NationStates Jolt Archive

FTL research-RP-(murder investigation!)

Independant Pluto
14-08-2003, 09:13
On an upper level of the IP colony tower

FTL researcher Jennifer Knight peered at a small metal ball about the size of a marble. For a long time she and her team had been trying to find a way to move this ball to a spot a few feet away instantly. Well, not this same ball. Several times the ball had dissolved or simply dissappeared. The new process being tried was supposed to make the ball shift to a different dimension and back. Another scientist, Mark O'Brien, was punching code into a computer.

"Mark, project the beam," Jennifer called. Mark got up from his seat, went to a wall-mounted screen, and pressed a series of buttons. A green glow lit the ball, and it vanished.

"We won't find out if that worked for another 15 seconds," was Mark's comment.

"I can wait."

The seconds ticked away, and all eyes were on a little container in which the ball was supposed to appear. 15 seconds came and went.

Thousands of feet above the SLAGlands

A small metal ball appears, and starts falling toward the ground, quickly picking up speed.

In the lab

"Another one down the hole," Jennifer sighed as she returned to work.

They had first been assigned to this project 8 months age by the Space Fleet Department, which was kind of a joke because Independant Pluto had no fleet as of yet. She and Mark had known each other for a while before that, and they made a good team professionally. They were getting kind of frustrated tinkering with slipstream and warp, though. The whole team was. Sometimes it seemed that there was no way they would complete the project without foreign help. Of course, foreign help was a near impossibility. The words of the deparment head had been "This is our program, and our way of proving to the world community that we can survive without their help. Utter crap, of course.

The next thing that was on the agenda was something called the "Tesseract portal". As Jennifer read the description of the system, it seemed like a waste of time. But she had no authority over that. That was for her superiors to decide.

In the lounge of the same level, 1 hour later

"I don't know why they're having us work on these outlandish theories," Jennifer said to Mark, sipping coffee. "It's just a waste of time, when we could be working on a simple intra-system fleet."

"They have priorities, and I think that their main one is unveiling a huge fleet to the world all at once. They started off in this system asking for help, and they want to prove that we can do without their help."

"I know all that, they've made that abundantly clear in their breifings. What I want to know is, where do they get their information on these propulsion systems? I mean, tesseract portals? That's our next project. They're supposed to be instant transport between two points anywhere. Nobody has that ability, nobody. Why must they insist on not just buying plans from someone? Why not-"

"Jen, you're ranting again."

"Good point. I'll stop. Why think about work during breaks anyway?"

"My thoughts exactly. Why not go eat something that doesn't come out of a vending machine? My treat."
Independant Pluto
14-08-2003, 09:23
I do have another chapter, but I won't post until interest is shown.
14-08-2003, 09:28
I'm interested.
14-08-2003, 09:29
Keep going. I don't know a good way to get involved, but it's a good story at the least.
Independant Pluto
14-08-2003, 09:32
you're not supposed to get involved-yet. or maybe not at all. I only have 1 more chapter written.
Independant Pluto
14-08-2003, 09:33
Two months later

This was it, the final testing of the tesseract portal. Nobody really expected it to work, but there was still some hope. The situation was the same: a transport of 20 feet.

"Jennifer, the portal's not opening," a young scientist called.

"Try increasing the power."

"It's not working"

"Shit," Jennifer muttered. "Shut it down."

"Not yet," Mark called from across the room. "I think I found the problem. There was a glitch in the control program. It should work now."

Nothing happened.

"That's it," Jennifer said angrily. "I'm going to the department head with this. I don't want any more of this bullshit."

In the department head's office

Jennifer and Dr. Joseph Miles, head of fleet deparment, were having a heated argument.

"Why can't we center on defense? That would make more sense, wouldn't it? Unless we're planning on attacking someone in the near future."

"I have already given my reasons for having a fleet capable of striking deep space targets. It is a deterrant."

"It will come across as hostile. Anyway, that's not really the point. Why are you having us research these impossible theories?"

"They are not impossible. If only we had more-"

"You've been sitting too long in your office, Doctor. You know that all of these things have never been used. Why can we not just use a drive that has been proven to work?"

"Becuase, Miss Knight, they have been proven to work by other nations. We must have something of our own."

"That really is the whole point of this, isn't it? You just want something big and impressive, and all our own! We have no goals for this fleet, it's just a figurehead! Why not just put out a big model in the shape of a fleet?!"

"Ma'am, I will consider your suggestions. Now, leave my office."

Jennifer left.

IP News

Space Fleet Department head Josheph Miles died today, a victim of a bizarre accident. He was found dead in his office with a neat hole through his chest jess than a half inch in diameter. Security tapes show a grey streak going through his body and dissapearong immediately afterward. In other news...

Jennifer's apartment

Jennifer laughed to herself. Using one of the failed methods, she had accelerated a ball to very fast speeds and had it vanish just afterwards. It was far too easy. The necessary beams and portals could be set up in a self-destructing package the size of a dime. Oh, the wonders of modern technology! And even better, she was expected to be the next head. Absently, she wondered where the little ball had gone.
Independant Pluto
14-08-2003, 09:34
there it is.
Independant Pluto
14-08-2003, 09:39
betcha didn't see that one coming!!!!!
14-08-2003, 09:42
Yeah, that was pretty funny. Though all the drive types you list are in use. You might try the teraport - I don't think anyone is using that.
Independant Pluto
14-08-2003, 09:44
I don't plan on actually developing ftl anytime soon. the new director wouldn't like it *snigger*
Independant Pluto
14-08-2003, 09:57
I'll write more tomorrow. or later today, it's 4:30 am here
Independant Pluto
14-08-2003, 10:08
bump for opinions
Independant Pluto
14-08-2003, 10:33
see last post.
Independant Pluto
14-08-2003, 11:59
bump for a fresh audience!
Independant Pluto
14-08-2003, 12:27
bump again
Independant Pluto
14-08-2003, 12:57
14-08-2003, 13:00
ooo Keep goiing, I think we could have a good roleplayer here!
Independant Pluto
14-08-2003, 13:04
I'm on forum time and have 0 hours of sleep, so this won't be added to for at least 12 hours.
14-08-2003, 13:07
awwwwwwww :cry: :( :cry: :( :cry:
Independant Pluto
14-08-2003, 13:20
Now, should the crime be discovered, or not?
14-08-2003, 13:22
Yes, but make it a big RP investigation!
Independant Pluto
14-08-2003, 13:22
Invite people to send or rp as detectives?
Kurai Nami
14-08-2003, 13:31
*Gasps as the ball goes thru the old director*
Damn i have to see the next episode of this :D ..

Good show, *Claps*. If that is what becomes of FTL research i think i'll just stick to my SETI Research :lol: ..
Independant Pluto
14-08-2003, 13:38
Hey that was just a perversion of a failed method. Anyway, that's what happens when your research program is run by the mentally ill.
Kurai Nami
14-08-2003, 13:58
:lol: True,true

But what is research without atleast one mad scientist?
Anywho, it was a refreshing sight. Your RP, only one died and i guess more exciment is to follow..
Independant Pluto
14-08-2003, 14:03
Im gonna do one more long post, then throw investigation open to people.
Independant Pluto
14-08-2003, 15:01
IP Police HQ

Law enforcement director Juan Roberts looked over the report that he had been given. Nothing beyond the obvious was turned up by the autopsy, no indicators in the room. Suspects: One: a Miss Jennifer Knight. She had had an argument with him a few hours before the incident. Second-in-command of the department. Disagreed with Miles on many points. No real motive, though. Better than nothing.

He eased himself out of his chair and went to see the crime scene himself.

Miles' office

As Roberts examined the place where the body had been found, he saw nothing out of the ordinary. Blood was in a normal pattern for a projectile going through it at high speeds. There was nothing to be learned from that angle, it would appear. This wasn't his job, anyway. He had more important things to do than investigate the death of some unimportant department head. Like file papers or something.

Just as he was about to leave, someone else came in, a detective that had been around for a while, a Robert Jones, armed with a magnifying glass and various other tools.

"I suppose you're here to do a more thorough investigation, Jones?" Roberts asked.

"That's my job."

"I'll be clearing out, then. Good luck."


OOC: I am opening positions for RP of Robert Jones and Mark O'Brien. Mark believes in Jennifer's innocence, and will cooperate with Jones. I have Jennifer.
Independant Pluto
14-08-2003, 15:04
also, be aware of the situation. This is on Pluto, in a big tower. Everyone has a designated living space. Also, there is a small stain on the wall corresponding to where the streak appeared.
Independant Pluto
14-08-2003, 15:12
Independant Pluto
14-08-2003, 15:17
i gotta go, bye!
Independant Pluto
14-08-2003, 20:38
bump for someone willing to participate.
Independant Pluto
15-08-2003, 03:28
Independant Pluto
15-08-2003, 03:37
Independant Pluto
15-08-2003, 03:47
Independant Pluto
15-08-2003, 04:03
I would appreciate someone participating in this rp.
Independant Pluto
15-08-2003, 04:17
*kicks thread in the nuts*
15-08-2003, 09:03
I could take one of the detectives, But the thread would go rather slow since I have limited Internet access being broke more often than not and having to pay per meg downloaded on the University comps.

this means I'm really only on on payday (thurs) and over the weekend when I can go home and use mums comp and ISP.
Independant Pluto
15-08-2003, 20:21
if nobody else offers, you have it.
15-08-2003, 20:25
Uh... might not want to plan on achieving FTL for the next couple of months... (Real life months...)
Independant Pluto
15-08-2003, 20:26
i haven't. i am also not going to for a while. please read the rp posts.
15-08-2003, 20:49
Yeah, that was pretty funny. Though all the drive types you list are in use. You might try the teraport - I don't think anyone is using that.

The Spindizzy is available as well, I think.
Independant Pluto
15-08-2003, 21:04
oh yes, what is a "teraport" and a "spindizzy"?
15-08-2003, 21:38
oh yes, what is a "teraport" and a "spindizzy"?

see for the spindizzy, but I couldn't find anything for teraport.
Independant Pluto
17-08-2003, 19:45
bump in desparation.
Independant Pluto
22-08-2003, 12:49
bump for anyone!
Independant Pluto
22-08-2003, 13:32
Loserly Peeps
22-08-2003, 13:50
Independant Pluto
23-08-2003, 12:12
Independant Pluto
26-08-2003, 09:12
Independant Pluto
26-08-2003, 09:27
Independant Pluto
26-08-2003, 09:47
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Independant Pluto
03-11-2003, 06:22
bump to prevent autodeletion.