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Nova Polaris
Escape Velocity Nova Polaris Storyline Technology Branch Transcribed

Observe Wraith

Offer
As you sit sipping your drink you see the slim, somehow bookish figure and brown hair of P'Jeena enter the bar. You have to wave to attract his attention before he makes his way over to you.

"You are all freshened up?" he asks in his polite manner and you nod. "Good. Well then, to explain your mission, many P'aedt have become curious of reports from the Nil'kemorya over the last few years that the Wraith, a hostile race occupying the space to the North-West of our own, have begun to wink in and out of physical existence, leaving only a strange energy signature that can still be followed on radar. We need someone to carry some scientific instruments deep into Wraith-held space to try and observe this phenomena more closely.

"That's where you come in," he nods in your direction. "Are you prepared to help us out?"

Briefing
"Excellent!" he exclaims with a smile in his first break of decorum. He continues more seriously. "At the furthest limit of our exploration to the North-West into Wraith space we have located a gas giant which we believe that they use as some sort of 'home base', although we have no idea why. It is one of the busiest systems in the region, and will allow us to garner highly accurate data by allowing us to observe numerous Wraith.

"You will have to give the equipment we will load on board your ship a few minutes to take all the necessary readings," P'Jeena informs you seriously, "after which you can return here and we will ensure that you are financially recompensed for your troubles.

"Also," he tells you formally, "we have come to an arrangement with the Nil'kemorya so that you can purchase some of our ships which have a much longer range than your Federation technology vessel, which will be more than a little handy on this mission. I suggest that you get one.

"Finally," he warns quietly, "the Wraith have a history of attacking ships without provocation, so keep your wits about you."

Mission Log Entry
Observe Wraith behavior for the P'aedt before returning to <RST> in the <RSY> system.
Completion
Upon landing you are greeted by several blue-robed Polaris scientists who begin poring over the sample you took.

"Well done," P'Jeena congratulates you. "Very few have ventured into Wraith space and survived. They are possibly the most aggressive life-form we have ever heard of."

You raise your eyebrows and tell him that you had absolutely no trouble with them at all, and that they basically left you alone.

"What!?" he exclaims, drawing the stares of several of his colleagues. "Are you sure?"

You tell him to check your sensor logs if he has any doubts. Which he does, looking very surprised.

"This is most unusual," he tells you, looking slightly shocked. "We will have to explore this phenomenon further. Meet me in the bar in a few hours, and I will have something more for you."

Take P'Jeena to Ver'a Se

Offer
You are sipping your second drink when you see the slim frame of P'Jeena enter the bar.

"Your sensor logs have caused quite a stir," he informs you after making his way over and sitting down. "Always before the Wraith attacked every ship that they saw, and the only difference that we can see as being definitive is that you are not a Polaris pilot.

"Anyway," he sighs, returning to relative normalcy after his slightly excited outburst, "we have already discovered a way of reproducing the 'cloaking' effect of the Wraith, and we believe that it would be of enormous use for both the Nil'kemorya and the Mu'hari.

"I have all the data necessary to reproduce the effect," P'Jeena tells you in his quiet way, "but I still require transportation to pass this information on to those who can turn a laboratory experiment into a practical application.

"Can you help me?"

Briefing
"Thank you," he accepts gratefully. "This may well prove to be one of the biggest advances in technology in decades in terms of how it could affect the political landscape of all Known Space. If this information falls into the wrong hands somehow, and these people have the scientific know-how to understand the information I now have, it could mean serious changes to the balance of power throughout the galaxy.

"Still," he shrugs, "it cannot hurt if we develop the technology and use it to defend our borders against incursions by outside influences, and to do that I need to get to <RST> in the <RSY> system. All the brightest scientists and engineers dream of being asked to serve there. Nearly all the greatest advances in ship design and technology over the last few centuries have come out of there.

"Hopefully," he concludes in his bookish manner, "this will prove to be another successful experimentation."

Mission Log Entry
Take P'Jeena to <RST> in the <RSY> system so that he can pass on information regarding the 'cloaking' capabilities of the Wraith.
Completion
Upon landing you are greeted by a small crowd of people, most of whom are wearing the green flowing robes that you have learned belong to the engineer/healer caste, called the Ver'ash, but there are a sprinkling of blue robes belonging to the scientists like P'Jeena and even one utilitarian black jumpsuit that belongs to a member of the Mu'hari.

"So how does it work?" asks one of the Ver'ash in an excited tone.

"The Wraith have learned to fold space around them so that they are physically impervious to harm," replies P'Jeena quietly.

"So it is as though they 'cloak' themselves in space/time?" asks one of the scientists.

P'Jeena nods before turning to you.

"We have a fair amount of work ahead of us to take this knowledge out of the laboratory and into the real world," he tells you quietly. "But if you could keep checking back here, we will probably have need of your services before too long."

With that he disappears into the station talking rapidly to his colleagues.

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Main Story

Observe Cloak-Ship

Offer
As soon as you step off your ship you are met by P'Jeena and a woman in flowing green robes who introduces herself as Ver'Lliana.

"Ver'Lliana has come up with a design," P'Jeena informs you in his quiet, somehow formal manner, "that should allow us to duplicate the capabilities of the Wraith.

"The trouble is," he continues seriously, "with something this sensitive we need to ensure that we have absolute control over as much of the experiment as possible so that we can ensure that the results are tainted by as little outside influences as possible. So, seeing as it was your ship that we took the original readings of the Wraith from, we were wondering if we could use your ship as the observation platform for the proceedings?"

Briefing
"Thank you," murmurs P'Jeena gratefully at your acceptance of the mission. "I'll let Ver'Lliana explain the nature of the experiment."

"We have built a ship designed specifically for being under cloak," she informs you after you turn your head slightly to face her. "We have named it the Zephyr, and as we speak it is currently undergoing space testing of its flight systems.

"When you are ready," she continues pleasantly, "if you could take off from the station and try to observe it as it flies around the system cloaking and un-cloaking. When you have observed it for a while, return to the station.

"We will be loading the very same holo-scanning technology on board your ship," she finishes quietly, "that you were carrying during your voyage into Wraith space.

"Anyway, we will be ready when you are."

Mission Log Entry
Observe the cloak-ship named the Zephyr fly around the <RSY> system before returning to land on <RST>.
Dropping Cargo
As soon as you land your ship is overrun by the green-robed engineers and their blue-robed colleagues who pay you and your ship scant regard. In irritation you throw them all off your ship, telling them that the ship comes first, and that their data can wait a few more minutes. Many of them look very ashamed as you pointedly upbraid them about their poor manners. Out of the corner of your eye you think you catch a gray-cloaked warrior smile slightly, but when you turn in her direction her face is without expression.

"Please accept my sincerest apology," says P'Jeena, stepping forward. "We meant no disrespect, our only excuse is an eagerness to view the data held in the holo-scanner. We are sorry for any inconvenience we caused."

You nod and tell him that when you have finished your post-flight routine you will allow them full access to your ship, but not before.

Completion
You take your time as you shut your ship's computers down, as you want the Ver'ash or the P'aedt waiting outside to know just how much they offended you. As soon as you finish you step out of your beloved <PSN>, and indicate with a wave of your hand that they may begin.

"Thank you for doing this, Captain <PN>," says P'Jeena contritely, "and thank you for pointing out our poor manners and etiquette. We are all truly sorry for the irritation we caused, and are grateful that you brought it to our attention, so that we might learn to conduct ourselves better.

"I have made sure that your account has been suitably recompensed," he continues quietly, "and I will make sure that we do not harm your ship in any way. Even from our preliminary scans we have seen that the Zephyr ship itself is capable, even if the cloak could do with a little more work, so we have made it available to you. Drop back here in three or so months, because once we have analyzed this data, we will be needing someone to gather more data for us. In the mean time, keep an eye out in the mission BBS's, as I have heard that Mu'Randa might have something for you before too long."

Return to Ver'a Se

Offer
To: Ory'hara

From: P'Jeena

We have made some advances in the design of the cloaking organ and we were wondering if you were interested in helping us with our testing? If you are, there is a ship waiting to escort you.

Mission Log Entry
Return to <RST> in the <RSY> system to continue helping with the testing of the new Cloak-Ship.

Observe Cloak-Ship

Offer
Upon exiting your ship you are greeted by P'Jeena and Ver'Lliana.

"Ver'Lliana has come up with a new design," P'Jeena begins in his quiet, somehow formal manner, "that incredibly reduces the energy signature of folding space/time. It should leave no trace for most sensor types to pick up."

"Of course," continues Ver'Lliana in a much more animated fashion, "we have to do a series of comprehensive tests before we can start growing mass organ farms.

"Would you be prepared to help us out again?"

Briefing
"Thank you," exclaims Ver'Lliana with grateful exuberance. "We have removed the old cloaking organ from a Zephyr and grown a new one with the new capabilities.

"When you are ready," she continues pleasantly, "if you could take off from the station and try to observe it as it flies around the system cloaking and un-cloaking. When you have observed it for a while, return to the station."

"As with the last experiment," P'Jeena adds with bookish exactitude, "we will be loading the very same holo-scanning technology on board your ship as you were carrying last time.

"Anyway, we will be ready when you are."

Mission Log Entry
Observe the cloak-ship named the Zephyr fly around the <RSY> system before returning to land on <RST>.
Completion
You take your time going through your post-flight routine, knowing that all the P'aedt and Ver'ash will be eagerly waiting outside your ship. As soon as you finish you step out of your hatch and invite them to begin their work with a smile and a nod to acknowledge their new-found manners.

P'Jeena comes over with an elderly gray-cloaked warrior in tow.

"This is Iuso," P'Jeena introduces the lean man with obvious respect, "he is the leader of the Nil'kemorya, and wants to have a word with you."

"I have heard quite a lot about you," he begins smoothly. "From what I've heard about you from Mu'Randa, Bis Andreya and P'Jeena here, you are a fairly resourceful {G "man" "woman"}, and you are the closest thing we have to an expert on the universe outside Polaris space. There is a fairly important scouting mission going to occur soon, and I'm going to recommend that you be the one to take it.

"In the mean time," he adds significantly, "I've removed my objections to you having access to some of our more basic warrior technology.

"I want you to keep an eye out," he finishes quietly. "I'll be keeping an eye out for you."

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Main Story

Make fast-jumping available

Offer
You are not surprised to be once more greeted by P'Jeena and Ver'Lliana when you step off your ship.

"After watching the sensor readings we have gotten from the Wraith," P'Jeena begins in his quiet, somehow formal manner, "we discovered that they were tunnelling into hyperspace rather than wrapping hyperspace around them before moving. The end result is that they can enter hyperspace much faster than we can.

"Once we realized what they were doing," continues Ver'Lliana in her exuberant fashion, "we were able to begin experimenting with growing different organs to duplicate the effect.

"Would you be prepared to help us out with our experiments again?"

Briefing
"Thank you," exclaims Ver'Lliana with grateful exuberance. "We have grown a few Tunnelling Organs and have seeded them in different ships to observe their effectiveness. We have kept one here for you.

"When you are ready," she continues pleasantly, "go and grab it from the outfitting area."

"Once you have it," P'Jeena adds with bookish exactitude, "if you could go from here, head over to the Kania system, making sure you land on Port Kane (so that we can get a grounded reading), and then return, it should give us enough readings to be able to safely adjust the organ to differing ship types.

"I guess we will see you when you return."

Mission Log Entry
Head to <RST> to test the new 'tunneling organ'.

Return to Ver'a Se

Offer
As you go about your usual post-flight routine you take special care to check out your new Tunnelling organ. It appears to be fine, and you can appreciate just how effective this little organ could be in terms of both combat and general efficiency.

With a quick nod of your head you decide to conclude your business here as quickly as possible. You need to get back to <RST> to return the information the P'aedt and Ver'ash there need to start mass farming of these organs.

Mission Log Entry
Return to <RST> to give the P'aedt and the Ver'ash working there the information they need to begin cultivating mass organ farms.
Completion
You quickly go through your post-flight routine, knowing that all the P'aedt and Ver'ash will be eagerly waiting outside your ship. As soon as you finish you step out of your hatch and they bow to acknowledge your efforts on their behalf.

P'Jeena and Ver'Lliana come over as the many P'aedt and Ver'ash begin swarming all over your ship taking readings.

"Thank you once again," P'Jeena begins respectfully. "This might have seemed trivial to you, but I assure you the ramifications of this technology are enormous."

"Yes," agrees Ver'Lliana smiling. "But it won't stop there. I already have a few ideas of how to use this technology in other ways. Keep an eye out around here. We may need you again."

Nova Polaris
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