Heroes are hired to bodyguard the reporter, Charletta Komitz, while she conducts a personal, and possibly probing, interview with Dr. Jack Legrange and the unusual circumstances around his award.
The crew of the Banana Republic tries to make a semi-honest living, but those pesky bad guys keep getting in our way....
It has been six months since the fall of the CONFEDERATION. Wounds have begun to heal, and the flame of war slowly grows cold.
During that time, changes unfold across the Tapani sector and the greater galaxy as a whole. The Empress Katianna abdicates in favor of her brother, Gregor, who has recovered from being poisoned. Regent Aral Vorkosigan retires from his position as regent, and is replaced by Lord Admiral Angelo d'Arcy. In the greater galaxy, Sister-Captain Jenna Martovich becomes Empress Jenna I of the Galactic Empire. She settles on Coruscant with her consort, Yeager Lexics and his daughter Ehlonna. Positive changes begin to emerge in the Empire.
Meanwhile, on Fondor, life returns to normal. A band of four mercenaries returned to a summons over a recently released blockade runner from police impound. To their surprise, they find they are quickly awarded a search and rescue contract by Seven Suns Shipping to recover the cargo from a ruined freighter, the Bedazzled Apple, in the Lynx System before a rival company does …
Reconstruction and rebuilding are the order of the day across the Tapani Sector, even in the galaxy as a whole. Young Emperor Gregor turns his focus on healing the wounds of the Tapani Imperium. The Tapani Alliance Senate, following the direction of Senator Padmé Skywalker, turn their attention towards conflicts in the greater galaxy.
In the Galactic Empire, Empress Jenna begins the long process of reformation. Change never comes easy, and not all noble houses embrace the change. Some are willing, some resist and some require a stern lecture from the Empress’ consort, Yeager Lexics.
In Tallaan System, the crew of the Banana Republic bring the lost freighter, the Bedazzled Apple, into high orbit. There they leave it in the hands of the Seven Suns Shipping tug crews. At Mantis Station on Tallaan, Bi-Tai Iltrek is waiting. The Herglic greets the crew with credits, a warm welcome, and a job once they’ve had time to rest from their trip. Just a nice, quiet salvage operation in the Letev System.
Brush fires stir in the former boundaries of the CONFEDERATION as ALLIANCE troops begin the long work towards reunification. In a far-thinking, but unpopular, stance the young Emperor Gregor announces an offer of amnesty to CONFEDERATION troops in the Council of Counts. His reason? War has separated families long enough, now is a time of healing, not placing blame.
Elsewhere in the galaxy, whispers of a mystery are heard. On CORUSCANT, the headquarters of the CRIMSON KNIGHTS stands open and empty. Rumors say there was signs of a conflict. But no weapons remain, nor is there any sign of victims, or attackers.
Meanwhile in the coreward section of the Tapani Freeworlds, life continues. The crew of the Banana Republic enjoy an uneventful cargo run to Tamber System to deliver water purification plant parts. Then after picking up more cargo and a Mentat passenger, begin the quiet trip back to Tallaan System. All the while a covert Deep Space Probe Droid transmits a recognition code and image of the Banana Republic to its owners …
Every spacefaring crew needs a nice Wookiee lady to elevate the tone of the place.
Remember that time the Infamy crew misdirected the Spartan Imperium by pretending to be space hussies?
Or the time the Infamy crew found a group of sentient hive-mind parasites who were fleeing for their lives, after having been created on Tor Ceti?
Or what about that time Rushlight stuck to a "approach from opposite ends, blow pirates to smithereens, do not talk to pirate" plan by means of docking on said pirate ship and inviting himself in to meet the captain?
Hey, wait, there's that one time the Infamy crew met the whackadoodle Pirate Queen who kept replicating new bodies for herself on the 3d printer!
Or there's always that time Dizzy admitted to the entire Infamy crew that she's not exactly a casual freelance thug of no noteworthy antecedents....
Morticia was murdered.
Dizzy took on anti-vehicular missiles and stayed on her feet.
Or was taken prisoner in the process?
And replaced by someone with blue hair?
Rushlight had a family reunion with his brother.
Mordecai does not seem to know what to do with this claim of fraternity.
Greelo met a nice young accountant.
Apprenticed to an infamous assassin.
Who happens to be a dead ringer for the Consort of the Galactic Empire.
Iwa got her hands on Silar Mins.
Both of "him"?
Except apparently she needs the IMPERSONATOR of Silar Mins, instead?