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Wing Commander Privateer: Taryn Cross


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Talk about bizarre stories, this is incredible. A Kilrathi attack force was spotted on sensors. It was moving along the frontier in a search pattern. On Confed screens, one by one, each Kilrathi ship vanished… just vanished… all except one, which moved into Confed space. Strange, huh?

More trouble from the front. I heard that Confederation Outpost 57 is gone. Now there’s a crater on the asteroid where Outpost 57 used to be. Not a trace of residual radiation. No weapon we’ve ever heard of. Intel reports call it a new Kilrathi weapon. Do you buy that?

I heard this from a privateer out of Saratov. He ran across this daft bloke while lane skipping along the frontier. The terminal woolly was sitting in the middle of a ship’s graveyard… wrecked ships all around. He opens fire on my mate, no reason… ranting and cursing him like he was the devil himself! Fancy that…

Taryn Cross

Taryn Cross 1

Burrows: Excuse me, I’m looking for Taryn Cross.
Cross: You’ve found her. So… you gonna slit my throat, or just rob me?
Burrows: Don’t let my clothes fool you. They’re a little rough, but times have been hard… which leads me to the point. I’m looking for work…
Cross: …and you heard that the Exploratory Service takes anyone, is that it? That’s a misconception, I’m afraid. Our work is hazardous, yes, but not all our employees sport scars and pirate hats. The job requires brains as well as blasters.
Burrows: I’m a privateer. Believe me, I’m not looking for a handout, just a job. I have all the qualifications you’re looking for… an eye for detail, a nose for trouble and a butt that’s never been kicked.
Cross: Suppose I’ll have to check that out for myself… later. Okay. If you want the job, you’re in, on a per mission basis. Right now I need someone for a potentially dangerous assignment. I’m in charge of charting maps for the sector. The ES has lost a number of ships in the Delta system… and through jump point Delta, which remains unexplored. Could be Kilrathi, a singularity or black magic. No one knows… but I’ll pay you 10000 credits to find out.
Accept:
Cross: You’ll leave Rygannon, travel to the Delta system and scout it through 4 nav points. The navigational info you’ll need will be programmed into your nav computer. Basically, for charting purposes, you’ll be flying a small loop, and standard nav points which make up the loop have been calculated. Simply hit all the nav points and return here safely, and we’ll download what we need from your flight disc… and pay you, of course.
Burrows: Sounds pretty easy.
Cross: Easy? We’ve lost three vessels so far.
Burrows: Yeah, but did those pilots have scars or pirate hats?
Cross: Neither.
Burrows: Then get ready to strike “Here there be dragons” from your map, Ms Cross.
Cross: It’ll be a pleasure. Good luck.
Reject:
Burrows: Somehow the idea doesn’t grab me. Got anything else?
Cross: Not at the moment.
Burrows: Then I’ll pass. Thanks anyway.
Cross: Sorry it didn’t work out. Good luck, anyway.
Cross: I didn’t think pirates were known for their waffling.
Burrows: We’re not, but we never jump into things without thinking them through… if we can.
Cross: Look, I can’t let you take too much longer to decide. I need someone to head out to Delta system and chart it, following the pre-programmed nav points which comprise the mapping loop. We’ve lost three ships attempting to do just that, and I’ll pay 10000 credits to the man who can bring back the cartographical info we need. How about it? Yes or no?
Accept:
Burrows: Sounds pretty easy.
Cross: Easy? We’ve lost three vessels so far.
Burrows: Yeah, but did those pilots have scars or pirate hats?
Cross: Neither.
Burrows: Then get ready to strike “Here there be dragons” from your map, Ms Cross.
Cross: It’ll be a pleasure. Good luck.
Reject:
Burrows: Got anything else?
Cross: Not currently.
Burrows: Then I’ll try later. Thanks again.
Cross: Just as I suspected… all talk and no action. You disappoint me. You should have left Rygannon and charted the nav points in Delta system by now.
Burrows: I’ll get around to it sooner or later.
Cross: Make it sooner. I may be desperate for someone to fly this… but I can’t afford to wait for ever.
Fly Cross 1
Speech Speech
Pirate: Should’a stuck to your charts. It’s dangerous out here!

Taryn Cross 2

Cross: Well, are the dragons slain?
Burrows: Wipe the dragons from your charts, and replace them with pirates. Dead pirates, anyway. The area was swarming with the little buggers… but I did a little exterminating before completing my mapping run.
Cross: That’s good to know. If I don’t get this sector mapped really soon, the brass at HQ will have my rear.
Burrows: Lucky brass. Any way I can beat them to it?
Cross: Hmmm… maybe we’ll discuss that after this next mission. This time you’ll enter a completely unexplored region. I need you to launch from Rygannon, pass through Delta to a new jump point which you will use to jump to the uncharted system we’ve designated Beta. All you have to do is hit all the nav points in your computer. I’ll update the chart using your flight disc and pay you 10000 credits when you return…
Accept:
Burrows: Like I told you before, I need the work.
Cross: Don’t worry. You’re not going into a known hazard area.
Burrows: Yeah, but it’s the unknown hazards that scare me. Still, I’ll do my best and meet you back here when I’m done.
Cross: Good. By the way, there’s one more thing I need you to do on this run. One of my men, Captain Garrovick, made the same run you’re making. He never came back, so one of your objectives is to find him if you can.
Burrows: I thought this wasn’t a known hazard area.
Cross: We don’t know if anything hazardous happened to Garrovick… but keep your eyes peeled just the same, okay?
Reject:
Burrows: Sounds kind of boring. I think I’ll bow out.
Cross: Too bad. I think this one would’ve been a lot easier… but I suppose you have your reasons…
Cross: Why are you hesitating about taking this mission? It’s not difficult. You’ll launch from Rygannon, pass through Delta to a new jump point which you’ll use to jump to the uncharted system we’ve designated Beta. Then all you have to do is hit all the nav points in your computer. I’ll update the chart using your flight disc and pay you 10000 credits for your charts. That’s my offer. Sound good to you?
Accept:
Burrows: Like I told you before, I need the work.
Cross: Don’t worry. You’re not going into a known hazard area.
Burrows: Yeah, but it’s the unknown hazards that scare me. Still, I’ll do my best and meet you back here when I’m done.
Cross: Good. By the way, there’s one more thing I need you to do on this run. One of my men, Captain Garrovick, made the same run you’re making. He never came back, so one of your objectives is to find him if you can.
Burrows: I thought this wasn’t a known hazard area.
Cross: We don’t know if anything hazardous happened to Garrovick… but keep your eyes peeled just the same, okay?
Reject:
Cross: I’ll be here if you need the work.
Cross: Finished your mapping run of Beta system already?
Burrows: Haven’t left yet, actually.
Cross: Look, this is easy money. If you don’t want it… I’ll be happy to find someone who does!
Burrows: Like I told you, I need the money.
Cross: Then take jump point Delta to Beta system, follow your mapping spiral, try to locate Captain Garrovick and report back here for your 10000. And please hurry. I have deadlines, you know.
Fly Cross 2
Speech
Burrows:
  1. Do you need help?
  2. Anyone home?
  3. Unidentified vessel, request status.
Garrovick: No… NO!
Damn you! Keep back!
Burrows: Is that any way to greet your saviour?
Garrovick: Stay away! You hear me? BACK OFF!
Burrows:
  1. I mean you no harm.
  2. Do you require assistance?
Garrovick: All right… you asked for it!
Vicious bastard! Murderer! I’ll show you!

Taryn Cross 3

Cross: Finished your mapping loop, privateer?
Burrows: Yeah, the information’s on my flight disc. And I found Garrovick. You didn’t tell me he was a raving lunatic, Taryn.
Cross: Oh, Garrovick isn’t crazy, he’s one of our best pilots! Thank goodness, you brought him back!
Burrows: Uh, well… actually, I didn’t.
Cross: What?!
Burrows: Garrovick was out of his mind, Taryn. He fired on me for no reason. Whatever attacked his ship must’ve been so frightening it drove him mad. That’s what bothers me. I can’t believe the pirates did all this.
Cross: Which means there’s a new player in the sector.
Burrows: One tough enough to end the game. So… where do we go from here?
Cross: Keep exploring. What else can we do? I have maps to prepare. I’ll pay you 10000 credits to make another mapping run…
Accept:
Burrows: Ah, why not? Some say life is hell and death an escape, others say heaven awaits us in the world beyond… but either way, I need a new pair of shoes.
Cross: Then listen. You’ll leave Rygannon, pass through Beta system, and use the jump point there to reach the uncharted Gamma system. Fly the loop pattern in your nav comp by hitting each nav point in sequence, complete the mapping spiral through Gamma and hurry back here to collect your pay.
Reject:
Burrows: What, with Death Incarnate sucking around out there? No way.
Cross: I’m disappointed… but I can’t say I blame you. Good luck and… good-bye.
Cross: Thinking twice before bailing out? Smart boy. This is easy money if ever there was such a thing. All you need to do is pilot through the Beta system and use the jump point there, which should take you to the uncharted Gamma system. Fly the loop pattern in your nav comp by hitting each nav point in sequence, complete the mapping spiral through Gamma and hurry back here to collect your 10000 credits.
Burrows: Sounds easy enough… so why are unmentionable portions of my body spontaneously puckering?
Cross: Don’t let the disappearances bother you. Just focus on the mission at hand, okay?
Accept:
Burrows: Ah, why not? Some say life is hell and death an escape, others say heaven awaits us in the world beyond… but either way, I need a new pair of shoes.
Reject:
Burrows: Not until I find out what’s out there.
Cross: I still can’t say I blame you. Good luck.
Cross: Back already, eh? Did you turn your flight disc over to Cartography?
Burrows: To tell the truth, I haven’t left yet.
Cross: Look, I know it’s dangerous out there, but if you can’t take the heat…
Burrows: Hey, no sweat. I’m not afraid. Things come up, you know?
Cross: All I know is, the ES brass are breathing down my neck. They’re interested in the sector, and they’re pressuring me to finish up. Listen, pilot through the Beta system and use the jump point there, which should take you to the uncharted Gamma system. Fly the loop pattern in your nav comp by hitting each nav point in sequence, complete the mapping spiral through Gamma and hurry back here to collect your 10000.
Fly Cross 3

Taryn Cross 4

Cross: Did you complete the run?
Burrows: Yeah… no thanks to the Kilrathi.
Cross: Kilrathi? What were they doing there?
Burrows: They were flying an inverted V, the usual formation for a broad sector sweep.
Cross: But what could they be searching for, out here in the middle of nowhere?
Burrows: You tell me. Why is the Confed interested in mapping this sector, anyway?
Cross: I don’t know. The top brass makes those decisions, I only implement them. If you’re suggesting there’s some kind of hidden agenda here…
Burrows: All I’m saying is, if the Confed is out here looking for something, it makes sense that the Kilrathi would share their interest. Anyway, they’re the ones who’ve been destroying your ships all along.
Cross: Makes sense… I suppose. Up for another mapping run? It pays the usual 10000 credits…
Accept:
Cross: This time you’ll map a newly-discovered system, designated Delta Prime for it’s transpacial proximity to Delta system.
Burrows: Transpacial, eh? So I’ll be doing a little jumping to get there.
Cross: Right. You’ll need to fly through Gamma to the jump point there, jump to Delta Prime and hit the nav point we’ve programmed into your computer. Afterwards, report back here for your pay. If it goes well, this will be the last run in this sector. Good luck.
Reject:
Burrows: If I’d wanted to tangle with Kilrathi, I’d have enlisted. Forget it.
Cross: Too bad. Another run, and we’d have finished with this sector…
Cross: You’ve changed your mind?
Burrows: I am considering rethinking my decision.
Cross: Talk about fear of commitment… Look. You need to fly through Gamma to the jump point there, jump to Delta Prime and hit the nav point we’ve programmed into your computer. Afterwards, report back here for your payment of 10000 credits. Agreed?
Accept:
Cross: If it goes well, this will be our last run for this sector. Good luck.
Reject:
Burrows: I’d better quit while I’m ahead here, Taryn.
Cross: Your call. Someone will come along and finish this job. So long.
Cross: Blast it, am I expecting too much asking you to complete your mission in a timely manner? I can see it in your eyes. You haven’t flown it yet, have you?
Burrows: Quit nosing around in my eyes, Taryn. I promise, your mission is now on top of my list of things to do.
Cross: Yeah? Then get to it! I want to see Delta Prime charted in my lifetime! Manoeuvre through Gamma to the jump point located there, jump to Delta Prime and hit the nav point we’ve programmed in your computer. Just one more mapping run, and we’ve completed our chart of this sector. Just fly your programmed course, and return when you’re finished.
Burrows: You don’t have to remind me. I’m negligent, not stupid…
Fly Cross 4
Burrows:
  1. Uh… anyone at home?
  2. Okay you filthy bugs, fork over the goodies.
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Steltek Fighter

Complete

Cross: Well? How did it go?
Burrows: Pulled it off, naturally. What else did you expect?
Cross: No offence intended. I suppose you want to be paid for pushing back the frontier for all mankind?
Burrows: Not to be crass… but yeah.
Cross: Here it is. Last pay day. Don’t drink it all at once.
Burrows: Yeah… well, I suppose that wraps up my stint in the ES. Taryn, it’s been fun.
Cross: Too much fun can kill you.
Burrows: Yeah… that’s why I’m heading out before it becomes a joy. Take care.
Cross: You too.
See Sandra Goodin at any mining base outside Rygannon.

Failure

Burrows: Look, you don’t have to tell me. I know I screwed up.
Cross: Yeah, you did. It hurts me to say this, because I like you, but I’m afraid you’re fired. We need results. And I don’t want to sit around this sector for ever.
Burrows: Hey, I’ll try harder, I’ll work faster…
Cross: Sorry, you had your chance and you blew it. I wish you luck. Good-bye.

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