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PostSubject: Re: Revelations   Sun Jul 28, 2013 4:07 am

(OOC: Well seeing as space is empty and light just keeps traveling till it hits something close enough for it to be relatively bright but not right in front of it and all Ordenreich energy shields and hulls are rated so the ship would be crushed by a star's gravity or burned by its intense heat long before radiation penetrated the ship)
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PostSubject: Re: Revelations   Sun Jul 28, 2013 6:40 pm

(OOC: Well you opened a window, which lets light - a form of radiation - into the ship. So the shields can't be blocking all radiation. I'll figure out what happens when you do this when I have time to think about what would happen when you do this :p)
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PostSubject: Re: Revelations   Sun Jul 28, 2013 9:44 pm

(OOC: The room is cut off from the rest of the ship. Radiation shields and such)
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PostSubject: Re: Revelations   Tue Jul 30, 2013 5:13 pm

(OOC: OK.)

Teresa requests to be assigned to help the search, and raises no objection to the selected planets.

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

Jenova does not immediately respond. But she does concede, "I do not," after several seconds.

"The Tears of Isha were poisoned."

"That is inconceivable," Jenova whispers.

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

After several minutes in the exposed room, nothing seems to happen to the exposed 'volunteer.'

If left there for hours, though, he will become unconscious.

More concerning is that there is an entire ship full of Ordenreich combat personnel as of yet entirely unaware of the means of transmission of the psycho-altering condition, and as such, unaware that they are exposed at a low level, being close enough to the quasars.

The personnel aboard the ship will first mistrust any outside communique, then their paranoia will turn on members of their own crew. That is, unless someone notices the trend and puts a stop to it before it is too late.

For now, a psych test on the latest volunteer will return heightened paranoia, approaching levels unfit for duty. But if there are regular psych tests for other crewmembers, most will also begin returning this same sort of result.

(OOC: Muons and neutrinos. Not light. Not normally a detectable or harmful form of radiation. Normal -- ie lead -- radiation barriers are of no object to them. If you're using energy shields it's possible you're covered, but I'm going to go with no as being more fun for now Razz. Tell me if you want it modded.)
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PostSubject: Re: Revelations   Tue Jul 30, 2013 7:25 pm

*Ordenreich ships, by design, have minor shields between decks. These shields are kept active in case of a breach on one of the decks. While these shields wouldn't keep the special radiation out forever they would allow a reaction from the crew before it is too late*

*Order Captain Robert was reading another report when an alert came through about radiation levels throughout the ship. Though it was minuscule on the bridge it was slowly growing all over the ship. The Order Captain pulled up inner ship sensors and discovered the radiation was coming from the testing area.*

Robert: This is Order Captain Robert to Scribe Jolee shut down the experiment. I'm detecting radiation all throughout the ship!

Jolee: Nonsense. We are perfectly safe. I must return to the experiment.

Robert: Negative Scribesmen. Shut it down.

Jolee: No Order Captain I will not have you military brutes take all of MY glory! Jolee out!

Robert: Scribesmen!

*Robert tried to get through but the comms were cut.*

Robert: All personel of the T.S.F. Grinder I am initiating emergency containment protocols. Locking down all access to the tech labs. Reverse course and get away from those lights.

Ensign: Sir? Are you sure?

Robert: That light is affecting us here already. We are already questioning our loyalty in each other. Move away now.

Ensign: Yes sir setting course away from the star.

Robert (on comm): This is Order Captain Robert of the T.S.F. Grinder. All personnel on the Grinder are infected with whatever is coming from that star. We are moving to minimum safe distance from the star and locking down all weapons and engines. The T.S.F. Grinder is now under Tier 1 Quarantine until it is verified safe to reintegrate with friendlies. Emergency report sent to O.S.S.C. Livenstein with request for battle group to be sent to this sector as reinforcements. All foreign assets in this system are advised to stay away from us. We are not safe. Repeat we are not safe. Robert out.
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PostSubject: Re: Revelations   Sun Aug 04, 2013 9:40 am

Doctor Fedorov nodded to Teresa, beginning to forward planet assignments to each team, but then she noticed the communication from the Sacaens that came onto her datapad. Apparently, they were compromised by the cognitohazard. The Doctor had little idea why that would be the case, given that everyone else had been staying a safe distance away, unless they were heading closer to the star on purpose, which didn't make much sense to her.

Turning to Theresa, Doctor Fedorov asks her, "What do you make of this development?"
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PostSubject: Re: Revelations   Sun Aug 04, 2013 12:51 pm

Teresa shrugs. "The people from the Ordenreich are fools. What can I say? They must have moved closer to the quasars."

In any case, Teresa accepts her assignment with gratitude and endeavors to stay out of the way of the operations of the Centauri. She merely wants the survivors found.

The crew of the Ordenreich vessel returns to normal after a few minutes, having been exposed for such a short period of time. Their experiment certainly had some of the interesting results Jolee was looking for. Perhaps this could be fruitful if they discovered the transmission method of the physiological effect, and then how to effectively shield against it.

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

"So said you at the time," the Burninite says. "And yet you were one of the few to notice the problem, and you managed to save a craftworld."

"...Managed...'a'... where are we and what happened? Spare me no detail," Jenova responds.

"Shouldn't you try to remember on your own?"

"Perhaps, but only if we have the time."
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PostSubject: Re: Revelations   Tue Aug 06, 2013 4:41 am

*While the T.S.F Grinder's crew had seemingly stopped showing signs of infection from the quasars the ship still maintained quarantine until they could be properly assessed by doctors on board the incoming reinforcement fleet. Order Captain Robert contacted scribe Jolee for news*

Robert: You alright doctor?

Jolee: Y... yes... sir. I do believe we're fine. I'm sorry I don't know what came over me...

Robert: Happened to all of us Scribe. Until we get cleared by O.S.S.C. we're still under quarantine, however. Did you get anything from what happened to us?

Jolee: Some sir, we believe that the quasars generate an electromagnetic field, waves of infrasound and ultrasound, or both in order to stimulate areas of the subject's brain and limbic system. The resulting effect seems to vary depending on the frequency of the quasars and the species in question: the subject may suffer headaches and hallucinations, have feelings of "being watched" or paranoia, or come to view the quasars itself with superstitious awe, as we have seen with the Burninites. Though the results are preliminary we believe that, ultimately, the quasars could have the capacity to gain the ability to use an affected's body to amplify its signal, manifesting as voices within the victim's mind which could lead to a form of brainwashing.

Robert: Care to simplfy?

Jolee: In layman's terms sir, the quasars seemingly affect a sentient's thinking to make it seem like the ideas broadcasted from the quasar are correct thus changing the allegiance of the sentient in question. Say for the sake of argument the Burninites used a form of quasar on one of our core colonies and coded it to broadcast a signal saying that the Burninites are gods and should be worshipped. Within months, maybe even weeks or days, the signal would have turned the entire colony against the Ordenreich and into a religious cult dedicated to worshipping the Burninites. Again though I must emphasize that this data is preliminary. All I can offer is basic, rough theories. I cannot say for certain if what I say is correct, close to correct, or totally wrong.

Robert: I see... until the reinforcement relieves us I want you to keep studying the data you gathered. Analyze what you got and prepare a report for delivery to O.S.S.C Command.

Jolee: Yes Order Captain

*Soon after the Order Captain finished talking to Scribe Jolee a new transmission was received from the reinforcement fleet which had just arrived.*

Reinforcement Fleet: This is Order Admiral Axton von Wienfurt, 46th Ordenreich Pioneer Patrol Flotilla responding to summons of reinforcement and aid to potentially compromised scout frigate. Transmitting presence to allied forces.

Robert: Oh... for the love of... why did command have to send pioneers...

(OOC: I just noticed that I'm opening a lot of different branches for my nation. I'm still taking a summer class right now. As soon as its over I'll start publishing and organizing a codex for the Ordenreich. Right now class makes me too busy and exhausted to consider doing that)
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PostSubject: Re: Revelations   Tue Aug 06, 2013 9:29 am

(OOC: You know, Sacae, the Centauri already have a way of doing that, because that's basically how they run the government. The whole idea of memetic engineering is basically looking at what ideas people are predilected to and then introducing new ideas and spreading them throughout the population in various ways. So you better worry about us instead, and we don't need fancy quasar lights to do it Razz)

Doctor Fedorov, not seeing too much good in remaining on the Rhean vessel, returns to the Centauri sensor ship she came on, and is about to leave to investigate the first planet on her list when the Sacaen flotilla arrives on sight. A little frustrated at having to update even more newcomers, she nevertheless sends a message to the Sacaen fleet,

"Greetings, Sacaen fleet. While we do not exactly require reinforcements at this time, it would be helpful if some of your fleet could join our search for Burnite survivors while the TSF Grinder, as I believe it is called, recovers. We have some coordinates that we will transmit to you that were initially under the aegis of the Grinder when they were first assigned. Additionally, we would like to warn you not to go closer to the quasars under any circumstances, especially if mental faculties are affected, just in case. The quasar is almost certainly a Type-A Cognitohazard that severely impacts mental functioning."
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PostSubject: Re: Revelations   Tue Aug 06, 2013 8:43 pm

At the third set of coordinates tried, the search teams find the missing craftworld. It's orbiting the star emitting almost no energy. It looks like it's in working condition, but for some reason, isn't really doing anything. When the search team arrives, no the Burninite craftworld does not react in any way.

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

"Our skin is blue," comments Jenova. "Should I be alarmed?"

"Not at the color, mistress."
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PostSubject: Re: Revelations   Tue Aug 06, 2013 8:43 pm

(OOC: Which team finds it?)
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PostSubject: Re: Revelations   Wed Aug 07, 2013 2:51 pm

*The reinforcement fleet all of a sudden launched fighter-bombers which began attacking the T.S.F. Grinder. They kept attacking until the ship's weapons and engines were damaged beyond repair. One of the reinforcement ships then anchored the Grinder to itself and began towing it back towards the fleet. After this was done the Order Admiral contacted the Centauri ship that contacted them.*

Axton: Negative Centauri ship. The situation has been evaluated by O.S.S.C Livenstein and it has been decided that Ordenreich aid is to be denied to the Burninites and Ordenreich involvement in this affair is to be terminated ASAP. Our fleet is only here to secure compromised assets aka the T.S.F. Grinder and her crew which we have done so. As soon as our fleet has reformed we will be leaving the system. Axton out.

(OOC: The pioneers are, to simplify them down in the absence of a proper codex, pioneers in the service of the Ordenreich. Essentially they are a cobbled together collection of former mercs, criminals who elected military service over imprisonment, and dishonored knights and paladins. The pioneers are commanded by officers who have shown they are willing to do anything to get the job done and show little to no empathy towards others. Basically they are an organization created to place loose with the rules of the Ordenreich while at the same time lessening the accountability to the Ordenreich. While they aren't a secret by any means, so most nations will know who they are and their notoriety, their engagements and results aren't broadcasted very clearly)
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PostSubject: Re: Revelations   Wed Aug 07, 2013 5:31 pm

(OOC: Just assuming that I'm the one at the Craftworld, because that seems to make the most sense.)

Though most of the University fleet has moved on, a lone sensor vessel remains to monitor the quasars for any changes of any kind. Captain Johanna Stabile, in charge of the vessel, is completely shocked by the ruthless destruction of the TSF Grinder and the flat-out refusal to aid the Burnites. Though she knew that there was hardly anything she could do, she did forward the Sacaen transmission to Doctor Fedorov.

***

Doctor Fedorov was preparing a team to investigate the Craftworld and to contact Teresa when she received a message from Captain Stabile, to which the Sacaen transmission was attached.

There was only one thought that came to her mind: What the hell?

Really, was this how the Sacaens dealt with compromised personnel? Yes, there were times when there the only option is the termination of those involved, but there was truly something to be said about using it as the first resort. Not even trying to study them, to find some way to reverse the damage? If people could recover from mind worm attacks, they damn well should be able to recover from that.

There was only so much she could do though, perhaps complain to Zakharov and have him pass the message onto Brother Lal. Though the Governate seemed to find it expedient to court the OrdenReich at this point in time, from what she had heard of the Nova Silesia affair and now this she had doubts about whether good relations with them were really worth it.

In the meantime she sends a message updating Teresa, inviting her to join them near the Craftworld, as well as informing her of the destruction of the Grinder as well as the Sacaen refusal of aid.


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PostSubject: Re: Revelations   Wed Aug 07, 2013 5:44 pm

(OOC: I want to clarify that the fighter bombers only destroyed engines and weapons. Yes that killed personal in those respective areas but the rest are still alive. Also all powers do know the reputation of the pioneers. Just to clarify)
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PostSubject: Re: Revelations   Wed Aug 07, 2013 5:49 pm

(OOC: Well, either way, Doctor Fedorov is pissed Razz)
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PostSubject: Re: Revelations   Wed Aug 07, 2013 6:41 pm

The truly interesting thing is how the entire incident had nothing to do with the lost Burninites and everything to do with the actions of the Ordenreich itself.

In any case, when notified, Teresa comments that it is very unlikely that the people onboard the taken ship were under any effects at all when recovered. She doesn't seem upset, though. Probably expected the reaction -- better reading on the Ordernreich's practices. She'd leave comment, but isn't really a representative of any nation anymore, so doesn't really have much power to protest.

She does jump at the offer to go to the Craftworld.

The craftworld, by the way, has still failed to react in any way to the presence of onlookers.

~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

"I do believe that we have time, mistress. Recover the memories on your own."

The door opens revealing another Burninite with a blue skin tone. She whispers something to Jenova's keeper.

"I may stand corrected. But then again I may not."

"As the Goddess wills," Jenova responds by rote. The keeper raises an eyebrow. Jenova is also slightly taken aback.
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PostSubject: Re: Revelations   Thu Aug 08, 2013 5:25 pm

(OOC: Forgot to mention you, but Panzer, do you want to send guys too?)
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PostSubject: Re: Revelations   Fri Aug 09, 2013 1:51 pm

(OOC: Not going to lie. I haven't really been paying attention since about Page 2 or 3 so I'm going to say no for the time being.)
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PostSubject: Re: Revelations   Fri Aug 09, 2013 7:54 pm

With Teresa having arrived, a shuttle is then loaded up with Doctor Fedorov, Teresa, two other University researchers, as well as four guards armed with tachyon rifles as an escort. It begins making its way towards the Craftworld, while the main vessel remains in the background, scanning the Craftworld for any detectable changes in energy signatures or otherwise.
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PostSubject: Re: Revelations   Fri Aug 09, 2013 10:00 pm

"The goddess is alive?" Jenova whispers. "Do I remember correctly?"

"Yes, mistress."

"But the quasars...she...yes, she needed their power for her reincarnation, and was angry at what we had done since the fall, so punished us. But we survived. Will she hunt us?"

"You were the only one who s -"

"Yes," Jenova says, standing up. "I was. And I believe there are envoys approaching."

Jenova's keeper does not comment on the fact that she never mentioned this to Jenova. Things have obviously taken a turn for the screwy around this place. If the blue skin didn't tip you off, then the odd telekinetics that weren't there before should probably leave you with good evidence.

Anyway, the Craftworld does react to the messengers at this point. They broadcast: "Teresa Trimbalt and Centauri guests, you are welcome among us so long as your intent is peaceful." There is a docking bay which is open. No energy fluctuations to speak of.
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PostSubject: Re: Revelations   Fri Aug 09, 2013 10:09 pm

The guards relax their arms, and the party as a whole begins the proceed. The scientific personnel take intricate readings of their surroundings with the sensors they have at hand, while Doctor Fedorov says in reply to the communication, "Acknowledged. This is meant to be a purely scientific and humanitarian mission, with all armed personnel present only for security purposes."
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PostSubject: Re: Revelations   Fri Aug 09, 2013 10:38 pm

*The Ordenreich pioneer fleet finally reformed its formation then made a jump out system. One of the ships left a probe behind to simply monitor the situation. Ordenreich interest had pretty much dried up on the subject the probe merely being a way to satisfy a few scientists curiosity.*

(OOC: aka I'm probably just going to be a passive observer for the rest of this. I just got done with my last summer class so I'm [hopefully] going to be working on that Ordenreich codex I was talking about. If you want to get me back involved with this RP for whatever reason [go ahead, I don't mind] then go ahead and post. You might also need to send me a PM because I might not get the topic notification)
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PostSubject: Re: Revelations   Sat Aug 10, 2013 7:51 am

The Burninites do not respond over radio, merely wait for the ship to dock. When it does, they are greeted by Jenova, flanked by two other Burninites. They all are wearing colorful robes and have blue skin, and none of them appear to be carrying any armaments. The Craftworld appears damaged in some way on the inside, but the cause is indeterminate. It looks...sickly. Which is odd, given that, you know, it's a craftworld.

Anyway, all Jenova says is "Welcome to our home."
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PostSubject: Re: Revelations   Sat Aug 10, 2013 10:00 pm

Somewhat at a loss for words, Doctor Fedorov says in reply to Jenova, "I... thank you for your welcome. Consul Jenova, I feel that one like yourself would possess superior knowledge about the events that have transpired concerning your people compared to we who have only observed them. Could you provide us any... insights... on your situation?"
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PostSubject: Re: Revelations   Sun Aug 11, 2013 12:19 pm

Jenova responds with sarcasm, though her face shows no sign of mirth. In fact, none of the Burninites evidence any emotion on their faces. "I would feel that I would possess superior knowledge as well. But sometimes..." She shrugs.

"For now, suffice that you recall our recent victory against Slaaneesh the Destroyer. Our victory has apparently revived some of the old Burninite gods, some of whom apparently harbor a taste for our destruction for their own inscrutable reasons. We survived, and plan on continuing to survive. However, the struggle for our lives has obviously weakened us. I would ask for your support, but I am afraid that there is little that you can do, and that which you choose would place your own people at risk.

"There are many changes, physiologically, that have occurred in the survivors of this catastrophe, and we have yet to discover how to control our minds again.

"If you recall, we used to all wear soulstones to prevent from going insane and being devoured by Slaaneesh. However now our mental defenses are failing. We must keep an iron clad grip on our beings or we will succumb to our animal instincts. You do not wish to be present should we succumb to our animal instincts.

"But such talk is born of pessimistic thinking. That day is not today, and Teresa has returned to us. Should she wish to share our burdens for more cycles, we know of a way to make her return to us more complete.

"We also know of a way to share whatever information you wish of us with you, Doctor Fedorov, but doing so will link whoever chooses to participate inextricably with the Burninite with whom he or she links."
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