GATEWAY TO ADVENTURE

Traveller – Mongoose 2nd Edition

Session 0 – 23rd November 1019

Shamuus/Diamond Prince 2133
Date: 115-993

Reyan Virdan and Snaeling Kvarleng, ex-scouts, sat nursing drinks in a seedy watering hole called the “drunken Spaceman” in the Startown of Shamuus Down. The extablishment had only a few patrons, predominantly human and a few vargr, who most likely worked at the starport.

The ex-scouts were down on their luck. They had been on Shamuus for several weeks now looking for cargo to carry and had come up empty handed. If things didn’t change soon, they would be relegated to doing a mail run which, while paying the bills, would leave precious few credits left over.

As Reyan stood to fetch fresh drinks, his comm-unit beeped, indicated a new notification. Pulling out from his pocket, he read a short request for a salvage team to perform an operation in the Kishimaa System. The ad gave contact details and the name of a broker, Gvrrzo Uszugou.

Without any discussion, Virdan made contact with the broker, who agreed to meet them shortly at the Drunken Starman.

The crew didn’t have long to wait before a middle-aged, garishly dressed vargr arrived. They both stood to greet him, and after shaking hands and getting drinks, they got down to business. Uszugou advised the crew that a ship was bringing him in a cargo of pharmaceuticals, but caught in the gravity will of a gas giant in the Kishimaa system. The Captain was able to stabilise his ship to prevent it from sinking further into the gravity well and called for help. He and his crew were rescued but had to leave the ship and cargo behind. The captain is currently raising funds to return for his ships, but Uszugou simply does not have the luxury of time, as his client wants the cargo.

Uszugou would like the ex-scouts to retrieve 48 tonnes of cargo for 12,000 credit per ton (half the normal price), but if they are able to free the ship, it would be there’s for cargo. Virdan bargained the fee to 15,000Cr per ton along with the ship. The broker agreed and they crew shook on the deal. Uszugou transmitted the co-ordinates, transponder signal of the ship, and appropriate paperwork to Virdan and left.

Virdan and Kvarleng wasted no time and headed right for their ship, and aging scout vessel they had named Rustam. The ship had a number of quirks, including air filters that stank of old socks and a flighty sensor suit. Taking off, they headed out to the jumpoint to Kishimaa

Shamuus/Diamond Prince 2133
Date: 116-993

The Rustam tumbled smoothly into jump space

Kishimaa/Diamond Prince 1933
Date: 123-993

After 176 hours in jump, the Rustam smoothly precipitated into normal space 16.5 hours from the second gas giant in the Kishimaa System.

Kishimaa/Diamond Prince 1933
Date: 124-993

Kvarleng deftly manoeuvred the Rustam into orbit, and the crew began searching for the transponder signal they had been given. The gas giant was particular noisy, far more so than one of its size should do. Virdan did what he could with the computers to try and filter out the magnetic noise from the gas giant, but it proved to be a long and difficult process. Eventually, Kvarleng slid the Rustam deeper into the gravity well in the hope of improving their chances of finding their quarry. The manoeuvre proved to be beneficial a few hours later, when after 9 hours of intent searching the crew located the source of the signal. Having gone without sleep for too long, the crew decided to turn in attend to the salvage operation after a sleep shift.

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