We jumped in at 1700 and passed a 10kt Trexalon spaceliner that was jumping out. It was tech 12-13. We got out of the way. We were met by a flight of non-Trexalon fighters that demanded we identify ourselves and state our business. The fighters had Zephyr markings.
We told them our business was “Survey!”
The fighters told us “We’re gonna hold you here for a bit and then a space tug will take you over to high port” We wanted to refuel at the gas giant but the fighter crew said “that’s restricted.”
Eventually a tug boat came out. “This is Hitchens Tug 3, Don’t worry about things, Captain, I don’t bite” We flew through a debris field through which we swept our sensors— the remains of 150 fighters destroyed maybe 2 weeks ago. We saw that the majority of the destroyed fighters were Zephyr fighters but other fighters were unintelligible to us. We tried to access the news feeds to figure out who fought whom, but we only got light entertainment. The local sports newscaster was nervous but he didn’t mention any news of the battle. We sort of got a news blackout.
We heard chatter between the tug boat and the fighters and the Capital One control guys. The tugboat guy was not treated well by the Zephyr fighters. Everybody was tight-lipped.
We got close enough to the space station to sweep it.
Top to bottom:
It is a class B starport. It has repair bays and can build non-jump boats.
Docked at the repair bay is a 10,000 ton ship. It’s from Trexalon.
There are many transports flying stuff around
The next level down is a place for warehouses and the star city area described on the Library Data
The next level down is the area for locals. We are being taken to a local berth on an outside ring. We will be met by a jetway-like
The next level down is a wheel with hundreds of weapons bays (the defense ring)
The next level down is a main control area with attitude control
The next level down has a big dome with a shopping mall and living facility. The dome faces Zephyr.
There are no other interstellar ships other than the 10kt ship (from Trexalon).
Big Jim told Niar that he thinks we should suggest we are going to Allemagne and get out of dodge as soon as possible. We need to send a marine on a commercial cruiser. We searched for ourselves and didn’t find any current information – we are moving faster than the news is flowing in the area of the Tarsus Main.
As we get closer to the space station, we notice a very few blast marks and only one weapons bay is tracking us— we expected more bays to track us. There are too few blast marks for the number of destroyed fighters.
We suggested that we could provide help for the pirate attack. The tugboat pilot said they didn’t need any help but invited us to a charity party for recently-orphaned pilots’ kids. The address of the bar is the Ship’s Boat (a theme bar). We can be fueled overnight and through the day to 1600 hours.
The party was a ruse; the fighter pilots and some ship’s boats crews tried to keep the Trexalon ship’s captain in the bar during a fake grav plate failure while Davos rescued his dad and sister, who are higher-ups in the Zephyr council (Andrii). They told us the story:
The Trexalons negotiated many times for a treaty with an assisting Imperial Agent negotiating with them to make the treaties seem legitimate. The Andriis told them to go away and then eventually a few ships came in that the Trexalons declared enemies and we were forced to fight the ships. The Trexalon bad guys had troops in a converted liner and they infiltrated Capital One (one was a small Imperial Scoutship that needed 2 months of medical aid and repair work on the ship, she left on week 23. .. the other one was a bigger ship that looks like ours and he was looking for the other woman “He was looking for Sam, Right?” He left the week before the Trexalon ships showed. )
The three Andriis seemed off-put to talk to us so we put a lot of cards on the table. They eventually told us that the Imperial treaty negotiator was probably some kind of spy / turncoat for the Trexalon and that they got no matching/corroborating recordings or memory of the woman despite several visits (different names every time!!!) Sam was going to Allegmange in her Jump-2 ship. Ryan followed her and was going to jump ahead of her to Marseilles. Davos said Sam thought that the Imperial Negotiator is really a spy in the Imperial Navy high command for this and so Sam was avoiding Iderati and going to Raweh instead (to communicate with the fleet commander there). We guessed that 875-496’s space base information never getting to Iderati or Karin was due to someone intercepting the message.
Davos said our ship is guarded by the single functioning crewed weapon aboard the Capital One and we will get shot to smithereens if we try to leave. Davos is going to rescue the prisoners after the 10kt troop transport leaves the Capital One with a Trexalon skeleton crew. Davos’ small team will overpower the skeleton crew’s guards to rescue the remaining hostages. This will allow the station crew to act and complete the overthrow of the Trexalon force— they are not acting now because their families are hostage now. The Trexalon ship will leaving tomorrow afternoon at 1400. We will be able to leave when our ship is refueled at 1600.
Davos said “My current way of thinking is that I will lead a bunch of people up through some secret passages to rescue to the prisoners. My fighter friends will attack the bridge. You guys can attack the gun station and take it out. We might be able to take and hold the main control center. Davos’ guys will help them if they can.”