It's time to start working again!
Warning: Very Long Post, read on at own risk!
Hello fellow EV enthusiasts, I'm very happy to say after nearly a year of languishing in my own personal development hell, the Kestrel Shipyards plug is finally back in development!
Alright, I know it's not a big deal to you guys, but I'm very excited to be working on my plug again, finally!
Anyway, since it's been a long time and things have changed a bit anyway, I think I'd better post a brief outline of what I hope this plug will be, eventually. I've decided, against my better judgment, to try and make this a whole new storyline complete with missions, new dudes, at least one new planet, and a bunch more outfits and a few more ships that all fit into the new storyline in a very smooth and understandable way.
The basic premise of the plug is that the second Kestrel in the EVN universe (the one you can buy at S7evyn) originally had tons of advanced "alien" outfits and technology that is on par with and even better than some Polaris tech. However, it was immediately purchased by a wealthy businessman (former trader or something) with the intent to start a company to reverse engineer and begin building ships and outfits based on the Kestrel's technology.
Now, when I said the man who started the company is wealthy, I meant filthy rich since he had enough money to buy the Kestrel, find an undiscovered and uncharted world in Federation space to set up shop, purchased all the tooling and orbital shipyards to actually start manufacturing, and hired the scientists and engineers to actually understand and innovate on what they were building!
The bread and butter of the plug is the new ships and outfits built by Kestrel Shipyards and how they affect the balance and political order of the galaxy as a whole, particularly between the Federation (or should I say the Bureau?) and the Polaris. The Kestrel-derived ships and their weapons and outfits are very powerful and expensive, and are also exclusive to the mission string (or at least they will be!).
The storyline is fairly simple and involves you, the player, working for Kestrel Shipyards just like in the Sigma string. After doing odd jobs for them for awhile, and gaining more access to their ships and outfits, you finally start hitting pirate and auroran targets on behalf of the Federation. After doing this for a little bit, you begin scouting Polaron space and learn about the Raven. This scares the crap out of the Feds and your superiors at the Shipyards, so they tell you they're going ahead with their most ambitious project yet to combat this new threat (I won't reveal what it is outright but you'll figure it out). After a few more minor missions, it's revealed that the Polaris are preparing for a preemptive strike on the Federation out of fear of the new Kestrel-derived tech, especially since it's already been "tested" on lesser foes (pirates and Aurorans). After this startling (and confusing to the player, who's already begun doubting the true motives of both the Polaris and your own superiors) revelation, you're sent out with the shipyards most powerful creation along with a fleet of other Kestrel-type ships to attack the polaris fleet before they can launch their own offensive. After going to Kel'ariy and battling the polaris (and winning!), they inform you of the true nature of the Federation and the bureau and that you've been working for them all along. After being horrified to learn this terrible truth, you vow to turn their greatest weapon against them and lead a joint assault with the Polaris against the Bureau Headquarters on New England. After swiftly dealing with them, you head back to Kestrel Shipyards to speak with the founder (with whom you've become friends with over the course of the mission string) and see if he knew what his company was really building his ships for. After being convinced that your friend genuinely did not know he was being manipulated by the bureau, you convince him to turn the powerful and dangerous technology Kestrel Shipyards has developed over to a joint Federation-Polaris-Rebellion government that will ensure that it is never used to put one faction at the mercy of another again.
This is just a general outline, so any comments, questions, or just general feedback would be much appreciated! Please let me know what you think and if anyone has any suggestions, I'm very open to new ideas at this point!