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When the credits start flowin'...

Post by Viktor Zukov » 2013-12-29 12:58

Viktor was walking through the Firro exchange, and he was looking to get a few items. What he had the vaguest of ideas, but he knew he was interested in a freighter with a few modifications. So he began to walk around and eyed up a kiosk that said ships for sale. So he walked up and the person at the kiosk looked at him and motioned for him to thumb through the datapads fixated to the podiums. So he walked up to the one she happened to wave at and began to thumb through. The opening picture was a PLY 3000, and Vik looked at it and was aghast. He was a fighter pilot, not some pompous pretty boy looking to pick up some woman. He scrolled over and saw a CEC Jumpmaster 5000, and that was definitely not up his alley. With the whole unstable hyperdrive deal going on, it was not worth the trouble. He was not looking to have a Millennium Falcon Dues on his hands. Next popped up another CEC design, the YT-1760. Viktor was reading the stats on the model and saw no shield rating listed, so he had to strike that out. But so far the CEC models were catching his eye. He thumbed through and stopped on a slightly newer model YT, the YT-2000. Viktor was reading down the list of things and he saw a few issues, but otherwise the whole performance of the vessel would work. It just needed adjustments, so he looked at the price tag and saw it was 150,000Cr. He was not going to spend that on a ship he was going to gut and have to revamp, so he noticed a little indicator on the screen to see the used models available for sale. He clicked it and began to review them, he saw one in matte black, onyx, and then he settled on it, gray.
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Re: When the credits start flowin'...

Post by Viktor Zukov » 2013-12-30 01:30

Viktor saw the price pop up on the display of 75,000Cr, and put the item in his cart and then perused into the parts menu for the vessel. He saw a docking ramp modification for the lower hold on the cargo portions, and selected two of them. He needed to modify the vessel quite a bit in order for it to work for him. Then he scrolled over to some docking clamps and ordered 8 of them. He continued scrolling and saw an option to strip down the interior and sell it back for 20,000Cr. He hestitated a moment and then did so, so he began to scroll towards interior settings and put in some orders for just the equipment and no install. Viktor had a special friend who knew someone who would install all this equipment for no cost, as Viktor had a tall order to place still. He selected a captain’s cabin, which came with a rather large bed, a 65” Holonet transceiver, a wardrobe, and a personal refresher. The package even came with a retina scanner to allow the captain with access only. He then ordered the bunk room package which held in it 3 bunk beds for passengers, and 6 lockers that could be recoded per user, so long as they were empty. That would allow his passengers to store their personal items in safely, and when that passenger left the next one could open it and place his items inside to be opened again later.

He continued along and saw a droid maintenance room, which was going to work great as he needed to modify the vessel to work for him. So he had to find a FEG-series pilot droid to help him fly, the turrets would have to default to auto fire mode, till a suitable gunner could be found. But for now, he had to still focus on his ship’s new interior layout. He then ordered a weapons cache room, which he would have to stock later. But that package comes with a double tier security package, of a retina scan and a hand scan to open. He thumbed around and found a galley mod, but forwent the appliances, minus the sink, and would pick up a food processor along the lines later. The last piece was the guest refreshers, so he ordered a refresher to be installed. But before he settled completely, he realized he needed to adjust the weapons, which he would have to have them do here. As it would make the ship unflyable if the vacuum of space could come in the whole time. He decided to have the top laser be a Turreted Double Heavy Laser Cannon and the bottom one be a Turreted Double Laser Cannon. He was all set, and the modifications costed him 34,000Cr more. So Vik saw the total on the screen come to 109,00Cr minus the gutting the interior for a return of 20,000Cr. So he saw a final total of 89,000Cr. He clicked pay and insert his credit chit in the slot. He watched as his funds dropped drastically, but he still had some left for the last 2 pieces of the puzzle. One would be picked up as he got the docking bay number containing his order which would be ready in an hour. So he headed over to the droid kiosk, to find himself an FEG-series pilot droid.
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Re: When the credits start flowin'...

Post by Viktor Zukov » 2013-12-31 17:15

As Viktor was walking towards the droid kiosk, something caught his eye there. But he held his tongue as he did not want to tip his hand. So when he walked up the merchant began mumbling at him all sorts of unneeded jibberish, as Viktor already had a droid in mind for the job. He had done a little bit of homework in regards to the droid he would need as a co-pilot. A first he was going to go with an R-8 Astromech Droid, but then he began to peruse the pilot droids section and saw the FEG-series pilot droid. It was far superior and much better suited as it functioned in a more humanoid capacity. Whereas the Astromech would have to use its boosters to hover up in places where Viktor would need it to go and perform the duties he needed it to. As the merchant stopped jabbering, finally, Viktor pointed at the red, gold, and black droid.

“How much for that one?”

The merchant pondered and said, “4,100Cr.”

Viktor turned to counter with, “4,000Cr.”

The merchant struggled for a few minutes and seemed restless, but nodded in agreement to the proposed price. The merchant gave Viktor the restraining bolt removed as part of the package as he had to “awaken” the droid to have it operate and become its owner. So Viktor walked over and unscrewed a tiny bolt near its heuristic processor and it sprung to life. Viktor waited a few moments for it to begin its spatial software to adjust to its ranges of motion and focus its sensor suite. The droid had finished booting up, when it turned to Viktor and began to talk. Viktor was a little offset, as he was expecting a droid. But this one was reading and primed to have full conversations right from the get go. Secretly, he was ecstatic. As he got much more than he thought he would, he turned to the merchant and insert his credit hit and was now bordering fairly low on funds for the last leg of the journey. But that had to wait, as he had to go down to his freighter he just purchased and fly her to the location where the repairs would be taking place. So with the FEG in tow, he headed towards the hangar bay in section 2,022 dock 7A.
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Re: When the credits start flowin'...

Post by Viktor Zukov » 2014-01-06 09:01

Viktor began to walk down the corridor towards the turbolift to get to floor 2,022. He looked back to ensure the FEG was still following him, and it was. But it was going to take time to get used to having the droid follow him around, the astromech took long enough to get used to. But he was in his civilian hours of the day, so he felt the need to make it seem more like his military hours of the day. The less deviation in his day to day, the more efficient he would be all around the clock. But he had finally arrived at the turbolift and stepped in with the FEG in tow. They arrived on the floor in a matter of minutes, and they both stepped off and saw a couple of freighters. He began to walk around and survey them and saw a grey one with some items being placed into the cargo bay. Viktor walked up and saw the port designation, and it was indeed 7A. He showed his slip of purchase for the YT-2000, and was handed the start up sequence for the freighter. He walked in and begun to inspect the freighter. The ship from what he saw so far was adjusted as he had asked. The 2 larger cargo bays were currently packed with all the parts he requested for his adjustments to the freighter.

He moved in further and found the ladder well in the center of his freighter and began to descend it. He settled into the chair for the turreted double laser cannon he installed. He peered out the gun well and began to rotate it around to see if it was fully operational. It swiveled around completely and made no grinding sounds. He reoriented the turreted double laser cannon back to its relaxed position and began to ascend the ladder well to the main floor. He climbed up and out and surveyed the empty areas, as the entire floor was gutted. He had a lot of work to do, but it was all well worth it. He decided to climb up the ladder well and go up to the turreted double heavy laser cannons. He climbed up and sat in the seat and repeated the test he gave to the lower cannon. It passed the test with flying colors and he smirked a bit. His own personal vessel was coming along just fine, and it was still going to have more done to it. It would be his, and unique. He climbed back down to the cargo level and made his way to the rear hangar door. He saw the last of the items being loaded and closed the ramp behind the workers. It was time to launch, he had someone to meet and help him effect the upgrades to his vessel. Viktor began to walk down the long corridor and set in the pilot's chair, to only look over and see the FEG already reviewing the ship's operating systems and preflight check was completed. He smirked and told the FEG to set a course to the Inquisitor.
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Post by Viktor Zukov » 2014-01-09 00:03

20 minutes later…

Viktor and his FEG copilot made it to the Inquisitor in fairly quick time. It was an interesting experience to not be in full control, although lately he wasn’t as he had Pipboy for his military fighter. Things were slowly changing in Viktor’s life, but it was for the better so far. He began docking with the Inquisitor, in an empty bay near the back. Thankfully she was in the middle of training exercises with her complement of fighters. So Viktor was able to ease into her and land on the floor in the main area of the rear bay. As he landed the familiar face of Drav’s secretary was there to greet him. Viktor knew Marshal Stari always was watching his movements, as he was his successor for the Starfighter Corps. If something were to happen to him. Well more his position as DFO, but either way it was great to have a friend in a high place to help him out.

Viktor stepped out of his pilot’s chair and began to walk down the corridor towards the exit ramp. He lowered the ramp and there she was Beatris. He greeted her and she jumped right into step, and as usual Marshal Stari provided an elegant gift. He received a Gourmet Master 5000 food synthesizer, which was still in the original box. Viktor nodded and saw the FEG coming down the ramp behind him and handed him the food synthesizer. The FEG looked at it and headed back into the freighter with it. Viktor was still not used to talking to the droid, so the simply implications of handing the droid something would work till he grew more comfortable with it. Beatris had a little cock eyed glance at the droid and then at Viktor. He flashed her a quick grin and they continued walking forward.

Viktor handed Beatris a rough schematic of the new layout and the changes to the cargo bays. She looked it over, smiled and began to walk away to get the job done. Viktor watched as she got groups of engineers and mechanics on hand to get things underway. Viktor had requested a lot of modifications to be done and he hopped that they would be able to do them without a hitch. He watched as they begun to walk over and commed his FEG to come out and watch. As they would be tinkering for a while inside his new YT-2000. Once she was upgraded and fixed properly he would name the vessel. Until then it was without a moniker.
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Post by Dravius Stari » 2014-01-11 01:28

"Sir, the ship has docked"

"Thank you"

Dravius closed the channel and stood from behind his desk in the office he had aboard the Inquisitor. Viktor had finally arrived with his new vessel, and there was much work to be done. The standard YT-2000 was for all intents and purposes, not a bad ship, but it was also CEC, and being CEC meant that it was as easy to modify as it was for Dravius to blink.

It also meant that there were a variety of third parties who developed tech for the ship. Everything from pipes to bolts. The question when a person bought a CEC was never 'can i modify it' but rather 'which modifications would I make'. One had been gifted from him to Viktor, a Gourmet Master 5000 food processor, the same one he had on his ship, the Shogun. It was expensive, but it would ensure that Viktor when he used the craft would have a decent meal, which was important. Viktor tended to believe that like Amatius he could survive on bantha burgers and alcohol. Unlike Amatius, Viktor did not spend as much time in ground combat - the perfect environment to burn off all the excess calories.

As the turbolift doors opened and Dravius stepped inside, his datapad chirped as Beatris had sent him a copy of Viktors plans. As expected, Viktor was modifying a fair bit of the craft, but that was merely to be expected. The plans were sensible and reasonable, and the weapon loadout was balanced. As the doors opened Dravius moved quickly into the hangar bay to see the techs swarming like ants over the fighter. Viktor was watching them, like an expectant father waiting for the birth of a child. Dravius was at his side in a moment.

"You have chosen well. I look forward to seeing it completed. And crew 2 are excellent. I selected them myself"

He fell silent as the two of them watched the techs working.
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Re: When the credits start flowin'...

Post by Viktor Zukov » 2014-01-11 06:16

Viktor was standing next to Dravius, and he heard him make one last comment before the techs began to crawl all over his freighter.

You have chosen well. I look forward to seeing it completed. And crew 2 are excellent. I selected them myself"

10 hours later…

Viktor and Drav had watched the whole process go on and the techs had consulted with Viktor on numerous occasions to assure that the work was done to satisfaction. But at last all the modifications were completed. Viktor sighed a heavy sigh of relief and thanked Dravius for his help in fixing and modifying the YT-2000 to his new specs. Not to mention the lavish gift that was installed into the lounge/galley. He began to make his way onboard, when he realized he still had not named his vessel. Before the last tech left, he had the tech program the IFF transponder to broadcast the ship’s name as Metal Gear. Viktor got onboard and reviewed the installations, and so far everything looked great. He climbed up the ladder and began to see the new areas of the ship that he adjusted heavily. He walked into each area, and viewed that things were set properly. Each room passed his inspection, and so he returned down to the cockpit. He asked the FEG to make sure that all personnel were off the ship, as he made preparations to head back to Firro to get the last piece of the puzzle in place for his new freighter. As he got the all clear, he began to click on the repulsors and leave the Inquisitor behind. Once he had exited the area of clearance, he engaged the hyperdrive to get back to Firro.
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Post by Viktor Zukov » 2014-01-12 08:23

20 minutes later…

Back in Firro’s space, Viktor began to settle down the Metal Gear into the berth she was assigned on their return. He still had one last part he needed to grab to have the Metal Gear complete, well as complete as his semi depleted pockets would let him. Well they still had a nice amount left, but he’d definitely spent more than he makes a year alone on the freighter. But money was not an issue right now, as he knew he hardly spent what he earned, if any usually. So a blow out of funds to have something to call his, well that was definitely worth it. He unbuckled his safety belt and told the FEG, which he named, Red. After all that red color on him was just sleek as anything that Viktor had seen. Since Red was staying with the freighter that worked perfect for the last piece of the puzzle he had to pick up. Viktor was halfway to the turbolift, when he saw an ad for a new x.25 hyperdrive for only 17,000Cr. He knew he had to have one, but then he saw it was for fighters only, that were left in stock. But that worked out just fine instead, as instead of saving some credits for another piece of the puzzle. Well he would make the current piece of the puzzle he was heading for that much sweeter! He arrived on floor 2025, where the ad mentioned to find the hyperdrive. He walked up to a booth and began flipping through the datapad that was mounted for shoppers to use and saw the hyperdrive listed as available her for purchase. But before he went and did so, he thumbed through to look and see what fighters were for sale.

He found one that he was sure would fit his restrictive requirements, the New Republic Defender. Since it carried no native hyperdrive, adding in the x.25 would be perfect. Minus the few penalties for the extra weight of course, but in the end he would definitely leave some very baffled people behind. As they would wonder how it went into hyperspace, as it normally was hyperdriveless. But that was exactly the kind of shock value he needed, so he added both items to cart and accepted the installation fees and noticed a little bit was knocked off the price for the combination purchase he had made. So he essentially had the hyperdrive installed for free, the best luck he has had since he just watched the last of his credits slip away. 63,000Cr was the total and Viktor had 65,000Cr left, the last 2,000Cr were going to have to hold him over on expenses. As his pay would barely cover more than the cost of maintenance for his new fighter, freighter, and Red. But he still did have his little bonus payments that flopped in from Firro, when he gave them some money for repairs, during the Mai Hasagaiwa bombings. He would have to wait an hour, for the hyperdrive to be fitted in, but the wait would be worth it
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Post by Viktor Zukov » 2014-01-15 07:16

2 Hours later…

Viktor had been told it would take an extra hour to properly configure the x0.25 hyperdrive into the New Republic Defender. It wasn’t every day that somebody purchased a top end hyperdrive, mine as well have intact New Republic fighters to be worked on. But it was finally done, and the ignition code to the fighter was given to Viktor as well as the berth number it was parked in. He headed towards the turbolift to go to floor 2024 dock 5D. He reached the turbolift and rode it down the floor, and found the dock he needed access. He palmed the door and it let him inside. There he saw his blue New Republic Defender awaiting him to fly it. He walked up to it and found the canopy hatch and got in to begin looking over the console to get familiar with the controls.

He gleaned over them a few more times, and felt comfortable with how to proceed. He began turning on controls and did a preflight check. Everything turned on and even the hyperdrive was reading stable and checked out. He engaged the engines and began to fly out into space, he got far enough to clear the planet’s gravity well then jumped. He set it as a microjump, but the hyperdrive was so fast he was 10 clicks away from the planet. Thankfully, he had time to work on this as he owned the fighter. He engaged in a microjump back and stopped it at 8 clicks from where he last was. A bit better, but control would need to be refined for him to use it more efficiently. He hopped on the comms and dialed the frequency to the Metal Gear. Red answered and queried who it was. Viktor told him to get the Metal Gear out of the dock and to open the right hangar bay for him to put the New Republic Defender in its docking clamps.

Red pulled the Metal Gear out into a less used hyper lane and Viktor began to ease in the New Republic Defender. It clicked into place on the docking clamps and Red began to close the hangar bay door. Viktor began powering down systems and just as he finished, the hangar bay door locked in place. Viktor hopped out and made his way to the cockpit and plopped down in his captain’s chair and had Red plot a course for home.
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