Fastball Express Inc.

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.

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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."

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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.

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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.”
“Augh!”

‎"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

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Session #36 - A Better Tomorrow

Report pending

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Session #35 - Honeymoon Eggs-press

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Songs for our campaign

Cherry Heart – The Mummers

Deeper Conversation – Yuna

I Ran – A Flock of Seagulls

Michelangelo – Emmylou Harris

More Human than Human – White Zombie

Newtype – Unreal

Planetary (Go!) – My Chemical Romance

Rocket Man – Elton John

Shooting Star – Bob Dylan

Spaceman – The Killers

Spiraling Shape – They Might Be Giants

Starlight – Muse

Supermassive Black Hole – Muse

The Final Countdown – Europe

Won’t Get Fooled Again – The Who

X-Men TV Theme

Space Dog – Tori Amos

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Session #33 - Operation Free Willy Part Four: Space Assholes

In 2125 I was on a mining colony on Mars
Just a quiet backwater facility among the stars
And then one day I was minding my own business
I was mining my own ore
And there he was
Space Asshole, in a truck flying off a ridge
Space Asshole, smashing through a bridge
And as he landed out came his hammer, smashed my boss right in the
face
Space Asshole, planting charges left and right
Space Asshole, all he does is annihilate and fight
I didn’t sign up for this, I just wanted to get away somewhere remote
Just a place where I could earn myself a day’s pay without being smote
But every time I think I’m safe
Every time I think it’s calm
I am wrong
Space Asshole, hammer swinging, buildings falling down
Space Asshole, laying waste to this entire town
All the rest are dead, Space Asshole has prevailed
Only I am left alive to tell the tale
Of Space Asshole, comes out of nowhere to destroy
Space Asshole, wanton carnage is all he can enjoy
Space Asshole, in a truck flying off a ridge
Space Asshole, smashing through a bridge
Space Asshole
Space Asshole
Space Asshole
He’s the Space Asshole

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