Jenga spacestation in Spring 2016
|Base Hull||Modular Battlesteel hull|
|Drive Type||Mass Effect Field Drive|
|Drive Rating||Max velocity 0.01c|
|Armament||multiple point defense lasers and light coil gun turrets|
1 88mm coil gun (since late 2017)
|Flag of Record||Fenspace Convention|
|Purpose||Research, construction and living space|
|Primary Crew||several catgirls and AIs|
|Other Crew||A lot of Exocomps|
|Auxillary Vehicles||6 waved cars (in late 2015)|
|“||Let me get this right. You want us to help you building a base made of lot of giant LEGO parts? So that you can play around with them when you want to? Damn, that sounds stupid crazy... I like it.||”|
—Wire Geek, Mid 2015
|“||Why do I cannot land anymore in hangar C? I got my fight plan from you two days ago... oh... you took the hangar apart? Okay, will land in hangar D.||”|
—Unknown pilot approaching the Catgirl Industries base
|“||It has been said that many great discoveries do not started with an ‘Eureka’ but with ‘oh, that’s odd’. In Fenspace, both variants do often happen after some kind of explosion.||”|
—heard on an Interwave forum on Mars
|“||They take it apart and put it together again on a near-constant basis. Face it – Jenga is the Solar System's biggest cat toy.||”|
—Noah Scott, December 3, 2015
|“||Well, at least it will not fall apart when you pull out one part.||”|
—Naedial Warringer, 2015
|“||GINA! When we retire we're getting one of these!||”|
—Benjamin Rhodes, upon seeing Jenga 'shuffle' for the first time.
The home base of Catgirl Industries, called Jenga by most people, is an ever-changing pile of large Modules made from waved steel, most of them 24 or 16 meters long and 8 times 8 meters wide. They have several standardized airlock openings, so they can be combined in a lot of different shapes. Thick blue glowing ‘energy cables’ run on the surface of the station, which was a result of the waving of the first Modules. Many of the base systems cannot run on power distributed through internal cables.
When the catgirls decided that wanted to build an orbital base instead of a ground one and had put up some basic plans, they noticed that they needed help. Cathy and Vivio flew over to Hephaestus and had a long talk with the dwarfs. After a lot of discussion about their crazy base design, modifying some of their plans because of suggestions by Hephaestus and handing over most of their money, Hephaestus Mining and Metalworking and Catgirl Industries began with the Jenga project.
In the beginning of the complex, the Modules were just a free floating habitat, but since early-2016 the owners of the base began to upgrade the Modules with engines, independent life-support and some concealed defense weapons. This mobility allowed Catgirl Industries to provide direct support for installing some of their products for larger scale contracts. Most of the module infrastructure is built into the thick bottom and ceiling of the modules to keep it out of the way of the interior areas.
Each catgirl has its own rooms and it is rumored that lots of the personal money of the catgirls go into furnishing their room comfortably. Some of the living areas are not inhabited at the moment, they are either reserved for visitors or potential future members. Others are used as common meeting places, exercise rooms and offices.
Cortana is networked to all of the public places in the module complex and can connect to most private areas on demand. She is responsible for maintaining the computer infrastructure of the company and its own cyberspace. All the modules have a representation in cyberspace, in addition to a huge virtual area that can be used for any kind of planning or activity. The complex has an Interwave backbone node, but its unknown to outsiders which module contains the transmitter.
The exact number of modules seem to fluctuate, because the catgirls seem to like taking them apart from time to time and reassemble them into different configuration and Modules, but on average the count has been growing continuously.
In Summer 2016 Jenga was attacked by a small group of ships owned by the Tanglewood Boys. The low number of point defense turrets allowed the attackers to reach a hangar and unload a large boarding party. Several Modules of Jenga were heavily damaged in the next hours while the Catgirls fought a slow retreat, waiting for the coming reinforcements.
Jenga has received quite a number of military upgrades since this fight, including a large coil gun.
Jenga's Modules are made from 8 times 8 meters large squares of 10cm thick Battle Steel, which are connected so cubes or cuboids, most of them 16 or 24 meters long. The base plates have mounting points for an thinner inner wall 100cm away, which give the interior a minimum size of 6 times 6 meters.
There are three different kind of base plates created by Hephaestus, a bare wall plate, one with a large quadratic airlock and a third one with mountings for sensors and a popup laser defense turret. The airlock plate also contains interface sockets and pipes around the airlock to transfer energy and and other things between different Modules.
The subtypes of the bare wall plates are equipped with different kind of standardized equipment between the two walls. The first variants constructed had machines for energy production, life support and communication, but since end 2015 Catgirl Industries began to equip the Modules with some of reactionless engines, which have been upgraded several times.
The plates are welded together by special equipment designed by Hephaestus and Catgirl Industries, which produce a continuous and solid outer wall, but they can be disassembled again later. Each assembled Module has one communication plate, which contains three Quantum Entanglement Modules to interconnect all existing Modules to a virtual hexagonal grid. Most Modules contain at least one energy generation and life support plate too.
Most of the interior of the Modules is either vacuum resistant or can be locked down airtight, to allow an easier reconfiguration of the Modules itself.
The Little Big Bang Labs (LBBL)
The Little Big Bang Labs (LBBL) have their own page.
The great hall
Twice every year, for Christmas and for the anniversary of the Catgirl Industries’ foundation, the catgirls assembled a large hall out of unused parts of the space station. The room has to be quite large because all catgirls want to have a party together with their guests. While the anniversary party keeps the room mostly empty for dancing, the Christmas one always featured a large holographic tree in the center. The catgirls could not afford a real one in 2015 when they had Christmas together the first time).
Of course a few days later, the module parts were cleaned up, disassembled and reassembled into their original modules. At least until this was the plan the catgirls followed until 2019.
For Christmas 2019, one of the guests of the catgirls were Dakota. Being a famous holo-artist, Dakota and the catgirls who designed the tree in 2019 had a great time, talking about former experience with their tech and brainstorming about new ideas.
It hasn’t been recorded what exactly happened during the night (and Cortana says her sensors were disrupted), but at one point Dakota and a group of catgirls began to tear up the holographic projectors in the hall and started working on them. A long and very blue-furred night later, the tree was working again and everyone got his well earned sleep.
But in the morning all kind of chaos started in the great hall, one of the catgirls had slept in the branches of the tree! While nobody was sure how, the projections of the system had become solid, a technology both unmatched by Dakota or Catgirl Industries. After a short and careful analysis the catgirls decided to keep the great hall together until they had a clue how the new holographic system was working.
It took a combined team of Trekkies and catgirls with the help of Dakota a lot of time to replicate the system, leading to the Trekkie ‘Solid Holograms’ and Catgirl Industries/Dakotas ‘Hardlight’ technology.
- The showers with integrated fur dryers were considered a major obstacle in designing the living space at Jenga.
- Some external airlocks have external ‘universal docking adapters’, most of them bought at Stellvia.
- Spacecrafts less than five meter high and width can land inside some special airlocks/docking bays.
- Many catgirls had very bad experiences with Boskones in their lives, which made them to equip their stations with a bit more ‘defensive’ weapons than necessary.
- Jenga of course has its own instance of the Grid.
- Everyone plays with LEGO! The base does not accept to stay within the same configuration for more than a month. While moving the Modules into a new configuration might help once, ever two or three months new plates must be added to the base or a few existing Modules have to be taken apart. Otherwise the energy production and engine efficiency begins to drop.
- I thought it was this way! The base does not like too many signs pointing the way to different parts of the station. Paper signs, black boards and even personal printouts get often lost, misprinted or outdated quicker than the base changes. The inhabitants seem to know their way around the station by memory, but it can confuse visitors as hell.
Unique modules and sections
- You have mail. One 16 meter long Module contains a dual link Interwave transmitter that with a pair of dedicated reactors in a second internal 10cm Battle Steel shell.
- BAM! One of the base Modules was equipped with a capital ship coil gun in late 2016. The 24 meter long Module houses the necessary cooling systems, targeting sensors and the necessary reactors to power to coilgun.