Serenity Now!

Session Five
In Which a Crew-member Dies!

RT, Doc, and Cookie go off to palaver in private. Cap talks to the Magistrate. Magistrate doesn’t remember shit, just being knocked out. Cap offers to take the Magistrate back to his compound. Cap discloses to the Magistrate that he is somebody famous (Jimmy fill this shit in). The Magistrate agrees to staying in the Captain’s Quarters. Cap tells RT, Doc and Cookie that they plan to double cross the Mag, Cap suggests that anyone that the Mag will recognize should lay low in BF’s Quarters. Cook, the only one that would be recognized refuses to leave the bridge. Cap plans to take the shuttle close to the compound, drops the Mag off, picks up Tessa and tries to negotiate a rescuing fee from the Mag. Cap drops off the Mag in the shuttle, asks if he can pick up Tessa Mei. The compound is full of feds. Mag pays Tessa, refuses to pay more, even tho something bad coulda happened to Tessa. Tessa IS PISSED, wants to call her mother. The crew meets up in the galley, and RT shoots Cap in the foot. Doc holds a cloth soaked in knock out juice on the Cap’s face. Cap tries to fight back by shooting at Doc, RDT shoots and kills the Captain. Tessa tries to become Capt. BF starts yelling on the intercom, he wants to know who is shooting, Doc talks to him in the intercom. BF realizes that he is trapped in his quarters with Finn. Doc asks if anyone the hires companions might have bounties on their heads. Cooke and RDT start cutting down the door to BF quarters. They got in and talk to BF. Doc makes “art” with Cap’s body. Cookie tells BF that we are near Osirus. RDT is freaked out by Doc’s masterpiece. Cookie goes and see’s Doc’s handiwork and decides to try to cook the ears. They wonder what to do with DOc’s masterpiece and stuff it in the freezer to show Tessa Mei later. Labels the meat popsicle as “Organs.” Black fox tries to convince the crew to go to Persephone. Henry Robert Thomas III wants to go, Doc is hesitant but agrees. Psycho music plays as we fly off into the deep darkness of space. We have stared into the abyss and the abyss has stared back. Black Fox also gave Doc the 2,000 credits to split between the crew. The crew loots the Cap’s stuff. RDT finds a letter that was in Cap’s possession.

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Session Four
In Which We Are All Lucky To Be Alive

Session 4:

Cap’n tries to tell Tessa a story. She can’t stay awake. Cap’n tries again, Doc helps by making the story scary. It’s a scary bunny story. Tessa is wide the fuck awake now, crying, and wants her comfort stuffed animal. Doc sneaks into Tessa’s room cuts a leg off of the giant stuffed rabbit and leaves it there. Cookie and Rob Thomas go to Tessa’s room and examine the bunny, they decide that it would make a great costume for RT so he could sneak in the mansion. Doc, Cookie, and RT perform surgery on the stuffed rabbit and also plant fake blood in the costume, for the lolz. The Cook and Doc take RTRabbit and the Doc tells the doorman that he is the personal Dr of Tessa Mei and that she needs her “comfort animal” so that she can sleep. They make it past the guard, and Doc punches RDRabbit to prove that he’s a stuffed animal. RDR starts struggling once they are out of earshot of the guard. Tessa huddles under her bed in fear, as she’s freaked out from the story. Black Fox and Finn get rescued by the Cook, Doc and RDRabbit. They go look for Tessa to scare her. Finn sees good omens. They find Tessa’s room, and Black Fox says this is the room with the treasure. They try to get Tessa to open the door. She opens it momentarily, sees Finn (whom she does not recognize) she panics and slams the door. Another door opens and it’s the Magistrate’s bodyguard. The bodyguard immediately recognizes Black Fox and yells. RDR slabs the blood packs and everyone panics. Finn pulls a gun on the BG, BF says “don’t kill anyone!” Finn fires his gun at the ceiling. Cookie tells the BG to get the fuck back in the room he was in. Tessa hides in her room. Cap’n tells Tessa that he’s gonna come save her. Cap’n goes to get the ship. The BG starts yelling and goes to tackle BF against a wall. BF gets the wind knocked out of him and falls to the floor. RDR goes to stab the BG and he mostly nicks him. Doc yells: “The companion is under attack!! The Black Fox is attacking!! Protect the companion!!” Finn attacks the BG with his whip. Doc, Cook and BF run into Tessa’s room when she finally recognized them. The magistrate comes out and gets into an altercation with Finn and RDR. Cook asks what BF what his plan is now, BF says look for the safe. BF looks for the safe. RDR and Finn incapacitate the guard and the magistrate. BF finds what he wants in the safe and a mysterious package that he calls “insurance.” They leave Tessa tied up to be found as a victim. RDR spooks Tessa. Cap’n comes to save the crew minus Tessa and the magistrate and the BG are knocked out. Everyone goes back to save Tessa. Tessa uses her wiles to refuse to be saved. Cap’n takes the magistrate and dusts off for a secluded location. Doc calls for a plan with Cookie, Cap, Finn and RDR. Cap loses his shit on the crew.

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Session Three
In Which We Go Down the Rabbit Hole

Cap’n just brings up that we shouldn’t steal away Tessa Mei. Doc pretends to be Tessa Mei and everybody laughs. Ha Ha Ha. “Dick Dick Dick Dick, Custard Cannon” Fox drew up map, Doc is drunk and cannot make words. BF says there’s a trap door. Henry Robert Thomas III and Cookie will have to leave at 0430 and travel on foot on in a vehicle. We are parked outside of the town. We decide we’re going to attempt the sneaking by renting a car and showing up later in the day, after 1500. Doc has made Henry Robert Thomas III a diaper and Cookie will give Henry Robert Thomas III a couple protein bars. Doc has an idea to watch things in town but Cap’n says no. BF says there’s a buddy of his in town and suggests meeting but Cap’n insists on meeting him outside of the ship. BF says to meet him alone. Cap’n wants to install a biometric scanner but after protests does not. Cap’n tries to remove the ignition coil and succeeds perfectly. A vehicle rental place is found quite nearby. Cookie is unhappy that we’re not being picked up by the rental. Cap’n and Cookie are attempting to make a cart with a false cabinet to fit Henry Robert Thomas III in to smuggle him in. After spending 2 hours we have made a false bottom for Henry Robert Thomas III and it looks good including a table cloth over the false bottom. Cookie and Henry Robert Thomas III are brought to the rental place, Henry Robert Thomas III inside the cart already. We have also called Tessa to trick her that we are bringing her tea and food. Tessa lists off a list of food that Magistrate and her want. Cookie makes note of this. Tessa has called Magistrate “Mag-y-poo” Doc attempts to make Duck Marmalade, poisoned. Cookie brings the Duck Marmalade. We need to stop and pick up an orange marmalade. Cookie buys goose and buys Plum Wine. When Cookie gets back he sees Cap’n talking to some new guy. BF told names, Zarafin (aka Fin). Zarafin calls Cap’n “Cap’n Asshole” (introduced by BF) Zarafin told stories about whore fucking with BF from during the war. Stumpy? Cap’n invites him in first. They search for the Doc for booze and drugs. BF greats Fin. They Bro out, FIn is homeless, sleeping couch to couch. A fight almost breaks out over Fin seeing Alliance colours on Doc. Cookie and Henry Robert Thomas III go to the estate, Cookie is asked for ID which he doesnt have. Tessa Mae is brought out with a butler to confirm Cookie’s story. Cookie greets her as Tessa Baby. “Miss Mae, is this the man that you spoke of?” Cookie has convinced Tessa to NOT drive the hovercraft. I do not know what is happening right now. Big old fashioned iron gate, with a big brick wall. Less guards on the inside. About 25ft between wall and house. Cookie brings cart inside. Cookie and Valet make small talk. Tessa Mae is upstairs “Magistrate doesn’t like to share his bed. Tessa Mae has her own room” Tessa is a bed hog. Real awkward conversation. Apparently the Valet had it in with Tessa. “It was nice.” Estate has hardwood floors, few to no people inside at all. Cookie attempts to make food from the cobble together ingredients. (Cap’n has stated at the goal is infiltrating the compound +2 towards that goal) The house chef has to make some swill for the Magistrate but Magy doesn’t like the Marmalade. After everybody has cleared out, Cookie gets Henry Robert Thomas III out and Cookie holds Henry Robert Thomas III up to piss in the sink. Cookie is surprised when Tessa Mae comes in shouts and Henry Robert Thomas III spins around and pisses on Cookie’s back. WE have seen an insight to Scott and Sarah’s life. Tessa sexy persuades Cookie to make a snack and bring it to her room. Rob Thomas starts sneaking around the house and making a map. Capt, Doc, Finn, BF are playing Toll Card. RT can’t find shit for the longest time, then when he finds something promising he is forced to hide. Cookie brings Tessa her snack and on his way back down he sees a security guard moving around. RT finds the escape tunnel but traps himself in there by accidentally breaking off the handle of the door to the tunnel. RT manages to tell the crew that he’s stuck and needs help. Capt wants to blow a hole in the earth to get RT out. The crew settles on something more subtle, with blow up as a backup plan. They go to the tunnel. They get RT back on the com, he’s pissed. Everyone trying to pry the door open. They pry it open and hrt3 crawls out. Black fox crawls in and grabs comes back out with a bag of stuff including money and his revolver. We head back to the ship.
The black fox says the rest of the money is in a concealed safe. We lock fin in the passenger wing. Debates on the plan begin. Cap’n wants up to go back in. Doc suggests we use the whore and tell her that cookie left some tools. Black fox suggests we get him in via escape tunnel. Tessa somehow speaks from the ethereal plane saying we are dumb and she could just go get it instead.
Cap’n suggests we send black fox and fin into the house via the trap door. Tessa would have to open it. The Cap’n tells Tessa that the magistrate stole from one of our friends. He commits to telling her a story so she stays up late enough to let them in.

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Session Two
In Which Work Gets 'Tricky'

Tessa Mei gets ready for her job. BF calls on the intercom and asks to see the crew in the Mess Hall. BF starts to tell us what the situation is on Hera. BF says his house has anti aircraft protection which would make a stakeout flyby difficult, he also says he wants to go to Serenity Valley to pay his respects at the memorial before the job. Cap argues that the job comes first. Cap refuses to touch down if we go to Serenity Valley first, says we need more money. Doc says BF should wear a disguise. Tessa says she has clothes that’ll fit him. Cap, Cook, Doc and Rob T make a plan. Cap no longer trusts BF. Tessa perty’s up BF, poorly. BF is wearing a homemade crop top and a maxi skirt, shitty make up and he is noticeably furry as FUCK. He changes into his own clothes. Tessa gives Cap the coordinates for her job, BF reluctantly gives directions to his house using landmarks. Doc is dressed in his Alliance uniform for the trip to the memorial site. Rob Thomas flies the ship past the job site and sees armed guards on tall brick walls fencing the property in. More than a dozen guards, no more than 35. Shuttle ejects with BF, Doc, Cap and Tessa inside. Cookie and RT stay on the ship. BF directs the shuttle to the landing site. We land 2km from Tessa’s job, Tessa walks to her job. BF, Doc and Cap go to the memorial site, it’s night but it’s well lit and there are some people around. BF gets recognized almost immediately as he’s observing the memorial, and a rowdy angry crowd forms. Cap tries to invoke his good name and fails. A fight breaks out. Doc whips out his bonesaw, Cap backs off and tries to get BF to follow. BF and Doc are ready to rock, BF bum rushes right into the fray. Doc bashes a guy in the neck and takes him outta commision. Cap retreats toward the ship. BF kicks a lot of ass, Doc busts some faces up and then gets kinda hurt. The crowd gets scared and panics, the crew and BF tell the crowd that they didn’t fuckin’ see any Black Fox. BF pays his respects at the memorial and Doc does drugs. Doc, Cap and BF take the shuttle back to the ship. BF goes to his quarters and Cap locks him in there. Cookie and RT are wasted, RT decides to buzz the ground with the ship and holy shit he pulls it off. Doc gets drunk. Cookie and RT are driving the ship drunk and Cap gets mad about it. Doc offered to patch BF up, BF said “no.” They landed the ship, which was in the air the whole time.

The next morning, the crew (minus Tessa is in the mess) getting some hair of the dog. BF is still in his quarters, until he is roused and told to meet up at the mess to plan their next move. BF says that after last night he shouldn’t show his face too much and the crew will have to do most of the job on their own. RT has a video of the flyby that they did the day before and they use it to ascertain exactly how much security the house has and what kind of weaponry they have. It’s lookin’ pretty scary. Lots of security guards, lots of fancy guns and vehicles. Cap pulls up the property records on the Cortex. Cap wants to talk his way in before fighting or doing something blatantly overt. The property is owned by Magistrate Evans, a former Alliance giant. He oversaw the non-jury trial of the Black Fox… who turned himself in for piracy, high treason, theft of alliance property, etc. He quotes the Declaration of Independence of the United States, before getting cut off, pleads not guilty, and is sentenced to 25 years in a penal colony.

The crew debates ideas on how to infiltrate the compound. Capt wants to get an audience. Cook can fill in for a line chef, and sneak HRT in with his equipment. Or Doc can do the same. Or both can go in. The crew realizes that Tessa Mei’s customer IS THE MAGISTRATE and she has effectively already infiltrated. Regardless of the fact that she’s ALREADY THERE and HAS A PORTABLE CORTEX the crew continues to argue how to get in. The finalized plan is thus:

Have BF make a map
General recon
Cook sneaks HRT3 in, via a makeshift food cart under the guise of being Tessa’s private cook
HRT3 looks for escape tunnel, sneaks out
The crew uses the tunnel at night to steal the shit and take Tessa back

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Session One
In Which We Get 'Work'

Landed on Paquin, carnival festival planet. Trying to locate a bar to find a job. Left for a bar next to an opera house. Captain and Rob Thomas realize that someone stole money from them by a grifter. We pursue the guy that robbed us. (We should all consider an ATHLETICS special in RUNNING). Cook says “fuck this” and goes back to the ship. Tessa Mei catches up BARELY, we get our money back. (HENRY ROBERT THOMAS III also booted the thief in the head for good measure.) We divvied up the money and headed to the bar. There’s a bar fight going on as we walk in. It’s the Black Fox fighting some punk kids. Doc threatens to shoot if he can’t get a drink. We “save” Black Fox. Black Fox offers us a job. Some kinda sneak in and take it job. Taking his money from the Alliance. We go back to our ship and discuss the job with Black Fox. We take the job for $1,500.

“What’s a Progressive?”
“It’s a soup!”

We get to know Black Fox in the mess hall. He worked on a shitty ship, then he got a new ship named it the Cutty Sark. Had it for 10 years and then the war came. He sold the ship, moved to Hera as a horse seller. War starts and he joins the Independence as a privateer. He surrendered the ship at the end of the war and the feds took his house. He wants to sneak into his house on Hera and steal his money back from his safe. BF is banged up real good and Doc takes him to the medbay to get him fixed up (Doc is a weirdo). Captain and HENRY ROBERT THOMAS III talk Tessa Mei into taking 1/10th of the jobs take. It’s morning, Cook is sleeping so there’s not food. Tessa Mei makes tea in nothing but shorts and the Capt yells at her so she goes back to her bunk to put on new clothes. We wake up Black Fox and talk to him about stuff. Doc mentions that the BF has a history of commandeering ships. BF and crew plan the heist, Tessa skips the planning goes to her room to look for clients on Hera, Cook has diarrhea and he skips the planning too. Rob Thomas tells everyone his inventory. Tessa Mei secures a job on Hera.

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