Posted by: lordkyler | May 21, 2011

Convergence – Part Eight

Part eight of the ongoing installments of the original Convergence story, returning briefly to the battle in the skies.

My sections are in bold, his are in italic. You know the drill by now. If you don’t, read the previous entries in this series. Notes will follow.

6.4.3. 17:08

The holardram had destroyed our main Barracks! I was getting very annoyed. My name is Private Yamorthen Negber of the Telar squad. The Holdar Supremacy was getting too bitter. It was a bit past dawn. I had taken a fighter to take out a couple of the ships. I had just gotten past the enemy buildings when I saw the Telyon. I opened fire. The shields were kind of strong, but I fired enough shots to deplete the shields. My own shields were almost gone. I fired 3 missiles. They took out the starboard engine and left a big hole in the hull. I smiled. Now that was a sight that Major Morvagim would have loved to see. Of course I would tell him about it later.

Now that the Telyon was out of the way, I went to take out 1 or 2 ships. They proved difficult. I had taken out 2 ships, when I began to be fired upon from behind. I raced away as fast as I could, but I was too slow. The ship behind me was pounding my shields. Then they gave way. They followed me and took out my port engine and communications array. I myself was hurt, but not too badly. I decided that it was the Telyon that had fired on me. I would have to land soon, or else the sparks would ignite something else and explode. I landed as soon as I was close enough to walk back to base. I got about a half mile when my ship exploded. I then continued my long walk back to base.

-Private Negber: Telar sqaudron

6.4.3. 17:10

This is Fodavva Oleras, acting captain of the Telyon, in absence of Cptn. Phinirri. Now, an incident had occurred. A fighter had snuck up and attempted a run, practically suicidal, zipping in too close for us to fire, and shooting far more missiles than were prudent. Then three shocks came, presumably the last of his missiles, and the Telyon bucked. I surveyed the damage, quickly, with an eye trained from long practice. One structural impact, a large dent in the hull, with negligible penetration, and two hits to the starboard engine side. The damage appeared worse than it was, but it was still moderately bad. Computer analysis indicated functioning capacity at 60%. We would have to refit the starboard engine immediately afterward.

Now, however, it was time to take out the our little friend. We sent a good-bye present in the form of a volley of the green inferno from the Ionicannons. He spun, but the flash of a vivid emerald flare broke on his port engine, and a rift was shorn from it. We also appeared to have destroyed the bulbous communications array on the rear. He plummeted toward the ground, managing to stabilize himself. Inexplicably, he landed and ejected from his craft. He hadn’t gotten [thirty feet] when his craft exploded. Obviously unstable or using flammable fuel.

He began to walk towards his base when a brilliant red light engulfed him, and rayed him aboard the holding section on the Telyon. We extracted his knowledge. He would be put in a larger hold when we refitted at Spacedock III, which we were already on our way towards. I relayed a report to the fleet.

Fodavva Oleras, A.C., Telyon

6.4.3. 17:13

When Private Negber didn’t come back, I assumed he was captured by the enemy, and they would undoubtedly interrogate him with one of their machines. Oh well. He didn’t know much about the full extent of our military operations. But he did know all about fighters. But that’s about all. All they would be able to get out of him was how fighters worked, how to defend himself, and what he knew about the military while he is a private.

Anyway, I was making repairs on the VELANYM. The recruiting had gotten boring. So I chose something new to do, leaving the recruiting to Major Trinthré. This was slightly more fun, plus, Major Morvagim was in charge of the repairs. It would take several days to repair, but it would be worth it. It had lost most of the ammunition it had, so we had to refit it. The VELANYM would be done within a week. I went back to recruiting. Boring, boring, boring. Oh well. At least I was helping the military ground forces grow.

We had moved all the people on the planet into various refugee camps. The camps were well guarded, so the Holdar Supremacy couldn’t get them. And after what happened to the Vingré, the barracks were updated so they could not be destroyed. The time was well worth the effort. As it turns out, after the defense mechanisms were up, one of the Holdar ships had come and tried to destroy one. The cannons had destroyed the ship before it had time to get away. Almost nothing could destroy them now. And the enemy didn’t know the thing that could get through.

-Corporal Velarcon: Telar sq.

6.4.3. 17:42

A.C., H.S. Telyon

Well, well, well. It seemed we had caught a greater prize than we anticipated. The pilot was a mere private, which gave us some information on their military condition in and of itself, seeing as how they had privates handling fighters, but he knew all of the basics.

Their preliminary boot camp training, all of his fighter’s stats and characteristics, and it’s armaments, to begin with. He also knew the culture, and the people, etc., which gave us confirmation to our database, and provided some new insights The civilian population was quite primitive, as they were not allowed to have computers, a weakness we could exploit.

Also, he was fairly clever, and had managed to compile some of the information he had, and make some highly innovative guesses, which we calculated had a 90% chance of being correct. And, using his hypotheses, combined with our data, allowed us to make even more conclusions. But the real prize was that we found was his Military Computer ID, or MCID. So, utilizing a little hacking, we managed to get information up to the lower priority but still secret information, the FOREL levels of clearance, [upper low, and lower middle level info] but also one item of a BERODE level intelligence, [upper mid level], which was the absolute highest we could get with a private’s ID. A routine paper involving the development of those new shields. It was somewhat buried, but with our knowledge of mechanical and technological devices, they had gained the secret to their seemingly invincible shields big, and a cleverly concealed weakness, and we were going to exploit it in minutes, as soon as the technicians had made the necessary adjustments, and they were whipping together some prototype weapons. Now, even if the enemy learned that we knew their shield’s weakness, it was physically impossible to fix the weakness without making the shields so weak as to be almost nonexistent. The assault would begin anew in a matter of hours.

-Fodavva Oleras, A.C., Telyon

6.4.3. 17:57

No doubt the enemy knew the shields weakness by now. That would have to be fixed before the Holdar Supremacy had a chance to destroy it. We would have to put up another shield a prototype of the new ones so the Supremacy wouldn’t be able to get through while the weakness was fixed. The new shields would be out in a couple of days. These had been checked and checked again several times over, so there were no weaknesses. Who knew? Maybe the war would be over by then. The spies had told us only minutes ago that the Supremacy were making new weapons to get through the existing shield. The Supremacy would not get through this. Since privates don’t need to know all about what’s going on, and since the war started, privates always carry misinformation. The cannons would take care of them.

-Major Morvagim

[Notes] Okay, there was a LOT of crap going back and forth in these sections.

First Section: Yeah, right. ONE fighter practically takes out the Telyon (A missile cruiser, and a pretty big one at that.) and two more? Even if they “proved difficult,” he still gets taken down almost immediately after. I argued with him for a long time afterwards, but he refused to change his mind. (This happens often in arguments with him, even after he’s PROVED to be wrong.)

Second Section: So, in retaliation for the stupidity of that last section, this happens. I put the last run into more realistic terms, then capture the pilot. Then we get into some really, really dumb stuff on Josh’s behalf, I must say.

Third Section: Well, recruiting is boring! I’ll just go do something else. Well, back to the boring recruiting! Oh, hey, invincible shields! Okey dokey. But you ain’t seen nothin’ yet.

Fourth Section: The reason I say that none of the civilians are allowed to use computers is because Josh himself said so. We were “discussing” the type of information I’d get from the captive, and he said that here, NO civilians were allowed to use computers, they were illegal. He used it to counter a point, but I decided to use it. Basically, he cannot have invincible shields, and I’m just calling him on that. Also, I put in there the “even if they found out we knew” bit because Josh wasn’t too good at taking what he knew and keeping it separate from what his characters know.

Fifth Section: So he does it anyway. Let’s deconstruct this for a minute. An hour ago, his characters thought the shields were invincible. We had already captured the private, and he assumes we’ve read his mind. He has no problem with this. Now, I’ve hacked into his computers, (something he couldn’t have predicted, at least not what we’d find,) extrapolated a heck of a lot of information, (which he has no way of knowing what we’d make of it,) and found a design flaw (in the shields he thought were invincible.) So, without any reason other than the fact I wrote it, he suddenly assumes both that his shields have a weakness, and that I’ve found it, and probably due to the captured pilot. Really, that’s almost certainly not the only person we’ve captured by now, but still. It’s completely illogical.

Furthermore, he decides to replace his previous invincible shields with another type of invincible shield, without stating why it’s different, or why they didn’t just put up the fully tested invincible shields in the first place. Also, it was stated clearly at the beginning that all their spies (the Gorohond Resistance) were discovered and eliminated. There’s no possibility that he has spies working among our engineers (remember, we just got here, we’ll know everybody with us, especially with the scientists/engineers, we’ve wiped out any spies that may have been traveling with us, there’s no way their culture is advanced enough to pass off as one of our engineers, especially with all the technological development we’ve gone through, hence, it’s ridiculous.)

Furthermore, the privates (the ones flying their highly advanced fighters) don’t need to know what’s going on? Information is critical on the battlefield, and always has been. If soldiers can’t make informed choices about what’s going on, they will almost certainly die. Battles have been won or lost over misinformation, and if your troops don’t know what’s going on in the battlefield at least, they’re toast. So, just to counter me, he states that the obvious solution to making sure privates can’t reveal information in the unlikely-compared-to-death situation of capture, is to deliberately load up all privates with false information. He said this to try and create a reason I won’t be able to get data out of privates, but it’s going to end up killing a lot more men than it saves, especially if the people with the misinformation are your gorram air support!

It’s still no guarantee I won’t just capture somebody of higher rank anyway! And it’s not like you can just lie to them about growing up, about the experiences they’ve had. They know what flying fighters is like, they’ve flown them. They know how to use every weapon they’ve trained with, they have all their experiences going through boot camp, growing up, on and on. And if you’ve deliberately lied to them during this phase, teaching them how to use their weapons wrong, just so they can’t reveal the truth, then you’re huge idiots! Is the real boot camp if you’re lucky enough to survive past private?

Really, the only thing you could lie to them about is where everybody is at. Guess what? We know where we’re at. And with our space observation, we most likely know where you’re at. Most privates aren’t really going to know where the armies are located on the other side of the globe anyway, so the only thing you can really deprive them of if you care about their survival at all is the location of their potential backup! Which is counter-intuitive!

This whole mess was really stupid. I brought up several of these points to him, but he wouldn’t listen. Although he’d be sure to protest if I started using any of the logical extensions of what he’d written. Mainly I was arguing about his new invincible shields, which led to the new weakness he inadvertently exposed, as you’ll see in the next installment. Oh well…

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