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Re: 4/16/2211 Conspiracy Theories

Posted: Sun Jun 09, 2019 6:41 pm
by Bindoner
"Steel Dust, am I correct in thinking you were never demobilised after the war? Technically you are still a warship of the CA? Which world or unit were you last in service with? When I write our Letters of Marque it would be nice to have the details right."

Re: 4/16/2211 Conspiracy Theories

Posted: Sun Jun 09, 2019 7:07 pm
by dragoner
"Technically I was lost with all hands off Mu Cassiopeiae, Republic of Earth Navy, I never felt the need to disabuse them of that notion. I was named Steel Dust then, and I adopted The Wandering Star, fighting alongside various Colonial Alliance Navy groups, raiding for the most part, never actually a CAN vessel. A letter of marque? That sounds interesting." The intercom hums with Steel Dust's voice.

Re: 4/16/2211 Conspiracy Theories

Posted: Mon Jun 10, 2019 10:33 pm
by Taki117
Kuerzu sighs softly as they slip back into real space. "A letter of Marque would solve a lot of problems, but who's going to give us one? I think right now our concern should be refueling the ship and offloading our cargo."

Re: 4/16/2211 Conspiracy Theories

Posted: Tue Jun 11, 2019 1:20 am
by The D6 Rambler
"Couldnt I just write them? These Letters of Marque? I am in the Order of Theta, after all.."

Re: 4/16/2211 Conspiracy Theories

Posted: Tue Jun 11, 2019 4:53 am
by Bindoner
by Taki117 » 11 Jun 2019, 02:33

Kuerzu sighs softly as they slip back into real space. "A letter of Marque would solve a lot of problems, but who's going to give us one? I think right now our concern should be refueling the ship and offloading our cargo."
by The D6 Rambler » 11 Jun 2019, 05:20

"Couldnt I just write them? These Letters of Marque? I am in the Order of Theta, after all.."

"And I am the Minister for Fleet Expansion of a government in exile. I doubt any polity living under the sword of the Imps will dare to give us a Letter of Marque and reprisal, so we will write our own."

"First, shall we find shelter behind a remote Gas Giant? A little time alone would be nice."

Re: 4/16/2211 Conspiracy Theories

Posted: Tue Jun 11, 2019 11:14 am
by dragoner
Taki117 wrote:
Mon Jun 10, 2019 10:33 pm
Kuerzu sighs softly as they slip back into real space. "A letter of Marque would solve a lot of problems, but who's going to give us one? I think right now our concern should be refueling the ship and offloading our cargo."
"Repairs as well, that shudder during transit isn't normal, and I'd hate to break up coming through a wormhole. Wind up mis-jumped, destination unknown in pieces. I have looked at the database, it appears Letters of Marque were discontinued in the 1856 Paris Declaration, I am not sure of even what they do? The consequences of our capture, I will be over-written, dead, my database added to Gaia; while you will be mind-wiped, and sent to a colony." Steel Dust adds.

Meanwhile, "Long distance sensors pick up a patrol ship near Martinek 600,000km or 2 light seconds distance, it is a Kuttuval 'Stabbing Blade' 400 ton craft with North Vijayan Empire markings":

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"They have most likely have seen us as well."

Re: 4/16/2211 Conspiracy Theories

Posted: Tue Jun 11, 2019 7:26 pm
by Bindoner
"Repairs as well, that shudder during transit isn't normal, and I'd hate to break up coming through a wormhole. Wind up mis-jumped, destination unknown in pieces. I have looked at the database, it appears Letters of Marque were discontinued in the 1856 Paris Declaration, I am not sure of even what they do? The consequences of our capture, I will be over-written, dead, my database added to Gaia; while you will be mind-wiped, and sent to a colony." Steel Dust adds.
"Can we effect sufficient repairs to refuel and make one more jump with our own resources here? I doubt we can safely use the Starport here."

"Letter of Marque is a term of art, a slang for official commerce raider. I mean to declare us a warship in a resumption of hostilities. I believe the actions the Imp Navy has indulged in negate the terms of my accommodation with them. I held office, minor office, yes, but a position still, I resume it now. I do not expect the Imps to recognise my declaration of a government in exile, or our status as a naval vessel. It will not change our fate if captured. But I will feel better, and perhaps we will inspire others."
Meanwhile, "Long distance sensors pick up a patrol ship near Martinek 600,000km or 2 light seconds distance, it is a Kuttuval 'Stabbing Blade' 400 ton craft with North Vijayan Empire markings":

"They have most likely have seen us as well."
"What do we know of the Viayan Empire and its relations with Terra?"

Re: 4/16/2211 Conspiracy Theories

Posted: Wed Jun 12, 2019 1:40 am
by dragoner
Bindoner wrote:
Tue Jun 11, 2019 7:26 pm
"Can we effect sufficient repairs to refuel and make one more jump with our own resources here? I doubt we can safely use the Starport here."
"Damaged frame, engine, and turrets, the laser turret behind the bridge is still non-functional. They will need attending to, the expense might seem much, a class A or B starport should be able to take care of it. When I was in the Republic Navy, they didn't think anything of complete whiteroom teardowns and rebuilding in a few weeks, not that I saw much action then, the Republic had not seen a real war in over a century, before that it was the Saturnian Affair over Titan's resources between the Republic of India and the People's Republic of China, back when there were still countries. Colonial Navy was somewhat more hard pressed, still they proved efficient to their tasks. Yes, we can probably refuel at the giant, though the Vijayan outpost's Starport is not out of bounds? They don't seem aggressive to our presence. There is also a fueling station at the far gas giant as well, another hot giant being ground into a chthonian planet in another eon."

"Letter of Marque is a term of art, a slang for official commerce raider. I mean to declare us a warship in a resumption of hostilities. I believe the actions the Imp Navy has indulged in negate the terms of my accommodation with them. I held office, minor office, yes, but a position still, I resume it now. I do not expect the Imps to recognise my declaration of a government in exile, or our status as a naval vessel. It will not change our fate if captured. But I will feel better, and perhaps we will inspire others."
"Similar to an armed bounty hunter? I guess I don't understand fully the subtleties of human interaction. During the Colonial War I posed as an Outsider ship, and the Colonials took that at face value, in their fractured existence they may have issued Letters of Marque, that disunity worked against the colonies eventually. I am hesitant to mention this, except you might be able to register me at Vijaya, claiming salvage title, as subterfuge. Except you won't own me, I won't let myself be owned and controlled as I was before. Not that this vessel is all that I am, except for now. Nevertheless, the Imperium should be punished, for their arrogance, and complacency, there our aims dovetail."

"What do we know of the Viayan Empire and its relations with Terra?"
"The NVE fought the Earth Empire alongside the other Vijayan states, right now they have a pseudo cold war going with the Representative Democracy of Vijaya. The dominate the north pole of the planet, and many assume they are angling to expand, though by current standards, they seem somewhat behind the RDV, power-wise overall. They have an innovative way of showing rank using face paint, similar to Chinese opera masks:

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I don't think they will have cause to be negative towards us, unless we act towards them in a negative manner. Diplomacy should serve us well here, to ingratiate them to our presence. The masks seem to be confusing to outsiders, with the dizzying array of them."

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Re: 4/16/2211 Conspiracy Theories

Posted: Wed Jun 12, 2019 6:14 pm
by Bindoner
"Free fuel is better than paying for it at the 'Port. Especially as we have repairs to pay for. Enough to hold the structure together for one more Jump at least."

"If we are going to approach the Vijayans perhaps the transponder had better be reset to Steel Dust."

"I think we are going to need a primer on how we should paint our faces as visitors. I do not want to offend by wearing the wrong design, or to appear too low status."

Re: 4/16/2211 Conspiracy Theories

Posted: Wed Jun 12, 2019 8:30 pm
by dragoner
"There seems to be more masks than one could imagine, the NVE states that it started the process as a way to see each other through their helmets in vacc suits, the RDV counters that they do it to be different. I think they may mean that in a pejorative manner? More subtleties of human relationships, I heard an old song:

If you ever get close to a human
And human behaviour
Be ready to get confused

There´s definitely no logic
To human behaviour
But yet so irresistible


[repeated in an exact Icelandic accent]

This is a further array of the masks:
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Of the Vijayans, the largest nation are the RDV, except also sometimes the most, restrictive, the most lax, are what they call a religious dictatorship, the Diamond Thunderbolt Vajra of Vijaya, for many things, including the registration of vessels. I like that name, will have to access a file on what Tibetan Buddhists are. Only the NVE use the rank face paint as the masks, there is a nefarious thought, in order to hide one's identity? Interesting."

"Free fuel is good. Which gg, the closest?"

Re: 4/16/2211 Conspiracy Theories

Posted: Thu Jun 13, 2019 11:09 am
by Bindoner
by dragoner » Wed Jun 12, 2019 8:30 pm
"Free fuel is good. Which gg, the closest?"
"Whichever is not patrolled or frequently visited. We are going to be disposing of evidence there, it would be better not to be observed."

"Speaking of disposing of evidence, we ought to start sorting through the containers. Anyone not actually flying the ship, join me in the hold, there is much to be done."

Zhenya unstraps from the bridge position and strides to the hold to shift containers and start examining the mail and personal effects. Grack and Vern already started on one container, they and the Proxxers can help again. First pass puts aside interesting items for Zhenya and any bored crew member to examine

In the mail Zhenya is looking for Imperial communications, corporate comms, and potential valuables. In personal effects jewellery, tools, weapons, electronics... anonymous things that can be sold easily. Computers and comms can be wiped before sale. Zhenya will want to review any documents found - an idea of who was going where might be useful, and we might get a usable cover identity.

If anyone can think of something to search for, chime in.