Galaxy in Peril

Episode 6 - Signed, Sealed, Delivered

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.”

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Episode 5 - Snipers are Bantha Fodder

As the party ran down the street street Dais looked around and notices Vet isn’t with them. “Where’s Vet?” Teeku shrugs “He was standing guard outside, maybe he ran on ahead when you said we’re leaving.” “He wouldn’t have had enough time to get out of sight, did you see any signs of a struggle when we left?” Dais asks with a tone of concern in his voice. “No pools of blood if that’s what you mean other than that, I was a little distracted.” Teeku responds. “Well we don’t have time to go look for him now, we’ll just hope he wandered off with one of the working girls, we know he can’t resist a blue Twi’lek.” IG-Z responds “A likely possibility his communicator is off, 86.753% of the time he turns it off during rendezvous of that nature.” Dais reddens at the memories of the other 14% of the time.

A few minutes later the party arrives at the hangar bay. There’s a long corridor with three doorways entering into the hangar. After a quick debate they settle on the first door and sneak in, even IG-Z manages to successfully sneak in, but it becomes apparent why it was so easy as Dais peeks around a corner. A tech with a welding torch is working on getting through the cargo door of Mynoc’s Buffet. There is a squad of four humans with blaster rifles guarding the technician. Two Weequay are keeping a look out, with vibro axes in hand.

There are several large crates in the middle of the hangar. Dais and Teeku sneak over to the crates for a better vantage point. A series of hand signals pass between them and they both aim and simultaneous shoot at the same Weequay, he immediately drops to the floor. The other Weequay stands there stunned, looking around for where the blast came from. Dais opens up with another shot hitting him in the arm.

Then from behind them a blaster bolt barely misses Dais, it explodes into the crate Dais was hiding behind. The heat from the explosion forces Dais to move away from the crate out into the open. Upon seeing Dais fall out from behind cover, the Weequay recovers himself and charges forward. Before getting to Dais, he sees Teeku crouched behind a crate. He turns, bringing his ax around in a vicious arc, leaving a huge gash across Teeku’s back.

The group with the blasters open fire and Dais, who without the benefit of cover takes multiple hits, one of which catches him in the knee knocking him to the ground. Teeku runs out from behind his cover, and more importantly away from the vibro ax, and opens fire on the group with the blasters.

IG-Z bursts out from his hiding spot bringing his own ax to bear. With a spinning slash he catches the Weequay out of position to defend and then throws the life less body on top of Dais for cover.

Hiding beneath the body Dais scrambles into his medpac pulling out a stim kit and applying it with a sigh of relief. The group with the blasters turn their attention to Teeku, who also finds himself without cover, and opens fire. Teeku takes several hits, he immediately turns and runs for cover “I hope you’re having a good time Vet, because we’re all going to die.” Teeku thinks to himself as he dives behind cover. IG-Z charges towards the group with blasters. Dais opens fire on the group taking one out of the fight, crawling out from under the body and charging forward.

From behind them a shot rings out and Teeku watches as a blaster lances through IG-Z’s eye socket, leaving a hole the size of a fist. IG-Z stumbles but continues his charge towards the group with blasters. Teeku glances in the direction of the shot and sees Durian Quix crouched in a vent up in the rafters of the hangar bay.

The group with blasters open up on Dais, wounding him. Teeku steps out from behind his cover and opens up on them, taking out another one, right before IG-Z gets to the group and finishes them off.

IG-Z takes a menacing step towards the technician and states in a harsh metallic voice, “Get away from the ship.” The tech drops his welding torch and runs into a corner trying to create as much space as possible between himself and the droid.

Dais limps to the ship as fast as his wounds let him and opens the door struggling up the ramp. Teeku looks in the direction of Durian and sees that he’s already working his way back into the vent, apparently intent on escape. Teeku takes the opportunity to race across the open space and boards the ship. IG-Z looks at the technician and points to the ship “Get on.” When the technician just stays cowering in the corner, IG-Z takes a step towards him and the technician bolts for the ramp of the ship giving the droid a wide berth.

A few minutes later, as the party is busy patching up their wounds, the security detail appears. “This is Lt. Fren. Please come out of the ship we need to ask you some questions.” Dais responds “Do the questions come with an apology for letting my ship get attacked?” Teeku looks at him “First of all it’s my ship, and second why do you always have to antagonize them?” Dais grins and with a shrug opens the door and starts heading down the ramp “See what you can get out of our guest, I’ll stall for time.”

After several minutes of arguing outside with Lt. Fren, and several minutes of convincing inside, the security detail enters the ship and retrieves the technician. Dais comes in with a grimace “What’d you find out? They’re taking all the guns from the thugs as evidence.” IG-Z responds flatly “He was hired for the day. He didn’t know who he was working for but when he realized the danger he was in it was too late to do anything.” Dais sighs “Well it was definitely Red Wolves again, they all have the tattoo.” Teeku pipes in “Not only was it the Red Wolves, it was Durian again, I saw him with a sniper rifle up in the rafters.” Dais grunts, “Well I’ve convinced Lt. Fren to leave guards posted on our ship while we head down to the med bay. He said it’ll probably take all night for the investigation to finish up anyways so it wasn’t much of a loss of man power.”

Dais heads towards the ship’s communicator “Let’s check in with Grigg before we head down to the med bay though, we need to figure out what he wants done with this cargo.”

Once again Grigg isn’t available, he is off planet, Dais is told. The protocol droid passes him along to Ral Tosh who after a few minutes of conversation explains that the security breach was deeper than they thought, and the contact the party was given was a fake. He then gives Dais the real buyer of the cargo’s info and hangs up.

Dais calls the new contact and a figure hidden in shadow appears on the communicator. His voice is masked by a scrambler. He confirms he is indeed still interested in the cargo and they arrange a meetup in Hangar Bay 47 at 10 pm the next evening.

As the party makes their way to the medical station and IG-Z heads off to the repair facility, Teeku asks whether they should look for Vet. Dais shakes his head “If he’s in trouble we can’t help him, and if he’s not in trouble he’s not going to want our help. We’ll go look for him in the morning after we get patched up.”

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Episode 4 - Droid be Trippin'

“We are not just waltzing into that warehouse, not after what happened last time we dealt with one of these people.” Dais Sundar states to the group with a frustrated sigh. “Teeku start asking around town see what you can turn up about this place, and what” Angar Dalsmith has been up to. We’ll be down at the cantina, uh, getting ready."

A few hours later Teeku shows up at the cantina. “It appears he’s working alone, no one has seen any one coming or going but him. We might as well go scout the joint see if we can figure out what we’re really up against.”

Vet takes lead, sneaking up to one of the windows. Mean while the rest of the crew circles around to the back of the warehouse. “I’m not seeing much here guys, just a lone security droid in front of what looks like an apartment. Lots of shipping crates, some spare droid parts lying about, and what I think might be his work station but it’s hard to make out through this grime with the lighting as it is.”

Once around to the back of the warehouse, Teeku attempts to slice open the side door, but to no avail. “Ok IG-Z you’re up, we’re breaching in 3 … 2 … 1… GO!” IG-Z moves up to the garage door and at the same time that he rips it off it’s track, Vet takes aim and let’s loose a blast at the security droid. Dais and Teeku burst through what was left of the garage door, opening fire on another security droid that was waiting on the other side of the apartment building. Before the first security droid can even react Vet lines up another shot and fires, leaving a second smoldering hole in it’s chest as it collapses to the ground.

The second security droid opens fire on Dais and then escapes into the apartment building sealing the door behind it. IG-Z rushes forward slamming into the door but it does not budge.

“Damn it IG-Z why am I getting shot, we’re not even getting paid for this. Although…” Dais looks around at the contents of the warehouse. “… this could be quite the score once all is said and done.” As Dais patches himself up with a stimpack, Vet and Teeku circle around the apartment. “Uh guys, I think that’s an elevator, Vet why the hell did you think this was an apartment, and why the hell do I have to crawl through the window, you guys suck.” Twenty seconds later the door to the “apartment” slides open, Teeku stands there with an annoyed look. IG-Z walks into the room and recalls the elevator. “Do we really want to go down there?” Dais asks, looking disgustedly at the hole in his coat. Once the elevator arrives, IG-Z immediately gets on, and the rest, with a sigh, follow suit.

As the elevator descends everyone readies their weapons, but when the door slides open they find an empty hallway with a doors on each side. Without pause IG-Z strides forward opening the door on the left, the room is dusty, filled with miscellaneous parts of old battle droids left over from the clone wars. IG-Z immediately turns and opens the other door.

Teeku does a double take peering over IG-Z’s shoulder, as two squads of battle droids standing at attention all turn their heads in their direction. As they start to lower their guns, Teeku leaps at the control panel trying to get the door sealed, in his haste though he drops his slicing tool and in that moment IG-Z leaps into the room eyes shining red, wading into the first group of droids before they get a chance to react. Two fall to the ground in pieces, and a third’s torso looks about ready to come apart. Vet cries out from behind “Why do you always charge them, we could’ve picked them off one at a time.” Dais bursts into the room guns blazing but doesn’t manage to connect any of this shots with the unengaged group.

The group fighting IG-Z open fire and the recoil from the blaster causes the damaged droid’s torso to break apart, taking it out of the fight. The rest of the party moves into the room and makes quick work of the remaining droids. “It’s no wonder they don’t make these anymore, these things are pathethic.” Vet states to no one in particular, kicking parts out of his way as the crew exits the room.

IG-Z once again takes the lead moving down the hall with determination, the hall ends in a T. IG-Z pauses, sensors scanning both directions and then proceeds left without a word. At the end of the left hall is another door, IG-Z proceeds through, without thought to what could lay behind, with Teeku right on his heels. Vet and Dais hold back a healthy distance ready for trouble.

The door opens up to a large room, on each side of the room are several metallic pedestals each with the head of a droid of varying antiquity resting on top. On the front of each pedestal is a circular disk protruding outward. In the middle of the room a holo communicator occupies the majority of the space. Behind it the true workstation is present, two giant display monitors take up the majority of the back wall, one showing various security footage of the party’s handiwork. The other showing news feeds of events happening around the empire.

The holo communicator has a flashing button, as if there were a transmission waiting to be accepted. IG-Z strides into the middle of the room and presses the button, from behind he can hear Vet cry out “Wait! Don’t press…”

As soon as the button is pressed Angar appears before the party with a smug expression, fingers pressed before him in the shape of a triangle. “I see you have found my laboratory.” This was said in a tone of equal parts ego-mania and amusement, that only a mad scientist can pull off. “I trust my droids were not too much of a nuisance.” He continues looking directly at IG-Z, awaiting a response.

IG-Z just stares back, scanning the hologram for any clues as to where his prey may be, scanning the surrounding area to make sure he isn’t simply hiding in the building. Teeku glances at IG-Z also waiting for a response but when none comes he smoothly replies “Oh no, no trouble at all.” Angar smiles and replies “Good good, I’m glad you were able to get in so easily, it’s unfortunate though, that you’ll never be leaving.”

He then reaches over to something outside the holo projector and each of the disks on the pedestals start to blink. “You see I’ve been hunted for too long by the likes of you IG-Z, oh yes, I know all about your secret programming. In two minutes time my thermal detonators will bring this building down on your heads, well more like your ashes, thermal detonators, you see, are very good at what they do.” Dais screams in the background “RUN!” and starts sprinting for the exit.

Just as he gets ready to round the corner leading back to the elevator, a blast door slams down in front of him. Desperately looking around for another way out he notices no one is following. “Guys let’s go those aren’t toy props, and I don’t think he’s bluffing” IG-Z stands there a moment longer scanning for any clues as to where Angar could be, then simply states “We will meet again.” And turns and walks away. From behind him he hears Angar laugh “Oh I have no doubts, I look forward to it, maybe I will start my new trophy collection with your head.”

Teeku bursts past IG-Z running down the hall to the door at the opposite end of the T, the security panel on that door is flashing red. Teeku pulls out his slicer and jacks in trying to bypass the lock on the door. The slicer spins and with a click a second security door slides down and the security panel turns a solid red. Dais mutters about wishing he had bought an R2 unit. Teeku continues his efforts though and a few seconds later both doors slide open, and Teeku almost gets trampled as the rest of the crew push through the door.

On the other side they find an elevator. They all pile in and press the button. Upon reaching the top they burst out of a side building into an alley next to the warehouse. Vet mentions “this must be how that second security droid got out without us seeing him.” The party starts running down the street behind them they hear a large explosion and see the warehouse collapse in on itself.

Teeku thinks to himself, as they get back to the hangar, “secret programming huh? we’ll have to see about that next time IG-Z is powered down.” Once in the hangar they find the ship isn’t ready yet. They take some time to find out what ships had gone off planet in the past day, to try and find out where Angar had escaped too. Assuming he had even gotten off planet. Dais greases a couple palms and gets access to the ship logs at the spaceport and finds out five ships had left, two for Nar Shaddaa, two smuggler ships both captains known by Dais, and one civilian charter-ship. The charter-ship conveniently was heading to the Wheel. Dais shares the news with the party, leaving out the bit about the Nar Shaddaa ships deciding to not let any ideas get into IG-Z’s head, because that is the last place Dais was ready to head back to.

A few hours pass, the party lays low inside the ship as the final repairs get completed. They then set out for the Wheel. The remainder of the trip was thankfully uneventful and upon arrival Dais gets directed to land in docking bay 357.

“OK let’s get our cargo good and hidden and head down to deck C, we are to meet our contact at the cantina down there. “There’s only one cantina down there?” Teeku asks skeptically. “It’s something along the lines of Red’s Lair, I’m sure it won’t be hard to find. I hope Red is an agreeable sort.” Dais mused.

As they make their way down to deck C, and head in the direction of the cantina, more and more graffiti covers the walls. Some of it bearing a striking resemblance to the red wolves tattoos they had found on Nar Shaddaa.

They loosen the weapons in their holsters and find themselves on edge all the way to the cantina, but run into no trouble. The symbol over the door doesn’t just share a resemblance, it is without a doubt the symbol of the Red Wolves. “This is a really bad idea.” Dais mumbles. They take a seat in the cantina and wait for their contact to arrive. After thirty minutes Dais can’t take it any more and goes to find a holo communicator. There’s one in the back of the cantina so he sits down and calls the contact number for Grigg the Hutt. Grigg’s protocol droid regretfully informs Dais of the fact that Grigg is unavailable, Dais settles for Ral Tosh instead. “Your guy hasn’t shown up. And you have us waiting in the very lair of the people that ambushed us before. These guys are everywhere how can you not know anything about them.” Ral looks a bit abashed. “There have been some security incidents of late and some personnel have since been replaced. We’ve uncovered new information I’ll send it over now. Did you say the cantina is their base?” Ral looks extremely concerned, even more so than when mentioned the contact never showed. “Get back to your ship now, the cargo must be protected. I will pull some strings to get you whatever help we can that’s present on the station.” A moment later The Transmission show’s up on Dais’ data pad.

With that he signed out, Dais stands up gives the party a concerned look and heads for the door. “He’s not coming.” He states casually, walking out. Once out on the street though, they all start sprinting for the docking bay.

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Episode 3 - Smooth Landing

Dais Sundar plotted course for the Saki System. Although still in Hutt Space, the people of the planet Sakiya were not under Hutt control. More importantly they aren’t said to be outright hostile to strangers.

As Dais flipped the switch to come out of hyperspace a small explosion could be heard from the back of the ship, fire klaxons start going off and it is all Dais can do to not crash the ship into a moon. He wrestles the ship into the atmosphere of Sakiya thanking the fates that the explosion at least held off until they were out of hyperspace.

Dais chose to get repairs at a trading outpost called Saki San Station, the outpost is known to be friendly to smugglers. The alternative was landing at the more populated city of Sakitazara where more regulations were present and questions would definitely be asked about the cargo aboard the ship.

Unfortunately for Dais and the rest of the crew, the fire that had started from the explosion was quickly spread throughout the electronics of the ship, knocking out communications and the control panel, and without the ability to activate the afterburners Dais overshot the outpost by a couple kilometers bringing the ship down hard. From the back of the ship Dais heard Teeku yell out “Did you just crash my ship?” Dais yelled back “First of all it’s my ship and second it doesn’t count as a crash if the ship doesn’t break apart. Now get those fires out before you don’t have a ship to fix.” Teeku went on to mention the hyper-drive motivator is what caused the explosion, but in order to even get the ship off the ground again, a new electronics harness for the control panel would be needed. The fire had fused all the wiring together.

Vet Altair enters the ship after having scouted out the surroundings while Teeku and Dais were arguing. “It appears you’ve landed us in a swamp.” Dais looks over at Vet and sighs “Appears eh? Is that why you’re covered in muck up to your waist? Without communications we don’t have a choice but to hike back to the outpost and hope they have the part we need.”

IG-Z36, Dais and Vet set out across the swamp leaving Teeku to do what he can with the ship. After an hour of trudging through swamp Dais had made up his mind he was going to give Grigg a piece of his mind, “this is not what we signed up for” he thought to himself.

After traveling a bit further the group came upon a river, IG-Z cuts down a tree for them to cross over on, but the muck from the swamp made the tree slick and everyone slipped, and fell off before making it to the other side. In reality it was a blessing as the river washed off some of the mud and grime.

After trudging through the swamp even further, Vet feels something brush up against his leg, he pauses for half a second and then finds his entire leg wrapped in a massive tentacle. Vet starts firing into the water, the tentacle grabbing him spasms, he assumes he must have struck home with one of the shots. IG-Z wades forward slamming his ax down into the water, blood seeps up to the surface, but then IG-Z feels a tentacle wrap around both his legs and the next thing he knows he is submerged.

Dais quickly backs away, climbing onto a nearby spot of bare land sticking out of the swamp. Before he can line up a shot at the tentacles, a group of giant bats descend upon him. Vet continues firing into the water and the tentacle suddenly releases its grip. IG-Z, also finding himself free of the tentacle, bursts out of the water looking for something to make pay for the indignity he had to endure, seeing the bats he lunges forward, savagely flailing his ax about, knocking three of the bats of the air. Dais backs away from the seemingly unhinged droid and coolly takes aim at the last bat dropping it from the sky. “Definitely not what we signed up for.” Dais muttered to himself again.

By the time the group got to the outpost Dais had worked himself up into a mood so dark that Vet and IG-Z knew there was no point in trying to dissuade him of what was to come next. “We’ll go secure some lodging and start IG-Z repairs” Vet mentions with a hesitant look at Dais, “Try not to get another bounty added to my list.” Dais gives Vet a grin that is equal parts self assurance and mischief and wanders off to find a way to get a hold of Grigg.

Once seated at the communication station, provided by the lodgings they were staying at, Dais punched in the number Grigg had given them, Grigg’s protocol droid appears on the holo before him. “How may I be of service?” Dais cuts him off “Just put Grigg on the line, if he ever wants to see his cargo reach its destination.” Grigg appears on the holo a few minutes later, Ral Tosh can be seen in the background in what appears to be an advisory role. Grigg looks nervous but tries not to let it show. In his typical jovial manner Grigg starts out “Ah Dais I trust all is as it should be and that my cargo is well on it’s way to the Wheel.”

Dais tries to find his inner zen before moving forward, as all he can think of is the shambles his ship is in. “This is not what we signed up for,” Dais states through gritted teeth, “my ship has a hole in it the size of a bantha, my droid is missing large pieces and my whole crew is shot up. Now I haven’t look in the crate, and I’m honoring our pact of no questions asked, but if you want the cargo to get to its destination we’re going to need another 10k credits just to get the ship off the ground and re-arm ourselves.” Ral Tosh leans over Grigg showing him something on a datapad, concern washes over Griggs features and he proceeds to say “This will not do, that cargo must reach it’s destination on time, I will contact the ship yard at the outpost to get your ship repaired, and wire you an additional five thousand credits for gear and repairs of your droid. The cargo must reach the Wheel at the agreed upon time.” A bit taken a back at how easy that was, Dais simply smiles and says “good” and signs off before the Hutt can change his mind.

The ship gets brought into the outpost. A massive transport ship was sent to retrieve it from the swamp. Dais thinks to himself the Hutt would’ve made out cheaper just giving us the ten thousand. While the ship get repaired, the crew rests up and recovers from their recent encounters. Dais sets about selling the various equipment they had acquired and attempts to haggle for some ship upgrades done on the sly. Unfortunately the outpost just doesn’t have those kind of items lying around.

The next day while wandering down the street, a Duros passes them going the other way, there is nothing out of the ordinary about this individual, but Vet notices IG-Z’s eyes turn red. IG-Z sees “Target Acquired” flashing across his inner readout. IG-Z immediately turns around and starts following the individual. Vet and Dais look at each other concerned. Hoping to avoid another incident, like what happened on Ord Mantell, they quickly start asking IG-Z questions, about why they’re following this person, who is he, why did your eyes turn red and so forth.

IG-Z starts rattling off what was stored in his memory banks about Angar Dalsmith as they follow him to a warehouse. At that point IG-Z pauses, we need to find out everything we can about this warehouse and why he is here. Dais once again looks at Vet and then asks without really wanting to know the answer “Why?” IG-Z without looking away from the warehouse simply states “Because he’s been designated for termination.”

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Episode 2 - Trouble at the Loading Dock

After recovering from the day’s skirmish, the refreshed party prepares for the night’s guard duty. Before heading out, Ral Tosh hands the party what little information about the wolf tattoo that his organization had uncovered. It was the symbol of the pirate band known as the Red Wolves. Little is known about them, other than that they are a band of ruthless killers. The fact they are interested in the Dais’ crew is bad news.

Upon landing at the seedy space port, Dais Sundar messages Grigg’s men to get the night’s task in motion. The response back was a bit unexpected and set the crew on edge. “Yeah loading cargo doesn’t usually include a guarded escort. Something isn’t right here. We’re not moving until you guys get here to protect us.”

IG-Z36 and Teeku Shodu head towards where the cargo is being stored, while Vet Altair and Dais take position at the ship preparing defense in case of trouble.

As they round the corner, IG-Z and Teeku glance down a flight of stairs and notice a suspicious group of men with blasters drawn, crouched behind some crates. Seeing their cover was blown, the thugs charge up the stairs and IG-Z and Teeku immediately take cover. IG-Z takes a glancing shot as the crate he is hiding behind gets disintegrated by the incoming blaster fire.

Dais charges down the walkway with a blaster in each hand, firing as he runs. Two of the attackers drop in the hail of fire. Teeku then leaps out from behind cover taking another thug out with two shots to the chest.

From where the thugs appeared, a rather large figure steps out from the shadows, drawing a bead on IG-Z and firing. The well placed shot hits one of IG-Z’s leg stabilizers knocking him off balance.

IG-Z recovers and steps around the smoldering remains of his cover and slashes at the remaining thug with his ax, dropping him to the floor in multiple pieces. Dais notices the large figure at the bottom of the stairs speak into his comm. Behind the party, a set of doors start to open. Teeku shoots the control panel and the doors jam partially open, slowing down whatever resides behind them. IG-Z then quickly pushes a loaded pallet in front of the door to buy the party more time.

Dais and Teeku start firing at the large figure and presumed leader of this ambush hitting him multiple times. They see him slump against the door, but before they can get down to him the make shift barrier collapses and another four goons charge through the door. IG-Z takes another burst of blaster fire to the chest and then wades into the group undeterred, ax spinning in vicious circles. Two of the thugs collapse and the other two are bloodied. Vet lines up a shot, taking one out, and Teeku unloads his blaster to finish off the last.

Upon inspection of the bodies more Red Wolves tattoos are found. When the party turns to go inspect the leader they see that he is no longer there, having recovered and fled during the fighting.

When the party returns to their cargo they find Grigg’s crew has fled, and are forced to handle the labor.They quickly get the cargo loaded onto the ship and take off before Red Wolves reinforcements or the docking authority show up to the bloody scene.

As their ship, Mynoc’s Buffet, was gaining altitude, Dais notices a couple ships take off and start to follow them. He calls out for the party to take combat positions and Teeku and Vet jump to the guns; IG-Z takes a position next to the targeting computer.

The ships start opening fire. Dais has a dark little secret that the party likes to ignore, he’s an adrenaline junkie, so rather than taking evasive maneuvers he decides to charge the fighters instead. Vet and Teeku open fire with the ships guns, but due to the amount of damage sustained during the previous battle, IG-Z isn’t able to tap into the targeting computer to give it a boost. Vet manages to line up a clean shot and cripples one of the ships and it quickly starts falling towards the moon as gravity pulls it in.

The other fighter unleashes a pair of concussion missiles. Dais feels the surge of adrenaline that he craves as he stays on target rather than trying to evade. Both missiles are direct hits, blowing a massive hole in Mynoc Buffet’s hull. IG-Z struggles against the rapidly decompressing ship and manages to seal off the area by forcing the inner chamber door closed through sheer brute force.

As soon as IG-Z seals the door, the remaining ship lands another shot, tearing the exterior hole even bigger, then turns to flee, assuming the job is done. Rather than limping back to the moon, Dais gives chase; Vet obliges him with a dead-eye shot and the remaining ship disintegrates in an explosion of metal.

After the excitement dies down, IG-Z states “We should go back to planet for repairs. I’m not sure who is in worse shape, me or the ship.” Dais shakes his head and replies, “It’s too dangerous. They obviously know who we are, and we don’t know enough about them. We’ll find a nearby station to lay up, make our repairs, and do some recon to find out what else we can discover about these Red Wolves. They’re too coordinated for someone as big as Crimson Death to not know anything about them. I’m a bit suspicious of our intel. If Ral Tosh was being honest with us, I have a feeling some of his people weren’t being honest with him. Hey Teeku, get some sleep. You’re going to be really busy once we land.”

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Episode 1 - Desperate Times

Jobs had been barely paying the bills for the past few months. The party finds themselves heading to a place where jobs are plentiful if your moral compass is broke the infamous moon Nar Shaddaa.

While hanging out in a cantina trying to drink himself into being willing to take one of the seedier jobs available, Dais Sundar gets an invitation to meet with Grigg the Hutt a job that would solve all of the current problems and then some. Ten thousand credits.

Not familiar with Grigg, and especially after some of the job offers the party had received after landing on the moon, the crew decides to ask around town to see just how shady this particular Hutt is.

After a couple hours of asking around the party has a pretty good picture of Grigg a surprisingly upstanding businessman considering he’s a Hutt. He has a reputation of being fair and honest.

The party heads out to Grigg’s estate, walking down the middle of a busy street. But before they get halfway there a pair of Gamorreans with vibo-axes charge the party.

The party all sees them coming except for IG-Z36 but upon seeing the party react he turns around brandishing his own vibro-axe and charges the pair of thugs. His blow lands almost instantly dropping one of the Gamorreans, the party pulls out their blasters and starts shooting at the other one. Teeku Shodu decides to put a little distance between himself and the deadly blades, dances backwards out of the combat. The crippled Gamorreans glances IG-Z36 with a blow, the other quickly closes on Vet Altair dropping him to the ground with a vicious blow. IG-Z36 drops the Gamorrean he is fighting with one final swing, while Dais finishes off the one standing over Vet.

The party quickly takes the axes, being that desperate for credits, and searches the bodies for any clues as to who would be attacking them. Finding a tattoo no one recognizes they take note and decide to get out of the streets before someone decides to pay attention to what happened.

Upon arriving at Grigg’s estate, it comes across as a bit modest compared to many that the party passed along the way but without a doubt it is well fortified. A pair of Gamorrean’s stand guarding the gate, after a brief conversation a male protocol droid (Dais had to check) leads the party back to Grigg.

Grigg is a younger Hutt, rather enthusiastic in his mannerisms. With brief introductions Grigg launches into why the party is there. “You have been asking around town and therefore know that I have a reputation of fair business dealings. The job is simple, transport some cargo to The Wheel and you receive ten thousand credits upon delivery. Knowing you by your reputation I know I do not have to say this but for everyone’s benefit I’ll do so anyways, don’t look in the crates and no questions asked.”

After a quick conference the party haggles for some repairs and medical treatment for Vet, in addition to clearing the docking fees and other impound fees (Dais was sure he had another week to pay those). Grigg offers the party an addition two thousand if they will act as security for the loading of the ship, he has a party at his estate this evening and cannot spare his own men for security purposes.

As part of the deal, Dais also asked for any information Grigg has on the attack on them earlier in the afternoon. Grigg calls in his Chief of Security, Ral Tosh, Ral is not familiar with the tattoo but agrees to run it through their databases and get a dossier prepared before the party has to leave.

The party leaves to get final preparations in place, and then rest and heal up as best they can for the evenings activities.

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