Superheroes are real. Someone wants to kill them all.

Liberty, America's first and most famous superhero, has been murdered. As most of the nation mourns, a few wonder if there's more to the story than people are being told. Heroes and villains come together to learn the truth behind the crime, and uncover a conspiracy much larger -- and more deadly -- than they expected.

What is Project Recall?

Start from the beginning

A Rake by Starlight

Politics is dirty. Piracy is just a little smudged.

Grif Vindh, Captain of the Fool's Errand, has a problem: he just stumbled across the single most dangerous thing in his part of the galaxy. It isn't a thing he would have looked for, if he'd known about it, but since he has it he figures he might as well try to sell it.

The problem is, it's not the kind of thing you can sell without taking a side... and taking sides makes you a walking target for all the other sides you didn't take.

Start from the beginning.

Pay Me, Bug!

Never bet against your Captain.

Grif Vindh, Captain of the Fool's Errand, just pulled off the job of a lifetime... but with great success comes unwanted attention. The government he stole from wants to find out how, and they've sent one of their best to track him down. A second government wants him to do it again, and they're willing to blackmail him to do it.

Start from the beginning.

Pay Me, Bug! - Chapter 22

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WHEREIN Our Hero Struggles with Probing Questions

Grif, Amys and Bennet crowded around the terminal display, studying a schematic of the hospital.

"Looks like we're here," Amys said, pointing to an area on the map, then at a door at the end of the room. "And it also looks like that door will take us out into the hangar. Grif, if I got you into one of the hospital's grav sleds could you fly it with one arm?"

"Yes." Grif didn't hesitate.

Bennet looked at Grif doubtfully. "We'd still need to get past the Station Authority guards. If I were giving the orders I'd have every exit under heavy guard."

"Yeah," Grif agreed. "It'd be nice to be able to convince them to go somewhere else..."

Pay Me, Bug! - Chapter 21

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WHEREIN a Conspiracy is Uncovered, and Needs Reupholstering

Baron Minerva Tyrelos was very young for a Trade Baron. Because common medicine was able to extend the lifespan of humans by decades--and uncommon medicines were able to extend it far longer than that--that youth frequently worked against her. When her father died, and she assumed the title of Baron in his place, it was accepted by the corporations and holdings of Tyrelos Industries on a procedural level... but she quickly learned that many of her father's closest allies within the barony had difficulty thinking of her as anything other than a child. It didn't help that many of those allies remembered when she had actually been a child, or that she was considered beautiful... and therefore, for some reason no one could explain to her satisfaction, weak and malleable. In less than a month, the new Baron Tyrelos realized that her board of directors intended her to be a figurehead only and were maneuvering to effectively dismantle the organization her father had built.

The board was very surprised to discover that she had other ideas. It took years, but in the end opposition gave way to grudging respect, and eventually most of her enemies became her most outspoken admirers. She was a very hands-on baron, had learned the ins and outs of the businesses she controlled and kept abreast of the latest developments in the corporations and research and development firms working within the barony. She knew what her barony was doing, and she knew where it was going. She kept on cautiously polite terms with the larger crime families that operated in her space, and maintained polite but distant relations with the Radiant Throne and the Alliance of Free Worlds.

At any given time she usually knew more about what was happening in her space--especially in her city--than anyone else.

This, however, was not one of those times.

Pay Me, Bug! - Chapter 20

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WHEREIN A Message is Received and a Decision is Made

Cyrus sat at the Sensor station on the bridge of the Fool's Errand, sighed, and took another drink from the bottle of Stellis he'd placed on Morgan's console. He wondered when Grif would get out of the hospital; he wondered when they would leave. He worried, vaguely, about what they would do when they finally did, and how they would get out of Varkav alive for the second time. He occupied himself with "busy work" in an attempt to distract himself. At present he was going over the official ship's inventory, making sure the declared items looked like a reasonable load of cargo for a merchant's first run in an unknown port.

Pay Me, Bug! - Chapter 19

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WHEREIN A Message is Constructed and Sent On Its Way

They took a moment to rest, and recover from the effects of the gas. As they lay on the ground, coughing up phlegm and breathing in the clean air, Grif closed his eyes and forced himself to think.

"Well." Grif drew in a ragged breath after a final spasm of coughing. "With any luck they think we're still in the hospital, incapacitated and helpless. We're lucky they didn't use a proper nerve gas."

Pay Me, Bug! - Chapter 18

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WHEREIN Our Hero Attempts a Graceful Exit

The ward was sealed, as Amys had said, and every other room in the ward was empty. While convenient, it wasn't something Grif found particularly reassuring: empty rooms were rooms that didn't make money, and Grif was fairly certain MediCorp could fill the rooms with little difficulty. If a ward was empty of everyone but one patient, it was done so deliberately. The important question was "why?" The first answer that sprang to mind wasn't one Grif liked very much.

They slipped into a room near the sealed door. Grif could see the nurse's station through the door's window, and a bit of the bustling hallway beyond. He sighed.

"We really need to get out of here."

Amys' mouth curled into a crooked half-smile. "Brilliant. That's why you're the captain."