|While stopping over on
Gateway Station the group is approached by a representative of an international banking
concern with a job that is 'on the edge of legality'.
Martin de Cos
was a high flying entrepreneur worth billions of Livres...or so it seemed. With the recent alien invasion of Aurore and the
subsequent destruction of the French and Ukrainian colonies, Cos fortune has
evaporated, leaving behind a huge debt and a number of very shady looking business deals. While the Ukrainian and French governments were still investigating the collapse of the Cos
Investment group, Cos himself quietly skipped the planet.
His new residence is located in the Manchurian colony of Kwantung and the
colonial government refuses to comply with the extradition requests of France or the Ukraine, so the governments
plans to press charges against Cos have come to naught.
The Alvarez-Kelly Banking Corporation has other ideas. Although resigned to getting little of it's money
back, it's somewhat vindictive board are itching to see the wily Cos 'pay'. The bank will pay the PC's Lv50,000 plus a
reasonable amount of costs, to deliver Cos to
the nearest French or Ukrainian authorities. All
they have to do is snatch him from his guarded compound, smuggle him aboard their ship and
present him to government authorities. Alvarez-Kelly
will provide the group with information pertaining to Cos location. At present, he
has taken refuge on his estate which is located in the Manchurian Colony on Tau Ceti. The group will have to book passage from Earth to
Tau Ceti, which Alvarez-Kelly will reimburse them for.
|Once in the Tau Ceti system, the players will disembark from their
transportation at La Salle Station. This
orbital complex is maintained by the Mega-Corp AusCo and is a separate entity from the two
colonies on the planet below. Players should
quickly discover that any attempts to violate the local laws and then flee to La Salle
station will lead to the quick and harsh return of the criminals to the colonial officials
of Kwantung. Passage from La Salle
Station to the colony of Kwantung can be arranged via several interface services. The Colony of Kwantung operates the Colonial
Interface Service, which services both colonies. There
is also Intercraft Ltd, a private firm which also provides service to the surface. Either
one will acceptable, but players may realize that travel on the Manchurian operated
service could lead to unwanted surveillance.
The city of Chanpei
boast one of the best down ports in all of human space.
Numerous hotels and other services are all located within the complex or
within walking distance. Prices can be rather
steep, but the level of service at these hotels in comparable to the best that Earth has
to offer. Personal weapons are prohibited in
the colony. Of course there is a black market that may be able to locate what the players
want, for an extremely high price. The
punishment for possession of weapons are harsh and usually quick. Several years at hard
labor is the most common sentence for such violations of colonial law.
Travel in the city is accomplished by
taxi, public buses, or by bicycle. Most
importantly, the group has to cope with the 35 hour days of Kwantung. The prolonged periods of daylight can cause many
problems, but the most noticeable will be the midday Siesta. During this four hour period, no business will be
conducted and finding a taxi or other public transportation is difficult.
The group has been informed by
Alvarez-Kelly that Cos estate is somewhere near the out skirts of Chanpei. Further
inquiries by the company did not discover the exact location of the estate, so this will
be the first task facing the group. Simply
asking around will lead to the local police having a polite discussion with the group and
requesting that it leave the colony within 24 hours.
Failure to leave will result in arrest and further trouble for the group. Other methods must be tried.
|Located in a upscale area on the out skirts of
Chanpei, Cos' estate covers several acres. Most of this area is heavily landscaped
with imported Earth foliage. The house itself is a large home sitting near the center of
the acreage. This is one small break for the party. Any noise generated by the
capture of Cos will not attract the attention on t he neighbors, they are too far away to
Located in the house with Cos will be his
personal valet, a maid, a cook, 4 body guards and Cos' current mistress. The Body
guards are all armed with automatic pistols of varying types and will attempt to get
Cos to his personal aircraft to escape any abduction attempt. Cos' personal aircraft
is an 8 seat tilt-rotor aircraft that is kept on the helipad behind the house.