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I used to dream...[alternate Ngoverse]
« on: 18 December 2020, 12:29:18 »
We got the letters, at least.  For most of my life, it was understood.  My sister would take over the ducal responsibility, and I could carry on Dad's legacy, and be able to focus on being a warrior.

Funny how that ended up working out...

Dear Mom and Dad

We realized we wouldn't be able to evade them without abandoning the civilians.  Captain Diamh made us take a vote, and I guess we could have tried to go for home.
We didn't.

We know we're not going to make it, but maybe they will.  This isn't what I wanted, honest, but when you're presented with a choice between your beliefs and surviving? sometimes you have to go with what you believe is right.
Tomorrow, we go to war, and we're outnumbered, outgunned, out-teched, and likely to lose.  Cimbral's asleep.  Pat would have liked her, I think.  I have worked out the transition, it's going to be a seven second window right into the middle of their formation.  We don't have the long-range munitions to try a stand-off fight, so we're going for the concentration with the highest rank in hopes that they focus on us.
I wanted to tell you I got my Cert stamped.  I wanted to tell you that I wanted to be an explorer, not a soldier. 
I guess I was afraid, Dad.  Afraid you'd be disappointed, afraid that mom would be disappointed that I would rather walk the unknown roads with a solar wind at my back and stars beneath my feet, than stay at home and be a Duchess.

I know you must be disappointed, and I am sorry you're going to be sad, but sometimes, you have to do the hard thing, and this is a very hard thing. Someone has to stand up, and this time, it's us.

I love you both, and tell Pat I love him too.

Tell him I'm sorry, I won't be there when he takes his Trial of Position.

Tell Uncle Henry I'll miss his stories and tell the cousins in Sibko that I went in to this with my eyes open.

Goodbye,

Amanda.


Our births were four minutes apart in 3067.  She was the first one out of mom, I was the second.  Fraternal twins aren't like identicals, but we had a kind of shared bond there-we were there for each other even when we were separated.

There's that feeling of knowing there's someone out there, who truly understands you.

until they're gone.

"You are seriously going to drop out?"  Uncle Henry doesn't get it...doesn't get me.

"I do not want to be a 'mechwarrior anymore." I told him.  "to be honest, I am not sure I ever wanted to be a 'mechwarrior."

"There are other paths, Patrick.  The Uncle you were named for-my brother-"

"Died on Tamar." I remind him, "Uncle Pat died on Tamar, you joined Clan Jade Falcon at Blackjack, Dad came up as a 'mechwarrior in the same Clan...and I do not want to be a 'mechwarrior.  The Cousins seem to be doing fine with it, your gene-seed's producing some good fighters, but...I want to be my own man while I still can, and that man doesn't pilot a battlemech."

"He apparently also uses contractions." Henry noted.

"That I do."  I tell him.  "I use contractions, and speak out of turn, and have to pick up where my sister left off.  The Duke can't be a soldier in a foreign army. I'll be transferring my credits to Spider Moon."

"Why?"

"because there's got to be a Ngo in the Coast Guard." I tell him, "Especially now, with Amanda gone, mom's too old, we don't have a younger sibling and none of the Sib-cousins have shown interest or knack for it, but they all show strong abilities in more traditional warrior roles."

"Have you discussed this with your father?" Henry asked.

I take a deep breath.  "No.  I haven't."

"Take it up with your dad, Pat, let him at least have the chance to discuss it with you first."


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Re: I used to dream...[alternate Ngoverse]
« Reply #1 on: 18 December 2020, 13:20:21 »
An Ngo-verse not centered on the female line - this wll be interesting  :)
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Re: I used to dream...[alternate Ngoverse]
« Reply #2 on: 18 December 2020, 13:56:31 »
Patrick has a point. He is the heir. Being a Mechwarrior put him on the front line were he is in danger to be killed before producing offsprings. The coast guard would fill his military obligations and reinforce his standing for the Loonies.

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« Reply #3 on: 18 December 2020, 14:00:34 »
I was hoping for this new take on the Ngos. Even suggested it in the thread that this one spins off from.
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Re: I used to dream...[alternate Ngoverse]
« Reply #4 on: 18 December 2020, 14:38:18 »
Is this story picking up from Amanda's story of the miss jump?
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Re: I used to dream...[alternate Ngoverse]
« Reply #5 on: 18 December 2020, 15:15:38 »
May 1, 3085...

It's fall in Ia Drang.  First snowfall, it's going to be a deep winter, this year winter's hitting at the furthest point in the planetary orbit, with the suns lined up so only light from one of them reaches us in a 30 hour rotation period.

Amanda used to joke about how all our earth-time clocks and calendars were worthless.

They are.

Sibko training made up for most of the Coast Guard basic credits, and that meant I could hit the books extra hard.  You need to understand, we're not identical, we didn't get the same package of talents from our parents, and Dad wanted his son to be a warrior first.  That means remedial education for me.

Science and Math.  I have to hit it harder still, because my sister was a genius.

I'm not.  the stuff she grasped when we were kids, I have to work my ass off to get.  KF theory, differential 5th dimensional calculus, exotic numbers, hyperspatial theory?

I'm having to bust my ass on it, studying and hassling everyone from fellow students to profs to anyone I can find to get this stuff explained to me.

Amanda just locked on it.  I mean, yes, I passed the first apprentice exam-by 'passed' I mean, at the bottom of the stack of applicants.

Literally the bottom.  last place.  The dummy in the room is me.

My sister set records on hers.

I don't even know why I decided to do this...

except...

I have this idea, and I won't let it go.

we don't know she died.  We can't find out in a hurry, either...

but I think I'd feel it, somehow, if she was really gone, and nobody else is trying, so someone needs to.  Uncle Henry spent most a ****** decade written off as dead after Blackjack...

and I don't feel like she's dead. 

I need to know.
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Re: I used to dream...[alternate Ngoverse]
« Reply #6 on: 18 December 2020, 16:38:08 »
Poor Pat, it sucks being compared to your siblings. I feel for him, from experience.

But that's what makes a good story, being able to relate to the characters in it. Keep up the excellent work, CS.
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Re: I used to dream...[alternate Ngoverse]
« Reply #7 on: 18 December 2020, 16:50:28 »
shes' not dead there pat , she just got saved by a dahak/safehold crossover from another AU , she would be very proud of you .

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Re: I used to dream...[alternate Ngoverse]
« Reply #8 on: 18 December 2020, 17:08:10 »
Poor Pat, it sucks being compared to your siblings. I feel for him, from experience.

But that's what makes a good story, being able to relate to the characters in it. Keep up the excellent work, CS.

The Kowloonese are quite hidebound in regards to family blood ties and parochial as related to judgement based thereupon, I think.  :-X

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Re: I used to dream...[alternate Ngoverse]
« Reply #9 on: 18 December 2020, 22:22:00 »
He could learn the basics of KF physics/theory, but then shift focus to Administration and Diplomacy to get Kowloon further built up.  He may not be able to save his sister himself, but he can make sure there is an industry to build enough of the ships so they can search the galaxy for her.

And along the way, set up recharge stations, Black Box repeaters, fuel depots, diplomatic contacts, and all sorts of other items that a space-going civilization could need

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Re: I used to dream...[alternate Ngoverse]
« Reply #10 on: 19 December 2020, 01:49:08 »
[perspective shift]

Elizabeth House, Marjorie Hills neighborhood, Kowloon...

"It's been six months, Nathan."  Elizabeth said, "Patrick isn't coping."

"He is coping in his own way, hon."  Nathan Roshak used to be a Star Colonel, a Clan 'mechwarrior who earned a bloodname, commanded a Galaxy, and even after almost twenty years, there were times when he wondered if his life were more of a delusional fantasy or freakish nightmare.

The conditions of his release from Jade Falcon service were clear, as in accepted by the Clan without contest, he even held his position in the Roshak bloodhouse until his second retirement.

Regardless of what his son did, his legacy in the Clan was safe, so it had not actually offended him over-much that his freeborn son chose to drop out of 'mechwarrior training of his own volition after the Mila Weintraub incident.  After all, if Patrick had been born a freebirth in the Clan, there would have been little more stigma for washing out than for deciding the life of a 'mechwarrior was not for him.

"How are his ratings?" Nathan asked.

"exemplary, and that's a bit worrying." Elizabeth's tone was concerned, worried.  "he's dead-middle-of-the pack with one of the lowest permitted entry scores on the vocational aptitude battery.  He scored five times as well for 'mechwarrior training."

"as in 'An example of'...?"

"fanatic determination and overwork to become average." Elizabeth snapped.  "Patrick was ahead of his cadre at the 'mechwarrior sibko, he's dragging behind his peers at Spider Moon."

"I have discussed your programme with our people, Liz, if he is passing the training at Spider Moon, he would be leading any group of warship-crew candidates in the Clan.  Your standards are...considered a touch unreasonable.  even by our standards."

"Good enough is-"

"That is your perfectionist streak talking, Liz."  He insisted, "I would be concerned about allegations of favoritism if he were dead last in his marks, or if he were scoring as highly as Amanda did.  The system works, our Son is getting his education.  Given how quiet the borders have been, it may be a better education than learning to fight duels in a battlemech."  He stepped up behind her and cradled her shoulders, turning to a gentle rubbing.  "what is really bothering you?"

"We didn't get a body back. she's gone, certain to be dead...and we don't even have a body to bury or official acknowledgement the battle happened from the Homeworlders." she growled, "No prisoners, no threats, no reports, the only reason we know anything about what happened are the parts they couldn't hide from their own people, and..."

"...and no closure." Nathan said.

"No closure." Liz sighed, "We don't know what happened, we don't know if anything survived, and no word on the civilians they thought they were protecting, or anything solid on what the fight was even about! just an empty seat and a listing of 'overdue on patrol' for that ship, and our little girl."

Nathan moved his arms to hold her to his chest.  It wasn't so much that patrick was having problems dealing with the loss, as that they were all having problems, especially Elizabeth, whose natural inclination to demand answers and confront the world if she had to to get them, was being balked.

"We should have made her wait one more year." Liz suddenly said.  Nathan knew this was the pre-stage.  He braced himself for what was coming, the tears, the self-recriminations, the anger and the weeping.

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Re: I used to dream...[alternate Ngoverse]
« Reply #11 on: 19 December 2020, 02:39:24 »
Helm. Station Keeping (and get a ****** Tissue Box up here, ASAP!)...

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Re: I used to dream...[alternate Ngoverse]
« Reply #12 on: 19 December 2020, 05:31:41 »
[return to Patrick's point of view.]

Sithers-Deen Delta Station, Boojum system...3085/10/05

Delta Station was the oldest processing station in the Boojum rings, and most of their product was reprocessing and recycling work.  The Coast Guard annex was attached to the Academy as part of the 'Surface-to-space transition' training for officer candidates.

In simple terms, go to class, then go to work, then go to bed.  Meals are scheduled and the work-cycle day is based on a belter standard 30 hour 'day' including 8 hours of sleep.

Not all at once, mind you.  The cycle is designed to adapt people used to surface-dweller time on more or less 24 hour clocks to a shipboard routine of variable length watches.

It's something Amanda was hinting at when she teased me about how we've got to deal with Earther clock time and calendar days.  The Guard, the Rockjacks and most of the spacers maintain two calendars-one is 'Star League Standard time" and the other, is 'operations days'.

Ops days are numbered sequentially and reset after the number of sixty minute hours equal to a 365 day period to keep in sync with the rest of the universe.

Native Kowloonese, the rare Martian or Sol Belter, and Rockjacks have an advantage over our colleagues from other worlds, because we're kind of used to having the offset clocks, and to having to recalculate years since our homeworld orbits roughly twice as long as Old Earth does.

at somewhat higher speeds relative to our suns.

Kowloonese have it even easier with shiptime, because we're used to 30 hour days and 'splicing in' lettered hours for domestic timekeeping.  It's E:36 in the AM, one hour before Dinh Diep midnight.

I'm doing late watch this morning, which means classroom time with Commander Cu'ong-Deen654, going over Hyperspatial Chemistry 100-jumpship core composition.

You'd think it's straight metallurgy, and you'd be utterly wrong.  It's not just the elements, or the alloys, it's how to synthesize the right isotopes using high energy forging techniques.

which is a mixed elecro-chemical and plasma process.  It's the reason a five kilometer lump of raw Germanium only turns out about a half million tons of useable, jumpship-quality Germanium.

The rest gets collected and reprocessed from the slag, rare earths extracted, and reinspection for stray isotopes.

On a planetary surface, like Titan in the Sol system for example, or the Germanium mines in the Sinai, they don't GET those five klik lumps, but they do get higher levels of useful isotopic germanium per ton, which explains why you don't see vast orbital foundries outside the Lyran Commonwealth turning out ships in job-lots, the stuff in the belts is 'dirty' and has to be worked before it can be used.

This is actually interesting, but it's because I can grasp the tooling in my head, I don't have to fight to focus on the studies. 

I'm cheating my ass off here, I've got Amanda's notes, she left them behind in her storage unit in Nha Tranh, and I've been leaning on my four minutes older sister to explain the stuff I'm not getting from the lectures.

Why? because she wrote her notes as if she were explaining it to me personally.

even with the help, the Prof's telling me I'm falling behind on the critical theoretical material.

I can't take her notes in for exam time, of course.  I have to memorize it, study it, and rewrite it until it's ingrained.  It's easier than using the approved textbooks.

I'm taking notes in the lectures, of course.  this really proves how out of depth I am-I'm often the only student actively taking notes in the class, and it's just so I can back-check with my sister's notes and try to make heads or tails of what I'm being told.

It's slow going.  Late Watch is long periods of boredom.   My shift-partner for this part of the facility is Penny Falcone, she's one of the Harris-breed trueborns who washed out and got permission to emigrate rather than being demoted to a lower caste in the Khanate.

She pulls top marks, and she doesn't study to do it.  She just gets it.  She's told me she's half Von Jankmon, and it shows-she's got that oversize brain an Aeropilot phenotype sports, and it's full of more brains than I'll ever have.

"You want to do the security walk, Ngo?" she asks.

"If you don't want to, I'll do it, I need a break before my eyes boil." I tell her. 

She gives me a big smile and a thumbs-up.  "I will keep an eye on the monitors while you do your walk then."

I grab my helmet and head for the lock, run my checks, and head out into the dark.

****

Security walk is more something you do to make sure the monitoring gear is actually monitoring, than it is to find damage or sabotage.

It takes me until 00:30 to finish my stint, checking each monitoring station and examining every zone in the processor for signs of tampering or damage before heading back inside.

She's waiting in the watch-cabin with her hips anchored to the floor and her legs crossed, she makes it look so easy to get comfortable, while I'm anchoring to my station, she clears her throat.  "your sister's notes are a work of art, Ngo. You've been holding out."

busted.

I flush a little, which is funnier in nullgee than you might think.  "Yeah. Amanda was a genius."

"Uh-huh...I read her extracts on today's lectures, Pat." she said, "it's ****** brilliant, clearer than the syllabus notes."

"umh, yah." I nod.

I hear her unbuckle and she's up against me in the cabin. 

"Share." she tells me.

"You're already kicking ass in the course, Penny." I tell her.

"I can always do better." she tells me.  "I might have flunked the physical combat training with the Clan, but that does not mean I'm not a competitive, bullying, bitch, and you've got a resource I need to compete.  if you share, I can help you out."

"You can't make me smarter." I tell her.

"No, but I can help you with some other stuff." she tells me.  "What I really want to see though, is more of her little side project from third year."

"Side project?"

she wraps a small arm around my shoulder, and plants her mouth next to my ear.  "those doodles in the margins? they're not doodles."

then she bites my ear!!

"HEY!!"

"aw, come on. You're like, the only member fo the class who never has a hookup or talks about a girlfriend, and I know you're straight." she tells me.

"Sex for notes seems kind of sterile." I tell her.

"I wouldn't offer it if I didn't already want it." she tells me, "You're mister stressed-out and that's been ****** you up on exam days.  I'm offering  to make that stress go bye-bye.  It's a fair exchange and it'll be fun for us both."

"Not on duty hours."

"Of course not." she teases me.  "You're so cute when you get all moral and stuff."  she lets me go and returns to her station.  "Just think about my offer, quiaff?"


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Re: I used to dream...[alternate Ngoverse]
« Reply #13 on: 19 December 2020, 06:32:33 »
Sex as a distraction is not an entirely bad thing. Or good thing, for that matter.
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« Reply #14 on: 19 December 2020, 08:00:15 »
[perspective shift...3rd person]

Ducal offices, Whyte Office Park, Kowloon...

"...Clan Diamond Shark sources say there are a few survivors on the surface of Haven, They made contact with great difficulty, but the survivors they found confirm there was an attempted Annihilation, and they confirm that the Adders thought at the time that we had a fleet out there."  Bianh Vu Dao was too old to helm a warship anymore, but not too old to be the boss of Kowloon's domestic intelligence service, the Coast Guard's euphemistically named 'Organized Crimes Bureau'.

"How hard was it to make contact?" Nathan Roshak was technically just a Baron and the husband of the planet's actual Noble.  Elizabeth's depression had gotten worse enough that he found himself doing her job, when he wasn't fretting over her condition.

"Difficult, sir." Bianh said, "The Star Adders still maintain a schedule of bombardments.  The people our friends contacted stated that someone organized a massive evacuation effort after interrupting the initial phases of the atrocity, but where they went?" she shrugged, "We don't know, and the Shark people didn't stick around for long."

"How do we know they were there?" Elizabeth looked up from her desk.

Bianh nodded to an aide, and a cart was brought in.

"We've confirmed the flight data recorder was the bow mount of the Mila Weintraub." she said.  "She went down there, and the recorder survived re-entry.  We've gotten it back second-hand, but only the digital information was sifted-the Clanners don't seem to be much aware of the analog components, or they didn't care to unspool it."

"We're analyzing it?" she asked.  It was more alertness than he'd seen in weeks.

"We're analyzing the spools that survived re-entry.  It confirms the misjump..."

"The bastards." she hissed.  She straightened, "Get everything off it you can."

"Aye mum."

"Bianh?"

"Mum?"

"Have Nikki Minh come down here, with a list of her best recommendations for a long-range effort.  if the Star Adders missed some of those Blood Spirit civilians on the planet this late, they may have missed them elsewhere, they're witnesses, they'll have answers."

"Ayeh Mum."

***

"We just finished a war, Liz." Adam Steiner insisted over the HPG link, "You want to poke the homeworlders?"

"They're already poked. we need to see if they're coming at us." Elizabeth Ngo said smoothly, "And we need to know what happened. One of our ships was over fifteen hundred light years from where it was supposed to be.  we need to find answers."




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« Reply #15 on: 19 December 2020, 10:09:44 »
Unfortunately, the people who know what happened aren't going to talk.
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« Reply #16 on: 19 December 2020, 11:22:49 »
But the data will speak...
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« Reply #17 on: 19 December 2020, 11:55:42 »
But the data will speak...
The bow got blown off before they turned up
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« Reply #18 on: 19 December 2020, 15:56:14 »
Forthwith, the Archon of the Lyran Commonwealth issued an executive order recalling all Kowloon Coast Guard units to active duty, and a second order locking them into their regular patrol routes with a standing order not to engage in operations coreward of a line defined at Newtown Square.

Why did he do this?

Because the Archon didn't want another war, especially not a long-range expeditionary war with a bunch of unstable genocidal maniacs.

He came just short of seizure of all jump-capable assets, only stopping when reminded by his advisors that such a move might be seen by other powers as provocative or as a prelude to an attack on the Free Worlds League, Rasalhague Dominion, Draconis Combine, or Republic of the Sphere.

Essentially, starting (potentially) another war in the middle of efforts to wring a peace-dividend out of the ending of the Jihad, was something Archon Adam was unwilling to do at this time.

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« Reply #19 on: 19 December 2020, 17:15:09 »
[POV shift back to Patrick...]

Physics classroom, Spider Moon CGNAS/Academy, 3085/12/15

"...never got the chance to test the Alcubierre warp concept, since it was overshadowed by the development of Kearney and Fuchida's hyperspatial physics equations."  Penny Falcone reminds me of Amanda sometimes, and sometimes, she's the most frustrating human being I've ever met-and I've attended Sibko training for a while.

"And?"

"And your sister was working on it." she tells me, "I mean, she was inspired on it, maybe.  The base root equations are completely different from KF theory, but there's no visible reason the two phenomena can't coexist in the same set of laws."

"more than one way to go faster than light?" I'm half-listening, but encouraging her.  Commander Trau is half an hour late for the lecture period.

"Why not? we have more than one way to send information at FTL speeds, Black Boxes don't work on the same principles as KF drives, after all." she tells me, "the efficiencies aren't there, jump drives won out, because there wasn't any need to develop anything else!"

"And this interests you?"

"No. Theoretical. Limit." she tells me, "Aside from raw power, an Alcubierre drive could beat a jumpship on long-range routes.  On short-hauls jumpers have the advantage, but even with LF Capacitor arrays, you're still going to spend at least a week in most habitable systems recharging at the end of either your first, or second jump.  That stacks over time the same way that an airliner moving at 600 KPH might beat a puddle-jumper supersonic plane over a long haul domestic route on a low tech world.   Anyway, nobody's done serious work on it in a thousand years, and some of your sister's modifications to the formulas look consistent."

"ANd?"

"AND, we have a mandatory dissertation to present for graduation, and this is obscure, not what everyone else is digging into, we can be unique."

"What you mean 'we'?"

"I'm small. I can not build it.  It would mess up my nice clean suit gloves." she tells me primly, "You, are a big, green eyed, handsome lug with talented hands...and do you really think I'd waste my time on a guy I'm not going to keep?"

"You ARE trueborn." I remind her.

"Yeah...so?  I am territorial, and you are mine." she grabs my hand, "Mine."

So...I guess I have a girlfriend?

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Re: I used to dream...[alternate Ngoverse]
« Reply #20 on: 19 December 2020, 18:39:26 »
Bwa ha ha ha. Poor Patrick is wwwaaaayyyyy over his head here.

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Re: I used to dream...[alternate Ngoverse]
« Reply #21 on: 19 December 2020, 18:57:42 »
I get busy and miss a bunch of Cannonshop stuff, and I come back and find Patrick now the main star.. very interesting
and over his head no..  over the moon he is
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Re: I used to dream...[alternate Ngoverse]
« Reply #22 on: 19 December 2020, 19:36:46 »
Bwa ha ha ha. Poor Patrick is wwwaaaayyyyy over his head here.
On the upside, I think Liz and Nathan will approve of their future daughter-in-law
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Re: I used to dream...[alternate Ngoverse]
« Reply #23 on: 19 December 2020, 20:34:25 »
has anyone ever informed TPTB how much of a Germanium mine they missed when someone failed to hand CS a contract for a dozen books or so?

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Re: I used to dream...[alternate Ngoverse]
« Reply #24 on: 19 December 2020, 20:40:45 »
On the upside, I think Liz and Nathan will approve of their future daughter-in-law

Definitively!

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Re: I used to dream...[alternate Ngoverse]
« Reply #25 on: 19 December 2020, 21:15:05 »
has anyone ever informed TPTB how much of a Germanium mine they missed when someone failed to hand CS a contract for a dozen books or so?

CS has talked about this elsewhere. There's more to it but it's his story to tell.

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Re: I used to dream...[alternate Ngoverse]
« Reply #26 on: 19 December 2020, 23:18:16 »
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Re: I used to dream...[alternate Ngoverse]
« Reply #27 on: 19 December 2020, 23:18:32 »
Sounds like Patrick going have rough patch.
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Re: I used to dream...[alternate Ngoverse]
« Reply #28 on: 20 December 2020, 06:46:46 »
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University of Nha Tranh, Kowloon, Physics department, 3085/12/20

"What happened here?" Liz demanded, "Why am I looking at a burned shell of a building?"

The Capital Fire and Rescue service officer remained rigid, "We're pretty sure, by the burn pattern, that it began in the Library, Your Grace."

"The library." she said, "How many books burned?"

The fire investigator looked at the ground.

"that many." she said quietly.

"Yes Ma'am."

"And?"

"And what, ma'am?"

"Arson in a library." she said, "Doesn't sound suspicious to you?"

"My god, Your Grace, it's arson in a library!!" the investigator barely contained his rage.

"That's right." she said, "and if we kept anything in there we couldn't replace, it would be a real disaster." Elizabeth told him.  "how is the integrity of the rest of the building? am I looking at complete replacement or can it be reconstructed from the inside out?"

He looked over his shoulder at the burnt husk.  "The outer wall is reinforced ferrocrete, the beams inside didn't get hot enough to denature the alloy...it can be restored."

"Good." she said.

"What will you do?"

"I'm going to crucify  whoever lit those books on fire-did everyone who was inside get out alright?"

"A couple smoke-inhalation cases but nobody died, Milady."

"Excellent.  I want to see the detailed report on my desk as soon as you're finished. I've got a visit with Campus Security next, and we'll have to revisit some of our security procedures.  You and I can walk the scene looking grave until OCB has finished sweeping through campus security and the on-site recording systems."

"What about the books?"

"We only keep copies at the University." she said, "The government printing office will have the current catalogue reprinted before the afternoon is done, but someone lit a fire without knowing that, and when I catch them, they'll pray their trip to hell is quick."
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Re: I used to dream...[alternate Ngoverse]
« Reply #29 on: 20 December 2020, 07:13:12 »
Paraphrasing, but... Those who start by burning books will end up burning people.

I could imagine there are several worlds in the inner sphere where (unauthorized, or large scale) biblioclasm is a serious offense.
On Kowloon, I could imagine the reasoning behind it is a bit different from the usual.