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!
Four unlikely people were thrown together on the remote Gigan Station in Sector 25 in the Outer Rim. Arlon Jett, a bounty hunter on a quest to clear his name and take revenge on the man who framed him; Morgan Durand, a skilled engineer seeking to escape the traditional gender role expected of her by her father; Dmitri Smirnitsky, the son of occult researchers seeking to explore the galaxy; and Experiment #1749XQR5Z-H, a cyborg on a quest to become the most superior being in the universe. When the station was attacked by the Red Suns, a pirate organization Arlon used to be a part of, the four of them stole a ship and escaped.
In exchange for a warp drive, the crew of the newly christened GCS Dunsparce took on a job to deliver a mysterious package to the Alexi system within the Romanov Union. Upon delivery, the team discovered that Romanov scientists had been creating an army of cybernetic Pokemon known as Genesect from fossils of an ancient breed of Pokemon. Crazy warp experiments conducted by H and Dmitri attracted the attention of the enigmatic character Mr. Silver who communicates through a network of cybernetically altered Mr. Mime’s with screens for faces.
On the way to meet with this Mr. Silver, the team encountered Shane, a freely thinking, self-aware AI who joined up with the team when they rescued him from a Sinai vessel. Mr. Silver then provided the team with coordinates in an uncharted sector of space. After building up the resources to travel to this uncharted sector by thwarting an attempt by the Red Suns to hijack a warp gate and re-purposing their virus, they discovered the lost origin planet of humanity, Earth.
After collecting mysterious artifacts and samples from Earth, the crew of the Dunsparce returned to civilization with help from the mysterious Pokemon Giratina dwelling within the depths of warp space. Giratina branded Shane with its power granting him extraordinary abilities which allowed the Dunsparce to get back to civilized space without a warp gate.
Bringing what they discovered with them, the Dunsparce crew met with Mr. Silver once more. He paid the crew well in exchange for the artifacts they recovered and tipped them off to an impending Romanov-lead Genesect attack in Federation space. Before they could leave, they encountered the remaining leadership of the Red Suns and defeated them, allowing Arlon to clear his name and bring the man who betrayed him to justice. The crew then hurried to Federation space where they assisted Vice Admiral Alexandra Graves and the FNS Halberd in defeating the Romanovs and their Genesect army using their new ship, the UAS Helix.
It has been six months since the battle with the Genesect in orbit around Solace Prime but our heroes have been busy. Arlon has gone on to rejoin the Red Suns and become their leader. He is now set on using the mercenary organization’s resources to unravel the enigma that is Mr. Silver. Morgan has been struggling to cope with her experiences since joining up with the team and is now set on becoming a researcher to explain the things she’s had to go through. Dmitri has also been trying to sort through his experiences but has been hitting a wall. Shane has been trying futilely to understand his mark and his connection with Giratina. And H has been... Well H has been busy being H.
On a tip from Arlon, the remaining crew of the UAS Helix are now journeying to the planet Vandia in Sinai space to locate the gym leader Gilgamesh in hopes that he can help them progress along their desired path…
The UAS Helix flies past the majestic purplish-blue gas giant Arda as it enters the Togan System in Sinai Space. The frigate’s powerful engines propel the ship through space toward the mid-orbit planet Vandia, which slowly fades into view. A brilliant orange and purple light seems to radiate off the planet as the Helix approaches the terrestrial world.
Due to their psychic abilities, both Morgan and Dmitri experience an ever-growing feeling of uneasiness as they approach the planet. A dreadful feeling that something is watching the Helix. Suddenly, the ship starts to rumble as it is hit with laser fire.
“Oh God, what was that!?” Shane shouts as he flails his arms around the ship’s controls, trying to dodge out of the way of the incoming fire. Due to his inexperience as a pilot, he fails, and the Helix is shot again and starts tumbling towards the planet.
“Shane what are you doing up there?! I have very delicate subjects I’m working on!” H shouts over the comms. “Fly straight!”
“I’m trying! We’re being-”
“Huh…” Shane sighs. “Where’s Arlon when you need him?”
Morgan checks the radar and detects a very low profile ship flying behind the Helix. It is not broadcasting any sort of call sign whatsoever, which is quite unsettling for the crew of the Helix. Dmitri activates the guns and prepares to fire back at their pursuers.
“H, get to guns, Goddamn it!” Shane shouts over the comms as he attempts to wrestle with the controls to pull the Helix out of its tumbling. He is able to get the ship back under a bit more control and back on track toward Vandia so they can make an emergency landing.
“Fine…” H replies. He makes his way to the bridge, keeping his feet magnetized to the floor to keep himself from being thrown about by the turbulence.
Dmitri takes aim at the ship, and, looking at it through the viewfinder, he can see a small freighter with guns mounted on it. The ship is black and completely unmarked although it appears to be a bit damaged.
H stumbles onto the bridge, looking quite annoyed and sees Shane flailing his arms around at the helm, Morgan trying to hail the ship unsuccessfully, and Dmitri taking aim. He takes a seat at the other set of gun controls and also takes aim at the hostile ship.
Morgan attempts to hack into the ship’s systems and finds it surprisingly easy. The architecture doesn’t seem to be very well maintained at all. She attempts to open up a comm channel so that the crew can figure out what is going on.
In the meantime, Dmitri and H focus fire on one of the ship’s engines and slice it right off! It still maintains its course, flying directly at the Helix despite losing an engine and venting atmosphere. It fires a volley of shots in response but they completely miss and fly off toward the planet’s surface.
Morgan successfully breaks into the comm systems and brings it up on the viewscreen. Surprisingly there doesn’t appear to be anyone on the bridge of the ship that is shooting them.
“Hello!?” Morgan shouts at whoever might be listening on the other end. “What. The. Fuck?!”
Looking more closely, while there is no one at the comm station or the captain’s chair, Morgan is able to see a few people standing around. They appear very ragged, worn down, and empty.
“Uh, guys, this is kinda weird,” Morgan tells her crewmates. “I don’t think these people are okay.”
“Well, they’re still shooting at us,” Dmitri tells her.
“Which engine fell off!?” Shane asks.
“Right!” H yells.
“Their right or your right?!”
Shane makes an attempt to steer towards the port side and evade their pursuers as they would have a tougher time turning that way having lost their main starboard engine. He manages to make the maneuver, but the Helix is hit in the process and the shields are taken offline.
The Helix’s gunners return fire! H lands a shot with the plasma beam right where the starboard engine used to be. Dmitri’s shot goes flying past the ship and hits the severed engine in a satisfying explosion that rocks the ship. The “zombie” ship attempts to fire back, but misses once again. Dmitri lands a shot on the port engine and it starts sputtering a bit. H then slashes across the bridge with the plasma beam and destroys it!
The remaining engines flare up and it looks like the ship is going to attempt to ram the surface of the planet! H fires another shot with the plasma beam and slices through the back half of the ship. Fuel and coolant start leaking out. Dmitri aims for the leakage, and lands a shot with the photon lasers, igniting the fuel and blowing the remains of the ship to smithereens! Unfortunately the force of the explosion destabilizes the Helix and sends it tumbling toward the surface of Vandia!
It’s just another boring day for Alex as she heads for Khirpai, a small city on the planet Vandia. Another day scouring the streets for scrap metal and Pokeball parts, anything that might be useful or make the young teenager some money. Running through the farms on the outskirts of town, Alex stops when a volley of laser fire suddenly comes hurdling down from the sky, kicking up huge clouds of dust as they strike the ground around her.
“What the hell?” she asks aloud as she looks up towards the sky. She can see bright flashes of light up in the clouds and knows that she is witnessing her first space battle in person. Although it’s not quite as exciting as what she has seen in the movies, this is still the most interesting thing to have happened to her in years!
Suddenly a massive explosion lights the sky and, shortly after, Alex sees a ship break through the atmosphere, tumbling and turning, upside down relative to the planet. She sees it right itself and stabilize right before hitting the ground and sliding across the field of cabbages on its port side, leaving a mile-long trench behind it. The ship breaks through the fence and stops just feet away from her.
“Cool...” is the single word that escapes her mouth as she stares in wonder at what she has just witnessed.
The crew of the Helix breathes a collective sigh of relief as the ship grinds to halt, safely landing on the planet with only some hull damage. Looking out the front viewport, they see that they have landed in a farm on the outskirts of a city. The large buildings loom way off in the distance.
H hurries off to check up on the Genesect specimens that he has been keeping in cold storage while the rest of the crew disembarks to investigate the damage to the ship. There appears to be quite a bit of damage to the hull along the port side. As they near the front of the ship, they see a singular girl standing and staring in awe.
She appears to be a young teenager of Sinai descent, but a quick look at her features tells that she definitely has some Alliance or Genevan blood in her. Her long dark hair is pulled back into a loose ponytail and messy bangs hang down over her big brown eyes. Her jeans, loose fitting top, and elbow-high fingerless gloves look very dirty and covered with several small rips and tears.
Shane gives her a glance, but pays no mind and continues surveying the damage. Morgan, however, seems more interested.
“Hey, who are you?” Morgan asks the girl.
“Who are you?” she responds. “You fell from the sky! Why is your hair blue?” she then asks, turning to Shane, who continues to ignore her.
“Have you never seen a ship before?” Morgan asks.
“Not one that exploded and crashed in front of my face!”
“Yeah, well it wasn’t exactly planned,” Morgan tells her.
Suddenly H emerges from the ship and the girl seems very confused by his appearance. “Why… why isn’t he wearing any pants?” she asks. She notices that the crew doesn’t really seem to notice. “No seriously, like, why isn’t he wearing pants?”
“That’s not really any of your business,” Morgan tells her.
“What’s up with your arm?” the girl asks Shane, getting all up in his face and completely ignoring Morgan. “It’s all, like, glowy and shit.”
“It’s not really any of your business,” Morgan says again, sounding a bit more annoyed now.
“You almost crashed a ship into me!” the girl says to her, pointing a finger right in her face. “Bullshit it’s not my business!”
“Well we’d like to be going now if-”
“Going where? I don’t think you’re going anywhere with this piece of shit.”
“You said you never…”
“Do you have a ship?”
“You’re just a kid. Just shut up.”
“C’mon guys, let’s just go to the city and fix our ship,” Shane says to the crew, trying to calm the tensions.
“No seriously, I have a ship,” the girl continues to insist. “Well, half a ship anyway. It crashed over there and I found it. The point is I have lots of scrap. I can help you.”
“I would really rather not trust this child,” Morgan says to Shane.
“Who are you calling a child!? Blue over there doesn’t look any older than I am!”
“Didn’t you hear me say it’s none of your business?”
“What’s your problem? I’m trying to be nice here!”
“Oh, no one really knows,” H tells her.
“She’s always like this,” Dmitri chimes in
“So she was born with a stick up her ass?”
“Alright, that does it!” Morgan yells angrily.
“You’re gonna regret saying that,” Shane warns the girl, knowing what’s about to come.
Using her psionic abilities, Morgan blasts who she finds to be an incredibly annoying girl with psychic energy!
“Ow! What the fuck was that!? Why did you do that to me!?” the girl shouts at her, a pained tone in her voice. She lunges at Morgan, and tries to punch her in the face.
Morgan steps to the side, and the girl’s fist collides with her shoulder. She then reaches for one of her Pokeballs. In response, the girl grabs four Pokeballs off her belt, two in each hand, and prepares to throw them.
“Guess what, I have a Pokeball too,” says H.
“H don’t get involved,” Shane warns him. He then steps between the two hot-headed girls and tries to break up the situation before it gets any worse. Shane grabs the teenager with his marked hand, and she gets a very confused look on her face. To her it feels like a dry wetness.
They still seem to be going at it, so H angrily rips a piece of broken panelling off the ship and lifts it up in the air. “STOP IT! WE’RE BUSY AT THE MOMENT! OR I’LL HIT YOU WITH THIS!”
“She started it,” the girl jabs at Morgan.
“GUYS, CAN WE JUST STOP!?” Shane yells at everyone.
“But I have this piece of side paneling, what am I going to do with it now?” H asks.
“Go build another of your Goddamn augmentations or whatever,” Shane tells him.
“It’s useless now,” H says, throwing it aside.
“Shouldn’t you go back to your parents or something?” Morgan asks the girl, trying to get rid of her.
“What parents?” the girl asks.
“Uh… parents. Like normal kids have.”
“I… don’t have parents…” the girl says, the expression on her face suddenly turning quite sad.
“Well that’s wonderful!” says H.
“Where do you live?” Morgan asks, feeling kind of guilty now.
“In a crashed ship. I told you that.”
“Look, we really don’t have time for this. We just want to get our ship fixed so we’re gonna go to the city and do that,” Morgan explains. She then heads out with Dmitri and H to look for somewhere they can purchase some scrap metal to repair the Helix.
Shane stays behind to keep an eye on the ship. He looks around for a moment and notices that the strange girl has disappeared.
Who does that girl think she is? Alex thinks as she runs along, following after the crew from the ship as they head into town to get supplies. I was just trying to be helpful and all that bitch did was yell at me and call me a child! But these people are my best chance to get off this damn planet.
Alex follows them into town, sneaking along on the rooftops as she is prone to do. She sees them go into a scrap dealer’s shop and soon grows bored waiting for them. Alex makes her way back to the crashed ship to go see what the blue haired-guy is up to. He seemed like the most interesting one of the bunch anyway.
“Hi!” she says excitedly as she approaches the blue-haired guy. He looks at her, and then back at the ship and then walks away and onto the ship. Alex follows him inside.
“Why are you here anyway?” Alex asks. What’s this guy’s deal? she thinks. Why isn’t he saying anything? “Hey! I’m talkin’ to you! What are you doing here? Why is your friend such a jerk? What’s up with the guy with no pants? Are you even listening to me?”
Alex follows the guy right up to a room, which he then enters and shuts the door in her face.
“Fine! I didn’t want to talk to you anyway!” Alex yells sarcastically through the door before running off to explore the ship. She pokes her head in a few doors but nothing seems interesting. That is until she comes across a heavy security door with lots of warnings on it.
“That looks interesting,” she says to herself before moving on.
Alex continues to poke around until she comes across what appears to be a Pokeball workshop of some kind, which catches her eye since she is quite knowledgeable when it comes to Pokeballs. “Oooooh!” She squeals in delight as she starts rummaging through the Pokeballs scattered throughout the room from the crash but soon her excitement is dissipated when she finds the designs to be subpar by her standards. “Lame. Boring. Amateurish,” she says as she tosses aside Pokeballs after examining them.
Eventually the blue-haired guy enters the room, looking like he has spent a great deal of time trying to locate Alex.
“Okay, as much as I don’t want to answer your questions, I really don’t want you wandering around the ship,” he tells her.
“But I wasn’t wandering. I was in here,” Alex points out.
“I wouldn’t touch some of those if I were you,” he tells her, noticing the Pokeballs in her hands. “H has… a problem…”
“You know, the weird guy in the lab coat.”
“Oh, you mean the guy with no pants?”
“Yeah… Anyway, some of those are kind of dangerous.”
“Nah. These are kind of amateurish.”
“Oh, you wouldn’t know the half of it.”
“I know right? What was he thinking? These aren’t hack-proof or zombie-proof!”
“Yes. Y’know, for when you need to protect your Pokemon from the zombie Pokemon!”
“Here. Open this,” the blue-haired guy tells her, handing her a Pokeball.
“Just do it.”
Alex looks at the ball for a moment before chucking it at the wall. It explodes and string shot goes everywhere.
“Boring! I could make that in my sleep.”
“That is one of the milder effects of these. You really shouldn’t be messing around with them.”
“Oh, I’ve made things far more dangerous than that before.”
“Like this one,” Alex says, pulling a Pokeball out of her bag. She throws it at the wall and a blast of electricity bursts out, sending sparks flying everywhere.
“I see your point, but still, you shouldn’t be messing around with these.”
“But I do it all the time.”
“Really…” the blue-haired guy says, putting a hand on her shoulder. “We just met you and I’d rather not share our entire personal lives with you.”
Suddenly, they warp out of the room and appear in a different room.
“Woah, what the fuck just happened!?” asks a very confused Alex.
“It’s a long story,” he says before walking out of the room.
“Wait! You need to tell me what that was!” Alex shouts as she follows him out of the room and off the ship.
Session Notes: Welcome back! It’s great to get back to this campaign. It was a big session so I’ve broken it down into multiple chapters that will be coming out this week. In this part we return to the action with space combat. Arlon’s gone and now they don’t have a good pilot!
And now you have you first look at my new character. Man the other characters aren’t making joining the party easy.
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!