Destination: Foreven.   Posted by StarMaster.Group: 0
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 2020.

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."

Roland Steel
 NPC Crew, 212 posts
 Engineer
 69C975
Wed 25 Nov 2020
at 13:58
Re: Destination: Foreven
In reply to Luise Wechsler (msg # 223):

"Grav belts? Do we have them in the Ship's Locker? Should."
'Forge' Harris
 player, 57 posts
 Security
Thu 26 Nov 2020
at 00:04
Re: Destination: Foreven
"That is a awful long walk home if they fail." Forge said looking out the view port "How close can we get this ship? If we find anything, we will have to haul it back. Maybe do a sensor sweep and see if there is another entrance?" he suggested.
Harry McStubbin
 Player, 491 posts
 Human pain in the ass
 898BA7
Thu 26 Nov 2020
at 14:20
Re: Destination: Foreven
"How about exploring with a drone?" Harry suggests. Grav belts that Roland suggested for getting them down there might work too.
Luise Wechsler
 player, 179 posts
 Admin/Broker
 67999C
Thu 26 Nov 2020
at 16:31
Re: Destination: Foreven
"Good idea, Roland," Luise said, "but unless you bought some and put them in there, I don't think there's any in there."

"On the other hand... did we bother taking an inventory of the Ship's Locker when we took over? It was a restaurant... had been for years... so, I suspect we all thought it'd be full of leftover restaurant supplies."

"My fault. As captain, I should have checked on that."

"On the other other hand, that's about all I could think of, too, Forge. We should be able to land atop the canyon and then rappel down... if we have enough rope. I estimate it's about a 100-meter drop to the first window."

"Speaking of windows, did anyone spot a door?"

"I wasn't really expecting to haul anything large out of the place. And remember, Forge, this place doesn't register on sensors. We've already flown around the moon three times trying to find Arlo's canyon. Nothing showed up. We can make another orbit... this time focusing on looking visually for anything that might be considered a door."

"Do we have drones, Harry? Doesn't sound like those'll work anyway. If sensors can't detect it, then we'd lose control of the drone as soon as it entered."

Harry McStubbin
 Player, 492 posts
 Human pain in the ass
 898BA7
Thu 26 Nov 2020
at 16:35
Re: Destination: Foreven
In reply to Luise Wechsler (msg # 227):

"Hmmm, do we have rappelling equipment and rope even? I think we came ill prepared and need to get some stuff first." Harry said with a sad look on his face.
Arc Tangent
 Player, 104 posts
 Medic, Guide
 UPP 5B7752
Thu 26 Nov 2020
at 17:33
Re: Destination: Foreven
At Luise's prompt, Arc had begun running through all the areas on the ship that he'd visited, trying to recall if there was anything he'd seen that could be used.

"Cargo nets!" he blurted out. "I'm pretty sure we have enough of them to reach that far down. I don't know if we ever did an inventory on them, but we add what we needed when we loaded cargo. Even if we have to pull off what's there... temporarily."
Luise Wechsler
 player, 180 posts
 Admin/Broker
 67999C
Thu 26 Nov 2020
at 18:06
Re: Destination: Foreven
"That's what I'm talking about!" Luise responded. "I couldn't believe we had an entire starship at our fingertips and couldn't figure this out!"

"Okay, Gahler, take us around the moon again. Everyone, keep an eye on the viewports and cameras for anything out of the ordinary."

"Steve, check the sensor readouts. They may not be registering anything individually, but see if there's any correlation between them. Let's see... we've got standard radar, GPR, lidar, neutrino sensors, mass detectors, magnetic resonance sensors, full EMS sensors... something's got to show!"

"Roland, how about if you do a full inventory of the Ship's Locker and give us a recommendation of what we need?"

"Adriannah. Can you research what an air/raft will cost. Better make it an enclosed one. Seems we're going to need that more than we expected. Grav belts, too. They're expensive, if I recall correctly. Do we need one for every member of the crew?"

"Harry, Forge... want to see what you can come up with for a place to park the air/raft when we get it? Inside or outside are both options."

"Arc... since it was your brilliant idea, why don't you take an inventory of the cargo nets and straps we have. Just in case we don't find the back door."

"Arlo, would you mind helping Arc? After all, this is your little junket."

"Some of these things don't have to be done right now, but get to it when  you can."

Roland Steel
 NPC Crew, 213 posts
 Engineer
 69C975
Thu 26 Nov 2020
at 18:09
Re: Destination: Foreven
In reply to Luise Wechsler (msg # 230):

"Aye-aye Captain!" Roland says as he heads for the ship's locker to go through it to see what they have on board!
Harry McStubbin
 Player, 493 posts
 Human pain in the ass
 898BA7
Thu 26 Nov 2020
at 18:14
Re: Destination: Foreven
In reply to Roland Steel (msg # 231):

Aye-aye captain, Forge, where you want to start? Cargo hold, or external over a iris valve to be installed so we can have access without spacewalking? Slows us from Foreven, but it might make us filthy rich!"