Orbiting over Palmas, HFS Pepper and its crew faced serious complications after they decimated the planet. Soon after his return to HFS Pepper, Fred Palakinous barely survived a sinister plot to murder him. His faithful Azerian assistant 13° and a hangar engineer on duty were sucked into space as the hangar airlock gates were overrided and opened.
The players, acting as commanding officers on the ship, formed an investigation team as ordered by Ian B. Sherman. During the investigation the PCs found out that one of the crew members, SP3 Luca Vincelli, had been possessed by a deviated ROM persona after he had plugged in to it through a recreational sensie neural interface. Vincelli had done this to perform a favor to his friend, SP3 Jemina Croft, who had asked Vincelli to carve a picture of her father John Croft, who’s persona was written on the ROM.
For unknown reasons the mixed persona of Luca and John orchestrated a complicated murder plot against Fred Palakinous and used Vincelli’s secret lover SP3 Hiram Salman as an accomplice. After the murder plot failed, Hiram began to hesitate and soon Luca/John neutralised him to cover his tracks. For unknown reasons Luca/John also tried to murder the ships therapist, medical lieutenant Sandra Williams. This attempt, however, failed as the PCs managed to save her.
Eventually the PCs linked the evidence and seized Vincelli. At the same time Jemina Croft succesfully loaded her fathers ROM persona back to his body: it was revealed that John Croft was in fact on one of the ships coma decks as a lobotomised shock grunt. The revived John Croft apparition began to wreak havoc on the coma deck killing a dozen other shock grunts. John Croft began to proceed towards the hangar where Palakinous and his ship, Verus, was stationed, only to be ambushed and killed by the PCs. The motive behind the murders was never revealed.
After a short break to cool things down – as suggested by medical lieutenant Sandra Williams – HFS Pepper launched itself to a sequenced DDB jump route to Falon-11. Immediately upon arrival the crew was aggressively revived from the travel coma by adrenaline therapy. The commanding officers quickly gathered to the command deck and saw that the system was under attack by a vast Shenzhou battle force – this battle was later known as the Falon-11 Border War. Too far to reach the battle by conventional engines, HFS Pepper prepared itself for yet another DDB jump, this time with the crew wide awake. Before the jump commodor Ian B. Sherman received precise arrival coordinates from admiral Huntzberger, the commander of the kilo class cruiser HFS Lucy and the defensive flotilla in Falon-11.
HFS Pepper arrived just where Huntzberger had planned: in the middle of a Shenzhou cruiser formation trying to flank the Union flotilla. Commodor Ian B. Sherman immediately unterstood the situation and what he was expected to do. He commanded HFS Pepper to ignite maximum acceleration towards the outermost cruiser and direct the exhaust stream towards the other cruisers. This bold move was decicive in the battle and without it Sun King, the main space station on Revolver asteroid belt, would have surely been destroyed.
CRYPTED MESSAGE /// B-NET:220.127.116.11.6. #32256-Ψ
SENDER: Tia-Bella Kitamori
RECIPIENT: ¤¤¤¤¤¤¤ name.poll.566 – ERROR!
Greetings Honored Brother,
Attached you will find my full report on the expedition. I regret the fact that I trusted my conscience to lieutenant Shimura as he forced me to destroy all documentations of our expedition. I have written down everything from memory and fear that I might have forgotten important details about the religion and culture we encountered…. PARTIAL DECRYPT ERROR!
…thus I decided to keep my eye on ms. Williams. Indeed I found it weird that she had that much contact with mr. Vincelli. I believe Vincelli gave the ROM persona to ms. Williams so that she could assure him that it was safe to plug into. As I followed her through my P.A.B.L.O. I saw her plug into it herself. As I did not wish to cause another incident with ltn. Shimura or the other officers, I decided to keep quiet about it. It was weeks after that I remembered this and realised that she must have had something to do with the corruption of the ROM persona. Whatever the motivation behind this was, it did not really accomplish anything else than delaying the departure of HFS Pepper. This all seemed quite irrelevant then… PARTIAL DECRYPT ERROR!
…I checked it a few days later and was shocked to see it. HFS Lucy was utterly destroyed ten minutes before HFS Pepper arrived in to the system. Therefore it was impossible that admiral Huntzberger could have coordinated the plot to destroy the flanking Shenzhou cruisers. I double checked this from the battle report few days later and the timings had been changed. I did, however, download the original log reports the first time and they still have the original time stamps.
You are the first person that I have told about this and I seek advice on what I should do now. In theory the event of mixed timelines is a phenomenon that could be classified as divine. Should I seek more into this or should I leave it be?
I wait to meet you and discuss this further.