* Yirinn Diplomat/Officer
* Western Isles Vrun Astrogator/Warlock
* Yaesh Athletics & Recreation Instructor/Doctor
* Vrun Fighter Pilot/Survival Instructor
* Khem Psilock (Psi Witch)/Scout Services
The mission is border patrol of a hostile species sphere, complicated by a second species they share the space with, and orders to attempt diplomatic relations. The draw is advanced technology of the primary species, who happen to be aquatic.
First scene is the Fighter Pilot operating a combat shuttle with advanced electronic package. The Scout accompanied, as did an NPC Communications, Data, and Sensors officer, and a tail-gunner Ship's Weapons. Quick pass over a gas giant's moon captures data of a subsurface hangar and a sensor station. Also noted a floating island in the upper layers of the gas giant's atmosphere, but they didn't investigate because fighters scrambled from the moon. Cool flying resulted in safe return, no shots fired in anger, and a nice hangar bay landing with five percent more than needed.
Diplomatic mission resulted from the Astrogator/Warlock having contacted the guardian of the gas giant who showed interest in them. The ammonia atmosphere cleared over the skyland and the party shuttled over and were welcomed despite the fighter pilots' displeasure. The 'Arkay' are the Rer Koop, who have very sensitive olfactory organs like coral clusters protruding from their skulls; some exhibit glider membranes. The voice of 'Snowcloud', the gas giant guardian entity, gifted the pilot with a creature like a cross between a scorpion and a dragonfly in amber for her fancy flying.
Not much else before the store closed.
This is not your daddy's Encounter Critical.