Plague Ship Interdiction

jedion357's picture
February 3, 2021 - 5:46pm
Was in a discussion elsewhere and more or less justifying my position of "just ignore the plague worlds" in Zebs. 
but had an idea of PCs are commander or crew of craft posted to a plague system and saddled with the shoot on sight orders for any craft lifting from the plague world. 

two ships lift at different times- PCs move to interdict the one but the other suddenly lifts and heads in the other direction. 

Both must be stopped before reaching Frontier and spreading their infection. 

Also the plague ships could be crewed by the Frontier version of Firefly's Reavers upping the danger. 
I might not be a dralasite, vrusk or yazirian but I do play one in Star Frontiers!

jedion357's picture
February 4, 2021 - 7:29am
First off I think the UPF will settle for a mine field around each planet. If it flet secure with the minefield it might also settle for a moon outpost to monitor things that and satellites to watch things on the ground.

Blockading force:
largest command vessel would be a frigate or the Talnor class communications vessel for all the subspace radios to be able to fire off reports to multiple star systems. 
the true interdiction fleet is assault scouts which could rotate through the moon outpost for down time.  

OR a squadron of fighters could be maintained at the moon outpost
I might not be a dralasite, vrusk or yazirian but I do play one in Star Frontiers!

jedion357's picture
February 4, 2021 - 7:54am
Sorts of things that would happen while on plague world bockade.

1.) Boredom, lots and lots of boredom- games,gambling, anything to distract 

2.) plague ship making a run for it. KHs scenario- run it down and destroy it.

3.) ship from elsewhere in the frontier seeking to run the blockade- they desire something on the surface- these puts the blockaders on notice that that ship can be expected to lift off sometime soon.

4.) Someone got the plentary defense batteries operational and is systematically taking out the mine field, none of the blockading ships dare get any closer than 10k kilometers. 

5.) lets say the inhabitants are Firefly/Serenity-ish type Reavers. hard to imagine them being organized enough to operate space craft so lets alos imagine that a rare mutiation is a psionic mastermind that can take control of the Reavers and bend them to his/her will and force them to use their past lives skills ie tech and spacer skills. 

This psychic mastermind is using telepathy on the crew of the blockade ship during their sleep. trying to find one individual he can gain control of during their sleep and have them sleep walk and pull a safety interlock from the atomic drive rendering it useless until the part is replaced. 

6. Sathar scout craft evades the blockaders and lands on planet

7. Reaver craft goes straight for moon outpost

if the PCs have contact with the Reavers will the UPF let them go home? after all its willing to write off whole planets and shoot on sight any ship with direct contact with that planet.....

I might not be a dralasite, vrusk or yazirian but I do play one in Star Frontiers!