Opera: Orion

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.

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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.

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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…

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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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