The campaign begins in Talongrip Cove, a filthy crime infested port town on Blackreach. Though the streets are literally and metaphorically dirty, that’s where the jobs are for freelance mercenaries, pirates and privateers.
The privateer captain Mordrick waits outside his ship, the Traitor’s Mark, for those who had signed up to join and those who would wander in to join his crew. He simply dumps wheelbarrows full of looted treasure onto the dirty streets to pawn off to the vendors nearby. First to join is a Dravé, wearing fine silken cerulean robes covered with a tactical vest. He smiles and greets himself like a gentleman as Stagnant. Mordrick is not impressed with what he thinks is another dime-a-dozen dravé mercenary and talks to him as such. Stagnant responds with stealing a handful of loot, feeling he is owed reparations over the insult and can now move on.
Then came Cyx, a Shifter Changeling brewer and chemist, and Sarah Shorttail, a shy Melian fighter with a serious temper. They hesitantly signed up for work after hearing promises of large payoffs. Then the kind but simpleminded Giant, Chauncey, joined soon after.
After departing, Mordrick contacted the privateer taskmaster, Bartholomew Crypt via the Holo-Comm. He was tasked with finding and retrieving Benjamin Foster, the exiled former leader of the Redd Republic, to be tried for his crimes against the people who now made up Blackreach. He was supposedly aboard a small cargo freighter called the High Hopes.
After obtaining all the items they needed in port and through Stagnant’s connections to Baron Ballistics Corporation, including a small chemistry setup and brewers equipment and weapons, they set off. The speedy Traitor’s Mark quickly caught up to the High Hopes and Mordrick announced their intention to board over the Holo-comm. On the other end was a severely unimpressed human in pink and black combat armor, Jack “Bubblegum” Valestine. He neither gave any information about Foster or stopped. Mordrick prepared to open fire and still nothing. When he did let loose a few shots with the lascannons, most of the damage was spread away with the energy shielding. However, it did get the High Hopes to extend a bridge and dock with them.
5 well armed men, Bubblegum and a grizzled looking Benjamin Foster in handcuffs came over. Instead of a firefight, they cracked open more than a few beers and began to talk it out at the dining quarters. Bubblegum explained that he couldn’t simply hand over Foster, as he was an agent of the Bannerless Agency or more often just known as The Agency.
Upon hearing this, Mordrick decided to abandon his current mission and take up their offer of double the money to escort them to an agency outpost. He brought back Crypt on the holo projector and told him to fuck off before their ship was attacked by enemy forces.
Two small pirate style boarding craft crashed into the hull and cut their way in. Out of the craft poured changelings, a few tetsai and some orcs, determined to kill everyone. Enemy smoke grenades obscured everything, making it difficult to find and identify the enemy. When the smoke had cleared, all five of security crew from High Hopes was dead. Then the acidspitter changelings arrived, one from each ship, Large monstrous insectoids with naturally formed guns that shot highly concentrated. Foster was released from his handcuffs and quickly retrieved his Power Armor and Tankhammer to aid in the fight. The party fought hard and eventually defeated the acidspitters.
They were left with a pile of corpses and a lot of questions at the end of this session.