Thursday, July 26, 2012

Mongoose Traveller: Hard Times On The Solomani Rim, Session 1

Cast of Characters:
Baron Khoiayahelu (Aslan noble (Imperial rank is much greater than his Aslan standing) whose family's mismanagement of the family holdings has sent him travelling)
"Chrome" (Droyne Sport pilot who has been separated from his kin and finds new families among various merchant ships he works on)
Alex Cross, M.D. (Rough around the edges former technician who became a medical doctor)
Mihai Greenman (Perennial underdog. Former Marine, Arms Dealer, Broker, and Vagabond.)

The Story So Far:
...This is the first session. This *IS* the story so far.

SESSION ONE: PORT OF CALL: BAILEY

So the crew of the Far Trader "Princess Di" settled down into the backwater port of Bailey, not far from the fighting between the Solomani Confederation and what is left of the Third Imperium. Upon entering the main concourse of Fenian Station, the Imperial Starport on Bailey, they witnessed the huscarles of Duke Gaius Pol, the Hammers of Sarun, execute the staff and patrons of a brothel who were allegedly disloyal to Emperor Lucan. Shocked, they went to the Sinner's Feast, a local watering hole where they were approached by a smuggler named Xero (who Chrome and Mihai knew of) who offered them a job to sit on some contraband for a few days. The Baron nixed such dishonorable work.

While Chrome was attempting to secure passengers for a trip to nearby Mercy, the group was approached by Tania Llotman, an exotic dancer who was looking to the players (most notably, the burly one-eyed Aslan) to help her give an over exuberant fan an idea of what's up. Unaware of the concept of the Soiled Dove, Baron Khoiayahelu jumped at the chance to defend this woman's... honor.

The next day, the gang attempted to track down some cargo to go with their passengers. Unfortunately, most of what was available was too rich for their blood.

That night, they returned to the Sinner's Feast to fulfill the job they promised to Tania. She set them up at a VIP table while she danced. They realized that Christoph Ghuran was a drunk who didn't appreciate the party spending quality time with his woman. He eventually mustered up enough liquid courage to approach the table. Chrome, using his Droyne ability to not be seen attempted to administer a hypo filled with a sedative to Christoph, but missed. It wasn't quite a good old fashioned Texas-style bar fight, but a fight did ensue, with the Baron grappling and brawling with Christoph, Chrome getting inadvertently involved in a brawl after throwing a drink at Christoph to distract him. Eventually, the Baron took down the drunk. Tania was ecstatic and the party went on all night.

WHAT I LEARNED:
You can minimize the level of murderhobo in a group by having one noble who has an Aslan sense of honor.
When you're drunk and in a bar fight, it's really insulting to have drink thrown at you by a Droyne.
I need to stage some of the commerce stuff ahead of the dice rolls.
I need a better, more detailed map of the sector for the players.