The Hunt

You say you wanna Revelation?

Big Jim called a conference

He is a telepath (!!!) and he has been enhancing the interrogations with his skills. He has 180s of mind-reading skills per day.


  1. to Jim, the Imperium Spy in the Trexalon— it sounds like Psionic Interference.
  2. He doesn’t interrogate us at all
  3. Hilda is a telepath; she shields her mind. Remember she is the scout leader on Karin
  4. When we interrogated the Trexalon colonel, he didn’t tell us the complete list of their allies. He thought of the Zhondani. When we asked about the contact, he didn’t think Scout, he thought Navy.

  • 875-496: Jim used his powers to ask the right questions.
  • Ochecate: Jim doesn’t remember if he read Mewey minds or Aslan minds.
  • 975-452: No bad guys to read. He didn’t sense any living people by us when the sensors when down. He has a range of 50kkm.
  • Zephyr: Stopped the fight when I accidentally kicked the captain in the bar fight. Allowed us to get into the gunnery control area when we attacked.
  • Marseille: nothing
  • Allemagne: Thought surrender thoughts to the Osprey crew as we engaged them in starship combat.
  • Szirp: He did not use the thought power to influence our situations.

Edward saw the psionics skills as a contagious disease
Niar saw this as a lie of omission for 14 weeks against all of us
Niar told Edward that lying about Sam for 12 weeks, another lie of omission, was the same thing. Edward “got over it” right then.

Arriving at Raweh


SDBs orbiting the planets.
We got a TAS alert. See the JTAS page ( http://www.obsidianportal.com/campaign/the-hunt/wikis/jtas ) Read these entries:

  • Iderati Five Sisters (0732-A887798-C) World News
  • Aulryakh (Aslan Hierate 0507-A242AA4-E) Science and Technology
  • Iderati Five Sisters (0732-A887798-C) Business

Raweh’s main planet has a very thin atmosphere. Ships actually park there.
The Imperial Navy Base has pressurized buildings on this world with docking ports on some for ships.

The Commander of the Naval Base is Lt Cmdr Binghamton. He leads a small flotilla of ships of the 208th fleet:


  • 1 Midu Agashaam
  • 2 Gazelles
  • 1 Huluuga
  • 2 Thunderbird
  • 1 Xboat tender
    3000 Navy personnel, 100-150 Scouts.

We looked for Cobalt Lockdowns in Navy records; we could only get records from branches tied to Gunnery and Commandos. There are many more Commandos with Cobalt Lockdowns than Gunnery sailors…. and 3-4 Commandos who died and are yet still alive but are in positions of power. Nobody on the base. None of the active Naval personnel on the downport are actually rebirthers.

Our ship has an IFF that identifies us as a Scout Intelligence vessel if we want it on.

We went to visit Lt Commander Binghamton. We turned on our Naval IFF and the Naval base rolled over on its belly to help. We asked for fuel and they gave us instructions to dock with their fueling tender. We left two Marines aboard. Then, we landed the cutter next to the Lt Commander’s office. The base was quite hospitable to us.

Edward introduced us to Lt Cmdr Binghamton through the officer of the watch. Jim expended all his psychic power in one 10-minute segment of intense mind-reading. We spilled the whole schlemiel to Lt Cmdr Binghamton. He went from being scared, to “I’m just a Lt Cmdr” to “This could make my career!” He’s bewildered by the situation. His first thought is to arrest the ambassador. Nobody ever interacts with the ambassador so there’s no like or dislike for the guy. We also talked about Tor, and the Cmdr looked up Tor on the computer. Tor is a pain in the butt— he picks fights all the time with his ego and temper.

Tor did come through Raweh just last week. He used Hilda-issued credentials to refuel. He turned the comm unit to Brian— Ronald set up a “Forward all Tor’s messages to Ronald Solon.” order Normally, this would be a problem due to privacy concerns because Ronald set up the forward. We looked for other interception orders: for Hilda and for a couple of random scouts— all of whom have Cobalt Lockdowns. We suggested that the Marine guard that arrests Ronald should wear psi shields.

When we got there, Ronald is waiting for us. His secretary announces that “Ronald, your visitors are here.” He shows up with food and a soda in his hand. He doesn’t resist. He asked the secretary to bring his tablet— of which we took possession. The tablet has a genetic lock on it too. We told Ronald to take a nap. Ronald wasn’t blocking psionic thoughts.

We needed Big Jim for Ronald’s interrogation. We took a nap on the base at the BOQ.
24 hours later, Big Jim was recharged and we were ready for the real interrogation.

Ronald’s Interrogation


We asked Binghamton to leave so he didn’t hear questions above his pay grade. We worried that maybe Ronald was on the up-and-up so we didn’t want the government exposed to a “low-life” Lt Cmdr. We met Ronald and he had more food. We told Ronald who we were and why we brought him here, and asked him to explain why he is dead yet rebirthed. He told us that he needed his tablet to explain to us the problem and we let him. He was thinking that “these people need to see and sign the Cobalt Accord.” He mustered up lots of bravado and we saw he is made of muscle and not fat (bigger than Big Jim!)

“Everyone needs to sign the Cobalt Security Accord. Failure to do so can result in your immediate execution, telling anyone you signed it can result in your immediate execution, and so can revealing anything we discussed to anyone other than Cobalt Accord signatories. In fact, this meeting never took place, you all understand!” All of this done is with a smidgen of Gyros on his face.

Niar, Jim, Otto, Brian, Edward signed it, in that order.

We were flagged when we searched for Tor’s mail situation. He’s been following Tor and Hilda’s emails for a while. The most recent email read “The wedding plan has been accelerated. Bring the present to me at the alpha site. I want to unwrap it myself.” Ronald doesn’t know what the code words mean. Throughout the discussion, Ronald was trying to place Hilda and Tor’s actions within the context of the conspiracy in his mind. We think the present is Sam. We explained the whole mission to Ronald— it’s not just a wedding. If you are who you say you are, then you are the one to help us out he.

The messages begin mentioning The Present at the point where Ryan was sent to find Sam. Other emails stretch back to when Tor was active with Hilda. We tried to correlate Tor’s actions with other piracies but it would take a long time and databases to do.

Jim mentions Tor’s contact is The Witch. We returned to Ronald’s office, where it is secure. He has a black globe privacy screen in his office.

“There is definitely a conspiracy in progress. The “alpha site” is probably Andor. We should go there and take charge.” Ronald has a rack of disguise kits in a huge file cabinet-style wardrobe— he picks his own uniform out of his kit. Lt Cmdr Ronald Solon.

He explained he was killed to go under deep cover. He was upset that we got the records of his death and didn’t understand how that worked.

We decided to take Ronald and two more Marines. We left his secretary to finish up paperwork. We explained that “we jumped to conclusions” to Lt Cmdr Binghamton.

We stocked up on supplies and then we jumped for Andor.

In Jumpspace to Andor


The Cobalt Accord is the Imperial Official Secrets Act— we cannot talk about the Ancients unless they are also in the Cobalt Accord. These are the guys who protect the Ancients’ secrets for the Imperium. They know what a black globe generator actually is. All rebirthers are active deep cover agents involved in the Cobalt Accord.

Training:


  • Niar jumped his dex by 1
  • Jim’s sensors went up by 1
  • Otto began working on Intelligence
  • Brian began working on strength
  • Edward began working on computer

Waiting to finish this jumpspace bit on the 17th!

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Cobalt Lockdown!

Starting off

When we tried to dock the passenger module to the ship to swap it for the fuel module to take the fuel, the passenger module wouldn’t dock. We had to check it out.
We needed to make a part. We looked up the part in the ship’s computer. Sgt Knox made it out of pieces of the fresher by the dining room. Otto and Brian worked together to place the part. Unbeknownst to us, Otto was in Brian’s way. They couldn’t get it to latch on. Knox had to make a clamp that wasn’t in the ship’s plan. Sgt Knox failed to make the modified clamp properly on his first try. He tried again but failed— but on the third try he succeeded.

About an hour later, Knox showed the working clamp to Brian and Otto outside. Otto tried to help and this time wasn’t telling Brian to put the docking part in backward. Brian and Otto put the clamp on properly that time. Otto’s vac suit was running out of air and Brian helped him back into the cutter.

Niar tried to get the cutter back in there but failed— “DON’T BEND IT!” we yelled. The second time, he failed again. Brian went underneath the ship to figure out what was wrong with the docking— he realized we forgot to jumper the fuses. Brian took care of that with a simple wire. Nothing happened properly the third time. Niar was controlling the cutter too much and the ship failed to dock due to too much motion.

The alarms in the ship went off due to the lack of “true” docking. Edward tried to shut the alarms with his computer skill— and failed twice. Brian came along to shut off the alarms with his electronics skill. It seems like it worked— the passenger module didn’t fall out. This total repair time was four hours of repair.

Niar refueled the ship with the fuel module from the Osprey in 4 hours. (Any time we use the passenger module in the future, we’re at -2 to use it until it is repaired).

We then decided our jump destination. We tried to figure out Trexalon’s connections to Szrip and Jinx. We remembered SuSAG is larger than Trexalon, with plants throughout the Imperium instead of just on the Trexalon main.

We picked Szirp! We jumped:

In Jumpspace…


We looked over the “ipad.”
First image: To Samantha, may this contain all your dreams. Love , Mom & Dad
Basic college stuff next. There are lots of pictures of Edward. Edward started blushing. Nair renewed Edward’s commitment to the Imperial navy and the mission, and then gave the ipad to Edward so he can skip through the photos.

Edward went to the most-recent pictures to find out what she was doing. Sam’s personal log showed she signed on with Fran to do intelligence work for the travel opportunities. She logged information about going up and down the Collace main— we could tell she was keeping a separate top-secret log. “Fran sent me on another mission— hopefully this one won’t turn out as bad as the last trip to Mewey.”

Edward examined the ipad for other data and found nothing encoded.

We looked over the super-secret thumb drive with a genetic lock with a requirement that the person must be alive. The only other person who can open it is Fran. Niar put the thumb drive in a baggie and then in the ship’s intelligence-only safe.

Sam left us 330,025cr , hard currency, added to our accounting system. Otto suggested that the money is trackable or less-trackable than the money we got when we left.
Big Jim worked on Sensors. Otto worked on Dex. Edward worked on Dex. Niar worked on Dex again. Brian worked on Strength.

Szirp…


We made it to Szirp. The Crystal Rose wasn’t there. There were some yachts in orbit. A SuSAG ship was landing. We took the learjet module down to the Downport at Ocean Heights. We went down on the ruse that our module needed repair (and the bathroom did, too). Then we needed to negotiate a repair and refueling.

We landed near the sound north of Ocean Heights. It’s brackish to freshwater. We got out of the cutter and it smelled really badly. Workers have masks and buildings have filtration systems. There is low gravity— great for older people with walkers. There is no Imperial presence at Szirp. Niar, Otto and Brian went down in the cutter’s learjet module.

Brian looked for the guy in a white uniform like a doctor’s smock. He has a welcoming yet fake smile. Brian asked about repairing the module. “Jake’s garage” Jake can work on the cutter. He asked about refueling. “Estina’s” will refuel the ship for a fee. Brian asked about the retirement homes. “They’re by the poles. You can get an apt, a townhouse, your own house, or a ranch— progressively higher fees. SuSAG can help us live a little longer. We have 500,000 people staying here.” He handed us brochures for retirement on Szirp. He gave us some vouchers for a ride up to The Heights. Get on the grav train and go to The Heights. He gave good service.

We wanted to make an arrangement for another data dump. We went with Imperium Express and another company, “.” They would send it to Raweh (2 jumps + X-boat transmission. 8K per message.)

Estina charged us 3000Cr per jump for refined fuel. Estina said the minerals in the water were strong and that a regular purification plant might not be able to handle it. It was straight up 10kCr. Estina said the Michael Westin will be refueled in 24 hours. She won’t talk to Niar about another Donosev-class ship because all Barons need yachts and he doesn’t have one. Otto tried again (Don’t mind our ship, it’s the driver because “the yacht is in for service.”) Brian tried again (the honest angle “We just wanna know”) She answered that the family didn’t have to refuel a Donosev. They don’t watch every ship that comes in, but they didn’t touch one.

We went to Jake’s Garage to fix the modular cutter. Jake’s was a worked-in was a mess. All five employees wore filter masks. There was a purple & blue Zebra-class yacht being fixed. Jake was in an office. We ask about our ship. They had the part for 500Cr. The fuse box was 50Cr. “Good luck!” The clamp is an A-frame thing made of metal pipes and takes two to carry. We fixed the cutter while it was grounded. The Sam Axe is whole again. Niar went up to get Big Jim and Edward.

We still had a night to use our vouchers. We went on the grav train (a ski lift without hooks). There was a big hospital, a big administrative building saying “SuSAG” on it. Down the cliff face were houses and stores. The nicer buildings were at the bottom (by the gasses from the ocean). We hit the Early Bird Special at the Old Folks’ City Cafe. We could get any almost cuisine— even Trexalon or Darrian. (Brian said “I can’t have Darrian – I’m lactose-intolerant” ha ha). The people are nice. They are actually not on a nice drug.They told us that living long was based on a few things. “It’s the doctor, your initial health, and so on— but I’ve known people who got in the 50 years they claim in the brochures. You live pretty good, too. If you weren’t in bad shape before you got here, you’ll live a while.”

We made it back to the Ocean Heights downport and left at 1:30PM. The Sam Axe was fine and we docked without a “hitch.”

We jumped for Raweh to find Tor Kumaki.

In Jumpspace… (again)


Big Jim worked on Sensors. Otto worked on Dex. Edward worked on Dex. Niar worked on Dex again. Brian worked on Strength. Otto’s dex, Edward’s dex, and Brian’s dex went up by one. Yay!
Niar made an argument for Carousing-1 (and won)
Brian made an argument for Mechanical-1 (and won)

To get fuel on Raweh, Tor must either have his own base, or have Imperial military contacts. We looked for Tor in our Scout records for Tor Kumaki. He was a Scout! He got out at 38. He had no formal education. He spent 20 years as a specialist in site surveys for archeological digs. He was not an officer. He had many disciplinary actions for assault. One assault was on a fellow scout in the line of duty. Tor spent 3 terms as a dig foreman. He went looking for a long-distance Solomani colony on a mission. His last term was noted as “Cobalt Lockdown.” We can’t see the data. He reported to Hilda for his last assignments before the Cobalt Lockdown. We’ve never seen a Cobalt Lockdown before in a Scout record.

Tor’s records show that they made it far rimward, but there were too many inhabited planets to figure out with one expedition. Their last planet was She (class A starport. It would be like going to Core/Capital to have a dig.)

We scanned the Scout records for other Cobalt Lockdowns.
Hilda has a lockdown.
A bunch of other scouts have lockdowns.
There are no lockdowns on worlds.
Most lockdowns are on people who went to Andor and Candory.
None of the player characters have Cobalt Lockdowns.
Sam does not have a lockdown.
Ryan does not have a lockdown.
Fran does not have a lockdown.
There are people above Hilda with Cobalt Lockdowns.
The councillor on Raweh has a Cobalt Lockdown and they are not associated directly with the scout base. This person’s name is Ronald Solon. Solon wasn’t in the scouts, but the Imperial Navy as a line officer. And he’s dead. He’s overweight, on the fat boy program.
The lockdowns seem to occur whenever people go to certain systems, and then eventually it gets lifted. These lockdowns occur in the middle of a service records like a redaction.

There are a lot of dead people with Cobalt Lockdowns and who are ambassadors and or governors.

We should come out of Jumpspace at Raweh at the beginning of the next adventure.

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Interrogation #2

Much easier this time. These people were nearly complicit. Got a lot out of them and now we need to get on the road to finding Sam. Must review data retrieved from Sam’s intelligence cache before jumping outsystem— compare notes. Can we make “The Witch” before we find Sam? Szrip, Jinx, or Sam’s World.http://www.obsidianportal.com/campaigns/the-hunt/previews

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Jim's diary #8

Jim’s Diary
Another fire fight! Damn I knew this was going to happen with all the killers assigned to this mission. At least this one only lasted one exchange of fire and no one got killed. Those murdering bastards killed Ryan though. It would be nice to take all of those pirates prisoner but we are not equipped to do so. I’m glad though that I was able to stop the fight before things got out of control. We could get into yet another fight while we try to rescue Sam and we need to keep the ship in top repair for that. I hate all this fighting. Oh well I should have expected it when they recruited me to be a spook. Sent messages about the conspiracy as wide and far as we could think of. Hopefully the messages will bypass the bad guys. Could get in trouble for bypassing the chain of command but events have shown that the chain is compromised so we’ll do what we had to. If it was up to me I would make sure every citizen in the Imperium knew about it because that would force action. Now we need to figure out which star system we should jump to if we want to catch Sam’s kidnappers. On the way I will continue to polish my sensor skills

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Ryan's Dead, Sam's Alive

We learned that Ryan and Sam came through Zephyr. Sam was hurt and her ship was very damaged. The Zephyrs fixed her as best as they could and she left. Ryan needed fuel and left seconds before the Trexalon guys came to attack.

Our plan: Send two Marines with super-encrypted versions of the travel logs to the senior naval person and the senior scout person at Karin (Karin Five Sisters 0534) and the same people, as well as the Marquis, at Mille Falcs (Mille Falcs District 268 1637)
We sent:
Kurk Matson (Karin)
John Aryan (Mille Falcs)
The tramp freighter was named The Ludwig. We told them to split up at Singer. We gave them a pile of credits and the encrypted messages, and a hand-written note from a bunch of formerly high-ranking Imperials.

Then we are going to Marseilles to look for Sam and Ryan.

As we were leaving the Zephyr Station proper, we were talking with Davos over the communication system about the plan and we saw the camera shake and Davos leave the frame. “Oh no, we’re too late!” he cried. We were at the 100D limit to jump. We switched the screen around to see the aftermath of an explosion in the bottom part of the station. We used our sensors to watch the explosion in detail. The bottom part of the space station, a huge dome, was blown off to soon enter the atmosphere and kill all within. The gunnery ring was demo’d off by microcharges and it spun off. Niar coldly commanded that we just leave because the best way to save Zephyr is to bring the Imperium to Zephyr. Jim jumped the ship.

During jumpspace time, Big Jim worked on his Sensors skill, Edward worked on his dex, and Niar completed his dex training (raising his UPP to B658DC). Otto is working on dex, and improving his instruction skill – he trained Edward in Battle Dress. We re-watched the final minutes of the exploding Zephyr station, but steeled ourselves against feeling too depressed.

As we headed into Marseilles, we got comm’d, “Howdy Visitors! This is Charley’s World. Why don’t you get in line for fuel?” We scanned for our friends— looking for a Scout-Courier or another Donosev-class ship. We found only one Scout-Courier. We contacted him. The captain of the ship was a guy named Drake.

Drake said that he talked with Ryan and a Charles Hedrix in command of a Far Trader called the Osprey. The Osprey was ahead of Ryan for refuelling. They both mentioned going to Allemagne. The Osprey itself jumped ahead of Ryan’s Donosev, The Crystal Roxy.

We queued up at the refueling pump, moved out to 100D, and jumped for Allemange.

Jim was working on Sensor and he made it to Sensors 4 this jump.

Allegmange is a water world , orbits a twin star. The planet seemed abandoned to nature. We saw no starships in orbit. We could tell that there were cities on a planet— but there was just overgrown tarmac and city where the planetside starbase was to be. Jim’s new sensor skills showed us that all the original settler places were abandoned to nature— maybe there was a war, or scavengers. We detected a lower-tech city but not much greenhouse emission. We scanned all around and found a crash site. We scanned the crash site and got a pretty good overview. We realized we would have to go down to the planet to figure out the crash due to cloud cover.

Otto, Brian, Niar, and the two remaining Marines went down in the cutter. Otto brought the Battledress and our PGMP-13.
Edward and Big Jim stayed aboard the Michael Westin.

We made our flyover in the Sam Axe. We determined the area of the crash was radio-jammed.
http://www.obsidianportal.com/campaign/the-hunt/wikis/allemagne
That’s a scout-Courier and the Osprey Far Trader in the bottom half.

We saw several dozen bodies outside the barricade. The northern bodies are wearing combat armor styled in the Middle Ages. The southern guys techless, aboriginal guys and they made it past the barricade to the ship— that said something.

We could see some hasty graves + buried bodies. At the back end of the Scout Ship, we saw a woman sitting its back. She was using a winch to haul the jump drive out of the ship. We could tell this woman is a brunette— Sam was a blond so it wasn’t Sam. A bunch of people ran back to the Osprey and one guy with binos was checking us out— waving us down. We told Edward to keep his guns ready.

There was radio jamming happening within a mile of the crash site. Jim figured out that there were some buoys in the water. He can triangulate once per hour.

We fly over again the ships again to check out the serial number on the Scout-Courier. We missed it. The ship is beat up. The guy with the binos was really waving us down. Brian spied the ship and verified the ship’s tail number. “That’s Sam’s ship, all right! Who the hell’s the brunette?”

Later, Big Jim figured out the power source of the jamming— it’s remotely transmitted from the remote farmland area north of the crash. Edward created a firing solution on the power transmitter just in case Jim wanted to talk to us when we land. Jim is working on a counter-signal to deal with the jamming

We landed the Sam Axe north of Sam’s Courier— we were jammed the second we touched down. Niar left out to the south. Marines left out the north, hidden from the view of the crew of the Osprey.

The guy with the binos waved to us and we yelled “Hidy-Ho!” Binos guy is Captain Hedrick of the Osprey. “Man, we need help! We came down here to salvage this scout ship and we got attacked by crazy natives with bows and then we got attacked by guys wearing medieval armor from ancient Sol and they had laser spears (like Krull).”

They lost 5-6 crew members. The Osprey’s gunner took out natives, at least once a day they got attacked by natives. They noticed the jamming. They are taking the jump drive out of the Scout-Courier because they are worth their weight in gold in this subsector.

Otto and the Marines got in position on either side of the cutter. Otto looked beyond the barrier and didn’t see much.

Niar introduced himself as “Steve” and Hedrick offered 3000 credits to have us help them winch out the jump drive. Julian, the engineer said there was nothing left in the ship but we were welcome to look inside.

Big Jim finally was able to check the site out with the sensors because the cloud cover moved away.

The Courier was stripped out. There was blood, someone took a fall or there was a fight. There are four cabins in a courier. 3 were storage areas, one was a room. The storage rooms were tossed good. Niar took a look in the Secret Stash where Intelligence Scout-Couriers have a secret safe installed. The safe had:

  • a money bag,
  • personal tablet computer (bigger than a comm unit)
  • pen drive
    We got the stuff from the safe and offered to help with the jump drive extract. The Osprey people didn’t notice. They asked us to move the jump drive up, over to the Osprey, and then back into the Osprey’s open cargo bay. While lifting the drive out of the Courier, the Sam Axe was struck hard and shuddered. Niar crashed the Sam Axe while trying to regain control after the strike.

Big Jim saw a fusion bolt shooting out of the forest. He relayed the coordinates to Edward, who lasered the fusion gun from orbit. Edward also shot the jamming device out by shooting out two of the Keep’s towers.

Hedrick was shaken and concerned. “You guys got hit by a fusion gun from the woods, which later got struck by lasers from orbit. Wow!” The cutter was fine but we couldn’t tell if the jump drive was on the cable or not..

Hedrick yelled over the radio “Get to the barricade, get to the barricade!” Big Jim saw a fire fight beginning at the barricade. The Osprey began to fight with lasers and the Michael Westin came heavy with missiles.

Niar got the Sam Axe up in the air and it felt heavy enough that they must have had the wet jump drive on the cable. Julian helped direct the deposit of the jump drive into the Osprey’s cargo bay. Niar asked Julian about the graves; Julian said there was one female buried among them.

Big Jim suggested we return to the site— we landed as the Osprey left. The Osprey hesitated and then left out of there. The Osprey headed to 100D. Jim told them about owing us 3kCr and Hedrick mentioned the money is on the ground.

Niar and Brian returned to the site to look for Sam. They raked the graves; there were no females. One guy in the graves was Ryan— but the Crystal Roxy was nowhere in system.

Edward shot at the Osprey’s engines; lasers hit the engines and hull. The missiles missed. The Osprey missed with one return shot and the Michael Westin’s sandcasters deflected the other.

Jim raised the Osprey “You guys double-crossed us! You better get us our girl or we’re going to fight it out right now and you’ll lose!” A different guy appeared on the screen “I’m uh, Dan! The third officer! e don’t have her— our boss took her in the other Donosev-class and told us that our only payment would be what we got out of the Scout-Courier…” A jump drive is worth about 1MCr. (Wow)

The Marines searched the Far Trader and swept it clean while the crew of the Osprey waited in the passenger module of the Sam Axe. The crew was cooperative and the ship was clean. We returned the crew but interrogated Julian.

  1. Who’s the boss? Tor Kumaki, a Vilani
  2. Where did he go? Tor took the Crystal Roxy back to Raweh with Kumaki through the Sam’s World main.
  3. When did he leave? 1 week and a few days ago
  4. Was he fully-fueled? Tor was probably fully-fueled but he may have gone to Marseilles
  5. What happened that the captain of the Crystal Roxy? We came in disguised as a wounded tramp freighter. We boarded her and took her. We lost a few of our crew too.
  6. What’s their connection to the Trexalons? I don’t know anything about the Trexalons, we work on messages from the X-Boat route as clues from Tor and Hedrick followed his orders. Sometimes she’s heard “The Witch is sending us here…” but she’s never met the Witch.
  7. Did the woman explain who she was? Sam wasn’t broken.
  8. What was the motivation for taking Tor taking the Crystal Roxy? The Witch said to do it.

With the Captain dead and Tor leaving her high and dry, Julian is leaving Tor’s employ immediately.
Jim told them we are taking 1 jump of fuel from the Osprey to be able to head out. We did so.

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Otto's Not to self

Well that was an exciting little action. The plan was successful and executed nearly flawlessly with a couple of exceptions…2 wounded. Note to self. "Remember to watch your six. Damn Bastard shot me in the back from below. Well that won’t happen twice. It was nice to be back in action again. Sure beats sitting in retirement. Might not have retired to begin with if they hadn’t put me behind a desk. Oh well. We have more information on Sam and have some evidence of a traitor in the Imperium. I’ve been down that road before. Time to kick butt. But first I need to get Edward up to speed on BattleDress for the next action. He’s coming along nicely and seems to accept…or tolerate the training techniques I’ve been picking up from Steven. Edward is getting into pretty good shape clomping around the ship running drills in his battle dress gear for 4 hours at a wack.

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Zephyr

Well, wasn’t that an adrenaline shot? After being brought in as a retread, I thought my role on this mission would be a bit more limited than it has been. We have a great crew who seem to really know their stuff.

But I do feel somewhat useful, at least. BSed our way into some info about the lost pilots. I made some necessary (and exhausting) repairs on our vessel. This being caused by what I saw as a danger and nuisance to ALL (heh, heh) which had to be destroyed. And now I actually feel a bit like a space cowboy for at least ONE day. Just call me CK for Confirmed Kill. Not bad for an admin desk jockey turned space station “house sitter” who sat for years wondering why he took that left turn at Albuquerque.

So hopefully we are a huge step closer to finding these lost folks, completing our mission without too much other excitement. Yeah, just keep thinking that, Brian. Oh well, at least I’m getting in shape while we’re going through jump. Need to get rid of this pony keg. Just hope I can hold my own and contribute what I need to our mission.

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Jim's diary 7

Jim’s Diary
Well shit. I had to fire my shotgun in anger. Twice! That’s what I get for hanging around with a bunch of marines. Our tactically brilliant marines all decided to go student body left so it was up to me and Nair to go right. I shot one then Niar went for the second one but did not finish him. So I had to shoot the second one two. Yuck. Anyway, learned a few things about using sensors inside a space station that might come in handy later. Maybe I’ll eventually need to learn some computer programming stuff later though because a lot of what I did was only possible with the help of our computer programmers. Something to think about . In the mean time I will continue to focus on my sensor skills because they keep being useful.
Learned some interesting stuff from the officer we captured. Need to get the intelligence back to the Imperium. Problem is that someone appears to be blocking the information. Solution is to send the information to several folks who are in a position to act upon it. Need to talk this over with the rest of the group to see who we should relay the information to.
Next step is to get out of here before the Trexalon reinforcements get here. Send out the data, find Sam.

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10 Questions for Trexalon's Finest

We ran an assault on the Gunnery Control area— three floors of Zephyr people doing their thing under threat from a squad of Trexalon infantry. We used a secret one-man elevator to get our marines in position and we used the normal military-only elevator. After our flawless high-speed assault involving lots of aimed shotgun fire, we were pinned down in Gunnery Control as the Trexalons organized a counterattack – but Davos countered the counterattack and we were relieved. We asked Davos to interrogate some Trexalon leaders and came up with this list of questions. We got to talk to Lt Colonel Cedric, in charge of the Zephyr Detachment of Trexalons.

10 QUESTIONS FOR TREXALON’S FINEST

  1. Who is the Trexalon contact with the Imperium? It’s a female, as far as I know, it’s a woman. Don’t know the name. She’s from somewhere in the Five Sisters.
  2. Give the extent of the Trexalon expansion plan, and what worlds are currently Trexalon-controlled The plan is to take over all of 268 and the Five Sisters, and that they currently control a lot of worlds Rimward of Ochecate. Bypassed the Collace control of the Main.
  3. How many class A & B starports are in Trexalon hands? 1 Secret A on Trexalon, 5 controlled Bs, and 2 planned Bs
  4. How many military training facilities are there, and what types? He fluctuated. He knows of four but didn’t give specific information about their types
  5. What is the Zephyr reinforcement plan— when and how many? They are passing the Little Piggy Squadrons through here one per month. The first Little Piggy Squadron has already come through. Trexalon will send 2 more through, then a permanent garrison of a division to control Zephyr
  6. How many starships over 10000 tons do they have? He guesstimated about 20 into military use. Most of those are troop transports.
  7. What is the treaty relationship with the Sword Worlds and the Meweys? We’re super-tight! We’re gonna join up with the Sword Worlds to make a joint attack from 875-496 and from Narsil together and blow the Imperial Fleet at Iderati to cut off the Five Sisters completely. Oops! I let the plan out! [Note: Narsil is jump 6 from Iderati, so another location coreward/trailing might be the right IP for this attack).
  8. What’s the approximate fighting strength of the military in Men and Meweys? Ummm 5 corps of Men and 1 corp of Mewey under training but they suck. They are raiding the Mewey prisons to get aggressive Meweys— the rest of the population is wimpy. Total 6 Corps, maybe enough to take Iderati!
  9. What’s the political reason for your alignment against the Imperium? The Imperium Sucks! They keep trying to impose their domain on us— we’ve been free for hundreds of years, why do we wanna be friends with them? There are bigger people to be friends with— like the Sword Worlds and all those people.
  10. Please spill the chain of command from you up to the big boss! 1st squadron, to Spinward [Command], to Division, to Naval Command, then to the Joint Military Command, then to the head of Trexalon.

We were in the room for the interrogation.

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Niar's log from the Zephyr Incident

[Note Tony’s post in the Forum topic about skill advancement concerns this interrogation]

More to training base answer— 3 is the normal number and the 4th base is secret, or there is a 5th base that he was able to conceal. Question another Trexalon, a lieutenant… Get Davos to do this while we are on the way to 100 std diameters to pursue Sam. Same questions to cross-correlate w/Cedric.

Sam probably knows the who this Trexalon spy is. Info would get stopped before acted upon. “Thank you for the information Samantha, blam blam you’re dead.” Must link up with Sam, get info, and shut down Trexalon spy.

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