The Frozen Star amoung us

And then he sneezed
Session 6

The crew having successfully completed the job received their money from Mr. Keller, he took the device and delivered it to Mr. Johnson. The crew decided to not follow him. During the brief exchange Mr. Johnson said he was impressed that Lionel had gotten the crew to go along and that they would definitely do business in the future. He then dismissed Lionel who walked off into the crowded station. (At this point Lionel is no longer a PC as the player has decided to switch characters to James Garen) The crew went back to their standard shipboard duties and waited for the Captain to be released.

Meanwhile Luke and the Captain waited out the isolation period. During the poking and prodding phase of the isolation the Captain missed the fact that her healing rate was extremely high, needle marks would close and heal in seconds. Even the reaction of the doctors to this missed grabbing her attention. She asked to talk to some of the other Der’Rum that were isolated, but the scientists and doctors insisted upon complete isolation. Luke, liking the Captain’s idea was also stopped short of visiting others by the GCS guards stationed between each cell. 3 uneventful days later they were released.

All of the Der’Rum gathered into a small auditorium. A Major from the GCS, a Rigellian, stood in front of them and informed them for better or worse they now appeared to be human there did not appear to be any evidence of infectious vector that might impact other Der’Rum so they were free to go. All GCS records were updated to reflect their new status and to avoid incident all other records that could be reached by the GCS were also being updated. They were free to use the auditorium for the next 4 hours but were asked to leave promptly after that.

The Captain and Luke then proceeded to board a cube and head towards the ship. The captain asked Luke if more security was needed. Luke puffing out his chest exclaimed that no more security was needed. On the cube Luke noticed a military artist begin walking towards him, the Captain noticed the change in his demeanor and hid behind him. The two MAs glared at each other until they were in hand to hand range at which point Luke’s arm lashed out and clasped the outstretched arm of his dear old friend James. “Astra missus” Luke exclaimed. “est alea” James finished. “Captain,” Luke said, “meet James Garen and we do need more security especially if James is available.” James said he was available and the Captain agreed to hire him.

Arriving back at the ship the Frozen Star admitted Luke, the Captain, and their guest, without the necessary reprogramming that Bob thought would/should be necessary. This sent Bob into a tizzy as he verified that the records had indeed been changed to show the Captain was human and even included her new bio security information, but there was no sign of who had made the changes.

After a quick discussion the Captain decided they should immediately fly to the nearest Der’Rum colony to seek assistance with her problem. Bob also attempted to see if the collective had more information and found his queen waiting for him. She was very unhelpful, but indicated that Mr. Johnson could be trusted as they were old friends. The Captain tried to dig up some cargo or other job that would help pay the way but was unable to find something so she ordered an immediate departure. All hands eagerly watched their scanners as the ship pulled away from the station and it quickly became obvious that another ship had left nearly simultaneously with them and was also headed to the stargate. The ship, Falling Red Horizon, was a independent trader made up of Tursk shareholders according to its ID records.

The Captain decided to err on the side of caution and G’Lorm faked an engine failure to justify them opening a gap between them. Falling Red Horizon hailed to offer assistance, which the crew only faking a failure declined saying the damage wasn’t fatal and should be fixed in a matter of hours.

Allowing the appropriate amount of time to pass G’Lorm brought the engines back online and they proceeded to the gate. The gate manager placed them in queue and all breathed a sigh of relief when the Falling Red Horizon passed through the gate and left the system apparently coincidences do exist.

Passing through the gate themselves they found the Der’Rum warship Charged Flame sitting in the trading lanes at the minimal safe distance for ships to divert around it after having come through the gate. They hailed the Frozen Star and demanded that they pull aside and shut down their engines in preparation for being boarded. The Captain agreed to do so hoping to get some answers. And the Der’Rum ship interpenetrated with the Frozen Star. The maneuver was visually impressive as a small section of the warship swooped down and withdrew leaving behind 6 heavily armed Der’Rum.

The Der’Rum and crew exchanged information which ended with the Der’Rum seeming incredibly tense at which point Luke sneezed all over them and they decided that quarantine would be a good idea. They departed in a shuttle instead of having the whole ship swoop in to pick them up. The crew moved on to discussing what would happen next. Bob, mentioned that his Queen had inferred that Mr. Johnson could be trusted and the Captain flew out of her chair and picked him up off the ground apparently with ease. Seeing the Captain holding bob the air with one arm in an obviously threatening manner. Luke stepped forward and put his hand on the Captain ‘s shoulder asking her to calm down. In response the Captain threw him into the bulkhead, possibly breaking a few ribs. The whole crew held their breaths for a few seconds and the Captain put Bob back on the ground apologizing. By this point it was obvious that as she used her Kei she became more human as the blue color drained from her body. Almost 50% of her hair was now a black rather than a blue, likewise her eyes were no longer blue orbs, but had almost become normal, the color of the irises still unrevealed.

The captain excused herself and a long and restless night was had by all. The bright spot, at least from my viewpoint, being that Luke deduced that Jon couldn’t be found because he used to be a Der’Rum. In the morning the crew gathered around their stations and discovered that the Charged Flame had broken up in the middle of the night, parts still held together by Der’Rum wizardry were slowly drifting away on the solar winds. A quick check of the logs showed that the shuttle containing the Der’Rum soldiers had cloaked and possibly boarded the Charged Flame bringing the infection to the warship. Bob again sought the council of his Queen and she instructed him to build a device that would detect “the infected”. G’Lorm, Bob, and Sandee all worked together and managed to produce the device within an hour. The device displayed a steady tone when turned on. Bob waved the device at himself and nothing changed . He then proceeded to check everyone else out starting with G’Lorm, Karath, Sandee, James, the Captain, and lastly Luke at which point the sensor went crazy. A few more waves and it was confirmed that Luke was the only person the sensor responded to. At which point Bob remembered the Queens had told him he had been cured but that the MAs they had fought on the promenade had been infected with some sort of virus. A slowed down closeup of Luke’s sneeze showed that what everyone had assumed was just mucus also glowed with Kei discharge. While the mucus passed through the Der’Rum harmlessly the Kei interacted with them in some way absorbed into their energy forms.
End of Session 6

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The fight that never ends
Session 4

The cube with the human following the party pulled into the station and the seeming heat mirages flowed out of the cube and into the station proper, the more perceptive of the group thought they saw individual movement. The man remained on board. G’Lorm threatened violence if the man didn’t give more information, the captain attempted reason. The man just laughed, setting Luke off. Luke in a burst of green Kei energy shot towards the man who dodged faster than the eye could follow. This resulted in Luke smashing through the cube’s wall through the tunnel’s wall and out in to a landscaped area behind the cube station.

Lionel a Nen-I operator who just happened to be in the crowd stepped forward and urged calm and a peaceful resolution before any further violence could occur. Bob slightly off to the side and with some knowledge provided by his new Queen attempted to intercept the man instead running into the cloaked suit of battle armor that was standing between him and the man, due to the collision the suits cloaking failed and the other three suits that were still in cloak decloaked to add menace to the situation. This started a fight that would go on for four hours real world time and approximately 45 seconds game time.

The four battlesuits are variations of a basic model. The first one to be revealed had incredibly flexible limbs and proceeded to lift Bob of the ground with his “foot”. Another unsheathed a sword about 6 ft. in length and started exchanging attacks with G’Lorm. Sandee attacked one that had an energy weapon on its arm hoping to keep it out of the fight and therefore keep the captain safe. Karath, Lionel, and the captain took on one that had a Gatling gun for an forearm.

While the armor with the gatling hosed down the crowd and some of the crew members Luke and the mystery human, Jon, exchanged whitty banter and the occasional ineffective blow. The captain filled her shoes to the tee providing advice to the crew on how to work better as a team (game benefit of +10 to combat or weapons rolls). Lionel attempted to speed the evacuation, and while successful managed to get badly hurt when a spray of Gatling rounds came his way. Karath was also injured when the energy gun battlesuit briefly turned its attention to her. Sandee was first hurt when Jon exploited the weak spots in her shell and again from a followup attack by the Gatling suit. G’Lorm received some decent wounds from the sword wielder but managed to take him out of the fight with his good ole maul and some determined bashing.

During the fight the captain would attempt to focus her matrix to cause massive damage to the physical world, but she would only land this attack once. We would also discover that some of the hormone’s the Queen had changed in Bob were lingering and if he got mad enough he could spit acid again. This lead to the grisly demise of one of the battlesuits as its weakened integrity was no match for the acid he spit on it. Jon proved again that internal Kei users are truly annoying in both their ability to avoid damage and their capacity for healing as Luke hit Jon repeatedly with blows that would have killed a normal person and Karath managed to vaporize most of his chest with a well placed shot. Jon even managed to taunt Luke further by landing in perfect fighting stance on his staff after the strike failed to hit home.

Jon and Luke fought to a near standstill while the last of the battle suits were dealt with ending only when Luke ran out of Kei. At the end Jon did get a little chatty and revealed he was not a member of the Black Hand, the earth first movement made up of Military Artists. The weird part is that Jon didn’t finish Luke off when his Kei ran out. Instead he sped to the captain and planted a device on her forhead. With the battle ending Sandee and Lionel succumbed to their wounds and passed out. Luke without any Kei had to run around the outside of the building to get back inside. The rest of the crew gathered around the captain and attempted to remove/ power down the device. G’Lorm thought for sure that he had it, but before he could implement his fix the captain suddenly became a very naked and slightly blue tinted human. Her Der’Rum equipment fell to the floor and the remaining crew stood around in stunned silence.
End of Session 4

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As the Spire tilts
Session 3

The crew find themselves trapped in a sealed area roughly the size of a city block with all of the ways in and out closed off by blast doors. Despite the ease with which the captain slid through the door, the rest of the crew certainly couldn’t move around that way. Taking a quick assessment the crew find that aside from the multiple dead bodies and the two military artists the are three other sentients enclosed with them. Two Nah-Tem, apparently mates, and some other being that looks very human but emitts nothing but really high pitched whining.

Before anything else can be acertained Bob scuttles to a wall and spits acid burning a hole through it and jumping through before it had even cooled. The captain chases after him, but he eventually outdistances her and she heads back. Sandee and the captain hold a brief conversation with the Nah-Tem and determine that they are eager to get out and will follow the crew. The other creature seems utterly hopeless but does recognize that it’s being talked to.

The captain decides she needs to scout ahead and proceeds into the next chamber, finding it full of people she pops back through and declares it safe to proceed. Then she scouts further afield Finding a Tursk banging away on the door to one of the shops she slips into the shop. The shop owner trying to defend his store opens fire on her with his gun, thankfully the physical shell passes straight through the captain causing no harm. When he fires again she gets the hint and returns to the main “street” continuing further towards the edge of the spire.

In the next area she finds two military artists (one yellow and one brown) fighting each other full bore, clearly after slaughtering the 40 or so people in the area. She turns to go back and keep the crew up to date and finds that a force field has been erected behind her and encases the whole area except the door leading towards the outer shell of the spire. Without the ability to turn back or circle around she decides to hurry through without trying to ascertain who they are or what they’re doing. In the next room she finds another Military Artist (glowing green) bashing his fists against the ground his knuckles are obviously getting torn up and healing in seconds indicating he is an internal Kei user. The captain also notices that there is beginning to be a dent where he is hitting even though the material is an incredibly strong alloy. She again decides to rush past

Continuing to the next area she finds a wall of spire security armed with riot shields and stubby rifles waiting for something to come through. Putting on her best “I’m not a threat” look she tries to calm them down only to realize they can’t understand her and she can’t understand them. Beyond the line of police there is a crowd of people. Most of them have flinched back from her sudden appearance. The police keep their cool though and wave her behind them. She continues on through the crowd and finally comes to the area where the Cube station is. There are microcracks throughout the whole cube tube and she decides to proceed clockwise down the tube, eventually she finds members of the official rescue party working on an emergency frieght elevator that will allow quick egress. They happen to have full power and working translators in their suits so they exchange information and she informs them that she will try to lead the survivors that she knows about out. Additionally she is told that the Der’Rum warship is the source of the destruction to the station.

Meanwhile, the rest of the crew decide to try their luck with moving into the second chamber. G’Lorm feeling especially Turski bends at the knees throws all of his strength into it and lifts the blast door enough to get everyone through with one last jerk he throws it up and ducks through himself as the door slams back down behind him. Three military artists materialize out of the crowd and introduce themselves to Luke. The all seem very eager to get out of the spire and are willing to work together to do so. A quick discussion later everyone agrees that they will work together to get out and they proceed to the next blast door. The external Kei expert steps forward rolls his shoulders and then proceeds to use his Kei (purple) to blast the door completely out of it’s tracks and through the forcefield that was waiting on the other side. Everyone is impressed.

With the door still sliding across the floor the two military artist in the room turn and advance on the newly reveled crowd. Purple leaps into action and slices Yellow in half clearly expecting her to respond to his threat in some way other than letting him put his DITE right through her. Brown holds out a little longer but eventually succombs to the weight of the crew and the two military artists but not before severely hurting Sandee. G’lorm shoots him an extra time to change his status from down to dead. Luke searches through the body for some connection and finds that they both ate at the same resturuant earlier in the day, but this doesn’t appear to be relevant. As a side note the Spire had started to list, about 1 degree.

With nothing left to investigate here the group moves on to the next door where Purple proceeds to knock it down only to have it come falling back in their direction almost immediately. As the Military Artist, who had been pounding the floor, knocked it back in the crews faces. G’Lorm and Sandee both get hit by the falling door without any real effect everyone else had managed to get clear.

Combat ensued with Purple who had clearly been the groups most powerful member acting like a real jerk, hanging back and not getting involved. The true power of an internal Kei fighter was apparent as even the vast amounts of damage the group inflicted on him, the most dramatic of which was a gaping hole straight through his chest healed in seconds. Another memorable moment came when Sandee moved to the attack and was thrown the length of the area as though he was throwing a wad of paper. Karath moved past and appeared to be having little luck with her stun rifle. It was Luke who finally got the finishing shot in with a blow while the MA was concentrating on regenerating. Over the course of this battle it would also become apparent that the female MA was an internal Kei user and the other MA was a Neni opperator(Tod). By this point the Spire was listing 4 degrees.

Having arrived towards the end of the combat the captain kept out of the fray. Sandee wanting to speed things along began to burrow through the last door between them and the wall of cops. Once she had an opening just wide enough to peek and talk through they found that the rescue party had worked it’s way into the room and was able to powerup and open the door. As the civilian crowd rushed around them towards the Cube tube they discussed whether or not to go find/rescue Bob. The captain decided she was not going to leave a member of her crew behind, but Tod assurred her he could search for Bob faster. A brief exchange of bravido occurred between the other MA and the captured “insane” MA’s where taken into custody by the Rescue team and the cops. The crew towards the back of the exodus out of the spire reached a point where the captain decided to set out after Bob when Tod chimed in that he had found the Homogeny she was looking for, at least he thought so. They were all evacuating from a completely different part of the spire, but seemed like they would make it.

Despite the grumblings of several crew members that they should abandon Bob since Bob abandoned them the captain had the crew walk around the outside of the spire to where Tod said he thought Bob would be. A Homogeny showed up and informed the Captain that Bob was in a audience with the Queens and would join them when he became free. He also informed her that the Der’Rum attack would be “stopping about now” in perfect coordination with the sudden halt of the minor tremors that had been rocking the station.

Because of the sudden drop in danger the crew decided to stay on the station instead of trying to flee in their ship. Medical assistance arrived and Sandee and Luke were both healed in the hi-tech facilities of the GCS. Upon being released the crew took the cube back to their hotel and just before getting off Karath noticed that the person who had ducked into the alleyway at the start of all the excitement was in the cube behind them additionally she noticed a weird shimmer to the air in the cube. While there could be several reasons for this the most likely was someone or something was cloaked inside with the alien. The crew stepped off the cube only to be greeted by Bob and prepared for the confrontation ahead.

End of Session 3

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Why were you attacked Citizen
Session 2

With the arrival of the Galactic Civilization Security (GCS) team in full power armor the captain decided that keeping her head down and following orders was the best idea. Leaving out the part about the artifact, the crew was otherwise honest with the officers. The officers explained that due to the death of a GCS inspector who was scheduled to inspect their cargo their ship would be impounded and shutdown, as it was a crime scene. Again the captain put up no fight and was rewarded with the GCS putting the crew up in decent quarters.

The GCS left them with a nominal guard, a lowly GCS private in light armor. The crew decided that they were still in danger. While debating what to do about it the more observant members of the crew heard a thump out in the hallway. Luke sprang into action activating his Kei and leaping across the room, only his desire not to completely demolish the door slowing down his investigation of the hallway.

As he poked his head out he found that Mr. Johnson was leaning against the wall with a wound to his lower left abdomen. He had left a very bad streak of blood down the wall. The GCS private was not responding to this at all, continuing to stand straight and only concerning himself with guarding the door to the room, which the bleeding Mr. Johnson had not threatened yet. Luke zipped out and brought Mr. Johnson into the room forcibly, while the private continued to stare uninterestedly. When asked why he was not responding he stated that Mr. Johnson was not a true threat and it was not within his mission parameters to get him medical aid.

While the crew stabilized Mr. Johnson the captain fought a war of information with him trying to figure out whether the murder, the radiation at the bar, and the attack on the ship were connected. In the end her gut was telling her that he believed they were not all connected but beyond that the truth was muddled.

The medic, a floating gas giant dweller looking much like a jelly fish with some mechanical fans, showed up and took Mr. Johnson into himself then floated away. A heated argument broke out after he left about whether or not it was safer to stick together overnight or sleep in their separate rooms. The captain wisely decided it would be best to get some food and discuss in a more relaxed situation. The proceeded to one of the hab-spires promenades and had a relaxing meal. After the last plate had been removed but before they settled in to resume the debate Luke started to feel sick. Karath then picked some odd behavior out of the crowd 7 blocks down the street, as she settled her gaze to get more detail she caught just a glimpse of a humanoid figure duck into an alley way. Mentioning it to the crew enticed Luke to zip from the room.

Stepping through the door to the restaurant Luke’s flow of Kei suddenly halted and he tumbled awkwardly out of 200mph run towards the alleyway. Nothing like this had happened to him since he had completed training and become a full military artist. Standing up he resumed his flow and speed through the crowd. Before he could turn down the alleyway though, he saw a commotion off to the side. Two other Military Artists, one red one blue, had powered up and were attacking the crowd with deadly effect.

A quick decision was made and the crew rushed to defend the innocent bystanders. The Luke exchanged attacks with first one then the other of the two humans. While receiving severe damage he did partially distract them from the crowd saving dozens of lives. The rest of the crew joined the fight after several seconds of wading through the now panicking crowd. A blast from a stun rifle caused a weird reaction from the human with a blue aura, his aura imploded taking him with it. The other an internal Kei user was eventually worn down by the massed attacks of the crew. Bob decided to investigate the area where the implosion happened. After approaching his bio energy field activated and the human appeared out of thin air. Much like Luke Bob was startled by the flare of energy given that only infirm and infant Homogeny experience uncontrolled bursts of energy.

Before more than a cursory inspection could be completed there was a minor shaking that some of the crew were able to identify as an explosion. The lights flickered a couple times and went out, followed immediately by the stations blast doors slamming down. The captain found herself cut off from the rest of the crew, a minor inconvenience for a Der’Rum. The emergency lighting came on and the captain easily passed right through the multi-ton blast door. Thus ends session 2.

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An artifact to think about
Session 1

The crew find themselves returning from retrieving an artifact from the dead planet Charuteh. The mysterious Tursk fixer, Mr. Johnson, has promised them several months’ pay should they bring it back intact and unmolested. The pickup went perfectly the artifact was exactly where Mr. Johnson had said it would be. On the return trip the Captain subtly encouraged Sandee to investigate the artifact despite Mr. Johnson’s wishes, it only seemed prudent.

The artifact consisted of two cubes with a cylinder between them. The cubes were in perfect alignment down to the molecular level and the connections were seamless indicating Nano-construction. The surfaces of both cubes and the cylinder are etched with some sort of language or symbols. Initial scans revealed that the artifact was made of some unknown alloy bonding hydrogen with something else. They also revealed that the artifact was completely inert, giving off no energy of its own.

Sandee feeling completely bored and not liking the mystery dedicated the trip from Charuteh to the meeting with Mr. Johnson to decoding the symbols. She was partially successful recovering the following word in order but unable to decipher the words in between; Star, energy, sink, death. The captain reviewed this and decided to deliver the device anyway.

Upon docking at the Tsion station in the Genahi system, the meeting point, G’lorm and Bob proceeded to prep the ship for departure in case they needed to get away in a hurry. The Captain picked Karath and Sandee to accompany her to the drop and sent Luke off on shore leave. Luke had other ideas and followed the three of them to the Cube terminal (think 8 person tram system) where the Captain decided to let him come along rather than dressing him down.

Arriving at what was probably one of the worst maintained hab-spires the crew had ever encountered they proceeded to their meet at the windows peak, a bar of some sort. Passing down hallways that had graffiti, broken light systems, and actual physical damage they chatted about the chances that this was a trap. Coming to the courtyard where the bar and a couple other stores resided they found an ion fountain in perfect repair with pristinely cleaned tiling. While curious and utterly out of place the crew mostly ignored the fountain preferring to complete their business and move on to shore leave.

The Captain urged Karath to investigate the bar before she and the artifact entered. Karath unable to tell one Tursk from another confirmed it wasn’t a trap but didn’t know whether or not Mr. Johnson was waiting. The Captain and Sandee joined Karath inside while Luke rested against the fountain waiting for trouble. Inside Mr. Johnson waved the crew to a booth in the back and after pleasantries were exchanged scanned the device, finding it not powered he began hemming and hawing about how he would not pay for damaged goods. The captain asked Karath to “explain” their refund policy and Mr. Johnson decided more testing was in order. Pulling out a Nano wafer he proceeded to apply it to the upper surface of one cube than another. Sandee, quickly deducing that he was attempting to power the device and that it would more likely activate from the far ends from the cylinder turned the artifact so it was resting solely on one cube and put the wafer on top. The artifact hummed for a second and then all of the etching lit up.

Mr. Johnson flinched back then recovering himself proceeded to transfer the credits to the captain’s account. A quick conversation led to another potential job offer, if the captain would be so kind as to return in two hours. The captain agreed and Mr. Johnson left through the back door. The crew picked up their container and moved to the front door to find Luke missing. An unsuccessful search ensued after discovering his specific com frequency was being blocked.

Meanwhile, Luke sat outside attentive but also bored. A few minutes passed and two Terran children came out of a side corridor and started cleaning the fountain, a very odd thing to come across as most Terrans outside of Terra are Military Artists. Both were wearing standard Nano-clothes, one had ratty hair while the other didn’t. They pointedly ignored Luke and he for the most part stayed focused on the bar. However, when they left he felt the need to follow them. A few turns and an escalator later they entered a little shop that mostly sold fruit. Luke entered and his com went dead. He exited and it came back on, but when he reentered it went off again. Puzzled but not to be deterred he casually browsed the store and then slipped out the back where the two children had gone.

Opening the door he found them waiting for him. The older hostile while the younger was open and even asked if he was their daddy because of his DITE. He managed to get them to tell him that they cleaned the fountain at the behest of a Tursk, before he could get more out of them, the oldest told him to leave them alone and they ran off.

Walking back through the store Luke bought some sort of melon from the Nah-Tem vendor and proceeded back to the fountain. Waiting a few minutes he decided that without coms he should probably check in. With a swishing noise the doors opened to the bar as he approached, unfortunately everyone inside appeared to be dead and there was a very unpleasant smell of cooked flesh. A quick check revealed that the captain and the other crew members were not here. Deeper inspection revealed that the dead had been exposed to high radiation. Additionally, there was a booth table where all color had been bleached from the wood extending several feet in all directions from the center. It’s at this point that Luke 3+ hours have passed according to the stations chronometer. Racing back to the ship, his com returns just as he arrives back at the Cube terminal that they started at.

During his absence the captain and company had searched several of the other corridors and come up empty they then went to a more upper-class drinking establishment and returned to the Widows Peak at the appointed time. Mr. Johnson waited for them at the booth and explained that an even better job had come up, but that to ensure secrecy he needed to talk to brief all of the members of the crew at the same time. He gave an address in a really high class hab-spire, asked them to come early the next day, and left out the back door.

The captain beginning to worry about her missing crew member and wanting to mull this over in her ship proceeded back with Sandee and Karath. After using the Cube to return to the ship they mulled over their search options with G’Lorm and Bob. Several minutes later, while they were still discussing their options, Luke streaked through the door Kei flaring. He explained the situation at the bar, what he had found out about the fountain, and that he had suffered some sort of time dilation in a way that only Luke could, rambly and distracted.

Karath noticed something move outside, but dismissed it. As the Luke’s tale unfolded, she noticed the shoulder pad of an armored suit shifting in one of the shadows, but Luke’s tale was too engrossing to let it distract her. Finally she noticed an object streaking for the airlock and dove out of the way. The other members of the crew stood in shock as the door exploded off its hinges and both projectiles and beams of energy came slicing into the room. As Luke dove out of the way, a solid slug passed through the captain flattening on the wall. Others were hit and sustained minor damage. G’Lorm, Sandee, and Luke all rushed out of the ship and proceeded into hand to hand combat with their assailants (five armored humanoids carrying rifles). Luke glowing green as his Kei flowed out of him zipped around the battlefield dramatically killing two of them. G’Lorm using a Tursk warclub broke both arms on another allowing Bob to skitter out and drag him back to the ship. Sandee waded into the fight trusting her invulnerability and claws to see her through, and boy did they, even as slugs flattened out on her hide, the energy rifles barely tickled her. At one point three of the assailants were firing upon her causing her to laugh at their stupidity. Then they wised up and fired a grenade right into her chest, finally doing some damage. The last one standing attempted to hit her with a second grenade, but missed damaging the hull.

As the air slowly leaked out of the docking area the crew retreated to the ship with the captain taking a grievous wound from a sniper with an energy weapon. Karath returned fire and narrowly missed hitting some crates directly in front of the sniper as he rolled away and missing again as the slimmest sliver of his back presented itself as he fled. Safely aboard the ship they attempted to interrogate their captive, he looked human and bleed red blood like humans, but seemed to be lacking that vital spark of intelligence, then his mouth started foaming, he convulsed and died. G’Lorm picked him up and threw him out the airlock. Luke rushed back out and finished off the last of the assailants who had been knocked unconscious but was beginning to stir.

The captain, now a small ball of energy, encouraged a debate about whether or not to follow through on the meet with Mr. Johnson. Bob pointed out that Mr. Johnson was not likely to be the person behind the attack as he could have just waited for them to come to the meeting and assured a kill. The debate raged on until the Authorities showed up. Thus ends session 1.

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