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Operation to recover rare Mark One Rifter bungled!

Author
Constantly Outraged Sebiestor
Gutter Press
#1 - 2013-08-03 08:30:55 UTC
A rare mark one Rifter was recently discovered on a moon in the Edmalbrurdus system, apparently having crashlanded there during the Minmatar Uprising, over a hundred years ago!

The Mk1 Rifter, with fewer protrusions to obscure the classic Rifter silhouette, was discovered by a group of Republic University astrogeology students, on a moon exploration course.

"It obviously crashed in good condition!", said one excited Sebiestor girl.
"My great-great-grandad invented the Rifter", said another.
"There were no logs, or bodies, so it would seem the crew were able to abandon the ship in good order, and were rescued", said a Republic University instructor.

However, disaster struck, when a group of starship engineering students were sent to recover the Mk1.

"So, umm, we like, fixed up all the stuff that we thought looked broken?", said one of the engineering students.
"And then we like, had some Mirkamurka whisky, to celebrate a job well done?", confessed another.
"So, then Marilor got the great idea that we could fly the Mk1 off the moon", said the first.
"Hey, you went along with it, and I didn't blurt your name to the Press, Matener", said the second.
"We crashed it again!", confessed a third student, sobbing.

A second recovery operation, to lift the bent Mk1 from it's new crash site, is now underway, with the Mk1 to be placed in the museum on the University station.
Makkal Hanaya
Revenent Defence Corperation
#2 - 2013-08-03 08:54:04 UTC
Twinkle, twinkle little ship
How I wonder how you're fit.
If you aim to touch the sky,
Please remember: don't drink and fly.

Render unto Khanid the things which are Khanid's; and unto God the things that are God's.

Repentence Tyrathlion
Tyrathlion Interstellar
#3 - 2013-08-03 09:03:10 UTC
Survived not one but two crashes. Clearly built with more skill than those students displayed.
Rana Ash
Gradient
Electus Matari
#4 - 2013-08-03 09:34:41 UTC
Repentence Tyrathlion wrote:
Survived not one but two crashes. Clearly built with more skill than those students displayed.



Yep Amazing quality on those old ones Big smile
Laurentis Thiesant
Institute of Social Development
#5 - 2013-08-03 11:00:02 UTC
Rana Ash wrote:
Repentence Tyrathlion wrote:
Survived not one but two crashes. Clearly built with more skill than those students displayed.



Yep Amazing quality on those old ones Big smile


Shame about the new ones. The students, that is.
Xindi Kraid
Itsukame-Zainou Hyperspatial Inquiries Ltd.
Arataka Research Consortium
#6 - 2013-08-03 11:28:51 UTC
With a minmatar ship, how can you tell if it actually survived?
They ALWAYS look like scrap metal.
Istvaan Shogaatsu
Guiding Hand Social Club
#7 - 2013-08-03 16:48:51 UTC  |  Edited by: Istvaan Shogaatsu
But that's the secret of Minmatar design, and why they're such terrors in the spacelanes.

The more you crash them, the better they fly.

That thing could probably solo the Golden Fleet by now...
Kithrus
Tzedakah
#8 - 2013-08-04 00:31:43 UTC  |  Edited by: Kithrus
Xindi Kraid wrote:
With a minmatar ship, how can you tell if it actually survived?
They ALWAYS look like scrap metal.


You compare the 'damage' to the blue print.

If the damage enhances it you engineered a jaguar!

Darkness is more then absence of light, it is ignorance and corruption. I will be the Bulwark from such things that you may live in the light. Pray so my arms do not grow weary and my footing remain sure.

If you are brave, join me in the dark.

Xindi Kraid
Itsukame-Zainou Hyperspatial Inquiries Ltd.
Arataka Research Consortium
#9 - 2013-08-04 04:42:35 UTC
Kithrus wrote:
Xindi Kraid wrote:
With a minmatar ship, how can you tell if it actually survived?
They ALWAYS look like scrap metal.


You compare the 'damage' to the blue print.

If the damage enhances it you engineered a jaguar!

Oh so then it is more than just swapping out the wingy bits.
Pieter Tuulinen
Societas Imperialis Sceptri Coronaeque
Khimi Harar
#10 - 2013-08-04 05:24:22 UTC
They DO have a proper name, you know?

For the first time since I started the conversation, he looks me dead in the eye. In his gaze are steel jackhammers, quiet vengeance, a hundred thousand orbital bombs frozen in still life.

Xindi Kraid
Itsukame-Zainou Hyperspatial Inquiries Ltd.
Arataka Research Consortium
#11 - 2013-08-04 07:42:44 UTC
Yeah well molten salt recirculating external radiator vanes for primary reactor thermal management makes me sound like a nerd.
Osiris Cothica
Chaotic Mercs
#12 - 2013-08-04 07:54:29 UTC  |  Edited by: Osiris Cothica
You know, logic tells us that we build stronger ships over time. Incidents like this shake my belief in logic.

We gazed up to the stars and decided that they should belong to us, so we rose up and claimed them. We gazed upon immortality and decided that it should belong to us...so we reached out...and _**took **_it.

Kithrus
Tzedakah
#13 - 2013-08-04 14:28:36 UTC
Pieter Tuulinen wrote:
They DO have a proper name, you know?


Yeah, the target.

Darkness is more then absence of light, it is ignorance and corruption. I will be the Bulwark from such things that you may live in the light. Pray so my arms do not grow weary and my footing remain sure.

If you are brave, join me in the dark.

Kazuma Ry
Ministry of War
Amarr Empire
#14 - 2013-08-04 20:13:45 UTC
I am glad that these students are the future of the republic, with their drinking issues already,
I don't have to worry about them making a spaceship that is a threat, since it will just crash into a moon.
Eija-Riitta Veitonen
Ixian Machines
#15 - 2013-08-04 20:47:53 UTC  |  Edited by: Eija-Riitta Veitonen
Pieter Tuulinen wrote:
They DO have a proper name, you know?

That IS the proper name!

Déjà vu, anyone?

@OP: nice story :)
Andrew Articuli
Deep Core Mining Inc.
Caldari State
#16 - 2013-08-04 23:33:32 UTC
These silly university students, Who allowed them to damage this important relic in the history if the universe. As a professional in the field of exploration I am appalled at their blatant disregard of history.
Darth Espectro
Doomheim
#17 - 2013-08-06 05:14:36 UTC
Republic ships don't seem to stay broken after you destroy them, so that thing could probably take a third crash landing and still fly.

On the bright side, their failure to fly it means there'll be one less Rifter for us to have to shoot.

This is also why Matari working for Holders don't get alcohol. Clearly, drinking to celebrate hard work paying off only results in bad ideas.
Andrew Articuli
Deep Core Mining Inc.
Caldari State
#18 - 2013-08-06 05:18:41 UTC
Darth Espectro wrote:
Republic ships don't seem to stay broken after you destroy them, so that thing could probably take a third crash landing and still fly.

On the bright side, their failure to fly it means there'll be one less Rifter for us to have to shoot.

This is also why Matari working for Holders don't get alcohol. Clearly, drinking to celebrate hard work paying off only results in bad ideas.


Spoken like a true amarrian
Ava Starfire
Khushakor Clan
#19 - 2013-08-06 11:46:37 UTC
Kithrus wrote:
Pieter Tuulinen wrote:
They DO have a proper name, you know?


Yeah, the target.


You should come target mine, Kithypoo.

"There is no strength in numbers; have no such misconception." -Jayka Vofur, "Warfare in the North"

ColonelNick
Providence Guard
#20 - 2013-08-08 03:39:41 UTC
Darth Espectro wrote:
Republic ships don't seem to stay broken after you destroy them, so that thing could probably take a third crash landing and still fly.

On the bright side, their failure to fly it means there'll be one less Rifter for us to have to shoot.

This is also why Matari working for Holders don't get alcohol. Clearly, drinking to celebrate hard work paying off only results in bad ideas.



Actually i think they design them to be recyclable even when they explode.

You blow it up, they take the surviving parts... a little elbow grease and some hammers... Bend it back into shape like a pair of old glasses... replace the parts that are a little too well cooked.... there you go... good as Minmatar new. Rather ingenious little savages arent they?


You've probably blown up the same rifter 6 or 7 times by now. =)

ColonelNick, CEO, Providence Guard, Callsign: "Codeine"