Communicate with Svard, seems positive.
Arrive on the icy moon, equipped in survival gear. After some trepidation, they enter the ice hive and meet an adjunct, who leads them to the Crystal Council. They note both the condition of the hive (deteriorating) and that they are being guided along what appear to be backroads.
Finally they reach a vast elevator which ascends to the upper hive where the Crystal Council meets.
Council room and meeting with Speaker Tal. They talk about the Black Dynasty’s return to Svard, the current issues faced in the system, and the visit by Envoy Kaal.
The crew, and their escorts, head down to a main street where a parade is to take them to a luxury hotel arranged for their accommodation. As they walk the wide thoroughfares, the Lady-Captain finds her paranoia tingling and notices a man in the crowd readying a grenade.
For the next 20 seconds, non-stop action ensues – with the Captain blasting the man, leading his grenade to fall amidst the excited crowd. At the sudden explosion, which hurls crowd members across the street and also disabled the attacker, the escort takes cover and begin looking for targets.
They eventually see three other gunmen in the crowd and a sniper in the window of a hab block. They are swiftly neutralised, with one man incinerated by Talon’s hellgun blasts and another riddled with las-holes by the escort. Thinking quickly, Rexx and the Magos and the local guards disable and knock out two of the attackers, restraining them.
Along with the original grenade thrower, who is alive but in bad shape, they demand to be able to interrogate these prisoners. As emergency services arrive to clear up the carnage, the local escort acquiescces, and they proceed swiftly, dispersing the crowds ahead, to the hotel.
Once there, they concoct a plan to try and trick the prisoners into revealing their plot, plans and masters. However, they soon find that the prisoners know as little as they do, with the two who can talk of very different social classes, who have never met before, and have no way to have accessed the weapons they used. Just as Talon was about to break out the electro-pliers and the power-saws, the crew reach the conclusion that what Speaker Tal had told them was correct, and that nothing could be revealed through interrogation.
An old companion of Rex’s sneaks to the hotel, and tried to get his attention. They converse, Rex getting the low-down on the local situation and the promise of contacts within the Crystal Council, and Iago Silva getting the promise of supplies and a trip back to Footfall as soon as some money has been made.
The crew decide to leave Svard, and chart a course to Cog, the industrial moon, with the intention that if they can reactivate the factories, restore contact and trade, or even raid the moon for supplies, they would be able to restore the system ships currently in orbit over Svard.
They skim the edge of the Storm, boosting their sensors to detect the moon. As they journey, they just about detect the moon and several orbiting vessels through the Storm’s interference. As the Lady-Captain orders a vox channel opened, the engines on the system ships they detected flare into life. Two other mysterious vessels also approach, though no engines are detected…