White Sun → Compass Rose → The Hunters
As the crew of the Compass Rose make their way toward Harvest they talk with Abernathy about what happened on Whittier. He is reluctant as he does not know how much Maloch wishes to be revealed. The trip is uneventful and when they arrive, Johnny and Charlotte take Abernathy home with their shuttle.
After their return the group decides to venture into Harvest Prime to get some supplies. On their way out of the Space Port they notice a group of tourists standing around a very harassed looking man in the uniform of DeltaV Space Lines. As they near they hear the man explaining that their flight has been canceled due to mechanical problems and they did not have any ships in reserve here. The tourists complain even more and the porter gets even more frustrated.
The crew all look at each other for confirmation, with some small reservations they agree to offer their ship if it’s all right with Maloch. Word from B0z confirms that they are free to loan the ship and Roland went to investigate the situation further. Rayna took it upon herself to calm the people, explaining that they may have a ride after all. Meanwhile, Roland finds out that the tourists were on charter to the moon Ramba, but that ship had a mechanical failure and there’s no possibility of it being repaired in time.
The porter looks at all of the crew and comes to the realization that these people no doubt have a ship. He asks if that is the case and Roland tells him that we do indeed and would be glad to offer it for these people under the right conditions. The porter looks at the tourists and explains that he may have just found a ship for them to travel on and he would be back shortly as soon as all the details had been resolved. The porter and Rayna step to an office where they negotiate pay and compensation for the trip. In the end the group gets a week paid vacation at a resort while waiting for the return journey.
A short time later the porter and Rayna come out and tell the tourist that they have secured the services of the Compass Rose to take them to and from their destination. He introduces Roland to them he leads them to their ship. After getting their twelve passengers strapped into the lounge area, they make for space and then the 2 hour trip to Ramba.
On arriving, Roland is taken aback by the lack of islands. There is nothing but water for as far as the eye can see. As he approaches the space port, he sees a structure sitting a hundred meters from the surface of the water in the shape of a giant 10 leafed clover with an oversized stalk. The leaves end up being the landing pads and then you are directed to the center where you drop down to the assigned bay.
Upon landing everyone gathers their things and meets at the docking bay doors. They notice a customs agent coming toward the ship and there is small panic. Roland looks at Johnny and Duke and realize there is going to be a problem as they have no ID, and although Ramus has ID, he doesn’t necessarily wish to be found at the moment. The guest passengers are let out to go through customs and part way through the custom agent has a hardware malfunction that causes a small delay. Rayna notices this and has an idea of how to get her crew mates through. Johnny also notices as well, but instead of seeing it as an opportunity he gets this feeling that something isn’t right about it. However, because Rayna is already in full plan mode, Johnny doesn’t bring it up to the rest of the crew.
Once everyone else is through customs, Rayna sets off an alert on the custom agent’s data pad, he is to report to another location immediately. Thinking that all if clear the agent leaves immediately. The rest of the crew; Duke, Johnny, and Ramus slip off the ship with no problems and joins the rest of the group near the representative of the resort.
The resort they are going to be staying at is called the Poseidon’s Rest. Amped up and ready for some time away from space, they take an underwater craft down to the resort. As they board the craft, the lights are dim and all of the seats seem to be reclined more than normal. As soon as the transport leaves the spaceport and enters the open ocean they see that the roof of the craft is transparisteel and the reclined seats allow for a spectacular view of the surrounding ocean. As the craft speed through the water everyone was amazed at how much light diffused from the surface. The resort representative explains that the ocean is filled with a microscopic crystalline substance that refracts light even to the ocean floor. After the 45 minute ride, the group arrives at the resort. The craft docks and everyone gets out and are directed to checking. Everyone gets checked in and settled in their rooms.
Once there everyone was filled with a sense of wonderment, each going off to explore their interests. Whether it be watching the wildlife out in the ocean, shopping in the mall, or watching different shows and performances. They each got souvenirs, trinkets of the special water that creates light bottled up in a small cheap necklace. Charlotte spent all her time with the different plant and animal exhibits, wishing for samples of everything she could get. Roland, though hesitant at first, could not stay away from the waters of Ramba. Ramus stuck by himself mostly, enjoying time to be relaxed and somewhat free. Others did the same, each felt more at ease than they normally allowed themselves. Before everyone knew it, the week was over and it was time to head back.
With more bags than they started with everyone made their way to check out of the resort. Once there, they found their passengers had also arrived. Everyone had smiles and looked like they had a great time. Some looked as if they wished to stay longer but most looked tired and ready to get back home. After checking out everyone headed to the Compass Rose. As they approach through customs there was only one person on duty and he did not seem like he wanted to be there as everyone passed through without notice. As Roland passed the quietly sighs with relief as he was smuggling a quart of Ramba sea water in his bags.
Off and away on their two hour trip back to Harvest everything seemed pretty placid. Then about 45 minutes into the flight Roland notices a Republic System Defense Boat rapidly approaching on an intercept course. Once in comms reach, the boat identifies itself as the RS Agator and inquires about a passenger by the name of Mr. Brandon Davis. With a bad feeling in his stomach, Roland checks the logs and confirms that this person is on board. The Republic representative from Agator informs Roland that this man is wanted in connection with the explosion on Poseidon’s Paradise resort and is to be considered extremely dangerous. Plans are made to stop the ship and allow the Republic to board, allowing them to capture the fugitive.
Rayna was on the bridge with him and asks her to go check on the guests. He comms Charlotte in the med bay and asks her to meet the soldiers at the forward starboard airlock to cycle them in. She calls to Artemis and they make their way to the stairs. Roland also makes contact with Johnny and Duke in their room and has them prepare for a possible situation. He then heads to the passenger area to check on the passengers and Rayna.
When Rayna leaves the bridge, she makes here way to the lounge area where all of the passengers are. Everything seems as it should. As soon as the ship comes to a halt one of the passengers asks what is going on and Rayna replies that they are stopping to run a routing check on there computer system to make sure everything is in order for the second half of their journey. She realizes that one person from the group is missing and starts to turn around to see where they might be when she is grabbed from behind and has a gun put to her head. A few of the other passengers scream and Brandon Davis waves his gun around telling them to be quiet. Upon hearing Roland’s footsteps coming from the bridge, he turns around keeping Rayna between himself and Roland, putting the gun to her head asks why we have stopped. Roland tells him that they stopped to perform a quick bit of maintenance and that they would be underway shortly. “Then why is there a Republic Gun Ship off our port side?” Brandon let the silence play out for a few seconds to let it sink in that he knew what was going on. “Get this boat moving and don’t stop it until we land on Harvest.” Roland raising his hands backs away saying he will get us moving. He quickly runs back to the bridge and hails the Agator and tells them that Brandon is aware of their presence and wants the ship to get moving so he is going to put the ship in a tight spiral to convince him the ship is moving and then defuse the situation on board. The Republic officer is not happy about the situation, but Roland cuts him off and start the ship moving before he can say anything.
Charlotte feeling the ship start moving again realizes something is wrong and heads back toward the lounge area. Roland sets the ship on autopilot flying in a tight circle and then heads back toward the lounge area. He finds Johnny and Duke in the hall waiting just outside the lounge out of site. As he enters the lounge he explains that we are moving again and back on course for Harvest. Brandon holding Rayna close swings his gun around wildly saying “What are you trying to pull, were going in circles.” he points his gun up at the overhead view ports in the lounge where you can see the swirling space moving in a rhythmic circular pattern. With his hand pointed away Rayna felt her chance was here, she bites his arm that is holding her spins and proceeds to punch him with her force knuckles. She catches him totally unaware knocking the wind from his lungs as he falls to his knees dropping his weapon. Johnny and Duke move around the corner into the lounge and both Johnny and Roland point their weapons at him telling him not to move.
Charlotte comes to the back door to the lounge area and watching through the window sees Rayna turn and punch and Brandon go down and drop his gun. She quickly give a command to Artemis and opens the door. The dog bounds into the room and knocks the assailant over pinning him to the floor. Brandon grabs the dropped gun and turns it on the dog and hits, Artemis yelps and rolls off. Charlotte seeing this goes into a rage pulling her techbow, firing, and hitting Brandon lodging an arrow deep into his shoulder. At this point he falls back to the floor unconscious. Charlotte runs to Artemis and finds the gunshot had just grazed him and he only has a minor flesh wound, no serious damage.
With the situation resolved, Charlotte sedates Brandon, removes the arrow none to gently and then binds his wounds. Roland goes to the bridge and reports to the Agator that the situation is under control and they are coming to a stop to allow docking. He then heads down to the docking ring to cycle them in. Johnny and Duke stay out of sight while the Republic forces are there just in case.
The Republic forces that arrive are efficient with their duties and professional. Taking statements from the crew and passengers as to what happened. They are informed that they will be contacted if further information is needed and wishes them a safe journey back to Harvest. They take Brandon into custody and head back to their ship. Once the Agator had departed, Roland gets the Compass Rose back underway to Harvest. Upon arriving, all of the passengers depart.