GM: David Glasser
Nenette has an offer she can’t refuse. A cushy gig on Venus for Stratos, the week-long convention leading up to Morningstar Day. Part fashion show, part terraforming expo, part holiday. Even if she has to spend mandatory time glamming it up for her Clean Sweep overlords, at least The United Division are there as her token ‘security detail’ through Octavia habsec.
But while the fourth annual independence celebration is kicking off, Alpha and his sentinels are on picket duty for Firewall. Venus is the newest polity in the Inner System, and everyone wants a stake in it. The Planetary Consortium is still sore about the breakup, the Autonomists are eager to cut in, and the Star Council are by no means a monolith. Alpha knows the drill. Keep an ear to the ground, maintain the balance, etcetera, etcetera.
What could possibly go wrong?
What went wrong:
Barely four days into the week-long celebration, The United Division have sleuthed their way from Octavia to Parvarti and back. They tracked a missing Neo-Synergist and unravelled a backroom deal between Nimbus Corp., the Factors, and the Star Council. Chasing leads and low-level criminals, they found themselves working for underworld fixer and infobroker Blackvein to reignite a syndicate war.
The party pocketed Argyle’s invitation to a darkmesh auction masquerading as a game of high-ante Blackjack. They snubbed Parvarti’s elusive Board to secure Morningstar exclusive access to a not-at-all-ominous Factor Embassy now set by the northern Polar Zone of Venus. The Factors played hard and now have guaranteed surface access, if no colonization rights.
The United Division snuck off Parvarti and followed Rage to his ship where they weatherd Basilisk hacks, teamed up with Chrysalis, killed Rage once and for all, and retrieved Elodie Cain. They donated a stolen Fenrir tank to Rathenberg and returned Elodie to her collective. Finally, they leveraged the best PR campaign of a lifetime into Clean Sweep offering Nenette and Umbretta alternating access to ‘The Distance’, a near-mythical clause that puts trust and personhood in writing.