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The Thousand Blessings is a work of art, a wonder of technology and aesthetics. Out beyond her viewports lies the dramatically edge lit blue-green arc of the planet Mayara, a world famous for its luminescent birds, deep lush valleys, and being the familial seat of House Soyinka
Aboard, in the elegant entertainment suite/observation lounge with its magnificent view, a small collection of the wealthy and noble mingle together. The epicenter of this group is the Duchess Soyinka Rei, resplendent in white and gold surrounded by her most important vassals, Lord Kaluga, Lady Calabar, and Lord Askira. She also has her three most-favored consorts, elegant and beautiful men, at her sides
This is the second day of this three-day effort and your first actual outreach mission with the ship after three weeks in space. How is your confidence? How did the first day go? Despite the Duchess’ precise manners and distant friendliness she is hard to get a read on. Her eyes are deceptively lazy, like those of a lion. Her consorts whisper in her ears, sometimes coaxing a smile from her. Of her vassals, who seems the most receptive and who the most hostile? Which of your guests are you engaged with at this moment? What have they asked about that you weren’t completely prepared for?
Terci has been a wreck of nerves. You can tell because she works even harder to have every detail of… well, everything at your most casual request. Are you long associates or is she relatively new? You’re sure she has hardly slept in the last several days. She is standing quietly nearby, datapad in hand.
Are you in the mix here or standing off to the side? As Captain of the ship it was made clear that your appearance was absolutely expected, though I suspect these aren’t your usual people. How did you get this assignment anyway? Seems rather high profile from your last gig, doesn’t it?
You’ve had a chance now, to run the Thousand in actual travel, how is she performing? I mean aside from the immediate lay-in at Panipar to replace the FBA couplers that nearly shook you into a wild jump. Surprising really, considering the overall quality of the ship’s build, but easily resolved. And how do you feel about the new haptic, holo interface design?
The door to the suite hisses open and you see Rajani come in and scan the crowd, probably for you, her face a tense mask of calm that spells trouble.
She sees you and makes a beeline in your direction and steps in close when she gets to you.
“Captain,” She whispers, glancing nervously around at the glittering assembly, the floral perfume of her hair in your nose. “We have a problem, there is a bomb onboard.”
What do you do?
You have yet to hear from the Emperor or any official about your decision to join the Thousand Blessings on her tour, or more specifically your decision to bring Xuan with you. The first had already been planned of course, as you are an ideal representative of the Imperial family and its stake in TXR, and more importantly you have work to do and contacts to make with the Rebellion on this voyage.
None of the important people here are unfamiliar to you, of course. You and the Duchess herself have had a rather fluctuating relationship over the years. Are you in with her just now, or not? Why is that? Which of the Duchess’ vassals secretly supports the rebellion?
You are, of course, an attraction, just like the ship itself. Perhaps even more so. Fawning over the Emperor’s child is to honor the Emperor.
You have just gotten rid of one of Lady Soyinka’s simpering hangers-on and contemplating your escape. When a beautiful young man approaches you.
“Your Highness.” He greets you with a proper bow, but the slight humorous twist of his lips belies the formality. “I am Soyinka Nobu, First Scion of Lady Soyinka… and if I am not very much mistaken, I believe we are engaged.”
What do you do?
The mission became a lot more… interesting… when Princess Xuan came aboard, didn’t it? You weren’t even out of system before the Imperial Spymaster assigned investigating her and her rebel contacts as a priority mission. The Void Wasters have the ship’s itinerary, of course, and there are places for you to send messages off to them to fulfill this devil’s bargain. When the ship had to lay in after it’s very first jump, there was an opportunity to let N’Sira know that the Princess was on this ship. Did you?
Your finely honed sense of danger goes up when you see the dark-haired crewman cross to King. This is just about the same time you see the young man approach the princess.
What do you do?