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The Starcaster Chronicles 09.12

October 20, 2021 by Tim

Starcaster Patrons got to vote on on this page.

How should Speck handle the Scrap Merchant attempting to blackmail him?

  • Ensure their silence for good; attack the scrappers
  • Use the threat of violence to get them to back down
  • Negotiate a price for their silence

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L.H. Franzibald
L.H. Franzibald
2 years ago

He should cut their nuts off!

Scott Aubut
Scott Aubut
2 years ago

melt* their nuts off

GUNnibal
GUNnibal
2 years ago

As Cort once put it, “The deal wasn’t for me.”

Bwauder
Bwauder
2 years ago

Given that the backup muscle seems to be short term hire, or they’d already know about a mimion partner, only 1 of the 3 needs to be forcibly silenced to keep things quiet.

foducool
foducool
2 years ago

“shit, here we go again”

HappyWyvern
HappyWyvern
2 years ago

Kill them all.
Speck has shown he is more than happy to use his ‘unique’ ability when need arises.
He is also pragmatic enough to know that just scaring, will likely just have them running off and blabbing, dead men tell no tales.

no thanks nintendo
no thanks nintendo
2 years ago
Reply to  HappyWyvern

Dead men tell no tales, but their bodies do.

SpeCter
SpeCter
2 years ago

Not when they are completely dissolved 😀

Michael
Michael
2 years ago
Reply to  SpeCter

Getting to that point is plenty noisy though, he’d have to scram pronto.

raven0ak
raven0ak
2 years ago
Reply to  Michael

start with head: no noise

Mark
Mark
2 years ago
Reply to  HappyWyvern

Has he? I thought that at one point he made it quite clear that he HATES having to do that, but understands the necessity of it from time to time and accepts that….

HappyWyvern
HappyWyvern
2 years ago
Reply to  Mark

Pass, im just thinking of the smile on his face when he was threatening the air control guy on the space station, the melting the chair threat right at the start, declaring “im gonna hug her” when she found out the truth…

But seriously im more than happy to be proved wrong if you have a link.

I stand by the pragmatic part tho 🙂

Martin Dahlgaard
Martin Dahlgaard
2 years ago
  • Use the threat of violence to get them to back down

That one guy is already scared 😀

Halosty
Halosty
2 years ago

Yeah, seems the most effective. When someone literally says “actually I’m kinda not with this guy now” it’s just the most effective way to not have any collateral damage on the ship.
No doubt Speck can dissolve them, but there are more risks involved there imo. Like those loaders nearby seeing it.

Vinc
Vinc
2 years ago

Ensure their silence for good; attack the scrappers
<- aka to hell with them..

Whatever
Whatever
2 years ago

Ensure their silence for good; attack the scrappers”
Go get em little buddy.

lechuckGL
lechuckGL
2 years ago
Reply to  Whatever

Was this a Sam & Max reference? Because that’s what it seems to me.
You crack me up little buddy !

maarvarq
maarvarq
2 years ago

Ensure their silence for good

Jacob
Jacob
2 years ago
Reply to  maarvarq

Today’s enemy is an unknowing future ally.

SBlack
SBlack
2 years ago

Negotiate with acid

Athasil
Athasil
2 years ago

In the words of the Venerable Sontaran General Strax ‘Melt them with Acid!’

Khan Kaizhu
Khan Kaizhu
2 years ago

Most definitely — Ensure their silence
With villainous scum, one cannot rely upon “threat” to last longer than being in their presence; the only sure way to guarantee their “cooperation” is if they’re no longer in a position to be a problem.

Annatar
Annatar
2 years ago

Well…it seems your terms…are not acceptable!

Rame
Rame
2 years ago

On the one hand killing them reduces his time to complete repairs leaving the ship vulnerable due to a hasty retreat and potentially alerts their location. On the other hand, threats mean the scrappers could return later in force or sell his location also alerting fleet forces

Nekopanzer
Nekopanzer
2 years ago

I remember there being 3 choices in the vote, with the third being “Pay them off”.

My comment at the time was (paraphrased): “Threaten them and they’ll tip off the Syndicate. Death by Mimion will alert the Feds. Paying them off might be the better option.”

Last edited 2 years ago by Jonathon
HonoredMule
HonoredMule
2 years ago
Reply to  Nekopanzer

It’s a great option…assuming you actually have money and aren’t already in desperate need of more.

Nekopanzer
Nekopanzer
2 years ago
Reply to  Nekopanzer

…And now the third option has been added.

Leon
Leon
2 years ago

Keep in mind that public assault is a criminal offense……..

Ivotron
Ivotron
2 years ago

ensure their silence for good . MELT THEIR FACES

Robert
Robert
2 years ago

Maybe a gun turrent would have been a good addition to his floating platform after all. Or maybe that tool he was using can be adjusted for a longer range application?

Esc
Esc
2 years ago

I’m betting threatening them got the vote. It’s the cowards choice after all, nondestructive.

W. J. Nash
W. J. Nash
2 years ago

Threat. Give them the chance to back down before putting them down

L.H. Franzibald
L.H. Franzibald
2 years ago

Just throw them out of the airlock while in space.

Eldest Gruff
Eldest Gruff
2 years ago

Once again, Full House has all the answers to life’s mysteries and challenges.

Whatever issue arises, it can usually be solved by sitting down, talking through your problems, and ending with a hug.

D00dM4n
D00dM4n
2 years ago
Reply to  Eldest Gruff

Especially a hug from a Mimion…

Swordust
Swordust
2 years ago

Threaten them. Killing them now could spell trouble later.

Helldemon
Helldemon
2 years ago
Reply to  Swordust

I mean they could also just go snitch to the syndicate or someone else after being threatened because they didn’t get anything.

Corey
Corey
2 years ago

Speck is in the middle of a ship repair. An arc welder should do wonders for the scrap merchant’s disposition.

Outback Jon
Outback Jon
2 years ago

Ensure their silence for good; attack the scrappers

Did I miss a Patreon vote?

Duane
Duane
2 years ago

Time to pull the Jack Reacher

John Swift
John Swift
2 years ago

I do like that one of the thugs is smart enough to realize this isnt a great idea.

7eggert
7eggert
2 years ago

Lure them on board, then take off

Rand Doerning
Rand Doerning
2 years ago

I love me some Speck, so whatever keeps him alive. I do believe he would go with action rather than threat, however.

Yazi
Yazi
2 years ago

Think we should silence for good. Once Speck is leaves, they can safety report and reap the benefits from the federation. These hounds are always looking for their next meal so don’t expect the promise to stay silence to, well, stay.

Pyre
Pyre
2 years ago

I’m also going with Ensure their silence for good; attack the scrappers.

Anything else just ends in them blabbing to the federation

Helldemon
Helldemon
2 years ago
Reply to  Pyre

I feel negotiating would probably be the safest option tbh. Attacking and killing them means he would possibly have to escape before the ship is repaired. Why would he blab if he got whatever price he wanted?

Last edited 2 years ago by Helldemon