Echoes in Darkness

Exploration Omnibus
In our last few episodes....

The group experiments a bit with the mysterious supercomputer on the bottom floor of the exploration ship. The experiments come to an abrupt end when a re-cabling activity results in the supercomputer activating the device in the fuel section of the ship, which appears to be a second jump drive. After coming a hair’s breadth from finding out what happens when a jump occurs on a planetary surface, the team decides to table the experiments, for now.

The ship jumps the next leg of the journey, which places the ship on a planet in the Kingdom of Corath. Upon landing, Rav, Phineas, Lady Romanoff, and Challo leave the ship. On his way off the ship himself, Xavier is approached by a Blue Suns rep. The Blue Suns rep requests that he be let onto the ship to take possession of some Blue Suns property. Thanks to Xaviers lack of a pre-entry screening, the Blue Suns rep comes on board to take possession of the property…Kufo and Hat.

Kufo gets captured by the Blue Suns rep and his team. Fortunately. Hat is able to monitor the situation from a distance with his drones, and then sneaks into Engineering to cut the power to all the doors. Even more fortunately, Khuil shows up to terminate the Blue Suns rep and his escorts…with extreme prejudice.

Meanwhile, Lady Romanoff and Challo make the unpleasant discovery that the Lady’s homicidal cousin know where she is, and is sending someone out to “protect” her. The Lady and Challo disengage from this conversation just as a warning comes in from the ship, alerting the advance team to the events occurring on the ship.

After re-gathering on the ship, the group decides that discretion is the better part of valor, and expedite the fueling of their ship, with the bodies of the slain still on board. However, a private security team enters the hanger shooting, and the group is forced to lift off early, with only enough fuel for a single jump.

On the way out of the system, the ship is intercepting by two local police cutters. The cutters wish to board to verify Blue Suns reports of Blue Suns slaves aboard, the Kingdom legally recognizing slavery. Hat and Kufo come to the realization that their employment contracts with the Blue Suns corp for the exploration mission proves that they aren’t slaves. They go over to the police cutters with the contracts, and after an examination, the ship is allowed to reach the system.

The ship makes its one jump into the Maya subsector, once again landing to refuel. While there, the group scopes out the local rumors. One of the rumors they pick up on is that there is apparently a secret resort area for the fabulously rich somewhere within the general vicinity. The group decides to take a little time off from its journey, and does some investigation on station. They find that one of the ships in the spaceport seems to be fielding crewmen with some very high-quality uniforms, and with a little prodding, are able to discover from these crewmen the location of a system within easy jump distance. The ship heads out to the indicated system. Upon entering, the group detects a several uninhabitable planets, as well as a large, metallic object. Upon further inspection, the object is a large ship apparently designed to be a mobile starport. The group decides to go ahead and dock. Since this is supposed to be an area for the rich, Lady Romanoff, Challo, and Phineas are the only ones to initially disembark, as they are the only ones with the wardrobe to pull the required look off. The trio head to the bridge, which is set up as an expanded bar. The starport ship moves off, heading to a large asteroid nearby.

Kufo picks up a disturbing report in the standard news exchange in the area. Kufo, Hat, and Xavier are the subject of a wanted aid, in regards to the Blue Suns “property” incident that occurred back in the Kingdom of Corath. Even worse, it appear that Lady Romanoff’s cousin is the one circulating the notice, with a promise of a substantial reward.

Phineas, Challo, and the Lady disembark onto the asteroid. There they find that the asteroid is devoted to the lifestyles (legal and not) of the rich and famous. They decide that the first stop will be to check out one of the bloodsport arenas. However, the trio finds that they’ve walked into a trap. They spot someone looking like the Lady’s cousin at the arena, and the next arena fight is between a hardened fighter and an acquaintance of Lady Romanoff. The resulting fight is fatal to the acquaintance.

Challo quickly ascertains that the Lady’s cousin is on her way back to the starport ship, which has moved off from the asteroid. There is a shuttle service that connects the asteroid with the starport ship, and the cousin has taken the next flight, leaving the trio on the asteroid. Challo calls in an ambush request to the group still on the starport ship.

Unfortunately, the team back on the ship has it’s own problem. Kufo discovers that the feed for one of the cameras on the lower deck of the Blue Suns exploration ship has been set into a footage loop. Kufo and Rav do a quick sweep of the lower deck, and find that the supercomputer panel has been opened, most of the indicator lights on the computer are red, and there is a nearby floor panel that has been disturbed. Prying open the panel, the duo find a passageway straight to the fuel storage area. Rav takes a quick peek into the storage area, but is unable to see anything out of the ordinary. At this point, most of the main ship systems go offline, the gravity fluctuates, and the lights go to emergency lighting only. The team on the ship then move to start setting up the ambush. Kufo lightly-encrypts the main computer, to make it harder for a saboteur to do much damage.

It is at this point that the shuttle carrying the cousin back to the starport ship explodes! The group on the exploration ship detects an object that moves away from the shuttle before it explodes. Kufo attempts to bring the ship’s main systems online, but instead manages to shut them down the rest of the way, which traps the main group onboard the ship. Rav about brains himself trying to open the doors manually. The trio onboard the asteroid hide in a bordello, hoping to keep themselves hidden long enough for the main team to restart the ship and come out to rescue them.

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Back to the Exploration Ship Part III: The Search for More Inconsistentcies
What evil lurks in the heart of the ship-that-is-totally-not-a-deathtrap-in-disguise?

Taking the discoveries of the group last session and running with them, Rav begins his own investigation into the hidden nature of the exploration ship the group is crewing. He examines the blueprints stored in the ship’s computer, and with a little work, discovers a fairly large problem with the dimensions listed. The blueprints list a top-to-bottom ship height that is shorter by a significant amount from the actual ship height. The difference works out to about 18 inches per deck. The team begins searching for the missing ship space, by starting at the top, and measuring the height of each deck….

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THIS WILL BE A TOTALLY AWESOME ADVENTURE LOG ENTRY
Whenever Clint actually updates it....
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Exploration Ship Acquired! Tally Ho!
In this dramatic(ish) two-session episode, jobs are acquired, ships inspected, and infiltrators chased!

After the group’s adventure on [insert name of Lady Romanov’s ship], the group has arrived at [insert name of imperium planet]. There, the team uses Hat’s TAS cards to acquire lodgings. After a brief resting period, the team attempts to pull together a course of action…

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Eggplant is Murasaki!

Alarms sound waking Khuil from a peaceful sleep for once. Yet this is not a bad alarm it signals the impending doom of the Imperium. His huiha, or clan, always suspected the Imperium would be weak if they had to fight a 2 front war. Khuil smiles wickedly and whispers “Athame was just the beginning my friends….. you do not know what I bring for you now.” He pats a small cylinder strapped to his leg, his latest mission. Khuil wonders what it will be like eating at the once Imperium ran capital his clan leader eating all the meat with his faithful Khuil seated by his right. Khuil straps on his armor as he prepares for the assault. Tyu’eas calls me his “instrument of change” I like be called “Kyaors” means “on the wings of death” the troops tend to respect that name. The drop ship lands he leads his small unit into the capital dawning bio hazard masks. The rattling of metal on concrete makes such a sweet sound followed by a small pop as the gas swirls into the main air intake for the palace. Khuil grins wickedly with a blood lust in his eyes thinking “If they thought snipes were bad they wont know what hit them here.”

Khuil wakes from his sleep by a jerk of the ship, Kufo informs him sleepily “out of jump space lets go hit up the bridge.” They meet Phineas and Challo in the corridor and they all proceed to the bridge. They round the corner to see the captain and George yelling, Khuil and Kufo over hear them say that they are several million km off course with two alien warships closing in and fast. Kufo and Khuil don’t even have to speak to each other as they realize what this means. They block the doorway, since escape in the docking ship is their only way out, and they will be first to it.

A static burst on the comm from the approaching vessels relays “Give us your cargo or you will be destroyed.” Phineas out of diplomatic futility tries to communicate with the aliens to no avail. Challo informs the captain that we are leaving in the docking ship with our without him right now! In the most stupid of maritime traditions the captain and security officer decide to stay with the ship. The only smart one was the navigator who left with us for the refueling station. Upon un docking the two alien warships start to dock and Khuil hopes the worst for the security officer.

Nothing is worse than a backwater doctor, Clyde if Khuil understood his idiotic accent, met us when we landed. Thankfully, no one took any wounds during the metallic spider battle. I am sure they would of rather wanted to shoot themselves than be seen by this man. Yet, Challo was interested to have this spider leg trophy scanned to see what sort of metal it was. However, to Khuil’s delight the spider leg broke the scanner as it sliced into it. Guess that thing is really sharp.

Kufo per Clyde seeks out Jethro who supposedly has the ship schedule for this station. Kufo reports back that we have a week before the first ship arrives. The options are a cargo hauler going back the way we came to Sinoro or a diplomatic ship going further into the brotherhood. With much debate among the group the cargo ship is in favor. No reason to go further in when we know the ships are potentially being hijacked by dimensional spiders with warship escorts. At least that is the current Hat conspiracy theory floating around.

The waiting for the ship really passes without incident, Kufo practices stealthing around trying to scare Clyde every chance he gets. Since Challo is fixing Clyde’s medical scanner not much for him to do. Finally, our ship arrives carrying a cargo of vegetables heading into Imperium space. The sight of them just makes Khuil want to kill something, he only tolerates the smell because he wants to get off this freaking refueling station. All eyes are on the scanners as we depart, nothing remains of the cargo ship or the alien craft, another mystery that undoubtedly our crew will be blamed for.

Jumping to Sinoro, with everyone on edge, goes fine until we land to refuel. Martial Law has been declared in the brotherhood from Athame. Challo looking into the source finds out that there was a blast on Athame, which we knew about from Chuck Finley. Yet, there has been talks of a biological attack as well resulting in creature, that we know of as Snipes, over running the capitol. The ships captain informs us that if we off board we will be searched and have our weapons taken away. Khuil with his custom armor and weapons. With hearing this information Hat goes into a frenzy and he burns his hat as we all guessed in a fit of rage. It was just a hat Hat… After passing the search of the ship they were looking for anything biological. We spend the next few weeks jumping through the brotherhood watching the destruction ravage the sector. Khuil wickedly grins at this news and secretly relays it to his home clan. Tyu’eas will be happy of this ill tidings.

Finally, we jump into the Imperium after seeing wave after wave of ships filled with all branches of service of the military. Challo anxiously leaves the ship looking for a weapon smith, he wants a spider leg sword. If the leg is as sharp as it seems it could be a formidable blade. Onward to the next leg of this motley crew.

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From the Darkness...It Strikes!
This does seem to be a habit for Weyland-Yutani ships, doesn't it?

When next we see our intrepid adventuring gang, Hat and Xavier wake up to find a trail of blood in their room…

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The Brotherhood's Most Wanted
Traveling party, traveling party, whatcha' gonna do?

When we last left our party, it was traveling the stars aboard Chuck Finley’s troopship, making it’s way to <insert name="true">. The party is traveling to <insert name="true"> to begin its investigation into the disappearance of Lady Romanov’s ships. Hat wanders the corridors of the troopship. With an eerie feeling of deja-vu, he recognizes the corridors from the drawings of Susie, the supposadely prophetic member of Alexander Hamilton’s cult group. Suddenly, Hat is confronted by Alexander himself, armed with a shotgun. After exclaiming “They’re all dead, and it’s YOUR fault”, Alexander fires his shotgun, and Hat’s head explodes in a spray of gore…

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Athame has a double-edge...

Chaos grips the city as it consumes itself with reckless abandon. Khuil’s wicked smile flashes across his face as he feels the bloodlust consume him. He begins firing into the horde of snipes that is currently wrecking havoc on the fortified gate. Red eyes stare at him right before he scores another direct hit killing another snipe. The bodies begin to burn from the acidic blood igniting the surrounding rubble. The smoke hurts his eyes, as he goes to equip his infrared specs he glimpses a humanoid figure scaling the gate. Throwing on his specs he confirms it is a humanoid with what appears to tentacles for legs and one arm.

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What did you say your name was again? Hamilton Alexander? The Mad Hatter?

Khuil kneels before a great cloaked statue covered in vines on a mysterious planet. He recites ““In the beginning were the Ancients, and the Ancients moved across the face of the Heavens, and none did or could contest their will.” Only a portion of the ancient’s creedo as he focuses on the one word will. He recites it faster and faster with increasing volume until he is upright yelling at it with a furious rage. He rips off the hood of his cloak and exposes a golden light emanating from his eyes as he feels his skull starts to split radiating light into the heavens. He yells “Hamilton you promised me salvation!!!!” The light suddenly stops as it reveals a mutilated

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And the Rabbit Hold Goes Deeper...
Resurrection, cultists, and ancient ruins, oh my!

The party’s previous trip to the northern end of town left the group with a couple of lines of investigation, as well as a burning desire for extra psionic protection gear. The group makes arrangements for anti-psionic head-gear, which will take about two weeks to complete. As the custom gear cost a significant amount of money, the group decides to try and find a job to make up the funds. The party ideally wants to find a delivery job with a decent Xavier goes to talk to the concierge about jobs. On his way, Xavier catches a glimpse of someone in the elevator. The person’s profile seems to be familiar…

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