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Post by Triaxx2 » Fri, 22. Aug 14, 18:43

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Post by kaistern » Fri, 22. Aug 14, 18:44

Litcube quit sounding so smug lol It is freaking hard to adjust to the changes you made in fighter combat :) I like the challenge though. It wasn't so bad on the advanced start, I got my fight rank up to 15 in the first hour (capped a few phanon traders and assorted drones then started dropping every combat mission in a system at the same time) but this is really testing my skills lol. I am still hoping to cap a m5 that can equip PACs I think I could do better with though even if I have to watch the weapon recharge closely.

Note: I started checking the stats for ships on the Wiki before I engage them. It isn't always accurate due to the fact that LU made Balancing changes to most ships but it will at least give me an idea what I am up against before I engage.

Lets resume the story

"What do you see Gizmo?" I asked as I accelerated away from the ship yard at full speed, weapons hot.

"Two pirate scouts coming in fast. A Rapier and a Octopus. The Rapier's speed is 437, be careful boss it is a terran ship. It can equip 2 electromagnetic plasma cannons that will shred us, it also has 5mJ of shielding. The octopus on the other handis cruising at 354m/s it can equip 4 IREs and only has 1 mJ of shielding.

"Gotcha, lets go octopus hunting then." I turn to engage the Octopus doing a quick jib to the side to avoid its fire, then rolling to bring it into my line of fire. PewPew, PewPew My first salvo shredded its shields. The octopus tried to barrel roll away from me but I was tight on it. Another volley of fire clipped its wing bringing its hull to 80%. The Octopus pulled hard to the side... Right into a spiral of Wasp missiles!

"Damn it!" I shouted "That was my kill!" Pulling my ship around I found the culprit, an Argon military patrol of an Centaur and two Novas. The novas made short work of the Rapier leaving nothing for me. The Centaur hailed me, a short balding captain appearing on the screen.

"Good flying pilot, I have a 3265 cr reward for your help for you."

"That was my kill." I glared back at him

"That kind of thinking only gets pilots killed. A dead pirate is a dead pirate. I am transferring your money now. Safe flying." The money did make me feel a lot better but I was still mad, so close to my first kill. I landed back on the ship yard and used my reward money to nby some more upgrades for my engines and rudder. 10646 credits later my new top speed was 381 and my ship felt like it could turn on a dime, though i barely had enough money left over to buy myself some steak before leaving the station. With the extra Military ships patrolling the sector I doubted that they would need my services anytime soon so I headed north to President's End.

<Jumping to President's End>

The wreckage floating in front of me still evoked rage in my. Why the Kha'ak choose to devastate this system was still a mystery. I quickly mapped out the sector but since it only had wreckage and jump-gates it wasn't long before I jumped through the east gate to Elena's Fortune.

<Jumping to Elena's Fortune>

Elena's Fortune was packed full of stations and military patrols. A quick sweep of the system netted me a mosquito missile and a Mass driver. To bad I couldn't mount the mass driver it would have greatly increased my damage output. I sold the missile at the Military Outpost but couldn't find a buyer for the Mass driver. Guess I'll just hold on to it for now. I was just turning to head back through the west gate when several Factories sent out SOS. A swarm of Xenon Ns were attacking the local stations, I sent a quick message to them telling them that help was on the way but before I could get in range the Military Patrols made short work of the Xenons. They still paid me some chump change for my efforts. I was starting to feel sleepy so I decided to call it a night and dock at the Military Outpost and got myself a room for the night. Thoughts of the days events brought on dreams of the revenge i desired.
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Post by MoonlightMassacre » Wed, 27. Aug 14, 16:36

Please sir, I want some more :roll:

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Post by kaistern » Thu, 28. Aug 14, 09:23

Ask and you shall recieve! lol Im just glad to know that I have a following :D



Let us continue

The command and control room was a bee hive of activity, officers nervously manning their stations. Dark with only the red emergancy lights to illuminate the room an errie glow seemed to settle into my soul soul. In the center of the room I stood facing a holoprojection of the system, allied ships and stations in blue, the enemy in red. My fleet was positioned just south of the center of the system blocking the path from the south gate to the planet we were trying to protect. But the battle was growing desprite, no matter how many of them we destroyed, more and more came through the gate.

"Status report." I stated to the room

"Shields at 83% and holding. All cannons at ready sir. The final transports are on their way" My second replied. Focus was hard to be found, I noticed, as I tried to make since of the picture in front of me. The lead elements of my fleet, 4 destroyers and my flag ship were holding the line as scores of fighter craft swarmed around us. Behind us several frigates served as a shrapnel screen for any fighters that might try to make a run on the carrier. Finally in the back the mighty Argon One sat, on loan from what was left of the government, corredinating fighter operations. As I shifted my focus to the enemy position another wave of enemy destroyers warped in through the gate. Seven this time, more then anytime before.

"All right, we all know the drill by now. Focus fire my target. Kill the one in the center and then we will work our way out." I tried to sound confident however I feared that it may not have been the case. I watched as our PPCs fire in sequence quickly overtaking the first destoryer and reducing it to a firey inferno. However my elation was short lived as the destoyers returned fire. The room shook as beam after beam ravished my ship's shields. However the hologram showed that we were not getting the worst of it. The Hades, a Split python, was awash in flames as it's shields buckled and the Kyon beams ravished its hull. Explosion on explosion errupted from the python until in a vibrant flash of light errupted from within it's main reactors imploded.
Christ my knees feel weak, and at this rate we wouldn't last much longer... If only those transports would hurry up.

"Admiral, the last transport made the jump, the evacuation is complete." The room burst into cheers as my second anounced the good news.

"Alright everyone, spin up the warp drive. Let's get out of here." I said, then opening a line to the rest of the fleet I continued, "All ships, all ships this is the admiral. The evacuation was a success. Prepare for emergency jump. All fighter craft are ordered to combat land on the carrier. Repeat All craft prepare for a emergancy jump." The bridge shuttered as I finished my speech, another volley from the enemy hitting us hard, throwing me to the deck.

"Hull breach!" The chief engieneering mate cried, "Shields down, hull breach on decks five through seven. Guns fifteen, sixteen, and nineteen are unresponsive."

"Get us out of here!!!" I screamed as I picked my self up. The bridge shook again as more lasers danced across our hull. Finally the warp drive engaged and seconds later we found our selves face to face with the enitre paranoid fleet, sitting just off of paranoid prime. Then to my relief a familair face appeared on the view screen, hailing us from the lead paranoid ship.

"Admiral, I am glad to see that the transports made it safely, but how goes the fight? Why are you here? Where is the rest of the fleet?" Senator Litcube, last surviving memeber of the once great Senate of the Argon said. Looking at the hologram for the first time I relized that my ship was the only one that had made it through the warp. I felt my eyes tear up as I addressed the senator.

"Senator Litcube, their gone. We are all remains of the fleet. There is nothing else left. We have lost the battle for Argon Prime."


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I woke with a start. The dream had been so real, I couldn't shake the feeling that there had been more to it then just a nightmare. Getting up I splashed some water on my face and tried to forget what I had seen.

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A few hours later found me back in the cockpit of the Hermes accelerating as fast as I could away from the military outpost. I still hadn't shaken the feeling that something was up but I figured that if I put several light years between me and it then the feeling would fade. I quickly transversed though President's End and into the wall, exploring it was not much of a chore and I continued north to the hole. I hate the hole. It should be renamed the soup because that is what it looked like, and it was so big that I spent hours exploring it and I was still not sure if I had found everything. Onwards to Antigone Memorial.

<Jumping to Antigone Memorial>

The first thing I noticed was the equipment dock, or rather the big sign outside of it advertising that they had the fastest engines in the galaxy. I was out of cash but I still had mass driver in my cargo so I docked and set out to find a buyer. It didn't take me very long, a young Argon weapons dealer was astounded to see such high quality military grade hardware and paid me over 50 thousand credits to get his hands on it. Suddenly feeling rich I headed over to the mechanic's bay to meet the Teladi selling my new engine. It was a thing of beauty, and after doing some research I confirmed that it really was the fastest engine that could be installed into a pegasus. After some haggling I handed him over 33306cr and started towards my new engine.

"No, no, no." The Teladi said with a sly grin, "That is just the show room model. You will have to wait for yours to arrive from Blue Profit. It should only take 2-3 weeks."

"What!?!" I exclaimed "You said you could have it installed in 4 hours!"

"Of course I can! After it arrives that is."

I wanted to make a new pair of boots out of that reptail. But that would only land me in jail and I still would be no closer to my new engine so instead I just stormed off and went to find a room for the next couple weeks.
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Post by kaistern » Thu, 28. Aug 14, 09:27

I wasn't able to make very much time for X3 this last weekend so I am going to work on character creation as much as possible in this week's upcomming content. That being said there is some really cool DiD content too, including a brush with death that left me with 12% hull remaining!!!

Just to whet you whistle a little :D
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Post by MoonlightMassacre » Thu, 28. Aug 14, 16:18

Hmm if that "dream" was about the OCV and they got to argon prime, I think they would he well and truly ******... lol

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Post by Litcube » Thu, 28. Aug 14, 17:05

Sounds like the OCV. That was cool.

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Post by kaistern » Sun, 31. Aug 14, 09:48

So I spent quite a bit of time in game and now have over three pages worth of notes not including the content I am about to post, and what I am about to post only represents 5 lines of notes! It might take me awhile to get it all written out, and I have then next week or so off so I am not sure when I'll be able to post again but it is going to be worth it!
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Post by kaistern » Sun, 31. Aug 14, 09:50

The housing conditions on the equipment dock were pitiful. I thought that rats would not be an issue on a space station. However in hotels and shops I went into, rats seemed to be everywhere. In addition the hotel rooms were tiny, and the beds were flat, hard and smelled like bodily fluids. Having seen enough and feeling throughly nauseated, I bought a ride on a local transport to the local Trade Station. The ride was bumpy and slow and I was convinced that the port engine was going to die at any time by the way it was sputtering. In the end however, we made it to the Trade Station without any incident.

Stepping off the transport onto the Antigone Memorial Station I was awe struck. When I was last here, less than a year ago, it had been a dark, run down crap hole with nothing worth talking about in it. Now there were neon lights everywhere advertising anything and everything you could buy. In my awe I had forgot where I was and didn't realize that I was still standing on the transport's ramp, blocking traffic, which was exactly what the split behind me decided to remind me of.

"Get moving!" He behind me bellowed as he shoved me out of his way. Glarring at him I picked myself up off the tarmat, dusted myself off, checking to make sure that a special package I brought with me was still in my pocket, and intact. Finding everything ok, I started down the neon light streets. I wasn't feeling tired yet so I hoped into a few of the local stores buying a couple of trinkets here and there. After satisfying the hole burning in my pocketbook, I headed to the hotel I had book before my arrival. The doorman greeted me warmly and informed me that all of my luggage had made it safely. Once I made it into my room I locked the doors and pulled the curtains, making sure that the room was secure before pulling out the special package, a small laptop on which I had uploaded Gizmo to keep him safe and secret.

I hated not trusting anyone, but you never knew who you could trust and my dad had told me to NEVER trust a Teladi, and on top of that the Teladi I had left my ship with had seem like a PARTICULARY untrustworth sort. I could just imagine him finding Gizmo in the ships computer and then that would be that last I saw of him or Gizmo. Reaching into one of my shoping bags I drew out a small watch. Plugging the watch into the laptop I transfered the necessary file and then...

"Morning boss." Gizmo piped

"Closer to evening really," I replied "I thought you would know that since you in a watch."

"Yeah I did," Gizmo replied "Where did you find this thing it is pretty advanced. I thought you said this station was really back water."

"The station has really improved since I was last here. They have a new senator running things and he seems to have really turned around the place. You know that the watch has a holo display, why don't you try it out?" A red display apeared in the air above the watch and several images appeared before it finally settled on an image of a sound wave.

"That's what you want to look like?" I asked

"Nothing else really fit, this is me, I am but sound." I shrugged if he wanted to look like a sound wave that worked for me. After tinkering around the room for a couple of hours I decided to call it a night.

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The bridge was quite, a silent testonmony to stress that ran through everyone of the crews veins. The entire bridge was on high alert, searching for an enemy that they all hoped was not out there. The worst part was that they were in the middle of Argon space, a place where they should feel safe and secure, but today that wasn't the case. Their ship was the Dauntless, an Argon Cerebes, once a brand new frigate, it was now scared from countless battles with the forces that hounded them across the galaxy. William glanced to the tactical display checking on the status of the rest of the convoy. The Dauntless was positioned at the head of the convoy with 5 Murcury Tankers in close formation behind. Two Dragon corvettes guarded the tail of the convoy as several Nova Fighters provided fighter support.

"Contact! Unknown ships bearing 12 degrees off port bow, range 20km. Two M7C class frigates, Ariadnes. Their launching fighters!" The radarman yelled

"Shit, captain those can hold up to 24 fighters each." My first officer informed me.

"Sound the red alert. Comms, message Sec. Def. and ask them politely to come to our aid, also send out a mayday to all local ships." Klaxons blared as the Comms-man followed my orders. "Launch all of our remainning fighters, order the Dragons to get those transports out of here!" With only 10 fighter craft to my name it was going to be a tough fight but I felt confident that it could be done. "Helm, Full speed ahead I want this ship as close to those frigates as possible. They will regreat ever hearing my name!"

"Sir, I have Sec.Def. on the comm."

"On screen." A fat old man appreared on the screen in an worn, wrinkled Argon uniform. It looked like this man had not seen a shower in months.

"This is Commedore Riagus. I regreat to inform you but will be unable to come to your defence at this time. You are engaged in a war with Phanon co., and by Commonwealth law we can not interfere in legal corperation warfare. Good luck." He said cutting the line without giving me a chance to reply.

I turned the screen back to radar and watched as the last of the enemy fighters launched from their carriers, formed into formation and headed straight at us. My Nova's were headed right towards them with less then 5km seperating them. The two squadrens exchanged fire before breaking apart into melee. As I watched the dogfight, i saw that the M7Cs were close coming into range of our forward cannons.

"Guns, main cannons are to focus on the frigates, all turrets to support the fighter wing, I want a firring solution on those frigates NOW."

"Aye, Aye Captain. Firing solution in 30 seconds." It felt like seconds were lasting hours as I watched the radar. The Nova's were doing themselves proud. With the support of the Flak arrays they had already destoryed 8 of the enemy while only losing 2 of their own. As I watched, a glaring white light erruped between my ship and the frigates we were hunting.

"New Contact! It's a...ah...ah... Captain, it's a Titan..." The room fell silent as the news sank in.

"Captain, just to be the devils advacote, maybe retreat is our best option, you know live to fight another day." My XO said. It wasn't a bad idea but the transports don't have jumpdrives and the only thing between them and the attackers was... Me.

"No XO, that is not an option today. Guns, lock the main cannons onto the Titan. Helm, set a course for the Titan, full ramming speed. XO, get everyone off the ship and to saftey." Then picking up the PA I continued, "This is the Captain, everyone is to abondon ship. Repeat, all hands abanodon ship." The bridge went silent again as the bridge crew all looked to me.

"Umm, sir.." XO stated.

"I dont want to hear it, XO. You all know the captain goes down with his ship. Besides it is me they want and as long as I am alive they will keep hunting us down. Now then I believe I gave you all ORDERS."

"Aye, Aye captain." Came the response. They quickly finshied the task I had assigned them filed off the bridge. The XO was last to go.

"I'll keep up the fight, sir."

"No, dont. Find some other outfit to run and live your life. There is no need for more people to die on my account." His face fell but I could see the acceptance in his eyes.

"It's been fun sir."

"That it has, XO, that it has." The ship vibrated as the first of the titan's cannons hit. "Go XO. And may life smile on you." He left with a wave before breaking out into a jog toward the excape pods. Turning back toward the view screen I could see the titan getting closer as my cannons now on auto, exchanged fire with it. "Computer turn on some classical music." he computer complied and soft panio music loft across the bridge to underscore the blasts that could be heard from the hull. I watched as the last of the excape pods blasted off. Going over to the engineering consule I began to spin up the warpdrive, if I was going out then I was going to do as much damage as possible, and an active warpdrive made a hell of a fireworks show if it exploded. The bridge shook as the shields failed and the hull started to take a beating. Calmly walking over to a near by replicator and replicated a wiskey on the rocks before sitting bac down on my chair.

Collision Alert, Collision Alert

1km to go, 500 km to go, 100km to go. I threw back the entire drink as I watch the nose of my frigate impact the titan. I was thrown to the floor as the enitre ship thrashed. In a last brust of effort, I jumped back to my chair and engaged the warp drive.....


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I woke with a start. These nightmare, they felt so real. Glancing down at Gizmo I saw that it was only 3 in the morning. I had only been asleep for a couple of hours.

These past couple of weeks on the station had been a lesson in tediousness. I had spend most of my days in bars and dives just passing time. Finally my new engine had arrived. A day later found me back in the cockpit leaving the equipment dock behind. It had cost me a small fortune but this ship was now as fast as it could be with all of the latest and greatest engine and rudder upgrades. Getting a feel for the new engine I pushed the throttle all the way in. I quickly discovered a new top speed of 477m/s with hairpin turning.

"Not bad, not bad." I said to no one

"About as good as a Argon ship gets" Gizmo replied. I laughed at my self a little, sometimes I forgot that gizmo was with me. "Boss I am picking up an SOS from Cattle Ranch gamma. Seems they have a Xenon problem."

I didn't need to hear anything more. Turning towards the cattle ranch I speed to it's defence. A lone Xenon N was firing it's cannons but not doing any damage, still it needed to be taken care of and I needed to test out my new abilities. I gunned my engines and quickly fell in behind the Xenon. Pew,Pew Pew,Pew I fired my cannons missing completely. Sticking to the xenon as it tried to shake me I kept firing but to no avail. Finally a Military Eclipse showed up and destroyed the N with a single blast from it's powerfull cannons. I felt so frustrated even with my ship as upgraded as I could make it, it still was not good enough.

"Gizmo, from now on if there is an SOS just forward it to the Sec.Def. and let them handle it. We are obviously not capable of doing any damage."

"Aya, boss I can do that. Will we still get the reward money though?"

"Yeah remember the Admiral said that he just wanted us to inform the military so that what we are going to do from now on." I contacted the eclipse and recieved my payment and then headed west through the gate.

The next couple of days saw us exploring Argon space and mapping the core systems, but nothing intresting happened. Couple of days later found me in Elaine's Fourtune on my way to Split fire. As I approached the gate a wing of 9 Pirate fighters jumped through in fast pursuit of a Split transport. I felt the rage boiling inside of me. Before I knew what was happening I was flying at full speed towards the pirates.

"Umm boss no offence to your flying skills or anything but I don't think that we can take on 3 heavy fighters and four intercepters... hell we have not been able to even take out a scout ship yet! There are two of those as well." Gizmo inserted nevously but I couldn't hear him over the rage I was feeling. I was just to far away and all I could do was watch as the pirates blasted the transport to dust. Then instead of heading back to pirate space they turned their ships towards the Argon Orbital Weapons Platform.

"Are they suciadal?" I asked

"They might be, but you too boss!" Gizmo replied "There is no way we can take those!"

"The Heavy fighters are to slow to be a threat to us, I am going to engage them from their blind spot in the back where they are vulenerable." I said as I angled my ship to head for the Pirate Novas.

"This is the Weapons platform to Pilot William McCloud, Stand down those Novas will eat you alive." I didn't bother to reply the anger was to strong. I raced towards the Nova at the back of the pack from the side intending to strafe it before it could turn on me. Before I could pull the trigger blue light sprang out from the back of the Nova and impacted my Starboard wing throwing me away in a tailspin.

ALERT! ALERT! Shields down, Hull Critical.

A quick glance confirmed what the computer had said, my shields had been blown away by the bast and my hull integraty was down to 12%. Struggling to regain control of my ship I finally managed to turn the ship out of the tail spin and head away from the pirates. It felt like I was crawling, my airspeed only showing 120m/s.

"Gizmo, Give me full speed! We need to get out of here!"

"I can't boss we have a coolent leak, any faster then this and the engine will overheat and we will be stardust!" Shit I thought know that he was right. Luckily for us though the pirates didn't seem intrested in us and just continued on their way. Once we were 10km from them I stoped the ship grabbed my repair laser and opened the hatch. From this distance it looked like the Orbital Weapons Platform was having a fireworks display as the entire space around it was filled with exploding missles and ships.

Turning away from the slaughter I surveyed the damage to my ship. It was much worse then I had imagined. The wing had almost been severed off where the blst had impacted it. I thanked my lucky stars as I noticed that if the blast had been but 3 inches closer to the fuselage it would have hit one of the plasma-fuel lines causing a chain reaction ending in the complete destruction on my ship. It took me several hours to find and close the coolent leak, and then several more hours to completely remove the wind and reattach it after patching it up. After a total of 8 hours of work I finally had her back to mint condition. Climbing back into the cockpit I repressurized to ship and headed for the local trading station.

"Gizmo, remind me never to do that again"

"Hey boss I tried to warn you, the military tried to warn you. Next time just listen." I chucked as I let gizmo bring the ship in.
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Post by kaistern » Sun, 31. Aug 14, 10:26

Ok so I have a LOT more content that I am currently typing. You will all be glad to hear that this chapter will soon be finished as I have now moved on from flying my pegasus, and life is a LOT more intresting now.

It seems that I am going to need supportive characters a lot sooner then I thought. I have a few character I am already planning, including bringing back and fleshing out my alcholic split friend. What I am looking for at first is going to be fighter pilots, then bridge crew as well as senior officers(engineering, medical, marines, XO). It takes me a LONG time to flesh characters out in my head plus TONS of writting before I feel like a character I made is finally alive. That being said if ya'll can help me make the characters including back grounds, quirks, and stuff like that it will really help me bring this story to life.

What i am looking for is:

Name:
Race: (I want to end up including all commonwealth races in my story)
Occupation: (Preferred plus a secendary in case i get 10 fighter pilots all at the same time)
Background:
Quirks: the little oddities that make everyone unique
Speech: A couple of line to give me an idea of how the character should sound..... shit is boring when everyone sounds excatly the same. :)

Anything else that might help me in fleshing the character out. For the record you dont have to include all of the above but the more flesh you can give me the easier it will be in write in the character...
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Post by kaistern » Sun, 31. Aug 14, 10:34

By the way how are ya'll liking the story so far?

Any improvements to my writting style/story line you can think of?

How do ya'll like the dream sequences? Those originally came from the random crazyness that is my brains... Ships waging desprite wars against each other, explosions, death and mayhem... So I stamped a X3 stamp across it's forehead a put it to good use :D If ya'll like them I keep including them when my brain rolls them out... and I think it adds spice for my character to have nightmares lol

Anyhow back to slaving over the keyboard.... errr well it's almost time to get back to work so...
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Post by kaistern » Sun, 31. Aug 14, 12:16

The next day I headed toward split fire.

<Warping to Split Fire>

Everything was quite, nothing moved in space... or at least what part of it I could see. Easing forward I started to map out the pirate controlled sector.

"Boss, I got a Pirate Penatron off the port bow, range 30km... It's a pretty heavy fighter, looks tougher then the Novas. But I don't think they have seen us yet." I eased towards the starboard side just in case... after that last fight I had no intentions of becoming pirate lunch... I just wanted to map their territory... for ah... future refrence. My ship zipped south giving a wide berth to the Penatron. As I was beginning to bring the southern edge of the sector into range my screen filled up with red enemy makers.

"Shit that's a lot of pirates" I said turnning the ship on it's tail and gassing it back toward argon territory.

"Yeah boss, I am reading 20 fighters mostly m3 with a good number of m4s. i hope you don't feel suicidal today cus i bet they would be willing to help!" Luckily I now had one of the fastest ships in existance and I left the entire fleet in my wake. Heading north past Elena's Fortune I warped though to Farnham's Legend.

<Warping to Farnham's Legend>

"Boss, I got three Pirate frigates on the screen, 30km off. Doesn't look like they are intrested in us though. Oh and the is some wreckage about 2km off the starboard bow that I am picking up working PAC inside of."

"Ok let's keep a low profile, I just want to fly through here on the way to Boron territory.... And pick up that PAC." After making a short detour to aquir e the PAC I headed west on a course to avoid the Pirate frigates. After making a huge loop around them my scanners detected a Plakton farm with 4 pirate heavy fighters just sitting outside. In between me and the pirates sat a 5 mJ shield...

"Boss, your heart rate is climbing, your not thinking what I think you are thinking are you? You know it's a trap don't you?" So maybe I did know it was a trap, but I also had a very fast ship... Decisions, decisions... As I sat there pondering on the shield a Boron food transport came through the north gate and started towards the east gate. I guess the transport was to juicy to pass up as the pirates all raced off towards it. Stupid transport pilots I thought as I gunned my engines and raced toward then shields while the pirates were busy. A few seconds later the shield was in my cargo bay, but 3 more pirate fighters launched from the station and headed straight at me! Flipping my ship around I pushed the throttle all the way in as I raced towards the north gate.

Alert! Alert! Incoming Missle!

Great just what I need, I thought as I prayed that I would make it through the gate before the missle got me... 5km...4km...3km..1km...

<Warping to Atreus' Clouds>

Never was I so glad to see a Boron ship in my life. My heart was still throbbing as I accelerated away from the gate. A few hours of exploring late I found the Equipment dock and landed to sell my new wares. The squid made a hard bargain but i eventaullly got the better end of the deal and sold him the PAC, 5 mJ shield and an IRE that i had picked up somewhere all for 100k. After that I headed north to Rolk's Fate and then after exploring there I went north again to Menelaus' Frontier. No sooner had I jumped into Menelaus' Frontier then a local minner contacted me offering me 15k credits each to scan 10 astroids! I didn't have a mineral scanner so I quickly flew back to the equipment dock in Atreus' Clouds. The Boron I had sold my weaponary to grinned evilly when I told him what I needed . He must have sensed my need as he seriously gouged the price of the scanner to 38k credits. But I didn't have time to look for a better deal so I paid the man his money and went on my way.

I worked for a couple of weeks for the minning company scanning astroids all over boron territory in the end when we parted was they presented me with a 178,000 credit check. The Boron who wrote my check told me that their Argon branch had some work down in Elena's Fortune if I was ever that way. It took me less then two seconds of looking at that check to decided where I was going next. I had to navigate my way around a pirate fleet that was laying siege to Atreus' Clouds but before I knew it I was back in Elena's Fortune. The work here was more dangerous requires frequent trips into pirate country, and several times I had to avoid large pirate battlegroups that were looking for my scap, but in the end I survived and the company paid me 197,000 credits. With my pockets now loaded with over 1m credits I decided that I liked this company and I set out in search of more minning contracts.

<Jumping to President's End>

"Hello? Hello?" A man's voice came over the comm, "Mayday? Mayday? I am stranded in President's End and I am in need of assistance." Gizmo quickly found the source of the transmission a nova sentinel sitting 10km off the east gate.

"This is William McCloud, I am on my way to your position. What can I do to help?"

"Oh thank the lord! I thought I was a gonner out here. Well I am a Gonner but I thought I was a dead man! I need a ride to some station, my stupid engine is broken again. I hate this stupid ship!" This rang a cord in my soul, if this man hated his ship so much maybe he wo0uld be willing to sell it.

"Not a problem I would be glad to be of assistance. But on a side note, if you don't need that ship any more, any chance you would sell it?"

"Would I? Give me 216k credits and you can have the hunk of junk!" I couldn't believe my ears. I quickly made the arrangements and transfered him the cash. I then had Gizmo give him a ride in the Hermes to the local shipyard in Cloudbase Southeast, as I began to repair my new ship. It was an old modle from the terran conflict and it looked like it had set in a drydock for to long and was now covered in rust, but those were but minor details. The engine it turned out was just crammed full of spaceflies and after cleanning it out it looked perfectly fine. After shinning it up and doing a tune up on the engine I finally strapped myself into the cockpit. I could fell the history seeping from this thing, it spoke of what it meant to be a true fighter pilot, and it felt...... it felt... right.

End of Chapter 1 "m5 Dogfight"

Note: I relized that if i kept using "Jumping to" it would be confusing later when I have jump drives... So if I fly through a gate I'll use "warping to" instead.
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Post by kaistern » Sun, 31. Aug 14, 12:20

Whoo I never thought that I was going to get out of that Pegasus, never thought I was going to finish this chapter, and I never thought I would be able to type it all up tonight. But I DID!!! lol

I hope yall all enjoy how freaking lucky I got on that nova find.... My game is so much more fun now that i am in one of my favorite ships in the game... wish it was a raider but I'll take what i can get! (Novas in LU start at 1.5 MILLION credits just FWI)

BTW that was ONE of the THREE pages of notes i have but I don't have the time ATM to finish the rest. Dont forget to send me characters and to give me any tips, hints, and comments!

EDIT: Total game time in M5 11H with 7H saved by SETA

Current Assets:
m3 Nova sentinel

m5 "Hermes" Pegasus
- 4 IRE
- 2 mJ shields
-Fully upgraded Engines and rudder

750k Credits
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Post by MoonlightMassacre » Mon, 1. Sep 14, 07:22

Name: Franklin "Franky" Roberts
Race: Terran
Occupation: Pilot/Communication Engineer
Background: Commincations Engineer for the Earth Defense Force. Franky was based on Earth for most of his career. He was eventually posted to a carrier. On the carrier, he made "friends" with one of the young pilots, and convinced her to take him for a ride. He cell in love... with the ship. The next day he quit his commission, took all his life savings and and brought a 2nd hand M5.
Quirks: Speaks very clearly and eloquently, until he is in the pilot seat.
Speech: (flying) Woooooooooo lets do this! (Leeroy Jenkins?)

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Post by kaistern » Tue, 9. Sep 14, 11:38

Chapter 2: Little fish in a BIG pond.

The Nova handled like a nightmare compared to the Pegasus. At a speed of 49 m/s and with a turning radius the size of a small moon it took me forever to fly to the shipyard in Cloudbase Southeast.

After I docked at the station I found my way to the local ship merchant. A large fat Argonian male sat behind a worn desk. The tiny room that he called his office stank of sweat and body odor. I wrinkled my nose as I stepped to the desk and offered a handshake to him.

"What do you want?" We asked without accepting my handshake.

"I am selling a ship, the hermes in bay 23." I replied, more then slightly irritated by his attitude. He replied with a grunt before pulling up my ship's stats on his computer.

"Not much to look at is it?" he said, "I can give you, umm... 450k cr for it."

"Not much to look at!?!" I asked in disbelief. "That ship will out run everyother ship in this dock! I spent over a million credits in upgrades for it!"

"Well that's the best I can offer, now I see your other ship the Nova? Now if you want to sell that I can give you 1.5m cr for it." I couldn't believe that he was trying to under cut me so bad, but I needed the money to upgrade the Nova so in the end I sold him the Pegasus and stormed out of his office.


After an hour or two and a couple hundred credits at the local bar I found my way to the ship mechanic. It took me a while to find him, but finally I found him underneath the engine of a Discoverer.

"Hello? Are you the mechanic?" I asked. With a twist of his body the slim man spun out from under the ship and then jumped to his feet.

"Hi! Im Kyle, what can I do for you?" Finally someone who knew how to treat costumers.

"I have a Nova Sentinel over in bay 15. I want to beef it's engine up as much as possible."

"Not a problem, man. If you got the dough I got just the engine for you. How's about 35k credits and i'll make her purrrr. You want any firepower?" Weapons and shields did seem like a good idea.

"How much?"

"I'm selling PACs for 70k a peice and 25mJ shields for 85k each." I knew that my pocketbook couldn't handle much at those prices.

"Give me 4 Pac's and 2 shields, it'll help if nothing else."

"Can do bro, I am also running a special on extensions, you want some?"

"Yeah give me anything that will help in a fight, and I'll need a trade extension too." I paid the man, noting that I had just over 500k credits left. I went back to the bar and threw back some more drinks before heading to bed for the night.


The next day the mechanic called up to my room to tell me that he had finished working on my ship. Apperantly he had stayed up all night working on it. I just wanted to know what drugs he was on. Leaving the station I headed for Elena's Fortune.

<Warping to Elena's Fortune>

Exiting warp I headed for the military complex, but halfway there...

"Boss, I got contacts, 5 pirate fighters being chased by what looks to be half the argon navy." Checking my scanner I saw the pirates, making a bee-line towards the west gate.

"Time to test this puppy out!" I flipped my ship around and accelerated towards the pirates. I topped out at 125m/s which was a lot slower then my last ship but I was still beating the argon navy to the pirates. I angled toward the last ship which was slowly falling behind the others, a Blastclaw. Coming into range I fired my guns stripping half of their shields away with the first salvo. The Blastclaw turnd hard towards me firing HEPTs as I barrolrolled to avoid them. Twisting my ship to come up under the belly of the blastclaw I gave it another burst destroying it's shields shields and damaging it's hull. Thinking that I had him I lined up the kill shot and... Boom! The blastclaw blew into stardust as a missle from the navy inpacted it's side right before I could pull the trigger. I sighed as I watched the rest of the pirates getting eaten up navy missles. Glancing down my HUD I notice that my shields are completely depleted.

"Hey Gizmo, did we get hit? I'm not showing any shields."

"Ah no boss, you didn't install any."

"What!?! I paid the mechainic at the shipyard to install them!"

"No boss, I checked the bill, there were no shields ordered." I couldn't believe that he had forgotten about the shields. It was a amazing that I hadn't been hit and blown to peices. Shaking my head I flew back to the Military outpost and bought a triplex scanner before heading back to the ship yard to confront the mechainic.

<Warping to Cludbase Southeast>

"Oh man, I forgot about those!" The mechanic said "I'll make you a deal and cut the price down to 85k a piece since I put you in danger man."

"That's what you wanted for them before." I said dryly

"Is it? Oh well that's the price then.. I'll load two of them on now"

I was feeling poor again when I left the station, this time with my shields intact. My wallet was down to 318k. Heading west I flew through the ore belt, Cloudbase Southwest and finally to Empire Mines, Paranoid space.

<Warping to Empire Mines>

"Hey boss, aren't we at war with the paranoid?" Gizmo inquired as we exited the gate and stated exploring.

"Yeah but a couple of years ago they signed a pact allowing traders and civillians to go back and forth. Leave the war to the Navy and all."

"Umm Boss, we got a contact. Single Xenon N just came through the gate behind us." I turned the ship hard trying to get the N in my sights, however the faster, more agile scout ship easily flew around me and headed away from me before a local paranoid ship blew it up with missiles. "Hey boss, why don't we ever use missiles?"

"Have you seen the price on those, they cost way more then they are worth! Especialy for how much we are getting paid right now." I tried to explorer Empire mines but with how slow the nova flew I soon got bored and turned back around.

<Warping to Cloudbase Southeast>

"Help! We need help! Pirates are attacking the station!" A cry came over the radio from a near by Chip Plant. Racing towards them I find a single Pirate Harrier shooting ineffectivly at the station's shields while a swarm of missles circled around it. I slowed my ship down to a stop and set back to watch the fireworks show. Then to my amusement the pirate bails out of the ship only to have a missle intended for his ship run right into him. After I stopped laughing I looked back up to find the harrier still floating in space with no missles around it and the Navy flying off to the north.

"Umm Gizmo... who owns that ships now?"

"Well boss by Commonwealth law it is now free to claim." I didn't even let him finish before I popped the hatch off and threw myself towards the harrier. A little bit of spacesuit flying later I was latched to the side of the harreir hacking my way into it through an access panel. After trying myself a few times I pluged Gizmo into it and watch in awe as the hatch to the harrier popped open and I was given command access to the ship. Smiling to myself I fixed up a couple dints in the armour and told Gizmo to sell the ship at the shipyard in Cloudbase Southeast.

"Umm boss, about the stuff on board, what do I do with it?"

"Have someone strip the ship first and then sell it. That lowlife who buys ships probably wouldn't even give us anything extra for the equipment." Getting back in my Nova I headed to the ship yard myself.

<Warping to Cloudbase Southeast>

Trying to find the mechanic was a chore again.

"Hey Gizmo how much did we make off that harrier?"

"We made 550k credits off of everything, boss." I stumbled a little

"That much!?! That is way more then the pegasus and the harrier wasn't even upgraded."

"Well boss, I guess I'm just good at negotiating"

"Yeah well from now on that's your job." Finally I came around the end of a mercury to see a pair of worn boots sticking out from under it. I bought 5 more PACs for my ship rounding it out with a full load for just 350k... it made me feel sick, but I knew it would be worth it if it came to a fight. I still had some cash in my pocket so I made my way to the bar before heading to bed.

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Assets:

520,000 Credits

Nova Sentinel
2-25mJ shields
9 PACs

Note:Well Im back from vacation so get ready for some good reading.

@Moon: I have Frankie flying around like crazy.. already done some pretty cool stuff, kinda suprised me I half expected him to get blown up the way I was using him.... trying to stay in character and all :) LEEROY JENKINS!!! I have about 1 page of notes left before you meet him.

@everyone else: I need wingmen! lol I have several ships in game labled as 3, 4, 5, ect that need pilots.... we already determined that gizmo isn't a fighter..... or I think I did at the start? when we first meet gizmo maybe? I dont remember :P
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