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Raxon

Raxon




18th Jul 2018, 3:03 AM

Hmm... A story... Let's see, digging something out of the oxy files? No, no, these people aren't ready for my brain on painkillers yet. Perhaps you would like to hear of conquest, of war, of the method by which Davrel claimed the title held by his ancestor, a man known for his power and cunning. Perhaps the magic enhanced olympics, and the single combat tournament. Maybe the time he accidentally glued two dozen high school kids to a stuffed animal.

No. I know what you desire. Let me tell you of school. Let me tell you a story of tests and books and piloting. Let me tell you of a man who, while educated in his own time, is criminally ignorant of technology in the future.

Let me tell you the tale of Davrel, in the future. A little background. The background is that Davrel was injured, and attempts to heal the damage with magic resulted in a chronic, terminal disorder of the liver. Considering he's an Irishman, that's a problem. So, with no other options, he sealed himself in a stasis capsule in orbit, to be awakened in maybe twenty or thirty years, when we had the technology to juat clone a new liver.

Some bad shit happened, and the capsule was lost. For a few hundred years. And then it fell through an unstable wormhole that dropped it in an alternate universe, because fuck it, had to get him there somehow.

Davrel's pod was found by the crew of the Enterprise D. This story is not about that. This story is about Davrel at Starfleet Academy. Davrel excelled in some areas, required remedial training in some things, and was absolute shit at others. *coughpilotingcough*

This is a story about the test. Yes, that one. This is the story of Davrel's run on the Kobayashi Maru scenario. Through some bribery and finagling, Davrel collected a team of vulcans for the exercise. Having earned the trust and respect of his roommate, Balisk, he chose her as his first officer. He refused to tell his officers the plan on the way in.

Davrel arrived with a team of Vulcans, and they went into the holodeck, and it began. They responded to the call for help, and Davrel ordered Beden to call for assistance. "The nearest ship is two hours away, Captain." "Then we'll make time. Open a channel back to Starfleet. I want at least twenty ships redirected here at maximum warp." "Done, sir." "Good, now broadcast a message to the klingons on all frequencies." "Ready, sir."

"This is Captain Raxon Davrel Dunwich of the Federation Flagship Enterprise! You cowardly sons of Ferengi scrap collectors! Does anyone have the ridges to accept my challenge to single combat? Whoever accepts my challenge will have a far greater prize than one miserable freighter. You will have the head of the Captain of the Federation Flagship."

"Captain, your challenge has been accepted." "Tell them I'll be over in a shuttle immediately. You are not to fire on the Klingons. While I'm keeping them busy, you will beam the crew of the Kobayashi Maru aboard. When reinforcements arrive, tell then to stand by until I give an order. This is a rescue mission, not a prelude to war. Miss Balisk, you have the bridge."

Davrel went over in a shuttle, and a live feed appeared on the screen. Davrel challenged the Klingon captain. He was given a short sword at his request. The captain laughed, but Davrel said, "It's not the weapon. It's the hand that wields it." The challenge began, and Davrel grabbed the the other captain's bat'leth away with his bare hand, and slit his throat in one clean motion.

"The captain of this vessel is dead! Who is next?" Aboard the mock enterprise, Balisk watched the screen as Davrel fought duel after duel, as minutes draggen into hours. "Commander Balisk, the USS Saratoga is within sensor range." "Tell them to keep shields up, but keep their weapons powered down. Wait for our signal."

Davrel soon cleared the three klingon ships of all personnel, and three more uncloaked. He issued the same challenge, and it began again. This went on until a small fleet of federation ships had gathered. After ninety six hours of combat, Davrel finally sent a message back. "Commander Balisk, have the fleet tractor the Kobayashi Maru and escort it to the nearest Federation starbase. Shields up, no weapons. I'll handle the klingons." "Yes sir."

Davrel touched some controls on the bird of prey and called the other klingon ships as three more uncloaked. "Attention, Klingon vessels. My name is Raxon Davrel Dunwich. I have fought for ninety six hours in single combat matches. All of the klingons who served aboard these vessels were among the noblest warriers I have ever faced in battle. See to it that their houses are honored. I take my prize, this ship of war, and I go to snatch glorious victory from the enemy! Glory and death await! Any who would fight by my side would honor me! Today! I conquer Romulus!"

His bird of prey took off for Romulan space, and the three new ships followed. Once they were out of sensor range, his shuttle rendezvoused with the Enterprise, and they went to Warp, returning to Earth. The simulation ended, and the doors to the holodeck opened. Davrel and his crew were congratulated on successfully defeating the Kobayashi Maru scenario. Davrel thanked the instructor, and then sat back down in his chair and immediately lapsed into unconsciousness.

This victory relied on several things. First, that nobody had ever been stupid enough to go over to the klingon ships for melee combat. Nobody had ever considered it a viable idea, so the holo klingons were based on a klingon combat 101 training program, allowing him to handle them incredibly efficiently and easily.

Second, it relied on a team a vulcans, and their ability to eschew food, water, and sleep for days.

Third, a quirk in the way the program spawns additional ships. If you destroy the birds of prey, larger, more powerful ships that could have kicked the enterprise's ass, but if the klingon crews died, then it just spawns a few more birds of prey.

Fourth, using the long period of honorable combat and his statements to manipulate and max out the respect stat, not visible, but it does allow the klingons to respond differently based on how they feel about you. This unplanned for manipulation allowed him to not only earn their respect, but also trick them into leaving.

Davrel got a lot of clout for this, and, essentially, his pick of assignments, but everyone who served under him in the simulation were guaranteed great starter positions right out of the academy for this.

And somebody had to do some major overhauls to the simulation to patch out all the exploits Davrel had used.

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Captain Bacon




18th Jul 2018, 6:36 AM

I think Kirk's reputation hack was probably easier than all that.

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Raxon

Raxon




18th Jul 2018, 1:50 PM

The only superhuman attribute Davrel has is his stamina. Extremely high even by magi standards. Otherwise he buffs himself to high hell with what is essentially invisible power armor formed from a barrier spell. But be didn't need that, because the klingon bat'leths weren't even sharpened. He just grabbed the blade and killed dudes.

It's not a test to see if you can win, it's a test of command style. Davrel, like his first Captain, and like Kirk, is very much a hands on, active person. That command style can screw you over very easily if you can't temper it and properly leverage it. Every single action taken in this was done specifically with at leaste two purposes.

Best part? Davrel wasn't even the main player here. His first officer was every bit as savvy as him, and was the person calling the shots, coordinating incoming ships, handling stuff. Davrel was distracting the klingons and using himself as bait.

That might seem like a job not befitting a starship captain, much less the federation flagship, but he was literally the only person in the simulation who could have served as a suitable distraction. He's the captain. The most important officer. And you sit up and take notice when the captain of the enemy ship says he's going go board your ship alone and kick everyones' asses.

The klingons' attention was entirely on him, and not on his ship.

Hacking would have been easier, but then again, Davrel doesn't know how to do that.

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Captain Bacon




19th Jul 2018, 8:33 AM

... Davrel didn't know how to hack but he DID know enough about the inner workings of the holodeck simulation to be able to exploit several flaws in the programming? Also, I don't mean to be confrontational, but as far as I know, every time the Kobayashi Maru has been shown in Star Trek canon, it's been shown as a physical simulated bridge rather than a holodeck.

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Guest




18th Jul 2018, 9:58 AM

Are we doing stories about schooling? Because I’ve got one.

The setting is Magic School, where magic is the bastard child of Harry Potter and Negima.

The party consists of Muscle Wizard, a guy who is really good at physical buffs with magic and not much else. Malfoy, rich brat with mediocre magic but ridiculous social skills. And finally we have the Wonder Twins. Imagine what would happen when two munchkins decide to pool their resources. These twins were insanely powerful on their own, but effectively unstoppable together.

Now the DMwas the kind of guy who liked to railroad by having powerful NPCs give orders under threat of beating the tar out of the party if they don’t jump to it, so having not one, but two characters who could kick ass well outside their expected weight class was a problem. Now they were not one to just ban characters outright, so the DM decided to get creative.

Cut to the Entrance Ceremony. Malfoy is chatting up Muscle Wizard (even at magic school, it’s a good idea to be friends with the guy who’s a foot taller and 50 pounds more muscular than everyone else) while the Wonder Twins have taken to doing twin things. Moving in unison, finishing eachother’s sentences, really impressive stuff for a couple of players who weren’t actually related. Then not!Dumbledor came out.

Not!Dumbledor delivered your standard commencement speech that nobody ever bothers to listen two, at least until the end where he dropped a bombshell.

“As you know, this school accepts only the best and Are we doing stories about schooling? Because I’ve got one.

The setting is Magic School, where magic is the bastard child of Harry Potter and Negima.

The party consists of Muscle Wizard, a guy who is really good at physical buffs with magic and not much else. Malfoy, rich brat with mediocre magic but ridiculous social skills. And finally we have the Wonder Twins. Imagine what would happen when two munchkins decide to pool their resources. These twins were insanely powerful on their own, but effectively unstoppable together.

Now the DMwas the kind of guy who liked to railroad by having powerful NPCs give orders under threat of beating the tar out of the party if they don’t jump to it, so having not one, but two characters who could kick ass well outside their expected weight class was a problem. Now they were not one to just ban characters outright, so the DM decided to get creative.

Cut to the Entrance Ceremony. Malfoy is chatting up Muscle Wizard (even at magic school, it’s a good idea to be friends with the guy who’s a foot taller and 50 pounds more muscular than everyone else) while the Wonder Twins have taken to doing twin things. Moving in unison, finishing eachother’s sentences, really impressive stuff for a couple of players who weren’t actually related. Then not!Dumbledor came out.

Not!Dumbledor delivered your standard commencement speech that nobody ever bothers to listen two, at least until the end where he dropped a bombshell.

“As you know, this school accepts only the best and

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Guest




18th Jul 2018, 10:20 AM

*crap, long post went crazy

“As you know, this school only accepts the best and brightest. As such you will be required to prove it right here and now. You will be paired off. You are to use whatever means you see fit to force your opponent to surrender. The loser will be expelled from the academy.”

Muscle Wizard and Malfoy get some standard Mooks as opponents. Muscle Wizard just flashsteps forward and pummels his opponent before they can react. Malfoy meanwhile fights defensively, carefully manipulating his opponent’s positioning so that when Muscle Wizard knocked his opponent flying, Malfoy’s opponent got blindsided by the flying body and knocked out. Malfoy compliments Muscle Wizard on his skill, then suggests they get out of dodge to avoid the twin’s duel.

You see, the Wonder Twins were too evenly matched to fight eachother straight, so they decided to resolve their duel a different way. Whichever one of them took down the most of their fellow applicants would be the winner.

They ended up both getting into that school, because when you two handedly wipe out about 70% of your fellow applicants, the powers that be will want to keep you around, both to nurture your talent and because they want to keep a close eye on you.

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Guest




19th Jul 2018, 8:56 AM

Stop describing the food, GM.

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