An Empire Divided

The Beau, The Bad, and The Ugly

Quite an experience to live in fear, isn't it?

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Slave pits of Mos Espa! There is no more terrible place to live than in the slave cells of a Hutt vigo. Accused of killing Neiro the Hutt, Jax Rain (Seafire), and Rath Darkrose have managed to get themselves thrown in the pit without the aid of CR-4NK. Can they escape?

That was the teaser. Actual game play went differently…

After a rough start, the session got rolling.

Jovel arrived on Tatooine after being drafted in some sense into a pro-Imperial intelligence cabal – Ghostdancers. Nothing was really explained, other than she was expected to go to Rori, the moon of Naboo, to meet some mysterious types at “the Coventry”. Part of this promotion enabled her to attend an intelligence briefing on Fulminata with Captain Reynal. One of the items of interest in the briefing was discussion the activities of the “Inquisitorios”, and vaguely defined group with the authority to deal with Force users.

Jovel arrived on Tatooine went to Cafe Coruscant to start her search for Seafire. The urgency for this came from a contract going out saying his cover identity had killed a Hutt vigo on some backwater world called Gran Forsaka (reputedly even worse then Tatooine as planets go).

At the time, Rath and Seafire were partying at Neiro’s palace while waiting to formally present their prisoner to Neiro the Hutt. Rath introduced his apprentice, “Rain”, to Ihat Nui, Neiro’s scarred Twilek comptroller. She found them guest quarters as Rath met up with his local girl, Val-Kryja, a Togruta for whom he had some affection (apparently not always the hard case, despite the Mando helmet). Rain was able to escape the charms of would be honeytrap, Teissa. On a side note, Captain Redjack was there as well, and Rath was in such a good mood he (mostly) paid him for the speeders.

After a meeting out front of Neiro’s between Jovel, clad in slick black padded armor and escorted by two seeker droids, and “Rain”, it was decided that Rath should present Lana on his own, along with CR-4NK. Here’s where things began to go…sideways.

Heading back to Cafe Coruscant to better understand what was going on with the bounty on Rain, one of Jovel’s seeker droids slips over the wall into Neiro’s palace and finds CR-4NK, where it feeds him a data stream. (This is discovered afterward by Jovel afterwards while doing some intel gathering back in the cafe.) What follows is, Rath presents the captured Lana to Neiro, and is then invited to see Neiro’s basement. This is unusual, but the reason why isn’t clear, so Rath goes along. Seafire changes back non-descript clothes and heads to an Imperial intelligence safe house. Jovel goes to meet him there. While enroute Lana gives some sort of command to CR-4NK, who promptly explodes, causing chaos and destruction in Neiro’s palace. Rath attempts to determine what happened back in the throne room, and is shot down by automated defenses, Jovel is kidnapped by a pack of Jawas, and Seafire decides to call out the guard.

As news of the explosion sweeps across Mos Espa the city explodes into violence as different factions look for leverage and long simmering disputes are given an excuse to boil. Seafire and a troop of stormtroopers, backed up by the ever enthusiastic Rebal, head to Neiro’s after learning that’s where Jovel is taken. After negotiating with two militias outside the palace he’s able to contact Rath on the inside. After some work he negotiates being let into the palace to retrieve Jovel. This is facilitated by Rath through Ihat Nui, the two of whom come to agreement about what should happen to Neiro’s personal vault before a new normal settles on Mos Espa. Ihat opens the Sunset Gate and the Imperials are in the compound.

Once inside with some stormtroopers Seafire is able to find Jovel, who had awoken in some kind of oubliette with a motley collection of unfortunate souls being held prisoner by Neiro. They stole most of her gear, but she was able to retrieve her “lock pick” kit. At this point, Seafire wants to get out and let the locals sort each other out. After a pitch by Rath, and some negotiating with Ihat, he’s able to see the possible benefit to the “Empire” of securing the Vault. A deal is made, with the following points: Ihat Nui will supply codes to open the vault, and insure Neiro won’t be around to miss his stuff. She’s also looking after Val-Kryja for Rath. Rath, Seafire, and Jovel will go in through the sewers to sidestep the front door into Neiro’s personal wing of the palace. Introduced was the scarred and grim Taza Kel, who is there to guarantee Ihat’s cut of the Vault’s contents, and with his Cathar warstaff looks like he can help in dealing with Angrax the Chained, Neiro’s chief bodyguard.

The session ended with the party, backed by up by a number of stormtroopers, return to the Oubliette in Neiro’s slave pits and prepare to enter the sewers…

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