After your incredible night of pleasure and domination of your new Umbaran ally, you spend the remaining time with Ahji Dar with Osira coming and going. She’s very sensitive to your needs to be alone and hesitant to overstay her welcome with you and your kitten. Ahji Dar, for her part, seems quite fond of her “pet” as she calls Osira in private. And yes, Osira is very pleased by this as well.
Osira remains in hiding until after the Far Orbit
arrives at Charon’s Wall. It’s easy enough to have Hosk “hire” her onto the crew so she can report back to you on the activities of the “three crews”, the integration, and any plots like your former saboteurs. What do you tell Hosk? He does it no matter what.
After offloading the remnants of Hera’s Arms
and refueling, the Far Orbit
heads for the Rengali Shell. The trip takes three days in hyperspace. Once you’re in the sector’s first hyperspace waypoint, you receive communication from Captain Darkal and the Profit Margin
that they have fulfilled your shopping list and await you at the shadowport of Gunbarrel Station.
As a space station, there aren’t any true natives. Gunbarrel Station was built by Duros, and they
still make up the majority of residents. Spacers of all species can be found here, though.Climate:
Life Support, standard gravity, dry and stale recycled air.Weapon Restrictions:
Explosive, incendiary, and armor piercing weapons are forbidden as they might compromise the hull of the station. All other weapons are legal, but any harm done to the station is heavily fined. Description:
The station is a long, hollow tube rotating on its long axis to provide gravity along the inside of the tube. Ships dock on the outside surface and enter through the hull to a grand promenade several miles long. At either end are blossom-like structures full of algae to produce oxygen. The port does not produce anything, and is more of a way-station. It is a good place to resupply, swap cargos with another ship, repair your ship, or find new crew members. The station has security forces that act on the central rule of “protect the station at all costs.” The security captain on current shift is as close to a governmental leader as the station has.
Because of the prohibition on heavy weapons, it is rare to find any for sale at the Gunbarrel, but a wide variety of smaller arms, melee weapons, and pharmaceuticals are generally available. Lodging is available, but spartan – not much more than coffin-hotels and one-hour love hotels.Where is it that you meet with your brother? Did you meet him at the gangplank off the ship or invite him to your quarters for a report (and delivery)?”Ladro!”
he says with cheer as he throws arms around you. ”This place is smelly, but there are a few hidden delights. Cemma was able to get all the items on your list.”
He purses his lips, then asks, ”Can we talk about something, brother?”