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.