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…
Alex was reunited with her long lost love, Naomi Pierce, on Harmonia! However, their reunion was cut short by the unexpected appearance of Naomi’s father. The powerful businessman attempted to separate them, but Alex’s Helix crewmates stepped in and intervened. As they tried to sort out the situation, they were interrupted by the sudden arrival of Mr. Silver’s abomination. The crew managed to escape back to to Helix with everyone accounted for, including Naomi and her father, and the newly discharged Minerva. The crew fled the destruction alongside their allies in the Red Suns, just barely managing to escape as the immensely powerful being tore the planet in half.
The UAS Helix flies through warp space, drawing ever nearer to its destination. The events of the past few days had left everyone on edge, but now, with time and distance, reality is starting to sink in, and they look toward figuring out their next move. Minerva sits on the bridge, once again piloting the ship, while Arlon sits beside her in the co-pilot’s seat, feet up on the console, scrolling through the ship’s mission logs.
Hearing the sound of footsteps, Minerva looks back to see Morgan and Shane walking onto the bridge, accompanied by none other than Meta. “What is she still doing here?” the pilot asks her employers.
“Meta has agreed to help us track down I,” Shane explains.
“Because that went so well last time,” Minerva points out. “I wonder who she’ll stab this time.”
“Meta was coerced against her will before,” Morgan tells the pilot. “I… He put a bomb in her head.”
“That makes it so much better,” Minerva responds as she rubs her wound.
“Well, we did take it out,” Shane informs her. “And, honestly, I understand why she wants to help us take him down after that.”
“Yup,” Meta agrees. “Nobody gets away with messing with my brain.”
“Just wait until you find the second bomb in her-” Minerva grumbles.
“There is no second bomb, luv,” Arlon cuts her off. “We made bloody sure of that. If we weren’t sure we could trust her, I would have shot her myself.”
“Well, that’s encouraging,” Meta says dryly.
“You did try to kill my friends, luv.”
“Anyway,” Shane says, getting the discussion back on track. “The bottom line is, she’s going to be staying with us.”
“How exciting,” Minerva replies sarcastically.
“We’ve also been talking,” Shane continues. “And we’ve decided that Meta is going to cover your medical bills.”
“Whatever,” Minerva tells him. “I was just gonna make you guys pay for it anyway.”
“So, we good?” Meta asks.
“Sure,” Minerva tells her. “As long as, you know, you don’t stab me again. I like my blood to be on the inside of my body.”
“I’ll keep that in mind.”
“Great, now we’re all bloody chums again,” Arlon comments.
“How wonderful,” Minerva says as she turns back to the controls.
“So, how about we get you set up somewhere?” Shane asks Meta as they turn to leave the bridge.
“That would be great,” Meta answers.
The two head for the elevator and step inside. Shane hits the button and it starts heading down to the lower deck. “I hear you’re a ridiculously good hacker,” Shane tells Meta.
“Like you wouldn’t believe,” Meta responds. Shane notes a hint of arrogance in her voice.
“Well, if you want, maybe we can collaborate?” Shane continues. “Maybe make some sort of cyber lab hacker network thing?”
“That would be preferable,” Meta answers. “I would like somewhere to be in my element.”
The elevator arrives at the lower deck and the two step out. “I think I can help you with that,” Shane tells Meta as he leads her back toward the room between his warp lab and Dmitri’s lab. “This room’s not currently in use, so it’s all yours.”
Meta drops her bag on the floor of the room and starts pulling things out of it. It’s not a whole lot, but Shane does note some very advanced looking hardware. “These ones were, shall we call them gifts from our friend. But I’ll need more than just this.” She pulls out her Pokedex and presses a few buttons. “Here’s a list of what I need.”
“I’ll see what I can find,” Shane tells her as he looks over the list. He does notice that it includes the cyber-weapon. “Next time we’re on a civilized planet we can pick up whatever we don’t have on hand right now. Although, I’m not sure we’ll be able to get the cyber-weapon.”
“Well, if you want this to be the best cyber-warfare suite ever, you’ll get it for me.”
Back on the upper deck, Alex wanders the corridors searching for Naomi. Over the past few days, she has been getting increasingly stressed out and desperately needs to confide in the one person she trusts the most. Finally checking the mess hall, Alex spots Naomi and her father sitting at the table, each eating a bowl of slop and avoiding conversation.
“It’s like a Goddamn third world planet,” Alex hears Naomi’s father mumble to himself as he habitually checks his Pokedex for updates on his company’s status. As the head of a major Alliance corporation based on Harmonia, Jonathan Pierce is very desperate for any information. Of course, he can’t actually get any updates as the ship is still in warp space.
Alex shakes her head, then walks up to the table. She places a hand on Naomi’s back to get her attention. Naomi looks up at Alex and gives her a warm smile. “Hey,” she greets her. She doesn’t say much of anything else, and glances over at her father.
“When will we be getting out of warp space?” the man asks, finally looking up from his Pokedex. “I need to get back in communication with my business contacts. It’s very urgent.”
“Like another day or something,” Alex guesses. “I don’t know.”
“That’s too long.”
“Well, that’s your fault.”
“Now, look here,” Pierce responds, sounding quite annoyed with Alex. “I run one of the largest corporations in the Galaxy, and right now we’re bleeding credits.”
“Your entire planet blew up and all you care about is money?” Alex asks. She’s appalled by the idea.
“You’re too young to understand the intricacies of the Galaxy,” the man responds.
“I bet I know more about the Galaxy than you,” Alex mumbles under her breath.
“If my company were to collapse, the ramifications would be catastrophic,” Pierce continues, completely dismissing Alex. “Trillions upon trillions of people would lose their jobs.”
“All those jobs won’t matter with that monster flying around ripping planets in freaking half!”
“Childish nonsense,” the man mutters to himself, flustered. “If you’ll excuse me, I have very important business to attend to.” He turns back to his Pokedex and resumes his neurotic cycle of mashing the refresh button. Naomi just sighs, then pushes her finished bowl of slop away and stands up.
Hearing the argument as he passes, Shane steps into the room. “Everything alright in here?” he asks.
“Yeah,” Alex answers. “We were just leaving.” She grabs Naomi by the arm and angrily storms out of the room with her.
“Alex, are you okay?” Naomi asks as the two girls arrive at Alex’s room.
“Yes,” Alex answers. “I mean, uh, I… I don’t know… I just really need to talk to you.”
“You know I’ll always listen to what you have to say,” Naomi tells her. “What’s wrong?”
“It’s just that I… back on Harmonia… I’m really glad we found each other again, but…” Alex trails off as she tries to find the words.
“But, what?” Naomi asks.
“I just keep thinking that if we didn’t run into each other… you could have… and then we got separated and I… if we hadn’t been there, you could have died and I would never have known how you really felt.” Alex throws her arms around Naomi and hugs her desperately as she begins to cry.
“It’s okay,” Naomi tells her as she pulls her closer. She rubs Alex’s back as she tries to comfort her. “That doesn’t matter now because you were there. You said it yourself, we were meant to find each other again. And now we’re here, together.”
“I just don’t want to lose you again,” Alex says as she looks up at Naomi. “I can’t.”
“I’m not going anywhere.” Naomi places her hands on Alex’s shoulders and looks her right in the eyes. “There’s nowhere in the Galaxy I’d rather be than right here, with you.”
Alex stands up on her toes, putting herself at the same level as Naomi. She leans in and plants a kiss on the other girl’s lips. Naomi’s hands slide down Alex’s back as she pulls her up against herself. Alex feels all her fears and pain fade away, replaced only by love and joy.
After several more hours, the Helix drops out of warp space at the rendezvous point the crew set with the Red Suns. The Corsair follows close behind, and the two ships dock. Arlon returns to his ship to meet with his men, but he returns shortly thereafter and summons the Helix crew to the bridge.
“As you know, I’ve reviewed your mission logs while I’ve been on your ship,” the Red Suns’ leader says once they have gathered. “It seems you lot have gotten yourself into some pretty interesting situations since I’ve been gone. Now it’s my turn to get you up to speed on what I know.” He pulls out a datapad and hands it to Shane. “Over the past couple of weeks, I’ve had my tech expert, Matthias, work on decrypting everything we pulled from Mr. Silver’s network. What would have taken months, or even years, was done in only a fraction of that time thanks to the cyber-weapon. Everything you need to know is in there.” He eyes the datapad now in Shane’s hands.
“Thanks,” Shane tells the mercenary. “I’m sure this will be very helpful.”
“Indeed, mate. There are a lot of references to something known as ‘Project Mewtwo’ in there. I think it’s safe to assume that’s where our little planet-destroying friend came from.”
“Mewtwo?” Shane asks.
“That’s a stupid name,” Minerva comments.
“Well, I certainly didn’t come up with it, luv,” Arlon tells her.
“Yeah… I bet.”
“Anyway,” Arlon continues. “This thing… this Mewtwo… There’s more of them. We uncovered locations of many other sites and there’s probably even more. It’s only a matter of time before we have more than just one of these bastards flying around the Galaxy.”
“That’s a problem,” Dmitri replies.
“That’s certainly an understatement, mate,” Arlon tells him. “One took down an entire fleet and ripped a bloody planet in half, and the Federation has still done bugger all about it. If more of them wake up, we’re going to be in a right mess.”
“So, we should try taking them out before then,” Morgan suggests.
“That’s the idea, luv,” Arlon agrees. “I was about to deploy my fleet to start doing that before Harmonia went to shit.”
“You have a fleet?” Shane asks.
“You’re damn right I do, mate,” Arlon answers, a grin flashing across his face. “It’s already on its way here. But, while we wait, we ought to plan our next move.”
“Well, we still need to meet up with Hondo,” Shane tells him. “The coordinates aren’t very far from here, actually.”
“If that’s the case, then perhaps we’ll join you, mate. If we all put our heads together, I’m sure we’ll come up with a way to deal with this I fellow… and that Mewtwo.”
“Sounds like a plan,” Shane agrees. “We’ll send you the coordinates.”
“Great. Now, before I get back to the Corsair, is there anything else you lot need?”
“There was one other thing,” Shane tells the Red Suns’ leader.
“Oh?” Arlon asks.
“Meta and I are planning to create a cyber-warfare suite aboard the Helix. One of the things she asked for was the cyber-weapon.”
“Are you sure we can trust her with something so powerful just yet?”
“From what she said, it sounded like she didn’t want it for herself, but wanted to install it on the Helix. I’ll let her ask you herself.” Shane reaches for the comms. “Hey, Meta, get up to the bridge. The guys with the cyber-weapon are here if you want to ask them for it.”
The hacker appears on the bridge only a few short moments later. “So, are you gonna give me the cyber-weapon or not?” she asks Arlon.
“Why should I trust you with it, luv?” the Red Suns’ leader asks her.
“Well, clearly you haven’t been using it to its full potential.”
“We used it to steal massive amounts of data from Mr. Silver,” Arlon informs her.
“And that’s it?” Meta asks. “That’s such a waste. If you’re just going to let it sit there, then you really don’t deserve to have it.”
“And you do?” Arlon asks her.
“Please. I’ve already thought of three-hundred-and-six phenomenal uses for it. Gimme.”
“Well, I suppose we’ve used it for everything that we need,” the mercenary says. He then turns to Shane. “Just… keep an eye on her, mate.”
“Trust me, we’ll be working together on this,” Shane assures him.
“I don’t suppose you’ve got any of the other stuff I need lying around?” Meta asks.
“Give me the list,” Arlon tells her. “I’ll see if Matthias can spare any equipment.”
Meta sends him the list, and he quickly forwards it on to Matthias. The hacker responds quickly, informing his boss that he’s got extras of everything on the list.
“You’re in luck, luv; we’ve got everything you need,” Arlon informs Meta. “I’ll have it sent over with the cyber-weapon.”
“Excellent,” Meta replies.
“Well, now that that’s taken care of, I’d best get back to the Corsair.” Arlon turns to leave, but he spots Pierce pacing back and forth, watching his company fall apart in real time. “You never did explain what you brought him along for,” the Red Suns’ leader says to his former crewmates. “We were ripping off credits from ASI, but, with Harmonia gone, he’s not of much use anymore.”
“Well, he would have died if we didn’t take him with us,” Morgan tells him.
“So would everyone else on the planet,” Arlon counters. “Yet, out of everyone, you chose this schmuck.”
“Friend of a friend… of a friend,” Shane tells him.
Arlon just raises an eyebrow. Shane points over at Alex and Naomi on the far side of the bridge, holding hands. Arlon raises his other eyebrow. “Huh,” the mercenary says as he strokes his facial scruff. “Talk about a bloody small galaxy,” he mumbles to himself, recalling Naomi mentioning a Sinai girl when she helped the Red Suns infiltrate her father’s business.
“Anyway,” Arlon says, turning his gaze back to Pierce. “What are you planning on doing with this guy? I get the feeling you don’t want to keep him around.”
“We can just give him to you, right?” Morgan asks.
“Uh, sure,” Arlon answers. “I’m sure I can find some use for him. Cheers.” The Red Suns’ leader turns away and walks over to the businessman. “Mr. Pierce! Today’s your lucky day, mate!”
“Huh?” Pierce responds, glancing up from his Pokedex.
“I’m here to take you back to civilization,” Arlon informs him.
“Well, it’s about damn time,” the man tells him. “I’m glad someone around here finally understands the importance of my work.”
“Riiight. Well, my ship’s this way.” Arlon heads for the airlock and motions for Pierce to follow.
“Excellent,” he responds as he follows. “Come along, Naomi.” He waves for his daughter to follow, but doesn’t even bother to check if she does. Naomi, of course, chooses to stay with Alex on the Helix.
As the Helix flies through warp space toward the rendezvous with Hondo, Meta and Shane work to set up the new cyber-warfare suite. “Here’s everything you need to do to get this place running,” Meta tells Shane, providing him a list of detailed instructions for setting up the new equipment. “It’s easy, so I’m sure you’ll figure it out.”
“What will you be doing, then?” Shane asks her as he looks over the list. When he doesn’t get an answer, he looks up to see Meta standing there, ogling the cyber-weapon with an almost lusty look in her eyes.
Suddenly, H barges into the room. “Hello. I’ve come to call upon a small debt,” he announces.
The hacker continues to stare hungrily at the cyber-weapon, oblivious to the cyborg’s presence. Shane taps her on the shoulder, then points over at H.
“Oh, hello,” Meta says, finally prying her eyes away.
“Adjusting to the accommodations?” H asks.
“Uh, yeah. You could say that.”
“Wonderful. Well, I’ve come to collect upon your debt. You no longer have a bomb in your head, would you mind helping me out with something?”
“Well…” she pretends to think really hard about it. “You did save my life.”
“Wonderful. Well, as you can see, fate is cruel and I am currently incredibly in debt to this wonderful… thing over there.” He points at Shane.
“He still owes me money,” Shane whispers into Meta’s ear.
“I was hoping you could alleviate that,” H continues. “And allow funding for all of my other projects, for the sake of the whole Universe.”
“What kind of funding are we talking here?” Meta asks.
“How much can you get?”
“How much do you need?”
“At a bare minimum, twenty-five thousand to pay off my debt,” H tells her. “The funding is another story entirely.”
“Well, here’s five-thousand now,” Meta responds, quickly transferring him some credits. “I’ll crack the rest later. As for your funding, I’ll need to see what you’re working on first.”
“Right this way!” H exclaims. The cyborg reaches out and grabs Meta’s arm. “Onward!” H marches out of the room, dragging the hacker along with him.
The Helix drops out of warp space at the coordinates Hondo provided, shortly followed by the Corsair and the entirety of the Red Suns’ fleet, now numbering at around thirty assorted vessels, including a Romanov Supremacy Broadsword class heavy cruiser. The scanners pick up Hondo’s ship floating nearby. Shane hails the ship and Hondo’s face soon appears on the viewscreen.
“Ah, you made it,” the smuggler greets them. “And I see you brought… friends.”
“Yeah, well, we ran into the Red Suns and thought we’d bring them along,” Shane tells him.
“I see. Well, it seems your friend Arlon has done very well for himself. But anyways, what happened?”
“Long. Chaotic. Boring,” H answers. “Have you actually done anything yet?”
“I see he’s just as friendly as ever,” Hondo grumbles.
“Yeah,” Shane says with a sigh. “But he’s not entirely wrong. A lot has happened since we last spoke.”
“Well, why don’t you dock so we can discuss this in person?”
Hondo’s ship and the Corsair move in, and the two vessels dock on opposite sides of the Helix. Hondo and Rodriguez, as well as Arlon and his lieutenants step aboard the Helix and converge with the crew just outside the situation room.
“Well, looks like the gang’s all here,” Arlon observes.
“So it would seem,” Hondo agrees.
“Long time no see, Commander,” Luke greets Rodriguez.
“Good to see you, Anderson,” the commander replies. “Didn’t expect to see you here. How’s the merc life treating you?”
“Wait, you two know each other?” Shane asks.
“Yeah, I served under the commander in Drapion company before I signed on with the Red Suns,” Luke informs him.
“Bloody small Galaxy, innit?” Arlon laughs. “But enough about that, let’s get down to business here.”
“Yes, we have much to discuss,” Hondo agrees.
“Shall we?” Shane asks, motioning toward the door to the situation room.
“That’s… messed up,” Rodriguez comments. The Helix crew had just informed the commander and Hondo of Meta’s previous situation.
“Yup,” Meta agrees, giving Rodriguez a look he is all too familiar with.
“That just proves the kind of bastard we’re dealing with here,” Arlon chimes in. “From what I’ve heard, I is definitely a major threat.”
“But what about that monster?” Alex asks. “It ripped the planet in half!”
“I saw,” Hondo tells her, pointing at the news report playing in the background.
“Gotta love Alliance news networks,” Arlon sighs, hearing the talking heads on the screen wildly speculating.
“Was Harmonia destroyed by Romanov terrorists?” one of the anchors asks. “Find out at eleven!”
“Oh, you’ve got to be fucking kidding me,” Arlon responds. “They have no idea what they’re talking about. We, on the other hand, do know what really happened, and we should act. Otherwise, that Mewtwo is going to keep on destroying more worlds.”
“We don’t have the capability to fight something like that,” H tells him. “I say we go after I first. We know where his base is and we know we actually stand a chance against him.”
“Not to mention that’s probably where he’s keeping the Eye of Aether,” Meta chimes in.
“Precisely,” H agrees. “With the Eye, we might actually stand a chance against that Mewtwo, which is why we need to go after I first.”
“Alright then,” Arlon concedes. “What’s our play going to be? These coordinates are in Supremacist-occupied Genevan space, so getting there isn’t going to be easy.”
“I can free-warp the Helix in,” Shane offers. “We can slip right past the Romanovs.”
“I saw that in your mission logs,” Arlon comments. “That’s quite impressive. If you lot think you can handle I on your own, then I think that’s the best course of action to take here.”
“We can handle I,” Morgan assures him.
“Well, that settles it then,” the Red Suns’ leader decides. “You lot will move on I’s base. In the meantime, the rest of us will figure out a solution for the Mewtwos. Good luck out there.”
Session Notes: While we, as players and readers, have known since the end of Volume 2, we can now finally put a name to our foe in-game: Mewtwo! I’ve actually been trying to push this for probably over a month now. DragonStorm approved the Red Suns having decoded the data stolen from Mr. Silver a while ago and I knew that that’s how we could start calling the “abomination” Mewtwo, but we just needed the right moment to do it. But a heck of a lot more happened in this chapter, which was actually about an hour of a six-hour session. Dialogue really beefs up that page count. Just like with some previous chapters, there was a lot of like loose descriptions with some RP mixed in during the actual session, and I took some liberties to make it all come together nicely for some great character interactions. It was fun to just stick Meta, Minerva, and Arlon in the same room and make all the sass happen. Then we got Meta hooked up with the cyber-weapon so now the Helix has a badass cyber-warfare suite! Resolving Naomi’s father was amusing as well. DragonStorm rolled like crap on his perception rolls, so he left the Helix totally thinking Naomi was with him… Some father he is. I did end up adding that extra bit between Alex and Naomi. It had been something I wanted to get to in-game, but we were short on time so DragonStorm just told me to add it in for the write-up. Finally, this chapter wraps up with planning! I converted our player discussions into an exchange between various characters for a lot of it, and I also used it as a way to set up for the final part of Seeing Red (coming soon!).
Post-Chapter Challenge: So we just derped around on the ship for this chapter mostly, so how about you design your own ship that exists in the Spacemon universe? What make of ship is it? Alliance? Genevan? Romanov? Is it civilian or military? How big is it? Is it a tiny bucket or a massive dreadnought? What kind of crew does it have? And, most importantly, what’s its name?
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!