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.