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The Starcaster Chronicles 12.03

October 19, 2023 by Tim

Most of the Console War posters should be shipping out today. I have a small handful (a couple of dozen) still left to package up, but I should be able to get those shipped by the weekend.


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How did you expect this would end?
How did you expect this would end?
7 months ago

Of all the possible outcomes, a Holding Cell is definitely on the upper end of the positive spectrum, Cort.

foducool
foducool
7 months ago

man, administration sucks

Alex
Alex
7 months ago

A mimion and a starcaster in a holding cell…
Pretty much what I would expect from people blindly following rules without taking into consideration the unique circumstances of each case.

HelloWorld
HelloWorld
7 months ago
Reply to  Alex

I would assume holding cells on this type of ship would be designed to hold a mimion, similar to the platform he is walking on. No point having such cells on board if they can’t contain a known threat to the entire ship.

Andje
Andje
7 months ago
Reply to  HelloWorld

probably starcasters too, it wouldn’t make sense to not account for that right?

HelloWorld
HelloWorld
7 months ago
Reply to  Andje

With the power they have on display and, until recently, their only knowledge was that the four starcasters were either in the possession of their military or the Draxlear military, they might not have considered this a possibility. The uneasy ceasefire was because the federation thought that the Draxlear had a second starcaster. Mimions would be more common than the assumption that there is another starcaster floating around, so worth investing resources to ensure they can be contained. Also, I am struggling to think of a way to contain a person with a starcaster, or even if you could bring… Read more »

Alpha00
Alpha00
7 months ago
Reply to  HelloWorld

Yeah… but no, it’s obvious that insides and outsides of cell are made of same material. But practical measures of containment for this particular merry crew would have to include killbox or Lance Major on guard duty, and I doubt Federation do killbox stuff, at least in main facilities, and have Starcaster to spare.

Stephen
Stephen
7 months ago
Reply to  Alex

It’s not exactly usual procedure to lock people in a cell with a plasma cannon welded to their arm that’s rated at the anti-planetary scale of ordanance is it?

Just James
Just James
7 months ago
Reply to  Stephen

Unless they don’t have a procedure in place for that. Then they would prob do what they always do

Andje
Andje
7 months ago
Reply to  Just James

As someone who works in the government, im angry but you;re not wrong.
“I don’t care if he has a starcaster, did he fill out form 4-bxv5.a?

MusicManD
MusicManD
7 months ago
Reply to  Alex

“I’d like to remind you that we’re only in this room until we decide not to be…”

Darkhorse
Darkhorse
7 months ago
Reply to  Alex

How would you hold them? There probably is no other way than to hope on their hospitality, as well as having Lance Major around.

They know it’s so ridiculous that Cort has been allowed to keep his gun. I would take that anyway, as usage of the Starcaster is clearly known by other Starcasters while a gun can result in very different scenarios, but even that seems quite a futile effort. They can always spring, but they equally cannot outrun the consequences in the form of Lance Major.

CMasta1992
CMasta1992
7 months ago
Reply to  Alex

Yeah silly them not crafting a brand new holding cell for this specific situation in the last ten minutes.

Andje
Andje
7 months ago
Reply to  Alex

THIS THIS THIS THIS lol

The fed knows what mimions and starcasters are
no way does captain whatshername put them here and say “guard them well, they are a mimion and a felon with a starcaster after all”, then walk away to report to someone while a regular guard buttons up the top button on his collar, the preasure is on after all.,..
man, if only we could make these holding cell sheild walls planet sized, its too bad the “DEUSEXSTARCASTER” effect only works in 10*8 rectagles and can’t be stacked…

Last edited 7 months ago by Andje
Tiberian
Tiberian
7 months ago

He was allowed hold on to his gun though…..

Giuliano
Giuliano
7 months ago
Reply to  Tiberian

Of course, why would they care to take the pistol of someone with a planet-buster locked on his arm?

ThatMageGuy
ThatMageGuy
7 months ago
Reply to  Tiberian

He has a Starcaster. The gun barely qualifies as a decoration.

Boomeagle
Boomeagle
7 months ago

Let’s hope that the floor isn’t of the meltable kind! Or the *vulnerable to Starcaster* kind….

Hans
Hans
7 months ago

Interesting, in a holding cell but still kept his sidearm.
You are a prisoner but you can keep your weapons is kinda funny

Ocramot
Ocramot
7 months ago
Reply to  Hans

I guess when you have an antiplanet weapon attached to your arm, people is gonna gloss over your handgun

Last edited 7 months ago by Ocramot
VibrantEvolution
VibrantEvolution
7 months ago
Reply to  Hans

Indeed. one might say that he also has a starcaster so the gun is rather silly. However they indeed don’t know how well he can use it and he could give it to Nyrah who is currently unarmed…

Actually do we know how precise a starcaster can be used? Like is it always a blast or can they do microscopic lasersurgery with it?

ThatMageGuy
ThatMageGuy
7 months ago

Many of the specific details on Starcasters appear to be intentionally vague.

Chances are the decision to let him keep the gun was calculated and diplomatic. The danger of antagonizing Cort significantly outweighs the danger of the sidearm, at this point.

BaufenBeast
BaufenBeast
7 months ago

It depends on the skill of the wielder. There are implications that the starcasters are capable of creating life, but current sentients do not physically have the brainpower to pull it off. Basically, the starcasters are limited by their hosts, not the technology.

7eggert
7eggert
7 months ago

I guess they don’t intend to find out as long as they would be at the receiving end.

anonymouse
anonymouse
7 months ago

ok. seriously? did someone at the top of the beurocratic foodchain NOT do any research? i mean ok maybe the holding cell can keep the mimion from melting his way out, materials in the walls or something. but thats a freaking starcaster on the guys arm! maybe there is no way to contain something that can pop a planet like a prom night pimple, but if your going to have a guy with one on your ship, YOU FREAKING TREAT HIM LIKE ROYALTY. put him in the captains quarters, have a cute waiter or waitress on standby for requests for… Read more »

Ben
Ben
7 months ago

I love how the planetary destruction shot frames what’s going on with Cort. Seeing that planet crumble from a Starcaster blast makes for a jarring contrast when we cut away to a Cort with the same weapon on his arm just sitting in a holding cell.

chargersfan
chargersfan
7 months ago

It really sucks that we skipped over the cliffhanger ending with La’Ni from the last chapter. I really want to know how that conversation went.

If I were Cort, I’d be a little less cooperative in this situation, and probably would have refused being put in a cell.

GeorgeV
GeorgeV
7 months ago
Reply to  chargersfan

Given that we already saw the conversation with Quel went it doesn’t seem that hard to guess though.

Also I’m not sure if being uncooperative, at all, is the best option when the whole galaxy is already willing and probably able to take you by force anyway.

Esc
Esc
7 months ago
Reply to  chargersfan

Cort’s probably cooperative because La’Ni could dust him in a microsecond.

chargersfan
chargersfan
7 months ago
Reply to  Esc

But that’s just it! Nyrah had a gun to La’Ni’s head. The power dynamic was a little more on even ground, at least for that moment. That’s why I want to know what was said.

CMasta1992
CMasta1992
7 months ago

Quel continues to be the only sane person in this series.

I’m gonna be so bummed when he dies.

Kenju
Kenju
7 months ago

And this ladies and gentlemen is WHY people kept voting for Cort to run. Because everyone knew this is what was going to happen.

For that matter though why the hell is Nyrah in there? She has no record, she is ROYALTY and literally the only reason Cort has any semblance of restraint.

GeorgeV
GeorgeV
7 months ago
Reply to  Kenju

On the other hand, Cort running is also the reason why this is happening. Previously he might’ve been able to come in and be welcomed as a friend right away (with Quel vouching), but running away with the galaxy’s most wanted object (twice) and not coming peacefully does put one on a wanted list. As for why Nyrah is in there: Even if she can prove her lineage, the royalty and even most of the species she was part of has been extinct for over a century. They don’t exactly hold much power or relevance these days. And she might… Read more »

Kenju
Kenju
7 months ago
Reply to  GeorgeV

And I am willing to bet had he turned himself in at the start the result would have been the same. Watch, they’re going to try and take the Starcaster from him, mark my words, and it wouldn’t have made *any* difference had he come in at the start with it.

He could have been anyone, it doesn’t matter, when it comes to superweapons of this grade people get vanished.

Last edited 7 months ago by Kenju
Stephen
Stephen
7 months ago
Reply to  Kenju

Then why didn’t the Lance Major with the handful of refugees from a genocided galaxy vanish?

The Federation already had one starcaster when she brought them a second one

GeorgeV
GeorgeV
7 months ago
Reply to  Kenju

That is a valid concern, but hardly a certainty. Given that it’s a guy with a Starcaster, there’s plenty of reasons for the Federation to prefer having Cort join them out of his own volition. Even ignoring the moral aspects, the cost and damage of taking the Starcaster by force likely would be significant. And it’s not like they have resources to spare, what with the war going on and all. It would also seem somewhat out of character for the Federation to suddenly be that shady. So far they’ve been fairly reasonable given the circumstances. The Council was willing… Read more »

Lily
Lily
7 months ago

To be fair, it is a military ship so they probably don’t have a posh waiting room.

Drew
Drew
7 months ago

Quel’s objection reminds me of something… What was it? Oh, right! Dooku to Obi-Wan in AOTC: “Oh no, my friend. This is a mistake, a terrible mistake. They have gone too far, this is madness!”