The Lost

Fly Me To The Stars

The Hunt Continues...

News of the Day
- Today The Dorubuni Executive issued orders that as of todays date CorSerc has been stripped off all contracts and responsibility for any Sector and SubSector business
- A spokesman for the Government further explained that due to recent failures and mis-management
their services will no longer be needed and that the process of change over has begun, with Official Sector and SubSector security officials taking over all outlets as soon as humanly possible.
- CorSerc issued a statement likewise, claiming that the riots, outbreaks, and damages were an orchestrated act that was unkown to its agencies until it was enacted on, however after pursuing the matter in the legal field they are forced to comply with Sector rulings
- This is not the end of CorSerc, they still have several large private contracts within the Sector, though this will effect thier profits in the short term the company foresee a path of reconstruction and intend to stay afloat.
- The Ironknight Goverment today also issued a statement regarding the on going murder investigation , confirming that Blaine Griggs (who is wanted for questioning) has still not turned up, and that in a show of solidarity and loyalty has now awarded the contract for his apprehension for questioning to CorSerc.
- CorSerc went on to make a statement that Mr Griggs was an associate of theirs and after enquiry have dispatched a vessel to his last known location.

Your ship docks with the orbital facility, and your crew is now eager to set sail for the next leg of your mission.
you are all busy preparing to make flight when a communication comes through the comms
“Captain Yardley and crew, you are ordered to stand down and await arrival of commanding officer”
followed shortly with “Please confirm”

Comments

“oh hell what is this? i hope this isnt about griggs that idiot was more trouble than he was ever worth.”

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“please confirm order!” “Stand down and await our arrival”
message ends

Yardley looks at you and Calaghan “What do you want to do?”
Jefferson has a puzzled look about him and says “WTF whats going on here – who is this Griggs”

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In the minutes of confusion after this message you receive another over the comms “This is Audl Lota Orbital your departure orders are currently on hold and docking clamps have been locked! as per article 20:1a”
checking you files article 20:1a pertains to a ship and/or its crew being detained at station by recognised authority due to illegal activity or investigation of such illegal activity.

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Checking your scans you are now alerted to a CorSerc registered ship pulling alongside you, it is manoeuvring to dock directly with you via docking collar/umbilical.
her registry details as follows

Ship: The Gavel
Class: Rapid Security
Type: Scout
Architect: CorSerc Technical Division
Tech Level: 12
USP
SF-2132332-240000-00002-0 MCr 1,748.256 200 Tons
Bat Bear 1 1 Crew: 6
Bat 1 1 TL: 12
Cargo: 19 Fuel: 66 EP: 6 Agility: 2
Craft: 1 × 4T Air Raft, 1 × 8T GCarrier
Fuel Treatment: Fuel Scoops and On Board Fuel Purification
Architects Fee: MCr 1.483 Cost in Quantity: MCr 1,718.605
Detailed Description
(High Guard Design)
HULL
200.000 tons standard, 2,800.000 cubic meters, Needle/Wedge Configuration
CREW
Pilot, 2 Engineers, Medic, 2 Gunners
ENGINEERING
Jump-3, 2G Manuever, Power plant-3, 6.000 EP, Agility 2
AVIONICS
Bridge, Model/3 Computer
HARDPOINTS
2 Hardpoints
ARMAMENT
1 Triple Missile Turret organised into 1 Battery (Factor-2)
DEFENCES
1 Triple Sandcaster Turret organised into 1 Battery (Factor-4), Armoured Hull (Factor-2)

CRAFT
1 4.000 ton Air Raft (Crew of 0, Cost of MCr 600.000), 1 8.000 ton GCarrier (Crew of 0, Cost of MCr 1,000.000)
FUEL
66 Tons Fuel (3 parsecs jump and 28 days endurance)
On Board Fuel Scoops, On Board Fuel Purification Plant
MISCELLANEOUS
6 Staterooms, 19 Tons Cargo
COST
MCr 149.739 Singly (incl. Architects fees of MCr 1.483), MCr 118.605 in Quantity, plus MCr 1,600.000 of Carried Craft
CONSTRUCTION TIME
57 Weeks Singly, 46 Weeks in Quantity
COMMENTS
The Gavel is a Rapid Response Security Vessel designed and engineered by CorSerc Technical Division, and built under contract at The Ironknight Construction Facility. Its main purpose is the fast response to security risks and/or situations it comes equipped with an Air Raft and GCarrier as well as almost 20 ton of modular cargo space which can be equipped to accommodate prisoners and seized cargo or combination of both. There are numerous vessels of this class in service around the Sector both serving CorSerc directly and contracted out to various agencies as the need maybe. Although not J4 rated she still can cut weeks of off travel over the standard scout/courier currently still in service and gives CorSerc access to the more remote systems of the Sector and a quicker response time. she is armed with a single triple missile turret, and defended by R2 armour as well as a single triple sand caster turret the ship is comfortable for its crew, as it is a new design and build and so far has not encountered any faults or bugs. Given CorSerc’s recent hardship expect to see these ships working under contract to other agencies, as they attempt to make up the financial losses they are now experiencing.

Rapid Security Class Scout
HULL
Hull: 0.000 Td; MCr 24.000
Armour Factor-2: 12.000 Td; MCr 6.000
ENGINEERING
M-Drive Factor-2: 10.000 Td; MCr 7.000
J-Drive Factor-3: 8.000 Td; MCr 32.000
P-Plant Factor-3: 18.000 Td; MCr 54.000; +6.000 EP
FUEL
P-Fuel: 6.000 Td; MCr 0,000
J-Fuel: 60.000 Td; MCr 0.000
Scoops: 0.000 Td; MCr 0.200
Purification: 6.000 Td; MCr 0.032
L-Hyd Drop Tanks: 0.000 Td; MCr 0.000
AVIONICS
Bridge: 20.000 Td; MCr 1.000
Computer Model/3: 3.000 Td; MCr 18.000; -1 EP
WEAPONRY
1 x Missile Turrets: 1.000 Td; MCr 2.250
1 x Sand Turrets: 1.000 Td; MCr 0.750
SCREENS
CRAFT
1 x Air Raft: 4.000Td; MCr 0.008; Cost of craft: MCr 600.000
1 x GCarrier: 8.000Td; MCr 0.016; Cost of craft: MCr 1,000.000
ACCOMODATIONS
6.0 x Staterooms: 24.000 Td; MCr 3.000
Cargo: 19.000 Td; MCr 0.000

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“well we arnt going anyware then. stand down and await whoever the frack this is. your the commander of this vessel captain you let them know”

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“this is Captain Yardley of the CorSerc ship SC020 we are standing down! who do i have the privilege of addressing?”
“This is Commander D’Hades of The Gavel SF005 we are preparing to dock please have your crew and passengers meet us in the cargo bay promptly”
Yardley looks at you and says “Well lets go see what they want, maybe this is just a shakedown dont know – also i dont know this commander, so best we play this one close to our chests”
he opens internal comms and calls Calaghan to the cargo bay he stands and turns to you and Jefferson “Okay chaps lets go”
you all make your way down to the cargo bay, you hear the sound of clamps and docking collars engaging after about a minute or two the cargo access point opens through the hatch come two armed men (smg’s), the commander, and a medic.
the Commander addresses you all “I am Commander D’Hades, i have been sent here to secure Blaine Griggs though it appears he is not here would someone like to speak up and explain why he is not here as ordered?”

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roger steps forward and flashes a grin like a wolf and then begins talking"why commander D’hades that would be because he is on i his way back to ironknight via low travel. we had to do this because other wise he would have died of the lethal dose of poison he consumed before he left ironknight. we would have treated him there but it turns out that there isnt much medical care on the planet we happen to be orbiting. anything else you need?"

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“I see, convenient i assume you have this all logged in your database” he chuckles and looks at his tablet “Yes it would seem that you are correct, its Nixx isn’t it? and planet is a very generous description for this dust ball we have been forced to journey to!”
he turns to Yardley “Captain Yardley, it would seem we have wasted our time coming here to secure Griggs however, records show you have detained Mortimer and have him on board – good job i hope he didn’t trouble you too much, we have people eagerly awaiting his return so we wont trouble you long” he then looks at Jefferson and then his tablet “And who are you i don’t see you listed as ships crew or on payroll, what is your business here?”

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roger steps forward again
“we required another crewman after griggs became incapacitated, jefferson here was very helpful i was intending to negotiate for him to placed on the payroll when we next ran into a planet with a corserc office or representative. sir if you dont mind me asking what are our orders from here out?

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“Well we have studied your investigations so far, and it would seem you have performed to an acceptable level, though it would seem as the time has passed so has the distance the escapees have travelled and it is glaringly obvious that your ship here is incapable of continuing with much or any further success!” D’Hades says. He pauses for a minute while making some notes on his tablet and obviously thinking he continues “Hmm I have two choices here I can order you back to Ironknight and conclude your contract and i can continue on with your intel and seek these remaining prisoners out,….. or i can be generous, I can take Mortimer off your hands and send you on your way to continue your search”

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“commander it is entirely your choice. but my preference would be to keep going untill it becomes clear that we cannot, quiting isnt in my nature”

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“Well spoken Nixx, i assume your Captain and Engineer both agree?” Yardley and Calaghan both nod and agree!
“I have the power through my rank to promote you all to my ship “The Gavel” she is a new lady faster and better armoured than your last and though you maybe a few crew short i can see no reason as to why you cant succeed, I can also have Jefferson Williams entered into crew and awarded the same rates as yourself. Captain Yardley you have been recognised for continual service to CorSerc and as such it is my ability to promote you to the rank of Commodore, Calaghan likewise your service is well noted you can now consider yourself CPO, as to you Nixx you are young but have shown aptitude and talent and therefore i can promote you to Lt"
D’Hades pauses for a few seconds gauging your reactions, then continues
“Now gentlemen i believe your on my cargo deck and not catching criminals – step to it!!! stow your sacks and get going!”

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with that after a few minutes all of D"Hades’ crew have made their way onto the scout ship and you have started shifting your gear to your new ship “The Gavel” you now have this time to enter into any conversations with the crew or ask further questions

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OOC can you please also update your character sheet i have noticed you have yet to add your ticks :)

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“thankyou sir” roger rushes to and fro collecting his equipment and preparing his cabin. after all his things are stowed he takes his seat on the bridge and familirises himself with the gunnery position. he then calls over to yardley “everything is clear here”

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Sorry mate I’m In hospital again!

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nah its ok
any eta on when you will be back on your feet?

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before we leave i enter into conversation with the commander “sir do you have any leads on the other escapees that we should know, also do you know if any others have been captured?”

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Sorry for the hiatus ive been real sick, but back home and on deck so i will continue shortly, been thinking about Psionics and i am sorta thinking it would be an interesting experiment as ive never used them before, however your suggested arc dosnt fit MTU but i will make something available to you shortly (well if you go in the right direction that is)

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OOC as i said in the message use as much or as little as you want.
also its great to hear you are back on your feet

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“Well i know a few stragglers have been caught in close by systems, as for the Nine you have captured one of them as for the rest, i haven’t heard of any others as yet!” the Commanders answers, he continues “We have no solid leads apart from the information already supplied”. His comms beeps he looks at his tablet, looks up to you and says “Well unless there is anything else we are ready to ship out, and im sure you are all eager to be heading onto Lazuteson”

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“Of course sir, i believe they should be done with the checks by now. i will return to my post” roger moves though the scout ship doing one last check for anything left behind and then heads through the airlock. after checking that all the commanders men are done with their own packing he closes the airlock and then presses the button for the intercom “yardley all of the commanders men are of the ship and i have a green seal on the airlock you can begin disengaging whenever you like.” as soon as roger has done that he will head back to the bridge.

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You acquaint yourself with your new bridge, as Yardley preps the boosters for the short flight to the docking ring, a three, two, one and you guys are free of your old ship. There is a moment of drift as the manoeuvring thrusters fire and adjust your attitude, then as soft as silk you start to fly forward away and towards the docking ring. On the Bridge display you see the image from the rear camera it is your old ship slowly rotating away as your approach your new birth, once you are at set distance you see the scout depart from the Orbital and strike a course for system exit after several minutes she cannot be seen anymore, a Jolt brings you out of your revere as Yardley says “We are here… again, now lets get this baby fuelled and ready for flight we have a long trip ahead. Now sit with me and lets go over the charts and plot our course” with that he punches up a star chart of the Subsector and the next! “We should probably set course for Carinae IV its a B Class Facility, we can also stock up on fresh provisions there and then fly direct to Lazuteson, six weeks in all with just 2 jumps. if we had still been in the old scout we would have been 5 jumps and 15 weeks, so yeah a lot quicker!” Yardley says as he shows you on the map “That is unless there is somewhere you want to deviate to?”

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“sounds fine to me yardley, i dont have any reason i can think of to deviate. tell me what do you know of the subsector we are about to head into? also what do you know of the plans that ripley stole?” roger asks

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Oops i gaffed the jumps (here was me thinking we were J4 not J3, so jump schedule as follows
Audle Lota – Tr’Darro
Tr’Darro – Izohot
Izohot – Lazuteson
so a total of 9 weeks flight!
Tr’Darro is a small world of little value, small population and extreme law (all weapons banned), she is governed by Carinae IV
Izohot is a low tech, Tropical Garden world it suffers from a corrosive atmosphere so environmental suits are required if venturing outside.

District I13 is a typical sparse Subsector, with 6 off its 13 systems posted as amber. only one of these (Tencton) has any real government or law. reliable starports are few and far between.

after reviewing the records of Ripley’s case and the extra information we have just received it is apparent that InGott Lines is a subsidiary of Tevifa Strategic Defense Systems, and it seems that the plans that were stolen have derailed their defence contract – as it currently stands no one has come forward with the plans and they are still unknown

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Should of also added, several worlds you maybe encountering have corrosive or harmful atmospheres – or even none at all. Some EV Suits would be a good idea.

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“hmm looks like we will need at least some ev suits, where would be the best place to get them along the way i wonder? also yardley while im here i wanted your permisson to run evaluations of all the crew starting with jefferson to assess their combat capabilities what do you think?

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“Yes that sounds like a sound idea – we could all do with a review” Yardley says, “and we can always enquire along the way for those EV suits”

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“what weapons are you skilled with sir if you dont mind i would like to get the prelim out of the way now. also what situations have you used these weapons.”

OOC i know that all this is in the caracter sheet but roger wouldnt trust their abillities unless he has assessed them for himself

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Yes all skills listed in the Dramatis Personae document are current and up to date, any exercises you put both NPC’s through are past with flying colours, as for Jefferson well i have no idea of his history and/or service branch (which is why i supplied a blank character sheet to list such things)

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Yardley replies “Well yes i am competent with both dagger and SMG (both rating 2) i have used both in a variety of situations, from opening a can of beans to shooting bad people” he chuckles.
Callaghan says “I have no official training… but i can handle a shotgun relatively well”

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Vacc-suits are fine for thin, trace and no atmospheres and to a limited time frame corrosive however i will be tracking any exposure damage that may be applicable. also note your new ship includes a GCarrier which again is sealed (if desired) but like your suits its outer layers will start to deteriorate after just hours of exposure YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED!!!

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OOC sorry i ment to explain jefferson when i created his character i ran him through the army path as a sort of local milita type thing i noted all his skills in his entry. i didnt have any mustering out rewards for him though as i basiclly assumed that his mustering out was leaving the planet with us. due to his extensive gambling debts i think that he would have not much but the clothes on his back and the weapons that he is familiar with. basicly when i roled him he had three terms, got commisioned, premoted twice and then mustered out. make sense?

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after roger finished his business on the bridge he heads to Jeffersons quarters. knocking politely he enters. “jefferson im doing a review of the combat capibilitys of the crew. ive seen enough of your driving and ranged abilities but i would like to see what abilities you have in close combat. if you are free i would spar with you to determine them, meet me in the cargo hold when you are ready.” roger then goes to the mostly empty cargo hold and begins warming up for his daily exercise routine. striping to the waist for the first time in broad view he begins a series of exercises.

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Full mustering out benefits as per rules please, debts aside Jefferson would still have some goods or equip and remember Mustering Out also grants skill/stat/social benefits as well!
like the local militia idea though – if we return i might like to develop that a bit further, as you are aware Audl Lota has a rather fragmented government so there is a likelihood that there could be several local militia even down to the county level! just remember Audl Lota is Tech 8, so any equip he gets must be of that level or under.

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Tr’Darro, or Lazuteson have sufficient tech levels to aquire Vacc suits.

Jefferson handles himself well in the training exercise, and he does not seemed phased by your cybernetics.

your exercise is cut short with coming over the intercom “This is your captain all personnel to your stations, we are ready for departure Yardley out”

on the short walk back to the bridge jefferson comments “Best to hide that away, in the outer systems that type of tech could see you kidnapped” he smiles and hands you a frosty beer

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“ha they could try” roger laughs putting back on his shirt, overcoat and gloves.“jefferson tell me that rifle you had during the hunt. did you get it from blakely or anderson? also what hand to hand technique is that. is it all based on punches like the part i saw there or are there other components? also the emphisis on mobility over power reminds me of a technique caled t’rko on ironknight. always hated that name.”
OOC i will add his mustering outs tommorow am away from my man comp at the moment

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“Wel Rog its just an ACR, got me self a nice shiny one from a trader a few months back! and the fighting, well thats just good ol’ fashioned rough housing – never had much proper training just grew up on Audl Lota in a little town called “Muzwick’s Pleasure” its about 300 clicks SE of Audl Lota, not as big as Audl Lota not as rough its all high tech and flashy but its also shady with a ton of gambling dens, bordello’s, and other types of stuff" Jefferson says with a smile “Real nice place on the coast” he winks “any ways lets get up front and get flyin’”

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“yeah sure, ill want to go over all your field equiptment with you but that can wait” roger says strolling onto the bridge. “anything you need us to do sir or is it all you for now?” roger says to yardley taking his place at tactical. he motions Jefferson to sit in an empty bridge chair and then straps himself in. "you know what my old captain used to say before we got going every time. second star and straight on till morning. reference to an old book or something. oh well just popped into my for some reason.

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“Yeah we say shoot first ask questions later” Jefferson adds with a chuckle.
The displays on the Gavel light up and launch is imminent, a few seconds later with a lurch the ship de-couples and is free of the orbital facility within minutes you are on your way to the deep of the system and your jump point. You have a week till you jump, it is uneventful and passes as quickly as it can, you spool up the jump and you are in the bubble, again another week passes and you drop out of jump. you now find you have 7 days till you reach Tr’Darro – time to do anything you may want to do before arrival…

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at one point when both roger and jefferson are on watch roger ask jefferson “so did blakely or anderson tell you anything about me? also ive been wondering how long you have been working for that pair of old rouges?”
he also finds himself talking to yardley and during the descusion about the predicament of ingrott lines he asks yardley “why did you join up with ingrott and what did you do before?”

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“So not really Rog, the boys well we were always busy, always doing stuff, and when we did chat it was about Guns, Gal’s, and Grav’s – ive been working for them since they started up the business”
Jefferson says, “Now did you want to do some more of that training?”

in the discussion with Yardley he says “How did you get the idea i worked for InGott Lines? I have worked almost entirely for CorSerc since muster, and before that well i did my time on the ships working for the government – although if you ask me its a bit off a pickle! InGott are one of the more well regarded ship yards, their loosing these plans has crippled their upcoming contract, but also a ton of goodwill, no one in their right mind would look at them now for sensitive projects! call me distrustful but its a heck of a way to bankrupt your rival, steal plans and then make sure they stay lost! not that im saying thats what happened but who knows…”

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OOC oops got the two companys mixed up. oh well il roll with it.

roger nods at jeffersons suggestion “sure i didnt get time to fully test all your skills. i pretty confident that you can handel your self in a fistfight but i want to see how you do with blades.” as they are walking roger asks “so did you meet snowflake at all?”

“sorry yardley i have no idea why i thought that, getting my companys mixed up anyway now that we are on the subject who are ingott’s biggest rival i wonder? should we try looking for a link between them and ripley? anyway corserc is in a little trouble itself what with the financal ramafacations about the jailbreak sinking in and all.”

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“Directly, as far as i know none. InGott Lines and Ratatalue Interstellar Dynamics although are both in the same business, i would find it hard to believe that they would stoop that low – no if you ask me it will be a smaller company angling to take out one of the smaller subsideries”
Yardley comments. “Yes we are in a bit of poop right now, though for the time we are fine hunting down these crims, but if the trail drys or when we apprehend them all i expect we will be rented out to whoever is paying the most” he finishes

You and Jefferson go down to the cargo bay and train – for as long as you like

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roger spends most of his off time when he isnt on bridge watch exercising in the hold or attending to his weapons and equipment. he pays particular attention to the weapon and armor that snow gave him and cleans at least once a day. each day before sleep he settles into a meditative pose and prays to his goddess, sholk lady of storms, in the language of his father. once during the trip he takes out a small old fasioned captains logbook and flip to a well read page. its says
“this is the captains log of emile santos. today we ended up in deep space, the drive is dammaged and untill we can get to a dockyard its functioning the best it can. while we were refilling the fuel to make a another jump we found something. another ship, derelict and without atmosphere. i sent a party aboard an they came back with a low pod. with the ships doctor we opened it, inside was a young girl. she refuses to talk to us but otherwise appears unharmed. the strangest thing about her is her hair though. her hair is pure white almost blindingly so. hair like snow. end log.”
roger closes the log and stares at the cover for a while the ships name burned into his brain.
Dawn Wind
his mind flashes back to that day 2 years ago of him approaching the side of a new prize. his first as an enlisted. of his second coming up to him and saying “this will be one for the record books ay lad. the first prize the dread pirate roger nixx ever took. the Dawn Wind heh got a good name to it.”
then roger layed back
and dreamed

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