Didymus is full of secrets.
Readers, Didymus is one active place. On top of being the leading importer of sugar, they’ve got an extremely active political scene with enemies, allies, and more subterfuge than Richelieu’s bathroom.
So when they sent me to deliver a pallet’s worth of documents from the Imperium, I knew it was going to be interesting.
Before I even landed I could see there were problems – the first of which was a bomber – one of those dreaded QI Roc types – drifting and pulsing with electrical discharge. In a slow orbit around the station, it looked as though it had run directly into the station’s shield wall. A cracked cockpit meant trouble, and because I know the force it takes to break anything from Stellar Industries, there was no way the pilot could have survived.
I hailed the station and got garble. I hailed again and got a threat. Now I’ve been to Didymus before readers, so I have a few tricks. “Three cubes to the guy who let’s me in,” I told them, and sure enough, they opened a portal for me. Three cubes cost me nothing (I steal’em all the time Al Raqis Cafe), but it’s gold at Didymus.
Inside, however, there’s no one there. No one in the hangar, no one on the com, nothing. I begin to look for someone – I need a signature or handprint – and end up walking into whatever research they’re doing there [above picture]. Medical labs, cadavers – Didymus is frightening below decks.
I eventually got a hold of someone in the Pods, and tricked them into slapping me, at the last moment raising my manifest log in front of my face and getting a clean handprint. Whammo – they just inherited a pallet of docs from the Imperium. If I waited for Zzog to sign I’d be on a probing table myself, so the rule among 8 Star jockeys is, “deliver or be delivered.” I didn’t have any time to feel bad for them though. The drew a recently updated Stellar pistol and began shooting. I was hit in the shoulder but was able to heal in the lift on the way out. QI saves me again.
I was out of Didymus space before they could figure out what they had gotten…
Visitors interested in visiting Didymus can find the link at right.