The Hyperion and her crew make it to Leagueheim without further incident and with a hold full of pirate booty. In effort to make shore-leave go smoothly and to get a feel for the plans of her senior staff, Lavinia calls a meeting of Master Lo, Archer, Surami Sun, Graeme, Corbin, Sir Alex, and the current Master Pilot. When she asks if anyone has urgent needs on planet, the first to talk is the pilot. He states quite firmly that he will no longer be serving upon this ship, and at least does not seem to upset with why he needs to part, saying that there should be pilots raring to go on a deep space mission. Surami is in need of going to the planetary cathedral, and Alex is in need of a shopping spree on the last port of call in normal space. Corbin, however, has a much greater need to go to an Engineer clinic for repairs on his eye and his power core. In hopes of cutting his downtime from ship repairs, he asks if Surami Sun will come when Linsay calls her to help heal him up with her more efficient laying on hands. She agrees readily, and Lavinia moves on to ask about needs and concerns that must be cared for before leaving familiar territory for Vau Space.
Problems pop up like toadstools after a rain. A Phoenix Guardsman has reported to Archer that he suspects an Engineer, Ethlyn (?), of being a psychic from her hermaphroditic sexuality. Uncomfortable with a conversation about sex between crew members, Lavinia states she will look into it, with a bit of a pointed look from Surami. To add to the sexual issues aboard, Graeme brings up the distraction that is Gabrielle Thana. Apparently many of the men and a few women have voiced intent or frustration over her skills and lack of practice, or not enough. It is hard to tell, but her very attractive self may be an imminent issue. Again, the Captain agrees to talk to Gabby and ask her opinion as well as her view on what is going on.
Corbin waits for Lady Lavinia at the end of the meeting to go with her to talk to his fellow Engineer, Ethlyn. Soon enough she admits that she has some psychic abilities, something that made her parents seek out the Engineering Guild. They wanted her to be somewhere she could be different without any difficulties to her. Lavinia listens to her, and though she knows that the church may have a serious issue with her non-penitent existence, accepts her being aboard with the caveat that others will not accept her as easily and that her gifts should be used only for the good of the ship and its inhabitants. Any use on another, except in extreme self-defense, will get her put off or perhaps even killed. Next Lavinia goes in search of Gabrielle.
She finds the exotic woman newly showered and wrapped in a towel, walking down the hall to her room. The Captain asks to speak with her in private, and the two go into her room for a discussion. Lavinia lays out the issues that Graeme brought to her attention and then asks Gabby what her intentions aboard are. Does she want to do Courtesan work? Does she want to use her more militant skills of stalking and killing? Gabrielle also brings up a good point that the ratio of men to women may be an issue in the future, though there is no guarantee it will come to a head. When asked if she should hire professional entertainment for the crew, Lavinia is not really given a definite answer. It could be a good idea, though who knows how long they will be in Vau Space or even if it will be necessary. Something to think on. Ultimate, Gabby decides to go down to Leagueheim and search out the answer of who she wants to be and what skills she wishes to perform, or if she even wishes to remain aboard. Lavinia will await her answer at a later time.
Corbin goes in to get his eye and central power repaired. Though tempted with package deals and improvements, he opts only to get the repairs and goes into surgery. Though the eye repairs were quick the power repair takes another half-day to fix. As soon as he is out in recovery, doped up to his gills in painkillers, Linsay calls Sister Surami Sun. In order to get the very obviously church affiliated healer into the Engineer Clinic, Surami is dressed in a jumpsuit and hurried through the corridors to his room. Having ordered all the orderlies out of his room, the Sister was free to get her glow on and heal the hurting Engineer.
Meanwhile, Lavinia and Henrietta are unloading the pirate loot onto customers in the Leagueheim markets. The two are able to make over 175k Firebirds on the items and are walking along the streets of Leagueheim, when Henrietta snatches Lavinia to a nearby alley. Glaring at her factor, Lavinia peeks around the corner and is caught sight of by the Count Dimitri Decados and his two companions. With a smile he veers to intercept the two. Lavinia’s mouth splits into a welcoming smile and moves to greet the Count. He introduces her to his niece, Asya, and nephew, Radimir. Lavinia’s eyes roam over the well-formed Radimir, while bantering with the Count. She eventually invites them to meet her for dinner later that night. When they are out of sight, Henrietta suggests that they invite Lord Alex as a distraction to the Count. Even more absurb and creepy to Lavinia, she suggests that the noble should flirt with him while there and keep the Count questioning and unbalanced. Lavinia reluctantly agrees that her logic is sound and asks the factor to call him.
Sir Alexander Danaher is riding around the streets of Leagueheim in his car, in mid-shopping spree. He answers the call from Henrietta. She formally asks him to join the Lady Lavinia at dinner; less formally, she informs the Knight that he has made it onto the list of the Marquessa’s suitors. Panic lurching him to a stop, Alex pulls over and exclaims, “What!?” With a bit more soothing talk, Henrietta gets Alex to meet Lavinia for dinner well equipped with a sword for any impromptu duels. Little does he know that the Count Decados will be there, or even the minor technicality that he is not truly being considered for suitor-dom.
That night at dinner was uncomfortable to say the least, well except for a quickly intoxicated Lavinia. She commenced with flirting and being completely out of her usual sorts, while also gaining some useful information. I seems the Count is looking to be on Leagueheim for a while to find a large ship to carry a decent amount of soldiers, though for what there is no telling. Something about a person that had upset him. The more intriguing bit was that Asya, his niece, was a former star navy officer with a good amount of piloting ability. Since Henrietta had informed Lavinia that the Charioteers were of the opinion that the Hyperion was unlucky, there may have to be reparations to be paid to get a Charioteer pilot. She insinuated there may be around it, and Asya looked like she may be an alternative.
The ending of the dinner was not nearly as happy as the dinner itself. Lord Graeme Hawkwood makes an appearance at the restaurant and is intercepted by Henrietta. Lavinia is hailed over and makes some unfortunate choices when speaking to Graeme, one being that she was there with Alex in a more friendly capacity and the other that she was there with the Count Decados. Graeme’s anger begins to show when Henrietta interrupts to bring an issue to everyone’s attention. The newest addition to the ship, one Penitent noviate by the name of Alaine, has been seen leaving the ship with the two Engineers left in charge with Corbin in surgery. Surami Sun is contacted and all Hell breaks loose. With the help of Corbin and Linsay, she is able to get a list of drinking establishments they may be visiting. The list is divided between Surami and Linsay, Lavinia and Graeme, and Alex.
Luckily, Alex is able to find the two Engineers and novitiate before too much trouble, though Alaine is on a table, drunk and dancing. Carlos is taping the scene for future use and Ethlyn(?) is cheering her on. Alex lifts the drunken Penitent off the table and orders the two naughty Engineers after him. He sets Alaine in his car and calls Surami Sun and a now detoxed, aka less drugged, Corbin. Due to the story given, the Engineers are allowed to go on their way, but the drunken girl is driven to a space taxi hub to be taken back to the ship. Surami meets Alex at the hub and takes over with her punishment and dressing down from there.
The story that Alaine gives Sister Surami begins to grow a huge distrust in her. Not only was Ethlyn(?) a non-penitent, but her and Carlos looked to be in cahoots to take Alaine to the Engineers to sell her to the Guild. Surami Sun detoxes the noviate and angrily tells her that she was ignorant and endangering not only herself with her naivete but her child as well. She goes on to tell the girl that she should NEVER trust herself with a Guilder, that they would happily use and sell off a psychic such as her and she would find herself in another prison of a different sort. Ashamed and chastened, Alaine goes to be alone and flog herself to repent for her sinfulness. Surami Sun however decides she needs to do something about this Ethlyn(?) .
Corbin is doing his own chastening. He is at the Guild Hall with Linsay, Ethlyn(?), and Carlos, talking about what truly happened. Ethyln(?) speaks about what her brother went through being made penitent by the Church and how he did not survive it. It was the reason her parents gave her over to the Engineers so that she may be saved the persecution the Church gives psychics. Corbin never knew what Penitents were put through and is a bit sickened by what he hears, even understands that she was trying to save the girl from the pain. However, she was caught and being caught was going to be a problem for him. There was a huge chance going into Vau Space for new tech and riches, and their stunt put that in danger. Meanwhile, Carlos is continuing to irritate Corbin and grumbling about the 30k lost in getting caught. He, unlike Ethlyn(?), is not understanding and, worse, is making Corbin worried that he may do something stupid that cannot be negotiated around. Linsay sees his frustration and worry and takes Carlos out to deal with him. When she returns, all she has is a bloody faceplate that used to belong to Carlos.
Graeme passes Lavinia another coffee to sober her up some more. Lavinia realizes that this incident is going to blow up into a mini-war between Guilders and Church aboard the Hyperion. The two discuss what needs to be done. Graeme says he will go and talk to the Engineers and be supportive of them so they do not believe they are without an advocate, and that Lavinia should do the same for Surami Sun. The plan is great on paper, but not so easy on Lavinia’s end. She knows that there was going to be more involved than drinking with the group, but there is no proof. Worse yet, she needs Guilders to fly her ship into Vau Space, no way she would get there without them. The quest to save the Empire is very important to her and she only hopes that everyone can see that.
So when she goes to see a normally very tolerant Surami Sun, she finds a member of the Church on a mission. Her first demand is that Ethlyn(?) needs to go, that the Engineers tried to kidnap the Penitant and sell her and they have to be gotten rid of. Sighing, Lavinia tries to explain that there is no proof, and that the Engineer has the confidence of Corbin. Shaking her head, Surami Sun begins to explain all of her reasoning that she KNOWS that they were going to sell her off. Lavinia tries again to explain that she cannot just dismiss someone for getting a fellow drunk, but is continually interrupted by an increasingly agitated Surami. Lavinia’s calm being of limited amount she blows up at the Almathian and tells her that she is the captain and that it is her decision not Surami’s. The Sister’s parting words are that the Pancreator will punish her for the sin of allowing this non-penitent psychic free reign. Lavinia assures her that she can take a whip to her anytime she feels that the Lady needs to pay, but she will not change her mind.
In a rage of impotence, Lavinia goes to see Corbin almost directly after Graeme has given him an encouraging talk. Corbin explains he knows what went on. Engineer Carlos was of the mind to turn Alaine into the Guild for a finder’s fee, and Ethlyn(?) went along out of being duped by Carlos. He believes she has a good heart and meant no harm in the endeavor, but Carlos has been disappeared, for good. This assures Lavinia a bit, but she also warns Corbin that the safety of her crew is of the utmost importance. If anyone, either Ethlyn(?) or Alaine or another, were to harm or kill another crew member, their life would be forfeit. If his Engineer were to be caught with the intent of selling off Alaine again, then she would be put off the ship. The captain also warns him that Surami is not happy and does not want Ethlyn(?) anywhere near Alaine. When he objects to this absurdity, Lavinia throws up her hands. Everyone has been warned. It is time to get along as best we can…
- Corbin: Setup factory to produce Pilgrims, Reach out to contacts to see if he can find a linguist, Higher Carlos’ replacement, try to use guild bureaucracy to fix Lavinia/Hyperion’s standing with the Charioteers
- Lavinia: Figure out pilot situation , purchase armored space suits, hire entertainment?,