Adventure 5: Looking For Trouble.   Posted by StarMaster.Group: 0
StarMaster
 GM, 387 posts
 Referee
Fri 25 Nov 2016
at 20:11
Looking For Trouble
Arc, Steve and Hans (not sure if IM was going with them) head off the ship and into the starport.

The starport would not be the first stop if you are looking for something on the planet, but patrons do frequent the bars just in case there are some people like yourselves that just came off a ship and are looking to earn some extra money.

Most of the starport patrons are looking for someone for a problem off-world. If that's of interest to you, then by all means start with the starport bars.

Being a Class B Starport, there aren't any super-fancy bars in the starport as the rich and powerful simply don't hang out there.

A quick look at a directory shows the following bars listed in the starport hub:

The Belter's Bar & Grill
The Starfire Club
The Abyss
Grapthar's Hammer
Andromeda
Holy Klono's Balls
Nexus
The Black Hole
Ignatius Maor
 Player, 141 posts
 Retired Imperial Scout
Sat 26 Nov 2016
at 20:53
Looking For Trouble
IM will come along. "I ought to be able to help out. I'd say finding who's most desperate to leave will be the one's willing to pay the most. After all wandering around bars after information, it's what I do, uh did, in the Scouts you know."
Steve Cable
 NPC in Memoriam, 342 posts
 ex-Scout
 Salvage Hunter
Sun 27 Nov 2016
at 20:58
Looking For Trouble
"Too many fraggin' choices!" Steve grouses as he surveys the directory.

"If the Belter's Bar is actually what it professes to be, then any job there is apt to involve claim-jumping out in the Belt. That tickle anyone's fancy?"

"Otherwise, let's stop in at the Outfitters and ask for a recommendation. We don't want the best bar, cause no one there is likely to be interested in a job, so no patrons. Likewise, not the worst. Opposite reason. Disreputable sorts willing to take a disreputable if not outright illegal job. We don't want that kind of heat on this planet at this time... even if we are so inclined."


He goes over the directory again, notes the 'you are here' X, and locates the nearest Outfitter. Galaxy. Not surprising. They had their fingers in every starport from Terra to the Core!

"This one should do. They're big, but they've got a good rep. Should have a decent recommendation."

He heads over to that establishment.
Ignatius Maor
 Player, 142 posts
 Retired Imperial Scout
Mon 28 Nov 2016
at 00:31
Looking For Trouble
IM sits at a station "Let's see what's what around here." He looks up information on the various bars, especially the hangouts of the Mercs and Free Traders.
StarMaster
 GM, 389 posts
 Referee
Mon 28 Nov 2016
at 06:29
Looking For Trouble
IM gets a general sense from the Web that Mercs tend to hang out at Holy Klono's Balls, while Free Traders probably prefer Nexus.


Steve gets the same recommendation from Galaxy Outfitters. Nexus and Andromeda are the primary hangout for Traders. The Starfire Club is a bit upscale. Captains and lesser nobles and reasonably rich people go there.

Spacehands go to Grapthar's Hammer and the Black Hole, while the more unsavory characters visit the Abyss.
Gahler Grohlson
 Player, 229 posts
 Merchant
 797997
Sat 10 Dec 2016
at 21:52
Looking For Trouble
Strolling along the course-way, Gahler spotted Steve and co coming out of the Galaxy Outfitters. "There they are Roland."
Quickening his step he joined them.
"So which bar you lads doing over first?"
Ignatius Maor
 Player, 144 posts
 Retired Imperial Scout
Sun 11 Dec 2016
at 01:15
Looking For Trouble
"I'd suggest the free traders hangout Nexus. Probably someone looking for a ride there."
IM pauses and then adds "Or we could go to the mercenaries dive Klono's Balls. Might find some more desperate and willing to pay to get off planet."
Steve Cable
 NPC in Memoriam, 343 posts
 ex-Scout
 Salvage Hunter
Wed 14 Dec 2016
at 18:39
Looking For Trouble
"Mercs looking for a ride off planet are either desperate or... well, not very nice people. Probably both," Steve replied.

"Nexus first, then. That's where anyone looking for a ride off planet is likely to go looking."

"Wait a minute. So just what are we looking for? I thought we were looking for Trouble. If we're just looking for passengers, did anyone check The List?"



OOC: This would be like Craig's List... anyone looking for passage off planet but can't afford a standard luxury line fare... or else there is no spaceline where they want to go... or else they are trying to avoid detection/tracking... can just post on The List... they don't usually post what they are willing to pay... but will put whatever restrictions they'll put up with--double occupancy, how many in-between stops they'll put up with, whether they'll serve as working crew, etc.
Gahler Grohlson
 Player, 230 posts
 Merchant
 797997
Wed 14 Dec 2016
at 21:22
Looking For Trouble
"I put a post on the List already. With the next two stops to Regina." Gahler replied with a smile.
Roland Steen
 Player, 128 posts
Mon 26 Dec 2016
at 11:56
Looking For Trouble
"Morning gents." Rutger tipped his finger to is forehead in a casual  semi salute."Sounds like a good plan....Mercs...yeah they have credits. And not many of them can pilot a ship so they tend not to try anything too stupid. As  long as you make sure their  toys are locked away and they have to rely on their fists"
StarMaster
 GM, 392 posts
 Referee
Mon 26 Dec 2016
at 17:32
Looking For Trouble
The Abyss is pretty much like a Star Wars cantina... just without so many aliens, but variant humans and cyborgs might be encountered. Again, no one in there looking for a way off-planet is someone you'd want to transport.

Heading to Nexus first, a couple of opportunities present themselves.


IM finds a potential client sitting in a dark corner. He had a server buy IM a drink in exchange for conversation. The person is a male (not sure; his face is hidden in shadow but unless his name is Lola, he's probably male). He starts out looking for off-world information... anything that wouldn't appear in the newsies. IM realizes this is just a gambit to get a handle on IM, his ship, where it's been and where it's going. Once he's satisfied that the Dust Runner is going where he wants, he makes an offer.



Gahler gets a comm from a Mrs. Tennyson. She and her husband would like to purchase middle passage to Dinomn.


Everyone else is trying to get drunk, act nonchalant, and look like they are... available.

At least one of you spots the woman enter the bar. She appears to be in her 30s, mildly attractive with green hair, seems to be a bit agitated, and scans the room before coming to far into the place. At first, her gaze passes over your group, but then, apparently not finding any other likely candidates, she gives you a second look. She types something on her wrist-comm before walking over to the bar and ordering a drink. She then takes her drink and walks directly over to your table.

As she pulls up a chair from another table and sits down at yours without being asked, the server brings another round of drinks for everyone.

"I hear you boys are looking for trouble. I've got a heap of it. Interested?" she says.
Ignatius Maor
 Player, 145 posts
 Retired Imperial Scout
Mon 26 Dec 2016
at 21:17
Looking For Trouble
IM nods to the gent "If you don't mind I'm going to signal my partner over there so we can finalize the transaction."

With assent he send a quick text comm to Steve "Over here. 1 Mil to Regina, no questions."

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?"
Nils Vorkosigan
 NPC, 1 post
 Mysterious Man
Mon 26 Dec 2016
at 21:45
Looking For Trouble
"Single cabin is preferred, but not necessary," the man replies as he leans forward so that his low voice will be heard and a flash of reflected light catches his face, revealing that he's just wearing a hoodie with the hood pulled up to cover his brightly-hued reddish-orange hair.

"No significant cargo; I travel light. Departure... as soon as possible," he adds, pulling back into the shadows. "I have business off-world and time is money, but I have no desire to put your ship at an inconvenience."
Gahler Grohlson
 Player, 231 posts
 Merchant
 797997
Mon 26 Dec 2016
at 22:08
Looking For Trouble
quote:
Gahler gets a comm from a Mrs. Tennyson. She and her husband would like to purchase middle passage to Dinomn.

"Thank you for your inquiry for passage to Dinomn. I have added you both to the passenger list."
"You are aware high passage has priority, Mrs. Tennyson."

Roland Steen
 Player, 130 posts
Thu 29 Dec 2016
at 12:14
Looking For Trouble
While the rest of the group is busy Roland makes his way to the bar and orders himself a drink. A tall one, which only takes an occasional sip from. Then sizes up the crowd and keeps an eye out for either opportunitiy, or trouble. He doesnt bother to be overly subtle in his attention to his new crewmates. nor does he bother to cover the sidearmm on his hip.

As he watches he types out a message to inform his former employers of the loss of his last ship and most of the crew. and sends it off to the mail servers.
Steve Cable
 NPC in Memoriam, 344 posts
 ex-Scout
 Salvage Hunter
Tue 3 Jan 2017
at 02:55
Looking For Trouble
After receiving IM's comm-text, he discretely tries to catch a glimpse of the person wanting passage without appearing to be concerned or interested.

He then types back:

"Sounds suspicious... kind of like us. Got a name? I can do a web-search for him while you finalize the transaction."
StarMaster
 GM, 397 posts
 Referee
Tue 3 Jan 2017
at 03:01
Looking For Trouble
"Yes, we understand that High Passage has priority over Middle Passage, should you get such a request," Mrs. Tennyson replies to Gahler.

"It's Dinomh; not much demand for passage in that direction. Not sure your ship will be at the top of anyone's list, either."
Ignatius Maor
 Player, 147 posts
 Retired Imperial Scout
Tue 3 Jan 2017
at 03:36
Looking For Trouble
IM responds to Steve. "Don't know, probably comes under the no questions asked. Probably ought to go for it."
Hans Matherson
 Player, 103 posts
 Ex Scout
Tue 3 Jan 2017
at 04:23
Looking For Trouble
He and Arc were having a drink with the others when the woman walked up and sat at their table.

"Well, I'd say we aren't so much looking for trouble as looking to fix someone else's trouble," he answers the woman, seeing as everyone else seems to be busy with something. "So you've come to the right place... or at least the right people."

"On the other hand, we don't want to waste your time. Can you give us a concise idea of what you want us to do? That way, if it's within our ability, you go into more detail. Otherwise, you can seek out someone else."


He wasn't that good at negotiations, and he knew it, but at least he didn't scare the potential client away.
Gahler Grohlson
 Player, 233 posts
 Merchant
 797997
Mon 9 Jan 2017
at 07:01
Re: Looking For Trouble
StarMaster:
"Yes, we understand that High Passage has priority over Middle Passage, should you get such a request," Mrs. Tennyson replies to Gahler.

"It's Dinomh; not much demand for passage in that direction. Not sure your ship will be at the top of anyone's list, either."

Knowing it is best to be polite to prospective clients, Gahler replies, "You are indeed correct Mrs. Tennyson and we look forward to you joining us for the passage."