Scene 2: Processing & Incarceration
Once at Sector House 37 the group are treated like prisoners. None of the staff will listen to them, they will be putthrough the usual measures of retinal scanning, blood extraction, saliva swabs, thermal digital finger printing (leavingthem some what sore on the finger tips for a few hours as the skin heals up) and very possibly being thrown down aflight or two of steps if they resist being taken to their cell.
Players at this point may become aware that the station house is severely under populated. The usually teeming corridorsare empty except for themselves and the Enforcers hustling them through the corridors.(Awareness +10 to notice this)(Any Arbites officers gain a further +20)(Any Scum gain a further +10)
What the group dont know is that Sector House 37 is due to be demolished within the next week or two, and theEnforcers are really former convicts who have been hired by Magdalena to treat the group as they were treatedthemselves.The Enforcers are considered to be Expendable (more on that later) by Interrogator Magdalena.The group will be thrown (literally) in to a group cell, presently occupied by just one other person, an elderly man, withan obvious cybernetic left arm and a number of ports around the base of his neck.He looks tired and malnourished. His perhaps once good quality robes are tattered and frayed around the edges, bloodspatters from the Enforcers questioning are still readily visible on his sleeves where he has tried to stem the bleedingnose or other cuts on his face.All of his cuts are however now sealed and scabbed over, so he's not been beaten for at least two days, though it's likelyhe's not been fed for those days either.He backs in to a corner, as far from the group and Enforcers as possible until the door is locked once again, then he'llreturn to a bunk.The cell is a very basic affair, half a dozen bunks, a latrine in one corner open for all to see, and a slit of a window, perhaps 20cm wide and 100cm long at the very juncture of the ceiling and wall.For a good couple of hours Verner will lay watching the group, and once he's sure they're not going to kill him or beathim up he'll turn over to try to get some sleep.Later in the day a lot on the bottom of the cell door opens and (number of players +1) food trays are shoved through,containing sealed cartons of grox milk, barely warm gruel and a hunk of bread.Verner will wake at the sound of the food tray sliding in to the room, and quicker than the players realise he's pickedone up and is quickly devouring it.
If any of the group donate their rations to him this will give a +10 to all Fellowship based checks made in trying toconvince Verner that they're just prisoners as well and in trying to befriend him.
How the players try to get in to his good graces is entirely their call, let them role play it for a while, rolling for Vernersreaction to them through out.
His Willpower versus their Fellowship. Degrees of success for the players means he'll be more amenable to them,conversely more Degrees of success for Verner means he becomes suspicious or withdrawn.
Notes: Information the party can learn at this point from him
He's not been fed for four days. (He's very hungry) He was arrested over a week ago. He was arrested for forging docking papers for the captain of a ship that's now left the planet. Each night except for last night the Enforcers would come in to pound on him and once in a while they might even ask hima question. (He's still very tired, another night of sleep will help with this) He just wants out, he's even prepared to tell the Enforcers some kind of secret that he's sure will get him released, but hethinks that most of them are corrupt “They all look like criminals and thugs..” and his secret will only get him injured worse or even killed. He misses eating char grilled poultry, lemon beans and roasted tubers (a local dish). He came to the planet to look through some archives so he can pursue his hobby of Archaeology.
After a night in the cells, with the group there as well as himself Verner will start to relax a little, especially with thefood he's now eaten.Food trays are again pushed under the door around 1100hrs.