The party sleeps in after a second late night of partying on the trot and assembles for lunch at the hotel.
Katja joins everyone after having arrived in Jingarlu late last night – seeing no advantage to staying longer in the Comors Union.
“Dirk and Rico are no longer with us,” she announces. “Rico hooked up with a mercenary company who had just finished some operation in some Banana Republic or other who offered him good money to head off back to Efate with them. Dirk met a former Scout who says he will help Dirk get his Type-S operational again, so he’s gone off with him. So there is just Max and I left. Max is looking after the ship at the moment.”
Richard fills her in with what the other party members have been up to while she was away, including the offer from Oberlindes to rescue Sergei.
After lunch, Adam rejoins the party to help answer any questions that they might have about the gulag to help with the planning. Sinclair also saunters down to join the party along with his two new friends, Marybell-Champagne and Luscious-Hotlips-Chantelle.
As the planning continues, Jeremiah Rock also joins in with the conversation.
Different party members have different ideas as how to undertake the assignment, which leads to Hagen deciding that he does not want to continue with the other party members and so he storms out of planning session, much to the surprise of everyone else involved.
Jeremiah shakes his head, “That cat needs to stay cool.”
Katja rolls her eyes. “I suppose that means that we are going to have to find ourselves a new Head of Security,” she says, adding another entry onto her To Do list.
Discussions continue for a while longer, with many different solutions being proposed. Adam proposes that you adjourn proceedings for the day in order to solve the party’s more pressing staff problems and reconvene the next day. He suggests that you go back to Siirglu’s startown to ask Harley Brosnan for help as he knows most offworlders in the city. The party members agree and drive back to the TAS office in their air/raft.
Harley is helpful as always and tells them that a military type is in the hotel bar upstairs, so the party heads up to check him out. The military-type turns out to be Matt “Sarge” Turner who has just finished a tour of duty in some Banana Republic elsewhere on Ruie. After some haggling over salaries, the party takes him on a trial as Head of Security as a replacement for Hagen.
While the others are chatting with Sarge, Katja arrives nursing an angry lump on her forehead. She informs the others that she found Max drunk on duty and, when she tried to take the bottle from him, he hit her with his monkey wrench. As a result, Katja has now fired him and so the Red Dawn is in need of a new engineer. The conversation is overheard by another occupant of the bar, Dianne Redd, an ex-Scout who is experienced at engineering and who is currently looking for a job. At Katja’s insistence, she is also hired on a trial basis. Dianne was playing cards with Duncan Karswell. Upon learning that he has some useful skills, including those of a steward, Katja suggests that he too is brought onboard.
With the party’s numbers now back to full strength, they head back to the Excelsior Hotel in downtown Siirglu where they introduce the new party members to Sinclair. A night of celebratory drinking ensues.