It is a 5 hour journey to Hendrickson’s settlement. Hendrickson is a fearless and reckless driver and the entire journey is spent traveling at breackneck speeds. Arriving at the settlement, Rivercross, they group finds out it is on top of a large half kilometer in diameter platform standing on 3 80 meter legs strandling a river. To the city’s north-east is the huge ruin of a giant acropolis, to its south-west is the open plain full of debris fields, piles of slag and ruined structures that the group just arrived from. One leg of the city is located on the side of the river with the ruins, the second is in the middle of the river and third is located on the open plain. The ORLEE approaches the leg and the group sees that there is a narrow roadway, wide enough for food traffic and small vehicles, spiraling up towards the plateau. As the ORLEE gets within 5 meters of the leg, two huge doors wide enough for the ORLEE to pass through open into the interior of the leg onto a platform. Hendrickson identifies himself and the platform ascends upward. A second set of doors open and the ORLEE drives out of the vehicle elevator and into Rivercross.
Hendrickson drives to his home and the group exits the vehicle, Aevony is awakened from her nap. Hendrickson’s home is in the outer ring of the settlement. It is a large dome 2 story dome with an overhang converted into a garage where the ORLEE is parked that leads into the living area on the ground floor. Hendrickson uses the video phone in the house to call the Mayor Juilian and let him know that someone has arrived who can look at the reactor troubles the town is having. Oran heads to the reactor facility in the innermost ring of the city to find out what he can do help. Dray wanders about town to get its layout. Rivercross is arranged into 4 districts in rings. The outermost rings houses the lowest skilled residents. Scavengers, like Hendrickson, prostitutes and individuals with few skills needed by the citizens live here in cobbled together shacks and whatever they can find to make homes. Most structures are a single story, a handful are two. The second ring houses people responsible for growing food, lower-skilled workers and a few Doc in a boxes living in homes that are in well constructed homes. About half the buildings in this ring have 2 to 4 floors with the rest being single story. The third ring houses the very wealthy, mostly water merchants from what Dram is able to gather from his recon and Aevony through talking with Hendrickson. The final and innermost ring houses the city officials and the reactor. Oran is stopped by the guards at the entrance of the reactor facility wearing the scavenged remains of power armor. After identifying himself he is let through. Oran meets Mayor Juilian and is directed to the reactor control room manned by 3 clone brothers. Upon arrival they offer Oran a seat at the main terminal, he declines and interfaces with the reactor computer. After interfacing and getting a schematic of the system he comes to the conclusion that the reactor is really just huge a immobile robot. The original survivors salvaged a depleted municipal fusion reactor and converted it to fission. Oran diagnoses that it has started to fail due to lack of maintenance and a dwindling fuel supply. With that he leaves for the Hendrickson home.
Back at Hendrickson’s home Malcolm is in the kitchen with Gerti watching her prepare dinner, she tries to make small talk with him but he his only contribution is a few grunts. Aevony asks Hendrickson about any illnesses in the town. After-wards she heads to the Wallington Mansion to examine Mrs. Wallington who has been suffering from bouts of vision loss. Dray is his wanderings turns a corner and finds himself in the second ring of the settlement. He is accosted by two hired thugs wearing scraps of armor, but without the markings of the official town guards. He leaves one face down on the ground and the other is forced to assist his comrade after a brief fight. Dray flees back to Hendrickson’s house. Aveony arrives at the Wallington Mansion, a large 6 story hexagonal pyramid.
The Wallington mansion has an immaculately landscaped lawn with a pathway made from floating paving stones. Aevony gains entry after initially being refused by Mr Wallington over the door greeting midge. After be admitted by Mrs. Wallington, Aevony makes a few inquiries and finds out the Wallington fortune is based on Mr. Wallington being a the main water merchant for the town. Aevony examines Mrs. Wallington in her exercise room and takes a blood sample and returns to the Hendrickson home.
With the entire group gathered at the Hendrickson home they proceed to eat and get an over view of the current situation in the settlement. The ruins are infested with no less than 9 variants of the ZPG, wandering malfunctioning automatons, both civilian and military, xeno packs, and scavenger teams from the Chromeworks in addition to the mundane and environmental hazards. Hendrickson suggests that Aevony go to the working clinic and use the auto-doc to take the medical board certification exam since the settlement has been hurting for a real doctor. After the meal Aevony heads to the clinic and Oran takes Malcolm with him to fix the reactor.
Aevony’s arrival at the clinic is uneventful and she easily passes the board exam and is registered as the clinic’s resident doctor by the auto-doc. She makes a list of the needed supplies to re-stock the depleted inventory. With this accomplished she heads back to the Hendrickson residence.
Malcolm and Oran’s arrival at the reactor facility interrupted by one the guards demanding to know who Malcolm is. After some harsh words between both parties the mayor intervenes and the rapidly deteriorating situation is defused. Malcolm and Oran enter the reactor control room and the clones take note of Malcolm. Oran repairs the reactor with an exceptional show of skill, however it is still running out of fuel. Oran reports his progress to the mayor who agrees to pay him 10% of his the agreed upon fee. Oran and Malcom depart for the Hendrickson home.
At the home Hendrickson has a the upper floor that was being used as storage for the extra salvage he had acquired moved out and prepared for the groups use. After everyone has gathered upstairs, the clone triplets arrive with a large case containing the mayors payment. The area is divided by everyone and purchases are made for mundane items.
So ends the first day on Septimus.