I'll add them in the future when it feels right.
Meanwhile, on February 2nd, the Redshirts game started with the Skorpios Empire attacking a secret Aquilan base in an attempt to steal or destroy the high tech spacecraft Reprieve. The pretech research base, and the attacking fleet, are not really represented in the faction game itself, though they would be powerful assets. I'm not going to worry about it. I'll just say that the fleet and the base destroyed one another and that was that. Accounting is easy when you close your eyes and wave your hands about.
So now, on with the faction game for February, 3200 CE.
Initiative is still using a d4, creating this order of play - the Almagest Rebellion, the Skorpios Empire, the Aquila Union, and the Alliance of Independent Systems.
The rebellion uses the Buy Asset action and decides to spend the FacCreds and stealth their damaged Vanguard Cadre on Almagest. This leaves their band of Zealots visible, with only one hit point remaining,
NEWS BLURB - On Almagest, the Talus Red Cross - and independent humanitarian group from the Alliance of Independent Systems - reported on February 5th that there was an influx of homeless children seeking shelter at the aide camps in the capital. PXL News believes that these refugees may be remnants of indigent families that were driven out of the sewers during a violent purge last month. The Sister Sally Saracen of the Talus Red Cross is asking for donation all across the sector due to this tragic turn of events. Imperial Skorpios officials refused to comment on the story.
Their first military action is to use the stealthed Treachery asset to attack Corvus. The treachery asset attacks with Cunning vs. Cunning, but does not do damage. Instead, on a successful attack, it destroys itself, gives the user 5 additional FacCreds, and changes the ownership of the defending asset to the attacker. The target is the union's Postech Infantry on Corvus.
The results of the combat are 10+7 vs. 4+4 - thus the empire wins. The Treachery asset disappears, the empire's bank balance goes to 15 FacCreds, and the empire now owns the infantry. That is a pretty devastating turn of events for the Aquila Union, who is only left with the Tripwire Cell and the Base of Influence left on Corvus.
Continuing with it's attack, Skorpios turns it's eye on Almagest. The Zealots are in view, so the Impeiral Posttech Infantry attacks. (In actuality, the infantry asset attacks the rebellions 'presence' on Almagest, and Almast chooses to defend with the Zealots rather than taking a direct hit to their Base of Influence and end up loosing the hit pints of the very faction itself. A slight difference in working, but an important one.)
The results of combat are 6+8 vs. 1+3. Yeah. The empire wins overwhelmingly. A d8 produces 6 points of damage, leaving them at a -5 and destroyed. The rebels' Zealot asset is removed from play.
These events really inspire two separate news blurbs:
NEWS BLURB #1 - DATELINE CORVUS, FEBRUARY 9, 3200. Residents fled in horror from the capital in the early morning hours as the sounds of fierce fighting erupted from the military base inside of town. When the dust had settled, the top brass, including General Wallace McKenzie, lay dead in a bloody coup. Witnesses report soldiers' eye glowing yellow and shooting anything in sight. Since then, the base has been sealed off and communications blacked out. "This yellow glow from the eyes and erratic behavior smacks of fungal mind control," Chief Research Scientist Fenrus Lucifer of BioTonics Labs on Aquila said in an interview. "As we know, Skorpios is home to various fungi that are compatible with human DNA. It's possible that the Empire has whipped up some sort of elixir that creates . . . fungal zombie armies. I know that sounds a bit odd - but worse things have happened. I have suggested to President General Muldoon that we inoculate our entire military force with a new anti-fungal vaccine we have just developed called Defungicin X-12. BioTonics will be happy to provide the medicine at a reduced rate, of course."
NEWS BLURB #2 - The Talus Red Cross on Almagest is reporting that Skorpios Shock Troops launched a series of blistering assaults on refugee camps between the 12th and 13th of February. Troops appeared to be targeting homeless children, and were killing them on sight. Sister Sally Saracen of the Talus Red Cross denounced the attacks, describing them as unwarranted, shameful, and horrific. Video smuggled out of Skorpios controlled space showed disturbing images of children wired with belts of high explosives hurling themselves at Skorpios Troops, then igniting into bright, orange fireballs. The Skorpios Government denies any of the events took place and reports that all is calm on Almagest and that production in the rifle factories of Almagest is up sharply.
On Aquila, the Postech industry asset is called to action. The d6 roll results in a 4, indicating that an additional FacCred is earned. The Venture Capital asset activates, and using the Postech Industry asset as leverage, rolls a d8 for a 6, indicating that another 2 FacCreds are earned, bringing the faction's bank account up to 8 FacCreds.
On Ridgway, Aquila sends its Blockade Runners to the Patton system for 2 FacCreds, with the intention of transporting the Postech Infantry asset located there to Corvus so that they can help defend the capital.
NEWS BLURB - PXL Financial News Update for February 20th, 3200. Stocks rose for a third straight day today as investors dismissed conflicting reports from Corvus. "We at MacBeth Trading are very bullish," said CEO Allister MacBeth. "I whole-heartedly recommend buying into stocks from Yamato Shipyard Industries, the Maximum Defense Company, the LaserStar Weapons Combine, and BioTonics Amalgamated, home of BioTonics Labs. This week's orders are up tremendously. The recent downturn due to that Corvus hogwash is just that - hogwash. Government sources tell me that it's a minor issue. Assets are being put into play to deal with the situation, and they'll have things straightened out shortly with a minimum of fuss. Yes, we are bullish on the future."
NEWS BLURB - On February 25th, Harry Freedonia announced the creation of the School of Native Unity on Cicada. "The Inland Relation Office is a serious threat to the well-being of the native Klakker community on Cicada," Mr. Freedonia said at a press conference. "Governor Vidalia would get the peaceful race hooked on F-3000c like a common drug pusher. What's next? Offering the Klakkers blankets smeared with oozing small pox sores? We reject this intolerable treatment and are building schools in the jungle to help educate the Klakkers about their unalienable right to free speech, to free assembly, and the right to bear arms for the defense of their well-being. Klakkers are people too, you know?"
So that is February in the Factions game. During that month, the players explored the Three Sister's system, discovered the Ark, destroyed the Shibboleth, unleashed GAIA the AI, followed the Ark to the Ukraine system, discovered that a lost Skorpios warship found it's way there 50 years ago and had taken over the planet, stole a Lost Skorpios patrol boat, escaped back to Three Sisters, and were in the process of hollowing out an asteroid to create Beachhead Base for the Aquila Navy to use as a privateer base to launch raids of Ukraine. Meanwhile, the Reprieve travelled to Schwarzkopf to alert the brass back home and resupply, leaving the PCs busy mining out an asteroid and installing toilets.