The commanding officer of what?
By - Brabygg
He's really dangerous with a pick-axe.
For Karl! Don't mess with the miners
ROCK AND STONE BROTHER!
"It aint much, but it's honest work."
-Deep Rock Galactic Manager as he mercilessly slaughtered actual pirates who had the gall to step on his station during *his damn shift*
He definitely groaned and said "I'm getting too old for this shit" at some point in the battle.
Plot twist. He's a retired war guild ground assault soldier
First. What is this reference? Second. I feel like he would do a sorta horror movie type deal where he sneaks around murdering them one by one as they panic. And when the distress call is heard (activated by the pirates) the authorities show up. And find a retired old man looking bloodied and tired. "*Heavy breathing* What? They tried to take my station."
*Brock Sampson-esque, covered head to toe in blood, holding a bloody wrench.* "They threatened my quota. I'm getting that fucking bonus."
Got my vote
ROCK, AND, STONE!
ROCK AND STONE!
I love deep rock galactic
Rock and stone to the bone
IF YOU DON'T ROCK AND STONE, YOU AIN'T COMING HOME!
ROCK AND STONE IN THE HEART!
I just got Deep Rock Galactic and already started thinking of how to make a Deep Rock Galactic empire.
God. I’ve been in a rut with what type of empire I wanna play.. galactic dwarf Corp sounds good
Too bad you can't put mining guilds on a megacorp
I think theres a civic called private prospectors that is very DRG
Private prospectors is a specific reference to Weyland-Yutani (Building better worlds!), but it could work I guess. DRG might also be more like the East India Company though, so mining guilds with like an oligarchic materialist govt
I remember there being a civic for increased mining station output for megacorps, couldnt remember which one
If there was I'd be running it, that'd be very appropriate
Wait until the Lum update, iirc they said in the most recent dev diary that they made a couple dwarf centric civics
They better be corporate compatible if I’m gonna go full Deep Rock
I've got them in my games! Mining megacorp, void dwelling (since they just mine the planets and live on the stations).
No it isn't. What are you talking about. Managment is just merchant caste dwarves. Its a dwarf company. The only people who think magament are elves or humans is the community members who just wanna be hur hur racist dwarves.
If you dont rock and stone, you aint comin home!
I'm legitimately kind of tearing up at how happy I am to see a DRG post get so much love on the Stellaris sub
For the Empires of Old!
Long live the dwarves!
I would give him a fleet full of mining lasers ships just for the roleplay tbh
"Approaching fleet, state your fleet designation and flagship name please, as well as commanding Admiral."
"Copy Central, this is Admiral Caesula Aemilius of the flagship Blacklung, fleet designation X-2 23 'Working Class Hero' requesting dock"
And somewhere in the control station a kid squees about their favorite folk hero actually showing up with their fleet full of mining drones and dirty ex-miner warfighters.
homeworld cataclysm tbh
Kiith Somtaaw, the Beast Slayers.
BROTHERS OF THE MINE REJOICE!
Swing, swing, swing with me!
Raise your pickaxe, Raise your voice!
Sing, sing, sing with me!
Down and down into the deep
Who knows what we’ll find beneath?!
Diamonds, rubies, gold and more
Hidden in the Mountain’s core
DOWN AND DOWN INTO THE DEEP
Or a drill
Some say his drill can pierce the heavens.
It certainly pierced his enemies.
I believe in the him that believes in me.
Or an ancient mining laser. Probably any/all of the above.
I'm imagining said officer, partially hanging outside the airlock, blindly shooting with a pistol and getting some stupidly lucky chain of reactions going...
He hit a fuel cell that exploded and caused ships to begin a chain collision event that would be recorded in the holos for generations to come...
With a pistol. From an Airlock.
Red Faction moment
Trotsky start running!
Laser drills pierce hulls just as much as ore.
It’s made of netherite
Imagine graduating from the naval officer school but lacking the connections to get to any decent ship. Instead you are sidelined and sent to a mining station.
A mining station! Sure, it has a few guns for self defense but the only military personnel there are the failures, the rejects, the fuck ups who have been punished by being sent to a station that technically needs a few naval crewmen but would do just as fine with automated defenses.
Your crew spends their days drinking and playing cards. After all, nothing exciting ever happens and there is no way for them to be promoted through acts of valour on a mining station...
But you, you refuse to give up, you whip and train your crew until they finally, possibly for the first time in their career, can do their duties and look like proper sailors.
And then it happens, a pirate attack comes and under your command, they are defeated before naval patrols arrive. For these acts of heroism you are promoted. Finally your dreams come true and you are offered a chance to command a fleet. With tears in your eyes you bid farewell to your old crew as you set out to new adventures.
Alas, your empire is filled with psionic, and for some reason you don't have it so no one put you to command an actual fleet.
but then suddenly, one of your fellow rejected comm officer. Skilled with communication tech but may have a few loose screw inside her head, suddenly warn you about an impending extra-galactic invasion coming your way. Literally, your way. Your sector as a insertion point for the invading force.
You are puzzled, as even as isolated as you are. News about an invasion would surely been exploding through the Galactic Net by now. Yet nothing. It is impossible for anything to go beyond the notice of the Imperial Farseer, their psionic skill are beyond anything the galaxy can offer...
You decided to dismiss the warning, a rational decision. Especially if the info are coming from a deranged officer, however skilled she is.
Suddenly, during one of your typical routine inspection in the comms section of the mining station. You noticed the comms has been personally refurbished by your comm officer, with larger screen display and even larger comm dish protruding outside of the mining station. On the display is a large blob of red dot slowly moving to the center highlighted in blue dot: your isolated mining station. It is uncomfortably close...
You imply to your Comm Officer Reyes what does the red dot represent. She tells you that its an extra-galactic invasion force, the same line she has said last week.
"But that's impossible,...we have not received any news about an invasion from the Farseer."
Before she can managed a reply, the station are awash in red light and deafening noise of alarm....
I'm trying to figure out how you imply a question like that... "Uh I'm seeing a dot here. I'm uh... I'm not... Ya know... This thing is finicky and... I might've skipped out on this class in the Academy..."
Probably strapped some boosters to an asteroid and rammed it up the enemy engines
I must insist I keep my crew. They are the reason we are here today.
Brb, I’m gonna write a short story about that
True redemption. Thank you for adding an even more interesting backstory to this.
Promoted into admiral and I think that requires more than pirates
Interesting lore knowledge gained with that. Also impressive promotion.
If we base it off the US Navy ranks a captain is O-6 and admiral ranks start at O-7.
Can't you be the captain of a ship without being a captain though? Like I doubt a tiny patrol boat of 30 crew needs an actual captain but there would still be a 'captain' of the ship?
You can, it really depends on the size of the command. Large shore installations tend to have an actual captain in charge. But subs typically have a commander (O-5), whole carriers typically have a full bird on fast track to a flag officer position. Also I think they only call you captain if you command a ship. Otherwise it's your rank, but I've been out for a decade so this is a bit hazy.
>They only call you captain if you command a ship
Nope, it's both. The difference is that if you're in command of the ship, you're "**The** Captain," while otherwise you're just "**A** captain."
I’m pretty sure you’re “captain” if you command a ship regardless of if your rank is “captain”. Kinda like “doctor”
If your hands are inside a man, then you’re a doctor regardless of what degree you hold?
So many doctors on pornhub...so many doctors..
So brave to conduct an operation on their own stepsister.
Typically, if their rank is captain, they're addressed as "Captain So-and-so" while if they're CO of a ship, they're addressed as just "Captain".
I just call them skipper most of the time, unless it's formal.
It's funny, I never quite got used to calling someone Skipper or Chief. It always felt a teensy bit sarcastic or patronizing.
Skipper is more an aviation thing but you see sometimes on ships.
Just reminds me of Gilligan's Island.
Reminds me of the otters from Redwall
I heard it from time to time but it wasn't super common.
Chief is an enlisted rank in the navy, E-7 and up. Typically you'll be saying yes chief when getting chewed out for standing around with hands in your pocket or some other inane BS.
I guess I was lucky then :-) most of the ones I worked for were decent. A few dickheads but not too many. I was more thinking the "good morning, chief!" stuff.
Is that why the penguin is named "Skipper"? Because he is the leader of the 4?
Asking the real question here.
What would a shore installation be?
Numerous things. Norfolk naval base, boot camp, various training commands, maintenance commands, naval air bases, weapon storage depots, etc...
Okay thank you, I couldn’t find anything definitive on google
Yes. Captain (rank) and Captain (role) are different.
Technically a Captain (role) can give orders to an Admiral if the admiral is on their ship and at sea.
Yep. The Captain's word is law underway, pretty much no matter what. If an admiral is on board, they're usually there as a passenger/guest so they still have to defer to the Captain.
Even if the admiral is in charge of the fleet that the ship is in, they still generally defer to the Captain on internal ship matters out of respect for the chain of command.
> Even if the admiral is in charge of the fleet that the ship is in, they still generally defer to the Captain on internal ship matters out of respect for the chain of command.
And any Admiral who pulls rank on shipboard operations without a *hell* of a good reason will have some serious reputation issues for the rest of his or her career.
Yep. If that happens, there's a good chance the Captain screwed up bad enough to be relieved.
Yeah, the commanding officer of a ship is always called "Captain" regardless of actual rank. Lowest ranked "Captain" I've met was a lieutenant (O3, equivalent to a captain in the Army). He was in charge of a little 87ft patrol boat.
Look at Dead Space 1, the ship you go to is an orbital mining station, a ship that can jump from planet to planet harvesting and offloading different minerals.
I imagine this was the captain of such a mining vessel.
Wait could the commanding officer of a science station become a top scientist?
R5: Apparently mining stations have commanding officers, and one of them is now an admiral.
Even mining stations have a crew, and that crew has to be led by somebody.
But why's that leader now an admiral for military fleets?
Because he did really well, duh
He managed to detach the mining lasers and repurpose them to defeat the enemy fleet in a desperate measure, saving the battle and stopping the xeno advance. He’s a hero.
Turns out, mining lasers and seismic charges designed for breaking solid rock are perfectly effective at cracking durasteel hulls. Who knew!
"So I sent my best guy out, and I was his winch operator. If their sensors had detected either of us we'd be toast, but I couldn't watch my brethren die without doing anything.
Have you ever seen an explosion in micro gravity? I watched thirty xenos spill into the void as their chain laser spun itself into atoms. Mining charges are now, technically, illegal to use in war. But who really keeps track?"
> *Have you ever seen an explosion in micro gravity? I watched thirty xenos spill into the void as their chain laser spun itself into atoms.*
A lot of people make jokes about spacing somebody, about shoving somebody out an airlock. [I don't think it's funny. Never will.](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1ccib4LcMYU)
damn that was good
A Babylon 5 reference in 2021!?
It's feels like home here.
Criminally underrated show, B5 is. Easily as good as the best Trek.
Pretty much what goes on in the 1st Red Faction game. The det charges and digging vehicles designed to break rock and dig mine shafts work great against the corporate overlords you're overthrowing.
Alternatively, he used mining tugs to teach the enemy the Kzinti Lesson.
In terms of mechanics, my guess of that the game treats stations as equal members of a battle with ships. This event probably picks a random combatant to be the source of the new admiral, and sometimes it's a mining station!
Yes just like how defense platforms are technically just stationary ships that don't consume naval capacity; this is why the starbase buildings that buff friendly ships affect them as well.
Each platform is worth 1.33 destroyers, except it has no evasion, and there are traditions/agendas/traits/perks that can buff platforms.
They also have a movement speed and will move slightly during combat.
America's largest naval base is completely land locked. The reason is: we didn't think the Germans would look for the navy in Indiana.
During the battle, the enemy successfully jammed the communications of your flagship. While everyone else was wondering why they weren't receiving orders, Captain Aemilius realized what was going on and began using his mining station's sensors and communications array to coordinate the fleet. They organized their crew into an impromptu naval signals office, and were able to keep the fleet at nearly full fighting effectiveness for three weeks until the enemy ECM ship was destroyed.
Well mining stations have limited weaponry. Not enough to really do anything, but sometimes knocks out a pirate or two.
They do? I thought they removed that.
He did such a good job on the defense on the station, using that one little laser is got mounted, that they gave him a promotion. Kinda like Bruno Gaido during Midway.
Because when you weren’t looking he turned the station into a mobile war platform and now installed a jump drive
Guess it's a way to RP how stations are organized. Are they subsidized companies with a chief, or military installations? Are they staffed with dedicated volunteers, employees doing a job, or soldiers assigned to a bad post?
In my headcanon, it's non-combat oriented military, like NOAA (science ships/research stations) or the Army Corps of Engineers (construction ships/mining stations).
Though I guess it would really depend on your gov't type.
The merchant marine?
Haven’t you ever seen deep space nine?
Given that mining stations can't shoot back, I'm guessing their commendation was for composure under fire.
How that takes you from station commander to fleet admiral is only known to the Admiralty I guess.
Legate Dukat if you will.
Way, waaaaay, back in the olden days of Stellaris:
Mining stations used to be able to fire on enemies.
They don't anymore, but they used to.
That was true, yes. But they were rather weak and could only defend against a small pirate ship or so.
Yeah by late game they basically delayed the inevitable. Early game they could deal with single corvettes maybe.
In late game they also were really annoying as they kept pulling in fleets just passing through the system, and in the end you had to rebuild every station in every system that saw combat.
Personally I wouldn't mind that (would also be really cool if a successful defender could claim reparation payments to replace stations), although I prefer capturing the systems and getting the resources during the war more.
Honestly if did make the consequences of war more tangible. Having to rebuild an economy and suffering long term effects from the fighting.
By in a while, you gotta mean five years now lol
I really miss the days of being able to build massive fortress networks in a system.
Honestly 1.x Stellaris sounds like a trip.
That did absolutely nothing besides countering tachyon destroyers.
One of your officers was killed in a hit to the bridge.
The mining station guy took charge over the space-radio and started issuing orders. Which were followed because of raw talent.
Using the mining sensors on the station, he was able to guide a deft strike at a critical moment.
The commanding officer doesn't shoot the guns, so he doesn't actually have to be all that near where the guns are.
thats basically the beginning of code geass.
You're right and it bothers me
When will we get mecha strike fighters.
The lithoid ships look like rocks.
The plantoid ships look like plants.
But the humanoids ships...
I think they should just make humanoid ships look like human limbs and stuff. Corvettes are fingers, Destroyers are hands, Cruisers are feet, Battleships are arms, Titans are a eye, and the Colossus is just a gigantic face. There you go, mod ideas.
This must be the start of Red Faction.
i've looked for that reference :D
It was truly the first thing I thought!! Haha
I think that might be relic code, mining stations used to fight back, sometimes gas giants that had a bunch of moons could defend themselves against pirate spawns.
That sounds awesome why did they get rid of that?
Probably made it really tedious to blow up every single station to conquer a system.
That, and it kept fleets stuck cleaning up stations rather than rushing to priority targets in other systems. Too often I couldn't catch some harassing fleet or reinforce a big battle because my main armada spent weeks moving about systems it had to pass through cleaning up each and every mining and research station I had no need to destroy. And you had to rebuild all stations you destroyed, so if you plan to take the system for yourself it was utterly counterproductive. The current system, where fleets and civilian stations just ignore each other, is much better for actual gameplay.
When the killer asteroid comes a calling this is who you want leading the fleet.
What's his trait
Didn't actually check, I'll get back to you on that.
I'm actually very curious about this.
He's a Fleet Logistican and Cautious, kinda boring.
It also turns out that "he" is actually female.
Gotta be Unyielding
Lithoid public enemy number 1
mining lasers, duh...
TFW the mining station crew realize they are sitting on a giant mining laser
I had this happen one time, pretty hilarious. Apparently mining stations used to be very lightly armed, unfortunately not anymore. I think it would make a lot of sense to have our mining and research stations armed, however not be upgradable in terms of additional upkeep.
didn't the first version of the game have one turret on the mining and research stations?
It's been so long that I forgot about whether that was a thing or just the base level star bases that did.
If it was the case, then yeah it's possible she turned the tables.
This is not the first version though, it's 3.0.3.
I mean if he managed to get a military victory with a mining station I'd probably make him an admiral too.
\*Redirects ore shipment to the enemy ship\*
Is this a bug?
I hope not. The idea of a random researcher/miner/energy collector getting their station attacked and successfully defending it, only to be recruited into the stellar service is fucking awesome.
They’re literally just Bruce Willis from Armageddon.
Y'all ever played space station 13? Space station 13 vibes.
What probably happened was that a mining station was under attack and the fleet that intervened got the even to promote an office. Because battles and fleet actions are named after the first combatants (here the mining station vs probably pirates), the lead of the fleet action was the mining station, despite it not actually being able to fight.
In theory, this could probably happen with a constructor or science ship
Yeah, that's definitively what happened. It's like how mining stations can steal kills against pirates.
I've seen posts of mining stations and science stations taking out ships WAY above your paygrade.....so I say it fits.
Maybe it’s a fully militarized society
It's not, we're f̶u̶r̶r̶i̶e̶s̶ cute foxes!
There needs to be an end game crisis based on furries :D
the captain courageously climbed outside he station with a handgun and shot down the enemy titan
Look, it’s a *really* dangerous mining station, okay?
dont mess with cargonia my friend
maybe mining station has some secruitity or military personel ?
I always feel bad for these guys who get promoted on merit because, more often than not, I will immediately fire them for not having the desired skills
The commander threw their pick ax into space, straight into the ships exhaust port and hit their core causing it to explode and killing the other ships around it.
If the CO of a mining station defeats an enemy force, I'd promote the guy as well!
I mean, I'd be impressed with someone capable of weaponizing a mining station
Had that once too, the mining station, if it's not destroyed, also counts as a combattant and as such you can have this event trigger on it.
They went full Technoblade and put their pickaxe through people's teeth.
This is actually a great short story premise. A loser relegated to a do nothing posting of guarding a mine, suddenly thrust into a galactic war and manages to distinguish themselves. Great story I'd read.
Something like that happens in the comic Schlock Mercenary. An ore freighter captain realizes that the capital is being attacked by a small ship with a big gun. Gets his crew in action, jettisons rock to use as chaff, and rams the enemy ship. Last we see of him, someone is basically setting him up to be the next head of state for that world.
Tbh Petey overthrowing democratically elected governments not a great look
Not great, but given that less than an hour previous he'd literally prevented their entire species from being xenocided, one might argue that he had a bizarre form of right of conquest there.
And he did technically follow their own rules for doing it.
Or maybe just a guy who wanted to commission into a normal admin role (commanding a strategic resource mining station) because the pay was good, and so was the retirement benefits.
Could even make them out to be a full on cowardly genius who happens to win all the time by pure luck ala flash man or (more likely know to you sci-fi nerds), Caiphas Cain HERO OF THE IMPERUIM.
ITS MINECRAFT STEVE,
MINING WITH COMBAT
Paper rock scissors champ
Can I get an *OWHZIEA*?
Did.. did your mining station take out a fleet?
*laughs in Homeworld: Cataclysm*
I love this game
Guys it's just ds9
Damn, elite black ops site in disguise as a mining station!