(I am basically ignoring BH/KJA ‘canon’ for this setting where it doesn’t fit in with my own vision)
Know then that it is the year 10170AG and Nikolai Thana is the current head of his nascent House on Caladan, having assumed the reins after the death of his father, Giorgos. House Thana is independant with no affiliations. Thana specialises in the production of factory craft, such as used in hi-tech farming of pundi rice on Caladan.
Nikolai has two siblings; Hera and Viktor. Hera (PC) has recently returned after some 12 years spent with the Sisterhood on Wallach IX. Viktor is the youngest of the three and is responsible for leading the production capabilties of the House.
Eduard (PC) is the heir-apparant, eager to serve and bring glory to his House, lifting it from its humble beginnings on to greater things.
Assisting the House in the role of Spymaster is Hermes Sideris (PC), who has only recently joined with Thana.
The campaign kicked off with Nikolai summoning his son, Eduard, along with Hera (whose somewhat nebulous role within the family has relegated her to act as an advisor) and the House Spymaster. Nikolai wishes that Eduard, assisted by Hera and Hermes, travel by Heighliner to IX to negotiate with representatives of House Vernius to obtain a planetary exclusive contract for the supply of new suspensor field technology that will soon be available. This new technology would allow Thana’s factory craft to operate beyond current paramaters and give them a significant economic advantage in the sale and distribution of its craft.
Unbeknownst to the characters, a rival House Minor, Sarun, are also intending to travel to Ix for the same purpose. The two Houses are competitors of long standing (and there is a secret history the characters do not know of as yet). The scenario intended that the characters would spend a few days on the heighliner interacting with other passengers etc, wildy oblivious to House Sarun until they discover their rooms ransacked a day before arriving at Ix… but noooo… one of the players wants to observe who else is taking the Guild shuttle to the heighliner and makes the roll, spotting Pavel Sarun and entourage trying to keep a low profile at the back…
Eduard then instructs Hermes to covertly follow the Sarun delegation to their rooms and report back, which he successfully does.
Eduard and Hera then hatch a plan to invite Pavel Sarun and co to an informal dinner and drinks to try and wheedle information out of them as to the purpose of their travel etc. At that time Hermes is to break into their rooms and try and find whatever intelligence he can about their mission. Clever!
Pavel accepts (how can he not?) and intends to also obtain what useful information he can from the characters - plus it serves as the perfect opportunity to have their spy turn over the Thana suite as originally intended…
Eduard and Hera meet with Pavel and co and notice that one of the entourage is missing. They suspect the very thing that is happening is happening, and it is, but are in no real position to do anything without causing great offence so brazen out dinner hoping that Hermes can deal with the matter appropriately.
Dinner is a tense affair, Pavel and co being somewhat cold and aloof (but also curious as to why they were invited to dinner) and some verbal barbs are traded between Eduard and Pavel. They really aren’t going to be friends, it seems.
Meanwhile, Hermes completes his mission in the Sarun suite and returns to the Thana chambers, but totally fails an observe check (and scores a complication as well) so misses that the housekeeping cart outside the door is somewhat unusual at that time, as housekeeping is in the mornings (ship time) not evenings. He enters the dark cabin and is immediate set upon, sustaining a solid hit to his solar plexus which winds him and he falls to the ground as his unseen assailant escapes through the door. He tries to follow but has lost the assailant in the crowd (no doubt aided by the Cibus hood the spy is wearing).
When Eduard and Hera arrive back at the rooms, they find Hermes a little worse for wear but basically okay, but their rooms have obviously been searched thoroughly. While they filed a complaint with a Guild functionary, there was nothing that could be done to identify the intruder. Seems they had some idea where security devices were stationed and were able to avoid detection.
The session ended with their arrival at Ix and Pavel Sarun smugly smiling at Eduard on the shuttle trip down to Ixian Majorius.
The first session went quite well for the most part, it was really a bit of a test of the system as I have never played a 2d20 system game before and some of the mechanics seemed a bit obtuse.