As Kader and Il’yena relayed the layout of the Xor Family’s holding area, Luftha Xor, Orwell, and Visase deliberated over the last steps of the plan.
The plan is to send the strike team in waves, with the first wave escorting Xor to the cells. Xor gave Orwell a datapad chip, in case the two on him don’t survive; and told him to give it to his family after they save them.
Meanwhile, Il’yena, Kader, and 63-RM had to hide after one of the Goruhad’s Cross decided to investigate the noise; but their stealthiness managed to keep them out of notice.
Luftha Xor called Shendi Yosk to notify her of his location, where she requested that he stay where he is and her security droids will retrieve him. Orwell asked what the idea behind that was, and reasoned that it was so that she could kill him herself. Luftha stated that if anything it was probably for Rathosk, as Shendi, despite being corrupted by Maccus, had not sealed herself with the Dark Side.
When the security droids arrived, they immediately apprehended Xor and then told the party that they could not come with them. Orwell however told the droids that Xor was a lethal prisoner and that they were just droids. If they went alone, they would fail. The droids reluctantly agreed to that reasoning, and brought Orwell, the two Droideka, Visase, and the other available Force Sensitives including Hartel with them. The others were to come in separate waves.
The plan was for Hartel to ionize the prison’s shield generator while the other force sensitives were to use the Force to move Luftha’s tied up family behind the Droideka.
Il’yena left the shadows when the others entered the cell where the security droids locked the doorway behind them. Luftha walked forward beyond the lowered cell’s shield and demanded to see his family. Rathosk pointed his blaster at him and told him he just saw them. Shendi Yosk demanded that Rathosk back down to allow Luftha to talk to his family before pulling the trigger. Hartel attempted to subtly ionize the shield’s generator while it was down, but when Luftha did come closer and speak to his wife and children, he barely got a sentence out before Rathosk shot him. In that instant, Luftha used the Force to shield his family before he fell to the ground dead from Rathosk’s shot, and immediately the Force users sprung into action, telekinetically moving Luftha’s family beyond the Droideka Destroyer Droids. Shendi Yosk backed off from the confrontation in a sudden wash of doubt, before 63-RM shot a poisoned slug into her, causing her to fall weakly to the ground coughing up blood.
Orwell engaged with a Gamorrean mercenary named Hashwogg who exchanged taunts and insults at each other. Orwell with his Arg’garok, and Hashwogg with his Power Hammer.
The Toydarian mercenary named Yarkay tried to activate his deflector shield, but it inconveniently for him began to malfunction; leaving him wide open to blaster shots before he could do anything to retaliate. The Kel Dorian mercenary Unad Tok and the Rodian mercenary Tiiba both attempted to shoot at the vents. Over the next few seconds in battle, they were picked off. It was learned after that that by the fact that their tattoos matched the Clawdite Assassin’s on the back on his neck, that they were all part of the same mercenary group.
Lieutenant Kimith demanded everyone get themselves together and focus, while most of the others in the back focused on untying Xor’s family and bringing them behind the corner where it is out of the line of fire.
Rathosk turned to Visase and after an exchange of words, armed a modified Thermal Detonator and lobbed it at her, piercing through her Force Shield and badly injuring her, but also knocking both Hartel and Orwell unconscious from the explosion. Visase responded in kind by setting her new modified slugthrower pistol to the ion setting and not only disrupting Rathosk’s shield, but also blinding his other eye, which had been blinded before by Visase’s lover; Embrul Culu.
Despite being blind, Rathosk continued to hurl words at Visase, demanding she come closer to finish him off. Suspecting a suicide vest, she just shot him with Embrul’s blaster pistol on stun, knocking Rathosk out.
Orwell hallucinated something troubling while the battle happened around him, which resulted in a quick end to the other mercenaries. Notable, Il’yena managed to get the Goruhad’s Cross members to rethink themselves before it turned into senseless bickering that resulted in shots getting fired. A reluctant Lieutenant Kimith finished off the last one for his lack of faith, despite her own being shaken up as the battle turned against her.
Finally at the end of the battle, Orwell and Hartel were roused from their unconsciousness by the newly arrived old police squad of Visase’s. When Orwell found Hashwogg’s body, he marked it with a knife as a final rite of passage and demanded nobody loot his body because he needs his weapons and armor for the next leg of his journey. Orwell then went up to the unconscious Rathosk, and after botching the surgery, ended up killing him.
Lieutenant Kimith surrendered after the fight was over, and tried to administer an anti-venom to Shendi Yosk whose condition was going critical. After Visase and 63-RM gave her the antidote to the poison. The first words out of Shendi Yosk’s mouth was disbelief over her having killed a man in cold blood. The words flowed out after like the blood from her wounds, of how she needs to face judgement for what she did, and after Il’yena’s questions, confessed to what drove her to those depths; realizing that after Yari Kebara was assassinated, what it took to actually bring justice to the criminals that are now at large. She lamented over how Xor’s final moments mirrored what she remembered of Arken Taro’s moments, only for it all to devolve to infighting while the Sith took over.
Visase mentioned it was Xor’s last command to his men to work with Dac to fight off the Sith, implying after all of that, Dac finally found its unity between Mon Calamari and Quarren in this dark and trying hour.
As Visase tried helping Yosk to her feet, her messenger alerts of a message. Turning it on, Darth Maccus’ visage shows up, congratulating Yosk on her survival, and practically blowing off any of Orwell’s threats, and complimenting him when he mockingly called him “fair and wise”. Maccus merely said that his playtime is over, and that his superior told him he had to hurry with Dac’s takeover. He told the party to go and try to fight against him, and to do their best to make it interesting. At that moment, Shendi Yosk got a second wind, and yelled at him for turning her to the Dark Side. Before Maccus could retort, Yosk threw her projector against the wall, breaking it into pieces before she collapsed again.
Orwell told her to die with honor, but Lieutenant Kimith’s projector picked up Maccus’ call, and she answered it. Maccus told Yosk to do what the Gamorrean said, but that a corpse isn’t much fun either. He commended her to fight his fleet, before ending it by saying “Toodles”.
The party carried Shendi to the Bridge, and met with Captain Ikmon who now wasn’t wearing his uniform but still issuing commands. Ikmon told the party that Maccus announced on the intercoms of his fleet coming in after they told him the news of the fleet’s coming.
With that, the ships left the Rendezvous point and made it to Dac, where they soon became surrounded by 6 Star Destroyers, and soon several more corvettes and frigates encircling the planet. Ikmon announced the order to lock missiles, before 10 more capital ships appeared behind them, and started shooting. All Dac could do was watch as those ships matched power with the Sith fleet, and soon after, forced the fleet to retreat.
Soon, a transmission from one of the ships came in; from a Nikto named Paf Kob; representing the Hutt Empire. Paf told the party, Ikmon, and Shendi that the Hutts have officially broke many treaties and declared war on the Sith controlled Federation; and it just so happened that they had been creating and upgrading their fleet under wraps the whole time. Paf stated that with the Hutts owning much of the Federation’s shares of the economy, the Federation is going to be hurting financially while their own cells weaken the Federation from within, but that they also needed the help of the party. They had come to defend Dac, and to meet with the leaders to talk about their mutual dislike of the Sith.
Kader asked why the Hutts broke their neutrality, and Paf answered that there was no way the Sith would recognize it. It was either strike now, or be struck eventually.
Paf also told the party that the Grand Council personally wants to meet the party on Nal Hutta, and perhaps get a second wind on their offensive against the Sith. Paf Kob gave the party his contact code so they could speak later.
With that, the party set out, and prepared for their journey into Hutt Space…