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by Steve
Thu Aug 20, 2020 9:49 am
Forum: Literature & RPGs
Topic: From The Ashes - Shattered Sphere: The Arcadian Free March
Replies: 5
Views: 1145

Re: From The Ashes - Shattered Sphere: The Arcadian Free March

Since I'm not sure how popular this is proving, I'll just show the fun part that Shroom approved. I'd conquered a planet in former Marik space, Pingree. Despite my low "bad boy" level meaning I typically faced light opposition, the RNG hated me and rolled a large garrison by the standards ...
by Steve
Tue Aug 11, 2020 7:18 pm
Forum: Literature & RPGs
Topic: From The Ashes - Shattered Sphere: The Arcadian Free March
Replies: 5
Views: 1145

Opening - Expand or Die

Ducal Palace Roslyn, Arcadia Arcadian Free March 31 December 3032 The New Year's Eve Ball left Sara-Marie tired and ready to retire for the night. Only the quiet summons her chamberlain passed on kept her from returning to her bedroom to rest with her husband. Instead, she found herself in a crowd ...
by Steve
Tue Aug 11, 2020 7:18 pm
Forum: Literature & RPGs
Topic: From The Ashes - Shattered Sphere: The Arcadian Free March
Replies: 5
Views: 1145

Opening - The Lovers and the Voidseeker

Heiermark Suites Sannazaro, Arcadia Arcadian Free March 1 January 3033 The warm yellow sun that brought life to Arcadia lit up the coastal suites facing to the east on Sannazaro's sunny shoreline. In the Heiermark, one of the mid-range beach hotels that catered to Arcadia's vacation-goers, the wind...
by Steve
Tue Aug 11, 2020 7:17 pm
Forum: Literature & RPGs
Topic: From The Ashes - Shattered Sphere: The Arcadian Free March
Replies: 5
Views: 1145

Opening - The Heir

Arcadian Guards Base Fort Defiance, Arcadia Arcadian Free March 31 December 3032 The morning's routines were a comfort to Thomas Proctor, Prince of Arcadia and heir to the throne of the Free March. The twenty-six year-old man, with his brown hair cut to the right-swept military perfection expected ...
by Steve
Tue Aug 11, 2020 7:17 pm
Forum: Literature & RPGs
Topic: From The Ashes - Shattered Sphere: The Arcadian Free March
Replies: 5
Views: 1145

Opening - The Ruler

Ducal Palace Roslyn, Arcadia Arcadian Free March 30 December 3032 The capital city of the Arcadian Free March stretched out from the balcony of the Ducal Palace. Home to the planet's rulers since the era of the Star League, and the world's time in the Lyran Commonwealth, the Palace enjoyed its plac...
by Steve
Tue Aug 11, 2020 7:15 pm
Forum: Literature & RPGs
Topic: From The Ashes - Shattered Sphere: The Arcadian Free March
Replies: 5
Views: 1145

From The Ashes - Shattered Sphere: The Arcadian Free March

So I've had creative problems lately. Just can't get my other projects going. But I found one that finally got my block loosened. For those like Siege and Shroom who recall SDNW shenanigans, this is something like that, if even more spreadsheet-y and game-style than SDNW3 and 4. Slacker from SB has ...
by Steve
Sun May 31, 2020 1:59 am
Forum: Literature & RPGs
Topic: So I've written an SF novel published on Amazon...
Replies: 14
Views: 5359

Re: So I've written an SF novel published on Amazon...

Damn that's impressive. Do you tend to write as you go or do you plan every little detail? The amount of stuff in the Undiscovered Frontier stories are quite detailed, so I'd be very impressed if you wrote this stuff on the fly. I used to be more the former, with broad outlines in my mind. But star...
by Steve
Wed May 27, 2020 3:16 am
Forum: Literature & RPGs
Topic: So I've written an SF novel published on Amazon...
Replies: 14
Views: 5359

Re: So I've written an SF novel published on Amazon...

Just came back after a long hiatus (again) and want to say holy shit, you're on a roll, Steve. Tell me your secret to such a extensive writing spree. Well, it took me a year to write those four books, so it's not that much of a spree. :P I find that I tend to pick up the pace as I near the end of a...
by Steve
Tue Apr 21, 2020 3:20 pm
Forum: Literature & RPGs
Topic: "Tales from the Undiscovered Frontier"
Replies: 16
Views: 3924

Re: "Tales from the Undiscovered Frontier"

At Raynor's invitation, Markus joined him on the Hyperion bridge. Various stations were assembled around a holo-table while a viewing port showed the swirling red and black of empty hyperspace. Over the holotable a flat image showed Commodore Rhee, Captain Dravic, and Captain Semu. Raynor approached...
by Steve
Tue Apr 21, 2020 12:13 am
Forum: Literature & RPGs
Topic: "Tales from the Undiscovered Frontier"
Replies: 16
Views: 3924

Re: "Tales from the Undiscovered Frontier"

The Aristo ship and the retracting boarding tube loomed ahead of Nisa. Her will remained focused on the ship, but inwardly she chided herself. You have doomed yourself. You have thrown your life away thoughtlessly. It wasn't that she couldn't breathe for the moment, because she could with the breath...
by Steve
Sun Apr 19, 2020 10:38 pm
Forum: Literature & RPGs
Topic: "Tales from the Undiscovered Frontier"
Replies: 16
Views: 3924

Re: "Tales from the Undiscovered Frontier"

Act 3 The dreams came again. The desert, the Samir River, Toutaine. Home, and the terrible aftermath of Gharab. Sadiq Tari survived the slashing wound his overwhelmed daughter delivered that day. As for Nisa, her trial was only beginning. Waking was agony for her, with every moment filled with the ...
by Steve
Sat Apr 18, 2020 8:04 pm
Forum: Literature & RPGs
Topic: "Tales from the Undiscovered Frontier"
Replies: 16
Views: 3924

Re: "Tales from the Undiscovered Frontier"

The dream returned. Nisa was home, in the nineteenth summer of her life. Her skill as a blade-dancer matched her parents. Many honored personages sought to win her hand for their family's son, and her own parents were proposing arrangements. Aside from teaching her in their skills, her parents showe...
by Steve
Sat Apr 18, 2020 12:05 am
Forum: Literature & RPGs
Topic: "Tales from the Undiscovered Frontier"
Replies: 16
Views: 3924

Re: "Tales from the Undiscovered Frontier"

A Tale of the Undiscovered Frontier "Wings of Liberty" (by Big Steve and ComradeTortoise) The desert spread out in the dream. Stark. Unforgiving. Only the hardy natives of the planet - if they were natives - survived here, traveling from oasis to oasis as the seasons demanded. The dreamer...
by Steve
Fri Feb 21, 2020 5:19 pm
Forum: Literature & RPGs
Topic: "The Coming Storm" - "Undiscovered Frontier" Season 3 (Multiverse Space Opera Crossover)
Replies: 256
Views: 62571

Re: "The Coming Storm" - "Undiscovered Frontier" Season 3 (Multiverse Space Opera Crossover)

The Adventures of the ASV Aurora and her crew will continue in... "Undiscovered Frontier" Season 4 The hour of destiny approaches … The Flow of Life - the Force - filled Robert's senses where he sat in meditation. He drew on it carefully, pulling back when he felt his control slipping. &q...
by Steve
Thu Feb 20, 2020 5:39 am
Forum: Literature & RPGs
Topic: "The Coming Storm" - "Undiscovered Frontier" Season 3 (Multiverse Space Opera Crossover)
Replies: 256
Views: 62571

Re: "The Coming Storm" - "Undiscovered Frontier" Season 3 (Multiverse Space Opera Crossover)

Tag The Lookout was packed and the tables moved out of the way to allow for the ceremony taking place. A host of attendees went quiet when Meridina called out, "Attention to orders." Clad in Stellar Navy dress whites, Julia and Kaveri looked toward one another. Kaveri brought up a digital...
by Steve
Wed Feb 19, 2020 4:44 pm
Forum: Literature & RPGs
Topic: "The Coming Storm" - "Undiscovered Frontier" Season 3 (Multiverse Space Opera Crossover)
Replies: 256
Views: 62571

Re: "The Coming Storm" - "Undiscovered Frontier" Season 3 (Multiverse Space Opera Crossover)

Dormaram H continued to spin through the transtanium windows of the Aurora conference lounge. Inside the command officers of the Aurora and Koenig , with Robert's team, were either seated or standing. Megaera remained in a corner, openly keeping herself from joining the meeting. It fell to Kaveri to...
by Steve
Tue Feb 18, 2020 4:40 pm
Forum: Literature & RPGs
Topic: "The Coming Storm" - "Undiscovered Frontier" Season 3 (Multiverse Space Opera Crossover)
Replies: 256
Views: 62571

Re: "The Coming Storm" - "Undiscovered Frontier" Season 3 (Multiverse Space Opera Crossover)

The air in the courtyard of the alien structure was electric with tension. At the slightest move a battle would commence. Meridina's voice broke the silence. "How could you say such a thing about Swenya? She gave our people a new path. She knew kindness." "She laid an alien way upon o...
by Steve
Mon Feb 17, 2020 4:09 pm
Forum: Literature & RPGs
Topic: "The Coming Storm" - "Undiscovered Frontier" Season 3 (Multiverse Space Opera Crossover)
Replies: 256
Views: 62571

Re: "The Coming Storm" - "Undiscovered Frontier" Season 3 (Multiverse Space Opera Crossover)

The Domaran Cluster remained the focal point of Cat's scans while the Aurora continued its holding pattern near Domaran H. The stars here behaved much the same as they did in other universes. This included the disruptive influence of Domaran D, this universe's version off E5B1's Delta Serpentis. Eve...
by Steve
Sun Feb 16, 2020 2:53 pm
Forum: Literature & RPGs
Topic: "The Coming Storm" - "Undiscovered Frontier" Season 3 (Multiverse Space Opera Crossover)
Replies: 256
Views: 62571

Re: "The Coming Storm" - "Undiscovered Frontier" Season 3 (Multiverse Space Opera Crossover)

Two days of high warp travel brought the Aurora into the Domaram Cluster. With their launch point coming up, Robert assembled his landing team in the Jayhawk . It would be the largest such team he'd assembled since the assault on the old Ancient city-ship in N1C4. Lucy, her student Talara, and Gina ...
by Steve
Sat Feb 15, 2020 4:34 pm
Forum: Literature & RPGs
Topic: "The Coming Storm" - "Undiscovered Frontier" Season 3 (Multiverse Space Opera Crossover)
Replies: 256
Views: 62571

Re: "The Coming Storm" - "Undiscovered Frontier" Season 3 (Multiverse Space Opera Crossover)

The group assembled in Science Lab 1. Cat and Jarod manned the controls for the holo-table. Seated around them were Robert, Julia, Lucy, Meridina, Gina, Miko, and Liara. Megaera took up a chair as well, looking more like she was observing than intending to participate. The Life of Reshan was laid on...
by Steve
Fri Feb 14, 2020 4:30 pm
Forum: Literature & RPGs
Topic: "The Coming Storm" - "Undiscovered Frontier" Season 3 (Multiverse Space Opera Crossover)
Replies: 256
Views: 62571

Re: "The Coming Storm" - "Undiscovered Frontier" Season 3 (Multiverse Space Opera Crossover)

Teaser The mercenaries converged on Miko. They took no chances and opened fire at once, mass effect rifles chattering and micro-rockets salvoing from under-barrel launchers. They were attacking Miko like she was a tank, not a random girl practicing in the park. She had a split second to respond, tr...
by Steve
Wed Feb 12, 2020 4:07 pm
Forum: Literature & RPGs
Topic: "The Coming Storm" - "Undiscovered Frontier" Season 3 (Multiverse Space Opera Crossover)
Replies: 256
Views: 62571

Re: "The Coming Storm" - "Undiscovered Frontier" Season 3 (Multiverse Space Opera Crossover)

Tag It was the evening hour in Atlanta when Crawford's visit ended. After he and his staff returned to the Aurora Robert arranged a return transport for himself, Gina, Leo, Richmond, and the Spencers with Kusko. They were met in the transporter room by Dr. Tusana and the Williams sisters. Rose's re...
by Steve
Tue Feb 11, 2020 4:08 pm
Forum: Literature & RPGs
Topic: "The Coming Storm" - "Undiscovered Frontier" Season 3 (Multiverse Space Opera Crossover)
Replies: 256
Views: 62571

Re: "The Coming Storm" - "Undiscovered Frontier" Season 3 (Multiverse Space Opera Crossover)

My thanks to Voyager989 for vetting Kaveri's dialogue, of course. While this was originally made as a Leo episode, the set-up let me make it a great payoff for Kaveri being Captain at this point (3-22 will have a similar moment).
by Steve
Tue Feb 11, 2020 4:06 pm
Forum: Literature & RPGs
Topic: "The Coming Storm" - "Undiscovered Frontier" Season 3 (Multiverse Space Opera Crossover)
Replies: 256
Views: 62571

Re: "The Coming Storm" - "Undiscovered Frontier" Season 3 (Multiverse Space Opera Crossover)

No sooner did Marias' message end than his troops started entering the buildings. Some of the building security didn't bother resisting, surrendering immediately, while others opened fire and sought to protect their charges. The sounds of gunfire started filling the Union Quarter of the city of Brus...