Syn was notified of a USIN message from her Torgue handler, Ms. White. Accessing the message system at the starport terminal she received a succinct text. ‘Your services with Torgue megacorporation have been terminated. Please take this payment as your severance package. - Ms. White.’ Along with the message was a script for 6,000 galcredits.
Meanwhile, the remaining crew sought some R&R and job opportunities after being cooped up on the ship for weeks. Roxie worked her contacts with the planet’s underworld to find a supply of pancrosynth. A contact directed her to an new crime syndicate player which dabbled in narcotics, an enigmatic Mr. Sin. Roxie arranged the buy leading her to an old industrial zone. Weaving through an abandoned office building, she entered a simple room with a one way mirror and a voice comm unit. The voice told her to sit and make a simple exchange of money for the pancrosynth.
She was offered a small dose for sample which she eagerly did to ease her encroaching withdrawal symptoms. She came to hours later finding herself wandering doing some shopping with the dosage of drugs in her bag. A quick analysis of the remaining drugs from the ship’s autodoc system indicated the pancrosynth was pure. However she suspected that her ‘sample’ dose was laced with some manner of narcotic.
The group were able to get two potential leads for employment. One was a Ms. Arilee Farthen that represented a renowned anthropologist and physicist, Dr. Gavin Brintt. Dr. Brintt was investigating a recent excavation in the system and needed a crew to transport a number of wall sections from some ancient ruins for further analysis. For 15,000 credits they would pick up the engraved walls from a moon within the system, and leave them at a secure warehouse on Etudques prime. Time was of the essence as well as discretion keeping the operation secret.
After being offered the job, Hadrian was approached by Rexan Rin. A wealthy industrialist and admitted amateur archaeologist, he also was interested in the stone structure engravings and offered twice what Dr. Brintt was paying. Hadrian was non-committal and said he needed to confer with this comrades. Deciding to stick to their honor of agreement with their initial employer, they never replied to Rexan Rin’s offer.
After prepping the ship, the group made their way to a remote moon in the system. Apparently independent miners had stumbled on a series of ancient ruins buried under the surface over 6 months ago. For nearly a month now Dr. Brintt offered his skills in assisting the local university, overseeing the excavation and survey of the site, all the while maintaining a more active cover of providing guest lectures on Etudques prime. The group met a local graduate student and loaded several large sections of walls that were removed from the structure. Each stone wall was engraved with a series of intricate symbols and patterned dots. The student said that Dr. Brintt had studied the wall sections intensely, but wanted to do a deeper analysis of the material composition of the walls.
The Scalawag launched and returned to Etudques prime, only to be attacked in transit. The crew were able to disable their attacker’s ship and landed safely, depositing the goods to Arilee and her assistants. Learning of the attack, and the proposition by Rexan Rin, Dr. Brintt contacted the group directly. He wanted to employ them to leave within days and travel to the Usenedar system. He requested they assist his travel and oversee his safety as he explored another suspected site within that system. With an offer of 75,000 credits as well as fuel and starport berthing fees, the group decided the offer was enticing enough and began their preparations to get off world.