Heading to Thyre to start the bidding war for selling the Jewel of Kona between Da’kona Consortium (with Empire) and the Vala’Kona Sect in exile (against Empire).
Stargazer navigates the Greymalkin close to the planet Thyre, well out of range of the Imperial defenses. We head to Koral port, which is built in concentric rings of city types, main roads heading out like spokes on a wheel. Buildings are largely olive drab colored stone. We land in an air field of tarmac. No one comes out to greet us, but we still have to go through customs. Weapons laws allow melee and light blasters, but rifles are fined and recorded. Gremlin and Stargazer get pistols from the armory. Local time is 14 hour days broken into Shifts.
Pazzak takes Stargazer, Killjoy, and Gremlin to find the Vala’kona during First Shift. Stargazer starts heading in a direction, and we exit the merchant area, and into the religious sector. Reincarnation plays a major role, imagery of one older, one younger. Older helps remind younger of their memories. Together they nurture the teaching of Whills, and balance to the Order.
We wind up in front of a temple. Gremlin takes a look around for a computer terminal, sneaks into the head librarian office, and starts poking through a computer. He finds records of catacombs under the temple, and tells Stargazer about them. There are communications about random meetings at the tomb of the Vala’konas, at different gravesite. Tombs cover a huge area with over 60 mausoleums, one for each previous Vala'kona. Timing of the meetings makes them unlikely to be pilgrimages. Gremlin leaves a backdoor into the system to come back later. Stargazer can't find an entrance to the catacombs around the temple.
Killjoy talks to a priest about the religion. They are mourning the loss of the Tasa’kona, when the Empire came just over a decade ago. Assassin killed the Tasa’kona, evidence proved Vala’kona was behind it. When they find the Tasa’kona, it may start a religious civil war. Killjoy brings up that outsiders might be able to find proof. Killjoy gets a feeling the priest is being cautious and guarded against outsiders. Priest returns inviting Killjoy to meet with someone at the Tomb of Catacombs in City of Nigh’Kona. We receive a card with time and place written on it, Tomb of Cenden, 8th hour Shift 3.
Tombs of Kona
We’re currently at end of Shift 1. Pazzak reports in. Winters has a meeting next Shift. We rent a 6 person landspeeder to get out to the meeting area. About a 6 hour drive. Around 5 hours we see lights of a city in a lower land area, with a vast area of stone structures uphill above. Double moon lights it pretty well, lanterns and torches light paths to the tombs. Around 100 speeders parked here. We head up early to scout the area. Street vendors. There is an old woman shouting at pilgrims with religious dogma. Tombs are made of the same olive drab stone, but many of them are colored or have murals.
Stargazer finds himself seated in a cockpit of a fighter in hyperspace, nav computer is turned off. He pulls the brake, and returns to normal space. He’s just navigated through a trinary star cluster, and found a Star Destroyer under construction. He calls in a fleet for a strategic strike. Admiral Raddus comes over the comms… The rest see him slump to the ground. He complains about not enough sleep, and being affected by the strange planet cycle.
Killjoy is walking, and suddenly hears a snap-hiss of a weapon, and a red blade comes swinging at him. A figure in black armor, with slit visor with burning red eyes behind it. “That doesn't belong to you…” The others see him flip and defend his head. He thinks it may have been a vision of his ancestor getting attacked.
We find the 32nd tomb of Cenden. There are advisors entombed with him. We take a look around the inside. We find a secondary door in the back corner with an alarm (emergency exit). The closest other tomb is the 17th. We looks passably interested in a few other tombs on the way back down. We check into a hotel. We wake up to hear Pazzak getting a report from Winters. The offer is up to 4 million, but probably need to deliver within the next few Shifts. We have an hour before the meeting in the tomb.
Stargazer and Gremlin hide in the Tomb 17, while Killjoy and Pazzak go into 32 to negotiate. A Thyressian security guard enters. When Pazzak makes the offer, a squad of stormtroopers and an officer duck into tomb 17, the officer is on comms. They fail to notice the two hiding there. Gremlin puts out a silent emergency comm to Killjoy. Killjoy notices that the backdoor alarm has been disabled. He tells Pazzak, “FUBAR,” and she draws on the security guard, putting him down.
The emergency door opens, allowing a squad of Stormtroopers into the tomb. Pazzak takes a hard shot. Killjoy stims Pazzak. The officer in 17 sends out the troopers. Gremlin and Stargazer shoot the Officer, relieving him of his comlink. Officer shoots Stargazer in return, and flees the tomb.
Pazzak draws her second blaster and fires on the troopers. They return fire, hitting Pazzak. Killjoy pops out a frag grenade and lobs it at the troopers outside, killing one. They return fire, hitting Killjoy. Stargazer shoots the Officer again. Gremlin tries to put feedback into the stormtroopers comms, but uses our comms to do it, giving us feedback as well. The old crone from the walk up walks up into the area. The Stormtroopers outside start to shoot at something we can’t see in another direction.
Pazzak kills her first Stormtrooper, and tosses one of her pistols to Killjoy. Killjoy shoots at the troopers outside. Troopers inside follow to continue firing at Pazzak, another hit and she’s stumbling. Gremlin puts down the Officer. Stargazer kills one trooper, injures another. The Crone invites us to run towards her. Stroopers hit Stargazer.
Pazzak kills 2 Stormtroopers inside. Killjoy shoots a trooper in the back of the head. Pazzak is dropped. Gremlin stims Pazzak, but she’s still out. Stargazer shoots the last trooper outside. The Crone lays hands on Pazzak, and she wakes up. Gremlin grabs a rifle and takes out the last trooper inside. The crone tells us to follow her.
We head to the 57th tomb. The Crone lays her hand on a sigil and the sarcophagi opens revealing a stairway down. There are natural catacombs that have been updated and connected as well. As we walk, some of her face changes, and appearance improves. About 15 minutes later, there’s a larger chamber, with supplies and furniture. She takes out a medical kit and treats all of us.
She identifies herself as the Vala’kona. Pazzak makes her an offer for the price of 5 million. She doesn’t have access to that many credits, but the followers could arrange 5 million credits worth of Tibanna gas. Pazzak walks off to get a signal out to Winters. We talk with the Vala’kona about why we’re working with pirates, and what we want. She intimates that there may be other options in our future. Pazzak comes back and accepts the offer, and we depart. We grab a different speeder and head back to the Greymalkin.
Planning the exchange
Meeting of entire crew is called. Consortium raised the bid to 8 Million. Winters also learned there is a 1 Million bounty on the Vala’kona. Plan is to Stun the Vala’kona and turn her in. In 2 Days, deliver kid and Vala’kona to Consortium.
- Winters – Money
- Pazzak – Money, but some concern for kid
- Bulwark – Armor
- Broken – worried about kid, getting out of Clan
- Blaster – Retire with Detonite
- Detonite – Money and part (not with Blaster)
- Ravage – Buying off Bounties
Stargazer brings up the fact that the Imperials have already broken faith with us and the ambush at the tombs. He investigates the flight tower, and finds that we’re on a watch list. After everything else, the ship has likely been scanned, and they know our numbers, and where the kid likely is. Winters assigns Broken, Bulwark, and Pazzak to move the kid to another location. We discuss where to have the exchange. Invite Vala’kona half hour before to get it all done quickly.
Stargazer comms to the Vala’kona to warn her about the double cross, and to bring in support in the ensuing conflict.
Vala’kona arrives, and we Stun her down (1 Conflict for Stargazer). She is put into the speeder with Bulwark and the Tase’kona.
Reprentatives from the Consortium arrives 30 min later. Winters makes the offer to the Consortium, and requests the bounty for the Vala’kona as well. A small case is brought out. They set down a case of money. When Broken opens the case, a stun grenade goes off in his face, dropping him. Stormtroopers pop up on the roofs of the buildings.
Trooper launches a missile at our vehicle. Gremlin shoots at the missile launcher, which goes off, forcing him to ditch it before it blows. Winters auto-fires at the Consortium in front of him. Blaster rockets over behind the troopers on the roof, dropping one. Consortium fires at Winters, hitting. Trooper with a light repeating rifle opens fire at Winters, disarming him. Stargazer shoots at the light repeater, and disarms the Trooper. Killjoy tries to move the truck down the alleyway, but gets stuck on the turn. Consortium fires on Winters, hitting. More Troopers arrive from a building in the back. Another group of cloaked individuals with rifles emerge next to Winters, and open fire on Consortium.
Killjoy gets the truck into the alley proper, then runs for Broken, shooting a Trooper down in the process. Cloaked figures move and open fire on Ravage, still holding the Vala’kona, hitting her. Troopers on the roof hit Killjoy. Consortium leader falls back into the truck, the others close in on Winters, hitting him. Winters autofires back, dropping the three of them. Ravage drops the Vala’kona and charges the Cloaked figures. Bulwark runs off to the van with the kid. Stargazer runs up, shooting at the Troopers on the ground, killing one, and drags Broken toward the truck. Troopers return fire on Stargazer, hitting. Blaster kills 2 troopers on the roof. Blaster gets shot, but is still standing.
Gremlin clears the Troopers off the roof. Cloaked figures knock down Ravage. Troopers shoot Winters, he goes down. Bulwark enters the van with the kid. Blaster rockets to the street, shooting the stormtroopers, taking out one. Killjoy runs for the smaller case (1 Conflict), shoots the last Trooper on the street. Stargazer gets Broken into the van, and get behind the controls. Ravage kips up and kills 2 Cloaked figures. Trooper retrieves his light repeater. Killjoy shoots at the trooper with the light repeater. Cloaked figures drop Ravage and head for the Vala’kona.
Stargazer tells Bulwark and Blaster the kid isn’t worth it, Bulwark tosses him casually out the back. Light Repeater fires at Killjoy, narrowly missing. Killjoy jumps into the other truck and takes off. Stargazer pulls off, and Bulwark reaches out to pick up Ravage as we drive by (the truck may have driven over Ravage a little). We meet up with the Greymalkin, which is coming in hot with TIE’s on it’s tail.
6 TIE Fighters, 2 TIE Interceptors
Interceptor 1 hits Stargazer, Interceptor 2 hits Gremlin, frying some circuits. Killjoy fires a missile. Stargazer goes evasive. Killjoy’s guided missile misses again.
Interceptors miss Stargazer and Gremlin. Killjoy shoots at Interceptor, destroying it. Greymalkin is hit by the TIE’s. 3 TIE’s close on Killjoy. Stargazer shoots into the TIE’s on Killjoy, breaking up their pattern. Gremlin takes out the second Interceptor. Greymalkin takes out 2 TIE’s.
TIE’s fire on Stargazer, hitting. Killjoy takes out one TIE. Stargazer takes out another TIE. Gremlin misses the last TIE fighter. Gremlin calls back for us to catch up.
Last TIE misses Killjoy. Gremlin takes out the last TIE.
We head back for the ship. Killjoy checks the case, and it has a credstick with 1 Million Credits (2 Conflict for Killjoy).
Winters and Ravage are in the infirmary. Winters is extremely annoyed. We set course for Stand Down. Ravage recognized the Cloaked figures, as part of a Rebellion that’s standing up against the Empire across the Galaxy. She suggests we start raiding them.