Wake up son! Get your lazy, no good, rear end out of bed now! We're taken on water! I must have hit something here in these shallows, and now we're dead in the water, sittin here like ripe pickens for any pirate that wanders by. Your mothers doin all she can at the bildge pumps to keep us afloat, and I gotta stay on Mid deck to keep an eye on our missiles, they are making an odd tick, tick, tick noise. You go down below decks, see whats going on and get us moving again! If you manage that, get yerself up to the helm and get us out of these muddy waters.
Well, now you've gone an dun it. That engine ye cobbled together has burned through almost all of our blasted reserve fuel. Ive signaled for a nearby trader to come sell us some fuel, but ill garantee that hes gunna fleece us good. Us sittin out here like ducks, its not helpin my nerves none, none at all. I got some parts to an old cannon up on deck, why dont you go slap that old junk together into something useful. Our antique close range missiles have served us well in the narrow confines of the river, but out here in the ocean some pirates can have us full o' holes beforin we can get on em to swing back.
Ahh, look at this place! Have you ever seen land as beautiful as this? Mountains on two sides of us, reaching into the sky trying to tickle the clouds, Islands to another side, its shore covered in sugary white sand, dotted with palm trees, and Sapphire water for as far as the eye can see! Your father can never appreciate such a wonderful sight. Just look at him! He’s already in the middle of that dusty old fortress, feet kicked up and fishing pole between his legs. Left us here to get the hard work done, yes he did. Well, guess we better get to it then? I know a thing or two about these mainframes; your old mamma's got a few tricks up her sleeve still. So, let's get this thing hooked up.
We are in a difficult situation son, it seems the Onyx Watch has sent more Cannon ships to cut off the pass, if we try to make a break for it they will fire so many cannon balls it will blot out the sun, we are trapped here like rats in a cage. Thats non sense, dont listen to your father. I have a plan that will get us through, but your gunna have to trust me on this. Ive put together these devices, its something I learned about when I was a child. They're called shields, and if you put them in the right places we can sail right through those cannon balls and off to safety. You trust you're mama; right boy?
Today, we are going to be travelin through Skylord Svenos lands, he's a crazed Pirate lord that floats around in his airships taking ships and loot at his leasure. We're gunna be goin through the edges of his territory, but theres still a chance we can be raided. Right now, the biggest threat to us is missiles, and for the life of me, I aint got a clue what to do about it. Mamma, you got any thoughts?
We could put some LAMs up on deck, that'll defend us against missiles.
LAMBS!?! What, do you think their
constant bleating is going to annoy the missiles away?
Not lambs you big oaf, LAMs, Laser Anti Missile systems. That would keep us safe.
Ohh, LAMs! Of course, why didnt you say that! Well of course that'd help us, but I aint got a clue how to build one of them things.
Dont you worry about that, i'll just teach the boy an have him build it.
Boy, Get up here! It’s the Watch! They look to be layin siege to that harbor town, and that lone ship the "Prowler" is lookin a might out matched. With all this tech your momas got strewn around this ship we may be the difference between that ship survivin another day and finding its final resting place in Davy Joneses locker. Get us into the fray, and draw some fire off the Prowler, we can take the hits.
Well River rat, you've made it to the big time, the open ocean! Im gunna take you on, you do good and you may get a full share on this crew yet. My names Sal, Captain Sal to you. Captain tight pants to the ladies. On this crew, we do whatever it takes to turn a tidy profit, sometimes its legit courier jobs, sometimes we do a bit of smuggling and pirating. It’s all in good fun really. Today, I got a job for you that only someone with your unique expendable quality can achieve. There’s a derelict "Ocelot" sitting out there waiting to be taken. However, there seems to be a blockade of Onyx Watch ships between us and the Ocelot. We're not going to be able to slip on by them, but something with some speed should be able to make it. That’s where you come in, take the skiff and throttle it up, make it to the Ocelot and capture it in the name of Captain Sal!
You've impressed me so far River rat, now that we've got our hands on that Ocelot we have a couple options on the table. We could sell it and make some easy cash, maybe pay off some debts we have laying around, or we could use it to take an even bigger prize. That’s what I thought! Bigger prize it is! We've heard rumors of an Onyx Watch "Bayleaf" cargo hauler moving through the area, it’s got some heavy winds pushing at her back, but with all that extra load she should be slow enough to catch her. Take the Ocelot out and drill a hole straight through her. Once you've done enough damage that she can’t move no more then she’s all ours!
Listen up River Rat; I just got word that an Onyx Watch Treasure ship is making its way to a nearby settlement. It’s loaded down with supplies, and more importantly, treasure! Not just any treasure, but rare crystals and gems mined from the Frostridge Mountains. These are rumored to be the clearest in all of Neter. Word is, its escort ships got lost in a storm coming through the Cold Loch, and it’s got its engines revved up to high speed trying to make it to civilization before a pirate takes note of it. Well River Rat, were pirates and we've taken note, aint that right guys?!? "Yarr!". The prowlers too slow to make it there in time, so you take the Javelin out to intercept that ship, capture it and get it headin in our direction. We're coming to secure the hold, don’t you worry. So, grab your gear, Let’s be bad guys.
The next person that calls me the Toilet King is cleanin the toilets for the rest of his career, you hear me! Alright River Rat, here’s our chance to recoup our loses on that Treasure ship fiasco. Theres a Pirate lord nearby, he owes us a bit of a debt, the financial kind, and he’s running late on his payments. He goes by Lord Ruger, and he’s holed up in his fortress. Now, if he sees the Prowler a comin, he’s goin to jump in one of his little bi-planes and be outta here faster than a dog after a bone. Since you have shown your skills at piloting the Javolin I need ya to take her out yet again. Take her to the fortress docks and capture that fortress. Watch out for any incoming missiles, you should be able to dodge em if your reflexs are fast. After this little mission I think that'll get our little debt square.
So zealot, you wish to join the church of the Flayed God? You think you deserve the chance to bleed at his feet, and grovel for his whip!? You are nothing to him, an unseen leech, laying forgotten on the plains. You want HIS notice!? Then EARN it! Only blood can gain his gaze, yours or others, and the more the better. I, as an emissary to his glory, will give you an opportunity to be seen. Sitting at the docks is a "Flayed Soul" ship, a prized vessel designed to crush smaller ships beneath its grinders. As fortune would have it, a group of Deepwater Guard ships have crossed into our territory seeking the rich fishing waters that we have. Take the Flayed soul, and chum the waters with their blood.
So Zealot, you have proven you can drive a ship and crush some little fishing vessels, but do you think you can fly? It is time for you to prove your worth to the Flayed God and pilot one of our jets. The Deepwater Guard seem to be massing several of their airships into one area. We don't know why but we do know it can't be good so soon after your little rampage. You are tasked with taking out the Deepwater Guard airships, which are located deep within their own territory, nestled between a few mountains.
It seems that the Deepwater Guard have sent a small fleet of ships to scavenge wreckage off the broken rocks of our shoreline. This behavior cannot stand. There is a nearby colony of our most devoted zealots. They will be dispatched to deal with the Deepwater guard Scavengers. You will be air dropped onto a nearby Hill to oversee these Martyr and issue orders to them. What the Martyrs lack in offense, or strategy, or value, they more than make up for in numbers and expendability. Use their lives well; their numbers are vast but finite.
Zealot, two pathetic Deepwater Guard ships have been seen moving behind an uninhabited island off our cost. We believe they are lost or have a deathwish. You are tasked with taking one of our fast attack hybrid ships, this one is known as the "Buzzsaw" also commonly refered to as the Terror of the Seas. Stay close to the island shoreline so that the enemy ships dont see you coming and flee. This mission will be a cakewalk for you, failure would be a great disapointment to us.
These little sheep have wandered too far from their pen. It seems they have been planning this ambush for some time now, but thanks to you finding them, we can burn their ships to ash and strip the skin from their bones before they can launch their sneak attack. This battle will be grand and will delight the Flayed God. There is a fleet waiting for your command, a feat that not many zealots get a chance to have. Take it and crush the blasphemers. Should you succeed, you shall truly bathe in the glory of the Flayed God.
Greetings Prelate, looks like you have decided to become a chosen of the flayed god by donning his crimson robes as your own attire. I am the high priest you will be answering to from here on out. Your role as a prelate is to use the zealots under your command to further the goals of the church and glorify the name of the Flayed God. Your first assignment as an honored prelate is to teach the Steel Empire to respect the Church of the Flayed god; we may be part of their Empire, but they are part of the Flayed Gods domain. Today, you are to remind them that there is no authority above the word of our god, and that they will bleed at his pleasure. You are to intercept a small patrol force of theirs and crush them. Steel Empire ships are of higher quality than the Deepwater Guard, so have your zealots gather the salvage for the churches' coffers.
Prelate, the debris from that ambush will go to building new ships for our fleets. The Steel Empire may be arrogant blasphemers, but they do use quality materials on their ships. Now that you have set up a resource collector, you can suck up all that precious metal and move them to crates. I will be sending my own personal ship, the Earth Raker, to collect the crates. When it enters the area, you are to take command of my ship, collect the goods and get it back out to safety. I can not stress the importance of getting MY ship back to me in one piece. Once its made it to safety, I'll assume command and make sure the valuable cargo goes to the proper place.
We greatly require your assistance, entity. We are the Twin Guardians. My name is Eros, and with me is my brother Thanatos. We would like to enlist your services for a series of tasks, both for now and in the future.
Currently, we have a fledgling resource fort which is not up to full strength yet, and our own reinforcements are too far away to be of use. Our sensors have detected a small group of very fast moving ships making its way to the fortress; it is our belief that this may be a strike force sent by the vile Lightning Hoods sent to steal our technology. There is a small contingent of our ships at the Resource Fortress for you to use, or better yet, you could provide your own ships to the defense. Defend the Terravore from the incoming enemies!
Thanks to your assistance, our Terravore processioning center is safe and functioning at full capacity. However, our ever growing needs for resources has outpaced what we currently have access to and we need you to lead a mission in search of a new resource zone. We believe there is an area that will suit our needs in the territory of the Onyx Watch. We have plotted you a course to this area. Once you are close enough, your ship will scan the resource zone to see how rich it is. Once your scan is complete, continue out of the area and wait for further orders.
After waiting some time, that Onyx Watch Resource Fortress seems to be lightly defended now. Our sensors indicate that the contingent there is made up of antiquated sailing ships. You should have no trouble taking that resource zone for us. You have access to our scout ships and will be provided a Manticore for the battle. Not far behind is a swarm of drones coming to reinforce you.
Taking that resourse zone from the Onyx watch seems to have upset them more than we had calculated. They have mobilized every ship they have in the area to take the zone back. This is most unexpected and we are not prepared for this. We have built a resource fortress on the zone, but only have one ship there to defend. We task you with going there and defending the fortress until our own reinforcements can arrive.
Your services have been most commendable thus far, so we have decided to offer you an assignment that should be most relaxing for you. It is a simple escort and protection assignment, that we expect should run into no resistance since the ship is already deep within our own terratory. You are assigned to the Desolation, a small carrier ship that is fitted for freighter duties as well. You are free to provide escort ships yourself, or use our own. Simply, bring the Desolation to dock at the Foundry resource fortress safely.
After multiple surprise raids by the Lightning Hoods, we think we finally have an advantage. Thanks to a recent surveillance drone being deployed near an unnamed river we have managed to detect a group of Lightning Hood submarines trying to stealthily make their way into our deep territory. This time, we plan to ambush the ambushers. We have assigned a group of our own submarines to blockade the river and intercept the Hoods. Flanking each side of the river we have a group of "Pearl" Drones sitting at crush depth where they are un-detectable waiting to spring the trap. You are to lead the attack on the Hoods. Our submarines are expendable for this attack, as long as you defeat the Lightning Hoods and live to serve us another day, then that will be enough to please us.
Wake up, Agent! Our plans have been intercepted by those blasted Twin Guard machines, and they've gone ahead and let the Steel Empire know what we're up to. The infiltration is a wash, your cover is blown and we're pulling you and the research team out of Steel Empire territory immediately. We've already lost the other two teams, and there are ships inbound as we speak. Theres a waiting freighter ship ready to take you and the team out of the area. Head southeast, the Flayers will receive you at the border and escort you through their territory until you reach Orhurst. Make sure the freighter carrying the research team makes it to the rendezvous team intact, or this will all have been for nothing. Don't fail us
Agent, I'd like to welcome you to our newly formed government, for we are now known as the "Lightning Hoods". Thanks to your thrilling heroics those researchers have made it to safety. While you were completing your mission, hundreds of agents around the Steel Empire were moving assets and our military ships out of Steel Empire territory and to our new Headquarters in Orhurst. Your actions will be marked in history for beginning a new world. This is only the beginning of our story, for there is still much for you to do.
It has been a few weeks since you have seen those researchers, but now they are happily working on a secret project called the "Ascension Project". I won't pretend to understand what it is they are doing, but I've been assured it's vital for the military growth of the Lightning Hoods.
We have received word that the Steel Empire has tracked the researchers down, and they seem bent on retrieving or killing them. You are to go to the Ascension Research Center and improve their defenses before the Steel Empire arrive. They may have been weakened, but they are still a great force on Neter.
Agent, over the past year you have run an impeccable campaign holding the Steel Empire at bay, without you I’m certain those skirmishes would have gone worse for all of us. We believe it’s time for you to take on a more prestigious assignment. Do you remember those scientists you helped evacuate to safety last year? Well, their research has borne fruit. A new prototype ship has been designed for the Lightning Hood fleet. It is something that no one has ever seen before, and will usher in a new age on Neter. The scientists have developed what they are calling "True Artificial Intelligence" it goes beyond the simple AI built into most ships, those ships require continuous monitoring from Human operators. This AI apparently can formulate strategy, and make decisions based on an evolving battlefield. It can plan for the future, and make the right choices to achieve this future, and all of this is under the general directive of the Lightning Hood leadership.
Tomorrow, they will be testing what they call the "Ascension Prototype" and you will be there to provide protection and security for none other than the Doge Inara Ventarius.
There is a Steel Empire cargo ship in route to resupply the Empire, the Ascension Prototype will be sent to intercept this cargo ship as a demonstration of its abilities. Inara Ventarius and you will follow behind the Ascension Prototype in another ship to watch the demonstration. Your Job is simple; make sure nothing happens to the Doge just in case the Empire has a surprise up its sleeve.
Hello Agent, please come in, take a seat. Inara Ventarius has spoken highly of you, and she has asked me to personally handle you. As a member of the council I have access to the most classified information the Lightning Hoods have collected, and you will be my hands on the ground. Well, in this case, it's the sky. Tell me Agent, have you ever done a H.A.L.O jump before? No? Well, today is your lucky day. We have recently learned the location of some of our most valued members of the corporations. They have been missing ever since we seceded from the Empire. They were presumed dead until recently. Now, we have learned they have been held in a Steel Empire prison facility deep in Empire territory, which is used to hold enemies of the empire without charging them with a crime, until the Empire has enough evidence against them. This place has no official name. In fact, it officially doesn't exist, but for those who are "in the know" as I am, it’s commonly referred to as "Limbo".
Thanks to some high altitude spy ships we have also learned the location of Limbo, and are preparing a one man rescue team. Can you guess who is on that team? Very Good, I knew you were a sharp one. Once you are in Limbo, find the central "Heartstone" that powers the place, and take it out. That will release the prisoners. Destroying the facilities rooftop defenses will help you make your escape. You are to then transport to a high speed interceptor jet and come pick up our people. Once on board, high tail it out of the area. Pack your gear and guns; you are wheels up in less than an hour. Don't worry; they will instruct you on the flight on how to use the reconstruction drop pods.
Hello Agent, come have a drink with me; we need to discuss something. The war with the Empire keeps dragging on, but our own fleet isn't able to hold off the Steel Empire forever. Worst of all, our business profits are plummeting, and investors are fleeing the area. Therefore, we need a decisive victory. It’s time for us to strike the Empire hard, and I have come into just the information we needed to do this.
Deep in Empire territory are reports of a high value target; a Trident Aircraft carrier, sailing without an escort. Such a juicy target sitting alone out on the open ocean just can’t be ignored. Do you want to know what the icing on this delicious cake is? The High Admiral of the 7thfleet is on that ship, and boy has he been a thorn in my side for decades! He was always arguing for more military, more fighting, more this, more that. Can you imagine the difficulties of turning a profit with someone like that throwing money away all willy nilly? Now, he perceives the Lightning Hoods succession as a personal affront to him somehow, and he has vowed to wipe us off the face of Neter. As you can imagine, removing such a verbose opponent from the war would make things significantly easier for us.
We can send you out with five fast attack aircraft to destroy your target. Our own air force may be too weak for the task, so it may be wise for you to commission craft from the outside for this attack.
For over a decade we have been at an uneasy truce with the White Flayers. During this time of peace we decided to allow the Flayers to govern themselves instead of submitting to our own greater government. This was obviously a mistake because we are now detecting over a dozen Flayer aircraft heading straight towards us. I personally can not fathom why they would be so brazen as to attack us on our own land; don't they know how horribly outgunned they are? Private, from their trajectory we believe they intend to attack the coal power plant that you are guarding. Since you are the only soldier we have stationed there it is your responsibility to keep that plant safe.
Private, it seems the attack from the White Flayers is part of a greater plan. We are not sure who is behind it, but hundreds of ships and aircraft from our technological branches are fleeing the continent. With our defenses still up we are crippling many of the ships as they run, but there’s just so many of those roaches we can’t stop them all. One ship holds a group of scientist with vital information; they cannot be allowed to escape. They are currently heading towards High Lorham, the White Flayer capital, we need you to take an aircraft out to intercept them and destroy thm. Later we will send out salvage teams to collect any recoverable data from the wreckage.
Well Ace, it looks like your flight skills are needed again. There is a meeting being held by the White Flayers and representatives from some of the traitorous corporations. They will all be together in one place in approximately three hours in a secret location that our spy satellites have located. The Meeting is being Held in the Ecclesia Montem Temple which is heavily shielded. The shields are provided power by nearby Power Supply towers. Destroy enough towers to get the shields to drop and then destroy the temple itself.
Ace, you have proven yourself a capable Pilot and Leader, now its time to see how you will do on the water. We are assigning you to a small patrol fleet, your to comand the "Thunderchild" a reliativly old design, but still able to hold its own. Take your fleet to the White Flayer borders and try to see if you can track any fleet movements there and report back.
Ace, you have done exceptional work thus far, so we have decided to promote you to the rank of Commander. As a Commander your next mission will be the greatest one thus far, you are to take command of a Forward Operating Base that we have set up near the White Flayer Command Buildings. They have taken notice of this and already sent ships to attack. Your mission, if you choose to accept it, is to get to work producing new ships to fend off the flayers. Amass a force and bring the fight to their front doors, then break it down. Destroy their structures and make them come begging on their knees for mercy.