Masks of Adas

Episode VII: session ten
Return of the Fruitcart Boys

Leaving the Imperial Palace Hotel & Casino, the Dealers agree to go move on to Lehon, but first they will leave a message for Styvv at the Stumbling Tiger cantina. Arriving there, they find the cantina guarded by stromtroopers — glass is broken and there is smoke drifting out from the inside.

As Ja tries to get information from the stormtroopers, a stooped, robed figure approaches the others. He growls and chastises them for putting his pal Chum in danger. Fero recognizes the figure as Styvv the Wookiee and immediately tells him of Choi Moi‘s death. Styvv rages and flees, grabbing a stranger’s speeder bike and heading for the docks.

A speeder bike chase ensues! Fruit carts are knocked over, and after some back & forth Sandovar pulls a pin from Styvv’s bike and causes him to crash. Unhurt but unconscious, Styvv is taken by Fero and Sandovar back to the Triple Deuce. A holograph message in Styvv’s belt leads the Dealers to a bith professor at the Ord Mantell Museum of Antiquities.

Ja, Gand, & Brosef head to the Museum. Gand & Brosef pay their way in. Ja gets a guest pass as a potential future donor. They are introduced to Mu-Shin, who has been trying in vain to open a Jedi holocron — seemingly the holocron stolen from Tangu-Yu by Styvv. Gand & Ja, with their knowledge of the Force, open the holocron. It is [[44: The Holocron of Hsan | The Holocron of Hsan]], a Jedi from over 10,000 years ago. It concerns THE EYE OF LIGHT & DARKNESS, a symbol used to combat the dark side…

“Of those signs effectively sealing the festerings of the dark side, the most potent is THEY EYE OF LIGHT AND DARKNESS.

“Inscribed into the substance of a high place near the haunts of evil, and nor further than 30 paces from them, expels the evil strength for so long as the sign exists.

“The Eye must be created the afternoon before the rise of a full moon, or moons. At moonrise, the blood of an innocent must fill the pupil of the Eye once per drumbeat from the moonset.

“As the first blood is given, chant the words ‘sa-ma, sa-ma, te-yo, sa-ma,’ and continue until the moon sets.

“When next the moon rises, the Eye opens to ward and to guard. Gather the friends of good to work this wisdom, for too few shall surely fail.”

Later Jedi added their own commentary to Hsan’s own findings…

“The ineffable Eye must be worked into an organic substance which is naturally hard.”

“The unrivaled light of the marvelous Eye transcends taint if all evil presences have been dispatched or dispelled.”

“He who first chants must be able to create the gift of an Elder Sign.”

“The wondrous Eye must not first burn where evil beings or creatures lurk.”

“Only one incorruptible Eye may guard any location.”

“All who chant must detest evil.”

After unlocking the holocron and failing to convince Mu-Shin to accompany them, Ja punches Mu-Shin in the face (possibly puncturing his eye), and they take the old professor away with them. They are picked up by Fero & Sandovar, who have tied Styvv up in the ship. Styvv is incosolable over the death of Choi Moi, who he considers they only good person left in the Galaxy. All the same, Styvv is calmed down enough to share his tale with the Dealers…

As far as I can make out, we’re all in a lot of trouble. The more I learn about the situation, the more scared I get. When I spilled the beans to Woorbly, I figured he’d warn the people that could make a difference, and they’d do something about this cult. Sorry he ended up that way. All the same, I did warn him, and I didn’t hold nothing back. I’m warning you guys too: the cult plays for keeps. Choi Moi could tell you that … [agonized growl]

Well, right from the start I knew that Kieran’s dathomiri girl was trouble. She was as tough as they come and she had him around her finger. He must have known she was trouble too, because the more he saw her, the more crazy dreams he had. I thought it was great when he wanted to go to Krayiss — that’d be the end of her, see, and things would get back to normal. I liked the guy, and I owed him a lot.

It seemed for awhile that everything would work out. Corellia was a lot of fun, but once we got to Krayiss II, Kieran started having dreams again about meeting a god, crap like that. but now he wasn’t drinking, and the girl wasn’t around, and the gentlemen Kierand had asked along started acting nuttier than Kieran did, and so I said to myself, “trouble is somewhere up this road.”

After I paid Faraz Najir for his junk, Kieran spent some time with it. He went off the deep end. There was a black kind of head-and-shoulder statue that he’d stare at for hours. And there was one of them holocrons. He’d stare at the holocron too, like he was trying to figure out how to make it work just by looking at it, the way a normal guy might look at a great looking woman. And then, one morning, he said he’d figured it out. He said the holocron had spoken to him the night before, and had told him that he could meet the god as soon as he "destroyed the eye and opened the path.”

That hotshot Dr. Doodo should have talked Kieran down, but he only encouraged him. So the first night that we were up the river, Kieran snuck out and climbed up the Red Pyramid. Any of you guys ever climbed a pyramid? They’re steep! Kieran started up that pile like a monkey. Never looked back or hesitated once, which proved to me that poor bugger was absolutely crazy. But I followed him up, so I guess that makes me crazy, too.

For about two-thirds of the way up the Red Pyramid, you just climb up and over big blocks, sort of like something some dumb kid could make by piling up a million great big construction blocks. The pyramid builders filled in all the gaps with nice smooth stone, but then later people stole that nice stone from around the bottom of the pyramid — the high stuff was too hard to grab, and they couldn’t finish the job. Well, Kieran zipped right up this part too, with me still behind, my eyes bulging out cause I could barely find handholds, even with my claws.

There’s a little flat place at the tip of the pyramid. When Kieran reached the flat place, he put on some kind of robe and started making weird sounds, as though he had flipped for good. But then there was a hell of an explosion with all kinds of funny echoes and screams with it, and a big red flash of light. Well, I lay there for a minute until it seemed safe to go on. He looked at me and said, “The eye is gone, Styvv. Now we can be gods.”

Well, that was just Kieran-talk, you know, but beside him there was a big patch ripped right out of the stone, and it looked fresh. When I went back the next day, the patch had been filled in, as thought the pyramid had repaired itself. But near the base of the pyramid, I found part of a rock which looked like it could have been in that patch originally, and it had this sign on it:

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Now I know what it is — it’s something to do with the Force, and it kept evil things away from us, and Kieran deliberately broke its power.

Two days later, the whole gang — Penhew, Kieran, Doodo, and Hypatia — gave me the slip and disappeared into the Red Pyramid. Some of the messenger boys went in to find them, some locals we’d hired to help excavate. They came out shrieking that the pyramid had eaten the respected scientists, woe, woe, woe. And bingo — the workers ran in every direction. The whole dig was deserted. In five minutes the only person left in the whole area was me. Well, I went in. Sure enough, nobody was inside. I was worried.

But a long time later, out come all the missing people from the pyramid. Kieran says they’d been to the Sith Worlds — the real Sith Worlds. And that was about the most sensible thing he said. Penhew looked like had lost about five years. And Hypatia and Doodo both seemed somehow changed. Nobody would explain where they’d been, and nobody cared after that it was hard to hire workers, even among those strange red-skinned guys who still live there.

After that, when I’d wake up in the night, the rest of the gang would be talking creepy lingo like I’d never heard before. Then one evening, Kieran said that he was going toe how me the power of what they’d learned. We went out into the desert with a passel of the red-skinned aliens. Everybody started screaming weird words and songs, and Penhew beat the drum we got from Najir. When creatures started coming out of the ground and eating the red-skinned aliens, and Kieran and the others started laughing, well, I took my leave, as they say, an went on a real toot. Kieran found me the next day and warned me that I’d better change my attitude. Well, I owed the kid, and I wouldn’t desert him, but after that I started thinking real hard.

After that, we went to Dathomir. Kieran filled me in during the trip. We had found a true god, he said, who would rule the Galaxy, and we would rule with that god, for we were the chosen of the god. The god had picked us to open the way for his return. And there was enough in what they said — and in what I saw — to make me listen. Every week, Penhew seemed a little younger and a little livelier. Hypatia started getting sick a lot. We were going to leave the Imperial Outpost on Dathomir for some place in the mountains where there was no river, no spaceport, no holonet, no Imperials even. I figured ol’ Styvv wasn’t going to last long in that place, so I made some arrangements. On the last night in the Outpost, I drugged Kieran, stole some credits — it was all Kieran’s money, anyway — and got me and him aboard an unscheduled freighter to Vinsoth.

Later I heard that my guess was right. The holonet said a lot of people died, but Penhew, Doodo, and Hypatia weren’t among them.

Anyway, my arrangements went off without a hitch — that happens when you think small and carry a lot of credits. When we got to Vinsoth, we got off before Imperial inspection and found a smuggler willing to go to Agamar for a few hundred credits. From there we hopped a trader to Ithor, and on Ithor I dyed my fur, got Kieran some tattoos, and booked passage to Ord Mantell.

Now, on the way to Vinsoth, Kieran got some sleep, and he seemed to wake up a different person. I guess that being away from the influence of some of those other people let him return to his old self. I told him we were in a lot of trouble, and that we needed to hide out, and reminded him about the red-skinned aliens being killed on Krayiss, and the god stuff, and so on, and he could remember it all right, although it didn’t seem very important, somehow. But he understood the logic of the situation. After a week or so, though, his nightmares started, and he began to go off the deep end. I think he was beginning to realize some of the things he’d done.

I had been in Ord Mantell as a merc a few years back, and I had some friends here. By time our ship put in to Genassa, Kieran couldn’t go any further. He began shrieking at shadows and everything that moved. So I put him in an Imperial medical facility. I had to use up most of the remaining credits to get him settled. Then I went on to Ord Mantell, believing that I’d never again see any member but Kieran of that damned expedition.

So I thought, until I looked through a pair of electrobinoculars at a certain corvette, and saw Aubrey Penhew walking down the landing ramp of the DARK MISTRESS. Now that ship and some others are going back and forth between Ord Mantell and the Grey Dragon Moon. Transporting people and supplies. They’re planning something, but I don’t know what.

The Dealers present the scrolls found in Nom Kussar’s estate to Mu-Shin for translation, but as they were written in Galactic Basic, no translation proves necessary. The scrolls speak of NOM KUSSAR reluctantly deciding to open the SITH HOLOCRON OF MARKA RAGNOS, to ascertain its historical importance before destroying it.

He later reports the Ragnos Holocron speaks of another — a holocron of KING ADAS, an old king of the Sith people who lived for 300 years and helped repel the Rakatan invaders from the old Sith worlds some 30,000 years ago. Kussar feels THIS holocron would be of true importance in the ongoing conflict against modern-day Sith. If we can only understand WHY Jedi turn to the Dark Side…

Kussar begins to have visions of a BLOATED WOMAN who tells him the answers he seeks lie in wait on Krayiss.

Kussar is visited by Kieran Prin — the Chiss — who he shows the Ragnos Holocron to.

Some kind of jump in time — it is unclear how much — and Kussar speaks of another Holocron, but it is unclear whose it is. He speaks of a true path revealed, and that the old Sith are different from these new. They knew things. The King has learned even more since his death, and he will pass it on. He’s transcended good and evil, Jedi and Sith. Transcended his very name. He wears many masks. He is the King, the Woman, the Sand Mynock, the Bloody Tongue. All are Adas.

The last scrolls speak of a rebel agent who has infiltrated his warehouse operation. MAS AMEDDA, heretofore unmentioned, believes she knows of a lost Jedi Holocron that could endanger their plans. It also speaks of THE PALE VIPER, who plans to blast the dragon and bleed Ord Mantell.

Styvv makes it clear he has no will to live, and only wishes to destroy as many of the cultists as possible. He plans a suicide run at the Dark Mistress and, if possible, the fortress on the Grey Dragon Moon. The Dealers let him out near the spacedocks, but they send Mu-Shin to sleep in Gand’s quarters.

Before he goes, Styvv tells the Dealers that the cultists have increased security around the corvette called the Dark Mistress, but smaller yachts have also been making supply runs to the moon. The Dealers spy one such yacht, called the LUXURIENT GODDESS, manned by a Gungan captain and a motley crew of half-a-dozen pirates. Fero lures one of the pirates to a shady corner of the docks, where Ja knocks him out. Fero takes a medallion from the pirate, showing a beetle-like sigil, and hides the other Dealers in a storage crate.

Stormtroopers help Fero load the crate onto the Goddess, and the Dealers find themselves being smuggled onto the Grey Dragon Moon, headquarters of the Order of the Bloated Woman…

XP & DUTY
Ja: 15. Duty: 0.
Gand: 15. Duty: 0.
Brosef: 15. Duty: 0.
Fero: 15. Duty: 0.
Sandovar: 15. Duty: 0.

LOOT
- The Jedi Holocron of Hsan
- Cultist medallion

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Episode VII: session nine
"...it'll kill ya."

Gand finishes what the Dealers started by killing Mas Amedda with a lightsaber blade to the guts. Ja watches over the surrendered Nom Kussar while the rest of the Dealers investigate the hidden passage discovered behind a broken statue of The Daughter, an embodiment of the Light Side of the Force.

Exploring the passage, the Dealers found two hidden crates storing stashes of weapons and poison, which they took for their own. The passage seemingly ended in a hidden room containing a large statue of the Bloated Woman, who Kussar described as a goddess. On the ceiling of this hidden room, Fero witnessed the Crawling Ceiling, a tableau of formless shapes writhing in an image of red mist. He was aware of eyes staring back at him from within the mist. He felt a strong presence, eager to make contact with him. He saw an asymmetrical pyramid and knew that this pyramid waited for him on Krayiss II.

Beneath the statue, in a teal-colored cabinet, the Dealers discovered a number of paper scrolls, a black robe lined with yellow, another Sith holocron, and a flower press.

In the courtyard, Ja interrogated Nom Kussar. But Kussar was noticeably more scattered, distracted, and unkempt than when the Dealers had known him on Nar Shaddaa. Kussar claimed that he was initially set down this path by the Dealers themselves, when Kieran Prin had sold the Sith holocron of Marka Ragnos to him. Kussar rambled that he was in service to a goddess that would help restore balance to the Galaxy.

Fero realized the Bloated Woman statue, too, blocked a hidden passage. In this smaller room, the Dealers found the missing Choi Moi. She was already dead, locked in a partitioned, glass sarcophagus, her head partially eaten by profoggs. Sandovar snatched a satchel from under the glass case just before Fero tossed an armed thermal detonator into the room, walked back out to the courtyard, and promptly put a blaster bolt in Nom Kussar’s brain.

The Dealers left the Kussar estate after a brief, but failed, shakedown attempt by Ord Mantell security forces. As per usual, one of their speeder bikes stalled out. Another knocked over a trashcan.

Among Choi Moi’s personal items was a keycard for the FARTY BANTHA hostel, and a holograph of a selkath named Tangu-Yu, marked “Rebel contact of questionable reliability. Staying at the Imperial Palace Hotel & Casnio.” Heading to the Farty Bantha, the Dealers collected Choi Moi’s belongings that had been left there, including an unencrypted datapad that claimed the rebel agent she reported to was named JERG MIN. There was no other information on Jerg Min, but the datapad also stated that Choi Moi’s ultimate mission was to gain access to the GREY DRAGON MOON, one of several small moons in orbit around Ord Mantell.

On the way to the Imperial Palace Hotel & Casino to seek out Tangu-Yu, Ja bought everybody suits.

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At the Imperial Palace, the Dealers were stopped at the front entrance by security droids who reminded them that no weapons were allowed on the premises. While Sandovar and Gand disoriented a droid and snuck in the back, Ja convinced a security droid at the front that they were high rollers who were permitted immediate entrance. The security droid was so impressed, it established a combat perimeter around the Dealers and escorted them directly to a high roller suite on the 12th floor. A protocol droid also accompanied them, and was given a drink to hold by Fero. Impersonating a drunk, Fero broke down into very real tears as he thought about the events of that morning. That pyramid … what was left of Choi Moi …

Meanwhile! Sandovar and Gand found Tangu-Yu’s room on the 14th floor, and they promptly picked the lock. It opened on a surprised Gammorrean guard, but after a brief scuffle, Gand and Fero calmed the situation and spoke with the selkath.

Tangu-Yu told the Dealers he was on Ord Mantell in pursuit of Styvv the Wookiee, who Tangu-Yu claimed had stolen a Jedi holocron from his personal collection. Tangu-Yu offered to continue the conversation with Fero in private, as he was quite attracted to what he believed was a hu-man lay-dee. But Fero and the Dealers opted to leave when they confirmed that Tangu-Yu did not know Styvv’s current location.

XP & DUTY
Brosef: 10. Duty: 0.
Sandovar: 10. Duty: -
Fero: 10. Duty: 5.
Gand: 10. Duty: 0.
Ja: 10. Duty: 0.

LOOT
- 4 blaster pistols
- 4 blaster rifles
- 4 frag grenades
- 2 thermal detonators
- 12 vials of poison

- Mas Amedda’s vibrosword
- Mas Amedda’s keycard
- Mas Amedda’s disruptor pistol

- paper scrolls from the teal cabinet
- a black robe, lined with yellow
- a Sith holocron

- Choi Moi’s disruptor pistol, out of ammunition
- an ID card for Kussar Imports warehouse
- a keycard to the FARTY BANTHA hostel
- a holograph of Tangu-Yu, a selkath rebel contact

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Episode VII: session eight
Resolute, of the Face

Wrapping up their investigations of the Kussar Imports warehouse, Fero, Zamda, and Gand discovered a receptionist’s computer with little useful information and a wall safe with secret shipping manifests and a statue of a familiar bloated woman. Meanwhile, Ja interrogated Davii Wolfrum, the last surviving Defel security guard on the scene. Ja confessed his own struggles with wearing a tough guy mask at all times, but Davii waited for the other shoe to drop.

The rest of the Dealers took their speeder bikes to Nom Kussar‘s estate as Ja followed Davii back to his hovel. The Dealers negotiated their way past a Nikto doorman (with help from Gand’s Force powers) and found a quiet, early morning mansion. They were set upon by a small squad of Darktroopers, but the Dealers and their plasma grenades made relatively quick work of them.

Meanwhile, Davii continued to be convinced that Ja intended him ill. Ja was initially unwilling to the let the Defel go along his way, and was tempted to dominate the furry one’s will with his own Force powers — but ultimately agreed to part ways. As Ja left to join the Dealers, Davii nonetheless felt a kinship to the Trandoshan — both wondered if they would ever see each other again.

Crashing his speeder bike through the gate of Kussar’s estate, Ja joined the fight. MAS AMEDDA, a member of the Emperor’s own Imperial Ruling Council who had previously hunted Gand on Coachelle, emerged from the shadows and promptly cut off Sandovar’s arm. Which Brosef then, a few seconds later … reattached?

The Darktroopers were defeated, as was Mas Amedda, when Nom Kussar himself appeared. He ignited a yellow-bladed lightsaber, and after verbally sparring with Fero, attacked the Dealers. But Kussar dropped his lightsaber in the fight, which was quickly recovered by Gand.

Kussar surrendered, telling the Dealers that they had struck a blow for evil on this day…

XP & DUTY
Brosef: 15. Duty: 5
Fero: 15. Duty: 5.
Gand: 15. Duty: 0.
Ja: 15. Duty: 0.
Sandovar: 15. Duty: 0.
Zamda: 15. Duty: 0.

LOOT
- shipping manifests
- small statue of the bloated woman
- Nom Kussar’s lightsaber

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Episode VII: session seven
A Talz Order

After dropping off the Triple Deuce to receive some much-needed upgrades, the Dealers went shopping. Zamda turned up some info on a Crustacean Ball Stand that also sold under-the-table lightsaber crystals. Gand bought a green lightsaber crystal, and working with Sandovar, they swapped out the red crystal from Kunga Dir’s lightsaber.

The Dealers got in touch with Gorp Molo, their Rebel Alliance commanding officer. Fero asked if there were other rebel contacts on Ord Mantell, but Gorp wasn’t sure who they could trust. He told them about CHOI MOI, a talz working for the rebels on a secret mission who had disappeared recently. He also told them he was happy to pay the speeder rental bills that had been rolling in.

Zamda searched for records of a talz coming on or off Ord Mantell, and he found that Choi Moi had been looking for work at different warehouses and loading docks. She took a job with Kussar Imports, but disappeared shortly thereafter.

Before heading to the warehouse to investigate firsthand, the Dealers all bought motorbikes speederbikes. They promptly crashed two of them, with Sandovar again making quick repairs.

Arriving at the Kussar Imports warehouse, they were hampered in their efforts to sneak into the warehouse by a particularly astute protocol droid named R9-407. Though Sandovar affixed a restraining bolt to R9, they had already aroused the suspicions of the warehouse’s defel security detail. R9’s restraining bolt kept the droid from turning the warehouse’s load-lifters against the Dealers, and the Dealers killed two of the three guards. The third guard, after squaring off with Ja, surrendered to the trandoshan and promised to tell the Dealers everything he knew…

XP & DUTY
Ja: 10. Duty: 0.
Zamda: 10. Duty: 5.
Fero: 10. Duty: 0.
Gand: 10. Duty: 0.
Sandovar: 10. Duty: -

LOOT
- green lightsaber crystal
- 2 blaster pistols
- 2 Kussar Imports keycards

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Episode VII: session six
"That's Not Inaccurate"

The Dealers took the armed freighter from the swampy estate and went to see SHIPS N’ GUTS, a sketchy chop shop in Coronet City. The owner of the ship gave them 90,000 credits for the ship, no questions asked.

Ja’s trouble tracking down the hidden landspeeder gives the Dealers the chance to hear the latest news around Coronet City — mainly that a group of unidentified Rebels committed a terrorist attack on an estate outside of the city.

Back at the Triple Deuce, the Dealers found another new friend waiting for them — Sandovar, a twi’lek mechanic sent by J.S. Galactic to join them. He came with a recorded message of introduction from J.S., but no one wanted to hear it.

Before leaving the planet, the Dealers investigated the Penhew Foundation’s headquarters. Newly guarded by Imperial Stormtroopers, Fero, Brosef, and Gand put on stormtrooper uniforms and talked their way past Trooper 64715 with promises of understand, camaraderie, and a drink after work. 64715 warned them not to try talking to the dark-armored troopers on patrol inside — “they’re not very conversational.”

Inside the Penhew Foundation, the Dealers saw a large memorial painting of Aubrey Penhew. Brosef and Gand hacked the lobby’s computer and discovered the Prin Expedition had gone to Krayiss II in search of the tomb of King Adas, a warrior-king of the sith species who lived nearly 30,000 years ago. He united and ruled the Sith worlds for 300 years, before dying defending the systems from the Rakatan Infinite Empire.

Adas was called sith’ari by his people, the first of many foretold “overlords” of the sith. The prophecy of the sith’ari was that…

The Sith’ari will be free of limits.
The Sith’ari will lead the Sith and destroy them.
The Sith’ari will raise the Sith from death and make them stronger than before.

They also discovered that the Foundation is currently run by Edward Gavigan, an officer who served the Republic in the Clone Wars, and the owner of the estate they destroyed the night before.

Fero encountered two patrolling darktroopers in the building, but convinced them that he was Trooper 64715. They returned upstairs. Fero, Brosef, and Gand discovered a hidden room via set of stairs built into a sarcophagus, and inside the room they found more Sith artifacts, including two Sith holocrons. One was the very same holocron they found in the tomb of Marka Ragnos, and subsequently turned over to Nom Kussar. There were also two crates in the room, one addressed to “Kussar Imporrs” on Ord Mantell, and the other to “Randolph Outpost” on Lehon — the planet also known as Rakata Prime, birthplace of the Infinite Empire.

Leaving the Foundation with these items, the Dealers flew to Ord Mantell to search for Styvv the Wookiee. They met FERGUS CHUM, the sulustan owner of the Stumbling Tiger cantina. Chum told them Styvv had saved his life in that very cantina weeks before, but that Styvv had left Ord Mantell and gone to Coachelle to join the fight against the Empire there. Chum told them to talk to an Ithorian named Oonce.

The Dealers dropped the Triple Deuce off at a shop to receive some upgrades, grounding them on Ord Mantell for several days…

XP & DUTY
Ja: 15 xp, 0 duty.
Sandovar: 15 xp, 0 duty.
Brosef: 15 xp, 0 duty.
Gand: 15 xp, 5 duty.
Fero: 15 xp, 0 duty.

LOOT
- 90,000 credits

- 1 crate, stamped “Kussar Imports, Ord Mantell” — contains a corroded brass statue of a horribly deformed, tusk-mouthed bloated woman.

- 1 crate, stamped “Randolph Outpost, Lehon” — contains a 16" high blue-tinged statue of a fat, squid-faced humanoid — somewhat resembling a Quarren.

- Two Sith holocrons

- A small ornate chest containing two gleaming silver daggers and a cracked red crystal.

- Small stone jar containing ground bone.

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Episode VII: session five
Despair

Events take a bad turn as the Dealers attempt to escape from the mysterious estate outside of Coronet City. Fero and Zamda board one of the armed freighters as Ja, Gand, and Brosef head down the hill intending to free as many prisoners as they can before the cultists can complete their horrible rite. Fero tossed a thermal detonator into a vent of the other freighter, preventing its use.

But both groups soon encounter 2 deadly Darktroopers — advanced battle droids in service to the Empire. The darktroopers were equipped with missile tubes and plasma assault canons, and they seemingly outmatched the Dealers in terms of brawn, ammunition and marksmanship. Their concussive assault cannons knocked Fero and Zamda back off of the ship, and despite Ja’s subterfuge and attempts to arm the prisoners, the Darktroopers on the hill nearly got the better of that group of Dealers as well.

The Dealers managed to seal one of the Darktroopers inside the ship, buying them all some time. Brosef stabilized an injured Zamda, Gand used the Force to manipulate the ship’s landing ramp and slammed two Darktroopers together, Fero tossed a thermal detonator into the crowd of cultists, and Ja beat a Darktrooper into scrap.

But none of this was enough to save the prisoners. As the last prisoner was killed by the cultists, there was a horrible flash of crimson light in the sky. For a moment the only thing visible was the image of a giant and horrible mynock.

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Normally considered parasitical pests that leech power from starships, the beast seen in the sky over the cultists was unusually large and terrible. The very sight of it caused Zamda and Gand to question their places in an incomprehensibly large Galaxy. But after a moment, the vision faded.

With the Darktroopers defeated and the cultists turning on the Dealers, the group boarded the freighter. They fired on the cultists, scattering them, and took another pass to fire on the mansion of the estate. The mansion’s walls crumbled as the Dealers fled in the freighter, their destination unknown…

XP & DUTY
Zamda: 10 XP, 0 Duty.
Brosef: 10 XP, 5 Duty.
Gand: 10 XP, 0 Duty.
Ja: 10 XP, 5 Duty.
Fero: 10 XP, 5 Duty.

LOOT
1 YV-929 Armed Freighter
2 Darktrooper corpses

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Episode VII: session four
Kickoff

As Ja and Zamda return to the Triple Deuce from Tewfik Sayd’s shop, they find a scraggly war veteran lurking outside of their ship. He introduces himself as Brosef Dondar, an agent with the Rebel Alliance who was sent to them by Inspector James Barro. Brosef’s unit had also been investigating the Alien Murders, and he had been captured and taken to an isolated estate outside of the city. He offered to lead the Dealers there if they would help him free his friends. Fero tested Brosef with a Rebel handshake — Brosef offered an older handshake, but it checked out.

Brosef and his friends were kept in a cell in the basement of the estate, and Brosef remembered an older human being in charge. Most of the others keeping them were aliens themselves, but Imperial Stormtroopers guarded the gate and patrolled the grounds.

The group waited out the day, preferring to go to the estate at night. They took a rented landspeeder out of the city and Brosef stashed the speeder in the swamp. They approached the walled estate on foot, and Ja climbed a tree for a better look and saw a landing pad inside the wall. A YV-929 Armed Transport (AoR p.184) landed and several robed individuals disembarked. They also saw two black-armored stormtroopers exit the ship, but then lost track of them.

Ja unsuccessfully searched for a way under the wall. Zamda hopped onto the wall and helped the others scale the wall while avoiding the Stormtrooper patrols inside the estate. Circling wide around the landing pad, the group could see down a steep hill behind the mansion itself where a group of 2-dozen robed figures congregated around a black stone altar.

A stormtrooper guarded the Transport, but Ja promptly crushed his skull. The group investigated the Transport and Zamda discovered that the Transport made monthly trips between Corellia and Coruscant.

Entering the mansion’s front door, they found it mostly deserted. Zamda was seen attempting to spy on a group of robed aliens in the next room, but the Dealers made quick work of them. Brosef led them down a secret passage into a now-empty row of cells — Brosef’s friends had disappeared.

At the end of the hall, the Dealers discovered a room full of jewelry, inverted ankhs, discarded black robes, and scepters, all adorned with [[Symbols & Etchings | various symbols and etchings]]. Piled into one corner of the room were unused torture devices, and in the other — a desk and a table containing a ledger and a personal holographic projector. The projector held an unfinished message recorded by the human Brosef recognized as the leader of the group at the estate…

My dear Aubrey.

The sic-six has been dealt with on Hosk Station. You must stop the Wookiee. It is stupefying that he has evaded us for so long. This … thing may become an obstacle to our Great Lord. If you wish, I will — eh?

The ledger was a physical book, not a datapad, and a quick glance indicated it contained shipping records. It would take time to learn more from the book, so the Dealers took it with them.

Going back upstairs, the Dealers looked out the window at the gathering outside. Brosef saw naked aliens who were most likely his friends being beaten by the robed figures — one was stabbed through the heart with a knife as the robed figures moved on to beating another. A squad of Stormtroopers looked on at the terrible display, but the Dealers could not see the two black-armored stormtroopers they’d seen arrive on the Transport. On the landing pad, however, a second Armed Transport had landed while they were in the basement.

The Dealers intended to split up — Ja (and Brosef?) would go down into the gathering to save who they could, while Fero and Zamda attempted to sabotage one Transport and commandeer the other….

XP & DUTY

Zamda: 10 xp, 5 duty
Brosef: 10 xp, 5 duty
Ja: 10 xp, 5 duty
Fero: 10 xp, 5 duty

LOOT
- bent-up Stormtrooper armor (Ja)
- 1 black robe (Fero)
- 2 vibroknives (Brosef)
- 2 blaster pistols (Brosef)
- holographic message
- ledger

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Episode VII: session three
Nobody Likes A Snitch

The Dealers took their shuttle to the Prin Estate on Kalarba to meet with Erica Prin, the sister of their former comrade Kieran.

The Prin Estate was preparing for a party the next night, and Erica had little time to meet with them. She granted an audience on hearing the name of Captain Rand McNally. She had no artifacts or notes of Kieran’s to share, but told the Dealers of the great influence Dr. Vale Doodo held over Kieran before the expedition left, and that a mysterious Dathomiri servant also had Kieran’s ear.

Fero left a particular impression on Erica as the Dealers left, though she naturally assumed him to be swarthy Captain McNally. The Triple Deuce left the Prin Estate, spewing the feces of several species on the landing pad as it flew away.

The Dealers visited Dr. Doodo’s office, clearly abandoned for some time. The Dealers turned up Doodo’s Notes on Kieran Prin, which indicated that Kieran had been dreaming of an asymmetric pyramid, and a mysterious figure who beckoned him to "become with me Sith’ari.” Doodo joined the Prin Expedition, though not before worrying over another who held sway over Kieran: “He calls her Meru, Anastasia, and My Priestess. He is obsessive about her, as well he might be — exterior devotion is certainly one way to ease the tensions of megalomaniacal contradictions. She is certainly a rival to my authority.” Perhaps this was the same Dathomiri woman mentioned by Erica.

Before leaving Kalarba, the Dealers stopped at an art museum and asked a Sulustan art expert to look at the artifacts they’d taken from the Ju-Ju House. They were revealed to be Sith artifacts. The bowl and headband were thousands of years old and came from the Stygian Caldera. The mask in particular was of interest to the art dealer, who said it was worth 5,000 credits or more.

On to Corellia, the Expedition’s first stop, where the Dealers checked the news reports and learned of a series of “Alien Murders” that had increased shortly after the departure of the Prin Expedition. They interviewed Inspector James Barro, a scrappy, scoundrel-type, who recognized Gand — at first thinking he was a different Gand than Gand, but finally affirming that he’d heard of this particular private eye before, and was impressed.

Barro told the Dealers about the “Alien Murders” that had occurred over a number of years. There was a spike of them in the weeks after the Prin Expedition left Corellia. He had some leads that they were related to the Blue Pyramid Club, but when he questioned the Club’s owner, the trail went cold.

Barro had also met with Woorbly a few weeks ago, who was asking similar questions.

He told the Dealers that he sympathized with the alien community on Corellia, but that ultimately the Empire was the law — and that they shouldn’t cross the law.

The Dealers headed to the Blue Pyramid Club. Fero ordered a number of drinks, finally finding one that did a number on him, yet did not kill him outright. Zamda was entertained by a twi’lek dancer with suckers on her tendrils that turned out to be blisters.

Gand was approached by a dancer named Yalesha. She gave him a dance, then said to meet her in the alley after the club closed.

She said Gand stood out to her. She knew why Gand had come. Her boyfriend — Dorpoor, a Gran — had been killed a few weeks ago. A lot of aliens had been killed lately. She knew why, but had been too afraid to talk about it to the spidery guy who had come asking about it before.

She said that once a month or so, a rusty old speeder pulled up to the Club and took a bunch of patrons away, out of the city. They were never seen again. But sometimes their bodies turned up.

She said the next occurance was due in another night or two.

Outside the club, Ja again roughed up a local. The local had also seen a rusty old speeder outside of the Blue Pyramid Club. He also gave up the name of Tewfik Sayd, a Critokian spice dealer and supposed patron of the Blue Pyramid Club — especially on nights when other patrons disappeared.

The Dealers called on Tewfik’s shop, which was already closed for the night. Gand promptly jimmied open the door, Zamda liberated 100 credits from the register, and Ja fumbled on the lightswitch leading upstairs to Tewfik’s private apartment. Tewfik audibly called Security Forces, and the Dealers fled the premises….

XP
Ja: 10
Zamda: 10
Gand: 10
Fero: 10

DUTY
Ja: 5
Zamda: 5
Gand: 0
Fero: 0

LOOT
- 100 credits

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Episode VII: session two
"Let's Not Commit Any Crimes"

An automatic transmission from Woorbly, set to deliver upon his premature death, reaches the Triple Deuce, offering the Dealers a collection of Woorbly’s notes on the missing Prin Expedition.

Before following up on Woorbly’s notes, Zamda, Fero & Ja decide to investigate Silas Nkwane, the name attached to the getaway vehicle that sped away from the site of Woorbly’s assassination. Looking him up in a Rebel Alliance database, they find Silas is the owner of the Ju-Ju House, an antiques/tea shop in a seedy quarter of Hosk Station.

The Ju-Ju House was located in an isolated courtyard, populated only by a few winos. Fero bribed one of the winos, but got no information about Dathomiri or robed figures. Fero talked to Silas in the shop, but Silas believed he was an Imperial officer. Fero told Silas he was “Rand McNally,” and asked about Kieran and Rakatan, but Silas gave no information.

Meanwhile, Ja and Zamda explored the abandoned pawn shop across the courtyard. They discovered an empty, isolated cargo container, now used as a bathroom for transients. When Fero came up empty, Ja interrogated one of the winos — promising credits under threat of violence — and the wino told him that a Dathomiri lived under Silas’s shop. Ja walked away without paying the wino. Fero found himself trapped in the abandoned storage unit, but ultimately freed himself as Ja and Zamda bullied Silas into showing them the Ju-Ju House’s basement.

Silas led the trio to a room lined with drums. In the middle of the room was a circular stone slab, over which hung a rope & pulley. Across the room was a curtain, hiding an alcove and four undead zombies, similar to those the Dealers encountered in the tomb of Marka Ragnos on Korriban. The zombies attacked the Dealers, and Ja attacked Silas.

As Fero & Zamda dispatched the zombies with headshots, and Ja knocked Silas around the room with the rope and pulley, the Dathomiri tenant of the basement came upon the Dealers. KUNGA DIR stepped into the room and immediately attacked with a red-bladed lightsaber. During the battle, Silas picked up Silas and threw him at the new combatant — who promptly cleaved Silas in two with his lightsaber. Fero noticed that his lightsaber technique was particularly undistinguished and unfocused when compared with (the original) Typhh Rx’lbg, and though Kunga was adept with the lightsaber’s natural defensive capabilities, he ultimately fell to the barrage of the three Dealers.

With their foes dead, the Dealers explored the alcove behind the curtain and found a black robe that was cool to the touch; a pair of rancor-claw gloves; and a leather-bound bundle that contained a datapad (containing a text called DATHOMIR’S DARK SECTS), a tarnished copper bowl etched with unrecognizable symbols and runes, a wooden scepter with scratched-out runes, a gray metal headband with more strange symbols, and a white mask marked with a metal band and red lined patterns.

Fero strained himself pushing the stone circle aside, revealing a dank and wet pit. They dropped Kunga Dir’s body into the pit, and it was pulled under the murky water by a briefly-glimpsed tentacle. They disposed of the rest of the bodies, replaced the stone cover, and left the basement with the lightsaber and the items from the alcove.

The Dealers left the Ju-Ju House, finding the courtyard now empty. They left the area through the back of the abandoned shop across the court, intending to first interview Erica Prin, Kieran’s sister, before following the footsteps of the Prin Expedition…

XP/DUTY
Zamda: 10 xp, 0 duty
Fero: 10 xp, 0 duty
Ja: 10 xp, 0 duty

(duty will start to tick upward soon, I promise.)

LOOT
- red-bladed lightsaber
- 600 credits
- black cloth robe, cool to the touch
- rancor claw gloves (+2 melee, 3 critical)
- a tarnished copper bowl marked with strange symbols
- headband of gray metal marked with strange symbols
- carved wooden scepter, with something once carved into the side now scratched out
- this exact white mask

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Episode VII: session one
Duties & Deuces

For months, the Dealers have been working for the Rebel Alliance out of Hosk Station, an artificial moon in orbit around the peaceful planet Kalarba. Running shipments (and people) past Imperial lines on behalf of the rebels, the Dealers’ new ship — the Lambda-class shuttle called The Deuce — has proven invaluable to the cause.

But now, the rebels are planning to move yet again to another new base — this time to a secret base on a frozen world called Hoth. With the Deuce one of the last ships to leave, the Dealers’ commanding officer (Captain Gorp Molo) delivers a message from Woorbly, the sic-six infochant who helped them in their search for Typhh Rx’lbg.

The holographic message said, “Have information concerning your old friend Kieran Prin and an expedition to recover lost Rakatan technology. Need reliable investigative team. Will meet you at Hosk Station — Iego no longer secure. Room 410 at the Barking Spider Inn.”

Fero, (the now Typhh-less) Gand, and the returned Ja head to the Barking Spider to meet with Woorbly. They rented the room next door and tried to get Woorbly’s attention — first through the wall, then at the door to his room, but there was no answer. Ja promptly kicked the door down, revealing Woorbly had been killed and disemboweled — and this symbol had been carved into his head:

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The apparent killers were still present — three cloaked figures, two Dathomir and one Human, one of whom was escaping out the window. Gand reached out to the Force to try to halt their escape, but found only the Dark Side. Gand resisted the temptation to outright murder the escaping figure, and the Dealers focused on the two still in the room. The two Dathomir were killed, while the human escaped on a waiting airspeeder. Fero looked out the window to capture the speeder’s identifying license number — HSS7 — allowing the the escaping figure to clearly see him as well.

Checking the bodies, the Dealers found blaster carbines and curved knives, as well as two clues: One, a hardcopy photograph of a corvette cruiser docked in an unknown spaceport, with the first three letters of its name visible: DAR. The ship and the spaceport were unknown to them. And two, a holographic message intended for Kieran Prin, delivered by a red-skinned alien:

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“Mr. Prin. I am informed you seek certain knowledge of our land and perhaps aid you in this. In my possession are singular curios which I most happily believe of interest. These I willingly send for your consideration, if a price can be agreed upon. Naturally they are ancient and must command a goodly sum. I will arrange matters to your satisfaction when your agent contacts my shop, on the First Moon of Krayiss. Until then I remain your humble servant, Faraz Najir.”

A quick search on the airspeeder’s license plate revealed it was recently rented to Silas Nkwane, owner of a shop called the Ju-Ju House, located on Hosk Station.

The Dealers returned to the room adjacent to the murder scene to plot their next move…

LOOT
– 1 photograph of a corvette in an unknown spaceport, with the visible markings “DAR
- 1 holomessag projector, addressed to Kieran Prin from Faraz Najir

DUTY & XP
Fero: 5 xp, 0 duty
Gand: 5 xp, 0 duty
Ja: 5 xp, 0 duty

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