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...