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You were called into service, and showed up at the recruiting office.
You were inducted into the Star Patrol academy.
Your “Final Exam” was a simulation designed to test your mettle.
You were granted IOUN stones in a lavish ceremony, and were among the few sentients granted audience with the Fraal.
You were all assigned to The Lighthouse
You met and had lunch together before shipping off
Del first hears of Urbleck
First assignment: bodyguards
You met T’kizz, the resident Patrol Officer, who had requested assistance after losing several of his legs.
The lighthouse jumped to Mikoa A, a frontier system, but one that could serve as an excellent “hub” for future expansion
Your first assignment was a routine survey of Mikoa A’s sister system, Mikoa B with the lovely PhillupAlmost immediately, the small craft was followed by some locals.
The first notable planet you came across had evidence of recent ship activity. Touching down, you found a small camp containing a Vertion generator (a useless instrument). You were also attacked by something oozing along that fed directly on energy.
After escaping, and realizing the planet was covered with these things, you marked the planet DO NOT LAND and moved on.
On the nearest planet to the sun, you found strange emissions coming from near the poles. By this time, the natives had caught up. After one of the fanciest displays of magma-leaping ever seen, you came to a cave.
Within the cave were thousands upon thousands of tridium (aka Tri-D) crystals. These crystals are key to performing large bank transfers, and are NEVER seen in nature.
After bribing the locals to keep quiet about it, you stumbled upon another secret: a colony of Skoderiders, clam-based creatures thought to have been wiped out in the first intergalactic war.
You managed through difficult and maddening negotiations to get the apaprently massively-xenophobic creatures to agree to leave before the inevitable gold rush.
A few days later, you were attacked by claim jumpers who had seen the data the locals had broadcast.
You quickly dispatched the claim jumpers and then saw the Skoderiders’ decrepit old ship take off.
Soon you were relieved by a unit of marines on a large ship that was to be converted into a mining base.
Heading home, you found the station in a frenzy. There was a massive bubble, accompanied by spikes in theft and other disruptie behavior.
Kennit turned into a littler, flying Kennit
You met the doctor, J’Kwibo, a mound of flesh who prefered his taste organs to cold, mechanical diagnostic equipment
Second assinment: Mall cops
So you got your first dressing-down by T’Kizz for allowing the data to get leaked, and in general making his life difficult. At least his 401(k) was doing well.
You went to the central park, and met Yrdau
Del had his first taste of Urbleck
You broke up a fight over excreta
You learned the brig is also a flophouse
You learned that there was a possible theft planned
You disabled a bomb in engineering designed to kill the elevator power
You caught some myconids attempting to hijack a suitcase of crystals
Kennit hid inside the suitcase for the dropoff
He was tracked to a safety deposit box at the local bank, whereupon you brought down security mesasures, but arrested ambassador Thayne when he tried to pick it up
You stumbled on some bee people running a florist’s shop, but came back to find it empty, and accidentally left the door open
Third assignemnt: Search & Rescue
T’kizz seemed unusually critical of your stellar policework and inisted upon doing the interrogation of Thayne himself
An urgent request for assistance came from Mikoa B, you were dispatched to investigate
You got an email from Philup, which you promptly ignored
The miners were in some kind of shock
You discovered the Skoderiders hadn’t really left, but used a powerful illusion
You fought a giant bat-creature which turned out to all be in your head
Apparently, the Skoderiders do not have a Psychic volume control
They agreed to let you set up a barrier, preventing the miners from entering their caverns
They touched Del’s mind, living extensive visions, most of the First Galactic War
You picked up a couple of Littoran joyriders who got trapped on the energy-sucker planet
Upon returning, you met Ajah, the girl’s father, who told you more about politics on the Lighthouse
Most of the rest of the station was very unhappy to see you—you checked your email and discovered that Philup had noticed the energy signal on the crystals fading
Fourth assignemnt: Sit on your asses
Tk’izz, having suddenly found himself needing to work an extra 5 years before retirement was in a remarkably even-tempered mood
He announced that you were all going to be given a promotion, in light of your whistleblowing to a fierce, and honorable front-line assignment in the Jodo system
The lighthouse was going to be kicked out of the Mikoa A sector remarkably early (8 days later), having decimated the local economy in record time
The negotiations over hyperspace trade lanes were permanently shelved
You asked, and were not dissuaded from, picking up the smuggling investigation
A check of trades at the stock market revealed Phillup was now independantly wealthy, along with a company which ended up being a series of nested shells
Met administrator Klindo, who seemed to be way over his head
Peeking over his tremendous shoulder, you learned Thayne had used several “independant contractors” for investigative work
One of those three was missing
This group had sent word that they had recovered… something
The crystals were forged through use of a vertion generator, the same as you had found on the energy-sucking planet
When questioned, the chief engineer, Mina, was visibly tense, but not over the Vertion generator
She had terrible data security skills: you easily hacked her account and found out she had been researching the lighthouse engines
She also was in a great deal of contact between Thayne and T’Kizz
You checkout out the bee people’s ship, inadvertently bringing the launch pass with you, allowing the bees possible escape. However you apprehended them.
You commandeered the vessel, along with a large shipment of what you assumed were drugs.
You found evidence that a ship not matching registry of anything on the lighthouse had touched down on both planets of Mikoa B
You went down to a planet of Mikoa A, met a corrupt garage owner, and discovered the team that had planted the false crystals
Any time you mentioned the crystals, vertion particles, etc., they went into a frenzy
After arguing with the dockmaster, you were let on board right before the lighthouse went into jump
Psychically-probing them burned through their heads, but revealed that they believed themselves to have been brainwashed by illithids
You recovered a great deal of physicial evidence from their ship, but Dr. J’kwibo will take some time processing it
You were finally able through honestly excellent policework to track down the movements of Thayne’s independant contractors
They were last seen near the Urbleck stand
Yerdau was gone
The Urbleck stand owner gave himself up, admitting to feeding the bodies of a number of Yrdau’s enemies to the Urbleck—Del makes a spit take, aaaaaaaand Credits!