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Hawkfrost000
2012-10-08, 01:07 AM
OOC Thread (http://www.giantitp.com/forums/showthread.php?p=14013333#post14013333)

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There have been rumors of war for months. The Jovian Republic has been in a state unrest for nearly 5 months since the assassination of several key political figures. Several experts argued that this would be the end of the Republic, that it would collapse under its own entropy. This proved not to be the case.

7 days ago at 2:30 (Solar Standard Time) the Jovian Republic declared war on Europa, 3 hours after the Europans first reported Jovians landing on Europa's surface.

The situation looks grim, many are saying it is the beginning of the first true Space War. The attack on Europa drew the ire of Locus and the Autonomist community in the Trojans, as well as the Titanian Commonwealth.

This conflict has drawn the attention of Firewall, they have deemed it necessary to step in and attempt to contain the conflict. To accomplish this they have chosen you. Are you one team of many, or a last ditch attempt to prevent the apocalypse? You sincerely hope it is the latter.

You stand in an open, greenery filled space in Locus's Azimuth spine waiting for the person who has brought to here to appear and enlighten you on the details of your mission. Around you stand the other members of your team, they vary in shape and size but seem no different from crowds you have seen at parties or on the street. You feel that introductions are in order.

Sithis
2012-10-08, 02:53 AM
Belisarius

The Neo-Avian fidgets a bit as he stand with the others. He knows these are the ones he was supposed to meet. Well, the Mesh-Ids match, at least. But ever since they all arrived at Azimuth, barely a word has been spoken. And frankly, it's getting on Eli's nerves. After a few more moments, the little bird just can't take it anymore.

"So, here we all are! It seems we're all working together, so we might as well get to know each other a bit. I'm Belisarius Filitov, but since "Eli" takes about a quarter of the time to say, I go by that." Smiling with a beak isn't possible, but Eli is somehow managing to give off that impression. He still is as he looks around at the Spar a bit. "I don't suppose any of you know who, exactly, it is we're waiting for?"

Hemnon
2012-10-08, 08:54 AM
Ripley

A mistlike form of light hovers a few inches over the floor, It's clear that it's just an AR illusion to represent an ego, but nevertheless, it is kinda weird.

As the form speaks, it lightly pulsates and get's a little brighter at every word uttered.
''Greetings Eli and the rest of you. You may all call me Ripley.''

Ajadea
2012-10-08, 12:43 PM
Jazz runs a hand through her short black hair and glances around again for the Firewall informant. They had been waiting far too long already. One would think that stopping a war would be more urgent. She assesses the others with her eyes. Her temporary allies. They looked acceptable, even if there were rather too many of them. "Jazz," she says by way of introduction. "And I do not know." Firewall wasn't in the habit of giving out more information than it had to.

kardar233
2012-10-11, 02:54 AM
Despite the almost garish red and black longcoat and matching hair colour, Fion's new morph somehow manages to blend well into the seething mass of transhumanity that is Locus. Visibly, he only carries a medium-sized shoulder bag. Standing with the group Firewall had assigned him, he can't help fidgeting; while it could easily have been nerves, a practiced eye could notice the signs of new morph acclimatization. He wore large, gold-framed sunglasses; still uncomfortable with his new eyes, he didn't want to meet others'. The new jaw worked on a piece of genuine imitation bubble gum, with barely-audible sound effects. Two ladies and a bird. Could have picked a worse time to be sleeved into a female. Still should have broken that splice-tech's fingers.

"I'm Fion. Good to know we'll be covered in cases of religiously-motivated criminals, alien stalkers and forming hacker havens."

A tawny streak flashes by him and he reaches to grab but he's just barely too slow, and the 'cat speeds by towards Eli with hors d'oeuvres on its mind.

Sithis
2012-10-11, 07:09 PM
Eli

"Oh dear. There appears to be a cat attacking my leg." Eli's bioweave has kept the cat from causing any real damage, but it seems to be doing it's best despite that. "I don't suppose this belongs to anyone, does it?"

kardar233
2012-10-12, 03:55 AM
"Oi! Get off the nice bird!"

The cat paused in its attentions long enough to hiss at Fion, quieted down and moseyed over in front of Jazz to do a very good job of looking forlorn. Now that it's not speeding along, it's visibly just a touch larger than a housecat, with a quintessential tabby coat with a slight twist of green.

"Sorry about him; he's a real pain in the ass." The cat paused in its "poor stray" act to shoot Fion a withering look.

"As to your question, I'd say they're probably leaving us together here so we can develop group dynamics, namely triangles of unresolved sexual tension, strawman ideological differences and alpha conflicts." He looked puzzled for a second. "Or was that the heist XP I was watching?"

Ajadea
2012-10-12, 12:42 PM
Jazz raises her eyebrows at the Fury-sleeved woman, though she holds back on a withering glare. This already seemed to be going rather less than spectacularly. "Regardless of what we are here for, I would like to know where your skills lie." She pauses, then decides to speak first. "I am a pilot primarily, with navigational and engineering experience as well." She was also an accomplished free-runner and passable combatant with this morph, but giving out too many details in public seemed like a bad idea.

Sithis
2012-10-12, 01:33 PM
Eli

Eli takes a moment to smooth some ruffled feathers before rejoining the coversation. "Well, I have doctorates in Archeology, Xenoarcheology, and Xenolinguistics. Though I doubt they'll be of much help here. Unless the Jovians have alien artifacts or something. Doubtful. I was actually a Gatecrasher, very briefly. Once. The group I went with gave me some para-military training. I never actually had to USE it, but..." He trails off, and begins fidgeting a little bit. "There are a couple of other things, of course, but those are the main things."

Hemnon
2012-10-12, 02:39 PM
''Well, my area of expertise would be in the cyberprotection kind. I can also calculate vast numbers at a decent speed and pilot a spacecraft if i am linked to it.'' She responds to the quest with a pleasant glow and a matter of fact tone of voice.


By having 2 extra actions, would it be alright if my character runs security checks in the background, while doing normal stuff?

Hawkfrost000
2012-10-12, 07:56 PM
A shimmer cascades through the air before coalescing into a man shaped image with the characteristic not-quite-real look of AR projections.

Welcome to Locus, thank you for coming on such short notice. As you have no doubt heard, the local situation is rapidly deteriorating.

You may be wondering what interest firewall has in the war that is unfolding, until now we have concerned ourselves with things beyond the interest or understanding of the rest of Transhumanity, but a group of us have decided that the... situation represents a grave threat to the continued stability of the solar system.

To that end we have assembled several teams, of which you are one to limit the damage that this war will be able to inflict.

He pauses as if waiting for questions.

Ajadea
2012-10-12, 10:18 PM
One bird with a large assortment of rather useless training, one AR ego - at least they wouldn't have to worry about hackers, small mercies, and one fury, presumably combat-focused, who did not seem to be residing entirely in reality. And Firewall was being typically close-lipped. This was going to be great, she could just feel it. Jazz folds her arms. The vacsuit's sleeves grate against each other. "Limit damage how, exactly?"

Hawkfrost000
2012-10-13, 12:53 AM
The image gestures and a new column of light takes form in front of you.

As you may be aware, the Jovian Republic has the strongest navy in the solar system. Over the last few months there has been some very unusual activity on the edges of the Jovian system. Now, normally Jovian shipbuilding activity is concentrated in the inner system, usually around Io. The Image resolves into a picture of Io, with heavy shipyards in orbit and at Lagrange points. Then zooms out to a small asteroid, the image is noticeably blurrier, it shifts into what is probably infra-red. You can see this asteroid is extremely hot, these heat patterns are consistent with large scale nanofabrication. If we look at this image in radar, we can see that there are two definite shapes, which are consistent with the hull outlines of Jovian Dreadnoughts, but larger.

kardar233
2012-10-13, 01:16 AM
"So you want us to go in and cripple those new ships. What's our in?"

Damn Firewall. I'm charging them double what they offered me for this.

"You want us to kill dreadnoughts. Have any antimatter charges lying around?"

Ajadea
2012-10-13, 01:38 AM
Dreadnaughts, nanotech, explosions. Sounded easy, for a Firewall run. Even though they were a new design, with that profile there should at least be some similarities that could be exploited. Though she would admit that some antimatter charges could help, there were other ways to cripple ships. Jazz nods. "Right, breakdown it is. Seems straightforward enough. You got a ship reserved? These sleeves are not going to go over well with Jovians." She traces a line across too-perfect cheekbones, emphasizing the slight differences separating the olympians from run-of-the-mill splicers.


[roll0] vs 55. Given that the ships are being mostly nanofabricated, which parts will be finished last?
[roll1] vs 50. Weak points of a Jovian Dreadnaught.
[roll2] vs 50. How much boom do we need to punch a hole in a dreadnaught's hull?

Hawkfrost000
2012-10-13, 01:57 AM
The image shakes its head No antimatter charges. We have decided that it is best that the ships be destroyed through an "unfortunate accident" of the Jovians new-found nanofabbers than an out and out attack by enemy forces. A more frontal attack would only throw fuel on a fire we are trying to contain. That's why we selected you as sentinels, rather than a fully equipped erasure squad. The image changes again, this time to a time lapse video of the construction of these ships, a time-stamp in the lower left corner indicates that construction has been ongoing for about 15 days. Construction on these ships is proceeding worryingly fast. It exceeds even the capabilities of most Firewall fabbers. We estimate that these ships are about 75% complete, with a mostly complete superstructure and engines, we estimate that the Jovians will begin fueling and arming them within the next 20 days. The image pauses for effect Fueled with antimatter. Your objective is to detonate the fuel tanks or warheads of either ship, the resulting explosion should easily destroy the entire moonlet.

Zero G Engineering: You remember only a rule of thumb that parts of the ship are built in order of decreasing size and increasing complexity.
Spaceship Design: You aren't privy to most military ship designs, especially those of the Jovians, their biggest combat disadvantage is their bulk, a greater cross section and surface area means they are much more likely to be hit than a smaller ship. Smaller ships are generally considered to be more viable as a solid hit with an antimatter warhead will destroy any class of ship, but you can have 2 cruisers or 3 destroyers for the price of one dreadnought.
Demolitions: Kiloton yield explosives

kardar233
2012-10-13, 02:10 AM
The image shakes its head No antimatter charges. We have decided that it is best that the ships be destroyed through an "unfortunate accident" of the Jovians new-found nanofabbers than an out and out attack by enemy forces. A more frontal attack would only throw fuel on a fire we are trying to contain. That's why we selected you as sentinels, rather than a fully equipped erasure squad. The image changes again, this time to a time lapse video of the construction of these ships, a time-stamp in the lower left corner indicates that construction has been ongoing for about 15 days. Construction on these ships is proceeding worryingly fast. It exceeds even the capabilities of most Firewall fabbers. We estimate that these ships are about 75% complete, with a mostly complete superstructure and engines, we estimate that the Jovians will begin fueling and arming them within the next 20 days. The image pauses for effect Fueled with antimatter. Your objective is to detonate the fuel tanks or warheads of either ship, the resulting explosion should easily destroy the entire moonlet.

"Fair enough. An "accident" then."


Dreadnaughts, nanotech, explosions. Sounded easy, for a Firewall run. Even though they were a new design, with that profile there should at least be some similarities that could be exploited. Though she would admit that some antimatter charges could help, there were other ways to cripple ships. Jazz nods. "Right, breakdown it is. Seems straightforward enough. You got a ship reserved? These sleeves are not going to go over well with Jovians." She traces a line across too-perfect cheekbones, emphasizing the slight differences separating the olympians from run-of-the-mill splicers.

"Most Jovians have never seen anything other than a flat or splicer, so unless they get a deep-scan that finds augs we should be able to pass for one of them. The main trouble will be getting in. We might be able to stealth a ship and sling it ballistic-wise past the target, eject and 'swim' in with vac-suits. Depends on how good their scans are, though; it might be tough getting past them."

Fion turned back to the holograph projection. "What level of deniability are you aiming for on this? 'Cause I can fair guarantee you that something's going to go terribly wrong sometime on this trip. The 'accident' cover is unlikely to hold. We won't be able to cover as a Jovian anarchist cell; they wouldn't have the info for an op like this. We might be able to pass ourselves off as an autonomist collective seriously pissed about Europa, but then that's likely to drag the other main collectives like Locus into a shooting war..... unless that's what you want."

Ajadea
2012-10-13, 02:15 AM
Well, that answered the question of explosives, though the unfortunate nanofabrication accident was somewhat out of her expertise. Unfortunate fuel tank accident indeed. The Jovians would be set back quite severely. The parts easiest to damage would be made last, of course... better to jam them before it got that far but those were the parts easiest to 'lose' and buy some precious hours. Fiddling with the engines seemed like a good place to start. Tweak and tinker and watch them go out as soon as they try to go places. But it didn't add up. More bulk was the last thing a Dreadnaught needed. What sort of unholy warheads were they packing on that thing? A planet muncher? There had to be some reason for all that extra space... probably nothing good, given circumstances. And that seemed to be a no on the ship. Dammit. "Understood, Firewall" is all she says out loud. All she dares say. She turns to Fury - Fion. Names were important. "Sling and swim should be ok, though we'll need to find somewhere to park the ship in the meantime."

Hawkfrost000
2012-10-13, 02:36 AM
The image shrugs A shooting war between the Trojans and the Republic is almost inevitable. It would be preferable that you not link yourselves to Firewall, an anarchist collective would be ideal cover. Our objective is to blunt the military power of the current Superpowers, we have... countermeasures in place to prevent a prolonged war.

You can make any necessary backups and insurance arrangements at this location. The image continues, highlighting a well known morph brokerage halfway out on one of the equatorial spines. I have also made arrangements with Boister's Armory for you to pick up additional materials, he will also provide you with a small ship. It is preferable that you return it intact.

Hemnon
2012-10-13, 07:31 AM
'Hmm... A wellworking tactic could be a viral attack on the nanofabbers or cause some engines to overload via some fiddling with the safeties and emergency systems to cause said overload...'' It seemed that Ripley was thinking out loud... again.

OOC Rolls

Academics (Nanotechnology) to find out any structual weaknesses in nanofabricators.
[roll0] vs 65

InfoSec - Possibility of hacking into a dreadnought and cause an engine to overload.
[roll1] vs 100.

Hawkfrost000
2012-10-13, 08:35 PM
It needn't even be as complicated as that, all you need is for any of the antimatter containment vessels to cease working for a fraction of a second. Firewall has several logic bombs of this type available, though you will need to tailor it to your specific target.

Academics (Nanotechnology): Nanoswarms are difficult to destroy. Once they have been set on a purpose they complete it until every one is destroyed. Destroying the hive that produced them sometimes stops them however.
InfoSec: Its entirely possible, especially with a Firewall provided logic bomb. With Jovian security it could even be easy.

kardar233
2012-10-14, 02:32 AM
It needn't even be as complicated as that, all you need is for any of the antimatter containment vessels to cease working for a fraction of a second. Firewall has several logic bombs of this type available, though you will need to tailor it to your specific target.

"Once we've done that, we just need to deliver the package to the target. I'm not sure if the Jovians will let pets on-station; it might be tough to get Eli in. We should be able to get Jovian IDs from Boister or one of his associates. We'll need an extraction method; we could try getting the ship to swing back around for a second swimming pass, but that's sketchy and time-dependent. Need a better way."

Hemnon
2012-10-14, 08:03 PM
It needn't even be as complicated as that, all you need is for any of the antimatter containment vessels to cease working for a fraction of a second. Firewall has several logic bombs of this type available, though you will need to tailor it to your specific target.

''Indeed.... Well then, would you be able to provide me with such a piece? Creating one from ground up, does take quite a while after all.''

Hawkfrost000
2012-10-16, 12:22 AM
I can have a logic bomb frame at Boister's in about an hour, speed of light and all that. One of his assistants also maintains a suit of cyberwarfare tools that you should peruse, be aware that he is not "in the know" about Firewall activities through the armory.

I would advise that the next point on your trip be Callisto, it is likely to become a staging point for the Locus fleet, we have some resources there that will prove valuable.

kardar233
2012-10-17, 03:36 AM
"We can hash out details on the way. Let's get armed to the," he pauses for a second to scan Jazz through infrared and x-ray, "(figurative in your case) gills."

Hawkfrost000
2012-10-19, 04:35 PM
Very well, I would appreciate it if you kept me updated but it is not a requirement. You can contact me at this Mesh Address, it is fully secured.

Hemnon
2012-10-20, 05:52 PM
''Well then everyone, shall we? Oh and Fion please take good care of me, if you promise that, then i promise the same.'' The misty form pulsates to the others.

kardar233
2012-10-21, 02:50 AM
"What the ****? Oh, infomorph. Wait, but how... no. Ah. " He turns to the Firewall representative. "You people are annoyingly well-informed.

He crosses his arms in a somewhat adversarial pose. "Still, it's my ****ing body. You a desleeved cracker, or one of those AGI brainjobs?"

Ajadea
2012-10-21, 09:23 AM
"Can we discuss this on the way to Boister's? I would like to examine the ship provided before we leave," Jazz says. This conversation had gone on quite long enough, and it was high time for action.

Sithis
2012-10-21, 10:42 AM
Eli

Eli is only half pays attention to the conversation, occasionally tuning in whenever his Oracle thinks something really important has been said. Not like he really has all that much to contribute, most of the conversation so far had been over his head anyway. So instead, he busys himself searching the Mesh, trying to find out what he can about the shipyards at Io and the asteroid in question. Lia, could you help me look through this stuff?


Research: Trying to see what information is out there about the Jovian shipyards in general, and any mention of that asteroid in particular.
[roll0] vs 60 (and I believe it's +10 on top of that if my muse Lia helps me out.)

Not sure how we're going to handle muses, are they going to be used by us, by you, or a combination of both?


A few moments later, Eli realizes that the briefing seems to have ended. He goes ahead and pipes in, "I agree, it's probably best we start heading to...Boister's."

Hawkfrost000
2012-10-22, 11:50 PM
To all

Can i assume you make your way to the Armoury?

To Eli

The Jovians are insular and secretive by their nature. There is plenty of speculation in the Locus Mesh about the capabilities of various jovian shipyards, predominantly the ones around Io and Ganymede. Distilling facts from the speculation is difficult however. You conclude that the rate of production on these new warships outstrips anything they have had before by ~500%. Jovian shipyards are very robust and tend to rely on welding and elbow grease before smart matter and nanotech.

This particular moon is little more than a heavy metal rich asteroid that has been captured by Jupiter's gravity, it is located at the very edge of the Jovian moon system.

In response to Sithis's question i plan on having you roleplay your Muses for the most part, i may step in if the situation calls for it.

Hemnon
2012-10-24, 06:27 AM
"What the ****? Oh, infomorph. Wait, but how... no. Ah. " He turns to the Firewall representative. "You people are annoyingly well-informed.

He crosses his arms in a somewhat adversarial pose. "Still, it's my ****ing body. You a desleeved cracker, or one of those AGI brainjobs?"

''I am a child of transhumanity, a cybersystem guardian and, indeed, what you call an Artifical Intelligence.'' She replied loud enough so only Fion would hear it.

kardar233
2012-10-24, 01:03 PM
''I am a child of transhumanity, a cybersystem guardian and, indeed, what you call an Artifical Intelligence.'' She replied loud enough so only Fion would hear it.

Fion broke into a broad grin. "Right answer. I've opened a port for you; welcome aboard." He shifted gears to his muse for a moment. ['Leen, ping these clowns on our nets; I want to know if any of 'em are in our business. Also, we got a visitor. Try to be nice.]

He looked up and turned a slow circle. "Ridiculous; I leave here for a few months and they change the whole Azimuth on me. Boister's is... thataway."


OOC: For everyone
Fion's pinging y'all on g-rep. If you got some, I'd just like to know what your standing is like (associate, member, etc.) and with who.

Hemnon
2012-10-24, 02:46 PM
OOC: Fion only

Nada!
only a few vague references that MIGHT have something to do with Ripley. Though they are all too vague to be trusted.

Hawkfrost000
2012-10-25, 06:56 PM
As you make you way to Boister's you find the streets only slightly busier than normal. As Autonomists don't use uniforms so you have no idea who is an accountant and who is a soldier.

The Armoury itself is bustling like a nanohive with people bustling back and forth pulling lethal looking things off of shelves and fabbers and passing them out to people at a series kiosks labelled Requisitions. Nearby there is a smaller kiosk with the label Special Requests has a far smaller line up.

You pause just outside of the main airlock to allow a trio of exoskeletoned octomorphs and a novacrab to exit.

kardar233
2012-10-26, 02:08 PM
Fion slid seamlessly through the bustle surrounding the entrance Boister's Armoury to enter through the main doors. Like a number of the strange assortment of people in the place, he wasn't actually looking for Boister's standard affair of ridiculously powerful weaponry (his "goody bag" containing quite a large amount of Boister merchandise already) but he still kept a lookout for the proprietor's trademark Bouncer.

What he was really looking for was someone who could set him up with some Jovian military idents. He scanned the crowd, looking for familiar faces.

For GM:
Making Networking checks.
Networking: Autonomists (skill 50, rep 50)[roll0]
Networking: Criminals (skill 80, rep 90)[roll1]
Assign modifiers as you see fit.

Hawkfrost000
2012-10-29, 09:58 PM
Fion recognizes a group of 4 tall, lean humanoid morphs which look just a bit too avian, with sharp cheekbones, aquiline noses and the hint of feathers mixed in with hair. They each have several golden feathers tattooed on their cheeks. They are Golden Hawks, a mercenary/pirate group based near Extropia that uses unique "Hawk" Fury morphs. Fion worked with 2 of them on a job to take down a Nine Lives group in the Belt.

You don't see Boister in the immediate vicinity, you assume he somewhere in the back with the "prime" stock.

Sithis
2012-11-06, 01:56 AM
Eli

The crowd is a bit too chaotic for Eli to navigate easily. More then once, he almost got run over by people who didn't bother to look down. Nevertheless, he manages to more or less keep up with Fion and Jazz. And Ripley, though she(?) was technically in Fion's body so...

This though was interrupted by another though: Eli had no idea who this Boister was, or really anything about him. Not expecting to be heard over the crowd, he sends a ping to the others. Probably a stupid question but I'm not exactly familiar with Locus. Who exactly is this Boister?

OOC

Networking: Firewall to see what info I can find really quick about who Boister is and why Firewall is apparently trusting him. Don't really expect to make it, but worth a shot.
[roll0] vs 15
Edit: Oh wow, that's awesome. :smallbiggrin:

And I guess another research roll looking for more general information about Boister.
[roll1] vs 60


OOC: Fion

Nothing at all about Eli on the g-net. Seems he's kept his beak clean.

kardar233
2012-11-30, 01:53 AM
Fion caught the eye of the birdlike privateers and moved over to them while replying to Eli. [Boister's your number one man for everything that kills, maims or otherwise brutalizes your enemies. He's way ahead on the arms curve from anyone who isn't DA or GDS, and they're working hard just to be nipping his heels. He's been working on anti-TITAN technology, and that should tell you a lot about the quality of his ****.]

Meanwhile, Fion's muse addressed the newcomer into their shared neural net. You could do with showing a bit more AGI pride, lady. This is Locus, you won't raise eyebrows unless you're Teilhard Liu's lost child, recently escaped from the TITANS in Andromeda.
Hey! 'Leen, be nice to the passenger.
Bite me.

By the time this exchange had finished he had made his way through the crowd to the Hawks group. Being in Locus he had felt no need to disguise his identity, and while his unexceptional @-rep wouldn't make any big pings on others' entoptics anyone licensed on the Guanxi nets would get an eyeful. He strolled up to the quartet and stood there, a picture of calm. "Hey Chollie."
****, does my voice really sound like that?
Yeah. Yeah, it does. Get used to it, Fi.
I have mentioned that it pisses me off when you call me that, right?
Yup.
I hate you.

The aviamorphs looked at each other momentarily. On his previous mission with their group he had made a point of calling all of them Chollie, with apparent disregard for their chosen name, or, for that matter, gender. However, last time he had been in his now-defunct ghost morph and had been speaking in an artificial monotone, so it was even stranger hearing the name from this classy fury. "Arrived on Locus to take advantage of the myriad opportunities offered by the place generally going bat****? Like your style. I'm looking to dish some **** and I'm in the market for some Ganny milspec chalks. "