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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 UAS Helix defended the Federation from an attack by a rogue faction of the Romanov Union and their army of Genesect! Due to their efforts, they were named heroes of the Federation but the fight is far from over. There are hints of a larger threat behind the scenes and it’s up to the crew of the Helix to find out the truth!

Arlon Jett - “Red Suns Revival”

The resolution of the battle with the Genesect provided very few answers and brought up far too many questions. Questions that needed to be answered. Something sinister was at work behind the scenes and Arlon was intent on finding out what it was. Arlon never found himself caring about big Galaxy-wide issues before, only caring about the next job, the next payment, but his experience being on the run from the law and from his former companions and the crazy things he encountered while traveling aboard the Dunsparce had changed him.

There were mysterious forces at work, linking everything they had seen. Earth, the Genesect, Giratina, and, of course, the enigmatic Mr. Silver. These forces had the potential to change the face of the entire galaxy and Arlon wanted to be prepared for whatever came next. This was why he chose to part ways with the others. With his name cleared, Arlon hoped to return to the Red Suns and use their resources to pursue his goals. The others were resourceful and could handle themselves so Arlon felt his talents were better suited elsewhere.

Arlon returned to the planet Banton where the Red Suns were currently operating. He made contact with Rena Bordeaux, who had assumed leadership after learning of Garth’s betrayal, and learned that things had not been going smoothly. Garth had basically transformed the Red Suns from an elite team of bounty hunters into a pirate organization, trying to dig his fingers into as much of the underworld as possible. Rena and Kiril Zhukov were the only remaining Red Suns from the original team and had been a bit wary of Garth’s ambitions. With him out of the picture, they sought to return the Red Suns to their former state. But they were at odds with several of those Garth had brought on to replace Arlon and the former leader, Lars Rickets.

Arlon made contact at just the right time. With Arlon’s help, Rena and Kiril rid the Red Suns of any unsavory elements. The result was a new incarnation of the Red Suns, different from both of its past forms: more than just an organization of thugs, more than just a team of bounty hunters. Due to his strong leadership, Arlon was chosen to helm this new band of mercenaries with the goal of uncovering the mysterious forces at work in the Galaxy.

Of course managing more than just a small team of bounty hunters requires a good team of commanders. Rena and Kiril were the obvious choices, but aside from them Arlon also selected Luke Anderson, who had joined the Red Suns after Arlon left, and recruited his old friend and fellow bounty hunter Petra Azarov. It was a bit awkward at the start since several of them had recently thought of Arlon as an enemy, but after working together for a while, (and buying Kiril enough drinks to make up for Wonder Trading his Pokemon away), the Red Suns were a well oiled machine once again.

Mr. Silver was Arlon’s strongest lead and he knew that had to be involved somehow. He had never trusted Mr. Silver and wanted to find out what hand he was playing in this conspiracy. Finding out the enigmatic character’s goals and core operations became Arlon’s primary goal. He sought many jobs from Mr. Silver, jobs that were a perfect fit for the Red Suns’ resources. In addition to completing these jobs for Mr. Silver, Arlon also devoted significant resources to finding out why Mr. Silver wanted certain things done.

One such job was to track down a former Alliance scientist with a PhD in Theoretical Biology, Dr. Louis Armstrong. The instructions were to capture him, and failing that, to kill him. There must have been a good reason why and Arlon was intent on finding out the answer. The Red Suns uncovered files that linked him to some of Mr. Silver’s core operations. At one point he was clearly heavily involved with Mr. Silver’s operations and now he was on the run. Finding this scientist would provide invaluable insight into Mr. Silver’s goals. Recognizing the importance of this mission, Arlon made it the Red Suns’ top priority and also passed the information on to the UAS Helix, knowing they would be very interested in it.

Additionally, as a personal favor to Morgan, Arlon discovered the last known location of Gilgamesh, the gym leader who had provided them with information on Giratina before they traveled to Earth. Arlon knew that Morgan had been looking for him and passed this information on to her. As far as anyone knew, Gilgamesh was last seen on the planet Vandia in Sinai space.

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Notes: As I mentioned in the session notes at the end of Volume 1, I rolled a new character for Volume 2. However, Arlon is not out of the picture and will be returning as a recurring NPC that can provide the party with information. I worked closely with the GM (fellow TAY author DragonStorm247) to use Arlon to set up a starting point for us next season. Armstrong gives us a lead on Mr. Silver and Gilgamesh gives the other players a reason to go to my new character’s planet so I can join the party again. Update: Arlon’s activities since leaving the party have been greatly expanded upon in the mini-series Seeing Red. The information in this story in particular is covered in greater detail in the first two parts, which you will have already read if you’re following along the recommended reading order.


Morgan Durand

After bidding farewell to Arlon, the rest of the party wasn’t exactly sure where to go. After all that had happened, none of them were too keen to take on any big jobs soon, and barring any big purchases they had enough money to last several months, at least. Dmitri seemed interested in taking a vacation, and Morgan had to admit it seemed like a good idea. Shortly after they dropped Dmitri off, Morgan decided she would leave as well. With barely a word of explanation, she took the ship to Genevan space, to a system near her home; still far enough away that no one she knew would find her, but close enough to feel familiar. The planet she departed on catered mostly to tourists and retirees, and she was able to rent a cabana for the month for a modest sum. It was a beach resort and should have been a pleasant experience, but Morgan found she was unable to enjoy herself at all. Had anyone cared to notice, they would have seen how irritable and jumpy she was all the time, but the resort staff were so used to being abused and snapped at that they wrote it off entirely. As the month dragged on, she spent an increasingly large amount of time in her room, brooding and trying to sleep but never able to snatch more than a couple hours of rest at a time. She wouldn’t even admit to herself that it was because of the nightmares. She blamed her terrible experience on everything she could think of - the service, the amenities, the other guests, anything but the unpleasant thoughts constantly clouding her own mind. By the time the month was up, she was more than ready to reboard the Helix.

Back on the ship, Morgan approached her work with unusual zeal. First of her list was to construct a set of Pokebots to serve the ship; a craft of the Helix’s size would require much more than four crew members, and although it was inevitable that they would have to hire more human crew, Morgan wanted as few strangers on the ship as possible. Based on their experience with the Genesect, she knew that it would be prudent to build a robot capable of hull repairs. She also realized that it would be unwise to continue to rely on H for medical care, as he seemed more interested in “enhancing” people than healing them. Although she would need his help to program an A.I. capable of providing care independently, it was a more attractive alternative to letting him continue unchecked. When working with him, Morgan wasn’t mean, per se, but she was curt - necessary, she thought, to keep him on track. Even though the bot required an A.I. chip, she was careful to give it as little personality as possible; the last thing the ship needed was more “personality.”

All the time she wasn’t in the Helix’s new robotics bay tinkering with her new creations, Morgan was typing away on the ship’s computer. If anyone had bothered to look, they would have seen her researching clairvoyance, though that’s not exactly how she put it when searching the Spacenet. She was looking for a more rational explanation for her experience, and stubbornly stayed away from sites veering too far into the occult. Despite that, it was difficult not to at least learn something from all this reading, and she found herself knowing more about occult matters than she had ever really wanted to. The more she read, the more unsure she was that there wasn’t something to all this talk, but it was a feeling she pushed to the bottom of her consciousness. After several months of little progress, however, she was growing desperate. If anyone truly knew anything about what was happening to her, it would have to be that Sinai Gym Leader they had met, Gilgamesh. That was why, one day when she was sure no one was looking, she contacted Arlon. She was relieved when he told her where Gilgamesh was without asking too many questions, and (again in complete privacy) even thanked him. Morgan wasn’t sure how she would convince the rest of the crew to go to Sinai space without revealing her intentions, but she was confident she would think of something.

Everything Morgan did after she reboarded the ship she did angrily; she spoke angrily, ate angrily, and the rest of the crew suspected she slept angrily, if she slept at all. The others quickly learned not to stand directly behind her, and hardly to look at her lest she snap at them for staring. Her behavior was obviously strange, but who was going to complain? Dmitri, who was still conspicuously absent? H, who seemed to have no idea what normal was and almost certainly didn’t care? Shane? Well, she couldn’t be sure what Shane would do, but he hadn’t tried anything yet, and if he did, well, it was a bridge she would cross when she came to it. Anyway, it was getting near the time when they were supposed to pick Dmitri up…

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Notes: Morgan’s player wants us to know that she is going for legit PTSD here, although there is also a bit more satisfying explanation for the constant anxiety/paranoia.


Dmitri Smirnitsky - “Respite of Revelations”

Now that the battle was won, Dmitri along with the rest rest of the team said their farewells to Arlon, and set their sights towards the future. During their adventures the crew of the GCS Dunsparce faced death on multiple occasions, dealt with stress and fear never experienced by most of them before, and in the end accomplished things they never could have imagined they would before they met such as visiting earth, bringing down a pirate organization, and becoming Federation heroes. With all this accomplished in a matter of only a few months the first thing Dmitri wanted to do was take a break. Dmitri decided to take a vacation on the planet known as Khepri V. A tropical world found in Federation space with large oceans and vast Jungles. Dmitri tried to relax with a number of activities such as fishing, hiking, swimming, and drinking. Even with all these things to distract him the visions he saw in the void disturbed him and many questions still lingered. Why did he see what he saw and what was it that he saw, why did Mr. Silver send them to earth, and who was behind the attack on Solace Prime. Dmitri decided to tackle the personal question first while the rest of the group did their own thing after Solace Prime. Through intense research Dmitri learned new things about himself, he realized the reason he had visions that no one else saw was because he has telepathic abilities that he didn’t realize he had that did not appear until they surfaced in the void and only now through his research is finally getting grasp over the gift he has. The ruins he discovered were most likely in Sinai space, but direct coordinates were impossible to come by. Dmitri decided the best way to get anymore information on the subject would be to visit Gilgamesh to hopefully find some answers to what the ruins are and to how his new powers work.

The other questions Dmitri knew he would have to wait and see what the group could find out together because Dmitri didn’t even know where to start to answer the other question he knew nothing about Mr. Silver or they way he thought. As for the mysterious signal Dmitri was also at a loss he knew next to nothing about computers and would be of little use for tracking where the signal came from.

With his new powers and no clear way of locating Gilgamesh without the rest of the UAS Helix Dmitri filled the rest of his time with various task he set forth for himself. He decided to try to harness his new telepathic powers in two ways the first by meditating, trying to strengthen his focus. The other technique he used is best described as “practice makes perfect.” Dmitri particularly enjoyed this exercise in which he would practice his powers to read peoples minds, because he would hear some interesting things, being on a rather unassuming planet never heard anything particularly noteworthy.

Dmitri also spent sometime studying Genesect in the hopes of bringing one back, but hit a wall in the form that he had very restricted access to them. Firstly they were kept on the ship a place he was not always able to get to, and secondly Dmitri was far from the only person interested in studying them, but for different intentions. In the end Dmitri decided to take an indefinite break from this endeavor realizing that what he was hoping to do was beyond his ability and his resources for the time being.

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Shane - “Ghost in the Machine”

After the Genesect battle, Shane did |\|0+ seem too phased. It seemed like a typical day for him, 0N|_Y they fought and beat an army of Genesect. Nothing special. He mainly spent his time wandering the ship and helping H \|\|1+# … whatever the hell H gets up to in the labs. Occasionally, when he wasn’t attempting to keep H or +H3 Helix out of irreversible trouble, Shane would retreat to the new W4R|> lab, or at least the room he had determined W0U|_D be the warp lab, in order to try and understand his powers. 5#@|\|3 spent weeks researching, both inside the computer system and outside, and before he could |2E4|_!Z3 it, the ship was empty. Everyone had left at some point or another, going off on +#@T thing they called “Vacation.”

*BOOM*

Well, 4LM0$+ everyone.

“You don’t happen to have tranquilizers, duck tape, and a shovel do you?”

“You mean duct tape?”

“No, specifically for ducks.”

“Go to hell, H.”

“Currently planned for later but I’ve got more important things to do first. Regardless, care to help me find my items?”

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“Why not?”

During @L|_ the time Shane and H spent on the ship, Shane had grown more distant from his self-proclaimed rival. Nevertheless, they took their collaborative 3FF0R+5 seriously, and often helped finish each other’s (mainly H’s) failed experiments.

Back in the “privacy” of his lab, Shane continued +0 experiment with his warpy, glitchy, bullshit abilities, attempting to U|\|D3R$+@N|] which effects were from +#3 |\/|@R|< and which ones W3R3 from his previous experience. Eventually, as the crew of the Helix began to return to the ship, life seemed to return to a more normal state, for some FU+!L3 definition of the word. Shane drifted between his own various projects, BU+ helped out where he could. When the first of Morgan’s PokeBots was complete, Shane spent some time interacting with it.

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“Your robots are boring.”

N0+#!|\|G could have prepared him for Morgan’s reaction, and Shane W@5 grateful that he was able to avoid her outburst. They rarely talked afterward:@$ much as it was |>@!|\|FU|_ to see Morgan in such a state of disarray as she was, he didn’t want +0 get caught in the crossfire. Dmitri returned eventually, and posed a question to 5#@|\|3 that he hadn’t even considered, despite the obvious implications.

He asked how Shane had known about the Origin planet or even how he was able to recognize it. The more Shane thought about it, the less certain he was about the answer, or even if he had one. @S questions began to flood into #!$ mind, they led to more questions than before, that Shane simply could not answer about his past. He returned to the warp lab with a slightly different |>URP0$3; He was searching for why he could use the warp, @N|) not how. As much as Shane tried to avoid #!5 past, he understood as an AI that he would eventually have to confront it and accept it as his 0R!G1|\|, whether or not he wanted to.

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Notes: Shane’s player wants to point out that there is a secret message embedded in the text in case you didn’t pick up on it. The alt-text was a lot easier to pick up on in the Google doc we used since it has more formatting options than Kinja, but I managed to get something to work. Let me know what you think the message says in the comments.


H - “A Tail’s Tale”

Tail Log:
Startup Successful…Tail Log Online
Begin Recording

Entry 1-
Task: Implantation of Tail Log into Artificial Tail
Result: Success
Notes: Vocal Link established, notetaking will begin through manual input or proper voice command.

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Entry 2-
Task: Tail Attachment to #1
Result: Failure
Notes: Tail cannot be attached with duct tape and remain for extended periods of time.
More Research is required.

Entry 5-
Task: Tail Attachment to #1
Result: Success
Notes: Binding of tail to #1 required bone-based sensor input to be prematurely implanted in tail base and outputs tail interactions at 99% accuracy. All future attachments will be based on this method until better methods are discovered.
More Research is Required.

Entry 54-
Task: Leg Repairs to the Chosen
Result: Failure
Notes: Improvised equipment proves inadequate.
More Research is Required.

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Entry 60-
Task: Leg Repairs to the Chosen
Result: Success
Notes: Repairs and Augmentation have resulted in further improvement, the cause of the damage will no longer be problem. Expensive.
More Research is Required.

Entry 84-
Task: Arm Repairs for Subject
Result: Failure
Notes: Escape Necessary.
More Research is Required.

Entry 100-
Task: Hip Repairs for Subject
Result: Failure
Notes: Freelance work is costly.
More Research is Required.

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Entry 240-
Task: Bodily Repairs for Subject
Result: Success
Notes: Ghost-Type Pokemon require additional knowledge to repair properly.
More Research is Required.

Entry 260-
Task: Retrieve Pokemon
Result: Success
Notes: Pokemon was not obtained, through rope has once again proven too useful to dismiss. #2’s string shot proved invaluable. More Research is Required.

Entry 267-
Task: Research
Result: ???
Notes: Warp Drives modify matter oddly, further testing needed to obtain actual results.
More Research is Required.

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Entry 268-
Task: Research
Result:???
Notes: Warp drive experimentation INCREDIBLY unreliable.
More Research is Required.

Entry 290-
Task: WAILORD
Result: WAILORD
Notes: WAILORD IS ALL WAILORD IS ALL WAILORD IS ALL WAILORD IS ALL WAILORD IS ALL WAILORD IS ALL WAILORD IS ALL
More Research is Required.

Entry 291-
Task: Creation
Result: Success
Notes: Amazing Device Numbers expired, Letters shall now be used. Amazing Device A Operation, further research shall only improve and expand its possibilities.
More Research is Required.

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Entry 300-
Task: Augmentation for the Chosen
Result: Success
Notes: Usage for excess flesh is unknown. Improvements shall be useful in combination with newfound strengths.
More Research is Required.

Entry 312-
Task: Research
Result: Failure
Notes: Dive Ball needed.
More Research is Required.

Entry 350-
Task: Creation
Result: Success
Notes: Heaty shall never need a number for my Heaty is Mine.
More Research is Required.

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Entry 364-
Task: Augmentation for the Chosen
Result: Success
Notes: Do not augment without full mental control. Uses for augmentation still unknown.
More Research is Required.

Entry 380-
Task: Pokemon Move Storage
Result: Success
Notes: Ability to store moves in pokeballs works across types. Many Possibilities await. Pokeball Cannon Needed.
More Research is Required.

Entry 400-
Task: Test Data
Result: Success
Notes: New Tools work optimally. Genesect Prove interesting though difficult research opportunities; Due to their value genesect will be stored until their maximum research value can be obtained. Pokemon usage re-examination necessary.
More Research is Required.

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Entry 411-
Task: Pokemon Examination
Result: ???
Notes: Pokemon intelligence is useless for research. Pokemon behavior is useless for research. Pokemon biology may prove useful to new augmentation research. Moves and abilities must be more closely studied. Experts may be needed.
More Research is Required.

Entry 430-
Task: Pokeball Examination
Result: Failure
Notes: Pokeballs will only contain Pokemon-based matter. Non-Pokemon-made Matter, even when identical, cannot be contained in a Pokeball no matter the augmentation.
More Research is Required.

Entry 447-
Task: Ghost Type Examination
Result: Failure
Notes: Certain Matter forms do not seem to be easy to control.
More Research is Required.

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Entry 459-
Task: Elemental Combination
Result: Failure
Notes: Avoid working with volatile type combinations.
More Research is Required.

Entry 488-
Task: Elemental Combination
Result: ???
Notes: Elemental Combination is recorded as possible in the wild and seems to require control from both pokemon to succeed. However, Combinations only occur with Pokemon Moves, and They cannot combine with their surroundings even should they share the same property.
More Research is Required.

Entry 500-
Task: Elemental Combination
Result: Failure
Notes: Pokemon must be present to maintain control
More Research is Required.

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Entry 555-
Task: Research
Result: ???
Notes: Human-Pokemon Combination has never been successful.
More Research is Required.

Entry 557-
Task: Pokeball Interaction
Result: Failure
Notes: Samples difficult to obtain and decay is problematic but unavoidable. No sucess.
More Research is Required.

Entry 560-
Task: Secret Power
Result: Success
Notes: Pokemon can modify their abilities based on surroundings.
More Research is Required.

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Entry 563-
Task: Secret Power
Result: Failure
Notes: Pokemon does not handle new surroundings well and continues to avoid completing the test.
More Research is Required.

Entry 566-
Task: Secret Power
Result: Success
Notes: Mental Chip has allowed for proper performance under duress. May disappoint breeder.
More Research is Required.

Entry 569-
Task: Secret Power
Result: failure
Notes: Secret Power seems to only adapt to certain surroundings, even man-made ones, but simply doesn’t work within the text surrounding. Fresher material may be needed.
More Research is Required.

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Entry 582-
Task: Research
Result: ???
Notes: Ditto can have been known to replicate humans, though difficult to find when they do.
More Research is Required.

Entry 600-
Task: Problem
Result: Failure
Notes: Main Problem has been solved by pokemon, but not by humanity. Main Problem must be solved.
More Research is Required.

Entry 610-
Task: Elemental Absorption
Result: ???
Notes: Absorption is a multi-element phenomenon that appears for only the more natural elements. Why only those and how?
More Research is Required.

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Entry 623-
Task: Elemental Absorption
Result: Success
Notes: Absorption can affect non-poke-based objects. This seems counter-intuitive, why would pokemon develop absorption that cannot be used on their environment and only as a defense?
More Research is Required.

Entry 629-
Task: Elemental Absorption
Result: Failure
Notes: Absorption modification proving difficult.
More Research is Required.

Entry 630-
Task: Elemental Absorption
Result: Failure
Notes: Absorption is innate and occurs while pokemon is not aware of the element but it will not function when it is unconscious.
More Research is Required.

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Entry 650-
Task: Elemental Absorption
Result: Failure
Notes: Partial Absorption of elements in state transition can occur depending on circumstance.
More Research is Required.

Entry 660-
Task: Elemental Absorption
Result: Success
Notes: Partial Absorption of partial combination elemental attacks. Seems that as long as there is part of the required material it can be absorbed regardless of interference.
More Research is Required.

Entry 663-
Task: Elemental Absorption
Result: Success
Notes: Modification through usage of interference may allow for interference absorption and modification of absorption properties.
More Research is Required.

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Entry 666-
Task: Elemental Absorption
Result: Failure
Notes: Human is currently not a valid element or environment. All research possibilities are exhausted to isolate pokemon traits and actions that cannot be performed by humans even partially.
More Research is Required.

THE GENESECT ARE REQUIRED.


Notes: In case you couldn’t tell, this is H’s research log. It seems to start around when our adventures first began and continues up to where we will be picking up this weekend. Gotta love his thought process. Kudos to his player for taking the time to draft this up.

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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!