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PostPosted: Fri May 27, 2011 12:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Clare, I'm trying to get away from my PC and do something productive, but I've just got caught up in Tarrant's Blog.

Fantastic work. As someone else remarked you've got Tarrrant's voice off to a T. And his observations on the other crew members are illuminating. Its like looking at them in a different light.

Well done and thank you.

(Now I'm off to tackle my list of undone 'Things to do')
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PostPosted: Sat May 28, 2011 2:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

AnnaGrant wrote:
Clare, I'm trying to get away from my PC and do something productive, but I've just got caught up in Tarrant's Blog.

Fantastic work. As someone else remarked you've got Tarrrant's voice off to a T. And his observations on the other crew members are illuminating. Its like looking at them in a different light.

Well done and thank you.

(Now I'm off to tackle my list of undone 'Things to do')


Thank you...I've been having such fun with these. Still got more to write, have got as far as Sand.
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PostPosted: Sun May 29, 2011 10:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ohhh. Sand. Another Tanith Lee-one of my favourite authors.
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 12, 2011 2:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Some more for enjoyment...

Blog entry 13 - Rescue

Servalan loves to get the last laugh and this time she certainly did. Whilst the rest explored the underground complex Avon and Dayna decided to check out the ship she'd told us about. The deviousness of Servalan knows no bounds. She'd set explosives to go off if anyone set foot aboard the ship, which in turn triggered secondary explosions in the base. We were well and truly caught. Cally was badly injured and I tried to pull her to safety, but a further explosion put paid to that. In the end Vila got me out, but not Cally. I'm angry, both at myself for failing her and Servalan for causing it.

I was able to salvage my water canister, but that was all. We gathered around a makeshift campfire to keep us warm during the cold night, but we were still frozen stiff come the morning. Heading for a piece of higher ground I felt myself losing consciousness. After that I knew nothing of what happened until Avon stirred me. It surprised me that he came back, although I suspect it was motivated only by his own self interest.

Dorian. Apparently he rescued Vila and Dayna who'd been trapped by a...well goodness knows what it was. I care not to ask. We couldn't take the risk of trusting him, not in such a precarious situation. What was he doing on Terminal and how did he know we were here? We never did find out. His ship, the Scorpio, conveyed us to a planet called Xenon, well outside of Federation space. At least we'd get no trouble from them. Dorian offered us hospitality and a change of clothing, which I was grateful for. We met his companion Soolin too, exquisitely fast with a gun.

Trapped by a security door Dayna and I looked for an alternative means to access the landing bay. We found ourselves at a dead end initially, then Dayna discovered that the passageway continued down into a rocky chamber. Evidently during our explorations Dorian revealed his true intentions to Avon. He and Soolin were brought down at gunpoint and we all entered the chamber. Something inside had driven Dayna to the brink of sanity and I could feel the emanations myself.

What happened next was quite bizarre. It would appear that this chamber had somehow been sustaining Dorian for the last 200 years and that in order to continue he needed us to be consumed by what he referred to as a 'Gestalt'. Quite where Vila had been all during this time I don't know, Dayna and I left him at the security door. He arrived in the nick of time with the Federation Plasma Rifle we'd been able to save from Terminal. Avon shot the creature and it, well, disintegrated and took Dorian with it. We were frozen for a moment while the chamber relinquished it's hold on us, and I heard Soolin creep away. Xenon base was now ours.
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 12, 2011 2:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Blog entry 14 - Power

Trapped on Xenon. Sounds like the title of a bad Old Calendar vis-cast or movie as they used to call them. But trapped we were. Our former host Dorian had secured the landing bay with a nuclear compression charge. Nice touch. It also appeared that he'd been working on a teleport system and with Orac's help, Avon sussed the missing requirement, a Dynamon crystal.

Off he went, leaving the rest of us to fathom out how to get through the security door. I suspect however that Avon knew all along that sooner or later Vila would figure it out. Events that transpired later confirmed my theory. We knew nothing of Xenon or indeed if it was inhabited. The question was answered the hard way. Avon was taken prisoner by some very rough tribesmen who called themselves the Hommicks.

Alerted by a distress call Dayna and I went looking for him, but all we found was his mangled communicator bracelet. Meanwhile we apparently had a visitor on the base. Vila babbled on as usual when we returned and the intruder was identified as one of the Ceska people. Xenon it seems had been the subject of a violent conflict and now the populace were reduced to a squabble between the men and women. I was beginning to dislike this place considerably.

For the moment the security door would have to wait. We needed to find out what had happened to Avon. Despite all of our disagreements he is too useful to abandon and I suspect he thinks the same of me, at least I hope he does. The Hommicks are a force to be reckoned with when they work together. Outnumbered and cornered the three of us were taken and brought before their leader, Gunn Sarr. Not the most pleasant of men. Incredulously Dayna challenged him. Foolish, even by my standards. The battle ensued and at the time I wasn't certain how she overcame him, but I suspect Ceska involvement. Dayna was no match for Gunn Sarr if I'm completely honest.

Free once again we hastened to the base where Vila continued to work on the door. Now the Ceska showed themselves, only two remained, lead by a woman called Pella. She used her abilities to make safe the explosive device. However her intentions were not as genuine as we thought. Avon suddenly re-appeared and exposed the plot to gain access to the Scorpio. She bludgeoned her way to it, murdering her only fellow Ceska in the process. Taking the Dynamon crystal from her collar the circuit was now complete. Avon teleported aboard the Scorpio to save it from Pella's clutches.

So, with our control restored and Pella dead, the base and Scorpio were ours for the taking. For the first time we truly tasted freedom. Real freedom, not just the latest escape plan to evade the Federation. Here we were safe beyond their knowledge and reach. Perhaps now I can call Xenon home, though to be honest the company could be better. Enter Soolin, Dorian's ex companion. All during our scuffles she remained in hiding. Perhaps she was testing us to see how we'd cope in a desperate situation. Whatever her motives, she seemed to think that joining was better than fighting.
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Blog entry 15 - Traitor

The Federation. Is there no end to their ambition? Every habitable planet seems to be in their sights. Their latest acquisition, Helotrix. According to Orac's information several planets had fallen in recent weeks. So how were they doing it? Avon resolved to find out and there was only one way, we had to go to Helotrix.

Dayna and I prepared to go down and learn of this new secret weapon the Federation must be using. How else could they be conquering so quickly? The object of the mission was to observe only, but as we all know, things are never that simple when the Federation is involved. On the surface it emerged that there was a fault on the communication system. So we were stuck until such time as Avon fixed it.

Finding ourselves in the midst of a roundup of workers we were lucky to happen across Hunda, leader of the only rebel group still operational. After changing clothes with a couple of natives so that we blended in better, he told us that his men were fighting a losing battle. But the reason for that remained unclear until we were introduced us to Leitz, a Federation officer acting as a spy for Hunda. Or so he believed. Leitz gave us the name of the drug, Pylene 50. Once dosed a subject becomes passive and doesn't resist the Federation invasion. Whole populations were being systematically subdued and with it the Federation ruled like never before. Avon sure picks his moments. Soolin tested the communications system just as a patrol passed nearby. Thankfully we got away with it.

Locating the Laboratory we met Doctor Forbus, the inventor of Pylene 50. Apparently Commissioner Sleer was forcing him to manufacture it for the pacification programme. However it does have an achilles heel. The compound breaks down quickly which means the drug must be manufactured on the world where it is to be used. Forbus gave us the formula for an anti-toxin that would guard against being dosed, but couldn't reverse the effects. At least now we could protect ourselves. He also gave us a supply of the anti-toxin drug, which we both took after leaving.

Forbus exposed the double agent Leitz, a vile sadist he called him. The Federation is full of such thugs. How I'd love to have them on the receiving end of my neutron blaster! Hastily we returned to Hunda and supplied him with the both the anti-toxin and the revelation about Leitz. It saved his group from certain death as an explosion tore through the mono-rail they were due to attack. Servalan! How the hell she survived the Liberator disaster I don't know, but both Dayna and I saw her.

Back aboard Scorpio Avon was beside himself. I knew he'd be angered because we stayed down a little longer than we anticipated, but it was necessary. His reaction to the news of Servalan was equally intense. I could've cut the air on the flight deck with a knife. Perhaps it was just his disappointment that once again we'd failed to annihilate her or was it something else? I can't say for certain, but I know this. I saw a darkness in his eyes that I'd not seen before.
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 08, 2011 8:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Haven't found time to get beyond Sand yet...but a couple more of ones already written...



Blog Entry 16 - Stardrive

The Scorpio, a wanderer class planet hopper, with a drive unit that should be in a museum. Mix this with Avon's plan to use an asteroid as cover to conceal our entrance and departure from the Altern system and you have a recipe for disaster. There are times when I find Vila's flapping utterly irritating to the nth degree, but on this occasion I was inclined to agree with his caution. This was no ordinary asteroid. A fast rate of spin and extremely large size contributed to it having a minor gravitational field. The Scorpio's manouevring systems weren't precise enough to keep us from harm. We crashed into it resulting in a large gash in the stern.

During a systems check Vila got drunk, again. He seems to have been doing that a lot more recently. I'm beginning to wonder if something isn't bothering him, seriously so, not the usual petty stuff that we all have to contend with. Out of the mouths of drunks, Vila recounted an occasion where a forcewall had been used to create a safe working environment for repairs. However our ship was in a bad way and to risk our oxygen reserve would've been suicide. Avon attempted it nonetheless. Thankfully Slave does occasionally talk some sense and this time Avon heeded the advice.

With an emergency hull repair in place we started work on the main drive just as a Federation patrol appeared on the detectors. Avon and I couldn't leave what we were doing and thankfully their course suggested that we were not the target. Then suddenly and mysteriously the patrol ships exploded. That doesn't normally happen for no good reason, so limping back to base we set about going through the recorded images. It took hours and so did fixing the ship. Dayna took the first shift, followed by me and then Soolin. Eventually she found what we were looking for.

The Space Rats. I'd heard of them, but Vila had the most experience. Evidently they'd acquired the services of Dr. Plaxton, head of the Federation Space Drive Research Center to modify their space chopper craft. Now based on the planet Caspar in Sector Five, the Space Rats' home was to become our next destination. We needed the Photonic Drive if we were to stay one step ahead of the Federation's game.

Avon sent Dayna and Vila down to scout around before we brought the Scorpio in to land. The Photonic drive was too valuable to risk putting it through the teleport. Naturally it was only a matter of time before they would be captured. Avon was more than happy to use them as a diversion and although I went along with it, I'd be lying if I said it didn't bother me at all. Caspar is about as unwelcoming as I imagined it to be. The perfect place for a bunch of ruthless pirates like the Space Rats.

Getting into their base proved easy, it was getting out that worried me. We tracked the energy source to the laboratory and made our own way in. Vila wasn't lying when he said the Space Rats fight dirty. Unfortunately the means of our entry provided ample opportunity for their leader to momentarily overpower me. He used Soolin as a hostage and fled.

We escaped to the Scorpio and left, but knew full well that the Space Rats would pursue us. Evidently the Federation had now also worked out where Dr. Plaxton was and came on our tails as well. With all hell breaking loose the Doctor fitted the Photonic Drive to the Scorpio main drive unit. I won't forget what Avon did next for the rest of my days. He set the drive to fire as soon as the final connection was made. I knew he was right when he said she'd be dead either way, but....AVON....!!!!
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Blog Entry 17 - Animals

Sometimes Avon has good ideas, sometimes he doesn't. Dayna had mentioned a scientist she used to know whose research might prove useful in our battle against the Federation's new weapon, Pylene 50. Avon sent the two of us to Bucol Two to try and find him, Justin. Seems he and Dayna had an 'understanding' while he was her tutor. This surprised me a little and bizarrely I found myself feeling protective. Some might've said jealous, but I knew better than that.

While she was on the surface, a Federation patrol appeared. Their impeccable timing never ceases to amaze me. The ship was badly hit and I was forced to abandon Dayna. I could only hope that she'd be safe down there. As if I wasn't angered enough by these events, Avon had the nerve to accuse me of being responsible for the damage!! There are occasions when I've come close to wanting to finish our disagreements right there and then and this was one of them.

Back at base and with the damage repairs underway I agonised over leaving Dayna behind. Vila went into the ballast channels to make further adjustments. Absurdly I joked about him having a hot tub when he'd finished, though to be honest I could've done with one myself. At last the repairs were complete and we were heading back to pick up Dayna.

Avon was right when he said the Federation were likely to investigate why we'd been there. Evidently Servalan obtained access to Justin's laboratory and took both him and Dayna prisoner. It was obvious that she wanted his research for her own purposes. I'm glad to say we thwarted her plans, however sadly for Dayna, Justin was killed in the ensuing battle.

These escapades that we find ourselves in are beginning to annoy me. We've made no real progress in gaining ground against the Federation and won't do unless we get some powerful allies on our side. Avon doesn't seem interested in that right now, even though we know that very soon we will be forced to relocate out of their range. Their current rate of expansion will bring them within reach of Xenon in the next two years. I can't say as that prospect enthralls me and I know the others share my concern. I wonder quite what Avon has planned, he certainly isn't prepared to share it right now.
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Blog Entry 18 - Headhunter

Muller, Avon called him one of the great geniuses in the field of cybernetics. His wife Vena was staying on the base until such time as he could join her. A pleasant enough woman and friendly too. In fact it was a refreshing change to meet someone that I regard as 'normal' and that includes myself. Strive as we might to retain our humanity, it has to be said that circumstances frequently dictate otherwise.

Vila *sighs*, do I need to say more? His manners towards Vena left a lot to be desired. While I'd never prohibit life's little pleasures, he still could've behaved a lot better than he did. Avon's response was to send him along with me to pick up Muller. Naturally Vila was less than pleased and moaned constantly for the first hour of the flight. The journey would take at least 10 hours, so we decided to get some rest en route.

Shortly before arriving we were contacted by Muller who instructed us to teleport directly into his lab. This was a change of plan and a rather strange request. Had Avon not been so adamant we could trust Muller I'd have been a lot more cautious than I was. When I got down there Muller seemed in a state of distress, heightened by my picking up a box. After Vila teleported him I took it with me, it seemed important enough not to leave behind.

Back aboard Muller reacted violently and Vila was forced to overcome him. We thought he was dead at the time and put him in the cryo-suspension chamber. It was fron then onwards that everything seemed to go horribly wrong. Slave started showing signs of malfunction and a power surge in one of the drive units threw us off course. Avon advised to deactivate Slave and bring the ship back on manual, which we did. A little hard work Vila mocked, sometimes he just walks straight into them.

Once in orbit around Xenon the situation didn't improve. Slave was reactivated for circuit checks, but obviously the cause of the problems was still evident. The life support systems shut down completely. Vila and I tried to get into our life suits, but it was nigh on impossible in the dark and intense cold. We both lost consciousness and I didn't know what transpired from then until I awoke in the medical unit.

At some point Dayna had apparently been attacked, but by who or what? Muller reappeared, not dead after all and indeed not alive in the first place. In fact we had brought the android that Muller had spent his life creating. I felt responsible, but with Muller's actual head, I felt certain Avon would have also been fooled if he'd been in my place. Seems this android was the equal of Orac, but with extras. It fried my sidearm and Avon's too.

It wanted to join with Orac, become one immensely powerful entity. Whatever became of us, we had to destroy this thing, or be destroyed by it. Only one way, fit the head containing the restraint systems. But how to disable it and get the thing in place? Avon suggested running an electrical charge through the metal footbridge and so we set about our plan. Dayna and I hastened to the power plant while Avon set up the bridge and Vila and Soolin kept the robot occupied.

Ultimately we succeeded and Dayna destroyed the android. Avon reacted angrily, thinking he could've used it, with the restraint circuit in place of course. I've always believed that technological advances should be regarded in context of their purpose. If you create the ultimate weapon, it can only be used for one thing. Muller had endowed his creation with human attributes and perhaps after all, humanity will be the undoing of our kind.
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 10, 2011 8:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Are all these recent blogs ones you had written a while ago, or are you writing and organising the anniversary conference?

I take my hat off to your multitasking ability.
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 23, 2011 12:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

AnnaGrant wrote:
Are all these recent blogs ones you had written a while ago, or are you writing and organising the anniversary conference?

I take my hat off to your multitasking ability.


They were written some time back...I was in up to my eyes when the convention was on the go! LOL I'm planning on getting back into the writing though, have been missing it.
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*At long last have found a little time to get back into writing mode!!*

Part 19 - Assassin


A message. One intended to bring about our fate. Evidently Servalan had finally grown tired of our efforts to thwart her plans. The facts we knew at this stage, Cancer - a hired assassin, five subjects - well guess who? Domo, a planet in the Sixth Quadrant and a date. Didn't take much effort to work out that a meeting was being planned.

Orac suggested we should find this Cancer before he found us, so into the maelstrom we went. Vila and Avon teleported down to the surface of Domo, though quite what Avon hoped to achieve I don't know. We've never been successful in eliminating Servalan so far, why should now be any different? While we waited for news, Dayna observed a ship leaving the planet. Curiously it left us well alone. Strange considering most visitors to this planet are either pirates or the scum of space looking to purchase slaves for their masters. None of which would potentially take kindly to our interference.

The plan seemed to work and Avon was taken by the pirates into their base. Presumably he intended to somehow reach Servalan when she arrived for the meeting with Cancer. The next thing we knew Avon was requesting a spare gun and an extra bracelet. What the hell for I wondered? Dayna went down and before long they returned with an elderly man with them. His name was Nebrox and apparently he'd helped Avon to escape. Needless to say Servalan also escaped which Dayna was far from pleased about.

We found Cancer's ship motionless, just sitting there. A trap? Of course it was, but we went anyway. After a thorough search the ship appeared empty and not surprisingly Cancer outwitted us. Piri, she saved our lives and appeared geniune enough. Certainly I was grateful for her intervention. Despite her somewhat 'fluffy' nature I liked her, so did Vila, but nothing new about that. A slave, or so she lead us to believe. And Cancer? Hardly the impressive fellow I'd imagined him to be.

The ship's controls were completely frozen and a game of cat and mouse ensued. Cancer played us one against the other, expertly trying to split us up. We'd be more vulnerable alone. It was Soolin who worked out the truth. Piri had duped us from the outset and the man we'd believed was Cancer? He was the real slave and murdered by Cancer's hand, Nebrox too. Soolin and I arrived just as Avon was about to join them and promptly dealt with the trickster and her 'pet'.

Now Servalan made her move, but left the communications open long enough for us to signal the Scorpio. They arrived in the nick of time and we teleported aboard just as Cancer's ship exploded. Another failed mission. We achieved nothing, but I suppose neither did Servalan. For small mercies we can at least be grateful.
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Part 20 - Games


More Federation murder. I wonder if the upper ranks are fully aware of what's going on? Who instigates these convenient accidents? Sleer? Admittedly she must be responsible for a lot, but even so, there's a limit to the extent of her capabilities. Having worked on the Scorpio drive systems for well over four hours I needed some rest, though Avon's interest in the Feldon power generation system inevitably took priority. One of these days we're going to be so exhausted that it proves fatal.

Avon's been communicating with outsiders again. I think he knows we don't approve, but doesn't feel that consulting us would achieve anything. I'd still prefer it if he told us, nonetheless. As for the Feldon crystals, Gerren had been providing Avon with information that would enable us to obtain the already stolen consignment. Typically however something went wrong and we had to change our plans.

Belkov is a trickster through and through. Blindly we went down under the auspices of rescuing him and subsequently the crystals. This seemed simple enough, but as I know only too well, reality is far from that. Accompanying Gerren to the surface of Mecron II we made our way to the processing plant. The noise of the operation would disguise our surreptitious entry, but unwittingly Vila gave our presence away. Having escaped and already lost contact with the Scorpio I instructed Vila to remain outside as backup. What other option was there?

Finally inside we found Belkov and as suspected he couldn't be trusted. A double cross was highly likely and it came in the form of being trapped under the launch area. I really must learn to be more vigilant. There was nothing else to do except wait. Gerren elaborated further on Belkov's plan, but to be honest it seemed immaterial now. Ironically Vila did come to our rescue and the Gambit computer gave us a way out, however we lost Gerren in the process.

Aboard Orbiter we worked our way through the challenges in order to reach the Feldon crystals, as we believed. Despite it making a change to put my piloting skills to good use, the games yielded nothing and with the Federation fleet hot on our heels Belkov attempted to use the crystals to destroy us. Avon thwarted his plan, but as the man said, end game to Belkov.
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Part 21 - Sand

Virn, not the most pleasant of worlds, why then was the Federation so interested? There was only one way to find out. Can't say as I was looking forward to it, but letting the Federation get their hands on whatever was there, outweighed the risks. Orac's interception of the transmissions warned us of the atmospheric effects experienced by the first mission, not that it did us much good when we arrived. A hell of a risk Avon said, but it didn't escape my attention that once again he wasn't the one taking it. I know I'm the gung-ho one, but that's not really the point.

Braving the teleport down onto the surface Dayna and I found ourselves in an almost lunar landscape. The place was just as barren as Don Keller's report described, green sand everywhere and not a trace of recognisable life. Yet Keller's team had registered some form of energy here. Owing to the conditions we took percussion gun clips, but so had the Federation. It was difficult to move around without giving our presence away and not surprisingly we were attacked. Dayna took the worst of it and I had Avon teleport her back to Scorpio.

What happened next was strange, in the extreme. It was as if all my strength had been drained away for no apparent reason. I felt confident enough to handle things, but when the communications packed up, I really was alone. Or so I believed. The base was obviously deserted, but the Federation investigation team had got there first. Investigator Reeve, the man in charge of the team nearly succeeded in killing me. He mistakenly believed I was one of Keller's crew. Mistake number two was his momentary lack of concentration. It gave me the chance I needed and taking full advantage I regained the upper hand.

Servalan. What the hell was she doing here and why? I found out later, but not before we both succumbed to foolish human temptation. Am I proud of it? No. I knew I'd be punished by the others when they found out and for a time I thought I wouldn't tell them. However unlike Avon I felt they deserved the truth. A few lessons learned from this one perhaps, but nothing gained. And so back we go to Xenon, empty handed and none the wiser.
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Part 22 - Gold

I thought Avon may have learned something from the last time we dealt with outsiders, but perhaps not. I've no objection to getting richer, quite the contrary, however if I thought for one minute that it would make us any safer from the Federation, then I'd be rich now. Instead of that I'm reliant on my fellow crew and we were off to Zerok to be party to this ill thought out scheme to relieve a shipment of black gold.

I'm not resentful, don't get me wrong, there are times when I'm grateful for the company of my friends, but I can't deny the frustration either. Frustration at the lack of independence that I used to have before I joined the Liberator, my own fault for staying of course. I've had more than one chance to leave, but then there's always the Federation on my tail, I suppose that's why I'm still here.

Anyway, Zerok and Keiler, an 'old friend' of Avon's, although Avon didn't see it that way. The plan, worthy of an accident in need of a place to happen, and we went for it. Temptation proving too great? Perhaps. Avon and Soolin went in, backed up by myself and Dayna. Something went wrong, though we never did find out what exactly. All we discovered was an unconscious Keiler and the remains of two people. Only later did we realise that our comrades had walked straight into a trap, however Avon being Avon meant their survival was not open for debate. I wonder how much longer his luck will last, or my own for that matter.

Back aboard Scorpio we quizzed Keiler who revealed that he had been instructed to contact us, but did not know their true identity. Avon knew of course. Damn him. There was still a chance to get the gold and in we went for a second time. I'm not sure I would've, if I'd still been operating alone, probably woudn't have taken the risk in the first place. So what was motivating Avon to gain this wealth? I didn't know then and now I don't really care all that much. To tell you the truth I'm beginning to tire of this hapless struggle for survival, nothing we've gained since we lost the Liberator has amounted to anything. For that matter it didn't before either.

Aboard the Space Princess, Dayna was given a dose of something to feign illness, it was hoped this would create a diversion and during the process we would steal the gold. At first it appeared to work, but of course nothing is ever that simple and during our escape the alarm went off. We were lucky to get away, none more so than Avon. I found it ironic that he should be the one to fall foul, literally.

Now for the rendezvous on Beta Five, but with who? I suspected before we got there that Avon knew, clues he'd found earlier in the escapade, but hadn't seen fit to share with the rest of us. There are times when Avon can be too secretive for his own good. Quite what he thinks we'd do with these pieces of what I see as relevant information I really don't know. Does he suspect we'd run out on him? The others are too reliant on him, he knows that, but I'm not, he knows that too.

Ahhh Servalan, so that was it. Not that it made the end result any less than a spectacular failure. This time we were all united in our frustration towards Avon.
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