Ascension Session Notes – 14 April 2012
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April, 2012
Ascension Session Notes – 14 April 2012

The session begins with a cutscene.

Colonel Becker makes it to the CIC and gets a report from Captain Millet, who ordered the reactors scrammed in order to prevent the ship from jumping.  She had detected that the ship’s computer was attempting to trigger a jump.  Becker orders the computers to be kept offline and the reactors restored to service.

Meanwhile, Mitch and Jack, aboard the Thermopylae and burning at 3Gs for thirty hours, arrive at Persephone 3.  Mitch takes his fighter to search for Stella’s flight and Jack descends with a lance of Land-Air-Mechs to search McTavish’s Hope.  Mitch finds Stella and her wing aboard the remains of the Dervish, having cannibalized an air tank to stay alive.

Jack finds Jonah’s body guarding the settlement’s longhouse, in which seventeen of the settlement’s children had been sealed with an underpowered air recycler against the increasingly hostile volcanic environment.  The Thermopylae recovers Stella’s flight and the children and heads back to the Agamemnon.

While en route to pick up the Thermopylae, Becker has the ship’s computer cores scanned thoroughly and isolated from the most critical systems.  Captain Millet suspects, based on the computer logs, that something involving the carrier signal from Natasha Kerensky combined with Millet’s own hack of the computer’s security apparatus triggered a deeply-embedded dead-man’s-switch in the Agamemnon that caused the loss of control.  The offending code was isolated and removed.  Becker remained dubious, however, and had the Ares expert system RASPUTIN examined more closely.  Chief Fagan reports later that the expert system simply processes input and makes tactical suggestions – and those don’t seem to be very good.  Millet reports that Fagan is “beating the thing at chess fairly consistently”.

Becker also briefs the crew on the current situation and her intention to protect the Inner Sphere from the invading Clans.

The crew finally chooses to cut into Locker 17 and  evaluate its contents.  The cylinder from Cromwell seems to be a self-contained computer – Mitch attempts to discern its use to no avail.  Millet assigns staff to investigate it more closely.

During a particularly passionate rendezvous, Corbett notices that Fagan has been writing on her arms and other places covered by her uniform.  He notices ticks, as if she had been counting, and the words “DON’T SLEEP” and “GET OUT”.  He checks with Cottle on Fagan’s overall mental health but doesn’t learn much that is new.

Becker convenes her war council to discuss strategy.

The session ends with the Agamemnon jumping from Persephone.

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  1. Patricia Gillian

    Colonel Becker’s log, 3020-10-30

    And the only reason we have mechs left is captain Millet’s fast reaction. If she hadn’t killed the reactors, we’d have jumped without the Thermopylae, our pilots, our mechs and the Black Knights, and several of the marines and spec forces.

    I’m not convinced that the bug captain Millet found caused it; or perhaps it did, and Rasputin is something else entirely. But I cannot get rear admiral Tokugawa’s words off my mind. “The Agamemnon will survive…Rasputin will see to it.” So there _must_ be something more about that tactical computer. I can, to some extent, understand chief Fagan beating it at chess; after all, real space combat is not limited to an 8×8 board. Still, that too indicates that Rasputin might be something else.

    It will still take some hours before the last systems are up and running, but hopefully, now we will be in control again.

    Colonel Becker’s log, 3020-11-02

    McTavish’s Hope is gone, as are the other settlements on Persephone 3. Destroyed, in the few days since we left it. I have little doubt that this is the work of whoever attacked us. The clans that descended from the soldiers, the warriors, of Kerensky’s exodus.

    Seventeen children. All that’s left of the settlements on Persephone 3. The attackers destroyed the entire planet. The people there were harmless, there was no reason for the attackers to destroy them. With the jump station destroyed, they couldn’t even send a message out, they were confined to the system, at the very best.

    Colonel Becker’s log, 3020-11-08

    There is little more we can do here now. The dead have been laid to rest, we have what we came for, now it is time to go rejoin the galaxy.

    The computers are up and running, hopefully there will be no more problems with it.

    We had to cut the door to locker 17 open. It seems to contain a computer; hopefully we can figure it out without it doing any harm, or we doing any harm to it. It might well be part of what Natasha Kerensky is hoping for. Might well be something that will help us fight the clans.

    That we will fight them is no longer a question. By attacking us, they declared themselves enemies, but even had they not, their actions alone would have. Whether this Natasha Kerensky can be trusted is another matter, but if she spoke the truth, then we have a common goal.

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