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What's the interesting cargo listed seeking transit at the spaceport?



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A sample of alien ore which, unknown to its shippers, is actually part of a mega swarm creature.

Ten parts of an ancient mechanism, made of obsidian, germanium and platinum. Could anyone know what it does once assembled?

Ice stone, mined on a gas giant and kept in super powerful forcefields.

The whole royal treasure of Rigel IX, secretly shipped before the insurgents reach the Palace. because of galactic distances, it should still be traveling for about ten years before it is finally shipped back to its rightful owners, which hope to be in power again by then.

The only known work of art of the inhabitants of Kwal. These creatures are supposedly void of any mind. The fact that they produced this sparks intense debate among the Galactic Senate and pressure groups.

Three humanoid shapes in deep sleep. The labels say "do not wake up even in case of a life support failure".

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Gas. just plain gas, in two dozens canisters. However, the canisters have weird valves and magnets. If allowed to move within the hold, they will conglomerate into a strange shape... and the gas will come sentient to animate it.

72 bottles of yamok sauce. And tons, tons, tons of useless monopolar locks.

83 trrrllls. These tiny creatures function as a self-supportive ecosystem by trading food, gases and waste between the many variants of their race. They use containers as cheap space transportation.
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Two hundred tonnes of totally ordinary soil. Or at least it seems ordinary.

A crate of expensive shellfish with a very limited shelf life that will soon become pungent.

Decorative oval rocks in many colours that are actually eggs for a lifeform that will hatch during the journey.

Comet ice, for the drinks of the rich and idle.

One thousand copies of the first edition a comic book. An edition that only had a print run of 100.

Dung from the titanic fauna of Praxis that reputedly makes an excellent fertiliser. It also stinks.

A gram of antimatter stored in an unstable magnetic containment bottle.

A crate of pet rocks, which are silicon-based lifeforms that are actually alive and mobile. They are also sluggish at noticing changes that are not on a geological timescale. When they do notice, the owners will discover that they are now playing host to a lot of irate rocks.

Ice art from the frozen planet of Frystheim.

Odd organic things found in a nebula that may be alive and are being sent to university for study.
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A few containers full of kickstarter games, being delayed at space customs, due to galactic import tariffs not being charged correctly.
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A few containers full of kickstarter games, delayed at space customs for 100 years, due to galactic import tariffs not being charged correctly.
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A large crate inside is a man size birthday box for Ms. Wiggins Kinder Kare at Mars Space station 2.
A mostly complete collection of vids 500’s Andy Aslan, Harry Hiver (comedy series), and Killer K’kree including the infamous Killer marries a Hiver and Killer kisses Andy Aslan, and Laddie the Vargr. Biography of Cleon I 10 hours, Julian War opera version 20 hours, Imperial/Aslan peace treaty of 380 33 hours, 2nd frontier saga 600 hours with 100 hours on making of saga.
3 packs of Centaurius Cigars (30),
Aslan Playgirl Series years 982-983
Pink shotgun with 3 shells names Gloria, Gale, and Gladys.
1 pint Aslan Catnip Cream de mint 70 proof.
1 pint Emperor Espresso 50 proof
The above cargo was cut and paste from my traveler campaign.
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900 talents of copper and 100 talents of tin, waiting to be illegally shipped to a planet with a bronze-age civilization.

Ancient library archives of a dead species, which if translated will reveal the periodic and impending arrival of a previously unknown warrior empire in this region.

Pallets of 'universal remedy' pills and serums, accompanied by pallets of pamphlets containing hundreds of pages of warnings on drug interactions and side-effects, particularly extreme violent paranoia. Each ends with a large statement "Ask your doctor about Xenoplus today!"

Crates of mood rings. Tunable for most known sentient species. They really work!

Stasis jars containing pink droplets and labeled 'Sea Monkey'. While challenging to raise, if properly fed and cared for, will grow into a 30 pound aquatic simian over the course of two years.
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One crate of porg nuggets.
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150 head cattle.
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One barrel, "yeast sample in suspension".

This barrel actually contains the smuggled corpse of one of the fungi people of Agaric 12. Their bodies command a high price on the black market for the beverages that can be produced using them.
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for the beverages that can be produced using them.


"Beverages" of course... devil
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Counterfeit clothing of a luxury brand known for aggressively pursuing counterfeiters.

GM Koi which are particularly aggressive at night. The internal lamps are failing.

Gremlins. The care and feeding book was not included so the normal warnings about water, sunlight and feeding after midnight are not known.

Ark of the Covenant.
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A single nanobot packed in a series of 17 progressively larger, seamless cubes each made of a different material. The nanobot consumes the cubes from the inside out, growing larger and increasing in function as it moves outward. The outermost cube is made of a super-dense element that becomes the blast-resistant armour of the deadly war machine that finally emerges from its cocoon. The shipment weighs 30 tonnes yet only fills a 2m x 2m x 2m volume. It takes 2d6+2 weeks for the nanobot to grow into the virtually unstoppable, semi-sentient construct. It is being sent with postage due.
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A vending machine containing 1000 sets of collectable cards featuring holographic images of the 100 most popular Imperial family members. Only one set is complete. The other sets each contain 2d10 duplicates of the current Emperor’s idiot 2nd cousin twice removed.
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A metric ton of Plutonian nyborg. Unfortunately, the local equivalent of the DEA has put a tracker on the transportation crate and they're watching it closely.
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a group of small furry, earnestly polite alien refugees which spend most of the trip in hibernation so as not to place a burden on their hosts, they are refused entry at their destination, and the planet that shipped them off doesn't want them back either

A smaller crate which the receiver finds after insisting the players stick around while he confirms his cargo, inside are a continuing series of smaller crates which the receiver finds while growing increasingly more angry and looking for someone to hold responsible

a cybernetly enhanced pirate hidden within an environmental unit who plans on emerging to get revenge on the band of heroes who sent him to space prison, not this band of heroes, the one on the ship his cargo pod was supposed to be on. Chromebeard is not happy.

the dead body of a member of a viking like race, along with a selection of grave goods, as the viking would set a body on a ship and then set it aflame so too will the players ship have their reactor core tarageted by photon beams to end Cleif burgon's funeral in a fiery burst. They should be honored

A entirely normal cargo that everyone from corrupt customs inspectors, seductive thieves posing as passengers, desperate holy men boarding as stowaways, treasure hunting archeologists and outright pirates believe to be a holy treasure a rich man is trying to ship disguised as a normal cargo
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An enormous pile of Monty Haul magic items waiting to be shipped offworld to restore campaign balance.
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Just transporting a small fuzzy harmless pet for a wealthy eccentric. Shouldn't give you any trouble; she's got food and water for the trip in with her. Why is the cage so reinforced and with so many locks? Oh, the buyer's just a bit paranoid. Absolutely no actual need for them. Really.

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A huge pile of sewer pipes to form the plumbing system for a newly established colony. Wow, that's a lot of pipes. You could practically build a while new ship from all those pipes! whistle
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From Star Wars: Spice
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I, and the original designer before me, have a large quantity of legal and illegal items for spaceship shipment in Ladybug. (My fan expansion is Ladybug Sinister.)
Link to my list of goods: https://rpggeek.com/article/26173194#26173194 inside the spoiler.
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Explosives and Detonators for a mining colony, though the detonators have been sabotaged by a company that wants the colony vacated for their use. Food for the same colony, laced with a low potency diuretic, to make them go through their water supplies quicker than expected.
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A Krayt Dragon egg that will hatch during the journey. The crew cant kill the baby, as it is a gift to a leading hutt for his birthday from another hutt.
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150 head cattle.


But just the heads, packaged and flash-frozen with nanites to protect from freezer burn. The destination site is planning to clone and re-grow the bodies at the destination.
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