En route to Persephone, the crew picks up a news bulletin that sheds a bit more light onto the recent events on Wayland Station. Three of the crewmembers of Ellandri’s Dagger died in the explosion. The captain and first mate are bound by law at Wayland Station. The crew sends the article on to Elias Windgate.
Although Laramie’s offices are in Demeter, Mad sets down Acorn at Eavesdown Docks. The crew has some supplies to pick up (and some weaponry to offload), some of which will need Mo’s black market contacts. Mo also starts asking around for any information about the frightening man that assaulted Sebastian in Wayland Station.
Using the Nut House (Acorn’s shuttle), Mad flies herself and the crew to Laramie’s office building in Demeter. As soon as they land, Laramie’s assistant, Liz Torval, is there to meet them along with two security guards. Torval escorts them into an elevator which they take to Laramie’s penthouse suite.
Laramie greets the entire crew and gestures for them to sit down. Taking turns, the crew relates the recent events on Rio and the trap that awaited them there. Is it possible that there is a leak in his office? Laramie is quite adamament that Rejovic (and thus the crew of the Ellandri’s Dagger) could not have learned about the supply run from his office. The only person who knew about the business in Rio was Laramie himself. As it was Jim Biggby who approached Laramie about the job (as an independent contractor working specifically with the Rosen Group), Laramie belives the leak is with either Biggby or the organization.
As the discussion goes on, Laramie’s “business only” attitude causes Sebastian to become noticably cooler towards the man. Eventually, Laramie asks that the crew cut off all business relationships with him until their “problem” is dealt with.
The crew re-boards the Nut House and heads back to Eavesdown Docks and Acorn. As they try to determine what to do next, tempers begin to flare. Sebastian and Colt get into a heated argument about taking Rejovic on head-to-head. If the trail eventually leads to Rejovic’s actual location, Sebastian wants to turn the information over to the authorities and let them deal with it. Colt, however, doesn’t trust the authorities. Sebastian tries to get Colt to promise that he won’t try to take down Rejovic by himself. Colt, knowing that once he gives his word he will not break it, can’t make that promise. Finally, Colt agrees that he will abide by the ship’s vote. He will not hunt down Rejovic until the crew says “yes.”
Still feeling frustrated and angry, Colt heads off ship to buy a scope for his weapon. Not wanting him to be by himself right now, Mad accompanies him. She suggests that getting laid might help him blow off some steam. Colt is able to find a young woman who is interested in taking him back to her place. Mad heads back to Acorn.
Sebastian, meanwhile, starts an entire search of the ship for bugs or other transmitters in case that is how Rejovic is tracking their movements. When Mad gets back to Acorn, she starts searching the Cortex for information that will connect events and people together.
Mad’s searches turn up little more than is already known in regards to Wayland Station. At this point, most of what is available on the Cortex is speculation. On searching Biggby, she finds a bit more information. Biggby is listed as a registered independent contractor that “negotiates trade contracts” and “procures transport.” He has recently closed up his business, however, and is pursuing retirement on Beaumonde. His list of clients is long, as he was in business for many years, but Biggby did work with Iskellian Technology Solutions, a group that often has weapon contracts with the Alliance.
When Mad searches for information on the Rosen Group, she finds that it is a large corporate conglomerate based in Demeter. The company has multiple interests and developments, including a philanthropic division called Human Services. Interestingly, about a year and 1/2 ago there was a lot of shifting of assets in some of its holdings dealing primarily in the Hera system.
The next day, Mo goes back out to talk to his contacts and put out some feelers about possible job leads. Mad, feeling the need for company that evening, gets Colt to go with her to a local bar. While they are gone, Sebastian is able to find out a bit more information about Biggby on the Cortex. He purchased his retirement ranch (a “modest” 250 acres), while the crew was on Rio. Sebastian also remembers a comment that his assailant from Wayland Station made about capturing another “dwarf,” one that liked fire. On doing Cortex searches about a pyromaniac little person, Sebastian finds an old wanted poster for a Shelby Tenyer who was wanted for assault and arson. He cannot find any information on who collected the bounty, but Tenyer is now serving a 20 year sentence.
Another day goes by, and Mo finally has some good news. While Acorn should be able to pick up some passangers to whatever destination the crew heads towards next, Badger may also have some salvage work that needs done. Mo also finds out the bounty hunter that brought in Tenyer is known as Early. Apparently Early was last working for the Feds, some big job that went really bad, and has now disappeared off the grid. Early also has a reputation for being a really bad character who would seek out only the hardest jobs to take.
The entire crew heads to Badger’s place of business. He remembers them from their last encounter on Eavesdown Docks. The salvage job he has in mind consists of an abandoned Alliance freighter that has been lost since before the war. Badger is particuarly interested in a specific part of the cargo: any crates that are marked with Alliance Medical stamps, particularly anything that is marked G23-PH. These crates must be delivered to him sealed and intact. With a bit of haggling, he agrees to split the procedes from the salvage 40/60 with the crew, with the crew getting to pick the fence. He will provide the coordinates.
The crew heads back to the ship where Mad plots out the course. It will take 100 days to get to Badger’s coordinates, and they’ll hit several planets en route. Before leaving Eavesdown Docks, several passengers are found for paid transport.
Sebastian starts researching G23-PH and connects the reference to a substance known as “G23-Paxilon Hydrochlorate”. The chemical is integral to a major scandal known as the Miranda Incident or the Pax Wave. Apparently a broadwave went out across the ’verse and implicated the Alliance in the gassing of its citizens with “the Pax”, causing them to either die by complete apathy or by creating Reavers. This revelation triggered another long discussion of whether or not they would let Badger have that shipment, if it was indeed what he was after. The crew came to no clear decision on that point, especially after Mo pointed out the possible consequences of crossing the man.
Acorn dusts off, heading into the black for a hundred day journey to the raggedy edge of space.