Star Wars - Jedi in the Field

Chapter 25 - New Start

The party started out on Coresont. After a long rest (so Hitsugaya can power his crystal) the Neal was called on by his benefactor. BTW – Doug 0, Lightsaber 3.

The benefactor had a lead on how to translate the script on box. A data crystal was being held by Troy Talbott and would trade for a datapad that the benefactor gave him. After a few coarse words, Neal left and went back to the Council to meet with the rest of the party.
As soon as he arrived, Hitsugaya was summoned to the Chambers and given the new assignment. He was told of “Sun Dust” on the moon of Mandalor (Concordia). Further he was informed that due to the issues that had plagued his group, they were adding two other Jedi. Anara an expert on the dusk and Jorge another Jedi Knight. They were issued 2 scanners for use with the dust and an unmarked transport, which was fueled and ready for departure. The council issued them 750 credits for additional purchases along with holo disguises. They were to investigate, lay low and not interfere.

Hitsugaya left the chamber with his new allies and introduced them to the rest of the group. Anara was covered with tribal tattoos that were marked with bright orange dust. She looked to be very young and always covered her body with her robes. Only her chin was visible.

The group left for Concordia and found a large festival going on. They encountered several different groups. Some believing in the dust, others stating it was too powerful. Some blamed the government, others the Republic.

The group witnessed a speaker on the largest stage who claimed to be Mandalor the Victorious. He claimed the dust should be made public as it gave the people ‘jedi like’ abilities. He was able to captivate the masses with his speech.

Heal quickly split off and discovered Tim who he believed to start out pleasant then become extremely rude. He seemed to know things about Neal, that he shouldn’t. Tim believe d that the dust was too powerful and should not be allowed to the public. He discovered that there were two council people from Mandalor present at the gathering and he went to get an audience with Councilman Talbott.

The rest of the group explored the crowd and came across Tim who revealed that he had been exposed to the Dusk. Anara was able to help him and reported that this was the first person she felt was exposed to the dust in the crowd. Tim was a miner that was exposed in an accident. The group realized that his exposure occurred at the same time as their explosion. It didn’t occur to them that he had yet to go crazy with his exposure!

The group met back and exchanged information and set out for Neal’s meeting. He arrived and left all his weapons with Hitsugaya. He was taken back to see the councilman, who realized he was not there to discuss the initial topic. Neal had a private audience with him and believed he saw the same outfit that Mandalor the Victorious was wearing, but they did not look anything alike. Neal exchanged the datapad for the crystal. He was also told that the Mandorian Council did not believe the dust was a good thing. Neal offered to help Troy directly if it was needed.

The group met back up and after some time heard that Mandalor the Victorious was to speak again at midnight. Soon after a young man approached Neal and whispered to him that Mandalor the Victorious could use his assistance and to meet at the main stage at 11:30.

Neal shared, after Anara assisted in clearing his mind of the dust, that he was asked to help. The group decided to take a position outside the main city away from the crowd and watch the activities. At midnight nothing happened, then later a man began to speak. About that same time a ship flanked the group and dropped off two dragons, who immediately attacked the party. After quickly dropping one, the Mother came over the ridge and also attacked. They continued until the dragons were able to flee the scene. Moments after the battle, Anara passed out as dust was dropped on the entire crowd. A little later their ship arrived at the scene.

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Chapter 12

Previously, the party had destroyed it’s only obvious way into the upper levels. Several droids attacked us but we managed to get into a droid service elevator… one at a time.

The elevator let us out on a catwalk. MORE droids attacked us. At one point, Eric was captured and carried off. We didn’t know it, but Eric deftly hacked the droid that had him and begin to sneak back to the fight. At the same time, the fight was a decided stalemate. Then Doug was dropped and captured and we were worn down even as Lett Minik showed up. He told us to surrender… but we didn’t. After a round or two, he told us to surrender again. Neal offered to surrender in exchange for healing… and the Healer got angry. :)

Anger leads to the Dark Side… so the Healer Force Choked Lett Minik. :)

Unfortunately, we had no choice… we had to surrender… and we are now all captured.

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Chapter 11

The group hovered over the crash site of the Eclipse to discover Hutts, Genosian, and Techno-union as well as several other groups of scavengers trying to break into the ship. They landed away from the site and walked into the center of the area to scan for Force users.

They discovered one, briefly within the Techno Union camp, but were unable to discern anything from it. They scanned the area of the site which contained the bridge and were able to discover the best site to enter the ship, which none of the other groups had yet found.
Hitsugaya struck a deal with a band of scavengers lead by Itsa, a Tyderian, who agreed to give the party the second pick for the information of where to dig. Our hero’s agreed and the excavation began. At this point Master Jedi Dukoo surprised the party by appearing from the Techno Union camp. He reported that he was attempting to strike a deal with several groups but were on the losing end in a bidding war with the Hutts. He reported he had just arrived from the battle of Galidrann where the Jedi were on the losing side.

He inquired to the plan once the party had the droids, to which there was no working plan, he took Aja aside and soon reported that he might have a solution. He and Aja left the site to go back to the Techno Union camp. Hours passed when the hull was opened and Aja was alerted to the situation. Hitsugaya and Bart stood guard while Jeff and Shayl entered the wreck. It took some time to find the droids but they did, along with the use of the force were able to secure a complete, but broken droid. While they were within the wreck Hitsugaya and Bart guarded the door from Genosians who were attempting to enter the breach. Then Hitsugaya heard several explosions. Just as Shayl and Jeff were nearing the exit, a Techno craft hovered over the site and destroyed all the Genosians, then landed. A broken Aja and Dukoo stepped out and inquired about the rest of the droids. Shayl reported that there were two more underground as Dukoo instructed Aja to follow him into the wreck. Moments later they resurfaced with the other droids. Simultaneously the Pilot radioed that the Apollo was under attack and he was barricading himself in the bridge. Dukoo dropped off the party at the Apollo and reported he was taken the droids to the council. Aja stepped off with half a droid strapped to her back.

A running battle ensued to regain the Apollo from a multitude of Geniosians who were on the second and third decks. Hitsugaya and Bart took to the bridge, eventually freed the pilot and R2D12. Shayl, Jeff and Aja took to the engines and thanks to Jeff’s laser sighting and ability to have a death range of ½ the distance to the engines; they were able to take back the engine room. Aja fell, but was brought back by Shayl.

Our hero’s made it back to the bridge while the pilot took off headed back to Coruscant, where they reported to the council. The Jedi council was unaware that Dukoo was present and reported that he had not made it back yet. They took the droid and suggested that the group heal and prepare to leave once their next orders were issued.
We stopped here for the night.

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Chapter 10

As the engines fired, the party closed the loading doors and felt the ship enter a normal flight pattern. With a little work they were able to open doors to the bridge and took out the remaining battle droids. Bart, believing he could single handedly fly the ship, threatened to take out the pilots, but thought better of that and instead began downloading the ship’s flight plans. The rest of the party searched for Aja and found her bound in the aft hold. The party made a successful landing “in escape pods” after the pilots had previously ejected. The ship hit the ground and exploded.

The group was rescued by their pilot and taken back to Coruscant where they were healed and sent back to the crash site.

Bart and the group visited one club but after attempting to make an ill placed bet was unable to get more information. Hitsugaya then paid a dancer well for a performance where he recived a happy ending of information. The group left to visit a lower rent establishiment were Bart again attempted to get some more information, but was unsuccessful, except at raising concern of the local patrons. Bart left first and was followed. Hitsugaya and Jeff left to chase the people following Bart and Shayl and Kosh-Varxyn followed last watching another group following Hitsugaya and Jeff. Hitsugaya and Jeff caught up with those following Bart while trying to loose their chasers and began questioning them. Aja produced a large cash of credits which caused the group to give up some information, basically pointing them back to the crash site and the value of the battle droids. Our heroes left at which time, it was discovered that the credits were not real, but our group escaped in the crowd.

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Chapter 9

The group began dragging Mac’s body back to the transport and then off to his apartment where they were able to get past the security cameras of Mac’s upscale quarters. They arrived to find his door locked and lights disconnected. They dropped the body into a chair and began to explore the area, when Kosh-Varxyn stepped into the hall to be met by a hail of blaster fire. Several more Roderians stepped out and a gunfire ensued. The party was able to fight back, but Aja was locked outside the apartment. A few of the thieves were able to get out a side door and abduct Aja while the group continued to fight. From one of the back rooms, Lett Minek stepped out and force pushed Hitsugaya to the floor. He walked past his own man, dropped a thermal detonator and then walked through a door. His fellow thief stood up and tried to get out the door, but Lett had locked it behind him. The group, unable to stop the detonator, stepped away. Hitsugaya made a last minute attempted to pull the thief from the area but was unsuccessful at winning his trust. This lead to the hall being destroyed by the blast.

The group discovered at this time that Aja had been taken and attempted to follow, but were unable to catch up. Fortunately a com link had fallen from her before leaving the area. Hitsugaya and Bart were able to take it back to the Temple where a code was entered allowing them to follow her to the docking port, where their ship was currently parked.

The group picked up another soldier, 2B named Jeff, and quickly headed to the dock. They traced the signal to a transport ship where Jeff quickly dispatched the four droids. Upon running up the gangway, Hitsugaya and Kosh-Varxyn were momentarily stopped by two shield droids, but were able to dispatch them without dying, however Hitsugaya was in need of Shayl’s assistance. The turrets were activated and before the party’s transport could get out of the way, it was destroyed. Four Advanced Battle droids stepped out of the doors. The Force Users were able to detect the presence of the force within these droids. Their light sabers were unable to do full damage the their blasters also did not work to full strength, however the group was able to get onboard and take out two of the droids before R2-D12 sounded an alarm and left the ship.

The engines fired up and the last droid stepped back into the bridge. Just then the ship lurched forward and most of the party fell. Bart was thrown from the ship, but with many bonus die thrown, and a few force points used, was able to get back on board before Hitsugaya closed the door.

Here we stopped.

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Chapter 8

The group reconviened and along with Aja, left for The Dart and Ale. They quickly entered the bar to find Mac there along with some of his ‘friends’. Hitsugaya attempted to cause a distraction which caused chaos in the bar. The image of a person holding a theral detonator caused the patrons to run, Kosh-Varxyn to be distracted and Shayl to hide under a table. Aja also created an illusion of druids securing the doors. Between all these, Mac was told to order his men to stand down, which he did; and they didn’t. Some of them got away in the end, but the group was left with Mac and a few hurt comrades.
Upon leaving the bar, Mac was killed by an altered security protocol. Bart noticed that the doors had been tampered with, but too late. The group got from Mac that he knew the assassin was from Dathomir and was to contact him at his quarters.
The group got his personal items and left.

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Chapter 7

The group reported to the temple and retold their stories over the past month. They were then brought before the Master council, which they had never done before to be told that the council, while mostly happy with their progress, was concerned because the Jedi were unable to build the light saber from the pieces and were also unable to get much information from the crystal. They know it has force properties, but seems to have both positive and negative energy signatures.
The council gave them a lead on Mac Jeek, who they feel was behind or knows of the plot against Master Koffi. They also reveal that there have been several attempts on the lives of the Masters, which has lead them to believe there is a greater force working against the Jedi than a few disgruntled villains.
The group got supplies and credits, as well as an update on their ship and went into the depths of Coruscant.
As they left the temple, they were greeted by an Anzati who wished them luck on their mission. She then entered the temple. Shayl saw her seconds later on the street. The group called back to the temple, but was unsuccessful in rousing the guards to take any action.
Arriving at the Undercity, they found the way in, but attempted first to by-pass the security. They were ambushed by some scoundrels whom all but one eventually got away. They got some information on how to get in, recovered communications link, but then the last scoundrel was blown up. They also recovered some id cards from the last thief. The group decided not to continue talking to the unknown contact at the other end of the link and choose instead to throw it over the ledge. They made their way through the security check point and on to the bar.
The bar was a very upscale bar that seemed out of place. On this end of the landing platform the stores were of modest status, but in the opposite direction the area made all the characters feel uneasy as it did not seem safe.
Shayl entered the bar first and ordered a drink; Hitsugaya entered but spent his time looking over the menu. Bart entered and after ordering an expensive drink or two was able to have the bartender point out Mac Jeek. Bart took Mac’s favorite drink to him and eventually got him to come over and talk. Mak thanked him for the drink and asked what he wanted. Bart told him, that he was looking for information on the assassination attempt of Koffi. While Mak didn’t say he know anything, he asked why Bart wanted to know. Bart told him that he was looking for information for security reasons. Mac then stated, “so the information I give you, you will give to the police.” Bart asked what that would cost and Mak gave him the price of 2000 credits. Bart agreed and was told to come back in 2 days.
They all left the bar, separately, but Hitsugaya was charged in the end “cover charges” before he could exit the security. After meeting on the platform, they decided to go back to the temple and report in. Hitsugaya was told by one of the masters that the council had several leads on Mac, but all the parties either lost him or were killed. She suggested that his team go back quickly. They also discovered that the Anzati was Aja Moren and would likely be assigned to their team. She was known as a worthy Jedi, with special talents in illusions. She also liked to “lighten the mood” of many of her colleagues as they were often far too serious.
Here we stopped for the night.

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Chapter 6

The group left Sneeve for Bimmisaari with no time to spare. They arrived at the coordinates and were met by a representative of GGLM, who identified the cargo and asked to inspect it. He was surprised that it had been opened. He had droids off-load the cargo while the party waited underground. After several minutes the group, lost contact with their ship and opened the door to find several genosians ready to attack. After a battle with them, a new Battle Droid was sent in, which the party was able to quickly dispatch due to a natural 20 and then some extra 6-sideds. R2-D12 was damaged in the battle and they worked to get it up to the lift, where they saw a dark Jedi and Lett Minek around a corner. They made it to their ship only to find droids cutting through the doors into the Apollo. Another battle ensued which left several people injured and droids trapped in a hallway. The pilot let them know that two humanoids were in the engine room (where the party had hidden crystals from one of the crates).

They immediately made their way to the engine room, as the pilot began the startup procedure. Once off the ground, two escape pods were jettisoned while the droids began disabling the ship from the hall. After disabling the droids, the party was able to return to Coruscant and report in. There had been 3 attempts on the lives of Serifa Altunen and Koffi Arana. The council was disappointed that the trail was left cold, but surprised that one crystal had been saved.

The party was to stay close while the council decided the next move.

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Chapter 5

The group had previously returned to Coruscant to report back to the council and return Gar Told. They were told to pursue a lead with a smuggler’s group on Coruscant to discover the whereabouts of Lett. The group met with a smuggler named Bata Mill, the captain of the Orion. While they waited the ship was taken over by a group of droids, and the group heard of a plan to assassinate Serifa Altunen and Koffi Arana. The group fought off the droids and returned the ship to Mill. He told them he might have a job for them later and gave them a communicator with instructions to stay close by.

The adventure picked up with a call coming from Mill to take 6 packages to Sneeve. They are to pick up the cargo and further instructions and leave immediately. They have 4 days to make it there and 6 days to return with proof of delivery to get their 10K credits. They leave and get 6 reinforced containers and a datapad with a series of characters and a landing site. While in transit, they discover that 5 of the containers give off a energy pattern close to that of crystals used for sabers. The other gives off one of datapads. They decide not to open the containers and instead arrive at the site and land. A droid meets them and reports that “the great Sul the Hutt” will meet them. After a few minutes he arrives and gives Hitsugayaa data card which he inserts into their datapad. It changes the characters into “Sul the Hutt” and the party asks him to sign for the goods. Droids proceed up the lift and make it to the hold before Hitsugayarealizes that Sul didn’t sign. A fight breaks out and while Hitsugaya and Bart (later Kosh-Varxyn) fight on the ground, R2-D12 and Shayl fought the Droids. After a good battle, the Hutt was dropped in the doorway, to be pulled in later, the droids sawed into the container and took much of the cargo, only to be deactivated before getting away. Hitsugaya was able to open the hatch on the last one, in the doorway before it was pulled into the hanger. Only 2 Gamorians got away.

The group gathered all the equipment and took off only to be hailed 15 minutes later by another contact that was able to mirror the symbols on their datapad. Hitsugaya and Bart had realized by this point that the card they entered overwrote the screen to give Sul the cargo. From here, with a little more caution, the group landed and met with Ranco. After having dinner, and discovering an issue with their ship, they were hailed again by Ranco requesting a meeting.

They quickly departed the ship only to find him killed on the way to the meeting point. Anther datapad was discovered with information on who to deliver the equipment to next. They again would have just enough time to get there.

And the story continues….

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Chapter 4

The group begins making plans when Kosh-Varxyn makes friends with a former associated of the caption of the Apollo. The group gets him on their ship and kills him, even though he does not lethally attack them. They then discover they can get to the lower levels and make their way down the lift to encounter a lab and some advanced droids. They get some prototypes and some equipment and then hear a battle down the hall. Hybick and his patawan are in battle with Minick. Hitsugaya runs down only to see Hybick killed and his saber taken. As they exit onto the platform, their old ship explodes and they escape in the Apollo. They make their way back to Coruscant and explain what happened on their mission.

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