Frumious Bandersnatch Galley.   Posted by StarMaster.Group: 0
Arc Tangent
 Player, 31 posts
Thu 7 Jul 2016
at 09:05
Re: Dust Runner Galley
"First of all, we've got full fuel tanks, except for the jaunt to Albert," Arc reminds everyone. "We refueled on Victoria, remember?"

"Second, we've got two full fuel bladders. You... 'acquired'... them on Sky Rig."

"Third, you picked up some non-paying guests on Sky Rig. There were people in the medical bay that were in life-support chambers. We brought them aboard because it looked like the refueling station might get destroyed in the storm."

"They were put in the life-support chambers because the medic thought they had contracted some sort of plague and he couldn't find a cure. As long as they are in the pods, they... and we... are safe."

"It looked like one of them was starting to revive, but I put him back under, since we weren't set up for any quarantine. Those life-support pods aren't meant for long-term use. I'd put the upper limit at about 90 days. After that, the people in them will start to deteriorate beyond the pod's ability to keep them alive."

Roland Steen
 Player, 88 posts
Thu 7 Jul 2016
at 14:35
Re: Dust Runner Galley
" Going anywhere near a naval base is going to risk jumping into a fight." Roland replied to Gahler. If we're lucky they won't be shooting civilian ships while they have a system squadron to deal with. We're small poorly armed and not big enough to be carrying anything of value to the defenders."

  We might get boarded and impounded, but I am hoping they aren't in shoot anything that moves mode. now that they have lost the element of surprise they don't have to worry that we'll run and tell the fleet they are under attack"

If we are really lucky we'll have enough time to jump out of the system before they intercept us...we do have plenty of fuel for now."


After Arc spoke her jerked a thumb in the general direction of where the pods were stored." If we get to a base we can drop off the pods. Naval bases tend to have pretty good medical facilities."
Luise Wechsler
 player, 55 posts
 Admin/Broker
 67999C
Thu 7 Jul 2016
at 18:59
Re: Dust Runner Galley
Luise had been listening in silence. She knew that her crew would do the right thing. She only had to wait till they had decided on what the right thing was. As a child, her father had given her The Little Prince to read and she had found the king's advice very useful:

Accepted authority rests first of all on reason. If you ordered your people to go and throw themselves into the sea, they would rise up in revolution. I have the right to require obedience because my orders are reasonable.


Personally, she hoped to get rid of the cold ones, but that was probably because she had been babysitting them.

Finally, she spoke, her voice quiet and clear:

"Gentlemen, this is all well. Roland, Graig has mentioned Ghandi, is that what you are suggesting, as well? Ignatius, the only one Parsec Jump from here is Sonthert, D-class airport, zoned yellow. Gahler, if we're staying away from naval bases, which system would you choose?

All things equal, I'd prefer a system with a gas giant, although I am aware that desperate times require desperate measures - like buying fuel".


A touch of humor - never amiss when leading people.
Steve Cable
 NPC in Memoriam, 338 posts
 ex-Scout
 Salvage Hunter
Thu 7 Jul 2016
at 22:20
Re: Dust Runner Galley
"We have a few more options with those fuel bladders," Steve brought up. "Each one is good for a Jump-1, so, in theory, we can go anywhere within 4 parsecs."

"We could head for Calit, or Ficat, or Tavonni. Even Arba, for that matter. It all depends on where we want to go after that."

"Calit and Ficat are unimportant targets, off the beaten path. Swordies shouldn't have any interest in them."

"Ghandi and D'Ganzo are trade routes and prime targets. If we jump to either of them, we could be in the thick of a space battle."

"Arba is likely to be a staging area for the Swordies. I'm not feeling particularly foolhardy today, so I'd rather not test my luck."

"Calit moves us away from the war, unless the Swordies have made a thrust as far as Denotam. Otherwise, it gives us the option of heading coreward... go to Phlume or Rangent from there."

Gahler Grohlson
 Player, 198 posts
 Merchant
 797997
Thu 7 Jul 2016
at 23:29
Re: Dust Runner Galley
Gahler shrugged, "I am just a pilot not the astrogator, ma'am."
"A navy base would be able to deal with our sick folk and we do need to file a report on what we have seen at the invasion and the sky rig to someone. Might as well be navy, though a scout base would be less confronting."

Roland Steen
 Player, 89 posts
Fri 8 Jul 2016
at 05:50
Re: Dust Runner Galley
" Calit, then Denotam, we can drop off the passengers report what we've found out o our own...from there we can make for Regina." Roland spoke up after  a minute of thought."By the time we make Regina there should be a pretty sizable fleet marshalling for a counter assault. If there's a swordie within three parsecs of Regina they'll be on a prisoner transport."
Kraig Pars
 Player, 328 posts
 Former Merchant
 696B73
Sat 9 Jul 2016
at 23:12
Re: Dust Runner Galley
Kraig shook his head.  "If the Swordies attacked Lanth you have to figure that the Zhos are across the border in strength.  The dogs of the Sword Worlds would not dare to attack without their masters."  He took a deep breath, obviously angered by the sudden attack.  "If we go to Calit we could find ourselves in a system under attack or under siege by the Zho.  I say we use our fuel and range to make a series of Jumps to Quopist.  It has a gas giant and is away from the front.  It's unlikely that any foe have made it there.  We can drop off our passengers there or continue on with them."
Arc Tangent
 Player, 32 posts
Sun 10 Jul 2016
at 02:34
Re: Dust Runner Galley
Arc scanned through the computer as all these worlds were mentioned. He wasn't familiar with any of them. Hell, he hadn't even heard of most of them!

"Quopist looks to be rather dangerous all on its own," he chimed in. "Small world, thin atmosphere, little water, poor world. Tech is at a premium... expensive. Law level is high, but not extreme. Run by a Knight."

As he says that, he glances at Luise.

"It sounds like he runs a strict world. Probably has to... to keep it running. We start tossing around data about the Ancients, he's going to see credit signs. The Baroness here may be all that we have to keep him in check."

"So what do you think, Captain? Can you handle this Knight? He's going to see us as an Opportunity. If he's desperate, he might not like you standing in his way."


He gave her a moment to think about this before adding, "It's your call, Captain."
Kraig Pars
 Player, 330 posts
 Former Merchant
 696B73
Sun 10 Jul 2016
at 04:15
Re: Dust Runner Galley
Kraig shook his head.  "I say we keep quiet about the Ancients until we reach a Scout base.  I'd not trust anyone else with the knowledge."
Luise Wechsler
 player, 56 posts
 Admin/Broker
 67999C
Sun 10 Jul 2016
at 08:30
Re: Dust Runner Galley
Luise weighs the options:
"Calit is a jump towards the edge of human space, Quopist is zoned yellow and although I believe I could talk my way past the local potentate it is a risk - but the general direction is towards the Imperium. And then there is Ghandi..."

"I think it is time we take a vote on this. Ghandi and then the scout base at Dinomn is my personal preference, but this matter is too mportant to disregard your preferences. So, gentlemen?"

Kraig Pars
 Player, 331 posts
 Former Merchant
 696B73
Mon 11 Jul 2016
at 05:36
Re: Dust Runner Galley
Kraig spoke up.  "I'd not object to Ghandi.  We can learn more about what is going on and likely be safe unless the Zho have attacked and raid the system with high jump ships."
Roland Steen
 Player, 90 posts
Mon 11 Jul 2016
at 07:10
Re: Dust Runner Galley
" I'll go for the Ghandi route." Roland agreed." But let's have a jump plot ready for anywhere but there just in case we end up in the middle of a major scrap.One ride in an escape pod per year is my limit."
Ignatius Maor
 Player, 129 posts
 Retired Imperial Scout
Tue 12 Jul 2016
at 17:09
Re: Dust Runner Galley
IM nods "Sounds like Ghandi is our destination. And I agree, we keep stum on our finds until we locate a scout base that's far enough from the fighting that our information will stay this side of the border."
Arc Tangent
 Player, 33 posts
Tue 12 Jul 2016
at 17:31
Re: Dust Runner Galley
"Welllll... it's not the way I'd go, but you are right, IM, about keeping it from getting across the border," Arc chimes in. "If the Swordies or the Zhodani learn about that translation device, they'd be here in a flash with full force!"

"As it is, I doubt if the Scouts will believe us. Either way, they'll file it away in a secure  folder and send it on down the pipeline... or would that be up the pipeline? ...to some higher authority. It's not like anyone's going to be able to make instant use of the data to stop the war."

"So, Ghandi it is. You've already got a majority vote. It doesn't look like anyone else seriously objects."


He glances at Gahler, Steve and Hans.
Steve Cable
 NPC in Memoriam, 339 posts
 ex-Scout
 Salvage Hunter
Tue 12 Jul 2016
at 17:38
Re: Dust Runner Galley
"I never said I objected to Ghandi as a destination," Steve says with a glare at Arc. "I was just pointing out a likely problem."

"We still don't know how extensive this 'war' is... or even what it's purpose is. And we only think the Zho are involved. We haven't seen any signs of them and don't have any proof."

"Okay, so Ghandi it is. But I reserve the right to say 'I told you so' if the excrement hits the rotary air oscillator when we get there!"


That wasn't what he would have normally said... among the crew, but he acknowledged that there was a woman/lady/baroness present, even if he didn't like her.
Gahler Grohlson
 Player, 199 posts
 Merchant
 797997
Tue 12 Jul 2016
at 23:37
Re: Dust Runner Galley
"We keep our finds quiet till we get to the capital. We let locals learn of it will be worse than a gold rush." Gahler replied. "Which system, I don't mind as long as it gets us closer to home."
Kraig Pars
 Player, 332 posts
 Former Merchant
 696B73
Wed 13 Jul 2016
at 01:19
Re: Dust Runner Galley
"Let's Jump into the out system so we can flee if we have to.  With the fuel we carry we can come back to Victoria or go to Ylaven."
Luise Wechsler
 player, 57 posts
 Admin/Broker
 67999C
Wed 13 Jul 2016
at 04:27
Re: Dust Runner Galley
Luise says: "It looks like we've got a decision. Set a course for Ghandi then."

Hans Matherson
 Player, 96 posts
 Ex Scout
Wed 13 Jul 2016
at 04:59
Re: Dust Runner Galley
He had no opinion one way or another, as he had little knowledge of the area. But he also had no reason to go against the others.

He actually understood Arc's skewed perception of not considering himself as a significant vote. He'd said there was already a majority, but there hadn't been until he voted for going to Ghandi.

"I suppose it's as good a destination as any in these uncertain times," he opined. "I'm guessing Ghandi has a gas giant in the system, so maybe we should jump as close to one of them as possible, scan the system, and then head inward if it's safe."
Kraig Pars
 Player, 334 posts
 Former Merchant
 696B73
Thu 14 Jul 2016
at 02:01
Re: Dust Runner Galley
"Ghandi has a gas giant.  It wouldn't hurt to Jump nearby it in the outer system."
Roland Steen
 Player, 91 posts
Tue 19 Jul 2016
at 21:23
Re: Dust Runner Galley
In reply to Kraig Pars (msg # 68):

"Jumping near a major asset during a time of war is a little risky." Rutger pointed out." Gas giants are going to be heavily patrolled and they may not be happy to have us there. But this is a trader not a gunboat so they might not start shooting before they ID us."
Kraig Pars
 Player, 338 posts
 Former Merchant
 696B73
Wed 20 Jul 2016
at 02:17
Re: Dust Runner Galley
Kraig thought for a moment. "The astrogation guide should give us standard approach corridors for non-military traffic.  We can just use those."

Gahler Grohlson
 Player, 200 posts
 Merchant
 797997
Wed 20 Jul 2016
at 10:13
Re: Dust Runner Galley
"This ship is also has a bank repossession order on it. It is why Steve and I came out here in the first place." Gahler reminded the group.
"If the other repo agents are in system they might make a try for the ship as well."
Roland Steen
 Player, 92 posts
Wed 20 Jul 2016
at 16:08
Re: Dust Runner Galley
"Repo agents we can deal with." Roland shrugged. Not looking worried about that prospect." They don't usually open fire on a ship they want to claim."
Kraig Pars
 Player, 341 posts
 Former Merchant
 696B73
Fri 22 Jul 2016
at 06:28
Re: Dust Runner Galley
"Once we get to the base we can file claim to the ship I would think."