Star Wars: Rebirth

Preparing to Liberate Nikahu I & II Episode II

Kader managed to sneak into the clinic on Nihaku II, faking an injury by being wheeled in for a check up. He had revealed to the medical droid and doctor he intended to liberate the colony, but one of the Gen’Dai guards got suspicious. Kader stealthily palmed some syringes, and jammed one of them full of anesthesia into him. The Gen’Dai made a lot of noise before falling unconscious.

Kader then grabbed his belongings, and did the same syringe treatment to the other Gen’Dai that charged in. The doctor then voiced how they guards were going to be a on high alert now, the doctor volunteered for the sake of the safety of the colony to knock him out, but to remember his name in case he didn’t make it. He also requested the destruction of his fellow medical droid. Kader did just that, and planted a blaster shot into each of the Gen’Dai’s heads.

63-RM in the meanwhile had managed to evade notice, and even filch a keycard off of a Gen’Dai guard and use it to get inside of where the chief engineer would be. He did lose track of several guards within the laboratory/power plant in the center of the colony, but he did meet an engineering droid that inquired about his status. Whatever was discussed, the engineering droid seemed supportive of 63-RM’s intent, and together, they made way to the chamber where the chief engineer and his technicians were working, but the way was guarded by two Gen’Dai.

Meanwhile, Verin visited Orwell while he was training up combat, and Verin asked that he spar with him in bare handed fighting. Verin demonstrated to Orwell his understanding of Shii-Cho that he had learned from Visase, but Orwell still managed to outdo Verin at every turn through his punches. Verin tried for a flying kick, but Orwell caught him and slammed him against the ground before bruising his shin with his own foot. When Verin tried to stand up did Orwell kick him to the ground. Verin saw it coming, but his injured shin slowed him down too much to react properly. Then Orwell punched hard at the ground just inches from his head to see how Verin reacts. Verin grasped Orwell’s arm in his battered state, weighing him down to get him closer, to which, and despite Orwell seeing the move coming, getting kicked hard in the face such that Orwell could taste blood. Orwell retaliated by headbutting Verin hard. Before Verin slipped into unconsciousness, he explained in between gasps that he learned that part from Polis.

Il’yena and Visase in the meanwhile coordinated with the known players in the invasion, including the Jensaari Tafin Langgek and her fellows; Visase’s old police force that Il’yena suggested go and land beside the engine. Finally, Orpa and the Eisley Corsairs came up, but when they did, it was right in the middle of an argument between a barely conscious Verin and his girlfriend Henea. Somehow, Verin managed to talk her down before she asked that she come to the infirmary with him.

Meanwhile, Kader had managed to evade the guards and escape the clinic, and after a few close calls, managed to break into the colony’s power plant and lab; and followed 63-RM’s footsteps following after a pair of guards.

63-RM with the help of the engineer droid helped to talk the Gen’Dai in circles before the engineer droid stated that his sensors detected large concentrations of lead within the vents. 63-RM then went to investigate the interior of the vents. By that time, Kader arrived; and the commotion at the clinic seemed to have riled up even the security near to the colony’s core, because where once there were four guards was now one. Kader dispatched him with his last syringe.

63-RM in the meanwhile shot a Gen’Dai in the colony’s core armed with a shock staff. The other three Gen’Dai then tried to run out the door to mete the droid in battle. Kader heard it, and the other Gen’Dai coming back and so he ducked into a vent, but not before hearing news from the fallen Gen’Dai’s armor that messages have ceased coming from Nihaku I.

Kader fought from the vents while the other Gen’Dai shot at him from within after having destroyed the engineering droid 63-RM had come with. Kader finally ended the scuff by dropping a frag grenade at them, before he slunk back to where 63-RM was.

While Kader got in position, 63-RM flew to the chief engineer, and made him face up to the need to create a volcanic cataclysm while the other Gen’Dai set aside their disposition as “security”. Kader did what he could to buy the engineer time, but it took little time to mobilize the lab into motion to force Nihaku II to erupt.

The chief was finally struck down with a shock staff, and by then, Kader and 63-RM knew they had to get out. Kader estimates it will take 30 minutes before the planet becomes critical…

Preparing to Liberate Nikahu I & II

Il’yena Song and 63-RM met E5-Z18 who asked for how they were going to chip in, and soon after the rest of the crew. 63-RM spent his time speaking in a manner to Korot that aggravated him, while Il’yena was being admired by Thirra Taro, while she showed her her newfound skill in the use of the Force while also singing a very complex yet beautiful lullaby. No matter how well Il’yena caught the notes, Thirra insisted that it wasn’t the way it was going “now”, and kept trying to correct her. Taral noted that the song was something Il’yena would never fully sing correctly due to her lack of Force Sensitivity.

Meanwhile, 63-RM got Korot to spit on the ground where he immediately took a sample of it and evaluated it, determining the nature of the “Sith Infection”. Korot with reluctance admitted he was had and fell for his feint. Interestingly, 63-RM’s systems can find the Sith Infection, but defines it as an abstraction rather than as a physical thing. Korot’s seems to have collected blood and other vital fluids, sapping his strength.

Then Ensign Nita showed up, and briefed the party about the liberation of Nihaku I & II; twin ice worlds that due to their tidal pulls make either planet very volcanic, erupting geysers of superheated steam and water so high it reaches into the vacuum of space, and exchanges some of it with its twin planet.

Due to volcanic activity, trace heavy elements end up in the geysers as well, disrupting any instruments and communcation that the star destroyer known as Sarvak’s Shield parked between the planets nearest to both colony bases has.

Visase and Kader had previously came up with the idea to get the engineers on both planets to synchronize tectonic well charges to be a little too strong, causing the Sarvak’s Shield to have its instruments distrupted for even longer. At that moment, the strike force must make it through the maintenence hatch, and attempt to disable its systems for good.

The party was given several barrels of Hero’s Sludge, a potent drug that disconnects Force Sensitives from the Force for a few days. Because they found out that the Blue Centurion; the captured Corellean Corvette, had been using artificial midichlorians, and tests have been positive that it doesn’t respond well to drugs and Death Sticks.

If they could disable them from working within the Sarvak’s Shield while keeping the machinery intact and capture it, it could gleam more insights into the mechanics of this odd Sith weapon.

Two stealth teams were eventually chosen to each coordinate with held engineers on both planets. Kader and 63-RM are in one team, while Numni and Hemeri are in the other. After their stealth mission, they are to make way towards the Sarvak’s Shield and assist the others in the assault.

Il’yena then lead the others into a back room, where she admitted where she was coming from. She was an agent of an organization known as the Harmony Initiative. Taral recalls hearing about them developing about a decade ago, though its roots might have gone back farther. They are merchants, looking out for their own interests and making sure the trade goes as well as it could. Taral still questioned Il’yena’s stance in the future, but otherwise let it pass.

Ensign Nita concluded the briefing by requesting the party call up who they know. She will be getting the Ackbar’s Hand ready…

The Good Mercenary; Bad Mercenary Routine

That morning, Orwell, Zendral, and Hemeri looked out the window of The Nest to view a transport ship colored in blacks and greens getting impounded by a variety of maintenance workers and guards, including watching a bunch of them walk out with reinforced canisters while wearing gas masks.

Lohil arrived later, to announce to the party that Yari Kebata’s trial was happening this morning. He stated that he was aware that Zendral and Polis weren’t going to be attending, but the rest of the crew ought to get ready.

The party entered into the courtroom slowly and steadily, starting with Orwell and the judge. Then Lohil showed up; pulling out the hard evidence that he has against Yari Kebata. Kader looked over his shoulder to see what he had while the others trinkled in. Shendi Yosk was last, and she was staring the stand where Yari was to be standing with great contempt.

Meanwhile, Zendral and Polis made way to where Luftha Xor’s family was being held, and spoke of how the family was a tool towards drawing Luftha Xor out, that they were tools towards that end. But at the same time, they were people. They saw Luftha’s wife holding her four children close, while she watched the two of them warily.

It was when Yari Kebata was being led out of jail when the alarms blared. Zendral had pushed the detonator button down, dropped an ion grenade on the guards beside the Xor Family’s cell, and then got out of dodge.

Shendi Yosk announced that Yari Kebata was dead, and the party took action. Orwell and Kader ran after a security droid to get to Kebata, only for Orwell and Kader to convince the droid to instead intervene at the Xor Family’s cell to make sure none of Luftha’s minions go get them.

Taral requested Visase use her Far Sight, while Hemeri remained with them.

Meanwhile, Zendral and Polis had managed to utilize their knowledge of the secret tunnels to good effect, making way back to The Nest.

Visase then stated in her trance that she saw Zendral and Polis had done the crime. Taral assured Visase that it might not be, due to the hurriedness of their predicament, but still, they and Hemeri rushed back to The Nest, leaving Shendi Yosk to her giving out orders.

Kader and Orwell attempted to convince the guard droid to release the Xor family, but the guard insisted that only by authority of the admiral could they be released. They tried contacting Shendi, but she wasn’t picking up. So, Orwell and Kader took matters into their own hands, with Kader sneaking his hand onto the droid, and shutting it off manually.

Zendral and Polis rushed into The Nest. Verin asked what the hurry was for, but Zendral told Verin to go back to where it is safe until it all blows over. They then ran past Sics’enuluo’hassiss while he watched the clawcraft. Zendral declared he was taking it away while Polis got into the back seat. When Vass’inum’niche showed up, did Zendral quietly give her a guilt ridden look as he flew out of the hangar of the Nest towards the hangar opening of the Ackbar’s Honor.

At that point, Taral, Visase, and Hemeri arrived to view the Nssis depart. Shendi Yosk ordered for the Ackbar’s Honor to stop the Nssis and get the tractor beam online, after she confirmed Zendral’s identity, when the guard who took his recording mistook him with another Chiss.

Visase got into The Nest and began to pursue the Nssis, while trying to see into Zendral’s mind. She managed to see that he was trying to enter hyperspace while dealing with the tractor beam. Visase found it hard to get a good read as to where exactly they were going, since Zendral was going the astrogation semi-unconsciously while Polis guiding Zendral in breaking out of the tractor beam.

At that point, the Nssis shot out into hyperspace towards an unknown location. Disappointed, Visase flew The Nest back before accompanying the disgruntled admiral to where Luftha Xor’s family now is.

Orwell blocked Shendi Yosk’s path to the family, stalling her while Kader worked on reprogramming the guard droid to follow his commands as a sleeper agent.

Just before Shendi could get Orwell thrown in jail, Orwell noticed a crimson tint in her eyes flash before fading; the same kind of crimson Orwell only saw in the Sith beforehand. Just then, Kader finished his work, and Shendi shoved Orwell aside to get through. The guard droid then professed the good decisions on Orwell’s and Kader’s part to make sure nobody was going to nab the prisoners. The whole time, Orwell was trying to communicate that Shendi Yosk’s eyes were that of a Sith’s.

When Taral, Visase, and Hemeri arrived did Shendi describe Zendral and Polis as traitors who compromised justice, and left the Xor Family in danger of being rescued by Xor’s accomplices. She then went with the party to where the murder of Yari Kebata took place.

The party saw several droids investigating the scene, along with a well dressed Nagai woman who introduced herself as Il’yena Song; who was a singer, and a celebrity in some parts of the galaxy. She kept a calm demeanor to the scene of Kebata’s body being everywhere. She divulged little else, insisting that the crime scene was no place to talk about it, but to instead talk about it at the Monstrous Turtle, a bar/club in the seedier part of Hikahi City.

Kader and Taral both heard of her, though Taral realized that she apparently held her own against a group of thugs without breaking a sweat between her concerts.

Then they met 63-RM; who also went by GERM, who was a small but eccentric looking droid, who managed to find Zendral’s Probe Droid sitting in the ventilation with little power remaining in its battery. He then gave it to the party while Shendi was preoccupied with more updates from the ship. 63-RM spoke about how he came because of an infection that was present here, and he had come to give it the cure.

Also, his chassis was the same color as the hull of the impounded transport.

63-RM was sad that his cure collection and all of his General Droidspital shows have been taken with it, but seemed eager to go with the party if it meant administering the cure.

Il’yena’s contract was confirmed when Shendi insisted that her involvement with the investigations would make her an asset to the party, along with 63-RM.

Shendi told the party that they were now needed to recollect what few assets Dac has left, and asked that they go to where the last two colony worlds Nihaku I & II were that are held by the Sith. Shendi would deal with bringing Luftha Xor out of hiding.

With that, the party returned to The Nest, where they reviewed the situation on the twin ice worlds…

Xor's Family Found

Orwell and Taral patched up Kader using some medpacs he had obtained, allowing Kader to stand in spite of his injuries.

Visase meditated during that time, when she sensed two small Force signatures in the nearby bog. Bringing the party with her, they found the trap door’s entrance, while Kader got into hiding in the trees. Finding no apparent traps, the party deliberated how to go about bypassing the security of the door. Kader sliced the door open.

Descending down into the bunker, the party found the Xor family huddled in a corner, with the wife pointing a blaster at Orwell, and her four children hiding behind her.

Orwell put his Arg’garok away as per her demands, and she lowered her blaster. She spoke about how her husband would do terrible things to them when they find out that she and her children were taken away. Orwell however held his hand out for the gun, but she refused to relinquish it.

Before that, Taral managed to set the pistol’s safety lock on with the Force.

When Orwell tried to disarm her, she avoided it and bashed him on the head with the butt of the gun when she found it wasn’t firing. The children were screaming and crying that that point, but Taral in an effort to stop the violence, knocked out Xor’s wife with the Force. Orwell then found himself the target of one of the Force sensitive sons’ Force Lightning, which did little damage, before he knocked him unconsious. Kader set the rifle on stun as the last son tried to guard his little sisters.

Orwell grabbed the unconscious wife and son, and brought them up to the surface without any more acknowledgements.

Kader tried speaking to the boy in a calm tone, which seemed to have loosened him a little. But without Quarrese knowledge, Visase called for Volk-Un to come down and help.

When he came, he talked the kid into cooperating.

When Xor’s wife came to, she tried to reach for the pistol, only to stop because she was too tired. Her children embraced her, before Volk-Un encouraged them to get on board the ship.

Leaving Dagobah at long last, the Volk’s Wagon was stopped mid-travel by a group of pirate mercenaries serving Luftha Xor, who demanded the party relinquish Xor’s family to him. Before Volk-Un could respond though, Federation corvettes and starfighters exited hyperspace, surrounding the pirates. Then Maccus showed up, telling them that the party was going to succeed today, before announcing to them that he will destroy them to prevent having to explain to Luftha Xor about their failures.

Taking advantage of the strange situation, Volk-Un blasted out of the battle, and back into Hyperspace.

Back on the Ackbar’s Honor, Zendral and Polis were waiting just in front of where the Volk’s Wagon would dock. Soon after, Shendi Yosk, Captain Ikmon, and a platoon of droids showed up. Hemeri also showed up, but he was looking down in the dumps. He still mustered a smile to the newly returned party however.

Shendi asked if Xor’s Family was found, to which Volk-Un quickly nodded his head. Shendi sent some of her droids inside, and pulled out the frightened children and the mother.

At that point, Taral let it slip that the captured Xor wasn’t the real one. Shendi at first became angry, but Ikmon assured her that his family would be the way to get the real one.

Visase told Shendi that the one in custody wasn’t Force Sensitive when the real one was. Shendi nodded her head, and ordered for Xor’s family to come with her.

Before she left, she ordered for the party to take a bath in the bacta tanks, and that Yari Kebata’s trial is tomorrow, and she wants everyone to be there to see that justice is done.

At that, the party took their time, and prepared for tomorrow…

The Hunters on Dagobah

The party awoke to the smell of a breakfast stew cooked by Darth Chronos. While cooking, Orwell grabbed a salamander, ate it, and used the blood to mark over the scars on the body.

While Orwell did that, Chronos spoke to the party about how he and Maccus spoke while he meditated last night. Orwell snorted at the mention, but Chronos continued to relay his message, that the party should start looking about three hours to the northeast of Yoda’s hut for Xor’s family. Maccus will keep Luftha’s view on his family as cloudy as possible so as to prevent his meddling in the party’s affairs.

The party then asked Chronos about his training. He spoke of Maccus having mastered much of the Force, but has learned to express it all in his own unique way. When the party asked about Xor, Chronos mentioned that he more or less has the basics down, and can go into something akin to a Dark Rage, but he still has much to learn. Finishing the stew, the party set off into the wilds of Dagobah, watching the many bizarre sights happen around them.

Soon, Kader was tracking down footprints, and by using his intuition, tracked them down to the source, only to almost find himself tangled up in a net.

Nearby was a quarren hunter who introduced himself as Jharbo. Jharbo spoke about how Swamp Slug was a delicacy in Quarren cuisine, and with Dagobah being behind Sith lines, the price only went up. He asked the party if they were interested in taking up this lucrative deal in helping take down a nearby Swamp Slug.

As Jharbo planned for attack, Orwell decided to get up into a tree for a better vantage point, to find there were snipers waiting on the branches. Jharbo then announced that the jig was up. The party then engaged in battle.

Visase and Taral chased Jharbo, dealing heavy damage even as he kept his distance, dropping nasty things on his way onto the ground. Visase ran over poison laced caltrops on her way. Taral on the other hand kept Jharbo on his toes.

Meanwhile, Orwell and Kader kept their distances, taking snipers out of trees, until Kader got shot clean in the back. Turning around, Kader saw that the shooter was a Duros man; that same one that Visase conveyed she saw in her vision when she tried using Farsight on Xor’s family, and found him piloting the ship. The one called Zeelon. But now, he was sniping Kader.

During the battle, the Swamp Slug was devouring snipers while taking most of their abuse after Jharbo commanded them to at least make money off of it. In desperation, Jharbo used Swamp Slug bait to attract it to Taral and Visase. Taral however redirected the bait to another sniper, where he and half the tree was devoured.

Meanwhile, Orwell tried using a felled sniper’s gun to shoot other snipers out of the tree. None of his shots made any headway, so he just gave up on its use to engage with Zeelon up close.

In the battle, Kader and Zeelon exchanged some good shots, incentivizing each other to get cover. But in the end, Kader was taken down from too much abuse. Orwell then cut down the tree Zeelon was in making him fall haplessly into the shallows, where Orwell then swiftly beheaded him before running back to Kader.

Visase in the meanwhile had taken the bait that Jharbo had in his person after killing him when he resorted to his poisoned knife, and after enduring a bite from the slug, tossed it into the swamp, where the slug then went to eat it, disregard its former prey.

After finishing off the remaining snipers, Orwell went to patch everyone he could up.

Still, the crew of the ship containing the Xor family was present, and chances are, the family is nearby too…

Landfall on Dagobah

After some deliberation, the party decided to get Volk-Un’s help to get them to Dagobah past Sith lines. Kale’zen’dreuoll and Polis remained behind on the Ackbar’s Honor, while Visase, Taral, Orwell, and Kader took to Volk-Un’s ship. They also decided not to give away the fact that the Xor imprisoned is an imposter to the Navy.

After Volk-Un bluffed amazingly well against the Sith blockade on their hyperspace route did he manage to make a clear enough shot towards Dagobah.

Darth Maccus contacted the ship, assuring the party he won’t give them away to Luftha Xor, but that he did want to give them advice in capturing his family. Land at Yoda’s Hut. The cave nearby is a nexus for the Dark Side, and can hide one’s signature from the Force. It would be the perfect vantage point for keeping out of Xor’s Force Sight. Not to mention that the Force users can get something out of the caves if they walk in alone. Maccus also stated that there are now Sith where once there were Jedi.

That became much more clear after Taral used the Force to make the pilgrimage to Yoda’s hut, only for the ship to scrape the canopies of the marsh, and almost repeat Luke Skywalker’s landing into the marsh with his X-Wing, only for Taral to catch it at the last minute, and land Volk’s Wagon well onto the landing pad. For the groundskeeper was a Lanodar Sith named Darth Chronos. Darth Chronos announced that he knew who the party was, but that this was sacred ground and didn’t want to defile it. The party uneasily took his hospitality, but left him alone after that, and made way for the cave nearby.

Kader smoked a cigarillo while Orwell looked for things to eat while Taral and Visase each took turns in the cave. Orwell managed to catch a Bogwing before it could catch a massive slug by the time Visase stepped out looking disturbed. Taral didn’t look too much better either.

When they put out the fire, Darth Chronos approached them, and told them that he was willing to take them under the shelter of the hut for the night. He set up cots for them, and beckoned them to rest, while he went to the other room to continue his meditations…

Crew, Use the Force, Go to Dagobah

Hemeri, reunited with friends and family celebrated by eating a robust meal of fish. Even Captain Ikmon and his old friend; the quarrese transport pilot Volk-Un came in to congratulate.

Lohil told the party that the next trial won’t be until the next few days, and that the party ought to find more on Xor, and patch some holes. Visase already had the mind to inquire about seeing to the Goruhad’s Cross grunt they captured a couple days ago when they surveyed the scene outside Infinite Depth’s HQ after a scuff with Xor’s henchmen.

The party agreed, and set off back to Dac, and made way to the southern naval base’s jailhouse. Taral got Shendi Yosk’s permission to let him out on the condition of organizing a truce with Goruhad’s Cross. Taral ended his communication with a frown like something she said or did weighed him down.

After the warden let the grunt out did the grunt introduce himself as Simak Jaruka, and to follow him to meet with the Cross Bearer (Leader) of Goruhad’s Cross; who was a one eyed Mon Calamari who despised the “Grey Witch” named Rathosk Folom. Simak led the party past the Restaurant front to Goruhad’s Cross HQ. On the way, Zendral tried calling for Polis to try to come on over in case things went south.

Orwell did however take a step too close to Rathosk, prompting him and every other guard to point their blasters at him. Orwell then stepped back, and soon enough, they relaxed their guns.

Rathosk explained to the party about Xor’s history, and how he was the descendant of a powerful Sith Lord from 500 years ago named Darth Azard. Azard’s descendants, and those descendants became Force Sensitive, and Luftha Xor was no exception to that rule.

Rathosk asked whether or not the Xor that was captured was the real Xor, and explained that he was both Force Sensitive and a family man. Neither Visase nor Taral sensed his latent Force Sensitivity, leading them to believe that the Xor captured was a decoy.

Rathosk explained that the most ideal way to catch Xor is to find his family. Visase pulled out a holocron of Xor’s family that was found in his mansion. She then used her Far Sight to see through his wife’s eyes, since Rathosk claimed she was not Force Sensitive, unlike her children. Through her eyes did Visase find that they were en route to an unknown world. Or rather, to a world whose named Xor’s wife did not catch. She did recall the Duros Pilot’s name through, Zeelon.

Visase then entered into Zeelon’s mind, to find the name of the world they are going to; the Marsh world of Dagobah, where Yoda hid away after the execution of Order 66.

The party was to deliver Xor’s family back to Rathosk. If the real Xor is captured as well, then its an added bonus. Rathosk told Visase that he would take the bounty on her head off, and that if she succeeded, he will keep it off. Zendral remarked sarcastically about his generosity, to which Rathosk gave a serious answer to him about how it really was.

With the deal made, the party returned to the ship, where they deliberated over their next actions…

Hemeri's Acquittal

(Because I lost my previous progress, and don’t feel like retyping everything I wrote before, this entry will be cut short, but will still hopefully be sufficient.)

As the party ate breakfast (Except Orwell and Polis), Lohil explained the court procedures, and that the first case was about Hemeri’s charges of murder and fleeing the scene. Hemeri, who had since been placed on house arrest from Xor’s attempt on his life in incarceration, then went and got dressed formally alongside the rest of the party. Polis was adamant about not wearing formal attire, and that his armor was fine. Due to laws entailing bringing in weapons and armor though, Polis would not be allowed to do so. Polis insisted that he can’t come in then, and it was left at that.

The party were then led into court, where much of the crew either sat at the table or sat in the stands. The trial was watched over by an old quarren judge who saw Hemeri’s defense on one side, but also Natmar Smers’ side on the other. Due to Natmar’s close relationship to Oskel Karbor; Hemeri’s foster father, he was to stand in Oskel’s defense. Sitting beside Natmar was a young Mon Calamari woman who looked uncomfortable. Hemeri’s eyes looked in her direction many times, but hers kept looking down.

The trial began with Hemeri being put up to the stands for questioning. Hemeri stated he was not guilty on either charge, and that he did so to protect his mother. Visase then testified to show the kind of person Oskel was and who he worked with. After Lohil got permission to play Oskel’s strongbox’s recording, did Henea lead Thirra out of the courtroom, and then did it play out the horrors Oskel and his cronies committed, along with his sworn allegiances to the Xor Family. Natmar Smers began to look increasingly tense, while the Mon Calamari woman next to him looked on in disgust.

Natmar in response to questioning about his knowledge of his knowing about those friends Oskel had did Natmar attempt to give a very neutral answer. That was when Natmar Smers’ own strongbox was pulled up after naval special forces arrested him. Before the recording could be played did the Mon Calamari woman shout out in tears about how she doesn’t want to see what Natmar did. Despite the judge playing the buzzer, Natmar called out her name, “Amasora”, but she kept looking at him with disgust. She then looked over at Hemeri and apologized hurriedly. Hemeri was trying to finish a thought, calling her by name, but she just apologized again, announced to Natmar that she was through with him, and then she stormed out of the court.

Natmar’s face sunk to that of hollow defeat. Slith whispered to Orwell that she was Hemeri’s girlfriend back in the academy.

Natmar’s face never changed, even when his recording was played to the horror of the court.

Zendral suggested to the judge to freeze the Infinite Depth’s assets temporarily for security of the court, to which the judge insisted that that will all be covered.

Wanting to salvage something out of the situation, Natmar’s lawyer asked Hemeri how many times he had stabbed Oskel. The forensics found 17 stab wounds; three in the head, two in the neck, two in the right arm, and the rest all over the torso; and that he asked Hemeri if the excessiveness of his attack was reflecting at all on his intentions to protect his mother.

Visase and Taral explained how excessive force happens in defense of another, especially considering this was Hemeri’s first time taking someone’s life. Orwell was more than happy to provide a piece or two of that same wisdom as well.

When the question of Hemeri fleeing from justice happened did his mother Slith stand up and admit she encouraged Hemeri to flee the scene. Oskel’s connections were so powerful that they kept his own records clean despite his infractions upon them. No amount of justice would have ever given Hemeri a fair trial then.

Zendral hit that point home about how flight would not have been necessary had the system protected Hemeri in the first place.

Verin then requested he provide testimony to Hemeri’s character, to which, and to the surprise of much of the party, did he pull out a holocron with Arken Taro’s personality recorded into it. Even Taral was surprised that he managed to do it.

After Henea and Thirra were beckoned back into the room by Captain Ikmon did Arken give a long testimony about Hemeri’s deeds, but that he had found out about Hemeri’s crimes, and have thus used them to blackmail him into working for him. Hemeri was one of the core players in why we even know of the Sith takeover, and why the galaxy is now up in arms against them, and that he was one of the players in the rescue of his family in those times as well. He was also the moral compass, even encouraging Arken to quit politics when this was all done. Arken concluded his testimony by saying that he always did what he felt was necessary while Hemeri always did the right thing, not to mention his flying prowess being one of the best he’s ever seen. Hemeri is a hero, and a model in what it means to be Mon Calamari.

Orwell even spoke up about Hemeri was part of the reason he is a free man.

At the conclusion of it, Taral spoke in amazement about how he only thought Force Sensitives could leave enough of an imprint to live on in the holocron. Arken stated that it wasn’t easy or cheap, but that Admiral Yosk made sure to help out with it.

At that, the jury made the verdict. Hemeri was found not guilty of murder of Oskel, and of fleeing the scene. Natmar Smers however was guilty on so many charges, and was quietly led out of the court.

Hemeri cheerfully stated that he was hungry and ready for breakfast, while Lohil spoke about how the next trials will be far more difficult; discussing the fates of those arrested, such as Yari Kebata and Luftha Xor.

Ironchain's Defeat, and the Start of the Trial

Szul Szamoj “Ironchain” started the battle without any more words when he struck at the whole party with his Force imbued iron chain that grew to 12 meters, and wrapped around the legs of the party while still passing through them. Only Polis was not knocked down from the sweeping chain.

The battle joined when the party stood up and spread out. Polis and later Orwell flanked Szamoj while Szamoj switched his chain’s stance to circle around himself menacingly.

Eventually, both Polis and Orwell struck at Szamoj a little too wide, causing the chain to wrap around their arms and tightening. While Szamoj was able to toss Orwell in the air like a flail head, Polis remained grounded, once because of his own efforts, and once more by Taral’s own to ensure his success.

Taral stood back primarily, and made sure to keep Szamoj knocked out of commission by using Force techniques, while Visase, Zendral, and Kader attempted to burn him down in their own ways.

Eventually, Orwell was knocked unconscious by a tightening chain, and was flung into a bookshelf after he tried to cut the chain with Darth Mantis’ lightsaber. Just then, Zendral struck Szamoj down with his blasters.

Szamoj muttered about how he failed, and then continued to mutter in his native tongue before Visase shot him with her blaster on Stun.

Taking all prisoners out of the mansion, the party learned that the navy had been above surface and tracking their progress. They destroyed the traitorous rangers, and discovered a lone escape pod that Luftha Xor attempted to escape his mansion with.

The party, along with an unconscious Szul Szamoj, scientists, and Yari Kebata soon split into separate submarines in the guard’s quarters. On their way back, they found that the barnacle leviathans had been feasting on the submarine dock that had been cut out as the party forced their way inside.

But by using the soothing sonar signals, they were ignored by the leviathans as they surfaced.

When the party made it to the Ackbar’s Honor did they discover the prisons of Yari Kebata and Luftha Xor as being in secret areas on the Ackbar’s Honor. There in a soundproof force fielded cell was Luftha Xor looking ahead but being silent while Shendi Yosk got her debriefing, and insisted that the trial must commence tomorrow, and that the party will need to put together all evidence against him. She also mentioned that Goruhad’s Cross had been very cooperative, but hadn’t spoken with them for long.

Both Taral and Visase sensed that Shendi Yosk had slipped more to the Dark Side as of late, Visase voiced her suspicion at the capture of all parties being far too easy…

Visase showed Shendi the lightsabers of the Sith found down there, along with the holocrons of Luftha’s family members, including one of Darth Azard; a high ranking Sith 500 years ago, while Polis displayed Darth Mantis’ hand as harboring the symbol of the One Sith on it.

Kale’zen’dreuoll spoke of how he was worried that Yari Kebata’s testimony would fracture the whole on Dac, making it so war would happen on multiple fronts. Taral assured Zendral that Darth Maccus could destroy the military at will, and then Visase voiced that all it would take is one nosy character to reveal what really happened to kill somebody, and compromise the views of everyone involved.

Zendral had recommended killing Yari quietly, stating that he had perished in the firefight in the Mansion, in the hopes that Dac would remain stable. Orwell articulated his willingness to help dispose of both Xor and Kebata, while he looked at Xor calculatingly.

In the end, the party as a whole agreed with the route to reveal to the people was is really happening, and then deal with whatever fallout comes.

Darth Maccus also interrupted the deliberation through Shendi Yosk’s messenger, claiming that he sensed the party had caught Xor and that he would be happy to be a witness to the trial ahead. Zendral made a faux cheer, when Maccus told him some “good” news that his sister was still ok. Zendral’s and Visase’s moods darkened after that, and then Maccus ended the call as suddenly as he initiated it.

Shendi requested the party go and garner all they had helped before, because the Sith will invade when Dac is at its weakest, and position them wherever they are needed. The trial starts tomorrow, and the party will need to be present.

The Nascent Leviathan, and Szul Szamoj "Ironchain"

The party soon gathered in the narrow hallway, facing down a small number of heavy droids. They took them out with relative ease, despite Polis almost getting knocked out by a lucky shot.

While destroying the droids, Visase first sensed something dark and evil in the northern room. Soon after, Taral, despite his dulled senses felt the same thing.

By the time the hall was cleared of droids, everyone could hear the screaming and shouting from the northern room. Ostek suggested ignoring it, but Orwell opened the door anyways while Polis called him a coward.

The northern room held a “baby” leviathan made of mouths and tentacles that was making a snack out of the sith who tried to tame it. The scientists in the room were freaking out while the party took to position.

Zendral ran for the nearest acid tank, while Orwell charged at the monster, intending to stand atop it and strike blows into it, only to slip on the sith remains, and fall into the water while slashing at the beast. Polis demanded explosives, but only Ostek had any left, and got given a thermal detonator.

Taral exerted himself into using the force to slow the monster down, even as it tried to drown Orwell. Visase commanded for the scientists to tell them about what instruments connect to the monster. Yora translated the orders, and they told her that the monster isn’t connected anymore, and is now on a rampage.

Kader began to whittle it down with his sniper rifle.

Hukmech jumped on the beast, breaking the teeth on one of the maws with a punch before being thrown off.

Visase soon bounded onto the beast, and tried to cauterize the nubs where tentacles once were with her lightsaber, with Taral following suit. Unfortunately, the nubs grew around the beast and in larger numbers than before like a hydra’s heads.

Polis was eventually swallowed, but attacked the monster’s internal organs causing it to act sporadically above, and Kale’zen’dreuoll found out how to convert an acid tank into a hose, spraying and melting the monster; which seemed to also nullify its regenerative capabilities.

Kader connected to the monitors after fumbling with several cords he had on hand to message the scientists to dismantle the power generators so he can overload them with his own monitor.

After the others held the beast at bay, with Visase and Hukmech each being violently thrown off of it, a constant spray down with Zendral’s acid hose, and the regular shocks from Kader’s overloading the power came to be enough to kill the monster outright.

Orwell made the scientists keep their hands up while Yora rallied them up in line. Ostek stayed behind to help, while Hukmech kept guard.

After Zendral took several biological samples from the leviathan, the party proceeded to the southern door.

Beyond it was the mansion’s creche. Luftha’s children resided in the bedrooms within, and would play with toys in their specially made play room, that also sports an aquarium, and other luxurious play things. The children weren’t there, and according to Visase, she felt that the children had been evacuated suddenly to be somewhere safer.

Several Holocrons were found, all of whom have portraits on the walls of the hallway. When turned on, they looked upon the party with an impatient look before turning themselves off. Visase collected them as evidence for court.

Having gathered their evidence, the party proceeded to the elevator. Going up the one floor it was designed to do, the party found themselves in a large bedroom, where an escape hatch was seen in the corner of it flashing a red light over it; signifying that its empty, and devoid of pods.

In the center of the room stood a Plathuui clad in metal armor, and wearing a horned metal helmet that covered his grey wooly goat-like face. His words were curt. He was Szul Szamoj the “Ironchain” of the G’Nathir, and by the will of Grandmaster Maccus, he won’t let the party succeed in finding Luftha Xor.

At that, he pulled out his runed chain, and twirled it over his head. The battle had begun.


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