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RISUS: Strange Things Are Afoot At The Circle-Σ (IC) 
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Intergalactic Trade Route 22 is a busy starship passage lane, so it's no wonder that a lot of commercial facilities have popped up along the way.

There's one place in particular, about half-way between Tranquilis and Rambo's Star, along that part of space known as Maquarro Row -- a place called Clyde's Circle-Σ. It's never been an interesting place before, but, you know...

...things change.

Long ago, someone hauled an asteroid into orbit around a red dwarf named Junpooli, shaved off the side of it to create a 3km x 2.5km flat area, put a dome on it and developed it for commercial applications. Restaurants popped up, gift shops...everything but a truck stop.

Along came a guy name of Clyde 6fernig, with a dream in one hand, a Circle-Σ franchise license in another, and a bundle of cash in the third. And right there in between the mass verification outpost and Holly Jo's Famous Drambutian BBQ, Clyde built his truck stop.

It was a beauty. Diner, showers, minimart, some rest modules...everything. Word got around amongst the interstellar longhaulers, and pretty soon, stopping at Clyde's was a must.

It was a golden age.

Things change.

About 5 years ago, the Interstellar Commercial Traffic Commission established a new lane along IRT 22 -- one that bypasses Maquarro Way altogether. There's as many explanations for this as there are idle pilots, but most everyone agrees on one thing: Palms were greased.

There's still some traffic, of course, but nowhere near as much. Clyde's Circle-Σ is still there -- in fact, you're there, right now, and so is Bozz Holstern.

"Hey!" he says, slurping down the last of his eggs. "Ya been out onna concourse t'day? HA!" He burps and scratches his udders. "Boy, I tellya. Them, uh, uh, them, uh, them Missionaries of the Galactic Flame's out there, a-preachin' up a storm ta beat the space-whales. Handin' out pamphlets, wavin' 'em plastic torches, whole bit. HA! Whaddaya think of that?"

[Now is a good time for you guys to introduce your characters and start role-playing!]

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Post Re: RISUS: Strange Things Are Afoot At The Circle-Σ (IC)
Sitting at the counter a few seats down from Bozz is a human shaped android with a cobalt blue frame, and a copper red left arm. On his chest you can see signs of carbon scoring from blaster fire. The location on his chest where Brand and model number were stamped seemed to be hit hardest. "R.U.S.T.Y Q753" is all that remain.
"If there's somthing that needs to be protested its this coffee, if you can call it that. Oh, come on Flo, you know i dont mean it."

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"It's Fleaugh!" says Fleaugh, without looking up while she wipes down the counter. Her face has a tired prettyness and her figure is still holding up, at least under the ochre and white uniform with the Circle-Σ logo on the apron front. Her arms are thin and dry from years of wiping down counters.

"We're they heading this way? Those missionaries? Maybe they'll be hungry after a day out on the concourse. Any younger ones out there, perhaps full of self-doubt, questioning their attachment to the cloth?" Coming around the counter with a full pot of coffee, she swings her hip saucily towards the window.

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A bell rings over from the kitchen, and a green tentacle can be seen to withdraw from the bell into the kitchen where the sound of frying and chopping can be heard. "Service!" growls a somewhat distracted voice. A quiet muttering can then be heard to follow - "Sevian fillets with potatoes? What barbarians are they letting into cooking school these days!?!" Furious tapping sounds then follow while the sound of chopping and frying continue.

The two plates that have been deposited on the counter have their fried steak, eggs and chips piled into a neat stack in the center of the plate. A light sauce of some kind surrounds the food, and a deep fried potato piece that's been intricately carved into the shape of a sleek space ship adorn the top of each meal.

The tentacle returns after two seconds, striking the bell again with more force. "I said service!" growls the voice again. "Leave gawking at the nutcases for when you don't have food to deliver to waiting customers!"

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"Sheesh, sounds like somebody just got pwned again," Fleaugh says, popping her gum as she finishes topping off the Vacarian's coffee. Sidling back to the counter, still cracking her gum, she puts the half-filled coffee urn back on to the burner and grabs the two plates.

"You'll never win, Bob!" she calls out through the counterway. "So please stop taking it out on your co-workers."

She does take a moment to look at the beautiful potato spaceships, raising an eyebrow of silent appreciation towards Rusty, before depositing the plate in front of him and then taking the second one to Bozz.

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"Bah!" is the only comment that comes back from the kitchen. The tapping on the computer intensifies. "Cream and Rothlay eggs? With wheatgrass juice!?!," comes an outraged mutter after a few moments. "What are they trying to do, kill their customers with bad taste!"

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It is right about this time that the truck stop's doors swish open. Actually, there's a bit of a screech, too, but Clyde's never around to see to it -- no one's seen him in 3 months. Where could he be...? But anyway, the doors make noise as they open.

Three humans walk in, and man, are they a sight! They're wearing long robes and cowls, bright red and day-glo orange, like garish neon Buddhists. A flame pattern adorns the hems of their robes, and one of them -but only one- is enveloped completely in flames.

Doesn't seem to bother him, though. In fact, the three of them are muttering darkly but casually to each other as they scout out a place to sit. They pick a booth nearest to the minimart section of the joint, sending Samtak the Brookian (who always stands and gawks at the magazines and never knows which one to buy) running for the door --

-- and the robed figures all sit down, calmly, and nothing at all catches fire.

By the way. Here's something lots of people know:

LIBRARY DATA: MISSIONARIES OF THE GALACTIC FLAME
An esoteric sect of Trans-Reformed Puritanical Entropists who believe that all intelligent life in the universe is an abomination, and await the day that the galactic core wll erupt into Divine Filth-Killing Flame (qv) and return the galaxy to its pristine, uninhabited state.

LIBRARY DATA: DIVINE FILTH-KILLING FLAME
Some jackassery that those stupid damn "Flame Missionaries" believe in, proving that they're all stupid.


[Hey, you guys want a map, general though it may be, of the Circle-Σ? I hope so, 'cause I just opened up Inkscape.]

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[A map would be awesome. Watch out or I may have to MapTools this game.]

Fleaugh grabs 3 paper placemats and some cutlery and saunters over to the booth. Holding all that stuff with one hand, she wipes down the table top with a rag in the other, forcing the missionaries to lean back awkwardly.

She then proceeds to put down the placemats (light pink ink on white paper, outlined with small ads for local businesses like "Yog's Grav Sessions - 3 hours for 90 credits" and "Custom Laser Sighting") and silverware, not looking anybody in the eye, but checking to see if any of them try to look down her top.

"I'll come back with the menu in a sec. I assume you boys will all be having coffee this morning?"

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The one in flames (upon closer inspection, a hologram) averts his eyes from whatever Fleaugh's got up top, but the others try to get a peek.

"All life will perish in the Divine Flame at the Heart of the Galaxy," says the faux-burning man. "Lots of cream and sugar."

up at the counter, Bozz gets a little antsy. "Huh. They better chew quick."

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Post Re: RISUS: Strange Things Are Afoot At The Circle-Σ (IC)
Rusty leans over to Bozz and tries to whisper, but his voice only has two setting on/ off.
"Relax big guy, I dont think he got the hots for you or anything."
He then straightens himself and spoons some more sugar in his untouched coffee.

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