The Empire Rising

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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Adventure Log #29
A Krayt Dragon? Where?

Star Wars: Session 29

In The Roche Asteroid Field

• The group returns from Nickel 1 to Shug’s shop
• Their space yacht, Flexible Demeanor, is ready to go
• As they leave the system, several imperial star destroyers enter the asteroid field
• They send out an order for all ships to prepare for scanning and/or boarding
• The group decides to submit to the process – an Imperial Lieutenant sends over a scanning ship
• Rhia tells her that they were in the system to get repairs on their ship – the lieutenant allows the ship to leave

At Hoth

• Flexible Demeanor arrives at the sixth planet in the Hoth system
• The Imperial drop ship that was present in orbit when last they were here seems to have a star destroyer as escort
• Duncan hacks into their communications – he finds out that the drop ship is being resupplied and that several probe droids are scanning the planet
• One of the droids seems to have picked up a heat signature on the surface
• Duncan hacks the droid’s video to put it on a loop of unremarkable terrain – this seems to have put the Imperials off the trail for now
• He figures that this will give the group 12 hours or so to get the Wampas off of the planet
• Thane and Daro take Zoe and the YT1300, Aint Misbehavin’, respectively, down to the surface
• Kaz, the wookiee, greets them – he seems upset at their late arrival
• Rin Alteen has the Wampa cages ready on repulsor skids – Thane and Daro each take a load of the creatures and return to the orbiting Flexible Demeanor
• The winds are heavy and Daro has trouble handling the ship – it slams into a cliff face before he regains control – Vekis, who came along for the ride, gets knocked around – he sees that one of the Wampa cages has been damaged and the creature inside is stirring – Vekis calls on Daro to increase the heat in the cargo bay – this seems to pacify the beast
• Back on Flexible Demeanor, Vekis and Daro help Shrelly, the Twi’ilek engineer, to get the Wampa cages set up in the cargo bays
• After two more trips and some fancy flying, Thane grabs the rest of the Wampa creatures, Kaz, and Rin from the holding facility
• Rin had the place rigged to blow just after they leave
• In orbit, Duncan notes that the Star Destroyer is making ready to leave – Rhia repositions the ship to keep it out of site
• Thane flies Zoe back to the space yacht – they unload the remaining Wampas and set off to Bespin
• On the way, Duncan and Rhia talk to Kaz about getting some tranquilizer for a Krayt dragon – Kaz is extremely interested and offers to help them capture the creature

Back on Bespin

• They contact Pollix Fiselli, the Ivax Syndicate contact, on Bespin
• He seems delighted that they were successful in rescuing the Wampas and directs them to Kavra, the beast master
• Fiselli asks to meet Rhia later on to discuss the terms of their business arrangement – she agrees
• At the loading dock, Kaz tells Kavra the story of the Krayt dragon – he is skeptical of Kaz’s story and questions Duncan and Rhia about it
• They confirm that they know where a Krayt Dragon is – they strike a deal with Kavra and Kaz to capture the creature
• Kavra mentions that the offer to Vekis to enter the games is still open
• Thane decides to look into swoop racing – he and Duncan visit “Mereel’s Speeders and Swoops” shop – they speak with the owner, Dara Mereel
• She agrees to let Thane do a try-out of sorts to see if he is fit to enter the races
• Her nephew, Zane Mereel is a swoop racer who seems to be both skeptical of Thane’s ability as a driver and jealous of his aunt’s favour
• Thane shows off his stuff with some test laps – he kills it with near record-level times
• Dara is impressed and offers to work up a contract to sponsor him in the races

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Adventure log 28
A dragon......really.......

Vega Bona, (Shug’s assistant) meets the party, they get a glimpse of there ship and it looks amazing with a new paint scheme that makes the ship seem smaller to other ships

He informs them, that though the repairs went well, but the Verpine have heard rumours that the empire are on route, as they have heard that the Verpine are great tech experts.
Hence why the area is very empty.

A’int misbehaving seems to be having power issues due to the fact that the meteor keeps losing power

Rhia feels that Vega, is not telling the whole story, he confesses that they have sent droids, and they didn’t come back

The party agrees to check it out, and head out with some re breathers. Thane gets a uneasy feeling, and Vekkis sends his drone ahead and it picks up some life signs, then goes offline

They pass a face down, undamaged droid that was drained by Mynocks, Duncan calls Vega informing him of the Mynocks, and if they have a counter measures

Thane is able to jump start the droid, and sees a playback of it getting swarmed by Mynocks atleast 4 or so, and maybe something else

They discover a cave off of the bored tunnel that seems to have been broken through, Vekkis slips into the cave and finds a massive complex, and that something was living in here, not just Mynocks…
Duncan remembers tales of crate dragons and how they eat minerals and forms pearls in it’s gut that are near priceless

They determine that it is over 20 times as big as Vekkis’s pet…

they find the second droid, but it is destroyed…..
thane uploads the memory core and sees the monster that destroyed the droid and it scares him
suddenly a swarm of Mynocks (60+) come down the tunnel

Vekkis plants his shield and braces himself as Daro braces him, Rhia dodges down the hall towards the cave. Thane is less lucky and is hit by the rush and knocked down the ladder

Thane tries to throw a grenade but misses, Rhia engages her stealth suit and hides as the crate dragon enters the cave and begins eating some Mynocks after awhile it settles down and naps, Rhia thinks up a plan to drug it with similar stuff used on the whompa.

They get back to the shop area, and inform Vega about the crate dragon and that they will deal with it but need some special tech to do it. Rhia looks into poisons as Duncan and Thane look into lightsaber parts

Thane has Zoe, upload to the capital ship and do system check

On Nickel one, Duncan discovers that the Verpine use radio waves to communicate, instead of verbal
They find a stall and inquire about a lightsaber or parts for one, the conversation goes on for quite sometime, going back and forth, Thane and Rhia do realize that quite a lot of Verpine are in on the hive mind conversation, at one point Duncan shows them a short vid of Vader and Corso in battle to which, they decide to hack into Duncan’s pad, and Thane’s head gear to get more info.

The Verpine agree to proved the parts for a lightsaber, but not how to fully make it work. They request a service to be paid later of the tech, to which Duncan agrees.

Rhia, then negotiates to get a Verpine scatter gun with 150 rounds of ammo and Duncan get a sexy datapad upgrade

They head back to Shug’s office

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Adventure log #27
How did Thane do that?

Leaving Hoth with 3 caged wompas
Rhea suggests that they keep a close look at a dropship in orbit.  No active communication detected
Leaving the system without incident, Thane managed to shave some time on the way back to Bespin with everyone giving the wompas giving a wide berth, except the helpers, Vekis and Daro who kept them under a close eye the entire time.  Duncan watched the power levels in their cages.
Rhea gets in contact with Pollux to inform that the first part of the delivery (3 of 16) is in system and where they want their pets dropped off.  The response is in the 200 level of the city.
Thane gives Shug a call for a status update on a secure channel. 
Coming into the berth, a number of ‘rougher looking individuals’ are ready to receive the crates.  Rhea heads out with Vekis and Daro.  A large man approaches (Kavra, a big game hunter type), spends a few minutes talking about how amazing his gun Bertha is, and Rhea tries to flirt her way into getting a gun like his.  Soon enough the wompas are unloaded and our intrepid crew head to Verpine after collecting Vekis’ armour.
In a display of triumphant astrogation, Thane manages to plot a course to Verpine in excellent time.  Mid transit, alarms start going off in the cockpit.  It appears that a motivator has blown somewhere in the ship and they can’t get back to hyperspace …but Rhea detects something in near space on the sensor system but hard to pin down.  Duncan works on the scan while Daro and Vekis man the turrets.
In front of the ship is an asteroid field while behind the sensors keep bouncing around showing something mid-to large size which soon resolves itself to be a swarm of 4-6 grey painted stealth fighters that arrived attached to a hyperdrive ring that they have since left in order to attack.  Daro makes short work of one before the others can fire.  The remaining 3 get missile lock and fire.  A total of 3 missiles hit in the first salvo.  Before they can fire again Vekis manages to send another one spinning off into the black.  Despite best efforts, a wing is blown off sending Zoe into a tailspin.
Using the force, Thane helps Duncan to focus and feel an unnatural calm, and he manages to fix the hyperdrive and Thane immediately punches it and the ship enters hyperdrive – without a target in the astrogation computer.  Embracing the force, Thane realized that he has manually managed to pilot past multiple mass shadows, something that should be borderline impossible. 

They come out of hyperspace still in a tail spin, Zoe informs Thane that they have a hull breach in engineering area, it is later discovered that vekkis armour was in the area and was badly damaged

Thane is able to bring the ship under control to begin repairs, but do not know where they are, Thane makes a micro jump to try to figure out where they are, Thane uses the force to gain some in site, barley missing a sun. Thane is able to do the impossible again, and pilots them without astrogation computer.
They make it back to the Roche asteroid field and are informed Shug is away but the ship is ready

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Adventure Log #26
You want us to transport what?
Still in Cloud City

Having survived the Black Sun attack in the city’s underbelly, the group returns to the hotel. Vekis thanks the group for saving his ass then hops in a Bacta Tank. While getting medical attention from the hotel’s doctor, Thane ponders how to build a light saber.

They rest, awaiting the next day’s meeting with Pollix Faselli, who is the purported contact for a Tibana gas-mining outfit. They are to meet him at the Paradise Atrium. It’s a restaurant built as a series of terraces onto the outer layer of Cloud City. Faselli is a middle-ranking member of the Ivax Syndicate, a criminal ring operating in this area – the Anoat Sector of the Outer Rim. They have a large interest in gambling and blood sports. To Vekis’ and Rhia’s knowledge, they do not seem to be connected to the Hutts in any important way.

The next day, the entire group takes an air speeder to their scheduled meeting at the Paradise Atrium. On the way, Vekis, Thane, and Duncan discuss possible ways to locate additional Jedi temples. Duncan, Thane, and Daro arrive early, finding a suitable table. They note that the serving staff are quite attractive. A half an hour later, a squat and rather homely man wearing a red sash enters the restaurant with three companions, who appear to be security escort. He sits at a table that has obviously been reserved for him.

A little later, Rhia and Vekis enter the place and notice the man with the red sash. Vekis offers Rhia a chair at Faselli’s table. She introduces herself as Kyra Siln, a trader. Pollix seems to be smitten by her. She says that she may be interested in distributing the Tibana gas that his company supplies. She also informs him of the fate of his previous buyer, Kel Prost. He seems very interested in the gossip and is pleased that the Black Sun has taken a hit. He does express concern of the Black Sun presence in the lower levels of Cloud City. Vekis mentions that he should check his sources – he may not need to worry about the Black Sun down there any more.

One of Faselli’s men, a rather large one, steps away from the table to make a call. Duncan hacks into his communications. He contacts Nogba Quush, a red Nikto. He is an operative for the Ivax Syndicate. Duncan learns that the organization doesn’t particularly like the Black Sun, as they are trying to muscle into their swoop racing territory. He also learns that half of the Black Sun’s swoop gang has been taken out in some “accident”. Duncan gets the impression that this Nikto may be the real person in charge.

Faselli, enamoured with Rhia, decides that they should be able to do business with her. He expresses concern that they will have to deal with a certain warehouse issue that they have, before this deal can get underway. Rhia asks what the problem is and offers to help. Just before he goes on to tell her, he stops himself. He thanks Rhia and takes his leave.

Duncan continues to monitor their communications. They seem to be checking into Rhia’s credentials. They also mention that Faselli almost let slip some business about a planet in the nearby Hoth system. There are reports that Imperial personel have been spotted on the icy planet.

Later that day, Pollix contacts Rhia, agreeing to sell her the Tibana gas. The Ivax Syndicate is willing to waive the usual buy-in, in exchange for a job. They own an exotic animal holding facility on the sixth planet of the Hoth system. The Empire has recently sent a scouting team to the surface – they are not sure for what purpose. He needs them to rescue the animals without attracting Imperial attention. Should they agree, they must transport sixteen Wampa creatures from their holding facility on Hoth to Bespin. Rhia says that she will consider it but needs to talk to her associates first. After some deliberation, the group agrees to do it.

As the space yacht will need another week or so to be ready, the group uses the time to get environmental gear. Duncan digs up more on the Ivax Syndicate. It seems that the organization is controlled by someone named Voras (a Hutt name).

The group decides to undertake a recon mission to Hoth. They arrive at the Hoth system and head toward the 6th planet. It is a blue planet with 3 moons and a nearby asteroid field. Thane detects a ship in orbit – it is a large drop ship with Imperial markings. He notes that this ship does not have a hyper-drive and is used to launch landing craft and personel.

Thane flies the ship down to the surface. They land next to the Ivax holding facility in the midst of a snow storm. Rhia and Daro don enviro gear and head into the storm. They are greeted by a snow-encrusted Wookiee by the name of Kaz. He takes them down a lift and inside the building. There, they meet a middle-aged woman, named Rin Alteen. She says that the Imperial detachment is several miles away. If they follow standard Imperial scouting protocol, they shouldn’t get close to the facility for another 1.5 to 2 weeks.

Rin takes them to the area where the Wampas are caged. They see several cages housing large, white, bear-like creatures. The group decides to take three of the Wampas now. Kaz expresses some misgivings about the containment field holding up. Rin reassures Rhia that they have everything under control.

They load up three cages onto a repulsor-skid. Kaz accompanies Rhia, Daro, and the cages to the ship. As soon as they get outside in the cold, the Wampas start to stir. Once they get inside the ship, they seem to calm down. Rhia hooks the cages up to a power supply to keep them fed with the cages’ built-in auto-feeders. Thane takes the ship back into space, seemingly undetected. So far, so good…

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Adventure Log #25
Wait... where is my armour?

In Cloud City

Down in the lower, shady levels of Cloud City, Vekis escorts Thane and Rhia to the lift that will take them back to more respectable locales. Vekis returns to the shop where his armour is being upgraded. He learns that some Black Sun toughs had paid a visit to the shop in his absence.

Rhia and Thane meet Daro at an armour shop on the edge of the respectable zone. Daro seems to frighten and offend an employee who alerts the authorities. With sirens in the distance, the group leaves the shop. Rhia returns to the hotel. Thane gets a haircut and Daro hangs around.

At the shop, Vekis gets a bad feeling. He checks the security cameras, scanning the area outside of the shop. At the same time, Thane sees a vision of a bloodied Vekis, with the Black Sun symbol surrounding him. Thane alerts Rhia and Duncan at the hotel. He rushes off with Daro down to the shop. Rhia grabs Daro’s weapons as she and Duncan use an air speeder to head to the lower levels.

Vekis asks the shopkeeper’s daughter to come with him to the back of the shop so he can protect her and the shopkeeper. When he gets to the back, no one is there. His armour is gone. He turns back to the daughter to see the door locked behind him. He is alone in the room.

Daro and Thane get to the level of the shop. They find the streets deserted. A Twi’lek shopkeeper tells them to get off the street and scurries into his shop. They hear the booming sound of swoops in the distance, as they run toward the armour shop.

Vekis takes a defensive position with his deflector shield in the small room. The back door bursts open. Vekis and the assailants exchange grenade fire. A large Gamorean, who Vekis recognizes as a Black Sun commander, enters the room. Vekis insults the creature, who proceeds to attack him with his large axe. Vekis is heavily wounded.

Some of the Gamorean’s companions blow open the front door. Vekis fires at his opponent with his disruptor rifle, taking a chunk of his face off. Daro and Thane get to the building that houses the shop. They see a group of thugs on speeder bikes entering the building from the alley behind the shop. They lob some grenades, taking many of them out.

Rhia uses the map info given to her by Duncan, and finds a quicker route to the shop. Duncan looks for a position to use technology to aid the group.

Some of the thugs shoot at Daro. They hit him, but manage to damage one of their own speeder bikes in the process.
In the adjacent room, Vekis shoots at the Gamorean, grievously wounding him. The Gamorean strikes again at Vekis with his vibro-axe, imbedding it in his side.

In the roof of the building, Rhia finds an access tunnel into the shop. At the end of the tunnel, she sees the wounded Gamorean and targets him with her disruptor pistol. The creature, bleeding heavily, is knocked to the ground.

Duncan uses his datapad to find a local medic. Not having any luck, he runs toward the shop to aid Vekis in some way.

In the loading bay, Daro runs to Vekis, grabs a Blaster Pistol from him, and runs into the shop. He lobs a grenade into the living quarters, which creates some splatty noises in the other room. Rhia crouches at the edge of the access hatch. The enemy group in the living quarters lobs several grenades into the shop. Daro is damaged by the explosion. The impact blows the ceiling – Rhia manages to jump safely to the floor, but lands in a vulnerable position.

In the loading bay, more Black Sun members flip grenades at Vekis and Thane. This causes Vekis, already badly wounded, to black out. Duncan gets to the bay and hits Vekis with a stimpack. He stirs back to consciousness.

In the shop, Daro walks to the door and opens fire on a thug in the next room. Rhia also takes a shot and misses. One of the thugs commands the group to surrender or face certain death.

Duncan pulls the vibro-axe from Vekis’ flank and staunches the bleeding. Daro scoffs at the demand for surrender and shoots one of the thugs in the face. Rhia shoots the same guy and kills him. The last thug makes another empty threat, then makes a run for it. He takes off on a speeder bike. Thane shoots at the bike, which, after travelling a few hundred meters, explodes.

Knowing that reinforcements are likely to follow, the group quickly searches the building. The Bothan is nowhere in sight and his daughter is found dead.

They find a trap door in the floor of the shop. Vekis, frustrated that he cannot find his armour, opens the door. This sets off an explosion, damaging Thane and knocking Vekis back down. Looking down the hole, Thane sees Vekis’ smoking pile of armour and some other pulverized items. The hole appears to be an escape tunnel of some sort…

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