Fastball Express Inc.

Session #26 - 我是誰
Wǒ Shì Shéi

Resleeving for Billy Cable and Jack Silver – check
Odd flashbacks and conflicting memories for Cable – check
Quill‘s mindscan revealing deepening mystery of Cable’s origins – check
Brain-twisting discussion of identity in transhuman future by Jack – check
Interview and evaluation of Firewall-related new team members – check
New mission from the Martian Geographic Society to track down Potato Thieves – check
Travel and customs fun going to New DaZhai on Mars – check

What’s next? Potato hunting!

Session #25 - Dante's Inferno
Long Live Space Race! Long Live Molvania!

Report pending.

Hey baby wake up from your a sleep
We have arrived onto the future
And the whole world is become….

Elektronik, Supersonik,
Supersonik, Elektronik,

Hey baby ride with me away,
We doesn’t have much time,
My blue jeans is tight,
So onto my love rocket, climb,
Inside tank of fuel is not fuel, but love,
Above us, there is nothing above,
but the stars, above

All systems gone!
Prepare for downcount!

5….4….3….1! Off blast!

Fly away, my space rocket,
You no need put money in my pocket
The door is closed I just lock it,
(Ha) I put my (Ha) port plug in your pocket (Ha Ha Ha)

The sun is guys its bright like fire
You and me get higher and higher
Cut communication wire
Only thing can stop us is flat tire

Ha, Ha, Ha Ha Ha Ha

Hey love crusaider
I want to be your space invader
For you I will decend the deepest moon crater
I is more stronger than Darth Vapour
Obey me I is your new dictator
For you is Venus, I am Mars
With you I is more richer than all the tzars
Make a wishes on a shooting stars
Then for you I will play on my cosmic guitars!

Ladies and Gentlemen
Fasten your beltses
We has commenced our decent
I trust you enjoy this flight
As much as you enjoy this accent

Now back on Earth its time for downsplash
Into sea of eternal glory my spaceship crash
People have arrived for cheer me from near and far
And as I float I open door and shout
“I is worlds biggest, wash-up superstar!”

(Supersonik, Elektronik)

As for sure as the sun rises in the west
All the seas and all the boats I am the bestest
come, let me put ring of Jupiter on your finger
Then like a smell around you I will forever linger
Ok, is time for end, no more will I sang
Let me take you back in time,
I want for you to experience big bang

Long live space race
Long live, Molvania

Session #24 - Why two Kay

Dallas role box

“I wanna glide down over Mulholland
I wanna write her name in the sky
I wanna free fall out into nothin’
Gonna leave this world for awhile
And I’m free, I’m free fallin’…”

Report pending.

Session #23 - Won't Get Fooled Again

Report by Kai.

In today’s session, part 2 of the Hyoden Golden River Hotel Siege,
Sierra and Billy Cable were still stuck in Golden River hotel after a
mysterious hit team had killed Mayor John Galt of Hyoden.

We had just had a bloody fight with some of Galt’s unfriendly security
team and now the police were about to bust into the hotel, hunting us
down for the murder of Galt. Murphy went to stall his bosses while we
attempted to clear our names. Billy and gang reached the basement
where they ran into a suspicious laundry cart bearing Quill and Kay.
Quill and Kay had broken into the locked-down hotel through some
rather unlikely air duct hijinks, and now, together, we found our way
into the basement maintenance and stores areas where we found icewater
footprints near the live seafood storage area.

The tracks led out to a secret underground tunnel stretching half a
klick out to the surface of the planet. The mysterious hit team was
loading up a truck and getting ready to leave, so Kay snuck up to them
using thermal camo while the rest of us set up a sniping position 400m
away and prepared a diversion in the form of an exploding shaving
cream can. Somehow.

We calculated windspeed in the low-pressure tunnel, gravity on
Callisto, and how long it would take for Kay to drop from the ceiling
onto the ground, then with some demolitions skill we were able to time
the explosion perfectly to distract the guards. Too bad Kay botched
his jump and got caught, resulting in a violent fight. Rob helped with
sniper fire but most of the killing was done by Kay. Quill and Sierra
mostly helped out by dodging bullets. Billy helped by reloading Rob’s
rifle, which Rob then proceeded to jam somehow.

In the end, the mysterious hit team was dead with all their minds
having ejected via farcaster. We contacted the authorities and cleared
our names (eventually). Strangely, Crescent Ice wasn’t the only
faction to pay us for our work on Callisto. We also received a thank-
you from Major Stackhoff. Almost as if the Jovians were happy with how
things went down in the Golden River Hotel…

Quill Moment: Popping out of a laundry bot like the Charge of the
Laundry Brigade from my Delta Green Iraq game.
Rob Moment: Getting blinded by an exploding can of shaving cream, and
discovering that his vacuum helmet did not have windshield wipers.
Kay Moment: When he used his flexbot qualities to crawl around like
Ned Stark’s Head On Spider Legs. WTF.
Cable Moment: When Quill rummaged through his memories and found huge
chunks missing. Mysterious voice. Secret orders and conditioning
codewords and stuff. Mighty mysterious. He’s going to have
psychotherapy now.

And when the hotel was all cleared up, and Galt’s faction had all auto-
terminated and fled Callisto, and the Fastball Express had departed,
Murphy was let off suspension and went back on his lonely beat.
“Somewhere out there, a crime is happening…” cue Robocop theme

Session #22 - Robocop Shrugged

“Slow motion man, Iron and steel in the palm of your hand,

High powered heart, bettin’ your life on the state of the art.

Lay down the law. Don’t you let ’em cross the line.

Under the hood, got the bad and the good. Everybody’s doin’ time…"

Session #21 - Pushing Ice

Report by Kai

Fastball Express went to Hyoden on Callisto to infiltrate a local
mining company, Rockhopper, Inc. Our client on Luna, Crescent Ice,
wanted to shore up their ice asteroid shipments in the coming years by
hijacking a bunch of Jovian ice rocks. We obliged. Despite being less
than optimal for social encounters, newbies Sierra Momiji
and Rob Thomas managed to give a good showing at Hyoden’s Trade and Transport
Department and got us some useful info on the mining business. We also
learned that Fa Jing, the Consortium’s megapower, was muscling in on
ice mining in the region.

The plan was to break into Rockhopper’s remote mining control station,
Atlas, at Callisto’s polar region. Bishop, Quill, Sierra and Rob
snuck on board a train together with their luggage, a reconfigured
Kay. Quill spent the 15 hour trip making cranes. Again.

The team arrived near the pole and got out into the wilderness on a
rented buggy to complete the trip to Atlas. Meanwhile, Billy Cable
acted as the ops mastermind and kept in contact remotely, helping to
do infosec hacking and other chores.

The team avoided tripping the sensor fence by launched Kay a
spectacular 20 meters over it. We joked that they had to be careful to
avoid giving Kay escape velocity but I don’t think there was any
danger of that. Once over the side, Kay got up close to the station
and we hacked the fence off long enough to bring the rest of the team
in. While the combat characters stood guard, the rest of the team did
a concerted hack to take over the remote mining system and redirect a
bunch of ice asteroid shipments to Luna. The crime might not be
detected for months, and Crescent Ice would not get the benefits for a
couple of years, but you have to think long-term with these

Another successful op. We didn’t even have any bloodshed (crosses
fingers, knocks on wood or polymer-wood substitute).

Also, in the most important part of the session, the team used
DEMOCRACY to rename the Eagle Transporter as “Ice Penis.”

I’m certain that such a non-descript name will never stick in the
minds of our heist victims.

Session #20 - Big Gulp

Today Mitsuba drove the Eve around and had coitus interruptus with
Major Stackhoff. Also, Dan joined as Jack Silver and had intercourse
with the Dweller In The Ice before Harry dropped it into the depths
with a well placed thermite charge.

Under Pressure Remix (Ice Ice Baby)

ABLE COIN hides dirty secrets that go back to the Fall…secrets that
could shift the balance of power for the Gangs of Europa. Can the
Express uncover the truth before it is buried once more?

Sunday was a tale of two Quills and also a chicken suit day. Also the
ABLE COIN AGI showed up in a stupid human suit. So much trouble.

Eclipse Phase #18 - Maids of Europa

Report by Kai

There were two parallel plotlines this time. Harriet and Bishop followed the trail of the missing Prof. Pournelle and his protege Reynold Rains, both of whom were searching for a Fall-era ice base called ABLE COIN, created by the Jovian military to find traces of Extraterrestrial Intelligence in the equatorial ice of Europa. The team had opened talks with the HLF, who asked to end their rivalry with the Transhumanism Committee in exchange for an information trade. Harriet also found that Rains had bought a long-range submarine and docking facility just outside of Conamara waters, and the two took the Grampus to check out the dock, finding traces of meteor dirt from the ice pack, as well as traces of tools for exploring the ice.

Meanwhile, Quill and Mitsuba had to effectively take over the T-Birds. Judah and Eve were still getting used to their new bodies – especially Eve, who seemed quite out of it – so the Fastball Express team had negotiate on behalf of their confused Parade Foundation/T-Bird allies. Most T-Birds were still missing or offline due to the hack attack, leaving a hapless intern named Darrow to act as their T-Bird liaison.

When the Customs agents came to town as part of a Special Investigation, there was just too much cosplaying from Quill and Mitsuba. Quill started acting like some sort of Parade Foundation spokesperson, only to find that Captain Connolly merely wanted more snitching from Eve.

Once Eve was revealed as the snitch who had been key to Major Stackhoff’s bloody crackdown on the Condors a year ago, Quill simply ousted Eve entirely. Following advice from the delta fork Eugenia, Mitsuba ended up buying off an entire Condor criminal tribe with Night Cartel money, and suddenly most of the gang war was over!

Hours later, Harriet and Bishop arrived beneath the ice at ABLE COIN, and managed to sneak aboard Rains’ submarine, where they found out that Rains was already inside the ABLE COIN base, a pressure worm tunnel network grown into the ice to link above and below. Harriet and Bishop proceeded to break into the base in hard suits, but their approach made Rains’ team so panicked that they started powering up an old Jovian warbot left at the base.

Ms Banks, the Xenobiological Fund/Toucan Tribe spokeswoman, called Quill on suspicion that the T-Birds were behind Harriet and Bishop, and displayed similar levels of panic as she demanded that the Fastball Express back off from Rains’ expedition. But it was too late – the warbot went berserk and blew away the entire Rains expedition. Mitsuba made a call to Mother of Battles and got Colonel Mannheim/Saeko to send deactivation codes. At ABLE COIN, Bishop stopped the warbot with his HERF gun and transmitted the deactivation codes, ending the threat.

The team was able to find Prof Pournelle’s frozen body in the base, and cooperated with Rains’ submarine crew to recover all the brainstates of the slaughtered expedition. The ice was starting to shift, so they all retreated to the submarines even as the warbot came back to life.

The mystery of ABLE COIN was not yet solved, but now all three tribes of Europa owed the Fastball Express a favour. If not for the deepening Jovian meddling, you’d almost think the team was almost done…

To be continued.

No rep changes – yet. But that will change.

Eclipse Phase #17 - Under Pressure

Report by Kai

This session, we met New Kaye, Fury mercenary, and also more squishy than Old Kay. Kaye joined up on Europa, and Bishop is mentoring Kaye for now, since they’re both elite ninjas with shady backgrounds.

Before arriving at Europa, the Fastball Special met the customs ship Freedom Explorer, but not before the team uploaded the HLF terrorists and mulched their bodies (Kay can cook!). Most of the other forbidden tech was hidden outside on the hull as part of the main antenna – including Kay. Quill made “friends” with customs officers Connolly and Richards, who took a sample of her disturbing origami cranes.

At Conamara, Judah Boch soon got over his uncle’s betrayal and promptly dragged the Fastball Express team into a brewing succession struggle amongst the Europan expatriate underworld, once dominated by Prof. Pournelle’s Toucan Tribe, but now facing challenges from the upstarts of the Condors and the T-Birds since Pournelle’s disappearance.

Meanwhile, Mitsuba phoned home via farcaster and got a blistering reception from her sister Hitoha, who really doesn’t want to have to deal with distractions to the family business like the possible survival of Mother.

The Night Cartel wired funds and a delta fork advisor, Eugenia, to Mitsuba to help resolve the gang war on Europa.

The team took a submarine named Grampus down to a research seabase, Pressure Worm #3, to meet Eve Parade of the T-Birds, many kilometers below the surface.

(Ivan did some calculation, and the original description of 100km down is far beyond survivable depth for any human activities in the ocean. Let’s say it was 6km down instead)

Pressure Worm #3 was mostly abandoned, with residue of disassembled large science and engineering projects littering its interior. Also, a massive invasive hacking attack tearing down its life support and communications systems. Eve Parade foolishly remained aboard until things got really bad. The team manages to escape with one birdbrained neo-avian dueling sleeve, but Eve and Judah end up on a hacked sub that went crash BOOM.

After a confrontation with the saboteurs’ sub, which was commanded by Serendipity of the Condors, the team retrieved Judah and Eve and came back to Conamara to get them illegally resleeved.

War has broken out between Condors and T-Birds now, and if Quill’s deep scan was any indication, Judah has lost control of all the plans he’s been juggling…


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