Having had an early night, the party members are up early and discuss their plans over breakfast.
Obviously Noctocol is the next destination and they need to get there as soon as possible as the Connoisseur’s life is in danger – not to mention the fact that the party members are starting to tire of chasing the Overbluff across the entire subsector and want to finish this job before the Overbluff moves on again.
Passengers would just be too much of an inconvenience when the Princess will need to make a stealthy approach to the planet, but Max is adamant that they need to haul some cargo over there to maximize profit margins.
The others agree and so Max sets off to try and find buyers for the diesel and some new cargo to replace the items that he sold in Delis.
As Max goes about his tasks, the others talk about the strategy for getting to the Overbluff’s castle. They realize that arriving in a pastel pink A2 is not the most subtle approach – they really need a smaller vehicle to make the final journey and start to bemoan the loss of their precious AGC.
They soon realize that they need to replace it, but Tarkine does not possess any anti-grav technology and so it’s not going to be possible to simply head into a showroom and pick up another one.
Jie decides that she will have a word with the Marines – reckoning on the fact that they owe the party several favours now after foiling the Overbluff’s plot which would have caused a major crisis in the subsector, not to mention defending Moffatt Field from the rebels last year.
So Jie leads a delegation to see the Marine Commander to see if there is anything that he can do. The Marine Commander is very sympathetic to the party member’s plight and tells them that he thinks that he can help. The Marine Company’s aging TL10 AGCs are currently in the process of being upgraded to the latest TL15 models from Glisten and so he says that he can sell them one of the older models for the knockdown price of Cr. 500,000. This the party members readily agree to. They also ask him if they can replenish some of their spent ammunition. Again the Marine Commander agrees, saying that he will charge it at cost.
The party members all hand Jie their shopping lists and she arranges for delivery of the ammo while Grim goes over all of the AGCs in order to find the best one. They are all showing their age and are battle-scarred from their years of service, but Grim is able to find one that looks like it will do the job and will provide them with several more years of use. He then spends the rest of the day servicing the vehicle.
Jie notices Stian diligently punching in data requests on his hand comp about the new destination. She admires his need for preparedness, but realizes from experience that factual information about the small, volatile world of Noctocol is rare and hard to come by. She stows the requests for items and Ammo that she will take to Gunnery Sgt. Jeitter in hopes that he can provide some needed fire power for the loaner AGV and pulls from one of her multiple pockets a Holo-crystal.
“The Princess docked at Noctocol less than a year ago. A…er… Documentary was made of that expedition. You may want to view this to gain an insight as to the dangers that lay ahead of us, Mr. Løkkeberg. This just may save your life.” Jie says to Stian with a very serious (as usual) look on her face as she passes over the obviously well viewed Holo-crystal.
Max is back late at night, feeling in a good mood after having bought 60 tons of Magnesium at 45% off wholesale. He tells the others that he just needs to unload the fuel that he is still struggling to find a buyer for and then they can head off to Noctocol.