The party left out of the outpost of the Tusken Raiders with Verin Taro in tow to bring back to Korot.
Korot was relieved to see Verin alive. Verin apologized to Korot, but Korot gruffly told Verin to apologize to his father instead. Korot was also donning his armor by the time the party arrived. Mere minutes after Verin was returned, Korot revealed why he was donning his armor and helmet. He was donning his armor because Gunja was their designated bus driver.
Apparently, Gunja had been lingering around all this time, and Gunja had about 4 other people that he was going to take to the Vein Tangle in his bus, but decided to stick around to pick the party up.
Verin also refers to both Korot and Gunja as “Uncle” when he reunited with the both of them.
The businessmen are of the Human and Sullustan species, and were quite scared of Orwell when they saw him getting curious about them. Hartel asked the businessmen if they had food, and they each had an energy bar, which Hartel took and gave to Orwell. Orwell ate them, wrapper and all.
Well Gunja started to drive, and give a tour when a loud thud was heard of the roof of the bus, followed by the buzzing of saws. Then Gunja looked out of his mirrors, and found that the bus was surrounded by the Tusken Raiders gang in their cars.
At that moment, Gunja stated that he could do this, but he’d rather give a tour instead. So Gunja “volunteered” Zendral to drive the bus while he gave the tour. After Gunja opened up the windows of the bus and the emergency hatch, the party got into position.
Zendral tried to drive the bus and shoot at the same time. Zendral wasn’t much of a multitasker. He made the bus shaky, but his aim was good, as he managed to shoot a gangster in one of the cars.
Over the course of the battle, Polis managed to shoot one of the car’s drivers, and unfortunately for the driver, the driver steered the car in the wrong direction, and smashed into a building at the bottom. Kader peppered a car with blaster bullets. Taral brutally killed a gangster with his lightsaber. Hartel managed to hit the engine of one of the cars, causing the gangster on the roof of the car to fall to the bottom of Coruscant. Korot pulled a Frag Grenade out, and threw it inside of a car causing the car to explode on the inside, causing the outer shell to fall to the bottom of Coruscant. Issilum managed to shoot the driver of another bus, but the gangsters managed to adjust a new driver before the car could plummet to the lands below. Zendral managed to even the bus out to grant better aim. Orwell butchered a gangster into pieces, giving a part of the bus a nice red coat. Simon lobbed a missile at one of the cars, causing the car to explode, and the gangsters as well. Of the gangster’s heads exploded on the bus’ windshield. Gunja tried using the windshield wipers to wipe it off, but it ended up smearing the window instead. Visase impaled a gangster with her sword before shooting him between the eyes. The other gangsters ran off.
One of the businessmen started throwing up, and then the others began to throw up too. Gunja said they were, “Following suit”.
Gunja then got the bright idea to have a modified “Zeltron Fire Drill”, which is normally switching positions in a vehicle while the vehicle is stopped, but Gunja wanted to do it while the bus was still moving. Gunja volunteered Kader to drive while Zendral took a seat. Gunja then announced that he had no idea where he was going, and needed a driver who knew where to drop the businessmen off. Thankfully, Kader knew the building.
Kader did some fancy tricks on the way, such as doing a barrel roll and speeding past traffic. Issilum made a comment about being past the thick of the problem, when the sirens started to blare in the background. Gunja told Kader than if he sped up, they can make their destination before the police arrived. Kader agreed and sped up past the traffic, and dropped the businessmen off.
As the police cars approached, Gunja told Issilum that he was now the bus driver. Issilum objected, but Gunja kept on insisting that he won’t get in trouble as he is not the driver. Issilum, being a good sport, drove the bus next. Issilum proved himself to be a great pilot by driving straight at the police cars. The police cars moved out of the way, but when two of them turned around, they collided with each other in midair, leaving Issilum to have to contend with two more cars. Issilum managed to outmaneuver the cars with that bus of his. He managed to find an alley that was quite narrow. One of the cars made it, the other met a fiery end.
Issilum drove the bus until he found a dead end, at which point, Issilum turns upwards suddenly, while the police car smashed into the dead end as well.
Then Issilum made it back into traffic, and Gunja took over again, and drove the party to the Taro house in Sah’c Town.
Once at the Taro house, some of the party gave Gunja tips, while Korot threatened Gunja with violence if he put Verin in danger like that. Verin managed to calm Korot down, while Gunja drove off to do some more pickups.
Verin was welcomed back by his mother Rea, and his baby sister Thirra in a heartwarming manner. After the welcome, Thirra asked Taral some interesting questions. She first asked if Taral was a Jedi. The second was question was why Taral’s soul was so dark if he was.
Verin decided to go and confront his father. Rea, Thirra, Korot, and the party followed behind and walked inside the house to find the entire house is decorated in such beautiful and lavish decor. The party was also greeted by Arbet, who led them down to where Arken Taro was.
Once they met Arken Taro, Verin began talking, and then the two began to fight, with Verin talking about how much he hated being chained to the house, and how he wanted to explore, while Arken was telling Verin that he was a potential political target and how he couldn’t go anywhere without Uncle Korot to protect him. Verin eventually turned around and stormed out of the room, while Thirra rushed after Verin. Rea remained with Arken to try and calm and comfort him.
The party showed Arken Deesd’s Datapad, confirming Arken’s fears. Arken told the party that some of the senators in the Galactic Senate are not opposing each other like they used to, and Arken wasn’t sure if “Orm” had something to do with them too.
Arken then apologized to the party for the methods he had to use to bring the party together, but that he no longer wanted to be seen as an employer, but as a comrade in the fight to find out more of “Orm” and what he is planning. Arken was still willing to pay the party a large sum, even promising Zendral that he would make sure money was no longer an object for him, and even granting a starship as a down payment.
Arken promised to Issilum that he would quit politics as soon as the conspiracy was resolved in return for Issilum’s help.
Arken also briefed the party a little bit. Either figure out what was up with Zarcha’s Cantina, or check out the Tusken Raider Hideout for clues, or to at least stop Ssurg’s reign of terror. Arken also showed the party a news bulletin that was posted recently from the Holonet, and refered to the party of a friend of his in the Vein Tangle named E5-Z18 who is an Astromech Droid obsessed with modifying himself, and fronts as a warehouse for foodstuffs, while having lots of room for a weapons lab and even has some rooms for starships too.