The Grand Council Revival

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Re: The Grand Council Revival

Post by oldlaptop » Wed Nov 24, 2010 10:02 pm

The Arilou begin to seem... offended. As the second Arilou again communicates with the homeworld, the telepathic voice speaks:

"Chmmr delegate, you bring up the issue of the first Alliance of Free Stars, and question our... trustworthiness based on our unilateral withdrawal following the defeat of the Humans. Understand that you know only a small part of the full story. At the very time the Ur-Quan were invading your galactic sector, we Arilou were fighting for our very existence against the Orz, which, along with certain other QuasiSpatial entities and species, has been attempting to annihilate the entire Arilou race ever since, so long ago that even our oldest sages do not remember it, we migrated to QuasiSpace to escape the depredations of the Dnyarri. We commited all we could to the Ur-Quan war. We stretched our resources far too thin. When the Humans were defeated, the destruction of the Alliance seemed certain to us, and our tiny fleet of Skiffs would not have been able to change the outcome. Seeing that the Humans were safe, and that the rest of the Alliance would also be safe when the Kzer-Za inevitably defeated them, we withdrew to QuasiSpace, and even with the return of the TrueSpace task force we only barely saved ourselves from extinction. So understand that naturally such insinuations touch a raw nerve, and that we do not wish to discuss the topic extensively. The rest of your statement we have already addressed, and we grow tired of repeating ourselves.

Burvixese and Chmmr delegates, you seem to have misinterpreted our statements regarding the Ur-Quan. We do not dispute that they are a major threat to your New Alliance, and one that must be overcome. However, they are nothing, nothing at all, compared to the terror that would be brought on this pleasant universe by mass utilization of QuasiSpace.

Chenjesu delegate, your suggestion of a vote is a very good one, but as mere delegates we cannot render a decision of such magnitude on our own. We currently are in communications with our homeworld, and will notify you of the Ariloulaleelay race's stance on this issue momentarily."
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Re: The Grand Council Revival

Post by chenjesuwizard » Thu Nov 25, 2010 6:03 pm

Then we should all discuss with our leaders and then vote.

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Re: The Grand Council Revival

Post by oldlaptop » Fri Nov 26, 2010 1:51 am

The second Arilou ceases tapping on the HyperWave, and seems to be reading intently. After some delay, the telepathic voice speaks:

"We have received instructions from our homeworld. The Ariloulaleelay will accept the results of a vote, so long as it it clearly stipulated that all non-Human crew members of any foriegn vessel traveling via our QuasiSpace/Hyperspace portals be placed into cryogenic suspension as per the Spathi delegate's suggestion, and that no more than fifty individual foreign ships may be in the area of our QuasiSpace/HyperSpace portals at any given time, should the outcome of this vote be to accept travel by our QuasiSpace/HyperSpace portals. We must also stress that no vessel should leave the area of our QuasiSpatial territory (the exact extent of which shall be revealed if and when needed), as this would undoubtedly attract attention from other... things. Additionally, the Arilou request, but do not require, mineral and material support should war with other QuasiSpatial entities result from this increase in traffic within Arilou territory.

As for the Ariloulaleelay race's vote in this manner, we stand unequivocally against the widespread utilization of QuasiSpace. We cannot in good conscience take any other stance on this matter.

Pkhat and Burvixese delegates, we apologize for failing to notice your previous questions. While there are many other *times*, far more than even us Arilou have direct knowledge of, none could be used for rapid travel within TrueSpace, as QuasiSpace can. Should you desire, we can further elaborate on this matter, but we are wary of imparting more information to you, or indeed anyone else present here, for you already know far more than is... healthy."
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Re: The Grand Council Revival

Post by Guizot » Fri Nov 26, 2010 9:53 am

“Warm greetings to the idle assembly! I am the former savage Blaharg.”
Stomping in with wanton disregard, the Thraddash delegate dons clothes that do not just bear semblance to, but are completely derivative of human attire. A pinstripe suit with matching trousers and shoes hardly grace the bulky body. The representative’s top hat, painfully white dress shirt, and terribly taut red tie do little to diminish his droll look. Strangely enough, the Thraddash even lacks the characteristic cigar. In lieu of it is a black cigarette attached to an extremely elegant holder.
“You will have to excuse my delay, but destroyed societies seldom move with haste.”

“Ahem. I am sure you were all discussing the plight of my people. What is this? You have ignored the subject completely? How odd! After all, the genocide of the wretched Thraddash was a most fortuitous removal!”

Blaharg pauses for a moment, perhaps to allow time to think up the rest of his diatribe, maybe to permit his words to seep in. An extended drag on his cigarette reveals itself as the most probable cause.

“As you must know, my species was ruined… nearly destroyed! Truly, nothing greater may have occurred! Rid of those bearing fetish for self-annihilation, we of true intellect were able to take the reins!”

Once again, Blaharg inhales deeply. Snorting, the massive thing spews the stench of smoke across the vicinity. Unfortunately, the stint has little effect on his demeanor.

“I have traveled far to reach this poorly located meeting. Although we have access to primitive long range ‘casters, our representation decided that a personal meeting would be more imposing. Moreover, transmissions can easily be intercepted and perverted. The message may have also been dismissed as a joke on the part of…”
Blaharg glares menacingly at Flubbo.
“…certain species.”

“The ashen worlds of my people birthed a shoddy vessel to inform our former allies of the woes of the Thraddash. With the suggestion and consequent magnanimous extortion by the Melnorme, I finally reached this garish convention.”

“But what could this Extinguished beast possibly desire? An apology? The recitation of some pathetic list of grievances? No, we have come to demand. With that:
The Thraddash people hereby demand that this absurd council take every effort to assist the peoples left in wreckage.
The Thraddash people hereby demand that this imbecilic committee seek out and destroy or, at the very least, imprison the abominable Ilwrath that have so spited us.
And finally, the Thraddash people hereby demand the return of the sacred Delta Helix.”

“I am the spawn of a new culture. Finally, we are enlightened, disillusioned. It seems as if our ancestors were correct in saying war would perfect us, for we are an obvious step forward. Only a fool would not recognize this fact, and therefore you absolutely must direct your resources to assisting the now reformed Thraddash.”

In spite of the multitude of seats capable of fitting his gargantuan shape, Blaharg chooses to stand petulantly.
Frustrated by the momentary silence, he continues his rant, but not before noting, however briefly, some unfamiliar characters.
“Was my arrival inopportune? Did I interrupt an infinitely more important topic? Humanitarian crises seem to rank very low on your itinerary…”

Upon receiving a datapad, Blaharg attempts to make himself privy to the activities of the universe.
“I am truly glad I did not stoop to actually purchase these records from the Melnorme…”

The mildly truculent Thraddash flicks ashes on the floor as he reviews the massive amounts of information he had been ignorant to. An overwhelmed look consumes his face, but momentarily transforms upon seeing VIK’s comment on his species’ absence.
“OH! So you have mentioned us! How curious…”
“Wait… war with the Ur-Quan?"
"Qua…ze…space?”
“Zelnick sent the Ilwrath to destroy us!? He truly is the Great Teacher!”

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Re: The Grand Council Revival

Post by chenjesuwizard » Fri Nov 26, 2010 9:29 pm

"After discussing with our leaders we have decided it is not worth the risk on the universe. We vote no"

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Re: The Grand Council Revival

Post by oldlaptop » Fri Nov 26, 2010 9:59 pm

The Arilou delegates seem... pleased, somehow, at the Thraddash delegate's anthropomorphic behavior. As the Speaker looks toward the Thraddash delegate, the telepathic voice speaks:

"The Arilou welcome the Thraddash delegate to this council. We hear and understand your request for humanitarian aid, but we Arilou are regrettably unable to render such assistance at this time."
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Re: The Grand Council Revival

Post by Alvarin » Fri Nov 26, 2010 11:25 pm

For the good of Spathiwa, I vote "NO" on the Quasispace issue.
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Re: The Grand Council Revival

Post by Guizot » Fri Nov 26, 2010 11:29 pm

Taken aback by the Arilou’s benign intonation, it takes Blaharg a moment to realize the representative denied his requests.

“Far too busy? Of course! I suspected… suspected…”

The Thraddash begins staring blankly at the floor. His obliviousness to the state of the universe appears to have been the only thing maintaining his confidence. Still, he attempts to regain composure, although with noticeable contrition.

“Suspected as much from this group! Intolerance, I say! Intolerance!”

Quickly returning to the data pad, Blaharg becomes increasingly uncomfortable. Diplomacy is a foreign thing to the Thraddash, and simply how momentous the occasion is has obviously dawned on the now hesitant delegate.

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Re: The Grand Council Revival

Post by oldlaptop » Sat Nov 27, 2010 12:00 am

The telepathic voice speaks again:

"Thraddash delegate, it is not a matter of being busy. The Arilou are still recovering from the Ur-Quan Slave War, and simply do not have the resources to spare. Perhaps some of the other delegations can pledge humanitarian assistance."
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Re: The Grand Council Revival

Post by Draxas » Sat Nov 27, 2010 8:11 am

After an extended silence, KZZKH finally addresses the assembled.

AFTER CONSULTING WITH THE CHMMR GOVERNMENT, WE HAVE UNSURPRISINGLY BEEN AUTHORIZED TO VOTE IN FAVOR OF ALLOWING ACCESS TO QUASISPACE FOR ALL, AND ENCOURAGE ANY DELEGATES WHO HAVE NOT YET VOTED TO APPROVE THE MEASURE AS WELL. WE THANK THE ARILOU FOR AGREEING TO ABIDE BY THE DECISION MADE BY THE COUNCIL ON THIS MATTER. HOWEVER, WE HAVE SOME RESERVATIONS ON THE PROPOSED RESTRICTIONS. WHILE THE CHMMR ARE CLOSELY ALLIED WITH HUMANITY, MANY OTHER RACES ARE NOT, AND SENDING SHIPS FILLED WITH SLEEPING CREW TO AN ALTERNATE DIMENSION USING AUTOMATED SYSTEMS ALONE SEEMS VERY RISKY. WE INQUIRE IF IT WOULD BE POSSIBLE TO ALLOW SKELETON CREWS TO REMAIN AWAKE TO PILOT VESSELS, EVEN IF THEY ARE NON-HUMAN, AS OTHERWISE AN ALLIANCE WITH EARTH OR A RECKLESS DISREGARD FOR SAFETY WOULD BE REQUIRED TO UTILIZE THIS ABILITY.

AMBASSADOR BLAHARG: WE WELCOME THE THRADDASH TO THESE PROCEEDINGS. WE MUST ADMIT THAT WE ARE SOMEWHAT SURPRISED THAT YOU WERE ABLE TO ATTEND, AS RECORDS INDICATE THAT THE THRADDASH, THOUGH INVARIABLY HARDY ENOUGH TO SURVIVE AND REBUILD FROM SEVERAL NEAR-EXTINCTIONS, GENERALLY TEND TO REGRESS TO PRE-SPACEFLIGHT LEVELS OF TECHNOLOGY FOR SEVERAL CENTURIES DURING THOSE TIMES. REGARDING YOUR DEMANDS, THE CHMMR ARE ALREADY PROVIDING RECONSTRUCTION ASSISTANCE TO SEVERAL OTHER RACES, AND WOULD ALSO BE WILLING TO AID THE THRADDASH IN THIS MANNER, PROVIDED THEY ARE WILLING TO WORK TOGETHER WITH THE MEMBERS OF THE NEW ALLIANCE OF FREE STARS AND OTHER RACES OF THIS SECTOR. HOWEVER, OUR RECORDS INDICATE THAT THIS MAY VERY WELL NOT BE THE CASE, THOUGH YOUR WORDS HERE TODAY INDICATE THAT YOUR RACE MAY HAVE DECIDED ON A NEW FRAME OF MIND FOR YOUR LATEST CULTURE WHICH MAY BE COMPATIBLE WITH THIS IDEAL. REGARDING YOUR OTHER DEMANDS, WE ARE NOT SURE WHETHER ANY ILWRATH REMAIN ALIVE, THOUGH WE ARE UNWILLING TO ASSIST YOU IN ATTEMPTING TO COMPLETELY EXTERMINATE THEIR SPECIES IF THEY DO. ADDITIONALLY, WE SUGGEST THAT YOU ENTER INTO NEGOTIATIONS WITH THE UTWIG AMBASSADOR WHEN THEY ARRRIVE REGARDING THE ARTIFACT YOU REFER TO AS THE DELTA HELIX, AS THEY ARE CURRENTLY IN POSSESSION OF IT. HOWEVER, I FEAR THEY WILL BE LOATH TO PART WITH IT, AS REMOVING IT FROM THE ULTRON WILL CAUSE IT TO CEASE FUNCTIONING.

ARILOU DELEGATE: WHILE WE NORMALLY WOULD BE WILLING TO CONTINUE TO DEBATE THE POINTS YOU HAVE RECENTLY RAISED, WE FEEL NO NEED TO PURSUE DISCUSSIONS WHICH COULD BECOME MORE HEATED AND UNCOMFORTABLE THAN THEY ALREADY ARE SINCE YOU HAVE AGREED TO ABIDE BY THIS COUNCIL'S DECISION ON THE MATTER OF QUASISPACE ACCESS.

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