Edge of the Empire: Tyche & Nemesis

Season 3, Episode 3 - THE END OF THE ROAD

Telling the lies is easy. Keeping the stories straight is the tricky bit.

  • The crew land on Baccarana and are greeted by Lt. Babcox, a friendly and helpful customs agent. Babcox explains that:
    • the crews encounter with the pirates is shocking – Baccarana is a nice, safe system.
    • the crew should lodge a crime report with the local Imperial office.
    • the crew will need to register their weapons (all blasters, and all blades over 6 inches) with the local security forces.
  • The Sicari are granted visas and leave.
    • They express their gratitude to the crew.
    • Gavyn apologises for the incident with the pirates.
      • The Sicari are puzzled as Gavyn told them they had made a scheduled drop.
      • Gavyn tries to cover by saying that it was a scheduled drop… to pirates.
      • The Sicari seem sceptical and take their leave.
  • The crew elect to split up:
    • Gavyn and Su’shi will go to the local security offices and lodge a crime report.
    • Zed and Renaldo will go to a local cafe recommended by Babcox, Strauss, to get the lay of the land and make some criminal contacts.
  • Gavyn and Su’shi catch a tram to the security.
    • Su’shi gets a lot of strange looks from the well-heeled human passengers.
    • A wealthy human woman is carrying her pet Tooke in a handbag.
    • The Tooke objects to the Ewok and starts to chitter aggressively at Su’shi.
    • Su’shi responds by throwing a bolt at the Tooke.
    • Irate, the human woman asks Gavyn to control his pet.
    • When Gavyn explains that Su’shi is, in fact, sentient, the woman is mortified at the faux pas and apologises profusely.
    • Su’shi and Gavyn move away from the woman to the front of the carriage.
  • At the front of the carriage is a vid screen showing a business news report:
    • The news anchor relates how Consolidated Resource Holdings takeover bid of Sonnel Shipyards was rejected by the patriarch of the Sonnel family.
    • The vid screen displays a stock photo of a patrician Human male who looks to be in his 50s, Consolidated Resource Holdings CEO Kilaun Hard.
  • Gavyn is familiar with Consolidated Resource Holdings and with Sonnel Shipyards:
    • Consolidated Resource Holdings was founded at the height of the Expansion Region boom several hundred years ago, as the Duros owned Pli-Nar Mining Cooperative.
      • Thirty years ago, the company was on the verge bankruptcy, brought low by the economic collapse of the Expansion region.
      • Kilaun Hard was appointed as CEO and brought in an injection of capital.
      • The company was renamed Consolidated Resource Holdings and a period of aggressive expansion and acquisition began.
      • The company is now the largest mega-corp in the Expansion Region, owning hundreds of subsidiaries.
    • Sonnel Shipyards is a successful mid-sized shipbuilding business, owned by the Sonnel Family.
      • They produce Koensyr Manufacturing ships and parts under license in the Teirfon system.
  • After arriving at the security offices, Gavyn and Su’shi are directed to the Imperial office.
    • After waiting an hour, Gavyn and Su’shi lodge a report with the local Imperial authorities.
    • The bureaucrat is surprised that pirates struck in the Baccarana session.
    • Gavyn and Su’shi stick to the story:
      • the Tyche were carrying passengers, no cargo.
      • the pirates ambushed them near the rings of Dounov.
      • before the pirates could force their way inside, they were scared off by Commodore Kresk and the Invigilator.
  • After they lodge the report, Gavyn and Su’shi decide that, seeing as they are already running late to meet the others, they may as well apply for a weapons license.
    • Weapons licences’ are handled by local corporate security forces.
    • Gavyn and Su’shi are advised to register their weapons with Consolidated Security Forces, as they also provide security for Consolidated Logistic Solutions’ space docks.
    • After waiting for another hour in CSF reception, Gavyn an Su’shi register their weapons.
      • Su’shi successfully recalls his blaster pistol’s serial number and gets a blade license, however there is no legal category for net guns and so he is unable to get a license for his net gun.
      • Gavyn gets a blade license but is unable to remember his blaster’s serial number. The serial number he does provide, however, matches ANOTHER blaster of the same make and model, that had yet to be registered.
      • Gavyn receives a blaster licence, unaware that it is for a different weapon.

Meanwhile….

  • Zed and Renaldo go down an alley and sit in a well lit, sophisticated cafe.
    • Zed tries to be sophisticated and order an Espresso martini….. on gin.
      • The waiter droid gently suggests vodka instead (because an Espresso martini on gin would be disgusting).
    • Renaldo orders an affogato.
  • As the waiter droid makes their drink, Renaldo tries to spark up a conversation with a couple sitting nearby, but accidently knocks the woman’s drink all over her.
    • The woman’s partner begins to act aggressively, but backs off when he sees the size of Renaldo. There is much flustered cleaning with napkins and profuse apologies.
    • Lots of eyes are drawn to the only non-humans in the cafe.
  • Over the next hour, Renaldo and Zed drop some eaves:
    • A pair of business people are discussing how “Old Man Sonnel” told someone named “Hard” to insert his head into a Bantha in an anatomically improbable manner.
    • A pair of young human males are discussing how Cha’d brought some really good spice at the party last night – this appears to be the extent of criminal underworld in this “hive of scum and villainy.”
  • An hour has past and the rest of the crew hasn’t arrived.
    • Renaldo and Zed step out of the cafe.
    • They are stopped by a human male in a purple uniform with a CSF, backed up by four very large security droids in matching purple livery.
    • The security officer asks if they are Captain Zed Syyrhak and Renaldo, which they confirm.
    • As the cafe patrons look on, Captain Zed and Renaldo are arrested on charges of “theft, fraud, and failure to fulfil a legally binding contract.”
    • Zed and Renaldo are bundled into a paddy wagon and transferred to the security offices.
  • Zed and Renaldo are the hardest crims in the CSF holding cell.
    • They are each given one hologram.
      • Renaldo calls family friend Zaphod Beeblebrox, the lawyer who defended him on the charges of murdering the Butcher of Platooine Nine.
        • The two headed lawyer arranges for a lawyer droid to be dispatched.
      • Zed calls Commodore Kresk and explains that:
        • Zed lied and said no cargo was stolen by the pirates, a lie reflected in Kresk’s report.
        • Because of this lie, Consolidated Logistic Solutions believe that the crew STOLE the “low grade recycled copper.”
        • The crew have been charged with violating Baccaranan corporate law.
        • Kresk, an honourable man, is disgusted by Zed’s perfidy, yet is duty bound to amend his report.
  • The lawyer droid arrives. It is appears to be in need of maintenance.
    • It explains that Baccarana is run by mega corporations like Consolidated Resource Holdings and the only law is contract law.
    • The crew will have an arraignment hearing that afternoon, were they will enter a plea.
    • The lawyer droid advises that, as there is no sign of Kresk’s amended report, the case is damning:
      • The crew were contracted by Consolidated Asset Reclamation to deliver 3 crates of Low Grade Recycled Copper to the Consolidated Logistic Solutions spacedock above Baccarana.
      • They did not go to the spacedock, they did not contact Consolidated Logistic Solutions, they did not report the theft of the cargo, and when they landed at Caer Planeta, they did not declare any cargo.
      • Ipso facto, they are in breach of contract and run the risk of serious jail time.
    • The lawyer advises that they please guilty – they will “only” lose the Tyche and be sentenced to 5 years hard labour.
  • Zed and Renaldo are arraigned.
    • A lawyer droid in red livery from Consolidated Jurisprudence Services is prosecuting the case.
  • The crew jump to the rendezvous with Zheng Shi’s pirates – a point in deep space light years from any system.
    • They arrive about half a day early, and wait for the pirates.
  • All of a sudden, a fleet drops out of hyperspace – two silhouette 5 contacts, one silhouette 4 contact, and five silhouette 3 contacts.
    • A scan reveals one of the silhouette 5 contacts is the Vengeance and the silhouette 4 contact is the El Jefe.
    • Five garishly painted Z-95 Headhunters buzz the Tyche.
  • The Tyche enters the docking bay of the Vengeance.
    • It lands at the front of the bay, next to the boarding shuttle.
    • The Headhunters follow the Tyche in and land at the rear of the bay, near 6 TIE-Wing Uglies.
  • Zheng Shi enters the bay, flanked by a crew of pirates (most of whom are Arcona). Zheng Shi cuts an imposing figure, wearing a long black and red robe.
  • The Sullastan, Vinal, climbs out of the lead Headhunter and starts across the bay, flanked by the other Headhunter pilots (all Sullustans).
  • The crew descend the Tyche’s boarding ramp.
  • Zheng Shi appears pleasantly surprised at their presence.
    • Jiǎohuá explains that the crew don’t seem to be in league with the cartel, but instead were just sub-contractors.
    • Zed attempts to sell the crew as possible allies in Zheng Shi’s vendetta against the Vakat.
    • Vinal interjects, stating that the crew are untrustworthy and that he demands vengeance for his death of his brother.
  • Su’shi, for reasons that only make sense to a psychotic mass murdering Ewok, decides Vinal could do with a hug.
    • He moves towards the furious Sullustan.
    • Interpreting this as aggression, Vinal goes for his blaster.
    • Zed draws his pistol and points it at Vinal’s head before the pilot’s blaster clears its holster.
    • Zed politely requests that Vinal not force him to redecorate the hanger bay with Sullustan brains.
    • Vinal backs down, glowering.
  • Zheng Shi appears to accept that the crew aren’t slave traders.
    • Zed proposes that the crew continue working with the Cartel, and feed information back to Zheng Shi.
    • Zheng Shi agrees, though insists that Jiǎohuá stay with the crew to keep an eye on them.
  • The fleet jumps to drop the Tyche off at the edge of the Urce system.
    • Over the day long trip, the crew mingle with the pirates and learn the following things:
      • The core of the fleet is the Vengeance and it’s mostly Arcona crew.
      • Zheng Shi and the other Arcona were all slaves of the Cartel, working in the Cartel’s hidden glitterstim mine.
      • One day, about half the slaves were loaded aboard the Marauder corvette that would become the Vengeance.
      • Zheng Shi led a slave rebellion and took the ship.
      • Zheng Shi has not been able to locate the glitterstim mine and the remaining Arcona slaves.
      • The Vengeance and the El Jefe are crewed by the liberated slaves
      • Zheng Shi has formed alliances with the crew of a converted BFF-1 Bulk Freighter, the CLS-FYOU, and Vinal’s pilots.
      • Vinal’s fighter is a Heavy-95, not a stock Headhunter.
  • The Tyche leaves the Vengeance and lands at Spaceport 3.
    • Zed mouths off to Lt. Bisbcox.
    • He gets knocked down by a stormtrooper.
  • The crew go the Foundry.
    • Seeing them, Sithka leads them past the line and through the kitchen. The crew don’t need to surrender their weapons.
    • The crew walk along the mezzanine and into the an office.
      • They pass three young human males. Zed and Renaldo recognise two of them as the café patrons they overheard talking about Cha’d and his awesome spice.
      • “Holy crap, Cha’d, those are the two ali…two guys who were arrested at Strauss. They must be serious players, to beat a fraud rap. So badass…, look at his sword.”
    • A 30 something Zyggerian is seated behind a desk. Su’shi recognises him as the Zygerrian he saw meeting the Duros.
  • The Zygerian explains that there is a weekly shipment of 8 crates of Glitterstim that leaves Urce on a Consolidated Logistic Solutions freighter.
    • Imperial customs is notified of the shipments in advance, and bribed to let them through.
    • Over the last couple of months, shipments have been hit by pirates, who know exactly which crates to steal.
    • This week’s shipment was split – half the shipment went out on the freighter, and the other half went out on the Tyche.
      • The Imperials were notified of the shipment on the Tyche, but no one in the Cartel except for Sithka knew about the crew’s involvement.
      • The Imperials were NOT notified of the shipment on the CLS freighter.
    • The pirates attacked the Tyche, yet the CLS freighter arrived on Baccarana unmolested.
    • Therefore, the leak is in Imperial customs.
    • The crew deliver the holodisk that was given to them by F3N1X.
  • The Zygerian gives the crew VIP wristbands and tells them to stay in touch.
  • The crew leave the office and set out to get rickety-rickety-rekt on the Cartel’s dime.

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