The Network

Session 4
Square Pigs

Incoming Transmission…

Mr. Jones, we appreciate your partnership in conducting research on Maikaguun III.  The preliminary results shown in your reports are quite impressive.  The board has authorized the immediate initiation of colonization activities.  We are in the process of securing a Super Hauler, but it's unlikely we will be able secure usage of any vessel over 100,000 tons in less than a year.  For this reason we would like you to jump start colonization activities by transporting a seed base to prepare the way. 

We have also petitioned CAIN for additional rights beyond that of our original Agricultural Contract.  Until that is complete, please do not discuss with any outside parties the bounties available on this new world.

Please see the below for a manifest.

Return to Colony Site with 150t of additional equipment.

Fusion Reactor w/fuel processors, needs a water supply.  30 ton
2 Air/Rafts (1 cargo, 1 personnel)
4 G-bikes
1 ATV  (all vehicles together 18 tons)
Cargo container with kit to assemble greenhouse building – 10t
Cargo container with kit to assemble barn – 10t
Cargo container with lab equipment – 10t
Unassembled Hab Shelters:  15  – 15t
Food, feed, misc gear:  (3x 10ton cargo container)

Personnel:  (17 tons)

1 Colony Administrator (not frozen, will require a cabin)   Jarl Backe
6 Security
4 Engineer/Mechanics
6 Scientists
18 Professionals (farmers, botanists, etc)

Livestock:

20 square pig (5 ton) (not frozen)
Chicken incubators/hatcheries (5 ton)

Compensation Schedule:  1.2 million

GM Recap

The Heinlein does not have sufficient cargo capacity to make this run in one trip.  The crew elects not to invest in cargo pods, instead saving their credits for other upgrades to the ship.  They make arrangements to pack up the Reactor, Livestock, and a few vehicles and make there way back to Maikaguun III.  The guy running docks states that it will take several days before their cargo is ready to be loaded.  Some of the more highborn members of the crew try to negotiate but the union man, Finn McGee, is insulted.  Cobb is able smooth things over, but it will still take a few days.

While the crew is waiting they have an encounter in a space station bar.  They witness a yakuza type group execute someone in the bar (beheaded by katana).  The boss tips the bartender a 100 credits and apologizes for the mess.  The crew (wisely) keeps their heads down and doesn't interfere.  The crew also manages to pick up some scattered intelligence about happening in The Network.  When the crew returns to the Heinlein their are immediately greeted by the robo-corgi – Ein.  Ein sends a video feed that shows an intruder breaking into the Heinlein and walking past Ein's inverter mat in the ships gally.  The time stamp was just a few minutes prior.  The intruder has some predator style camoflage and is very difficult to see.  It was heading toward the bridge. 

The crew is able to trap the intruder in the front part of the ship but is hesitant to engage in combat.  They end up asking Ein to engage a ships security system.  Ein responds by temporarily increasing the gravity in the front portion of the ship manifold.  The intruder drops dead – he had a suicide capsule that broke under the increase gravity.  The armor immediately drops off the intruder on death.  They are able to tell that the mans name is Othi Jabir and that the suit was manufactured by BVP.  It has biological components that graft themselves to skin when worn and receives it power directly from the wearers body.  On death the suit released itself.  Requires Vac Suit 1 skill to wear.  Multiple components – arms, legs, chest, etc.  Armor is powered by the biological link to the user.  Can run indefinitely, however the operator's daily nutritional requirements increase 4 fold.  Missing a meal = instant Fatigue.  Every hour of fatigue = -1 temporary Endurance Damage.  Daphne equips the armor and is immediately hungry.  The crew finds that the intruder had been going thru ships records on Maikaguun III and had zoomed in specifically on a small island.

The crew collects it's cargo and sets off for Maikaguun III.  They drop off the cargo with the scientists, who are fine but complain about the square pigs.  They then head on to investigate the island.  They note one of the rivers is unnaturally straight.  At the mouth, they find the remains of structure – long since destroyed.  It appeared to have been destroyed by some sort of orbital attack.  The river is found to actually be a subway that has partially collapsed and filled with water.  They trace the river back to a mountain where it appears to run underneath.  They use their ATV run the rest of the submerged subway system and find the entrance to a base.

They manage to gain entry to the base and find that it clearly hasn't been disturbed or utilized in thousands of years.  8 robots are found in work rooms constructing some sort of biological based computer.  All frozen in time at the point where they ran out of power.  Erik recognizes some of the components as similar to work he was being asked to do with BVP earlier in the year.  The crew also locates a vault with a number of other artifacts present.

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Session 3
The Jaqueline Q dilemna

Incoming Transmission…. Attn: Ashley Madison: An audit of the images you provided have shown some alarming irregularities regarding the records for the property in question. This little problem is far more serious than I anticipated. I need all records on that site recovered and delivered to me immediately. The site should then be sterilized. Be discrete. …Message purged.

Recap

After some discussion – the crew decides to 'borrow' a work van from the slums of Settlement 53.  Dressed as a cleaning crew some of them ring the doorbell at the estate while the other try to disable the security systems.  Their target is immediately wise to what is happening and immediately makes a run for it.  She bolts thru to the back the house and leaps from a second floor balcony, landing expertly, she continues running for a garage in back withoug missing a step.  As the crew some around the side of the house, they manage to tempt her into a fight.  She turns out to be a master in martial arts but the crew is able to knock her unconscious.  Jin finds a G-Bike in the garage and makes it his own.

The group cleans the house, assembles documents and other evidence still present in the house.  It was clear that she was not only skimming money from her partner, but was in fact conducting corporate espionage on behalf of BVP.  They make contact with JQ, turn over the materials as well as their unconsious spy the following day.  JQ rewards them with everyone in the group with an experimental Neural Link being developed by Cook Computer Hardware.

The party packs up and heads back to Barnett for the next phase of their mission.  They make contact with Sallah provides them with some intel on odd things happening with Navy contracts.  All new ships are being outfitted with enormous amounts of compute power.  Far more than would ever be needed unless you were trying to automate the entire ship.  Further, many of the ships were being ordered to a system Coreward even though they hadn't been finished.  Sallah offers to install an experimental holographic bridge on the Heinlein.  It will give them enhanced reaction times during emergency situations.

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Session 2
Maikaguun III

The good ship Heinlein has identified a landing zone on Maikaguun III. The crew prepares to begin colonization the new world. Some of them, having lived out their entire lives on a hive world, subtly ask Erk Eriksson for a sedative – having never before seen grass or trees.

Employment Contract crib sheet:

Pick up supplies at Arurship and transport them to Maikaguun. Return to Arurship with initial reports and soil samples.
- 10 scientists
- 10 hab modules
- Gear and equipment
- Communications and Recon Satellites
Locate a suitable location and establish research base. Assist scientists in setting up base, assembling hab modules. Install 6 monitoring stations in surrounding hexes.

Produce holographic brochure of key geographic areas for promotional purposes to recruit colonists.

Ashley Madison Investigation Notes.

Crisis Looms

Investigations by the new ruling authority, Ultra Prime Concepts, reveal the depth of incompetence, perhaps bordering on criminal negligence, of the previous regime. Our home simply cannot feed itself. Without imports starvation would be endemic. Ultra Prime is paying simply to feed the people, but this is a recipe of doom for our economy. Catastrophe looms. (instill panic)

Important figures at Ultra Prime have recognized this worry and are implementing a far-sighted plan to address the situation. At least one possible agri-world has been claimed by Ultra Prime to be developed to solve this problem. A rag-tag team of independent contractors, drawn from a variety of backgrounds has been brought together to explore this new world, the hope for our future. (human interest, character sketches?)

On the planet Arurshim the crew of SS Heinlein pick up their frozen science people (learn some science) and transport them to explore Maikaguun III.

The world is lush and full of potential (see holo), but also has mysteries (archaeology stuff), and dangers (real animals of death!). (extended description for upmarket media source). The heroic crew starts an extensive fact-finding mission while protecting the science people. Fully flushed with excitement our intrepid explorers return with the news to Aroshim.

(separate investigation) Government corruption on Arurshim Mysterious government contact known only as Jacqueline Q. requests an independent investigation into a "business partner" (personal too?) Jennifer Quallare. Insinuation of possibly shady rewards. Subject located on Aroshim surface at remote mountain villa. J.Q. wants the "problem" to go away. Ashley Madison will investigate this wherever it goes to bring the truth to the people.

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Session 1

The game begins in Barnett. Everyone has just left their careers and thrown in their lots with Mr. Henry Jones Jr. Henry has convinced everyone that with a ricketty old lab ship, and the spirit of adventure – there is fortune and glory to be had amongst the stars. 

Incoming transmission from Vice President Alana Van Straten , Director of Risk Management – Ultra Prime Concepts….

Erik Erikkson recap:

So after meeting everyone in our old lab ship, we got a message from Ultra Prime about a job. The next morning we head over and are tasked w taking 10 scientists and their habitat modules to a possible Agri-world. On accepting the job and some thorough deliberation we decide to trade in our oversized vessel for something a bit more manageable.

Thanks to an old friend of Cobb's we head over to a naval base and discuss potentially buying a re-purposed ship. After calling a local shady used ship dealer we offloaded our lab ship w some profit and bought our new ship.

We came out 5M credits ahead and used some of that money to buy an ATV plus upgrades, 6 high end Vacc suits, weapons for those who need them, a robotic ship corgi, and plenty of good food and fuel for the yet to be named vessel.

We have since made 4 jumps, 2 gas giant refuels, 1 purchased refuel, conned our way away from BVP, gained some piloting experience, picked up the scientists and landed on Maikagunn 3 at hopefully a prime location for our guests.

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