The INV Serpent arrived at our facility Assyria Base on schedule and refit began immediately. Unfamiliar with the hyperdrive technology or hypermatter reactors, the refits are slower going than one would like. After some amount of argument with Admiral Vallan, he begrudgingly agreed to allow them to refit the reactors with matter-antimatter reactors which engineering crews are far more familiar with. The turbolaser designs appeared to require only minor adjustments to bring them up to speed to be comparable with phaser and disruptor designs. Transporters and expanded shields were also added tot he vessels. The full refit has taken longer than expected but is now complete.
The Duchess Malumnus has temporarily joined the Admiral’s Imperial fleet to assist in operations, part of the larger Operation Succubus to apply political pressure and undermine Solas Tempus. The fleet’s current task is already underway, they have successfully intercepted and captured the commanding officer of the Federation vessel dispatched to the Schatten Star System to assist and monitor Solas Tempus. The Commander has been detained aboard the Serpent who has already fended of one attempt to rescue her using their overwhelmingly superior numbers and firepower.
For this KS and Bucket would really like some people to play interrogators. KS plays Megan Shepard and while I play Angelique, I’d like to keep her more supervisory. Bucket, of course, plays Admiral Vallan. It would be very useful for someone to play an interrogator or similar part in the process, see both KS and Bucket for details on that.
A new task force has been assembled to search for and rescue the missing Commander Megan Shepard of the USS Pegasus. Her XO from the Pegasus, Denver Tierny has been given a field commission of full Commander and placed in command of the small task force composed of the New Hope, Epoch, and Pegasus. All vessels are being retrofit with the Phasing Cloak to further assist in the operation code-named Gray Angel.
Commander Shepard was abducted from the Aerowing belonging to the Pegasus at some point in time when returning to the Schatten Star System after a personal trip to Earth. The Pegasus along with the Epoch were dispatched at once to investigate, they later detected Shepard’s combadge on an Imperial vessel. The two vessels were attacked in an ambush and managed to return to the Schatten System after the Epoch suffered significant damage. The fabber, Vulcan, is quickly assisting with the vessels refit.
In accordance with existing treaties, Starfleet Command has expressed the desire to take over the operation, which Solas Tempus has politely declined to allow. Federation vessels, however, are also available to assist.
Speak to Buck and KS about entering this plot, I’m not sure what they need, but pilots for fighters perhaps or people to play Imperials.
This information is broadcast via a Deep Echo Array one of a number of secret facilities. It is received using a subspace receiver tuned to the correct frequency at the correct time. The signal instructs an asset on how to retrieve this information using various codes in a code-book of some kind. An Onyx XIA would also have the ability to receive and decode such a message to look up the information in real time.
Duchess Malumnus has made contact with spliced in forces of the Galactic Empire within the Milky Way, specifically the INV Serpent and its leader, Admiral Enus Vallan, who appears to be in command of the Imperial forces in the area. The Admiral has agreed to a partner ship and is in route to our facility at Assyria Base for refit to fight Solas Tempus forces. Admiral Vallan has also dispatched a number of probe droids to contact his forces within the Schatten Star System, one of which has been discovered but self-destructed. Given the destruction of one of the probes, clandestine forces should be aware of the need for increased secrecy. It is known that contact was made with Milana Tarkiel outside of Nimbus Station and at this time there is no evidence that droids are being specifically tracked.
Onyx has provided Admiral Vallen with a coded subspace channel for secure communications.
This arc is going to need spies and people to help increase the unrest. As with a previous post there are racial tensions already present. Since the Empire is very much pro-human and anti-alien, this should go well. From a plot-standpoint, the is also the general direction, and anyone wishing to expand on that should feel free to do so. The way this is plotted to shake out is that the humans start to respond in-kind to alien anti-human sentiment.
Since we are finally going to start getting into a place where we’re having active play as antagonists for the story within Blazing Umbra, we need an area to keep those players informed. After our recent survey of players, it is clear that many players aren’t sure what’s going on or how they can contribute. This is going to be the first phase of an ongoing effort to keep players of both sites informed about the changes to the setting. Since these news posts are designed to be in-character and the characters not engaging in activity with the antagonist organizations such as Onyx and the Galactic Empire forces within the setting will not have access to information about what those sides are up to until things are already in motion; I have decided that there needs to be a separate place to post such information. This is analagous to the Solas Tempus COMs category only for the opposite sides.
In practice this area is going to take a while to solidify as to what is actually in it and will take some effort to get used to. As the story goes, things posted here and intended two fold, as previously stated we want to keep players informed when they can’t be on more than once or twice a month (or even longer). In addition to that, we’d like to foster creativity between players, posts here should also be seen as invites to consider how things can go and how people might contribute. Suggestions can often be replied to in one of these posts via the forum (a link to the appropriate forum topic is at the end of every post). In addition, a new topic can be started in the Phoenix Nebula section of the forum.