Scattered Seeds

They Speak for the Truffula II
In which they act like tourists...

Phoenix, Eden, and Tennan dock on High Fjord.  The station is a large, spindle-shaped asteroid that has been spun up to provide artificial gravity in the tunnels inside; it is home to about 1.5M people.  The docking array sits at the end, staying still relative to the system for ease of docking.

After customs checks they wander the ring of the station closest to the docks, and eventually settle to eat at Haraal Marid’s Noodles.  Marid is a relatively genial man, and despite the fact that he doesn’t seem to believe the group are just ordinary traders out on the town, he talks with them extensively about New Greenland, it’s history, peoples, etc.  They learn that some 1800 years ago there was some sort of split over religious differences and the more religions portions of the Haraal people moved off, mostly settling in Veranda.  Subsequently the New Geenland government has banned all forms of religion and religions activity.

Marid repeated urges the group to go see the High Fjord municipal museum.  He offers the contact information for his cousin Suuraad who lives in one of the surface cities as a local guide should the group want to visit the surface.  He recommends the Port Club as a place where business is done and deals are made for traders; also the James Bar, Sophie’s Strip Club, and the shows at the Sarapin.

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They Speak for the Truffula I

Cal watches as Maria spends more and more time with Phoenix on the trip back through Ruin to Reich V.  Maria herself seems a little shell-shocked by the experiences of mission, and turns to Phoenix for comfort.  Eventually Eden and Phoenix hatch a plan to follow through some of the expected rituals of Reich military life surrounding deaths in combat; they set out a table with empty places (with personal effects) and full shot glasses for each of the fallen, and proceed to sit and get drunk with Maria while Cal records things remotely.  Eventually Phoenix and Maria stumble off to bed, waking late in the morning.  Afterwards Maria seems to be happier and more stable.

Debriefing in Reich V space goes smoothly, and the crew says goodbye to Maria there.

Debriefing back on Mwenye is somewhat more strenuous.  The team meets with Sara, who has been promoted to some sort of Vice President's position and is interested in continuing to utilize the team for high-risk situations.  Phoenix and Eden propose that the team travel to Lorax to see if they can find any information about the Hummingfish Collective there, and Sara agrees, but it is requested that Cal stay behind to further discuss with Sara and some of her operatives information about his experiences with the exosuit.

Phoenix, Eden, and Tennan debark for Lorax, with plans to stop and do some investigating in New Greenland and Crystal 9.  Their slip transition to New Greenland from Reich V goes badly, and they spin off into the system, bleeding heat.  It takes a couple of extra weeks to limp into the High Fjord station near the planet, and they have engine trouble on the way in.  They're assisted by a maintenance tug captained by a Haraal Masel.  His mechanics, a crew of 3 crabs head out to try and fix the damage.  One of the crabs, Mechanic First Class Reimann, calls in and explains the trouble, and they set about fixing it.  Masel sends over an electronic pamphlet which discusses several of the different human subspecies that live in New Greenland, including the crabs, the Haraal, and the most-frequently occurring Rast people, who look pretty much like normal humans but who have matte-black skin and who can live in climates unmodified humans would find extremely uncomfortable and who require few calories to survive.

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Previous Missions
The story so far...

Previous Missions

A Derelict

The team, designated Expeditionary Group Tango X-Ray 6, is asked to investigate a derelict spacecraft in the Ruin system. They do, and find that it is a Reich V craft that has been destroyed by something internal and doused with leaking radiation. They narrowly escape getting entailed with a Reich V military craft that has also come to investigate the wreck.

A Political Prisoner

They are then sent to Tesla to extract a prisoner known as Kala Rados who has been charged with fomenting revolution or something similar. She is a member of a terrorist group known as the Humming Fish Collective, and on their way to deliver her to a black site in the ruin system she tries to convince them of the rightness of the Collective's aims, and almost succeeds.

A Ring

They then are ordered to Roanoke to find out what a Reich V military mission is doing there; Sara comes along. They follow the Reich soldiers through the wasteland and watch as they are wiped out by huge creatures of mixed organic and technological origin. Then they go to the site that Sara thinks the soldiers were headed for, and there they encounter some sort of stealthed wall-crawling creatures and they have a fight, where Sara is injured. They are "rescued" by one of the "glittering ones," who lives under the surface in a world created for him by some sort of simulation or nanotech. He repairs the damage done to Sara with technology that not only heals her but somehow enhances her. They leave and go to Skullport, where they are "judged" by Diogenes and others. The judgment is that they can go if they submit to inspection for forbidden technology; and they are asked to both take Tennan along and to act as a liaison between LG and Roanoke. Roanoke creates a blockade at the slip knots to prevent unauthorized entry, and the ship the Reich V military ship is destroyed.

Politics

Back in Mwenye, after extensive debriefing and some R&R, Sara is playing a dangerous game trying to balance multiple factions inside LG: some who see unrestrained BioTech use as a danger and some who see it as an opportunity. She seems determined to work with the faction that wants to restrain or control the technology. The team is attacked by some faction working in collusion with internal security, and Sara sends them out to get them away from the problems.

A Frozen World

They go to Veranda in search of Amana Sen, who disappeared there while doing something maybe slightly shady. She's the daughter of the VP of Operations of Starburst Shipping. There they work undercover for some time. Two "goes native" and takes a job maintaining the mysterious T4 station which is the "habitable" world's only high port. Cal joins them as their new team member. They meet the Haraal for the first time, and find that the Haraal are holding Amana, maybe for her own protection. They agree to perform a favor for the Haraal in exchange for them releasing Amana to the team's custody, but on the way to perform the favor (stop a terrorist attack by the Humming Fish Collective by capturing or killing the terrorists) they find they are too late, and the mining station is badly damaged with much loss of life. They help out, and find the terrorists as they board an evacuation ship weeks later. They intercept the evacuation ship and board it with the permission of the captain, and they kill both of the terrorists when they resist arrest.

A Double-Cross

Expeditionary Group Tango X-Ray 6 is then asked to work undercover as "independent contractors" and take work with a Reich V intelligence unit who is trying to steak some extreme biotech from the IBI facility on the Hive’s moon known as Anaph. They successfully take the job and are successfully working it, working undercover in temporary roles inside the IBI facility. Cal discovers that the exo-suits that they are supposed to "steal" technical information on (actually they’re "stealing" honeypot information) are actually symbionts which "attach" to a human. Their plans are thrown into disarray when a fuel tanker hijacked by the Humming Fish Collective sets a course to crash into the facility. Using the suits and their own wits, the team narrowly escapes. Although much of the facility is intact, it is badly damaged.

They Speak for the Truffula

The team decides to investigate the Humming Fish Collective more, and so are on their way to Lorax through New Greenland and Crystal 9.

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