Several months of warp travel later, we arrived in the system of Sheol XVII. Upon arrival we were greeted by two potentially hostile patrol ships for the penal colony on this world. Our attempts to convince them our intentions were noble (and sanctioned) failed and we were told to depart before negotiations became hostile.
However thanks to the quick thinking of our newfound explorator mechanic, we were able to convince them to come aboard our ship and investigate further (Doze is an exceptional actor, highly dedicated to the cause). We convinced them he was a dangerous fugitive responsible for actions at Gunpoint, and that we were personally responsible for his delivery to the penal colony. They agreed to escort us to the planet.
We sent him with their guards and our own chosen military personnel. We then utilized one of our shuttles and attempted a discrete and prompt trip to planet fall. Unfortunately, our shuttle took our pilot far to literally and we impacted the surface in a fashion unsuitable for either my previous adjectives.
Tremendous fear. Significant discomfort
Emir and I were able to fling ourselves from the ship before full impact, and roused the others (Nyx stubbornly refused to awaken) before we unexpectedly were met by our wayward explorator who had miraculously obtained a second shuttle. After I gently convinced the pilot to become our (temporary) guide and comrade, we traversed the surface to the predetermined coordinates to complete our mission.
Growing relief. Curious apprehension
After a brief time of searching, we were approached by an individual who seemed to know our intentions. He scaled down the side of the crater and told us simply it was time to leave.
This I can agree with.
Tasks and Priorities:
1) Apply subterfuge and stealth to any further combat situations (training still in order)
2) Commend military oriented comrade for his role in distracting curious parties (and inquire about accolades/impeccable dress)
3) Speak to our pilots about speed vs safely in future descents to planet side
4) Commend explorator on resourcefulness (and inquire about acting lessons)
5) Leave the surface of this planet with both new acquaintances in tow
6) Remind our friend of his new name (remind Zarko as well)
7) Depart system immediately. Destroy any obstacles
Although our warp travels took more time than expected, our journey was otherwise without incident. Our navigator and pilots are of pristine quality, and we have much to be grateful for to have them. Emir is anxious to put this ship and it’s crew in order, as well as to make our dynasty grow. However, it may be that his enthusiasm is mixed with some paranoia, as he nearly alienated our first mate. Though I cannot shake the feeling that his caution is not wholly unwarranted. If not the first mate, there is certainly someone involved here who does not share our interests, and this ship may quickly turn into a deathtrap. I shall investigate further. For now, my elation knows no bounds as we are finally capable of acquiring true profit and prestige. It shall only be a matter of time.
Vengence ad patrem,