We landed at home! Well, Akiton. Which is home! Widget seemed excited. I had two days of patching electrovore-chow so we could safely land, and had time to give Widget a few upgrades. He has a proper body now, but can still extend his arms to grab things.
So, we delivered the lady to her brother. I think there was some espionage going on. They were so happy with us, they gave us 2000 credits! We can use that to make the Rambler even more awesome than it already is. Except, I scared the poor guy we were trying to buy parts from, he made us take what we needed for the ship without paying. I forgot everyone at home gets stuck paying protection money, and he thought Widget was part of organized crime! Maybe Widget shouldn’t have been carrying around the body bag with the dead electrovore in it. We sold that! The electrovore, not the bag. Anyway, I think I need to take some money back to the guys that sold us the parts.
After buying some supplies and eating a lot of weird stuff, we got called by Felicia’s brother for another job. A spying job! We have to visit a place owned by Aries Industries to get some shipping information– sounds very easy! And, we can do it on our way north to Khefak Depot. I’m hoping the starship graveyard will have some parts we can liberate for Rambler. Then, back here to Estuar.
Okay, so, Ash thought we should vent the atmosphere from the ship to get the electrovore out where we could attack it! I think maybe Widget would be okay, but I like breathing, and I walk around without boots on a lot, so was not keen on that idea at all. The getting the creature out where we could attack it sounded good. So, we filled a big battery with yummy electricity, then powered down the ship. Putting on environmental suits was also a good idea, even though the ship would be fine for a day without power. After eighteen hours of drifting in the dark, I figured the critter wasn’t too stupid. It waited until we left the room and sucked the battery dry. Hmph.
Well, we decided to shut down the ship again, but without anyone in the room other than Widget, and Widget was doing his best to look like a ceiling fixture. He nearly succeeded catching it, too, diving into a panel to follow it after it appeared, but when he shot it, it apparently released a lot of energy on poor Widget (he is okay– just charred a bit). Sresaka came to the rescue, yanking some wall panels off to find the scene of the crime, and clawed the heck out of the creature. Finally, we just kept an eye out.
While I was fixing some stuff in engineering, it appeared and got me pretty good, but I made sure everyone heard my fairly loud squeak. We were able to attack it as a group, and were successful in driving it off. After a while of seeing no more new damage on the ship, Widget found the creature’s corpse in a power conduit.
So, we’ll be limping to Akiton a bit later than planned, but we won’t be bringing an infestation!
Ash woke up finally, and he took over piloting while I ran to engineering to help Widget. We got away from the interceptor, and plotted our course towards Akiton. Lexx told us we could change the name of the ship, So Ash and I got into the transponders and fixed things. The Astral Queen is now known as “Rambler.” We are gonna need disguises now. Sresaka needs a wig or something– it’s harder to hide a vesk in plain sight.
I got to sleep in engineering!
We were having a grand time being our own crew, until the starboard engine decided to do a whole lot of nothing. We pulled off a few panels and discovered some cables had been cut. With teeth! I was pretty sure I didn’t do that in my sleep, so we looked at a few other systems and saw similar damage. We’re patching as we go, even though Ash doesn’t like it. Finally, I happened to be opening doors in all the cargo bays, and found one already ajar. And, I found an egg– empty. Lexx took one look at that, and considering what is happening on the ship, he says we have an electrovore in the innards. Not good! They eat electricity. One of those “maintenance” guys with guns must have dropped it in here while Ash was napping. I hope there aren’t more surprises waiting for us.
We went back to Level 21 and got the lady, who calls herself Felicia. We take a very long time sneaking through maintenance tunnels and climbing up ladders to get her to the Astral Queen without being seen. It didn’t matter– the bad guys were waiting at the ship! They snuck up on that cat guy, we guess, because he won’t answer Lexx with his psycho-summons thingy. So, we shoot our way through five guys in Station maintenance clothes and get in the ship just as alarms start to blare. We find Ash sleeping in a box near an airlock, so Widget gets to be engineer while I’m stuck being pilot. I don’t mind the piloting part though, because Lexx stays with me and Sresaka gets ready to shoot our way out of orbit. Felicia offers to be Science Officer, so we have a full complement, even if one of us is sleeping on the job. We manage to get off Absalom Station, but a small ship detaches after we leave and starts to shoot at us!
We got to Level 21 (no thanks to Widget, who could not get a single camera to talk to him) safely, and into the night club, the Fusion Queen. And we even got to talk to the “kidnappers,” and we may have ruined their card game, again. They took us to their leader, who had a pretty convincing story of what had really happened with the lady they escorted from the taxi. She needs to get off the station thanks to some bad people at her workplace. And… when the escorts found out we can man/rat a starship, they gave us one to use, the Astral Queen, and we get to sneak the lady off to Akiton! I haven’t been there in ages. I wish this wasn’t such a secret mission, as I’d like to visit some family while home, if possible!
We went back to the robot bar and talked to the crew that took the lady. I thought everyone was going to shoot each other under the table where we met, but the kidnapping guys were pretty nice (Lexx was being scary– I might have been the only one there that wasn’t scary!). They called themselves “an escort” rather than kidnappers, and I think they believe that, so something else is going on here that we weren’t told about. They suggested talking to some guys from one of the lower levels of the Station– I think we get to go to a nightclub! Hopefully with food.
Also, we keep seeing big “Wanted” images of Lexx and Ash for doing something bad at the taxi place. How were they even there long enough to break that many laws?
Oh, so many things happened! Lexx got to play some games with Derp, a handsome ysoki who gave him information about the lady when Lexx won a game of chance, and found out that the lady was last seen with three Augments, and Derp knew who they were and where they would likely be. I wouldn’t have minded visiting longer, but once we got the info we took off to the Click-Clack Club and Lexx talked to the big dragonkin owner, who said the augments (two humans and a lashunta) we were looking for were in one of the rooms playing games. I wanted to stay and eat something, and Widget wanted to stay, too. But the new cat guy wanted to eat across the street, and so did Lexx, so Sre and I went along. We had a lot of good sandwiches that I had to pay for, and sat watching the Club and I didn’t really know why since we knew where the kidnappers were and I think it would be safer to talk to them at the Club. So, we are going back to the Club.
My day improved dramatically! I found Sresaka and she was on her way to her work as a bouncer and she took me along! We got to have food and glare at people. Then, Lexx called and told us he found all of us a job together. That hardly ever happens. And it pays well! We got to look for a human woman who left the “Eye” and never got to work, and we met a talking cat named Ash from Pulonis. He knows more about computer hacking than I do– maybe. He also talks to himself and said his brother would go with us to talk to people that might have seen the lady and then gave me 10 credits for food! I will look for the brother– perhaps he’ll give me 10 credits too. I’m looking for cameras that saw where the lady “disappeared” and Sre talked to a bug man that saw the lady’s taxi get taken over by two big guys, and then we found the remains of the taxi in Little Akiton. I talked to the Ysoki there.
I’m never playing cards with Lexx again! I want to go cry to Sresaka about being down to my last credit, but I can’t find her, and she’s not answering her comm again.