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PostPosted: Sat Mar 03, 2007 6:39 pm    Post subject: Questions for the Liberati Reply with quote

Arrow How is Heaven Station guarded, both within and without?

Arrow Is the price of ice fixed, or does it fluctuate based on market conditions (how much ice has been brought in lately, how many corps want to buy ice at the free port)?

Arrow How often does the CID investigate Liberati ships?

Arrow Describe the investigation process. Do they board your ship? Who, how many. Describe their spacesuits and weapons in particular.

Arrow How often does the CID investigate corp ships (if they know)?

Arrow Locations of all known corp stations (a sketch map for this one would be great).

Arrow What types of CEF ships move through the outer belt, other than Io destroyers and Sleipnirs? Just basic classes of ships will be fine, and mostly interested in the small ships.

Arrow Do the corp ships look like Liberati ships?

Arrow Are there Liberati recognition codes?

Arrow Briefly describe the process of grabbing an ice cube. Are they hacked from asteroids, or is a search for an ice-heavy rock done and then just latch on?

Arrow Any idea they have of how the CEF watch the area would be useful. Spy satellites, probes, or drones? Or do they rely on their ships for this role?
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 03, 2007 6:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Questions from the Doc. Basically if any of the answers are "I don't know" , which I'm sure one or more will be, Thierry's follow up question would be "Do you know where I could find out?"

Arrow This gene you have that helps your bodies retain calcium, did it evolve from natural mutation or was it engineered?

Arrow What other...modifications have your people come up with?

Arrow Are any of the resulting protiens able to be synthasized or otherwise used in drugs

(Note: Thiery would probably fiddle with this anyway, though I doubt Pathfnder has the needed equipment)

Arrow Are there any other techniques for coping with Zero-G you could reccomend to someone like me?
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 03, 2007 7:27 pm    Post subject: Re: Questions for the Liberati Reply with quote

Unless anyone is specifically asking Eleslie, it's going to be Jemis replying.

Jester wrote:
Arrow How is Heaven Station guarded, both within and without?


"Most of the security's outside. The keffs keep a lot of ships and shuttles round the station - they hide in Heaven's shadow, and have a permanent base with a small docking station in behind a nearby moonlet. It's nearly a full-up base for the third fleet. Inside there's a rotating guard of GREL led by keff commanders, but they don't really bother anyone with more than routine inspections. Work's gotta get done, and they know that."

Jester wrote:
Arrow Is the price of ice fixed, or does it fluctuate based on market conditions (how much ice has been brought in lately, how many corps want to buy ice at the free port)?


He seems a bit surprised by this question. He's not used to the idea of a regulated price for anything. "Corps keep a fairly steady price internally for their own mines, but water trading's big in Gomorrah, and we feel it out here. Biggest single resource."

Jester wrote:
Arrow How often does the CID investigate Liberati ships?


"Depends. They search every ship, but random. They do search free trading ships more, but it really depends on whether they can get a customs shuttle out to you. Once you get to Heaven, though, you'll generally get a cursory inspection. Three times out of four at the station? About that."

Jester wrote:
Arrow Describe the investigation process. Do they board your ship? Who, how many. Describe their spacesuits and weapons in particular.


"Usually it's just a hard scan; they'll tell you to buckle in and bombard you with X-rays. If you're out in the black when they do their inspection they'll generally board, though. You'll get three or four of the big purple ones in hard suits (armoured), and they all got those fancy laser guns of theirs. There's also gonna be a keff officer and two or three techs that do the actual inspection. All good spacers, too."

"I'd say, in port you'd get an *actual* inspection one out of every eight trips. Out int he black, if they spot you they're gonna board you."

Jester wrote:
Arrow How often does the CID investigate corp ships (if they know)?


"I don't talk with corp crews as often as I should - mostly good guys, but it's just a different life, y'see. Probably about the same. The keffs dont' trust anyone out here when they know every ship's sitting on a belly full'a mining nukes."

Jester wrote:
Arrow Locations of all known corp stations (a sketch map for this one would be great).


I'll get you a map pretty soon on this one.

Jester wrote:
Arrow What types of CEF ships move through the outer belt, other than Io destroyers and Sleipnirs? Just basic classes of ships will be fine, and mostly interested in the small ships.


The basic customs patrol that he describes is composed of a pair of Io class destroyers - sometimes Urchin class frigates - that have been modified to carry a pair of Sleipnirs along with them. The Destroyers act as mobile bases and as backup for the Sleipnirs, which venture out and back from the Io to do inspections on ships that lie within the Io's orbit. Urchins operate upon the same principle but will often do patrols themselves. These are used in high-density areas where the show of force is helpful.

Sometimes the CEF will deploy a larger customs Cruiser, this being a modified Deil class Cruiser, again modified to carry Sleipnirs. This is deployed along with two or three Customs Io Destroyers. These patrols are generally used in the more densely mined areas of the belt.

The Sleipnirs themselves are uninteresting - rarely modified at all.

Jester wrote:
Arrow Do the corp ships look like Liberati ships?


There is a bewildering array of ships in service as mining ships. Many of them are designed to actually take on ice debris within enormous holds to prevent any of it from cooking off during approach to Indra. Ships such as Tanziar can haul more but will tend to lose part of their haul by the time they reach Heaven. Also, that sort of hauling tends to make navigation more difficult as controlling a slowly-dissolving asteroid makes flight mechanics a nightmare.

Jester wrote:
Arrow Are there Liberati recognition codes?


All ships have designation codes as recognized by the Caprician Corporate Executive. They date back to the Trent Sector Accords, and do not distinguish between Liberati and Gomorran ships.

That being said, he admits that Liberati ships always broadcast in Highlands first, Anglic second.

Jester wrote:
Arrow Briefly describe the process of grabbing an ice cube. Are they hacked from asteroids, or is a search for an ice-heavy rock done and then just latch on?


"Depends on the miner. Some ships like finding a big rock and nuking it to crack off nice pieces, then stuffing them in a hold. It's faster to do it that way, for sure, but you don't carry as much. You can wrap a rock in tarp and a cable net, then tow it as well, but it's harder to fly home. That's how we do it. Not as many return trips, but when we head back it's with a big rock and we get a lot of pounds out of it."

Jester wrote:
Arrow Any idea they have of how the CEF watch the area would be useful. Spy satellites, probes, or drones? Or do they rely on their ships for this role?


"They're setting up a big old chain of satellites through the busier areas of the belts to watch movement. Seems to be working okay for'em too. If a satellite finds something funny it broadcasts to the closest patrol to come and take a look. Really smart satellites too. Could swear there was a brain in'em."


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PostPosted: Sat Mar 03, 2007 7:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Arrow What regions of space are off-limits to your ships? (Avoid being somewhere we shouldn't)
Arrow If there are such regions, how old/recent are they? (Hidden CEF assets)
Arrow Beyond the CID inspection craft, what kind of ships have you seen out here? (pinning down ship classes, names, etc.)
Arrow By chance have you happened to see any training maneuvers going on? (tactics favored, new weapons systems being tested, etc.)
Arrow How much ice is left, at the rate it's being consumed? (could be used to put more people on anti-Earth stance)
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 03, 2007 7:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

TheBigM wrote:
Questions from the Doc. Basically if any of the answers are "I don't know" , which I'm sure one or more will be, Thierry's follow up question would be "Do you know where I could find out?"


To any of these questions, he says "Go to Gomorrah. Plenty there who can tell you 'bout it."

TheBigM wrote:
Arrow This gene you have that helps your bodies retain calcium, did it evolve from natural mutation or was it engineered?


"Oh, no, it's engineered. Been in the family for a few generations. Best thing grandad ever did, too. Family's never done as good."

TheBigM wrote:
Arrow What other...modifications have your people come up with?


"Not much I know of. I know that they love their tinkerin' in Gomorrah, but it's usually subtle. Resistance to pollution's a big'un. We got the rad fix ten years back. Figure it'll add ten years to our lives."

TheBigM wrote:
Arrow Are any of the resulting protiens able to be synthasized or otherwise used in drugs

(Note: Thiery would probably fiddle with this anyway, though I doubt Pathfnder has the needed equipment)


He doesn't know this one.

TheBigM wrote:
Arrow Are there any other techniques for coping with Zero-G you could reccomend to someone like me?


"Excersize two hours every day. Eat yer greens and take your calcium suppliments. And get back into a well. Nothin you can do to stop the calcium loss. You can just slow it down."
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 03, 2007 7:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Farrell wrote:
Arrow What regions of space are off-limits to your ships? (Avoid being somewhere we shouldn't)


He gives you a map of the belts, which show several large regions that the CEF has declared off-limits.

Farrell wrote:
Arrow If there are such regions, how old/recent are they? (Hidden CEF assets)


*all* of the regions about coincide with the CEF's takeover of the planet. IF there are secret corporate bases they aren't shown.

Farrell wrote:
Arrow Beyond the CID inspection craft, what kind of ships have you seen out here? (pinning down ship classes, names, etc.)


He doesn't know the names of CEF ships, but by talking to him you determine that they're mostly Io's, Urchins and Deils.

Farrell wrote:
Arrow By chance have you happened to see any training maneuvers going on? (tactics favored, new weapons systems being tested, etc.)


He hasn't seen any CEF fleets in action - he assumes they train in simulators. Last he saw any of them in a fight was during the original CEF invasion.

Farrell wrote:
Arrow How much ice is left, at the rate it's being consumed? (could be used to put more people on anti-Earth stance)


He laughs and says that Caprice will be able to mine the belt for centuries yet. Maybe millennia. He doesn't really know, but still knows that there's a lot more ice than Caprice needs right now.
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 03, 2007 8:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Savant wrote:
Io's, Urchins and Deils.

Briefly describe the difference. Any smaller escort ships, or is the only thing smaller than the smallest a Sleipnir?
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 03, 2007 8:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Jester wrote:
Briefly describe the difference. Any smaller escort ships, or is the only thing smaller than the smallest a Sleipnir?


The largest ship is the Deil at 39 000 tonnes. It's a jack of all trades sort of a ship, though he's heard from keff crews that it's a little problem prone. It required very little modification and is capable of carrying a whole swarm of drones along with two Sleipnir. It can carry another 4 if it forgoes the drones.

The next smallest is the Io at 4 600 tonnes. Small, tough, reliable, and well-liked by its crews. Comes standard with very good electronics, but the normal vehicle bay is swapped out for a larger one. Again, two Sleipnir.

The smallest is the Urchin, at 2 400 tonnes. This is an ancient hull design - literally back to colonial days. However, it's reliable and rugged, and lasts forever. Not like a ship is going to get a lot of wear and tear in a vacuum. It is lightly armed but is capable of taking care of pirates and troublemakers with relative ease due to its high speed and maneuverability. Sometimes these ships will operate along with the Slepinirs that it can carry in order to do patrols, though these patrols are generally shorter ranged than the patrols based on an Io or Deil.

The Sleipnir is pretty much like your Fury, but with fewer weapons and no stealth profile to speak of. Customs Sleipnirs tend to have good electronics.

They don't use manned ships smaller than a Sleipnir. They *do* use drones, however.
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