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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.

Sunday Afternoon Game Report – Coriolis – The Third Horizon, Sessions 1 and 2 March 13, 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 Session
First Triad, Dancer Segment, Day 10, CC 58

The players begin with an introduction to the universe of the Coriolis – The Third Horizon roleplaying game, learn some of the basic mechanics of the game, and proceed through the Third Horizon universe Glossary. After that, they partook in several samples of combat that taught each of them the basic mechanics of the science fantasy “Arabian Nights in space” game. While the combat system for the game isn’t deadly like some, death can be a mere critical injury away.

Second Session
First Triad, Dancer Segment, Day 10, CC 58

The place: The Third Horizon. Coriolis station, in orbit of Kua. Approaching the station. The time: The first Triad, the Dancer Segment, Day 10 of Coriolis Cycle (CC) 58. The universe of the Third Horizon is full of adventure, intrigue, and even the mundane life for those who seek it – but for those who don’t, secrets may be revealed, the Darkness Between the Stars may be faced head-on…

The light freighter Ahlima’s Hope is approaching Coriolis station as it prepares to dock at the Neoptra spaceport. Dalal al Yousfana is working in engineering keep an eye on the various systems. Captain Ziva dariBoukhari is on the bridge, eyeing the work of Ithara Kalarash as she brings the ship in to port. Skot Habibar is in the cargo hold, doing some work there. No one has seen Palan Mumrabh since they started in towards Coriolis station. Ithara brings the ship into the spaceport and to dock 4-B without a scratch, and after a conversation with Dalal starts to power down the ship. Ziva can see that various station personnel are moving towards the Ahlima’s Hope outside. Ziva asks the ship’s AI, Savitra, where Palan is. The ship informs her that the gunner is located in the arboretum.

As the player characters go through docking procedures and post-flight checks, several of the crew inform Ziva there are some problems with shipboard systems. Skot tells her there are some problems with the cargo storage devices, and these need repairs; he estimates costs with labour to be around 15,000 Birr. Dalal informs her that the port rear landing strut has buckled, and will need to be replaced; a new one will run around 5,000 Birr. Palan, who has arrived on the bridge at the ship AI’s request, suggests that they might find a good deal for the strut in the Ozone Plaza on the station, or perhaps the Cellar. Skot says they really don’t want to deal with the “merchants” in The Cellar on Coriolis; it’s the sort of place where you bring a carbine with you, and an escort for protection. Ziva nixes the idea of getting the part in the Cellar, and says that they also have to take repair time and the cost of a repair crew into account. To make matters worse, Ithara tells her that the onboard sensors indicate that fuel tank B-2 is cracked. Ithara says this explains why fuel expenditure on the run from the portal to the station was 28% above expected expenditures. She estimates they can patch the fuel tank for around 6,000 Birr, but a new one would likely run 13k Birr (with labour). When Ziva asks what she recommends, Ithara says that a new tank would be better than just fixing the old one. The Ahlima’s Hope is getting old. Ziva totals up the repairs and the docking fees, and she’s not pleased with the numbers that come up. Skot asks if she’s going to send him to negotiate deals for the parts and labour they need, and Ziva says that she is, but he’s got to take Dalal with him, as he’s the ship’s engineer. Skot doesn’t look happy about this, but agrees to do so and arrangements are made.

The player characters [and the NPCs] prepare to depart the ship, Skot and Ithara staying on board to take care of a few things. Emerging from the Ahlima’s Hope, they are greeted by a wall of noise (from ships, work crews, and unloading, among other things) and the smells of the spaceport – ranging from fuel, to the sharp tang of metal, to the smell of unwashed personnel. They are met at the ship’s port by a customs officer, and three of the Coriolis Guard, armed with stun batons and Vulcan pistols (and one of them is armed with an accelerator rifle). The customs official introduces himself as Nehali Absolon, and welcomes them to Coriolis station. After checking out Ziva, Dalal, and Palan, he says he’s impressed that their pilot was able to land the ship with the damaged landing strut. When he learns that the pilot is Ithara Kalarash, he’s impressed, saying she has a “good reputation”. [She gains 1 Reputation point.] He also informs the captain that one of their crew, Skot Habibar, will be arrested on sight; he has a criminal record, with several warrants out against him. The captain and her personnel exchange glances, and say that they understand. Absolon leaves the three Coriolis Guard at the area of the ship, to emphasize the point, and then the characters proceed through the three security check zones.

After going through security and then being welcomed to Coriolis again, Ziva, Dalal, and Palan emerge into the heady smelling, loud and cacophonous Spice Market. As they get their bearings, a voice calls out to them, and the three turn to face a seeming beggar wearing an an ancient somewhat smelly set of clothes. He calls out, asking if it’s really Ziva, and she is shocked to recognise Hariman darMansour. He was part of one of the great families of Dabaran, that fell out of favour over some weapons deals. She remembers him giving her fig and date sweets, and how he wiped her face and mouth when she was a child. Hariman’s mouth waters at the smell of some sort of meat or veggie pies coming from a nearby seller, and he begs her to take her for a bite of food. As they move towards the food vendor, Ziva feels a tug on her caftan, and suspecting foul play at hand, looks down to see a small street urchin tugging on her caftan. He begs her for alms, but she doesn’t have any birr at hand. She offers instead to get him some pie(s) at the vendor, and he’s delighted at this prospect and moves off with them and Hariman.

Dalal notices someone watching them, leaning on one of the pillars in the Spice Plaza. He is a dark haired man wearing a dark green and yellow djellaba, with a weapon of some kind [mercurium sword] concealed by an overvest at his waist. He has a tattoo on his right cheek, but Dalal doesn’t recognise the symbol. He points the man out to Palan, who doesn’t recognise it either, but says that the man’s got a mercurium sword at his waist. When the man sees that they’re watching him, he moves off into the crowd.

Sunday afternoon’s game session of the Coriolis – The Third Horizon campaign was a lot of fun, and I had a good time running this. (I’ve included here the notes for the 1st game session as well, from the week(s) before, just for completeness sake.) The players seemed to enjoy themselves, though things went a bit off the rails as Tammy was on call for work and had a bit of a crisis at one point, so we only played for about 3 to 3-1/2 hours. I was glad to actually start the campaign, and gave the two players a bit of the feel and flavour for the game during the course of play, so that was enjoyable as well.

I’m quite looking forward to running the next session of the Sunday Coriolis – The Third Horizon campaign, and can’t wait! 🙂

Friday Night Game Report – Coriolis – The Third Horizon RPG Session 4 March 11, 2017

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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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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 6, CC 58

It has been five days since the player characters left Alhabra IV (Schadi), and now they wait at the portal station for a bulk hauler to proceed to the portal for the purposes of jumping. The players are resting in their quarters onboard the Ruby Flower, somewhat bored. On the bridge, Naima Saab, working the sensors, pipes a message through the ship that there’s action near the portal. A courier ship has come through the portal, and is heading straight for the Alhabra portal station. The others give a mocking cheer, and Naima says there’s nothing else going on. Perhaps they should just dock at the portal station, and see what’s going on? The others veto this, on the grounds that they can ill afford the docking fees at the moment. The monotony that has plagued the ship for the last several days continues.

Several hours later, with Hafisa darRouash on bridge duty, a message comes in to the ship from Alhabra portal station. Hafisa acknowledges receipt of the message, and then calls the crew together in the communal lounge. As Naima, Zouma Abid-Arif, Moustafa Harouz and Tafik Sharoun come in and make themselves comfortable, Hafisa tells them they have an interesting choice ahead of them. Moustafa demands to know what’s going on, and Hafisa defers to him (reluctantly), and passes the message over to him. He regards it, and then his eyes go wide. Moustafa asks Tafik if he knows a Professor Darfal ibn Salumar. Tafik has to think about it a bit, but then acknowledges that he does; they were students together at the Dabaran Institute, and both went on to archaeological studies. They’ve kept in touch over the years, but that hasn’t been easy. Moustafa asks him if he wants to renew their acquaintance. The courier message is from Professor ibn Salumar, routed through the Colonial Agency. He’s asking for Tafik’s help with something on one of Mira’s southern continents, and asks for him to meet him as soon as possible on Mira station. Since Alhabra is only two portal jumps from Mira, the group considers their options, and debates the situation. After some ten minutes of debate, the characters decide that going to Mira is as good as any a destination, and perhaps they’ll find something of interest there. Hafisa points out that they’ll have to incur the portal jump costs for the trip to Mira, and that’s going to run some serious birr. Tafik attempts to console her with the fact that they might be able to get reimbursement on the fees from either the Colonial Agency or whoever Professor ibn Salumar is working for. Moustafa heads to the bridge, and contacts Alhabra portal station. He asks them to plot the course through the portal for them to Zib, and then tells the rest of the crew to “set to it”.

Three days later, the Ruby Flower portal jumps into the Mira system, to find the system in somewhat of an uproar. The Foundation has dispatched a research vessel, accompanied by a Legion ship with a complete detachment of Legionnaires on board, which arrived three days ago. As the Ruby Flower moves in towards the portal station, Naima tells Hafisa and Moustafa that there’s an incoming message from the station. She takes down the message, and hands it across to Moustafa. He reads it, and his face goes white. He calls Tafik on the ship’s comm and tells him to get to the bridge, quickly. When Tafik arrives, Moustafa tells him they have a problem: they are ordered to report to Governor Demorna din Soubar on Mira station as soon as possible. Moustafa remembers [using his Culture skill] that Mira is Firstcome-controlled, but isn’t sure what’s going on. Tafik says that it’s got to have something to do with Darfal and his work. The characters look at each other, and have an uneasy feeling about things.

Two days later, the Ruby Flower approaches Mira station on a docking vector, and Hafisa is able to bring the ship into the docks without problem. As the characters make plans for what they need to do on station while they’re present, Zouma informs the captain and Hafisa that they need to get the engines recalibrated. That’s a process that could take a full week, but it’s necessary. Moustafa checks the crew’s available funds, and says that they can afford it…just. The characters debark the station to find that the customs officers are waving them through the crowds quickly, as one of them, Elfam, says that Governor Demorna din Soubar is waiting for them. With an escort of guards, “for your protection”, the characters are taken to the governor’s office on one of the upper levels of Mira station. The trip to the upper echelons of the station is quick, and painless.

One of the station security personnel hands the characters off to Darisa [Marakis], the personal secretary to Governor din Soubar. Darisa tells the player characters that a situation has come up that she believes they have knowledge of. Moustafa asks what situation she’s referring to, but Darisa says that’s for the governor to say, but that they should exercise discretion in their dealings with her. Darisa listens for a moment on her head comm, and then says it’s time. She ushers the characters into the Governor’s office.

The Governor’s opulent office is contrasted with the simple clothing that Demorna din Soubar is wearing. After introductions are made and pleasantries are exchanged, Governor din Soubar gets right to the point. She says that Professor Darfal ibn Salumar has gone missing on Mira’s southernmost continent, and that his representative, Sumala, has been severely injured during a shootout in the station’s slums. To Tafik’s questions about what happened, Governor din Soubar says that details on what happened on Mira are sketchy at this point, but they are awaiting more information. As for the attack on Sumala Fadros, it appears to have been nothing more than being in the wrong place at the wrong time. Moustafa wonders what ibn Salumar’s representative was doing in the slums of the station, but Governor din Soubar says that they can try to talk to her. She makes a call on her station link, and soon a man wearing light body armour and several facial scars on his otherwise handsome face enters the office. The Governor introduces him as Blake Harold, the Chief of Security on Mira station. She says that he can take them to see Sumala. Before they can say anything else, Harold says, “Well, it’s a pleasure seeing you again, Naima.”

Friday night’s game session of the Coriolis – The Third Horizon RPG campaign went quite well, and was enjoyable for all concerned. The players were intrigued by what’s going on, and there was a good deal of player character interaction during which the players got a better feel for their characters and each others’ characters. In addition, they each got a better look at the game mechanics in action, and got to figure out a few more aspects of their personalities, while also interacting with some interesting NPCs.

Overall, I’m looking forward to the next Friday night game session of the Coriolis – The Third Horizon RPG, and the players are, too.

Friday Night Game Report – Coriolis – The Third Horizon RPG Session 3 March 4, 2017

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As noted elsewhere in my blog, the Friday night gaming group played last night and continued 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

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 2, CC 61

[First a quick note: The name of the star system has been changed, by popular demand, from Mumtaz to Alhabra. Therefore, this is reflected in this game session write-up, but has not been changed retroactively in previously posted LJ entries for this scenario.]

Tafik Sharoun regarded Naima Saab, and smiled, then he told her that he did indeed have a plan, but there was some risk to it. They needed to attempt to steal one of the Rostami team’s vehicles, preferably something fast that could accommodate all three of them, and then high-tail it back to their shuttle. Both Naima and Zouma Abid-Arif said that that was insane; Tafik said that was the whole point, as Rostami and his people would never expect it. Peeking around her cover, Zouma told the other two that there were three men out there, armed with appeared to be [carbine] rifles, but that the characters had the advantage of the light of the sun shining into the eyes. They decided to risk manoeuvering around and seeing if they could get away from their foes, doubling back to the ruins.

Back on the Ruby Flower, Hafisa darRouash and Moustafa Harouz were debating their situation, and what they should do. Moustafa says he’s all for getting the heck out of there, but Hafisa says she’s not about to abandon the others. She asks Scherza, the ship’s AI, if she can tell them what’s going on on Schadi, but the AI says that she’s still receiving the transponder of the shuttle, and Hafisa tells Moustafa that she’s not giving up on the others, not even if the Gambler were to come along and insist upon it. “What’s the point being the Captain,” says Moustafa, “if no one takes any orders?”, but Hafisa shuts him up, saying that they both know who’s really in charge of the Ruby Flower. The two bicker a bit more, in a comradely fashion, but Moustafa eventually says that he’s going to mope in his quarters, she can do what she likes, and then he departs the bridge. When he’s gone, Hafisa looks around the module, and asks Scherza what they can *really* do…

On Schadi, Naima, Zouma, and Tafik are cautiously making their way back towards the ruins, having had several close calls with a couple of Rostami’s men [and they used a few Darkness Points to do so]. Nearing the three vehicles that Rostami and his men have left, they see that Tafik’s rival is talking to a couple of the men, telling them that Tafik and his people must not leave the area alive, and that he wants the artefact. When his men disperse, Rostami heads back into the ruined structure [almost spotting the player characters in the process]. The three player characters cautiously head for the vehicles, and Naima gestures them to a Tiledes Corporation small grav craft. “Just what we’re looking for,” she breathes, and thanks the Traveller. They make their way to the small craft, and Zouma gets them in, making short work of the lock on the ship. They take their seats, and as Zouma brings the engines to life, both Naima and Tafik see Rostami and his men running towards them, and then veering off towards one of the other craft.

On the Ruby Flower, Scherza informs Hafisa that there’s another ship in orbit of the planet, and it seems to be a modified Kamruk class ship. Hafisa says that it may be the ship belonging to that ingrate Rostami Haroun. They could be in trouble due to its armaments. Hafisa tells Moustafa to get back to the bridge on the double, and then starts to plot a concealing vector with the help of Scherza and the ship’s astronics computer. Moustafa arrives on the bridge, and Hafisa gives him the sitrep and tells him what’s she’s up to. Scherza warns them that the other ship is gettin closer, but Hafisa tells him that she’s got the course plotted [she gets 4 successes on her Pilot roll!]. With deft manoeuverings, Hafisa gets their ship to the other side of the planet, behind sensor cover, and breathes a sigh of relief. She checks the sensors, and finds that she’s got them under magnetosphere cover, but barely. When she tells Moustafa, he replies that it’s all well and good, but how do they get their people from the surface back again?

With what sounds like a war cry, Zouma fires up the grav craft and it races away from the ruins, heading for where they left the shuttle in the middle of the Schadi wastelands. She tells Naima and Tafik that the sensors show that Rostami and his men are in pursuit, but they have a bit of time before they catch them up; they really did take the fastest vehicle that was there. The grav craft races in the direction of the shuttle, pursued by three slower vehicles. The fire of several Vulcan carbines causes explosions around them, but Zouma is able to maintain her course [with the expenditure of a Darkness Point once], and eventually the shuttle comes into view. Racing into the shuttle craft after stopping nearby, they reach the bridge area with only a few minutes to spare before Rostami and his men show up. The ship rocks momentarily from the impact of some Vulcan carbine fire, but Zouma is exultantly able to get the craft into the air and headed for space with little problem. Naima says that she’s constantly amazed at what Zouma is capable of, but Tafik merely nods with a grimace to acknowledge her comment.

Moustafa says the sensors are showing a shuttle coming up out of the planet’s atmosphere. Hafisa utters a whoop, and then direct the ship towards the shuttle coordinates so as to bring it aboard. Naima’s voice comes over the comm, and informs them that they’ve got what they came for, but that there’s likely to be pursuit shortly. Even as Moustafa talks to Naima, Hafisa starts prepping the trip out to the system portal. Once Scherza tells them that the shuttle is aboard, Hafisa sets the ship in motion, even as Naima confirms docking. Moustafa heads for the docking area, while Hafisa remains on the bridge, in contact through her comm link. Moustafa greets Naima, Zouma, and the smirking Tafik. He tells them what’s happened while they were down on Schadi, and Naima is worried, as is Tafik, though he doesn’t say anything. Hafisa says that it will take them just over 24 hours to get to the portal, but if they decide to go through the portal without waiting for a convoy or a bulk hauler (not likely in the Alhabra system), it’s going to cost them. Tafik says that with the likelihood of Rostami coming after them, they need to make all haste. Hafisa says she can do that, and pushes the engines to the maximum. She tells Zouma that she’d better keep an eye on the engines, and the young woman heads down to the engineering section. Unbeknownst to the others, Hafisa has a worried look on her face.

After several hours, Naima (handling sensor ops duty) says there’s a signature coming through from behind them. Moustafa is able to identify it as being Rostami’s ship, the Black Charybdis. Naima says that if she’s reading the signal right, the other vessel is gaining on them. Hafisa says they can’t possibly make it to the portal before the other ship catches up with them. Tafik tells them that Rostami’s ship’s armament is better than theirs. Hafisa asks him what he wants them to do, and he replies, “Trust to the Icons.” Several more hours go by, and the crew are getting more and more nervous. Rostami has made no effort to contact them, and yet his vessel could have just as easily opened fire by this time. And then Naima says there’s another ship approaching, and the voice of Captain Davara of Hakim’s Revenge comes over the comm. He orders their ship to stand down, as he believes they’ve taken something illegally off Schadi in violation of the Horizon laws of archaeological claims. Moustafa tells Hafisa to stand down, and the others look relieved at not having to make the decision. Naima and Tafik tell Zouma to hide the artefact that she’s still got somewhere…secure. As the Hakim’s Revenge comes alongside them, the two ships initiate docking procedures.

While Naima, Tafik, Zouma, and Moustafa wait for the Captain of the Hakim’s Revenge at the airlock, Hafisa informs them that Rostami’s ship, the Black Charybdis, is approaching and maintaining its distance from them. Captain Davara comes aboard the Ruby Flower, accompanied by some six soldiers, and what appears to be a female technician. Davara informs Moustafa that they are there to investigate the charge of smuggling illegal technology, and that any resistance and they will be arrested. Moustafa sweeps his hands wide, and says they are welcome to search. Zouma decides to accompany the female technician, Zaria, on her rounds, accompanied by one of the soldiers. Zouma tries to bond with or buddy with Zaria, seeing that they’re both “technicians”, but the Alhabran technician isn’t buying it, much to Zouma’s (pretend?) chagrin. Several hours later, Captain Davara has the crew assemble in the common room of the ship. He tells them that it appears Professor Haroun is mistaken about his claims, and that he is sorry for inconveniencing them and for any delays they have suffered. Moustafa brushes this off as being part of Rostami Haroun’s rivalry with his own Tafik Sharoun. Once the Alhabra Defense Force ship departs, and the Black Charybdis moves off, the crew of the Ruby Flower breathes a sigh of relief.

With the Ruby Flower en route for the portal station once more, the crew gathers in their lounge to congratulate each other on a job well done. Moustafa announces to the group that the stowaway, Zouma, has proven her worth to the crew and to the ship, and will be taken on as the engineer. The others congratulate her, notably Naima, who seems very happy to have Zouma as part of the crew. When the saluting her with drink ends, Moustafa says that he has one question for the girl: where did she store the artefact, so that Captain Davara and his technician didn’t find it? Zouma laughs and says that she placed it where the Alhabran forces would least expect to find it – a compartment near the ship’s reactor, where any sensors wouldn’t detect it. The others laughed about this, and said that she really had the “smarts”. Zouma just grinned happily at them, accepting another round of praise.

Friday night’s session of the Coriolis – The Third Horizon campaign was one that had a lot of stuff going on in it, but that was pretty enjoyable. The players had a good time in the session, Ellie being particularly active with her stowaway-cum-engineer, Zouma, but there was something for all the player characters to do in this scenario. The players commented that they had a great time in this scenario, and that they learned a good deal about the game and how truly simple the game mechanics are.

Anyway, next week (weather and health permitting) I’ll be starting a brand new adventure with the players. Looking forward to that! 🙂