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Venad – Adar/Hinterworlds 0402 A221621-B Ni Po Na 324 Im M0V M6D

Is this thing working? OK, it looks like it.

Guess I need to edit that out when I’m done. Someone remind me to do that.

Anyway, this is Derek Kodai, captain and owner of the Far Trader Phan…. the Far Trader Grayswandir. And this is my first log entry.

Well, it’s the Grayswandir now. It used to be the Phantasmal Hope, but that was Captain Martin’s ship. She decided that 40 years was enough time to spend jumping around the Imperium and that she needed to retire while she had enough time to enjoy all the money she had made during those years.

Hah. Just kidding. All the money she had made was in this ship. Or, at least it was until I bought it from her. Well, I guess technically the bank bought it from her and I bought the loan from the bank. So it’s mine now, as long as I keep the payments up.

Which… I should be able to do, right? Captain Martin was able to. And I’ve been on the ship longer than anyone except her. So I should know how to do that too, right?

Oh yeah. Anna. Not Captain Martin. Anna. She told me to call her that now. No one called her Anna except Jacobs. And he left with her.

By the way, does anyone know an Engineer? I kinda need to find one.

But yeah. Capt… Anna decided that she was tired of Travelling the Jumplanes. Especially with the latest news from Core. So she wanted to sell the ship.

Me? I’ve been aboard for over 20 years. This ship is basically the only home I’ve ever had. I’ve lived here longer than any other place I’ve ever lived. I know it better than anywhere else in the Imperium. Or outside of it for that matter.

I could have waited to see who bought it and then offered to work for them. I’ve only been 1st officer here for a couple of years, just since I passed my Pilot exam, but I know the ship. Better than anyone.

Well, except for Jacob. And Captain Anna. But they left. Retired.

But I thought “Hey, I can do this!” So I talked to the bank. Then I talked to the Captain. And now I own a Starship.

OK, I own the loan to a Starship. But still…

I renamed it the Grayswandir. That’s the name of a sword from a book I used to read a lot. Yeah, I know, naming a Free Trader after a sword. Laughable, right? “Watch out, we have a laser *and* a SANDCASTER!” Still I’ve always liked the name and I didn’t want it to be Captain Anna’s ship any more, so I renamed it.

I think she was a bit unhappy when I told her, but she smiled and said she liked the name. She signed the papers and left without looking back. I guess… I guess it’s hard to give up something you’ve given so much of your life to.

Kinda the same reason I bought it, I guess.

But… the Grayswandir is mine now. I’ve spent most of the day moving my stuff from my old quarters to the Captain’s cabin. It isn’t that much bigger than my old space but unless you’ve spent a lot of time on ships you don’t know how much those extra few cubic meters are worth.

And I’ve gone ahead and put the ‘Swan into drydock for maintenance. May as well make sure we’re in good shape before setting out again. It would be really embarrassing to have a failure on my first Jump. In the meantime, the rest of the crew is taking their shore leave.

Tomorrow I need to start figuring out what I’m going to do. Do’rex, Saahna and Varan have said that they would stay on but I haven’t really talked to them about the details yet. Do’rex will probably be happy as our Pilot and Saahna seems to be content to be Gunner/Security. Unless she decides we’re too quiet for an ex-Mercenary.

I don’t know about Varan. He’s been a good Steward but I know it isn’t what he really wants to be doing. Though what he *does* want to do escapes me. Without me backing him up I’m not sure what he’s going to do.

I’m supposed to meet them in Startown tomorrow; some place called the Galloping Garan.

Anyway, I’m moved. So I need to pack up my stuff for the week and get out of the ship myself. Before they turn off the life support or something. I’ll take the remote so I can keep doing these logs.

Derek Kodai, Captain of the Grayswandir, out.

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