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Lit SSD Oppressor

Discussion in 'Literature' started by Sinrebirth , Dec 7, 2021.

  1. Sinrebirth

    Sinrebirth Mod-Emperor of the EUC, Lit, RPF and SWC star 9 Staff Member Manager

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    Can anyone tell me anything more about this?

    I mean it’s handy to be able to name 20 SSDs across two continuities but it’s always annoying when an SSD is invented in the same source it blows up.
     
  2. Grand Admiral Paxis

    Grand Admiral Paxis Jedi Master star 3

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    There's precious little information on the Oppressor. I was genuinely shocked to see a new SSD named (and thrown away) in a tiny adventure seed. The full text on it is as follows:

    The Empire's newest Executor Star Dreadnought, the Oppressor, is preparing to test its hyperdrive in preparation for final deployment. The warship has only a skeleton crew aboard. The PCs must sneak aboard the Oppressor, alter the ship's hyperspace destination, and escape before the awaiting Alliance fleet destroys the dreadnought.
     
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  3. Sinrebirth

    Sinrebirth Mod-Emperor of the EUC, Lit, RPF and SWC star 9 Staff Member Manager

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    Lord.

    That’s not much.

    The Rebels could have just crewed it!
     
  4. Sarge

    Sarge Chosen One star 7

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    With whom? Droids? Clones?
     
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  5. Sinrebirth

    Sinrebirth Mod-Emperor of the EUC, Lit, RPF and SWC star 9 Staff Member Manager

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    Point.

    They did say in Rebel Files that the Rebels couldn’t crew an SSD even if they captured one.
     
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  6. Chris0013

    Chris0013 Jedi Master star 4

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    They could have still stolen it and stashed it somewhere.
     
  7. Vthuil

    Vthuil Force Ghost star 5

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    Reminds me of the pirate SSD in the Aftermath trilogy - I personally let it slide per Rule of Cool, but it sure raised some questions about just how many pirates are out there.
     
  8. Darth_Garak

    Darth_Garak Jedi Grand Master star 4

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    I recall Booster Terrik had one hell of a hard time keeping the Errant Venture up and running, since the maintenance on that thing was a nightmare. Now imagine what it's like for an SSD.
     
  9. Sarge

    Sarge Chosen One star 7

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    Park it where it won't be found, siphon out the fuel, grab all the supplies, and strip the useful parts. That would be a gold mine for rebel logistics.
     
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  10. Chris0013

    Chris0013 Jedi Master star 4

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    Strip it for parts.
     
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  11. The Positive Fan

    The Positive Fan Jedi Grand Master star 4

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    Two thoughts:
    • The story Last Flight of the Harbinger from the Marvel series showed that an ISD, in canon at least, can be crewed with as few as 200 people (though they had a heck of a time keeping it operating, even though all they had to do was fly it in a straight line directly into a planet). A little bit of algebra based on that suggests an SSD could fly in a straight line with as few as 1500 crew. Of course, algebra probably doesn't reflect the realities of crewing something like an SSD, so... maybe multiply that number by three or four?
    • Wookieepedia says that the population of the Sovereign Latitudes of Maracavanya numbers ten thousand (the Wook doesn't source this number but it's probably floating around in the Aftermath trilogy somewhere).
    Putting these two data points together suggests that the Sovereign Latitudes could pull together enough people to form a skeleton crew for the SSD. Now, I'm very aware of how sketchy my algebra-based numbers are for the SSD, so I'm definitely not trying to make some sort of bold claim about that. And I'm also aware Legends suggested a minimum crew for the SSD of 50.000. But if you squint at the numbers and do a bit of hand-waving, it's... possible?
     
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  12. Sarge

    Sarge Chosen One star 7

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    You can't just grab random people off the street and expect them to run a Star Destroyer. Learning the basics of running ship systems takes a lot of serious study, and learning the procedures for a new ship type takes even more type-specific training. Try to imagine if the JCC tried to operate a nuclear submarine. I'm betting it would not go well.
     
  13. The Positive Fan

    The Positive Fan Jedi Grand Master star 4

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    Entirely true, but Eleodie's crew are pirates, likely pulled from other ships in the fleet zhe already had prior to obtaining the SSD. (This assumes that Eleodie had some sort of fleet prior to obtaining the SSD, of course. I don't remember Aftermath well enough to know for sure, and Wookieepedia is vague on the topic.) There would be a learning curve (and likely a steep one) but with this in mind I can speculate that most of the crew would have at least some level of training and experience with ship's systems prior to crewing the SSD.
     
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  14. Jedi Ben

    Jedi Ben Chosen One star 9

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    If only we had the story of whatever happened to the pirate SSD....
     
  15. Sinrebirth

    Sinrebirth Mod-Emperor of the EUC, Lit, RPF and SWC star 9 Staff Member Manager

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    I am sure we will one day.

    Plot-bunnies only grow.
     
  16. BlueYogurt

    BlueYogurt Jedi Master star 4

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    There's a star destroyer called The Oppressor? Geez, who's in charge of marketing & public relations for the galactic empire?
     
  17. Iron_lord

    Iron_lord Hangman Host star 10 VIP - Game Host

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    In Legends, Wedge suggests that the Emperor wanted his captains to know, at least on some level, the truth of the regime they were serving.


    "Admiral, have you ever wondered why the Emperor gave such nasty names to his Star Destroyers? Executor, Agonizer, Iron Fist, Venom?"
    "I've heard every schoolboy theory ever proposed on that matter."
    "This one comes from Luke Skywalker-"
    "Having exhausted the schoolboys, we now turn to the farmboys? How charming."
    "-who has a certain perspective on the matter the rest of us don't. He thinks it all has to do with corruption, with the seduction of the not-too-unwilling."
    Rogriss gestured for him to keep speaking, but his expression suggested that he'd heard it all before. The bartender brought Rogriss his drink, and Wedge waited until the man departed before continuing.
    "Put a man or woman in a situation where the actions he's obliged to take, such as serving Emperor Palpatine, are a certain path to personal corruption. Fill his ears with words saying that his actions are honorable ones. But surround him with constant reminders of the wrongness of what he's doing. Our victim will cling to the words but will, at some level, always be aware of the wrongness - he can't escape it. The symbols, such as the names of ships he commands, won't let him forget. He's always aware of his descent, of his slow transference to the dark side. Skywalker thinks the Emperor found this knowing acceptance of corruption, this half-accepting, half-struggling process, particularly delicious."
     
  18. Sinrebirth

    Sinrebirth Mod-Emperor of the EUC, Lit, RPF and SWC star 9 Staff Member Manager

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    insert the relevant page from Starfighters of Adumar

    EDIT: oh my I’ve been ninja’d!
     
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  19. BlueYogurt

    BlueYogurt Jedi Master star 4

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    I wonder if Palpatine ever wrote a book on his management style.
     
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  20. Sarge

    Sarge Chosen One star 7

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