Opera: Orion

Episode XVII: Angel of Small Death
No more alone or myself could I be

“I’ve gotten pretty far by acting like a hot-headed maniac, so I think I’m good. Plus, I have other, bigger guns."

Tarken returns to Juktas, the city of his youth on Matgaz, under the alias Brock from Dar Sai. He gets a “job” as a busboy at Thokcha’s Diner, a seedy eatery, after starting a fight there with members of the Death’s Head gang. After learning that the Death’s Head is rival to his old gang, the Void Serpents, he looks for an in to one of the gangs in case they may provide a lead to the Sekhmet (or the ribica). He finds one when he kills several attempted muggers who turn out to be low-level streetrunners for the Void Serpents.

Episode XVI: Black Hole Sun
Won't you come, Wash away the rain?

In the Attar Shrine, Tarken stands shaken at the deed he has committed. Memnon senses a psychic disturbance in Tarken and tells him that his role as the “prophet” is a function of alien influences on his mind—those of Transit and Tlarafk. In the Relativity Room, Tarken has a vision of catastrophic events to come as Memnon tries and fails to purge the imprint from Tarken’s mind. Ultimately, Tarken disavows his calling, commandeers a small ship, and flies off into space by himself.

Episode XV: Help Yourself
I can see you work for somebody big, so I'm backing your play

Without Tarken to lead them, the crew of the YMD Morningstar fights tooth and nail to defend the railgun and shield arrays in Forge’s upper atmosphere from a full-scale Clan Baal assault. Calchas follows Flik first to a railgun and then into a lixus carrier, where they manage to inflict expensive losses and “force” a retreat. On planetside, Tarken escorts Wes Obron to “safeguard” Attar artifacts; when Ajax and Vesta intervene, the ensuing altercation leads to Tarken having to put his mentor down.

Episode XIV: El Aguante
Aguantamos lo que vino y aguantamos lo que viene

Calchas takes the YMD Morningstar to Forge, where Tarken’s crew is meant to provide fighter support for the planetary defense system against an impending Baal invasion. Flik gets waylaid and seizes an opportunity to have vengeance on Sekhmet infiltrators and Tarken, while Calchas learns to unlock hidden powers.

Episode XIII: Nothing Else Matters
Every Day for us Something New

Flash Forward: The YMD Morningstar is under assault by Clan Dagon. Tarken leads a charge that makes Flik a hero and Wojtek an apparent martyr while Dr. Madison and Calchas discover the Betelgeuse compass is glowing.

In the present, Tarken is released from mental rehabilitation and informed that he will lead Calchas, Dr. Madison, and a crew of 1400 on the YMD Morningstar, a new Yara-Mal ship specially designed to leverage the capabilities of Calchas and Protagoras. The mission: hold back the new Lixus threat long enough for Vera and Governor Armstrong to reunite the Commonwealth. Tarken, now known as Commander Lightbringer, receives a lixus ""asset"" and a handful of specialists to aid in what is an apparent suicide mission. Their first task is to save Suffragan Wes Obron, Tarken’s old mentor, and his followers from a Clan Sekhmet siege on the moon Matgaz VII.

Episode XII: Sinnerman
Ran to the devil, he was waitin', All on that day.

Season I Finale

Calchas, Tarken, Vera, and Transit make a daring escape from Rigel V, only to find that they must return planetside amid rebel attacks in order to secure the Chasing Oblivion. At a remote desert escavation site, they find Sadren with the ship and new Sekhmet allies. As Tarken confronts visions of the past and future, Vera and Calchas dive headlong into the fray. Vera changes hands from Calaphon to ISCC to Yara-Mal (and an old friend), Calchas pursues the governor, and Tarken goes after his brother for a final showdown. The arrival of Tlarafk and the Thoth at the Seal, where the crew has converged, leads to Sadren’s death at Tarken’s hands, Calchas’s rescue of Tarken, Protagoras, and Doctor Madison, and the start of the Third Lixus War.

Episode XI: Instant Crush
So I chained myself to a friend...

Tarken plots to fake an assassination of Calchas following the latter’s eulogy for Anson Gilligan. Calchas dismisses Vasimir when they disagree over Calchas’s slight of the Gendarmerie. When the Gendarmerie moves to arrest Calchas, he disappears into an increasingly violent crowd of Pentium citizens while N’ru obtains an “attar flesh-sack” from Tarken. Tarken destroys the sack with his Entropy rifle, is arrested, and meets Vera in Gendarmerie custody. Using information given to her by the late Quosuv Schun, they escape and rendezvous with Transit and Calchas. They cannot contact the Chasing Oblivion, however, and Tarken receives a troubling message from Erebus Graves: Sadren already has taken Protagoras.

Episode X: Time in a Bottle
There never seems to be enough time to do the things you wanna do, once you find them...

Calchas mourns the loss of his teammates and accepts a request to speak with Gantak, the injured Director for the Ions. He brushes off a hungry media and does his best to keep his cool. Later, he is forced to make a choice: attend the funeral of teammate Anson Gilligan, or accept a Gendarmerie subpoena for questioning about the incident? Meanwhile, Tarken investigates through Drugu and is put in touch with Gabriel Zed’s employer, who has his own intentions for the kangal mercenary…

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.

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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