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Re: Revenge of the Nerds
« Reply #240 on: 11 November 2021, 10:27:23 »
Well, I think they just stuck their hands into the bear trap...

I give them a D on their recon.

You are very generous, sir.

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Re: Revenge of the Nerds
« Reply #241 on: 11 November 2021, 10:37:34 »
I give them a D on their recon.

They're not used to not being able to read everyone's mail and they can't get any HUMINT into the Niops system either. That's why the Niops publicly revealing they had a battlemech production line running (turning out SLDF Royals no less) shocked them so much.

ROM minus the snooping advantage isn't anywhere near as formidable an organisation.  ;)
« Last Edit: 11 November 2021, 10:59:53 by Hotpoint »
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Re: Revenge of the Nerds
« Reply #242 on: 11 November 2021, 20:54:42 »
Planet-moon pirate points are actually three-body problems.  The star retains its vote.

I figure the following would give a nice bonus to the 2d6 roll:
  • Multi-ton computer (not computer and systems to help aim the weapon like the Targeting Computer, but a dedicated mainframe)
  • Scientific satellites orbiting the L1 point (they would be able to provide constant data about where they are and where the L1 point is located)
  • 24/7/365 monitoring from close range (i.e. the planet's surface and orbital space instead of the Z/N jump point)
  • Specialized programs just for calculating that pirate point (instead of being able to calculate any jump point)

The calculation just has to plot a zone where the net sum of the 'gravity vectors' is less than that of the local star at the Z/N point.  The planet's path is known, the moon's path is known, so you could plot the three body positions about 2 hours in the future and run those calculations.  With three bodies you could technically plot it as a plane and use that math to figure a pirate point.

The biggest concern would be for the system being attacked, to make sure that pirate point data is correct.  For that you might go with the Sun-planet pirate point for safety/reliability.

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Re: Revenge of the Nerds
« Reply #243 on: 12 November 2021, 02:05:00 »
the ELH might want to ask for an update to their old MASH trucks. 

https://www.sarna.net/wiki/MASH_Truck

ComStar does not know that the ELH got some late star league repair parts.   that is going to hurt.   >:D


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Re: Revenge of the Nerds
« Reply #244 on: 13 November 2021, 13:40:58 »
Disclaimer - I don't own Battletech and I don't claim to. Just borrowing the universe and some characters from it.

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Monolith Jumpship <Name Redacted> - Pirate Jump Point – Addhara System – 2872

Aboard the Monolith JumpShip positioned in the centre of the formation of ships, the vessel itself acting as the flagship for the operation, the two ROM agents in charge listened to the incoming signal as the radio message from the planet they had come to assault repeated itself. “JumpShips that have just arrived at the L1 Lagrange point. Please be aware that the nearest processing centre for applications by prospective colonists seeking settlement in the Niopian Hegemony is in the Stafford Star System. You will not be permitted to settle here without first filling out the correct documentation. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause and look forward to seeing you again once your application is approved” it said. “Incidentally there appears to be a problem with all your IFF systems, none of which are broadcasting. Best fix those before you jump to Stafford, someone might mistake you for pirates or other ne’er-do-wells” the transmission added deadpan.

Senior Adept Jones hearing it for the first time rolled his eyes. “Comedians” he observed to his colleague Smith who had already heard the radio message once before.

“It gets better” Smith told him.

Is that a Monolith you’ve got there? Don’t see many of those out here that don’t belong to the NHDF Merchant Fleet” the transmission continued. “I mean except for the one parked at the Zenith Jump-point owned by our local garrison force, the renowned Eridani Light Horse. Good thing you’re not here to cause trouble right? Ha Ha.”

“What the hell kind of sensor systems are they using?” Jones asked rhetorically. Raising his eyebrows.

Oh, and in future please use the standard jump-points. It interferes with certain of our scientific research projects when people don’t use the Zenith or Nadir points” the voice chided. “You should expect to receive a formal complaint from a Professor Steadman about it before you can jump back out. Something about neutrinos I think. Anyhow, have a nice day. Addhara Traffic Control Out..”

Smith sighed. “Niops was a colony founded by the best astronomers and astrophysicists of the last decades of the Star League. They’ve probably got Infra-Red, X-Ray, Optical and whatever sensors that would have made the old SLDF Navy weep with envy” he pointed out. “An orbital telescope with a big enough lens can spot rocks not much more than our size thirty AU out in the Kuiper Belt” he noted. “At this distance they can probably look in the damn window” he added with a touch of hyperbole. “We should make sure to destroy all that gear before we leave as well as their HPG. It’s got to be expensive and difficult to replace” he rightly supposed.

“Well it’s not like we expected to be unnoticed” Jones said with a nonchalant shrug. “The drive plumes off the dropships aren’t exactly subtle.”

“No but it would have been nice to give them a few less hours to set up a warm welcome for us” Smith told him. “This is the damn Eridani Light Horse we’re talking about, they’re a handful even if caught completely unawares.”

Jones remained unperturbed. “Eh, so we lose a few more mechs. “We’ve got the edge in numbers and equipment, as well as on-the-ground tactical intelligence.”

“From your mouth to Blake’s ears.” Smith responded with less assuredness on the matter. “I had another chat with Bronson before we jumped and he still thinks we should have had our infiltrator down there blow up an ammunition dump or two” he continued. “Clinton agreed with us that making sure our boy wasn’t caught was more important in case Johnson and the Light Horse try something tricky so he could warn us though.”

Jones smirked. “Bronson underestimates his former unit because he overestimates how much of their success was down to him” he accurately observed, the mercenary colonel was all ego. “Though I guess we’ll see how right or wrong he is for certain pretty soon.”

“Our dropships are about to detach so you’re right there” Smith concurred. “Wish we were going with them?” he asked out of interest.

Jones shook his head. “That’s grunt work. I prefer a fight which isn’t as dependent on luck, or other people doing their jobs properly. It was stressful enough when I ever had to rely on you, and I know you’re competent.”

“Pity we haven’t got a really big telescope ourselves, we could watch the battle from up here with a bag of popcorn and a few beers” Smith suggested regretfully.

“Just as long as we can get a few gun-camera recordings from Clinton that we can take back home for the Primus” Jones replied. “The Boss will love that.”

“Just as long as he gets off Precentor ROM’s case” Smith replied hopefully. As with any other organisation shit rolled downhill and, although they resided higher up the slope than some, they were not close enough to the top to necessarily avoid being made a scapegoat for events beyond their control.


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Author's Notes:

If there is one field of technology where Niops would excel it would be telescopes (optical, Infra-Red, X-Ray etc. etc) and Neutrino detectors as those are the sort of thing you need to study an intriguing star. Happily they are also useful for not only detecting incoming jumpships but also taking a close look if one appears in an unorthodox location.

To a certain section of Niopian society the Hegemony exists primarily as a convenient means to set up stellar observatories in other star systems.
 
Arguing whether the Military or the Science Ministry should pay for the things is an ongoing point of debate of course. The NHDF maintains that since the scientists get the most use out of them on a day-to-day basis the things should not come out of their budget, the astronomers and astrophysicists argue that if the military insists on the right to take them over at will and point them at possible threats then nothing doing.
« Last Edit: 13 November 2021, 14:43:39 by Hotpoint »
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Re: Revenge of the Nerds
« Reply #245 on: 13 November 2021, 14:20:27 »
Comedians indeed!  ;D

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Re: Revenge of the Nerds
« Reply #246 on: 13 November 2021, 17:31:04 »
Bronson and the ELH will now start quoting Monty Python instead of fighting. :brew: :beer:
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Re: Revenge of the Nerds
« Reply #247 on: 13 November 2021, 20:59:23 »
! PING !
Very good stuff, Sir!

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Re: Revenge of the Nerds
« Reply #248 on: 22 November 2021, 17:07:05 »
Disclaimer - I don't own Battletech and I don't claim to. Just borrowing the universe and some characters from it.

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SLDF NHDF Headquarters - Niops VII - 2872

Typically when his commanding officer wanted to see him ASAP Brigadier-General Stephen Carmichael would be summoned to the mans office. This time however the instruction had been to meet him outside the main entrance in five minutes giving Carmichael just enough time to finish his coffee and make sure his uniform was presentable before Lieutenant-General Hallis rolled up in his staff car.

Hallis practically jumped out of the vehicle. “With me Stephen” he ordered after returning Carmichael’s salute and heading inside. “You’re up-to-date with the situation on Addhara, query-affirmative?” he asked.

“Yes Sir, I've read all the HPG Communiques from there and the interim briefing from NHDF Intelligence” Carmichael confirmed. Not being of Wolverine stock himself he wasn’t inclined to use their speech or mannerisms but he was certainly well used to them after five decades.

“Good. I just came from an urgent meeting with the High Associator” Hallis told the other officer as the two of them began to double-time through the building, heading in the direction of the elevator. Given their ranks it probably looked a little unseemly, incongruous certainly to the various military personnel they passed en-route, but when a couple of generals are on their way somewhere in a hurry it’s best to just get out of the way and salute as they pass. “With his authorisation Rapid-Deployment-Contingency ‘Addhara-Charlie’ is a go” he announced. “I’ve already ordered a full regiment of NHDF 1st RCT to board dropships and burn for the jump-point and I’m adding the heavy battalion of the Niops VII Garrison as reinforcements. They’ll lift as soon as they can.”

Carmichael nodded. “Aerospace assets for the operation?” he asked.

“Both Titan guardships in orbit, I’ve ordered that Saratoga take their place so we’ll actually increase the number of aerospace fighters keeping watch up there, as well as having a warship in orbit” Hallis noted, pointing upwards. “We can’t completely dismiss the possibility that the attack on Addhara is a diversion intended to draw forces away from Niops, so as well as Saratoga the navy is making ready to deploy Weasel and Badger if necessary” he said. “They also tell me they can have Yukon underway within a week if they recall her crew from leave, and we don’t need her to make a jump. Her drive is partially disassembled right now for maintenance.”

“No cruisers or battleships?” Carmichael queried as they arrived at the elevator.

“Takes too long to get the things operational, for a start we’d have to call up the naval reserve just to fully crew them, but I doubt anybody coming here looking for a fight is going to be expecting to tangle with two or three destroyers plus a corvette” Hallis reasoned as the elevator doors opened and they stepped in.

Carmichael watched as Hallis pressed the button that would take them to the roof. “Who are you placing in command of the mission Sir?” he asked.

“I’ll be taking personal command of this one” Hallis told him brightly. “I’ve ordered a VTOL to pick me up and take me to the dropship I’ll be boarding. My aide is picking up my gear and will meet me there.”

“Is this wise Sir, given your seniority I mean?” Carmichael asked diplomatically.

Hallis smiled. “Do you mean seniority in the sense of rank or age?” he responded.

Carmichael coughed. “Permission to speak freely” he requested.

“Granted”

“Both” Carmichael told him flatly.

“I’ve still got some fight in me Stephen, and the most experience commanding a regimental sized force in combat for that matter” Hallis justified his decision. “Besides which my war stories are getting old and repetitive, I need fresh ones to tell my grandchildren before I turn a hundred in a few years” he added with a chuckle. “Seriously though, I’m still passing all my physicals and getting in enough hours per month sat in a mech to retain my combat qualification.”

“With all due respect Sir you’ve got better than twenty years on me and I know my reaction times aren’t what they used to be” Carmichael continued to express his concern as the elevator reached the roof level where the helipad was situated. The VTOL hadn’t arrived yet.

“Mine neither which is why my ass will be firmly inside a Nightstar command mech at the rear, not running around like a hyperactive toddler in a Hussar” Hallis told him. “It might be a clan thing to expect the commanding officer to be personally in the fight but we’re still SLDF enough to have the sense not to let the enemy easily decapitate our leadership for the sake of some dubious notion of honour” he continued. “Also for the sake of OpSec I’ll be going by ‘Colonel Harold Franklin’ for the duration of the mission. Hal for short.”

“Hal Franklin? Seriously?” Carmichael responded incredulously.

“It’s easy to remember, I am getting on in years” Lieutenant-General Franklin Hallis, AKA Colonel Hal Franklin, replied. “Until I get back you’re in command as Brevet Major-General” he told him. “You can wear the stars, but don’t you dare move into my office unless I come back in a box, and keep in mind that Admiral Bremman still outranks you so ask politely if you need the navy to do something.”

Carmichael felt a headache coming on. “Does your wife know about this Sir?” he asked. “She’s not going to come barging into headquarters tomorrow looking for someone’s head to put on a pike is she?” he asked, only partially in jest.

“I’ve told her” Hallis replied. “Any head that gets placed on a pike will be mine when I get back” he reassured the other officer. “She was not happy” he added with a grimace. “It might actually be an idea to get killed in action” he joked. “On the subject of family don’t take any crap from my daughter Sarah, or any of your other subordinates of a Wolverine nature for that matter. That goes especially for Jax Benedict, he’s a damn fine Inspector-General but if First Lord Richard Cameron was still around Benedict would be angling for his job” he said before frowning. “Not that he wouldn’t have been an improvement in that particular case so I probably need to think up a better example.”

The sound of a rapidly approaching VTOL caught their attention. “It’ll take us a couple of days for the dropships to reach the Zenith Point where Branding Iron is waiting. She’ll do a double-jump to Alphard and then we’ll switch jumpships to Nubuck for the second leg of the Pony-Express. At least we should know exactly what we’re facing before we make the first jump.”

“That many enemy dropships of those types ferried in by Starlords and a ****** Monolith, well whoever they are they’re certainly not short of resources” Carmichael observed. “It’s got to be one of the big mercenary commands or one of the Successor States hitting Addhara but I’m damned if I know why they’re attacking there instead of Alphard or Stafford, even if they’re worried about what we might have garrisoning Niops.”

“The only thing noteworthy on Addhara is the Eridani Light Horse themselves so logically they’re the target” Hallis reasoned. “Although the opposition might just want to get them off the board before hitting us where it really hurts. Whichever it is we want to set a precedent that if you set foot on a Hegemony world uninvited with ill-intent you’re going to leave with a permanent limp.”

Carmichael grinned. “Just remember that the Light Horse make up the bulk of the forces on our side and that, unlike Lieutenant-General Hallis, ‘Colonel Franklin’ doesn’t have the rank to boss them all around.”

“I’ll try and remember” Hallis replied as the VTOL came into land. “I’ll contact you by radio once the dropship reaches orbit, make sure that any HPG messages from Addhara are relayed onto me as soon as they arrive.”

As Brevet Major-General Carmichael shook hands with his commander and then saluted him before Hallis boarded the VTOL he made a mental note to make sure his wife understood that the Brevet rank didn’t come with any more pay before she bought their grandson that new reflecting telescope the boy had been hinting about.



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Author's Notes:

You can take the boy out of the clan but you can't take the clan out of the boy. Lieutenant-General Hallis of the NHDF is also Khan Hallis of Clan Wolverine after all and his people's culture is warrior as well as soldier in nature.

Hal Franklin as an alias for Franklin Hallis is so daft I had to run with it.

Given the dearth of warships in the Inner Sphere, keeping anything as expensive to run as a battleship, battlecruiser or cruiser crewed and ready for action would be extremely wasteful. Zughoffer Weir, Bismark, Michigan etc. are all well-maintained but only have a skeleton crew aboard. Weasel, Yukon, Badger and Saratoga are more than sufficient a force to hammer anything short of the clans arriving in Niops looking for a fight.

Since Saratoga is known to have had a Lithium-Fusion battery, and it's a name often given to carriers, I'm assuming it was a Riga II class vessel. Given that Yukon was a Star League destroyer that, unlike the Baron, Essex, Lola or Whirlwind classes, carried a dropship (according to Betrayal of ideals) and it caught up with the other ships after lagging behind during Operation Switchback I'm assuming it's of the same class as well.


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Re: Revenge of the Nerds
« Reply #249 on: 22 November 2021, 20:09:07 »
Loving it!  And I have to admit to doing something similar to my wife, but it ALSO had a good result, so she can only sort of complain...  ^-^

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Re: Revenge of the Nerds
« Reply #250 on: 22 November 2021, 20:51:23 »
Loving it!  And I have to admit to doing something similar to my wife, but it ALSO had a good result, so she can only sort of complain...  ^-^
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Re: Revenge of the Nerds
« Reply #251 on: 22 November 2021, 21:15:31 »
I was indeed lucky, given the IDF...

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Re: Revenge of the Nerds
« Reply #252 on: 25 November 2021, 22:59:17 »
I just found this fic, binge read in a single evening. Can't wait to see how things develop. Consider this post TAGed.
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