The newly minted Mythral Mercenary corps, now on board their pirated pirate ship, made contact with Alpha C authorities. The patrol boat they first encountered however, crewed by rookies with only the commanding officer having much experience with actual space travel, managed to mangle the airlock beyond use when attempting to dock to conduct a standard search of the ship.
Escorted by the patrol boat, the group made way to Alpha C’s main shipyard, where the ship they were on was opened and allowed them exit. The search of the ship proved uneventful, not turning up anything except for contraband already declared by the mercenaries as belonging to the ships previous pirate owners. The ship was kept in the shipyard for repairs, while the group went to visit the civilian stations, and claim the ship as salvage.
After being faced with a weeks work of paperwork to fill out, and a number of bureaucratic hoops to jump through, James had the brilliant idea of hiring a lawyer to do the hard work.
Their lawyer, Kristi Cain, managed to prepare all required documents in a fraction of the expected time, and presented their claims to a judge within a mere two days. The case was fairly straight forward, and the known pirate ship formerly registered as “I Blame My Mother” was re-registered as the “Saber”, owned by the Mythral mercenary corps.
Upon returning to the shipyard, they were granted full ownership of their ship, and in respect to Brigadier General Stark (retired), the military payed for the repairs this time around.
Using data from the ships computers, Mythral set course for one of the unmapped systems, located at 01C02S, where the computer aboard their new ship claimed the pirates base was located.
Approaching the base, encountered a remote defense turret, but working together, Johnny and James managed to figure out the password to deactivate the turret (Elise, the previous captains mother).
They landed at the base, and searched through it. The base turned out to only have 3 pirates onsite, but was well staffed with automatic defense turrets, some of which proved extremely deadly. Fighting their way through the turrets, the group managed to find the armory, and deactivate the bases internal defenses from their. Amidst much swearing from Robert on what kind of idiots make their internal systems only disable able from one location, with a Heavy Machine-gun Turret blocking the only access.
Searching the bases cargo depot of their new base, they discovered tons of illegal substances, and decided to load those up and drop them in the sun on the way out. They also discovered 40 Tons of Rum, which they left on base. Aside from that, they found what they recognized as the Voyager 2 probe, very far from home, and practically undamaged. They decided to take it back to the Earth system, and see how much it could be sold for.
A crate made of Ceramo-Plastic in the corner, when opened, revealed an assembly of blue and green gemstones, that soon after exposure to light turned out to be a life form, which Johnny recognized to be similar to something his wife mentioned about life on Alula Australis. Experimentation proved the life form had at least rudimentary intelligence, not wanting to be returned in the box, and refusing to approach Robert after he made it obvious he wanted to put it back in its box. Discovering the creature consumed metals, AC fetched one of the damaged shipping containers from the hold, and fed them to the creature, which then climbed the wall and attached itself to the ceiling light. AC managed to lure it down with her computer, which the alien found interesting enough to investigate… and rip in half. While it was distracted with the components of the computer, AC picked it up and tossed it back in the box. Stark tossed in a flashlight for it to have a light source, before they sealed the lid, and decided to take it back to earth to ask Johnny’s wife about it.