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RatKing Missile Returns to the Battlefield

Posted by Zaubermancy , 26 January 2015 · 1,369 views

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[font=arial]RatKing Missile Returns to the Battlefield
By Sports Writer Hagway Dawson
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Streaking by with a basket-ball sized red tracer light, the oblong missile pod drifts into cockpit view. Competitor Hao Tsu’s shouting fills the cabin. Sixteen warheads detach lazily from the pod, like dandelion seeds into zero gravity. Warning splashes flicker across Hao Tsu’s HUD. Cursing and prayers. Then, as if waking from a dream, each of the sixteen explosives streaks out in different directions. A few go for large asteroids. Two burst through the cockpit optical windows and implode, taking camera and all. A millisecond of blood spatter followed by static.

In that infamous recording, 4.25 billion sport hubcast viewers were introduced to The RatKing Missile. Destructive, cheap, and nearly impossible to avoid in contemporary craft, the innovative multi-missile delivery system brought bloody infamy to Manchester-based Black Diamond Air and Space. From its invention in 2251 the weapon was a verifiable king of warfare. And if plans go right, it may make an appearance again in the 2313 Sky Cup games.

“Truly despicable,” says veteran pilot and instructor Dan Hong. “Any pilot who flew in those days was touched by the staggering loss of life. Euro-pilots back then didn’t even have to aim the damn things; on shot and they’d leave dozens of brave contractors slaughtered. What cowards.”

Loss of personnel was great, but that alone did not motivate the weapon’s eventual ban by most corporate powers. Worse were the environmental hazards of detonation. RatKing’s were known to leave uncontrollably large swaths of destruction, reducing valuable mining regions to rubble.

In addition, about 10% of all RatKings produced had faulty fuses. Instead of correctly finding targets, some projectiles simply drift off. Unexploded ordnance only added more hazards to a sector plagued by RatKings. In one independent study, scientists estimated that one RatKing detonation cost about 1.4 million w-chits in lost revenue. The full pod, with all sixteen warheads, costs about 3000 to make.

“During weapons testing, nobody thought it’d be such a big deal,” says one ex-Black Diamond explosive engineer who chose to remain anonymous. “At our Earthside testing sites they showed fairly poor numbers. Nothing special except they made a helluva lot of noise. Seriously, it’s like God making popcorn. But nobody considered all the crap they could make in a zero-g.”

Even today, now that only drone piloting is legal, use of the missile is considered a war crime punishable by steep worldwide trade censure. But recently a modified version was deployed during a preliminary Sky Cup scrimmage match, stunning audiences yet again. Andrek Ryce, captain of team Broken Zodiac, winners of the 2299 championship, claims the design should be made tournament legal.

“We developed smaller payloads and better self-destruct systems to make a gentler, safer RatKing design,” said Ryce in a heated press conference. “We aren’t afraid to learn from the past; some people call it taboo. We call it good strategy.”

As of this time, the CPIA has yet to officially rule on the legality of the weapon.

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Zaubermancy
Jan 26 2015 06:09 AM

Hello everyone! And apologies for the late publication; several reporters at Panspermia Weekly News have been sacked.

 

Today we are looking at a weapon so heinously destructive, all the world's MegaCorporate powers illegalized it. But times have changed, and the need for weapons is starting to overpower people's needs for ethics. Potentially, it could be a one-shot destructive weapon mounted on your own ship!

 

Hope y'all are enjoying the stories so far. If you get the chance, let me know what you think!

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nice one :)

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Awesome.

WM

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Renegade-Shank
Jan 27 2015 12:58 AM

More sweet stories.

 

:)

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Enjoying the lore!

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