In the cockpit, Thane demands that the members of JT3 disarm before allowing them to enter the ship. Daro, outside, commands him to open the hatch. Caelium advises him to do the same. Thane relents and opens the doors. Inside, a confrontation ensues between Thane and Daro, who threatens to blow up the ship the next time Thane locks him out. Caelium seems to support Daro and Vekis, Thane. Before it can escalate further, Iko talks the group down.
As the ship leaves the Space Barn, Shug sends Thane a notice that two Black Sun interdictor class ships have been spotted in system. Duncan and Duru Chi attempt to hack the moon’s sensor network to discern the location of the ships, so that their blockade may be bypassed. In the meantime, Thane is flying casual. He takes the ship to a garbage scow that is leaving the system and hides it amongst the refuse.
Daro, Caelium, Alana, Roy and Iko retire to the lounge to converse. Thane listens in over the com, while Duncan and Duru sit nearby. Caelium mentions Alana’s special “training”, to which her eyes narrow. Alana asks Roy to fetch something for her. He obliges and leaves. She asks Daro and Caelium what they know of the Emperor. After they admit to know little, she asks if they have heard of the Emperor’s “Project Hand”. Still not knowing, the group listens to her explain about the Imperial Guards. Originally called the Chancellor’s Protectorate, then Chancellor Palpatine changed their title to the “Imperial Guard”, restricting them to human males only. Duncan and Thane recall that female members of the guard were re-tasked into a special forces group called “Project Hand”.
Alana explains that Vader’s plan to apprehend the Jedi may not be his only objective with this project. She also mentions that the Empire has recently enslaved the Wookiee planet of Kashyyyk. She washed out of the Project Hand because her abilities with the force were insufficient. She was then re-assigned to Javelin Team 3. Caelium begins to explain their duty to report their findings. Before he can continue, Daro asks him to let him speak.
At this point, Roy returns with food for Alana. She clearly doesn’t wish to continue the discussion with him present. Thane, even over the com, picks up on this and calls him to the cockpit to perform some useless task. He recalls that Roy’s Aldaraanian family has been historically loyal to the Empire and has benefited immensely from it.
In the lounge, the group discusses what to do about their report to the Empire. Daro points out that, technically, they have not located any actual Jedi, and that they have not found all members of the JT3 team, so there is nothing yet to report.
The conversation turns to the Black Sun. At this point, Caelium calls Vekis to the lounge. He explains to everyone what he has learned about the Black Sun, specifically about their procurement of the interdictor class ships. Daro asks each member of the group whether or not they wish to continue working for the Empire. Everyone agrees, for partly different reasons, to not turn in JT3 and Iko and to stop working for the Empire. They all seem to be unhappy with the loss of innocent life and suspect that Black Sun has made an agreement with the Empire.
Just as Thane sends out a sensor sweep, four nearby Black Sun vessels detect it and close in on the garbage scow. They attack the scow, trying to get at Zoe within. Duncan and Duru work furiously to find the Black Sun interdictor ships. They locate one of them but are unable to find a second. They try to give the capitol ships a false signal so that they will misidentify the direction of their own ship’s escape.
The enemy fighters blast away at the scow, managing to damage Zoe’s hull. Thane punches the ship out of the scow. Caelium helps the gunners direct their fire to the enemy. Vekis fires a turbo laser, heavily damaging one of the enemy fighters. Daro fires the other gun at the same ship and hits its communications array, causing it to emit sensor noise. This effectively jams the communications of the fighter and that of its wingman.
Duncan uses his computer skills to jam one of the other two fighter’s communications. The enemy ships lightly damage Zoe. The heavy fire on both sides wreaks havoc with the nerves of the enemy pilots. One of the fighters manages to damage its own communications hardware and another does the same to its own weapons systems. Daro incapacitates one of the ships with turbo laser fire. Vekis blows the wing off of one of the other fighters, causing it to spiral uncontrollably. Zoe takes damage to her hull from enemy fire. Vekis hits one of the enemy ships and destroys its shield generator. Daro blasts away at the enemy doing much damage, but the gun overheats and ceases up.
Duru is busy repairing the ship. The remaining operational enemy fighter attempts to escape the fight. Thane turns their ship around to pursue. Daro fires his turbo laser at the fleeing fighter. Listing from the attack, it grinds to a halt. Duncan hacks the computers of the drifting fighters.
The group decides that they need to resupply and want to learn for themselves what Alana has been talking about. They plot a course for Kashyyyk. After discussing what to do with Roy, Alana volunteers to take care of it. She heads off to find him. A short time later, the ship warns the crew that the airlock has released something into space. Daro, in the laser turret, sees a man’s body floating out into the blackness. The man has been skewered through the heart and lungs. Daro fires a shot and vaporizes the body. After rescuing one of the unconscious enemy pilots to be interrogated later, the ship jumps into hyperspace.
They arrive at the Wookiee planet of Kashyyyk. There is a heavy Imperial Navy presence here, including several capitol ships. Large amounts of debris, including that of destroyed ships, orbit the planet. An extremely large interdiction field prevents hyperspace travel. Alana tells the crew that she has contacts on the planet that may be able to help them.
They are hailed by an Imperial officer asking their business on the planet. Daro identifies himself as an officer in the Imperial Intelligence Bureau and that his business is of no concern to him. The officer requests that they stand by. A few minutes later he returns to the com, passing on the message that Admiral Neymar, on the nearby star destroyer Vindicator, would very much like to meet with him. Daro commands Thane to comply with the request.
They approach Vindicator and are allowed to dock. Thane recalls rumours of Neymar that claim he sold out some of his comrades that were plotting a rebellion against the nascent Empire. He was consequently promoted. Daro meets Admiral Neymar on the deck of Vindicator. They retire to his office. He informs Daro about the plan to “repatriate” the Wookiees to work off planet. According to him, their efforts to capture the Wookiees, with the exception of a small group remaining in the jungle, has been smashingly successful. He asks Daro if he knows what the Wookiees are actually being used for. Daro says that he is unable to divulge anything on the subject.
Neymar asks what Daro’s business is in the system. He replies that they are here to resupply and are looking for a ship that is believed to have travelled to this planet. Daro gives him the description of JT3’s ship. He finds out that the ship was in this system about 2 months ago and was heading to Nar Shadaa. Neymar apologizes for not knowing more.
The Admiral warns Daro of a forested area of Kashyyyk that is being furiously defended by some remaining Wookiees. He says that the fleet may have to deal with the problem from orbit. Lord Vader seems to be against this for some reason. Admiral Neymar takes his leave. Daro finds the ship’s quartermaster to get supplies. He is given the location of a weapons supply depot on the surface of the planet.
Thane flies the ship down to the planet’s surface near the weapons depot. They see that the trees here are massive – 50-60 meters across and hundreds of meters tall. It is well known that that it would be insane to venture off into the forest alone. They see the damaged remnants of several imperial walkers nearby.
Caelium and Vekis visit their Black Sun pilot captive to interrogate him. Caelium learns that the Vigo, Teemu Corse, is in charge of the Black Sun interdictor fleet. He is a Barabel. Winston was likely involved in tipping off Teemu Corse about JT6’s whereabouts. The pilot has heard rumours that Winston’s Vigo, Vergo the Hutt, keeps promising him a promotion but never delivers. He mentions that some group was able to thwart Winston’s spicing operation. Caelium gives the pilot the hint that he was a member of that group. The pilot realizes this, then refuses to speak any further.
Caelium uses the interrogation droid to extract more information. The pilot begins to writhe, saying that he will never reveal the “secret”. He rams his neck into the droid’s syringe, killing himself. As blood spurts from the man, Caelium desperately tries to switch the droid to its medical functions. As the machine switches over, it pauses, spews out a bunch of astrogation data, then boots into medical mode. However, it is too late to save the man. Caelium sighs. Vekis shrugs.