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Tensions Heat Up in Infamous "Meatloaf" Sector

Posted by Zaubermancy , 22 December 2014 · 1,538 views

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Tensions Heat Up in Infamous "Meatloaf" Sector

by Alexis Doolyn


“We’re just first year inductees, but every one of us knows not to fly into The Meatloaf. Not if you want to keep your limbs.”


Three green pilots sit in the rec yard of the prestigious Vladivostok Academy. Beyond the razor fence of the school compound an acid bog bubbles in the sun. Uniformed children from a nearby school gather water from condensation collectors. It is a beautiful day.


As student Lillian Margrove talks, her peers Leon Franco and Bo Stitz joke and tell their own stories about space’s most feared no-man’s land.


“It’s like the Boogeyman. Every miner’s worst nightmare,” says Stitz. “So it’s really exciting to think, soon, people can fly into it.”


The Meatloaf, also known the BY6 Epsilon debris field, is probably Earth’s best known graveyard of foolhardy miners. So named for its 412 documented fatalities, The Meatloaf is a dizzying mass of meteoroids, jagged ice and broken ship hulls.


Daredevil treasure hunters visited frequently during the first years of the Space Race, each trying to find safe entry. Few found more than swift death.


Most tragically, The Meatloaf became infamous for ending the career of Johann Valspex. The famed fighter ace, known for his odd twin-tailed light craft and acrobatic dogfighting skills, boasted he would fly to The Meatloaf’s center for the glory of German Lanzgrow Aeronautics. His livecast solo flight brought a nation to tears. After only five minutes, Valspex was ejected by an underbelly collision. The video of his body being reduced to chunks by swirling debris lives on in national memory.


But today The Meatloaf looks more lucrative than ever. Despite past PR disaster, German Lanzgrow is leading the charge to return.


“I’m not a liberty to reveal our source data,” says Dr. Inigo Valdez, Director of Logistics and Strategic Resources at German Lanzgrow. “But it’s hard to contain our excitement about that debris field.”


With new methods of nanobot telemetry, their researchers launched recording devices into The Meatloaf’s center. Initial readings suggest that deep inside the spinning debris sits an enormous mineral core, like the eye of a storm. Mineral samples contain concentrations of water, blue to purple grade. More importantly, The Meatloaf core contains enormous Thorium deposits.


“The next person or persons to claim such a large Thorium source may be the richest living sons-of-guns on planet,” adds Dr. Valdez. He adds that market Thorium prices have reached their highest point in 50 years.


Reaction to The German Lanzgrow Report was ecstatic. In a news flurry, several global corporations held press conferences to announce upcoming contracts in The Meatloaf. Many also hinted they would soon be flying new craft in the field, ships with sturdy new armor chassis specially made to survive the debris. It is perhaps safe to say the next great battlefield in space will be the BY6 Epsilon debris field.


Back at the Vladivostok academy, pilot Stitz looks at the housing projects beyond the fence.


“I didn’t become a pilot to sit in a cushy chair,” he says with sudden seriousness. “I wanted to get out of my hellhole neighborhood. Pilots are the lucky ones on Earth, and if I don’t end up like Valspex I want to bring that motherload home for my nation.


“I’m going to The Meatloaf,” he added. “And if I can be a hero and get rich, even better.”


Thanks to AC_Black and dunkelza for inspiration and so many creative contributions to this new universe.

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Groundhound
Dec 22 2014 05:56 PM

Haha. "Beyond the razor fence of the school compound an acid bog bubbles in the sun. Uniformed children from a nearby school gather water from condensation collectors. It is a beautiful day."
 
Great bit of juxtaposition there. I think that the Earth of STFU will be one that we'd all love to play in, but hate to actually live on!
 
One thing in your story made me curious, though.
 
"Most tragically, The Meatloaf became infamous for ending the career of Johann Valspex. The famed fighter ace, known for his odd twin-tailed light craft and acrobatic dogfighting skills, boasted he would fly to The Meatloaf’s center for the glory of German Lanzgrow Aeronautics. His livecast solo flight brought a nation to tears. After only five minutes, Valspex was ejected by an underbelly collision. The video of his body being reduced to chunks by swirling debris lives on in national memory."

 

WingMan's stressed again and again that we'll be using drones in STFU. Does this story take place prior to the development of accelerated three-dee drone fabbing and the massive "harvester" ships that we'll be basing out of while playing STFU? Or is this lorepost an announcement that the game mechanics have shifted, and each "death" during combat will actually be a human dying in-game?

 

I suppose this bit of lore could present a fantastic explanation for why the MCorps shifted to a drone model. Training pilots is expensive, fabbing a new drone is (relatively) cheap!

 

A solid introductory post, and I look forward to reading more!

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Renegade-Shank
Dec 22 2014 07:16 PM

Great story.

 

@GH, I'm thinking drones more than likely began as manned, but when the Corps saw it was costing more to replace pilots and ships than it would be to replace a remote drone they shifted gears to change for their profit margin.

 

Just a thought from the back of my head.

 

:)

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Im guessing the shift to remote drones will be happenng with this push?  Im not sure how the date of the article releates to the date of when the game 'starts'.
 

 

Reaction to The German Lanzgrow Report was ecstatic. In a news flurry, several global corporations held press conferences to announce upcoming contracts in The Meatloaf. Many also hinted they would soon be flying new craft in the field, ships with sturdy new armor chassis specially made to survive the debris. It is perhaps safe to say the next great battlefield in space will be the BY6 Epsilon debris field.

 

 

To me that says a new approach is on the way.. likely our use of drones instead?

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Excellent Read  

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Zaubermancy
Dec 23 2014 02:27 AM

Hello everyone! I hope you enjoyed the first post of Panspermia, and like the format. Y'all have already caught an important concern.

 

 

WingMan's stressed again and again that we'll be using drones in STFU. Does this story take place prior to the development of accelerated three-dee drone fabbing and the massive "harvester" ships that we'll be basing out of while playing STFU? Or is this lorepost an announcement that the game mechanics have shifted, and each "death" during combat will actually be a human dying in-game?

 

I suppose this bit of lore could present a fantastic explanation for why the MCorps shifted to a drone model. Training pilots is expensive, fabbing a new drone is (relatively) cheap!

 

You're absolutely right; I saw this story as a historical piece, describing an infamous event during the early Space Race that still had meat pilots. Plans so far are still for STFU's drones to be unmanned. I personally like that better story-wise; there's no need to explain the dozens of dead pilots created by every death match game.

 

To make this story more accurate, I'll need to change the date of publication. It will happen before 2314, before the events of the game.

 

Again, I love any and all contributions. If anyone has any big wishes for the next Panspermia, make your wishes heard! 

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Renegade-Shank
Dec 23 2014 05:58 PM

Hello everyone! I hope you enjoyed the first post of Panspermia, and like the format. Y'all have already caught an important concern.

 

 

You're absolutely right; I saw this story as a historical piece, describing an infamous event during the early Space Race that still had meat pilots. Plans so far are still for STFU's drones to be unmanned. I personally like that better story-wise; there's no need to explain the dozens of dead pilots created by every death match game.

 

To make this story more accurate, I'll need to change the date of publication. It will happen before 2314, before the events of the game.

 

Again, I love any and all contributions. If anyone has any big wishes for the next Panspermia, make your wishes heard! 

 

I'd like to see some stories about the poor and others left on Earth, to show how the mining affects the world.

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Good stuff, love it.

WM

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