The Sadaal Route

Session 13 -- The Proposition

Messenger 09-13, CC61

Coriolis - Asteroid Belt

Prophets before profits

An old woman accosted Tariq on his way to Wahib’s. “You carry the mark”, she hissed. “Beware, she has returned. Death and darkness follow where she goes.” As she departed Tariq had a mental image of her destination, a room in the Cellar filled with people. Tariq felt compelled to go there. He called Zera to say he’d be late.

Tariq found his way to the Cellar refuge, where many mystic outcasts sheltered. He talked to a young refugee called Aylah and urged her to seek his help if she needed it.

Mis-taken identity at Wahib’s

Zera and Dr Hakim met outside Wahib’s. Glancing inside, Zera saw that Wahib was not on duty and that a muscular mercenary woman was proclaiming herself to be Tariq Ali to someone in the booth, with two armoured thugs standing nearby. Zera sent Hakim to cause a drunken distraction. Just when he was about to be manhandled by the thugs, Zera glided up and faced down the merc leader. She and her goons left the bar, glowering. Zera was suspicious of Wahib’s absence from his bar; she menaced temporary barkeep Forbo.

Client: Azdem Kembouri

A quick negotiation with Azdem Kembouri followed. Kembouri needed to hire the crew to find the ice-hauler Orun II, which had abrubtly ceased transmission and changed course.

  1. Find out why Orun II has altered its course and stopped responding to hails.
  2. Secure the ship and its crew.
  3. Make sure the hauler resumes its original course and arrives safely at Coriolis.

Kembouri would accompany them, and pay them 20,000 birr on completion. In Tariq’s absence, Zera and Hakim agreed to the job.

Launch

Mazim had prepped Al-Gorisme for takeoff as the crew converged on the ship. Kembouri gave him the co-ordinates and they launched immediately. Kembouri brought two large metal trunks on board. Dr Hakim was suspicious of their contents. He rifled through them while Kembouri discussed the mission with the others. He found some large jars and an old book.

Arrival at Orun II

The journey to the Asteroid belt took 3 days. Kembouri had spent the time looking at the map of the Orun II and glancing at his book, which he claimed contained ‘old fairy tales’. Finally a dim point on the sensors grew larger: it was the silent Orun II.
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