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Re: Defiant Echoes: OOC
« Reply #150 on: February 17, 2012, 07:43:39 AM »
I rather enjoyed Zagan's dialogue. Not overkeen on the name, mind.
Is it because his name is too close to Carl Sagan, or because he's a town in Poland, or because he's been ripped from the Ars Goetia (he hasn't; I only discovered that little gem just now), or just because he doesn't sound very scary?

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Re: Defiant Echoes: OOC
« Reply #151 on: February 18, 2012, 06:52:28 AM »
Necris: Good to see you're back with us :)

Your intro is pretty cool. I'm surprised that the Fury's sensors can't pick up the grand cruiser, but maybe you came in from the other side of the system.

Will PM you some more details.

EDIT: posted a life pod scene, hopefully Herald can add something before we make re-entry :P
I'll sort out colouring-by-characters later.
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Re: Defiant Echoes: OOC
« Reply #152 on: February 18, 2012, 10:51:46 PM »
Hmm, this looks like an interesting story.

Is there still time to add another character to the mix? Also are there any rules as to using an existing character as I'd probably want to use Inquisitor Cortez as it will give me a chance to develop her story and character a bit further.

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Re: Defiant Echoes: OOC
« Reply #153 on: February 19, 2012, 07:32:09 AM »
Recruiting did close some time ago, but we are still at that point in the story where characters can show up late and think "...what the hell happened here"

So if you throw Inquisitor Cortez out there: A) do you have any fluff already putting her in a particular Segmentum? B) what motive would she have to come along? C) how adverse are you to pitting her against the likes of Zagan and Goruvich?

Actually, that applies to any character you put forward, so basically, convince me. Just remember that you should be willing to bring more to the table than "laspistol / stubber / sword" which, to be honest, is the rough level of what I've seen on some (woefully underpowered) Inquisitors on the Rules Discussion board.

Putting that in perspective: Holst brought a Dominator-class cruiser to the party, but on a personal level he's on the low end of the scale in terms of how much kit he's brought along. Hallona gets a pass on how little she's carrying because Marco made a note that she can steal or improvise weapons as needed (though the conversion field is entirely appropriate!), Semplice gets a pass because he's physically crippled and needs Iota et al. to do the fighting for him, and Ambrose gets a pass based on him being a Combat Medic.

In realistic terms, consider this an order to break out the bolt pistols, the flamers, the power swords. ;D


EDIT: Updated the GM character list on page 2.


EDIT THE SECOND: Just hunted around for Inquisitor Cortez on the P&M board. I'm fairly satisfied that this won't be a case of "laspistol/stubber/sword" :P
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Re: Defiant Echoes: OOC
« Reply #154 on: February 19, 2012, 12:36:46 PM »
I've always deliberately avoided tying Cortez to any one specific sector (although she's obviously been fairly active in the Carthax sector lately) and she works closely with Rogue Trader Natalia von Lucia so doesn't usually have any problem getting around.

As for motive she's an Istvaanian, so the situation here could be just what the empire needs to shake it out of its complacency! She is also being subtly manipulated by the Daemon sword Vor'cha that she believes she controls and has mastered.

I'll post up some of her background, equipment and other assets (such as a Trade Cruiser and escort ships) later.

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Re: Defiant Echoes: OOC
« Reply #155 on: February 19, 2012, 12:46:01 PM »
Please do.

Your daemon sword shares a name with, at the very least, a Klingon cruiser and a species of sentient space-vermin in Mass Effect -- were either of those intentional?

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Re: Defiant Echoes: OOC
« Reply #156 on: February 19, 2012, 12:49:58 PM »
no. Darn forgot about those stupid Klingons ::).

Edit: That isn't even the correct name anyway, just checked the character sheet and the sword's called Vor'Kal. No idea why I've been calling it Vor'cha.
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Re: Defiant Echoes: OOC
« Reply #157 on: February 19, 2012, 02:19:44 PM »
no. Darn forgot about those stupid Klingons ::).

Edit: That isn't even the correct name anyway, just checked the character sheet and the sword's called Vor'Kal. No idea why I've been calling it Vor'cha.
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Re: Defiant Echoes: OOC
« Reply #158 on: February 19, 2012, 06:38:28 PM »
This reminds me, I've completely forgotten to describe the weapons of most of my characters, this will be rectified in a minute. Other than that, the more characters the more fun!
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Re: Defiant Echoes: OOC
« Reply #159 on: February 19, 2012, 07:04:04 PM »
Although it might help if we still had Herald,  so that he could reply to my post -- I wonder if he's stuck doing the can't-get-on dance?

EDIT: Filler with Varachen, while the orbital battle plays out and everyone that's coming down to the surface makes it down.
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Re: Defiant Echoes: OOC
« Reply #160 on: February 19, 2012, 11:45:01 PM »
Name: Josephine Cortez

Age: +++ classified+++ - estimated age 100+

Rank: Inquisitor - No known Ordos - suspected Istvaanian

Appearance: Cortez, despite her probable age, appears at first glance to be a young woman in her mid twenties. However closer inspection suggests a much greater maturity than her physical appearance. She is a tall woman with long auburn hair and blue eyes and would be considered by most to be striking if not quite beautiful.

Background:   +++ data on her place and date of birth and inquisitorial recruitment missing +++

Known facts are as follows:

Served as senior Investigator to Inquisitor Lord Gabriel Ortega during the Forsan incident.
Cortez chosen to infiltrate the stronghold of the renegade Damien Forsan on Salusa Secundus
Received a commendation for bravery. Believed to have been responsible for lowering the defences of the facility and thus allowing the assault to take place.
Rumours suggest that Cortez came into contact with the Daemon Weapon Vor'Kal during the incident. Rumours also state that Cortez is bonded to the weapon and that it is keeping her alive.

+++ Excerpt stolen from Lord Ortega's personnal log +++
During the assualt the renegade unleashed his newly created abomination upon us. Even Brother Sergeant Amaram could not stand against it. The cursed creature should have killed us but for the foolish intervention of Investigator Cortez. I do not entirely know why, but when Cortez struck at the fell creature, using the renegades own weapon, the Deamon's spirit was drawn into the blade and trapped within it. further inspection of the weapon suggests the blade was intended to be used to host a Daemon although the rituals had not been completed. Regardless the weapon seems to have bonded itself to Cortez and her wounds have healed as if they never were.
Brother Sergeant Amaram believes it would be better to kill her now and spare her the inevitable possession. I have ordered him to stay his hand as I believe Cortez to be capable of mastering the weapon. Either way allowing her to live will give me valuable insights into the capabilities of such a weapon...
+++ The veracity of this log extract can not be verified +++

Personality: Cortez belives that the current trend of stagnation will doom the Empire and all mankind. She is distrustful of many if not all of the Imperiums institutions, even the Inquisition itself, as she believes them to be often part of the problem.
She despises the ecclesiarchy and has doubts as to the divinity of the Emperor. She is concerned that the possible deceptions promulgated by the ecclesiarchy only serve to weaken the Empire with the belief that the Emperor will ultimately save them.
She believes (as did Lord Ortega) that she has mastered the Daemonsword Vor'kal although she is becoming increasingly concerned about the swords apparent compliance and submission to her will. She is just starting to wonder just how much influence the sword has over her beliefs and desires. However despite these fears the weapon is simply too powerful to ignore and she finds herself increasingly reliant, not only on its physical abilities, but also on its encyclopaedic knowledge and intellect.

Equipment: Combat: Carapace Armour with full Ceramite coating
                                  Mk III Bolter - assorted ammunition
                                  Needle Pistol
                                  2 Frag 1 Krak Grenades
                   Other:     Stubber
                                  Needle Pistol

Known associates:

Rogue Trader Natalia von Lucia
Investigator Raquel Helmawr

Other Assets:

Cortez is currently travelling with Natalia aboard her Trade Cruiser the Guaranteed Profit
She is accompanied by a squad of Inquisitorial Enforcers, the sanction psycher Anastasia De'vine and assorted members of her entourage. She uses a modified Thunderhawk gunship for her transport and a Rhino APC.

Guaranteed Profit:  Vagabond Class Trade Cruiser
Winged Dagger:      Viper Class Destroyer - predecessor to the current Cobra class
Void Runner:           Viper Class Destroyer
Spatha:                   Sword Class Frigate
Poniards Kiss:         Kysth Needle ship

All ships have been extensively modified. Probably illegal.

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Re: Defiant Echoes: OOC
« Reply #161 on: February 20, 2012, 01:43:31 AM »
Hallona gets a pass on how little she's carrying because Marco made a note that she can steal or improvise weapons as needed (though the conversion field is entirely appropriate!)
Given the way I like to write psykers, any warband of mine that includes a psyker (as opposed to what I wrote first time, a spyker, which is presumably some kind of telepathic James Bond) cannot really be considered lacking in grunt.

This goes trebly so when it's anyone who's described as not looking very dangerous - as Maya massacring cultists with abandon for The War of Shadows somewhat demonstrated.
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Re: Defiant Echoes: OOC
« Reply #162 on: February 20, 2012, 07:23:48 AM »
Cortez: looks fine, I'll PM you a plot hook tonight.

One little thing that I've picked up is that a Vagabond is actually a class of freighter, according to Rogue Trader -- they're not that much bigger than a frigate. If you're after a cruiser, then Rogue Trader gives us the Ambition-class (which is more helpful than GW's offering of a generic "Rogue Trader Cruiser") -- this might be a little closer to what you had in mind.

Vipers are, alternately, refitted Cobras with extra missile bays, or scout ships with improved sensoria at the expense of onboard weaponry -- I'm guessing you mean the missile-spitting variety?

The rest looks fine.

Marco: What I meant, was that Inquisitors typically have the means and reason to carry things like plasma pistols and force swords about on their person -- the kinds of things most folk could scarcely even dream of seeing, let alone owning -- so why there are so many Inquisitors who insist on civilian weaponry is something I struggle with.

Dolnikan: I like the addition of a shuriken pistol for Iota. Guessing it's old tech, though, seeing as Eldar weaponry is psychically operated, so largely unusable by non-Eldar.

Necris: Will post a reply tonight. Vargas is probably being a bit slow to answer because she's more worried about getting the hell away from that Exorcist.

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Re: Defiant Echoes: OOC
« Reply #163 on: February 20, 2012, 07:43:32 AM »
I think that many inquisitors prefer civilian weaponry because it draws less attention and it is much easier to resupply for them.

The shuriken pistol is a less effective replica of an eldar one, a bit like the cheap knock-offs of many products you find all over the place. It wasn't cheap but much less expensive than a real one.
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Re: Defiant Echoes: OOC
« Reply #164 on: February 20, 2012, 07:48:52 AM »
I never played the original Rogue Trader. So I don't know the ship classes.

I've just given class names to the ships in the BFG Rogue Trader Fleet. If there are existing classes (i.e with more detail) then so much the better. I always felt the BFG fleet was far too generic.