At the same time, a pirate corvette, the Celestial Eagle, is headed towards Dallas, New Texas, coming at nearly 90˚ to Beowulf's path. Coming in the opposite direction of Beowulf is a military frigate, Overlord.
|Beowulf is on the right edge of the picture. The pirates area in the bottom left, and Overlord is in the upper right corner.|
|At first the ships just continue on their courses.|
|As the pirates' ships are marked in Overlord's database as enemies, Overlord starts firing on the fighters from long range, but does no damage. The fighters fire their thrusters to engage Overlord.|
|Overlord kills one of the fighter's pilots and the other is destroyed by a shot from the laser. The fighters turn to fire on Overlord but cannot penetrate Overlord's armor.|
|While the fighters and Overlord are engaging each other, the Celestial Eagle hails Beowulf and demands that they come to relative stop. To reinforce the message, they fire on Beowulf but cause no significant damage.|
|Beowulf is unarmed, so gives in as cannon fire causes Heavy Damage, cuts off parts of Beowulf's fuel supply, and reduces Beowulf's armor.|
|As I have details on the crew and this is a campaign I'm following more closely than a quick battle, I decide to play out the boarding action with 5150.|
|The pirates' captain and his two best soldiers come in through the airlock first. Closely behind them are 4 of the regular crewmen... the engineer and the pilot (who is killed as this is all going on) stayed back on the Celestial Eagle.|
|The pirates regroup on the main deck in the crew area (kitchen, lounge area, crew cabins).|
|Then I roll doubles for activation and go back to the space combat. Overlord turns to continue firing (like a mobile turret) on Celestial Eagle as it flies by. Celestial Eagle is now severely damaged.|
(The following is the result of an Argument Roll).
"Stand down, cowboy, I don't think you know how to use that gun." The Pirate Captain says to Sam.
"Lets skip to business," Sam responds, "We know that you have one of our crew captive downstairs."
"Captive for now. If my pilot isn't flying this ship in ten sec--" His first mate whispers in his ear-- "Well if you're not flying this ship the way I want it in ten seconds, your crewman's dead and this situation will get a bit more interesting."
"Look," Yosi says as he lowers his weapon, "We don't need to point guns at you, the authorities are already shooting theirs'. Now I don't think the authorities like me too much either. So I see this going one of two ways. Either you stand down and we all get out of this, settle our differences later, or we fight now but we all get killed-- by that frigate or by each other."
"Why don't we just kill you and get out of here ourselves?"
"Because," says Sam, "As soon as your finger goes for that trigger, I'll press shit button," he raises a small communicator "And we hail that ship. As soon as they hear that we're boarded and under attack, they'll come straight for you.
"Besides, without a pilot, I doubt you'll be able to outrace them with this beat up freighter."
There is a tense moment of silence.
"Alright," says the pirate captain as he lowers his weapon. "Just get us out of here."
|So the combined crews (minus the fighter pilots and the pilot of the Celestial Eagle) pull away from the exploding Celestial Eagle.|