Mustered Out on Mertactor

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Boarding the Duchess Selene

Max had spent the previous day arranging, checking, buying and delivering the computer and sensor relays to the Duchess Selene.

On the day of boarding, the party members are in no rush to vacate the hotel, as they don’t need to board until 11.00 and so they have a final leisurely breakfast at their hotel before checking out and making their way to the dock.

The Duchess Selene is operated by McClellan Factors, the biggest operator on Collace, having their own section of the highport for their own ships.

The ship is a 600-ton liner of a design unique to McClellan Factors, differing from a standard Type-M due to having 36 staterooms at the expense of cargo capacity. She looks to be in pretty good shape even though she’s far from being a new ship. The crew are well-dressed and seem to be professional and well-trained as the stewards assist all of the high passengers onboard.

As is the case with all professional shipping lines, everyone is searched for weapons, which are then deposited in the ship’s locker. Each of the party members has a ton of baggage allowance and so they are able to place all of the bulky items that they are now carrying around with them in the hold.

Everyone settles into their staterooms and then head for the dining room in order to watch the ship departing from its dock and to meet with their fellow passengers. Unfortunately, they have rather a longer wait than they expected. The Captain apologizes for the delay, but tells them that Collace is seeing a lot of traffic to the moment and so their launch slot has been put back.

Eventually, they are finally able to depart a little after 15.00, much to the relief of the other passengers, many of whom are starting to get frustrated, despite the attention of the stewards, who make sure that everyone’s glasses are quickly refilled.

The party members spend the rest of the afternoon chatting among themselves and then enjoy a very good dinner and a few drinks afterwards.

“So Jie,” says Max in passing, “You never told us what you got up to during our little holiday from one another. So what did you get up to?”

“Well, I believed a little alone time from the group was a good idea,” Jie replies. “About five weeks was fine. I’d seen this kind of flare up happen among friends in the Corp. as a combination of questionable missions and being too close. Let’s face it, I’ve always been a strong loner type and the experience of watching Grim’s horse get mauled by the Wahroo pack leader shook her spirit to the core (also seeing Grim break down and cry like a school girl didn’t help either.) I needed time to focus… on shooting things.”

“I hooked up with a division of Imperial Marines here on Collace pulling guard duty for the Ambassador. They were just about to go on training maneuvers up north near the polar cap and I begged to be taken along as a civilian participant and paid 5,000 cr for the privilege to train with my Laser Carbine, eat food rations and crap in a hole. All went pretty well and after five weeks of harsh environment war games I think my reflexes have been honed fairly well.”

“That’s not to say I was incommunicado during that time. Collace has a wonderful Communications grid and I spent most of her free time on her Phone-pad talking financial things over with the Tezzic and Hughes Investment and Export Firm. I grew up dirt poor on a Tech4 world and has never felt comfortable with cybernetic augmentations although I realize the boon they give. Also the amount of cash she had in the bank was making her edgy. So the T.H.I.E. Firm will follow my instructions and dump most of my cash – 150k – into the volatile Iridium Commodities Exchange. I (on a hunch) believe that a lot of Iridium will be flowing from Pavibid though here on its way to the Imperium (who will pay top price for it in order to curry favor with Collace) and her investments now, before everyone else knows what’s going on, will at the least be made into double profits.”

“Towards the end of the ‘Winter Games’ I was surprised to find that she misses the gang. Quirky and opinionated as you may all be, I have grown accustomed to your ways.”

Max looks at Jie in alarm as she tells him of her investments:

“Doll, you’re about as good an investor as I am a marksman!”

“The reason that iridium is so expensive is that demand is high and supply is low. Once these new deposits come online, supply will rise while demand will initially stay the same. As a result, prices for iridium are likely to go down not up.”

“If you want to make money from the situation, you need to short prices of iridium, which is basically a gamble that the price will go down rather than up, or else you are almost sure to lose money.”

He shakes his head.

“Good job someone here passed his basic Social Sciences (Economics) exam.”

“You better get your money out before we leave Collace or else you could lose a lot once the deal is announced.”

“Awww Holy Crap!!” Jie furiously punches her Phone-pad and connects with T.H.I.E.F. with only minutes till jump. She demands to see Jagger Tezzic the front (man?) of the Firm and eventually his sharp Vargr face is on the screen. “My I help you?” he asked slowly with his tounge lolling out.
“Sell all Iridium stock!! Do it now damn your furry hide!! I want all the cash put into Iridium mining equipment and transport vessles.” Jie literally screams at the screen.

Just then the Captain’s voice comes over the inter comm stateing that Jump will be a little early.

“OK let me get this straight…” says Tizzic "You want- " Then the comm goes dead and the faint humm of the Jump drive begines to get louder.

“Aggggghh” Jie throws her new Phone-pad into the bulk head.

The ship safely slips into hyperspace around 21.30. They then spend a while longer drinking before they head for their own staterooms and to bed.

Comments

OK here goes. Jie believed a little alone time from the group was a good idea. About 5 weeks would do. She’s seen this kind of flare up happen among friends in the Corp. as a combination of questionable missions and being too close. Let’s face it, she’s always been a strong loner type and the experience of watching Grims horse get mauled by the Waroo pack leader shook her spirit to the core (also seeing Grim break down and cry like a school girl didn’t help either.) She needs time to focus…on shooting things. Jie hooked up with a division of Imperial Marines here on Collace pulling guard duty for the Ambassador. They were just about to go on training maneuvers up north near the polar cap and Jie begged to be taken along as a civilian participant and paid 5,000 cr for the privilege to train with her Laser Carbine, eat food rations and crap in a hole. All went pretty well and after 5 weeks of harsh environment war games she thinks her reflexes have been honed fairly well. ((I was at 44 jumps to go when we got back to Collace, minus this 5 weeks brings me to 39 more jumps till my Energy Rifle skill becomes 4))

That’s not to say she was incommunicado during that time. Collace has a wonderful Tech13 Communications grid and Jie spent most of her free time on her Phone-pad talking financial things over with the Tezzic and Hughes Investment and Export Firm. Jie grew up dirt poor on a Tech4 world and has never felt comfortable with cybernetic augmentations although she realizes the boon they give. Also the amount of cash she has in the bank is making her edgy. So the T.H.I.E. Firm will follow her instructions and dump most of her cash (150K !!) into the volatile Iridium Stock Exchange. Jie (on a hunch) believes that a lot of Iridium will be flowing from Pavibid though here on its way to the Imperium (who will pay top price for it in order to curry favor with Collace) and her investments now, before everyone else knows what’s going on, will at the least be made into double profit depending on how Nick rules this side venture. ((By the way, Nick, did I mention how great you look today…my, you are the bestest Referee ever and oh sooo nice! [I am sucking up now]))

Towards the end of the ‘Winter Games’ Jie is surprised to find that she misses the gang. Quirky and opinionated as they may all be she has grown accustomed to their ways. She heads back to the Down Port where she contacts everyone and is brought up to speed on the mission. She pays 25K to Max, spends 2k on restocking supplies and patching armor and puts her remaining cash- 7K into a bank.

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Will just likes having friends. It’s kinda a new concept for him. In his earlier life it was mainly hot grad chicks after a few extra percentage points, bored full professor’s wives, or—oh, shit! Stream of conciousness…

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Will spends his time mostly practicing with his gauss pistol( he usually remembers to remove the magazine) or hitting on Andrea or Janice, depending on the alcohol consumption at any given time (the later in the day, the more alcohol and so the more likely he’s playing with the pistol).

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Jie I calculate the jumps you need to train LR 4 as 26 total- check wiki. Not 50+.

I also think we are only on Collace for a week or two (not 5).

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Oh wrong about time Nick has really advanced clock a bit.

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No I am wrong again-it is times y not times 2. 52 it is.

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Nick I note the Log jumps from 212-1106 to 247-1106 and yet it is described as ‘a week’. Is there ufo activity in the area?

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U.F.O.?? I shoot it !

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Damm, that is one smart idea, Jie. I never thought of the stock market.

Arvor keeps his lightweight vacc suit in his “hand luggage” when flying. Just a precaution.

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I would assume if people owned vacc suits they would be on a stand in their cabin. What would the point be of not having such a basic option? In a crisis you can’t have a queue to the ships locker for people to collect one.

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I’ve lost track of time. Are we at 13 weeks of training time?

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@swampedbybunnies I would agree with the assumption. I just wasn’t taking chances given Nicks’ statement about our gear and the hold.

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As for the difference in the one to five week recovery/training period, it was discussed at the end of the comments for 212 after Ian found some real rules for coming up with recovery periods:

Well done on finding the real rules for the amount of time needed for recovery. Now that we have some real rules, let’s go with them.
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I rolled the dice and added the modifiers and came up with a time of 5 weeks in total for installation, recovery and learning, so let’s go with that.
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Those who are not having any augmentations can spend the time training instead so they can some benefit from training.
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Please can everyone deduct Cr.5000 for accommodation and food for the five week period?
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I have changed the date to account for the extra four weeks everyone spent recovering.
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Can we say that you got a special deal on these implants as a result of the Baroness’s connections? In future, I would prefer that we use the Book 8 prices and options as you’re going to be earning more money in future and Cr.100k for a stat increase is really a bit too cheap.

I changed the date but not the ‘one week’, which I have done now.

the stewards of the Duchess Selene are happy for everyone to have their own vacc suits with them in their rooms, although they state that it is not really necessary as they are all equipped with soft suits and rescue balls.

Will is not allowed his gauss pistol for training purposes. He can train using his handcomp though, which has a simulator built in. Janice is more than happy to play with him as she’s a bit dirty!

13 weeks for training sounds about right to me. Call it 14 weeks after this jump (those who took the augmentations deduct 5 weeks)

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When Jie tells Max about her investment, he looks at her in alarm.

“Girl, you’re about as good an investor as I am a marksman!”

“The reason that iridium is so expensive is that demand is high and supply is low. Once these new deposits come online, supply will rise while demand will initially stay the same. As a result, prices for iridium are likely to go down not up.”

“If you want to make money from the situation, you need to short prices of iridium, which is basically a gamble that the price will go down rather than up, or else you are almost sure to lose money.”

He shakes his head.

“Good job someone here passed his basic Social Sciences (Economics) exam.”

“You better get your money out before we leave Collace or else you could lose a lot once the deal is announced.”

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Sweet! 13 weeks was Will’s magic number to get to the holy grail of Gun Combat (slug pistol) 0! Plus Janice! The Duchess Selene is the bestest ship ever!

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have to pay another cr 5000 my investment is 25k not 30k

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Here are the final investment figures for the trade goods. Please adjust cash accordingly.

Taeva 25000
Grim 15000
Arvor 25000
Jie 25000
Max 92500
Will 92500

Total | 275000

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Will’s next skill training will be to raise Medic to 2.

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“Awww Holy Crap!!” Jie furiously punches her Phone-pad and connects with T.H.I.E.F. with only minutes till jump. She Demands to see Jagger Tezzic the front (man?) of the Firm and eventually his sharp Vargr face is on the screen. “My I help you?” he aske slowly with his tounge lolling out.

“Sell all Iridium stock!! Do it now damn your furry hide!! I want all the cash put into Iridium mining equipment and transport vessles.” Jie literally screams at the screen. Just then the Captains voice comes over the inter comm stateing that Jump will be a little early.

“OK let me get this straight…” says Tizzic "You want- " Then the comm goes dead and the faint humm of the Jump drive begines to get louder.

“AgggggHH” Jie throws her new Phone-pad into the bulk head.

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