The Empire Rising

SESSION 41

Just before the meeting with Nogba, Alana says she never felt Thane’s death her, Iko, Duro, and Vekkis decide to go and try and find Thane

pollacks greets the party in the lift down, and lets them know they will help anyway they can, he gives them a run down on what ship they left in, headed towards a moon of planet Phemis, Duncan detects a energy signature on the moon that is shield generators, and that there is a secret underground base.
Duncan is able to jam any signal they send out.

Caz, Duncan, Rhia , and Ba’Ob descend to the planet, as the moons defense engage , with a bunch of work, they dodge the incoming attacks, and land on the surface in a gully, below the ground defenses

They get, reading on some kind of “threads” so Caz and Rhia go to investigate and discover it is in fact some kind of crystal spider

Rhia pilots the ship down a tunnel, as close to the complex as she can, then the party

As they are walking along the cavern the ceiling collapses preventing the party from going back to the ship,

after some turns they stumble into a room with many giant spiders, the part slowly backs out, Caz tries to drop the ceiling, but is unsuccessful so the party falls back to an underground lake and dives under.

With Caz’s help Ba’Ob and Rhia make it through the lake

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session 40
Spiders...

Just before the meeting with Nogba, Alana says she never felt Thane’s death her, Iko, Duro, and Vekkis decide to go and try and find Thane

pollacks greets the party in the lift down, and lets them know they will help anyway they can, he gives them a run down on what ship they left in, headed towards a moon of planet Phemis, Duncan detects a energy signature on the moon that is shield generators, and that there is a secret underground base.
Duncan is able to jam any signal they send out.

Caz, Duncan, Rhia , and Ba’Ob descend to the planet, as the moons defense engage , with a bunch of work, they dodge the incoming attacks, and land on the surface in a gully, below the ground defenses

They get, reading on some kind of “threads” so Caz and Rhia go to investigate and discover it is in fact some kind of crystal spider

Rhia pilots the ship down a tunnel, as close to the complex as she can, then the party

As they are walking along the cavern the ceiling collapses preventing the party from going back to the ship,

after some turns they stumble into a room with many giant spiders, the part slowly backs out, Caz tries to drop the ceiling, but is unsuccessful so the party falls back to an underground lake and dives under.

With Caz’s help Ba’Ob and Rhia make it through the lake

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Session 39
sometimes you DO need to fight

The Kryat dragon is secured in the cargo bay, and well sedated Rin and Vekis are confined to med bay she has been crippled and Vekis has been blinded

Back on Bespin, the party is fixed up and congratulated for bringing in the dragon alive even if they lost Cavra

Rin and Caz decided to stay on with the party, during the conversation about gas, They let slip about Kashyyyk, to which Caz storms off to the lower levels and busted some heads. The next morning Vekis goes in to get new eyes as the others go to cut the dragon pearl. They go into Praxen’s Fine jewelry

in the store, a thin human greets the party warily and hits some keys on a keyboard

Duncan overhears a muffled struggle and asks what is going on, the man tries to flee to the back room and Caz tries to grab him, Bayob steps forward and deescalates the situation

they soon discover that the place is mid jewel heist, Duncan and the man behind the counter come to an agreement that the party will let them take the haul and leave to avoid a conflict, Caz disproves but has played the game long enough to not argue

they hear a small muted explosion , then two rough men come out looking confused the man behind the counter tells them in a guttertongue from Nar Shardar “it is ok, leave those and we will have a clean getaway” “but Gestur that is part of our bonus” but he ushers them out
they shoot the ceiling a bit and leave.

Bayob and Rhia go into the back as Duncan and Caz call security
in the back they notice that it has a wall full of security boxes one of which has been blasted open

Jarik Praxin introduces himself and is scared that some of the contents are missing, he is bit relived that the party “recovered” but still worried that security has been called and is nervous Duncan offers to wave them off, which relives him a bit.

The party successfully wave off security

After they leave, Duncan asks Jarik about cutting the gem, he takes them back into the back (they notice that the wall of safes are now hidden) to his shop he is amazed and at first thinks he has never seen before, but has a moment of reflection and recalls that his mentor used to have similar ones, but his master went back to Corellia and that he had links to the jedi order

he sends a vague message to his Master Jerc Ta’em, and tells them it may take a couple days to hear back, Duncan says he will call back in a couple days

when they get back, they have a message from Nogba Quush waiting for them saying he needs their assistance
Duncan goes back through the images of the scroll case and it is a dead-man switch for Nogba …..
Duncan figures out that it was his box…..

at the front entrance to the arranged building, a nervous Pollacks meets them and informs him that Nogba is upset and may have killed some people already…

They go upstairs, they see even more damage

Nogba says “Something was stolen from me, and you know something about it” Rhia tells Nogba the truth about what happened, and he thanks her for not trying to lie. He explains that it was the black sun that robbed the store, and was a complete ledger of all the gas production and all it’s clients including the party, they left in a small non-hyperdrive ship that may still be in system

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adventure log 37

After dropping off the Ambassador the party asks the Bothan’s to find out what happened to Thane, and as a reward some property for a company head office.

Chiiko mentions to the party going over Thanes books that over quarter of a million credits missing all of which are physical…..The party begins searching the ship, Vekis finds a hidden area in the main rotunda under the tile floor by sheer accident

The Bothan spy network contacts the party to inform them, that the Y Wing was damaged and including the astromech but he made the jump anyways…

Caz, Rin Cavra arrive on the ship, Caz is glad for a change in company
They meet to discus plans to take down the dragon, and try to figure out the poison the Noghri used, Caz remembers the smell but cant place it.

Daro decides to leave the party, taking his share they drop him off at Naboo and head to the Roche asteroid field

The Party arrive in the asteroid field, to see new construction of the imperial presence kind
Not having a real plan, of approach Duncan scans the asteroid and discovers a lot of Imperial presence on it, and they are hailed and a wing of tie fighters approach the ship they decide to go to another berth that is open and not under imperial control

Ba’ob contact Lt commander Doha and convinces him to let the party hunt a wild monster from the asteroid
Caz, Cavra, Rin, Vekis (in disguise), Rhia (in disguise), Duncan, Ba’op exit the ship and is greeted by the officer and some troopers greet the party and says the “paint” of the ship is in theory is not allowed
but will be overlooked if they can clear out the critters causing the power problems and gain a reward but the party realizes that he is lying about the reward.

Ba’op questions several officers and comes away with that the empire wont be compensating the Verpine for use of their facilities.

Alana, and Duru take the YT 2400 around to the far side of the asteroid

The party heads down the tunnel but find evidence of the dragon sooner then before, Caz sets up several electro snares as a fall back site (4 success, 3 advantage)

at a minor ledge, Vekis and Rhia sneak ahead but have trouble finding the dragon, until they find a new-ish dragon tunnel, at the entrance and set up second trap point (5,2)

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Session 36
hoping each time, that his next leap will be the leap home.

Session
Chiiko Ordono suggests that the Group set up a real Corporation in Bothan space as less imperial influence and low taxes. The party agrees, and has him set up, and names him as CEO,

The Party decides to hunt dragons, they call up Caz, Rin and Cavra on Bespin and ask if they want to help take it alive. The plan is they get the dragon and the rep the party gets the crystal.

The decide to go via Eriadu to see if they can find Mon Motha and pick up Lomite

In system, are several Imperial ships, not as many as before, but they are circling a moon in blockade pattern. Duncan decides to hack their com link and hear what they are doing, it seems to be a major battle involving droids.

They decide that it is most likely where Mon Motha is so Duncan and Thane decide that “fuck it we are going in.”

As they are descending a solar flares happens and causes havoc on the imperial ships allowing Thane to take the ship in. On the surface the see lots of ground troops many of which are not proving effective due to terrain.

The Flexible Demuner hits the ground, and Vekis grabs the body of a battle droid for Duncan to hack to send out a communication to alert Mon Motha, that they are here to rescue her

They get hold of Motha, but Imperials are on route, Thane scrambles in a Y wing to distract and lure away the imperials

Vekis, Daro and Alana rush to help the Ambassador but come across storm troopers Vekis pretends to surrender to lure them in.

Daro opens fire and kills two ,as Alana cuts a third, and the storm trooper sgt, tries to flee but the trio kills all the troopers as the ambassador run down the tunnel towards them,

Duncan picks up the Sgt’s comm signal “mercenary troops…..”

Thane launches his Y-Wing and blasts several imperial troops and walkers as he sends out a signal “I have her, fleeing systems” and draws the capital ships to the far side of the moon He is unable to dodge one and they briefly lock on with a tractor beam. Zoe worrying about Thane tries to fly Flexible Demeanour to his aid but Duncan locks her out and the Party jumps to hyper space.
Thane is able to break free of the beam but not without damaging his sensor array, ion cannon and losing his astromech droid. The imperials feeling confident that he can’t escape to hyperspace without his droid move in to capture him. with little choices Thane makes the jump to hyperspace blindly…

The party arrive in the per-determined system, and wait for Thane…Minutes turn into hours and the party agrees if he isn’t here yet something has happened to him, and the risk of waiting is too great so they jump out of system heading to Bothan space to deliver Mon Motha, and hope Thane can meet up there…

Thane arrives is empty space, nowhere near any systems or jump points, with no point of reference he tries to jump again, still no luck, and again… days pass, with very limited supplies and less and less chances for lucking out on a system, panic sets in, he meditates to try and calm himself and keeps making jumps in part to find anything that will help, or if anything a quick death, which is better then the very slow one that looms ever closer….

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Adventure Log 35
What this ship needs is, more ships!

Zach Kreel (who appears to be a competitor of Shug) hands Rhia data pad with info from Shug.

On the data pad, “Rhia, this is a concerning message, some info came across my desk, it seems some thing are happening on Nar Shada, he links a video to what looks like Virgo the Hut’s chamber, on the floor it is Rhia’s mother, he says that Rhia’s debt is to be paid by her mother, he looks to the camera “though I am sure you are dead, but if you are not, you can buy her freedom or maybe i will just keep her and play with her”
Rhia excuses herself saying “I have to deal with some things” Vekis follows her out to ask what’s going on, she explains to Vekis about Virgo holding her mother hostage.
Rhia sends a message to Shug asking if he could help negotiate a exchange and make it look like it’s from a another family member

Thane, Vekis, Rhia, Duncan Daro and the Ambassador head to the planet, and decide to take the YT-1300 to the surface.

They are given coordinates to a private estate with a landing pad by the ambassador
They are notified that lethal weapons are not allowed off ships

A Bothan comes over and greets Garm. Garm asks if the others have made it, to which the Bothan responds yes, but not yet, but should be within the week. He turns and greets himself as Of Fey’stran and welcomes them to his home.

Duncan recognizes the name as someone important. Garm excuses himself and goes for a walk as Duncan asks about a good place to purchase ships. He recommends Nova Star or Consair Manufacturing.

The Bothan asks the party for aid, one of the transports they are expecting is late and has not called in and he worries. They were last seen in the system that the party was just in and that, was a large Imperial garrison. The party says they will look into the missing transports. He sends a data burst about the people who are on the transport one is Mon Moffa a senator of the republic

at the shipyards they meet with a Bothan salesman and are looking at Y wings they haggle a bit, the salesman goes to talk to his “boss” as Duncan hacks his system and digs up some info on the ships and use it to broker a better deal

The Party buys two Y-Wings with R5 Astromech droids for 200,000 credits but will have to go elsewhere to buy the blastboats for Naboo, after some tough negotiations they find one for 195000 credits + the cost to rearm

Vekis finds a well dressed Bothan named Chiiko Ordono, Duncan does a background check on him, but doesn’t find anything negative on him.

The Party flies back to Naboo with Thane leading the way in Zoe, as they didn’t have enough space in the main ship.
The Gungans are happy with the new blast boat and buy it for 290000 credits.

On the ship the Party try and decide on where to go next as the next shipment of gas wont be ready for another month at least, and Thane issues the 4 current crew, their pay, and a extra 250 credit bonus each.

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Adventure Log #34
The deal is done.

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.

At Eriadu

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.

At Naboo

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.

At 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…

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Adventure log #33
Vader wants us alive?

Three Noghri move into the store, in a very quiet and graceful motion, Thane uses the Force to warn Vekis and spur him into action cutting the lead grey as the second slips past and jumps on Alana pinning her and digging it’s claws into her she is unable to throw him off, the other two attack vekis and Daro sundering Daro’s axe. Having the super heated head go flying off causing a shelf to catch fire Thane tries to attack the grew but misses and hurts Alana instead. Rhea shoots the one with her disrupter causing all of them to scream, Daro notes that the one that was shot should have died.

Duncan tries to put out the fire by triggering the fire control in the shop and ends up covering Alana and the grey to be covered in hardening foam

The leader bites Alana in rage, as a second goes and attack Reha she turns and shoots it as Thane hits Alana with a stimpack as Vekis cuts a grey in half as it hisses “we are suposed to take her alive, lord Vader will be angry”

The Leader turns and attacks Thane slashing him, as Thane surprises it with his arm blaster taking him down, as Reha kills the final Grey, but everyone but Duncan collapses from the poison on their claws, Duncan orders the shop keeper to help wake the party, but nicks himself with the poison and falls unconscious.

As Duncan picks up “ Surround the building, and move in” Duncan hacks their system and tricks them that they have moved locations as he get a Ping from Zoe, saying that Thane sent out a distress call, she says “stay put I’m sending aid” So Duncan drags them to the back storeroom awaiting aid .
Within minutes a robo cab arrives controlled by Zoe

as he is leaving Duncan, grabs pouches from the Greys, and scans there communicators and flees

as they are driving, the cab suddenly changes course, Duncan realizes that Zoe’s control has been jammed and another slicer has taken control, Duncan is able to out hack the imperial but loses temporary control of speed until Zoe reconnects and gets them to a elevator. Duncan manages to hack the traffic cams and causes an accident hitting the imperial vehicle the suits jump out and head towards them on foot.

Once in elevator the party all begin to regain control of their bodies Thane has Zoe monitor the agents and has their elevator misdirect to the gaming level and notifies the Ivax syndicate and they are gunned down once the doors open

Gavin Spines “Normally I would say you a solid you owe me, but as I dislike imperial agents this is a mutual benefit”

Back on the ship Rhea talks to Moda Parat the shop keeper and convince him that he is in danger if he goes back to cloud city, Rhea is so convincing that he is happy to stay on as a member of the crew

Duncan, Thane and Zoe go over Alana’s ship to try and find a tracking device but are unable to locate any

The Senator joins them and they discuss a bit about the Noghri and the background of Vader/Anakin

They agree to head to Celeste, to offload the gunboat

After Duncan takes the crystal he raises the concern that Thane was using an evil crystal in the lightsaber Duncan doesn’t approve of it’s use and doesn’t want it on the ship, Daro suggests throwing it out of the air lock

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Log#32
The Clothes make the man

The party goes to Daro’s tailor and get outfitted in some of the finest “suits”, and Duncan goes and looks for “crystals”

Daro goes to a medical clinic to find a way to extend his life, he is able to to get some drugs and a 3 month supply

Riha tries to track down a replacement gun and some poison she finds the gun in a high end store and Caz says his buddy, Zeb Scutu might be able to hook her up tomorrow
on a hunch, and a bit of research Duncan tracks down a gem dealer Desda Sair on level 90 who may have something.
Duncan, and the gang all decide to come along to the gem dealer, then go to the the poison dealer after. Just as the party was going to settle down for the evening they get a message from Alana, stating they are in system but having engine trouble, so the party goes to pick them up, they pull their ship into the hanger bay and Alana, Duru, Iko and another man disembark Thane recolonizes him as Garm Bel Iblis the senator from Corellia

Duncan welcomes the senator, and the senator explains that Alana has smuggled him out after the empire had his family killed because he spoke out against the empire, Duncan confirms this with some deep web searches. Alana fills them in that he is working Bail Organa from Alderaan
Vekkis says they need to talk to Alana before they talk to the senator, he takes offence and goes back to the ship

Alana informs them that the empire has been killing and enslaving races
Thane recalls that the man from his vision of a man being thrown from Bespin was the Senator. He catches iko’s eyes and pulls him aside and tells him of the vision. Iko says that Thane should trust his vision, and they agree that they should keep him away from Bespin to try and alter the vision

Alana informs the party of what has been happening off world

Thane invites the senator back to a conference room where the senator take the measure of the party
he then explains his plan.

he mentions about the empire moving equipment into the deep core, to which Thane confirms and that if all astrogation data has been acquired and controlled by the empire, it would be suicide to try to get into the core
Rhea asks Thane if he could find the fleet, Thane replies “if they put the fleet in the core, would be near impossible to get to, but I have flown through hyperspace blind before” to which the senator seems shocked for an instant

He says that he has to go to Bothan space, but the party says they are going that way and can give him a lift

Alana, and Duncan discus lightsaber creation and try to figure out how to work them

during the conversation the ships engineer comes up with a part from Alana’s ship showing that the ship was sabotaged and they are lucky that the ship didn’t blow up as planed, the senator and Duncan send a secret message to war the Organa household of a traitor

Thane has a dream of impending doom, when he wakes he seeks out Iko and calls Alana to join them, Duncan tags along, Thane and Iko, inform them that they both have a feeling of dread coming but not sure of what or when. Trying to figuring out what it may be, Duncan find out that Senator Garm had put out a message stating that the empire had his family killed and includes footage of the alien assassins.

The party head to get the suits, all goes well and then the party head to Reha’s contact

Duncan gets a data burst that was meant for someone else “they are in the store, attack now”
Thane spots three small grew aliens, similar to that from the video move from the back of the store

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Adventure Log #31
Fun with pods

The group is back on the ship after completing the successful negotiation of the tabana gas contract by Rhia (and the subsequent battle in the arena). They ponder if they can turn the situation around with Gavin Spince and see if we can work with him in the future (as opposed to against him). Perhaps they could help him with his Kashyyk problem as a consolation prize for losing the Tabana gas business. They need to deliver the tabana gas to a contact of Shug’s in Bothan space on Bothwi. The group will wait for their friend Alana to arrive and then head out for the two week trip. Rhia sends our her conciliatory note to Spince offering help with his Kashyyk problem. He responds positively that they should meet on neutral ground (at the pod races in a fancy box).

Thane asks Duncan to broker his particpation in the pod race through Mereel Speeders. He contacts her and discusses Thane’s wish to race for her. She sends over a short term contract for him to review. After a few passes, they agree, Thane signs it and it’s sent back to Mereel. $2500 + 65% of the purse (per race).

Duncan sends probes to watch the course and the competition. Thane gets ready to race the qualifying races. The rest of the group will be there to support Rhia as she meets Spince. Duncan hacks the sites cameras and computers. He notes that there is a section of the track that passes through a foundry that causes difficulty for droids (and is a great place for an ambush). Vekis goes to check out the foundry to see if there is any trouble. They check the site(s) and verify that no shenanigans are on tap. Thane and Duncan lay $1000 bets on Thane to win. With odds at 7:1, Thane wins the first heat, so each net $7000

The group sits down to wait for Spince and watch some of the other heats in the interim. Spince and his main thug arrive, and join the group. Spince apologizes, and he and Rhia discuss business, mutual consideration, and Kashyyk.

Thane is now up again, and both are letting the money ride, now at 3:1 ($7000 and $2000 from Rhia, $10000 for Daro). This race is much tougher. Two racers are colluding to block Thane, but something happens and one gets crushed in the Foundry, allowing Thane to rush forwards. On the last turn, he has a sudden burst of speed, along with a distinct lack of brakes. He wins, but can’t stop. Seconds before he dies, he is stopped by a tractor beam. Thane wins, and qualifies for the finals. No more races for Thane today, as the finals are tomorrow an Mereel needs to fix the pod racer. Duncan and Twilek Bob help to fix the pod racer.

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