Chapter 4 - Act I - Part 3


[07:41:31] GM: The ships crew set about tending to damage control. Is there anything you wish to do?
[07:43:15] GM: Okay
[07:43:22] 2Lt. Sarah: (( outside of getting fixed and getting missiles reloaded? ^_^ ))
[07:43:36] 2Lt. Sarah: (( if we can, considering what happened last time ))
[07:45:36] Capt Kain Crockett looks into what the current enemy intell is. Can't make a move when the only thing you know is you just ran from a fight.
[07:47:56] GM: As the ships crew does their thing the sickbay reports they think they may have found out how the Invid was able to fold in on top of you. The person you rescued had an implanted transmitter. It has been removed and disabled. Intell is skethy, but, it would seem that this sectors Invid prblem is more then anticipated. Not only have you just delt with a Invid Fold Capable ship, reports from the rest of the flotilla tell of an Invid presence on at least three other worlds.
[07:52:54] 2Lt. Sarah looks over that as well, and shakes her head, frowning severely. "Not good. Not good in the least." She sighs. "No counting numbers if they're folding in from elsewhere. Without the transmitter they can't fold right on top of us, but…" She shakes her head.
[07:55:12] Capt Kain Crockett gathers the group together. "Alright we know the Invid can now use space fold on their ships, and there are four worlds that have Invid. The Regess was never much for conquest and the Regent, as far as we know, is dead. We must assume that there is some other power controlling these Invid. Sure, I can see the Brains following their last orders from the Regent, but this kind of development seems a might unnatural for Brain-controlled Invid."
[07:57:45] 2Lt. Sarah nods at that. "It is. It's very unnatural. They'll mostly follow orders and just maintain, not start sticking transmitters in and popping up with fold capable clamships. It's a worrying situation. Especially since they knew just the right bait to sucker us into taking the transmitter aboard."
[08:01:15] Capt Kain Crockett: "So, my thought is that we put our own tracker onto one of their fold ships. See where it goes."
[08:01:21] GM: Needless to say, the 'brass' are rather keen on figuring out what exactly it is that is going on out here, so, locating a hive is prime importance. Gathering intell from it even better.
[08:01:45] 2Lt. Sarah: "If we can get one onto it, yeah."
[08:04:50] GM: Stands to reason that if one finds a hive, one might find a ship
[08:05:00] Cpt. Aylanea: (( point. hehe. ))
[08:05:58] Cpt. Aylanea: (( better than joking like it's roboTrek, and spouting crap about trying to track fold drive signatures through hyperspace ^_^ ))
[08:06:13] GM: yes…please dont
[08:06:19] Cpt. Aylanea: (( hehehehe ))
[08:06:35] GM: Or 'Plasma Inverters explode…everyone dies.'
[08:06:37] Cpt. Aylanea: (( ^_^ ))
[08:06:42] Cpt. Aylanea: (( lmfao ))
[08:06:55] Capt Kain Crockett: ((…))
[08:07:02] Cpt. Aylanea: (( Reverse the polarity! ))
[08:07:16] Cpt. Aylanea: (( cant' forget that, it's a classic standby ^_^ ))
[08:08:35] 2Lt. Sarah: "We still need to find the hive here anyway, if there is one. I'd assume there is, at least…" She frowns.
[08:09:08] 2Lt. Sarah: (( ^_^ ^_^ ))
[08:09:34] Capt Kain Crockett: ((Get a honey badger, give it a snake, and tell him the world is a pistachio.))
[08:09:55] UEF Cmdr.: It's highly likely, either one is based on the planet or there is one nearby, either way, that Tirolian had to have had that tracer implanted somewhere.
[08:10:07] 2Lt. Sarah nods at that.
[08:10:25] GM: ((Ooooo look at that Honey badger, he's got a snake, what him snap it! Honey Badger is bad ass!!))
[08:10:38] Capt Kain Crockett: ((for those that don't know what I'm talking about.))
[08:11:52] Capt Kain Crockett: "The question is how do we get there? Do we have Sarah's original mecha to use? Can it get in close and get escorted into the base?"
[08:12:45] 2Lt. Sarah: "Very doubtful. The command units were only used by the Regess, and whatever is controlling the Invid here, the signal wasn't recognizable as being from her forces."
[08:13:38] 2Lt. Sarah: "First time I ran into former Regent invid, they reacted like I was an intruder. Only time they were at all cooperative was when they thought it might keep them from being hunted down and blasted where they were hiding." She tries to think.
[08:15:43] GM: No shit? You have your own personal mecah? Must be nice.
[08:16:28] GM: Anyway, we'll be liking up with our command carrier to recieve som 're-militirized' shadow units.
[08:17:19] UEF Cmdr.: ((Alies Fail in reverse))
[08:17:45] 2Lt. Sarah sighs and shakes her head about her own mech, then nods.
[08:17:59] Capt Kain Crockett: "After the Haydonites, I keep fearing these Shadow Devices are going to blow up on us. I know we aren't fighting the Haydonites anymore and our engineers should have fixed the problem by now, but still."
[08:20:14] UEF Cmdr.: Limited use only, command feels that in situations like this it should be safe. Especially in a region where there was next to no Haydonite activity during the war.
[08:21:38] UEF Cmdr.: Only other option would be to use Cyclones without PC and approach in that manner, which may be best once the Hive is located, shadow tech or no, full size combat mecha are going to be seen and attacked no questions asked.
[08:24:30] Capt Kain Crockett: "I'll take the Suic, I mean Shadow Devices. Perhaps another fly over the area?"
[08:24:57] 2Lt. Sarah nods a little as she listens. "Or go in without one, trying to sneak around. And that… often doesn't go well." She nods at that. "If we get too close, remember, we're going to have to go down to the deck and sneak out in battloid mode, remember.
[08:25:09] 2Lt. Sarah: (( *cuts a redundant remember off that* ))
[08:28:28] UEF Cmdr.: ((nah, Sarah just talks funny))
[08:29:12] UEF Cmdr.: Well, once we've brought the new gear aboard we'll head back. Conduct your sweeps as you desire. You're the SME's.
[08:30:06] 2Lt. Sarah: (( hehe ))
[08:30:38] Capt Kain Crockett: "Thank you commander, I'm just trying to get input from my squad, though your presence information is very useful."
[08:31:52] Capt Kain Crockett: "So we get th3e information, drop a few more decoys and follow whatever comes up in the Shadows.
[08:32:17] Capt Kain Crockett: "Which reminds me, are these Shadow Alphas, or devices we stick on our existing mecha?"
[08:32:35] GM: You arrive at the Ikazuchi to get your equipemnt.
[08:33:23] GM: It would be alpha's as the Shadow Tech is well, impossibe to build (yet) by non haydonites. They really didnt share that knowledge.
[08:37:55] GM: Thats my logical explanation
[08:39:14] GM: As you are drawing your mecha for your op, the captain of the ship, Youngmeyer, generally makes your stay as unpleasent as he can.
[08:39:33] Capt Kain Crockett: ((makes sense))
[08:40:37] Capt Kain Crockett: ((afk, bio))
[08:40:40] 2Lt. Sarah tries to remain pleasant even in the face of that, putting all her nice nature to good use, at least until they're ready to fly back, which… well, quite honestly makes her shiver even as she gets a nostalgia pang at seeing the Alpha cockpit.
[08:46:57] GM: It seems to more pleasent you get the pissier Youngmeyer gets…
[08:50:23] 2Lt. Sarah continues to maintain her pleasantness despite that.
[08:50:56] WO Febrith Nyx teams up with Mel to prank the man. Repeatedly and without mercy.
[08:51:16] GM: Oh? Do tell?
[08:53:50] WO Febrith Nyx works on a micro holo display to project every time the captain sits down that prjects furry porn every time he sits down while wearing certain trousers. Then there was whipped cream that replaced his matress, and let's not talk about the permanent dyes that replaced his body and hair washing soaps and lotions.
[08:54:02] 2Lt. Sarah tries to stay, uh, well away from any of those kinds of pranks.
[08:54:14] WO Febrith Nyx: ((or the inexplicably pink uniforms that come back from the laundary.))
[08:54:29] Cpt. Aylanea tries to sneak a peek at what the two others are doing, laughing a little bit.
[08:55:38] GM: I'm just gonna say the two shoo the big lumox away so they dont get cuaght
[08:55:51] Cpt. Aylanea: (( hmph. lol ))
[08:55:53] Cpt. Aylanea: (( ^_^ ))
[08:56:00] Cpt. Aylanea: (( hehe ))
[08:56:21] GM: kinda hard to pull a prank with a honking big zent snickering nearby
[08:56:29] Cpt. Aylanea: (( rotfl, point ))
[08:58:17] WO Febrith Nyx: ((and those are just what I can think of, I don't want to know what those two together would think of.))
[08:58:37] WO Febrith Nyx: ((especially using pschywarfare.))
[08:58:48] GM: ((I can imagine it would be rather…humiliating…))
[09:01:54] GM: Okay, retreving your shiney old mecha and having sufficianly pranked the man in such a manner that he knows who did it, but damned if he can prove it, you return to your AO to go hive hunting.
[09:02:07] Cpt. Aylanea: (( shiny old mecha. lol. ))
[09:02:12] Cpt. Aylanea: (( ^_^ ))
[09:07:50] GM: Okay, so, how do you want to do this?
[09:07:52] Capt Kain Crockett: ((if it's not one thin, it's another))
[09:08:03] GM: ((ruh roh?))
[09:09:07] Lt. Melanie McGregor rigs up some more extended live decoys and toss them around, mean while people will sit with them in Shadow Alphas, in hiding, to track any Invid that take the bait.
[09:09:28] Lt. Melanie McGregor: ((shadow chronicles site wasn't wanting to come up.))
[09:09:37] GM: ((oh))
[09:09:52] GM: ((still can't believe…4 years))
[09:10:57] Lt. Melanie McGregor: ((yeah, that makes this probably one of the longest running games on the internet.))
[09:11:45] Cpt. Aylanea: (( nodnod. ))
[09:11:47] Cpt. Aylanea: (( ^_^ ))
[09:12:01] Cpt. Aylanea: (( it's an amazing game with an amazing story.. You're doing well ^_^ ))
[09:12:27] GM: ((nod, only one I know of that is longer is the PbP game that DST runs on RPol))
[09:12:39] GM: ((they turned 7))
[09:12:42] Cpt. Aylanea gets ready to go hide and watch the decoy.
[09:12:44] Cpt. Aylanea: (( wow ))
[09:13:42] 2Lt. Sarah gets ready as well, looking at the mech nervously as she goes near it.
[09:13:54] GM: ((but the manner in which we play allows for in game time to go far faster, hell, over the last two years, the in game time for my 2014 character has covered oh, maybe four weeks, six tops)
[09:15:12] GM: [1d100] => [95] = (95)
[09:15:15] GM: wow
[09:15:19] GM: okay
[09:16:48] 2Lt. Sarah: (( yeah ))
[09:16:53] 2Lt. Sarah: (( we 're all here, so it goes fsater ))
[09:17:01] 2Lt. Sarah: (( hehe ))
[09:17:03] 2Lt. Sarah: (( ^_^ ))
[09:17:15] GM: Apparently your decoy trick works, after a week of laying lures here and there you finally get a bite, and after the investigating Invid in question end up smashing the device, you are able to track them to a large canyon surrounded by hardscrbble terrain.
[09:18:56] WO Febrith Nyx: "we have the location of the hive, so what now? I imagine there are some sort of normal optics on some of the Invid mecha? Are can we really send a bunch of Shadows down the field in guardian and they just wonder what the sound is?"
[09:20:12] GM: ((you dont have the location of the hive per se, you have where you say the invid scout go, (I'm going to assume you kept out of visual range of enemies. Enemies that Sarah was able to locate with her PC sense, hidden about the rock outcroppings.
[09:21:58] Capt Kain Crockett: "Not the world's most stunnign success. Maybe the burrowed in and have an underground hive?"
[09:23:03] 2Lt. Sarah hmms at that, and tries to listen for anything that might indicate the hive being close, in terms of general chatter from it. [1d20+1] => [8,1] = (9) perc
[09:23:06] 2Lt. Sarah: (( ouch ))
[09:23:19] GM: Kains thoughts are given weight as the Fish launches drones to do high level passes and you cant see any easy to identify invid structures on the canyon floor, just a river
[09:23:41] GM: no joy Sarah
[09:23:57] Capt Kain Crockett: ((and it finally comes up, give me a few more, and I might reach the character section.))
[09:25:33] 2Lt. Sarah: (( ugh ))
[09:26:02] GM: ((yuck))
[09:26:53] 2Lt. Sarah hmms. "Maybe if we used a conventional battery powered camera, we could send it down the river, floating on something."
[09:27:18] Capt Kain Crockett nods.
[09:27:52] GM: Put Mel to work.
[09:29:32] Lt. Melanie McGregor tries to whip up a robot drone that doesn't work on PC to go in and take pictures. [1d100] => [98] = (98) vs 94 Electrical Engineer, [1d100] => [35] = (35) vs 79 Mech Engineer, [1d100] => [69] = (69) vs 44 Robot Mechanics.
[09:29:38] Lt. Melanie McGregor: ((crap.))
[09:30:29] 2Lt. Sarah: (( all we need is a little camera that can move a little bit on a remote control, and enough conventional batteries to work with. It's not exactly new technology, it's stuff that shouldbe in history books by this point ^_^ ))
[09:31:34] GM: You test it of course. It manages to walk a few steps, the falls over…then bursts into flames.
[09:31:44] 2Lt. Sarah: (( rofl ))
[09:32:19] GM: ((How embaressing…))
[09:33:08] 2Lt. Sarah: (( walk o.O ))
[09:33:13] Lt. Melanie McGregor tries again.
[09:33:14] 2Lt. Sarah: (( lol ))
[09:33:25] Lt. Melanie McGregor: [1d100] => [54] = (54) vs 94 Electrical Engineer, [1d100] => [56] = (56) vs 79 Mech Engineer, [1d100] => [84] = (84) vs 44 Robot Mechanics.
[09:33:26] 2Lt. Sarah: (( it doesn't need to walk. rofl ))
[09:34:01] GM: This one manages to walka few steps before the legs fall off, it does not burst into flames
[09:34:36] GM: ((Sarah is right))
[09:35:14] 2Lt. Sarah: (( just stick it on a little minature inner tube or something like that, and let it float along, as long as it can move side to side and pan up/down slightly ))
[09:35:20] 2Lt. Sarah: (( it should be good ))
[09:36:21] Lt. Melanie McGregor builds a roller-robot.
[09:36:23] Lt. Melanie McGregor: [1d100] => [55] = (55) vs 94 Electrical Engineer, [1d100] => [9] = (9) vs 79 Mech Engineer, [1d100] => [40] = (40) vs 44 Robot Mechanics.
[09:37:21] GM: Success
[09:38:09] GM: Sadly, as it is with such things, this escapade will be most remembered for the robot that caught fire.
[09:38:20] Lt. Melanie McGregor now tries to program the thing to do what they need it to be. [1d100] => [4] = (4) vs 93
[09:38:28] 2Lt. Sarah: (( lol ))
[09:39:32] GM: Success
[09:40:34] Lt. Melanie McGregor sends it down and watches the returned readouts. [1d100] => [53] = (53) vs 84 RSI.
[09:41:53] GM: [1d100] => [75] = (75)
[09:43:30] GM: The thing floats down the river and you are able to see a natural cave formation off to one side it goes back about 300ft before the distancing laser hits an obstruction
[09:44:28] GM: Anything else will require rolls to 'interrogate the footage'
[09:45:56] Lt. Melanie McGregor tries to get the images. [1d100] => [58] = (58) vs 84 RSI, [1d20] => [17] = (17) PERC
[09:46:37] WO Febrith Nyx: [1d100] => [55] = (55) vs 53 RSI, [1d20+1] => [8,1] = (9) PERC, [1d100] => [89] = (89) vs 63 Intelligence
[09:47:11] GM: Nyx is once again amazed at the humans light up picture box.
[09:47:23] Capt Kain Crockett: [1d20+1] => [1,1] = (2) PERC, [1d100] => [92] = (92) vs 70 RSI, [1d100] => [22] = (22) vs 70 Surveilance. [1d100] => [45] = (45) vs 71 Intelligence
[09:47:32] 2Lt. Sarah tries to examine footage as well. [1d100] => [99] = (99) vs. 75% RSI, [1d20+1] => [14,1] = (15) perc, [1d100] => [10] = (10) vs. 86% Lore Invid (any markings or indications of travel there)
[09:47:49] Capt Kain Crockett: ((Honey Badger incoming, get out of it's way!))
[09:48:04] GM: ((And that Invid is all, woah!))
[09:48:31] Cpt. Aylanea peeks at the footage as well. [1d100] => [5] = (5) vs. 88% RSI, [1d20] => [20] = (20) perc, [1d100] => [39] = (39) vs. 84% Intelligence
[09:49:06] Cpt. Aylanea: (( o.O ))
[09:49:08] Cpt. Aylanea: (( wow ))
[09:49:37] Capt Kain Crockett: ((Ay goes abstinent for a weak and she reaches ZEN.))
[09:50:00] Cpt. Aylanea: (( how's that for big honking snickering Zent? :p hehe :p :) ))
[09:50:03] GM: ((yeah no joke))
[09:50:20] GM: ((well, must be those big honking eyes))
[09:50:29] Capt Kain Crockett: ((Ay is now the ZENtraedi.))
[09:50:53] GM: ((Lol I C wut U did thar!))
[09:51:01] Cpt. Aylanea: (( rofl ))
[09:52:14] Capt Kain Crockett: ((I can do worse…))
[09:53:13] GM: ((I bet)
[09:55:02] GM: between the three of you, and a happy Ay boucning up and down going Ooo OO OOO! much to the males in the area's amusment…(the bouncing part) [1d20] => [3] = (3) = jiggle counter. You are able to notice tracks of Invid, mainly Cougar and shocktrooper.
[09:55:29] Cpt. Aylanea: (( gee, thanks. lol ))
[09:56:10] Cpt. Aylanea leans in and pulls out a pair of fake nerd glasses to outline everything she saw with those big rolls, carefully detailing it as much as she can, of course. ^_^
[09:57:07] GM: You try, but fumble your first three syllable word
[09:57:41] Cpt. Aylanea: [1d30] => [1] = (1) vs. 17
[09:57:46] Cpt. Aylanea: (( really? ))
[09:57:50] Cpt. Aylanea: (( *runs* ))
[09:58:32] WO Febrith Nyx pulls out a fish and slaps Ay with it, "I have a flat grease monkey competing for top brain, stop it."
[09:58:52] Cpt. Aylanea: (( wow, crit on IQ roll even ))
[09:59:30] Cpt. Aylanea: (( it's sad, but the DST game's Ay has 24 IQ :p ))
[09:59:51] Cpt. Aylanea: (( she's a lot different tho ))
[09:59:59] GM: Ay = Penny
[10:03:37] Lt. Melanie McGregor: "I still have those photos of you trying to figure out a microwave."
[10:03:47] WO Febrith Nyx starts a cat fight.
[10:04:24] GM: See what you did Ay! Bravo! Now we have girl on girl on girl fan service.
[10:04:55] Capt Kain Crockett: "So we know the Invid have an Underground railroad, and it sounds suspicously like we need to get down there in smaller mecha."
[10:05:20] GM looks about with shifty eyes >.> <.>
[10:05:41] Cpt. Aylanea giggles at Nyx, shaking her head.
[10:06:13] 2Lt. Sarah nods at that. "Yeah…"
[10:10:04] GM: You grab your kit, and make your decent. (please let me know if there is anyting special you wish to take that wouldnt normally be part of your kit.)
[10:10:23] Capt Kain Crockett gets his shadow alpha into battloid and tries moving some boulders just to get a better immediate look.
[10:10:40] Capt Kain Crockett takes a devastator.
[10:11:02] Capt Kain Crockett: ((with one beam launcher and one missile launcher.))
[10:11:16] Lt. Melanie McGregor takes a super cyc
[10:11:30] GM: ((those use PC, you know))
[10:11:48] WO Febrith Nyx: ((oh, yeah…))
[10:11:58] GM: ((a Cyc might get away on non PC power to move about, but not a Devo))
[10:12:18] GM: ((day to faaaaat…like my Gizka))
[10:13:07] WO Febrith Nyx: ((lol))
[10:13:44] WO Febrith Nyx: ((hrmm, I'm guessing the Shadowdancer Cyclone will be in the Marine book.))
[10:14:28] 2Lt. Sarah takes a super, and moves away some, trying to check in her shadow alpha how deep the river is, by peeking into it a little.
[10:16:48] WO Febrith Nyx takes a super
[10:16:57] Lt. Melanie McGregor takes a saber
[10:17:04] Capt Kain Crockett takes a super.
[10:17:47] GM: ((be interesting to see what they add into the Marine book))
[10:19:12] GM: Okay, you are only able to get so close before you will have to 'dismount' your larger mecha. (Sarah) unless you wish to remain outside and provide cover…
[10:19:38] 2Lt. Sarah: (( was just checking to see if underwater approach might be viable. ))
[10:19:44] 2Lt. Sarah: (( anyway ))
[10:20:09] 2Lt. Sarah dismounts since we need to, looking to the others.
[10:20:51] GM: ((No, river isn't all that deep, maybe waist deep ina cyclone at best))
[10:21:55] 2Lt. Sarah: (( kk ))
[10:21:57] 2Lt. Sarah: (( ^_^ ))
[10:22:16] GM: make some 'steath' rolls
[10:22:33] Capt Kain Crockett: [1d100] => [80] = (80) vs 70 Prowl
[10:23:30] Lt. Melanie McGregor: [1d100] => [58] = (58) vs 25
[10:23:34] WO Febrith Nyx: [1d100] => [58] = (58) vs 25
[10:24:24] 2Lt. Sarah: [1d100] => [65] = (65) vs. 49% Prowl
[10:24:45] Cpt. Aylanea: [1d100] => [72] = (72) vs. 30%
[10:25:05] GM: Wow…
[10:25:15] 2Lt. Sarah: (( we prowl like a stampede of elephants. You knew this. ))
[10:25:26] GM: You do…you know, increase that skill when you level right?
[10:25:46] 2Lt. Sarah: (( not when it's part of another skill, just given as 'basic' ))
[10:25:49] WO Febrith Nyx: ((when you have it.))
[10:28:17] 2Lt. Sarah: (( anyway ))
[10:28:33] GM: As you make your way into the cave, having bypassed the outside 'guards' you come to where the distancing laser hit an obstruction, which is a bend in the cavern, as you turn the bend you come face to face with an Invid foot patrol cosisting of 4 Invid Enforcers, 2 cougars and 2 crocosleen.
[10:29:23] GM: ((as we only have 30 min left we can call it here if you want so we dont overly rush combat))
[10:29:33] 2Lt. Sarah: (( yeah, probably best ))
[10:29:36] 2Lt. Sarah: (( ll ))
[10:29:40] 2Lt. Sarah: (( lol ))
[10:29:49] GM: ((makes for a good cliffhanger, as both you and they do that, 'erk' you arent supposed to be here pause'
[10:29:54] 2Lt. Sarah: (( lol yeah ))
[10:29:58] 2Lt. Sarah: (( ^_^ ))
[10:30:50] GM: ((okay, same invid time, same invid channel!))
[10:30:57] 2Lt. Sarah: ^_^
[10:30:59] 2Lt. Sarah: k


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