Bargaining

Characters: All
NPC: All
Location: Miishakaal, en route to jump point
System: Ikhog

1126.10.6 - 8:35 Imperial Time, 8:35 Vilani Time

STATUS: The Qa Livk has an outbound velocity of 288,000 mph. It has 180,954 miles to go for safe jump distance. ETJ: 38 minutes.

Miishakaal has an outbound velocity of 130,909 mph and is 281,997 miles from safe jump distance. ETJ: 129 minutes.

The Ueknou is still decelerating and has a velocity of 124,364 mph and is 92,742 miles from Miishakaal.

The pursuing Buccaneer has a velocity of 235,636 mph and is 60,016 miles from Miishakaal.
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The Buccaneer has ceased accelerating.

Gvarokh says to the crew, "Hold up on the firing guys, I'm going to try and stall them."

He hails the Buccaneer with audio and video. He waits for about 30 seconds before he gets a reply. He keeps his solar glare shield down to hide his face.

When he finally gets a connection, he's taken aback. The corsair captain is human! He looks to be middle-aged with grey peppering his beard stubble and short hair. It's hard to tell his body type as he's wearing a vacc suit.

The corsair captain speaks first, in Galanglic. "Coward. You don't even have the decency to show your face."

Gvarokh is further taken aback, for of all things he could be angry about, or say, or threaten, or even think, he is worried that he can’t see my face. Weird. He then replies in perfect Galanglic, “I had no idea faces were so important when people are trying to kill each other. I thought it was preferable to keep the enemy faceless and unknown.”

"I prefer a visual when dictating the terms of surrender. It lets people know I mean business."

With that, Gvarokh drops the glare shield, showing his luscious Vargr face.

The corsair captain laughs. "Oh man, I gotta hand it to the Vilani. Quite clever of them to send vargr into vargr territory to rescue some humans. No wonder we never got tipped off that you were coming. Can't imagine why you'd work for them though."

Gvarokh ignores him and continues, “You and your comrades have fought valiantly and tenaciously. However, I request that you stop the pursuit at this time.”

"Stop now? We've taken out your jump drive, my guns are almost done charging for the next volley. Why the hell should I stop now?"

“How about we at least stop shooting at each other right now? This ship already has millions of credits worth of repairs it will need, and the two damaged raiders are going to need millions of credits worth of work, too. Every shot either of us take at each other will only add to that total. Your ship is pristine right now. Every shot we hit with is going to be millions more of work required. Each shot you hit with is going to decrease the value of the potential capture.

“So, I figure we both need a cooling off period.”

He chuckles. "Are you trying to negotiate? Cause it sounds like you are. Look, I don't care if I have to take your ship apart and sell it for scrap. The only reason why you're not dead already is cause you've got those plasma turrets, though I'll be damned if I know how you got them. But that doesn't matter right now. All I need to know is, are you ready to surrender?"

Gvarokh would do a face-palm if he wasn’t wearing a vacc suit. He sighs and then says, “You don’t get it, do you? We have already taken two of your ships apart and you still haven’t stopped us. I tried to make it easier for both of us, but you just can’t seem to wrap your head around it. Let’s see who can dismantle whose ship first.”

The look on the corsair captain's face is one of incredulousness. Gvarokh cuts the link before he can say anything more.

To the crew, Gvarokh says, "Ok guys, fire away."

Simrii sighs, "Silly monkey."

Vincent blurts out, "Berserker Barrage! Sorry guys, I just get excited when I can shoot at assholes!"

Fighting Their Way Out (Part 3)

Characters: All
NPC: Chuck, Uengghae, Kagfak
Location: Miishakaal, en route to jump point
System: Ikhog

1126.10.6 - 8:38 Imperial Time, 8:38 Vilani Time

Vincent and Simrii start firing on the Buccaneer.

Vincent hits the dorsal side of the cargo bay (it's two decks tall) on the starboard side midway down. Judging from the location it narrowly missed the starboard maneuver drive. The residual plasma burns into the deck, some of it drips out the ventral side.

Simrii's shot hits fairly close to Vincent's, just forward by 12 meters. While it isn't near the starboard maneuver drive, the residual plasma does drip out the ventral side.

8:40 Imperial Time, 8:40 Vilani Time

STATUS: The Qa Livk has an outbound velocity of 288,000 mph. It has 156,954 miles to go for safe jump distance. ETJ: 33 minutes.

Miishakaal has an outbound velocity of 130,909 mph and is 271,088 miles from safe jump distance. ETJ: 124 minutes.

The Ueknou is still decelerating at 1G and has a velocity of 117,818 mph and is 94,105 miles from Miishakaal.

The pursuing Buccaneer has a velocity of 235,636 mph and is 51,289 miles from Miishakaal.
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The Buccaneer fires first. One turret hits. The port lateral cargo lock floor is punctured. The residual energy burns through the deck ceiling but doesn't damage the already punctured fuel tank.

The Ueknou misses.

8:45 Imperial Time, 8:45 Vilani Time

The Buccaneer flips over and begins decelerating at 3G.

The Qa Livk jumps ahead of schedule. With any luck, it will make it back to Vilani territory safely.

“Uh, guys, this guy is going to try to dock with us under plasma fire. Incredible.

“We have two choices: Keep fighting or pretend to surrender. If we pretend to surrender, Kagfak will relay the surrender claiming to have killed me. I know that if we keep fighting, they will get at least four more shots on us. If we fight, there is no guaranteed we will be able to jump. If we surrender, there is no guarantee we will win. If we do win, we just upgraded our ride.”

Dougok replies, "I think we should just take them out in a volley of fire rather than risking a boarding action."

Vincent adds, "I am confident in my abilities, at this range we can start to pick the ship apart. Give us a couple of shots at them, it would be nice to upgrade, no?"

“Well, don’t forget that if we are going to upgrade, we want to stop shooting NOW, as we are then just smashing up our new ride. That’s why we need the decision immediately. Otherwise after two rounds it will have no bridge and no turrets. Not a good ride anymore.

“So, the issue is to continue the fight, which means we will never try to take over the corsair, or surrender immediately and try to take the corsair over with hand-to-hand combat.”

While the crew would prefer to keep firing the turrets, they continue to prepare for a boarding. Chuck suggests that they take a chance on the misjump instead now that the Qa Livk has gone.

Gvarokh decides to keep firing for now and tells the gunners to aim for the turrets. He asks Vincent if he can hack the Buccaneer at this range.

"I can try to piggy back on a comm signal, but it won't be easy."

In the meantime, the gunners open fire. Vincent takes out a turret but Simrii misses.

Gvarokh tells Kagfak to open a channel to the Buccaneer. He has two minutes before the Buccaneer and the Ueknou can return fire. The Buccaneer captain makes him wait 30 seconds before responding.

"What?"

Once the communication is established, Vincent gets to work on his hack.

Gvarokh says, "I wish to discuss the terms of surrender."

"I already told you there would be no discussion. Power down your turrets..."

"No, I am not talking about my surrender to you. I am talking about your surrender to me." The Buccaneer captain emits a scoffing sound and terminates the connection.

"Did you get in, Vincent?" Gvarokh asks.

"Nah. There wasn't enough time."

8:50 Imperial Time, 8:50 Vilani Time

One shot from the Ueknou hits the forward cargo lock exterior door, rendering it inoperable.

One shot from the Buccaneer hits the starboard fuel purification plant, rendering it inoperable.

8:55 Imperial Time, 8:55 Vilani Time

The gunners fire another round. Simrii misses again and swears up a storm. Vincent hits, knocking the Buccaneer down to two turrets.

9:00 Imperial Time, 9:00 Vilani Time

Neither the Ueknou nor the Buccaneer fire on Miishakaal. The Buccaneer has altered its orientation to be perpendicular to Miishakaal. and is firing its thrusters to introduce a vector that will push it away from Miishakaal.

9:05 Imperial Time, 9:05 Vilani Time

STATUS: Miishakaal has an outbound velocity of 130,909 mph and is 216,543 miles from safe jump distance. ETJ: 99 minutes.

The Ueknou is still decelerating at 2G and has a velocity of 78,545 mph and is 106,650 miles from Miishakaal.

The pursuing Buccaneer is no longer decelerating. Its outbound velocity is 196,364 mph and its radial velocity is 19,636 mph. It is 17,489 miles from Miishakaal.
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When the ETA for the next volley of shots from the corsairs came and went, Gvarokh gave the order to cease fire. He tells the crew, "The Buccaneer is doing exactly what I told him to do if he wanted to live. We're going to take advantage of this opportunity and switch from boarding prep to damage assessment. I want Vincent and Simrii to monitor the Buccaneer closely. If they fire on us again, take out their remaining turrets. I'll give you further targets from there."

Vincent replies,"Cap'n, I don't mind taking out the other turrets just to be safe if you'd like. No need to take any chances, they might be planning something devious."

Gvarokh declines. "They might, but I doubt it. Breaking off like I ordered was a pretty big message. If we fire, they will be compelled to return fire. We really can't afford to take any more hits."

Headed to the Jump Point (Part 3)

Characters: All
NPC: Chuck, Uengghae, Kagfak
Location: Miishakaal, en route to jump point
System: Ikhog

1126.10.6 - 9:20 Imperial Time, 9:20 Vilani Time

STATUS: Miishakaal has an outbound velocity of 130,909 mph and is 183,816 miles from safe jump distance. ETJ: 84 minutes.

The Ueknou is still decelerating at 2G and has a velocity of 39,273 mph and is 117,286 miles from Miishakaal.

The pursuing Buccaneer is no longer decelerating outbound. Its outbound velocity is 196,364 mph and its radial velocity is 78,545 mph. It is 1,125 miles behind and 7,364 to port of Miishakaal.
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The Buccaneer is now coasting. Gvarokh instructs Kagfak to monitor its movement. If he sees any change in its status, he is to report it immediately.

The damage assessment comes in. Besides the obvious holes in the hull, the port lateral cargo lock exterior door is fused shut due to slagged mechanism. Most, if not all, of the gears and servos will need to be replaced.

The forward cargo lock will work but it will not seal. It can be repaired here but will require attention to detail. 3 hours.

The starboard fuel purification plant will need some new parts. It can not be repaired here. It will also not function. However, the port fuel purification plant can be used, though it will take twice as long.

The punctured fuel tank can be repaired, but must be done from the outside. Including the two hull punctures, this is a 6-hour repair job. Haste will speed this task up but make it more hazardous.

The jump drive damage is too severe to be repaired here. New parts will be required. Fortunately, the starboard module is operating just fine and will provide the ship with jump-1 performance.

Lakir asks, “Guys, with a position of 1,125 miles behind and 7,364 to port, what's the chances of them getting good hits on us as we run out? That douche didn’t seem to be the surrenderin’ type.”

Vincent says, "Pretty damn good, which is why I offered to take out his remaining turrets."

Gvarokh says, "No, we're going to hold off on that for now. He knows that if he starts firing again you guys will tear him apart. So long as he abides by my terms, we'll leave him be.

"Once we reach safe jump distance, we're going to microjump to Aekhotsroeg, which is one of the other gas giants. We'll swoop in to a moon with some decent craters, land, and patch the holes in the fuel tank and the hull so that we can top off our tanks, fill the bladder and pressurize most of the ship."

9:35 Imperial Time, 9:35 Vilani Time

STATUS: Miishakaal has an outbound velocity of 130,909 mph and is 151,089 miles from safe jump distance. ETJ: 69 minutes.

The Ueknou has eliminated its outbound vector and is now headed inbound at 2G.

The Buccaneer is decelerating at 3G at a 45 degree angle so that it is eliminating its radial vector and outbound vector at the same time. Its active sensors are turned off.
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Gvarokh tells Kagfak to keep a watchful eye but does not engage it. He pressurizes the passenger deck so that the rescue ball refugees can climb out and stretch.

10:35 Imperial Time, 10:35 Vilani Time

The Buccaneer eventually eliminated its radial vector and oriented itself to give its outbound vector full deceleration. There have been no signs of deception. He must've accepted defeat.

Gvarokh lets everyone know he's going to power up the jump drive. Some people are crossing their fingers, others offering up silent prayers.

10:45 Imperial Time, 10:45 Vilani Time

Gvarokh gives the word that he's enaging the jump drive. And then he does.

Next: Microjump to Aekhotsroeg