Star Wars: Another Longshot

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.

Comments

And with no one having much experience flying any type of craft, the Ewok Tal’fej, out of all of them had the raw quick reflexes needed to pilot such a craft. Being the Pathfinding type he is quick to learn the controls of the sluggish ship, with a dash of force enhancing his ability, he feels much better about flying this… horrific smelling antique.

Launch Day: Group Aurek
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