The team ventures forth, following the spice and blood trail. The team very cautiously and nervously ventured forth into the powerless ship. They noted a big pile of blood near the airlock, but while it did make some of the team a little terrified, they ventured forth.
The team heard a banging noise coming from a nearby room and used brute force to open the door. They found themselves in a zero G room with floating parts and broken droids hiding within clouds of spice. Suddenly, a dead body wearing a space suit floated through the cloud which Donovan Altair and T’ease grabbed the body and found the face plate smashed with Spice flowing out of its mouth.
The team reviewed their options and found that if they cut through the zero G room, it would save them time rather than going through hallways. They traveled through the room and soon heard another noise beyond the door at the end of the room. This time, it was an electrical noise. Thinking it might be the cause of the power outage, the team forced open the door only to see a damaged astromech. The astromech seemed terrified of them, but they eventually lured the droid towards them and repaired its most grievous of wounds.
Unfortunately, the noise that they made alerted something else within the ship. Donovan was suddenly grabbed from above by some kind of humanoid creature and dragged into the ceiling. The team opened fire to bring him down and did so successfully, but Donovan was accidentally wounded by Sorath Demora during the fight. When they finally got to Donovan, they noticed that the creature had taken a bite out of him through his space suit and he thus was losing air and blood. The team patched up the space suit and then raced back to their ship to get Donovan looked at before he bled out.
The group tried to contact Fritz to move the ship, but found that there was major interference cause most likely by a cloud of spice coming from the stranded vessel. T’ease and Donovan left the ship and found in their ship’s airlock that they were contaminated. However, after a brief decontamination, they were declared acceptable to board. Fritz began to look after Donovan and found that there were nanites in the spice that were converting bone to metal. Apparently, if it reached the skull, it could cause severe madness. Fortunately, Donovan only received a minor dose and while his teeth and bits of his skeletal structure were converted to metal, he wouldn’t be too greatly affected.
Meanwhile, the astromech asked Sorath and RX-47B to save the surviving crew, which they agreed to. The team soon found the captain of the ship, a woman going by the name of Thes. She declared the rest of the crew dead or infected, which the astromech denied,and asked to be taken off the ship. The team did so and after confirming that she was not infected, they locked her in a makeshift brig.
Sorath and RX headed back to the derelict ship. RX blew open a hole near Engineering, but one of the creatures attacked him from inside. Upon killing it, they saw that many of the creatures legbones were converted to metal and had rooted it to the floor. The team entered the room and blew open another hold into engineering, where they encountered four more of those creatures which they managed to dispatch. They had retaken engineering.
Meanwhile, T’ease spoke with Thes who wanted them to join her crew and ditch Shunari on this job. Though she offered them potentially significant credits, the team refused.
After restoring some minor power to the ship to run scans, they found it very difficult to track anything. However, a relieved Duros crew member managed to find the group. The team send out a call to the ship that if they wanted to get off the ship, to come to engineering ASAP. Meanwhile, they opened up the cargo bay to flush out spice that was free-floating due to the attack from Shunari’s ship and so they would have an easier time putting this on their own ship. As Sorath returned to his ship with the Duros, RX rigged the ship to blow up and tried to make his way to his ship with the astromech.
RX informed the crew to steer the ship into position to easily take on the cargo and while the ship was put into position, rough steering caused the ship’s engine to be damaged. The crew loaded up the cargo and then returned to Shunari’s ship
While still on their own ship, the team contacted Shunari to inform him of the spice issue. He was very happy to hear about the nanite infested spice as he could see it to people looking for a weaponized version of the drug. The team asked about the crew of Shunari’s ship and while Shunari was concerned about the missing officers, the musclehead was a legitimate crew member. During the discussion, they cut a deal with Shunari, giving up half of the reward money for repairs to their own ship while on Brentaal. Shunari agreed to the terms.
While on Shunari’s ship, they clashed with the musclehead when the team refused to unload the cargo, intending on dropping it off themselves. The musclehead offered a cut of the deal if they brought the cargo over. The team refused and after making sure that the ship could travel, they departed the system for Brentaal.
On Brentaal, Shunari’s crew got them past customs. One of Shunari’s men agreed to travel with Fritz to the repair facility while the team met with Shunari. Meanwhile, Thes and her crew thanked the team and departed. who was very pleased to see the team. He agreed to lend out the translation device which will come with a genetic lock tied to one of his own men who will travel in a separate ship.
As the team began planning their next move, they received a message from Jom Allerti. He has found a live colony of Trisirus.