I’ve been thinking about Traveller and Hex Describe again. I’d like to add more “quests” – or patron encounters, as Traveller would say. People that provide some adventure. And I decided upon the following: on a small starport, they are looking for a ship to bring a murder suspect to a nearby big starport.
This is what it looks like:
0403: This is Cov, UWP D99A356-8. There is a gas giant in this system.
Cov is larger than Earth, with a diameter of about 14400km. The atmosphere is very dense. The high levels of carcinogenic nano particles make filter masks mandatory.
A few thousand people live around the Cov starport. The settlement was originally a penal colony for Wifema (_0204_) and gained independence 50 years ago. The resentment is still strong among the locals.
When terrorists on Wifema (_0204_) turned out to be locals, it didn’t take long before the navy showed up, overthrew the old order on Cov, and installed a puppet government, currently led by Lan Gen. Curfews, patrols, interrogations, allegations of torture, and occasional revelations thereof provide fertile grounds for more shootings, more bombs, more assassinations. These are bad times.
Cov has a class D starport. All you can see is the toll house. The harbour master’s office is probably there as well. A bunch of clerks look up as you enter.
The harbour master Tajeddigt Tonui greets any new arrivals in person; they’re taciturn and grumpy. Currently, they’re holding murder suspect Alimah Khatibi, but capital crimes are usually judged in Wifema (_0204_) and the harbour master needs a ship to transport the suspect there. This is a case of domestic violence with the suspect accused of murdering their partner. The body has been found and the evidence is overwhelming. “This case is as good as decided!” says Tajeddigt Tonui. In truth, however, the deed was done by a close relative and Alimah Khatibi is being framed. “I’m innocent, I swear!” they say.
The locals are rich and well off. Economic refugees from neighbouring systems are welcomed for the internal labour marked needs plenty of new hands. At the starport, various agencies are trying to enlist all who came with low passage. The biggest of these agencies is the office of Ishizu Banking, run by Baron Ji Xiaodan.
I think I like it. I have a bunch of “murder case” templates, and these don’t show up too often. I like it. It’s a good model, I think.