Sol's Exodus

Passage Toward the Onset

The group escaped the Plagus system, and JARVIS interrupted an information packet sent out from the Verox labeled The Pale Horse.

Hel’con recovered in the medical bay recovering from the effects of the dark energy wave, he started seeing his sister who died at the hands of the Drakath a year ago.

Returning to Parliament, they gave the information they found to the Assembly and The Conclave. The information they found on Plagus III informed them of ways they could protect their planets from the dark energy crisis. The Conclave deciphered that The Pale Horse were designs for a super weapon designed to manipulate dark energy. The Assembly gave the team some shore leave as they decided their next course of action.

Cinnabar went to the Iris Cluster to respond to a crisis that had arisen with his people. A group of pirates has been asailing their trade routes, and his father had gone into respond to it. Taking a crippling defeat, his father, Emperor Chief Obsidian was ready to go in again but Cinnabar questioned his leadership and battled him to the death. His father’s old favorite Onyx proved his loyalty by swearing a Or-thack, the ritual of disassembling a body part from oneself to prove loyalty to a superior.

Crowned the new king, he went in with The Long Night, negotiated with the pirate clan’s second, Eusz to betray the Red Howl Clan’s leader, Captain Brynirch. Cinnabar and Eusz boarded the ship and killed the leader. Eusz agreed to work for the Ikaite as long as they remained seperate from the Ikaite, and got to keep their asteroid base.

Dr. Ru Zil went to tend to Pravesh, a planet that went dark a few hours ago. He recruited some civilians to assist. He arrived to find that the planet was being occupied by the Unival. He joined up with the resistance forces, and cut off the Unival’s control by taking over the space port with John Marston. The resistance managed to capture Paragon Purity, and he revealed that they were experimenting on the people of Pravesh to try to cure the Icythus Plague. Ru Zil forgave him, and made an agreement with Purity to get the Veratoss and Unival working together to cure this plague. The leader of the Pravesh resistance, Kar was angry at this but was not ready to strike the hero of the resistance down after their moment of triumph.

Hel’con went to Carpalas at personal request of the CEO of Lis Pharmeceuticals, Dok’lis who is negotiating a peace treaty between the Drakath and the Lokai. He is also approached by a VIS agent who is undercover as a reporter Kor Soor advises Hel’con to sabotage the treaty as the Drakath plan to direct a war against the Alliance with a stipulation that any war the Drakath participate in the Alliance have to as well.

While at the summit, Hel’con discovers a plot to blow the meeting up by the Ikaite terrorist group, Occipito’s Reach, but stops it, defusing the bomb. He delays the meeting by telling both sides of the bomb threat. Approaching the VIS agent he reveals to both him and his handler, Officer Dellus of the greater threat of the Dark Sun Crisis, and that there is a greater threat to all of this. He went to go meet with Dok’lis only to find him kidnapped by Occipito’s Reach, Dok’lis own assistant the main conspirator.

Saving Dok’lis and interrogating the ring leader, Aly’fes, he discovered about the terrorist’s mantra “Pure technological growth, or none at all”. Dok’lis signed the treaty, and the Lokai immediately declared war on the Triwekian Princedoms.

The team was recalled back to the Assembly for further orders.

Breaking Towards Dawn

The Conclave and Assembly concurred that the retrieval of the rest of the plans for The Pale Horse are crucial to the survival of the organic species. They formulated a plan for a small strike team to enter the Verox’s base that was nearest to their borders, Forward Installation 343.

Handing this mission to the Response Team the Assembly gave them full authority on who to bring on this team.

Hel’con recieved a communiqué from EDGE, the Verox he met on Plagus III, to meet him at Home’s End, a space station orbiting the ruined homeworld of the Triweks, Wik.

Going there, EDGE in a body that copies the illusory bioresponse of the Kreitosh, informs Hel’con that the Alliance is being decieved and that the real threat is on the Drakath homeworld, Drakarum. According to EDGE, the Drakath have been a puppet race for an AI named SIRE since before they reached space flight. It was SIRE who orchestrated the Drakath bringing down the Adronikos Empire, making them the most advanced of the organic races, and SIRE who orchestrated the downfall of the Valkons through the manipulation of the Verox. The Verox were thought destroyed but rebuilt themselves and returned in 1370 CE to retaliate against SIRE, this was The War of Survival, they now return to stop SIRE from his continued manipulations by destroying him on Drakarum.

EDGE wants Hel’con to assist him in the destruction of SIRE by hitting it with a strike force. Hel’con told him he’d get back to him and left for the Drakath fleet.

He boarded The Abhorrent to speak to Jabraxal. Once on the ship he began to be haunted by vision of his sister but pushed her presence down. Telling the Swarm Commander about their mission to Verox Space and their need for allies, Jabraxal posed a deal, in exchange for his and The Abhorrent’s help, Hel’con would deal with the Lokai’s Assembly of the Elite. Agreeing and giving the general the rendevous coordinates, the engineer left for his next recruit.

Arriving at Plagus III, Guardian had pushed his people out of the plains and into the jungles winning a savage war against The Changed. Hel’con asked for his help, and Guardian, always looking for adventure and glory accepted in exchange for the Alliance’s help in the technological uplift and relocation of the Solatus species. Hel’con accepted again.

He again asked for his AI companion, PHIL’s help. PHIL accepted with no terms besides their unspoken “tell me how I died” agreement.

After receiving the mission orders, Emperor Chief Cinnabar was summoned by the Princedoms of the Triweks to convene in a War Council. The Lokai had declared war on the Princedoms and the Drakath joined their cause, the Triwekians banded behind their most powerful Prince, Lucereni. Lucereni looked for Ikaite support, and Cinnabar delivered dedicated the majority of his troops and cruisers to the cause.

After the War Council convened, Cinnabar asked for Condulf’s help in the endevour into Verox space, he quickly denied, having no interest in anything involving battle or danger. Going to Lucerni he asked for his help, Lucerni said he would go himself and bring a contingent of his personal guard if Cinnabar promised to deal with Condulf, as “the Princedoms are weakened by his existence”. The Emperor Chief agreed, decieving Condulf into coming on the suicide mission saying it was “a new business opportunity that promised much wealth”.

Cinnabar visited the Alliance Veterans hospital on Parliament and recruited Hauf Print who had put in his letter of resignation from the ARG and was planned to work for the Targin Exploratory Division when he returned after doing this one last favor for his friend.

As an agent of the ARG he went in and reported to them, and asked for any assistance in the mission, Cinnabar pledged to take all the blame on the disaster at the Battle of Vega on to himself, and to spur all the good PR of the Pale Horse on to the ARG in exchange for Mathis coming on the mission.

On Ika-tra Cinnabar brought along his sworn protector, Onyx who seeked to prove himself in bloody combat for his new Emperor Chief.

Doctor Ru Zil recieved a message from his old commanding officer, Admiral Sachar on the Path to Honor_who he served with on _The Typhoon at the Battle of Vega.

Admiral Sachar heard rumours of a heavily classified operation that Ru was associated with and told him if he ever needed any help he would take it. Ru accepted it and gave him coordinates for the rendezvous.

Leaving his old friend and meeting with elusive Ofaar at one of his hideouts, Ru asked for the assassin’s help in his mission. Ofaar told him that this was beyond the scope of the life debt that had been fulfilled in the past and that it demanded a sacrifice for him to assist in this endeavour, commitment to The Order. Dr. Zil joined and became a Hand, and was installed with a suicide chip on his vertebrate.

ContactingParagon Purity he asked him for help. Purity still seeked the knowledge lost at Alabosh which his friend Hope had let slip through his fingers. The information was classified and not for sale, but he convinced Dr. Zil to retrieve it for him once he returned from the mission.

The Abhorrent_,_Path to Honor, and Long Night rendezvoused in the Hades Cluster to speak battle plans, and prepare for the mission. They made their final peace before they made their plunge into certain death.


The Response team went through the Phase Gate to the Verox systems sending through The Abhorrent first as a distraction. As two Orb Class cruisers intercepted the Drakath dreadnought, The Long Night flew to Installation 343.

The Stealth Team comprising of PHIL, Hauf Print, Ofaar, Dovan, Mathis and Dr Ru Zil did a Zero G jump from a shuttle in to the docking bay. When inside they barely had time to get out of the docking bay before they were spotted by the Verox guards.

Calling for the Assault Team to support them, the team managed to hack into the systems of the ship and disable the Verox’s neural net of streamlined consciousness. They learned that the most likely point where the Pale Horse is being held is the Neural Hub, the section of the ship that holds all the stored lives of the Verox and all the memories that they have, however in order to reach that room they would have to unlock it with security codes stored in one of the command centers, the only one on the part of the Dyson Sphere would be the Combat Information Center. They started heading towards the elevator.

As he left the shuttle, Condulf realized that this was not a business opportunity and tried to flee back on to the shuttle. Cinnabar quickly reminded him who the Prince was dealing with, and Condulf fell in line.

The Assault Team landed and they made their way inside the base securing the elevators. Dovan and Mathis were too injured to continue on, and were assigned to hold the elevators and docking bay along with Onyx and Purity.

Taking the elevator to the Combat Information Center The Abhorrent was taking too much fire and was being overwhelmed, and a Colossus class dreadnought was a few minutes away. Dr Ru Zil ordered Admiral Sachar to bring The Path to Honor in to attack.

Arriving on at the CIC Hauf Print was gunned down by a turret as soon as the elevator opened. Cinnabar nearly died in the battle in the CIC, seeing visions of his father and the Eternal Arena in the afterlife before being rescuitated by Dr Ru Zil.

Pushing into the room and accessing the controls of the station they realize that neither ship can hold out long with the legions of Disruptors that were being launched from the Installation. Disabling the Disruptors and leaving them dead in the water, they then unlocked the Neural Hub and made their way there through the elevator leaving an exhausted Guardian behind to hold the CIC.

A Colossus arrrived to fight off the dreadnoughts, hitting The Abhorrent splitting it in half with one shot to the starboard side. The Path to Honor arrived in time to continue distracting the armada from dealing with the intruders in Installation 343.

Arriving at the Neural Hub, a shifting floor with a large pit underneath containing cubes designed to break down the pure data of what they come into contact with. The Response Team recognized a familiar face, SPEAKER. The diplomatic representative of the Verox seemed to be as capable a soldier as it is a negotiator. To their horror, they discovered that the Verox have the technology to reprogram both synthetic and organic minds forcing friends to attack friends.

Condulf attempted to leap from one piece of the floor to the next only to fall into the death trap below. He was ripped apart by the cubes absorbing his information into their cubes.

During the fighting PHIL accessed the network’s systems and was trying to control the Deconstructor Cubes to give them an advantage. SPEAKER narrowly avoiding been engulfed by the cubes shot at PHIL shattering his metal body.

As all appeared to be lost for the Verox, SPEAKER interfaced with the main console attempting to enact some sort of security countermeasure. Hel’con stopped him with a fatal blow to SPEAKER’s chest with his robotic legs.

Recieving a communication from the Admiral that they could not hold out much longer, Ru called for the dreadnought to retreat back to the Hades Cluster.

Ru interfaced with the Neural Net retrieving the Pale Horse blueprints. He also discovered that the Neural Net held the baseline code for all Verox hosted off this server. Ofaar offered to stay behind to alter it.

Taking a gravitational lift towards SPEAKER’s private docking bay the Colossus arrived and fired on the Installation. As the laser pierced the surrounding structure, the framing of the station fell to the ground making a fractures in the floor and walls.

A titanium frame landed on Jabraxal, killing him. Paranoid that Hel’con would betray him before he left for the mission he redesigned his suit to have a nuclear device installed that ran off a dead man’s switch. The dead man’s switch activated and the nuke began to prime.

Hel’con spotting the dead man’s switch ordered everyone to run. Leaping through a hole in the floor left by the Collossus’ laser they landed a few floors below in a munitions room. Dr Ru Zil broke his leg when he jumped down.

Devising a plan to put themselves in the empty gun battery casings and firing them off into space for pick up. Dr Zil had to stay behind to fire them off and as he got into the casing to fire himself off the nuke exploded, blowing him through a wall and destroying the munitions room.

Managing to use the last of his bio nanotech to heal his leg, he made his way to the elevator shaft to climb down to the docking bay, an elevator came plummeting towards him. Getting swiped by and breaking his arm he crashed below into the docking bay. Running towards the ships he found a batallion of Verox waiting for him, as they were about to fire at him they pointed their guns at themselves.

Jury rigging a Disruptor to fit a pilot inside he managed to get into the Long Night right before the bay doors closed.

Racing towards the Phase Gate the Colossus followed suit. The freighter was unable to dodge the gargantuan dreadnought and half of it’s hull was ripped off after one direct hit. The Disruptor ships turned back on for an unknown reason and started crashing themselves into the Collosus’ hull.

Barely making it through the gate the haggard ship met the fleet waiting for them on the other side.

Arriving at Parliament the Assembly and Conclave congratulated them for their work well done. Relieved of their duty, they were given a post in any branch of the Alliance they wanted. The Conclave also offered to design a piece of technology as a personal favor.

Cinnabar was offered a seat on the Assembly which he graciously accepted, he then left to go fight the war against the Drakath and Lokai.

Hel’con retired to a vacation world to deal with his growing mental issues, and rebuild his friend PHIL.

Dr. Ru Zil went back to service with the Alliance Military, and was promoted to Commander and given his own command on a starship.

Danger's Rebirth

It has been six months since the retrieval of The Pale Horse there has been no retaliation from the Verox, the Alliance remains at peace as the rest of the galaxy struggles from strife.

The construction of the Pale Horse is long underway and is due to being finished in the coming weeks. Code naming the project “Baetylus” the super weapon has been kept on an extreme need to know basis, and is the most expensive construction venture the Alliance has committed to since the “Path to Honor”.

The Triwikian War with the Drakath has been going well for the Princedoms. After the death of their last Swarm Commander, Jabraxal the Drakath Hive has struggled to replace the legendary general. Though recently finding his replacement with Calabrakus one of the Hive Commanders that led Mercy Swarm into Lokai space and participated in the Battle of Vega. With the combined weakness of their enemies, and the might of the Ikaite at the Triweks back they are pushing to break the Drakath lines past their borders and into the Hive’s own systems.The Triweks have started to call this the War of the Ascendancy , where they predict that this is the beginning of an era of new found power and prestige for the Princedoms, and undoubtedly future spoils.

The Unival have continued to push out of their systems taking colony worlds for themselves, analysts predict the reason is that they are running out of planets for their booming population that needs more room to spread out.
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Hel’con has spent the last six months on planet Noor recuperating from the mental trauma of being infected with dark energy. In order to help with his disability the Conclave installed a cybernetic chip that would keep the insanity at bay, and let him focus the dark energy within his system. He managed to ignore the continued visions of his sister, using the peace and self reflection the resort world provided to strengthen his will.

He received a visit from the new Drakath swarm commander, Calabrakus. Calabrakus discussed with him the promise he made to Jabraxal before his demise, that he would destroy the Lokai Assembly of the ELite. Telling the Swarm Commander that it would be done, he then messaged Dok’lis and warned him of the Drakath’s interest in the leadership’s demise. He then ventured off to Parliament to go see the inauguration of the Ikaite.

Cinnabar had spent the last six months fighting the war against the Drakath and Lokai. As his armies pilfered the remains of Lympha, he recieved an important communication from Aldoor, the Kreitosh Assembly representative, who wants to meet him when he’s on planet for the inauguration. As part of becoming an Assembly member he was assigned a VIS agent to protect him, Agent Grundy.

Commander Ru Zil now commanding the Sol Invictus in the Hades Cluster scouting for threats was conferring with his second in command, Lieutenant-Commander Anaivakay when he was attacked by genetically modified Olpherians. He killed his assailants and brought them to his lab where he identified that whoever modified the assassin’s genes were using Unival methodology. On his way to Parliament, Ru recieved a transmission from Dok’lis that he should prepare himself for a board meeting in a few days as their new board member the legendary Ma’kel is making a proposal to the board.

On Parliament, Urodotros a renowned diplomat and academic told his Proteriat, Chenzhenivakay to approach the new Assembly member, Cinnabar and gain his trust so they could gain a friend in the Assembly room.

Cinnabar arrived on the planet to have Grundy disguised as a Ravarsi soldier informing the Ikaite of friend’s good service record, and disappear around the corner to transform into Grundy and introduce himself. After that confusing introduction, Chenzhenivakay approached the ambassador to see if he could count on his help, Cinnabar agreed to to help Urodotros if he could expect help from him in return. Chen left to tell his master of the good news.

Cinnabar was contacted by Mathis now Commander of the ARG reminding him of their arrangement that he would take all the blame for the disaster at the Battle of Vega, and give the credit to the recovery of the Pale Horse to the ARG.

Cinnabar’s new bodyguard, Grundy is actually assigned to watch and report on Cinnabar to veto him as a potential threat to the Alliance. He was also given a secondary mission, to investigate the nine month old assassination of the Ploth ambassador, Plipht. Questioning Ven Brill, the person who was framed for the crime under the guise of his heat pack partner, Jam Eel he discovered that someone tampered with the VIS’ security systems at Plipht’s apartment the morning before the assassination. Checking the logs for who accessed Plipht’s apartment security was General Ploopht, Agent Griff, and Commander Ru Zil.

Talking to General Ploopht first he learned that nine months ago the General was responsible for ensuring that Parliament’s security was up to date, and protected from potential Drakath tampering.

Agent Griff was Plipht’s liason to the agency and was required to keep tabs on the ambassador at all times. He was with a sexual liason at the time of the assassination. Grundy checked in on the sexual liaison, Jennell she confirmed his alibi and he hired her to entertain Cinnabar after his inauguration.

Chen returned to his master’s home to find him in a coma gripping an ancient cube. The Proteriat called doctors and they admitted they have no knowledge of what caused the coma, but that it seems that his mind has been wiped and there is no consciousness left in his body. As tradition demands, Chen was assigned to take over his responsibilities.

The inauguration of Cinnabar began as Dhat Mas, introduced Cinnabar to the crowd and welcomed him as a member of the Assembly. Cinnabar went on to say an extremely dry speech explaining the Dark Sun Crisis, and neglecting to mention the ARG at all, betraying his promise to them. A shot rang out on the top of the stadium a huge blast of FO energy destroyed most of the stage, but failed to kill Cinnabar.

The Response Team chased down the would be assassin, Hel’con paralyzing him with dark energy. The assassin was an Ikaite with marks all over his skin denoting that he was on a Blood Quest, and finding a weapon that had a Fo Core installed inside of it giving it untold power potential. The assassin was taken to Tartarus for detainment.

The Assembly was taken to a military bunker for their own protection, the Response Team followed along with Chenzhenivakay. Chen informed the Assembly about Urodotros’ ailment, and requested their help with the device that was found at his body. Hel’con decided to take a look at it.

Hel’con, Cinnabar, and Ru Zil got into Hel’con’s shuttle to leave when they realized it was full of spiders composed of nanites. The shuttle exploded and created mass panic. PHIL tracked these nanites back to the civilian residential sector of Parliament but Hel’con decided not to pursue.

Hel’con, Cinnabar, and Ru Zil went to the Spire to see the Conclave. Consulting with the AI, the gun found on the Ikaite assassin was extremely advanced about 100 years more advanced current Alliance tech. The biology on the modified Olpherians was indeed Unival design. Hel’con also showed the Conclave the Cube which sparked it’s interest, it agreed to examine the cube for them.


Determined to discover what is going on, Hel’con and Ru Zil followed the wireless signal from the nanite bomb to the residential section of the Parliament Core. Cinnabar headed to a meeting to talk to Crag.

Grundy disguised as Cinnabar headed to the streets of the residential district to draw out the assassin’s associates. Grundy unintentionally attracted the attention of ANN, a popular news network, and was caught on camera as they tried to interview him. Venturing into a bar, he antagonized an Ikaite patron enough to start a bar brawl. An Ikaite, Meta, approached Grundy asking him about the assassin and inquiring about possible bodyguard work, Grundy instead hired him to gather information about the assassin.

Hel’con and Ru Zil tracked the signal to the 23rd floor of the Forno Building. They managed to get inside on the 19th floor pretending to be potential tenants. Hel’con managed to jump to the balcony of the 23rd floor, but Ru Zil was so intimidated by the CLIENT-bot that he demanded Hel’con return.

Grundy and Chen headed to Tartarus, and met with the Warden. Grundy asked the Warden to allow him to insert himself into the prison under the guise of a fellow Ikaite, and get information out of him. The Warden, worried of the risks to such a high profile prisoner told that if they found out about his daughter’s whereabouts he would let them enact their plan.

The Warden’s daughter, Kiadotros is a worker at the Hiajin Orphanage and she was taking her children on a field trip to a nearby nebula when her ship sent off a distress call. The Warden sent investigators after the ship but he did not hear back from them. The spy and the bodyguard agreed to help him.

Cinnabar headed out of his meeting and into his apartments on The Spire only to find a prostitute Jennell waiting for him. He was pleasured by her “tactile service” while he watched the news, seeing that there was a Kreitosh who was impersonating him downtown today.

Deeming it was time to speak to his would be assassin he visited Tartarus and with some protesting from the Warden he was granted access to speak to the Blood-sworn. The two Ikaite argued over philosophy and policy but neither gained any ground but Cinnabar promised to see this man an invalid in order for him to know the truth.

He started compiling a motion in the Alliance Government to move the prisoner from Tartarus to an Ika-tra prison. Knowing this move would be extremely unpopular he went to meet with three ambassadors Dosivikay of the Ravarsi, Sof Eko of the Targin, and Shwook of the Ploth.

Dosivikay would get the Ravarsi to support him if he would hand the specifications and manufacturing designs to the flubotnium weapons when they were recovered. Cinnabar agreed to Dos’ proposal seeking to gain the military backbone of the Alliance as his future ally.

Sof Eko voiced the concerns of the Targin people to Cinnabar in return for their support they required that he stop the Olpherian warmongering as a war with the Drakath would restrict access to the Unexplored Regions stifling Targin exploration. As an enemy of the Drakath and warring against them Cinnabar refused his proposal.

Returning to the Assembly he approached Shwook who wanted mining rights to Ika-tra and it’s surrounding systems. Cinnabar altered the arrangement by proposing that the Ploth start buying Ikaite cargo freighters. Shwook agreed.

Grundy and Chen found Kia’s freighter in the Iris Cluster abandoned and battle scarred. Finding the body of a dead Red Howl pirate, and that of the orphanage’s founder Talisa Williams, it seemed Captain Eusz and his crew kidnapped the orphans and the warden’s daughter. Tracking the deceased pirate’s purchases to an Ikaite mining colony, Iris-tra they headed there for answers.

When they arrived on the colony, Chen headed to the local bar, Crag’s Cup to inquire about the pirates. After almost starting a fight against the entire bar, he learned that the Red Howls operated in the area and that they were allied with the Emperor Chief Cinnabar.

Grundy went to theForeman Gran of the local mine and inquired about the pirates. The Foreman knew the Pirate’s base, and offered to give to him in exchange for payment or the strong arming of some tight fisted merchants. Chen and Grundy went to Prince of All Hotel to go “convince” the merchants to do some fair trade.

Arriving at the hotel, Grundy took the form of the hotel manager, and Chen put on the uniform of a hotel worker. They went to the merchant’s room, and convinced them there was a gas leak, unable to get the bodyguards away from their employers, Chen bought them new rooms and jumped a bodyguard while he went in to inspect the room.

Taking the bodyguard’s place, Grundy convinced the merchants assassins were here to kill them and he pretended to lead them to an escape route through a window. When the bodyguards went first he cornered one of the merchants and threatened him to increase their buying price of Ikaite minerals, while Chen was on the ground floor taking out the bodyguards. The merchants contacted the Foreman changing the prices, and Chen and Grundy received the coordinates for the pirate base.

Meanwhile on Parliament, Ru Zil attended the Lis Pharmaceuticals board meeting over the Band Net. He met the new board member and 5% owner of the company, Ma’kel. While introducing Ma’kel, Dok’lis came up with the idea that Dr. Ru Zil should make his own reality show to spread the awareness of Space Band Aids. Ma’kel presented himself to the board, envisioning a brighter, more neutral company policy that focused on Ikaite wealth rather then Alliance focused philanthropy this recieved a good amnount of applause from the board despite Ru Zil’s apprehension.

Ma’kel pulled Ru Zil aside after the meeting in a private chat room. Ma’kel suggested that having Ru Zil control the Space Band Aid’s brand was a bad idea because it thwarted any chance of gaining customers from anti-Alliance backgrounds. Ru Zil disagreed wanting to hold on to his invention, and not put it in the hands of the corporation.

Hel’con contacted Dok’lis hoping to inquire on the Assembly of the Elite’s position on the Drakath’s plotting, and to set in motion the alliance against the Drakath however Dok’lis had not yet approached the Assembly. Thinking it would be best if he was there to see the Assembly himself, he got on a shuttle towards his specie’s homeplanet, Vir.

While enroute he heard some strange noises coming from the back of the ship. Opening the door to the storage section, nanites swarmed his body trying to eat his flesh. Opening a panel to the engine controls he over charged the Fo Engines causing a EMP blast that turned all of the nanites off. The escape pod shot out of the ship and he hurt the starboard propulsion with his DE control. Then alerted by JARVIS that they were heading towards an asteroid, he barely managed to shift the ship to the port before burrowing into the asteroid.


Arriving at the pirate base, a base made of decommissioned space vessels, Grundy pretended to be the dead Red Howl pirate he found at the abandoned shuttle while Chen was his prisoner. Telling the lie to the pirate crew that this Ravarsi was salvaging the wreckage, resuscitated him only for Grundy to capture him and bring him here.

Paranoid, the pirates took Grundy before Eusz who accepted his story and told him to salvage the shuttle, while his pirate crew takes him to be put in their prison. Instead Grundy escorted Chen to the prison, finding the orphans but finding out that Kiadotros, the Warden’s daughter, was being held in the top floor of the prison ship because she was worth more. Grundy tried to convince a guard that he was being sent to check on her. The guard saw through his bluff and called to confirm over the Band Net. Grundy tried to kill the guard before he could send the message out but failed, the guard alerted the whole base of their presence.

Fighting off the pirates and rescuing the orphans and their caretaker the duo barely made it off the planet, as Chen was tempted to leave all of them besides the Warden’s daughter behind for the sake of survival.

As they left the asteroid they were intercepted by The Devil of the Seventh and the escapees barely managed to shoot their escape pods into the Phase Gate before they were incinerated. Grundy was badly injured but medical officers managed to heal him.

At Parliament, Cinnabar andRu Zil went to the Alliance Government Building to witness Cinnabar’s motion to transfer the Blood-sworn. He succeeded, and they tried to contact Hel’con but continually failed. Asking JARVIS for information, the VI revealed that the lost call Hel’con made before scheduling a shuttle was to Dok’lis. Ru’Zil called him, convincing Dok to send a search party for him. Also wishing to gage Dok’lis’ opinion of the situation, he found out that Dok’lis held an ambivalent opinion of Ma’kel’s movement of focusing on profit and Lokai interests.

Meanwhile, Hel’con was fixing his shuttle after his near scrape with death. A Lokai ship came into the system, and he hailed it. As he was pulled into the docking bay he recognized the insignia of Occipito’s Reach. He was captured, and chained to a bed in the medical bay. He encounteredAly’fes, now vastly more cyberneticly enhanced and covered in nanites. As they headed out to take him to their leader they became under attack by a Lokai Search and Rescue ship. Convincing a fearful terrorist to help him, he was taken to an escape pod in exchange for the ship’s safety.

Returning to Parliament, Hel’con retrieved The Cube from The Conclave. The AI told him that it was a knowledge repository of an ancient civilization, and said it was of no worth besides for purely academic reasons. Hel’con returned it to Chen.

Personally overseeing the prison transfer, they boarded The Yao_. On their way to Ika-tra, a royal escort sent by Senator Neous to accompany them. Going towards the Phase Gate that would take them to Ika-tra, a large frigate blocked the way. The escorts decided to investigate the first escort, The Spiky Hand_ ordered The Blunt Knife to investigate the freighter. Ru Zil noticed the Captain of The Spiky Hand’s voice had changed. The escort docked with the ship and the ship blew up taking both freighters out. The Spiky Hand docked with The Yao.

The Response Team blocked the boarding party’s attempt to disabled their Fo Core. As the ship pulled it’s docking connector away, Cinnabar jumped across as Hel’con threw everyone else with dark energy manipulation on to the other ship.

One Jelly with a Shotgun

The Response team boarded The Spiky Hand heading to the engineering deck, killing all opposition and Ru Zil barely managed to stop the engineering deck from being vented. Turning off the core, the ship floated through space dead, with The Yao’s weapons locked on it. The Ikaite rebels surrendered their ship, and Cinnabar took them prisoner.

Arriving on Ika-tra, Cinnabar arrived on the planet to a hoard of supporters, though the rest of the team noticed that this was staged. Cinnabar departed the docks with Crag, Hel’con and Slash-Punch going to the Senate Chamber. Cinnabar noticing that his policies were less then popular he illegalized forced prostution, making the breeding houses voluntary only, and supported policies that protected those selling their bodies. He gave all military men a priority at working at the shipyards over any other citizen. His response to the riots in the cities were to use riot shields, and non-lethal means to get rid of them.

Ru Zil and Grundy went to the hospital to heal up, and while being attended by medical droids Grundy confronted Ru Zil about his involvement in the assassination of Plipphit. Ru Zil admitted he met with the ambassador the day of his murder and has no alibi. Knowing he had no proof to convict him, Grundy backed off.

Cinnabar went to The Pits to interrogate the Blood-Sworn. He threatened to dismember him and make him a grotesque but the prisoner stood firm stating that if he did that would only prove how much of a monster the tyrant is. Cinnabar released him, seeking to dishonour him through not killing him.

High Inquisitor Slash-Punch came to his king and showed him two of the weaker willed prisoners who were captured on The Spiky Hand. Cinnabar confronted Lampro who has a father on the frontlines, and a mother in the breeding houses. Asking Lampro about his relationship with his father, he said that his father respected his decision but did not necessarily agree with it. The King summoned the father, Potash back to Ika-tra so they could reunite.

Hel’con interfaced with Urodotros’ Cube entering a simul-space world where a VI began explaining all of galactic history. It seemed oblivious of any questions that important questions that Hel’con had on his mind, and the program projected it would take 20 years to relay all of this information to him. Not wanting to bring any more harm to his addled mind, he built a device in the simulation to delete the program. Once the program was destroyed, he found a door to a room, which was obviously hidden by the VI.

Coming into an office that looked like it belonged on Parliament he saw a corpse of an old man lying on the ground grasping a baby. Hel’con picked up the baby, it was cold to the touch, it’s green eyes expelling floating green cubes that drifted out of his eyes like tears. The baby introduced itself as Uro and The Herald. It explained that the Herald does not remember who it is, it hasn’t for a long time. Urodotros came into his home but could not leave so they became friends. Then a force came into the Cube and like a hammer smashed the whole place to bits. Herald would have died if Uro and it had not melded together but it still does not remember where it come from. It does know how to regain itself though, three places, an Otamic Tower over Roshan, an Adronikos Factory on Adron IV, and Valkon City that is hidden on Mars. Hel’con agreed that he would help him, and exited the Cube.

Devising a plan with Grundy, Cinnabar freed the other weak willed prisoner, Carbo. Grundy disguised himself as one of the other rebels and went along with them to a chapter house of the rebellion. Convincing the rebels that he was ready to return to active service, they sent him out to assail the Consulate of the Senate, Crag. Going along with it, Grundy took five Ikaite with him.

Meanwhile, Cinnabar met with Senator Neous, who was apparently responsible for sending the escorts. Neous denied those claims, and instead turned the conversation towards Cinnabar’s philosophy and policy making calling it “chaotic” and “directionless”. Cinnabar seeing the trap that the rebels set up for him, to kill Neous and get the neutrals on the opposition’s side, instead tried to convince Neous to join him. Neous already well liked, and respected across all of the Ikaite Empire, agreed to support him if he displaced Consulate Crag with an opposition member, and High Inquisitor Slash-Punch with a member of the moderates.

Meanwhile, Grundy returned to the chapter house calling Hel’con and Ru Zil to come help. As they headed over, the spy tried to delay them leaving with Crag via shuttle by getting his compatriots to brag about their victory. When his allies arrived by tracking the blood trail, they commed him again to ask if this was the address. Grundy tried to comm back but was caught. They bio scanned him and realized that he was a Kreitosh, pinning him down and beating him for information.

Ru Zil crept into the house, while Hel’con leapt to the roof to get a vantage point.

Realizing their operation was blown the rebels brought the unconcious Crag into the shuttle. Hel’con managed to leap on top of the ship while it flew away. Grabbing onto the door and managing to use the wiring to force the door open, as the Ikaite warriors fell out of the ship Hel’con lost his grip as well plummeting back to the ground. Grabbing on to the falling Ikaite warriors he using his dark energy powers to blast them before they hit the ground to slow his fall as he plummeted into the chapter house, shattering his cyber limbs and falling unconcious.

The Ikaite began to take both Hel’con and Grundy prisoner when Ru Zil came out of hiding in the chapter house with his shotgun taking out nine soldiers on by himself and rescuing both of his comrades.

One Last Fight

Hel’con and Grundy awoke up in the hospital, getting fixed up, Hel’con had to settle up with a less efficient model of his cybernetic legs. Meanwhile, Cinnabar decided to take time to mull over the decisions before him.

Sergeant Potash, waiting for Cinnabar to meet with him, was greeted by the rest of the team. They promised to give him a meeting with the Emperor Chief after he saw his son in The Pits. His son, Lampro, demanded to be unshackled and fight his father for dominance of his family. Hel’con convinced him to share all the information he had if he was to fight his father.

Lampro told the team that the rebels were a political party called the Morphic Party. The standard grunts do not know who the true leader of the party is but the base he was trained at was on the dark side of Blue-tra, the second moon of Ika-tra. The base had no scanners, and external defences, and had about 10 recruits and one officer, Chert there at a time.

The team deciding not to pursue the lead in fear of stepping on Cinnabar’s toes decided to go see Purity on BG-104 at Ru Zil’s request. The Sol Invictus arrived from the Hades Cluster to pick up it’s captain, and took them to the edge of Unival Space.

Purity greeted the doctor and his friends amicably on the research station that the Unival and Veratoss were using to work together on. Ru asked for Purity’s professional assistance in studying gene tampering on the assassins sent against him. The Paragon studied the Olpherian corpses, and found that the tampering was indeed Unival methodology but the results were too advanced for his scientists. Ru Zil discovered that a group of Unival went missing in IZ-40 after picking up a crew of Veratoss scientists to bring to the secret research facility.

On their way there, the team stopped at Mars to find Valkon City. Uro-Herald guided them to coordinates to a desert near the human city of New Taipei. Sending a strange signal, the ground itself shifted to reveal an ancient city underneath. The city itself was crumbling, and seemed to have seen multiple fires and a huge battle. Thousands of frozen Verox stopped in mid-run were found everywhere in the city.

In the middle of the city a giant tower with a gleaming blue light had a force field on it. Trying to locate the generators, Hel’con found a VI hosting disk on the ground. Repairing the disk a tactical program informed him that this city was a battleground of the Valkon-Verox Civil War. The city enabled a device called the Disruptor in the main tower, and disabled all the Verox but also stopped the heart of all organics. Learning that the controls for the Disruptor and the Force Field were in a military base as the edge of city, the Response Team went there.

Managing to get past a security field guarded by two lethal turrets, they found the corpses of the military command of Valkon City. They met an AI that used to be the General of the Valkon who managed to upload himself before being killed by the Disruptor. According to the General before the Disruptor was coming online, the Verox were setting up a bomb to destroy the city. In exchange for the General turning off the power to the tower, he made the team promise to plug him into the bomb to take the army out with him and limit the blast so it would not take the nearby city with it.

Hel’con and Ru Zil waited by the tower, as Grundy and Chen waited while the General turned off the power. As the Verox turned back on, Grundy and Chen made it back to the shuttle only for Grundy to get critically injured. Limping to the cockpit while Chen was trapped behind enemy lines, Grundy managed to scare the synthetics away to seek cover.

Meanwhile, Hel’con and Ru Zil attempted to stop the Verox from further programming of the bomb. Hel’con lost control of his powers again lifting him and his allies high up in the air and they all went crashing down to the ground. Chen and Grundy arrived just in time to help. A Verox attempted to climb on top of Grundy’s ship but he managed to fly up in the air and force it off as PHIL paralyzed it with overloading it’s sensors.

Reaching the top, Chen plugged in the Cube retrieving the information but did not have the time to hear it. He headed back down to plug in the General while Grundy received healing from Doctor Zil. He managed to dodge past a platoon of Verox soldiers, and reach the shuttle.

With Grundy’s expert flying they escaped the blast as the General sacrificed himself for one last attack against the Verox.

Calling Your Own Bluff

Ru Zil sent a message to Phy’Is containing the images he recorded displaying Ma’Kel’s collection of illegally stored weapons from ’Ou Robotics.

The Sol Invictus flew back to Ikaite space to Blue’tra to investigate the Morphic Party’s secret training facility there. They landed sneaking through the shuttle entrance, taking out the guards, and entering the facility. There a group of Morphic recruits were being drilled by Chert an ex-Ikaite military officer.

Ru Zil snuck into Chert’s office and started pilfering the data banks. There he found an encrypted message from a sender called Trach reporting about an assassination mission, the target’s codename is Holy Crown. Also over the encryption was requests to a place called The Factory for restocking of armaments. Ru Zil decoded the encryption and tracked where the Factory was, in the Iris Cluster.

Meanwhile, Hel’con lied in wait inside one of their lockers as they finished one of their training sessions. As the locker door opened he sprung out and the rest of the team ambushed them. Meanwhile, Chert walked into his office to find Ru Zil, he attacked the hacker and Ru tried to make him surrender by threatening to nuke the facility if he attacked him. Chert called his bluff and tried to kill the commander. Hel’con rushed to save him, while Ru commander Lieutenant-Commander Ana to call down an orbital strike at the base, it landed right on top of Hel’con burying him in rubble, and killing Chert.

Taking two captives, and knowing the location of The Factory they headed to the Iris Cluster there they found the massive factory was a highly advanced fabber ship that doubled as a mining vessel attaching itself to asteroids and simuteanously gather materials and creating the weapons the Morphic Party needed. Scanning the Factory and the surrounding area they found there was a large camp of miners, and an anti-orbital cannon.

They land on the outskirts of the camp. Ru, Hel, and PHIL attempt to sneak up to the cannon to disable it but Hel’con is caught. The guards push him to the edge of a large mining hole and try to push him off, he resists and jumps away. Meanwhile, Ru Zil realizes that there is no computer jack and the cannon is operated elsewhere and he has no knowledge of sabotage. The rest of the team runs into assist in attacking since Hel’con became under fire.

Hel’con is shot in the back by a Morphic Party member and crawls to safety. In the midst of fighting, Cinnabar gets hit twice by the Orbital Cannon knocking him unconscious and flinging him away. Ru on the other hand takes his time to program the nanites that he stole from Mar’ker’s storage facility and releases it on the Morphic soldiers.

As Hel’con disables the Orbital Cannon, The Factory starts engaging it’s disembarking protocols, releasing the arms attaching itself to the asteroid and igniting the engines.


Recovering from their injuries, Grundy hot wired the airlock and the Response Team boarded the ship. The alien architecture of the ship was obviously not Ikaite design, white cords covered the walls, and a obnoxious green light came down from the ceiling wherever they went. Grundy snuck further into the ship into the Shipping Area. There he found a group of four Morphic Soldiers relaxing and playing some dice. Reading one of their minds he discovered that the soldier had seen the Bloodsworn here before Cinnabar’s assassination. The soldier felt uneasy in the ship, something about it made him feel restless.

Having the information he needed, Grundy called in an ambush. As fighting ensued and they overpowered the soldiers, Cinnabar’s arm was dislocated. One of the soldiers activated the freight elevator before he died bringing the whole Response Team with it. Over the intercom Commander Dolo told the crew about the intruders, and that all should be killed except for Cinnabar who was to be brought before him.

The elevator brought them to the Assembly Room, where huge fabricators were fed materials by metal arms and created the advanced weaponry the Morphic soldiers used. In order to avoid conflict with the engineers fixing the equipment in this room, Grundy disguised himself as a Morphic soldier and brought Cinnabar and Chenzhenivakay in chains to Commander Dolo’s office overlooking the fabricator room.

The room was empty of Ikaite, and Grundy preceded to attempt to break the encryption on Dolo’s desk computer. Failing that, he looked around the room and found a button in a broken Cinnabar statue that brought down a lift to a higher floor.

Going up, they found themselves in a dark room where all the white cords converged connecting to a large white container. Inside the misty fluid of the container was an unclear body watching them. Connected with white cords to the tube was Crag, his eyes rolled back in his head obviously unaware of his surroundings.

It was here that Commander Dolo ambushed them almost splitting Cinnabar in half with laser fire. Chen quickly turned on his heel and decapitated the Commander with his sword.

Telepathically, DELTA the AI that operates the ship introduced itself, it explained it was the being within the tube, and it hoped it could come to an arrangement. It explained that it was built to serve the Morphic Party, and has served as commanded but it does not want to die. It offered to give information if set free, that once it felt safe it would send a copy of itself to them to share what information it had. It explained that it was ordered to drain Crag of information and then turn it into a cyborg capable of killing Cinnabar for the Throne of Ika-tra, then he would serve as the Morphic Party’s puppet. However, the only way to save Crag would be to kill DELTA because their consciousness were intertwined.

Cinnabar accepted the arrangement from DELTA with the added stipulation that it vent all the Morphic engineers and soldiers when he leaves. DELTA agreed to and as Cinnabar and his allies left he watched from his shuttle as hundreds died from the cruel exposure of space. DELTA escaped, opening the Phase Gate to an undetermined location.

Deciding to go to Parliament, the Sol Invictus made it’s way to the heart of the Alliance. On it’s way though, the ship was sabotaged, and another ship attached itself to the hull and turned off it’s systems. The Targin merchants revealed themselves to be bounty hunters, among them the legendary Quiet Knife in his seven-foot-tall body suit of armour designed to take down his targets.

Quiet Knife said that he did not want to harm anyone and in exchange for no death all he needed was The Cube. Chen, the holder of The Cube, refused and a battle ensued on the bridge. Quiet shot Chen in the face with his wrist blaster shattering once of his face-plates. Cinnabar then grabbed him, pinned him to the ground, and caved in his helm crushing Quiet’s head underneath.

The rest of the crew found and killed the rest of the bounty hunter’s team, and restored the ship to normal. The Sol Invictus continued on as planned, Cinnabar and Grundy intent on business on the capital.


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