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Re: The result of boredom.
« Reply #15 on: September 09, 2005, 10:36:22 pm »

Alright. It has been a while again (school really manages to keep you busy )
There haven't been any reply's (excluding mine Wink), but I've decided that I would finish this story no matter what, and I'm going to do it. Here's some more.

,,No, your task lies not here, for our home has already been lost. Now you must worry about the home of your people. The ship that you saw in the vision, it was of a new type, larger and many times more powerful than a warship. We tried to use it against the beast, but unfortunately, one of the beast’s smaller offspring entered the ship and turned the crew into its slaves. Even at this moment, this Leghkian Doombringer is moving away from here, towards your home.” ,,Dammit. Are you sure we can’t take out the fleet of murderous psychopaths instead? At least we could take them one at a time.” ,,Your ship stands currently no chance of challenging the Doombringer. But there’s another way.” ,,What way?” ,,Not too long ago, a ship from an unknown race came here. It was quite small, only five times as big as yours. It had the misfortune of encountering an Uhleck fleet. At the end of the battle, it crashed on the planet it had been orbiting.” ,,Nice, but what does this have to do with us?” ,,That ship destroyed or crippled many warships. If you somehow manage to gain access to it, you could surely make the Vengeance more powerful than you could ever imagine.”

,,Wow, this is starting to look more like a cheap movie every second.” Steven said. ,,Oh well.
With the odds we’ve been having lately, I think we can add this. Besides, we owe you one for patching up the Vengeance. So, mister Leghk. Would you mind telling us where to look?”
,,Certainly, but your ship already knows.” ,,Well, then. What are we waiting for? Let’s get the hell out of here! And, Anton, stop the damn crying!”

,,If we are leaving, we better do it quick. One of those ships is approaching and it doesn’t respond to our hailing signals. I think it’s safe to assume that it is an Uhleck.” Blakes said, his face getting worried once more. ,,Cool, can I blow them up, dudes?” Anton answered and promptly stopped crying. Steven thought for a few seconds. The crying had been annoying him to no end, and now that it had stopped, he wanted to keep it that way. ,,Sure, we need to test out our new gear anyway. Give those bastards some plasma, will you?” ,,Yippee!” ,,Oh, no, not again!” Blakes said as the Vengeance powered up its combat systems.

The two ships raced towards each other, both spewing out a barrage of plasma bolts. The Uhleck’s shields were hammered down by the hot plasma impacting with it and the Warship disappeared in a cloud of explosions. The Vengeance in return got hit by the Uhleck’s bolts and its new improved shields weakened rapidly underneath the onslaught. As the last bolts were about to break down the shields and vaporize the small ship, it disappeared, only to reappear a few thousand kilometres further away, were it fired some more plasma bolts. ,,I love hopping, dudes!” Anton shouted as the alien warship was destroyed by the plasma bolts. ,,Good job. Now get us the hell out of here!” The Vengeance shot away at maximum super-photonic speed.

A graveyard. Wrecks of destroyed ships floated here, a silent monument to the battle that had been fought here. For years, their death had been undisturbed. Now, a small ship dropped down from super-photonic flight and made its way to a nearby planet, carefully avoiding the wrecks in case one wasn’t quite dead yet. It slowly descended through the thick atmosphere that rendered it practically blind. It finally landed on a plateau where the mountains had been grinded to dust by the violent winds.

,,Ok, where do we start looking?” Steven said, standing next to the Humna Humna ATV, a vehicle that was meant for a more hospitable planet. ,,We can navigate and find out where we are, but we’re practically blind and will have to hope that we run into it by chance.” Blakes responded. ,,I’ve modified the Humna Humna vehicle. We should be able to use it without much trouble now.” Jason added. ,,And guess who he had to put on a diet for that!” Anton screamed, upset that parts of him had been cannibalized to provide resources. The light pleasure vehicle had been turned into an armoured metal monster, capable of withstanding any storm this planet could throw at it. ,,Alright, this is what we’re going to do. Blakes, you’ll keep an eye on the sensors, no matter how blind we are and log the position of anything we find. Jason, you’ll come along. I could use an engineer. Anton, I would like you to shut down any non essential systems, I don’t want to run the risk of detection, even with this atmosphere. If we’re not back in seven days, you get out of here and take the long way home. Leghk, you’re free to do anything you like, but I would like it if you made some more information ready for us when we get back. That’s all, now move!”
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,,That was the worst and most boring movie I’ve ever seen. Lousy special effects.” Sergeant ironhead. The real reason why the alien brain on Cydonia was destroyed while in the middle of displaying a message telling the X-com operatives not to fire.

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« Reply #16 on: September 10, 2005, 01:17:33 am »

I especially like the punctuation, jackass.
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« Reply #17 on: September 10, 2005, 05:13:27 am »

Yes.  You are a jackass, "Zeus".
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« Reply #18 on: September 10, 2005, 11:49:20 am »

Thanks for the replies. (what does punctuation mean? Oh well, I'll just look it up in my dictionary) Either way, I managed to write some more.

The engine screamed as it fought against the howling winds. Slowly, the modified terrain vehicle moved forward against the storm that raged on the planet. Inside, things were rather uncomfortable as nearly all power was being taken by the engines. Without any climate control, the temperature had risen to an unpleasant 36 degrees Celsius. For days they had been searching the planet, coming back periodically only to make sure they wouldn’t be left behind. Slowly, a dark shape became visible through the dust flying around. ,,There’s something!” Blakes shouted above the deafening noise of the engine as soon as he had double-checked if it wasn’t a rock or an other natural phenomena. ,,Alright, I’ll take us closer. Jason, how is that engine doing?!” Steven responded while wiping the sweat out of his eyes and gripping the alien controls a bit better. ,,Don’t worry, it’ll hold, for now!” The terrain vehicle crawled closer towards the large metal shape that rose up above it.

They found a hole large enough to drive through. Inside, the winds slowed down from over a 1000 km/h to a measly 30 km/h. Steven shut down the engine to allow it to cool down and moved over to the airlock while closing the helmet of his power armour. A space suit would have been more comfortable, but it wouldn’t be able to stand up against the winds outside, at least he would survive it if he stepped outside, whether he could be found before running out of air was something else. He stepped out and was followed by Jason and Blakes, both wearing power armour similar to his. ,,And, what do you think? Another crashed Uhleck?” Steven asked. ,,Odd, I can’t detect it with anything else but visual methods. It is like it’s nothing but some light.” Blakes said and frowned as he looked at his portable scanning device. Portable meant that it weight about two hundred kilograms, but with the added strength for his armour, he could carry it without problems. ,,My scanning device does seem to be functioning though, I can’t find any trouble when I use it on something else.” ,,You don’t have to use it, this is definitely not Uhleck.” Jason said, as he looked at the walls. Despite having been submitted to the powerful winds for years, the walls looked brand new, if a bit dusty. ,,How do you know?” Steven asked. ,,Simple, one clue is as blakes said, this material seems only visible by deflecting light. Secondly, the material on the inside seems to be undamaged, something we haven’t seen on any of the Uhleck vessel we came across. Thirdly, the whole interior is different, There isn’t even a sign of all the small devices we’ve found scattered around the Uhleck ships. I think we’ve found it.”

,,Amazing.” Blakes said as he walked around the corridors like a child with a new toy. ,,What’s so amazing? I haven’t seen anything worthwhile yet, just corridors.” Steven said a bit irritated as they rounded another corner, only to find the corridor continuing till another corner.” ,,Exactly. The ship appears at first glance to consist of nothing but small corridors, circular corridors that don’t seem to be meant for any walking being, like us. Instead, I think that whoever built this, could fly, like the Leghk. However, if you decided to pay some more attention to the automatic mapping feature that’s installed inside your armour, you’ll notice that we’ve been avoiding certain areas. There definitely is something else behind these corridors, all we have to do is to find a way to reach it.” ,,Well, I don’t want to keep walking through these damn corridors for hours. Jason, do you think you can blast through that wall?” ,,Sure, I’ll just plant some explosives. It would be better to keep some distance though. You don’t want to get caught in the blast.” ,,Do it.”

The sound of explosions echoed through the corridors. As soon as the blast cleared, the three men walked back to the place where Jason had set the explosives to see the damage they had caused. ,,What the hell?! Not even a scratch!” Steven shouted in disbelief as the only thing he saw were the scorched remains of the explosives. The walls were as smooth as ever. ,,Hmm. This material seems to be quite resistant to both thermal and kinetic forces. I don’t think that trying again will help.” Blakes said as he gave the center of the explosion a detailed scan. ,,I noticed it. You don’t have to point out the obvious. Great, guess we’ll just have to walk through those damn corridors again.” ,,Not exactly, captain.” Blakes said as he put down his scanning device. ,,What, you got a better plan?” ,,maybe.” Blakes tapped with his finger on the wall. It split open, revealing the heart of the ship.

,,How did you do that?” Steven asked while Jason immediately moved over to the machines that filled the room and investigated them. ,,While analyzing the effect of the explosion, I managed to pick up a weak place in the corridor. It was the only place where I saw something else but light being deflected, it was a 1.23 centimetres wide dent in the wall. I tapped it with my finger. I think it might have been a side effect of the winds blowing around. The whole corridor is filled with static electricity from the sand. While not much, it provided the power needed to open the wall. Also, you may have noticed that the opening mechanism is unique. Instead of a panel sliding away or any of the other methods known, the whole wall flowed away, making it more dense around the gap. It was almost like, an organism.”

It took only a few hours to open the walls, giving them access to every single room. Steven decided to take everything they could carry back to the Vengeance. The Humna Humna vehicle, that had been parked in what looked like a cargo room of sorts was being crammed full with every single device that could be picked up, including a piece of the hull found inside a wrecked room that looked like it had received several plasma bolts. ,,Good, everybody ready? Then let’s go back.” Steven said, and started the vehicle. Slowly, it turned around and moved back in the open. As soon as it got caught by the wind, it started to accelerate, while Steven used the brakes to keep their speed manageable. With the wind in their back, it would take them a lot shorter to reach the Vengeance than it took them to reach the wreck of the unknown ship.
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,,That was the worst and most boring movie I’ve ever seen. Lousy special effects.” Sergeant ironhead. The real reason why the alien brain on Cydonia was destroyed while in the middle of displaying a message telling the X-com operatives not to fire.

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Re: The result of boredom.
« Reply #19 on: September 10, 2005, 07:05:51 pm »

nice, but i don't think anybody has the time to read all this
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« Reply #20 on: September 10, 2005, 10:01:22 pm »

But that's why. You either read (or write) this kind of stuf when you're bored and have got time to spare. Besides, I can't just stop right now. It would be the worst ending in the history of writing. But, if people want me to stop, I will. I'll still write, but I won't post it anymore. And here is the latest part.

Circular object with pointy things sticking out of its sides, a small window shows gas on the inside. Materials, unknown. Possible use, big metal cigar used for smoking? Steven looked at his notes. One advantage of being the captain was that it kept things simple. You didn’t need to know how to pull of technical miracles, nor did you need to know how to shoot, or fly and especially not what an unknown piece of alien technology is supposed to be. The only thing he needed to know was how to boss people around, as well as knowing a few tactics and the basics of strategic decisions. Still, somehow Blakes had managed to put him to work at logging every single thing they took out of that wreck, as well as doing a basic analysis. He doubted he would be able to find anything worthwhile, they had invented scientists for a good reason, and he definitely wasn’t a scientist. He decided he had enough and would be better off checking on everybody else.

Jason was working on a large pyramid shaped device that had been identified as a power core of sorts, after one of the two they had blew up and took part of the Vengeance’s nose with it. Now, Jason was trying to install it. There had been no fuel discovered that powered it, so it would make a nice addition to the fusion reactors, that had used several fuel rods already. Jason didn’t seem to be making much progress though. Steven walked over to him and asked if he could help. ,,Fitting alien technology is a lot more than just plugging it in and hooking it up to the powergrid.” He said:,, I first need to construct a hybrid device that works as a bridge between the Vengeance and this, and for that I’ll need resources.” ,,Then, why don’t you get those resources?” ,,It’s a bit more complex than that, I’m afraid. I could off course recycle some more parts of the Vengeance, but I would either do more damage than it’s worth, or I would seriously reduce the liveability of the ship. Not to mention that I would make myself a mortal enemy of Anton. The last thing an engineer needs is to have the ship regard him as an enemy.” ,,What do you need?” ,,Well, some Titanium, Rodnium and Cobalt would be a good start. And some copper for the electrical wiring.” ,,You got it. I’ll just give my notes to Blakes so he can stump his brains on them and then I’ll take the ATV out for a spin. We’ve found plenty of Uhleck wrecks in the area, I’m sure I can get some stuff from them” ,,Good, but be careful, you never know if there’s still an Uhleck floating around in there.”

,,Hello, professor, Leghk. I was just looking for you. I made some notes of all the stuff as you wanted, but I don’t think that there is much you can learn from them.” ,,What have you noticed, if I may ask?” The Leghk answered. ,,Oh, not much, it all looks the same to me. But if you really want to know, that thing for example is filled with gas, I don’t know what to think of it.” ,,Gas? Oh, my. I don’t believe it!” Blakes shouted as he ran over to the device that Steven had been pointing at. ,,What, you know what it is?” Steven asked, frowning at the sight of Blakes dancing around and holding it like a child. ,,Of course I know! This is an ANTP!” ,,A what?” ,,ANTP. You know, Advanced Neutrosive Tachyon Processor. Like Anton.” ,,I know what Anton is supposed to be. But why do you know that this is an ANTP?” ,,Well, It is a bit different. It might be the best if I explained a bit more about Anton. Anton’s memory banks are liquid based. The fluid consists of tiny nano-computers, a technology that has been known for a while, but there were always problems with heat. To solve that, I put them inside a Neutrosive substance. Thanks to this, Antons components are always kept at a temperature just above absolute zero. Seeing that this is a gas, whoever made this has an even better way to cool its components, allowing everything to be smaller and more like gas than a fluid. I must find a way to connect this to Anton! Think of what we can learn! Mister Leghk, would you be so kind to help?” ,,It would be my pleasure.” ,,While you two play around with your new toy, I’m going out for a ride and plunder a few of those wrecks in the neighbourhood.” But nobody seemed to hear him.
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,,That was the worst and most boring movie I’ve ever seen. Lousy special effects.” Sergeant ironhead. The real reason why the alien brain on Cydonia was destroyed while in the middle of displaying a message telling the X-com operatives not to fire.

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« Reply #21 on: September 15, 2005, 05:07:13 pm »

Here is this week's episode.

The winds outside had dropped to a measly three hundred kilometres an hour and the Humna Humna vehicle had little trouble making it to its destination, an Uhleck warship that had looked relatively intact when they had encountered it fifteen days earlier. Steven parked his vehicle behind the hulk of the ship to keep it out of the wind and left it, after programming it so that it would warn him the moment the wind started to grow in strength again. He climbed through a large hole in the outer hull. He couldn’t help but notice that there was no sign of what the hole had been caused by, it simply looked to have disappeared in thin air. Once inside he turned on the light amplification systems built inside his helmet and started to make his way to what was supposed to be the cargo bay, according to the map that Leghk had provided him. He rounded the corner and stepped back at seeing the Uhleck in front of him, nearly sending a few micro missiles into the room. But there was no need for violence, for they were clearly dead. Those that hadn’t been killed during the battle or the following crash, had been killed by either lack of air or food. Now the shrivelled corpses that had long lost all of the strange gas that kept them floating were lying on the floor. Putting his fear aside, Steven began stripping the walls for resources.

After putting everything he brought back in the shower (The cargo room was still filled with endurium from the Warhammer and the stasis pods.), he went to get some coffee. It was in the kitchen that he found everybody. He gratefully tapped some hot coffee from the coffee machine that was built into the wall before speaking to Jason:,, Hi, everybody. Jason, you can find the stuff you wanted in the shower.” There were no surprised looks, everybody had gotten used to the fact that the Vengeance was overloaded and that they could find cargo in the weirdest places. ,,And how are things going with you?” Steven now asked, turning to Blakes. ,,Well, we managed to connect the derelict computer as we call it to Anton, but I can’t make anything of the language it uses. It speaks at an extremely high frequency. Anton is still busy with it right now.” ,,Yeah, and you won’t believe how annoying that accent is, captain dude! There are some patterns, so I’m trying to make it send images that I can decode. Then I can start translating!” ,,So you’re saying you don’t have a clue?” ,,Off course not, captain dude! I’ll have this fixed in no time at all! If you didn’t had me, it would take several generations to do what I can do in five minutes! We’ll have this fixed in no time at all!” ,,Either, way. We’re not giving up, captain. We’ll keep trying, even if it takes us years. Right, Anton?” ,,Right, dad! But it won’t take that long, dudes!”

It didn’t take years, just two months. Food was running low, so Steven was thinking if he should go for a life containing planet to hunt for food and risk detection by the Uhleck. Also, Jason’s attempts at installing the alien power core had been unsuccessful, but as long as they kept running at low power and didn’t take off, they could last years on a single fuel rod for the fusion reactors. He eventually decided to wait till next week and went back to sleep.

At that same moment, Blakes was still trying to decode the derelict computer’s language when the small screen in front of his desk started flashing while an encrypted message appeared. He nervously glanced over his shoulder and, after checking that his door was still locked, remembering the time that Anton had thought it would be funny if he opened the shower’s door and open the cold tap while the captain was taking a shower something that didn’t quite gave Steven a good mood for the rest of the day, typed in his personal security code. Off course this was basically useless since Anton could break any code within less than a second and display what he was doing on every screen onboard the ship. When he had read the short message, he frantically started to read the included files, losing all sense of his surroundings as his attention became completely devoted to what he saw on the screen.
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,,That was the worst and most boring movie I’ve ever seen. Lousy special effects.” Sergeant ironhead. The real reason why the alien brain on Cydonia was destroyed while in the middle of displaying a message telling the X-com operatives not to fire.

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« Reply #22 on: September 22, 2005, 09:28:00 pm »

,,Say, Have you seen Blakes today?” Jason asked Leghk the next day. ,,He went out with the ATV, dude.” Anton answered before the leghkian could respond to the question. ,,The ATV? All by himself?” ,,Starnge, I was going to say that I sensed professor Blakes presence in his room.” Leghk muttered and floated away. Jason frowned but continued with his work. Later on the day however, when he saw the ATV still standing in its cramped hangar, he wasn’t pleased. ,,Anton, would you mind telling me why the ATV is still here?” ,,Cause I said he went for a walk, dude.” ,,I know he’s crazy, but he isn’t stupid enough to go out in this weather! Start speaking the truth, Anton! This is beginning to look like that old movie they show you in college!” ,,Stanley Kubrick, 2001 a space odyssey. Now just give my dad a break, will ya? He’s been working like he’s possessed by something all night! I had to force him to stop by deactivating his desk and the lights.” ,,Working, then what the hell is going on?” ,,You’ll see.”

,,Good evening, captain.” Blakes said as he entered the cargo room, still looking a bit sleepy. ,,Good evening. Say, where have you been all day? Normally you can’t keep yourself from bothering me all the time.” ,,I have been busy. And so have you, I see.” Blakes answered, his feelings a bit hurt, as he nodded at the pile of artefacts. ,,Yeah, but I don’t have a clue what this is all supposed to be. It looks like a big pile of rubbish to me.” ,,Either way, I would like you to take a look at this.” Blakes handed over a datapad. It’s screen was filled with complex math and formula that was far above Steven’s knowledge of math. ,,Nice, why don’t you try to explain it to me? Give me the really really easy version, ok?” He said as he gave back the datapad. ,,Um, well, I suppose I can do that. Anton seems to have cracked the language of the derelict computer. Right at this moment, he is busy downloading every single bit of data from it.” ,,Great! How long will it take?” ,,Give me eight hundred years and I’ll be done, captain dude.” Anton answered, sounding a lot more timid than usual. Confessing that the alien computer was a lot more advanced than he was didn’t do much good for his ego. ,,Oh, well. It’s better than nothing. Go on, Blakes.” ,,Well, on the datapad I stored a simple program explaining the laws their technology operates on. I’ve analyzed it and came up with my theory regarding dimensional physics. Apparently, there are particles that are many times smaller than the smallest particle we’ve discover up to date, which is the entron, which provides endurium its super-photonic abilities. These particles are what I call dimensional particles, to give you an idea of their size, you can fit about ten billion in one entron, which in turn can be fit a million times inside an electron. Actually, an entron is a group of  dimensional particles.” ,,That’s all nice, but how is this going to help us beat up that big monstrosity that will blast our descendants to pieces?” ,,Don’t worry, I’ll explain what you can do with it.”

,,Dimensional particles can be used in many ways, one of the more interesting ones is the creation of matter without using any resources, with the exception of the power the device used for it requires. Also, manipulating those dimensional particles yield interesting results. They are inherently unstable. If you stabilize them, they’ll stop moving and in effect you’ll freeze time itself. If you destabilize those particles even further, though, you’ll create something I call a stresszone. Anything that comes into contact with a stresszone will have its dimensional particles send of in separate directions at high speed. To the naked eye it would look as if whatever was hit suddenly disappears like if it never existed. That is also the thought behind the CDS-system.” ,,CDS? Can’t you just explain things without coming up with difficult names that fail to describe anything?” ,,Please let me continue. CDS stands for Contained Dimensional Stresszone. This is used for example in the power core Jason is working on. This power core, which I prefer to call a stresscore, creates and contains a stresszone and then uses it to generate power. Most of the generated power is being pumped back into it to keep the stresszone intact, but the surplus power, about 3%, is still more than the combined output of our engines and our fusion reactors. A contained dimensional stresszone is nothing more than a stresszone with a shell of stabilized dimensional particles wrapped around it. You can manipulate the movement of the stresszone by changing the density of the shell. This can also be used as a weapon. I would like permission to build a CDS launcher. The design I have in mind includes the means to manipulate the shell of the bolts from a distance. If that bolt would hit something, its shell would spread across the surface and freeze it, which would also shut down any known shield. Then, the stresszone would be pushed forward where it would consume an amount of matter twice the size of the bolt before dissipating.” ,,Nice, but how do you think to do all that?” ,,Well, we just happen to have brought a matter creation device, so I thought of using that. We’ll have to install the stresscore first, but that won’t be a problem now that I know what Jason has to do.” ,,Then do it!”

With the help of the information that Anton kept downloading at high speed, but which would still take centuries to complete, the Vengeance started its refit. The pyramid shaped stresscore had been installed and now provided the power for the matter creation device that kept spitting out materials at a constant rate. During those days, it was also discovered that they could create a material with all the properties of endurium, except the weight. A brand new matter creation device had been installed to feed the new Dinyum directly into the power cores. As a result, they could drop all of their endurium on the planet, finally making it easy again to move around the ship. The last device that was built during those five days, was a CDS launcher, which was placed underneath the nose of the ship between the two plasma bolt launchers. While theoretically a weapon that would provide more damage potential with a single shot than  a salvo of all other weapons combined, it ate power like crazy and would require the combined effort of the stress core, the engines and the fusion reactors to fire.

,,Alright everybody, are you all geared in?” Steven asked and strapped himself into his chair with his seatbelts. While it was an old technology, it was still quite effective in the event the inertial dampeners failed. Off course, if the Vengeance was accelerating at high speeds at the moment, there wouldn’t be much more left of them than a thin jelly. ,,Leghk seems to be fine.” Blakes answered as he finished checking the seat they had made just for the alien. It was essentially just a cube filled with a stiff liquid and a complex net to keep its user in place. ,,All systems green, we’re ready to go.” Jason said when he finally finished his checklist, which had only grown longer with the new upgrades. Anton could do the checks within a fraction of a second, but Jason didn’t want to feel useless. ,,Good. Anton, bring us up!”
,,Oh, yeah!”

The Vengeance lifted itself of the ground and, with some trouble because half the vector thrusters in the nose had been destroyed in a stresscore explosion which still hadn’t been repaired, it pointed its nose upwards. As the engines sang their song of super-photonic particle waves, the ship rocketed out of the atmosphere and back into its natural environment, space.

In seconds, the thick clouds were replaced by the deep blackness of space, with a hint of the purple nebula they were in. As the Vengeance activated its sensors now that they could actually see something again, the tactical screen got filled with grey dots showing the locations of the pieces of wreckage, and one red triangle spewing out little green dots.
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,,That was the worst and most boring movie I’ve ever seen. Lousy special effects.” Sergeant ironhead. The real reason why the alien brain on Cydonia was destroyed while in the middle of displaying a message telling the X-com operatives not to fire.

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« Reply #23 on: September 25, 2005, 08:03:37 pm »

Looks nice...  but it needs some layout, shorter paragraphs, more reader friendly.
Also, if you could make it as PDF with some piccies...  It would be nice reading.
If you host it at geocitires, it may track the amount of hits.  that way you could see your DL stats.
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« Reply #24 on: September 26, 2005, 05:02:34 pm »

Sounds nice, Pablo. But first I'll finish the story. After that I'll worry about learning how to make PDF files. I do have a few pics of the Vengeance (before the ridicilous amount of upgrades), but those are old and probably need to be updated.

Anyway, here they are. (let's see if I can do this right.)

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And an isometric (is this how you call it?) view.


Don't worry about the story, it won't be that much longer. I only need a few more ships blowing up, and put the Vengeance in the right place for a possible sequel (after I managed to get some inspiration from straflight 3.)
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« Reply #25 on: September 29, 2005, 04:30:11 pm »

it looks that you love 3D.
You may use anim8or to texture it.  It can import and export from/to 3DS.
If you want a 3D format convertor, you may use a software called "3D Exploration".
I have used them already.

And for texturing using UV mapping you may use "UVmapper".  haven't used it yet, but I've been told it's good.

If you can make you adventure to be very graphical it would be nice.  the nicest thing would be to make it as a comic.
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« Reply #26 on: September 30, 2005, 10:44:31 am »

I'm updating the model of the Vengeance in my spare time, giving it a more rugged look. Currently, the front looks too much like a buble, not exactly the look a little but extremely lethal demon should have. I also wrote some more and have finally gotten back to the time of the empire. Here it is.


,,Um, Anton, is that what I think it is?” Blakes asked, starting to panic already. ,,Yep, some brand new brainwashed floating balloons.
,,Uhleck. Well then, get us out of here!” The scene changed abruptly when the Vengeance teleported. ,,Now let’s show them some of their own dirty tricks. Fire the plasma bolts.” ,,At your service, captain dude!” Two shining bolts of plasma shot out and headed for their target in a wide arc, attracted to the Warship’s magnetic field. But brainwashed or not, its crew still knew a bit about tactics and skilfully moved their ship around so that the path of the plasma bolts intersected that of one of the wrecks floating around. The bolts of plasma impacted with the wreck, sending chunks of molten metal flying. Three more salvoes were fired, each with the same result.

 In the meantime, the Vengeance was at a large disadvantage with only half of its vector thrusters functioning, forcing it to keep teleporting just to stay out of harms way. ,,Captain, we’ve got enough fuel left for three jumps.” Jason informed, staring at his console.
The Vengeance jumped again, while Steven’s mind raced to find a way to shift the tide of battle. Once again the Vengeance jumped. The Uhleck warship had become a lot more conservative with its shots, firing a single plasma bolt each time to force the Vengeance back into jumping. ,,I got it. Blakes, start fiddling around with the chronotrium web. Try to make it as resistant to plasma as possible. Anton, that new gun, didn’t you say you could control it from here? Then we could avoid hitting wrecks all the time.” ,,Sure, captain dude. But uh.. I can’t see it.” Anton responded while Blake’s fingers danced over the controls on his console. ,,You what?!” ,,I said I can’t see it. There is a reason to the fact that we never even heard about dimensional particles before. They’re…whoops! Time to jump! Anyway, they’re too small to see. But I can guess at where it is using its theoretical speed. So you’ll have to wait for the result.” ,,Good, then get ready to fire it.”

,,But captain, we’ll need every single bit of power we have! We’ll lose the shields and there are still plasma bolts heading our way! You are mad!” Blakes shouted, panicking as usual.
,,That’s why I asked you to toy around with our armour, we’ll just have to take it.” Steven responded. ,,Anton, fire.” ,,Fire in the hole, dudes! See you on the other side of the river!” The screen went black as every system was shut down so that the necessary power could be transferred to the alien weapon, leaving only the bare minimum to keep Anton’s core alive. On the outside, the shields fell away instantly now that the constant flow of power being sent into the projectors ceased to exist.  The Vengeance was engulfed by the plasma. The armour started to glow and vaporize as it struggled to sustain the intense heat, hotter than most stars. Onboard, the systems reactivated when the power flow was restored and the Vengeance burst forward out of the plasma bolt to escape its fiery grave.

At the same moment, not known to the Uhleck, an invisible bolt with the pure power of the dimension raced towards it. The outer shell impacted with the shields and made a gap large enough to let the stresszone inside pass and impact with one of the firing arms that was about to fire. The front of the firing arm and the plasma stored inside it disappeared, the countless dimensional particles that they were made of spread in every direction. The remaining plasma, now no longer being kept under control, started to expand and melted away a large portion of the ship, including the main power conduit that fed both of its plasma bolt launchers. With all means of defence gone, it was helpless as the Vengeance managed to get it in front of the Pulse Phasors and engine cannons and took out the remains with a few quick bursts, adding the Uhleck warship to the wrecks already floating in the system.

On the outside, the Vengeance didn’t look to good either. Nearly all of its armour had vaporized and the hull underneath had deformed under the intense heat. But most of its internal systems, including the engines, were still functioning. The Vengeance accelerated beyond the speed of light and headed back to the timeflux it took to get in the time period it was currently in, while all the damage was being repaired.

,,Wow, now here’s what I call a crowded place.” Steven looked at the holographic representation of the local space surrounding the timeflux. Wave after wave of Uhleck ships showed up as tiny red spheres as they were picked up by the long-range sensors. ,,Right, we’ll need a plan, the sooner the better. Anybody have some suggestions before we’re going to crash this party?” ,,One thing is for sure. We’re not going to pull of that stunt of yours like last time. We got lucky, but now there will be a whole lot more gasbags gunning for us. Patching up the armour wasn’t so bad, but getting the hull back into shape was a pain.” Jason responded ,,Aw come on. I did all the work while you kept an eye on my progress, dude.” ,,At least the coffee machine was still working. Losing that would have been a disaster.” Steven tried to cheer up the engineer, not quite successful.

,,With the information gotten from our encounter with that plasma bolt, I’m sure I can make the chronotrium web better suited for that kind of situations, but chronotrium has its limits. Also, the more I get it to protect against plasma bolts, the less it will protect against anything else.” ,,Thanks Blakes. Leghk?” ,,I advise not to use the Battle Jumper. The teleportational movements are random and we will have to get close to the flux by luck. And with such a large number of…Uhleck in the area, the chance that we accidentally jump into a warship or a plasma bolt is too great to ignore.”

,,Anton? Please give me some good news.” ,,Sorry, captain dude. I do have some ideas I would like to try, but it will take a while to get those ready. So all I can suggest is to let me burn through as fast as the engines will let me while pulling of lots of quick flying manoeuvres to stay out of trouble.” ,,Fine then, that’s what we’re going to do. Anton, you get full freedom in making decisions, but your first priority is to get to that timeflux with as much of the shields still intact as possible. This also means that you won’t be able to use the CDS launcher, it makes us a helpless sitting duck for way too long. Got that?” ,,Don’t worry captain dude. You won’t regret this!”

The Vengeance closed in on its destination at top speed, hoping to catch the Uhleck off guard while avoiding their gravitational influence so that it could get as close to the timeflux as possible before being forced back to sub light.

The Uhleck can never be caught off guard. The moment the Vengeance appeared in their midst, the area lit up as countless plasma bolts were fired. But their large numbers turned out to be a disadvantage rather than an advantage as the Vengeance made many bolts hit an Uhleck ship instead with some fancy flying, a trick it had learned from its encounter with the Uhleck ship near the planet with the derelict. As the Vengeance spun around, many Uhleck warships were destroyed or disabled by friendly fire while the Vengeance didn’t fire a single shot. With one last quick turn, the small ship entered the timeflux, back to the future.

,,The great eye, a flux so powerful it not only passed space, but also time. Out of the chaos of distorted colours, the darker shape of the Vengeance became visible, shooting away like a bullet fired out of a strange multicoloured rifle. ,,Ah, finally back again. Now before we’re going to save the galaxy as we know it, does anyone want some coffee?” ,,Is that all you can think about, captain? We nearly got killed over a dozen times back there!” ,,You can’t go to war when you’re thirsty, so what do you say, Blakes?” ,,Oh, fine then, why not.” ,,Good, three coffees it is then.” With those words, Steven left the bridge.

,,So, dudes. Are we going to do it or not?” ,,Let’s do it. But don’t tell the captain.” Jason answered.

Steven looked around one last timed. The others had already been put in stasis. Strange, he had been on the Governor for almost ten years, and just a few months on the Vengeance, yet still it felt more like home than the Governor had ever been. Home. What would he see when he got back? The trip would take over a hundred years, even with the help of the fluxes that they found on the maps stored in the derelict’s computer. Would the earth still be there? Or the Empire? Everybody he knew would be dead or very old, none of them had ever shown any interest in any medical treatment to make their life longer. He realized that the only true home he had, was the Vengeance. With that thought, the stasis pod activated and Steven was frozen.

The Warhammer vibrated one last time as the deadly beam tore through it. Then, the safety mechanisms on the power core failed, releasing the power of endurium in a massive explosion that consumed the ship. The ship that had been responsible, a massive Gazurtoid vessel, lost its shields and was promptly pummelled by nine photon torpedoes that had no trouble hitting the hull now that the shields and their strange anti missile effect had gone. The hull ruptured, and water and squid like Gazurtoid corpses flew out of the gap.

,,Thor battle group is requesting assistance! They lost the Thor and Odin, the Valkyrie and Fenrir are getting pounded by ten squids!” The communications officer shouted over the bridge. ,,Enterprise, take us there. This squid we have here won’t be going anywhere.” Pearcy said, watching the water and corpses fly out of the Gazurtoid ship that had been hit by the Enterprise’s photon torpedoes seconds earlier. The Enterprise turned around and started to carve a path through the battlefield.

When the Enterprise arrived, Thor battle group had been turned into dust. Eight Gazurtoid vessels were still there though, and promptly opened fire after screaming their religious preachings over the radio, on a frequency that no one listened to anyway.

Thanks to the high processing speed of the Enterprise’s ANTP, the large ship somehow managed to find a path that allowed it to avoid most of the deadly storm being fired at it. Most, the few beams that managed to hit their target put a steady drain on the shields.

,,Enterprise, are you sure about this?” The tactical officer asked and zoomed in on the sector that was currently being displayed on his screen. ,,Why?” The voice of the ANTP sounded unnaturally calm, despite the battle that was raging outside. ,,Look at A-1236 Z-4593. There’s not a single ship of ours in the neighbourhood, yet still you’re saying that the squids are dropping like flies there!”
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« Reply #27 on: September 30, 2005, 11:33:59 am »

Alright, I've finished my first part of updating the model and figured out why I had to wait 15 minutes (literally!) for the model to load (I had lots of render images from another model hidden in the file of which I don't know ho it even got there Shocked).

Now, the biggest change is that I replaced the blue with gray and some purple. I also added lots of darker gray areas that can be seen as heat disposal systems. Perhaps a bit much, but with that many guns and stuff, it heats up like crazy.

There have been two small wings added on the sides of the Pulse Phasors, and the bridge window has been replaced by two smaller ones. I added a triangular ramp for the ATV or the fighter  at the bottom which is not visible in the pic. There have also been added two antennea. It's not done yet, but I'm getting there.

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Re: The result of boredom.
« Reply #28 on: September 30, 2005, 08:48:06 pm »

There are 2 ways to make cool models.
One is to make a detailed mesh and the other is to use cool textures.
To me it seems that your mesh is cool enough, and you should spend some time making some hull textures.

For example, look at this mesh, it's made mostly from cool textures, low poly count.
http://img211.imageshack.us/img211/5287/brighton071nb.jpg
http://img211.imageshack.us/img211/7667/brighton069bo.jpg
http://img211.imageshack.us/img211/8564/brighton054ry.jpg
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« Reply #29 on: September 30, 2005, 09:15:19 pm »

Nice pics. Looks like I'll have to patch up my drawing skills Cheesy. But that can come later. As it is with games (or should be in my opinion.), story first, gameplay (readability) second, graphics third.
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