Frontier Trader Lilith

The History of the Spinward Marches
Get a sense for the events of the region

http://www.librarydata.org/entry.php?entryno=146

In short, the history of the Spinward Marches is one of waves of colonization followed by wars back and forth with the Zhodani Consulate, Vargr, and Sword Worlds Coalitions over the past millenium.

The Zhodani are the most powerful enemy of the Imperium in this region.

Actually somewhat more immediate as a threat are the Vargr, however they are disorganized, and so the threat they present tends to be more in terms of piracy or small-scale incursions (other than when they ally with the Zhodani for a major war).

The Sword Worlds are a violent confederation of humans that present a small, but constant danger.

Further afield, the Darrians are an advanced, and non-threatening race that controls a small group of worlds.

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Session 1
Of Money, Memories, and Merchants

Leliana and Sigul meet Partig at the Regina Highport, in the same diner that they had met in all those years ago when Partig and Leliana were a couple and Sigul was an Imperial Scout. After some initial discomfort, old arguments, and general sniping between Leliana and Partig, they all have a drink and make their way to the meeting with Partig’s contact.

Baron Oberlindes lays out his offer and Leliana and Sigul go to inspect the ship while the Baron and Partig discuss some private matters. A few problems of varying degrees are found with the ship, but the price is still too good to refuse. The deal is sealed and Sigul spends the next few days securing cargo and passengers.

Just before take-off the crew is joined by an “old friend” of Partig’s, one Sekugun. Apparently some sort of computer expert. The Frontier Trader Lilith then sets course for Extolay.

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Session 2
Which form do I fill out for Illegal Landings?

The Lilith arrives in system after a perfect and eventless Jump.

The ship is put on standby for landing at the Highport until a berth comes open. Sigul sets to work trying to find buyers for the cargo. Partig takes the ship’s boat and shuttles the passengers to the Highport. Leliana shuttles over to the Highport as well and runs in to an old flame. Drama between Partig and Leliana ensues. Meanwhile, Sekugun sets about searching for information on the local newsnet regarding any recent discussions of the Ancients, and hits the jackpot.

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Sekugun: Personal Log 1
From Here to Extolay

Don’t know what scheme the “Marquis” is perpetrating, probably don’t want to know. This ship of his can help me search for what I need for my studies, that’s all that matters at the end of the day. Besides, if it comes down to the bone, I know things about the “Marquis” that I can use to my advantage.

That Leliana, she’s something. Firecracker. Can’t say as I think it’s the best idea ever to have your ex-wife as your ship’s engineer, but considering the “Marquis’” fallen circumstances I guess he didn’t have a hell of a lot of choice in the matter. Nice to have a pretty face onboard anyway. I’d space myself if it was just me and that accountant, Sigul. He’s about as stimulating as recycled air.

Ahh, sounds like we’re coming out of Jump. Hello, Extolay. Let’s see if you hold any secret treasures…

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Session 3
Vargr Blues

The crew continues with training the Vargr on grav truck use. Leliana sympathises with the Vargr plight and poor treatment by the humans on Extolay and befriends a couple of them. She also gets herself embroiled in the workings of Vargr “politics” and promises to not only help sort out some pack squabbles but to help the Vargr, specifically Arvadrav the factory Alpha, build weapons.

While having a meal with Gurvrag, one of her new Vargr friends, and his family she gets a first-hand look at the brutality with which the Vargr are often treated by the humans. A local lawman brutalizes Gurvrag and one of his wives with a stun baton while Leliana watches from hiding.

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Sekugun: Personal Log 2
Conspiracies and Co-Eds

I forgot one of the primary lessons I learned as an agent. Killing is easy, hiding the bodies not so much. I wasn’t even sure I was going to do it until after he was face down on the floor. Some people just rub you the wrong way, you know?

I did get some useful information out of him beforehand at least. And some useful samples for some cybernetics experimentation afterwards. Waste not want not. Now we just need to get off this rock before the authorities get brought in to search for the missing Mr. Mahkin. Good ol’ Elzi.

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Session 4
A Broadcast - A Search - Payment - A Departure - Employment

Vasyl gets a call from Egenia, who it turns out is not interested a long term monogamous relationship with Sekugun, although this does not stop her from indulging in pet names. She convinces him to use his contacts to get Sekugun’s footage of the plant manager broadcast worldwide. Vasyl sets it up with a guy named Reggu Shimukini and Sekugun sends it over. Needless to say, the authorities are pissed and Reggu hangs Vasyl out to dry. Vasyl gets a call from the police, and bails out in his sweet, sweet autolimo, heading for Egenia’s dorm room. Finding it empty when he gets there, he calls Sekugun to berate him on the quality of his subversive materials. Sekugun, apparently unmoved, tells Vasyl that if he can get to the ship before it leaves, he can probably get a job.

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Sekugun: Personal Log 3
Plus One and Then Some

While it was a nice diversion, events on Extolay didn’t go as well as I’d hoped. But we’re back at the highport now and I can concentrate my energies on the moon base insertion. After we put this system behind us it’s going to be time to lay low for awhile. I had forgotten how tiring it is to have to constantly keep oneself from being caught doing things that one would rather not be caught doing.

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Partig - Repose Scene

Partig watches the last of them, Vasyl, leave the bridge. The door slides shut, but Partig sits in his pilot’s chair, unmoving, until he is sure that none of them will return. He moves to the Navigation console and calls up a hidden, encrypted file with the simple name of “Home”. Opening it, he keys in the Lilith’s current location and makes adjustments to a series of jump calculations combined with minimum refueling and turn around times. Five weeks. Five weeks from Equus. Partig closes the file and stares out at the stars.

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Session 6
Ancient Tango

The crew of the Lilith, having infiltrated the moon base under the guise of visiting scientists, continues to search for anything of value. Artifacts, secrets, classified data, all avenues are explored.

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