With Haq islam and the Terrorist Tohaa combining their efforts to pressure both Ariadna and O-12, something had to be done! The Ariadnans, after being relieved of the Ammo Module by O-12, saw that the Aliens where willing to attack Human Spheres greatest Institution. The AEC recognized that O-12 has to get all the support they need, even if it costs Ariadna’s position on the Asteroid. It is a sacrifice Ariadna is willing to make. So the AEC Auxiliary of the O-12 was established. The beginning of Operation: Varangian Guard. Deputized by O-12 to fight under their Jurisdiction, the AEC Auxiliary will strike at the Tohaa. The Module must be brought back in O-12 Control!
A crack team of Deputized Ariadnan Troops lay an Ambush for the Tohaa terrorists. The Tohaa are planning to take snag up a Tech Coffin who house O-12 Servers. This servers were brought in to start O-12 policing operations on the Asteroid, but the sudden attack from the Tohaa prevented the Tech Coffin to reach its destination. So it is up to the men of Deputy Carabay to pick them up and get them back to O-12, while making sure nearby O-12 computer networks are not hacked by the Terrorists.
The plan is to let the Tohaa get close first, before the Ariadnans strike from ambush. Let them first think they are save to snag up the Consoles and Tech Coffin.
Symbio Beasts rush in over the Ariadnans right flank, eager to clear the console of camouflaged units. Under the cover of smoke they close the distance. A mine takes one of the beasts out. While the Chasseur is sniffed out by the second beast. But not for wounding the beastmaster with his flamethrower.
The Spetsnaz is not successful in dealing with the Draal only wounding it. He goes back into hiding to wait for a better opportunity. Brian and the Veteran Kazaks lay suppression fire to await the Tohaa counter attack. From the shadow, a Tohaa Operative arrives, takes out Brian and installs a hacking program in the Console!
The Tohaa Operative hears something clanging down the stairs. Its a smokebomb! She suppresses in any direction! Suddenly she sees a long knife sticking out of her belly. Uxia has darted through the smoke! Uxia installs the Firewall and guards the Console. While the Angel of Death sees an opportunity to bring the Draal Down!
the Foxtrot climbs from off the rooftop. Being the Liaison, he needs to secure the Tech Coffin, now that the LT is taken out. The Tohaa await his approach, since they are unable to spot him. From behind the Tech coffin, Ryan opens up with his rifle while under suppresion fire. He wounds the Tohaa and secures the Coffin! The Terrorists have to back down.
The Ariadnan Deputies secure the Tech Coffin, Civilians and the Consoles from the Alien Terrorist Incursion. O-12 can be proud!
From the Ariadna and O-12 perspective on the whole Deputy issue, let me bring in what we were hoping to do:
So before my report I asked the Mods and gave them a few options on how deputizing would look like. Like given our current points on the Ammo Module to the O-12, for example. The easiest way was every deputy making a second account. I send messages to the Moderation Post on the O-12 and Ariadna Forum, that I had two accounts and we were planning in bringing some assistance to O-12. We are actually happy the Mods told us they would make it count in the story for what we did narrative. So it gave us a ruling clarity and the story thing we were looking for. Still want to give my 2 cents what would have happened if the Mods would have allowed it.
For people fearing 200 Ariadnans would register as O-12 and start ruling the world:
Only a handful of Ariadnan players would be deputized and all would bring in one game. Just to show support to the O-12 and how close we want to work with them for fluff reason. Gamewise they would get 25 ish points and we discussed with the O-12 HQ that they would be the ones actually responsible for beating Tohaa, we would be there to be the leg up. Story was our main goal.
so my report was a test, to show how it would look like. And if the mods agreed, The Deputies would all play their game an we would go back and see if we could chase off the Haq Islamites (hopefully).
We made sure the story would unfold for anyone to see. No secret stuff, all in the open (check the IC forum for what transpired there and the main reason to use Deputy in the name). Cause it could all be done with players just quietly registration with O-12 accounts, playing O-12 games and none would have been the wiser. Actually: that is perfectly legal to do. People could stop play for Ariadna, get their O-12 army roling and go play for a different faction. But that was not our goal, we wanted to show Ariadnan support to the O-12. So I was a bit disappointed by the backlash. And especially people not believing what we were doing. I can understand people being concerned that all of a sudden Ariadnan players are scoring 5 points. I hoped they would see that were actually shooting ourselves in the foot with this action because we were given away a zone to another faction and spending less time fighting Haq Islam on the Battery Field. Because of this we wanted to keep it limited in the first place. But some people saying the story was a cheap excuse. Well I think that is missing the point.
My opinion: We are playing a campaign to create a story and the game mechanics are their to support making that story, not the other way around. I see many people finding that CA is not powerful enough. We at Ariadna thought we could show this way that O-12 was strong.
That is actually why we gave up the zone to O-12 so fast. We did not want to look like the ones fighting O-12. It did not fit the story as written (AEC and O-12 share the base and it is the reason the Ariadnans are here), but the game mechanics show reports going into a zone as competing. So we put out a relieve order as soon as the O-12 surpassed us. Game mechanically wise we have a far easier time fighting O-12 and Tohaa for the Ammo Module...but that was not the story we wanted to tell. But still people thought that scoring 5 points for O-12 was cheating.
I do not agree people were cheated by my report, or any of our future reports if the mods would have allowed it. Whatever a faction you play for, it still takes you to organize and play a game, make the pictures and the videos, edit, write and publish the thing. 3,4,5 points don't matter it is still a chore to come with a descent report. I got people saying it was unfair because their efforts were ruïned...by my efforts. Like we are doing the same thing, playing games and making reports. And still perfectly legal if I had used an O-12 army, which I own.
When the report was under O-12 it could barely hold 5 stars because of the 1 stars coming in. Now that I reposted it as an Ariadna report (cause the mods ruled the O-12 one invalid) it has 9 stars and recommendations. I could have understood the backlash if it were a mass of wonky reports dumped on the Ammo module, but this was a story thing, with decent reports and a restricted number would have been posted. And I think people unnecessarily pooped on it, because they were afraid of would it could have been, but not looked at what it actually was.
Story wise: Ariadnans will still be deputized by O-12 and the alliance is there, with the Mods doing something after it all concluded. So my guys are back at fighting under the Ariadna banner. So we take what we can get I guess and keep on trucking.