The 5th turn of my Five Parsecs campaign was a quick but exiting affair, it's really beginning to pick up the pace, and gets more exiting every time!
For first-time readers;
The adventurers can be found here: Link
The first Campaign round summary: To the beginning!
The second Campaign round summary: The adventures continues!
The third Campaign round summary: A quest is begun!
The forth Campaign round summary: The Quest continues!
Last time the Adventurers aquired a substantial amount of data on alien artefacts from the site they searched, but most of it was in a clearly alien cipher! They needed an expert in the field of xeno-archeology. The word was put out through whatever sources they had, now they could only wait.
Using some of the big pile of local currency they had amassed, captain Al managed to trade some of it for a frak grenade and an odd-looking pistol. Closer inspection revealed that the handgun was infact a shard gun, a prized and quite rare weapon out on the fringe!
Chiyo secures another handgun in a trade, and Mr Hammer holds down the fort.
Mr Smith works out, while Duke tries to recuit some local muscle for the next mission; Sensing that there's more danger than he claims, nobody takes the offer though.
Finally they get the answer they're looking for; A local contact have heard of a excavation site in the deepest regions of the western desert, set up to investigate a newly unearthed alien ruin. The leader of the expedition is a former marine turned relic hunter by the name of Gina.
Armed with this knowledge the group sets out, hiring a grav-speeder to make it there in record time (breaking only a few traffic and safety regulations along the way).
For the first time the entire crew is all going on the mission!
Captain Black brought his trusted revolver and a knife. Mr Hammer had his usual combo of gattling gun and brutal melée weapon. Mr smith chooses to go with a auto-rifle instead of his usual rattle-gun; choosing speed of firepower for this mission.
Chiyo had her automatic and socket-wrench, while Duke came loaded with body armor, a hunting rifle, his power-fist, a handgun and a grenade; Armed to the teeth as usual.
This looks disastrous to onlookers, but dont forget that Gina used to be a marine!
The brunt swings heavily, but hits only air, Gina is already behind him, and in one swift stroke she brings her combat knife down between his skull and spine severing their connection.
One of her crew tries to use the range-finding laser on his survey gear to scare a cultist into cowering, but he easily spots the con!
The cultist keep coming, probing to try and find a way through to their prize.
When the cthuul carring a rattle-gun swings out of cover, he is quickly faced with a swarm of bullets from Mr Smith and the captain, forcing him behind cover once more.
Gina listens to his story, and considering that the adventurers are the only ones within a 100 miles not trying to capture her or worse, she accepts Al´s proposal. They are leaving, posthaste.
Mr Hammer moves into a better overwatch position as well, to cover their escape.
Retaliation is swift and brutal, Mr Hammer opens up with his gattling, spraying the small cluster of cultists that's gathered on the near side of the camp. 3 of their number is forced to dive for cover, one of them bails far enough to flee, but summons up his nerve last minute.
The Scientists and Gina starts to fall back, with out heroes laying down covering fire.
Seeing their prey almost slipping their grasp, the Cultists advance with alacrity, trying to catch up by sheer force of will. But the forward 2 cultists are pinned down by Duke and the captain.
Before anbody can react, Gina lets out a grunt and collapses.
The return fire from Al, Mr Hammer and Duke turns the unlucky assailant into a pink mushy paste, barely recognizable as a once living thing.
The team comes through the mission unharmed, but their Xeno-archeologist is worse off.
Due to the quick first aid she only sustained minor injuries, and will be bedridden one turn (31 on the injury roll).
The crew found some old, but perfectly servicable colony-rations, along with a survey map and a blade given to them by the greatfull scientists. One of them pledged his services to the group, as a way of thanks and repaying his life-debt. (he will be added as a goon to the roster).
With the artifact they seek in sight, all members, assisted by Gina, started to decipher the alien writing.
What strange things will they uncover? Is this somehow connected to the ancient device Gina once found while still in the marines? What lies ahead?
While short, this battle was exiting! It was really cinematic, right up until the end, with a twist that has got me planning the next installment already!
Till next time,look to the stars!