Of at least, Lexx and Ash think someone is! But let me back up a bit. Rennie told us there was an elf at the local bar/casino that could help us get info on the Aries compound we flew over on the way to Khefak Depot. Caledon did not disappoint. We’ll be taking their monthly shipment of supplies in, have a quick look, and if we’re lucky, 1000 credits for our trouble! Speaking of trouble, Lexx gave Widget gambling money. And he spent it in the casino! I don’t think he won a darn thing, but he seems quite proud of himself.
After a good night’s sleep, we were awoken by some of the depot ysoki that a Steward vessel had just arrived, landed on the other side of the depot, and the Steward was headed our way. Lexx and Ash are positive the “Taxi Police” from Absalom Station are searching the galaxy for them. We piled them into the truck with about twenty ysoki to go khefak hunting, while, Sresaka, Widget, and I stayed behind. We disguised ourselves a bit before he arrived.
Turns out the Steward is the least of anyone’s worries. He was just trying to find ships that had arrived on Akiton in the past two days. There was, apparently, an Eoxian Corpse Fleet vessel seen in orbit. Eww. They might possibly be ickier than the bug people. I’m glad we didn’t see them!
Heard that over the walkie-talkie. So did the five khefak trying to eat us!
Let me back up a bit. Ash was still off doing something on our own ship. Sresaka and I decided to do a quick visit inside the derelict as the ysoki crew was finishing securing our acquisition to the truck. We actually found a sealed door! And, I remembered to do that thing that lets me get a few seconds of power on a dead system. Just enough to power open a door. We’d been hearing a sort of scraping sound on the other side. Widget was kinda worried it would be a khefak, but it was just a dead guy. Lashunta male, dead a long time. Don’t think he was part of original crew, but most likely just checking out the wreckage and got stuck. He was actually right behind the bridge. Anyway, we found a lot of stuff on the body that we could use (he wasn’t going to need it, and had no identification we could find). But, as we expected, Lexx, on lookout topside, saw some khefak in the area, and then we heard some inside the ship, coming our way. I quickly suggested to Sresaka and Widget that we just be quiet and maybe they’d ignore us. It was working! But, I forgot to tell Lexx….
On an up note, it’s a lot easier to kill those things when the Station crew isn’t helping us.
We got the power core we wanted, and a computer upgrade. Ash is staying with the mechanics installing those for now. Lexx, Sresaka, Widget, and I went out into the desert with the ysoki again today to get an aft weapon. While we did find what we wanted, the khefaks attacked again, and we lost one of the ysoki mechanics in the fight. I’m horrified… I remember life is tough on Akiton, and the crew knows the risks, but these people are not so easily replaced.
We left Ash with Rennie and the Rambler, while Sami and a few other brave ysoki took us out into the graveyard to find stuff for our ship. We selected the best looking wreck for our purposes, and, leaving Lexx up on the truck, four ysoki, Sresaka, Widget, and I went down into the wreckage. We had just about found something interesting when we noticed that there were some odd sounds coming towards us, and also that none of our new companions were armed. Khefak started popping up everywhere. It turns out that they were attracted to the sounds we were making. And, also, sounds our weapons were making! A quick radio to Lexx and a few of his well-tossed grenades got some of them to leave the ship, and we were able to kill off the rest. Now, we’ll continue our search for good stuff. Quietly.
This day keeps getting more awesome! I got to buy some new clothes for our trip north, and we went to visit Bodger and Chief to give them the money for parts we’d needed for the Rambler’s upkeep. I think we made some friends there!
Then, we flew over the Aries building. We did not make friends there. In fact, they told us to fly elsewhere.
After that, we finally made it to Khefak Depot. My cousin Rennie was there to help us! He is going to paint our ship completely different– I think he’s going to use lots of color and make it look like a scaled rat. I trust his judgement, though I was kinda sorry to see he no longer has a pink mohawk.
We are parked between a Vesk military vessel and an explorer ship. More potential friends!
We’re going into the starship graveyard with another ysoki named Sami as our guide. We just need to find a smarter computer, a better power supply, and an aft weapon.