The Empire Rising

Never send a boy to do the work of a Jedi...

In the Miners’ Den in the domed city of New Prosperity, on the moon of Novar, orbiting the planet Rost

The group had been asking questions of one of the bartenders, a human. Caelium wonders about who is running the mining operation. She says that the director of the operation, Ban Saleem, has not been seen in several months, but a man named Lev has been taking care of things in his absence. During the conversation, some members of the group notice a man in the shadows of a booth, keeping to himself.

They decide to get a table. Duncan attempts to scan the network here and gathers some info on the bar- and brothel-tabs of the miners. They can see now that the man in the booth is a Defel, a wolf-like creature that is known to be sensitive to light. Suddenly, some noise from outside is heard.

Vekis approaches the security guard standing by the entrance and offers his services. Thane goes outside to investigate – he sees a large group of dirty, sweaty aliens approaching the tavern. They seem to be miners returning from a long shift. They enter the bar and are greeted by name by the security guard.

Pretending to talk to a man who is passed out at another table, Caelium watches the Defel. Vekis sees a large human enter the tavern. The security guard greets him, but does not use his name. A group of four human thugs enters the bar, each armed with a truncheon, the same weapon carried by the security guard. They spread out at the bar.

At that moment, the Defel slips out of the booth, almost completely unseen, and makes his way to the bar where the large man is. Daro and Vekis notice this and approach the bar near to the large human. Before they can blink, the human draws a light sabre on the Defel who is lunging at him with a type of vibro-weapon. The human falls to the floor from a slash. With blinding speed, the Defel proceeds to gut him. He turns to make his escape. Duncan is attempting to record all of this on his data pad.

The Defel feints to the main door, then dashes to the brothel area, trying to remain hidden. Daro chases after him. Duncan tries to hack the security cameras to follow the Defel . Caelium is ready to hand his surveillance tagger to Vekis, while he dons his armour.

Someone at the bar calls out: “Oh my god, they killed Ban!” The thugs close in on Vekis, whom they seem to blame for the murder. Two of the thugs attack Vekis, but their strikes fail to penetrate his armour. Vekis denies the charge and warns them to stand down or face certain death. Not wishing to risk that he is telling the truth, they comply. Caelium explains to the thugs what happened, that the real murderer has fled.

By this time, Thane has retrieved the air speeder. He is hovering over the Miners’ Den complex, observing the area. He sees a small, snub-nosed craft fleeing the city. Thane relays this information to Duncan.

Inside the tavern, the group examines the body of Ban Saleem. Vekis notices tattoos on him but can’t identify their significance. He takes Ban’s light sabre weapon. Duncan overhears a patron claiming that his death must have been ordered by the Hutts – Virgo the Hutt was on the moon only a few months ago. The patron seems to think that there was a dispute between the Hutts and Ban.

Afterward, Duncan reviews the establishment’s security feeds that he has recorded. The group discusses what transpired and how best to proceed – they decide to offer their assistance as a security team. Just then, Ban’s assistant, Lev, enters the bar.

Lev, who is actually a Rodian, approaches their booth and asks who they are. He doesn’t believe Caelium’s story about the group being a freelance security team and asks whether they are with the Hutts or the Empire. Daro says that they are “not with the Hutts”. Lev seems relieved by this. He asks the group if they will help him fend off the Hutt influence here. The group agrees to it if there’s credits in it for them.

Lev gives the background on the mining colony. He says that he’s known Ban for ten years and is unaware of any family he may have had. Lev is not sure why the Hutts would want to kill him. Caelium asks if Lev has confirmed that the man that was killed was indeed Ban. He says that he has not yet seen the body. Lev leads the group to a makeshift morgue, where the body has been taken. After examining the body of the slain man, Lev is certain that it is not Ban. Duncan identifies the body’s tattoos as those of a Pyke cartel foot soldier.

Lev then takes the group to Ban’s fortress. It is protected by a formidable energy shield. Several security droids, including some illegal battle droids, patrol the grounds. The party’s scanners indicate that the fortress interior is uninhabited. The complex includes a small shipyard that holds a land speeder and an armed air speeder. Inside, Lev uses his ID to pass a security door into the vault. He is shocked to find it completely empty. He says that there were weapons and other treasures here worth up to 100,000 credits.

Duncan accesses the complex’s security camera data. It shows that the security droids must have been reprogrammed to move the stuff to a mining shuttle. The command seems to have been given nine days ago to load up the shuttle and send it to a refinery planetside, close to the city of Outport. This timeline coincides with the moment the group left the spacelanes near Kamino and headed toward Novar.

Lev seems as surprised as the group to learn this. He says that he had a conversation with Ban nine days ago about ramping up production on the moon. Ban said that he had acquired a “new connection” that could help them. Lev calls up the holo-recording of their conversation. The image of the man speaking to Lev is clearly not the same as that of the one who was killed in the bar today.

Daro recognizes the man in the recording, known to Lev as Ban Saleem. He racks his brain to place him – he remembers that it is Corso, a Jedi Master. Daro chooses to say nothing about it.

Lev provides Duncan with data on several thugs of the Black Sun cartel. These men were putting pressure on Ban to pay tithe to the Hutts, assuring a cheap price for the spice that Black Sun coveted. Both Vekis and Caelium recognize more than one of these thugs.

The group retires to a room in the Miners’ Den and discusses a plan to check out the refinery on the planet Rost. Daro tells the group that he recognized the man in the holo-recording and that he believes him to be a Jedi Master.

Duncan and Thane take the air speeder to the ship, which is parked outside of the city. Thane shows Duncan the Imperial tracking system hardware that he previously discovered on the ship. Feigning ignorance of this, Duncan agrees to check out the ship’s computers. He discovers a hidden subroutine in the computer system. Its purpose seems to be for sending packets of information to hyperspace nodes as a means to remotely track the ship’s approximate location. With this disturbing news in mind, Duncan considers a way to use it to their advantage…

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Promotion is not always a good thing in the New Empire

Coruscant:
It has been 3 days since the meeting with Vader. Duncan inspects and hacks the new “medical droid” that has been modified that it can be used as a interrogation droid he modifies the code so that only he has access to certain area of the droids memory instead of the Imperial Navy
Caelium also gets Duncan to make fake ID for the party
The party is summoned to the imperial navy yards in a few hours for a mission briefing. Thane has the droid watch the ship and notifies him if anyone boards it
At the yards they notice that the area is in a bustle,it turns out that someone has been promoted to Admiral and it turns out to be Ren Lassiter a former squad mate of Daro’s who has just been rotated back from a border skirmish. And jumped up two command ranks (passing Daro) and seeming to be surprised himself at the promotion
“Daro, it has been an interesting day” they exchange some banter and he informs them that he will be briefing them and they go into the briefing room
With little ado he starts the briefing,
A small moon is seen this is the moon Novar that orbits the planet Rost. It is a Hutt and pirate controlled just outside Hutt space that has valuable minerals and it is believed to be also a source Spice It is also suspected to have a enclave of Jedis that survived the purge
“Now I understand your previous experience that your last mission was in part a success and part bad intel. Imperial intelligence has assured me that there is a small group hiding among the miners
The admiral is very uncomfortable even unhappy and never calls them Jedi but force sensitive
Caelium asks if they have any names of people working the moon, A pirate named Ban Salieem is working the area, and at least one Hutt on Novar The admiral also wants to know what Hutt interest is in the area it is also rumoured that Hutts have offered asylum to some Jedi’s
He also mention that they may have had a problem with another team, and this team may have to investigate Javelin team 3 is two days overdue it seems some faulty information seems to has passed through imperial spy agency and may be reason for what has happened to other teams
It is not possible to contact the imperial agent onsite as it is a one way transfer of information
The party makes decent time on first leg of journey, but doesn’t make any great speed on second
Otter Rim: Rost
The local “government” is basically criminal organization the natives are the evokai who are not quite slaves but are in servitude to the other races that have moved in the last few years there is no real space lanes here and not very well charted
It takes the party about two weeks to make the journey only getting sporadic Intel form the imperial spy agency,
They do learn the Ban Salieem seems to be working for the Pyke cartel
The planet and moon have a lot of light transports going to and from, they are challenged by a couple of intersystem blast boats. Thane alerts the team as he opens a channel
Daro answers “Marz Fleetfire im here for business” they respond “well you could have just said that, and direct them to a landing area on the moon.
Duncan and Vekis read up on the area
The Pyke family have had a bit of bad luck in recent years but have had a turn of good luck, and now they are looking for big spice buyers, they are also in direct confrontation with the Black Suns
Thane lands the Zoe and lock the ship and fly there Landspeedeer to the closest domed structure

New prosperity:
built into a chasm, with force field generators covering maintain an atmosphere they notice a docking area for small transports and ringed city of sorts along the edge of the chasm.
Thane asks “you guys are armed right?” to which he gets some glares as they go up the grav lift to the city.
Vekis keeps disappearing and coming back he points to a fortified building that is less slum like and says that the Pirate Ban Salieem lives there.
The party decides to go to the large entertainment building to gather information Caelium reckons that this place is very disorganized compared to a corporate run mining town that he could improve productively
They over hear a lot of local down talk Ban Salieem and they get the impression that not many workers take him serious or fear him and Vekkis reasons that is maybe why the place is so disorganized they also notice that drinks are unusually cheap considering the distant location
Duncan asks a bartender why drinks are so cheap; she explains that they are almost all brought in from the planet

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The journey of a thousand parsecs starts with a single step...

The group has worked for Admiral Karthor on a few missions; the first was successful (led to a Jedi being captured), the second did not work out as well (some pirate action) as had been hoped. Team Javelin has been given notice that they are to be debriefed by Lord Vader after their latest mission. Team 9 is up next; in the meantime, another team is meeting with Vader, and raised voices do not bode well for the outcome. Caelium sticks his head into the room and notices Admiral Karthor in a heap on the floor, dead. A group exits the room in a quick manner; a bit over dressed and dirty at the same time. They seem happy to be alive; and comment to the team that they should tread lightly. Caelium pulls back out of the room. Droids remove the Admiral’s body from the room. 2 Stormtroopers exit the room and say “Follow me” to the group and re-enter the room. The group follows them in…

A Tall, Dark Man-Cyborg awaits them in the room at the head of a table. His black cape, armor and helmet fill the group with fear and dread. The group is gestured to join him at the table. They sit down and wait. He looks around the table and ‘reviews’ each of the group in turn, saying nothing but breathing slowly in a metallic manner. He asks for their report. Thane provides the report on the first mission, and how it led to a Jedi’s capture. The second mission was likewise reported, but no Jedi was found. Vader states that the 2nd mission was compromised by the Admiral; either due to incompetence or treason. He tells the team that success will be rewarded, and failure punished. Until a new Admiral is identified, he states that he will provide the team with direction for the next week or so. He suggests that the team spend time preparing, as they will be away for a significant time. The audience is clearly over, so the team gets up and leaves as quickly possible.

Thane, Daro and Caelium go back to the barracks. Vekis and Duncan go to the undercity to find a dive bar followed by a flop-house. Caelium asks for a contact number from Vekis; which Vekis provides. On the way to the to the barracks, Daro and Caelium gossip about Lord Vader. Thane notices that Techs are on the YT-2400 ‘Flexible Demeanour’ doing unrequested repairs. They have upgraded the data transmission protocol facility. There is also a tracking mechanism built in the carrier signal when data transmission occurs. Disabling this facility will require someone with slicer ability…

Vekis and Duncan enter a bar that Vekis knows. Having noticed a Sabac gambling table, they sit down to a play a bit. Duncan is vibrating with excitement, while Vekis is not feeling particularly relaxed or happy, even though he knows this bar. His eyes never stop moving as he scans the crowd for dangers. Duncan goes far up, and then they switch dealers. A few hands later, he loses on a easy bet. The crowd pushes in and displaces him from the table, and Duncan buries his face in his drink.

Caelium seeks to setup a shell or dummy Corporation as a blind away from his current assignment to the Empire. The blind is a collection agency. This could be achieved either via a legal company or a slicer hack. Perhaps something to discuss with Duncan. Prior to the end of the night, Caelium send a communication to request if the group can meet next morning. Vekis suggests a restaurant in the undercity. The humans notice the greater concentration of aliens in the area. As the group sits down and orders a drink, Caelium suggests that they setup a fake corporation for their group to seem as a bunch of collection thugs for the criminal element. The cover would allow them more latitude when undertaking their Imperial missions. Daro is uncomfortable with the idea, and wants to see what option works best based on the mission they are assigned.While the group are discussing the matter, Duncan just quietly goes ahead and sets it up. While doing so, he also hacks Thane’s files and knows about the software and tracking upgrades. Duncan says nothing. Daro excuses himself and leaves to buy some weapons (you can never have enough).

Later on, Vesik also puts in a request for several weapons. He was provided credits to procure a great vibro-sword himself. The Imperial Navy did not grant Caelium’s original request for an interrogator droid, which are, technically, illegal. He did receive a modified 2-1B medical droid, which should do nicely…

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