Port Rasper shopping
The team puts together a shopping list. The list is split into restricted and non-restricted items.
Raquelle acquires all the requested items either in person or on back order.
Despite the heat brought down by thieves in a shipping impound, Hosk gets all the items on his list from the Black Market. When one of his sellers is pinched, the seller settles and gives up Hosk’s name, making it more difficult, but not impossible, to acquire smuggling compartments for the Ace of Coins.
Dealing with Bounty Hunters
As the Ace of Coins is about to leave the atmosphere of D’rogos, they are hailed by a freighter identifying himself as a Bounty Hunter, Feskor Morannz. He was pursuing the bounty on Kyp with the aid of two escort fighters. Hosk convinces him that we just dropped off a passenger on the planet who may be his target. The freighter goes down to the planet to investigate, leaving the fighters to escort the Ace of Coins.
Hosk jams the communications of the fighters. Raquelle and Gadssk open fire on the fighters, eventually defeating them. It is decided that the group should return to the planet to find out more about the bounty hunter. In doing so, Lensi accidentally blows the sensor array. The ship lands outside the city to exact repairs.
Dante, Hosk, Gadssk, and Raquelle take the speeder bikes to the city. They find out that the Bounty hunter has already headed back to Port Rasper.
(OOG Note: The Strain Threshold reduction from Obligation is alleviated for dealing with the Bounty Hunter)
Searching for the Last Hope
Due to the information from the astromech, the group found the location where the Last Hope was found. From there, Lensi uses the information from the Astromech, a pep talk from Raquelle and help from Dante to triangulate the origin of the Last Hope to a Gan-Sha-Tal Cluster, a cluster of Protostars. She plots a course and the group is off. When they come out of hyperspace, sensors picks up a planet not far away.
The planet is mountainous with lots of trees and no apparent civilization. Due to a radioactive atmosphere and a nearby pulsar, sensors can not penetrate the atmosphere.
Dante takes the ship into the atmosphere. Lensi does some extensive sensor sweeps and finds an area with a large chunk of metal. We fly over and find a Venator class ship that has long crashed. The Longshot crash landed into a mountain range, making a valley. The crash trail behind the ship has filled up and become a lake. There are several holes in the side of the ship. There is also a walled village off to one side of the ship, and several acres of farmland outside the walls. The ship doesn’t look like its ever taking off again.
The group makes radio contact with the people and land.
The Longshot at Hope’s Ridge
The group is greeted by an honor guard led by Lt Yanos and taken to meet the descendants of the Longshot survivors. We attend a meeting with:
- Captain Seisa Kasius, a human woman in her mid 50’s dressed in a patched New Republic captain’s uniform
- Dominic Anar Kasius, a human male in his late 60’s wearing his “Sunday best.”
- Lt. Cmdr Banos Kasius, a human male in his 20’s wearing a patched New Republic uniform.
- Toray Kasius, a human teenager wearing his “Sunday best.”
- Marshall Focray, a powerfully built, dark skinned man wearing a badge, uniform, and blaster.
The Kasius’ Story
Longshot was in the battle at D’rogos. It fought to protect D’rogos from the orbital bombardment of the Dread Legion. All fighters were deployed and destroyed. The Longshot ran into the cluster hoping to escape the Dread Legion. Unfortunately, there was an astrogation error and they bounced off a gravity well. They spun off and crash landed on this planet.
The highest ranking survivor is Captain Taigon Kasius.
All of the shuttles were damaged in the crash, so they worked together to patch up one shuttle sent their best pilots and mechanics for help.
Then they waited, and waited, and waited. Eventually Captain Kasius decided to shift their focus towards making this place home. So they started farming the land and building a protected village.
Recently, there was unrest due to an uprising with the surviving Wookies. They disagreed with some of the decisions being made. They attacked the village and Kasius guard fought to protect themselves, killing and exiling the rebels.
Over the past 4 years, the wookies are poisoning water supplies, burning crops and causing general mayhem.
The Welcome Feast
They seat us at long tables with our backs to the towns folk. Which was odd, but dinner is tasty.
Hosk doesn’t eat. Lensi and Gadssk bolt down their meal and move off to start exploring the village. Gadssk talks to a townsfolk and learns the “uprising” was actually a peaceful demonstration. That the Captain’s Guard attacked. The Captain’s Son Banos executed the instigators and exiled their families. The wookies managed to escape with their only Jedi.
Lensi Distracts Lt Yanos, so Hosk can get a look around unaccompanied. While she walks with Lt. Yanoso, she talks about the weak points of the barricade and how to reinforce them.
Raquelle senses something off about the marshal but can’t put a finger on it. She tries to engage him in conversation during dinner but only manages to gain his curious daughter, Xerix’s attention. Soon the Marshall leaves and takes his daughter with him. Raquelle taps out a warning on the coms.
Hosk overhears general concern from the locals about the newcomer’s presence. He gets stopped by the Marshal who actually manages to scare him a little. The Marshal wants the group to leave because it would save us. He feels regret that he couldn’t save his wife, the wookies or his grandmother. Also, the groups presence puts the rest of the villagers in danger. He says “Leave before the Kasius’ take you down too”
Dante, Raquelle, and Kyp keep the Kasius’ entertained with small talk. Raquelle asks if there are any jedi in the survivors. Captain Kasius says yes, but she was killed during the wookie uprising.
Ace of Coins is Attacked
Dinner is interrupted by an explosion in the direction of the Ace of Coins. The group runs towards the ship, Captain Kasius orders a group of guards to accompany them. Once outside the barricade, Raquelle orders them to stay back. They approach the ship, those guards who were posted to guard the ship come out of the tree line and tell their story.
Wookies attacked and threw a bag at the ship. It killed two of their men. Then ran into the woods. The Guards pursued then doubled back.
Kyp went to check on the bodies, and found they were not killed by the explosion but rather by being run through by sharp weapons.
Hosk tracked the “wookies” into the woods and followed the trail to a back door into the Longshot.
Gadssk went to look at the tracks and proved they were not wookie tracks.
Lensi and Dante checked on the ship and confirmed that no one got in and the damage was repairable. Lensi determined it was an attempt to blow up the entire ship, but due to 150 years of degradation in the chemicals it only did damage.
The group reconvened on the ship and shared the information they found about the explosion and while exploring the village.
The group agrees something is up and they really need to talk to the Wookies. At which point, a gong starts to sound. Looking outside, the guards send a runner to Hope’s Ridge to get more orders. Lensi goes out to fix the engine and Gadssk covers her from the top hatch.
Spears and other weaponry soar out of the trees and kill each of the guards. Gadssk talks to the wookies in his best Shyriiwook and gains their trust pretty quickly. The wookies then board the Ace of Coins with Lensi and they limp out of the area for a safer landing spot. Leaving the Longshot behind.
Someone from the Longshot fired upon the Ace of Coins, concreting suspicions that the Kasius’ were not as benevolent as they pretended.
The Wookies Story
They meet Sgt. Nerakka and Lt. Orokobah. They give a similar story as the towns folk. Kasius kept a military regimented lives, but that doesn’t work well with families. The Kasius maintain their control through food distribution, claiming to not have enough for everyone. Truth be told, they actually had a surplus and would hide it in the Longshot letting it rot while people feared starvation. Finally, the wookies felt they had enough strong voices in the village to have a peaceful demonstration. Kasius’ guard fired upon the demonstrators. Those that weren’t killed were rounded up and executed. The families of those who were executed were exiled. Banos “Madclaw” marched them out into the wilderness. Supposedly leaving them there. However, when the wookies went looking for those people they could not be found. They would not be surprised of Banos “Madclaw” just killed them all.
Meeting Perri Olin-ark
The Wookies take us to meet their Jedi, who is not dead. She is a dark-skin elderly woman with frizzy white hair pulled back into a ponytail. Kyp introduces himself and the Jedi’s jaw drop. She then introduces herself as Perri Olin-ark. She had been told by her Master Gorvoral, an Ithorian, that her father was Kyp Olin-ark and her mother was Raquelle.
After much ribbing, Raquelle and Kyp accept this as apparent fact. Perri gives Kyp her lightsaber, which was Kyp’s first blue lightsaber for his off hand.
She mentions there are two holocrons on the Longshot somewhere. The Kasius’ probably stole it.
Storming the Compound
We hear from some wookie scouts that 60 of the Kasius guard have left Hope’s Ridge and are coming this way. The group decides now is the perfect time to retake the Longshot and Hope’s Ridge, saving the people within.
Dante takes the Ace of Coins and plays a wounded bird drawing the 60 out further into the wilderness. Then returns to Hope’s Ridge.
The others return to Hope’s Ridge and plan an attack. It includes attacks from three sides.
1) Raquelle starts the attack with some long range shots from the fields clearing out a tower. This allows a number of wookies to approach and enter the town.
2) Gadssk and Lensi storm the tower holding a heavy repeating blaster. During her tour of town, Lensi noticed the Bad Motivator on the weapon, and knows that it will take a while for it to power up. Taking control of it and turning the weapon against the guards.
3) Hosk and Kyp go into the Longshot from the other side. They’re spotted by a guard tower. Hosk lays down covering fire, and Kyp charges with his lightsaber, taking out two guards, and allows the third to flee. Inside the Longshot, they encounter Lt. Lynsk and some guards. Lynsk wields a long blade, and briefly disarms Kyp. Hosk takes some blaster fire from the guards, then dispatches them with a hail of dual blasters. Kyp blocks Lynsk’s follow up attack barehanded, retrieves his lightsaber, wounds Lynsk, and steps back. Hosk puts a blaster shot through the back of Lynsk’s head.
As the wookies and the others come over the walls, Raquelle sends out a call for surrender. Those guardsmen who were outside lay down their weapons.
Within the Command Tower
Dante brings the Ace of Coins level with the command tower to peer in the window and looks menacing.
Hosk and Kyp take a turbolift up to the command tower through and find the Kasius family. The surrender of the guardsmen is relayed to those in the command tower. Kyp introduces himself, and tells them that this doesn’t need to get ugly. The Marshal recognizes Kyp’s name, and levels his gun at Captain’s head, “Its over, Captain.”
The Captain snaps and grabs Xerix, the Marshal’s daughter, using the little girl as a shield. She then shoots the Marshal in the chest. Xerix snaps and force slams the Captain out the window bouncing off the Ace of Coins and to the ground. She is dead. Her husband and youngest son surrender.
Kyp uses the Force to save the Marshal’s life.
The Villagers rejoice in their liberation.
Kyp finds the Holocrons in the Captain’s quarters. He confirms that the “Gorvoral” holocron is actually Teeco Moomo, an old travelling companion of Kyp and Raquelle. The holocron recognizes the two of them. It has answers about what happened to them, but feels it would be best to unveil them slowly. It also gives Kyp the choice of training or refusing to train Xerix. Kyp quickly decides training is the best option.
The remaining residents of Hope’s Ridge agree to let us set up a Rebel base in the Longshot.
Lensi fixes the ship. Dante flies us back to civilization with the remaining Kasius’ and a few other witnesses. The group also takes the bridge plaque as proof of what they found.