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[LP CYOA] Epic

Discussion in 'Choose Your Own Adventure Land' started by treave, Jun 23, 2012.

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    Tried to get you bros to go with the gravity wings, but nooooo...
     
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  2. Baltika9 Arcane

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    So we can't dial up Grimrock's fleet and request a black hole salvo to clear our path of drones right before we shoot?

    So much for that idea. Fuck it, we'll figure something out, Senya is one creative bastard.
     
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  3. The Brazilian Slaughter Arcane

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    Fuck, that design came out totally wrong. We needed that Energy Armor to enhance our defenses FFS. Eh, at least we got more gravity wings. I wanted the anihilator cannon later so we could use it on the Masters, but it will have to do.
     
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  4. 1. Jump fleet and Senya just outside sensor range.
    2. Wormhole Senya into a hiding spot to recharge the generator and charge up the black hole. Maybe right above the sun. The solar flares and crap will interfere with their sensors and our energy armor will/might ( treave? ) protect us provided we're not right up in the sun's grill.
    3. Fire the weapon into the sun and run straight upward in the opposite direction.
    4. System blows up.
    5. Survive????
    6. Profit.
     
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  5. Wut? We got the cannon, drones, and armor - not the wings. Only one upgrade allowed.
     
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  6. Baltika9 Arcane

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    Or simply obscure ourselves with the gravity wings. It worked on supergenius Adrahasis, it should work here.
     
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  7. treave Arcane Patron

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    Fire weapon into the sun -> a gazillion tons of stellar material hits you and everyone else in the system at the speed of light as the sun goes nova instantly. You won't have time to escape.

    Also gravity wings worked the last time because Adrahasis was talking to you. Sustaining fire from even a hundred battleships for the time it takes to charge is out of the question.

    Employing the Annihilation Cannon properly will require Tactical Genius, as befitting a weapon of its power. I am unsure how you guys expected anything less. :obviously:
     
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  8. Baltika9 Arcane

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    In my defense, I thought that shrouding our CF and hiding it behind the advancing light ships while it charges up, coordinating with Grimrock to clear our path of fire, and then suddenly unveiling ourself and pulling a surprise attack would be Tactical Genius enough.

    Obviously not. Alright, let's get to the steak and potatoes.
     
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  9. treave Arcane Patron

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    Proceeding with Galactic Core Invasion.

    Tejat A:
    1st Fleet, 2nd Fleet, 4th Fleet, 5th Fleet
    Dragon's Guard, Emperor's Sword, Devourer's Hammer, Wolf's Shield

    Gelmark:
    3rd Fleet, 6th Fleet, 7th Fleet
    Raven's Lance, Serpent's Wing
     
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  10. Azira Arcane Patron

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    I abstained from voting here on purpose. It's funny, sometimes I find it more amusing to watch you others vote and argue, while at other times I find it more enjoyable to participate.
    This time was one of the former. It's like an elaborate and very slow-moving trainwreck, and I'm so looking forward to treaves update.

    These freeform votes are just the perfect recipe for some sort of fuckup. :salute:
     
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  11. Baltika9 Arcane

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    Fuck yeah they are! Of course, it's even more satisfying when we actually beat the system, so it all evens out.
     
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  12. The Brazilian Slaughter Arcane

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    Freeform Votes are very amusing to watch, indeed, Azira. Anybody remembers the time we destroyed Marius Hax's political base and set up the Imperium to be taken over by mutant tyranid proxies with our liberal solution to the Tyrantborn mutants?

    Sometimes, liberalism kills :lol:
     
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  13. treave Arcane Patron

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    Departure and Arrival: Gelmark

    Sol System 04.08.4033
    Two months after Battle of Uranus

    No launching of a fleet is complete without a speech to commemorate the departure; to state clearly the reasons for going so far with so many. Done well, it would rouse the men to greater heights and ensure victory was that much closer. Done poorly… well, we might as well leave them at home. The Grand Marshal had been tasked with the rather herculean effort of attempting to reach the hearts every man and woman on each ship of the 400,000-strong Galactic Core Invasion Force. He was not a stellar speaker – certainly he could not spin words and weave them in a manner I suspect that old bastard Shulgi would have excelled at – but he spoke earnestly, with conviction, and above all, honesty.

    “You aren’t paying much attention to the speech, are you?” Qin drops herself on the couch besides me, watching the visage of Ean superimposed over the rows of ships floating proudly before the blue orb of Earth.

    “I skipped out on the rehearsals too. Anyway, it’s not that I’m not glad to see you, but why are you here?”

    “I have permission from the Admiral.”

    “To bid us goodbye? You better hurry, we’re going to commence the jump at any moment now.”

    “No, to come along.”

    I almost bite my tongue. “Why would you want to come along?”

    She winks. “For fleet morale. You might not know it, but 4 out of 5 of the Imperial Legion commanders have asked for my autograph, and I’m not bragging when I say that every single one of your Federation soldiers is probably a fan of mine.”

    “That can’t be true.” I say, bemused.

    “Really? Why don’t you look at this?” She takes out her phone and displays a picture for me – it’s that of Vic Camna uncharacteristically smiling and shaking hands with her.

    “Alright, now I’m convinced.”

    “From what I’ve heard, you might have admiral troubles later down the line. You might need my help to keep the peace.”

    I narrow my eyes. “Who have you heard it from?”

    “I have my sources,” she grins mischieviously. “I always do. Oh, I had one more thing I needed to say. I think I really like you.” I do bite my tongue this time. Before I can respond, she’s run off, only stopping to peek over her shoulder with a smile.

    Someone’s popular,” says Kyrie. “How nice, you have an idol princess waiting for you after everything’s over.”

    “A real princess is better,” I give a small chuckle as she takes her seat where Qin had been. “There’s no need to worry. After everything is over I’ll likely be dead.”

    “W-who said I was worried about you?” She tries her usual comeback, but it’s clear that her heart isn’t in it. Her small shoulders shift as she sighs. We sit in silence for a while, watching the Federation fleets moving into position. They would create the wormholes that would carry the more numerous Imperial vessels through to their destinations. I feel the artificial gravity change ever so slightly, indicating that the asteroid shipis beginning to move. “It is time, isn’t it?” asks Kyrie. I nod silently. She gives me a smile that tells me I am a total idiot, and leans over to give me a light peck on the lips before she disappears.

    ***

    The bridge is a hive of activity when I reach it. I had managed to rope in Tomas and Kaito to help me manage the Sword of Ean, as Admiral Grimrock preferred to command from his flagship, the Ankidu. There would be no problems with the chain of command. The remaining crew of the asteroid ship are familiar with the asteroid from its days as a Gate instead of a Sword: veterans of the former Autonomous Fleet. The astronavigators on the bridge and the engineers that maintain it are Earth-born, sworn members of the Order of Pithos. Rei and Erika are here, of course, while Erec and the rest of the Dunamis are stationed with Sekhenun at his own request.

    I had already said my goodbyes to my family; they would remain here, helping Iannes with the military aspect of things while the bulk of the fleet was gone. My father was placed in the perfect position to do so – not high ranking enough to be needed on the assault, and not so low ranking that no one would listen to him. They would be safe… for a while, at least.

    Qin seems to have made herself comfortable on one of the bridge’s seats and gives me a wave as Grimrock’s craggy face pops up on the vidscreen.

    “So, are we ready to do this, kid?”

    “You’re the Admiral here, you tell me.” I grin.

    “Oh, cut that bullshit. You’re the one familiar with all this new technological magic you made us all adopt. It’s your show.”

    “I don’t have the beard for it, Admiral. I’ll be advising, but the orders will look better coming from you.” Grimrock scratches his great big bushy beard. I have Yua take a look at the data coming in from the fleets; all of them are prepped and ready to go. A secondary screen pops up at my prompting, showing the technician in charge of the black hole engine clusters powering the Sword of Ean. “Engineer Islington here. We’re right on schedule and can open the wormhole on your say so.”

    “Michael? From the Academy?” I ask, surprised by his presence. He has lost his baby fat since our teenage years and grown into a rather lanky engineer.

    “The one and the same, Senya-dono.” He gives me a brief salute. I return the salute, and shift my attention back to Admiral Grimrock.

    “As it turns out, we are ready to go, Admiral. Just say the word.”

    “Very well. Broadcast to all ships.” He gestures to someone offscreen. “This is Admiral Grimrock of the Federation Third Fleet. We will be commencing our jump to Gelmark in five minutes. I am sure all of you have attended the briefings, or at least pretended to. We expect heavy resistance soon after our arrival, so I want all combat personnel to be on standby for an immediate sortie. This is just the first step of our long journey, and I’m sure all of you are relishing the challenge. Admiral Grimrock, over and out.”

    “Alright,” I call out. “You heard the Admiral. The timer is set – make sure to coordinate the jump with each ship on either side of you. You have done the simulations, so I don’t want to find us in the heart of a star in five minutes’ time.” The activity on the bridge intensifies as everyone rushes to get ready for the jump. Erika comes up to me, dressed in full combat attire. “Senya.”

    “Erika. Is everything ready?”

    She nods curtly. “Rei is already inside Anhur-Shu, making some final adjustments with Tabitha and the Chief.”

    “Are you ready?”

    This time, the nod is accompanied with a slight smile. “Always.”

    The hum permeating the ship increases in volume as the wormholes begin to form, in preparation for the jump.

    ***

    Gelmark System. 04.08.4033

    The moment we exit the wormhole, I realize that something is wrong. Gelmark is a binary star system with three gas giants and many space fortresses. The stars and the gas giants were still there, but the space fortresses weren’t. Sector Armada Delta itself was on the move, travelling towards the jump point that led further into the core. The space fortresses were mobile, and were usually fitted with a slipspace drive to move them between systems. It looks like the League had decided to abandon Gelmark for some reason.

    “Master, Delta has spotted us.” Yua makes her report. The armada appears to speed up on screen, attempting to reach the jump point faster. They do not make any attempt to fire on us. Were they fleeing our fleet? Due to the preponderance of heavy ships, Delta would be a bit more sluggish. However, because of the distances involved, we would only be able to intercept by sending out fast cruisers and a light force of CFs. The rest of our forces would not be able to get in range in time.

    ***

    A. Intercept Armada Delta by any means necessary, even if it means possibly over-extending our forces. Our main point in coming to Gelmark was to destroy them; we can't allow the armada to flee unharmed. If they get away, they can set an ambush for us at the next system.

    B. Proceed as a cohesive unit, even though it means we will not intercept Delta before it reaches the jump point. We can jump after it once the entire fleet reaches there - splitting ourselves again might be stretching us too thin - I'm not sure if their act of retreat isn't a trap.

    C. Ignore Armada Delta and take the jump to Bainur. If they have moved the space fortresses, there is a good chance they moved at least some of them to Bainur, which is only a single, one week jump away. The other taskforce should take a bit quicker to arrive from Tejat A; perhaps in about five days.

    D. I test out my new Annihilation Cannon on the retreating fleet. At this distance I'm not confident of hitting all of them, and the trail of high energy cosmic radiation left behind will prevent us from following them quickly, if at all, but I should be able to do serious damage to the enemy fleet if I don't miss them entirely.
     
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  14. Baltika9 Arcane

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    Wait a fucking second... what are the specs on the Sword of Ean?
    Damn, this is bittersweet. Very bittersweet. Reminds me of this
    Senya are the embodiment of destruction. If we win, does he have a place in the multiverse he's trying to create? Sorry, getting off track here.

    I'm glad we didn't mass-attack Gelmark, but I'll need to ponder this. My natural reaction is to hammer them asap, but this may just be a trap.
     
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  15. treave Arcane Patron

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    It's 80km long, powered by four black hole engines, and is made more to tank hits than to outgun other battleships. It's carrying the Jupiter bomb after all.
     
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  16. Esquilax Arcane

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    These fucks are trying to lure us in. This could likely be why they haven't attacked us. A strikes me as very bad; they've already seen us, and if we send our lightly armored cruisers and CF's in, which comprise the largest segment of our force, they'll be able to sit back with their super-heavy battleships to fire at us while launching their drones. Look at the numbers:

    So we've got ~125,000 cruisers compared to their 35,000, so this is the bulk of our force. I think Delta's commander realizes that if he destroys our cruisers, we're screwed, so I think he's trying to draw us out. Then again, if we don't take the bait, they've seen us already and they would be in a great position to barrage the fuck out of us once we try to follow them to the next jump point.

    That being said, C presents its own problems; we'll have two days before we can link up with Ean's force at Tejat A, so in that time, Epsilon could quite easily attack us. I'm going to have to think about this a bit longer.

    Edit: I don't like D either unfortunately. We might hurt them a little, but in doing so we'll have revealed our biggest advantage and allowed them time to prepare for us in the future. It's short-sighted.
     
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  17. treave Arcane Patron

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    Since they're rather far away and appear to be retreating at the moment, I have added a D. Because, well, this is where you'd probably think that you would want to use a D. It would be unsporting of me not to offer the option. Whether it is entirely the right thing to do or not, I leave it up to you to decide.
     
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  18. Storyfag Perfidious Pole Patron

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    Remember how Adrahasis hid all his dreadnaughts? (super-heavy battleship? ugh. The sailor/naval fanatic in me protests!) Are we certain it's different this time?
     
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  19. treave Arcane Patron

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    You can't get an accurate enough reading to determine if all the ships are there. Some jamming is in play to cover their retreat. Or apparent retreat. And there's always the option of deploying decoy balloons. You don't know.
     
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  20. Baltika9 Arcane

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    The only way this could be a trap is if they had spies in our midst/we were sold out by one of the Admirals.

    Otherwise, I see no way they could have anticipated our moves. This is either a deadly trap or we caught them with their pants down. Question is: do we feel lucky?
     
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  21. Storyfag Perfidious Pole Patron

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    THIS! IS! THE CODEX!
     
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  22. Esquilax Arcane

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    Let's try and examine some of the evidence:

    Okay, so they're heading towards the core, but what are their motives? I think it's quite possible that Delta wants to link up with Alpha Armada based on our intel. If we follow them with B, we could end up in very deep shit as we're surrounded by their two most dangerous fleets once we reach the other side of the jump point.

    treave, Hasting has worked under Volkin Swicks before - does she have any comments on the situation? The man prefers an Imperial style of engagement, so a cat-and-mouse game seems somewhat out of the ordinary based on what little we know of him. Then again, the dude is a competent enough general that the Council gave him an Armada, so I'm sure that he has tricks up his sleeve as well.

    The advantage of A if this isn't a trap is that our cruiser force is massive and we'd do a ton of damage to them before they got away.
     
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  23. treave Arcane Patron

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    Imperial style of engagement doesn't bar using trickery in combat - exhibit A: Adrahasis. What it means is that Volkin prefers to rely on heavy firepower when the opportunity presents itself, hence his predilection for battleships. As for the situation, she is not committing to any particular answer, though she thinks it's likelier that Volkin is genuinely retreating out of the system. I'm sure there's enough information in the text for you to come to your own conclusion, even if the segment is brief.
     
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  24. Azira Arcane Patron

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    Balls to the wall guys. Balls to the wall.

    A

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  25. Baltika9 Arcane

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    Oh?
    You don't say. Kawano, the crafty bitch. She's the one who has the most ties to the League and the most sponsors. No one would suspect a pop star to be a spy, especially not someone of her popularity.

    This is reeks of a set-up. You don't just abandon a fortress-system. A is suicidal, and while I would love to go D (hell, I want to do it twice), it's foolish to reveal our trump card like that. That leaves B and C.
    Yeah, it sounds paranoid as hell, but my gut is telling me something's up.
     
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