On Nar Shadaa
On the ship, Duncan seems to be unable to root out the AI that has infiltrated the ship and its droids. Thane attempts to communicate with it. It does not appear to be hostile, but is curious, and somewhat skeptical, as to the choices made with regard to the ship’s upgrades.
Iko seems to be keeping to himself, perhaps traumatized by recent events.
Vekis and Duncan look into fencing some of their goods. Duncan tracks down a buyer and negotiates what he thinks is a sweet price for the goods – they pack up the goods for delivery. Thane flies the ship to the warehouse, where the exchange is to be made. The warehouse sports the logo of Starlight Transport. Thane lands the ship on one of the many loading docks. Duncan meets his contact, Ree Salan, on the deck. She has several droids unload the goods from the ship. The agreed upon sum, a total of 73000 credits, is given to the group in hard currency. Luckily, Vekis is there to haul it onto the ship. The transaction complete, the ship takes off.
In the neighbourhoods of Nar Shadaa, Daro, Caelium, Alanna, and Duru follow the Black Sun agent, Markus, to an air speeder. They get inside and notice that it’s windows have been darkened. They travel for close to an hour. The door opens to a view of a large palatial looking facility. It’s difficult to tell if it is above or below ground. It seems to be undergoing some major upgrades. Markus leads the group inside a room.
A swath of aromas – food, spice and various bodily odours – greets them as they enter an antechamber. They are led down a long opulent hallway. It opens into a large, open room. Slaves seems to be at work. On a raised dais, sits a large slug-like creature – surely Virgo the Hutt. He is attended by various hangers-on. Daro notices that all of the exits from this room are equipped with heavy blast doors and that behind the Hutt’s platform is a curtain hiding gun installations.
Virgo is angry, listing the transgressions that they have made against him. He asks Caelium why they are here and why he shouldn’t have them killed. He explains that he is tired of being hunted and wishes to make a proposal to him. The group is offering to retrieve Virgo’s stolen yacht and to deal with Kel Prost for him. Virgo rumbles at the mention of Prost. Virgo does not appear too interested in the yacht at the moment. He says that there is a job that needs to be done with one of his operations. If they complete the job for him, he will let them live. Caelium tries to negotiate for credits but doesn’t get very far. Virgo mentions that, if they succeed in this mission, they may be useful to the Besadii, one of the most powerful Hutt families. On behalf of the group, Caelium agrees to the terms. A man in Mandalorian armour appears from behind the curtain, holding his helmet by his hip – it is Winston. Virgo and his dais disappear behind the curtain.
Winston leads them to a room to debrief them on their mission. The planet Ylesia houses one of Virgo’s spice operations. The family Desilek, is at odds with the Besadii family and may be threatening the operation. The group is to transport some cargo to the planet as a cover. They are to contact Roget Proja, a member of the Oneness of All religious group on the planet, to deliver the goods. Virgo wants the group to find out what is going on and find out if the Desilek family is involved. Winston takes his leave and the group returns to the ship.
Back on the ship, the rest of the group is debriefed on the discussion with Virgo and his man. Everyone agrees to take on the mission. They find out that the planet Ylesia is in Hutt space in the outer rim, on the Shag Pabol hyperlane. They have up to two and a half days to pick up the cargo on Nal Hutta.
Thane contacts Lev and invites him to meet at a tavern. The entirety of the former JT6 makes their way to the meeting place. They are met with some odd looks from the slightly upscale crowd. Lev is happy to see them. He informs them that Aruk, the head of the Besadii family, was recently poisoned and killed. His son, Derga, took over. He seems to have made a deal with Black Sun, possible through Virgo the Hutt, to protect him and take out his rivals. Lev also explains how, two years ago, Black Sun suffered an internecine conflict that caused the deaths of several Vigos. The Imperial senate has just passed a law that abolishes slavery – that is sure to upset the Hutts. Lev feels that the Desilek were involved in Aruk’s death, but is unsure. He suggests that the group finds a way to get out from underneath Virgo’s influence.
The group discusses their situation and decides to figure out a way to gain some leverage over Virgo, so he will release them from their obligation to him. Duncan asks about the mission to Ylesia. They decide to go ahead and get started.
Thane flies the ship toward the drop zone point on Nal Hutta where they are to pick up the cargo. They see the Black Sun fleet stand-off in orbit of Nar Shadaa. Thane tries to avoid it, but is stopped by an interdictor ship. Fighter ships, loyal to the Desilek family, approach – two Z95 headhunters and one modified and heavily armed YT model ship. Thane tries to talk them off, but fails. They fire on the ship and damage the nav computer. Vekis fires back with the cannons, slicing off the wing of one of the headhunters and blowing open its canopy. Duru hacks the weapons system on the other headhunter and temporarily disables it. Daro and Vekis shoot at the larger YT ship and stop it in its tracks.
With the enemy ships disabled, the group decides to commandeer the large vessel. Perhaps it’s time to pay a visit to Kel Prost…