Vortex

FATE 3e "Vortex" Update 5a.31
Nobody touches Aughest-vor!

Fellow role-players, here are Josh’s and my notes for Session 5a.31 of the " Vortex " space opera campaign. Team 1 met on Monday, 23 April 2012, and has used FATE 3e Starblazer Adventures /Mindjammer, Bulldogs , and Limitless Horizons .

In one future, humanity has begun to colonize the Sol system, but ecological degradation and internecine conflicts persist. Open and official First Contact with Galactic societies, themselves at war, threaten Terra’s very survival. Will heroes rise to the challenges?

Two aliens and their human allies encountered xenophobes and megacorporate intrigues on and around Earth. After visiting factionalized Mars and acquiring a starship, they continued their mission of diplomacy and exploration on their way to the interstellar crossroads of Oasis Station….

>>FATE 3e " Vortex " Team 1 (5a), crew of the Blackbird :

-" Syzygy " [Brian W.]-Trinoid (trilateral amphibious alien) xenologist with an organic laboratory and a pet cat named “Mr. Sniffles”

-" Tela " [Sara F.]-female Tharian (winged gargoyle-like alien) escapee from the Encegulans; engineer with boyfriend Kedar

-" Chris McKee/Agent Prometheus " [Josh C.]-male Terran cyborg human sniper working for eugenicists at Black Box Security Co.

-" Aughest-vor …" [Jason E.R.]-male human from the Lemuria orbital city, onetime dilettante, solar-sail racer, pilot

-" Lt. Kevin Reese " [Bruce K.]-male Terran cyborg human, burned-out officer and explorer in the Interplanetary Patrol

-" Scoop Chang " [Rich C.G.]-male Jovian “near-human,” interstellar reporter kidnapped by the Olvar; psi interested in First Contacts

-" Tariq Asrad Saladin " [Beruk A./absent]-male Terran “near-human,” seeker of enlightenment and investigator met aboard the Ma’ari ship Cyan Horizon

-" Gombo Shisel " [Rich L./absent]-male Mongolian/Martian human, former horse rancher and wilderness survival expert; left at Camp Alpha

-" Dr. Bucket " [Non-Player Character]-United Earth Authority astromech robot assigned to the Blackbird

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>>" From the journal of Agent Prometheus, 1 to 8 December 2194 A.D./C.E. or 0 Terran Galactic Era :" After scouting deep space, we and our alien passengers successfully used a Precursor jump gate to travel from Oasis Station to Epsilon Eridani, cutting several weeks off of normal Transit (faster-than-light) travel time.

Syzygy told Hannah Nydari [Sara/N.P.C.] that he would take her to fellow representatives of the Kharvamid Alliance in the Sol system. The robed Olvar (mammal-like arboreal alien) planned to report on the murder of her fellow agents.

Dr. Bucket asked Tela for astronomy and other technical data to share with the United Earth Authority (U.E.A.). The Tharian engineer complied and told her boyfriend Kedar about the wonders of Earth’s biosphere.

I didn’t expect Black Box Security Co. to approve of the removal of my cyberware , so I prepared recordings in case I’m killed. Tariq Asrad Saladin tuned into a news burst from Terra and its colonies, finding increasing conflict along regional, racial, ideological, and megacorp lines. Ru’ulok (heavy-gravity, reptilian alien) plans for FTL drives had also been distributed.

Aughest-vor… communicated with the Shaka Zulu battle group in solar polar orbit and set a course for his home, Lemuria, in Earth orbit. The hotshot pilot traversed the Sol system in record time, surprising local authorities aboard the U.E.V. Ilokar . Aughest also found that the Jovian/Cestolar mining operation at Tyche , of which we own shares, has been very profitable.

Lt. Kevin Reese sent an initial report to Col. Shan Gray at Port Lowell in the Mars Confederacy!. Meshi Chabo, a Laransan (telepathic humanoid) pilgrim, was unable to cheer up the Interplanetary Patrol officer after he discreetly inquired about his sister-in-law Jennifer, who was living with Nick Cheney. Kevin believed that Cheney murdered his wife Heather at Namor-Asperagen.

Scoop Chang edited recordings of Aughest-vor’s exploits , carefully removing his own participation in skirmishes on the Cyan Horizon and in Oasis Station. The journalist was excited to share news of numerous First Contacts between humans and extraterrestrials.

The welcoming party at Lemuria’s space dock included camera robots, armored guards, and Aughest’s hated cousin Raine Ushu , an executive at Vimeco with a claim on Tyche. Syzygy and Tela looked for the first available shuttle to the planet’s surface, while Tariq and I hung back in the shadows. Scoop had Eyebot EVE play his “highlight reel” and record Aughest-vor’s triumphant return and verbal sparring with his kinsman.

Kevin then escorted Hannah, Meshi, and Plorb [Beruk/N.P.C.] to a lounge, where they eventually met representatives from the U.E.A. and the Kharvamid Alliance. Aquarian (amphibious humanoid) emissary Plorb again asked for aid relocating refugees from the Zarkonian Armada.

Capt. Wu Hanbei [Brian/N.P.C.], the tough commander of the U.E.V. Babieca , listened to Lt. Reese’s praise of our civilian shipmates and warning about the Zurmiz Krott /Harbinger of the Order of Submission (madness-inducing Zarkonian probe). Trinoid xenologist Sudoku compared notes with Syzygy, who was cautiously optimistic about humanity’s potential.

Tela gave Lt. Deepfisher, a Saturnian Delphine (" Uplifted " dolphin) astrogator, a quick tour of the Blackbird . Sgt. Ling Bao, an I.P. mecha driver , said that U.E.A. high command would likely want to follow up on our group’s reports, but 24 hours of shore leave was acceptable. Plorb, Hannah, and Meshi disembarked for further debriefing and to dine with their new human allies in the U.E.A. capital of Rio de Janeiro.

Even though Guanabara Bay was polluted, Syzygy enjoyed swimming under an open sky with Plorb and Sizzlezorm [David I.S./N.P.C.]. Three-armed Sizzlezorm again reassigned the poor biologist, this time to stay with us, his Terran companions, even as we continue scouting. Syzygy was just getting ready to say goodbye to Earth’s oceans and adopt out his pet cat Mr. Sniffles.

Tela enjoyed climbing and gliding with Kedar in the remnants of the Amazon jungle. Scoop insisted on coming with me as I prepared to report to Black Box, even though Kevin recommended that I wait for the organization to look for Agent Prometheus. I later got a call to meet in Rio, not far from where we had first met at the " beanstalk ."

Lt. Reese and Tariq went to Armstrong City in the Lunar Free State, where they met with Adm. Hunter. The U.E.A. officer (in a new uniform partly inspired by Aughest’s designs) offered Kevin command of a task force of 12 ships. The admiral also offered Tariq an intelligence position with Homeworld Security.

Now that humanity was just beginning to expand to the stars, the threat of the approaching Zarkonian Armada was of prime concern to Adm. Hunter. Lt. Reese and Tariq asked whether the Blackbird and its crew could be part of their task force and for time to consider their offers.

Meanwhile, Aughest-vor inquired about another solar-sail regatta , this time near Mercury. The onetime dilettante also pulled a “cousin Oliver,” outmaneuvering Raine and using some of our profits from Tyche to set up a new company of his own. Aughest then went with Tariq to meet reporter Monica Harper at a bar in Rio.

As it turned out, Tela and Kedar were also going to Restaurant Martello, a Carnivale-themed establishment in a former cathedral. Afraid of another public relations disaster, Kevin called Scoop and me for backup.

Aughest-vor was pleasantly surprised to find Ms. Harper in a slinky gown, but Tariq was wary as usual. The interviewer “accidentally” scratched Aughest with her long fingernails, and he soon succumbed to an apparent poison attack.

Feisty Tela protectively yelled, “Nobody touches Aughest-vor!” and slammed cyborg Monica with an ice bucket. Syzygy monitored communications, and Tariq tried to divert local security. I realized with horror that Harper was an assassin from Black Box or Terra Prime !

Scoop kept recording the fracas, and Kevin and I shot some waiters who were in cahoots with Harper. Tariq disarmed another with his collapsible staff. Tela fired her electromagnetic pulse gun. We took the Tiger Hawk Sandstorm to rush Aughest back to Syzygy for treatment while Lt. Reese filed police reports.

We eventually regrouped at the Blackbird in Earth orbit. Syzygy, Kevin, and Aughest told us about potential assignments for exploration, security, and trade, respectively. Tela, Kedar, and Scoop expressed interest in staying together as a crew , while Tariq was worried about fragmenting Terran politics, and I still had to deal with my obviously former handlers at Black Box. We’re not sure of our next moves, but the sky’s the limit ….

Thanks again, Josh, for your notes! I hope that everyone enjoyed our final " Vortex " session for now. Thanks also to Brian for hosting! With both space opera teams now on hiatus, I look forward to participating in various other games for the summer.

On Sunday nights, we’re in the middle Josh’s " Spelljammer : the Show Must Go On " space fantasy miniseries (using FATE 3e Legends of Anglerre and Google+/ Tabletop Forge ). The telecom group will eventually return to my long-running " Vanished Lands " fantasy campaign (which has used Pathfinder , Skype , and an online dice roller ).

On Mondays, Jason’s homebrew " Glassworks " superheroes (using Marvel Heroic Roleplaying ) are off to a strong start in Team 1’s time slot. Rich has offered to run the " Way of the Wicked " adventure path for Pathfinder , and Bruce is planning a " Conan " sword-and-sorcery scenario, also using Pathfinder. I look forward to trying them all out! -Gene

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Race to the gate
Vortex Update 5a30

Fellow role-players, here are my notes for Session 5a.30 of the “Vortex” space opera campaign. Team 1 met on Monday, 2 April 2012, and is using FATE 3e Starblazer Adventures/Mindjammer, Bulldogs, Diaspora , and Limitless Horizons .

In one future, humanity has begun to colonize the Sol system, but ecological degradation and internecine conflicts persist. Open and official First Contact with Galactic societies, themselves at war, threaten Terra’s very survival. Will heroes rise to the challenges?

Two aliens and their human allies encountered xenophobes and megacorporate intrigues on and around Earth. After visiting factionalized Mars and acquiring a starship, they continued their mission of diplomacy and exploration on their way to the interstellar crossroads of Oasis Station ….
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>>FATE 3e “VortexTeam 1 (5a), crew of the Blackbird :

  • Syzygy [Brian W.]-Trinoid (trilateral amphibious alien) xenologist with an organic laboratory and a pet cat named Mr. Sniffles
  • Tela [Sara F.]-female Tharian (winged gargoyle-like alien) escapee with boyfriend Kedar from the Encegulans, engineer
  • Aughest vor [Jason E.R.]-male human from the Lemuria orbital city, onetime dilettante, solar-sail racer, pilot
  • Lieutenant Kevin Reese [Bruce K.]-male Terran cyborg human, burned-out officer and explorer in the Interplanetary Patrol
  • Scoop Chang [Rich C.G.]-male Jovian “near-human,” interstellar reporter kidnapped by the Olvar; psi interested in First Contacts
  • Chris McKee AKA Agent Prometheus [Josh C./absent]-male Terran cyborg human sniper working for eugenicists at Black Box Security Co.
  • Tariq Asrad Saladin [Beruk A./absent]-male Terran “near-human,” seeker of enlightenment and investigator met aboard the Ma’ari ship “Cyan Horizon”
  • Gombo Shisel [Rich L./absent]-male Mongolian/Martian human, former horse rancher and wilderness survival expert; left at Camp Alpha
  • Dr. Bucket [Non-Player Character]-United Earth Authority astromech robot assigned to the Blackbird

>>"_26 to 30 November 2194 A.D./C.E. or 0 Terran Galactic Era_ :" After a long journey, the crew of the Blackbird encountered Encegulan slavers and a hostile Zurmiz Krott probe. The explorers also found a missing Kharvamid Alliance agent and participated in a dangerous solar-sail regatta .

Syzygy contacts Marvog, a Cetaran (plesiosaur-like ) miner and aide to Plorb [Beruk/N.P.C.]. Marvog says that the Aquarian (amphibious humanoid ) emissary canceled a meeting in Sector 8 , also known as “the Lagoon,” after his and deceased racer T’chlk T’cha’s [Rich/N.P.C.] hotel suite was destroyed by an explosion.

Marvog says that Plorb may instead have gone to Meshi Chabo, a Laransan (long-lived telepathic humanoid) pilgrim and fellow refugee from the Zarkonian Armada. Lt. Kevin Reese tracks her down to Zone 5, or “the Dueling Suns.”

Meanwhile, engineer Tela and her boyfriend Kedar go around. The winged, tailed Tharians draw some attention because they’re unusual, but they manage to avoid the slug-like Encegulans. Civilians Aughest-vor… and Scoop Chang practice their marksmanship in the Blackbird ’s holographic computer room, much to the exasperation of sniper Chris McKee.

Tariq Asrad Saladin chats with new passenger Hannah Nydari [Sara/N.P.C.], an Olvar (mammal-like, arboreal alien) agent for the Kharvamid Alliance. The crew eventually regroups to go to the Dueling Suns.

Aughest-vor pilots the Olvar scout vessel from Sector 11, “the Swift Course.” Syzygy notes that Sector 5 is home to the Monastery of Infinite Forms and the Cyclist Cathedral but is ruled by an oligarchy composed of Ru’ulok (heavy-gravity reptiles), Ma’ari (diminutive pale wanderers ), and Encegulans.

Kevin asks Tariq and Chris to stay aboard the Blackbird to keep the ship — and Mr. Sniffles, Dr. Bucket, Kedar, and Hannah — safe. The Interplanetary Patrol officer has difficulty getting local authorities to recognize his badge, and he warns the investigator and sniper to be ready for a hasty retreat (using the Yoyodyne Oscillation Overthruster ) if needed.

With some help, Scoop uses his robot EVE to hack into Ru’ulok surveillance. The journalist finds a concentration of Laransans and Aquarians at the Cyclist Cathedral. He, Syzygy, Tela, Aughest, and Lt. Reese find their way to the soaring crystal spires of the alien religious conclave.

Once there, they hear Klushar Grovyk preaching that Cyclist adherents are entitled access to the “gift of their forefathers,” no doubt a reference to a Precursor jump gate recently discovered in a nearby star system. Selfrana Lenk, a Ma’ari sage, explains that Cyclists want to hasten the eternal cycle of death and rebirth.

Xenologist Syzygy says Grovyk is a Dwivarn, a member of a lizard-like species that denies it was once an ""Uplift":http://www.sjgames.com/uplift/ " client of the Ru’ulok. Curious Tela uses her tail to flirt with some of the congregation, while Aughest-vor (“friend to all”) tries to get a sense of the crowd’s mood.

Kevin, who has smuggled weapons into the orbital habitat , watches Ru’ulok guards. He manages to befriend one named Rogik by mentioning Kerenar’s victory in the recent regatta. Scoop senses telepathic probes and psionically shields the away team.
The Terrans spot Plorb and walk toward him. However, so do some of the Ru’ulok, raising fears of a would-be assassin. Meshi Chabo momentarily blocks their way until Lt. Reese explains that he’s there to help secure the ambassador.

Scoop uses his Eyebot to interfere with the Ru’ulok cameras and communications to cover their retreat. Kevin offers to bring Meshi and Plorb back to the Sol system, where they can petition the United Earth Authority for aid. They reluctantly accept.

Syzygy meets with fellow Trinoid scientist Selenium [Josh/N.P.C.] to share data. While they are biologically linked, Syzygy learns that Oasis Station security forces have had difficulty containing nanites from the defeated Zurmiz Krott. Syzygy is also alarmed to realize that Selenium has been cast out of the research institutes for his advocacy of aggressive " Uplift ," and he quickly excuses himself.

Tela assigns quarters to the newcomers, who must share cabins with the " Blackbird ‘s" regular crew. Plorb doesn’t mind the damp chamber of fellow amphibian Syzygy and his living lab. Tela and Kedar stay in engineering, and Dr. Bucket remains with the robotic spiders in a supply closet.

Chris and Tariq warily share quarters, and Aughest-vor takes care of Syzygy’s cat Mr. Sniffles. Kevin happily hosts the attractive Meshi. Scoop talks with guest Hannah about geology. Aughest sets a course for the jump gate, whose location Lt. Reese had obtained from Gustrall (orange-furred, flightless raptor) mercenary Nylca of clan Firehoof [Brian/N.P.C.].

The biomechanical ship emerges from faster-than-light Transit at the edge of Penumbra, a barely inhabitable star system. Three capital ships patrol local space amid disputing claims . Syzygy and Hannah easily identify the sweeping curves of an Olvar starship.

Tariq and Chris recognize the boxy design of a Ru’ulok cruiser. Syzygy and Scoop check the “Morifaiwet/Blackbird ’s” database to identify the third battleship, which resembles a conch, as that of the neutral Sulishi (furry snails).

Kevin transmits a code he got from Nylca and claims that he’s with “Team Icarus” to study the Precursor artifact. Wadishi San, the Sulishi in charge of the archaeologists studying the jump gate, accepts their request to come to his base on a rockball planet’s surface.

The landing party disembarks on a windswept landing pad and is escorted into the science station by Vungo, a Daragi (silicon-based giant) guard. Syzygy and Tela are fascinated by the tree-like alien, who takes them to a mess hall.

Vungo introduces the team to fellow sentry Slarp, an Encegulan. Tela tries to hide behind her companions, but she is impressed by the equipment that Nolath (arachnid) engineer Lek’to is using to study the device.

P’nz’kr (“Penzikor”) shows Syzygy unidentified carved objects. With the insectoid Nethian ’s help, the Trinoid finds that they may have been shaped by biological processes but are not organic themselves.

Troshar Jund, a Cestolar (literal-minded, badger-like) treasure hunter, talks with Aughest-vor and Chris, who is interested in ancient alien history and religions. Scoop tries to scan telepathically, but his mysterious fedora doesn’t help him for once. They relay their findings to Tariq, who knows about early contacts between humans and extraterrestrials.

In the course of their conversations, Kevin deduces that Vungo and Slarp are sympathetic to the Ru’ulok trade guilds. Fortunately, Aughest finds that P’nz’kr is more likely to side with the Kharvamid Alliance. Troshar, pilot of the Digger , tells Scoop that he is happy to be involved in the find of a lifetime. Lek’to tells Tela that she wants to get the gate operational as soon as possible.

The Terrans, Trinoid, and Tharian ask to see the jump gate itself. Vungo and Troshar lead them out to a dusty dig, where they see an archway covered in circular carvings. P’nz’kr demonstrates how to activate the relic by touching two points. A stable wormhole opens above them in geosynchronous orbit.

Lt. Reese understands the strategic importance of such a device, which could reduce travel times from months to days (of Terran time). Aughest-vor observes that the gate could enable a fleet of warships to project force across many parsecs.

However, the scientists warn that they haven’t yet determined how to set the destination coordinates. Syzygy recalls maps once created by humans in the South Pacific , which used curved branches to show currents, islands, and stars . “Team Icarus” returns to the “Blackbird” to plan its next moves and examine star charts.

Syzygy creates a blobby gadget to help P’nz’kr activate the jump gate and erase Earth’s address. Aughest-vor plots likely courses, as Dr. Bucket tries to correlate stars glimpsed through the wormhole with known constellations. Tela reroutes computational power to aid astrogation droid Dr. Bucket (and the isoquantum fracture compensator).

Kevin scans all of the artifacts and carvings . Scoop realizes that the Precursors used four points for their calculations: Penumbra, the gate itself, potential destinations, and some unknown factor. Chris and Tariq remind the crew that they must hurry before Wadishi San, Slarp, or the warships decide to restrict their access .

Dr. Bucket and the crew of the Blackbird have a breakthrough — the fourth point is the black hole at the center of the Milky Way galaxy, a reference that wouldn’t change with the passage of time. Aughest finds the coordinates for the Sol system , and Syzygy relays them to P’nz’kr and his device by the ancient arch.

Aughest-vor…. takes the cloaked vessel into the warp tunnel, where it encounters gravitic and space-time instabilities. Lt. Reese checks on passengers Hannah, Plorb, and Meshi, while Kedar helps monitor the Transit fields. Scoop and Tariq meditate, and Chris stays in the gunner’s turret.

Syzygy and Tela see strange extradimensional entity extruding into the ship. The Pangavi asks why they are passing through its domain. The Trinoid and Tharian say they are going to warn humanity about the Zarkonian threat. The “Ward of Despair” says that he is not a Precursor and permits the ship to continue without interference.

The “Blackbird” emerges into normal space between Epsilon Eridani and Wolf 359, only three parsecs from Sol! Scoop notes that this is only three days [of “game time”] away at cruising speed, a month less than it would normally take to get from Oasis Station. Aughest-vor… sets a course for home….

Josh and Beruk, we missed you at the latest “Vortex” game! Note that Team 1’s next session will be on Monday, 23 April 2012, at Brian’s place in Newton, Mass. Please remember to send him your food orders in advance.

In the meantime, I look forward to continuing Josh ’s FATE 3e Spelljammer scenario and eventually returning to my " Pathfinder: the Vanished Lands " telecom fantasy campaign . In addition, I hope that everyone will reply to Jason’s superhero miniseries proposal . Take it easy, -Gene

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Off to the Races
  • Session: 5a.29
  • Real time: Monday, 19 March 2011
  • Game dates: “22 to 25 November 2194 A.D./C.E. or 0 T.G.E.”
  • Locations
    • Oasis Station:
      • observation lounge
      • The Regatta Hotel in “the Swift Course,” the “Privateer’s Perch” at the “Rusted Link”

After performing more research on the Zerconians using the stations computers. Here are my findings The Zerconians. Up until about 100 years ago they bulldozed over rival civilizations then they began expansion again. However this time they are moving slower making alliances and taking more subtle tactics. I’m convinced something happened since the last time they expanded, I’m still looking into it.

END LOG

Begin Station Log
Hello All and welcome to the Swift Course Regatta. I’m Kgut and this is Mtos we’ll be your announcers for this race and here are out racers.

Aughest-vor is the most interesting racer a new race in the galaxy only recently making contact a hooman I believe it’s pronounced. He’ll be flying the Island of the Moon a craft from his home system. It looks a bit like some sort of winged beast it’s mostly sails and rigging.

By the Maker what is that? Well Mtos according to the record that’s Blurb. He’s flying an Olvar craft called the Eron. For those listing to the broadcast it’s a grey spiky vehicle with a red star. Hey Kgut wasn’t blurb the Olvar pilot? Think that thing inside the craft ate him? Well Mtos if that’s the case lets hope he likes spectators more than announcers. Once more for those listing at home the cockpit is filled by a many eye’d monster made of slime.

Look it’s Lok-t’sha he’s driving the Eron a spherical web covered vehicle. Mtos did you know Lok-t’sha built that ship himself? Yes I did Kgut, he actually has a dedicated following among the gear heads on the crowd.

Next up we have Prada Deville driving the Crusher. A pink model with tail fins.

T’chlk T’cha, an Aquarian he’s driving the heart of the ocean a fish shaped design, with sails shaped like wings.

We saved the best for last folks Kerenar the driver of the Punisher. Seven time winner of the Regatta.

The audio cuts to people cheering for a moment

It’s familiar stencil work on white. Mtos I heard Kerner will be selling VR goggle of his run after the race. That’s right Kgut with exclusive views from his cockpit get them after the race.

And they’re off.

Aughest-vor flips his craft over and waves at Kerenar. There goes Kerenar rolling his craft over and showing Aughest his tail pipe. Prada fires off her glitter guns, giving her a little boost. The crowd loves that you can hear them cheering. T’chlk’s ship waves it’s talk and lok-t’sha extends his arms to get more sun. Blurb get’s off to a jerking start.

They’re rounding the bend to the first obstacle it’s a piece of metal, it blocks the sun so the constants will have to coast. Aughest does well sliding into the outside, but he’s joined by Kerenar also taking the outside hoping to catch some scant rays where the shade is least. What’s this T’chlk has grappled to Kerenar hoping to go forward. It’s looks like Blurb has pulled ahead.

Coming into the net bit of the course it Blurb. Whats this obstacle Mtos? Well Kgut it’s a mine field with corrosive non intelligent life forms. Whoa sorry to whoever bet on Blurb he just crashed full force into one of the mines. That’s right Mort next time try betting on a horrible monster from beyond space and time that can drive. It looks like everyone else got out ok

Whats up next Mtox. I believe it’s the robot sharks Kgut? With the lazers no those have been banned since the incident. Ok here we go. it looks like Kerenar is out first still tethered to T’chlk. Oh there T’chlk goes straight into the shark, and the crowd goes wild,

It’s the final obstacle folks force fields and here comes Lok-t’sha and ooooo right into the force field and here comes Prada same thing. By the Makers it’s Blurb crashing right into Lok-t’sha. I hope both of them have insurance. I hope Blurb’s not hungry. Aughest and Kerenar are neck and neck, and it’s Kerenar by a nose.

End station log

Begin Christopher Mckee Log
After we all reassembled at the hotel room we resolved to make contact with Nylca so kenLt. Kevin Reese and I went to meet her. We briefly discussed the gate. She gave us a pass code and told us she could arrange a opening for us to se the gate. We made plans and parted company. When we were radioed by the rest of the team. There was an explosion in Plorb’s room. We meet the rest of the crew there

Initial forensics indicate that the explosion was not an accident. Someone was sending Plorb a message. At the time of this log his whereabouts are unknown, were going to begin a search shortly.

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A Trinoid, a Playboy and a Psycho Walk into a Bar
Session: 5a.27 — Oasis Station

After visiting the site of the Battle of Capricornus X2, the explorers aboard the “Blackbird” arrived at Oasis Station, a huge collection of orbital habitats. They searched the local information network for clues on where to start looking for more about the missing agent of the Kharvamid Alliance and a Precursor jump gate.

Aughest-vor, Syzygy, Chris McKee/Agent Prometheus, Tariq Asrad Saladin, Dr. Bucket, and Mr. Sniffles stayed aboard the “Blackbird/Morifaiwet” to draw public attention, as well as that of the Kharvamid agent or potential foes.

Syzygy expressed interest in Sector 1, also known as “the Shining Sisters,” to see the Nebula Opera. Chris recommended Sector 7, the “Righteous Stinger,” because of its relatively lawless reputation and the Flux Farm weapons emporium.

Lt. Kevin Reese, Tela, Scoop Chang, and Kedar took the drop ship “Dragonfly” to more quietly find out about the jump gate. Engineers Tela and Kedar were also curious about the Shining Sisters because of its population of Ma’ari, Nethians, and Daragi. Kevin wanted to go to Sector 12, “the Merging,” because of the Ruby Lantern Resort.

However, Syzygy wanted to check in with overall Oasis Station command in the Merging, so the “Dragonfly” went to Sector 10, “the Rusted Link,” because the Tharians wanted to see a technocracy ruled by and for artificial intelligences.

The “Morifaiwet” first went to Sector 11, “the Swift Course,” where Aughest-vor transferred funds from the Tyche mining operation into galactic credits for the entire party. The megacorporate scion reverted to his old ways, reserving a luxurious suite at the Regatta Hotel and inquiring with concierge Mr. Blix about solar sail races and the elite Lancer’s Club.

Tariq and Dr. Bucket kept watch while the rOlvar scout ship was cleaned and serviced, and Syzygy and Chris checked in with the Port Authority at the Merging, where they saw misshapen Metaderpods and heard/talked [?] about the Trinoid ship the “Nautiloid.”

Meanwhile, the squad aboard the “Dragonfly” met Xenoid guide VX-7, as well as a wide variety of synthetic beings. At the “Privateer’s Perch,” they encountered fierce Gustrall Nycla of Clan Firehoof [Brian W./N.P.C.], inquisitive Nethian mechanic Kzp’trn [Jason E.R./N.P.C.] looking for an “isoquantum fracture compensator,” and party animals — actually three Meorr and a Felinoid Terran Synth.

Lt. Reese told Nycla (who asked if the Tharians were “bait”) about his search, while Scoop traced a Terran mental signature to the Felinoid Yoshi Tanaka. Tela and Kedar got drunk with Meorr Gworr [Jason], Keferr [Josh], and Mundarr, who backed off a bit from Nycla, who was well-known in certain parts of Oasis Station.

While the Meorr were distracted Lt. Reese spoke with Yoshie, much to the confusion of her Meorr companions. She said she was a modified Terran. However alcohol dulled her senses. Arrangement’s were made for them to meet later.

Nycla agreed to help Lt. Reese and company, for a “Fair” price. She then volunteered a Cestolar to house the party during their stay on the station and make some inquiries on their behalf.

The upper level of the “Privateer’s Perch” features numerous A.I.s, Synths, and Xenoids watching a fight between “organics” Rugar, the “Claw of Might,” and Cestolar Rundel Tosk [ship, the “Lodge”?]. The crew of the “Dragonfly” quickly leaves.

Syzygy, Aughest and Chris go to the Merging, where Zyzge askes after a Tronoid ship at the port authority. They were overheard by Cestolar trader Ibor vos Talshun [Rich C.G./N.P.C.], whose ship is the “Metal Vessel.” who approached them and offered his services to locate the ship. Following their instinct for trouble, they fall in with Boobulons at the Ruby Lantern.

However, they soon find themselves compromised and trapped by Encegulan slavers. Syzygy talks with the Cetaran madam and calls Lt. Reese for backup. After which he threatened the madam, when she failed to comply Syzygy asked himself what Chris would do, then shot the madam. Sadly the madam collapsed leaving Syzygy somewhat confused as to what to do next.

During the confusion Aughest- ran into save Chris. Heroically blasting his way into the back room avoiding the genetic abomination. Where he was promptly captured. At about that time Lt. Kevin Reese arrived with the calvary.

The rest of the crew of theBlackbird arrived with the Meorr, driving through the wall of the house of ill repute. During the firefight, Kevin throws a grenade and asks Aughest-vor if this is how he planned to get attention. Scoop psionically armors up and blasts hostiles, while Tela glides up to the level where the humans are being held. The Meorr from the “Privateer’s Perch” happily wade into battle. Still naked, Agent Prometheus ruthlessly shoots one of the patrons in the chaos, and the “Tiger Hawk Sandstorm” makes a hasty retreat…

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The Story so Far Team 2
Session : 6b.1 – Battlefield hazards
  • Real time : Labor Day, 6 September 2010
  • Game dates : “2 to 4 June 2194 A.D./C.E. or -1/0 G.E.”
  • Locations : North Eastern American Megalopolis, El Capitan Hotel in Lisbon, Karachi, ruins and undercity south of the Himalayas
  • Summary : After official First Contact between Terrans and galactic societies and the incident in Rio, courier Gabriel Adams meets robot ARTHERR in New Lisbon. Snake-oil salesman Dr. Richmond Garrett feigns being hit by ex-wrestler Jasmine’s hovercycle. Gabriel’s contacts offer a mission to search a battlefield north of Karachi.
    Upon examining the dangerous ruins, the runners find a downed Oligat scout droid, reactivated nanites, and an extraterrestrial probe. They manage to collect samples and escape the robots and a rival extraction team….
  • Vehicles : Jasmine’s hoverbike, chartered flights, armored personnel carrier
  • Non-Player Characters : Lisbon toughs, fixer “Ramon Sanchez” [Josh H./N.P.C.], Cmdr. Raj’s squad, “Harbinger of the Great Order of Submission”
Session : Ghanki Station, 5b.2 – Undersea peril
  • Real time : Monday, 20 September 2010
  • Game dates : 4 to 6 June 2194 A.D./C.E. or -1/0 Galactic Era
  • Locations : Karachi, Ghanki Station (a city beneath the Arabian Sea)
  • Summary : Fixer Ramon Sanchez asks the retrieval team to meet him at Ghanki Station rather than Lisbon. Gabriel looks into illicit auctions. Former government operative Hector Chavez drives to Karachi and monitors communications for pursuit by Cmdr. Raj.
    ARTHERR helps Richmond set up charitable shell company Mars Soup Aid Lenders Ltd., or “MarSoupAiL.” Jasmine hits Richmond with a coffee pot when he cites her low status as a Synth. The group meets egotistical philanthropist Nero Bartholomew and ultimately gives him the alien sample.
    Gabriel accepts Nero’s offer of the “Fortune’s Fool” and delivers inactive nanites to Ramon for auction. ARTHERR and Richmond give the Oligat computer core retrieved from the battlefield site to robots from Vimeco.
    At the “Stacked Deck” nightclub, Gabriel meets the seductive Survana Khadija, and Nero boasts about recent acquisitions. As weapons are sold, Ghanki’s power and life support are disrupted by an unknown electromagnetic pulse…
  • Vehicles : submarines; “Fortune’s Fool,” a scout ship/space yacht in orbit
  • N.P.C.s : Ramon Sanchez, Cmdr. Raj’s squad, Nero Bartholomew (ship owner), Survana Khadija (Raj), Naresh Dilwaar (arms merchant)
Session : 5b.3Trapped! underwater!
  • Real time : 4 October 2010
  • Game dates : “6 to 11 June 2194 A.D./C.E. or -1/0 G.E.”
  • Location : Ghanki Station, Arabian Sea
  • Summary : Gabriel follows Survana Khadija through back alleys toward a military sub before going back to his companions. Hector looks for tools at Nero’s lab. ARTHERR takes Jasmine, Richmond, and Nero through a cannibalistic mob and up an elevator shaft. The undersea city shows signs of structural strain.
    Hector sees Dr. Rajiv taken over by the alien sample from the battlefield. Richmond and Nero flee with Survana Jasmine helps ARTHERR retrieve a generator and set it to overload, deactivating the enemy probe again.
    Gabriel and ARTHERR lead the way to a command node to restore power as directed by Panjit Singh. Hector scans and Jasmine guards as they pass flooded compartments, a well-stocked warehouse, and a gang with harpoon guns. Richmond and Nero are questioned aboard Col. Raj’s sub.
  • Vehicles : Submarines, “Fortune’s Fool
  • N.P.C.s : See also 5b.2 – Survana (Gabriel), Nero (Richmond), undercity mobs (Jasmine). Col. Raj (Richmond)
  • Jarhita Fleming-female Lunar human researcher, panicked in laboratory after Dr. Rajiv slain by alien probe, tasered by ARTHERR
  • Panjit Singh-male Indian Terran human, captain of local authorities
  • Rakeem-male Ghanki Terran human, leader of harpoon gun gang
  • Links : http://i211.photobucket.com/albums/bb42/GeneD5/Vortex/Vortex02.jpg
Session : 5b.4 – Cannibals, flammables, and the mech-Cthu-flu!
  • Real time : Monday, 25 October 2010
  • Game dates : “12 to 14 June 2194 A.D./C.E. or -1/0 G.E.”
  • Locations : Ghanki Station
  • Summary : After restoring basic systems in the undersea city, Gabriel, ARTHERR, Jasmine, and Hector again fight panicked mobs, the alien “Harbinger of the Order of Submission,” and something Man Was Not Meant to Know. Con men Dr. Garrett and Nero are taken to Karachi, where they are questioned by Col. Raj.
  • Vehicles : submarines
  • N.P.C.s : “Ramon Sanchez,” Cmdr. Raj, Survana, Panjit Singh, Vimeco
  • Adm. Wei Sihong-United Earth Authority officer who eventually receives dangerous samples from ARTHERR
  • Links : http://games.groups.yahoo.com/group/DnD3VanishedLands/message/9241
    http://groups.google.com/group/holysteel/msg/12e597ae6c390d31
    http://www.enworld.org/forum/blogs/edemaitre/3059-26-oct-2010-vortex-update-5b-4-cannibals-flammables-mech-cthu-flu.html
    http://community.wizards.com/vanishedlands/blog/2010/10/26/26_oct.2010:vortex_update_5a.4_-cannibals,flammables,andmech-cthu-flu!
  • Session: 5b.5 – Leaving Karachi
  • Real time: 8 November 2010
  • Game dates: “15 to 19 June 2194 A.D./C.E. or -1/0 G.E.”
  • Locations: Karachi; “Larry Wu’s” hotel [apologies to Larry Niven]
  • Summary: Jasmine and ARTHERR explore Karachi’s underworld in an attempt to find where warlord Cmdr. Raj is holding Dr. Garrett. Gabriel and Hector lie low, while Richmond talks interrogator Survana Khadija into loosening the restrictions on him at the luxury hotel. The con man also talks with Nero Bartholomew.
    ARTHERR paints himself black as “the Voice,” spokesrobot for Jasmine as “Trouble.” They befriend betters at a pit fight and get hired by the “Screaming Monkeys” to extort Hindu priest Abdul Kapur, who turns out to be working for rival gang the “Angry Elephants.” The robot and Tiger-woman rescue Richmond and Nero and bluff their way through the spaceport.
  • Vehicles: submarine, rickshaws, orbital transfer vehicle
  • N.P.C.s: Cmdr. Raj, Survana Khadija, Nero Bartholomew
  • Haroun Oglethorpe-male Terran human businessman encountered by ARTHERR and Jasmine exiting white slavery pens
  • Unnamed Venusian “Synth” (thick-skinned), maimed by monofilament whip in pit fight by the Indus River
  • Vijay, Hassan, and Carl-male South Asian human mercenaries, gambling associates of Haoun, befriended by ARTHERR (Hassan’s cousin provides false IDs to leave the spaceport.)
  • Logus-“Andie” (Artificial Intelligence in C-space only), author of “Psionics, More than Meets the Eye,” and pleasant receptionist for the “Screaming Monkeys” shakedown operation
  • “Abdul Kapur” [Dave S.C./N.P.C.]-male South Asian Terran human, apparent Hindu priest working for the downtrodden and the “Angry Elephants”; gets hotel plans from ARTHERR
  • Links: http://games.groups.yahoo.com/group/DnD3VanishedLands/message/9252
    http://groups.google.com/group/holysteel/msg/745389f4815c8492
    http://www.enworld.org/forum/blogs/edemaitre/3112-10-november-2010-vortex-team-2-update-5b-5-leaving-karachi.html
    http://community.wizards.com/vanishedlands/blog/2010/11/10/vortex_team_2,update_5b.5_-_leavingkarachi
  • Session: 5b.6 – Shepard 2 shipyard and SRE
  • Real time: 22 November 2010
  • Game dates: “20 to 27 June 2194 A.D./C.E. or -1/0 G.E.”
  • Locations: Shepard 2 L-5 orbital city (Red 7, 8 – wealthy tiers; Violet 9 – less-reputable area), Kalam Spaceport on the Lunar Free State, SRE office and warehouse
  • Summary: Hector, ARTHERR, and Jasmine are surprised to find the “Fortune’s Fool” missing several components in space dock, while Gabriel and Richmond run errands and get lodgings at Shepard 2. Disguised as “Pauly,” “the Voice,” and “Trouble,” they trace the missing custom parts to an SRE warehouse and begin planning a heist….
  • Vehicles: transorbital shuttles, “Fortune’s Fool/Gen. Lee”
  • N.P.C.s: Nero Bartholomew, Cmdr. Raj, Systemes de Recuperation Executif Cie (SRE, or Executive Retrieval Systems Inc.)
  • Max-male Terran human, contact of Hector, told him of SRE and rival American Containers
  • male Terran human harbor master at Shepard 2 L-5 station, with maintenance robots
  • Zhou-lian Pao-female Lunar human, wealthy donor to Nero Bartholomew’s charitable shell companies
  • Radha Priyanka-female Lunar human, manager of some of Nero’s holdings; talks with ARTHERR and arranges for covert repair dock for the “Gen. Lee”
  • Kelron Darksky-male “near-human” (modified with panther DNA), handles recruitment and training of Nero’s staffers, as well as mechanics to work on the “Gen. Lee”; talked to Hector and Jasmine
  • unnamed artificial intelligence (“Synth”) receptionist at SRE office
  • Links: http://games.groups.yahoo.com/group/DnD3VanishedLands/message/9264
    http://www.enworld.org/forum/blogs/edemaitre/3142-23-nov-2010-vortex-team-2-update-5b-6-shipyard-sre.html
    http://groups.google.com/group/holysteel/msg/fab634d487be4b1f
    http://community.wizards.com/vanishedlands/blog/2010/11/23/vortex_team_2,update_5b.6_-_shipyard_andsre
  • Session: 5b.7 – SRE heist
  • Real time: 6 December 2010
  • Game dates: “28 June to 14 July to 2194 A.D./C.E. or 0 G.E.”
  • Locations: Shepard 2 orbital city, Kalam Spaceport on the Lunar Free State, SRE and American Containers warehouses, covert “dry dock”
  • Summary: Gabriel obtains a false registry and counterfeit ship parts, while Hector hacks police channels and rents a truck. ARTHERR ships himself to the SRE warehouse, where he switches the codes for “Trouble’s” (Jasmine’s) audiovisual gear and the parts repossessed from the “Fortune’s Fool.”
    Richmond talks to Nero’s contacts and, disguised as a guard with Gabriel, goes to the SRE facility to divert attention. ARTHERR is taken aboard the “Parsifal,” while Hector drives off with the actual machinery. Later, Doug McDonnell gets the dummy engine and asks for help delivering medical supplies to Venus when the “Parsifal’s” reclaimed “engines” don’t work.
  • Vehicles: transorbital shuttles, “Fortune’s Fool/General Lee”
  • The “Parsifal”-vessel whose systems are to be returned from the “Fortune’s Fool”; scheduled for an urgent aid mission to Venus orbit
  • N.P.C.s: Nero Bartholomew, Cmdr. Raj, and
  • Max-male Terran human, contact of Hector, told him of SRE and rival American Containers
  • male Terran human harbor master at Shepard 2 L-5 station, with maintenance robots
  • Zhou-lian Pao-female Lunar human, wealthy donor to Nero Bartholomew’s charitable shell companies
  • Radha Priyanka-female Lunar human, manager of some of Nero’s holdings; talks with ARTHERR and arranges for covert repair dock for the “Gen. Lee”
  • Kelron Darksky-male “near-human” (modified with panther DNA), handles recruitment and training of Nero’s staffers, as well as mechanics to work on the “Gen. Lee”; talked to Hector and Jasmine
  • Direct Engagement and Attack Drones (DEAD)-heavy armored guard robots with limited flight, at SRE warehouse
  • Artificial Intelligence Directed Tracked Vehicle (AID Tracks)-mobile robotic scouts
  • “Cujos”-“Uplifted” guard dogs, work as a pack
  • Otto, Max, Bors, Faisal-male Lunar human guards at American Containers warehouse
  • Francine Tufnel-female near-human Belter, owner of the free trader “Sampan,” has a grievance against SRE/American Containers
    >>Systemes de Recuperation Executif Cie (SRE, or Executive Retrieval Systems Inc.) retrieval squad:
  • Marco Sparks-male Martian Ursoid (“Uplifted” bear), former space marine, Hitter
  • Glenn Alexandrov-male Lunar near-human (cyborg) Hacker
  • Fred Roberts-male North American Terran human, Mastermind
  • Jeanie Belveaux-female European/L-5 near-human, Grifter
  • Lisa Panko-female Southeast Asian Terran human, catburglar/Thief
    >>Crew of the aid ship “Parsifal:”
  • “Doug McDonnel” [Erik B.L./N.P.C.]-male North American “near-human,” Interplanetary Patrol veteran and captain
  • Whistler-male Lunar Delphine (“Uplifted” dolphin), astrogator
  • E3-F4/“Four”-robot engineer
  • Maztiplatica-male South American Terran “Synth” (genetically engineered humanoid) chief medical officer
  • Lian, Sameera, Ping, Meixiang-female Terran human aid workers aboard the “Parsifal”
  • Bohai, Chuntao, Kung, Rong-Terran human guards
  • Links: http://games.groups.yahoo.com/group/DnD3VanishedLands/message/9279
    http://www.enworld.org/forum/blogs/edemaitre/3177-7-december-2010-fate-3e-vortex-team-2-update-5b-7-lunar-heist.html
    http://groups.google.com/group/holysteel/msg/c8ab966d082683f1
    http://community.wizards.com/vanishedlands/blog/2010/12/07/vortex_team_2,update_5b.7_-_lunarheist
  • Session: 5b.8 – on the way to Venus
  • Real time: 24 January 2011
  • Game dates: “15 July to 14 August 2194 A.D./C.E. or 0 G.E.”
  • Locations: Aphrodite orbital transfer station, Kardikea orbital city, spa, Hephaestus Stadium
  • Summary: The “General Lee” tows the “Parsifal” from the Lunar Free State to Venus. A data packet from Aphrodite Station warns of an impending U.E.A. quarantine. Upon docking at Kardikea, the two ships’ crews are received by members of the Finance Union, which is controlled by 12 families and in turn rules Venus’ colonies.
    Gabriel and Capt. McDonnell transfer a portion of the medicine, while Hector monitors communications and security. Jasmine and ARTHERR take pity on orphan Aseem and bring him to a hospital amid civil unrest. Richmond negotiates with Chairman Orion Stefanov, who wants exclusive access to the aid and agrees that the deaths of thousands of the poor to be gathered at Hephaestus Stadium would be “unfortunate”….
  • Vehicles: “Fortune’s Fool/General Lee” and
  • The “Parsifal”-vessel whose systems were taken for the “Fortune’s Fool”; an urgent aid mission to Venus
  • United Earth Vessel “Sphinx”-destroyer sent to enforce medical quarantine of Venus and its colonies
  • N.P.C.s: Nero Bartholomew (cook); Cmdr. Raj,
    >>Crew of the aid ship “Parsifal:”
  • “Doug McDonnel” [Erik B.L./N.P.C.]-male North American near-human, Interplanetary Patrol veteran and captain
  • Whistler-male Lunar Delphine (“Uplifted” dolphin), astrogator
  • E3-F4/“Four”-robot engineer
  • Maztiplatica-male South American Terran “Synth” (genetically engineered humanoid) chief medical officer
  • Lian, Sameera, Ping, Meixiang-female Terran human aid workers aboard the “Parsifal”
  • Bohai, Chuntao, Kung, Rong-Terran human guards
    >>Around Venus:
  • Barney Pradesh-male Synth (artificial intelligence) at the Aphrodite orbital transfer station, sent data packet to the “Gen. Lee” and “Parsifal” warning of civil unrest and an impending U.E.A. blockade
  • Vimala Rutowska-female Venusian human flight controller at Aphrodite Station
  • Orion Stefanov-male Venusian human, executive of Venusian Finance Union, negotiates with Richmond for exclusive access to medical supplies
  • Yakov Nikolevsky-male Venusian human, foreman in Kardikea’s factories and member of welcome delegation
  • Lady Lykhova-female Venusian human, unhappily betrothed to a member of the 12 families that control the Finance Union; talked with Richmond
  • “Aseem Sudeshna” [Paul J./N.P.C.]-male Venusian human child, affected by arthritis-like plague, brought by Jasmine to hospital
  • Georgios Vasilakis-male Venusian human, administrator of Morningstar Consortium medical facility; explains to ARTHERR that he doesn’t have the access that Xi Laboratories doctors do
  • Lt. Mizuno Procne-male Terran human, officer aboard the U.E.V. “Sphinx”
  • Capt. Amelia Saviola-female Terran human, commander of the “Sphinx” who notes that although her flotilla is too busy enforcing the quarantine to directly help, she will lend what aid to the medical mission that she can
  • Links: http://games.groups.yahoo.com/group/DnD3VanishedLands/message/9323
    http://www.enworld.org/forum/blogs/edemaitre/3294-25-jan-2011-fate-3e-vortex-update-5b-8-venusian-virus.html
    http://groups.google.com/group/holysteel/msg/7f3310f2e15fe5e9
    http://community.wizards.com/vanishedlands/blog/2011/01/25/25_jan.2011:vortex_update_5b.8_-venusianvirus
  • Session: 5b.9 – Lucifer’s Hole
  • Real time: 7 February 2011
  • Game dates: “15 to 17 August 2194 A.D./C.E. or -1/0 G.E.”
  • Locations: Kardikea orbital city, mines on Venus
  • Summary: Gabriel pilots a drop ship from Kardikea Station to “Lucifer’s Hole.” Hector and Jasmine help coordinate aid, while ARTHERR and Richmond get a tour of the Oromax operation and are asked for better living conditions.
    Gabriel meets underworld contact Kirun, and Hector finds that droid DARIA is reporting back to the 12 families that control Venus’ colonies. Deep Dish asks Jasmine and company for help getting offworld, and Richmond hires him. ARTHERR interfaces with DARIA.
    After experiencing mechanical problems, the drop ship’s crew learns of a disaster at Hephaestus Stadium, where tens of thousands of lower-status workers have gathered for medicine. A massive hull breach has killed numerous people, so the “Gen. Lee” and other ships try to rescue victims from sealed-off compartments…
  • Vehicles: the “General Lee” and the “Parsifal,” armored drop ship, mine cars and elevators, U.E.V. “Sphinx” and blockade
  • N.P.C.s: Nero Bartholomew (cook), Capt. Doug McDonnell, Orion Stefanov, Yakov Nikolevsky,
  • Olenka Ryzhkov-female Venusian human, crude scarred pilot; welcomes Gabriel and team to Lucifer’s Hole; asks “surgeon general” Dr. Garrett for aid
  • Averki “Deep Dish” Dyashenko-male Venusian mutant (reptilian) miner; gets Jasmine to help him leave Venus with crew
  • DARIA (Deep Atmospheric Recollection Intelligent Automaton)-female Venusian Synth (robot) mechanic; surveillance monitor; gives broadcast codes to ARTHERR
  • Kirun-male Venusian human miner and smuggler, contact of Gabriel, asked him to bring teddy bear to daughter up on Kardikea
  • Links: http://games.groups.yahoo.com/group/DnD3VanishedLands/message/9335
    http://groups.google.com/group/holysteel/msg/c687201115c9c228
    http://community.wizards.com/gened5/blog/2011/02/08/vortex_update_5b.9:venus_-_lucifershole
  • Session: 5b.10 – Space sleuths
  • Real time: 21 February 2011
  • Game dates: “18 to 21 to 2194 A.D./C.E. or -1/0 G.E.”
  • Locations: Lucifer’s Hole mining colony, Kardikea orbital city
  • Summary: As surgeon general, Dr. Garrett is summoned to the Venus colony’s Central Committee, which assigns his party to investigate the disaster at Hephaestus Stadium, manage the distribution of medicine, and act as liaison to the U.E.A. inquiry team. The “Gen. Lee’s” crew finds evidence of sabotage and is attacked by four robots.
  • Vehicles: “Gen. Lee,” aid ship “Parsifal,” destroyer U.E.V. “Sphinx”
  • N.P.C.s: see previous notes for Capt. Doug McDonnell, Chairman Orion Stefanov, Capt. Amelia Saviola, Kirun, and
  • Mikhail Ivanov-male Venusian human, communications operator
  • 4 Vimeco battle droids-reprogrammed to attacked party near hull breach, destroyed
  • Sergei Malenkov-male Venusian human, gave order for station security to withdraw before hull breach, later found dead
  • Links: http://games.groups.yahoo.com/group/DnD3VanishedLands/message/9346
    http://www.enworld.org/forum/blogs/edemaitre/3356-23-feb-2011-vortex-team-2-update-5a-10-space-sleuths.html
    http://community.wizards.com/vanishedlands/blog/2011/02/23/23_feb.2011:vortex_team_2,update_5b.10-spacesleuths
    http://groups.google.com/group/holysteel/msg/d7b5c70def804286
    http://www.genesworlds.com/2011/02/23/vortex-team-2-update-5b-10-space-sleuths/
  • Session: 5b.11 – Venusian virus
  • Real time: 14 March 2011
  • Game dates: “22 to 24 August to 2194 A.D./C.E. or -1/0 G.E.”
  • Locations: Kardikea Station, Venus orbit
  • Summary: Dr. Garrett confines former ship owner and cook Nero to his cabin after becoming ill, and Capt. McDonnell reports that a member of his crew has died from the plague affecting Venus’ colonies. Hector and ARTHERR study the remains of the robots that attacked them, and Gabriel gets a lead on FTL engines. Jasmine, Gabriel, and Hector investigate the apartment of Kiril Shatalin and learn that his orders to withdraw security forces shortly before the disaster at Hepaestus Stadium came from the Venusian Finance Union’s Central Committee….
  • Vehicles: “Fortune’s Fool/Gen. Lee/Appomattox,” aid ship “Parsifal,” U.E.V. “Sphinx,”
  • N.P.C.s: “Capt. Doug McDonnell” and his crew; Nero Bartholomew and Averki “Deep Dish” Dyashenko; Capt. Amelia Saviola; and
  • Gorvek Beezo-male Ru’ulok trader with access to faster-than-light technology, referred to Gabriel by Kirun, in Earth orbit
  • Kiril Shatalin-male Venusian human, give order to Sergei Malenkov to withdraw local security before Hephaestus Stadium disaster
  • Links: http://games.groups.yahoo.com/group/DnD3VanishedLands/message/9353
    http://groups.google.com/group/holysteel/msg/8c4f4449707d7018
    http://www.enworld.org/forum/blogs/edemaitre/3406-vortex-update-5b-11-venusian-virus.html
    http://community.wizards.com/vanishedlands/blog/2011/03/13/vortex_update_5b.11_-_venusian_virus
    http://www.genesworlds.com/2011/03/13/vortex-update-5b-11-venusian-virus/
  • Session: 5b.12 – Sickness and sneaking
  • Real time: Monday, 21 March 2011
  • Game dates: “25 to 26 August 2194 A.D./C.E. or 0 Galactic Era”
  • Locations: Venusian Finance Union Central Committee compound
  • Summary: ARTHERR helps identify food as a vector for the arthritis-like illness affecting Venus’ colonists, and newcomer Dr. Dieter Klein brings samples for analysis and identification.
    Gabriel, Jasmine, ARTHERR, and Dieter later infiltrate the Central Committee with diversionary aid from Hector. The team hopes to obtain evidence linking the chain of command to the disaster at Hephaestus Stadium. They manage to obtain a data storage unit from Chairman Orion Stefanov’s office before being chased by numerous guards….
  • Vehicles: The “Gen. Lee/Appomattox,” U.E.V. “Sphinx,” Jasmine’s hovercycle, borrowed garbage truck
  • N.P.C.s: Capt. Doug McDonnell, Capt. Amelia Saviola, Nero Bartholomew, Averki “Deep Dish” Dyashenko, Kiril Shatalin, Chairman Orion Stefanov, and
  • Yegar, Igar, Ugir-some of the guards encountered in a locker room in the V.F.U.’s Central Committee building
  • Links: http://games.groups.yahoo.com/group/DnD3VanishedLands/message/9370
    http://groups.google.com/group/holysteel/msg/861c25b029330599
    http://www.genesworlds.com/2011/03/23/vortex-update-5b-12-sickness-and-sneaking/
  • Session: 5b.13 – Decryption, defense, and decoration
  • Real time: Monday, 4 April 2011
  • Game dates: “26 August to 21 September 2194 A.D./C.E. or 0 G.E.”
  • Locations: Kardikea Station, Venus orbit
  • Summary: The “Appomattox” remains at Kardikea Station as doctors continue to fight the spread of disease. Hector cracks the data storage unit retrieved from Chairman Orion Stefanov’s office, and he and ARTHERR find records of Venusian Finance Union meetings indicating their foreknowledge of the disaster at Hephaestus Stadium. They and Gabriel share this information with the U.E.A., Lady Lykhova, and their contacts.
    Dr. Garrett surrenders to local authorities, who arrest him in connection with the sabotage, uncensored transmissions, and Central Committee break-in. However, he presents evidence during his trial pointing to a single security officer and megacorp intrigue. Stefanov and the U.E.A. reluctantly clear the yacht to return to Earth, where its crew reviews potential enhancements. Jasmine takes Deep Dish sightseeing and hunting.
  • Vehicles: The “Gen. Lee/Appomattox,” “Parsifal,” U.E.V. “Sphinx,”
  • N.P.C.s: Nero Bartholomew, Averki “Deep Dish” Dyashenko, Capt. Doug McDonnell, Capt. Amelia Saviola, Chairman Orion Stefanov, Vimeco, Xi Labs, Morningstar Consortium
  • Adm. Wei Sihong-female Terran human, United Earth Authority officer who had received battlefield samples from ARTHERR
  • Links: http://games.groups.yahoo.com/group/DnD3VanishedLands/message/9393
    http://www.genesworlds.com/2011/04/05/vortex-update-5b-13-decryption-defense-and-decoration/
  • Session: 5b.14 – Swindles for a stardrive
  • Real time: Monday, 11 April 2011
  • Game dates: “22 to 23 September 2194 A.D./C.E. or 0 G.E.”
  • Locations: Earth orbit
  • Summary: The crew of the “Appomattox” hosts a party for its contacts to learn more about leads on faster-than-light (FTL) drives. During a Texas Hold-’em poker game, the guests gamble competitively and reveal more about various potential missions.
  • Vehicles: The “Appomattox,” the “Enlightened Flower”
  • N.P.C.s:
  • Nero Bartholomew-male Terran human, cook and former owner of the “Fortune’s Fool” pleasure yacht
  • Lillian Morrisey-female Terran human, underworld contact of Gabriel who also knows Capt. Morgan and possibly the Ru’ulok
  • Max-male Terran cyborg, onetime handler of Hector Chavez; mentions a derelict ship at the edge of the Sol system
  • “Ramon Sanchez” [Josh H./Greg D.C.]-male Terran human, Lisbon-based “fixer” who gave the party its first mission, to an old battlefield north of Karachi; germaphobe; offers loans to Dieter and Brandon; hires Dr. Garrett to take mysterious cargo to Epsilon Eridani
  • Hugo, Hernando-male Terran humans, intimidating aides of Ramon
  • Averki “Deep Dish” Dyashenko-male Venusian reptilian Synth, crewman on the “Appamattox” and friend of Jasmine
  • Capt. Brandon Morgan-male Terran human; broke con man who describes the “Enlightened Flower,” which is getting an FTL drive in Feng Ruying’s private shipyard
  • Gorvek Beezo-male Ru’ulok (heavy-gravity reptilian alien) offering work through the galactic Trade Guilds
  • “Rabak Porset” [Rich L./N.P.C.]-male Ru’ulok, mentions alien ship to be salvaged, despite possible Gustrall guards
  • Links: http://games.groups.yahoo.com/group/DnD3VanishedLands/message/9399
    http://www.genesworlds.com/2011/04/13/198swindles4astardrive/
  • Session: 5b.15 – Switching scams
  • Real time: Monday, 2 May 2011
  • Game dates: “23 to 25 September 2194 A.D./C.E. or 0 G.E.”
  • Locations: Blackrock Station, Earth orbit
  • Summary: After hosting a night of gambling, the team investigates Feng Ruying and decide against trying to steal a faster-than-light (FTL) drive from the “Enlightened Flower.” ARTHERR arranges for the distribution of FTL data to humanity, and Richmond takes delivery from Ramon of Vatican artifacts to be delivered to Epsilon Eridani. They also ask the Ru’ulok to leave a starship underdefended so they can steal an FTL drive….
  • Vehicles: the “Appomattox,” orbital transfer vehicles/shuttles,
  • “Enlightened Flower”-experimental ship of Feng Ruying blending Terran technology with an Olvar FTL drive
  • “Star Shark”-Ru’ulok far trade vessel http://traveller.wikia.com/wiki/Far_Trader
  • “Red Manta”-Ru’ulok ship in Earth orbit, also to be disabled
  • Derelict Terran ship, referred by Hector’s former handler Max
  • Alien vessel, stranded near the Sol system, possibly containing Gustrall guards; referred by Ru’ulok Gorvek and Rabak
  • N.P.C.s: Lillian Morrisey, Max, “Ramon Sanchez,” Nero Bartholomew, Averki “Deep Dish” Dyashenko, Capt. Brandon Morgan, Gorvek Beezo and Rabak Porset, and
  • Feng Ruying-male Terran human, Richard Branson-style magnate and owner of the experimental “Enlightened Flower”
  • Systemes de Recuperation Executif Cie (SRE, or Executive Retrieval Systems Inc.)-security firm hired by Feng; party previously stole other ship parts from its Kalam Spaceport warehouse in the Lunar Free State
  • Brad Ogden-male Terran human executive at Transport Conglomerates, rival to Feng Ruying
  • Xox Memes, Shadow Orphans, Autonomist Alliance, Prometheans-rogue “Synths,” artificial intelligences (A.I.) and anarchist/criminal information brokers
  • Gordon Wong-A.I. with Xox Meme contacted by ARTHERR (as “Masters of Earthly Lubricated Information Network,” or MERLIN) for distributing stolen Ru’ulok FTL
  • Droata-female Ru’ulok, captain of the “Empress Marava”-class far trader “Star Shark”
  • Dorno-male Ru’ulok, captain of the “Red Manta”
  • Links: http://games.groups.yahoo.com/group/DnD3VanishedLands/message/9414
    http://www.genesworlds.com/2011/05/04/fate-3e-vortex-update-5b-15-switching-scams/
  • Session: 5b.16 – “Jolly Roger’s Chicken”
  • Real time: Monday, 30 May 2011
  • Game dates: “26 to 30 September 2194 A.D./C.E. or 0 G.E.”
  • Locations: near Blackrock Station, Earth orbit
  • Summary: Gabriel gets pirate disguises, and Hector obtains burglary and surveillance gear in preparation for stealing a stardrive from a Ru’ulok ship. ARTHERR trades FTL plans with Xox Memes for information about the Vatican artifacts the “Appomattox” will be transporting for Ramon Sanchez. Dr. Garrett directs the scam, involving rented orbital transfer vehicles, poisoned chicken, and a smuggler’s dock. After installing the FTL drive, the grifters begin exploring the derelict “Dawn’s Retreat.”
  • Vehicles: the “Appomattox,” “Star Shark,” and “Red Manta”
  • CDVs (chicken delivery vehicles)-orbital transfer vehicles rented by Dr. Garrett, repainted by ARTHERR, and dumped near orbital garbage by Capt. Adams
  • The “Dawn’s Retreat”-derelict Terran military ship at the edge of the Sol system, with odd dials and levers, empty cabins, and Esperanto signage, as well as mysterious telepathic entity
  • N.P.C.s: Ramon Sanchez, Nero Bartholomew, Averki “Deep Dish” Dyashenko, Gorvek Beezo and Rabak Porset, Gordon Wong, and
  • Droata-female Ru’ulok, captain of the “Star Shark,” with Calot (dog-like reptilian alien); poisoned
  • Tegar-Tharian, didn’t eat chicken but incapacitated by party
  • Dorno-male Ru’ulok, captain of the “Red Manta”
  • Links: http://games.groups.yahoo.com/group/DnD3VanishedLands/message/9436
    http://www.genesworlds.com/2011/06/02/vortex-update-5b-16-jolly-rogers-chicken/
  • Session: 5b.17 – “Dawn’s Retreat”
  • Real time: Monday, 27 June 2011
  • Game dates: “1 to 3 October 2194 A.D./C.E. or 0 Terran Galactic Era”
  • Locations: Edge of the Sol system
  • Summary: The away team continues to explore the strange derelict near the Sol system and communicates with Dawn, who thinks she’s human but turns out to be the vessel’s intelligence. Hector and ARTHERR take samples of the displaced ship’s hull, inedible food, Esperanto logs, and weapons, while Jasmine talks with Dawn, who reveals that she comes from an empire fighting “the Alliance” and “Martians” in the year “5955.”
    She also