Also, the PCs really tried to turn themselves in, even though it was Imperial Intelligence that was after them, and that could very easily mean being sent to rot for the rest of their lives at Space-Guantanamo, with no trace or remembrance that they ever existed to be found. They really tried to be reasonable. But, ok, sure, TECHNICALLY the guy they picked to do the negotiating happened to be the Space Pirate that the Imperial Intelligence chief has been trying to 'get' for the last three decades. TECHNICALLY.
And then, it totally looked like they killed a number of Space Marines through the use of massive amounts of utterly illegal firepower; but it only looked that way. I mean, yes, the Space Marines died, but it wasn't their fault. Ok, sure, TECHNICALLY, it was their fault, because one of them activated the automated defense systems that blew the marines to bits. TECHNICALLY!
And yes, they fled the scene, I mean TECHN-- aw, fuck it. They're just going to run with it now. They didn't want to, but now they will. Fuck everything, they're going for the whole-hog criminal life on the run as the Sector's Most Wanted.
Why? What put an end to their reluctance?
Probably when they had to go through this:
To find (and kind-of steal) the Traveller universe's equivalent of this:
Only to be hunted by the Trav-universe version of this:
Commanded by this guy:
Only to be saved at the last minute by a mysterious reality-defying vessel which might just be the Traveller Universe's equivalent of this:
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