Adventure 5: Looking For Trouble.   Posted by StarMaster.Group: 0
Luthar Argot
 player, 3 posts
 Baron
 Imperial Navy Commander
Thu 9 Feb 2017
at 13:22
Re: Looking For Trouble
Baron Luthar Argot had sat in his small manor and had wondered for quite some time how to get off planet. While it certainly had been an uncanny turn of luck the new title had most unfortunately not resulted in being granted a fiefdom and so he still was effectively without any income.
It was not helpful that Ghandi was out of reach of most common smaller vessels. Added to this unfortunate fact the small planet had not much to offer for either heavier freighters or freelance entrepeneurs.
His funds were meagre indeed, his only option was to hire on board some space going vessel and earn his passage. Surely his engineering skills would be of use to some traders ?

[The Nexus]
Luthar glanced warily at the customers.
Typically, if he had even bothered to got to the starport in the first place, he had frequented The Starfire Club. But of course, that was out of question for what he had in mind. This was no pleasure trip after all.
Sitting down in what he thought was as unobstrusive a place as he he could find he watched and ordered a drink.

Luthar did notice the exchange in the dark corner between what he only cold call a shady character at best. Indeed, he wondered if the man had been involved in the heist on his stocks, but then discarded the idea. The man was talking to a unassuming man who had the confident bearing of someone who perfectly knew how to handle the slug pistol at a holster on his hip.

As the noble sipped his drink - it actually tasted awful in his opinion, but surely he could not expect to be served something more exquisite, never mind that he'd be hard pressed to pay for it - the green-haired woman entered the bar. Even without her unusual haircolour she would have drawn quite a few admiring stares from the men present. Her direct approach to the small group around the man he had noticed earlier was speaking volumes. Most likely she was similarly motiovated to leave Ghandi just like himself.
Intrigued he continued to watch...
StarMaster
 GM, 404 posts
 Referee
Thu 9 Feb 2017
at 15:06
Re: Looking For Trouble
=== Arc and Hans ===

"I have a possession issue," the woman replied. "A rival has something that belongs to me; I want it back. The courts will eventually get around to it, but... let's just say, time is of the essence. By the time the courts return it to me, it won't be worth very much."

"I can temporarily make you bonded agents for personal recoveries, so you won't be doing anything illegal."



=== Luthar ===

As Luthar observes the goings on at the bar, he somehow manages to miss the man approaching him until the man is standing next to him.

"Luthar Argot," the man said; it was a statement, not a question.

"I am Marcus Blanchard, Investigator. I understand you were in possession of an Ancient artifact a few years back. I'd like to ask you how you came by it... and where?"

He flashes his comm unit at Luthar that is displaying an image of the item. It's a greenish metallic silver in color, about the size of a soccer ball, and is segmented like a soccer ball just not in hexagons and octagons. One side of the sphere did, however, have a hexagonal indentation in it. There is a small smear of red paint in one of the corners of this indentation. It would be beyond coincidence that two such spheres would have the same mark; Luthar remembers how it got there.


=== Gahler, Steve, Roland and IM ===

These four were also at the Nexus, and Gahler was negotiating (?) for a million credit passage to Regina.
Luthar Argot
 player, 4 posts
 Baron
 Imperial Navy Commander
Thu 9 Feb 2017
at 17:01
Re: Looking For Trouble
Luthar was immediately irritated and it showed as blossoming red blotches on his cheeks. He had never been able to hide that most irritating betrayal of his emotional state.
Luthar was getting annoyed. Not only because he was caught unaware, but also because a presumably Imperial bureaucrat had addressed him in an unseemly manner.
The retired Commander usually did not care too much about his title and ever since he had left the Imperial Navy he had not even bothered to insist on being addressed by his Naval Rank either.
But on some occasions, on precious few he had to admit, he did insist.
And this was just such a case.
Luthar tried to recall whether 'Investigator' truly was an official functionary or whether this fellow was just a normal private eye.
Nevertheless Luthar found his gaze drawn to the display on the man's comm unit.
Even though it was more than two decades ago since he had last seen this particular object he did indeed recall it very well.
Since the man was so offending, however, he had no intention of complying with his wishes just so easily.
In a friendly manner - or at least that's what he thought to be friendly - he looked the man in the eyes and answered.
"Mr... Blanchard."
"It is, of course, not an actual necessity but surely a sign of good manners and proper conduct if you were to address me according to what the statutes of the Third Empire regarding nobility regard as, shall we say, common practice."

Luthar's proud moustache lifted at the corners of his mouth as he smiled.
"In case you don't know better, you may address me as Baron Luthar Argot."
"Thank you very much."

He made a pause to make a point, clearly expecting something of an apology.
"Now as to that item."
"First I would not really call it an artefact. As far as I recall it was useless junk. Pretty, yes, but not worth much and most definitely useless. I think I may have given it away or sold it even. Though I couldn't even recall if the effort to do so was worth it."
, he elaborated, acting as if he did not care the least.
But in fact, he was quite intrigued.
Arc Tangent
 Player, 36 posts
Sat 11 Feb 2017
at 17:45
Re: Looking For Trouble
Arc looks at Hans before replying.

"Well, that sounds like something we can handle," he answers. "Let me check with the rest of the team."

He then sends a text message to the others: Luise, Steve, Gahler, IM, Kraig and Roland.

/// Got an offer for some hardware retrieval. Shouldn't take more than a few hours. Are we interested in accepting?///
StarMaster
 GM, 406 posts
 Referee
Sat 11 Feb 2017
at 18:03
Re: Looking For Trouble
=== Luthar ===


"Don't make me laugh, Baron," Blanchard replies. "You're no more a baron than I am. Putting on fancy airs doesn't make you a noble."

"At first glance, the artifact appears to be Ancient, but MRI gets a fuzzy image. Doesn't happen with Ancient devices. I think it's a lot newer... probably Nirami... one of the spin-off species of the Ancients."


He pulls out a small flimsy packet from a pocket and drops it on the table.

"I've done my research. You want off of this mudball. That's a high passage ticket to Dinomn; the Dust Runner is departing for there within 24 hours. It's yours if you tell me where you found it."

As if expecting it to be a long explanation, he swings his haversack onto the table and abruptly sits down. The haversack is a typical carryall/book bag, but Luthar can tell that it's got something substantial in it, both size-wise and weight-wise. It's not inconsistent with the artifact.

Luthar is about to answer when he notices the small hole in Blanchard's forehead and the dead stare.
Ignatius Maor
 Player, 149 posts
 Retired Imperial Scout
Sat 11 Feb 2017
at 21:42
Re: Looking For Trouble
Reminder - to the Stranger: IM then says "No personal questions, just a few technical to make sure we can accommodate. Single cabin? How much cargo space? When do we leave?"


IM looks up from his com. "How do you wish to transfer the funds Mr. uhh...? You have a name we can use?  I'm also contacting the ship and my companions to check when we lift."

To Steve: "I'm getting a name, wouldn't place any bets on how real it is."

To Arc: "Ok, I guess. Depends on when we lift."

To Luise" "Have a 1 McR no questions asked passenger. When do we lift?"


FYI: Talk, Text
Roland Steen
 Player, 133 posts
Sun 12 Feb 2017
at 04:27
Re: Looking For Trouble
In reply to Arc Tangent (msg # 24):

Roland looks up from making a few orders for gear on his pad, then answers.

~To Arc:Sure, if it's not looking shady~
Luthar Argot
 player, 5 posts
 Baron
 Imperial Navy Commander
Sun 12 Feb 2017
at 08:59
Re: Looking For Trouble
Luthar was bristling at the continued insolence, then noticed the blank stare.
"Are you feeling well?", he asked, baffled, thinking the man had just been shot but somehow unable to truly realize the implications, never mind acting accordingly.
Nils Vorkosigan
 NPC, 2 posts
 Mysterious Man
Sun 12 Feb 2017
at 19:16
Re: Looking For Trouble
"You can list me on your passenger roster as John Smith," the stranger replies to IM.

"Departure by nightfall would be preferred, and I have only a backpack for cargo."

"Is your captain and crew agreeable?"



Although IM doesn't actually see Mr. Smith look around, he gets the distinct impression that Mr. Smith sees everything that goes on around him.
StarMaster
 GM, 409 posts
 Referee
Wed 22 Feb 2017
at 00:15
Re: Looking For Trouble
Luthar's naval experiences lets him know that Blanchard is dead... shot between the eyes with a silenced firearm.
Luthar Argot
 player, 10 posts
 Baron
 Imperial Navy Commander
Wed 22 Feb 2017
at 06:58
Re: Looking For Trouble
Luthar would never have believed it possible that a sniper would be able to operate in the startown. The presence of the Naval Base in the orbit around the main world of the system meant that the startown was rather heavily patrolled by naval shore police and even though these they were only empowered with arresting off-duty service personnel it had to be assumed that they would notice and indeed try to prevent an assassination.
Or so he had thought.
As the realisation of the murder hit him, he sprang into Action.
Luthar grabbed the haversack, the ticket and Blanchard's comm with a sweep off the table and then ducked beenath the table, anticipating another shot from the assassin from the direction behind him.
Only then did he think to warn the other customers.
"Sniper !", he shouted.
Luthar glanced about himself, searching for a backdoor.
He counted to three, then hurled himself across the room in a zigzag line to throw off the assassin's aim, rushing through the backdoor into an auxiliary room.
He had to get out of here !
Roland Steen
 Player, 134 posts
Wed 22 Feb 2017
at 23:50
Re: Looking For Trouble
Roland was moving, training kicking in even after all his tie out of the service. he rolled up and over the bar ducking down and drawing his sidearm. He cautiously peeked over the edge of the bar to size up the situation. Keeping his pistol held low and out of sight he focused trying to locate all the windows and doorways an attack could come from.
Gahler Grohlson
 Player, 240 posts
 Merchant
 797997
Thu 23 Feb 2017
at 08:29
Re: Looking For Trouble
"lets move. Trouble is about." Gahler slips from his bench and keeps low as he guides the (million credit) passenger to the exit.
StarMaster
 GM, 410 posts
 Referee
Fri 24 Feb 2017
at 02:42
Re: Looking For Trouble
Roland clearly noticed the two men at the other table, particularly as one of them suddenly sweeps a backpack off the table and ducks under it. Most peculiar behavior, until the man yells out 'Sniper!'

Nothing else at the moment confirms this, making Roland wonder what was really going on. Then he realizes that the other man at that table isn't moving. Roland can't see the man's face, but he guesses the man is probably dead... it would explain the other man's actions and shout.

As the first man makes a zigzag run toward a backdoor, Roland scans the probable direction that the snipe would have had to fire from. Just as a bullet smacks into the doorframe of the door through which the first man just ran, Roland spots what looks like the barrel of a silenced firearm poking out of a ventilation duct.

The bar is at the back of the room. Gahler and his client were seated over to the left of the bar, and Luthar was seated over at the right side of the bar.

Roland realizes that the louvres of the vent probably kept the sniper from depressing his aim sufficiently to hit the other man... if he'd also been a target. As that man ran for the backdoor, the sniper also had trouble getting the right angle, which is why the bullet hit the door frame.

The barrel then disappears.


Gahler quickly escorts his client out the main exit. His client may or may not be a target. Or the sniper just might be a terrorist. Or his first target was meant as a way to flush Mr. Smith 'out into the open'.

Whatever the case, Gahler and Mr. Smith exit the bar without anything else happening.


Luthar managed to make it to the backdoor with only a single bullet smacking into the doorframe as he ran through the door. It led to a hallway with a storeroom and office... and a back door out of the building.
Ignatius Maor
 Player, 150 posts
 Retired Imperial Scout
Fri 24 Feb 2017
at 03:27
Re: Looking For Trouble
IM reacts without thought sliding off his seat to crouch down. He draws his pistol and says "Mr. Smith I thing it's a real good time to head to our ship." He leads the way out the back.
Luthar Argot
 player, 11 posts
 Baron
 Imperial Navy Commander
Fri 24 Feb 2017
at 06:39
Re: Looking For Trouble
Ducking instinctively at the splintering of the plasteel doorframe from the impact of the bullet, the former Navy officer ran on, ignoring the Office and the storeroom to hasten out of the Nexus and on to the streets outside.

He did slow down then, but did not dawdle either.

Luthar walked through the streets of the starport, turning corners at random really to shake off any potential followers.

What had that been about ? He had found that supposed artefact years ago and had all but forgotten about it. Now where had that been ? Some scout had given it to him at the Scout Base at Dentus in Regina subsector as their vessel had refueled there and some cosmetic repair had to be made from a brief encounter with an overly confident smuggler.

Now what was the man's name again ? Tuom Rythle, that was the name. The fellow had claimed he had found the trinket - for at the time Luthar had not even considered it was worth anything at all - beyond the frontier in Vargr territory. Rythle had continued on to elaborate on some trinity star system and a desert world  but to be honest Luthar had not taken well to the exotic drinks served at the base and had not really been able to listen too closely.

Blanchard had acquired a high passage ticket to Dinomn on a vessel called Dust Runner. That system was four parsec away from Ghandi, the Dust Runner must be a pretty powerful ship, pretty high tech anyway. Perhaps Luthar would be well advised not to trust in such uncanny luck, but he was confident that he ought to be able to shake off any pursuers once on board that vessel.

Luthar left from his random path and made for the actual landing site of the starport.

About an hour later, Luthar had manoeuvered through the bureaucracy of startport authority and stood right in front of a berth that was far smaller than he would have anticipated.

Somehat baffled he dawdled and observed the goings on at first. Obviously the vessel was being loaded by local logistics personnel.

Luthar's eyes widened in pleasant surprise as he registered a familiar figure.
Astonished, again something kep picking at the back of his mind that this was just too good to be true, Luthar approached the man with a broad smile.

"Now if that is not the most uncanny luck. Kraig Pars, what a pleasure to meet you again !"

This message was last edited by the GM at 15:40, Fri 24 Feb 2017.

Roland Steen
 Player, 136 posts
Fri 24 Feb 2017
at 08:13
Re: Looking For Trouble
Roland didn't hesitate, a layer of sheet metal and thin wallboard wasn't much protection from his hand cannon. the gauss pistol came up and fired a short burst into the vent and wall around it. walking the burst up from slightly below the vent toward the vent hoping to catch the shooter before he could shimmy away.

he was buying into someone else's problems, but hell had a special place for snipers and assassins.

Contact.... Sniper... air vent!!! He barked as he fired not sure how much was heard over the ear jarring crack of the guass pistol. He didn't bother with a direction anyone who was in the room should be able to tell from the flying wallboard where he was talking about.


03:02, Today: Roland Steen rolled 32 using 8d6 with rolls of 5,4,2,4,3,6,4,4.  autofire burst 4 shots +4 to attack +1 dex, +1 Skill +2 weaapon.

Grouping
4+2= 6(+4)  total 10
4+3= 7(+4)  total 11
4+4= 8(+4)  total 12
6+5= 11(+4) total 15

03:07, Today: Roland Steen rolled 7 using 3d6 with rolls of 3,1,3.  damage shot 4.
03:07, Today: Roland Steen rolled 10 using 3d6 with rolls of 6,2,2.  damage shot 3.
03:06, Today: Roland Steen rolled 13 using 3d6 with rolls of 4,5,4.  damage shot 2.
03:06, Today: Roland Steen rolled 8 using 3d6 with rolls of 2,4,2.  damage shot one.

Gahler Grohlson
 Player, 241 posts
 Merchant
 797997
Fri 24 Feb 2017
at 09:08
Re: Looking For Trouble
"IM we get a taxi at the front pronto."
"See ya at the ship."
Gahler calls out as he exits the front.

As soon as he spots a vacant taxi he hustles Mr Smith in and makes a hasty exit to the area.
Ignatius Maor
 Player, 152 posts
 Retired Imperial Scout
Sun 26 Feb 2017
at 01:25
Re: Looking For Trouble
As he runs around out the back he gets Gahler's message. He heads around to the front with Mr. Smith in tow and hustles him into the waiting taxi. Plopping down into the seat he asks no one in particular "What the hell was all that about."
StarMaster
 GM, 411 posts
 Referee
Thu 9 Mar 2017
at 17:00
Re: Looking For Trouble
Roland gets off several shots in the direction of the sniper, but can't be sure if he hit. Not only is his angle rather oblique, but the construction of starport buildings is usually done with plasteel--a plasticized compound with interlocking fibers that has the tensile strength of steel. Prefab forms can be set up against which is sprayed the plasteel. A few structural beams (plasteel I-beams) keep it in place until it hardens.

The major advantage is that where two walls meet, the plastic essentially welds itself together, so fasteners aren't needed. All in all, it require less man-hours to put up.

However, it is still plastic of sorts. It doesn't stand up to bullets all that much better than wallboard. It easily chips and splinters, but the internal fibers have a tendency to prevent... or limit... penetration.

The indications are that this is probably some sort of professional sniper, as opposed to an amateur, so he's likely got an escape route.

One way or the other, though, there is no additional gunfire from that direction. So either the sniper is dead in the vent, or he's long gone.


Everyone makes it back to the ship without incident... unless Roland wants to wait around for the ensuing police enquiry. Even so, there are vid-cams scattered around the area and probably captured the events on video.
Kraig Pars
 Player, 401 posts
 Former Merchant
 696B73
Sun 12 Mar 2017
at 04:40
Re: Looking For Trouble
Kraig had been seeing to the stowage of cargo as well as performing minor maintenance on the exterior of the ship when a stranger approached.  He glanced up for a moment and then made a double take.  He rose and wiped his hands on a rag and reached out to shake hands.  "Luthar Argot, I never figured to see you again, at least out here.  I'd figured you would be recalled and on the front lines with the war going on."

He took a measuring look of the man.  "Not in uniform so I assume you've not been recalled yet?"  Kraig motioned back to the ship.  "I'm flying on this vessel for the time being.  You want to come aboard?  I can offer you a drink and we can catch up on old times and new."
Luthar Argot
 player, 13 posts
 Baron
 Imperial Navy Commander
Mon 13 Mar 2017
at 06:41
Re: Looking For Trouble
Luthar grabbed Kraig's hand happily. As he mentioned the war, however, his mien soured.
"Well, to be honest, I do doubt that I am in anyone's mind as a potential commander in the war. I left, well, I was actually dismissed. Overeagerness, they said. And seemingly they have sufficient personell to man the vessels that actually do engage."

Kraig noticed that Luthar seemed a bit at unease, quite contrary to his earlier genial greeting and shaking of hands. Luthar kept looking back in the direction of the star port town.
"Yes, Kraig, going aboard sounds like a very good idea, too.", Luthar nodded at the cargo handlers, "If you can leave your post, that is."
Clearly his naval career was making him say that.

As they walked inside, Luthar took in the unusual design of the vessel. This was clearly no Third Imperium design, nor Vargr either, of those Luthar had seen quite a few. He was intrigued, but kept any questions to himself.
Luthar accepted the offered drink and swirled the amber liquid in the glass.
With the other hand Luthar drew out the ticket and showed to Kraig.
"I was informed that this vessel is making for Dinomn. And I have a ticket for the ride.", he said with a smile that did not reach is eyes.
He regretted not delving deeper into the terminal to check the Dust Runner's scheduled departure, but at the time he had been too intent to actually find the vessel and upon seeing Kraig it had slipped his mind.
"Listen, Kraig, I am acually on the run. Or think so anyway."
"Someone in the Nebula Bar Nexus has just shot a man I was talking to, a man who had offered me this same ticket for some information I did not even have. I had intended to leave Ghandi, but I had not even thought of leaving that quickly."
"I have no idea who the shot man truly was, and I have no idea if the sniper is truly looking for me. But I prefer to play on the safe side for now and I do hope that this vessel is leaving soon ?"

This message was last edited by the player at 08:17, Tue 14 Mar 2017.

Roland Steen
 Player, 138 posts
Mon 13 Mar 2017
at 20:47
Re: Looking For Trouble
Roland left the bar as soon as the last of his shipmates made their exit. holstering  his weapon as soon as he was out the door and moving  at a fairly reserved pace once he was on the street to avoid drawing attention to himself.


He made a Bee-line straight back to the Dust Runner pausing only occasionally t make sure no one was following him and sweep the street for anyone too interested in him as he made his way back to the ship.

"Well so much  for shore leave." He muttered into his comdot on t he ships frequency as he stepped back into the ship and made his way to the ships locker to stow some of his gear. Keeping his sidearm handy until thy were off the ground again."Anyone have any idea of what all that was about?"
Kraig Pars
 Player, 402 posts
 Former Merchant
 696B73
Thu 16 Mar 2017
at 02:34
Re: Looking For Trouble
Kraig frowned slightly at the mention of Lothar's current situation.  "I'm sorry to hear that you got in trouble Lothar.  I always thought you were a fine commander and a stand up officer."  He shook his head.  "Well, let's hope that the war continues far away from us.  I have no idea to get conscripted or to be the subject of privateers or a smash and run operation by deep strike raiders."  He noted the uneasiness and motioned toward the ship.  "Come on aboard then, we'll be departing in an hour or less once all the passengers and crew are back aboard.  I can escort you as far as the captain at least."

He poured a couple of stiff drinks with the practiced hand of long experience with passengers.  "I think you can use something stiff my friend."  When Lothar produced the ticket Kraig gave a low whistle and smiled.  "Well welcome aboard, I expect I'll be serving your needs on the trip as I take turns as the steward as well as piloting."  Kraig frowned again at the mention of trouble. "Well, we are leaving very shortly Lothar.  You can stay aboard and short of being boarded by the police dirtside or customs as we head out to the Jump point you'll be safe.  Let me introduce you to the captain and I'll see if I can't get things going more quickly with our departure."
Luthar Argot
 player, 21 posts
 Baron
 Imperial Navy Commander
Thu 16 Mar 2017
at 14:36
Re: Looking For Trouble
To Dust Runner Other Areas #46
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