Happy to produce page 15! Took a short break to make sure the Star Traders 2 alpha got off the ground with a big bang, but I'm back on sketching pages today.
First, to catch up on the last two polls --
On page 14 , the voting Patreon crew elected (A) Hand-off as Planned. On page 15, Captain Ava is voicing the prevailing argument of the voting block who elected to stay and rid the crew of the data cube -- that if they cut and run, then the bounty hunters will just keep coming. It's better to take the risk now and get the cube delivered, if its possible.
On the latest officer poll , we ended up with 4 awesome choices for 2 male and 2 female officers. The voting was neck and neck--3 votes for everyone! In the end, I decided to just take all 4 Patreon-created characters onboard! This means we won't need another officer poll in the future, and now have a full complement of 6 Officers and 1 Captain. Running a smaller smuggling ship, the Vigilant, there isn't room for crew dogs on this boat and everyone lends a hand.
Second, what's next?
Ava's wounds have been septed and bound. Ace has discovered that someone is jamming the comm channels. It's got to be a short range jammer, something nearby. Another wrinkle in a fast approaching hand-off. Time to vote!
From the cockpit, Ace will be able to quickly triangulate the source of the jammer. Depend on its source, he may be able to route more power into the ship's comm broadcaster to cut through the jamming noise.
(A) From the Convoy - one of the crawlers in the incoming convoy has some serious electronics equipment mounted inside it, including a longer range jammer. That's either for the privacy of the meeting or it means there is going to be more trouble.
(B) Bounty Hunter - the unnamed bounty hunter deployed a jamming device somewhere outside the ship to cover his entrance. Once located, it can be deactivated.
(C) Sandstorm - ok, nobody mentioned this before but Lioka Cross is a dust ball desert world. Of course, it is prone to sandstorms. That's not a jammer, but powerful interference effect of a sandstorm that is rolling across the open desert.
(D) Other ideas?