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PostPosted: Thu Aug 03, 2017 9:43 am    Post subject: Lets Play - Falcon 1: Renegade Lord Reply with quote Add User to Ignore List

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 03, 2017 9:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote Add User to Ignore List

There are also some pictures that go with that, but they aren't important (which is helpful as they didn't turn out that well and you can't read most of the text there)

As an aside, IIRC they resuse the same intro stuff for later books, though not all of it remains relevant.

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THE MISSION
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[score a Q]
The door hums closed behind you as you step out of the high security wing which houses Section Chief Yelov's offices. Boarding the pedway you request the time. The Service Computer responds from a nearby speaker: 'It is three minutes, fifteen seconds to your appointment with the Lords of TIME at 10am, Falcon. If you would care to step into Lane 9, I can see that you arrive in time.' Realising that you have only a few moments to prepare, you transfer to Lane 9 and open a link to CAIN, punching in your Security Clearance Code on your Remote Access Terminal (RAT), a flexible keyboard and visual display incorporated into the left forearm of your uniform which you can use to communicate with CAIN via the building's Service Computer. The link opens. Do you:
Ask to see Special Agent Q's Termination Report?
Ask to see the last transmission which Special Agent Q submitted to Agidy Yelov?
Ask CAIN why Section Chief Yelov gave you so little warning about your mission prior to your ceremony?
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 03, 2017 11:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote Add User to Ignore List

I suspect we should be able to ask all of them.

If we can't then I say look at the last transmission first. I think that contains an important clue.
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 03, 2017 6:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Add User to Ignore List

agreed
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Good plan.
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 04, 2017 1:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote Add User to Ignore List

Yeah, what everyone else said.
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You give your Epsilon Security Code and the micro-display on
your wrist lights up,
SECURITY CLEARANCE CODE INSUFFICIENT
ACCESS DENIED
Knowing that your Epsilon Security Code should be high enough to gain access, you request the level of Security Code necessary. CAIN responds with the information that this report has been reclassified: Access Code Theta. Theta is the level of Security Clearance held by Section Chiefs, and Special Agents cannot cause information to be classified at this level. The Service Computer intones softly: 'You have arrived at the Hall of Honours. Your Graduation is about to commence.'

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The silver doors hiss apart, affording you your first view of the Hall of Honours, which boasts a marble floor and colonnades. In the centre is a large oaken table, in the shape of a horseshoe, the only wood in the TIME building, around which sit the five Lords of TIME. Your Universal Translator synthesises an unusual watery gurgling into words of welcome that sound in your ear: Welcome, Agent Falcon, never has a candidate graduated from the Academy with so high a score.' Your self-control allows you to smother any outward betrayal of surprise at the sight of the being which greets you. Submerged in a huge tank, along with some small aquatic mammals, is what looks like a giant lobster with bloated bluish brain-sacs floating under its spiked carapace. It waves a fearsome purplish pincer and clicks and gurgles: 'I am Time Lord Kirik of the Keladi.'

You bow respectfully and turn to look at the other Lords. You recognise Lord Speke, a dapper little Earther in a Navy 'dress uniform'. On his left sits a squat, humanoid figure, with blue skin and a mane of bristling white hairs - Lord Silvermane of Rigel Prime. On the other side of the table sits Lord Pilota, a seven-foot tall Lastlander woman with the fragile build and sharp-boned features of all those who live on that low gravity world. She is supported in her chair by a hydraulic exoskeleton which gives her the appearance of a robot, but it is the fifth Lord of TIME sitting on her right who looks the strangest of them all. A network of silica, like an oversized honeycomb, rests on the floor. Inside each of the six cells of the honeycomb is what looks like a giant ant, swathed in silk, like a cocoon. Their front parts protrude from the silk, plainly showing dull-red, compound eyes and wicked looking mandibles which are in constant motion. Collectively, they are called The Creche 82282 and they are six parts of a communal mind, in constant mind-link with each other. They are Hivers, a separate part of the Hive.

The ceremony is brief; you swear an oath of allegiance to TIME and are duly commissioned as a Special Agent. Pilota rises and steps forward, uncomfortable in the relatively high gravity of earth, and pins your wings to your chest. Your Universal Translator renders a mixed babel of applause. The ceremony is drawing to a close and you still have little information on the Lords of TIME. You know that this will be your last chance to meet them together in the same room for some time, perhaps for ever. If you know why Section Chief Yelov did not contact you until the last minute about your mission, turn to 153. If you do not, will you:
Use your Psychic Awareness to contact one of them mentally?
Ask if any of them have travelled in time since the death of Agent Q?
Smile and make a short speech of thanks?

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(As an aside, this series is by Mark Smith and Jamie Thomson, who also did the Duelmaster series. I was going to say that there wasn't any connection, but Challenge of the Magi also had a creature called "Silverman" in it, only that was a magic wolf)
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I don't think it would be a good idea to use psi against much more experienced people or to ask clever questions. Just give them a cute smile and start the investigation when we're out of sight.
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Let's speak to one of.them privately with our psychic powers.

I find it weird that the final transmission is classified above our pay grade.
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Doh! Looks like the right option was to ask the computer for its opinion.

They seem to be plating some hints that Yelov is a villain (what with him having the transmission info that we have no access to and not telling us about it), although this early in the book it may be red herring.

Definitely don't ask any questions openly, since there's clearly at least one villain present.

Use our Psi-powers to contact one of the Time Lords.
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 05, 2017 2:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote Add User to Ignore List

I'd communicate telepathically with one of them.
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 05, 2017 1:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Add User to Ignore List

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Who will you try to contact first:
Silvermane?
Pilota?
Speke?
The Creche?
Kirik?
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The hive-mind would interact with telepathy in the most interesting way, so let's contact them.
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go for Speke, because what if contacting the hive mind disrupts our brain ?
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I wish we'd been given more background info on all those other planets so that we have more to go upon, especially since world-building has always been the authors' forte.

I pick Pilota.
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Pilota seems least likely to fry our brain and also to know stuff. I'd go for the navy guy, but being a "dapper little chap" doesn't inspire confidence.
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You contact the mind of Pilota, using your power of Psychic Awareness. She is far away, dwelling on her chances in the next solar yacht race. When she realises what you are up to her reaction is one of pleased surprise. She thinks a message to you: I like a lot of warp, why don't you try the same thing on the others? She is amused at the possibility but thinks a warning to you that they are: a bunch of empty cargo pods. Evidently she is impressed with your audacity. Will you:
Give a speech of thanks to end the ceremony?.
Probe the mind of another Lord?
You may try Silvermane, Speke, The Creche, or Kirik
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stop while we're ahead, give polite speech
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well, she was useless. Try Speke next.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 07, 2017 7:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote Add User to Ignore List

I'll vote Speke.
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I actually think we lucked out this time. I agree with ashimbabbar that we should quit while we're ahead. The other Timelords may not be so tolerant, and they outrank us.

I don't completely understand Pilota's message, but the warning part sounds like choosing the wrong person to probe will harm us.


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I don't trust the dapper little Earther so just quit while we're ahead.
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You thank the Lords of TIME for attending your Graduation Ceremony, saying that you will repay their trust in you many times over. Lord Speke thanks you on behalf of the Lords of TIME and exhorts you to further the cause of harmony within the Space Federation while being vigilant against anyone so diabolical as to tamper with the past. After his speech you salute and are just leaving when Lord Kirik grabs one of the small seal-like creatures in his tank and thrusts it into his mouth with voracious ferocity. He is obscured by a cloud of blood as you finally leave.

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You leave the Hall of Honours en route for the Eiger Vault and your Time Machine, and approach the hovrail, calling a car to the nearest embarkation point using CAIN and the Service Computer. Stepping from the TIME building pedway you emerge into the cityscape, to be dwarfed by the tiered office blocks surrounded by housing for the workers and the Prodmarkets which supply them. Jetcopters hum overhead like streams of flies, each one, darting or circling, its pilot intent on reaching particular destinations. The lower level streets and pedways are thick with people; those streets which curve up to the higher levels and along the buttresses of the larger buildings bear a steady flow of skimmers, runners sparking as they contact the electrified streetmetal. Some way from the embarkation point you realise that you are being followed. You step from the pedway onto the deserted bay of the Intelfax building. The anonymous figure of an office worker in a one-piece suit steps off the pedway behind you.
Do you:
Use your Power of Will to control your follower?
Duck into a doorway and wait to confront him at close quarters?
Slip through the Intelfax warehouse and lose your pursuer in the lowlife area, Old Geneva?
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whoever has us followed knows of our abilities so the Power of Will must be useless.

Let's play it the classical fashion: duck into a doorway
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I say try our psi-powers first. Even if it fails we should get some idea of what manner of creature it is. This isn't a Timelord, so there's less chance of us being completely owned in a mind-combat.
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