From the journal of Tertius Aemilianus [Trebly Encrypted]
The captain decided to use one of his recently acquired ‘favors’ to find a contact in the Cold trade other than Drell, for the purpose of moving the ///REDACTED\\\ crystals. We were given two names: the Serrated Quarry and a Captain Belloq. After determining that the Breaker Yards would be the ideal point to begin our search, various members of the captain’s inner circle set about the search in their own unique way. The Engineseer Prime chose to consult the Docking Authority and after being repeatedly rebuffed, resorted (ineffectively) to personal threats. The other Explorator of note aboard as usual demonstrated his full comprehension of subtlety by parading around with one of his unfinished, abominable mobile dolls and dropping the Quarry’s and Belloq’s names in the street to any passerby. Shockingly nothing important was gleaned in this exercise. However, the captain’s bodyguard was able to make contact while out carousing and we have a meeting with the Quarry’s front men to determine if our wares are worth anything. I am quite confident that they will be impressed.
A noteworthy day. We arrived in system without incident and quickly identified the derelict station Tremor where we would make our exchange with the Serrated Quarry. It was not long after settling down that their agents arrived in a smuggler craft named the Jade Serpent. Our meeting was to take place aboard the station in one of the few intact hangars, entering from opposing sides. As we were finishing the deal and in the process of exchanging the goods, one of the members of the Serpent’s party detected an anomaly on auspex just as I was made aware of a large psychic presence deeper within the station. Our parties had just enough time to express concern over this development when a sudden series of explosions created a large breach within the bulkhead, allowing the entrance of a large armored vehicle. Taking admirable initiative the captain’s bodyguard drew her lascannon and promptly reduced the vehicle in question to a bubbling mass of molten metal. Undaunted by this turn of events, a large group of heavily outfitted troops poured through the breach and opened fire. The members of the Quarry wasted no time in making for the exit with all haste. Our troops, on the other hand, managed to leave the walls a smoking ruin, leaving the soldiers to us.
From the swirling debris field at the rear of the hangar charged what could only have been a demonic hound, there was very little time to examine it however as the Engineseer reduced to it ash with a single barrage from his bolt rifle. It was at this time that the psychic deviant in charge of the attack chose to guide the bodyguard in the destruction of quite a few servitors with her lascannon. I disabled half the remaining opposition by psychic means while trying to remain as close as possible to the bodyguard so I might have some chance at surviving should she fire upon our party again. Following this the survivors quickly surrendered and, leaving the guardsmen to collect their weapons, began pursuit of the fleeing psyker. We cornered her as she was about to board a small shuttle and escape. A quick blast from the lascannon removed her as a possible complication and we took control of the shuttle. I was able to find the mind of the shuttle’s pilot and shut all his senses down before he became aware of the situation.
A quick interrogation of the survivors confirmed what we had suspected, that Roland Drell had laid an ambush for us to take both payment and merchandise in one swoop. As we discovered this I was notified that another ship had just arrived in system and stood several hours out. After a brief discussion we decided that Drell needed to be taught a lesson and conceived of a brilliant , if-I-do-say-so-myself, plan to do so. We informed the Jade Serpent of our plans and then packed the two previously obtained scuttling charges in crates aboard the shuttle, having set them to go off soon after landing protocols were completed. We recorded several messages to from the all too willing survivors to add realism to the ruse and then I freed the pilot’s mind and he was told by his superior officer to flee with the captured merchandise towards Drell’s ship. While he obligingly set off to deliver our gift to Drell, we were hailed by the Remington. While not going as far as to admit being behind the ambush Drell offered us a “better deal” if we would only help to destroy the Jade Serpent and greatly weaken his competitors. To buy time we had the other Explorator utilize his conversational “talents” and converse with the self aggrandizing fool, fighting for a better deal with actual discrete benefits for us or anything else that came to mind, with a minor caveat that he would be shut down if he strayed too close to revealing our plans. Skalsy was ordered to “fly casual” and take his time positioning us astern of the Serpent, having informed them to play along.
After being forced to endure an eternity of listening to the pompous conversation, communications suddenly cut out and we detected an energy spike from the Remington. As that was the signal agreed upon, we charged in with the Serpent timidly firing from afar. It became increasingly clear that we had dealt a severe blow to the Remington with the charges and before long the ship was drifting disabled in front of the Savage. We then received a communique from an Acting-Captain Cripin offering complete and utter surrender. When we inquired about Roland Drell’s current status, he proceeded to hold up a severed head and, as an afterthought, the completely perforated but still identifiable remains of Drell’s iconic headwear.
The Remington, while disabled, is completely repairable and after several weeks labor will be ready for a journey back to Breaker Yards for a full repair. We have acquired quite a few items from this encounter: the survivors of Drell’s first regiment veterans, who have been brought them into Sethra’s fold, Drell’s personal logs containing financial and banking information, as well as several locations of interest for future exploration. We also removed what valuable cargo the Remington was carrying and are in the process of taking inventory of what we have collected.
I do so enjoy when our adventures turn violent and let me utilize my talents.
[Note]: Keep an eye on the captain’s body guard as she has been acting… odd since she was exposed to the contents of the witch’s cabin.