By Any Means

VKJ notes
Feb 16, 2015

February 16, 2015
Leopold shows up with crates for bargaining: primitive guns
flyover town who stole orc parts, see huts
guards bring us to Warlord
Warlord takes us to see the orc bodies, at nicer hut, throne of orc bones and dessicated orc body sitting upon it
say that Emperor doesn’t give them strength in battle
I get hurt trying to prevent him from leaving
I kill priest with autogun
2nd in command kills warlord
we train up and come back with neighboring clan and kill most everyone, get body back
Planet Merov: run by Merovic Combine, instead of dictator everything is ruled by the Invisible Hand of the Market, hive planet

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Pitting warlords against eachother
You have overstayed your welcome

It didn’t snow! +50xp

Orcs common lore imperium (Thrace) – savage brutal race, always fighting, reproducing or fighting.

Leopold comes to us with a case of lascarbines as bribes. Also have remaining alcohol for small bribes. Plan: go in and ask questions, then fuck things up.

Fly over encampment where we’re told orc bits were sold to. It’s a small village with huts. Then go back to orc crash site and track scavengers (Jura). Jura has a hard time tracking (this happened months ago). So the team heads towards the village on foot. village guards lead the team to the village warlord who deals in the “biological contraband”. “you’re here to see it too?” leads the team to a different hut; Throne made of orc bones and has a dessicated orc corpse sitting on the throne. “This is the great god, he brings us strength.” “We come and pray to the great god and he gives us strength. My men are strong an virile in a way they’ve never been. The emperor rules and trades with us, but doesn’t give us strength in our everyday battles.” Zar intimidates warlord with emperor speech. Warlord makes for the door and flees outside. He starts screaming that the offworlders are a trap. Initiate combat.

Jura and Luce engage in melee while everyone else shoots. The “priests” also engage in melee. End of first round, villagers start arming themselves and heading towards the fight. Second round – Luce stuns the warlord and drags him back inside the but. Jura takes out a guard, and everyone but Jura hides back in the hut. Jura does supressing fire on one side but is targeted by the other side. The warlord goes out to negotiate with his second and the second shoots him. “You have overstayed your welcome. please leave”

We go back to the other militia and give them the weapons and train them (2d) and then lead a raid on the heretical village. We take the orc remains and take them back to Leopold.

We continue on to Merov to find the company that bank rolled the research that the missing protoge was working on. They might be funding the lacrimole research. The hard drives from the research facility: ended abrubtly 2 years ago; funding for research was from Vonk industries on Merov.

notes on Merov (planet): Most imperial planets are serfdoms but Merov has a corporate oligarchy. It’s a hive planet. Other clue: symbol of hands holding weapons on lacrimole armor and on one of his victims. maybe a corporate logo or cult symbol?

next steps: black market for xeno bits, hacking computers, corporate espionage angle, walk in as authority figures, check with arbitrators. reports of exsanguination (lacrimole attacks), is scientist guy here? biomimetic liquid or host mother? other scientist with blacked out record?

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Vonk part one
You're a wanted woman

Leopold – I have another errand to run, so i’m leaving you and this shuttle here and i’ll be back in 3 weeks. if you find the scientist (Meron Perez) take him alive so we can interrogate him. Players receive their monthly income.

City – Terminus – main city with transit and (space) ship dock. Most of the cities are owned by companies. Vonkus Majorus is a city on the planet. Check in with respective entities. Priest and Arbiters fail miserably. Tech priests – Vonk has been family owned for several generations. Lately have been expanding taking over more land and noone was stopping them. Definitely black markets for xenotech. Aqueo – ocean,fishing industry; Nimusplex – information hub of the planet; Vonk is the third large company.

head to black market area – underground. Lots of drug dealers selling compounds that are advertised as coming from various xenos. There is a doorway with the symbol on it that we saw on the lacrimole armor. Heavily armored people keep going in/out and show symbol as they walk in/out. Arbiter bribes her way in. Ask and told that doorway is the local assassin’s guild. Since lacrimole had this symbol, likely was a member of the guild. Team buys ear buds for communication. “Microbead”. Jura goes into the assassin’s guild. Learns there’s a $30k price on her head., contract taken out by old mentor Miss Zemelda. Heads into the back to talk to the guild leader. 5 assassins leave. [Jura’s backstory]. Vonk is not hiring assassins any more (due to breeding xenos?)

Leave underground market place and set up in a nearby hotel. $2/day. head to Vonkus Majorus via train overnight. OUr shuttle is flown by a generic ship guy so it’s on hand. We g social our way into an HR building. The social characters (Zur and Luce) go on a distraction with some office drones while Thrace and Jericus go hacking and Jura keeps watch. Look for info on Meron Perez – was on their payroll on the lab on other planet. still on payroll but working for “Technoskill Laboratories”, Nadia Vankoenig – Nothing [with very successful roll]. Technoskill Laboratories – has payroll irregularities, but is a subsidiary. Vonk – has a file but mostly redacted.

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Vonk Part Two
KaBOOM!

XP total at start of session 1350

People in tech center: Elevator goes “DING!” someone goes for the bathroom while the players dive for cover. The receptionist comes up to the 10th floor and complains that 3 party members are missing – we meet security in the lobby and intimidate them into letting us go by outing ourselves as Inquisition.

Head for Techno Laboratories on the outskirts of Vonkus Majorus. We also have an address for their corporate offices. Stakeout the building and look for Neron Perez. Lots of heavy guards and scientists come and go. We disctact a scientist and pickpocket his badge. We mug a janitor for his badge, the premise: don’t feed the pigeons! Meanwhile, at the ship, Jericus has a delivery person visit with a large package for Jura. The delivery person drops it off and fakes the signature. The box has a letter “You have friends” and contains a male body with the mark of the Assassin’s guild.

Jericus does research to see if there is access to the Lab through the sewers – negative. Thrace sets a bomb at the power conduit for the block and the power goes out. While we’re waiting – notice the top floor is fully lit, while other floors are mostly shut down. 6th floor it is… We go for the front door under the premise we’re a response team. It falls apart immediately and we wind up shooting up 3 guards. Luce takes a critical hit to the head – yay for crit chart rules! As combat ends, we notice the receptionist has run off and the lights come on. We loot the bodies for 30 credits, badges and Luce takes a helmet.

We go to the 6th floor and start hitting doors. We find a lab with lacrimoles in vats and Neron in a cel. We rescue Neron and steal notebooks. We then blow the lab. We debrief Neron – there are 4 lacrimoles active – we killed one and there are 3 left… The company has been having assassins train the lacrimoles as a “new assassin technology”. He wants to rescue his daughter at the corporate headquarters.

next steps – blow up the head quarters. kill lacrimoles ( maybe there are mission info at headquarters), is daughter a lacrimole?

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Journey to the Moon
Three-way lesbian lacrimole porn?

Total at start of session 1650

At Ice Castle Moon Resort. Assassinate sorority girls because we have evidence they’re both lacrimoles.

ballroom has one main entrance, curtain exit to kitchen, wall across from kitchen has a series of glass doors that open to the 2nd floor balcony. Zur and Thrace takes position on balcony, Luce will take door in the event they try and run, Jericus takes position in the kithcen. Jura successfully lures the sorority girls away, but they catch on that it’s an ambush.

Luce and Thrace take shots at the two assassins but miss. Amber throws a live crack grenade towards the pillows in the middle of the room making a hole in the floor. Bethany goes through hole in floor, Amber climbs walls and is obviously a lacrimole. Zur hits Amber in the arm for lots of damage. Jericus takes a shot at Amber, killing her. Amber was not a lacrimole. Jura jumps down into the hole after Brittany and lands into a lobby area of the resort. Luce radios the resort security to lock down and the entire team gives chase for after the lacrimole heading downstairs. Zur goes outside and goes for a window shooting opportunity. Jura catches up and enters melee contact with the lacrimole while a guard bleeds out and a second one soils himself. Zur gets into position outside the room where the boys are, and coordinates evacuating the boys through a window. people start getting close enough to engage in combat. The guard opens the door to the room giving line of sight to the lacrimole from where the boys are. Some more combat before she disengages from melee and backs into the room. Zur takes a shot and hits her in the head. Brittany is taken alive by the team for interrogation.

Who gave you your orders? – Marcellas Bernotus (instructor at Jura’s school)
Where are the other lacrimoles? – at technoskill unless they have been sent out on a mission. Doesn’t self identify as a lacrimole. There were 4 of us – one was on a mission but never came back. We were all sent on different missions. I’ve been working this mission for a few months. What do you know about [the school where Jura went to school]? Nothing. Marcellas was brought in to train us.
Brittany doesn’t recognize description of scientist’s daughter. Do have to kill person to take their shape. Lacrimoles are chemgeld – not sexual. “I’m a person just like you, I just change shape.” Ask about scientist – earliest memories are of him but shortly after that they started assassin training. Always send a lacrimole with a human handler (trained at same school). Doesn’t recognize team from Jura’s training or other students from her school.

Call Governor to say son is safe. Everyone (including frat boys) head back to planet). Vonk has been in the news recently: “Technoskill laboratories had a facility burn up and the Vonk security discovered this unlicensed laboratory” Vonk disavows knowledge etc. Lacrimole corpse on ship storage. Governor will need a week to mobilize his forces. A week has now elapsed since we dropped off.

Things to investigate:

  • link between assassin school (Jura) and lacrimole training.
  • Marcellus Barnadus and Miss Zamelda
  • go to assassin’s guild to see if anyone can be beaten into talking?
  • where is scientist’s daughter?
  • social engineer someone at Vonk or breaking and entering? Use competitor (nimbusplex) to break in via governor.
  • burn vonk to the ground for being heretical
  • recruit assassins and unify Vonk’s enemies.
  • leaders of Nimbusplex are techpriests.
  • where did they get the original lacrimole DNA
  • Vonk’s aerchaeological or long term travels.; social engineer someone at Vonk or breaking and entering. Use competitor to break in?

Equipment Looted:
*crack grenade
*frag grenade
*two monoknives (thrown or stabbing)
*4 throwing stars

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Vonk Part Four
Rocket's red glare!

Start session at 1700xp

Nimbusplex – computer and data company. Approach them looking for help hacking Vonk and pull out the inquisition card if necessary. Offer for we get heretical info and they can have anything else. Also trade on info that an attack on Vonk is coming. What we want: where the “artifact” came from, special trained assassin missions, location of scientists’s daughter.

Jura, Thrace, Jericus go to Nimbusplex to meet techpriests. They go into the front entrance and meet two techpriests on a throne. Governor Sanvik sent word ahead. Most protected data is isolated in Vonk HQ. Some informants in Vonk have returned “changed” implying that his computer systems have the ability to damage any hackers. Payment: get techpriests in and out safely. Nimbusplex will provide hackers to penetrate the systems during the military incursion. Take 2 days to train Thrace and Jericus on how to fight Vonk’s anti intrusion measures.

They will provide information on Marcellas Bernotus – home address near technoskill laboratories. Miss Zamelda – does not register. What is state of Vonk defenses? Send to Governor. Location of Serena Perez – does not register.

Name of surgeon in nimbusplex who can attach mechadendrite – after mission.

Luce and Zar stay in Vonkus Majorus trying to social engineer some disgruntled employees. Go to bar with guy who directs us to the bar. Bar is empty. All the employees were arrested. The bar’s been empty investigation at technoskill is ongoing. Gossip: supposedly when they were raiding they found prisoners – two younger ladies. Taken into custody. Who is in charge of investigation? Vonk security, but Arbitrator Marshall Dolvan is helping with the investigations.

Visit Arbitrator Dolvan – two prisoners – one is a prisoner asking for her father a scientist. Other is a spy who won’t talk. Looking for illegal lab records. Computers were destroyed. Dolvan gives us prisoner transfer papers for two prisoners to terminus. Jura joins Luce and Zar to do prisoner transfer. Go into Vonk security (jail) and escorted to warden’s office. Picture of the team pictured on the wall wanted for questioning by Vonk Corporate. Other person looks pretty beaten, dressed like a flower delivery person. DId not give a name.

Jura is in office – watches as black helicopter lands in front courtyard. well dressed woman in a suit 2 guards (think secret service) approached jail.

Warden leads the two prisoners and Luce and Zar to a sewer grate. Luce takes a swing as the warden leaves. The 4 some go into the sewers. find sewer grate and ladder escape. Jura joins team – Jura recognizes Kira who was part of Jura’s team under Miss Zamelda. Go back to bar to clean up. Kira gives name “Crystal” – just a delivery girl; she fails her deceive. Go back to Terminus and set them up in a hotel and do DNA tests on both of them. Kira DNA test comes back human. Serena comes back not human. Scientist confirms that his daughter should be human.

Thrace stays with Kira. Zar stakes out a sniper position on the neighboring roof. Jura watches the door, Luce takes in-the-room duty. Rocket fires from Zar’s hotel to ours. Zar hits and then so does the rocket. Not Serena goes all Lacrimole – combat starts. Not Serena gets killed by the team. Kira tries to get into combat but after getting ganged up on, surrenders. Jura parkours out the building to help rescue Zar who has been attacked in a different hotel, two blocks away. Luce binds Kira and starts hauling her towards the roof where our ship is supposed to pick us up. Jura makes it to the other hotel and Zar’s assailant. Jura goes full berserker and kills the attacker – she was a handler for the lacrimole. (Johnny let this slip)

Interrogate Kira then lay low for a week and do battle planning. The government raid on Vonk will be in a week.

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Meet Mr. Vonk
Are you the Black Rose?

1850 starting XP.

Urgent communication from Nimbusplex: Heavy casualties on both sides and evenly matched. Vonk might have ICBMs capable of destroying Terminus and may use them if he feels cornered.

Interrogate Kira: Luce doesn’t succeed at interrogating her. Jura goes in: Vera and I have been looking all over for you. Jura: price on my head? Kira: due to walking away form marriage. Miss Zamelda also put a price on my head. School was shut down and put prices on everyone’s heads. I was trying to find out why they closed the school so I went to infiltrate Vonk. Vera was probably the one trying to protect you, she’s on this planet. Rest of our team is dead. Leta disappeared (she failed a mission and Zamelda killed her), Anna (failed a mission and wasn’t right. drugged and then killed? by Zamelda). We have blackout times and feel weird, think Zamelda did something to them and now it’s “coming undone”. Poss: brain implant, mental programming? Have info for trying to find Vera – pseudonyms and safehouses. Tell her we’re inquisition investigating heretical activities. After when being interrogated after raid by Arbitrator Dolvan – asking about “the black rose”.

Send message to Vera at hotel to meet at the employee bar from earlier. She’ll join us back at ship.

Ask researcher for names: who was your handler or project manager? The black rose. Original DNA came from freshly dead (murdered) lacrimole. Lacrimoles aren’t as dead as we thought – this one was bred. Vonk really wanted a breeding pair. Tell scientist that Vonk killed his daughter.

Research: note able to get info on exacutives at technoskill. Do get high level public facing officials at Vonk. One of them is the well dressed lady in the ornithopter at the jail – Thalia McHel – Vonk’s right hand for years. Have generic list of executives. Also found locations where Vonk dug out silos but they have. Look into who might be a lacrimole behind the sceens pulling Vonk’s strings.

Meet with Arbitrator Dolvan at “Cheers”. She was taken off the case after prisoner transfer went poorly. All Vonk staff is handling case. Black Rose: person is heading up technoskill operation but no futher info. Not an established criminal; technoskilll has been in business for 3 years. Thalia – Vonk’s most trusted staff, if Vonk is involved, she is too.

Thalia will meet with us in Terminus. Willing to cut her a deal if she tells us everything. THis is a problem that isn’t going to go away. set up a deal with her. She will meet us in a government room; she is extremely protective of Vonk. THis is all a misunderstanding, we want to put this behind us. Vonk will meet with us in Vonkus Majorus. Thalia – black rose contacted Vonk to pitch super assassins. Vonk did an initial investment and started technoskill labs. Genetically engineered shape shifting super soldiers. Thalia has not been able to find info about black rose. Scrutiny- she is full of shit but thinks she and Vonk are untouchable. Thalia will give us access to technoskill building and arrange a meeting with Vonk at Vonk HQ. She will send us correspondence with Black Rose. She will take us in ornithopter to Vonk HQ.

They are taking us the long way and showing us all the military capability. Land at Vonk HQ. Vonk gives us access to some files in a sanitized sandbox. Date and location in gunmetal city where older scientist mentor was working. Recent. Communication between Miss Zamelda and Black Rose with recommendation for Marcellus. Empl;oyee Map.

Things to do:
Find Marcellus (he’s on this world)
Poke around at Technoskill Building
Find a way to neuter the ICBMs
Find/Kill Black Rose

Find Miss Zamelda (she isn’t on this world)

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Attack on Vonk Industries
The Vonk Ultimatum

Starting XP 2000

Start up day before attack should begin. Update from brothers in Nimbusplex: civil defense force may have a narrow advantage because several high level executives have “gone missing”.

Analyse Vonk HQ map – all executives have a back hallway to a safe room. Kira and Vera show up and say they’re going to work on taking out the remaining executives and recruit Jura to join them.

Plan: Visit Thalia and when the attack starts fight our way to the safe room. Bring 2 tech priests as “technical advisors” after last sandbox encounter.

We gain access to the building by talking to Thalia. She bring us in to a sandbox room. We’ve also asked for access to executive offices and by the time we’re looking to stop killing time in the computer room, they’re ready for us in the offices. We go in, kill some time and also look for the secret passage. We eventually find the hidden door and make our way to Vonk’s lair.

The blast doors are closed and there are two guards. We successfully intimidate one and the other hits the alarm. Jericus hits them with a grenade and takes out the paniced guard. The other one takes damage but is still up. Combat starts and we take him out in a few rounds. Meanwhile, Thrace and the techpriest minions start jacking in and trying to open the blast doors via computer. After a few rounds, a scuffle starts down one hallway, and two guards appear. The party successfully takes them out as Thalia appears followed promptly by a red laser sight and a bullet. From the fog appears Jura, Vera and Kira.

Vonk comes on the computer display saying we have 12 minutes until he levels Terminus. Thrace successfully hacks the door open and we are now faced with fighting Vonk himself and 4 guards. There are two terminals – one for the missile system and another which presumably has the top secret files we’ve been wanting. The team starts systematically taking out the guards, and as the guards fall, Jericus goes for the weapons computer and Luce starts going after Vonk eventually subduing him.

The techpriests keep fighting the AI in the computer while Luce starts interrogating Vonk. Jericus eventually gets control of the targeting system and re-targets Vonk HQ. Thrace downloads the entire dirty secrets hard drive. The retargeting, Vonk breaks and says he will use his handprint to finish disabling the missiles.

We have time to clean up – stealing and erasing hard drives and delete the AI.

Who designed the security system?
Where is the last lacrimole?
Still haven’t answered who is the Black Rose?
Where is Miss Zamelda?

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Saving Miss Ruby
Remember who put you here.

Starting XP 2250.

See wiki for emails from Vonk Enterprises. Message saying 4th lacrimole sent to gun metal (Cintilla) city and price for the mission it is 100,000 thrones. Cintilla is the capital of the sector where Miss Ruby is. Launch codes for for missiles.

We have Vonk tell his soldiers to stand down and call the government to tell them that we have captured Vonk. Governor does not have information on bounty hunter.

Ask Tech priests about the bounty hunter – last they heard from him was he was headed to Tranch several years ago.

Go interrogate Marcellus – find him through Marshall Dolan. Marshall is going to look up if there are any arbites records on the bounty hunter. We go talk to Marcellus. Jura is grumpy with him. Hasn’t spoken to Zamelda since the school closed. Miss Zamelda gave a positive recommendation for Marcellus to Black Rose and helped him get the job with Vonk. Marcellus can’t tell us about Jura’s programming due to his own programming. “There were scientists at the school.” Marcellus then passes out. When he awakes: he thinks miss Zamelda is back on their home world, but might be able to be drawn out with Jura’s body. Did know that it was lacrimoles he was training and believed in the cause for “the perfect assassins”. They weren’t all perfect assassins, and some of them didn’t come out right – the last one is the one that was on top of its game. Kill Marcellus.

Marshall Dolvan found a record on Barros (the bounty hunter) from a few years ago – was arrested on Tranch for selling illegal weapons, but the execution date is blank, and there’s a bunch redacted and signed “Noella Abide, Inquisitor”

Hang out a few days drinking tiki drinks and Jericus gets his mechadendrite. Leopold says to make an example of Vonk. We execute him on TV.

Go back to Auroborus – talk to Leopold.about Noella Abide – well respected on trench and she cleaned up the crime on the planet. There are rumors spreading about her having some kind of corruption since her officers are the best armed in the sector and there’s no money trail to explain it.

We go to gun metal city to attack the lacrimole. We know an address where there was supposed to be a meeting. We know the name of the handler (Larkin) We find a hotel reservation for Larkin several weeks ago and check out the hotel room. We find lacrimole armor and some weapons. There’s a fine layer of dust on everything. We go to the bar where they were supposed to meet and Jura looks for a shady person. Jericus finds ship records for the arrival of Larkin and Garth. Research mysterious deaths and find an exsanguinated body being stored at the morgue. We go to the morgue. Person tried to break in and steal the body and they were caught and given to the authorities. Body is Miss Ruby’s body guard, Argus. Go to arbiters to see who broke it – it’s Larkin. We start interrogating Larkin – target was an inquisitor, killed someone to get close to the inquisitor. After the kill – give code word to bartender and then get payout. Larkin gives us the codeword and the bar. We sentence him to death

Go to Miss Ruby’s. Radio to Leopold on Auroborus. We take our ship to Miss Ruby’s compound. Leopold will radio ahead so her other guards know to expect us. We land and “Argus” is in Miss Ruby’s office with her and a diplomat. Diplomat is Reinhold Quintus from Settlement 228. We break into Miss Ruby’s office, Jura interposes herself between Miss Ruby and “Argus” who opens fire. Luce one hit’s the lacrimole. Miss Ruby, “well that was unexpected.” We are escorted out and asked to return in the evening.

At dinner, we are offered our choice of beverage again, at dinner with Miss Ruby. Ask Miss Ruby about things she doesn’t know (miss zamelda, black rose, bounty hunter), Noella Abide is specialized in insurgency. After Dinner they bring us boxes. PREZZIES! Jura gets a stealthy armor (+20 to shadowing, 4 armor, +20 to dodge when you activate and lasts 2D10 rounds). Zar is given a flame thrower with the head of an eagle that makes a squealing sound that causes fear 1 in our enemies. Luce is given a helmet with 4 armor points with mirror shades that allow +10 to scrutiny, interrogation, search, tracking. Jericus is given a vehicle control implant successful tech use gives piloting control of vehicle can get blunt control of vehicles for 1 fatigue but can control will bonus worth of vehicles for 1km range. Thrace is given a long laze with red dot sight that connects to her implants and allows for free aim on a maintained target with line of sight.

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Heads Up!
What's a penal colony?

500 Exp for completing spring storyline. Total 2750

Pausing on Settlement 228 with Leopold and Reinhold Quintus on the way to Tranch.

Olman and Reinhold’s father was governor of the planet. Younger brother (Olman) thinks he has claim on the governor and the younger brother wants to send us with a package to the brother. The package is a head from a spy. He thinks that the brother is less likely to kill inquisition. Olman has taken over part of the planet and set up his own faction.

Both sides look like they’re pretty miserable and poor. Both sides aren’t particularly well armed or equipped.

Land on Olman’s lawn. Announce we are inquisition. Olman comes out to collect package. He opens the box and doesn’t look surprised. Send message to Reinhold that package was delivered. “Your lady is welcome to visit any time.”

Leopold is going to stay on Settlement 228 to “do some work”. We go on to Tranch in pursuit of Baros for selling lacrimole DNA. Redacted information is signed Noella Abide. Also questions about how she’s funding her operation. Ask around about Noella. Techpriests find out that She rounded up tech priests and took them off world and never heard from again. Theory: she was building something and killed them at the end to keep her secrets. Talk to shop keeper: things are running well, smoothly and everything is wonderful. Shopkeeper lived on Hesh (lathes) and this is much better. He seems genuinely happy. Shopkeeper says good things about Noella.

We go to see Noella. The arbites are well equipped and plentiful. Crime is low. Meet Noella and ask about the Xeno dealer. She will give us info to get to the dealer in exchange for a favor. She wants to give people the opportunity to make amends with the emperor by working instead of being instantly being put to death. [THIS IS HERETICAL]. We can interrogate this person who is at a work farm. The work facility needs fuel for their reactors and then stopped requesting any supplies including fuel. She is worried that they are becoming independent of her. The facility is off-world. She thinks there’s a mole in her organization and we’re supposed to find out where they are getting fuel from. Noella will assign us to a larger cargo ship for travel to the penal colony.

Arrive at penal colony, and see a dome shaped ‘city’ on the planet which resembles Venus. Dome opens and we enter the colony.

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