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Opening Crawl (the story so far...)

Chapter 1: Incident at Absalom Station
Chapter 1: Incident at Absalom Station

Summoned from around the Pact Worlds by the dwarf Durvor Kreel, T'aro, a shirren biotechnician mystic
Mendev Malone, a human bounty hunter envoy
Grix, a ysoki ace pilot operative
Matsu Soryn, a korasha lashunta mercenary soldier
Vette, a half-orc space pirate soldier
and Kurskedeva, a vesk mercenary soldier
Six aspiring Starfinders traveled to Absalom Station to help the dwarf with a mysterious assignment that he believed would gain them membership in the Starfinders, a secretive organization of explorers, scholars, and treasure hunters. Upon their arrival, and before he could tell them much, Duravor was killed in the crossfire between two warring gangs from Absalom Station's lawless Spike section. Guided by Starfinder Venture Captain Chiskisk, the young prospects worked together to get to the bottom of the killing. Raiding the lair of the Three-Eight Mob and killing its leader, Ferani Nadez, the group uncovered evidence implicating the corporation Astral Extractions in Duravor's murder. The company did not want Duravor to play a role in resolving its dispute with Hardscrabble Industries over a mysterious asteroid--the "Drift Rock"--towed in from the Drift by a Hardscrabble ghost ship under an Astral Extractions contract.

With Duravor dead and the guilty parties brought to justice, Gevalarsk Nor--the Pact Council Ambassador from Eox, and arbitrator between Astral Extractions and Hardscrabble Industries--enlisted the Now including Aja Miram, a human cyberborn engineer replacing the mysteriously disappeared Kurskadevagroup to carry out the mission Duravor had assembled them for: exploring the Hardscrabble ghost ship Acreon to determine what happened to the crew and locate the contract its captain had with Astral Extractions. Boarding the ship, the team discovered that a pack of rare and dangerous aliens called akatas had been brought aboard by the unsuspecting crew inside their noqual cocoons. Three of the crew were killed directly or indirectly by the akatas, and the remaining three retreated to the Drift Rock, despite two of them being bitten. The group also discovered a legal contract indicating that Hardscrabble Industries held the rights to the Drift Rock.

Following the trail of the three remaining crew members, the group traveled to the Drift Rock and entered a cavern complex. Inside they discovered that the remaining crew had been transformed into zombies by the akata bites as they incubated young akatas. After defeating the zombies, the heroes entered a strange alien underground structure within the Drift Rock where they identified evidence that the asteroid was actually a part of a larger structure or ship and may have been a weapon. Further, they found evidence that two strange alien cultures were involved with its creation. As they explored, the crew also uncovered the final resting place of a Pact World explorer named Moriko Nash and helped put her restless soul to rest. In doing so, they became the legal inheritors of her ship, the Sunrise Maiden, which was hidden in a nearby hangar. After defeating a Drift Wraith that guarded the vessel and securing an alien robot and computer from the mysterious facility, the group used their new ship to leave the Drift Rock.

On their way home to Absalom Station, the crew was caught up in a Corpsefleet attack on Station Space and the leader of the attack attempted to board the Sunrise Maiden--possibly to seize the alien computer they had aboard. Working together, the crew defeated the enemy vessel and returned as heroes--their exploits on the Acreon having been broadcast to the entire Station. Ambassador Nor thanked the group for their assistance and warned that many powers in the galaxy would be interested in the secrets of the Drift Rock. The heroes were then debriefed by Station and Pact World authorities, who confiscated the alien computer on the grounds that it was the target of the Corpsefleet attack. After this, the group set about enjoying their new-found celebrity and awaiting the decision on their membership petition from the Starfinder Society.

 

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Chapter 2: Temple of the Twelve
Chapter 2: Temple of the Twelve

While enjoying their newfound fame, the heroes were summoned to the Lorsepire Complex for initiation to the Starfinders. After the ceremony, Chiskisk shared with them a communique he had from the Qabarat University of Xenoarchaeology and Xenoanthropology on Castrovel. Xenoarchaeologist Dr. Olmehya Solstarni had uncovered evidence of one of the strange alphabets uncovered on the Drift Rock in a ruin of the ancient elven Oatian civilization on the wild continent of Ukulum. She extended an invitation to the group to join her on an exploration of the ruins, which the newly-forged Starfinders eagerly accepted. Upon arriving on Castrovel and visiting the city of Qabarat, the party discovered that Dr. Solstarni had been kidnapped. Their investigation revealed that the nihilistic Cult of the Devourer--a religious group seeking to destroy the universe--was behind the kidnapping and had taken Dr. Solstarni to Ukulum in pursuit of some unknown goal. With the authorities too hesitant or slow-moving to initiate an operation on the protected and highly restricted continent, the heroes used their academic clearance to visit Ukulum to go after the Cultists alone.

Traveling to the forbidden continent via a magical elf gate and receiving some aid from Asana's military garrison at Turhalu Point on the coast, the group plunged into the steaming jungles in pursuit of their quarry. Braving carnivorous plants, stampeding megafauna, and a deadly mold storm, they discovered the kidnappers' ruined ship--along with confirming evidence that they were Cultists and the name Tahomen scrawled onto the hull. They also explored Oatian ruins and uncovered clues about "twelve defenders" and the "kishalee" and "sivv" and a "place of forgetting, guarded by the twelve." Finally, the group reached the lost city of Loskialua and fought their way through a Cult ambush to the stairs leading up to a great temple in the heights of the Singing Range.

Upon reaching the temple, the Starfinders found the ancient building guarded by an undead elf guardian who had been magically enslaved by the Cultists. Though he was bound to oppose their entry, he expressed his desire for them to defeat him and save the temple from the Devourer. After passing this trial by combat, the heroes entered the temple and defeated the Cultists there to save Dr. Solstarni. She had troubling news about the Cult leader Tahomen, who had used her expertise to avoid traps in the temple and navigate its library. She explains his theory that the Drift Rock was part of an ancient weapon and that he made the same connection she did between Zan's findings and the alphabet on the Drift Rock. Her research uncovered that the Oatians had been in contact with a voice from the cosmos that told them of the Gate of the Twelve Suns and the tremendous power it concealed. Although the location of the gate was never given in their writings, Tahomen discovered some important location in the Oatian texts that he apparently viewed as a promising lead. He destroyed the book that contained it and then went up the mountain to transmit this information to others in his sinister order.

Before the heroes could chase Tahomen down, he returned from the mountaintop, his mission complete. Gleefully, he ordered the last of his minions into a bloody battle against the Starfinders determined to take as many lives and destroy as many things as he could before succumbing to oblivion himself. When the Cultists finally lay defeated, all that remained was their radio, which contained only a small fragment of the message sent by Tahomen, and the coordinates to which that message was sent: a remote part of the Diaspora known as the Fields of the Lost. The party then made their way back to Turhalu Point and, ultimately, to Qabarat. All the while, they were haunted by the ticking clock. Tahomen's message had been sent, but who received it, and what would they do with the information?

 

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Chapter 3: Splintered Worlds
Chapter 3: Splintered Worlds
Part 1, Fields of the LostFirstday, 3 Sarenith 317 AG
After six days in the drift, the T'aro, a shirren biotechnician mystic
Mendev Malone, a human bounty hunter envoy
Grix, a ysoki ace pilot operative
Matsu Soryn, a korasha lashunta mercenary soldier
Vette, a half-orc space pirate soldier
Aja Miram, a human cyberborn engineer
intrepid Starfinders arrived in the Field of the Lost, an out-of-the-way section of the Diaspora with a dark reputation. After receiving a message from Chiskisk and transmitting a response, the Sunrise Maiden came under almost immediate attack by a Free Captain pirate ship. Thanks to Grix's fancy flying and the steady hands of the gunners (not to mention their upgraded weapons), the pirate ship Rusty Rivet, commanded by Free Captain Alera Okwana, was quickly brought to heel and forced to surrender. The heroes boarded the pirate ship to parley the terms of Okwana's surrender.


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