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#1804738 The Working Group - Second Session

Posted by Connory on 09 June 2018 - 07:27 AM

Dash Kessler


The vehicle-mounted neural projector is pure gold. Give your associates my congratulations. I've already ordered one. Looking forward to exploring derivatives. I have a Bith on staff who's talking my ear off about the possibilities.

Also, fair warning, Triam Akovin is a woman.

Good luck out there. Firefist is difficult terrain.


#1804097 Shade-9 Utility Suit

Posted by Connory on 08 June 2018 - 11:42 AM







  • Manufacturer: Bard Independent
  • Affiliation: Closed-Market (ask first)
  • Model: Shade-9 Utility Suit
  • Modularity: Goodness no
  • Production:  Limited (Only one small group of characters. IE: Small task force, not entire factions.)

  • Material: Plasteel, armorweave, proprietary electronics




  • Classification: Other. Very much so.
  • Weight: Very Light
  • Resistances (when corporeal)

- Blasters and Plasma Weapons: Very Low

- Kinetic: Average

- Lightsabers: Very Low

EMP: Low







  • Quantum tunneling equipment permits passage through solid objects (walls, blades, weapons fire), comparable to a Forcewielder using 'Phase' or a Starweird before it shreds its prey.


  • Permits the wearer to go insubstantial for up to five seconds at a time. During this period, the wearer can walk through walls or storms of blasterfire without incident, but cannot retaliate or otherwise influence the physical world. (Various safeguards prevent the wearer from just falling through the floor/ground.)
  • Good kinetic armor plating and padding, suitable for hand-to-hand combat.
  • Just really high-quality reliable electronics, the best Echani engineering ever.


  • Low resistance to EMP/ion interference - this equipment is pretty sensitive. A basic EMP grenade will force a shutdown/reboot sequence of at least thirty seconds. More serious EMP/ion attacks can destroy the suit's functionality.
  • Very low resistance to standard blaster weapons.
  • Re-materialize intersecting with a solid object (such as by staying in the wrong situation for more than five seconds) and you are toast. Think teleportation accident: impaled, merged with a wall, etc. Watch out for precogs.
  • Phasing effect does not apply to wearing more armor overtop of the Shade-9. Best case scenario, you leave it behind and it falls to the ground.

Quantum tunneling is a well-known phenomenon that relies on the wave nature of particles. In simplest terms, there's a small but real probability that a particle will actually turn out to be on the other side of an equally tiny barrier. The Shade-9 harnesses this effect on a macroscopic scale and cascades it, allowing the wearer to pass through solid objects for a short period (five seconds at a time). The Shade-9 mimics the starweird's natural ability to pass through attacks and walls unharmed before choosing to tear apart its prey manually. An obscure and very difficult Jedi technique allows the same sort of thing, albeit with much more mental effort involved. This is not to say the Shade-9 is easy to use: far from it. Even experienced operators can all too easily wind up amputees or dead. The Shade-9 is more oriented toward utility functions than toward combat, as a clever enemy can find any number of exploits. Bard Independent sells the suit to a variety of private and government clients, who doubtless use it for nefarious purposes. 

#1803516 The Ugly [Mini-Board Event Auction]

Posted by Connory on 07 June 2018 - 01:16 PM

Bard Independent HQ - Bunker - Eshan


After a good ten minutes of watching bids go stratospheric, Connory put down his drink and picked up his datapad. Lot C was getting too rich for his blood, but the others might be achievable, even if someone had bid a custom Star Destroyer with a nine-figure market value. Value didn't always mean more zeroes.


LOT A: One Nanorazer - a versatile, unprecedented handheld device for eradicating nanotechnology.


LOT B: One canister of a rare power-consuming organism. One Angel Eye, a unique short-range sensor capable of seeing through the stealth protection of a gravitic modulator. One Infernal Hypersabotage Droid. Technical specifications for highly versatile Dreamscape technology. One Mircinuur Isolation Projector, effectively a point-and-click personal-scale cloaking device.

#1803451 The Working Group - Second Session

Posted by Connory on 07 June 2018 - 11:21 AM

In the main lab area, Connory had covered a small whiteboard with scribbles:


Goal iterations by feasibility

  • Let FS sentients use F externally in Ybub - unlikely - grail
  • Let FS sentients use F internally in Ybub - possible
  • Let FS sentients get F clairvoy/sense in Ybub - possible
  • Let FS non-sent use/feel F as above in Ybub - possible
  • Allow oper of F-type object e.g. wpn in Ybub - possible (bluestone angle?)
  • Disrupt Ybub stacking in open air - probable (flashbang/sonic angle?) but low-hanging fruit (nobody carries Y in open air anymore)
  • Disrupt Ybub stacking if Y in sealed/protect container - possible
  • Incapacitate Y in container - possible (Cov did it - see YND tech)
  • Barrier to Ybub - achieved (bunker w/ VS) - Akovin UEC approach - more options?

#1803446 The Working Group - Second Session

Posted by Connory on 07 June 2018 - 11:10 AM

Connory took a break from his own projects to review the research that the working group's newest members had come up with.


Triam Akovin had a unique and fascinating hypothesis, and a very easy one to test. An Umak Leth Universal Energy Cage was rare and expensive, but not as much so as it had once been. He put in a procurement order through the working group's funding coordinator. Ideally, they'd get a few cages and plop a few ysalamiri inside and see what happened. A ysalamiri's null field was, after all, a Force effect, a creature exerting its will on and through the Force: they'd established that much conclusively. Off the top of his head, Connory couldn't see any reason why a UEC shouldn't work just fine. Connory released the previous working group's data to Triam -- all of it.


Dash Kessler had sent remote data from the Gossamer expedition. As Connory sat on the board of the Foundation Trust, and the Trust had funded the expedition, a bio was easy enough to obtain. Kessler had a reputation as an outlaw tech who knew his bantha fodder forwards and backwards. His approach to the ysalamiri issue -- the 'Y-Problem,' the working group's core goal -- looked systematic, scientific, and sensible. Connory released the previous working group's data to Kessler via an encrypted link that bounced the package all the way to Firefist.


The lab space had an airlock because of reasons, and a small admin desk lay just outside. Connory glanced at the exterior camera feed, set aside his terminal, put on his helmet, went through the airlock and the admin/waiting room, and answered the door.


"Doctor Agnusdei, I'm Doctor Connory. What can I help you with?"

#1802137 The Working Group - Second Session

Posted by Connory on 05 June 2018 - 03:43 PM

Calina Djo Daro Tarsi Triam Akovin Dash Kessler Darth Metus





The lab was cleaner and shinier than some of the researchers might like. The last working group had taken place in a converted restaurant on Taris, very low-profile. This time around, Connory had managed to secure some research funding and lab space behind the most ironclad nondisclosure agreements he'd ever seen. The last group's limited but real success had been enough to push the nameless donors over the top.


Whether the new group used these nice facilities was entirely up to them. Working remotely could be a real boon, and personal privacy was always in vogue. For his part, Connory tended to work alone, apart from inputting his research into the robust information-sharing system that kept the group members connected.


Once each member began contributing in a serious way, that member would receive the previous group's research findings. Connory had no patience for freeloaders. More importantly, coming at the problem fresh and without preconception could bring all kinds of benefits.


OOC/ Success at our ysalamiri-countering venture means finding firm, exploitable, obscure canon - or getting something stamped by Factory or Codex.

#1802118 Ysalamiri neutralization working group - looking for innovators

Posted by Connory on 05 June 2018 - 03:07 PM

It's really (and justifiably) tough to get anything through the Factory/Codex that beats ysalamiri in the great game of rock-paper-scissors. Connory's last working group along these lines had some limited success, but there's room for more. I'll be kicking off another working group thread and making the last one's research available IC. The working group's OOC goal is to find ways to beat ysalamiri by discovering firm but obscure canon or getting a submission approved. It's a significant challenge, success is not guaranteed, and that's why it's fun.


Anyone interested?

#1794522 Cabal Paradise

Posted by Connory on 26 May 2018 - 08:40 PM

As I squelch through the valley of the shadow of death
I take a look at my pride and realize there's nothing left
Cause I've been coming up empty so long, that
Even the Syndicate thinks that my time has come
But I ain't never took a slave that didn't deserve it
Sell ryll kor to minors, you know that's unheard of
You better watch how you're raiding
And who you're baiting
Or you and your supply lines gonna get bled dry
I weigh five thousand pounds but I'm quick to fly
As I eat I see myself in the dessert tureen
I'm the kinda Hutt them Silver Jedi wanna be like
Snorting spice every night, never look for a fair fight

Been spending most our lives, living in a Cabal paradise
Popo can't put us on ice, living in a Cabal paradise
Dogpiled once or twice, living in a Cabal paradise
Your shiny thing looks nice, living in a Cabal paradise

You want some escalation, I send Red Ravens
Cause nobody pushes pause like the best that never was
Yeah I gotta be down with the scum team
Too much porno auctioneering got me chasing dreams
I'm a garlic butter snail with money on my mind
Got your takeover planned and a gleam in my eye
My payroll’s got at least two real gangsters
And my friends are all in town so don't arouse my anger, fool
Expansion’s just an abnormal heartbeat away
I'm living large, Hutt in charge, what can I say
I'm a big game now but can I make it all the way
Depends on if Popo deploys a buffet

Tell me why the hate, is this my fate
I just love crime, let's start a raid

Been spending most our lives, living in a Cabal paradise
I specialize in loaded dice, living in a Cabal paradise
I never buy for sticker price, living in a Cabal paradise
Your shiny thing looks nice, living in a Cabal paradise

Power and the money, money and the power
Minute after minute, hour after hour
Everyone's a crime lord, but half of them ain't legal
They're going down or going under, the Cabal's what's kickin’
They say I'm gonna burn, but nobody can salt me
If they can't match my girth they're just gonna exalt me
I guess they can't, I guess they won't
I guess they broke, because I’m elbow deep in their trust funds

Been spending most our lives, living in a Cabal paradise
Paid for pleasure once or twice, living in a Cabal paradise
We sell drugs at retail price, living in a Cabal paradise
Your shiny thing looks nice, living in a Cabal paradise

#1794376 The Very Model

Posted by Connory on 26 May 2018 - 04:06 PM

I am the very model of a modern Mandalorian

I quote the Resol’nare but leave the history to historians

I know the safe proportions for relationships incestuous

I breed and field child soldiers who can fight just like the rest of us

I'm very well acquainted too with grudges hypocritical

And none are quicker to declare their actions apolitical

Of accusations bold and firm I never have a paucity

And many cheerful facts about the other side’s atrocity

(And many cheerful facts about the other side's atrocity!)


Maneuvering all unencumbered lightly and fantastically

I wear the densest metal in the verse quite unironically

In short, in all opinions I will take a stand stentorian

I am the very model of a modern Mandalorian


In every martial contest and discussion metallurgical

My championship of beskar often borders on liturgical

My leadership is based on photogenic sociopathy

My latest illegitimate is sure to be a prodigy

I'd never deign to wield cortosis, phrik, or lesser composites

I'm very prudent when I pick a safe objective for a blitz

I know just who is absent and whose holdings to amalgamate

My tactical proclivity's to murder then to obfuscate

(My tactical proclivity’s to murder then to obfuscate!)


My governance approach depends on copious intoxicants

And there’s no issue large or small where I'll refrain to take a stance

In short, in matters ethical and supergladitorian

I am the very model of a modern Mandalorian


-Attributed to Connory, Bard of the Hyperlanes, ca. 851ABY

#1794202 DKONG Regression Bomb | Bard Independent

Posted by Connory on 26 May 2018 - 09:31 AM

Raiz Australis


This is getting a little ridiculous. It started as a non-banned, non-restricted canon substance in a box, it's gone through many nerfs already, and I've complied with your requests - even gone above and beyond them. Please archive this submission. I'll just use the canon stuff.

#1793700 DKONG Regression Bomb | Bard Independent

Posted by Connory on 25 May 2018 - 03:12 PM

Raiz Australis


Added it in: the organism will die off in a week or so. It's a darn sight better than permanent infestation.

#1792553 DKONG Regression Bomb | Bard Independent

Posted by Connory on 24 May 2018 - 01:35 PM





  • Intent: A deployment charge that makes technology just...stop working throughout a given area. All technology. This has nothing to do with EMP/ion damage. Get ready to settle your grudges face to face or with, you know, catapults.
  • Image Source: "B-36 / Liquid Barrel Container," by Ivan Santic, found at https://www.artstati...m/artwork/n9vR1
  • Canon Link: Power-consuming organism
  • Restricted Missions: N/A
  • Primary Source: The 'power-consuming organism,' in its Wookieepedia page's primary source, is described with the following language: "...the secret of why technology does not work on a newly settled planet...all technological items that have been brought to the surface fail within hours...microscopic, self replicating organisms genetically programmed to be attracted to power sources and feed on them."




  • Classification: Bioweapon dispersal mechanism
  • Size:  Large
  • Weight: Heavy
  • Ammunition Type: Nonlethal bioweapon
  • Ammunition Capacity: You can throw one barrel at a time.
  • Reload Speed: None - each charge can be used once.

  • Effective Range: Battlefield - the high-pressure, low-temperature deployment mechanism spreads the biocharge across a large area. 
  • Rate of Fire: Very Low it's a charge suitable for deployment by hand or by tossing out an airlock. It's not compatible with warhead launchers, bomb bays, etc.
  • Stopping Power: Extreme versus technological function. Absolutely ineffective against living beings, physical structures/barriers, etc.
  • Recoil: None - or rather, not applicable. Recoil isn't a relevant term to throwing a barrel out a hatch.


  • Contains an energy-consuming bioweapon.


  • The airborne biocharge propagates rapidly and insidiously regardless of environment...but only within the general area of initial dispersal (radius roughly 150m). 
  • Anything electronic is going to stop working within 2-4 hours, regardless of any EMP/ion protection. It'll shut down your sealed armor a system at a time. Give it a couple days and your sealed-up and landed ship will start shutting down too, though you'll have probably lost the sensitive external bits by then (e.g. sensor antenna).


  • Basic osmotic fields will absolutely prevent the spread of the biocharge. 
  • If you take apart and aggressively decontaminate all your technology every few hours, it should keep working. The infection is easy enough to kill.
  • Generally takes 2-4 hours to shut down most technology. At that point, your only hope is to decontaminate everything inside and out (your basic industrial cleaner or antibacterial treatment will do fine), change your battery, and hope things didn't get too fried. Alternately, just wait a week for the organism to die off, change your batteries, and you're good to go.
  • Keep your technology sealed in a couple layers of durable plastic bags and you should still be able to use it, though you can still expect your battery to get worn down faster than normal. Sealed environments in general are a good idea. 
  • Totally harmless to living beings (unless you happen to be a cyborg with circuits in your vital organs).
  • Some kinds of quote-unquote modern weapons still work just fine (e.g. non-electronic slugthrowers using chemical propellant).

There is a nameless, barely-charted world where technology just does not work. When ships land, crews are advised to carry primitive slugthrowers, non-vibrating blades, and other non-electronic gear. Anything more advanced will shut down in a couple of hours due to an insidious biological agent. Rel Connory, being a bit of a dick and also a veteran of OMNI's Clockwork crisis, harvested the ancient bioweapon and put it in barrel charges.


Contaminate an area with this, and your enemies will need to rely on their own strength and simple weapons. Potential uses include preserving the safety or sovereignty of pre-technological species or cultures; 'decontaminating' rogue technological experiments; crippling spaceships from the inside; enforcing technology bans in certain martial contests; and denying enemy forces a technological advantage. For example, Connory has been known to sell regression bombs to remote Whiphid, Talz, Elom, and Ewok tribes, who are thrilled to use stone weapons to shred high-tech enemies. Other cultures who prize swords and so forth are equally happy to detonate regression bombs and turn their territory into tech-free zones. Though those zones will remain as such indefinitely, Connory tweaked the genetically-programmed organism to remain more or less confined to the initial area of dispersal. This won't be turning entire planets pre-technological anytime soon.

#1788523 Nanorazer

Posted by Connory on 18 May 2018 - 07:47 PM




  • Intent: A handheld countermeasure for aggressive nanotechnology.
  • Image Source: “ALAS MMT-V” by Gregory Chryssaphes, found at https://www.artstati...m/artwork/rkEGa
  • Canon Link: N/A
  • Restricted Missions: N/A
  • Primary Source: N/A


  • Manufacturer: Bard Independent
  • Model: Nanorazer
  • Affiliation: Closed-Market (ask first)
  • Modularity: No
  • Production: Limited
  • Material: Steristeel, plasteel, electronics



  • Kills nanotechnology dead.
  • Does not harm living beings (unless a large portion of their body mass or vital functions have been replaced by nanotechnology).


  • Short range (0.5 metres, less if armor is in the way).
  • Can prematurely detonate explosive nano-droids. Be careful.
  • Cannot differentiate between harmful and beneficial nanotechnology; fries all of it.
  • Sweeping an adult humanoid body can take up to a minute.


Decades ago, OMNI’s Clockwork incursion changed the face of the galaxy. Those infected with OMNI nanotech became unwitting or unwilling traitors. Rel Connory, who helped lead the Echani charge against OMNI at Ord Mantell, developed certain proprietary countermeasures. He never thought he would need to use them again.


As nanotech breakthroughs received patents across the galaxy, however, Connory reactivated his old research. He miniaturized classic DEMP and electroray technology to produce a handheld tool with medical and security applications. If a being is infected with harmful or insidious nanotechnology, the Nanorazer razes the infection. The tool’s electroray discharge must be played over the target’s entire body, a relatively slow process that can take up to a minute. The destroyed nanobots typically work their way out of the body over days or weeks, a bit at a time.


#1782645 SSB Auctions: Vanir Technologies, Mandal Motors, Daw Motors

Posted by Connory on 09 May 2018 - 07:46 AM


"Done and done. Gun's yours once I've wrapped up the scan."

The long-suffering bartender deposited a keg in front of Thraxis. Connory looked back and forth between the pirate and the object of his affections.

"I'll leave you two alone for some privacy. Pleasure doing business."

A nod, and he was gone. Places to go, people to see, tech to learn from.

#1782594 SSB Auctions: Vanir Technologies, Mandal Motors, Daw Motors

Posted by Connory on 09 May 2018 - 04:22 AM


Under the helmet, Connory expressed severe dissatisfaction. The drunken criminal's bid outweighed his by a serious margin. He could probably match it, but that would mean giving Vanir access to things he'd rather not share.

Connory sidled up to Thraxis at the bar.

"I'll drop out if you'll let me scan the absolute feth out of it."