Diaspora

The Second Butthole

Our intrepid adventurers manage to save all 2,000+ inhabitants of Hogan 6 and are recognized and lauded as heroes. The Captain of the appropriated freighter returns to Hogan 6 to collect his cargo issues vague threats of reprisal from InterCluster. Xeus made sure that they (and the rescued survivors) knew that Signal Zero had done the deed, attempting to further his hacker crew’s reputation. The plucky street rat who had been their guide / alleged sexual assault victim decides to stick with Xeus.

While performing the rescue mission Fokker stayed behind to salvage parts from the failing station. He also spent some time re-building one of the security drones that Xeus kept. Xeus spent some time mucking with it’s programming, and now has his own personal security drone pet (Anyone remember the name?)

The crew learns that Svarog has laid claim to both systems. They have released no information about the automated system and claim that some sort of interference is preventing navigation to the planet. They have described the techno-barbaric system and released that they are beginning integration and trade relations with the local populace.

The crew fly the SS Smell of Success SS back to Dr. Argonine’s lab where they confront the problem of Shah Habi. They contact his family and arrange for an exchange at a pre-determined point in Folly. The Aurixian government is eager to get their hands on Shah and the claim to the newly discovered system, especially given that Svarog has announced their (later) claim. Aurix agrees to an exchange of favors (which in many ways are more valuable than money) but are unwilling to be held accountable for any future actions by the dread pirate Shah Habi.

The crew decides to pay a visit to the doctor who had been checking up on Solar in Hogan 6. He is in retirement on Wrenaxis Prime. Xeus drops the street rat (who really deserves a name by now…) off with his colleagues in Signal Zero. Dr. Argonine plies some information from the doctor and discovers that a group called the Church of Humanity Ascendant purchased the services of his company to do field work gathering blood samples and doing genomic analysis. The Church is a pretty widespread cult across the cluster with centers in most major non-Svargoian population areas.

The crew head to Espur and Dr. Argonine reaches out to an old university buddy on the research station on Zkro. He gains admittance and the crew park their ship next to what they assume must be Silas’ ship in orbit. A shuttle takes them from their ship onto the planet’s surface and through the incredibly advanced forcefield guarding the station from Zkro. The entire planet of Zkro is covered in aggressively teaming life. Inorganic materials are very quickly converted into the living tissue of the planet which makes any form of civilized life impossible. Dr. Argonine speaks with his colleague and learns that sometimes researchers are overcome with a religious fervor about the planet. This doesn’t jibe well with Svarogian culture which has a dominant religion led by a matriarchy of priestesses known as the Iyanifa. A researcher recently was overcome by such a fervor and left the base with a shielded hovercraft in an attempt to “go native”. The station is eager to keep this quiet and hired Silas and his band of mercenaries to bring him back discreetly. They left in a hovercraft a few days ago and have not been heard from since.

That evening, Xeus decides to explore the station’s network and inadvertently disables the forcefield generator. Fökker springs into action and uses a bunch of salvage he got from Hogan 6 to repair the generator but in the brief time it was down a group of organisms resembling headless monkeys with razor claws entered the station. Xeus hacks into the station security system and alerts Leyland to their locations. Leyland chases them down one by one and dispatches them with his sword. Dr. Argonine’s colleague comes out to investigate the noise and is splatted in green goo as Leyland lacerates the final one just inches from his face. Dr. Argonine cools the situation down by explaining to his colleague that the malfunction had nothing to do with his crew and that they were in fact lucky they were there to help. After the excitement, everybody settles in for a nice rest on the horrible planet that wants only to kill you.

Comments

Ok, I think ‘dread pirate’ is a bit much. I’m sure he’ll come back with freaking Voltron though at some point – though a lot more velvet lined and with fine caviar being served inside.

Also I think the smooth way Argonine handled the doctor is worth some mention. “So, you work in fertility? Ever been to Hogan 6? I met this girl there, maybe you’ve heard of her.” Hahah ;)

Oh, and lets not forget that Xeus paid for his highly logical choice of hacking the station’s computers and shutting down the obviously flawed forcefield. He got a nasty scratch that may or may not be infected from the wild razor monkeys before he could get the computer systems back online.

The Second Butthole
 

That’s right, forgot about the fact that Xeus got hit. DId he take a stress or a consequence?

The Second Butthole
 

The drone’s name was, inexplicably, Beebop.

The Second Butthole
 

He took a mild consequence.

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