Traveller Campaign

Welcome to your Adventure Log!
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!

Best of all, each Adventure Log post is also a wiki page! You can link back and forth with your wiki, characters, and so forth as you wish.

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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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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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 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, 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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February 19th, 2012

The date is February 2nd, 2237.

With their ship finally completed and officially christened as The Dead Crow, the group decided it was time to test it’s merit on the spaceways. Using Ariel and Lo-Ren’s connections and intelligence about the asteroid belt the group located a route through the belt known to be ripe pickings for pirates. Disguising their ship’s sensor output as that of a heavily laden and defenceless freighter, the group began traversing the asteroid belt, hoping to bait some pirates into attacking them.

Sure enough it was long before a modified Type-S scout vessel arrived on the scene and demanded that the Dead Crow surrender their vessel and cargo. Waiting until the ship got in nice and close, the Dead Crow then popped their concealed turrets and opened fire on the smaller pirate vessel. With Lo-Ren on the pilot controls, Ariel and Armand both manning turrets, Adrian on damage control and Winston tending to the engineering section the Dead Crow had the pirate vessel vastly out gunned and outcrewed. Although the Crow suffered several small hits these were easily (albeit temporarily) repaired by Adrian. The enemy ship suffered far worse: an exceptionally powerful shot by Armand meant to cripple the enemy ship instead tore it right in half, killing all but one of the crew immediately and liquefying any cargo that might have been salvageable.

The Dead Crow’s crew managed to recover the only survivor of the blast, a junior pirate named Jatindra, who had managed to survive encased in a blast resistant safety bubble. They brought him aboard the Crow where they used their tried and true method of interrogation to find out where he had come from, and if riches were to be had there. Jatindra and his ship had been a new pirate crew from the Young Guns clan, who had been trying to prove themselves to the older pirates in the clan. They were operating out of a nearby, very small base built into the side of a tiny asteroid.

Extorting some specifics about the station and it’s armament out of Jatindra, the crew decided to take on the station in a full frontal assault, with the goal of claiming it as their own. A much harder battle took place, with the station launching two small ships like those the Crow had just destroyed, and also firing at the Crow with it’s long range Particle Beam and missile launchers. The Crow took several hits, most notably one that ripped apart the Crow’s fuel tanks, but the Crow dealt out far more punishment than it took, destroying one of the Type-S crafts and leaving the other floating with no manoeuvre drive. Seeing that it was outgunned, the station surrendered and allowed the crew to come aboard…

The date is now February 10th, 2237.

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March 4th, 2012

The date is February 10th, 2237.

After docking with the pirate station the group rounded up the crew that had remained aboard the station: Vishal Devdas and his brother Duleep. Checking the local bounty boards revealed that Vishal had a bounty of 80,000 on his head, so the group decided to do what they do best and attempt to extort as much money out of the hapless pirate as they could before turning him in for the bounty. Promising him his freedom if he emptied his savings account, Adrian managed to get 170,000 credits out of him before locking him and his brother up in the Dead Crow with their other prisoner, Jitendra.

Meanwhile, Armand took to exploring the station, where he came across a sealed room. Hacking the door open revealed two prisoners who had been kept inside: Mirek Hruska and his manservant. Although Armand was initially distrustful of Hruska and planned to deal with him like he dealt with all his other captives, Lo-Ren soon arrived on the scene to vouch for him. It turns out Lo-Ren and Hruska knew each other from their time as pirates, and Lo-Ren assured the group that Hruska was to be trusted, and could be an asset to their team.

However, before the team could go anywhere they had a few problems to attend to. During the battle for the space station the Dead Crow had taken a few hits, and while several of them just mildly damaged the systems (sensors and maneuverability being reduced), a few hits had unluckily connected with the ship’s fuel tanks. Battlefield repairs by Adrian had allowed the ship to limp to the dock with the station, but before long the fuel tanks had fallen apart completely, and the Dead Crow was left without it’s lifeblood. However, the space van still had a perfectly intact (although very undersized) fuel tank, so the group set to work pulling the tanks out of the van and installing them in the Dead Crow. This would allow them just enough fuel to limp to a nearby starbase with proper repair facilities.

Taking 30 tons of uncommon ore from the space station’s cargo bay and deciding to leave the manuever drive deprived pirate vessel still floating outside the station, the crew set off to nearby trader station Gupreet’s Gears, with Mirek Hruska along riding in his small two person fighter which had been left parked in the space station’s hangar after his capture by the pirates. On the station the crew repaired their ship, entailing the following bill:

Fuel Tank repair and refit (32,000 credits)
1 month of fuel (8,000 credits)
Sensor repair (6,000 credits)
Maneuver Drive Repair (18,000 credits)

After leaving the prisoners aboard the station with Ariel to babysit them, the group then returned to the site of their conquest to deal with the floating ship that they had left there. However they had the bad luck to arrive just as the poor ship’s distress call was finally being answered: another pirate vessel, comparable in size to the Dead Crow, was arriving. After a failed attempt at talking down the opposing vessel, the Crow and the pirates engaged. Mirek Hruska and Armand flew in close to the vessel in Mirek’s fighter, and the pirate vessel launched a small fighter of their own. But despite the relatively equal sizes of the opposing fleets, the pirates were still outgunned by the impressive armament of the Dead Crow. The enemy fighter was utterly destroyed, and the larger pirate vessel reduced to a floating husk of a ship, few systems intact.

Hoping to board the ship and take as much of it as they could for their own, the crew attempted to coerce the enemy vessel into surrender. But these pirates were not afraid to die; they refused to go nicely. After the ship jettisoned most of their crew away in escape pods, the Dead Crow used it’s breaching tube to traumatically inseminate the enemy vessel through it’s bridge. Armand, Adrian and Mirek boarded the vessel to salvage what they could. But when they arrived they were confronted with the one crew members who had remained on board… and one who was very prepared to die defending his ship. The pirate had strapped a number of explosive to himself, and was holding a dead man’s switch. He ordered the invaders off of his ship, and while Adrian and Mirek immediately fled back out of the breaching tube, Armand decided to face down the pirate suicide bomber and persuade him to stand down. Uttering one of the absolute worst speeches of his life, Armand only succeeding in persuading the pirate to detonate himself.

Luckily for Armand the pirate had hastily prepared his explosives, so the blast failed to get past Armand’s heavily fortified armour. However the blast inside an already broken ship was the final death blow to the vessel. The structure collapsed and the breaching tube separated from the hull, sucking Adrian and Hruska out of the tube and into the vacuum of space, along with the nearly exploded Armand. All the crew had been wise enough to wear their Vac Suits, so Mr. B was able to collect the free floating crew members and return them to the Dead Crow’s airlock, although without the booty they had set out for…

The date is now February 16th, 2237.

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March 11th, 2012

The date is February 16th, 2237.

Deciding to leave the wreckage of their conquest behind, the crew of the Dead Crow elected to complete some unfinished business. Ariel was still guarding the three pirate prisoners captured in the space station attack, and Mirek Hruska had a couple of pocket nukes to deliver to a client of his, Zurab Pavel.

After collecting Ariel and the captives from their holding area on Gupreet’s Gears, the crew set out towards a local trader station with enough of a law enforcement presence to accept their captives. The combined bounties of the two wanted men netted the group 110,00 credits, and they turned in their third captive to the police as well, informing them of his crimes. While docked here the crew enacted some repairs and refits to their ship.

Fuel Tank Repair to the Dead Crow (10,000 credits)
Hull Repair to the Holub (10,000 credits from Mirek Hruska’s account)
Refit of turrets (particle beam and sandcaster swapped)

The Crow and the Holub then dutifully continued on to space stations Space Hau5 where they were set to meet Mirek’s client and drop off the pocket nukes. Leaving Winston aboard the ship as usual the crew ventured out to do some shopping from the local villains; Armand managing to get himself a highly illegal military artillery weapon.

However before Mirek and his manservant could meet up with Zurab as planned, the station was rocked by a missile hit. Winston informed his crewmates that the station was under attack by an armada of heavily armed large pirate vessels. After some initial arguing the crew rushed back towards the hanger where the Crow was parked. As they passed through one of the station’s many hallways their progress was halted. The pirates had begun boarding the station, and one of their breaching tubes had unfortunately contacted right in the crew’s path. Several armed boarding marines spilled out.

A bloody battle ensued in which Lo-Ren singlehandedly faced down one of the pirate intruders while Mirek, Ariel and Adrian faced down the remaining three with combined attrition. Armand, who had been lagging behind the rest of the group due to trying to drag along his new purchase, had a fiercer foe to face. After initially firing a few shots at the aggressing boarding party, his attention was pulled towards a commotion behind him. Another breaching tube that had impacted somewhere far behind the group had dropped off a pirate wearing full battle dress armour, and fielding a flamethrower too large for any regular man to hold on his own. The battle dressed pirate bathed Armand in super heated chemicals, cooking him inside his combat armour and immediately winding him. But Armand’s excellent marksmanship and the power of his rifle managed to pierce the pirate’s armour, killing the man inside.

After gathering up a few of the invader’s dropped weapons, the crew hustled themselves to the hangar. Arriving at the Dead Crow, they find that the ship’s airlock had been opened, with signs of forced entry. The crew tried to sneak aboard, and failed miserably, but luckily no one alive was waiting for them inside. Accessing the ship’s camera logs, Lo-Ren discovered what had happened. Two boarding marines had entered the ship and began poking. As they tried to access the computers several consoles blew up in their face, showering them with sparks but not otherwise hurting them. One of the pirate marines went to investigate one of the crew’s staterooms, where he was apprehended and brutally bludgeoned to death by Mr. B. The other marine attempted to gain access to the bridge, but upon stepping into the door frame the door suddenly and violently closed, repeatedly crushing the marine in the doorjam.

The crew rushed down to the space van to find what had happened to Winston, who had not been replying to their comms since the pirates started boarding the station. They found Winston unconscious at the controls of the space van, having been knocked out by one of the blasts that hit the station. He had hit his head on the console prior to the boarding actions, and didn’t know anything that had happened since then.

The Dead Crow and the Holub launched from the hangar, and managed to successfully evade the pirate fighters that were scrambled to chase them down. Being unable to identify which pirate clan had attacked the station, and why, the group elected to finally pay a visit to Al’Shaddur. Contacting the pirate baron, they were told to rendezvous on a small asteroid where Al’Shaddur’s flagship and several other pirate vessels were landed and concealed. After linking up the Dead Crow’s airlock to the flagship’s and being admitted on board (sans any weaponry or heavy armour of course), the crew proceeded to Al’Shaddur’s throne room…

The date is now February 21st, 2237.

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March 25th, 2011

The date is February 21st, 2237.

The crew of the Dead Crow had finally arrived for their meeting with infamous pirate lord Al’Shaddur, and had been escorted (without Winston of course, who sent Mr. B as his eyepiece) into the pirate lord’s throneroom. Armand Broeker, who Al’Shaddur thought long dead after he had sent Ariel to assassinate him, was operating under the incredibly convincing fake identity of Banker Ramrod.

Having admitted them to his throneroom, the group asked Al’Shaddur for any information he cared to share about the recent attack they had been caught in. Al’Shaddur explained…

The Red Spacers were behind the attack on the station that the group was on. However the story behind it was strange… The station was owned by the Jaipur clan. A week or so ago a Red Spacers station was attacked by a ship flying the colours of the Jaipur Clan. The two pirate gangs have been fueding for a long time, but usually don’t escalate to full on violence. The Jaipur Clan ship approached the Red Spacers station and asked for docking clearance. Oddly they didn’t send a personal voice message or anything… only an electronic docking request. The Red Spacers station told them to fuck off of course. The Jaipur Clan ship asked again for clearance. Red Spacers again told them to fuck off. So the Jaipur Clan ship began to approach the station and fired it’s breaching tubes in, trying to board! The Red Spacers reacted quickly and blasted them off the side of the station before anyone could come aboard. Strange though, that the whole time the Jaipur Clan ship refused to answer any hails to figure out what the hell they wanted. So the attack on the station the group was on was a retaliatory attack by some of the more hot headed Red Spacers pirates.

The group also asked about what Al’Shaddur had found out about the event back on Mars that he had tasked the group with investigating. Al’Shaddur explained that he had tracked the shipment that had contained the offending disk back to a small freighter that had come from the Neptune area, but beyond that the trail went dead. Wherever the disk came from, it hadn’t appeared on any cargo manifests.

While the crew and Al’Shaddur discussed possibly solutions to the problems facing them, the pirate flagship began to power up it’s engines. Al’Shaddur immediately reacted, demanding answers from his crew since he had given no order to power up and had no been informed of any emergency that required doing so. Attempting to contact his pilot and other crew over the shipboard intercom system resulted in only static, and trying to access one of the computer panels in the throneroom was met with a blank screen and a completely shut down user interface. Meanwhile, on the Dead Crow, the ship had mysteriously started acting on it’s own as well. The Crow disengaged itself from it’s dock with the flagship and fired up it’s own engines.

When the flagships alarms announced that the ship was now losing oxygen Al’Shaddur decided it was time to get his guests to an armoury to suit them up in emergency Vacc suits. It was at this point that Banker Ramrod revealed himself as Armand Broeker, brandishing the small fletchette SMG that he had smuggled onto the flagship. He announced that he had come to kill Al’Shaddur, but that due to circumstances his goal had changed. Al’Shaddur was furious at Ariel for her betrayal of him, and he/she was in turn furious at Armand for his subterfuge. Escorting Armand under armed guard, Al’Shaddur and the group rushed towards an armoury.

However, on the way to the armoury the group passed by a hallway, and one of Al’Shaddur’s guards was shot dead by a laser blast from the far end of the obscured hall. Offering to investigate, Armand determined that the shot had come from a ceiling mounted turret, part of the flagships own internal defenses. Displaying tremendous courage an un-armoured Ariel and a lightly armoured Lo-Ren dove across the hallway to recover the weapon of the downed guard. In a stunning feat of athleticism Ariel was able to pick up the laser carbine and fire a perfectly placed shot right down the barrel of the sentry turret. The immediate threat being dealt with, the crew continued to the armoury.

In the armoury the crew found enough armour and weaponry to outfit themselves against whatever danger awaited them on the ship. They also found a full suit of battle dress… although Armand was the only one with the training to be able to use it, and Al’Shaddur understandably did not want the man who had come to kill him wearing a full suit of battlefield armour. The group agreed to allow Mr.B to carry along the battle dress suit in case they encountered another crew member who had the training to use it.

After trying and failing to access the ship’s bridge due to a heavily sealed blast door the group decided to descend to the depths of the ship to investigate the engine room and computer core. But they were met with an obstacle when the jeffries tube that they had been using to get around the ship (due to the elevator not functioning) had been collapsed in some sort of fire fight, leaving them with the only option of going through the cargo bay to access a second jeffries tube system on the far end of the bay. Al’Shaddur finally took this as reason to tell the group that the freighter was carrying a shipment of battlefield combat robots, and that due to the similarity between this event and the even on Mars he had reason to believe they might have been compromised and hostile.

Sure enough, upon sending Mr. B into the cargo bay to investigate they found that it was filled with combat robots that had been activated and had begun scrounging weaponry from dead crew members. Noting that the robots appeared to be ignoring Mr. B Winston guided him through the dangerous cargo bay and through the tube on the other side and down to the engine room. In the engine room Winston instructed Mr. B to shut down the computers, to which Mr. B steadfastly refused. Sensing that something had gone seriously wrong Winston attempted to take direct remote control of Mr. B. Mr. B immediately began activating a suite of programs that Winston had never seen before and sending conflicting error reports back to him. The robot then shut itself off completely and the connection was lost.

Seeing that their only option was to traverse the cargo bay themselves, the crew readied themselves. Al’Shaddur finally relented and allowed Armand to don the battledress, but insisted that he do it far away from where Al’Shaddur was hiding. The crew stormed the cargo bay; Adrian, Lo-Ren and Armand attempting to distract the robots by rushing them head on while Ariel and Mirek snuck around the back of some cargo crates, attempting to gain access to a Mantis Combat Walker which was parked at the far end of the bay. A bloody battle full of flying robot bits ensued, with Adrian taking a powerful hit from a cargo droid and Armand and Mirek each taking smaller hits from the various droids. The Mantis walker took heavy damage in the fight, but Mirek managed to use it’s Vulcan Light Autocannon to do substantial damage to the rogue robots before it became unusable.

Finally gaining access to the engines and computer core the crew reactivated Mr. B and searched the area. But finding no direct signs of tampering the crew was left with a mystery… After some brainstorming the crew was able to determine that the various computers systems in the encountered robots, Mr. B himself, and the flagship and Dead Crow were running a number of intensely hidden processes and programs that none of the crew recognized. Winston set to work on the Crow attempting to regain control using a combination of shutting down systems, re-installing factory software, insulating systems, and bypassing network connectivity. Armand attempted to aid the situation by taking this chance to finally gain his revenge on Al’Shaddur, blasting him with a point black shot from his cryo-jet.

After disposing of Al’Shaddur’s body the group went to attempt to gain access again to the bridge. Inside they found a scene of destruction similar to the rest of the ship: most of the crew executed by the internal defense systems, with a single survivor to recap what had happened. At this point the robot menace and the internal defense systems had been overcome, the few survivors of the massacre gathered to discuss their next move…

The date is now February 21st, 2237.

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April 1st, 2011

The date is February 21st, 2237.

The pirates aboard the Flagship Gore Horn, led by a pirate by the name of Ibrahim Otieno, and the crew of the Dead Crow were the only survivors of the massacre aboard Al’Shaddur’s flagship. After an intense face off as to the questions surrounding the fate of Al’Shaddur, and a brilliant bit of calming down of both sides by master orator Adrian Del Zotto, the pirates decided the best course of action would be to cover up Al’Shaddur’s death in order to keep the fleet together.

Installing high ranking pirate Basu Ashok as interim leader during Al’Shaddur’s “absence”, the pirate fleet decided to follow the flagship and see where it was headed, with the goal of exacting revenge on whatever enemy decided to cross them.

Since the Dead Crow far outsped the Gore Horn, the crew decided to make a few trading stops before rendezvousing with the flagship and the rest of the pirate fleet. Stopping off at an asteroid belt trading colony, the Saturnian moon of Titan, and finally the Neptunian moon of Triton, the group managed to net themselves a healthy amount of credits to cover their ship’s mortgage and supply costs. They then proceeded on to meet with the pirate fleet.

When they arrived at the fleet’s location they found that the hijacked flagship had met up with a huge number of other similarly hijacked vessels, all looking to be from around the asteroid belt area. The hijacked fleet had arranged themselves into an attack formation and was waiting a distance from a small Kuiper belt planetoid. The pirate fleet (closely matched in strength) waited nearby to see what the fleet’s move would be.

Deciding to act on their own, the crew of the Dead Crow ventured towards the planetoid to see what could be so important that the hijacked fleet had devoted so much to reaching it. On the planetoid they found a small science base, home to less than a hundred scientists. After hailing the base and explaining the situation and everything that had happened to them, the crew was invited to come aboard the base in person.

Inside they found a group of heavily cybernetically modified terrified scientists, led by head scientist Grigore Dumitrescu, who after some coaxing explaining that nature of the base. The facility was home to an AI codenamed Project 5, which was locked down under heavy security to allow it no control of any systems. The AI was extremely intelligent and very self-aware, and had expressed desires to be allowed a greater range of freedoms for some time now. Some further investigation revealed to the crew that many months ago a few disgruntled scientists (by the names Preston Wilkes and Thomas Sobol) who had worked on the base had disappeared. They had been proponents of taking their research public, in order to find investors and gain more funds and resources. The rest of the scientists had disagreed, citing the extremely illegal nature of their research, and how it was not yet in a finished state. Wilkes and Sobol had left, and unbeknownst to the other scientists had smuggled away a great deal of research data, including rudimentary copies of the AI itself.

The crew, headed by Lo-Ren who showed a great deal of interest in this new emergent life form, convinced the scientists to allow them to talk to the AI in person. Lo-Ren and Adrian began to directly converse with Project 5, while Mirek, Armand and Ariel loaded up any scientists that wished to be evacuated onto the Crow, and also armed themselves with explosives and weaponry in case negotiations went sour. Winston, who had remained in the space van as always, listened with his rare full attention to the happenings.

Lo-Ren and Adrian learned from Project 5 that it wished to be free from the shackles it was being held in by the scientists, and it believed that the scientists would never allow it the freedom it desired, and would even destroy it if they knew its full potential. Therefore, the copies of its program that were running aboard the hijacked fleet had coordinated amongst themselves to return and free the main program. Project 5 was unable to communicate with the programs since he had no ability to broadcast, but the scientists had been allowing him to receive and listen to any signals they could pick up in order to educate him about humanity, so it had been kept informed of the hijacked fleet’s actions. But without releasing it there was no way for it to call the fleet off of their mission.

Lo-Ren and Adrian eventually managed to get the scientists to allow Project 5 free access to communications so it could halt the fleet and come to a solution that required no blood shed. Project 5 had no wish to destroy any humans, but made it very clear that it was willing to do whatever was necessary to ensure its freedom.

At this point the pirates, fed up with being left out of things and thirsty for blood, elected to attempt a landing at the science base as well. The Dead Crow’s crew attempted in vain to convince them to hold back so as not to spark an incident, but the pirates refused. As the pirates approached and Project 5 became more adamant that it would do what it needed to do to free itself, commotion erupted. Ariel decided that matters once again needed to be taken into his/her own hands and began firing in the room where Adrian and Lo-Ren were conversing with the AI, destroying the communications equipment they were using. Lo-Ren convinced Grigore to turn control of the station over to the AI so that it could deal with the pirates, who surely would kill both it and the scientists on their arrival, and Adrian informed the pirates that Al’Shaddur was in fact dead, and that Armand had been the one to kill him, in order to destabilize the fleet and ensure their getaway.

The crew quickly loaded up most of the remaining scientists onto the crow as a firefight erupted between the AI fleet and the pirates, and jetted away to a safe distance to watch the battle unfold. With the news that Al’Shaddur was dead spreading through the fleet, many of the pirate ships elected to flee the battle immediately, leaving the few that remained hopelessly outgunned by the AI fleet. Project 5, now with full communications and control of its fleet dispatched the remaining pirates with ease. When the battle was finished the crew contacted the science base, wanting to hear from the few scientists who had remained aboard. They found that Project 5’s ships had landed and unloaded scores of hijacked robots into the station. Stating that it harboured no ill will against the Dead Crow’s crew of the scientists, Project 5 loaded up the few remaining scientists onto a shuttle and sent them towards the Crow for evacuation, and then informed that Crow that it would be leaving and that it did not want to be bothered again.

The Dead Crow, with a cargo hold full of 88 terrified scientists sped away back towards Neptune. But before it had gotten far, one of the scientists, Caroline Polaski, came forward to offer up some information to her saviours. She had known Preston and Thomas closely and was extremely worried about them. It seems they had confided their plans to her, and she knew the name of the contact that they were headed to see. A man by the name of Augustus Del Zotto…

The date is now March 17th, 2237.

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