deWulf Corporate Democracy Turn 134

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deWulf Corporate Democracy Turn 134

Postby Xveers on Thu 19 Jul 2018 02:32

Mittelsspannung Orbital Shipyards
Fenris
deWulf Corporate Space

The yards above Fenris hummed with activity now, having been almost idle for the past few months as all of their attentions had been bent to assembling six massive hulls with all the haste of an obsessed and caffine-maddened engineer. Given the use of four shifts, all working at a breakneck pace, the comparison was perhaps not entirely off the mark. Components had been stockpiled in empty construction bays, carefully cataloged and positioned in order of need for this moment.

The hulls had been "completed" only a few days ago, and now those parts were being pulled from storage, re-certified, and inserted into the cavernous spaces those hulls had formed. Engines, life support, meters of armoured plating and rows of point defense modules. All arrayed around a pair of kinetic railguns that were forming the spine of the ship itself. As more and more components found themselves installed, the empty hulls transformed themselves into fearsome engines of destruction.

For the deWulf, they hoped that this time they would be fearsome enough. Certainly, they had thought that for the last assault. And the one before. And as more of the hull became ship, their crews began to assemble as well. New crews fresh from training, experienced hands and officers from disposed and destroyed ships, steadily they began to replace the construction crews as they did the "last bolt" work of fitting out. Finishing connections, installing and configuring software, taking care of the last fittings and checks, a ship's first crew had every incentive to ensure that their ship would leave the yards fully operational. In the wake of their work, they settled in to the already complete parts of the ship and gave the systems a proper stress testing.

As the dWS Heiterkeit Valley came together, one more crewman arrived to take his own position. His luggage cart followed along duitifully behind him as he stopped to look at the ship still coming together in the assembly slip, then looking down to his order.

To: Hunter Jorg Hafig
From: deWulf CentCom
Subject: dWNS Heiterkeit Valley
Clearance: 5-Oblate

Your current leave is hereby cancelled, and you are hereby requested and ordered to report to the dWNS Heiterkeit Valley as her new commanding officer. Your earlier promotion to Hunter has been confirmed retroactive to your initial date of promotion. The board wishes to express its full confidence in you; your service aboard the Stan Maykovsky was in the highest ideals of the deWulf Space Navy. We look forward to seeing you execute your duties with the same pride and skill.

Authentication Encrypt: ebHTNcCgZy
MODULE LANDSCAPE CONCEPTION INN HAUNT


"And with ships to sail in the blackness of space, there came crews to guide them."
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Re: deWulf Corporate Democracy Turn 134

Postby Xveers on Wed 15 Aug 2018 02:31

Starship crew manual snippet - Fire Suppression (atmo dump)

Normal operation of the emergency fire suppression system may be activated by the following steps:

    1. Open the enclosure at one of the remote actuating stations. Remove the safety pin, which is secured via a plastic wire snap seal.
    2. Rotate the discharge lever to the OPERATE position and lock in place. This will automatically trigger two pressure switches. One switch will activate the emergency decompression alarms and lights in the compartment, as well as warning lights at all access points. The other switch will initiate a shutdown of all ventilation systems and activate all vent closures.
    3. If alarms do not operate, or ventilation does not shut off, pull out the reset/actuation knob on the associated pressure switch. If operation still does not occur, manually shut off ventilation systems, and pass the word to evacuate the space.
    4. After the time delay operates, hatches at all access points will seal, and the atmospheric discharge valves will open. A third pressure switch downstream of the discharge valves will then activate, indicating atmosphere dump is in progress.
    5. In the event of the timing delay exceeding 70 seconds (for a 60 second delay) or 35 seconds (for a 30 second delay), the time delay should be bypassed by rotating the discharge lever to EMERG BYPASS. This will immediately trigger the discharge valves and all related hatches.

WARNING
 
Activating the EMERG BYPASS will trigger immediate containment procedures, including emergency pressure doors. If immediate pressure doors cannot close, this will decompress more spaces and trigger additional pressure doors. THIS MAY RESULT IN CREW TRAPPED IN DECOMPRESSING SPACES.
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Re: deWulf Corporate Democracy Turn 134

Postby Xveers on Mon 03 Sep 2018 03:47

Royal Magnetics of Ibiza, Research Annex
Planet Ibiza
Kalmazoo system

It had been eleven months since Herr Baumer had arrived at Royal Magnetics with a purchase order and a royal production licence. True to his word, the purchase order had arrived before the end of the day. And Baumer had proved that this wasn't the first procurement contract either. Included was a wire draft to easily cover the down payment, a full set of customs clearance documents, and account information for a Blue Star Shipping factor in the capital. Durante had wished all his contracts were so straightforward.

By the time the first shipment of two Cabreras were leaving, the balance of the funds had arrived.

Durante wasted little time with those funds, half being plowed into the production run that the contract required, and the other half into jump-starting a research department that had been pared back to the nub over the past years. Test facilities were reopened, former researchers were hired back on, and replacements were found for those who could not, or would not return. But there was more that could be done than just bring Royal Magnetics to where it was. It needed to go higher.

The contract with the deWulf Navy was indeed fortunate, as it proved to open several doors in the Corporate State. A Navy contract was an explict sign of trust, and a vote of stability both on the financial and public relation ledgers. And the doors that it opened were rich ones indeed. Letters had gone out to several deWulf corporations; general inquiries that promised much but required a step into the unknown.

Subach-Witzig sent the best response. They had anticipated that Royal Magnetics was looking for more than just a trade partner. Instead of a simple form letter asking for details, their response was two containers of research data, prototypes, and a single senior engineer. Subach-Witzig had spent several years trying to crack the basic secrets that underpinned Ibizan railgun technology, but had failed to make much headway, certainly not enough to have a combat-ready weapon available. But the data held several ideas that Royal Magnetics had never even considered, nevermind pursued. And the engineer had a hunger for knowledge.

It had taken a week for his cargo to be unloaded into a corner of the main engineering hall. She eschewed an office or a research lab in the tower, instead choosing to work on the testing floor directly. She hounded the engineers and technicians with questions both simple and esoteric, and by the end of the week there was little that she couldn't answer herself. The end of the workday found her in the bar down the line from the complex, and by closing she'd drunk two of the factory supervisors into a coma without a hint of restraint. The cleaning crew found her sleeping at her desk the next morning, but instinctively knew better than to wake her. Researchers were their own curious breed.

Cordoning off a corner of the floor, she had set to work, pulling a random collection of abandoned prototype hardware from the Subach-Witzig containers, bolting them all to a half-assembled charge array she had pulled up from the factory floor overnight. The engineers who had asked what she was planning were shooed away, and they had soon left her alone. Duranted admitted to himself he was worried, thinking that perhaps she had a breakdown, that the pressure had gotten to her.

The madness had continued on for a good week, until the rest of the working group from Subach-Witzig had arrived. At the tail of the introductory meeting she dragged the assembled staff over to her project. The researchers and engineers from Subach-Witzig took it all in stride; not the first time she'd done this, apparently. Curiosity became skepticism and in turn became abject wonder as she presented an upgraded charge array that not only was more efficient, but could allow kinetic rounds to hold a static drive field for a few seconds longer. Enough to extend the range... and be fitted to a heavier round. As prototypes go it was bulky, temperamental, and at best only semi-functional.

Durante had personally signed her bonus cheque, and reminded her that if she was looking, there was a place her for her.

He saw her application the next morning. And had an irate message from Subach-Witzig's head of R&D by the end of the week.
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