Group Policy Choice A
Wow, that's a lot of characters to juggle, impressive. At the same time, my Game Of Thrones experience tells me many of them are going to get bumped off as the story goes along, so it's nice we have reserves.
Group Option B
Avoid contact as far as possible, while building a foothold on the planet and gaining recon intel on the aliens. Once we do go to meet them, engage in generous tit for tat diplomacy
B. We should try to hold off on making contact until we've established a permanent foothold on the planet, so that we may be able to negotiate from a position of some strength if the need for diplomacy arises.
Let's go with B.
Artist's Rendition: The Space Whale after 423 years and an asteroid hit
Obligatory Org Chart to make sense of the crew
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Gonna go with B as well.
Conquering the alien lifeforms can come later. For now we should just play it safe and avoid them, until we have more knowledge of them, the world, and the beasts that inhabit it. Therefore, B.
B. Acting without knowledge is suicide.
A because we'll need help surviving and they could help us if they're friendly. Also, ignoring them might be considered rude and could be met with violence.
Which means the planet may be uninhabitable if this source is correct: https://www.astrobio.net/news-exclusive/tidal-locking-could-render-habitable-planets-inhospitable/
Unless, I'm guessing that small strip of the planet that was analyzed got lucky somehow and the rest is perpetually doomed.
Yeah, nvm my comment. Didn't really notice the year until after I posted and saw that other stuff you said.
@Bucky First off, this is fucking amazing!
Quarantines for those who go on-planet? Might want to have a separate "on-planet" section of the ship so they can be comfortable?
The atmosphere is thin, but all we need is electricity (from the ship’s powerhouse) to liberate oxygen from the water. I'm sure there is a way to generate electricity using Roman-era tech, just don't know what it is yet.
We can eventually use the universal edibility test on local flora.
We can also test soil samples to see what grows here (will need to be a high altitude edible plant from earth?).
Thank god we have a GYN on board! Would suck to go back to the old childbirth mortality rates. :-/
B seems to be the best choice.
Weird, Stryker's post didn't update on the forums.
I'm probably as surprised by this as anyone, but the founding population of Native Americans was just calculated to be 250, and the estimates for space colonization are anywhere from 50-500 people (there are larger estimates, but they are based on the hazards of the space travel itself). That being said, my pickle is available for re-population.
Obviously we’ll need to send a heavily armed search party eventually if they don’t return at all, but if they got killed by some tentacle monster its probably too late already. Besides, Steve’s supposed to be a great sailor, pretty sure he’ll get them out of whatever trouble they might have gotten into. (And Jerome's supposed to be a bad ass and Mark can fix anything, so they're pretty well prepared for danger)
Exploration isn’t an exact process and shit takes time. I imagine they’ll probably be back before the need to send out a search party.
We need people at the colony doing more important tasks rather than jumping to conclusion and possibly putting even more people in danger.
C as well
I'm sure they're fine.
It might be nothing and the group might just be delayed, but we can't afford to lose such a large proportion of the group right now- it hasn't even been a day since we landed. The best option is to wait a little until we can know for sure something serious happened and it's not just them goofing off.
Uh... you do realize that it's clearly not nothing, as we can read the scene where they're brutally murdered by the mer people, right?
I'm looking at it from the perspective of my character, which is what I thought you were supposed to do.
Going by the roleplay system we're apparently doing, it seems the correct procedure would be A.
A. Send the land team back out to retrieve the corpses. Arm them and whatnot. I’d rather not lose one of our tool guys and mercenaries.
If I may use one of my favorite terms in the hopes that I don't fuck it up, this is a false dichotomy.
When I see the missing members again I will say the same thing to their face that I will say behind their back: I am making decisions based on what is best for our mission. Which is to colonize this planet... an apt verb seeing as how we are probably sitting in a shitter (based on the geography).
Just as a non-pickle-related aside: The entire geography of this place (high walls, intake pipes, drainage pipe) reminds me of a giant toilet bowl. I hope nobody flushes; and, in the meantime, I'm gonna wear a floatation device.
Briefly reiterating my points in support of Option A:
1.) A team of valuable people and their irreplaceable equipment have been completely out of touch for two hours. The radio check in policy was made for a reason and all characters would have been made aware of its importance, and thus we know they'd make staying in contact the highest priority short of actual survival, precisely to prevent situations like this.
2.) There's absolutely no downside to erring on the side of caution and no reason to expect anything but a bit of time to be lost even if the lake crew turns out to be completely fine. The colony is not put in danger or set back in any way. Looking at plants and taking notes isn't a priority, and spiked logs can handle a few hours delay when they all have the ship for a safe shelter.
3.) A boating mishap or medical emergency of any sort (both incredibly common even on Earth) would need as immediate attention as possible. It's already been two hours since something went wrong, and even if a team leaves now it will likely take just as long to find them. (Assuming they don't run into them returning to base on the way, which would be ideal.)
4.) Rose is the commander. Additionally, the teams at the ship don't realize yet that these idiots lost their radio and Jerome killed Rose all over being nudged around a little by a playful lake dolphin, thus they'd still consider confirming their safety of major importance, regardless of the feelings of the players.
Meanwhile, the basis for other options given so far :
3.) They're probably fine.
5.) Abuse of meta knowledge
6.) Blatant lies and emotional manipulation hinging entirely on the assumption that no one else can read. (Not the worst assumption to make around here tbf...)
7.) Some retarded faggot going on about pickles.
Anyway the server has been behaving itself so far this morning, hopefully it continues that way. I forsee participation dropping somewhat if this has to be taken offsite.
To be fair, I think some people are hoping Steve is going to get killed by dragging their feet and while that’s a worthy goal, I don’t see him dying that easily, especially not on the water. In fact, the only person I really see dying in the scenario (regardless of the choice picked) is the commander.
Really though, I don’t care enough about my choice to argue for it (not that it would matter anyway at this point) I’m more enjoying how Stryker is seemingly pissing off everyone with his posts and the retorts back at him.
If he did, would have at least been nice if he had said something along the lines of "Fuck you guys, I'm going home!" or something similar instead of holding the story up by quietly disappearing.
Our cucumbers need time to pickle.
From our perspective, it is possible that their radios are just jammed (by the same natural phenomenon or alien-made technology that jammed our scanners before).
They are roughly a few hours away (based on where we knew they were headed), so we should wait a few hours to make sure they don't come back.
Once we know they are missing, we don't then rush in willy-nilly. Sending the same size force will give us the same result. We need a few hours to organize so we can secure the base and go out in force.
Woohoo! Nice update!
Safety first when it comes to floaties.
I have not noticed whatever it is the smart people have noticed. :-(
Awesome read, hilarious too what with the shit strip fix and Daniel's eye for quality pens.
Honestly, the most logical one in my opinion would be C. While our characters can see the reasoning I suspect the colonists would be pretty peeved about being kept in the dark about landing and important choices.
Are you fucking kidding me?! We are the preliminary exploration team. We literally just finished “preliminarily exploring” and then we woke them right the fuck up. Mission a-fucking-complished! If anything, they should be thankful for all the fucking floaties and the potential for horse-octopus fucking. Burp. (There is pickle wine in my orange soda tee hee)
There’s 2000 people, I doubt if all of them are going to be angry. It’s starting a colony on an alien planet, it’s not going to be nice and neat and shit happens. They knew that signing up.
And I imagine some of them are going to be slackers and glad they didn’t get woken up on time and happy some scouting was done. Better that just Jerome got tentacle raped than one of them who might have stumbled into that lake.
So taking all that into consideration, you’ll get an average feeling of indifference by the crowd. Some just thankful they arrived safe, others bitching about everything, and others genuinely not giving a shit one way or another.
Clearly we have two different kinds of people here. A group and C group. A group is clearly the most logical choice if we’re picking based on what the events would likely be. Most people, I imagine, wouldn’t care a lick if we were awaken early. They’d likely even be happy that there is somewhat of a base camp and cursory reconnaissance already underway. That makes sense.
What doesn’t make sense is them being outraged, or even angry at our being taken out of cryo-sleep early. Now there might be those that are jealous that they didn’t get woken up instead, but I think you’ll find that most people would agree that a preliminary group is absolutely necessary.
Also, the only group that was incompetent was the sailing group. Blame them for that. Everyone else did their jobs just fine. Except Dom. Dom is dumb.
Anyhow A is clearly the best, most obvious choice. That’s where my vote goes.
Obviously I WANT A, but it'd so definitely be C. I'd hate us too.
I don’t see how C is a realistic choice at all. Maybe I’m missing something, but I’m my experience most people aren’t unreasonably angry for people doing their job.
Everyone picking C is being a fucktard.
Doesn’t even make sense for a majority of the colonists to be that outraged especially since they wouldn’t even know if we were “incompetent” seeing as we didn’t fuck up anything major. The ship didn't blow up, the water supply wasn't contaminated, etc.
The only two major things that could be considered “fuck ups” is Daniel getting stabbed in the eye and he obviously acted in a threatening manner so the stabbing Tina did was justified. In fact I suggest if he even pulls through, he should be kept in a cell for everyone’s safety.
Given that nobody liked Daniel, I doubt if there were any other colonists on board that are going to give a shit about him.
The other one would be Jerome who definitely should be quarantined and kept under observation until we can determine if he’s infected with alien eggs or not.
And even THAT had an up side. Again, the colonists are going to be happy a potential threat was discovered before any of them got raped.
Even choice B makes more sense and that’s still retarded.
And I propose that if C wins, the retarded faggots who voted for it suffer the most consequences for their idiocy.
If you don’t want to be a retarded faggot, pick A because once again as usual I’m correct.
A. It’s actually “Fredrick”.
B. Apparently, Jerome’s the one who believably easily swallows. (+1 alien charisma?)
D. Since I’m waking the fuckers up, let’s give them each a floaty and a pickle to smooth things over. They’re gonna freakin' love us! :D
A. Why would they be mad that they got to sleep in while we did all the heavy lifting?
We've had sex with the natives. That's the intergalactic thumbs-up signs for defrosting. Boxes checked. Protocols followed. Go team! ;D
I feel like I can see it! #evilgenius :'(
Fairly certain only people with characters get any say in the vote. I dunno, maybe that changes now that some of the colonist are awake (CYS masses now representing the colonists or something)
That's why I don't know why you didn't think I had a character especially when I had repeatedly said in the lair that I did and Bucky said in the lair he was PMing me personal choices.
Hey I got an idea for Bucky to implement in the story/game if he so desires.
Since choice A was voted for and the colonists were indifferent and compliant, I suggest that anyone without an actual character (unwashed CYS masses) in the story that votes from now on only has their votes count for half as much for future group votes.
But... But... You're the one who rallied the troops to vote for Atlas! #HopelesslyGaslighted
Ah... Characters hadn't been selected back then. #Ungaslighted
Well since this game died, I might as well be a super villain and tell everyone what the last plans I sent to Bucky were.
I was Dr. Arturo Metzger. This might have been obvious though if anyone ever read DEP's Arena story on IS. I created a Dr. Metzger character in that as well. (But nobody ever reads stuff at IS so my identity was safe)
Okay my choice from the top.
Daniel is missing an eye now, so it should be a simple matter of quickly lobotomizing him while he’s still unconscious making him compliant.
Going to suggest he be kept locked up for his own safety and everyone else’s in the short term. If anyone notices that his personality has “changed”. That can be explained away by claiming the pen caused some brain damage.
If that doesn’t work, I can blame it on some mistake that Dr. Hunt made during the original procedure.
In any case, Daniel can be potentially used in the future for an experiment or even some menial task if necessary.
Jerome is a danger to the colony due to potential alien infection and going to suggest that he be quarantined. I doubt if anyone is going to object.
Will definitely keep observation notes on Jerome for potential future experiments.
Speaking of Dr. Hunt, going to suggest that Dr. Hunt will also have to be separated from everyone as it seems he might be infected as well. However will be careful not to jump to conclusions with him as it could be something else. More observations on him will need to be done.
Would prefer to have him as an assistant if possible as he is skilled, but if not then he will potentially be in the same category as Jerome.
Will approach Alexandria about the potential surgery to allow her to speak. Hopefully she agrees. If so, I will have Dr. Fred assist only if there is no alternative. Will definitely scan for other like minded medical staff among the newly awakened colonists first.
If I MUST use Fred, then any failure of the surgery will be blamed on him.
Will probably also inform Officer Stone and/or Captain Rose on my concerns that Fred released colonists prematurely. This erratic behavior combined with his excessive drinking bring up major red flags.
With more colonists awakened, it should be easy to spread a potential rumor that Dr. Fred has been known to drink on the job and get a little inappropriate with his female patients. Will wait a little to spread said rumor though as such things need the right climate to cook. Who knows, there may even be truth to it.
Will get back with Officer Stone about the coffee business and remind him that work should begin on it as soon as it can now that more colonists are awake.
Will also speak with Captain Rose (Possibly while addressing my other concerns about the various other issues mentioned) and express my confidence in her as our leader and reassure her that I understand that the pressures of her command combined with the unknown are no easy burden. And to remind her that she has my support and respect.
Will try to gauge her reaction and if she’s susceptible to a more personal relationship in future.
As Officer Stone I throw my full support behind removing Fred from a position of power and/or locking him up.
"It should be easy to spread a potential rumor that Dr. Fred has been known to drink on the job and get a little inappropriate with his female patients."
LOL My initial instructions were to seduce one of the colonists.
Tee hee. Was proud of myself for at least guessing who you were. As a backup, was also conducting the Universal Edibility Test (using the colonists as test subjects, of course).
It wasn't mentioned in this part of the plan, but previously when Bucky gave the option to help start growing coffee plants for Officer Stone I accepted with this explanation:
Yeah I'll help grow the coffee trees. Coffee is a minor luxury that more than just Jack is going to appreciate. I'm sure other colonists will appreciate having access to coffee again.
And also in the long term hopefully The coffee plants can be "altered" to create a more powerful speed effect on the colonists making them want to get more accomplished.
Of course I imagine this will have the minor drawback of being more addictive than usual, but even that can be used as leverage as incentive for colonists to work for more of this new alien Atlas coffee.
Metzger of course doesn't drink coffee.
So yeah, had a lot of shit planned out.
Well I was only in the beginning stages of it. I figured Bucky would just hand wave the long growth part saying "Yeah scifi modified coffee grows quick."
Also you're neglecting the fact that I'd also be fine with an alien coffee shortage allowing for coffee addicts to run amok throughout the colony. Seriously injured people could potentially be medical experiments.
My plan was to just set up a security force and make sturdy defenses (because aliens); and whore my services out to whoever needed it or had the most convincing argument for why they should be the head honcho.
Characters like that are necessary.
Well since were spilling the beans on what my plans were, I figured I’d go ahead and say mine.
It’s pretty simple actually. I just need to arrange for Commander Rose to be killed, then proceed to take full command of everyone. This would make things extra simple seeing as how I’m already second in command, so taking over would only be logical. My immediate plan was to lead a military takeover, if people resisted, if not, then I’d still takeover. After I gained power I would’ve had any person of influence systematically killed thereby leaving me with ultimate authority over what goes on in the colony. I might keep End, since it look a like he just wants to run weird tests on people. No real vying for power there. Anybody with ambition to rise or if any real threat would’ve been executed on trumped up charges.
A shame I didn’t get to enact it.