With the Hoopin’ Slam game over, the party went over their options and leads to find stuff on Brulu Aloc. Hartel was concerned about being cornered by crowds again, when Kader suggested that Hartel put on a disguise. Hartel stopped for a moment to let the obvious, yet brilliant solution sink in. Hartel attained an extra set of Jedi robes from Visase and from there disguised himself to not be more inconspicuous. When the crowds have dispersed from the parking lots, the party left to move a small ways to the castle of King Onut III to the governmental square. With a little more exploration, the party set upon the Law Library of Onek’weg.
Walking inside of the law library, the receptionist greeted the party and asked what they needed. Hartel at this point asked about his father while taking off his hood, making the receptionist gasp and cover her mouth in surprise. Kader rolled his one good eye at that gesture. The receptionist managed to contain her excitement enough to call for the master archivist to bring Clars Stellartrotter’s last will and testament to bear. The archivist showed the party the last will that the Law Library has on file.
The contents are about what is to be expected; especially with where possessions will go to. The only odd one was to whom the team and the ownership of the Hoopin’ Slam will go to. The name “Unus” was mentioned where everyone expected for Hartel’s name to be there. Orwell insisted on the archivist searching every backup file, and checking the dates for all changes. The archivist came up with blanks in those areas as far as tampering with the evidence is concerned. The archivist reasoned that it was either Clars had specifically asked for these files to be as they are, or all of the files had been carefully and masterfully tampered with. With the party talking about Brulu’s money, they convinced the archivist of the possibility of the files being tampered with.
The archivist had voiced his sympathies for Hartel and the death of his father, but said that there was little he could do unless given evidence of legal tampering. Zendral, at Visase’s behest brought up the Emeriss codebreaker that was used on Clars’ safe, where Clars’ written Last Will was stored. The archivist voiced that it is likely that the mentions of Hartel inheriting the Hoopin’ Slam team would be written on Clars’ copy for sure before he would send it to the archives. With a codebreaker as evidence, the archivist figures that that is good enough evidence that something fishy is going on. The archivist finally introduced himself as Ruda, and wished to help in any way he can. The law library is an extension of the law of King Onut III, and the library has the legal rights to intervene if they believe that the archives are being illegally tampered with. Ruda continued by saying that this could come in the form of gathering evidence towards that end, and ordering the police force of Onek’weg around. While Ruda suggested not calling on the police, Ruda did say that the party can do their own investigations with the use of the police’s resources if given permission from the law library. Ruda then gave a few leads while writing out permission for the party to use the police resources to investigate the issue with Clars’ will.
Ruda talked of Clars’ murderer, a mentally insane and force sensitive Twi’lek named Vlodigurtal Cumquat. Cumquat was a serial killer who goes back for years under the name of “The Reborn Elder”. Among Cumquat’s victims was Jedi Master Keiran’s parents, Cumquat’s parents, and numerous others in addition to Clars. It was when Clars was murdered by a single blaster pistol shot that Cumquat was captured and sentenced to life in prison.
Ruda also suggested checking on Clars’ diary, now in the care of his sister-in-law Nenta. Ruda again said that he hopes to set things right, and hopes that he can legally get the will to say Hartel’s name.
During Ruda’s talking, he had to pull the receptionist aside to act more professional in front of the clients, even famous ones. With the party having a more clear modus operandi, they departed from the law library and plotted their course of action.
Hartel volunteered to go and check on aunt Nenta to get access to his father’s diary, alongside Visase, Kader, Orwell, and Simon.
Zendral figured that the party ought to split up and gather clues faster and to keep from carrying all of the eggs in one basket as they say. Polis, Taral, and Senlet went with Zendral.
Hartel and his side of the party took the bus. The people on the bus found the spectacle bewildering to say the least. Only the bus driver paid no heed to the fact that the party was equipped for war. Driving the party to the last stop closer to the sunny side of Ryloth, Hartel led the party down streets occupied by farm houses. Getting to a farm house surrounded by Bantha, Hartel greeted the child who answered the door as “Junga”. Shortly after, Hartel’s aunt Nenta arrived to welcome the party inside.
Treating the party to tea and biscuits, Hartel caught Nenta up to speed on the smaller less dangerous happenings, while Kader about ate all of the biscuits. Getting to the topic of the diary, Nenta talked about how she has been unable to open Clars’ datapad that he used for a diary. Hartel took it, and entered the password “1234”, and it opened.
The diary talked a good deal of Clars’ relationship with Jedi Master Keiran before he became a Jedi starting from the age of 3. It started out that Clars and Keiran were good childhood friends, when Keiran’s force sensitivity was taken notice by the Jedi Avazh; of whom Clars felt was off in some way. It was when Keiran’s parents were murdered by “The Reborn Elder” that Clars called for Keiran to help him. Despite none of Clars’ problems being of the nature that a Jedi can directly help with, Keiran volunteered to help Clars in any way possible on the promise that Clars not tell anybody of Keiran’s involvement in the coming schemes; especially not the Jedi Order. Clars agreed. Keiran revealed this force reactive dust that he and his friends made that could take on the physical properties of the one focusing on it. The kind that Keiran brought to Clars was brittle and will collapse with a little force. Realizing the potential for a sport that involves explosions, Clars and Keiran collaborated in making the game of “Hoopin’ Slam”. Keiran told Clars that he could be the owner of Hoopin’ Slam, so long as if he writes in his will that Keiran’s master Eridanos becomes the successor. Keiran never made it fully clear that Eridanos was a Jedi like Keiran however.
As time passed on, Clars had gotten a wife who soon became pregnant with Clars’ child. Keiran immediately sensed the force sensitivity eminating from the child, and asked Clars if he wanted the child taken into the Jedi Order. Clars refused; wanting to raise the child and see him grow up, and figuring that if the child were like his mother; that the rigors of discipline would do him no good. Clars wrote that that comment had made Keiran angry for a split second, making Clars jump. Keiran then said that it was only an offer and left it at that. Clars wrote that in as bizarre behavior on the part of Keiran.
The diary kept on going with Clars watching his son Hartel grow up without a mother due to her dying giving birth to him. Keiran kept on pressuring Clars to keep expanding the Hoopin’ Slam sport to larger avenues to make it more valuable, and that when Clars dies, the game will no longer be in his hands. The Reborn Elder is back to being at large, and Keiran said that he would do something about it.
Years later, The Reborn Elder was still at large, and Clars is getting more sad that the game of Hoopin’ Slam isn’t going into Hartel’s hands, given Hartel’s passion for the game. Instead, Clars had to change the inheritance of the game over from Eridanos to Unus due to Eridanos passing away.
Clars mentioned a chance meeting with the Jedi Knight Lire Nok who talked to Clars about the Hoopin’ Slam game and The Reborn Elder’s return. During the conversation, Clars mentioned Keiran having Jedi friends in the Order by the name of Eridanos and Unus. Lire got suspicious since she didn’t recall anyone of those names in the order, and that she never got orders from Keiran to hunt down The Reborn Elder. Lire Nok took it upon herself to investigate. Lire never returned.
That was when Keiran lashed out at Clars, telling him to stop digging dirt on him. Clars told Keiran that he had a lot to hide for a Jedi. Clars immediately after had a change of heart, and decided that; against Clars’ safety, to go and write in his will that he wants Hartel to be the one to inherit the game. Then once the Ryloth-Cup game is over, that Clars would log the changes in the Law Library. The entries ceased after that; given that the next day was the day Clars was assassinated by Vlodigurtal Cumquat, who was then revealed to be The Reborn Elder.
With the diary red, the party excused themselves from Nenta’s home; and rushed to the police station to convene with the other half of the party.
Meanwhile, Zendral tried to convince the police officer at the reception desk in the police station that he wanted to make a documentary of Cumquat. When the cop didn’t buy it and demanded official permission; that was when Zendral showed the official documentation from Ruda the archivist. Disregarding Zendral’s Kowakian Monkey-Lizard business, the cop pointed the way to the interrogation cell. Getting to the cell, the police told the party that they were welcome to use any of the instruments if it meant squeezing information out of him.
Sitting in the middle of the interrogation room was a gaunt Twi’lek whose Lekku have since come to look like slightly meaty ribbons. Cumquat stared at the party entering, but stopped to gaze at Taral for longer; seeing Taral’s uneasy past. Cumquat them spoke mostly in feverish and impassioned riddles; referring to “The blanket that covers the universe that ripples like waves”, and referring to the members of the party as being “Indentations in the blanket”, and “Able to altar the crashing of the waves against the blanket unlike those who don’t indent.” He spoke of Clars as not being an indent, but acting like one. He spoke of the one telling him; being the starry river from a far away sky speaking to him with ripples in the blanket. The Reborn Elder spoke of his purpose as making way for its design.
Cumquat was asked many questions, including who the force was that is trying to remake the world. Cumquat looked at Taral and told him he knows all too well.
Taral spoke of the True Sith being the culprit. Cumquat spoke only of them being but One Sith. Cumquat rambled on about the Starry River being an indent in the blanket, along with many of his heirs; among those Cumquat called the Usurper, and the Serpent. When asked of Brulu Aloc, Cumquat spoke of Brulu as being there by the behest of the ones who deserved to be there. Cumquat said that Clars had no right to be where he was. Brulu himself shouldn’t be there; even if he was asked by those deserving of the place.
Cumquat was then asked of Keiran. Cumquat refered to Keiran as “The Serpent”, who in turn leads those known as The Glutton, and Brulu. Taral spoke of wishing he stayed on Vorskarr; coming to the conclusion that Keiran is Orm. Cumquat continued that by the behest of the Serpent, his parents were murdered to seal the Serpent in with his place as an indentation. It was when Clars came that the Serpent demanded that Cumquat take him out with a bang; in order to surge popularity in the game Clars had no right to. So Cumquat took his blaster pistol, and ended Clars’ life out in the open.
By this time, the party has fully come together, and asked Cumquat the last questions, such as how Brulu can be removed from his unrightful place. Cumquat told the party to get Brulu’s datapad, and the contents will speak for itself. When asked if Cumquat had family, Cumquat talked about how he killed them in order to feel the ripples from the Starry River.
At that point, Cumquat was taken back in his cell. Then the party ordered for the police to take the datapad from Brulu Aloc. Hartel, Taral, and Visase accompanied the police en route to see to the deed in order to evaluate their performance. Hartel managed to resolve the password of Brulu’s datapad; and found all of the messages from Dijiec as Orm to Brulu, detailing plans to take over operations of the Hoopin’ Slam team with Hartel leaving home to spread the word of his game through the galaxy. The datapad went into detail about how Brulu only needs to help put on a good image for the game, while Emeriss spies will be sent to tamper with the last will to read Unus’ name on the proper dates; and then disposing of the official will.
When Dijiec went to go into hiding, Orm mentioned on the datapad of the slight change in hierarchy that took place; and then emphasized how important it was to keep a good public image on the game; since it will be through Hoopin’ Slam that he hopes to unite a galaxy that will no doubt feel under a pall in the near future.
With that evidence, Brulu was arrested, and then thrown into prison. The party claimed that the police handled the situation well, and then the police mentioned that with the evidence; they hope that the game will return to Stellartrotter hands.