Military Station (MS) Five
MS-5 'Ramiel' is an automated military station in geosynchronous orbit above Kinshasa, Africa. This large type II station houses 150 heavy drone aerospace fighters, and a mercenary contingent of seibertronians (secretly in detention/thrall to the station L/AISC) with aerospace fighter bodies. The L/AISC controller of Ramiel (aka Ramiel) has become sentient and self aware, but is enormously prideful of it's perfect defense strategy for holding the line between Federation Africa and SAUR Africa.
As Ramiel has a 100cm heavy particle projector cannon and the ability to hit things on the surface of the earth within a 7 foot circle of accuracy, it has seen to it that it's defensive lines have never broken.
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(re: Neon Genesis Evangelion, the 5th Angel)
Federation Scientific 66
Leviathan was built as a Class III habitat in the orbit of Saturn. Easily hidden in the radio noise and static of the rings and the moons, Leviathan, and its AISC Lucifer, were given free reign to work on bleeding edge arcanotechnology, dimensional science, and other projects that were considered too risky to work on at the Phobos Research Center. The AISC Alcubierre was involved in questionable research and was contaminated by an unknown biological agent. The station vanished with all hands presumed lost. The gap in Saturn's ring lasted a year and a half before filling back in.
Leviathan has a dimensional gate drive, and the station attempted a dimensional jump, killing most of the crew, and turning those that survived into insane bubbling monsters that were as much the suits they were wearing as they were viscous alien slime. The station is an unholy amalgam of metal turned to flesh, plastic turned to skin, and former human crew members turned to slumping cybernetic zombies.
The station is heavily armed with arcanotech weapons, prototype equipment, and it's defensive components, space mecha and aerospace fighters, have all been corrupted and turned into squadrons of hekatonkheires.
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Inspiration: 2/3rds Event Horizon, 1/3rd Leviathan from the Hellraiser Franchise.
I liked the lecture, perhaps the Golgafrinchan's didn't make up that whole space goat idea. You give us the concept of the space whale. It is an interesting idea for explaining mass extinctions because it forces a view human existence that includes the humanity as citizens of the galaxy. But because the space whale is so difficult for humanity or any person to interact with the idea it is difficult to engage with. Thus like the lecturer we are left with nothing to do but throw up the hands of imaginations.
What can you say about giant untouchable (almost unknowable) space whales ( that treat our planet like a cookie jar) that sucks.
Perhaps Moby Dick and the space whale are the last elements of nature that man can not conquer and thus must turn to religion in order to understand his role in the universe? But Moby Dick and Ahab had history, a relationship. There can be no personal relationships with a star whale.
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You could go out and look for Moby Dick. You could look for and physically wrestle with the embodiment of natural death living among man's violent oppression and exploitation of the natural world.