Star Wars: Rebirth

To Give Everything

Visase slashed the commander’s gag off with her lightsaber, and made the Bothan answer questions. Kader asked him about his orders, about how Maccus commanded him to watch over Nihaku I & II in between both worlds. Despite his protests, that the residual heavy metals are disrupting their instruments, their orders were to stay between the twin worlds. He suspected he had been set up to be defeated.

He explained he knew little of the red liquid used to empower the vehicles. They were to be pumped into the ship, and as far as he knew, it multiplied the ship’s normal capabilities by several times.

He agreed to Il’yena’s statement that he didn’t want to be near to Rasseran. It was the Sith’s policy to captain each capital ship with a Sith, and they had more capital ships than they had Sith. Rasseran was one such Sith that needed to be there.

The commander gave his name without prompting. He was Commander Paltash, and he now sees nowhere else to go but with the party. Maccus wanted him dead, and the party is willing to take him prisoner. Despite his reservations for his men having been killed, Paltash saw no other reasonable choice.

Orwell socked him hard in the gut to express how he felt about him. After Paltash threw up on his uniform did Orwell stand back.

Visase used her Far Sight, and located Shendi Yosk, standing in a dark room surrounded by metallic walls. Near her is not only Luftha Xor’s family, but also Rathosk, and the other members of Goruhad’s Cross.

Harun and Tafin spoke on the sidelines about how if Xor’s agents and Rathosk’s agents are all part of the navy, it would prove to be volatile enough for inward strife to take place. With the Navy weakened, the Sith can then just appear and take Dac without a fight.

Visase then asked the group that was gathered for the assault of their stance, especially when it came to the Ackbar’s Hand. Their stance was uncertain, and needed to deliberate more.

By that time, the transport arrived to retrieve them. Galhon split from the rest of the rank-and-file to sit with the rest of the party, while the rank-and-file retrieved the transports they came in from.

On the way back, Visase got a message from an unknown caller. She answered it, and immediately after, the face of a hard and intense looking Quarren became projected; and they all immediately knew who it was.

Luftha Xor.

He voiced his disdain for needing to rely on the party, and had a difficult time saying the word “help” to them. He called them all rodents for kidnapping his family, but then he twisted it around to Darth Maccus for endangering them again. Despite everything, Xor searched the Force, and found that the party was the best chance he was going to get in ensuring his family’s safety.

Hemeri tried to voice his own anger at Xor, trying to bring of Oskel; but Xor dismissed it. Harun then managed to calm him enough that he sat back down in silence.

Xor stated that he wasn’t going to survive, but that if he went through alone or with his men, his family would die too. The party quickly noted that the look of Luftha Xor was the same as the one on Arken’s face on the night of the Galactic Senate Siege.

Xor made it clear that he wanted Maccus to pay more than the party, and that Dark Lord Unus told him that he had not yet given everything he had. If this was retribution, Xor was going to face it, and give his family everything. The Sith had struck him where he was weak as was their nature, and now it was his time to either let go of that weakness, or succumb to it.

Orwell stated with a rather sorrowful tone and after Luftha translated his speech that War makes us what we are supposed to be, not what we want to be. Il’yena stated that Xor was simply on the wrong end of the leverage at this time.

WIth all said and done, Xor asked if the party will ensure that his family is safe in the end. It took some gathering, but Vass’inum’niche stated that she was ready to follow whatever commands she needs to follow through on. Visase’s old squad commander Corporal Reiss Vingen agreed next, after Visase and him argued about his involvement against Goruhad’s Cross. Vingen persisted, saying that after the Senate, and after seeing Darth Rasseran; he couldn’t rest until the Sith are defeated.

Slowly, the rest of the group present agreed. Even Krogguss without his arms wanted to get back into the fray while Tafin still wanted her vengeance. The Ackbar’s Hand was the most hesitant, but agreed to it, so long as if Luftha Xor was killed in the process. They could not stand back and allow Shendi Yosk to do an evil act such as kill innocents.

With that all said and done. Xor signed off; and the party boarded the Calamari Cruiser known as the Skalban. Inside, the group got to their bacta tanks, while the Hand arranged for a reserved meeting area where they can safely plan the rescue of Luftha Xor’s Family, who was no doubt still on the Ackbar’s Honor.

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Rasseran's Rage

While Il’yena rallied the surviving guards to Sector D of the Barracks area while in her Commander disguise, even convincing the petty officer questioning her that she was a legit Commander on board after his questioning of Commander Larhast’s corpse; Visase, Orwell, and the Dorokat III Militia lead by Galhon fought their way to the prison cells on the ship.

The prison cells were mostly empty, save for one large cell with fifty Mon Calamari inside who spoke of how they were well fed and cared for. Orwell suspected they were being prepared like Gizka would, but Visase made sure they salvaged the weapons of the fallen guards so that they can push towards the bridge.

The other teams made it to the Bridge first, and immediately stormed it while capturing the Commander of the ship. As Il’yena made way to catch up, she noticed that a maintenance door beside her suddenly had a lightsaber blade shoot through it, before the door cut through to the other side; revealing Kader, 63-RM, Hemeri, Vass’inum’niche, and the Jedi Harun Palkai. With brief greetings, that group were the first to make it to the Bridge where most of the fighting already ended; while the Ackbar’s Hand tied up the commander.

Orpa Ruvin, the leader of the Eisley Corsairs pointed to the vault doors, and explained that his split of the payment was inside. Despite the encouragement to wait for everyone to arrive first, Orpa still unlocked the vault doors and opened them. The smell was a smell between death and stale feces, but Orpa and his corsairs still made it inside. Kader ordered him back, but Orpa’s desire for plunder was stronger.

The others soon made way inside to view that the ground is littered with bones and skulls of countless sentients, as well as feces and old blood and stains littered everywhere in between. Then they noticed the hulking figure in the corner turn its head, and stare at them with glowing crimson eyes. When the first shot was fired did the hulk charge at Orpa; the clawed strike making him reel back eight meters and making him fall prone. After that, it was clear what the hulk was: An albino furless wookiee the size of a rancor covered in disfiguring scars, and harboring eyes whose sentience gave way permanently to primal hunger and rage. They had found Darth Rasseran, the Captain of the Sarvak’s Shield.

Il’yena led the charge by breaking everyone’s shock at what they’re seeing. Corporal Reiss Vingen and Harun Palkai both took several blows from his massive claws while everyone took a swing at him. His fight with Harun demonstrated that his claws could block lightsaber blows. It seemed each time he was attacked, he had the means to strike back immediately and harshly. Thinking fast, the Jensaari Warlock and Tafin both sedated Rasseran enough that he fell unconscious. To everyone’s horror, they noticed his wounds regenerate quickly. The others took advantage of that pause by repositioning themselves. Orpa voiced that if he is a beast, then perhaps by taunting him, he would go after someone else.

At that moment, Visase, Orwell, and the remaining forces arrived and got into position.

When Rasseran came to, he fully healed up; even fighting off 63-RM’s poison. In the ensuing battle. Visase took several hits from Rasseran. But before Rasseran landed the finishing blow, Orpa shot at Rasseran, and dared him to come after him. As he lunged at Orpa, Orwell and Harun both took a swing at him while he ordered the other Eisley Corsairs to shoot him. All that pent of rage tore Orpa apart, before Rasseran stuck Orpa’s body into his mouth and devoured him. The act of eating replenished Rasseran’s wounds immensely, before he started eating the horrified Mon Calamari beside him.

63-RM explained to the Ackbar’s Hand that the unknown poison they got was specifically built to dull a midichlorian’s connection to the Force. With that knowledge, the Hand dipped their serrated disks in the poison before throwing them at Rasseran; giving him a dose or two of poison.

63-RM and the Hand would then work harder to amplify the doses and apply more to make sure it does affect Rasseran as he rampaged; eventually devouring forty Mon Calamari in total.

The Eisley Corsair named Monk explained to Il’yena that Orpa did keep a parting gift on him. When Monk pushed the detonator, Rasseran’s gut exploded outward, showering those in front of him with gore and organs. Il’yena managed to toss a knife into Rasseran’s stomach as the Dark Side of the Force pulled his body back together; making his innards slither back in place inside of him. Visase sensed the whole procedure, and confirmed that Rasseran had achieved so much power in the Dark Side that it shattered his mind.

Despite the disgusting display, the battle continued, even with the Jen’saari Krogguss nearly dying by having both his arms ripped off. Orwell proceeded to handle Rasseran’s attacks; which slowed down as 63-RM’s poison affected him all the more.

Eventually, 63-RM identified that Rasseran’s midichlorians no longer felt the Force; negating his incredible feats of regeneration. It was then only a matter of time before Rasseran fell. Orwell chopped off his monstrous claw. As Rasseran howled in pain did Monk lay the killing blow with a shot that came into his mouth, and exiting out from his brain.

The Corsairs announced without skipping a beat that they were going to plunder the vault, while Il’yena stepped outside. From the bridge, Il’yena saw a man dressed in a manner like a clown calling to her from the holoprojector on the Bridge. Il’yena made way, and the two exchanged words, with Il’yena mostly attempting to insult and get a rise out of him. Eventually, the man told Il’yena his name; Darth Maccus, along with all of his other titles that he claims to not really care about too much. Eventually the rest of the party arrived. After Maccus learned of Kale’zen’dreuoll’s and Polis’ fates after killing Yari Kebata did he reveal what Shendi Yosk was going to do. Orwell asked if she was Maccus’ puppet to which Maccus answered “no”. According to him, she was easy to corrupt to the dark side, and he wanted to make their effort in the conflict interesting too; but that he may have been too successful with Yosk.

Maccus encouraged the party to go and save Luftha Xor’s family, because they are innocent. Because now, Yosk will stop at nothing to ensure the wellbeing of her nation. With a “Toodles”, Maccus logged out; leaving the party to deal with the mess, and the tied up Commander of the Sarvak’s Shield in the corner as well.

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Mist Covers the Sarvak's Shield

Kader and 63-RM worked with the technicians to eliminate the Gen’Dai clones, and to stablize the chief engineer within the Nihaku II colony vessel. Kader rallied the technicians, making sure they knew to shoot the clones in the head when they fell. The tide of Gen’Dai was stemmed for a short time when the gas grenade trap was sprung, buying 63-RM a moment to bring the chief engineer back to consciousness. His movements were sluggish and complained about his headache as the battle warred around him.

Realizing his need for more intense care, 63-RM took to reprogramming himself to better handle the task, switching out his own systems to do so, and even negating data from another to hasten the process.

Meanwhile, the news that the navy had surrounded the Sarvak’s Shield to keep it pinned between the twin worlds reached the ears of the Ackbar’s Honor, who then carried out the plan mostly cooked up by Visase Tersik. Visase went into an assault transport with Orwell, two Droideka, and a labor droid carrying the barrel of “Hero’s Sludge”; a potent spice that is known to mitigate one’s connection to The Force. They are to administer the Hero’s Sludge to one of the engines, where the artificial midichlorians are being pumped into.

Il’yena ended up getting on board an assault transport with a group of Keshfar colonists and the military covert ops group known as the Ackbar’s Hand. Il’yena and the Hand spoke at length, with Il’yena asking them most of the questions about who they are. The Hand provided Il’yena with an officer’s uniform they had pilfered, having heard that she was a good actress.

Meanwhile, 63-RM had finally managed to clear the fog on the chief engineer’s mind with his reprogrammed medical expertise, allowing him to better pilot the colony to resist the impending eruption, while Kader fashioned a quick trap involving three Frag Grenades, taking down two Gen’Dai in one fell swoop, while 63-RM switched to poisoned rounds from his Czerka Adventurer rifle, succeeding in poisoning the Gen’Dai, whose constitutions were legendary.

They had also received word from Hemeri about how he ended up coming to the same conclusion 63-RM and Kader did about piloting the colony, except that he was unable to save that colony’s chief engineer.

Meanwhile, when the rest of the strike team arrived into view of Nihaku I & II did they see the battle rage on, and a nearly destroyed Calamari Cruiser tilting towards the Sarvak’s Shield. The captain of the ship bid everyone farewell before crashing his ship into it; spraying the area with debris, making it harder for the strike team to be detected.

Visase and Orwell’s ship was among the first, and the assault transport they were on immediately blasted a way through. The two of them then cut down and defeated all troopers on the way before they arrived in their assigned engine room. Along the way, Orpa of the Eisley Corsairs told Visase that his crew landed, along with her old squad and “those freaky Jedi”, and they’re all going to do their part against the engine. It could only be assumed that Galhon’s Dorokat III militia had arrived as well.

The battle Visase and Orwell had was nothing they couldn’t handle with ease. The droids equipped with vibroswords did manage to get a good hit on their Droideka, but otherwise, Orwell was able to administer the Hero’s Sludge into the engine to “silence” the artificial midichlorians that flowed into the engine. After that, Orwell threw that barrel at the engineer who was trying to repair the engine, and then Orwell went and broke his neck under his foot.

Meanwhile, Il’yena was tasked in locating the barracks while in uniform. She got one of the Hand to shoot her in the shoulder to make her disguise look more convincing. Along the way of her search, she split up and scrambled a small platoon of soldiers away from where the intruders were coming from, “discharging” the cadet at a security monitor so she could have a better look at where everything was in the ship, and later in killing a higher ranking officer with her concealed knives, and taking his rank from his body.

While Il’yena was watching the security feed did she find that Nihaku I exploded, shrouding the ship in a fine heavy metal rich mist; causing the Sarvak’s Shield’s systems to falter. The Mon Calamari Navy took this as a sign to disable it.The same mist came from below when Nihaku II exploded. The planetary explosions and eruptions lead to a sizable chunk of the planet to be devoid of its permanent ice sheet.

During the chaos, Kader and 63-RM were ordered by the chief engineer to get to an escape pod, claiming that it was a Mon Calamari’s job to look after Mon Calamari. Much to their joy, the escape pod does enter space where a calamari cruiser brought them aboard.

Aboard, Kader and 63-RM were reunited with Hemeri and Numni, and later visited by Jedi Knight Harun Palkai who explained the situation with the bridge, and why they weren’t supposed to go onto the Sarvak’s Shield just yet. They needed to wait for the others on the Shield to go to the Bridge; because Harun sensed that there was indeed a Sith on board, and a very powerful one named Darth Rasseran; who was a Wookiee, and what they called a “Mad Claw”. It is likely that his reverting to base instincts is the reason he isn’t the one captaining the ship.

Back on the ship, Visase soon got word that the engines have the spice administered into its tubes, while Il’yena got word that the barracks air had become toxic. With those objectives done, the Sarvak’s Shield is that much more unstable, and their victory is that much more guaranteed.

When the news was spread did Harun suggest that they come and help fight for the bridge now, with the Hand having either killed or neutralized the army on board with acquired poisons.

Visase on the other hand ruled that she go and help with the prison break, while Orwell threw the empty barrel at the engineer, and then breaking his neck by stepping on it.

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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