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Old 03-02-2021, 05:02 PM   #31
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Weapon skill specializations

Both Beam Weapons skills and Guns skills have a few new specializations (optionally applicable to Crossbow), due to alien body mechanics, and alien technology in general. For example, the ancient Irari developed crossbows which could be shot in flight (when they needed their wings to be wings), pointing in the direction of travel, and later developed firearms mounted the same way. Likewise, the Gormellians developed a number of heavy weapons that had chest-mounting as an option, and lighter, often concealed weapons worn on the head or wrist.

Back-mounted: Any weapon worn as a backpack; most often fires over the shoulder or behind the head, and may be pointing along the length of the body.

Chest-mounted: All weapons worn on the chest, generally designed so that the recoil, if any, is widely spread, and for Irari, passes through their strongest bones and muscles.

Headgear: Any weapon worn on the head, often built into a helmet.

Shoulder-mounted: All weapons worn on the shoulder (often similar to but lighter than Back-mounted or Chest-mounted weapons).

Wrist-mounted: Any weapon that is strapped to the wrist when carried and used, rather than held in the hand.


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Old 03-30-2021, 06:21 PM   #32
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Gormellian Spaceflight Timeline

(Earth dates used for clarity.)

Estimated between 1000 BCE and 700 BCE: Development of black powder and solid-fuel rockets (TL1 or TL2, disputed).

1195 CE: Development of the telescope (TL3).

1669: Development of gas-fuel rockets (TL5^).

1797: Development of liquid-fuel rockets (late TL5^).

1820: Approximate beginning of TL6^.

1853: First use of liquid-fuel rockets in war.

1866: Earliest known attempted satellite launch.

1870: Approximate beginning of TL7^.

1881: First successful satellite launch.

1910: Approximate beginning of TL8^.

1917: First successful manned orbit-and-return mission.

1926: First manned space station.

1934: First dedicated space military branch.

1945: First successful manned moon landing.

1950: Approximate beginning of TL9^.

1966: (First true Gormelite born.)

1986: (Final War begins. Belligerant nation-states are believed to have effectively become failed states before the end of the year.)

1990: (Earliest estimated date of Gormellian extinction.)

2011: (Most recent estimated date of Gormellian extinction.)

2020: First post-Final War satellite launch.


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Old 04-10-2021, 06:06 PM   #33
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International Space Patrol

Following the ratification of the Treaty of Brasilia in 2026, the ISP was founded as a space police force (and general 'space emergency response' service) that was not beholden to any one nation, primarily to prevent rivalries between different space LEOs that criminals could exploit (though some claim it was an attempt to present a non-British united front to the rest of space). Areas of responsibility include not only open space and the orbital space of planets, moons, and systems controlled by signatories of the Treaty of Brasilia, but space stations and colonies jointly administrated by signatories, especially those that do not have a local police force. Those signatories included all nations with existing space programs by 2026 (including the UK), apart from the PRC, North Korea, Iran, and Egypt, who consider it an attempt to put an American face on humanity.

The first Commissioner of the International Space Patrol was NASA astronaut and former USAF and USSF Colonel Thomas 'Buzz' Curry. The first Vice Commissioner was Giovanna de Assis, formerly a Coronel in in Brazil's Polícia Militar.

Ranks

Insignia are similar to those of the US military and police forces, with some modifications. They are worn on the collar and, for Other Ranks, the upper sleeves, though on space suits they are instead worn on the chest, helmet, and life-support pack.

Rank 9 [45]

OF-10 Commissioner of the International Space Patrol (five stars)

Rank 8 [40]

OF-9 Vice Commissioner (four stars)
OF-8 Assistant Commissioner (three stars)

Rank 7 [35]

OF-7 Commander (two stars)
OF-6 Vice Commander (one star)

Rank 6 [30]

OF-5 Chief Superintendent (two leaves)

Rank 5 [25]

OF-4 Superintendent (one leaf)

Rank 4 [20]

OF-3 Chief Inspector (three bars)

Rank 3 [15]

OF-2 Inspector (two bars)
OF-1 Assistant Inspector (one bar)


Courtesy Rank 3 [3]

OF(D) Space Patrol Cadet (one to five pips, indicating ranking within one's class)


Rank 2 [10]

OR-9 Sergeant Major of the Space Patrol (w/Courtesy Rank 7 [7]) (three chevrons with three rockers and one lozenge, wreathed)

OR-9 Space Patrolman Sergeant Major (w/Courtesy Rank 5 [5]) (three chevrons with three rockers and one lozenge)
OR-8 Chief Space Patrolman Sergeant (w/Courtesy Rank 3 [3]) (three chevrons with three rockers)
OR-7 Senior Space Patrolman Sergeant (w/Courtesy Rank 1 [1]) (three chevrons with two rockers)
OR-6 Space Patrolman Staff Sergeant (three chevrons with one rocker)

Rank 1 [5]

OR-4 Space Patrolman Sergeant (three chevrons)

Rank 0 [0]

OR-2 Space Patrolman first class (one chevron)
OR-1 Space Patrolman (no insignia)


Notes

Uniforms largely resemble the dark blue police uniforms common to many nations, save for the space suits, which are form-fitting silver counterpressure suits covered by white jumpsuits, the latter having various identifying marks and rank insignia. The badge is a five-point star on a disc, and is designed to serve as a combadge.

Many International Space Patrol personnel are assigned to specific colonies or stations, and thus have Legal Enforcement Powers [5], or in the case of the Criminal Investigation Bureau, LEP (free to engage in covert investigations) [10]; those in the branch that people on Earth think of when they hear 'Space Patrol,' the ones working in flying saucers, have LEP (national or international jurisdiction) [10]. A very few have LEP (national or international jurisdiction and free to engage in covert investigations) [12]. Despite what the tabloids might claim, no-one in the ISP can kill with relative impunity, nor are they allowed to ignore the civil right of others.

Space station and colony patrols are often equipped with light body armour, stun batons, and Mind Disruptor pistols with Hypnagogic and Neutralizer settings (Psi-Tech p27), as well as restraints, first aid kits, multitools, et cetra; local patrol vehicles and police boxes also carry emergency equipment like hydraulic rescue tools, Ergokinetic Stunner Rifles (see below; mainly for use against hostile robots), rescue bubbles, and portable biointensifiers. Heavier weapons, issued to Boarding Crews and other tactical units, include heavier classes of Mind Disruptor or stunner, various grenades (both psi bombs (Psi-Tech pp28-29) and more mundane types), survival knives, force swords, and heavy space-axes; such crews are normally equipped with battlesuits, as well. If it seems likely that serious military weapons are needed, Patrol policy is to call in the nearest 'appropriate' (generally meaning 'much more likely to support the Patrol than the pirates') military force, though patrol vessels and stations or precincts are permitted keep non-standard equipment on hand for serious emergencies; this equipment varies by location.

Ergokinetic stunners are generally built on Mind Disruptor stats (Mind Disruptor Table, Psi-Tech p27). They function much like the stun baton in terms of their affliction but work at greater ranges. Depending on the design and the setting, there might be no accompanying psychokinetic damage at all, or effects such as '1d cr Cone, nbt, nw, dkb,' or '1d cr Cone, dbt, dkb.' Note that the P-Web Shield (Psi-Tech p20) will protect against the stun effect.

A typical Holdout Stunner, such as the Axon 'Cricket,' does aff (HT-4 Confuse/HT-2 Sleep). The Stunner Pistol does aff (HT-5 Confuse/HT-3 Sleep) like the stun baton, the Stunner Rifle does aff (HT-6 Confuse/HT-4 Sleep), the Heavy Stunner does aff (HT-8 Confuse/HT-6 Sleep), and the Tactical Stunner does aff (HT-10 Confuse/HT-8 Sleep).

Space patrol saucers have a range of appearances, including some large vessels that look like those from Raumpatrouille Orion. They are lightly armed for their size from a military perspective, but can handle most emergency situations (including search-and-rescue, immediate disaster relief, and so in) short of those requiring nuclear weapons.


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Old 04-13-2021, 09:32 PM   #34
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A short article on a Gormelite military force (of a country mentioned in two of the Gormel posts):

Commune of the Great Islands Cybery

The second youngest (predating the Spacey by a few decades) and historically smallest of the CGI's armed forces, the Cybery, as the name implies, is responsible for cyberwarfare. It was created well before the Final War by integrating the primary cyberwarfare units of the other armed services. In the modern era, the Cybery is slightly larger than the Spacey, and nearly equal in size to the Airy... none of which are particularly large.

Ranks

The rank titles are 'close enough' translations, rather than exact names; they were largely taken from the CGI Army's Division of Signals. Rank insignia are marked on the shoulders of the harness, and on the helmet.

Rank 8 [40]

Marshal of the Cybery (w/Courtesy Rank 1 [1]) (one tree, encircled) (No official living holder, one Acting holder at a time.)

Rank 7 [35]

Division Marshal (two triple-point leaves) (No living holders.)
Brigade Marshal (one triple-point leaf) (No living holders.)

Rank 6 [30]

Colonel (three double-point leaves) (No living holders.)

Rank 5 [25]

Lieutenant Colonel (two double-point leaves) (No living holders.)

Rank 4 [20]

Captain Major (one double-point leaf)

Rank 3 [15]

Captain (three single-point leaves)
Chief Ensign (two single-point leaves)
Ensign (one single-point leaf)


Courtesy Rank 3 [3]

Officer Cadet (one to three round pips, showing number of years of study)


Rank 2 [10]

Sergeant Major of the Cybery (w/Courtesy Rank 6 [6]) (four hash-marks & one three-point star) (No living holder.)

Sergeant Major (w/Courtesy Rank 5 [5]) (four hash-marks & three lozenges) (No living holders.)
Master Sergeant (w/Courtesy Rank 4 [4]) (four hash-marks & two lozenges) (No living holders.)
Senior Sergeant (w/Courtesy Rank 3 [3]) (four hash-marks & one lozenge)

Technical Sergeant (w/Courtesy Rank 2 [2]) (four hash-marks)
Staff Sergeant (w/Courtesy Rank 1 [1]) (three hash-marks)
Sergeant (two hash-marks)

Rank 1 [5]

Signalman (one hash-mark)

Rank 0 [0]

Apprentice Signalman (one broken hash-mark)
Recruit (no insignia)


Notes

A 'hash-mark' is a thick, curved line with an outline in a contrasting colour or shade.

Uniforms (for Gormelites) consist of a distinctive harness with rank and other insignia, attachment points for armour and other equipment, and the standard military headgear, meaning either a cloth headband, a khepi-like hat with a narrow, all-around brim, or a helmet oddly similar to Earth WWI Brodie helmets. Pre-Final War, the Cybery's dress uniform included a smallsword, but due to the difference in height and bulk between the average Gormellian and the average Gormelite, this has since been replaced by a large sabre designed as a sword-bayonet. The modern uniforms tend to have a lot of wear, or poor quality control.

Common weapons are defensive in nature, as Cybery personnel are generally not front-line troopers. These include experimental (photokinetic) laser carbines, experimental sonic screamers, sonic nauseators, gyrocs, and a few Liquid Propellant PDWs & pistols (along with an assortment of whatever else is available that they can find ammunition for). They tend not to use Gauss or EMP weapons, even when such are available. In parade uniform (something that they haven't had much occasion to use since the Final War), most units carried bolt-action rifles with bayonets fixed.


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