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In this time of interstellar war, loyalty of corporations is in high demand. Most are swallowed by one of the three major powers, some fall to bankruptcy, a few are destroyed in gambits for independence. Fortunately, you are the governor of the Homeworld, the largest economic powerhouse in the entire galaxy. Though you are safeguarded by treaties and arms from unilateral takeover, it is still your job to broker deals and offer support to the three galactic goliaths as you see fit in order to safeguard the independence and prosperity of your people.

To the galactic north is the Osseus Empire, a warmongering nation that wishes to unite all of humanity under its banner. It is currently engaged on a two-front war with the Helix Resistance and Androgen Provinces. However, Homeworld is not free of their military's influence either, and diplomatic ties are strained simply due to your independence and position as a hub world.

To the galactic west is the Helix Resistance, formerly the Royal Court of Helios. Their kingdom quickly fell after the uprising on Kelbor took much of their land, and now their fractured army gathers around the binary system of Apollonia. They are by far the weakest and poorest of the three powers, but their systems are also the richest in resources.

To the galactic east are the Androgen Provinces, a collection of sovereign systems that unite in times of war. Their main forces are fending off the Osseus Empire's offensives, but do see the collapse of Helios's Court as an opportunity to expand their land. Due to overindustrialization, their systems lack vital resources, and they will pay fortunes to garner much-needed war materials.

There are also a few unaffiliated systems floating around. Most are too remote, small or dangerous to warrant any nation spending their resources in securing. These are the best systems for you to conduct mining operations on, as no one cares enough to object.

Finally, there is the Anomaly, which appeared north of the Osseus 20 years ago. Nothing is known about it, as all probes and ships sent into it are simply forced around, much like how a black hole bends light around it.
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Currently, your coffers are decently filled. There are 5 different resources which can be mined and 7 different ships that can be built.
- 100k denarii (standard unit of money)
- 1k titanium (rare resource)
- 2k iron (uncommon resource)
- 3k carbon (common resource)
- 3k sulfur (common resource)
- 3k nitrogen (common resource)
- 1 mining ship
- 1 escort ship

Actions
>Dispatch ships (undispatched ships stay at Homeworld)
>Construct ships (construction is not immediate)
>Trade/negotiate with nation (relations with nations will vary based on favor)

Also, name suggestions for ships are always welcome.
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>>4914027
Dispatch
The Descartes, Escort ship
To >Trade/negotiate with nation (relations with nations will vary based on favor)
Helix Resistance
for 75k denarii worth of titanium

Send the mining ship (to be named by others) to Phlegethon for mining

Use 25k to >Construct ships (construction is not immediate)
another escort ship and mining ship
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>>4914033
>Use 25k to >Construct ships (construction is not immediate)
another escort ship and mining ship
and shipowar.
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>>4914033
How bout hades plunder for the mining ship. In myth hades was basically the god of wealth due to his domain over gems and such
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>>4914033
>>4914037
Here are the stats for each ship.
Jumps indicate how much a ship can move along the star-routes, which are the white lines between systems.
Cargo indicates how many resources ship can carry. Only mining ships can mine from planets.
HP indicates how many hits a ship can take. Repairs are done automatically upon returning to a friendly territory without hostile ships.
Weapon strength indicates how high an enemy must roll on a d6 to avoid damage (e.g. strength 4 hits are saved on a 4 or above).
Armor is added to the save roll.
Shields are a secondary damage save and are not modified by armor.
Platforms can be installed on any system you own.
And cost is shown below each ship.
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>>4914044
Ah crap, forgot to attach the stats.
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>>4914042
Sounds cool.

>>4914044
>>4914046
Okay. Dispatch The Descartes and Hades Plunder to Styx
Begin construction on a Cruiser
Switch to 50k denarii worth of titanium from Helix
Bargain with Androgen to find the going rates for titanium
Greet Osseus and ask if they are in need of anything.
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>>4914044
Adding the name Ruhr for the name of our mining ships, the Ruhr area was a important mining hub in germany
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>>4914077
>>4914108
The Descartes and Hades Plunder arrive shortly on Styx, and the Hades Plunder immediately begins mining. (Roll 2d6 for mining success)

A communications channel was opened with Apollonia, who are willing to sell off 8k titanium for 50k denarii. However, they are wary of what you will do with such a rare resource, and demand to know why you ask for so much before selling. (Choose a response)
>Constructing new ships
>Trading with other empires
>Cite treaty and refuse to tell
>Write-in

The Androgen, seeing this as an opportunity to construct more cruisers, immediately offer 11k denarii per 1k titanium, but only up to 5k titanium. (You currently have 0 titanium)

The Osseus accept your greeting, and ask for a loan of 20k denarii for the next 3 rounds, which they will pay back at the end of the 3 rounds with 5% interest. (You currently have 40k denarii)
y/n?

A Cruiser is being constructed, and will finish in 2 rounds. You now have:
- 50k denarii (standard unit of money)
- 0 titanium (rare resource)
- 2k iron (uncommon resource)
- 2k carbon (common resource)
- 2k sulfur (common resource)
- 1k nitrogen (common resource)
- 1 mining ship (Hades Plunder)
- 1 escort ship (Descartes)
- 1 cruiser [in 2 rounds]
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Rolled 6, 4 = 10 (2d6)

>>4914142
>Constructing new ships
Need to defend ourselves and our new mining operations.

Sell Androgen 5k titanium after Apollonia agrees to sell us 8k titanium for 50k denarii.

Loan Osseus 20k after Androgen pays us for selling the 5k titanium.

Begin constructing another Drill

Agree to the loan.
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Rolled 2, 6 = 8 (2d6)

>>4914142
For
>Constructing new ships
>Trading with other empires
Mention that we're shipping it to Androgen, not Osseus
>Sell 5k titanium to Androgen
>Loan 20k to Osseus
>Construct another Drill
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>>4914525
>>4914710
Your Drill has found deposits of unknown materials on Phlegethon and is proceeding to mine them. (Roll 3d12 to identify resources)

You tell the Helix Resistance that the titanium will be used to construct ships for defense purposes, though some will be sold to Androgen. After much discussion among themselves, their diplomats agree to the trade, believing that the Androgen can assist in holding back the Osseus. (You now have $0 and 8k titanium)

After receiving the titanium, you immediately call the Androgen for them to pick their titanium up. The operation goes without a hitch, aside from the crews of the Helix and Androgen cargo ships getting into a fistfight on the docking bay. (You now have $55k and 3k titanium)

You agree to the loan with Osseus, who tell you they are sending an escort to orbit Homeworld as "enforcement of the bargain." You and your cabinet raise protests, but the military general you are talking to declares that this is non-negotiable, and besides, the ship won't open fire unless you default on the loan or are getting too cozy with another nation.

A Drill is being constructed, and will finish in 1 round. You now have:
- 40k denarii (standard unit of money)
- 3k titanium (rare resource)
- 2k iron (uncommon resource)
- 2k carbon (common resource)
- 0 sulfur (common resource)
- 0 nitrogen (common resource)
- 2 Drills (Hades Plunder [At Phlegethon]) (Ruhr [in 1 round])
- 1 Escort (Descartes [At Phlegethon])
- 1 Cruiser [in 2 rounds]
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Rolled 1, 1, 2 = 4 (3d12)

>>4915035
I believe the cruiser's supposed to be completed in 1 round.
For actions, just skip a round, see what we find on Phlegethon.
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>>4915035
>Osseusian bullshit
>That's a grudgin'
I say we also open channels to the Helixians and ask if they have excess ressources they'd like to sell.
Beyond that we wait. Cruiser's next turn.
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>>4915035
>Osseusian bullshit
>That's a grudgin'
I say we also open channels to the Helixians and ask if they have excess ressources they'd like to sell.
Beyond that we wait. Cruiser's next turn.
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>>4915076
>>4915087
Sorry for not mentioning this, but each round is 3 posts. At the end of a round, the map is updated (hostile ships take over a system if they are uncontested), per-round actions are resolved (like shipbuilding and the loan), income is paid ($10k per system) and your inventory is reposted. Otherwise, trade negotiations would be too slow to keep up with loans and tithes, and ship construction would be much faster than combat.
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Rolled 1, 6, 4 = 11 (3d12)

>>4915095
Noted
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Rolled 8, 4, 6 = 18 (3d12)

>>4915035
I'm pretty sure we gave them the 20k. Are they trying to act like they gave us 20k?

Ask Helix what are the going rates for Iron and Carbon.

Ask Androgen what they are willing to pay for Iron and Carbon.

Ask Osseus if they know anything more about the Anomaly.
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>>4915076
>>4915094
>>4915100
>>4915154
The mining operation goes smoothly, and Hades Plunder returns to Homeworld with 2k carbon, 1k sulfur and the Descartes in tow. Both await their next dispatch. (Write in)

The Helix Resistance says they have 2k iron, 2k carbon, 2k sulfur and 3k nitrogen available, but they currently need military power, not cash. They are willing to send you these resources in exchange for 2 escorts or 1 destroyer.

The Androgen are willing to pay $7k for 1k iron up to 3k iron and $3k for carbon up to 5k carbon. They also mention that they are willing to pay $56k for a new destroyer or $89k for a new cruiser.

$20k is virtually wired to the Osseus capital, per your agreement. Your commander-in-chief is heard swearing under his breath about sovereignty violations and voidspace breaches, but he does not publicly object to your actions. (You now have $20k. The loan requires one more payment)
You also ask the Osseus if they know anything about the Anomaly. The Osseus diplomat replies "No, our probes still can't enter it, and our telescopes can't even register it. Now stop wasting my time with useless questions."

Your second Drill has finished construction! After popping open a bottle of champagne, the captain, crew and name are selected. The Ruhr is now at your command. (Write in)

Your workers on Homeworld generate $10k income. Their conditions are acceptable and morale is high, although those near the docks are spreading rumors of the Osseus occupying Homeworld. One of your PR managers addresses the escort in orbit, saying it's just a temporary arrangement and the war will not spread to Homeworld.

One of your aides informs you of curious rumors. Apparently, the captain of the Osseus Escort was boasting in a bar one night about the Osseus's campaign at Cadenza. He allegedly said that the Androgen have taken serious losses and that this system will soon join their rightful place at Kelbor's side. Your contacts in Androgen confirm that Cadenza is embroiled in heavy combat but are unable to say which side is winning.

~~{End Round 1}~~
Current inventory
- 30k denarii (standard unit of money)
- 3 titanium (rare resource)
- 2k iron (uncommon resource)
- 4k carbon (common resource)
- 1k sulfur (common resource)
- 0k nitrogen (common resource)
- 2 Drills (Hades Plunder [Homeworld]) (Ruhr [Homeworld])
- 1 Escort (Descartes [Homeworld)
- 1 Cruiser [in 1 round]
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>>4915176
>Send 2 drills accompanied by an escort to Cocytus
>Offer to construct a destroyer for the Helix Resistance if they're willing to invest 1k nitrogen in advance
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>>4915176
Ask Helix for an advance of 1k sulfer and 2k nitrogen for now in return for the destroyer when it's build, citing building materials needed.
If they, accept begin building one destroyer.
If not, begin building a defense platform.

Advise Androgen we are willing to sell a cruiser as soon as it is finished.

Nice! Dispatch the Descartes, Ruhr, and Hades Plunder to Lethe.

Damn, they wanted 20k per round? At least that's 63k coming back, I suppose.
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>>4915204
>>4915230
You overhear two naval officers bickering over where to send the Drills and Descartes to. One suggests Cocytus, while the other thinks Lethe is better. In the end, you tell them that Hades Plunder will be sent to Cocytus, Ruhr to Lethe and the Descartes will remain at Homeworld on standby. (Roll 2d6 for Plunder's mining success and 2d6 for Ruhr's mining success)

The Helix, disappointed at your lack of immediately available ships, withdraw their offer. In their email, it mentions how they're not paying 3 times the resources just to be put on a waiting list.

The Androgen, on the other hand, are much friendlier, and agree to wait for the cruiser to finish. They are so cooperative, in fact, that the diplomat outright asks you if you would consider becoming an official province of Androgen. They are willing to install 2 defense platforms on Homeworld for free and ensure its naval defense if you pay a tithe of $5k denarii and 2k of any resource per round. When you point out that this flies in the face of every historic treaty made on Homeworld, the diplomat merely smiles and replies "treaties can be overturned if all parties concerned consent, right?"
>y/n?

A defense platform is being constructed, and will finish in 1 round. As you only have one planet under your control, the platform will automatically orbit Homeworld. You now have:
- 5k denarii (standard unit of money)
- 3 titanium (rare resource)
- 1k iron (uncommon resource)
- 2k carbon (common resource)
- 1k sulfur (common resource)
- 0k nitrogen (common resource)
- 2 Drills (Hades Plunder [Cocytus]) (Ruhr [Lethe])
- 1 Escort (Descartes [Homeworld)
- 1 Cruiser [in 1 round]
- 1 Defense Platform [in 1 round]

Also, we're sending 40k total over to Osseus in exchange for 42k. They pay their loan back at the end of round 3.
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Rolled 3, 1 = 4 (2d6)

>>4915513
For Ruhr

Send a gift of 1k denarii to the Helix, apologizing for any misunderstanding. Advise we were going to build two destroyers and give the ships to them for the rest of their resources, as we don't have the resources right now necessary to build the ships at this time.

N
It is bad timing, as we have neither the funds nor resources to support such a generous offer.
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Rolled 2, 2 = 4 (2d6)

>>4915513
>n
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>>4915694
>>4916370
You wake up one day to two voicemails, one from each Drill. Neither have detected any significant ore reserves on their respective planets. The captain of the Hades Plunder wants to mine at Styx instead of Cocytus, while the captain of the Ruhr practically begs you to extend his mining trip so he doesn't have to go home empty-handed. Where will you deploy them? (Write in to relocate, roll 2d6 to stay)

The trade offer and $1k have been sent to the Helix. They accept the denarii but turn down the offer more politely this time, as their economy in the future may be very different from what they can promise now. (You currently have 4k denarii)

The Androgen diplomat laughs, and says they weren't expecting you to take their offer so soon anyways. He does tell you that a major sulfur deposit has been found on a volcanic moon in Acheron, and recommends you pick some up from there.
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Rolled 1, 4 = 5 (2d6)

>>4917476
Thank the Androgen diplomat for the tip.
Hail Osseus to let them know our mining ship will be in their airspace soon
Send Ruhr to Acheron.

Keep Hades Plunder at Cocytus
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>>4917476
>>4917508
Suppoting
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>>4917508
>>4917902
The Hades Plunder runs another scan of Cocytus, but turns up nothing like last time. The captain again suggests relocating to Styx. (Write-in)

The Osseus receive your hails and grant the Ruhr safe passage. However, they advise you to not send any ships through Cadenza, as those are at risk of wandering into crossfire. Since Acheron is too far away for the Ruhr to reach, it is making a temporary stop at Cocatrice.

On Homeworld, your secretary of finance bursts into your room with a handful of documents. As you sift through them, you realize in horror that you don't have enough money for the Osseus's second loan. And speak of the devil, you get a call right there from the Osseus escort.
"Good morning, afternoon, and evening Anon. I hope you have not forgotten your obligations, which are due today if my calendar does not deceive me."
You greet him in return and tell him to hold on for a while. You need to get the paperwork sorted out with the bank manager and secretary of finance - who is currently trembling in a corner.
"Oh? It didn't take this long last time. Are your supercomputers malfunctioning? Should we send some technicians down to assist?"
Having men come down would just expedite this whole crisis, so you refuse their offer. The man on the other side is starting to grow suspicious, and tells you that your mining ship will not be allowed to leave port at Cocatrice until the loan is paid, and that more ships will be sent over to Homeworld to "ensure compliance." Until then, all ships entering and leaving your airspace will be fired upon.

Your workers on Homeworld generate $10k income. Their conditions are acceptable but their morale is waning. They fear military occupation of Homeworld by the Osseus, and nothing your PR aids say can assuage them.

An update has come from your contacts in Androgen. Cadenza and Bucephalus have been taken and the Osseus are pushing deep into the Androgen's territory. A cruiser is stationed at each system as a bulwark against counteroffensives. However, the Androgen are well assembling an army to push back.

~~{End Round 2}~~
Current inventory
- 14k denarii (standard unit of money)
- 3 titanium (rare resource)
- 1k iron (uncommon resource)
- 2k carbon (common resource)
- 1k sulfur (common resource)
- 0k nitrogen (common resource)
- 2 Drills (Hades Plunder [Cocytus]) (Ruhr [Cocatrice])
- 1 Escort (Descartes [Homeworld)
- 1 Cruiser [Homeworld]
- 1 Defense Platform [Homeworld]

Name suggestions for the Cruiser and Defense platform?
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>>4918499
Allow Hades Plunder to continue onto Styx.

Ask Androgen how much are they willing to pay now for a cruiser.

Name the defense platform the Leonidas.
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>>4918611
With no luck to be found on Cocytus, the Hades Plunder acknowledges and moves on to Styx. When it arrives, a Helix Drill is already in system. Both ships sit in silence for a moment before acknowledging each other's presence and wishing them luck on mining. It seems the Helix don't care what's going on outside their borders as usual. (Roll 2d6 for mining success)

You ask the Androgen what the price of a cruiser is, but instead of replying with words, they send a destroyer to chase the Osseus out of Homeworld. The comms officer aboard the ship, which is named the Leopard, tells you they'll take one for $86k, but negotiations take second priority to national security. Apparently, they're really just here to stop the Osseus from gaining a new path into the Androgen heartland.
The Osseus, anticipating such a move, have also deployed an additional destroyer to Homeworld. The odds are now highly in their favor, with 2 escorts and a destroyer against just the Leopard. As per their promises, all three Osseus ships immediately open fire, and the Leopard responds in kind. As you watch, your commander-in-chief asks if we should engage as well. Your secretary of finance disagrees, as the Descartes is still being held hostage at Cocatrice.
>Fire at the Osseus (declare targets for each ship)
>Fire at the Androgen (declare which ships will engage)
>Stay neutral
>Write in
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Rolled 2, 6, 5 = 13 (3d6)

Rolling for Leopard's defense
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Rolled 6 (1d6)

Rolling for Escort 1's defense
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>>4920661
>Fire at the Osseus (declare targets for each ship)
The Androgen's new cruiser will engage the Destroyer, after the Androgen wire 96k denarii.

Let Osseus know during and after the battle, if they ask, the Androgen had already paid for construction of the ship beforehand and that's why they were in Homeworlds space space.
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>>4920661
>>4920719
Supporting.
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>>4920719
>>4921080
The Hades Plunder is currently on standby at Styx. They are worried that something may have happened on Homeworld that would prevent mining orders from being transmitted, but are staying on their assigned course for now. (Roll 2d6 for mining success)

A heavy cannon round slams straight into the Leopard, creating a massive hole which sucks metal, glass and men into space. Androgen central command agree to pay a little extra for the cruiser so they won't lose their destroyer. Smiling, you agree, and the moment you see $96k pop up in the bank ledger, you order the cruiser to fire upon the Destroyer 1. The Leopard fires at Escort 1 while the Descartes and Leonidas are far from the battle, holding their fire. (The cruiser has been sold to the Androgen. You now have $110k denarii)

The Osseus, lacking the strength to pierce a cruiser's armor, retreat back to Kelbor. While powering up their main engines, the Leopard scores a direct hit into the back of the Escort 1, destroying it. The Destroyer 1 also takes a hit from the cruiser, but it and the Escort 1 manage to make transit out of Homeworld.

After the battle, you make contact with the Osseus and explain the current conflict as best you can. Their diplomat, however, isn't having it. He shouts at you about selling out, betrayal, and ends by declaring the Androgen will never do business with you again. The line then goes silent for a while before another diplomat gets on, apologizing for his colleague's rudeness and saying that trade will still be open, although your ships will no longer be allowed passage through Osseus territory and the Ruhr will be escorted back to Homeworld. (Write in where to send the Ruhr)

Current inventory
- 110k denarii (standard unit of money)
- 3 titanium (rare resource)
- 1k iron (uncommon resource)
- 2k carbon (common resource)
- 1k sulfur (common resource)
- 0k nitrogen (common resource)
- 2 Drills (Hades Plunder [Styx]) (Ruhr [Homeworld])
- 1 Escort (Descartes [Homeworld)
- 1 Defense Platform (Leonidas [Homeworld])
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Rolled 6, 4 = 10 (2d6)

>>4922690
Wire the Osseus the rest of their money for the loan and ask for loan repayment next turn in lieu of interest, our ships be allowed once more in their lands.

Ask Helix if we are able to buy some resources with money, as we don't have any ships to sell them, because we don't have any resources to make ships to sell them.

Send the Ruhr and Descartes to Phelgethon for mining.

Start construction on a Capital drill.
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>>4922690
>Transfer the rest of the loan money to Osseus on the agreed terms
>>4923051
Supporting this for the rest.
I don't think having passage through Osseus territory is that valuable, we'll only be cut off from Acheron, the other systems remain open to our ships.
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Rolled 1, 3 = 4 (2d6)

>>4922690
forgot to roll.
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>>4923637
Fair enough. Don't ask for passage into their lands once more then.
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>>4923638
>>4923678
After a much-extended mining expedition, the Hades Plunder finally strikes an ore vein. It's a good thing too, as it was running out of fuel and was going to return to Homeworld anyways. (Roll 3d12 to identify resources)

The Ruhr, followed by the Descartes, arrive on Phlegethon through Helix territory. Interestingly, floating debris was identified in Helix territory during the journey, a clear sign of recent battle, but no warships were spotted. (Roll 2d6 for mining success)

In an attempt to restore diplomatic ties, you wire $20k to the Osseus with a request to continue the deal as it was written. No response has come back yet, although it seems the Osseus have accepted the transaction. The general sentiment of your cabinet is that the Osseus are undergoing serious internal discussions and will probably have an official response put together by the week. (You now have $90k)

The Helix say that they are still offering 2k iron, 2k carbon, 2k sulfur and 3k nitrogen for 2 escorts or 1 destroyer, but they are also willing to accept $6k per 1k iron and $5k per 1k carbon, sulfur, or nitrogen. When asked about the debris found near their northern systems, they curtly inform you that the Osseus had launched a failed raid into Trionysus.

The Androgen destroyer departs from Homeworld and vanishes into its own territory. A few days later, the Androgen president passes over a piece of valuable information. The Androgen have taken one of the Osseus's systems, and are beginning a counterpush to liberate Bucephelus, Cadenza, and perhaps even Cocatrice. The fleet is currently gathered at Lethe and orders to advance are expected to be issued soon. He makes another request for you to officially join the Provinces, this time more serious. The details are the same as the last offer. $5k denarii and 2k resources in tithes for 2 free defense platforms and guaranteed wartime protection, although he is willing to temporarily overlook the tithe if direct military support is provided.
>y/n?

A capital drill is being constructed, and will finish in 2 rounds.

~~{End Round 3}~~
You now have:
- 40k denarii (standard unit of money)
- 3 titanium (rare resource)
- 0k iron (uncommon resource)
- 0k carbon (common resource)
- 0k sulfur (common resource)
- 0k nitrogen (common resource)
- 2 Drills (Hades Plunder [Styx]) (Ruhr [Phelgethon])
- 1 Capital Drill (in 1 round)
- 1 Escort (Descartes [Phelgethon)
- 1 Defense Platform (Leonidas [Homeworld])

Any names for the Capital Drill?
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Rolled 6, 1, 1 = 8 (3d12)

>>4925640
N
Thank the President for the offer, but advise we have absolutely no resources to give as tithe and no viable warships to assist in the assault.

Contact Osseus on a secure line, advise we want to speak with a higher up diplomat and/or military general. Advise we have important information to trade regarding the war effort. Ask for 1 Destroyer as payment, for our protection, seeing as their Destroyer and 2 escorts did battle over our air space against an Androgen Cruiser and Destroyer. Tell them of the plot and timeframe of Androgen to liberate Bucephelus, Cadenza, and perhaps even Cocatrice. Do not tell them the launch point is from Lethe unless they agree to give us the Destroyer first.

If they do, tell them the attack is coming from Lethe.
If they don't, tell them to pay whatever they think is fair for the information.

Get on the horn with Helix and advised on the attack on the Osseus from the Androgen in the Eastern part of space, heavily emphasis the east will be preoccupied, leaving Kelbor/ the Western territories lightly guarded. Ask for sulfur/nitrogen or reduced prices for the tip.

Hold off on the purchase of 2k iron and 2k carbon until we find out what we found. Subtract the difference if we find iron/carbon or buy the above amounts if we find sulfer/nitrogen.


Capital Drill: The Kamina
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Rolled 5, 4 = 9 (2d6)

>>4925640
Just in case no one else rolls.

>>4925760
Also, to add on, if Osseus agrees to trade us the Destroyer, trade it to Helix immediately for the resources and don't buy any.
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>>4925762
>>4925760
Also, for a small 'toll' of resources, we will allow Helix passage with their fleet through Homeworld in case they want to go to Kelbor for whatever reason.
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>>4925760
>>4925762
Changing
>Hold off on the purchase of 2k iron and 2k carbon until we find out what we found. Subtract the difference if we find iron/carbon or buy the above amounts if we find sulfer/nitrogen.
to
>Hold off on the purchase of 4k iron, 4k carbon, 6k sulfur, and 4k nitrogen until we find out what, if anything, we mine. Subtract the difference from the purchase in case we find anything, including if we can trade a Destroyer for the resources that Osseus agrees to give us as payment

1 Destroyer vs 3 planets aka half of your territory and the entire eastern half of space.
I know which one I would choose.
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>>4925817
Alright, after a long lack of resource shipments, the Hades Plunder finally returns home with cargo in tow. It appears that they found 2k carbon and 1k sulfur. A good haul, but some iron would have been seriously appreciated. After refueling, the captain asks where his next station will be. (Write in)

The Ruhr wanders into a field of of iron-rich asteroids and successfully extracts a large chunk from one. The Descartes orbits nearby, on the lookout for danger, but currently has spotted nothing. (Roll 3d6 to identify resources)

You politely refuse the Androgen president's offer for the second time. When he asks you why, you can hear a little quiver in his voice, but it's too faint to tell if he's dejected or angry. Still, when he hears that you lack the resources and power to properly pay tithes, he accepts and hangs up the phone.

After the conversation, you immediately dial for the Osseus, requesting a secure line with a member of the Chairman's council. Ideally, a face-to-face conversation would neutralize the risk of phone tapping, but showing up with bodyguards to discuss "business" right after a near-invasion would not be the wisest move. After being put on hold for 20 minutes, you're finally greeted by the Chief of Foreign Relations. He goes on to say that the loan will be repaid the round after this one, though you won't need to imburse them anymore. It seems like they've seen the sense in preserving good relations with you.
(1/2)
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>>4928912
After ironing out the loan's payment details, you turn to the main topic of discussion. You inform the Chief that the Androgen are going to strike Bucephelus, Cadenza and Cocatrice very soon, which the he processes for a moment before thanking you for the tip. Interestingly, he doesn't seem to be all too concerned with asking questions, so you press on a little, saying you know which system the assault will launch from and that you'll tell them if they agree to gift you a destroyer. The diplomat, somehow unfazed by the news and offer, replies "that won't be necessary. We already know where the Androgen will be striking from, and wasting a destroyer to hear it again is not on my agenda." He ends the call there before you can get another word out. All in all, you're glad that you're finally getting your $42k back, but the way the Chief nonchalantly handled the call will have your mind doing somersaults that night.

Next, you decide to get the Helix up to speed. Fortunately, their diplomats are willing to talk in person. A thorough debrief on the upcoming invasion ensues, and you make sure to imply that both the Osseus and Androgen will be quite occupied with each other for the time being. The Helix diplomat sits in silence for a good while, then goes to ring his superiors. He talks for 2 minutes before handing the phone to you. On the phone is the Helix Interplanetary Supreme Resistance Leader herself, who quietly asks for everything you know about their enemies' troop movements. You chuckle and say that Homeworld's help never comes without a price. With a sigh, the Supreme Leader asks "name your price, con man." You tell her that having a little sulfur and nitrogen never hurts, and the Supreme Leader catches on. "1k of each. In return, you tell me time and forces that there." You wonder if you should risk ask for more or take the deal as is. (Accept or write in counteroffer)

The Capital Drill is officially signed off as the Kamina in its paperwork, and you decide to commission a little decoration. Orders for a massive pair of spiked orange sunglasses to be painted on the bow of the ship are soon mixed in with all the other paperwork, hopefully bypassing all lawyers and inspectors until its too late.
(2/2)

Just a question, how's the quest feel so far?
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Rolled 1, 3, 6 = 10 (3d6)

>>4928914
>>4928912
Damn, in a tight spot now. Too bad Descartes is so far away.

Hail the Androgen. Advise we have 2k titanium we wish to sell. Advise our initial mining plans had to be changed because we learned space raiders knew we were coming to the planet to mine.
Hope they understand the message about needing to change their plans and Osseus know when and where they are coming.

Accept the deal as is. Advise this is the current information as we have it. Buy 1k of iron from them. Begin construction of a Destroyer.

The quest is fantastic. Sorry I couldn't post for a while. Everyone has their competing goals and you can realistically feel your precarious situation on the global scale even as you gain strides, such as when we accepted Osseus' loan offer, thinking we would have a little headway into their good graces, only to be blindsided with a double-dipper who forced ships onto our space, then sent our own ships packing. Even now, Osseus may not have known where the ships actually were coming from, but now they has received a second confirmation without having paid another price. It's well-written and fun.
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>>4932195
Being the idiot that I am, I forgot to generate $10k income at the end of round 3. Also, Homeworld's workers are doing well with acceptable living conditions and morale. (You now have $50k denarii)

The Ruhr returns to Homeworld from its trip in the iron asteroid field. The raw ores are then sent off to refineries to determine just what was found. Upon completion of the process, it was discovered that the Ruhr had completely missed the iron-rich deposits and instead came back with 1k carbon, 1k nitrogen and 1k titanium. It's said that the captain changed out his scanners and fired its operators when he heard of the blunder. (You now have 1k carbon, 1k nitrogen and 4k titanium. Write in where to send the Ruhr)

To make up for their extensive trip, the Hades Plunder crew was given a little time for shore leave. Its said that local bars gained enormous revenue and women came home much earlier that week to avoid an increase in midnight skirt-chasers. (Write in where to send the Hades Plunder)

You smile and accept the Helix Supreme Leader's generosity and inform her as best you can of what forces are involved and where. You tell her that the Androgen have gathered a cruiser, destroyer and escort at Lethe in order to push all the way up to Cocatrice, while the Osseus have two confirmed cruisers in the area and more ships possibly coming to reinforce. After the Supreme Leader finishes writing this information down, you inform her that is all you know and ask her if they could perhaps include 1k iron for $6k with the already established deal. Despite wanting to know more, she relents and informs you that a transport will be sent by the hour. (You now have $44k denarii, 1k sulfur, 2k nitrogen and 1k iron)
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>>4934796
Realizing that you confirmed the Osseus's fears for free, you immediately try to get the Androgen to change invasion plans. An urgent dispatch is sent to Isaacson, detailing how mining expeditions to Lethe had to be directed elsewhere due to space raiders closely affiliated with the Osseus setting up a camp in the system. This means their position is highly compromised and that the Osseus will most likely expect their invasion. The Androgen's Vice Chairman, however, states that no scout, raider or even commercial vessels have been sighted in Lethe, as it is currently a locked-down military zone with 24/7 patrols. He does admit though, that no defense is perfect, and information could have been leaked internally. Regardless, it is too late to change the plans now, as the fleet is in its final stages of preparations. He asks if you can be counted on to support the cause and steer clear of any overt deals with the Osseus. Much like an obsessive lover, it seems the Androgen don't pay much attention to their past rejections.
You give an ambiguous grunt and say again, you're an economic power, not a military one. And on the topic of economy, you ask if they could use 2k titanium. The Vice Chairman smiles at the offer but turns it down, as the Androgen are committing all of their money to other aspects of war, which means they're a bit short on money for international trade. They will need the resources eventually to repair their fleet and build cities on liberated worlds, so perhaps they might just take you up on the offer later.

Yknow, it's been pretty difficult striking a balance between the empires's actions and players's freedom but I'm glad it's enjoyable. And if anything, each nation's motives has been established more by the players than me.
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>>4934796
Send the Descartes to the Androgen system they took from Osseus. Give the Descartes to Androgen.

Send the Ruhr to Cocytus.

Send the Hades Plunder to Styx.
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>>4935342
Forgot to build your destroyer last post. It'll finish in 1 round. (You now have $19k denarii, 0 sulfur, 1k nitrogen and 0 iron)

The Hades Plunder lands on Styx. Despite all the conflict that's about to occur in the galactic east, it's calm on this side of the galaxy, and its scanners gather rocks unperturbed. (Roll 2d6 for mining success)

The Ruhr speeds off through towards Cocytus. Along the way, they pick up fragments of a transmission coming from Helena mentioning something about a "Rubicon success." The Ruhr's captain sent you the recording and his speculations that Helena has fallen to Helix, but investigation is not his job and he continues on to Cocytus. (Roll 2d6 for mining success)

Deciding to show some generosity for once, you send the Descartes to the Androgen. It's crew is made up of (formerly) vacationing Androgen soldiers, menial workers who'll hardly notice the change in ownership, and a few spies mixed in to keep you updated. Your military bids the ship farewell, and communications are officially severed after it enters Androgen airspace. Fortunately, your spies confirm that their own networks still operate fine.
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You sit on nothing for a while before a report finally crosses your desk. It's from the Descartes' spies, who inform you that they are currently in the Aurel system. The Androgen seem to have already taken Bucephalus, although security is tight so details on the forces and casualties are scarce. Thinking that nothing important will come out of it, you casually flip through page after page until one of the pictures attached catches your eye. Reading more closely, you realize that something massive is happening. The Descartes is in Aurel because it is acting as a support for the Isaacson von Grappelstaldt, also known as the Androgen's grand capital ship. The fact that it's more than a single system away from their capital system means the Androgen expects this to be a long, hard and seriously important war.

Your workers on Homeworld generate $10k income. Their conditions are acceptable and morale is high. Someone in the government seems to be leaking details of the Osseus-Androgen war to the press and now your citizens treat it as the next hot political controversy. Most want to take revenge on the Osseus for their previous intrusion while others think aiding the Osseus could indebt them to us. Still, nobody is more invested than the underground betting market. It's said that thousands of denarii are traded every day, and one sting operation even seized $6k from a massive betting ring. (You now have $35k denarii)

~~{End Round 4}~~
Current inventory
- 35k denarii (standard unit of money)
- 4k titanium (rare resource)
- 0k iron (uncommon resource)
- 1k carbon (common resource)
- 0k sulfur (common resource)
- 1k nitrogen (common resource)
- 2 Drills (Hades Plunder [Styx]) (Ruhr [Cocytus])
- 1 Capital Drill (Kamina [Homeworld])
- 1 Destroyer [Homeworld]
- 1 Defense Platform (Leonidas [Homeworld])

Name for the destroyer? Also, next turn will be the last turn in this thread.
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Rolled 3, 2 = 5 (2d6)

>>4938735
First for Hades Plunder

>>4938740
Send the Kamina to Lethe for mining.

Ask the Osseus if they need anything at this time.
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Rolled 4, 4 = 8 (2d6)

>>4938740
Second for Ruhr.