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The following strictly unofficial documents fall into the PCs' hands:

Suudy,

I had to pull a few favors to get this for you; I hope it helps.

Good job on quashing the story about the theft of the 'Gallipoli'; that's a nightmare waiting to happen... Actually this is the worst case of piracy I've ever seen: at a stroke, this guy managed to steal a fully loaded Marine assault transport.

There were only an ENS and a couple of ratings, and a Corporal and two Pvts aboard - everyone else was ashore; Reesbäker's team boarded via an access hatch behind the bridge (remember that he lived on one of those things for almost ten years?), using a 'Mercy'-class rescue boat to board her. Incredible: 230 suits of Assault B-Dress, 6 Sunbeam sleds and 2 Intrepids, complete with full kits of spares and reloads, planetary bombardment missiles -- gone in under five minutes.

But here's the interesting part: he didn't kill the skeleton crew -- he marooned them on a rock in Trin's outer system...complete with cargo containers carrying the crew's personal effects, and an emergency locator beacon. Apparently, once he outran Trin's picket boats and Jumped, he micro'd into the Oort cloud, refueled and headed out...There's been no sign of him since. Weird.

I'm including a summation of his file below. The public want (at http://www.trisen.com/sol/wanted.asp?iWanted=REESBÄKER) doesn't include his decorations. I understand that "D" is frothing at the mouth over this - you know he killed one of her "pet nobles", right? Shot the broad in the face, in public, with no challenge; very nasty dude. I don't know "N"s mind on him... it's kind of creepy: he just takes the report, says "Thank you" and you're dismissed.

Something in this sounds like he might still be working for "N", but I'm just not sure.

One more point: Reesbäker may have become involved in one of those "Droyne" cults that have been gaining strength of late. I personally think it's unlikely, but there are certain aspects that would appeal to him, per his psych profile.

Sorry I can't be of more help.

Your Chum,

Marko

*******FILE: REESBÄKER, Mäarten*******

Known Aliases: Lev Dahlgren, James Martin, Angus McTiernan, "Far-Reaching Thunderer"

DESCRIPTION

Date of Birth: 148-1180
Place of Birth: Vincennes/Deneb
Hair: Brown
Eyes: Green
Height: 172 cm
Weight: 100 Kg
Gender: Male
Race: Human
Occupation: Mercenary
Scars and Marks: Surgical and shrapnel scars on Right Arm and Right Side of Torso

Remarks: Former Master Sergeant, Imperial Marines; five (5) campaign ribbons, Combat Action Ribbon, five (5) MCG's, six (6) Wound Stripes; starship pilot/navigation ratings from unk. extra-Imperial source; last seen departing Trin/Trin's Veil/SM; considered armed and extremely dangerous.

CAUTION: ARMED AND DANGEROUS

Full crime list:

Murder of an Imperial Noble, Theft of an Imperial Warship, Unlawful Marooning, Repeated violations of Imperial interdiction protocols, smuggling of dangerous cargos to developing/emerging cultures, murder, assault, espionage, theft, embezzlement, robbery, breaking & entering; suspicion of commission of terrorist actions.

Possible directions to take this seed:

  1. Reesbäker is a former Imperial Naval Intelligence agent gone rogue; he hi-jacked the 'Gallipoli' to sell it outside the Imperium, most likely to a foreign government.
  2. Reesbäker is a former Imperial Naval Intelligence agent gone rogue; he hi-jacked the 'Gallipoli' to sell it outside the Imperium, most likely to pirates.
  3. Reesbäker is still working for Imperial Naval Intelligence; the details are known only at the highest levels of Sector Intelligence.
  4. Reesbäker is working directly for Archduke Norris; only Norris and certain members of his personal staff know the details of Reesbäker's mission(s).
  5. Reesbäker was working directly for Archduke Norris, but appears to have gone rogue; only Norris and certain members of his personal staff know the details of Reesbäker's mission(s).
  6. Reesbäker is a former Imperial Naval Intelligence agent gone rogue; he hi-jacked the 'Gallipoli' with the intention of setting himself up as a 'king' on a low-tech planet beyond the Imperial frontier.

Subsequent events are should be determined by the referee.