Dark Corners of the Galaxy

The Ruins of Lusankya
A series of convoluted events

On Coruscant Kass is ordered by the New Republic Frontiersmen to scout out the slums for the old entrances to Lusankya, a Super Star Destroyer/Prison that lifted off from Coruscant almost fifty years ago. Given the general lawlessness of the slums under the cities of Coruscant VLTD-8 is assigned to escort Kass through the underground. 8 easily manages to scare off a couple Rodian muggers and they arrive at their destination without incident. There Kass finds an old unpowered rusted shut door to the Lusankya as well as some small vents into the area, too small for him or 8 to fit through. Taking some pictures and note he returns to HQ to report his findings.

Meanwhile The Prodigal Turtle is making ready to land at the Jedi Academy on Yavin 4. Tryce Wash is summoned from the cargo bay where he work on his vintage T-65 by Captain Fae Victus. As they make their approach to docking bay 94, a flock of birds being hunted by a brith , enter their path. Tryce’s quick reflexes prevent The Turtle from sustaining any damage.

Victus tells Wash to keep an eye on the ship and unloading while he goes to visit an old friend in the archives. Back at the archives a heated book debate between Freya Odanadi and Dannel Jakanoss is interrupted by Ember, the archives protocol droid, that their presence is requested. It turns out that their expertise is needed as scouts have uncovered a new Temple in the swamps. Mina is also brought along as a water pump used to uncover the temple has broken down.

At the temple Dannel is completely oblivious to the ancient Sith runes that might possibly help him figure out how to open the entrance to the temple. Freya on the other hands knows not to rely on what she sees. Stretching out with the Force she feels a locking mechanism inside the wall itself. A simple but effective lock if you wish to keep out non Force users. TKing the mechanism she opens the door and the two venture into the ruins. As it turns out the place looks to have long ago been cleared out. All they manage to find besides empty pedestals is an old broken data pad.

Mina fixes up the old data pad and it turns out that seventy years ago the Emperor had the ruins cleared out and the artifacts and texts taken to his private collection on Coruscant. Wanting to prevent them from possibly falling into the wrong hands the Jedi Council charter The Turtle to send Dannel and Freya to Coruscant right away. The Turtle is being uncooperative, but with a little coaxing from Mina is able to once again get airborne. Captain Victus offers her a job right then and to the GMs relief she accepts.

On Coruscant everyone is finally brought together, including Artemis from Caduceus Galactic , for a quick briefing by head of New Republic Security Ranvey Ut’onos . Commander Ut’onos lets them know that recently they suspect there’s been some black market dealings in Sith artifacts in the Coruscant slums and they would like them to track down whoever is doing this if possible.

Kass reluctantly agrees to escort them there. Tryce and Artemis use their lightsabers to slowly make an entrance after Mina mistakenly drops down the blast door. Inside most of the area is blocked off by more collapsed corridors. However, there are a trio of old spider security droids around the corner. Sending 8 to scout things out the droids caution him to turn back as he is not authorized to be in this area. Pretending to leave, 8 turns around only to turn back swinging his lightsaber at the droid.

While having a lot of trouble with the old heavily armored droids, after three bursts from their heavy repeating blasters, the droids batteries wear out and they shut down for good. Within the available rooms they find some of the missing artifacts as well as a young Trandoshan thief. Diving for the vents the little Trandoshan gets away from them and they hear a crash coming from another room.

It seems as though in his haste the boy broke a container of green fluid Artemis identifies as the Krytos Virus . While Artemis puts in a call to Caduceus, Kass puts one of his newly requisitioned probe droids to good use tracking down the thief. Following the probe droids signal they go up a couple levels to find some vague tracks leading to a local pawn shop. Inside they confront the shop keeper, who doesn’t take to kindly to their kind. As expected a brawl ensues during which Tryce bravely defends a proton torpedo tube for his T-65 only to mistakenly slash it in two with his own lightsaber. Working together the group take out about half of the elder Trandoshan’s gang and convince the other half to surrender after taking out the Barabel muscle.

They find the young boy sitting around playing a game rather than washing up and Artemis once again calls Caduceus for a quarantine crew for the shop. While in quarantine the party takes the time to interrogate the shop owner, but cannot manage to get any decent leads on who he may have sold the missing artifacts to.

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Echoes of Ulyoath
Their last moments of pain, frozen by the winds.

During their time in quarantine, poring over some of the texts recovered from the Emperor’s private collection, Freya and Dannel discover two artifacts were taken to a place called Ulyoath Prime. Not recognizing Ulyoath as a planet on any star charts they find out that it’s name was changed to Tanavis Prime as it’s name and location were originally lost and then rediscovered.

In a completely unpredictable and surprising coincidence, Kass is being sent on a mission to rescue two fellow frontiersmen potentially lost on the very same planet. With the New Republic Astrogation and Survey Team low on resources they have no readily available ship that can land safely due to the planet’s turbulent storms. However, Commander Krayt Skiplen of NRAST, has enlisted the help of Captain Fae Victus and The Prodigal Turtle to get his men off Tanavis. Putting aside his dislike for the Jedi, Kass agrees to take the mission for the sake of his fellow frontiersmen.

Time being of the essence, R5 has Mina upgrade the ship’s hyperdrive systems. Mina being the crack mechanic she is, has the hyperdrive up to specs in no time. After gathering cold weather supplies, the crew is off.

Above Tanavis, strange starship and lifeform readings have Kass confused. Attributing it to the large amounts of interference in the atmosphere Tryce cautiously begins their descent. In atmo, they discover the strange readings are being given off by Metanoks, large metallic mynocks abandoned on this planet by the Zebes Research scientists that created them more than half a century ago. While Mina and Kass help out as much as they can, it’s Tryce’s Rogue Squadron level flying abilities that evade their would be pursuers and keep the Turtle afloat.

Planetside, the crew manage to find the crashed ship with one of the frontiersmen already dead. The other has left a vocoder indicating that he would try and set up a base camp at some buildings they managed to scan 30 clicks to the North before they crashed. Following his trail they find themselves at Aretak Prison. A place the Emperor used long ago to keep political prisoners and potential Force users out of sight. A place where those imprisoned were tortured until death showing no discrimination for age, species, or gender.

Without a large enough landing site at the prison they have to take their modified cold weather cargo skiff slowly up a narrow and treacherous ridge up to the prison. Along the way they literally run into the ghost of a young girl, as Tryce is unable to stop on time. Looking back it seems they have some how managed to miss the girl, even VLTD-8 who leaped out of the skiff to try and save her. Freya gets off the skiff and approaches the young girl who is now huddling scared on the side of the ridge. Only Tryce actually realizes the girl is actually floating off the side of the ridge and manages to warn Freya before she falls off the ridge. Angry that they see through her illusions to try and hurt them the little girl tells them they’re all going to die before disappearing.

Exploring the smaller of the two buildings upon the clifftop, they find little more than a rundown power shed and a couple of crates of very rare and expensive wines. Inside the prison they find obvious signs of a prison riot gone horribly awry. Old corpses well preserved by the cold show signs of the violent ends met by the Imperial guards of the prison by the hands of the prisoners. Within they also find another Force Apparition that attempts to strangle them with it’s spilled out intestines. Lightsabers seem to disrupt it’s ability to manifest and V-8 striking at it’s body seems to cause it to completely dissipate.

However, its presence can still be felt tied to its corpse in an interrogation room. Communing with its Force presence, Freya seems to uncover some very disturbing facts. The corpse asks them to take it with them, knowing that they’re heading for the courtyard and the boxes that can disconnect it from the Dark Side. Being no stranger to cadavers, Artemis picks up the corpse and takes it with them.

On their way to the courtyard they have yet another encounter with a blind spectral bride who believes Kass is her husband. While Tryce goes half deaf with a Force Scream to the face, Dannel makes short work of her with a quick lightsaber slash, saving Kass from being dragged off to her “love nest”.

Finally out in the courtyard they find the missing scout, Nerrid, half mad from hiding from Force Apparitions. Luckily the solitary confinement boxes the prison kept outside are actually made from Mandalorian Steel and were perfect for keeping the ghosts out. Also in the courtyard Artemis manages to find a hidden control panel on the fountain. Mina managing to fix anything that’s broken, restores power and the fountain splits in two revealing a large underground tunnel.

The bottom opens up to an massive cavern with large double doors at one end. The cavern is split into three separate execution grounds where people were either burned, crushed, or drowned. There is also a pedestal with an ancient stone tablet written in ancient Sith and the Dagger of Ulyoath. The dagger not being a sharp weapon but a large blunt instrument carved from black stone appears to fit in a slot in the doors and act as a key. Written in Ancient Sith on the tablet Dannel translates the following passage aloud.

_One to burned, In the fires of your hatred. One to be crushed, With the might of your wrath. One to be drowned, In Fear and Sorrow lasting eternity. Only then will the wind call my name, and the path to darkness will open._

The recitation of the passages angers the spirits of those long ago sacrificed to this mad ritual. They come together to reanimate one of each of the corpses in the three sacrificial areas of fire, earth, and water. Before the battle gets out of hand, Freya tries to reason with the spirits and see what they can do to lay them all to rest. All three reanimated corpses point to the dagger and V-8 runs it upstairs to the boxes. With the source of their pain now cut off from the Force, they are all at last able to rest in peace.

As the PCs quickly make their way out of the cavern with the stone tablet something stirs and rocks the earth as the wind picks up outside. Grabbing Nerrin and the boxes with the ship’s grappling winch as quickly as they can the PCs leave Tanavis behind them, no one daring to wonder what lies down that unopened path into darkness.

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The S.T.A.R.S Align
Burning in the Flames of his Hatred

After the recovery of the missing artifacts from Ulyoath the PCs are asked to attend a meeting. The New Republic along with The Jedi Order are forming a joint venture to look into possible Sith activity in the Outer Rim territories. They’re “asking” for “volunteers” in what is more or less an offer the PCs can’t really refuse if they with to keep playing. Along with NPCs brought along they have enough to form two groups for the Sith Threat Assessment and Research Squad, now known as S.T.A.R.S. Alpha and S.T.A.R.S. Bravo.

After dropping off artifacts at the Jedi Order STARS Alpha decides to look into recent news of spontaneous combustion on Tattoine. On planet they visit the business owned by the latest victim only to discover his wife, an Arcona, strung out on salt and lamenting her loss. Talking with her they easily figure out the Mad Gears are likely responsible for Viktor’s sudden immolation.

Going to the only Cantina on all of Tattoine they soon observe several members of the gang. However, unable to follow the Gears on foot the PCs drop some credits with the bar tender to get info on the man they’re looking for, Zeth “Firestarter” Darkstar. After Mina refits their arctic cargo skiff for the desert play set, they set out beyond the Dune Sea.

Seeking out the old Bo’marr Monastery that once served as Jabba’s palace, the PCs find the headquarters of the Mad Gears. Not wishing to be overwhelmed by the wretched hive of scum and villainy, they stake out the vehicle bay to look for Zeth. Artemis spots a large enclosed speeder making it’s way out towards Anchorhead. The party gives chase in their own skiff, but Tryce is unable to convincingly “fly casual”.

Realizing they’re being followed, the Mad Gears turn around to bring their guns to bear on STARS Alpha. Still their gunnery skills are no match for Tryce in anything with an engine. As they dodge past the Gears, Mina manages to damage the engines on the enemy vehicle while VLTD 8 slams himself full force into the door. While he manages to break down the door, he himself goes tumbling down into the sand.

Kassatiebbel manages to blast a Gear as he sticks his head out of the speeder and he falls out with a wilhelm scream. 8 eventually manages to get into the Gear speeder while the others continue to circle them and trade blaster bolts. In the ensuing fire fight Freya Odanadi manages to expertly deflect a blaster bolt aimed right at her, moments before 8 shoots the controls to cause the other speeder to crash before Zeth fries anymore of his circuits with his Force Flare.

With their remaining forces now on the desert floor, Tryce tries to buzz an enemy and pin him with the repulsorlifts, but instead almost kills the poor thug as he rams the skiff right into the Gears’ head. After a few more stun blasts and stun saber swipes the group takes down the last of the Gears. After a hot and exhausting day they send the main group of Gears they’ve captured to a New Republic prison and head off with Zeth to the Jedi Academy.

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The Crown of Xel'lotath
Trapped in the Madness of the Dark

After delivering Zeth to the Jedi on Yavin the group heads off to investigate a botched assassination attempt on Raltiir. On Raltiir they uncover what could be a far larger and stranger plot than the attempted theft of some New Republic security codes. The party is led to believe that one of VLTD 8’s is responsible for destroying the governor’s M-BR-GE3 droid. This droid resembling, Ember, seems to be part of a larger set of ten droids ordered for several New Republic officials roughly 30 years ago. Stranger still is the fact that all these droids were ordered with upgrades both to their internal servo’s and their memory units. 8’s supposed brother absconded with the memory unit to this MBR droid and it is unknown how he either got on or off planet.

After an extensive investigation with no leads as to the location of 8’s brother the group decides to look into the communications blackout on Kessel. Once there they realize that all the miner’s and other personnel on Kessel have been dragged off into the mines by the Energy Spiders that dwell deep within. Figuring out that the spiders are being controlled by a dark jedi, possibly under the influence of a Sith artifact, they rescue the miners and attack the their captor. The dark jedi is Alcina Sutherland, and after a rough battle Artemis manages to cut her in two with his lightsaber. Calling for an emergency pick up of the half crazed Miner’s the party take Alcina’s Spider Crown and once again head out for parts unknown.

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Dark Days Are Coming
Always in Motion is the Future

Sending Tryce off with Caduceus Galactic to work through some of his arachnid problems, the group decides to look into the death of Auron Voss . Once on Wayland they decide to see if they can turn up any clues at Auron’s apartment. Noticing the door already open the group goes in with caution. Seeing two strangely armor clad individuals already ransacking the apartment Kassatiebbel shouts, “New Republic Security, Freeze!” Not waiting for the strangers to comply or resist, VLTD 8 immediately opens fire on them only to have his blaster shot deflected by a lightsaber.

Then ensuing fight leaves V8 with his head lopped off and half of the group unconcious from telekinetic boots to the head. The larger fully armored of the two takes a special interest in Freya Odanadi and absconds with her to the rooftop for a few words. Seeming to know Freya he hands over Auron Voss’ personal datapad after briefly chastising her over the way her friends greeted him. After assuring her they were not the ones to kill Auron he and his companion leave the group battered, bruised, and literally broken.

Of particular interest in the datapad was Voss’ final entry before his death.

”. Speaking with the Masters, I know it is not my own immanent demise that has caused the limitations of my visions. It is difficult to pinpoint, but for some reason it appears that in roughly one year there will be a disruption in the Force greater than any our galaxy has ever faced. I fear even the destruction of Aldaraan will pale in comparison for what is to come. An unspeakable evil born of the Dark Side. But why can I not see it clearly? Four planets, the dark side flowing from them, into nothingness? The Force carries me to the place where they meet, but when I get there….

I do not understand this vision, but it frightens me beyond anything I have ever known. I don’t know that whoever is coming for me is actually strong enough to defeat me, or if my own fears cause me to hold back so that I do not live to see this future.

Dark Day Are Coming.”

Finding no conclusive evidence as to who killed Voss or why, they take Voss’ final words to the Jedi Council to ask them some questions. It is revealed that Odis Qhuin has had similar visions to Voss, but is uncertain thus far as to their exact meaning. While the Jedi Council and a few high ranking New Republic officials know of this they, like the PCs, are working in the dark. During the meeting Freya also asks about the mysterious individuals in armor, but Master Odis refused to tell her anything beyond, “They are not Jedi, they are not Sith.” This stirs up an argument between Erron Xandow and Master Odis in Ithorian which upsets Erron and she storms out of the meeting.

Unsettled and finding themselves no closer to the truth the party decides to hop back in the the Mystery Machine to find out more about the ghost ship . Tracking down the remaining crew of the Shifting Light they listen to the recording that was played when the crew hailed the ship. While Dannel Jakonos is unable to translate it Artemis’ new freind, Krad is able to recognize the communications array on the ghost ship must’ve gone bad. After cleaning it up a bit Dannel is able to translate it as a Bo’marr chant. Knowing that a Bo’marr monastery is on the same planet the ship appeared the PCs head there to see what the local monks can tell them about the message.

Bo’marr master Tirric tells them it is not a chant he has ever heard before, but that it translates to, “Rejoice Brothers and Bring us your Shame.” While removing outside distractions by placing one’s brain in a nutrient jar is a time honored Bo’marr method of enlightenment, in the olden days mistakes were made as to who was ready for this procedure. Often times the brain would go mad, screaming for days on end. These unlucky brains were known as the Shame of the Bo’marr, and were apparently set about The Purgatory so as not to distract others seeking enlightnement. Searching the monastery the group finds an old forgotten chamber housing a non functioning tracking computer Mina gets up and running. The computer tells them that The Purgatory is still in the process of making it’s rounds to Bo’marr monasteries and they should be able to intercept it at it’s next stop.

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Organization XIII
The Planet of Brotherly Love

Using the info gathered at the Danuta Monastery the PCs head to Bimmissari to pick up Tryce and intercept the ghost ship. Shortly after the the ship arrives in system the salvage crews landing craft is seen unsteadily making it’s way towards the planet. Hailing the landing craft the messages received sound to be Bomarr chants demanding a surrender of the flesh. Playing things overly cautious, the crew of the Turtle decide not to shoot it down right away. Instead they have Shoma, the Bomarr apprentice, piss off the monks and almost cause the craft to crash into a small village. Surveying the wreckage they see three Spider Monks crawling out wearing bits and pieces of the salvage crew. Opening up with the ships Quad Laser Cannon Tryce makes short work of the crazed monks.

Calling in a local New Republic cruiser for help they disable the Dreadnaught’s hyperdrive. However, doing so causes it’s automated defenses to go off and it sends out a swarm of attack drone. Between the Turtle and the New Rupublic cruiser the outdated fighter drones don’t last long.

Landing in the ship’s docking bay the party is treated to a horrific scene of gore with blood and intestines decorating the ship. “Give us your flesh” is written in dried blood all about the ship in various languages. However, with sensor scans picking up two life forms STARS bravely sets about looking for the survivors. As they make their way through the ships corridors following the life form readings, a blast door drops down out of nowhere separating the party. With Kass, 8, and Freya on one side and Mina, Tryce, Dannel, and Artemis on the other. As Mina tries to get the door open and Kass shots the door controls, Artemis runs straight at the Omega Bomarr coming down the corridor at them. Omega Bomarr is the conglomeration of about six spider bodies and multiple brains daisy-chained to form a massive flesh stripper of doom.

Artemis channels the Force through him as he does a 3 point lightsaber combo against the Omega Bomarr almost felling the feral conglomomonk on his own. A little further down the corridor they find Ooris, an Ugnuaght from the Shifting Light, hiding in the vents and take him with them. Heading for the other lifeform in the medic bay they find the doors sealed with two monks trying to get in. Taking care of the monks they then use lightsabers to open the door to find the last remaining survivor of the crew, Maison, a human male. Interestingly enough there’s a dead monk walker in the medic bay with Maison, and his head is bandaged. Knowing a set up when they see one, the pcs stun the ever living fuck out of Maison to let the modern Bomarrs decide to do with the body thieving brain.

Blasting the remains of The Purgatory into scrap, STAR Alpha decide to lend a helping hand to STARS Bravo on Vigil. While Captain Victus goes to visit with a Sabacc droid ex of his, STARS sets about trying to find any trace of STARS Bravo. Little realizing that security scanners over the entire planet were made to alert Organization XIII anytime one of their numbers arrived on planet. With no visits expected from their brothers, IX goes to investigate, discovering to his own surprise their long lost brother 8. Trailing Freya, 8, and Kass discretely he manages to find out Bravo’s plan for a jail break that night and alerts V to be on the look out for any other suspicious organics that may show up to the factory.

Sure enough on cue, Artemis and Dannel show up posing as Caduceus personnel tracking a dangerous infection. Of course their story doesn’t hold up as the medic droid on staff can find no traces of any type of disease. Artemis and Dannel, leave without the Bravo member they hoped to be able to free, but with at least info on where he’s being kept. Of course neither of them notice V trailing them either, but err on the side of caution as they go to rendevous with the group.

While Tryce finally spots V following Dannel and Artemis, still IX remains hidden, observing 8 who is observing V, who then waves to 8 to let him know they know he’s there. As 8 makes his way to the rooftop V is on, IX finally makes his presence known. He tries to convince 8 to join their side, but 8 is unconvinced. Dismayed, IX and V both try to at least discourage him from standing against them and forcing them to fight him least he end up like 4.

At least knowing now that they are expected to make a break in that night the group brainstorms furiously to come up with a plan so unexpected and uncanny it will completely catch 8’s brothers off guard.

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A Plan Crazy Enough to Work
And some hot droid on droid action

Uniting with STARS Bravo , STARS Alpha fly in their ships to the Vigil Droid Logistics building. Using some well placed starship firepower, they completely eliminate the walls of the sixth floor in order to bring the captured STARS aboard. In the process Alpha team also manages to capture a Jawa Droid and reprogram it as CH-3F, the ships’ cook. Trying to further sabotage the Droid Rebellion they send in an audio recording to implicate Vigil Droid Logistics for the rebellions on Corellia and Telos IV.

The next day however, 8s brothers have sent in a doctored video to accompany the audio which seems to implicate 8 as the sole conspirator of the rebellion. STARS alpha also learns that they have small outstanding bounties in the Corporate Sector as a result of their actions. 8 however, has a massive 100,000 credit bounty extending well outside the Corporate Sector. Seeing the video the Republic demands 8 be returned for immediate deactivation. Eventually an undoctored version of the video is turned in to the Republic so that they can clearly see that 8’s brothers are responsible.

The group makes a brief stop on Kasshhyyyk to investigate a missing MBR droid similar to the one destroyed by one of 8’s brothers some time ago. Delving deeper into the past of this droid they discover that he was one of roughly a thousand MBR droids built in five year intervals starting about 45 years ago. On their way to the Jedi Academy to question M-BR-GE3 there, Freya Odanadi decides to test both Tryce and the Sword of Hate.

Using 8’s method of training Tryce’s only warning is “Defend Yourself!” before she starts swinging at him. Freya does not of course realize the Sword is activated by physical combat and it begins to try to take hold of her. No one else realizes that the sword gains more power the more people who oppose it, as they all begin to jump in to try and defend Tryce. By the end Freya was possessed by the sword for all of perhaps 15 seconds, though it would be difficult to near impossible to know this since NO ONE made a sense roll. It’s probably also worth noting that no one was injured in this fight, though Freya took a nasty stun saber hit to her face courtesy of Artemis. However, the entire ordeal caused a large argument to erupt within STARS Alpha then end result of which may not really be felt until the the next game session.

It does also cause Kass to resign from STARS to return to New Republic Astrogation and Survey Team . Putting the unpleasantness aside they all go to attend an initiation ceremony for the new Jedi showing up at the Academy. As the ceremony gets underway they notice a starship land at the main temple docking bay. Moments later Tryce gets a fevered messaged from Captain Fae Victus that one of 8’s brothers just showed up and may be heading for the library. Wasting no time they rush to the library to find Ember and VLTD-6 engaged in a lightsaber duel. STARS all pitch in and help Ember to take down 6. In doing so they learn the code 6 was after all along was a programming code allowing droids to wield the Force. Ember also at last feels he can trust STARS to let them in on his strange past and that of his 860 brothers still in operation.

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Fallen STARS
On the Trail of Repulsor-Heeled Jack

After the incident with Freya Odanadi and the Swords of Hate, Artemis Vox submits a strongly worded letter to the Jedi Council calling for disciplinary action against Freya. This along with the reports and resignation of Kass from STARS Alpha causes the New Republic to pull their support of the STARS project. Due to many problems within the group the Jedi Council also seems to agree that perhaps the best course of action is to disband STARS. They also agree that Freya’s methods were excessive to the point of endangering those around her and dismiss her from the Jedi Academy. Strangely, Freya is elated by the news.

Feeling that what they’ve been working towards still has merit and should not be abandoned, the remaining members of STARS Alpha seem determined to stay together and continue their work even without the backing of any of their previous employers. Captain Fae Victus being a well traveled droid, in more ways than one, mentions that he’d be happy to continue to chart them across the galaxy now that his contract with the New Republic is up.

The crew makes a brief stop on Endor to hold a funeral for 8’s brother 6. While there the Captain and Tryce meet up with Kerlos Goran, a possible new crew member. Kerlos will be acting as a go between to set up a meeting for the crew with some potential buyers for the Swords of Hate, in an attempt to flush out some Sith and possible enemies because you can never have too many enemies.

Kerlos also agrees to help Captain Victus to unload his cargo hold of spice on Nar Shadda and get a decent price for it. On Nar Shadda the rest of the crew begin investigating the reports of The Butcher . Examining the site of the last attack Artemis notices they’re being watched by a cloaked figure on the rooftops. Believing it to possibly be their serial killer Freya sneaks off to try and confront him while Mina creates a distraction by loudly talking about the poop she previously stepped in.

Freya sneaks right up on their stalker without being noticed, and startles him. The mysterious figure does not quite match the description of The Butcher but instead appears to be a heavily modified VLTD droid. The droid immediately pulls out four lightsabers with it’s four arms and cuts a hole in the roof of the poorly constructed building to run from her. As everyone gives chase only 8 is able to keep up with the runaway droid. Realizing that perhaps this droid could be his lost brother 4 and afraid of him, he calls out to let him know which brother he actually is.

After a conversation with 4 they discover he is the one behind the rumors of The Gundark . It turns out that he at least knew of some of their basic plans before they turned against him and tried to kill him. It also turns out that what was left of him was found and restored by a very skilled mechanic who helps him to try and protect those that need help on Nal Hutta, and now Nar Shadda.

Joining forces with the vigilante and their new black market contact, Kerlos, the crew forms a patrol plan to try and catch Repulsor-Heeled Jack. After two nights they finally get lucky and rush to the screams of a Chadra-Fan nearby. Unfortunately the Chadra-Fan is not so lucky and they arrive too late to stop him from taking himself a new nose. As the PCs all converge on Jack he decides the odds are not in his favor and makes an escape jumping up and grabbing on to a low flying spaceship, but not before he got a taste for Mina.

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Darkside Rave!
Introducing the Nouveau Sith

The party comes up with a brilliant plan to get Mina attacked a second time by Jack now that he has a taste for her. Little do they realize one of their own was contacted telepathically by Jack and agreed to betray Mina and hand her over, nor do they realize the conditions of this deal. Mina and Freya go to an abandoned doll factory in the old industrial sector of Nar Shadda to meet with Jack. With the delivery of Mina Jack gives Freya the name of the planet where she can find Xel’lotath.

While Jack is eager to feed on Mina’s Force essence, Mina stands up to him and pulls out her lightsaber to defend herself while waiting for the rest of STARS to arrive. Mina does a great job of surviving Jack’s assault, but is wearing down quickly with the others still far off. As Jack tries to disarm Mina with telekinesis she decides she’s had enough. Tapping into her anger Mina opens herself up to the darkside using it to heal herself and fight back, giving Jack a taste of his own medicine.

The rest of STARS finally arrives and Jack, fully prepared for it this time, activates a dozen droid dolls to keep the party busy. As 8 attacks the first of the dolls they realize the dolls are also fitted with explosives. However, Mina lashes out with the Force once again, this time convincing the dolls to all shut down. Jack realizing he cannot defeat all of them, settles for the small victory he has already obtained. He feints another lightsaber strike towards Mina and as she tries to defend herself he runs himself through on her lightsaber, whispering his final words to her before the darkside takes him and he disappears in a burst of red energy.

With Jack defeated the party turns in 8’s video of the fight to claim the bounty on him. They then turn their attention to The Gundark’s mention of Sith Punks on Nal Hutta. No one realizes however that by punks he really means just a bunch of teenage punks looking all goth and pretending they’re all D4rKs1D3. Locating a group of them in a bar, they follow one of them, Gary, back to his apartment where he lives with his mom. Waiting outside his apartment they then follow a group of them to a rave that night. While Mina gets her groove on, Freya interrogates Gary while Kerlos “pumps” Mandii for info about their Sith gang. Finding out their leader calls himself Darth Talon and where they meet the party decides this little game of theirs is over.

In the parking lot of the gang’s hangout 8 can contain his anger at the way the good name of the darkside has been tainted by these punks and takes it out on the luxury speeders parked out front. The alarm set off by Talon’s ride alerts the gang and they all come out to see the commotion. Talon is pissed off because “no fucks up his ride” and his dad is probably going to kill him. After scaring the piss out of the underlings, literally in some cases, the remaining three “darths” try to take on the party in the most pathetic lightsaber fight since the star wars kid .

In seconds Darth Talon, Darth Morbius, and Darth Awesome are all disarmed. Having a very persuasive chat with Talon, Kerlos convinces him that they are with the real Sith and the Sith don’t appreciate what his little gang is doing out here without their permission and without kicking back up to the top. Kerlos gets Talon to give him the name of his lightsaber supplier and makes sure he knows they’ll be back to check up on them and they’ll be expecting a cut from their operations.

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The 5th Judge
The time is not right.

Saying their goodbyes to The Gundark on Nal Hutta, the crew takes off for Socorro and Neftali to try and find Fon Sloan, the Snivvian selling lightsabers to Sith posers as well as trying to stop the transmission the believe will be sent out from Neftali to initiate a galaxy wide droid rebellion. As the newly dubbed Turtle Recall makes planet fall on Socorro a large and noticeable earthquake starts up. Unsure of what it means the PCs continue about their business hitting some of the shopping districts as well as looking for info on Fon.

Finding out he has an office in Tiranga’s Loft, Kerlos sets up a meeting with the Snivvian. However, late that day they hear rumors that a 5th judge has appeared and was the cause of the earthquake. The learn that there have been four 50m monoliths in the desert called the Judges of the Dead for as long as anyone has been on Socorro. Today with the arrival of the earthquake and perhaps connected with some of the cargo carried by the Turtle a 5th Judge rose up out of the desert.

The people of Socorro gathered around it in huge crowds wishing to pay homage to what they consider some sort of a miracle. With the crowds of people it was difficult for Dannel to find any markings on the Judge even with 8 running crowd control. However, Mina managed to spot within the crowd and robed figure with a skull face. As he turned to leave the crowd Freya followed after him.

Talking with him she learned he is in fact the last of The Reapers, a group of Jedi that once dedicated themselves to ending the lives of Sith and others that prolonged their life through unnatural means. She also learns that the other Reapers were corrupted by Xel’lotath and now serve her dark purposes. The Reaper informs Freya that they should get the Swords of Hate off of Socorro to avoid waking Mantorok before his time. The Reaper then steps into the shadow of one of the other Judges and as the shadows wrap around him he disappears. Before Freya can rejoin her friends a figure clad in Jensaarai armor approaches her. The figure pauses for a moment to look at her and simply states, “Almost there,” before fading away entirely as she continues to walk.

Back in Socorro Kerlos meets with Fon and they decide to go into business together. Kerlos will have his people such as Tryce and Mina, clean up, recharge, and refurbish Fon’s lightsabers to make them worth even more. In exchange Fon is going to give them 30% of the profits from selling them. To try and get Fon to give up more info on where he gets his supply Kerlos sets up another meeting in a few days to see more of his merchandise.

During those two days 8 decides to set out about Socorro to see if he can find any naturally occurring lightsaber crystals on planet. He invites Freya along and before he knows it most of the party is coming along for the ride due to the enormous dangers this undertaking presents. Hiring a guide they go to an inactive lava tube which 8 speculates should contain some crystals.

Thankfully their guide was able to help them avoid the numerous dangers of the Socorro wastes, though he refused to travel with them into the lava tubes. Inside the caverns they find a large hot spring with an outcropping covered in dark crystals at it’s center. A troubling tussle with a trio of Tra’cors later and 8 makes it to the outcropping. A few other party members follow him over and manage to locate a small number of smokey grey and black crystals perfect for lightsabers. Mina even manages to outfit her saber with a dual switch which allows her to switch her blade between blue and grey.

Later at their meeting with Sloan, they discover he was lucky enough to find a crashed ship belonging to an old Mandalorian Jedi Hunter. Sloan only has about another ten sabers before he’ll run out of stock and have to find a new supply, though he has plenty of other black market operations to keep him in business.

The crew then goes out and buys a Gonk droid to test their theory that there may be a signal in one of the commercials for the Swoop races that’s causing the droids to rebel. Despite the precautions they take they are pleased to find out their right as the Gonk droid tries to kill them by arching out lots of energy. No one realizing that disabling his motivators may stop him from moving, but he’s still got enough juice in him to damn near power a ship. With this info they hope to convince Sadoon Kauldi to stop the transmission from going out.

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