The Mechanon Angle

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jedion357
February 17, 2017 - 10:42am
If the Mechanons are responsible for bringing down the Hepplewhite Dream and the method of bringing it down is a bomb then logically a mechanon placed the bomb on board. 

However, while I'm sure security is considerably more lax at Frontier star ports than current Earth based launch facilities; I sure a mechanon loitering around a shuttle loading area would be noticed. 


I might not be a dralasite, vrusk or yazirian but I do play one in Star Frontiers!
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jedion357
February 17, 2017 - 10:55am
So how did they place the bomb? I think the answer is simple: the hacked Std. UPF robots and can subvert them to their purpose at any time. Yes it's 50 shades of the New BSG but I'm convinced that the mechanons were included in Zebs Guide at least if not from the Volturnus campaign because of the popularity of the old BSG (mechanon- glowing crystals on top of head/ Cylon glowing eye). 

So the first moves in the Revolt are hacking and secretly subverting control of all UPF robots in the corporate enclaves and Star port. 

Second move and probably a mistake by one mechanon was ordering the bombing of the Hepplewhite Dream knowing that it was carrying samples of slime bugs off planet which is a violation of treaty from the mechanon point of view (see my mechanon revolt article FE #19). Or it was ordered from top and the mechanons figured that no one would discover they did it. 

3. Move happens short (like minutes or one hour) after PCs discover that mechanons bomb the ship through a robot proxy and that all robots on Volturnus are under their thumb. PCs must survive attack at Star port and travel to Volkos. 

Game Transitions to seige of Volkos (modeled on Boxer Rebellion) PCs participate and possible special missions. 
I might not be a dralasite, vrusk or yazirian but I do play one in Star Frontiers!

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jedion357
February 17, 2017 - 10:57am
All coms and radios are being listened to computer networks designed to net work via chronocom are all susceptible to mechanon hacking. Vehicles with computer links are bad news as well. 
I might not be a dralasite, vrusk or yazirian but I do play one in Star Frontiers!

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jedion357
February 17, 2017 - 2:11pm
So when it's determined that it was a bomb on board and security footage is reviewed to see who did it a curious thing will turn up. The cargo loading robot will carry a small package up onto the hull of the ship and leave/attach it near the engine pod and rocket engine. This will lead to robot and beginnings of mechanon connection. 

At this point the Dral in the suit steps in as a high ranking CDC exec and hires the PCs as CDC Security muscle with a signing bonus. Data is being analyzed and it appears that the recent attack on the Bio-gen labs by 10 hvy duty construction bots may be a harbinger of things to come. With X number of people in the corporate enclaves and Y number of robots there could be a blood bath if the Mechanon have hacked all the UPF robots.
I might not be a dralasite, vrusk or yazirian but I do play one in Star Frontiers!

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jedion357
February 17, 2017 - 2:26pm
Chance for PC with robotics skill to make some skill checks. Or if no roboticist then PCs can talk to "the  Prime Mechanon" though the subdued cargo loading robot.

There has been com interference of late and a roboticist PC could discover that the cargo robot and presumably all other UPF originating robots are receiving this signal from the mechanon. It's the means by which the mechanons are hacking and controlling the bots but also imbedded in the signal is a count down timer to when war is total on all biologicals. 
I might not be a dralasite, vrusk or yazirian but I do play one in Star Frontiers!

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JCab747
February 21, 2017 - 9:25am
jedion357 wrote:

Game Transitions to seige of Volkos (modeled on Boxer Rebellion) PCs participate and possible special missions. 

This is a good idea.
Joe Cabadas