84-403 to 91-403 SC
Coasting through space, our ship, the Hunter-Gratzner, and its new bounty (the Explorer’s remnants and the Spear Maiden’s relatively unblemished craft) entered the zone protected by Yasin’s Navy. Having captured some pirates, along with two of their three ships, we thought to keep our prize and use it for our own profitable, legitimate uses. In exchange for keeping the Spear Maiden we hoped to donate the Explorer’s remains to the Navy’s research department, perhaps giving them the edge they need to upgrade their “defenses.”
Much to our surprise, we were immediately accosted by the Admiral Justicar guy whose name isn’t really important (although it’s Admiral-Justicar Kazi Saleh), as it was obvious he had inherited the position due to his family. With the religious oligarchy present in Yasin, it would be unlikely a person of true merit earned a position of such importance. Even more to our surprise, he demanded the Spear Maiden be handed over immediately, along with the Explorer, as they were raiding ships and therefore Yasin’s to impound.
As usual, our captain, Rufus Killjoy, engaged the Justicar in a friendly debate about how the Navy may have access to the ships, if they had actually captured them. Rufus politely pointed out the Navy’s lack of presence in our time of “need,” claiming salvage rights to the Explorer and the Spear Maiden. With our disagreement with the Justicar’s desires more apparent, the conversation became more intense.
At this point, our pilot, the Dominic Hyden, stepped forward to show how we were swarmed and even though we attacked first, the Pexursine controlled ships would have easily pursued us, if we tried to flee. In addition, we had limited fuel, leaving few options, fight or surrender. As such, we fought valiantly, only destroying a single ship before those damn shedders broke, running with their tails between their legs or surrendering on the spot. Furthermore, Dom brought up the ability for the Justicar to make a name for himself, by claiming this prize and solving this conflict peaceably, perhaps even heroically.
In addition, our security officer, Cavalier Jones, came forward to try his intimidating presence upon the Justicar. Cavalier warned the Justicar that he would have to think carefully before trying to force a requisition of the ships, as Rufus had gone to the gunnery to take aim at the Spear Maiden, willing to destroy our prize if pressed. Cavalier was moderately successful in swaying the Justicar, but the man was obstinate, willing to fire nuclear weapons at us all (which would ruin all chance of recovering any useful technology).
As a last ditch effort, the Engineer, Sano Memoria, came forth, giving all the technical specs of the Explorer. In doing so, Sano befuddled the Justicar, who obviously had little knowledge of such things. After consulting with Yasin’s chief of staff, he agreed that there was plenty of worthwhile technology waiting to be exploited by their research teams. Sano even offered his services in repairing the ship, with more appropriate tools at a stardock. The Justicar was dismissive of Sano, probably due to Pexursine’s obvious inferiority to Humans.
Even so, the Justicar’s stoicism was unparalleled. Our crew had never come across a more stubborn man. We eventually came to an impasse, leaving both parties unhappy. After a brief discussion with some of the more influential individuals of Yasin, the Justicar came back on the com, offering a compromise of sorts. We could purchase the starcraft, assuming we could scrape together enough credits. With our captain’s deep pockets, we were able to come up with enough to begin our new fleet of merchants.
After the end of our argument we had traveled to Yasin over the course of a few days, arriving to give the crew a hard earned bonus and an extra round of grog. With our interstellar business done, we had now entered where we were to sell our cargo. Hopefully our cargo is able to be sold without incident, but one can never be sure with so many ne’re do well characters. Not quite as bad as Hell, but, then again, nothing is as bad as that godforsaken planet.
--End of Adventure 2--