Reel 1: Galactic Explorers, Gather!   Posted by Gamemaster.Group: 0
Dmitrii Ivanovsky
 player, 8 posts
Thu 13 Oct 2016
at 17:19
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It doesn't take a master of subterfuge to know that "Claire" is trying to be heard. Dmitrii gives up his actual attempt at subterfuge, and simply looks like he's trying to surreptitiously eavesdrop on the conversation. Hopefully, she'll recognize that he's playing her game.
Tom Sawback
 NPC, 3 posts
 Owner of
 Rocket Tom's
Fri 14 Oct 2016
at 20:55
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"As far as I know, Helios Mining are newcomers to the business... but they are quickly becoming one of the top players. At least that's what they say.

"They also say that if you lick a Ganymedian, you see colorful pictures in your head... Yeah, I'm positive though that my economic sources are a bit more respectful than my psychedelic sources. You definitely DON'T see colorful pictures if you lick a Ganymeeeeeee---I mean, that's what they say, obviously I don't have personal experience of this kind."


Tom quickly heads back behind the bar and pours out a couple of drinks, including one for himself.

"Are you new around here? Welcome to Rocket Tom's, mate!" he nods to Dmitrii.
Dmitrii Ivanovsky
 player, 9 posts
Fri 14 Oct 2016
at 22:40
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"Thank you; da, I'm new here," the other responds with a nod of his own. "Dmitrii Iosefovich. A pleasure."

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Tom Sawback
 NPC, 4 posts
 Owner of
 Rocket Tom's
Sun 16 Oct 2016
at 10:01
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"Nice to meetcha, Dmitrii... what brings you to the neutral zone?"

Tom stresses the "neutral" part. Not offensively, but it looks like that a Russian name generates some tension.
Dmitrii Ivanovsky
 player, 10 posts
Tue 18 Oct 2016
at 15:52
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"I look for work, actually. I am mechanic," Dmitrii says. "And, I am neutral. Family left Russia when I was boy, during civil war; I lived in Austria until Nazi's came."
Adamant Stone
 player, 5 posts
Tue 18 Oct 2016
at 22:57
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"Well, I've never worked for Helios but I sure could use a job. Had nothing but a string of bad luck lately and I'd like to get the taste of Mars dust out of my mouth for a while."

He glanced over at Dmitri at the mention of Austria and switched into German, mimicking a slight Austro-Bavarian accent."Gr Gott, are you looking for work too friend? What are your skills?" Not for nothing was Adamant Stone considered one of the better freelance translators and cultural guides on Mars.
Dmitrii Ivanovsky
 player, 11 posts
Tue 18 Oct 2016
at 23:04
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"Gre!" Dmitrii replies easily. "I am rocket mechanic. Can pilot. Good with, what you call it - scraps?"
Claire 'Cannonball' Jones
 player, 8 posts
Wed 19 Oct 2016
at 19:12
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Claire watched the conversation unfold. This newcomer intrigued her, and seemed to be hitting it off with Adam at least. "What are the odds, three professionals in-between jobs," she introduces herself with a flash of pearly white teeth "Call me Claire."

She offers Dmitrii a knowing look "Adam and I were just looking at this Helios offer - you seen it?"
Dmitrii Ivanovsky
 player, 13 posts
Wed 19 Oct 2016
at 20:37
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"I noticed it when I walked in. I don't like that they keep all finds, but when you are out of job you cannot be...picky? Yes, 'picky' is word. What do you two think?"
Claire 'Cannonball' Jones
 player, 9 posts
Fri 21 Oct 2016
at 16:48
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Claire raises an eyebrow and looks at Adam as she answers Dmitrii's question. "I think," She speaks slowly and deliberately for emphasis "I'm very interested in where this job might take me. Or should I say us? The three of us meeting here like this is my kind of coincidence."
Dmitrii Ivanovsky
 player, 14 posts
Fri 21 Oct 2016
at 17:00
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"There is no coincidence when company advertises so 'loudly,'" Dmitrii responds. "It is Helios' design three professionals respond to advertisement like this."
Adamant Stone
 player, 6 posts
Fri 21 Oct 2016
at 23:20
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"Well coincidence or not, we're all agreed we need the work, correct? And I'm sure some of us are feeling the desire to break from the Red Planet for a while?" He gave an easygoing grin "I say we take the job together and see where it leads us."
Dmitrii Ivanovsky
 player, 15 posts
Sat 22 Oct 2016
at 02:39
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"Agreed. Might even give us advantage going in together over individuals."
Tom Sawback
 NPC, 5 posts
 Owner of
 Rocket Tom's
Sun 23 Oct 2016
at 11:04
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Tom looks at you with delight. Three adventurers getting together always warms the ol' bartender's heart.

"Well, folks, I'd give you something on the house, but showing up to a job interview reeking of Lunar Shine Special Whiskey is generally a bad idea... Just remember to come over after you get paid."

He gives the location of the Helios Mining local office in the neutral zone.
Gamemaster
 GM, 15 posts
 Master of the Universe
Sun 23 Oct 2016
at 11:32
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OCC: Speeding up things a bit!



The three adventurers take the bullet train to Okono, in the center of the neutral zone.

It takes you through the magnificent canyons of Mars. The steep red stone walls are lined with yellow and purple layers. One of the cliffs was carved to resemble the noble profile of a Silthuri - probably a monument to one of the ancient Kings of Mars. Although all of you are familiar with these landscapes, they still fill you with awe...

The train enters Okono, a city located under a glass dome, then slowly comes to a halt at the station. The construction of this neutral settlement was sponsored not by any of the Terran nations, but by their companies and corporations, who wanted to get a foothold on the Red Planet. Many Martian merchants are present here, and so are other sophonts from all over the galaxy. You even notice an European getting off the train you rode.

You follow the instructions given to you by Tom Sawback, and soon arrive at Helios Mining Intergalactic's office. The tall, tower-like building it occupies has a jagged, crystalline outline. The white walls are tinted pink in the Martian atmosphere.



There is a queue before the entrance: the people in line are clearly not businessman, but rather space travellers and adventurers of your kind! There are at least a dozen of them. The company's aggressive advertising reached them too.
Dmitrii Ivanovsky
 player, 16 posts
Tue 25 Oct 2016
at 19:32
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Dmitrii takes a long look at the very alien Europan as they debark the train. What a strange creature, he thinks as he regards the spindly nature of its limbs and superfluous digits.

As they approach the Helios building, the engineer marvels at the architecture; much like the Constructivist works back home, this was a building that combined art and function.

"This is future, my friends. It won't be long before art and architecture are fully integrated," he announces appreciatively.
Adamant Stone
 player, 7 posts
Sat 29 Oct 2016
at 11:18
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"Speaking in terms of classical era construction that's been a reality for some time depending on your definition of art. But we came for a job, not to admire the architecture."

It would take forever to wait through the line til the end, so Adam did something that used to come naturally to him both as a scion of a wealthy and influential family and a former military officer.

He acted like he was very important and in a hurry.

"Make a path folks, make a path! We have urgent business at the end of the line here, we'll let you all get right back to the noble goal of seeking employment right after we've seen the folks at the end about our little emergency! Thank ya kindly, there you go sir good luck on the job hunt! One side there ma'am, make way please or be parted!"

While signaling to his new companions to follow him he simply spoke out in a voice that was loud without actually shouting and in words that were polite while allowing no argument. At the same time he strode forward as if the line moving aside for one man and his friends was the most natural thing in the world and even the thought of being stopped was an impossibility.

After all, what emergency was more dire than a lack of money in his pockets?

Roll for Convince or Subterfuge, whichever is more pertinent, adding in Charming at least
Gamemaster
 GM, 17 posts
 Master of the Universe
Sat 29 Oct 2016
at 11:34
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Let's say this clarifies for Convince, rather than Subterfuge.

Roll 2d6 + 4 (Presence) + 3 (Convice) + 2 (for Charming)

Adamant Stone
 player, 8 posts
Sat 29 Oct 2016
at 12:33
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Adamant Stone rolled 12 using 2d6+8 ((1,3)). Making my way through the line.

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Gamemaster
 GM, 19 posts
 Master of the Universe
Sat 29 Oct 2016
at 13:22
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A few people standing in the back give way, though mostly due to sheer surprise than conviction.... but then a shadow emerges, grows twice in size, and Adamant Stone's swift advance is thwarted, as he almost bumps into a towering She-Ape from Venus!!



"Where to, little Martian?" she asks in a slow, grinding voice, chewing and spitting out each word separately.

"Go back to the end of the line, we're all here for the same reason!" says a graying not-so-gentle man who has a wide metallic collar around his neck.

Your roll is actually 13, because 4 (Presence) + 3 (Convice) + 2 (for Charming) = 9, not 8! No change in the result, though...
Dmitrii Ivanovsky
 player, 17 posts
Tue 1 Nov 2016
at 19:27
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Dmitrii smiles slightly to himself, amused by the audacious attempt and very predictable failure. Typical western braggadocio.

"Nice try, at least," he says quietly to Adam as they take their place at the end of the line.
Gamemaster
 GM, 21 posts
 Master of the Universe
Tue 22 Nov 2016
at 12:06
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After a good thirty minutes of waiting, the adventurers finally reach their destination, or, rather, their starting point. A middle-aged Terran lady with tightly braided hair welcomes you, but just with gestures, without a single word. You are led into a hall then up a flight of stairs. The inner walls on this level are made out of a semi-translucent milk-glass, and through these walls you see silhouettes of people and various creatures moving and working inside offices. The exact nature of their activities is not discernible.

Soon you too become part of this weird theater of shadows, as a door slides open and you are let into an office.
Alonso Severes
 NPC, 1 post
 Helios Mining Int.
 Representative
Tue 22 Nov 2016
at 12:08
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"Welcome to Helios Mining Intergalactic," says the man sitting inside in a softly flowing voice. He is sitting behind a desk, which is made from the same milk-glass material the walls are from. He is wearing a simple dark grey suit. The little label on his desk states his name: Alonso Severes.

Alosno scribbles a few words on the worksheet before him, then finally looks up at you.

"Please, state your name, occupation and valuable skills and assets!"

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Dmitrii Ivanovsky
 player, 20 posts
Tue 22 Nov 2016
at 17:15
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"Dmitrii Ivanovsky. Mechanic. Pilot. Marksman. I bring my own tools, and have my own RAY gun," the Russian says.
Adamant Stone
 player, 9 posts
Wed 23 Nov 2016
at 05:28
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Adamant Stone. I'm good in any kind of fight, I speak over seven languages and if you can't find a job for that description I'm not adverse to working with my hands. I'm a freelance troubleshooter."