Stories from the Outer Rim

The Slums of Kala'uun
Into the depths of Depravity

While in hyperspace from Geonosis to Ryloth, the crew of the Krayt Fang questions the Duros, Jad Trenma, they’ve just brought on board with his stolen device that supposedly will boost the manuverability of any starship. Somewhat convinced that he speaks in earnest, Oskara still leaves him partially cuffed to one of the benches in the recreation area but lets him examine his treasured device. The Wookie takes the time during the rest of the hyperspace jump to meditate and pray with the two plants she has rescued and set up in the old prisoner holding area and 41-VEX begins the long and complicated process of removing the repulsor technology from the Geonosian Roche J9 Droid and installing it on himself. The Alderanian Dax Tarlane wakes up from his drunken sleep and finds himself in totally different circumstances than when he last remembers being in Duke Piddock’s cantina. He realizes he’s now short half the credits the Trandoshan bounty hunters gave him to purchase weapons with and the others are not heading directly towards the Wheel as he had hoped.

Arriving in orbit at Ryloth, immediately the communicator Ota had given them starts to go off. The group decides it’s best to let him wait and turn it off….

The party decides to go first to Kala’uun and see if they can find out what happened to Oskara’s sister as well as find out more about this Duros Jad and what kind of operation he’s running. Chance pilots the Krayt fang through the narrow portcullis of the Kala’uun space port and when she ship lands they pay the spaceport authorities for 50 credits for 24 hours of docking as well as 250 credits for a recharge of their power cells and 280 credits for supplies for four of them for a week.

The party decides who will accompany Jad to his base of operations and there is a bit of an argument about the duties of droids on ships and indeed the duties of the members of any team and in the end a reluctant FDU-1 agrees to clean the ship while the rest of the crew is away.

As Chance looks around the spaceport he sees a sight that makes his blood freeze. There across from the Krayt Fang is the repainted and registered but clearly one of the very same Correlian Corsair ships he and Ar’elia did battle with when the princess lost her life. Filled with rage, Chance begins to march up to the ship and reach for his blaster but he comes to his senses just as the spaceport authorities begin to notice what he was doing. A timely reminder from Oskara that they need to act quickly or else it may be too late for her sister also snaps Chance back into the needs of the moment. He tells 41-VEX, however, to make sure that FDU-1 keeps a constant eye on the Correlian craft and if there is any activity with it to inform him immediately.

With Lowrick’s massive hand on his shoulder, Jad leads the way down into the lower slums of Kala’uun, past the large Twi’lek guards at the turbo lift doors, and into the dirty tunnels where Kala’uun’s less fortunate live their lives. Jad leads them through another, smaller door in a stone wall and down a long set of metal stairs to a fairly large room filled with electronic equipment manned by two other Duros and a human; all of them working or partially deconstructed droids and other pieces of gear. Jad enthusiastically introduces the crew of the Krayt Fang to his surprised companions in the lab. He explains how he hopes that the players will be able to help their small operation get started by shipping goods to their buyers. Some of the questions asked by Chance and the others puts him on edge however and he seems to begin to wonder if he’s made a mistake bringing them here. His fear sees to put chance at ease however and soon they seems to have a tentative deal in place for 10,000 credits to bring some alluvial dampers across the galaxy. Chance changes the arrangement last minute and asks instead if they could construct a device to keep a starship from taking off that this would be payment enough for their first shipment.

Oskara and Chance than ask Jad about Tar’quin and his operations here in Kala’uun. He tries to dissuade the players from getting involved with Tar’quinn in anyway but they are insistent and he tells them Tar’quinn owns a cantina called the Heat Sink in the eastern caves. The party comes up with a plan whereby Dax will pose as a wealthy man from Coruscant who wishes to buy a particular type of Twi’lek female and Chance will pose as his guide and Lowrick his body guard. The trio go to the Heat Sink (followed by Oskara and 41-VEX some distance behind) to see what they can find and encounter a rather hostile looking crowd in a dingy bar with several Twi’lek enforcers and three Correlians patronizing the place as well. Dax makes his desires known to the bartender who points out one of the enforcers as someone whom they should talk to. Chance makes his way over and tells the man his ‘client’ is looking to buy a Twi’lek slave girl and after a couple of checks by the enforcer in a back room he emerges to say he can take chance to see the merchandise but their weapons must remain behind. Chance says that’s fine but the Wookie comes along to which the enforcer say’s they’re not afraid of ‘his’ Wookie…

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Flight from Gogum hive
The negotiations that never were

Duke Piddock’s party was coming to an end, and just before everyone packed up and left Chance noticed the Gand in the corner checking something on his wrist and taking another, more careful look, at the party. Immediately Oskara headed over to his table and threw her hands down on his table, demanding to know who he was and what he was up to. Chance followed closely behind, keeping out of the way and snuck a peek under the table where sure enough the Gand had his hand concealed under his robe, most likely holding a weapon. Oskara questioned the Gand on his reasons for being there, to which he replied he was here representing a new organization that sought the advancement of interests concerning the insectoid species of the galaxy. Oskara wasn’t buying it, but it seemed the Gand wasn’t really buying her tale of her crew being on a ‘humanitarian mission’ either.

At this point in time, a Roche series protocol droid entered the cantina on some sort of personal repulsor field to which 41-VEX took immediate and intense interest. The droid spoke to Duke Piddock in a rushed and concerned manner and the two quickly exited, with the Duke nodding to both his droid AND to Vex to follow! Vex quickly followed but when the rest of the crew tried to follow the Geonosian guards stopped them. Chance tried to contact VEX on the comlink but 41 VEX had switched it off! Chance was furious, but just then Wex and Orpa Vio came up to the group and asked them about how their negotiations went and if they had any cargo they needed moved. The party seemed interested in the services they had to offer and agreed to talk with them later at gantry AA7 where they kept their ship, the Lucky Guess.

Meanwhile, 41-VEX was led by Piddock and some other geonosians to a large electronics lab that seemed to be set up for the purpose of developing technology in improving fight performance of starcraft. The lab was in a large degree of disarray with scoring from blaster fire on the walls and machinery knocked over. Several technicians were wounded and being attended to by other Geonosians. VEX tried to access one of the computers to see if he could learn more but suddenly Piddock directed him, the other droid and several technicians through a door that had been blasted open by some previous conflict. VEX now found himself part of a party moving cautiously down the tunnels as if trying to stalk someone. They were soon joined by a pair of Geonosian Soldiers and the hunt picked up. In a few more moments they saw a figure disappear down the tunnel ahead of them and the soldiers opened fire! Now the cause was really on that the whole group took off in pursuit.

Back at the cantina, Chase, Lowrick and Oskara left the company of Wex and Orpa with a druken Dax Tarlane and headed towards the Krayt fang at gantry AB7. Chance continued to try and contact 41-VEX on his somlink but VEX maintained radio silence. They soon reached the Krayt Fang and everyone boarded the ship except for Oskara who remained outside and set up a defensive position behind some crates incase the Gand or others came after them. On board the Krayt Fang, Lowrick set up the plant he took from the cantina with the cactus from Ryloth in Bay 3 where the prisoner cells used to be. She did the best she could to make their environment a nice one, but she knew they would soon need a better source of light or they would die. Chance made sure the FDU-1 was constantly trying to contact VEX, as Chance still had no idea where the blasted droid was!

At that time, VEX was still involved in the pursuit of the lone figure who now had made his way to the entrance to the gantries. The figure ran ahead, dodging blaster fire from the Geonosian soldiers, and came to the entrance to Gantry AA8 but suddenly drew back when he saw what must have been his ship crawling with Geonosian technicians. The figure turned as quick as he could and ran directly towards the nearest ship, which happened to be the one on the next gantry, AA7, the Krayt Fang!

Just as VEX was caught up in the pursuit towards the Krayt Fang, Osakra sees the figure running onto the gantry and hears him call for help! She yells at him to identify himself and he responds with, “Save me! I will give it to you! You will have the fastest ship in the Galaxy!” Chance hears this and runs to the gangway and opens it, letting the stranger, a Duros, on board. Osakra fires a blast that explodes some crates and their contents near the entrance to the gantry and knocks all the Geonosian technicians down and one of the soldiers. The remaining soldier returns fire however and scores a direct hit on Oskara! While this is happening VEX tries to open the access panel of the Geonosian droid beside him but fumbles and ends up knocking the droid forward into a repulsor enhanced dive with VEX holding on! Lowrick, coming down the gangway to see what’s going on, sees VEX in trouble and rushes out to catch him before he falls. Lowrick makes a heroic dive and manages to scoop up the droid just as Chance blasts a lucky shot into a gas main that spills a dark billowy gas over the gantry and conceals the assaulting Geonosians within it. Quickly, the party rebounds the Krayt Fang along with the Duros and prepare for an instant take off. Oskara wrests the object eh Duros in holding away from him and he begs her to be careful of it and for them to get to Ryloth if they can where he has friends. There is a debate as to where to go to as Chance pilots the ship away from the hive and as they debate two blips of pursuing star fighters appear on the radar. Chance gives the ship everything he’s got and it lurches into a lunging thrust which takes them just out of range in time for them to punch in coordinates to Ryloth and they hit hyperspace and just manage to escape…

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