Topic: The Rumor Mill

OOC: This thread is intended for any brief and speculative generic gossipy conversations that would be occurring throughout the ship.  Specific, rumor spawning, conversations would also fit here.  Just a note, major or regularly-used NPCs and your PCs aren't allowed in this thread.

Note, keep any OOC comments regarding these rumors in the First and Last OOC thread.  IC comments should occur in session threads.  Anybody can post a rumor conversation.

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Jane Auldwell Onboard - 2659.094 1304 hours

Two ensigns are chatting quietly at a table in FAL.

Ensign 1: Hey guess who I saw coming out of the Taylor's office this morning.
Ensign 2: Who?
Ensign 1: Lt. Commander Jane Auldwell.
Ensign 2: You mean that crazy skipper of the Cook.
Ensign 1: Yep. Well she was coming out of the Colonel's office rather miffed. She was walking at a rather fast pace, too. Heck, if I hadn't of gotten out of her way, she probably would have knocked me into the wall.
Ensign 2: Dang, why did they make the halls so narrow?
Ensign 1: That is what you're wondering about.
Ensign 2: Hey, well, you know how sensitive pilots can get, big egos.
Ensign 1: Shhh! You do realize that there are several pilots in here right now.

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Jane Auldwell Onboard…Again - 2659.096 0900

The Day after the big scramble, two petty officers are chatting in the enlisted mess hall.

Petty Officer 1: Wow, were you near a window when the TCS Cook pulled that stunt.
Petty Officer 2: No, what happened.
Petty Officer 1: I'm looking out the Port window on the observation deck, when I see this venture come racing back to the Majestic, scoops closed with a Kamekh on her tail. Then the ship, the TCS Cook, makes a rapid stop. I swear I didn't think a ship of even that size could withstand such deceleration, but it didn't fall apart.
Petty Officer 2: Woah, so what happened with the Kamekh.
Petty Officer 1: Oh the Kamekh clearly wasn't expecting that and goes zooming past the Cook. Then the Cook accelerates after it and fires a torpedo right in the Kamekh's rear end. The whole ship just exploded into a bunch of debris. The shields on the Majestic were just flashing like crazy for several minutes.
Petty Officer 2: Jeez, well I guess that explains why I saw the Lt. Commander Auldwell going down in the lift this morning. Must have had a talk with the Captain or something.
Petty Officer 1: "Huh, I think I heard where she was onboard just the other day as well. She must be pretty popular around here," the petty officer finishes sarcastically with a chuckle.

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A Second Carrier - 2659.096

Several new Rapier pilots from the Star King Squadron are talking about the recent scramble in a corner in FAL.

Jizz: Okay, that was beyond insane. The bombers were everywhere.
Stalwart: Calm down. Okay. We pushed them all back.
Jizz: But there were so many of them. My group took down two, your group had two. Every pilot I talked to had at least that many in their combat zone.
Arrowhead: Oh my area was way worse. We had to escort a group of Sabres against a destroyer and a corvette. In addition to a couple of bombers, there were several Dralthis and a bunch of Sarthas that came running at us, throwing dumbfires everywhere.
Jizz: My God, what happened?
Arrowhead: Oh the Sarthas couldn't shoot straight, but the Dralthis could. Took out both Raptors in less than a minute.
Jizz: Another two Raptors down!?! That squadron really got trashed, I heard its CO barely ejected before his ship exploded. There is just no way. Command has got to be lying to us. There has to have been a second carrier out there.
Stalwart: Now let's not get crazy here. That destroyer group probably has a ton of fighters as well.
Arrowhead: That is true. Plus, there’s no need to get pessimistic. The Sabre my flight escorted took out the destroyer in our zone and you know Taylor's group got theirs.
Stalwart: Yeah, and I took a good look at the escorts when we got back and they seemed to be in pretty good shape. They must have had some success.
Jizz: Well, I still think they have a second carrier.

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These Guys Are Good - 2659.106 1011 hours

An Illuminati and Star King pilot are chatting away while they bench press in the fitness room.

Starlight: “18…19… ugh 20…,” she grunts as she finishes a rep. As she gets up to let Arrowhead take a turn she asks, “Seen anything strange out in the rocks recently?”
Arrowhead: “Just ghosts and bits of debris,” he says as he settles in for his rep. Before he starts he adds, “Well there was some scraps of Jalthi we found.”
Starlight: “Huh… do you suppose it was destroyed by one of our group?”
Arrowhead: “1… perhaps, 2…who else then 3…”
Starlight: “You haven’t heard about the pirates running around the ‘roids?”
Arrowhead: “Pirates…ugh,” he says as he places the bar back on the bench and leans up. “I’ve not head anything.”
Starlight: “Really well there is a group of them out here flying Talons and even Kilrathi craft.  I haven’t seen them myself, but several of the pilots in my squadron have and these pirates are damn good. In fact, on my patrol earlier this morning, my flight ran across a Kamekh husk along with the remains a claw of cats including Drakhri.”
Arrowhead: “What? Are you sure they weren't taken out by our group.”
Starlight: “I doubt it, and my scans showed something really strange about the corvette… it was destroyed with Paw dumbfires and not a lot of them either. Whoever these pirates are, they must be damn good, especially if they’ve managed to hold out so well this far.”
Arrowhead: The Rapier pilot is left a bit dumbstruck by this news and is not sure what to say.
Starlight: Upon seeing the look on Arrowhead’s face, she responds, “I know, I felt the same way.  Let’s just hope that these guys keep going after the cats.”
Arrowhead: He nods and then distractedly leans back and continues his rep in silence.

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Cats Resupplied - 2659.115 0337 hours

Jizz, Stalwart, Arrowhead, and Starlight are quietly eating in the officer’s mess for several minutes. Jizz then finally chimes in.

Jizz: They’ve got more ships.
Starlight: What?!
Jizz: The cats have been resupplied.  They probably have a full complement now and it is only a matter of time and we’ll all toast.
Arrowhead: Jizz get a hold of yourself.  Just because those few transports had fighters onboard doesn’t mean the cats have a full complement.  Okay?
Jizz: And why wouldn’t they get a full supply… hmmm?
Stalwart: Sigh, “Because it would take an ungodly amount of transports and time to restock their ships back to full complement on top of their usual resupply of everything a battlegroup would need. Just chill man.”
Starlight: “But don’t they have another base in the system that would also need a major resupply especially if those pirates are as good they seem, they probably have a rather high attrition rate here.
Arrowhead: The pilot adds his own sigh. “You two are getting way too anxious for your own good. I know I only have about a half of year more frontline experience than you guys, but it’s just common sense they wouldn’t be able to restock a carrier and whatever else they have here with full complements of ships.  I bet the kitty commodore here didn’t even tell his leader what a screw up he is… From what I hear, failures are generally meet with the stiffest of punishments in the Kilrathi fleet.” He finishes running his index finger across his neck.
Jizz: His eyes go wide… “Uh yeah I suppose that… uh makes sense.”
Starlight: Feeling a bit ashamed to jumping into the fear camp; sheepishly looks down at her food and finishes eating.

A couple of the other lowly officers in the room aren’t as easily convinced leading to a debilitating rumor that the cats have been resupplied.

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Move the Rabbit Ears - 2659.117 0500 hours

Two enlisted men walk down the corridor

Veteran Spaceman: Hey, you know Dagget on night watch?
Spaceman: Short guy with a mustache? What about 'im?"
VS: Well, they sent him out on the hull last night, working on the comm array. He says the boys in Intel have figured out a way to read the vibrations off jump points. HE says they might be able to pick up local com traffic in ALL the systems in Gemini!
S: No shit?! Well, what'd they hear?
VS: Nothing.
S: Nothing? Like it didn't work?
VS: Maybe. That or there's no one left out there to pickup.
S: Wait...if they didn't pickup anything, that means there's no cats, either, right? That's gotta mean it didn't work.
VS: I dunno. That, or the Kilrathi have finished everyone else off and are all in THIS system.

The junior crewman looks rattled as they continue walk down the hall.

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