Monday, December 30, 2013

After Zenna: The Last Eight Years

3792- The Battle of Zenna. Lurton falls to the Haldrax, who retreat back into the void of space. With the help of the Providence, Andrew Hey overthrows the Kanger government and establishes the Heyson Republic. He is quickly elected President of Heyson.

3793- The Cleansing. Sin is purged of its criminal warlords, and renamed Providencia in honor of the hero ship of the rebellion. President Hey declares a war on gangs, and puts the idle Heyson Military in the streets. Old gangs fall, but progress is slow and bloody.

3794- Disarmament. President Hey and his government pour trillions of credits into the War on Crime. Hey backs a law that bans the possession of battle-dress and electric combat armor, as well as heavy weapons like man-portable artillery. The military spends the year rounding up almost all high-tech battle armor in Heyson space. In response to the crackdown, whole worlds riot. They call President Hey a tyrant and plan to replace him in the next election.

3795- Reform. With elections scheduled in one year, Hey needed to turn his image around. To calm the fears of tyranny in the public, Hey drafts the Demilitarization Act of 3795. The Army and the Navy are heavily reduced. Battle Dress is retired, and combat armor is reserved for special forces units. The excess money goes towards the restructuring of the education and health care systems. While this is going on, the government quietly retreats from the War on Crime.

3796- Elections. Hey wins by a narrow margin. His policies continue. Colonists are sent to Micallo to rebuild.

3797- Economic Slide. New gangs surface. Old companies fall, and new ones rise. Most worlds fully recover within two years.

3798- Gubrox Incursion. Providencia his hit by a full-scale Gubrox invasion. The Heyson military is completely unprepared for battle against such a numerous foe, and it takes months to push the Gubrox off the planet and out of the orbit of Providencia. Conservative citizens blame the recent demilitarization acts for the fiasco. The humiliation discredits the federal military, and many planets resort to hiring Private Military Companies for protection.

3799- Future Frontier. With elections a year away and Hey gunning for a third term, government funds are poured into new scientific fields. Androids become cheaper and more available to the general public. Gene-splicing gives rise to fabulous new medicines, but also disturbing and illegal bodily alterations. The old and defunded scout program is replaced by the Cosmic Exploration Service (CES) and given the goal of contacting new alien allies.

3800- Now. Last month Heyson and Altrani ambassadors met in a peace summit. Trade and defensive treaties are discussed, but tensions from the last war still remain. Meanwhile, strange radio signals are being received from every corner of Heyson's stellar boarders. Federal elections are 10 months away. Hey wants a third term, but is being challenged by a young Kanger. As all of this is going on, an old crew reunites in a Zenna hospital to say goodbye to a dying friend...

Final Summer Sessions

In the chaos of preparing to leave for my freshman year of college, I neglected to update the blog with the last few sessions of the summer. Sorry about that. This is a summery of events that occurred after session 6. My memory is foggy so as a result they may not be in chronological order.

Escape from the Crystal Mountain: Dunlap was an evil assassin and master of disguise. He was hunting Halic Still for a mysterious and massive bounty. The crew shot him with many bullets after he monologued for too long. Then they ran from an evil crystal giant. Once on their ship, they blasted him apart. The dust that he left behind was used to coat their ship with armor.

Street Racing: Kevo Bandalin bought a tricked-out car and took it to the streets of Sin. When he lost, he pulled a gun on the thugs that bested him. They responded by pulling out their own guns. In a panic, Kay throws one of Kiki's bombs under a nearby car and takes off running. Unfortunately, he knows little about bombs, and pulls the trigger too quickly. The resulting explosion tares him apart and scares away the gang.

Dax's Own Odyssey: Dax goes to Micallo to seek revenge against his rival, Garry Morrison. He scares the dude to near death, and is compensated with an intelligence boost and a gravity hammer.

Drug Growth on Chem: The crew fits out Providence to go undersea for some drug ingredients. While Dr. Harrison harvests the goods in a reef, he is met by a large sea creature. Dr. Vespers shoots the beast apart, then fears legal consequences.

Fall of Micallo: A huge Gubrox warship raids the mining planet of Micallo. The crew helps the military bring down the ship, and saves a mother and her young daughter in the process. The dying warship plunges straight towards Micallo city. After a fierce debate, the crew rushes to the surface to save Captain Meade, who was busy recruiting in the city. With him they also save Clifford and a mysterious young man with grey hair. As they pull out for a hasty atmospheric jump, the little girl glows green. The ship takes on this glow, and suddenly teleports into the orbit of Zenna. The girl is reduced to ashes. Kevo and Dax drop her mother off on Zenna with alcohol and a handgun.

Looting of Micallo: Dax thaws out an Altrani slave in stasis, who in return promises Dax his life. His name is Quel'thalar, but he offered to shorten it to Quel. Dax further shortens it to "Q." Dr. Harrison finds a blue monkey alien. The crew finds the wreckage of a Flash Cola ship, with coordinates leading back to a factory on Zenna.

Investigation of Flash Cola: Kevo and Kiki go into the factory on  the pretense of government inspectors. They go for a tour along with a group of Elementary school students. Kevo sneaks away from the tour and is captured. Kiki takes the kids hostage and demands cakes and other crazy things from the factory security. The rest of the crew sneaks into the factory from the back and find an evil nanobot laboratory underneath, as well as several captives. Kevo is interrogated via torture. The crew's new Asian friend riles up some of the captives and sends them into a frontal assault on the factory. During the confusion, everyone escapes.

Backup for Uncle Bartholomew: Uncle Bart went broke when a space gang stole his new matter disintegrator weapon. Except they didn't, its all a trap set up by Barry to capture Halic and the Providence. The crew triumphs, but sacrifices their new Asian friend to escape Barry's fortress of death. Kevo finds a pocket nuke and rejoices.

Battle for Zenna: Lurton has fallen to the mysterious crystalline aliens, the Haldrax. Fortunately the alien fleet was crippled in the battle, but due to the loss of the capital the Kanger government had to be relocated to Zenna. The mysterious man rescued by the crew contacts the Providence for one final mission. He reveals himself to be the rebellion leader Andrew Hey, ancestor of Alexander Hey, who dismantled the Old Dominion and whose son established the Heyson Confederacy. Providence's mysterious green inner structure is revealed to be a large-scale psiplate construct. It allows a psion to sacrifice all of his life energy to teleport anywhere instantly, and can create a travel bubble large enough to transport a fleet. Hey wants to use this to strike into the already-crippled Heyson Fleet, and is willing to sacrifice his life to do so. Fortunately for him, Providence is carrying another Psion, Thatcher the Badger. The two use their energy to take the rebel fleet straight over Zenna. The battle initially goes well, until the government reveals their secret weapon: the nanobots in the Flash Cola turn all civilians on the ground into bloodthirsty zombies. The crew tracks the nanobot signals to a main tower, and Kevo uses his pocket nuke to blow it up.

Immediate Aftermath: The crew of Providence go their separate ways. Thatcher retires on Cos, hoping to recharge his spent psionic power. Dax becomes a bounty hunter with his Altrani servant. Dr. Vespers hooks up with a hot and mysteriously wealthy young girl, and soon afterwards sets up a very nice medical facility. Dr. Harrison becomes a respected scientist with his monkey assistant. Kevo returns to Sin and is elected governor. Kiki goes off with Halic to find new kinds of explosives. Halic Still stays on the Providence, with the simple drive to keep on flying.

Edit: Somewhere along the way the crew got a robot butler. And Kevo had sex with a gubrox.