Star Wars: Another Longshot

Team Besh
Tracking down the Longshot

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.

Wookies Attack

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.

Wrap up

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.

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Launch Day: Group Aurek

We join our heroes inside the Sith Prison Complex of Darth Baran. A pair of Jedi Padawans and a pair of Imperial Squires. All locked in force cages, subjected to daily tortures at the hands of Darth Baran and his pair of apprentices. The Imperial squires have the added torture of continual loop holovid of Baran beheading their Knight during a heated session of torture. Today was a different day, Baran was off planet and entrusted his apprentices to handle the daily torture session. Bend’yk Qu-bash was a force user who had been taken against his will and pressed into service of the Sith, and he had had enough of watching this daily torture. He freed the prisoners, and after a long uncomfortable conversation (consisting of very few words), the quintet began their escape. Without their lightsabers. After “liberating” some armor and blasters from the Storm Troopers guarding their cell block, Group Aurek made their escape through a secret tunnel entrance that Bend’yk had carved into the existing underground tunnels of the planet Keosh.

As the group marched double time through the 20 kilometers of tunnels, they felt a pervasive and oppressive presence in the Force. The feeling continued as they reached the surface, ebbing and flowing as they approached the outskirts of a city. On the edge of the city, the Squires ditched their Storm Trooper armor as Tal’fej Lo’grey recognized a junkyard from a recent vision that the Force had shown him. Which gave the party a sense of direction, and of intimidation. As that vision had ended with them facing off against an opponent who struck them down with a green lightsaber. A weapon which all of them felt the loss of more and more under the oppressive feel in the Force. With slight reluctance, they followed the will of the Force and went Junking.

In an odd turn of events, the Junkyard contained a small selection of space craft. Primarily snub fighters, shuttles, and hot rods of various stages of decay and in need of repairs. Most in need of repairs though, was a Nova Courier Freighter, the Smokey, and its droid mechanic/pilot Bandit. At which point, squire Bleys revealed to the party that his surname was in fact Hagen. Negotiations for the ship went quickly after Bandit was reactivated and his facial recognition software recognized Bleys as Captain Hagen (the droid obviously needs repair). Group Aurek lifted off (roughly) as an approaching storm helped to obscure them from a flight of incoming Predator Starfighter. No doubt sent by Darth Barran’s forces to recapture them.

The Smokey isn’t the quality machine she once was, and the group took refuge in a hanger bay carved into a cliff wall. Where they found evidence of a battle that took place 3,500 years ago before all life on the planet had been extinguished. There were also bodies of an Imperial Archaeology team, that had notes in their data pads placing their deaths no more than 4 months ago. The group explored deeper in the caverns behind the hanger, as the storm pounded debris onto their heads. Ancient bodies littered the cavern, armed with now rusted blades and decomposing slug thrower weapons. Sith carvings decorated the walls, becoming more and more intricate the deeper they explored. With the oppressive presence continuing, and a subtle murmur of voices permeated the Force. Footsteps rang out on the balcony above them, queue chase scene!

The lowest level of the canyon, was a large temple-like ante chamber filled with indistinct voices, Sith runes, and a giant lump of melted pink glass (the size of a speeder), and one lone voice ranting maniacally. The voices became overwhelming. We didn’t hear them with our ears, we heard them with the Force. The one voice cut through all the others and flooded our minds with the following.

“when the three arrive, they will awaken the fourth”
“the conqueror from another world will name the warmaster from this one”
“greed arrives on gilded wings. the workers will know famine and their masters will know death”
“the heir to the emperor will fulfill her legacy and her army will rise pure and strong”
“the oldest enemy lies broken. the newest enemy is weak. together they would threaten the future”
“fear and dread will be found within the dark temple and worlds will fall to their might”
“beware the hunter, broken but whole. beware the arrow when it is drawn”

As the single voice ended, a lone Jedi emerged from the shadows screaming with rage. Claiming that the group had silenced the voices, the voices which hid him from the Sith. He ignited his lighsaber and approached, Tal reached out to his fellow Jedi and tried to calm his spirit. But when the lone Jedi began to rant about how the Jedi would rise up, bring order to the galaxy and destroy all who oppose them, Bleys shot him without hesitation. The battle was as fast as it was lethal, once disarmed by Rahn Void Tal put an arrow through the Jedi’s chest. His madness left him, and he died at peace.

Wild conjecture, with minimal evidence, ensued, and the group decided to head back to their money pit disguised as a ship. Where they find Kaliban, the other apprentice to Darth Baran, with a squad of Stormtroopers. Without hesitation, Bleys opens fire as Zork Atlan engages Kaliban in Hand to Hand combat. Without their lightsabers, Kaliban has a distinct advantage over the 5 young Force users (though liberal use of grenades removes the bulk of the Stormtrooper problem). Shortly Kaliban gains the upper hand, and things look grim for the group. Until Bandit arrives with the Smokey, launches two concussion missiles at the Sith, and informs the group that the Predator Tie group has arrived and it is now a great time to get off system.

With their masters dead, little to no direction and no ability to reach their superiors (as the hyperdrive on the Smokey works about as well as an R5 unit with a bad motivator), the group decides to put in for repairs (by their own hands most likely) and they stumble across the Captains Log. Detailing the history of The Longshot, and her crew. Captain Hagen’s last mission, which Bandit still holds him to (despite the current Captain not being the first), was to find the ship and his friends lost on it. Group Aurek takes the quest to find a lost historical relic that once brought hope to a war torn galaxy. Because once again, the galaxy is torn apart by war.

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Launch Day: Group Besh
Introductions and Inroads

Port Rasper

After arriving at Port Rasper within the Hagen Sector, we went to the Broken Blaster Cantina to meet our contact with Dosk Trill. The Quarren is our Alliance contact within the sector. He helps run a shipping company called the Flying Bantha Shipping Co. He has a history with Lensi, so he makes quick contact.
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After some small talk and introductions, we discuss our first job. The Empire has twenty four Mark 8 Viper probe droids on station for some unknown purpose. It is suspected the Empire wishes to gather information on the Sector. Dosk has several slave components that would transmit the information obtained to Alliance servers without being detected. It is our job to install these devices without alerting the Empire forces.

We develop a plan to pose as a tech team and infiltrate cargo bay 4 where the droids are being stored. Dosk also mentions there was a shipment received the day before of some unknown cargo. Something else for us to check out. Lensi and Hosk create some amazing credentials and work orders that will allow us solitary access to the cargo bay for 30 minutes.

Cargo Bay 4

As planned, we arrive 30 minutes after the last tech team left and before the next arrives. The credentials do their job so well, that the work order wasn’t even necessary. Once inside the cargo bay, we see that the mystery shipment is an old shuttle.

Hosk, Lensi, Dante and Gadssk power through the daunting task of installing devices onto all 24 droids. Through excellent skill and luck, they managed to do it in the allotted 30 minutes.

Meanwhile, Kyp and Raquelle investigate the shuttle. They discover that it is from the New Republic era and from the legendary Longshot, the venator-class star destroyer that Kenobi used as part of his fifth fleet. When they board the shuttle, they find an astromech droid that appears to tasked with downloading all the files from the shuttle. Kyp and Raquelle decide to “requisition” the astromech rather than spending time downloading files themselves.

After all the droids have been bugged, Gadssk slapped some fire gel just under the dome of the astromech (causing volumes of smoke to bellow out from the droid’s dome). We convince the storm troopers that we are taking a malfunctioning droid to maintenance and leave before the next tech team arrives. We returned to the Flying Bantha Offices and gave a report to Dosk.

We tapped into the Astromech and discovered the shuttle came from an impounded smuggling freighter, the Hawkbat Hark. Its captain, Arysander, is currently in custody and his ship impounded. We decided that we need to get that ship to gather information about where the shuttle was found. Additionally, we planned to sell the ship to the Intellect Guild who Arysander owed a great deal of money, in exchange for valid credentials for Raquelle and Kyp.

The Broken Blaster

(or a Bothan and a Transdoshan walk into a bar, and mop the floor)

After deciding we want to wait for the star destroyer that is currently in system to leave, Gadssk and Hosk go looking for work. They ended an argument with Truk’sha, a Whipid who works for the Intellect Guild, with a solid thrashing. This gained the attention of a human freight pilot named Morsh who apparently has been extorted by the Intellect Guild and indebted to them.

Impound Yard

Dosk’s informants turned up the location of the Hawkbat Hark. It was in an orbital impound yard patrolled by droids and two manned ships. So we outfitted ourselves in environmental suits and smuggled ourselves in crates up to that yard 12 hours before a shift change. Once our crates were stowed into one of the containers, we let ourselves out and packed all the impounded goods into our crates for resale. As luck would have it, six high quality swoop bikes were part of the goods.

While in this container, Kyp reached out to the Force looking for jedi relics in impound. Nothing appeared but he was strongly pulled towards a neighboring container. There was also a strong suggestion that he should go to the planet D’rogos soon. We each packed crates onto our swoop bikes while Lensi sliced the door to the container we were in and Hosk opened the neighboring container, holding the Hawkbat Hark. Raquelle made sure to close the door on the first container. A small rescue operation was performed by Dante and Gadssk when Lensi and Kip failed to fly thier swoop bikes into the container. Dante and Lensi then warmed up the Hawkbat Hark for flight, while the others loaded the cargo.

When we were ready, Hosk opened the door for the Hawkbat to leave. Unfortunately, a patrol droid was right in front of the door. Quick on her feet, Raquelle slapped up the shields on the Hark. As a group, we fought our way out. Eventually, Dante punched it and we were gone without a trace.

Lensi plotted a way to our rendezvous point with Dosk and Gaski of the Intellect Guild, and we arrived without incident. Gaski agreed to trade the Hark for Captain Morsh’s marker and valid credentials for Raquelle and Kyp. Hosk negotiated to successfully sell four of the swoop bikes and other goods for 56,000 credits. Half was sent back to the Alliance, and the remaining was split evenly among the group, including the ship account.

On to D’rogos

After parting ways peacefully with the Intellect Guild, we returned to Port Rasper. As a group we met with Captain Morsh and give him his marker and freedom. Then we suggested and he agreed to work for the Flying Bantha Shipping Co.

It was then time to listen to the Force and we found a shipping job for us and Captain Morsh to D’rogos. We made our delivery and sent Captain Morsh back to Port Rasper with another shipment. But we decided to stay at D’rogos to explore and possibly make contacts for Alliance personnel recruiting.

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Besalik Imperial Knight
To Be Named Later...

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Launch Day
The adventure begins with a roll of the dice.

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away…

STAR WARS

Another Longshot

Launch Day
1/3/2015

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