LUXAN SHIP (ANCIENT)
Checking the stats, D'Argo's ship Lo'La has a 2-1 record: It's saved me twice, tried to kill me once. Could be worse.
D'Argo found the ship during the gamma-storm chaos on the Commerce Station. The ship was drifting, unclaimed, and enticingly purple, so D'Argo asked Pilot to bring it aboard. For a while we couldn't even figure out how to get inside. Aeryn
suggested we ditch it before it did something unexpected and
potentially lethal, but D'Argo was getting warm-and-fuzzy vibes off the
thing and refused to part with it.
Exactly how we got inside the ship bears mentioning because it's so damn typical of how we get things done here on Moya. While Jool
was trying to blow my head off (a typical, minor misunderstanding),
D'Argo noticed that her stray shots were activating his ship's force
field, revealing a small gap. He touched the ship's skin through that
gap and, bingo, the force field was gone.
Once in the cockpit, nothing could stop D'Argo from pressing all the
buttons he could find. The ship had everything you look for in a new
car — green laser beams, retractable wings, mystery propulsion, bucket
seats, you name it.
But one day while I was aboard, it freaked out. It projected an
electrical shock wave that fried all of Moya's active power conduits.
Then it initiated a self-destructive engine core overload — which meant it would explode in less than an arn, taking Moya and the rest of us with it.
It turned out D'Argo's warm fuzzies for the ship weren't unrequited — the ship felt the same way about him. It was a Luxan construct, possibly ancient, definitely powerful, and it was self-destructing because a non-Luxan had messed with it.
After this breakthrough, D'Argo learned to fly the ship, activate its
remote-control functions, and fire its light-based, heavy-duty
demolecularizing weapons. It's keyed to his voice identity and DNA
signature, so only he can control it. Sure, it's been helpful.
Sometimes very. But, while I've encountered devices and people with
worse track records, 2-1 is ambiguous enough to keep me on my guard.
JOURNEY LOG REFERENCES
Suns and Lovers
Dog With Two Bones
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