Star Wars - New Beginnings

Imperial Entanglements

Session Summary

The group started out on their ship on Tatooine.

Rex wasn’t feeling well so he decided that he would stay on the ship instead of venturing out with the marauders. Psycho opted to stay behind and try to play mind tricks on the ill Rex. Since Rex did not object when Psycho made his intentions known, the rest of the marauders decided not to step in. Cassana (Vanessa) was thrilled that someone else “volunteered” to stay with the ship so that she could venture out. She grabbed her gear and met the rest of the group (Levo 5-12, Traced, Dylan, and myself) at the ships exit.

Traced received a response to his message that he sent the person seeking out the hyperdrive motivator. It did not tell us whom we were to meet, but it did tell us to bring the hyperdrive motivator to a spaceship repair center called “Releks Repairs”. We discussed this as a group and decided that we would swap out the repaired “superior” hyperdrive motivator with our ship’s hyperdrive motivator and would sell the individual the ship’s hyperdrive motivator instead of the one Traced had successfully repaired. Our plan of action was that Dylan and Traced would bring the hyperdrive motivator to Releks Repairs and the rest of us would be staked out about 1 block away from the shop.

We all boarded our land speeder and set out. Levo 5-12, Cassana, and I found a bar with a view of the shop and decided to set up there so that we could get out of the sun. We found a table with a mediocre view of the shop’s entrance and noticed that a fairly large group of space pirates had the tables with the good view. While we were waiting, what appeared to be the leader of the space pirates approached our table and accused us of spying on his group. Levo 5-12 got into the way of the pirate captain and intentionally bumped him. This caused the pirate captain to place his hand on his blaster and look directly at Levo 5-12. Levo 5-12 responded by placing its hand on its vibro axe. Neither escalated the situation or seemed willing to back down. I explained to the pirate that our group had no interest in his group. The reason that we were looking in his direction is that his group had setup nearest the window area and we were trying to look out the window.

It was a mere coincidence and not an attempt to threaten the group. The pirate captain thought about this and decided that it was a valid explanation so he took his hand off of his blaster and returned to his group. A few minutes later, we saw Traced and Dylan heading to another shop with a Trandoshan*. After a quick conversation, we decided to leave the bar and head towards the other shop in case our colleagues needed our help.

While we were still walking to the shop, the trio re-emerged. The Trandoshan headed back to Releks Repairs and our colleagues headed towards the land speeder. We adjusted our route and met up at the land speeder. Once we had all boarded, Traced explained to us that the Trandoshan was Releks and was the individual seeking the hyperdrive motivator. Releks had tested the hyperdrive motivator and expressed his desire to pay less than his offer of 5,000 credits because the hyperdrive motivator had logged some serious mileage. He offered Traced & Dylan 3,500 credits. Dylan called Releks out for expecting a brand new hyperdrive motivator for a measly 5,000 credits and told Releks that he should be lucky that the hyperdrive motivator being offered was in as good of shape as it was. After some back and forth, Releks relented and agreed to pay the original offer of 5,000 credits. However, since neither Traced nor Dylan had a credit stick, they had to go to the bank so that Releks could withdraw that much hard currency to pay the pair. Dylan asked where the bank was and Releks stated that it was just down the street. Dylan and Traced agreed to accompany Releks to the bank.

We were thrilled to hear that the sale was a success and we discussed what our next mission should be. I proposed that we try to learn more about the potential location of any Krayt dragons and Traced obliged by logging in to the local public data terminal to do a search. The only information that he could obtain from the standard net was that there were 2 Krayt dragon museums on Tatooine. I asked him to check the dark net and he agreed to try. Traced was unable to access the dark net due to changes in the security protocols. However, he was able to identify that the individual who had recently upgraded the security went by the name of Sasha. As we were finishing up at the data terminal, we noticed a squad of imperials show up at Releks Repairs. They were being led by the same imperial officer we had seen leave the bank yesterday. Traced took a moment to search the data terminal for information about the imperials on Tatooine and found a site loaded with conspiracies stating that an imperial frigate had taken orbit around Tatooine a couple days earlier. Traced was able to identify the author as Jerek and figure out that Jerek is a human who lives on the far side of town in the slums and works in the spaceport at the Dockmaster’s office. Traced took another couple of minutes to check the history of Jerek’s posts and found that he only ever wrote posts about imperials landing on or leaving Tatooine. We decided to pursue this and see if Jerek might be able to give us more insight as to what the imperials were looking for on Tatooine. All the while, Dylan made it very clear that he wanted nothing to do with this and kept pushing for us all to just pack up and leave Tatooine.

We went back to our ship in the docks to reset and get ready. Traced, Cassana, and I were going to go to the Dockmaster’s office under the pretense that we were there to get current with our docking fees. We were hopeful that we would be able to identify Jerek and that we might be able to get more information from him. The rest of the group was going to remain on our ship.

When we arrived at the Dockmaster’s office there were three employees, but none of them were wearing name badges. I went up to one of the employees working at a desk and explained what we were there for and he looked up our account. Our balance was 30 credits, which I paid out of the group fund. I was just about to start asking questions when two other individuals entered the Dockmaster’s office. The bigger of the two wore chains around his neck, had a gold tooth and tattoos all over his body. He carried a heavy blaster. His colleague was of normal build and was carrying a blaster carbine. They announced that they were bounty hunters on an imperial contract and they wanted the Dockmaster’s help in finding someone named Dylan. The Dockmaster explained that his employees were very busy and that such a task would take time. Traced spoke up and offered his help to the Dockmaster. The Dockmaster looked at Traced, ignored his comment, and asked if we had finished our transaction. Traced stated that we had and the Dockmaster firmly stated that we should leave. We acquiesced to his request.

We quickly chatted and Traced explained to us that he was trying to slow or sabotage their search and wasn’t really planning on helping the bounty hunters find Dylan. Cassana suggested that we find a public data terminal and search the area for a private data terminal. She explained that if Traced was able to hack into the system using a data terminal with appropriate access, he could change the records and send the bounty hunters on a wild goose chase. Traced loved the idea and we set off for the public data terminal. Once he logged in, Traced was able to identify a few locations with private data terminals. A quick discussion later and we were heading to the security office.

The security office had one sleepy officer on duty who begrudgingly stood up and buckled his belt as we walked in. When addressed, Traced explained that we were there doing our civic duty by informing the officer that there were two bounty hunters at the Dockmaster’s office who were strong arming the employees into helping them. The guard was not happy to hear of this and set out to the Dockmaster’s office to learn more about the situation. Once the officer was gone, I kept watch and Traced and Cassana set about hacking the system. Traced was able to learn that three imperial shuttles landed on Tatooine 3 days ago and had partitioned off their area of the docks. The imperials were accompanied by a captain and a lieutenant, which is very unusual. Traced identified the officer that we had seen twice in the last two days as the lieutenant. Traced found Dylan’s record and saw that it was associated with our ship on dock 12. Traced worked some magic with the computers and reassigned Dylan’s record to a ship named the “Morning Star” which had left yesterday morning. Traced logged out of the system and we all left the office and headed back to our ship.

Upon returning, we explained to everyone what had happened. Dylan became very insistent that we leave immediately, but we were able to convince him to give us 6 hours to see if Traced’s efforts were successful. Levo 5-12, Traced, and I decided that if we took a circuitous route, we could walk past the Dockmaster’s office on the way to the café. When we arrived at the office, I saw that the same employee who had rung up our transaction was sitting at his desk enjoying his lunch. Traced stated that he wanted to speak to the Dockmaster and offer up his sincere apologies for assuming that he could even help. The employee told us that the Dockmaster was in the café with 4 other dock managers and that we could try back later. Traced verbalized his understanding. We left the office and continued our journey to the café.

When we walked through the café doors I spotted two tables pulled together with roughly one dozen people of military bearing in civilian clothes watching everyone who came in and left the café. They were very obvious about what they were doing, these were quite clearly not members of the military with intelligence gathering skills. I pointed them out to Levo 5-12 and Traced. Traced had identified where the Dockmaster was eating and he had decided that now was a good time to apologize. Levo 5-12 and I decided to get a I saw Traced approach the Dockmaster and say something to him. This caused the Dockmaster to speak into a communicator of some sort. I told Levo 5-12 what I saw and we decided to get up and leave before we could become affiliated with Traced and whatever he may or may not have done. We made it out into the hallway and noticed security personnel coming from both sides. We made our play to continue to walk past the guards as if nothing was amiss. We were successful. The guards walked right past us and into the café. We noticed Traced being led out of the café by the four guards. We decided to follow at a distance in case he ended up needing our help. The guards took Traced back to the Dockmaster’s office. We set up in an alley close enough to the office where we could hear what was said if the door was left open. It was. We heard the security guard who had been left to keep an eye on Traced ask him what his problem with bounty hunters is. Levo 5-12 mumbled something to me about having to have a chat with Traced the next time they were alone. I smiled to myself. Traced responded, “I hate those bastards! They do the grunt work that imperials can’t do. I like imperials more than I like bounty hunters!” We heard some shuffling and what sounded like someone sitting themself down in a chair closer to the door and then we heard Traced say, “I mean, I don’t like imperials, but I HATE bounty hunters.” At this, Levo 5-12 and I had our hands full with preventing ourselves from becoming delirious with laughter. Eventually, the
Dockmaster and head of security came to speak with Traced. After a short interrogation, the head of security stated that Traced is a troublemaker and that it would be better for them if they banned him from using the dock for the rest of Traced’s life. The Dockmaster agreed. Traced argued his case to be able to retain the ability to travel to and from his ship. The head of security relented and said that if Traced paid a fine of 50 credits then Traced would retain the ability to travel to and from his ship. Traced agreed and paid the fine to the employee who had been eating his lunch at his desk when we As Traced left the office, we emerged to join him. We both asked what he had done to warrant such treatment. Traced stated that all he had done was approach the Dockmaster at his lunch table while the Dockmaster was eating with the heads of 4 other departments on the docks. Traced said that he apologized to the Dockmaster for overstepping his boundaries and explained that if the Dockmaster had taken Traced on to help with the search for Dylan that Traced would have hindered the investigation in every way possible. Traced said that he told the Dockmaster that he would have done this because he doesn’t like bounty hunters. Levo 5-12 and I were so overtaken with laughter at Traced’s obvious incompetence that we each gave him 25 credits to cover the cost of his fine. I said that I would have paid more to go to a comedy show and was not sure that I would have had anything close to the entertainment that Traced had provided for the afternoon. Traced was visibly upset by Levo 5-12 and my reactions, but he did accept our credits nonetheless. As we walked, Traced noted that his receipt had the employee’s name on it and that the name was Jerek. We had taken the long route, but finally identified the individual with whom we had originally intended to speak.

We continued on to our ship in silence. As we approached our ship’s dock, we noticed a group in dock 10. A quick inspection yielded that there we over 20 stormtroopers along with the lieutenant we had seen previously and the captain who had an ISB logo on his uniform searching the dock where the Morning Star had been moored the previous day. This confirmed for us that the bounty hunters and the imperials were all on Tatooine for the same purpose…locating our colleague, Dylan.Once we were back on board our ship, I approached Dylan with all the subtlety of a brick to the face and asked him what the F he had done to warrant a group of imperials to take the time to search for him. At first, Dylan was adamant that all he had done was crash his vehicle into a high ranking imperial’s house. I called BS. There was no way that this amount of resources would be committed to finding him if all he had done was crash into a house. Dylan eventually relented that his real name isn’t Dylan. His real name is Kaven Hunter and he had served in the imperial navy. Kaven said that he had become disillusioned with the imperial navy and wanted out. However, he did not just go AWOL. Kaven had sold imperial secrets regarding imperial ship routes to smugglers. When Kaven finally left the imperial navy he too became a smuggler. That story seemed more like a reason the imperial navy would be hunting him.

Levo 5-12 and Cassana noticed that some imperials were carrying a hyperdrive motivator and approached them to see if they needed help. They explained that their ship needed a new one and that they had purchased this one from Releks Repairs. They were going to install it on their ship and once the repair was done they would be leaving Tatooine.

The group agreed to Kaven’s request to leave Tatooine. Kaven suggested that they go to Nar Sada since it was in Hutt space and should have no imperials. Once on Nar Sada, the group would be able to lay low for a while and let the heat cool down before venturing out again. The group called in to the Dockmaster that they would be leaving and then took off. The imperial blockade did hail the ship, but the marauders were able to get through with minimal effort.

The session ended with the group on their ship en route to Nar Sada.

Profits and expense

  • 5,000 credits from the sale of the hyperdrive motivator
    • Dispersed evenly amongst Levo 5-12, Traced, Kaven, Cassanda, and Se
  • Levo 5-12 and Set split the cost of the fine and paid 25 credits each
  • Ship’s docking fees Paid out of the group fund

Group fund
Group fund previous balance: 75 credits

  • 30 credits deducted for docking fees
    New Group Fund balance: 45 credits

Awarded experience for session

  • 5 for playing in the session
  • 5 for completing session
    Net 10 experience per marauder (plus bonus, if applicable)

Bonus Experience

New rule: No one can win both a Game Play vote & a Role Play vote in a single session

 Game Play (worth 5 exp)

 Role Play (worth 5 exp)

 Session write up (worth 5 exp)

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