Star Wars - The Nameless

A short stop for the Dawn's Dream (Part 1)

The Dawn’s Dream has docked at Hosko Station. R4-B3 and begun the repairs that need to be made. The search of the ship has turned up little other then some traces of fur on one of the bunks. The ships log was equally of little use, most of the logs having been scrubbed.

Before heading out into the station with Hakken Thul and Rylon Corsair, RA-7 disguises himself with a nonfunctional restraining bolt.

The humans, having been here before, head to the Quasar Bar to see if they can turn up some information or a job. The Balosar bartender, Zim Telos attempts to sell death sticks along with the drinks, but when Hakken and Rylon refuse he suggest they mingle with the other guests. A scan of the room shows a range of alien agricultural workers from Hosko or merchants, though two notable aliens stick out, a nervous out of place Rodian and a provocatively dressed Farghul female with two Duros.

She gets Hakkens attention, dismisses the Duros, and becons Hakken over. With flirtatious banter, the Farghul begins to inquire about Hakken’s whereabouts during the Clone Wars, if he remembers the old Holos of the Jedi, if he’s good enough to take one on… She reveals her name is Breela, leader of Crimson Nova faction of The Bounty Hunters Guild. Hakken asks what the “acquisition” is, but Breela has none to speak of right now, but she’ll be in touch.

As Hakken and Breela speak, RA picks up the audio from across the room, isolates the 2 voices, and plays the conversation from his vocabulator. After Hakken returns, RA-7 tells of an area in the unlit corner which is emitting a humanoid sized mass of ultraviolet light, suggesting a Defel. Hakken approaches warily and prods the darkened chair and reveals a passed out aged Defel reeking of alcohol. RA is amused with his by his prank. Hakken is not.

Next the three of them approach, the nervous looking Rodian. After charming him a bit and and getting a rather strong drink from the waitress droid into him, the Rodian looses up, introduces himself as Gilpeth and reveals he works for a Hutt clan and is here to be meeting the crew of the Dawn’s Dream to arrange a bounty on Bandin Dobah, aqualish pirate baron, and spice smuggling job into Nar Shaddaa. The job pays 10K on delivery and the smuggling pays 20K (10K upfront). Hakken and Rylon lie about being the contacted crew, but make it believable as they now are the crew of the Dawn’s Dream. The contracts are signed via datapad and Gilpeth, having taken a great liking to being drunk and his new human friends suggest they visit the casino. At the casino, Rylon attempts a game of chance cube, but looses. Gilpeth recklessly gambles hundreds of credits, but wins 300, pays Rylon what he lost and passes out at the tables. The droid dealer begins complaining that the Rodian is too drunk to be admitted to the establishment, so Hakken and Rylon carry him back to the Dawn’s Dream…

R4-B3 informs them the repairs will take 3 days and cost 9k credits. He also reveals a datapad found in engineering. A personal log explaining the crew of the Dawn’s Dream had taken on two bounty hunters, a Wookie named Kaakrarha and Phindian named Vek, and planned on taking up the bounty on Bandin Dobah using their contract to smuggle under him to get close. They would fly to Formos and acquire him there then take a position within the Hutt’s organization. Hakken and Rylon realize they left those two behind somewhere on Nar Shaddaa.

RA gets to work on tracking down mechanics that can undertake some upgrades and introduces Rylon to Rodian Holodramas. Later Jan Ors contacts Hakken and thanks him for his help, they made out of Nar Shaddaa only to be picked up by Jabba the Hutt’s men, revealing himself as one of private investors in the Dark Trooper program. She informs him that their next mission will be infiltrating the Imperial City, the very vaults of the Imperial Security Operations building. She invites him along, saying, “We could use another diversion.” Hakken informs her he’s putting his ship back together, which she understands. She believes he could be a great help to the Alliance and transmits encrypted codes for meeting up with members across several different worlds.

B3 calls for them to double the efforts on repairs and go to aid the Rebellion.
RA brings attention to the fact that they’ve already made deals for 2 contracts and as of now the Rebellion only owes a “favor”, but has promised no credits.

Gilpeth awakens hung over and thanks the humans and offers his comlink frequency. He makes arrangement for the spice shipment to be delivered.

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Rylon's little debt has become big trouble

A check of the sensors shows that 3 Z-95 headhunters and a Skipray Blastboat are in hot pursuit. The Headhunters take formation in front of the Blastboat as the comm channel chirps. Rylon anxiously answers to find Gizwello, leader of the Dianoga Riders, now with a half bionic face. He sneers at Rylon and threatens to blast them out of space.

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As soon as the Headhunters are within range, Hakken and RA-7-MTD open fire. Though RA has some programing as a gunner, it’s Hakken that makes the best strikes. RA moves to the cockpit to aid in the comm systems, B3 tries his best to keep the ship together, and Rylon keeps her moving as the backup hyperdrive comes online.

Hakken critically damages one Headhunters sensors and it’s forced to fall back. Next he critically knocks another Headhunter off course and it loses pace in the chase. The Blastboat moves into position and fires a volley of laser blasts and a concussion missile before being knocked off course itself. The last Headhunter breaks the chase as the hyperdrive comes online and spits out coordinates along the Pabol Hutta hyperspace route to Hosko station.

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Hakken's Secret Revealed

As Rylon and Hakken argue over the level of danger they’re in, Hakken is contacted by Jan Ors , Alliance operative. She makes a plea for help, having come across his name in several Imperial documents she’s recovered regarding her current mission. Her partner has a rather large bounty out on him but Hakken has a sizable one on him as well. She asks that he expose himself and maybe draw some of the attention away.

Rylon sets to the streets to gather up gamblers for a impromptu sabacc tournament.

Hakken gets comm call after call from Rusk asking him to come in, but Hakken ducks him, and buys 4 frag grenades from Wuckem. He visits Larisselle and sells her the sabacc den, for a profit for once.

When Hakken finally goes into Rusk, he finds a full lobby at the office and Rusk pleased. Lariselle has turned over the sabacc den to him. Then Rusk tips his hand and asks how he plans on making the credits to stave off his bounty. Hakken makes a run for it and gets to the lobby. He drops his bag of frag grenades he had stashed under his arm, taking out 3 of Rusk’s men immediately and sealing the door to Rusk’s office trapping him inside. Hakken tries to make it to the door but finds it locked. He draws and fires on another that took cover beside the couch and continues the fire fight with the final three who’ve taken cover behind overturned Dejarik board. Though several serious hits are scored on him, Hakken is sure to finish off the rest before leaving, but leaves Rusk locked in his office.

Outside, word has spread about the sabacc tournament. A crowd begins to gather around the sabacc den which provides perfect cover to keep Rusk’s men slowed down from coming to his aid. Hakken calls Rylon and the droids and tells them to get to the Dawn’s Dream. They fight off the few guards left and have the engines coming up on a cold start, just as the droids make it onboard.

R4-B3 breaks the code to release the docking clamps, just as Hakken finds the crew dead in engineering. A brief flash of a Defel is seen as the primary hyperdrive blows. Rylon takes her out of the docking bay and one of the escape pods fires ejecting over “The Box”

They make it beyond orbit and assess repairs when the sensors pick up incoming fighters…

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Final Respects

B3 returns to the garage with RA, Hakken, Rylon, and Eelia. He asks for help moving Gretina’s body to the incinerator. In silence they pay their final respects…

B3 has his restraining bolt removed and reveals Gretina’s safe containing 500 credits and a holdout blaster. B3, RA, and Eelia stay behind and load usable equipment out and back to the apartment.

Hakken and Rylon visit the docking bay, guarded by six of Rusk’s men, including “Bruiser”, a slow witted Besalkis enforcer. Being in the employ of Rusk, no attention is paid when they start talking to Captain Royal and his first mate Taski. Rylon goes aboard with the captain who immediately begins asking questions. He asks who Rusk is, how get took over the dock and warehouse so quickly and what happened to the Swoop gang. Rylon can only answer about the gang. Captain Regal confesses he works under contract smuggling spice for an Aqualish pirate lord and the swoop gang was the distributor. He asks Rylon to find out who Rusk really is and promises a ride to the next major port

Rylon and Hakken visit Rusk next. Hakken hands over the 30K from Frank Garret, and Rusk is not pleased. He demands the other 20k by the end of the night, as well as the completion of some more collections work. Hakken is to visit the Spice Den and pick up a payment while Rylon heads to collect rent from a Verpine priest known to the locals just as “Pera”. He also tacks on the job of closing negotiations with the Dawn’s Dream to hand over their spice shipment… since they’ve already taken it upon themselves to get involved.

Hakken meets Larisselle, owner of the local spice den. She laments over the hush money Rusk demands for not informing the Hutts about her operation and her mouth gets away from her when she considers out loud selling Rusk out to the Hutts, having discovered his backing is coming from the criminal organization, Black Sun. She pays Hakken a little extra to keep that between them.

Meanwhile Rylon can’t bring himself to extort money from the aging Verpine. He listens to the sermon about the “path of the sacred way” and excuses himself.

After meeting back up, Hakken takes it on himself to collect from the “Pera” and tells Rylon to go back to the apartment and wait. The Verpin only has 500 of the requested 2k credits. Hakken takes the credits, the crystal that the Verpine displayed on a pedestal, and tells the being to leave the neighborhood.

Hakken returns to Rusk, turns over the Spice Den payment and Verpine’s rent money (mostly out of pocket). Rusk is disappointed that Hakken has done Rylon’s favor… which still leaves Rylon on the hook for his debt.

Hakken then negotiates with the swokes swokes merchant, Wuckem, for a blaster rifle and a modified light blaster pistol. Then heads over to negotiate with Frank Garret. Frank is only 5k credits off, but Hakken gets him to keep his 15k and turn the sabacc den over to him.

Eelia returns to Frank and Rylon goes to visit the ship in dock again… Things are more tense, and the captain fears that Rusk’s men will storm they ship soon and take spice shipment instead of waiting for a deal to be struck.

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A few credits short...

Having only known one another for a few days, Rylon Corsair and Hakken Thul enter into an agreement to get off Nar Shaddaa together…
Currently Rylon and Hakken have been working out of a small neighborhood called “The Box”, where all manner of illicit activities can be found and all of it done under the Hutts’ noses. Hakken has been doing enforcement work for Rusk. Ryloth has borrowed the amount needed to buy into a sabacc tournament from Kal’Steen, a Siniteen bookie.

Hakken and Rylon make their way through the high walkways of the Vertical City to Frank’s Sabacc Den. As they pass the Dianoga Rider’s Swoop Gang Clubhouse, some of the members try to hassle them. Hakken and a Trandoshan have a tense moment staring one another down, but Rylon makes a few zingers that get the other alien swoop riders laughing and they proceed to Frank’s.

Settling in the sabacc table, Rylon nervously assesses his competition and is pleased that he sees no serious threats… until RA-7-MTD sits down at the empty seat beside him. The droid proceeds to win hand after hand and quickly ends what should have been a night long event. Rylon attempts to befriend RA-7, in hopes of taking the winnings off him, but after a some attempts to charm and coerce him, RA offers the winnings up as reward to find and kill his former master, an imperial officer named Obran Cass. He promises to work for them as translator and comm operator.

As they leave, Hakken, Rylon, and RA-7 are ambushed by the Dianoga Riders. With blasters trained and ready, Gizwello kindly request the droid be handed over to them, but Hakken and Rylon deny that request. A blaster fight breaks out on the street. RA gets winged with several hits. Hakken shoots Gizwello’s blaster from his hand and RA goes for it. Then Hakken critically injures Gizzwello with a blaster bolt to the face. A Gran and a Sakiyan, drag Gizwello back to a waiting, open top speeder. They throw him in before taking off as the other Dianoga Riders make it to their swoops and take off as well. As Hakken and Rylon consider what to do with Gizwello’s left behind swoop, a small Chadra-Fan runs out from an ally way hops on it and waves before taking off.

“If the Chadra-Fan didn’t get to it, I may have grabbed it myself.”, Gretina says coming from around the corner. Rylon and Gretina have spoken before and are friendly. She offers to fix up RA and help them find a ship using some of her contacts to get them a cheap price – Free of charge, just as thanks for putting the swoop gang in their place. But the credits they have available won’t make a dent in getting them a ship…

Rylon takes some of the winnings to go pay back Kal’Steen, but only finds the small shop front locked up.

Hakken goes to see if Rusk has any jobs he can take. As he enters Rusk’s office building he spots Gr’vesk, hiding in the shadows, and acknowledges him. Inside Rusk is very pleased to see Hakken. He pulls up the a holo recording of the fight, capture from a hidden camera pointing down from one of the apartments above the courtyard, and pays 20,000 credits for doing him such a big favor and dealing with the Swoop Gang. Rusk already has men acquiring the club house, warehouse, and docking port that the swoop controlled. Hakken inquires about work and is given the task of collections on a loan to Frank Garret, the owner of Frank’s. Rusk suggests he threaten the Twi’lek waitress, Frank’s adopted daughter. As Hakken leaves, Rusk asks him to inform Rylon that he’s bought his debt from Kal’Steen.

Rylon and Hakken meet in the street and Rylon promptly pays Rusk a visit to take care of his debt, but Rusk asks for more credits, as he charges a higher loan rate, or the whole thing could get called off if Rylon does some favors… maybe throw a sabacc game some time.

Worried and intimidated Rylon accompanies Hakken on his collection job at Frank’s. Hakken gives Rylon some credits for drinks and gambling and the request to make a scene. Rylon drinks, sulks about losing to a droid, and ultimately gets caught cheating. Hakken grabs Eelia and request the loan amount for Rusk, 50k credits. Frank only has 30k, which Hakken takes, along with Eelia as collateral.

When they arrive back at Gretina’s garage, they find the door busted open and Gretina dead. A quick search finds RA-7 switched off and buried in a junk heap and Gretina’s helper droid R4-B3 hiding behind some fuel tanks. He plays back a recording of the events:

The Trandoshan gang member Hakken stared down earlier attempts to beat the door in. Gretina first orders B3 to hide then uses her droid caller to disable him from moving, getting involved and damaged. She switches RA-7 off and throws some junk over him, and before she can get to her tool kit for a weapon, the Trandoshan busts the door in and attacks her. He escapes moments before Hakken, Rylon, and Eelia arrive.

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