An Old Friend

Season 1 Episode 4

After being the heroes of the verse for rescuing passengers of The Star of Sihnon, they ended up on the evening news cycles and hundreds of interviews in the following days. Taking advantage of the fame, Rocky convinced Five Star Lines to compensate them for the damages incurred in the rescue. Not wanting the bad press, they agreed to repair the Ulfric 209. The repair replaced many old components, got a new paint job and a completely refurbished bathroom. Upon stepping aboard the ship for the first time since it went into dry dock, everything feels like new. Thinking they saved a lot of money in the process, the Alliance had other ideas. During the repair, the crew had stayed on the cruiser for the duration and the alliance charged them for the stay of 15,000 credits, leaving the crew with only 10 credits. But now they have a fully refitted ship, fully stocked and fuelled.

Broke once again the crew venture into the black trying to decide what to do next. Seek out James or go help an old friend? At the end they decided James could wait. The crew headed off to Albion to meet Adrian. As soon as they arrived, Rocky called Adrian and agreed to meet at the local inn. Being broke, meant they had to avoid landing fees lest they can scrounge up some money on the planet. Choosing not to risk the fees, the crew chose a spot in the country away from the population. To ensure nobody notices their landing, Ivan chose to land at night. Landing was anything but smooth.

As soon as the sun came out in the morning, they realised they had parked on a hill without much cover. Instead of moving the ship, they decided to leave it where it is and head into town. Rocky made sure the doors were locked before leaving.

As it was early the crew decided to get breakfast while they wait for Adrian. Soon Adrian came in and joined them. After the meet and greet stuff, Adrian told them about the story of his uncle. A chemist working for a corporation was kidnapped. The Alliance was moving too slow for his liking, but he had found where he was held and needed them to help him free his uncle. Adrian has also discovered there was an archive on an old Alliance space station which has records from before the war and could help Rocky find his long lost brother.

Agreeing to help Adrian, they headed back to the ship. First though, Rocky wanted to do some shopping. He wanted to get a duster so he could conceal all his weapons. Luckily it was market day in town.

Soon they headed off to Falcon Head on Burnett where Adrian believed his uncle was being held captive. During the one week trip to Burnett, Adrian told the crew what he had found out about the kidnappers and the building his uncle was being held captive.

His uncle was being held captive by General McSlaughter. Mickey and Ivan immediately recalled General McSlaughter was an Independent General during the war who committed atrocious act of barbarism and refused the final surrender to the Alliance. He is still classed as a terrorist and traitor. A warrant remains outstanding for his arrest. As far as Adrian can find out, he kidnapped his uncle and several other scientists to create chemical and biological weapons. Gen. McSlaughter is rebuilding an army under the new flag of Freedom Liberation Army. They have taken an old abandoned Alliance bunker outside of Falcon Head. Fortunately the plans for the bunker are held in the Town Hall archives in Falcon Head when they were considering to use the bunker for other means.

After landing on Falcon Head (no spaceport) they headed into town. The town of Falcon Head looked like it had seen better days. Dilapidated and empty buildings could be seen everywhere. Heading into the town hall they asked to see the clerk in charge. Unfortunately the clerk was killed two weeks ago by reavers and he was the only one with the key. Mickey decided to visit the Sheriff to find out what he could. McSlaughter apparently has made a great impression to the towns people and holds his daily evening meeting at the local inn at 8PM where he runs his recruitment drive, shakes hands and overall making motivational speeches.

Deciding they needed to get to the archive room, they decided to wait till evening. Rocky attempts to block the window of the bathroom open by sticking toilet paper in the latch.

Returning when it is dark and the town hall firmly closed, Rocky sees that his paper trick worked. Somebody did try to clean up his mess, but there was enough to be able to pop the window open. Ivan was the first to climb in and as Rocky pushed him up through the window, he fell head first into the toilet. Adrian stayed behind to keep watch.

Having wondered around the building earlier, they headed straight to the archive room. The door looked very battered and it looked like the locals used the archive room at some point to hide from the reavers. Ivan didn’t manage to open the lock and Mickey struggled as well, but eventually they managed to get the door open. Looking around for the plans, they got lucky and found it pretty quickly.

As soon as they got out of the building the same way they came in, they started discussing the next stages of their plan. Unfortunately they stood their discussing so long, the sheriff found them and chased them away for loitering.

Mickey and Rocky decided to head to the Inn to find out about McSlaughter while Ivan and Adrian went to case out the bunker.

McSlaughter was spurting propaganda left and right. He claimed the Independence committee was weak and traitors to the cause. They were not prepared to sacrifice for the greater cause. He calls upon all who believe in the independence to take on arms claiming through violence will they achieve their goals. He even goes as far as describing the browncoats as independence fighters pissing in their pants!

Rocky tried to ask one of the locals what they thought of McSlaughter and the response he got was full of admiration. How McSlaughter saved the town from the reavers. Single handedly slaughtered a group of reavers on his own. Destroyed a whole fleet etc. He was a hero to them.

Mickey instead tried to smuggle a listening device onto one of the lieutenants, but he botched it by dropping the mic. Luckily nobody noticed.

Overall there seem to be about 20 soldiers at the inn, but majority of them were very poorly dressed. It didn’t look like they were well trained at all.

Ivan and Adrian staked out the facility to discover there only about 9 guards on the premises, but didn’t know how many were in the bunker. They had 2 patrolling the outside of the building but were inside the fence. Each guard tower had one person in them.

After McSlaughter finished his recruitment drive they headed back towards the base. Rocky and Mickey quietly followed them back. Ivan and Adrian waited at the base till the General and his goons disappeared into the bunker.

Ivan, Mickey and Rocky headed back to the ship leaving Adrian to lookout for the next shift change in guards. They spent the rest of the night planning their assault on the base and the bunker.

The next morning around 8AM Adrian returns to ship reporting the change of guards was at 7AM and he overheard there was a transport arriving tonight at 9PM. He had no idea what the cargo was. This gave Ivan, Mickey and Rocky the idea of hijacking the transport to get into the bunker. As they were up all night, they decided to go to bed and go look for the transport in the afternoon.

As it approached 4PM, they lifted off in search of the transports. Flying around they found 8 transports which looked like they could arrive at the base by 9PM. A couple of them were horse carriages, but Ivan was of the opinion it couldn’t be horse carriages, but they were going to search each transport anyway.

The first few transports they searched only resulted in a set of uniforms which were close enough to what the guards were wearing. Useful for getting into the base.

On the 5th transport which was a horse carriage, there were two which clammed up upon questioning by Rocky. In the carriage they found 8 cannisters without any markings. Threatening them with guns seem to have little effect. Ivan decided to accelerate the situation by tying the two to a cannister and slowly started opening the valve to get them to tell him about the transport. One of the two guards panicked and spilled the beans. The transport is for McSlaughter, but they did not know what was in the cannisters. Only that it was poisonous. To get into the base the password was Mongoose. Rocky wondered if they would recognise them upon which the guard replied it would depend on who was on shift. Ivan put them to sleep and dumped them in the forest. Stealing their clothes, they discovered they were wearing uniforms underneath.

Ivan moved the ship closer to the base while Mickey took the transport and headed into town as scheduled. They met up around 9PM near the turn off to the base. Adrian and Mickey got in the back while Ivan drove the carriage with Rocky holding shotgun. They got stopped at the gates, but passed without problems. The warehouse manager came out to meet them and told them to help get the stock into the bunker as they were short handed as usual.

Ivan and crew got out without anybody noticing there were four of them now. They brought all the cargo onto the main lift and rode down to the first level (warehouse level). The manager gave them instructions where to put everything and told them to take the cannisters to the research level and store it there. They did as they were told and took the cannisters into the lift. As they reached the admin level, two guards got in and got off again on the living quarters level. They continued down to the research level where they dropped off the cannisters. They decided to crack the lock on the door and search the lab. All the cables and pipes led to centre points where it looked like there were devices, but they were now gone. Further search through lab found offices of all the scientists and one of them was Prof. Conrad Corbine, Adrian’s uncle. The walls were covered in chemical formulae and the desk and floor was strewn with paper and books. Not having found anything useful, they continued to search each level.

They finally ended up on the living quarters level where they found the scientists locked inside their rooms. At first Prof. Corbine didn’t even recognise his nephew Adrian. After freeing the uncle, he insisted on freeing all the other scientists imprisoned with him. On the way back to the lift, Mickey and Rocky decided to bolt the barracks shut just in anyone was still in there. To make sure McSlaughter couldn’t create any further weapons, they decided to destroy the base by overloading the power plant. Luckily one of the scientists knew the best way to destroy the power plant leaving enough time for them to get out and nobody noticing.

As soon as they got out of the lift on the warehouse level they got stopped by the warehouse manager. Before he could do anything Ivan tazered him to sleep. Just when they thought they were clear, one of scientists pulled the fire alarm. When Rocky confronted him, he only responded with “Hail, General McSlaughter” at which point Ivan put him to sleep as well. Heading towards the lift, they could see it was descending and most likely with guards. They quickly went and hid in the warehouse, but in a position where they could continue to see the lift. 7 guards got out of the lift. 3 of the guards were commanded to stay behind while the other 4 headed down. 2 were to check out the scientist and the manager while the other one was to search the warehouse. Luckily he went to the other side of the warehouse. Ivan, Mickey and Rocky decided to bolt for the lift with the scientists and Adrian. They made it to the lift, but the other two guards pulled their weapons, but didn’t manage to get a shot off before Ivan and Rocky put them down. The third guard rushed out from the warehouse, but couldn’t get a shot off as the doors of the lift closed.

As they came out of the bunker, two guards queried them what was happening. They didn’t know what to do and McSlaughter wasn’t around. Ivan and Rocky convinced them that they were taking the scientists into town where it would be safer. Thus escaping from the base they headed straight back to the ship and took off. Two gunmen watched as they took off.

On board the 209, the Professor began looking for food, while Adrian said they needed to head to Persephone and contact James Newton as he would know what to do next.


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