What’s everyone up to?

Financial Report is in.

(current)20,552,000 + (Income)11,860,000 – (upkeep)9,800,000 + (transactions)27,930,000 = (New Balance) 50,542,000

Stories of Lore 5

Yenneiros Whitetalon

Cerys Anahi has undergone full military training to compliment her armed resistance experience and now works as a corporal for madhammer within Gheir’s Regiment. +1/+2 to base stats from training.

William Roberts continues to work on securing contracts for Madhammer to increase profits overall. Not that much to write about as no one cares about the fine art of contracting and schmoozing.

Gheir recently trained with the Raiders of Abbathor to help them figure out how to take ships. Since then he’s been lurking around headquarters waiting for the next big gig as his regiment tends to just break apart and do small jobs until his command position is required. That and he makes enough to just take it easy until then.

Metal finish being sold off from the SR1 payment. +46,000,000

William Roberts seals some deals. +3 profit.

Mordekai Aberhoff

Faye is still working as security around the factories.

Nib continues to build dangerously experimental defense systems and seems to try a little too hard to make them undetectable, as if he were trying to entice people to try and rob the place so he can see if they work as desired.

Ragas is going to college.

App finished development and launches on store.

Psionic tech progress +2

Aerovent Filters profits +2
Expansive Psionics profits +6

Edric Vandross

Fred is continually working on schmoozing around Alnae and the SZ4  colony project to get in closer to the project on the ground level. Though he does all of this over comms because he’d rather not go stand around in a frozen wasteland if he can avoid it.

Gellix is still with the pirates and just kind of hanging out, he’s a basic crewmember and hasn’t really found any way to stand out. Though he still pulls his weight just fine, just remains unremarkable next to the three crazy bitches.

Halaestra continues to plan and direct the Raider’s general missions. Her notoriety is growing faster then Setani’s purely because Halaestra was already a known name and her pandem monstrosity tends to make it really easy to tell a horror story about how you lost your ship to some pirates rather then explaining that some overpowered demon bitch slapped you.

Jezraema still mostly follows around Ikesha with little else to do given that she is still technically property and really doesn’t have much else to go to anyways.

Ikeshia remains the pilot of the secondary ship and is still as quiet as ever. Most of the focus of the crew has been on Halaestra and Setani.

Setani has been an active force in taking ships but she and Halaestra’s positions are somewhat clunky. Though Setani has been declared Admiral, Halaestra is the one who calls most of the shots since she knows what she is doing and has her ship. They don’t get along spectacularly well.

Construction on the asteroid base has begun.

The raiders still haven’t high-rolled into finding a stealth cruiser.

There aren’t many other new ongoing colonization projects other then the raw expansion of the existing ones on the various planes. Suits predicted that the upcoming first contact may lead to interstellar colonization projects, something Desoir has been known to already be looking into and even sent people in stasis towards stars already just on the off chance they don’t beat them there somehow.

Divinity Vaults Profits +4
Hightower Industries profits + 3
Pirates Profit dice +3
Solvang Membership fees increased to 1.3m due to new ship and crew expansion

Sethis Tyne

The “batman trio” has been hanging out together a lot in the pursuit of Toxyn, though that has become more and more complicated as time goes on. Toxyn still uses the same general tactics of randomly appearing and messing stuff up, though pinpointing her locations and methods reveals no particular pattern.

Madhammer doesn’t have much in the ways of new guns for the sniper teams. They aren’t weapon’s producers so much as users. Siwa Technologies and Selona are the major players in the field of fancier guns, with Siwa specializing more towards big mech and vehicle weapons though.

Kala sets up the intel department, consulting with Vaeri for a lot of the infrastructure.

The shipyard isn’t really blackmailable, its a small indie shipyard at the neutral world of SV3. It hasn’t really even had the opportunity to create dirt to dig up, which is why its easy and inexpensive to invest in it in the first place. At best some of the current owners have peculiar vices but SV3 is a world built on that so not much going on there.

In the quest for a fancy stealth cruiser there area few options on the market end. House Sharen produces the best in this regard with no real competition, cruisers capable of cloaking from every possible spectrum and highly mobile. But they cost upwards of 50 million. Selections from less specialized manufacturers fall into the 20 million range and often have a spectrums they aren’t perfectly cloaked against. The most common being a weakness to being found by anyone who can detect Incarnum Essentia from the ranges that space operates in as this is the most difficult thing to hide and obviously if you have people on board then you have it. On the upside, people who can detect that are rare and the only people known to be able to do it work for the Song Clan.

Black Market profits +6

Luci Serrano

Bill Chekov works on the musical project, taking in market data and hiring writers to produce the rough draft of the script and begin casting. The other suits prefer to keep working on the news station angle of things. Bill is now pitching an idea for a running series to air on the same domain as the news station to expand Sol Media into a channel as well. He never stops pitching ideas. His argument is that the big money that draws investors is to invest in a big company rather then a news station. Thus by expanding the amount of crap Sol Media is involved in the larger it gets as a company and also the more windfall it has if something it tries doesn’t go well. Of course this suggestion is a lil out of place given that he’s shotgunning ideas of expansion which could all “not go well”.

Lusheria is involved in the musical and has taken time off touring, though maintains a SolTube channel to keep relevant with her fans.

Exme continues to travel around looking for interesting news stories, as well as assigning the others to various places of interest. She herself is currently at SR3 looking into the general feelings people have about the idea of first contact coming soon.

 

Alnae viewership ratings and trust in the news is based a lot on government approval of it. Average civilians can’t call the AIC whenever they want but government employees can, so when the mayor says something is true or untrue people tend to be swayed by that since (in their minds) that authority figure likely has access to the AIC.

Approaching the government doesn’t go all that well as to them you’re just another news station. They aren’t exactly hostile to the idea but the secretary is paid to be polite and pleasant. As far as the suits can tell, they aren’t really interested in working directly with a news organization. This likely, again, ties into the AIC’s network.

As for smaller news companies, could always “sponsor” some SolTubers and web blogs though if they’re small enough to acquire they aren’t terribly relevant on the large scale to you yet.

Sol Media Profits +8
Sol Records profits +5
Lusheria Profits +1
Sol Mining expenses -8

 

 

Oh and there are aliens now. Happy new year. Update clocks in at 5 minutes after their arrival.

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A new year

Yenneiros Whitetalon

Military Engineer recruit

Profits increased due to shady anti piracy techniques.

Mordkeai Aberhoff

The course is stayed and the DM didn’t roll any strange events for you to deal with.

Mhaldaru’s profits have gone up and thus by technicality yours as an investor

Psionic Tech Progress: 9

Edric Vandross

It’ll cost a couple million in order to put a base on the asteroid but they found a neat one as requested.

Gellix and the combat training reveals that he’s really more suited to land battles. As a gnoll he can move very quickly and track people to some extent, but in the confines of a ship his speed just hits  a wall and all the pressure suits and metal interiors make sniffing things out a bit difficult. He’s not a terrible fighter but he doesn’t particularly excel at the task like Jezraema.

The task of sending the raiders after a ship that would be fitting is ongoing, mainly because the kinds of ship you want for the nah division also happen to be hard to find. Such ships aren’t popping up on the Solvang boards at the moment either so the search continues.

Schmoozing Alnae’s higher class continues to prove difficult as elves are little less prone to social manipulation then humans due to their extremely long term planning. Also as Alnae has a government backed bank, DV doesn’t have much to offer in terms of connections.

Raiders are busy looking for that nah ship to steal, not doing so well expanding and prepping for flagship raiding.

Sethis Tyne

Cult members sent to investigate Toxyn. Efforts ongoing as they can’t just find her by blind poking without at least one member making contact with her at least once so they know what they’re looking for other then “person with a mask.”

Can’t really borrow the ships they hijack and also retrofit it, at that point you’d be buying it. Though for now its on their to-do list on ships to look out for as they are still being kept to survey ships and small targets to gain xp  by Vandross.

Psionic mindreader: Richard black is still on the list. Though for the sake of options since no one seems to want that hot mess, here is another.

Luci Serrano

The initial premieres for the comedy movie are finally live. Audience reception is lukewarm but from a business perspective any profit is better then lose money at the least. And despite its lukewarm attempt it didn’t nose dive off a cliff so production on future projects can begin. With this wrapping up casting has begun for a musical which will feature Lusheria given her tour wrapped up anyways and she’s getting some popularity these days.

The mining start up is still under the phase of construction after arriving at the asteroid plot as the infrastructure to mine in space takes a bit of setup. Expect lower profits while the startup investment goes in.

 

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A holiday quickie

Due to holiday spending an additional 5 million has been made for the pool!

Also stories of lore should be in the next update or two once less holiday season shenanigans are going around.

Yenneiros Whitetalon

Materials from SR1 are being sold off to buyers on the market. After accounting for the expenses of paying off the mercs total profits add 4,562,000 credits to the gauntlet account. There is still an estimated value of 8,000,000 (rounded) in materials on hand but will take another update or three to finish selling off, particularly due to shipping.

At the moment Song doesn’t have anything for the mercs to do as she’s headed back home to deal with paperwork. So training on battle forts is underway, though this is an expensive project because setting up forts in field can be more expensive then just building a wooden palisade back in the roman days.

Mordekai Aberhoff

You already set up filter deals and profits went up during your vacation, so reviewing those you met during it proves to be a little redundant.

People are working on the app thing, though expect two/three financial updates before its development is complete and can go live.

Psionic tech progress: 6 (This number will make more sense later, for now just writing it to track the progress).

Edric Vandross

Kala found you some ship wiper dude.

Christmas cheer abounds as the raiders manage to capture a basic survey ship to get sold off to Serrano, the cost of buying this off them on Serrano’s end was taken out of christmas profits already for easy paperwork.

Shipyard expansion on SV3 could be expensive as the place is currently mostly used to service frigates, adding larger docks would take a lot of material. Hightower projects a cost of about 16,000,000 between supplies and labor over the course of three to four financial updates. While the SV3 shipyards, owned by Star Horizons, aren’t doing too bad on their own it isn’t a major location for larger ships due to the economy of the planet below focusing on a more tourist focus then large shipments of goods. As such Star Horizons aren’t as interested in the particular cost of the upgrades which means it’d take an investment from DV to really see that happen. The result would be a 30% control over the company’s shipyard and they will at least be interested in the hiring of additional personnel to cover the ongoing cost of the expansion.

Gellix isn’t really useful at surveying space for places to build a secret base, he could probly find a planet surface to hide on but has little experience with asteroids. Setani suggests a mobile base and just hijacking a huge carrier, but most of her suggestions lately involve “lets get a giant ship”. On the upside, this doesn’t take much expertise if you want a big random chunk of space in the middle of nowhere. Space is big, just pick a direction and go until you hit an asteroid.

The quest for a middle man continues. Kala suggests just having Sophia do this, one less middle man means the profits stay better and it would help her expand her operations. She’s not exactly in Shetou but Tyne is trying to make her expand to other places and the slave trade can be pretty black market at times.

 

Sethis Tyne

Johnson didn’t reply on the psionic cult cell thing.

The Toxyn thing will be in the upcoming stories of lore after the holiday “lazy gm” season. For now rest assured its a general pain in the ass.

The improvements in secret efforts probably paid off given that Toxyn clearly knows who the division is. The nah division manages to be a conspiracy hidden from the general public and major governments, though the bomber group definitely still knows it exists. Hence Toxyn has been such a pain in the ass.

Luci Serrano

The neutral survey location actually leads to an asteroid belt on the Rixa plane in the middle of goddamned nowhere, approximately between SR1 and SR2 in terms of orbital space, receives a lot of sunlight. Good for solar panels.

SV4 is being surveyed by Shetou as requested. Progress updates to come.

The slaves and ships thing is getting underway, a survey ship was acquired recently by the pirates though the slave part is still being worked on. Generally you don’t have a crew of slaves crew their own stolen ship, its a bad mix for forced labor.

Sol News hires a new caster who is obviously boosting ratings because they’re pretty.

The comedy movie attempt is wrapping up post production and should be airing soon. The suggestion for musicals proves to baffle the suits but they’re looking into what they can do with that. On the upside Sol media’s talent can be brought into it.

Kala is still working on that hero request as thats a bit of a bizarre one and the GM’s art library didn’t have anything spectacular in that field.

(Totally not) Sol Gaming startup is underway though its currently just a small indie team since there hasn’t been a huge investment in it.

 

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Random words

Yenneiros Whitetalon

The war on SR1 finally came to a close when Song Clan and the mercs took enough of the orbitals to allow the Dragon’s reach to open fire on the other fleet. Though instead of a naval slugfest the other house retreated back into space before engaging with Song Clan’s fleet as that was suicidal. Gheir has recruited Cerys Anahi to Madhammer before setting off back to HQ and then off to SV3 to train with the Raiders of Abbathor.

As predicted by the suits, profits dropped like a rock soon as it had to pay out all the mercs for completing the job (expect a rougher then normal financial report). Though on the upside it was still an overall profit from the contract with SR1 colonists that netted the gain of an awful lot of raw material. Technically it hasn’t turned a profit yet as the suits are just sitting on the materials waiting for an order on what to do with it all. Sell it or find some other purpose for the stuff.

 

Mordekai Aberhoff

Ragas Durz was hired remotely through an agent so she doesn’t have an idea who you are or what company she really works for and is now attending college on your dime. The Cosmic Force of All Things recommends you ensure her contact for orders is a psionic of some power so she doesn’t figure out whats going on by reading their mind. That or enlisting the Nah division to keep her wary of her true employers.

In minor news, there was a brief police investigation at one of the Alnae factories for the pharmaceuticals company when a break in attempt resulted in a few people being killed by Nib Okzunas’ latest security invention being a little bit more powerful then intended. While no serious recourse has been taken against Nib or Expansive Psionics, it was funny. Also expansive psionics sales have increased for +6 profits.

The cult manages to increase its profits by +2 now that its selling knick knacks and doo dads which help its various cult leaders keep up their operations with a little less money from you to keep maintaining itself.

Despite the selling of gimmick items Vajor still seems to be keeping an eye on the ongoing activities of the cult on Luna. Most notably Alnae psionics have been seen keeping an eye on things around the city.

Edric Vandross

The Raiders are off near SV3 doing training stuff with Madhammer. Despite Setani’s appointment to Admiral her ideas of what to do next keep conflicting with Halaestra and Ikesha winds up as mediator.

Investing in shipyards isn’t too hard but finding one for peculiar use of refitting stolen ships is the tricky part as most tend to operate alongside major governments due to those being the main buyers for big ships, with the exception of those who specialize in frigates that civilians often buy. Since the suits don’t necessarily know your actual plans involving them the ones they recommend don’t really fit the purposes you might be particularly interested in. The most notable of shipyards in the system belong to Alnae or Sharen but they aren’t exactly looking for investors at this point. Among the startups however, SV3 stands out as it has small facilities the independent colonists like to use primarily for repair and maintenance as opposed to construction due to their smaller budget. But given this planet’s history they are keen to try and make more stuff to sell on the trade based world.

In regards to erasing ship ID’s: Solvang can do it pretty cheap. However, doing it without their help proves insanely difficult and even shipyards have a hard time doing it as the enchantments that make up an ID are similar to the APT tattoos (and the arcanist world made defense easier then offense, which extends to hacking). So it’ll take awhile and maybe an expert (like Nib or something) to get your own shipyards doing that, but Solvang can do it cheap until then.

I’m assuming you meant SZ4 everytime you said SV3. SZ4 is the ice world Siwa is colonizing, SV3 is the barren rock that has become a trade based economy. Some of the potential major players there are obviously the project manager for Siwa who is fairly elusive and spends most of their time within the Siwa facility, likely because its cold and barren outside. The Alnae officer overseeing construction of the port and maintaining the colonies also stands out as a potential VIP especially as Fred pushes for Alnae’s Sovereignty over the area. Details on these characters are slim though as the bankers aren’t exactly private investigators and can only detail financial information which has been covered before.

Banking investigation so it doesn’t make a wall of text

Sethis Tyne

Vanjin gets indoctrinated into the agency and particularly bases out of V-Thenica at the agent hideout near Sophia since that was who she saved in her last mission, so the agency has deemed that a new agent such as herself should just be kept in the area she already knows as not to expand her knowledge of the operation too quickly.

Vaeri reports in that basically your predecessors killed off a bunch of people who obstructed their general plan. These enemies originated from Alnae though its unclear exactly who was killed to get these people pissed off enough to go rogue from their own empire. The reason it became such a shadowy group is that no one believed them about the conspiracy theory since the corporation that makes up the Gauntlet isn’t exactly the shadiest in appearance so they were just called nutjobs. Toxyn is one of them and definitely one of the more dangerous members.

Julius and Vanjin are struggling on the Toxyn front. Though Vanjin is pretty sure Toxyn knows who the nah division is because they keep knowing where to strike and how to avoid them. Toxyn operates similarly to the division itself and is almost non-existent until they choose to strike. The Nah division is looking through security at what civilians might actually be this masked attacker in secret under Vanjin’s advice, though its not helping to narrow things down too much at the moment.

Luci Serrano

In regards to your mining startup. The first part to get through is pinning down where to mine. You can put all your startup funds into a survey ship (Or consider getting the pirate raiders to steal you some on the cheap if they can)  or contact existing companies to look into some stuff for you.

Mineral surveying companies come in three flavors. Alnae, Shetou, and Neutral businesses. Technically none are associated with the governments directly but the company is based in those nationalities. Alnae has access to the cheapest active options allowing you to hire survey teams to comb a planet or area of space at 250k per expedition. Shetou’s are more expensive at 400k per expedition, but their familiarity with the underdark and tendency to tunnel makes them much more thorough if you can trust them to actually hand over the data of the best finds to only you. Neutral colonies also offer their services and come in somewhere in the middle despite having less advanced tech then either one, so while the worst buy for active surveying they are at least neutral. However, they also offer a different service entirely, they’ve already surveyed more then they can use as a small neutral colony and sell the data of places they’ve already scanned. For example, they have a survey claim offered at 1.5 million, but its not a sweep of an area its an already found mineral deposit of value. You’d be buying the coordinates instead of the service of seeing if an area has anything. Due to this business model you can buy finds in asteroid belts, or on a planet. Though you pick by plane not planet given they don’t necessarily have anything on every possible planet. In Summary: Alnae is cheap and efficient, Shetou is expensive but extremely effective, Neutral options are already found claims or just companies who will survey the things you want without really being involved with the empires.

The slave market is most notable in Shetou (where it isn’t illegal) and labor force slaves are fairly cheap but require careful maintenance. The most cost effective laborers from Shetou are demons who have been enslaved through arcane magic, this may require you to keep an Arcanist on staff to do so (and make sure they’re not big on ethics). As another option the faceless suits note you can buy golem robotics from Alnae factories. Demons come in at roughly 150,000 per demon while robotics run up to 400,000 but there is the consideration of the expense of the demon slavekeepers. So the larger the operation gets the more cost effective robotics start to look even with maintenance costs.

In other news Lush’s tour seems to have concluded around Alnae and some other areas which has done well for her profitability. She’s back in the studio lately with some of the producers working on their next bright idea. Lush’ profits increased +12.

Sol Media Records has also expanded by +4 from its other projects though they aren’t marketing any of them as hard as Lush just yet.

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You dicks and your Thursday night fill ins.

As requested Kala searched around on behalf of Vandross for admiralcy candidates Sam highrolled it into a person who’d be useful to anyone really. Also psionic thrown in as per Johnson’s request, so go check the hiring page.

Stories of Lore 4

Yenneiros Whitetalon

War continues, fill in your sheet the day after instead of the day before dang it.

Mordekai Aberhoff

You too. Kala found some psionic for you in the hiring section. More details on cult activity come when i can work on it over the week.

Edric Vandross

Ikesha went a little rogue in offering Halaestra a job as the Noctis captain and instead made her the seemingly ranking commander of the Raiders entirely.

Meanwhile back on SV3, Alnae seems to have actually shown up beyond transporting Siwa’s stuff. Establishing the major port for travel and seem to be establishing the area as part of their Sovereignty. Experts predict this will accelerate the new colony’s growth but will also attract their most notorious criminal parasites.

+4 bonus profits for filling the thing out quickly. This shows business initiative apparently.

Sethis Tyne

Bad news is Jhaeros was able to close in on his target before enough defenses against him could be prepped. Good news is Vanjin murdered him faster.

Vaeri and Julius get back just after faceless teams leave to go find them in Necrosi. So now a faceless team is looking around lost and confused somewhere out there. Their adventures in Necrosi might have been a story of lore if I hadn’t written so much about Vanjin instead. Long story short, there’s a colony now blown half to pieces and Vaeri is amazed in the sheer number of ways Julius can use explosions to kill things stealthily. From what they gathered, the people your predecessors on the board pissed off are a less so grand conspirators countering your efforts to fulfill their own conspiracy and rather a coalition of people out for revenge over the deaths of people they rather liked. Almost as if in perfect timing, or as if you hit a quest trigger, this lunatic has been giving Sophia and the sniper teams a lot of trouble.

+4 profits, black market going well…and sheet was filled out in a sane amount of time.

Luci Serrano

Added character to your company page. He recommends looking into other non media businesses so you have more to do during updates.

Also +4 profits for filling sheet out quickly, business initiatives.

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The holiday season is not good for momentum

Another financial cycle has passed, the hiring roster has cycled as well as those previously on it have found other work. Ask Kala for new hiring options if desired. Also everyone’s companies had profits increased, but I did all the spreadsheet work and forgot to write it down on here so there’s no little +4 indicator like usual cuz I forgot what the old numbers were.

Also extra money laying around has gone up 1,230,000 after all expenses were accounted for.

Stories of Lore 3

Yenneiros Whitetalon

For the time being Song has your forces on SR1 Alpha guarding positions her clan takes over so she can focus on offense.

Mordekai Aberhoff

The cult on Luna has been able to schmooze in with the house wives to continually expand their presence on the moon as well as available blank idiots. Not many of the ones prone to weird cult stuff are the kind of wives with serious involvement with their husbands business however. The information gained from their membership isn’t of immediate value to the corporate world but the in-house details of various businessmen could prove useful in the future if specific information as that should prove necessary. Though there is a businessman involved in some colonial affairs you might be able to sell some filters. Drug sales are also up on Luna due to easily suggested housewives.

On the downside, the more open operations of the cult have drawn the attention of some of their relatives. While in most cases this isn’t an issue, one of the housewives had a daughter with a friend who took a sudden interest in the cult. Judging by her constant skepticism and military background, the Luna cult of yoga might be being watched a little closer then you would like.

In the quest for infiltration of forensic labs, Kala has determined this is going to require finding a new recruit to do it. Specifically one who goes through the proper educational path to get the job, which could take years if you send someone else to do it. Though the types of people to be pursuing that degree on their own are less likely to be interested in selling out the information. There is also the option of approaching a veteran of the field who is a bit more easily swayed by cash incentives.

Edric Vandross

For all of Fred’s business savvy, the SV3 colonizers are not particularly open to the utilization of outside influences. They are veteran colonizers and have learned not to share power with bigger forces unless necessary, it is likely they intend to maintain independence as long as possible. Fred did convince them to use Divinity Vaults for their banking needs though, primarily because its the only bank that set up shop in the colonies already so transactions between colonies are easiest with DV. With them joining in, most of the other colonizers also opted for divinity vaults with a bit of salesmanship. As a consequence of this, deep in the backroom of paperwork someone caught something of interest. The Jelwe Labs colony is receiving an awful lot of money from Desoir, and one of the smaller independents is actually sending money to Selona. Siwa Technologies itself is pulling a lot of money from Solvang’s banks.

The raiders successfully picked up another ship and expanded the crew appropriately. Ikeshia buddied up with the pandem pirate Halaestra, which is a cruiser. While perhaps not Ikeshia’s first choice of comrade, Halaestra is the ship’s original captain and was rescued by the raiders. Soon after the operation, Halaestra murdered all of her own crew for having witnessed what the drow did to her on the ship. Whether she was embarassed or didn’t want to work with people who had seen her beaten is unknown, but Ikeshia notes she is quite vicious. The Raiders of Abbathor are crewing her ship for now until she can pick up her own crew.

This puts the new captain in a peculiar position. Halaestra is not terribly subtle and Ikeshia isn’t sure she can trust the pandem pirate for long, let alone with the secret of her employer. However, since Halaestra murdered all of her own crew she is reliant on Ikeshia’s crew to fly her ship since as a pandem user she can’t do it herself which gives Ikeshia leverage for now. The issue with that is Halaestra is only aware of Ikeshia as the ring-leader, and Halaestra is a more powerful pirate then the quiet elf pilot. As long as Halaestra is unaware of the conspiracy the temptation to mutiny Ikeshia might be particularly high, but making her aware of it could have other problems.

Sethis Tyne

Sophia has a few insider tips regarding the Selona territory. First off, Selona isn’t a traditional gang and operates mainly by selling stuff to crime gangs to resell to others in other locations with the exception of some of its higher end stuff that smaller gangs won’t be able to sell. She can actually sell their stuff in her own territories and operate small time within Selona’s own territory as long as she keeps those smaller operations in check from pissing them off. Secondly, her old boss had a connection to Selona and by proxy she knows how to approach him as well. Meaning if her mysterious new boss should want access to serious weapons, she can arrange for them to be sent back to the Nah division (that she doesn’t know exists, she just assumes whoever you guys are you might want Selona’s brand of firepower). Y’know, in case you ever want to buy a tank or advanced super illegal shuttles. Though she does seem timid at the suggestion, the idea of dealing with Selona obviously makes her nervous but dealing with you seems to make her nervous as well.

Meanwhile, Nah division points out that no one seems to know where Selona is getting all this stuff it sells. Its not a garage operation, somewhere in the system has to exist a network of factories for Selona to operate the way it does. Sol Media might be able to do something interesting in investigating that.

Vaeri and Julius are still unheard from.

Luci Serrano

People are still on tour and movies are still being made. Exme continues to report on the SR-1 conflict.

The suits who have on idea what the budget really looks like keep pitching more ideas for shows and movies with the startup of the production studio that is producing some movie. The same guy who suggested the easy cash in on the comedy movie to get a foot in the door of the industry wants Exme’s footage to produce a documentary on the SR-1 conflict with leftover footage. Purely because it would be cheap to just use the news footage and probably make at least something that at least breaks even, but also it would boost the studio’s reputation since you seem to like doing that. Though Kala warns that at this rate that faceless suit guy might get a face.

Not much else going on since you just stare at developments and ignore all the plot hook potential, lazy Tess.

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Regular Update

More sandbox stuff was added if you care to go find it, I forget what is actually new in it and just bulk uploaded.

SR2 investigation yields information you already knew. You’ll have to be more specific. Though as a training ground the risk is annoying the Sivataur who went through a lot of effort to put stuff there for themselves and they aren’t in the habit of renting out cabins to rich sport hunters. On the other hand that is a pretty good training exercise as long as you don’t fail.

The Alnae council does have its fair share of people who are only in power cuz the previous seat they occupy retired and handed it off to their dumb kid they liked. Since incompetence is not grounds for murder in Alnae its higher council is significantly weaker and more prone to outside influence then the Shetou counterpart. Though the opponent in such an endeavor would be Alnae’s AIC and Patriot Agency.

 

Yenneiros Whitetalon

With the arrival of the Song Clan, SR1 Alpha has escalated its conflict. Due to the fact that the mercs are still under contract they’ve opted to help out where they can and continue the fight. Bloodtongue has led some efforts to push forward and capture the anti orbital weapons, allowing the Song fleet in orbit to slowly get closer to the other fleet. The presence of the Song fleet is helping to maintain any ground captured since as it advances forward it threatens the land beneath it from where it orbits. The conflict is still primarily ground based, despite losing ground House Nahal has not surrendered or left the planet. Gheir reports back with the suspicion they’re holding out for reinforcements of some sort.

Mordekai Aberhoff

In new developments of the cult, one of the sects hanging out on Luna has started getting general mainstream attention. Preying on the rich housewives like a yoga practice, though the roundabout effect is that more people are noticing it exists there. They have the nicest office of all the cult sects though.

Edric Vandross

Construction on the SZ4 colonies with Siwa is off to a good start. Though notably three other organizations are helping back it and the smaller colony startups. Jelwe Labs, who are most known for owning the main research facility on SZ1, has been starting up there as well with colony teams running their funding from unknown backers but the paper trail indicates they’re using the Solvang banks. The other notable colonizers come from Sv3’s normally independent group, though they have some veterancy in the matter. Though they do not have an official company name as it appears to be just a bunch of guys, however as Sv3 is known for a lot of colonization equipment they haven’t been reliant on any external funding help and seem to have the best start on colonies with their expertise. Finally there is a showing from the Alnae military who have come to help out the effort and are the major shipper for Siwa’s materials utilizing the Alnae fleet implying Siwa itself has ties to the Alnae for this project.

In regards to SV2, not particularly feasible simply because no one wants to rebuild something that still works fine enough, it was rebuilt early on during the collapses of the earth anyways.

Fred doesn’t have much else going on. He’s led a fairly civilian life, went to school, graduated, put on a suit and started working in an office. His psionic abilities are mostly innate and though he was trained in the art during his higher education his talent as an illithid is responsible for most of his abilities. He has only worked for minor houses across Shetou and was technically just working for a company office within that house’s territory so he doesn’t have any interesting connections there. All things considered he’s fairly normal all around except for his experience in the business field and track record of profitability.

Sethis Tyne

As a freebie, Julius and Vaeri figure out to pick up the lead Tess found an update or two ago that no one reacted to. Though given the nature of this, they’re essentially missing to avoid detection and now both of the division’s major spooks are not going to be around for awhile.

On the black market front, Sophia has won her little territory war on V-Thenica giving her room to breath and continue to set up operations further. Aggressive expansion has her sending gangsters to other planets with a particularly known criminal scene to get a bit more presence over a large distance and keep an ear to the ground.

Luci Serrano

Ratings are up on the SR1 reports since it just turned into a real warzone. However, related to other rival broadcasters it hasn’t gone up quite as much. The suits have determined the audience you’ve built so far are a minority of people who care for fair reporting. Networks appealing to idiots and just showing military action and slapping a narrative on it they make up seem to be yielding more traffic.

Movie stuff still undergoing but so far all is going according to plan, filming is on SV3

Reporters attended some press releases recently. Including the announcement of Lusheria’s tour which they may have promoted in Sol Media’s outlets more then necessary. Also some astronomers report that within the year they expect to make contract with aliens, this has stirred up a lot of people as the countdown nears. People have a mix of general fear the governments will mess it up thanks to movies, and perhaps a few nerds are a little too excited overall.

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Sandbox Update

Fuck it sandbox world building week, go find something to mess with. More factions coming next week, ran out of time. Also regular update style will be back then too, Should be enough reading for now though.

New stuff:

Planets (also accessible from player homepage)
House Vloz
Selona

 

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Back on track

Stories of lore 2

Yenneiros Whitetalon

In efforts to barter merc work for mining coords the neutral surveying company offers you a quest to wipe out two small colonies on SV4 and SV5. The small colonies independently discovered some places they had co-ordinates they intended to sell to Shetou, so a lot of lost value there. However, to prevent them from taking the location to other people or anything of the sort they would want them wiped out to the last person.

The board’s intel shows it’d be doable with a bit of effort even with our strongest forces busy at SR-1 Alpha since these are smaller colonies. Kalan also notes your board members/contractors don’t know about the Nah division who are quite suited to assisting in this kind of task.

Some Independent colony in the Abyss suggests utilizing your merc services to protect the colony and just giving you a % of mining income they already have going on instead of giving you coordinates to somewhere else. Mostly because coordinates are really iffy out here in the Abyss. The faceless suits say its an easy profit on paper but the Abyss is one of the most dangerous planes to operate in (that can be consistently operated in) purely because of the high incident frequency with monsters that survived the Era of Purge in the Abyss as it wasn’t one of the highly focused on middle planes. On the upside, monsters are pretty easy to kill with guns compared to other people with guns.

Mordekai Aberhoff

Due to lack of overt action the cult continues to grow though not much interesting is happening over there. Since they meet in their own little hole and stay out of people’s way for the most part. Research into the understanding of Psionic Forensics is ongoing though significant results aren’t expected for at least a few years since its a complicated field and some people are having to go to college for better education on the topic. Kala recommends looking into setting up some covert agents within police forces and such to get a better look at the practices and habits, as well as just having a position to manipulate investigations.

Pharmaceutical profits are up +5 due to schmoozing at the resort.

Edric Vandross

Jezraema starts the effort of blending in to the pirate crew. She’s a bit more hardcore then most of the pirates though, a lifetime of abuse and a job of murdering people makes her a little bit intense. Though on her first outing to raid some other ship she performed pretty well. Oddly enough of all people she seems to get along with Ikeshia, the ship’s figure of authority, the best, likely because Ikeshia isn’t too talkative.

In regards to the request you made of Kala he just points at your faceless suits since thats literally their job. Though to keep up with his own job he headhunted a peculiar businessman for the hiring roster.

In regards to SZ4: The tech company in question happens to be Siwa Technologies, and they intend to colonize the frozen wasteland of SZ4 for the development of military tech. A wasteland like this is pretty good for testing things that blow up as well as managing the exhaust heat they can produce with some of their other work. A meeting with them proves favorable and the faceless suits are negotiating contract type stuff. Meanwhile the smaller colonies would be easy to get power over as they are already trying to piggyback off of Siwa Tech and aren’t the most well funded or organized colonists. Some well placed loans and contracting on Hightowers end to bring in construction crews from other worlds to get the startup infrastructure built would go a long way. The suits have calculated it to be a lot less expensive then this kind of startup would normally require since the environment is technically livable even if cold, dramatically reducing the cost of contracting construction teams and making remote construction a lot more plausible instead of assembling prefabs. The unique opportunity is wasted on the smaller colonists as they aren’t terribly financially capable compared to some of the smarter ones who go to much tougher places to get ahold of.

Sethis Tyne

With the removal of some key elements Sophia’s profit margins have gone up and progress is going well. Though there weren’t really any gangs to help turn it into a 2v1 purely cuz the gang she’s up against is very territorial and hasn’t let many others rise up in their territory, as evidenced by how quickly they got into a fight with Sophia and they fact they’re still continuing it despite current losses.

Julius Ayit, who killed some of Sophia’s main rivals in the other gang by outright assassinating both their leader and second in command, has been added to the roster by Kala taking notice of their capability (they’re on your player page and the character roster).

The divinity vaults info doesn’t appear to have been seriously leaked. Vaeri combed through the Solvang report and while thorough enough to hand out for pirates to do a job it doesn’t really have things you couldn’t have figured out by just doing a lot of stakeouts.  Its all stuff you could find out through pure observation if you spent a lot of time observing. The mooks in the division combed through security footage and Vaeri is convinced they had multiple people stake out the locations to be less suspicious. This indicates to her that whoever you’re up against has a lot of raw manpower at their disposal as the information covers several locations across the system, but none of it has info like security codes

Upon checking in on it, Vaeri is a little overworked but her elven nature makes her rather capable of handling it. Though part of her being overworked has to do with her doing things of her own initiative interacting with the other companies, mostly cuz the DM wanted to give her more prevelance in the overall story.

Research into the incoming Dragon’s Reach reveals that the Dragon’s Reach isn’t just a dreadnought, its a flagship for one of the council houses. Report is here.

Nah profits increased to accomodate existing employee’s promotion to the roster.
Black Market profits +4

Luci Serrano

Exme is pulled off of whatever she was investigating to look into the SR-1 Conflict. This pulls her off of whatever strange leads she was looking into regarding the bombings, at least also off the tail that the bigger conspiracy exists. She’s actually pretty useful in the SR-1 reporting since she’s much harder to shoot on accident since she is incorporeal. Her camera guy is not so lucky though.

Though the last she was working on she was investigating within an independent colony on that housed some of the bombers whose identities she confirmed.  Curiously the colony is in Necrosi.

Lusheria is off on tour now, profits of the record label have increased. Meanwhile faceless suit man #4 who suggested expanding into the movie business has hired a more experienced director and is looking into the production of a comedy as he feels in the future of using this new avenue to promote stars as we desire having a studio known for something not super serious is probably the way to go.

Profits are up a little from Lush’s tour getting started but the cost of the movie attempt is definitely draining on that. In the long haul the suits assure that profits will go up in the future more dramatically.

-Keith actually reads these

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The Hasty Update

Cuz people filled stuff in so late I just scrambled it together.

Financial Report Update:

Total profit: -410,000, total balance: 9,760,000

Yenneiros Whitetalon

The SR-1 Alpha conflict has progressing more favorably, with Gheir maintaining most strategical command he’s ended up using some of the munitions they were sent to deal with the orbital cannons closest to their own hideouts and especially their side of the hemisphere. While we don’t have ships, he’s suspicious of them having set those up and thinks the drow are a move ahead of him if he doesn’t deal with those now.

Mineral surveying companies come in three flavors. Alnae, Shetou, and Neutral businesses. Technically none are associated with the governments directly but the company is based in those nationalities. Alnae has access to the cheapest active options allowing you to hire survey teams to comb a planet or area of space at 250k per expedition. Shetou’s are more expensive at 400k per expedition, but their familiarity with the underdark and tendency to tunnel makes them much more thorough if you can trust them to actually hand over the data of the best finds to only you. Neutral colonies also offer their services and come in somewhere in the middle despite having less advanced tech then either one, so while the worst buy for active surveying they are at least neutral. However, they also offer a different service entirely, they’ve already surveyed more then they can use as a small neutral colony and sell the data of places they’ve already scanned. For example, they have a survey claim offered at 1.5 million, but its not a sweep of an area its an already found mineral deposit of value. You’d be buying the coordinates instead of the service of seeing if an area has anything. Due to this business model you can buy finds in asteroid belts, or on a planet. Though you pick by plane not planet given they don’t necessarily have anything on every possible planet. In Summary: Alnae is cheap and efficient, Shetou is expensive but extremely effective, Neutral options are already found claims or just companies who will survey the things you want without really being involved with the empires.

MADHAMMER profits +4

 

Mordekai Aberhoff

On the cult front Kala found a potentially interesting recruit. While not a psionic himself, his abilities give him a lot of potential if you want to tangle with some really really shady stuff.

Your vacation leads you to a resort where other CEO’s seem to be lurking about. It doesn’t take long before you figure out you should get some extra bodyguards because this a meeting of Shetou business people, you are currently at risk of being assassinated if you don’t play your cards well. It appears shetou business people like to gather at gambling establishments, a game akin to poker is basically the shetou intellectual’s game of choice. They take it way too seriously at this resort, you’re down a few thousand so far. But solid schmoozing going on.

Cult recruitment is trickling but slow so far as they try to find people that can be suckered into it. Though its population has gone up a tick.

Edric Vandross

You’re a bank, you already have real estate. Granted the method you acquired it is sometimes by ruining the lives of poor people. Though your suits have started putting a bit more effort into the housing market, particularly where its cheapest: colonies. This sort of puts your hightower industries plan for colonies and bankrolling by divinity in the business of basically co-founding colonies.

As Ikeshia’s findings warned, several bank branches suddenly got hit by pirates, very violent ones almost all associated with Solvang. While several of the major branches were protected thanks to the Nah division, they weren’t everywhere and some pirates went for smaller prey.

You manage to acquire Jezhraema, while she’s technically a slave and you can detonate her at will she still costs 20k per update due to basic “staying alive” functions. She’s in a state of confusion as to why anyone would buy her and is currently just sitting at an undisclosed location awaiting briefing. Kala advises that if you don’t want her to know you personally you could request Vaeri to come by, as she seems to be doing well with being the gauntlet’s spooky agent.

Every update you mention expanding the business, that is literally all your faceless suits are focused on so you know.

Divinity Vaults profits -6
Hightower profits +2

Sethis Tyne

Vaeri disappears for awhile to figure out more about the SR1 Alpha conflict. She figured out what the orbital cannons are about literally three days before this update. Another house is headed towards SR1 Alpha, and they don’t appear to be backup for the current one. Turns out a notorious shetou dreadnought “Dragon’s Reach” is headed there with its supporting fleet. Its owned by a nomadic house ruled over by a violent icaarnum warlord known for crushing other Shetou houses and being one of Alnae’s greatest enemies as its one of the few Shetou armada’s that rely on brute force over subtle tactics. SR1 Alpha is about to see the appearance of a very hardcore military. She’s working on getting a better profiling of who is coming.

She’s still working on finding out how they found out anything about us int he first place.

The killteams have a large impact on the hits on Divinity Vaults and are largely successful where deployed. Though, one killteam was wiped out when it came up against the Nomads and so a major office was still lost.

Sophia’s operations already prove to be getting violent. Her gang and another are engaged in a turf war filled with drivebys and random attacks. Things are currently not in her favor on the macro scale of the territory despite her personal expertise. However, the deployment of Vaeri as given her time to gain an edge as Vaeri just outright assassinated the rival gang’s top three leaders with a bombing. Though black market profits are still up thanks to plundering her rival’s stuff on her wins she’s collected.

Vaeri is starting to become the gauntlet’s signature spook as she shows up in other peoples lines of work to dramatically alter situations. Kala recommends we might need another one or two at the rate we keep using her all the time. If requested he can start looking for other spooky type people.

Black market profit +3

Luci Serrano

The record label starts finally making progress and releases Lusheria’s first album, as well as some of its more minor new contract acquisitions. Profits aren’t currently that high as they sunk an unreasonable amount of money into bribing radios to play her stuff a little too much and get it stuck into people’s heads by brute force, though history shows this is a good way to forcing popularity.

One of the faceless suits submitted his project for approval to you. Planning to expand further into entertainment using its growing collection of talent and the media company’s already large holdings in the field. Figuring if they could make a halfway decent movie or two they could start controlling who gets famous. Though the issue is it can be difficult to impress moviegoers. But in the long haul, he wants more routes to force Sol Media’s talent down people’s throats.

Meanwhile back at the news media outlet, they find themselves reporting on bombings once again. Exme has sent people to look into these cases trying to find some sort of story, unknowingly perhaps helping the gauntlet’s other motives as she seems to be pursuing a series of leads none of the other people have found. We don’t know if she’s way off or just somehow brilliant.

The record label intends to send Lusheria on tour opening for someone else soon which will keep her largely in Alnae since she is an elf.

Lusheria now brings in a profit of +5

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