The First Sparks

Queen of Air and Darkness

When the team reached Cloud City, Darga had gone to ground. Despite a great deal of investigation, he could not be located.

Comprehensive detective work turned up two facts. That the Tibanna gas he had been selling to the Empire had been obtained on Cloud City and that another large exchange was expected to happen within days and the actual handover would be done at the annual Cloud City Sabaac tournament with both Darga and the Empire sending a representative. Investigations both before and during the competition identified that Darga’s portion of the exchange was a cargo ship full of Tibanna Gas and the Empire’s portion was a transport ship full of slaves and an additional amount of credits.

The team decided to infiltrate the tournament as guards, spectators and competitors. By all accounts they were well-placed to do quite well for themselves in the tournament itself, possibly even coming in the top three.

The tournament, however, ended in fire and blood. I was never able to get a clear account of exactly what lead up to the firefight or who started it, but by the end the Imperial representative, a Navy officer, was dead, Darga’s representative was seriously wounded and Cloud City was under an Imperial lockdown.

Not wanting to be arrested and interrogated, the team fled the casino, heading for a lower-level docking bay where Darga was supposed to be hiding out, pursued by several squads of Stormtroopers. A fire-fight ensued, not much of a surprise there, all things considered. Darga’s behaviour both on Cato Nemoidia and afterwards had seen to that.
Darga’s death however was not the end. The Imperial Navy decided, with Darga dead and their operation exposed, to clean up any evidence by ramming the slave transport with the Tibanna gas cargo ship, aided by a squad of their new Tie Fighters. Fortunately the team were up to the challenge and managed to drive off the Ties, destroy the Tibanna gas hauler and override the slave circuit on the slave transport.

All in all it was a large Imperial operation completely taken apart. At the time, we thought it was a significant victory.

In the weeks and months that followed, the Empire blamed the events on Cloud City on terrorist groups and used it as justification for clamping down further on its people.

Additional fleets were deployed to the Outer Rim sectors to ‘maintain order’ and further restrictions and regulations on ownership of ship-born armaments were added, ostentatiously to reduce the thread of pirate and terrorist groups, though in reality more to ensure that the dominance of the Imperial Navy would not be challenged.


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The Wretched Hive

The information which Admiral Varth had for us concerned a project that the Imperial Navy was running. He knew little about the project not even its name just the fact that the project was costing millions of Credits and thousands of lives.

Knowing that the Navy could not have begun such a project without the blessing of Palpetine, and knowing what our ‘benevolent’ emperor actually is made investigating this project essential, for the future of the small resistance movement we had begun to put together and for the future of the galaxy as a whole. As we would find out later, things were worse than we had originally considered possible.

The one lead that Admiral Varth had, the one avenue of investigation open to us, was the name Darga. A Hutt crime lord, though honestly just saying Hutt would have been sufficient, was trading with the Empire. What he was selling the Empire we did not know, nor did we know what he was trading it for, the entry in the ledger which Admiral Varth had seen had simply read ‘Biological resources’

We knew that Darga made his home on Cato Nemoidia, former purse-world of the Separatists. What exactly he was doing on a bombed out, struggling world we did not know, though it was unlikely to be any good.

Having no one else to send, and with them having proven themselves with their rescue of Admiral Varth, we sent our newest team of operatives to Cato Nemoidia with instructions to find Darga and find out,by any means necessary, what he was trading with the Empire. If they could find any further information about the project, that would be a bonus.

From the reports I read, finding Darga was the hard part of the entire endeavour. He had gone to ground in one of the abandoned palaces in the city of Zarra. Once found, Darga was impressed that a group of people had managed to find him, and invited them to join his court and prove their worth.

I suspect a brief explanation is required here. Darga was young as Hutts go, a new player in the Hutt crime cartel. His dealings with the Empire had brought him wealth and power out of proportion to his ability to handle that wealth and power. He deluded himself into thinking that he had bought the loyalty of his court with Credits, drugs, exotic entertainment and the other depravities that Hutts tend towards. In truth, I suspect that less than one third of his court was truly loyal to him, the rest were either just seeing what they could take him for, or were working for other masters.

His arrogance served in our favour, for it took little for the team to insinuate themselves into Darga’s favour and learn about his dealings with the Empire.

What they discovered was the first indication that there was more to the Navy’s project than we had initially suspected. Darga was selling them Tibanna gas, in huge quantities. Far more than the building of a Star Destroyer would require. In return, the Empire was selling him slaves, slaves that had been worked near to death, and making up the short fall in Credits.

But that was not the strangest part of the story.

Darga’s major-domo had made his own deal with the Empire, with the Inquisitors to be specific. Somehow, and that part was never clarified for me, the major-domo, a Nemoidian named Igren Demos, had come into possession of a stasis chamber with a Jedi Master imprisoned within. His deal with the Inquisitors was that they could have the Jedi in return for help in overthrowing Darga.

As things happened, Igren’s attempted take-over and my team’s actions to discover specific details of Darga’s activities occurred the same night. I’ve been told there’s no such thing as co-incidences, but this must come close.

By the time the sun rose over Zarra, Darga had fled in his luxury yacht, destination unknown, Igren Demos was dead, the imprisoned Jedi Master released, the records of his dealings with the Empire was in my team’s hands and looters were picking over the remains of Darga’s palace.

An analysis of the stolen records suggested that a likely destination for Darga was Cloud City on Bespin, and so after a brief visit to the Resurgence, the team proceeded to Cloud City, to end their dealings with Darga once and for all.


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Hunting log, Bespin
Pewpewpew

We arrived at Cloud City, looking for something or other connected to the Hutt. I don’t think the others had much of a clear plan for once. We were chased away from the spaceport, and didn’t have anywhere to stay, but luckily while I was scouting out the big casino, someone offered me a job guarding it during the big sabback tournament. So that was convenient.

Somehow the others got us a free room too, and we worked out that the sabback players were planning something, so we kept an eye on them. Someone tried luring us into an ambush one night, but we could see it was an ambush and we got away clean-ish. Finally, everything fell apart and we had to fight our way through bloody clone troopers and steal the Hutt’s ship. I took one of his escort fighters, and had a grand time blasting the clones in their dinky little fighters.

No idea where to from here, but so far it’s alright. I thought Bespin would be crowded and tame, but it was good fun in the end.

Geshi, blazing through the stars.

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Hunting log, Naboo
There are no door locks in the jungle

We were sent to hunt a scientist, which was a new one for me. Getting at him was painfully annoying, though, and I was glad when the Stormtroopers arrived. They gave me something worth shooting at. After that, we had to get offworld in a rush, and I didn’t enjoy slowly driving through the Imperial checkpoints one bit. But the dumb clones didn’t catch us out. Next time, I’m putting our shuttle somewhere easier to reach and better hidden.

Geshi, one clone-kill better off.

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Hunting log, Cato Neimoidia
Cities are awful for hunting

I was never quite clear what our employers wanted on this job. I guess we did it? But it wasn’t any sort of exciting, once we’d parked at the spaceport and shot up some bikers and a few old droids. A slimy Hutt named Darga took us in, I’m not sure why, and the others spent days playing games with him and stalking around his wreck of a palace. People kept trying to kill us. Then we found an old Jedi.

Geshi, eager for more.

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The Traitor's Gambit: Felucia

On Alderaan, the group was met by a mid-level government employee, who happened to also be a senior member of the fledgling Resistance being formed against the Empire. He asked if the group would be willing to take a mission to a wilderness area of Felucia.

The cargo retrieved from Sel Zonn station was an Alderaan Intelligence officer, frozen in carbonite. The agent had stumbled upon critical information during his time on the Deep Core world of Empress Teta and had chosen to be frozen in carbonite and shipped to Alderaan as cargo in the hopes that he would evade suspicion in that way.

He had discovered that an Imperial officer, previously supplying critical information to Alderaan inteligence operatives, had been arrested and sent to a small facility on Felucia, while awaiting transport to a more secure Imperial Facility. The window for retrieving the defector was small and there was no way to get an existing strike team assembled in time, and so the group from Sel Zonn was tasked with retrieving the imperial traitor, partially because they were all that was available and partially as a test. one cannot be too careful in this business. Well….

Felucia is a beautiful world, I still see it in my dreams sometimes, the towering fungi, the damp moist air, the rich soil.

The group had little difficulty reaching the imperial facility. It wasn’t designed as a prison, it was a communications facility with a small cell block underneath. I suppose the remoteness and size was part of the reason it was chosen over a larger prison facility.

The base’s commander had a rather horrifying hobby. He was experimenting on the native Felucian people, exposing them to genetic alterations, poisons and engineered viruses. He was passing the results on to his superiors in the Empire. I suppose it’s inevitable that people with such perversions hold high positions within the Empire when you consider its leadership.

His lack of attention to his duties left the base more exposed than it should have been and the group had little trouble infiltrating the base, rescuing the prisoners and eliminating any resistance they ran across before stealing an imperial air ship and fleeing the base along with the rescued Imperial Admiral.

The involvement of the Inquisitors was a concerning development, one that did not make sense at the time. It became clearer later though.

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Hunting log, Felucia
A proper hunt

Finally, a good chance to get some shooting done. The crowd I’m with aren’t too focused on the hunt, but I suppose we’ve got to make our money somehow. And I bagged some clones! Three, by my count. Mostly indoors, though, so it was much less interesting, especially considering the interesting terrain of Felucia. We had a good bit of fun at the end, leaving a big boom for the Imperials. After, we were taken to some ship and offered more work.

Geshi, satisfied, for now.

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Diary of a Bounty hunter
pay back continued

Ha I was correct, the young fish is a Jedi. I did not see him using a light sabre but the sound and the marks where unmistakeable. I am almost certain that he is the second of the two my team was supposed to capture. The group I seem to have acquired appears to be competent and to share a dislike for the empire .after retrieving the goods required from the station and escaping on a small ship to Alderan, I find myself getting ready to leave on a mission for Aalderan security. how this happened I do not know but at least the moncalamari Jedi will also be going making my job so much easer.

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Hunting log, Brentaal
More shopping than shooting

Crikey! What a waste of a trip. No relief for Oolool. Had to sell my good shooters to get by. And then fell in with a damn Zabrak who reckoned we’d find work up on the station above. All that got us was a good time shooting at bloody Imperials, a fight with some criminals, and some Human getting us to fetch things for it. No worthwhile trophies, but I did at least get a replacement blaster that’s not too bad with the scope mounted on it. The Zabrak and I joined up with a weird mix of aliens, and it looks like we’re going to Alderaan to get more work. Hopefully there’ll be some clones to aim at this time.

Geshi, looking for prey.

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Diary of a Bounty hunter
pay back day one

while waiting at the space station trying to decide where in the galaxy to go I noticed a young moncalamari,he looked familiar but I could not place him .I decided to follow him on-board the ship on which he was boarding . While travelling on the ship I started a conversation with the fish and another alien he had started to talk to, as it turned out we all knew high Galactic. I enjoyed their company and was glad to hear the both of them were happy to continue travelling with me. when we were passing through the station security we saw a wookie being escorted through security .rescuing him seemed like a good idea so we followed him and his handler to a canteena and noticed that he was not as much a prisoner as we had thought, conveniently another wookie was escorted past the canteena and we followed one wookie rescued is as good as another as we left the canteena a woman burst out of a side door and shouted for help. before we could react some empire scum opened fire on her wounding her in the process. my new friends and I jumped to her rescue while I pulled her to safety and a youngish alien noble with some medical experience the two of them with some help from some other aliens killed the scum. we ran of with the woman and ended up negotiating with droids and shooting at some thugs.

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