Session date: 2 July 2015
- Chi (Kirsten): Bothan pilot/thief
- Rea (Denise): Twi’lek masterless Jedi padawan
- Mahlzan (Skum): Human bounty hunter from the distant past
After an exhausted rest, the group continued back toward the port landing bay of the Shrike. They found that some sections they had passed through were now exposed to vacuum, suggesting that the creature had inflicted some deliberate damage while they were running from it. After some reversals, they managed to reroute around and make their way back.
After many hours, they encountered a sealed doorway, with a sign Tamar translated as Exit—Exhalted Only. That seemed strange, since it was deep in the core of the ship. Tamar opened the door with the imperial keycard she had been using. Behind it was a small and comfortably appointed chamber. Spiley and Gist checked it out, and a curious Spiley pressed a button. Suddenly, the door to the chamber slammed rapidly shut. Those outside heard, and felt, a loud concussive boom.
Chi quickly grabbed the keycard and managed to get the door back open and a status display turned on. It showed a graphic of the dreadnought, with a shaft leading from inside to the outer hull. There was a small blinking dot, which was shown exiting the ship and moving out into space. With the door open, they found the room gone and replaced with a shaft going far down, sealed by a sturdy door.
Chi frantically tried to reach Spiley on comms, but got nothing. With not much else to do, they decided to get to the landing bay as fast as possible, where the Invisible Hand could be found and used to retrieve Spiley and Gist from open space if necessary.
They continued onward, with increased urgency. After another few hours, they came to what appeared to be a room for holding prisoners, filled with cages and torture aparatus. Upon examination, they found a device upon which was an obelisk of what appeared to be black stone with a human man embedded into it. Tamar and Boris noted that the device contained some simple telltales indicating that status was nominal and a button for turning it off. After some discussion, they decided to press it. The block evaporated, leaving behind a barely conscious Human male.
At first unable to speak, after a few minutes he began to recover his faculties, although he couldn’t see. In an unfamiliar accent, he told them his name was Mahlzan Tarkin. It became apparent that he had been in some sort of suspended animation since before the catastrophe that had stranded the ship. He said he was from the planet Neimar. Tamar recognized it as having once been a major center of trade in the mid rim. He didn’t seem to remember how he had gotten to the Shrike, although he had some memory of having become a prisoner of the Sith Empire. Tamar and Boris were fascinated and wanted to ask many questions, but the need to get to the Invisible Hand was pressing. They found clothes for Mahlzan and Rea helped him to stand and walk. As they continued, Rea noted that he was recovering, but pretending to be still blinded.
After a few more hours, they made their way back to the landing bay. The door, as expected, was sealed against the creature. Chi jumped up into a ventilation duct to check out what was happening in the bay. She made her way quickly to a vent leading into the bay that had been partially sealed against entry by the creature. However, she could see past the crude bars welded over it.
There was now an additional ship in the bay: an armed transport. There was a group of pirates standing around the archaeologists, who were kneeling in the center of the bay with weapons trained on them. These pirates seemed more competent than the last batch they had dealt with, more like Kane’s two pirate bodyguards. The leader of the pirates was a Trandoshan with half of his head, an arm, and both legs replaced by cyborg parts. He held a blaster to the head of the Wookiee member of the archaeologist party and threatened to fire if his questions were not answered. He didn’t seem to be bluffing.
Aiming carefully, Chi shot the Trandoshan, bouncing a shot off his armored head. As that happened, Kane cut open the door with his lightsaber and stepped into the bay. The room was set up with a catwalk around the edges, and the door entered on that level. Kane jumped down to the main level of the bay and called out to the Trandoshan, who he called Malgun. Not knowing whether Kane was about to sell them out, the others stayed just inside the door. Kane’s two pirate pirate bodyguards stepped forward onto the catwalk. Rea noted that they seemed to be looking to Malgun, not Kane, for direction.
As the discussion began, Chi used a tool from her kit to cut through the bars in front of the vent. She slipped down to the catwalk, then to the main level, concealing herself near the Invisible Hand, behind some debris. She noticed one particular pirate, a Togruta, standing to the side, managing to look both dangerous and rather bored.
The discussion between Kane and Malgun turned harsh. Malgun questioned why Kane had gone off through the ship with members of the archaeological crew, and whether he had betrayed them in favor of interlopers in this new ship, one of whom had just fired upon him. Malgun declared that he had been in contact with “Her,” and she had determined that the relationship was to be changed. Kane was no longer in charge, and was to be brough back to her.
Kane laughed and force lept back up onto the catwalk, executing a backflip while using his lightsaber to deflect blaster fire from the pirates. Malgun sent most of the pirates to the ladders leading up the catwalks on either side of the door while a few others kept up fire toward Kane. Kane’s two (former) bodyguards began firing at him, but he deflected those shots as well.
Chi snuck into the Invisible Hand. She asked the astromech droid, T3-K5, to begin prepping the ship for lauch. Meanwhile, she headed up to the top weapon turret. She noticed the other ship’s turret turning toward Kane and fired several shots toward it, missing the turret but creating a cloud of obscuring smoke around it by hitting some equipment.
The pirates made their way onto the catwalk and began firing at Kane. He deflected and dispatched a pirate with his lightsaber. Rea Force pushed some pirates back over the catwalk. Malzhan, unarmed, stayed beside the doorway and used a piece of equipment to make it look like he had a blaster at ready. Boris, Tamar, and the two droids stayed back and around a corner.
As the pirates continued firing at Kane, he concentrated on deflecting those attacks. Rea used the Force to jump forward and sweep the legs out from under two pirates, sending one over the railing while using the Force and tossing one of their blasters back to Malzhan. Although the blaster design was unfamiliar to him, it was close enough to allow him to begin methodically firing at pirates.
Meanwhile, Chi realized that Malgun had opened the Hand’s ramp and sent another group of pirates onto the lower levels. She stopped firing and activated the poison gas canisters installed down below.
The Togruta appeared on the catwalk behind some pirates. He drew his two blasters and began firing at Kane with uncanny precision. Kane managed to deflect while taking out another couple of pirates, but it became a challenge for him to stop all of those hits. Soon he took a shot in the shoulder, but continued to fight. Meanwhile Malzhan traded fire with the pirates, taking a grazing shot across the forehead.
Not sure what was happening down below, Chi snuck down there and found several pirates dead or unconscious, but had to duck a shot from Malgun, who laughed and threatened her and her friends with a slow death.
Then the fight turned ugly. Kane took another hit, and then another. Suddenly, he was down. The pirates turned their fire upon Malzhan, who took down another two pirates before the Togruta gunfighter shot him in the torso and he fell to the deck, writhing in pain. With several blasters pointed at her and out of options, she told Chi over comms that the fight was lost and held her hands up in surrender.
Chi ran to the Hand’s escape pod. She triggered the command to launch it into a corner of the landing bay, then popped its hatch remotely, so the pirates might conclude that she had escaped into the dreadnought. Then she climbed into the Hand’s ventilation system.