(8) To Be Named
The Nightshade Campaign (061-1123 to ???-1123)
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Nightshade has arrived in the Adabicci
system, out of stealth mode and with the usual transponder signal
indicating they're a private yacht from Dulu in Foreven
sector. It's three weeks until Marquis Marcus Crestworthy is due
Mich has been working on several jump drive books: Jump
Drive for Dummies, and The Tao of Jumpspace.
Since they're here openly, picking up news is easy
and straightforward. now they've cleared the blackout in Five Sisters,
they find there's a lot of items waiting for them:
The Tukera items look like the Imperium really is
going to give the megacorporation a hard time, pushing their more
marginal activities further out towards the borders of the
Imperium. The ruling against them includes a nice little quote
about "expansionist means of conducting business should be reserved for
places that are expanding." For Imperial worlds, Tukera will
require Imperial approval for trade monopolies, to ensure they are not
being declared unilaterally. Even though this only applies for
new situations, Kalida Siena, Marchioness of Nakege, declares she likes
this ruling very much.
- 323-1122 - Rhylanor - Admiral Rikk Bainoi (retd.) appointed Count
of Fulacin, nominated 251-1122 by Trin and Rhylanor, confirmed (and
this news item) 72 days later, 323-1122. News reach Adabicci on
- 248-1122 - Rhylanor - Ruling against Tukera re Tussinian,
declaring central subsectors as non-frontier and subject to more
Imperial oversight. News reach Adabicci on 304-1122.
- 248-1122 - Rhylanor - Committee appointed to review Nakege
situation. A minor noble (a Baron from Rhylanor) is in charge of
the commission. News reach Adabicci on 304-1122.
- 191-1122 - Denotam/Vilis - Pirate base raided in Calit system,
Berlin caught on the ground, jumps from 1d after severe damage in
atmosphere. Calit under martial law and operations still
News reach Adabicci on 289-1122.
- 205-1122 - Denotam/Vilis - Imperial Navy confirms that situation
in Calit is still not under control. Imperial Marines have been
deployed for follow-up ground operations. News reach Adabicci on
- 153-1122 - Jewell/Vilis - Gougeste has officially applied for
incorporation into the Imperium. Dagukaan Corporation has filed
for incorporation under Imperial Law, claiming ownership of the
system. They have offered to upgrade the starport to a class B by
1125, proposing an xboat route through Gougeste from Lysen to Quar and
thus improving communication with the Zhodani Consulate. News
reach Adabicci on 272-1122.
- 272-1122 - Iderati - Martial Law declared to deal with insurgency
incited by Hinay Protectorate, which has declared war on the
Imperium. Local Imperial forces being redeployed but can handle
the situation. Hinay military forces not a threat to any Imperial
worlds, but many cells scattered through Five Sisters will take some
time to suppress. News clampdown to hinder communication of cells
through coded messages. Imperial Navy envoys from Five Sisters
being sent to all Spinward Marches subsectors to explain the situation
personally. It is believed that outright war can be averted. Five
Sisters temporary Red Zone. News reach Adabicci on 300-1122.
- 305-1122 - Pannet/Rhylanor - Commision into the Downport Dome
disaster issues report, recommends stricter regulation and inspection
of insidious atmosphere ratings, including official licensing and
transponder ID being required for all ships operating in those
conditions. News reach Adabicci on 340-1122.
- 337-1122 - Pannet/Rhylanor - rebuilt Downport Dome to open on
001-1123. News reach Adabicci on 007-1123.
As far as Tussinian is concerned, Tukera is not
being permitted to have a monopoly there. The monopoly status
they claimed is being revoked and denied.
Mich Saginaw notes with surprise that Berlin
was caught on the ground, and did a very dangerous jump at one
diameter. The report says they were under fire all the way up,
and jumped at one diameter after sustaining damage. There has
been no further sightings reported. It's been a long time since
there was any report about pirate activity -- the last item was that
the Berlin was involved in a shootout with another
pirate. Mich voices his opinion that this is probably the end of
the Berlin. Severe damage usually puts holes in the jump
grid, and jumping from 1d is a bad idea even in a perfect ship.
Pannet is finally recovering from the crash of a
merchant ship into the Downport Dome. For once this had nothing
to do with Nightshade or her crew.
Obviously the whole description of the matter in
Five Sisters has nothing to do with what's actually happening in the
area. The problem is how to tell the government about it -- how
did they come across the information, and how do they know where
they're going, especially as the commander of at least one of those
fleets hadn't even been given those orders yet.
They could not have left just before the blackout --
the timing just does not work that way. They would have had to
have left Five Sisters illicitly, perhaps trading whisky for
fuel. Perhaps they could blame a misjump somehow, although Helia
Sarina insists that if they do, it has to be clear it's Mich's
fault. The news from Five Sisters was just 35 days after they
left Rhylanor, and were very much in the public notice there.
They left Rhylanor on 247, and the news item was on 272. So if
they ran into someone in, say, Saxe -- in Five Sisters but not in the
Imperium -- they maybe could pick it up there?
Sir Geoffrey of Adabicci was born in 1074, the same
age as Marquis Marc. There's enough people in their group who
know him personally for him not to question the source of information,
especially since he'd believe them if they said it was a somewhat
The first thing, of course, is to find out where
Adabicci stands. They must do that before sharing any information.
Edward "Shark" Teeth proposes a timescale. On
312, maybe 315, they met some disreputable person on Saxe. They
certainly could have got here in that time. If asked how they
know this person, they can simply say they'd prefer he not ask --
bourbon transactions are sometimes not tracked legally.
Suddenly Shark brightens and says he would love it
if they could blame it on the woman who had him arrested -- Darya
The question now is how much information to give
him. Should they give the whole database dip? That would of
course depend on making sure he's on the "right" side, whichever side
The military here in this system is normal.
There is no build-up, no setting to receive fleets, normal security.
Last time they were here, they were on H.M.S.
Third Eye. Marquis Marc had still not left yet, and in fact
celebrated his birthday on board.
Kalida says the very first thing is to make
contact. Shark is concerned about the right procedure to do
this. Kalida says she could probably just knock on the door and
say "Hi!", but Shark would rather be more subtle. Kalida
convinces him that they should definitely go for a less formal
approach, or Sir Geoffrey would suspect something was odd.
So Kalida sends a personal message saying she's in
the system, and invites him to dinner with them.
In about an hour, Sir Geoffrey calls Kalida back,
delighted that she's here. He insists she come in to land by his
mansion, and Kalida is happy to oblige. He says he'll start the
arrangements for a party. He asks how big is Kalida's ship, and
she tells him the dimensions. It's a particularly long ship, and
will take special arrangements rather than just dropping it on the
front lawn. He says he'll get some sheep moved and put down a big
white 'X' to mark the landing.
Sir Geoffrey's estate is around the far side of the
world, and it will take several hours to get there at reasonable
speeds. Helia takes them there efficiently and lands perfectly on
the X. Nightshade is in the color scheme with windows
showing and the red maltese cross on the sidepods.
Shark muses that the last time he saw a ship like
this, Sir Geoffrey almost died and lots of people freaked out.
But at least this time the windows are open. Shark suggests they
land using the landing legs to look as normal as possible.
The crew eagerly -- or anxiously -- await Sir
Geoffrey's reaction. They watch him as the ship makes the
Helia settles them on the legs, letting the weight
rest on the legs but setting the drives to hold it there. The
house is about 500 meters away.
Sir Geoffrey is still standing watching the ship,
ahead of a group of vehicles and people.