Those that would become the crew of the One Eyed Jack met in “lounge” (alcohol dispensary) of a nameless way station built into a tiny asteroid in a distant orbit of Jupiter. They teamed up to stop two men waving guns that seemed intent on holding the lounge hostage. That ended poorly for those men.
Most of the other bar flies ran for the dock and the safety of their ships but the Crew overheard radio chatter: the rest of the gunmen’s group had already taken the command center and were sending most of their people now to capture everyone in the dock.
Andromeda hacked a lesser system in a maintenance bay and got a schematic of the
shit-hole station. Using ventilation shafts, the Crew surprised the few remaining invaders on the command level, mostly using Andromeda’s strange psychic scream which, unfortunately, also adversely affected everyone. The Space Swami, though a forgiving soul, stays clear of her now and will probably wear the scares of that encounter for a while.
Questioning the captured leader, Spikey as they called him due to his hair, they discovered that the invaders were a Red Dragon Syndicate retrieval team hired by Hasbro BioMech to find Andromeda. His men were planting explosives on the inner air lock of every ship docked set to detonate if anyone tried to detach. No one could leave until he ordered it!
They left his ass tied to a support beam.
Being on the command center French was able to set up a time delay for the docked ships to auto-detach from the station. Then he locked the security doors, trapping everyone in the dock and used the PA system to inform the Red Dragons that if any bombs were still active in five minutes, the ships would detach, the bombs go off and everyone on the dock would be incinerated and then sucked into space. The Red Dragons quickly began dismantling the bombs.
The Crew attacked the Red Dragons in the middle of their frantic effort. But in the middle of the firefight, the bombs – even the detached ones – all reactivated, now on a SHORT countdown; a fail safe they were told about. When offered the opportunity to just leave on a bomb-less ship, they graciously accepted.
The Crew untied the captured bar flies and everyone piled onto bomb-less ships, the Crew onto a small mid-range shuttle. Never having the chance to have shut it down, Frenchie’s timed detachment took place as the Crew blazed away from the detonating dock area.
None of the ships were significantly damaged but before they could return for Captain Parrin’s boat, an unalterable pre-programmed course laid in and the shuttle was off to god-knows-where with the Crew trapped inside.
“Crew” on board the shuttle:
Andromeda the Psychic Hacker
Chandra the Space Swami
Frenchie the Terraforming Engineer
Parrin the Freighter Captain
Gator the Low Life
Ghan the Mute Strong Arm
Zach the Techie