You are Percius Aurex, Captain of a raider-class pirate vessel. Formerly the 14th son of a noble family, you fled that life in search of adventure and to escape your status as a political pawn. Having returned to your pirate wolf pack after an unknown ship pursued you from a forbidden imperial system, you have spent the vast majority of your limited wealth to acquire a replacement engine for the small mining barge you escaped with. Despite being unable to barter Crazy Haaazin down on the engine price, you have managed to acquire two slightly used groxen with your purchase. Unfortunately, the pair of groxen have been castrated, but they'll still provide a modest bit of meat or possibly sell for... you'd rather not think how little they'll sell for, really. Thankfully, Signor Ferrari was more than happy to have his percentage rounded down to an even 5 million thrones of silver bars, so you didn't quite pay as much as you should.As you ride to orbit and await crazy Haaazin's delivery of the bulky engines to orbit aboard his orbital lifter. Advinessa and her crew have already begun removing the destroyed engines, and you catch a glance at the exposed plasma reactors of the mining barge before your lighter lands upon your vessel.>Orders? 20 days until Captain's meeting/Assassin>Get something done?>Look into purchases? [specify goods you wish to buy] [12 wealth available]>Timeskip to Captain's meeting/Assassin?>Other?
>>26603176>wiki with most of the information you could wantprivateerquest.wikia.com/wiki/Privateer_Quest_Wiki>previous threads on suptgsuptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/archive.html?tags=Privateer%20Quest%202
>>26603176>Look into purchases? [specify goods you wish to buy] [12 wealth available]Loli Slave.
>>26603176Look into pruchases [Melta Guns]I really want to get some Melta weapons for our crew... they could prove invaluable in boarding actions, as well as wreck/spacehulk exploration...
>>26603176>>26603414I agree, let us look into getting some Melta Guns and i'm sure it doesn't need to be said that if there are hats to be found we shall find them!Besides that I would say timeskip unless something interesting happens.
>>26603414>>266035281d100 for melta gun search
>>26603775Caseblanco has everything you need, for a price. Except melta guns, it seems. Four days later, you finally find a merchant with three of the elusive weapons."I'll sell all three for an even million thrones, my good sir" grins the merchant.You scowl, knowing full well that you should be able to buy more than a thousand melta guns for that price, let alone three used ones.>10 wealth for 3 melta guns?>Yes, I really want them>No, that is highway robbery>Other?
>>26603885>has everything you needOh cool, lets get some lolis
>>26603885>"I'll give you an even thousand for them."but seriously, no. It seems as though the Meltas elude us once again...Are there any Sensors for sale which are superior to ours, which can also be installed on our ship?specified because Upgrades 'don't work that way' in regards to bolting ship parts on...
>>26604019In your current price range? No. Your ship has some quality, if specialized, sensors.
>>26604080any ship ugrades which are in our price range, suitable for our ship, and can be installed prior to the designated meeting time?If not, then one more salvage op... preferably at a different battle site...
>>26604150There are no battle sites within 16 days travel, even 1-way.A quick check of ship component prices suggests that their base price is likely around 100 wealth for the majority of voidship components.
>>26603255meh, I'd prefer to capture our slaves ourselves
>>26604259Oh well. I'll vote for time skipping....Question though, Is there anything productive that Percius could actually do while waiting?maybe learning more about Ship command & navel stratagy...
>>26604342You've passively studied such things to the point where you can only really learn by putting it into practice.If you want to try learning a trade skill or something, you can specify it.
>>26604461Can we either train our Fellowship or learn Bartering?
>>26604342I'm up for a timeskip as well.
>>26603885>No, that is highway robbery
>>26604600as am I
>>26604576You may not purposely train stats. Bartering is set to train.1d100 for bartering training during timeskip
>>26604765WE ARE THE BARTERING GOD INCARNATEIf low is good
Rolled 45I'd personally suggest so that Percius would spend a couple of days on the surface of Caseblanco just going through the pubs, drug-dens and various houses of dubious reputation, looking for individuals of worth and talent. You never know what kind of gem you can find among all this galactic flotsam.Priorities:+Ship specialists(gunners!)+Prospectors/scouts/explorers+Engineers/technomages/inventorsIf roll is required, please take my d100.
>>26604765You spend the next two weeks searching the local bazaars and trinket shops, working the vendors and merchants. Though your skill noticeably improves, you're forced to actually buy many small items after the first few merchants signal the others that you don't seem to be buying. In the end, you've spent what little is left of your personal funds. At least you have a nice pair of utility photo-goggles, a hand-carved chess-set, and a fishing rod that can be dismantled for transport, among other trinkets.Soon enough, Lord Wilson calls his captains and their officers to Rick's. Waiting for several more of your fellows to arrive, you are greeted by Captain Hariso. "Good to see you alive, Percius. A shame your first mark got away, but Kihomi tells me it was quite a lofty target for a lone vessel." As Hariso firmly grips your hand, you notice your voidmaster nearby, her head looking away from you and Elise. Your XO's jaw bulges slightly as muscles tense, her eyes narrowing at Kihomi. "Don't fret the small things, Percius. You're alive and able to hunt another day, and not owing me a cut is always nice, isn't it?" You nod politely, meeting your former superior's eyes. "Living another day is a plus, Lee."Hariso's smile fades as you use his first name, his hand tightening upon your own before he gives a laugh. "About time you started calling me that, Percius. We'll make a pirate out of you yet! Will you be joining the Captains to discuss Lord Wilson's plan or running off with your officers to play Assassin tonight?">Assassin with officers. >Captains. There is profit to speak of.
>>26604927Good to see you're alive!Unfortunately, you have no luck locating such specialists that wish to join a pirate crew.You did meet a right bonny lass, though. A shame two men were already starting a bar fight over her.
>>26605222Sneak her out of the fight.
>>26605178Business before Pleasure. The officers will prefer getting paid over playing a game... either way, there should be sufficient time for a round after the meeting, before we depart...
>>26605178Off to join the Captains!
>>26605222Well, may as well get that girl out of it.Not like we're doing much else
>>26605258>>26605628"There you go, thinking like a Captain. Come, let me introduce you to the veterans while we wait on the other rookies." Hariso is quick to lead you through the various officers toward your fellows. "Captain Jed Torl here commands the smallest of our raiders, but she has the biggest guns of them all." "A pleasure to meet you, Captain Aurex. I look forward to working with you." You shake hands with Jed before Hariso whisks you away to meet with a woman. "Captain Pi Modori, she's the best voidship hunter sector Paxia has ever produced." The slender woman bows her head slightly toward you, her eyes betraying the age her face defies. "A preasure, Captain Aurex. Ree has tord me much of you." "Hey now, none of your charms, Pi." The two captains exchange a queer glance as you're once again spirited away. "And finally, we have Captain Quint Jacobs. He's quite the talent-less hack compared to yours truly." "Laugh it up, Lee. They got a lucky hit that disabled my engines." It isn't long before you're caught up in the competitive feud between the two boarding Captains, keeping your opinions and laughter to yourself.Eventually, your fellow rookie captains arrive, Captains Theo Ristin and Addy Parsen commanding the pair of recently captured transports and Captain Jess Morix commanding a modified cobra destroyer. After some quick introductions and Captain Morix slapping a slightly touchy Captain Ristin, Lord Wilson leads the captains to a private booth overlooking the main portion of Rick's. As you all settle in, you notice that the data slate upon the table is connected to a screen showing the various officers of each Captain and the games of assassin being played by them. "Anyone for a wager before we get started?" Lord Wilson smiles, a pair of thrones rubbing between his thumb and fingers.>Bet on Assassin?> 8 possible games to bet on, including the one between your own officers.>No, straight to business.>perception roll: 1d100
Rolled 88>>26606261RollinShould we gamble? Lets find out...
>>26606261"Luck has not been in my favour recently, I'll pass this time..."
>>26606472is this a test roll to determine your current luck or roll for perception?
>>26606915I assume he was rolling for the perception...
>>26606977... in light of no thread last week, I'll ignore that and ask for someone to roll perception
Rolled 56>>26607058well, since no one else wants to...
Lord Wilson unrolls a massive map upon the table, the gathered captains watching intently. "Ladies and Gentlemen, I present to you our future hunting grounds, Sector Corgus. Captain Jacobs was kind enough to undertake a little trip to get this vantage point from above the galactic plane." Pointing to one edge of the map, he continues. "Sector Deus, our current location, is roughly along this edge. We can not be sure about the true scale of Corgus, as we're uncertain as to the effects of the warp storms that have cut it off from the rest of the galaxy for ages. Personally, I expect each of these squares to be about seven to fourteen days worth of travel via warp." With a sweep of his arm, Wilson points to one of the map corners and places an oddly familiar bottle upon the defiantly curling corner. "Our original stomping grounds, Sector Paxia, are effectively in this corner of the map, though it's position above the galactic plane means there is a slight angle to such things. Rumor has it that a Rogue Trader found a path from Steward's Gate into Corgus and transmitted the path before being slain. I've marked the supposed area in yellow.""And what of the red circle, Lord Wilson? Treasure?" Captain Parsen seems to be buying into the excitement of Wilson's words."Nay, son! That there is where my gut tells me there is a haven! A grand system where a man can be free and enjoy the plunder gained from the sweat of his brow and the ache of his back!" Raising his glass of protheran wine, Wilson presses his finger to the center of the red circle. "Paradise!">Orders?>Anything to say?>Any Questions?>Other?
>>26607963"I assume that we will not simply be able to casually pass though Stewards Gate... not to mention that we are not likely the only ones interested in this new hunting grounds..."
>>26608442Lord Wilson pauses at your comment, his glass slowly lowering as his eyebrow raises."Our original wolfpack is well known to Paxia, as is the fact that my vessel is likely overdue. However... the vessels we've captured in Deus likely will not be known as lost by Paxia's navy for some time."Looking at you and the three other rookie captains, Lord Wilson grins. "Any volunteers to return to Paxia and learn of the Rogue Trader's passage into Corgus? We could spare an astropath for such a mission."
>>26608785lets put our hand up, we should have somewhat of an element of surprise with our ship being believed to be under their control still
>>26608785I'm hesitant about volunteering for this mission, if only due to the fact the RT we 'sold' the SoBs to will probably have informed the Navy about the new captancy of our ship... not to mention the potential repercussions of our failed piracy attempt...
>>26609648>>26609553these directly conflict and both have sound reasoning.If no one else is around, it may be best to see who shows up tomorrow.
No guts no glory lets go for the mission after asking is anyone thinks that the RT reported us
>>26609828I'm >>26609553 and agree, it may be best to wait for a few more votes
>>26609828I say we take the mission. Time to prove ourselves as a competent member of the pirate fleet.
>>26608785Hrm. I'm in favor of letting someone else take this mission. Can we get some background on what we'd know about Paxia? Cause unless I missed something in a previous thread I don't think it's been mentioned a lot before?
I conflicted, its a big chance to scope out the neighbors backyard and get some more contacts. But we don't get to explore right away and we have to deal with the mining barge, if we could get a deal for 15-20% of the cut of mining we could lease it out.
I think I'm actually going to call it here for the night and go into Q&A mode. This could be a very, very big choice.>>26610327>what we'd know about PaxiaPaxia is a fairly sparse Imperial Sector. Located above the galactic plane, it has only a handful of populated systems but it has some fairly healthy resources that are exported to neighboring Sectors, including a few forge worlds in the Ultima Segmentum.Percius Aurex and Elise Eberhardt both hail from planets in Sector Paxia. The majority of the crew was actually born in the sector, but are voidborn and as such aren't really from there.
>>26609648Alexander Kerr (the RT) did mention that he was obliged to report your vessel had fallen to pirates, but it can take years to update such things between sectors.Lord Wilson is not quite pleased that you've been identified by your mark, but does not know if they have influence in Paxia. He does know that they have several transports in orbit of this planet, though. They likely won't get word around before the wolf pack has left, though.>>26610480>get some more contactsYou could likely namedrop your family name to some effect, if your bastard father hasn't ruined it since you ran away.> mining bargeLord Wilson would gladly pay you for the use of the barge. Cut to be negotiated.
>>26609828I'm up for the mission as it's just another chance to improve our standing with the other captains.
>>26611247>Lease out the mining bargeAt least that would help both us and the wolf pack out and would let us not have to worry about it being damaged in missions.
>>26611268Be aware that this... was not a planned offering. This mission is a direct result of PC giving NPC an idea. In cases like this, you will have to judge if it is a suicide mission on your own.
>>26611997i'm going to vote against taking the mission, to me it seems like biting off a bit more than our inexperienced self can handle
bump for the night
Bump to help us through the night.
>>26607963>"Nay, son! That there is where my gut tells me there is a haven! A grand system where a man can be free and enjoy the plunder gained from the sweat of his brow and the ache of his back!" Raising his glass of protheran wine, Wilson presses his finger to the center of the red circle. "Paradise!"ITSARAP.jpgAside from that, I am in favor of volunteering for the scouting job. I am, however, hoping we can get a free refuel, rearm and some financial compensation along with the astropath for the mission. The cash can come later, but the fuel and munitions are a bit on the urgent side.
>>26617207>itsarap.jpgmy sides.>free refuel, rearm, financial compensation and astropath for the mission.Wilson won't let your ship run out of fuel or your crew starve [if he can help it], but you'd be expected to round up your own profits.astropath and some goods to use toward getting the information the mission seeks would be provided for the mission.Are there any more questions about Paxia or this mission?
>>26619083whats the piracy situation like in Paxia, is it rampant or are we going to be hunted down by everything in the sector the moment we are found out?what is public opinion of such a profession, are they devout and pious people or more opportunistic/materialistic?
>>26619204>piracy situationPaxia has a heavy Imperial Navy presence for it's population, but this is mostly a result of a very effective bout of pirate hunting last century. Most of the ships were put back into service as naval vessels. With the rumored influx of Rogue Traders and others seeking fortunes in Corgus via the Steward's Gate route, piracy could be much better pickings or could be nearly extinct. >public opinionThe Imperial public in Paxia is generally not a fan of pirates, though there are a few examples of pirates that have helped the sector by reporting Ork ships and helping to destroy them.Captain Lane 'Orkbane' Polrick, for instance, was granted a full pardon for his crimes after his small wolfpack came to the aid of an Imperial Navy patrol and destroyed an Ork Kill Kroozer.When the Sector Governor sent the pardon, Captain Polrick is said to have seduced and run away with the Governor's 4th daughter. You believe the world in question was actually your XO's, come to think of it.
>>26619488we should ask our XO about that one day, but otherwise it seems fairly middle of the scale, not leaning one way or the other, which is good, gives us some leeway, but makes us rely on our skills
>>26619488>Rogue Trader found a path from Steward's Gate into Corgus and transmitted the path before being slain>Rogue Trader>Slain...Now I have a desire to find out if they have found he remains of this Rogue Trader and if a certain "document" is still intact.
>>26619964I assume that we would not sell said document to fund the construction and operation of a Space Fortress...
I've just has a mad, yet mildly amusing idea....What if, by some amazing coincidence, All of Elesh's officers were descended from Percius's officers?
>>26619964Good luck with that. 'Eldar' are responsible.>>26620022I'm currently tracking 7 characters for such possible reasons.As for the vote, I'm seeing 5 vs 3 in favor of volunteering.I'm still running about doing some stuff, so we'll stay in Question and Answer mode for a few hours more.
>>26620097Eldar? Well that just increases my interest in not only acquiring a certain document, but figuring out why the Eldar attacked the RT.
>>26620097Which reminds me I think one of our officers had said it in jest last thread, but I do like the sound of "The Mad Hatter" as a name for our ship.
privateer quest will continue in roughly 2 hours.>future hat collection
Rolled 13>>26621630All hose hats!!Just a quick question but if I remember right you said hats could give bonuses. Does the mining hat give a bonus to said task?
>>26622458and My apologies so unintended sage
>>26622458I will never actually tell you bonuses associated with hats, or what hats even carry such things.ok then, typing update
>>26623924If I had to guess, I would be tempted to suggest that the 'bonus' is either making Percius appear to be more competent/knowledgeable about the relevant subject, and/or him believing that it makes him more competent/knowledgeable.kind of like the stereotype that 'Glasses make you smarter', and the fact that while there is no physical reason for that to be true, statistically there is a correlation, even in those who do not usually wear glasses. Just one of those strange psychological effects...Kind of like if someone tells you about something you know little or nothing about, If they say it with certainty, you are more likely to believe them, even if they have no idea what they are saying, their certainty of speech encourages you to trust what they are saying as true...But this is all just speculation and ranting... pay no attention to me...I'll be here, working on more systems...
>>26621630That picture is of The Hattery in Katoomba right?
>>26624395I just assumed it would add a rolling modifier in our favour....You might be over thinking this.
"I'll do it."Your fellow captains all eye you, some in shock, others with a curious glance. "Paxia is my home sector, my family has some connections I could make use of, and they're unlikely to know that my vessel has been put to use by pirates. I can do it." The confidence of your voice isn't betrayed by the nervous feeling in your gut. You ran away for a reason, and this could all go horribly wrong if you slip up. But you've missed your first mark, you have something to prove to the veterans and this is it.Lord Wilson looks at the other rookies, your fellows showing little in the way of confidence in such a mission. "Aurex, I don't want you going on this mission alone. You'll have your pick of the Ristin, Parsen or Morix. Before we're done here you'll have picked one to join you, understand?" As you nod, he picks up the oddly familiar bottle and roughly places it in your grip. "Drink up, son. You might not wake one morning." The look in his eye when he says those words causes your spine to tingle.It doesn't take long for Wilson and the veterans to cloister together and begin debating the best path through the Corgus warp storms that divide it from Deus. Your fellow rookies seem to exchanging tales of their own, Ristin and Parsen ever one-upping each other with tales of how they stormed the bridge of their transport. Morix seems disinterested in their stories, enjoying a glass of wine as she watches a few minor bets she made against Hariso and Parsen. Once or twice, you notice her tap a blade against a hand wandering her way from Ristin. Unable to gain much of a foothold in the veterans' conversation and having no taste for allowing your thoughts to return home while drinking, you consider your upcoming task. What the hell were you thinking?>Orders?>Investigate fellow rookie? [specify]>make a late Assassin bet? [specify vs who]>Other?
>>26624453that would be the crunch of it, but consider my explanation an idea as to the fluff...after all, If you were to put on a hard hat, would you suddenly gain physical improvements to help with construction?
>>26624537well for one we should investigate this bottle I have a feeling its the same as the ones we found...
>>26624577As it happens, it is!
>>26624537Morix seems interesting. As Lord Wilson said during our debriefing, Rookie Captains tend to brag and make excuses about failures. The fact that Morix isn't doing this suggests that she may be the better candidate for a reconnaissance mission over the other two...
>>26624634Well ask the barman or something what these bottles go for
>>26624634Once we get back from our mission we should consider bringing back a bottle for Lord Wilson.How are the Assassin games going?>>26624649I have to say Morix seems like a good pick as well, but we should try to get to know our fellow rookies.
Morix's lack of bluster and indifference to the bragging of your fellow rookies interests you, though the blade in her hand does cause you to carefully maintain a healthy divide. "More wine, Captain Morix?" A weary smile greets you as her glass moves toward your bottle and you pour in a bit more. Placing her blade beside her, she politely offers her hand to you. "Thank you, Captain Aurex." Pouring your own glass, she taps her own gently against it. "To the fallen?""To the fallen." You spend a short while talking about the crews playing Assassin, noticing that your crew quickly eliminated Kihomi. Keller and Advinessa have also been eliminated, but the remainder seem to be taking a short break for a shared shot at a bar. Morix's officers number only two, and you soon learn that your fellow rookie had an unexpected run-in with a Q-ship, the ship's concealed weapons batteries nearly claiming her entire vessel in it's attack. As her blade finally draws blood from Ristin's wandering hand, the conversation shifts as the slightly flushed Morix shoots the man a spiteful stare. "He's a lecherous git." As a server walks by, you signal him over. "Just out of curiosity, can I get another bottle of this wine?" Smiling, the man informs you that it is one of the higher value wines due to the damage done to Prothera by terrorists. "Thousand thrones if you bring me the prices you buy and sell it for, friend." With a nod, the man moves off.>Other questions for Morix?>Next Rookie? [Ristin/Persen]>Other?
>>26625739What is the current condition of Morix's ship? If it's in a rough shape, then it would be best to recruit one of the others. She has had worse luck than us, and I'd rather not push her luck...
>>26626220"My ship just completed repairs a few hours ago. She's ready for Corgus or Paxia."
>>26626399I'm willing to offer her first choice in regards to going with us or with the wolf pack...But I'd wait to hear what the other anons think first though...
>>26625739[x] Next RookiePolitely excuse ourselves and see what our other options are. we can always track her down again if we choose her or have other questions.
>>26626672>please specify which remaining rookie
>>26626574As would I, I like her professional air. Let's offer her the position privately and only move onto the other rookies if we have to.
>>26626574>>266270632 for offering Morix the job>>266266721 for next rookieAnyone want to pick which rookie to talk to next? Or go for them both at once?
>>26627494Since they both seem to be playing the one-up-man-ship game, both seems like a good way to get information from them... seeing as how any failures or problems will be poked at by the other, meaning we can play 'good cop', and let them be each others 'bad cop'....but what do the others think?
>>26627619With Morix once again fending off the advances of Ristin's hand, you decide it best to engage both of the men at once and use their uppsmanship to your advantage. Politely imposing yourself between Ristin and Morix, you wait for the debate over which Captain cut down the most armsmen to end. "So, you both command transports? Any interesting adventures?"Parsen is quick to respond, telling a grand tale of his part in luring in a victim last month. Though the ploy lured in an Imperial Navy vessel that was too large for the ambush, he talked his way into being supplied with a healthy bit of spare parts to repair his engines. Morix is quick to dismiss the tale with his own attempt at acting as bait. A merchant vessel too large to be properly captured by the small squadron responded, and they made away with several cargoes of industrial machinery. The smug look upon his face is wiped clean when Parsen brings up that Ristin could be commanding a raider if he didn't insist upon Morix spending a night with him in exchange for the exchange of vessels. As the man before you stammers, you sense the Captain behind you glaring at a suddenly uneasy Parsen."He uhh... is an idiot for not just taking the offer, especially after all of his boasting that he'd be the best of us for the job." Parsen manages to land a final blow against Ristin before you are able to collect your thoughts.>Orders?
>>26628087We don't need the transports.We have a recon mission at hand, so I guess it's best to have some additional firepower at hand as soon as we will face the problems which will us undoubtly await!
>>26630255>>26628087I have to agree, seems like Morix is the person for the job.
Adding my two pence to offering Captain Morix the job...
Bump to be sure
"Well, then." With a sigh, you rise and head toward the small bar in the corner of the private room. The server from before is there, another bottle of the protheran wine and a small note pad beside it. "Ah, Captain Aurex. Enjoying the meeting, I hope?" A glass of wine is quickly poured for you, the note pad slid your way beside it. "Could have used less information from my fellows, really." Frowning, the man shoots a dirty look toward Ristin and Parsen. "Always a lech in every group, sir. It seems to just be a fact of life. I do have good news, however. It seems that the bottle you had an interest in has seen quite a rise in price. We originally bought them by the case for a thousand thrones, now we're making double that for a single bottle.""What about a bottle from 300 this millennium?"Your conversation partner looks stunned for a moment. His left hand rests upon his hip as he leans forward and supports his head upon his right arm. "My good Captain, you seem to speak of the Protheran centenial wines. Did you come across one in your travels? They're typically reserved for when a native son or daughter of the world attains a rank such as Captain. Quite rare to find one that is for sale, let alone get a taste. Oh, Captain" The man closes his eyes, a soft smile playing across his lips. "it is said that the centenial wines contain the winds of the planet itself, it is. When a Captain dies, the cork is to be planted upon their grave so that a seed within will hold them in Prothera's embrace no matter what distant world. Tis why they're kept in stasis at all times.""Interesting, any idea of the price?"
>>26638131"One million thrones a bottle, easy. Likely more if you can find a Protheran, since those Astartes allowed the world to be ravaged. Rumor has it that it that there won't be a centenial harvest until 500, possibly 600." The man pours himself a small glass of wine and offers it to you in toast. "As we say on Prothera, Captain. To life and luck. Emperor be with you." Tapping your glass against his, you smile. "And also with you, friend."Lowering his voice politely, the Protheran before you smiles. "Blushing lady closing from your six, Captain." Morix takes a seat beside you, the red of her blush clearly not wholly a result of the wine she's enjoyed so far. "More wine, Captain Morix? Or perhaps something else?">Orders?>Stay silent, she seems to have tunnel vision>Offer her a job, she seems to need some good news>She needs to relax, diffuse her with conversation? [specify conversation topic or automatic fail]>Other?
>>26638157>>Stay silent, she seems to have tunnel visionlet the good lady speak for herself
>>26638157>Stay silent, she seems to have tunnel vision
>>26638187that's probably for the best
>>26638187>>26638312"Absinthe, hardest you have." The man's face sours at Morix's request. "My good captain, absinthe after wine is not a very wise choice." Pouring a small glass of wine for Morix, he fails to hide a bit of shock as she shoots it like a shot. With a sigh, he pours the fuming woman a bit of blue absinthe on the rocks, watered down. Holding his hand over the glass as she grips it, he draws her angry gaze upon him. "Sip it." The two stare each other down for a bit, but Morix yields first. "Grox-herder...""You've got nothing on even a sedate grox, Captain. Need to vent?"With a defeated sigh, Morix sips at her absinthe. "That bastard's obsession with screwing me literally and figuratively is getting out of hand." You quietly sip at your wine and watch the Assassin games between the wolf pack officers, noting that your own crew is down to only Keller and Elise at this point. Once or twice you catch some laughter between Ristin and Parsen, or a shout of 'No! No! This plan is...' from the veterans. Eventually, you learn that Morix had little desire to command a raider, her family once a proud line of merchant captains. You're shocked that Ristin wouldn't seize upon the chance to exchange vessels with Morix, given what you've seen of the man. You also learn that the Protheran man's name is Theodore as he sympathetically holds Morix's hand and strokes it with his thumb, your eyebrow raising when you notice him dodging a few attempts by the woman to move somewhere more private. He's quite dedicated to his job.>Orders?
>>26638709I think we should offer her the job if only to get her away from Ristin. she obviously could need the peace
>>26638709I feel as though If we can sort out her ship issues, it may be the beginning of a profitable partnership... If only by virtue of Us being 'the muscle' and her being 'the face' when it comes to raiding and salvaging. possibly set her up as one of few merchants who can safely pass though a particular system... set up ambushes and deterrents for other ships... would get her priority on contracts passing though the area... also good for setting up contacts within the various guilds, clans and groups operating in Sector Corgus...
>>26639087A grand plan indeed!How do you propose going about it?
>>26639229Presumably, we would have to hang out in the area and pirate for a while, hitting defenseless ships, thus making the route unsafe and upping the prices of moving cargo through the area.Then she would come in and offer transport at lower prices than the rest while bragging about her daring and courage and whatnot. This, combined with her success and a staged failed piracy attempt or two would boost her reputation and attract more interesting contracts.
>>26640119do note that she currently commands a modified Cobra-class destroyer, a raider.I'm asking how you intend to get her in command of a transport ship.
>>26640173Oh, that. Not a clue.Either way, we have a raider, she has a raider and we need help on a scouting mission which raiders are perfect for.Invite her to join in.
>>26640173we steal it?
>>26640308Do note that this is more of an infiltration mission than a scouting mission.You're expected to return with the information you can get on the passage from Paxia to Corgus, not scout it yourself.
>>26640326Well, if we are going to steal a ship, we will probably want to keep it for ourselves and install one of our own subordinates as captain instead of giving it away.We could still go through with the plan I outlined earlier, just with someone else riding the transport while we do the pirating with the raider.That's pretty irrelevant atm, as stealing/raiding and boarding a transport is far from easy.Also, I think we have an armed transport, not a raider, right? My mistake.
>>26640173There are several ways we could accomplish this...1 - the 'legal' method. We buy one.2 - the 'salvage' method. We go to a ship graveyard, drag as much of a transport as bits for it as we can back to a drydock then work on putting it together.3 - the 'souvenir' method. We simple gang up on a solitary transport ship and put her as Captain of it.4 - the 'negotiation' method. We trade ships so that She gets Ristin's Transport, but we do it in a round about way so neither of them are on the same negotiation table...Option 4 would be quickest, Option 2 easiest, Option 1 least repercussive, and Option 3 the most piratety...>>26640366We could always trade her the transport for the Raider. She was willing to trade ships with Ristin...
>>26640366Your vessel is a raider class vessel, but it has a fair amount of cargo space as it was designed as a commerce raider.
>>26640356Oh, well that's a bit different.Either way, we still want her to join up with us.
>>26640387I think, that if our luck holds, once we have gotten the information about the passage to Corgus, and we get a lucky break, we might be able to tail, and subsequently ambush a suitable Transport ship... So long as we do it on our way out, we should be able to make our getaway before anyone realises what's happening...would also give a relatively cleaner ship with which to conduct the fencing of pirated & salvaged goods....
lets see if I can't condense the ideas.>Offer Morix a job, see if you can convince or muscle Ristin into trading ships with her>Offer Morix a job, get her a transport some other time>Offer Morix a job, transport is her problemHave I missed anything?
>>26640588That's it, I think.For now, we just need her to join in on our information gathering mission, and a raider is more suitable in that regard. I think.
>>26640588I'd like to go for Option 2, with the second half of Option 1 as contingency... I doubt that Ristin's ship will be wrecked while we are away...After all, there's no plan like a contingency plan...
>>26640707>>26640788Morix raises a curious eyebrow at your offer. "Are you inviting me to join you as a partner or a subordinate, Captain Aurex?">Response?>Anything else to take care of or ask?>Skip to chat with Lord Wilson?
>>26640917"A partner Captain Morix. I am not intending on striking off on my own or establishing some great fleet! Besides, I do not particularly care for the logistics of running multiple ships, let alone an entire fleet. Besides, If you feel yourself a better merchant than a raider, who am I to say otherwise? Do what you're best at and endeavour to make it count."
>>26641145Anyone else? I'll give it another ~20 minutes before going with this
>>26641145>>26641437I'm ok with this
>>26641145>>26641496You exchange a hand shake with Captain Morix, cementing the terms between you for this mission. Her mood noticeably improves for the remainder of the meeting, though she tactfully manages to place you between her and a slightly moody Captain Ristin. For nearly an hour attention turns to yourself and your new partner as Captains give you advice and request a small army of names to as possible contacts or general inquiries into unknown fates. Most of the banter is pointless, but it seems to improve your overall standing in the eyes of the veterans. Keller eventually wins the game of Assassin among your officers, while Morix wins both of the bets she placed.Eventually, the meeting comes to an end, though Lord Wilson bids you and Morix to linger. "My men are transferring extra supplies to your vessels as we speak. I'm also providing each of you with 100 wealth for supplies, bribes, and as payment for the information you're after. If you turn a profit off the wealth along the way, it is yours. If you lose it, don't come back. Aurex, I'll be sending an astropath aboard your ship with fifty armsmen to keep an eye on him.""The barge I acquired may be better off with the fleet, Lord Wilson. I'd simply like a percentage."
>>26641880"I'll crew and run the barge if you like, Aurex. You'll get a ten percent cut of any gems or any major precious metal deposits we mine. For ordinary ores, I'll earmark a cut of them toward upgrading the vessel with additional cargo modules or we'll see about increasing your cut of ownership in our base. We'll have to negotiate specifics when you return to us, as I can't exactly see the future." Lord Wilson pulls up a series of warp jumps to Paxia upon a data slate. "I'm having the smuggler's runs we used to get to Deus sent to your ships as well, they're fairly well mapped and should reduce your journey to Paxia's main systems to a little over a year. I suggest you depart as soon as your vessels are loaded. The sooner you're back with us, the better.>Orders?>Renegotiate terms?>Accept Terms, depart immediately.>Accept Terms, don't depart immediately.>Other?
>>26641886The terms seem fine.Let's pick up a few expensive gifts we can use as bribes before we get going. Doesn't really matter what kind - alchohol, jewlery whatever.
>>26641886Accept terms and depart immediately. We can use the expensive booze as bribes... or one of the Nebula Sapphires if absolutely necessary...
>>26641973this, lets get a move on
>>26641973>>26642068>>26642093>Select Destination! Real Time voyage to Paxia - 13 months [slightly over 1 Month in warp]>Steward's Gate - Imperial Navy stronghold, rumored Gateway to Corgus from Paxia>Brinica Prime - Hive world and seat of the Sector Governor for the last six generations [+6 Months of travel]>Garenthis - Homeworld of the Aurex family. Heart of a massive, multi-system mining operation to pay the world's tithe to the Imperium. [+3 Months of travel]>Barivia - Homeworld of Elise Eberhardt. A mountainous Agri world, Barivia's twin moons contain seas and host a healthy supply of edible life. [+4 Months of travel]>Ferinox - A sparsely populated world due to only several decades of settlement. This world is notable for the massive forests that sprawl across it's surface. [+7 Months of travel]
>>26642343So, we have to go through Steward's Gate either way?We can visit the rest later, when we aren't on a job. Right now, we want this done as quickly as possible.
>>26642593>we have to go through Steward's Gate?Steward's Gate is simply the closest system to your current location. You're certain that there is likely at least a cruiser squadron from the Imperial Navy protecting the twin stations orbiting a barely habitable moon.
>>26642719But we know alternate routes, then? The ones our boss gave us?If we can get to our destination through any of those systems, I'd go through Barivia.We can probably take a day or two to hunt things for sport there before moving on.
>>26642343hmmmm.... Brinica Prime and Garenthis are likely to have the information we require readily available, but they are also liable to have information on our true allegiance as well...Barivia might have rumors, or equivilant on the matter, but it is a gamble. However they are less likely to know we are pirates...
>>26642825You will arrive in Paxia in an uninhabited, mostly featureless system via smuggler's runs.Steward's Gate is the nearest system to both Corgus and Deus.The other systems are more distant, but aren't Imperial Navy bases first and foremost.Your destination is simply to goto Sector Paxia [which contains all of these systems] and buy, cheat or steal the information about the route into Sector Corgus. It is valuable to your wolf pack, as they'll be able to locate and raid that passage.
>>26642962alright lets hit up our family home first
>>26642825>>26642910>>26643175I'm seeing a 1:1 split on Garenthis and Barivia with a third voter completely undecided.15 minutes for the tie to be broken or I'll roll a d2.
>>26643467Time for a TIE BREAKER!I vote for our old home, we might find info about our younger sister too!
>>26642962Time to visit our old home! Hell, I didn't expect to be heading back there so soon.
>>26643513>>26643570Course Set: GarenthisEstimated Travel: 16 MonthsAny last minute business to see to in Sector Deus?If not, 3d100 rolls for Navigation and 1d100 for perils
Rolled 94, 9, 35 = 138>>26643649Nav
Rolled 89Random event roll
>>26643760I can smell warp creatures!
>>26643790For perils, high should be good. I'm more afraid over the 94 in the nav roll. On the other hand, we're still slightly below average.
>>26643667>>26643718Your mission nearly turns to disaster off the bat when your ship exits the warp with Morix's vessel nowhere to be found. Standard protocol is generally to stay put and allow the lost vessel to arrive in such events, and this time it pays off after two weeks of anxious waiting. Morix is quite confused, and her crew swears that their vessel clawed it's way back to reality at the same time as your own. After confirming that your ship's time is in fact the correct one, your squadron continues on toward Paxia with little trouble.After thirty-seven days in the warp, your vessels roar back into the void of space, sheding the lingering grasp of tendrils of madness upon the dangerously thin protection of the gellar fields. The augers slowly begin to fill with data as a dozen and a half space stations and lunar outposts pound your position with various forms of radiation, your own systems analyzing the data and rebuilding a map of a solar system you're fondly familiar with. The vox crackles to life, Captain Morix informing you that her ship has entered formation with your own and awaits your lead.Moving into the system at a relaxed pace, you are soon hailed by the massive station orbiting your home world's northern pole. "Unidentified vessels, this is Garenthis Control. Please transmit your captain's name, port of origin and business.">Response?
>>26644054oh boyjust tell them we had a navigation error and we'll leave right away
>>26644054Do as they ask for the time-being
Rolled 44, 54, 81 = 179>>26644054"this is the Verdant Planes captained by Joe Yar swore to the Olvidadies dyanisty port of origin none this is a captured ship, business is trade and resupply
>>26644054Port of origin? Caseblanco Business? Here to see if our old man hasn't burned our house to the ground yet Name?...."Captain" Percius Aurex
>>26644209Joe Yar? it feels like it's a reference to something but I can't tell what.I'd say not telling we are an Aurex yet could be a good idea
>>26644209>>26644230>>26644308If you're going to use a fake name, 'Joe Yar' is not the best idea.
Rolled 33, 52, 34 = 119>>26644386ok Andraskly Reveloon
>>26644209>>26644230>>26644308>>26644406>Lie about your name? Y/N>Lie about your origin? Y/N>Business is Business.>Lie about Morix's name? Y/N
>>26644509I forget his name, but could we pose as the old captain of this ship? we can say we came from the RTs world... Business is Trade...If my two pence does not help in any way, shape or form, feel free to ignore it in favour of other ideas...
>>26644611Captain Menexel.You could certainly take up his name
>>26644682With the average amount of time you said it takes for information to get around, it is possible that hey have not received an information update of both his death and the capture of his ship...So pretending to be him might keep the wheels turning long enough for us to get the information and get out....
Rolled 71, 59, 45 = 175>>26644611actually I like this idea
>>26644509I say stick with both of our names, but maybe lie about where we came from.
>>26644726My only worry is that the good captain might have been out this way at some point and people might recognize that we are not him.
>>26644782If they know him, they most likely know his ship... Which is no better... We could always say that the Captain is suffering from a ailment and is unable to attend to these matters, so we are doing so on his behalf...After all, they never said they needed to speak to the captain, only his name...
>>26645052>400.M41Derp, I just screwed up my notes.The correct date is 340.M41 [you skipped ahead ~4 years, not 60+]
>>26645166>>26644726>>26644753"Captain Menexel and my associate, Captain Morix. We hail from the world of Folkvangr in Sector Deus, and seek to investigate possible trade deals in this sector.""Copy that. We're transmitting docking information and a temporary IFF code for your vessels. It will identify you as a migrant ship for the time being. You'll have to purchase a trading permit if you wish to do any bulk deals, you may speak with Administrator Aurex if you wish to do so. Ave Emperor.""Thank you, Control. Ave Emperor."Elise gives a gasp from her console, quickly turning toward you. "Captain, we have a problem.""What is it, Miss Eberhardt?""Garenthis Control's transmission is giving the year as 340.M41, Captain." Heads around the bridge suddenly turn toward your XO.>Orders?>Have Control confirm transmission?>Freak out?>It is of no importance, we have a mission. Let's hit the information brokers.>it is of no importance, we have a mission. Let's hit the Administration and investigate a trade permit.>it is of no importance. Other.>Completely other suggestion[By the Omnissiah, how did I screw up the date TWICE]
Regardless; "Then in that case, we shall have to be quick. We are already 3 years late then... Also, tell Captain Morix that they may already be aware that our ships are captured vessels... Also have everyone prepare for a potential boarding action when we dock. Call me paranoid, but I'd rather we be prepared for a hostile welcoming, than be taken by surprise...
>>26645335oh, and To the information Brokers. we may be four years late, but damn it we're going to get the job done!
>>26645360>>26645335so have your armsmen on alert and>It is of no importance, we have a mission. Let's hit the information brokers.?
>>26645811yep. is what I am suggesting, though you might want to wait for the others input...also, Does warp dickery only move forwards, or is it possible that we could return when we were approximately expected to return?tldr; can we go back in time as well as forwards via uncontrollable warp shenanigans?
>>26645936Warp shenanigans have a much greater chance to cause you to exit later in time rather than earlier in time, but both are possible.
Rolled 5, 96, 43 = 144>>26645989>It is of no importance, we have a mission. Let's hit the information brokers
>>26645360>>266461352d100 for Information Broker search, along with 1d100 separate for Random Event
Rolled 70, 43 = 113>>26646210info
Rolled 87, 22, 90 = 199>>26646210Ave Imperator
Rolled 7, 100, 12 = 119>>26646210Ave Imperator
>>26646300>>26646654Your vessels dock without hostile incident, though there is a fair amount of rumbling from the crews as word spreads that your vessels have brought you four years into the future. Armsmen on both vessels take shifts guarding improvised barricades around the gangways and other major intersections of the ships, though the dock workers seem to pick up upon the air of paranoia. Looks are cast your way as you set out from the vessel, Ana and Tes once more moving only a few steps behind you, though they've thankfully abstained from their carapaced voidsuits.Moving across the station, you quickly pick up a few possible leads on information brokers and begin to narrow them down by reputation. Your knowledge of the local language allows you to catch wind that several of the brokers have been making a killing by selling poor information to the recent influx of strangers to the system and sector. In a few hours time, you've eliminated all but three brokers and introduced your two bodyguards to a branch of your favorite bakery. Both women happily snack upon a specialty of the world, dough of a native plant baked with fresh slices of it's fruit and whipped, flavored cream as filling. Tes soon regrets her choice to discard the floured parchment, staining her lightly colored jacket. "Shit!">3 Information Brokers located!>Kerit Periun - Though this man is from a house rivaling the Aurex family, you're certain that the man only knew you as a name. His reputation is second to none.>Aileen Charel - You're certain that this name seems familiar, and you believe that she may be related to one of the older women that helped care for you as a child.>'Nan' Pendert - An older woman, you recall that this woman sold you information and helped arrange your escape from this miserable world.>Orders?
>>26646808>Kerit Periun - Though this man is from a house rivaling the Aurex family, you're certain that the man only knew you as a name. His reputation is second to none.Lets not reveal ourselves yet, we play it safe, grab the info and warp home.
>>26646808>'Nan' Pendert - An older woman, you recall that this woman sold you information and helped arrange your escape from this miserable world.old friend still in business yes plz
I think it's time to get to know more about our past.Could we have some kind of flashback regarding our departure? How exactly did we escape? Is our father going to hate us, probably giving us a bonus when interfeering with an enemy family?
>>26646808>Aileen Charel - You're certain that this name seems familiar, and you believe that she may be related to one of the older women that helped care for you as a child.Go for her.
>>26646808Suggest that Morix get some information from 'Nan' Pendert. We shall go and see Kerit Periun.Remember to give Morix a quick brief on key behavioral patters to Nan...
>>26646989It has intentionally been left vague. You're all welcome to collectively flesh it out or offer suggestions.You certainly remember making your escape in secret with the help of Nan Pendert, though the ship you left upon was captured by Wilson's wolf pack. It is safe to assume that your departure angered your father, as one of his political pawns vanishing from under his nose was likely an embarrassment unless he faked your death or something.All things considered, though, your departure likely wasn't too big of a deal outside your family or the family's enemies. [as a good laugh to them]
>>26646931>>26646957Any objections to combining with >>26647079?If not, specify information you wish to seek and roll 2d100 [Aurex/Morix]
Rolled 100, 70 = 170>>26647531We should inquire about the type and frequency of trade to and from Sector Corgus. i.e. Luxary cargo once every three months.Morix should inquire about groups operating trade routes to and from Sector Corgus. i.e. House Gelton trades from location X here, to location Y in the Corgus Sector.
>>26647692>100Roll 1d100 to protect your identity!
Rolled 66>>26647827I got this.
Rolled 58>>26647827I guess you want some more...
>>26647692>>26647905Captain Morix has little trouble finding your little party, and you give her a quick rundown of Nan Pendert's odd little habits. Soon enough you go your separate ways, arranging a meeting with Kerit Periun for yourself."Come in, come in! You've got a good look to you, Captain Menexel. How are things in Sector Deus these days? There have been rumors of trouble recently, dark rumors." A thin and wiry man, Kerit never seems to stop moving even though he remains seated the entire time he speaks. Asking about the trade to and from sector corgus, the man gives a mighty laugh. "You sound like one of those accursed Aurexes, Captain Menexel. A lot of rubbish, they are. I hope you're not trading with that whore Asila, you'll give you crotch rot just by touching your cargo!"Something in you snaps as Kerit says such things about your elder sister. Sure, she wasn't your favorite, nor did she ever really pay any attention to you good or bad. But this bastard... You find your hand firmly upon your laspistol by the time you think to stop yourself, and Kerit is none too pleased. "If you've done business with that whore, we're quite done here." With a press of a button, three armed guards step into the room to escort you out. "Lucky you aren't that Aurex boy that embarrassed his whole family, Captain!"Removed from the offices of Kerit Periun, Ana sighs. "Well, at least you didn't get us shot, Captain." "Shut up, Ana." Your blood still boils at the idea of that Periun bastard speaking of your sister in such a manner.Morix hasn't had much better luck, though she has learned that there is little trade coming from Corgus into Paxia. It seems a system of pleasure worlds have been seeing the first glimmers of profit, while the Adeptus Mechanicus have claimed a large swathe of the discovered systems to found a new forge world.>Orders?
>>26648373>you'll give you crotch rot*she'll give
Guess I'll continue in the morning if this survives the night and people are around.
>>26648373we've still got one broker left... alternatively, we could always try and get information though the family... though it may prove difficult... If we were to do that, we would probably have to personally visit 'Nan'...
Bump.Also, it looks like the thread hasn't been archived yet. Unless I missed it somewhere.I'll see if I can do it now.
>>26654311Nevermind, it's already been archived a few days ago.
>>26652122'Nan' Pendert is in no way associated with the Aurex family, but she helped you make your escape from your fate as a pawn.>>26654311>>26654366Indeed, I normally archive it at the end of the first night. It generally gets voted to a -1 or -2 by the folks instantly voting down quests, but oh well.>Orders?
>>26655598Off to Nan's place, then.
>>26656337What information do you ask for?Do you keep up the act that you're Captain Menexel, or do you openly admit [to her] who you are?1d100 with these answers
Rolled 53>>26656388I would keep up the act and drop subtle hints to our identity as we leave.
>>26656415So are you just paying Nan a friendly visit?>Information gained so far:-Cargo and supplies are flowing into Corgus, but rarely out.-A system of pleasure worlds is turning the only known profits, though barely
Ask her about known routes to Corgus.
>>26656531Time to see how Nan is doing.
Nan Pendert's office has changed little since you last stepped into it, dozens of charmed aquilas hanging from the ceiling just above your hat. The smell of incense assaults you for a moment, the thin smoke filling the room with a calming scent of tefef leaves. Your mind wanders as you see yourself slipping into the office, your body's enhanced growth masking the fact that you were barely twenty Terran years of age. A slight ache in your shoulder almost makes you miss the fringe benefits of being part of a noble family, the mild cocktails of rejuv and hormones would see right to the lingering effects of being stabbed years ago. The older woman before you smiles broadly, her face bearing more wrinkles than you remember but far less than her true age would suggest. "Captain Menexel, how might I help you?""A pleasure to see you, Nan. You're as beautiful as ever." The woman shoots you a sweet smile, though her eyes begin studying you in detail. "I'm here on behalf of the Kerr Dynasty, Lord Kerr believes his destiny and duty lie within sector Corgus and I've been sent to gather what information I'm able to."Nan shuffles several data slates around, connecting one of them to a port within her desk. "Yes, Corgus is quite a popular topic these days, Captain. Unfortunately, the true coordinates of the passage they've come to call 'the corridor' are jealously guarded by a select few souls willing to part with the information. Even worse, those same souls have been giving false information to customers that aren't willing to pay the piracy that they demand."
>>26657179"I'm well familiar with the politics of Paxia, this isn't my first visit. I'm aware that you're a reputable source, Nan.""That I am, that I am! You're quite the charmer, Captain Menexel. So few of those after my youthful years, and you speak the local language quite well." Looking through her data slate, the woman sighs. "I'm afraid the brokers of this world have little information about Corgus, but I'll sell you what I have for an even twenty wealth. Connections in the Navy that should be able to get you more specific information, a few friends upon the other worlds of the sector. I've even managed to get my hands on a few dozen cargo manifests for the Celentis Dynasty's vessels. Six dozen coordinates for false routes, it should allow you to avoid being sent straight into a warp storm.">Response to Nan Pendert's offer?
>>26657187Also, I've made a handy little page that I'll keep updated during threads.privateerquest.wikia.com/wiki/Current_Mission
>>26657187Sounds like quite a deal to me and should allow us to get what we need rather quickly. Of course we accept the offer.Now the only question is do we dare ask about Aurex family while we are here though i'm starting to think she might have caught on to who exactly we are.
>>26657336I can't see why we shouldn't ask, its always good to know all the different factions and their interests, we can play it off as being smart about the area if we don't want to let on who we are
>>26657187We should find out information about our younger sister. We might be able to rescue her from her miserable fate! (whatever that migh be)
>>26657361In that case then lets ask.
Quickly taking one of Nan's older quills from an ink well, you sign 'Captain Menexel' across one of her contracts, filling in the blank for your payment. Nan slowly rises, one of her knees giving a soft pop as she walks around to you. As you extend your hand to officially cement the deal, you're taken by surprise when the shorter woman throws her arms around your neck and squeezes you tightly. "Emperor save me, I thought you were dead, Percius. All because of the ship I put you onto!" Ana raises an eyebrow at your confusion, though you catch a small smile creep across her lips as you return Nan's embrace. "I only begged you to get me onto a ship, Nan. And I'm alive and well, there is no need for this."You're held by the woman for what seems like an eternity, wondering how her grip is this strong. "Always a sweety, Percius. I'm glad you've only grown a little older and indulged in your little hat obsession." Wiping away at her eyes in turn, Nan gives the brim of your hat a poke. "Oh, your sisters have missed you. Synne keeps stopping by, poor little thing. She's grown so much since you used to visit every day and beg me to spirit you away. Can I tell her I've heard word of you? She's been so sad since you left."
>>26657898"I'm afraid I haven't been keeping up with the family news, is there anything I should know before I answer that?"Nan's joy sours as you ask about your family. "There was an assassination shortly after you left. Your father and six of your siblings were slain. Second, fourth, seventh and eleventh sons, ninth and tenth daughters. Your step-mother took control of the dynasty," Nan sticks out her thumb and allows her hand to plummet. "Ran it all into the ground before your brother discovered she was part of some cult and had her burned at the stake. He's been bringing the family back from the brink of destruction, but even for Leandro it is an impossible task. Most of your siblings have been forced to fend for themselves; Alisa has been running a small business that makes nutrient paste for the Corgus expeditions, Jerim managed to get appointed as this station's Administrator. The ones that were married off already had some protection, but one of your elder sisters was accused and executed for being a cultist as well. Osia, was it?"Nan's hand cups your cheek, her thumb stroking your cheek. "But you, boy. Went and became a Captain just like your Sister. Tell me, how'd you pull that one off?">Orders?
>>26657911fess up, hopefully she can help us
>>26657911"it's a loooong story well not really but my current employer might not appreciate if I divulge how I became a captain... if he is still alive, warp shenanigans made us emerge this year when we should have emerged 4 years ago."
>>26657911"I assume you heard what happened to the ship. I assume you already have an idea as to how... but for the sake of pleasantries, I shall say that I got promoted..."also, we should confirm the date with her... It could be that Step-mothers cult thing is what caused us to spend 4 years in the warp...
>>26657911Might want to say it's a long story, but after a lot of work and determination we earned the right to become a captain (which is technically true).As for giving word to our sister. How fast do you think she would run over here if you said you had "information" about us? Since our father has been killed off we might be able to "help out" the family in some way once we make our way to the Corgus sector.
>>26657911"I'm afraid I can't answer that Nan. I've already given you a piece of the puzzle, maybe I'll give a few to my sisters. Emperor knows it would give you all something interesting to talk about."
>>26658144>how fast would Synne get here"The girl would make the Primarchs themselves envious with her speed."
>>26658183I know we are a bit "late" on our mission, but a family reunion is something I just can't pass up.Also, if we can find out how Leandro feels about our disappearance we might be able to have a contact within this sector with the added bonus of them being family.
Nan nods. "Some things are best left unspoken, aren't they? You should avoid mentioning Kerr by name, as well. There has been a call to the Navy that he's vanished into Corgus and has failed to make scheduled reports."She raises an eyebrow at your mention of the date, though. "They say warp travel is a fickle thing, but yours is not an isolated example. It seems that all travel between Deus and Paxia is being effected. One ship recently reported nearly a decade behind schedule, if the rumor is true."A soft chime sounds, the signal that Nan has other clients waiting. "I'll keep my eyes and ears open for you, Percius. I trust you'll have my payment ready for collection before you leave." The woman gives you another hug before you depart, handing you a data slate before shooing you out of her office like she used to do on a daily basis. As you rejoin Morix and Tes, you notice that she has also provided information to lead you to Alisa's business, a priority code to meet with your brother Jerim, and how to contact Synne discretely. She's even included information on how to contact your sister Selenti, the ship Captain.Morix seems shocked by your smile. "Well? What now?">Orders?>Contact Sibling? [Synne, Alisa, Selenti, Jerim]>Something else?
>>26658551I have some information that will help us, but I was thinking of having a "small" detour to see a few people here. Before we leave this planet we might have secured us a contact within this system. Would either of you like to join me?"I say we go down the list and contact Synne first, then Alisa,Jerim, and save Selenti for last since she is also a ships captain.
>>26658900Do we really want Morix with us during our 'Family Reunion'? I'd suggest asking her to return to the ships and send what information we have to the Wolfpack, along with the current reports of frequent problems with warp travel between Deus and Paxia...
>>26658900>>26659004Anyone else want to chime in?
>>26659004True, maybe tell her we have to people to contact thanks to this information, but it will require a "personal" touch from us. Have Morix maybe look into our navy contacts? Tes on the other hand is welcome to join us.
>>26659194Family first man
>>26659236Sounds good.Here's an idea on how to first greet Synne;"I heard that you were looking for information on a 'Percius Aurrex'..."
>>26659258That should be the perfect bait.
>>26659258>>26659291>>26658900Are you going to call Synne to some location to meet you or are you going to go down to the planet and brave her residence? [It does not appear to be the old family estate, but you've got no idea who else may live there or even how big her place is]
>>26659356I'd say call her and arrange a meet up...Don't want to spoil the surprise...
>>26659382Where do you want to meet her?In a public park? In a bar? In a club's toilet?
>>26659421Was there a old restaurant that we use to like? Would make an idea meeting place. If not the public park is as good as any.
>>26659421Ideally, somewhere that isn't too open, ideally with somewhere private we could move to...
>>26659489>>26659506so public park
>>26659678Sounds good to me
>>26659678I'm good with that.FAMILY CATCH-UP HO!
Captain Morix is more than pleased to return to the ships with Tes and begin going through the information you've acquired. Ana simply gives you a flat look when you try to shoo her as well. "You're not going anywhere without a guard, Captain. Ports are dangerous places." "I could order you." "You could try."It doesn't take you long to find a terminal to send your message to Synne, though you put Ana to use and have her record the message. In mere moments, you have a reply that you won't have to wait at the secluded station park for long. Ana stands silently beside you as you wait among a small number of other souls, remembering the frail thing that was your younger sister. You idly wonder if you're still stuck in the odd time dilation of your warp journey as time seems to linger longer and longer.To your left, a laspistol drops to the ground. A shapely woman standing beside it in shock and tears slowly filling her eyes. "Synne." Your younger sister leaps at you, her face soon buried in your shoulder as she begins to sob softly. "Why did you leave me, WHY!?" Synne's hands grip at your clothing she begs you to explain why you abandoned her between sobs.Ana quietly steps over and picks up the dropped laspistol, gesturing at a shocked onlooker to mind their own business.>What say?
>>26660100- I didn't want to leave you but I had to. Father would have made me a chess piece in one of his political games.
>>26660100>"Why did you leave me, WHY!?"So I'd never have to leave you again.
>>26660180>>26660100May as well go the full Sentimental route.
>>26660100"Don't worry Synne, you can be with me forever now"
>>26660100I have no idea who you are and have no interest in finding out, good day, sir.
>>26660422Vbcoder pls go
>>26660179that plus add that we wanted to come back to get her but numerous problems prevented us from doing so
>>26660179"Plus, now I have a good start on my hat collection."
>>26660432sounds like a plan. apologies for leaving, father as the reason and complications on being able to return.Also, I feel as though a crate of the Sapphires might help the family out. Our main issue was with Dad's politicizing, now that he has died, bridges may have the opportunity to be rebuilt...
>>26660180>>26660335>>26660342Synne's sobs abate at your words, her hands balled in fists that clutch your clothing as if you'll vanish the moment she lets go. "You... you're back for me?" You feel your sister's smile in your shoulder as she clings to you tighter. After a short eternity, she pulls her head back to look at you with her sweet smile. "Irene said you'd be back for me."Ana sighs, drawing your collective family attention. "Captain, we're attracting a crowd." Defiantly, you squeeze your sister tightly against you and spin yourself in a circle. Her squeak of surprise soon turns to laughter as you play her favorite childhood game. Ana's voice grows cold as you notice her slip a blade from her sleeve into her hand. "Captain. Attention." Following her gaze, you notice four men eyeing your little reunion. They wear the Periun family crest upon their sleeves and the small group of people that had been watching soon move to scatter.>Orders?>Carried equipment: Laspistol x2, Power Sword, Concealed Power Knife [boot]>Allies: Ana, Synne Aurex>Foes?: 4 Periun goons?
>>26660713What are the surroundings?What do they seem to be equipped with?What does Ana have with her?
>>26660713"Capture them if you can, kill them if you can't. Even thugs can hear something interesting."
>>26660751You are at the edge of a large, paved circle roughly 30 meters in diameter, at roughly a 1-2 o'clock position. 12, 3, 6, and 9 o'clock positions are paths out to a paved, square perimeter. Planters occupy the area between the paved areas. There are standardized park benches at roughly every 'number' position along the planters.You don't see any obvious weapons upon the goons, but they could have concealed pistols, blades or other weapons. Ana likely has at least 2 laspistols, a dozen blades, and probably has a grenade hidden on her somewhere.
>>26660857Well then, lets just walk off, try and turn a corner quickly.Have Ana keep watch as we walk though.Synne should stand infront of us.
>>26660713"It seems we are drawing a bit of a crowd here... Shall we go somewhere a bit quieter?"
>>26660751>>26660857over 9000 hours of work
>>26661045You may want to explain things a little more.
>>26661045Let's try to walk off but if they pursue engage and eliminate targets. If possible keeping at least one of them alive.
>>26661090Green = raised planters with flower bedsBrown blobs = benchesGray = flat, decoratively paved spaceDark blue = Percius AurexLight Blue = Allies [Ana to the south]Red = Periun Goons and their coarse movement. [1 is moving to flank]
>>26661150Then lets have Ana guide Synne away, awhile we go and talk to that one moving to Flank.
>>26661150Though...we could have our sister take cover while we take care of these thugs.I mean there are 4 of them to match out 4 laspistols.
>>26661045Let us take the exit at 12. We can walk and talk with Synne, either go somewhere quieter or if push comes to shove, bring her back to the ship...
Proposed plans of action:>Walk away and evade them beyond the park'>Ana and Synne leave, Percius strikes up conversation>Preemptive strike, take one alive long enough for questioning.
>>26661311>Ana and Synne leave, Percius strikes up conversation
>>26661311Option 1 as primary, with option 2 if they move to stop us...
>>26661311Let's go with option 1 for the time being though I suspect that house Periun will continue to be a thorn in our families side.
>>26661346>>26661407>>26661493Roll Command vs Ana [telling your self-appointed bodyguard to effectively abandon you]
Rolled 73>>26661585This is only encase of contingency, right?
Rolled 6>>26661585We're not planning on staying long.
>>26661672"Let us be on our way."Your group moves to exit the park as the Periun goons pick up the pace and move to close upon you. "Ana, make sure Synne is safe. I'll delay them." "Against four men? No, Sir. Stay behind us, girl." Synne shoots Ana a contemptuous, but obeys your cold-eyed companion. Standing your ground in the chokepoint between planters, you turn to face the four men. "Can I help you, gentlemen?""Aye, Captain Menexel, is it?" one of the men steps forward from the rest as they slowly spread out just shy of two meters from you. At least two seem to have grips upon short, concealed instruments, likely clubs of some sort. "Aye, that would be me. State your business." The leader grins as he approaches, his posture relaxed as he attempts to calm you and step closer..."I represent Mr Kerit Periun, Captain. It seems you forgot to settle up with my boss when you departed his company, though I must say I'm shocked to see you getting it wet in two of those diseased Aurex women. Have you no shame, sir?" You note Ana advance slightly against one of the goons, causing her opponent to yield ground at the unexpected move. "Your boss provided no services. I'll pay nothing to be insulted by such a man.""Oh, but there you are wrong, good Captain. You owe Mr Periun thirty million thrones for his time, you see. A shame his time isn't free or he'd very much enjoy to give it freely. Such a noble man, Mr Periun is. If you'd just come with us until your crew delivers payment, we can settle this like gentlemen and the lady with you don't need to be hurt.">Orders?>You have the initiative.
>>26662001Time to kill us some henchmen. Quickdraw time.Also, I have the strange urge to eliminate a rival of the family.
Rolled 36>>26662001"Oh please, I carry fourty million thrones on me at all times, here, let me pay you guys to bring it to him"Signal Ana to begin shooting as we go for our power swords
>>26662229>>26662301>Carried equipment: Laspistol x2, Power Sword, Concealed Power Knife [boot]
Rolled 85>>26662352Sorry, I meant power SWORD.And she could go for her pistol, or whatever.
>>26662352Draw the power sword and a Laspistol.Charge at he one who stepped forward.
>>26662352Another very important question: Are any of them wearing hats?
Rolled 48, 98, 4, 74 = 224>>26662445Nothing worthy of note.>Draw laspistol and power sword [assuming sword on primary hand due to charge]2d100 for Percius2d100 for Ana>Enemy reactions
>>26662001"Unfortunately, my crew does not have access to where I keep that sort of funds... If you'd like to accompany me to my ship, I'm sure we can sort this whole business out without any problems."I'd prefer we killed them somewhere out of the way... Don't want the local Arbites to get involved just yet... we still have stuff to do and people to see...
Rolled 1, 18, 35, 84 = 138>>26662524
>>26662554Las pistol shot, to the head of the furthest away man.Sword, to the closest manAna can decide her actions
Rolled 15, 44, 18, 48 = 125>>26662524
>>26662554Welp! I guess that we are king of fighting... but Ana's second shot was off... possibly because of our expert combat technique...Now, the question is what will Synne think of our abilities? Will she be in awe of our skill, or in shock of us killing in cold blood?
>>26662671She'll swoon at us protecting her
>>26662554"Let me just give you that money right now."Your laspistol is drawn and fired before the leader of the goons even manages to give you a confused look, the crackling bolt of light striking the edge of his eye and spraying boiling bits of brain, bone and blood across the pavers of the park behind him. As his corpse goes limp and falls, you step around it toward the second goon, a swing of your sword effortlessly cutting through the shaft of his shock maul and biting deeply into his belly. The sight of his internal organs spilling upon the ground is sickening, and you quickly silence his cry of agony by driving the blade through the dying man's heart. You look toward Ana in time to see the last goon's shock maul connect with her ribs, sending your companion to the pavers as her senses are rocked by the weapon's electrical discharge. The third goon grasps at one of Ana's blades deep within his chest, bright red blood seeping out as the man's movements slow and his flesh quickly grows pale.>Ana is prone! Ana is stunned!>1 enemy remains! 2 meters away! Enemy stands over Ana!>Laspistol and power sword equipped!>Orders?
Rolled 15>>26662927Shoot, fast-like.
>>26662927shoot him.If successful, clean our blade on their cloths, apologise to Synne for the disruption, then continue on our merry way...
>>26662969>clean our blade on their cloths,Power swords have a power field, they destroy EVERYTHING.
>>26662927Shoot until he is dead.Also, might see if we can clean out blade like >>26662969 suggested.
>>26662976doesn't mean we either A) don't have to do it, or B) get some blood splatter on it after we deactivate it...If anything, it's more an insult on the enemy than anything, kind of like saying 'you're only good as a rag'...
>>26663012Meh. Killing them in two turns should be enough proof, and it won't leave a good impression on our sister. I'd rather apologize for the interruption and leave with her.
>>26662962>>26662969>>26662976>>26662993The last goon turns to face you just in time to see who ends his life, your laspistol sending a pair of bolts into his arm and chest. Stepping up to the man, you put a third shot into his chest as he attempts to raise his maul and strike at you. You secretly enjoy the sound of the Periun goon's last breath escaping his lungs before you stow your weapons. A whistle sounds in the distance as you help Ana to her shaky feet and note that your sister is frozen in shock at the dead men before her. "You alright, Ana?""I think the bastard broke my ribs, but I'll survive." Holding her arm close to her ribs, she reclaims her blade from the dead man at her feet, wiping the blood from it with the man's own clothing and quickly rifling through his pockets. "Ooo, that's a nice throne-purse.">Orders?>Don't want to deal with Arbites, blow this taco stand.>Loot a body or two, fuck the police.>Other?
>>26663393>Where is Synne?
>>26663393>Don't want to deal with Arbites, blow this taco stand.Back to our ship, we have control there and we can talk in private!
>>26663414Nevermind, wasn't looking for sister.>>26663393Lets just get the fuck out of here.
>>26663393"I'd rather not deal with the arbites today or ever if I can help it sorry Ana but no looting this time let's double back to the ship. sorry for the unwanted excitement dear sister but when I meant "problems that prevented to come get you" it was more along the line of "people out for my blood" I'll explain later."
>>26663393Now worth the hassle... maybe if we were on our way out, but things to do... so no playing with the local Arbites...
>>26663393Make a quick grab of everything in their pockets, important or not, and abscond.
>>26663393Time to get our sister and get the hell away. Note to self: Take "care" of these Periun fellows.
"Let's move, I don't feel like dealing with the Arbites today."Synne pulls her hand away from yours when you attempt to lead her away from the scene of death, her eyes showing the shock and confusion within her mind. "Synne. Come on, we can't stay here." Grasping her hand with more than a little force, she snaps back to reality once you get her moving. "We're moving too fast, we'll draw attention." Damn, she is right. Slowing your pace, you maintain your grip upon your little sister's hand as Ana catches up. "Where were you?""I like money."With a sigh, you vanish into the bustle of the trade dock as several arbites rush toward your former location.>Where to?>Visit other Sibling [Alisa the trader, Jerim the Administrator]>Return to the ship>Other
>>26663725>Ask Synne if she would go to our ship, then visit another sibling
>>26663725Get a more detailed run down of the situation of the others. It is likely that even if we don't want her to, Synne IS going to end up on our ship. either as a stow-away, new crew, or our guest...but I'm thinking visiting Alisa. We'll probably need to stock up on supplies...
>>26663773>need to stock up on supplies...Your ships currently have supplies for 4.5 months of [ship time] out of 6 maximum.>>26663752>send Synne to shipAlone or with Ana?
>>26663852...Shit, we're not going to be able to do that.Guess it's a family mishmash then.
>>26663852don't want to get caught short... at least .5 months of supplies could be acquired... If only to help out the business...
>>26663725>Return to shipContinue to talk with Synne, and have someone take a look at Ana's ribs.I fear that Perius will sooner or later see through our facade and try to retaliate against other family members. Maybe Synne should tell them to be vigilant without spoiling the surprise.
>>26663866>>26663958>Bring Synne and Anna to visit your older sister Alisa's establishment? Y/N
>>26664035Agreeing with this.Ana's in no shape to defend us, and Synne isn't a combatant.
>>26664038Ask Ana if she want's to go back to the ship and get her injuries sorted out. When she refuses, we just go to Alisa's place, getting the inside update on the family from Synne.
Rolled 63>>26664094>>26664050"Let's stop by Alisa's while this dies down a bit."Synne and Ana are in no condition to dispute your plan, especially as they both look like they need to sit and the location is nearby. The crowds are easily navigated as Arbites continue to rush by, their vox units crackling with various reports. In a few minutes you've led the two women to your sister's modest establishment. "Welcome to Alisa's, friends! Here to refresh your vessel's supplies o- Miss Synne!?" Old Gerard hurries over to your sister, quickly inspecting her for injuries. "Miss Synne? What happened, are you alright?""I'm... fine, fine. Gerard, I'm fine.""Jo! Hurry and fetch Miss Alisa!" shouts Gerard, one of the other workers vanishing into the back at your former weapons instructor's order. Turning to face you, he gives you and Ana a once-over before extending his hand. "You brought Miss Synne here? Thank you, Sir. Her family very much appreciates this. Your companion seems to be injured, is the wound serious?">Orders?
>>26664467I'd rather like you to help her recover.And then we go and worry about Synne.
>>26664467"We believe she may have a few broken ribs..."I don't know what kind of temp patch job is done on broken ribs... if it is something as simple as bandages, then we could request a single roll of them. She can get a proper once over back on the ship...
>>26664467Hug Synne and apologize what we made her saw.
>>26664467Tell him she might have a few broken ribs and any help he could offer would be greatly appreciated. Now to see how Alisa feels about us returning.
>>26664705Today's treatment usually consists of three weaks of caution and analgetics. Maybe there is something better in M40.
Rolled 13>>26664703>>26664705>>26664761>>26664835"Broken ribs? I do hope that wasn't over Miss Synne." Gerard signals another worker and they proceed to close the business and lock the door. Looking at Ana, your former teacher politely smiles. "If you don't mind, Miss, I'll need you to remove your clothes." Ana looks to you, her face clearly pale from pain. "He's a friend, Ana." "Aye, Captain Menexel.""Captain, eh? A pleasure to meet you, Captain Menexel. I wish it were under better circumstance, but I'll take what I'm given at my age." Extending his hand, Gerard regards you smartly. "The name is Gerard, Captain." "A pleasure. Do be wary, she does bite." Ana stares daggers at you for the comment, though your old friend laughs heartily. "That's how I like 'em. Nice and feisty!" Turning his attention to Ana, he helps her remove her jacket, shirt and vest before carefully touching his hand against her bruised ribs. "Shhh, lass. You'll be fine. You'll be fine."By the time your elder sister arrives you've helped Gerard wrap Ana's torso in a large bandage before helping her slip back into her clothing. Two of her ribs were likely broken, and she soon finds a tablet of pain salve working it's way through her system. With a smile, she thanks the older man for the temporary medicae treatment."Synne!" Your older sister's voice fills the room, startling you from your quiet apologies for making her see the carnage of that battle. Rushing to Synne and embracing her, Alica eyes Ana and then you with suspicion.
>>26665243"Percius!?" Alica's face goes pale and you notice her embrace upon Synne begin to slacken...Gerard's eyes grow wide and lock upon you at your sister's sudden outcry.>Orders?
>>26665281I'm surprised you didn't notice me straight away.
>>26665281"I got a ship and happened to be in the Sector.... would have been here Three years ago if not for the infernal warp anomalies... I hear things have gone rather sour since I left..."
>>26665281"Percius?!? Where?!? *insert shit eating grin here*
>>26665281"Yes, and even better! I have a ship! And hats! And a servo skull to attend to my hats!"
>>26665336>>26665391>>26665440As you posture, your elder sister faints, collapsing into a heap against the crate that a stunned Synne sits upon.Gerard and Ana simply look at you, confused.Synne's laughter fills the room as your face flushes slightly.>We're in autosage and your sister just fainted.>Next Thread on Tuesday @ 2-4 PM EST>Usual Q&A until the thread auto-sagesThanks for playing this week, folks.
>>26665546how much bad juju is coming from the wolf pack over the lateness? significant, or those things happen.??
>>26665579I've given in-universe clues as to that in this thread. I'll not give meta ones.
>>26665614So.... either they are raiding the profits away, are also in a time lagged warp journey, or went straight into a warp storm on bad information...