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    Cantar, Yabdul System; Private Quarters of Kriegsherr:

    A red-skinned figure representing a humanoid-reptile was sitting comfortably in a chair by a large window in a mansion, sipping from a glass of wine as he stared out onto the surface of the world in which he lived. He was dressed in what was the equivalent of a highly decorated military uniform, and had one leg crossed over the other as he sat. His expression was hard to read, but in his eyes was an easily recognizable sign of impatience, staring out into the barren wasteland that surrounded the perimeter of the gardens that extended outward from the building he was in. The air was tinted a purple hue from the vast amounts of Methane that his species breathed, and it gave the deserts a light ambiance as he awaited the inevitable. Then, breaking the silence, he heard an explosion, quickly followed by another. They were faint, muted by distance as they occurred a few miles away, but when two planes soared over the roof of his executive mansion, all his doubts were washed away. It was final. The rebellion was over.

    The newly christened Kriegsherr, Maximilian Gales Marx, rose from his chair and set his glass on the table next to him. He began to walk casually toward the two large double doors, expecting exactly what was going to happen. When he was almost twenty feet away from the door, he stopped as it swung open, and three men in soldiers’ uniforms came rushing inside. “My lord!” One cried out, catching his breath. “It is over, we’ve won!” His comrade finished for him. “All of Cantar is ours, sire. The rebels have been completely destroyed.” The third, dressed in an officers garment only slightly less decorated than the Kriegsherr’s, walked in front of the other two. “So, old friend…” He began with a pleased tone. “What are your orders?”




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    What, another SEIV LP?

    That’s right! After the incredible LP that Maxymiuk created, a few people who were remotely involved in it decided to try and create their own LPs for the game. I’m doing that too, so allow me to welcome you to 'With War Comes Honor; Let’s Play Space Empires IV.'

    Most of those other LPs died…

    I’m aware of that, but the detail that you’re completely overlooking is that those LPs weren’t done by me.

    So you’re not going to stop posting mysteriously after a few weeks, then?

    No, and I can tell that you’ve seen LPs of this game on other forums as well.

    Isn’t there already one going that isn’t dead?

    True. However, that LP is effectively only going on between those directly playing the game, while this is open via character creation to all who’ll spare it a passing glance.

    So how’s this going down…?

    I’m glad you asked, mysterious voice from the heavens. This play through is without mods; completely out of the box here. And like Maxymiuk’s LP, those who want to can participate in the narrative of the story with a character, by filling out a form like so…

    Name: (Name of the character, obviously)
    Position: (What role do they play in the empire? Governor? Captain? Spy? There’s a list to pick from bellow, so choose from there)
    *Ship/Planet Name: (The title of your vessel or controlled world)
    *Fleet Name: (What else? The name of the fleet you command)
    *Strategy: (Close in and attack? Stay back and fire missiles? Choose here how I’ll make the ships you pilot spread our will throughout the universe, one battle at a time)
    Additional Info: (Don’t want me coming up with the details of your creation? Fine by me; just post anything else you’d like about them here. (Appearance, history in the empire, etc.))

    *Exclusive to certain choices unless stated otherwise.

    Here’s a list of options that you can choose from;

    Planetary Governor: Can’t control an empire all by yourself, you know. The Warlord in charge of this whole operation is going to need capable men planet side pulling the strings. (Only for the big worlds, of course. I.e., ones that are basically single handedly holding the economy together early game, and eventually the ring/sphere worlds I hope to create once we near the end.) For these guys, just replace 'Ship Name' with the name of the planet you want. Or, if we don't currently have one you're interested in, give me a type of world you'd like (Millitary Base, Frontline Outpost, etc.) and a name you'd like to give it and when the chance comes I'll throw it your way.
    Research and Development Scientist: Genius’ who work with R&D to help fuel the population’s lust for war with fancy guns and starship hulls. Would no doubt go absolutely crazy when aliens come knocking at our doorstep, and may be given their own specialty ships, once we can afford them.
    Admiral/Captain: The men and women who crew the vessels we send into outer space. Admirals leading the fleets, and Captains helming individual ships within them, these are no doubt the most important roles to fill. How will we expand (and how would this possibly be interesting?) without officers to lead our navy? Defiantly getting the most screen time out of the choices here once we get this rolling.
    Intelligence Agent: Spies who travel deep into enemy territory to wreak havoc in our name. These are the ones who carry out intelligence operations against our foes, (once we get the tech) and can become vital tools as we manipulate the galaxy to our favor.
    Ground General: Feel the need to invade in a more old fashioned way? Command a legion of troops and conquer the planets we don’t feel like blowing up. Ground troops become a very large part of the game if you don’t feel like glassing every planet you see, and we can’t just send a column of tanks in without leadership, now can we? (These guys would be helming the transport that brings them to the planet as well, making them a kind of honorary Captain.)
    Other: Got a better idea than something you see here? I’m more than happy to give you the option of creating your own identity in the empire. (Feel like being a terrorist? Give it a go! Want to take part in the boarding party heading into the enemy capital ship? Sure, why not. I just don’t guarantee the same amount of space dedicated to your character in each update as the rest of the gang’s)

    People who make characters (or just people who know what they’re talking about) can vote on major decisions that we make as a collective people. Except for one.



    I’ve already taken the liberty of creating an empire with a name (Cantar States) and shipset, (Jraenar) so there won’t be voting on empire creation. While this may take away from some of the experience, please just bear with me on that.
    But there is one thing that we can vote for right off the bat, and that’s diplomacy styles. I think that this is pretty self explanatory, so take a vote on to how we should spread our sphere of influence with other nations.

    Alliance: Extend the olive branch in an attempt to get our neighbor’s good side. Ultimately, this is a short term solution to stop them from shooting at us, as the AI will eventually declare war on us even if we’ve been partners for three thousand years if we get a score too high above second place. It’s a situation only reached (usually) in the later stages of the game, or, seeing as this is single player, around mid game, but still.

    Subjugation: Invade, cripple, and occupy, while leaving their leaders in control. This is easier to do early game to naturally weaker empires, (Neutrals, who can’t leave their home system) but it is possible (albeit difficult) to accomplish in the later stages, if we do it right.

    Assimilation: Conquer by any means at our disposal; be it troops to gain command of their colonies or ships to turn their worlds into dust, and demand their ultimate surrender. This leads to all of the planets and ships under their control to be under ours- complete annexation, and obviously the most favored way of domination.

    Extermination: Complete genocide, end of story. Simple, in that we no longer have to deal with them, but a bad decision in that we don’t gain their population (for use on worlds we can’t naturally breathe on) or their planets, ships and tech. I personally frown upon this, but I’ll leave it up to you all.


    And that’s all to be said right now. Think it over, and if enough people show interest in this (hell, even if nobody signs up) then we’ll get this ball rolling as soon as possible.
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    Cantar States: 2401.3


    Empire Details:

    NPCs-
    1. Kriegsherr - Maximilian Gales Marx
    Planet - Cantar
    2. Captain - Kazak Idd
    Ship Space Station - Ideology
    3.

    Weapons Research And Development-
    1. (Head) RationalGoblin - Dr. Lyserg
    Ship - (TBA) Stellar Fires
    Fleet Assignment - (TBA)
    2.

    Admirals-
    1. The JJ - Jo'nah Jam-ezon
    Ship - The New Sun
    Fleet - The Lightbringer Fleet
    2.

    Captains-
    1. Kane - Kane
    Ship - Abyss of the Void
    Fleet Assignment - The Lightbringer Fleet
    2. Zenos - Graf von Zenos
    Ship - Doom Eagle
    Fleet Assignment - (TBA) The Lightbringer Fleet
    3.


    Ship Classes:


    Combat:

    Butcher -
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    Ship Information- Armed with two short range DUC's. Quick and able to just barely outrange most non-missle foes. Frontline combat ship used in conjuction with Pike's.

    Snipe -
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    Ship Information- Armed with a single CSM launcher. High damage and high speed, but requires escort due to long reload time.

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    Ship Information- Planetary bomber craft, armed with Napalm explosives. Can enflict huge amounts of damage on worlds, but is unable to defend itself from other ships and requires escort. May cause rampant overkill.

    Ship Information- Bomber craft armed with Radioactive weaponry. Damages planet ecosystems to lower birthrates and conditions. Low actual damage and interfears with eventual recolonization of planets. As other bombercraft, requires escort to defend from other ships in combat.



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    Ship Information- Standard Rock Colony Ship. Unarmed.

    Space Stations-
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    Ship Information- Orbital Defence Base/Construction Yard. Armed with single CSM launcher.

    Transports-
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    Ship Information- Satellite Layer and Cargo/Population Transport. Unarmed. Capable of launching 8 satellites per month.



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    Unit Information- Missile defence satellie. Effective for supplementing warp point defences.

    Unit Information- DUC defence satellite. Used to defend missile satellites in close range and for aiding in warp point defence.

    Weapons Platforms-
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    Unit Information- Missile defence launcher armed with three CSM's. Main method of planet defence for vunerable colonies.

    Unit Information- Secondary defence platform armed with four large-mount DUC's. Short range but rapid fire and adequate damage.
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    Could you spoiler that big image in the first post?

    It stretches the screen.
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    I sign on as Admiral Jo'nah Jam-ezon.

    Flagship: The New Sun.

    Fleet: The Lightbringer Fleet

    Strategy: Anti-space specialist. Maybe some direct fire mass drivers/lasers. Maybe an 'outrange the enemy' style but not quite 'hang back and spam missiles.'

    Additional Info: A super fanatical patriot. Older gentleman, veteran of some pre-game war.

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    Quadrant Date: 2400.0
    Yabdul System – Cantar – Capital City of Kinzuna:



    A large screen on the side of a building in the city square was playing back footage captured of the rebel base in Stantic being bombed into oblivion. A crowd had stopped to watch the horror, seeing men burned alive by ammo explosions, buildings a dozen floors high being reduced to ash and ruble in seconds. But despite these chaotic sights, no screams of terror came from the crowd. No gasps of shock emitted from the square, now practically filled with Cantar citizens. This was because the planes that were causing so much havoc were their own, and the sight of the rebels engulfed in flames was a reward to the men and women who had put up with their dissidence. A news reporter appeared as the video shrunk into the top right of the screen.
    “…Such was the hell brought down upon the Stantic Rebels earlier today by the proud men and women of the Cantar Armed Forces, ending the longest running split in Cantar society with one swift stroke. Kriegsherr Marx gave the following statement after news reached him of the attack; ‘This shall prove once and for all that in the Cantar States, terrorism from rebels shall not be tolerated. Let this be a message to all who would disrupt peace with war…’”
    The footage replayed and the crowd began to disperse, conversations beginning about the power of the head of state and the poor souls in Stantic. All of the events were being watched from the top floor of large office building, sleek and silver on the outside jutting up twenty stories into the air. Standing by the glass wall of the top floor was the Kriegsherr; Maximilian Gales Marx, watching as his populace took in the end of the rebellion. In the room with him was a single other man, standing triumphantly next to Marx as his leader looked down bellow. The Kriegsherr continued to stare outside, and then asked,
    “How many were wiped out in the bombing, Kazak?” He did not turn to face him while he spoke. “Approximately 200 million, sire.” Marx looked at him.
    “All of them in Stantic?” Kazak shook his head, saying,
    “No, no, friend, allow me to clarify. While the majority were indeed within the boundaries of Stantic, many outlying towns were attacked to finish off any who may have escaped.” He seemed overly proud that he just ordered the annihilation of a large country, but Marx paid his tone no mind. “I can assure you, that while the casualty count may be higher than expected…”
    ‘That was an understatement.’ Marx thought. ‘Initial projections were just above 50 million.’
    “…This assault was indeed the best possible option for wiping out all of the rebels. And if, by some slim chance, someone did survive, they would likely be rooted out of mainstream society swiftly enough to end any threat that they would pose to us.” Marx gave him a sharp look. “Er, pardon me… To you, I mean.” Kazak, while a good friend of Marx for many years who had helped him in his rise to power, would often times use terminology that, if anyone else was in command, would get him killed. Only their history together stopped him from tossing Kazak out of the window they stood next to. That, and his skills as a military officer.
    “In any case,” Kazak continued, “There is no need to worry about the rebels any longer.” He put his hand on Marx’s shoulder as they both stared out into the purple methane-tinted sky that enshrouded their world. “The time has come to expand into outer space, my friend. Cantar alone no longer can contain the mighty spirit of our people.”
    Marx looked at him then turned around, back toward the table that stood in the center of the room. It had a number of chairs around it, showing that it was mostly used by the former executives of the building for business. Now, though, with the entire company now heading toward pursuing research directives, the holographic projector in the center of the table was used to present new discoveries to the acting Kriegsherr.
    “I suppose that this is the real reason you brought be here, then?” Marx was barely told anything about why he was being dragged off from his palace, so up until now he had only speculated. He could never have guessed that it was to suggest expanding off world.
    Kazak nodded, and typed in a code on a number pad built into the table. “Yes, and I’m sure that you will be pleased…” Soon after he said those words, a hazy blue three dimensional image flickered on, hovering and slowly rotating over the projector in the center of the table.



    Marx looked at the hologram with no change in expression. “What exactly is this thing?”
    “It’s exactly what you see, sire.” Kazak replied enthusiastically. “These are the designs for the DS-BSY Spire I, a Space Station designed to keep the population in line while simultaneously adding to our construction capabilities.” Marx looked at him questioningly. “And how does this… ‘Spire,’ go about doing that?” Kazak grinned deviously as he pressed another button on the control pad. The image ‘zoomed’ in on a point near the bottom of the station, revealing a door that was sliding open and closed. Shooting out of the opening was a single missile, which went a fairly far distance in the animation before exploding gloriously.
    “The station comes equipped with a Capital Ship Missile launch mechanism, capable a firing a heavy-duty warhead a distance of 800 kilometers and doing damage the equivalent of 60 megatons. This would be used to inspire fear in any potential rebels in the future. And this…” He pressed another two buttons and the hologram showed the center section of the image. “This is a fully operational construction yard, which allows the station to build anything that the yards we have on planet can; this includes missile batteries, satellites, even another space station. The possibilities are endless, Marx, and we would be fools not to grab the chance!”
    Marx carefully studied the image as it zoomed out, showing the entire station again. “How much would it cost?” Kazak fell silent as he went over the calculations in his mind. “Well… The hull itself would cost no less than 500 units of mineral ore… Added with the components that leads to…” He snapped his fingers when he was done. “I’d make my professional estimate at approximately 5400 units of mineral ore, for construction, 200 units of organic material, and around 580 units of radioactive fuel cells. Yes…” He said in a mumble. “That should cover the cost.”
    “And you believe that it is worth it, then?” Marx still did not give away whatever his final decision might be when he spoke, but Kazak replied as if he had been given a yes. “Of course, sire! The cost may be high for today’s production projections, but IK assure you that it would pay for itself just as quickly.” Marx stroked his chin, pondering the pros and cons. The pause was almost enough to make Kazak think that Marx was considering a ‘no.’ “Alright…” The Kriegsherr finally said. “If you are so certain about this, then I think it is only fitting that you be given command of the first one we construct.” He looked at Kazak with a stoic gaze. “Consider this to be your promotion, Lieutenant Kazak, to a Captain within the ranks of the Cantar Armed Forces.” Kazak beamed.
    “Yes sir! You shall not be disappointed; I shall make certain that the first station is up to specifications, once it is constructed. Should I make the call now, sir?” “No need, I shall make it myself. Is there anything else?” Kazak nearly hit himself. “Y-Yes, now that you mention it. It may be of interest to you to know that, while the Spire is a very recent creation, when we overtook the various research colleges in the uprising, we found random bits of technology plans and prototypes. Alone, they are practically useless, but when we took over the final sight, we saw the connection; the old Republic was attempting to create a starship, able to leave the surface for months and travel about the system. It was a crude design at the time, but over the course of the Stantic rebellion, our own scientists came up with a solid design, tested the prototypes in secret, and have come to the conclusion that, if built, it would be able to fly completely across the system, and colonize another world.” Marx’s jaw nearly dropped when Kazak finished, and before he could saw anything the image of the Spire Space Station was replaced at the touch of a button with another, slightly smaller image of an almost indescribable object.



    “This,” He began proudly, “Is the RCS Planter I. Designed to carry the largest amount of people possible across a star system and colonize another planet in the shortest amount of time current engine technology allows. Marx…” Kazak looked at him very seriously. “This could change the history of our species.” The Kriegsherr finally managed to say something.
    “Are you saying that this project was under progression while I was in control of Cantar, Kazak?” He successfully hid the frustration in his voice, but Kazak knew when he was angry. “You must understand, sir, that this had to be kept a closely guarded secret.” “And why’s that?” “The rebels, for one thing. Who knows what they’d be able to accomplish with this kind of technology at their disposal?” Pressing yet another button, the image of the colony ship disappeared back into the projector. “Not to mention the population that is on our side.” “What do you mean?” “Think about it!” Kazak exclaimed. “If the citizens discovered that their new government, which was less than a year old, began to study how to create a space ship, we’d have another rebellion on our hands. We’d look like fools.”
    “Hm…” Marx didn’t say anything. “And now? What if we reveal it now?” “Well…” Kazak avoided a straight answer. “…I think it would be prudent to wait until after the first spire space station is operational. Then we would seem more credible to the populace when we suggest a colony ship capable of carrying over 30 million people.” “Yes…” Marx said in agreement.
    “That’s a good idea.” He walked back over to the glass window-wall, and looked up into the sky. The methane blocked a clear view of the blackness of space, but he knew what was out there. ‘And soon…’ He thought to himself. ‘The whole world will know with me…’

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    And that’s it for the first update, which only covered one turn. Following updates will cover a bit more, but until things start picking up (i.e., until we get caught up in a war) it will likely stay a bit slow. That shouldn’t last too long, and at least this update shows how the rest will generally be written.
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    Embarrassing side note; I actually don’t know how to use spoiler tags. They never really came up in what I post, but I can tell that changes when I start an LP.

    Problem Solved. Thank you, Kane.
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    Er, just so you know, I think those Jraenar, or whatever, are supposed to be winged lizards.(Also entirely humaniod-except-for-the-skin-and-funny-head aliens aren't so much fun, IMO.)

    Captain: PLANET! Sorry. Uh, how about 'Kane', just to keep things simplest.
    Position: Captain, duh. (Promotions later, if you insist.
    [Thought I had this] Ship Name: Abyss of the Void
    Fleet: n/a, probably carrier, but we'll see.
    Strategy: also n/a until I get a fleet, unless 'use weapons' counts. Of course, if I have no weapons, ships count too.


    I hope you won't object if I make the same 'Ur-Quan Hierarchy' suggestions as last time.

    EDIT: Spoilers: [ spoiler ] & [ /spoiler ]. Removing the spaces between the brackets and the s, /, or r.

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    Simon Ten Broek won't live to see his pension."

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    Hey! Please spoiler them pictures! Really stretching the screen they are.
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    Rockphed said it well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kane View Post
    Er, just so you know, I think those Jraenar, or whatever, are supposed to be winged lizards.(Also entirely humaniod-except-for-the-skin-and-funny-head aliens aren't so much fun, IMO.)
    Whoops. Guess that shows how much I don't read the in game bios for the races. But still, the Xiati (which Maxyimuk played as) are basically all cyborgs, but that was never mentioned in his, so I'm just going to look the other way with physical details. (But I guess that the wings could be like... hidden, or something. Like a folded up thing-a-ma-bob that gets hidden under flaps of skin)

    And hey, that's two people right there. I'll add you both in the space under the map momentarily.
    And thank you for the spoiler help, my lack of being able to hide things in boxes was starting to get on my nerves.

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    Name: Dr. Lyserg. Simply Lyserg.
    Position: Head of Weapons Research and Development.
    Ship Name: Hopefully, one of later, stronger military ships. If he is allowed to re-name it, it will be christened Stellar Fires.

    Strategy: If the ship has lasers, spam the lasers from the longest possible range. If the ship has missiles or the third type of weapon, same thing.

    Additional Info: Former rebel scientist, but decided that his dreams of seeing his weapons ideas in use in war would probably be better realized if he defected to the legitimate government. So he did. He hopes to eventually captain a vessel using the weapons he wishes to research. Is polite and well-mannered, but blood-thirsty. Loyal to Marx, but generally suspicious of his leader's other subordinates.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cobalt View Post
    Whoops. Guess that shows how much I don't read the in game bios for the races. But still, the Xiati (which Maxyimuk played as) are basically all cyborgs, but that was never mentioned in his, so I'm just going to look the other way with physical details. (But I guess that the wings could be like... hidden, or something. Like a folded up thing-a-ma-bob that gets hidden under flaps of skin)

    And hey, that's two people right there. I'll add you both in the space under the map momentarily.
    And thank you for the spoiler help, my lack of being able to hide things in boxes was starting to get on my nerves.
    Whoooooa, no. I'm not complaining. Or rather, I was, but I just wanted to make sure we weren't humans with scales and funny heads.

    Captain Kane reporting for duty, Sir. I was born for space!
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    Simon Ten Broek spent years in bleak detention;
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    Simon Ten Broek won't live to see his pension."

    10:07 PM [Matthias] And the Kohr-Ah are all "GIT THEM DUKE BOYS!"

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    Quadrant Date: 2400.1
    Yabdul System – Cantar – Capital City of Kinzuna:

    A man holding a briefcase was steadily making his way down the side walk while the sun’s rays scattered through the methane haze, showing that the star in the middle of their system was beginning to rise. It was early morning, and a man with a briefcase walking down the street is a common sight at this hour. But this man was different, as the briefcase he held was attached to him with a pair of handcuffs.
    As he walked, he began to speed up, a sense of paranoia setting in that he was being followed. When he rounded a corner, he was practically sprinting, and when he stopped in front of the twenty story building, he spun around to see if anyone was behind him. The streets were nearly empty, and he began to calm down. He approached the two guards at the door and quickly had his I.D. card out to show them. Next to his picture, there was the standard miscellaneous information seen in census records, and then, at the bottom of the card, was his name. In bold letters, just above a barcode, it read DR. S. LYSERG, R&D.
    The guard handed it back to him and wordlessly opened the door for him. Lyserg hurried inside. What he had in his case would be game changing.
    He stepped in an elevator that quickly climbed the multitude of floors that comprised the most advanced research facility in the Cantar States, but despite it being practically a death trap he was still so impatient that it seemed to drag on for an eternity. Finally the elevator stopped, and he hurried out of it as soon as the door opened. In the room was a table, surrounded by chairs and equipped with a holographic display, and a single man in an officer’s uniform looking out the window with his hands behind his back. Hearing the elevator door open, he turned around, and upon seeing the doctor enter the room almost immediately had a questioning look on his face. “What on earth are you doing here, Lyserg, you aren’t due to report for another week.” The man was Kazak Idd, the most trusted confidant to Kriegsherr Marx in the Cantar Armed Forces. Dr. Lyserg held the briefcase up as he walked towards him. “Because of this, Kazak. And don’t act like I need your permission to enter my own research facility.” He set the case down on the table and unlocked the handcuffs around his wrists.
    “Get the Kriegsherr on the line.” He said to Kazak. “He’s going to want to see this for himself.

    Private Quarters of Kriegsherr:

    Maximilian Marx was sitting in front of a chess board, looking at it as though a game were going on. After a few minutes of silence, he whispered to himself, “…Checkmate…” Standing up abruptly, he knocked the chair back almost enough to far over, but caught it as he turned around. ‘…Three moves more than last time…’ He thought as he set the chair back up and pushed it in. ‘I’m losing my touch.’
    As soon as he pushed in the chair, the intercom on his desk across the room began letting out a buzzing sound. When he clicked on the receiver button, he didn’t have time to say anything. “Sir! There is an emergency request from Captain Idd that you come to the Kinzuna Research Facility as soon as possible!” “Did he say why?” Marx asked the man on the intercom. “No sir, but it sounded urgent and the Captain demanded level one priority that it be transmitted to you to.” Marx sighed.
    “…Get my private chopper, then.” ‘This better be worth my time, Kazak.’ He thought. ‘I was in the middle of playing chess.’

    Kinzuna Research Facility:

    Kriegsherr Marx marched into the room from the elevator with no guards or fanfare, giving Kazak a look that practically screamed ‘Get to the point.’ By reflex the Captain saluted, but dropped it just as quick to enter the disk into the holographic display control pad. Moments later, the machine flickered to life, revealing something clearly describable but difficult to define.



    “Come and see what R&D brought us today.” Kazak said as Marx stared at the pictures. “Why am I always in need of an explanation…” He looked ad Kazak who then looked at Lyserg, standing across from him on the other side of the table. “Doctor, that would be your queue.”
    Dr. Lyserg fought the urge to throw an insult at Kazak and moved on with the presentation. “Sir, what we have here are the details on Planetary Napalm and Radiation Bombs. Allow me to explain why we felt this required your immediate attention.” The images flickered and the Radiation Bomb disappeared, leaving the Napalm Bomb in the center of the three men over top the holo-display, slowly turning just as any other image has so far. “The Planetary Napalm Bomb is a revolution in non-atomic weapons which contain the capability to inflict massive damage. Using absolutely no radioactive fuel cells and instead, a combination of certain organic elements used in conjunction with napalm…” He pressed a button on the second command panel, activating a small animation showing the bomb being dropped from the upper atmosphere and colliding with the surface, creating a huge explosion that was larger than anything Marx had seen from a single weapon before in his life. “…We have created a weapon for attack ground targets that causes more damage than a Capital Ship Missile, maxing out at a total destruction rate of 200 megatons.” Marx’s eyes went wide when hearing that number. The most powerful weapon at their disposal for the longest time was the long range missile, but this…
    “As you can see, sire, this changes everything.” He pressed another button which then replaced the Napalm Bomb with an image of the Radiation Bomb. “This weapon, however, while much weaker that the Napalm Bomb in strength, coming out at 20 megatons, is created with a type of radioactive element found in fuel cells, and because of this spreads out a huge amount of radioactive gasses upon detonation, capable of covering a small planet within days. Obviously…” The image flickered back to showing both weapons side by side. “These are deadly tools of war, which I happily bring to you for use in keeping any future off-world colonies in line.” Marx glanced at Kazak but then decided it wasn’t worth bringing up. Of course Lyserg was told about the colony ship plans. It was very likely that he may have even been on the research team for it at some point in his career.
    “And to do so…” He pressed another button, which brought up an image of two objects that resembled the colony ship but were much smaller, looking as if the entire colony module had been stripped off. “R&D took the liberty of designing a ship that could use these weapons.”



    “Marx…” Kazak began. “I think that this is the beginning of a wonderful future for the Cantar people.”

    Quadrant Date: 2400.2
    Yabdul System – Cantar – Capital City of Kinzuna:

    The television screen in the center square had q very large audience, for a very large event. Earlier that month, the first space station in Cantar history was completed, and today was the scheduled launch. The image on the screen showed that hundreds of small, one-time use engines were attached to the four sections of the station that jutted out from its side, ready to launch the newly christened ‘Ideology’ into space, where it will rely on small thrusters and the planets gravity to maintain a steady orbit around Cantar. The countdown on the screen hit single digits, and the tension was nearly tangible as the crowd awaited the fate of the station and all those already on it. Of those onboard included Captain-Director Kazak Idd, chosen by Kriegsherr Marx to be in command of the Ideology months ahead of time.
    “Three… Two… One… Liftoff…!” The announcer held his breath to join the spectators in watching the vessel rise into the heavens, flying up until the methane clouds blocked it from view. The sensor on the ground that was detecting a signal from the station remained on, letting the populace know that it hadn’t gone up in flames just yet. The suspense went on for almost a half hour, until finally a message was received from Captain Kazak; “Ground control, this is the ‘Ideology.’ We have achieved successful takeoff and have begun orbiting Cantar without problems.”



    Marx, sitting literally on the edge of his seat in his private quarters, sighed as he leaned back into his chair. ‘He was right.’ He thought. ‘This is the beginning of a wonderful new age in Cantar history.’


    There’s update number two. Combat ready ships (For you eager Captains and Admirals) won’t be prepared until after I make sure we don’t go broke making them, which will be for a few more turns as I make colony ships to expand to the only other four (two of them being moons) planets in our home system we can colonize. After that, depending on whether or not aliens come charging at us guns blazing, we’ll see how the story turns.

    EDIT: Btw, Kane, if you have a name for your ship in mind, I could just put it on the list to get it created quicker when proper tech becomes available.
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    Er, just so you know, I think those Jraenar, or whatever, are supposed to be winged lizards.(Also entirely humaniod-except-for-the-skin-and-funny-head aliens aren't so much fun, IMO.)
    if you don't use standard race you can put in description what ever you want,

    as for standard

    Biological Description: The Jraenar are bi-pedal reptiles which stand about 2 meters high. Highly intelligent and resourceful, the Jraenar are known for their crafty nature and military prowess. A Jraenar prefers a temperature of approximately 100C and has a normal lifespan of 60 years
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    Name: Graf von Zenos
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    *Ship/Planet Name: Doom Penguin or Doom Eagle depending on your preferences, preferably some thing though with good firepower.
    *Strategy: Close with the enemy while spamming direct-fire weapons.
    Additional Info:Arrogant personality. Tends to be a target for acts of terrorism. Typically from his own staff.
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    I've posted current ship classes, if anyone wants to specify. If not, then I'll just go with what seems to match your request the closest, and continue upgrading your ship as time goes by.
    As for the next update, it's about halfway done and will be up later today.
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    If you're new to this, I'm not sure you've noticed, but in the interest of averting potential disaster, I'd like to point out that those weapons on the two ships you posted can ONLY be used against planets. I feel that Captain Kane would prefer a ship-to-ship combat role, though it may be efficient later to install some of tho-.

    Stupid, stupid, stupid. I see your posted designs, sorry. I'd say a butcher, probably. Douglas, famed and revered SEIV Master, has told me that the projectile-weapons tree is a very potent one early game, decent range, cheap to research, and large damage. (I've found it to be so myself, as well.)

    Plus, missiles are nice, but there's nothing quite so satisfying as gun-recoil, and broadsides....
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    I had originally planned to post this update before the ship designs, but lost track of time and what I was doing before finishing the update. Anyway…

    Quadrant Date: 2400.4
    Yabdul System – Cantar Orbit – Ideology



    Captain Kazak watched from the observation room as the RCS-P Refugee flew out of the methane clouds covering Cantar, heading towards the planet deemed most suitable for Cantar life. ‘Well.’ He thought. ‘If by ‘most suitable’ you mean ‘the planet richest in mineral ore,’ then yes. The 34 million colonists who signed up for heading into space, by logic of greed, were going towards the best planet in the system. There were no other methane planets in all of Yabdul, making a sudden jump off the colony ship once it landed impossible; a complicated process of dismantling the colony ship bit by bit into an atmospheric dome was necessary to make living on the planet possible, and while there would be space for hundreds of millions of people in the future from using every piece of raw material there is to be scrapped from the ‘Planter’ design, a very limited amount of space would be dedicated to facilities, making colonization of multiple planets necessary for proper expansion throughout the system.
    This had many problems. Chief among them being how to quell any rebellion from the colonists. In the history of Cantar, rebellions have occurred to break away from the main kingdom for two main reasons; one, unfair treatment, and two, because the weak mother kingdom can’t stop them. Rebellions on the home front were nothing to worry about; the ‘Ideology’ would make quick work of any attempted uprising. But what about the colonies on distant planets? The colony ship ‘Refugee’ is on a two month journey across Yabdul to and is scheduled to make planet fall early next month, and what’s stopping them from splitting from the Cantar States as soon as the domes are up? They couldn’t possibly afford to build another ‘Spire’ over every colony they make in the system. The colony ships were expensive enough, not to mention needing to build a space yard on each of the planets, which would take months on its own.
    He sighed. ‘This is quite troubling…’ Even if ‘Raids’ and ‘Poisons’ are put into construction, they would likely be either overkill or would ruin the planet for future recolonization. He continued to ponder even as the ‘Refugee’ flew out of view, off into the distance.



    Kinzuna Research Facility:

    Dr. Lyserg was typing away on a large computer. On the screen above the text he was entering were the designs for two new space craft the facility had been perfecting for the past two months.



    The ‘Pillar II’ and ‘Pike I,’ both utilizing top of the line technology, were based off of the hull used in the designs for ‘Raid I’ and ‘Poison I’ vessels. The hull size, now dubbed ‘Escort,’ is the only hull size truly capable of being successful in possible combat scenarios. Research was being put into increasing the size of ship hulls effectively in a well and balanced manner, but at the current rate of progress it would take over a year of solid research dedicated toward that one goal. To him, this was absolutely unacceptable, and for the last month he had been pushing for the Kriegsherr to allow research facilities to be built on foreign worlds. The idea appealed to Marx after hearing the current projections, and the next colony ship built shall be taking along with it scientists as well as average civilians. Still, the aid that these new facilities would likely give would be minimal, at best, and it would still take time to make advances.
    He sighed as he pressed a button that ejected a holodisk, now loaded up with the plans for ‘Pillar II’ and ‘Pike I,’ and stored them with him in a briefcase, as he had done previously when transporting highly valuable information. He headed towards the door. ‘This is almost becoming tedious.’

    Quadrant Date: 2400.5
    Yabdul System – Cantar – Capital City of Kinzuna

    The large screen was showing an image of the planet across Yabdul.



    News reached Cantar that the ‘Refugee’ had successfully landed on the surface of the planet dubbed ‘Foray’ early that month, and that construction of mineral mining facilities was underway to help fund future projects. A huge celebration was ongoing in the streets at the creation of the first off-world Cantar colony, but the officials in command of the Cantar States were focusing on the next step; assuring that their new planet wouldn’t rebel from the empire the second they turned their backs. Next month, the first ‘Pillar II’ Butcher Attack Escort would roll off the shipyards, and its first duty would be to move into orbit of Foray, hopefully serving as well as a deterrent over Foray as the ‘Ideology’ was over Cantar.
    The only problem was finding a capable crew and captain. But Marx had already thought ahead, and on their way to Kinzuna was one of the most well-known war heroes in modern Cantar history. He was scheduled to arrive at the construction of the first Pillar II, christened ‘The New Sun.’

    Quadrant Date: 2400.6
    Yabdul System – Cantar – Vexin Shipyards

    Jo'nah Jam-ezon, an older Cantar with a fantastically impressive military history, was awaiting the Kriegsherr to arrive at the shipyards. He had been summoned from practically the other side of the planet, and it took him around half of a month to prepare for the orders he had been given. He was being asked to join the service once again, this time on the new frontier of space at the helm of the first battle ready spacecraft in history. It was all such a great honor that, at first, he almost didn’t believe what he had been told. But when he saw the official seal of the Cantar States on the letter he received, along with the signature of Maximilian Marx himself, he knew that it was true. He was being called upon to serve his country, and he would answer that call.
    While lost in thought, he didn’t even notice that the Kriegsherr himself, just arriving to witness the launch of ‘The New Sun,’ was walking slowly up behind him as Jo’nah watched his vessel being moved carefully out to the launch pad. “Admiring Cantar engineering?” Jo’nah spun around and, at the sight of Marx, saluted. Marx gave a small hand gesture to let him be at ease then said, “I’m glad you could make it, Admiral Jo’nah.” Jo’nah nodded. “I would never turn down a call from my nation, sir. I assume that ship there is the one you mentioned in your letter?” “It is. I had hoped to bring along the one who designed it to explain its capabilities more thoroughly, but he unfortunately had more urgent business elsewhere.” Marx handed him a holodisk. “This holds the schematics for the Pillar II design. Don’t let it fall into the wrong hands.”
    A soft buzzing alarm went off letting the crew of the ship know that the time had come to board. “Well…” Jo’nah began. “Sir it is an honor to be chosen. I won’t let you down.”
    “Let’s hope not…” Marx mumbled as Jo’nah Jam-ezon rushed to join his crew onboard The New Sun, and to prepare to launch into space.



    "Helm," Jo'nah said once the ship had left Cantar orbit. "Set a course on the navicomputer. We're going to Foray."

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    So that’s that. First ship has been built and The JJ is now in the game. Kane, all I need is a ship name, and if you want then the next Pillar II made can be yours. Then there’s Zenos, and we’ll see where it all goes from there.
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    It's in my post. Also, I think I would naturally prefer to upgrade my 'butcher' choice to 'Pillar II', as a far superior design.

    Incidentally, while your narrative does suggest reasons as to why it would be dangerous, more colonies is good. As many as you possibly can. Yesterday.
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    Oh don't worry. Now that we have a steady income from Foray, (solely a mining colony) I'll be churning out colony ships as much as possible. At first I was using them (referring to colonies) as an excuse to build 'peace keeping' ships, but now I can just move right along with fleet building and empire expansion.

    EDIT: Computer troubles have stopped me from getting another update ready, but they seem to be all sorted out and another should hopefully be up tomorrow afternoon.

    EDIT2: Hmph. Seems my computer likes to lie to me. The update won't be up until likely this weekend, but I'll be working on fixing my PC's issues in the meantime and might get lucky.
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    Well, my computer is fixed (as far as I can tell) and my ability to create updates is no longer hindered. Or so I thought, as this very morning I recieved three (THREE) projects that count as a huge part of my grade for the classes I recieved them in. They are no trivial things to complete, let me tell you, but I'll not go into details.

    The point is, I won't be able to sit down and make a full update for a few weeks (more like till the end of Feburary...), but that does not mean I'm going to just stop making updates altogether. Obviously, school comes first, but I'm not abondoning this on the first page. I'll still add a bit to smaller updates whenever I can, just to keep this going in the meantime.
    Starting here and now, with this one.


    Quadrant Date: 2400.8
    Yabdul System – Cantar – Vexin Shipyards

    “-And that is why I believe another ship should be commissioned, sire.” Simply Lyserg was talking to Marx as they walked through the halls of the Vexin Shipyards main facility. “With the addition of Kalt, The New Sun can’t possibly keep the peace on both worlds.”



    “I understand that, Lyserg, which is why you can see out the window all of the workers running back and forth constructing another Pillar II. I even have another Captain lined up- someone by the name of Kane. And besides…” He stopped to look outside at the incomplete hull of the soon-to-be ‘Abyss of the Void.’ “None of the colonists sent so far seem to show the slightest bit of resistance to my orders; they follow them by the word each time, and for the past few months there have been no signs of rebellion.” He turned towards Lyserg and continued. “Which is why I’ve called for the construction of two more colony ships after this Pillar is complete. They will allow us to settle each planet of rock composition in Yabdul. Which reminds me…” His voice lowered. “Did you look into the anomaly like I asked?”

    He nodded. “Yes, and we believe that the probes we sent into them confirmed many of our original thoughts. As we hypothesized, these so-called ‘warp points’ can, in fact, lead any object that passes through them over great distances into another star system.” “And the probes proved that?” “Yes, sir. They sent a signal- albeit a very brief one- after arriving on the other side of the tunnel. The signal took days to arrive back on our receiver towers here, but when they did the distance readings showed that they were indeed within another solar system.”

    “So if we sent in a starship…” He paused, thinking over the situation. “You’re saying that it would arrive in another star system? Is that it?” “The worst case scenario for the reinforced hulls of Escort-type vessels is being shaken around enough to temporarily displace equipment within. However, reports suggest all personal onboard - provided they followed the preset safety standards we have compiled, should you choose to attempt sending a vessel through - would remain largely unharmed in transit.” Marx stood perfectly still at Lysergs words, weighing his options.

    “Alright.” He finally said. “Alert ‘The New Sun’ at the end of the month. When the ‘Abyss Of the Void’ is completed, I want this theory tested. But if it fails…” He leaned in closely, but retained the same tone of voice. “This is on your head, doctor. I hope this works,” he stated, turning to walk away. “For your sake.”

    Dr. Lyserg didn’t flinch. He had absolutely nothing to worry about.



    Quadrant Date: 2400.9
    Yabdul System – ‘East’ Warp Tunnel – Lightbringer Fleet – New Sun Bridge



    Admiral Jo'nah Jam-ezon of ‘The New Sun’ was staring from the bridge into the swirling aura that was dubbed a warp point. ‘The New Sun’ and newly the appointed Captain Kane’s ‘Abyss Of The Void’ were to see if the months of calculations were correct. When they flew into the anomaly, if they emerged from the other side alive and in a separate system, then they would not only be heroes to their nation, but would be the first sentient beings in history to do so.

    ‘The first sentient beings to do so…’ The thought echoed in his mind. It was specifically stated to him, via holographic transmission by Kazak, that if the mission was a success then they would be the first sentient beings in the history of the quadrant to travel to another system. ‘But what if in the next system…’ His mind began to wonder. ‘We discover that we’re not alone…’ He shook his head, as if to physically remove the thought from his mind. ‘No… No it couldn’t be…’ He told himself. ‘We are alone in this universe now; we will be alone in it after warping. That is that.’ But despite this mental self-assurance, his mind continued to drift back to the thoughts of what could possibly lay behind the warp point.

    Then, after two more hours of waiting, the communications link on the bridge received a message from the ‘Ideology;’ “Proceed with project ‘Exploration.’” And he did just that. On his order, ‘The New Sun‘ and the ‘Abyss Of The Void’s’ engines fired on, and they began the approach toward the tunnel. Crew members had said their prayers and written their wills, and the vast majority had been left behind on Cantar, leaving only a skeleton crew onboard. Despite the possibility of death looming towards them with each passing second, Admiral Jo’nah could sense that not one member of his crew, nor ‘Abyss Of The Void’s’ was having second thoughts. Within seconds of his thought’s completion, the ships passed into the warp tunnel, enshrouding themselves in a veil of blue light. Their ships shook violently, and they braced themselves. Several minutes passed, and the blue light faded almost instantly after the shaking stopped. Jo’nah sat on edge.

    “…Give me a damage report, now!” “Scans show all operating systems are functioning at full capacity. All stations report zero causalities sir. Only damage received from warp was turbulence.” The ship collectively sighed with relief. “Get me a scan of the system and send a message back to Cantar. Tell them we are proceeding with the mission, as planned.” “Yes, sir.”

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    So yeah, I'm going to keep working on this on the side, but my schoolwork will have to come first. Sorry 'bout that.
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    Quadrant Date: 2000.9
    Yabdul System – Space Station ‘Ideology’

    Overseer-Captain Kazak Idd was rereading the report sent in by Admiral Jo’nah. It was brought to the station by several data pods sent through the ‘warp tunnel’ and included images they’d taken of the nearby worlds within the system, now dubbed Ephandra.

    Ephandra. His mind wandered as it rang in his head, because it held great meaning in the old pagan religions that much of Cantar’s populace still followed devoutly. Ephandra was the goddess of rebirth and prosperity, as far as he knew, and he suspected Jo’nah named the system that after his own personal belief in the deity. But this detail was not included in the data pod.
    ‘Still,’ he thought, as he looked over the image that was of most significance. ‘I personally think he named it too soon. Now the name sounds sort of ironic…’



    ‘…Seeing as he found an extinct civilization’s remains there.’ He chuckled, but felt no humor. ‘Looks like Ephandra skipped these folks in the Great Rebirth.’
    Studying over the image and the report along with it, Kazak sighed with frustration as he turned to the officer who gave him the data disk it was all stored on, who was standing quietly by the door. “Has Marx been informed of this yet?” he asked him. Shaking his head, the officer relied “No sir, we thought it best to await your orders before acting too hastily.” Kazak nodded and drifted back into thought. After a few moments of silence, he said, “…Looks like I have to tell him, then.” He sighed. “This sure complicates things…”
    As he left through the door the officer stood by, he mumbled to himself, “On New Year’s Eve, too… Damn it…”

    Ephandra System – Lightbringer Fleet – Bridge Of ‘Abyss Of The Void’

    Captain Kane was sitting slumped to one side in his chair as he looked out from the bridge into the darkness that was space. To many, space was an enigma, barely comprehensible as something that could possibly exist. But to him, space was but an ocean; a vast expanse of unexplored territory that he was practically born to set sail through. Many members of his crew thought the same way he did, but none were quite as enthusiastic about effectively exploring and conquering the entire galaxy. When the word ‘conquering’ entered his mind, he gave a soft chuckle, breaking the monotones hum of the engines as they pushed his ship forward.

    ‘Not that there is anyone to conquer, of course.’ He mused with thoughts of huge battles in space between starships, Depleted Uranium shells flying at top speed across gaps of space between them. But this was a fantasy, and he knew it. ‘At least for the time being…’ he thought, looking at the tactical screen.



    It displayed the entire system based on their most recent scans, and showed their course being set for the nearest warp point that was just days away. ‘If we keep this speed,’ Kane thought, ‘Then we’ll be through at the turn of the month.’ Unless something went wrong.

    He sighed, but quickly gained back his confidence and composure. ‘We’ll be fine, just as long as we follow procedures.’ After a moment of listening to the hum of the engines again, he smiled a bit. ‘First the ability to travel from ne solar system to another, then an extinct alien race… What next, I wonder?’
    The ship glided forward, approaching the great blue anomaly.

    Quadrant Date: 2401.0
    Ephandra System – Lightbringer Fleet – Bridge Of ‘The New Sun’

    Admiral Jo’nah was sitting almost on the edge of his seat, ripe with anticipation. The first jump had gone smoothly enough, but what if their hull couldn’t take it twice? If that were true, not only would this be tantamount to suicide, but even if they turned back, they would never be able to return home. This was more of a second test run, if anything, and all of their lives were dependent on the results of previous science repeating itself.

    They approached the warp point, only a few dozen yards from it now. He gave the order. “Full speed!” The two ships flew into the point with startling speed, and for a brief moment after they had ‘exited’ on the other side of the point, Admiral Jo’nah didn’t notice that all sensors were off. When he did, he noticed they were off for far too long. Not only that, but when he looked out of the bridge’s clear observation window, his vision was blocked, by, apparently, a huge purple cloud.



    He was speechless. “…Helm…” He finally managed. “…What in the blazes is this thing?” The officer was frantically trying to find out just that, accessing files in the ship’s databanks and attempting to get a proper readout of the system. After a few moments, he turned towards Jo’nah and said, “Sir, it appears that we have warped into a nebulae system, completely devoid of any planets or stars.” The officer quickly glanced back at the screen, and then continued. “We are facing heavy sensor interference and are unable to get any readings on the entire system.” Jo’nah looked at him, trying to keep calm. “Lieutenant,” he began. “Does that mean that we can’t find a warp point to get out of here?” The officer quickly realized his mistake, and tried to correct himself. “Oh! N-No, sir! That’s not it at all; the warp points give off such strong readings that we can pick them up- even with this strong interference and the distance we are from them.”

    Jo’nah Jam-ezon sighed of relief. He didn’t feel like floating in a space cloud until the day he died. “Well then…” He readjusted himself. “Set course for the nearest one, and let’s continue this expedition.” He couldn’t help but breathe heavily, and for some reason he was exhausted. ‘I’ll be sure to tell future recruits,’ he thought to himself.

    ‘The second time is worse.’



    If the system-only images still stretch the screen, I’ll spoiler them again. I’m hoping that they don’t, but as my screen is only stretched by images of god-like proportions, I can’t tell.



    Quadrant Date: 2401.1

    The ship was exiting the next warp point, and almost immediately the Admiral gave an order to scan the system. The results were a bit more than he expected.



    He slammed the arm of the chair. “What in the hell-?! Tactical, get me a reading on that thing, now!!”

    “On it, sir!” The tactical screen flashed with bits of information as the officer sorted through to find the most relevant information. What he came up with then appeared in front of Admiral Jo’nah.



    Before he could even read the data, the ship suddenly lurched forward, and the engines activated. “I ordered engines off, who authorized reactivation?” The crew looked back and didn’t know what to say. “…Gah! Fine, just get this ship under control!” “Sir!” A crewmember shouted. “The spatial rupture is interfearing with our engines; The ion cores are acting of their own accord. If we don’t exit the system as soon as possible, we could end up way off target!”

    Jo’nah’s expression grew to show his frustration. “Get us to the next warp point, now! And drop the data pods from the hatch; we’ll need this system charted, too, and I’m sure the boys back home will be interested in this.”

    The ship’s crew fought for control of the engines, until finally, ‘The New Sun’ and ‘Abyss Of The Void’ were back on course, headed for the central warp point just below the rupture in the system’s center.



    Yabdul System – Cantar – Vexin Shipyards



    Under Marx's direct orders, Dr. Lyserg was loading onto the newest colony ship, the ‘Solar Hub.’ The vessel was bound for the planet in Ephandra which had been observed to contain multiple alien civilization artifacts. The crew he was bringing with him was made up of multiple scientists, armed guards, construction workers, and civilians, all prepped to create and sustain a new life on a foreign world, in a distant star system. Despite the fact that he was leaving all he knew behind, the chance to study alien technology firsthand made up for it to him. The only thing that irked him was the Kriegsherr’s refusal to make the new world solely a research colony. While Marx’s argument that the economy lingering on the verge of depression seemed solid, but once again, the fact that they had found alien technology- despite the aliens themselves being long gone- made him ignore all reason for anything opposed to complete and total scientific exploration. He thought about how the life forms on the world may have died.

    ‘It must have been an extremely mighty force,’ he thought, ‘If it had the power to extinguish their entire species. Perhaps even space flight was involved!’ His mind went wild with the possibilities, and he took a seat in his quarters. Even though the colony ship was to be completely dismantled, his accommodations were made quite luxurious for the two month journey. ‘If that is so…’ He thought to himself as he stared at the wall. ‘Then perhaps we can salvage the technology they used and incorporate it into our own…’
    “Hmm…” He wondered many things as the hull of the massive colony ship vanished into the methane clouds, and he began to wait, his body filled with anticipation.

    At the same time, a new Pillar II was being prepped for launch, after successfully stopping an attempted terrorist attack on the ship’s captain only days earlier. Captain Graf von Zenos was dressed in his full officer’s uniform and proudly stood on the bridge of his ship, the ‘Doom Eagle,’ overseeing the progress of the crew as they readied to lift off. Despite the attempt on his life being from a former member of said crew, he was confident in his safety. After making an example of the attacker, no one would dare to betray him, under fear that they would share the first man’s fate. A crew member stepped up behind him.

    “Sir,” the man began, “The hanger control tower has given us permission to take off.” “Good.” He didn’t turn back when he responded, and instead looked out into the clouds of methane gas they were minutes away from flying into. “Prepare the ship for launch, then.” The man left to give the order, and Zenos reviewed his assignment once more in his mind. ‘If all goes well, I’ll form up with The Lightbringer Fleet within a handful on months.’ He sat down in the captain’s chair as the ‘Doom Eagle’ began to lift off. ‘And I’ll be one step closer to my goal.’

    The clouds parted as they sped off, passing the ‘Ideology’ by as they raced towards the northern warp point.




    By the way, next turn's fairly eventful, (if you catch my meaning) so I'll be trying my best to come up with the proper RP response that a civilization might have to the... discoveries, we make.
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    A very short update, but an update all the same.

    Quadrant Date: 2401.2
    Yabdul System – ‘Northern’ Warp Point – Bridge Of The ‘Death Eagle’



    Captain Graf von Zenos took a deep breath as his ship entered the warp point. He had been told that it was perfectly safe to travel through them, but he preferred to rely on his own experience when matters meant life or death. In this case, he couldn’t, so he was somewhat nervous. But after the time it took to pass through was complete, he refrained from breathing a sigh of relief. The scans he saw showed that the system was dead; the star in the center was actually a core left behind from an explosion years ago. ‘Which is a disappointment,’ he thought. ‘Because the resource readings on the asteroids left behind are outrageously high.’

    He noticed an officer staring with horror at his screen, and seemed to be practically on the verge of collapse. “You there. What is it that has you so worked up?” The officer quickly did a double take from his screen to Zenos and back, then said, “S-Sir! You have to take a look at this!” The Captain walked over to the man’s screen and was immediately taken back. “What in god’s name-!!”

    Yabdul System – Cantar – Private Quarters Of The Kreigsherr

    ‘It’s a miracle that there isn’t panic in the streets.’ Kreigsherr Maximilian Gales Marx thought as he, in near panic himself, read and reread the image reports swarming in from ships and colonies in all sectors of space. The first came from Dr. Lyserg, who had landed in the Solar Hub on newly named ‘Tomb.’




    But, while interesting, this was not what concerned him the most. Neither were the second images, which were sent in by Admiral Jo’nah of the Lightbringer Fleet.




    Out of all the images floating on his screen just then, then only ones that he needed to pay any attention to were the ones sent in by Captain Graf von Zenos, of the ‘Doom Eagle.’



    The young captain had discovered a new system through the warp point, but more importantly, he had discovered a new species. But not just any species…



    ‘…It is a species with spaceflight…’

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    Found time to start an update, but first I need to know what route you want to be taking;

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    Chased 'em into the next system. They are either running away, low on fuel, or my copy of SEIV comes with a highly intelligent self-aware AI that is leading me into a trap. Either way, should we attack? The Doom Eagle currently has just enough move points to make it over there, so we could destroy it this turn (unless it’s a missile ship, in which case I’ll just spend 30 combat moves dancing around with it without being able to fire. That would be hard to fit into a narrative format). Or, if you’re not in the mood for bloodshed, I could have the Doom Eagle fall back to our home world to regroup with the Lightbringers and send a message to try and ally with the aliens. Thoughts?

    Also, the aforementioned projects for school are all but complete, and earlier than I expected, too- only one left, so that means I’ll be able to sit down and do this more often after it’s done (probably Monday).

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