Seen from above, Trident Vespa lives up to its name – it looks like a vast pitchfork, with permacrete and ferrocrete lanes forming the tines, and buildings around all the edges. The outer two lanes are longer than the one in the center, and dozens of spaceships of all shapes and sizes gleam and flash in the starlight. After a few seconds of taking in the main shape of the spaceport, you start noticing the details: ground cars moving between ships, rotating gun turrets atop the largest buildings
and small atmospheric craft landing and taking off on the far lane. Even from the air, though, you can tell what you are getting into – the ships may gleam brightly, but the station itself does not. This is no glittering commercial hub, clean, safe and corporate – it feels a bit more like the Outer Rim.
You're in the lounge, strapped in beside Squall. Ze's talking with you and Leeadra while Jojee brings the Libation
in for landing. There's an external display feed showing you the view of the Vespa from the belly of your ship.
While the ship shakes and groans a little during approach into the simulated atmo, Squall's chirping away, "Ladro, I can't believe you've never been to Vespa, or Eiska, one of the four moons of Rodia. Seriously, Rodia sits just off the Correlian Run trade route that connects planets like Ryloth, Falleen, Druckenwell, Rhommameel, Nubia, Froz, and of course, Corellia. It's one of the most profitable trade routes around..."
Leeadra cuts in with,"Profitable trade routes mean expensive refueling stations, housing and docking fees. Except here at Trident Vespa. Chaddith and I own one of the warehouses here, so this is pretty cheap all around.""Oh, cheap's the word I'd use. That's for sure."
Squall replies with a wink to you."Ladro, are you close enough to thwack zir on the head? Such insolence!"
Lee chuckles once, letting you know it's not a serious "order". Squall's eyes widen and ze leans away a little, just in case.
Coming in for a landing on the Trident’s Lane Three would make an ordinary person want to close their eyes – there is so much activity in the air and on the ground that it looks like it would be impossible to land there. The ground comes up amazingly fast before your descent levels out, and then it begins streaking by beneath you as you speed towards the
Up ahead, a heavy freighter is maneuvering its bulky frame into a landing berth, and a cloud of sensor drones darts out of the way as you near your landing area. You come in hot, forward attitude jets blazing as you brake, and then drop down on a dime –in an area barely twice the size of your ship. A truck trailing hydraulic hoses pulls up to the ship, and other visitors close in around it on their way to destinations elsewhere on the lane. In under a minute, you would not know that your ship had not been here all along, so quickly does it become just another part of the spaceport."Alright, kids. This is a refuel and trade off. I've got some druk to grab from our warehouse. Check in at dinner to make sure everyone's safe. Stay frosty, lots of boys in white around here."
Hosk cuts in on the chatter, out of the blue, "Yeah, I heard this place is an unofficial depot for them. There was a kriffing colonel here last time I was on Vespa."
Your comm... that comm
glows faintly. It's time for you to speak to Sark.
As the fueling crews are working on the ship, everyone unbuckles and starts heading out. Seesk is up and healthy as ever. She's made plans with Jojee, and the mismatched pair head off together. Hosk is probably hitting a bar. Squall's hanging out near you, like ze's not sure where to go, what else to do. You know Lee's doing work for the ship, like she said.
What do you do?