SHRIC: Revenant Squad

The Quietude Affair
A set-up within a set-up...

Four new RKN sailors are recruited by SHRIC: Bolg the Orc, Graben the Gnome, Naur’Xadir the Elf, and Veluphis Zahhak the Tiefling.

After a month spent training in the Laurentian Plains of Eastern Kulturia, the recruits are ordered to report to the capital city of Lucara, far to the west. They are provided with free passage aboard a light cargo airship called Quietude.

During their passage over the Grendian Mountains, Quietude is raided by a group of sky pirates. Awoken from their slumber by the assault, the recruits leap into action to repel the boarders and kill them to a man. Once the raiders are dealt with, they find the ship’s captain locked in his cabin. He confesses that he was smuggling goods for an unknown party, the money offered being too much for him to pass up. The captain turns over the package he was asked to deliver to Lucara: a crate of magical ranged weapons known as blasters…

At their debriefing, the recruits are criticized for not leaving any of the raiders alive for questioning, and for their lackluster teamwork during the flight. It is revealed that SHRIC Commander Gamma placed the recruits aboard Quietude on purpose, knowing full well that the captain was carrying goods for the Apex City Rebels and that his ship would be targeted in order to avoid paying for its transit.

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The Masks We Wear
Catching a Traitor in the Act

With their vanguard specialist Bolg on leave, the remaining three agents of the newly minted Revenant Squad are tasked with a sensitive mission:

Rebel agents have been attempting to obtain sensitive shipping schedules and manifests detailing the goods and supplies the Crown has been moving in and out of Apex City. In an effort to apprehend them, a falsified set of schedules has been made to lure rebel sympathizers into taking them. CMDR Gamma informs the Revenants that:

  • a schedule has been stolen and that…
  • the schedule will be changing hands at a party in Lucara.

The masquerade ball takes place at the manor estate of Lady Phaeliria, a local social celebrity and minor noble. SHRIC obtains the means to insert the Revenants into the party: Veluphis as a serving girl, Graben and Naur as guests. Each agent is equipped with a piece of equipment known as an omni-lens, a magical device built into their masquerade masks that allows long range whispered communication as well as enhanced vision and magical detection capabilities. The scroll case containing the schedules has been magically marked, and Naur is tasked with identifying the package. Graben is directed to intercept and pilfer the package before it changes hands, while Veluphis provides observational cover and perimeter support.

The Revenants are socially engaged by a number of colorful members of Lucaran high society while waiting for the package to arrive. When it does arrive, it is in the possession of a Royal Army captain named Proxima Vans. Graben tries (and fails) to covertly obtain the package from her while Naur has her distracted. She then beelines for the exit as a shady looking halfling enters the party. The Revenants try valiantly to surreptitiously stall both Vans and the halfling, but ultimately the handoff is made and the halfling darts out of the estate with the scroll case in hand.

Revenant Squad pursues the halfling into a nearby dead-end alleyway and are engaged in battle. The halfling, later identified as Sha-Da LaStino and an assassin for House Wanton, carries on him a blaster pistol identical to the devices found aboard the Quietude the previous week. The blaster is used to devastating effect, disrupting the squad’s close quarters combat, destroying surrounding crates and refuse to change the battlefield to suit LaStino’s needs. Ultimately the squad succeeds in suppressing LaStino well enough to force a surrender. LaStino is turned over to RKN forces for detainment and questioning.

CMDR Gamma approved of the squad’s actions in the debriefing. While the sequence of events was not ideal, the outcome was suitable to SHRIC’s needs: Captain Vans and Sha-Da LaStino in custody, a piracy campaign against Crown shipping thwarted.

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