While the party is gathered over the body of Petty Officer Jenkins, a brown-out kils the lights ship-wide. Captain Millet informs the sleepers that the primary power plant was only provisioned to provide a trickle of power to the ship, and that’s not enough to keep turning things on.
The party splits for a number of purposes. The marine unit heads to the primary plant room with Captain Millet, Becker and Mitch head to the senior officers’ deck, and Stella heads to pilot country, where she finds her locker (and decently-preserved box of cigars) but no logs or evidence helping with anyone’s memory. She proceeds to the Echo squadron launch deck and finds solace in her fighter.
When Millet enters the plant room, she looks up at the K-F drive and has a vivid flashback:
When she recovers she sets about brining the plant up to full power, but notes to the rest of the team that the K-F drive filament was burned out in the misjump.
Meanwhile, Becker and Mitch find that they’re locked out of most of the senior officers’ quarters except for Tokugawa’s – whose quarters seem like they’d been ransacked. On the wall, painted in red calligraphy ink is the phrase “All of the warriors, none of the poets”.
The increased power returns the lights and other systems to normal. Before returning to the CIC, the party begins the 36-hour revival process on Major Cottle’s pod. Upon returning to the CIC, Captain Millet informs the team that the RCS thrusters have all been test-fired (one exploded in the process), but without the main computer on-line, the ship can only be maneuvered manually from a tiny control room at the front of the ship meant for use while in dry dock. Stella and Mitch go forward to the control room and maneuver the Agamemnon so that it is no longer in eminent danger of drifting into the asteroid field.
Millet and some other members of the party head down to the computer core to try to gain access to the ship by bypassing the vessel’s security countermeasures at the hardware level. When they arrive in the core, they find, much to their surprise, that the hardware hack that Millet was intending to perform had already been done – it appeared to be a masterwork of electrical engineering, and was sealed with security tape, seemingly initialled by Millet herself. Not looking a gift horse in the mouth, she resets the user accounts of the team so they can gain control of the ship’s main computer. The hack has the unfortunate side effect of leaving the ship’s core functionality extremely vulnerable to intrusion.
The party spends several hours reviewing officers’ logs to reconstruct what had happened. They learn that the ship was sabotaged, burning out the K-F drive filament, making it impossible to jump the last 14 light years to Persephone. There was some small bit of dissent on the ship, and several suicides, but Admiral Tokugawa, Colonel Becker, and Colonel Vail of the 101st Armored Regiment kept control. Major Cottle devised a way to cryogenically freeze the entire crew, which required collecting large volumes of industrial chemicals and medical supplies as well as the incredible undertaking of fabricating the pods themselves from spare parts. The crew pointed the ship to intercept Persephone’s gravity well, burned the last of their fuel, and entered cryogenic sleep roughly three months after the misjump.
The party separates to their individual berths and sleep.
The next morning, Stella and Mitch head to the dropship bay to examine the Thermopylae, the Overlord-class dropship docked there. In the muster room outside of the bay they find memorials for the crews of the Marathon and the Cynae – the two dropships and associated battalions who were lost in the jump.
Back in the ship’s kitchens, there is some discussion over the provisions (or lack thereof), and Colonel Becker lays down some ground rules, as well as discovering that while they did not necessarily overestimate the remaining provisions, there is a complete lack of proper nutritional balance, so in reality the stores will not last nearly as long. During the kerfuffle, Sergeant Stimson attempts to gain access to the sick bay computers, but fails, and Captain Ives performs research into the Persephone system and calculates plots to the different planets of the system.
The session ends with an uncomfortable fast-breaking in the Agamemnon’s kitchens.