Edge of the Empire: Tyche & Nemesis

Season 4, Episode 1 -THE HANGOVER

"I'm sorry the biology got in the way of the chemistry."

  • RENALDO wakes up, in the communal area of the Tyche.
    • He has a headache, a loose tooth and a full bladder.
    • He stumbles into the refresher, disregarding the detritus around him.
    • He settles down on the refresher to relieve himself, but almost immediately jumps up, a stabbing pain in his left buttock.
  • The rest of the crew are woken up as the HERGLIC runs out of the refresher, sans trousers and with a small DIANOGA biting into his left buttock.
    • RENALDO tears the cephalopod from his posterior and throws into the galley’s sink, where it promptly squeezes through the plughole and down the drain.
  • The crew look around and survey the damage.
    • As well as the circular wound on his left arsecheek, RENALDO has a black eye, a wobbly tooth and dried blood around his blow hole. His knuckles are swollen and bruised, and there is a large cut on his forearm.
    • GAVYN’s lips are blue, as if he’s been back on the Booster Blue.
    • SU’SHI’s fur has been dyed bright pink.
    • CAPTAIN ZED’s throat is incredibly sore. He coughs up a little bit of blood.
    • There are two young human males in the lounge – one is passed out on the floor, and the other is taped to the ceiling.
  • The last thing the crew remembers is leaving the ZYGERRIAN’s office at the foundry wearing VIP wristbands.
    • They met three young human males from BACCARANA:
      • TUC’A, who is currently taped to the ceiling;
      • CHE’T, who is curled up on the floor;
      • and CHA’D, who is nowhere to be found.
    • TUC’A and CHE’T saw RENALDO and ZED get arrested on BACCARANA.
    • The three dudebros were really impressed with the badass pirate crew.
  • TUC’A doesn’t stir as his communicator beeps – GAVYN and RENALDO cut him down and answer the call.
    • A hologram of an attractive 30 something human woman appears.
      • She appears distressed.
    • She asks after TUC’A – GAVYN advises that the young human is “indisposed.”
    • She asks after her son, CHA’D – she has being trying to reach him for hours, she needs to talk to him about his father.
    • GAVYN advises TAM’I that they don’t know where CHA’D is, but will track him down.
    • TAM’I ends the call.
  • TUC’A is now conscious, though barely.
    • The crew ask him where CHA’D is, and advise that his mother is looking for him.
    • TUC’A does not recall where CHA’D is, but urges the crew to find him.
      • CHA’D’s parents are loaded and there surely would be a reward.
  • GAVYN used to TUC’A’s communicator to call CHA’D.
    • The call is unable to connect.
    • GAVYN recognises that it is not regular interference, but instead military grade jamming.
  • The crew leave the Tyche, leaving JIAOHUA to nurse the hungover dudebros.
    • As they pass through the cargo hold, GAVYN notices a duffel bag stuffed up on a high shelf.
    • He pulls down the high quality, branded duffel, and opens it.
    • It is full of low denomination cred-chips. Counting them out would take hours, but it is at least 5000 credits.
    • Unable to recall where the money came from, the crew give it to JIAOHUA and he hides it in his room.
  • The crew set off to find CHA’D.
    • Leaving the landing bay, they notice that a spaceship has set down in a vacant lot opposite the landing bay.
    • There is a large neon sign on the side of the ship – “UNCLE BO’S SEAFOOD SHACK”
    • A hatch on the side of the ship is open, and through it they can see large tanks of live seafood, and a QUARREN selling the seafood to passersby.
  • The QUARREN waves at the crew and asks how they are feeling this morning.
    • He offers to make them spicy fish egg kebabs.
      • GAVYN manages to hold the contents of his stomach down, but only just.
      • RENALDO and SU’SHI are not so lucky.
      • ZED takes two. He fails to notice that the fish eggs are not COLO CLAW FISH caviar as advertised, but instead still live DIANOGA eggs.
    • The Quarren tells the crew that they came by the seafood shack at three in the morning, considerably intoxicated.
      • The crew and the two humans they were with had spicy fish egg kebabs.
      • The crew payed for the kebabs out of a large duffel bag full of credsticks.
      • SU’SHI’s fur was already bright pink.
    • The crew head to the FOUNDRY, ZED munching on his second kebab.
  • The FOUNDRY is closed, but the crew slip in through the kitchen which is taking deliveries.
    • They find SITHKA stacking tables, picking up the heavy furniture with ease.
    • When SITHKA sees the crew, he roars and bellows.
      • ZED cowers in fear. The rest of the crew know this is how BARABEL’S laugh
      • “Fooling around in the dye works were you?” the CARTEL enforcer asks the pink EWOK.
    • The crew explains that they cannot recall last night.
    • SITHKA fills them in with what happened.

FLASHBACK: THE ANOOBA PACK

  • The crew exited the ZYGERRIAN’s office, and started drinking with CHE’T, TUC’A and CHA’D.
    • The crew take advantage of their VIP wristbands, getting bottle service and running the poor TWI’LEK waitress off her feet.
    • The three dudebros are in awe of this badass pirate crew.
    • After many hours of carousing, CHA’D suggests that they go out and see the real URCE.
      • A man at the bar mentioned that there was a title fight at a local bar called the RANCOR PIT.
    • The crew order one last round of shots.
      • “To the ANOOBA pack! AWOOOOO!”
      • ZED notices that his shot tastes a little off, and there’s a slight residue in the bottom of the glass.
      • Looking into the crowd, he catches a fleeting glimpse of the waitress who delivered the drinks – it isn’t the TWI’LEK who was waiting on them, but she does seem familiar.

THE MORNING AFTER

  • Taking their leave of SITHKA, the crew decide to head to the RANCOR PIT.
  • On the way, they stop at general store to by some bottled water.
    • While the crew is roaming the aisles, an attractive ZABRAK woman in spacer garb approaches GAVYN.
      • “Hi GAVYN, it’s me, TOXI…from the KESSEL RUM?”
      • TOXI explains that she’s very sorry about what happened last night.
      • She seems more surprised than hurt that GAVYN is unable to recall her.
      • GAVYN asks after CHA’D – TOXI advises that she saw CHA’D at the KESSEL RUM.
      • ZED was shouting the whole bar drinks, paying from a duffel bag.
      • SU’SHI was bright pink.
    • TOXI excuses herself, saying she has to get running to pick up a cargo on time.
    • As she leaves, she kisses GAVYN on the cheek.
      • “I’m sorry that the biology got in the way of the chemistry.”
      • GAVYN’s cheek tingles slightly where it was kissed.

FLASHBACK: THE KESSEL RUM

  • The crew and the three dudebros stop off for a nightcap at a spacer bar near the landing pads called THE KESSEL RUM.
    • ZED starts shouting the bar drinks, paying from the duffel bag full of cash.
    • SU’SHI’s pink fur attracts a lot of attention.
    • RENALDO is icing his knuckles.
  • While GAVYN is at the bar, an attractive ZABRAK female in spacers garb comments on his HYPERSPACE NAVIGATORS GUILD jacket.
    • A conversation sparks up:
      • The ZABRAK’s name is TOXI, and she is a “courier” with her own small, fast ship.
      • They compete with tall tales of remote systems and narrow escapes – GAVYN impresses with a frankly improbable tale involving a supernova, the rings of a gas giant and MYNOCK induced power failure.
  • GAVYN and TOXI kiss, hesitantly at first and then with increasing passion.
    • They eventually come up for air.
      • GAVYN’s lips are burning and he’s short of breath.
      • No, seriously, his lips feeling like they on fire, are rapidly turning bright blue, and his throat is closing up.
      • TOXI is mortified – “This has never happened before.”
  • SU’SHI performs an emergency tracheotomy, and stabilises GAVYN.
    • TOXI is very apologetic – apparently a tiny percentage of HUMANs have an allergic reaction to compounds in ZABRAK saliva.

THE MORNING AFTER

  • GAVYN is staring at the bottle of water in his hand.
    • He absently scratches at the base of his throat, peeling off the small patch of synthskin that was covering the healing tracheotomy scar.
  • The rest of the crew give GAVYN a hard time about his lack of luck with the ladies, as they head towards the RANCOR PIT.
  • As they approach the fighting pit, the see the UNDERTAKER and his GAMORREAN GRAVEDIGGERS outside the abandoned building opposite the RANCOR PIT.
    • A faded sign on the abandoned building reads “CONSOLIDATED PIGMENT SOLUTIONS”
    • The UNDERTAKER are loading some corpses into the back of a hearse.
    • The crew approaches the PAU’AN and asks him what’s going on – he explains that there was a fairly serious firefight in the building early in the morning – six dead.
    • The UNDERTAKER looks at SU’SHI – “You didn’t have anything to do with this do you?”
    • GAVYN explains that they honestly don’t know.
    • The UNDERTAKER sighs, and says he will hide any evidence that he finds that might implicate them.
    • The hearse pulls away.
  • The crew cross the street to the RANCOR PIT.
    • The door is closed and there is no sign of life.
    • The crew go around the back.
    • GAVYN attempts to pick the lock on the backdoor.
      • He fails to open the door, but disables the alarm.
      • RENALDO kicks the door in.
  • Sending SU’SHI ahead to scout, the crew explore the dark and deserted bar.
    • They enter the main room – a coliseum like space with concentric rings of seats descending to a fighting pit.
    • Behind the top row of seats is a bar – a stuffed trophy of young RANCOR, about 2.5 meters tall, hangs above the bar.

FLASHBACK: THE BUTCHER OF THE BUTCHER OF PLATOOINE NINE

  • The crew and the dudebros enter the RANCOR PIT.
    • SU’SHI isn’t pink, all three dudebros are present, and there are no mysterious duffels full of cash.
    • The place is heaving with people.
    • It is a much rougher crowd than the FOUNDRY – lots of blades and all the blasters have their power packs.
  • The crew approach the bar, and order drinks from a RODIAN.
    • As he pours the beers, another bartender whispers in the RODIANs ear, who promptly starts cursing.
    • As the crew take a swig, a HUMAN male at the other end of the bar exclaims: “Hey, that’s RENALDO! That’s the HERGLIC who killed the BUTCHER OF PLATOOINE NINE!”
    • Hearing this, the RODIAN propositions RENALDO
      • The challenger for tonight’s title fight has just OD’d in his dressing room.
      • If RENALDO is willing to step into the ring against the RANCOR PITS reigning champion, a LUTRILLIAN.
        • He will get paid a 1000 credit appearance fee, a further 1000 credits if he lasts to the third round, and 3000 credits if he wins
    • RENALDO agrees, and the RODIAN goes off to announce the new title fight.
  • At the news that the BUTCHER OF THE BUTCHER OF PLATOOINE NINE would be stepping into the ring tonight, the betting goes wild – the odds on the reigning champion have blown out 10 to 1.
    • CHA’D proposes to bet 2000 of his own credits (plus whatever the crew throws in)against RENALDO.
    • RENALDO throws the fight in the third round.
    • CHA’D will collect his winnings (at least 20,000 credits) and then meet the crew in the abandoned building across the road.
    • They will then split the winnings 50/50 (for a return of at least 10,000 credits).
    • The crew agree, and ZED adds an extra 500 credits to CHA’D’s stake.
  • CHA’D slips off to place the bet, and the crew wait for the fight to start.
  • “Let’s get ready to RUMBLEEEE!”
    • The fight is closely fought, with both the combatants getting in solid hits.
    • SU’SHI, acting as RENALDO’s fight doctor, slips him an unidentifiable substance that invigorates RENALDO, and gives him a slight advantage.
    • In the third round, RENALDO traps the LUTRILLIAN’s arm, but deliberately leave his side open and lets the LUTRILLIAN deliver some crushing body blows.
    • He manages to “sell” the fall, and the fight is called in the champion’s favour.
  • The crew slip out as soon as they are able.

THE MORNING AFTER

  • The crew leave the RANCOR PIT, and cross the street to the DYE WORKS.
    • As he look up at the looming structure, SU’SHI is struck by vertigo and feeling of falling..
    • The crew enter the building.
    • The DYE WORKS is a large, open space.
    • The crew walk out onto a cross shaped gantry that spans over vats, some still half full of dye.
    • The WESTERN half of roof has collapsed.
    • There are signs of a firefight everywhere.
    • Of particular interest is a very large scorch mark from a high powered blaster weapon on the floor of the EASTERN gantry.

FLASHBACK: SU’SHI MUST DYE!

  • The crew are waiting for CHA’D at the NORTHERN end of the gantry, opposite the SOUTH facing entrance.
    • CHA’D enters through the doors carrying a large duffle bag, and walks towards the middle of the room, cheering and whooping.
    • When he reaches the intersection of the two gantries in the middle of the DYE WORKS, the door bursts open again, and the RODIAN proprietor of the RANCOR PIT enters, flanked by 4 KLATOONIANS.
  • Upon seeing CHA’D meeting with the crew, the RODIAN curses – “I knew it! The BUTCHER OF THE BUTCHER OF PLATOOINE NINE doesn’t go down that easy!”
    • The RODIAN and his thugs open fire.
      • CHE’T and TUC’A hide behind the crew.
      • With a yelp, CHA’D dives behind some crates on the EASTERN gantry.
  • As the blaster bolts fly, the LUTRILLIAN pit fighter bursts through a door on the EASTERN gantry, behind CHA’D.
    • Before the LUTRILLIAN re-arranges CHA’D’s features, a stray blaster bolt strikes the thug and kills him
      • None of the crew notice that this blaster bolt came through the hole in the WESTERN roof of the building, and was significantly more powerful than that from a regular blaster pistol.
  • RENALDO, ZED and GAVYN exchange fire with the RODIAN and his thugs, as SU’SHI climbs under the gantry and monkey-bars along the underside.
    • The RODIAN is blown away as SU’SHI clambers back up onto the gantry.
    • The EWOK pulls his net gun from his backpack, and fires it at the four remaining thugs.
    • The KLATOONIANs get tangled up in the net and stumble over the edge of the gantry.
    • However, SU’SHI forgets to disengage the tow cable from the net, and is dragged over the edge after them!
  • The KLATOONIANs and SU’SHI land in a dye vat still half full of pink dye.
    • After a tense few seconds, SU’SHI surfaces, fur dyed bright pink.
    • The KLATOONIANs fail to surface.

THE MORNING AFTER

  • The crew leave the DYE WORKS, and head to the KESSEL RUM.
    • Once they arrive, the crew order some lunch and ask the bartender what happened the night before.
      • The bartender has a good laugh over GAVYN’s ill-fated liaison with TOXI – he remarks the swelling has gone done.
      • After GAVYN was stabilised, the crew left in search of “street meat”, CHE’T and TUC’A in tow.
      • CHA’D left shortly afterwards, with a regular – IKUKO TOGURI.
      • When pressed, the bartender reveals that the IKUKO is a regular at the bar.
      • She works as a secretary in Imperial Customs and once got TOXI’s ship out of impound.
  • GAVYN comm.’s JIAOHUA back on the TYCHE, and ask him to look into IKUKO’s employee file.
    • A short time later, the ARCONA calls back, and advises that IKUKO had her last shift last night, and is now scheduled for 3 days off.
    • He provides IKUKO’s home address – apartment 302 in an apartment complex in the “nice” end of town.
  • The crew finish their meals and head to IKUKO’s apartment.
    • The neighbourhood changes – cleaner, with nicer shops and no abandoned buildings.
    • As they near the apartment, they pass a squad of stormtroopers at the end of the block.
  • IKUKO’s apartment is on the top floor of a three story structure.
    • They ascend the elevator, and ZED presses the intercom.
    • A HUMAN male answers.
    • ZED states they are friends of IKUKO and are looking for her.
    • The HUMAN male says that IKUKO is out and that they should come back in a little while.
    • ZED shrugs and moves as if to leave, before kicking the door down.
  • ZED is standing in the doorway, flanked by the rest of the crew.
    • The HUMAN male who answered the intercom is groaning underneath the door.
    • IKUKO and CHA’D are sitting on a couch.
    • They are flanked by a number of armed soldiers, and a familiar HUMAN male with a scar over his eye.
  • “Not these scragging NERF herders again!”

FLASHBACK: STREET MEAT!

META: I’ve decided that the crew DIDN’T remember their late night kebab, and where the DIANOGA in the refresher came from.

Think of this as ominous foreshadowing.

  • The crew, CHE’T and TUC’A leave the KESSEL RUM and go looking for street meat!
    • They find UNCLE BO’s SEAFOOD SHACK.
    • The crew get spicy fish egg kebabs.
    • ZED pays from the duffel bag.
      • A handful of toughs start eyeing the bag of credits, but RENALDO gives them the eye and they back off.
    • ZED fails to notice that his kebab contains a DIANOGA egg that is just about to hatch.
  • The crew go back to the TYCHE, tape TUC’A to the ceiling after he passes out first, and then fall asleep themselves.
    • An hour or so later, ZED wakes up and stumbles to the refresher.
    • He heaves and retches as the newly hatched DIANOGA climbs up his throat, before vomiting it into the refresher.
    • ZED then stumbles back to the common area and falls asleep.

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