The Io's fury was savagely bombarded from behind! The blast of the explosion completely vaporized the tiny vessel! But before the complete destruction of the ship, the crew beamed down to the surface of a nearby unexplored planet!
Unfortunately, the crew had no time to set proper coordinates, and they found themselves separated from each other!
Mark of Orion, the fearless spaceship captain, was greatly distressed at the apparent loss of his ship.
"Zounds! When I find the sucker who hit us from behind, they've had it!"
Mark wandered across the rugged terrain, the gaseous atmosphere swirled thickly around him.
The poisonous fog rapidly cleared and, suddenly, Mark found himself in the center of a imperial squadron!
Instantly, every enemy weapon was locked on the lone pirate.
"Uh... Greetings! I come in peace!"
"Enough with that, rebel scum! Surrender or die!" The Imperial captain snarled.
Mark wanted to appear innocent, and it was often possible to fool the not-so-brilliant Imperial troops.
"Hold on! I'm not a rebellious intruder! My ship was shot down just outside this atmosphere! If you hurry you can catch the fiends!"
The captain grinned maliciously.
"We took down a pirate craft just seconds ago!"
"Uh, that's well, that great! You've already got them! Bravo! I'll see you gents later!"
"Wait just a second, what are you doing with such a powerful handgun, and a sword?"
Mark looked down at his automatic laser pistol and razor-sharp sword.
"One can never be too careful out here."
Undaunted by the innocent act, the captain continued.
"Our scanners indicate that the crew escaped to the surface before the destruction of the ship!..."
Mark of Orion wasn't about to give up.
"See what I mean? There could be bad guys anywhere!"
"Okay, that's enough! Take him men!"
The Imperial captain hailed his starship with his communicator.
"ICV Scimitar, nine to beam up."