Traveller Campaign

Sunday, February 12th, 2012

The date is January 25th, 2237.

Having placed an order for the manufacture and outfitting of their as yet unnamed ship, the group settled into the dingy spaceport of Jong’s Landing to wait. However their rest was shortlived as Al’Shaddur, long time ally of Ariel, contacted her with a special request. Al’Shaddur’s pirate organisation, The Space Bulls, kept a hangar and warehouse nearby where they stored illegally acquired goods before selling them off to the local populace. However a couple days ago communication between the Space Bulls and this warehouse had gone dark. Having no other operatives in the area save those at the warehouse Al’Shaddur reached out to Ariel to investigate and report back.

Winston sent in Little Valkyrie to scout out the area, and found it rather quiet, although guarded by a deadly looking laser turret. Deciding that they were well equipped enough to risk a full on frontal assault, Armand suited up and rushed the turret, Adrian close behind and Lo-Ren and Ariel trailing. Winston’s robot Mr. B, with his superior speed, elected to rush the door beneath to turret and attempt to override the controls, while Little Valkyrie buzzed around in front of the turret’s tracking camera to distract and obscure it. Although he took a powerful blast from the turret Armand’s military grade combat armour held him together, and a well placed grenade launcher shot easily disabled the turret.

Their first obstacle overcome, the group went about trying to gain access to the facility. After connecting through Mr. B to the door’s computer systems in an attempt to override the electronic locks(and being unsuccessful), Winston used his electronics knowledges to simply force the door open mechanically. Being nearly knocked off their feet by the sudden change of pressure, the group realized that the interior of the hangar had been depressurized to a vaccuum. Being of the robotic persuasion, and thus not requiring air, Mr. B went in alone to investigate.

The inside of the hangar was populated only by robots. Three large cargo moving robots and several servitor droids were present, all in a dormant state. But as Mr. B trundled around the hangar the servitor droids began to boot up, and then follow Mr. B with strange devices in their hands. Being much faster than a servitor, Mr. B managed to easily outrun them and conceal himself inside a Half-Track ATV Truck. Mr. B’s bloodrage then kicked in, as he rammed the truck straight through the front door of the hangar, allowing the outside Martian air to rush in.

The group rushed into the hangar. Upon seeing organic beings, the robots immediately booted up and became aggressive. Several servitor droids, modified to be wielding implanted pistols, and three large cargo robots began to attack the group. A fierce battle ensued with the group firing their myriad of weapons at the advancing mechanoids. Mr. B, still inside the half-track truck, drove wildly around the hangar colliding with everything that he could manage and scattering droid bits everywhere. Armand, wielding a powerful grenade launcher, targeted the large robots, while Lo-Ren and Ariel focused more on taking out the servitors. Adrian, being overcome with either bravery or stupidity, elected to draw his mono-filament blade and engage one of the cargo robots in melee. Despite blinding the cargo bot, the robots titanic strength and huge size allowed him to land a crippling blow on Adrian, shattering many bones. Armand, seeing that Adrian was in imminent danger of death, elected to fire a shot at the cargo robot and finish it off. However, due to exceptionally bad aim, the shot took Adrian right in the back, rendering him unconscious. Manoeuvring themselves around Adrian’s bloody body, the group finished off the rest of the robots.

Lo-Ren rushed over and attempted first aid on Adrian, but his injuries were so severe that Lo-Ren only managed to stabilize him and return him to consciousness, not heal any of his wounds. Adrian stumbled back to the space van to join Winston while the rest of the group explored the rest of the facility. Mr. B tried to access the memories of the broken robots, but only discovered that they had come under the control of an outside force a few days ago. Coming across several more rogue robots (that were easily dispatched), the group found the base’s control room. The computers had been smashed to pieces, evidently by one of the base’s human crew. Being puzzled by the mystery, the group continued their search of the facility.

They eventually found a single survivor barricaded in the kitchen, wearing a full hazard suit in order to stave off the vacuum. Seeing that the group were in the employ of his patron, Al’Shaddur, the survivor (Jaan Kristjan) revealed the events of the past few days. The base had taken in some cargo that had been pirated from a freighter inbound from somewhere past Neptune. In amongst the cargo had been a datadisk, destined to be delivered somewhere. Thinking that they might be able to sell whatever valuable information the datadisk contained the crew of the base elected to search it. But upon inserting it onto one of their computers something very powerful and very sinister on the disk immediately took control of their entire computer network. Since the droids were networked into the mainframe whatever was on the disk took control of them too. The virus drained the air from the facility and tried to execute the human crew, leaving only one survivor who had barricaded himself away with several days’ supply of oxygen.

The computers having been thoroughly destroyed, the group wasn’t able to find the intact datadisk in question, so they left and returned to Jong’s Landing, Jaan in tow. Adrian messaged Al’Shaddur to inform him of all that had occurred. Al’Shaddur vowed to investigate what had happened, and paid the group a generous 100,000 credits as well as allowing them to loot the ruined facility of whatever cargo was left there to do with what they would.

After resting and recovering the injuries for a few days, and a harrowing argument between Ariel and Adrian, the crew went to collect their ship…

The date is now February 2nd, 2237.

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Sunday, January 29th, 2012

The date is January 23rd, 2237.

Upon exiting the parking garage, the group set forth for their first rendezvous point, where Winston would be meeting them in the space van. They had planned on proceeding to a decoy rendezvous first to ensure that they were not followed, however as they neared the outskirts of town they noticed that a black fancy coupe had been following them for several blocks…

Unbeknownst to the group, when they had left their getaway vehicle parked in the parking garage and were hiding in the staircase, the curious guards had radioed in it’s licensing information to a contact of theirs who wasn’t at the clinic. Possessing the resources to hack into the rental car system and track the truck, when they lost contact with the clinic’s guards their outside contact began tracing the truck’s route. In pursuit went four men, one of which had taken copious advantage of the clinic’s services, attempting to become a cyborg super soldier.

Seeing that they were being followed, Lo-Ren threw the first punch: lobbing a flashbang grenade out of the window at the following car. The coupe avoided the blast and opened fire. While Ariel was placed in charge of driving the van (the group having left their only member with any past experience in operating vehicles to pilot their getaway ship) Armand with his grenade launcher and Lo-Ren with his pistol manned the back door, and Adrian leaned out the window with his antique revolver. Although Armand was packing the most firepower his shots went wide, leaving Adrian with the opportunity to greatly damage the pursuing vehicle with a couple of expertly placed shots.

But soon, sensing that their chase strategy was not working, the coupe pulled alongside the getaway truck. Moments before the coupe was destroyed by a point blank grenade blast from Armand, the cyborg soldier launched a daring attempt to board the truck. Using magnetic grapples he jumped out of the moving car and onto the roof of the getaway truck. As the flaming wreck of his vehicle and comrades disappeared behind him he prepared himself to cut through the roof of the truck and engage those inside.

But the group had another plan for him. After trying and failing to dislodge him by firing through the roof at him, they instructed Ariel to quickly brake the truck, hoping to launch the cyborg off or break his legs if the magnetic grapples held.

But Ariel had never driven a car before. She had managed to hold the car steady driving down the highway, and had not crashed into any pedestrians while exiting the parking garage earlier, but bringing a speeding vehicle to a screeching halt turned out to be beyond her abilities. In a scene perhaps reminiscent of a past life of hers Ariel rolled the truck. Being the only one buckled in Ariel didn’t receive much in the way of injuries, and her comrades with their heavy armour managed to shrug off the damage from bouncing around inside the vehicle. The cyborg was thrown clear, and lay in a crumpled, yet still alive, pile several meters ahead of the truck. Taking direct control of Little Valkyrie, Winston sprayed a dusting of tranq gas on the cyborg, who with his brutal injuries stood no chance of remaining conscious.

Their getaway vehicle destroyed, the group radioed to Winston to come pick them up on the highway outside of town where the wreckage lay. Scant minutes before police arrived on the scene Winston arrived in the space van and the group loaded it and blasted away. They landed at a dingy spaceport many miles away, in a stretch of land between Argyre and Capri known for it lawlessness and low police presence. Here Adrian negotiated the sale of the stolen cybernetics that Lo-Ren had no elected to keep for possible self-enhancement later. Realizing that the hand of god had been stayed for the last time, the group elected to abandon the space van as their primary means of transport and design themselves a proper ship…

The date is now January 25th, 2237.

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Sunday, January 22nd, 2012

The date is January 17th, 2237.

After unloading their windfall of illegal drugs the group was unsure of where to proceed next. However, Winston had an opportunity for the group which he had been holding until he had ascertained that it was within both the ability and scruples of his newfound comrades. He had received word through his old contacts of a business on Mars run by a subsidiary of Dynacorp, the company that Winston had worked for and had become embroiled in a huge scandal for when Dynacorp misused his research. The business in question was a legitimate medical cybernetics installation clinic on the front, but was also dealing illegal brain-modification cybernetics under the table. Winston’s plan was simple: steal everything they could and ruin Dynacorp as much as possible. He only had one request for the group: minimize civilian casualties.

The group descended in the space van to the port city of Hongzhou, in the Martian province of Capri. It didn’t take them long to locate their target business: a third floor clinic in an office building on the outskirts of town, sandwiched between various other civilian businesses. While Armand went off to buy some equipment for the group they began by scouting the place, sending in Lo-Ren to attempt to buy some legitimate cybernetics, while Adrian and Ariel snooped around the clinic. They managed to get themselves a tour with the building’s security guard, Hu Wingpow, who Adrian offered a very tempting bribe to for his information and cooperation.

Meeting with the security guard after work, Adrian questioned him about the goings-on of the building. The security guard revealed that every day when he finished his day shift he was relieved by several heavily armed night security guards, who he found to be quite suspicious. But he was instructed by the building’s owner, one Jim Chow, to not question things.

The group rented a hotel room in a building across from the office building so that they could recon the operation over the coming week. They witnessed two cars arriving at the beginning of the night and the same two cars leaving in the morning. Between their arrival and departure one of more other cars arrived and then left throughout the night. To gather more information the group rented a car from a local company and outfitted it with surveillance equipment and then parked it in the parking garage. From their hidden cameras they were able to see that the two cars carried 4 guards, one of which stayed to guard the parking garage and 3 went into the building each night.

This was enough information for the group to plan their assault. They told Hu Wingpow, the daytime security guard, to ignore their presence and then hid in the stairwell while the building was locked up, leaving their getaway truck parked in the parking garage. Once the building was locked up the group ran to the 3rd floor and prepared themselves by the elevator to deal with the guards when they exited it. Winston was remaining in his ship, but had sent Mr. B along to represent him.

The elevator door opened, revealing the 3 guards inside. Lo-Ren immediately threw in a flashbang grenade, incapacitating the guards within. However the guard left in the parking garage heard the grenade go off and radioed to his comrades to ask what was happening. Adrian valiantly tried to disguise his voice and assure the guard that everything was okay but failed. Winston, back at his ship, successfully managed to jam outgoing comms from the area so that the remaining guard couldn’t signal for help.

The guard, now knowing that something was wrong, began frantically pushing the elevator call button. Armand and Lo-Ren piled into the elevator to surprise him while Ariel rushed down the stairs and Adrian waited at the top of the stairwell. Giving up on the elevator, the guard elected to head up the stairs. Knowing this, Armand and Lo-Ren piled out of the elevator on the second floor, but Ariel had already rushed ahead, smoke grenade in hand. Coming upon Ariel in the stairwell the guard opened fire, landing a perfectly placed hit and nearly crippling Ariel. After a couple unsuccessful attacks by Lo-Ren and Ariel, and a solidly placed but non-damaging punch by Armand, Adrian’s bloodlust took over. Unsheathing his monofilament blade he brutally slashed at the guard, wounding him. As the guard tried to flee Adrian slashed again, executing the guard.

The four guards now being either unconscious or dead, the group proceeded to loot the place. Bashing into a locked room they discovered a haul of illegal cybernetics. Spending 20 minutes looting (while Armand saw to destroying the security footage of their assault) the group loaded up their van with illegal cybernetics, legitimate cybernetics, and medical supplies.

They then drove out of the parking garage…

The day is now January 23rd, 2237.

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Sunday, January 15th, 2012

The date is January 15th, 2237.

Aboard the space station Tiankong, a station in Mars orbit and connected to the surface of Mars by a massive space elevator, five individuals met in a chance encounter. Adrian Del Zotto, Ariel, Armand Broeker, Lo-Ren, and Winston Smith ran into each other, their individual paths across the solar system having brought them to same station. An uneasy alliance was formed, as they discovered that each of their unique and varied skills could benefit the group as a whole.

While idling in Tiankong’s market district, a youth ran by, evidently fleeing from the police. He sneakily deposited a data chip into Ariel’s pocket as he passed the group. Using Winston’s computer skills the group was able to decrypt it’s contents: a short message informing the intended recipient of the chip to meet him at a bar in Tiankong’s poorest district called the Sui Tong Tavern.

Deciding that a possible opportunity had just been dropped into their laps, the group decided to investigate this meeting. On their way to the tavern they encountered trouble in the form of four drunken youths, wanting to pick a fight with any foreigners who wandered into their section of the station. A brawl ensued where one of the youths was stunned, another was left unconscious and bleeding out, and the remaining two decided to throw down their weapons and surrender. The group dropped a smoke grenade and disappeared into the crowd in the confusion.

Upon reaching the Shui Tong Tavern Ariel and Adrian confronted the man (who they later discovered was named Yu Shi) who was waiting for his meeting. They discovered that he was not waiting to see them, but was instead supposed to be meeting Wu Wen, the on-the-run criminal who had dropped the data chip in Ariel’s pocket. Through some sneaky deception and intimidation they managed to convince Yu Shi that Wu Wen had sent them in his place, and got him to turn over the info that he had promised Wu Wen. The group received the name and number of a cargo container on a nearby, separate space station. They also promised Yu Shi that Wu Wen would contact him after the pick up was made to give him his money. They also discovered a few details about Wu Wen, such as that he was a known drug importer.

Confused as to how to proceed next, Ariel spearheaded a reconnaissance mission to discover more about Wu Wen. However she became horribly sidetracked and found herself in a meeting (bringing Armand as muscle) with drug kingpin Rong Ru. They promised Rong Ru two freighters work of super-meth from Neptune and gained a tentative contact in the form of one of Tiankong’s most powerful drug lords. They also discovered that Wu Wen was known to work with Chiang Kong, a rival drug lord to Rong Ru.

Refocusing their efforts, the group finally managed to track down Wu Wen. They discovered that the reason that he had dropped the data chip on Ariel was because he was being chased by the authorities and needed to ditch any evidence he had one him somewhere that he could later retrieve it. His plan was that if he succeeded in evading the police then he could use his underworld contacts to track down the individual he’d dropped the evidence on and reclaim it. However he was obviously in over his head, and the group proceeded to convince him to go to a quiet place where they hatched a plan to extort him out of his illegal property.

Getting Wu Wen hideously drunk, the group smuggled him aboard Winston’s space van and set off for Cargo Station 7, where they suspected a shipment of illegal drugs was waiting for them. Through threats of brutal violence they convinced Wu Wen to open the cargo bay for them and had him tell his two guards that were waiting inside to stand down.

At this point the group was a bit confused as to how they should proceed with offloading their windfall. As they discussed possible options Armand and Ariel decided to take matters into their own hands: they brutally executed the two guards that Wu Wen had had waiting in the cargo bay. They then hinted to Wu Wen that Bun Fu, yet another of Tiankong stations drug kingpins, was responsible for this fiasco, hoping to incite some sort of stationwide gang war. Leaving Wu Wen tied up and with no communications equipment to call for a rescue, the group returned to Tiankong station and informed Rong Ru’s underling, Yong Zan, that they had a shipment of drugs waiting for him to pick up. Rong Ru’s men went to collect the shipment and found Wu Wen there, but since Rong Ru had had previous business dealing with Wu Wen go sour he appreciated the gift of a humiliated prisoner. The group was paid 300,000 credits, the base trade value for the three tons of super-meth.

Throughout all of this, Mr. B was intimidating as fuck.

The date is now January 17th, 2237.

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A blog for your campaign

Every campaign gets an Adventure Log, a blog for your adventures!

While the wiki is great for organizing your campaign world, it’s not the best way to chronicle your adventures. For that purpose, you need a blog!

The Adventure Log will allow you to chronologically order the happenings of your campaign. It serves as the record of what has passed. After each gaming session, come to the Adventure Log and write up what happened. In time, it will grow into a great story!

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One final tip: Before you jump in and try to write up the entire history for your campaign, take a deep breath. Rather than spending days writing and getting exhausted, I would suggest writing a quick “Story So Far” with only a summary. Then, get back to gaming! Grow your Adventure Log over time, rather than all at once.

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