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Seeking Fortune

Feilans have finally entered the realm of space in their solar system, a vast area, full of exotic planets and phenomena. The colonies created by the old Edwinish Party have developed into a new faction, the Dmitrians, whom are descended from Feilans, but whom have developed a separate cultural identity from their colonial forefathers. At the edge of the system lurks the formidable faction known as the Immortals, a group of furs whom have used technology to live forever, in a constant state of hostility with Feila and Dmitri, both of whom are on tense enough relations as it is. All natives are furry (Skin Avian are present here too). No native humans.
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Re: Seeking Fortune

Post by Alden » Wed Nov 08, 2017 10:27 pm

The otter blushed and looked at his feet. "Well... eh..." He fumbled with the suit for a moment. "I uh.. I had a bit of a flashback. That's all." He glanced down at his feet again. "Sorry." Alfred shifted his weight from foot to foot, nervously watching Sakura's face and trying to gauge her reaction. The otter hoped that answer would suffice- he'd rather not go into personal detail about this.
"I must not fear.
Fear is the mind-killer.
Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration.
I will face my fear.
I will permit it to pass over me and through me.
And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path.
Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain."

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Re: Seeking Fortune

Post by Asyriel » Thu Nov 16, 2017 9:29 am

Sakura was listening carefully as Alfred started to tell her what he'd been dreaming about that had caused him grab her. She sighed though as the explanation was vague enough that he could have said nothing and she wouldn't have been any less enlightened. "Oh, ok." She replied. She shrugged when he apologized, and waved her hand in a dismissive gesture as she turned back toward the cockpit of the ship. "No problem. I should probably go double check our course." She said with much less enthusiasm than she'd spoke with before. It seemed pretty obvious to her that he didn't want to talk about anything personal so she headed back to her seat in the cockpit of the ship. Back to work. She double checked their course, and the time left to their destination. They still had the better part of another day before they would arrive.

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Re: Seeking Fortune

Post by Alden » Sat Nov 18, 2017 10:52 pm

The otter sighed, having noticed her disappointment with his answer. "If you really want to know, I'll tell ya." He blushed a bit and scratched the top of his head. "It... It was rough being in the navy. Especially back in the early days." He looked back down at his feet. "I... I lost a lot of friends. Emergency airlock seals wait for no one ya know." He fidgeted both embarrassed and a bit nervous but was too wrapped up in his thoughts to notice his poor state of dress at the moment. He rambled on for a moment, describing all the brutal ways he'd seen people die when he was in the service- blown apart by explosive shells, torn to bits by railguns or kinetic penetrators, crushed between ramming vessels, suffocated by faulty space suits- his list went on and on.
"I must not fear.
Fear is the mind-killer.
Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration.
I will face my fear.
I will permit it to pass over me and through me.
And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path.
Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain."

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Re: Seeking Fortune

Post by Asyriel » Sat Nov 25, 2017 2:40 pm

Sakura was, to say the least, slightly appalled by what Alfred told her. Not as much by the idea of death, but by the number he had witnessed. It was almost enough to make one wonder if the navy just had a terrible record, or if Alfred just had some really terrible luck.

"Well, I've got a pretty good safety record." She commented. "And I'm thorough with my maintenance so, there is that." she said, hoping that she was at least a little reassuring. As Alfred continued to list ways he'd seen people die, she felt deeply sympathetic. She wanted to let him know that he could stop listing, but she was unsure what to say. Finally, without thinking she just wrapped her arms around him in an embrace. "I'm sorry." She said quietly

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Re: Seeking Fortune

Post by Alden » Sat Nov 25, 2017 5:07 pm

The otter flushed a deep red under his fur, but wrapped his arms around her too, hugging her closely. "It's ok. I'm.... used to it now. I just want to ensure your safety on this voyage miss." His rudder tail swayed slowly behind him as he gently nuzzled her cheek. Alfred silently hoped he wasn't pushing things with his new boss, he needed the funds after all. "Well, I'm at your disposal till the end."
"I must not fear.
Fear is the mind-killer.
Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration.
I will face my fear.
I will permit it to pass over me and through me.
And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path.
Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain."

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Re: Seeking Fortune

Post by Asyriel » Mon Nov 27, 2017 7:03 pm

Sakura smiled as Alfred returned her embrace. She chuckled as he mentioned wanting to keep her safe. "Well, when it comes to ship issues, I should be the one keeping you safe. This is my ship after all, and I'm responsible for the upkeep and proper function." She was a bit surprised at the nuzzle, but returned it quickly. "Thank you for the sentiment, and the way things are going, there may be more than just possible malfunctions to worry about." She smiled as Alfred mentioned he was at her disposal. "Thank you, I don't think I want to face this job alone."

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Re: Seeking Fortune

Post by Sade » Wed Nov 29, 2017 10:52 pm

Till the end…

An alarm sounded as the Inari’s automated systems detected a new 4didar contact behind them, gaining on them in spite of the Inari’s incredible speed. Unusual speed was the least of the pursuer’s alarming characteristics. There could be no doubt that it was a pirate ship. Its bow borrowed from the seafaring ship designs of Feilan warships, its drive section more closely resembled something Dimitrians might build, and the whole thing had a viscerally gothic aesthetic to it; pointy, serrated, overtly hostile. And it was enormous. Even this, though, was not its most alarming feature.

While spacecraft do not fly physical flags for obvious reasons, they do exchange flags of a sort electronically. When the Inari’s communications system pinged the pursuer, the pursuer transmitted its ships seal. It was a seal few residents of Atalfa could have forgotten in spite of the intervening twenty years since it was last seen: A wyvern, wings spread, jaws gaping, fangs dripping blood. Spilt blood had conditioned people to fear that seal, and to fear the wolf behind it.

It was the seal of Robinson, a blight on Atalfa thought long dead and buried. The big old wolf had been uniquely cruel, ruthless, and violent in a way the fiercest pirates of recent times could not match. He was a menace thought vanquished decades ago.

The ship closing on them was none other than the Black Agony, Robinson’s huge flagship, straight out of legend. It was a ship whose precise capabilities were obscured by myth and hearsay. It was a ship whose arrival almost universally served as a death sentence.

But, it was pinging their comms. Apparently, Robinson- if it really was him- wanted to have a conversation first.

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Re: Seeking Fortune

Post by Alden » Fri Dec 01, 2017 11:38 pm

Alfred gulped, not so much out of fear of Robinson's ship, but more so because he knew the freighter didn't have the weapons to deal with such a vessel, nor the thrust to safely escape. The otter quickly glanced to Sakura. "Shall I try and transmit an emergency signal?" He asked, already heading for the com gear. He swiftly began to work, setting the equipment to broadcast on a number of frequencies- some standard, some old military ones he knew, and a few local frequencies as well. "You better decide now, as once they've stated their intent they won't take as kindly to me transmitting."
"I must not fear.
Fear is the mind-killer.
Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration.
I will face my fear.
I will permit it to pass over me and through me.
And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path.
Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain."

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Re: Seeking Fortune

Post by Asyriel » Mon Dec 04, 2017 6:00 am

The alarm alone wasn't enough to make Sakura terribly worried, but the ship identification that came with it was enough to nearly make her panic. Not only had a pirate ship caught them, it had caught UP with them. Sakura wasn't sure that any additional speed she could coax from her ship would be enough, and she knew she didn't have enough fire power on her ship to take on the infamous Black Agony.

She stood where she was for a moment, frozen by a combination of indecision and fear. She was beginning to lean toward the decision to go down with guns blazing rather than face whatever cruel tortures Robinson would come up with if they were captured. Alfred's question brought her out of her dark thoughts long enough to realize that Robinson's ship was actually trying to communicate.

"I don't think they'll take kindly to an emergency signal regardless of when we send it, but if we send it now, we may lose the chance to talk to our pursuers." She replied before opening the communications channel between Robinson's ship and her own. "This is the light freighter Inari, Captain Sakura Takhashi speaking." She said as the channel opened, barely keeping from cringing as she waited for the reply.

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Re: Seeking Fortune

Post by Sade » Wed Dec 06, 2017 5:39 pm

(Thanks! It's good to be back and roleplaying again.)

Low and behold, it really was Robinson on that other ship. Pirates of all eras through history dealt in fear and intimidation, and the wolf was no exception. Over his long life he had carefully cultivated his personality and appearance to that end, though, of course, the weapons of his many enemies had helped in their own way. The grizzled old wolf’s snout was crisscrossed by scars, his lips on the left side of that muzzle had been torn off, the teeth visible through the ragged gap substituted by vicious metal fangs. His eyes were sunken and ancient- so far as non-dragons went- but surprisingly lucid, and they shown a startlingly vivid yellow with reflected light. His face was framed by a still-full mane of thick coarse grey fur. It was more the face of a predator than a civilized man.

“I know who you are,” he growled, eyes full of calculation, “that is part of why you’re still alive. The other is that you have something which belongs to me.” He mimed holding something small between clawed robotic thumb and forefinger.

“I have a proposition for you, Captain. Come aboard and return my property, and we can discuss it.” He waved his prosthetic hand dismissively, “or don’t, and I will... find someone else.”

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Re: Seeking Fortune

Post by Alden » Thu Dec 07, 2017 1:28 am

Alfred glanced at the pirate, not seeming too fazed by the wolf's predatory visage. He held a flat expression, forcing himself to neither flinch or smirk back at Robinson. There was, after all, no need to tip off the wolf as to how he felt. While the otter hadn't encountered Robinson in person before as he had been deployed in a sector far from the pirate's general area of operations, he was certainly aware of him by reputation. While he suspected much of it was exaggerated rumor, he was certainly not interested in fighting the pirate's vessel in a puny freighter, however well armed it may be.
He listened carefully to the pirate's words, and glanced over to Sakura, silently waiting for orders.
"I must not fear.
Fear is the mind-killer.
Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration.
I will face my fear.
I will permit it to pass over me and through me.
And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path.
Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain."

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Re: Seeking Fortune

Post by Asyriel » Wed Dec 13, 2017 4:39 pm

Sakura looked at the visage of one of if not the most feared pirates of their time, and she couldn't help the slight widening of her eyes, and the dropping of her jaw that gave away at least some amount of fear and intimidation. The wolf's features were enough that she wanted to look away, but was at the same time entranced.

Robinson's mention that he knew who she was had her more worried than any of the other things at that moment. How did he know? Was he planning on turning her in? Then there was the chip, she knew that was what he wanted, she didn't have anything else that fit the mimed description. The problem with the chip was that someone was lying. The one who had hired her to transport it had claimed it was theirs, and now Robinson claimed it was his. Unfortunately, she was kinda stuck between a rock and a hard place. She knew that if she didn't agree to whatever the wolf wanted, her ship was done for, and she and Alfred were as good as dead.

Sakura looked over at Alfred as he looked to her for orders. She sighed and shrugged to him before she spoke. "All right, Let's hear your proposition." She replied to Robinson before turning her attention to Alfred. "Let's get ready to dock." She said before heading for the cockpit to do just that.

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Re: Seeking Fortune

Post by Sade » Thu Dec 14, 2017 11:09 am

“Good girl,” he rumbled. “You can bring your river-mutt with you, but leave your weapons behind. I don’t need you making fools of yourselves on my ship.”

Docking at such a high speed would be dangerous, necessitating that both ships decelerate to conventional propulsion. The Agony was not nearly so limber as the Inari; as they decelerated it overshot them, giving them a view of the aft end and a drive system which was eerily familiar, albeit inelegantly scaled up for a ship of the Agony’s size. The aft end also bristled with more than its fair share of point-defense weaponry.

A pilot beam guided the Inari to a docking gantry on the underside of the Black Agony. It was more than a docking port but not quite a hanger: large clamps engaged to hold the Inari securely against the hull of the larger ship so that it could continue to move and maneuver freely. The Agony did have a hanger, but Robinson hadn’t gained his reputation by being stupid.

Inside, Sakura and Alfred were greeted by a middle-aged grizzly bear with one artificial eye. It glowed a baleful red as he appraised them. He barely spared Sakura a glance, being familiar with her appearance and bio already. He spent a few more moments measuring up the unfamiliar Alfred. There was a certain air of martial competence about the otter. Ex-military, he decided with a frown. “Follow me,” he instructed gruffly.

The unfriendly, dark metallic motif was continued on the inside of the ship. These corridors had seen a great deal of action. While they’d been repaired each time, the pirates left the laser burns and projectile scars to tell their many stories. There were long narrow hatches every ten feet in the walls, ceilings, and floors, no doubt hiding automated turrets. A nasty surprise for any would-be-boarders. The guests saw few of the Agony’s crew. All of them had two artificial eyes to the bear’s one, and they ignored the guests and each other as they performed their functions.

They met Robinson in a long conference room under high vaulted ceilings, surrounded by gothic stained-glass windows through which stars and planets slowly wheeled about. The view was simulated, like being at the center of an impossibly huge planetarium where the scale of the solar system was drastically exaggerated. The habitable areas were buried deep within the ships’ superstructure, beneath all that weaponry and armor. There were no real windows on the Black Agony.

Robinson had been a big male in the past. He easily would have matched Sakura’s height. All his cybernetic enhancements and robotic prosthetics added to his bulk and size. As he stood now, hunched slightly at the head of the long conference table, he was well past seven feet tall. The bear led them to the head of the table and Robinson dismissed him with a glance. “The chip,” he growled, holding out his prosthetic hand, “give it to me.”

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Re: Seeking Fortune

Post by Alden » Sat Dec 16, 2017 12:40 am

The otter looked Robinson over, carefully eyeing his prostheses and enhancements, attempting to discern their purposes. Though his gaze wandered only briefly from the wolf's, the otter took in as much as he could from Robinson's appearance, trying to gauge the wolf's actual prowess. Alfred glanced to Sakura, searching her eyes for her reaction before he looked back to the wolf.

"Quite the ship you've got here." The otter remarked. "Especially the engines- they're a tad large for a craft this size..... Tell me, how did you come by this intriguing vessel?" He looked the wolf dead in the eyes with his own sole eye, smirking a bit. Despite seeming to be missing an eye, the otter wore a simple black eye-patch, with no obvious mechanical replacement beneath. His long officer's coat was rather worn though very well kept. The bands at his wrist on the sleeves indicated he was a captain, or at least, used to be. Alfred dusted off his left shoulder and stood calmly beside Sakura, his weight evenly distributed between his footpaws, and his handpaws were open and empty.
"I must not fear.
Fear is the mind-killer.
Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration.
I will face my fear.
I will permit it to pass over me and through me.
And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path.
Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain."

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Re: Seeking Fortune

Post by Asyriel » Mon Dec 18, 2017 12:18 pm

Sakura cringed at Robinsons casual condescension and use of slurs. Had they been on more even terms, she would have argued the points, but as it was, she'd rather deal with it than risk their possibility of getting away from the situation with their lives in their hands.

The view of the Agony's aft end, and propulsion systems answered the question of how they had caught up with the Inari, but left so many questions in it's wake. Where had Robinson received his drive system? Did he have ties with the Feilan high command, or was it through ties with the entity that surrounded Nantes? Both possibilities worried her in different ways.

Sakura carefully guided her ship into the docking gantry, and cringed at the sound of the clamps latching onto her ship. The sound was dull and heavy and at the moment seemed to carry a finality that reminded her of a cell door closing. As they prepared to go over onto Robinson's ship, she looked over at Alfred, trying not to show the worry and dread she was feeling. "Let's at least see what he has to say before we go stirring up trouble." She said with a bit of nervousness as she dropped her weapons in a cabinet next to the airlock.

Sakura chafed a bit at the apparent lack of concern over her capabilities. Use it to your advantage; she silently told herself. The inside of the Agony, it seemed surreal. The leftovers from past battles, the overt signs of heavy defenses inside the ship. The Agony definitely had appearances to match it's name.

They entered Robinson's conference room, and got their first glimpse of the wolf in person. She was surprised at Robinson's size. She wasn't small by any means, but she had to look up to meet the wolf's eyes with her own. She looked over at Alfred for a moment, glad that he had asked the questions about the ship that had been on her mind, and very briefly revealing her nervousness. "And what did you mean that you know who I am?" She couldn't help but ask as she reached inside her suit, and produced a small case that held the chip Robinson wanted. "I don't think this is actually yours." She said as she held it out to the wolf. "Good luck breaking the encryption." Sakura was still sure that the hybrid that had paid her to move the chip was the actual owner, and she wasn't looking forward to telling her that she had lost it. She sighed before she spoke again. "So now what?" She asked, wanting to move the conversation on without actually asking what Robinson had in mind for her.

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