The Empire Rising

Session 59
Lost in transmission

Session 59

They drop out of hyperspace in system, a non-imperial frigate that is owned by the black sun is in system firing against imperial ships.
The planet hails the party, requesting aid. The party see they are in die straits, and Vekis surmises that they may be looking for Daro or something else in the old Black Sun base
They exchange some heavy fire until the tie Bombers land solid hits causing the Black sun ship to explode
They let them know that they are on special mission for Vader and not aproching the base, the lieutenant say, “we will let the personnel guard know of your arrival”
They approach a large black tower, with lava flowing around it Both Thane and Duncan get a bad feeling of the location,
They decide to send the small speeder in to meet face to face, and send the YT to sneak in the back door
Vekis, Rhia, and Duncan will go in the back door, and Ba’Ob and Thane will go in the front door
Ba’Ob and Thane in his old imperial uniform land, the pain and suffering is weighing heavily on Thane, a group of guard approach, Thane feels that they are force empty and heavily augmented with cyber tech and carrying disrupter rifles
They offer a code word, that they don’t know, until Duncan is able to feed him the code phrase, that seems to work as the guards turn and head inside just as the doors close Thane gets “fuck, fuck, fuck…….” And the signal cuts out, the guard lead them inside to a elevator and go down a long way
As the door open is a room with a desk in the middle with a very angry looking man not wearing a armour. Thane and Ba Ob realize that it is a detention level and they think Ba’ Ob is a prisoner
The two start to back peddle and say they are here to drop off the lightsaber not the alien, at which point the old man says to Thane “your uniform is wrong” and asks “what’s in the box?”
Duncan, Vekis, and Rhia discover a hidden entrance into the base, and Duncan hacks the code, to open it as they close the hatch it jams, Duncan is able to activate a repair droid to get to work fixing the door so they can escape later. The base seems abandoned, they explore a bunch mostly collapse tunnels they figure if they cut through a room they can connect to a blocked area
Duncan uses his lightsaber to cut through the wall into a recently used area, and is able to get a poor quality signal to Thane and figure out that Thane and Ba’ Ob are in trouble, Using the force, Duncan picks a floor he thinks Thane is on

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Session 58
What's the worst that can happen

Session 58
The next day Thane gets to tryout the new T-65 X-wing fighter, and Ba’ Ob is able to convince the rebellion, to swap the two Y Wings for one of the x -wings fighters as the rest of the party catch up with Iko and Alana.
The rebellion gives the group a list of imperial agents with bounties
Vekis learn that Mustafar used to be a main base for the black sun until Vader and the empire moved in to claim it for themselves
Thane learns from the data dump, an infiltration plan into Hut space, they forward it to Virgo, as a “Gift” to smooth things over with him, he also learns that they plan to discredit the ambassador of Celeste to the senate.
Duncan learns everything the empire had on Nogba and Bespin including stuff that could bring down the Ivex syndicate and expose his family. Duncan sends this info to Nogba so he can protect them
He also learns about a shipping manifest from Kaminio and a detailed file about what happened, including killing anyone with knowledge of cloning and a bunch of the tech, and a bunch of clone troopers who were still being produced. And the tech is being sent to Biss
Also on a place calld Dathomere, that has force sensitives but not Jedi, Voss is aware of the planet and a Sith who was from the planet. Voss tells a story about her
When Ahsoka Tano was falsely accused of bombing the Jedi Temple. Near the end of the Clone Wars, she encountered Quinlan Vos, a Jedi Master tasked with assassinating Count Dooku to end the war. Vos partnered with Ventress under the guise of a fellow bounty hunter but ultimately revealed his identity and purpose after the two fell in love. Ventress trained Vos in Nightsister culture and dark side skills to prepare for a strike against Dooku, but their attempt to kill the Count failed and strike against Dooku, but their attempt to kill the Count failed and she was forced to flee while he was taken into Confederate custody. She eventually worked with Kenobi and Skywalker to rescue Vos, but months of torture at Dooku’s hand had turned him to the dark side. Although Ventress sensed his fall, Vos refused to believe his own darkness and was again sent to kill Dooku by the Jedi Council. She joined him on this final mission, but it was met with failure when Vos gave himself fully to the dark side. Ventress reluctantly helped Vos and Dooku in fleeing from Jedi pursuit but refused to embrace the dark side once more. Instead, she sacrificed herself when Dooku attempted to kill Vos with Force lightning by absorbing the blast to protect her lover. Her death finally motivated Vos to renounce the dark side and she was honored for her sacrifice by the Jedi Council. Ventress’ body was later laid to rest in the waters of her clan’s village on Dathomir.
Also a report from Koribon, about a powerful Zabrax force user, that is not believed to be a Jedi, Thane and Ba’Ob send Vader a missive using imperial intelligence codes about him in hopes to draw him away.
Lastly it appears that Imperial intelligence, has terminated Mandalore, the leader on the planet of Mandalore, who has resisted imperial influence, in hopes of bringing them into line
Just as they are entering system, Duncan see a recent file of a prisoner transferred to Mustafar several weeks ago a Captain 1st class Daro Dixneuf

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Session 56
Well that went better then expected

Session 56
The team suits up and prepares to make the drop, Ba Ob flies them up 25k and Duncan, Thane, and Rhia jump out and begin the glide to the base, as some clouds clear the party spots a pair of Tie fighters approaching Ba Ob.
They Hail Ba Ob and ask him name and purpose for being in restricted space he says this isn’t his ship, at which point they order him to the spaceport for inspection and escort him to the spaceport, Ba Ob complies and is greeted by the pilot who is not happy with Ba Ob’s lack of ownership, but he is able to bullshit into not arresting him if he can get proof of ownership
The trio line up towards the building getting ready to pull their shoots Rhia catches a glimpse of what looks like a force field on the roof of the building
Rhia warns the others, but in doing so, fails to pull her Shute in time, she uses her grappling hook to catch the building but has to cut her shoot off and it tangles in a antenna, Thane uses the force to help Duncan hit the platform.
They open the door and proceed downwards, they notice that the building is heavily fortified Duncan hacks the first locked door, it seems to be a command and control room with 10+ people working, on the screens they see is live video and reports of assault teams
Thane spots a tech writing a report about Javelin team 2 taking care of a “dissident “ on Planet Kabal, and sees a picture of Mustafar that he recognizes Javalin team 1 has captured someone and going to Mustafar with them

They move back to stairwell and go down to level 7, they can tell that this is Tallo’s “Office” but is more of a luxury area then a regular office Duncan hacks the secretary’s computer
They notice on a vid screen a platoon of troopers suiting up in the hanger
They take the elevator down a level and find a secretary looking at them, Thane convinces them that they are IT support and she lets them pass to the operating office of Tallos,
Duncan hacks his computer starts downloading everything as Thane notices that the troopers have entered the building and heading up the stairs.
Thane discovers a mechanical floor safe, using his lightsaber he is able to open the safe, they find 60,000 credits and two lightsabers one is black with silver spikes, and the crystal is very red, the other is very sleek, with a yellow crystal
Thane tosses Duncan the red lightsaber, and keeps the yellow one, and a code book
Duncan intercepts a message that the troopers inform Tallos that they have had security issue to his private floor, the trio decide to frame the two other marks that they are hacking Tallos system

Thane and Rhia sneak down a missile clip to the office and rdy a second to bring down further, they are in the office and hear two troopers try to get into the office but to Duncan’s quick thinking he changes to code so their master code doesn’t work.
As Duncan is downloading, he realizes he is running out of space so he connects Thane into the system for storage system
A shuttle lands and 4 men exit, one being Tallos, as they are about to enter they spot the chute Rhia lost, Tallos heads back to the shuttle and orders the building into lockdown
Rhia and Duncan use the buildings weapons to shoot the shuttle damaging it but it gets out of range, Thane uses Tallos’s computer order a tie fighter to attack the shuttle destroying it, and causing massive confusion, the trio set the missiles to explode and jump from the building they hit the ground very hard except for Thane. Ba Ob meets them at the landing site as a Tie fighter approaches and is able to bullshit the tie patrol into letting them pass “saying they are lifting wounded from the explosion

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Adventure log 55
no simple task

Voss and Vekis decide to go and acquire a transport via Chiko and the company to transport plasateel and smuggle out the prisoners then go and meet up with Alana and Iko
Duncan pours over the records and discover at least 10 prisoners died being questioned and 3 were executed all signed off by Talos
They set the rescued prisoners up in another safehouse awaiting the transport and the party spend several day going over the data

Voss studies the holocrom it was found in the Mandalorian sector, on planet Ord Mantel , “the previous owner lived a solitary life in the mountains, is a moon of vast despair, and a mountain of starships, look for the grand peak on the biggest continuant “

Duncan tracks down some messages sent from the base one including a vid of Thane cutting down troopers with his saber.
The groups surmise it will be only a couple of day till a javelin team shows up.
Duncan also discovers that the Empire has several hidden bases on the planet including a imperial operative base. They decide to try and break into that base and lure Talos to it.

Rhia contacts Nova, and gets contact info on Nova’s nephew Fredrick, who works for imperial intelligence.
They wait close to his home to meet up with him on his way home from work, Rhia meets up with him he informs them that Grant and Physer take care of the Bespin sector they work on the 6th floor
Entrances to the building are from the roof, the machine shop, and the front door. Talos is rarely in the building. Also that the building hoses a small garrison, 3 AT-ST one of which is under repair, and lighter ground craft. Also several drones are flying around the base

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Adventure Log 54
You would think his attitude would improve, after cutting his arm off...

The rest of the party, circle around and meet up at the entrance, out of range of the base guns, Thane feels anger and fear in the base, and towards the rear of the chalet. as the rest of them move towards the chalet.

Rhia runs down the hill to try an flag down the contact, she sees it approach but once it spots the wreckage and bodies and flies off

In the chalet, they hear noise in the kitchen, Thane forces the door open as Ba Ob and Duncan toss in two stun grenades they see in the room 1 woman and 3 men working on a console and a stand up freezer the grenades go off knocking out everyone in the room out.
They discover that the party is the contact and they were trying to open a hidden door
Nika Chro is revived then the Rodian Passer, Thane apologizes for the stun grenades and they discover that one of her agents led her to this meeting spot. She fears that she has been comprised and that this building may be part of the imperial spy network
The party enters the small elevator behind the freezer and descend deep into the hill, as the door opens three storm troopers are waiting for them. Thane and Duncan rush up to the gun it blasts the two of them Duncan reflects and Thane absorbs most of the rest but does take a nasty hit.
The Party overcomes the troopers, then hear several other troopers coming form other hallways, Thane tosses a Thermal detonator down the hall vaporizing them.
Thane finds a detention centre with 12 prisoners including a former news anchor Marcus Namore, of the news network, he releases them. Marcus tells them that Director Talos is planning to kill the ruling council and blame the rebels to take total control of the planet.
Farther down the hall they come to a blast door with two heavy turrets,
Duncan and Thane use some commandeered droids as cover to make the coms room, as Rhia shoots the turrets, Duncan finds a officer in the room and discovers she sent out messages for aid, he also kills the dampening field. He also takes control of all the bird droids and decides to take them with him.
Ba Ob calls Vekis to get them out asap
In the control room the commanding officer and his men are defiant to Thane even after Thane cuts his arms off. They stop the imperials from blowing up the base with all inside.
Duncan downloads all the files on the servers and sets a trap for when the imperials re enter the base, and the party flee the base, as Tie fighters rapidly approach the area.

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Adventure Log 53
Well that was more complicated then it should have been

Vekis heads off to secure the ore, as the party heads to see the contact.
Rhia checks out the building as Thane goes in to look and buy a suit from the store front.
They are directed to the rear of the building, to a loading dock, to see a well-dressed man who leads them inside to a large lavish office where a even more lavish man awaits
They gain some info on what is happening. A major hub for the news network was destroyed by rebels
They also ask for info on getting close to Director Keian Tallos, he says wont be easy or cheap. He also arranges a safe house for them, along with basic passes to get around the city.
They head to the safehouse and give it the once over, they discover that it only has access from the roof, and has a minor armoury and some credits
Rhia calls Nika, the other contact to arrange a meeting, she directs them to a site outside the city in an off season resort
They arrive early and walk around the area checking it out, Rhia spots a cybernetic bird that eyes glow then flies off, as they discover this Thane feels no life around them and head back to the ship
Rhia shoots the bird, as a loud humming noise starts up and turrets pop up out the ground and start blasting the speeder apart
As a bunch of scout troopers exit out of a hidden tunnel heading towards Ba Ob , Thane is able to crush one with a chunk of debris, then cuts several down as Ba Ob shoots two down
Duncan rushes the door to a control panel in hopes of hacking the turrets, as the door opens and more surprised troopers are ready to exit, Rhia not sure Duncan was there shoots the panel causing it to explode knocking Duncan flat but crushing 4 troopers as the door slams down on them, they try to take Duncan alive by stunning him, but he is able to cut one down before he is knocked out. Rhia is able to gun down the last 3 troopers

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Adventure Log 52

Thane, and Voss decide to go back to the ship to finish the conversation with the rest of the party
They bring the party up to speed, and convince him to talk to Nogba, to clear up things
Voss gives Duncan a recording of the previous Administrator making a deal with the Empire to remove Nogba and company. Duncan verifies the data then sends it to Nogba

Duncan Talks to Voss and asks for advice, on using the Force, Voss tells him that it is not a tool and not to be taken lightly. Duncan lets slip that he had met Yoda to which he was surprised.
They are all invited over to Nogba’s for dinner, Lando is there along with his assistant Lobot
Also around the table are several of his “new” lieutenants. he explains about the empire problem, he also makes the party members of his family
He then shows them videos of the teams exploits and the stuff they didn’t tell him about
Then explains that he wants “Family” to remove the imperial threats on Eriadu

After Nogba leaves the rest of the group mingle a bit and Lando is able to convince Rhia to go on a tour with him
She tries to get some info on Nogba but is charmed by him, and decides to stay the night. In the morning, Rhia searches Lando’s room she finds a small safe in his closest she decides to leave it for now.
The team decide to go to Eriadu and find the agent, Pollack’s gives them a few contacts on planet and general info
When they arrive in system they notice that there is a large amount of repair and rebuilding happening they are hailed by a squadron of tie fighters, they give the story about picking up ore and are allowed to land
They drop Vekis off to secure the ore as they head into the city, and go in search of the contacts Nika Chro at the holonet news and Nova-aron who runs the Ivex syndicate on planet.
They call Nova who is going by another name on planet, and arrange a meeting

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Session 51
Back on Bespin

The party decide to try and find the force users that crashed Nogba’s party, and see if can lure them or someone that knows them

They head over to the shirking Mynock Bar
The bar is dominated by Ugnaughts but several other races make up the bar. In the back corner is a fighting ring with a bareknuckle fight going on.

Thane goes to the bar as Ba Ob and Duncan grabs a table, Vekis tries to strike up a conversation with some Ugnaughts, (to no avail) as Rhia goes to watch the fights
Rhia notices one of the names on the board as “Ricardo the Flyer” similar as one of the fake Jedi
They decide to wait and let his match run its course, as Rhia goes out and around to the back of the building to see if a way to sneak into his changeroom, it also looks like is either a residence or hotel attached to the bar.

Duncan hacks into the system to try and pull up some blueprints, but has some problem from a drunk Rodian woman until Thane, misdirects her.
The next fight ends rather quickly as the Togoian bites the throat out of the human competition.
With plans in hand Rhia sneaks into the back of the building, with some interesting failures,

The next fight begins, and it is the Human that they were looking for. Also, Vekis and Thane make the other guy they were looking for but they are made even though Thane tries to use the force to hide himself
The man turns and pulls several dancers into Thane, blocking his way and trapping him as the man ducks out the door, right into the ally that Rhia is above. He jumps past Rhia straight above her, Ba Ob lands a solid stun attack but it hardly fazes him.
Thane runs out of the building and force jumps onto the roof as he sees Rhia being force pushed off the building, Ba Ob shoves a garbage bin under her but is knocked cold

Thane and the man stand across from each other on the roof, Thane tells him He knows Master Loonre and begins to meditate and calms his emotions as he senses conflict in the man
The man begins talking to himself “Ventress’s sacrifice is my salvation, Ventress’s sacrifice is my salvation”
Now looking at him he recognizes him as Master Voss, they settle into conversation about Vader and the fall of the Jedi, and His story. he wants to gather the remaining Jedi to confront Vader once and for all.

Back In the fight Vekis bets against the human, and is soon proved to be a good bet as the Flyer is stomped to the ground and kicked from the ring. The guards pull the unconscious man out of the ring to the back room, Vekis bribes his way to the back and grabs him and takes him to a safehouse

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Session 50
well another planet we can't go back to

Session 50
Vekis, Ba Ob, and Duncan flee the ally, and are informed by Chiko that Rhia, is badly injured but getting medical attention, and Thane is in custody.
Thane is sitting in the Police station when a Very well dressed Bothan walks in and starts talking to the Desk Sargent.
Outside Vekis spots an imperial transport heading to the station, Duncan hacks the local street lights and sends them into haywire
The lawyer Solicitor Jarook arranges Thane’s release just before the imperials (now on foot) arrive and open fire on Thane as he gets into a waiting cab that has Thane, Vekis, and Duncan in it.
Jarook lets them know that he will be pressing charges against the imperials, Thane declines to press charges himself as “he wants the misunderstandings to end”

Vekis, Duncan, and Ba Ob go to the hospital, and wait for Rhia to be out of surgery. While waiting they see some of the Bothan security force come in and ask about Rhia, Ba Ob can convince them that she came in but left again, as Duncan creates fake footage showing her leaving the hospital
and Thane goes to see Chiko and find a trustworthy cybernetics company, his cousin rezeeki owns a company. So, he goes and gets the full works done to replace his cybernetics. The rest of the party fetch Rhia and head to a safe house.
They watch the nightly news, and it shows the imperials shooting up the street, but also the councillor, posts a picture of Thane in full imperial uniform and lists his crimes and the large bounty on his head. The group decides that it is time to leave.
Ba Ob heads off to his former boss, as the rest of the party hangs out at a spaceport in system waiting for him.
He meets with Leandra an aid to Mon Motha, (who is off world) And Garm Bel Iblis. He informs him of what was happening on Kiminno, the Battle droid factory and the imperial outpost in Hutt Space. He also offers to sale the spun Tibana gas.
Also Garm wanted to talk to Thane about Bis a planet in the inner core that the Emperor has a secret base and project and only a few pilots can make the trip, Thane being one of them.
Ba Ob is dropped back off to the party via Captain Antilles

They send a message to Nogba asking if he knew where their ship is, and he says it is at Bespin currently, and that Nogba has work for the party too. On route to Bespin Duncan checks out Thane’s new hardware and is able to fixes the firmware and firewall on then, but something goes amiss and Thane smells waffles at times and has problems sitting and standing…
They get to Bespin and greet the rest of the party,
Garm messages them saying they can pay 1.1 million per load of gas, and to offset the lower amount they can have free docking at any rebel base and discount on military hardware.

Nogba invites them to dinner in a fancy restaurant in the upper levels to which he has reserved the whole place, Nogba is talking to a Sauvé well dressed man, he introduces you to as the new administrator Lando Calrissian
Nogba tells them, that the force user that Rhia had seen, at the murder of the past administrator was spotted on the lower levels a few weeks ago, the party agrees to keep looking for him and the fake jedi’s

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Adventure log 49
That is information that could have been brought to our attention sooner.

On the ship the party is fixed up as best as possible Thane’s cybernetics are pretty much fries and as such is unable to fly or plot astrogation course.
They jump into Bothwai space just as a asteroid is about to explode, in a panic Rhia hit the hyperdrive, not knowing that Thane had removed safeties on it, they make an un plotted jump to hyperspace, they jump out into blackness of space between systems.
Duncan hacks the Navagation computer to reset it, and discovers a hidden imperial code that has removed several hyperspace lanes from the public maps. After many micro jumps the find a micro system around a brown dwarf star, Thane attempts to make another jump this time Thane uses the force and pulls to a disturbance in the force. They jump into the Kamino system that is filled with Imperial star destroyers and landing ships including a massive star destroyer they Duncan and Thane can feel has Vader on it. They quickly jump out, and make several stops along the way.
The Party calls Chico and informs him they are in system, he says the capitol ship went out looking for them.
They arrive in the capital city and split up Vekis, Duncan and BaOb go to see what they can learn anything as Rhia and Thane go and get fixed up.

In a seedy spaceport Vekis overhear someone bitching about the “Imperials” and an embassy
Vekis gets the attention of one of them and strikes up a conversation
They learn that the Imperials have installed a Consular general Dandamont Pring and a detachment of troopers. After an hour of bitching Vekis spots a Bothan get up to leave just as the conversation ends, and notices he is packing an imperial weapon. The party excuses themselves and follows him out. On way Duncan bangs into a Gamorian and starts a kerfuffle, as he tries to flee, but turns down an ally to find Vekis waiting for him, before he can strike shoots Vekis, to which Vekis cuts his arm off and orders him to sit. BaOb soothes things over to for Duncan as he rushes off to find Vekis.
As he approaches Duncan notices he has wrist computers active, realizing that people are watching Vekis kills the man and the two flee

Rhia, and Thane go to get themselves repaired they check in and sit and wait for a long time, until Rhia notices that 4 large Bothans enter and move towards them, Thane secretly pulls a window free from up high to distract them.
Thane moves to far end as they chase him, Rhia grapples to the catwalk and takes up firing position Thane tries to bullshit his way out, but learns that this is an imperial company, he dodges free of them and moves closer to Rhia and uses the force to protect her, only stopping one of the vicious wounds to her.
Thane Continues to protect Rhia, as she escapes, but as he tries to jump out the window a metal shutter closes and traps him in the building. He doesn’t resist arrest but explains that this is all a misunderstanding
Rhia flees the building as she is badly bleeding out, she calls Chico and lets him know and he arranges a place she can go and get fixed up and gets the company’s legal team working to release Thane.

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