After the previous late night, much of the party sleeps in. Dev and Professor Ron, however, are up at a reasonable time in order to spend the day wandering around the robotic supply wholesalers of Facet.
Having already discovered the best wholesalers during his first trip to the suppliers with Sin-Sasha, Professor Ron knows exactly where to go. The wholesalers are well-stocked with parts as Naasirka have a factory on Jewell. As a result, Professor Ron is able to find all of the parts that he is looking for at the standard technology level of the world. Due to Jewell’s location in the furthest-flung corner of the Imperium, there are no imports of higher technology, however.
Coincidentally, while Dev is in the process of paying for a collection of Naasirka spare parts when he gets a call over his commo. It’s Martijn Thalareissen, Naasirka’s President for the Jewell Subsector who the party rescued at Starbucks a few days earlier. Thalareissen asks Dev if he can arrange a meeting later that evening with the party as he wants to thank everyone for their quick thinking during the hostage situation. A meeting is set for 9pm at the Gleeful Dragon Chinese restaurant.
By late afternoon, the shopping for robotic parts has been successfully completed so Dev and Professor Ron head back to the hotel. Here they find DI Morrison and a couple of his underlings talking with Sinclair and some of the other party members. One of the underlings is removing Sinclair’s tag.
“We had a message come through the xboat network from Ruby,” Morrison explains. “Turns out that ‘Miss Fontaine’ or rather ‘Miss Brussman’ to give her her real name, has form as long as your arm. She’s wanted on suspicion of murder which occurred within the 12 hour period prior to your leaving the world.”
“She’s still at large at the moment. However, we don’t feel the need to detain Sir Bartholomew any longer.”
Sinclair is very polite with the officers who remove the tag from him, showing them no resentment at all. The fact that he is completely drunk once again is probably much of the reason why and wishes them well in their attempts to bring Miss Fontaine/Brussman to justice.
With that situation now taken care of, Dev speaks to the others about the Naasirka meeting. Then, everyone gets changed and they head off to the Gleeful Dragon.
Martijn Thalareissen and one of the other executives who was caught up in the hostage-taking situation are both waiting for them when they get to the restaurant.
They start off by thanking the party members for their quick reactions that day.
“We were very impressed with the way that you handled the terrorists that day,” he says. “The board have authorized me to present you with a reward of Cr. 50,000 for rescuing us.”
“However, we have a potentially even more serious problem that I wanted to speak to you about. Naasirka owns an experimental mining/ore-processing facility in the asteroid belt closer to the star which we have been developing over the past few years and which came online a few months ago.”
“Unfortunately, however, late last night we lost contact with the facility for reasons that we do not know. It could be just a failure of the communications system, but it could also be connected with the situation in Starbucks are the terrorists asked quite a few questions about it before you rescued us.”
“As you handled yourselves so well previously, we wondered whether you would be interested in taking a look at the situation there? If you can regain the situation and/or recover the installation and our employees there, then we would be prepared to offer you a much more substantial bonus to represent the complexity of the mission.”
The party members and Martijn discuss the proposal. After much debate, the party members decide that they were prefer to forego a reward in favor of getting some of the space on the refinery to use for themselves. Eventually a deal is reached whereby the party will get an area of around 100m2 for their personal use until the end of 1109.
Martijn then shows them the map of the plant and asks for any questions. Sin-Sasha has quite a few.
Martijn tells her that, as Dev probably figured out from the contracts he saw, Naasirka is pulling out of Jewell subsector. Most of their assets have either been moved back to Regina subsector already or been sold off to other corporations. The refinery remains one of the last problems that he has to solve as there is no firm deal on the table yet. He has meetings with Sternmetal Horizons in the coming weeks and hopes that this might be the solution.
He tells them that, as robotics is Naasirka’s specialties, the plant is heavily automated. There are 20 humans at the plant and 22 robots – all pretty basic models. Standard issue for robots and humans alike are snubbies with tranq although there are ACRs, laser carbines and shotguns in the storage area if needs be.
Neither the robots or the human staff are combat specialists though. The exterior of the base is well-protected. There’s a pulse laser on the roof of the power plant to see off any ships or non-starships that cause problems. Any smaller vehicles like air/rafts should be dealt with by the four 10cm recoilless rifles on the four corners of the complex. Personnel should be dealt with by 23 laser rifles dotted around the exterior. He suggests that you might want to invest in some reflec armor just in case they are hostile. The area around the base is quite rocky. Because of the small size of the asteroid, there is no line of sight from the base further than 2km.
Martijn is very much against the use of any ship-mounted weapons against any part of the base. “All breakages must be paid for,” he says.
Each of the areas of the base should be sealed by iris valves, but this base is very new and so he’s worried that the iris valves might fail in some area and the explosive decompression could wreck the whole place.
He gives the party members several pass keys which should allow entry through any of the iris valves. The whole area is covered by CCTV cameras feeding into the control room. There are no black spots as far as he knows.
There is no back up on this job. If the party can’t handle it alone, then he will have to hire a larger force of mercs. But if he has to do that, then the deal is off.