Category Tales From The Star & Garter

Zeta Tucanae – Nineveh’s Kiss

“Hallow be their name, and blessed be their claim; if you who trespass put down roots, then hallow be your name.”  –  Lebor Gabála Érenn (The Book of Invasions)

Velidhu Dream was a starport just like any other. The ageing Coriolis design with its iconic shape and towering inverted skyscrapers was commonly seen throughout the populated galaxy. Though the newer Orbis and Ocellus style stations were more striking and pleasing to the eye, the majority of trading hubs were still based on the old cuboctahedral blueprint. From an internal perspective, most stations looked identical with very little clues as to which structural design they adhered to...

Zeta Tucanae – Bad Business and Drowning Angels

“There are drowning angels at the bottom of every one of these glasses, friend, and if I rescue them all,  perhaps they will make me a saint.” – CMDR Deuil Furieux

Ettiene Furieux pored over the data on the holographic displays embedded into a desk, in a room deep below the confines of Furieux House on Darwyn. The lower levels of the building were dedicated to the day to day running of the business, both legal and otherwise. The bulk of central operations were done from an orbital station, but Ettiene preferred to work on the surface with a few select employees.   The extraction company had been running for one hundred and six standard years and had stayed afloat through many market fluctuations, seen profits rise and fall but it nonetheless remained as a family run corporation...

Caerus – The Hunt: Part II

Excerpt from the voicelog of CMDR Anais Furieux

The assigned task given to me by the Freedom Party of Caerus is complete.  The FPoC had better be forthcoming with the promised information on my brother’s whereabouts. It was not as simple a mission as anticipated and it did not come without trouble. Detailed deep scans of all three nebulae and their surrounding areas have been successfully logged. I have to admit that under different circumstances the expedition may well have been a joy and a wonder. Sadly, throughout the trip my mind was plagued with worry for Deu, ruining what could have been a wonderful trip full of discovery and enlightenment. The Delicate Heart is a magnificent ship, most assuredly a step up from the battered old Sidewinder that belonged to my grandfather...

Caerus – The Hunt: Part I

Excerpt from the voicelog of CMDR Anais Furieux

I have left the system of Caerus. Fitting my brother’s Saud Kruger, the ‘Delicate Heart’, with all the trappings of an explorer vessel, I have laid in a course for Hyadum I. Following a meeting with Freedom Party Leaders Nandez and Ramirez, where I appeared to have found some allies, at least I have a lead. It did take some bartering however, Nandez was courteous enough, but that brute of a woman aggravates me so. Deuil described her as enchanting? Enchanting!! She has the mannerisms of a cheap bar wench. My brother never did have the best taste in women. I still cannot believe she had the nerve to repeatedly label me ‘little Federation princess’...

Caerus – A Universal Hangover

“Sweet Mother of all Tucans!” yelled Furieux, gasping for air as he jolted awake and instantly smacked his pounding head in the darkness. He attempted to raise his hand to rub the pain away but discovered his space was restricted. He felt as if he was in a coffin. Closing his eyes, he tried to recover his wits and some memory of recent events, but the dream he had just experienced gripped his psyche, refusing to unhook its vivid claws from his mind. His throat was dry. He wanted a drink. Any drink. Even water would do. He licked his lips and concentrated. He listened. A soft hiss interspersed with rhythmic ticking and the odd digital bleep reached his ears. He recognised the sound of an an escape capsule. Why was he here though? He concentrated. The Orca...

Shokwa – The Best Laid Plans

“Where the hell is Dex?” screamed Ramirez in the FPoC HQ Intelligence room. Geryk Lepinski continued tapping away at his terminal as if he hadn’t heard. “Hey Kimono-boy, you listening?” she asked again.

Lepinksi sighed dramatically and spun around in his chair.

“He left two days ago with no explanation as to why or where he was going. Probably having another one of his ‘episodes’. You know him as well as I do, or better, as the case may be.” he smirked.

Ramirez scowled at him and threw up her hands in resignation. The relationship between her and the leader of the Freedom Party was no secret to members of the group but Ramirez didn’t like to talk about it. She rapidly changed the subject...

Caerus – A New Dawn

All across the surface of Caerus 5 people rejoiced. Citizens of all nations worldwide were celebrating the downfall of Caerus Systems and the sudden rise to power of the Freedom Party. No longer bound to Federal law, people felt liberated, free, and the future seemed so very much brighter. News channels systemwide were praising Nandez on his victory, who had not made himself available to any media companies. Lt. General Ramirez however, was seen giving an interview on one of the more prominent talk shows broadcast in the sector. Caerus Comms Partners had issued a press release  saying that they will no longer be supporting Caerus Systems or any more Federal incursions into the system...

Caerus – Little Deaths


“Nice ride.” commented the ship technician, wiping her hands on her overalls as Furieux returned to the hangar. She had just finished repairing some light scratches on the hull of a scarlet red Saud Kruger Orca that the commander had commissoned. “It isn’t often you see these vessels in for repairs here. A pity really, she is truly spectacular to look at.”

Furieux stopped at her side and smiled. The two of them looked up at the curvaceous and glossy hull for a moment. “Yeah, she is a beauty. Took me forever to gather enough credits to buy her.  She has that ‘something’ that no other ship has. A sense of pure style.  I named her the ‘Delicate Heart’.”

The technician burst out laughing...

Letters to Anais: Little Histories

Relay Transmission: GCRT#8951264

Transmission Date: 10/07/3301

Message Origin: deuilFURIEUX; Star&Garter;  Popov Hub; Caerus System

Message Destination: anaisFURIEUX; Furieux House; Darwyn; Zeta Tucanae System

Encoding: Secure Encoding Protocol

Greetings, Red!

It seems like forever since my last visit to Zeta Tucanae, though it has been less than two standard months. It was great to see you again and most fortunate that the old man was away on business. I don’t think I could have faced him again. On the flight back to Gliese 900.1, I chuckled at the thought of his reaction when he heard the news of my return, especially in light of the conflict in the air.  It may be worth suggesting that he heighten security around the holdings as it certainly appeared to be lacking on my arrival...

Caerus – Little Explosions

Intelligence Room – Freedom Party HQ – Popov Hub – Caerus System

Geryk Lepinski was alone, hunched over a terminal in the intelligence room when Furieux arrived. His slender fingers danced over the interface with practiced ease and accuracy. The old fashioned keyboard was of the mechanical type and Furieux puzzled over why such a highly trained data adept would use such a relic over the more modern and commonplace holographic input devices. Everything in the room was white, from the technology to the furniture to Lepinski’s attire, a loose fitting kimono style garment that gave him an almost feminine appearance. His bald head tilted from side to side as he worked...