Edge of the Empire: Tyche & Nemesis

S01E01 - A JOB OF ICE & FIRE
"Boulder. Boulder! BOULDER!" CRUNCH "Sigh."

The crew of the Tyche have been hired to recover a shipment of blaster rifles, lost during the Clone Wars, by the being known only as “the Undertaker”

They’ve tracked the shipment to the wrecked hulk of an old freighter, embedded in the ice of a comet – a comet diving into the heart of an uncharted sun.

Will the crew recover the rifles before the comet breaks apart, or will they meet a fiery end?

The Tyche closes on the comet, space dust scraping on the shields. Captain Zed is at the controls, with Gavyn Fre’way in the co-pilots chair. Renaldo is knocking on the door of the janitors closet that doubles as Su’shi’s bunk/mad science lab.

META: With adventure logs, I’m just going to write a super barebones summary of each session so we know where things stand. Feel free to embellish or add to it, or to write your own.

  • The Tyche closes on the comet.
    • Captain Zed fails to notice an enormous boulder that scrapes down the side of the ship.
    • Renaldo catches Su’shi, saving him from a nasty concussion.
    • Gavyn successfully scans for both the crashed freighter and a safe landing site (a triumph).
    • The freighter has no power and no life signs.
  • The crew leaves the Tyche.
    • They are wearing the nice shiny space suits, that Captain Zed sprung, for the last time they were on a civilised planet (a Force point)
    • The gravity on the comet is extremely low – this makes some things very easy, and other things much harder.
  • They reach the wrecked freighter.
    • It juts out of the comet at a 45 degree angle.
    • The stern has been shorn off and is open to space.
    • There is a hatch at ‘ground level’.
  • Renaldo ties a rope around Su’shi’s waist and throws the Ewok up towards the open stern of the freighter.
    • Rather than kicking off from a spar, as planned, and shooting down into the freighter’s hold, Su’shi instead smashes into the spar headfirst (taking strain).
  • Su’shi looks down the hold of the freighter (essentially a open ended cylinder).
    • The hold is extremely well lit by the nearby sun (Advantages).
    • Thanks to the recent knock on the head, Su’shi fails to notice a CR90 corvette keeping station on the other side of the comet (a despair)
    • There are signs of an enormous explosion (there is a scorched fragment of metal which has Warning: Thermal Detonators printed on it.
    • There are three coffin sized crates resting against the floor about half way along the hold.
  • Su’shi unties the rope and starts to float gently down the hold, signalling the all clear using his communicator.
  • Renaldo pries open the door and the rest of the crew walk through a darkened corridor into the hold.
  • When Su’shi is about half way to the crates, a voice transmits over an open comms channel, telling the crew to hold it right there.
    • A space suited figure is heroically backlit in the opening of the hold.
    • Captain Zed tries to strike an equally heroic pose. He fails.
    • It is medium range from Su’shi & long range from the rest of crew.
  • The figure states it is here to recover the blasters for the Rebel Alliance, and that it would be good for the crew if they just handed over the blasters.
    • The crew negotiate to split the blasters 50/50.
    • Su’shi is to halt his descent near the blasters, and one of the Rebel soldiers will come down the hold to split up the third crate.
  • Gavyn notices that the hold is divided into thirds by emergency bulk heads, that can be closed by mechanical levers (they do not need power to work).
    • Conveniently, there is one bulkhead door between the blasters and the rebels.
  • The crew get greedy and everything goes to shit.
    • Su’shi goes for the lever, and gets it half way pulled, partially closing the bulkhead.
    • The Rebel leader heroically dives down the hold, blaster pistol in each hand – he gets shot. A lot.
    • The crew manage to close the bulkhead.
    • Before it closes, they see one of the Rebel soldiers rescue the fallen figure of the Rebel leader and a large ship nose into view at the end of the hold.
  • The crew grab the crates
    • In normal gravity, they would weigh several hundred kilos. On the comet, Captain Zed can carry one, and Renaldo carries the other two.
  • The crew run out the hatch, as the wreck explodes behind them.
    • Renaldo is unmoved by the blast. Gavyn and Su’shi successfully tuck, duck and roll. Capatin Zed is knocked flying and drops his crate.
    • There is a Correllian CR90 Corvette floating in space above them.
  • The crew run for the lives, across a comet that is now breaking apart!
    • Su’shi and Renaldo successfully leap across to the piece of comet the Tyche is attached to.
    • Gavyn and Captain Zed go flying off in space – fortunately Renaldo catches them.
  • The crew stumble aboard the Tyche, dropping the suddenly heavy crates to the deck.
    • Gavyn, slightly ahead of the rest of them, powers up the ship and takes off.
  • The CR90 is rounding the bulk of the disintegrating asteroid.
    • Gavyn punches it, but not before the corvette’s main turbolaser battery blows off the portside vertical stabiliser (10 points of damage).
  • After 20 hours in hyperspace, the Tyche limps into Spaceport 3.
    • Gavyn repairs 2 points of damage while in transit, and restores the system strain incurred.
    • The crew recover all their strain and wounds.
  • The ship lands, and is greeted by an Imperial Customs lieutenant, Lt. Bisbcox and a squad of storm troopers.
    • Bisbcox is well aware of Captain Zed’s notoriety and is suspicious.
    • Captain Zed states that they’ve landed to sample the local seafood.
    • A stormtrooper hits him, and Lt Bisbcox sweeps into the hold.
    • He remarks that HWK-290 light freighters don’t normally have a two decks (HWK-1000 freighters are a restricted design).
    • Gavyn says the ship was modified on Sullust. Lt. Bisbcox is sceptical, but appears to buy this explanation.
  • Lt. Bisbcox scans the hold. He pulls aside a tarpaulin with a flourish – to find nothing but a collection of swoop parts.
    • A flashback reveals that the crew and dropped the two crates into the sea while approaching the spaceport, to be picked up by the Gravediggers.
  • Lt Bisbcox leaves, but not before the Stormtroopers hit Zed a few more times.
  • Captain Zed stays with the ship, while the rest of the crew go to the funeral home to meet The Undertaker.
    • They arrive during the funeral of an Arcona salt addict. No one else is there except for an Arcona poet giving a reading.
    • It appears that the Undertaker has paid for the funeral out of his own pocket.
  • The crew tells the Undertaker what happened.
    • The Undertaker expresses concern about the presence of the Rebels.
    • He is concerned that Lasat may have tipped off the Rebels.
    • He asks the crew to meet with Lasat that night at the nightclub known as the Foundry and ask for his side of the story.
  • The crew get their pay out for the job. It is enough to pay to repair the ship, and 5000 credits beside (1000 credits each, plus 1000 to the ships kitty).
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S02E01 - THE FOUNDRY
"I'm gay - I was just so happy someone liked me."

At the behest of THE UNDERTAKER, the crew of the TYCHE are going to meet LASAT, the Bothan spy who provided the location of the blasters. The meet is at the FOUNDRY, SPACEPORT THREE’s hottest nightlcub, owned by Twi’lek DJ NAASAA VI.

What does LASAT have to say for himself?

Did he betray the crew?

Why was the REBEL ALLIANCE at the comet?

But first…. SHOPPING!

  • Concerned about the presence of the Rebel Alliance at the comet, the Undertaker asked the crew to meet with Lasat
    • The meet is that night at the Foundry.
    • The crew are to find out why the Rebel Alliance were at the comet. They are to lean on Lasat if necessary.
    • They have an encrypted credstick with Lasat’s payment.
  • But first…. SHOPPING!
    • The crew go to a large bazaar.
    • Captain Zed is wearing a terribly false moustache.
      • A trader sees this and sells him an excellent, genuine Wookie hair moustache with grooming kit for fifty credits.
      • This moustache is so good that, when Zed wears it, people tend to forget that Nautolans’ don’t have hair.
    • The crew find a good Bith armourer (stocks up to Rarity 5 items, both legal and illegal)
      • As per local regulations, most sidearms are legal. Civilian blaster rifles are legal, but military hardware and explosives are illegal for civilians.
    • Captain Zed slips a shopping list with a mix of illegal and legal weapons on it, along with 50 credits to the Bith.
      • The Bith fills the list as best he can from his shelf stock and “specialty” items ( a handful of grenades, some bandoleers).
    • Su’shi purchases a net gun, and a back pack to put it in. Both items are as big as the Ewok.
      • He is unable to get some chemical precursors thrown in.
    • Gavyn goes looking for components to convert his commlink into a hidden recording device.
      • He finds a junk store run by a pair of Ubese
      • He buys the components and a can of Booster Blue.
      • He makes the modifications to his commlink.
  • Shopping done, the crew go to the Foundry.
    • As they approach the line, the crew see a large black speeder flanked by a pair of swoops land on the rooftop pad.
    • The crew charm their way past the Barabel bouncer Sithka.
    • In the coat check, the crew surrender their weapons to the Twi’lek coat check. She looks exasperated at the sheer amount of firepower.
      • The coat check removes the power packs from the blasters and returns them (got to make sure the club looks dangerous).
      • Su’shi manages to smuggle his glass vials of neurotoxin past the second Barabel bouncer.
  • Once in the club, the crew spot a neck beardy Bothan at the end of the bar.
    • Captain Zed notices an attractive red-skinned female Togruta kiss the Bothan on the cheek and then leave the bar
    • Su’shi notices a Zygerrian, flanked by two heavies, enter the club on the mezzanine level. The Zygerrian is greeted warmly by Nissaa Vi.
    • Gavyn notices people around the sneakily swapping small opaque baggies for credsticks. He realises that the Foundry is a good place to score Glitterstim
  • The crew attempt to surreptitiously approach Lasat.
    • Su’shi and Gavyn succeed.
    • Zed roles both a Triumph and a Despair on his roll.
      • The Togruta notices someone approaching Lasat and leaves the club immediately (the Despair).
      • She does not get a good look at Zed’s features and wouldn’t recognise him if she saw him later (the Triumph).
  • Zed starts chatting with Lasat, who seems friendly.
    • Lasat explains that he hangs out in tapcaffs and bars, hacking insecure datapads for banking details and valuable information.
    • Anything he can’t action himself, he passes on to contacts like the Undertaker.
    • He attempts to demonstrate his abilities by hacking Gavyn’s datapad, but fails.
  • Lasat explains how he came across the information:
    • He hacked a datapad in a local tapcaff.
    • There was an email trail with a bunch of saucy images.
      • The images were of a human male, face visible, and a red skinned humanoid female, face obscured.
    • He downloaded the emails for later perusal, and noticed that the images were too large.
    • Examining the photos closely, he uncovered encrypted information:
      • The location of the blasters.
      • References to the establishment of “Rancor Base”.
      • ”Liberation has come to (system whose name I forget – Leighton?)”
    • He mentions that this was about a week and a half ago.
      • He also mentions that he started dating Ikuko about a week later and that they met in the same tapcaff.
    • Gavyn downloads the email conversation to his datapad.
  • Gavyn and Su’shi scan the bar for Ikuko
    • There is no sign of her (they feel confident she is no longer in the bar).
      • Su’shi notices that the Zygerrian is meeting with a Duros in a nice business suit. He points this out to Zed.
  • Zed grabs Lasat and they all make for the exit.
    • They grab their weapons.
    • They ask Sithka, who knows Ikuko, if she left.
      • The Barabel points down the street. The crew glimpse Ikuko disappearing around a corner, about a block (medium range) away.
  • Gavyn and Su’shi ran off after the Togruta
    • Zed pauses for a second, to ask Sithka who the Zygerian and the Duros were.
    • Sithka tells him to shut the hell up and stop asking dangerous questions.
    • Zed runs to catch up with the others, dragging Lasat along with him.
  • Using some good tradecraft and taking advantage of Su’shi’s small stature, the crew follow the mysterious Togruta.
    • She seen leaves the populated areas around Spaceport 3.
    • After walking for about an hour, she leaves an area of derelict factories and enters the slaglands.
  • Lasat sits in a gutter, dejected.
    • “The worst of it is, I’m gay – I was just so happy someone liked me.”
    • The crew call him a cab.
  • The crew pursue Ikuko through the slaglands.
    • They attempt to stealthily close the distance.
      • They fail, but Ikuko doesn’t know how many there are (failure with advantage), so she doesn’t confront them
    • Su’shi hears the very faint sounds of a ship landing.
  • The crew crest a rise.
    • They see a YT-2400 freighter that has obviously just landed
      • Gavyn notices that it is heavily modified to be as stealthy as possible.
    • The boarding ramp on the freighter lowers, and a human male steps out, followed by four heavily armed soldiers.
      • He would be the very handsome, except for a bandage above his left eye.
      • He’s the same human male from the emails.
  • The human male and Ikuko embrace and start talking quietly.
  • Suddenly, the Undertakers’ hearse arrives.
    • The Undertaker and the two Gamorrean grave diggers step out.
      • The Gamorreans unload the two crates of blasters from the back.
  • The Rebel Leader starts to get angry, holds up three fingers.
    • The rebels draw their weapons.
    • The Undertaker is confused.
  • The credstick drops:
    • Lasat got wind of the Rebel operation to recover the blasters.
    • He passed the info onto the Undertaker, who sent the crew to comet.
    • Ikuko, realising her datapad had been compromised, advised the Rebel Leader who mounted an operation to recover the blasters.
      • She also formed a relationship with Lasat, to determine the extent of the damage.
    • The crew essentially gatecrashed the Rebels salvage operation.

The Undertaker is now attempting to sell the blasters the crew stole, back to the Rebels they stole them from!

  • Su’shi attempts to sneak closer to the meeting, in case the shooting starts.
    • Ikoku calls out, saying she knew she was being followed.
    • Su’shi steps out into the light from the hearse
      • The Undertaker asks where the rest of crew is. Su’shi shrugs, looks adorable.
  • The Undertaker explains that it is all a misunderstanding.
    • The Rebel leader proposes that they call the blasters “A donation to the cause.”
    • The Undertaker successfully negotiates for half of the original price.
  • The Rebels board the freighter, which takes off and disappears into the night.
  • The crew reveal themselves.
    • The Undertaker sighs, and offers them a lift back to Spaceport 3
  • A couple of days later, the crew are lounging around the Tyche.
    • Gavyn is inspecting the repairs to the Port Stabiliser
    • Su’shi is combing the seat covers.
    • Renaldo is still sleeping.
    • Captain Zed is lounging on the cargo ramp.
  • A large cargo speeder enters the docking bay.
    • Sithka and a pair of Arcona dismount.
      • The Arcona have the gold eyes and listless movements of salt addicts.
    • The Arcona start to load four large crates (25 encumbrance total) into the hold.
  • Sithka hands Captain Zed a flight plan.
    • The crew are to deliver the cargo to Bacrana.
    • The cargo has already been cleared by customs.
  • Without another word, Sithka and the Arcona board the speeder and leave.
  • As the speeder leaves, Lt. Bisbcox and his stormtroopers enter the bay.
    • Captain Zed makes a smartarse comment.
    • A stormtrooper knocks him down.
  • Lt. Bisbcox scans the hold.
    • His scanner goes wild when he points it at the crates.
    • He opens the crate.

The crate is full of thousands of bags of Glitterstim!

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S03E01 - EL NARCOCORRIDO DEL TYCHE

The Barabel Enforcer SITHKA has made the crew of the TYCHE an offer they can’t refuse – carry four crates of the spice GLITTERSTIM to MADEYE STATION and BACARANA.

Before they have a chance to take off CAPTAIN ZED’S nemesis LT. BISBCOX arrives to inspect the cargo.

The crew now have a cargo hold of STORMTROOPERS, an IMPERIAL CUSTOMS OFFICER, and four crates of the most illicit substance in the EMPIRE……

  • The Tyche blasts out of Urce’s atmosphere
    • The jump point to Madeye station is at extreme range beyond the orbit of Urce’s moon.
    • Captain Zed is at the controls, bandaging a bruise above his eye.
    • Gavyn is in the co-pilots seat, scanning the system – he spots a large ship leaving Spaceport 3 behind them.
    • Su’shi and Renaldo are in their cabins.
  • The Tyche is halfway to the moon (extreme range from the moon and from Urce), when suddenly, one large and two small sensor contacts slot in behind the Tyche at short range
    • A transmission comes over the communicator….

Flashback to 20 minutes prior….

  • Lt. Bisbcox stares down into the open crate of Glitterstim, backed up by four stormtroopers.
    • Captain Zed lies on the boarding ramp where he had been knocked down by a stormtrooper.
      • His view of the hold is obscured by a stormtrooper.
    • Gavyn is in the hold, looking over Bisbcox’s shoulder.
    • Su’shi and Renaldo have just entered the hold from the upper deck.
  • The crew are in shock at the presence of the illicit spice.
    • Gavyn notices that Bisbcox and the stormtroopers are not surprised by the presence of the Glitterstim.
    • Gavyn, Su’shi, and Renaldo notice that Bisbcox is reaching for something in the crate.
    • Zed doesn’t have a clue what is going on.
  • The hands of Renaldo, Su’shi and Gavyn edge towards their weapons.
    • Zed lies on the floor oblivious, clutching his head.
  • Before the crew can act, Bisbcox pulls a small bag out of the crate.
    • Tipping a handful of high denomination credsticks into his hands, Bisbcox throws one each to the stormtroopers and pockets the rest.
    • He then moves to the ramp.
  • Realising that this is what Sithka meant when he said that the order had been cleared through customs, the crew let the Imperials leave.
    • One of the stormtroopers hits Zed on the way out.

Back in orbit…

  • A hologram of an Arcona appears.
    • It’s hard to make it in the hologram, but his eyes appear to be green, rather than the gold of a salt addict.
  • The Arcona introduces itself as Captain Sortuli and demands that the Tyche power down and prepare to be boarded.
  • As Captain Zed stalls for time, Gavyn scans the ships.
    • The larger contact is an old PB950 patrol boat.
      • Gavyn knows that PB950’s are usually armed with two side mounted ion cannon turrets, a rear mounted quad laser turret and a forward concussion missile launcher.
    • The two smaller contacts are TIE-Wing uglies – junk fighters made of Y-Wing engines bolted either side of a TIE fighter’s ball cockpit.
  • Captain Zed makes as if to comply, slowing down the Tyche and dropping between the two Uglies.
    • Su’shi and Renaldo strap into the Tyche’s turrets and open fire at the Uglies on either side of the Tyche!
  • THE CHASE IS ON!
    • Despite being caught in the PB950’s tractor beam, the Ion blasts of the shockingly fast Uglies, and a critical engine failure (brilliantly repaired by Gavyn), the Tyche dives through the debris field orbiting the moon and reaches the jump point, leaving one Ugly destroyed, the other spinning out of control and the lumbering Patrol Boat in its wake.
  • Before jumping to hyperspace, Captain Zed taunts the pirates:
    • “You will always remember today as the day you almost caught Captain Zed Syyrhak!”
    • The effect is somewhat lessened by Captain Zed’s fake moustache coming loose as he twirls it.
  • The crew jumps to Dhbansera Hrdaya Madhye Animesanetre, otherwise known as Madeye Station.
    • The jump takes about 24 hours.
    • In that time, Gavyn successfully repairs most the system strain inflicted by the Pirate’s Ion weaponry.
  • The Tyche arrives at Madeye Station, which orbits a vast blackhole.
    • The station consists of a circular ring, topped with a transparisteel dome that faces towards the black hole.
    • There is an Action VI freighter docked at one of the external docking ports.
  • They dock in one of the internal hanger bays.
    • Gavyn, Su’shi and Zed disembark. Renaldo stays aboard to guard the spice.
  • The dock is deserted.
    • Gavyn notices a camera, of the type that most docking bays have.
    • There is a shrine, with incense and an unusual symbol.
    • The crew place the recommended donation of 50 credits in the donation box.
  • The three crewmembers walk out onto the main concourse of the station. They notice that:
    • While aged and worn, the station is much cleaner than most small independent stations.
    • There is only one cantina, and no open selling of vice.
    • There are a lot of beings in green robes.
      • Many are doing good works (caring for the destitute, cleaning the station).
      • About half of the green robed beings are Nikto (of all subspecies).
  • The three crew go to the cantina.
    • While not a hive of scum and villainy, the crowd in the cantina is a bit rougher than that outside.
    • The crew order a round, and Gavyn asks the bartender if she can point them towards their contact, “Arkhat”.
    • The bartender makes it very clear that she is none too fond of the Arkhat, the leader of the Sicari (the green robed beings)
    • Apparently the Sicari have been trying to shut down the cantina, but the lease for the business won’t be up for 24 years.
    • She advises that the monastery is in the dome above the station, and can be easily reached via a central turbolift.
    • She also overcharges the crew for their drinks.
  • The crew finish their drinks and make their way to the central turbolift.
    • They are greeted by two Sicari.
    • The crew states that they are here to meet the Arkhat.
    • The Sicari let the crew enter the lift.
  • The crew ascend the lift. Upon exiting, they are awe-struck by the black hole visible through the transparisteel dome.
    • The floor of the dome is landscaped into discreet sections, each one appearing to be of a different biome (desert, mountain etc), and is scattered with prefab buildings with distinctive decorations.
      • Gavyn realises that the biomes are representative of the varied landscape of the Nikto homeworld.
    • A young robed Aqualish walks over to the crew, and leads them to the Arkhat.
  • The crew enter the desert section of the dome.
    • It is clear that the terrain is not just artificial, but artifice – every rock placed with care, and the sand carefully raked.
  • The crew approach a bunch of children sitting cross legged on the sand in front of the Arkhat, an elderly red Nikto.
    • The Arkhat is delivering a lesson on the astrophysics of the black hole. Gavyn admires both the lesson’s factual accuracy and, somewhat uncharacteristically, the Arkhat’s pedagogy.
    • On seeing the newcomers, the Arkkhat dismisses the children, some of whom are wearing the green robes of the order.
  • The Arkhat uses a long staff to stand.
    • Despite his age, he is very large and physically strong.
    • With a good-humoured twinkle in his eye, he creates a sense of fatherly solidity.
      • Su’shi does NOT like him, and hides behind Renaldo
  • The crew introduce themselves. The Arkhat confirms that he was expecting a delivery of “copper”.
    • Su’shi goes back to the ship to fetch the “copper” and Renaldo.
    • The Arkhat invites Gavyn and Zed to join him for dinner.
  • The Arkhat leads Gavyn and Zed to a canteen. Over a good wholesome meal, the Arkhat and the two crew have a discussion.
    • The Arkhat makes it clear that he knows that the “copper” is spice. He mentions that there hasn’t been a “copper” delivery for a while.
    • Zed and Gavyn try to create the impression that they have been in the “game” for a while. The Arkhat gently suggests that he’s been in the game a lot longer.
  • The Arkhat manages to steer the conversation to the crews eventual destination. The crew let slip that they are headed to Baccarana.
    • The Arkhat requests that the Tyche take 5 Sicari to Baccarana.
    • They cannot pay for the transport, however, the Arkhat states that they should go to the station’s shipyard and mention that the Arkhat sent them
  • Renaldo and Su’shi arrive with a crate of “copper.”
    • The Arkhat leads the crew to a building at the centre of the dome.
    • He opens the door – through the door, the crew can see the building has no roof.
    • The Arkhat takes the crate, carrying it with no apparent effort.
    • He politely yet firmly states that the crew are not permitted into the building.
    • The young Aqualish Sicari from earlier sees the crew out.
  • The crew go to the shipyard, a couple of landing bays around from where the Tyche is docked.
    • There are a number of mechanics in the bay, including those in grease stained Sicari robes.
    • The crew are directed to a Xexto who is underneath a powerful looking swoop bike.
  • Gavyn makes an observation about the work the Xexto is doing.
    • The Xexto, Freon Gasgano, is impressed by Gavyn’s knowledge.
    • The crew negotiate for the installation of a dorsal heavy laser turret as payment for carrying the Sicari.
    • The installation will take about two days.
  • Over the next two days:
    • Gavyn helps out with the installation of the turret.
    • Zed hangs out in the cantina. He finds out that:
      • there isn’t a criminal underworld to speak of on the station.
      • there has been an uptick in pirate activity in the sector.
    • Renaldo starts to meditate with the Sicari.
      • He finds out quite a bit about their belief in the Shadow Universe.
    • Su’shi sneaks into the monastery and starts re-arranging the landscape
      • The Arkhat makes a big show of frustration at the changes and loudly wonders who could be doing it.

Two days later…

  • The installation of the turret has been completed.
    • Zed is in the cantina.
    • Renaldo and Su’shi are at the monastery.
    • Gavyn is running an errand for Freon.
  • Freon comms the crew, stating that there friend has arrived, and he had let the friend aboard.
    • The crew ask if it was the Sicari.
    • Freon states it was an Arcona.
  • The crew bolt for the docking bay, and arrive at the door at the same time.
    • Looking into the bay, they see that the Tyche is starting to power up and would soon be able to take off.
    • Four rough looking figures (two Arcona, a Weequay and a Human) are loitering by the door of the bay.
  • Quick as flash, Zed draws his duelling pistol and shoots an Arcona between the eyes!
    • Gavyn bolts for the Tyche’s ramp, and starts to bypass the locked entry console.
    • Renaldo attempts to stun one of the other ruffians.
      • However, his blaster rifle is set to full power, and the Weeqauy is killed.
      • Shocked, Renaldo stumbles backwards and accidently crushes the remaining Arcona.
    • Zed shoots the Human pirate.
  • Having not learnt their lesson the first time, Su’shi and Renaldo attempt the Ewok Cannonball.
    • Renaldo’s arm is true, but Su’shi fails to stick the landing.
    • Unable to find purchase, Su’shi slowly slides down the sloped front of the Tyche, before landing next to Gavyn.
    • Freon, watching from the corner of the docking bay, holds up a card with each of his four primary arms – 3 4 3 1.
  • Gavyn unlocks the boarding ramp, draws his pistol and heroically charges up the ramp…. failing to notice the trip wire across the ramp.
    • The stun grenade goes off, rendering him deaf, blind and almost insensible.
  • Zed and Renaldo board the Tyche.
    • Zed pauses to slap some sense into Gavyn, while the Herglic heads towards the elevator to the upper deck.
  • With a lurch, the Tyche takes off, leaving Su’shi stranded on the deck.
    • Su’shi jumps for the ramp, but is unable to reach it.
    • Gavyn attempts to hoist the Ewok aboard, but is too woozy to do so.
  • The ship starts to move towards the vacuum sheild as Su’shi climbs up Gavyn’s arm and clambers aboard.
  • The elevator arrives, and the door opens with a ding, and then a bang as the stun grenade inside the lift goes off.
    • Renaldo shrugs off its effects and squeezes into the lift.
  • Reaching the upper deck, Renaldo finds an Arcona hunched over a datapad that is sliced into the Tyche’s helm.
    • Renaldo points his blaster rifle at the shipjacker.
    • The shipjacker doesn’t notice the enormous Herglic.
  • Renaldo coughs,and the Arcona looks up.
    • Upon noticing the blood covered Herglic, the Arcona surrenders.
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S03E02- To Baccarana!
“Your pet bit me!”

Having fought their way through PIRATES, the crew were preparing to leave MADEYE STATION for BACCARANA, carrying the remaining SPICE and some SICARI novitiates, when the TYCHE was shipjacked!

Reacting quickly, the crew captured the ARCONA shipjacker.

Who is the ARCONA working for? How did they know about the spice? And what will the crew do with their prisoner?

  • Gavyn re-establishes control over the Tyche and lands the ship, while Renaldo and Zed lock the Arcona shipjacker in an empty cabin.
    • As they do so, Su’shi surreptitiously poisons the Arcona.
  • As the Tyche lands, the Arkhat arrives in the bay, along with a Sicari initiate (a blue Nikto) and four Sicari novices – including Fre’ed, the young Aqualish novice. Renaldo and Zed go to meet the passengers.
    • The Arkhat is very angry at the violence – Zed explains the situation.
    • The Arkhat accepts the explanation, but suggests the crew leave Madeye station immediately.
  • The Sicari explain they only need some space in the hold to put down their bed rolls and a screen for privacy.
    • Renaldo ushers them aboard and gets the them set up in the lower hold.
    • Su’shi donates a large fur rug made of a number of pelts stitched together to use as a privacy screen.
  • The Tyche leaves Madeye station.
    • As it leaves, Gavyn notices that the Action VII freighter that was docked when they arrived was no longer there, and 4 silhouette 1 objects ejected from an airlock.
  • Gavyn plots the hyperspace jump to Baccarana.
    • In a brilliant display of astrogation, he shaves the trip time from 3 to 2 days, and plots an exit point deep in the Baccarana system.

Over the course of the trip…

  • The crew recover from the strain inflicted by the shipjackers booby traps.
  • Between periods of meditation in their private area, the Sicari make themselves useful, cleaning the ship from end to end and making minor repairs,
    • Su’shi spies on the meditating Sicari. He sees the Sicari dressed in green armour with elaborate breastplates sparring with their staffs.
  • Su’shi created 2 doses of a truth serum out of single dose of Glitterstim.
  • Gavyn cracks the encryption on the shipjacker’s datapad.
    • He finds a hologram message from the captain of the El Jefe:
      • The cargo is on an independent HWK-1000 freighter, not the usual freighter.
      • The HWK-1000 escaped and is headed to Madeye station.
      • A Sullustan enters the field of view and starts threatening to kill Captain Zed in increasingly gruesome and improbable ways, as revenge for the death of his brother.
  • The crew interrogate the shipjacker.
    • Over several days of chemically enhanced interrogation, Jiǎohuá reveals the following information:
      • They believe the crew to be members of the Vakat cartel, a vicious group of slavers.
      • They are a member of a pirate fleet headed by Zheng Shi, another Arcona.
      • Jiǎohuá and Zheng Shi were both held as slaves by the cartel, forced to mine Glitterstim in an unknown location, before Zheng Shi broke them out.
      • Zheng Shi’s fleet is hitting Vakat cartel shipments across the sector.
      • They were tipped off about the HWK-1000 by the captain of the El Jefe, who was tipped off by an anonymous source on Urce.
      • They were the failsafe – if the El Jefe could not capture the cargo, he was to try and steal the Tyche.
      • This was the first time the El Jefe had failed.
  • Jiǎohuá pries a panel of the wall and messes around with the wiring on the ship, but is caught by Gavyn before he can do anything.
  • The crew attempt to win Jiǎohuá over to their side.
    • While not successful, Jiǎohuá believes that the crew aren’t aware of the slave trading or members of the cartel proper.
  • The crew reach the Baccarana system
    • Thanks to Gavyn’s astrogation, the Tyche exits hyperspace near (medium range) the rings of Dounov, the large gas giant in the Baccarana system.
  • There is a large sensor contact at long range behind them (towards the edge of the system), and a similarly sized contact in front, at extreme range beyond the rings (extreme ++ from the Tyche).
    • Further scanning reveals that the inner system is broadcasting the IFF codes of the I.S.S. Invigilator, an Adz class patrol destroyer.
  • An incoming hologram message from the large contact pursuing the Tyche.
    • The Arcona introduces themselves as Zheng Shi, pirate captain of the Vengeance.
    • Zheng Shi demands that the crew immediately power down and surrender, or be blasted from the sky, before ending the message.
  • As soon as Zheng Shi’s message ends, another hologram from the Invigilator is received.
    • Commodore Kresk appears, advising that the Tyche is being pursued by a pirate vessel.
    • He advises that the Invigilator is heading to rescue them, but it will be some time to before it arrives.
    • He urges the Tyche to stay alive until the Imperial forces arrive.
  • The Vengeance launches 6 TIE-Wings and a boarding shuttle.
    • Another transmission is received, from the boarding shuttle.
    • Vinal, the Sullustan pilot, proceeds to describe how he will kill Captain Zed with his bare hands.
  • As the Tyche flees to the safety of Dounov’s rings, Gavyn releases Jiǎohuá from the cabin.
    • The crew ask Jiǎohuá to negotiate on their behalf with Zheng Shi.
  • Negotations are tense, but the crew agree to let the pirates board and take the Giltterstim.
    • Jiǎohuá will stay on board as a hostage, and the Tyche will rendezvous with the Vengeance in two days to hand over Jiǎohuá.
  • The boarding shuttle docks with the Tyche, while Gavyn goes down in the hold to tell the Sicari to keep their heads down.
    • Gavyn is surprised the armed and armoured monks.
    • He explains that they are making a scheduled handover – the Sicari appear to believe him.
  • A Gamorean and 4 pirates armed with force pikes board.
    • The crew hand over the spice.
  • As the pirates board the shuttle, Vinal stands in the airlock, swearing that he will have his vengeance.
    • Zed taunts the Sullustan who gets the last word, however, throwing a stun grenade through the closing hatch.
    • Zed successfully dives for cover, but Renaldo and Su’shi are both caught in the blast.
  • The Vengeance loops past the Tyche, revealing itself as Marauder-class corvette as the TIE-wings and the boarding shuttle enter its fighter bay.
    • Zed advises Zheng Shi of the incoming Imperial forces.
    • Zheng Shi warns the crew that they had better attend the rendezvous in two days, or Zheng Shi will hunt them down, before the Vengeance jumps to hyperspace.
  • An Imperial TIE/br boarding vessel docks with the Tyche.
    • A squad of stormtroopers board and begin to clear the vessel.
    • Commodore Kresk boards and checks that the crew is ok.
    • Zed lies, and says that the pirates tried to board, but were only able to open the hatch enough to throw a stun grenade through.
      • Kresk appears to believe this, and has medics look after Renaldo and Su’shi.
    • Gavyn persuades the Sicari to retreat behind their screen.
    • Despite being surprised by the Stormtroopers, he sticks to the line that they were only transporting passengers.
  • Commodore Kresk apologizes for not being able to stop the pirates.
    • He is furious that the pirates are praying on innocent Imperial citizens, and vows that the pirates will be brought to justice.
  • After the Imperials leave, the crew travel to Baccarana.
    • Rather than docking at the Consolidated Logistic Solutions dock where they were supposed to deliver the spice, the Tyche lands in Caer Planeta, the civil capital of Baccarana.
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FLASHBACK: GAVYN FRE'WAY: The tedium of an astrogator pilot

As Gavyn pushed back the hyperdrive levers he watched the mottled hyperspace tunnel outside the cockpit flash with starlines then fade into the star-flecked blackness of realspace. The navicomputer gave a single positive chirp indicating that he had successfully arrived.

Wherever here was, exactly.

Looking out the panoramic transparisteel canopy of the A-24 Sleuth-class scout ship, Gavyn could just make out a thin belt of asteroids and interstellar debris- the only noteworthy prospects in this pitiful unnamed system that the Hyperspace Navigators Guild had sent him all the way out to scan and catalogue. He felt the familiar companion of boredom begin to cast a fog over his mind as he keyed the _Sleuth_’s full sensor suite to begin actively scanning the surroundings.
Well, it only took an entire week for me to jump out to the arse-end of the Expansion Region, he thought drearily. Here’s hopin’ that prospect Number 37 fares better than all the others.

Leaving the ship to power up its array of optical, full-spectrum and electronic transceivers, Gavyn headed aft to the _Sleuth_’s small cramped galley and dialled the processor for a bland protein meal and waited, idly drumming his fingers on the stained lino benchtop.
Six years working for HNG had not only rewarded him with his own ship captains’ licence, but also a corporate ship he could call his own. How proud and enthusiastic he’d felt then. But none of his trainers or co-workers had prepared him for the tedium of long-range scouting; the endless cataloguing and updating of astrogation charts; the fruitless searches for resources across an entire sector that had been meticulously strip mined thousands of years before to the rise of the Empire. The juxtaposition was enough to drive him mad some days: Here he was with the chance to explore the cosmos, yet for the last 37 tours all he ever saw was desolation and ruin, the skeletons of solar systems left rotting- asteroids and planetoids stripped bare, mines played out, atmospheres chocked heavy with run off and pollution. Like trying to strangle the last gasps of air out of corpse he coldly thought as he accepted the prepared meal from the processor.

Still, he supposed that a week in space by himself beat a day back in the office on Urce; if nothing else it gave him plenty of time to read or tinker with small projects.

After a couple of silent minutes eating, a beeping that echoed from the cockpit interrupted his lacklustre meal. Moving to the pilot’s seat, Gavyn keyed for the analysed report from the ship’s sensors. Come on, gimme something. Silicon. Gold. Agrocite. Hell, mynocks would do.

Negative contacts.

He slung back into the back of the chair, dejected, but not at all surprised. Pinching the bridge of his nose, Gavyn reached over and keyed the navigation computer to plot a flight path to the system’s outer edges, where he might discover some exoplanets or trojans asteroids not on the charts. It’d only add two more days to his trip.
Opening his in-flight log, Gavyn added the following addendum to his logs:
“Prospect 37 negative. Beginning prospect cycle 38.”

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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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FLASHBACK: CAPTAIN ZED
A Pirates life for me

A crisp wind on feathered wings
The cool churn of the weathered sea
A new prize each day brings
As we glide, we fly, we’re free
It’s a pirates life for me

The high-speed ‘Nautilus Class’ Catamaran glides swiftly along the undisturbed waters of the great ocean of Glee Anselm. At the helm, barking orders to the frenzied crew, and attempting to stand proudly is a green-brown skinned, wide smiled, Nautolan – Captain of the Pirate Vessel – Shai Anselm. As the shine from the closest sun rises to its brightest and highest point a dark shape can be seen on the horizon. The already considerably wide smile of the proud captain grows larger as his large, dark eyes spot a new prize.

“Lower the topsail, charge the cannons, spotters to their posts!” the Captain barks to his crew.
“We’ve got a freighter up ahead and its full of stuff that doesn’t belong to em. Let’s help them return it to their rightful owners aye!?”

AYE!” replies the crew as they heed the captains orders and rush off to their duties.
The sleek catamaran blasts forward, barely skimming the surface of the water, mimicking a predator pouncing on its prey.

-

Sensor Operator Jayse Alsee was resting back in an adjustable, leather armchair waiting for the scheduled scanning protocol to be completed and come back negative, as usual, when suddenly an alarm sounded and flash of red appeared on the screen.

Peering down quizzically at his control panel the operator pressed a collection of buttons to display the alert. A large and fast moving vessel had appeared without warning a short distance from them, it was displaying no serial codes and moving too quickly to be a cargo or imperial ship.

“Captain we’ve got a fast approaching vessel on our port-side, she’s moving too quick to be one of ours sir!” the operator punches through on his commlink.
“Copy that Jayse, pass scan to main monitors and switch to caution stations.” was heard through the commlink, with slight crackling.

On the top deck, the freighter captain, took her first looks at the scanned image, being transferred to her in real-time. A small swift moving blip was shown on a direct course with her vessel.

“Contact, single target, port-side, two clicks captain, she’ll be on us in less than 60 seconds at that speed.” A voice beside the captain bellowed.
“It’s the Shai Anselm captain, I know the hull, request immediate evasive action.”

SHIELDS UP, GUNNERS TO THEIR STATIONS…..engine-room give us full…..” the captain began to shout before she was interrupted by an explosive jolt and flash of light.

-

Lights-out.

A soft red glow from the emergency powered safety lights and swift yellow flashes is all that can be seen. Dazed and confused, the captain slowly raised herself from the ground of the cockpit. She could see the dark outlines of her, still unconscious, crew strewn across the floor. A noise from behind her caught her attention and she swiftly turned around to catch eyes with…. the wide smiled, proudly standing Nautolan Zed – Captain of the Shai Anselm….

To be Continued…

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FLASHBACK: GAVYN FREE'WAY- the life of a disgraced mechanic

FLASHBACK: GAVYN FREE’WAY

With one last stubborn groan, the metal shielding plate popped off the casing of the ion fission thrust engine, exposing its complex inner workings to Gavyn. Taking off one thick industrial glove to swat at the accumulated sweat on his forehead with a greasy hand, he looked over the components of the engine.
Gotta hand it to Incom, he thought to himself. Keeping the old Z-95s simple pushed a lot of sales, and it keeps them flying long after their due date. There’s got to be a half-dozen rewiring and retrofit jobs in this old fossil all ready.
Realising that the job was going to be more complex and lengthy than he’d initially quoted, Gavyn stared down at the thruster engine, thoughtfully taping a finger on his faded-blue lips. He drowned out all of the noise and activity of the starship workshop around him, filled with mechanics of various species all working on vehicles of various makes and models. After a moment Gavyn reached into the engine cowling and disconnected the fission regulator with a hydrospanner, retrieved the regulator and took it to a nearby stool and benchtop. He propped himself on the stool and got to work replacing and soldering new circuits onto the regulator’s circuit board, using the bench light and the orange sun-lit glow from the window to illuminate his work.

Nine months.

That was how long it had been since he’d flown a ship. Since he’d been caught high on booster blue. Since he’d been publically reprimanded, fired and disavowed from the HNG. Since he’d lost his piloting license and been blacklisted by the Board of Ships and Services, courtesy of the HNG.

Nine months that he’d been trying to get clean.

It had taken him six months of hunting, begging and grovelling for work as a mechanic—the only skill and talent that he had outside of piloting and astrogation. He’d had to use all of his savings to charter flights across the Expansion Region looking for a workshop that wouldn’t slam the door in his face— and when the funds ran dry he’d found himself on Urce of all places.
Fortunately, despite him being high on a solvent kaliediscope, he’d gotten work in Kylesh’s workshop, a gruff old xexto in Spaceport 3 who liked to gamble and desperately needed an extra hire. That chance had turned Gavyn’s life around. He still partook of the solvent; but he relied on it a little less every week. It was getting easier.
Gavyn paused in his soldering and looked out the window, watching the way the chocked orange sunlight feebly struggled through the skeletal remains of the nearby skyscrapers. Of all the places, he thought bitterly. I just gotta hold in here a little longer. Get some money, get some bigger contacts and get the kriff off this husk of a world.

In the distance, approaching from beyond the skyscraper, the glint of sunlight on metal caught his eye. Gavyn kept his eye on the growing form, which resolved itself into a small light courier transport. He recognised the make immediately.
HWK-290, he mused, picking up the catalyser off the bench. A good little bird, that Captain’s lucky… Wait.
He took another look at the transport, noting the larger overall proportions and cargo hold on the ship. Gavyn whistled once he had reassessed the ship’s obscure and barely-known profile. Well well, a HWK-1000. Someone’s a lucky fella.
Finishing his work with the catalyser, Gavyn spun off the seat and returned to the thruster cowling and brought life back to the old ship again.

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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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FLASHBACK: GAVYN FRE'WAY- The rivalries of an Astrogator pilot

The rivalries of an Astrogator pilot

Large bubbles rose through the office water cooler, the air pockets shifting and moulding in a pirouette of shapes as it rose to the surface of the viscous, heavily-filtrated, mineralised water. Gavyn drummed his fingers incessantly on the cooler as he watched the bubbles glob and plop to the surface, waiting for the small flimsey cup to fill with what passed for water in the Expansion Region.

He scoffed the water in one mouthful and immediately began filling the cup again, looking around the cold grey offices of the Hyperspace Navigators’ Guild. It was a typical day, all a buzz with frantic activity from astrocartographers, analysts, computer maintenance techs and scoutship pilots; all looking for that undiscovered lush-green habitable planet, an untapped asteroid, some ravaged mining world with a new vein of resources to offer, a new hyperspace route to open up up for traffic and importation from the thriving Rim worlds.
Something to breath life into the dying Expansion Region.
Gavyn’s head shook as he thought of the wasted trip that he’d just returned from— three week turn around flight by himself; a total of 45 prospect scans across three whole sectors— nothing. Now he was in that data-crunch period: endless review of the astrogation data from his Sleuth scoutship.
“How did the flight go, Fre’way?”

The voice drew Gavyn’s attention to the being approaching him at the watercooler. Liska Vulk’cra, a female bothan who’d served with the HNG about a standard year longer than Gavyn, had about 40 scoutfights under her belt and- like him- barely any fruitful astrogation charts to show for it.
“Same as the last, Liska, same as the last,” he replied as he shuffled across, letting the bothan fill her own cup. “Some days, I really get think’n ‘bout the point here. I figured we’d be opening new routes to connect the galaxy, make the Empire more connected and stable; but here we are scrounging and picking through bones every day.”
Liska sipped quietly, nodding slowly and thoughtfully. “That does seem to have become the focus of the HNG. If I could transfer to the rim worlds I would, but,” she looked around the office cubicles then pointedly at Gavyn. “Word is that the Empire is combining the astrogation clans.”
Gavyn frowned. “You mean they’re nationalising us as well?”
She nodded. “Yes, and when that happens there may not be a place here for being like me.” With a flash of her sharp teeth she gave Gavyn a sardonic smile. “Do not worry about yourself, Gavyn, you come from an influential clan— and you’re human.”

There was an uproar of cheers and noise from the far side of the office, drawing their attention. “Not that influential.” Gavyn responded in a distracted tone. “What’s all the fuss ’bout?”
Liska looked at him. “Oh yes, you would not have heard: Cado Cenvax.”
A groan escaped Gavyn’s throat. “That smug Bac-bag. What’s he turned to gold now?”
She hesitated. “He logged a mineral-rich asteroid belt on his last prospect. There has been a lot of elation because the Guild is going to negotiate the rights to the Imperial Navy— Cado stands to earn more honour for himself and his clan.”
Gavyn’s free hand gripped the rounded edge of cooler. “Kriffing nerfherder. Every time, how does he do it?”
Liska waited quietly, then added hopefully. “Well, there is talk that he is using this as an opportunity to transfer into the Academy, he has always had ambitions of being an officer. So at least you will not have to see him again.”

Gavyn watched from across the room as Cado, the posterboy from Caer Planeta, was adorned by his fellow Guild members, a self-satisfied smile on his face.
Watching him, Gavyn knew that he was going to have to do better.
He’d have to log more flights. He’d have to find that winning route, that untapped asteroid or uncatalogued planet. He’d have to pour over his latest cartography charts. Surely there was something he missed, he just needed to find a way to work harder, longer hours. Then he could rub it in Cado’s face.

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