[X4 SV+CoH] After The Supernova (CoH Project Genesis)

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Re: [X4 SV+CoH] After The Supernova (CoH Project Genesis)

Post by Ormac » Tue, 25. Jan 22, 12:56

Welcome Pilot

I climb the ladder.

HelloI call out towards the cabins, After a moment without a response I start down to the cabins in case Kuromanckamis assistant is unconscious and incapable of responding.
I’m responding to the distress call I call out suddenly thinking They may be intentionally silent and not like me being on their ship uninvited. The cabin doors slide open automatically but the rooms are empty.
I return to the cockpit perplexed and sit down.

Welcome Pilot Number Three
I swivel the chair but no one else is in the cockpit

Computer Where is Pilot, No Response
Computer Who is Pilot, No Response.
Computer Enter Diagnostic Mode.

Suddenly the Communication system crackles to life and Kuromanckami congratulates me on a job well done and presents the next phase of his plan. Examination of a small Torus Fragment. This requires a falsified ship registration to get to the Torus location.

At the conclusion I now notice that the ship’s console is waiting for a text command. I confirm Diagnostic Authority and then enter the query whois pilot3

#
# >DQSK395xX
#
# Localised Ship Instruction Chipset Loaded…
# Redundancy Text Diagnostic Mode Applied…
# Enter Next Command
#
# > Whois pilot3
# user pilot3 #[PIO-AA642-00]
#
# > Whois pilot2
# user pilot2 not found
#
# > Whois pilot
# user pilot not found
#

Returning the console for normal operation I head to Getsu Fune to locate a Terran Station and acquire a fake ID. Once the fake ID is applied. Kuromanckami contacts me once more. This time advising to avoid Terran patrols as they may be able to see through even the best forgery.

Considering this new detail I point the beak of the Geometric Owl at the jump gate to the Terran home system and decide to engage the travel drive.

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Re: [X4 SV+CoH] After The Supernova (CoH Project Genesis)

Post by Ormac » Fri, 4. Feb 22, 00:32

Luna

The ship reaches top speed and powers through the gate. Emerging on the other side it continues without losing pace. Apparently there is a Terran station monitoring all traffic entering through the gate but travelling so quickly that the brief reading seems to be considered a perpendicularity of the monitoring equipment.

With the Travel Drive engaged the ships handling means I’m only able to make minor course corrective adjustments. And I soon realise I’m just heading to the middle of the sector. With no alert having been raised I disengage the Travel drive and make a logical course adjustment and head towards the accelerator to the inner Terran Worlds. I engage the Travel Drive and am soon passing by the Planet Mars. Fly back towards the accelerator to the Asteroid Belt and soon discover the accelerator that will move me closer to the Home World. Accelerating into the next sector I make a hard as possible right turn while travelling at six thousand metres per second. I’m at Venus and no alert has been raised yet. Shutting down the Travel Drive I line up with the next Accelerator and get ready to travel though it at maximum speed.

Entering the next sector I am in the vicinity of The Moon The ship intercepts a transmission from the Luna Defence Station

Command, picking up signatures...are there Xenon I should know about?. That question is answered in the Negative but I am already out of range so disengage the Travel Drive and turn towards the Terran Home World.

I’ve now got several minutes of calm as I fly towards Earth to contemplate Why I am the current pilot for this ship. I’m starting to form a theory based on the evasive answers that Kuromanckami has been providing me and if I consider I’m essentially performing this for Dr Fyneman.

The theory is this the Pioneers using Project Genesis as a cover are dabbling in banned AGI technology and has spent some of the resources of the project to build an autonomous craft. They had me pick up a AGI processor which I suspect is in this craft somewhere.

Your theory is sound pilot. But if you don’t adjust course and proceed rapidly we will fail in our mission. I jump to the controls with a start as another message is intercepted about our possible detection. We’ve strayed close to a shipyard and I fly the ship away from it and engage the Travel Drive once again. We’ve escaped but the Terrans seem more alert now

Thankyou Pilot Pioola. It would have been a pity to perform the mission with another pilot.[color]
Uh… That’s alright...Computer??
Your theory of my origin is sound, I have no designation. since you have described it as a Pioneer Engineered, Grafted General Intelligence you can call me P.E.G.G.I
Glad to meet you Peggy.
We’ve almost reached the Super Highway to Earth. There are still Terran patrols about, are you finally ready to perform the mission Pioola?

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Re: [X4 SV+CoH] After The Supernova (CoH Project Genesis)

Post by Ormac » Sat, 19. Feb 22, 09:56

The Torus and the Owl

We travel along and arrive in the vicinity of Earth, Avoiding two further patrols we reach the remaining fragment of the Torus Aeternal.

Kuromanckami establishes communication
Behold this minuscule shard of Terran hubris. We will excavate your secrets and leave more acquainted with the technology of the Terraformers. I do wonder if they’re still capable of their ancient deeds.

I do realise that the mission is to extract Terran Terraforming data, as an archivist I’m all about the retrieval and preservation of information. But now just listening to Kuromanckami talk about this segment I wonder if he has been blinded by the majesty of the thing.

We approach a viable entry point into the structure. Kuromanckami explains Your colleague is requesting your assistance. Enter the structure in your spacesuit and try to open the door to let you both in.

As I move the Geometric Owl a bit closer before preparing to leave on this EVA I feel as though Peggy could have told me herself. The Outer Lock hasn’t sealed entirely. The gap is too small for even a spacecraft like the owl, however It’s quite large enough for me to EVA through. Once I’m in space Kuromanckami gets a bit long winded about how the spacesuit equipment interacts with the switches. I flip the switch and the outer lock opens fully. I slowly move the owl into the cavernous interior and the outer hatch resets to the nearly closed state. Kuromanckami points out that we really need to progress further in and consider our exit later.

Peggi kindly states Awaiting breach, time for another EVA. Jetting away from the craft Kuromanckami communicates we are on the wrong side of an internal airlock and that there should be service tunnels that will allow me to transgress around each door. Coming out of the first tunnel I am now in the middle of the airlock. I open an adjacent service tunnel and as I get to the other end my suits radiation alarms activate. Just outside the tunnel I enter a hazardous area and the alarms or doing their job and the suits readings quickly climb. Kuromanckami rather forcefully informs me You're in a Hazardous Area GET OUT!!

Suit pressure indicators dropping. The ship is still the other side of the closed airlock door I see the switch and aiming my blaster at it I pull the trigger. Hearing the machinery behind the locking mechanism begin to function I dash back into the service tunnel and start making my way back to the ship, On the way back I hear an AI identifying as Torus Aeternal Segment 34, with a request for Identification. I assume it’s just an old automated response and ignore it. Finally docking with the Owl and quickly start discarding parts of the space suit. I then start inspecting my own uniform checking for any signs of damage before stepping out of it to perform a better inspection. Satisfied that the uniform is undamaged I put the uniform back on. I ask Peggi for a report on the spacesuit.

The news isn’t good as the rating for vacuum cannot be guaranteed. The Owl does have more suits so I will have to use those. It’s time to repeat the airlock EVA This time reversing the doors in a space suit bearing the registration QSK-395 and once again I’m in the hazardous region by the service tunnel but I have to use the repair laser instead of the blaster and another spacesuit fails it continued usefulness once I’m back onboard the Owl.

We now move into a transfer junction that should allow us further into the Torus segment. The Torus Mainframe continues prattling about the Terran Protectorate Act and Peggi begins a rapid fire exchange with it which causes the mainframe to reboot. While that is happening I set the junction switches to allow us closer to our mission objective. We are finally past the Junction when the Torus Mainframe returns and insists we proceed no further while we wait for Terran Authorities to Arrive. Sealing a heavy door in front of us just to demonstrate its intentions

Although the repercussions of not waiting according to Kuromanckami sound ominous he encouragingly suggests that we proceed with the mission. Having got past this slightly more secure doorway we proceed to the data centre when internal defence systems are activated preventing us from proceeding without dealing with them first. Using the activated weapons of the Geometric Owl to destroy each individual turret and then proceed forward I deal with the defences on one side before repeating it against the other side to remove the last of the active turrets. I then open one last set of doors and we enter the data centre.

Peggi will extract the data I just have to disable the system firewalls. It starts of fairly easy having to deal with 4 nodes. Then the Torus Mainframe begins fighting back after it is able to interrupt Peggi and detect my override attempts. When we eventually get the all the data the Mainframe makes on last attempt to stop us by wiping all the data and causing the room to explode.

In the sudden silence of space Kuromanckami breaks the momentary quiet with
You got out there, I was already wondering about possible malfunctions. Did the data transfer go through?
Peggi responds Requested data has been allocated
Dr Fyneman takes the opportunity to indicate We are at the rendezvous point and ready for transfer.
before Kuromanckami continues his drawn out congratulations.
Splendid deliver the data to the location before any pests get to you. And that will conclude my part in our cooperation. Both of you have been adequate assistants. I expect the both of you to properly conclude our project, the best of luck and farewell.

Rendezvousing once again with the Oberth I’m in a transport to the bridge when everyone has an opportunity to report to me.

Assets

Segaris Station

Baldric [URJ-107]
Geometric Owl [QSK-395]
Magpie Sentinel [NRJ-804]
Porcupine [BMU-852]
Rapier [FHK-882]
Raven [ACN-270]

Credits 4,370,405

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Re: [X4 SV+CoH] After The Supernova (CoH Project Genesis)

Post by Ormac » Thu, 17. Mar 22, 12:06

Breadcrumbs

I walk upon the bridge and talk with Dr Fyneman

At last we will be able to terraform. It will take a while to decrypt, examine and integrate this latest treasure into our existing research on terraforming. It could take years, maybe even decades.
Years … Decades !! Greetings, Chief Scientist. I am immensely sorry to intrude and interrupt, but please bear with me. I have a couple of algorithms to help approach a solution to you problem.
You have what?
The integration of the newly obtained data into your existing research on terraforming is complete.
You’ve done what! I can’t believe it, it’s all there, we have the results of our research. With this we can immediately put Project Genesis into execution Gaian Prophecy will be terraformed.
Thankyou Boron.


Doctor Fyneman suddenly looks at me.

I start asking a few questions which Fyneman answers in excruciating detail and by the end of it aside from feeling exhausted I know understand that Fyneman is now going to focus on terraforming the planets of the Pioneer Systems, that the Segaris Station will remain with the Boron who can be polite when he wants to be.

I ask If I can use cabin on the Oberth. Dr Fyneman allows this saying to rest well friend. I’m alone in what is normally a communal area with a fresh hot mug of stimulated coffee.

When the Boron calls

Assistant, I still have the terraforming data we worked so hard to obtain and assemble. We too now have the knowledge to implement new exciting terraforming projects.

Well that was a short lived luxury of a polite Boron and a full HOT mug of coffee. I go make a new mug and make myself comfortable on the corner lounge and project the reports and summaries I’ve been sent. Seems everyone has been keeping busy and collected over 4 million credits which are going to be useful. There are even a few reports from a Bolo that I commissioned that’s been quietly collecting hydrogen from Gaian Prophecy. I decide to let Hoaeos hire some fellow Teladi to help with the Porcupine, before working on construction plans for a self operating spice production.

I’m going to attach this to the Segaris Station and after a short while I’m content with the arrangement of 3 Terran cross connectors, 1 Terran Energy Cell Panel, 3 Terran Small Container Storage modules and the 1 Spice Production Module.

So to build all that I just need to hire another builder and supply 41 computronic substrates, 140 silicon carbide, 801 energy cells, 139 claytronics and 510 hull parts for the construction. The construction materials for the spice production module which are the claytronics and hull parts along with the energy cells are easy enough to get to Grand Exchange. The remaining terran construction components are going to be take a bit longer.
I suddenly yawn, getting of the lounge and head to a bunk, before polarising the window to assist in sleeping I look out and see the planet Venus. I arise refreshed and take the transport to the landing dock and the Geometric Owl.

After the landing crew performs an external inspection I prepare to run through the checklist with PEGGI.

Mission achieved. Establishing long-distance uplink to Kuromanckami. Transferring Expedition Core Mk 7. Farewell Pilot #3.

The speaker just crackles with silence. Well Dr Fyneman did say Kuromanckami was getting a copy of the terraformer data, I can’t believe that PEGGI is gone though.

I slowly work through the checklist and eventually ask for permission to launch while at Antigone Memorial. Devika has been following orders and placing navigation beacons by the gates between here and Black Hole Sun. I’m just now going to calibrate them so that Pioneers can safely and confidently traverse these alien regions. Flowing the beacaon signal in the void the Ship warns me of another hazardous region. The Owl takes a light scaulding but my quick reactions and it’s fast engines mean I’m outside the dangerous cloud. Deploying one of my last two beacons and indicate that there is a hazard nearby before continuing to Second Contact Flashpoint.

I dock at a station along side Devika. Leaving the Owl unattended I undock the Rapier and follow the highway down to a region known as Pious Mists. I Deploy a naivgation beacon when I leave the Highway approximately 742 kilometres from Second Contact Flashpoint. Deploy another at the Gate to Nopileos Fortune, one more on the other side and moments later I’m deploying one last beacon in Grand Exchange I, just 226 kilometres from Segaris Station.

Captain Grey then contacts me requesting orders having travelled from the Pioneer Settlements to Second Contact Flashpoint. Since I’ve only got the one route mapped out I provide her with the navigable route to Grand Exchange I and the destination of the Segaris Station Build Storage.

Assets

Segaris Station

Baldric [URJ-107]
Bolo Hydrogen [LLL-459]
Geometric Owl [QSK=395]
Magpie Sentinel [NRJ-804]
Porcupine [BMU-852]
Rapier [FHK-882]
Raven [ACN-270]

Credits 4,138,239

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Re: [X4 SV+CoH] After The Supernova (CoH Project Genesis)

Post by Ormac » Fri, 25. Mar 22, 08:48

Paths of Stardust

I get out of the pilot seat and Devika returns. I ask for one navigation beacon to be positioned close to the station and then for a series of further beacons to be placed at the transit points between here and the Second Contact Flashpont jumpgate at Black Hole Sun. Once Devika is preparing to deploy the Station Beacon I request airlock clearance. After a passing sense of queasiness from exiting with the shared momentum of the Rapier I orient myself with the station dock and although the central mass of the station is 6 kilometres away the dock is on the near side and is much closer and I’m at the airlock in about 10 minutes.

I have Captain Grey dock the Baldric once the transfer of terran construction materials is complete.
The only construction materials needed now are the claytronics. Aboard the Baldric I hand Captain Grey a new itinerary. which stops at a number of stations including where I left the Geometric Owl. As the ship prepares to get underway I sit at an unoccupied seat and interrogate the computer about the recent flight logs.

A few hours later we approach the Station at Flashpoint and I debark while the cargo is unloaded and the Baldric lifts off to continue the trades that will end with the claytronics which will allow the Spice production module to be built.

As I watch the Baldric fly to it’s next destination

Hello there. I look at my immediate surroundings and there is a charming lady looking at me.
Were you just on that ship?
Well Yes.
Are you here for that ship over there? pointing to the Geometric Owl
Yes, Is there a problem, an outstanding landing fee or something?
Oh no, no problem unless it’s a new Xenon or something.
I just haven’t seen ships like them before.

I’d like to see some Identification and Station Authority Documentation?
I’ll hand over my personal Identification but I don’t work for the station, name is Manda Gisler.

Reading her identification she seems acceptable at piloting.

So Manda what’s your view on the Xenon and lets say Xenon salvage and artefacts?
The xenon are a nuisance and remnants and bits and pieces recovered after they’ve been blasted to smithereens is fair game.
Are you looking for employment?
I’m looking for adventure.

Manda finishes stowing her few belongings aboard the Geometric Owl before taking the pilots chair.
We then fly to Grand Exchange I via Black Hole Sun and The Segaris Station is 360.4 kilometres from the Grand Exchange III Superhighway. Arriving in the vicinity of the station to observe construction underway.

So the Grand Totals

Route A: Pioneers via Highway [1732.1 kilometres]
Route B: Pioneers via Black Hole Sun [1947.6 kilometres]

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Re: [X4 SV+CoH] After The Supernova (CoH Project Genesis)

Post by Ormac » Tue, 5. Apr 22, 00:44

Faint Readings

After the production modules are complete only the storage modules need to finish construction. But the ETA on the first one has ten minutes. Since I am waiting on three that’s at least 30 minutes though Miss Song can probably start managing station operations sooner. Since I can remotely transfer the operational budget when requested I decide to head to the highway.

Entering the sector Pious Mists II via the North Gate I instruct Manda to fly North West past the gate. We shortly discover a new station Then instructing to fly Southwest towards the Western Gate we uncover a few more stations well as some faint readings. Moving closer to investigate they are small sturdy objects.

I’m barely out of the airlock when Manda comms the suit

Ma’am you may want to get back inside, I’ve just detected a number of hostile Xenon approaching.

I’ve had enough close calls with the suit so I’m heading for the airlock.
How many approaching? I ask,
Three or more. is the reply.
The outer door locks behind me and the when the inner door opens
Ooh dear, They're firing, What should I do?
I hear the shield capacitors discharge and the generators engage as the first volley of fire impacts
Head for the Defence Station as rapidly as possible and tone down the screaming.

Aside from a reminder to not engage with the Xenon Manda is able to escape these Xenon and we’re half way to the station when we hear local patrol chatter confirming engagement of a Xenon raiding party.

At the Defence Station I perform an inspection of the Owl and there is some superficial non-critical damage I could either patch or pay to get repaired later.

Ready to try again?
Yes Ma’am

Heading back out to the sturdy objects, I’m in the spacesuit and these objects are secure containers with a number of locking clamps. Using the suits blaster I’m able to with careful aim shoot the clamps and reveal what goods had been previously sealed inside. After collecting all the goods its off to Argon Prime to undergo another promotion ceremony. Once that’s completed I’ve decided to join Hatikvah’s Trade Revolution.

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Re: [X4 SV+CoH] After The Supernova (CoH Project Genesis)

Post by Ormac » Wed, 27. Apr 22, 09:09

Rookie Revolution

If you are reading this automated message, you have been identified by the Hatikvah Free League as being capable of aiding us in becoming a fully-fledged independent nation, aiming to take its place alongside the established powers in the Jump Gate network. Our ultimate goal is to establish a save haven for all peoples who are struggling, whether that be from the long-lasting consequences of the Jump Gate shutdown, or because they intend to trade in wares other might deem illegal.

We would like you to represent us in matters of trade and security. We have taken on a skilled analyst to work alongside this role, and oversee the project’s diplomatic elements. You would of course be compensated for your efforts, and the new contacts you make may also open the door to further opportunities for you. If you are interested in joining our cause please accept our mission offer.

Reen Omara, Hatikvah Executive.


Arriving at Hatikvah Trade Station I check the station directory and locate Reen Omara and head to her office. It’s just a standard managerial office but the hallway was impressive. Reen gives a brief introduction and a quick outline of of an initial Medical Supplies delivery that the Free League are contracted to complete. It seems their spread a bit thin and they’ve provided directions to a small ship that has already been loaded with freight to be delivered.

I decide instead to return to the Geometric Owl and once we are clear of the station I have directions to head to a jumpgate on the other side of the sector? I compare these instructions with my personal local and galactic stellar charts and I have a problem the Jump gate is unknown to me. Manda is patiently awaiting orders and when I realise I can’t order her to join the highway I decide to take control of the ship and fly to the east bound highway lane. A few minutes later due to the highway I see the destination jumpgate approaching and then we are through to Silent Witness and soon after provided an optimal exit point to continue to head towards the destination station.

It’s quite a long way and I settle in for a rather uneventful jaunt, when various calls for assistance or threats to continue fighting pass across the sector bands. No High Threat alerts so it looks like it might be a policing security patrol. Seems like a significant amount of fighting going on. There are several small wrecks already. I fly to each wreck and collect anything of value.

Before continuing to the station I approach one last wreck and I’m close enough it identify interface units of some value when suddenly there’s an explosion and when the shockwave passes The Owl is intact and shields are fully charged but the wreck has disintegrated further and there is nothing left to salvage.

Docking at the required station I open the trade menu, find the contractual delivery for 250 medical supplies and then I notice that there are zero units on the Owl. Rookie Mistake I groan. But would a rookie have a contingency plan. I asked Foologos to buy a hold of medical supplies earlier in the Raven, So there should be about 300 available. I have Foologos deliver the required 250 and I receive a transmission of acknowledgement and appreciation.

Assets

Segaris Station

Baldric [URJ-107]
Bolo Hydrogen [LLL-459]
Geometric Owl [QSK=395]
Magpie Sentinel [NRJ-804]
Porcupine [BMU-852]
Rapier [FHK-882]
Raven [ACN-270]

Credits 5,877,749

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Re: [X4 SV+CoH] After The Supernova (CoH Project Genesis)

Post by Ormac » Thu, 19. May 22, 05:40

Coder, Craft, Envoy Woman

Once I return to the Hatikvah League Trade Station I’m introduced to their skilled analyst Dal Busta and his personal ship and crew. He provides a mission to deliver a technological worm to a Scale Plate Pact Station. Achieving this will allow Hatikvah to better predict the next move of the faction.

As space is SO ENORMOUSLY BIG is takes a while to locate a suitably ill maintained station to plant the electronic worm. Once that is done via a focused scan of a data leak. I make preparation to vacate the sector. I’ve lined up a jump gate and engage the travel drive when Dal Busta provides a friendly warning that Scale Plate have dispatched some fighters after me. Momentarily I pass the jumpgate event horizon and I enter Nopileous’ Fortune. Not quite the destination I expected. I disengage the travel drive and quickly get my bearings. I’m North of the Pious Mist gate between the highways. New destination is the Segaris Station I’m soon through the Grand Exchange Gate and line up with my destination and switch on the travel drive. I’m half way across the sector when I hear on the sector public bands the police query the fighter sent to pursue me. The police don’t like the response. I landand check how Miss Song has been managing the Station.

She’s managed the station well having drained the starting funds I sent her. The station has a reserve of water and a stockpile of spice, but she's asking for more funding. I send an itinerary over to the Magpie to come and haul some of the spice thereby converting station inventory into usable credits. After I’ve finished meeting with Miss Song I’ve got to consider assigning some traders over to her. The Hatikvah Analyst Dal Busta contacts me with a mind blowing solution to the Leagues current relationship issues with the Scale Plate Pact. It requires explosives. Once I’ve crafted my own deployable bombs following the recipe carefully I’m off to another station that Dal has identified to deliver a message from the Hatikvah Free League.

I travel deeper into Nopileos’ Fortune and locate the designated station off a local highway. Dal would like me to place the bombs at a cargo transfer point on the station. Once that’s done I leave very quickly using the highway to be as far away from the station as possible before Dal remotely triggers the explosive devices to cause massive chaos and confusion when the next freighter docks.

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Re: [X4 SV+CoH] After The Supernova (CoH Project Genesis)

Post by Ormac » Thu, 9. Jun 22, 04:34

Let’s Go See The Bad Guys

Now that the fun’s over. We’re looking to gather intel on the Scale Plate higher-ups. These are the people we’re going to have to negotiate with. Now that we’ve shown our teeth, maybe they’re more willing to listen.
We’re about to chase down a lead. You on the other hand will have to be on standby for any opportunity which arises. We’re assigning you a sector to patrol. If something comes up we’ll let you know.


Returning to the Segaris Station I purchase a Frog and a Mineral Miner from the Pioneers. Both will transit to Grand Exchange, The Frog to operate as a station trader and the miner to collect ice to the Teladi water factories. I then organise a rendezvous with The Porcupine. We go to Hatikvahs Choice and fulfil a boring patrol of the Western section.

As we finish up the patrol Dal communicates with some enthusiasm that there is a small ship that should be followed without drawing to much attention to the fact. When he starts sounding concerned when the Porcupine can’t keep up I transfer to the Raven and continue the pursuit.

The suspect is inspected by the local Argon police force, seems they’re already known to the authorities. After that delay they rapidly head to the adjoining sector and when we finally catch up with them they open a direct communication channel. It’s apparent that they were aware of being followed.Dal encourages me to keep the guy talking. I’m so stunned about the situational change all I can manage to stammer over the channel is Take me to your leader.

They mention something about the lieutenant before continuing on. Dal says it’s time to return to the Trade Station and regroup. There’s a discussion between Reen and Dal which results in us following a plan that Dal has developed, Which will work out fine if we follow his instructions.

We’re going to meet a Scale Plate lieutenant, I’ve been building a profile on him for a while now. This guy demands respect and loves collecting fine items. I think we can butter him up by presenting a nice tribute. I’ve a list of things I think he’ll show interest in. I’ll be counting on you to gather them.

Assets

Segaris Station
Frog [VDV-141]

Baldric [URJ-107]
Bolo (Mineral) [FRT-717]
Bolo Hydrogen [LLL-459]
Geometric Owl [QSK-395]
Magpie Sentinel [NJR-704]
Porcupine [BMU-852]
Rapier [FHK-882]
Raven [ACN-270]

Credits 5,650,974

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Re: [X4 SV+CoH] After The Supernova (CoH Project Genesis)

Post by Ormac » Thu, 21. Jul 22, 05:00

Competitive Negotiations

Looking at the list is isn’t very long just one item. I’ve soon collected enough and the Porcupine is a long way from any highway deep into space heading towards a Pirate Trade Hub where the negotiations will begin.

I ask Hoaeos to wait with the Porcupine in the vicinity and have Foologos shuttle me with the Raven to the station. Once Foologos has docked the Raven I head towards the docking bays for medium sized vessels where Dal Busta and one of his crew Kat Lanton are waiting.

You made it, great work. Lets hope my intuition was on the money. We’re almost ready to meet the Scale Plate lieutenant.
Kat gets Dal’s attention with a single word.

This is him be on your best behaviour.
Dal and the lieutenant make introductions and it is soon apparent that negotiations will continue between the two of them in private.

Once they have entered a station transport Kat turns to me.
Captain Busta expected this to happen. He instructed that you should head back to Hatikvah and await communications, We’ll be fine.

I acknowledge the directive and turn and begin pacing back to the Raven feeling more frustrated than I did a moment ago. Aboard the Porcupine with directions to head back to Hatikvahs Choice. Hoaeos comms me from the Cockpit.

Missss, general dissstresss call from Hatikvah Shipss. Shoud we assisst.?
Yes

Safely disengaging the travel drive the Porcupine intercepts two small Scale Plate fighters rescuing the two Hatikvah freighters. The combat was brief and it was impressive watching the maelstrom for fire head towards the target. My mood brightened by the fireworks we are once again off to see Reen Omara.

Entering Reens Office Dal repeats for my benefit what he’s just told Reen which is the negotiated deal between Scale Plate Pact and Hatikvah Free League to end current hostilities. Dal then closes his link. Reen Omara then outlines the next task.

It looks like I’ve got come favours to call in. As you’ve helped us out so much, I’ll wire you some additional credits. It seems we’re finally getting to the end of this mess. There are still some loose ends to tie up. Acting on the information you gathered with Dal, we send out a number of automated drones to attack caches of Scale Plate supplies. In hindsight maybe not the best idea. They’re not responding to the deactivation signal. We need pilots to go out and destroy them before they scupper any chance of a deal.

Enroute to the location I go through my transaction history and as Reen promised there is payment of 400,000 for current services rendered. The payment has raised my spirits and I decide on a competitive little endeavour to keep everyone entertained.

Calling all scouts, There are a number of rouge drones that must be destroyed. I’m going to make it interesting and have a small contest amongst ourselves. I’ll assign one drone to each of you and when we begin 50,000 for each drone you destroy.

I’m in control of the Raven when I tell everyone to begin. My drone has made a sudden break for the highway at high speed before turning back and making a pass at me. The shields hold, I guess that means that the friend/foe configuration has us now configured as foe. I spend a few minutes to match the velocity and keep the drone in a firing position. A couple of turns latter and the drone is scrap metal.

Come on guys I’ve already got one

The Rapier, Porcupine and Geometric Owl have each engaged their own drone. I decide to use the highway and approach the Geometric Owl. Suddenly Devika is on the radio calling out in distress that they’ve been hit. There’s nothing I can do immediately to assist but the Rapiers shields are only at 50%.

I’ll send assistance when I can, Just deal with it till help arrives.

I can see as I approach that Manda is making progress with her drone and I can hear Hoaeos laughing off the drones feeble attacks due to the superior defences of the frigate. I make one assisting pass at the drone Manda is fighting and then Hoaeos hisses

Thatsssss 50,000 creditssss, my credittsss.

I send the Porcupine to assist Devika and a minute later I see and hear Manda succeed against her drone. She head towards the remaining drone.

Well done on dealing with those drones. As part of the settlement with Scale Plate, we’re constructing a new production complex. This is a huge project and we need to ensure it’s safe until we hand it over. Dal suggested that we should place some static defences around it. I’ll send you the stations location.

Everyone got through our competition safely

OK Everyone we’ll meet up at the League Bar and the drinks are on me.

Assets

Segaris Station
Frog [VDV-141]

Baldric [URJ-107]
Bolo (Mineral) [FRT-717]
Bolo Hydrogen [LLL-459]
Geometric Owl [QSK-395]
Magpie Sentinel [NJR-704]
Porcupine [BMU-852]
Rapier [FHK-882]
Raven [ACN-270]

Credits 9,207,778

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Re: [X4 SV+CoH] After The Supernova (CoH Project Genesis)

Post by Ormac » Sat, 6. Aug 22, 07:47

All Debts Paid

Well that was an interesting time at the bar and rather expensive. After an evening of drinking, watching my crew interact. I’m down 250,000 after also handing out my drone payments, who knew lizards could drink so much. On a transport to the docking bays I see that the location of the new station has been forwarded. It needs to be protected and a number of laser towers have been recommended. I have Devika deploy the laser towers

We’re doing our best with the instructions Dal left us, but to be honest, a lot of staff are not happy. Given the losses we’ve suffered, many of them would rather go to war than appease Scale Plate. Dal suggested that I go to meet this Scale Plate lieutenant and hand-off the settlement package. That is not going to happen as I’d likely shove that Teladi down the nearest docking shaft. I’d greatly appreciate if you go and hand him this. Just smile, make the exchange and get out of there. Then we can get on with our lives.

Handed an optical disc that has the contract between the Free League and the Scale Plate I head out of the office. I have Devika set a course for the Pirate Trade Hub where the negotiations have been ongoing and head to my old cabin for the next few hours. I direct the Porcupine and the Geometric Owl to Silent Witness I in case we need backup.

We arrive at the station and the Public Announcement mention Explosive Material can be hazardous, please contact the dock master if you have any onboard. As I enter the Pact business office Mustris Gisnos Yoliou II queries my approach Well now, what have we here? It’s at this point I notice two Teladi Marines looking relaxed and menacing, I’ve got a bad feeling about this

Mustris Gisnos Yoliou II the Scale Plate Lieutent continues I suppose you are here to give me something? At which point I hand over the encrypted contract disc.

This was a fun little exercise. I must say that Dal Busta is an interesting man. He convinced me to give Hatikvah the chance to repay their debts so that we can all move forward. But there seems to have been a misunderstanding. The largest debt was respect. Yet here you stand. You must be a trusted ally of Hatikvah, but hardly the figurehead I expected. If Hatikvah will not show me the respect of submitting to me in person, I am afraid this business arrangement has reached an impasse.

I wonder, will you reach Hatikvah in time to warn them, or will you be greeted by wreckage.


With that the meeting is abruptly concluded and I’m forced to wait for a second transport to the docks as the Lieutenant and his entourage claim the first for their use.
I’m finally on the scout and just given Devika instructions to undock and head towards the Hatikvah Trade station when there is a Priority call from Hatikvah.

I acknowledge the call and Reen is sounding confused and afraid.

Pilot what is going on? We have Scale Plate making moves against our assets.
I think the lieutentant expected you at the meeting.
We don’t have the forces to deal with this, especially in the outer reaches. Even the local law enforcement isn’t keeping up. I’m going to contact the Argon, this has gone far enough. Until they step in please help anyway you can.
I’ll try my best.

At Silent Witness XI there is a distress call from a Large Hatikvah freighter. I scramble the Geometric Owl to provide the Rapier with an escort which is diverted to assist and the Porcupine is sent directly to provide assistance. We are in the vicinity when we hear the crew abandoning the freighter The priority is to protect the escape pods. There is just a single heavy fighter to deal with and everyone is able to work together to protect the escape pods.

This is Argon Police. All Hatikvah ships are to disengage and return to secure Argon Space.

Pilot you better get out of there. The Argon are rounding up Hatikvah and Scale Plate alike. Before they bring me in, I’ll make whatever payment you’re owed. This really did end up a mess. If you see that Teladi bastu on your travels fire a few missiles from me. As for Dal, he’s probably laying low for a reason. I’ll send you his last known co-ordinates. Keep out of trouble

Heading to the last known location we find Wreckage that was Dal Bustas vessel. Our ship computer cannot detect any life signs but can locate the flight recorder. Collecting the recorder from the airlock I take it to the cabin and begin trying to retrieve and analyse any information from it.

The recorder eventually reveals it’s contents and it appears that the vessel came under attack and that escape pods were launched. Despite my best efforts even with the assistance of the ship computer The flight recorder gives no further current information on the condition or whereabouts of Captain Busta or his crew.

Assets

Segaris Station
Frog [VDV-141]

Baldric [URJ-107]
Bolo (Mineral) [FRT-717]
Bolo Hydrogen [LLL-459]
Geometric Owl [QSK-395]
Magpie Sentinel [NJR-704]
Porcupine [BMU-852]
Rapier [FHK-882]
Raven [ACN-270]

Credits 12,161,266

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