Vesper's Accusations of President KingDuring the peace conference in Midway, President King's cruiser was attacked by an unknown PatCom. Possibly Indie, possibly not. This article will try to prove that King sent the PatCom after himself in an attempt to prolong the war and achieve a military victory over the Independents. *Note: Before you read this article, you should watch the intro movie and play the mission. Here is what I believe happened. In the intro movie at the Battle of the Toliman Exchange, the Dreadnaught takes cover behind a crippled ship. This ship matches the exact design of the one that attacked King! You can tell the ship is crippled because it does not move away from the Dreadnaught. Also, the Dreadnaught rammed this ship, with no apparent retaliation on the PatCom's part. (After the ship is rammed, the Dreadnaught is fired at from somewhere, but we don't see which ship fires so we can't assume that the PatCom shot at the Dreadnaught.
After the battle, the PatCom was evacuated by Indies and left drifting in the debris field of the Toliman Exchange. Like the Dreadnaught, it was left to float in space. A ship would have to pass through Alpha-Centuri to get to Midway from Earth. Since this would be the only way for King to get to Midway, he would pass right by the debris field. During a routine scan, the Excalibur could have detected the PatCom. Now, it is somewhat of a stretch that President King would personally read the scanner logs, but keep in mind that this was a very important mission. Once the PatCom was detected, he could have decided to use it as an "Ace in the Hole."
As soon as the Excalibur detected the PatCom, he ordered the cruiser to stop. He would have asked the chief engineer aboard the Excalibur if it was somehow possible to conceal the PatCom from other ships. The engineer would have told him that it was possible to attach the ship to the underside of a pylon(or wing) of the cruiser. The PatCom would be easily accommodated given the sizes of the two ships; all that would be necessary to hold the PatCom in place would be a magnetic clap.
The next point would be: how did the PatCom power up? As we saw in the Defiance Campaign, it is possible for one ship to draw power from another. King would have had this done, but the power generators would have had to been ramped up to be able to charge the PatCom, and to keep the Excalibur moving. Your next question will no doubt be: "Why would the cruiser's reactor need to be powered up to 40% to power a small PatCom? There is no way that such a small ship would require that much power!"
I agree with that fully. But I never said that all of the energy would be going to the PatCom. A lot of it would be needed to run the cruiser. I'd bet that less that 10% of the power output would be going toward the PatCom. The Excalibur might have also been "running hot" to mask the EM signature of the charging PatCom. But, someone might say that the Excalibur was at 40% because there weren't that many Navy ships if the conference broke down. So what! Would you be worried that the Indies hardly outnumbered you...when you have a damn CRUISER on your side?!?!
Also, why did the Excalibur order the Dreadnaught and it's wingman to stay at least 5 kilometers away from it? It is not like they were enemy ships. They were part of SecPat, and weren't of any danger to the cruiser. The actual attack. (Let us assume that the Patcom is running at emergency power only, very little heat) When you watch the cut scene, the blast had nearly no affect. We didn't even see the blue flash of it being blocked by a shield. The blast was that weak. Or, lets say that the Excalibur's shields were not on. We're talking about a PBC here! It is supposed to have the ability to vaporize the hulls of small ships! All it did was slightly heat the hull of the cruiser. It should have taken a little armor off. I believe that the blast was very low powered, or it was a jury-rigged device put there by King's engineers. And so, I believe that King rigged the whole thing just to win a military victory over the Indies. He had the motive and as the president of the Commonwealth, he most definitely had the means.
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