaining hand, Ana sighs. "Well, shit."The Captain's quarters is a plain affair, long forgotten letters and books decorating his desk and a dusty leather mining cap, complete with micro-lamp upon the brim, resting upon the floor before a set of shattered storage drawers. As your teams withdraw from the barge, you gather the collected reports of your armsmen.>Leather Mining Cap acquired!>Two holds of silver ore acquired! Composition and exact haul unknown.>Sentinel Power Lifters x25 acquired! Condition Unknown!>Mining Lighter x2 acquired! Repairs needed!>Mining Barge acquired! Vessel out of fuel! Hull estimate: 35%>114 Hours have passed! [+25 hours for travel to Base]>Dock Debris cleared in: ~20 Hours>Lighters supplying work crews!>Work Crews deployed to Dock!>~54 Hours until repairs completed!>Orders?
>>26341730If people are around, we'll continue. If not, we'll continue tomorrow if the thread is still around.
>>26341749im here lurking, but letting the other more smrt anons make the decisions
>>26341730timeskip 48 hours and begin repairs of barge if possible transfer use the mining lighters to clear debris
>>26341730I wonder if we put on our mining helmet would it help out with us clearing away any debris...
>>26341730Excellent... Do we have enough people to crew the barge? If so, it could prove a valuable asset in moving the necessary materials, equipment and supplies required to establish the Wolf-packs hold in the New Sector...>>26342078Sounds good. Also, do we have anyone who can operate a Sentinel Power Lifter? If so, then they might prove helpful in the moving of the debris... Though I would only want a Maximum of 10 deployed. Ideally, 3 or 5 should be sufficient. Don't want to damage the merchandise too much...
>>26342221>use the power liftersYou have no crewmen rated to pilot sentinels on the ground, Emperor forbid in micro or null gravity. The vehicles are likely to be void-capable, however.>>26342078Mining Lighters are damaged.Barge repairs are not possible until the vessel's systems are active or the proper schematics are located. [or your techpriests scour the whole barge to figure out how they're supposed to fix it]>>26342161Are you going to clear the debris yourself? :DI think we're going to go Q&A/planning mode for the night, folks. We'll continue tomorrow so long as the thread survives the night.
>>26342639So we need to throw all our energy into getting that barge strapped to our ship so we at least have something for all of thisIn the mean time it might be a good idea to start moving over the mining lighter and lifters using the aquilas as not to disrupt the clearing of the station. Just in case the Silent Guardians show up.
>>26342639Are we still on Namek?
>>26342639Sure, if it will help out the process why not get our hands dirty and it's nice to actually do something instead of wait.
>>26342774Namek was subjected to exterminatus in late M40The green-skinned xenos and their strange obsession with large orange spheres were deemed to be tainted by a daemon prince with pale purple and white skin.
I don't think that we actually need our armsmen to affix the barge to our main vessel.We can just tow the barge to our ship and let the crew aboard our ship deal with the rest.So, I suggest that we do so and give up on clearing the debris from the dock, instead sending the armsmen in to explore the base and search for loot while the barge is being set in place by our crew.Sure, we can't use out aquila landers at all in this scenario, or maybe we can use them just to tow the barge, but we won't have a lot of time to do anything by the time the dock is ready to recieve them anyway.
stayin alive, stayin alive
I'll be doing scattered updates for the next few hours.>>26349364The barge is currently a 700m x 250m x 100m [it isn't perfectly rectangular, but those are the extremes of the hull] mass of dead weight with no fuel, no power, and more desiccated corpses than you can shake a stick at.How exactly you go about getting it to your ship is a puzzle for you, the players, to solve. You can also assign an officer to the task, if you prefer. It is likely to take longer and more resources, but it may also improve their skills.If you consider your officers as a sort of mix between a training game for their skills and horrifically mortal, you're on the right track with them.Not that -you- aren't squishy and mortal just as they are... you simply seem to have better luck so far.
>>26351422Only orders linked to this post count due to new information given in:>>26351422>>26342639>>26341730>Orders?
>>26351422Hrm. Well I think we should assign all our techpriests to trying to get the thing functional, and start shipping over fuel for the Barge. We did clear a way out for it, right? Or was the clearing we made only enough to just get at it, it's still wedged in tight? If the former is the case, we should deff. concentrate on getting it operational first and foremost, I think.
>>26351528You've cleared enough debris that the barge is free, but is 'sitting' upon the larger debris remains due to micro gravity.The barge is out of fuel and has unknown levels of damage. Fuel transfer to a free-floating vessel with unknown damage... You could probably convince some of the slower crew to attempt it.
>>26351422How powerful are our small craft? Can they tow it?Do we have fuel compatible with it? Can we bring it to it with the small craft?Where exactly is the barge? Can we bring the ship to it and then catch it with cables/hooks/whatever it is we use for these things?
>>26351603I was meaning fuel once the techpriests have looked it over and patched up as much damage as it possible without moving it. Moving will likely require it being under its own power or us having access to those huge grapple lines to pull it out, I figure, which I don't think we have.
Actually, before we try anything big, let's just have Advinessa and her crew take a closer look at it and its insides to more accurately asses the damage.Also, make sure to have our armsmen scout through it and look for surprises. Make a quick and dirty map if its insides.
>>26351638I can dig this.
>>26351611Consulting Advinessa..."Chance of lighters successfully towing the barge are minimal, but they possess enough collective thrust to act as coarse maneuver engines for the craft.">fuel compatible"Unknown, Captain. We're cutting through penetrated debris to access where we believe the reactors are located.">locationIt is free of, but resting upon the remaining debris in the dock due to micro gravity of the asteroid.
>>26351638>>26351657>1d100 vs Advinessa's base tech-use [Int]
>>26351783Advinessa's crews take six hours to return with reports, and there is little good news to them. "Two small plasma reactors form the barge's heart, Captain. Both are intact and likely functional, but the main power conduits leading from them have been severed and are beyond simple repair. Plasma flow manifolds are also damaged severely, with debris piercing the critical systems of engines two through four. There is good news, however. The vessel's enginseer had a small collection of projects that are easily within my ability to complete.">120 Hours have passed! [+25 hours for travel to Base]>Dock Debris cleared in: ~14 Hours>Lighters supplying work crews!>Work Crews deployed to Dock!>~48 Hours until repairs completed!>Parts for 2d4 Servo Skulls discovered!>Orders?
>>26351924for skulls>24 hour timeskip and hopefully board the station
>>26352002ops my bad
Rolled 3, 2 = 5>>26351924
>>26352031>5 servo skull projects!>Request specific servo skulls for officers or let Advinessa decide?>>26352002>Please assign forces to tasks>6 lighters [2 squads each]
>>26352147Is life support operational on the barge? Do we need lighters to supply the work crews on it?
>>26352186you can supply 3 work teams upon the barge with 1 lighter.There isn't much work to actually do, however, unless you're going to use lighters as engines for the barge or suggest another plan for the barge.
>>26352147> 2 servo skulls to us rest to him to divide among the Techs >Techs to repair barge with 3 lighters>Rockhound suites keep clearing debris with the other 3 lighterfill empty space with normal arms-men
>>26352221Right, then.3 crews on the barge with Advinessa trying to get the thing at least somewhat mobile.The rest are with Keller going into the asteroid base.One skull goes to Advinessa and the rest are with Keller, at least for now. I hope he can use them to spot danger ahead of him.Also, lwe can approach the barge with our ship, right?
>>263523331d100 for Advinessa5d100 for Keller and ArmsmenYour ship can not maneuver into the dock to approach the barge. Clear the dock's remaining debris or move the barge into the void to initiate docking.>skipping 24 hours
Rolled 62>>26352420>Your ship can not maneuver into the dock to approach the barge. Clear the dock's remaining debris or move the barge into the void to initiate docking.Oh, wait, the barge isn't out yet? Derp, I kept thinking that they blasted it out.Anyway, rolling for Advinessa
Rolled 52, 76, 70, 36, 70 = 304>>26352420
>>26352450>>26352473Another day passes, your teams delving into the station along some of the partially cleared areas. Keller's forces discover that most of the station has minimal life support functioning, a thin atmosphere barely present within the winding corridors and abandoned rooms. "We've got corpses... and they look like something has been having a snack." "Movement on the left!"Combat sounds across the vox as muted lasgun fire echos in the background. "Looks like a nest of mutated bilge rats. All squads be on alert, one of those bastards was as tall as my knee!">144 Hours have passed! [+25 hours for travel to Base]>Dock Debris cleared in: [no forces assigned]>Base Explored: 25%?>Lighters supplying work crews and armsmen!>~24 hours until repairs completed!>Orders?
>>26352850>24 hour time skip
>>26352901I have nothing to add
>>26352901>InquireWhat kind of mutations? All this micro management is boring as hell and you've peaked my curiosity.
>>26352850So at 144+25 hours we've been here a little longer than a week. Suggest that we try to have shit done by two weeks. Especially since we have proof that the defenders of this place are still very much active. >>26352901This works. Continue with Keller's men searching and mapping the place.
>>26353162Damn it, meant to reply to >>26352850
>>26353162>mutationsSome have two heads, others two tails, they're roughly knee high, and they've been surviving on the flesh of human corpses.>micro managementIf you have a better solution for tedious salvage operations in a forbidden system that could have a patrol or response ship showing up at any moment to purge you for simply being there... I'm all ears.If the solution is 'roll for loot and be done with it', you'll not like the side effects.>>263529015d100 for armsmen
Rolled 17, 98, 70, 72, 71 = 328>>26353600armsmen
>>263536211d100 for event
>>26353600I meant to suggest the Captain say that. You have to admit being a pirate will take you from 'adrenaline high of your life' to 'soul-crushing adminitratum work' and back again at the slightest provocation.
>>26353723Micromanagement is boring, but so was life as a political pawn back home. At least here there is the lingering chill upon your spine that you could be found trespassing in a forbidden system. Sporadic reports of combat with the mutant bilge rats filter across, one of your squads stumbling upon a massive nest of the creatures and causing massive swarms of them to scatter about the station. Hours of further reports come in as various squads are forced to abandon their search and withdraw in the face of the larger swarms or move to assist other groups. A squad from the Rockhounds eventually reports with some good news, however. "Rockhounds have done it again, sir! We've found an empty lighter bay on the far side of this rock, but even better I think we found a stockpile of voidsuits and weapons. We're opening the bay doors and will set up lux beacons. Requesting lighter jocks, Captain!"Advinessa reports that her work teams will require all six Arvus Lighters and six hours to move the barge into open void. >168 Hours have passed! [+25 hours for travel to Base]>Dock still blocked with debris.>Base Explored: 70%?>Lighters supplying work crews and armsmen!>Rockhounds deliver! Lighter bay operational! Armory discovered!>Aquila Landers launching for Lighter bay supply runs!>Repairs to your vessel are in their final stages.>Orders, Captain?
>>26353927I think we've explored enough. We're running low on time as it is.Grab the loot while Advinessa and her make final preparations and load the loot up into the barge to save on return trips.Then get the barge out of there and we can leave.
Rolled 19, 35, 43, 48, 75 = 220>>2635392712 hour timeskip>start clearing out the armory>get that barge free asap
>>26354123forgot dice sorry
>>26353927>>26354054I don't think so. We should stay here for a bit longer. Supply the guys and take the barge out, then transfer the loot to out ship. In the meantime we can explore the rest of the base and stash the loot in the lighter bay for easier transport.
>>26354054>>26354123>>263541712 for staying1 for going12 Hour timeskip.>Lighters to barge>Aquila Landers to Landing Bay. Deliver o2 and return with loot>withdraw unsustainable squads3d100 for exploration teams1d100 for barge efforts [Advinessa]
Rolled 23, 70, 72 = 165>>26354717
Rolled 24>>26354717>2for barge
Armsmen continue to report scattered swarms of the bilge rats, but the major swarms seem to have dissipated for now. Your armsmen begin holding a contest, competing to claim the largest rat killed. The vox network floods with various measurements as dozens of men and women one-up each other by millimeters. Good enough sport, you suppose. Maybe they'll improve their shooting.Advinessa's work is much more interesting, the barge slowly making it's way out of the dock area with all of your lighters crudely affixed to the hull at various points. "Retro thrusters! Retro thrusters! Roll left! LEFT! Sweet emperor, you're going to kill us all!" You watch the craft slowly lose control several times, but Advinessa's calculations eventually reduce the wild movements to a slow, stable spiral. "We're cutting the lighters free, firing up beacons."Kihomi is quick to maneuver your ship toward the barge, but matching the spiraling craft's interesting trajectory takes nearly an hour. Slowly but surely, your techpriests work to secure the barge with the craft's mining equipment. Dull thuds sound as the keel section of your vessel is drilled into by a quartet of massive screws, massive bolts pressing into hollow cores to secure the grip of the barge upon your hull. Thankfully, Advinessa's calculations are accurate, and nothing vital is breached or damaged by this questionable method. "Docking complete, Captain Aurex. I've rigged two of the lighters to power the mining equipment of this craft, and we'll require them to remain as such for the time being.""I don't like it, Captain." Kihomi's face is disgusted as she begins maneuvering the vessel back toward the asteroid base. "That thing makes the ship handle like a one-legged grox."
>>26355426>Barge recovered and secured to ship's ventral section!>Armory looted! 4d50 for loot>174 Hours have passed! [+25 hours for travel to Base] WARNING! 48 Hours required to escape system due to barge!>Base Explored: 90%?>Aquila Landers supplying armsmen!
>>26355437Rolling for loot.
Rolled 43, 2, 3, 46 = 94>>26355489I'll just try that again.
>>26355502so two good loots and two poor loots? good enough...
>>26355437get out of there with the barge.
>>26355437I'd say we take the 6 hours to scout the rest of the base, bring the loot over and get out afterwards if we don't find something highly interesting. In the meantime, Advinessa and the techpriests should take a look at the barge and try to get its engines running.
Rolled 45>>26355602ill confirm that
>>26355437oops>Orders?>>2635550294 half-carapace voidsuits and lasguns acquired!>Assign to Armsmen? Improved armor for 91 armsmen.
>>26355602the loot is already brought over to your ship>barge engines runningThe engines of the barge have already been confirmed as beyond repair at the moment.
>>26355628>>26355602Yeah, I think fully exploring the base won't hurt. So scout the base, get everybody back onboard and get the fudge out
>>26355628Yes improve the armsmen
>>26355628So, this is probably a stupid question but for the half-carapace voidsuits.... what's the other half? Just normal flak or...?>Assign to ArmsmenYes>>26355602Sure, agree with this.And furthermore, suggest that after this 6 hours we high-fucking-tail it out of here. Th barge is a nice, huge prize, especially if we can get it working at full capacity. Drop it off somewhere within a belt that has shit worth mining, and we can make a tidy profit off it! Though it might tie us down a bit; after all, if we want to avoid someone attacking it we'll need guards. Maybe some of the less adventurous captains of ships i9n the wolfpack would be willing to be our guards for a cut of the profits? All things to consider!
>>26355898I thought that we could leverage the Barge as an asset to the Wolf-pack for the assistance it could provide in establishing a Base of Operations in the Next Sector...
Alarms sound throughout the ship, bathing the parade bridge in red light. In an instant you're running for the bridge proper, finding your bridge in a mild panic. "Report!" Snapped into a vague sense of order by your shout, the crew begins to move with purpose. One of the crewmen looks up from the augers and throws you a quick salute. "Captain Aurex! Something has just emerged into the system and they're lit up like a small sun to our systems!"Taking a look at the augers, you see that he isn't exactly wrong. A massive signature seems to have entered the system's edge spinward of your position, but the crewman has missed an important piece of information. It is slowly moving toward your position. A moment's inspection likely shows why: the chunk of debris the Rockhounds blasted out of the dock area has cleared the asteroid cluster.>176 hours have passed! [+25 hours for travel to base] WARNING! 48 Hours required to escape system due to barge!>Orders?>Wait for your officers to arrive for advice?>Go dark, they might not find you in the asteroid cluster!>Recall all forces and attempt to hide your acceleration for a silent run out of the system>Recall all forces and burn hard to make your escape. Cheese it, we've been made!
>>26356092>Recall all forces and attempt to hide your acceleration for a silent run out of the system
>>26356092>Wait for your officers to arrive for advice?NPCs know best
>>26356092at their present acceleration, how long will it take them to reach us?
>>26356136Even more improtant, is their acceleration higher than ours?also >>26356129
>>26356136>>26356153Contact is currently accelerating. Unknown!
>>26356188yes, but how fast are they accelerating?
>>26356078No reason we can't have it for mining here for the rest of the over 90 days we have in this sector, iirc, and then bring it with us to the next, is there?>>26356092Cheese it it's the cops! If they're on scanning active that's lighting up our sensors like that they'll find us if they haven't already. I highly doubt a silent run will work. Our best bet is to GTFO now that our engines are repaired, make a sprint to the system edge where we can warp out.Then again I also thought attacking that clipper from behind would be safe so I might not be the best person to offer advice.
>>26356243You're not certain exactly, but you estimate the vessel is at least a cruiser or larger. It seems fast for one, though.
>>26356092Recall all forces and push off. What is the likelyhood of us pretending to be another chunk of rock being blown from the cluster to their Augers?
>>26356092What is that massive signature? Gravity? Their engines? Active scanning?
>>26356295At range? Decent so long as you're on a set course and don't deviate.If they get closer with the amount of energy they're putting out with their augers? You'd rather not think about how far away those might be able to detect you.
>>26356291Or imperial ship that detected us because of the debris that left the field, and has been outfitted to be fast. Shit man, it could easily be a Slaughter Cruiser from before the Heresy,those bastards are FAST. And even if it's something more modern you CAN get a cruiser moving at a decent clip while still packing enough firepower to deal with some upstart pirates.
>>26356291I think I know what we are dealing with, and if I'm right, they should better not reach us, but that is most likely true anyways.
>>26356302You're detecting their active scanning with your passive scanning. Your sensors can vaguely define the ship at this distance due to it's gravitational pull upon it's own output.
>>26356356See: >>26356135WHAT DO THE OFFICERS SAY?
>>26356317Very well. Aim the ship in the quickest escape vector which is within a 30 degree cone following their own course to the cluster... So long as we are moving away, it's all an advantage...Also, heading in the right direction should also help when we go full burn to jump to the next system, then straight to another... then a third just in case...
>>26356369This. Deff. wait for the officers. It should take them minutes to get there and a chase should take at least a few hours; waiting for a couple minutes to get their input shouldn't hurt us and could be very helpful.
>>26356402You have a point there. Let's wait for a bit, especially sincd we can't do anything before our armsmen are back aboard.
"Recall all forces immediately! Don't linger! All hands to stations!" Your voice sets crew in motion as you move to your command throne. "Helm, find me the fastest course out of this cluster and system with that ship in our plasma wake!""Aye, Captain!" Kihomi dashes to her station as you bark orders, her jacket only upon one arm as she plots a course. "Course plotted, Captain! Permission to bring her about?""Permission granted!" Maneuvering thrusters begin to lethargically alter the vessel's position, your prow slowly turning to point away from the incoming contact."Aquilas 1 and 2 are away! Requesting lighter bay deploy the crash nets, we're coming in hot!" Advinessa steps to her station, her robes marred with a collection of various oils and scraps of metal sticking to the cloth. "Confirmed, Aquilas. Landing bay 3 is deploying crash nets. Arvus 2 and 4, why haven't you launched yet?" "We're unloading the extra o2 tanks!" "Ditch them in the void if you have to! The Omnissiah classifies them as disposable equipment without spirits!" "Copy! Arvus 2 and 3 launching!" "About time, lighterjocks! We're in no mood to be on this rock much longer!"Elise rushes to her position in a poor state of dress, her hair still dripping. As she reads the augers, she curses. "Contact has ceased acceleration! They're making better time than we're likely able to, Captain." With a sigh, you offer your jacket to your XO. "Take it, you're clearly cold." Her eyes grow wide and her face red as she notices some of the surrounding crew glancing her way a little too much, quickly snatching your jacket and covering her thin duty shirt. "Thank you, Captain." "We're not going to survive if we panic, Miss Eberhardt. To your station." "Yes, Captain.""Arvus 2 and 4! We've got the boys and are burning hard for home. Prep crash nets!""Captain, we should begin our burn. Arvus 2 and 4 can plot an intercept course and land before we're too fast for them to catch up.">Orders?
>>26356683Dude what.We wanted to hear what the officers had to say.
>>26356683begin burnat their current speed, will they catch us?
>>26356683Begin the burn.I really don't want whatever is chasing us to catch us.
>implying the officers wouldn't have looked at you like you were crazy for asking them what to do.Sorry, did you not pick up on a hidden leadership test?oh, and...>Talent Gained!>Master and Commander
>>26356683Begin burn, but orthogonally to their current course and stealthily, is what I'd say. If they notice us, we will know when they change their course. Also, they won't come too close if they don't.
>>26356763Ask them for advise.What it might be, what would be the fastest escape plan and whatnot.And if it wasn't an option you shouldn't have given it to us.
>>26356775>not being an option>not being a good optiondo you see the difference?
>>26356775oh, it was a perfectly viable option.The fact that I started typing and forgot to refresh before noticing the numbers required for 'ask officers' won just worked in your favor.
>>26356775oh, and as for their advice? > "Captain, we should begin our burn. Arvus 2 and 4 can plot an intercept course and land before we're too fast for them to catch up."Translation: "Lets be GONE"
>>26356683begin burn>Master and CommanderWhat does this do?
>>26356763After this I think spending some time at a port of ill repute would be a good idea so we can try to get supplies for our ship. Asking our techprist if they have any ideas on what would make our ship run more efficiently and what not.
>>26356862It means you're ship doctor is gonna get shot by an incompetent. armsman
>>26356895I can dig this. Give us time for repairing the barge and whatnot.
>>26356821I'd still like to try to pretend to be further runoff scrap from the 'salvage team' which is going though the old base....But time is against us. What is the current estimate before the contact intercepts us, assuming that it follows us at current speed?
>>26356734>will they catch us?depends how well your helmsman does getting you into the clear!>>26356862>Master and Commander+10 to Command Tests when Captain of a Void Ship [being on the bridge is not required]>>26356755>>263567702d100 for Lighter pilots [if they walk away it is technically still a landing!]1d100 for Helm
Rolled 53, 13 = 66>Initiating broken record protocols...what are the chances of us being able to acquire modular station kits?>>26356920lighters
Rolled 5>>26356920dice don't fail me now
>>26356914"They have a fair shot at bringing us to weapon's range before we can escape the system, depending upon our exact speed as we exit this cluster, Captain. They have enough radiation out there that silent running is likely to be detected."
>>26356964praise the omnissiahI think that means we're good
>>26356955>>26356964"Arvus 2 and 4, adjust course to intercept at the coordinates I'm transmitting." Kihomi seems unnaturally calm as she works the helm, or perhaps pilots just get quiet when they think they're about to die. Your vessel's engines shake the ship as your Voidmaster focuses entirely upon her task, despite the augers showing an asteroid passing within the boundaries of the voidshield. Muttering a prayer to the Emperor, you watch your ship take a near suicidal path skimming asteroids even as your lighters are recovered. "All craft recovered and deployed crew accounted for, Captain."Losing auger contact with the vessel closing upon your position as your ship exits the asteroid cluster, you're quite dismayed to find their course already adjusted to intercept your own and the mysterious vessel gaining upon you. "How long until they intercept?""It will be close, Captain. If their weapons have enough range, they've got a slim chance to bring us within effective range before we jump. We'll find out in 44 hours."Erin calmly steps into the bridge, seemingly aloof to your current situation. "I believe my services are required, Captain. Where do you plan to travel?">Select Destination?>Caseblanco [Where your wolfpack is to assemble before departing the sector. 54 days until you're expected]>Find a port of ill repute? Warning?? "The Merchant Lords will hear of this" - Captain Jack Bolton>Find some other type of site?>Other?
>>26356965Horrible! I forgot to check back for the quest yesterday!It seems the ship is going to detect us anyway, so we should try to remain silent until all our men are aboard and then burn for it!
>>26357162come on, a 5 wasn't enough to get out without a chance to get shot at?>Caseblanco [Where your wolfpack is to assemble before departing the sector. 54 days until you're expected]we can use the additional time to fix the barge
>>26357208as long as we go though at least two other systems... don't want to lead the Fuzz to the pack...
>>26357168Derp! I was to slow!>>26357162We have no clue how serious Jack Bolton's threat is. And we don't want to be pulled in a fight aslong as we have the barge on our hullSo, My vote goes to caseblanco.
The other ship might just want to be friends....
>>26357162>>Caseblanco [Where your wolfpack is to assemble before departing the sector. 54 days until you're expected]And if we want we can visit another place latter, but for now going to a place we know would be better.
>>26357162>CasablancoShould be safe there, and it has distractions for the crew. Ideally try not to lead the enemy vessel there, if that's something they can do, follow us through the warp?>>26357271Then why didn't they hail us and why are they on an intercept cours- you know what this is silly I am not going to answer this.
>>26357162Does Caseblanco have what is necessary to fix the barge?
>>26357296they want to surprise-hug us, because it's our ship's birthday
>>26357201>>26357208>>26357259>>26357268>>26357272>>26357296>Caseblanco>Estimated Travel time: 4 weeks>3d100 for Losing the Fuzz>1d100 for Navigator Skill>1d100 for Perils of the Warp
Rolled 99, 74, 54 = 227>>26357344
Rolled 59>>26357344PERILS!!!!also;>>26357348SUPER SLUTH FUZZ!?!?!?
Rolled 33>>26357344>>1d100 for Navigator Skill
Why don't we hail them shortly before entering the warp?
>>26357361Roll 1d100 for additional Navigator Test
>>26357406Because that would be kinda pointless and unnecessary?
>>26357406any other supporters? and what is your Hail?
>>26357424I vote against it.
>>26357424>OINK OINK PIGGIES>crips4lyfe
>>26357424I cote against it unless someone comes up with some really clever taunt
>>26357463I thought this was rather clever! >>26357449
>>26357424no taunting. taunting is not our thing.
Rolled 90>>26357424Let's repeat what this other guy said!And we should use his name, so he might get trouble!
>>26357473Well, it's a matter of opinion I guess but I wouldn't call that clever. Especially if we're going to end up saying it after they land some hits on us. >>26357490This..... might actually work, if people wanna go with it. I assume you mean the Star Clipper dude?
>>26357490Nice idea, I go with it.
>>26357504I was just joking man, I'm well aware how stupid it is.
>>26357490oh god, do this
The burn out of Vectes is nail biting, toward the end as the enemy vessel attempts to put on additional speed toward the end, but their efforts are thankfully wasted. Opening a vox frequency, you broadcast to your defeated foe. "Farewell, and may you remember this as the day that you almost caught Captain Jack Bolton!" Alarms sound as your ship prepares to enter the warp...The ship is rocked throughout the journey as Advinessa struggles to guide the ship toward Caseblanco, avoid a lingering warp storm, and evade the unidentified ship giving chase to your vessel. The crew gets little work completed as the warp storm causes great unrest among the officers and crew. Orsola tends to the navigator's throne, replacing the nutrient packs and oxygenation filters that sustain your navigator during such intense and lengthy journeys. Your own time is spent mostly with Advinessa and her techpriests as they claim one of the unoccupied officer's quarters and convert it into a sort of command center for assessments of the mining barge. The vessel is heavily damaged, not even the interior 'spine' sections that you personally explored free of penetrating debris."It will be quite an endeavor to repair this ship, Captain Aurex. Perhaps you might assist us with your more... human, viewpoint?">Orders?>About those servo skull projects...>Plans for the barge?>Other?
>>26357835>"Farewell, and may you remember this as the day that you almost caught Captain Jack Bolton!" no reaction from the crew to this?DO you think we can find the parts you need to fix the barge in Caseblanco? How long will that take?Give priority to engines, geller field and mining equipment in that order
>>26357933>barge is NOT warp capable and thus has no gellar field. It is a system-bound ship and that can not be changed. It can only be moved between systems via voidships>Crew reactionThere were a few smiles, a few confused looks, and lots of rolled eyeballs.>repair estimates in Advinessa's response post to come
Rolled 41>>26357835>>26358009Then we should get the engines fixed up, try to patch up the hull as best as possible and then get the mining equipment working.Also, now you have me wondering about the servo skull projects and what exactly she has planned.
>>26357835"I was hoping we would be able to bring it back to at least eighty percent full capacity and use it for mining duties, either here or in [name of the sector the pirate fleet is going to] as a source of metals and perhaps even other things like chemicals and gems and who knows what might be found in asteroids and meteors. We should have two to three weeks if we hit Casablanco on estimated time of arrival to enact repairs before the fleet moves out. I would like us to attempt to get her ready enough that she can safely accept fuel so that we may fuel her up before leaving, that and full hull integrity are first priorities, and her engines as a secondary priority. "
>>26357933>>26358103>>26358147Advinessa nods eagerly at your words. "The hull repairs are a simple affair, the ship is civilian grade and is only armored to resist small meteor impacts and lacks void shields. Estimates of a week's worth of repairs to replace the damaged hull sections and seal the ship against the void. Repairs to the main power conduit to the ship's components may require funds, but we'll not know until we open up the section for repairs. Engines will need critical parts manufactured or purchased, but there is doubt as to the ability to manufacture them within the fleet. Lord Wilson's vessel would have the facilities required, if we are. Life support and fuel resevoirs appear to be intact and simply need restocking. Mining facilities are only for ore extraction and are not believed to be damaged to the extent of requiring specialist knowledge. I am confident that we can restore the barge to full operational status, given the ability to repair the engines." nearly fidgeting, your Chief Enginseer seems to unsciously count upon her right fingers. "I estimate 20 days of repair work, given the proper parts can be constructed before we would replace the damaged sections around the engines.">Orders?>We're done here. Skip to Caseblanco>About those servo skull projects...>More information?>Other?
>>26358821>About those servo skull projects...
>>26358906>>26358924>5 servo skull projects available>Order specific servo skulls?
>>26358952Just what are the limits of a servo-skull's usefulness?Could we make one into a tailor?
>>26358952a combat-focused servo skull might be useful.
>>26359106A servo skull is generally run by a simple machine spirit. They are capable of basic logic and following simple orders. You could make a servo skull into a tailor skull, but it would basically just be really good at cutting cloth or stitching things with assistance of some sort.
>>26358952We seem to have a knack for trying to explore whenever possible so maybe have a few that will help us in mapping different areas, maybe one could be something like a medical assistant, and...we could have one assiagned to go fetch our hats when we want to change them
>>26358952one for the tech priests, I think. One outfitted for combat. DOn't know about the rest
>>26359211Could it do the measurements? Because I really hate getting groped by an ambiguously gay elderly Italian man every time I get a suit tailored, and I can't imagine things have gotten any better in another 38,000 years.
>>26359414>measurementsany utility-type servo skull could in theory do such a task, with the proper programming.>>26359270>Pioneer Skull - equipment allows mapping of areas>Med-Skull - equipment allows basic medical procedures>Hat-Skull - equipment allows maintenance, fetching, and equipping of hats >>26359388>Multi-Tool Skull - able to preform tasks similar to a multi-tool, but hands free>Combat Skull - whirling blades and lacerating knives allow this servo skull to attack it's charge's foes in melee>Gun-skull - equipped with a basic pistol type weapon, defends it's charge with ranged attacks
>>26359711>Multi-Tool Skull for Advinessa >Gun-skull and Hat-Skull for us>2 Pioneer Skull for scouting
>>26359778Equip gun-skull with laspistol or questionable hellpistol?Any confirmations of this plan or alternates?
>>26359838give it a laspistol and get a new one
>>26359838Laspistol, and seconding the plan.
>>26359778Sounds good to me.
>>26359864>>26359888>>26359999>Skip to Caseblanco?>Ask Advinessa about something else?>Other?
>>26360350just woke up but it seems like we made PROGRESS while I slumberedmy votes for>Skip to Caseblanco?
>>26360350>Skip to Caseblanco?
>>26361147>>26361255Advinessa notes your delegation of the servo skulls, though you note a distinct pause when you order one specifically to tend to your hats and hat-based needs. Leaving the cog-heads to the details of your barge's repairs, you head to your quarters and offer a prayer to the Emperor to protect you from the warp storm while you sleep. Memories of home haunt your dreams, the faces of your siblings melting, twisting and reforming to jeer at you. The journey's end comes all too soon for you, the ship bursting back into reality despite the pull of the warp storm refusing to relinquish it's grasp. With your crew more than capable of piloting your vessel to meet with Captain Wilson's vessel, you leave Elise in command as you return to your quarters to enjoy a nice, hot shower.Refreshed and relaxed, you find a servo skull carefully tending to your small hat collection. Holding the Fairly Fancy Mitre of the deceased Iron Monk in two manipulator arms as a third carefully picks over the stitching of the hat, the skull watches you curiously before turning to another hovering skull. This second skull's left eye is elongated, and you quickly note the tip of a laspistol is made to look like a crude sensory probe. As both skulls hover about, you give them a few simple commands to move about your quarters at your whim. Satisfied that both will obey your commands, you call for your Captain's hat and for both constructs to follow you back to the bridge.>Arrived at Caseblanco! 24 Days early!>Hat-skull gained!>Gun-skull gained! Armed with laspistol>Calling it here for the night. Will continue in the morning if the thread survives. [If not, I may start a new thread tomorrow if I'll have enough time. If not, Tuesday @ 2-4pm as usual]>Q&A for a bit for anyone around
>>26362050Soon everyone shall know of Captain Percius Aurex- The mad hatter!!
>>26362328I support that our eccentricity is an unusual fascination with hats.
Your new servo skulls quickly take an interest in the trio of skulls hovering about the bridge, the five of them soon circling each other curiously and causing quite a few laughs from the crew. Advinessa sighs, the skulls quickly gazing toward her before returning to their duties. "The spirits are young and their protocols untested, Captain Aurex. Corrections required."With your crew's spirits raising as they embrace the sense of safety that is the small gathering of the wolfpack, you take to your command throne and ponder your next move...>Orders?>Report to Lord Wilson [be prepared to sum up your first adventure as a captain!]>Contact Signor Ferrari for something?>Contact Rick for something?>Other?
>>26370390>Report to Lord Wilson>Repair the barge
>>26370390>>Report to Lord Wilson [be prepared to sum up your first adventure as a captain!]We will have to do this sooner or later, so we might as well get it out of the way first.
>>26370390Report to Lord Wilson.Inform him of our forie into the asteroid base and the finding and securing of the barge. Give him Advinessa's report on damages and repair orders. If he asks why we secured it, inform him it was because we believed that it would prove a useful asset in establishing and supplying a Operations Center in the next Sector.Might give us brownie points, or at least a better deal on parts...I advocate never mentioning the whole 'Captain Jack Bolton' thing to him... That is only asking for trouble as he probably has connections with the Merchant Lords... probably supplies for services kind of deal too.... wouldn't really be surprised if he already knows about the attempt....
>>26370429>>26370481>>26370492barge repairs will be underway once the ship has settled into a steady orbit of the world or docked with Lord Wilson's massive transport.>Prepare your report for Lord Wilson
>>26370531>>26370390>Prepare our report for Lord Wilson. Pray like fuck that the guardian cruiser didn't manage to follow us back here.
A quick lighter flight sees you over to Lord Wilson's vessel, a sharply dressed assistant awaiting you in a small buggie of some sort. "Captain Aurex, I've been assigned as your handler for the future, my name is Erwin Estiban." He pauses for a moment, smiling. "I'm usually just called 'E' for short. I'll be taking you to Lord Wilson, Captain."'E' wastes little time before speeding off with you, the vehicle's tires propelling you wildly down a massive cargo passage within the ship. Crews shout curses as you pass, their bulky cargo lifters simply an obstacle to be avoided by Erwin. With a screech, your trip comes to a stop upon a cargo lift, the buggie's suspension dulling the sudden lurch as it rises toward the command sections of the vessel. Erwin makes some small talk, and you soon learn he was born upon a world several systems from your own, captured by Lord Wilson's forces as a child and raised partially by the Lord himself. "Never had a son, so he likes to act like some of us are, at times. I was never skilled at fighting, so I sort of stuck around." Driving much more calmly in the command sections of the ship, you are finally delivered to your destination. "Good luck, Captain. I'll await you here."Straightening yourself, you step into Lord Wilson's chamber once more. It hasn't changed much, though you note one of the guards is different this time. "Percius! You're back sooner than expected, how was your first voyage, boy?" Signalling his man, he motions for you to sit. "Herdil, fetch a good brandy. We must celebrate the rookie's survival suitably!""Tell me, Percius, what adventures have you gotten yourself wrapped up in?">Response?
>>26370885"I've plundered the aft section of a cruiser in the [name of location where we did that thing I am sorry I am terrible with names], and then headed over to speak to that Rogue Trader that I told you about previously, Kerr, to sell some of the loot we found, buy some supplies, and ransom away those prisoners. He seems a nice enough sort, hasn't betrayed me so far, and I think that a good sign. Tried our hand at some real piracy rather than salvage which.... did not go as well as it might have, our prey eluded us, however we were able to return to the salvage site and recover the mining barge you no doubt have heard is attached to our ship. I thought she might prove useful in either this subsector or the next, if we can get her operational. Mining might not be the most glorious job but it's not as frowned upon by the various Adeptus' as piracy and could be used to make some money on the side. In the interest of full disclosure, we were... discovered at the salvage site. Some kind of cruiser-sized ship, remarkably fast for its size, warped in sensors full active as we'd just managed to get the barge free. We had to run for it but managed to get away. As far as I know, we lost them in the warp."This sound acceptable to everyone?
>>26370885"well I tried to sharpen my fangs, as I wanted to have some experience before going into an unknown system. sadly that did not go as planned and my prey managed to escape despite the grievous damage I dealt it.I then went to an abandoned space station, were I found quite a few things including the mining barge, you can see strapped to my ship, it's damaged but if repaired it could allow us to establish a base of operation quicker, along with mutated rats, void suits and a rather nice leather mining hat.as we were recovering the barge an unknown ship arrived in the system fearing they were aligned with my prey I decided to flee in order to avoid damaging my findings, I believe we've lost them in a warp storm."
>>26370985looks goodmight want to mention that our prey only escaped because our engine explode
>>26370985sounds good to me, but also include how we got some new hats, the most important bit
>>26370985This but Wilson was thinking of establishing a base in the next sector so imply we were thinking of helping out with that with our new barge
>>26371013Yeah but they only were damaged cause we pushed them trying to catch up with them.>>26371015How could I have forgotten this?!? Of course, we also obtained a new hat servo skull!>>26371026I can get on board with this.
Lord Wilson listens to your summary as his man returns with brandy and some ice. Though he pours the drinks neat, Lord Wilson happily adds several cubes of ice to his glass. "Quite an adventure, Percius. Looting the dead may be distasteful to some, but it keeps both the small fry like ourselves and the Imperium running at times." Carefully swirling his drink with a movement of his wrist, Wilson seems to consider his words. "Your interactions with Lord Kerr may prove useful in the future, I'm quite proud that you're one of my Captains. Quite proud. Don't worry about your first mark getting away, it has happened to us all and will happen again. Sometimes we bite off more than we can chew.""You're strangely honest about all of this, Captain Aurex. Most of the rookies have some kind of excuse for failure or don't mention they've been followed by silent guardians of forbidden systems. The hats are a bit odd as well, but we all have our vices." With a grin, he sets his glass upon the table. "Shall we have a proper toast to your good health, or is there other business to discuss, Captain?">Orders?
We are supposed to pay him a percentage of the loot, right?Well, we didn't get anything in cash at all, so how is that going to work out?Also, asking him about where to get some repairs and getting some good suggestions for where to mine with it would be nice.
>>26371515"well as I said the barge is damaged I believe some of the fuel lines for the plasma reactors are severed and cannot be repaired without critical parts, if you could spare said parts I'd be grateful aside from that I think we are do talking business."
>>26371515Take the toast then wait for him to say something.
>>26371615You haven't claimed anything that would be split, normally.
>>26371515"A toast, and then I believe there is the business of your cut. The Barge contains I believe [2 cargos] of unworked and unsmelted silver ore. Aside from that, I and the techpriests would be interested in purchasing the parts and equipment necessary to repair the barge.">>26371638Huh, okay. I guess nix the bit about the silver ore then?
>>26371515ask about the availability of trading for the parts to repair the barge.
>>26371615>>26371624>>26371636>>26371661>>26371669"Repairs? I see, that is quite a bit of damage. I'll send over some additional cog-heads to assist you with those, but I can not guarantee that this vessel's facilities can produce the parts you'll require. As to the cargo upon your find, my ship has the facilities to refine the silver ore, though it is not as efficient as it could be. A twenty-five percent cut will allow me to ensure that those handling it don't skim off on their own."You share several toasts of brandy with Lord Wilson, informing him of the various hats you've come across in your adventure. "And you say you have a servo skull that is dedicated to the care of your hats? Wonderful!" Wilson wipes at his eyes as his laughter subsides, his face covered in pure mirth. "Emperor save you, Percius, we need more good Captains. Until we meet again, Captain."Your meeting with Lord Wilson over, you head back to your own ship.>Repairs have begun upon the barge.>3d100 for parts availability [targets: 15/50/75]>Offer to refine silver ore for loss of 25%: Y/N?>Orders?
Rolled 68, 86, 13 = 167>>26372096>Offer to refine silver ore for loss of 25%? YesFocus on repairing
Rolled 15, 25, 1 = 41>>26372096>>Offer to refine silver ore for loss of 25%: Y/N?>Yalso rolling for parts
>>26372211im glad you were faster than meim also never rolling again, thats my 4th 1 in a row
>>26372224Uh... you do realize that for pretty much everything but warp travel, we want LOW and to roll UNDER the target number, right? Your rolls are way better than his.
>>26372224oh right, it isn't a skill check so we're trying to roll highI was about to post something like:"why are you so slow anon!"
>>26372238i knew there was something wrong with my brain tonight, and seeing as its almost 3:30am, i believe it is a lack of sleepgoodnight gentlemen
>>26372238>>26372242>>26372256and now I am sleep deprived and confused...
>>26372096>Offer to refine silver ore for loss of 25%: Y/N?>Y
>>26372262me tooexcept for the sleep deprived part, because it's 7 in the Evening here
>>26372224>>26372242Good News!This is a low is good ro-...Uh oh.
>>26372272also, which rolls are counted, first?we broke the machine spirit
>>26372300first rolls in with the correct dice/specified roll are -always- taken.PQ does not average rolls.
>>26372327>>26372272Every single time it doesn't that I die a little inside. Bad rolls for the bad roll god! d100s for the d100 throne!
The remainder of your day moves quickly as you and Elise oversee the transfer of new crew and supplies to your vessel. Your XO sighs as you take a short break to enjoy some food brought by Tes. "Captain, Miss Eberhardt and I have been talking" Tes puts on one of her sweet smiles as you raise an eyebrow at the thought of her and your XO talking about things. "Isn't... it good luck to name craft? The cog boys were talking about how this kind of vessel isn't granted a name by the Imperials, but we're pirates, yeah? Maybe we should name him for good luck?""Vessels are traditionally female, Tes." Interjects Elise. "Something about them being like a crew's protective mother.""Female!? But he's so... phallic!">Response?
>>26372459what names do you propose?
>>26372459Sometimes, It seems to me like every object that is longer than it is wide seems phallic to females.But, if you insist on a male name, it shall be called the Wicked Bowler.
>>26372582Forgot my pic.
>>26372485... did you really just ask the NPCs for a name for your ship?
>>26372681I'm really not creative with that sort of thing and always either take the default one or a random one, so yes.
>>26372681What they propose.Doesn't mean we will take it.
>>26372459hey, it can be phallic AND have a female name
Rolled 29>>26372681I hereby propose "Possessed Bitch".
>>26372681I propose"The Loli Raper"
>>26372459"Well now... I suppose I could come up with something. What do you say we make it into a kind of a game? Say, whoever wins the next round of Assassin down on Casablanco gets to pick the name?"I too suck balls at naming shit, and this seems like a good way to let people vent steam after our narrow escape, giving crew a chance to name it. Though if Advinessa wins I have a feeling we'll either get a boring name like "B4-RG-3-901 OR something overly flowery such as "The Omnissiah's Overgrown Shuttle". Not that I have a problem with either of these, just stuck me as humorous.
>>26372459Let's think, it's an unarmed not warp-capable mining barge that will fall apart if you as much as look at itHow about:AnnihilatorEmperor's Wrath orThe Ultimate Destroyer Of Ultimate Destiny
>>26372850"Well, I was talking about this vessel, sir. But the barge could probably use a name, too.">>26372743>>26372746"Mad Hatter" Elise shrinks slightly under your frown.
>>26372906we should totally name our ships after classy hates
>>26372906Ohhhhhhhhh. See I think everyone thought you meant the Barge, or I did at least. Yes, our ship should definitely get a good name, I was rather confused why you were seeming adamant/strong-willed about us naming it cause I thought you meant the mining barge. Derp. In that case nix the officer idea (though that can still work for the barge) and uh..... Maybe the Pirate's Delight? I told you I was bad with names.
>>26372459Ship= Rise of ArroganceBarge= Nobles Folly
>>26372906Our ship doesn't have a name? Yeah, we should definitely name it. Too bad I have no idea what
http://grimdarkness.net/resources/bfg_name_generator/there you go, have fun
"I'll think on it. Perhaps the winner of our next game of Assassin will get to pick from a list.""If Advinessa wins, she'll probably call it 'something of the Omnissiah' or some groxwash." "She still out-ranks you, Tes. Show some respect in front of your Captain."A crewman delivers a dataslate from Advinessa's teams and you quickly accept it. The barge's engines are more damaged than first expected and will likely need to be completely replaced. Thankfully, the twin plasma reactors have already had their conduits replaced and the remainder of the craft will require minimal refurbishing. Placing the dataslate upon the improvised table, you grumpily bite into the last half of your meal. You've no idea what kind of costs you're looking at with this sort of damage, but you're certain your funds are going to be hurting for a while.>Barge's engines destroyed! Replacement systems required!>Other damage to barge under repair.>Orders?>Contact Signor Ferrari for something?>Contact Rick for something?>Other?
>>26373549>"If Advinessa wins, she'll probably call it 'something of the Omnissiah' or some groxwash." "All the more reason not to let her beat you then, right?" Give a roguish smile. For the barge... darn. Let's send a message to Lord Wilson and see if they happen to have the parts we need. Contact Rick and tell him that we'll be heading down with our officers for a game of assassin in a day or so, once we've put together a proper list of names. Ferrari... I guess if Wilson doesn't have the parts Ferrari might know where to obtain them?
We can expect a new engine to set us back quite a bit and we only have 21 wealth atm, if I'm reading it right.Or, in other words, we will need to go out there and make some cash once we're done resting here.First, send Advinessa a message to get us the specs of the engines we need for the barge and whatever else she might need to bring our main vessel up to speed.While the repairs are underway, we can go down to the surface and ask around if there's anyone preparing for a job we can join. Even if we earn less by joining a job than by doing it ourselves, we are probably more likely to earn something that way.Also shore leave for the armsmen.
>>26373628The acquisition rolls were for Wilson's ship having the parts or the ability to make them.Also, I'll need a 1d25 roll and 6d50 rolls for the silver ore
Rolled 34, 43, 42, 18, 8, 48 = 193>>26373692Here's the 6d50
>>26373756>>26373764Eighteen bars of silver are delivered after refining, along with six wealth for an unexpected copper-nickel bi-product.
>>26373995Cool beans. And since we rolled so poorly on those checks for if Wilson's ship had the parts, I'm guessing we'll have to contact Ferrari to see if he has anything or an idea on where we might find them. Would be best if we didn't travel, I think. We've got, what, a month or so left before we're due to leave? I don't think it'd be good risking missing the jump to the new sector just for parts.
>>26373995whoops.One-hundred and Eighty bars of silver
>>26374111I agree with this, for the most part. Let's see Ferrari and ask him where to get the parts we need.
>>26374138Oh. Well then. That's uh. That's significantly better than 18. It's something like 1 wealth per 8 bars, or was that 1 per 4? Yeah that's a nice bit of wealth if we can find a buyer.
>>263742212 gold bars per 1 wealth14 silver bars per 1 wealth>Wealth: 27 (52.2 with bars)
>>26374256Ah, so I was way off. Still! Also we've got that thing that adds 10% to wealth/treasure gained in this sector right? Is that with that added in?Anywho, I guess it's time to message Ferrari.
>>26374307>>263742141d100 for Ferrari acquisitions
Rolled 52>>26374389We'll 404 soon
>>26374411what page are we on?
"Captain Aurex! Good to see you alive once more. So very good." Signor Ferrari's image upon your vix-pict feed pats at sweat with a folded cloth. "Parts such as those? Hmm. I do believe I can put you in contact with a dealer of such wares. It will cost you, of course. Such information can be quite valuable to people, no?">Offer price?
>>26374664"Interesting. You'd rather payment up front rather than a cut of what we end up paying your contact? Very well, say, [2 wealth]?"I really hope I'm not over/under bidding here. I hate not knowing how much something is worth.
>>26374721We should get him to make an offer or at least hint at his expectations. I'd guess he wants 5-10%. Should we say half for making the contact, half if he has what we want and is willing to sell it?"Of course it is, and you can rest assured that this won't be to your disadvantage."
>>26374664I don't like this maybe we can hold off until we get to the next sector and find a port.
>>26374831hes not even selling us the parts just where to get it which we cost more money.
>>26374721>>26374787"My normal commission is twenty percent of your spending, but for a friend such as you Captain Aurex... I could accept your offer of ten percent. Do we have a deal?">Deal? Y/N?
>>26374860I'd say Y. What happens if we don't end up buying right away, because we lack the funds to afford everything we need? Is there a clause for a minimum amount of payment he would get just for referring us or am I over thinking this?
>>26374860Yes, I was told in chat there is no way to get parts in the next sector easy.
>>26374892over-thinking, but he'll just kindly inform you of a debt.
>>26374930Sounds good. I'll go with Yes then, and also wonder where this chat/irc room thing is cause that sounds like a lovely place to be to make sure I stop missing the first day of these threads.
>>26374860Yes, let's do this.
>>26374892>>26374918>>26374949>>26375043"Partz, partz... everyone needs partz! What partz can I get for you todaay, friend? Liighter partz? Leafter partz? Want to piimp out yeer Taauros to iimprezz the ladiez? I've partz for everyone, and if you buy now, you can get partz free! Welcome to crazy Haaazin'z Part Empoorium! I've zome partz for you zir!" You're not sure exactly what this bearded man crawled into for his crazy, but the fact that he is looking through you instead of at you is mildly troubling."I require an engine capable of being mounted upon a civilian mining barge with these specifications." Handing him a data slate, he studies the information contained upon it. "Oh, a fiine, fiine craft. Yez. I haave zeeveral piecez that may woork. Come, come! Leet me zhow you my waarez!">Engines available!>Decrepid Tug Engines - "Reeliiablle, theeze are! A zteel!" [30 wealth]>Cluster of Lighter Engines - "Will doez job." [20 wealth]>Mk 45 Sprint Engines - "Zcratched red paiint makez it fazta!" [70 wealth]>Modified Lifter Engines - "Not the faztezt, but control zecond to none!" [55 wealth]
>>26375159Guess the Decrepid Tug Engines are the obvious choice.
>>26375159>First ask our Techpriest to take a look at them>Decrepid Tug Engines - "Reeliiablle, theeze are! A zteel!" [30 wealth]Kind of want to go with these as hopefully we can get our Techs to upgrade them.
>>26375159I want the reliable ones.Have one of our techpriests look over it before we complete the purchase. Preferably Advinessa herself.
>>26375159I'd say ask Advinessa or one of the techpriests to look over the >decrepit tug engines before finalizing, but other than that these sound solid.
>>26375209>>26375236>>26375240Advinessa is less than pleased by 'Haaazin'z Part Empoorium', but she stops chasing the man around in a rage after you fire a warning shot. "None of the systems are designed for the barge, Captain. The tug engines are a cheap solution but under-powered for full loads. Sprint Engines would speed up the craft, but would have poor maneuvering capabilities. The Lifter engines would be the closest specs to the original engines, by my estimate.""Can I kill him now?">Orders?
>>26375345The cluster or the modified lifter engines?
>>26375392nvm see my error
>>26375345Hrm. I would say we dip into our rainy day funds and go for the Lifter engines. That would mean 5.5 Wealth would go to Ferrari, yes?
>>26375345Killing him now would cause our reputation to suffer and deny us the equipment we need, thus reducing our ability to kill people later.The sprint engines are not an option.How much could you do with the other two? As in, how well could you adapt them, what would you need to adapt them properly and how long would it take.Right now, I'm leaning towards the Lifter.
>>26375392>>26375405Advinessa does not speak of that heresy.
>>26375433honestly I still vote Tug, tell Advinessa that she won't be on it all the time and we can't have some idiot like this guy killing everyone.
>>26375421>>26375418That would eat up our reserves, if we even have so much. 52.2 you said, right?
>>26375421"Both systems require modification to the barge, but as the saying is... 'You acquire what you deliver monetary restitution for'... Correct?"
>>26375345Then we shall get the Lifter engines."Please do not kill him. I doubt there are many places in which we can get such parts..."
>>26375493"Quite. It was good that we contacted you to look things over before making our decision then. Thank you for your time Advinessa." Most people seem to be leaning towards Lifter engines, I think?
>>26375478Current wealthWealth: 27 (52.2 with bars)Gold bars: 17 (8.5 Wealth)Silver bars: 234 (16.7 Wealth)1 Secure Cargo Container [Medium]Filled with 80 Gold bars, worth roughly 20 wealth. [Not counted toward wealth count due to 'Rainy Day' status]
>>26375530I don't like how low the Lifter engine brings us on cash reserves, what if we get damaged or injured. Also the tug is dead is it's not attached to us anyway why waste money.Still leaning toward Tug
Just had a thought....That aft section of cruiser.... it had the ships engines in, right???what is the chance that we could either return to loot them...Or more realistically, find another battle site and find a more similar ship and steal Its engines?
>>26375648When we returned the entire after end of the cruiser had been blow to smithereens. They knew we'd been there.
As we're still on page 9, we've got some time left.>Confirm votes by linking this post>Tug Engines? Under-powered for barge>Lifter Engines? Near-spec for barge. Will require Rainy Day Funds
>>26375662>>Lifter Engines? Near-spec for barge. Will require Rainy Day Funds
>>26375662Lifter, although I have a bad feeling.
>>26375662Tug Engineswe can loot better ones later...
>>26375648To strip components from a voidship, you would require a salvage component to be installed upon your ship [or another]The barge may be ~700m in length, but it's systems are not interchangeable with voidship components aside from the odd small part that may be used in both.
>>26375648>implying a minning barge has the space for a cruiser engineWhy don you cobble the aft section of the cruiser on your ship for more power then?
>>26375714To be honest, my group tried that once.....The next eight sessions were spent exploring a hulk....
We are now on page 10. Please get your votes in if you haven't already.Next Thread on Tuesday @ 2-4 PM ESTUsual Q&A while we're still alive here.
>>26375759Also, I did suggest a more suitable approach of taking an engine from another barge or ship-with-a-barge-compatible-engine....
>>26375662>Lifter Engines? Near-spec for barge. Will require Rainy Day Funds
>>26375701I assume that the 'salvage component' will be super rare, super expensive and totally not worth the hassle....Meh, win some loose some. I'll throw in with the Lifter Engines.... Though could we try haggling? Because at the moment we will be spending 55 wealth, with 5.5 wealth to Senior Ferrari, so a total of 60.5 wealth.... even dropping it to 50 wealth for the engine would lessen the financial burden... Though Ideally we should drop the price to 47 wealth, then the total expenditure would be 51.7, leaving us with 0.5 wealth with an untouched rainy day fund...
>>26376022Yes, let's try to haggle it down. Advinessa should be more than happy to point out why the pice is too high.
Rolled 11>>26376022>>263760921d100Salvage isn't super rare, but it is expensive.
>>26376139>>26376166no haggling for us then....