The cargo Cindy located is loaded – bulk fertilizer and the
ship departs in the morning of 17 June 2518. Chan rolled a 16 over an average
task for a critical success for a full 400 ton cargo at one credit per ton
netting 400 credits for the five day trip to
Chan and William ensured the lift day tradition was maintained even though additional food had to be purchased in addition to stocking more standard food for the passengers. The passengers are a mixed lot. LuAnn Joyce and son (8) Jebidia to visit family, Peng Bihai checking on her mining investments, a pair of terra forming scientists Blake Atkins and Larry Lin, and Hu Xiulan a woman returning to her home from a business trip. Mrs. Hu immediately began complaining initially about the smell of the cargo, but continued on seeing her cabin. Cindy tried to placate the woman who demanded to see the captain. Cindy was able to buy time explaining that the captain was very busy with the pre-launch sequence and would talk to her later.
Jebidia Joyce was found wandering by Willis and returned to his cabin, where Willis gave Mrs. Joyce a politely delivered lecture on the risk to an unsupervised child on a space ship. Chan did eventually speak to Mrs Hu and kept her in check. The lift day meal was an average presentation that failed to please Mrs. Hu. Atkins and Lin argued frequently over terraforming theories, being on opposite camps in a current debate on how best to increase oxygen output. William entered the discussion once, but the concepts were too obscure Willis grasped the basics, but not well enough to technically resolve the dispute. His one attempt to spiritually intervene got the two scientists so mad; they stopped speaking to each other.
On day two, despite a meal made of protein and canned food, William served a meal so good that even Mrs. Hu was satisfied for a change. On day three Jebidia snuck onto the bridge. When Marsh yelled, the boy tried to play hide and seek, but the nimble pilot was too fast and caught the boy before he could escape. Chan lashed Mrs. Joyce so severely, the woman all but collapsed into tears, forcing Li Ming to become ship’s nanny. Jebidia was smitten with Li Ming and quickly calmed down and Mrs. Joyce was calmed down.
On day four, 21 June 2518, not even Li Ming could settle
Mrs. Hu down. However, Marsh picked up a signal that was flooding the Cortex. A
wave showing a disheveled woman that explained that the
The entire crew instantly realized the Reavers were created
The broadcast stunned everyone into silence and made the rest of the journey subdued. However, the Cortex was on fire with accusations from the rim and counter arguments from the core. The wave picked up the title of “The Broadcast” and while who sent it was unknown, the senders were epic heroes on the Rim, where Browncoat sentiments were a flame with a “We told you so” fever.
By the time the Ghost reached Regina, 22 June 2518, some order was being lost as reports of a disastrous battle in the Burnham Quadrant was starting to leak onto the Cortex whipping up a frenzy as word of thousands of causalities began to trickle out despite all Alliance denials. The Parliament feed stopped transmitting as the members turned on each other and tied government into knots. The uproar has Verbena airspace checked with unscheduled departures and crowds at the port. Marsh squeezed the ‘Ghost in for a landing Chan quickly decides the only way to reach the shipper’s office, who has not answered waves, is to go via the large mover mule and well armed. Chan, William, Cindy, and Li Ming would checkout the shipper, while Marsh guarded the airlock with Xavier in the cockpit and Willis keeping the engine ready to lift.
First up however, was to get the passengers to safety. The three trips got all six passengers to their destinations without incident as the brandished assault rifles were enough to drive the crowd back. On the fourth trip this time to see the shipper, Chan’s words to get through had worn thin. Surging in frustration, William tried to force his way through and this set the crowd off. Cindy began to get nervous and Chan just barely heard the safety on Cindy’s SMG click off. Chan barked a stand fast command and Cindy obeyed. Chan ordered the crowd back again and this time they were scared enough to step back.
Arriving at the shipper’s office confirmed their fears, the
office was a burnt out shell. Returning through the crowd was tense, but
accomplished safely. However, a group of