Welcome to another exciting installment of Spacemon, the tale of a Pokemon TRPG campaign! It is a sci-fi space epic played using the Pokemon Tabletop United (PTU) system and GMed by fellow TAY author DragonStorm247. You can get caught up on our previous adventures here!
Previously on Spacemon…
The crew of the GCS Dunsparce traveled to the Federation world of Otho to gather some supplies and better equip their ship in preparation for their journey into the uncharted sector. Arlon, Morgan, and Dmitri found H’s makeshift lab in the med bay sealed tight with strange noises emanating from within. They were unable to get inside and find out what was going on so they were forced to conduct their business on their own. Once the Dunsparce was equipped with a weapons system, the crew set a course for Manitou in the Outer Rim to meet with one of Arlon’s old contacts to get their ship equipped with some weapons.
The Dunsparce drops out of warp space in the Hadrian System in Outer Rim Sector 31. Arlon brings the ship into orbit around Manitou, a large blue gas giant orbited six moons and many asteroids. There are some mining facilities and colonies and such floating in Manitou’s atmosphere as well as those scattered across its moons.
Arlon flies the ship towards the fifth moon, a terrestrial rock with no atmosphere to speak of. The moon is barren on the surface but deep down it is rich with ores. There is a rather large mining colony on the surface out of which many organizations, both legal and illegal, operate, including Arlon’s old acquaintance Maxx Aler.
“So who is this Maxx guy, exactly?” Morgan asks as Arlon sets the ship down in one of the colony’s hangars.
“He’s a merchant of scavenged ship parts,” Arlon tells her. “He mainly specializes in weapons but he also sells various ship upgrades. He’s the best at what he does out here.”
“And you’re sure we can trust him?”
“I ran a lot of jobs for him back in the day. He’s trustworthy.”
With H and Shane still locked away in the lab, Arlon, Morgan, and Dmitri disembark from the Dunsparce to meet with Maxx on their own. Upon arriving at Maxx’s shop, they find him scanning through his datapad not really paying attention.
Arlon clears his throat, causing Maxx to look up.
“Arlon Jett? Is that you?” he asks.
“In the flesh,” Arlon replies.
“I heard you were dead! What have you been up to my old friend?”
“Well, uh... I’ve been ‘dead,’” Arlon says jokingly.
“Ah, yes,” Maxx says with a laugh. “So what can I do for you today?”
“Well I’ve found myself with a ship without weapons. You’re the best in the business so that’s why I’m here.”
“Ah. I see. What sort of ship is it?”
“Genevan, bucket class.”
“Ah a Genevan Bucket; those don’t normally come with weapons systems.”
“Yeah. We had one installed since we’re going on a dangerous mission into uncharted space.”
“Oh, ask him about the warp stuff,” Dmitri chimes in.
“Let’s worry about the weapons first,” Arlon tells him.
“So what exactly are you looking for?” Maxx asks. “I’ve got your standard ion and photon lasers, and some very high quality beam weapons.”
“What about missiles?” Dmitri asks.
“I’ve got those too.”
“Missiles aren’t very cost-effective, mate,” Arlon warns Dmitri. “We’re tight on cash enough as it is.”
“What’ll it be then?” Maxx asks.
“We’ll take a photon laser and an ion laser,” Aron tells him.
“That’ll be three-thousand credits,” Maxx informs the crew.
“I don’t suppose you could give a discount to an old friend?” Arlon asks.
“I heard your friend wanted to get some information,” Maxx Responds. “Why don’t we see what sort of information I can give you to sweeten the deal?”
“Very well, mate,” Arlon agrees. “We’re going on a mission into an uncharted sector but we don’t have a way to get there.”
“I see. Well, I can’t offer you much in the way of getting to an uncharted sector, but… I did manage acquire some weaponized warp tech from the Alliance… if you’re interested.”
“Sounds great, mate, but we’re tight on cash so I don’t see any warp weapons in our immediate future.”
“That’s a shame.”
“There’s one other thing, though,” Arlon continues. He pulls Maxx aside. “The Red Suns seem to be up to something and I need to find out what it is.”
“Ah, yes, the Red Suns. They seem to be expanding. Ever since Garth took control.”
“I’ve noticed. We crossed paths with them a while back. He’s got all these pirates working for him now. The amount of influence he’s got right now… I don’t like it.”
“Wait, you knew who those pirates were and you didn’t tell us?” Morgan cuts in, sounding quite annoyed with Arlon.
“Sorry, luv, I didn’t think it was important at the time,” Arlon tells her, not expecting to have been overheard.
“There’s a lot of things you didn’t think were important.”
“Okay, I guess I probably should have told you guys sooner, but I had to make sure you were trustworthy first. They’re called the Red Suns. I used to run with them back when they were an elite team of bounty hunters. Let’s just say that the last op I ran with them went south… real south. I was set up; our leader and the target we were supposed to be grabbing were both murdered and I got framed for it. I had to fake my own death to survive.”
“Now the new leader, Devlin Garth, seems to be expanding, employing pirates, turning the Red Suns into something they’re not. He’s up to something and I intend to find out what it is. Maxx, I assume you heard about the attack on Gigan Station?”
“Indeed,” Maxx replies.
“Well they stole something, a data package of some kind.”
“I may be aware of what they stole, something that pissed off a certain Alliance corporation; One dealing with exploration of uncharted space. I also might know the current whereabouts of the Red Suns.”
“Well, mate, care to share?”
“Not so fast. I hear the Romanov Union is gearing up for something. If you can bring me some tangible information on that I may be... persuaded to share this information with you.”
“We might just have what you’re looking for; something we acquired while making a delivery. We need to go back to the ship and get it.”
Arlon turns to leave, but Dmitri hangs back and approaches Maxx. “Do you know if there’s some sort of black market for selling Pokemon?” he asks.
“I may know something about a ring here on Manitou V,” Maxx tells him, “but you didn’t hear this from me.”
“Alright,” Dmitri agrees.
Maxx pulls up a map of the station on his datapad and shows it to Dmitri. “You can find them here,” he says pointing to a location on the map. “I should warn you though, their sellers often become their targets.”
“I’ll be careful.”
When the crew returns to the Dunsparce, Dmitri unloads all his good Pokemon and valuables as a precaution, just in case something happens when he meets with the black market Pokemon dealers. “I think you’re crazy for doing this,” Morgan tells him. “I want no part in this.”
“Then stay here,” Dmitri replies.
“I intend to,” Morgan tells him before he leaves the ship. She then turns her attention to Arlon. “I’m going to scrub all the Genesect data clean before we give it to your friend,” she tells him rather coldly, still annoyed with the fact that he withheld information. “I don’t want any part of me or my decryption techniques attached to this. It will take a while.”
“Alright then, I’ll just go keep an eye on Dmitri,” Arlon tells her. He steps off the ship, then stealthily trails behind Dmitri. He follows him to the location Maxx directed him to and spots a group of shady looking individuals.
“I’m looking to sell some Pokemon,” Dmitri announces as he approaches the group.
“What makes you think we want what you have?” the apparent leader asks. “Are they any good?”
“They’re decent,” Dmitri tells him.
“He says they’re decent boys,” the leader says with a slight laugh. “Let’s see if he’s tellin’ the truth.” He pulls out a Pokeball and sends out a Crawdaunt. In response, Dmitri sends out Shellos.
“Use Mud Bomb,” Dmitri commands the Pokemon. It spits a large clump of mud at the Crawdaunt, though it doesn’t seem to do very much.
“Crawdaunt, use Vice Grip,” the gang leader commands his Pokemon. It moves in on the Shellos and clamps one of its large claws around the Pokemon, delivering a pretty nasty blow.
“Use Mud Bomb again!” Dmitri commands his Shellos. The Pokemon backs up and spits another blast of mud at the Crawdaunt, this time much larger than the previous one. This time the Pokemon seems to take a significant hit.
“Now, Crabhammer!” The Crawdaunt moves in once again and smashes one of its claws down on the Shellos, knocking it out.
Dmitri sends out his Solosis to replace it. The gang leader just laughs. “Night Slash,” he commands. The Crawdaunt swipes at the Solosis and delivers a nasty blow, taking it down instantly. Dmitri immediately sends out his last Pokemon, the Numel he caught on Silicron.
“I thought you said they were decent,” the gang leader taunts. “Crawdaunt, use Crabhammer again.” The Pokemon moves in on the Numel and slams its claw down once more. However, the Numel managed to narrowly avoid getting hit.
“Use Magnitude,” Dmitri commands the Numel. It unleashes a quake that delivers another significant blow to the Crawdaunt.
“Use Harden,” the leader commands in response. The Crawdaunt hunkers down and hardens up its armor.
“Use Lava Plume!” Dmitri commands the Numel. The Pokemon unleashes a blast of lava at the Crawdaunt and takes it down.
“That Numel is impressive, but the others not so much,” says the leader, recalling his Crawdaunt. “I’ll give you eight-hundred credits total for all three and I suggest you take it.”
“Alright,” Dmitri agrees. He places the Pokeballs down on the ground, then takes his credits and leaves.
Morgan meets up with Arlon and Dmitri at Maxx’s shop and they head inside to finish their deal. “I believe we have some information you might be interested in,” Morgan tells Maxx as they enter..
“Go on,” Maxx tells her.
“We made a delivery to a Romanov research station and we stole some data on what they working on,” Morgan explains. She transfers the data on Project Genesect from her Pokedex to his Datapad.
“Interesting,” Maxx says as he scrolls through the information. “Very interesting.”
“So, about your end of the bargain,” Arlon says, snapping Maxx back to the deal at hand.
“Yes, of course. The Red Suns are in an Outer Rim sector near Alliance space. On a desert planet called Banton. It’s a rather civilized world but there’s still a large underworld there. Perfect place for people like us.”
“I know the planet,” Arlon tells him. “In fact, I have an old friend on Banton I was planning on doing some business with.”
“Isn’t that convenient,” Maxx says with a laugh. “But if you don’t want to go to Banton, you can also look into the Megastellar Association, the corporation the Red Suns pissed off when they hit Gigan Station. Their shareholders are all companies specializing in exploring uncharted space.”
“Thanks for the tip, mate,” Arlon tells him.
“Not a problem. Now let’s get that ship of yours equipped.”
Session/Revision Notes: This part of the session was interesting. After we spent the first half on the planet Otho we met with one of the contacts I came up with for Arlon in order to advance the plot. I kind of derped and didn’t bring up Arlon’s past very sneakily and made him seem kind of like an idiot, but it was good to get that information out of the way and start moving Arlon’s character forward.
I actually developed Arlon’s backstory a lot more since the original chapter was posted, so in going back to the rewrite I was able to describe Arlon’s past a lot better. That’s one of the cool things about coming back to the old chapters all this time later.
A funny thing happened at the end of the session. DragonStorm used his random planet generator to come up with the planet the Red Suns are on and it turned out to be a level 3 civilization desert planet in the Outer Rim near Alliance space, which is exactly like the planet Banton I came up with for one of the other contact locations. DragonStorm just rolled with it and decided that the planets were one and the same.
If you’re interested in the original version of this chapter, you can find it here. As mentioned before, it covers the events of both this rewritten chapter and the previous one.
MAJOR SPOILER WARNING IN THE COMMENTS!
Post-Chapter Challenge: Casting call! We’re far enough into Volume 1 that you have a pretty good idea of what the main characters are like and have seen some interesting supporting characters. So here’s the challenge for this week! Spacemon is being adapted into a movie trilogy and it’s up to you to select the actors and actresses who will be portraying the characters! Feel free to pick anyone from A-list stars to not-very-well-known talent to your favorite voice actors! And, if you’ve read through the original Volume 1 chapters and Volume 2, feel free to cast some characters we haven’t seen yet!
That does it for this chapter. As always the Spacemon gang and I will be monitoring the comments to foster discussion and answer any questions. Feel free to give feedback and critiques of the writing so I can improve it for the future, or just leave a comment with what you think about what went down in this chapter or what you think might happen next! You can also revisit past chapters, check out the Spacemon Appendix which is a repository of information on all the lore and characters of Spacemon, or like our Facebook page to stay updated on all things Spacemon! Click here for the next exciting installment of Spacemon!