Fastball Express Inc.

Session #46 - Lamentations of the Lumpy Space Princess

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By Hisham at

The entry title for this Eclipse Phase session report is play on the title of the game Machinations of the Space Princess from Postmortem Press.

Gamera Security’s Venusian investigations continued: Kai took on the role of neotenic-morphed Billy Cable Jr. (a.k.a. Brandon Leigh), Darren played infomorph DANAI (a.k.a. Vadislav Sender) and I was again the slitheroid-morphed Hokusai Tarnungshaut (a.k.a. Heinrich Ausfahrt Plissken).

Andrew’s Venusian glider-morphed Wandering Ina (a.k.a. Kana) and Matthew’s Badal Jones the Lunar Lagrange Alliance Envoy were absent and was used as NPCs at crucial times of the session.

Ivan GMed, as this photo shows:

When the GM wears the GM hat, everyone worry!

The mission, which continued from the previous session, was to help Badal Jones with the security for his LLA ambassador’s contingent as they attended the art show that would display the Factors’ alien sculpture pieces collected by the reclusive posthuman artist Marquis d’Homem-Christos at the Cumulus Hotel on Aphrodite Prime. There was a second, a more secretive mission from Gretchen Ambelina of Pax Familae: which is to sabotage the art show. The team had decided that these two missions could be run side-by-side without any conflicts of interests.
Adventures in Lumpy Space

First thing in the morning, Cable aided Hokusai to build up Rep for his art social media meshsite renamed Obloquy (the original name Digital Easel didn’t have a controversial online activist vibe enough. Also it sucked). Hokusai would update socially controversial artwork, slam heads together, induce squabbling then try to gain and sift intel from squabblers, by pushing the right buttons with people in F-Rep circles. Hokusai’s cover ID in Obloquy was Pickman Algol, Cable’s was The Lumpy Space Ambassador and although he hadn’t activated his account yet, DANAI planned on being an online troll with an opposing viewpoint named Shasta.

Hokusai uploaded a digital painting of the disc of the planet Venus with three layers. The top third of the planet – encompassing the northern hemisphere – showed greenery and life. The middle equatorial third showed Venus’ surface as it was. The bottom third was a mishmash of darkness and burning human skeletons that trailed bits of flame and debris into space.

Apparently this “Pickman Algol” dandy was against the terraforming of Venus.

Yes. Those are the Obloquy avatars.
Return to Rekall

Cable decided infiltrate the Aphrodite Prime Security Network. The best persons (where “person” is loosely defined) for this were DANAI and Ina. So they had to retrieve them in the Sheldon morph from the Total Rekall Sleeving Facility. Cable called up Badal Jones for assistance.

Jones notified Rekall, informing them he had lost a personal item when he inspected the facility the previous day. His slitheroid security contractor Heinrich would be dropping by to retreive it. When Hokusai arrived (in his Heinrich cover), a Rekall exec escorted him as a representative of the Lunar Lagrange Alliance. He had to “find” it because Jones’ call would have made Rekall aware that something was left behind and needed to be retrieved.

DANAI/Ina sensed Hokusai’s mesh ID, decoupled from the Marquis’ custom morph pod computer leaving Ina’s fork Ina-α behind.

The rarity of the Sheldon morph allowed Hokusai to make a show of discovering its location and, before the exec asked, told her that this was his employer’s favourite toy: a tamagotchi-pleasure toy combination. Hokusai pretended to push some buttons to feed it while informing the exec that the LLA would like to keep this a secret… before reabsorbing DANAI/Ina’s morph back into the cloaca under his snake-like torso, like an unholy reverse-birthing of an egg.

For some reason, DANAI/Ina felt strangely at home. Let’s leave it at that.
Insecurity Intrusion

En route back to the airship, DANAI attempted to hacked into the Security Network (…and rolled a freaking 99). Immediately alarms went off. Bots were attempting to determine the origin address of the hack. Hokusai was alarmed that the cops would triangulate his cloaca as the hack origin. Thankfully, DANAI was able to successfully reroute the address to a orbital comm satellite that had an antenna pointed offworld.

Hokusai was happy that no SWAT team would be breaking down his cloaca with a battering ram.

Back at the airship, Ina’s ego was loaded into virtual with time sped up to sixty times the normal rate so it could code a bot attack on the Security Network spiders before the end of the day. In the meantime, Cable and Hokusai discovered something while investigating the feedstock lines to the Cumulus Hotel’s makers – the only avenue where the hotel’s security could be breached. There was a spike in the feedline network that consumed higher energy than any other point.

It was located within the Aviary Authority construction site on the side of the habitat, exposed to the unbreathable Venusian atmosphere.
Let’s Take a Walk (and a Flight) Outside

The Aviary Authority had contracted one Ikea-Tata Constructions Inc. to extend its habitat modules, where life forms would be genetically created, modified and released into the air outside to create a brand new Venusian aerial ecosystem.

The team geared up for an on-site investigation. DANAI was resleeved in the Janet morph and wrapped himself around Hokusai. Hokusai slithered to the construction site from within Aphrodite Prime while Cable suited up and piloted one of the airship’s ultralights and circled the Aviary section from half a klick away amongst a dozen other recreational ultralights. From his open cockpit seat, Cable remotely created a cover ID for Hokusai to infiltrate the Aviary construction site.

Hokusai as the hostile environment welding specialist Tops Ticklepops managed to slip into the site even with an extra morph hidden upon his being. The site was open to the atmosphere and had construction scaffolding criss-crossing the entire section. Following the site work AR directions, Tops Ticklepops slowly and carefully slithered his way to where he was needed, very glad for his morph’s grip pads. One wrong twitch and a 50-klick drop down to the Venusian surface would greet him.

Cable, observed the weather AR feed, discovered that although there were no storms nearby, tectonic activity was increasing on the surface of Venus – which was impossible because Venus had no tectonic plates. Cable filed this anomaly for later study.

As he worked using welding gear found on site, Cable sent a message and a video feed. His enhanced vision spotted a darkened area deep within the construction site. No lights. No workers.
The Cloud Nine Robot Connection

“Tops Ticklepops” had a 12-hour shift to cover, so DANAI had to do the legwork. Which was kind of hard since the custom-designed Janet morph had no legs, only a pair of hands connected by an electronic rope. After Hokusai’s failure to throw DANAI so he could swing toward the dark zone (SOM 5, man! SOM 5!) the Janet morph inchwormed its way toward its destination.

The dark zone was home to a single cargo container. DANAI crawled up toward the door controls, tried to use his skin links but discovered that a regular wireless mesh connection was sufficient to fool the door into opening. (But unknown to the character DANAI, an alarm was tripped.) Within the container were piles of boxes. He opened one and used his knuckle’s enhanced vision to take a photo and distributed it to the others. They were enough parts to assemble dozens and dozens of combat robots. Cable identified them as being the same type and batch as the ones they discovered at Cloud Nine. It looked as though these weapons of destruction had been here for a long time, longer than the Marquis’ art show announcement.

Why were the robots here? What did it have to do with the impending attack on the Cumulus Hotel? DANAI thought surveillance gear would help answer that question. Hokusai sent his speck drone to DANAI. The robotic fly-on-the-wall took its spot within the container as its sensor feed was transmitted to Cable. DANAI crawled back to Hokusai and after his shift was over, they left the site with nary a cover blown. (Hokusai thought that welding using specialised gear in toxic atmosphere hanging over a 50-klick drop was quite a relaxing experience.)

Gamera of KL.Meanwhile, Cable arranged for Ted, his AI Muse, to have one ultralight skimming the edge of the 500 meter no-fly zone from the Aviary construction site, receiving the speck’s signal at all times. Ted would switch ultralights with another before running out of fuel. The airship had plenty of ultralights folded away, ready for launch.
Ina Unboxed

When they reconvened at the airship lounge, night was falling and Ina had finished its work. The DDOS attack program designed to overwhelm the aerostat’s Security Network was completed and prepared to be implemented. Hopefully this would force the city to shut down the art show before it started, and allow Gamera Security to take advantage of the chaos to learn which terror group was planning to attack the hotel.

What would happen next?

Session #45 - Electromatic For The People

By Hisham from

Last time on Eclipse Phase: Clouds of a Morning Star the team was joined by Matthew’s player character Christoph de Beers from the Jovian Republic.

However, there was a quantum temporal flux and the character metamorphed into the Lunar Lagrange Alliance envoy Badal Jones, a Welshman. The out-of-character retcon avoided difficulties of roleplaying a character from a racist, pure humans-only society mixed with a group of posthuman player characters.

Also, Kai played neotenic-morphed Billy Cable Jr. (a.k.a. Brandon Leigh), Andrew played Venusian glider-morphed Wandering Ina (a.k.a. Kana), Darren played infomorph DANAI (a.k.a. Vadislav Sender) and I was back as the slitheroid-morphed Hokusai Tarnungshaut (a.k.a. Heinrich Ausfahrt Plissken).

Jones had commissioned Gamera Security’s services for the upcoming art gallery event at the Cumulus Hotel at Aphrodite Prime. The event would display Factors’ alien sculpture pieces collected by the reclusive posthuman artist Marquis d’Homem-Christos who lived on the asteroid 163693 Atira and would be farcasting to Venus in a few days.

The mission objectives were clear: Jones engaged GamSec to protect the LLA ambassador during the show and (two session ago, when I was absent) Gretchen Ambelina informed Cable that she wanted the show to fail. The two objectives were not necessarily exclusive. They need to ensure the LLA visitors’ safety while they sabotaged the event.

But how would they do that?


Plans were laid out between the GamSec members. Attempting to intercept the Marquis’ sculpture-bearing shuttle en route from 163693 Atira to Venus was an idea that was sunk by the lack of space piloting skills between members of the company.

So they settled on something easier: to intercept the Marquis’ farcast, kidnap then box him in virtual, put Ina in his Venus-fabbed custom morph whatever it may be. They would have to locate the Marquis’ waiting morph and hack the resleeving hardware and software. The job fell to DANAI and Ina, both to be sleeved into a Sheldon-class drone: the walking egg with the cyberbrain and crotch-mounted data cable launcher. But it had no arms. (It’s fine though, cause DANAI’s Somatics was miserably low.) Once Ina had commandeered the Marquis’ custom morph, he would make as if the Marquis was blundering through his own event with one catastrophic social faux pas after another; bad enough to disgust the guests into leaving the show; effectively sabotaging it without harming anyone.

Cable began implementing his own plans.

Cable’s Plans

It has teh good cholesterols!He started making a lot of noise in the local mesh, calling for a violent halt of Venus terraforming, which attracted someone’s attention. Someone who might be from the Free Fall Network, the group GamSec earlier discovered that was stealing and sabotaging mining equipment and vehicles. They met up in virtual, but after Cable pitched his idea to employ “a radical and subversive artist” (namely Hokusai under cover) to aid in their struggle against the terraformers, the man called Cable up on his lies and demanded the truth.

Cable then gave him a fair amount of the truth about the Marquis’ art show and their impending sabotage of it, but using the name “William Cable” instead of “William Cable Jr.” and without mentioning Gamera Security. The man believed his gambit and revealed to him that a sabotage attempt would be executed during the art show, using the hotel nanofab’s feedstock pipeline. Before jacking out of virtual, the agent promised to contact Cable.

Was it FFN? Was it some other terrorist group? Was it a Morningstar Constellation covert agent? They would soon find out.

When Cable reported his findings, DANAI thought perhaps the terrorists that the LLA had gotten wind of and hired them to stop were actually themselves. (Yay! Self-fulfilling prophecies!)
The Resleeving Facility

They contacted Jones and informed him they needed to inspect Aphrodite Prime’s main resleeving facility which has farcasting stations with full medical facilities, morph storage and immigration enforcement department. Under official LLA diplomatic license, Jones and Hokusai (as Heinrich) were allowed into the resleeving facility to inspect it for future Lunar-Lagrange Alliance official use.

At the custom morph storage chamber, Jones kept the centre’s public relations officer busy with questions while Hokusai x-rayed the pod that bore the Marquis’ custom morph and sent the x-ray image capture to everyone else via their private mesh network. The morph resembled a bipedal, human-like synthmorph with a chrome helmet and an LED screen for a face.

Hokusai strained with a “Hurrrgh!” and popped out an egg from his newly-fitted mid-tail secret compartment. Legs unfolded from the egg-shaped drone. It ran for the morph storage pod. Sleeved in the drone, DANAI and Ina strained with a “Hurrrgh!” and launched a data cable with a jack from the drone’s crotch at one of the pod’s open datajacks.

The public relations officer heard the jack connecting and was about to look around when Jones forced her attention back to him (critical success with Deception) while Hokusai slammed his tail about, then apologised for the sudden noise. He was, after all, an neo-octopus uncomfortable in a rigid slitheroid synthmorph.

In the meantime, DANAI and Ina were making the required modifications to the system’s software to allow for ego kidnapping.

Some time later, they all left the resleeving facility safely.

They returned to the Cumulus Hotel and asked permission to do their own security walkabout. Especially in light of Cable’s revelation of a probably FFN sabotage attempt via the hotel’s feedstock pipelines. However, they found nothing out of the ordinary.

Later the team, including Jones, travelled to Aphrodite Prime’s spaceport where the Marquis’ cargo shuttle was landing. Here was the central object that brought everyone together in this caper for better or for worse. Everyone watched as automated stevedores carried the cargo and prepared it for transport to the hotel for secure storage and hoped everything would go as planned.

Marquis d’Homem-Christos would be farcasting in soon

(And as a metaquestion: If d’Homem-Christos would be appearing soon, where was Bangalter?)

To be continued next time on Clouds on a Morning Star!

Session #44 - The Jovian Envoy
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Session #43 - Ambelina, Ambelina,
Cloud Diving, Art Shows and Unscheduled Psychosurgery

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There was much extravehicular activity on Venus in this episode.

It began as Kage’s assault pods closed in on Cloud Nine to raid the Egonomix facility. Ina needed a quick way out, so she popped a door to the outside and opened her wings. Fortunately, one flyer morph is small enough to escape attention, and Ina managed to bring herself and Danai back to the team’s airship without incident.

The Gamera team decided to leave Kage Musha to mop things up. As a nice side benefit, the team managed to score some valuable loot – Kage let them have a cornucopia machine. One that would be most useful with those armament plans.

With a successful mission under the team’s belt, it was time for some downtime.

Ina decided to rid herself of these annoying personality quirks, and Danai happened to have taking some psychosurgery skill training. Poking around in Ina’s head, Danai soon found that there was some plumbing work needed, and got to work.

Meanwhile, Cable decided to get to know Gretchen Ambelina a bit better. They made an appointment to meet at New Aphrodite for a meal and perhaps some other social activities.

An hour later, Cable was hurtling through the clouds in a diving suit.

Risking one’s life in cloud-diving adventures was Gretchen’s idea of a good time. The two skydivers hurtled down through cloud after cloud, getting dangerously close to the next layers of Venus’ high-pressure atmosphere. Cable had programmed his muse Ted to automatically pull the ripcord if he blacked out, and it seemed dangerously close to happening. Finally, he popped his ’chute and ended his fall, to be recovered by an aerial vehicle and returned to the top of the cloud diving range…for another go.

“Shall we go deeper this time?” asked Gretchen. Cable could not say no.

The second time around, the plummet was even more intense, and Cable found himself slipping in and out of consciousness, the inside of his suit one gigantic puddle of fluid fear.

He couldn’t remember much of the experience, but afterwards, filled with a mix of exhilaration, fear and passion, he’d never felt so alive or so in love. He gladly promised to help Gretchen humiliate an enemy of hers, Marquis Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo, a supporter of the terraforming movement who was planning an exhibition of his prized Factor art.

Her words after the daredevil cloud-diving jumps still echoed in his ears: “Were you backed up?” He said yes. “Shame. It’s more fun when you’re not.”

Session #42 - Cloud 9's Filling

By Ina’s and Danai’s players:

The team’s 2 in 1 combo managed to grab hold of security during the sleep cycle and did some digging and tracking of guard movements. A bold plan was soon hatched..dun,dun,dun. Wandering Ina switched some cameras to loop replay footage showing nothing going on and suppressed alarms as Billy Cable manoeuvred the new dirigible below Cloud Nine. A quick, but tense climb later, Hokusai and a bag of tools was on board the station as well, courtesy of an airlock. All members on the station then headed to a relatively safe section of the station to plan their next move, while being gently warmed by the rays from the station reactor.

Wandering Ina and Hokusai – the new intrusion team, managed to make their way undetected to an out of the way manufacturing lot and after some probing around, managed to disable the lock and sneak into the lot. The intrusion team then found crate after crate on that floor, all containing pistols of many types, but sadly, devoid of any ammunition. A closer look also reveals that the weapons are devoid of any factory identification marks. Perhaps the team had stumbled upon a weapons smuggling operation?

In the course of their investigations, the intrusion team stumbles upon a goods elevator capable of going to the upper floors, and wanting to avoid any unnecessary noise, the Wandering Ina and Hokusai climbed the shaft with gripper pads and electronic rope. On the second floor, the team found disassembled robot parts and un-powered security drones in the many crates on that floor.

As they looked around, the intrusion trio detected signs of activity on the higher floors and moved 2 floors up to investigate. There, they found factory drones and cornucopia machines manufacturing illegal goods. Not sure if the robots are piloted by sentients, the team sniffed around for a bit first before deciding the drones were probably run automatically by AI. Hokusai was send one floor down to investigate the skipped floor, while Wandering Ina hid on the manufacturing floor to observe the situation, using a chameleon cloak. A while later, Hokusai returned after only finding more crates of disassembled components on the floor below. The team decided that Hokusai would go up to the next floor to see what was there, while Wandering Ina poked around the current floor for information.

The next floor was also abuzz with manufacturing activity, and Hokusai had an accidental run in when he blocked a drone’s path while under his chameleon cloak. He was able to escape undetected while the drone blared an alert alarm. Interestingly, this brought him into a close encounter with an old ego smuggling suspect from his missions on Mars. Finding nothing wrong, the unaware suspect sent the droid on its way and went back into his control booth further along the facility with Hokusai closing in shortly after.

Meanwhile, Wandering Ina had also spotted a booth on the first manufacturing floor and crept forward under her chameleon cloak to investigate. They find a Slitheroid, lounging about at the booth, preoccupied with a VR game of World of Dirigibles. Not sure to kill or attempt capture of this synth, they decide instead to take advantage of the distracted Slitheroid and jacked into the terminal in front of it using a fiber optic cable. Some tense hacking later, they gain access and discover shipping dates. Narrowly avoiding the sudden swishing of the Slitheroid’s tail, Wandering Ina moves further away and a quick cross check with the station records coincides some dates with station records of Egonomix shipments. However, some dates are unaccounted for and are believed to be for goods secretly moved off the station somehow. Browsing further in the terminal, Wandering Ina discovers an interface showing a tripped silent alaem from the door broken through for the intrusion and terminates the alarm. Checking the users logged in reveals just a list of names for Wandering Ina. However Hokusai recognizes a name belonging to a lady the core team had an explosive encounter with in one of their previous missions on Mars and she as well as one other user were logged in on terminals one floor above Hokusai. A last bit of looking around the system reveals a farcaster located on the same floor as that lady.

The intrusion team agrees that although taking out the workers was an appealing idea, it would be carried out as a last action. Seeing an opportunity to rearm the team, Wandering Ina sneaks around the cornucopia machine, hacks it and copies its blueprints and OS before reuniting with Hokusai. The team now moves a floor upwards and discovers a server farm which probably houses the necessary AIs. Additionally, a lounge is visible and further inside, a secure room, presumably containing the 2 people as well as the farcaster. Finding the room armored and locked with biometrics, the intrusion team decides to call for the cavalry.

Hokusai was given all the data gathered so far and is able to make it back to the air lock. However when climbing down, the Slitheroid almost takes a one way skydiving trip and barely manages to latch on to the surface of the dirigible. Cable and Hokusai then take off stealthily to a safe distance before contacting Kage Musha, the person who gave the job in the first place. Making sure to omit the involvement of the Pax Familie, the dirigible team reports what they have discovered so far. After listening, Kage Musha asked if the team was willing to engage the enemy but being lightly armed and armored to take on station security, Kage was given a negative. Kage then posed an odd question, asking Cable and Hokusai if anyone else was told about this. Fearing an impending silencing, a “No” reply was given while all the information and instructions was copied to another member of the Fastball Express for insurance. Kage Musha then advises that remaining team members on board the Cloud Nine station extract immediately and that they would not want to be there when the cavalry arrived.

Meanwhile, Wandering Ina, who was left in the highest floor, was still contemplating ways to get into the room and on the farcaster for its records. Lightly armed, it was unlikely that Wandering Ina would be able to forcefully enter and successfully engage both possible hostiles….

The clock is now counting down for this phase of the mission! Will the farcaster records be obtained? What help did Kage Musha send – sentients or express delivery? Will everyone on the team escape unscathed? Find out more in the next session of Eclipse Phase – Clouds of a Morning Star!

Session #41 - Blimps and Back Seat Driving

From Kai:

So. We check in on the latest news relevant to Fastball Express.

Diz has hijacked Jovian traffic control to clear an exit path for the old Fastball Special…which he took out of the elliptical and off into the far reaches of space. Taking with it a hundred kilograms of paper cranes. Somewhere, Cable asks Quill what we should do. She suggests launching Kay after the Fastball Special. “Fetch, boy, fetch!”

Quill, this is not going to end well. This is going to end in five years’ time when V’Ger Kay comes back to probe us all.

Also, the Jovians start planting atmospheric processors on major Jovian moons. Time to start terraforming.

Also, Mitsuba’s sister Hitoha starts extending her influence over the tech sector in the Planetary Consortium. And their uncle Miyazaki has risen to the Planetary Consortium council. The family is like the Tyrells…“Growing Strong.” Or is it “More Human Than Human” from Blade Runner?

The current version of Cable that we are looking at uses his Farley Flynn identity to look around the Venusian salvage market. It seems that two companies, Teddy Bear Roadside Picnic Company and Ladyboys Salvage have the market pretty well sewn up. Farley gets to know Dr Ross, a Venusian researcher who is familiar with the territory.

Gamera Securities gets a tip from the Pax Familae about the illegal farcasting of egos from Parvati to Cloud Nine – a loose end from the Bump in the Night investigation that started this whole campaign on Venus. A software company called Egonomix is involved. Time to dig deeper.

This seems like a good excuse for Gamera Securities to buy some new rides and cruise over to Cloud Nine to investigate and surveil the place. We spend a bunch of money.

Cable buys a new ride: an airship named SS Kakita Gamera, along with a false ID for it: SS Theon Greyjoy.

Ina gets a new ride: A Venusian flyer morph.

Danai gets a new ride: a ghostrider module and a puppet sock installed in INA’S HEAD.

Cue comedy as Danai/Ina visit Egonomix to pose as a potential business partner in an entertainment venture. The investigation (and hacking into Cloud Nine) is ongoing.

Session #40 - Rebranding Exercise

From Kai :

The newly minted Gamera Security, a front company for Fastball Express, began operations on Gerlach Station by taking on a job to track ego thieves who had robbed an ego bank in Spulturatorah Arcology. The thieves stole a batch of personalities preserved from the ill-dated Timbuk 3 Station, which had dropped from Venusian orbit during the Fall. Interviews with some of the egos in storage revealed that USN vessels had been visiting Timbuk 3 just before the incident, as had the increasingly enigmatic interplanetary terrorist William Cable, Sr.

While Billy Cable was digesting this discovery (and freaking out), Hokusai, Wandering Kid and Ina tracked the thieves across the cylinder through a wilderness preserve and into the nearby Argonaut arcology, Renraku. After a good deal of breaking and entering, the team crept through a tunnel in the lower depths of Renraku and finally went down to an unregistered airlock that led outside the hull of Gerlach. Wandering Kid used the maneuver jets on his arachnoid form to explore the exterior and found several guard robots protecting a secret launch pad that had been used to send something or someone off-station as stealthily as possible, using centrifugal force.

The mystery was not yet fully solved, but further investigation would lead farther afield. The egos could have been picked up by a passing ship, or could have ended up at a nearby station, one of which was run by Cognite."

Session #38 & #39 - A Bump in the Night

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Random notes from other sites:

“Today I restarted the campaign with the group resleeved on Venus, with a vague recollection of having accepted a contract with the Morningstar Constellation. Memories of their recruitment had been erased for “security reasons”"

From Kai :

We played Bump in the Night, part 2. Successfully uncovered the truth behind the disappearances. Also got blown out of Parvati. But we were backed up and the morphs were just cheap rentals, so everything turned out OK.

After the mission we decided to set up a local office on Parvati. We built it right over the section that we got blown out of. Oh, the irony.

Session #37 - A Sum of All Sotongs

My body is a cage that keeps me
From dancing with the one I love
But my mind holds the key

My body is a cage that keeps me
From dancing with the one I love
But my mind holds the key

I’m standing on a stage
Of fear and self-doubt
It’s a hollow play
But they’ll clap anyway

My body is a cage that keeps me
From dancing with the one I love
But my mind holds the key

You’re standing next to me
My mind holds the key

I’m living in an age
That calls darkness light
Though my language is dead
Still the shapes fill my head

I’m living in an age
Whose name I don’t know
Though the fear keeps me moving
Still my heart beats so slow

My body is a cage that keeps me
From dancing with the one I love
But my mind holds the key

You’re standing next to me
My mind holds the key
My body is a

My body is a cage
We take what we’re given
Just because you’ve forgotten
That don’t mean you’re forgiven

I’m living in an age
That screams my name at night
But when I get to the doorway
There’s no one in sight

I’m living in an age
That laughs
When I’m dancing
With the one I love
But my mind holds the key

You’re standing next to me
My mind holds the key

Set my spirit free

Hokusai the neo-octopus rejoined the Express after a long and vaguely remembered painting sabbatical, just in time to fall victim to a programmed suicide bomber. After a hurried cleanup and evac to a resleeving clinic, Cable and Ina managed to regenerate their injured bodies, while Hokusai ended up limping around in the Ken Doll body. Once he learned that he could not spray ink (“That’s not ink!”), in the new body, he bought himself a replacement ink gland, which was 2 feet long, from the sex toy shop nearby.

Right away, Cable, Ina and Quill pursued the man behind the attack, an America Offline intelligence officer known only as Jack Ryan.

The trail led back to the Valley of the Apes, where the Nine Lives operation known as Caesar’s Palace was still operational. After many bad banana and chimp-with-fez jokes, the crew infiltrated the Palace and pulled a Somalian Bank Account scam to try to hack into Caesar’s records and data system, using Ina’s hacking skills and Quill’s brain. Hokusai posed as
Somalian mohel Chitundu Pfefferberg, and it got a bit implausible when 13-year-old Isaac (Cable) was the one trying to convince Caesar’s secretary of the importance of recovering the Somalian Finance Ministry’s funds from various offplanet accounts.

Once that was done, the Express crew put a listening programme in place and withdrew to wait and see what turned up next. To be continued…

Quotes of the session:
‎"Hokusai, I can see you."
“No way. I am the STEALTH OCTOPUS.”
“I am looking at you from 6 feet away in the same room.”

‎"Are there any Jewish neo-apes and do they need circumcision?" – Hokusai using the Somalian mohel Mesh ID.

‎"And stand up straight! You have a spine now, learn to use it!" – Cable

Session #36 - A Better Tomorrow

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