Talk:Out of the Dark, Into the Night

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Lady Plato

The standard designation for ships in both the U.S. Navy and the Royal Navy (the U.K. Navy) is feminine, ie. ships are referred to as "she", regardless of their name. This is due to traditional reasons; the Olde English word scip was initially gendered as masculine, but later became feminine. Hence, the gender of ships changed. This changeover was complete before the 15th century, when the last written accounts of ships being referred to as masculine appear. Languages that have gendered nouns refer to ships as feminine (compare "mothership"), regardless of their designation. As example the USS Franklin -- named after Benjamin Franklin and nicked "Big Ben" -- is always referred to as a "she". So yes, the Plato is a "she". Selectah 03:44, 18 March 2008 (CST)

  • Oh, by the by, ere someone comments on the gender of scip; it might not be apparent from the above, but the Olde English noun scip was neuter ("it"), not masculine ("he"). Nevertheless, before ships were finally effeminated, both "it" and "he" were encountered in writing, along "she". The fenimine tradition was firmly established by the 15th century, tho. Just to Clarifyâ„¢. Selectah 09:12, 18 March 2008 (CST)

Please. We have no idea what the GTA calls their ships as personal pronouns are never used for that in FreeSpace. The Russians call their warships "he", by the way. Mustang19 16:19, 18 March 2008 (CST)

  • You're welcome. We do have an idea what the GTA calls their ships. The entire FreeSpace universe is originally modeled in the english language. Agree or disagree? On the other hand, if the language would be german, all ships would be neuter ("das schiff"). In the english language, ships are "she". So it is Lady Plato, regardless. ;) Selectah 05:05, 19 March 2008 (CST)
    • I guess the GTA would correspond to the Greek naval conventions, if anything. Although that's what the FS1 techroom would imply, you don't see many Greek influences elsewhere. But what you're saying makes sense, FreeSpace is a stereotypical SciFi universe loosely based on the American navy, with aircraft carriers and such. All they need now is a "Commander Air Group" like it BSG... Mustang19 09:52, 19 March 2008 (CST)

Plato self-destruct

If there's a self-destruct tag on the Plato, it's an FSPort addition. I've gotten the ship to the node before. (Even in the FSPort for that matter, so it must be a recent Port addition.) - ngtm1r 03:50, 22 March 2008 (PST)

If you're sure of something, go ahead and add it. Be bold. The thing is, make sure you check since I remember seeing the self-destruct event in FRED. But I might be wrong. Mustang19 07:31, 24 March 2008 (CST)

FS Port

Did they fix the press J to target thing in the port? Because it doesn't work for me now and it does in my original freespace 1. And I didn't have a problem killing the shivans then and I was on hard and I'm on easy in the FS Port and I STILL can't kill one! --FlamingCobra 00:56, 31 August 2011 (UTC)