- “Malik” Cameron
- “Teries” Adam
- “Hyper Gibbon” Sean
Three Firewall agents are Rezed into a simulspace with a board room occupied by two blindingly bright suns and a giant man in a business suit who identifies him self as Proxy Paralax. The team is informed that their cell has been activated and integrated into the Uranus Firewall Server to investigate the loss of a Firewall asset. A cargo shuttle called the Red Cornet has gone silent and is in a decaying orbit around Uranus. The ship is silent and is leaking radiation from its engines. Meanwhile a scum swarm fleet is approaching the vessel. Possibly with the intent of salvaging/pirating the vessel. The team is tasked with retaking the ship, eliminating or containing any threats on board, save the ship, and save any survivors. Furthermore Malik’s back up is brought on board the mission in order to get the chance to discover the fate of his previous self. After receiving deck plan of the Red Cornet and getting more intel, the team completes their upload into their new morphs.
Malik, Hyper Gibbon and Teries wake up on an Extoprian auto-trader station called “U-Store it U-Rent it” where they are greeted by the sight of the blueish green marble shape of Uranus through shuttered windows. The team gets a solid minute to enjoy the sight before they are harassed by a storm of Extropian adware. Teries hacks her own Mesh inserts to remove the plug ins for the adware as the team dons their battle gear and readies their GEV for take off. Hyper Gibbon is a little disappointed for not having a better suit of armor and attempts to shake down one of the vending machines. Seeing that the station is entirely automated and that non sentient AI’s are not very receptive to bartering the team agrees to have Teries “Run the Gibson” and hack one of the vending machines to get a hold of one better suit of armor. After 45 minutes of intense staring at the armor in one of the display cases a claw pops out of a hidden compartment and delivers the suite through a slot in the wall unlike a 90s era soda machine. Teries pushes her luck further and attempts the grab a hold of a flame thrower. Hyper Gibbon and Malik tell her to stop pushing their luck, to which Teries responds with “Its a Flame Thrower, shut up!” This time her luck runs out and station security notices her intrusion. The shutters rapidly close and the vending machines glow red with emergency lights. Metallic footsteps echo from down the hall. Teries, Malik, and Hypergibbon grab their gear and run to the hanger. On the way Teries takes a moment to delay security long enough to allow the team to escape the station. (GMs Note: I can’t believe you guys seriously spent an hour picking your gear and shaking down the vending machines. I hate you guys!)
For the next six hours the team sits in silence inside the cramped quarters of the GEV, waiting patiently. A little silhouette of a small cylindrical ship appears against the blueish green atmosphere of Uranus. The team scans the vessel and finds that it is indeed the Red Cornet. The ship is venting radiation from the engines, and a man sized hole in a forward section of the ship implies that a battle took place inside the vessel. Teries takes her self off the tacnet temporarily and attempts to hail the vessel, the vessel occupants respond with an attempted basilisk hack; Teries manages cut off the transmission in time to prevent any undesirable effects from taking hold of her. The team agrees that a stealthy approach is out of the question, they bring the GEV around to dock with the vessel through the cargo bay and prepare to storm the ship.
The airlock door hisses open, revealing a lightless interior. Teries turns on her helmet flash light, shooting a bright beam of light into a cluttered cargo bay with scattered metal boxes, the air is full of ice particles and frozen shards of blood; and something else… moving at the peripherals. Teries follows the movement and finds a thing fused to the wall. Malik floats forwards into the cargo bay and opens fire with his particle bolter. Teries takes cover and scans the thing for weaknesses, and Hypergibbon grabs on to the railing by the airlock and takes fire. A pair of long glass like tendrils whip out from the thing fused to the wall and lash out at Teries and Hypergibbon. The creature vaguely resembles the torso of a woman, but with glass like translucent skin and flesh fused into metal. Several smaller shard like forms jump off the wall and attack the party. Teries grabs a spare helmet and attempts to capture one of the small glass like forms. Hypergibbon and Malik whip them off and continue peppering the thing on the wall with beam fire. Hypergibbon takes another hit from one of the tendrils, cutting deep into his arm and sending him reeling backwards into the airlock. Malik responds in kind with one last shot to the creatures “head,” putting it down for good. The small glass like arachnid forms seemed to fall apart into free floating dust at the death of the larger creature.
The team take a moment to regain their bearings and decide on their next move. Teries sends a gnat bot to explore the stern end of the ship while Hypergibbon receives medical care from Malik. Teries finds nothing hostile on that end of the ship and notes that the team has thirty minutes to fix the engines before the ship edges dangerously close to the planets atmosphere. Malik quickly gets to work on patching up the engine while Hyper Gibbon and Teries make their way into the forward part of the ship. The pair pass through a hallway with wall mounted grow pots full of space hash. Hypergibbon takes a moment to take some.
Inside the ships habitation cylinder Teries and Hypergibbon find a medical bay with a healing vat covered in unmoving organic glass “growths” similar to the creature fused to the wall of the cargo bay. They note that there is no immediate threat from the growths and look through the ships 6 small coffin quarters. One of them is marked with an emergency lock. Teries knocks on it and receives a knock back. A small slot covering over the tiny window on the door slides open revealing a mechanical dragon fly on the other side. The dragon fly brings a laser communicator up to the window and opens a channel to Teries.
She identifies her self as Jade, a passenger aboard the Red Cornet and points out that the crew is likely dead except for her and the captain, who is unconscious but otherwise okay. Jade quickly recalls that she had hid away for most of her time aboard the ship after escaping the destruction at Kongyun. Svafa, a Firewall agent that had been on the mission at Kongyun, came on to the ship having caught a viral infection of some sort. She had been placed in the suspended animation in the healing vat with the intent to study her. Within a week she had broken out of her chamber and attacked the crew. Jade asks Teries if any of her group had been exposed to the creature on the ship. She looks over to Hypergibbon who begins to panic. Knowing that the Firewall policy for exsurgent infected is to terminate with extreme prejudice, he depressingly agrees to take him self out for the good of the party. Hypergibbon brings a gun to his temple, but can’t bring him self to pull the trigger. Teries points her particle rifle at him but then considers that it could be possible to study him to find out the effects of this exsurgent strain and maybe try to save his current ego with psychosurgery. Hypergibbon agrees, knowing that he only has one week to live.
Elsewhere a fleet of scum ships makes their way toward the Red Cornet…