Star Wars; Into The Black

The Perils of Exploration

Some paths are best left unknown...

Retro: Derrick had purchased some battery packs during the wait before the meal. After the meal, Dr. Su finalizes her business at the museum without incident. Derrick accompanies her to the museum, then to the bank, then to the berth the Velias Dart is marked.

Nadya heads out to meet up with Shai. She goes to the Sekotar Vong enclave attached to the port, but has difficulty remembering the symbols used to mark buildings, so she calls Shai to confirm. She enters and finds Shai speaking to Shaper Kaza Ying. Kaza Ying gives her a section of Shai’s overgrown critters to use as her first shaping project, and shaping tools to use when she reaches the appropriate level of complexity. Shai and Nadya then take their leave. Shai keeps four starter blobs.

Ace goes bargain hunting, with some success. He buys two necklaces with real precious metals and stones from Odds and Ends. He finds a former floor model datapad which has PermaMark grafitti all over the case, and has therefore been marked down even from Floor Model price. Original price 800 creds, halved twice for being a floor model and grafitti-covered.

Vella lingers over the meal, then goes info hunting.

Ace returns to the berth and finds Shai and Nadya playing with the blobs. Ace mentions the datapad, and Nadya offers to check it out for him. She trades him her blob for his datapad, and the blob tries to escape. He feeds it some ration chunks, and it decides he is its best friend. Nadya rather nervously asks him not to feed it too much. Nadya decides to modify a chunk of her blob to exude GooGone to clean up the datapad.

Upon re-boarding, Ace settles into a seat to explore the Datapad, Nadya decides to use the treadmill, and discovers that the blob can sit near her feet without moving, despite the treadmill effect. Dr. Su recovers the SomnAbsorb and begins working on waking learning. Chapman tries to communicate to his Droid that he wants a drinking container. It seems to want to help but lack capability; Vella notices his frustrated expression and tries to let him know that the droid needs more programming before it can help. He nods and goes to find his own glass, in a green-marked crate containing dishes and eating implements. Vella then starts feeding droids the chips, and hands it off to Chapman to finish after loading the second chip.

Nadya asks about the current plan, and Vella replies that the Roon Route Bounty has not yet been claimed. Vella seems unfazed by this, but Nadya decides to check it out. She discovers that three other crews have declared intent to claim the bounty. Two have disappeared, and one solo pilot was found dead on Roon several days after his declaration. It is unknown how many have attempted the bounty without stating intent.

Chapman goes over to the annoyed Vella (she is impatiently waiting for Kir to return) and offers her the flowers he snatched during the last portion of their trip. She had not noticed him grabbing them, and has mixed feelings about the offering- it is sweet, and warms her heart, but… yeah. She thanks him, and goes back to what she was doing, a bit distracted and wishing Kir would return so she could retreat to her pilot’s area.

Nadya attempts to go over to Chapman, but he notices and avoids her like the plague, and then Kir finally returns, with a new messenger bag full of data on chips and durasheet. Vella closes the ramp so fast that he stumbles, and immediately heads to her Pilot’s area. Kir looks around, a bit dazed, and asks where the flowers came from, getting a reply of “Don’t Ask” from Ace and Derrick.

Kir dumps about twenty chips into Chapman’s DataDroid via a connection to his datapad, then settles in the corner to work on the mass of data represented by the chips and other media in his new messenger bag.

Chapman begins attempting to interact with his DataDroid, which is now attempting to elicit input from him. Nadya and Ace get involved in translating when the droid requests specific input. After approximately two hours, the droid has a basic translation structure in place, with a somewhat sketchy vocabulary (it only knows one sense of each word, and is heavy on nouns and words used with basic nouns.

The DD then starts working on teaching Chapman some basic Intro vocabulary.

Nadya asks Vella to come out and announces her findings that of the other declared Bounty Chasers, two have disappeared, and one was found dead on Roon. The two that disappeared were last seen on Lahsbane and Molavar, the one that was found dead was last seen departing from Kowak. The two who disappeared had two different kinds of conventional ship, the one who was found dead was a Liirosi. Vella is not impressed, as she hears “people are disappearing on a dangerous exploration run”, and tells Nadya to let her know if she has anything specific to offer.

Chapman is determined to be helpful, and goes around to various people asking how he can help. He ends up working his way through upgrading sensors- first the sensor helmet, then Derrick’s helmet, then finally an ISA First-Contact probe, which he boosts from intra-system distances to inter-stellar distances.

Ace looks up the legends surrounding the old trade route, and learns that the historians’ consensus is that Roon simply decided not to trade with outsiders, and the trade route died off due to non-use. Nadya is trying to figure out which planet is likely to be the correct connection point, but the data is not conclusive.

Chapman drags the probe into the main room, and continues to scan until they reach the edge of the debris field. Vella routes around the field towards Hypori, and offers to stop if anyone wishes to. Remembering their previous visit, the party declines. She then routes in, stops on Roon for food and air, then heads out to resume the search for the key first waypoint. As she gridded off the portion of the inner wall of debris that she felt was most likely to hold the waypoint, she encountered a large ship (appearance: http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Outrider scaled up so that it is large enough to engulf the Velias Dart) that is originally stationary. When Vella adjusts her vector to avoid, the other ship adjusts to stay on an intercept vector, and after several minutes, corners her into allowing it close enough to get a tractor fix on the Velias Dart.

Everyone suits up, Chapman is given Dr. Su’s stun baton for self-defense, and a plan is developed to have Vella shift the Velias Dart into her best defensive configuration, a land craft that provides firing ports and visibility as well as cover.

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