26 July 2013

NO Good Deed Goes Unpunished.

Personal Log: Cmdr. Kitsune Yamashita

[Feb 25, 2386 04:00] (Sec Lev 18)

Loc: Location Unknown

"Give us something to think about this week." Well, here we are and I hope we are all thinking. We are going to have to cooperate like never before to escape this one alive. We have made a very powerful enemy. He pulled of a very sophisticated and intricate operation and we are now facing a show trial, execution, and erasure from all records.

What we know:

  1. Garten has been destroyed. Anything powerful enough to take him out, can destroy us out of hand.
  2. This points to the snatch and grab operation happening back in the Orin system after the Rhynoan delegates disembarked from the Victory.
  3. There are enemy terran operatives on-board the ships, Anedra, Echolyn and perhaps the newly acquired Terran cruiser. There was a lot of spooky action.
  4. Lenny and Denabrago are alive but Denabrago has been heavily beaten.
  5. Tyreces is not in force restraints. However it is obvious he is not happy at all.
  6. Our adversary took us to easily so may underestimate our capabilities. Especially for Kitsune, Gunny, Lenny, and Denebrago. Who knows what augmentation Tyreces may be hiding.
  7. The Minister is frightened. I think she is operating under duress.
  8. We are looking at a political power play by Tyrece's rival. His plan will make Rhynoa uninhabitable. The indigenous population is expendable.
  9. All this will be hidden from the Rhynoans, Utosians, and Nye-Oren. If word of the genocide leaks their plan fails.
  10. I had a week's long block of meetings scheduled with the Nye-Oren, Utossian, and the Rhynoan Council. Hopefully it will raise questions. Paetra will wonder what is going on. Perhaps she will speak with Modayah and Nesche.
  11. With the fleet on point an armed fleet operation would not be effective.
  12. Hopefully they did not find all of our secrets.
  13. We are out numbered and I doubt we will have anyone risk their lives for us. Perhaps I'm too cynical, I'd love to be proven wrong.
  14. They have not pulled my jacks and since I have been aboard the Victory I have adapters to use Terran standard connectors. I can still interface with the systems. (hopefully).

Wildcards

  1. Phaerian invasion before we are executed.
  2. The Box shows up and the fun begins.
  3. The Nye-Oren and Utossians figure out what is happening and want a closer look.

05 June 2013

Even Space Girls Get The Blues

Personal Log: Cmdr. Kitsune Yamashita

[Feb 25, 2386 04:00] (Sec Lev 18)

Loc: UTFS Victory in orbit around Rhynoa

Estimated Safe Launch Window Time: T-22:00 hr

The final countdown has begun. We have been rotating some of the crew to have a slim percentage who have rested. All stations are reporting nominal and we are ahead of schedule. Why am I still fearful at this late stage of the game? That fear may be what stands between me my own folly. We've been faced with a Gordian knot. My solution was to draw my sword. Slowly the rest of the crew had to agree to my plan. Fate gave us what we needed to survive. Whether we use it is our choice to make.

Our original experimental Chimera drive had an application nobody involved in the project considered. Simply put. Size does not matter. It is a question of power and matching the mass of a given remote point. It is not so much moving as an exchange of matter. Call it entanglement or Einstein's bugaboo, Spooky Action The key is being just barely less massive than your new target location.The most important thing is my discovery rewrites the book on space travel as we know it.

Anton is working the new enhancements to the drive. It is a massless system which will allow direct jumps without the matter exchange. If we survive the next week we can take this idea up again. Now is a time for immediate action.

Gunny is on Rhynoa locking down a huge underground spaceport/arcology. Someone has functioning fusion reactors hot and running. The bad news is it is surrounded by 38000 lizard heavily armed Sylvean war-band. I have started working on a diplomatic mission. I have meetings with a splinter group out to depose the current Warlord and replace him with more reasonable leaders. I have ideas about how to instigate a coups. They are leaving us no choice. For the good of the planet's inhabitants there are two paths. One path leads to cooperation and a member's seat at the table in Rhyoan affairs. The other path leads to genocide. Personally I would prefer cooperation. However, I will take any action called for to unify this planet so they can become members in the UTFC.

I'm keeping an eye on my new XO. He is charming, loyal, eager and always comes down on the side of by the book. This is a double edged sword. Some day if he survives I have an important decision about his life. Do I promote him to his own command, recruit him as an asset for the Terran Intelligence Directorate, or give him the kiss of death? Only time will tell. I hate when my ruthless side makes me think in terms of kiss or kill. I bet Peter has tons of ideas about it in that dusty pile of books he loves so much. Organics are so old fashioned and repressed. Perhaps if his advice about how I need to be more submissive in negotiations, so as to not intimidate the male representatives made sense, I might take him seriously. Pete the 17th century is calling, answer your squire unit. To be honest, I like him, however his growing addiction to the Enciviar is frightening. The problem is he does not seem to see it.

I long for the day when I can rest. A time to enjoy the fruits of our sacrifice. Maybe even a time to love. There are days when even Space-girls get the blues. [Squire: request/music/Bessie Smith] There are days we all need a little sugar in our bowl. We can all dream a little dream.

Victory never sleeps, and neither does her commander. Time again to pull my big girl britches up, grab some coffee and get back to work. I wonder if Paetra is sleeping. I need some sisterly support.

Kitsune Out.

[Activate: Black-Ice(TID)]
Transmission Ends:

25 May 2013

To look into the eyes of the unknown


Ship's Log: Cmdr Kitsune Yamashita

[Feb 18, 2386 12:00] (Sec Lev 12)

Loc: UTP Victory in orbit Hectora 1 (Rhynoa)

Estimated Safe Launch Window Time: T-24:00hr

UTP Victory in orbit above Rhynoa.
UTP Victory in orbit above Rhynoa.
The hours pass and the time draws near for the moment we have worked and planned for. There is still much to do but the main systems needed for the Chimera Exchange are operating nominally. We have discovered the service dock for the Niad (Anedra Base). It has five ships connected and hopefully in working order. The Niad crew will form the core of the flight operations with the aid of Rhynoan volunteers and New Bealdrin robots. The carriers will help defend us when we come out into the disorganized but still formidable Phaerian Planetary Assault Fleet.
The diplomatic mission with the Rhynoan states has helped set up a confederation and the mechanism for a planetary standing army. They have formally petitioned for member status in the USFC. We may need all the friends we can get on the other side of known space. Let's remember this is their planet,
Several events have transpired in sick bay. Dr. Asham Rashid (CMO) and Dr. Peter von Swantz (CPO) were running tests on a crewman from the Nyad when the subject experienced convulsions and rapidly lost consciousness. All attempts to revive him had failed. The patient was placed into stasis to prevent death.
News of the incident was sent to the commander of the Niad, Needless to say he was not pleased. I was able to defuse thye situation. The last thing we can afford is angering the Rhynoans. The stakes are too high to treat it lightly.
The sick bay was brought to high alert when the readings indicated the stasis field was down and the readouts of the patient's life signs went wild. His body spasmed and he bellowed in pain. His eyes opened. No longer blue, but violet. the Iddry on the base were called. They are as shocked as anyone else. They make a request to take him back to the Iddry home lands to protect others and himself from harm. We have seen something no being has seen till now. The spontaneous change from Rhynoan to Iddry. Tyriceus rushes in with Garten and Lenny. I know that look. The look that Aston has found a clue to what he really wants. I know his secret and I have to agree with him.
Once again we had some strange events in sick bay. Captain Ardean has been healing with the aid of one of the symbiont suits. He woke and began talking, slowly, with great effort is called out. I had been conferencing with Dr. Rashid and Paetra when the incident occurred. I decided to try my wraith ware to project into sickbay. I asked Paetra what should we do? Modayah never gave me the instruction manual for this toy. Genwauw have that perpetual dolphin like grin, but her face looked different. I could swear she was giggling. Knowing they have a sense of humor is a revelation. I focus and feel Paetra focus too. Suddenly we are on Eckolyn base in the sick bay. Unlike my previous attempts everyone can see me. Whether it is because I'm gaining control or Paetra is the cause.
The air parts and five Iddry and a tall old Gendauw appear. I recognize the Gendauw. He is one of the senior researchers. The senior Iddry sits on the bed next to the Captain. She smiles and asks him about his ship. to walk the decks and show where it was damaged and how he would repair it. When he falters she asks what would this officer or another would say. While they talk a message arrives from the repair dock. Something is happening to the Thucidites. It was repairing ifs self. All as good as new. Gleaming and ready for space again.
The rebirth of the Thucidites comes with a price. Our captain was carrying a heavy weight. He held the fate of us all in his mind. He is family and we shall care for him and nurse his wounds. But his days as a ship's captain has sadly ended. So say we all.

Morning Announcements.

  • I need status on the crew rescue mission. How soon can you complete it?
  • Recommendation for promotion of current XO of the Victory to Captain chair of the Thucidites.
  • Crew reassignments to man both the Victory and the Thucidites.
  • We need a break down on military assets released by the Rhynoan Confederation. ASAP
  • Commander O'Hara I need you to lead a mission into the base on the surface. You will take your team, several assets from Arkydal Junction and Atum is sending a guide/specialist to advise and secure the base from Sylvean forces. There are approximately five functioning reactors in the complex. Depth of the installation is unknown.
  • Repair status on the Wave rider. How long till Banshee is safe to fly?
  • Status of the relief effort around the blast site. Liaise through team sent by Dr. Asham Rashid.
  • Status of mine deployment and the big surprise.
We are at t-24 hours people. Let's look sharp, stay focused and frosty. To my XO congratulations. You deserve it. The fleet's back in town. Ensign Enrico Juarez please meet me in my ready room.
Transmission Ends:

26 April 2013

Low Tech, Rhynoan Style 01

Rhynoan Low Tech Vehicles.

One of the things I like about the world of Rhynoa is the range of civilizations on the world. On one end of the spectrum we see those who work flint tools and have just rediscovered fire. On the other end we see system wide space travel capability and hidden technology that is superior to Terran development. When on the surface of the planet you never know what you may run in to.

Here is a sample of some of the rarer Vehicles currently in use:

Kezhnet K.01 Auto-Gyro Scout

Kezhnet K.01 Auto-Gyro Scout
Kezhnet K.01 Auto-Gyro Scout Tech Level 5

Short Overview:

The Kezhnet K.01 Auto-Gyro Scout is a recent design created by the Kezhnet Brothers. Their current prototype is powered by two engines. The nose mounted tractor engine is a water cooled radial engine. The rotor engine is a water cooled four cylinder in-line engine. The rotor is a four blade configuration with steel reinforcement rods to improve stability. The semi-monocoque, plywood-skinned fuselage is strong if not light. There is already discussion about a redesign using steel tubing and stretched fabric to save weight.

Grapooz APC-FE1a Armored Car

Grapooz APC-FE1a Armored Car
Grapooz APC-FE1a Armored Car Tech Level 5

Short Overview:

Crude but effective in the wilds. The FE1a is at home where the ability to survive mega-fauna attacks is more important than directly engaging more advanced opponents. The Grapooz powered by a water cooled engine similar to a diesel. The flexibility of fuel source used can also be a deciding factor.

Early Rhynoan Submarine

Early Rhynoan Submarine
Early Rhynoan Submarine

Short Overview:

This vessel was found off the eastern coast of the Great Southern Sea. The submarine was steam powered. Tests run on the ship confirm that it had been repaired and recently in service.

23 April 2013

Meanwhile, Concerning Tyriceus...

Tyriceus Proclaims a New Experiment: 
Tyriceus has been concentrating his attentions on the Medavaryl Sphere. He's been pouring over everything he can dig up in the Echolynn’s Central Control Hub mainframe to learn as much about it as he can. Straightforward, Tyriceus believes he can attempt to build the next Chimera revision to carry off an end-point matterless exchange, whereby the exchange path will occur (currently the matter mapping pathway created by the EHTOU telescopic structuring system).

In theory is goes like this: the array of both physical parties to be exchanged is measured and determined to be within the 5% excess/stability rule.  When the process is initiated, their is already a "sub-structural" balance in place, which simultaneously draws the subjects' atoms to the vector line path of exchange. But if the Medavaryl Sphere can pump a simulated, equal gravitational charge to the equation, it will "fire" the process, and begin to move the approach subject toward the destination subject, and nearly simultaneously begin to move the destination subject toward the approach subject, thus causing the Chimera Effect of mass positional change. But, if during this falsely stimulated exchange the matter is cancelled, then the matter would theoretically 'pause' the process, and leave the approach subject at a point nearer to the approach subject, but not all the way there.

Tyriceus thinks that the Sphere could possible 'fool' the Chimera drive to begin the exchange, and then as long as the process is paused and allowed to 'step down' out of sub-space, the Chimera exchange would have the same effect as a space drive for traveling Parsec-like distances quickly. But, the exchange would have to be paused down before the mass actually arrives at the original coordinates (if it arrives, it will come out of sub-space too quickly, become unstable, and cause an explosion on par with an anti-matter to matter collision). He thinks that by using the Medavaryl Sphere to initiate sequence by applying a sensory ‘grav’ feed (false), and as long as the exchange is cancelled within a timed no-fail cross-over point (say, about 30-45 seconds or so in a step-down process), then the matter will not be released as energy, but retain its physical composure.  In short: the system would only be limited by the EHTOU plotting for navigations.

What's Been Transpiring in the Main Control Center?


Throughout the last week or so, JOMM and Tyriceus have gravitated back to put time at Echolynn's main control center hub.  JOMM has been running simulations based on the upcoming events that seem to be inevitable, to try and anticipate preparations. He has come up with a checklist of things that may be helpful to address:


1) Within the next two hours, it is strongly recommended to generate a Rhynoan draft or volunteer program of able-bodied surface dwellers for immediate induction to assist with manning the two orbital base stations' multiple functions (mining, applying agriculture measures to the wild-growing echosystem, manufacturing, flight and turret gunning training, etc.) for a crash course in apprenticeship. Include any and all with any space or aircraft experience.  Publish the call out to all Rhynoan Counsel members and have a quick medical/physical check, psychic profile and attribute program created and launched at these points. Cut it to transporting at least 200 able subjects (more if qualified) to be space-lifted and reported for duty within the cut-off time of 19 hours from this dictum.

2) Pilot inventory – how many do you have, what can they fly, and do they have back up? Prefer to have living pilots, or highly advanced AI units (very rare).

3) Inventory of global defense system: ground and air and orbital: How many ships?  Ground forces? Troops? Under whose command?

4) Massive scavenge campaign:  Urge all Rynoan counsel regions to create teams to scout out any local caches for war tech equipment. Most desired are orbital environmental suits, space breather units, vacuum-friendly firearms and ordinances, PGS (personal gravity stabilizers), emergency kits, pods, beacons, flares, radio communicators, pre-manufactured parts (JOMM can provide a catalog list of ancient ID codes for parts and maintenance kits)…imperative that teams are mustered and given enough time to perform a scav operation…all useable equipment must be available within 12-18 hours.

5) Retrieval of the ground-to-space large transporter (which was buried under a collapsed roof): A crew was sent a crew down about 3-4 days earlier. UPDATE: They’ve cleared the way and have also been working on the ship itself.  It will be very risky to attempt to take it into orbit, as it’s old and was exposed to years of atmospheric wear (albeit, in the shelter of its bunker).  However, the ground crew thinks it’s worth the risk to try and get it in orbit—if they do, and if they can get it to the ship yard they are confident that it can be fixed up good as new. They will use booster packs to help it leave atmosphere; if it flounders they will have to let it crash and abandon ship. Does the Party want to risk this now?

...more on this at game time.
EHTOU

18 April 2013

Rhynoan Battle Mechs 01

Rhynoan Armored Fighting Mechs.

I thought I'd share a few of the newly revised mech designs.

Night Wind T-6 Fire Support Mech

Night Shadow T-6 Fire Support Mech
Night Wind T-6 Fire Support Mech

Short Overview:

The Night Shadow T-6 Fire Assault Mech was built for long to medium range attacks It carried great firepower, speed, at the cost of armor. One of the most distinctive characteristics is the use of (AHC) Adaptive Heuristic Camouflage. The surface is bonded with a substrate which both reads the landscape, displays a shifting pattern based on the current surroundings. The surface is linked to imaging software which both stores patterns and learns what pattern matches the situation best. This cuts the processing tree allowing faster response time. Armament consisted of four plasma cannons, one large pulse laser array and a mass-driver.

Whirlwind T 4 Fire Support Mech

Whirlwind T 4 Fire Support Mech
Whirlwind T 4 Fire Support Mech

Short Overview:

The Whirlwind T 4 Fire Support Mech was built for long to medium range attacks It carried great firepower, speed, at the cost of armor. One of the most distinctive characteristics is the use of (AHC) Adaptive Heuristic Camouflage. The surface is bonded with a substrate which both reads the landscape, displays a shifting pattern based on the current surroundings. The surface is linked to imaging software which both stores patterns and learns what pattern matches the situation best. This cuts the processing tree allowing faster response time. Armament consisted of two Long Range Missile Launchers, four plasma cannons, one large pulse laser array and a medium range laser.

Morning Star T-6 Heavy Attack Mech

Morning Star T-6 Heavy Attack Mech

Short Overview:

The Morning Star T-6 Heavy Attack Mech was built for long to medium range attacks It carried great firepower, speed, at the cost of armor. One of the most distinctive characteristics is the use of (AHC) Adaptive Heuristic Camouflage. The surface is bonded with a substrate which both reads the landscape, displays a shifting pattern based on the current surroundings. The surface is linked to imaging software which both stores patterns and learns what pattern matches the situation best. This cuts the processing tree allowing faster response time. Armament consisted of two Long Range Missile Launchers, and three large pulse laser arrays.

Building the design around a larger fusion drive allowed the design team to create a winner.

The design was a good balance of firepower, speed, and armor, the larger platform allowed for a pilot and gunner on board and made for a more comfortable ride The crews loved the design because the addition of reactive armor increased chances for survival.

11 April 2013

Another Day at the Office.

Ship Log: Cmdr. Kitsune Yamashita

[Feb 14, 1386 time] (Sec Lev 12)

Loc: UTFS Victory in orbit around Rhynoa

Estimated Safe Launch Window Time: T-286 hr

Emergency Counsel Notes

Attending:

  1. Sir Venn Eskieye - Scior
  2. Vardragis Speos - Ulumad
  3. Ghodru Mateus - Balieum
  4. Julenis Ontarro - Lodesai
  5. Annice Airemae - Ceavelle
  6. Rep. Demerrin Corblum - ARCADYL Junction
  7. Geddora Paloshe - Parleme
  8. Paetra - Neew Bealdra
  9. Represenative Atum - Jenko
  10. Represenative from Iddry.
  11. Captain of the Niad

Meeting notes

  1. Creation of a unified system of government. Files/drafts sent to offices of all the above.
  2. Pettition for membership in the USFC.
  3. Emergancy meeting for coordinating relief efforts from the attack.
  4. The Sylvan Raids and growing resistence.
  5. Dropping comm dowels to inform less technological nations of the danger to the planet.

Communications:

Send official greetings to Accashi Frolenda and our regrets in his absence due to a sudden illness and physician’s orders. Offer any medical care assistance he might need. I welcome the House Regis, Sir Venn Eskieye and thank him capable consul in this time of change.

Send Rep. Jonath Cusalt of ARCADYL Junction my best wishes and thank him for a competent replacement in the upcoming deliberations. Please let Rep. Demerrin Corblum he is welcome on board the Victory. I will bring up the Sylvan raids and work on finding a measured response to this threat.

CC to O'Brien, command level officers on Echolynn base.

Contact Paetra, the Iddry and Ardrea about attendance.

Transmission Ends:

31 March 2013

Rhynoan Battle Tanks

More Rhynoan Armored Fighting Vehicles.

Things are heating up at the forge works. The range of Technology levels is on its way. I have a bunch of primitive vehicles to add once main operational units are covered.

Arvis MBT-1b Main Battle Tank

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Arvis-MBT-1b Main Battle Tank

Short Overview:

The Arvis MBT-1b Main Battle Tank design was a good balance of firepower, speed, and armor. One of the most distinctive characteristics is the use of (AHC) Adaptive Heuristic Camouflage. The surface is bonded with a substrate which both reads the landscape, displays a shifting pattern based on the current surroundings. The surface is linked to imaging software which both stores patterns and learns what pattern matches the situation best. This cuts the processing tree allowing faster response time.

Arvis XHT-1a Extra Heavy Tank

Arvis XHT-1a Extra Heavy Tank
Arvis XHT-1a Extra Heavy Tank

Short Overview:

Although the main battle tank design was a good balance of firepower, speed, and armor, there was a limit to improvement. A larger platform than the Main Battle Tank. The addition of reactive armor increased survivability.

Building the design around a larger fusion drive allowed the design team to create a winner. The single main gun was replaced with a dual gun modular installation. Communications and electronic warfare is handled by a networked system. Adding more room for the crew and two man heavy power armor team made for a more comfortable ride.

21 March 2013

The First Station of the Nightmare.

Video clip: Snowflake 0101

Terran Intelligence Directorate

Security Level: 18

Attention - Warning:
Unauthorized access or distribution of Material
is punishable by permanent personality death.

 
Playback Enabled.

A cool blue glow fills the darkened humming room. Something chirps in time with the oscillation of colored lines dancing in the air. She is 15, dressed in paper gown. A grid of light traces lines over her body.

She shivers in a constant stream of cool air whispering over her skin. "Relax please, do not move, it 's not dangerous but you might break the monitoring link." The technician adjusts her head in the restrainer field. When satisfied the fine adjustments are optimal, she smiles. pressing her thumb on a biometric key mounted on the scanning bed. "Now count backward beginning with 10."

"Eight...Seven..."

White, freezing cold, trapped unable to move. My right hand is going numb I try to wiggle my fingers only to find they will not open. It dawned on me. My hand was wrapped tight in a larger one. "Father, speak to me, please...". No voice answered. She was alone and going to die on her 12th birthday.

Her conscious faded and she dreams of a party in Paris with her family. She woke to furious digging sounds and the arctic blast roaring through a bright blue hole above her. Yellow figures dug and pulled her out of her prison. They lifted her into a medical pod. As the lid closed she heard the words: Poor kid, there were no more survivors.

In the world outside her dream state an man in a suit peers down at her. His gaze sweeps over the ever changing patterns in the air. He points at a spot on a display and nods his head. "There, just at that memory point. I would like you to set a trigger for this." He hands a technician a memory rod which is slotted into the reader on the bed. "Excellent! Please let me know when she is sent to the recovery suite. I would like to speak with her when she regains consciousness." He looks around the room his eyes making contact with all around him. "Let me remind you everything that happened in this room today is classified top secret. Thank you for your cooperation. When you have finished please report for memory suppression. That is all, good day." He slips into the shadows and exits silently.

Transmission Ends:

16 March 2013

Picking Up the Pieces

Mission Log: Cmdr. Kitsune Yamashita

[Feb 14, 2386 02:20] (Sec Lev 12)

Loc: Victory orbiting Rhynoa

Estimated Safe Launch Window Time: T-266 hr

Alert Status: Red Alert

Ship Status: Nominal

UTFS Victory in orbit above Rhynoa.
UTFS Victory in orbit above Rhynoa.

The Phaerian Sucker Punch

It would seem that we forced the Phaerian's hand and They responded by attempting to destroy what they wanted to gain by a silent takeover. Their plan was audacious and should have worked as they had planned. We did not win this exchange by strategic superiority. It was a matter of luck. Perhaps I am too harsh in my assessment. Without our planning and quick thinking of our people we would all be screwed. Rhynoa would be destroyed and we would have been forced to flee ill prepared for the near future. Kudos to Major Magoo, Dr von Shwantz, Cmdr O'Brien, the crew of the Victory and our Iddry and Gendauw allies.

O'Brien has back tracked and established the launch points for the attack. His immediate reaction was for a strike to neutralize any threat. Initially I was of the same opinion. However on second thought I believe a more measured response is needed. We know Phaerians can use mind control to force people to do their will. Most likely the perpetrators had no knowledge of their actions. We can't lay waste to highly populated areas to kill enemies who in all probability are no longer on the planet. We do need to investigate the explosion on the surface ASAP. It appears to be a trap to lure us into the blast zone. The only reason our expeditionary force survived was due to the presence of an Iddry elder who mitigated the damage.

Orders are as follows:

  • Security Section: I am placing you under command of Cmdr O'Brien. Please give him your full support. We need to be on guard.
  • Diplomatic Team, proof and recheck both the Articles of Confederation, the Petition for USFC Membership, Conference notes and presentations based on attack. work with Communication team to get the conference scheduled for Feb 14, 2386 12:00. Please contact the commander of the Niad to bring an assistant and attend the conference. He will need a per-confrence briefing to bring him up to speed on the current situation.
  • All departments full status reports ASAP
  • Maintenance: Status on repairs of wave rider and progress on key projects
  • Communication team: I need all updates from Echolynn base.
  • We need to test the RABOD field system ASAP.
  • Team Atum: please do a final sweep and prepare for my arrival in an hour.
  • XO to the bridge, You have the con, notify me ASAP if needed.

To the crew of the Victory. No captain of a vessel could be prouder of a crew's service in times of crisis than I am of you. Never have we faced a situation so dire and important. You are my family and I shall never forget it. I will be forced to lead us all into danger, but I will never make you sacrifice in vain. This I swear on my life and honor. We stand on the brink of a new era and we shall not fail. To do otherwise is not an option.

Transmission Ends:

14 March 2013

Deja Vu All Over Again

Personal Log:

[Feb 13, 2386 13:25] (Sec Lev 12)

Loc: Victory_ Hectora 1 (Rhynoa)

Estimated Safe Launch Window Time: T-282 hr

This is beginning to get tiresome in more ways than one. I have not slept in over 24 hours and the temptation to use a combat stim pack grows by the hour. All I want is to finish with current to do list, eat, shower and sleep. The only thing keeping me stim free is I know using combat drugs to cure sleep deprivation is a good way to rack up a serious body count.

Negotiations with Atum are reaching a delicate phase and every time I leave the turbo-lift on my way to nailing down an agreement a new crisis rears its head and I am called away to fight the crisis of the hour. I was 20 meters from the meeting room and I was prepared to get concessions in exchange for a sweet deal for my guest. There is no secret he is nervous being on-board the Victory and not governing his people. What he does not know is I know what he is after but is unwilling to say.

During our last communication I had to laugh. We are engaged in a contest of will and cunning. Both of us are adept at the art of shadow ops and love the game we are playing. Atum may not know it yet but I hold the key to his continued survival. In our last encounter "Golqua" actually sounded overtly flirtatious. When a scoundrel calls you by a pet name it is a good idea to unsheath your claws and watch your back. While I am flattered on a superficial level I could sense he was paying attention to something else in his cabin. I can only assume he has repaired his holographic "assistant"

Unfortunately once again I received a message calling me back to Echolynn base ASAP. I seriously doubt it will be good news. Gunny pings me and we meet at teleport chamber Alpha for the trip. We are grimly contemplating the reason for the recall. If the head of security and top ranking Earth Intel officer are clueless it is not a good sign. One thing which raises eyebrows is the message routing code. It is not from the Major as we would expect, it was clearly from Dr. Asham Rashid. Why our MD is issuing command orders makes no sense unless the Major has become even more reclusive and withdrawn than the last time I saw him.

I would have liked the luxury of flying Banshee 2 to the base, but I know it is faster and given my situation safer to teleport there. I am not old fashioned and fear the transfer. My main concern is arriving and being forced to wait 12 precious hours till the Victory is once again within the arc of our transmission window. I want to wrap things up and get back on-board Victory. There is ray of sunshine. I need to talk with Anton, Lenny, and Ardree should be arriving on the Gendauw courier ship with the plans for advanced escape pods. When the base was abandoned during the mutiny, all the pods were launched. Paetra's gift of Gendauw technology is much appreciated. When scanning logs from the base I noticed newly found artifacts on a manifest. It seems Peter is enabling Che to hoarde items and not share the information without a fight.

Energize! I can feel the effects of the transfer as I become a sparkling ghost on the transporter pad. I'm going, going, gone.

Transmission Ends:

13 March 2013

Bush War!

Com Log: Cmdr. Yamashita (Victory)

[Feb 13, 2386 14:00] (Sec Lev 4

Loc: Echolynn base Hectora 1 (Rhynoa)

Estimated Safe Launch Window Time: T-282 hr

To all Rhynoan governments tech level 6+

"It has come to my attention a bush war has broken out between two non-responsive governments who have refused to take part in our agreement to cooperate in a time of danger. What in the hell are these idiots thinking? Only fools fights in a burning house! This petty bush war must be stopped. As per the powers stated in the provisional articles of confederation we have been establishing the power of a unified Rhynoa to end this conflict before either side resorts to use of fissionable weapons must be brought to a close the sooner the better. I make this request for the well being of all of Rhynoa.

I am enclosing a frequency which will render combatants unable to continue armed combat. I wholeheartedly encourage the use of the information to put a end to this hostility immediately."

attached specs-brown noise.

Transmission Ends:

06 March 2013

Message log 02/13/2386 14:35

Mission Log: Kitsune Yamashita

[Feb 13, 2386 14:35] (Sec Lev 12)

Loc: Victory orbiting Hectora 1 (Rhynoa)

Estimated Safe Launch Window Time: T-285 hr

Begin data transmission

Distribution list as follows:
  1. Accashi Frolenda - Scior
  2. Vardragis Speos - Ulumad
  3. Ghodru Mateus - Balieum
  4. Julenis Ontarro - Lodesai
  5. Annice Airemae - Ceavelle
  6. Rep Jonath Cusalt - ARCADYL Junction
  7. Geddora Paloshe - Parleme

Message reads: Please contact me for a meeting at your convenience. signed Cmd. Kitsune Yamashita.

Begin data transmission

Distribution list as follows:
  1. Science Unit-Attn: Aston Tyriceus
  2. Security - Markus O'Brian
  3. Military Database
  4. Command level NTK
Data Object: Desc: tactical recording and deep scan of Raider Vessels and scans of the explosions. F/N: phe-00025
GET: Updates on communications/analysis

Victory security final preparation check All secure?

If all is in order It is time to meet with Atum.

Transmission Ends:

The Prodigal's Homecoming

Mission Log: Kitsune Yamashita

[Feb 13, 2386 - 14:25] (Sec Lev 12)

Loc: Victory outbound from Hectora 1 (Rhynoa)

Estimated Safe Launch Window Time: T-285 hr

UTFS Victory in orbit above Rhynoa.
UTFS Victory in scale with the Nyad.

Rescue Mission

Today is the day. A day of celebration for all of Rhynoa and our effort to keep this planet free. Two hundred years ago I tossed out a message in a bottle and it has come back in the form of a legend. Long ago the Nyad launched in an ill-fated mission to the doomed planet Trispephane. During a time space journey back to That last day for Trispephane, we spotted the Nyad in shut down mode slowly moving toward destruction.

On the return trip we were able to establish contact with the automated flight systems and turn the Nyad around Their new heading was to bring them into near orbit with the gas giant after a two hundred year journey. Orders were changed to wake the crew during the last years of the trip. I had programed two robots of the same type on-board with all the information needed when they return home. Louie and Dewie performed flawlessly. During the last few days of their flight our long range scans showed it was under attack. Databases confirmed the raiders were operated by one of the slave states under control of the Phaerian Empire. As the Nyad races toward the Hectora system it steadily drops homing mines. These seem to have no effect on the shields of their pursuers.

I was on my way to my meeting with Atum when the Caxton sounded and I was called to the bridge. Reports were coming in on the situation and the course of action was clear. I called for status reports and ordered immediate launch and warp jump into the running fight. Navi reports a 2 minute ETA, Weapons control nominal, shields max, running like a bat out of hell.

I hail the Nyad and offer assistance. I can tell the captain recognizes me from the data archive. He smiles and we exchange names. He welcomes us and I give him our ETA. A squadron of Gendauw robotic ships are trailing behind. They will not be able to close to battle but will offer support as we near Rhynoa.

I have to admit he has guts if not tactical sense. During the running fight he turns and scores a broadside which cripples one of the pursuing raiders. Unfortunately the second raider hits the Nyad with a plasma vortex weapon which strips off his side shield and penetrates the hull. Damage reports flow in, bulkheads closed, damage sustainable

The seconds crawl by and I order rolling fire as soon as a weapon system comes in range. Slowly my shots take down their shields and I refuse to let him go. The raider disengages and attempts to flee. The hull begins to glow and the ship is motionless. scans show it is pushing hard to escape the pounding from the Victory, but it is unable to get away..

A new voice is coming through the com unit. It is Dr. von Schwanz aboard the Enciviar. He is attempting to get the crippled ships to surrender. In reply the face of unknown alien species appears and snarls at us. It raises it's fist and the screen goes blank. Twin explosions mark the last location of the crippled raiders. As with their masters no secrets will be discovered.

Messages have been sent to the people of Rhynoa about the return of the Nyad. As planed every transmitter capable of reaching them sends greetings and a welcome home to long lost heroes. I get a message of thanks from the captain. He is still processing the whole situation. I tell him it looks like he could use a drink and come on board when he can, we have a lot to talk about He is home again and his ship carry's the bounty of life nearly destroyed in the great war so long ago. Yes the Age of Miracles has not passed.

The Nyad's course is laid in for Echolynn base. Repairs have top priority. All scans of the Phaerian raiders is being sent to central archives. Victory is taking up orbit of Rhynoa and continuing rescue missions and coordinating communications with the surface. I am issuing commendations to the crew of the Victory in battle. We have drawn first blood in our fight for survival..

Hopefully I will make it through my meeting with Atum and then shower, eat and sleep. The Victory is running smoothly and the crew is frosty. X-O you have the con, Yamashita signing off.

Transmission Ends:

02 March 2013

New Graphics

First Look at New Armor Designs.

We have found large caches of armored vehicles on Rhynoa. If we expect a surface war it will be vital for us to break them out of storage. I've been working on a few examples for the game. I'll be posting them in the tech readout soon.

Rhynoan Light Armored Personnel Carrier

Rhynoan Light Armored Personnel Carrier

The light APC can carry a crew of two and up to eight troops in power armor. It is also used as a light reconnaissance vehicle. It is also employed in urban pacification and occupation missions.

Rhynoan Armored Personnel Carrier

Rhynoan Armored Personnel Carrier

The standard APC has more offensive weaponry and can carry a crew of two and up to ten troops in power armor. It is also used as a long range reconnaissance vehicle.

Rhynoan Armored Fighting Vehicle

Rhynoan Armored Fighting Vehicle

This Armored fighting Vehicle carries a crew of three. The need for extra power for the plasma cannon required installation of a small fusion reactor. It is primarily used as a light fire support vehicle vehicle.

25 February 2013

To Sleep Perchance to Dream.

Personal Log: Kitsune Yamashita

[Feb 13, 2386 12:47] (Sec Lev 12)

Loc: Victory In orbit Hectora 1 (Rhynoa)

Estimated Safe Launch Window Time: T-298 hr

There is no rest for heroes. I look around me and see those I have lived and survived with through this non-stop torrent of events we have been forced to merey react to. For better or worse we are family. If there is a solution to the puzzle we are trapped in, I trust someone will connect the dots.

One thing bound us together on this mission. If we fall nobody will even remember us. We are all flawed; but we were hand picked for what seemed to be a one way mission. Nobody will remember or mourn us if we fall in defeat.That we have got as far as we have speaks to the strength of humanity within us all in the face of extinction. I reject the idea that the invasion has nullified any loyalty of The Terran Alliance. While we all live and breathe we are Terrans and We will not go quietly into the night! To say otherwise smacks of treason.and defeatism.

We have traveled to the ass end of nowhere on a one way fool's error. In spite of this we have found a way to become a force for unification of species into something more that our separate parts. We have ripped the mask off of Phaerian professed friendship to reveal the treachery that lies at their heart.

I've sent formal requests for updating feeds and answering questions from local governments to aid in handling military and first responders . It should also help in the search for missing crew-mates who can be either evacuated or redeployed.. Sent interchange with J454. Compete sanitation of any areas entered by diplomatic delegations. Sent for data on using replicated chemicals for that aug it's lovely.

Contact Paetra via bond on object of interest. Inform her she is needed to contact the base for analysis of artifacts and safe handling procedures. Distribution: all files to science team, command crew/Dept Heads: (need to know only) NB distribution Clearance evaluation pending..

I will be glad when I have a leash on Atoom so I can just say "Nice doggy". I keep trying to explain the facts of life. It is better to play the rooster than become a capon. I think it is time to whisper an alphanumeric series we found on both the Enciviar and Atoom's PALM-20 (Yes Peter you get a ring side seat. I would love to see the deep look at that moment of revelation.

I long for that time when I can be conscious but lucidly dreaming. Whether it is latent ESP or a side effect of my wet-ware does not matter. in some cases thoughts are more powerful than the flesh.

Diamonds are forever, but topaz will do.

Time to shake the trees and see what pops up. Send all: (sec-lev 18) file to who it may concern. (log all responses.)

Transmission Ends:

23 February 2013

Medical Log Feb 13, 2386

Mission Log: Medical Department, Dr. Asham Rashid, CDR, UFSC, (temp. commission)

[Feb 13, 2386 15:31] (Sec Lev 9), Loc: Echolynn Base, New Baeldra (Rhynoa), Estimated Safe Launch Window Time: T-311 hr

Medical Personnel - Asham Rashid, M.D., Chief Surgeon,

·        Peter Von Schwanz, Psy. D., CDR, UFSC

·        Gendry Hollis, M.D., M.D.E (Medical Engineer)

·        Karen Robson, M.D.

·        Michael 'Mick' Lochrist, M.D.

It has been some time since I've taken a break to catch up on notes. Much has been going on, barely leaving time for mandatory rest periods, let alone performing proper documentation. In fact, things have been so chaotic that I've had to place numerous crewmen (particularly in Security) in "not-fit-for-duty" status to ensure that they had at least a bare minimum of sleep.

Upon our arrival at Echolynn Base, we were nearly immediately in contact with hostile sentients. Between cloaked assassins and mental and physical attacks by beings later determined to be Phaeran in nature, much good data has no doubt been lost.

Still, I will here attempt to capture such information as I can best recall, for the official record.

During the attacks, and lacking any clear knowledge, the xeno-literature being particularly thin on this topic, I concocted a broad-spectrum soporific, loaded charged hypodermics with it, and found it to be quite efficacious in quickly bringing a cloaked assassin who had invaded sick bay, rapidly into a state of unconsciousness. I have labeled this blend as NK-22. During the encounter with hostile Phaeran in the landing docks, I replicated two compressed liquid cylinders filled with NK-22, connected them to the ship's ventilation system, and found the mixture to also be effective against any of these attackers who had not yet raised a personal shield. The mixture is odorless, tasteless, and largely invisible save as a white fog immediately upon its release from the canister. The fog quickly dissipates as it expands. Time of effect varies slightly between sentient species, but was observed to be typically in the 1-3 minute range, with effects lasting up to 10 hours, per dose. Since then, additional canisters and hypodermics have been prepared and distributed to the Security Department, and others as requested, while maintaining sufficient stock close to hand in sick bay.

In the aftermath of the attacks, most available beds were filled. We have treated 32 crewmen and women, and have 3, including the Captain of UFSC Thucydides, in cryo. Some of the crewmen have been released (must remember to query Dr. Lochrist as to how many).

One item of particular note, resulting from the use of NK-22 during the attack was that we were able to recover two of the Phaeran attackers and immediately place them into cryo. Having researched the available literature, it appears that this may not ever have occurred previously. This gave us the very unusual, to say the least, opportunity to analyze blood samples from the subjects. They were all found to contain seven different sub-types of nano-biological autonomous robotic entities, which will be hereafter referred to as "nano-bots" or "nanites". For lack of better terminology, we have termed them Types A-G, and have been doing our best to determine their properties. Those appear to be as follows;

A. Reacts to the Phaeran equivalent of adrenaline, and emits a standing Alpha wave. Does not appear to be affected by exposure to EMP.

B. Jomm had some information on this one, believing it to be associated with a kind of phase shift. It is affected by exposure to EMP.

C. Exposure to N-Tridial causes this one to emit both heat and light. S-Tridial similar but to less effect. It does not appear to be affected by exposure to EMP.

D. Function unknown, but upon testing my own blood to see whether I might have become accidentally contaminated, found that this one was present. Upon testing other crew, found there to be a widespread contamination with Type D. Using phages extracted from the blood of LCDR Virgil, synthesized a counter-agent capable of neutralizing Type D, and inoculated all Terrans and Rhynoans. Those recovered from Rhynoa also appear to be coming onboard already infected. Subsequent testing has proved negative, but all such persons have been placed on weekly monitoring. This type appears to be affected by EMP. One possible function of this Type might be to make the carrier both contagious and more susceptible to attack or control by a Phaeran with one or more of the other Types. Testing continues.

E. In matrix, acts as a kind of biological Beta-storage. Is affected by EMP.

F. Noted that deceased Phaeran very quickly begin to decompose, resulting in a gas and little more. Type F remains and may be the active agent promoting such rapid decomposition. This Type appears unaffected by EMP.

G. No data with the exception of the fact that it appears to be unaffected by EMP.

Have been provided information that the Jango Brothers have some information on nanites in general. Future plans include discussions with them. Also of importance is that some individuals seem to have natural immunity, including LCDR Steve Virgil, Science Officer of UFSC Thucydides. (note to self, submit commendation recommendation for LCDR Virgil whose efforts in support of the medical mission while we had mass casualties and little staff beyond myself and two Medical Assistants, were essential to the mission's survival. He also conducted much of the experimentation on the nanites.)

Attended during the recent Black-Enciviar run after first briefing Dr. Robson of my intent upon return to attempt removal from cryogenic suspension, and emergency surgical repair upon the Captain, including sub-neural patching. Karen performed wonderfully in terms of having the surgery and the Captain well prepared upon my return. Dr. Von Schwanz was able to perform some rudimentary communications with the Captain prior to his full resuscitation. Little was learned, but we seem to have his approval for this attempt. Peter has agreed to observe during surgery. I will operate with Karen's close assistance and advice. Scans indicate that we will be required to perform moderate to significant dendrite-patch and reconstruction to fill in gaps in the neural network. Peter has had some experience dealing with patients who have been through this, and his input should be invaluable, particularly in regards to post-op rehabilitation. Peter will also remain in the communication net during the surgery. Karen and I will not, to eliminate potential distractions. We have requested the presence of four armed guards dressed in power suits to protect the surgery during this effort, and Security has responded favorably.

Finally, Kit has been requesting I produce a compound capable of extending organism health through extended periods without rest. While I can certainly provide a nutrient supplement, I have misgivings about incorporating the capability of greatly extending performance and no-sleep, beyond what is done with common battle drugs. As is well known, the "crash" following the normal 120 hour maximum usage of such drugs typically requires nearly forty-eight straight hours of sleep. Kip seems to be interested in being able to use this compound indefinitely. Going beyond the usual 5 day maximum would make death a real, and likely outcome. An extended period of delusion would be a near certainty. We shall have to discuss this further as events allow.

17 February 2013

Thoughts on ETOU's Last Post.

Sit-rep: If Black-Enciviar returns on time:
Wave impact on outer system parameter
Countdown Est.: 298 Hr.
  • EHTOU

    Telescope schedule progress seems to be slightly ahead of schedule

    There's one little bit of sunshine!
  • Enciviar image/state projection usage

    Setting up CHIMERA transponders on RABOD station terminals (× 5) to define the parameter signal for a possible 'world system' jump Progress: as of last check (shortly before leaving on Tristippean mission), all in place except for one unit. Team requested to set unit up at station location rather than enter into the base and join in with the base's system, like the previous transponders were assembled. The station in question was adjacent to one of the non-working (or non-existing) stations, and is critically-located to complete the system.

    The advantage to splicing in with the RABOD is thus: The RABODs are all directly linked to the Echolynn controller; the RABOD system would tend to boost, strengthen the signal and relay, and actually being inside with the base system would provide both security and proofing against accidents, as opposed to setting the transponder up to the base 'antenna' system.

    We need to get the system online as rapidly as we can. We need as many long range eyes as we can get at the moment.We also need the time to integrate all our systems together for the jump.
  • Setting the main CHIMERA transducer unit at polar opposite from the main power output (Medaveral Sphere @ Echolynn Base) for powering a massive CHIMERA Unit placed by Victory sub-team; may need to plant at least a two-man crew to make any last-minute adjustments should the power run prove to be slightly off at time of launch.This would be a dangerous volunteer mission.

    Alternate: A psycho-kinetic attempt to shape the power parameter via mass-visualization A veerrrrrry long shot, which would entail the Iddry to link with each other, and afford the Gendoaw to provide the 'path' of the Medaveral power to be directed, as the coordinates are controlled by the Terrans (via the EHTOU-to-Chimera drive connection).

    There has been a team tasked with the installation. I woud prefer using robotics to handle this sort of mission, however I recommend asking for volunteers to handle the last minute adjustments.
  • Jump Logistics Calculated

    Has the group determined which, of the 2-4 possible target planets, they will try to jump/exchange with, should the situation go that far?

    Note: refer to the planet stat matrix sheet for specification match up to strengthen the jump formula odds.

    I've already posted the reasons I think Deshem is the best choice.I go with my previous proposal barring new evidence via ETOU or Enciviar observations.
  • Rynoan Surface Loose ends, etc. Low priority?

    Retrieve the land equipment (walkers, tank, vehicles, etc.) stored at Metchmer Depot.

    Retrieve the large ground-to-space carrier ship found by Thucydides crew in an abandoned, but sheltered compound on the surface.

    Retrieval has some merit, however we may be seeing surface action against Phaerian forces. Redeployment of them may be a point against removing surface weapons at this time.

    We may be looking at a new power force being created, We did not get a chance to see what sort of weapons they had on board the Nyad.

    The heavy carrier is a priority project. I have a crew there who have installed force field generators to protect the craft while we clear away the collapsing structure around it. If we repair the Thucydides we will most likely need to go through the Gendauw at New Bealdra to produce sections and systems in their robotic factories, Add any production we can do on Echolynn nd we can get closer to the window.

  • Suggestion: made at Summit: Does Echolynn wish to have a delegate (in other words) representative directly at the base? This may be useful for dealing with a future situation, should the jump occur

    This suggestion just posted as a bonus for those of you who are now reading it Regard or disregard the suggestion.

    I think they should be able to have a voice in the current situation. We can gain allies and increase production.
  • A Tyriceus suggestion Solicit the “Gendoaw” for any 'tips' or equipment they can provide to Ehcolynn, should Pharean troops begin popping up from the worm hole.
  • Another Tyriceus suggestion Form a plan of action to take place for when/if they return to the Quadrants

    Note: Will the base gather intel to see how far a possible invasion has sprung? How about contacting any resistance? Helping out a fellow USFC (non-Phaeran) member civ: the Utosians and Nye-Orins? Etc.

    Yes on Gendauw request, I agree on forming plans of action to cover possible situations. We have the best imaging systems available compared to the other USFC allies. I see us as becoming one of the big players in fighting back the Phaerians while keeping a coordinated front with the Utosian and Nye-Orins. I also see a case for helping the Gendauw reunification.
  • WILD CARD: interference from worm hole (Phaeran) Egress being heavily guarded by New Baeldran task squadrons

    Note: Estimation for turn-around quick visitation could occur no sooner than 4-6 days from the time the 'portal' was 'charged' by the Pharean on the surface.

    We need to get our guard up and be ready for a bumpy ride.
  • WILDCARD: Phaerans 'seeded' on Rynoa for some time, gathering info If possible, they may have some local allies ready to do their bidding should things 'change' as the situation progresses

    Could this possibly occurred without the Gendoaw knowing about it? They did seem surprised when Ardre informed them that there were dead Phaerans on board the POM-15 when the group first arrived on Echolynn. It is also how the Phaerans operate - get seeded, gather intelligence, and be patient.

    This is a problem. I have discuss surgical operations if we find Phaerian sympathizers. The implication that Rhynoa may be seeded is extremely worrisome. There are many places Pherians could have hidden around the globe.Digging them out if they have had a two hundreds year head-start could be costly.
  • Thucydides repairs Is a team currently working on assessing the damage repairs?

    Note: it may be handy to have an fully-functioning star-traversing (armed) ship in the arsenal, whether than not have one. In effect, two Terran functioning ships are better than one.

    A second combat ready star ship would be most welcome. Please see my earlier comment.
  • WILDCARD: Production

    Is a team currently working on repairing the base's functions in regard to mining operations to supply raw materials to build equipment parts, robots, etc.?

    So far, only Marcus O'Brian has confirmed the condition of the machinery down in the mines. It has not been assessed yet for working capability or status

    One of the tasks JOMM was tasked with was a survey and diagnostic of systems on board Echolynn.
  • WILDCARD: Echolynn inhabitants - intel?

    There are still a handful of humans that seem to be living in the echochamber.

    I recommend tasking a communication/negotiation team with broadcasting a message to the humans living in the echochamber. Once contact has been established We can send conference briefing and make contact.
Choices, choices, choices...tick...tick...tick...

That's my thoughts on things, If you have ideas throw us a bone.

14 February 2013

Recap of 2-7-13 with Additional

The time excursion took place last week, whereby the Harrier Unit, along with Modyah, Tyriceus, and his entourage, embarked on a time/distance mission to pose crucial questions to Sipon, the Gendoawan Leader and Chief (metaphysical?) Scientist. Sipon had travelled with the Rynoans some 200 years hence and, according to Modyah, had agreed to 'help' the Rynoans in exchange for building a ship designed to his personal specifications (the Enciviar).

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION DETAIL:

Although Sipon's agreement did not stipulate accompanying the Rynoan mission, Sipon had 'signed on' because there was something he wanted to study up close in the vicinity of Tristippe, the doomed planet. Modyah expounds that the area close to Tristippe was 'thin', and evoked curios conditions, both physical-and quantum-oriented.

As was fairly accurately surmised by the Echolynn team trying to verify whathappened on the ill-fated mission, at the time of the team's arrival onTristippe, the environment was in the act of breaking down, just before theSingularity event touched off (same event as seen in the amateur video clips that turned up with the derelict Enciviar back at Echolynn in the past).

The team arrived in the Gendoawan cross-ship (the distanceship, Black, was merged with the Enciviar to form a conduit for traveling through space at a point in past time). However on the way, they encountered the hibernating ship, the Niad, which had launched at the same time as the Enciviar (and the other, unknown Rynoan ship, of which there had to have been one).

The ship arrived during a high-alert turmoil. Between the chaos that was underway, the team's worn disguises (hazmat uniforms) covered the security issue of those in the party not similarly-clad, and they were only confronted for security check at the main building, and again at the main floor.

Via Modyah's attunement to Sipon, the group hurriedly ascended a non-discreet building and located Sipon at an upper floor. Although the group was able to communicate with him without much trouble, he did not seem to give straight answers to all of their questions. As a matter of course, much of what he said was a bit open-ended, almost parable-like. It amounted to the following with room left over for interpretation:...what may be derived from the Siphon conversation...

  • Go back to the beginning.
  • Siphon hinted that there is a cyclic pattern as structure to the course of (time?...and) events. Perhaps things can be 'influenced' at the beginning stage once one gets there (?). Reset?

    Coincidentally, if the Event Horizon is expanding outward, and the Wave event is travelling in the opposite direction of the EH, then a casual glance at the situation would conclude that the Wave is contracting against the progress of the EH. But if such is the case, then it would take some 13.75+ billion years (the current predicted age of the Universe) for the Wave to 'put the Universe back into its box', back to the 'beginning'…unless perhaps, if entropy breaks it down faster than it has been building. If such is the case, then the Wave would be acting outside of, or contra- (hyper-?) quantum physics? Such might help to explain why the thing seems to currently be 'unstoppable'…maybe it has a purpose, or has purpose behind it (?).

  • But what does this have to do with the Cube (to put it bluntly: is it, in effect, as was coined by Tyriceus, “God's Remote Control”?)?. Did it really come from 'nothing', from the non-existent side of singularity? Did the Cube initiate the Wave, or vice-versa? With such hinted-at capability the status of the Cube would then climb from high tech object to 'Artifact'. What are (you) supposed to do once you get to the beginning? Change channels? Start-over? Perhaps influence things early on, like the evolution of the Phaereans, for instance? Humans? Do you (as imperfect humans) wish to wield the power of a True God? Do you dare?

In a way, this is what Tyriceus was going for when he thought (still thinks) that N-TRIDIAL can serve to 'evolve' humans enough so they can combat the Phareans on a more evenly matched scale. Judging from what the Iddry (Ardre) are capable of, yet still able to hold onto their humanity (as far as you can tell), this judgment would be valid on the grounds of species survival. But then there always seems to be that nagging side-effect to good intensions.

Anyhoo, on the way back, the Gendoawan cross-ship ( Black-Enciviar ) re-encountered the Niad in all its suspended glory. Theu must return (to beginning point at Echolyyn) within a certain time window in order to close the time-distance bubble, which allowed the group to travel to Tristippe for the mission. What the consequences are if this doesn't happen are up on the air (although Modyah will have a good idea).

THIS IS WHERE WE LEFT OFF:

There is a window of opportunity of approximately 21-25 minutes whereby they can influence the Niad , and still make it back to Echolynn on time. The Niad does contain some 500-1500 (reported) suspended subjects, most likely a trained crew of Rynoans, along with an entirely cataloged genome bank, with complete with cross-DNA coded mapping reference and micro (nano?) samples…veritably an 'Instant Earth' Kit. Many good suggestions have been discussed as to a course of action (leave a robotic crew to pilot the ship off to a different area, tow the ship, etc.).

Some additional things to consider:

  • The Niad did not leave the ship unguarded; there is a (known via Echolyyn records) defense mechanism for anyone (thing) boarding the ship. The first line of defense is a robot command unit on 'standby'; any physical access detected will trigger an investigation—but does that mean 'physical' hull breach (parameter compromise), or actual presence within the ship parameter (such as teleporting entry), or either? The second is a 'wake' function actovation for a portion of the crew (listed as a group of key members (four in all)…most likely to initiate things from a human mind stand-point, because whoever wakes up will not be in immediate condition to go into action. The third line is a complex procedure, which unit-locks everything down but leaves the access ways open. Outer portals connected to the ship are opened, and the entire causeway is 'flushed' into space. Then again, perhaps maybe the system won't even work after all these years, considering it was only supposed to be in space for approximately 4-6 years, lagging behind the vanguard group until 'called for' by them.

  • A PARADOX: If boarding the Niad triggers a 'wake-up ' call—even for one member— the Niad's they will discover that Tristippe doesn't exist anymore, and turn back to Rynoa (200 years prior). What would then happen, in effect, to the genome? The crew would most likely assimilate back to the planet's surface, or go the way of the original Echolynn inhabitants. But this would no doubt also change the events that occurred at Echolynn (ergo, maybe the base would not undergo mutiny, etc.). Would the base then still be in operation 'today'? Would the genome bank then be located on Echolyyn ?
CURRENT STATE OF AFFAIRS, ASSUMING BLACK-ENCIVIAR RETURNS ON TIME:COUNTDOWN
ESTIMATION AT: 298 HOURS BEFORE WAVE IMPACT ON OUTER SYSTEM PARAMETER
ITEM STATUS NOTES OR ALTERNATE

EHTOU telescope schedule progress

Seem to be slightly ahead of schedule

Enciviar image/state projection usage

Setting up CHIMERA transponders on RABOD station terminals (x 5) to define the parameter signal for a possible 'world system' jump

Progress: as of last check (shortly before leaving on Tristippean mission), all in place except for one unit. Team requested to set unit up at station location rather than enter into the base and join in with the base's system, like the previous transponders were assembled.

The station in question was adjacent to one of the non-working (or non-existing) stations, and is critically-located to complete the system.

The advantage to splicing in with the RABOD is thus: The RABODs are all directly linked to the Echolynn controller; the RABOD system would tend to boost, strengthen the signal and relay, and actually being inside with the base system would provide both security and proofing against accidents, as opposed to setting the transponder up to the base 'antenna' system.

Setting the main CHIMERA transducer unit at polar opposite from the main power output (Medaveral Sphere @ Echolynn Base) for powering a massive CHIMERA

Unit placed by Victory sub-team; may need to plant at least a two-man crew to make any last-minute adjustments should the power run prove to be slightly off at time of launch.This would be a dangerous volunteer mission.

Alternate: A psycho-kinetic attempt to shape the power parameter via mass-visualization A veerrrrrry long shot, which would entail the Iddry to link with each other, and afford the Gendoaw to provide the 'path' of the Medaveral power to be directed, as the coordinates are controlled by the Terrans (via the EHTOU-to-Chimera drive connection).

Jump Logistics Calculated

Has the group determined which, of the 2-4 possible target planets, they will try to jump/exchange with, should the situation go that far?

Note: refer to the planet stat matrix sheet for specification match up to strengthen the jump formula odds.

Rynoan Surface Loose ends, etc.

Low priority?

Retrieve the land equipment (walkers, tank, vehicles, etc.) stored at Metchmer Depot.

Retrieve the large ground-to-space carrier ship found by Thucydides crew in an abandoned, but sheltered compound on the surface.

Suggestion: made at Summit: Does Echolynn wish to have a delegate (in other words) representative directly at the base? This may be useful for dealing with a future situation, should the jump occur

This suggestion just posted as a bonus for those of you who are now reading it

Regard or disregard the suggestion.

A Tyriceus suggestion

Solicit the “Gendoaw” for any 'tips' or equipment they can provide to Ehcolynn, should Pharean troops begin popping up from the worm hole.

 

Another Tyriceus suggestion

Form a plan of action to take place for when/if they return to the Quadrants

Note: Will the base gather intel to see how far a possible invasion has sprung? How about contacting any resistance? Helping out a fellow USFC (non-Phaeran) member civ: the Utosians and Nye-Orins? Etc.

WILD CARD: interference from worm hole (Phaeran)

Egress being heavily guarded by New Baeldran task squadrons

Note: Estimation for turn-around quick visitation could occur no sooner than 4-6 days from the time the 'portal' was 'charged' by the Pharean on the surface.

WILDCARD: Phaerans 'seeded' on Rynoa for some time, gathering info

If possible, they may have some local allies ready to do their bidding should things 'change' as the situation progresses

Could this possibly occurred without the Gendoaw knowing about it? They did seem surprised when Ardre informed them that there were dead Phaerans on board the POM-15 when the group first arrived on Echolynn. It is also how the Phaerans operate - get seeded, gather intelligence, and be patient.

Thucydides repairs

Is a team currently working on assessing the damage repairs?

Note: it may be handy to have an fully-functioning star-traversing (armed) ship in the arsenal, whether than not have one. In effect, two Terran functioning ships are better than one.

WILDCARD: Production

Is a team currently working on repairing the base's functions in regard to mining operations to supply raw materials to build equipment parts, robots, etc.?

So far, only Marcus O'Brian has confirmed the condition of the machinery down in the mines. It has not been assessed yet for working capability or status

WILDCARD: Echolynn inhabitants - intel?

There are still a handful of humans that seem to be living in the echochamber.

 

Choices, choices, choices...tick...tick...tick...

01 February 2013

Events Log (RT 1-31-13)

Here's a bonus run down of the events gleaned from the latest session passed:

Testing the Wave

The energy blast conceived and put forth by Che and Modyah from the Echolynn launch caused a (perceived) 30 second blackout all over the Rynoan system, including the asteroid belt. Although the general perception was 30 seconds, JOMM confirmed that the time lapse was actually 3 hours (but no one perceives it that way). Curiously, the target where the energy struck the oncoming wave area began to crystalize for reasons unknown, but though the blackout condition seemed to be a direct ‘bounce’ from the Wave, and it seemed to act like an EMP. It was in fact, an ECP (Electro-Chronic Pulse), which threw forth a wave of ‘time’ distortion.

Perhaps it is a coincidence, but shortly after recovery, the Cube appeared in the Enciviar. Dr. VS, Modyah, Tyriceus (and without question, his entourage, Leni Bronsen and Garden, his personal SCIPR unit (acronym, pronounced  ‘SY-pur’…Self-Contained Idiom Persona Robot). Modyah was visibly disturbed by something, and seemed to be suddenly occupied with something that had to do with his people’s missing leader, Sifon. Tyriceus picked up the Cube and began to somehow channel in perfect High Gendoawan, a message to Modyah: They were compelled to  ‘travel to the point in time  to locate a small (3.75 second) window of opportunity to a point just before the Singularity event on Tristippe’. At that time, Sifon would consult with them directly.

Modyah sent for one of his ‘special’ ships (also a Sifon creation), which traveled extremely fast, on its own, and when it arrived it shrunk from 60’ x 20’ (lozenge shape) to the size of a small bowl.  This is how the time trip can commence…

The new ship will be ‘reconstituted’ to an agreeable size within the Enciviar.  Then both ships will meld controls and form a gestalt, which will become able to transverse the distance and the time back to Tristippe to find the window of opportunity (and locate Sifon), who will consult with them about something of seemingly grave importance.

The meeting of the Hastily-Formed Rynoan Civilian Counsel On Board The U.S.S. Victory

This went off fairly smoothly, mostly due to the calming effect of the presence of Hammon, the Iddry elder.  The members, though concerned about safety measures and belief, are complacent enough to take the strong suggestions given by the committee, prompted and backed by Terran science projection reports, the seemed to be convinced that they must hunker down and prepare for an emergency most likely to bring about severe atmospheric, weather and ground conditions. They are also charged with getting the word out to their immediate outlying areas, who did not have representation at the meeting.  Kit has charged them with directing any questions to her…they were given a few items, mainly important, including a paired down version of the Squire units for direct communication linkage (and a somewhat guarded channel system). Kit has also carried on with some pre-meetings with certain personnel on board the Victory.

Marcus O’Brien’s Upgrades from the Strango Brothers (Denem and Bramen):

The main upgrade O'Brien is going to receive is per Denem Strango’s encounter with the Phaerans. Denem believes a certain roving pulse at a frequency that his own dimensions (internal chip, etc.) possessed, allowed him to break free of the constrains of the initial Phaeran attack on him and his brother back at Metchmer Depot. However, he will note that his brother did not overcome the swoon, and also that it did not save them from the initial onslaught. He reasons though, that when it was boosted by his own awareness and concentration, as was the fact when Denem encountered the Phaerans with full knowledge, the Phaeran psionics were ineffective. In addition to this, Denem added a few tweaks based on his experience, so the upgrade may (or may not) work to a better effect than expectations. Beware: this is not a neutralizer, but a defense…the Phaeran could make adjustments on their own, should they come into knowledge on how the Strango revisions are controlled by the body in which they are planted.

Here’s a list of additional upgrades the Strangos are equipping O’Brien with:

  • Auxiliary improvement on the Tyriceus (V19) chip, which is inclusive of the change Modyah made to their chips earlier.  This should give the original chip yet another boost of defense on any frontal Pharean assault, unless it’s a combined Pharean assault with several Pharean subjects concentrating an attack in unison. Bramen believes it will also lessen by around half, the prolonged effect of paralysis or system shock should he (O'Brien) succumb to an attack.
  • Auxiliary eye (removing and storing his natural one, which can be re-instated later if necessary) that can do the following: Infared, x-ray (gamma), night vision (can be momentarily blinded if in this mode, though).
  • Regeneration (additional chip augmentation) plus a nanobyte infusion, good for eight (8) years.

NOTE that any member may receive these same, and/or some additional featured 'Strango wetware' if you wish to risk the time involved in getting the upgrade and recovering.  The Strangos can do no more than two subjects at roughly the same time, as they assist each other.  The risk is a roll for system shock, and a period of no less than 12 hours, more for additional or difficult implementations. 

...so if you made it this far to view the page, enjoy the additional review, and information.

EHTOU

20 January 2013

Sit-Rep 003

  1. Live Chat:

    Live chat is currently unavailable due to security warnings issued. I will look for a flash based vesion which will avoid issues.

  2. Technical readout:

    I've added new pages, images and tweaked the sidebar navigation. Any feedback welcome.

  3. Fave Icon:

    Yes I know it does not add much, but it will have a unique icon the make it ours.

  4. Polls:

    We can and I am going to post polls for the group. Go to page layout to add a poll(There is an add a widget button to create the poll. It is an easy process.

  5. Character Page:

    I've been trying to add all new characters as they appear. I missed a few and need to get some info from ETOU.

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    All group members have the right to publish whatever they see fit. that was part of the reason for the blog group.

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Does Anybody Know What Time it is?

Mission Log: Kitsune Yammashita

[Feb 13, 0346 time] (Sec Lev 12) All Sections

Loc: UFSC Victory in orbit (Rhynoa)

Estimated Safe Launch Window Time: T-300 hr

Subject: task checklist progress report/solutions. Ref task time allocation form.

We need to get departmental and team leaders to ramrod the assorted projects needed to pull off a miracle. Any comments or feedback? We need to get our ducks in a row.

Transmission Ends:

19 January 2013

Relax Peter!

Mission Log: Kitsune Yammashita

[Feb 13, 0346 time] (Sec Lev 12) cc. dep-team 1

Loc: UFSC Victory in orbit (Rhynoa)

Estimated Safe Launch Window Time: T-300 hr

Squire Message to Peter von Swantz [sec lev 14]

Peter, read and give me your feedback...BTW please do not freak out when I do what I do. Atoom is a cream-puff. He may be scum, but he can be our scum. He is very good at the game I give him that. BTW please get security to sweep the Palm 20 etc for surveillance devices. One thing I learned is Atoom has had us under an unblinking eye and has been busy building his own dossiers. I think you will agree this is unacceptable. But with proper handling I think he will roll over and play nice doggie. If not I can damp all power sources in Jenko for a couple hours to remind Atoom who is in charge. He is an opportunist and he thinks we can provide opportunities. //attached atoom/yamashita-01-1

Presentation Working Script

I welcome you and offer an open hand in the name of fraternity and cooperation. Life is precious in the deep expanse of space. We Traveled here to see what had not been seen before What we saw was why we are here today. We had not hoped to find intelligent life in this star system. We found you, and when looking closely we discovered we have found our own people .so far from our home.

Run Genome Match Presentation

Events are have transpired,which has made our our lives even more precious than we ever dreamed. There is a threat to your mutual safety which is rapidly running their course.We stand at the gates of oblivion but we must not fear.

Together through cooperation we will all survive and thrive. We are one people and we reach out to protect family no matter how far from home who find them self in danger.

Run Simulation Latest: [full hologram version]

We have a plan to ensure the survival of all Rhynoans no matter what species. There will be some geophysical disturbances, however we are working to make any discomfort as minimal as possible. In me you have a voice for your concerns and aspirations.

There is a common threat to our survival. A war which has swept through known space The deadliest enemy in known space has discovered Rhynoa and seeks conquest, slavery and genocide. This I will NOT! allow... Nor would anyone of you. Working together Rhynoa shall bloom again a jewel in the community of space-faring species.

Run Phaerian comp.[Baeldra Attack, Earth Attack, selected security stock footage.]

I have requested protective status through to protect your planetary sovereignty. When you are ready You will be given your rightful place among space-faring civilizations. To do this you must lay aside any old grievances and focus on rebuilding your planet. There are many wounds to your world still in need of healing. You need to thrive and have more happy babies. But if you need to fight, there is more than enough opportunity to gain honor in combat protecting your home at our side.

Transmission Ends: