Hopes Ridge Preparations
Lensi and the Wookies start repairing the Ace of Coins.
We trade out our commodities for food stuffs.
There was one particularly chatty Mon Cal, Gieb Penthar. She showed interest in the Alliance and getting updated on Galactic History.
The crew spent time repairing walls, and setting up automated defenses. A 4 sensor perimeter alarm was rigged with local motion detectors and alarms.
We determined that level of ionization in the atmosphere is not detrimental to droids. It does reduce their sensor range. So we bring the Astromech to the Longshot nav computer to download star charts.
Kyp and Raquelle have family talk with Peri and Focray. Peri talked about the end of the Rebellion Era, the Skywalker Jedi Academy. She was an unruly Padawan, always looking for exciting adventures, likely Raquelle’s genetic influence. She wanted to learn about her parents, but Master Goroval (Teecho) would not share details with her. After the Longshot crashed here, she fell in love and had a family. None of her children showed Force sensitivity. Then the discussion moved on to Zerix’s training. It was decided that she would be left to the tutelage of Peri and Master Goroval (Teecho)’s holocron for now.
Kyp secludes himself with the second Holocron which has a strong presence. Kyp activates it. A female figure robed with pointed fingernails, red skin, and many facial piercings. She identifies herself as Darth Marej. She immediately asks What Kyp knows of Darth Hadex? When Kyp looks clueless, she goes on to explain. Darth Hadex was a sith lord in the Hagen sector over 3000 years ago. She was sith sorcerer with many creations. One creation was the Death Field. This was a ritual that when mastered would wipe out entire plants and extend the life and force powers of the Force Sorcerer. She also raised many Force alchemical monsters.
Her enemies fired her into a star destroying her body. However, her force ghost was able to transport itself away from the star and into the closest sentient host body. She drained the host of its life force and transformed the host body into her own. She did this several times.
Eventually her enemies led by by one sith and three jedi placed her in stasis. Their holocrons are the keys to her stasis jail. These holocrons can be destroyed to weaken her jail and eventually release her. Teecho found this holocron 13 parsecs east of Keosh which is in Thatharn System. He found it about a Month before his death.
The Ace of Coins leave Desolation with a compliment of the remaining Casius family members as prisoners, two wookies and their Lt Orokobo. The crew trail blaze from Caizo to Ruria arriving without difficulty.
Caizo Sector Encounter
Once within the sector, they receive a distress broadcast “Caizo royal family under attack” from a corvette called Aurora. They find a Hawk 100 “Slave X” closing in for the kill. Vain Fett asks for assistance collecting the bounty, offering Hosk 10% of the bounty. Vain Fett tries to bullshit the crew about this “Blacklist” bounty. He’s threatening the other ship but on a narrow band communication directly to the Ace, making it clear that he’s just planning on blowing up the Aurora.
Hosk contacts the Aurora and got the target of Vain Fett’s bounty, Count Amas, to hire the crew as bodyguards. He agrees offering 50k credits, which is quickly accepted. Dante moves the Ace between the Aurora and the Slave X. Raquelle and Gadssk open fire. The crew make a short business of the Slave X and Vain Fett runs leaving a smoke trail.
A representative of Count Amas, 5th in line to the throne of Salvation, pays 10k while promising 40k later.
Trailblazing to Ruuria
The Ace of Coins launches into hyperspace from Caizo, blazing a way towards Ruuria. With Lensi navigating Dante through the uncharted border of the Hagen Sector, It takes about a week of travel.
On Ruuria, they find a starport nicknamed “Bug” port. The crew lands at the port and disembarks. They go to a cantina where they make the appropriate order to begin making contact with the Alliance. Eventually, they speak to Alliance Watchman 89 explaining why they wish to connect with the Alliance fleet. Watchman 89 communicates with the fleet and obtains the coordinates in the Ord Tydell sector for a rendez-vous. Additionally he thanks the team for the work they did with the Imperial Drones and tapping their data feed. Because of that, he is obtaining lots of great information. He mentions its a little strange that the Imperial Flagship is delivering the drones personally and moving counter clockwise through the sector.
While on Ruuria, Hosk uses his Bounty hunter credentials and 1000 credits to purchase list of transponder codes from the Bureau of Ships and Services for background checks.
Reporting in to the Fleet
The crew arrives at Ord Tydel one day later. The planet shows sign of civilization but no power. Kyp and Raquelle recall the planet was overrun by bugs that eat construction material.
The Fleet arrives 20 minutes late. We land on the Indomitable to debrief with the Brass.
Captain Yorub – A male Sullistan
Colonel Brythe – A male Gran
Major Sygokra – A female Bothan (spynet)
The Captain comes in and congratulates the crew on finding the LongShot. At which point, Lensi reveals that she has been sending reports back to the Alliance.
Raquelle reports about locating the Longshot, the survivors, the battle for Hope’s Ridge, the current situation on the planet and the potential of a base with support staff built in.
Hosk talked about Blacklist bounty and we discovered that only high ranking officials like Moffs or Emperors or Corporate Leaders can place a Blacklist bounty. Only the best Bounty Hunters get to take these jobs. Its possible that Vain Fett may be involved in the death of Ordo, the previous Mandalore.
Kyp and Raquelle explain about Peri and the rest of their odd progeny at Hope’s Ridge. It is declared awkward.
Admiral Gar Stazi arrives. He mentions something about the Ring Breaker operation where the Alliance will comminder a star-dreadnought, the Impervious, currently being built on Daak. Then use it to cause as much destruction of the Daak ship building station (ring shaped).
He then promotes alliance members, as follows:
Sargent Raquelle to LT and second in command of the Longshot base to Colonel Brythe
Corporal Gaadssk and Corporal Lensi to Sargents.
Flight Officer Dante to LT
He also provides Dante with an experimental Crossfire snub starfighter. The Ace of Coins is given a modular cradle attachment allowing the Crossfire to dock with the Ace of Coins. When the cradle is on the Ace of Coins 80% of its cargo space. The Ace can change back and forth while docked.
The Admiral agrees that the Longshot should be the Alliance base in the Hagen sector. He charges Raquelle with the task of obtaining resources needed to fortify the Long Shot to Colonel Brythe’s specifications.
The crew then informs him of the Holocron keys to Darth Hadex’s stasis prision. The Admiral leaves it in Kyp’s hands.
The Admiral then dismisses the crew. He asks Lensi (apparently his niece) to stay behind. He then explains how he went to the Wheel to negotiate with Imperial agents on an alliance with the Emperor in Exile. During that time, Imperial ships fire upon the negotiations and Galactic Alliance Forces. He was able to escape with minimal casualties.
Lensi and Hosk make and install a secondary transponder into the Ace of Coins, with the assistance of various individuals on the ship, including her father.
The crew run escort on a troop transport bringing personal and equipment to Hope’s Ridge.
During the trip, Raquelle picks Colonel Brythe’s brain to find out what he might need in supplies. He gives her a list of priorities.
Repair the dorsal hanger bay doors.
Restore the command and control towers to full power.
Restore shield systems and turbo lasers.
The first will require construction materials and droids. From Raquelle’s research, the best place to acquire such resources is the Aqualay System. So she begins planning a raid.
Return to Desolation
The Crew and the Troop transport return to Hope’s Ridge. Raquelle introduces Colonel Brythe to the command structure at Hope’s Ridge and assures them that they are capable of governing themselves but are happy to support the Alliance.
Peri bring Zerix forward. Zerix talks to Kyp, explaining how she has learned much about the jedi from Peri and Holocron Teecho. She realized that she wants to protect people, and do it the right way, using the Light side. So she asks Kyp to train her. Kyp accepts Zerix as a Padawan.
After further conversations, the crew decide they want to clear out some of the Long Shot before leaving, specifically the Dianoga.