Misha, in search of her friend and former student Mac, tracked down a notorious rogue captain to help. She agreed to pay a large sum up-front, as well as 50% of the profits of her next archeo-tech project. Though the payment wiped out her cash reserves, Pike then informed her of all the replacement parts and maintenance that had to be done on his Starfish before it was ready to jump. Misha was forced to track down a Touched mechanic in Rogue’s Hovel by the name of Kiati. Fortunately he was willing to fix the ship in exchange for a further 25% of her next find’s profits.
The crew thus assembled, they spent two weeks in transit (with much complaining and arguing). Kiati was inspired by one of Pike’s comments to design a new weapon. The jump through Micanopy went by uneventfully because (or in spite?) of the recent political upheaval. Luckily, there were no ships in sight around the New Eden slipknot either. Misha decided to visit New Eden Prime first.
Following Misha’s only lead of her friend’s work among the Touched of New Eden Prime, Kiati got the location of a Touched refugee colony on a small moon of New Eden 4 called Ticonderoga. On the approach to this moon the Starfish made contact with a Concordian science and scouting vessel. Pike attempted to explain their presence as a rescue mission for a crashed diplomatic ship, which turned out to be a convenient distraction while pilot and gunslinger Gram positioned the Starfish for a Hug of Doom maneuver.
After a pitched battle of wits and lasers, the Starfish prevailed. The science vessel exploded, killing all aboard. Finally the group was able to reach the barren moon and descend to the coordinates of an underground Touched colony, where they were greeted with guns and suspicions.
The Touched of the colony believe that Mac was captured along with a group of Touched and taken to a Concordian political prison on New Eden 2. They offered to execute a rescue mission with the help of Pike, his ‘mining’ laser, and his ship. However, they refused to meet Pike’s demands for payment, for ideological reasons.
Next session we’ll deal with this stalemate and see if an alliance can be struck.