Sam's Smuggler's Emporium

Sam's Smuggler's Emporium by Robert Edmund

Item Cost Weight Availability
Nylex Rope (50’) 1₡ / 2p 2 E
Complete Climbers Pack 15₡/ 40p 10 C
Cold Weather Survival Suit 20₡ / 50p 5 E
Spacer Survival Kit 10₡ / 22p 10 E
Survival Tent, 2-Occupant 75₡ / 180p 12 C
Survival Tent, 4-Occupant 100₡ / 260p 14 C
Survival Tent, 6-Occupant 150₡ / 400p 18 C
Protective Goggles 0.5₡ / 1p - E
Flash Protectors 10₡ / 20p 1 E
Light Intensifier 25₡ / 80p 2 C
Traveler’s Lockbox 10cr / 15p 5 E
Hauler’s Gloves 8cr / 14p 2 E
Nylex Cargo Netting (10 ft square) 2cr / 4p 3 E
Magnetic Clamps 6cr / 18p 2 C
Seal Strips 2cr / 5p 1 E
Vacuum Bubble 50cr / 180p 20 C

Nylex Rope (50’)
Cost: 1₡ / 2p Weight: 2
Availability: E
Nylex is a man-made synthetic material that is incredibly flexible, while at the same time
particularly strong and remarkably light. Nylex rope is often referred to as being “flexible as leather, strong as steel and light as silk.” The standard coil length is fifty feet, but it can be purchased in any ten-foot increment from ten to five hundred feet to length. Nylex rope can be used for climbing, towing, holding down heavy loads or even tying folk up as to keep them safe from hurting others.

Winderman & Cole Complete Climbers Pack
Cost: 15₡/ 40p Weight: 10
Availability: C
This all-in-one pack contains almost everything a body needs to go mountain climbing or even rappel down the side of a building. It includes a full Nylex climbing harness, ascenders, carabineers, crampons, pitons, pulleys, pads, rappelling gloves, adjustable helmet and a small climbing hammer. The backpack is durable and waterproof, and comes with extra side pockets and clips for anything else. The only climbing essentials not included in the pack are climbing boots and rope, which must be purchased separately.

McKinney Cold Weather Survival Suit
Cost: 20₡ / 50p Weight: 5
Availability: E
This outfit consists of a pair of padded trousers and jacket with hood and gloves. The padding is made up of layers of insulating material, including a special coolant layer linked to a heat regulator. This prevents the wearer from overheating, especially in wildly dynamic environments. The suit is designed to provide significant warmth and protection in arctic conditions for extended durations. It provides little or no protection against the deep cold of vacuum, but that’s what vacuum suits are for. The suit protects the wearer for a time from the extreme cold of the Black should a ship’s environmental controls cease function, assuming that there is still breathable air of course. While the suit looks somewhat bulky when worn, it doesn’t significantly restrict movement, though the gloves can hamper fine manipulation tasks due to their padding.

Merrill & Gibbs Spacer Survival Kit
Cost: 10₡ / 22p Weight: 10
Availability: E
Any good Captain makes sure that they have at least one or two of these on their boat, normally stashed in a shuttle or escape pod. Spacer survival kits are referred to as Crash Packs due to the most likely time they see use. The Spacer Survival Kit comes in a durable and waterproof backpack containing the following items when new: a 2-man expanding tent; a canteen with 10 packets of purification crystals; a sealed bottle of drinking water; 2 protein bars (each can last one week if thinly sliced); 1 large blanket; 1 basic first aid kit; 1 flash light (the battery pack is good for one month of use); 1 standard battery pack; 1 box of waterproof matches; 1 can of fire jelly; 1 survival knife (as combat knife, but includes small compass, needle, nylon thread and piece of flint in handle); 3 thermal flares; 1 pack of playing cards.

Blue Sun Survival Tent
2-Occupant Cost: 75₡ / 180p
Weight: 12 Availability: C
4-Occupant Cost: 100₡ / 260p
Weight: 14 Availability: C
6-Occupant Cost: 150₡ / 400p
Weight: 18 Availability: C
The Extreme Survival line has been a great success for the Blue Sun Corporation. It has found popularity across a wide range of sectors, from the Military to Core World extreme sports enthusiasts. The survival tent is one of that line’s best sellers, not only due to great advertising, but also because of the quality of the product. No matter the size of tent purchased, they all include the exact same features and there is little difference in the size of the pack, only in the overall weight. To erect the tent, the pack is placed on the ground and a cord on the side is pulled, at which point it will burst out from the pack, pop into shape and then go rigid. Along the bottom of the tent are a number of spikes that will lock down into most any natural surface to secure the tent in place, just by pressing a button on the tent control panel just inside the door. Once erected, the tent is completely watertight, which allows for limited use as a life raft. Blue Sun discourages this, however, except in emergencies. The tent includes a thermal inner skin to provide warmth, and cooling vents should the environment be overly hot or humid, all linked to an environmental regulator built into the control panel. Lastly, the outer skin of the tent has the same protective qualities as a ballistic mesh suit, making it durable and offering reasonable protection to the occupants. The military version of the survival tent also includes a built in short range commpack, a chameleon coating, and a toughened outer skin that provides twice as much protection, though it is also twice as expensive and illegal outside of the Alliance Military.

Protective Goggles
Standard Cost: 0.5₡ / 1p
Weight: - Availability: E
Flash Protectors Cost: 10₡ / 20p
Weight: 1 Availability: E
Light Intensifier Cost: 25₡ / 80p
Weight: 2 Availability: C

Standard protective goggles are little more than durable scratch resistant lenses that protect the wearer’s eyes from high winds, dust or dirt. Generally used by most folk who work outside where airborne grit may be an issue or by miners just in case any stone chips fly back their way.

Flash protectors offer the same benefits as standard goggles, but they have fancy lenses that darken considerably should there be a sudden flash of ultra-bright light. Thus, they protect the wearer’s eyes from temporary blindness and negate step penalties caused by these effects.

Light intensifier goggles provide the wearer with night vision, allowing them to see clearly in all but total darkness. The intensifier needs a minimal light source to function, though stars in a night sky are more than enough. Most versions also include a small infrared torch built in, just in case of total darkness, but this only provides vision out to about thirty feet. A flash protector may be added to these goggles for only 5 credits more. Light intensifier goggles are powered by a small power cell, which provides up to 8 hours of continuous use before needing a recharge.

Traveler’s Lockbox
Cost: 10cr / 15p Weight: 5 Availability: E
The Traveller’s Lockbox provides a safe and convenient way for regular space travelers and crews to store and carry their worldly possessions. They come in a variety of shapes and sizes, but are most commonly found as large rectangular boxes or chest, and they are made from hard, extremely durable, but light weight materials. How much can be stored really comes down to their size, but your regular Lockbox can hold most everything most spacers carry, with the exception of large items like rifles, having the carry capacity of a rather large suitcase. The Traveler’s Lockbox also includes a decent electronic lock that is HARD to open and will prevent your goods being stolen by common thieves. The weight listed above is for an empty Lockbox. Not only is the Traveler’s Lockbox good for storage, but given its size, it also makes for a handy seat or table, if furniture’s in short supply. Lastly, some folk in the ‘Verse go one step further with their Lockboxes and either have them made from scanner resistant materials, or include a well hidden secret compartment, just to store those shiny bits and pieces of you don’t want the Alliance knowing about. This kind of modification ranges from 25 credits for a false bottom to 100 credits for the full scanner-scamming package.

Hauler’s Gloves
Cost: 8cr / 14p Weight: 2 Availability: E
Hauler’s Gloves came about as a way to stop many of the more common injuries experienced by deckhands and cargo loaders at busy ports. They cover the hands and upper forearms and are made from thick, durable material, reinforced with special gel inserts and light armor plates. They protect the hands from cuts and scrapes, as well as preventing fingers from being crushed by heavy objects. The gloves have special coated finger and palm pads that assist with gripping boxes, crates and most any regular load.
While these gloves do offer a lot of protection, they are also quite bulky and are less useful for anything other than their intended task, imposing a –2 Agility step on any other task beyond the loading and unloading of cargo. They provide an Armor Rating of 4W to the hands and forearms only.

Nylex Cargo Netting (10 ft square)
Cost: 2cr / 4p Weight: 3 Availability: E
There’s cargo netting, and then there’s Nylex cargo netting. The same man-made, strong, light and flexible synthetic material first used in Nylex rope has many other practical applications, and this is one such example. It is light enough so as to be easy to move around, but strong enough to hold down and support a cargo load during rough re-entry or while flying through a storm. Given its durable nature and reasonable price tag, Nylex cargo netting is widely used across the ‘Verse, from small independent operations right up to the big haulage firms.

Magnetic Clamps
Cost: 6cr / 18p Weight: 2 Availability: C
Magnet clamps or ‘Mag-Cs’ are a more technologically advanced way to hold your cargo secure. Mag-Cs are disk shaped slabs of metal that fold in the middle, combining simple electronics with two powerful magnetic surfaces. One surface attaches to the cargo, normally a metal crate or drum, while the other surface attaches directly to the deck of the ship. Once the Mag-C is activated, the two magnetic surfaces lock, holding the cargo securely in place until the device is deactivated. Most loads require two Mag-Cs to keep the load completely secure, but as long as the cargo is some form of metal container, you can be sure it won’t move anywhere until you want it to.
While these devices are a tidy and particularly secure cargo restraint, they are also quite expensive, so they are usually used only for transporting especially delicate or precious loads.

Seal Strips
Cost: 2cr / 5p Weight: 1 Availability: E
Seal Strips are thin patches of synthetic material, about a foot long, that are filled with highly reactive chemicals and a sticky outer surface. They were originally designed for use in sealing small hull breaches in an emergency. To use the Seal Strip, you first peel away the protective cover, placing one of the sticky sides against the hull and the other against some scrap metal. You then pull the cord that mixes the chemicals and step away. Once the chemicals mix, they flash burn the area and the strip, producing an instant weld and plugging the breach long enough for you to get your Ship’s mechanic to fix it properly. Relying on the Seal Strip to indefinitely plug the hole is not recommended. While this was the intended use of Seal Strips, it didn’t take long for folk to figure that they could also be used to seal up doors, jamming them shut just as if they’d been welded up or locked down. This enabled the locking of doors that otherwise didn’t have locks, or keeping people out of places they’d normally be able to access. The only real disadvantage to this strategy comes with the fact that you can’t open the door any more either, so you’d better not want to be going back the same way. Opening a door that has been jammed with a Seal Strip would take a HEROIC effort or the use of proper welding tools to burn open the seal.

Blue Sun Vacuum Bubble
Cost: 50cr / 180p Weight: 20 Availability: C
The Vacuum Bubble is an inexpensive alternative to escape pods or shuttles, but is not recommended as your primary form of escape craft. This device comes folded down in a handy backpack, making it nice and easy to carry around, but in an emergency, simply pulling on the emergency cord has it folding out into a moderately sized sphere of rugged material, capable of holding up to two people.
Once inside the sphere, all that’s required is the simple press of a button for the sphere to become airtight and vacuum-sealed, which also activates the internal air supply and thermal regulators that can support life in a vacuum for up to 48 hours. Also included in the Bubble are hygienic attachments for the disposal of bodily fluids and a self-activating distress beacon that broadcasts your location on all emergency frequencies, in the hope that someone will hear it and come to your rescue. Once you’ve been rescued, or in a safe environment, the vacuum seal may be deactivated and the door panel opened. While the Vacuum Bubble may certainly keep you alive, it is far from comfortable. The thermal regulators are basic and while the outer material has a protective coating, it won’t protect you from strong solar activity. Also, there are no beds, seats, or any other comforts apart from the short-range radio to communicate with the person who responds to the distress beacon. It’s highly advised that before entering a Vacuum Bubble you take food, drink, and some form of entertainment with you. Of course, in most cases where you may need to use the Bubble, these may be the last things on your mind. Vacuum Bubbles are single use items and once activated, can’t be reused, although Blue Sun does offer a return discount of 10 credits when purchasing a replacement.