Through the Black

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Blogging the Black: Season 1

Timeline

2516:
March 14th – Capt. Derik Larson meets a man from Johnsontown in Portsmith on Boros. The man hires Larson and his “crew” to help the town with a problem in exchange for a junked ship. That night, Rin, the manager of the junkyard, begins renovating the junked Dragonfly class ship that will soon become Hasselhoff.

March 15th – Capt. Larson recruits two crew members in Portsmith – a traveling Companion and a mechanic, both looking for a ship.

March 18th – Capt. Larson meets with his new crew members, Dorian and Zeke. They proceed to bust Tequilla, Larson’s friend and pilot, out of Portsmith Home, a mental institution.

March 19th – Capt. Larson and crew arrive in Johnsontown and meet with town elders.

March 20th – Capt. Larson and crew hit the Margrove estate and capture the son, killing several guards in the process.

March 22nd – The Margrove Massacre occurs. Capt. Larson and crew acquire some supplies for the ship.

March 23rd – Capt. Larson takes possession of Hasselhoff, is issued papers and takes off from the junkyard in Johnsontown. Hours later, they disable and board an Alliance cargo hauler and take possession of a cargo of weapons components.

April 12th – Arrive at Dandelion Station in the outer rim and hand over cargo to Carmine, their contact there. Carmine suggests other work may be available and they explore the station for a couple days. Capt. Larson enters and wins a poker tournament, with an assist from Dorian, and Tequila finds himself in a bit of hot water when he gets the line cook at a local restaurant fired.

April 14th – Carmine hires them, on behalf of a boss he does not name, to fly out to a derelict cargo transport and retrieve a particular cargo container from the large ship. This does not go as easily as planned.

April 19th – They are beaten to the cargo by a group of pirates and get caught in a standoff that resolves with the two groups agreeing to dump the cargo container out of the derelict and then see what happens. What happens is the reavers that hit the ship return and an Alliance cruiser starts closing in as well. The Hasslehoff engages the unknown pirate ship and the reavers in battle, disabling the pirate ship and securing the container. However, the reavers disable their ship and board. The crew faces a tense firefight on board the Hasslehoff and drives the reavers off and limp away with the goods. The goods being a couple million in stolen art from the war. They get paid.

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Season 2 Begins!
Blogging the Black: Season 2

We pick back up a few months later on August 19th, 2516

August 19th, 2516 – After a few months of odd jobs, the crew find themselves near broke and bringing a cargo to the Eavesdown Docks on Persephone. The job comes with the promise, from Carmine, of an introduction to his boss should things go well. The crew is awakened by an explosion and the ship powering down. Zeke has sabotaged the ship, set the galley on fire, and escaped in the shuttle, leaving the crew to die in space. Dr. Chan was murdered during the escape. It takes some work, but they manage to save the ship and power it back up and resume their trip. An investigation reveals that Zeke has been corresponding with a Shepard Saddler for months. The simple minded mechanic has been convinced that the crew is beyond salvation and he must leave them to repent of their sins before he dies.

August 21st. 2516 – The Hasselhoff limps into Eavesdown and makes their deal, looking for new work and a new mechanic. They bring on a young mechanic named CK and hire on a doctor, as well. CK gets the ship running and Larson reaches out to an old contact from his mercenary days for work. Chest Rockwell hooks them up with a job on New Dunsmier on Beaumonde. They take on passengers, including Han Soo Lau, for a substantial sum and secrecy, has something to do with Carmine’s boss.

August 23rd 2516 – The Hasselhoff departs Persephone and is pursued by two ships who insist they turn over Han Soo Lau. They disable the ships in a short fight and plot their course for Beaumonde.

August 27th 2516 – Tequila finds food missing from the galley and begins questioning the passengers, leading to a confrontation with Ruben Lasky, who turns out to be a wanted criminal. He tried to take a hostage and steal their shuttle, only to discover it was already gone. He was trapped in the shuttle bay and forced to surrender or be sucked into space. The crew runs into Tohoku Class cruiser I.A.V. Magellan and turns Lasky over to a Commander Harken, who was going to fine the Hasselhoff for some petty violations until he scanned the indent card of Captain Larson.

September 7th , 2516– Arrive on Beaumonde, meat the GBA and learn of the Queens.

September 8th, 2516 – The crew robs the Queens bagman and show up to a high stakes poker game on Queens property. After the game, Larson and CK are taken prisoner.

September 9th, 2516 – CK is released with a ransom demand to get the Captain back at dawn. The crew meets the bulk of the Queens organization in the desert in a showdown that results in the decimation of the gang. Han Soo Lau somehow turns up having commandeered the Queens ALST and aids in the capture of the Queens leader, Farook Bulsara.

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