Family Affairs Part 2
Tjakiri, Clair Dock
Marrakech Morgan, consigliere to Degginal DeVerre stood quietly with her hands folded behind her back and gazed out the large panoramic viewport at the young protostar, Tjakiri. She admired the roiling, boiling mass of plasmatic hydrogen, caught up in the beauty and the ferocity of it all. She was transfixed on a large and violent flare erupting from the corona when Apollonia...
Amphisatsu, Wantanabe Terminal
A dark haired man of Japanese descent sat at a dark wooden table with his face in his hands. The flickering of muted light from an andon highlighted his sad features. The man looked up from his hands over to the source and took a moment to reflect on the delicate artwork, admire the smooth brush lines and the collage of colored inks.…
Flesh and Steel
Part 6 of the Ballard of Black Rose
Clair Dock, Tjakiri
The massive, muscled man twisted and writhed, his sweat-soaked body straining against the thick leather straps of the medical bed. His was only semi-conscious, in a state of delirium, and oblivious to his surroundings. The only part of him that wasn’t moving couldn’t rightly be called “him”- the bare-metal prosthetic...
"Descent" Ballard of Black Rose, Part 5
Unknown Location, Nukunda
Stryker’s head felt like a supernova had gone off in it. His shoulders and lats were burning and throbbing in pain. His vision was watery, and all he could make out was the distorted outlines of a face. He blinked and shook his head. The vision started to clear.
Where the hell am I? He thought. He tried to get his bearings. A few bright...
"The Value of a Man" Ballard of Black Rose, Part 4
The large, young bodybuilder was pleased with himself for a mission accomplished... He had retrieved the gems, and yet a small part of him that was clinging to some sort of ethic and was saddened by the way the he had handled the interaction with Hacksaw. Stryker tried to assuage his conscious. I did give him an out. A way to escape… but he knew that it was an almost...
"Shattered Bones" The Ballard of Black Rose: Part 3
Personal Log: I had just successfully interdicted the target and now I have to break in. I have created a plan; a way to divert the captain in order to avoid a firefight if at all possible. I just hope that my programming is up to snuff.
Stryker stood there, the airlock had opened and he was looking out into the vast endless abyss that was space. With...
"Cosmic Waltz." The Ballard of Black Rose: Part 2
Clair Dock, Tjakiri
Personal Log: Well I installed that FSD. Wasn't too bad. There was a small challenge interfacing the thing with the power plant,but some creative engineering solved the problem.. Damn, this ship is ugly. I've taken to calling it "Swamp Donkey." I'm told it will get the job done, but I have serious reservations about its ability to handle combat...
"Mixman." The Ballard of Black Rose: Part 1
Clair Dock, Tjakiri
Personal Log. It's been a while since I did one of these. Really had no reason to. Grief does funny things to a man. Evy is gone. Taken before her time by an Imperial Enforcer. No fuss, just mess. Sometimes the emotions just hit me out of the blue. Anger, bitterness, sadness. My mother once said that bitterness is like drinking poison, hoping the other person would...
"Home Soil" Gems For Fools. Part 9
Jaadwadlia, Hovell Hub
Personal Log: Evy informed me that I nearly died.Though I was quite lucky.The bullet missed my heart, and nicked some artery. I donno, I'm no doctor. Though it all sounds so melodramatic to me. Evy was pretty upset though, but she kept pretty level headed through the whole ordeal. Anyway, the doc said that my left pectoral was pretty torn up. Re-generators...
"Adrift in Memory" Gems For Fools. Part 8
HIP 103260, B4, 96.22, -109.25
This didn't just happen. Stryker’s mind was a in a fog as he staggered backwards.
"No one FRACKING messes with me or my ship." Black Rose's voice was on the verge of hysterics, her blue cybernetic eye glowed menacingly in the dimly light engine room. “Shame that I’ll have to destroy you..." Her weapon was still raised. "...I was rather...