Ascension Session Notes – 15 September 2012

Agamemnon makes her way to the edge of the system, followed at a safe distance by a Clan destroyer.  The members of the team who need medical attention are treated on the way.  After jumping to Quantraine and meeting with Alabama, then again with the jump to Milligan’s World, the crew undertakes a number of tasks.

  • Becker discovers an incredible amount of activity and funds expended against the ship’s accounts by Jameson and Sims.  After having Mitch and Captain Eaton investigate, they discover an intricate web of purchases and trading activity – the result of which has put a number of assets under control of the Agamemnon – including two Overlord-class dropships, two full battalions of  Battlemechs and their mechwarriors, a full crew compliment for both both warships, and time reserved at New Samarkand’s graving dock to repair the midships damage from Agamemnon’s misjump.  All in all, hundreds of millions of credits have changed hands through Sims’ dealings in certain bits of the ship’s losttech, and cleverly dealing in unique salvage finds throughout the Combine.
  • Between Becker and Mitch, Lev’s belongings are sorted.  A number of romantic missives are found, with no addressee, and Lev’s Upon Death instructions in his contract are that his remains and ceremonial sword be returned to Admiral Ling of the Draconis Combine.
  • Rance managed to fabricate an armored vest much like the trenchcoat Lev Arris used.
  • Mitch performs an exhaustive analysis of the Clan gunboat and derives specifications for several components.
  • A detailed analysis of the mass driver is performed – but offers up no surprises except it appears there may be limited ammunition supplies of the large, planet-killing slugs.
  • Data Analysis produces two options for supply caches.  The first is a forward base from the Amaris rebellion on Zalaf that was never completed before the Cameron betrayal.  The second is a deep-space cache known only to the 9th Fleet near Tabayama.
The jump to Zlatousi brings Agamemnon face-to-face with a border picket from the Draconis Combine composed of dozens of dropships, several squadrons of fighters, an antiquated destroyer and hundreds of automated defense turrets.  Their CO, a Major Hugh, trades some information with Agamemnon, and bids them make all haste to New Samarkand to meet with Admiral Ling.  Clan troops have been skirmishing all across the Combine’s borders – the Ghost Bears in addition to several additional clans – Wolf, Jade Falcon, and Smoke Jaguar.
The Agamemnon jumps to the deep space cache location, and finds the fifty cargo containers of the cache intact, but a small vessel is adrift nearby.  The vessel is a small fast-attack craft, named after a battlefield (Normandy) like a dropship, designed seemingly without the intent of gravity support for the crew, but capable of atmospheric flight.  The crew begins loading the containers, but sends drones to investigate one that had been tampered with in addition to the Normandy.  The warship shows no signs of life or emissions.  A corpse in a spacesuit is tethered to the nearby cargo container.  After investigating the container in detail, it appears to have not been tampered with, and the only indication of the fate of the man outside a lifted helmet seal.
Janks assembles a boarding party and takes a Cheyenne over to the Normandy and boards her just behind the bridge.  The ship appears to be completely unpowered, with life support not operating and degrading (but not completely gone).  The majority of the ship’s control surfaces are blank slates, with very few physical controls.  No functionality could be restored from the bridge, so the team moves aft.
The session ends with Geers spotting a trail of frozen blood drops, trailing into the darkness.


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