Ok, time to re-do the previous research, for hte sake of formatting and because I missed quite a few things in the first few missions.
Let's start with Mission 01:Mission name: Surrender Belisarius!
You are deployed to assist a wing of Satis class transports as they come under assault by several NTF forces. We have to hold out till the GVD Psamtik arrives on the scene. AFter it does, we are faced with a hostile confrontation with the Belisarius, a NTF corvette.Ships in Mission/Class:
NTCv Belisarius/GTCv Deimos
GVD Psamtik/GVD Hasheput (i cant spell it for nuts)
Iota Wing/GVFr Satis
Alpha WingSpecial Characters involved (if any):
NAMission Name Analysis and links:
Belisarius was an actual General in history, and one of the best, from what it seems. ArticleArticle 2
Excerpt from the 1st article:
He had many wars during his reign, but he himself did not take part in them. He was not experienced as a soldier, for he had spent most of his time in study. He was fortunate enough, however, to have two great generals to lead his armies. One of them was named Belisarius
and the other Narses.
Belisarius was one of the greatest soldiers that ever lived. He gained wonderful victories for Justinian, and conquered some of the old Roman provinces that had been lost for many years.
While it explains the mission name quite well, the more interesting relation is with the ship names.Mission Ships/Class Analysis and links:
Belisarius....from the wikipedia, I managed to get quite a few interesting tidbits regarding the name and the general - he not only features in history, but in several science fiction novels as well.
Belisarius appears in the famous alternate history novel Lest Darkness Fall (1939) by L. Sprague de Camp. There he was first the Byzantine opponent of the time traveler Martin Padway who tried to spread modern science and inventions in Gothic Italy. Eventually Belisarius became general in Padway's army and secured Italy for him.
Belisarius is also the main character of the Belisarius series of science fiction novels by Eric Flint and David Drake, an alternate history exploring what might have happened if Belisarius (and a rival) were granted knowledge of future events and technologies.
In the General series of military science fiction novels by S.M. Stirling and David Drake, the plot draws much from the life and campaigns of Belisarius; the main character, Raj Whitehall, sets out to reunite the planet of Bellevue after the fall of galactic civilization.
Isaac Asimov, who was very familiar with Roman history, seems to have loosely based the character and name of General Bel Riose, "The Last Great General" of the late Galactic Empire in the Foundation Series, on Belisarius.
This is...quite interesting, but there doesn't seem to be any connection to the other major name in this mission: Psamtik.Article
Psamtik appears to have been a major Egyptian king. Although there appears to be little connection with Belisarius, other than the fact that both were instrumental in the foundation of their empires. This is probably true - as we have Witnessed, the GVD Psamtik was a major destroyer that won many campiagns for the GTVA, and could be directly connected with many other victories. Although we have no way to find evidence for the same with the NTCv Belisarius. However, one has to realize - it probably WAS succesfull. The Belisarius might have managed to distract and draw off GTVA forces long enough (perhaps that is the reason it was damaged? Maybe it came in directly from another fight?) for Admiral Bosch to follow through with this plan? After all, a Terran Corvette can be a hell of a distraction - and apperantly was so, as the GTVA had lost two cruisers and nearly 15 wings of fighters prior to the mission. So, yes, in a sense it had succeeded, but where history diverges is the cause of death in this case.
Another interesting connection is between Psamtik and the Satis class freighters.
From the article on Psamtik 1
During the remaining four decades of Psammetikhos I's rule, he continued to consolidate his power and bring the country under complete unity, something Egypt had really not seen in a number of years. He undertook a number of building projects, including fortresses in the Delta at Naukratis and Daphnae, as well as at Elephantine. He also greatly expanded the Serapeum at Saqqara.
And this is from the Pantheon.org entry for Satis:
"Queen of Elephantine", who was worshipped by the ancient Egyptians on that island in the Nile. Her primary role was that of a guardian of Egypt's southern (Nubian) frontier, killing enemies of the pharaoh with her arrows. Satis was also associated with the annual inundation of the Nile. With the god Chnum and the goddess Anuket she forms, what is occasinally referred to as, the 'Elephantine triad'. On her head she wears the crown of Upper Egypt, flanked by the gazelle horns, and in her hands she holds a sceptre and the ankh.
Rather interesting connection, don't you think?Mission events/description analysis and links:
The mission events and description here aren't much. BUT, there is yet another connection - this time between Deneb and Cygnus prime.Deneb
DENEB (Alpha Cygni). One of the truly great stars of our Galaxy, Deneb serves a three-fold role among the constellations. Its very name tells the first. "Deneb" is from an Arabic word meaning "tail," as this first magnitude (1.25) star, the 19th brightest as it appears in our sky, represents the tail of Cygnus the Swan, a classical figure seen flying perpetually to the south along the route of the Milky Way. As the constellation's luminary, the star is also Alpha Cygni. The
Not much of a connection, right? But then I ran a search of Cygnus Prime, and got this:From Watch
According to the ruins at Altair the Shivans were a species built by the Ancients using brain data of their dead rulers to manifest the shells they created. The Ancients built space faring vessels four hundred and fifty thousand years ago. They expanded to the far reaches of space. Similar ruins have been found on Cygnus Prime, Vasuda Prime and in the system of Capella. These systems have small ruins as if they were outposts.
Its still not a connection, but yes, it is relevant to the discussion at hand.Any misc. notes as well as possible connections between the a/m three analysis.