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MocOlympics Round 2 (Grp 1): Wes Pitter vs. Ryan Tennant . A virtual museum exhibit showcasing an important historical space pirate ship. Arr! . MocOlympics Round 2 Category: Space Pirates My Opponent: Ryan Tennant Greetings, and welcome to the virtual Museum Galacticana at Tlatori! I’m Zycheaus Tlright, your friendly narrator. You probably remember my marvelous voice from the Tlatorian Opera’s epic masterpiece “Passing of the Walrus.” The Museum wants to remind you to come down anytime for a visit in the flesh. In the meantime, enjoy this virtual representation of our prized display, the feared space pirate ship, The Golden Greed. In the 4th millennium, space piracy reached its peak. Like the pirates of ancient Earth, space pirates lived on the rich merchant trade that boomed after the Expansion Era. Galactic trade lanes were often poorly patrolled by local enforcers. This was mainly due to the Border Wars that plagued many star systems in that millennium. The Golden Greed’s crew consisted of a mix of races, including humans. Outcasts of any stripe were generally allowed to join the pirating crew, assuming they had poor hygiene and a taste for limes. Here in the center we see the ship’s massive space-phasing drives. Located on the outside of the ship, we see the in-system thrusters. These maneuvering thrusters can quickly change position. With limited cannon mobility, the thrusters have a greater role in the defense of the ship. The ship’s sails are plasma tribrid dimensional moderators. They exist partly in another dimension, and tap pure energy straight from another time and place. That energy is converted into space-phasing fuel, and it also powers all the other ship’s systems. This generator creates the defensive shield around the ship, the gravitic field for the crew, and the atmospheric field that creates and stores oxygen around the ship. We knew you were wondering about that. Inside the engine room, you can view the massive power converters that turn raw energy (from another dimension, you remember) into usable fuel. You also see over half of the space-phasing engines in here. Space pirates abandoned the ancient use of planks, over some protest. All the captain had to do was hold onto a rail, switch off the gravity, and give the offending deck-hand a good shove. He probably said something like, “Arr, you scurvy landlubber...!” Or something like that. Space piracy has faded into the history books, but this ship reminds us of simpler days, back before psi-interfaces and the Ascendancy Invasion. So let us always celebrate the pure joy of greed and poor grammar, and let us all be pirates. Thank you for visiting the virtual space pirate exhibit at the Museum Galacticana. ------------------------------------------------------------------------- This was a really fun project for me. I still remember the day I got my first Lego sailing ship, the Caribbean Clipper. I loved that ship so much. I wouldn’t even let my friends play with it, I was so protective of it. When I got this category, I knew I couldn’t tear that old ship apart, not even for the MocOlympics, so I had to work from scratch. It took some time to find the right hull design, but I am quite pleased with it. Here's a link to Ryan's entry again. (So you don't have to scroll allllll the way up again.) One final note: This Moc’s timing is just about perfect. Saturday, September 19th is National “Speak Like a Pirate” Day. Just so you know. Arr! Let's see some pirate Mocs, mateys!

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