Ace of Studs: The Power Play [KK]

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Ace of Studs: The Power Play [KK]

Post by bertinator » Thu Jun 06, 2024 1:17 pm

Today is an important day for Vesper Staxwell, Prime Minister of Studland.

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A top-level meeting is scheduled with representatives from the Yellow Partnership.

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She goes over the meeting notes one last time. “Highway… series of portals…” she mumbles, studland for security… menders… SRG for the logistics… right. Okay.”

An unexpected guest walks in.

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“Good morning everyone. My name is Tzan, and I represent Octan Corporation as their lawyer. I’ve come to deliver a message to you, Vesper Staxwell, as the Prime Minister of Studland, since you are formally responsible for the Studland Mechanics and Research Taskforce, or SMART.”

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“I am.”
"My client has previously informed the S.M.A.R.T. about a transaction that could not be completed due to the non-delivery of a package. The 30-day period since they extended an offer to the S.M.A.R.T. regarding the settlement of this transaction has ended, without any response from your side."
“Oh?”

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“Consequently, the contract between Octan Corporation and the S.M.A.R.T. is hereby terminated, without fulfilment or compensation.”
“I… understand.”

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“Very well. Good day!”
And just like that, Tzan is gone again, leaving behind an utterly confused Vesper.

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“Uhh…”
“Vesper?”

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"Excuse me, gentlemen. This is something I need to take care of, right away. Enjoy your coffee and I’ll have my assistant reschedule. Apologies, again.”

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Ace of Studs: The Power Play 2 [KK]

Post by bertinator » Thu Jun 06, 2024 1:42 pm

Lt. Arkable has been summoned to the office of the Prime Minister immediately. When he arrives, he finds Vesper staring out the window.

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“Ah, Benny, I’m glad you made it. Have a seat!” sais Vesper, surprisingly cheerful given the circumstances.

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“You’ve been briefed on the way here?”
“Yes ma’am.”
“I trust you like no other, Benny. I need you to find out what’s going on at the S.M.A.R.T., right away. Their Director is not returning my calls.”

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“With all due respect, ma’am, but we’re spies, not legal advisors. Why not have an accountant look at the contract with Octan?”

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“This is not about the money or the legal implications. It’s about what the S.M.A.R.T. has been doing, or maybe, hasn’t been doing. A lot hinges on the research they were supposed to work on these past months. Without it, the entire Interdimensional Highway Plan will fall apart.”

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“And Octan was not involved with this research?“
“Absolutely not. The only parties involved are our colleagues from the Yellow Partnership. Or so I thought.”

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“So… Studland scientists, who were supposed to be working on groundbreaking research, blow their money in a secret deal with Octan, and then cease all communication. Sounds like we’ve been dealt some interesting cards here.”

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“Lieutenant, I want your very best S.H.I.N.E. operatives on this case, so we can try and salvage the situation before it’s too late.”

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“Don’t worry ma’am, we’re all in!”

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Ace of Studs: The Power Play 3 [KK]

Post by bertinator » Sat Jun 15, 2024 1:40 pm

The same day, Lt. Arkable assembled three of his best operatives to help him look into the case. Roseanne “Rose” de la Tekna, Wyyler Tiles, and Ron “Chewbacca” Wookie. They’ve headed over to the S.M.A.R.T. research facility right away.

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“Hey Wyyler, you don’t think the boss would mind if I eat a banana, do you?”
“Shut up, Ron!”
“We got called in so fast, I haven’t had time for second breakfast yet. And you know how I get when…”
“Just eat your banana, Chewie.”

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“Good morning. My name is Lt. Arkable. We’re with the Studland Military. And you are?”

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“Ed Setra, sir.”

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“It’s awfully quiet here, Ed. We were told there was a whole team here researching interdimensional travel. What’s going on?”

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“Powering interdimensional travel. Hah. That’s what I signed up for, two months ago. But everyone was fired shortly after we started our research. So now, I just spend my days here in the lab, because I have nothing else to do.”
“Why were you fired?”
“They couldn’t afford us anymore.”

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“This research group received significant funding from the Yellow Partnership. What did you spend it on?”
“In the beginning it was just the usual: duck tape, W-d40, lab equipment. Come see for yourself. Things to get our research started, which was to create a new source of energy. But instead of acquiring lots of different materials for us to examine, our Director, Dr. Dreadblok, spent our entire budget in a single purchase.”

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“What kind of object did he buy?”
“I don’t know – Dr. Dreadblok acted rather mysterious about it.”
“Were you allowed to research this object?”

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“It never even made it here. Octan shipped it to us, aboard a freighter named the Wreckage. As you may remember, that’s the ship that crashed into the Kestrel. As far as I know, Minaglacia still controls the ship and its’ contents, and I doubt they’ll just hand over our package. Not that we could ask them, because we got sacked the next day, and Dr. Dreadblok disappeared.”

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“And your director, I assume he hasn’t contacted you since?”
“That’s right. It’s as if he’s gone, completely.”

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“A shame. Thank you. That’ll be all – we’ll let you know when we have further questions.”

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Ace of Studs: The Power Play 4 [KK]

Post by bertinator » Tue Jun 18, 2024 3:28 pm

The team make their way out of the facility.

“What do we do now, boss? Find the Director to ask him what was in the package?”
“I doubt he’ll tell us. Sounds like he’s hiding something.”
“Maybe he was just ashamed because he lost all his funding due to an unfortunate accident.”

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“Perhaps. I suggest we find out what Director spent his money on, before we confront him.”
“How do we do that? Only Dr. Dreadblok knew what this object was.”
“I have an idea, but you’re not going to like it.”

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“Well?”
“We go and talk to Octan.”

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