Aboard the Orun II, ½ hour flight time from the Eye of Anubar
The Captain regarded them with dark eyes. Deckhand Ayda Leon spoke to him and he seemed confused. Adzem Kembouri and the others drew up the banishment circle around the bridge. Tariq shoved the captain into the circle. Noises from further inside the ship indicated the mercenaries were coming. Dr Adnan engaged the engines and the ship slowly corrected course away from the red doom of the Eye of Anubar. The captain did nothing.
Zera’s senses tingled as a dark shape leapt into the bridge — a Palace Guard armed with a flashing mercurium sword. She interposed her own blade inches from Dr Adnan’s head. Tariq aimed carefully and shot the Guard in the heart.
They felt fear of something in the doorway — except Adzem who knew it was the Djinn. Ayda bravely swung her spanner at it, but it was useless. “Only holy weapons and flame can harm it,” hissed Adzem. He tossed his small ‘holy’ knife to Zera and concentrated on lighting the seven flames for the ritual. Dr Adnan snapped out the blowtorch from his toolkit and lit two more.
“You want flame.” said the Djinn, and burst into showy flames. Ayda and Zera narrowly avoided being burnt. The Captain tried to punch Tariq, but he sidestepped. While Zera prayed to the Icons and faced off with the tiny knife against the Djinn, the others continued to light the seven urns. Adzem finished the ritual with a call to the Faceless One.
As the Djinn dispersed to the Dark Between the Stars in a blur of colours, the ship rocked with a huge impact. A meteor strike had struck the stern, and decompressed it. Captain Ratjun collapsed in the circle next to the dead Palace Guard.
Quick comms to Mazim on board Al-Gorisme indicated he’d disengaged in time. Ayda contacted Akbar Kolb, who had barricaded himself in the workshop: the time to escape was now. Tariq decided the best way to get off the Orun II was in vaccuum suits through the bow airlocks. There were three suits on the bridge, and Adnan estimated three more in the crew area, where the mercenaries were heading.
Have Spacesuit — Will Travel
Zera put her infiltration skills to use, skipping ahead of the approaching mercenaries to the crew quarters. She located the suits but the mercs entered the area. She hid in one of the cabins but was found out by one of the mercs. She bowled him over and ran out of the room, carrying the suits awkwardly. With the help of the Dancer she manage to escape the crew quarters, but not unscathed. One of the mercenaries shot her in the back. Nevertheless she limped up to the bridge, with the mercs in pursuit.
The three Melem Gesurra employees already had their suits on, including the unconscious Ratjun. Zera, Tariq and Dr. Adnan struggled to get into their suits while covering the door. Two mercs appeared and the group opened fire. Ayda Leon punched the VENT controls and a howling evacuating wind made the mercs stumble. Tariq reminded them that they had forgotten their helmets, which made them flee.
Going My Way
The mercs were shooting up the corridor as they made their way to the bow airlock and Tariq copped a bullet. Soon they were looking out at black space, as gas vented around them. They made their way to the exterior hull. Soon, Al-Gorisme appeared and extended the docking tube. Thanks to some very fancy flying by Mazim it was relatively easy to clamber aboard.
They were free of the Orun II, with several of its surviving crew but the ship still drifted dangerously close to the asteroid swarm. Kolb was still aboard, as were several of the mercenaries and maybe their ship. There were hard choices to be made.