Chapter Three: The Mysteries of Space (Part 1 of 2)   1 comment

Our pilgrims embarked on Lady Corezza’s yacht through the Sutek jumpgate. Experienced travelers all, they knew to expect a profound but brief sense of soul-splitting disorientation as they breached the gate itself. This time, however, was much worse.

[Every session begins with one die being removed from the Dying Stars. The players ended the last session with one. And when the Dying Stars are emptied, catastrophe strikes.]

The ship emerged from the jumpgate in chaos. The extended time in the space between the stars filled everyone with dread and confusion. The yacht itself spiraled out of control, the pilgrims colliding into each other in free fall. Sirens screamed and a terrifying popping filled everyone’s ears: the early signs of explosive decompression.

Captain Manx tried to get everyone to calm down, starting with Lady Maryam. Sadly, his attempts to slap some sense into her only provoked her bodyguards into restraining him. Apprentice Fannagus and his sidekick Ferezzio rushed to the pilot’s console, as eager to save the ship as they were to get their hands on forbidden Charioteer tech. Sir Victor relied on his knowledge of constellations to orient the yacht, since all power had been lost to the navigational computers.

Wrestling free of Maryam’s bodyguards, Manx calmed everyone enough to get them into EVA gear in case the decompression worsened. Fannagus and Fez figured out how to manually seal off the damaged portions of the ship, preventing vacuum from ripping apart the intact quarters. And Sir Victor extinguished an electrical fire in the observation lounge.

The Charioteer pilot had died from head trauma in the initial panic. Fannagus set a course for an (apparently) inhabited moon orbiting a nearby gas giant. Since the thrusters were completely inoperable, he had to execute a series of unorthodox maneuvers with the ship’s attitudinal air jets to bleed off the yacht’s momentum. The wildly spinning vessel was met in the moon’s orbit by a pair of odd spacecraft, each equipped with grapple arms, that guided it to a landing bay. The pilgrims emerged from the yacht and examined the ship’s damage. Some accident with the jumpgate had sheared the back half of the yacht clean off. The loading bay and the engines were completely gone.

Their examination of the ship’s remains was interrupted by a crackling voice on an intercom: Sir Fitzpatrick Li Xen. He welcomed them nervously to Observation Station 7-A, orbiting the gas giant Shatan in the Kish System. This led to some consternation among most of the pilgrims: not only was Kish thousands of light years away from their intended destination of Byzantium Secundus, the Sutek jumpgate didn’t even connect there. Apprentice Fannagus was unaffected, though, and chatted with the equally scholarly Sir Fitzpatrick about the odd phenomena they observed during the jumpgate malfunction.

Sir Fitzpatrick Li Xen

Once learning that they were the pilgrims sanctioned to visit Nowhere, Fitzpatrick welcomed them inside the station with all the courtesy he could offer. That courtesy, sadly, included extensive decontamination procedures, papery jumpsuits (after burning the pilgrims’ clothes) and reclaimed nutrient paste in the cafeteria. Fitzpatrick put in a call to Kish and got word back from his great-uncle Prince Flavius Li Halan, the Imperial Governor. Sir Victor set out to craft a reply, returning to the ship for the Patriarchal Bull that identified them as pilgrims. Sadly, this essential document had been lost along with the back half of the ship. Sir Victor managed as best he could with his own seal and secured passage to Kish for an audience with the Prince.

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Posted October 17, 2011 by John Perich in Uncategorized

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