The Memory of Sindal

Bounty Hunters

bold raid on planets
hunter become the hunted
now where have they gone

Travelling home

Low berth passengers
All aboard who are coming aboard
Seven in, six out

On our way

Jump from star to star
A glorious past surrounds us
credits running low

A dinner party

Floating meet and greet
Over a desolate land
Champagne over flows

Fall and fly and fly and fall
As the city rises up

Date: 1105.162 (arrive at Drinax)

After fleeing the loving embrace of the Golden Queen, we brought Rao back to her father on Drinax (Tlaiowaha 2223).

Her father, the King, was very pleased to see her. She received good care on his floating palace and was soon back on her feet. And that is where things got sticky. Her father has a ship, and she wants us to pilot that ship. We would be flattered, but it appears that her father wants to use the ship for piracy. He is providing us with a Letter of Marque to disrupt trade.

His vision is to rebuild the Empire of Drinax. I can’t fault him for ambition. I guess having your whole planet inhabited by nobles, all of whom live in your palace, the pressure to rebuild the empire is pretty strong.

Rao wants us to do this because she trusts us to keep a secret. She has the ear of her father in this matters. I figure we better keep her happy.

We are here - Drinax

Drinax, here we are
Awake, sleeping beauty, arise
safe and sound at home

Trading our way home

Buying and selling
hop from planet to planet
she sleeps on

We are away

We fly among the stars
sleeping princess in her bed
surrounded by friends

Screw warders and jailers (Bernie)
And took the best prize of the lot

Date: 1105.31

Calli made a show

Calli, or someone who knows as much has she does, has made a show about twins being murdered at their boarding school. In it there is a character a lot like me called Bernie Laddox. It is a blockbuster, wildly successful in the Tobia subsector [it is made on Tobia (Tobia 3215)] and several nearby subsectors.

Rao suggested that we meet on Fist (Tobia 2918) to sort it out. In the Fist system, we head out to an asteroid belt on Sal’s ship, the Honest Mistake , to meet with Rao. Unfortunately we are shanghaied by Imperial Intelligence before we can get there. There were three of them:

  • Calli! She was is headed to Argona (The Borderland 2923) after they had delivered us.
  • A male diplomat who was heading back to Fist.
  • A doctor.
    They believed that one of us also worked for Imperial Intelligence.

The Golden Queen will host a show trial

Next thing you know, we wake up in the dungeon of the Golden Queen, on Yggdrasil (Yggdrasil 0815). That women has a serious barbarian fetish. When I say ‘on Yggdrasil’, I actually mean ‘over Yggdrasil’. The dungeon is in the bottom of her palace. Her palace is an asteroid. The asteroid is in geosynchronous orbit, at the top of a beanstalk down to the planet below. If only we could chop down that beanstalk.

We are slated for trail by combat. There isn’t much chance of us being found innocent, which means we would die. So Archie befriends a guard from Ace (Sindal 1719) called Wilv. He’s good like that. With Wilv’s help, we break out. We get into a bit of a scrap with some guards in a torture chamber (As I said, a serious barbarian fetish).

We find Rao strapped to a rack, being tortured. There is a cage strapped to her leg where small animals are eating her alive. She is unconscious and looks seriously hurt. You know, up until that point, I thought that maybe Rao had planned all this. Shopping us as the killers would certainly get her of the hook. After all, I considered shopping her to the Golden Queen in return for being set free, but I didn’t get a chance. Also, the others weren’t keen.

With Wilv’s help, we find the Honest Mistake and get out of there. Rao isn’t looking good, but being with us has to be better than getting your leg chewed off by space rats.

Trial by combat

Imprisoned in rock
accusation of murder
most unfounded