Tonight was the night Caybe 7 thought to himself as he stood in line to get into the club. He has been trying to get in for at least 2 weeks now, each time getting turned away by the bouncers fro a dumb reason. He was ready tonight he had nice clothes and a great tie on.
As he gets to the front of the line he was about to be let in when a strange group of people cut him off and start taking a about wanting to get in but saying they have weapons they got turned away.
Cayde 7 looks at the bounce and watches as the group gets turned away, but the group peaked his interest so he follows them. When he does he comes to fund out the club is not what it may seem to be and it might be a front for a gang. Shocked Cayde 7 offers his help to the group and quickly joins the group to put a stop to this gang front.
Now he has even more reason to try to get into the club. With new motivation and ne comrades he returned to the club...maybe to get more excitement then he intended but such is life...
I haven’t always been the famous Morlamaw I am today. I had a fairly normal childhood, living by the sea and eating fish all day while my parents performed. I promised them I would never get into show-biz. I wanted to explore, to go into space, to get out of that boring old seaside town! And I did.
I was a naive little walrus, and I thought that Starfinderz was my ticket out of there. I probably should have realized they had nothing to do with the fabled Starfinder Society, but it was too late. Day in and day out I performed for crowds, wowing those idiots with my abilities in ball handling and flopping around that they called dancing. My fame rose, I made bad choices, and found myself depending on my managers to survive. That’s when I got into crime.
All it takes is a little distraction, and I get what I want. People want my autograph, to talk to me and prove that they brushed shoulders with Lucille herself. It made it too easy- distract them with a ball trick, balance things on my nose, and steal their cred sticks. And then I got caught. My beautiful snout plastered across the media, Lucille Steals Thousands! I got off easy, my charges dropped with a massive fine and threats to never steal again. My career suffered, and I had to find a new way in life.
That brought me to Absolom Station on a shuttle, where I met up with some other fine creatures. They’re all a bit smaller than I am, but I think I fit in just fine. We were involved in a firefight, and wrapped up in a gang war of sorts. A night in the club turned from my having a great time with adoring fans on the dance floor to near death at the hands of some gangsters. And now I am finally being inducted into the actual Starfinder Society! It’s a great new life for this Morlamaw!
Go into the jungle, they said. Find the ancient elf settlement, they said. Nobody ever cared to mention just how horrible it is to live in your own sweat for days and days, marching through endless groves of fig throwing monkeys in trees. I’m 1000lbs of blubber and fins, I’m roasting alive here! Not to mention nearly becoming a mother to horrible plant monster seedlings.
Thankfully Kayed 7 was able to cure me of my plant affliction, and I will not die a horrible death like the lashunta woman we found. No sir, no thank you, I like my blubber how it is.
We found the elf ruins, only to get shot at from a sniper in the head of a big elf statue, and attacked from above by a horrible flying starfish. We killed the starfish and raided the statue, killing some operatives before one of them surrendered. Another one of those cult idiots. We steal her stuff and strip her down, leaving her to fend for herself.
Of course we run into more plant monsters. I learned the hard way they’re not friendly, and I’m not messing around. We kill them mercilessly. I’m already tired of this planet, I want a big pool and a barrel of fish ASAP.
Eox and it’s strange creatures and undead culture was quite the experience, but one I am glad is over. We were set up, and ambushed on the return journey from fighting two awful creatures. By a vampire, no less. After a fierce battle, we slayed the bone troopers and the vampire (twice).
It’s a relief to be back on the ship, and I’ve never been more happy to hear the voice of CheepCheep or ChitterChatter or whatever the hell our contact at the station is called. We are to go via the Drift to another group of planets where the Cult of the Devourer has gone. The fate of the universe is at stake, same old same old. They are getting closer and closer to having a super weapon, and we need to stop them.
I spend most of the journey on the rec deck, losing myself in mindless hologram programs. You can only replay them so many times though before you get bored, and I’m getting tired of pretending to be a cowpoke taking on a gang of bandits. I work on the schematics for a pool, drawing and redrawing, but I know it will be some time before we can afford the upgrades. By that time maybe we will even have a new ship.
“Remember kids- Stay in school, and you can be like me!”
I balance the big ball thrown at me by one of the producers, and then slap it back towards the cameras.
“And say no to Pesh!”
I sigh, tearing off the stupid frilled collar they make me wear, and start quickly moving to the dressing room.
“Lucille! A word?”
“No! I’m on break!”
“Lucille, you get back here or you’re fired!”
The fat human’s face is red as he bellows at me, his whiskers making him look more walrus than I do. I roar back at him, and he flinches.
“You can’t fire me! I quit!”
“WHAT?! We own you! You’ll never work in the business again!”
I laugh as I reach my dressing room door. “SeaGalaxy Productions- Lucille, Talent”... not anymore!
“I don’t care. I’m going places you will never be able to reach. I’m gonna be a Starfinder.”
I gather my belongings, my galactic pesh, and kiss my career in showbiz goodbye. Leaving the studio, I make the long walk back to the pier, satisfied with my exit. People call my name, but I ignore them. I’m used to it, I’m famous... but soon, maybe they’ll leave me alone, once the tabloids report how horrible I apparently am.
“Mother!” A voice growls.
I stop in my tracks, fur standing on end.
“You killed us, mother!”
What?! I turn, and there’s a monstrous creature, plants growing out of its back. Wait... this can’t be real! And those things don’t talk!
The creature is joined by the horrible undead forms of the creatures we killed on Eox. And the Corpse Fleet “cargo”, smoking her cigarette!
I scream, running as fast as my flippers can carry me. My suit is not working, I can’t speed up.
“I NEED WIIIIINGS!!!”
I wake up in my huge waterbed, safely on the Sunrise Maiden. I’m safe! It was only a nightmare! What a relief.
Leaving my room, I make my way to the bridge, stopping for coffee along the way. The crew is already at work, and nothing seems to be going on. I take a seat in my oversized chair, and press a button.
“Captains log... we are traveling through the drift, but there’s no telling when we will reach our destination. Crew morale is high, but the food is terrible. What I wouldn’t give for some fish. I’d even take canned stuff at this point.”
“Captain, that’s the intercom!” Yells Kade 7 from the weapons station down the hall.
I grumble, turning it off, and try again. This time I get the right button. The day passes like any other, until finally Odyssus sits at attention at his station.
“Captain, there’s another vessel! Coming through that cloud ahead!”
Turns out it’s an Azlanti Star Empire ship, and they want us to surrender to be assimilated into their military. Making sure I’m not on comms with the enemy ship, and talk to the crew.
“We’re not surrendering,” I say. “But that ship... it’s much better than ours.”
“So, we surrender and take it from the inside?” Ody asks.
“Exactly. Hail them again!”
I’m put back on with the other ship.
“This is Captain Lucille Coocoocachu of the Sunrise Maiden. We accept your surrender.”
Apparently their idea of surrender involves destroying our ship. Not on my watch! We fight back, Odyssus evading, Kade shooting, K-99 repairing everything as soon as it breaks, Raya gathering information on the other ship, as I bark orders. Things are looking bad, we are outgunned, but not outmanned. Even with a crew of two the other ship is better.
Ody puts us in a cloud, and it’s great cover until a lightning bolt strikes us and we nearly blow to pieces. We fly to another cloud, and go to plan B. Shutting down the ship, we pretend to be dead in the water, drifting toward the other ship. They swing in behind, and moments later there’s a bumping and grinding feeling as they latch on.
“Captains log... we are dead in the water! The crews lives are in my flippers, and I am failing them!”
“Lucille, you did it again!” Comes Kade’s voice.
We gather on the bridge, and pull out our weapons. The other ship attached an umbilicus, and they will be boarding us.
“To the back of the ship, we go out and meet them. Split up and hide, I’ll speak to them as Captain. Then we attack!”
We get in strategic positions, and I wait at the end of the hall for them to come to me. Two humanoid creatures, armed to the gills, step to the end of the hall.
“There she is! Get her!”
The corridor is filled with lasers and gunfire from both sides. Kade orders me to drop, and I do, the enemy bullets passing right over me.
“She’s an operative! Get the walrus!”
At last, Raya drops the laser field, and I run through my friends, shooting at the enemy. We take one down, and the other one runs for the umbilicus, Raya and Ody hot on his tail. I start going up behind them, but the operative gets on board and a door closes in Raya’s face. We hear the sound of alarms a moment later. With the new knowledge that the Azlanti have self destruct mechanisms installed, and they never get taken, we retreat. As we pull away, the other ship explodes.
“Don’t worry, crew. We will find another one. One with a pool.”
We limp the rest of the way until K99 fixes our shields, and finally reach out destination. Life signs are detected on Nejeor 6, a gas giant. We head down into the atmosphere, and four hours later come to a floating metropolis overgrown with plants. We land on a green landing pad, made of crystal with lichen under it giving it the green color. As we disembark, suddenly four humanoids with bows and axes climb onto the landing pad!
What a strange planet. It seems that the ghosts these people spoke of are not ghosts after all- the Maze of Ghosts is simply a museum, filled with holograms!
Sadly they’re not all friendly. Raya touches a panel, and one attacks! The fight goes on forever, as this thing keeps attacking and then going to another panel, becoming unhittable. I even run all the way back outside, shutting the power down and becoming locked outside. Ody rescues me, and uses his wall walking ability to get it shut down with me inside.
But, of course that didn’t work. The damn thing still attacks, and it takes us a while to figure out it’s pattern. Eventually we are victorious. We explore this place with the power off, not interested in disturbing any more displays.
I’ve gone from getting my flippers handed to me by elementals of every kind, to getting mauled by more dogs and shot at by a Kish. It’s not been a good day in this Temple Found, really just a big weapon foundry.
We kill the dogs, probably angry at me for wearing their cousins on my back flippers, and then the kish. He was a hardy bastard, he was! I need to rest, barely clinging to my mortal coil, but Kade 7 decides to use the X-ray goggles and sees more kish on the other side of the door. And then he talks to them in his mind, letting them know we are here.
I take up position on the far end of the room, putting a line of cubicles between me and the door, and the others open up and start grenade throwing. I shoot one, only for them to return fire. My life fades rapidly before my eyes.
I wake up, drugs flowing through my veins, and start attacking again. I make my way into a cubicle just as the last guy runs by to get K-99. His armor is nearly impenetrable, causing us lots of problems. I fail to hit him, and he takes me down.
When next I wake I’m still in the cubicle room, and my crew is staggering around gathering their gear up. Seems the kish robbed our corpses and then bled out. Good thing we are not dead! I pack up my stuff and strip the armor off the kish- someone will be able to fit it to me, and I think it’s about time I have more protection. I’m a big girl, after all, and an easy target.
We find more information on where the cult has gone, and raid the foundry for weapons. I’m more than ready to leave this weird planet behind- some of the Kish are nice, but the others suck. I’m ready to move on and stop the Cult of the Devourer at all costs.
“YOU SPENT ALL THIS MONEY AND THERE’S NO GODSDAMNED POOL?!”
I stand in the space that was once my beloved rec deck, now overtaken by machinery. Some new power core bulls***, and mourn for what once was my ship.
“Lucille, it will be worth it- we’ve got more power, more shields, more weapons...” Kade 7 grins ear to ear. It sickens me.
“Weapons?! Who needs weapons? We need a pool!”
—- present day —-
“AAAAHHHHHHHH!!!! TAKE THAT YOU DEVOURING BASTARDS!”
I mash the trigger with my flipper claws, aiming for the small guard ships. The secondary weapons station feels a bit cramped, and I never thought I’d end up here, and yet... that damned Android was right.
“I told you, Lucille!” He taunts from across the hallway.
“Shut it! I’m firing here!”
It’s a long battle, and Odysseus has us wheeling all over the place as Kade 7 and I shoot the hell out of the small enemy ships. Every now and then a missile comes at us, but Kade shoots most of them before they hit us. First we get that creepy guy on board our ship trying to f*** it up from the inside, and now we’ve got three ships at once- what a long, strange trip this has been!
At last we shoot both small cruisers out of the sky, and all that is left is the big ship. The man on board still broadcasts his lunatic ravings over our comms, but we ignore him. The Cult of the Devourer will never be victorious.
“After this... I’m getting my pool. I don’t care what any of you say!”
We have successfully destroyed the shade and her “children”, and are heading to stop the rest of the Cult of the Devourer on the next planet. As we leave the building, my little friend is waiting outside. He follows us to the ship, so there’s no questioning it- we have a pet!
We make it to the next planet, finding life signs below ground, and make our way into a tunnel that leads into a landing area. One is occupied, likely by our enemies, so we park in the next bay over. Leaving my new friend on the ship, we disembark once pressurization is complete. Another elevator, which I can only fit on alone.
“I’m going first this time!” I demand. “Last time I got stuck waiting for too long!”
“Okay, if you really want to Captain,” says Odyssus. The doors start to close behind me. “It was nice knowing you!”
I ride down into the facility, the ride seeming to last a long time. It stops, the doors open, and waiting for me are two cultists and a shade. They level guns at me.
“Hello there!” I call, waving with one flipper and pressing the up button with the other. The doors shut just as they start shooting.
I make it back to the landing bay, and rush out of the elevator.
“Two cultists and a shade! They knew we are here!”
“We can take the ship around to the other bay and take that elevator!” Suggests Kade 7. “Get them from both sides!”
“Brilliant! I can’t fly, you all take the ship and I’ll stay here!”
They take the ship, leaving me hanging out in the elevator until I get the signal. Several minutes pass, and I hear Kade 7’s voice.
“We’re here, let’s go!”
I press the down button, and down I go. The elevator opens to more cultists and the shade. I see two that are armed much like I am, and fly over their barrier to get behind them. I don’t think they expected a big girl like me to be able to fly. Kade 7 joins me in taking on the operatives as he is beaten around by the cultists and the shade. I ignore the shade, pretending I don’t see it in hopes it will get bored as I work on these guys.
They start to die and run, but we pursue. Odyssus blows a guys nose off, I cut ones arm off and kill him, and still the shade tries it’s hardest to hurt me.
“Anyone feel that wind? Annoying!” I remark as I move away from it toward the way too cool to be a cultist dwarf.
The dwarf falls to Kade’s blows, his cigar falling to the ground still smoldering. We quickly finish off the shade, and take a breather. There’s more things coming, and we need to prepare ourselves.