Destination: Foreven.   Posted by StarMaster.Group: 0
'Forge' Harris
 player, 54 posts
 Security
Wed 21 Oct 2020
at 23:50
Re: Destination: Foreven
"Might want to use standard acceleration. No use popping out in the middle of a war zone." Forge suggested.
Roland Steel
 NPC Crew, 207 posts
 Engineer
 69C975
Sat 24 Oct 2020
at 14:56
Re: Destination: Foreven
In reply to 'Forge' Harris (msg # 199):

"What do you think Captain? We going for it? When do you want to kick off?"
Arlo Thresh
 NPC, 2 posts
 Spacer Engineer
Fri 30 Oct 2020
at 14:25
Re: Destination: Foreven
"Two weeks could be a problem, but if we don't come back, it probably won't matter," Arlo responds. "I can always comm my resignation to them. While they have the right to refuse it, it'd be pointless for them to do so when they'd know I wasn't coming back. Besides, I ain't 'essential' personnel anyway."

He pulls out his epad, types on it for a few minutes, and then shows the result to the others.

"Standard mining claim form. It splits anything found equally between the two parties--your ship and me. That work for you? You'll notice that the exact location isn't mentioned yet. I'll fill that in once we're about half way there."

"Any questions?"

This message was last edited by the player at 22:24, Wed 04 Nov.

Roland Steel
 NPC Crew, 208 posts
 Engineer
 69C975
Fri 30 Oct 2020
at 14:31
Re: Destination: Foreven
In reply to Arlo Thresh (msg # 201):

"Up to the captain in the end Arlo, but it works for me." He takes a swallow from his beer and sits the mug down on the table.

"It could be nothing, or it could make us rich!"
Luise Wechsler
 player, 175 posts
 Admin/Broker
 67999C
Fri 30 Oct 2020
at 14:36
Re: Destination: Foreven
"Looks good to me," she replies to both Roland and Arlo.

She doesn't bother mentioning that there wasn't anything to keep them from spacing Arlo after the halfway point. He didn't seen unscrupulous to her, and she was pretty sure none of them appeared that way to him. In that sense, he'd been smart to select a ship captained by a Baroness.

Besides, he probably had some sort of contingency plan in place, just in case. She'd certainly have one if she was dealing with strangers.

On the other hand, it could be a trap. He could be working with pirates. His story sounded totally legit, but it'd have to in order to lure a ship out.

On yet another hand, he probably didn't know about the ship's shields... or any of its other capabilities and surprises, so if pirates did attack, they'd be in a for a very rude awakening.

She made a mental note to have Steve keep an eye on Arlo just in case.

"Yeah, we'll head out at sublight. Departure in... 2 hours? We can claim we want to test out our upgraded fuel scoops and processors at the gas giant."
Roland Steel
 NPC Crew, 209 posts
 Engineer
 69C975
Fri 30 Oct 2020
at 14:42
Re: Destination: Foreven
"Two hours? Aye - aye captain!" Roland drinks the last of his beer and slams the stein and heads for the ship to make ready for flight, he'll let the captain give the flight alert, who would listen to him!
Harry McStubbin
 Player, 483 posts
 Human pain in the ass
 898BA7
Fri 30 Oct 2020
at 14:44
Re: Destination: Foreven
In reply to Roland Steel (msg # 204):

When Harry got the recall order, he called and cancelled the 2 containers of cargo, not enough time now. He'd get with them later if he could.
Harry McStubbin
 Player, 485 posts
 Human pain in the ass
 898BA7
Sat 7 Nov 2020
at 15:59
Re: Destination: Foreven
In reply to Harry McStubbin (msg # 205):

Harry got the refuel done and the Life support serviced as quick as he could, readying for flight. He wondered what Luise had found that was getting them off of this rock so damn fast.
'Forge' Harris
 player, 55 posts
 Security
Sun 8 Nov 2020
at 17:18
Re: Destination: Foreven
Having another drink for the road, Forge headed back to the ship to get ready, starting by putting on his armor.
Roland Steel
 NPC Crew, 210 posts
 Engineer
 69C975
Sun 8 Nov 2020
at 17:25
Re: Destination: Foreven
In reply to 'Forge' Harris (msg # 207):

Roland got back to the ship in record time and got ready for lift-off. He began the start sequence to fire the maneuver drives since they did not intend to jump and began to polish the chrome and clean. When he was done you could eat off the floor, no dust or dirt, anywhere!
Luise Wechsler
 player, 176 posts
 Admin/Broker
 67999C
Wed 11 Nov 2020
at 00:34
Re: Destination: Foreven
Thirty minutes before their scheduled departure time, Luise checked to make sure everyone was on board, including their 'guide' Arlo.

When Arlo made an appearance on the bridge, Luise asked:

"Everything go okay? Just checking. I don't want us to get shot at as we leave because they think we've kidnapped you!"
Arlo Thresh
 NPC, 3 posts
 Spacer Engineer
Wed 11 Nov 2020
at 01:41
Re: Destination: Foreven
"Ha-ha... ha... I don't know whether to laugh at that or be worried," Arlo replies, "but, no, everything's fine. Just told them I needed a few days off. No one even asked what I was going to do on my days off."

"They don't need as many people when they're on station. It's almost a joke to find work for everyone. It takes a really competent captain to do so, or to ignore the crew that aren't working. Alas, Captain Strang isn't one of them."

Harry McStubbin
 Player, 486 posts
 Human pain in the ass
 898BA7
Wed 11 Nov 2020
at 14:56
Re: Destination: Foreven
In reply to Arlo Thresh (msg # 210):

Harry took his station at the astrogation seat and went to setting their course to the moon/world that they were headed to. When Arlo told him.

This message was last edited by the player at 13:17, Thu 12 Nov.

Arlo Thresh
 NPC, 4 posts
 Spacer Engineer
Thu 12 Nov 2020
at 18:12
Re: Destination: Foreven
There wasn't any point in him putting in the course because the others would figure out the destination anyway, so he just said:

"Set a course for the 2nd gas giant out. It's called Thunder. The first one is called Lightning and the third one is called Tiny. It's going to take about six days to get there, unless this ship's got a secret or two."
Harry McStubbin
 Player, 487 posts
 Human pain in the ass
 898BA7
Thu 12 Nov 2020
at 18:16
Re: Destination: Foreven
Harry set the course. Soon he would find out what was going on.

"What's up Captain? Who is this?"
Luise Wechsler
 player, 177 posts
 Admin/Broker
 67999C
Mon 16 Nov 2020
at 17:20
Re: Destination: Foreven
Once they were under way, Luise called all the crew together. The ship was on autopilot now and should be okay for a few minutes.

"For those of you who weren't at the bar, this is Arlo Thresh," she began. "For the moment, he's a guest and a crewmen on that Imperial gunship docked at the station."

"Circumstances caused him to spot a possible Ancient site on one of the moons of the gas giant. Those same circumstances kept him from reporting the find to his superiors. So he came to us as possible partners. I agreed."

"Since we aren't on any schedule to get somewhere, and the trip has been rather... monotonous so far, I figured this was a good way to break up the routine, even if it turns out to be nothing."

"According to Arlo, this site doesn't register on sensors, and it's only visible from a certain angle. So, without him, we could search for years and never find it."

"Now, I'll be the first to admit that it doesn't seem to match any other Ancient places we've stumbled across, so this could be something else entirely, even just a trick of the lighting."

"Anyone have any thoughts or questions about it?"

Harry McStubbin
 Player, 488 posts
 Human pain in the ass
 898BA7
Mon 16 Nov 2020
at 17:43
Re: Destination: Foreven
Harry nods and looks over Arlo, taking it all in. An Ancient site, could be interesting, as long as it doesn't interfere with getting to their final destination in Foreven too long.

Hmmmm, could be worth a fortune if it pans out he thought to himself.
'Forge' Harris
 player, 56 posts
 Security
Mon 16 Nov 2020
at 19:13
Re: Destination: Foreven
"I have no problem if it brings in some credits for each of us." Forge said
Roland Steel
 NPC Crew, 211 posts
 Engineer
 69C975
Mon 16 Nov 2020
at 19:30
Re: Destination: Foreven
In reply to 'Forge' Harris (msg # 216):

"I know I like it and am completely in favor of it!"
Steve Cable
 NPC in Memoriam, 380 posts
 Salvage Hunter, ex-Scout
 UPP 7958C4
Mon 16 Nov 2020
at 20:10
Re: Destination: Foreven
"Sounded like a plan to me, too!" Steve chimed in. "Just a word of caution, though--we might get some immediate funds from it, but any great fortune could take years to realize. Usually, you have to take a percentage or just negotiate a finder's fee."

"Also, it depends on jurisdiction. We check to see who holds the legal claim to the system. In general, only a colonized world can be claimed. No one can actually claim an entire system, though governments do it all the time. It's a technicality, though. What they really claim is the colonized world or worlds. If there's belt mining going on, that's included."

"Something else to keep in mind--no plan survives contact with the enemy. If you have expectations, they'll probably get dashed. So, either don't have any or have them so low or ridiculous that it won't matter if things don't turn out that way."

Harry McStubbin
 Player, 489 posts
 Human pain in the ass
 898BA7
Mon 16 Nov 2020
at 20:17
Re: Destination: Foreven
In reply to Steve Cable (msg # 218):

Harry nods at Steve's advice, it was good! He hadn't heard what Arlo said yet, so he reserved his expectations.
StarMaster
 GM, 634 posts
 Referee
Fri 20 Nov 2020
at 02:35
Re: Destination: Foreven
The next six days pass uneventfully except that they only take 5 days. There's 2 reasons for that which Roland determines. The first is that the orbits are closer than expected due to a lack of astronomical updates. The second is that the engines perform a bit better than expected, better than they should be capable of.

Roland discovers that they are somehow connected to the shield generator.

As you near the gas giant, Arlo tells you which moon it is you need to go to.

Circling the moon, your sensors register nothing out of the ordinary. It takes three orbits before Arlo recognizes the canyon where he spotted the supposed Ancient 'ruins'. The canyon is long and narrow and about 300 feet deep. It was probably caused by gravitational stress from the gas giant.

Only when the ship hits just the right angle are the 'ruins' visible.

Clearly they aren't in ruin, but at the moment, you have no idea what else to call this place. It's built into the side of the canyon. Visual scans are able to determine that it is 140 feet high and 310 feet long.

You can see what appear to be windows in it. There is a geometric pattern 'carved' or 'cast' into the surface. It appears to be architectural rather than structural.
Harry McStubbin
 Player, 490 posts
 Human pain in the ass
 898BA7
Fri 20 Nov 2020
at 13:05
Re: Destination: Foreven
In reply to StarMaster (msg # 220):

"Hmmm, absolutely intriguing, they are definitely 'ruins' and not an anomaly. Someone or something made them. Great eyes Arlo!"
Arlo Thresh
 NPC, 5 posts
 Spacer Engineer
Sat 21 Nov 2020
at 05:45
Re: Destination: Foreven
"I can't really take credit for that," Arlo responds. "To be honest, I was half expecting it not to be here... that it was all just a figment of my imagination."

"It was all coincidence. The ship being here, the captain being an ass, me space-walking, the moon in just the right orbit, the sun at just the right angle... If it had shown up on sensors, I would have reported it."

"So, what's the plan now?"

Luise Wechsler
 player, 178 posts
 Admin/Broker
 67999C
Sat 21 Nov 2020
at 06:00
Re: Destination: Foreven
"So much for thinking this through!" Luise groused. "There's no way this ship is going to fit down there, not even sideways. And we don't have a shuttle or even an air/raft."

"I'm open to suggestions."