Star Wars - The Nameless

Operation: Shellgame Part 1

Awaiting the completion of repairs on the Nameless YT, Hakken Thul and Rylon Corsair attempt to occupy themselves at Titan Base. As the tredwell droids patch the hull, crawling over the craft like ants, the spacers are visited by Quartermaster Yen.

Yen has arranged for them to act as procurement specialist with Rylon aboard the YT. He then reports they’ve a briefing with Commander Elemack, Captain Aleene, and Captain Jannis and excuses himself after warning Rylon to watch his sarcasm and remember he’s still an Alliance Pilot and as such expect to follow protocol.

Exiting the craft into the hanger, they find the place a hotbed of activity, with flight crews readying Titan Base’s Nightmare Squadron. Chief Engineer Sorren, a kindly Sullustan, greats them and promises to get their ship fix back up as soon as he can as well as put in the ion cannon alterations. When asked about the X-Wings being prepped, he tells them it’s only his place to see it done, but he knows it involves the Imperial’s Base known as “The Hammer”, an Imperial pilot training facility.

Captain Aleene meets them and escorts them to the briefing room. As they enter conversation among the officers dies down. Commander Elemack waves, “Take your seats, please. We have little time for pleasantries. First I must say you were not our first choice for this mission. Titan Base’s Special Ops team is missing in action and believed captured. None of our other local assets are available and we don’t have the time to bring outside help in. If you have concerns, now is the time to voice them.” The spacers object to not having a ship for any mission. Elemack nods and assures them they will be outfitted properly for this mission. He lifts a remote and the lights dim and a rotating hologram of an Imperial freight ship rises from the conference table.

Captain Jannis steps forward, “This is Imperial freighter IM-873X, a star galleon model that has been making precisely scheduled trips to Corva Sector for more than six years. Recently, the ship was delayed by a period of eight days, something that has never happened in the better part of a decade. This anomalous incident caught my attention.”

The Bothan Captain Aleene steps forward and continues, “Analysis of the Galleon’s fuel capacity and range provided a limited number of ports the ship could have used for refueling. The list of the Imperial grade starports was eliminated from the list through slicing into the Bureau of Ships and Service records. The stellar cartography data gathered by Intelligence estimated the Galleon’s delay was due to a trip to the Stylar Nebula, a region where the Alliance has suspected a secret Imperial development facility is located.”

The human captain Jannis takes the floor. “Coupled with an single unencrypted communique we intercepted, we believe the freighter has delivered a secret Imperial project know as Shell-cracker to the facility here in the Corva sector called, The Hammer. Contextual clues from the communication suggest it is some sort of small-scale ship designed for use against capital ships.”

The Bothan officer concludes with, “We received this data four days ago. Our special ops team was mobilized and sent in three days ago. They’re overdue with no communications”.

“Simply put, I want that prototype! You two are going to infiltrate The Hammer, confirm the nature of this Project: Shell-cracker, and steal it.”, Elemack demands. They bring up the possibility that the other team has put the base on alert or the prototype moved, but there’s been no activity to suggest that’s happened. “That said, if the prototype can not be taken then you are to destroy it and any other threat to the Alliance.”

Jannis takes the floor again to explain their cover story, “Four months ago, an Imperial Survey shuttle stumbled on an Alliance safe world. Thankfully SpecForce teams were training and able to capture the vessel before transmission of the planets location. We’ve been submitting false reports to maintain the illusion the crew is still operating. You will become that team and request repairs. Our last report places the craft relatively close to a neutron star to have sustained significant electronic damage, so that’s your cover story. Nightmare Squad will be ready to jump in and escort you out. You’ll be outfitted with an electronic lock-breaker and droids if you need them, as well as anything else you’ll require.” The pair request munitions, a crate of 8 concussion grenades and a missile for the missile tube. They have eighteen hours.

Along with their droids, RA and B3, they ready to board the Lambda class shuttle. B3 is loaded with coordinates for the hyperspace jump out. Commander Terrill of the Nightmare Squad asks they take out as many TIEs as the can before taking off with the prototype to help even the odds and ensure mission success.

After a short jump through hyperspace, the blue clouds drop away and the Hammer hangs before them. The refitted Firestar-class defense station is a holdout from the days of the Old Republic. Twelve TIEs running maneuvers nearby in an asteroid belt, but could arrive within moments. Over the comm, “Attention unidentified ship, you are not scheduled for arrival in this system. Identify yourself immediately or face military censure.” Rylon responds with his cover story, “Imperial Pilot AX-798 of the Emperor’s Vision requesting repairs.” After transmitting their credentials and waiting a few tense moments the comm crackles, “Imperial Survey Emperor’s Vision, follow the transmitted heading and dock at Imperial station HM7-R where your physical credentials will be examined.”

There is a series of thuds as the station’s tractor beam deposits the vessel on the deck of the separated freighter hanger bay. A half a dozen stormtroopers and an Imperial officer wait for them at the bottom of the landing ramp. Dressed in Imperial Survey Team uniforms they walk down and present their credentials. “Imperial Survey Vessel ISV-7XB. You’re a little far away from your normal rounds, aren’t you?”, the officer asks accusingly. Rylon explains the electrical damage from the neutron star. “Very well then, your credentials check out, your vessel will be processed as soon as it can be worked into the duty roster. Droid crews will complete a diagnostic within 48 hours, at which point the actual repairs should be completed shortly thereafter. You are being issued 72 hour level one security passes. You will have access to all common areas of the station and have temporary quarters assigned. Any failure on your part to adhere to your security restrictions will result in disciplinary action and insubordination charges. Now please present your droids for inspection and downloading of memory banks.”

Rylon tries to bluff his way out of turning over the droids, saying the the neutron star damaged their systems as well. The officer believes his story, but he still must take the droids – “standard procedure” – though he assures the two that the droids will be fixed. As they’re led away, RA looks back over his shoulder, even without facial features to read… he’s worried.

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Edge of the Rebellion

With the bounty on them lifted, if only temporarily, Hakken Thul and Rylon Corsair head to the Imperial held world of Kestos Minor with an illegal shipment of weapons once bound for a militia that would have fought against the tyranny of the Emperor long ago.

The Nameless YT drops out hyperspace outside Kestos Minor. Streaks of stars become points of light and the planet races toward the view port. That’s when the spacers see the 3 Star Destoryers right in their path. They lay motionless, TIE Fighters buzzing about them like insects. They do not hail. The pair know It’s likely most forces are deployed planetside and this is a not so subtle reminder of what lies below.

RA recalls that Kestos has been subject to Imperial rule since early on in the Empire. Hakken remembers hearing a bit about the Kwymar Suppressions which saw the Empire squash any resistance in the sector.

Over the comm, a Bureau of Ships and Services or BoSS agent contacts the Nameless, operating under the transponder code Crazy Tom. He implies the ship is stolen with a line of questioning about the ship being too far out of its last stop to have made it so far. Rylon, somehow, successfully bluffs his way through the questions by mentioning the last check in Nar Shaddaa. The agent lets them proceed dismissing them as a late file or misfile.

As near the planet, B3 excitedly chirps and whistles. He swivels his head around and the young blonde Jedi he had projected on Sleheyron appears. She stands as a life sized hologram in the cockpit and smiles as she speaks, “Welcome to Kestos Minor, Denth. Now that you’ve reached orbit, coordinates for the militias meet up location and comm signal have been unlocked within your droids memory. Kestos is a Corusca gem in the rough, a friendly and peaceful world, you shouldn’t have any problems like the other outer rim planets. Senator Ivor Drake will have further instructions regarding this mission. The militia leader, Mesha Vendock will have the information about contacting her…. by the way if you’re hearing this at all it means the prototype memory core works! So whatever you do, take care of little R4-P-B3 – he’s priceless… at least his head is. May the force be with you, Jedi Mckeen."

They set down in Kestos City, the largest metropolis on the planet, and once the location of the militia headquarters. Waiting for them at the landing platform is a customs agent and 3 spaceport security. RA and Rylon head down to meet them, while Hakken waits in the cargo hold – blaster ready. B3 quickly forges a manifest. First the agent is taken back by the Imperial model droid, which RA explains as a gift from Rylons father… an ex senator Rylon interjects. While Rylon attempts to be charming, he comes off more desperate for friends. After offering to be generous with his credits with a night of gambling and drinking, RA speaks up about him trying to make his way in the world, and then it seems to dawn on the customs agent that this is a spoiled young man being forced to do some honest work. RA goes and retrieves the forged manifest, which all checks out and even has working authorization codes. The agents leave as Rylon still talks about hitting the town.

When they try to reach the militia leader, the comm signal seems to be connecting, but no ones picks up. B3 believes he can trace the signal, which leads them though the Imperial oppressed city. They trace the comm to a cantina. The place smoking and dark, a traditional Bith band is backed by a Ortolan on omnibox. They look around the bar, Rylon catches the eye of a young blue Twi’lek and Hakken makes eye contact with a haggard old man.

As Hakken moves closer, the old man tries to make a run for it, but is too drunk to get anywhere. He merely runs into a crowd behind his bar stool. Hakken catches him and helps him back to his seat. Noticing the comm sticking out of his coat, he asks why the old man doesn’t answer. “How’d you get this signal? No ones commed it for 20 years.” Hakken gives a quick explaination and Mesha Vendock introduces himself. Hakken asks about the senator Ivor Drake, but the old man reports the senator has been imprisoned since the onset of the Empire. Vendock himself has fought the Empire for 20 years, even joining the Alliance and leading a cell on Kestos, but since the Kwymar Suppression, whats left of his platoon as been trapped on Kestos. The Alliance unable to provide reinforcements or evacuation. When Hakken reveals that he has the shipment as well and that Empire wont be defeated with them just sitting around here, a drunken Vendock gets to his feet and starts shouting about getting into action.

Meanwhile, Rylon and the Twi’lek girl are getting along nicely. She speaks almost no basic and giggles at everything he says. They drink and Rylon feels the effects quickly. She seems distracted by the yelling old man with Hakken, and Rylon suggests they go somewhere else. They all find themselves exiting the cantina in line.

Outside, Hakken trys to calm down the old man, while behind them Rylon feels the point of blaster in his side. “Just keep moving, sleemo”, the Twi’lek says in basic, no hint of an accent, “I don’t know what you have planned for the old man but its not gunna work.” Hakken notices the trouble Rylon has gotten himself in and laughs. It’s not a long walk back to the ship, and when the docking bay doors close, the Twi’lek demands to know what they’re doing with Commander Vendock. The drunken old man finally notices the girl, “Oolia?! What are you doing here?”, before blacking out.

Inside the ship, Oolia gives a more sober account of the situation. Ten members of Bandit Squad are left, including herself, and not counting the commander. They have an X-Wing, two Y-Wings, and a captured Sentential Class Landing Craft. She suggests they make it for the nearest Alliance base, blasting their way off planet if necessary. Vendock comes to for a moment to shout they must start the revolution here on Kestos.

Rylon is apprehensive about the blasting their way off planet, but Hakken goes over the plan with Oolia and it seems sound. Rylon asks, “What about those Star Destroyers?! They’ve got over 50 TIEs each!“. Hakken grins, _”So it’ll be a target rich environment."_

Oolia gets the last of the Rebels ready while Vendock sobers up. Hakken and RA take gun postitions, B3 takes engineering, and slightly sobered Vendock and Rylon take the cockpit.

They use the distraction of the Crazy Tom being stolen as cover for the Sentinel Class shuttle to pursue. Being that the transponder lists the YT to the son of wealthy family on Kuat, the Sentinel Class firing on it isn’t scrutinized. A squadron of TIE fighters aid in the pursuit. After a few moments of dog fighting, a formation of TIEs are blown up either by turret or concussion missile and a Star Destroyer lights up space creating a curtain of blaster fire. As the fighters sneak in behind and the Star Desrtoyers and make hyperspace, the nameless YT is battered by the Star Destroyer. With a break in the fire they make it out with the Landing Craft, rendezvous with the fighters and jump to the Corva Sector.

Later they set down on Titan Base on an uninhabited planet in a remote part of the the sector. The sector is Imperially held, but still Titan Base runs missions throughout this region of space.

Greeted by a stuffy Bothan female, Captain Aleene, second-in-command of Titan Base, the spacers are directed to meet with Base Commander Elemack, regarding their cargo while the rest of Bandit Squad is debriefed.

The Mon Calamari Commander is not one for small talk. He gets right to business asking what the pair want for the weapons. They agree on repairs to the ship, along with a heavy repeating blaster and a missile tube.

Commander Elemack makes a plea for them to join the Alliance and stirred to action – Rylon volunteers on the spot. Hakken turns down the request. Rylon and Hakken argue over the matter.
“Don’t you see what they’re up against? You’re turning your back on them.”
“I’ll take on the Empire in my own way. I don’t need them telling me what to do!”

B3 goes with Rylon and RA stays with Hakken, as Hakken is still under contract with RA.

After some time, the Gran quartermaster Yen comes by to inspect the cargo. Rylon, having second thoughts about joining, tries to back out as he looks over the weapons, telling the Gran he could do more good staying on the YT. “I’ll see what I can do, son. Perhaps making you a procurement specialist under me can keep you on the ship.”

Meanwhile, stewing in the cockpit, Hakken receives a comm from Jan Ors.
“Still alive, I see.”
“You too. I hear you’ve made not only a sizable delivery but even rescued a squad, but you’re not going to join us?”
“Got my own way of doing things.”
“Well, on our mission to Imperial Security Ops to convert that nav data… we sorta left some code in the computers. Its remote activated to either wipe away your record… or send it to every Imperial computer in the galaxy.”
“Didn’t know the rebellion was into blackmail”
“Fail safes… If you couldn’t be trusted after all. You don’t have to join up officially. We have plenty of non commissioned civilian contracts. I’ve taken the liberty of telling the Commander of your special skill set”

Hakken lets out a heavy sigh. “Alright… I’m in.”
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Debts to Pay Part 3

Trapped in the Mines of Gavos! The spacers Rylon Corsair and Hakken Thul along with their associate Alger Sodoth have been tricked by band of Feral Droids intent on murdering their owners! Led by the manipulative EV-8D3 the droids have armed themselves and have pinned the spacers at the entrance of the mine tunnel as the facility is under threat of being destroyed by the dangerous storms of the planet.

Blaster fire rings out as a new klaxon alarm begins to blare. “Warning! Waring! Storm Barrier Generator Six compromised. Functioning units compensating. Send maintenance as soon as possible. Warning! Warning! Storm Barrier Generator Six is offline. Storm Barrier Generator Five is offline. Storm Barrier Four is offline.” Announces a calm female voice over the PA.

Marv, chief miner, looks worried. “Two more of those generators go and we’re finished!” Over the blaster fire the high winds and groaning metal can be heard. “We have to get out of here and stop the droids from destroying the generators!” Hakken steps up and wipes out a row of the old B1 battle droids. Rylon takes out one, “I got one! I got one!” “Great, kid. Don’t get cocky!” the old miner yells as he returns fire. A few moments later the six battle droids have been wiped out and the spacers are off to stop the droids from making it to the freighter. Comms can’t raise the astromechs back on the YT and RA-7 is despondent and then eventually stops responding.

They enter the workshop to be confronted with two PK worker droids brandishing mining drills and the mines two Load Lifters. Hakken quickly dispatches the two worker droids in one spray of blaster fire and even gets another hit on one of the lifters. The behemoth of a droid closes in and grabs Hakken, squeezing the life from him. Rylon lets off a quick shot that makes the droid release Hakken. Gravely wounded, the bounty hunter falls back. Comms can’t raise the astromechs back on the YT and RA-7 is despondent and then eventually stops responding.

The lifting droids block the doorway, but after another round of blaster fire, one of the droids sensors are knocked out and it moves off away from the fight while the other droid is disabled. As the spacers run through the complex, they notice EV-8D3, the medical droid, and an astromech taking the lift to landing pad B, but disregard them. As they arrive back at landing Pad A, they can see across the way the old freighter lifting off.

They arrive back at the ship to find RA-7 watching his Rodian holodramas but R5-W9 is no where to be found. R4-B3 comes from the engine room with everything started up. He reestablishes comms which had been mysteriously disabled.

They take off and head toward the projected path of the cloud car. Rylon has trouble keeping the ship stable in the high winds, but manages to get the jump on the droid. Its only moments out of range from destroying the final generator when they catch up with him and blast him out to the sky.

Later, the spacers find a restraining bolt on the inside calf of RA-7, once it’s removed he explains that he believes it was placed there by a MSE-6 mouse droid. Back to his normal self, RA negotiates with the miners about the money they have to take to Bargos the Hutt. After some haggling, they get their payment in full and take a message to the Hutt from Marv about needing further investment to get the mine solvable.

Once back on Sleheyron, Alger Sodoth is given 6k to start up his enterprise, and the spacers go to meet with Bargos. Led by his Toydarian majordomo through the opulent mansion past Gamorean gaurds and to Bargos audience chamber, they enter to find the Hutt in good spirits. They give him his payment from the mine as well as the information they uncovered and the message from the miners. He promises to speak with his Banking Clan allies about removing the bounty on Hakken and Rylon, though confesses that the Empire will likely find other means to reestablish it. He is impressed with their skills and would like to keep them on retainer, but they graciously decline. “We’ll get paid when we do the work”. Bargos is happy to keep them in mind for future jobs.

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Debts to Pay - Part 2

While making what was supposed to be a simple pick up from the recent acquisition of the vial gangster Bargos the Hutt, the scoundrels Rylon Corsair and Hakken Thul have discovered an eerily lifeless mining facility. With the help of an outdated administrator droid, 3D-4k, the spacers have found the office of the mine as the alarms begin to blare.

The klaxon is deafening, red flashing light fills the room, and an automated message of a calm female plays.

“Warning! Waring! Storm Barrier Generator Four compromised. Functioning units compensating effectively. Send maintenance as soon as possible. Warning! Warning! Storm Barrier Generator Four is offline.”

3D-4K explains they should be perfectly safe as long as the other barriers hold out. A total of five non functioning barriers would cause catastrophic failure. B3 is called in to work on the computers system. Turning off the alarm and pulling the schematics for the facility first, he fulls up a list of the computers files. As Rylon and Sodoth poor over them, Hakken keeps a watch.
Camera Footage:

  • 3 hours earlier – A freighter setting down on Pad B, a Sullestan exits and meets an EV droid. The pair walk aboard. Camera cuts out.
  • 2 hours earlier – Mine Entrance – Miners enter mine. Camera cuts out.
  • 1 hour earlier – A Trandoshan running through the reception area fleeing blaster fire.
  • 20 min. earlier -A cloud car, operated by spherical exploration droid leaving pad A.

They examine financial records and discover the mine and discover while the facility is losing money, a number of assets have been sold off and cuts have been made leaving the facility with 165k credits on hand as operational capital.

The spacers continue on, leaving behind B3 and 4k. They enter the changing area and find an cylindrical Medtech Medical Assistance Droid idling across the room. Beyond him in the refresher lay two human males piled in the shower, wet. Burns on their abdomens consistent with blaster fire. They approach FX medical droid and it springs to life. In a dull, soothing tone it asks, “Please tell me how I can help?” They interrogate him about the bodies, “What seems to be your problem?”, he replies. Rylon pulls out a restraining bolt and moves toward the droid, “Okay, I’m gunna put this on you.” The droid slowly backs away, “I’m sorry I can not obey your request. Only my approved primary mechanic may provide repairs”. “Well, who’s your primary mechanic?”, Rylon asks as it moves through the doorway into the Cargo Room. B3 calls over the comlink that a short wave radio burst came from that room, he was only able to pick up the end “… may be pirates.”

They get their blasters back up and move into the cargo room. In center of the room they can see the FX med droid but as they enter a small R2 unit rolls at full speed toward them, letting off a scream of binary, “WHAT did he say?!”, Rylon yells over the com, “Nevermind, just call him off!” 4k asks the astromech to calm down and says they are here to help which stops the droid and sends him off to idle nearby. Giving a glance over the cargo bay they spot a Binary Load Lifter Droid and numerous crates bearing the companies logo “Oridelve”. They take the lift to Pad B to instigate the freighter.

A pile of oriidium crates stands near a cheap, utilitarian ship. Not much more then a Hyperdrive class 5 on a container with a cockpit. They head on board to find the Sullestan from the recording dead shot at point blank range next to an empty crate that may have carried blasters. The records have been wiped from the logs, but they find the Sullestan’s permit. While exiting, Sodoth slips on some blood which leads them around the side of the ship to find yet another body, this one slashed across the stomach. The miner holds a laser drill as if its a weapon.

Returning to the cargo bay, the spacers find the FX med driod and R2 unit have left. Another waring sounds over the PA.

“Warning! Waring! Storm Barrier Generator Five compromised. Functioning units compensating effectively. Send maintenance as soon as possible. Warning! Warning! Storm Barrier Generator Five is offline. Storm Barrier Generator Four is offline.”

They move on to the workshop. A foundry for the oridium heats the room. A search turns up seven restraining bolts unsealed in their package, four empty boxes of restraining bolts, a tool to attach the bolts, and a simple scanner unit. Turning on the unit reaveals life form readings coming from a km. into the mine. As they head out toward the mine entrance, they notice puddles around the oil bath. They look over the side into the pool as the body of a young woman floats to the top.

At the mine entrance they find ten droids moving cargo around. An EV droid, six old B1 battle droids, two PK worker droids, and another Binary Load Lifer stack cargo to create makeshift walls. The EV droid turns on them, “Haven’t you taken enough?! Please just go!” The spacers ask for clarification. The droid explains that pirates have infiltrated the mine, brought by the freighter, they killed any miners, but left the droids alone. The spacers call up 4k and ask him to verify, but the droid only knows that droids carry no combat sub-routines and no weapons are allowed onsite. The EV droid explains that 4k is rather antiquated, unable to perform his tasks, which is why he was shut off and awaiting sale. When asked about the surviving miners, the EV droid claims not to know of their whereabouts, but believes its possible they could be at the way station within the mine.

Rylon, Hakken, and Sodoth take a mine cart into the shaft. A sloppy hotwire moves them quickly but burns out the cart. At a small shack between two of the main mine tunnels, the trio find the last of the miners. They explain that they were commed a few hours before that the droids had obtained blasters, gone mad, and began killing everyone. They’ve been trying to figure out what to do. Now with the spacers heavily armed, the miners have confidence they can take the droids, they take another cart back up to the mine entrance, letting it move slow and keeping behind it for cover, they emerge from the shaft to be greeted with blaster fire.

As they begin to return fire, another message sounds over the PA.

“Warning! Waring! Storm Barrier Generator Six compromised. Functioning units compensating effectively. Send maintenance as soon as possible. Warning! Warning! Storm Barrier Generator Six is offline. Storm Barrier Generator Five is offline. Storm Barrier Four is offline.”

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Debts to Pay - Part 1

At the insistence of B3 and their own curiosity, Hakken and Rylon head to the coordinates of the weapons cache on the other side of Sleheyron. They find themselves in a warehouse district that spans for a dozen and dozens kilometers dotted with landing platforms and surrounded by Tibanna gas processing facilities. Only light traffic and the occasional droid are seen as they make their way to the warehouse.

They bring along the two binary load lifters they picked up from Dobah, and find 27 crates containing 100 Blaster Pistols, 100 Blaster Carbines, 2 Missile Tubes, and 5 Heavy Repeating Blasters. The crates are electronically locked however and the code is linked to all containers. Three attempts are allowed, after which the contents are destroyed. B3 attempts to open the containers uses one attempt.

Bargos the Hutt’s protocol droid contacts The YT and delivers the coordinates for the oridium mine on Gavos. After taking off from the warehouse and getting out of the areas jammers, the group discovers the crates are broadcasting a signal. Another open attempt is tripped while disabling the broadcast.

While en route to Gavos, Hakken goes to throw the prisoner Alger Sodoth out the airlock. Sodoth pleads for his life and offers to take up Dobah’s piracy operation and work for Hakken and Rylon, all reward, no risk – he does the work and pays up to them. Hakken contemplates this for a moment. “Alright, I’ll agree to it. Despite my better judgement”, Hakken growls and releases Sodoth.

Arriving at Gavos, they find an inhospitable planet with deadly storms and a deadlier atmosphere of ammonia and methane. The mining facility lay in area surrounded by Storm Barrier Generators, which keeps the high winds and caustic clouds from destroying it. A nav beacon directs them to the mine, which is no more then a squat bunker buried in a hillside on one of the planet’s northern highland plateaus. No voice hails them as they touch down on the battered durracrete landing pad. They spot an old treadwell droid rusting to the side and a flickering pressure curtain holding back the poisonous atmosphere. Hakken modifies his painted Clone Trooper helmet with a breath mask, Sodoth and Rylon wear them standard, and as they head toward the facility they doubt they’ll find they 100k credits demanded by Bargos the Hutt as they go to investigate.

A small window to the left of the door shows a scorch mark at chest height. They enter the facility into a reception area, a thin layer of dust covering the room. Finding the reception office torn apart and a blotchy smear of dark liquid stains the carpet beneath the window with what they determine as a blaster scorch, they raise blasters and continue to investigate.

The cafeteria is empty save for the cook droid busying himself in the kitchen. As they look further into the room and find 4 dead miners slumped in their chairs or on the ground. Continuing on they find a recreation room, abandoned with half smoked cigarras and unfinished drinks. They find another body in the refresher as they move room to room investigating the miner’s quarters. They get to what appears to be the mining chief’s quarters and come across the polished chrome form of an administration droid, slumped over and apparently lifeless.

They pry off the restraining bolt and the droid reboots. He introduces himself as 3D-4k, but knows nothing of recent events. He is shocked to hear about the dead miners and the last he can recall is agreeing to meet EV-8D3 to discuss the mine’s other droids. Some have been behaving oddly and showing rebellious tendencies towards their duties. He shows the spacers to the office when an alarm beings to blare over the PA…

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Scoundrels of Sleheyron

With prisoners in tow, Hakken Thul and Rylon Corsair head for the Hutt Slave Market world of Sleheyron to meet the vial gangster Thakba Besadii Diori. With the transaction complete and the pirate Bandin Dobah turned over to the Hutt Slave Lord, the two spacers accompany a group of underground scoundrels on Diori’s personal skiff to watch Dobah’s punishment.

Dobah stands in the center of a huge gladiatorial arena, armed only with a combat knife. Around the pit the stands are filled with thousands of cheering spectators. On a floating skiff overhead, Rylon and Hakken watch joined by Diori, Bargos the Hutt, Toolo (Black Sun Vigo), and Daxon Oliver (Hot Shot Smuggler and Gambler).

Dobah’s first opponent is a Barabel warrior. The first fight does not last long, and though Dobah is victorious and the crowd cheers – they cheer for what’s to come. Soon Dobah faces Wookiee gladiator, though unarmed the Wookiee nearly finishes Dobah, but it’s rage gets the better of him and Dobah is able to score a critical hit and fell his oppenent. The final fight could hardly be called a fight. The doors on the opposite side of the arena open revealing a rampaging Gundark. The beast closes the distance and hammers Dobah to the ground and begins to feed on him.

Later, at Diori’s palatial estate, the Hutt inquires about any spice that was found with Dobah as well as the shipment that was meant for Nar Shaddaa. Anxious to fuel his party, he offers 20k for all the spice available. Though Rylon knows that the amount found is worth 20k alone and they are still owed another 10k for delivery of the Nar Shaddaa shipment, they agree to the amount. Diori’s very pleased and promises to use his contacts to remove their bounty posting within Hutt Space.

Rylon and Hakken enter into a high stakes sabbacc game with scoundrels they’ve accompanied. At the end of the night, Rylon loses a thousand credits, Hakken breaks even, and they lose the sabbacc pot, which has been sweetened by an oridium mine offered by Diori, a modified YT-2400 offered by Daxon, turf rights offered by Oebris, pre-clone wars banking clan bonds offered by Bargos, and Alger Sodoth offered by Hakken and Rylon as a slave.

Bargos the Hutt takes the sabbacc pot,though is uninterested in slaves. He instead offers that the spacers go the the oridium mines he’s just acquired to procure a first payment of 100k credits, assured by Diori to be the annual profit and to be there. In turn for doing this, Bargos will talk to his Banking Clan allies to see about reducing the amount of the bounty or removing it from Outer Rim postings.

Back at The YT, while awaiting for the deeds to be transferred before getting underway, B3 becomes extremely excited upon awaking from recharge and tapping into the ships computer. The droid explains that a message, which he has been aware of but unable to access, has been unlocked within his memory core.

The holo projected message shows a twenty something year old blond woman wearing simple robes of brown and white and a grave expression.

“Greetings Master Makeen, If you are viewing this, you’ve obviously made your way to Sleheyron. My apologies for the secretive nature of this message. Master Windu has handed this mission down specifically and asked it be kept off the council records. Recently a group of senators calling themselves the Delegation of 2000 presented a petition to the Supreme Chancellor requesting he give up his emergency powers, but the Chancellor refused. Master Windu and the delegation believe that the Chancellor may not give up his powers at all. That being said the Senator from Kestos Minor has arranged for weapons purchased from the Hutts to kept there in a warehouse in Sleheyron until they can be delievered to the militia of Kestos. Your droid has the coordinates and pass code for the warehouse. Perhaps this will all be for nothing, but all the same, May the force be with you.”

RA warns that the existence of this message makes them targets for the Empire and could be view as Jedi propaganda at best or worse, evidence of being Jedi sympathizers.

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Unexpected Arrivals

Rylon, Hakken , and B3 mull over the broken hyper drives of The Vagrant when RA alerts them to an incoming ship.

Rylon runs back the YT, Hakken and B3 to the cockpit of the Vagrant. RA sends the signal to the ship informing them they are docked and within the tunnel, it in turn signals the Vagrant and B3 responds with text message that a business deal is being discussed and to disregard the YT.

The star fighter comes into visually range. The Z-TIE has the wings of TIE fighter and the body of a Z-95 headhunter, this type of ship is colloquially known as an ugly – an amalgamation of salvaged snubfighter parts into a single starfighter. It flies into the cavern and sets itself down on its wings and an extended forword landing foot.

Alger Sodoth, had been providing cover for the sentry droid outside the asteroid. The human smuggler and Dobah’s last man, comes aboard the Vagrant. Hakken goes for the lift, but it closes on him, having already been called down. It opens a moment later empty. Rylon yells over Hakken’s comm link to take the human alive. As Hakken takes the lift down he cuts his comm and runs right into Sodoth. The smuggler has found the bodies of the crew and has his pistol up with a nervous finger on the trigger – he lets a shot off on Hakken critically injuring him leaving him compromised and knocked unconscious with a fearsome wound.

RA slices into The Vagrant’s comm and pa system. Rylon tries various methods to get Sodoth to surrender but Sodoth counters with a prisoner exchange offer. Rylon comms B3 to escape. During an attempt to deceive Sodoth, Rylon spills that more crew are aboard. Sodoth takes B3 hostage as well.

Desperate to resolve things, Rylon takes the YT up and moves into the pressure curtain in attempt get his guns trained on the Vagrant. Sodoth abandons his unconscious and droid prisoners for the Vagrants cockpit weapon system. He fires his one concussion missile but misses the YT and collapses the shorter tunnel out of the asteroid.

B3 calls the lift down to the cargo deck, locks it down, then pushes/drags Hakken out of the Vagrant. A stim pack gets Hakken back on his feet. Beaten, Sodoth pleads to be dropped off on Formos. He surrenders and is thrown into the brig along with Dobah.

Hakken and Rylon decided to leave the ships here for now, behind the pressure curtain and tend to the matters at hand. To protect their hidden treasures, B3 comes up with an idea. The astromech calls in the sentry droid and attaches Daro’s computer, reconfiguring it to broadcast the bio signature of a Space Slug and setting the droid to patrol only within the asteroid tunnels itself, making the asteroid appear to be “occupied”.

On the way to Formos, they contact Gilpeth. The Rodian is pleased to have results so soon and invites them to come to his master’s (Thakba Besadii Diorii) estate on Sleheyron to present their acquisition and collect the bounty.

Back in Formos Rylon hands Godon Netakka over to his sister Zukata. She kisses him on the cheek and thanks him, claiming they may have saved his life in more ways then one. With his injured leg, he may not be able to bounty hunt again. Hakken goes to heal himself with a Bacta treatment before they continue on to Sleheyron.

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Trouble Brewing - Part 2

Hakken, Rylon, and RA decide not to wait much longer before taking the fight to Daro. In the early morning they arm up and head toward the gang’s safe house. As they move through the streets, people move indoors or watch them pass from inside. The courtyard outside the cantina, alive with action yesterday, is empty. The merchants should be vying for spots to make their days wage… The group stops just shy of exiting the ally. Hakken climbs up to the roof of the building and blaster fire lets loose a few warning shots.

Daro calls for Hakken to climb down saying they got no idea who they’re messing with and that Hakken’s not the only one with high ground. That’s when Hakken notices the large gun barrel sticking out of the high window on the warehouse across the courtyard. Hakken false starts to climb down, opening fire on Daro, who falls back for cover as the rest of his gang let loose. First Spir gets picked off by Rylon. As Daro and Gut-Guro fall back to the safehouse, the heavy blaster rifle lets loose on the courtyard below and across at Hakken. As Hakken takes aim at the shooter through the open window a group of Toughs run from the cantina, blasters in one hand, stun grenades in the other. They run up on Rylon and RA, who dispatch two of them with Hakken’s help and the third makes a run for it… Rylon stuns him in the back. They gather up the Heavy Blaster Rifle before moving on to the safehouse.

Hakken takes position on a rooftop across from the garage door. RA slices the lock and Hakken takes the shot on Gut-Guro dropping him at once. Two blasters come skidding out the door and Daro yells, “Okay… Not worth it”. Rylon moves in, Daro drops his backpack and Rylon cuffs Daro. They see R5-W9 hooked up to a small desktop computer which reads, “Configuration Complete – coordinates compatible.” A search of the bag turns up some credits, meds, and a restraining bolt remover. They interrogate Daro. He tells them that Bandin Dobah does the hijacks and moves product to groups of smugglers to get to the distribution – They know that. He tells them that the coordinates to get to the pirates base have been loaded onto the droid – They figured that. He begs to be let go, citing that he has no bounties out on him, “I’m worthless”. Hakken raises his blaster, “That’s right. You are”. Rylon offers a deathstick to Daro, which he bites between his teeth and sucks it down. Knowing what comes next he looks to Hakken, “Do it”, he says. A single blaster shot makes a crater of Daro’s face. They leave him in cuffs to send a message.

RA removes the restraining bolt from R5. Rylon lets him know that his friend J-3PO has been …broken… but insists they can rebuild him. RA objects and refutes that claim rather bluntly. They gather up all they can and head back to the ship, a small group cheer for their street justice. Zukata rushes out to Rylon. She pleads one last time for him to bring back her brother. Rylon promises he will.

The trip to the asteroid field is a short one. Along the way, B3 accesses a file named PASS on Daro’s computer, as they drop out of hyperspace and R5 indicates the large slowly moving rock as their target. The asteroid is riddled with caverns, Rylon expresses some fear of space slugs, “Just a space legend” Hakken claims, but RA chimes in that space slugs are very real and have made the asteroids tunnels but seemed to have moved on.

B3 sends the code and they sentry droid passes them. Rylon flies the ship into a large entrance the asteroid tunnels, sure to avoid the stringy black ichor left behind by the space slugs that coalesces into dangling sticky stalagmites.

First they come across a wrecked single fighter. They find a rack of new Thalassian binders and hylium grenades. They move further into the asteroid and turn headlong into a cave of mynocks. Hakken is ready on the gun and disperses them. Finally they arrive at the cavern occupied by Bandin Dobah’s ship.

The YV-666 sits parked behind an small pressure curtain. Hakken and Rylon approach cauciously but no one is around except a pair of binary load lifer droids moving cargo pods. They move onboard into the cargo bay, past the escape pods, and toward the common area where three humans and a Rodian are having coffee.
Hakken moves in and opens fire, taking out the three humans with a flurry of auto-fire.

Godon Netakka, goes for his blaster, but Rylon is quick to say that they were sent by his sister. He skeptically asks her name and occupation when Rylon offers that up as well he stops and explains that he’s working with Dobah now as it was him tha pulled him from his wreakage and fixed him up. Hakken asks where Dobah is now, “I’m here”, the Aqualish calls as he enters blaster raised. After a brief stand off he ‘gives up’ and raises his hands and the blaster, when Rylon demands he drop it, Dobah’s first mate clubs Rylon from behind. Dobah takes cover behind Godan. Hakken switches to stun and opens fire on both of them. They are both critically injured and drop, though Dobah stays conscious and continues firing. Rylon takes out the first mate. Ready to just kill him and be done with it, Hakken despairs as he runs out of ammo, so he smashes Dobah’s face and cuffs him.

A search of the ship turns up 20k of spice as well as gear and weapons. Unfortunately the ship’s main hyperdrive is broken…

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Trouble Brewing - Part 1

The Dawn’s Dream sets down on Formos and the crew are taken with the stale and parched atmosphere as soon as they step off board the ship. While the droids stay behind, Hakken and Rylon explore the spaceport. They notice the lack of aquatic heritage species and water salesmen throughout the port charging outrageous prices as they look for the cantina.

A glowing neon sign points the way to Rii Jenks cantina and they take a path up a disorderly jumble of hastily constructed dwellings creating a maze of tight alleyways filled with debris, portable trash compactors, personal moisture condensers, and crates line the gangways as they thread between houses and streets. They hear a loud rattle and a low monotonous voice calling out as they pass one partiulcarly dark alley. When they move a few pieces of garbage from the trash compactor they find J-3PO, badly damaged. His head is dented, one of his ocular sensors pulled out and dangling, but worst of all his lower half has been seperated and the wires spill out like intestines and it bleeds hydrolic fluid. He pleds with Hakken and Rylon to find his friend, R5-W9.

As he slowly goes offline, J-3PO explains he and R5 were astrogators for hire and R5 had perfected a Kessel Run that was 14 parsec, not the fastest but fast. J-3PO explains that the pair were attacked about 20 hours ago, he believes the thugs were mostly human and male. He saw them fit a restraining bolt on R5 and drag him away before being thrown into the trash compactor. His eyes dim and voice drops an octave, “Please save my friend…” he begs before going offline. They take his head to attempt to salvage any more data later and continue to the cantina.

Hakken and Rylon find refreshment from the air conditioning and cocktails being served at Rii Jenk’s. To the right of the door a flickering holoscreen displays the rotating head of a tough-looking Aqualish, with scrolling text advertising an Imperial bounty for Badin Dobah. It reads: “The office of Moruth Doole, administaraor of the spice mines of Kessel, is offering up a 10,000 credit reward for teh killing or capture of the Aqualish pirate Bandin Dobah. This dangerous outlaw from justice is guilty of the murder of the Empire’s serurity operatives, destruction of Imperial Property, movement of contraband, black marketerring of narcotics, and acts of criminal conspiracy.”

On stage is Fia Mund, billed as the Sullistan Master of the Kloo Horn. The bartender and namesake of the establishment is a Bith, very keen to keep out of trouble with his clientele. He offers up little info, only that Dobah has preyed on some of his regulars, ambushing them as they exit hyperspace at the asteroid belt further in the system.

Hakken and Rylon take a booth, and not a few moments later Snoo, a Devarionian infochant takes a sit beside Rylon. He introduces himself and offers his services. After some negotiating on the price, they ask where Bandin Dobah is but this doesn’t not know. He does offer up why Dobah has an Imperial Bounty as well as from the Hutts. Apparently the administrator of the spice mines of Kessel has illegal dealings to sell spice to the Hutts, and Dobah has been pillaging their shipments. The two human scoundrels ask Snoo about the droidnapping was done by Dobah, he confesses that he’s not aware but a faster route through the Kessel run would give Dobah an even greater advantage. Finally they ask if theirs been any other attention on the bounty, and are told there has been little attempt on it other then by a Rodian Bounty Hunter several weeks back but never returned. Rylon pays for the info and then drops another double payment on top, “You’re on retainer now”.

An elegantly dressed Rodian walks in the bar, Zukata catches Rylon’s eye and he goes to hit on her. As he makes his way across the bar Daro Blunt, Spir Fraxis, and Gut-Guro walk into the bar and approach Zukata. Rylon tries to butt into their harassment of the Rodian female and is threated by the Weequay Gut-Guro.

Throwing caution to the wind, Rylon draws his blaster and sticks it in Gut-Guro’s back then grabs him for cover. Daro and Spir quickly draw their blasters and Daro fires at Rylon’s head. It critically hits, over powering Rylon to release Gut-Guro, and leaving a scar from the edge of his eye across the top of his ear. Before they can do much more, Hakken stands draws his carbine, and fires off a few shots at Daro. The three run out of the bar.

Zukata helps Rylon back to the booth with Hakken and tells her coverstory about checking map accuracy. The guys see through it and she comes clean telling them the missing Rodian Bounty Hunter that went after Dobah is her brother, Godan Netakka. He went into debt getting gear and jumped planet. She asks for their help in finding him. They agree and walk her back to her hotel.

Along the way, Hakken notices they are being followed by a Toydarian. He runs when he gets spotted and Hakken takes pursuit. Sneaking up on the flying creature as it entered a warehouse. Hakken moves along side the building, climbing as near he can to an high open window. Though he can’t see, he hears the voices from the Cantina talking to the Toydarian.

Daro’s gruff voice speaks first, “I mean, I want to pay them back for that anyhow, but are you sure it’s anything that should be of concern to the Big Man?”
The Toydarian sounds somewhat unctuous. “I couldn’t be sure, but it seems that they are mixed in with things somehow. Thy’re new in town. Been asking questions. Checking the bounty notice. I thought I heard them say something about a missing droid, but I could be wrong. The were getting themselves pretty cozy with the Rodian girl as well, if you know what I mean.”
Daro grunts, “It’s good you came to us, Zalg, here’s a token of appreciation”

Zalg leaves and Hakken continues to listen. Daro then orders everyone in on this and get ready, they’re “going to deal with these trouble makers soon”. Hakken nearly falls from his perch and alerts the gang. Hakken makes a run back to Rylon who’s dropped the girl off with no incident.

Hakken explains what he heard as Rylon goes for a bacta treatment on his head, the wound is treated but the scar is left behind.

When they arrive back at the ship, Snoo calls them and tells them to check the Imperial Bounty notice again… it now displays Hakken Thul’s updated to show the last know ship he was traveling on along with the accomplice Rylon Corsair.

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A short stop for the Dawn's Dream (Part 2)

The first of the crews maintenance experts shows up, a Corellian Weapons Expert named Haal Lorien. He enters with a bottle of Corellian Brandy calling for Royal. He’s surprised to see Hakken and Rylon having encountering them serparatly before. They tell Haal of Royal and Taski’s deaths and catch him up on what went down on Nar Shadda and picking up where Royal left off. Haal says he’ll do any work for half the price, as long as they take down the ones responsible for his friends deaths. They drink to their memories. They decide on installing a forward facing concussion missile launcher and Haal includes 6 concussion missiles with the installation.

Cid Siln, a Rodian mechanic that does not speak basic (though understands it) interacts with by RA. When Rylon attempts to bargain the price down further the Rodian nearly walks, but RA smooths things over and he agrees to install carbon durasteel armor, reinforce the shield generator on the aft side, and install a high output ion turbine on the stipulation that the Human be kept away from him.

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