23 Feb: Underworld

KDF and allies join the OSN in an expedition to the notorious trade hub of Underworld, on the distant rimward planet of Carr.


When: Sunday, Feb 23, Alpha-1

Audience: Klingon and allies

Event type: Social RP

Starting point: Starship bridge

OOC point of contact: @crystyll
Spoiler: Mission logShow
Istar@anncarise FX | Everyone gathers in the starbase meeting room as they await the arrival of the Carran Courier ship which will take them to the distant trade hub of Underworld...

[Local] Sadia@gulremal: Ah, there you are. *nods to everyone* Everything ready to go?

[Local] Lorri@crystyll: "All set our end. Just waiting for our courier now" looks around, "Is this everyone?"

Egzo@HF_Mudd looks unhappy, but nods to Sadia, and again to Lorri.

[Local] Sadia@gulremal: Unless Ku'jho arrives, seems so. Maybe best to keep the team small?

[Local] Lorri@crystyll: "I expect so" she nods, "What about B'Atar? It's not like her to miss a party, or is she out on patrol?"

[Local] Sadia@gulremal: I believe she's volunteered to help the D'rexian Resistance by hunting the Breen patrols.

[Local] Egzo@HF_Mudd: "Sounds like her."

[Local] Lorri@crystyll: "Of course she has. I don't suppose they had to get beyond the word 'hunting'" she laughs

Istar@anncarise laughs, "Wouldn't expect anything less."

[Local] Sadia@gulremal: The first convoy to D'rexian Resistance HQ left days ago. Things are being set in motion on that front, as discussed.

[Local] Istar@anncarise: <C - Starbase Ops> "Captain Cynis. A vessel is requesting to approach the base. They say they are part of a Carran Courier Service."

[Local] Sadia@gulremal: *taps comms* Allow them access, but keep an eye on them at all times.

[Local] Lorri@crystyll: "Right on time"

[Local] Sadia@gulremal: *to Lorri* Seems our ride has arrived.

[Local] Lorri@crystyll: "That will be them" she nods

[Local] Istar@anncarise: "Perfectly on time, actually. They sure are accurate..."

[Local] Istar@anncarise: <C - Starbase Ops> "They're now requesting to transport in. Something about signing a contract?"

[Local] Egzo@HF_Mudd: "Here we go."

[Local] Lorri@crystyll: "Wow... Kayd was not exaggerating about them, was she"

[Local] Istar@anncarise: "Guess not..."

[Local] Sadia@gulremal: Hm, shall we greet them by transporter padd, or here?

[Local] Lorri@crystyll: "Well as it's their first time on the station I can't imagine they know the way, so if we don't greet them there then I suggest sending an escort to bring them here at least"

[Local] Sadia@gulremal: *taps commlink* Very well, send a guard to escort them to the conference room.

[Local] Istar@anncarise: <C - Ops> "They're on their way."

[Local] Sadia@gulremal: All right, let's see what contract they want to sign. Most likely regarding the transport to their planet?

[Local] Lorri@crystyll: "Presumably..."

Istar@anncarise FX | A few moments later, a slender but tall alien, standing even a little above Sadia, arrives at the meeting room, escorted by a guard. His skin is as pale as that of a corpse, and his features -

[Local] Istar@anncarise: - are almost skeletal, with the angular bones of his face jutting out and very little flesh.

Istar@anncarise (https://i.imgur.com/4a0y2s8.jpg)

Istar@anncarise whispers softly as the alien approaches, "/Those/ are Carrans?"

[Local] Sadia@gulremal: Greetings, I am captain Cynis, commander of KDF task force Hurq Mevik. Whom am I speaking to?

Egzo@HF_Mudd remains quiet and in the background, his usual (to those familiar with him) swaggering bravado entirely absent.

Istar@anncarise | Carran: "I am Courier 773. You may call me Phodan." His voice translates into perfect Klingon, Orion and Nausicaan dialects, his translation device apparently already tuned to these languages.

[Local] Sadia@gulremal: Well met, Phodan. Do you require rest and refreshments, or we can get straight to the business?

Istar@anncarise | Phodan: "Business will do." He retrieves a datapad and holds it out to Sadia. "We can be underway once you sign this contract. You may review it and inform me if you need any adjustments, CCS -

[Local] Istar@anncarise: - contracts are not usually open to much amendment. The terms should be quite simple and straightforward, however."

Istar@anncarise ...he says as he hands over the 13 page contract.

[Local] Sadia@gulremal: *takes the PADD, glosses over it before handing it over to Lorri for her review*

Lorri@crystyll does her best to skim it without poring over details, just checking for anything that jumps out at her

[Local] Sadia@gulremal: Long contract for a simple transportation service.

Istar@anncarise | Phodan: "My people like to be detailed, to ensure that our contracts cover everything and cannot be exploited by the other party. And the transportation we offer is anything but simple."

Lorri@crystyll hands it back after a moment, "All seems pretty straightforward. I would note the emphasis on strictly not accessing ship navigational data"

[Local] Sadia@gulremal: We are also putting a lot of trust on you. This is the first time we are using your services.

[Local] Sadia@gulremal: *to Lorri* Seems fine by me.

[Local] Lorri@crystyll: "Attempts to glean information on the subspace corridors are strictly prohibited all around and can lead to enforcement and blacklisting"

[Local] Lorri@crystyll: "So in short, if we break the rules en route... we're boned for getting back home"

Istar@anncarise | Phodan nods, "Our people are the only ones who know the corridors' routes, and we would like to keep it that way."

[Local] Sadia@gulremal: Well, at least we can carry our own personal weapons. *to Lorri* We have any specific cargo, aside from ourselves?

Lorri@crystyll shakes her head, "The only certain currency is trade or latinum, that we have to offer. And I'm not in the habit of lugging around cases full of bricks, so any business we find will have be on +

[Local] Lorri@crystyll: + negotiated terms. This is more of a fact finding trip anyway really"

[Local] Sadia@gulremal: Very well. Phodan, we accept your terms *thumbsigns the PADD if such option is there, and hands PADD back to him*. We will embark immediately, if that's fine by you.

Istar@anncarise | The option is indeed there at the bottom of the contract!

Istar@anncarise | Phodan takes the datapad back and nods, "Excellent. Come with me."

Istar@anncarise | He turns and begins heading for the transporter.

[Local] Sadia@gulremal: Let's go. Adventure awaits!

Egzo@HF_Mudd follows after Sadia.

Istar@anncarise FX | They are beamed on board the Carran ship. The interior has a very modern design and clearly reflects a high level of technology, almost comparable to a Starfleet ship but with dimmer -

[Local] Istar@anncarise: - lighting. Phodan shows them to the passenger section of the vessel, including the rooms laid out for them, and a common area which seems to be a small on-board bar and dining room.

Istar@anncarise | It's no luxury yacht, but it's better than your average interstellar personnel transport and certainly better than the average cargo ship.

[Local] Sadia@gulremal: Not a bad setup. Definitely better than the usual KDF fare.

Istar@anncarise | Phodan: "Yes. The Klingons are a rustic people. Excellent security, but not the best hosts, unless you're into raw meats."

Lorri@crystyll chuckles at that

Egzo@HF_Mudd speaks for the first time, to ask Phodan, "Are 'refreshments' included in the travel contract, or do they come... 'extra'?"

Lorri@crystyll quietly admires how it's the truly important things that coax words out of the Nausicaan

Istar@anncarise | Phodan: "You're free to use the synthesizers to create refreshments or anything else you want, but we have a specialty stock that requires additional purchase.

[Team] Istar@anncarise: hahaha

Egzo@HF_Mudd nods and says nothing more.

[Local] Sadia@gulremal: How long will the travel last?

Istar@anncarise | Phodan: "We are expected to arrive at Underworld in three days and four hours."

Istar@anncarise | Phodan: "If you need anything while you are on board, use one of the comm panels to contact a member of the crew and we will be with you as soon as possible."

[Team] Istar@anncarise: WIll do a timeskip for the bulk of the travel of course!

[Local] Sadia@gulremal: Excellent. Time to catch up on all the new military magazines.

Istar@anncarise | Phodan nods and heads out into the halls, leaving his passengers to themselves.

[Team] Egzo@HF_Mudd: Egzo will be uncommonly quiet during the journey, drink only water(!), and in general, do a surprisingly good imitation of a certain uptight Starfleet Klingon.

[Team] Istar@anncarise: oooh

[Team] Lorri@crystyll: *suspects an undine infiltrator*

[Team] Istar@anncarise: haha

[Local] Istar@anncarise: "I've seen 'em before. These Carrans. Never knew they were called that, though."

Istar@anncarise speaks once the Carran has exited.

Lorri@crystyll turns to Istar, a little surprised, "You have?"

[Local] Sadia@gulremal: Well they do have agents all around, don't they, if they have to enforce their deals?

Istar@anncarise nods, "They visit places I've worked at, fringe colonies and stations. This was before I joined the OSN."

[Local] Lorri@crystyll: "I supose. Guess they just haven't had reason to enforce at the heart of the OSN. Not a bad thing for sure"

[Local] Istar@anncarise: "We called them the 'Gaunts.' Usually seem to be there on business, all professional and never interested in anything. Or anyone..."

[Local] Sadia@gulremal: Their transportation capabilities allow them great mobility.

Egzo@HF_Mudd mms quietly and nods.

[Local] Lorri@crystyll: "Indeed" she wanders over to the synthesizer to peruse the menu

Istar@anncarise follows Lorri over, "Think we're lucky they just wanna do business and not conquer the galaxy..."

[Local] Lorri@crystyll: "You say that like the two aren't the same thing" she smirks

[Local] Sadia@gulremal: Well, those Vaadwaur guys tried the same thing. They all fall in the end.

Egzo@HF_Mudd follows close behind Sadia, and leans in close to murmur, "Watch yourself. Don't take anything that ain't offered."

[Local] Istar@anncarise: "Maybe conquering the galaxy through trade domination's the way to go, then. And the Ferengi's on the right track."

[Local] Sadia@gulremal: *nods to Egzo* Anyway, what's the plan once we reach the Underworld?

Lorri@crystyll turns, sipping a glass of something blue, "In short... mooch around, get the lay of the land. See if there's anything worth capitalizing on"

[Local] Lorri@crystyll: "Beyond that, threat assessment and intelligence gathering on anyone who is or may be considered a threat"

[Local] Sadia@gulremal: That place does sound huge. Guess we'll have to hire a guide?

[Local] Istar@anncarise: "We'll have to look for one first. Maybe the Courier'll have recommendations?"

[Local] Lorri@crystyll: "I would expect to see some promotional material on board. But I'd be mindful of enlisted local services as they may be contracted already to report on things they hear"

[Local] Sadia@gulremal: We will have to start from somewhere. At least local services are bound by a contract you sign with them.

[Local] Istar@anncarise: "Could add a confidentiality clause or somethin' to one of their contracts."

Lorri@crystyll smiles proudly at the intuition, "Very good"

[Local] Sadia@gulremal: I have a feeling we should have brought a lawyer of some kind.

Istar@anncarise grins, "I'm sure we'll be fine with Lorri along."

[Local] Lorri@crystyll: "I've dealt with my fair share of Ferengi to be comfortable with contracts. Should you find yourselves wanting to engage in any deals there I'd be happy to support, of course"

[Local] Sadia@gulremal: Well, me and Egzo are here to support you, tabadi. This is your expedition after all.

[Team] Istar@anncarise: ready to timeskip whenever you are now!

[Local] Lorri@crystyll: "Of course. But there's nothing wrong with seeking opportunities while we are at it" she smiles

[Team] Sadia@gulremal: can do!

[Team] Istar@anncarise: Time to get to Underworld then!

[Team] Sadia@gulremal: we stay here or move somewhere else?

[Team] Istar@anncarise: Well that one mission is the best setting for underworld but it's also a mission...

[Team] Egzo@HF_Mudd: Which one?

[Team] Istar@anncarise: The Kentari one!

[Team] Lorri@crystyll: mirrors and smoke

[Team] Istar@anncarise: Mirrors and Smoke

[Team] Istar@anncarise: Beat me to it hehe

[Team] Lorri@crystyll: xD

[Team] Egzo@HF_Mudd: Well, see above about how Egzo behaves himself in transit.

Istar@anncarise FX | A little over three days passes and the intercom informs them that they are approaching Underworld.

[Local] Sadia@gulremal: About time...

[Local] Istar@anncarise: "So, I had a look at the details of the place they had for passengers."

[Local] Istar@anncarise: "Not really much tour business here. Looks like most people who come to Underworld usually know what they're there to do. But there is a group that supposedly helps new visitors get acquainted to -

[Local] Istar@anncarise: - the place. Ferengi-run, and I got a feeling it's more of a rip-off. Maybe even part of a scam."

[Local] Lorri@crystyll: "Sure sounds like it. We have details of the region our attache visited, I suggest we start there and see what we find"

[Local] Sadia@gulremal: It's a start.

[Local] Istar@anncarise: "Well, the ship's transporters are ready to take us down whenever. Just need the coordinates."

[Local] Sadia@gulremal: Let us not waste the time, then. Also, do we have arrangements for a return trip yet?

Lorri@crystyll nods, "All part of our arrangement, yes. We need only contact the couriers when we are ready to depart"

[Local] Istar@anncarise: "Time to get going?"

[Local] Lorri@crystyll: "I'd say so"

[Team] Sadia@gulremal: okies, share the mission

[Local] Istar@anncarise: "I'll get my stuff ready and meet ya in the transporter, then."

Istar@anncarise FX | They beam down into the middle of a vibrant cityscape, with tall buildings and neon lights around them. Above them, shuttlecraft and hovercars fly by in endless streams, and on the ground -

Istar@anncarise - aliens from dozens of different species share the streets, some of familiar species and others unidentifiable.

[Local] Istar@anncarise: | Among them however, no Carrans can be seen walking around the streets.

[Local] Sadia@gulremal: Well, watch your equipment. Tabadi, lead the way.

Istar@anncarise | Small drones buzz around the streets occasionally, all of them looking like the same design, roughly the size of a large bird and painted white.

Egzo@HF_Mudd is already glowering and trying to look everywhere at once, it seems.

Egzo@HF_Mudd follows the ladies.

Lexi@crystyll | Lorri looks around, "I suggesting we take a look around and see what this area has to offer"

[Local] Istar@anncarise: "Looks like these drones are security. Armed with a light phaser emitter that's probably only able to stun, but I think they're mostly for monitoring purposes."

[Local] Sadia@gulremal: *looks at all the signs on the buildings, trying to discern if there's something of the interest*

[Local] Istar@anncarise: "Reading cameras on every corner and door of every building too. Security's definitely tight here."

Lexi@crystyll | Lorri looks around, trying to discren points of interest

Istar@anncarise FX | The signs advertise a variety of shops selling just about anything you could imagine, from food to tech gadgets to weapons and armour.

Istar@anncarise | There are also many stalls set into the side of buildings which appear less permanent, and the items sold there significantly lower grade, likely counterfeit or salvaged.

Lexi@crystyll | Lorri: "Well I don't know about the rest of you, but I'm curious to see what fashion is like in this part of the galaxy. Try not to get lost now" she grins and waves, heading off to explore

[Team] Istar@anncarise: Oh dammit I totally forgot to mention

[Team] Istar@anncarise: We had to sign the entrance contract to get to Carr as well, and we're not allowed weapons that can do damage to more than 1 target at a time

[Team] Egzo@HF_Mudd: All I've got is my tegolar, then.

[Team] Sadia@gulremal: that's highly specific, must include all energy weapons?

[Team] Istar@anncarise: Pretty much! Anything with a wide-spread function at least

[Team] Istar@anncarise: So projectile weapons and low power energy weapons are good, but we probably don't have those on hand so we probably came with melee!

[Team] Istar@anncarise: Totally forgot that and only saw it from the old logs as I was setting up the place, sorry!

[Local] Sadia@gulremal: *to Istar* Soooo, we are just window shopping for the time being?

Istar@anncarise FX | The other Ghost NPC that was totally along the whole time follows to keep an eye on Lorri.

[Local] Istar@anncarise: "Well, we know there's a Scryer cell here and we want to ourselves some intel...but might be best to get the lay of the land first."

[Local] Istar@anncarise: "Maybe see what the locals know?"

[Local] Istar@anncarise: "And work our way up from there once we know what we're lookin' for."

[Local] Sadia@gulremal: *looks around* I must admit I feel kinda lost. I guess we should just start checking the shops.

[Local] Sadia@gulremal: Like, that weapon shop over there.

[Local] Sadia@gulremal: *goes inside the shop and takes a look at displayed weaponry*

Istar@anncarise FX | The weapon shop has mostly blades and blunt force weapons on display, though there are many holograms of energy weapons for sale as well. The actual stock doesn't seem to be in the shop, -

[Local] Istar@anncarise: - likely due to the weapon restrictions, but the energy weapons do have price tags listed in 'Carran Trade Credits.'"

Istar@anncarise | The shopkeeper, an alien with a spikey visage, turns to greet them as they enter, "Is there anything I can help you with?"

[Local] Sadia@gulremal: Hello there, just looking at your implements of destruction on display. First time here, looking for new toys for my armory.

Istar@anncarise | Shopkeeper: "Browse away! Everything you see is for sale, and the holodisplays are completely representative of the items we're not allowed to keep on shelf here."

Istar@anncarise | Shopkeeper: "All quality, Eltreiah-make antiproton weapons and traditional cutters and maces from across the region if you're looking for something a little more personal."

Istar@anncarise | Some of the melee weapons are recognizable, like a Ferengi energy whip, but many others are designs that the team would have never seen before.

[Local] Sadia@gulremal: You don't deal in gold pressed latinum here? *motions to CTC sums displayed*

Istar@anncarise | Shopkeeper: "No, Trade Credits are standard on Underworld. Some shops take latinum, some of the salvagers even trade for raw materials or other pieces of equipment. But if you got latinum I'd -

[Local] Istar@anncarise: - suggest converting it to credits first. Everyone takes credits here."

[Local] Istar@anncarise: "And I suppose you know a place to convert it?"

Istar@anncarise | The shopkeeper nods, "There's a currency exchange in the plaza just around the corner."

[Local] Sadia@gulremal: Thank you. And if I was interested in a bulk weapon purchase, is there anyone you could recommend?

Istar@anncarise | Shopkeeper: "Bulk purchase, well, Feyriad Arms has a building in the next plaza over. You can't miss it with their big signs."

[Local] Sadia@gulremal: Thanks. I might stop by later, once I have some proper currency. Have a successfull day.

Istar@anncarise | Shopkeeper: "Hope you find what you're looking for."

[Local] Sadia@gulremal: *leaves the shop*

[Local] Istar@anncarise: "I think the plaza he mentioned's this way."

[Local] Sadia@gulremal: *once outside* Okay folks, what amount of finances do we have available?

[Local] Istar@anncarise: "Well we only brought a bit of latinum, but for big supplies I'm sure we can work something out with the suppliers."

[Local] Istar@anncarise: "From the way I hear these Carran contracts work, they won't be scared of you backing out of a deal if you agree to pay later. Cause if you don't, the Carrans'll step in."

[Local] Istar@anncarise: "Still might be best to convert what we got to their local currency anyways, in case we do need to use it."

Lexi@crystyll | A sleazy looking Yrdian sidles up to the group, "Looking to do trade with the locals are we? A broker is what you need, maybe? Yes yes. Hmm?"

[Local] Sadia@gulremal: *looks at Yridian* Broker? What services can you provide?

Lexi@crystyll | The Yrdian gives a shifty look left and right before grabbing Sadia's hand for an introductory shake, "Whatever services you need, Orion. Or... offer?" he licks his lips disturbingly

[Local] Istar@anncarise: "And I figured it was just gonna be a matter of time before somebody mistook us for that..."

Egzo@HF_Mudd steps up, in Hulking Dumb Bodyguard mode. "You let go of boss," he orders the weasel.

[Local] Sadia@gulremal: You'd guess uniform would be a dead giveaway. *to Yridian* Unless you know a reliable information broker, I've got no use of your services.

Lexi@crystyll | Yrdian moves to take Istar's hand with his other one, but backs away at Egzo's interjection, "No problem. These are yours?" He indicates the pair and grins, "Lucky man. Be seeing you..."

Lexi@crystyll | With the the Yrdian scurries away

Egzo@HF_Mudd glares after the Yridian.

Lexi@crystyll FX | The Yrdian doesn't get far before suddenly dropping to the floor with a cry of pain. Anyone with eyes on him would have seen the dagger fly down from high above and strike the back of his leg...

[Local] Istar@anncarise: "It probably doesn't help that I was a dancer, but-"

Egzo@HF_Mudd looks up.

[Local] Sadia@gulremal: Uh? *looks to the direction the dagger came from*

Istar@anncarise draws a dagger from her belt and looks up at the Yridian is struck.

[Local] Sadia@gulremal: *checks her belongings just to be sure*

Lexi@crystyll FX | Two security drones are coasting down towards the group, perched atop them like they're a pair of rollerskates is the source of the thrown dagger...

[Team] Sadia@gulremal: ahahahaha

Lexi@crystyll drops to the ground behind the Yrdian, letting the drones hover away. She grabs him by the ankle and drags him back over to the group

[Local] Sadia@gulremal: *blinks* What the...

[Local] Lexi@crystyll: "Well well well, and they are always saying the universe is such a big place! Captain Cynis, I believe this is yours..." throws the Yrdian cowering at her feet

[Local] Sadia@gulremal: Don't tell me he nicked something...but damn, so glad to see you!

Lexi@crystyll kneels beside him, yanking his arm awkwardly up to raise his hand. Though at first glance nothing seems wrong, until she peels back a biometric skin covering his hand and passes it to Sadia

Egzo@HF_Mudd scowls.

[Local] Sadia@gulremal: *takes the skin suppressing the feeling of disgust* What's this...?

Lexi@crystyll kicks the Yrdian firmly in the rear to shove him away, focusing on Sadia, "A biomimetic scanner. When he shook your hand, he cloned your thumbprint. Ready to elicit all sorts of enforceable +

[Local] Lexi@crystyll: + contracts out of you"

[Local] Istar@anncarise: "Sneaky..."

[Local] Lexi@crystyll: "Yrdian..."

[Local] Lexi@crystyll: "But yes..." she beams happily, "Welcome to the ass-end of the universe! Now what the hell brings you here?!" she laughs, properly embracing her old friends now

[Local] Lexi@crystyll: --END SCENE--
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