A note from Mirikon

Another book, another trade chat. Enjoy!

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Number5Alive, Golddigger, BurtBacharach, CrazyCelt, Blaze, DoYouEvenLyft?, MarcoPolo, MightMakesRight, l33tpally, Bennie, SEA-TAC_Sweetie, Requiesce-in-Pace, MacD, HaveGunsWillTravel, Guardian, GunKitty, Chummer, Inquisitor, Lizard, RedFox, SemiSolidSnake, ElfMama, Not_the_Face!, Anonymous3, Anonymous4, Anonymous7, Anonymous9, AggregatorOfSorrows, M.Mollen, WhiskeyTangoFoxtrot, Dolcett, Starwatcher, Backlog, DarkAvariel, Knocker, Hullu_Kapteeni, GrimDark, BloodForTheBloodGod, Queen’s_Bitch, [email protected], DoYouEvenDPS?, MajorTom, Parca, and DarkAngel are in the chat.

Lizard: Man, it got quiet all of a sudden.

SEA-TAC_Sweetie: Well, not really quiet. Just in between shitstorms. So much has happened since launch, people are trying to catch their breath and rebuild.

Not_the_Face!: True. The Devs might not be actively working in the game to provide events or the like, but things were getting crazy for a while there, and they’ve now settled down some. Good time for some exploration, actually.

DarkAngel: What kind of exploration you have in mind, Face?

Not_the_Face!: Well, there’s the physical kind, like checking the local area you’re established in, maybe finding some of the secrets only locals know. Or maybe taking a ship and pushing the boundaries of Known Space, finding what might be out there. But you also got the social kind, finding new connections to bring in new gigs and new opportunities.

WhiskeyTangoFoxtrot: Good point. This game isn’t like older ones, where there are helpful yellow exclamation points above people who can give you quests. You gotta work and earn the quests.

AggregatorOfSorrows: Hmm. Exploring space could be fun. You’d need a ship kitted out for it, though. Something fast enough with enough of a kick that it can get out of trouble.

M.Mollen: Sounds like you’d need one of Black Star’s ‘personal use’ crafts.

Parca: HA!

DarkAvariel: Yeah, as if I could afford one of those. Even if I could, the wait list on civilian Black Star ships is something like four years long!

M.Mollen: Well, there are other options than owning the ship, of course.

Lizard: What do you mean?

M.Mollen: Just so happens that I have a few ships that are going to be exploring the arm of the galaxy near Nuevo Edo. Scout ships going from star to star in FTL to do surveys of systems. Of course, you’d need to find a group you were compatible with, since the scout ships don’t really have much room on them.

DarkAvariel: Wait, scout ships? Where are you scouting?

M.Mollen: Oh, mainly the area around Nuevo Edo and the three Gateways we’ve explored in that part of the galaxy. Trying to map out what stars have materials worth a colony or maybe mining efforts.

AggregatorOfSorrows: Wait, three? There are only two known gates in that area!

M.Mollen: Only two known to YOU.

Starwatcher: So that’s what that odd ship in the Dimiya yards is for.

Knocker: What do you mean, Star?

Starwatcher: People have been paying good money for any data they can get on what Black Star is up to. I got some high-power sensors, and focused them on their yards around Dimiya. There was a new kind of ship that looked like some kind of heavily armed pleasure yacht, that I wasn’t sure what it was for.

M.Mollen: You can tell your people that the ship is called the BSS Heartseeker, and while I already have a pilot for her, I still need a couple others to fill out the crew of four. Basically, it is an exploration and science vessel, the first of its class. They’ll be going out, beyond Known Space, and looking for anything that we might be able to find.

DarkAvariel: But why heavily armed?

M.Mollen: Because ‘here there be dragons’. The Heartseeker and her sisters will be going off the map. The X’thari are out there somewhere, as well as other possible threats. Best to make sure that a ship is able to take care of itself when the nearest help may be months away.

AggregatorOfSorrows: Going off into the unknown with only a group of four, spending who knows how long without seeing any other people? That’ll get ‘interesting’ real fast if people don’t get along.

M.Mollen: Hence why we haven’t filled out the crew yet, and are drawing things up slowly. I’m not against having Nomads in the program, so you know. But they’d have to be able to go through Black Star for announcing things, instead of just blabbing all over the place.

Backlog: Trying to keep your edge as long as possible?

M.Mollen: Obviously. Knowledge is power, and power makes everything else easier when you have it.

Dolcett: Wait, go back to how you know yet another Gateway address that none of the rest of us have. WTF?

M.Mollen: The Nuevo Edoans have a ‘phone book’ of addresses, like the partial one the Ihm discovered. I’m kindof a big deal there, so they let me copy it down, and agreed that it should be hidden from anyone else.

Dolcett: How the fuck is that fair?

M.Mollen: Well, when you save a planet from two threats that could have wiped out their entire civilization, then you can get the same benefits I did.

WhiskeyTangoFoxtrot: Rich get richer, and the people that are behind have to run as fast as they can to keep up. Way of the world, Dolcett.

M.Mollen: You are welcome to just grab a shuttle and dial random gate combinations, of course. No one knows what happens when you go into a bad address, so you could get some fame from that. Just remember, at least one of those addresses is going to have X’thari warships on the other side.

ElfMama: True. They have to come from somewhere, and their anchor drives need to be used near a Gateway.

MarcoPolo: Hmm. That sounds like an interesting challenge. I might sing on for one of those exploration missions.

M.Mollen: Contact a Black Star site in game, Marco, and mention that you’re a Nomad. I’m sending you a verification code to give to whoever you speak to that will make sure they get my attention.

Starwatcher: But wait, you’ve already explored a 19th Gateway, right? What did you find?

Knocker: Another ‘lost colony’ full of mostly women?

M.Mollen: Hah! I wish. No, a nice, uninhabited system, which is now named Star’s Reach, along with the nice, Earth-like planet of the same name. The Starborn colony has just been established, and will be open for business soon enough.

DarkAngel: Wait, Starborn? I saw that name recently. The AI just added it to the list of starting zones for people looking to re-roll or start new characters. Higher difficulty starts only.

M.Mollen: Really now? That’s interesting. I’ll give some new orders to my people on the ground, then.

DoYouEvenDPS?: Wait, where did this colony come from?

M.Mollen: Simply put, my pay for helping end the Civil War included a Colony Ship.

ElfMama: Oh shit!

Requiesce-in-Pace: So… company town?

M.Mollen: Whole system, actually.

Knocker: So, good business opportunities, if you’re not working against Black Star.

CrazyCelt: Sounds like a decent place to meet clients away from prying eyes without worrying about pirates.

M.Mollen: And there’s even a dungeon.


A note from Mirikon

Be sure to read my published works!


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Frozen Soul

Tales of the Void Traveler


Rules-Free VRMMO Life (Dark Fantasy GameLit):

Volume 1 - Tutorial


Barnes & Noble:


Omnibus 1 - Volumes 1-4 


Barnes & Noble:


Into the Black (Sci-Fi GameLit):

Book I - Game Start

Omnibus I - Books 1-4


City of Champions Online (Superhero GameLit):

Issue I - Origin Stories


Lewd Dungeon (Dungeon Core GameLit):

Book 1 - Welcome to the Apocalypse

Omnibus 1 - Books 1-4


The Kalipshae Affair (A First Contact Short Story):

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alphahail v @alphahail v ago

That ending seems a little sudden. Feels like it just cut off.

stads @stads ago

nice chapter thx for writing it

sdavidcasort @sdavidcasort ago

"MarcoPolo: Hmm. That sounds like an interesting challenge. I might sing on for one of those exploration missions." should be "sign on"

BlackStarLIne @BlackStarLIne ago

Yeah, the fact that Black Star have their own system isn't what get's people so shocked... It's the Dungeon that's on his planet that does...

    Draykevero @Draykevero ago

    You have to remember that this is a space-story set before all the easy planets have been occupied. We haven’t even seen any habitat-ships yet. You think the deed to a system is very significant when it is possible to take absolute control of a branch of the galaxy through control of the gates? Aside from the lack of population, relative the scale of the setting, owning land is not actually that profitable yet; and most of a solar system is empty of anything except space-dust.

MadMcAl @MadMcAl ago

MarcoPolo: Hmm. That sounds like an interesting challenge. I might sing on for one of those exploration missions.

I think you meant sign instead of sing.

Otherwise good chapter.


Killashard @Killashard ago

Thanks for the chapter!

"sing" sign. I know it's someone else typing so I don't know if you want them to have typos.

Dave @Dave ago

Thanks for the chapter

J Country @J Country ago

Thanks for the chapter!


Lomyril @Lomyril ago

Would it be too much for them to start selling Black Star logo'd t-shirts, caps and whatnot for explorers who are about to enter or have just exited the dungeon? Maybe even something like "I visited the Black Star dungeon and survived!"


      Lomyril @Lomyril ago

      Exactly. After all, now that he owns a star system, he really can claim that his Schwarz (German word for "black") is bigger than anyone else's...

      Bibonlee @Bibonlee ago

      Yea I also Can't Wait till the Goverments learn of this and want to try to start a war with him just becasue he has a System that IS NOT within ANY of there control lol. Of course the smart ones with the goverment will NOT want such a war with a man that has no problem makeing and useing WMD's.


      Lomyril @Lomyril ago

      I doubt they will start a war with him per se. A few powers behind the scenes have already tried and lost.

      No, I expect he will have to worry more about treachery from within. If a Nomad working for a government gets enough benefits, they may be convinced to kill off their current character and start over as one of his slaves in the new colony. The ultimate infiltration.

      It could take a while to be in a position to send info, but that would be small potatoes for this kind of plan. I see someone doing this in more of the capacity of a sleeper agent. They are to act normal, loyal, dependable, capable, etc... until just the right moment.

999999 @999999 ago

keep up the good work