Mission 1 .
place: pyrogenesis I bar
The view from the the stations bay windows is
most extraordinary: as your witnessing a sunset upon the outer ATMOSphere
of Nesre Secundus IV brings back to you the very same tickle of emotion
as when you boarded your first spacecraft to set a course for the stars.
Unfortunately, 8 p.m. is also the time at which the Pyrogenesis working
staff finishes its day. It is in a rather cowded, but sincerely jovial bar
that you manage to fray yourself a way to a seat, and hopefully a little
A few moments later, while sipping ayour Merrolian cocktail
you cannot help but overhear a conversation between two green-clad officials.
A red-faced man is waving around himself in fury.
"It is very urgent on the contrary! This flight could
well mean the success of the whole operation." Gis taller interlocutor nodds
calmly: "Well, let us not overreact, besides, there is nothing to do about
it, since we have no ships available for the transport..."
Since you are a spaceship captain, you wonder whether
you would propose yourself for what appears to be a simple flight.
Shall you walk up to these characters and offer your help?
You walk up to the officials, introducing yourself as
a might-be helping hand. The taller man greets you and introduces himself:
"My name is [Bob Beefburger], as you can see I work
here for Pyrogenesis weaponry manufacturing. I am in charge, with my friend
[Jonnie Runner], of the maintenence of the skyminig facility. Might I ask
The smaller red-faced man gives you a squint eyed glare
as you tell them you are [cap'ns name here], hoping that they've heard of
you you somehow. [Jonnie Runner] boasts:
"Never heard of him, would you care us minding our own
business for an instant now [Bob]?". [ Bob ] pauses an instant:
"I think we could use your help, [cap'ns name here]."
[Jonnie] looks disgusted.
"I don't think we really have a choice", says the taller
man, and with a gesture stops his colleague from outwitting himself, then
he turns towards you:
"You must understand these are very unusual circumstances,
we have our own fleet, and don't very often seek help elsewhere, thus my
colleagues reaction. Still, we need a small delivery of goods from Syracuse
in the Galvan system. Since you are not from Pyrogenesis I will give you
this pass; you are to show it to our contact on Syracuse. He will be waiting
for you there. This is an urgent errand, so you will need all haste you can
get, so I shall spare time myself by saying good-bye and faring you well..."
You quickly finish your drink, and having taken leave
of the two men, your pass in your left pocket you head for your ship.
Having run through the post-fight routines of your [Shipname]
you head out of your ship and are greeted by a curious-looking man. He asks
you in an uncertain voice whether you are [cap'ns name here], and is reluctant
to speak to you untill you show him your pass. He explains he himself works
only for Pyrogenesis, and having business contacts with someone "not from
the house" is an extraordinary experience. Hearing this you wonder how exactly
extended is the company within the federation, and how much you never thought
it was so great. The worker calls otu and he and a few of his friends load
the cargo aboard the [Shipname]. He bids you farewell, and something in
his gaze tells you that you won't know from him what the exact content of
the magnetically sealed crates is. You head back to your pilot cabin and
start the engines, course set back to Pyrogenesis I.
As you land back on Pyrogenesis, you are greeted by
[Jonnie Runner], his face is redder than ever.
"I don't know what got into old [Bob]'s mind when he
asked you to help, but he was obviously out of his mind. Our affairs are big
enough, and not to fit the size of every amateur. Still, I see you have done
a good job. While the cargo is being unloaded, a little sum is being added
to your account. As we said earlier, we don't need help from unwanted strangers,
but if ever a situation of urgence like the one we encountered was to be
seen again, and I mean 'if ever', we'd rather have some help from someone
we know can do the job right. I'll be seeing you around."
From what you gather of the conversation, this little
guy is inviting you to help out, and he'll be your main contact.
After a moment of deep thought, you say to yourself
that after all it could be worse, and look one last time at the officials
bureau towards which the last crates are being sent.