(Rob Ellisson – player absent)
Following his visit to New Berlin memorial park, Marcus disappeared. The others decided that, since it looked like he was having some issues with the visit to the world, that they wouldn’t worry about him until the following day. In the meantime, Alumiya and Dex sought out some basic engineering supplies for the ship.
Marcus was drinking himself unconscious in a downport bar. After a while, he became convinced he was being watched – but was unable to identify who it was. As he turned to leave, he collapsed in a heap…
The following day, Dex got a message from the New Berlin Peacekeepers: Marcus was sleeping off a lot of alcohol in a cell. The team went to fetch him, paying a fee for the “accommodation”, before he had a hefty breakfast.
Returning to orbit, they met the Ramirez family, including their grandmother and servant, and took them to the Beowulf. Leaving for Lando, their first jump brought them out at a completely different place than they were planning. While they were waiting for Roger to recalculate the next jump, they became aware of another ship approaching. It hailed them, telling them to prepare to be boarded.
Dex immediately got on the intercom to the navigator, telling him to get a move on. When this was apparently ignored, he and Marcus went down to his cabin. The door opened immediately: “This is going to be awkward isn’t it?”
Roger, rather surprisingly, was holding a gun…
Following his instructions, they returned to the bridge, Marcus making a point of moving slightly faster, so that he could warn Rob to get out of sight as he reached the galley. Roger locked himself inside the bridge with Dex and Marcus, informing him that they were all going to wait until his friends arrived.
Dex, thinking fast, made an announcement about the gravity being switched off: Alumiya got the message and tried to do so, but doubles it instead. This had the desired effect of disorienting Roger, but he recovered surprisingly quickly. Marcus’ attempt to grab his gun resulted in his being knocked to the floor. The pair of them desisted from further action.
Meanwhile, Charles arrived in the galley with his assault rifle, having figured out something was wrong, and was briefed by Rob. The medic had noticed that Roger was behaving completely differently from his normal timid demeanour and, notably, that his body language had changed radically. He’d realised that Roger was the mysterious vaguely familiar person he’d seen in the vicinity of the assassinations on Lando and New Berlin. Charles tried to break through the door to the bridge, but Roger threatened to shoot Dex and Marcus so he gave up.
As the other ship got closer, Roger informed the crew that they would be left alive if they caused no further trouble.
Alumiya, reasoning that the real problem was the approaching vessel, decided to trigger a short random jump, hopefully taking the ship a few light minutes or light years away. She hit the lower end of the scale (which would have made it easier for a non-navigator to recalculate their location for a new jump), but Roger managed to figure it out in a couple of seconds, verbally sending jump calculations to the other ship. The new vessel arrived an hour later, indicating the accuracy of his figures. While they were waiting, Dex managed to get Roger to explain that one of the passengers was a war criminal, and that his job was to track them down and dispose of them.
Alumiya decided it was a good idea to prepare for trouble and got into her armoured spacesuit, grabbing her axe for use as a weapon.
The other ship turned out to be a sleek vessel of a similar, if younger, class to the Beowulf, painted in dark colours and bearing worrying modifications. It docked at the port hatch and two men in light battlearmour came board. Roger appeared and led one of them upstairs. After some shouting and sobbing, they returned with the family’s servant (not the father as they had expected). As Roger, the prisoner and the boarding party left, he slipped a note to Marcus: reading it as soon as the door closed, he saw a set of jump calculations and the words “trust me”.
The other ship now undocked and began a wide turn into an attack vector, deploying weapons in direct contravention of Roger’s promise. Alumiya was ready and they jumped to the given coordinates before it opened fire, arriving right next to Lando Station
They decided to check the navigator’s room, finding some explosives and an elegant sniper rifle, along with his charts; they decided that he appeared to have been an assassin. Marcus believed he was a programmed genetically engineered life form (GELF), probably deployed by the government.
They delivered their cargo, including their remaining passengers, and decided to invest in some weaponry so that they could fight off future piracy. Shipboard weaponry is illegal for civilian vessels, so they sold the rifle to a collector, via his beautiful partner, and bought some armoured space suits and sidearms for those who wanted them.
They also hired a new navigator (an experienced older man, willing to work his passage to a different part of space) and planned a new high-risk, high profit project: carrying goods across the uninhabited systems between shipping routes. They began by buying some industrial goods to take to the agricultural colony on Erehwon, where they planned to buy some low-tech shotguns and begin their cross-route career.
The trip to Erehwon was relatively uneventful (with one mild misjump) and they were able to sell their cargo for a reasonale profit and obtain their weapons. Deciding that the last few weeks had a been a bit eventful, they opted to take a few days out to recuperate at the coast.