On Aint Misbehavin’
Thane goes through the pack of one of the Noghri assassins. He finds a large vial of some clear, gel-like substance. Moda Parat, their new Ithorian botanist, identifies the substance as a potent neuro-paralytic that contains some plant extract which has been irradiated. This has seemingly increased the potency of the extract. He is unable to identify this substance, other than that it is very unusual. Thus, he is unable, at the moment, to duplicate it. However, at Duncan’s request, he starts working on an antidote. He needs one of the eight doses to do so.
Thane also finds several bleached and worn digit bones of various sizes and shapes in the Noghri’s pouch. He gets an uneasy feeling from them – similar to how he felt with Kel Prost’s light saber gem – but not as intense.
By this point, the group has picked up the tabana gas from Bespin and plans to sell it on Bothawui. They agree to give Garm Iblis a lift there. They will sell their gunboat, which may be carrying a tracking device, at Eriadu on the way.
The group discusses various ways of using the neuro-paralytic toxin to incapacitate a certain Krayt dragon in the Roche asteroid field.
Duncan attempts to hone his light saber skills with Alanna. Rhia chats with Garm Iblis about the Empire and the various pockets of resistance throughout the galaxy. He has reason to believe that the Empire is targeting various non-human worlds for gaining greater control.
As it happens, on their journey to Eriadu, they learn that Moda Parat is quite a good vegetarian cook.
According to Iblis, Eriadu is the home of Holonet News, a sort of propaganda arm of the Empire. The Tarkin family seems to get a lot of air time – they seem to be heavily invested in the planet’s economy. The name of Wilhuf Tarkin is mentioned – Daro remembers serving under his command on a Republic ship during the Clone Wars. He understands him to be a ruthless, power-seeking man and is on the fast track to becoming an Imperial Moff.
The planet is also known for its production of lomite, an ore needed for transpara-steel. The main city is Phelar.
As they pass into orbit, they notice Sentinel base, a military base, housing Sienar Systems’ products, like the TIE fighter.
The whole group gets a bad feeling about this planet and they decide to head out of system. Like clockwork, an Imperial corvette approaches their vessel. It hails them. Rhia responds. The Imperial officer identifies herself as Lt. Raybor. She asks for credentials and their business in the system – Rhia gives the ship’s registration to her and explains that they are seeking replacement parts for some of its systems. She says that they are unable to find the parts on Eriadu and are moving on. Raybor seems to grudgingly buy the story and allows them to leave.
The group decides to go to Naboo instead, since it is also in the way to Bothawui and is not as obviously pro-Empire.
The imperial presence here is less pronounced, but there are Imperial vessels in orbit. They do not seem interested in their ship at the moment. The group takes Zoe and the gunboat down to the planet. They head toward Theed, the main human capitol.
Duncan does some digging to find a suitable buyer in the city. He is unable to do so, but comes across some information that suggests that the Gungans on the planet are trying to acquire space-faring vessels. He tells the rest of the group this and they decide to sell to the Gungans instead. Duncan contacts them and arranges a meeting with a buyer on the surface.
They meet two Gungans. Rhia gives them a tour of the ship, talking up its many merits. They seem enthused – so much so that one of the Gungans takes it upon himself to test out one of the missile launchers. The missile fires and completely destroys their submersible. They cheer this development. They offer full value (165, 000 credits) for the ship but demand that the group provides them with three more of these vessels within the next 6 months. Rhia reluctantly agrees. They complete the transaction and leave before the Gungans can cause any damage with their new ship.
They do a bit of shopping in Theed (and spend 750 credits) and head back to Aint Misbehavin’ in orbit. They hit the hyperspace lanes, making for Bothawui.
They arrive at the planet, the confluence point of four space lanes. It is a terrestrial planet, but has not been completely developed. It has a high level of technology. The largest population is Bothan, although there is a sizable human population. Although the Bothans do not have much in the way of a space fleet, the planet is well protected by energy-based and physical shields. Several gates exist for admitting traffic through the shields.
They are aware of a station on a nearby moon for the transfer of the tibanna gas. They contact Zak Kreel on the moon. He has been expecting them. Zak is confused that their ship reads to him as smaller than what she is. The ship will not fit into the hanger bay that he has offered to them. He begrudgingly agrees to send up two of his ships to offload the cargo.
The ships are lightly armed and arrive shortly in the hanger bay of Aint Misbehavin’. Several Bothans and a human walk down onto the bay. The human, Zak Kreel, looks around the ship, expressing how impressed he is with Shug’s work on the ship.
They talk deal – Rhia offers to sell the tibanna gas to him for 1.8 times what they paid for it. Kreel acts surprised at the figure, but Rhia and Thane sense that it is somewhat of a ruse. They take him to see the goods, tour the ship, and have a few drinks. Thane seems to be having a positive influence on his mood. After all is said and done, Kreel agrees to pay 1, 080, 000 credits for the gas, a net profit of 480, 000 credits. This is shaping up to be a pretty sweet operation…