The Dark Times

Welcome to the Jungle
Beyond the Rim Part 2

Arriving on Cholganna, the group scanned its surface for the Sa Nalaor. With the data they recovered from the message pod, their scans located the wreckage of a crashed ship and what appeared to be a ruined escape pod. Descending to the planet, the group struggled through the dense foliage, harsh terrain, and vicious creatures to locate the pod, finding a degraded record of its final moments. The pod crew mentioned both Captain Harsol, commander of the Sa Nalaor vessel, and a woman named Cratala, who was unknown to the group, but had something to do with the chancellor, now emperor of the galaxy.

With trajectory coordinates from the pod, the group successfully located the engine section and forward section of the Sa Nalaor, but only after being attacked by arboreal octopi and nexu. The forward section also had its own startling creatures; nexu, cybernetically enhanced to protect the ship. After a thorough search, the ship appeared to still be visited by people, perhaps survivors and, after a groggy sleep on the planet, they planned a second day of searching. But their attempts were halted when IT-3PO sabotaged the Valkyrie 5, keeping the crew on planet to await Harsol’s arrival. Unbeknown to the droid, the Yiyar clan, having already attempted to see off the Valkyrie 5 the day before, found the Sa Nalaor as well, and a tense exchange between the two groups was brought to a stop when Captain Harsol and the survivors made the scene.

Captain Harsol returned with both the Yiyar clan and the crew of the Valkyrie 5 to the retreat, a place the remaining crewmembers and Cratala were hiding. After a brief discussion and a tour of the retreat, both groups got into heavy negotiations. Kanto, M3D-1 and Lotus learned there was a lot of division in the retreat; several wanted to stay and others wanted to leave, and most were dissatisfied with the leadership Harsol provided. After a heated exchange trying to convince Cratala and Harsol to leave, the Imperial Security Bureau caught up to the Sa Nalaor, having been tipped off by an information broker on the Wheel. Panic gripped the retreat, Harsol’s paranoia nearly getting the better of him and Cratala’s fear of the emperor pushing her to her limits. Kanto and M3D-1 talked them both down, and after rallying them, attended the wall to see what the Imperials wanted.

A lance of scouts on speeder bikes, and probe droids accompanied ISB Agent Ossnan, who was at first amicable to the survivors and offered both them and the Valkyrie 5 crew tempting rewards. None of them trusted his word, however and, despite resorting to threats, the retreat remained stalwart. Knowing he was outgunned, Agent Ossnan called a retreat for the short term, giving the retreat time to evacuate into the jungle, or join up with the group or Yiyar clan, who agreed to a truce with the party in exchange for Harsol’s recovered wealth and a couple of Cratala’s aides.

The group headed for their ships, using some of Cratala’s enhanced cybernetic nexu to get the drop on the Imperial forces and escape in there ships to the relative safety of Raxus Prime.

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The Tale of the Sa Nalaor
Beyond the Rim Part I

After being shunned by Bargos and leaving the group with a further debt to pay, the group were finally given a chance to redeem themselves. Reom, Twi’lek president of Isotech Corporation had a job he wanted Bargos’ assistance with, and the Hutt used this as an Ideal opportunity to call in the group’s debt.

Upon reaching the Isotech holdings on the Wheel space station, they learned their employer was keen to find the treasure of the Sa Nalaor, a munificent class frigate lost during the end of the Clone Wars. Leads up to this point had been few and far between, however Reom had found a hyperspace message pod belonging to the original ship, which shed new light on the hunt for the ship. Reom wanted the group to head for Cholganna, the planet that was the last known location of the separatist vessel, claim the treasure, and rescue any survivors, then bring what they find to Raxis Prime, Isotech’s secret holdings on an Imperial shipyard world.

The party agreed to help Reom, if only to clear their debt to Bargos, and were soon asking around the station for more details on Raxis Prime, Cholganna, and the Sa Nalaor itself. After learning a great deal and getting what gear they thought they could do with, Lotus, Kanto and M3D-1 waited for Reom’s droid, IT-3P0, to arrive, as he would be useful when they reached the Sa Nalaor.

The droid was delayed and, when they went to investigate, caught the droid being kidnapped by members of Isotech’s rival, the Yiyar clan. After a chase through the thoroughfare of the station, the party retook the droid, saw off the Rodians, and fled the station to avoid repercussions from Wheel security about the damage they caused.

With the droid and data in hand, the party then made their way to Cholganna in search of the treasure…

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Debts To Pay

After finally paying off the remains of their debts to Breen the gran and his business, the Valkyrie 5 belonged to them. The party’s victory was short lived, as Kanto’s boss, Bargos the Hutt, summoned him with the prospect of the Zabrak finally being able to close his debts to his employer.

The magnanimous Hutt offered the group a chance to do him a favour in exchange for what, on the surface, was a blue milk run. To collect the first payment of 100,000 credits from his newly acquired holdings, an Oridelve mine on the planet Gavos, extracting oridium.

Seeing a chance to settle his debt, Kanto agreed. M3D-1 and Lotus both saw the benefit of having a Hutt owe them one, and together the group headed for the mine as Bargos’ representatives.

All was not as it seemed at the mine, and the party found themselves searching a deserted mine for the miners and whomever was responsible for their disappearance. After finding the miners, the party learned that they had inadvertently arrived during a droid revolution, and while they managed to quell the uprising, it’s ring leader EV-8D3 escaped on a transport ship into the galaxy.

After saving the mine from destruction by the droids plan to eliminate the storm generators, the party negotiated for Bargos’ first payment. The group were unable to acquire all the money Bargos wanted, and upon returning to the Hutt, found he was displeased with their lack of concern for the damage they (or rather the droids) caused in his mine, as well as the payment amount they returned with.

The party found themselves now owing Bargos, Kanto owing even more to his boss thanks to their efforts, and after being dismissed they now owed more than they had hoped…

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