Guide to Ghost Roles
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- 1 Ghost Roles
- 2 Emergency Response Teams
- 3 Away site roles
- 4 Miscellaneous roles
Ghost Roles are a unique system on the server that permits the inhabitation of certain mobs by ghosts observing the round. This is usually used to facilitate things such as emergency response teams or off-site special roles, but can also be used to spawn as rats or maintenance drones any time during the round. To access ghost roles, use the “Ghost” tab and press the “Ghost Spawner” button.
Below is a list of all available default ghost roles and details.
Emergency Response Teams
One of these teams will arrive when the Emergency Distress Beacon is triggered, for better or worse of the station.
Nanotrasen Emergency Response Team
AKA “muh frags”
Main article: Emergency Response Team
Supervisors: Nanotrasen Corporation
A paramilitary response team employed by NanoTrasen, fireteam “Phoenix” is the one portrayed in-game that is assigned to response in the Aurora’s sector of operations. They are based from the NTCC Odin. These are heavily armed, well-trained specialists dedicated to remedying any number of emergencies that may result in them being called. From engineering disasters to engaging hostiles, they are often prepared for the worst in training and gear. NT-ERT consists entirely of contracted mercenaries who have found employment by NanoTrasen in Tau Ceti, and their numbers are quite immense - themselves serving as the focal military presence in the system.
As they protect the corporate bottom line, NT-ERT can often be seen going to great lengths to ensure the station’s longevity and the crew’s survival. All personnel in fireteam “Phoenix” possess knowledge of captain-level classified information, such as the presence of the station’s nuclear failsafe.
Tau Ceti Foreign Legion
AKA “FOR THE REPUBLIC!” ad infinitum
Main article: Tau Ceti Foreign Legion
The Tau Ceti Foreign Legion is a renowned military entity in Tau Ceti known for its volunteer service, often utilized by immigrants seeking an easy path to citizenship. Rigorous training permits civilians to be seen in military activity, propped up as Biesel’s best and earning the name “Weekend Warriors.” The effectiveness of such an organization, however, is up for debate as a primary military. Yet, the excellent track record of the TCFL has seen their deployment across the entire system as an anti-piracy measure and a force for interstellar aid. BLV (Biesel Legion Vessel) “The Tower” (full name) is the vessel presently assigned to the NSS Aurora’s sector by the Tau Ceti Foreign Legion. Its solemn dropship, the BLV “The Chariot” (full name) has visited the station many times in canonical relief efforts and recruitment drives. The teams assigned to the NSS Aurora consist of Prefects, Legionnaires, and Volunteers in descending order of expertise. Prefects and Legionnaires are full-time enlisted individuals, while Volunteers may have any lesser degree of training to even the bare minimum.
TCFL are more often than not decent people in a situation where their government has tasked them to protect the station’s crew. Common sense must be used to align your loyalties accordingly - for example, you are not undyingly loyal to NanoTrasen, but you are trained military personnel all the same. Try to understand that failing to hold up to NT's expectations under their surveillance may get you in massive trouble as well, not just the Republic’s.
Izweski Hegemony Kataphract Knights
AKA “Toggle run”
Supervisors: Chapter Leader, HONOR
Kataphracts, otherwise known as Saa’Izweski in the Sinta’Unathi tongue, are an ancient class of warriors that has recently been revived by Not’zar Izweski into active service. They are seen as the epitome of warriorhood and the best or the best of the Unathi species due to their battle prowess, recognized by either the Hegemon, an Overlord, or another Kataphract for strength and bravery as one would a knight. They’re sworn to defend the Hegemony and must strictly follow the Unathi Honor Code, but are only called upon in times of active war and thus spend the rest of their lives ranging across the galaxy in search of challenges to test themselves against. This particular band of Kataphracts has been summoned to the aid of the NSS Aurora as an ERT, wielding their flashy energy swords and shields, to do battle against whatever evil plagues the good people of the station. Their means of doing so are often quite different than other units, though, as Unathi honor favors one-on-one melee combat and fighting dishonorably can quickly have a Kataphract stripped of their illustrious title. Be sure you follow these laws and perhaps don’t charge directly into combat sword first. Or you can-- once.
AKA “Money first”
Main article: N/A
Supervisors: Whoever pays you the most.
The Freelancers are an available ERT role that involves playing, well, freelance mercenaries. Your goal is aligned with whoever pays you the most ; you’re an independent company of people-killers, after all. This is arguably the most simple of the available emergency response teams, however their kit is usually very powerful, making them desirable allies to pretty much any side of a conflict. Their loyalties can switch on a whim, making them ICly and OOCly unpredictable. Playing Freelancers involves your own private military company, provided you’re the leader, any details regarding it are essentially improv.
Freelance mercenaries logically seek cash up front : going after antagonists purely because “NanoTrasen will get upset otherwise,” makes little sense ICly. The reasoning behind this is that, even provided you assist NanoTrasen, nothing prevents them from blowing you out of the sky when you depart to avoid whatever fee you’ve placed on your rampage.
Interstellar Aid Corps
AKA “Where my guns at”
Main article: Interstellar Aid Corps
Supervisors: The Interstellar Aid Corps
The Interstellar Aid Corps are an available ERT role that involves playing the members of the famed IAC. Your goal is to, no matter the circumstance, ensure the well-being of all individuals on the station with very little exception. Essentially, if they aren’t trying to murder you, you may as well be helping them no matter the circumstance. It’s not recommended to pick up this role without some basic medical knowledge in-game. It is important to understand as well that the IAC ERT is not going to hold your hand through conflict - as they lack any major weapons of their own.
Away site roles
Various groups are interested in the wide-open space, here are a few you can meet on your away missions.
AKA “This gun is not on stun!”
A squad of stranded PRA Kosmostrelki, under the supervision of a loyal Party Commissar. Your goal is to protect your ship, survive and avoid the Commissar’s wrath.
HMV Victory Kataphracts
AKA “Lizard has wares if you have coin”
Supervisors: Chapter Leader, HONOR
The Kataphracts of the HMV Victory are a roaming chapter of Unathi Knights whose ship has just so happened to drift within visiting distance of the NSS Aurora. Maintain your ship, polish your weapons, and look eagerly forward to the next glorious adventure you and your fellows will face, which might just be a band of eggheaded intruders from the nearby research station.
Zeng-Hu Derelict Survivors
AKA “IT’S COMING!”
Main article: Zeng-hu Pharmaceuticals
Supervisors: None anymore.
Something’s gone horribly wrong on the comet base 0052-GAMMA, and your unfortunate self has been in cryogenics until now. A note is all that’s left for you, reading -
"Bishop Cybernetics Comet Facility 0052 GAMMA has been abandoned due to escaped test subjects. We've left this note as a farewell to the unfortunate souls that couldn't make it out of cryogenics in time. May you rest in peace."
This is a ghost role dedicated to improv survival roleplay, where you are in effect a dazed ejection from cryostasis left to the horrors of whatever lay in 0052-GAMMA. Odds are, these horrors aren’t very friendly, and the note gives you plenty of incentive to think this. Try to find the escape shuttle or die trying.
AKA “Why’s that one got a plasma cutter?”
Main article: Maintenance Drone
Supervisors: Your laws.
Maintenance drones are lawed property of NanoTrasen that are employed commonly to maintain the station in absence of more costly and comprehensive methods. This is a great learner role for those looking to learn cyborg controls and mechanics without the burden of interaction.
AKA “We exist to be annoying”
Main article: Rat
Supervisors: The Giant Rat
You’re a rat. There is nothing more to this.
Jobs on Aurora
|Command||Captain - Head of Personnel - Head of Security - Chief Engineer - Research Director - Chief Medical Officer|
|Security||Security Officer - Warden - Detective - Forensic Technician|
|Engineering||Station Engineer - Atmospheric Technician|
|Medical||Physician - Paramedic - Psychologist - Pharmacist - Scientist|
|Research||Roboticist - Scientist - Xenobiologist|
|Supply||Quartermaster - Cargo Technician - Shaft Miner|
|Civilian||NanoTrasen Liaison - Assistant - Visitor - Bartender - Chef - Chaplain - Librarian - Janitor - Botanist|
|Non-human||AI - Cyborg - Personal AI|
|Special||Merchant - Emergency Response Team - Foreign Legion - Rat- Miscellaneous Roles|