Reel 1: Galactic Explorers, Gather!   Posted by Gamemaster.Group: 0
Gamemaster
 GM, 8 posts
 Master of the Universe
Sat 8 Oct 2016
at 21:29
Chapter 1: Galactic Explorers, Gather!
One day an intriguing ad is posted in many newspapers and public noticeboards of the Solar System:

A Call For Brave Galactic Explorers!
Helios Mining Intergalactic is calling courageous men and women of adventure to join the next expedition! Helios Mining Intergalactic is always pushing the boundaries, and this time we mount a series of surveys into the lesser known parts of the Asteroid Belt between Mars and Jupiter. Be among the first of all creatures to set your feet on a new asteroid and claim the riches that lie below!*

High salary! Bonuses! Insurance! Stock options!

Those with the eyes of the high-flying silver eagles of Venus (Awareness 4 or higher) can read the cleverly placed small print in the bottom of the notice:

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*All mineral resources revealed in the survey expedition are claimed for Helios Mining Intergalactic, in accordance with Decree 126/A of the League of Nations.







Rocket Tom's, a small fuel hub / diner, popular hangout of freelancing rocket pilots on Mars is, of course, one of the places where this ad gets put up...

This message was last edited by the GM at 08:33, Sun 09 Oct 2016.

Tom Sawback
 NPC, 1 post
 Owner of
 Rocket Tom's
Sun 9 Oct 2016
at 10:26
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"Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to Rocket Tom's! Make no mistake, Rocket Tom - that's me! And this is my place. You can park your silver cigars and flying saucers in the back!"

"What's the house special, you ask? Mashed Martian potatoes in Anti-gravity gravy! Don't know about the type of meat, it's my chef's secret. But it tastes good and there is a discount if you fuel up here..."


It's another day at Rocket Tom's, with Tom talking as he usually does. Today a couple of new Supervax cylinders arrived straight from Mother Earth, so he is busy re-stocking the jukebox.
Claire 'Cannonball' Jones
 player, 4 posts
Mon 10 Oct 2016
at 20:19
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Claire put down her drink and shook her head at Tom with a smirk. Some people never change. She had just finished a delivery run and came in for a quick bite while the Canon fueled up outside.

The ad caught her eye. It wasn't her usual type of job, but it sounded interesting - maybe just the kind of shake up she needed every now and then. "Helios Mining Intergalactic, eh," she wonders to herself. She looks at Rocket Tom, busy at the jukebox, and gets an idea. "Let's see if Tom thinks this job's really on the up and up." She takes another sip before sneaking up behind him. "Hey, Tom, it's been a while," she taps his shoulder and offers him a bright smile "Remember me?"
Tom Sawback
 NPC, 2 posts
 Owner of
 Rocket Tom's
Mon 10 Oct 2016
at 20:45
Chapter 1: Galactic Explorers, Gather!
Tom turns around and almost drops a wax cylinder containing the latest hit by the popular Terran outfit, "Man or Astro-man".

"Claire!! How could I ever forget you? Next time you wander off into deep space, at least leave me a message, like, hey, Tom, I won't be coming home for dinner tonight... All that good food going to waste!"

Claire faintly recalls Tom promising to "make her favorite meal" the last time they met. Then she left to make a very important delivery to a very far away planet.

"I'm getting kinda used to it by now... What are you up to now?"
Dmitrii Ivanovsky
 player, 7 posts
Tue 11 Oct 2016
at 01:23
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A handsome man of 28 years strides into the bar, his eyes scanning the place as if looking for something in particular. Finding his target -- the Helios Mining advertisement -- he walks over and inspects it closely.

Of course corrupt and decadent capitalists would steal the hard work of their employees.

"Yet, work is work," he says aloud to no one in particular. He turns to find the bartender apparently chatting with an attractive woman by the jukebox. He checks to make sure he has his cash in his pocket, and finds his way over to the bar, near enough to the jukebox to overhear the conversation.
Claire 'Cannonball' Jones
 player, 6 posts
Tue 11 Oct 2016
at 16:29
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Claire grimaced inwardly at Tom's words. She forgot about that. She offers an apologetic shrug "I'll make it up to you?" Eager to change the subject, she snaps back to the present. "Looks like things are spinning along here at least. I just got back and have a little down time, just looking for the next big job. Speaking of which," she crosses her arms and nods at the prominent notice "What do you think of this Helios Mining gig? Too good to be true?"
Adamant Stone
 player, 4 posts
Tue 11 Oct 2016
at 23:17
Chapter 1: Galactic Explorers, Gather!
Adamant Stone: Troubleshooter For Hire walked through the door with the swaggering, hitching gait common to those who've spent more of their life riding horses than walking, though to a more experienced eye the more exaggerated bounce might suggest he'd recently spent a lot of that time on the back of a bahmoot or its' closest Venusian equivalent instead. He was covered from head to toe in reddish martian dust, stopping to wipe it from his goggles and shake it off of his hat and Silt-Sailor styled dreadlocks as he slumped exhausted into a stool at the bar.

He tugged his bandanna down away from his mouth and nose and waved over at Claire and good ol' Rocket Tom.

"Water, Tom. Put it on my tab and I'll pay as soon as I'm good for it I promise, not that that's happening anytime soon."

All the usual smooth-talk and good humor had been beaten out of Adam by his latest, failed job. It had him eyeing the notice about Helios mining. Not his usual forte but most employers didn't mind an extra hard worker and for the first time in a while martian dust had left a bad taste in his mouth. He tipped his stetson towards Claire.

"Cannonball, haven't seen you since that gig with all the monkey-lizards. Good to see you're all in one piece."

This message was last edited by the player at 23:22, Tue 11 Oct 2016.

Claire 'Cannonball' Jones
 player, 7 posts
Wed 12 Oct 2016
at 14:54
Chapter 1: Galactic Explorers, Gather!
"Adam Stone," Claire turns around, looks him up and down and raises an eyebrow "You look like you're barely in one piece yourself!"

She leans over the bar conspiratorially "I was just mentioning to Tom here," she speaks in a fake hushed tone "About this Helios Mining offer - you seen it?"