Sol, Wilson, and Sirocco go to the meet with Caldrake at his offices on the 258th floor of the Nightthrush Tower. Zir and Al will remain aboard the Scesstile. Ostensibly Zir is to book passengers for the trip to the Pristine system. Al is tweaking the Scesstile’s transverse couplings after the last transit through atmo.
The security guys at the Nightthrush Tower are a little off-put by the rough manner of the party. Per building security regulations they are asked to surrender their weapons. Sol convinces them that the “kitty-part” of Sirocco is harmless. The Strangore Corporation occupies the entire 258th floor with a sweeping view of Maldevar City and high rises along Simonson Bay. The party is met by Caldrake’s personal security at the elevator door: Ashlea Weyer and Mariella MacKraken. They aren’t convinced Sirocco is harmless and “they” are asked to stay by the elevator. Caldrake enthusiastically invites the party to enjoy his hospitality and the view. Some small talk and banter ensues.
Caldrake is very upfront. He indicates that the cargo they are to transport consists of five cryogenically sealed crates (2.5m x 5m x 2.5m) containing harvested organs, plasma, stem cells, and bone marrow. The Bills of Lading, however, will indicate that the crates contain cybernetic lubricants. The intended recipient is Arioch Grintor of House Vinorkyss. Payment will be released to the party upon successful receipt of the cargo. Arrangements are made to pick up the cargo from a warehouse in the Hissune suburb – Caldrake has arranged non-descript untraceable ground transport that the party can borrow.
Meanwhile back at the Scessile, Zir is screening possible passengers. He doesn’t like any of them. All fail to meet his criteria and are turned away. Al, sensing that perhaps this was not the captain’s intent intervenes and is able to book passage for a young newlywed couple (Bofus and Cordelia Lagolander) and a sonic shower salesman named Vyron Vanks. The ship also gets a communique from Rolston Siedhal, indicating that they should save him a berth. Zir is less than pleased. Al is concerned about the potential oxygen consumption of the passengers.
The next morning the cargo is transported to Scesstile without incident and the ship lifts-off from Cheridan late in the evening.
The transit out to the Lagoder-Pristine Slip Knot is uneventful. Rolston keeps the crew entertained with his anecdotes and stories. Sol engages Vyron Vanks to install a sonic shower in his quarters. Little is seen of the happy, and busy, newlywed couple. Union Outbound Customs is largely uninterested in the Scesstile and her cargo and occupants. Sirocco pilots the ship through the slip-knot without incident.
[It had been Kyle’s intent to “push the envelope” with his piloting of the slip-knot and the GM didn’t allow this to happen. Bad GM – no biscuit.]