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A fan-made campaign for [[{{Freespace}} Freespace 2]], ''Derelict'' boasts full voice-acting, compatibility with the Freespace source-code project, and forty-six missions, eleven more than the retail campaign. Part of the ''Cold Element'' series of campaigns, to eventually be followed by ''Blackwater Operations.''

Five years after the Shivans caused Capella to supernova, hundreds of thousands of refugees have been adrift among GTVA space looking for a new home. The player assumes the role of a pilot newly assigned to the 212 Silver Scythes squadron in the remote, backwater Tau Sigma system, described by one wingman as "the armpit of the universe." It seems like the excitment will pick up when it's announced that, sponsored by [[MegaCorp Morgan Technologies,]] the Capellan refugees are on their way to permanently resettle in Tau Sigma.

[[FromBadToWorse This is the least of everyone's problems.]]


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!! This campaign provides examples of:

* AbortedArc: The [[spoiler: new GTVI insurrection]] starts with a literal bang and then fizzles out shortly thereafter.
* AllJustADream: Not the entire campaign, fortunately, just one mission. It ends with a JumpScare by a [[spoiler: Sathanas Juggernaut,]] of all things.
* ApocalypseHow: Class 4-5 through all of Alliance space [[spoiler: ''if'' the Nyarlathotep makes it to Capella.]]
* ArtifactTitle: After ''[[spoiler: The Stars are Right.]]''
* BeamSpam: Beams fly around here even more than in the main {{Freespace 2}} campaign.
* BolivianArmyEnding: The NonstandardGameOver in the final mission does this.
* ChekhovsGun: The Nyarlathotep's [[spoiler: portable Knossos device.]]
* CoolShip: The [=GTFf=] Cypher, built on Admiral Bosch's Iceni design, and still with way more firepower than other ships of comparable size.
** Subverted with the MTD Auriga, which does far more harm than good and doesn't ''look'' any different from a standard Orion-class destroyer.
* ContinuityNod: The GVD Nekhbet is from a popular single mission produced before ''Derelict'' was released. Mackie and Alpha 3 reference the events of that mission while flying escort for it.
* DeadpanSnarker: Lieutenant Mackie
* EvilTwin: The Enigma to the [[spoiler: [=GTFf=] Cypher.]] Also the MTD Auriga to the SD Nyarlathotep, the former being noted as likely the only thing that can take on the Nyarlathotep and win. Unfortunately, being its evil twin doesn't make the Auriga ''friendly.''
* FalseFlagOperation: An ''accidental'' case; when the MTD Auriga passes through an Allied blockade like it isn't there, it also takes out the attacking Shivans. The Shivans are unaware the Auriga isn't a GTVA warship, and, thinking the Alliance has far more hardware at their disposal than they actually do, retreat.
* {{Foreshadowing}}: One of the researchers on the Nyarlathotep writes in his journal, "Home...I want to go home..."
** The {{Reveal}} that [[spoiler: Morgan Technologies]] is responsible for the [[spoiler: increased pirate activity]] is foreshadowed when pirates specifically target GTVA science ships so the Alliance will have to accept their offer for help researching the derelict.
* GenreSavvy: Lieutenant Mackie. When unscheduled escort fighters jump in, he assumes it's ''not'' a clerical oversight. When the Shivans ''avoid'' killing as many people as possible, he knows something is very, very wrong, a revelation that Allied Command not only doesn't pick up on, but outright ''dismisses'' until the last minute.
* GlassCannon: The Gorgon is an [[MoreDakka uber-]][[BeamSpam beam platform]] built into a gutted gas miner with a [[EarthShatteringKaboom Meson Bomb]] hooked into it from outside as a reactor. Both are extremely fragile pieces of equipment, although the Gorgon ultimately survives enemy attack [[spoiler: only to be destroyed by an overload after the crew pushes it too hard in order to survive said attack.]]
* Creator/HPLovecraft: A central theme through the campaign. The opening passage to ''The Call of Cthulhu'' is quoted at one point. Shivan ships are given names from the Lovecraft mythos, the most obvious being SD Nyarlathotep.
* KnightInSourArmor: Mackie is too stable to be a ShellShockedVeteran, but it's hinted that he's a veteran of Capella and since his cynicism doesn't go away when he gets out of the humdrum of being stationed in the boonies, it probably comes from seeing just how much the Shivans outclass the GTVA firsthand, and thus how little he and everything he cares about matters.
* MeaningfulName:
** The [=GTFf=] ''Cypher'' is a frigate serving the intelligence division, while the Enigma is [[spoiler: its EvilTwin.]]
** The MTD Auriga could be a reference to more than one actual naval vessel, a constellation, a ship from the Franchise/{{Alien}} movies, or even {{Starcraft}}.
** The Nyarlathotep, and the Shivans in general, are a fine parallel to the entity from which the name derives.
** Mackie's friend, Kyle[[spoiler: S]]Athanas.
** [[spoiler: The Sivan juggernaut in the bad ending is called ''[[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Yog-Sothoth]]'']].
* MoreDakka: The [=GTFf=] Cypher, MTD Auriga and SD Nyarlathotep can deliver ''several'' times the firepower of similar-sized ships.
* NeverTellMeTheOdds: Mackie dismisses the odds in ''Hail Mary'' and tells everyone to do their jobs.
* NonstandardGameOver: If the suicide attack in ''Hail Mary'' fails, [[spoiler: the Nyarlathotep will succeed in stabilizing the jump node to Capella and go through. A NewMeat pilot, in the brief calm, asks what they do now. Mackie, who knows exactly what's on the other side, calmly tells him to kiss his ass goodbye just before it ''comes through.'']]
* OmnicidalManiac: Played with; several characters notice that the Shivans ''aren't'' being as omnicidally maniacal as they usually are, skipping by several targets of opportunity, including a heavily populated planet. It turns out to be an important plot-point.
* RammingAlwaysWorks: The Argentus rams the [[spoiler: Nyarlathotep, and it works fine because its packed full of Meson Bombs.]]
* RedHerring: When there are 'accidents' apparently happening on board the [[spoiler: Nyarlahotep]], it looks like the [[spoiler: Morgan Technologies operatives who went black]] is responsible for it. Turns out this is only half true, it is because [[spoiler: they apparently found something in the ship and [[WhatDoesThisButtonDo triggered something]] that causes the ship (and probably sleeping Shivans too) to wake up]].
* RunningGag: Mackie's snark, be it commenting on the duct tape holding his instrument panel together, displeasure at how capital ships get all the credit for winning engagements where they would explicitly not survive without their fighter cover, and everything in between.
-->'''Mackie''':"These fighters are held together with glue and duct tape [...] The ''Lonewolf's'' a flying wreck. You want to hear another story about duct tape?"
-->'''GTC Lonewolf''':"We heard that, Alpha 2!"
-->'''Mackie''': "Sorry..."
* SpacePirates: Mostly harmless, and it's insinuated that the GTVA even drafts some into service at one point. [[spoiler: The mercenaries masquerading as pirates do a lot of damage, though.]]
* ThisIsGonnaSuck: "Looks like the [[ExpospeakGag defecation is about to hit the ventilation...]]"
* TitleDrop: The [[spoiler: Nyarlathotep]] is the campaign's eponymous derelict, and it's referred to as such several times.
* TranslatorMicrobes: Played with; when the Altair <-> Tau Ceti jump node is closed, Lieutenant Mackie and the player are temporarily assigned to a Vasudan squadron while stranded on the Altair side. While patrolling the area as the refugees from Capella begin to arrive, a wing of Terran fighters jumps in, unscheduled. The Vasudan commander assumes it to be a clerical oversight. Mackie and the player, the only other humans in the escort, realize that the newly arrived fighters are bogus because their comm chatter lacks the intonation most disciplined military pilots speak with, something lost to the translator.
* UpdatedRerelease: The campaign was originally released for retail-{{Freespace}} 2 with no voice acting. It was later updated to work with the source-code project that heavily upgrades the engine's graphical and scripting capabilities, fully voice acted and with some rough spots in mission design ironed out.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen: Before the full campaign was released, the developers released several single missions with a completely different voice cast. Mackie, in particular, had a [[NarmCharm ridiculous accent.]]
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: The MTD Auriga. Doubly aggravating because your de-briefing specifically says [[spoiler: the hunt has been called off because Allied Command is unwilling to take more losses chasing the thing.]] Some fans are hoping it shows up in ''Blackwater Operations.''
** Also the Enigma, which never shows up again after its initial appearance.
* WhamEpisode: Several, but most notably ''The Stars are Right.'' Those who have picked up on the Lovecraft theme will call an [[TheUntwist Untwist]] on it, though.
* WhamLine: When someone ''finally'' figures out what the Shivans are trying to accomplish.
-->'''Lieutenant Mackie:''' "[[spoiler: [[OhCrap Oh my god!]] I know where she's going! Home! The Nyarlathotep is going ''[[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt home!]]'']]"

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A fan-made campaign for [[{{Freespace}} Freespace 2]], ''Derelict'' boasts full voice-acting, compatibility with the Freespace source-code project, and forty-six missions, eleven more than the retail campaign. Part of the ''Cold Element'' series of campaigns, to eventually be followed by ''Blackwater Operations.''

Five years after the Shivans caused Capella to supernova, hundreds of thousands of refugees have been adrift among GTVA space looking for a new home. The player assumes the role of a pilot newly assigned to the 212 Silver Scythes squadron in the remote, backwater Tau Sigma system, described by one wingman as "the armpit of the universe." It seems like the excitment will pick up when it's announced that, sponsored by [[MegaCorp Morgan Technologies,]] the Capellan refugees are on their way to permanently resettle in Tau Sigma.

[[FromBadToWorse This is the least of everyone's problems.]]


----
!! This campaign provides examples of:

* AbortedArc: The [[spoiler: new GTVI insurrection]] starts with a literal bang and then fizzles out shortly thereafter.
* AllJustADream: Not the entire campaign, fortunately, just one mission. It ends with a JumpScare by a [[spoiler: Sathanas Juggernaut,]] of all things.
* ApocalypseHow: Class 4-5 through all of Alliance space [[spoiler: ''if'' the Nyarlathotep makes it to Capella.]]
* ArtifactTitle: After ''[[spoiler: The Stars are Right.]]''
* BeamSpam: Beams fly around here even more than in the main {{Freespace 2}} campaign.
* BolivianArmyEnding: The NonstandardGameOver in the final mission does this.
* ChekhovsGun: The Nyarlathotep's [[spoiler: portable Knossos device.]]
* CoolShip: The [=GTFf=] Cypher, built on Admiral Bosch's Iceni design, and still with way more firepower than other ships of comparable size.
** Subverted with the MTD Auriga, which does far more harm than good and doesn't ''look'' any different from a standard Orion-class destroyer.
* ContinuityNod: The GVD Nekhbet is from a popular single mission produced before ''Derelict'' was released. Mackie and Alpha 3 reference the events of that mission while flying escort for it.
* DeadpanSnarker: Lieutenant Mackie
* EvilTwin: The Enigma to the [[spoiler: [=GTFf=] Cypher.]] Also the MTD Auriga to the SD Nyarlathotep, the former being noted as likely the only thing that can take on the Nyarlathotep and win. Unfortunately, being its evil twin doesn't make the Auriga ''friendly.''
* FalseFlagOperation: An ''accidental'' case; when the MTD Auriga passes through an Allied blockade like it isn't there, it also takes out the attacking Shivans. The Shivans are unaware the Auriga isn't a GTVA warship, and, thinking the Alliance has far more hardware at their disposal than they actually do, retreat.
* {{Foreshadowing}}: One of the researchers on the Nyarlathotep writes in his journal, "Home...I want to go home..."
** The {{Reveal}} that [[spoiler: Morgan Technologies]] is responsible for the [[spoiler: increased pirate activity]] is foreshadowed when pirates specifically target GTVA science ships so the Alliance will have to accept their offer for help researching the derelict.
* GenreSavvy: Lieutenant Mackie. When unscheduled escort fighters jump in, he assumes it's ''not'' a clerical oversight. When the Shivans ''avoid'' killing as many people as possible, he knows something is very, very wrong, a revelation that Allied Command not only doesn't pick up on, but outright ''dismisses'' until the last minute.
* GlassCannon: The Gorgon is an [[MoreDakka uber-]][[BeamSpam beam platform]] built into a gutted gas miner with a [[EarthShatteringKaboom Meson Bomb]] hooked into it from outside as a reactor. Both are extremely fragile pieces of equipment, although the Gorgon ultimately survives enemy attack [[spoiler: only to be destroyed by an overload after the crew pushes it too hard in order to survive said attack.]]
* Creator/HPLovecraft: A central theme through the campaign. The opening passage to ''The Call of Cthulhu'' is quoted at one point. Shivan ships are given names from the Lovecraft mythos, the most obvious being SD Nyarlathotep.
* KnightInSourArmor: Mackie is too stable to be a ShellShockedVeteran, but it's hinted that he's a veteran of Capella and since his cynicism doesn't go away when he gets out of the humdrum of being stationed in the boonies, it probably comes from seeing just how much the Shivans outclass the GTVA firsthand, and thus how little he and everything he cares about matters.
* MeaningfulName:
** The [=GTFf=] ''Cypher'' is a frigate serving the intelligence division, while the Enigma is [[spoiler: its EvilTwin.]]
** The MTD Auriga could be a reference to more than one actual naval vessel, a constellation, a ship from the Franchise/{{Alien}} movies, or even {{Starcraft}}.
** The Nyarlathotep, and the Shivans in general, are a fine parallel to the entity from which the name derives.
** Mackie's friend, Kyle[[spoiler: S]]Athanas.
** [[spoiler: The Sivan juggernaut in the bad ending is called ''[[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Yog-Sothoth]]'']].
* MoreDakka: The [=GTFf=] Cypher, MTD Auriga and SD Nyarlathotep can deliver ''several'' times the firepower of similar-sized ships.
* NeverTellMeTheOdds: Mackie dismisses the odds in ''Hail Mary'' and tells everyone to do their jobs.
* NonstandardGameOver: If the suicide attack in ''Hail Mary'' fails, [[spoiler: the Nyarlathotep will succeed in stabilizing the jump node to Capella and go through. A NewMeat pilot, in the brief calm, asks what they do now. Mackie, who knows exactly what's on the other side, calmly tells him to kiss his ass goodbye just before it ''comes through.'']]
* OmnicidalManiac: Played with; several characters notice that the Shivans ''aren't'' being as omnicidally maniacal as they usually are, skipping by several targets of opportunity, including a heavily populated planet. It turns out to be an important plot-point.
* RammingAlwaysWorks: The Argentus rams the [[spoiler: Nyarlathotep, and it works fine because its packed full of Meson Bombs.]]
* RedHerring: When there are 'accidents' apparently happening on board the [[spoiler: Nyarlahotep]], it looks like the [[spoiler: Morgan Technologies operatives who went black]] is responsible for it. Turns out this is only half true, it is because [[spoiler: they apparently found something in the ship and [[WhatDoesThisButtonDo triggered something]] that causes the ship (and probably sleeping Shivans too) to wake up]].
* RunningGag: Mackie's snark, be it commenting on the duct tape holding his instrument panel together, displeasure at how capital ships get all the credit for winning engagements where they would explicitly not survive without their fighter cover, and everything in between.
-->'''Mackie''':"These fighters are held together with glue and duct tape [...] The ''Lonewolf's'' a flying wreck. You want to hear another story about duct tape?"
-->'''GTC Lonewolf''':"We heard that, Alpha 2!"
-->'''Mackie''': "Sorry..."
* SpacePirates: Mostly harmless, and it's insinuated that the GTVA even drafts some into service at one point. [[spoiler: The mercenaries masquerading as pirates do a lot of damage, though.]]
* ThisIsGonnaSuck: "Looks like the [[ExpospeakGag defecation is about to hit the ventilation...]]"
* TitleDrop: The [[spoiler: Nyarlathotep]] is the campaign's eponymous derelict, and it's referred to as such several times.
* TranslatorMicrobes: Played with; when the Altair <-> Tau Ceti jump node is closed, Lieutenant Mackie and the player are temporarily assigned to a Vasudan squadron while stranded on the Altair side. While patrolling the area as the refugees from Capella begin to arrive, a wing of Terran fighters jumps in, unscheduled. The Vasudan commander assumes it to be a clerical oversight. Mackie and the player, the only other humans in the escort, realize that the newly arrived fighters are bogus because their comm chatter lacks the intonation most disciplined military pilots speak with, something lost to the translator.
* UpdatedRerelease: The campaign was originally released for retail-{{Freespace}} 2 with no voice acting. It was later updated to work with the source-code project that heavily upgrades the engine's graphical and scripting capabilities, fully voice acted and with some rough spots in mission design ironed out.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen: Before the full campaign was released, the developers released several single missions with a completely different voice cast. Mackie, in particular, had a [[NarmCharm ridiculous accent.]]
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: The MTD Auriga. Doubly aggravating because your de-briefing specifically says [[spoiler: the hunt has been called off because Allied Command is unwilling to take more losses chasing the thing.]] Some fans are hoping it shows up in ''Blackwater Operations.''
** Also the Enigma, which never shows up again after its initial appearance.
* WhamEpisode: Several, but most notably ''The Stars are Right.'' Those who have picked up on the Lovecraft theme will call an [[TheUntwist Untwist]] on it, though.
* WhamLine: When someone ''finally'' figures out what the Shivans are trying to accomplish.
-->'''Lieutenant Mackie:''' "[[spoiler: [[OhCrap Oh my god!]] I know where she's going! Home! The Nyarlathotep is going ''[[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt home!]]'']]"
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29th Dec '13 10:21:39 AM demonfiren
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[[FRomBadTOWorse This is the least of everyone's problems.]]


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[[FRomBadTOWorse [[FromBadToWorse This is the least of everyone's problems.]]

15th Oct '13 4:26:04 PM windower
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* ApocalypseHow: Class 6 through all of Alliance space [[spoiler: ''if'' the Nyarlathotep makes it to Capella.]]

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* ApocalypseHow: Class 6 4-5 through all of Alliance space [[spoiler: ''if'' the Nyarlathotep makes it to Capella.]]


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** [[spoiler: The Sivan juggernaut in the bad ending is called ''[[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Yog-Sothoth]]'']].
16th Mar '13 2:47:54 AM erforce
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** The MTD Auriga could be a reference to more than one actual naval vessel, a constellation, a ship from the Film/{{Alien}} movies, or even {{Starcraft}}.

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** The MTD Auriga could be a reference to more than one actual naval vessel, a constellation, a ship from the Film/{{Alien}} Franchise/{{Alien}} movies, or even {{Starcraft}}.
2nd Dec '12 2:59:50 AM SeptimusHeap
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[[ItGotWorse This is the least of everyone's problems.]]


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[[ItGotWorse [[FRomBadTOWorse This is the least of everyone's problems.]]

22nd Oct '12 12:26:40 AM flaktrooper
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Added DiffLines:

* RedHerring: When there are 'accidents' apparently happening on board the [[spoiler: Nyarlahotep]], it looks like the [[spoiler: Morgan Technologies operatives who went black]] is responsible for it. Turns out this is only half true, it is because [[spoiler: they apparently found something in the ship and [[WhatDoesThisButtonDo triggered something]] that causes the ship (and probably sleeping Shivans too) to wake up]].
27th Aug '12 4:21:07 PM Cider
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** The Nyarlathotep, and the Shivans in general, are a fine parallel to CosmicHorror from which the name derives.

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** The Nyarlathotep, and the Shivans in general, are a fine parallel to CosmicHorror the entity from which the name derives.
30th Jul '12 3:06:44 PM FELH2
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* [[ChekhovsGun Chekhov's Gun]]: The Nyarlathotep's [[spoiler: portable Knossos device.]]

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* [[ChekhovsGun Chekhov's Gun]]: ChekhovsGun: The Nyarlathotep's [[spoiler: portable Knossos device.]] ]]



* HPLovecraft: A central theme through the campaign. The opening passage to ''The Call of Cthulhu'' is quoted at one point. Shivan ships are given names from the Lovecraft mythos, the most obvious being SD Nyarlathotep.

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* HPLovecraft: Creator/HPLovecraft: A central theme through the campaign. The opening passage to ''The Call of Cthulhu'' is quoted at one point. Shivan ships are given names from the Lovecraft mythos, the most obvious being SD Nyarlathotep.



** The MTD Auriga could be a reference to more than one actual naval vessel, a constellation, a ship from the {{Film/Alien}} movies, or even {{Starcraft}}.

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** The MTD Auriga could be a reference to more than one actual naval vessel, a constellation, a ship from the {{Film/Alien}} Film/{{Alien}} movies, or even {{Starcraft}}.



* TranslatorMicrobes: Played with; when the Altair <-> Tau Ceti jump node is closed, Lieutenant Mackie and the player are temporarily assigned to a Vasudan squadron while stranded on the Altair side. While patrolling the area as the refugees from Capella begin to arrive, a wing of Terran fighters jumps in, unscheduled. The Vasudan commander assumes it to be a clerical oversight. Mackie and the player, the only other humans in the escort, realize that the newly arrived fighters are bogus because their comm chatter lacks the intonation most disciplined military pilots speak with, something lost to the translator.

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* TranslatorMicrobes: Played with; when the Altair <-> Tau Ceti jump node is closed, Lieutenant Mackie and the player are temporarily assigned to a Vasudan squadron while stranded on the Altair side. While patrolling the area as the refugees from Capella begin to arrive, a wing of Terran fighters jumps in, unscheduled. The Vasudan commander assumes it to be a clerical oversight. Mackie and the player, the only other humans in the escort, realize that the newly arrived fighters are bogus because their comm chatter lacks the intonation most disciplined military pilots speak with, something lost to the translator.



-->'''Lieutenant Mackie:''' "[[spoiler: [[OhCrap Oh my god!]] I know where she's going! Home! The Nyarlathotep is going ''[[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt home!]]'']]"


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-->'''Lieutenant Mackie:''' "[[spoiler: [[OhCrap Oh my god!]] I know where she's going! Home! The Nyarlathotep is going ''[[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt home!]]'']]"

home!]]'']]"
24th Feb '12 10:36:16 PM DarkHunter
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Added DiffLines:

-->'''Mackie''':"These fighters are held together with glue and duct tape [...] The ''Lonewolf's'' a flying wreck. You want to hear another story about duct tape?"
-->'''GTC Lonewolf''':"We heard that, Alpha 2!"
-->'''Mackie''': "Sorry..."
1st Jan '12 11:34:08 PM Alhazred
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* ArtifactTitle: After ''[[spoiler: The Stars are Right.]]''



** Subverted with the MTD Auriga, which does far more harm than good.

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** Subverted with the MTD Auriga, which does far more harm than good.good and doesn't ''look'' any different from a standard Orion-class destroyer.



* EnsembleDarkhorse: Lieutenant Mackie is probably more popular among fans than the retail campaign's Lieutenant-Commander Snipes.



** Mackie's friend, Kyle Athanas. Tack an 'S' to the front of his name and consider what happens when you meet him.



* GlassCannon: The Gorgon is an [[MoreDakka uber-]][[BeamSpam beam platform]] built into a gutted gas miner with a [[EarthShatteringKaboom Meson Bomb]] hooked into it from outside as a reactor.

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* GlassCannon: The Gorgon is an [[MoreDakka uber-]][[BeamSpam beam platform]] built into a gutted gas miner with a [[EarthShatteringKaboom Meson Bomb]] hooked into it from outside as a reactor. Both are extremely fragile pieces of equipment, although the Gorgon ultimately survives enemy attack [[spoiler: only to be destroyed by an overload after the crew pushes it too hard in order to survive said attack.]]



* {{HSQ}}: ''Derelict'' starts going uphill early-on and ''never stops.'' You think it's boring patrolling a quiet backwater for over five missions? Pirates get better equipped and more daring. Then, more people arrive for them to shoot at. [[spoiler: Then a Shivan derelict identical to the invincible super-destroyer that ''wiped out Vasuda Prime'' is discovered. Then it ''wakes up and brings friends.'' ''Then'' the plot behind the pirates is revealed and alternates between interfering and helping the effort to stop the Shivans from killing everyone!]]



* MeaningfulName: The [=GTFf=] ''Cypher'' is a frigate serving the intelligence division, while the Enigma is [[spoiler: its EvilTwin.]] The MTD Auriga could be a reference to more than one actual naval vessel, a constellation, a ship from the {{Film/Alien}} movies, or even {{Starcraft}}. The Nyarlathotep, and the Shivans in general, are a fine parallel to CosmicHorror from which the name derives.

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* MeaningfulName: MeaningfulName:
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The [=GTFf=] ''Cypher'' is a frigate serving the intelligence division, while the Enigma is [[spoiler: its EvilTwin.]] ]]
**
The MTD Auriga could be a reference to more than one actual naval vessel, a constellation, a ship from the {{Film/Alien}} movies, or even {{Starcraft}}. {{Starcraft}}.
**
The Nyarlathotep, and the Shivans in general, are a fine parallel to CosmicHorror from which the name derives.derives.
** Mackie's friend, Kyle[[spoiler: S]]Athanas.



* RunningGag: Mackie's obsession with duct tape. He also often expresses displeasure at how capital ships get all the credit for winning engagements, even engagements where they would explicitly not survive without their fighter cover.
* SpacePirates: Mostly harmless, and it's insinuated that the GTVA even takes some on at one point. [[spoiler: The mercenaries masquerading as pirates do a lot of damage, though.]]

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* RunningGag: Mackie's obsession with snark, be it commenting on the duct tape. He also often expresses tape holding his instrument panel together, displeasure at how capital ships get all the credit for winning engagements, even engagements where they would explicitly not survive without their fighter cover.
cover, and everything in between.
* SpacePirates: Mostly harmless, and it's insinuated that the GTVA even takes drafts some on into service at one point. [[spoiler: The mercenaries masquerading as pirates do a lot of damage, though.]]
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