- Starport Encounter leaving Duduki (p. 39): No, nobody lives there.
- Starship Encounter leaving Duduki (pp. 40-46): No.
- Onboard Events in jump (p. 56): Shipboard romance again… One can only assume things are getting torrid between Arion and Coriander.
- PC Reaction Tables in jump (pp. 19-20): 8 – no problems.
- Starship Encounter arriving Karpos (pp. 40-46): 400 dt surveyor.
- Piracy warning arriving (p. 40): No.
- Starport Encounter arriving (p. 39): Damaged ship arrives.
“Dolphin, please run through what you know about Karpos one more time,” asks Arion.
“Very well,” the Dolphin says, without any trace of the impatience a human might be expected to show. “Bear in mind the information is six centuries out of date… basically a bit larger than Earth; insidious, corrosive atmosphere, no free-standing water – those things have probably not changed. There was a scout base answerable to the subsector government at Maadin, and about a thousand assorted explorers and scientists; this was pretty much the frontier, the Rule of Man hadn’t gone much further out. They had interstellar technology, but it was all imported, no local manufacturing; I’d be surprised if the base survived, isolated as it was.”
“So we’re expecting a tomb world,” Arion muses. “Why is Confed interdicting it?”
“Let’s find out,” says Dmitri; and the Dolphin steps out of jumpspace, narrowly missing another vessel.
“What the hell was that?” asks Arion, taking evasive action. “Ihsan, sensors active, full spherical scan; find me a gas giant, and I’ll try not to hit anything.”
“That was an alien ship, unknown design,” the Dolphin reports, throwing its vector on screen. “There’s another one here…” A second trace appears, starting from a dot and slowly growing a trajectory on screen as the Dolphin refines its course estimates. “That one is tumbling so I suspect it’s damaged.”
“Any Confed ships around?”
“Not that I can see.”
“Damn, what have we got ourselves into now?”
“Another fine mess, I expect.”
When Dolphin’s records were accurate, Karpos was D9C0366-A S De Lo Ni and it was an Amber zone. Obviously something has happened.
It’s intriguing how many insidious and corrosive atmospheres there are in this corner of the map. I never really noticed that before, as it’s only this year that adventurers have gone beyond Bulan.