[ARC] Semiosis

(Michael Pawlicki) #37

Specifically looking at the “dominance arrangement” I can’t help but think about why it’s forbidden, and by whom or what. Was there some prior agreement between the Collective and the Drifters in the past, or as Uriel had mentioned a previous Jovian polity? It could simply be a condemnation of the Drifter’s methodology in achieving… whatever ends they may want, or it could be a combination of both.

(Makoto Priano) #38

Pilot Ev0l Hireling identified the mail header RElSRUNUSVZFIDQ as Base64 encoding. Translated, it reads as DIRECTIVE 4.

What exactly this means is unknown, but it also ensures we have another clue on how precisely the Collective communicates.

(Annisir Kaugan) #39

They use corpses under some kind of remote control. I can see that as a vilified dominance arrangement.

(Bjorn Tyrson) #40

4 hours later I found one… didn’t go so well, thats a LOT of leshaks. not sure if my ship is properly set up for this. you seem to have been having success with them. would you mind sending me a message with some info on your fit, and some tips… I’m not eager to repeat a close scrape like I had again.

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(Michael Pawlicki) #41

It could very well be. Take for instance the blueprint data for Collective ships recovered from the Abyss; the Collective/Clades left the history of the creation of the particular craft in itself as a sort of historical document, ignoring the potential for the data to be taken by another power. The organizational and mental structure of the cladeflow may not realize that some end-points are not in “friendly” hands for lack of a better word, and is allowing information not meant for outside the Collective to be viewed. The Collective may realize this hole and plug it at some point, though given recent events perhaps this whole release of vaults was not accidental and is part of the “war declaration” given by the Triglavians, and the video here an unstated threat of the magnitude of force they could bring to bear against their enemies.

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(Makoto Priano) #42

Pilot Nomistrav has reconstructed the wireframe in the Svarog Clade transmission; while we can’t be completely certain, it certainly looks like a schematic view of the vessel currently under construction.

(Mahazkei Vas'Hiigara) #43

Sweet merciful… it’s massive! And unless it’s asymmetric - which I doubt beyond all belief - it’s not even finished yet!

(Makoto Priano) #44

The imagery included in the transmission was partially occluded; I’d have to look at some of the less cleaned-up versions, but it could very well be that asymmetry is a product of the occlusion…?

(Annisir Kaugan) #45

The Scope video seems to have the best views of it.

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(Evi Polevhia) #46

From what I have seen of the data, the incomplete sections warded by containment fields, etc…It is looking to be a -massive- vessal. Wider than a standard New Eden dreadnought. But still along the same length as one. When it is complete by my estimations it will be symmetrical.

(Xenuria) #47

I was able to acquire a Semiosis Conduction Console (Veles Clade) for 1 Billion Isk through a private contract. The price for these has gradually gone up and I have seen several people try to buy them for even more than what I was willing to spend.

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(Makoto Priano) #48

Hm. Suppose we’ll have to increase our offer, then.

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(Valerie Valate) #49

Have you noticed any spacetime wiggling yet ?

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(Andreus Ixiris) #50

What concerns me, actually, is those two bright sections on either “wing.” Now, this would be a deviation from previously observed Triglavian ship design, but those could possibly be singularity engines, as are usually found in singular at the core of a Triglavian ship. Common wisdom would suggest that, when the ship is fully built, there would be three of them.

What would a starship need with three singularity engines? Beats the heck out of me, but I’m certainly not comfortable with it.

(Valerie Valate) #51

Clearly 3 small ones are better than one large one.

(Bjorn Tyrson) #52

makes sense really, i’m not entirely clear on the whole science side of things, but i’d assume that the larger the singularity, the harder it is to contain. kinda like with piston engines, there is only so large you can make them before the explosions required to move them would end up destroying the casing.

3 small ones also means you have redundancy in case one of them fails.

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(Bjorn Tyrson) #53

edit for clarity: talking about the construction room
Third one I found, and first site of the day, finally managed to clear the thing. took many pictures, got some rather nice up close and personal views of the structure. got a semiosis conductor as well. hoping the clades try to make contact again, would hate to have gone to all this effort only to have missed my chance.

(Uriel Paradisi Anteovnuecci) #54

Finally chanced upon the construction site myself.

Svarog Clade Leshaks and aligned Rogue Drones guard the area en masse, and at the center is the ship - I call it that because I’d be absolutely astonished if it were anything else. I was able to observe the site closely after dispatching its considerable defensive fleet, and left after retrieving materials from one of the tangent caches.

Caches sit within cages nearby, assumedly supplying materials for the gargantuan shipyard.

The forward prow and decks form an imposing face for the vessel, and many rows of windows suggest a quite large intended crew compliment. The ship’s gargantuan core cradle sits below, not yet holding its continuous-output engine characteristic to all Triglavian ships.

Gargantuan boosters are in the process of being installed on the hull; this is a ship.

An enormous hardpoint, suspended above a fielded pre-mesh of the vessel’s right wing.

This is one of many sites - the presence of these shipyards in multiple weather-class Abyssal areas and systems sufficiently confirms that - and if I had to make a guess, I’d say that this is the Collective’s take on a Dreadnought-ranged vessel. Seeing as Svarog Clade guards the sites, perhaps the ship is of their own design - might it share the Clade’s name? I’m certain we won’t have to wait long to discover more about these mysterious shipyards & their contents.

(Gosakumori Noh) #55

Down with this sort of thing!

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(Mahazkei Vas'Hiigara) #56

With this sort of questioning going around, I have to wonder myself if the reason for the size is not to power an XL entropic disintegrator, but three large entropic disintegrators as a weapons platform for sieging targets, and/or acting as a bulwark for other ships to hide behind? If it does indeed use three supratidal entropic disintegrators instead of a larger one, the potential Drifter elimination capacity would be staggering.

Supratidals are already powerful for their size and tracking, building a ship to put three of them on would be powerful beyond reckoning. And as a dreadnought hull it would be much stronger than most, if not all dedicated battleship tanks, meaning it could, with the right fitting, eat up a single doomsday or more.

I eagerly await the chance to look over the specifications, and hope that it is not turned against us.

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