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Old Mar 23rd, 2023, 09:22 AM
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Chapter 3, Part III: Splintered Wolds - Planet of the Dead

The Sunrise Maiden, From the Diaspora to Orphys, Eox, 6/3-7/317Chiskisk addresses Matsu's question: "Ms. Trux will not require payment for her assistance. She owes much to the Starfinders and will help you to the extent of her abilities... which I hope will be enough." Something about the shirren's words suggest they might have their doubts about that. "I wish you luck. I must now return to the soiree." The vid screen goes blank.

Aja perks up and links into her exocortex with her comm unit. "I did get pics of the landing gear marks! Good thinking, Mendev." She sends out the photos to everyone's comm units.

"All right," Grix pipes up, "what are we waiting for? Back to the Drift!" The exuberant ysoki hops into the pilot's seat and spins up the engines. "Plotting course to Eox... I think I can get us there in four days. With any luck, those dead heads took their time and we won't get in too far behind them!" Pulling back on the throttle, Grix lifts the Sunrise Maiden off of Asteroid K9204--also known as the Stareater's Spine--and blasts off into a sky speckled with thousands of asteroids. After a few minutes of swerving wildly through the deadly obstacles, she chuckles. "All right, enough fun." She engages the Drift Drive. The asteroids of the Diaspora blink out and are replaced by the dull pink void of the Drift.

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The next four days pass uneventfully. Perhaps it is the blank endlessness of the Drift or the idea that you are headed to a world populated by the undead, but a pall seems to fall over the crew of the Sunrise Maiden as you eat, sleep, work, and stand watches on the bridge. On the third day, while you sit down to dinner together in the crew lounge, Aja makes an announcement.

"Everyone, these last couple of weeks have been a real adventure for me. Kind of more than I can take, actually. I've almost been trampled by giant beasts, drowned in pollen, beheaded by mad cultists, and shot out of the stars by pirates. And now Eox? I'm sorry guys. I know how important what we're doing is, but I'm not cut out for it. I miss the Station and my family. I hope you guys understand, but when we get to Orphys, I'm going to hop the first ship back to Absalom Station. The Starfinders will probably drum me out and that's fine, but what really hurts is that I'm letting you guys down." Over the next day, the young human does everything she can to leave the Sunrise Maiden and the rest of your equipment in as tip top shape as she possibly can.

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On the final day, Grix gets on the intercom and calls everyone to the bridge. She's at the helm and turns to smile at everyone. "Good news! The proximity alert just sounded. We're here!"

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Grix disengages the Drift Drive and the ship falls out of Triune's strange demiplane. Eox fills the canopy like a great looming skull. Glowing red on the dark side of the dead world you see the great, lava-filled Facinora Basin, where the Eoxian superweapon that destroyed the twin worlds of the Diaspora back-blasted into the planet and wiped out most life on the world. The elebrians were forced to embrace undeath to avoid becoming extinct, and Eox was left with only a thin and highly toxic atmosphere.

The Sunrise Maiden approaches the planet and comes in close to the Thousand Moons, a small field of asteroids that hovers in synchronous orbit over the Facinora Basin, massive chunks of the planet that were hurled skyward in the cataclysm and never came down. Clinging to the side of the nearest one is a large installation against which are docked numerous bone ships of various sizes, including a massive warship, which appears only partially finished. "The Blackwind shipyards," Grix whispers in awe. "The big one is a half finished Annihilator Class ultranaught. They quit building it because of the cost. Only three of those ever saw service. One almost got destroyed in the Eox's ill-fated attempt to seize Absalom Station in the year 7 AG, before the Absalom Pact brought relative peace to the system.Magefire Assault and took decades to get back on line; one got killed by the vesk in the Silent War."

"And the other one?" Vette asked, gazing at the half-finished ship with a mix of revulsion and admiration.

"The other one defected to the Corpsefleet and is out there somewhere. Remember those wrecked Golarion-class battleships we saw over Castrovel? Well, one of those did that to them." That happy thought is met with a grim silence as the Maiden speeds past the shipyards to the light side of the planet, where the navigational data on Grix's Heads-up displayHUD highlights the locations of the major settlements and landforms, including the necropolis of Orphys in the northern hemisphere. With a word of clearance from a passing Eoxian Navy vessel, the ysoki begins her descent.

Orphys comes into view below--a great circular city beneath a dome that contains a breathable atmosphere, which is meant to make living visitors feel welcome. Most necropolises do not have such a feature. The dome is in the midst of a gray, blasted, apocalyptic landscape where you can see the ashy remnants of other cities, crumbling forests, and dry riverbeds. As you descend, you see that the city itself is in a haze of pollution beneath the dome. The HUD points the way for Grix to come in over the subterranean spaceport that lies just outside the dome and is connected to the city by underground tunnels. A docking bay slowly opens up and Grix sets her down. Above you, the doors seal shut and the chamber is flushed with non-poisonous air.

When the ramp opens, you are all met with the stale, acrid smell of air that would probably not be healthy to breathe for one's entire life. You step down onto the landing platform and are greeted by a tall necrovite in a yellow jumpsuit whose skull is smudged with grease and soot. Several animated skeletons in bright yellow safety vests stand ready behind him. "Welcome to Eox, visitors. I am here to see to the care of your ship." With a few taps of his datapad, he links into the If you recall, this is a monetary account maintained by the ship that is fed by your advertising deal with Sanjaval Spaceflight Systems. You never need to worry about docking fees and such.ship's fund. "We are not responsible for items lost and stolen." At that, Grix closes the ramp and locks it.

As you leave the ground crew to their work, a small, familiar man in a shiny silver suit approaches. It's Sid Schneed from the public relations department of Sanjaval Spaceflight Systems. You wonder how the little man knew you'd be here! "Hey, there's my guys! Welcome to Eox. Hope you weren't expecting a lot of fun, this place is petty dead! Haha! Get it? Aw, I'm just kidding you! So the campaign is going great! We got orders for a dozen new Vagabonds after that rescue on Castrovel! You guys are creating jobs down at the shipyard, and to show our appreciation, I'm here to offer you some more upgrades! My boys are ready, so let me know what you want... within reason."

After laying out to Schneed what you'd Level the ship up to Level 7like for the Sunise Maiden, you walk out to the train transport to the central tube station in Orphys. The entire trip is underground and you catch glimpses of the buried remains of elebian civilization on the walls outside the train windows. When you come to the main station, you are dropped off on a platform that leads to a large station filled with food courts and stores. About a third of the restaurants offer fare suitable for the living. The rest offer the synthetic blood and flesh grown in massive vats by Eox's agricultural system. This is enough to kill your appetites.

Suddenly a voice rings out. "Grix!" You all turn to see a small brown ysoki dodging through the crowd toward you. From the opposite direction, a slight and shot (for her race) kasatha with light blue skin appears to be approaching you as well.

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OOGMEveryone but Riktur and Kenjitsu: FIRST THING, LEVEL UP TO 6!

Second thing, let me know what your actions are during the four day trip to Eox. Remember, there is still data to be gained from Duravor's comm unit (DC 35 Computers - you can have Aja make the attempt) and you can still tinker with the alien robot if you like. There is also downtime activity and you can have Aja break down the gear you don't want into 10% of its value in UPBs (easily converted to credits). The first part of your post should cover the trip. The second part should pick up at the spaceport.

Riktur and Kenjitsu: Go ahead and introduce yourselves to the party. Your characters should be level 6, but if I told you 5 by mistake, level up also.

ALL: Start talking about leveling up the Maiden to Level 7 - let me know if you need help or if you can figure it out from online resources.


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Enter Ciandria Sol
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Waiting was something that Ciandria was accustomed to doing. She had spent many hours of late doing just that. It was all so very frustrating. It rankled Ciandria from the tip of her conical head to the soles of her feet. She was a person of action. Needless to say all of the waiting was like torture to her core being.
It was a relief to the young Kasatha woman when she got an alert on her comm unit about the impending arrival of the Sunrise Maiden. Finally! Maybe now there might be something of interest to follow up on instead of so many recent dead ends. There was the slightest of smiles behind the traditional veil that Ciandria wore while in public. She walked quickly with a bit of pep in her step. As the woman walked she clasped two of her lower hands before her draped over her traditional microcord armor. The armor was a very dark green color that almost looked black with a silver piping along many of the seams.
"Well met crew of the Sunrise Maiden! I'm Ciandria Sol. I've been working with a mutual acquaintance here on Eox, I think you are aware of a miss Waneda Trux. I believe we have much to discuss but perhaps somewhere a bit more private?"
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Tweak has been tracking down Grix for several days, but luckily a contact from the Starfinder's Society had some information on where she would be heading. Of all places, he was going to Eox. Tweak was no stranger to Eox, but he usually just salvaged ship parts from the countless floating debris and seldomly ever went down to the planet itself. He was hungry while he was waiting at what passes as a food court, but something about seeing flesh and blood being served at the same time just kind of, well, caused him to loose his appetite. The whole planet just felt off. But then he finally saw his favorite cousin and couldn't help himself. He started running through the crowd yelling her name, "Grix!"


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Hearing her name, Grix turned around to find the source. While she was looking, the voice sounded very familiar. As soon as she figured out where she heard that voice, she called out in a questioning tone, "Tweak?" As the little nerdy Ysoki came running up, he gave Grix a big hug. Grix just smiled as the reunion was like getting a little bit of home coming to her. "I never thought I would have seen you any place other than the engine room of the Coriolis. What in the world are you doing all the way out here, on Eox of all places?"


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After their friendly embrace, Tweak looked at Grix and his smile quickly disappeared. "It's your farther. He is not doing too well. I came to find you and let you know you need to go back home." After a short pause, Tweak added, "Please, let me know if there is anything I can do to help you."


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It took a few moments to fully digest what her cousin just said. After processing, the operative training in her jumped in and she started rambling out what needed to happen. "First, thank you for coming. I know it must have been hard for you to come out in public. Second, my team just lost their engineer and they will need a new one. Can you stay and help them out? Third, I need a ship."


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Tweak was prepared for Grix's response and responded to her comments in rapid succession. "You know I would do anything for you, cuz. You would have done the same for me. Yes, I was actually considering getting some work. I need to make some money to buy a new personal upgrade, but you don't need to hear about that. But you can take my ship. It is at the dock and ready to go. Since I will be joining your team, I will not need a ship. It is not much to look at, but it is fast; very fast."


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Grix gave Tweak another hug and a friendly kiss on the cheek, "Thanks hun. You are the best. I know I am leaving these guys in good hands. I will send a message when I get there to let you know what is happening." As she started to head to the dock, as an afterthought, she turned to the others and said, "Something has come up guys. I need to go, but my cousin Tweak is the best engineer in the galaxy. He will be taking my spot and I know he will take good care of you guys. You can trust him. Wish I could stay longer, but gotta go. Toddles."


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And just like that, Grix was gone. Realizing that Grix hadn't really introduced the others to him, he gave a nervous smile and shyly said, "Uh, hi. I'm Tweak."


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MatsuThe journey to Eox passed slower than Matsu would have expected. Things weighted upon him now. Time being one of them. It felt as though the enemy was always one step ahead. Although on this occasion, perhaps that wasn't quite so true.

He passed the time training with Vette and studying Grix's piloting techniques. He'd picked up on that gastly planet a lot of remewmberd things about trecking and carrying, and put some training in to keep the skills alive. But mostly he rested.

On the dock, Matsu was assulted byu new information. Eox was the last place he expected to find new team mates. And Grix's typical, faster than lightning decision making left him bewlidered as usual. He greated both Tweak, and Ciandria poiltely, if somewhat gravely.

"Yes, someplace private to talk would be good. We are looking for the person of whom you speak."



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In the Drift - Enroute to Eox - At the Crew Lounge
Aja makes her announcement and Mendev is taken aback. Well, hmmm... I understand, Aja. What we have gone through is definitely events even regular military would have nightmares of. So, I understand. Your help and your aid has been invaluable to us and if my word means anything to Chskisk, I'll make sure to give you high praise. Perhaps there is Starfinder work you can do at Absalom Station itself. I certainly think you have proven yourself to hold the title.



Eox - Within Orbit of the Dead Planet
Mendev gets to the bridge and observes Eox for the first time in real life. The pictures don't really do it justice. The madness... to destroy one's own planet and civilization just for the hate for another. Over the past few days Mendev had been brushing up on his knowledge on Eox and it's culture, when he wasn't he attempted to look more into this Null-9 character. What he remembered from the Stewards mostly pertained to the Corpsefleet and a strong feeling for not wanting to go there. Yet here I am. He thought ruefully. A strange thought came to him. Everyone, I think it would be prudent to ensure our suits life support is fully serviced. Never know how they put out fires or emplace lockdowns in this city...

When they pass the Ultranaughts Mendev stays silent, considering the massive structure and Grix's words. In his thoughts, Mendev contemplated that to a race that could potentially live eternally... a work stoppage was merely a momentary delay. Eventually some psycho politician would resume the funding and construction.

When Grix highlighted the destruction of the Castrovel battleships, Mendev wanted to point out. No matter how great they may seem; history proves they are destructible. Nothing will and ingenuity can't fix... will and ingenuity.




Eox - Orphys - At the Landing Platform
At the landing platform Mendev frowns at the thought of someone breaking into the Sunrise Maiden. He thought of lying to them by telling them "The Siunrise Maiden has a sophisticated intruder detection and elimination system; we are not responsible for dismembered limbs or loss of life." But thought that the words would invite intruders who would want to pry on a treasure worth such a system. Instead he just nodded.

When he saw Sid Schneed, Mendev barely recognized him. It had been Aja and Grix that had managed to secure the sponsorship deal. But he did commit the man's name to memory after he found out what he and Sanjaval Spaceflight Systems had done for the Maiden. He reached out a hand to Sid and gave a nod a half-grin. Sid, it is good to see you. Can't say we were expecting you, but it is good to see you. Mendev leans forward as he shakes the man's hand. Curious though... how exactly did you know we would be here? Not that I mind to see you and your crew... just for security reasons...



Eox - Orphys - At the Main Station
When Grix's name is called out Mendev quickly evaluates the ysoki. He thought the ysoki out of places... yet here was Grix herself a ysoki, with a shirren, a half-orc, a lashunta, and a human. No weirder than us... Mendev saw movement the opposite direction. He knew quite a few Kasathas; generally honorable folk... more than willing to part with information to put bounties behind bars. But this one walked towards them with seeming purpose. Mendev tapped Matsu and nodded towards the Kasatha to put the soldier on alert.

When Ciandria Sol introduced herself as an acquaintance to Waneda Trux, Mendev could not help but to be slightly irritated. We are leaking like a sieve... Mendev forced a lopsided smile. Greetings Ciandra... a friend of Miss Trux, is certainly a friend of ours. He smiled a smiled at the rest of the crew. It's like a full welcoming party. Let us hope everyone that knows we are here are as welcoming. He chuckled and looked back to Ciandra. Then looked over to Grix and the approaching Ysoki.

Mendev genuinely began to be happy for Grix. Then he started to realize he was about to loose his friend... and pilot. I uh...Grix... alright then. Can you at least take Aja to drop off? Or is that not where you are headed? Mendev was not quite distraught, but was at a loss for words for how fast he was about to lose friends he'd been in life and death situations.

Mendev looked to Ciandra Preferably a place with drinks... going to need a few of those...






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"Curious though... how exactly did you know we would be here? Not that I mind to see you and your crew... just for security reasons..."
Sid gives you a smile. "Well, I was on business at... well, a place in the Diaspora, let's say, and a lovely pirate captain happened to mention she'd seen a Vagabond floating around and runnin' after bone ships. Since we just got budgeted for some more marketing dollars, I figured I'd see if maybe your quest would lead you to the birthplace of all bone ships. Personally, I don't know what anyone sees in the things. Ugly lines, no style. Sure they're sturdy, but who in the nine hells would want to be seen in one??" He shakes his head just thinking about Eoxian shipbuilding conventions. "Anyway, we figured we'd take some shots of the Maiden here at the Orphys spaceport and see if maybe we can break into the deadhead market." He lowers his voice at the end of the sentence as a necrovite ground crewman lurches past.

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"I uh...Grix... alright then. Can you at least take Aja to drop off? Or is that not where you are headed?"
"Yeah," Grix replies, her normally vibrant eyes filled with sudden worry for her father. "Aja can tag a long with me. We're both headed back to Absalom Station. You guys will look us up the next time you get back, right? You'll fill us in on everything we missed??" Your former pilot and engineer give tearful hugs to all around, Vette lifting the two off their feet both at once. Then they vanish into the shuffling crowd of the mostly undead that surround you.

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The thin veil the four armed woman wore mostly covered the smile she gave the ship's crew. Her black eyes sparkled with shards of light as she looked from one face to the next. Nearly all of the faces were familiar to her. She'd read through all of the Starfinder reports she been forwarded but she had only recently been cleared for all of their reports.
"Yes... we should be able to find something to drink at our destination. Mistress Trux might have something. I've have taken the liberty of hiring a ground vehicle to take us to" Ciandria looked over her shoulder to be sure nobody was listening. "our destination." She gave them all another smile from beneath her delicate silk lace veil. "If you will follow me please."

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Eox - Orphys - At the Main Station
Mendev was hoping for a less formal and more distracting location to imbibe a drink or four. So a monetary flash of disappointment was hard to disguise. He averted his gaze towards Tweak and gave a wry smile. Alright, Tweak. We are going to have to make this get to know each other as we roll. But Grix vouching for you is good enough for me. She is quite the pilot, and is quite frankly, a large reason we are still alive right now.

Mendev pauses and looks to Matsu and T'aro then reaches out to shake Tweak's hand. I am Mendev. This... as he shakes the ysoki's hand he points to Matsu. ...is Matsu and this... He goes to give Ciandria a handshake as well, but then puts two hands out, but then quickly retracts one before he swaps it in for the one that was left out. Suddenly Mendev, the two armed human, found himself with one extra arm hanging so he quickly lifts it back up and combs his fingers through his hair. ...and uh... T'aro... this is. This is T'aro. Then after his hands both become unnoccupied by the handshaking he then uses both arms to point at Vette. ...and of course, last but not least, this is Vette. Mendev presses his lips in disappointment with himself and then looks to the others. Hoping they would break the awkwardness of what just happened.

The silence in the air was making it even more awkward so he just clapped his hands and snapped popped his fingers. Alright, then... well let's get going. After you...








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Ciandria leads the group out the main entrance and onto a busy street. The huge train station behind you looks like a great mausoleum amid the towering, gray and black buildings of the Orphys city center. A red glow burns through the haze in the city around you. Some buildings are built in the style of ancient cathedrals, complete with vaulted arches and looming You would swear you just saw a couple of them move!gargoyles. Other towers are sleek, modern structures of glass and black steel. Still other of the buildings are shaped in the same fashion as Eoxian ships, looking like great spinal cords reaching into a black sky, which is dotted only by the stars bright enough to burn through the smog beneath the necropolis's great dome.

Before you is a river of fast moving traffic, spewing black clouds of exhaust onto the sidewalk. Some of the vehicles ride on tires and some hover, but all of them are very large and ungainly affairs of black and chrome, usually with elaborate decoration and needless contrivances like tail fins and curtains in the windows. Ciandria leads you to a big, wide hover car, with a long front end and a great What purpose this serves on a hover car is beyond you.spare tire on the back. Once everyone is strapped in, she looks for her opening and accelerates at a tremendous rate into the blur of fast-moving vehicles.

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Vette, riding shotgun howls with glee at the speed. "Whooo! You sure can drive! Hey, this place stinks. They have atmosphere in this dump as a favor to us living? Man, I wish they'd quit being so nice to us." She initiates her armor's environmental protections, judging it well worth the power drain.

Before long, Ciandria turns onto an elevated, ten-lane superhighway and streaks across the city. In the distance you see what looks like an industrial sector approaching. To either side, are wide fields with churning vats of pink sludge and rows of what must be low rent housing. You pass a factory with the great Death's Head ship building logo emblazoned on its main building, and in its storage yard, you see neat rows of stacked The Eoxian Navy's mainstay single-seat fighter.Necrogliders. Suddenly, you are all thrust sideways as Ciandria banks onto an exit ramp and descends into this gloomy district. Two motorcycles race past you on the shoulder--one of the rides glaring at you with red glowing eyes and shaking her fist.

After a few turns down narrow streets framed by dark, graffiti-spattered buildings, Ciandria finally brings the big vehicle to a stop in front of a looming stone building of jet black stone. Carved into the archway over its large front door are the words Ministry of Truth * District 4. This is one of the district branches of Eox's infamous intelligence and internal security apparatus.

You walk through the front doors and into a vaulting lobby of marble with a single window in the far wall. You notice several spots with splash-like patterns of pitted wall and floor as if explosive devices had been set off inside the room. Ciandria leads the way and identifies herself and the group to a pale-faced female necrovite behind the thick glass window. The sullen bureaucrat insists on staring at each of your Pact World IDs and comparing you to the photograph. Finally, she huffs: "Second floor, Room 207." There is a buzz and a steel door to the right of the window opens. You walk past two bone trooper guards to an elevator.

You eventually find your way to room 207 and a ghastly blue-faced ghoul stands to welcome you. "Greetings, Starfinders. Please sit, if you wish." She gestures to two uncomfortable looking chairs in front of her desk. "I apologize that I have no refreshments to offer; at least none that would... appeal to you. I am Waneda Trux, a humble servant of the Convocation. Venture Captain Chiskisk--to whom I owe a debt dating back to my days as a mere breather--has asked me to assist you with your investigations here. Please tell me what it is you seek and why?"

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MatsuAs they moved through the crowds to Ciandria's vehicle, Matsu realised why this place felt so wrong. The surface throughts and emotions of those around him were wrong. They were there, some of these were higher functioning undead, and some living mixed in. But many, most maybe had neither emotion or thoughts. They must work on the instructions of what or whoever raised them. The lack of what he could empathetically feel compared to the numbers he could see caused a feeling akin to motion sickness.

As the car picked up speed though, the feeling dissipated. A wave of thoughts and emotions assaulted him as it always did with travel like this. Individual points of thought or emotion combining into a sea of incoherent pressure flowing, ebbing. Matsu rested back into the seat and let the feeling overwhelm all else. Content for the moment that their anonymity in this car would protect them.

As Vette spoke of the taste of the air, and put up her visor, he reembered the Aeon stone floting nearby, and was thankful. He'd stopped breathing at the first taste and now barely noticed it.

Within District four, Matsu followed the others. His heavy weaponry left at the vehicle. He submitted to the inspection and beurocracy. It had been a feature of his life so long now it barely registered. Upstairs though, the ghoul's casual life-ist remarks absolutely registered. Matsu hated discrimination in any form. For this unnatural, abomonation of magic to imply that a normal, healthy life was someone, not enough made him fume. He left the talking to Mendev. The man was better at it, and Matsu didn't now trust himself not to say something that would get them expelled from the place.



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The Kasathan woman could not help but grin under her thin veil when Vette let out a whoop and commented on her driving skills. "I'm a fair pilot and I like to do a little racing when I can. I'd like to do more but I'm currently lacking a seat." Ciandria was a woman of many talents. Her mother had made sure that her education had been varied. A broad spectrum of studies, from engineering to life science, medicine, mysticism and even xenoarcheology. "They say that you get use to the smell of the air. I haven't been here
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Ciandria knew where to find the woman Waneda Trux at this hour but these bureaucrats were always infuriating. She gave the Bone troopers a wide berth as she led the way up. Inside the lift she whispered to the others. "Mistress Trux is a typical Eoxian. I was assigned to help the woman but all the tasks that she has assigned to me have all been ones that she simply had no desire to follow up." She was first to enter but she let the others introduce themselves. Taking a seat she thought about the ship she had seen when she met these Starfinders. I'd love to see how she handles.
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Eox - Orphys - Enroute to District Four - Ministry of Truth
Mendev rode in the front passenger seat of the car. He wanted to be able to react to danger quickly, and thought this would be the best position to provide cover in case the crew needed to make a hasty exit out of the car.

The city itself was interesting to Mendev. It was very different from Absalom, Castrovel, or Verces. In the way it was very crowded they seemed similar, but that was where their similarities ended. This seemed like a mash-up of the bleak and macabre. There was a certain somberness to it. Lights and sights flickered by his window as he gazed always forward.

Something Ciandra said drew him out of his reverie. A pilot you say? He said the words and then turned his head. Then nodded a few times in a slow rhythm as if he had just considered something. Then Mendev returned his gaze forward.



Eox - Orphys - Ministry of Truth - Second Floor - Room 207
When they reach the Ministry of Truth Mendev stepped out of the hover craft, and straightened out his jacket. Then he reached for the door to help the others out.

He took it all in with his ditty in his mind.
Go in through the double doors,
into a vaulting lobby floor.
Out in a far window,
pocked marked by a widow...
Came to an elevator,
Surrounded by skeletors...


And Mendev's mind worked to map the exit route incase they had to egress. As he walked he nudged T'aro and grinned. The shirren looked like they was an euphoric state. The new, no matter how mundane, or awful, always seemed to excite it.

When presenting himself in front of Waneda, Mendev gave his most pleasant and amazed smile, attempting a human emulation to T'aro's feelings. Gave a curt nod at the introduction, and quickly his mental rolodex found a mantle to wear. Mrs. Waneda Trux. It is an honor and a pleasure to finally make our acquaintance with you. Chiskisk has spoken highly of you. I am not familiar with the purpose of the Convocation or the Ministry of Truth, but if they have you supporting their cause, it must be of the highest purpose. Mendev raised his hands and tee-peed his fingers. Humbled we are by your time and aid. I am Mendev Malone, and this here are my comrades and crewmates in The Sunrise Maiden. Mendev then quickly indicates the crew with his arm as he mentions their names. Vette, Tweak, T'aro, and Matsu. Mendev made it a point to put Tweak's name in the middle and quickly covered it with what wouldd be the more recognized members of the Drift Rock team. We are Starfinder aspirants, and hope that one day, the honored Chiskisk speaks as highly of us, as he has of you.

Mendev then goes on to put on a pained looked. Unfortunately, our visit is not one that allows us much time to learn about Eoxian culture. A shame as it seems as one that is incredibly interesting. I bet one could spend an eternity learning about all the knicks and knacks of Eoxian customs. Alas we are here in Starfinder business, one that relates to that Drift Rock that you might have heard of? Mendev pauses a moment to see if Waneda recognizes what he is talking about.

Mendev then leans forward. We think this Rock, was part of a giant weapon. One that could be devastating not to mere vessels, but bigger... like really bad stuff. Planet busting stuff. AND we think the Corpse Fleet may be after it... amongst other agents that are interested in it. We are of course trying to prevent that. We are tracking a specific type of ship, and we believe it may have landed here on Eox. Would you be able to assist us in tracking it down?






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Tweak followed along with the group as they made their way to room 207 and trying not to be noticed by the scary looking bone trooper guards at the elevator. When asked to sit, Tweak made his way over to a corner in the office and just sat on the ground with his back against the wall. He was more than willing to allow the others to take the few chairs closes to Waneda Trux. When Mendev introduce him as part of the crew, Tweak was a little surprised and a tad bit embarrassed. Luckily the introductions were quick and it did not look like he had to say anything.

Tweak listened to the conversation, but honestly he couldn't wait to get on the Sunrise Maiden and explore the engine room. At least there he would feel more comfortable, assuming that most of the others didn't visit the engine room very often. He would eventually get used to the others and if his cousin trusted them, then he would extend the same courtesy. But it might take some time to build up enough trust to talk to them. But Grix gave him a job to take care of them, and that is what he would do.


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Orphys Metropolitan Carriage Station, Eox, 6/7/317Ms. Trux drums her fingers on he desk as Matsu engages in his pleasantries, though she seems to be genuinely flattered by his desire to learn more about Eoxian culture. "How lovely, a breather who recognizes the cold beauty of Eox. It really is quite a diverse world, despite the landscape you may have seen flying in to Orphys. I was like you once. I hailed from Absalom Station and sought out conversion to undeath so I might live forever and experience all Eox has to offer." She bats her hideous, glassy eyes. "If you ever want to go ghoul, let me know. I'd be more than happy to turn you myself."

When Mendev gets down to business, Trux sits back and lets out a long sigh. "You seem like an uncommonly agreeable breather, so let me tell you right now that we get dozens of reports every year of the Corpsefleet working on this or that planet killing weapon. Personally, I think most of it is planted by the military and Blackwind Corporation. Oh, they'd just love to get a contact to finish that Annihilator and start a new one. It's all about money for them."

She shuffles through some papers on her desk. "Honestly, I'm not sure what Chiskisk was expecting, but I don't have much. Tracking ships in and out of Orphys is a fool's errand unless you have a registration number. There's been some chatter about some "big operation" going down, but that's normal. I'll be worried when the chatter actually stops. There really isn't anything that you could follow up in a concrete way-- Oh. Hang on. I do have this; it came in just last night." She holds up a small sheet of paper. "I was going to follow it up eventually, but if you'd like to take it off my hands, I wouldn't mind." She hands the paper across the desk to Mendev.

 


After you read it, Waneda gives a weary shrug. "Pretty thin, I know. We get lots of reports of corpsefolk and bonetroopers going off to join the Corpsefleet. Honestly, I think most of them just got mixed up in the underworld and got themselves disappeared, as the saying goes. But this one actually mentions that the Corpsefleet is recruiting for a specific purpose, so the interest level rises a little. The Splice is a neighborhood just down the road from here--your comm units can guide you there. You want to look into it?"

Ms. Trux also takes down your contact information and promises to let you know if she hears anything else.

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