Eve of Tschai 8 – Framed in Azez

Prior Events: [1] The two scouts Eve Reith and Titania Waunder are sent in a small ship to investigate the surface of an unknown planet. Their mother ship is destroyed by a mysterious missile. When the scouts crash-land on the island of Vord, Eve breaks a leg. In the following weeks, she is cured by a Pnumekin (a human servant of the Pnume aliens), R2714, who also teaches her the basics of the language of planet Tschai. The underground Pnume settlement is attacked by the Dirdir, a different alien race. Eve escapes and reaches the surface, but she is wounded. [2] She meets a man, Uarzuan, who cures her wound and leads her to an abandoned Pnume tunnel. [3] A Dirdir follows them into the tunnel and kills Uarzuan. [4] Eve kills the Dirdir, but she is taken prisoner by a fellow of Uarzuan, Zutiz; they sail Northward on an artificial canal. [5] Zutiz stops the boat near a shrine, where a priestess of the blue moon Braz declares Eve free and bids Zutiz to take Eve to the temple of Az (the pink moon) in Osomena, on the Northern shore of Vord. [6] They reach Osomena, but Eve fails the trial of Az and is ordered to leave before the next day. In a tavern, she meets a girl, Caj, who tells her that the scouting starship was embarked on a ship directed to Dima, in Southern Charchan, also stopping in Bamarsa in Eastern Kachan. [7] Caj has her own ship, the Qumberina. She offers to sail with Eve and Zutiz to Bamarsa, in order to collect some Viz, a material that can be sold well in Charchan. From Bamarsa they will sail to Dima.
[This episode includes several short sessions]
8A – Eve’s goal: to continue the journey to Bamarsa.

[Reaching Bamarsa on the Qumberina will take about one month. I will roll a random encounter each week.
Using the tables from Adventures on Tschai (The Space Gamer, 1981), I found the Qumberina is approached by an air-raft occupied by humans]

An armed air-raft manned by six Wannekmen approaches the Qumberina. The men come on board and ask 50 sequins as a toll to pass through the strait.
[Game Master Apprentice cards: detect treacherous underling]

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The Wannek city of Azez on the Vord Strait

The men inspect the ship and one of the manages to sneak in the captain’s cabin a package full of rakran, a Dirdir synthetic drug. Do the crew notice this dirty trick? NO AND nobody suspects there is anything wrong.
The Wannekman simulates finding the drug package. Does Eve understand that they are being framed? NO AND she thinks it’s Caj’s fault.
Can the crew convince the Wannekmen that they are innocent? NO AND they are taken to the nearby Wannek city of Azez to be questioned.

[a triple NO AND… the journey has a major detour]

8B – Eve’s goal: to leave Azez and continue the journey Northward.
The crew is led inside one of the prismatic buildings of the Wannek. Eve and Caj are separated from Zutiz and Kodr to be questioned.
Can Caj convince Eve that they have been framed? YES BUT now Caj is resented with Eve for her lack of trust. Their relationship is not as good anymore.
The interrogatory involves a Wannekman that translates the human language to the Wannek chimes by means of a machine. Is the translator faithful? YES
Eve tells all her story: she is from Earh, running away from Pnume and Dirdir. She wants to reach Dima to investigate the whereabouts of her space-boat.
They are taken to another room, where a pyramidal machine induces a trance-state in Eve and Caj. Do they pass the test? YES AND the guy who tried to frame them is identified and immediately imprisoned.

8C – Eve’s goal: to find Zutiz and Kodr and leave Azez
Do Zutiz and Kodr react well to the questioning? NO BUT a Wannek is present and does his best to keep the situation under control.

Who is causing the trouble? Zutiz or Kodr? Zutiz.
Does the Wannek manage to calm down the two men? NO – Zutiz is uncontrollable
Is anybody unharmed? NO AND there’s a violent fight: both Zutiz and the Wannek are wounded.

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Inside the Wannek prismatic building

8D – Eve’s goal: free Zutiz and leave
Will the wounded Wannek recover easily? YES AND actually is was just stunned.
Is also Zutiz’s wound light? NO: he is seriously wounded.
Is Zutiz in the condition to leave with the others and will he be allowed to do so? YES

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