Dispatched with alacrity and alarm. Must impart mission urgency to team and crew. Sam and Ryan are our friends and this Zhodani/Sword Worlds thing may get out of hand soon. Must bring news of the two expeditions back to Fran. 208th fleet looks sufficient on paper to stop some Zho or SW intrusions. Not all. We need to figure out what Sam was up to. Talos Main full of politics so I guess that’s it or something to do with it.
Ryan had same class ship as us. Jump 6 map from 875-496= shows Squallia, Ochecate, Penelope, Gohature, and Karin in range. Obvious path to Sam’s last loc is to Ochecate. Hope Ryan went straight Rimward from here. Refueling takes 2.5D more.
Continuing investigation of scouts involved in some kind of Deal. Took cover story of surprise inspection. Bigcrane gave us a tough list and our Iderati credentials gave authority to ask tough questions— like SW Secret Police! Scouts on the take. Captain acted quickly when plot revealed. That Fleet Gunner speared a Scout A/R from orbit, nice shot. Brought that guy along for this reason. Marine major understood inspections well.
For next 2.5D, look at illegal (maybe not) starport: assess ownership, control, authorization, type, capacity, facilities, purpose, build TL, and time to operational status. Follow money. Contact local authorities. Bypass compromised local scout team.
Conjectured purpose of starport:
- Move grav plate ceramics off-world while still in Amber Zone status
- Land parts for manufacturing facility/TL9-10 to make grav plates locally (consider economics?)
- Facilitate wholesale commercial plunder of world once AZ travel hints lifted
- Bivouac for mercs to pull a bunch of TL7 troops into an off-world war
Or all of above? Maybe. Any connection to SW, Zho, or Darrians here? If starport is of sufficient capacity we may need interdiction team / SDBs or maybe to destroy it. Do not want participation of starport in upcoming war if not Imperial-allied.
Dispatching news of starport to Karin/Iderati hard/impossible given mission parameters. Sam and this war have priority over unincorporated backwaters. However note: when “St Edward/875-496/New Istanbul” signs Imperial, must ensure starport rights (maybe exclusive) go with the charter.