Having been introduced to each other at the rechristening of the Provocateur, the new and untested representatives of the Viteri Dynasty set off towards Port Wander, the gateway to the Koronus Expanse. Intent on first consolidating any resources left by her predecessor, Lady Captain Caelia Viteri made no secret of the Provocateur’s arrival at the Port.
Unfortunately, Lord Captain Peripherus Viteri seemed to have left little in the way of assets for his successors. The search for Viteri resources, however, was saved when the ship was hailed with dynastic ciphers by an aging Voidfarer who claimed to have served with Peripherus’s Grandfather, Korlann. The man, named Orbest Drey, claimed to have a package for the Captain, and upon being met in a dive bar in the Court of the Dead market square, revealed it to be genetically sealed canister that had been waiting for a member of the dynasty to answer his hail for decades. The canister contained an astropathic mnemolith stone purported to contain evidence that could lead to the location of the Righteous Path, a lost treasure ship from the time of the Angevin Crusade.
However, before the explorers were able to complete their investigation of the stone, they were interrupted by a cybernetic Raven diving down from the rafters far above to grab it from their hands. The explorers were almost taken by surprise, but the extraordinary reaction time of Arch Militant Linus, and the observant nature of High Seneschal Zool ensured that surprise could not be maintained, and the bird found itself under fire even before the assassins that emerged from the crowded market with autoguns.
After a rapid firefight that saw a dozen bystanders dead by gun and javelin, 5 of the 6 assailants lay dead in the dust, the raven lay shattered and abandoned in the square, and the stone was back in the hands of the Explorers. The Arbitrators moved in to mop up the scene, promptly arresting Echo and taking him to be incinerated. The Powers of the warrant allowed the rest of the explorers to evade any efforts that justice might have made to contain their ambitions, and they took the surviving attacker back to the ship.
Despite the unhelpfulness of the arbitrators, multiple sources of investigation confirmed that the attackers came from the Fel Dynasty, another rogue trader house. Further investigations revealed that one of their frigates was still in the area and had been sending shuttles to and from the station for weeks. A quick Augury later and a suspicious frigate was revealed to be hovering just outside the station’s control zone. The frigate promptly made preparations to jump away from the station, and was able to do so before any action could be taken.
Meanwhile, Echo was rescued from incineration by teleportation, and First Astropath Vorgen was able to read the contents of the mnemolith, and discovered it to be far from a complete map. After consulting with Navigator Aleene, it was concluded that a cartographer with knowledge of the Expanse was needed. One was promptly found, and Master Journ was very willing to help the Explorers with their needs, pending that they do him the small favor of delivering some questionably legal texts to a contact of his in Footfall. For a discount, of course.
The deal was made, the map was gotten, and with a destination in mind, the Provocateur slipped from its berth and made course for the Maw, the deadly passage into the Expanse, making a smooth translation into warpspace.