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28th Oct '15 8:09:36 PM JackSmythe
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**The plan wasn't to wipe any information on Nosh, the Empire knows all about him. The point was to eliminate any data that pointed to this being anything other than an accident or would indicate he survived. What they were hoping was that they could elude pursuit and leave no one the wiser as to who exactly had escaped. Given the planet was considered suitable for the killer of an emperor, there was likely others who would have been targets for break out attempts of that mangnitude.
11th Sep '12 9:50:56 PM cjameshuff
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** It's particularly puzzling since possession of the Drive is implied to be a major advantage (as it should be), but this advantage doesn't get demonstrated much. The Empire's even been in a couple wars, and did not fare as well as one would expect...they weren't even able to beat the Tesskans on their own.
30th Jun '12 11:52:47 PM girlyboy
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* It is implied that the ring drive is the only form of FasterThanLightTravel in this setting (and very probably the only form of [[SubspaceAnsible faster-than-light communication]], too). Only the Humans and the Continuum have it. Yet quite separately from them, there exist ''vast'' interstellar empires, interstellar trade, interstellar warfare, planets where you can find individuals from hundreds of different worlds gathered together to do business, numerous interstellar freight ships that consider it no big deal to pick up a bunch of hitch-hikers for a moderate price, and take them to other planets [[TravelingAtTheSpeedOfPlot at the speed of plot]]... Not all of this is necessarily ''completely'' illogical -- other science fiction authors have conceived of interstellar civilizations where travel between stars still takes decades or more, at merely near-light speeds. But details in the comic and the back-story sometimes seem to imply the existence of something like CasualInterstellarTravel... at slower-than-light speeds.
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* It is implied that the ring drive is the only form of FasterThanLightTravel in this setting (and very probably the only form of [[SubspaceAnsible faster-than-light communication]], too). Only the Humans and the Continuum have it. Yet quite separately from them, there exist ''vast'' interstellar empires, interstellar trade, interstellar warfare, planets where you can find individuals from hundreds of different worlds gathered together to do business, numerous interstellar freight ships that consider it no big deal to pick up a bunch of hitch-hikers for a moderate price, and take them to other planets [[TravelingAtTheSpeedOfPlot at the speed of plot]]... Not all of this is necessarily ''completely'' illogical -- other science fiction authors have conceived of interstellar civilizations where travel between stars still takes decades or more, at merely near-light speeds. But details in the comic and the back-story sometimes seem to imply the existence of something like CasualInterstellarTravel... at slower-than-light speeds.
30th Jun '12 11:50:54 PM girlyboy
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* Near the start of the story, Captain Taneel breaks Nosh out of prison, where he's being held because he's been falsely accused of killing the Emperor. Nosh points out that he'll just be hunted down and re-arrested; the Captain says that she'll destroy the prison colony's data centre, and that because the prison is so remote that it rarely synchronises its archives with the rest of the Empire, Nosh's file exists nowhere else, and will thus be lost forever, sparing him further pursuit. But... He's been accused of killing ''the Emperor''. People will have heard of him, and will know who he is, even if his prison file is missing. Also, he was brought ''to'' the remote prison colony from somewhere else; wouldn't records of his alleged crime also exist at the place where he was arrested, at the very least? Later plot developments make this a moot point, but it's still odd that the Captain and the other characters expect this plan to work at all. It's a major plot point: the destruction of the prison's archives is the reason why the pilot's amnesia is such a problem. * It is clearly implied that the ring drive is the only form of FasterThanLightTravel in this setting. Only the Humans and the Continuum have it. Yet quite separately from them, there exist interstellar empires, interstellar trade, interstellar warfare, planets where you can find individuals from hundreds of different worlds, numerous interstellar freight ships that consider it no big deal to pick up a bunch of hitch-hikers for a moderate price, and take them to other planets [[TravelingAtTheSpeedOfPlot at the speed of plot]]... Not all of this is necessarily ''completely'' illogical -- other science fiction authors have conceived of interstellar civilizations where travel between stars still takes decades or more, at merely near-light speeds. But details in the comic and the back-story sometimes seem to imply the existence of something like CasualInterstellarTravel... at slower-than-light speeds.
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* Near the start of the story, Captain Taneel breaks Nosh out of prison, where he's being held because he's been falsely accused of killing the Emperor. Nosh points out that he'll just be hunted down and re-arrested; re-arrested, but the Captain says that to prevent this, she'll destroy the prison colony's data centre, and that because centre. Because the prison is so remote that it rarely synchronises its archives with the rest of the Empire, the Captain says Nosh's file exists nowhere else, and will thus be lost forever, presumably sparing him further pursuit. But... He's he's been accused of killing ''the Emperor''. It's a big deal. Officials would note his absence from the prison (or of his body from its wreckage, at least). People will have heard of him, and will know who he is, even if his prison file is missing. or no file. Also, he was brought ''to'' the remote prison colony from somewhere else; wouldn't records of his alleged crime and of his transfer to the prison also exist there, at the place where he was arrested, at the very least? Later plot developments make all this a moot point, but it's still odd that the Captain and the other characters expect this plan to work at all. It's Yet it's a major and necessary plot point: element: the destruction of the prison's archives is the reason why the pilot's Skeeter's amnesia is such a problem. big problem for the Empire. * It is clearly implied that the ring drive is the only form of FasterThanLightTravel in this setting.setting (and very probably the only form of [[SubspaceAnsible faster-than-light communication]], too). Only the Humans and the Continuum have it. Yet quite separately from them, there exist ''vast'' interstellar empires, interstellar trade, interstellar warfare, planets where you can find individuals from hundreds of different worlds, worlds gathered together to do business, numerous interstellar freight ships that consider it no big deal to pick up a bunch of hitch-hikers for a moderate price, and take them to other planets [[TravelingAtTheSpeedOfPlot at the speed of plot]]... Not all of this is necessarily ''completely'' illogical -- other science fiction authors have conceived of interstellar civilizations where travel between stars still takes decades or more, at merely near-light speeds. But details in the comic and the back-story sometimes seem to imply the existence of something like CasualInterstellarTravel... at slower-than-light speeds.
30th Jun '12 11:09:12 PM girlyboy
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* It is clearly implied that the ring drive is the only form of FasterThanLightTravel in this setting. Only the Humans and the Continuum have it. Yet quite separately from them, there exist interstellar empires, interstellar trade, interstellar warfare, planets where you can find individuals from hundreds of different worlds, numerous interstellar freight ships that consider it no big deal to pick up a bunch of hitch-hikers for a moderate price, and take them to other planets [[TravelingAtTheSpeedOfPlot at the speed of plot]]... This isn't ''necessarily'' completely illogical -- other science fiction authors have conceived of interstellar civilizations where travel between stars still takes decades or more, at merely near-light speeds. But details in the comic and the back-story sometimes seem to imply the existence of something like CasualInterstellarTravel... at slower-than-light speeds.
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* It is clearly implied that the ring drive is the only form of FasterThanLightTravel in this setting. Only the Humans and the Continuum have it. Yet quite separately from them, there exist interstellar empires, interstellar trade, interstellar warfare, planets where you can find individuals from hundreds of different worlds, numerous interstellar freight ships that consider it no big deal to pick up a bunch of hitch-hikers for a moderate price, and take them to other planets [[TravelingAtTheSpeedOfPlot at the speed of plot]]... This isn't ''necessarily'' completely Not all of this is necessarily ''completely'' illogical -- other science fiction authors have conceived of interstellar civilizations where travel between stars still takes decades or more, at merely near-light speeds. But details in the comic and the back-story sometimes seem to imply the existence of something like CasualInterstellarTravel... at slower-than-light speeds.
30th Jun '12 11:04:35 PM girlyboy
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* It is clearly implied that the ring drive is the only form of FasterThanLightTravel in this setting. Only the Humans and the Continuum have it. Yet quite separately from them, there exist interstellar empires, interstellar trade, interstellar warfare, planets where you can find individuals from hundreds of different worlds, numerous interstellar freight ships that consider it no big deal to pick up a bunch of hitch-hikers for a moderate price, and take them to other planets [[TravelAtTheSpeedOfPlot at the speed of plot]]... This isn't ''necessarily'' completely illogical -- other science fiction authors have conceived of interstellar civilizations where travel between stars still takes decades or more, at merely near-light speeds. But details in the comic and the back-story sometimes seem to imply the existence of something like CasualInterstellarTravel... at slower-than-light speeds.
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* It is clearly implied that the ring drive is the only form of FasterThanLightTravel in this setting. Only the Humans and the Continuum have it. Yet quite separately from them, there exist interstellar empires, interstellar trade, interstellar warfare, planets where you can find individuals from hundreds of different worlds, numerous interstellar freight ships that consider it no big deal to pick up a bunch of hitch-hikers for a moderate price, and take them to other planets [[TravelAtTheSpeedOfPlot [[TravelingAtTheSpeedOfPlot at the speed of plot]]... This isn't ''necessarily'' completely illogical -- other science fiction authors have conceived of interstellar civilizations where travel between stars still takes decades or more, at merely near-light speeds. But details in the comic and the back-story sometimes seem to imply the existence of something like CasualInterstellarTravel... at slower-than-light speeds.
30th Jun '12 11:03:57 PM girlyboy
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* It is clearly implied that the ring drive is the only form of FasterThanLightTravel in this setting. Only the Humans and the Continuum have it. Yet quite separately from them, there exist interstellar empires, interstellar trade, interstellar warfare, planets where you can find individuals from hundreds of different worlds, numerous interstellar freight ships that consider it no big deal to pick up a bunch of hitch-hikers for a moderate price, and take them to other planets [[TravelAtTheSpeedOfPlot at the speed of plot]]... This isn't ''necessarily'' completely illogical -- other science fiction authors have conceived of interstellar civilizations where travel between stars still takes decades or more, at merely near-light speeds. But details in the comic and the back-story sometimes seem to imply the existence of something like CasualInterstellarTravel... at slower-than-light speeds.
30th Jun '12 10:05:16 PM girlyboy
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