After the events of Episode 5, the crew decided to hang around the Core for a while, picking up various milk runs from Laramie and making some purchases. Fortunately, the legitimate work allowed them to break even, money-wise.
First of all, the crew made a point of contacting Laramie, Wingate, and Colt’s sister Delilah and letting them know that Rejovic is active and to be careful. Further, they warned their friends and family to look out for a ship called Ellandri’s Dagger as they believe the crew of that ship is in league with their old enemy.
Colt put in an order for custom flight-suits for the crew, sporting new logos that he designed. Bomber jackets are also on the way. Hopefully they’ll be waiting for him in his drop-box on Porthos Station later on down the line. He also spent some time to complete a small arsenal of homemade tear-gas grenade and managed to purchase some silencers on the down-low. One of these he modified to fit his “Franken-pistol”.
Mad decided to make some improvements to her tattoo sleeve, incorporating an “ice-dragon” motif in celebration of their record-breaking run back on St. Albans. She also purchased a crate of yarn to keep up with her knitting.
Necker was busiest of all (as usual, if you ask him). He had to take some time to make a new Neckerbug, since his prototype was used and never returned after the crew’s surveillance on Sihnon. He also decided to invest in a “test system” to use to test incoming softwares and such, and to do so in an environment isolated from the ship’s systems. He decided to splurge and buy what is essentially a mini-computer with a fair amount of computing power. It’s fully independent of Acorn’s systems, including running on power cells so that it doesn’t drain on the old girl’s grid. Necker also decided that he needed to work on a program to help guard his “back-door” when he’s hacking, essentially shadowing his presence during a hack. He’s going to spend a lot of time on this, creating a HEROIC-level program. Later, he’ll work on an equally impressive anti-virus/firewall program for the ship’s system. He also decided to buy some crates of spare parts—both technical and mechanical.
After a bit of debate, the crew also decided to have their tech-guru check into Rejovic’s current bounty and any information on Ellandri’s Dagger. Rejovic is worth 5000 CR to the Alliance. Colt was hot to try to use their lead to try to find Rejovic and cash in instead of continuously running from him, waiting for him to hurt someone else they care about. The rest of the crew just didn’t think that they head much of a lead to go on. Necker could only find one mention of Ellandri’s Dagger on the Cortex, a news story from the Sihnon Daily News detailing the events of their past visit:
12 May 2519
Lu’Weng Underworld Takes Revenge Against Neighborhood Watch Leader
According to a recent MetroPol report, Silk District community activist Travis Dawson has spent the past two months as a prisoner in a warehouse where he was fed illegal narcotics in an act of revenge perpetrated by local drug pushers. Dawson led a group of concerned citizens dubbed “The Dragon Silk Tong” which worked to remove the White Dragon gang from their neighborhood. The White Dragons have alleged ties to the Ghee Kong tong, which past reporting by SDN indicate are a major supplier of narcotic “drops” to the Silk District. Dawson, a worker at the Golden Loom, disappeared some two months ago, according to missing person reports filed by his co-worker and fellow watcher Nancy Yao.
However, there may be more to the story.
Dawson was rescued from this warehouse and taken to a local hospital by unknown persons. MetroPol was given information by this anonymous source, identifying the warehouse and requesting police protection for Mr. Dawson. Police tactical teams found a sealed building containing five injured men and one corpse. The warehouse exits were sealed with a common chemical weld used on starships. The dead man has been identified as Calvin Traynor. According to medical reports obtained by SDN, their injuries were consistent with those associated with blunt force trauma. Several were also treated for respiratory issues due to exposure to toxic chemicals. MetroPol reports that the men have been positively identified by Travis Dawson as his assailants and that they all bear the identifying tattoos associated with the White Dragons. The warehouse men, currently detained by Lu’Weng MetroPol on charges of kidnapping, assault, and possession of narcotics, identified their assailants as being dressed in black and wearing breathing apparatuses.
According Titus Mengyao, alleged leader of the White Dragons, speaking from a Silk District MetroPol precinct house, the men captured by police have never been associated with the White Dragons. “I don’t know who those ung jeong jia ching jien soh are, but they ain’t Dragons.” Mr. Mengyao is currently being questioned for his connection to Mr. Dawson’s abduction.
Further, Calvin Traynor is known to local police sources as a petty criminal with no history of association with the tongs.
The question remains that if the men apprehended by MetroPol are not members of the White Dragons, then who are they and why would they commit such a heinous act against a stranger?
All of the apprehended men from the warehouse have pleaded “not guilty” to the charges placed on file. According to the Ministry of Justice, all of the assailants have been cooperative in the course of the investigation.
Further exclusive sources indicate that yet a third group may have been involved in the kidnapping. The same anonymous sources who reported the kidnapping, and possibly enacted the dramatic rescue of Dawson-xisansheng, also report that the crew of a ship called Ellandri’s Dagger played a part in the plot. MetroPol would not directly comment on this allegation, saying only that all avenues of inquiry are being pursued.
Travis Dawson is currently undergoing rehabilitation at an undisclosed location off-world.
SDN will continue to uncover the specifics of this story.
Some discussion was made as to whether or not the crew ought to slip Layla Komenescu some information about Rejovic’s probable involvement in the plot. However, they decided that if they really wanted to keep their names out of it, bringing Rejovic and the events surrounding the break-out of Perdition to people’s attention again would be a bad idea.