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Re: Ropidians - The Development of a Space Civilisation (In Progress)
« Reply #135 on: December 13, 2008, 04:53:54 pm »
Wow, now that was just ridiculous; two and a half weeks!  What can I say?  Work and other distractions got me.  Holidays now, though, so biweekly updates are practically an obligation.

BA
BA
BA
DA
CA
CA

CA wins. Date: 149/Burn/6049, 395/Bake/0001

Intelligence agents are everywhere in Morpos now, searching for answers.  We’ve taken some common sense measures and have sent a couple of teams in the Kolese half of the city but for now we must wait.

Vus has decided to take the Endeavour back to Ropos for more supplies so as to continue construction of our secret base.  The base itself, meanwhile, is decently established; in fact, we could begin launching unmanned probes to scout out the planet.

Should we do this?

A)   Yes, get them up there
B)   Keep them away from major cities
C)   As well as most settlements
D)   Restrict them to this desert region
E)   Forget it; we’ll be spotted in no time!

When on Brea…

Ropidians don’t put much emphasis on diplomatic courtesies but Jum felt that some politeness was needed in this case.  He made a slow pointing gesture with his claw towards the head and spoke softly to the Chief.  The Chief of the Kernaz, for his part, carefully wrapped his tentacle around the ex-monster’s skull and drew it away from his rival.  Tension eased as the formerly hostile chief and his guards did what could be best described as a sigh or gasp.

Alright, phase one seems to have gone smoothly…

A)   Send them on their way
B)   Invite them in for dinner
C)   Cheer triumphantly
D)   KILL THEM!

Unlocked and reloading

The team had been very excited since the last heist at the warehouse.  Although still unprofessional, albeit a little less gung-ho with a few pep talks, they at least now had weapons appropriate for their duties.  They’d need them soon.  Hronne has received a wire from Cult HQ for a new task, the beginning of a terror campaign.  The basic objective seems to be to worsen relations between Tegas and Kolo but all they wish him to know is that a stable and secure Denilus border is not in their interests.  He is to create havoc and chaos where possible and hopefully take a few soldier s with him.

Where should we begin (we already have basic knowledge of the border)?

A)   Begin scoping out the entire border in more depth
B)   Look into sabotaging infrastructure
C)   Identify a weak military target
D)   See if there’s a vulnerable border village to raid
E)   Other

Equipment: Plenty of pistols and assault rifles, a few submachine guns, a couple of shotguns, a sniper rifle, two suits of body armour, four bullet-proof vests

People:

Hronne

Strength ****------
Agility ******----
Initiative *********-
Bravery *****-----

Weapons: SMG (Above average), Pistol (Skilled), Knife (Proficient), Frag Grenades (Poor)
Abilities: Command presence (Nearby team members are much less likely to panic), Perceptive (notices minor details and other useful information that others miss)

Quorus

Strength ***-------
Agility *****-----
Initiative ******----
Bravery **--------

Weapons: Assault rifle (Below average), Shotgun (Poor), Pistol (Above average)
Abilities: None

Peliki

Strength *****-----
Agility ********--
Initiative ***-------
Bravery ********--

Weapons: Shotgun (Skilled), SMG (Above average), Pistol (Unskilled), Knife (Bad)
Abilities: Fanatic (Ignores pain and is not demoralised by others’ injuries)

Kiro

Strength ******----
Agility ******----
Initiative *****-----
Bravery ****------

Weapons: Sniper Rifle (Average), Assault Rifle (Below average), Pistol (Very poor)
Abilities: None

Huki
Strength *******---
Agility ****------
Initiative **--------
Bravery *********-

Weapons: SMG (Below average), Assault Rifle (Unskilled), Pistol (Poor)
Abilities: Sapper (Can handle explosives with relative care)
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Re: Ropidians - The Development of a Space Civilisation (In Progress)
« Reply #136 on: December 21, 2008, 08:58:00 pm »
DBA
DBA
-BA
DBA

DBA wins. Date: 151/Burn/6049, 409/Bake/0001

   The probes are off but are being kept within the desert region at the moment.  It’s lucky that our base is so remote or else we might have to contend with aircraft spotting us.  There’s certainly little chance that the aliens will make visual contact with the probes and any radar blips will likely be put down to inaccuracy.  So far, we have surveyed the immediate area which has given us insight into how a potential enemy might go about getting to our location.  We are surrounded by foothills in all directions with only three easily navigable routes, all to the west.  There appears to be little activity in the immediate vicinity but we have yet to survey further out.

Vus, meanwhile, is back with supplies; what needs building?

A)   Basic entertainment centre (++morale)
B)   Bunkers at strong-points (+ defence)
C)   Improved air defence (+morale, ++ air defence)
D)   Basic mine (++ supply)
E)   Small hangar (lets us store one shuttle, for recon and combat)
F)   Repair shop (++self-sufficiency, allows us to deposit light vehicles)


Guess who’s coming to dinner…

   And so it came to pass that the ex-raiders were invited in for a banquet.  They were overawed by our sense of culture (tuneless bronze pipes and loud drums),  great knowledge (we can count to five) and haute cuisine (grilled fish on a stick).  The Chieftain of the rival tribe seems to be trying to talk to us about something, though.  It will take some time for Jum and co. to learn his language to a sufficient level but perhaps this will lead to something greater than a mere celebration.

Bordering on insanity

Hronne has set his team to work attempting to find opportunities to cause havoc on the border.  We already have a short list of promising targets.

Should we go for one of the following?

A)   A recently finished rail section
B)   The Kolese customs office at Loro
C)   An understaffed Denilan bunker (part of a small defensive line)
D)   The 1st Denilan Motorised Division’s Motor Pool
E)   Iro, a village with strong anti-Kolese feelings
F)   Wait for more results to come in

Twin prongs
   Our researchers have proved their worth today as they made two breakthroughs, in the fields of genetics and robotics.  We have managed to perfect our immune system!  Using the genetic analyser and various other modern techniques, we are able to predict the evolution of a whole myriad of bacteria and virii previously thought unknown to us.  This has allowed us to determine the optimal immune system structure for the near future and, with further research, will open up a whole new field of proactive medicine where our bodies evolve before their attackers’ do.  Of course, much could go wrong and it will take a long time to bring theory into practice, but still, this is a happy day in the medical community.
   The robotic sector is rejoicing, though, because of the development of a new breed of AI system.  Able to adapt to simple changes and learn from memory, these new robots will be of great use on the production line and perhaps in the home too.  Still, perhaps we should be wary as to how far we let such research progress…

Are we happy with our research choices?

A)   Revise both
B)   Change medical
C)   Change industrial
D)   Leave both for now
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Re: Ropidians - The Development of a Space Civilisation (In Progress)
« Reply #137 on: December 24, 2008, 11:36:24 pm »
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« Reply #138 on: December 29, 2008, 05:23:49 pm »
DBC
DBD
DBB
DBC

DBC wins. Date: 151/Burn/6049, 409/Bake/0001

We have begun excavating a small mine for the colonists to work on just to the south of the base.  It’s connected via an overground road and pedestrian tunnel (for use in sieges), providing haematite ore, vital for food and construction.  This will reduce the lengths to which Boraxis and Vus have to go to resupply this base.

N.B. We are now at 50% logistics capacity; that is, if we build another colony/expand one of the existing ones without any tech or self-sufficiency measures, BOTH our exploration ships HAVE to work on resupply…so don’t let that happen

Unaccustomed as we are…

This is our target.



The yellow Xs are presumed concentrations of enemy forces, in the two towers overlooking the incomplete border fortifications.  The blue arrows indicate two areas of interest, the right one being a gap in the fortifications that we might exploit and the left being a potential gas line into the customs house (perfect for explosives).  We must now make three decisions.

What should Hronne request from his superiors in the way of assistance (choose two)?

A)   Silencers
B)   Explosives
C)   Grenades
D)   Lockpicking tools
E)   Hacking tools
F)   Other

Entry plan?

A)   Bluff our way past the two checkpoints (red)
B)   Sneak through the gap and try to get in via Kolese checkpoint (we have better quality documents for getting back into Denilus than in)
C)   Approach from the left and climb the wall
D)   Approach and attack the second checkpoint
E)   Other

Who should we equip with what? (check two previous updates)

Industrial change

PLACEHOLDER: Mandatory description of the obvious.

Which one?

A)   Efficiency improvements
B)   New materials
C)   Industrial equipment
D)   Agricultural technology
E)   Infrastructure
F)   Other

Space Academy II

   Despite significant opposition from army chiefs, with support from the air force Io has been able to begin construction of an specialised training facility for the ‘glorified zeppelin pilots’ of the future, as one disgruntled general described them.  We shall need to decide on what scale, to what quality and in what disciplines our charges are to be trained and hence the future of Ropidian training doctrine.

We have at maximum M 4,000,000,000,000 to spend on this project but Io has only managed to get approval for M 300,000,000,000…for now.  Base cost is M 10,000,000,000

Financial choices:

How big should the academy be?

A) We should train 50 new officers* a year
B) 100 is more realistic 4x price
C) 150 are needed! 7x price
D) Our fleet must grow quickly; 200! 9x price
E) Crank ‘em out: 300, now! 12x price

To what quality should these people be?

A)   The bare minimum (Officers emerge ‘Volunteer’) (Speed up slightly)
B)   As quickly trained as is expedient x2 price (‘Trained’)
C)   We should balance quality with quantity x3 price (‘Green’)
D)   Quality matters more x5 price (‘Regular’) (Speed down slightly)
E)   A lot more! X6 price (‘Hardened’) (Speed down quite a bit)

A bigger academy can speed up training times; should we act accordingly?

A)   No
B)   Yes, expand the school slightly x2 cost (Speed up slightly)
C)   Yes, we must make it as big as the area allows x3 cost (Speed up quite a bit)

Multiply it all together to get your eventual cost estimate! (e.g. D, C and A = x27 = 270,000,000,000)

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Academic choices:

What two departments should be regarded as most prestigious (Major/minor result, prestige = better officers in that department)?

A)   Tactics (How well our ships fight as a group and new doctrines devised)
B)   Strategy (How well our fleets are coordinated and the nature of space combat understood)
C)   Engineering (Greater expertise means better ship-by-ship performance)
D)   Command (Leadership is improved and morale** increased)
E)   Administration (Logistics are better and organisation** increased)
F)   All departments are equal! (Tiny bonus to everything…boring!)

Should practical education or theoretical education take precedence***?

A)   Strongly pro-practical
B)   Mildly pro-practical
C)   Balanced
D)   Mildly pro-theory
E)   Strongly pro-theory

Should there be a pro-Ropos partisan bias to our education****?

A)   No, we should keep it neutral
B)   Don’t let it take priority
C)   Our officers must be supporters of our system
D)   There are two ways: the Ropidian way, and the wrong way!

And finally…

Any idea what we should name the academy?

*For all intents and purposes, an officer here is regarded as a specialised crew member; generally about 30-40% of a ship’s contingent.  For reference, the Culverin class has 30 crew members, 12 of which are ‘officers’ (Captain, 2 Commanders, 4 Lieutenants, Engineer, Medical, Tactical, Communications and Navigation – those 6 plain officers are for fire control alone).  Dasher uses 4 out of 8 (Captain, Tactical, Engineer, Pilot).  Each Lithite squadron needs 1 officer for each 4 fighters to function in an organised manner.  Keep in mind replacements and reserves!

**Organisation = ability to fight, Morale = will to fight.  Superiority of either debatable as both are useful in different ways; highly organised fleets generally fare better casualty-wise but strong-willed fleets recover from setbacks more quickly and keep coming back for more.

***Practical education leads to more decisive leadership but difficulty in changing tactical doctrine.  Theoretical education keeps the students open-minded to innovation but may not prepare them properly for the realities of battlefield command.

****A partisan bias boosts morale and organisation as well as loyalty to Ropos.  However, it makes the adoption of new doctrines harder and can cause friction within a multi-species fleet.
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Re: Ropidians - The Development of a Space Civilisation (In Progress)
« Reply #139 on: January 02, 2009, 11:19:35 am »
What should Hronne request from his superiors in the way of assistance (choose two)?
D
E

Who should we equip with what? (check two previous updates)
Hronne
SMG, Pistol, Body Armour, Knife
Quorus
Pistol , Assault rifle, Body Armour
Peliki
Shotgun, SMG, Bullet-proof Vest
Kiro
Sniper Rifle, Assault rifle, Bullet-proof Vest
Huki
SMG, Bullet-proof Vest


Entry plan?
E
Use sniper to take down the guards watching the gap then frontal assault on the Kolese checkpoint to get in

Which one?
D

How big should the academy be?
C
To what quality should these people be?
E
A bigger academy can speed up training times; should we act accordingly?
C

What two departments should be regarded as most prestigious (Major/minor result, prestige = better officers in that department)?
Major E
Minor D

Should practical education or theoretical education take precedence***?
D

Should there be a pro-Ropos partisan bias to our education****?
A

Any idea what we should name the academy?

The Vus Academy
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« Reply #140 on: January 04, 2009, 09:39:21 pm »
Sorry for the complexity of this one but it had to be settled and it should have a big impact on how we fight.

B E CDA Bd D B
AE D CEA Bd B B
DE E CEC Ed D A
--  - DCA Dc C A -
DE E D CEC Ed D A

DE E CEC De (arbitration) D A wins. Date: 151/Burn/6049, 409/Bake/0001

Vus wants to continue improving the colony on the alien planet without straining our supply lines so has taken it upon himself to build a repair shop before anything else.

After that, then what?

A) Basic entertainment centre (++morale)
B) Bunkers at strong-points (+ defence)
C) Improved air defence (+morale, ++ air defence)
D) Small hangar (lets us store one shuttle, for recon and combat)
E) Recreational Commons (++morale, provides very basic healthcare and education)


Operation Hidden Castle

Entry into the mission area was surprisingly easy.  All they had to do was park their car some distance from the first checkpoint, around a blind corner, and then sneak off into the barren plain.  Using grey clothing and maintaining distance, detection was easy to avoid.

“Alright, we’re at point one.  Kiro, you stay here and start picking off the guards.  The rest of us are going to take the Kolese checkpoint by storm once we can move through that gap without any tower-related interference.”

“Got it,” replied Kiro as Quorus gulped.

The distraction worked quite well; Hronne couldn’t see it, but the guards were very spooked and an alarm had been raised.  He could hear that.  However noisy it might have been, though, he and the rest of the team managed to sneak through the gap without difficulty.

“OK, team, I’m not going to lie to you,” said Hronne, fiddling with his gun, “this is going to be quite dangerous.”

“Er, sir…,” started Quorus.

“…yes, you have every reason to be afraid, I was myself at one point, but there comes a time…”

“Pardon me, sir, but I think he means…,” tried Huki.

“…I understand.  Maybe not fear for yourself, but fear for your comrades.  We all serve one cause, willing to die for it and…”

“LOOK, LOOK, LOOK!” Peliki cried, hysterical. “…sir.  Sorry, sir.”

Then Hronne saw it.  A KCVT-90 was parked just outside the checkpoint, the crew chatting idly to the guards.  There was no way he was going to let an opportunity like this slip by.

“Hmm!” he wondered out loud. “It looks like we’ve got a big opportunity here…or a quick death.  Peliki’s on point.  I’ll cover his left, Quorus cover my left and Huki, you take the right.  As soon as they spot us, charge and, if you’ve got a bead on one of them, drop him.  Let’s move out.”

Like living rocks, they shambled forward, grey as the ground around them.  They got pretty close before the first shot was fired, from Quorus’s rifle.  It took out the tank gunner as Hronne and Peliki charged the tank itself.  Huki took a few potshots at the off-guard customs officials wounded one and making the others duck for their own weapons.  It was too late, though; the quick attack on the surprised enemy left Hronne and his team in possession of the checkpoint…and a tank.

How should we move forward?

A)   Use it or lose it!  Take that tank and let nature follow its course!
B)   Charge into the customs area and start shooting
C)   Make our way quickly and quietly to the main building
D)   Head around the back to the gas lines
E)   Other

Space Academy III: Backing Training

We’ve chosen quality over quantity in our choice of facilities.  We’re demanding not 300,000,000,000 but 1,260,000,000,000!  This is sure to anger quite a few important people but it’s not like they can do anything about it.  It’s good to be dictator!

Our hardened officers are to be trained mainly in the art and mentality of command with some emphasis also placed on administration and staff work.  Taking a theoretical approach, they’ll be open to new ideas and approaches but hopefully not to the point of abandoning our core military values of heavy armour and an iron will.

As for the name, not many suggestions have been put forward.  Some are calling it the Vus Academy; others think Io’s name should be attached to it.  The Army in particular is calling it ‘Io’s Folly’.  Whatever the eventual decision, it pales in comparison to the fact we will have a dedicated training facility from now on.

 Deep freeze

More work has been done on the aliens who are cryogenically frozen to the extent that we understand what they breathe and how to keep one alive should we choose to thaw them.  It’s probably best to keep them on ice until our base in Kamos has finished retrieving one of their shuttles.

A study of the gas found in the hollow moons of Ruo reveals that it is a highly energised ferrous gas!  It was holding the moons together through magnetism alone and was subsequently trapped there.  The use of such a gas, and methods for its creation, are unknown but it’s fascinating nonetheless.
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Re: Ropidians - The Development of a Space Civilisation (In Progress)
« Reply #141 on: January 05, 2009, 11:42:20 am »
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« Reply #142 on: January 09, 2009, 07:16:13 pm »
CA
BA
EA
EA

EA wins (but not on the stock market: value’s down over 66% in the past year!). Date: 154/Burn/6049, 433/Bake/0001

A recreational commons had been added to the base.  This should play an important role in maintaining order and providing services for the colony.  With all the construction projects underway at the moment, Vus feels that he cannot order anything else for now.  However, one of our probes has gotten us some interesting images.  They show an armoured column patrolling the desert some 500 miles to the south-west.  Armoured is an exaggeration, though; these are pre-Iron Coalition War tankettes, equipped with only machine-guns and with a 2-person crew.  In combination with radio readings, it seems preparations are underway for the Western Coalition (as we’ll call them) to invade a small nation to the north.

This could be serious…or not

A)   Bring the Endeavour down for a closer look
B)   Send out our recon shuttle for more info
C)   Keep the probe monitoring that area
D)   Withdraw the probe from the area; it could get busy soon
E)   Do nothing
F)   Other

…and knowing is half the battle.

 “Right, who here can read Kolese?” asked Hronne.

***

“Come in, sir,” radioed Kiro.

“Yes, Sierra One?”

“Sier…?  Sir, I managed to take out two but they’re onto me; a patrol’s headed my way!”

“Hang tight, Sierra One!  They’ll be coming back here soon enough, over.”

Hronne lowered his walkie-talkie and turned to Quorus.

“Are we ready to move on them?”

“Uh…r-ready as we’ll ever be, sir,” the cowardly driver replied.

“Observation officer?” asked Hronne.

“Roger!”  came the reply from Peliki.

“Secondary engine?”

“Here!” cried Huki as he pressed up behind the tank.

“Alright, now we know how to work this thing, I think,” said Hronne, muttering the last part, “it’s time to bring chaos to order.  Quorus, move forward slowly and Peliki, pick out the most explosive targets first!”

The tank rumbled forward in first gear, crushing the body of an already dead customs agent and smashing through the weak metal barrier.  Peliki brought the cannon to bear on a parked car and Hronne pushed the big red button on the centre of what he hoped was the fire control joystick.  It worked well enough, reducing the target to a burning wreck and sending three wheels and two doors flying in several directions.  Luckily the tank came equipped with an autoloader so no fumbling was needed to reload.  Shots were now coming in from the wall and their sources being dealt with by Peliki’s turret machine-gun.

“Ignore them for now!” cried Hronne. “I need us pointed at the gas tank!”

Quorus dutifully turned the tank to the right as Peliki did the same with his turret, keeping the shield pointed in the direction of the wall.  Again, Hronne fired, the shell hitting the gas line with the result of a fiery and deafening explosion.  The building shielded them from the worst of the blast but it had surely scorched a few vital documents and upset many a filing cabinet if not outright killed any of the bureaucrats.  One of the shooters on the wall fell to what was presumably a shot from Kiro as Peliki recommenced his efforts on the remaining enemy.

“Forget them!  They can’t harm us, no AT weaponry!” shouted Hronne.  But Peliki was lost in the moment, seized by fear and fixated on his targets.  ‘Ah, well,’ thought our agent, toggling the red button, ‘I might as well lend him a claw.”  The shell blew a hole through a guard and into the tower behind him.  The threat basically neutralised, Peliki soon recovered and demolition continued around the customs house.  By the end of it, over 20 guards lay dead and around a dozen shells had been expended in turning the compound into pumice.

Flaming Sword observed his work.  Now reunited with Kiro and camped out in a cave with the car outside, he saw a team he could work with in the future.  They had just stormed a decently defended and well-staffed government facility, utterly destroying valuable files and security measures before leaving a disabled tank some way down the road leading to it (he had hacked its systems to make auto-targeting practically useless).  And now they were sitting down in a hot cave to eat some pebble snacks.  Just like his student days!

+* bravery for Quorus and Peliki
+* initiative for Kiro
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« Reply #143 on: January 17, 2009, 05:11:23 pm »
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« Reply #144 on: January 22, 2009, 08:13:08 pm »
B
B
B
B
C
C

B wins.  Date: 155/Burn/6049, 442/Bake/0001

 “Shuttle-1, come in, over?”

“This is Shuttle-1.  We’re in Sector 7G right now and heading north.”

“Can you see the convoy?”

“Positive; lots and lots of trucks, heading south.  They’re headed for the trenches that are being dug nearer the border.  Looks like they’ve noticed what’s going on.”

“And the Westerners?”

“The convoys we were observing were having trouble with their armour.  Constantly breaking down and bringing the column to a halt.  If you want my opinion, it’s going to be a bloody fight until those tanks show up…”

   Thus is the state of affairs.  The Westerners face a tough fight but they’ll probably win if we don’t intervene.

Should we?

A)   Call down fire support on the Northerners’ positions
B)   Strafe the convoys with our shuttle
C)   Continue watching
D)   Go home
E)   Other

Stretching it

The full ramifications of Flaming Sword’s actions have hit home for Denilus.  Tension with Kolo has increased and fear of terrorist activity abounds.  We’ll have to keep an eye on this.

+Tension (Cool -> Cold) (Affects likelihood of war)
++ Fear (Calm -> Uneasy) (Increases responsiveness of authorities but also general panic)

Back at the T.I.C., Zaffo feels it’s time for Hronne to resume his role as a double agent and start harming the Cult in some way again.

What mission should we give him?

A)   Gather intel on the Cult’s power structure
B)   Engineer a situation to restore stability to Denilus
C)   Implicate Kolo in his next mission
D)   Other

 An offer we might refuse

After several nights of entertaining the Chieftain of the warlike tribe, Jumanji has figured out enough of his language to understand what his offer is.  He wishes to ally with us.  However, before we can do this, he wants us to prove our worth as warriors…which could be a problem, to say the least.  Apparently, some kind of foul beast lives atop a hill in a cave (Jumanji could only comprehend so much); his challenge is to accompany him with our war band and slay it.

Can St. Jumanji and his band of knights* do it?

A)   Yes we can!
B)   IT’S A TRAP!
C)   Politely decline
D)   Ply him with more food and hope he forgets all about it

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« Reply #145 on: February 02, 2009, 04:14:24 pm »
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« Reply #146 on: February 02, 2009, 06:18:51 pm »
CAA
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ACD

CAA wins.  Date: 158/Burn/6049, 466/Bake/0001

 “Don’t intervene; keep us posted on events as they happen.”

“Affirmative, sir.”

* * *

The first Western troops hit the Northern defences in a well-organised fashion, pressing the trenches hard.  Soon, however, this assault was broken up by artillery and machine-gun fire, leaving the Westerners in control of a couple of unimportant points in the line and no way of attacking without being mown down.  Relief soon arrived, though, in the form of the armoured cars.  The assault resumed with renewed enthusiasm and little by little, the Northerners were giving ground.

Should we get involved?

A)   We should stay out of this battle entirely
B)   Fly low over the battlefield in an attempt to scare them
C)   Strafe the Western forces
D)   C, Northerners
E)   Bombard Westerners from Celesta
F)   E, Northerners
G)   Other

Back to the grind

Flaming Sword was disappointed, to say the least, about still having to do missions for Tegas; he was really getting into this whole leader business and almost forgot his true purpose.  He was not sure how he could gather information on such a wide-ranging subject except by being promoted, but Hronne could be a wily one when need be.  For now, though, he would maintain cover and use what pretexts presented themselves to get his claws on the relevant information.

The Tale of Sir Jum

The brave party trudged up the hill accompanied by two of the ‘Lgash’ warriors who were banging together the hollow halves of an alien fruit to make a loud noise in time with the walking.  They could see the cave now, a black opening into the hillside.  The Chieftain of the Lgash suddenly became very tense, crouching slightly and readying his spear.  He grunted at Jum; the beast was at home…and this time, it had company.

Whatever shall we do?

7 bowkenaz, 8 spearkenaz

A)   Use the clopping instruments to draw the beast out
B)   Try to wait in ambush (some rocks nearby provide cover enough for the archers)
C)   Form a battle line and wait
D)   Venture into the cave
E)   Send a hapless scout in
F)   Sir Jum goes in alone

466/1/1

A black day today as terrible events strike Morpos.  A rogue intelligence group has mounted an assault on the city hall, making it inside and assassinating the mayor and her staff.  Across the city, similar risings are occurring, some clearly partisan (as indicated by armbands and the like), others not in accordance with the rules of war, armed civilians seizing control of whatever public buildings they can.  Why we did not see this coming can only be because of connections to a higher power who were masking the entire operation.

All is not lost, however.  We have most of these places besieged due to the heightened state of alert since we noticed the rumbling of discontent amongst the people.  The situation is thus:

An estimated dozen gunlizards hold City Hall, where we believe no hostages are being held, having either been executed or fleeing in the chaos.  The Iron Division has the place surrounded with snipers, infantry and light armour.  Going in is mainly an issue of avoiding damage to such a historic building and its surroundings.

Estimates:

12 besieged, fanatical, organised, crack troops surrounded by 200 eager, organised, veteran troops with light support

Approximately 2,000 insurgents are posted at various important locations which the Morposian militia* are attempting to retake with some success.  We could lend them our aid or show the rebels that they’re strong enough on their own.

Estimates:

2,000 partisans, impetuous, disorganised, regular troops fighting with 7,000 demoralised, slightly shambolic, trained troops

How do we handle…?

City Hall:

A) Go in with everything we’ve got
B) Keep the tanks out of it where possible
C) Proceed cautiously with infantry alone
D) Storm the building with infantry alone
E) Other

 General fighting:

A)   Lend ground and air support wherever available
B)   Lend only ground support
C)   Only set up fallback zones to contain the enemy
D)   Help only in the most contested areas
E)   Let the Morposians handle this

*We can pretty much guarantee their loyalty; the troops are from the oppressed lower classes with officers who have political connections to the provisional government
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« Reply #147 on: February 11, 2009, 07:01:37 am »
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« Reply #148 on: February 11, 2009, 10:19:58 am »
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AFDD (heads) wins.  Date: 159/Burn/6049, 473/Bake/0001

 It wasn’t long before a serious breakthrough had occurred in the Northern line and Western troops rushed through, enfilading their enemies.  It looked like the Northerners had had just about enough when aeroplanes appeared on our raider, coming from their side of the lines.

Should we stay or should we go?

A)   We should return to base before we’re spotted
B)   We have enough fuel to sit around for a while
C)   Other

Facing the beast

Jum knew that his companions probably stood no chance of taking this monster, whatever it was, without serious losses.  He, on the other hand, was physically tougher and had a technology advantage of some millennia on them.  Turning to his fellows, he drew a line in the ground with his army knife and told them in their language that they should remain behind.  As he expected, a number tried to cross it and he had to tell them, quite firmly in one case, that they should guard the approach and let him handle the monster.  Reluctantly (even the rival chief was a little taken aback), they let him go in.

The cave was dark and foreboding or at least it would have been without his infrared vision.  The rumbling grew louder as he crept along the sole track that presented itself for easy travel.  After a particularly steep downward incline, it opened out onto a large cave.  The rumbling, he could now tell, was coming from the sleeping form of a large, dark creature that was slumped over a rocky nest.  Its mate (or so he assumed), was wide awake, looking in his direction.  The creature itself stood on two legs, had two large claws, horns, a spiny tail and was generally not something pleasant to bump into in a dark cave.

How do we approach this?

A)   Take an aimed shot at the thing’s eyes
B)   Try to get closer
C)   Fire several shots at the thing, aiming around the upper body
D)   Hamstring it with an aimed shot to the leg
E)   Try to disarm one claw arm with an aimed shot
F)   Retreat out of the cave and report
G)   Other

473/1/1

The storming is a bloody affair for us; trying to preserve historical landmarks and killing dangerous criminals are two tasks that do not complement each other.  In the end, the gunlizards are killed at the cost of 17 soldiers killed and a further 28 wounded; neither tank cannon nor suppressing fire (from us, at least) was allowed to harm the town hall.  This should be better for our reputation in the long-term, though.

We had better luck in dealing with the insurgents, though.  By committing Tegasian forces, we put them on the defensive, forcing them to fight a battle of attrition.  With our superior numbers and firepower, we were able to drive them in on themselves, inflicting hundreds of casualties to both sides; ours are far easier to replace, though.  The few isolated pockets of resistance will just be a matter of time, though.

With these troubles over, should we take special action?

A)   Declare martial law and seal off the city
B)   Seal off the city
C)   Increase troop presence
D)   Increase intelligence activity
E)   Nothing needs to be done
F)   Other

Triumph

Professor Dolgsa made a note in her log: huge success.  The fusion generator had worked; true, it had lost 83% of its initial power capacity before generating energy efficiently but this was a veritable leap forward.

“Good news, everybody,” she said, “for those of you who are still alive after that last test, we have managed to create our first stable fusion reactor!”

There were some scattered cheers and the distinct sound of a high-five somewhere in the crowd of technicians.

“It’s hard to overstate my satisfaction with your performance but there really is no time for talking when we have so much science to do.  We’ll break soon for some cake* and then get back to making this thing bigger,” she continued, to some groans.  The promise of cake was enough, though, and the team got back to work.

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« Reply #149 on: February 22, 2009, 06:29:16 pm »
CAC/D
CAC/D
AAD
CAC/D

CAC/D wins.  Date: 160/Burn/6049, 484/Bake/0001

   Seeing as we have some fuel left, it doesn’t make sense to return home just yet, especially since the enemy is near unable to damage us in any way.  The Northern planes ignored us, if they did see us, and began to start disrupting the Western advance.  However, disrupt was all they did; there were simply too many Western troops swarming over the Northern defences for the air force to make a real difference.  The scene as it looked when our shuttle returned to refuel was one of defeat for the Northerners.  Columns of supplies and troops began an organised retreat from the area as the Westerners set about cleaning up the bodies of the fallen.  Truly it was a horrible battle and surely only representative of things to come.

   There is little more that Vus can do here for the moment, but having the Celesta in the area might prove useful if something truly unexpected comes along.

Should we organise a new expedition?

A)   No, the Celesta should remain here.
B)   We head north!
C)   We venture east!
D)   We warp south!
E)   We go west!

Eye of the Beast

   Jum knew that his only hope of taking down this hideous creature would be to act quickly and decisively with a killer shot.  He took a few seconds to aim before finally, after what seemed like the tensest moment of his life, firing the rifle.  The beam connected with the thing’s eyes and reduced them quickly to a thick goo before continuing on into the brain, all in a second.  It barely lived long enough to cry out in pain, although its mate now rose to find the source of the noise.
   Not one to be caught wasting time, Jum lined up his rifle on the new threat and shot it in the head.  Missing the eyes this time, it took a few shots to bring the thing down, all the time emitting a deafening roar as it flailed about from the strange source of pain.  Victorious, Jum was now free to paint his success in whatever light he wished to.

How should we depict it to those waiting outside?

A)   Cut off a creature’s head and bring it outside
B)   Bring an egg back
C)   Smash all the eggs and bring a head back
D)   Smash all but one egg and bring that one back
E)   Emerge empty-handed
F)   Other

Restoring order

   The latest revolts have come as a shock to Tegasian-based strategists but have had the positive side-effect of bringing the more radical elements of the nationalists into the open, so that we can crush them.  By increasing troop presence, we risk further casualties by making ourselves such a visible target but make people feel safer as well as increase casualties amongst future rebels.  Intelligence activity has also been stepped up.  This should give us a heads-up on future problems as and when they occur, although some may resent the perceived harassment.
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