Legacy

Legacy
#1
Legacy
Young one... you are grown now, and old enough to learn the story of our people. Listen now, and I will tell it.

This land is ours, but we did not always call it home. Long ago, the Ancestors lived on other lands, far away across the sea of stars. Two sister-worlds they dwelt on; Theia and Gaia. The sisters danced for many peaceful ages around their mother star, basking in her smile. But, in time, Gaia grew clumsy with boredom at the endless dance, while Theia became hasty and overconfident under her mother's constant smile. The balance of their dance was broken, and the sisters collided, dashing their heads into pieces.

The sister-worlds cried over their injuries, while their mother star comforted and chided them for their mistake. Together, they took the pieces that had broken free from their heads, and tossed them out across the sea of stars, so that they might carry their foolishness away with them.

Of course, those who lived on those pieces of the sister-worlds were carried off in this way as well. And thus, our Ancestors soared across the sea of stars for many ages, riding together on a large and lonely island...



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#2
RE: Legacy
You are Maintainer Halley Wildner, of the Worldship "Dauntless". You and a handful of other Maintainers and Cultivators are assigned to the Agronomy Sector on Ring Alpha, Deck 2. If this was your average workday, you'd be walking through a towering chrome forest of Algae Vats right now; checking for leaks, broken systems, filtration problems, and stuff like that. If you found an issue, you'd either fix it yourself, or log the problem with your supervisor so someone else could.

Of course, you don't really want to think about work right now. You're kind of in the middle of a... coffee break? A friendly lunch date? Possibly even a... Date date?

You really should've cleared that up earlier. You're too embarrassed to ask, now. But, since this is a maybe-date, naturally you decided to start talking about the big news in Politics. More specifically, the Lord Commander's public address, from earlier this morning...

[Image: concern.png] I still can't believe it. The reports said this planet was perfect...

...almost perfect. [Image: correction.png]

A young woman with a dark security uniform and an athletic build sits opposite you at the Mess Hall table. Meridy, your... good friend? She sips with deliberate calm at a cobalt-blue glass mug of coffee, before returning it to the mismatched green saucer it was resting on.

[Image: away.png] That's just how the Stargazers word things. They're scientists, you know? They don't want to exaggerate.

But that's why, when their report also said this might be the best Candidate World we've seen in a century, you know they mean it. And now, Lord Stoyer wants us to forget about it? Just in case we can find somewhere just a little more perfect?

I'll admit, the footage from the surface looked awfully nice... but I'm sure the Lord Commander has reasons. Have a little faith. He's got the fate of everyone on the Worldship riding on his decision. [Image: encourage.png]

[Image: oh.png] Don't get me wrong, Meridy. I want to believe he's made the right choice here. But I swear, it's like the Royal Family are only going to be satisfied if the New Gaia is exactly like the old one.

...which, might I add, is statistically impossible.

Spoken like a true egghead. Maybe you should've been a Stargazer, hon. [Image: sass.png]

[Image: doubt.png] ...what, and spend the 5 years I get to be out of Cryosleep crunching the math on raw astrometric data? I'll pass.

Besides, it feels good to do stuff with my hands.

A wry smile creeps into Meridy's expression, and she looks like she's about to crack a joke. You wave your hands to cut her off, as your face starts to flush red.

[Image: miffed_blush.png] Whatever you were about to say, don't say it!

I like being a Maintainer. Doing little repairs, and solving little problems. It feels good to make things on the ship a bit better. That's what I meant!

Your face still feels warm, and you can tell you're still blushing a bit. Meridy pretends not to notice and takes another sip at her coffee, giving you a moment to compose yourself.

Anyway Halley, I'm sorry this is how things worked out.

I know how excited you've been since we got to this star system, and the survey footage started coming in. But you know we can't be hasty here. We've got to wait for the right planet to come along, before we commit to making it our new homeworld.
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[Image: away.png] Sure, but we've been patient, haven't we? We've been hunting for a place to settle for at least a couple hundred years now.

And we're lucky we get to spend most of the trip in Cryosleep, if you ask me.

The Royal Family have had to stay awake all these years, responding to emergencies, keeping the Sleepers safe, and considering planets to settle on. If the current Lord Commander is willing to spend his life waiting for a better world for the rest of us to settle, don't you think we can afford to be patient for a few years?
[Image: talk.png]

[Image: talk.png] I get all that. And I'm grateful to the Royals. And... I mean, patience is all good and fine too. But the problem is, we can't just keep going forever.

The Worldship is getting to be in really rough shape. We apparently used to be able to charge a star jump in hours, but these days it takes weeks. And it didn't used to fry any vital ship systems in the process either...

Is this about that Life Support failure again? That wasn't even that bad. We just had to wear spacesuits for a few days.

I thought it was kinda fun.
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[Image: lecture.png] ...don't forget, we had to sleep in spacesuits. Which I'm pretty sure nobody found fun, except maybe you.

I mean, we're doing everything we can just to keep things running. It seems like every month we've got to scrap one subsystem to repair another. The ship's problems are only going to keep getting worse at this rate. And who knows how many more star jumps we've got left, until we get stranded somewhere?

Halley... [Image: concern.png]

[Image: talk.png] My point is, too much patience could hurt everyone just as easy as too much haste. And I'm not sure we can afford to keep waiting for a planet perfect enough to be deigned worthy of the Royal Go-Ahead. You know?

There's a planet out there, right now. It may not be perfect, but by all accounts from people who know better than me, it's Good Enough. And with the way things are, this might be our last best option. Sometimes, you've got to settle on Good Enough.

I know you probably see a problem here, and want to fix it. I admire that.

But deciding where everyone should settle isn't our job, or our place. Your job is to keep the ship running, and mine is to keep the peace. That's the best way for us to keep everyone safe right now, don't you think?
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[Image: away.png] I don't know if I agree with that, Meridy.

...hmm? [Image: base.png]

[Image: concern.png] Well, I don't disagree that our job is to keep everyone safe. And we obviously should all do our best to make sure the mission succeeds, in whatever ways we can. But, given the circumstances...

...don't you think there's more we should be doing?

Meridy's coffee cup makes it halfway to her lips before she pauses, holding it in both hands. She gives you a look that's equal parts concerned and curious.

Oh? And just what do you think we should be doing here, hypothetically speaking? [Image: encourage.png]

I mean, if you're just being hypothetical, a few things come to mind...

[Image: base.png] > Diplomacy. You could spread information to the crew about the state of the ship, and about this planet. If you build enough popular support, the Commander would surely change his mind about settling the planet, right?

> Subterfuge. It's desperate, but you could always just sabotage the Jump Drive. With no means to leave the system, you'd have no choice left but to settle in this system. Besides, with the way it's falling apart, it's a ticking time bomb anyway.

> Rebellion. If confidence in the Lord Commander's leadership is low enough, you could rally the Enforcers and the rest of the crew for a mutiny. Once you take command of the Worldship for yourselves, settling the planet would be easy.

> Independence. If the Royals refuse to settle here, but the crew want to... what's stopping you all from just leaving? If you gather enough supplies, volunteers, and transport shuttles, you could go ahead and settle the planet on your own.

> Maybe there's something else you could do, too...
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RE: Legacy
Was there a specific reason given for why this planet fell short?

You could stage a strike. Just get a significant portion of the population to stop working. It's a less extreme measure than mutiny or leaving, so you could probably get more people to agree to it.
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RE: Legacy
The fact is, the ship is falling apart. It's held together by a series of ever-more-fragile patch jobs meant to hold the ship together for a few more weeks, not centuries on end. If the ship had paused for proper repair at the previous worlds deemed 'unworthy' of being our new homeworld, this wouldn't be as big of a problem. A few years spent plundering a world for materials now means a few more decades on the ships lifespan.

Plus, if we do keep going, what if the Jump drive finally breaks down in a barren system? Nevermind how terrible living on some atmosphere-void chunk of rock would be, repairing the ship under those conditions would be far harder if possible at all!

So whether the 'Lord Commander' likes it or not, the ship has to at least take a pitstop here for a full repair/damage report. I mean, life support? That's one of the last things that should be breaking down for any length of time!

...And as a precaution, getting the drive engineers to go on strike in combination with the jump drive coincidentally suffering substantial (but not irreparable) damage should force the Lord Commander's acceptance, at least if they want to avoid a full mutiny.
Quiet. Good for an unusual opinion. Doesn't talk much.
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#5
RE: Legacy
> And, besides, doesn't this just feel like a way for them to maintain power? As soon as we start rebuilding on a new world, the Royals would lose a lot of their power and it seems like they don't want to give that up.
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#6
RE: Legacy
(01-15-2019, 12:30 AM)Dragon Fogel Wrote: »Was there a specific reason given for why this planet fell short?

None that you've heard. Crewmen like you aren't involved in meetings about Candidate Worlds. Those are between the heads of the Stargazer Caste, the Lord Commander, and the rest of the Royal Family. And the details aren't really made public either.

That's politics, you guess.

(01-15-2019, 04:51 AM)Arcanuse Wrote: »If the ship had paused for proper repair at the previous worlds deemed 'unworthy' of being our new homeworld, this wouldn't be as big of a problem.
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So whether the 'Lord Commander' likes it or not, the ship has to at least take a pitstop here for a full repair/damage report.

Your job as a Maintainer would probably be a lot easier, if the Worldship spent more time in a star system before jumping away. If nothing else, the way the jump drive takes longer to charge these days gives the Collectors some time to gather raw materials from nearby moons and planets. With that, it's easy enough to manufacture replacements for damaged bits of hull, spent fuel and air, and patching up the infrastructure.

Even so, the ship doesn't have the facilities to manufacture all parts it needs. That, or the facilities that could build 'em must've broke down over the years. Even if you stopped here for repairs... there's stuff that's just beyond your abilities to replace anymore.

And, far as you understand it, landing the Worldship on a planet is pretty much a one-time thing. It's meant to become the heart of the first settlement. It... wasn't really built to take off again after making landfall.
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RE: Legacy
hrm. One fear confirmed, a new problem revealed.
Being able to land the ship for repairs would have made it easier, but transport ships heading down to salvage materials for the worldship above would have been adequate.
But, it's a moot point. Being unable to replace all the missing parts simply means the journey is no longer sustainable.
Unless the jumpdrive would have a use in the new colony, it has to go while we still have a livable world to land on.
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#8
RE: Legacy
I support the Independence option. How many people are there on the Worldship? How many of them have duties integral to the continued maintenance of the ship? Basically, I'm asking how many people could leave without it significantly affecting the ship? Because if say, a few hundred people want to set up on this planet, and it wouldn't cost anything important, the Royals should really allow it. Definitely at least try negotiation of some sort before taking more direct action.
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#9
RE: Legacy
...Is there any particular reason anyone would want to listen to Maintainer Halley Wildner, tho ?
Like: membership of any kind in .. whatever passes for political party or any influencial organisation ? Do they have some sort of social pull ? Some equivzalent to celebrity or fifteen mi ute of fame that would make their voice stand out if they climbed ontheir metaphorical soapbox ? Some kind of influencial support ? Untapped reserves of charisma and leadership ? Any reason anyone would listen to more than ten minutes if they moves over a metphorical soapbox ?
No because those seems kiind of necessary of almost every option, weither you're trying to do this dipomaticaly, stirr trouble or convince them to go colonize the plane on their own, it all hinges on convincing a lot of people fast.

Otherwise, what's left is 'subtefuge'.
Which rather be called sabotage , because that's totaly what it is. In fact it's good thing we're talking theoricaly or yur dear friend inf ront of you probaly would hve to arrest you jsut in case.
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RE: Legacy
(01-16-2019, 08:56 AM)Ten11 Wrote: »I support the Independence option. How many people are there on the Worldship? How many of them have duties integral to the continued maintenance of the ship? Basically, I'm asking how many people could leave without it significantly affecting the ship? Because if say, a few hundred people want to set up on this planet, and it wouldn't cost anything important, the Royals should really allow it. Definitely at least try negotiation of some sort before taking more direct action.

Seconding.
Noot noot doot doot.


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