Realizing that the vault is truly empty, Arratoi says, "Well sonuva rat! I think our next mission is going to involve hunting down some vault robbers. And how did those guys even find this place??"
Seeing the datapad, Arratoi assists with attempts to access it.
Arratoi auto assists computers or engineering to access the datapad.
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I'm not too sure who she was, but she worked for AbdarCorp... so we might be able to follow that angle up later.."
She peers over Arratoi's shoulder, offering advance.
computers(aid): 1d20 + 6 ⇒ (13) + 6 = 19
Arratoi picks up the datapad to hand it to Sunshine. As he does, it automatically begins playing a video of Datch.
“Hello again! I guess you survived. Good for you, making it all the way down after I set all your critters loose and turned your nasty defenses against you. Speaking of nasty, you sure had a lot of firepower down here. Wow! For an organization that’s supposedly about exploration, I’m shocked. Shocked I say! But don’t worry. I know some folks who could sure use this stuff. And, to make things even, please accept this payment. See you soon!”
The datapad then deletes the video and ejects a credstick.
"Trust a shady character from AbadarCorp to rob you blind then give you creds as if you had agreed to sell the stuff off," Faraeon comments wryly. "Not that it actually matters, given our mission, but how much is on there?"
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Arratoi checks the credstick and finds it contains 6 credits.
After the disappointing sweep of the Depot, you make your way back to the surface and return to the Thunderous Transgressor. Zigvigix is ecstatic to see you. You made it! What were you able to recover?
|So "Lily" Quy
Faraeon does describe the bits of gear the party had been able to recover while searching through the upper level of the bunker, such as the rings of resistance, the sniper rifle, the sets of armor and other weapons. "The main storage facility was completely ransacked, though. Some ysoki with an AbadarCorp pin on her jacket got here first and totally looted the place. She was kind enough to leave us this, though." He gestures toward the credstick and grumbles, "Try not to spend it all in one place."
"Well y'know how back in the old, archaic, barbaric days when people invaded a country and started a war claiming that the country contained weapons of mass destruction? Only to find out that their intelligence was faulty and there were, in fact, no WMDs? That's pretty much what happened here. We went in. We shot up a lotta stuff. .....and we found no WMDs.
"But maybe you know of the ysoki we speak of? Perhaps we can track him down. My guess though is that all the weapons have been sold off. But perhaps we can locate this guy and at least shake him down for a cut of whatever creds he made off the weapons sales???"
|So "Lily" Quy
As one apt to repeatedly make the same mistake, Arratoi runs out of the room in terror.
A minute later an incensed Arratoi stalks back into the room grumbling, "Y'know, my 5th wife pretty much did acquire a good chunk of my assets, similar to this ysoki making off with the Exo-Guardian WMDs...."
|So "Lily" Quy
Lily giggles as her disguise melts away. Then, realizing that Ziggy is still confused, she sighs.
"This... Datch... Thought the stockpile of weapons down there belonged to the Society! She probably never knew they started off as defenses against the Swarm. Super frustrating. I guess... If Celita hears anything, Ziggy, can you give us a ring? Definitely want to set this record straight."
Aaand segue into Part 2...
She has been popping up with some frequency, but this is the first time she has struck us directly.
On your way back to home, Zigvigix calls you back together. They explain that there is little that can be done to act against Datch directly. Any evidence to implicate her, especially collected out in the Vast, would be difficult to argue in a legal setting. Furthermore, the Society would never admit that a massive stockpile of weapons fell into an outside power’s hands. Because, to be sure, those weapons do belong to the Society.
And with that we have reached the end!
Faraeon can hardly help himself as Lily's antics cause his dour expression first to crack, then to fall apart entirely as he bursts out in laughter. After all, what else could he do after such a dreadful mission but laugh?
Woo! Another one for the books!
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Sunshine rubs his brow. "So a mission into our own facility to now go after our own weapons. Reminds me of my student loans."
Thanks for a great run, GM!
"Let us just hope if we catch up with Datch we can talk her out of her ill gotten gains, rather than have them directed against us..."