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  1. Roughly two seconds after you fire, a blinding flare of greenish-white light slams into the ground about fifty meters behind your heels. (You take 1 Bashing ping damage.) Shielded by your body, the weapon seems ok, as far as you can tell while continuing to run at Mach 2. ::wink About a second later, Zhenglai speaks over the link. I have a warp open to a lovely place in Alberta I visted once. If there's anything still there, we'll at least have a roof over our head.

    Making a wide arc on his return path so there's less stress on the weapon, Brandt bolts back to where he'd left Zhenglai. *Get ready to jump through that warp! I'm comin' in hot!*

  2. The gun locks on to the target, and Brandt pushes the button. High above, a blossom of light appears, and the screen lights up with information. Most of it doesn't make sense to Brandt, except for "Shield strength remaining: 40%" and the countdown timer.

    Then it beeps, blanks, and a new message appears: "Weapon lock on location. Impact in 2 seconds."

    "Shit." Grabbing the cannon, Brandt leaves a cartoon-like puff outline of himself as he bolts back down the hill. Unsure how well the massive weapon will hold up at full speed, he accelerates as quickly as he dares, keeping an eye and ear on the cannon for any signs of stress.

    His own stress he was already doing his best to manage. *Incoming fire on my position!*, he yells through the link. *Zhenglai, if I manage to dodge this thing, I'll need a warp to drop the weapon through, so get one ready to someplace nice and isolated!*

  3. Zhenglai nods and opens a warp back to the troops in Las Vegas. As Brandt is carrying back the weapon, he frowns. "Perhaps you should take the thing up into the hills a few miles away. If only to confuse the guardian ship when you open fire."

    Brandt nods agreement. Glancing around, he gestures towards a hilltop a few miles away. "I'll be over there. If there's any return fire after my inital blast, I'll try to take this," he hefts the cannon, "with me, but if it slows me down too much I may have to drop it." He pauses, then looks up at the sky, his face expressionless.

    Bringing his face back down to look at Zhenglai, he's suddenly sporting a wide grin that's only betrayed a tightness around the eyes. "Alright then. I'll see you in a little while."

    With a brief stirring of dust, he's gone, darting to the hilltop he'd picked out just a moment ago. Seconds later, Brandt finishes the setup of the anti-spacecraft weapon and waits for it to acquire a target. Reaching out through the link, he messages Paul. *I'm just about to let this thing rip, Dr. Blue...so be ready for any repercussions.*

    His message sent, Brandt waits for the machine to beep it's confirmation, then fires.

  4. *Brandt, please take out the other ship when you can. We have an embarrassment of riches here.*

    The speedster sighs, and glances over at his Chinese companion. "Nevermind Peru, my friend. Dr. Blue has just asked for our assistance. Looks like we're heading back to deal with the guardian ship hovering over the Nevada desert."

    Just to be sure, Brandt pings the mental network to get Paul's attention. *Just for clarification, I assume by 'other ship' you mean the one positioned above you right now? Zhenglai and I have already taken out the one over the Caribbean. How's it going on your end, by the way?*

  5. Zhenglai looks at Brandt blankly for a moment, then shakes his head. "I do not know. If we are going to stay around, it is still best if we decide on a place to flee to, so that I can be prepared to warp us to safety. Though it might be summer there, I doubt Antarctica is the best destination."

    Brandt grins. "Agreed. I know a lovely place in Peru that's relatively uninhabited, at least in our world. Or do you require the location to be somewhere you're already familiar with?"

    ((I'd like Brandt to be able to respond to Paul, but I'm not sure on the timing. I know there's been a few minutes of travel and conversation on their end, and I don't know how long it's been for Brandt and Zhenglai.))

  6. Rorx:

    In order for your formatting to work you need to use a second bracket with a forward slash. For exampe in your latest post you need to add a second bracket after your sentance like so: . Otherwise it just shows the code and doesn't change. Italics is and bold is etc.

    I've fixed tihs for you a few times so I thought I should tell you. Also you can highlight text and just use the handy dandy buttons above the text box in the full reply screen..

    As for my post, I am waiting for Archer and Shade and Sablesma to answer Esteban's question. I have one vote for alien,. I have my own idea, but I thought it would be fun to take requests. I will poke Shade. Someone else wnat to get Archer and Sablesma?

    Err...I thought Brandt was in the Caribbean with Zhenglai, waiting for whatever happens next.

    As a matter of fact, did I miss it, or did we as a group finally settle on a plan for what Brandt and Zhenglai are supposed to do after shooting down the ship in the Caribbean? Cuz last I checked, that was never settled.

  7. Perhaps I should've put the question like this: Is one Mega-die plus the 3 free dots of Endurance enough to make the color text "go without sleep for weeks" accurate instead of being hyperbole?

    I think it's accurate, but only if referring to average levels of activity. Strenuous activity, like combat, should reduce the amount of time even a Mega-Stamina nova can go without sleep.

  8. Right. But computer targeting even now in our RL is designed to hit fast moving targets. We can only assume the aliens are signifigantly more advanced...

    Agreed, which is why Brandt considers it a serious risk...perhaps too serious for our resident warpers. Brandt himself has more than a few options for getting the hell out of the way, quickly.

    As for computer targeting IRL...what weapon systems and fast moving targets are you referring to? Anti-aircraft missiles, for example, are designed to get close(but not directly hit) much larger and slower moving targets than Brandt.

  9. Ok, according to Google Mach 7 is 2.38 km/s, which makes it about 8,600km/h.

    2.38km/s is 1km every 0.420s = 420 millisec.

    Human reactions for seeing something and hitting a button can be around the 120-150ms region, which would leave the ships systems 250ms to track/predict and fire on you - probably well within it's capabilities?

    In fact it is more likely to be a totally automated system, designed to fire at anything over a significant size (10kg/20cm dia) moving at greater than 100km/h. In which case 400ms is going to be plenty of time to detect/track and fire on you, especially with an area effect weapon which will allow more leeway in the accuracy of the calculations.

    ::sad Gee, thanks.

    However, I'm not sure how well that fits within this particular context. First, I imagine that reaction time to hit a button is based on actively searching for a target beforehand, i.e. already primed with hand over the button. You're also making assumptions on their sensory tech, which may be designed to track objects in the sky(other spacecraft), than objects on the ground(human-sized targets moving ridiculously fast).

    Secondly, we also have to consider the in-game rules aspect of it. Hyperrunning gives bonuses to avoid being hit while moving full-tilt, and there are also rules for outpacing area attacks.

  10. 40km in ~16s

    150km/minute = ~94mph

    so only about 1minute (plus a few seconds) for 100miles.

    That's 9,000km/h, but I'm not sure what combination of Hyperrunning and Enhanced Movement would give you that? Care to enlighten me?

    I may have screwed up my original calculations, you're welcome to double-check them.

    Well, Mach 7 in kph is about 8500 kph, by the online converter I'm using, so that's close.

    Since I don't imagine it's a huge secret by this point in the game...Brandt has M-Dex 5, plus Enhanced Movement, plus Hyperrunning 3.

    I think I originally figured his in-combat speed...but I'm not sure.

  11. Is 21,600 mph correct for Brandt? Seems awfully fast - in fact isn't it about Earth's escape velocity? ::jaw

    Check of my maths:

    100miles in ~16 seconds = ~6 miles per second

    3600 seconds in an hour gives 21,600 mph

    6 miles/second (~10km/s) is also at the upper end of the velocity of the detonation wave in explosives. The fastest rifle round I know of pulls just under 1km/s, the HK G11, most pistol rounds are more like 400m/s, or 25 times slower than Brandt is claiming here. ::unsure

    I just corrected it, after I read your post. I thought the ship was forty kilometers away, instead of a hundred miles away.

    Brandt's top speed, without maxing, is just about Mach 7. Please tell me if 2.5 minutes for 100 miles is correct.

    Still more than fast enough to outrun bullets and fighter jets, even in the Abberant universe. :)

  12. "Thanks for the offer, Brandt was it?"

    Then he adds with a grin. "But apart from when I was in the Army, I've always prefered instant coffee! Aren't stereotypes wonderful!"

    "I take it you are a speedster then Brandt? Just how fast do you think you would be over desert terrain? Estiban has a good point, we almost lost a few people trying to do recces. That, and our lack of teleporters/warpers is the only reason for trying the long phase" ::ultracool

    Brandt returns the smile. "Well, I have both tea and coffee with me, and you're welcome to either. As for desert terrain? To be honest, the type of terrain has never really affected how fast I am." He shrugs, then setting the huge cannon down next to him, slings off his pack and kneels next to it. Looking up at Nathan as he digs around for his food bag and stove, he continues with a wink, "I think your real question is, how fast can I make it to the downed ship from here?"

    In an eyeblink, Brandt's hands move, and suddenly his small cook area is complete: the stove on the ground, lit and flaming away, a tall metal canister filled with water atop it. Even his bag was re-packed and back on his shoulders. He glanced in the direction that the downed ship lay, then back at Nathan. "Roughly two and a half minutes. Is that fast enough?" ::sly

  13. "I agree. If they feel at all threatened by you, we may lose the opportunity for a surprise attack."

    Suppressing the urge to grit his teeth, Brandt responds evenly. "Whatever you think is best."

    Taking care not to transmit through the link, he manages his complaints mentally. *Idiots. They can't even decide on a plan of attack, much less coordinate one. I offer a low-risk scenario for everyone but myself, and when I dare to suggest making sure I can dodge the damnable alien overlords horrible atomic weapons, they shoot me down faster than the enemy above! Aagh. Our job is to test this weapon and go home. We can't save every world.* This last thought is tinged with regret and frustration, emotions quickly squashed as Brandt goes back to focusing on the task at hand.

    "Excuse me, Nathan, I don't suppose you'd care for a cup of tea?"

  14. "Defender and I were willing to put up with the time it would take to phase the roughly 50km from a safe area to the ship. I'm afraid my phasing is only at a walking type pace Estiban, so if you wished to take Defenders place it would take us quite a while to get there. I assume you don't need to breathe? However, now that you are all here I assume that there will be better options available?'

    Brandt snorts. "Indeed. I can have you there in seconds." He pauses, looking thoughtful. "Although, I should do a test run to see if I can outrun their weapons."

    The speedster glances around. "Any objections? I'll leave the weapon here, and just dart past the downed ship to see what happens. I've been assuming they can't hit me, but I'd prefer to make sure of that before we start any coordinated attacks."

  15. For flavor purposes, you could describe the level of damage one can survive at the various levels. Sort of like in the core book, but more specific(and accurate).

    M-Sta 1: Can shrug off a heavyweight's bests shot.

    M-Sta 2: Can shrug off a baseball bat to the head.

    M-Sta 3: Can shrug off a 5 story fall.

    M-Sta 4: Can shrug off being hit by a car.

    M-Sta 5: Can shrug off being hit by a truck.

    M-Sta 6: Can shrug off being hit by a semi.

    Or you could give streamlined explanations of healing times. Yes, the core book mentions the healing rate, but then the ST has to calculate the actual recovery time needed.

    M-Sta 1: Recover from crippling injuries in two months.

    M-Sta 2: Recover from crippling injuries in a month and a half.

    M-Sta 3: Recover from crippling injuries in a month and a week.

    M-Sta 4: Recover from crippling injuries in one month.

    M-Sta 5: Recover from crippling injuries in 27 days.

    M-Sta 6: Recover from crippling injuries in 23 days.

    M-Sta 10: Recover from crippling injuries in 15 days.

  16. Brandt takes a moment to assess this new information before replying. "Well, seeing that I'm not one of our group able to breathe such a toxic atmosphere, I think my original idea still holds merit, though perhaps a change may be needed. How about this instead? We open a warp gate to the Caribbean, I go through and fire the weapon, then pass it back to Esteban through the warp before I run off to draw any return fire. From the sound of Zhenglai's vision, there's a good chance of more ships coming out to the islands in response. I can make it back here in a matter of minutes if needed, and maintain communication through Paul as I go."

  17. They both look at Brandt, and the giant gun, then at each other, and back at Jonathan. "I don't know how many people have survived world-wide. In Mexico, we're guessing there's still a million or two. But the ships ... that's why we need reinforcements."

    "After two of the ships blew up in orbit, one of the American novas managed to damage a third ship. It crashed out in the Mojave Desert. We were thinking that we had finally gotten a break - then two more showed up. We haven't been able to get inside the crashed ship - it's why we were looking for reinforcements. One of the ships is holding position right above the crashed one, and it's firing on us whenever someone tries to get inside."

    Brandt glances at Johnathan. "I think we just found our first target. The downed ship and its protector offer exactly what we were looking for. Perhaps we should split up? One of our warpers and I could jump to the crash site, fire on the orbiting ship, and then warp away. If it gives chase, only two of us are at risk; and that frees up the rest of you to examine the crashed ship. If it doesn't chase us, we'll just keep firing and try to take it out."

    He forces what he hopes to be a natural smile. "Regardless, I think we should risk as few of us as possible while testing the weapon. In the worst case scenario, I'm sure I'll be able to get both of us out of the way of any return fire. I can always drop the gun if I have to."

  18. Paul says,

    "Welcome Cameron. You picked a hell of a mission to join us. Any chance you can pick up and carry around the gun?"

    Standing over by Rieller and the new weapon, Brandt gives a brief nod to Cameron. "Nice to meet you."

    "As for bringing it through, I say we do that. Speed kills. And speaking of killing, we very likely will run into hoards of people that we don't have the resources to help." Paul nods to Brandt.

    Having just hefted the three-ton laser onto his shoulder, the speedster raises an eyebrow at Paul. "I"m not sure of that innuendo, Paul, but I certainly had no plans to kill innocent, panicked citizens simply because they accost us."

    "If we are lucky then civilization has collapsed, and billions of people are dead. Probably more from starvation than from the aliens. We're novas which means we're either rich or at fault."

    "If we are not lucky then we could have real live aliens walking around or something worse."

    "So yeah, I'm expecting opposition."

    Contrary to Paul's attire, Brandt is dressed and equipped the same way he has been for previous missions, excepting the extra containers of mox and some other goodies in his pack.

    A second eyebrow rises to join the first before he shakes his head ruefully. "I suppose I understand your concern, Dr. Blue, but we will likely be too busy dodging return fire from the alien vessels above to worry about enemy ground forces or threats from civilians. Either way, I don't think we'll be in any one spot long enough for it to be a problem. By the by, if it hasn't been done already, can we confirm whether there are any radiation or hazardous material concerns before we go through?"

  19. Brandt shakes his head disbelievingly. Leaning back in his chair, he stares at the ceiling. "I can't believe you people are discussing this so lightly. What you're suggesting is dangerously close to a suicide mission."

    He sighs, still studying tiles above him. "We have no idea how sophisticated their sensors are. As Obsidian Mask already mentioned, they could detect the weapon powering up and neutralize us before the ten-second lock is completed. As a matter of fact, it's probably safer for us to assume that the aliens will detect the big-ass gun pointed at them, and plan accordingly. Which leads to the next problem: the idea of using warps to avoid incoming fire."

    He drops his chin to look at Paul, then looks seriously at Zhenglai and the Obsidian Mask. "How fast can you open a warp? What kind of distance and accuracy can you guarantee while under fire on a different world? I've seen both of you open warps, and I know there's some concentration involved. How large a warp can you make, under the same conditions I just mentioned? This new weapon of Rieller's sounds like its a bit on the large side, and Michal's already suggested Esteban transform into something bigger than normal to tote it around."

    Brandt swings his head around to look at Michal and Rieller, splitting his attention equally between them. His tone is mildly questioning, belying the obvious emotion in his stare. "What else do we know about the alien's weapons? Are the energy-based or do they fire solid projectiles? Do we have any idea what the blast area is, or how quickly they can aqcuire targets and fire? Do we have any of that information?"

  20. I also vote for Alex. He managed to keep Paul active and accurate throughout this verrrry long episode. Kudos to him! ::biggrin

    As a quick and related aside, I wanted to briefly apologize for my(and Brandt's) infrequent contributions. The field of study I've chosen is much more time-consuming than I would have ever thought it to be, and leaves me precious little free time.

    But summer's coming, and I hope to be able to spend more time posting with only one class to deal with. :)

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