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Why would they get off the ship?!?

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So, my fellow space gypsies, why would you ever see a task force from Bakunin off ship?  I get why Corregidor, and even Tunguska, might have task forces out and about, doing Merc jobs here and there, working for various benefactors or organizations/companies.  But who, and why, would any one hire Bakunin Moderators, Riot Grrls and the all female clergy?  Also, why would they take such a job, if their job is protect the ship and it's inhabitants? 

I'm just struggling with the Roleplay end of my "army".  I've always played Bakunin over the other ships, but never really considered why my little metal people/people-animal-hybrids would be seen in the combat theaters I force them into.  Having decided to get back into this game with a little more style and design, I'm starting to ask these kind of silly questions.  Do Bakunian "police" sell themselves out like their Corregidorian brothers and sisters? 

I know I can, and already have, come up with my own reasons, but is there any source material which might support their activities off ship?

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Corregidor isn't always and possibly not even usually working a mercenaries when they're being played. They are securing resources/information, rescue, sabotage, anything that might be needed for Corregidor or Nomads.

Bakunin is probably the same. They have interests. The reason they use stuff like Taskmaster is because it's a pool of already elite trained specialists. It's not a usual job for them just like it wouldn't be normal for Tomcats.

Corregidor isn't even a mercenary force, Bandits, Intruders and a few others don't work mercenary. They just have a lot of forces that work as mercenaries to pull from.

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I don't know if Bakunin hires out as mercs (although I don't think it's beyond the realms of possibility that they would) but I think the main reason they would leave is to do the bidding of Bakunin / Nomad leaders.

Maybe a Black Laboratory firm needs some espionage done that is in the national interests of all Nomads?

Maybe the Black Hand needs an anti-nomad Panoceanian politican assassinated and Bakunin forces are the closest operatives available?

Maybe the Observance leaves the ship to eradicate a secret Aleph base of operations discovered on Paradiso.

Maybe the Nomads are fulfiling their O-12 obligations to send soldiers to fight the Combined Army.

There are lots of reasons... your imagination is the limit really.

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The Nomad nation could be ordering bakunin hit a target.

The observancy has a lead on an AI to capture/eradicate.

A black lab is in need or a rare/illegal substance/life form.

Typical Nomad raiding on Aleph/Pano.

A Nomad or Bakunin ship/base/trading mission is under attack.

A research station is under attack.

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Pretty much everything above. I'll just add on to the AI point.

Bakunin is on the frontline in the Nomad/ ALEPH shadow war. Most of their troops are spec'ed to that war.

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Raids to identify, locate, or destroy rogue AIs or Aleph infiltrators seem like a very thematic reason for Bakunin to venture off ship. 

Praxis lab sponsored corporate raids are another. 

The Nomads also have a large number of trade missions throughout the Sphere, it makes sense these will have a Bakunin presence, especially law enforcement types like the Moderators and Observance members running infowar security.

Finally, "because they want to", Bakunin is pretty into anarchy and personal freedoms after all. 

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it helps to keep in mind the Moderator task force (including the zeros, prowlers, task masters'  are a paramilitary force rather then simple 'ship police'

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That and they are also deployed in warzones as part of the anti combined force, small fights might happen to and from there. Tunguska might need to get a person of interest out of a certain area, maybe one of their brokers is in the shit with the imperial service and needs an evac. 

Riot grrls were told to serve the Bakunin forces or be thrown out the airlock. Observance is already a functioning military and likely works as part of the bakunin military as part of its payment for the land they use, and so that moderators turn a blind eye to them probably. Since Aleph attacked Bakunin the locals got kinda nuts on defending themselves so there is likely a small volunteer army, and counter culture revolutionaries like to form military groups. But people signing up to military for Bakunin is likely either a. Nuts in their dislike for certain factions B. Its a job, Bakunin's pretty capitalistic in terms of paying for the module you use and you need the money (like Chimeras) C. Forced into it like Morlocks

Out of all of the main ships militarise id imagine Bakunin sees least action offship outside of the observance and as a whole Bakunins proper military is likely formed more of smaller specialists (observance, riot grrl teams, zeros) than large units that other factions deploy, Id imagine most of their fighting is defensive or covert. So you are probably more likely to see Bakunin doing small infinity style engagements than the larger ones on paradiso. 

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In the hsN3 book there's a little fluff report about prowlers doing a retaliatory strike against a yu-jing company that I kidnapped someone from the black labs or something...can't remember off the top of my head 

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Selling their bodies to raise funds

Looking for scraps and discarded materials to repair old things or build new ones (the cylinders on the back of Kriza? Cooling system? Energy storage? C'mon...empty bottle of booze)

Selling their bodies to afford more booze to full the Kriza's cylinders

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I just go with 'it's in the interests of Bakunin to be engaged in this conflict, so they engage in this conflict' whatever bizarre interest that might be.  At the end of the day the Nomad nation as a collective still has an agenda, which Bakunin will participate in furthering.  Sometimes it's furthering it's own ends, sometimes it's doing it for the good of the nation

There's some mentions in the fluff that the bouboutiques of Bakunin sometimes set up shops with the haqq caravansaries.  So there's plenty of opportunity for bakunin citizens to be in trouble when things go to shit in bartertown.  Pretty sure the moderator corps would send a team to defend/protect/rescue those chaps.

Maybe the black labs were doing some 'field testing' planetside that got out of control, and in trying to contain their latest hybrid monstrosity the bakunin task force got mixed up with some PanO/YuJing/whoever and a breakdown in communication resulted in a conflict.

Alternatively, build a space station board and refuse to play games on anything else :-p

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