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Topic: Voyages of the Rocinante - Firefly RPG QnA
Subject: catch up time


My big work push is now over and things should be getting back to normal, or whatever passes from normal in my life. I see I have left unfinished business so let me address some questions.

1) From your current locations, what immediate damage can we notice has been sustained?
You still have power although Wolf is shutting down the reaction. You will have some battery power to use for some time but Rocinante is not going anywhere soon.

2) From our character's knowledge of what damage has been done (see question 1) what can we assume, given both worst and best case scenarios, still works or needs fixing?
You have three major issues. a non-functioning Primary Buffer Panel, one Drive Pod dead and a cracked containment in the Core. You can not assess until you get out of the ship.

3) How are our passengers? Any more injuries and how panicked are they? Should Willow be worried about having to do more operations today?
The passengers are happy to be alive, there are no more injuries because they all were moved into brace positions by Captain Havelock. As well, Celeste did manage a terrific landing considering she was flying with one wing.

4) How's the cargo? I assume it hasn't exploded or we'd know about it but it would be good to know if it survived or not.
Still tied down, nothing went boom.

5) From what can be seen from the cockpit, from what data John could get to before the decent, and from any installments that are still working on the ship what can we tell about the gorram moon we've just crashed into?
Although the cortex is down, it does update daily and hold a "vital" data memory. LV-426 is a moon of Sihnon in stage two of terra-forming. From the cockpit window it is dark, almost purple dawn type sky. There are large hill formations nearby and the Atmosphere processor is about 3/4 of a mile to the south, but you can see it in the window. Stage two means breathable air, and a lot of ground cover vegetation (shrubs, grass, lichen, etc etc). The processors are on monitor mode but not active. There are probably man-made caves in the hills used in stage one. Stage three will be bringing life to the planet in the form of microbiology but that is many years away. As to accessing the AP, it is probably locked up but terra-formers are notoriously cheap on security because - frankly most valuables are too big to steal.

The processor looks similar to this.

6) Is the moon's atmosphere breathable? Are there any toxins or contaminates or unusual radiation that we should look out for?
Yes. Very breathable although it may be a bit thin. Heavy exercise is not recommended.

7) Any sign of human, or reaver, life on the moon?
Not that you can see but if reavers were gonna hide out somewhere, this would be a good place. Other possibilities would be squatters, pirates and criminals on the run. No one will come here for decades except unmann recons that gather data and leave.

9) How's the weather?
It is cool outside and it is windy (20-30 mile/hour). On a stage 2 planet, it will rain alot, suddenly and storms will be violent.

The Passengers.

You have 72 passengers and no, I have not named them all. The interesting ones you have met are:

Portia Amber – High society Widower with an eye on a rich husband to help her live the lifestyle she craves. Late husband was a wealthy industrialist. Very demanding individual who isn’t afraid to get shrill for what she wants. Favourite phrase is “Do you know who I am?” Brown Hair, short, sharp features, always dresses for success and conservatively (Sigourney Weaver)

Amber Amber (Sunshine): Daughter of Portia, true name is Portia as well but likes to use Amber Sunshine. Long Blond hair, voluptuous figure, has a tattoo of a rose on her check, dresses provocatively and borders on nymphomania. Willow noted a small device on her finger but was distracted by the fall of Sifu to examine closer. (Young Kate Hudson)

Queen Bee and the Heathers: Beatrice Seu is a high society matriarch who has gone on this trip with her teenage daughter and her three best friends. The girls call her Queen Bee as an affection but in truth, she does rule the nest. Her Daughter is Heather Seu. The friends are Heather Rai, Heather Mei and Heather Faw. They all have red hair, cut the same way and wear similar dresses. All very pretty, vain, shallow and not very bright. Cindy Crawford as Bee, Katy Perry, Zooey Deschanel, Amy Adams and Emily Blunt as Heathers)

The Lost Boys: Four teen boys that are on this cruise on their own, primarily to meet women. They seem to be more knowledgeable about the working of the ship and video games than how to talk to women. Names are Sheldon, Leonard, Raj and Howie - they are all doctors of theoretical physics and not really in touch with this reality.

Captain Winston Havlock – Formerly of the Independents, Winston was one of the few officers that survived the Battle of Serenity Valley. He is known for keeping his men’s spirits alive by telling long stories of brave deeds during the final days of the war. Unfortunately, after the war, he fell into depression and guilt over the number of his men who died. He drinks heavily, talks on and on about wishing he could trade his life for those who died. He is perpetually dressed in a military uniform and a brown coat. He has now been without drink for over four hours and is been very helpful in keepin gthe passengers calm. (Bernard Fox)

Sir Christopher Hood – A sash wearing lord but not actually a bad guy. He is an older gentleman, balding with some white hair, with an easy smile and a light chuckle. Doesn’t mind talking to crew or staff and seems to treat everyone well. Even helps Captain Havelock get to his quarters after too many and when he speaks to you, he looks into your eyes. He is alone on the trip, apparently never married and therefore the target of Portia Amber machinations.

Cameron Bridges – A well to do man who definitely doesn’t mind spending money but he is careful none the less. Older man with thinning hair but seems to know a lot of people. Portia was initially interested in him but then moved on quickly. Obviously knows Willow from the past, and it looks like it was serious then.

The Man with the Cane (Matherson)– A man dressed in white tuxedo, carrying a long white cane with a diamond head. He seems to be always at the corner of your eye watching things come to pass. He has two very big men with him in back suits – standard flunky types. Asher gets a really bad and serious vibe from him, as does Trish. (Michael Ironside)

Beatrix Kiddo - A young and beautiful woman with a silver case and has been labeled by Matherson as a thief. She seems out of place among the socialites and has been very interested in Sifu well-being since he was hurt.

Other passengers

Five members of the orchestra including one smaller gentlemen (Adrian Brody, but short) with a similar silver case as to the one Beatrix Kiddo carries.

Wanda Sung - Highly successful lawyer and advocate of the Londonium Legal system.

Jupiter Jones - Well known owner of the Sihnon Sun, a media conglomerate wourth a lot of money

Jennifer Jones - Wife of Jupiter, known for her former career as a model and adult holo-vid star.

Other than that, you have many lords, barons, ladies and you name the title which basically means they don't do squat cause they have money.

Until I hear from Robert, I am going to assume that I am NPCing him, as well as Beatrix.

Celeste caught someone on the ship sending a short range radio signal. She jammed it but some of it got out. It would mean a passenger has signaled another ship and knew the ship was out there.

I will post this weekend to move everyone ahead and have Sifu tell the captain what he "heard" before the fall. I would recommend a quick meeting of all crew maybe ask a passenger or two to join, to share info before stepping out onto the moon.

Posted on 2013-02-12 at 17:08:14.
Edited on 2013-02-12 at 21:02:05 by Alacrity

Topic: Voyages of the Rocinante - Firefly RPG QnA
Subject: I agree

It would be very beautiful and no one would dare say no to him now.

BTW - I am on the last day of the big conference at work so I will be updating soon.

Posted on 2013-02-06 at 15:53:43.

Topic: Voyages of the Rocinante - Firefly RPG QnA
Subject: on my todo list

Duly noted

Posted on 2013-01-29 at 12:57:30.

Topic: TSR and WotC Products available
Subject: Not all there though

Missing the I series and the Desert of Desolation as well.

Posted on 2013-01-28 at 17:42:55.

Topic: Voyages of the Rocinante - Firefly RPG QnA
Subject: 10 years!

Just roleplay Asher and you will charm them into giving you a job.

But seriously Good Luck. I know it is daunting but I believe in you.

Posted on 2013-01-28 at 16:05:47.

Topic: Voyages of the Rocinante - Firefly RPG QnA
Subject: Dreadfully sorry

I know I owe a bunch of you some info and descriptions. Been very busy with work recently. Please stand by.

Posted on 2013-01-28 at 13:30:25.

Topic: TSR and WotC Products available
Subject: TSR and WotC Products available

All the old TSR/WotC games and modules are now available online through DrivethruRPG. Reasonably priced as well so go and grab them before the accountants change their minds.

Posted on 2013-01-24 at 15:55:04.

Topic: Voyages of the Rocinante - Firefly RPG QnA
Subject: Clean and Buff

Oh don't worry. A little paint and a buff and it will be good as new.

Posted on 2013-01-23 at 17:50:48.

Topic: Voyages of the Rocinante - Firefly RPG QnA
Subject: hurm

I was thinking you may want to look around the ship first and react to what had happened, maybe fill in details about the landing from the perspective of the players but I can post a "what you see, here is the sitc" post if you'd like.

Posted on 2013-01-22 at 18:03:54.

Topic: Voyages of the Rocinante - Firefly RPG QnA
Subject: On the ground, not a egg cracked

Okay, I have posted the landing. No one worst for wear but you got a lot of fixing to do if you are going to leave this moon.

Posted on 2013-01-21 at 14:45:50.

Topic: Voyages of Rocinante - Serenity/Firefly RPG
Subject: the landing

Rocinante Cargo Bay, 8:45-9:00 pm ST

Asher stared back at Matheson, unflinching from the cold gaze he was receiving. The man was obviously not used to having people talk to him that way. In the end, Matheson smiled, "You are right of course. More important things to deal with than my case. I apologize for my ... selfishness and if you require assistance in any way, my two men would be more than willing to help as much as they can."

Asher watched Havelock and Lord Hood for a few moments before heading off the cockpit. The two men had more differences than similarities but they did seem to want to help. Asher noted that for all his stumbling and loudness, Havelock was getting people to sit down and in places between bulkheads and tied down cargo. Prefect places for them to brace themselves if the landing went badly. The man may be drunk but he was no fool. Lord Hood soon started doing the same thing, all while talking a positive talk that everything would be ok.

As he moved on, Asher noted that four young ladies who looked very similar were grouped together and staring at him as he walked by - giggling amongst themselves as he did. No good ever came from giggling.

Rocinante Rocinante Cockpit, 9:00 pm ST

Everyone had reported in and Wyatt gave them their orders. John thought that once in the Atmo, he'd should be able to activate the Beacons of the processors. As well, there should be a sand field that the terra-formers would create in case of a bad landing, so he might be able to locate that.

Tess thought it through over and over again. She would have to slow the descent speed dramatically, which she could do in a number of ways. Once in the Atmo, with only one pod working, she would be in a jam.

"When we are heading in, Captain, I am going to need to take the lead. John on second chair if Willow can spare him, Wolf and Asher in the engine room with comm open. I can do this but everyone is gonna have to trust me. Dohn ma?

Rocinante Cargo Bay 1:00 am ST

All the passengers were down on the floor and strategically placed where they could hold on to something solid. Havelock was telling stories to anyone who listened.

"We were coming in hot and the drive pods were both on fire. Landing gear was jammed and frankly we thought we were goners. But the ship flew true. We bumped the surface a few time, spilled our beans in every crevice and corner, but it got us down safety. This is a good ship and a good crew. They'll get us home."

"Why?" One of the young ladies asked, " Why are fireflies so special. My dad says they are junk ships."

Captain Havelock smiled, "Because my dear, they were designed by a very smart woman, and if anyone knows how to bring the menfolk home in one piece, it is a woman."

John came out of the medical theatre and nodded a positive nod to his crewmates. The monk would be coming around soon. He quickly ran off towards the cockpit as Asher ran up to join Wolf in the engine room. The time was now.

Rocinante came towards LV-426 at a shallow angle, as Tess used the atmosphere to slow the ship down. The ceramic tiles on the bottom of the hull were no doubt glowing red but it was a qucik and dirty way to drop the velocity.

Once through the outer reaches of the moon, she cut the pulse engines and attempted to activate the drive pods. The one came alive no problem but there was no response from the other. The good news was that she could tell by the way the ship rolled under one pod that the damaged pod was still attached to the ship. Otherwise they would be spinning right now.

As Tess handled the flight, John worked on finding the beacon of the atmosphere processors. It took a few moment but he located it and set up a feed between it and Rocinante. The sand field was due south of the closest processor and he fed the coordinates to Tess.

The ship flew an odd pattern of half spin and wobble but it came down steadily. Using the reactor and the Grav Dampener - Tess pushed the null grav bubble well past safety limits - essentially turning the ship into a leaf on the wind.

In the engine room, Wolf knew what Tess was trying and although he might it otherwise, he could appreciate it was the best solution. Without the primary buffer panel, the big mechanic had to watch the dials and reading in the engine and manually adjust the power by hand. Asher was maintaining all other functions so Wolf could concentrate on that.

The ship flew down and bounced once off the surface of the sand field. Then it bounced a second time, hard enough to be felt by everyone and cause a small amount of panic in the cargo bay. Then the third and Tess dropped the landing gear, spun the drive pod downward and using pulses of full power to no power, brought the ship down to the surface safely. Once down, a mighty cheer was heard throughout the ship.

Rocinante Infirmary, 1:10 am ST

Fu Sheng opened his eyes and looked around the room. Willow was there at his side looking worried but serene at the same time.

"Have we landed?" The monk asks weakly.

Posted on 2013-01-21 at 01:50:47.
Edited on 2013-01-21 at 14:44:35 by Alacrity

Topic: Voyages of the Rocinante - Firefly RPG QnA
Subject: bwahaha

Buddha is my co-pilot

Posted on 2013-01-18 at 14:21:42.

Topic: Voyages of the Rocinante - Firefly RPG QnA
Subject: busy week

I will be landing the ship (more or less) sometime this week. Been busy lately. Still no word from Celeste.

Posted on 2013-01-16 at 16:23:53.

Topic: Voyages of the Rocinante - Firefly RPG QnA
Subject: Teller is gone

Teller has contacted me and decided to leave the game at this time. I will continue with her character as a NPC as that was what I had her as originally.


Posted on 2013-01-12 at 00:25:23.

Topic: Voyages of the Rocinante - Firefly RPG QnA
Subject: yes and no

The game is starting again but I have been a bit swampped in family goodness over the holidays to send a reminder.

So.... Rocinante is back on-line! I know Willow would like to post as would others so let's say I will be looking to update this weekend, most likely Sunday. So if you got something to say - do so. If you are unsure of anything, please send me a message. If I have lost anyone, please be so kind to tell me.


Posted on 2013-01-10 at 13:02:20.

Topic: 2013 Already???
Subject: Always welcome

Happy new yoer to you and your family Ody. Always glad to have you in my games.

And a Happy New Year to all RDI members!

Posted on 2013-01-02 at 02:51:56.

Topic: The Hobbit
Subject: Just got back

Just saw the Hobbit and I have to say that I loved the movie. I did not find it slow at any point. I thought the additions that PJ made were actually well thought out.

He seems to be setting up the battle of Dol Guldur, which I think would be in the third movie.

Posted on 2012-12-27 at 21:35:45.

Topic: The Night Before Christmas
Subject: Most excellent

I love it!

Posted on 2012-12-27 at 13:47:39.

Topic: The Hobbit
Subject: not yet

Hoping to go see it over the holidays.

Posted on 2012-12-21 at 17:10:13.

Topic: Merry Christmas and Happy New Year
Subject: Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

Just wanted to wish everyone a Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year. May everyone find the time to game and enjoy some role playing.

Roger (Alacrity) Briant

Posted on 2012-12-21 at 14:14:10.

Topic: Voyages of the Rocinante - Firefly RPG QnA
Subject: Good Solution

I like the way Asher choose to handle that one. Quite sincere and too the point.

Posted on 2012-12-16 at 21:17:35.

Topic: The Avatar State
Subject: Huge huge and huge

Reminder to anyone that is submitting avatars. Please read above. I got nothing but huge files in the queue right now.

Posted on 2012-12-13 at 15:34:59.

Topic: Voyages of the Rocinante - Firefly RPG QnA
Subject: Teller

The case looks exactly the same, including the 6 digit combo locks. It even seem to weigh the same.

As to overhearing, no. Too many people talking at once and the man in white is being very discreet.

Posted on 2012-12-11 at 17:13:23.

Topic: Voyages of Rocinante - Serenity/Firefly RPG
Subject: this and that

Rocinante Cargo Bay, 8:32-45 pm ST

"What have you taken?" Willow asked the girl softly, so her voice wouldn't carry to the elder Amber. "You've had a bit too much, love, we'd better get you to the infirmary so we can bring you down. Was it dust? How much did you have?"

Amber smiled back at the doctor, "Just love. nothing but love. It is what the world needs now." She reached out and touched the back of Willows Neck but Willow feel something sharp and twisted away, grabbing Sunshine's hand as she did. There was a device on her finger, it looked some sort of neural transmitter but the young lady snatched her hand away before Willow could get a good look.

Circling carefully around masses of passengers, Willow and Amber Sunshine were passing the cargo bay hatchway, Willow glancing down it reflexively, when she was startled to hear her proper name twice in one day.

"Sunipta? Is that really you? Sunipta, my precious, the fates themselves brought us together...I knew we couldn't be parted. I don't understand, Sunni, what are you doing here? You really turned me down for...this?"

Willow couldn't answer, the ship rippled beneath her feet before she heard the explosion; already off balance from being grabbed by Bridges, she fell into his arms, and he stumbled, pulling her to the floor as he fell.

She used her Aikido lessons to use his fall to her advantage, landing on him and using her hands to push herself back up. She scrambled to her feet in time to see Sifu fall from the stairway to land heavily on the cold metal of the cargo bay floor. She left all grace behind as she grabbed Sunshine by the arm to pull the girl through the crowd to where her passenger lay still.

She let go of her un-protesting companion long enough to drop to her knees by Sifu's side, and pulled on another pair of gloves. Carefully, she examined the gash on the side of his head; it was bleeding freely, but the wound itself didn't look severe enough to be the cause of Sifu's unconsciousness. She delicately lifted an eyelid and confirmed her worst fear: the pupil was completely open, the black engulfing the brown iris.

"We need to get him to the infirmary. NOW!" Willow called, then looked around at the people milling around. "You, there!" she commanded two men who were of the same relative height, and made the mistake of catching her eyes, "Grab that backboard up against the wall and bring it here. I need you to carry this man where I tell you, and keep him perfectly level. His feet cannot be higher than his head... don'ma? "

The two men standing on either side of the man in the white tuxedo looked around and then at their employer. He nodded at them and made a hand gesture of impatience so they both did exactly as Willow ordered. They seemed quite used to taking orders so Willow found them to be very apt orderlies. As they brought Sifu into the infirmary, John was already starting the scanning equipment and the bed was cleared and waiting for the patent.

Ash watched as the henchmen left as he spoke to the two men that ma pointed out to him. “Sirs, you seem to have these folks respect, I sure could use some help keeping everyone close and calm. This isn’t going to be easy and if folk don’t just stay put for a while…well we aren’t safe yet. Now I ain’t no diplomat and it’s my job to keep this ship and crew safe so these folks comfort ain’t high on my list. I won’t stand by and watch someone being selfish put my ship at risk, so I need your help to get that point across. Them folk got to understand they’re alive and the crew that got them off ain’t. If’n they want to stay that way they just need to stay quiet and calm.”

The Lord nodded appreciatively, "We would be more than willing to help in any way young man."

"Right! ship shape and all that, what what." Havelock replied mysteriously as if that actually made sense.

Asher turned as the man in the white tux came up to him with a determined stride. He smiled a grim smile and offered his hand to shake. "Asher is it? I am Matheson. James Matheson. Are you head of security of this vessel?"

(Assuming a positive response)

"You need to know that you have a thief on board your ship. The young lady with the brown hair holding the silver attaché case? She stole that from the ship and it is my property."

(assuming a question about proving that)

"Naturally. I can unlock that case and I doubt seriously that she can. Now how do yo uwisj to proceed with this?"

Rocinante Cockpit, 9:00 pm ST

Captain Wyatt Sung sat in the second pilots chair of the bridge and listened to the reports,

Wolf: Right now the drive pod on the port side is completely nonresponsive. Can Tess land with one? Yes, but it will be a bumpy landing as she has no VTOL. You don;t know how damaged it is until you can look at it.

The main reactor for the pulse drive (which is the one on the stern that glows) has a micro fracture in the core containment. the more you fly, the bigger it gets. To fix this Wolf has to shut the engines down completely and be on the ground.

The primary buffer panel is damaged. (This was the part that flew off Serenity and the start of the movie) Without it, power is not evenly distributed so you need to fix that. Again, you need to land to do so but you can compensate for it in the mean time.

Tess: She can get to the moon in four hours however when you get there you will be landing with one drive pod functioning. This will be dicey as she will have to compensate and there will a lot of rocking. The Landing will not be smooth, because there will be no VTOL. Rocinante will have to skim the surface. Worse part is, once you are down, you won't be able to take off unless the drive pod is fixed. If it is missing, then you will be in big trouble.

Now when the passengers came abroad, Tess started to get hits from transmitters. Not surprising as a lot of the rich folk have personal transmitters that signal alliance when they are activated. these link to the cortex and the cortex is cut off. However, someone tried to signal someone else via a radio signal as soon as you were clear from the explosion. Tess jammed the signal out of pure reflex (Someone named Grace taught her that) but some of it got through. She cannot say how much. The other worrisome fact - Something is still jamming the cortex. That means it wasn't the damage to the cruise liner, it would have to be something else and they would have to be close. Not on Roc, Tess could locate that, but likely another ship out there and they don't want anyone contacting the authorities.

One silver lining is that the moon being in second stage terraforming might still have atmospheric processors. they would be dormant but a place of shelter, equipment and if no one was looking - spare parts. Plus they would have a beacon to home in on to make landing easier.

Willow Sifu is badly hurt. Sifu has suffered a subdural hemorrhage results from tearing of the bridging veins in the subdural space between the dura and arachnoid matter, but Willow feels confident that she can save him and there will be no neurological damage. She is starting to procedure now, with John assisting and she should have the Monk stabilized about an hour before you attempt the landing.

Posted on 2012-12-09 at 20:47:52.

Topic: Olan is not gone
Subject: don't believe him!

Alien zombies have taken Olan!!!! Call the national Guard! Call Washington! Call Spielberg! Get Gary Gygax on the line, I don't care if he is dead - just do it!!!!

Financial contributions can be sent to the the "Save the Olan Fund" c/o Roger Briant.

Posted on 2012-12-06 at 15:05:57.


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