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Re: Dark Heresy VOIP Campaign - discussion starts on Page 5!
« Reply #135 on: July 21, 2011, 07:49:25 PM »
well the first session is going to be more chat going to let the guys in on the ship design and generating the charter so (rauridh) if your not present dont worry

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« Reply #136 on: July 28, 2011, 03:07:41 PM »
OK FIRST SESSION OF OUR NEW ROGUE TRADER VOIP IS TONIGHT

19:30 GMT, we still have a space, Krestan im still waiting on your character sheet  and Euan im still wanting to just chat to you about it if your interested

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« Reply #137 on: July 28, 2011, 06:05:46 PM »
ok all sent over. Not 100% complete, but im working on him now to get him done. New to RT so please bear with me :)
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« Reply #138 on: July 28, 2011, 06:18:25 PM »
*releases the bear*

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« Reply #139 on: July 28, 2011, 11:57:32 PM »
Right... this is the break down from the RT session tonight:

The Rogue Trader's (sorry, I don't know how to spell his name, so I'm not going to embarrass myself) warrant is from the Age of Apostasy, and was issued as part of the sector's recovery from the schism that came about at that time.

It gained quite considerably infamy in its earlier life and thus fell into disuse for a great many years. Nonetheless, it retains ties to some of the great merchant houses of the Carthax sector, although the recent in-fighting within the family has done nothing to recover these connections.

Final profit factor is 38, after the penalties for associating with the malcontents he's finding in the hive of scum and villainy inappropriately called Serenity Outpost.

~~~~~

And the ship:

"Hazeroth-class Privateer"

Speed: 10
Detection: +22
Armour: 15
Space: 35 (Used:35)
Manoeuvrability: +26
Hull Integrity: 32
Turret Rating: 1   
Power: 45 (Used: 43)
Weapon capacity: Dorsal (Mars Macrobattery), Prow (Jovian Missile Battery)
Total SPs: 44

Essential Components:
Hull, Jovian Pattern Class 2 Drive, Strelov 1 Warp Engine, Emergency Field, Single Void Shield Array, Armoured Command Bridge, Vitae Pattern Life Sustainer, Voidsmen Quarters, Deep Void Auger Array.

Optional Components:
Prow Mars Pattern Macrocannons, Dorsal Jovian Missile Battery, Augmented Retrothrusters, Armour Plating, Munitorium, Crack Crew (40)

Complications: Rebellious, Temperamental Warp Engine


It now needs a name, a class (it's just similar to a Hazeroth) and some background...
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« Reply #140 on: July 29, 2011, 04:15:46 PM »
thank you for doing that Marco the name is open to suggestions preferably something taken from the background of the Carthax Sector, the originator of the one that gets picked will receive an  extra 50
xp, those that attended last night (robey included) can also add 50 xp to there character sheets

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« Reply #141 on: July 30, 2011, 01:02:38 AM »
I'm not sure the Carthaxian Sector has much "old" background - there's the story of its rediscovery during the great crusade, but other than that, M30-40 are largely unwritten. Late M41 and early M42 includes some events that are part of the background of contemporary characters - but most ships would be far older than that.

As such, if you wanted to tie it into Carthax Background, it would take the creation of new background.

You might get to tie it into something like one of the worlds in the sector, so maybe something like "Jewel of Solemne" - which is the only Forge World I can remember in the sector right now.

Alternatively, you could just have something that sounds like its a rock band:
- Undiscovered Darkness
- Sanctuary of the Heavens
- Frontier Contender
- Righteous Tribute
- Might of the Wayfarer

Also, some actual songs from my music collection:
- The Razor's Edge
- Last of the Wilds
- Lux Aeterna
- Metal Heart
- Tempus Vernum

Or some Latin proverb:
- Imperator Mihi Vires ("My strength comes from the Emperor")
- Ex Fide Fortis ("Strength from Faith")
- Crede Imperator ("Trust in the Emperor")
- Omnia Causa Fiunt ("Everything has a reason")
- E Tenebris ("Out of the darkness")

My favourites from that are probably "Sanctuary of the Heavens" and "Ex Fide Fortis" - possibly also "E Tenebris". Come off the tongue quite easily, and have the right vibe.

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Also: Oops, listed the weapon mounts the wrong way around. Imperial ships normally have their torpedo/missile bays at the prow...
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« Reply #142 on: July 30, 2011, 09:56:57 AM »
i should of been more clear, i ment the name of the ship's class

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« Reply #143 on: July 30, 2011, 05:04:44 PM »
Well, then...

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Solemne-pattern Vanguard

First produced in late M.37 under the direction of Magos Narven, this class is considered a disrespectful hybrid of the Cobra with the less wide spread Breyde class by many, but it nonetheless filled a vital role after the Mapian famine, one of the more considerable internal crises recorded in the Carthax Sector.

In 837.M37, shifting weather conditions on the Agri-World of Mapia had provided a normally tolerable crop parasite (known to the Adeptus Biologis as the Xenos Mapia Adiunctus Rodere, but colloquially known as "Zeet beetles") with exceptional breeding conditions. The resultant loss of foodstuffs was on a colossal scale, and the planet both failed to make its yearly tithe and retain sufficient resources to repair its production.

Between the Adminstratum's refusal to reduce the planet's tithe grade, and the incompetence of the planetary Governor at the time, Santtu Roplenien, the planet's resources were overstrained for 17 years. The worst of the crisis was marked by Roplenien's assassination in 849.M37 (unknown killer, but suspected to be local).
His off-world replacement, Julius Carnnia, quickly refocused efforts and launched total war against the pests. Putting his life on the line by paying only the merest pittances of tithes, he managed to recover production to acceptable levels in only five years, despite the extensive malnourishment deaths during his predecessor's reign.

However, this was not the end of the problem. During this 17 year period, particularly during the dramatically reduced exports of the last half decade, the shortage of resources coming from Mapia had lead to a dramatic rise in piracy. The fall off in pirate activity that was expected after the planet's return to production never came.

A number of battleships were assigned to protect shipping, but it was impossible to protect every convoy, and the pirate vessels would simply retreat to wait for easier prey. Presented with this problem, the Solemne Forge worlds were tasked with the production of ships which could hunt down and destroy fleeing raiders.

The solution was Magos Narven's "Vanguard" class. The first of which, "Patriot's Will", was completed in 865.M37. With both incredible speed and manoeuvrability, there are few human vessels capable of outrunning a Vanguard, and even fewer capable of hiding from its powerful long range auspex arrays.
It also has little want for firepower, with its large magazine providing sufficient munitions to tear apart lighter ships in only a few salvos.

However, the Vanguard has fallen out of favour in recent years. Aside from the design's lack of complete acceptance, they have proven less than wholly reliable as they have aged. Their relative lack of armour also means they cannot serve well as battleships in the Imperial Navy - while some were retrofitted with additional armour, this was at best a partial solution which limited their manoeuvrability and internal space.

As such, most of those not destroyed by being dramatically outclassed in battle were retired from military service, finding their way into the hands of Inquisitors and Rogue Traders alike.

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How about that then? I know it's got some name-checking from planets from my own background, but I figured if there was only a chance of it being used, I might as well expand my own "canon".
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Re: Dark Heresy VOIP Campaign - discussion starts on Page 5!
« Reply #144 on: July 30, 2011, 06:21:41 PM »
I want to call her "The Compulsion of Fate", known affectionate to her crew as just "Fate".

She is an antique Azathoth-class light trade vessel of the type sometimes called a "privateer" or "raider".  Now under the command of Rogue Trader Captain Bron Alessaundr, she has served for several generations in the trade assets of the Alessaundr noble clan of Carthax's Hive Gorgenast.  The clan itself owned only four vessels, of which Fate was the second largest, but had long-standing (and ruthlessly enforced) exclusive options on as many as a dozen other chartist vessels.

In the deal struck with his genocidal older brother Kurt, Bron claimed the Fate as a condition of accepting the offer of the ancient family Warrant.  In doing so, he forced the previous captain, Amelia Locke, out of her position of command and into retirement.  The move was not unpopular with the experienced crew who had suffered under Locke's brutal regime for several decades, but made a bitter enemy out of Locke herself.  Whilst, in theory, Bron has left Locke far behind him on Carthax, he knows that she will be his brother's loyal hunting dog if Kurt ever decides to send another ship out to eliminate the thorn in his side.  Bron has his own spies keeping an eye on Locke, but with his destiny awaiting him beyond Serenity Station in the Velgorth Expanse, he remains torn between the quest for his own destiny and the perpetual watch for knives in the dark...

The Fate herself fell into the hands of the Alessaundrs when the Warrant Bron has claimed was last exercised under the command of the legendary (in the Alessaundr clan, anyway) Zeus Alessaundr, who led an endeavour to rid the formally-uninhabited system of X15-492, on the outer fringes of the Carthaxian Sector, of a dense armada of pirates and smugglers, human and xenos, who were terrorising the local shipping routes and causing mass starvation of a number of Imperial worlds.  Although the planets in the system were officially un-named, Zeus Alessaundr led a daring espionage mission, posing as the survivors of a harried renegade fleet, into the system to discover the pirates' stronghold in the inner asteroid belt - a pre-Imperial space station of remarkable proportions and forgotten technologies that its inhabitants called "Fate Station".

When Alessaundr returned at the head of a fleet of Imperial battleships and hand-picked allies, the system itself fell quickly under his control but Fate Station proved impossible to overwhelm with either numbers or firepower.  In the end, Zeus established a seige enclosure around Fate Station, using his influence and contacts as a Rogue Trader to establish colonies on the various worlds of the Zeus system (as it was now known) to support the maintenance of the seige for what turned out to be more than twenty sidereal years.

At last, Zeus himself led a small mission to determine the fate of the occupants of Fate Station and found the whole place entirely empty, with no indication of where the previously millions of occupants had gone.

Fate Station itself was claimed by the Adeptus Mechanicus and vanished into the clutches of Mars, but one of the pirates' fastest and most notorious vessels, an Azathoth-class light trader, was claimed as booty by Alessaundr along with an enormous bounty paid by the Mechanicus in Thrones and favours.

Zeus himself was exhausted by the Compulsion of Fate, as the action became known, but he named the new ship in its honour and set it to work in his clan's trade network while he retired to the vast estates on Carthax that his wealth had acquired for him.

In this role, the Fate has proved itself in both transport and escort duties, running interference missions against the ork invasion of 313.M41, but all its commanders have reported an apparent rebellious streak running through the ship's very substance that seems to hark back to its previous life as a pirate vessel, free to run among the stars and wreak havoc upon its enemies.

Once more in the hands of a Rogue Trader and unleashed upon the Velgorth Expanse, who knows how the Compulsion of Fate will respond to a new life of adventure and freedom?

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« Reply #145 on: July 30, 2011, 08:15:48 PM »
I like both backgrounds a lot, great work. Therefore maybe a merging of the two would be best? I must say I prefer the name Solemne class Vanguard though. So we could keep the background for both by just switching Azathoth to Vanguard no?

Also I dont really like the 'compulsion' part. I do like the 'of Fate' part though. Maybe these might fit;

action
brush
contention
encounter
engagement
onslaught
ravage
contact
struggle
agitation
contest

...of fate

Im partial to 'contention' and 'brush' myself
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« Reply #146 on: July 30, 2011, 09:47:59 PM »
While I like the background, "light trade vessel" doesn't entirely sound like this ship - what with the generous array of firepower and all. We had to explain why it had a Deep Void Augur Array (which you picked) after you left, which meant it turned more military than trade.

As Kresten says, the two stories are not incompatible though. It could be a Vanguard class that found itself drawn into an ambush and captured by the pirates it was meant to be hunting - ever since, it has rebelled against its crew in disgust.
It was then retaken as part of the "Compulsion of Fate" (although I do prefer Kresten's suggestion of "Contention"), although it yet rebels at its now impure purpose.

Although, I'll go with whatever, provided it makes enough sense.
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« Reply #147 on: July 31, 2011, 09:32:24 AM »
I'm easy on the class and designation, but the point of "The Compulsion of Fate" is that it's deliberately ambiguous: it could equally refer to the putting of pressure on Fate (as was intended in the actions of Zeus Alessaundr) and to the placing of pressure by Fate on another party (as is intended to be implicit in the life of Bron Alessaundr, driven by Fate to the role of Rogue Trader).

The name is also intended to be an homage to Ian M Banks's "Culture" novels in which the ships are autonomous AIs who make up their own (often convoluted and enigmatic) names.

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« Reply #148 on: July 31, 2011, 12:37:16 PM »
Ok Im going to wade in here, It was once an Imperial Light Raider Assigned to escort a convoy but was boarded and captured by pirate forces. - Solemne Vanguard  fits for this

Robeys Background pretaining to how the ship came into his family's possesion stands - its a brilliant bit of backstory and the whole pirate theme fits well with the over arching meta campaign

I liked the name Compulsion of Fate when i heard it and upon robey explaining this i think where going for it, Unless Rauridh decides to chime in


as for the xp - ill be sending those getting it a message via skype

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« Reply #149 on: July 31, 2011, 05:57:38 PM »
I have been reading with interest and would like to throw my weight behind Robey's vision. I'm also wondering if I could grab you on Skype earlier on Thursday Shirley? I'm more than likely going to be in a tent near Cape Wrath when the next RT session is due to play. If it's possible to do something on my ownsome could we take a run at it on Thursday afternoon?

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