"Fast Buck" Episode 16 - Risky Bid-ness

Lots of clocks. Lots of factions.

Wreckers: Roll a 5 on their Dreadnought upgrades. Oh, and they want to upgrade their weaponry. With the Ur-ship. They will be at the auction.

Star Breakers - Like the Wreckers, only more militant.

Star Smiths - Ur technology!

51st Legion - Potential complications. If there is Hegemony Intervention.

Suneater archaeologists. Here as … observers.

Cult of the Seekers - Ur tech! Also, interested in us because they know stuff about us.

Counters Guild - wanting to put a bullet in Armin’s brain for stealing the ship.

Starless Veil are … watching.

And, of course, the Deep waits for awakening.

Quarrel also knows what is going on.

Also the Memmesh … who aren’t an interplanetary faction, but might be tied with the Deep.

Ship sale AS-IS.

Oh, yeah. “Hegemony Patience” as a clock.



Insight Training
Resolve Training
… when you train, you get an extra tick.


Working with contact to have a safe spot for the auction. +1, working with a friend.
Ties into vice – a debauchery version of a wine tasting tour with the ambassador.
T1 … Fortune -> 4,5

… a lightly defended super-pontoon / monster yacht, floating above the claim area. (And, of course, the Deep.) Decent air defenses. Not much in the way of water defenses.

Vice -> 3,1,1. Still have 5.

Take some time, clear his head, get over everything before the auction. Recovery ->


Locks self in the closet where we have privacy, going through hours of footage to write up the initial paper to public before anyone else can. Get out the white paper / precis. Footnotes to claim the territory. 20 hours for those few, short papers.
Indulging the vice! -> 1
Frim as friend? +1 die. -> 1

Second roll? Publishing … strengthening a relationship with the Cult of the Seekers?
“Academic Glory” as a 0-weight piece of equipment. 4-clock.
Study -> 4! 2 ticks on the clock.


Mix - Yatu the gang boss … odd jobs, rumors, plus vice, and Yatu gives the advice. -> 5
Rumors …
Counters Guild is interested in Armin, a “rogue member” who used CG info to find the auction item. Not killing … more like bringing him back to make an example of, maybe invalidate the whole auction.


Follows Drifter.
“Old friend Chon-zek!”

And throw a chair.
He’s fighting to to get information. Monster is fighting as a sign of deep friendship.

And so happy about meeting his friend Chon-Zek, and leaving him resting in that drink fridge … bumping up Resolve 2 pts to increase Attune.

Vice -> 4! +2 for Drifter to 6.

Introducing combos of food in a bar brawl.
Also, can introduce him to his dear friend Chon-zek.

Chon-zek is clearly taking this very seriously. Monster is more like Oliver Platt in the 3 Musketeers.


Fun time! Indulging vice
Vice -> 1,2

Training: Bumping up resolve. Socializing. (Sway) (Charming bedside manner)

The Auction.

The groundwork has been laid. Social job.

Je-Zee, the Memish diplomat.

Operation bold or daring? YES! 1d
Overly complex? Lots of moving parts.
Hit where weakest? Nope. Yes! 1d
Target has particular defenses and special prep?
Contacts aids and insights? Underworld contacts mob boss, plus the diplomat.
But they are all higher-tier targets.

So, 3d.

We start off with everyone there, not going already into saber rattling and so forth.

Armin, Fortune -> 1,3,2

Hegemonic Patience

Cult of the Seekers … have send down reps.

Dreadnought, bottom at thunderhead height. As people begin to assemble, the Wreckers descend with their new dreadnought into the middle atmo. 30,000 feet. They are directly over the gathering.

Instant cacophany and protestations and gawking and pissiness.

“Bid for whatever you want to, we want the guns.”

Drifter has the ship and is under the water.

Armin: Are they lying?
Yeah, they are clearly not ready to shoot. And they have families aboard. So they want something else.

Armin calls their bluff.

Starsmith Guild (T3) blustering the loudest.

Armin - legit ID, fine clothes, at T2. Push to Standard?
Devil’s Bargain: call on genuine ID for extra die, but pushes the Counters Guild clock.

Desperate, Standard Sway -> 5,2,6,1
Take a tick off Hegemony and SS Guild.

Meanwhile, Monster is Commanding … “You need to back off or else find out what we did to engines when gave to you.” Flashback to Drifter and Sion working on the engines.
Command (Drifter, Seon, Assisting) [2 stress taken by Drifter]
(Tweak knob on remote control. Engines fluctuate.) +1d
Scary – added Potency, so …

Comnmand: 6,3,6,2,6
3 6s!
4 effect.

-1 Star Breakers
-1 Piss off Starsmith Guild
+1 Cult of the Seekers

Seon - shmoozing.

Drifter - stuff going on in the ocean. (Kei is there, too.) (As are the Keys)
Skulk from Kei, Helm by Drifter
1-stress flashback to watching Drifter practice drifting naturally.
+2 stress push.

Help -> 2,3,4,3,6

Find submersible drones zipping around down there … Wreckers tech. They are after the keys.

Shift two ticks … against Wreckers. (Tightbeam broadcast … get those things out of my ocean.)

Starsmiths Guild coming to the pontoon ship. Lots of surrepticious glances around the audience. All the factions seem to be here.

Ship is able to monitor what is going on upstairs.

So … Armin … what / how are we actually auctioning this?
Submit your offers on what you want. The whole thing? Parts?
Min-max the profits.

Tilting the field toward any faction? So since Armin knows about the Counters Guild … he picks his contact’s lackey to call out … “And I know you aren’t here for the ship.” Wants to push their clock forward.
Sway --> C/S, but 3 tiers down, so Desperate / Limited. But clothes and ID.
“But of the CG wants to bid, I’ll be over there in that hut with my associate.”
Monster waves at them. Assist.

Sway --> 1,6,1

Bids and proposals start coming in …

Hegemony only wants this pieced out.
Star Breakers shut down again … not pleased.

Mission Close

And the mission is done!

10 Cred job!
Everyone take a cred.
5 cred
1 upkeep.
1 from previous job.

Heat? 2 + 1 for high profile use of artifacts = 3

Entanglements … Fortune --> 6, 5
Reprisals! Counters Guild.


Challenge above station - Y
Reputation - Y
Goals & drives - Y

Perception and infl Y
Background Y

Beliefs etc Y

Speed or flair Y

Force or threats Y
Background - Attune. 2

Beliefs Y

On Wednesday afternoon, thousands of players across the lawless regions of null-sec space, where EVE Online’s fabled player-created empires battle for supremacy, were ambushed by fleets belonging to a mysterious non-player faction known as Drifters.

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Auction aftermath.

The Starsmith’s Guide put their bidding power into the intelligent systems of the ship. Nothing immediate happens, but about three months later, the Rin-Holt gate achieve a new “harmonic order of stability.” Whatever that means.

The Wreckers and the 51st Legion chest-thumped at each other over the weapons and defense systems on the ship, with the wreckers coming out well on defensive systems they don’t understand, and the 51st Legion getting the larger share of weapons they don’t understand… which a few months later rumors reported had been … shifted … to the larger Hegemony.


The Counter’s Guild did not bid significantly on anything but research rights, which they farmed out to various Universities, some of which were in-system and on Mem. In fact, their overall presence in the system spiked considerably in the half-year following the Auction, possible coincident to Armin’s new noble rank on a local planet. (Armin might end up spending a lot more time in the (entirely unpleasant but quite easily defended) barony he now commands…)

Memish uprisings and general anti-Hegemonic activity is much higher than before the Auction. Seems like their are some radicals on planet, stirring them up.