036-3128, Azain Starport
“Ok, let’s clean this mess up” I say to RO-VE, the ship’s robot mechanic. It bleeps in acknowledgment then begins sorting the damaged components from the tools and reusable parts.
“Britney?” I call up into the ship. She walks down, freshly showered and looking more at peace than the last few days. “Mmhmm?” she acknowledges. “It is time to go, we’ll have to grab some fuel and rations somewhere else because I want to keep us moving.”
“Where to next then? Straight to Selaan?”
“No, Azain is isolated from the jump-gates. That’s why the smugglers like it out here. We’ll have need to make our way over to Usdira first. Sadly, we not see much outside of the starport. It will be cold though, there should be a spare all-weather field jacket in my supplies for you.”
036-3128, Leaving Azain
As we are leaving Azain I do catch a ship tailing us as we leave the planet. I wait till we are a safe distance away from other ships and send a tight beam radio communication.
“Juro, nice to see you again. Look, I just need to slip away for a bit because, well, you know how dry it gets back there? Really makes your eyes pop out of their sockets.”
The comms crackle back. “I bring word from House Thorn. We have lodged a formal complaint concerning your dismissal and the bounty on your head.”
“Uh… thank you? Why are you helping me exactly?”
“House Thorn is aware that you are working for Mr. Toran. We share Mr. Toran’s vision for a sector free from the oppressive rule of Universal Investments. Your current mission supports our shared cause so we must buy you time.”
I turn to Britney. “People really don’t like your employer very much. Do they do that thing where they raise your holovid bill every month or something?” She looks unamused.
“I appreciate it, Juro. We can use all the help we can get. Right now I’m trying to navigate us to the gates at Usdira. Any chance you can escort us for a bit?”
“I have instructions to do exactly that.”
036-3128, Azain to Usdira
After we get underway and knowing we have a second pair eyes, I decide to pop in one of the holodiscs to better understand what the hell is going on.
The first few minutes are the usual lines from a political party in opposition. “Blah, blah, we represent you!” but then we get to the substance of the Independent Systems Alliance’s beef with Universal Investments. UI has found some portals, like jump gates but they exist only on planet surfaces. They are closely guarding these portals and the secrets they hold. ISA believes that UI is using the portals to further UI’s own paramilitary forces into a sector-wide threat.
“That would explain all the research into electro-magnetic energy sources.” says Britney.
“I don’t follow.”
“It is not an area of R&D that we working on until recently. Most of what I’ve seen has been about ramping up and controlling large amounts of electro-magnetic energy. Maybe that’s how they powering the portals they’ve found. I’ve seen a few numeric references to an ‘energy anomaly’ that was labeled Celik-1.”
“Celik? That’s in-between Usdira and Selaan. I remember they closed the jump gates to Celik.” I say as I scratch my chin. More questions than answers but Britney’s collaboration of internal research to the story gives it some weight.
We bid farewell to Juro who gives us another House Thorn member to connect with. Tosa Thorn is a bounty hunter who works this sector and Juro has assured us she will be at our disposal.
041-3128, Arriving on Usdira
It is not long before we make it through the arrivals queue and land on Usdira.
I turn to Britney. “Welcome to Usdira! The… polar opposite… of Phinto when it comes to vacation spots in this subsector. Replace the lush forests with sheets of ice and the good-time entertainment vibes with relaxing yoga retreats.” Britney groans at my pun.
We gear up in heavy coats and leave the ship to refuel as we head out to find rations. As Britney is pulling up the hood on her coat I’m reminded of a problem.
“Hey, we need to get you a new identity and probably a new transponder code for our ship.” She wrinkles up her face. “It won’t take a genius to work out you disappeared from Phinto, and your job, around the same time as the base on Lanphin-4 was taken over. They’ll assume you were involved.”
“I like me for who am I already.”
“We don’t need to go so far as a full faceswap job; a hair color change, a clean hand computer might do.”
I decide we might as well make contact with Tosa as well and figure out who we are dealing with. I message her and suggest she not bring the “entire House Thorn merchandise catalog.”
041-3128, Usdira Starport
Britney and I are chatting about our childhoods as we reach the Starport’s main concourse. At this point I have to respect that Britney is much as part of the ship’s crew as I am and I’m making an effort to treat her as an equal.
Tosa wanted to meet us somewhere busy and the main concourse is packed with groups heading skiing and a reporter interviewing someone famous who would probably rather not be found here. Britney swears she recognizes someone in the crowd and I encourage her to keep her head down.
We are waiting by a fountain when a young, tall woman walks up tugging awkwardly at the sleeves of a conservatively shaped abstract floral print dress. We introduce each other and then take a table near a cafe.
“You, uh, got my message then?” I say to Tosa while looking over her attire. “If you were going for a disguise of ‘religious missionary’ then you nailed it.”
Tosa looks at herself, back up at me, and shrugs. “Subterfuge is not my preferred approach.”
“Speaking of which, Britney and I are going to need some temporary identities. How familiar are you with the blackmarket here?”
Tosa laughs and proceeds to tell us how House Thorn works. I’ve heard the broad strokes but Tosa is proud of her association with Thorn and it shows. Thorn splits up the subsector into nine areas and hunters are assigned to cover a particular area. They profit share so if a bounty moves from one area to another, they coordinate their efforts and handoff the acquisition to the designated hunter. In short, Tosa is intimately familiar with Usdira because we are on her turf.
We are led out of the starport and into the neighboring “Startown”, those charming places that spring up outside of the starport and allow for less regulated commerce. Our destination is The Forgotten Bounty, a grimy bar that wears its desired clientele on its sleeve. Towards the back is a table and as we walk up the folks gathered around disperse.
Tosa leads off the conversation. “Peach, these are my friends and I can’t introduce them properly because I don’t know their names yet.”
Peach is not what imagined from a blackmarket fixer at all; delicate hands and a refined taste in jeweled accessories complement their form.
“Sit down. Drinks first, business second.”
We do the usual chit-chat, feeling each other out, before getting down to specifics. Peach gives us the name of an associate who can swap our hand computer identification chips. The transponder code is trickier but doable. Looks like we’ve got ourselves at least another day on this ice ball before we can get back on track to Selaan.
- The PCs passed am expected “ship repair” Mythic GME scene check.
- Colfer, assisted by his Robot Mechanic, scored 3 successes on their vehicle repair roll. Per the vehicle repairs in the Starport Scum Vehicle Guide they need to roll sixes in order to do it and scored 3 sixes. That’s a thorough repair job.
- The next scene was space travel, leaving Azain and trying to get closer to a jump route. I imagine the jump routes are jump gates that facilitate faster and more efficient travel. The scene was
Interruptedin Mythic’s terms and the Event was
PC Positivewith a meaning of
Trust Individual. I rolled on the Characters list and got an option to “choose.” The most likely character was Juro Thorn.
- I asked [UNE] about what Juro would say and got “discovers knowledge, advocates pain, and strives hardship”.
- What’s on the holovids? Mythic tells me it is “Energetically Mysterious”. A random roll for a subsector hex and a system name gave me
1006 Celek. This was always outlier on the sector map because it doesn’t have any jump-gate access so I figure it has been closed off like a Traveller “Red Zone”.
- The next scene was arriving on Usdira and we get an
Alteredscene. Mythic has a system for altered scenes which provides with a scene adjustment of
Add A Character. It seemed likely that House Thorn would give us another contact so I just made one up.
- For a world event I rolled on a table in the Outlaws of the Outer Fringe solo game and get “Blackmarket Contact.” I turned this in an opportunity to divert some attention from the PCs.
- I asked Mythic what Tosa looked like and I got
Attractive Young.I was curious and asked Mythic if Tosa was related to Juro and the answer was
No. I was curious what clothing they were wearing so I queried a different set of Mythic meaning tables (Objects) and got
- To determine what part of the Starport they would meet in I rolled on Starforge’s Derelicts - Community Area Oracle and got
Concourse or hub.
- The main-course was filled in with some Colourful Locals from Dozer’s SOLO.
- Peach was created using a combination of Starforged’s Character Looks Oracle and a Mythic Meaning table:
- Colfer passed a Talking it Out check with Peach which I abstracted as the chill feeling-each-out conversation.
- A reminder that I keep some resource & universe pages on the site, including an ever-updating catalog of the Frisch Subsector.