Outer Rim Star Wars

Gravedust and Grey Jedi

An Ancient Race Lives On

After losing track of Atama Sicah after his meeting with the Ithorian, Ossa Tema aka Princess Lulu arranges to train with him the next day, at a location he provides. Using the tracker Tema planted on him, Kek’Tal confirms that he is out amongst the giant graves, confirming Renzo’s smell assessment. Kek plans out a 3 part ‘ambush’, with Renzo and Newman Olfakktus on the speeder, and Fareezo with Kek in the ship, while Tema approaches on foot.

Tema encounters Atamah, and after he offers her training she turns off her comms, to warn him about the ambush, as she feels it is dishonorable (and he seems to dislike the Empire also). The rest of the team rushes in, fearing the worst. Renzo tries to tackle Atamah, but it turns out it was an illusion. The real Atamah appears nearby but mind controls Newman and convinces Renzo not to attack. By the time Kek and Fareezo arrive, everyone is mid-convo, so they talk instead of fight.

After some quick research, and Kek confirms that the bounty they were offered is very low given that he is a Jedi, which makes them think that Magistrate Margaret Shorn either doesn’t know the whole story, or is ripping them off. They also here from the ORFF that there will be a job for them in 9 days, the same time as the end of the bounty offer on the Jedi. Having also just heard that the ORFF bought a ton of high explosives, capable of damaging a ship, they realize that Shorn must at least suspect what the Jedi is, and want to turn him over to some sort of important dignitary.

Atamah convinces them to hold off on turning him in, by agreeing to pay them in unique artifacts, and giving the Smugglers Guild access to a huge maze of underground tunnels developed by the planet’s former inhabitants, the Gargentelles. Atamah also reveals that, unbeknownst to anyone, a few of the giants have survived, including 1 that he introduces the team to, who has some force ability. Fareezo points out that capturing 1 (or all) of these very rare giants would be valuable, monetarily, but they decide to stick with the plan for now, and and throw in their lot with Atamah and the ORFF.

They do some research on what the Imperials are likely to throw at them, and get a number of upgrades to the Second Chance, in case they need to fight or skip town quickly. They decide to send Kek and Newman to infiltrate the Imperial ship (the Wildfire) and plant the explosives, while the rest of the team fends off the Imperial strike force that seems likely to come after Atamah. The leader of the Imperial expedition, Aguro Belami, has a reputation as a callous brute, and his ship is hardwired so that Jedi can’t manipulate crew into altering course/destination/etc. This explains why Magistrate Margaret Shorn keeps increasing the bounty offer. She doesn’t go quite high enough though…

Tema spends some time training with Atamah while the rest of the team focuses on job prep. Atamah seems like an odd teacher in many ways, and Tema doesn’t take well to some of his techniques. After some violence on both sides, they find a working relationship, and Atamah teacher her how to activate some ancient Jedi tech. The Imperial ship arrives right on schedule, and Rory and Gory provide some hacking backup as the team prepares false ID’s, and takes over one of the probe droids that the ship launches. Kek and Newman climb aboard to return to the ship, while the large concentration of Force-sensitive individuals near Atamah attract the strike force, as expected. They prepare to fight…

With Pemboy and Fareezo firing from the 2nd Chance, and Renzo, Atamah, and Tema tearing it up on the ground, the team manages to defeat the assault force, though Atamah and Renzo are both seriously wounded. Luckily Pemboy stabilizes both, and Tema counter-snipes the enemy sniper just in time to prevent him from getting in a kill-shot. They also capture the enemy AT-RT and some sort of ancient helm (possibly Force resistance?) that the Imperial officer wore. They take the 2nd Chance down into the Garganetelle tunnels to try to dodge Imperial retribution.

Meanwhile, Kek and Newman manage to escape the probe droid that they flew (uncormfortably!) back to the Wildfire. They climb through an open bay onto a nearby gantry as repair droids scuttle about fixing up damaged probes. They gain access to some maintenance shafts, that take them to the main Turbolift. Newman distracts the guards present while Kek slips into a vent system. She makes her way towards engineering with the bomb, while Newman takes an awkward pretend shit to stall for time before heading there himself.

He makes his way there, only to find a series of problems: Rory and Gory’s authentication wasn’t quite as good as they said it was, and he can’t talk his way out of it due to the fact that the only things present in engineering are droids. It quickly becomes apparent that this is because of an unshielded core, leaking massive amounts of radiation, presumably as another anti-Jedi measure. Luckily he’s a rad-tolerant spacer! Kek has discovered the same thing trying to make her way through tunnels to the same place, and abandons the approach due to radiation sickness. She manages to sneak past some Imperial guards, and gains access to the room by slicing in some emergency authentications at the secure door just before some turrets try to blast her.

Stuck in the room together, and becoming more irradiated by the moment, Newman gives Kek his spacesuit to wear atop her own to gain more protection, which sadly leaves him unarmored when the droids attack. Luckily they aren’t combat models and the pair defeat them, before planting the bomb, and managing (eventually) to climb back up into the vent shaft. They get out of the irradiated area, and Kek gives the spacesuit back. They find a nearby trash chute and dive in. They clip their suits together, swim to the bottom, and manage to jury-rig the door open, venting them and the waste into vacuum. Luckily, this sucks them a ways away from the Wildfire, as they had heard some alarms going off as they left.

Not wanting to risk the bomb being found, they trigger the detonator, and call for pickup as they watch the explosions bloom and spread.

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