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“The Cetacean Job”

“The Cetacean Job” (4LD03)
by Khadim Nasser

Game Master: Brian   Players: Adam, Erin
Game Date: 21 September 2019

Characters: The Doctor, Riddell
Adversaries: [Redacted]
Allies: The Hath, The Judoon
Time: 26 May 5681 CE
Space: The Turquoise Five-Finned Lifeform, Medusa Cascade

 

Synopsis: In the remarkable region of space known as the Medusa Cascade, star whales roam free. The Doctor recognizes these gentle beasts as one of the most majestic lifeforms in the universe, a spaceborne cetacean that migrates through the space between the stars. He also recognizes the eggs of these endangered wonders as utterly priceless. So when a platoon of Judoon locks down a Hath starship and announces that just such an egg has been stolen, the Doctor has questions regarding this impossible crime. Just how would one steal the egg of a star whale? And why? The Judoon don’t know how, and they don’t know why, but they’re not the type to waste time asking questions. They’ve already made an arrest and proving the suspect’s guilt is treated as nothing more than a technicality.

After speaking with the accused, the Doctor and Riddell launch an investigation of their own. Aboard this curious aquatic vessel on a mission of cultural exchange, there is no shortage of unusual suspects. The rebellious teenage stowaway from Raxacoricofallapatorius doesn’t trust anyone, and the larger-than-life Adiposean envoy can’t keep his mouth shut. The Hath cultural liaison has her own seemingly ridiculous agenda, and no one is sure if the glowing cube that’s been sent from the Cygnus system is even a lifeform at all. It will take some real detective work to explain the who, the why, and the how of the most astonishing heist in the cosmos!

Teaser: “The Cetacean Job”

RIDDELL STOOD agape at the open doors of the TARDIS, gazing out at the vast, colourful clouds of the nebulae arrayed below the time capsule as it hung suspended in space.

“Behold, John, the Medusa Cascade!” announced the Doctor, gleefully, as he joined his friend to take in the unparalleled view.

“It’s incredible,” gasped Riddell, awestruck.

“It certainly is that, John, it certainly is. Take a moment to appreciate its splendour! There’s so much I still have to show you; it feels like we’re making up for lost time,” the Doctor added, a little ruefully. He snapped himself straight back out of it, though, now taking on a professorial tone. “This place is utterly unique in the entire universe. I’ll have you know that Star Whales come here to raise their young.”

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“Paradise in Shadows”

“Paradise in Shadows” (4LD02)
by Tom Wong & Nigel Findley

Game Master: Brian   Players: Adam, Erin
Game Date: 24 August 2019

Characters: The Doctor, Riddell
Adversaries: Army for the Liberation of Hawai’i, et al.
Time: 17 May 2355 CE
Space: Kingdom of Hawai’i, Earth

 

 

Synopsis: Touring the high-tech tropics of twenty-fourth century Hawai’i, the Doctor and Riddell think they’ve found paradise. After accepting a dinner invitation from an enigmatic stranger, however, the travellers are ushered into a cruel and treacherous underworld. Beneath the neon glare of its high-class hotels and tourist havens, the Kingdom of Hawai’i is a battlefront where corrupt mega-corporations and savage gangs compete for technological supremacy. At the centre of this war of industrial sabotage and corporate espionage is a powerful device that could mean life or death for those brave enough to venture into cyberspace, an advancement certain to shift the balance of power. The Doctor and Riddell find themselves taking fire from all sides as they search for this mysterious prototype and struggle to decipher the true motives of those factions vying to control it. Their efforts take them from the unforgiving streets of Honolulu to the dazzling but dangerous virtual world of cyberspace, each access code and digital trace leading them ever closer to a fateful confrontation with the victor who has claimed their prize—a hidden army intent on dictating the future of the Hawai’ian Islands!

Teaser: “Paradise in Shadows”

THE TARDIS wheezed and groaned reassuringly before landing with a resonant thud. The Doctor, cradling the console, beamed at his travelling companion.

“Now, wasn’t that something!” he proclaimed. “I’ve missed doing that.”

Riddell was unmoved. “And you’re quite sure we’re where you think we are?”

The Doctor looked hurt. “But of course! I know I’m a little out of practice navigating the old girl for myself, what with how long we were subjected to the randomiser, but”—he jabbed firmly at his forehead—“you don’t forget hundreds of years’ of navigational experience just like that.”

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“Divine Comedy”

“Divine Comedy” (4LD01)
by Graham Duff

Game Master: Brian   Players: Adam, Erin
Game Date: 30 April 2019

Characters: The Doctor, Riddell
Adversaries: The Divinity
Time: 2-3 July 6008 CE
Space: Polythea, Constellation of Cancree

 

 

Synopsis: On a faraway planet, the Doctor and Riddell find themselves cast as pilgrims in the strangest of holy lands. The thriving megalopolis known as the Multihaven is built of churches and cathedrals, monuments and monasteries, sanctuaries and shrines. In this city of spiritual tourism, diversity is celebrated and faith is all. Representatives from a chaotic assembly of religions—from the Shrine of Serendipity to the Microbaptists to the Church of the Divine Gas—open their arms and their houses of worship to the travellers. The Doctor is impressed that this community has seemingly achieved the impossible, finding peace and harmony in balancing religious debate with tolerance. That delicate balance is threatened, however, by the sudden, overwhelming popularity of the Cabinet of Lucidity.

Convert by convert, church by church, all faiths are falling to the zealots who worship the God of Dreams. To find this mysterious idol, the Doctor and Riddell must join the church’s disciples in sleep and surrender to their dreams. Deep in the surreal landscape of the unconscious, amid visions born of their greatest hopes and fears, they face the inescapable influence that has conquered the hearts and minds of the Multihaven. The Lucidians have embraced the truth of the universe, and they know there is but one true god: the Divinity. In a world ruled by piety and religious devotion, they may be unstoppable.

Teaser: “Divine Comedy”

RIDDELL BLINKED repeatedly, in part as his eyes adjusted to the brightness of their surroundings, but also as he struggled to take in the vista that lay before him and the Doctor. It could hardly have contrasted more with the literal Hell the duo had just left.

They were stood on a dusty road that cut through a green and verdant land. To either side were lush, rolling hills, thick with a grass that rippled like the ocean in the breeze. The sky above was a beautiful, gleaming shade of yellow and studded with fluffy clouds. The road snaked away in front of them towards a walled city marked on the horizon by gleaming spires amidst its buildings.

“What is this—some sort of heaven?” Riddell spluttered.

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