Fully refreshed now, the party members assembled for breakfast at 08.00 in order to decide upon their plans for the day.
Max is already busy – he calls Autumn and tells them that Gerald will be sending a truck to pick up the artwork and to let them have it. Once she has overseen the collection, he tells her to lock up and come to The Excelsior as she is getting cabin fever alone on the ship.
Stian asks him to ask her if she has contact details for the merc who traveled with them from Noctocol. She says that he didn’t have a commo though and so she doesn’t.
Max tells the others that he really needs to start looking for buyers for the trade goods and so the others will have to look after themselves for the day. With that, he finishes the last of his breakfast and heads off.
The party members discuss their plans for the day.
“Well then Gents, shall we take a stroll down to see the crewmen from the ships who have been staying in lower Lomburing for the past week, carousing in the tourist taverns and generally making a nuisance of themselves while trying to recruit new crew members?” Grim asks.
Stian agrees, but suggests that just a couple of them try the infiltration. Grim agrees, volunteering to be one of the two as he has good powers of persuasion and would be in a position to do some harm to the ships from the inside as an Engineer.
“It’d be good to know that the star port on the other side of the planet is being set up by who Zos say’s it is,” suggests Stian. “That there maybe a layer or two between who’s doing the work and who’s funding it/actually behind it would need some kind of investigative skills or hacking. Can Taeva cover that? I know Will can but why would anyone hire him as a security guard? Unless Grim can convince them that Will is his love toy and the two cannot be separated…”
The party realizes that they have a while to finalize their plans as there is little point starting to hit the bar before evening time.
Autumn arrives shortly after lunch, having successfully overseen collection of the artwork. Max arrives back in the late afternoon, looking quite happy:
“Gerald introduced me to the main merchants here,” he says. “I have unloaded the Ruthenium and Fusion Conduits already – made Cr. 310,000 across the pair of them. The offer on the isotopes and tools weren’t good enough so I left them. Gerald will introduce me to another buyer tomorrow anyway. We have over Cr. 5 million on hand and assets of Cr. 7 million, so we’re not doing too badly even if we have to hand onto them for a while.”
The party members return to the subject of how best to undertake the task that they have been given by Zos. Over the course of the conversation, they decide that attempting to infiltrate the TTC here in Lomburing is just too risky – there is a good chance that the mercenary that they brought from Noctocol will have joined up with them already and, if this is the case, the game would be up before it began. So instead they decide to go for a full-on assault of the TTC Base, which will require the assistance of the Aslandables. They also decide that a reconnaissance of the base will also be useful. It’s too late in the day to arrange either of these actions now and so they decide to leave it for the following day.
As a result, they have a quiet night in at the hotel, ready to make an early start in the morning.