Star Frontiers Revisited

The Story so Far part 2

On the surface of Volturnus the team found a poisoned well but managed to purify and add to their water supply. While holing up at the dome structure they worked on the robot and discovered that it was not as it appeared.

Outwardly it looked to be a level 3 mule bot but in reality was a search and destroy robot with a command trigger program that would upon receipt of the command phrase, “Orchid hates you.” would overwrite its mission to carry equipment and serve the team with the new mission of Search and destroy the Team. After a team meeting it was decided to attempt to change the hidden mission to “Protect the team.”

They left the command trigger in place but were forced to use it when a funnel worm tried to eat the robot while they traveled west. As morning arose and they prepared to take shelter from the sun they spotted the glint of metal to the northeast.

With the new nightfall they traveled in the new direction and located a Thruster Class privateer ship. It had landed but been partially swallowed by a sink hole then stripped and salvaged. Approaching it carefully they became aware of 1 observer in the sand dunes. V’Tok played bait while the others circled to get behind. Which was just as well since it was an ambush by some of the same pirates. As the fight went bad for the pirates one ran off into the desert, another flew off with a jetcopter, and two were killed. As they stripped the bodies and regrouped at the ship V’Tok became certain that a sand storm was in the making and they decided to use the ship as shelter.

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With the Volturnus Survey Expedition I being missing and out of contact for 9 months and the growing colonial unrest the government of Pale allowed the emerging mega corp, Streel, to co-op the Volturnus Survey Expedition II. This allowed the Republic of Pale to save face in their inability to follow up on the missing expedition with funds being diverted to the drafted Peace Keeper Battalions being raised to help control the food riots on Pale and for the possibility of military action on Cygnus Omicron IX.

Streel’s Resource Acquisition Division (RAD)immediately moved to dispatch a Prospecting Exploration and Survey Team (PEST). To staff the team some new hires’ freshly arrived in the system, were informed that their original positions were no longer open but they could take the positions on the Volturnus Survey Expedition 2 or resign from the company. It was strongly inferred that if they resigned that their status would be reported for consideration for the Peace Keeper Battalions. Smelling a railroad they went alongn and attended the Volturnus Mission Briefing.

Both Sprocket and V’Tok checked with contacts they had on Pale to see what was going on. V’Tok met with his cousin who worked for a Vursk trade house specializing in accounting which just happened to be the outside accountants who had been responsible for dotting “i”s and crossing “t”s for Streel corp but had recently but denied full access to RAD’s records only being provided a prepared book to review.

Sprocket met with Lucritia Dolores, a human friend from university who writes for The Star Republic, an independent and conservative periodical with largely electronic distribution. She was absolutely bitter over the virtual control of the government that Streel was exercising and suspected the corporation of having a hand in the present difficulties but had no proof.

Being warned they boarded the Serrena Dawn tramp freighter owned by Farway Freight, a Streel subsidary. On board they met Kahn Sur-Ock, a yazirian monk who had volunteered to be the team medic and another team mate who out of bitterness at being forced onto the team withdrew totally from contact.

All of the team’s equipment: drop buildings, vehicles, robots and etc. was stored in the cargo hold but at the last minute one of the team’s robots was down checked and replaced. The new bot being stored in the small cargo area adjacent to the passenger cabins.

The trip to Zebulon system went uneventful till the ship was close to Volturnus orbit, when it was set upon by Red Devil pirates with zero warning. Kahn, V’Tok, & Sprocket managed to fight off the pirates they encountered on the crew deck and were forced to leave behind the 4th member of their team as she was having a total panic attack and mental break down.

They managed to recover their personal gear and the last minute robot and fight their way to the bridge deck looking to recover their issued weapons from the weapons locker. Unfortunately the pirates had blown the locker and other explosions from down ship coupled with the loss of gravity and loss of atmosphere led them to abandon ship.

A pirate assault shuttle managed to shoot the life boat as Sprocket took it off autopilot and was forced to crash land it. Miraculously only their robot was damaged in the crash but they were forced to run from the craft before the boat blew up… (Stay tuned for the next installment of the Story so far…)

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