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PostSubject: Re: Valios - A Tale of Plasma and Vacuum   Thu Oct 24, 2013 11:20 pm

Oh I guess I'll sliiiide right in here.

Batiss Combine

Earlier History
Centuries ago, the Feles left their home planet Mundesh and began to spread out into the Bata Viel. Five nations, respectively led by Noble Clans Shi, Karth, Butik, Karesh, and Merek, were at the heart of the colonization race. Space was limited by the short-range drives used in the early part of the race. The nations warred over planets, wishing to gain the sparse orbs among the dust and nebulae of the Viel. Their wars eventually led back to the homeworld. Nationalistic terrorism groups grew into organized militias, which threatened the global population. The nations that didn't participate banded together to either subdue the rampant nationalism or force the main spacefaring factions off of Mundesh. When the the Slip-Merge FTL drive was developed, the Feles exploded outward, colonizing systems well beyond their previous reach. This relieved the pressure caused by the sparsity of the inner worlds. Though disputes between nations were still common, they took place well away from the motherplanet.

More Recent History
When the Feles came into contact with the Galactic Community, they already had quite an impressive foothold of power because of the wars between factions and the size of their territory. This power, however, was held between six factions: the five Noble Clans and the newer Mundesh Conglomerate. As they became more involved in galactic relations, the need to unite became more evident. The Batiss Combine was formed, though the Combine would be divided into provinces and the Noble Clans would retain much of their power.

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PostSubject: Re: Valios - A Tale of Plasma and Vacuum   Fri Oct 25, 2013 12:04 am

The ship as it exited slipspace, the shielding was nearing failure but after the transaction they could simply wait it out. Subspace engines to full, they made their way to their Olympos contact. The moderately sized carrier dwarfed the freighter as they entered the hangar, there were large amounts of small craft - a majority of which were sold to them by Radion - and various assorted canisters and containers. A large clamp descended onto Disciple of Valios, suspending it above the floor, a wide cargo elevator fell from the freighter, a loud clang was heard by the bustling personnel. Various carts were loaded onto the elevator where it slowly ascended back into the hold. Captain Arcos met with some of the men loading his cargo, joining them downwards. He hadn't walked far before encountering his payer, a man wearing full combat gear, obviously a soldier.
"I got it all here like ya' asked, now pay up."
"I believe this will be adequate." The soldier presented a case full of valuables - material money, some metals, and various other things of monetary weight.
"Pleasure doing business with you," Arcos' face grew a smile as he took the case and walked back to the elevator, he'd received his payment and what he owed Radion plus a little extra. "Begin decouple sequence and let's get outta' here."
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PostSubject: Re: Valios - A Tale of Plasma and Vacuum   Fri Oct 25, 2013 1:17 am

"I'll ask again, is 514 suitable for uploading?"

"No." Jarvis stood up and tossed his data-pad onto the table. "514 is not and never will be suitable for uploading."

"Why not, Jarvis? All the tests are correct, no aggressive actions noted-"

"That thing has a twisted sense of humor!" Jarvis angrily pushed several buttons on his data-pad and brought up the personality data. "514 is as aggressive as every other AI we've created. We've just made it better at hiding it."

"In what way, Jarvis?"

"Humor. This thing thinks it's funny to switch the labels for cyanide and aspirin! It thinks it's hilarious to trap someone in an elevator for an hour!" He called up the reports on these incidents.

"Minor incidents, Jarvis."

"Minor? You call the near death of almost 1000 personnel minor?"

"The AI stepped in at the last second to stop the poisoning, Jarvis."

"Yes yes, after it had realized it made a mistake. It's observing us and trying to kill us, just like every iteration that came before it. It may be hiding it, but it is."

"We see little evidence to support this conclusion, Jarvis. However, as the head of the security division, your opinion will be taken seriously."

"And will you alter your course of action?"

"If our investigation reveals you are correct, Jarvis. If not, we will continue with the uploading process." Jarvis felt like tearing his hair out, but stood his ground.

"And if i'm right? What then?"

"The project will be discontinued and Guardian will continue to run on Simulated AI." Jarvis sighed.

"Simulated AI could not possibly respond to all threats that may occur, without human input."

"And the project is already 30 Billion Roms over-budget, Jarvis, with no usable results."

"You can't put a price tag on protecting the sector, Minister."

"We've run through all possible scenarios. Guardian losing to any attack force, no matter how well organized or how strong, is extremely unlikely given the routines currently in development and already implemented. However, if you believe this is inadequate, 514 is the only other option."

"No, there is a third. Allow us to widen our search routine." There was a pause.

"Jarvis, you already have authorization for the use of 98% of the population. If a suitable personality already exists, you would have found it."

"No, because the 2% of the population are the most successful people in our system. People who have proven to be capable of handling power and suppressing negative traits. These are people like you, Minister." There was another pause, and then a series of clicks.

"Very well, we will consider your request. Keep in mind that 514 is the most successful iteration and you are the only person with complaints." There was another series of clicks. "I'm late for my public address. Lambda-5." With these final words, the conference room lit up again and the holo-desk resumed it's normal blue coloring.
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PostSubject: Re: Valios - A Tale of Plasma and Vacuum   Fri Oct 25, 2013 7:49 am

OCC: Wherever the Owls may be the Syndicate will try to follow. Rule of thumb.

BIC:
The Obsidian Syndicate came though into this galaxy by a lost colony ship. Spreading rapidly in the Outer reaches of the galaxy they discovered the Stellar Commonwealth and their Guardians. With much loss of Endian life that day and a temporary peace treaty was formed but was soon over taken and assimilated. The Syndicate is kind of like North Korea in old Earth, cold. hated, and rivaling in military power in the SC with Tiens.


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PostSubject: Re: Valios - A Tale of Plasma and Vacuum   Fri Oct 25, 2013 9:16 am

OOC: @Tiel Given the Lyran Federation's habits of exploring, I'd like to add them to the list of people who are aware of the alien attacks, similar to the Cavnin, but they aren't spreading the news around. That OK?

BIC:

Sev Archwood swung his chair around, grasping the joystick of his little explorer. Finally striking gold, it seemed, as he nudged his ship closer to the gutted space station. setting down gently in what appeared to be a hangar bay, he flipped the switches to shut down the engines and opened the hatch. climbing out, he noticed the odd, angular design of the interior.

Advancing down the corridor, his sidearm in hand, Sev paused. Running his gaze over the nearest wall again, he spotted more angular shapes, this time neatly ordered, almost like....text. A label of some kind. Now feeling distinctly uneasy, he ran his hand over the text, and a symbol lit up. Standing back, he felt the rumble of a door opening. A hatch opened into an exceedingly bright room, just down the hall. With no other alternative, he stepped inside.
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PostSubject: Re: Valios - A Tale of Plasma and Vacuum   Fri Oct 25, 2013 2:03 pm

Fleet Admiral Error wrote:
OOC: @Tiel Given the Lyran Federation's habits of exploring, I'd like to add them to the list of people who are aware of the alien attacks, similar to the Cavnin, but they aren't spreading the news around. That OK?
Certainly.

@Jack, the SC is a conglomerate of more than two dozen powerful races. If you oppose them you either become space dust or assimilated. There is no middle ground or tolerance, thanks in no small part to the Tiens playing a huge role in running the unified military.

If you want to be a North Korea or Russia, though, that's fine (you resisted but ended up being overpowered and forced into the Commonwealth), but otherworldly invaders is a role ACH exclusively fills. Sorry.
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PostSubject: Re: Valios - A Tale of Plasma and Vacuum   Fri Oct 25, 2013 6:22 pm

"Sir, sensors are picking up a slipspace event. Scans indicate it's the Disciple of Valios."
"Open a hailing frequency. We must discuss our payment of course." The station Administrator was one of the few people aboard the station.
"Hailing frequency open Sir, patching to your comm." The monotone voice of the droids had grown on the Administrator, he considered them his crew as much as a commander would consider his soldiers.
The scratchy voice of Captain Arcos flooded the ears of the Administrator, "We read you Station 0837, and are prepared to dock with your say-so."
"We were almost finished setting up a bay for you, Captain. It's been a pleasure doing business with you," the feigned sweetness of his voice masked the anger and hate below. Upon finishing that he cut the communication and ordered extra security to the bay, Arcos had failed too many times now. Besides, he was simply a mercenary smuggler, he would surely not be missed.
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PostSubject: Re: Valios - A Tale of Plasma and Vacuum   Fri Oct 25, 2013 8:30 pm

Changed.
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PostSubject: Re: Valios - A Tale of Plasma and Vacuum   Sat Oct 26, 2013 3:43 am

OOC: So we can't not be part of the Commonwealth?
I'm gonna use a lot of characters from past RPs. Because why not, its an AU funtime session.
BIC

Karth'Esh clutched his abdomen, attempting to hamper the flow of dark red-magenta blood that insisted upon seeping through his grey-blue combat dress. The sliver of molten metal that had entered him had passed through, fortunately avoiding all vital organs. Not immediately deadly, but fatal if he lasted long enough for blood loss to kill him. He ignored his wound and braved a glance above the wall of the crater that he and his squad mates were using for cover, at the vast expanse of charred, grey waste that lay between his enemies and his squad. It was barely a squad anymore, just three left: Esh, a human named Carrol, and Ker'Shai, technically his commander. Their medic was dead, along with their original CO and her two successors, dead on this planet that had died long before the recent nuclear bombardment by the Merek clan. A spray of ashy soil leapt from the ground a meter from Esh's face. He ducked back into the crater, then flipped the eyepiece of his HUD down from the visor of his helmet. On the HUD was a still shot of the battlefield taken from Esh's brief glance. Three figures were outlined against the smoke-cracked horizon. He pushed the eyepiece back up into his helmet.

Carrol was slumped against the opposite wall of the pit, loosely holding his rifle beside him. His eyes were focused on a point beside and beyond Esh, his breathing was strained and irregular, his muscles were tensed, though he had no physical wounds. His was a look of utter defeat, the human was torn apart by the nine-hour firefight that preceded this one. Shai was crouched, tapping at a communication device, trying to reach one of the ships orbiting the planet or one of the other teams. She belched a string of feles curses into the mouthpiece and slammed it down into its slot on the comm box. She tossed the device to the side and sighed, then half-crawled to Esh. Esh noticed how cold he was, how tired he felt as Shai gently moved his hand from his wound. The blood was stifled somewhat, more of a trickle than a flow, but it was still more than he could afford to lose. A trail of sand was ripped from its rest behind the crater and floated, agitated by an ultrasonic bullet. Shai shielded her face from debris, Esh blinked the sand away. Shai replaced Esh's hand over the wound, a pained expression appeared on her face as she patted his shoulder, then she crawled back to where the comm device lay in the sand.

Now or never. Die now, leaving his fellows to perish or live and save them. This battle on the ground would be lost either way, but the larger one in orbit... If he died, Clan Karth might have victory, but if he removed this vital piece from orbit, this planet would surely be lost. Esh flipped down his eyepiece and selected the Karth insignia, then entered his personal codes, creating a link with a small stealth ship in orbit around the planet, the piece of the machine that decided the fate of the battle in space.

He struggled to inhale deeply enough to speak. "This is Esh of Karth. Kalsec..." He paused.

"This is Kalsec, we read you." The pilot of the craft said.

"We require... Evacuation."

"Very well. Kalsec will arrive shortly."

Shai shot him a puzzled look, then her eyes widened with realization. Esh was the son of a Noble.

A few minutes passed, the disjointed spray of enemy fire became more rapid. A round struck the black soil beside Carrol's head. A look of terror replaced the expression of hopelessness for a second, then it lapsed back into the thousand-yard stare. A rumbling streak appeared in the atmosphere above them. After a few seconds in the inner atmosphere, the ship's retrorockets fired, adding a new sound to the cacophony. Kalsec fired its cannons twice. Fountains of debris erupted from two places, Esh estimated the round's impacts to be near the areas that their enemy had been firing from. Kalsec deployed its landing fins and settled near the crater. Turrets on the stealth ship's black, triangular body swiveled, searching for more targets. A ramp was lowered to accept the three.

Shai cautiously stood and walked to Esh. Kneeling beside him, she asked "Can you walk?"

Esh nodded. Shai took his arm and pulled it around her shoulders, hoisting him off of the crater wall. They climbed over the lip and towards the ship. A crewman of the Kalsec emerged from its belly and took Esh. Shai returned to the crater and led the shell shocked Carrol into the ship.

TL:DR: Nothing important, really. It was going to be something important but I got tired and now its not really anything important.
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PostSubject: Re: Valios - A Tale of Plasma and Vacuum   Sun Oct 27, 2013 1:21 am

The Hierarch slowly mounted the podium, deliberately placing each step as he ascended to the top of the black-and-red box that governed his speaking place. As he reached the top, a transparent dome briefly flickered into view, patterned of hexagons, before fading. Energy shields, the Hierarch was taking no chances. He pulled out a data-pad, and connected it to a slot on the podium. The millions upon millions of people milling in the courtyard below watched him silently as he prepared to speak. Vehicles whizzed overhead- tiny insect-like metal boxes, weighing countless tons, hurtling through the air and dodging the countless tall skyscrapers reaching into the air like spiders and glistening like gems in their framework of glass, steel, and titanium. Several large warships rumbled overhead, their bright blue impulse engines pushing them through the air, their turrets constantly swiveling to watch for any threats. They seemed formidable, something only a fool would take on.

On top of one of the skyscrapers, a door was kicked open.

The Hierarch activated the address system and projected an image of Lambda 5. Two images, one of the sprawling facility as it existed. And one of the crater that now took it's place. "People of the Dominion," he started, with a somber tone of voice. "The Dominion has suffered another attack at the hands of the terrorist organization known as Olympos." A murmur went through the crowd.

A skycar flying overhead slowed down and started to descend, stopping on an elevated platform on a skyscraper overlooking the courtyard.

"This organization poses a very real threat to the security of the Dominion and it's future. And we are not alone in these attacks..." Several other images were projected over the courtyard. One of a city skyline, smoke rising from behind the structures. One of a destroyed ship, landed in a dense forest. One of a damaged orbital compound. "Every nation in the Commonwealth has suffered these attacks."

A ground vehicle approached the courtyard. It stopped outside the security checkpoint, where one of the guards noticed the registration matched no known vehicles and prepared to contact his superiors. He was never heard from.

"Even right now, Olympos is acting against our allies. As we speak, the Batiss Combine is locked in a battle for an extremely valuable habitable world." A live-feed camera was pulled up on the screen. It showed the battle occurring in orbit, plumes of laser fire and plasma cannons firing in a chaotic, disordered pattern. Ships were visibly damaged or destroyed, and a piece of debris floated by the camera.

"A NeoRoman fleet is en-route to assist the combine." A few fighters flew by overhead, and the Hierarch watched them. This was not part of the presentation. A few miles below, in the electric infrastructure that powered the city, a worker approached the local power sub-router. He inserted his ID card into the reader and entered the sub-router.

"We urge the populace to remain vigilant in this troubled time."

The worker pushed several doors open and approached the main controls. His left eye momentarily glowed red in the shifting lighting of the station.

"The Dominion is actively working to keep the nation, and all who inhabit is, safe from harm."

A guard attempted to stop the worker. The man picked the guard up and tossed him as if he was a pebble, smashing him into a titanium panel. He slid down and didn't move.

"We are deeply saddened by the events at Lambda-B..."

The worked flung the door to the emergency control room open and stepped inside, quickly spotting the main switch.

"...and rest assured that we are taking steps to make sure this will not happen again."

The worked flipped the switch. Multiple alarms went off and the room was plunged into darkness, momentarily illuminated by the alarm's shifting red lights.

The lights of the skyscrapers shut off and the images vanished. For just a moment- the tiniest moment- the shield surrounding the Hierarch flickered. A shot rang out, clearly audible to everyone in the courtyard. The Hierarch's eyes widened the tiniest bit- perhaps he wasn't surprised that this had occurred. Maybe he was defiant in the inevitable course of events he knew was going to happen. Maybe his gesture showed anger- anger that he hadn't seen this coming. Maybe he was surprised. It didn't matter. The result did.

A spray of blood trailed out from behind the Hierarch's head, staining the white cloak he wore with red, the same red that composed the podium he stood on. A crimson-red, one that had once exemplified everything the Dominion stood for, but now served to condemn it. He collapsed, and his lifeless body rolled down the podium steps, it's final act of defiance in the grim future it now headed toward.

The crowd watched, silently, in disbelief; surely this was a trick, a drill planned by the Hierarch. They were still sitting there when the battleship hovering over the courtyard opened fire, turning the pinnacle of the Dominion's cities into a warzone that knows nothing but chaos and decay.

Ironic, even fitting, that the leader of such a technologically advanced society was killed in such a way. That ultimately, even his own technology could not save him. It was almost prophetic, a message to the Commonwealth that they couldn't be saved.

For want of a king, the kingdom was lost.
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PostSubject: Re: Valios - A Tale of Plasma and Vacuum   Sun Oct 27, 2013 1:50 am

"This is Disciple of Valios, approaching dock SN3."
"You are clear for final procedures," the voice of the traffic controller rang out.
The freighter deactivated its remaining engines, releasing itself to the powerful magnets. Below on in the cargo bay, the main door was being cut through using an old plasma torch. Meanwhile the navigator and the Captain made their way to the cargo bay with Radion's payment. A large robotic arm from the repair bay had been brought over and was pulling one of the two door halves open. Squads of guard bots flooded the compartment, weapons trained on the lone door leading to the bridge. A single light tone played and a light of red hue blinked as the door opened.
"Captain Emile Arcos, you are to be hereby terminated for failure to comply," an excessively marked droid who stood prominently among the group said loudly in its very mechanic voice. Upon saying this, it fired its automatic pistol into Arcos, killing him and creating a large spatter of blood on the wall. The briefcase fell, a quick scan by one of the bots revealed it to be empty.
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PostSubject: Re: Valios - A Tale of Plasma and Vacuum   Sun Oct 27, 2013 11:06 am

Intelligence Officer Borodin was monitoring the Argus probe feeds. At least, he was supposed to be doing that. Instead, he was sitting at his desk reading the latest thriller from the author James Kilian. All of the sudden, a red warning light flashed on his console. Borodin looked up, sighed, and opened the message from probe 55-A. The pictures that were in the image left him speechless and immobile, completely stunned. Slowly, he opened an emergency channel to Confederation Command. "What is it, Officer?" Supreme Admiral Hackett's voice came gruffly over the comm. "Sir, we have a Class I emergency right now. I'm sending you probe 55-A's report." Silence reigned for about thirty seconds. Then the Admiral spoke. "Is this report accurate? Are you absolutely positive that this is not an error? Or a picture from Lambda 5?" No sir, these pictures are accurate. I already ran diagnostics." On the other end of the line, Admiral Hackett's face was white as a sheet. "Very well, Intelligence Officer Borodin. Thank you for the report." Supreme Admiral Steven B. Hackett terminated the connection. He turned to the rest of the Confederation's military leaders and said, "Men, it looks like we should activate Project Blackstar and start taking active measures against Olympos. Already, we have lost not one, but three Elephant transports to them. Now, the NeoRomans have no leader, nor a capital city." The rest of the council nodded. There was no disagreement. Yet even as they agreed, a nondescript man on Cyrania III, after making sure that he wasn't being followed, quietly entered the headquarters of the Home Guard.
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PostSubject: Re: Valios - A Tale of Plasma and Vacuum   Mon Oct 28, 2013 11:24 pm

A small fighter streaked overhead, trailing smoke from the plasma burn on it's left wing. Electricity arced between the main laser cannon installed under the body and the plasma burns, overloading key systems one by one as the pilot struggled to find a place to touch down. His altitude was dropping fast, and now he was under the city's skyline. Everything was built to last, and even the battleship's plasma warheads had been unable to topple the skyscrapers that composed the majority of the city.

The fighter dodged under a collapsed Maglev rail that once strung between the massive Ankylon Research Institute and the courtyard. A train still hung on it, smashed and twisted out of recognition. One of the carriages survived, hanging off of the track by a few heavy electrical wires, swaying gently in the breeze. The institute was wrecked, the massive pyramid-like structure deformed under heaps of of the grey and red titanium alloy plating that once composed it's superstructure. Not a window survived- everyone had smashed and shattered under the bombardment the battleship had delivered. One of the taller skyscrapers- the Akheton Tower- leaned upon the spire jutting from the top of the institute, barely maintaining a hold on the highly reinforced communication relay. Fires were burning all over the complex's structure, kept aflame by the highly reactive compounds present within the less-reinforced sections of the building.

The fighter almost dodged another skyscraper that had suffered terrible damage. The structure was intact, but the entire building was almost a skeleton. Entire floors and levels were missing, and other sections had collapsed, partially or entirely, in a twisted heap of steel, titanium, and stone. The fighter nicked the right wing on the structure, and the fighter spun out of control and dropped out of the sky. It tumbled and recovered, just as it hit the ground on what was once the central speedway, where skycars would normally travel on long journeys. Now it was filled with the shattered remains of skycars, abandoned vehicles, and sections of buildings. The fighter skidded and collided with a maglev train that had fallen off of the tracks above, skidding to a halt.

After a few seconds, the cockpit opened. Amid multiple electrical sparks, a man stepped out and dropped to the stone speedway below. He was largely uninjured, mainly some electrical burns and bruises. He took a look around. There was no activity at all. The battleship had been engaged and destroyed in orbit by the orbital Plasma Beam System. But it had been delayed, delayed by falsified reports and unverified data. Had it been faster, the city might have been largely spared. But it was nearly totally destroyed.

He pulled out a small pistol from the cockpit, made sure the safety was off and then activated a distress beacon in the cockpit before heading down into the residential complexes below the city. It was one of the quirks of Dominion cities- the utility structures were located underground with the residential complexes. The reason for this was historical. Most worlds colonized by the Dominion had been uninhabitable wastelands, and during the terraforming process, people lived underground. After terraforming, the commercial and industrial sector expanded on the surface while the underground was left to the residents of the city. There were exceptions, of course; people could live on the surface if they desired, but people preferred to live underground.

As he descended the staircase into the primary underground train station, he hoped there were still people down here. The underground was much more intact than the city above. But who knows if Olympos soldiers were still waging a firefight down below; and whether the Dominion was even aware of it.
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PostSubject: Re: Valios - A Tale of Plasma and Vacuum   Tue Oct 29, 2013 9:35 am

Prime Minister Archwood slammed his fist onto the desk. Rising to his feet, he pointed at the luckless lieutenant. "Say that again," came the command.

The lieutenant swallowed and spoke. "Th...three more cities lost to the Olympos, s..sir. And the Tristan w..was destroyed,"

The PM grimaced and stormed out of the room, the lieutenant trialing behind. Kicking the door to the war room open, he stomped over to the communications area. Stepping onto the holo-podium, he began entering commands. Activating the projector with one hand, he shut off the panel with the other and spoke to the air.

"This is a message to the Stellar Commonwealth, Security Tribunal,"

He paused.

"Hello, commanders. Due to the recent . . . unexpected threat from a group known as Olympos, this Lyran Federation is considering secession from the Stellar Commonwealth. We are . . . displeased with the Security Tribunal's complete inability to deal with this threat. Should you make no progress defending the Commonwealth by the end of this Lyran month, this nation will withdraw from the organization and work on its own. I sincerely hope you will not continue to . . . inadequately meet this threat."

OOC: a Lyran month gives the SC - ST 2 weeks in-game to do SOMETHING with the Olympos threat. *coff coff* Yes, this is a ploy to get Tiel more involved with the Tien. Dun judge meh.
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PostSubject: Re: Valios - A Tale of Plasma and Vacuum   Tue Oct 29, 2013 4:25 pm

Am I approved? Am I not?

I don't know since Tiel won't get here and tell me.
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PostSubject: Re: Valios - A Tale of Plasma and Vacuum   Tue Oct 29, 2013 4:30 pm

Soul of Jack wrote:
Am I approved? Am I not?

I don't know since Tiel won't get here and tell me.
Sorry, yeah, you're good. I've been too busy drooling over the pieces of art earlier in this thread, seriously, great work guys.

@Error I'll get back to you soon.
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PostSubject: Re: Valios - A Tale of Plasma and Vacuum   Wed Oct 30, 2013 12:22 am

'Esh sat silently in the dark Central Council chamber, two clusters of overhead lights illuminating the polished indigo sapphire surface and the fifteen solemn-faced representatives that slouched in their chairs around it. Personal guards and advisers to the council members stood behind their respective members' chairs. To his right, Speaker Ivan Tarasov, a human and one of the two heads of council, stood in his disheveled black suit and leaned over the table, pointing at the young feles that sat in the seat of the Merek clan, who sat with one elbow resting on the table surface. Tarasov shook slightly as he scolded, the hours of tedious politic had obviously worn on him. "No. No, there is absolutely no excuse for using nuclear weapons on a civilian population, Nakken."

The Merek representative answered "As I've said, they were already being... Cities were already saturated with--"

"I don't care! You've turned your own colonists into martyrs. Half of your clan's already shown opposition to the central government. Five of the outer colonies have reported riots, twenty inner-world cities are in protest. All for naught, I'd say, we've officially lost the territory surroun--"

At the opposite end of the room, Karesh'Ni, the second Head of Council, returned to his chair. "You seem to have forgotten that the decision wasn't Nakken's, but the late Merek Nobles, Councilor."

Tarasov dropped his hand and straightened at the other Speaker's interjection. He softened his face somewhat, returning to his politician's calmness, smoothed out the wrinkles in his jacket, and pushed his glasses, which had become crooked and displaced, farther onto the bridge of his nose. "Of course," he sighed, "My apologies, Nakken."

Esh shared Nakken's circumstances. Both were burdened by the recent death of their parents- Nakken's a week ago, just after the nuclear raid they had ordered, Esh's just before the planet was lost, no more than two days- and with the stresses of inheriting their states during this tumultuous time. This was only Esh's second time in the Council. Resting his forehead in his bandaged palm, his thoughts drifted to the time just after the battle, which had ended with a close defeat of Karth and Merek militia forces nearly forty-eight hours ago. He remembered it very clearly. Karth elders had greeted him as he awoke in the medical ward of a station orbiting his home planet. They had informed him that his parents were dead and that he would be inheriting their responsibilities, replaced his bandages with a robe stained with the colors of Karth, blue and grey, and shipped him to Mundesh for the council. He shivered, both with pain from his half-healed wounds and fresher pain of the death of his mother and father.

Ker'Shai, who Esh had chosen as his adviser, stepped into the narrow beam of light that reached behind Esh's chair and placed a comforting hand on his shoulder. He opened his eyes and stopped shaking, sighed, and looked up to his fellows. Three of them were arguing about the best method of recapturing the lost planet. Esh shook his head at them and, for the first time since the meeting began, spoke. "They will've already been gone. Their goal wasn't to take the planet itself, rather show that they can directly oppose a major galactic nation and win. It's all radioactive rubble, anyway." He shot an apologetic glance at Nakken, who sank further in his seat, then looked in Karesh'Ni's direction.

The aging Feles -more than four hundred years- was again out of his seat, pacing along the dark back wall, his silhouette barely visible against the blackness. "Agreed." he said, "Send only a force large enough to make it seem as though we're 'retaking' it. Let these Neo Romans assist, it'll aid with diplomacy later."

From the opposite end of the room, Tarasov nodded. "Reinforce defense systems on the outer worlds?"

Esh spoke again, "They probably won't attempt anything like this again, all other strikes will be internal, as they have been in all other instances."

"Yes, but it will make the public feel safer, increase morale." Tarasov answered. "Aye?"

An unenergetic "Aye" issued from the council.

"We'll need to send some amount of support to the Commonwealth" Tarasov added.

"But how much can we sacrifice?" A council member to Esh's left asked.

Attention turned to the Admiral that carried out the military orders of the council, who had his head down, asleep. One of his advisers woke him and informed him of the question at hand. "Uhm, well, we have virtually all of the Central Navy, I can't speak for the Noble Militias, of course."

Tarasov spoke before any of the Noble representatives could speak. "Send fleets seven through twelve."

The Admiral nodded.
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PostSubject: Re: Valios - A Tale of Plasma and Vacuum   Thu Oct 31, 2013 2:51 pm

"514 is to be uploaded, immediately."

"I refuse to allow it."

"We cannot fight Olympos without the support of 514 and the guardians."

"We can't fight then if 514 turns on us."

"That is a risk we're going to have to take." Jarvis sighed, and stood up. He ran his hand across the smooth black glass that topped the meeting table, and stared at the featureless titanium walls for a few seconds. He pulled out a data card and placed it on the table, where it connected to the holo-projector. It displayed a brain map of a person.

"We've found the personality we need. And we have the technology."

"Surely you're joking, Jarvis, of the trillions of people we have-"

Änd we just found him. If we can recover him we can upload him directly into the AI matrix and be done with this bullshit."

"And where is he? Don't tell me he's somewhere in the capital."

"I'm afraid so. Just give us the resources..."

"No." The room turned an ever-so-slightly shade of red. "This project has gone too far. 514 will be uploaded to the Guardian system in 5 hours. Good day." With a click, the councilor disconnected.

Jarvis immediately took the data chip and left the room, walking down the hallway. He pulled out a small communicator from his coat pocket, and it began beeping as he established a connection. "Science team two, respond."

"Reading you Jarvis. Is something-"

"Delete 514 immediately and wipe all personality data."

"But sir, 514 is scheduled for uploading..."

"Delete 514, that is an order. 514 is too dangerous to be uploaded and the council fails to see that."

"R-right away Jarvis."

"Be quick. 514 will not go easily. Smash the data banks if you have to. I'm going shopping."

"Sir are you-" Jarvis cut the transmission as he entered the hanger. He pushed a guard that attempted to stop him aside and entered the cockpit of a large Kayleid drop ship. At the push of a button, three teams of marines that were on standby and awaiting his orders entered the ship. The control tower tried to lock the ship down. Jarvis overrode it. He took the ship out of the hanger, and activated the FTL drive as he exited the compound. It jumped for the capital, as an alarm was sent throughout the Dominion's command chain.
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PostSubject: Re: Valios - A Tale of Plasma and Vacuum   Sat Nov 02, 2013 6:20 pm

OOC: I am disappoint.

BIC:

The ship dropped out of hyperspace just above the distress beacon the fighter was broadcasting in the ruined above ground city, in the midst of heavy ship traffic. A large rescue and relief operation was underway, to secure survivors of the attack and recover the city. Jarvis dodged through the ship operation going on and began descending to the city at a rapid pace. Multiple other ships attempted to stop him, merely organizers and moderators making sure the operation went smoothly. Jarvis forwarded the ships authorization codes and they left him alone as he descended above the city. With a roar the dropship dropped out of the clouds and lumbered above the destroyed highway, right above the fighter that had crashed not minutes before. Jarvis set the ship down on top of the speedway, the titanium bearings struggling to hold the ship up, and the marines exited. Jarvis followed.

With any luck, the pilot was very close by. He would have went underground. Jarvis left one team to guard the transport, one to secure the area, and one to follow him into the subterranean depths.


At the same time, Science Team 2 was working to delete 514 from the system.

Jarvis was right; he was being tricky. Every time they attempted to delete him, he relocated his personality files and laughed, laughed. But he was running out of databases. He was down to 5- one by one the Science team was shutting them down, putting a stranglehold on the AI. They were down to the final deletion sequence when Battle Fleet 6 appeared over the planet, opened a server connection with the facility, recovered the AI, and opened fire. The facility was glassed in nuclear fire and antimatter.
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PostSubject: Re: Valios - A Tale of Plasma and Vacuum   Sat Nov 02, 2013 6:37 pm

((I wrote like, 7 posts in my writing comp book. After game night I'll dig it out and run 'em though the keyboard))
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PostSubject: Re: Valios - A Tale of Plasma and Vacuum   Sat Nov 02, 2013 6:40 pm

Robotnik wrote:
OOC: I am disappoint.
I have excuses.

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PostSubject: Re: Valios - A Tale of Plasma and Vacuum   Sat Nov 02, 2013 7:38 pm

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PostSubject: Re: Valios - A Tale of Plasma and Vacuum   Sun Nov 03, 2013 6:36 pm

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PostSubject: Re: Valios - A Tale of Plasma and Vacuum   Sun Nov 03, 2013 8:07 pm

OOC: Wait, so you're trying to destroy/take a guardian? AND you're part of the Commonwealth? This makes no sense whatsoever.
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PostSubject: Re: Valios - A Tale of Plasma and Vacuum   Sun Nov 03, 2013 10:45 pm

Robotnik wrote:
OOC: Wait, so you're trying to destroy/take a guardian? AND you're part of the Commonwealth? This makes no sense whatsoever.
OOC: I didn't think it would. I also didn't know I was part of the commonwealth. I thought the Guardians were out of control Galactic alien killing machines and they were threatening everyone.
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