Opera: Orion

Episode IX: Don't Fear the Reaper
We'll be able to fly...

Tarken confronts Drugu about his involvement in the assassinations but only learns what he already knew: Drugu knows a guy who owns Zed. Since Tarken’s gun is still on Rigel V, he gets aboard the Chasing Oblivion and calls up Calchas to have N’ru make a delivery behind the scenes at the next Levitas game. Most of a season has passed in Tarken’s absence, and while he gets to have a wonderful time in VIP seating watching Calchas impress the crowd, he happen to be there as brutal tragedy strikes the League.

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Episode VIII: Once
I am in it...where do I stand?

(The Bottle Episode) Erebus Graves, after keeping Tarken captive for several days, sits down with Tarken to hear him out. They discuss many matters, including Tarken’s faith, the Lucifer Protocol, Fimbulvintr, Sadren’s attempted theft of Protagoras, and the assassination of Clive Cohen. Tarken leverages his position as a trigger-man for Drugu Milosz to push on Erebus’s questionable loyalty, and the two strike a deal that could radically shift the course of events in the Rigel System.

Long Version:

action on rigel V between gend and planet forces
asks about protagoras locationkt
tarken asks him if he’s an ally against sadren, invoke corruption @ every turn, in the shadow of the tyrant, and erebus’ filthy human pistolero
erebus asks what tarken has to offer, and tarken draws a blank. erebus says what he wants: tarken has transit and drugu, who are very powerful (transit knows many, drugu has the best and knows people who can the big jobs done)
erebus asks tarken about lucifer protocol, the knowledge plops:
lucifer protocol “will vanquish the darkness”, which unless we do something about it, will destroy the 7 systems
there’s a specific wording to it
sadren’s influence with the rebellion has come from Benak, who has ties to the lost Saiph system
erebus says that if they can take out benak and his supporters/ties to the rebels, and give the rebels the pando computer, then they can make a move against sadren
the leader of the rebels in the rigel system is gorokan
tarken talks about lixus employment and tlarafk shit
erebus mentions that protagoras might be a “key” not a “trigger” to the lucifer protocol
E asks where are the tlarafk
E asks about how tarken got to rigel system
Engineering escape
e gives tarken info to steal shit from halberd, and the coordinates of a safe place to hide protagoras. gives tarken two mini computers that haqve the names, designations, stations of benak and everyone else who needs to die with him. also gives him thermal lance to get out of the cell, and drugu’s tracking beacon (which he modified to also contact erebus)
tarken uses the lance to get into the vents, then makes his way to an escape pod, and ejects himself into space

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Episode VII: Can't You Hear My Heartbeat?
Every time you put your arms around me...

Tarken awakens aboard Drugu’s ship and accepts an assignment from him to recover stolen goods from Volodnik “Sly Volodnik” Gospodin. Following Drugu’s instruction to “make an example,” he terrorizes and kills most of Volodnik’s crew as they go to meet their buyers, whom Tarken discovers are old friends of his.

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Episode VI: Money
...it's a hit. Don't give me that do goody good bullshit.

Tarken returns to the Chasing Oblivion in time to assist in Calchas’s legal battle to continue playing Levitas. With Vera’s contacts, Tarken’s tactics, and his own charisma, Calchas is able to play in the pivotal game against Rhyton Chandler and the Rigel Quatra Balance. During the game, Vera and Tarken pursue a lead on Quosuv Schun that brings them into the governor’s quarters; when things get hairy, Tarken opts to settle for taking the low-hanging fruit.

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Episode V: Get Lucky
We've come too far to give up who we are, So let's raise the bar and our cups to the stars

Tarken serenely floats in space until picked up by Gabriel Zed, galaxy-class assassin, in his personal craft. After some awkward conversation, Zed leaves Tarken with a tracking beacon he can use to flag down his employers. Tarken changes custody several times, from the Gendarmerie, to a rebel strike force, to the Sekhmet, when he receives a timely visit from the galactic assassin.

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Episode IV: Good Vibrations
If you ain't in it to win it, then get the hell out.

hangin out on CO -people getting to know each other and cat fighting -tarken tries to get info from transit -> tarken asks about clive cohen (finds out that his killer was ISCC), and about why sadren traded transit for singularity tech. gets an image of the wormhole topology and sadren saying “the lucifer protocol”, margrave kflikt saying “Fimbulvinter” and also bowing to Transit. Tarken has a moment of mindfuck and then comes to and tells Transit that if he’s so important, he needs to be careful -after a day, tarken gets a notification from the lixus via code phrase, then goes to open the airlock (as is standard). its another pulex, he and transit have a moment, and transit introduces him as consumption. -consumption relays a message from klil, who did not want to come in person because of calchitititoguey. he says that they have job for tarken and to get his things and go to the designated coordinates. -tarken gets his shit and leaves. they dock with the freighter that they took from tarken and emma. klil says that they need tarken to bust out one of their old friends and make it look like its not a lixus op. they reveal the ship that emma had, but done up in rebel colors. they have “undesirables” that they have impressed into service, and will serve as tarken’s troops for the mission. they give tarken a blood-stained rebel outift to wear as well. -tarken attempts to has answers from klil, klil basically pulls rank and says that the questions will be answered later -tarken goes to his crew (pvt cardamom is in there somehow) and tells them that the lixus are giving them a second chance, and that if any of them die without having killed someone, he will rape their corpse. they head out. -they approach facility RGL-62.KXB.J12, land, have an opening action spearheaded by tarken, and all of the dudes get taken out their retreat -tarken tracks down cardamom because he thinks that he’ll talk if captured, shoots up some gendarmes and autoturrets and blows off cardamom’s arm with the entropy rifle (it’s “cauterized” by the explosion. Tarken blows open a nearby door and goes in and collapses the doorway so that nobody else can enter (brought C with him) -room is venthilation maintenance. tarken says a prayer for C and goes into to the vents. he happens upon the generators. He shoots them and gets knocked out by the explosion. he has a repeat of teh water dream, except the light at the tunnel is a symbol from transit’s mind link and sadren pulls him further under water. it cuts to a dead rebel foaming at the mouth and crackling with electricity. -tarken wakes up and goes stalking. he runs across a guard, fucks with him a bit, then shoots him. tarken finds cells and goes in. he finds tlarafk, who asks him to stay and chat a while. tarken indulges him. tarken asks about why the sekhmet want to help out a thoth. he tells him that he’s one of the few lixus that’s actually been taken captive and says that he should talk to Quosuv Schun. They part. -Tarken happens upon a landing bay with some mechs and gendarmes. tarken opens up on the mechs and slags one, then they focus fire on him. he climbs up on a parapet and gunspolsions some of the mooks. he avoids some fire, then shoots open the airlock to end the fight. He gets jettisoned out into the asteroid belt and rushes to get his sealed helmet on.

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Episode III: House of the Rising Sun
Oh mother, tell your children Not to do what I have done...

Tarken accepts a job as a bodyguard for Calchas, an attar levitas player for the Rigel Five Ions, who has a penchant for high stakes gambling. After Tarken injures a member of the press, Pentium police and a Gendarmerie contingent chase the duo off the planet. Calchas and Tarken make it aboard Ponyifex Pelgrane’s barge, the Catoblepas, to paritcipate in the Pelgrane Exhibition, where they find old acquaintances they didn’t know they shared.

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Episode II: Get Down On It
How ya gonna do it if ya really don't wanna dance, by standin' on the wall?

-drugu calls tarken and they have a christening party of the chasing oblivion
-he then offers tarken a job to be calchas’ bodyguard, which tarken accepts. drugu also tells tarken to go stop on Tetris zeta (Rigel IV zeta) to get some ass, which he arranges
-it takes tarken a long time, and he gets blue-balled, but eventually runs into “lovebird”, a fethth pimp
-lovebird has two linnean prostitutes, one under each arm, and tarken wants to buy one. it turns out to be vera. lovebird says that they’re not for sale, but tarken insists (with his gun) and gets both of them
-they go to a back room and run across transit who’s doing some peeping, when they get into a room, the other linnean gets to work, and vera starts questioning tarken. it gets weird, and then vera draws a gun
-tarken flips out and smacks the other linnean and tries to get dressed, she keeps questioning and tarken puts together that she thinks that he’s with calaphon. they get the other linnean (liasa) to chill out, tarken gets hired by vera who thinks tarken can get the people off her back
-tarken says that he’ll go if they can take liasa (who agrees to leave lovebird). the three of them head out via secret passage that vera discovered
-they go past lovebird’s office, and vera can’t resist the opportunity to hack his shit and get dirt on him


SCENE ASPECT-ANCIENT TECH BLACK MARKET

TODO: scene on Lovebird’s ship

Raid on the info Cache

The chase/duo with [[:yego-banchik:Yego]]

Final scene (the cache content)

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Episode I: Dancing in the Moonlight
Everybody here is out of sight, They don't bark and they don't bite...

dream about sadren, transit offers to show him nice memories, he negs
they get out of the wormhole, many stores
drugu to has trkn the food, they has sports bar where they watch levitas
drugu hands trkn some money on behalf of calaphon and says that there’s a dawari exarch that trkn should visit, he goes

emma talkin to yara about stolen stuff, trkn shows up and they have traditional greeting
trkn explains that he’s going after “a man of great sin to purge him from the universe”
emma talks more about unconventional methods for recovering her stuff, tarken steps up and it happens
emma talks to tarken about pando while he checks her out, minor flirting, they go stop by the gambling tables to find transit
he finds some kangal guy beating an esker on the table, tarken steps up and takes the guy out, then they all leave

get to emma’s lab/docking bay to do investigation, she starts blathering while tarken interrogates the people
finds the weak link (pvt cardamom) and strikes
the private says something about the black flare and a fethth named raszagk, which tarken remembers from his time
tarken walks away pissed and finds emilia, who wraps up her blather with the captain
trkn tells her about possible black flare connection, and she says cool but don’t kill anybody that might have information, which tarken agrees to

emma goes to look at some recordings from the docks, and they eventually find a pulex in the bar who shows them a recording of raszagk who mentions going to rigel IX
emma does more digging and finds that rigel IX tau is a good place to go, but they have to be careful of rebel/gendarmerie shit happening.
in the bar there’s a post-game interview with Calchas, old esker patron is disgusted with attar players, emma makes a comment about stupid racsim

emma throws around some money to get a ride on a nice freighter, which also transports her ship
emma picks tarken’s brain about his brother’s allies, tarken mentions the lixus (sekhmet) and she gets interested
a lixus carrier shows up, the esker pilot freaks out, puts gun to transit, emma gets distracted by the carrier’s boarding procedure, tarken tells the pilot that he’s being very stupid and making tarken angry, the esker shoots at him, tarken caps him
the lixus board and klil pops out, tarken tells him what’s up and they volunteer to get them to rigel IX tau
they locate the escape pods (which turn out to be only one-way) and they go into lixus ship for the trip

they eject from the ship and land in a nasty chemical lake, they get out and run into a rebel patrol
spotlights and loudspeaker, they spring into action, tarken shoots out the light and runs in to has complete death of the rebels
emma hids while tarken fights by staying near the nasty pools to screw with the kangal in the group’s scent
with everything finished emma hotwires the rebel jeep thing and has tarken check in with the commander, turns out to be raszagk, and tarken loses his shit and threatens him
emma gets pissed and ditches tarken to get to the spaceport of the city
she gets there and begins devising a plan…

tarken gets on a rebel uniform and walks back to the city. He finds a vent entrance and gets in, crawls over the mess hall where he hears guys talking about the pando, continues over to the bathroom, drops down on a dude and takes him out
shoots another guy and then a guy pulling up his pants concedes and tarken gets him to tell where to go to find the pando

back to emma: she gets found by some guards, notices that a truck carrying a bunch of the pando nutrients, so she blathers about how dangerous they are and says that she’s a pando specialist who’s pet project it is
they eventually buy it and she gets taken before their leader, she says the same things but with more technical stuff and they buy it (rebel leader is a kangal, and raszagk is there too)
they agree to get the ship into low orbit with her on it, but they put her in a holding cell for the time

scragglebeard kangal maintenance guy walks buy, tarken says something about a mess in the bathroom, he goes in, and tarken holds him at gunpoint to get his uniform
a bald esker harasses maintenance tarken, who diverts hi to the holding cells
some of the guards move out to check for the infiltrator, tarken notices emma in the cell, he makes her say that she needs him to let her out (which she grudgingly does)
emma tells him to mix some of the cleaning fluids and melts the door off
they walk to an office so emma can do some hacking

tarken changes into the soldier uniform, has a brief interaction with the person who runs the chosen office, then takes them out
Emma finds what she’s looking for, but gets distracted by other interesting info on the computer, and they run out of time (Raszagk shows up with many rebels)
Raszagk recognizes Tarken and they exchange some insults, then a nearby holodeck activates and sadren appears
Sadren looks at tarken, looks away (without a look of recognition), then says to kill the kangal and bring the scientist, then cuts out
Emma whips out a hidden sample of Pando and breaks it open on the floor to freak the rebels out
Raszagk has them taker her to the ship, and takes two rebel soldiers to bring tarken to be executed

The soldiers escort Emma to the ship, where she convinces them that there might be a leak and that she has to get into Hazmat gear to fix it. they buy it and she releases a lethal strain of unnamed disease onto the ship to kill the rebels
she activates the purge and starts talking to protagoras, who appears as a floating energy ball on the interface panels

Meanwhile, tarken takes out the two soldiers easily, then goes after raszagk
tarken whips out the entropy rifle and sows some chaos, then raszagk insults him, and tarken charges
he gets him down, but raszagk rolls away and they start circling a high cubicle-thing in the office, and eventually tarken just backs up away from it and blasts the room apart with the entropy rifle, flinging raszagk into a wall and trapping him under rubble
Tarken draws his pistol, walks over to raszagk and tells him, “your master will be joining you shortly”, then executes him
Tarken makes his way over to the ship, but emma won’t open it until tarken says that he needs her, which he gladly does
protagoras reveals that transit is with him in the ship and that he helped get things ready to go, so they just need
they take off, emma gives tarken a compliment, and he gives her one back, transit memshares with tarken about how he got to the ship (blip in the memory when Transit encounters a guard)
emma calls yara-mal CEO to say that everything’s good

moon off in background, “Dancing in the Moonlight” plays and credits roll

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Prologue: Cry Me a River
Now, you say you're lonely...

YAD AL-JAUZA (V “Matko” -alpha)

-walk into troilo’s (run by troilo and an old hangout when he was pirate), entropy rifle stored polietly in backpack (comes in half)
-troilo is danny devito in ekser form
-tarken takes in the sketchy beer scene then heads to troilo and orders “whatever’s good”. Troilo pulls out black bottle of his special reserve. chillin. troilo starts up convo about how he remembers tarken from when he was a pirate
-beard-esker walks in with gun, gets free drink from troilo, tarken asks him about the big gun he’s carrying and they lol about it. tarken says he doesn’t shoot stuff unless he’s paid to. guy introduces hissef as drugu milosh. he asks about tarken’s past (compel) and then about the dawari (compel). people get weird and they leave.
-Klil pops out of shrubbery, drugu points gun at him, tarken says he cool. Klill says that broodmother of B VI is summon him. Tarken accepts summons for moneys, drugu gives him business card/contact info, says is leaving for Rigel in a week or so
-get to broodmother, she’s got many soldiers for guards, tarken does traditional dawari genuflection to her

on YJ Sinjed
-black sand, underground Esker settlements, tarken gots to clear out Anubis encroachment

First attack: Jaramis
skill challenge in which Tarken provokes esker into assistance, shoots through the hatch into the sewers, fights his way through the lixus that attack him, then uses his kangal instincts to suss out the female commander and take her ass out.

Second attack: an energy rig
Tarken is flying his ship toward energy towers and receives a distress signal from esker with a “Texan” accent that Anubis are already attacking a tower. Compel on “Pirate’s life for Me” to fire on energy depot until entire rig explodes, killing esker and lixus.


Third attack: Sinjed city
-tarken get there and talk to to drugu, who says show the dudes your gun to has their attention. tarken does, this, then bullies their commander into following him
-lixus carrier shows up, many scuttlers come out of it along with four soldiers, four stalkers, and a demolisher
-many shootout, two soldiers die, demolisher and scuttlers are assaulting the train that they blocked with the carrier. Tarken takes out two stalkers, massive gang-up tarken, then demolisher shoots him through with his spike rifle, takes moderate consequence (broken rib), esker militia take out the remaining stalkers and soldiers. Tarken runs over to the carrier to get to the queen, the demolisher smacks him around a bit, shoots the queen and exposes her through the protective shell. Then he aims gun at her and tells her she’s dead unless they pack up and leave. She yields.
-While he’s with them, directs them through Sekhmet space, where they get ambushed (rescued for Tarken). They get taken back to Chomat, and tarken gets into the queen’s room, and they have the Anubis queen restrained by demolishers. There’s some lixus talk and the margrave praises tarken for bringing the queen alive (tarken gives dawari teachings the credit). the queen gives him the option to kill the queen, but tarken lets the margrave do it, and he is rewarded with Klill (as a permanent contact for clan Sekhmet) and Transit.
-Transit mem shares with Tarken, which reveals that Sadren went to the Rigel system to help the rebellion. Tarken hits up drugu, who said that he was going that way, and meets up with him via a ship that Klil acquires for them. They meet up and head for Rigel.

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