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(20 tons of illegal weapons)
Extra Trade Goods on Earth:
21- Advanced Electronics
44- Precious Metals
31- Crystal and Gems
66- Exotic something, (nothing)
65- Illegal Weapons
On the Asteroid starport: Freeport 7: 5 extra commodities:
36, 43, 41, 54, 64.
36 – Medical Supplies
41 – Petrochemicials
43 – Polymers
54 – Uncommon Raw materials
64 – Illegal Luxuries
<u>Mars Station Disaster</u>
-A pirate brought a shipment from somewhere out in Neptune with a data disk
-After uploading the contents of the disk to the station computer, all robots and electronic went bonkers
-Organics killed by venting air. Suffocation. Cruel.
-All computer software/hardware destroyed to contain the infection
-Robots fashioned crude weaponry → implies some sort of intelligence or direction
-Machines targeted only organics, or Mr B. When he became hostile and began running robots over. This is non-territorial behaviour
-Mr B. plugs into a robot to download his memories
<u>Red Spacers Station attack</u>
-A ship flying the colours of the Jaipur clan approaches the station and requests permission to dock. Denied.
-No personal hail, only the electronic request. Odd.
-When permission was denied, it tried to use the breaching tube
-Shot out of the sky
<u>SPACE HAU5 attack</u>
-intruders on the Crow were somehow killed when Winston was unconscious
-Mr B. bludgeoned someone – not his style?
-The other intruder was squished in Star Wars doors when he tried to enter the bridge – I didn’t realize we had these installed?
<u>Space Bulls Flagship</u>
-the Dead Crow_, Flagship interface electronically while docking
-Freighter’s engines come online, docking clamps disengage, the Crow follows in formation
-Defence turrets turned on the crew. Who is responsible?
-Air vented, organics killed
-Something assumed control of computers, robots, turned them on humans
-No outgoing transmissions detected
-Unhostile to Mr B. UNLESS he tries to turn off the engine. When asked why, he responds with “Core Programming”
-Analysis of onboard computers reveals foreign algorithms/programs
-More complex machines have more of the programs (_the Dead Crow, Mr. B, the ship’s central computer/engine control, cleaning robots)
WHAT WE CAN INFER:
-robots fashioned crude weaponry → this implies some sort of intelligence or direction
-robots don’t show hostility to Mr B unless he tries to stop them – organics are always seen as hostile. This is not territorial behaviour (at least as far as humans are concerned)
-the docking clamps between the flagship and the Crow were disengaged – this implies that whatever is in control doesn’t want people transferring from ship to ship. Either it makes the passengers easier to kill, or it doesn’t want us communicating with Winston, the computer expert
-whoever is directing the ships wants them intact – with this level of control, it could have made the two blast the shit out of each other
-also, presumably the ship’s new programming is what killed the intruders on SPACE HAU5. This implies that it’s not merely a virus, but a program with objectives. It needed the Crow to get to the flagship intact, but why?
-Mr B’s response of ‘core programming’ implies that the robots themselves are not aware of the foreign programming, or of their part of the infected network
-no outgoing transmissions detected implies that ship control is entirely contained on the two vessels. The programs are acting autonomously
-All GUIs are offline, meaning that it’s either not crucial that anyone inside sees (robots can just hook into the network, after all), or that someone doesn’t want us seeing what’s happening
WHAT CAN WE DO?
-There are no transmissions outbound? What about onboard the ship?
-Pirate radios don’t work, but the Crow crew’s special commlink does work
-No usable radios – lots of noise? It probably reads as radio interference
-This may actually be the machine communication across the network
-blasting across all frequencies in binary – probably sounds like noise
-there’s probably a pattern – DECODE IT, WINSTON
-Get a (non-essential) computer to fool the network into thinking its GUI is shut off
-hook it up to the network, take a look at the programming and plans
-As many robots need to be isolated as possible so they can’t help along the programs. They’re unaware of its control.
-Either these programs are written and controlled by some malevolent programmer – they would still need some measure of autonomy to be self-replicating and adaptive OR
-The programs are somehow self-motivating – part of an AI?
IT’S PROBABLY AN AI
-it has an interface with the real world through electronics – but electronics are its BRAIN
-lower-level tech isn’t even aware it’s part of the system – they’re just following their core programming
-simple computers like the ones in vacc suits are not affected, and cybernetics can’t be controlled (at least as far as we know)
-likely a single autonomous collective – simple shipboard computers are given simple commands like “vent air…fly here”; no need for individual sentience
15x Emergency Softsuit (Protection 0, Vacc Suit 0)
10x Vac Suit (Protection 4, Vacc Suit 1)
2x Boarding Vac Suits (Protection 8, Vacc Suit 1)
2x Combat Armour (Protection 12)
1x Battle Dress
2x Laser Carbine (4d6, Gun Combat [Laser Carbine])
2x Laser Pistol (3d6, Gun Combat [Laser Pistol])
1x Cryo-Jet (4d6, Heavy Weapons [Flame Thrower], 4 to hit or 3 people within 3m radius, strength check to move after hit, fail is immobile for 1d6 rounds)
1x Infantry Support Plasma Weapon (8d6, Heavy Weapons [Man Portable Artillery], one shot with 2 round reload time, recoil 1)
5x Snub Revolver (Shotgun Range, 2d6-2(Ball), Gun Combat [ Zero-G Weapons], Recoil -1)
2x Monoblade (2d65, Heft -2)
I’d like us to note that Mike said he would get ranch sauce, then he didn’t get us ranch sauce. Yeah. That’s called LYING. So, we shouldn’t ever trust anything he says. Never believe Mike, he’s probably just pulling another ranch sauce heist.
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