Gallius still can't find a patron, while the rest of the crew look for jobs and other goods. They manage to acquire a crate of six grenades. EF-733 tries to fix Julio's broken rifle, but is interrupted by a warning cry! The Neon Widows must have spotted them in the markets, and are coming to punish former gang-member Roma. The crew only have a few moments to drag some barricades into a hasty defence...
|The Neon Widows come to scrag Roma
|The crew drag some scrap into a makeshift position
|Roma takes the first shot
|The crew is outnumbered
|Roma goes down and her old gang howls in delight!
The Neon Widows withdraw, sated.
The crew held the field, and 'liberate' some damaged weapons and other goods from the cargo crates. EF-733 is able to trade these with his contacts for a mighty 14 credits, but Julio is more concerned about Roma. She has suffered a potentially crippling injury, and Gallius grudgingly pays one credit to a rogue doc so that she will only have to spend two turns in the sick bay.
I rolled ten 'Brat Gang' rivals, and things were looking pretty dire. I planned a desperate defence with Lady Heldycryn and EF-733 dropping back to cover the barricades with rifle fire, and hopefully causing some Escher to run with their brittle morale. I rolled a battlefield event at the end of round two, which said that the Escher had lost heart and would bail after round three- but then they got a lucky shot and took down Roma. So I said they had done what they came to do, and had punished Roma for daring to desert the gang- for a man! The Neon Widows lose their 'Rival' status.
To be continued...