A Thousand Suns RPG Scenario
Cast of Characters:
Game Master – Steve
Kassandra – Paul
Alexander Khan, a Myrmidon Spacer – Lev
Paulo Vandirk, a Merchant — Will
Elisabeta Choi – Darryl
Dr. Ludoviko Janssens, MD – Tim
Prof. Ludoviko Zhang, PHD – Mark
Editor’s Note: This is taken from my perspective of the game. I was a player and took notes that involved what my character was doing throughout the adventure, though the noise level of the convention was pretty high, I think I caught most of it.
My character, Dr. Janssens is working passage on the starship Distant Sprite, which is crewed by Paulo Vandirk, the Captain, Alexander Khan a body guard, Elisabeta Choi a mechanic. Along the way we pick up Prof. Zhang and a mysterious woman named Kassandra who is a empath?
Our adventure begins in the Garden Sector as we are about to land on Savuul, the Distant Sprite needs to refuel and to restock and also Capt. Vandirk wants to drum up some business as well, and that might take another day or two so we want to make the most of it while we are here.
Savuul is occupied by Chabuli, who are a four legged insect-like beings, and Terrans as well and we seem to have arrived at a time when a civil war is about to break out. Tensions are pretty high here and there had been some sort of rebellion a few days before hand. So there is unrest and that the place is under martial law at the moment. We are informed by the spaceport authority that due to this nature that all weapons must be left on the ship.
Dr. Janssens (Me) tries to use his bedside manner hook and sweet talk his way into letting him keep his vibro dagger just in case of a medical emergency, but fails miserable at it and the weapon is confiscated. Paulo suggest that Dr. Zhang’s action was not a smart move to begin with and that it might draw more attention to the ship and it’s crew. Due to the civil unrest happening here the port authority tells us that it will take a few days to leave due to a huge influx of people wanting to leave and that each ship has to be inspected before doing so.
As we leave the port behind us and walk into the city there are signs of combat that had happen as some buildings are being repaired, terrans and chabuli trying to go about business as normal as we wander the streets. With no particular sense of direction to head to our group seems to wandered off the beaten path and into a rough area of the town. Elisabeta thinks we should be heading elsewhere, thinking this is a bad direction we are going. Kassandra senses that danger is near and then we hear two shots from an alleyway.
Just in time to see a Chabuli standing over a fallen body of a Terran and that’s when Alexander Khan’s reflexes kick in and the Myrmidon spring into action trying to apprehend the Chabuli. While the rest of us rush into the alley way. Khan is pretty fast and swift and he’s on the Chabuli like glue and wrestles away the weapon. As Dr. Zhang checks the Terran on the ground and discover that he is indeed dead.
Paulo and Elisabeta think we should clear out of hear before the authority arrives to find us with the body and this Chabuli. Prof. Zhang thinks we should stay because there might be security or drones about that have caught the action and us leaving might seem suspicious as well. As sirens approach we discover that the Chabuli is name V’na and says that this was a mugging gone wrong. Dr. Janssen checks the Terran’s id chip and finds out his name is Tankredo Pederson and that Pederson is a member of the Encyclopedia Galactica Foundation.
A federal vehicle arrives with Chabuli constables and a human lawman and we are all questioned about the event that happened given our statements and told not to leave town for a few days until all stories are checked out. Paulo is itching to drum up some business and Dr. Janssen says that we might head on over to the EGF building and inform them that Tankredo Pederson is a victim of a mugging gone bad and that also there might be a business opportunity as well.
From this point on the bulk of the adventure was uncovering what truly happened. And I don’t want to spoil the rest of the adventure for you since it’s a introductory adventure for A Thousand Sounds and someone might want to play it but just a big ol investigation which leads from one clue to another clue to unravel what is truly going on here. So there is spoilers after the cut.
We head on over to EGF to speak with the CEO there by the name of M’Knove and learn that she’s already been informed by the authorities that Pederson is dead which she finds strange since Pederson wasn’t even suppose to be in the city since he’s was reported to be a Chabuli dig suit uncovering artifacts found in ancient ruins. That his assistant Langston is somewhere within the city as well. M’Knove wants to get to the bottom of this but her hands are tied at the moment and it’s up to us to do so.
With the party splitting up into to teams: Prof. Zhang, Kassandra, and Khan doing the looking into where Pederson might have stored the artifacts. And Paulo, Elisabeta and Dr. Janssen heading to a watering hole to see if they can hear some rumours as well.
Thus, what was uncovered where relics of a lost civilization being sold on the black market to fund “freedom fighters” and that it was discovered these “freedom fighters” were actually a group of terrorist that where planning a huge event to. Pederson found out what was going on and had a change of heart and was in the process of recovering the artifacts that he and Langston sold to the terrorists and was killed in the process.
While this investigation was going on there was a huge bar brawl in a local dive and it ended up that a part of the terrorist cell had pegged half the party as Pederson’s accomplices and wanted to know where the storage of the artifacts where and that’s when a huge fight happened.
In the end we all end up down at the police station and the conspiracy is unraveled and us accidentally saving the day.