IF YOU'RE PLAYING IN THIS GAME, DON'T READ THIS!
(This goes for Judd, John Moore, Vince, Mike, and anybody else who has
played or might play... Go read the Albatross logs!)
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**Mar 1, 155**
I nibble on Thor's ear to wake him up. He says, "Salome?" I say,
"Mm-hmm." We kill about an hour. He offers to take me out to lunch.
I accept. We show up at the ritzy hotel where Vlad-darling is staying. "Fancy!"
I say. Thor: "What?" Me: "Fancy hotel." Him: "Oh,
yes..." He takes the seat that can watch the lobby. I turn on my recording
jewelry. We're perfect cover for each other -- and all to the better that
we're not co-conspiring!
Hm. Thor's said that he'll probably drop into the club at some point ("A
step up from where he last saw" me, he said). I wonder if he'll want
to dance near Their table? How amusing. Our pleasure is our business. I
am having an absolute ball!
One last evening of Silver, and then Diana takes it from there...
Busted. The Falkayne and Hawke show was taken to a Security jailcell. Not
really *our* fault, that barfight. I mean, the guy *was* bothering us. Diana
just pitched him a little close to one of the other tables, and one of his
arms got in the way of someone's face... really not our fault at all, though
I'm going to have to have a talk with Diana about using that Kintaran-style
strength of hers... Does she want people knowing that she's "augmented
to heck and gone" or does she want to fake being "just a human"?
Playing strip-poker passed the time pretty well, though. Even if she did
cheat by listening to the order the cards were shuffled in.
She got bailed out by some of the Artemis crew. They were pretty surprised
to see her! I guess they didn't know that she wasn't just a hologram anymore.
[[Silver/Salome has been playing switchie-games for the last few days, overlapping
herself -- but this is not so silly as it seems, because *Diana* has been
doing Silver-impressions, and making it quite obvious that the two *are*
in two different places at the same time.]]
Diana gets me to get Kelly to volunteer for something the White Lady's friends
are testing. 100 credits. So I talk Kel into it, and Di goes and picks her
up. Wish I knew what they were up to... But I get the impression that my
info came in at least a little useful.
**Mar 2, 155**
Most stars-awful headache today, round about lunch-time. Yech. Whole bloody
*station* had one, but they said nothing was wrong with the air. Lost me
**Mar 3, 155**
At a most distressing hour of the morning, I get a call. From Her. She wants
me to come and give Her the info about the secret side of Vlad's station.
She sounds annoyed. I phone in about a sprained ankle to the Crimson Lotus,
breeze by Flare's to change to Silver, and get picked up by one of the Inner
Circle of Artemis. The Inner Circle consists of one Kestralian named Damien,
Moonfur the Kintaran, Larana Kestral the Kylaran royalty or whatever, Celeste
Ryder, and an engineer named Frank Whisk. Damien wonders what Selene's doing
letting me know about all their Inner Circle stuff -- the tech these people
are displaying is... incredible! They've got some way to outrun Vlad's shuttle,
which took off at warp 7 a few hours ago, and I know for a *fact* that _Diana's
Bow_ only pushes warp 6. Not to mention that Thor headed out just a little
after, in *his* exec-shuttle. Anyway, Larana mentions, *sotto voce*, that
it's probably becuse Ms. Holmes has some serious blackmail on me. No kidding.
Not to mention that I want to skin Vlad-darling alive.
I finally get to see Moonfur's unique kids. I hope I'm still around in ten
years, when her boy-child grows up. I bet he'll be cute.
The mysterious Artemis hi-speed drive is nasty, and most people ride it
out on Soothe or stronger drugs. The stealth system is discussed openly
now, and they're going... to... impersonate... Vlad's... shuttle.
**Mar 8, 155**
We listed in, pretending to be the shuttle, with damaged communications.
One of the station defense fighters came out, and they hit him with some
hypno-ray -- I got him to say everything was all right, and then Bessie
(the _Bat's_ AI) got his voiceprint. I convinced him to get back in his
ship and take us in through the station's forcescreen -- *easy* hypno-job.
We do this. The _Bat_ sprays this hypno-ray all over the station, except
for the separately forcescreened secret side. Diana, Larana (in the invisible
battlesuit), and I go over in the _A Handbasket_, dock at the secret side,
and it winds up that Diana hacks the lock. Larana walks up to the helmeted,
suited guard, takes his helmet off, and doses him with Morphazine. I wish
my biosuit could go camo like that.
We are safe from the hypno-ray because of some really hi-tech personal force
screens that I have been loaned one of, by Moonfur. This is really weird.
The Inner Circle has some fun toys.
Larana goes and gets the doc, I go and rescue yet another S.H. person, though
nobody I am -- economist or something for the New Garavaran University,
who was kidnapped. I put her on Handy and dose her with Morphazine.
[Larana feeds the doc Soothe and Crediline, and talks to him as an "invisible
friend." The doc fellow is saying things like Vlad's his "only
friend" and other pathetic nastiness.]
Larana wants into Vlad's office. She's about to blast the doors down. I
say, "No, wait! Try *this* code!" and rattle off the one that
I used to get into the place when I escaped. It *works*.
We take the computer there, the disks, the mainframe in the other room,
lots of the strange drugs, a portable clone tank, and the stealthed brain
implants that the Doc gives us enough info on... They're *brain* implants,
*loyalty* implants! THAT'S what "The Procedure" was -- a braintape
is run through the program, an evening on the mainframe, and then played
back after the victim has one of these implants in her head. YUCK!
We've run out of Morphazine for the station, and are using the drugs out
of *their* medbay. Moonfur puts a tap into their comm and security, so that
we can see people's faces. She finds my predecessor's comm-tap -- nobody
else found it, but she never got out to start receiving... *sigh*
Vlad-darling showed up, with a story of "pirates" on his tail.
(He can't have known about Thor -- his sensors aren't that good -- but probably
thought that the _Bow_ would be on his tail.) We are, of course, faking
the person on-duty. Celeste and I go out and play "escort" in.
Moonfur, Diana, and Larana are waiting for him to open the doors. As soon
as they dock, Vlad & co. get blasted with the hypno-ray. Vlad is hauled
onto the _Bat_. I move the shuttle over so that it is half-way into the
secret dock. We dose people until about the time that Thor's shuttle is
about to show up. (The _Bat's_ sensors have a scan-range that is totally
We go and hide a little ways away, stealthed, and munch popcorn while watching
Thor (and his shuttle's pilot) circle around a little, scanning the heck
out of everything -- the screens on both sides of the base are down, and
there's a shuttle half-way docked... Finally, he enters by the main gate
-- and finds the faked "ShadowHawk" card that *She* did up! (Thor
has a *blaster* in hand -- and the expression on his *face*! Ha!) He finds
the guard that Larana freaked; he's babbling about ghosts and psis! Thor
hacks into Vlad's secret office with an electronic lockpick, and is most
perplexed by the things we took. He seems also bewildered by the ShadowHawk
card we left precisely in Vlad-darling's seat.
Larana is having fun: "I just don't know what things are coming to,
when a respectable employee of a respectable business goes around with a
blaster, Purge, and starts breaking into offices. I just don't know..."
Vlad breaks like a dry twig -- as soon as Larana brings in the monowire,
and I start cutting his clothing off him with a vibroblade. He can't use
his power to make people like him, because we put one of those Calder crystals
in his head, which will generate electricity and hurt him when he makes
psi energy; he can't tune us out with head-computer programs, because we
took the batteries out. And now he's given us the codes, and we will go
to Kylar, and we will put a loyalty implant in *his* head (so that he will
stop fainting when we question him), and he will Love me, and *that* will
[[This is what happens. Silver gets Vlad to transfer all his money (including
maxed out credit cards) to her, and send messages to all his little drones
to get the thing taken out of their heads -- this includes the NG Intellegence
agents that he had. (He thought SH-Prime was an Intelligence
agent...) Then she dumps him off, with the old braintape (not "imprinted"),
in a bad part of town. Unfortunately, the SOB vanishes. *sigh* So next time
he gets dropped on top of the police station... Silver arranges with Selene
to have a clone of "mom" done up in the portable tank, and this
In here, Silver checks herself into a detox-center at New Garavar and burns
out her Star Fire addiction -- there are a couple of crit-failures in there,
which make her very unhappy. Fortunately, she doesn't have the strength
or coordination to break out, by that time.
Simone's braintape is played back. Diana (and Selene) put up clouds and
a "Heaven" atmosphere for waking Simone up. Simone is not terribly
amused. Silver takes "Mom" back
home. About a week later, Silver
heads back to the Albatross, since it's likely to be going *far away* from
New Garavar for a while...]]
**Apr 1, 155** [??? [should be 21st of April, Simone woken up!]]
What an auspicious day for a ship with a hive beetle engineer to be setting
off. Fortunately, the entire run is uneventful.
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