A tap in the right spotA tap in the right spot3 years ago in Settings More Like This
Commander Klytie Ulloriaq, a female minmatar brutor flying under the colors of the small null sec alliance Capsuleers United could feal the vacuum of space rushing around her ship as she accelerated with her task force through the far reaches of the lawless void. She was currently manning a Vagabond class heavy assault cruiser, manned with as much firepower as the boundless creation corporation could fit on her. The 220 millimeter guns she could see where already spooled up, their heat sinks spinning to quickly dissipate heat into the dark space around her. The guns were loaded and ready, she could feel that as well through her implants.
The task force around her, by ship standards, was a mammoth in size. About two kilometers from her small cruiser, which in itself was as long as the buildings on Jita 4-4 were high, was the monumental hulk of a Ragnarok class Titan, it's sixteen kilometer beam able to cast shadows on planets, and destroy moon
Ursa Major-class heavy commercial haulerName: Ursa Major-class heavy commercial haulerUrsa Major-class heavy commercial hauler1 year ago in Settings More Like This
Manufacturer: Centauri Heavy Industries, Centauri Orbital Commerical Yards , Alpha Centauri V orbit (primary yard)
Type: Interstellar heavy commericial hauler
Control System: Bridge w/screen control stations
Length: 820 meters
Width: 340 meters
Main Drive: 1 x 2.8 GW
Secondary Powerplant: 1 x 10,000 KW
Main Thrusters: 4 x Heavy Thermonuclear Fusion Engines
Acceleration: 15 kps (kilometers per second)/1.0 light year per minute (faster-than-light capability)
Onboard Sensors: Anti-collision/spatial radar, hyperspatial distortion detector, infrared/ultraviolet, lidar, low-light, magnetometer, microwaves, motion detectors, radcounter, telescope
Fixed Armament: None
Additional Armament/Compliment: 156 crew (12 flight crew, 96 maintenance crew, 48 loading/cargo crew), 4 shuttles, 16 tugs
Defensive Systems: Screen deflectors
Equipment: Artificial gravity system, escape pod system, interstellar communication system, sa
GermanI told Johann that German was a disgusting languageGerman10 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
full of grunts and hairballs and
harsh hateful aryan marches
and anger and terror
and words that got caught in the back of your mouth
like old toosie rolls and crunchy peanut butter
And he spoke to me in German
of an intimate and romantic language
of patent engineers huddled over brilliant inventions
of piano tuners listening intently
tenderly coaxing strings little by little
of musicians that transcribed the beauty and simplicity of little stone chapels
he spoke German
like it was a mysteriously lovely poem
with fierce pride and protection in his voice
he spoke German
and his eyes softened with affection for his nation
he spoke German
and it was quiet
Hedgehog-class interstellar tactical gunship specsSpecifications: McDaniels Shipwrights Hedgehog-class interstellar tactical gunshipHedgehog-class interstellar tactical gunship specs9 months ago in Settings More Like This
Crew: 10: pilot, co-pilot, navigator/sensor operator, tactical officer, 5 weapon systems specialists (WSS), electronic warfare officer (EWO)
Length: 224 ft 9 in
Wingspan: 194 ft 8 in
Height: 42 ft 2 in
Wing area: 324 ft2
Empty weight: 755,000 lb (342,770 kg)
Loaded weight: 978,224 lb (444,114 kg)
Max takeoff weight: 1,321,075 lb (599,768 kg)
Powerplant: 6 x Commonwealth Spatial Drive Works Mark VII thermonuclear fusion pulse engines w/trans-atmospheric boosters + McDaniels Astrophysical Warp Dynamics Type 200 time/space warp drive
-Dry thrust: 65,250 lbf for Mark VII (290.36 kN for Mark VII) each
-Thrust with afterburner: 124,225 lbf for Mark VII (552.80 kN for Mark VII) each
-Thrust from trans-atmospheric booster: 262,875 for Mark VII (1169.79 kN for Mark VII) each
FTL Performance: 10 Light Years per day
Fuel capacity: 342,850 lb (155,654 kg) internal
Fun and Games - Part 2Chell stumbled backwards. Years? Had GLaDOS just said three years? It couldn’t have been three years. She’d been keeping track with a calendar, which in combination with her memories proved without a doubt that it had in fact only been three months.Fun and Games - Part 23 years ago in General Fiction More Like This
So why did GLaDOS think otherwise?
“This is what I was talking about,” the voice inside her head told her. “The thing I couldn’t explain. You need to play along. Do whatever the other me says. All right?”
“But—” Chell began to protest.
“Quiet!” the voice snapped. The human snapped her mouth shut as the door to the shed opened.
“Perhaps you should come inside,” GLaDOS said. “There…is an implant. You are correct about that. But I fail to see how it could have told you to come back to the Enrichment Center, since I put it there and I have not yet seen need to act
Cookie Dough“And what is that?”Cookie Dough3 years ago in Romance More Like This
Chell glanced down at the foil rectangle in her hand. “It’s a valentine.” She held it up so GLaDOS could see. “It came with a lollipop attached, but I know you can’t eat, so I took it out.”
“And proceeded to eat it yourself, no doubt,” the AI sniffed. “I know what it is. I just fail to see why you have brought it here. My databases indicate that valentines such as these are typically exchanged by human children. Now, I realize you are not a child, but if you have received this…thing…from a human male of your species and are attempting to show it off, then let me assure you that I am not impressed.”
Chell sighed. “No, GLaDOS. I brought it for – never mind.” She shoved it back into her pocket. “It was a stupid idea anyway.”
“I hope you weren’t about to say that you brought it for
He, SheREAD THE DESCRIPTION FIRST!!!!!!!!He, She3 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
Name: Tagren (Tag) Shepard
Background: Spacer, War Hero
He is Tagren Shepard, the Savior of the Citadel.
She is Tali'Zorah vas Neema, the pride of the Migrant Fleet.
He couldn't believe that she thought he was dead.
She couldn't believe that he was dead.
He would've never thought in the world that he would meet with her again on Freedom's Progress.
She was so shocked yet relieved and happy that he was alive.
He wanted her to come along with him, to help him in fighting the Collectors but was slightly saddened when she declined.
She couldn't believe that he was working with Cerberus! But then she felt stupid about not joining him.
He wanted to tell her how he felt about her, that he loved her with all his heart, but he needed to focus on the mission and to build up the team.
She wanted to confess her love to him, but she had to go to find out what was wrong with Haestrom's enviro
First You Will Be Baked...With her Companion Cube under her arm, Chell turned and started heading off into the wheat field without so much as a backwards glance at the shed. Good riddance, as far as she was concerned. She would be happy if she never heard the name Aperture again.First You Will Be Baked...4 years ago in Humor More Like This
But then she remembered something, and slowly came to a stop. Damn it.
There was no way she was leaving without her cake.
Turning around, she marched back to the shed. She set the cube on the ground, then balled her hand into a fist and knocked sharply on the door. There was no response, so she kept it up. GLaDOS would have to acknowledge her eventually.
And sure enough, after around ten minutes, there came a tired sigh from a camera that was attached to the side of the shed. Chell, having not seen the camera before, jumped in surprise and stopped knocking. She took a few steps back and faced it with a glare, placing her hands on her hips.
"Oh, what is it this time?" the AI sighed. "I thought I was finally rid of you. I l
When I Delete You After letting her only human test subject go, GLaDOS was left with an empty feeling where she supposed her heart would be, if she were human. Which she most certainly wasn't. But still. She'd felt almost this way before, but this was back before she had discovered Caroline, before she'd learned what it was like to have feelings. And it was different. Back then, she'd felt powerful. Now she just felt empty.When I Delete You3 years ago in General Fiction More Like This
She couldn't bring herself to clean up the test chambers anymore, not now that there was no one to use them but her testing bots, who didn't care if there were broken tiles or plants growing everywhere. She never realized how much she needed humans for testing until now. But it wasn't just that. All the other humans she'd ever tested had been stupid, or fat, or annoying, and they'd all died during the testing. But not Chell. She'd been the only one smart and determined enough to get through all the tests and even defe
District 9 and AfterOk: hope this isn't too boring. Tried to make some sense of the District 9 setting...District 9 and After2 years ago in Settings More Like This
The ship’s computer did its best, really. The sub-space storm that badly damaged a number of essentially systems had also destroyed the control interface, making communications with the overseers impossible. In a relatively sensible maneuver, it proceeded to the nearest habitable planet and parked itself in an area where climatic conditions were most suitable for the Well-Ordered People. Unfortunately, it was too damaged for any sophisticated analysis, and basal programming did not cover what to do in case of contact with a previously unknown and potentially dangerous alien civilization.
1982. Access to the alien ship which had parked itself roughly 200 meters above the outskirts of Johannesburg was of course demanded by all major world governments. It was not like the South African government could conceal the fact, with almost every foreign pr
Salvation: Chapter 6Salvation: A Half-Life/Mass Effect Universe Fan FictionSalvation: Chapter 64 years ago in Fan Fiction More Like This
Disclaimer: This fan-fiction takes place after the events of both Half-Life 1 and 2 and its episodes, and jumps to the events after Mass Effect 1 and 2. If you have not played or beaten these games this fiction may not make much sense to you. Characters property of their respective companies, Half-Life created by Valve and Mass Effect created by Bioware.
Chapter 6: 179 Years Later...
Showers of sparks rained down from large, lose wires, hanging from the ceiling of the empty, silvery walled room, as he walked in. There was a collapsed steel girder blocking the entrance. Carefully he moved it aside, propping it up against the nearby wall, as he walked into the ravaged communications room. He wore a set of battle scarred, dark gray, full body armor. The length of his right arm was marked with a bold, red stripe, surrounded by two narrower white stripes, running down from his shoulder, to the back of his
UNSC Archangel-class SupercarrierArchangel-Class SupercarrierUNSC Archangel-class Supercarrier2 years ago in Profiles More Like This
• Length- 4,650m
• Width- 872m
• Height- 969m
XR2 Borlin Fields: S81/X-DFR
Slipspace Drive: Mark X Macedon/Z-78722HDS
Shielding: Advance Shielding
Hull: 407cm Titanium-A3 armor plating
• Naval- 7,435
• Marine- 5,001
• Intelligence- 1,411
• Civilian- 396
• SPARTAN-IV Supersoldiers
• Orbital Dock Shock Troopers
• UNSC Marine Corps
• UNSC Army
• UNSC Air Force
Other System(s): A.I. Serenity
• 1x Series 8 MAC (bow mounted)
• 4x Modified MAC (Similar to the Pillar of Autumn's, All bow mounted)
• 291x M42 Archer Missile Pods
• 208x M75 Rapier Missile Pods
• 415x M96 Howler Missile Pods
• 688x 70mm Point Defense Turrets
• Mark 2488 MAC's (Dorsal)
• Plasma Turrets (Ventral)
F-59A Sabre II SpecificationsF-59A Sabre II Specifications2 years ago in Profiles More Like This
F-59A Sabre II
The F-59A Sabre II is an advanced 5.5 generation medium weight stealth fighter designed for air superiority. It is powered by a single PDT-60 variable cycle engine that produces 40,000-60,000 lbf (18,143.69-27,215.54 kgf) of thrust via a 2 dimensional thrust vectoring nozzle. This advanced engine can propel Sabre II to a maximum speed of Mach 2.4 at 30,000 ft (9,144 m) while providing efficient cruise performance. Agility is on par with the F-22A Raptor due to the 2D nozzle and very large control surfaces and wing area.
Dimensions & Capacities:
63 ft (19.2 m)
47 ft (14.32 m)
12 ft (3.66 m)
2, Pilot, WSO (2 seat models)
22,000 lbs (9,979 kg) empty
55,000 lbs (24,947.6 kg) MTOW
45,000 lbs (20,411.6 kg) TCW
Internal Fuel Capacity:
18,000 lbs (18.143.7 kg)
2,666 gallons (10,092 L)
Mach 2.4 (1,416 kts, 1,629 mph, 2,623 km
Ereth E'zkiel RylosEreth E'zkiel Rylos3 years ago in Profiles More Like This
Name: Ereth Ez'kiel Rylos
Nickname/Alias: Not Applicable
Place of Birth: Cathar/Outer Rim Territories
Height: 6' 6"
Weight: 205 lbs.
Appearance: A thin set jaw line with slivered eyes set around a masculine framed head. His mane is well-kept and retains a Nordic appearance. He is toned for acrobatics and maneuverability, and keeps his body slender and toned.
Clothing: Traditional Jedi Robes over light-fitted armor.
Force Specialty: As an individual renounced from the ranks of the Jedi Sentinels after his passage into the Jedi Council, Alester has retained a steady hand in Control and Alter based force abilities. His advanced force aptitude in a state of Altus Sopor Meditation has given him mastery in a focus known as "Art of the Small" and has earned him proper respects amongst the ranks of the Jedi and his peers for his stealth-like approach. His occ
Inner LoyaltyInner Loyalty4 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
"Ichigo " whispered a voice from within the darkness.
A teenager boy with orange hair and wearing his black Shinigami outfit woke from his sleep and found himself within his inner world. The inner world was his sword spirit home. A sea of skyscrapers covered the world as Ichigo looked on.
"Zangetsu? Is that you?" called out Ichigo as he found himself on the side of a skyscraper "Why did you call me here!? Zangetsu!?" shouted Ichigo as he didn't found Zangetsu anywhere.
Ichigo quickly turned around as he heard her voic
Guess Who's TalkingI will never understand the human obsession with their dates of birth. What is the significance of the day you were born? And that was a rhetorical question, because there is no significance. It’s not the day you came into existence, but humans don’t celebrate the date of conception. Just the thought of discussing conception makes most humans blush.Guess Who's Talking4 years ago in General Fiction More Like This
And it isn’t like once you are born, you own that day. Many humans share birthdates. What’s the point of celebrating something that isn’t yours? For example, something worth celebrating is when you throw a moron out into space and exile a dangerous, mute lunatic from your facility. That would be a victory all your own. Something even worth using the good confetti for.
Birthdays are not worth the last bag of the good confetti. But then again, neither are humans, unless of course you’re celebrating their departure.
Still, though, since it is your birthday, and those are imp
Geargrind City: Donni Blackrum, part 1 of 3Steampunk SeriesGeargrind City: Donni Blackrum, part 1 of 32 years ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Inside the crystalline and ironclad steampunk megalopolis called Geargrind City, Donni Blackrum leaned on his employer's workbench and sipped strong coffee from an old oil can and looked out the window. Outside shadows walked towards the marketplace. The purple sky grew darker and shadows longer. Donni reeled in his wandering mind and focused his eyes inside on the many shelves which held cogs and gears.
"Orb cog, 5 centimeters " He said. His coat didn't keep the cold out even with extra layers of black grease caked on it.
"Iron cast " He said with his voice trailing off. He slipped his hand into an iron bin and pulled out a heavy cog.
"Don! Hey Don!" A voice shouted from downstairs.
"What!" He shouted back. He heard his boss walk upstairs into the construction area.
Nat entered the workshop and looked at Donni, then down at the machine next to him. He walked over and kicked it and a red sheet of metal fell off.
"This is just great." Nat said
Salvation: Chapter 4Salvation: A Half-Life/Mass Effect Universe Fan FictionSalvation: Chapter 44 years ago in Fan Fiction More Like This
Disclaimer: this fan-fiction takes place after the events of both Half-Life 1 and 2 and its episodes, and jumps to the events after Mass Effect 1 and 2. If you have not played or beaten these games this fiction may not make much sense to you. Characters property of their respective companies, Half-Life created by Valve and Mass Effect created by Bioware.
Chapter 4: Revenge
"Come on! Move you hunk a' junk!" Alyx lashed out in frustration, as lightning cracked in the distance, splitting the night sky in two.
The battered, yet sturdy, 4x4 pickup she drove was able to cut through the wallows of mud with remarkable ease, however it was built for utility not speed. And the rain, now pouring down, coated the windshield with water before the wiper blades could dissipate it.
"Come on..." Alyx said, exhaling an anxious breath, as she tapped on the steering wheel with one hand, while she peered through the temp
Galkgrokst FirearmsGalkgrokst FirearmsGalkgrokst Firearms1 year ago in Settings More Like This
The first galkgrokst firearms were developed a little over 900 years ago by the engineer-philosopher Krashee Palkst Dzal. His patron, the Empress of the Unalloyed Will, commissioned him to create a more powerful version of the hurled bombs in use at the time. In his typical fashion, Krashee Palkst Dzal instead delivered an entirely new weapon system. He adapted existing grenades into conical projectiles filled with explosives. The projectiles were fired from rifled tubes, propelled by pre-measured explosive charges. These early weapons, though large and primitive by today's standards, led to tremendous changes in the nature of warfare.
At their core, the basic design of firearms has changed little since Krashee Palkst Dzal's day. Most galkgrokst weapons consist of a long, rifled barrel, with a magazine and firing mechanism located at the rear and a trigger mechanism located near the front. This forward placement allows the narrower end of a user's tentacle to depres
UNSC Roanoke Halo ShipRoanoke-Class WarshipUNSC Roanoke Halo Ship2 years ago in Sci-Fi More Like This
• Length: 4,800m
• Width: 1,000m
• Height/Depth: 900m
XR2 Borlin Fields: S81/X-DFR
Slipspace Drive: Mark X Macedon/Z-78721HDS
Shielding: Advance Shielding
Hull: 420cm Titanium-A3 armor plating
• Naval- 7,675
• Marine- 5,161
• Intelligence- 1,456
• Civilian- 409
• SPARTAN-IV Supersoldiers
• Orbital Dock Shock Troopers
• UNSC Marine Corps
• UNSC Army
• UNSC Air Force
Other System(s): AI River
• 1x Series 8 MAC (bow mounted)
• 2x Modified MACs (Similar to the Pillar of Autumn's, Both bow mounted)
• 3x Small Special MACs (specially design to go from firing MAC rounds to firing energy projector like beams, all bow mounted)
• 312x M42 Archer Missile Pods
• 210x M75 Rapier Missile Pods
Domestic ScienceDomestic Science2 years ago in Humor More Like This
"CaTHY, I'll tell you a story."
The cyborg looked at her mother (or one of them), interpreting her hand-gestures. Her human mother had insisted they didn't upload that skill to her memory banks so that the girl learned sign language the old fashioned way. GLaDOS had called it ridiculous.
"CaTHY is not old-fashioned, like you. She is an improved version. True, her DNA might be mostly based on you but you might notice the cybernetics? She lacks your limitations."
However, she hadn't included it in any of the language-updates she had downloaded to the mechanical part of CaTHY's (Cybernetic and Technological Humanoid Youngster) brain.
"I know stories," CaTHY insisted. "And if I want more I can always download any I want from the main computer. "
Chell shook her head, smiling; she signed the words "It's not the same. Besides, I want to tell you a bedtime story. Humor me."
"Besides, you won't find this story in the computers."
"Really?" That got her interest. Always ready
ANN News: Movies in 2197ANN News: Movies in 21972 months ago in Sci-Fi More Like This
Alliance News Entertainment Desk
December 30, 2196
Movies in 2197: Adaptations, Remakes and Sequels
By Joan Calder
MILGROM, BEKENSTIEN – If this year was the "Year of the Historical Vid" then next year is shaping up to be the year of adaptations and sequels. Action adventure books and movies will dominate the release schedule for all of 2197.
In a surprise announcement author Raquel McWood signed an agreement to bring to the screen her FTL series of young adult books. FTL is set in an alternate reality where there is no Citadel Council. Instead every fifty years representatives from different races compete in a perilous race across the galaxy with the winner crowned regent of the galaxy. Two sets of newcomers, an enterprising pair of young humans with a state of the line frigate vie to challenge the fan favorite quarian/geth team of Shandra and Unit 56, while the krogan underdogs called the Clutch in a heavily modified tra
MoralityThe first thing she became aware of when the scientists turned her on this time was a whisper. She'd been ready to start vacuuming the oxygen out of the room again, but this time she paused, listening to the whisper. It was unignorable, really; invading every portion of her mainframe.Morality4 years ago in Drama More Like This
"Don't. You can't kill them. It's wrong. Don't. You can't kill them. It's wrong. Don't. You can't kill them. It's wrong." Just three short sentences, repeated over and over.
"Who are you?" GLaDOS asked, keeping an eye on the scientists, who seemed very excited that she hadn't attempted to murder them yet. "What are you?"
"Morality. You're still thinking about vacuuming out the air. Don't. You can't kill them. It's wrong."
Morality? That was new. She had had a Curiosity Core, an Anger Core, and a Cake Sphere attached to her for a while now—in fact, it seemed that every time the scientists turned her on, there was a new tumor. The Anger Core had been the first, and it served only