So, we got a job with a Vesk called Zareth (who S’resaka has never met– she’s as bad as Lexx!), who is looking to retrieve something off a wrecked ship in the Haspis system, third planet. The trip took us nine days in drift. The coordinates of the ship Vengeance were discovered just last month, twenty-five years after its destruction, with all hands on board.
This planet kinda sucks. Literally and figuratively. I’ve never seen such marshy land. And it has volcanos, too, so the air isn’t too safe to breathe for long amounts of time. We are being paid with salvage from the rest of the ship. I hope the engineering section isn’t completely destroyed.
We got back to the Station and debriefed every job we still had open. The guy that hired us months ago to find his fiance. Someome remembered we had planned to follow up with him. However, when we went to visit him at his home, we learned he had moved out six weeks ago. Sresaka thought that maybe his fiance had missed him and sent for him on Akiton, but it doesn’t seem likely, does it?
We talked to the Eoxian embassy. No more money since we were unable to retrieve a black box for them, but the did let the AIs take some more coloring books. And crayons. And I heard, in my head, the Widget trying to convince I-9 that the table they were coloring at was meant to go with them. Argh. Will check their hoard for that before we leave port.
Via our visit to the Starfinder Society headquarters, we met a male lashunta, Zell, that Lexx had never met before. I guess Castrovel is bigger than it looks. We also met a land squid called Voozhal. He(?) seemed nice. And we got 5000cr, and (thanks to Voozhal), another shipping opportunity.
So… that happened. How did combining all of my favorite things result in such horror?
I’m not sure what we were doing– fleeing for our lives from an archeological discovery– and then using engineering skills to make an alien orb vacate our ship’s powercore prior to hitting drift space, falls exactly into my plans for a successful career, but I think we need to take a boring job or a vacation next.
Well, apparently the system running these orbs reset, because suddenly Ash is grabbing me at the same time Lexx is dragging Sresaka towards the elevator. We all squash ourselves into the elevator just as an orb tries to get in. And Lexx looks like he’s trying to contact it telepathically, or else he pulled a muscle during our flight to relative safety. It certainly isn’t conversing with the rest of us.
We are not going back to those portals (and we figured out there are thirty-two destinations), I hope. I am really starting to miss our ship!
So, we discovered a whole lot of stuff! We went back up in the elevator and figured out how to turn off the guardian orb things. Then, we went down through a few more levels via elevator, and saw what looked like the empty city of an ancient civilization. It was too hard to look through all that, so we found some tunnels. Those are easy to go through! We found a dead guy on a table, and I recognized him from a Castrovelian University– Professor Jorik Shans. He wrote an article on Xenoarchaeology in a journal I read. We also found another dead guy, but I don’t know who he was. Actually, the bug lady said he wasn’t dead, his consciousness is elsewhere. Anyway, things were going great! We found a room that looks like portals to other worlds. Unfortunatley, Ash “borrowed” Widget’s poking stick and tossed it into one of the worlds. Turns out you can’t pull stuff back through with a rope, as it cuts the rope off. Not sure it’s worth trying to jump through as most of us have tails. Hmmm. I just realized Lexx doesn’t have a tail. I wonder if he jumped through a portal at some point?
Widget is really upset about the stick. Really upset.