Chapter 2: Straight on 'till Morning.   Posted by Kraven Kor.Group: archive 0
GM
 GM, 812 posts
Tue 3 Mar 2015
at 19:38
Re: Straight on 'till Morning
OK so give me some rolls for the Drones, Luke - PER, SysOp Sensors, and Stealth or Concealment (for keeping the drones from being noticed.)

Stealth / Concealment Penalty is -2 (size of the drones / noise of the engines)
SysOp penalty is equal to 1/10 of the AP of the sensor power (up to 120 AP or so, -12) but offset by the Mako's computers (+30 vs. AP Penalty, IIRC.)

No real PER penalty; just the more you make it by, the more info you'll get.

This message was last edited by the GM at 19:38, Tue 03 Mar 2015.

Luke
 Luke Roberts, 232 posts
Wed 4 Mar 2015
at 10:37
Re: Straight on 'till Morning
02:36, Today: Luke rolled 10 using 3d6 with rolls of 2,5,3. SYSops 20-.
02:35, Today: Luke rolled 8 using 3d6 with rolls of 2,2,4. PER 14-.
02:35, Today: Luke rolled 13 using 3d6 with rolls of 6,6,1. Concealment 9-.


OOC: I may have botched the concealment, but if I can, I'll be using the Images power to spoof their sensors, giving them a -9 to detect the things.
Mir
 Nathaniel Mirdolen, 186 posts
Wed 4 Mar 2015
at 11:48
Re: Straight on 'till Morning
In reply to Rondo (msg # 194):

quote:
I'm sure Mir will do all he can for your Captain until we can all get together on the asteroid."


Mir looked up, and asked, slightly distractedly, "Hmmm?"
Rondo
 Rondo Telek, 166 posts
Wed 4 Mar 2015
at 15:12
Re: Straight on 'till Morning
In reply to Mir (msg # 198):

"Mir, Luke seems to have someone in medical distress aboard his gunship.  Can you try to walk him through some first aid?"
GM
 GM, 813 posts
Wed 4 Mar 2015
at 15:15
Re: Straight on 'till Morning
Luke:
02:36, Today: Luke rolled 10 using 3d6 with rolls of 2,5,3. SYSops 20-.
02:35, Today: Luke rolled 8 using 3d6 with rolls of 2,2,4. PER 14-.
02:35, Today: Luke rolled 13 using 3d6 with rolls of 6,6,1. Concealment 9-.


OOC: I may have botched the concealment, but if I can, I'll be using the Images power to spoof their sensors, giving them a -9 to detect the things.


You don't think they have detected the drones, but you don't fly them right up to where they are.

The men are all in armored spacesuits, and five of the nine seem to be laboring over a large device of some type.  Sensor readings show that it is a compact, high-energy reactor with some type of emitter or antenna; it is not yet activated.  The other four are guarding the entrances to the large-ish cavern room that contains this device.  This chamber is directly beneath the derelict's central hull, with about 10m of rock between the ship and the chamber.

As for Captain Mercei; I should have remembered that earlier but it got lost in the mix.  Probably should have had you rendezvous to drop him off, but too late now.  Not much to be done remotely; Toshiro's crew is doing the best that they can for him, keeping an IV and such, but he has now been in a coma for a good portion of the 3-4 days since you escaped?

This message was last edited by the GM at 15:16, Wed 04 Mar 2015.

Jed
 Jedak Frame, 113 posts
 Heavy Worlder
 Maintenance G3
Thu 5 Mar 2015
at 04:36
Re: Straight on 'till Morning
Drone data:
The men are all in armored spacesuits, and five of the nine seem to be laboring over a large device of some type.

Sensor readings show that it is a compact, high-energy reactor with some type of emitter or antenna; it is not yet activated.  The other four are guarding the entrances to the large-ish cavern room that contains this device.

This chamber is directly beneath the derelict's central hull, with about 10m of rock between the ship and the chamber.

"Could be a bomb, could be some sort of scatter field to blind the Alien sensors, could be a something to jack the goram signal from the Alien ship to the platform.

About nine hours before we can do anything.

Luke, what kind of armament do you have to put on target
?"

To Jenan, "Does the ship know what they are fiddling with?"
Jenna Hedak
 Super-Sekrit NPC, 16 posts
Thu 5 Mar 2015
at 04:46
Re: Straight on 'till Morning
"A 'wrong thing.'  I'm trying to get more detail.  I know it is scared of it; it believes they wish to deactivate his systems.  Maybe an EMP device of some sort?  Yes...  it is a powerful emitter, it believes that if they activate it, it will temporarily disable all the computer systems on the ship.  It does not know how long it will take to activate it.  I wonder..."  She pauses for a moment.  "Blast!  'Independent action is not allowed.'  I asked if it could come to us, leave the asteroid...  I don't think it can do anything without a crew aboard and in control.  Not even self-preservation.  'Emergency actions are reserved to preserving biological life.'"
Luke
 Luke Roberts, 233 posts
Thu 5 Mar 2015
at 14:23
Re: Straight on 'till Morning
Luke sends a message over to the others:
--{Ask Jenna if that means that if an outside source, such as myself, sent missiles or energy beams towards the men in the caves, would the ship fly out of its niche to intercept those threats to biological life? I can always refuse to set them off, so they don't really endanger the ship}--
Mir
 Nathaniel Mirdolen, 187 posts
Thu 5 Mar 2015
at 14:36
Re: Straight on 'till Morning
In reply to Jenna Hedak (msg # 202):

Mir spoke up. "Perhaps the ship can be convinced that if it left the asteroid, lives would be saved because we would then not have to destroy the people that have already landed?  It seems simple and logical - if the ship remains there, people will die."
Jenna Hedak
 Super-Sekrit NPC, 17 posts
Thu 5 Mar 2015
at 14:48
Re: Straight on 'till Morning
"Hang on...  no, I don't think it cares whether these TSR men die.  I mean, it doesn't wish for them to die, I think it abhors killing... yet is quite capable of profound acts of violence.  Conflicting; and conflicted.  I think it was referring only to crew, or allies, or innocents.  It just keeps repeating that 'independent action is not permitted.'"

[Private to Mir:  You can always try yourself; the AI is susceptible, perchance, to persuasion or convincing arguments.  Jenna does NOT have a high PRE score ;)]
Mir
 Nathaniel Mirdolen, 188 posts
Thu 5 Mar 2015
at 15:12
Re: Straight on 'till Morning
In reply to Jenna Hedak (msg # 205):

[Private to Plot Vehicle AI: (Telepathy) "Two forces are headed for conflict, converging on your location, Jenna and I among them.  There is a significant change one or both of us will be killed in the firefight, which seems silly because the solution is clear and simple: move.  Fly away from the men on the asteroid, and they cannot set off their device, and we will not have to fight them, and risk killing them or dying ourselves, to save you from them.  Since you are allowed to perform actions to save biologicals, can you not consider Jenna and I already part of your crew and act accordingly?"

(OOC: and my streak of luck with the die roller continues.  Made the roll, but not a spectacular success.)
10:11, Today: Mir rolled 15 (with 4 body) using 3 with the Hero (Champions) system. Mir - Persuasion - 17-
]
Plot Vehicle AI
 AI, 1 post
Thu 5 Mar 2015
at 15:42
Re: Straight on 'till Morning
PM

[Private to Mir:  (TP from Alien AI) "Jenna is acceptable.  Mir is acceptable.  However; not all conditions are met.  Independent action is not permitted."

Was worth a try; I do, however, need Jed to be able to flex his muscle so all good, poor guy has been feeling a little...  unable to offer much real help or use his character's skills.

You might want to inquire as to what other conditions are required; and as Rondo pointed out, this is a computer...  remember that it will respond to most things in a literal fashion, and take your dialog literally as well.
]
Mir
 Nathaniel Mirdolen, 189 posts
Thu 5 Mar 2015
at 16:36
Re: Straight on 'till Morning
In reply to Plot Vehicle AI (msg # 207):

[Private to Plot Vehicle AI: (Telepathy)"What is the complete list of conditions under which you may take independent action?  And, which conditions, specifically, have not been met? "]
Plot Vehicle AI
 AI, 1 post
Thu 5 Mar 2015
at 17:13
Re: Straight on 'till Morning
In reply to Mir (msg # 208):

[Private to Mir:  "The complete list would take some time to communicate in this medium; your mind relies on phonetic language elements and cannot receive data directly.  The conditions which have not been met are, specifically, the genetic and neural bonding required to control this vessel's systems.  Neural bonding can be achieved remotely and is in process; genetic bonding must be done through direct physical contact.  Conditional overrides can be ordered by biological crew in suitable circumstances."

Make a deduction roll if you wish...
]

This message was last updated by the player at 17:13, Thu 05 Mar 2015.

Mir
 Nathaniel Mirdolen, 190 posts
Thu 5 Mar 2015
at 18:14
Re: Straight on 'till Morning
In reply to Plot Vehicle AI (msg # 209):

[Private to Plot Vehicle AI: OOC:
12:28, Today: Mir rolled 9 (with 3 body) using 3 with the Hero (Champions) system. Mir - Deduction: 8-

(Telepathy) "Can the genetic component be done remotely?  For example, if Jenna and I were to use this ship's scanners to conduct the tests your programming requires, we could fulfill the conditions and avoid the highly probable shoodshed?"
]
GM
 GM, 816 posts
Thu 5 Mar 2015
at 18:21
Re: Straight on 'till Morning
In reply to Mir (msg # 210):

[Private to Mir:  You remember Rondo explaining how computers don't see a "can you do this?" question as a "I want you to do this" command...

"Negative.  Direct connection is required."
]
Rondo
 Rondo Telek, 167 posts
Thu 5 Mar 2015
at 18:28
Re: Straight on 'till Morning
In reply to Jenna Hedak (msg # 205):

"Don't ask what it can do, Jenna.  Tell it what to do.  Command it to leave the asteroid and join up with us so that we can be assessed."  Looking at the others he says, "I know this is risky, but we need to get on that ship to escape the TSR."
Mir
 Nathaniel Mirdolen, 191 posts
Thu 5 Mar 2015
at 18:29
Re: Straight on 'till Morning
In reply to GM (msg # 211):

[Private to Plot Vehicle AI: (Telepathy) "I wish to set up a remote genetic scan for Jenna and myself.  How should I proceed?"

OOC: I would love to rejoin The Emperor's New Clothes, if that option is available.
]
GM
 GM, 817 posts
Thu 5 Mar 2015
at 18:32
Re: Straight on 'till Morning
In reply to Mir (msg # 213):

[Private to Mir:  "Remote scanning is not sufficient; genetic bond requires direct interface."

link to a message in another game

RTJ; will probably want a different character than before, but up to you.  Your old character will still work, but honestly, I need at least 1-2 characters who have no real magic.  But, again, try to let folks play what they wish to play if possible.  Thanks!
]
GM
 GM, 817 posts
Thu 5 Mar 2015
at 18:44
Re: Straight on 'till Morning
Jenna puts on a sterner face for a moment.

The ship...  begins to come alive.  Sensor readings light up as the derelict powers up systems.  Luke, with your perspective from the drones, the asteroid is shaking and the men in the cavern are having a rough time of things.

You flip on visual and zoom and enhance.  Millenia of dust and debris, clinging to the hull of the ship, suddenly fly off in every direction.  The hull, made of some black, crystalline material, is pitted and scored.

http://i60.tinypic.com/nwhuko.jpg

My artist, as they do, has failed to complete this or even respond with an ETA lol.  So you have to imagine the ship pictured there as though it is made of some black, crystalline material, with a slightly more alien look; but not quite HR Geiger or anything.  It gives one the impression of some flying serpent; much like romulan ships gave the impression of bird wings and feathers.

The ship shudders, and lifts, and begins to move out of the asteroid.  And then moves...  fast.  Those of you with a mind for math would guess at least 12 G's of thrust, if not more.  And that with no visible engine exhausts, no sign of thrust on infrared.

You check the computers and the ship will rendezvouz with the Wayward Son in less than an hour - Luke, you are going to have to spend days shifting your velocity again, or wait on them to turn it around to pick you up.  However, with the ship no longer acting as a shield...

This message was last updated by the GM at 18:44, Thu 05 Mar 2015.

Jenna Hedak
 Super-Sekrit NPC, 19 posts
Thu 5 Mar 2015
at 18:45
Re: Straight on 'till Morning
"It...  it worked.  I told it to come to me, that I needed it, that it had to leave that place.  I...  commanded it."

As a side note; I had not wanted my NPC to be the one doing this :D
Mir
 Nathaniel Mirdolen, 192 posts
Thu 5 Mar 2015
at 18:51
Re: Straight on 'till Morning
In reply to Jenna Hedak (msg # 216):

[Private to GM: What the heck?  It told me it could not accept commands as biological crewmen until we had been genetically scanned, and that that piece was still missing and could not be done remotely.  What did I miss?]
GM
 GM, 818 posts
Thu 5 Mar 2015
at 18:58
Re: Straight on 'till Morning
In reply to Mir (msg # 217):

[Private to Mir:  But you never commanded it to do anything - it even hinted at an override.

I really did try to steer you towards it; but you kept saying "Can I, Can you, Will you, How can I," etc.
]
Luke
 Luke Roberts, 234 posts
Thu 5 Mar 2015
at 20:23
Re: Straight on 'till Morning
Luke takes aim at those in the caverns, and launches a brace of missiles even as he and Tanaka start shifting velocity to rendezvous with Wayward Son.
GM
 GM, 819 posts
Thu 5 Mar 2015
at 20:45
Re: Straight on 'till Morning
The missiles turn the asteroid into a cloud of rocks scattering every which way; your sensors pick up small amounts of manufactured debris as well - likely just the structure that had been built aside the derelict, but possibly more than that.  Some seems to match up to the readings of the alien vessel's hull; trace amounts, though.