Into Oblivion

Coming Storm
Book the Third - the Duke and the Knight

With Tula secured, Theo and Hem plan out their next steps.

Meanwhile, deep within the Citadel – a highly fortified Antian military installation buried deep below the surface of the capital world of Antia, Lord Protector Holmstet holds an emergency meeting to discuss the Antian Empire’s next steps in the face of Mandate aggression.

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Abandoned Base: Ahn'zt Mission
Book the Second - the Warden and the Dwarf

Kade and Kumis go on a mission to investigate an abandoned Mandate research facility on a jungle planet.

After Kumis presses some sort of button in the maintenance room, the group discover that the facility is filled with defense turrets. Yukio manages to destroy the turret that appears in the maintenance room.

They continue on, Kumis and Kade discover the power room, with two massive generators. The duo get them up and running, but then discover that they also activated the turrets through out the facility. THANKS NORG.

The whole group now head into the markets, where Kade risks her life as a distraction, so that Yukio and Kumis can get a shot on another turret they spot. This plan works, with Kade only suffering minor scars, the most noticeable being a scar along her cheek, from a grazed bullet.

Callus heads to the planet of Gyrus II at Corde’s behest where he recovers a stasis pod and wakes the individual within – Miryn Trochar, a citizen of New Akanthos, a nation located far beyond the verge worlds of the human diaspora.

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The Chase
Book the Third - "The Duke and the Knight

Sir Hem receives the freed prisoner Tula Ly’alle, but after parking too close to a lift tube, thus allowing Tula to stage a hasty escape, chases Tula across two levels of the city before subduing her.

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Assassination - Ahn'zt Mission
Book the Second - "The Warden and the Dwarf"

Running low on credits, the crew of the “Survival First…” turn to taking on missions from Hanz Yo’Akin.

Their first mission, assassinating a famous model, is undertaken by Kade, and very successfully.

In other news, Callus and Kumis didn’t blow the ship up during Kade’s absence.

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Taking Stock
Book the Second - the Warden and the Dwarf

The new ship is given a new name – the “Survival First, Then Actually Getting Along,” although all the individuals on board with the exception of Corde prefer “Survival First…”

Stocked with MREs and coffee, while the ship’s pantry can provide adequate nutrition, the variety leaves something greatly desired, and our heroes resolve to improve this situation, as well as the lack of any beds, the moment they get their hands on some money.

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Leaving Ortus
Book the Second- The Warden and the Dwarf

Kade, Kumis, and Callus decide to leave Ortus base, and the Wardens, as soon as possible, in order to preserve the secret of their new ship.

They make contact with Hanz Yo’akin, who manages to convince the Commander Sterr – through the offer of a free night at an Ahn’zt brothel – to assign them on a long-distance mission, thus avoiding any violence caused by a desertion attempt.

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Landfall on Tarentian
Book the First - "The Boy and the Smuggler"

The Mercurial Lady makes a dangerous insertion of the planet of Tarentian. During the insertion, Zaith is badly injured by a trap ward put in place by the Mandate, one that required considerable skill never before seen by any present.

With the Mandate alerted to their presence on planet, Aderyn finds her options limited. Furthermore, Zaith’s health is rapidly failing. Aderyn clashes with Elorion when the latter suggests searching for a population of casters who survived the Mandate destruction of Tarentian’s Ourak academies in order to get healing for Zaith.

Malcolm reveals his new-found casting ability, distracting Aderyn, and giving Elorion and Zaith time to escape the Mercurial Lady and go searching for the hidden caster in a cave system at the bottom of a deep canyon.

The duo find the casters, and discover that there is an entire academy in the caves, completely under the Mandate’s nose.

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Cruiser Assault
Book the Second - the Warden and the Dwarf

A Seronan task force, summoned by the Wardens, lays an ambush for the Mandate fleet. While the battle rages, a Warden strike team, consisting of Orin, Kumis, Callus, and Kade, board the Mandate flagship – a cruiser class vessel – with the intention of sabotaging its ward core.

The assault is bloody and the strike team, with Corde’s help, manages to breach the Mandate defenses and plant explosives on the ship’s ward core. Then, they battle waves of Mandate forces, trying to give Orin time to prepare a transport ward to evacuate the team. As the team is about to be overrun, Callus hurls one of the explosives – modified mortar shells – at the Mandate squad, triggering a chain reaction that vaporizes the stern half of the cruiser.

Callus and Kade find themselves sitting in a grassy field on a distant planet. Kumis, meanwhile, has an encounter with an entity who introduces herself as the goddess Aztar. She reveals that Orin had actually died during the escape from the Mandate Titan in orbit of Never-Look-Back but had been brought back by Aztar because his work was not yet done. Now, he had been allowed to return to the realm of death.

Aztar warns Kumis of Oblivion, a dark force that is the antithesis of Casting, and informs him that one of its agents is Marisei Za’Nell, whom he encountered during the Qzin assault on Wayfarer’s Rest.

Aztar tells Kumis to head to the Antian Empire to recover the “Keeper of the Spark,” a large, glossy black orb -currently sitting in a dusty shelf in the Antian Museum of Xenobiology – that is a major fount of power – power that Oblivion seeks to find.

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Another Mission
Book the Second - The Warden and the Dwarf

Orin and company don’t have much downtime before they are assigned another mission – a Mandate task force, through tracking packages delivered by a Warden supply ship, have destroyed two of the three Warden bases in the Quadrant.

A strike team composed of Orin, Kade,Kumis, and Callus is assigned to lay an ambush for the Mandate task force.

Kade and Callus hit the Ortus training simulations.

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Rathris IV Landing
Book the Second - "The Warden and the Dwarf"

Orin, Kumis, and Callus arrive at Ortus, a secret Warden base buried deep within the mountains of Rathris IV.

There, Callus and Kumis meet Kade, one of the Wardens.

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