The Last Parsec

The Unraveling Doom V
Gift of Goratu

The crew took a closer look at the armed figures confronting them across the generator control room. Like the technicians, the un-armored figure also appeared very similar to humans with a slightly elongated for head. On his forehead, they could see the same symbol as was adorning the paldrons of the red armored figures – – a circle the vertical line extending through it.

Zen realized that he had seen same armor in a travel documentary about the disciples of Goratu. In that vid, the armored figures could be seen guarding temples and other off-limits locations on a world in the disciples space. The vid also showed training of these guards briefly Zen was able to put that knowledge to use over the course of the pending combat.

The darkly clad and caped leader attempted to engage Content Not Found: null_ with conversation to find out why he was there, but Joshua knew the time was short and gave the order to attack. _Content Not Found: null opened by throwing a plasma grenade which enemy leader was able to deflect with a wave of his hand. The enemy leader commanded his troops to engage the crew as he moved to fight Joshua.

The troops employed staff weapons able to fire particle beams and block laser swords. The crew took a few hits and the leader was able to deflect Joshua’s swings with his laser sword. Charlie moved to a control panel and was quickly able to sabotage the generator. Joshua was struck by particle beam and nearly taken out. The enemy leader, called Zyrran by one of the soldiers, moved to a catwalk over the generator seeming to try bait Joshua out of the control room. Instead, Joshua destroyed door controls leading out of the room with hislaser sword after closing the door.

The crew took the two technicians prisoner despite the fanatical resistance employed by the techs during the combat. The crew overheard Zyrran give orders to take Stormbringer. Joshua told Esmeralda to take off; he and the others would have to find another way out before the generator blew up. The conscious technician suggested hangar bay nearby.

Joshua left a grenade clumsily on the door in hopes of blowing up Zyrran. To his surprise an explosion came from that direction as the elevator carried them to the hangar. To his dismay, he heard explosions coming from the hangar that they were headed towards.

The elevator doors opened to a scene of chaos and disarray as several fires minor explosions rocked the large hanger area. Technicians ran about trying to get the fires under control. The source these fires was Stormbringer firing its canons into the hangar. The crew got off the elevator as ship spun around giving the crew access the cargo ramp in the rear of the ship. Esmeralda provided cover fire for the crew and informed them that they needed to put on spacesuits as ship was depressurized. Enemy troops had blown the airlock to board the ship so she had pulled the ship away while the airlock was open which voided Stormbringer’s atmosphere.

Everyone quickly put on suits, and the ship blasted off. Zen took the controls as Charlie and Oa-La repaired the damaged airlock before they could jump. Enemy fighter scrambled and gave chase. Zen was able to outmaneuver the fighters and managed to get one crash into some superstructure extending off the gate station. Evading enemy fire, the crew was satisfied see a large explosion from the generator they had sabotaged.

Repairs completed, Esmeralda was able to jump all the way rift point closest to Tangar Station. Before jumping, they were also treated to the sight of half a destroyer tumbling out of the gate.

Once Stormbringer returned to normal space and sensors back online and noticed another ship. The new ship’s identifier was the Slephnier, the ship Joshua had custom ordered before departing the Versallis. Opening communications, cloaked figure responded asking “This is Lord Josh Dray, who has the pleasure speaking with me today?”

Perplexed and incensed, Joshua had to restrain himself from opening fire on his own ship. In short order it was determined that crew of the Slephnier was a funeral party carrying out ancient Kallian tradition. They were responsible for delivering Zen’s brother’s will and personal spacecraft to Zen. They had “borrowed” the Slephnier and modified it to carry Zen’s new ship.

After the appropriate ceremony, Zen viewed his brother’s vid will. Zen learned that his brother, in service to the Imperial Navy, had died when his carrier group was destroyed near space controlled by the Disciples of Goratu to the Drevini Carstavo.

During this time, Joshua meditated and received a vision of the Serran female who had accompanied his sister of Tangar Station. The Serran seemed to be trying to urgently communicate with him.

With that business attended to, the Kallians’ also mentioned that a small flotilla of Imperial ships had arrived at tank our station from Hudson in response to the pirate activity going on in the area.

A new plan was forged. The crews would exchange ships and Elric would be copied to the new ship. Stormbringer and the Kallians would return to Tangar Station with news about the invasion. Meanwhile Slephnier would journey on the planet that the invasion map had indicated as being the source of the shock troops. Esmeralda agreed to join the crew as a member after she heavily lobbied with Joshua should continue on in search of the survivors from Ebbar’s World.

The crews said their goodbyes and went in their own separate directions. Over the next several days Slephnier made its way from system to system along the rift. Without event, they made their way through the rift and finally jumped into the star system furthermost out.

Their destination system had a single planet, a gas giant with a habitable moon and numerous asteroid belts. Initial scans turned up a extremely faint emergency distress signal coming from one of the asteroid belts. They set course for the source of the signal and along the way heard radio transmissions from an indeterminate source that sounded like whale-song.

Arriving at the origin of the distress signal, they found a most peculiar ship. It appeared entirely organic in nature. The hull had ruptured and a figure in spacesuit could be seen drifting lifelessly in the cabin.

It was decided to investigate the ship. A docking core door was extended between the two ships and a Oh-La crossed with Joshua waited in the airlock of the Slephnier. Oa-la noted that the center front canopy was shattered and it appeared there was a rupture between a cargo space in the main cabin. She set about trying to figure out how to use the ships controls when a blue sphere approximately 10 inches in diameter came into view outside the ship.

She couldn’t help notice that shade of blue exactly matched herself but had little time to ponder that as it shouted a warning to her. Throwing herself through the front windscreen, she narrowly dodged the attack by an invisible opponent. Pulling on her lifeline to bring herself back in, the assailant broke the line ensuring that she could not do that again. After a brief fight she was able to slay the creature. Upon death it became visible as a nightmare metal plates and spikes though thoroughly organic in nature.

Shortly thereafter, several other living ships appeared seemingly out of nowhere. Oa-La returned to the Slephnier. After closing the airlock, a knock was heard from the outside. Opening it, the blue sphere entered the airlock began gushing about how happy it was to meet Oa-La and referred to as “sister”. The sphere referred to itself as Five made mention to others such as “Sister Four”.

As they tried to digest this, the crew found themselves teleported to the habitable moon. Another knock from outside the ship this time on the main cargo door for a small delegation of Serran’s could be seen waiting. Among them is the Serran female that left Tangar Station with Joshua sister.

The Unraveling Doom IV
Edge of Sight

When the ship returned to normal space following the jump, Joshua asked Esmeralda where they were. Rather than take them back the way they came, she had taken them to the next system out, Omicron Eridani Dyrandi, in hopes of eluding any pirate pursuers. Joshua was somewhat dismayed by this as he wanted to return to Tangar station as soon as possible. He was also concerned that the map they had retrieved from the dead soldier indicated that the mysterious invasion was supposed to begin in that system.

A quick scan of their sensors did not reveal the presence of any gathering fleets or anything else that might indicate the presence of an impending invasion. Aside from a faint anomaly coming from the south pole of the star, the system seemed to be devoid of any activity.

Before they had a chance to do any further planning, a torpedo jumped in system and started to lock on to the Stormbringer. Zen began evasive maneuvers crew frantically tried to throw it off. In the end Zen was able to shoot it down before it could destroy the ship.

With that crisis dealt with, crew turned their attention to the mystery of malfunctioning sensors on the bottom of the ship. Content Not Found: null was selected to go out and investigate. She was able to determine that the bottom of the ship had been tampered with, a panel removed, and a bomb attached to the ship.

Lord Dray retreated to his quarters to meditate while the crew dealt with this problem. Ultimately Charlie was able to improvise a bypass to the device and discarded it by tossing it at the star in the system.

Next the crew turned their attention to trying to locate mysterious invasion fleet. Only likely location was the watery moon orbiting a gas giant mid-system. It was decided to head in that direction but keep an eye at the anomaly appearing in their sensors periodically around the south stellar pole.

Esmeralda reveled that the south Anderson point of the star was unusual and best described as a “super Anderson point” capable of allowing ships to jump much further than usual.

After a day in transit, the anomaly resolved itself into an extremely large structure approximately, 1 mile in diameter. Deciding that this was likely related to the invasion, they headed towards it. As they drew closer can see that it appeared to be still under construction as several worker shuttles moving about it. With better energy readings determine that is powered by four generators and at the center of the structure appeared a gate leading to another part of the galaxy. As they observed, a pair of destroyers began moving towards the gate from the other side.

The crew selected a generator which seemed the most remote from the other structures on the gate. The crew was able to dock near the generator and enter station without meeting resistance. They moved quickly cautiously toward the generator, noting more signs of recent construction technology that was unfamiliar to them.

Arriving in the generator room, they found a pair of technicians working on a control panel. Joshua engaged them in conversation and tried to learn more about them. As he introduced himself, elevator doors opened revealing a darkly clad humanoid sporting a laser sword and surrounded by red armored figures. “Dray, did you say? Goratu has given me a gift today!”

The Unraveling Doom III
"Anywhere they're not shooting at us!"

As Charlie and Zen prepared the ship to depart the pirates’ star fortress, Joshua and Oa-La rifled the body of the power armor equipped soldier they had dragged on board. When Zen arrived on the bridge, he found that Elric had released Esmerelda due to the imminent threat of the fighters fires circling the area. Esmerelda had taken care of most of the preflight checks. She also shared her concern that the ship ventral sensor was blank but Elric could not detect any problems.

Before they could pull away from the fort, several arrester beams locked onto the ship and held it in place. Rather than trying to traverse the exterior the station’s exterior to disable the beams, it was decided to try and locate a terminal or some other access within the station to turn them off.

As the party gathered and the airlock in preparations of the entering the pirate held space station, the airlock video showed them that several pirates waiting to see if the Stormbringer crew would return to the station. When they reopened the airlock, it caught the pirates off guard. Some quick sort work on Zen’s part, and grenade from Oa-La dispatched the majority of the waiting pirates and sent the rest running.

One short hike through the space station turned up a terminal being studied by a feline pirate. Zen quickly sniped the pirate and him finish them off with a knife. Despite or because of the station’s age, Oa-La was able to access star fortress computer in bend it to her will. She disabled the arrester beams, simulated a reactor leak, and created a phantom fleet of Imperium ships which occupied the majority of the pirate ships.

After this, the crew hastily return to the Stormbringer. Finally casting off from the store fortress, they began a desperate race to reach the Anderson Point on the other side of the debris field before being destroyed by the pirate ships. Zen earned his pay as he weaved and dodged the ship through the ancient space battle remains. Several pirate fighters persued them, but were unable to keep up and either damaged or destroyed by debris.

Just before they reached the Anderson Point, a pirate frigate emerged from the debris and launched a guided torpedo at Stormbringer. Zen set the throttle to full to buy Esmerelda as much time as possible to complete her calculations. She didn’t know where they were headed so when asked “Where to?”, the crew responded, in unison, “Anywhere they’re not shooting at us!”. Seizing the initiative, she jumped them to the next system out instead of taking them straight back the way they had come.

Without realizing it, she had taken them see the source of the impending invasion based on the map retrieved from a dead soldier.

A sense of unease settled across the crew. This was made worse by the fact that nothing of the ordinary in this system. Further scans revealed nothing except a faint reading that seem to be coming from around the star beneath them.

The Unraveling Doom II
Speak To A Pirate Day

The group spent a few more days exploring the remains of the colony on Ebbar’s World. They noticed that there were several footprints left in the dirt that seem to come from the same type of boot. They’re beginning to think that it was some kind of organized force which caused the carnage on Ebbar’s World. Failure to find recordings of the attack force was also suspicious, making it seem like the attackers were trying to hide their identity.

Deciding that nothing else could be learned there, the group hid a fuels stash and took off on their way back to Tangar Station. A day out from the star of Ebbar’s World, they noticed a small flotilla of nasty looking ships jumping away. When they arrived at the Rift, they could barely detect that the flotilla had entered it before them.

Skillful flying by Zin got Stormbringer through the Rift ahead of the flotilla. Using a jury rigged device made by Charlie, Joshua was able to contact Tangar Station. He warned them about the flotilla, though that they could do nothing about it but watch. Racing ahead of the pirate flotilla, the group soon realized that the the pirates were not following them towards Tangar Station. Instead they were headed towards a gas giant the system. The pirate flotilla then jumped using a previously unknown Anderson point beneath the gas giant.

Upon arriving at the station, Hugh the hired navigator quickly ran off the ship in a hysteria about what happened on Ebbar’s World. Esmeralda was waiting at hatch but the group ignored her. A medical team took the young girl they had rescued from the colony. Joshua arranged a meeting with the station’s leadership where they discussed the pirate activity and the new escalation of violence. No clear decision was reached as to a course of action for the station to take. Ideas discussed included trying to jump the station, though was not known if that was even possible. During the meeting, someone mentioned an imperial armada was located at Hudson. Others dismissed this as a rumor.

While the meeting was going on, Charlie followed Esmeralda. He witnessed here desperately trying to get on a ship leaving the station, even offering to pay.

The group decided that they needed to return back to the other side of the Rift to get additional information and locate the source the attacks. After Hugh had finished spreading the stories of destruction on Ebbar’s World, there were no pilots willing to back at this time. That left the party with one choice: Esmeralda.

When they return to the ship, they found her waiting by the airlock. After tense negotiations, they agreed to take her on as their navigator through the Rift. Esmeralda agreed to guide them to the system they were looking for. Once their trip was ever, she said she might have a formation about where Joshua sister was headed.

Also before heading out, Charlie was tasked with mounting on Stormbringer the laser cannons recovered from a downed pirate fighter. Commercial garage facilities would not be available for several weeks, but Captain Sorra was able to free up a system patrol garage. Charlie was able to get the guns mounted very quickly and in such a way that they looked like part of the original ship design.

Departing the station once again, they headed into the Rift. Esmeralda seem to know something about charlie’s long life span, though he had no recollection of her or what she’s talking about. She also seem to be in antagonizing Zin. After a quick stop back by Ebbar’s World to refuel, they were off to the system they sought: Magellan Omicron.

Arrival of the system was somewhat of a shock, as before them floated the remains of several ancient star battles. In the wreckage, they could see the remains of a stellar fortress, one of several battle stations used to defend the system’s Anderson Point. Deciding it was a good place to start looking, Zin carefully piloted the ship through the hulking remains to be far side of the fort. There they could see a pirate frigate docked with the fort and under repairs. The decision was made to hold position and observe things for a while.

Unfortunately as they waited, a message was sent them inviting them in and letting them know that they had not been a stealthy as they thought. Joshua identified himself as Lord Dray, immediately someone screamed his name in rage in the background on the other into the communication. After locking Esmerelda in the master suite, the group docked and entered the station where indicated. After a short walk down a hall, they fouind themselves in a hangar from well-armed pirates awaiting them. Pirate Captain Varyag spoke with them but gave no useful information or admission of involvement in the attack on Ebbar’s World. Realizing he was getting nowhere, Joshua made a decision to retreat.

As soon as they started to run, the pirates opened fire. Their way back to the ship was cut off by a human wearing power armor, screaming the name Dray, and frothing at the mouth. As he opened fire, there were attacked from another side by what appeared to be Captain Varyag’s robotic parrot.

Joshua drew his laser sword and started swinging at the robot. With help from Zin, he was able to finally slash it neatly in half. Meanwhile, Oa-La engaged the power armor with her sword after blasting it with a grenade. He still put up a fight while asking her how she could work for such scum. Her response was to cut off his head.

Dragging the power armor behind them, they boarded Stormbringer and close the air lock behind them. As they prepared to flee the battle station, Oa-La discovered a personal data device on the remains of the human. It appeared to be displaying a map of the periphery with a plan for invasion, including the Dray manor world of Hudson.

The Unraveling Doom I
The Edge of Everything

The party was picked up by the pallace ship Versailles and over the next several weeks subjected to several tests ranging from normal to highly unusual. They’re told that imperial scientists want to learn as much as they can about exposure to the “stellar event” the party and initiated in the last adventure.

Lord Dray learned that two of his older brothers were assassinated in a very unusual circumstances along with a few other nobles. An Imperial Quester had been assigned to investigate, as is procedure under the circumstances, and Joshua was not to pursue the matter. He also learned that a Serran female was missing from her brothers’ ship.

Joshua’s sister, Evelyn, had been traveling on the same ship that his brothers were on, though she disembarked before they were killed. His cousin asked him to locate his “Evie”, to inform her of her brother’s death and what it happened, and to bring are safely back if that is what she wished.

Two ships were available for the party to take as a loner to help them. After much, much deliberation, it was decided to take the brand new, highly luxurious yacht, though it was unarmed. After a quick shakedown cruise and shopping trip for new gear, the group who was off to the Unraveled Periphery part of space where Dray’s sister was last known to be.

On route, Dray engaged the ship’s AI to find out what it would like to be called as the ship still had the builder’s designator of “C”. The AI had several suggestions but it was ultimately decided that it would be called Elric and the ship itself would be called Stormbringer.

On the next to last jump, the group appeared in the middle of a freighter being attacked by a pirate corvette and pair of fighters. This was especially distressing given the choice to take the unarmed, though extremely comfortable, ship. Despite their lack of guns, Lord Dray hailed the pirates and commanded they cease their attack as Oa-La maneuver Stormbringer toward the pirate corvette. Zen began working on the calculations for the next jump and Charlie did his best to keep the ship running.

Oa-La deftly avoided laser fire as the pirates concentrated their attention on the Stormbringer. The corvette fired grapple lines and hooked onto Stormbringer, not realizing how powerful her engines were. Oa-La used this to her advantage, flinging the pirate corvette away and out of control. Zen completed the calculations, but Dray held off on jumping to try to help keep the pressure off the freighter.

The freighter captain said his jump drive was almost repaired as the pirate corvette righted itself and returned with a vengeance. Oa-La kept the Stormbringer between the fighters on the court that, resulting in the destruction of one of the fighters by friendly fire from an overzealous gunner on the pirate corvette.

Taking heavy fire, and with their shields almost buckling, Zen flip the switch to jump away. 2 seconds later the freighter join them in the Tangar system. Support vessels from Tangar Station move to help the freighter as Stormbringer docked with the station.

Station Administrator Weston along with security Captain Sorra met the crew as they disembarked. The administrator assumed Lord Dray was at the station to assist with the rising number of pirate attacks. Though not his original intention, Dray decided he should do we could to help.

Asking around, it was learned learned Evie had departed two weeks prior along with a Serran and redheaded male. Unsure where they had headed, Dray decided to pursue the pirates. Reviewing other reports of pirate attacks, Dray noticed that other had detected the same strange residual radiation in the hull of pirate ships that the Stormbringer had detected. While asking around at the pilots guild, a pilot named Esmeralda, familiar with the unraveled space claimed she knew the star system where this radiation occurred. After hiring her, the crew decided she seem to be shady, so they threw her off the ship before they left the station. Captain Sorra provided a replacement pilot to guide them through be unraveled graft.

After navigating the rift in record time, storm ring are merged on the other side. The crew decided to visit Ebbar’s World in hopes of refueling, as fuel prices on Tangar Station were quite high. Much to their dismay, they discovered that the outpost on Ebbar’s world had been attacked with no signs of any survivors. They landed to refuel and investigate. Searching turned up a single survivor, a young girl of perhaps seven or eight years old who was malnourished and in shock. They also determined that several hundred people were missing, as the number of bodies found did not account for the population of the outpost.

Their only clues to the attackers was a single downed fighter-class starship of the same kind that the pirates had used their attack on the freighter.

The group decided it best not to further endanger the child and planned to head back to Tangar Station to report the news of the outpost’s fate and to leave the girl there. Before they left, they concealed enough fuel to refill storm bringer 2 1/2 more times.

The Enigma Equation Part 2
The Collector's Ship

The group pursues the missing scientist, finding him in a system with an erratic star and a mysterious, gigantic star ship.

The Enigma Equation Part 1

The group was dispatched to the planet Tomb to determine why there had been no communications with the archaeological team working there.

The team discovered that the head scientist had departed with the major find from the planet and that shortly after he left, insectoids had attacked.


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