After spending the night getting healed up, Dais, Teeku and IG-Z are back at the ship getting ready to head out and look for Vet. Dais’ communicator buzzes, Lieutenant Fren is on the line. “We’ve found something you’re going to need to collect, meet me at the med bay.”
As the party enters the med bay they see Vet getting let out of a bacta tank. “He was found unconscious in an alley. More of those Red Wolves jumped him most likely. He kept muttering all the way to the med bay, that the whole thing was a setup. Any idea what he might mean by that?” Teeku and Dais look at each other, Dais takes the lead “Probably that the girl he was hitting on was a plant for a mugging.” Lt. Fren looks like he doesn’t believe him, but shrugs anyway, “He’s all yours, come by Security HQ later to make a statement.”
Once back at the ship the questions start pouring in, “So what really happened Vet, blue Twi’lek or not I don’t believe you’d leave your post mid mission” Teeku says with a grin.
Vet shakes his head “I don’t remember much, although it wasn’t the Red Wolves, I remember a pair of droids. If I had to guess it’s IG-Z’s buddy looking for a little payback for what happened on Sakiya.”
“Well let’s go see if you gave as good as you got.” The party heads back down to the scene of the crime, looking in the surrounding alley’s for any evidence. “Here’s something, you must’ve gone down with a bit of a fight.” Teeku says holding up what looks to be a shoulder blade of a droid.
The party heads to Security HQ and while Vet makes his statement, Teeku hands the part over to one of the technicians. After several minutes of scanning the tech comes across a serial number. “Oh this is interesting. This serial number indicates it’s a part, from a specific line of security droid. All droids must be registered upon entering the wheel. Give me a few minutes.” After much less than a minute “Ah here we go, this line of security droid is only registered by 5 individuals, the Governor, two private owners, the casino on Level 2, and a corporation called Phlut Design Systems, they have a warehouse over in hangar bay 47.”
Dais lets out an audible groan. “Thanks for your time. If Vet is all done we’ll be on our way.” Once outside the security office Dais goes into a tirade, "Why does this always happen, are you kidding me? The guy that tried to blow us up is the guy we’re delivering the goods to? " Teeku throws in helpfully “We don’t know it’s him, although it likely is, let me go ask around in the cantinas about how business goes down in hangar bay 47. See if we’re walking into a trap or not.” “Alright while you do that I’m going to go get Ral Tosh, on the comm make sure we’re not getting triple crossed or whatever number we’re up to at this point, when it comes to getting screwed over because of this package. Vet and IG-Z I know some guys that will do the delivery for us for a couple hundred credits, we’re not risking IG-Z going berserk and screwing up the job at the last minute, if it is the same guy.”
IG-Z’s head slowly swivels to face Dais “I can wait until the conclusion of our business dealings before removing his head from his body, I’m not burdened by the petty emotions you lesser races have to deal with.” Everyone takes a step away from IG-Z. Vet whispers to Teeku “You know someday he’s going to snap and kill us all right?” Teeku just laughs “I’m sure a bounty hunter will turn you in well before that happens, speaking of which how much are you worth again?” “That’s not funny, and I keep telling you they had it coming and I’d do it again.”
An hour later the party reconvenes at the ship. Vet starts out with “OK I’ve got the delivery crew hired all is good on that front.” Teeku follows up with “Same M.O. as Angar on Sakiya, stuff goes in nothing comes out, people suspect something big is getting built in there.” “Good, Ral Tosh said all we have to do is get a recording of the acceptance of the package and the money will be delivered. Let’s go scout out the place, make sure we don’t get ambushed again by” Durian Quix.
As the time for delivery arrives everyone gets into position. Vet follows Durian’s lead and climbs up in a vent. IG-Z, Teeku and Dais sneak into the hangar bay to record the transaction and to protect the package in the event of another ambush.
As the delivery crew arrives, a hooded figure flanked by a team of security droids steps out of the warehouse. Dais looks nervously over at IG-Z but his eyes stay the normal color. The hooded figure looks around, once the delivery crew arrives, as if expecting someone else. He takes possession of the crate and walks back into the warehouse. Dais lets out a sigh of relief. “What stopped you from going into a berserker rage this time IG-Z?” IG-Z responds “The hooded figure was unidentifiable, and the droids were not IG models, but if you want we can investigate further.” “No, no we’re getting paid and getting off this station immediately. Too many people here seem to want us dead.”
As the party gets back to the ship Dais heads off to collect their pay. IG-Z gets a call on his internal comm. Upon answering he hears the familiar voice of Angar Dalsmith “I am disappointed IG-Z, I was hoping for another meeting. Had I known it was you delivering the cargo I would have accepted in on Nar Shaddaa.” IG-Z responds with “Who is your backer? You cannot possibly afford to keep losing your base of operations like this?” There is a long pause before Angar responds irritably “I cannot wait to dissect you I will spread your pieces throughout the far ends of the galaxy.” At that IG-Z disconnects. He immediately places a call to his contact at Holowan Mechanicals “Priority Target Angar Dalsmith has an operation set up on the Wheel, using the corporate name of Phlut Design Systems.” A voice on the other end responds “Affirmative IG-Z36 a team will take it from here. Is there a contact on the Wheel we can use?” IG-Z responds with a name and hangs up.
Dais comes back to the ship with a huge grin on his face. “Alright much as I want to get out of here I’m going to go find us another smuggling job before we head out.” Teeku bursts out “Oh hell no, after what we just went through on a simple shipping job, we’re hunting some bounties it’s bound to be safer. I’m going to go check the boards. Why don’t you see about getting a bacta tank installed on the ship, seems like we’re needing one everywhere we go.”
Teeku finds a couple of promising jobs on the boards. One is an investigation and retrieval job, “that’s not really what we do, but the pay is good” Teeku thinks to himself. The other is clearing some local wildlife out of an outpost. “That seems simple enough and the pay is better than I’d expect to kill a few womp rats.”
Happy with himself he heads over to the contact for the wildlife gig. Upon entering the establishment Teeku is taken aback by the stark contrast from the halls of the station. “It’s like I stepped into a jungle, what is this place?” Off to his right he hears a Wookie growl and a protocol droid steps forward and translates embellishing the way protocol droids usually do. “Welcome to Captain Shorwarr’s Exotic Safaris and Expeditions. Captian Shorwarr inquires if you are interested in going on a safari in the Rodian Hunting Grounds on Kashyyyk..” Teeku blinks in surprise “I thought the Empire shut those down.” The protocol droid continued on “Those with the right amount of credits can still use them and they’ll even have permission from the empire. Are you interested?” Teeku shakes his head “No I’m here for details on a bounty. Some wildlife problem on Cholghanna?” Teeku can hear Shorwarr laughing and responds in a growl the protocol droid continues “Captain Shorwarr does not have high hopes for you ability to complete the job. But since the bounty is paid upon return it’s your skin if you fail. The job pays 500 credits per pelt, and 1000 credits for an item out of the Governor’s mansion.” "Sounds easy enough, pelt of what exactly? "
The protocol droid tilts its head to the side why a Nexu of course.
“Of course” Teeku says with a grimace, I’ll take the job." Shorwarr speaks to the droid and walks into the back, "Very good sir, here are the security clearance codes you’ll need to get past the imperial blockade, the planet is currently quarantined. " This just keeps getting better and better Teeku thinks to himself, as he walks out after gathering the codes and details about the governor’s mansion. “Maybe Dais won’t have heard of Nexu before. Maybe I’ll pick up a flamethrower, pretty sure they don’t like fire.” Teeku can be heard muttering to himself while walking down the corridors.
As they’re all on the ship lounging about a couple days off the Wheel and a few days away yet from Cholghanna, Dais mentions to Teeku “I can’t believe you found a job that pays 500 credits per cat skin this is going to be a walk in the park.” IG-Z responds “It’s a jungle not a park, and as for cats well…” Teeku hops up “hey lets see what’s on the holo-net” bursting in before IG-Z could finish. Teeku fires up the holo-net.
“This is Carlie Stardock with the Imperial News Network…” Vet giggles to himself “I’d star her dock” IG-Z looks at him “That doesn’t make any sense.” Vet replies “Man it’s a eupha…” Dais cuts him off “If you finish that sentence I’ll eupha your ism now shut up I want to hear this.” Vet blinks at him and turns back to the display. “… breaking news from the Wheel, the intergalactic terrorist Angar Dalsmith has been apprehended by local authorities, we have local correspondents on the scene.” The holo-net cuts over to the wheel where Lt. Fren is being interviewed. “Lt. Fren how did you and your team manage to apprehend such a dangerous terrorist?” Lt. Fren does not appear to enjoy the limelight and says in a serious tone “My team got an anonymous tip about a bomb threat, sure enough when we got there the place was all rigged to blow. We defused all the bombs and took Angar and all of his property into custody.” The scene cuts back to Carlie “We have also been informed that in a surprising degree of cooperation Angar Dalsmith will be turned over to the Empire. We have also found out that all assets of the corporation Phlut Design Systems have been seized by the Empire for their connection to the terrorist.”
Dais looks over at IG-Z “Anonymous tip huh? Well I’m glad we won’t have to be looking over our shoulder any more for that guy.”
A couple days later the party arrives at the planet Cholghanna. “We’ll have to get a hold of the Imperials before we head down there.”
Meanwhile on the edge of Imperial Space outside the Wheel. An Imperial Shuttle flanked by an escort of TIE Fighters carries important cargo. An Imperial officer looks condescendingly at his prisoner. “So you see Angar your campaign of terror is at an end. The Emperor himself has declared your sentence is to be execution on Coruscant.” The pilot looks over his shoulder “Sir we have company, a pair of Y-Wings and several Z-95 headhunters just showed up on the radar.” Angar smiled to himself. “Coruscant may very well be in my future, but not until I am ready and not until I have my army with me.” The officer gives Angar a concerned look. “Battlestations! He is not to escape our custody.” The ship rocks as several blasts hit the hull, and then the lights go out. “We’ve been hit with Ion Cannons Sir. We’ve lost all controls.” A loud boom comes from the entrance ramp, and sparks start flying as the ramp starts to be cut open. “I believe that is my ride gentleman. It will go better for you if you release me now.” The ramp door collapses inward and a firefight ensues.
The Imperials are quickly overwhelmed, a man in clone wars era storm trooper armor steps forward and removes his helmet. Vasto Varik gives Angar an annoyed look. “I don’t know why Ral is so concerned with keeping you around, you’ve been nothing but trouble. Did you at least keep the disk from the R2 unit or did that get confiscated with the rest of your gear?” Angar smiles and peels back a layer of fake skin on his wrist, cybernetic implants do have their uses", and he reveals the disc plugged into a reader in his wrist. Vasto grins “Good we went to too much trouble to get that into your hands, if the Hutt Clans knew the game Grigg was playing at, his entire clan would be wiped out and there would be bounties on all our heads. Dump those Red Wolves corpses in here and let’s go, they can take the heat for this job.”