Nautilus

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Every campaign gets an Adventure Log, a blog for your adventures!

While the wiki is great for organizing your campaign world, it’s not the best way to chronicle your adventures. For that purpose, you need a blog!

The Adventure Log will allow you to chronologically order the happenings of your campaign. It serves as the record of what has passed. After each gaming session, come to the Adventure Log and write up what happened. In time, it will grow into a great story!

Best of all, each Adventure Log post is also a wiki page! You can link back and forth with your wiki, characters, and so forth as you wish.

One final tip: Before you jump in and try to write up the entire history for your campaign, take a deep breath. Rather than spending days writing and getting exhausted, I would suggest writing a quick “Story So Far” with only a summary. Then, get back to gaming! Grow your Adventure Log over time, rather than all at once.

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Welcome to Crossroads *EXPLOSIONS**

Day One.

Party starts in a holding cell, the captain of the ship was smuggling drugs. Characters introduce themselves. Sean Lotter and Samuel Crewed arrive to take statements from the party members. Suddenly explosions. Klaxons blare and alarms sound. Evacuation is advised. Penny O’Hara appears. Party leaves holding cell and Penny runs off to “check on” someone. Maaka receives a gift from his mother. Shootout ensues. Much fun is had by all. Maaka is revived, others are healed, Penny returns with Sky and two CDE children. Rubble pit of doom bravely crossed. Much chaos and lack of structural integrity separates Penny, with child in tow, from party. Hangar reached, door computer is hacked. The Blackbird is found. Grey “Amelia” Star and Chepi Porter are met. Blockage removed via pew pew railgun. Party escapes station. Penny plus CDE child picked up from space in ancient spacesuits. Penny, Lauter, Crewed leave Blackbird. Party decides to stay aboard. Grey mentions “incident.” Pilot’s chair to remain empty. Items purchased including Ansible.

This is a rough approximation of what happened without much detail. More detail may be added later or more flavor but this is the gist of it.

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Session 3

Session 3

Previously on Nautilus…

After coming back from the Bouncing Betty, the crew of The Blackbird plots a return trip to Crossroads Station. On the way, James Albright and Esmerelda Malik go over the contents of the laptop in the classified section of the Bouncing Betty, as well as the personal data of the crew and recovered ship logs. Meanwhile, Yuri Slavin begins to clean up his newfound prize, the unnamed fighter. En route, Grey “Amelia” Star suggests an idea for the next mission, which is to explore an uncharted system.

When The Blackbird arrives at Crossroads station, the crew sells recovered items from the Bouncing Betty and purchase supplies for the long voyage to the next destination. Yuri contacts Sgt. Lotter for information about the bombing that occurred last time. Lotter informed Yuri that there was no new information. Joan Darnell talked with Penny O’Hara for tips of how to handle long-distance travel and then purchased a car. James communicated with Captain Monroe, giving him all data collected from the Bouncing Betty, then contacting Frank Sinatra, trading a collection of (good and bad) Italian movies for Military license for equipment and Yuri’s unnamed fighter.

After finishing buying, the group went off to Pi Mensae B, the second planet in the unexplored Pi Mensae star system. The crew occupied their time in different ways, with James crafting electronic devices for sale, Yuri installing the new engine parts, landing skids, and fixing the structure of the fighter, and Joan consuming a large amount of media. Also, the crew played lots of ping-pong, which Yuri had unfortunate luck with despite his superior reflexes.

When The Blackbird arrived in Pi Mensae B, they discovered that the planet had a nearly inhabitable surface. Also, they discovered two space stations. One station was fully functional, and the crew hailed the station. The person responding identified the station as Station 81, which had been present for 25 years, and wished to remain unknown. Based on various clues, The Blackbird crew guessed that the station was inhabited by Lai. The second station was extremely damaged and seemingly uninhabitad.

The crew proceeds to explore the station. The station appears to be more alien than on the outside, with strange undulating corridors, a glowing light that followed the party, cryptic and indecypherable alien writing, and floating globules of liquid.

To be continued…

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Session 4

Previously on Nautilus…

While investigating the Xenomorph space station in orbit of Pi Mensae B, our protagonists come across various Xenomorph artifacts, including a silver cube, what appears to be a glass cutter, and a torch that works underwater. Joan Darnell and “Rocky” happen stumble upon an escape pod, which takes off with them inside. The escape pod hurtles toward the nearly habitable planet. When the escape pod makes planetfall, it lands in an ocean. Joan is able to escape, while Rocky skinks like a stone.

The Blackbird land and finds Joan, but has difficulty finding Rocky. After searching the shoreline, Rocky is found, who has also discovered an underwater habitat. A xemomorph submarine is found. The crew figures out how to pilot it, and goes down into the underwater habitat.

While exploring the habitat, the crew finds an unknown xenomorph, which is insectoid. Maaka Evans believes the xenomorph to be hostile and attacks it. The xenomorph assaults Maaka and others with mental attacks, projecting false stimuli to them. Eventually, the crew is able to establish contact with the xenomorph, who reveals through mental impressions that it is a guardian of the habitat. When agression ceases and communication finishes, the xenomorph withdrawls to the ceiling where it was perched.

To be continued…

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Session 5

Previously on Nautilus…

After the encounter with the xenomorph, the crew ransacks explores the underwater habitat, finding more xenomorph artifacts. However, much of the station is inaccessible. The crew returns to the surface. Chepi is able to contact United Planets, who send a science team to meet The Blackbird.

After waiting 6 weeks, Freighter A59 enters the star system. The Blackbird docks inside the ship, and the crew transfer over. On board, they meet three 3rd Lieutenants, Peabody, Holmes, and Adler. While talking with them, the crew notices oddities, such as indications that they are not as they seem, such as hints they are more senior than their rank shows. The crew also meets Dr. Poirot and Dr. Panther. Additionally, a mysterious vehicle is on the ship, covered in a tarp.

The crew pass the next 6 weeks of their return trip examining the xenotechnology or making various types of mischief. Upon arriving at Crossroads Station, the scientists, James, “Rocky,” and Chepi publish papers related to the the xenomorphs.

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Session 6
A fine party

Previously on Nautilus…

Upon arriving at Crossroads Station, the crew publishes its various scientific papers related to the Xenomorph ruins found on Pi Mensae B. The crew is also invited to a diplomatic event scheduled for later on in the week due to their newfound fame.

At the event, all of the crew members mingle with the crowd, talking to old friends and acquaintances who are also at the event. Gaia Aquila, chief diplomat of Noma Roma, grants the crew a generous monetary reward in recognition of their discovery of the Xenomorph ruins and their “service to humanity.”

Later on in the evening, the crew gets a message claiming that the sender has important information that they would want to see and requesting that they meet the sender in Diamond Shoals Garden, a dome-enclosed garden near the party’s building. When the crew enters the dome, the door shuts closed and the lights turn out. Maaka Evans is attacked, almost exclusively. The crew is able to determine that the gun fire is coming from a catwalk on the ceiling of the dome. James Albright, and Yuri Slavin climb up the catwalk, Joan Darnell jumps up to the catwalk, Ryzyrxyz “Rocky” Sardolov defends Maaka as he attempts to break down the door. The assailant turns out to be the LAI that had assaulted Maaka on the Bouncing Betty.

The entire crew is almost taken out, with Rocky’s medical attention proving the decisive factor in the battle. Eventually, the LAI is taken out, and help eventually arrives.

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Session 7
The One With the Lai and the Bloody Sundays

Previously on Nautilus…

After being attacked, the crew interrogate the braincase of the Lai, who reveals her name as Unit 87 or Violet. She indicates she was hired to kill only Maaka Evans. After some negotiation, the crew purchases Violet’s contract and rebuilds her frame.

Next, the crew looks for their next mission. Amongst the available options were quelling a rebellion in Nova Roma territory, helping outlying colonies with pirates, and helping with the investigation of the bombing of Crossroads Station. The investigation has hit a dead end, so the crew decides to help. After a week of investigation, the crew is able to trace a lead to the Bloody Sundays mercenary group, which specializes in demolitions.

The crew travels to Jupiter Station in the Sol system. They meet with an information broker in the Galilean Hotel Bar who calls himself Mr. Phillips. Mr. Phillips sells them information about Bloody Sundays, as well as blueprints for their station. Next, they meet with Irene Punjal, owner of the Gravel Pit and friend of Ryzyrxyz “Rocky” Sardolov. He shares what he knows of the Bloody Sundays, revealing that they are regulars at his bar.

The crew meet with members of the Bloody Sundays, including their leader Evan McCleary. They pose as potential recruits and a journalist. They are subjected to two tests. Rocky must fight Evan’s cousin in hand-to-hand combat, while James Albright must disarm an explosive. Both tests are passed handily. The crew then goes to the Bloody Sunday’s station, Morrigan Station.

While on Morrigan Station, Joan Darnell seduces Jaden, a CDE member of the Bloody Sundays, while James and Violet sneak into his room. They are able to hack his system and find a journal, indicating that he suspects Adam of being up to something. They then sneak into Adam’s room. They find him passed out, but Violet makes sure he stays asleep by hiting him in the face sedating him. They “hack” his computer and find more evidence linking him and his two friends, Owens and Johnson, to the bombing of Crossroads.

To be continued…

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Session 8
The One With the Nukes

Previously on Nautilus…

The next morning, while James Albright and Maaka Evans are working out, Evan McCleary joins them. Near the end of the workout, he starts questioning them about why they were breaking into people’s quarters. James explains to Evan that he believes Adam, Owens, and Johnson were responsible for the bombing of Crossroads Station. Even convenes a meeting, during which he locks the three in an escape pod named the Wastebasket and politely asks all members of the Bloody Sundays to help in the investigation.

After a week of investigating, Morrigan Station is attacked by an unidentified Marathon-class starship of Centurion make. The Marathon targets the Wastebasket. Before it can fire, The Blackbird, the Agrona, and Yuri Slavin’s fighter attack the ship to get its attention. Unfortunately, the Marathon is vastly more powerful than the ultralight ships. Eventually, the Marathon gets a lucky shot, disabling the Blackbird.

Fortunately, the day is saved by the arrival of the The Ulysses. However, before the Marathon can be taken, it self destructs. Afterwards, crew explain everything to Captain Monroe. The incident leads to a diplomatic meeting at the Pluto Neutral Zone with Nova Roma.

The primary United Planets ambassador was not available, so Joan Darnell had to take her place. However, Joan angers Gaia Aquila when she floats various conspiracy theories implicating Nova Roma.

To be continued…

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Session 9
Wine tasting at the snuff dungeon

Previously on Nautilus…

During the meeting with the Nova Roma diplomat Gaia Aquila, the party is able to secure the diplomat’s cooperation in investigating the bombing of Crossroads Station, despite Joan Darnell’s accusations of Nova Roma complicity. The investigation leads to Ganymede, the seventh moon of Jupiter.

When the party arrives, they start tracing the identity of the anonymous patron of the members of the Bloody Sundays that participated in the bombing. Their investigation leads them to Maximus Quintus, a local noble on Ganymede and owner of a vineyard. The party contacts a local small arms dealer by the name of Maximus Ehren. They are able to collect various tidbits about the noble. Also, they acquire a geological survey of his estate.

Next, the party goes to the estate under the guise of touring the place and having a wine tasting. Joan and Maaka Evans have a mock fight as a distraction, as James Albright, Violet, and Holmes (?) look for the computer room. While sneaking around, they take out a servant, and find the computer room, which is guarded by two soldiers. The group take out the guards, and hack the computers. They are able to uncover a lot of information, including a large collection of snuff films created by Quintus.

The party leaves the estate and contacts Aquila, who sends police to arrest Quintus for his snuff films.

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Session 10
Hilarity on Mars

Previously on Nautilus…

After searching through the data uncovered from Maximus Quintus’ estate, the party is able to link the Crossroads Station bombing plot to various midlevel senators. Gaia Aquila takes over for the investigation. The party is rewarded for their work and returns to Crossroads Station. They look for work, and Joan Darnell is makes contact with Pinstripe at the Red Carpet bar. Joan is given a tip for how to get escort contracts. The party takes a contract to escort Penelope Rias to Mars.

While on Crossroads, James Albright discovers a note in his pocket from his former girlfriend, Victoria Albanez, with a message to tell Albert Wang that she is ok. James goes to Sgt. Lotter, who is not able to find any evidence of Victoria, but gives him various secret frequencies to monitor.

While en route to Mars, Penelope’s assistants/indentured servants, Theodore Salim and Butterfly Temple come to Maaka Evans, requesting help in getting out of their contract to Penelope. Maaka and Joan Darnell conspire to hide the servants from Penelope. When they get to Mars, Penelope gives her servants a high-voltage shock via their slave collars. The two confront Penelope and argue with her. During the argument, Maaka attacks Penelope, who then calls for the police.

The police take Penelope’s side of the argument, and proceed to chase after the escaping servants and Maaka. The lot are eventually taken to the local jail. Maaka presents forged documents showing the servants as free, but the police do not accept the documents in light of Penelope’s contracts. During the discussion, Esmerelda Malik breaks the servants out of prison. The group then makes a break for The Blackbird, and the ship cuts in front of the line to the jump gate.

The ship is taken to the <?> system, 10 days away from Mars. The jump gate will not be turned on for another week, so the party asks the authorities if there is any thing that they can help out with. They are told that there are various unknown ships near the Cerebus Station that they can investigate. The ship proceeds to the station. While en route, the ship detects a signal on one of the secret channels, originating from a location a couple of days past Cerebus Station.

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