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Friday Night Game Report – Coriolis – The Third Horizon RPG Session 10 September 16, 2017

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Last night, the Friday night gaming group continued playing in the Coriolis – The Third Horizon campaign that they’ve got going on. You can read about the previous game session by following the link. This post is extremely long, so I’ve put it behind a cut for those who don’t want to read about my roleplaying game campaigns.

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CHARACTERS

Naima Saab (KathyB) – Trailblazer (Scout)
Hafisa darRouash (Angela) – Pilot (Freighter Pilot)
Zouma Abid-Arif (Ellie) – Stowaway/Ship Worker (Engineer)
Moustafa Harouz (DavidM) – Negotiator (Peddler)
Tafik Sharoun (Mark) – Scientist (Archaeologist)

First Triad, Dancer Segment, Day 13, CC 58

Blake Harold starts to draw his weapon, but Moustafa Harouz advises him not to do so; there are too many of the intruders around. One of the interlopers, a tall man with dark hair, five o’clock shadow, and a beard, wearing desert robes and a flak jacket and armed with several lethal looking weapons (one of which Naima Saab recognises as a Sarbinder rifle, a weapon unique to the Menau planets of the third binary star of the system), steps forward, and introduces himself. Afir Mibraanh says that he and his associates are rebels from the Menau system. Moustafa asks what their purpose is there, but Afir counters with the same question of the player characters. Tafik Sharoun tells them he is a friend of Professor Darfal ibn Salumar, and he’s come to Mira to find out what happened to the Professor. Afir says that’s not all they’re after, as he knows that Tafik and the others have been in contact with the “Miran officials”, among others. Moustafa attempts to defuse the situation, and eventually Afir and his rebels calm down – and part of the truth comes out.

It seems that Professor ibn Salumar got some of his information about this dig site from records that were obtained through questionable channels about a ruin found on Menau several years back. ibn Salumar convinced some of the Menau rebels that something important to their cause was to be found at a set of ruins on Mira, ruins that not too many people may have been aware of. With backing from the Colonial Agency, Professor ibn Salumar was able to establish an archaeological site on Mira, but also brought along several dozen of the Menau rebels as per his agreement with them. The attack by the rebels against the Professor and his team was by someone else, someone who could benefit from whatever it was the Professor had found that would also make the rebels look bad. Afir says he doesn’t know what it was that Professor ibn Salumar found, but obviously someone who wanted it very badly led to the attack. Afir confirms Sumala Fadros’s belief that the Professor fled into the ruins themselves, below ground, though he knows that his lieutenant (and wife) Kamala accompanied him along with three others. Afir agrees to lead the characters down into the ruins to see if they can find the Professor and Kamala, but he says he will leave several of his people to protect the surface area.

The player characters gather their belongings they intend to take down into the ruins with them, but Hafisa darRouash says that she doesn’t trust Afir and his people. Zouma Abid-Arif tells her that she’s got a good feeling about the rebel leader; when Hafisa asks her why, she states that he reminds her of herself. A couple of hours later, the player characters prepare to follow Afir and and two of his other people, Halma and Martuf, to the ruins. Halma takes a shine to Naima, much to the scout’s amusement, and the group starts into the ruins. Afir warns them that there are several predators and vermin that make their homes in the ruins, so the group will have to be cautious. As they make their way to the edge of the surface ruins, the player characters (with the exception of Tafik) marvel at the odd shapes and patterns that the Portal Builder ruins seem to take as their form. Afir leads them into the wind-swept ruins, and Afir tells them that there is only one place the Professor may have made for. When Tafik asks him where that is, the rebel says, “You’ll see…”.

As Afir leads the characters and his fellow rebels through the ruins, they are attacked by a horde of ruins bats, but easily drive them off. Afir has everyone check for wounds or scratches, as the bite of the bats can be toxic and lethal, but the group comes through unscathed. He leads them over to one of the sets of stairs leading down that the team had excavated, and tells them that Professor ibn Salumar must have taken the shelter in the artifact cave. Tafik looks at the others, but both Zouma and Naima are able to see a glint of something (perhaps greed?) in his eyes. The group descends some 30 metres below the surface, and find themselves in a cavern with piles of rock and other debris around them. It is also much cooler than above, and is lit by a faint glow. Afir leads the characters towards one of the many openings out of the cavern, Halma scouting ahead a bit, and at her “okay” signal, leads them into a chamber that makes Tafik gasp. The room appears to have some sort of moebius strip-like central “console” (if it can be called that) and what appear to be symbols all over the walls of the 3-metre diameter chamber. Afir grins at the archaeologist, and says that’s the way Professor ibn Salumar reacted to the room as well. Sumala points to one of the walls, stating there are no doors out of this room. Tafik and Naima go over to the walls to look at the symbols, and the archaeologist excitedly says that these look like runes/symbols found in other Portal Builder sites. Hafisa goes to check out the central, raised area, and calls Tafik over. She says that some of the symbols remind her of piloting notations. Afir tells them that there is some sort of energy in the room that the Professor had been unable to identify.

A disappointed Tafik gives up after a couple of hours, telling the others that he’s never seen anything like this chamber before. He feels that there’s something important here, but they lack the knowledge to figure things out. Afir says that this concurs with what Professor ibn Salumar said, and leads the characters to another one of the entryways out of the cavern chamber they had found before. The opening leads to a large, long hallway, and Afir leads them along this route. As they make their way along the hallway, Zouma shouts a warning to Afir about a small box that is attached to the left wall; Afir tells her all is well, and presses what Naima tells her is a sensor. Afir beckons them ahead, and walks right through the wall at the end of the hallway…

Martuf chuckles, and walks through the wall as well followed by Halma, who tells them it’s perfectly safe. Tafik tells Moustafa to follow a hunch, and both he and Hafisa walk through the wall at the same time….

…to find that Afir is hugging a somewhat thin, but rugged looking, woman [this is Kamala, his wife]. As the others come through, Tafik says to another man there, “Professor ibn Salumar, I presume?” The man is older, dressed very similarly to Tafik, but wearing what appears to be a pince-nez. The Professor tells his former student there’s no need to stand on ceremony, and introductions are made all around. The Professor explains the situation to Tafik and the others, and says that this is the greatest find of artefacts of Portal Builder origin ever found in the Third Horizon. Tafik and Darfal talk about matters for a short period of time, while the other characters and the various rebels confer and talk as well. The two archaeologists discuss the find and how the Portal technology discovered here could benefit everyone in the Third Horizon, but Sumala Fadros has been listening to them and tells them both they’re wrong – the technology should never have been found, and it will doom the Mira system and anyone who uses it. Tafik comes to realise that she’s right, and eventually Professor ibn Salumar also realises this is true, but he’s already prepared for that eventuality. He had Afir and his rebels place charges at strategic points around the ruins, and was and is prepared to use them since it comes right down to it. A massive debate about the plan ensues, with various rebels taking opposite sides, but the player characters talk to Tafik and realise that it’s the only option. If such a mother lode of Portal Builder technology should fall into the hands of some of the factions, it would be a disaster. Humankind is not ready for such technology or power.

Tafik leads his fellow professor out of the chamber, the other characters and rebels following in their wake, and head for the surface once more. Tafik says they need to get Professor ibn Salumar off Mira and to safety, perhaps to the main Foundation headquarters for now. Asked how they can accomplish that, Hafisa darRouash says she may have a plan. But the plan is de-railed slightly as they reach the surface to find the bodies of the other rebels left behind, and a rather snarky young woman leading some mercenaries waiting for them, armed to the teeth.

Professor ibn Salumar is shocked to see her there, addressing her as Layla. She is his daughter! Layla tells the player characters to drop their weapons and surrender. With lightning speed, the player characters dodge for cover in the ruins, as several shots ring out from the carbine weapons being used by the [Sunset] mercenaries. Tafik loses track of Darfal ibn Salumar, but when he attempts to find him, sees [spending a Darkness point] that the Professor has been shot, and is down back near where they emerged from the ruins. A firefight ensues between the player characters and the rebels on one side and the Sunset mercenaries (led by Layla Saluma) on the other. Layla kills one of her own mercenaries upon realising that he’s the one who took down her father, and has no heart for the fight. She does admit during the fighting that the mercenaries were the ones who attacked and destroyed most of the expedition to the ruins, as they work for the Colonial Agency. She refuses to explain why they did so, saying that the CA will make their agenda plain when the time is right. Kamala tells Afir and the player characters that she knows where the explosive are and how to set them off, and both Naima and Hafisa go with her and Afir to do so, the others keeping the Sunsets at bay.

With a modicum of luck [and the expenditure of Darkness Points on both sides of the GM Screen], the ruins are detonated, collapsing key areas down around themselves, and with that Layla Saluma calls off the mercenaries. Since there is nothing to fight over, Layla tells Moustafa and Tafik there is no point continuing the bloodshed. The mercenaries leave, but not before Layla tells them that she will have her revenge for what has happened here today. The player characters congratulate themselves on a job well done. Tafik tells them they’ve lost today, as Professor ibn Salumar’s death has been a costly one. And there’s still the matter of what to do about the ruins and the cache of Portal Builder artefacts. Hafisa says she still has her plan…

Several days later, the Ruby Flower is on course from Mira to Aiwaz carrying its latest cargo, agricultural supplies, and with an extra passenger aboard – Sumala Fadros. Moustafa congratulates Hafisa on her plan, and she says it was (relatively) easy. She had one of their contacts on Mira station arrange for the cargo to be ready for delivery when they arrived back on station. The crew of the Ruby Flower were able to convince both Governor Demorna din Soubar and Foundation representative Sariha Milmasine that the professor’s death and burial among the ruins he loved so well was a suitable way to end matters, and that his notes were “irretrievably destroyed” in the initial attack by the “Menau” rebels [in fact, Tafik has his notes encrypted onto his job specific computer]. The player characters feel this will keep both the Colonial Agency and the Foundation, as well as Miran authorities, away from the dig site for some time, and the demolition of the ruin site through the use of explosives and with the help of Afir, Kamala and the rebels will keep the cache of Portal Builder artefacts out of the spotlight for some time, if forever (or so they hope). Sumala Fadros decided to accompany the characters aboard the Ruby Flower, as she felt it would be safer if she disappeared for a while, and took leave of her family, telling them that she needed to go offworld but that she’d be back “soon”.

The scene shifts out to a view of the Ruby Flower travelling towards the portal station that will take it to Aiwaz… while in his quarters, Tafik Sharoun plays back a holographic message several years old from Professor ibn Salumar :

“My dear Tafik,

I trust you are well, my boy. Layla sends her greetings, and I would like to commend you on your engagement and…”

Fade to black.

This game session of Coriolis – The Third Horizon went pretty well, and it wrapped up the second adventure of the player characters with a storyline that had some turns and twists, and some very enjoyable (the players’ words) fight scenes. There was a lot of roleplaying in this one, and the player characters made some new friends and enemies. There’s a lot of potential for the future of the Coriolis – The Third Horizon Friday night campaign that came out of this one, and it’ll be interesting to see how things unfold here when I get back to the campaign. Lots of unanswered questions, both about some of the events on Mira station and matters that took place down on the planet.

Look forward to the next session of this brilliant science fantasy roleplaying game – whenever I come back to it in the future.

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Friday Night Game Report – Coriolis – The Third Horizon RPG Session 9 September 9, 2017

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Last night, the Friday night gaming group continued playing in the Coriolis – The Third Horizon campaign that they’ve got going on. You can read about the previous game session by following the link. This post is somewhat long, so I’ve put it behind a cut for those who don’t want to read about my roleplaying game campaigns.

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CHARACTERS
Naima Saab (KathyB) – Trailblazer (Scout)
Hafisa darRouash (Angela) – Pilot (Freighter Pilot)
Zouma Abid-Arif (Ellie) – Stowaway/Ship Worker (Engineer)
Moustafa Harouz (DavidM) – Negotiator (Peddler)
Tafik Sharoun (Mark) – Scientist (Archaeologist)

First Triad, Dancer Segment, Day 12, CC 58

Failing to dodge her attacker, Naima Saab tries to roll with the impact and is relatively successful [she takes 2 Damage Points]. She attempts to use the attacker’s momentum against them and is able to dislodge her opponent, rolling away. Zouma Abid-Arif draws her dura knife, while Sumala Fadros cowers against the nearest wall. The attacker turns out to be a young boy, likely a street urchin, Kef, who tells them after everyone calms down that he was merely exercising his prerogative to rob a house that had obviously been broken into. Once they are convinced Kef is telling the truth, Naima lets him go his own way, but she retrieves her 50Birr tag that he attempted to pickpocket from her during the “attack”. Naima and Zouma enter the building, a cautious Sumala bringing up the rear.

Back at the Foundation rep’s office, Tafik Sharoun asks Sariha Milmasine if she has any of the data from the archaeological dig that Professor ibn Salumar was working at. She tells him she doesn’t, saying that her representative, Hamid al-Fazoulis, hasn’t yet returned from the dig with his initial report. Moustafa Harouz knows that she’s lying to him [he spends a Darkness Point to make the Empathy check]. He gives Tafik a speculative look, and the two player characters say goodbye to the Foundation rep and leave her office. She says that she’ll expect their call when they’re ready to head out to the archaeological dig. They discuss what happened in the office, and Moustafa speculates that she’s lying, given what Sumala Fadros told them; Milmasine is either double-crossing the Foundation (and in cahoots with the Colonial Agency) or something else is going on that they don’t know about. Either way, they need to make preparations for going to the bin Salumar dig site.

Back aboard the Ruby Flower, Hafisa darRouash is conducting ship tests and checks when Scherza informs her there is a message incoming from Mira Station. The message is from Dr. Asima Siwaal of the Colonial Agency, and the crew’s Patron, and informs them that since they are currently at Mira Station, there are two cargo runs they can make, either back to Coriolis or on the Miran route at Tarazug (which lies dangerously close to the Odacon system). She expects them to decide which job offer to accept and to get back to her before they leave the Mira system.

Back at Hamid al-Fazoulis’s home, Naima, Zouma and Sumala Fadros find that the place has been trashed completely. Based on her experience, Zouma tells Naima that she can’t tell for sure how many people did this, but it was a professional job. The three women cautiously search through the house, but find no evidence of foul play occurring to Hamid. Sumala says she can’t tell whether anything has been taken or not (since her most recent visit to his home), though Naima notices that Sumala is nervous about something. After some quick talking and questioning on Naima’s part, Sumala admits that she and Hamid were lovers during the archaeological dig, and that he was always scared of something. Naima’s scout’s eye notices that one of the cupboards appears to be missing stuff, though there’s no real trashing there. Sumala tells her that it’s his expedition gear. She has no idea where it is. The three women leave Hamid’s house, just before the authorities arrive there.

Returning to the Ruby Flower, the player characters bring each other up-to-date on what they’ve learned. Tafik tells the others that it’s time they visit Professor Darfal ibn Salumar’s dig site, and he makes the arrangements with the Foundation office for the sub-orbital shuttle transport. He asks Hafisa if she can fly one of those vehicles, and she tells him she can. “Good,” he says, “because I told them that we’d take the shuttle to the archaeological dig site ourselves.” The others are surprised, but he just touches his hand to his nose in reply. Moustafa tells the others that until they’re ready to leave Mira proper, he’s not going to look at the two cargo job offers that Asima Siwaal has suggested for them. First things first.

The next morning, after spending a night at the Miran Arms Hotel (since the crew decided they didn’t want to stay on the ship when they could breathe actual atmosphere), the player characters go about some business and learn what they can about the social and political situation on Mira. It’s not good, and Tafik realises that the timing on Professor ibn Salumar’s dig could not have come at a worse time. The characters and Sumala along with Blake Harold board the sub-orbital shuttle that Sariha Milmasine has put at their disposal, stowing some gear that they figure they’ll need with them in the Miran “outlands”. Hafisa pilots the shuttle flawlessly according to the navigation coordinates provided by the Foundation offices, and the player characters are soon on their way to the ibn Salumar archaeological dig site.

Several hours later, the player characters arrive at the site of Professor ibn Salumar’s dig site, to find it…lifeless. The surface ruins seem to be intact and while there’s some animal life in the area, Naima tells the others that the sensors aren’t finding any humanoid life at all. She says that she’s suspicious of the results, as there are some “sensor ghosts” in her readings that she can’t explain. Searching for a landing site, Moustafa tells Hafisa to land the shuttle within walking distance of the archaeological dig site, as they don’t want to disturb anything. Hafisa locates a good site, within half a kilometre of the camp buildings, and brings the shuttle down without a bump or a scrape.

The various characters descend into the oppressive, dry heat of the southern continent, and Moustafa asks the others if they’re now glad that he made them pick up certain clothes and gear for the trip to the dig site. The others merely grumble in reply, only Tafik and Zouma feeling comfortable in the oppressive climate. Making sure they’ve got their weapons and equipment properly ordered, the group are led by Naima in the direction of the archaeological dig, her scanner held in front of her. As they reach the site of the archaeological dig, they see that the habitat structures have been ransacked and seemingly torn to pieces. Tafik looks around worriedly, pointing out that they’re a long way from civilisation. As the characters wander the area, Blake Harold is the first to spot the tell-tale signs that they’re not alone. Half a dozen robed individuals, carrying weapons of various type step out from the ruined buildings and their surroundings, telling the player characters, Sumala, and Blake to stand very, very still.

Last night’s gaming session of the Coriolis – The Third Horizon Friday night game campaign was quite a lot of fun, and to be honest, very relaxing for me. The players did some excellent roleplaying that put them on the right track (with a couple of red herrings thrown in for good measure), and I was pretty happy with the Darkness Points expenditures balance throughout the session. The next game session will likely be the wrap-up of the Coriolis – The Third Horizon game for a bit on Friday nights, as the players are quite eager to play The Dark Eye after we wrap up the Coriolis scenario.

In the meantime, I’m looking forward to next week’s game session.

Friday Night Game Report – Coriolis – The Third Horizon RPG Session 8 August 5, 2017

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Last night, the Friday night gaming group finally returned to their play of the Coriolis – The Third Horizon campaign play. I’ve been looking forward to posting up this blog entry since I finished writing it up this morning. You can read about the previous game session by following the link. This post is somewhat long, so I’ve put it behind a cut for those who don’t want to read about my roleplaying game campaigns.

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CHARACTERS
Naima Saab (KathyB) – Trailblazer (Scout)
Hafisa darRouash (Angela) – Pilot (Freighter Pilot)
Zouma Abid-Arif (Ellie) – Stowaway/Ship Worker (Engineer)
Moustafa Harouz (DavidM) – Negotiator (Peddler)
Tafik Sharoun (Mark) – Scientist (Archaeologist)

First Triad, Dancer Segment, Day 11, CC 58

Naima Saab and Hafisa darRouash decide they need to get back to the Ruby Flower and get some of the other player characters to help them out. Naima ponders that they’ve gotten themselves in too deeply into whatever has gone down on Mira itself, and the problem is spreading up to the station. They need to find Sumala Fadros, as both women are worried about her. Blake Harold tells the two women that he is coming with them; he wants to get to the root of the problem, and Sumala seems to be a key player in matters. Both Naima and Hafisa are surprised at this, but don’t question him as they trust him to the degree possible given the situation.

Back at the docks, Moustafa Harouz, Zouma Abid-Arif, and Tafik Sharoun get the scared Sumala Fadros aboard the Ruby Flower. She’s not inclined to go aboard the ship, but Tafik rightfully convinces her that she will be safe on board. Scherza, the ship’s AI, is not comfortable letting the woman aboard the ship without more thought, but Moustafa overrules the AI as captain of the ship. Once Sumala is made comfortable and has a hot cup of chai, she’s ready to tell her story but the characters decide to wait for Naima and Hafisa to return. The Ruby Flower crew members go about some of their duties. Scherza informs the three player characters that the ship is being watched by a couple of “shady looking” types.

Naima and Hafisa arrive back at the Ruby Flower and board with Blake Harold, much to Moustafa’s annoyance. And to Scherza’s as well. The scout and the pilot learn of Sumala’s presence on the ship, and are both relieved and satisfied. Only Zouma sees the smile play across Blake’s face momentarily [and she spends 1 Darkness Point to do so]. Once the crew is assembled on board, everyone meets in the observation lounge, where Sumala Fadros finally tells them what’s going on. After explaining the basics of the political and social situation on Mira, she tells them the role she served for Professor Darfal ibn Salumar. The professor had made a remarkable find about the Portal Builders in the ruins on the southern part of the continent that had been previously unexplored. She doesn’t know what it was, but the Foundation boss on Mira (who partially sponsored the expedition), Sariha Milmasine, sent her representative, Hamid al-Fazoulis, to report back to her about the discovery. Less than a day after Hamid left, the expedition was attacked by Miran rebels, and Professor ibn Salumar fled to the wilderness (possibly deeper into the ruins) with a couple of his assistants. Tafik questions her on this point, and Sumala is definite about the fact that Professor Darfal ibn Salumar survived the attack and fled the area. She was left for dead, but managed to get back to civilization and made her way back to the Icon City to report to Sariha Milmasine at the Miran office. She was dismissed, and told to get up to the “safety of the station”, and to lay low there. She doesn’t know what’s going on, but suspects collusion somewhere, perhaps from the professor’s rival or another group. And she doesn’t believe that the Miran rebels that attacked were rebels at all – they were too well armed, for one thing, and there was no reason to expect them to even be there. She doesn’t know what happened to Professor Darfal ibn Salumar, but she remembers seeing him take an information tag with him when he fled the chamber he was using as his base of operations for the expedition.

Moustafa, Naima, Hafisa, Zouma, and Tafik discuss matters and decide what to do. Tafik convinces the others that they need to go down to the surface of Mira. Questions need to be asked, and a search made for the missing Professor Darfal ibn Salumar. Sumala Fadros tells them that she will come with them, though it’s clear that she’s frightened. Scherza informs the characters that the shady characters watching the ship have departed the area. The crew makes arrangements with the station to depart, filing a flight plan for Mira and its capital.

The next morning, the Ruby Flower departs Mira Station, the able hands of Hafisa darRouash piloting the ship safely down to the large spaceport near the Icon City. Sumala Fadros becomes increasingly more nervous as they approach the surface of the planet. The ship arrives at the large spaceport, and the characters go through a routine inspection on arrival. They don’t admit their true purpose in being at the Icon City, though Moustafa doesn’t lie precisely about their reasons for visiting the Icon City. While Naima, Hafisa and Zouma secure the ship and prepare for a jaunt into the outlying regions of the planet, Moustafa and Tafik proceed to a meeting that the latter had arranged with Sariha Milmasine.

At the lush and fully Miran-inspired offices of the Foundation, Representative Milmasine greets the characters courteously but without much warmth, though she welcomes Professor Sharoun to Mira and says that he’s come at an opportune time. They engage in some pleasantries before getting down to business, Sariha Milmasine offering them some fine Miran food and drink. After the socialising is over, Tafik asks her what she meant, to which she replies there’s a need for a skilled archaeologist – and she also knows that he is/was a friend of Professor ibn Salumar. She says that she, too, has her sources.

Back at the Ruby Flower, Naima convinces Sumala Fadros that it might be a good idea for her to visit the Foundation’s man, Hamid al-Fazoulis, and she and Zouma accompany Sumala to find the man, leaving Hafisa to see to any ship maintenance that might be required. They set off to find him, Sumala telling them that she knows the man well and that she knows where his home is. They check at his office, but learn that he’s still out in the field, something that Sumala finds odd since she knows he must have returned to see the Foundation supervisor about the professor’s finds and death/disappearance.

At the Foundation rep’s office, Tafik and Moustafa make no headway at all, although Sariha Milmasine casually mentions that the Foundation is working with the Colonial Agency on this archaeological dig, and then says she’d like Professor Sharoun to visit the archaeological site that Professor ibn Salumar was working at. Perhaps he can “make sense” of matters there, though she warns it will be dangerous with the Miran rebels known to be in the area. Tafik agrees to the request, and Milmasine says she’ll arrange a sub-orbital shuttle to get him (and his friends, if he likes) to the dig site.

Meanwhile, Sumala leads Naima and Zouma to the residence of Hamid al-Fazoulis, which turns out to be a pleasant residence in one of the more built-up parts of the Icon City, but they realise something is wrong. The main door appears to be smashed in, and there are signs of energy weapon discharges on a wall near the entry way [Zouma spends 1 Darkness Point for the latter]. Naima advocates caution, and leads the group towards the entrance. As they enter the structure, someone rushes and tackles Naima from the inside…

Last night’s game session of the Coriolis – The Third Horizon was a fun time, and a real blast for me to run. As noted from the previous session, we’d not played the game since June due to various circumstances, so the Friday night gamers were really looking forward to this session. The session went pretty much the way I expected it to go, though the player characters complicated things a couple of times, where I didn’t expect them to. There were also a couple of leads that I expected them to follow up on, but such was not the case.

In any event, a good game session with a nice pseudo-cliffhanger, and I’m looking forward to running the next session of Coriolis – The Third Horizon, although this likely won’t happen until after I return from GenCon 2017.

Friday Night Game Report – Coriolis – The Third Horizon RPG Session 7 June 17, 2017

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Last night, the Friday night gaming group finally returned to their play of the Coriolis – The Third Horizon campaign play. I’ve been looking forward to posting up this blog entry since I finished writing it up this morning. You can read about the previous game session by following the link. This post is somewhat long, so I’ve put it behind a cut for those who don’t want to read about my roleplaying game campaigns.

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CHARACTERS

Naima Saab (KathyB) – Trailblazer (Scout)
Hafisa darRouash (Angela) – Pilot (Freighter Pilot)
Zouma Abid-Arif (Ellie) – Stowaway/Ship Worker (Engineer)
Moustafa Harouz (DavidM) – Negotiator (Peddler)
Tafik Sharoun (Mark) – Scientist (Archaeologist)

June 16th, 2017
Seventh Session
First Triad, Dancer Segment, Day 11, CC 58

Blake Harold asks Naima Saab and Hafisa darRouash what’s so funny, but before they can react, he adds that this is just a routine questioning, as there were shots fired. Naima tells him what happened, interrupted only by Hafisa when she has something to add, and with an admonishment about gunfire and weapons on the station, says he’s letting them off with a warning. He says that he has to tell Governor din Soubar of what occurred, and then adds, off the record, that he’ll meet them back at their ship before the Evening cycle begins. Naima and Hafisa move off through the crowds, checking to see if anything suspicious might be happening, and then decide to go back and see Sumala Fadros. They return to her residential area…

Tafik Sharoun makes his way back to the offices of the governor, and learns that her assistant, Darisa Marakis, is still there. She invites him up to her office. Once there, she makes a play for Tafik, and he succumbs to her allure and charms. He breaks their kiss when he realises that she’s trying to manipulate him [he uses a Darkness Point on the roll], and asks her what she can tell him of the Foundation’s presence on Mira. She tells him what she knows of the Foundation’s presence on Mira, and that it is mostly concerned with some of the various ruins there, but that the Firstcome are somewhat…opposed…to their presence on the planet. He asks her if what’s happened to Professor Darfal ibn Salumar had anything to do with the Foundation’s relationship to the Mira government, but she says that she doubts it. Darisa says it’s more likely due to the actions of the Miran rebels affiliated with the local mob, that were mentioned earlier. He says that he needs to talk to the Foundation representative, Sariha Milmasine, but after checking the records, Darisa says that she’s currently at the Foundation offices on Mira itself. She tells him that she’ll call ahead and make arrangements for a meeting once he lets her know when he and his crewmates are heading for the surface. He thanks her for her time and help, and then kisses her on the cheek before he leaves the office.

Moustafa Harouz and Zouma Abid-Arif approach the Ruby Flower cautiously, so they are not surprised when a pair of individuals dressed in rags step out from the shadows of the landing struts. Zouma recognises them as deckhands who work the ship docks on the station; she remembers seeing one of them earlier when they arrived on the station. One of the deckhands approaches them, and tells them his name is Sayid. He says he’s heard they’re interested in the fate of the archaeologist, Professor ibn Salumar. When Moustafa cautiously says they might be, Sayid says he knows of Professor Sharoun’s interest in the matter. When Moustafa asks how he knows, Sayid says that he and his brother, Pakor (gesturing at the other deckhand) were both part of the stevedore team as cargo handlers attached to the Professor’s expedition to Mira. When asked by Moustafa about what they can tell him of the expedition [he uses a Darkness Point], they tell him and Zouma that the Professor was excited about the expedition, as he believed he’d found some previously unknown Portal Builder ruins. However, they do remember hearing that there were Miran rebels also in the area where the ruins were located. They were said to be searching for something, but they don’t know what. Moustafa and Zouma look at one another, but say nothing. Sayid says there was also another archaeologist interested in Professor ibn Salumar’s research, but they don’t recall his name (no matter how much pleading Zouma does to think hard about it). When asked why they came forward to tell them what they know, Pakor says that Sayid thinks that Zouma is cute; Sayid blushes. Zouma tosses them some 2 birr (in cash), and the two deckhands vanish into the shadows. Moustafa tells Zouma they have a lot to consider, but they’ve got to get their purchases aboard the ship.

…and Naima and Hafisa are surprised to find there are station security guards all over the area, seemingly focused on Sumala Fadros’s home. They go up to one of the guards, Illar, and ask him what’s going on. He tells them that it’s none of their business, but Hafisa is able to wheedle out of him that there’s been a second attack on the woman, this time in her home [she used a Darkness Point on the task]. He says that it was the station mob, the Cariofos family, that carried out the attack. Naima says that they are friends of the Fadros family [spending a Darkness Point to convince him], and he lets them through, signalling ahead that they are coming through. Reaching the home after passing several more guards on duty, they are horrifed to see a woman who looks like Sumala lying on the ground, covered in blood. A forensic medicurg is examining her. It is Naima who realises first that the woman is not Sumala. Blake Harold comes out of the residence, and sees Naima and Hafisa there. He beckons them to join him, and the two women are seemingly not surprised to see him there. Blake tells them that the dead woman is Sarali Fadros, Sumala’s sister. He has no idea what she’s doing there, but the attackers obviously thought she was Sumala. She died of standard slugthrower wounds, but he says as they can see, whoever did this wanted to be thorough. Naima notes the outside walls of the home near where Sarali was found are peppered with slugthrower round holes. Blake grimaces, and says whoever did this was a professional. They learn that Sumala’s belongings are missing; she has obviously gone on the run.

Leaving the station governor’s office, Tafik Sharoun decides to wander the station until he’s due back at the ship. He goes into the Marketplace, and makes several purchases for himself, stuff that he plans to take down to the surface of Mira with him when the group heads down to the planet’s surface. He arranges to have his purchases delivered to the Ruby Flower, and then continues his meanderings as he makes his way back to the ship. As he makes his way to the docks, he hears the shuffling steps of someone in the dock backways ahead of him. Moving forward with caution, he draws his dura blade, but is somewhat surprised to see a woman carrying a small satchel of belongings who spots him. She asks if he is “Professor Sharoun”, and when he confirms that he is, she says her name is Sumala Fadros. Before they can exchange further pleasantries, a shot rings out, and he sees the impact on the dock alley wall behind her. He tackles Sumala, and the two dive for cover. A voice echoes through the area, telling Fadros to come out and they’ll make her death an easy one. Sumala asks him if he knows of the Ruby Flower, and he tells her that’s his ship. She asks if he can get her safely to the ship, as she needs their help. Two more shots ring out, and Tafik is concerned the shots have gotten closer to them. He thinks their enemy is pincering them, and closing off their exit strategy.

Back at the docks, Moustafa and Zouma are going about packing the cargo bay with their new acquisitions of food and other supplies and spare parts. The ship’s artificial intelligence, Scherza, informs them that there is gunfire out on the docks, but she has localised it to several alleyways into the docks, approximately 200 metres from the Ruby Flower. Moustafa says that it’s none of their business, but Zouma persuades him to at least go and look and see what’s happening on the docks. He does so, and sees that the docks have become suddenly deserted, other than the data djinns (and robots) going about their business. Both Moustafa and Zouma arm up (he with a mercurium sword, she with a dura knife and power glove), and cautiously make their way out of the ship. They reach a section of the docks near some alleyways, and see several figures moving towards a focus point. Taking three of the attackers by surprise, they finish them off [with the help of 3 Darkness Points], and Zouma is able to identify them as part of the local resistance on planet. They are even more surprised when they come upon Tafik and his companion, whom he introduces as Sumala, sneaking along a corridor, and after some initial moments of distrust, make it back to the Ruby Flower. They learn some of what Tafik has learned about matters on planet, and await the return to the ship of Naima and Hafisa.

Friday night’s session of the Coriolis – The Third Horizon RPG campaign was a pretty good session, and quite enjoyable to run. The players and their characters were kept hopping on their feet for most of the session, though it did take them a bit of time to get their feet wet with the game system again after a bit of an absence from it (having not played since April). Everyone thoroughly enjoyed the game, though my voice did crack a couple of times, and I had a few problems with being heard late in the game.

That said, overall a fine evening of gaming the Coriolis – The Third Horizon RPG, and I’m looking forward to continuing the adventure.

Friday Night Game Report – Coriolis – The Third Horizon RPG Session 6 April 20, 2017

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As mentioned in a post earlier this week, Kathy accidentally took my notes about last Friday night’s game session of the Coriolis – The Third Horizon campaign, so I’ve not been able to post up said blog report. Well, Kathy dropped off the notes for me on her way home from work yesterday (Wednesday), so I’ve got them. The Friday night group continued on with their campaign of the Coriolis – The Third Horizon RPG of Arabian Nights in space last week (April 14th). You can read about the previous game session by following the link. This post is somewhat long, so I’ve put it behind a cut for those who don’t want to read about my roleplaying game campaigns.

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CHARACTERS

Naima Saab (KathyB) – Trailblazer (Scout)
Hafisa darRouash (Angela) – Pilot (Freighter Pilot)
Zouma Abid-Arif (Ellie) – Stowaway/Ship Worker (Engineer)
Moustafa Harouz (DavidM) – Negotiator (Peddler)
Tafik Sharoun (Mark) – Scientist (Archaeologist)

First Triad, Dancer Segment, Day 11, CC 58

Naima Saab regards Blake Harold and asks him what he thinks of the person who’s been following them. He tells her that he can’t get a good look at the figure; whoever it is is adept at clandestine activities, and is using the crowds to good advantage. Hafisa darRouash says that they’re either working for the people behind what happened to Tafik (Sharoun)’s colleague, or perhaps just some locals keeping an eye on the characters. Naima snorts with mirth at this, but doesn’t say more. The characters and Blake go to the house of Sumala Fadros, and after talking to her daughter, Halima, are permitted to visit her. Naima can see that the woman is still in bad shape after the attack, and they approach her with gentleness, explaining they’re friends of Professor Sharoun. Halima stays in the small room as Sumala tells them what happened, to the best of her recollection. She was returning home from the souk after making some food purchases when a man with a hooded caftan (so she couldn’t see his face) approached her, and threatened her family if she didn’t stop working for Professor ibn Salumar. Naima interrupts to ask if she got a look at his face at any point, and she says that she did; she couldn’t make out a lot of detail, but he had the tattoo of the Messenger on his left cheek. He didn’t threaten her at all physically, but did say that if she didn’t heed his warning, “she would be next”. She didn’t know what that meant until after she learned that the Professor was missing; she believes him to be dead. Te next thing she knew all Darkness broke loose as the gunfight erupted and the last thing she remembers was two bad stings and then the pain before she blacked out. When Naima and Hafisa both comment that she was caught in the crossfire of an attack by two rival faction gangs in the city’s slums, not as she describes it, Sumala says that she has no idea what they’re talking about. They try to talk to her about the discrepancies in her story, but Sumala is obviously not healthy enough for them to press her, and Halima asks them to leave. They do so, reluctantly, and once outside the Fadros home, discuss the matter and realise that something very wrong and odd is going on here, with all sorts of possible reasons for what Sumala Fadros told them, including the fact that she’s lying to them.

Moustafa Harouz and Zouma Abid-Arif reach Bastak’s, and find that it lives up to its reputation, in all respects. The two note that they still have their tail, and Moustafa comments that he wonders how long it will be before the tail takes action. Bastik the Giant is a fair merchant, and offers the characters some decent trinkets and the like; in addition to the purchase of the trinkets, Moustafa also purchases some 2,000 birr worth of spare parts for the Ruby Flower. Bastak agrees to have the spare parts and the trinkets transported over to the Ruby Flower, for a modest fee, and because he likes them offers the characters a bit of advice: He’s heard rumours that someone is buying up all kinds of tools and equipment for an expedition down to Mira’s surface. Rumour has it that whoever it is has connections to the Colonial Agency. Zouma recalls that the Colonial Agency has a facility down on Mira; she tells Moustafa the information. The two bid farewell to Bastak, and step out back into the somewhat boisterous market area.

In Darisa Marakis’s office, Tafik Sharoun looks over the information that is available about matters on Mira pertaining to Professor Darfal ibn Salumar. He learns the professor was exploring and working in a new supposed Portal Builder set of ruins recently uncovered on the relatively unexplored southern continent. Early indications are that the ruins were subterranean, but Professor ibn Salumar was quite secretive about matters (understandably, from Tafik’s perspective), and very little information has gotten out. Tafik is able to determine that the professor’s expedition sponsors were the Foundation, something that grates on Tafik given that he is Firstcome. He wonders whether his personal nemesis, Rostami Haroum, might be involved, but doubts it; Rostami has now reason to be here, now. For more information on the expedition, he learns that the Foundation representative, Sariha Milmasine, should be contacted. He checks on her location, and is surprised to learn that she works out of the Foundation’s office on Mira. He decides a visit to M. Milmasine may be appropriate, but wants to talk to Darisa Marakis again, to see what light she can shed on the Foundation’s presence on Mira.

Outside the Fadros home, Naima and Hafisa decide what to do, while a somewhat bemused Blake waits for some answers. As they talk to Blake, Naima casually mentions that their follower is still watching them. Trying to get a closer glimpse at him or her, Naima spots that he’s got the tattoo of the Messenger on the left side of his face [she rolled 5 successes, including spending a Darkness Point!]. The characters realise this is the same man that threatened Sumala Fadros! The two women decide they want to chat with this man, and both of them race off in the direction of the fellow. The man sees the two women running towards him, and draws an accelerator pistol. When they see him aiming it at them, Naima and Hafisa shout a warning to other passersby in the neighbourhood, and split up as they seek cover. What follows is a mad dash and chase through the residential area, the man firing several shots at them (to no effect, fortunately). As they reach the market area, the man is able to disappear into the crowds and then narrow alleyways of the souk before they can catch him. Both women are panting, and Naima says to Hafisa, “Remind me to do so physical training and exercise, ’cause I’m out of shape for sure!” Hafisa just remarks that it seems they both are. Blake comes up to them with two Miran security guards, and says that he wants to talk to them about the complaints that have just been registered against them. Hafisa and Naima regard one another, and burst out giggling.

In the marketplace of the station, Moustafa and Zouma decide that they can still undertake some supplies (and a bit of cargo) acquisition. Zouma says they also need to make arrangements in the spaceport for some of the ship repairs to be made, and they need some of those replacement parts as well. Moustafa says that their tail is still watching them, and Zouma cheekily waves at him; the man vanishes among the crowded stalls. About an hour later, the two emerge from Chapitra’s, one of the better retailer of starship parts, pleased with their deal for 8,000 birr for engine parts that will be delivered to the Ruby Flower within the hour. As the two head back towards the docks, they are attacked in one of the quieter sections by a pair of ruffians wearing simple station clothes, and using dura knives. Moustafa, armed with a mercurium dagger, and Zouma, armed with a dura knife, take on the pair of thugs, who are obviously out for a quick birr, and manage to dispatch them [although they use 5 Darkness Points!]. The station guards arrive on the scene, and after the events are quickly determined (after the testimony of two witnesses), Zouma and Moustafa are let go, while the two thugs are taken into custody. Arriving at the docks finally, it is with sighs of relief that both characters spot the Ruby Flower at its berth.

Last Friday night’s game session of the Coriolis – The Third Horizon campaign was an interesting one for me, as well as being quite enjoyable. There were a couple of physical combats that went pretty quickly (for combat sessions in rpgs) as well as some good roleplaying amongst the player characters and between them and several of the NPCs in the adventure, and this had me quite happy during the evening. The players seemed to enjoy themselves quite a lot, and rather liked some of the events that went on, Angela admitting to me that she’s baffled where the plot’s going and who those “shadowy pursuers” are. Excellent! ::rubbing of hands together::

Overall, a good session of Coriolis – The Third Horizon last Friday night, and I’m rather looking forward to tomorrow night’s game session.

Sunday Afternoon Game Report – Coriolis – The Third Horizon, Session 4 April 18, 2017

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The Sunday afternoon gaming group played on Sunday (the 16th of April), and continued on with their campaign of the Coriolis – The Third Horizon RPG of the Arabian Nights in space. You can read about the previous game session by following the link. This post is somewhat long, so I’ve put it behind a cut for those who don’t want to read about my roleplaying game campaigns.

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CHARACTERS
Dalal al Yousfana (SteveR) – Scientist (Technician)
Ziva dariBoukhari (Tammy) – Negotiator (Peddler)
Ithara Kalarash (NPC1) – Pilot (Freighter Pilot)
Palan Mumrabh (NPC2) – Soldier (Mercenary)
Skot Habibar (NPC3) – Ship Worker (Dock Worker)

First Triad, Dancer Segment, Day 10, CC 58

Dalal al Yousfana is resting near the loader when a man in a green kameez, Haram, approaches him, and asks if he’s all right. Dalal replies that he was atttacked by the ekilibri, and suffered some claw and bite wounds. Haram asks for his injured limb, and Dalal gives him his arm, and Haram injects him with an m-dose [that cures 1 Damage point]. Haram tells Dalal that he works in the “below docks” and that the ekilibri is his servant. Dalal asks what happened to the ekilibri, and Haram says that Medicurg Falan will find out. He asks if any of Dalal’s friends was hurt, and the technician says that Palan may have been injured. Dalal points out Palan Mumrabh and Ziva dariBoukhari to him, but Haram says it will have to wait – several Coriolis Guards are approaching them.

Ziva is looking over and checking on Palan. His seeming allergy to the powder (flour) from the loader seems to be abating, but he’s somewhat teary-eyed and rather down on himself. He tells Ziva that he’s recovering, and asks her what happened with the loader. She tells him what happened, and Palan is surprised that Dalal stopped the loader. They are about to continue talking as Ziva helps Palan to his feet, when they are approached by Coriolis Guards, and the two are questioned about what’s happened in the incident. Palan is unable to shed any light on the matter, other than seeing the grav loader coming towards them, due to his incapacitation from the flour. Ziva tells her side of the story, and what she saw, and about the state of the ekilibri as well as the danger the loader represented, and how Dalal risked his life for all of them. The Guard are satisfied, but still suspicious about the events.

The Coriolis Guards who question Dalal recognise him from their questioning of the player characters earlier, and are moderately suspicious. They ask Dalal what happened, and he tells them about the rogue loader, how the creature attacked but that there was something wrong with it, and then describes what it did – the maniacal chittering etc. – for the Coriolis Guard lieutenant. The lieutenant says that if Dalal injured the ekilibri, then he could be charged under the Semi-Intelligences Act of CC 32. They discuss this some more, and Haram [Merifal] says if his ekilibri can’t work, then he will demand compensation of Dalal, much to the latter’s horror. The Coriolis Guard bar Dalal from leaving the station, and he agrees to the limitation, wondering if Ziva will stay on station to take him away when his barring is lifted.

After the Coriolis Guard have departed, Ziva and Palan have a chat. Ziva receives a notification on her tabula that Dalal is barred by the Coriolis Guard and the Coriolis authorities from departing the station. (A notice is also delivered to Ahlima’s Hope and to Dalal’s own device.) Ziva is displeased about this, as it means that the Ahlima’s Hope will have to remain on station longer than planned, and that will cut into profits and her own agenda.

It takes roughly half-an-hour for the loader to be taken away and for the area to be cleaned. During that time several people (a mother and daughter, several others who were in the area) come up to Dalal and thank him for what he did [he gets +1 to Reputation]. In addition to the area being cleaned, all the evidence is cleared away as well. Ziva talks to Dalal, trying to learn what happened in the loader cab, but to no avail, and says that it’s a good thing he did what he did. She asks why he’s been barred, and he tells her of the Semi-Intelligences Act possible violation. Dalal says he didn’t think the ekilibri had been hurt, and Ziva questions that in terms of its possible outrageous behaviour. Dalal says he wants to go check on the ekilibri’s condition, and that he’s going to see Medicurg Falan, but Ziva points out that it makes more sense to go and see the ekilibri’s owner, Haram, so ask to return the concern that Haram had for him earlier on. He agrees to this.

As the characters talk, they are approached by Bulletin News reporter Delila Delion, who starts to question Dalal, the whole thing being recorded on the news’ recording drone. He tries to mislead her somewhat, but still maintains the story that he’s told others to this point. She can tell he’s not telling her the whole story, and he says there’s a question of whether he tried to kill it and how badly it’s been hurt. Delion turns to Ziva, and asks when she knows of Dalal’s rebel connections on Algol that are part of the public record? She says that she does, and after deflecting the journalist’s questions and she starts talking to Dalal again, Ziva checks the ‘Net. She sees the public record confirms that Dalal is said to have connections to the Algol rebels, and was written by one Hamida Farouz. Checking up on the woman, she learns that Hamida works for the Colonial Agency as a “fact finder”, but also has connections to the Lyceum of Propaganda on Coriolis. Delion brings the subject back to the Algolan rebels, but Ziva dismisses Dalal’s potential connections to them.

Dalal asks Delila Delion if she knows what happened to the ekilibri. Delion says that Susha, the ekilibri, was suffering from a dose of Substance O, the new drug that comes from Algol, which is more powerful than opor, overdoses of which are said to cause death. Fortunately, Susha received the antidote for the drug on time, though it seemed the ekilibri’s metabolism may have caused a different reaction than that found normally in humans. She doesn’t know if Susha will recover, she’s not a medicurg, but there’s a good chance she believes. The characters also learn from her that the loader was an older model, and belongs to Farad’s Baked Confections which is located in the main section of the Market Plaza.

Sunday afternoon’s game session of the Coriolis – The Third Horizon campaign went pretty well, better than I expected. While the session had no physical combat, there was definitely some conflict, and the situation the player characters are in currently are messy and have some serious ramifications. That said, I was quite annoyed at SteveR‘s play, as to be honest, he wasn’t all that emotionally involved, hadn’t really considered the consequences of what he did to the ekilibri, and plays with a “nothing is going to kill me” attitude, as witnessed when he let the man give him the injection without even questioning it. I’m used to this with SteveR, but nevertheless I find it discouraging somewhat. That said, the session went pretty well, though I know that Tammy feels like she’s in over her head because it seems that SteveR will be depending on her to figure things out and protect him.

In any event, an entertaining game session of Coriolis – The Third Horizon, and I’m looking forward to the next session of the game.

Wednesday Night Game Report – Coriolis – The Third Horizon Session 3 April 13, 2017

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Last night’s gaming session with the Wednesday night quartet was a lot of fun. The Wednesday night gamers came out for their regularly scheduled bi-weekly session. The players and I continued on with their just started Coriolis – The Third Horizon RPG campaign. You can read about the previous game session by following the link. I’ve put this post behind a cut so that folks who don’t want to read any detailed rpg posts don’t have to.

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CHARACTERS

Adila Farouzham (Donna) – Negotiator (Diplomat)
Ridwan Omakht (DavidW) – Scientist (Medicurg)
Saliha Twarafat (Kendall) – Ship Worker (Dock Worker)
Mumtaz Mahali (Crystal) – Pilot (Freighter Pilot)
Abewel (“Abe”) al Mendikat (NPC) – Soldier (Mercenary)

First Triad, Dancer Segment, Day 23, CC 58

Onboard the Eye of Jemtallah, Adila Farouzham goes about some of the post-landing work, and catching up on some of the ship’s paperwork. The ship’s AI, Allawa, interrupts her, and says there’s an incoming communication. She’s surprised to learn that it’s from her! Opening communications, Adila pretends to be Saliha (Twarafat), and learns that the caller is Sadomas al Farrizan, who says he’s interested in some of the cargo that is being off-loaded. Adila checks, and finds that all the cargo has been unloaded, and is on the way to the various destinations, except for the illegal cargo they have onboard the Eye. She asks what cargo he’s interested in, and Sadomas tells her that it’s a series of plaques that were recovered on Menkar. She says that he’s mistaken about the cargo, that the Eye isn’t carrying that cargo, but he becomes angry and tells her that the manifest obtained from the station’s Docking Registry states they are. Adila asks if Sadomas wants to meet up to discuss the matter, but he abruptly ends the communication. Adila has Allawa check the ship’s cargo manifests for the Menkaran plaques, but there’s no sign of them. She does the check separately herself, but comes up blank.

Mumtaz Mahali and Ridwan Omakht emerge, somewhat breathless, into the livestock area after making their way through the crowds at one of the shopping areas in the Spice Market, and determine they are on the starboard side of the Ring, with the Spice Plaza to their right. Ridwan spots the two thugs still on their tail, the crowd parting around them at the sight of the weapons they’re carrying. Looking for cover, the two determine there isn’t a lot, unless they go for the livestock enclosures. The two decide they’re not going to risk that unless they have to, but both are surprised as an accelerator pistol round strikes near them. Giving Ridwan her baton, Mumtaz draws her accelerator pistol, and fires at one of the attackers [spends a Darkness Point]. She strikes him, and he pauses for a moment. Ridwan draws her attention to the two drones that are now floating above them. “Could be in trouble with the local authorities,” Mumtaz mutters. The second thug fires at them, missing again barely, and the two decide the livestock pens are a good choice now. Entering the first building, they find themselves engulfed in the musty smell of various animals. Mumtaz recognises several of the animals – dromedons, saphirs, and exotic birds – but they are interrupted by a stablehand with a shock whip asking what they are doing there. They explain to him what’s going on, and he tells them that that’s fine and all, but they can’t stay there. Before they can reply, the second rough-looking fellow enters, pointing an accelerator pistol at the three.

Emerging into the Spice Plaza, Saliha Twarafat and Abewel (“Abe”) al Mendicat are met with the sounds and scents of the area. They also hear the sound of shooting, but assume another “incident” is occurring on the Spice Plaza edges, as is usual for Coriolis station. Getting their bearings, the two are approached by a beggar child, who begs them for some money. Saliha is about to dismiss the child, but Abe takes pity on the youngster, and gives him 5 birr. The thankless child snatches the birr, and dashes into the crowds. Saliha tells him that he’s a softie, but he tells her gruffly to mind her own business. The two move into the Spice Market, and stop to eat some food at one of the vendors. The characters head deeper into the Spice Market after their meal, Saliha checking on one of the ship’s tabulas for any deals on offer in the marketplace. There are a couple of merchants looking to shift spices, and the two head for Tawafa’s Spicemart. Tawafa is a genial, somewhat rotund man with a hint of ginger in his grey hair, and after chatting with the merchant for some quarter of an hour, Saliha is content to make a deal for the shipment of 100 tonnes of spices and assorted foodstuffs to the cities on Awahdi, and his brother, Hafiz’s, Emporium there. The price is a fair one, and the characters look to earn a healthy profit on the shipment of the materiels. Saliha makes the arrangements to have the cargo delivered to the Eye of Jemtallah, and she and Abe head to their next destination, a dealer of technical parts and supplies, Terram Harafo, whose business is located in the Ozone Plaza.

Back aboard the Eye of Jemtallah, Adila does some research to see what she can learn about Menkaran plaques. The plaques are items that have been found in various digs in the ruins on Menkar, and are quite valuable; Adila actually gapes at the screen in shock at the sheer number of birr each one is worth intact. She’s learns a bit about the history of the Menkaran plaques that have been found so far, and then is surprised to learn that the crew’s patron, Mukhtar Sawalla, currently has several of them in one of his warehouses on the station. Adila places a call to the Hyperion Logistics’ offices on Coriolis, and is told that Mr. Sawalla is in a meeting, but will get back to her as soon as possible. Adila debates what she can do to get Sawalla to part with some of the plaques, and perhaps make a deal for them somewhere. She turns her attention to Sadomas al Farrizan, and does an information search about him. She learns that al Farrizan works for the Agilar Reclamation Agency, a group devoted to returning as many of the Firstcome and Portal Builder artefacts and relics to their rightful homeworlds (preferably museums and the like). al Farrizan is a frontman and troubleshooter for the company, and she wonders if he knows about Mukhtar Sawalla’s possession of the Menkaran artefacts.

Over in the livestock area, Mumtaz and Ridwan, with the stablehand, confront the rough-looking fellow with the accelerator pistol. The stablehand demands to know what’s going on, but the thug says that it doesn’t concern him. The stablehand says it does concern the Mered’s Animals business, and therefore him. The thug raises his weapon to fire at the fellow, but Mumtaz is too fast for him [she spends a DP], and wounds him with her pistol. He raises his weapon to fire again, and this time the stablehand takes him down with his shock whip. With the thug down, Mumtaz tells Ridwan to tie the thug up using some of the rope found in the livestock stables. He does so, while Mumtaz talks to the stablehand, Mered, about what’s happened. Mered says that has to wait, as several of the nearby animals have started to panic. Mumtaz says she’d help him if she could, but her expertise doesn’t include animals. After some time, with the animals once more secure and with Mered taking a shine to Mumtaz, they confront the attacker. He refuses to talk at first, but several more hard slaps from Ridwan (which take Mumtaz by surprise), he admits that he and his friend work for Aldair Jubal’s people. They (and some others) were hired by Jubal’s Imports & Exports to keep an eye out for the player characters, and to “scare them a little”. Before they can get more answers, they are interrupted by the arrival of some of the Coriolis Guard.

Meanwhile, Saliha and Abewel make their way slowly towards the Ozone Plaza, and are met with the sights and smells of the place. Saliha adores the smell of oil and the sights and smells of technology, however muffled they are, but Abewel wrinkles his nose at the odours and says he wish he had a filter mask. They stop for some food at a small kiosk near the main tube station of Ozone Plaza, and Saliha inquires of the vendor if Terram Harafo’s business is still in Torpor Way; the vendor confirms that it is. Saliha and Abe set off towards Torpor Way (Saliha having checked a station map to make sure of the way) and are approached by several shady con men and some beggars and urchins. They turn them down each time, though Abe gives several birr to a couple of the urchins that approach them. Saliha chides him for it, but he tells her that he’s just got a big heart. As they continue on their route, they reach a corner where they are confronted by Menell Farouz and his men. Farouz says he represents a small group on Coriolis whose business the crew of the Eye of Jemtallah have been interfering with. They’ve come to warn the characters off, starting with their unofficial “gatherer of materiels”. The six-on-two odds do not look good…

As mentioned at the top of this post, Wednesday night’s game session of the Coriolis – The Third Horizon campaign was a fun one, and I quite enjoyed myself. The players and their characters got to deal with several different situations, each of which had some form of conflict, some physical and some not, but the players commented to me after the game session that they had had fun with the situations and that they seemed to be suited towards their characters, other than Kendall who felt that the situation she was in doesn’t augur well for next session. The fact that she has to wait two weeks to see how things turn out frustrated her no end, but…c’est la vie. 🙂

Ovverall, a good game session of the Coriolis – The Third Horizon game, and I’m looking forward to the next Wednesday night session.

Sunday Afternoon Game Report – Coriolis – The Third Horizon, Session 3 April 10, 2017

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The Sunday afternoon gaming group played yesterday, and continued on with their campaign of the Coriolis – The Third Horizon RPG of Arabian Nights in space. You can read about the previous game session by following the link. This post is somewhat long, so I’ve put it behind a cut for those who don’t want to read about my roleplaying game campaigns.

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CHARACTERS

Dalal al Yousfana (SteveR) – Scientist (Technician)
Ziva dariBoukhari (Tammy) – Negotiator (Peddler)
Ithara Kalarash (NPC1) – Pilot (Freighter Pilot)
Palan Mumrabh (NPC2) – Soldier (Mercenary)
Skot Habibar (NPC3) – Ship Worker (Dock Worker)

First Triad, Dancer Segment, Day 10, CC 58

Dalal al Yousfana, Ziva darBoukhari, and Palan Mumrabh go up to the food vendor, and purchase food for themselves, and Ziva also pays for Hariman darMansour and the street urchin. Palan also indulges in some of the local kohol, mixed with honey wine. The street urchin devours his pies and drink, and then seeing that he can’t really pickpocket the player characters, races off back into the hustle and bustle of the Spice Plaza.

As the player characters and Hariman head for the nearest eating area, Hariman steals another pie, but both Ziva and the vendor spot him. When the vendor tells him to replace the meat pie, Hariman defiantly takes a bite out of it, and the vendor forces one of the characters (it turns out to be Ziva) to pay for it. She does so, but is disgusted and disappointed in the Dabaranian. She leads him, and the others, to the tables where she plans to abandon Hariman. He asks her how things are at home, to which she gives him a generic response, and as she turns to leave again, he asks how she’s doing with her particular problem? When she asks what problem, he motions as if closing a book. She sits down at the table, the others joining them, but Hariman asks if she really wants to discuss this in public? He motions around, and when she looks closely, she can see all manner of various drones and probes in the area, some of them recording drones.

While they are sitting, Palan sees the fellow in the dark green and yellow djellaba watching them, and brings it to Dalal’s attention. Dalal tries to look at the fellow surreptitiously, but is spotted. The man smiles, and then motions shooting at him with a pistol, before quickly getting up and walking off into the crowd of the Spice Plaza. Dalal is intimidated as the man lets him clearly see an accelerator pistol.

Dalal is about to say something to Ziva when a shot rings out. Palan tackles Ziva to the ground, putting her under cover, while Hariman dives underneath a table, as all heck breaks loose in the area of the Spice Plaza where the shot rang out. Ziva shouts for Dalal, who is frozen in place, to get to cover, and he does so. Ziva looks around, and sees various people talking with the Coriolis Guard who are now on the scene, gesturing in the characters’ direction. She also sees a spark on the ground, though she can’t place it. Palan points to where the shooter seems to be, and she catches sight of a person in a green and yellow djellaba [it’s the same person that Dalal and Palan saw before] disappearing down one of the service hallways. Gesturing to the ground, Palan snatches up the remains of the slug. Ziva points to one of the security drones in the area, but Palan points to a bracelet he’s wearing with a green light on it, and then puts his finger to his lips in a gesture of quiet. Ziva looks around to see if Hariman is all right. He’s concealed underneath a table, but there’s something odd about him: his cloak is below the level of the table, scrunched down as if something is pushing down on it. Before she can say anything to him, the Coriolis Guard arrives on the scene to talk to them. Several Guards take the perimeter, while the Captain erects an auditory dampening field.

The Captain of the Coriolis Guard proceeds to make identifications of the player characters, and that they are part of the crew of the Ahlima’s Hope, except for Hariman. When he tries to con the Guard into some station accommodation, the Captain says they’re wise to his game, and it’s a no go. The Captain talks to Palan; he knows the former mercenary has the slug, and Palan hands it over reluctantly. The Captain says, upon looking at the ruined slug, that’s it’s from an accelerator pistol. That can’t be right, because the pistol doesn’t have the 100m range that the shot must have had, and the Captain posits some sort of Faction tech weapon. He changes the subject to the character of Dalal. He learns that Dalal was accused (supposedly mistakenly) of blowing up an ore processor on Algon (as part of the rebel cause). The Captain suggests that perhaps Dalal was the target of the attack, much to his surprise. The Captain tells Dalal that he shouldn’t leave the station, and that he should let them know where he’s staying on the station. With a brief nod, the Coriolis Guards leave the characters be.

With the auditory dampening field dropped, the sounds of the Spice Plaza, somewhat returning to normal, bursts in on the characters again. Bulletin journalist and Coriolis anchor Amina Shanatros (whom Ziva noticed watching them while being interrogated by the Guard earlier) and her assistant approach her, and wants to ask her a few questions. She asks why Ziva has come to Coriolis, and the Dabaran merchant evades at first, but then admits to being on Coriolis to trade. Amira knew she was on the station when the ship arrived in Coriolis space, and asks Ziva about family stuff. Ziva deflects the questions, and when asked why she and her crew were questioned by the Coriolis Guard says that it had to do with the shot fired in the area. The Bulletin reporter says the Guard have claimed it was a prank, but Ziva says that she’s unaware of this. Amira suggests that one of the characters, perhaps Ziva herself, was the target, but Ziva again evades this. Amira hands her a tag with her holo contact information, and tells Ziva to get in touch with her if she can think of anything else.

Once the journalist and her assistant are gone, Ziva looks around for Hariman but sees that he has obviously departed them. The characters instinctively check to see if they’ve been robbed, but only Ziva finds anything. There an slightly crumpled, first generation Dabaran tag in her left pocket. Tapping it into her tabula, she sees a simple message:

“Market Plaza, 3rd hour, Evening watch, Ahmed’s.”

She tells the others what she’s found, and casually looks around. She sees something that is considerably odd: A small old-fashioned grav loader is heading in the direction of the seating area, puffs of white powder or smoke (?) coming out of it every so often. As it draws closer, the characters see a lemur-like figure, wearing maintenance clothes, at the loader’s controls. There’s something odd about the creature, an ekilibri, but she’s not sure what. Palan begins to sneeze [spent a Darkness Point], and Ziva wonders if it’s allergies. The mercenary starts to run towards the loader, but trips while sneezing [spent 2 DPs], and falls into the path of the loader while still sneezing [spent 1 DP], and it incapacitates him temporarily. Seeing what’s happening, Ziva races up to him and heroically attempts to and succeeds at dragging the heavy Palan out of the way [she uses 2 DP], while Dalal runs up to the loader, and manages to grab onto two rungs as it passes. Ziva looks around, and sees that various people are running after the loader, and gradually catching up.

Dalal manages to swing himself into the loader cab [he uses 1 DP], and quickly stops the loader; it settles to the ground. However, he finds himself face-to-claws with the ekilibri – a glassy-eyed, seemingly on drugs ekilibri. It attacks Dalal, and he defends himself. Outside, Ziva can hear cursing, swearing, chittering, and some screams from the loader cab, and several loud thumps (as Dalal tries to swing the creature into the cab wall, and prevent it from clawing out his throat [he suffers 3 damage]). The other people arrive on the scene, two with armoured gloves, and they drag the ekilibri out of the cab, and then another knocks it senseless with a [shock] baton. Ziva looks around; if this was deliberate, then who won the bet?

Sunday afternoon’s game session of the Coriolis – The Third Horizon RPG campaign was a lot of fun, and while I was still somewhat ill and didn’t expect to do all well with the game, it was more coherent and full of various types of conflict. The players had a good time with the session, and Tammy told me that she liked that “things happened”. You may have noticed that the fight in the loader cab between SteveR’s Dalal and the ekilibri isn’t detailed here (other than what Tammy’s Ziva heard going on inside); there was no point in writing it out in detail – it was a fight between a 1m lemur-like creature and SteveR’s character, for Goddess’s sake! But he did get hurt somewhat during the “fight”. I was pleased that I was able to do a coherent session with bits of sub-plots dropping in here and there, so there’s potential here for the future, to be sure.

Overall, it was an enjoyable session of the Coriolis – The Third Horizon game, and I’m looking forward to next week’s game play as well.

Friday Night Game Report – Coriolis – The Third Horizon RPG Session 5 March 25, 2017

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Despite the nasty weather conditions on Friday night, the Friday night gaming group played last night and continued on with their campaign of the Coriolis – The Third Horizon RPG of Arabian Nights in space. You can read about the previous game session by following the link. This post is somewhat long, so I’ve put it behind a cut for those who don’t want to read about my roleplaying game campaigns.

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Naima Saab (KathyB) – Trailblazer (Scout)
Hafisa darRouash (Angela) – Pilot (Freighter Pilot)
Zouma Abid-Arif (Ellie) – Stowaway/Ship Worker (Engineer)
Moustafa Harouz (DavidM) – Negotiator (Peddler)
Tafik Sharoun (Mark) – Scientist (Archaeologist)

First Triad, Dancer Segment, Day 11, CC 58

Naima Saab is shocked, then surprised, to see Blake Harold. She explains to the others that she and Blake go way back, to when she first became part of the Foundation Scout service, and they served aboard the same ship, the Flower of Darouz. Zouma Abid-Arif starts to ask her something, but Blake interrupts, telling the others that Naima is understating their relationship. She asks what he’s doing working as security chief on Mira station, but he merely says that he might tell her over dinner. The Governor informs Harold of why she’s requested his presence, and he informs the player characters that Sumala Fadros is afraid for her life, given what has seemingly occurred down on Mira. Sumala insisted that, after being treated, she be taken back to her quarters in the Market Plaza of the station, and the medicurgs didn’t have room for her, since others were also injured during the shootout, so they complied with her request.

Naima says that it would be good idea for him to go with her to see Sumala. Moustafa Harouz says that since they will have to plan to go down to Mira shortly, perhaps he should check out the Market Plaza, and see what goods they might be able to pick up for a few birr. “Never know when we might need some trade goods,” he adds. He says that he’ll take Zouma with him, since he’ll be able to teach her a little bit while in the Plaza. She’s not keen on going with him, but reluctantly agrees to do so. Hafisa darRouash says that she’ll go with Naima and Harold, as perhaps she might be able to find out from some of the people in the area what’s going on. Blake Harold says he doubts that, but she’s welcome to come with them. Naima glowers at her and shakes her head, but Hafisa ignores her. Tafik Sharoun says that he’ll do a bit of digging into the state of things on Mira, and see what he can learn. Governor Demorna din Soubar says that she can offer the assistance of her personal assistant, Darisa Marakis, in this regard, and he’s pleased to accept the young woman’s help. The Governor tells the player characters that while she’s happy to help them any way she can, she will not tolerate any problems on the station, nor interference with the Miran government’s handling of the “situation” on Mira itself.

Leaving the Governor’s office, Naima goes and checks a station directory for information on where to find Sumala Fadros’s dwelling, but finds access to the information is now limited. Blake tells her that it’s for her own protection, and tells Naima and Harisa that he can lead the way. Harisa asks him to tell her more about how he met Naima, but a look from the scout quells anything he might say. Instead, he tells the two of them that Sumala and several other civilians were caught in the crosshairs between two rival gangs on the station, the Haddar and the Kamallah families. There were some thirty-five people injured in the confrontation near the Semazil Souk in the Market Plaza, and it’s lucky the violence didn’t escalate as station security arrived on the scene relatively quickly. Hafisa asks the scout if she wants to talk to people in the area where the attack occurred, but Naima says that’ll depend on what Sumala Fadros can tell them. Blake leads them quickly to the Fadros dwelling in the residential area to the “north” side of the main marketplace. The smells, noise, and sights in the Market are typical, but not as pronounced as on Coriolis station. The residences are small, three-story homes at best, and the Fadros home appears to be typical. Blake regards the two women, and asks them if they’ve noticed the cloaked figure that’s been following them most of the way. Naima smiles, and says she’s been wondering when he was going to say something about it.

Meanwhile, Moustafa and Zouma head for the main Market. Zouma is all excited about the prospect, but Moustafa tells her this is ship’s business. They need to make a smart, savvy deal for some goods, but Zouma asks if they’re going to do some restock for the ship as well. Mosutafa says he’s not sure yet, depends on the prices, but Zouma says she can help. He tells her he knows she comes from the system, and she seems disappointed in him. Before she can say more, as they are assaulted by the sounds, smells, and sights of the Market Plaza, he tells her that they’re being followed. Passing some birr around, Moustafa learns of a trader, Bastak the Giant, who sells trinkets and spare parts at one of the stalls on the south side of the market. They head in that direction, but Zouma points out a couple of other vendors that she thinks would be worth approaching as well. Half an hour later, Zouma says “I told you so!” to Moustafa, after he’s completed a deal for around 2,000 Birr worth of foodstuffs for the ship’s stores. They then continue on, headed for Bastak’s. Moustafa notes that their snake’s tail is still with them.

Darisa Marakis takes Tafik in hand, and leads him for her office on the same floor as that of Governor din Soubar. The two talk amiably as they walk, and he asks Daris what she can tell him of the attack on Mira involving Professor Darfal ibn Salumar. She tells him that the information she currently has is scant, but that it appears that the Professor has disappeared from the dig site he was at on the southern continent. Details are sketchy, but some reports indicate he was taken prisoner by some of the Miran rebels affiliated with the local mob, the Okra Darma, and others are reporting that the Professor has gone into hiding due to something he found during the dig. Tafik asks if this latter might have something to do with why Professor ibn Salumar asked for his presence on the planet. Darisa merely shrugs, and then says they’ve arrived. The two enter her office, and she accesses the files on what’s known about the situation on Mira. He learns that the rebels are something new on Mira, and that there’s a good many possibilities for what accounted for Professor ibn Salumar’s disappearance. Including the legend of something called “the Ensnarer”. Darisa scoffs at that, saying that it’s a myth among the pilgrims, but Tafik says that there’s usually some truth in various myths, so it may bear keeping in mind. Darisa leaves him to go over the files, but says she’ll be readily accessible if he needs to talk to her.

Friday night’s game session of the Coriolis – The Third Horizon campaign went pretty well, and I had a pretty good time. Given that the weather wasn’t cooperating, I was surprised the players wanted to play at all, so that was a good sign. Because the weather seemed to get worse, the snow falling heavily as the evening went on, the players decided to stop play just after 10 pm, so the game session lasted for only about 2-1/2 hours. I managed to give the players a good feel for Mira station, and there was some fun roleplaying between the characters during the course of the evening as well. Angela and DavidM told me that the plot is intriguing as heck, and they’re looking forward to seeing what happens.

Overall, a fun session of the Coriolis – The Third Horizon RPG, and I’m looking forward to next Friday night’s game, weather and health willing.

Wednesday Night Game Report – Coriolis – The Third Horizon Session 2 March 16, 2017

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Had a good night of gaming last night. The Wednesday night gamers came out for their regularly scheduled bi-weekly session. The players and I continued on with their just started Coriolis – The Third Horizon RPG campaign, and they were ecstatic to get back to it. You can read about the previous game session by following the link. I’ve put this post behind a cut so that folks who don’t want to read any detailed rpg posts don’t have to.

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CHARACTERS

Adila Farouzham (Donna) – Negotiator (Diplomat) Sensor Ops/Captain
Ridwan Omakht (DavidW) – Scientist (Medicurg) Sensor Ops
Saliha Twarafat (Kendall) – Ship Worker (Dock Worker) Engineer
Mumtaz Mahali (Crystal) – Pilot (Freighter Pilot) Pilot
Abewel (“Abe”) al Mendikat (NPC) – Soldier (Mercenary) Gunner

First Triad, Dancer Segment, Day 23, CC 58

Ridwan Omakht emerges from the Eye of Jemtallah, and after having his ID and papers checked via his transactor, inquires of Thessar Creyt of Coriolis security as to what’s going on. Creyt says that they are being detained under suspicion of carrying illicit cargo, but the medicurg says that he’s unaware of that. All he knows is that he’s got a perishable supply of medicines that are meant for the Samaritan Sanitarium, and that if they’re not delivered there, all hell will be due to occur. His attempted manipulation of Creyt succeeds, and while still suspicious, the Coriolis security officer decides to allow the characters to unload the medical supplies and deliver them to the Sanitarium. Adila Farouzham orders Saliha Twarifat to begin the unloading process, and as station personnel move with exo loaders and a couple of grav craft (given the amount of cargo the ship is carrying), unloading begins. Adila inquires of the man seemingly in charge of the loader crew as to whether maintenance on the vessel is going to be done, and he replies that’s in the queue right after unloading is complete. He turns to Saliha about the cargo unloading process, leaving Adila, Mumtaz Mahali, and Ridwan to watch as Saliha goes about the process.

Back aboard the Eye, Abewel (“Abe”) al Mendikat talks with the ship’s AI, Allawa, and learns there’s a good deal of incoming messages for the Eye and her captain, primarily regarding cargo loads available with destinations and proposed payments. Allawa tells him there are seven offers overall, and he tells her that he’ll send the messages to Adila’s tabula for her consideration and does so. Abe checks a few things on the bridge of the ship, and is dismayed to learn that one of the vessels on Coriolis is the Black Naruda, a ship of the Makruthk mecenary company, one of the companies that he “annoyed” in the past while working with the Sogoi down on Kua. He realises he’s going to have to watch his step this trip, especially any of the more isolated places on Coriolis.

Back outside, with Creyt keeping an eye on Saliha and her work with the cargo, Adila is able to talk with Mumtaz and Ridwan. The latter tells her that the medicinal shipment to the Sanatarium is quite valid, and will alleviate some of the suspicions of Coriolis security. They’ll need to offload the illegal drugs that they obtained later, when things chill out, but for now he’s made sure that the ship will earn some good Birr on the medications and the other foodstuffs and cargo they’re carrying; the illegal goods should put them over the top on this haul. Adila answers the messages on her tabula, and sees there are several good job offers for the Eye and her crew. She focuses somewhat, and sees that the Eye‘s patron, Mukhtar Sawalla of Hyperion Logistics, has one of the offers on the table. She composes a message to him to contact her, but back on the ship, and she heads back to the Eye of Jemtallah. Saliha asks where she’s going, but Adila tells her that she, Mumtaz, and the doctor can handle the deliveries of the goods to their intended destinations. “Just make sure not to get shorted on the birr owed us for the cargo, okay?” she tells them, and then bids Thessar Creyt a good day.

Thessar Creyt tells Mumtaz, Saliha, and Ridwan there’s nothing that he can do at the moment, as their cargo appears to be legit, but he warns them that he’ll be keeping an eye on them and their activities while on Coriolis. “Well, that means we’ll be very safe while on station, doesn’t it?” Saliha says sweetly. Creyt stalks off, taking the Coriolis Guard with him. The three characters talk, and decide what they’re going to do. Abewel returns to join them, and Saliha says that he’s just in time. Ridwan says that he and Mumtaz will deliver the medical supplies and materiels to the Sanatorium, and Saliha and Abewel will deliver the other merchandise they’ve got to their contacts in the Spice Plaza and the Ozone Plaza. When Abe asks why he’s got to go with Saliha, Mumtaz says that it’s in order to make sure nothing happens to their cargo or its handler. Abe reluctantly agrees, and Mumtaz realises there’s something he’s not telling them.

The four characters split up to go their separate ways, and Saliha sees that Abra Kalmarin, one of the folks from Teramine Cargo, is watching from the sidelines. She and Abewel go over to her, and Saliha arranges transport of the cargo to the Sanatorium as well as the mundane cargo materiels to their small warehouse in the Ozone Plaza. Saliha haggles with Abra Kalmarin, and much to Abe’s surprise, she negotiates a good deal. The transactions are recorded on the ship tabula that Saliha has with her, and the records are sent to the station registry as well as back to the Eye of Jemtallah. She receives a confirmation from Adila with a note saying “Well done”. Saliha tells Abe that they need to get going, and when he asks, says they’re heading for the Spice Plaza, and then Ozone, to close some deals.

Meanwhile, Mumtaz and Ridwan make their way through the security stations leading out of the spaceport, and after a few hassles over the mercenary’s papers, emerge into the Spice Plaza. They are accosted by the crowds of hawkers and beggars, not to mention the cacophany of noise and the tantalising and (other) revolting smells of the place. Ridwan checks one of the information systems in the Plaza, and is able to determine their best route to the Samaritan Sanatorium. They proceed through the large area, heading for the Core. The medicurg’s sharp eyes spot what appears to be a couple of rough-looking individuals, wearing light armour and carrying pistols of some sort bearing down towards them. He points them out to Mumtaz, and the two change their tack, and head straight into a dense crowd of shoppers at one of the spice vendors buildings, near a small livestock area…

Wednesday night’s session of the Coriolis – The Third Horizon campaign was a pretty good one, and rather enjoyable. Other than combat, the player characters got a little bit of everything, and there are several sub-plots that are coming to fruition at the moment. Donna commented that she’s rather enjoying how the game system mechanics work, and that the game rules are about as simple as anything the group of players have encountered to this point, something that Crystal was in total agreement on.