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In Progress Downfall - Stargate CYOA

Discussion in 'Choose Your Own Adventure Land' started by MercantileInterest, Jan 20, 2019.

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    personnel tracker (open)

    24,130 survivors + 80 talents on Alpha Site (WIP)
    21,533 civilians relocated to savannah planet.
    29 military dependents still in SGC
    20,884 civilians +8,000 army soldiers in Land of Light
    200 civilian miners on Eudora (P5C-768)
    39,341 civilians on Skyfall

    0 personnel on that one mining planet (P3X-595)

    Crom (P3Y-7145)
    Recovered:-
    Missing: 5,004 mutineers + 150 talents + 5,000 starving refugees sent for lulz


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    Alone in his office, George Wellesy smoked a camel. Smoking inside violated all sorts of regulations. It was a bad example too. He didn't care. Ten more cigarettes and it would be irrelevant. He had never wanted to quit (healthier as it may have been) but, amidst the terror, he hadn't thought to stockpile. If this went on, and it would go on, he'd be reduced to confiscating e-cigs from the airmen.

    A hand rapped on the door.

    "Enter."

    "General, your scheduled meeting." Sergeant Harriman ducked back out.

    The meeting could wait until the cigarette burned to the end. Wellesy tapped out the ashes on a folder. He no longer had to write reports which was a nice upside to the situation. The Goa'uld had arrived a month ago with instruments picking up at least several hundred ships. The exact number was somewhere in the finals. They had hung in orbit for fifty-three hours. Then, they attacked. Warhead after warhead rained down upon the cities of earth, each with a 73 megaton yield. They'd obliterated Colorado Springs and Denver. The White House had summoned General Hammond before the bombardment began and sent Wellesy to manage Stargate Command. When the aliens attacked, they began a constant dial-up on the stargate. After four days, already cut off from outside communication, the general had it buried. With luck, the enemy thought he had hit it with one of the bombs.

    Wellesy adjusted the collar on his dress uniform and entered the briefing room. A number of key personnel sat around the table. He motioned for them to begin. Master Sergeant Siler glanced down at his notepad.

    "Sir, we're still picking up radio signals from the outside. None of them are official. Only civilian operators checking for other survivors. Handheld, ham radio, that sort. Per your orders, we've kept radio silence. Several dozen of them out there, all chatting with each other. Apparently, they're running low on food. We've mostly managed to fix the damage to our networks inflicted by the initial Go'auld cyber attack. The generators can keep the lights on in Stargate Command for thirty years."

    Wellesy went over the numbers in his head: 417 base personnel, fifteen years worth of rations. He was already missing fresh fruits and vegtables. There were six SG teams and 240 emergency colonists offworld. They still had enough resources to hold out another 3 months but they were unlikely to become self-sufficient.

    Colonel Jack O'Neill raised his hand. The general detected something vaguely insolent in his attitude but Hammond had recommended the man highly. "Sir. I've mentioned this before, a lot of our men have dependents around the mountain. Some of them may still be alive. We can bring them back here."

    Any survivors would boost morale, which was understandably low, but some of them wouldn't be found and that would hurt.

    Captain Carter spoke up.

    "The radiation has had a month to die down. The airmen would have a very low risk of contracting cancer and that wouldn't manifest for years. I'd still recommend discarding their clothes and scrubbing them down when they get back but I think it's worth the risk."

    "When I want your opinion, I'll ask for it." Said Wellesy.

    It was useful information but he was now at the very top of the chain of command. No one else seemed to have thought of it yet, but there was the possibility of mutiny. He had to maintain control. Was it time to act yet?

    ---​

    decisions (open)

    1A) Unearth the Stargate and contact the emergency colonists on the alpha site.
    1B) Wait another week just to be sure.

    2A) Ignore the radio chatter.
    2B) Broadcast a short-range signal inviting survivors to the base.
    2C) Broadcast a longer-range signal inviting survivors to the base.

    3A) Send out rescue teams to bring back family members of base personnel.
    3B) Don't.

     
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    I've got no knowledge whatsoever about Stargate, but this should be fun :salute:
     
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    "We know the Goa'uld use radio waves," Sergeant Siler began the broadcast, "along with God knows whatever else, but I'm glad we're doing this, general."

    The signal began to transmit, calling for survivors to gather at the Cheyenne Mountain Complex, offering shelter, medical care and supplies. At some point, Wellesy planned to move survivors off world. The aliens had used enough bombs to fill the upper atmosphere with dust and initiate a nuclear winter. Temperatures had dropped four degrees locally. Radioactive ash still rained down intermittently. Cut off from communication in the early stage of the attack, Stargate Command did not know whether the enemy had landed any ground troops. Wellesy thought it unlikely, given the radiation hazard. Maybe the aliens didn't mind throwing away the lives of their footsoldiers but what would they even want on the ground? In any case, SGC antennas hadn't picked up any alien signals and the base lay directly adjacent to a blast site, so it was highly unlikely any hostiles were in the area.

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    The twelve remaining SG Teams fanned out across the ruins of Colorado Springs, each equipped with rad-hazard gear, heavily armed, and with instructions to search specific houses. Despite fears, no survivors shot at or otherwise attacked them. They rescued 27 dependents and 62 emaciated others. The radio broadcast brought in 140, with a few more trickling in each day. Some were burnt and obviously ill but most showed little harm beyond hunger and blank faced shock. They did not even know who was behind the attack. The White House had refused to admit the alien presence, sending agents to hush up the numerous telescopic observations by civilians. Widespread rumors, spread over internet and cellular networks, tipped the country--the world--into near panic but nothing had been confirmed. Many of the survivors believed the Russians or the Chinese had launched their missiles in the panic. Wellesy forbade his airmen from telling the survivors about the Stargate or the Goa'uld and confined them to the upper levels. He didn't need the survivors blaming him for the apocalypse. It wouldn't even have been fair to blame Hammond. Dead probably. He had been a good man. Wellesy had only known him professionally but the former general always impressed. Nothing flashy--just simple competence.

    The time had come to reactivate the stargate. Wellesy considered his options. P3X-984, the Alpha Site, hopefully still contained the colonists and offworld SG teams. The colonists were skilled individuals invited to the base shortly before the attack, informed of what was happening, and offered shelter offworld. Only one man refused--some crackerjack programmer. He was still puttering around the SGC. He had been useful helping descramble the base network after the cyber-attack but, since then, hadn't had a lot to do. Hammond had selected the Alpha Site in accordance with three criteria. The climate around the gate was amenable, though not ideal, there was no sign of any civilization which perhaps meant the enemy had never been there, and observations of the night sky suggested it lay on the far edge of the galaxy. Supposedly, the major enemy worlds were all clustered in a specific portion of the galaxy. Intel suggested the Goa'uld fleet had required four months to reach Earth. They maintained some slave worlds connected by gate but they did not bother to industrialize any world not within quick range of their starships. Other powerful aliens dwelt in the stars, many of them predatory.

    During the month since the attack, Wellesy realized he didn't need to uphold Hammond's humanitarian concerns if he didn't want to. If primitive humans inhabited a more ideal world, there was nothing to keep him from relocating the colony there and either pushing out the natives or using them for labor.

    The world of P3X-797 was tidally locked with one half frozen in eternal darkness and the other half in sunshine. The natives called their half the 'Land of Light.' For some unfathomable reason, the Stargate lay on the dark side, a few miles from the dawn line, in the midst of a dead forest. SGC planetographers surmised that the planet experienced a wobble with an effect similar to the precession of the Earth's moon. If so, it operated on a timespan longer than yet observed. The heat difference between the two hemispheres stirred up powerful cyclones but mountain ranges near the gate area protected it from the worst weather. It wouldn't be too hard to move the gate to the light side. The natives descended from ancient Cretans but they had regressed to copper age technology, although they still built elaborate stone palaces. They hadn't seen the Goa'uld in generations, if that was who their gods were, and all the stories told of their gods coming from the land of darkness rather than from the sky. Their crops had adapted to the constant sunlight and produced yields comparable to modern farming, although they still experience famine due to blight on bad years.

    P3X-008 was a vast savannah roamed by thousands strong herds of some herbivorous meat-beast twice the size of a bison. Flocks of winged reptiles filled the sky. SG-9 had not killed any creatures but Wellesy bet they were all edible. The extensive wreck of a goa'uld city lined a deep river, with evidence of having been bombed. Some light digging turned up skeletons in the street and the inert remnants of advanced alien technology. The city had fallen more than a thousand years ago, with no sign of anyone having been there since.

    The hunter-gatherers of P3X-595 had greeted SG-1 with warm hospitality. The world was mostly forest but had no grass analogue. Mosses and fungus leeched over many of the humid surfaces. SG-1 had noted veins of iron ore in the hills and traces of gold in the river, both of which could be useful to maintaining SGC infrastructure. The hunter-gathers possessed a potent intoxicant, which they were very happy to share. Wellesy feared that personnel in drug fueled orgies wouldn't be useful for any serious work, although the natives seemed to have evolved some resistance to the substance.

    Finally, the Goa'uld overlords visited M3X-502 about once every nine years to collect a tribute of slaves and luxury goods. At first, the locals had believed SG-15 to be their masters returned early. If Wellesy sent a team in captured jaffa gear, the locals would give him the tribute instead. Of course, their true masters would inflict wrath upon them.

    [​IMG]

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    decisions (open)

    1A) Keep the earth survivors in the upper levels of the SGC while you conduct recon of possible sites.
    1B) Ship them to the Alpha Site.
    1C) Ship them to P3X-797.
    1D) Ship them to P3X-008.
    1E) Ship them to P3X-595.

    Choose one world to explore further.
    2A) The Alpha Site
    2B) P3X-797 (Land of Light)
    2C) P3X-008 (savannah)
    2D) P3X-595 (hunter-gatherers)
    2E) M3X-502 (slave world)

    In regards to P3X-797 (Land of Light)
    3A) Ignore
    3B) Make a deal to secure crops.
    3C) Intimidate them with your superior technology and demand their obedience.
    3D) Intimidate them with your superior technology and establish yourself as the new god.

    In regards to P3X-595 (hunter-gatherers)
    4A) Ignore
    4B) Move in and begin mining.
    4C) Attempt to bribe the natives into mining for you.

    In regards to M3X-502 (slave world)
    5A) Ignore
    5B) Bluff for tribute.
    5C) Bluff for tribute and then tell the locals to bury the gate for five years

     
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    1A - Theres facilities and the enemy still don't seem interested in the base yet.
    2C - Tech is always worth investigating.
    3B - Make a deal, theres probably too few SG personal to initiate a hostile take over, and adopting more harsher tactics may make making allies harder from the infamy.
    4B - If gold is universally valued its worth getting for trading. First setup operations and then maybe bribe the locals to work for the mine.
    5A - Unskilled slaves may not have much use aside from the mining operation. Luxury goods could help but knowing how it was acquired might harm morale.

    Another short term goal might be to steal some Goauld tech, spaceships and weapons since most munitions manufacturing and other supplies on earth might not be accessible.
    (I wonder if they ever attempted to adapt the staff weapons, cutting them down and putting on hand grips. They would be good to arm non-military personal with.)
     
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    1A) Keep the earth survivors in the upper levels of the SGC while you conduct recon of possible sites.

    2C) P3X-008 (savannah).

    Ancient city ruins? Maybe there's a crash ha'tak or something alien somewhere else, ready for looting.

    3B) Make a deal to secure crops.

    Can't we teach these guys better farming techniques? Crop rotation etc?

    4B) Move in and begin mining.

    We don't need no junkie tribal miners.

    5A) Ignore

    We want to lay low.
     
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    We have modern dakka right? Should be easy meat for us.

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    I don't call this bribing, I call this trading.

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    Day 40

    The burnt out husk of a death glider wing sat upon the laboratory table. Drs. Lee and Thompson took photographs and attempted to reconstruct the original internal mechanics. The scorch marks at the broken edge of the wing were consistent with Goa'uld weaponry. The recon teams on P3X-008 had yet to turn up any other remnants of advanced technology but Dr. Jackson was quite happy dividing the city into grids and excavating bones and potsherds. General Wellesy wondered whether he ought to continue the digging. The city itself seemed to have been fairly primitive--without even streetlamps. Jackson estimated it had housed perhaps a million people, so there was still a lot more to uncover. It didn't look as though Lee would get much out of the wing but it was cast from one of those odd Goa'uld alloys, not corroded at all, and might at could at some point be melted down for better use.

    Day 42

    SG-3 and SG-6 had located a vein of iron in the forested hills of P3X-595. The region rained a lot and constantly seethed with thick fog. They had not encountered any of the hunter-gatherers but the men felt as though they were being watched. The teams had raised a number of tents in a clearing behind a sandbag emplacement. They had also built a permanent storehouse with an adjacent kitchen. Some preliminary panning brought out a few nuggets of gold from the river. In the future, the gold could be utilized to repair SGC electronics. They had begun shipping the ore to the Alpha Site, where some of the civilians were trying to set up a smelter.

    Wellesy slammed his desk drawer. He kept instinctively checking for cigarettes but the SGC was all out. No way to live. On the other side of the desk, Dr. Nicholas Rush steepled his fingers. The general disliked the man. He seemed like a snake. Rush was one of the high talent civilians selected for the Alpha Site evacuation. During the month in which the Alpha Site had been cut off from the Stargate Command, the civilians had chosen him as their leader. Made a big deal of their precious civilian control but now he was bringing his problems to the general's office.

    "The colony needs more supplies. Simple things like bricks, mortar and cement." The man clicked his ballpoint pen incessantly. "Who organized the Alpha Site evacuation selection scheme? It's fatally flawed. You picked a great number of largely young people with theoretical knowledge but not a lot of practical experience in fundamental matters. We're trying to work out how to farm in a new environment but none of us have any real experience in agriculture. General, you need to find Colorado farmers--survivors outside the base--and bring them here to assist. Preferably with farm equipment, including tractors and fertilizer (since we've already contaminated the ecosystem with out microbes.)"

    The general had not told Rush about the civilians in the upper levels of the base--now numbering 298. Was it wise to allow the man continued leadership of the Alpha Site? A few farmers had found their way to the Cheyenne Mountain Complex. Wellesy was considering sending them to the land of light to teach the natives better farming techniques. The natives had already eagerly accepted modern fry pans, stainless steel pots and clear glasses. A gift from the SGC kitchens to the Land of Light. The negotiators could most likely secure a supply of wheat and olives for the Alpha Site but self-sufficiency might be worthwhile.

    Rush continued.

    "General, we've another problem. We had a clever young woman, a biologist, disappear on a hike three weeks ago, before you reestablished contact. Last night, one of our neurosurgeons vanished. The others in his tent saw him go to sleep but he was gone when they woke up. The tent was torn open. Something did it quietly enough that no one heard but it appears to have been big enough to carry the doctor out. We found what was left of him a few hours later, pretty well chewed and hanging from a tree. That's not uncommon. We've found a good amount of local herbivorous animals stuck up in branches all around the colony. A species of communal insects nests on the corpses and secretes a waxy substance all over them but we haven't seen whatever does the killings. You need to send your soldiers to find and exterminate it. Many people have nearly panicked and want to quit the colony."

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    decisions (open)

    1A) Send all available SG teams to hunt and kill the Alpha Site mystery beast.
    1B) Send 10 SG teams (half) to kill the beast. Send the remaining available forces to the ruins of Colorado to gather building supplies and farming equipment.
    1C) Tell the Rush that the colonists can solve their own problems. (They have weapons.)
    1D) Evacuate the colonists back to Earth.

    2A) Send the 19 Colorado surviving farmers to the Alpha Site.
    2B) Send the 19 Colorado surviving farmers to the Land of Light.
    2C) Don't send them anywhere.

    3A) Abandon the excavations on P3X-008 (city ruins on the savannah planet.)
    3B) Continue the excavations.

    4A) Tell the survivors about the gate and send them to the Alpha Site.
    4B) Tell the survivors about the gate and send them to the savannah planet.
    4C) Tell the survivors about the gate and send them to the mining site.
    4D) Tell them about the Stargate but keep them on Earth for now.
    4E) Don't tell them anything.

    5A) Don't interfere with Rush.
    5B) Appoint a military man in command of the colony.
     
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    1A: No half measures. Let's not start dividing our forces
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    1A) Send all available SG teams to hunt and kill the Alpha Site mystery beast.

    2A) Send the 19 Colorado surviving farmers to the Alpha Site.

    3B) Continue the excavations.

    4A) Tell the survivors about the gate and send them to the Alpha Site.

    5A) Don't interfere with Rush.

    While Rush would be of better use in a lab taking him away from his little kingdom is likely to result in a morale hit as the colonists chose him. The hunt for the beast and sending them farmers should help alleviate most of his concerns for now.
     
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    Day 47

    The secondary colony on the savannah of P3X-008 had occupied the more intact ruins of the wrecked city, much to Dr. Jackson's consternation. They would unwittingly destroy much archaeological evidence but that was acceptable, given the circumstances. If the colonists turned up anything technological, that would be all for the better. Wellesy did not care about an object's in-site orientation. He did care whether the eggheads could reverse engineer the design but, so far, nothing significant had turned up. The Coloradan survivors were stunned by the powerpoint presentation explaining that they would be relocated to an alien planet but, after arriving, they enjoyed the freedom of movement and bright sunlight. The Cheyenne Mountain Complex had grown a little stale. Many of the survivors, being Americans, possessed their own firearms, pistols or hunting rifles with a few dozen rounds. They put these to use hunting the innumerable bisonant herds, even exporting a few kills to the SGC, which in turn sent them canned vegetables and dried fruits. The negotiations in the Land of Light had almost secured a supply of wheat, olives, cabbages, radishes, spelt and lentils sufficient to feed a thousand people annually. The plants had adapted from their original earth form but they were still edible to humans.

    The ten SG teams had been unable to locate the beast, although SG-14 had lost Lieutenant Wilkins when he was only 5 meters distant from his squad. According to the mission report, the squad had paused to stare at the view from a cliff's edge. They began to joke (no one could remember about what) but when they looked back Wilkins was gone. Another team located his mangled corpse pasted in a tree the next day. One of the civilian bright sparks realized that it might be possible to deduce the beast's characteristics by studying its prey. The local herbivores bore some resemblance to a leafy half sized kangaroo. They were extremely quiet and adept at taking cover. Often, colonists or airmen approached within arm's length before even noticing the creatures. A fit man could outrun them. The herbivores had no noticeable odor. They always operated in pairs, with one keeping watch while the other fed. They were disturbingly intelligent, on several occasions sneaking into the camp, opening doors and stealing food. Sometimes, they moved around people's gear to create diversions. The beast was in all likelihood smarter, as it would have to outwit such prey.

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    Chaplain Smith-Young's grin receded upward like his hairline. At six feet and four inches, he leaned forward in his chair without breaking eye contact. His angel-with-trumpet collar patch gleamed with golden thread.

    "General, morale sucks. Now, the SG teams get to run around offworld. Not so bad when you're actually doing something but the base personnel have been stuck here for forty-seven days. They're gettin' cabin fever, general. They need some quality rec-time. Now, I've been going through the files and come up with a solution: M3X-8417. A nice little moon without advanced lifeforms. No animals evolved yet. None of the vegetation on the land grows higher than six inches and the most complex creatures in the water (that the initial team found) were harmless jellies. Sir, we need a rotating beach party. I've talked with the airmen and they like the idea. When can I set the date, sir?"

    Wellesy's eyes narrowed. The chaplain was trying to get around him and build up his own popularity. The snake. How best to deal with it?

    "I'll consider it. You're dismissed, Smith-Young. On your way out, tell Walter I want to see him."

    Sgt. Harriman entered. "Sir, in the past few days, another 151 survivors have straggled in from the Colorado springs area and 14 more from the Rockies. A pair of messengers has arrived here from a few miles west. They say there are some 600 starving people in Cripple Creek and want to know if we can shelter them."

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    decisions (open)

    1A) Let the 10 SG teams continue to hunt the beast at the Alpha Site.
    1B) Withdraw the 10 SG teams to chart alternate worlds.
    1C) Draft some of the Alpha Site personnel to assist in the hunt.

    +++1+++2A) Keep the 165 new survivors on base for now.
    [rolling] 2B) Send them to the Alpha Site.
    +++2+++2C) Send them to the savannah planet. (P3X-008)

    3A) Abandon the excavations on P3X-008 (city ruins on the savannah planet.)
    3B) Continue the excavations.

    4A) Keep the two Cripple Creek messengers on base.
    4B) Send them off with the other 165 survivors.
    4C) Send them back to bring the 600ish survivors from their town.
    4D) Send them back with an explanation that you don't have sufficient supplies to feed them.

    5A) Go along with Chaplain Smith-Young's rec-time scheme.
    5B) Shut it down.

    6A) Do nothing about Chaplain Smith-Young.
    6B) Reassign him to the Alpha Site.
    6C) Reassign him to P3X-008.
    6D) Reassign him to the negotiations in the Land of Light. (temporary)
     
    Usury rolled 2-sided di(c)e: Choice 2 Random Selection Total: 7
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