I’ve been meaning to sit down and write this for some time now. Not because I promised anyone, but because there should be an accurate account somewhere, or as accurate as possible from someone who wasn’t there, before the stories get forgotten or exaggerated out of all proportion. I have all of the reports, first hand and second hand, so this is likely as accurate as it could be.
Why they were all there that day I never discovered. Perhaps it was just coincidence. Perhaps it was the Force. An old friend of mine used to say that there is no such thing as coincidence. We’ll likely never know. It is sufficient that they were all there that day.
It started small enough, like the pebble that starts the avalanche. A woman entered the promenade from a maintenance hatch. Fleeing from Imperial troops, she reached for the nearest person and begged for help. As things would happen, the person she begged for help from not only was of the mind to oppose the Empire, but of the means as well.
In a sense I regret the loss of life, there and elsewhere in our struggle against the Empire, but these were not brainwashed clones, these were willing members of the Imperial Navy. They could have retreated at any time, they did not. An old friend once told me that death is just part of life, that killing is not evil though the reasons might be. Our reasons are good, that suffices. That must suffice.
The woman they rescued was an Alderaan intelligence operative, on Sel Zonn station to retrieve a critically important item of cargo. Whether it was simply her association with Alderaan which resulted in the Imperial attention or whether the forged shipping orders she had tipped them off is unknown. They demanded she stop, she tried to flee, someone opened fire and the Promenade erupted in blaster fire.
When the dust settled the Imperial agents and troops lay dead on the Promenade and the group fled, along with two Alderaan agents. They took refuge in an unoccupied section of the station and took stock of their situation and what they had gotten themselves involved in.
The next step involved a want-to-be crime lord and information broker named Switch. Seeing an opportunity for future favours and additional credits, he played a hard line and it took significant bribes before he would reveal the location of the shipment. As it turns out, in one of the heaviest guarded and securest docking bays on the station.
Blue Deck, more than anything, shows the growing pro-human tendencies of the Empire. The occupants of the area strongly discriminate against non-humans and the guards go as far as harassing them in hopes that the hopes that they will fight back and can then be arrested.
Despite this, the group navigated Blue Deck without incident, at least until they reached the docking bay. There, an Imperial Navy officer was directing a crew whoere trying to find the shipment. I suppose that the Imperials had followed the evidence from their earlier attempt to arrest the intelligence operative. Regardless, it went about as expected. The Imperials demanded surrender, their demand was ignored and blaster fire was exchanged. Once the blaster fire died down, the shipment was secured and the group fled aboard the Banshee, Captain Okeefe’s ship, for Alderaan.