6 months later

Stories of Lore 13

Mordekai Aberhoff

Jicho does respond to the message leaving a one word response that was actually cleverly hidden and required people to piece together a series of otherwise broken function calls and decrypt his weird choice of commands by comparing the first letters. It just says “revenge” but the way he left it definitely shows that he’s just messing with us like some sort of serial killer taunting detectives.

Zex’s funeral is a somewhat publicized event for the cult, especially given that he was assassinated moments after he had been delivering a speech. Though they don’t really mention that he was assassinated to avoid explaining the ‘why’ part and say some mugger killed him for his van. An attempt to promote unity in these dark times through Zex’s death, and get people to not look too hard into the circumstances of his death.

You start a backyard garden.

Stoogie continues his project, though progress is slow. Despite all his effort he still isn’t as great as Asi was and definitely not on the same level as Cerys. However, someone else in the project has an idea they pitch to the suits which works its way up to your message box. There might be interesting data to find if an alien who grew up in a culture that understood sahad a bit better were utilized. That or perhaps finding others in the galaxy who are already the kind of sahad we want to use as a baseline.

Edric Vandross

System named Tie lost due to a cultural translation error. People think it is a lost and found bin for missing business suit ties. Nah they got it right since its written in a memo, but them throwbacks.

The super carrier finally finished construction.

As far as intel can find, Karsoluth has plans to make military moves against Shetou but they have been reconsidering given the risk to reward has gotten a lot worse since Sharen and Song have solidified Shetou’s power instead of collapsing to infighting in the chaos. Though on the other end of things, Shetou seems less timid of a fight and seem to be preparing a little bit more dramatically to go blow Karsoluth up. Though this is probably to be expected given those remaining within Shetou are pretty unafraid of conflict.

Sethis Tyne

Kenin’s location isn’t a mystery, he’s on Althe.

So far no luck tracking down one data transfer in the sea of the Aethernet that happened locally in one place at one specific time. The ops teams are looking out for Sarden in the meantime though just as with Toxyn, she knows what she’s hiding from. Though we have narrowed down that she operates on Thenica and is somehow tied to the Alnae warlords.

No to the space station, there simply aren’t any to take. The ones that have been built since the invasion to replace those lost are understandably under heavier guard then normal. You’ll need to buy out some space on an existing one or rent from Solvang like Vandross is or launch a full scale invasion onto an existing one.

The black market division is working on expanding drug manufacturing, the cooking part is easy to set up its the growing part that’s proving difficult. So now you have plot of dirt in the middle of the forest you have to guard in order to grow stuff alongside hiring a bunch of people to grow it. -6 profit to Black Market finances. Should yield a solid return once they finish growing though.

Oh huh you actually rolled high this week. Welp here’s a dragon being held prisoner. Apparently captured during the invasion by a species that is particularly adept at Sahad, along with several other prisoners they took out of the system before being pushed back in the mini-war. So she’s several star systems away, held by aliens for study.

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Ya’ll and your late entrys

Stories of Lore 12

General Stuff:

The state of the galaxy is slowly stabilizing from total anarchy to almost anarchy as various factions rise to power across the stars in small quantities. Very few true empires remain let alone with any ability to exert their influence over the stars. Alnae and Shetou don’t really register as empires on the galactic scale since they don’t control multiple stars like the galactic ones.

Alnae
The warlord situation has been getting worse with two prominent members of the council resigning while their families were under threat from the various warlords. Most of the higher ups have moved off of Thenica and gone all the way to the new colony in Asgele where things are politically stable and atmospheric correction has finally reached completion. Part of this retreat is the damage to Thenica was so great that the place isn’t particularly safe and is where some of the warlords are strongest due to civilian unrest and desire for protection against anything Shetou might do. With the cities demolished and people forced to rely on the forests, Shetou has the upper hand on the planet due to their particular combat tactics. Then everything went to hell when three warlords formed an alliance and are in the midst of trying to take over the government. While Alnae itself still controls the fleet, the warlords are messing with the resources available to the population. Most of the battles are over agricultural areas which Alnae can’t just bombard.

Shetou
The drow nation has gone even crazier then Alnae. A new empire has rose up calling itself Karsoluth and is formed by the more traditionalist houses including Beldoban, Jaal’darya, Vloz’Khress and ironically Sarghess. Karsoluth is led by Yasrena Val’Hari. House Song, Linsun, and (to the surprise of many) Sharen are the only three council houses that stand by the flag of Shetou. House Additri, Illhard’dro, Enkas, and many other houses that could push for council position after the invasion have opted to remain independent as to not get tied up in a civil war between old and new Shetou powers. Despite Karsoluth’s surprisingly large numbers, they seem to be avoiding direct conflict with Shetou as they did not expect Sharen to oppose the schism and remain within Shetou. Evidently this screwed with plans to eliminate the eastern houses like Song and Linsun. To make matters more complicated, Karsoluth has found a quiet alliance with Solvang and Selona. The following faction pages have been updated: Shetou Karsoluth

Jydoq
The ooze-like aliens that Arkaric took an interest in have plunged in to total chaos after a second wave of fighting destroyed many of their cities. Merlan is one of the most prominent authority figures among the multiple smaller factions that popped up in desperate times. With the death of the council most of the people have split into following other former government officials that they are culturally conditioned to depend on, making her greatest rivals for power the generals. Arkaric took specific efforts to make sure the resources were scarce enough that they wouldn’t just team up to continue to uphold the original government as normal. Illhard’ro and Desoir are doing heavy trade in Jydoq space that they desperately depend on. We’ve also seen some of the Jydoq come to Sol and our respective colonies seeking new forms of employment to eek out a living.

Selona
Hanging out, down the street, its the same old thing, that they did last week. They are comfortable where they are and don’t seem that interested in drawing attention to themselves more then necessary. Without counting alliances, Selona is the most powerful individual military faction in the system mostly due to their technological advantage. Though we do happen to know that in secret Selona has more alliances then anyone else, making them near untouchable.

Solvang
Running in the opposite direction of Selona with their plan, they have been rapidly expanding and some think they might become a government on their own. For the most part their economy still depends on pirate raids so they’re a bit of a violent bunch. Though members who once just paid membership fees and hung out on the stations are now much more willing to see Asmoday as a king rather then a middle man that dispenses jobs.

???
Sarden has been running around causing all kinds of trouble for the Gauntlet. We also found she has a buddy, who managed to start causing serious trouble. Literally the day Aryn shot off into space to travel the stars and find Kenin, massive hacking attempts occurred. While Nah division itself has enough of a tech team to protect itself, many other companies the Gauntlet controls were targeted. Giving them access to information on where various projects were located and resulting in the least defended areas coming under attack and being bombed. This particularly affected planetside areas with reconstruction underway and has been a massive setback to the work of Hightower in particular.

Madhammer is stretched thin at the moment between its normal jobs and the amount of things they’re being asked to guard.

 

Mordekai Aberhoff

In the bad news section, Zex was assassinated by Sarden, along with several other cult members who were caught in a series of explosions that are likely related to Sarden even if not performed by her directly. Whatever the motive, they clearly really really wanted to kill him as they sent a lot of people and used a lot of firepower just to kill one gnoll.

Atop of this, Sarden and their team seems to be targeting the filter manufacturers specifically. While hightower works to rebuild some of the other acquired plants, already existing ones are under attack.

Also with Shetou undergoing a schism your sales team trying to sell them psionic tools and drugs are proving less effective since there is all that crap going on right now. Though perhaps things will pick back up soon once they’re not all arguing over politics.

Edric Vandross

Vermasih system, no planar alignments. As the first to begin colonization you guys get to name the system/planet. (the one closest to the sun is the water world for project Atlantis). The other planets remain somewhat mysterious as they have not yet been surveyed properly.

It wasn’t hard to figure out who the third Whately kid is with your ingenious plan to google “famous mercenaries.”

The raiders be hijacking food, people starve, you evilly rub your hands together.

Sethis Tyne

Aryn’s mom died during the alien invasion, though that was sort of minor in the big brick of text about other events surrounding her I suppose.

Haziel makes over 15 million per financial report, she’s an engineer for consumer goods so she makes good money.

Odds of wrangling titus: 3%

Expansion into drug production will require the acquisition of facilities and suppliers of the materials to make the stuff. Given the going rate of food right now, not many people in a rush to start growing drug crops. Which has technically made drugs worth even more though, so who knows how long that balance will last.

To be fair the stealth drive does work it just doesn’t work at maximum efficiency. Also you’ll probably have to build one for that or rent from Solvang as most space stations were destroyed during the invasion, which is how you got into this mess.

The hunt for a recruitable dragon is loooooong, with maaaany a wiiiinding tuuuurn.

Aryn is currently away on a road trip to find the Kenin since you chose that one over Ark.

Luci Serrano

Colonization procedures are waiting for the colony ship to complete (mezzy’s super carrier), though production of prefabs for assembly has gotten underway at least.

Yes the submerged gun platforms are pretty easy actually, just slightly more expensive. Though just shielding them would work pretty well as well.

The news room is practically flooded given the amount of shit that is going on everywhere right now. Alien civilizations contacted, society is falling apart, Alnae is on the brink of civil war, Shetou split up and is undergoing government reforms, Valdir is not giving a fuck so everyone is trying to figure out what they’re up to, Selona just suspiciously wiped out an entire alien invasion over his city where the hell did he get all those bombs, Exme misses being on vacation all of a sudden.

Angel and Lush are kind of just chilling out, not the best time for any particular touring events with society crumbling and all.

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Some SoL #11

 

Mordekai Aberhoff

Expansive Psionics:

In trying to market to Shetou you manage to increase sales though you don’t have market dominance among them. There are two other psionics based companies among the Shetou run by some old school illithids who are also quite good at managing psionic sales. Though less so then stealth based products and adrenals one specializes more in tattoos and another in crystal based. Though at the high prices you are going for these competing products that have been around for awhile just go a bit cheaper then you do to maintain the Shetou market presence easily. This most notably effects sales to Sharen and Jaal’Darya as they have long established business with the illithid companies.

Profits take a bit of a hit from sheltering the employees.

Recruiting people who burn out their brains doesn’t go well. Making people sign up to use a weapon that kills the user is pretty hard, and you aren’t exactly inspiring patriotic sacrifice like 314-C does. In the attempt we find that most people who want to fight aliens to that level of commitment just sign up for military duty, particularly Selona and Valdir since those two “won” against the aliens. Though Selona isn’t accepting most people who try to join so Valdir for the most part.

Raw material buying is pretty easy, especially with the Madhammer strategy. Ruined factories are also easily acquired to replace the ones you lost as well as gain even more then you started from. Staffing is easy on the labor part of things, finding other professional psions to run the factories is a bit harder overall though.

Now you own a spiked bottled water company, thats a good market.

Stoogie manages to develop sahad avatar abilities after all that effort on the project. However, all that effort still just made him one and not the chosen one. Giza and Cerys for example are still much stronger Sahad practitioners.

Aerovent Filters:

On the upside one big outlet for all the filter production is Serrano’s Atlantis project alongside the other plan to trade it for labor. Though one potential problem is that it can’t last long since the filters take so long to go bad, so its not like the people you traded them to are going to need another for awhile.

Buying out facilities seems repetitive since you specified pharmaceuticals, so thats the same as the people above. Same result either way. Though yes Fuel processing plants are ridiculously well guarded right now, along with agriculturally useful areas.

The Cult:

Zex is still by technicality just doing his own thing, even if it is beneficial to the cult. While this is doing well to show his competence it also shows his potentially problematic independence, as he does know the real trick of the cult after all. Lately he assembled the cult’s main conspirating psions to himself to take stock of who is still around and redeploy them tow here you wanted. Though despite the nature of the cult it doesn’t work so well to get into position the growing warlords around the system, since the warlords don’t know what the cult can actually do for them and just see the yoga cult as that. Elves don’t put much stock in such things for warfare. The cult remains more of a hobbyist and relaxing thing in appearance to people looking for inner peace, it doesn’t quite have zealots.

In other developments, Zex is revamping the cult from the inside without supervision. Despite the efforts to force Stoogie to become a sahad avatar, Zex shot past them on his own and developed Sahad abilities during the invasion and has been utilizing it to do something sneaky. Using the cult meditations and psionic links through his sahad visions to make people believe the cult really has been achieving something weird as hell to further its credibility as more then a meditation hobby to the newer visitors. He has also independently began experimenting with combining it with his access to a vast number of psions to see if he can make interesting stuff happen.


Mhaldaru Foods:
They barely manage to take over a couple of farms at all, in the current state things are in attempting to use force just doesn’t work for them since other people who want control of the farms are also willing to use force and Madhammer is a bit too busy with everything else its been asked to do, leaving it unable to really contend with Alnae warlords and Shetou Generals in a war over farms.

Lumber Company:

Increases staff is easy as physical labor doesn’t have many specific requirements.

You build a seed bank.

You build new farms with some chickens and goats being their primary specialty.

Targeting the Alnae warlords proves to be the most difficult undertaking on the whole list in quite some time. One attempt is successful, one is aborted, and another attempt backfired massively. The successful attempt overtook one of the smaller warlords vying for control of Luna being propped up by the wealthy that lived there. The backfired one walked into a thing.

Legally speaking it would be a Kenin sandwich with Aryn’s brain but it would not please anyone’s sense of taste.

Edric Vandross

The super carrier heads to dock at a Solvang station out in the middle of nowhere to resume work. Though this has a potential downside in that a bunch of pirates now know about it and may want to hijack it as it nears completion, consider buffing up security.

Hadiya is pretty good at agriculture and creating food at least. Its technically the same job she was hired for, just now she’s terraforming her homeworld instead of alien planets.

The raiders are pretty successful as salvage hunters since most of the scavenging going on is not on military scale so the raiders can contest any other scavengers they come across. They’re mostly looking for FTL equipment as asked, though they sometimes have a hard time telling whats what on the alien ships and knowing what actually has value.

Red pilling Raymond results in him going “Oh gee, I never would have guessed. Nothing about my employment was ever suspicious at all, you are soooo stealthy” in a flat monotone. Though he can’t help with Aryn, her cybernetics are too advanced and none of your crew in the entirety of the gauntlet’s holdings have ever seen anything like them.

Sethis Tyne

Reika just informs you that a paladin order is not happening. The complications are numerous. First off she doesn’t consider herself a paladin since she doesn’t work in service to a god, regardless of the concept that Vanjin and Auni came up with since Reika has paladin-like powers. Second, it would require people to become pandem wielders and that is already a tricky sell. The third problem is it would need the cooperation of powerful celestial beings, and they typically don’t do that ever since you guys came over and conducted a genocide on the celestial plane during the era of the purge. Reika is unique in that she has such a bind because she was a child twisted to their plans and made into their weapon, and hers won’t even talk to her anymore. Most pandem casters are not going to be able to convince a celestial being to bind with them. However, as a silver lining, she does know where to find other people like herself. As rare as they are, since she was a child that lived with the celestials she had contact with the few people who had a pandem bind with the celestials when they came to visit the plane. Though people with talents that rare don’t tend to struggle to find work so they aren’t terribly recruitable. Notably of the twelve people she lists, one of them is in Valdir and their bind has been behaving strangely ever since their rise to power. Also of interest, among the twelve paladins are two extraordinarily powerful characters contesting each other for rank number one. Titus is an assassin created by the celestials like Reika and was her mentor. The other one, Haziel, is actually an aasimir who never bound to an actual entity but instead to the plane itself. While Haziel should be the weakest because of that, she spent all her xp on other character feats that make her pretty strong since her low corruption tier means she can still use advanced technology. Titus currently works only for the celestials as their dedicated assassin, Haziel works for Siwa Technologies.

Kala once again begins the process of hunting for high rolls to find a dragon hero that can be recruited.

That damned stealth drive is still on hiatus, also Vandross only rented the dockspace for his super carrier work, so the stealth drive is just sitting in the garage collecting dust without a lab to be worked on further.

The push for the black market scene is pretty smooth given that Sophia’s team is still holding together, had the foresight to protect as much of their merchandise as they could, but also now knows who they work with and thus have access to the assistance of people like Leon and Auni to keep competition low. Though the sale of some products are particularly good right now, getting more of them is going to be an issue soon with how fast they’re selling. No one in the Gauntlet actually owns production facilities for the things Sophia sells, so she is having to look if there are any out there she can act as the middle man for. The only major weapons producer that is selling to the black market right now is Selona, though that shit sells well. However, drug production is the one that is tricky to secure suppliers for.

Interrogating Aryn proves it to be a complicated situation. She can’t transmit internally, at least not consciously, but her APT is still technically a cell phone in the first place. Though it does lend evidence to the earlier pointed out factor that cyborgs don’t have hardware to transmit or receive messages the traditional way as to protect them from hackers like Aryn. As far as we can figure out, she knows literally nothing about her cyborg nature or her creator. That triggers the problem, we don’t have the technical know-how required to fix her. Her cybernetics are massively more advanced then what is typical, they aren’t necessarily more powerful by such a wide margin but they’re more adaptable, durable, and most importantly: undetectable. No metal detector, x-ray machine, or anything that should send up flags ever noticed she was a robot.  We’re not even sure what material she is made out of. So she needs to find someone who can fix her hand, and that means going to find Kenin or Arkaric. She wants to meet them anyways since they might be able to contextualize her existence. Problematically though, Kenin is with the mothership and Indal off doing other stuff at another star which could leave her gone for a very long time just due to travel. The more accessible option is Arkaric, but its Arkaric.

Luci Serrano

Actually finding an ocean planet turns out to be very easy, besides the one’s already in the Sol System, astronomers already knew where to find some. They just weren’t on the top priority for other colonizers because oceans seem less beneficial to live on. So the survey guys you had go take a look. Of the ones the survey teams check out two stand out. One is just a bunch of inhospitable water due to other chemicals present in it, so its pretty empty and quiet. Another has an existing ecosystem underwater, but its a big and advanced ecosystem, that means big fish with big teeth. It also has some islands scattered around so its not all water, and there is wildlife on those islands. Its 95% water so close enough. However, the presence of that ecosystem means there are a lot more resources of value there particularly food and materials with mana based properties (fuel). Though colonizing it could be riskier and more expensive, like a lot riskier. The DM has been playing subnautica a lot recently and certainly has a lot of ideas about big alien fish that make survival difficult.

Tech team pulls up some blueprints off google, communicating across stars is harder then water when magic is involved. Notably because magic struggles at long ranges a lot more so then through specific materials. So that is taken care of.

The materials needed to set up the underwater city are actually very easy for your mining company to gather, because its stone. While stone has the problem of being heavy its just going to sit in one spot underwater, and special kinds of stone materials can be made via magic refining that are ideal for such construction projects. Expensive obviously but definitely cheaper then the metals used for ship hulls.

By far the best orbital defenses are cannons placed on the ground due to the ease of maintenance when not being fired and large area they can cover when they’re intended to work at those ranges. Also, when the cannon is on the ground its pretty easy to make them really big. If expense and maintenance weren’t a consideration, ships are the most effective as they’re adaptable and carry a crew for rapid deployment due to the distance between them and the enemy. Though the cost of  one battleship is worth dozens orbital defense cannons and will only have one gun of equivalent power to the orbital cannon. So in summary cannons are the most efficient, ships are the best. It should be noted that it is typical invasion protocol to deploy ground forces to go after orbital cannons and shields as step 1, which is another reason why fleets can be important as they’re really good at intercepting those attempts.

 

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Phantoms of the Purge Part 2

Phantoms of the Purge part 3 –  SoL oddyssey arc yet with a grand total of 63 pages counting parts 1 and 2. Also start here obviously.

The alien invasion finally rolled around, by finally I mean within 2 updates of you figuring out it was coming. The planets page now has a little section at the end for each place to give a rough idea of what they’re like now. http://www.manticoreproductions.com/ArcanistEndless/planets.html

The chaos is still ongoing, while the first attack was mostly a “scout” force the main armies are reluctant to actually attack now that Arkaric has plunged a dozen alien civilizations into war and paranoia and the scout force was destroyed. Sol as a whole is becoming more unstable as people turn on each other for basic resources – food in particular. Though this problem is affecting aliens as well.

Faction statuses-

Alnae
In the aftermath of all this fuckery Alnae is seeing a schism of ideas. Many people feel the empire is going to fall soon after this and the SR3 incident and are looking for a place to bail to. Due to Valdir destroying more of the alien fleets then anyone else…again…many people are looking to go hang out there. Some even fleeing to Shetou figuring their chances might be better with the drow, especially if they aren’t elves. High ranking members of the military are also defecting but instead just declaring themselves rulers of small areas with all the military personnel and equipment in their possession, some even attempting to overthrow the council in favor of a military dictatorship. The empire is dangerously close to fracturing and going into a war with itself as all these factors continue to pile up. It doesn’t help that in this chaos they simply cannot do anything but ignore the Selona gang that is mass supplying weapons in this time of fear and uncertainty to anyone with something to trade.

The COA and AIC are falling apart as their main buildings were destroyed in the attacks along with many of their personnel dying off. The AIC was a massive resource sink for the empire and they no longer have those resources. Only a few agencies and the 314-C stand out as standing loyally with the current state of the empire.

Desoir
The vampire family was actually hit much harder then either empire due to their power relying on economic control of trade. In the chaos after the phantoms event money itself is of questionable value and people care a lot more about the good they would buy with money. However, Valencia is still alive and very good at her job. With prices in wild fluctuation around the system she is quick to buy and sell using her massive fleet of trade ships that just stayed out of the fighting since they were cargo ships. Despite the massive blow to their powerbase, they’re rebuilding it fast by being capable of moving stuff around as necessary. Also, due to her gamble with Indal awhile back she already had trade deals being set up with alien civilizations who are now desperate for trade thanks to Arkaric blowing them up.

Selona
One of the only groups in all of this mess to actually become even more powerful, for obvious reasons. The Selona criminals could expand even further then they already did if they wanted to given their resources, though for some reason they seem content to just stay where they are. Though they did open up recruiting in some places they wanted more people, an easy sell given that now almost everyone were becoming criminals to survive.

Shetou
The political game of the houses has been shaken up a lot by these attacks. With the destruction of the city of Kaifen a lot of the human houses have lost too much power to remain on the council. Shetou’s nature makes it less inclined to be helpful to one another and we know Yasrena is part of the Phantoms, actively making the situation worse. The drow empire is fracturing as houses withdraw to their fortresses and try to stabilize with little care for actually helping one another out. There is trade between them if trade is mutually desired but they’re definitely not sending aid or giving discounts to each other. Fights between houses are breaking out and its on the verge of a war between houses for resources rather then pecking order as usual.

Solvang
Despite people’s fear that Solvang was going to be wiped out in a battle with Selona, they’ve stabilized and as pirates they are now a lot more dangerous and powerful since so much of the system relies heavily on trade to even attempt to keep people alive. More people turning to crime means more Solvang members, more pirate fleets targeting military convoys shipping things as simple as food, and the aliens for some reason conveniently never came across the Solvang stations hidden around the system. Many people are paying up membership fees just to live on Solvang stations where they feel safe. It’s a bad sign for the rest of civilization when living among pirates is “safe”.

Valdir
While the damage they sustained wasn’t insignificant, the mothership makes it not really much of a problem. They are fast to restore themselves to what they once were and are now the dominant super power of the system since their theocratic government still has its leader. Even in hard times the people who aren’t assimilated to Valdir and just live there have the resilience to carry on since they’re often zealot nutjobs. After the war Indal and his big scary ship went back off into space to resume colonizing Althe and focusing on its own thing.

 

Okay we did all the roster stuff earlier. Player pages have been updated with the new hires and B team was founded, also Kala made Aryn the headhunter replacement should it be needed. Annnd then that thing happened.

Financial update new money total: 568,652,000

 

Yenneiros Whitetalon

You have an army standing around still, its kind of valuable. Business is up given how bad the state of the system is now. +15 profit

Mordekai Aberhoff

Thanks to madhammer security a lot of your infrastructure has managed to survive the attack. Though there were still some losses in factories, but more importantly business is down as people scramble to fix other problems.

Aerovent filters is technically down at the moment as shipping and stuff is in flux. Though the suits predict things will turn around once the process of reconstruction gets around to full scale implementation.

The cult was hurt the hardest by this, as a lot of people in the circles are now dead or no longer interested in cult activities while worrying about getting shot. However, Zex of all people survived and is on the path to restoring it to its former glory. Technically he’s operating rogue of the cult’s orders and assembling the cult leaders who were in on the whole thing to him to redistribute throughout the system as necessary.

Mhaldaru foods is still functionally up and running, the problem is the supply of food it processed and packaged. They didn’t exactly farm things themselves, though if they had they’d probably be on fire by now. Even if demand is high for the product, the ability to produce the product has been severely damaged. -14 profit

Expansive Psionics is seeing a large dip in sales as population desires aside, the distributors are fucked and the money is in food transport right now so the independent shipping companies are a bit hard to hire right now. -11 profit

The Sahad research facility station is completely gone, turned out they deliberately targeted it along with several other research facilities in the hope of stunting out tech progress in the only field they had over us. Asi Nilliams died aboard.

Lumber Company is actually sitting pretty. Since they were in forested areas they didn’t see too much trouble as the invasion targeted major population centers, also the wood business is doing quite nicely. +8 profit.

B team is up on the page as their own team.

Plans to form a C team don’t quite work out since the Raven was destroyed and Kanika has gone missing.

Also your bodyguard had a rough first month since the world ended.

Edric Vandross

With the current instability of the economy as well as several offices being blown to pieces, Divinity Vaults profits are down -22

Grand Guardian is doing fine since it was insuring new colonies which happened to not be attacked. Profits are up +8 thanks to “oh shit aliens are mean” Suits expect this to continue to rise as the colonies expand.

The SV3 shipyard was destroyed. Though the super carrier actually survived among the rubble, its still not finished and it did sustain a lot of damage but it does still move and the bridge can maintain life support. The other projects are completely gone. Fortunately, the Nomads rescued much of the science crew and both Faye and Raymond survived, along with the stealth drive tech progress. Things aren’t too bad given the station is now space debris fragments, but you’re going to need a new station to move these projects to. Obviously progress on the stealth drive and supercarrier are halted until they find a new place to continue working.

Hightower Industries business is booming, there’s a lot of things that need fixing and building right about now. It was a concern of the management that they were getting more contracts then they had people, but with so much gone now it turns out finding new employees is pretty easy. +34 profit but -800k due to having to buy a bunch of stuff and hire new employees to keep up with demand.

The Raiders of Abbathor are completely fine, they stole three alien ships. Because they’re crazy bastards. Though they have no real shipyard to dock them at for research since the SV3 shipyard blew up. On the upside that’s 3 free FTL drives if you want to pull them out of the ship. Piracy is good business right now, +3d20

Raven is no longer available, the station was destroyed and Kanika is gone.

Raiders successfully get a frigate for B team.

Sethis Tyne

Nah division lost a few hideouts and people but given the scale of what happened it could be considered nearly unscathed. Though expenses are up due to resource scarcity now days.

In a snap decision by Vaeri, Sophia has been introduced to the real hideout and the people within it to avoid her death during the alien attack. On the upside, she didn’t die. Vaeri figures if this result is unsatisfactory you can just have her killed to set it back to the other possibility.

Despite the increase in expenses for the division, the black market trade is doing really well in this age of paranoia and chaos. Black market profits are up +14

With the current changes to the environment, despite the battlecruiser not having its stealth setup fully fitted the tech division has been moved onto it for safety. The exception is Aryn, who is being detained until you decide what to do with her. You called it.

Nila, Vanjin, and Setani are off to try and find Jhaeros. With things as they are now they could be away awhile trying to track the bastard.

Your branching out into agriculture was short lived as it was heavily targeted during the attack.

The cyborgs could theoretically be reprogrammed just as necrocarnates can rewrite people but it involves the live capture of them as there isn’t a wireless access to their important hardware. They also don’t get software updates so a virus won’t work.

Luci Serrano

There are a lot less people to consume media now, Sol Media and Sol Media records see profits drop -28

Lush and Angel are both still alive at least.

Since Sol Mining was based among asteroids it pretty much escaped the invasion unscathed. Since it relied on slave labor there wasn’t even anyone on shore leave to get killed. Lot of people need resources right now, Sol Mining profits are up +11

Sol Lumber business is also up +8

Sol Technologies business is dramatically down but the suits predict this is temporary until reconstruction efforts get back underway in full.  Profits -9

Planet Express was mostly in house so their numbers are about the same.

That shipyard of yours got blown up.

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The update before the crazy one

Phantoms of the Purge part 2

Mordekai Aberhoff

Lately the sahad research team has been mostly finding details on how to wield it more efficiently rather then new spells as well as the research on the avatars. Philosophy students seem to be very hit or miss, a lot of them are very self important and are kind of hipsters so the epiphany transformation isn’t as common as one might expect. However, after some discussion with Cerys and others who were at the thousand legends Asi has performed some shady experiments with promising results. The emotional state of someone can be temporarily altered to cause the acceptance of sahad to be more likely, this is why so many appeared during the battle with the alien mothership. It turns out being put in the middle of a war causes people to become a lot more mentally inclined towards sahad’s grand truths. When subjected to enough stress humanoids become more likely to reach the desired results. So basically Asi has been mildly torturing people to turn them into avatars, things along the lines of sleep deprivation not pulling teeth. Asi finds that trying to refine the technique of acquiring people of correct disposition can be bypassed with his methods to some extent. It does turn out that longer lived races seem to be better at this then shorter lived ones according to his findings but more data is required to say so definitively.

The expansions to the facility come in good timing since Asi has been doing slightly crazier experiments lately and the extra space is useful for his vast array of wild shots in the dark.

And that is the truth behind the kenin sandwich, for it lives within all of us.

Besides mhaldaru there are  a few other companies that produce stockpileable food though they’re fairly well established so the necessary money for investment to make decisions on their behalf could be quite high as in the tens of millions.

The psionic field test still hasn’t seem to caused specialists to show up as far as we can tell, though there is always the possibility they are there and we just don’t know about it as it might be a COA division that operates covertly as their initials imply.

I’m not making characters the day before the update, remind me to do bodyguard cards for next week.


Edric Vandross

ETA for supercarrier is approximately 8 months now

Unsurprisingly D&D’s equivalent to cows sheep and chickens is cows sheep and chicken. There weren’t many fantasy farm animals in the monster manual when Arcanist got started up.

As a correction, the elemental plane is singular its just all the elements in there are extremist. So less so then a water plane there is just an elemental plane with a lot of water stuff going on in it.

Utilizing the stealth drive design Raymond has come up with so far will require the entire ship to be turned off to utilize it. Though it can technically still be used, just don’t plan on moving at the same time. Good for camping though.

Planet surveying is underway, though could take awhile as the galaxy is a big place. While there are some leads based on astronomers gazing at the stars for awhile now, they still need to be visited by a survey team to say officially whether or not “yeah this is habitable”

While their surveying you should clear up “less then average terraforming”. Planet scale terraforming is definitely a challenge to undertake and costs a vast amount of resources, however you could technically do the bubble dome strategy with some arcane shields (like Tykel, that planet is inhospitable there’s just this one city that did local terraforming instead of planetary). The bubble strategy is obviously less then 1% the cost and effort then a planetary attempt as its really just plopping a space station down on the ground. I mean you could just literally land the carrier on some spot and say “yep this’ll do” depending on gravity.

Your shopping list for Kala is more of a Johnson cult job as thats just mass recruiting.

Since you’re going to ask when this takes forever as well, the ETA on the dreadnoughts and carrier is about a year and a half.

Terraforming 101:
Planet scale terraforming is primarily based on arcane and pandem magic and huge ritual style spells that often involve runes being drawn in the planet as wide as 10 kilometers in diameter. It also requires massive amounts of mana to perform. The preferred method is to utilize generators that can be left by the runes for awhile to charge it over time as the total output will be higher over time for the space/weight of the objects that had to be moved here. There is also a bit of prep work in the form of introducing some of the key components of the terraforming around the rune so it has a blueprint to spread. The first phase upon casting the spell is to just spread the baseline conditions as far as possible, if it doesn’t spread far enough the whole thing could be pointless as the hostile environment will start murdering the terraformed stuff or the atmosphere might not have finished changing and remain inhospitable. After that is all taken care of Pandem Casters known as “druids” start seeding stuff all over the place. These casters are experts in ecological relationships so they work to make a stable enough environment.  Pandem experts are also utilized to adjust the planet’s gravity, this is actually the easiest of all the things to do, so when looking to terraform something usually gravity is not much of a concern. There is an exception though, if a planet is too large and its gravity needs to be lowered by too much then suddenly the planet could just say “fuck it” and lose its atmosphere to space. That can also be corrected but makes the gravity alteration process suddenly the hard part instead of the easy part. Once you’ve gotten all this baseline stuff down, atmosphere correction is harder then generation. You can add an atmosphere easier then you can transform it. In the addition of an atmosphere, just use a planetary shield and invert it to forcefully hold gases inside and let the terraformed trees do their thing for a little while. In the case of transforming an existing one, get some crazy alchemists to analyze the exact chemistry that needs to be done.  In the case of the latter, have the alchemists check it out before you do anything else, because the reactions they might need to kick off could be highly destructive to every other stage of the process.

Dome style terraforming is just build a space station, but use a shield bubble instead of a giant hull and construct remembering gravity is a thing. Done. Just don’t walk outside the bubble.

Luci Serrano

You buy 100 garages and 200 dudes for an electronics company, then upgrade it to actual offices.

Oh and raw materials processing teams as well.

Lush and Angel seem to be doing well, though Angel in particular has been ridiculously profitable due to her total cheat of how she gains popularity. They’re both on tour as usual, they’re young and new stars so they haven’t gotten tired of all the traveling yet.

Lara has everything pretty easily as she’s mostly a solo act and had her own supplies given her previous line of work. Lately she just follows you around looking professional when you’re in meetings with other people and lounges around whatever she can find to sit on otherwise. Its a cushy gig for how much you’re paying her and how rarely you’re attacked.

The movie and TV department is doing well, profits have increased though its mostly just stable without any major developments there.

Exme is sitting around investigating random stories as they come across her desk since her last project is kind of sitting around in a dead end at the moment.

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Phantoms of the Purge part 1

Most of the update is a story of lore thing, which is down in sam’s section as you should read the character profile before the story.

Mordekai Aberhoff

Research station expanded a little.

Higher grades of psionic tools are entering the streets though as far as anyone can tell the specialists haven’t caught wind of it yet.

Along with hiring philosophy students you could just probably draft a bunch of college kids living off of ramen for a hundred bucks a pop to run experiments on them.

You should be more specific on bodyguard requests so I know what to make.

Edric Vandross

No, the Noctis is a battlecruiser and doesn’t feature docking for frigates like the Nomad

The problem with sending the Raiders to another star is that is every planet anyone has encountered has required terraforming to at least some extent. Finding a spot to call a resort would be worth a lot of money to sell the find location to existing colonist efforts though.

Shipyards keep on building, carrier still being worked on. To that end the stealth drive has increased its efficiency to 10x (from 12) of the original design it comes from.

The pirates are at least quiet this week.

Sethis Tyne

The necrocarnate search has finally yielded results.

Aforementioned SoL – Phantoms of the Purge

Cattle prods seem to make engineers work slower rather then faster.

 

 

Luci Serrano

The people who can actually manufacture and sell FTL drives are Desoir, Sharen, and Selona. So far the tech is still too new for smaller startups to really get a handle on producing them due to the lack of available expertise.

As for the production chains, you already own a mining company for gathering raw materials. Though it should be note that wood, crystals, amber, and such are needed to make ships work due to the mana storage they exhibit if you want more of the raw materials. Electronics companies are a dime a dozen these days so you could just put up how much you’d pay to buy one out and see what you can acquire as a result.

 

Fiiine you can have your planet express company.

Just Monika indeed.

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Someone triggered an event.

Edric Vandross

The problem with investigating Solvang and Selona is both are criminal organizations who rely on hiding what they’ve got going on from the rest of the system. We know that Solvang has secret space stations all over the place but no one actually knows for sure how many there are and which ones are active or just in reserve. General investigations indicate they want more pirate crews as that is how their profit model and powerbase works. Basically they’re in a nonstop recruitment drive.

Selona is known to have bases on the major planets throughout the system but no one knows where all their weapons come from. While we have a lot of evidence that they have access to their own manufacturing no one has been able to figure out where it is, and multiple groups have tried to find them. As for what they want, this is also hard to pin down. The easy answer seems to be money but as the faction pages suspect, Arkaric himself is just a walking ball of chaos and spite and just likes to mess with everyone. He’s still dealing with the aftermath of the Thousand Legends and people considering him to be a hero despite his return to his murderous and violent ways. However, due to the events of the Thousand Legends and those who had a chance to talk to him we do know his gang’s advanced cybernetics are in some way tied to Kenin, which may be a further link or at least clue as to how they’re manufacturing advanced military equipment.

Selona’s attack on Solvang was pretty unexpected but thats kind of their thing so perhaps it was completely expected. Either way Yasice is likely the primary instigator of that attack and we’re not sure why she opted to go that way instead of just calling in more Sharen to deal with the Solvang station herself as Sharen can definitely handle that. Currently the agents think the best answer is really that Selona is just such a volatile element that its hard to find much reason behind the things they do. To that end, while this attack mostly involved criminal affairs the media surrounding Selona have noticed that public opinion of the gang is of total confusion when all this is combined with their contributions to the Thousand Legends.

Meanwhile the Raiders recent raids have once again been running into trouble as Yasice showed back up. Then on the other end of things the Nomads noted their orders were just to steal an FTL drive, it didn’t say from who. They chose Selona, and while there they went to rescue Adin as she is a former Nomad crewmember and they weren’t sure how things would be for her as a Selona captive. One day one of the conspirator suits were sitting in their office conducting nefarious affairs and suddenly he announced that he just suddenly had received a bad feeling for no apparent reason.

Vajor managed to finally corner the Raiders  since they were on the ground instead of in space and had fewer options for running. As the Raiders debated between surrender and a desperate last stand, House Song showed up because they didn’t know the Nomads were not hanging out with the Raiders at this particular instance so they assumed the Raiders had Adin. Vajor didn’t take kindly to the other empire butting in and had a scuffle. During which the Raiders were able to make a break for it, only to run into Yasice and her team. That didn’t go well and they were captured again. Not 10 feet through the hangar the hangar was raided by Selona and Yasice’s team were hospitalized promptly thereafter and, true to Selona fashion, the entire hangar port was blown to pieces by unnecessarily powerful bombs. This got Vajor and Song’s attention while they were still scuffling as both thought the other side had done that one, meanwhile Solvang mercenaries showed up to apprehend Yasice because fuck that bitch. While they found her already almost dead after she encountered Selona they also found Selona and figured this was now a feud so they shot at the gangsters just to settle up the score. Now the local police show up and they think this is Vajor’s fault because they came from the south side where Vajor and Song were having a frank exchange of ideas and didn’t even know Selona and Solvang was here. Three days into this skirmish that was consuming the city, the Nomads show up and try to extract the Raiders. Adin was just dropped off cuz they like her, so she took command over the Song forces and they began to crush Vajor now that one of their big shot commanders was here. About a week into this conflict the local economy was pretty messed up and riots started breaking out over the government not doing anything to stop all this fighting so in a panic the government paid off some mercenaries to come help settle things down and at least get all these people out of the damned city. Madhammer shows up, again, and starts pushing the entire fight into tighter confines by establishing a perimeter. Since the place was already blown up they figured “fuck it just use the big guns to scare them off” to which Selona responded by engaging Madhammer’s perimeter with tanks. They broke a hole in the perimeter and then just went right back towards the center of the now dense ball of chaos and conflict because Adin pushed towards their main holding point while they were busy fighting madhammer. The raiders manage to disappear thanks to the Nomads once again but the fighting continued on because Selona and Madhammer both have no sense of chill right now and kept it up. Yasice had been treated for the injuries she had sustained and wanted another crack at Selona for revenge, but before she could even bother with that she winds up fighting Solvang who remember she’s the bitch that caused this whole problem. While Yasice’s team is small they are able to move through the city and fight in smaller engagements where they are a lot more powerful then individuals belonging to Solvang pirates. News of all this chaos reaches Adin and she shows up since Sharen is an ally of House Song and now Yasice is backed by a small army. Solvang decides to get the fuck out of here as now there are 3 militant factions all here but there is no more port and no more ships so they’re stuck here and they’re promptly murdered by Madhammer during their escape attempt because they approached the perimeter while still fully armed and Gheir decided “screw it use the tanks” so there is nothing left of them. Now the city area they are in has become an arena with its border being held by Madhammer so they can’t get out easily. Adin being a VIP means that Song sent backup and the big ass ship arrives in orbit and drops down Song Yi herself who finally got here after two weeks of fighting over Adin and the Raiders. Madhammer had previous relations with House Song and they decide not to fuck with that but in the weakening of the border Selona manages to slip out and the fighting finally ends. The city is working on clearing debris to rebuild the area. No one knows when Vajor disappeared but she wasn’t seen in quite some while and its suspected she took off after the Raiders once they escaped. Since her team was small it is likely she was able to get past the Madhammer perimeter on her own.

Halaestra commented that this was getting out of control. Fortunately the Nomads got that FTL drive and now they’re debating hiding on another star because this is some bullshit.

Raymond keeps working on the stealth drive efficiency.

Insurance is starting to be sold. Sells well in these uncertain times of total chaos.

Sethis Tyne

The investigation into the Solvang capital station turns rather peculiar. The agents disappeared off the grid immediately upon visiting the place and weren’t heard from until a month later when they submitted their report. The capital station is far more secure then any other, blocking any and all communications both in and out and constantly moving. The peculiar feature of the capital station is its not a station, its a super-carrier no one knew existed. It actually took the team a long damned time to even find out how to get on it through a series of shady contacts and invites. It is the height of paranoid security, and because of that its kind of like stepping backwards in time. A lot of its operation depends on manual effort to ferry messages both onto the ship and around within it. It even has a system of emergency lighting that involves manually flipping on a bunch of flashlights so that it can’t be compromised by people like Aryn. Because of this it isn’t really a bustling hub of activity as its just so inconvenient to do anything involving it compared to modernized locations. Though what makes it the capital is the vaults the ship contains, a lot of the Solvang banking’s power stems from this ship and people come here to do high profile trades on the black market under the neutral and watchful eye of Asmoday. There aren’t even security camera’s on the facility so that no one can take control of them. The ship’s security depends largely on the abnormal number of demons aboard who can exploit their own abilities to do things a less efficient but still practical way while not exposing the ship’s security to anyone else. The job board here is literally hand written notes pasted onto a physical board and looks like a medieval quest hub. This means if a job originated from here, whoever was involved certainly had direct contact with Asmoday as all the job postings are in his handwriting.

Aryn’s project of screwing with Yasice’ outgoing messages reveals an interesting behavior of Sharen or Shetou in general. The existence of a secret illuminati controlling multiple corporations isn’t interesting to them at all. Gauntlet is actually referred to as “behaving as a minor house, though independent of Shetou government”. So even if Yasice knows about our existence, it barely seems to register with her as anything out of the ordinary and more importantly as anything worth making a big fuss about. Her emails basically mention leaving the gauntlet alive since it causes Alnae trouble too and she declined having reinforcements get involved.

Vaeri is pretty sure if she wanted to assassinate Yasice she could just get it done, the problem is still the aftermath of Yasice’ death. The last thing she wants to do is get more angry people involved in what is already becoming a clusterfuck (see mezzy’s section…again)

Sophia herself is the envoy that goes to visit Selona. Her conversation got her some answers, but it also gave her a bad feeling that this is just a prelude to something worse.

The hunt for the Julius replacement ended prematurely.

The search for necrocarnates is looooong, with maaany a wiiiiinding tuuuuurn.

 

Luci Serrano

Kala found you a bodyguard prospect.

The rumor is spreading slightly mostly among the uninformed populace but Alnae does have a lot of news coverage surrounding their attempts to colonize already so it has a hard time spreading and is starting to become a conspiracy theory more so then a widely believable rumor.

Legit business takeovers is done with money instead of guns. There’s a million small companies out there, you already bought out several small news sites even. So you’d have to be more specific about what you’re looking for.

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Aftermath

Financial Update: Net change -3,120,000
New total: $1,111,222,000

Yenneiros Whitetalon played by Eric Vandross

Mordekai Aberhoff III

Study on replicating the effects of Asi come on with a mix of very quickly and getting nowhere. Through Cerys and Asi’s experience they already know what the key element of the transformation is, but replicating it is the hard part. It requires the sahad wielder to see a cosmic level sahad phenomena and “submit” to it. In practice this is closest to having an epiphany and not having the immediate reaction of denial of what they’re realizing. This is related to the trigger that causes people to start rambling seeming nonsense. While common witnesses of sahad tend to instinctually reject the epiphany of their own insignificance, those who don’t achieve the ability to alter themselves with sahad magic. Asi’s experiments lead to the current conclusion that it is not an entirely conscious decision. Most people see themselves as being relevant on an emotional level, even if they can logically and mathematically prove their own insignificance on a cosmic scale they have a hard time fully accepting it in their emotional state. The opportunity to accept it is instant so there is no time to consciously agree or disagree with it. Cerys and Asi both had the moment and accepted it in that instant and became touched by sahad in a special way. Asi’s current project is mostly in figuring out if a person can ever have the opportunity more then once. He theorizes incarnum and zankist people would be most prone to achieving this feat though they aren’t really the ones studying sahad.

The other project of sahad’s effect in the presence of more sahad has undergone rigorous experimentation and they found conclusions that are slightly different then originally hypothesized. The most replicateable effect is that sahad experiments grow in potential changes not within the presence of other sahad, but within the presence of people who specifically achieved the higher state of sahad. Both Cerys and Asi can trigger changes in existing sahad experiments, but other sahad experiments placed in close proximity to one another have no effect that can be conclusively stated as having an effect. While it does half the time, the scientist say it is too inconsistent and is more likely related to those specific spells having interacting properties not just all sahad triggering changes in all other sahad. But the effect Asi and Cerys can have is very consistent regardless of the ongoing spell experiment.

New sahad spell discovered!

Unknown Protections

Roll the same type of die (only 1) that was rolled to deal damage to you, reduce the damage by that much but do not apply any of your other damage mitigation options. Treat this power as a defense action like block or dodge. B1

(I totally just copy pasted that out of the spellbook on the site backend, in this game’s terms they found a way to use sahad as a defensive measure that works differently then shields and stuff)

Stoogie president has not yet had the chance to fail or succeed spectacularly enough to become a named character.

Lumbering company increases lumber prices.

Edric Vandross

The raiders see staff expansion and are just hanging around laying low without much to do.

DV Stocks are up +6 to profit

Hightower still working on that ship.

Raymond finally finished studying the stealth drive to the extent that he can produce a similar, albeit less efficient one. Raymond’s version of it uses resources at 12x the rate of the original design (rolled a 6 on 3d6). On the small scale this is manageable, the larger the stealth drive gets the more that 12x is going to hurt to upkeep. The main effect this would have on any ship that uses it is it would not be able to power many other systems. He can continue research to try and increase its efficiency.

Grand Guardians is getting booted up and filing for paperwork.

Shetou Politics Report:

Laessari Val’hari – We already knew this one
Primary Benefactor: Song
Political Support: Additri, Linsun, Jaal’Darya, Song, Sarghess, Illhar’dro
DGAF: Enkas
Not-such-big-fans: Beldoban, Sharen, Vloz’Khress

Helviiryn Val’hari – Good Cop
Primary Benefactor: Sharen
Political Support: Song, Sharen, Illhar’dro, Linsun, Jaal’Darya
DGAF: Sarghess, Additri, Beldoban
Not-such-big-fans: Vloz’Khress, Enkas,

Yasrena Val’Hari – Bad Cop
Primary Benefactor: Vloz’Khress
Political Support: Vloz’Khress, Beldoban, Jaal’Darya, Sharen
DGAF: Additri, Illhar’dro
Not-such-big-fans: Linsun, Enkas, Sarghess, Song

Sethis Tyne

The investigation of the pirate station is underway, more so the agents are in transit cuz last day updates.

Stealth tech progress is in Edric’s section

Questioning the manager guy at random yields basically the solvang faction page info.

Vanjin has been patched up.

Vaeri’s original plan is definitely a mess now as Jhaeros warned Yasice about the gauntlet’s existence and the recent battle on the Solvang station definitely confirmed nah division’s existence alongside revealing Vanjin (who has a dayjob exploiting her fame) is a member of it.

Sophia is chilling out in her bar wondering wtf is going on.

Demon sensei hunt modifier increased by 1 (for a total of +2) though still haven’t hit high enough to find one.

Luci Serrano

A security team is being assembled, though to be the head of security do you want one that specifically specializes in guarding you or your assets. Atop of that you have the choice between big scary dudes no one wants to mess with, or quiet scary people no one knows they shouldn’t mess with.

Angel’s tour never ended despite recent events, Lush is also still touring around.

Luke’s initial investigations into Asmodan

Shipyard upgrades are underway but will take a year to complete.

Mining company profits are up by another +2

Attempts to start rumor beginning.

Technically all criminal operations are open to a madhammer style hostile takeover if you can get enough guns.

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That escalated quickly.

Stories of lore: Even with 2 weeks I didn’t finish the thing revolving around the crap in mezzy’s section so I gave up and just posted the update this week before we missed another update.

Yenneiros Whitetalon

Recently an influx in jobs from the colony worlds has started coming around. Its not quite military conflict but they are paying to have some wild life problems dealt with particularly on independent colony BV1-2. The world is harvested for natural resources to fuel the colonies here but since it isn’t being teraformed just yet there are a lot of big animals trying to murder colonists that need dealing with. Gheir can be found hanging out on this particular job lately.

Mordekai Aberhoff

The sahad research facility has produced one of the strange glowy people, Asi Nilliams. 

Asi has been a lab guinea pig since achieving his heightened sahad state and data is being compared on his original physical checkups to his current existence as well as comparing him to other existing weirdly colored people involved with the magic, particularly Cerys Anahi as she is the easiest one for the gauntlet to shuffle data around about. Despite the fact that both exhibit symptoms of becoming some sort of sahad infused being, the value of the symptoms is proving hard to quantify with the current sample size. While Cerys exhibits no glowing she is measurably stronger with sahad then Asi is despite Asi being more knowledgeable in the magic. Whatever gives sahad spells their potency has a higher presence in Cerys then Asi and so far there are no visual markers and knowledge is definitely not the factor either.

Ragas is still sending reports and while the ability to fool psionic forensics is fairly refined at this point, the full capability of it has yet to be tested against much more serious investigative measures. Though if hidden on the small scale and does not draw the attention of the feds, the stealthier technology should hold up to fooling local police.

The Kenin Sandwhich’s true perfection proves ever elusive.

Edric Vandross

The Sharen investigation is getting all over the place. The Raiders moved to targeting Alnae holdings due to pressure to avoid the Sharen but now the Alnae C.O.A. has gotten involved in hunting them as well. Our agents suspect that the drow have planted agents within Alnae government that manged to push some people to react dramatically to the Raiders work. As the raiders are classified as criminals and terrorists beyond local law enforcement capability a familiar face has been assigned to handle the issue.

This is when things got out of hand. Mladris managed to capture members of the Raiders in a raid gone sideways. While they were being transported to a secure holding position, Yasice attacked Mladris and took her prisoners. Then Solvang showed up and took them back from Yasice. Then Yasice got pissed and pulled Selona into this mess, who invaded a Solvang station where the liberated pirates were located. In the chaos Halaestra mounted a rescue operation for her captured crewmembers to get them away from all this while Solvang was dealing with the Selona crew. Suddenly both Vajor and Yasice caught up with them in the middle of a criminal warzone. At this point Nah drops the whole “we don’t exist thing” and hot drops in the crew to get the pirates because both Alnae and Shetou have psionic interrogators and its better to just get the pirates away from them then maintain stealth. But because they were all here, suddenly Jhaeros appears because he wants a piece of Vanjin. Okay so now that EVERYONE is here and it can’t possibly escalate any further  – oh look the Valdir showed up. Okay so now we have Shetou and Alnae trying to capture the pirates, Selona is fighting Solvang, Nah is trying to help the pirates, Valdir is apparently on no one’s team but they’re just hanging out adding to the chaos, oh but look at that there was ONE Desoir noble on the station conducting business. Okay so now a Desoir fleet arrived to extract their guy and demands everyone sit down and shut up until they’re done. Pirates don’t really listen well so now Desoir’s private contractors are here to fight and extract their guy. But they can’t dock with the asteroid because Aryn has taken over the network and is apparently here with the nah division hijacking everyone’s shit and making it impossible for anyone to control the station. So Desoir sends some guys in the hard way to do a rough extraction with their private contracted military. Oh they contracted Madhammer, okay so Cerys is here now too along with a bunch of crazy ass mercs (lets be honest Ian runs crazy ass mercs not mild mannered ones). So mercs are shooting everyone, pirates are shooting gangsters, government spooks are fighting over raiders, raiders are fighting everything just trying to stay alive, and for some reason there are Valdir on the station just adding to the chaos because in all the crossfire someone shot one of them so now Satsujin is pummeling the shit out of people. Now that the situation can’t get any worse, oh hey look its the Solvang Fleet here to stick it to Desoir. This is getting out of hand as no one can leave the asteroid station since there are two fleets fighting it out around it, so in order to extract with the pirate captives they captured Shetou calls in backup. Now Song Clan is here with that giant ass flagship since they were in the neighborhood, well Alnae can’t let Shetou win this one so lets call in the fleet too. Valdir…okay they don’t bring in a fleet because they don’t care enough and are just hanging out so at least this doesn’t get any worse. Selona doesn’t own a fleet but they like messing with everyone so they just start boarding other ships and gunning people down to take over ships from both opposing sides. They were just here to mess up Solvang so they bail out now that Solvang is definitely fucked up, but they beat and captured Adin Va so Song Yi’s gonna be pissed about that. Desoir gets their guy and hauls out of there too so things are winding down. For all this the Raiders have been long gone for awhile now because Taelwynn is the best pilot in the galaxy and just flew through the entire fleet battle. But Nah division is still in this clusterfuck cuz Alexis doesn’t like Vaeri and didn’t give them a lift out. Jhaeros finally beat Vanjin but doesn’t kill her because that wouldn’t be fair since he’s immortal, so he just announces the score is 2-1 and he’ll be back to try again someday. Yasice is convinced Jhaeros is retarded and shoots Vanjin anyways. Jhaeros is pissed and attacks Yasice and Shanhai lays his ass out. But in the struggle Vanjin is extracted by Vaeri, no one can see shit anymore cuz Aryn turned off every electronic system on the station and everyone needs to stop fighting because we’re losing atmosphere in a hurry since Desoir entered the asteroid violently when they couldn’t dock (also thanks to Aryn). Nah division bails out in the ship they rode in on, no one notices it because Aryn screwed everyone’s systems so no one can detect a damned thing so there are battleships hovering in space doing absolutely nothing since they are blind.

This whole battle took 6 weeks.

Casualty list –

Halaestra – Injured
Andal – Injured
Gellix – Dead
Mladris Vajor – Injured
Yasice – Injured
Julius Ayit – Dead
The Nomad Sniper I never made a card for cuz lazy – Dead
Adin Va – Captured by Selona
Solvang – Fucked.
Cerys Anahi – Somehow completely fine despite being shot 4 times
Vanjin – Critically injured
Jhaeros – Dead (again) but he did save Vanjin’s life
Frayne Ankou, Alexis Denumal, Arkaric Selona – Technically all severely injured and not injured at all since they’re so cybernetic they just fix themselves up later.
That squad that didn’t run when Song Yi arrived on the station – suuuuper dead.
Solvang Station Manager – Captured by Nah (Since they were here why not grab him)

The moral of the story: Wtf happened?

Stealth drive tech progress is coming along.

Sethis Tyne

Julius is dead, Vanjin is fucked up, Solvang Station manager captured. Good news is we know where the bombing job post originated from, bad news is its the capital solvang station where Asmoday himself is based out of. So that’s gonna be fun.

Also Aryn leveled up for surviving that shitshow on the Solvang station. (Survival stat changed from -6 to -2).

Your necrocarnum search roll is still unfavorable.

Luci Serrano

Yes your companies finished upgrading, their upgrades are registered on the financial spreadsheet.

Also your news teams are busy covering the Solvang Station Showdown as thats good tv.

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The player homepage now has a link called Colonization Efforts that leads to the star map stuff.  The Valdir and Desoir colonizing stars have been added to the stars list.

 

Stuff from around the place:

That orc guy that took off before anyone else could still hasn’t come back. We’re not sure how his maiden voyage went.

Valdir continues to be a cross between really difficult and really easy to negotiate with. People of independent interest have managed to acquire permission to join Valdir’s colony efforts on their star. Despite its reliance on its swarm it does seem to be building a society with some diversity to it simply by demand for immigration by other interests. Since they colonized a special planet of interest to Sahad study, those looking into this new form of magic have great interest in hanging out with the Valdir.

Desoir’s mothership also landed to begin its colonization efforts and triggered rapid effects as they just deployed colonization teams to four planets simultaneously with the mothership acting as support to go between them as necessary. The independent colonists are spreading fast over the new star instead of concentrating their efforts in one spot at a time.

Yasice is still out there messing with things, though it seems they got caught up in an argument with Solvang and are dealing with that right now so they’ve at least been stalled.

 

Mordekai Aberhoff

In order to spawn a hero unit from existing ranks they need to be assigned a task in which failure is reasonably possible. Basically out of X number of people in an operation one might highroll and generate a hero unit.

Sahad research hasn’t produced any new spells yet but properties of its functions that may lead to it have been promising.

As per the paris plans, a city which doesn’t exist in this world thus making that a very nonsense acronym but at least it rolls off the tongue, psionic “pirates” have been sent to join the Raiders in preparation to do anything that might need doing.

Edric Vandross

Raymond estimates it’ll take the team about 4 (more) months to reverse engineer enough of the tech to at least experiment with their own designs to reconstruct it. They have enough of the premise to make something work but the difference in capability would likely be quite a wide margin.

The shady suits find that if you were really going to just outright hire pirate crews, you might be better off just hiring Madhammer mercs to do the job. With the exception of hero unit pirates, mercs tend to be more effective then pirates and more controllable. Though other then them, you can basically just hire around Solvang or even just post jobs through Solvang if your goals are merely to steal specific things since you don’t have to pay until they succeed. Though the disadvantage of that is you don’t have personal control over the crews and it would be harder to create a higher grade of pirate since you couldn’t invest in an individual team if you just used the job boards.

Sethis Tyne

Ask Tess about Angel.

The necrocarnum roll of the week has made progress, giving a bonus to future rolls on the subject.

Progress on the solvang board tracking is underway though there are no currently reportable results. The agents have to visit stations all over the system between a bunch of planes and do a lot of detective work at each one just to figure out the basic dates of the posts without being caught. So imagine a loading progress bar for this week.

Luci Serrano

You go on vacation to meet with Angel at some high end hotel and casino resort I guess. Fortunately you’re rich cuz your new growing vampire harem definitely needs a larger room then the average vacationer.

Your news team expands with the kind of people who are champions of the truth over supporting their own government. Though the potential danger is that some of them might also be inclined to be whistle-blowers on you if they find out your actual connections and activities.

Speaking of which, hard hitting journalism has dug up something of a potential news story. There is some evidence that Alnae might have outright bought their FTL ships for the colonization rush directly from Selona. Some suspect there is an odd relationship going on there despite the Selona gang’s general known tendency to operate and prey within Alnae territory.

Claudia (Angel) has no idea who you are. After that hurdle is covered, basically she is an outcast from the Desoir family because of her erratic behavior. As showcased by the Jhaeros incident, she’s capable of being a little messed up. As for your dynasty questions i already answered that in DMs.

Mining profits continue to rise quickly as the slaves are brought in line by the new overseer. While their overall productivity could be better as constant fear isn’t the best motivator, the lack of rebellious action has definitely helped to stabilize the operations and they’re slaves anyways so its not like it costs too much to get the current yield. Effectively you have higher profit per unit but lower production speed per unit compared to other known mining operations.

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