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Title: Running out of time
Post by: Aadarsh on December 13, 1926, 07:29:15 pm
Wow.  If we didn't have the defecation hitting the ventilation before, we sure do now.

It looks like the Lucifer was able to strike against us one last time during its death throes, and in the process cut us off from Earth.  Don't let the spin doctors fool you; our scientists are pretty sure it's permanent.  And that puts us in a heap of trouble, because everything in the GTA is, or was, based out of Sol.  FLEETCOM, R&D, production, logistics, training, you name it.  At least when Vasuda Prime was nuked, the Vasudans still had a distributed command structure to fall back on.  We've got none of that.  For all intents and purposes, we've lost the GTA as well as Earth.

What this means is we've now got a bunch of loosely coordinated systems, all with their own governors, all with their own ideas of what to do next, and no clear method of organization.  For the time being, we've assembled a contingency FLEETCOM in Delta Serpentis, consisting of representatives from each fleet.  Fortunately, the Shivans seem to have taken the loss of the Lucifer just as hard as we've taken the loss of Sol - we haven't seen any major attacks in the past five days.  And perhaps just as fortunately, the Vasudans have neither taken the opportunity to attack us, nor tried to influence the reorganization.

The GTI is another matter, though, and I wish I'd been paying more attention to them over the last couple of weeks.  The first thing they did after the node collapse is cite wartime authority to seize any assets that were owned by citizens living in Sol but are being held in other systems, "with compensation to be paid upon re-establishment of contact".  And now they're arguing that FLEETCOM should be put under the aegis of the GTI.  I think most of the GTI infrastructure is in Beta Aquilae, not Sol, so they weren't affected by the node collapse as much as the GTA was.

So it's time for me to stop being so timid and start being a little more audacious.  The risk of inaction is too great.  I hope whoever's receiving these transmissions has connections, or can at least exploit whatever I find out, because I'm going for broke now.

Here's the first thing I've been able to dig up.  Remember that absent-minded officer I acquired the blueprints from?  His name is Isaac Stone, and he's a Level Phi cleared officer working under the Phoenix program.  I figured he's the best person to start with, so I've "arranged to obtain" (hint, hint, wink wink) a password reminder email for his account on the Phoenix network.  It's DGP encrypted, which is unfortunate, but I figure if you guys can hide your access traces so well, a little DGP encryption isn't going to be a problem for you.  To avoid blowing my cover, though, I recommend that you access the network through the node at 5712.92.3784, which is used mostly for testing and maintenance purposes and shouldn't come under suspicion.

Quote
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-----END DGP MESSAGE-----
Title: Re: Running out of time
Post by: MikeRoz on November 22, 2008, 03:27:36 pm
About fraking time.

Code: [Select]
Dear Isaac Stone,

Your password reminder request has been received.  Please note that due to heightened security, email messages no longer contain explicit passwords.  Instead, please follow these instructions to obtain your password:

1) Retrieve your copy of the GTA authorized strategy guide for Terran pilots, by Mark H. Walker, archival code # 1-56686-787-8.
2) Consult the sections on Terran, Vasudan, and Shivan spacecraft.
3) The first half of the password is the star indicated by the nose of the GTB Medusa.
4) The second half of the password is the star indicated by the nose of the SF Basilisk.

Please do not respond to this message; this alias is unmonitored.  If you require assistance, please contact your system administrator.

Sincerely,
The Phoenix Online Network Technical Support Staff

Edit: So this is really, really evil.

Anyone here besides Goober have a copy of this (http://cgi.ebay.com/Descent:-Freespace-Official-Strategy-Guide:-Mark-H.-Wal_W0QQitemZ150310661431QQcmdZViewItemQQimsxZ20081118?IMSfp=TL081118118011r11727)?
Title: Re: Running out of time
Post by: Nuclear1 on November 22, 2008, 04:08:38 pm
I'd really not like to have to buy it if I don't have to, but if no one else has it...
Title: Re: Running out of time
Post by: Rick James on November 22, 2008, 10:27:05 pm
Dammit. Please tell me that that manual is NOT needed to access the holonet, because my copy of Freespace didn't come with it.
Title: Re: Running out of time
Post by: terran_emperor on November 23, 2008, 12:32:48 am
well, i think we can confirm that [email protected] is the User name for the restricted sector. I have no knowledge of the Guide but it could be the password could be a combo of two of the Star System names. Unfortunatly, im about as sure that that theory is true as i'm sure who the Final Cylon in BSG is (basically, I dont have a frakking clue).


Goober...You are one evil guy....

Can someone redub this (http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=cKvzo-sm-cs&feature=related) so that Kirk yells "Goober" instead of Khan
Title: Re: Running out of time
Post by: Androgeos Exeunt on November 23, 2008, 08:04:50 am
I've checked out 1-56686-787-8 and it returns, unfortunately, the guide. A search on HLP with the search term "official strategy guide" (plus quotes) returned only three results, all of them referring to the FS2 manual by Prima Games.

A Google search points out that there are copies being sold from between US$3 to US$150, but the only image I got was the cover.

Quite coincidentally, the two ships mentioned in the decrypt are also used in FS2. I'm not sure if that's a hint, or pure coincidence.

replacementdocs has a PDF copy of the FS1 manual here (http://www.replacementdocs.com/download.php?view.992) if you want to look.
Title: Re: Running out of time
Post by: ShadowGorrath on November 23, 2008, 08:26:55 am
Shouldn't the holonet's database have all we need?
Title: Re: Running out of time
Post by: Vip on November 23, 2008, 09:44:38 am
I really doubt Goob would make us buy such a thing - he probably knows well enough that many people don't have it and it's hard to get. Not to mention that paying for info on ST:R = BAAAAD.
Title: Re: Running out of time
Post by: blowfish on November 23, 2008, 02:37:20 pm
this? (http://www.amazon.com/Descent-Freespace-Official-Strategy-Guide/dp/1566867878)
Title: Re: Running out of time
Post by: Nuclear1 on November 23, 2008, 03:00:38 pm
Yes, that.

I ordered it yesterday and it should arrive here by Wednesday.
Title: Re: Running out of time
Post by: Mongoose on November 23, 2008, 07:04:57 pm
Remind all of us that we owe you a round in the future. :p
Title: Re: Running out of time
Post by: Nuclear1 on November 23, 2008, 08:37:34 pm
Well I don't have a scanner, so we'll see how useful it is when I'm not able to share any of it. :p
Title: Re: Running out of time
Post by: Rick James on November 23, 2008, 10:24:37 pm
Well, there's always the good ol' brute force method. The following is a list of star systems copied from the official V Freespace node map:

Code: [Select]
Polaris
Mirak
Capella
Procyon A
Regulus
Vega
Vasuda
Deneb
Altair
Aldebaran
Alpha Centauri
Sirius
Antares
Beta Cygni
Ikeya
Ross 128
Betelgeuse
Ribos
Beta Aquilae
Sol
Wolf 359
Alphard
Dubhe
Alphard
Barnard's Star
Luyten 726-8A
Laramis

The first and second halves of the password are the names of FS star systems. Therefore, trying various combinations will eventually yield the result...

Dammit, Goober.
Title: Re: Running out of time
Post by: Terminator on November 23, 2008, 10:46:02 pm
Shouldn't the holonet's database have all we need?

On the surface neither of the two ship entries have any mentions of any star systems. So if it's there it must be hidden in the background or something.
Title: Re: Running out of time
Post by: Androgeos Exeunt on November 23, 2008, 11:11:58 pm
Well I don't have a scanner, so we'll see how useful it is when I'm not able to share any of it. :p

Mmm...got a digital camera? :nervous:
Title: Re: Running out of time
Post by: terran_emperor on November 24, 2008, 01:15:33 am
Or a phone with a camera...
Title: Re: Running out of time
Post by: Nuclear1 on November 24, 2008, 01:17:22 am
Only a phone with a camera, but extremely low quality. :p

I'll figure something out.

Also:

Code: [Select]
Aldebaran Aldebaran
Aldebaran Alpha Centauri
Aldebaran Altair
Aldebaran Capella
Aldebaran Deneb
Aldebaran Mirak
Aldebaran Polaris
Aldebaran Procyon A
Aldebaran Regulus
Aldebaran Sirius
Aldebaran Vasuda
Aldebaran Vega
Alpha Centauri Aldebaran
Alpha Centauri Alpha Centauri
Alpha Centauri Altair
Alpha Centauri Capella
Alpha Centauri Deneb
Alpha Centauri Mirak
Alpha Centauri Polaris
Alpha Centauri Procyon A
Alpha Centauri Regulus
Alpha Centauri Sirius
Alpha Centauri Vasuda
Alpha Centauri Vega
Altair Aldebaran
Altair Alpha Centauri
Altair Altair
Altair Capella
Altair Deneb
Altair Mirak
Altair Polaris
Altair Procyon A
Altair Regulus
Altair Sirius
Altair Vasuda
Altair Vega
Capella Aldebaran
Capella Alpha Centauri
Capella Altair
Capella Capella
Capella Deneb
Capella Mirak
Capella Polaris
Capella Procyon A
Capella Regulus
Capella Sirius
Capella Vasuda
Capella Vega
Deneb Aldebaran
Deneb Alpha Centauri
Deneb Altair
Deneb Capella
Deneb Deneb
Deneb Mirak
Deneb Polaris
Deneb Procyon A
Deneb Regulus
Deneb Sirius
Deneb Vasuda
Deneb Vega
Mirak Aldebaran
Mirak Alpha Centauri
Mirak Altair
Mirak Capella
Mirak Deneb
Mirak Mirak
Mirak Polaris
Mirak Procyon A
Mirak Regulus
Mirak Sirius
Mirak Vasuda
Mirak Vega
Polaris Aldebaran
Polaris Alpha Centauri
Polaris Altair
Polaris Capella
Polaris Deneb
Polaris Mirak
Polaris Polaris
Polaris Procyon A
Polaris Regulus
Polaris Sirius
Polaris Vasuda
Polaris Vega
Procyon A Aldebaran
Procyon A Alpha Centauri
Procyon A Altair
Procyon A Capella
Procyon A Deneb
Procyon A Mirak
Procyon A Polaris
Procyon A Procyon A
Procyon A Regulus
Procyon A Sirius
Procyon A Vasuda
Procyon A Vega
Regulus Aldebaran
Regulus Alpha Centauri
Regulus Altair
Regulus Capella
Regulus Deneb
Regulus Mirak
Regulus Polaris
Regulus Procyon A
Regulus Regulus
Regulus Sirius
Regulus Vasuda
Regulus Vega
Sirius Aldebaran
Sirius Alpha Centauri
Sirius Altair
Sirius Capella
Sirius Deneb
Sirius Mirak
Sirius Polaris
Sirius Procyon A
Sirius Regulus
Sirius Sirius
Sirius Vasuda
Sirius Vega
Vasuda Aldebaran
Vasuda Alpha Centauri
Vasuda Altair
Vasuda Capella
Vasuda Deneb
Vasuda Mirak
Vasuda Polaris
Vasuda Procyon A
Vasuda Regulus
Vasuda Sirius
Vasuda Vasuda
Vasuda Vega
Vega Aldebaran
Vega Alpha Centauri
Vega Altair
Vega Capella
Vega Deneb
Vega Mirak
Vega Polaris
Vega Procyon A
Vega Regulus
Vega Sirius
Vega Vasuda
Vega Vega

All the possible combos.
Title: Re: Running out of time
Post by: MikeRoz on November 24, 2008, 01:41:51 am
There are more than twelve stars in FS canon.

Also, we are not limited to stars in FS canon.

If it were a combination of FS canon stars, I'd have it by now.
Title: Re: Running out of time
Post by: ShadowGorrath on November 24, 2008, 02:46:16 am
And what if there aren't spaces in the pass?
Title: Re: Running out of time
Post by: MikeRoz on November 24, 2008, 02:46:35 am
There are.
Title: Re: Running out of time
Post by: Androgeos Exeunt on November 24, 2008, 07:26:49 am
Do note, however, that MikeRoz's decrypt explicitly mentions the Descent: FreeSpace Strategy Guide, so this means that we only need to focus on the star systems shown in Descent: FreeSpace and possibly Silent Threat as well.

You might want to try HLP's PM function if you solve the puzzle, nuclear. ;)
Title: Re: Running out of time
Post by: colecampbell666 on November 24, 2008, 11:08:54 am
Of course, the noses of these craft could be pointing to another star on the page of the book. Did anyone try to brute force the stars yet?
Title: Re: Running out of time
Post by: MikeRoz on November 24, 2008, 11:31:18 am
Yes.

I also tried every star on this list (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_traditional_star_names). Combinations of both designations and traditional names, with stars like Vasuda thrown in for good measure.

Unfortunately it gets less reliable when the sample size goes above 500,000.
Title: Re: Running out of time
Post by: phreak on November 24, 2008, 11:57:57 pm
I have the FS1 strategy guide, investigating...

I believe the medusa's nose is pointing towards Alpha Tucana.  Oddly enough the Tucana constellation borders the Phoenix constellation.  (edit: I did speculate the star may have been Delta Tucana, but upon closer inspection, it is most likely Alpha Tucana).

The basilisk's nose is pointing towards Delta Lupi.  It is part of the Lupus constellation.

thank you google sky

no luck with the password so far.
Title: Re: Running out of time
Post by: Nuclear1 on November 25, 2008, 12:39:26 am
EDIT:  Ok, nevermind.  Who knows what we need to do with 5712.92.3784?
Title: Re: Running out of time
Post by: phreak on November 25, 2008, 12:49:37 am
If i could find the cable to my digital camera
Title: Re: Running out of time
Post by: MikeRoz on November 25, 2008, 12:50:27 am
ACCOUNT FOUND: [web-form] Host: 64.92.160.252 User: isaac.stone Password: Alpha Tucanae Delta Lupi [SUCCESS]

Amazing how neither of those stars appeared on Wikipedia's list of 779 star designations.
Title: Re: Running out of time
Post by: phreak on November 25, 2008, 01:29:00 am
Because the actual stars the ships are pointing at are too unimportant to have a non-scientific name associated with them
Title: Re: Running out of time
Post by: Mongoose on November 25, 2008, 01:42:29 am
Ooh, great work guys. :)

...audio access?  Bwuh?
Title: Re: Running out of time
Post by: MikeRoz on November 25, 2008, 01:58:17 am
Nuclear, phreak: You fail for leaving too early. It *IS* a phone number.

Isaac Stone, Commodore
Phi
Alpha Tucanae Delta Lupi
Title: Re: Running out of time
Post by: Colonol Dekker on November 25, 2008, 07:43:23 am
So the login details in full....are? :eek2:
Title: Re: Running out of time
Post by: Androgeos Exeunt on November 25, 2008, 08:57:17 am
So the login details in full....are? :eek2:

Username: isaac.stone
Password: Alpha Tucanae Delta Lupi

While that is apparently a valid account, all it brings up is "You have specified audio only access for this account. To change this behavior, please contact your system administrator."

Thanks for the account details, though. Mike, much obliged to you. :)

Now we need to know how to change the node.

EDIT: A little note - http://64.92.160.252/ is the same as going to http://www.hard-light.net.
Title: Re: Running out of time
Post by: MikeRoz on November 25, 2008, 09:26:53 am
Here's a partial transcription of the first message. I'll edit it with the real thing once I get a chance.

Commodore Stone, this is Captain Larsen, GTSC Valhalla.

We are en route from the node, and if you haven't already heard, our publicly stated mission has failed. With considerable effort, the Valhalla was able to enter the jump corridor, but couldn't brute force its way out the other side. We've heard back from Beta Aquilae and Deneb, and they coulnd't get through at all. There will be more on this in the coming weeks, but that's not why I'm calling.

Our discovery has confirmed 1st Fleet's final transmissions, and our salvage crews have been working through the past 96 hours. We have deep scans from the

but the jackpot is that the aft defenses were almost completely intact. We've recovered five pulse turrets, as well as a complete missile launcher battery. Unfortunately, deploying salvage haulers was impossible due to the increasing instability of the corridor

I look forward to sharing our results with everyone after tomorrow's press conference.
Title: Re: Running out of time
Post by: Mars on November 25, 2008, 11:25:34 am
Where is this audio we have access to?
Title: Re: Running out of time
Post by: Vip on November 25, 2008, 04:57:28 pm
Meh, I love puzzles that are meant only for US residents - just as Sci-Fi always reminds me that I'm living on the end of the world each time I want to watch BSG :P
Title: Re: Running out of time
Post by: Mongoose on November 25, 2008, 05:16:12 pm
Damn, they are going all-out, aren't they? This is intensely nerdy. :lol:

So it seems like this science ship Valhalla was officially tasked with trying to test the node's status, but its true mission was to try to recover whatever remnants of the Lucifer were left behind in subspace...and it seemingly succeeded.  That could explain what winds up on the Hades, then.  I like how they worked in the apocryphal nodes in Beta Aquilae and Deneb, too.

Edit:  Hmm...there are two additional messages.  One about finding a bomber, somehow related to the Vasudans, and the other about trying to integrate new systems...on the Hades, I think.  Maybe I'll see if I can't get audio recordings of this once my cell phone recharges.
Title: Re: Running out of time
Post by: Stormkeeper on November 25, 2008, 06:12:13 pm
The more this plot thickens, the less I want to face the new Hades.
Title: Re: Running out of time
Post by: Mongoose on November 25, 2008, 10:00:13 pm
Hell, anything's better than rubber-banding your joystick trigger down. :p

For anyone who can't call the phone number, I have the entire recording (interspersed with my lovely voice giving input :p) uploaded here (http://www.mydatabus.com/public/Top_Gun/phoenix_recording.mp3).  Sorry for the lack of quality; I was recording it via my cell phone's speakerphone function.  I'll try to get transcripts of all three messages up later tonight.
Title: Re: Running out of time
Post by: Mars on November 25, 2008, 10:54:22 pm
It doesn't sound intimidating at all actually... from the recording.

It sounds like a piece of junk.
Title: Re: Running out of time
Post by: terran_emperor on November 26, 2008, 10:06:24 am
Meh, I love puzzles that are meant only for US residents - just as Sci-Fi always reminds me that I'm living on the end of the world each time I want to watch BSG :P

Damn you! You got the frakking Resistance Webisodes on your Season 3 DVD.

But I'd like to thank Rikki his down load...(After seeing his Custom Title once, i can't call him anything but)
Title: Re: Running out of time
Post by: Rick James on November 26, 2008, 07:57:02 pm
Phone number...what?

Somebody please tell me what the **** is going on. From the third post on that page downward I have no idea what's going on.
Title: Re: Running out of time
Post by: Nuclear1 on November 26, 2008, 08:17:11 pm
Read the first post. The ten digit number Aardash provided as a "node" is actually a phone number--if you live in the US, call it and you can hear some prerecorded messages about the earlier mentioned topics.

There is a password for the Holonet:
isaac.stone
Alpha Tucanae Delta Lupi

But it doesn't work on the web-based Holonet. When you call, provide the name, the password, and "Phi" when asked for the clearance level.
Title: Re: Running out of time
Post by: Androgeos Exeunt on November 27, 2008, 12:20:52 am
No wonder it didn't make sense. I don't live in America. :p
Title: Re: Running out of time
Post by: Colonol Dekker on November 27, 2008, 06:00:10 am
Has goober given his phone number out to the whole internet?
Title: Re: Running out of time
Post by: Androgeos Exeunt on November 28, 2008, 01:31:57 am
Has goober given his phone number out to the whole internet?

:wtf:

I thought he's in Britain...
Title: Re: Running out of time
Post by: Mars on November 28, 2008, 01:52:40 am
Nope, he's a yank

**Mars feels surge of patriotism
Title: Re: Running out of time
Post by: terran_emperor on November 28, 2008, 01:55:02 am
I thought he's in Britain...

Its "Briton" if you are talking about someone from Britain
Title: Re: Running out of time
Post by: Nuclear1 on November 28, 2008, 01:57:58 am
He's from northern Virginia, but I doubt that's his actual phone number.

Otherwise I would've drunk dialed Goob by now :p
Title: Re: Running out of time
Post by: Stormkeeper on November 28, 2008, 09:22:01 am
Which kinda effectively shuts us non-US people out, doesn't it?
Title: Re: Running out of time
Post by: Rick James on November 28, 2008, 10:47:33 am
Alas, if only Skype allowed for free international calling...
Title: Re: Running out of time
Post by: Nuclear1 on November 28, 2008, 02:21:32 pm
Not that it matters anyway.  The phone number's off now. :p
Title: Re: Running out of time
Post by: Mongoose on November 28, 2008, 10:43:26 pm
Which kinda effectively shuts us non-US people out, doesn't it?
What I provided for download is essentially the entire experience...outside of the "I'm sorry, I cannot understand your response; please repeat input" phrases I got the first time when I didn't have the password in front of me.  You're not exactly missing much by not having those. :p

(Sorry for the delay in getting it transcribed; I'm hoping to get to that tonight.)
Title: Re: Running out of time
Post by: Mongoose on November 29, 2008, 03:46:14 am
And without further ado, here is that transcription.  I've separated it out into the three individual messages and the accompanying voice interface.

Preliminary connection and input:

Quote
"Welcome to the Galactic Terran Intelligence Phoenix online network.  Please stand before your camera for security identification.  If you are calling from an audio-only terminal, please hold for further instructions."

"Unable to establish a video connection.  Please state your full name and rank."

*Isaac Stone, Commodore*

"Please state your classification level."

*Phi*

"Please state your authorization code."

*Alpha Tucanae Delta Lupi*

"Access granted.  Welcome, Commodore.  Please be advised that this communications node has not been cleared for classified activity.  Certain options may be unavailable."

*Play messages.*

"Accessing now. You have three saved messages."

First message:

Quote
"First message.  This message was sent on Monday, April 1, 2335 at 0637 hours."

"Commodore Stone, this is Captain Larsen, GTSC Valhalla.  We are en route from the node, and if you haven’t already heard, our publicly-stated mission has failed.  With considerable effort, the Valhalla was able to enter the jump corridor, but couldn't brute force its way out the other side. We've heard back from Beta Aquilae and Deneb, and they couldn’t get through at all. There will be more on this in the coming weeks, but that's not why I'm calling.

"Our discovery has confirmed 1st Fleet's final transmissions, and our salvage crews have been working through the past 96 hours. We have deep scans and physical samples from the engine systems, but the jackpot is that the aft defenses were almost completely intact. We've recovered five pulse turrets, as well as a complete missile launcher battery.  Unfortunately, deploying salvage haulers was impossible due to the increasing instability of the corridor, but even though we weren’t able to accomplish your primary objective, I would consider the mission to be a complete success.

"I look forward to sharing our results with everyone after tomorrow's press conference."

Second message:

Quote
"Next message.  This message was sent on Thursday, April 4, 2335 at 0437 hours."

"Isaac, hi, it’s Frank.  Listen, about that bomber, I talked to Sam this morning, and she’s called in a few favors from VCI.  Here’s what you need to know.  We have it from a reliable source that there is no, repeat, no evidence, on or off the books, that this originated in the PVN.  It has no prototypes, no schematics, not even a napkin sketch.  I wish I could get you some more information, but the Hammer task force is shot to hell, and any capture ops have to go through so much red tape…

"I honestly don’t think there’s anything more we can do.  If you want, I can schedule a meeting with Rybak and try to push it through the system…if it were up to me, I’d just leave it to the Vasudans.

"Anyway, give my love to Rachael, and good luck on whatever it is you’re doing these days.  Call me back whenever you get the chance.  Bye."

Third message:

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"Next message.  This message was sent on Thursday, April 4, 2335 at 1651 hours."

"Commodore, this is Captain Montgomery.  I wanted to give you a sitrep on the integration status.  The whole report’s in your inbox, but I thought I should give you an overview, so that this doesn’t get buried beneath all the other issues you’re working.

"There’s no good way to do this, but…we can’t accommodate the additional hardware requirements without exceeding the redline limits by at least 20%.  In fact, it was all we could do to bring that down from our initial estimates.  The project simply wasn’t designed to interface with this sort of technology, and we won’t be able to fix it without a lot more work.

"Let me just go down the list here.  Navigation is the worst offender.  We’ve been able to jury-rig a conversion interface, but that pile of junk needs more babysitting than a two-year-old on Zod dust.  We nearly caused a plasma cascade while running some tests this week.  I can’t predict how it’ll hold up under more stressful conditions.

"Engines are another problem.  We’ve installed the new cores and tested each engine individually, but we haven’t been able to bring the entire array online yet.  The reactor certainly has enough power, but the energy conduits won’t support running all five of the new cores simultaneously.  I’ve installed teams to install mini-reactors in the four outboard pods, but that’s going to put us further behind schedule.

"Well, you get the idea.  The report has all the gory details.  Suffice it to say that I’m gonna need a lot more support if I’m gonna get the thing working at all, let alone by the deadline.  You’ve heard me say this before: I would much rather reverse-engineer the systems we have, and build our own versions, rather than transplant them directly into the prototype.  I realize this isn’t the direction we’ve been ordered to take, but I strongly believe it’s the better long-term strategy.

"All right, I’ll see you at the meeting tomorrow."

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*Disconnect.*

"Thank you for using the Phoenix online network.  Goodbye."
Title: Re: Running out of time
Post by: Vip on November 29, 2008, 03:58:11 am
Thanks Mongoose, both for the audio as well as for transcript. The first message is of little surprise - it explains whee did the GTI get Shivan technology. The third one hints to us why the Hades wasn't used in the GTI Rebellion - it was simply not ready. However, about the second message - a new bomber ? A new Vasudan bomber ? No plans, no schematics, no anything, but the GTI suspects it to be a Vasudan ship. Most interesting, I must say.
Title: Re: Running out of time
Post by: Mongoose on November 29, 2008, 04:04:44 am
If I had to guess, I'd say that the second message regards a precursor to the Sekhmet.  It references an unknown craft that has no discernible origins in the PVN but is somehow related to the Hammer of Light, and we know from the FS2 tech room that the Sekhmet started its life as an HoL co-opting of the Shivan Nahema design.  It'd be a nice little tidbit to fill in some backstory.
Title: Re: Running out of time
Post by: Stormkeeper on November 29, 2008, 06:04:19 am
If I had to guess, I'd say that the second message regards a precursor to the Sekhmet.  It references an unknown craft that has no discernible origins in the PVN but is somehow related to the Hammer of Light, and we know from the FS2 tech room that the Sekhmet started its life as an HoL co-opting of the Shivan Nahema design.  It'd be a nice little tidbit to fill in some backstory.
I agree. It does fit the Sekhmet's description, but it wasn't rolled out during the Hades Rebellion, right?
Title: Re: Running out of time
Post by: Vip on November 29, 2008, 12:50:26 pm
If I had to guess, I'd say that the second message regards a precursor to the Sekhmet.  It references an unknown craft that has no discernible origins in the PVN but is somehow related to the Hammer of Light, and we know from the FS2 tech room that the Sekhmet started its life as an HoL co-opting of the Shivan Nahema design.  It'd be a nice little tidbit to fill in some backstory.
I agree. It does fit the Sekhmet's description, but it wasn't rolled out during the Hades Rebellion, right?

Well, who knows, perhaps it will appear in ST:R, given how rarely it is seen anywhere :D
Title: Re: Running out of time
Post by: terran_emperor on November 29, 2008, 01:09:47 pm
I read that 2nd message and immediatly thought Sekhmet. Hope that the Sekhmet inroduction is a ST:R Plotpoint.

No 3 makes me think that the new Hades model is based on that old Hades Mk II with 5 engine subsystems - one on the main body and one on each of the 4 engine pods
Title: Re: Running out of time
Post by: Mars on November 29, 2008, 01:57:15 pm
That would make it more constant with Freespace 2 ships.
Title: Re: Running out of time
Post by: Stormkeeper on November 30, 2008, 05:04:12 am
Well, who knows, perhaps it will appear in ST:R, given how rarely it is seen anywhere :D
... Ugh. I'm absolutely not looking towards tangling with those things.
Title: Re: Running out of time
Post by: Mars on November 30, 2008, 10:37:53 am
Maybe you get to use them as well
Title: Re: Running out of time
Post by: Mongoose on November 30, 2008, 05:57:45 pm
Just as a quick update, I received clarification on the two words I was unsure of from "a reliable source," so I've updated them in my post.  Said source also indicated that I might be able to put my transcription skills to use again, so I'll see what he means a bit later.
Title: Re: Running out of time
Post by: Androgeos Exeunt on November 30, 2008, 07:42:40 pm
Many thanks, Mongoose.

The third one sounds as if they were testing out all the systems on the GTD Hades, but not without some near-disasters.
Title: Re: Running out of time
Post by: Mongoose on November 30, 2008, 09:20:48 pm
Kudos to my "source."  As Aadarsh noted in today's posting, we seem to have been cut off from the audio network.  Here's (http://www.mydatabus.com/public/Top_Gun/phoenix_recording_final.mp3) a recording of what's up there now, with the transcript as follows:

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"This communications node has been disconnected, following unauthorized access by suspected infiltrators of Galactic Terran Intelligence.  Your terminal address has been recorded, and your account will be investigated by GHN security.  Good day."
Title: Re: Running out of time
Post by: Androgeos Exeunt on December 01, 2008, 12:39:56 am
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"This communications node has been disconnected, following unauthorized access by suspected infiltrators of Galactic Terran Intelligence.  Your terminal address has been recorded, and your account will be investigated by GHN security.  Good day."
/me takes a leaf from Black Wolf.

SPOOOOOOOOOOOOOOKY.