“Vortex” Update 5b.27 — Atlanta mansion

Classic car chase
Shelby chase

Fellow role-players, here are my belated notes for Session 5b.27 of the “Vortexspace opera campaign. Team 2 met on Monday, 30 January 2012, and is using FATE 3e Starblazer Adventures/Mindjammer, Bulldogs, Diaspora, and Limitless Horizons.

In one future, humanity has begun to colonize the Sol system, but ecological degradation and internecine conflicts persist. Open and official First Contact with Galactic societies, themselves at war, threaten Terra’s very survival. Will heroes rise to the challenges?

A band of grifters and near-humans retrieved dangerous samples from a battlefield north of Karachi and the Ghanki undersea station. It stole starship engines from a lunar base and an orbital city and was involved in medical disasters in the Venusian colonies. After finding a dimensionally displaced derelict, the team made inquiries into its cargo amid religious turmoil on Titan….

>>FATE 3e “Vortex” Team 2 (5b), crew of the “Appomattox:”

-“Gabriel Adams” [Paul J.]-male North American Terran near-human with telepathy, courier and pilot

-“ARTHERR” [Greg D.C.]-Advanced Resonance Theoretical Heuristic Exploration and Research Robot created by megacorp Vimeco

-“Jasmine” [Sara F.] female Martian Felinoid (Synth, “Uplifted” tiger), former professional pit fighter

-“Mr. Richmond Garrett” [Dave S.C.]-male Southern American Terran human, space snake-oil salesman and social climber

-“Hector Chavez” [Beruk A./absent]-male Latin American Terran human, “burned” operative and communications expert

-“Dr. Dieter Klein” [Rich L./absent]-male European Terran human, semi-retired physician, altruist and thrill seeker

>>”22 to 24 November 2194 A.D./C.E. or 0 Terran Galactic Era:” Upon returning to Earth, the crew of the Appomattox investigated its cargo of Vatican relics, traded castaways to Ru’ulok contacts, and threw a house party that went awry when agents from Systemes de Recuperation Executif Cie (SRE, or Executive Retrieval Systems Inc.) tried to take control of their ship.

Capt. Gabriel Adams stumbles out of the “Gabriel’s Rebellion” (the latest false registry for the space yacht) and rejoins ARTHERR at an estate near Atlanta. The robot tranquilizes the partygoers with gas. Jasmine sends her boyfriend Darsii to carry drunken con artist Richmond Garret back to the ship while she helps search for Hector Chavez in the mansion.

ARTHERR uses the Appomattox‘s scanners and finds four life signs in the manor’s basement. Acrobatic Gabriel leads the way across a trapped room with a tilting floor, aided by ARTHERR as a counterweight. Jasmine smells fellow “Synths” (synthetic or genetically engineered humanoids). The trio tracks Hector to a room behind a heavy door.

Gabriel tries to lure a Martian Ursoid (“Uplifted” bear) guard away from the door, but Marco Sparks ignores most of his jabs with a broken tequila bottle. Onetime wrestler Jasmine jumps Sparks, as Gabriel and ARTHERR run into a nearby garage.

The S.R.E. Ursoid is a worthy match for Jasmine’s tiger strength, so ARTHERR pours some lubricant on the floor. Capt. Adams finds a hovercycle and rams it into the locked door, igniting the oil and crashing into a wall in the next room!

Mighty Jasmine’s choke hold renders Marco unconscious, and she follows Gabriel and ARTHERR through the blazing doorway. They confront an android with whirring blade hands and a near-human menacing Hector.

Courier Gabriel dodges shots from Glenn Alexandrov’s revolver, while ARTHERR distracts fellow droid Gensu 3k. Intimidating Jasmine knocks Glenn down and disarms the S.R.E. cyborg of his sonic shotgun. Gabriel finds a vibroknife to free Hector from his bonds.

Jasmine shoots at Gensu 3k, whom ARTHERR tries to stun and reprogram with old songs. Gabriel stabs at the robot, disabling it. Jasmine and Hector look for a getaway truck, but Capt. Adams steals a rare 1967 Shelby convertible from the garage.

Curious ARTHERR partially reactivates Gensu 3k to take back to the Appomattox. Jasmine picks up Hector, who is upset that S.R.E. got the drop on him while planetside. Upon returning to their ship, the members of “MarSoupAiL” (shell company Mars Soup Aid Lenders Ltd.) find that the two women who fought with Gabriel have escaped!

Darsii explains that he saw Nero Bartholomew, chef and onetime owner of the “Fortune’s Fool,” and reptilian Synth deckhand Averki “Deep Dish” Dyashenko leaving with retrieval agents Jeanie Belveaux and Lisa Panko. Richmond and Gabriel are furious with the deserters, but ARTHERR has brought Gensu 3k, and former spy Hector notes that he wasn’t aboard at the time and that the adventuring party has multiple enemies near Earth.

The Appomattox takes off, with Gabriel considering headings in search of fortune and glory. He and Hector send messages to their contacts for potential gigs. ARTHERR prepares to reprogram the newest crew member, and Darsii reminds Jasmine of her offer to help rescue Synth Liberation Front supporters from the United Ecumenical Movement’s temple on Mars’ moon Phobos….

Meanwhile, about 40 parsecs from the Sol system, the crew of the “Blackbird” lies low after shooting up a shady establishment run by the Encegulans. The explorers and would-be diplomats continue their searches for a missing Kharvamid agent and a way to use a Precursor jump gate, but they encounter a Zurmiz Krott at Oasis Station….

I hope that the various scenarios that other Game Masters run while we’re taking a break from my regular “Vortex” and Pathfinder/Skype: “the Uncommon Companions” games go well! We’ll have to look at alternate locations as Josh & Sara and Janice and I settle in after our moves.

Josh and I will work on an update for the latest Team 1 session. In the meantime, please stay in touch and keep using the Yahoo/eGroups message board, the Google Group, and the Obsidian Portal wiki! -Gene