2413 : Vland, Vland subsector
Theo arranges to meet Simon on Vland, even though they do not know each other, to solicit Simon for advice on her entertainment career even though he is out of the entertainment business. When they arrive, both have mail – packages, to be exact.
In Theo’s package there is a strange glass ball. The inside of the ball appears to be some sort of cloudy swirling liquid. If a she stares intently for a long time at the liquid, there will be brief moments where it will seem like she can see a strange object of some kind in the liquid. This strange shape will immediately disappear as soon as it is noticed, and even if several characters are all staring at the same time only one will see it. Despite appearing to be glass, the object seems almost indestructible.
Theo also quickly learns that when her skin touches the globe, she has visions of a lovely woman. She feels as she is present with the woman, but goes unnoticed. She will hear a voice speaking in the background, but it will be completely unintelligible to her.
Simon’s package is also unmarked, and contains a disk, like an air hockey puck. It appears to be made of metal, but is very light. It is studded with strange bumps and almost circuit-like patterns on one side, but otherwise appears inert. The flip side displays no features on it’s brushed metal surface.
Theo immediately contacts her pod-mate Laurence, who drops everything to come and study the mysterious items. They prove impenetrable to him, even when he calls on several experts in the field. In spite of extensive investigation, the sender of the packages is a complete mystery.
What is your theory for why Simon and Theo were singled out to receive these artifacts?
Why did you agree to keep the artifacts a secret?
What are you not telling them about your study of the artifacts?
Why do you trust Simon to hang on to “his” artifact even though he is clearly a shady character?
Why did you decide to track down Simon for advice about your career? What about him convinced you that he could provide valuable advice?
What about your experience with the artifact have you kept from Laurence and Simon?
Why did you propose that the artifacts be kept secret?
What did you learn about George during your joint research effort that convinced you he was a trustworthy ally?
What about your artifact are you not telling Theo and Laurence?
Final Question for everybody
Why are you travelling? What made you say Yes when Stacey proposed becoming free traders in a backwater like the Draeb Subsector?
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