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by Eternal_Freedom
2021-11-27 05:28pm
Forum: Science, Logic, And Morality
Topic: NASA launches spacecraft to smash into asteroid in bid to nudge it off course
Replies: 6
Views: 262

Re: NASA launches spacecraft to smash into asteroid in bid to nudge it off course

Also, is it just me or does Planetary Defence Officer sound like an awesome job title? Yes, it does... right up until an asteroid deflection/fragmentation mission doesn't perfectly succeed and instead of a megatonne rubble pile slamming into one of the soggier bits of the planet at ~30 km/s, a five...
by Eternal_Freedom
2021-11-24 04:36pm
Forum: Science, Logic, And Morality
Topic: NASA launches spacecraft to smash into asteroid in bid to nudge it off course
Replies: 6
Views: 262

Re: NASA launches spacecraft to smash into asteroid in bid to nudge it off course

I had a couple of my colleagues asking me about this today, since I'd recently done one of my weekly interesting science facts about asteroid deflection. It's quite fascinating really, though I did point out that in a genuine attempt the impactor is likely to be a lot bigger, and/or carrying a nuke....
by Eternal_Freedom
2021-10-07 03:01pm
Forum: User Fiction
Topic: The 13th Tribe Book II: A Symphony of War
Replies: 1030
Views: 387992

Re: The 13th Tribe Book II: A Symphony of War

Thank you. In fairness, part of the reason it took so long to wrap up was I'd written myself into a corner - the battle was too all-encompassing that writing a convincing win for either side would necessitate killing off a lot of interesting characters on the other side. Having Cole come up with his...
by Eternal_Freedom
2021-10-06 11:57am
Forum: User Fiction
Topic: The 13th Tribe Book II: A Symphony of War
Replies: 1030
Views: 387992

Re: The 13th Tribe Book II: A Symphony of War

Yeah, it hit me most severely when I finished off the Battle of Reach arc, then realised that the events depicted therein cover about twelve hours at most of story time, but it had taken twelve months to write the bloody thing.
by Eternal_Freedom
2021-10-05 12:05pm
Forum: User Fiction
Topic: The 13th Tribe Book II: A Symphony of War
Replies: 1030
Views: 387992

Re: The 13th Tribe Book II: A Symphony of War

I found some mistakes. >>Truth pondered that for a second. “Have him break off his engagement and form a defensive position near our emergency point<< Emergence, I assume? Then there's these two sentences about the High Clarity: >>And High Charity is now two hours, fifty-five minutes out.”<< >>“The...
by Eternal_Freedom
2021-10-04 04:22pm
Forum: User Fiction
Topic: The 13th Tribe Book II: A Symphony of War
Replies: 1030
Views: 387992

Re: The 13th Tribe Book II: A Symphony of War

Well, as promised ladies and gents: Thinking the Unthinkable Covenant Holy City High Charity , In slipspace, on course for Installation-05 The fighting had largely subsided since the purge and most of the Holy City was firmly under the control of Truth, Mercy and their Jiralhanae enforcers. It had s...
by Eternal_Freedom
2021-09-20 11:10am
Forum: User Fiction
Topic: The 13th Tribe Book II: A Symphony of War
Replies: 1030
Views: 387992

Re: The 13th Tribe Book II: A Symphony of War

Yeah I am around, sorry for the delay everyone., real-life has been insane of late, what with a new kitchen, a summer holiday and nephew number 3 turning up unexpectedly three weeks early. I hadn't realised how subconsciously worried about him I was until he arrived safely. Anyway. While I don't hav...
by Eternal_Freedom
2021-09-11 06:38am
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: TIL: Today I Learned... (Join in!)
Replies: 40
Views: 8220

Re: TIL: Today I Learned... (Join in!)

Today I learned that next time I have a kitchen rebuilt, screw being considerate to the neighbors, I'm getting a skip for the waste rather than dumping it in my garden and then ferrying it out to a hired van.
by Eternal_Freedom
2021-08-30 12:24pm
Forum: STGOD role-playing games
Topic: STGOD 2020/21 Main Game
Replies: 185
Views: 58249

Re: STGOD 2020/21 Main Game

ODS Sutekh Portside Landing Bay Fleetmaster Aratus could only blink in surprise at this strange being - though his physiology and mental control allowed him to limit the surprise to just one pair of eyes rather than both. He mentally sighed again (something he was sure he'd be doing a great deal ov...
by Eternal_Freedom
2021-08-29 08:47am
Forum: STGOD role-playing games
Topic: STGOD 2020 OOC Thread
Replies: 204
Views: 59301

Re: STGOD 2020 OOC Thread

Meh, details. I mean we killed those other three species pretty quickly when they wouldn't surrender, so maybe they were also failed Lazari experiments.
by Eternal_Freedom
2021-08-29 07:26am
Forum: STGOD role-playing games
Topic: STGOD 2020 OOC Thread
Replies: 204
Views: 59301

Re: STGOD 2020 OOC Thread

Heh heh heh...seems my faction is gaining notoriety :)

We do have a bad track record with First Contacts though - 3 out of 4 ended in genocide. But they started it! And they were assholes, so they had it coming.
by Eternal_Freedom
2021-08-28 03:29pm
Forum: STGOD role-playing games
Topic: STGOD 2020/21 Main Game
Replies: 185
Views: 58249

Re: STGOD 2020/21 Main Game

ODS Sutekh , Flagship, 3rd Battle Squadron IN the command centre, Fleetmaster Aratus-17-00001 stared in disbelief at the main display. The Theophanic ship was interesting from an intellectual and tactical sense but the two small craft and the tiny...boat? was just bizarre. and now it was turning to...
by Eternal_Freedom
2021-08-25 04:43pm
Forum: STGOD role-playing games
Topic: STGOD 2020 OOC Thread
Replies: 204
Views: 59301

Re: STGOD 2020 OOC Thread

Hmmm...ok I'll have to ponder this in the meantime, I'll get back to you.
by Eternal_Freedom
2021-08-25 01:16pm
Forum: STGOD role-playing games
Topic: STGOD 2020 OOC Thread
Replies: 204
Views: 59301

Re: STGOD 2020 OOC Thread

I've not actually figured out exactly how my various ships break down in terms of C3 stats, but given that the Endeavour/Orion fleet brought with us half our scout elements I woudl imagine we'd get at least a hint of something - maybe not the ship itself but a reading on something exiting slipspace ...
by Eternal_Freedom
2021-08-23 05:31pm
Forum: STGOD role-playing games
Topic: STGOD 2020 OOC Thread
Replies: 204
Views: 59301

Re: STGOD 2020 OOC Thread

Hmmm...Perhaps we should give them more ships, and have them split up into multiple groups, conveniently one per PC nation so we can each write up our assault/battle scenes without having to coordinate with the others on one giant collaborative post.
by Eternal_Freedom
2021-08-20 04:55pm
Forum: Pure Star Trek
Topic: Human population and colonies as of 2156
Replies: 8
Views: 1348

Re: Human population and colonies as of 2156

That's possible, but I don't think that fits with our own history, never mind Treks. Consider that WW2 is generally recorded as starting in 1937 or 1939 - even though you can include Japan's invasion of Manchuria (in IIRC 1931), or WW1 is always listed as 1914-1918, even though you could conceivably...
by Eternal_Freedom
2021-08-20 12:50pm
Forum: Pure Star Trek
Topic: Human population and colonies as of 2156
Replies: 8
Views: 1348

Re: Human population and colonies as of 2156

Riker's dialogue could also refer to 600 million dead in North America . After all, they destroyed the Borg, figured out where they were attacking, and then when, then Riker spoke. And if that's where the Borg were going to start assimilating Earth, the local conditions would be important. I'm not ...
by Eternal_Freedom
2021-08-19 01:27pm
Forum: Pure Star Trek
Topic: Human population and colonies as of 2156
Replies: 8
Views: 1348

Re: Human population and colonies as of 2156

Well for one thing as per First Contact warp drive wasn't invented until 2063, ten years after the end of WW3 which according to Riker left "600 million dead." So the initial figure of 2 billion humans in Sol in 2070 seems far lower than it should be.
by Eternal_Freedom
2021-08-19 01:22pm
Forum: STGOD role-playing games
Topic: STGOD 2020/21 Main Game
Replies: 185
Views: 58249

Re: STGOD 2020/21 Main Game

Siege Perilous Fleetmaster SIlas nodded appreciatively at the other commander's words. He turned once again to hsi Chief of Staff. "Prepare the standard cultural data package for transmission." While Orion had a bad record with First Contact situations, they were still well-prepared. He w...
by Eternal_Freedom
2021-08-16 12:32pm
Forum: STGOD role-playing games
Topic: STGOD 2020/21 Main Game
Replies: 185
Views: 58249

Re: STGOD 2020/21 Main Game

ODS Siege Perilous Fleetmaster SIlas thanked the Endeavourites for the information and asked for a few moments to inspect them. He had his staff run comparisons on the ships, the bodies and the technology through the massive computers that controlled the dreadnought. The results came back promptly....
by Eternal_Freedom
2021-08-16 12:07pm
Forum: News and Politics
Topic: Child molester politician nearly dies from Covid, now ban masks mandate
Replies: 11
Views: 1724

Re: Child molester politician nearly dies from Covid, now ban masks mandate

Typical Boomer mentality: "I've got mine, so screw everyone else". I'm going to say that's not a Boomer mentality, it's an American one. The so-called "Greatest Generation" was full of that bullshit, too, and I suspect it goes back a lot farther than that. While I usually try an...
by Eternal_Freedom
2021-08-15 06:51pm
Forum: STGOD role-playing games
Topic: STGOD 2020 OOC Thread
Replies: 204
Views: 59301

Re: STGOD 2020 OOC Thread

My OrBat is here, though the ship names have changed somewhat:

viewtopic.php?f=45&t=170145

I should also add that I'm heading to bed, I have to be in the office tomorrow (stupid full-time job).
by Eternal_Freedom
2021-08-15 05:59pm
Forum: STGOD role-playing games
Topic: STGOD 2020/21 Main Game
Replies: 185
Views: 58249

Re: STGOD 2020/21 Main Game

ODS Siege Perilous Near Endeavour Scout Force Fleetmaster Silas mulled over the new message carefully. He turned to his Chief of Staff. "Search all databases for this "Yrch" they speak of. Prepare a data file on the unknown raiders that Gotterdamarung destroyed near Saiph. Also prepa...
by Eternal_Freedom
2021-08-15 04:48pm
Forum: STGOD role-playing games
Topic: STGOD 2020/21 Main Game
Replies: 185
Views: 58249

Re: STGOD 2020/21 Main Game

Orion Dominion Rapid-Reaction Squadron Uncharted space The thirty-three warships had quickly formed up into formation, with the Siege Perilous at the centre, the Phoenix and Majestic on either flank, and the six escort flotillas formed up, one on each axis. In the fleet command centre aboard the dr...
by Eternal_Freedom
2021-08-15 11:36am
Forum: STGOD role-playing games
Topic: STGOD 2020/21 Main Game
Replies: 185
Views: 58249

Re: STGOD 2020/21 Main Game

Deep-Space Sensor Control, Orbital Defence Headquarters RIgel System, Outer reach of Orion Dominion The room was vast, filled with countless circular consoles and a ceiling literally covered with holographic displays. Each console held a single Orion sensor operator, four arms and four eyes monitor...