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Charengo is an exiled Auroran warrior who sought asylum in the Federation. He makes his living as a guide, taking VIPs on cunjo-hunting safaris on Hourglass in the Horizon System.

The player may be hired at one point to fly Charengo and his guests to Hourglass and back for a cunjo hunt. On one branch of this string, the player receives the rank of "Cunjo Hunter."

Side Mission

Escape Velocity Nova: "Cunjo Hunt" Side Mission

Normal Hunt It's Cunjo Mating Season
Go On Cunjo Hunt Go On Cunjo Hunt 2

Go On Cunjo Hunt

Offer
You are sitting quietly enjoying a cold drink, when the man beside you turns and starts up a conversation. The space {G"jock" "chick"} lifestyle is a fairly lonely one, with months between seeing old friends, and you are more than happy to chat away for a while with him. It turns out that he is an Auroran living in Federation space. When he told you, you looked at him somewhat skeptically, but once he explained that he was watched by the government very carefully, and had to log all his travel and movements, you can see that this might be possible. Charengo has been living in Fed space since his House cast him out. Your limited knowledge of the Auroran lifestyle gives you enough of an idea not to question him further; these things are always a matter of honor, and best left alone.

During the course of the night it becomes apparent that Charengo is something of an entrepreneur, and has organized for a number of Federation citizens to go to Hourglass and hunt the dreaded Cunjo. He has a number of expatriate Auroran warriors to act as guides, and enough weapons to destroy a small Federation battle group. He has run a number of successful hunts, but has run into a snag. His regular pilot was killed when a Cunjo ripped him to pieces. So now he has a party ready to leave, but no one to get them there.

Suddenly, a light comes to his eyes, and you can all but see a light bulb appear next to him. "Say," he asks, "what are you doing tomorrow? Do you feel up to ferrying us to Hourglass and dropping us off back at Earth? It won't be too dangerous, the Cunjos aren't mating at the moment."

You look at him in a mixture of disbelief. You have never seen a Cunjo, but you really don't want to.

Charengo sees your expression, smiles and leans closer, "There is big money in this. If you do it for me, I'll always be in your debt. And I'll pay you 75,000. You won't have to go on surface for very long, and you won't even have to leave your ship. Even in mating season, Cunjo can't tear through metal."

What do you say?

Briefing
You stick out your hand, and Charengo grasps it.

"I really should be getting everything organized," he smiles warmly. "I'll meet you at your ship tomorrow. I'll have my team with me, and four clients, three of which are public servants who are out for a thrill, and one who is a much more serious hunter. We'll probably stay on <RST> for a few days, depending on how the hunt goes, and then we'll return to Earth when we're finished."

Refusal
"No thanks," you say "I'm not keen on having parts of my body ripped off."

Charengo laughs, says that he doesn't blame you, and politely tells you goodnight. He has to find a pilot, and without another word heads off to another table, and begins talking to another ship captain. Silently, you wish him luck - you have a feeling that he's going to need it.

Mission Log Entry
Take Charengo, his team and his clients to Hourglass for a few days to hunt Cunjo, before returning to Earth for payment.
Offer
Charengo has just spent an hour guiding you to a well used landing site. All around there is dense forest, and the undergrowth is just starting to cover a huge number of deep craters. You set down, and the sensors are going wild. As soon as you do, Charengo and his team leap out of the hatch, brandishing their weapons with gusto. Behind them come the clients, three looking like they should be wearing brown underpants, the fourth eyeing the undergrowth intently. You cycle the hatch closed and watch. A Cunjo suddenly breaks from the undergrowth, flying through the air to attack one of Charengo's men. At least it would have, if a rocket hadn't plowed into its chest before detonating the beast into a rapidly expanding pink vapor cloud. The public servants leap to the ground, pointing their weapons in every direction at once.

Charengo lays about with a continuous laser, and in the space of a few minutes the clearing you landed in is three times the size. His men set up the mines and sentry lasers, and the camp takes shape.

You stayed on Hourglass for four days. The public servants never fired their weapons, but still had some "very manly" holoshots taken with killed Cunjos. The fourth client made some kills on his own, but they all looked on in disbelief when Charengo and the guides explained that in the Auroran Empire, warriors hunt Cunjo with hand to hand weapons. All too soon, you have packed up and are heading home.

Mission Log Entry
Take Charengo, his team and his clients to Hourglass for a few days to hunt Cunjo, before returning to Earth for payment.
Completion
"Well," Charengo smiles, "here is your pay."

He hands you a chip and you both watch the men unload the equipment. The clients are meeting their families and friends, showing them the staged holos and waving their arms around, miming the 'awesome' shots that killed the dread beasts. Only the fourth client has any claim on the events he's describing, and you and Charengo laugh quietly to yourselves.

Only a few short hours later all the equipment is unloaded and Charengo bids you goodbye. You don't think you'll ever go hunting Cunjo again, but at least you can say you have done it.

Go On Cunjo Hunt 2

Offer
You are sitting quietly enjoying a cold drink, when the man beside you turns and starts up a conversation. The space {G"jock" "chick"} lifestyle is a fairly lonely one, with months between seeing old friends, and you are more than happy to chat away for a while with him. It turns out that he is an Auroran living in Federation space. When he told you, you looked at him somewhat skeptically, but once he explained that he was watched by the government very carefully, and had to log all his travel and movements, you can see that this might be possible. Charengo has been living in Fed space since his House cast him out. Your limited knowledge of the Auroran lifestyle gives you enough of an idea not to question him further; these things are always a matter of honor, and best left alone.

During the course of the night it becomes apparent that Charengo is something of an entrepreneur, and has organized for a number of Federation citizens to go to Hourglass and hunt the dreaded Cunjo. He has a number of expatriate Auroran warriors to act as guides, and enough weapons to destroy a small Federation battle group. He has run a number of successful hunts, but has run into a snag. His regular pilot was killed when a Cunjo ripped him to pieces. So now he has a party ready to leave, but no one to get them there.

Suddenly, a light comes to his eyes, and you can all but see a light bulb appear next to him. "Say," he asks, "what are you doing tomorrow? Do you feel up to ferrying us to Hourglass and dropping us off back at Earth? It might be a little risky. Lately, it seems the Cunjo population has increased, and a number of them have been mating at erratic times. However, we have plenty of weapons, so if it gets too hairy, you'll be well covered by me and my team."

You look at him in a mixture of disbelief. You have never seen a Cunjo, but you really don't want to.

Charengo sees your expression, smiles and leans closer, "There is big money in this. If you do it for me, I'll always be in your debt. And I'll pay you 75,000. You won't have to go on surface for very long, and you won't even have to leave your ship. Even in mating season, Cunjo can't tear through metal."

What do you say?

Briefing
You stick out your hand, and Charengo grasps it.

"I really should be getting everything organized," he smiles warmly. "I'll meet you at your ship tomorrow. I'll have my team with me, and four clients, three of which are public servants who are out for a thrill, and one who is a much more serious hunter. We'll probably stay on <RST> for a few days, depending on how the hunt goes, and then we'll return to Earth when we're finished."

Refusal
"No thanks," you say "I'm not keen on having parts of my body ripped off."

Charengo laughs, says that he doesn't blame you, and politely tells you goodnight. He has to find a pilot, and without another word heads off to another table, and begins talking to another ship captain. Silently, you wish him luck, you have a feeling that he's going to need it.

Mission Log Entry
Take Charengo, his team and his clients to Hourglass for a few days to hunt Cunjo, before returning to Earth for payment.
Offer
Charengo has just spent an hour guiding you to a well used landing site. All around there is dense forest, and the undergrowth is just starting to cover a huge number of deep craters. You set down, and the sensors are going wild. As soon as you do, Charengo and his team leap out of the hatch, brandishing their weapons with gusto. Behind them come the clients, three looking like they should be wearing brown underpants, the fourth eyeing the undergrowth intently. You cycle the hatch closed and watch. A Cunjo suddenly breaks from the undergrowth, flying through the air to attack one of Charengo's men. At least it would have, if a rocket hadn't plowed into its chest before detonating the beast into a rapidly expanding pink vapor cloud. The public servants leap to the ground, pointing their weapons in every direction at once.

Charengo lays about with a continuous laser, and in the space of a few minutes the clearing you landed in is three times the size. His men set up the mines and sentry lasers, and the camp takes shape.

You decide that you might try this game for yourself, seeing as you are here. You check your blaster, and hail Charengo to tell him you are coming down for a look.

No sooner have you stepped outside the hatch than the surrounding forest comes alive with the sounds of Cunjos calling to each other.

"Look out!" Charengo yells. "The Cunjo are going to rush through here! Seems like our safe landing site has become a mating ground!"

You haul your blaster from its holster, trying to look everywhere at once. The underbrush erupts, and around 10 Cunjo burst from the foliage. You leap to the side, snapping off blaster bolts at the first Cunjo you see. It moves faster than you have ever seen anything move, but enough of your fire hits it to put it down. A sudden premonition of doom sweeps through you, and you spin to see a Cunjo scant feet from you. It pounces forward, stabbing its long claws into your arms. You gasp in pain as its claws bite deep, and the Cunjo roars into your face. It's fetid breath makes your head swim, but you manage to keep your wits about you enough to raise your blaster and blow its head off. You collapse, and through a deepening haze see Charengo run towards you, blasting from the hip. Then, blackness...

You stay on Hourglass for four days, recovering enough from your wounds to pilot the ship back. Charengo is glad to take off as soon as you are able. Apparently this trip was hotter than was originally expected. The public servants never fired their weapons, but still had some 'very manly' holoshots taken with killed Cunjos. The fourth client made some kills on his own, but they all looked on in disbelief when Charengo and the guides explained that in the Auroran Empire, warriors hunt Cunjo with hand to hand weapons. All too soon, you have packed up and are heading home.

Mission Log Entry
Take Charengo, his team and his clients to Hourglass for a few days to hunt Cunjo, before returning to Earth for payment.
Completion
"Well," Charengo smiles, "here is your pay. Sorry about your injuries, but these things happen when you hunt Cunjo. The bastards just learn your patterns from successive hunts, some sort of race memory I guess. Anyway, hope I haven't put you off too much! Still, there are advantages to this. From now on, the story of your prowess will pass from person to person. It takes guts to take down a Cunjo on your own, let alone two. Before too long, you'll be known as a 'Cunjo Hunter.' Nice working with you."

He hands you a chip and you both watch the men unload the equipment. The clients are meeting their families and friends, showing them the staged holos and waving their arms around, miming the 'awesome' shots that killed the dread beasts. Only the fourth client has any claim on the events he's describing, and you and Charengo laugh quietly to yourselves.

Only a few short hours later all the equipment is unloaded and Charengo bids you goodbye. You don't think you'll ever go hunting Cunjo again, but at least you can say you have done it.

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