Edge of the Empire: Tyche & Nemesis

Season 4, Episode 2 – THE GAUNTLET!

“Such a nice young man....”

  • EE’FOEA DE’MILLE sits at a card table in a smoky room.
    • The only other SABAAC player left is a BOTHAN, NITHA POCAARN.
    • It’s the final hand of the game, and EE’FOEA risks losing 100 credits. If EE’FOEA wins the hand, however, they stand to make over 500 credits.
  • EE’FOEA looks at their hand – not the worst cards, but close.
    • The ARKANIAN leans back and fixes NITHA with a stare.
    • With a sigh, the BOTHAN folds.
    • EE’FOEA grins and reveals their cards –NITHKA buries his face in his hands.

*Just as EE’FOEA has finished pocketing their winnings, there is the sounds of blaster fire, and an enormous crash.

  • An enormous HERGLIC crashes through the ceiling, followed by a HUMAN, a NAUTOLAN and a bright pink EWOK!

Previously…..

  • ZED is standing in the doorway of IKUKO TOGURI’s , 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!”
  • The REBEL SOLDIERS point their weapons at the crew.
    • ZED raises his arms in a placatory gesture.
    • “We’re just here to collect our friend CHA’D – “ (who the crew notice appears to have been crying) “ – Seeing as there happens to be an IMPERIAL patrol outside, maybe we can resolve this peacefully.”
  • The HUMAN male motions to the window and a REBEL SOLDIER walks over to the window.
    • The SOLDIER deactivates the privacy screen, revealing an IMPERIAL AT-ST!
  • The giant walker opens fire with its chin-mounted blasters, shredding the poor SOLDIER and filling the apartment with blaster fire and smoke!
  • Out in the hallway, the turbolift doors open, revealing a squad of STORMTROOPERS.
    • Thinking quickly, SU’SHI fires his netgun, trapping the STORMTROOPERS inside as ZED throws a grenade into the lift.
    • The door closes on the panicking STORMTROOPERS, before the grenade detonates with a dull ”whump”.
  • As another STORMTROOPER squad rushes up the stairs, the crew follow CHA’D and the surviving REBELS up a ladder hidden in a closet to the roof of the building.
    • They see IKUKO push CHA’D off the roof, before jumping after him.
    • They run to the edge and see that IKUKO and CHA’D have slid down an angled roof to the roof of the building next door.
  • RENALDO leaps off the roof as the AT-ST opens fire, striking the HERGLIC in the shoulder.
    • The rest of the crew follow, sliding down the sloped roof as blaster bolts explodes all around them.
  • The roof collapses under RENALDO and he falls through the ceiling of NITHA’s living room, crushing the card table.
    • SU’SHI and GAVYN fall through after him, their fall broken by the HERGLIC’s body.
    • ZED lands on NITHA, knocking the poor BOTHAN unconscious.
  • ZED apologises to EE’FOEA for the intrusion – just a slight misunderstanding with the IMPERIALS.
    • At the mention of “IMPERIALS”, EE’FOEA bolts for the door.
    • The crew look at each other, and move to follow the gambler out the door and down the stairs.
    • Before they leave, IKUKO sticks her head through the hole in the roof:
      • “Get to the rendezvous point at East 2377 by North 34473.”
      • IKUKO then flees, as blaster bolts fly about her head
  • EE’FOEA knows that in buildings like this one, there is often access to the underground utility tunnels.
    • Upon reaching the ground floor, the ARKANIAN loops back around and starts trying to open the door under the stairs
  • GAVYN is next down the stairs.
    • Not seeing EE’FOEA in the hall, GAVYN stops dead.
    • ZED, barrelling down the stairs, is forced to leap over GAVYN.
    • The NAUTOLAN arcs through the air and somersaults to his feet at the door, blaster pistol drawn and pointed between the eyes of the elderly CHADRA-FAN woman who had just entered, carrying her groceries.
  • This being URCE, the CHADRA-FAN immediately drops her shopping and draws a sawn off blaster rifle.
    • ZED immediately apologises, and offers to help carry her bags.
    • The squad of STORMTROOPERS across the street just see a polite young man helping his elderly neighbour carry her heavy bags.
  • As ZED walks up the stairs to the old woman’s apartment (eliciting strange looks from the rest of the crew), EE’FOEA kicks the looked basement door open, falling over in the process.
    • Hearing this, GAVYN turns around and spots the ARKANIAN.
    • GAVYN helps EE’FOEA to their feet, and GAVYN, RENALDO, SU’SHI and EEFOEA head into the basement.
  • ZED helps the CHADRA-FAN to her apartment.
    • She gives him a beer as a token of her appreciation.
    • As ZED turns to leave, she pinches his arse and shuts her door.
  • ZED enters the basement, propping the door back up in its frame.
    • The crew open a hatch in the floor, and drop down into the maze of utility tunnels that run beneath URCE’s streets.
  • Near the entrance to the tunnels, GAVYN finds a maintenance panel.
    • Opening it, he finds a ATMOSPHERE SENSOR and a datapad containing a maintenance log.
    • Reading the datapad, GAVYN deduces that a maintenance crew comes down roughly every 6 months, stays down in the tunnels for couple of days, then returns to the surface.
    • The last three entries indicate that:
      • Two weeks ago, MAINTENANCE CREW 37 entered the tunnels, and have yet to sign out.
      • One week ago, MAINTENANCE CREW 38 entered the tunnels, and signed out two days later.
      • Three days ago, MAINTENANCE CREW 39 entered the tunnels, and have yet to sign out.
  • Compared to 5-dimensional astrogation, GAVYN finds it rather easy to figure out the route to the rendezvous with the REBELS
    • The service tunnels run under the streets of URCE, following the same grid pattern.
    • The rendezvous is at the intersection of 2377 WEST streets and 34473 NORTH streets.
    • The crew are under 2381 WEST street, between 34471 NORTH and 34470 NORTH.
  • The crew need to travel 2.5 blocks NORTH, and 4 blocks EAST, a not inconsiderable distance.
    • The crew set off.
  • After a short while, the crew approach a hole in the side of the tunnel.
    • The ATMOSPHERE SENSOR in GAVYN’s hand starts to sound an alarm, indicating rising levels of AMMONIA and other gases dangerous to most oxygen breathing lifeforms.
    • Through the force, EE’FOEA senses the presence a single life form in the hole.
    • As the crew edge past the tunnel, eyes stinging from the gases in the air, they see that a translucent plastic sheet across the hole.
    • Behind the sheet, a thick mist roils and twists.
  • Moving along the tunnel, the crew start to notice gang signs in blue pigment on the walls.
    • GAVYN notices that the signs are in a WEEQUAY script.
  • The crew reach a plastic curtain across the tunnel.
    • Peaking through the curtain, the crew see a large number of WEEQUAY guarding an intersection.
      • In the centre of the intersection, there is a barricade with a mounted heavy repeating blaster.
  • Noticing the crew, the WEEQUAYS draw their weapons and power up the mounted blaster.
    • The WEEQUAYS seem rather unconcerned, and tell the crew to turn around.
    • ZED attempts to brazen their way through, telling them that they are working for SITHKA.
    • The GANG LEADER laughs, and says they all work for SITHKA.
    • The GANG LEADER motions for ZED to join him behind the barricade.
  • Using a holographic communicator, the GANG LEADER calls the FOUNDRY.
    • The TWI’LEK waitress from the night before answers, and the GANG LEADER asks for SITHKA.
    • SITHKA appears and asks ZED what the hell they are doing in that sector.
    • ZED states they are following up on a lead on who in IMPERIAL CUSTOMS is leaking information about CARTEL shipments to the PIRATES.
    • SITHKA is furious:
      • “You were told not to move on that!!! Please tell me this IMPERIAL RAID is nothing to do with you?”
    • ZED explains that the crew were just in the wrong place at the wrong time (not technically a lie).
    • SITHKA seems to accept this explanation.
    • He tells the GANG LEADER that the crew should be allowed to move on, but that they are not, under any circumstances, travel SOUTH EAST of their current location.
    • ZED agrees, and the crew head NORTH from the intersection.
  • After heading NORTH for a little while, the crew cross an intersection.
    • In the middle of the intersection, the crew glance down the WESTERN tunnel, and start when they see an IMPERIAL PATROL at SHORT range.
    • The IMPERIALS are looking away and the crew attempt to slip across the intersection unnoticed.
    • ZED, EE’FOEA, and RENALDO scamper across the intersection unnoticed, but GAVYN and SU’SHI are caught flatfooted.
  • “Halt, or we will open fire!” orders the STORMTROOPER SERGEANT
    • SU’SHI dives for the SOUTHERN entrance to the intersection.
    • The STORMTROOPERS open fire, rushing towards the intersection
    • GAVYN is caught in the open and seriously injured, before limping to join SU’SHI.
    • The STORMTROOPERS advance out into the intersection, and are gunned down by the rest of the CREW.
    • Seeing his squad cut down, the STORMTROOPER throws a FRAG GRENADE into the INTERSECTION, and retreats, comms’ing for back up.
    • GAVYN and SU’SHI are knocked unconscious by the explosion, seriously injured.
    • As EE’FOEA jabs SU’SHI with a STIMPACK to revive the EWOK, RENALDO shoots and seriously injures the STORMTROOPER SERGEANT.
    • In a display of daring swordsmanship, ZED launches himself past the HERGLIC and stabs the SERGEANT in the throat.
      • RENALDO is too overcome with rage to notice ZED’s heroics, and the rest of the crew aren’t looking.
    • As RENALDO, blinded by rage, punches the STORMTROOPER’s corpse, crushing the helmet and the skull underneath it, SU’SHI stabilises GAVYN and brings him around.
  • Seeing that SU’SHI has recovered, RENALDO ceases his attempts to reduce the SERGEANT’S head to the consistency of raspberry jam.
    • He takes the STORMTROOPER’s heavy blaster rifle.
  • Hearing the sounds of pursuit, the crew run for the rendezvous point.
  • After a while, they pause to catch their breath in an intersection.
    • ZED climbs a ladder to a manhole in the streets above.
    • As he climbs, he hears a repetitive thunking noise and the ladder vibrates.
    • He inches the manhole cover up, but before he can peek out, the cover slams down as if stepped on by a giant.
  • The exit blocked, and hearing blaster fire from the SOUTH, the crew run EAST towards the rendezvous point.
  • They reach a cave in, however, start to squeeze through a gap in the rubble at the sounds of STORMTROOPERS behind them.
    • The gap turns and switches back on itself multiple times, though the general direction is DOWN and SOUTH.
    • The gap widens, and the crew come out into a more open space.
      • As he squeezes out, RENALDO brings the roof down behind the crew, collapsing the route through the rubble.
    • Even GAVYN is now lost, but correctly surmises that they have entered the UNDERGROUND – old buildings, utility tunnels, and what were streets and sidewalk from the early days of the Expansion Region, that were since covered by the streets and factories on the surface.
  • The crew move through the UNDERGROUND.
    • Unlike the well maintained (by UNDERGROUND standards) tunnels above, the UNDERGROUND is completely ruined – the crew is forced to squeeze through narrow gaps, wade through chest deep water or double back in the pitch dark, illuminated only by a handful of glowrods.
    • There are still signs of life however, with the crew noticing markings sprayed on the walls at certain points.
      • The crew realises that the markings are maintenance markings – “GAS LINE HERE” etc.
  • Eventually, as the crew wade out of a tunnel full of hip deep black water (mid thigh on RENALDO and constantly going up SU’SHI’s nose), they come across what appears to be a camp.
    • Exploring the camp, GAVYN comes across a data pad, and a large CUTTING TORCH
    • It is a log of MAINTENANCE CREW 37 efforts to identify who or what is draining significant amounts of power from SPACEPORT 3’s municipal grid.
      • The content of the log is purely technical, noting various maintenance issues.
  • RENALDO brushes against the wall behind the campsite.
    • The crew notice that the wall and his shoulder have started to fluoresce where they touched.
    • Examining it closely, the wall (and RENALDO) is covered with fine fibres that fluoresce when touched.
    • After so long in the gloom of the tunnels, ZED and GAVYN are quite taken with this and start to finger paint on the walls.
    • EE’FOEA stares at the wall for a while, sure that they have heard of this phenomena.
    • As the ARKANIAN becomes aware of three life forces at the edge of their awareness, the credstick drops.
      • These webs are made by VOID SPIDERS, the giant spiders native to KESSEL.
      • These webs are processed to make the spice GLITTERSTIM.
      • The SPIDERS are drawn to the glowing webs when prey brush up against them and cause them to fluoresce.
    • EE’FOEA quickly conveys this to the crew, and suggests that they aren’t alone.
  • ZED looks up and sees an enormous VOID SPIDER clinging to the wall above him, readying itself to pounce.
    • ZED shoots and misses, however, his shoot alerts the crew to the beast and a barrage of blaster fire tears it apart.
    • A second spider leaps from the darkness, landing on RENALDO and knocking him down.
    • The spider looms over the HERGLIC, slashing at him with its spiked forelimbs.
    • SU’SHI shoots the SPIDER with his net gun, and it falls off RENALDO, its limbs TANGLED in the net.
    • EE’FOA reaches into the mind of the third SPIDER, convincing it that the TANGLED SPIDER is in fact prey.
  • As the two behemoths battle, the crew slip away through a shadowed doorway, and enter a vast, dark space.
    • They come across six large cocoons.
    • EE’FOA detects a single living presence in one of the cocoons.
    • The crew cut it down and tear away the (non-glowing) webbing.
    • There is a HUMAN MALE inside the cocoon. He appears to be struggling to breathe.
    • SU’SHI tries to stabilise him, and gestures to ZED to clear the man’s airway.
    • As ZED opens the man’s mouth, he sees a VOID SPIDER the size of his fist start to climb out of the MAN’s throat.
  • Cursing, ZED draws his duelling pistol, shoves it into the VICTIM’s mouth and pulls the trigger.
    • The report echoes around the chamber as thousands of eyes are lit up by the muzzle flash.

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