Storms on Trajaras

Prologue

Morning of Day 5 – still desperately worried and confused. Mavern goes into a trance, to try to calculate how these assassinations are being perpetrated. He calculates that the murderer must be Sigmar or Julius Vidal. But think this is too obvious – are they being framed by Principio? But how?

Leander, Rona and Saskia go to the medical bay – Sisyphus is still okay. Leander orders to see the body bags and the they comply:
1. Linda Akemi
2. Reuben Ivilonette
3. Yvette
4. Florina
5-8. Adam, Susan, Caroline, Violet (servers)
9-10. Two House Wayku
Were Hassan and Leah’s bodies removed? Wayku say 2 bags were taken off – they checked the right people were in them (seem to be truthful)

If the Vidals are actually guilty, why would they do it? Wake Sisyphus, as Mavern can’t think – he realises that we might be caught in the crossfire of the Vidals trying to kill Eve Akemi – when she was a lawyer she did a lot to prosecute assassins. But who should we help? Vidal share our hatred of Moritani/Principio. But Eve is with the Evangelos, who we have no quarrel with. Decide not to interfere, and the best way out of this is to get attention in medical bay, so get our assassin to poison us (slightly). It works. We display symptoms and are admitted, therefore miss the last doses of mandross poisoning.

Later that day, the last body bag is brought in: Sigmar Vidal – died of heart failure (fits with Sisyphus’ vision: only 1 immune. Left alive!)

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Prologue

Just before dinner, gather at the training area for Leander’s duel. 4 other people, Julius Vidal, Luke Evangelos and 2 members of House Wayku. The 2 duellists pick up rapiers and Hassan begins with a kick, which misses. Leander lands a good slice, and Hassan misses again. Leander kicks him, but he swaps his sword to his left hand, and attacks, badly. Leander easily parries and neatly ripostes. Hassan gurgles, then falls over dead.

Rona scans the faces around. Luke is unreadable, Julius shows grudging respect and a small amount of regret. The Wayku are unconcerned; they step forward to remove the body.

Go in to dinner – only the Vidals are present – Sigmar is inscrutable, but smiling. After a quiet dinner, Sisyphus and Leander go into the gaming rooms. They play Cheops while Saskia and Mavern watch. Start to brainstorm the likely perpetrators, and realise that if Manndrach lose the mining contract, then CHOAM would probably award it to Principio. Are they trying to stop us getting there to sort things out? And if they can remove one of their troublesome members at the same time? Rona realises Hassan was psychotic and arrogant, a loose cannon. i.e. expendable. Also, Principio are Vidal’s enemies. It makes sense to frame them.

It is late, so go to sleep. Next morning (day 4), Saskia gets up very early to watch breakfast being prepared – as has Julius Vidal? This makes the 3 Wayku bondsmen very nervous as they work. Saskia thinks she sees Julius sprinkle something over the food, however she is not sure. He has been there a couple of earlier times.

Eat breakfast (except Sisyphus), then spend a quiet day. Before dinner, Saskia goes to the kitchen again – Julius is not present. He first showed up the day that Reuben died. At dinner, Sisyphus avoids eating the food; however that night he becomes seriously ill and is rushed to the medical bay. Strangely, the medic seems to know exactly what to do (rolled a 15!) and saves him.

Next morning, only Luke Evangelos + bondswoman, Sebastian + 2 bondsmen + 2 slaves, and the 2 members of House Vidal are still around. Luke and his woman turn up for breakfast. He is very suspicious of the two BG. Finally Rona recognises the bondswoman as Eve Akemi, who was believed to have died 3 years ago in childbirth. Akemi is a minor house of Ceder, lawyers. She was a great lawyer within the CHOAM business empire. Is she here incognito to investigate Manndrach? It would make sense if she is here with Evangelos – their house reputation as the Emperor’s ‘strike force’, to get things done. Murder? But no motive – much more logical that they are here to smooth things, and another – Principio or their agent? – is responsible.

Taran goes to see Sisyphus – he is still unconscious. There are 7 body bags. He questions the medics, who still insist it is a result of jump travel. Leander goes to speak with Luke (+Eve) – he suspects the BG, but Leander assures him it is not. He tells Luke all he knows, including the dreams. He says Linda’s visions showed that the person who was killing us was already dead (this was after Hassan died). Other than that, he does not know.

Meanwhile Taran opens Hassan’s bodybag (Why is it still on, when we’ve passed the Principio’s homeworld??) – contains the body of Violet, A Wayku bondswoman!!! Before he can check further, a medic turns up, so he leaves.

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Prologue

The PCs took the Spacing Guild shuttle to the heighliner, a House Wayku ship. Other passengers include bondsmen from House Kanna, some Harkonnens + retinue, Ivilonettes.

The first day on the heighliner passed peacefully. During the night, the liner arrived at the next pickup point and started loading – here the Bene Gesserit and Slavo Reav board. They join the other passengers for breakfast. Most notice an interesting conversation between Hassan Principio, his bondsman and another – they are talking in a secret language, but appear to be discussing Leander! Slavo is greeted by a fellow Wallach (a slave seller).

After breakfast, Sigmar Vidal commences sculpting Leander’s bust, while Saskia watches. Rona returns to her quarters. The others then continue to the gym, while Sisyphus and Taran go through the books and films on the quartz mining operation. Unfortunately, at the gym, Leander injures Slavo whilst sparring, who has to be helped to the medical bay. Soon he feels better and returns. Meanwhile, Rona promenades for a while, then settles down with a film book – she notices that Sigmar is an assassin! She communicates this to Saskia, to do with as she pleases.

After dinner, all except Taran and Saskia go to the games room. Leander meets up with Sebastian Ivilonette and a couple of his scantily clad beauties – Slavo is somewhat distracted. He invites them to play a card game, Hangman’s Hand. Leander, Slavo and the mentat agree – Slavo wins, even though he appears to be playing badly. The Harkonnen cannot pay, and offers his concubine Samantha! Saskia notes it was an obvious set up.

Suddenly there is a scream from next door, the Cheops room. Saskia remembers there were 4 people in there: Reuben Ivilonette (Sebastian’s father) and a couple of his concubines, plus one of his bondsmen. Now, Ruben is lying writhing on the floor, blood pouring from him. One of the concubines is screaming in the corner, the other 2 are missing. Rona fails to calm her down, Saskia succeeds. Rona notices Sebastian’s response – he is angry, but otherwise completely unreadable. Just then the medics arrive, but Ruben is dead. The medics shoo everyone out, then remove the body. Leander returns to his room – and spots a hunter-seeker hovering in the corner! He stops, and hopes it is a protective one placed by his assassin. It doesn’t seem to attack.

Next morning, as Sisyphus goes to breakfast, he is challenged by Hassan Principio to a duel to the death, for the murder of Ruben Ivilonette and Principio’s bound concubine, Leah. (huh?). Slavo asks for more details – the concubine died last night, after we retired. He accuses Sisyphus of killing Ruben, because he remembered Sisyphus as the perpetrator of Harkonnen genocide and that he killed the concubine as a cover. Sisyphus, of course, denies everything. As his champion, Leander agrees to the duel, immediately before dinner.

Rona goes off to see the medic – the concubine was found by Principio, exhibiting the same bleeding symptoms as Reuben. The medic still gives the official story of “space sickness”, but after application of the Voice, admits that something stopped their blood from clotting. He suspects poison, but found no method of administration. He is angry, so she lets him leave.

Sisyphus tries prescience. He has a vision of lots of House Wallach bodies, lying in pools of blood. Everyone is dead, except one; somebody is immune. – but he cannot focus on who. Rona also tries- she sees an old-fashioned ship, running before a storm (dark green clouds, stinging to the skin); it starts to sink before it reaches the safety of the island. She goes to tell the assassin; she (assassin) is sure the symptoms are not due to a poison, so they go to see Taran, who has some medical knowledge. He knows this effect is due to excess ingestion of mandross, a pharmaceutical moss used as an anticoagulant. It grows in the Vidal homeworld, Ecaz. Its effects can be counteracted by taking a coagulant. Dosage might be tricky, unless you know the environmental levels! The only people who have not been eating with everyone else are the 3 members of House Evangelos.

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