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DECOY??
Post by JMLyle   » Sat Feb 16, 2019 8:20 pm

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In Off Armageddon Reef didn't Merlin set a decoy on a remote island that showed a town with advanced technology and broadcasting radio waves? What happened to this decoy?
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Re: DECOY??
Post by DrakBibliophile   » Sun Feb 17, 2019 12:52 am

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Nothing like that in any of the books.

In a later book, Merlin created fake steam vehicles on a remote island to test if the orbital platform would react to steam power.

Since there was no reaction, I suspect Merlin shut down the faked steam vehicles test.
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Post by Robert_A_Woodward   » Sun Feb 17, 2019 1:07 am

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JMLyle wrote:In Off Armageddon Reef didn't Merlin set a decoy on a remote island that showed a town with advanced technology and broadcasting radio waves? What happened to this decoy?

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The only decoy operation I remember was in a later book ... checking ... _How Firm a Foundation_, where Merlin set up a phony set of cities that used simulated steam engines (on a very remote set of islands).
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Re: DECOY??
Post by JMLyle   » Sun Feb 17, 2019 3:06 pm

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Ah! I didn't remember it correctly then. It has been a few years since I read that book.
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Re: DECOY??
Post by Spoz   » Mon Mar 04, 2019 8:57 pm

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But it does sort of beg the question of, having done it once with steam what's wrong with trying the same approach ie use part of Armageddon Reef or a remote, uninhabited island to set up a fake electrical installation and see what happens? I guess an answer could be in the "there is a problem with the bombardment system controls" story line, being afraid of causing a reset, but it would seem worth a try.
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Post by Weird Harold   » Mon Mar 04, 2019 11:34 pm

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Spoz wrote:But it does sort of beg the question of, having done it once with steam what's wrong with trying the same approach ie use part of Armageddon Reef or a remote, uninhabited island to set up a fake electrical ...


Simple answer: Charis needed Stearn. They do not need Electricity -- yet.
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Re: DECOY??
Post by Brent7s   » Mon Mar 18, 2019 5:59 pm

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Um just a thought....why not make a bunch of electrical generator decoys and place them all over uninhabited islands and turn them on one at a time. If the orbit defense system has a limited ammo supply you could run it dry also you could have Owl watching the orbitals and track the platforms if by no other way then the angle of impact from projectile.
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Post by Louis R   » Mon Mar 18, 2019 6:18 pm

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Last time this was suggested, Himself responded to the effect of 'what makes you think the ammo can't be replenished?'

Brent7s wrote:Um just a thought....why not make a bunch of electrical generator decoys and place them all over uninhabited islands and turn them on one at a time. If the orbit defense system has a limited ammo supply you could run it dry also you could have Owl watching the orbitals and track the platforms if by no other way then the angle of impact from projectile.
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Post by FriarBob   » Mon Mar 18, 2019 9:35 pm

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Louis R wrote:Last time this was suggested, Himself responded to the effect of 'what makes you think the ammo can't be replenished?'

Brent7s wrote:Um just a thought....why not make a bunch of electrical generator decoys and place them all over uninhabited islands and turn them on one at a time. If the orbit defense system has a limited ammo supply you could run it dry also you could have Owl watching the orbitals and track the platforms if by no other way then the angle of impact from projectile.


There is also textev that they are reloadable platforms.

Granted, there is a *short-term* ammo limit. If the defenses and the bombardment platform were one and the same (they aren't, very much obviously aren't actually) then that could have been a way to create a window to get other weapons in range to blow the platforms up.

Short of that, this is a nonstarter.
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Post by Joat42   » Tue Apr 02, 2019 5:25 am

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Louis R wrote:Last time this was suggested, Himself responded to the effect of 'what makes you think the ammo can't be replenished?'

He also confirmed in another thread that the OBS is maintained automatically, ie bots repair, refuel and rearm it as needed.

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