Star Wars

The Swoop Strike
Embrul and Jayve fend off an assault by a local swoop gang, and Sha Feng defends The Heavenly Fire from imperial entanglements...

Embrul kneels beside the Blind Eye, finishing his inspection of the new starfighter. Jayve, aboard the newly christened Dusty Hawk, continues his self initiated tour of the ancient ship’s interior, finding it’s new namesake to be surprisingly accurate. Cobwebs and Mantellan dust obscure all inside, and Jayve goes about wiping off centuries old grime from archaic screens. Out on the pad, Embrul’s attention is caught by the keening sound of approaching engines, and he stands to see a group of Swoop bikers tear around the insulating wall of the docking bay, and jet towards the landing pad…

Meanwhile, Sha Feng, himself on Ord Manetell for repairs and resupply, walks with purpose up the familiar steps of his ship, Tian Huo (“The Heavenly Fire”). Moments ago, he’d received a suspicious transmission from his protocol droid and companion, J-9. Investigating, Sha Feng discovers the door to the cockpit has been locked from the pilot side, and J-9’s curious behavior continues on the other side. As Sha prepares to forcibly enter the cockpit, Azrai (an Ubese sell-wing whom Sha had been attempting to aid through several skirmishes, and had recently broken out of an Imperial detention center) walked up the steps and into the corridor where Sha stood, taking up a position behind him and leaning up against the wall with typical indifference. Focused on the task at hand, Sha ignored him, and ordered J-9 to open the door one final time. Much to his surprise, the doors quickly snapped open…

Back on the Landing pad, Embrul standsd to confront the swoop gang, which had now stopped just short of him and his ship, and were dismounting from their bikes. After a terse and uninformative conversation, the riders attack the lone exiled noble, and find that he is anything but easy prey. Launching into the air to evade their blaster fire, Embrul lands and in a blur of motion makes short work of a group of the invaders.
Wiping his hands of the ship’s grime, Jayve casually walks down the landing steps of the Hawk, unaware of the battle going on just outside. Startled by the sudden violence, Jayve drops his rag and deftly draws his blaster, ducking behind the landing struts in a vain effort to remain unnoticed. Two gangers jump on their swoops and rocket towards Javye, exchanging shots with him and screaming wildly. Jayve backs up the steps and slams the door controls to raise the steps as he runs all the way to the ship’s guns. He only just arrives and begins his way down the gun port ladder when he hears the roar of a swoop engine and the maniac screaming of the swoop gang lt. ramping up the docking bay steps and into the closing ship bay doors just before it slams shut beside him. The gang lt. shouts sadistic challenges as he gathers himself and begins stalking through the cargo bay to find his target…

For a split second, Sha Feng’s considerable calm wavers as he is confronted by the scene of J-9 surrounded by a trio of Imperial Agents clad in black, form fitting infiltrator’s armor, his core processor connected to a transportable data siphon carried by one of the agents. Startled by the droid’s ability to defy their commands despite the multiple restraining bolts, the Imperial agents raise their rifles and demand the Kel Dor surrender himself to the Empire. The entanglement is further complicated by the unexpected high pitch whine of a blaster rifle priming behind his back. Azrai Veru stands behind him, blaster rifle pointed straight at the Jedi’s back.
“Sorry Pal. They arrived right before you did.”

Embrul Darshan spins out of the path of a lance of blaster bolts and replies with a focused barrage of ripostes, the Force answering the summons of his will and aiding the exile’s devastating counterattacks. In one movement, he drops his immediate attackers and turns to the remaining bikers, and with a gesture overtakes weak minded Trandoshan swoop gang leader, calmly telling him “It’s time for you to go.”…

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Star Wars, Episode II: The Splintered Dark
A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away...

Planet-side and Free. (washing off all that GH-0R3)

The Heroes land on Ord Mantell, In junkyard district of the city of Worlport. Embrul D’arshan debarking from the ship that dropped him off (wherein he has employed the Ubese “co-pilot” as a temporary body guard) and walks across the dusty landing pad to meet up with Jayve Arcwell aboard The Nomad. The two decide to strip the Nomad’s interior of valuables and sell the ill-gotten freighter, and in doing so discover a small crate wrapped in a metallic sensor-barring blanket. Upon investigating they discover the crate has an encrypted lock and a recently painted Rebel insignia painted on it. They decide to stow it for now, and continue looting. (the only valuables they decide to keep are two data pads, one of which is Rando’s bounty hunting journal, and the other is a list of his contracts and possible blackmail information on his clients in case any of them try to double-cross him.)

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Ord Mantell.

The heroes gather the goods in a hover crate and the Ubese meets up with them to guide them to the Trader’s District wherein they re-supply at a pawn and dealer shop called the Aqueous Gem, wherein they meet the Nautolan tekker/shop keeper Ina Swento (whom Embrul recognizes as being mildly force sensitive) who quickly takes a liking to the pair, and after some dealing and conversation offers to ask her boss to sponsor the credit and work-hungry Jayve if he would enter the Blockade Runners Derby in order to promote the store (which has been getting a bad rep due to someone spreading slander), as most off-world entrants need a sponsor in order to enter due to Ord Mantell‘s favoring of it‘s native racers. Ina herself favors the odds on a Human named Han Solo who won the race 2 years before, but the local buzz places the win on a racer she referred to as “Oto”. (also, it is mentioned that lately the dangerous race has taken on an even more “accident-prone” slant as more high-dollars sponsors have entered.) As the heroes will need a ship to enter, she recommends them to a ship dealer (Abisho’s Emporium) that won’t try to cheat them too badly.
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A dusty Ord Mantell spaceport, with Worlport in the distance.

There, Jayve buys a possibly 3,000 year old Archaic XS Light Freighter from the shipyard/junkyard, which is owned by a crass Toydarian dealer named Abisho and dubs it the The Dusty Hawk II. Embrul buys a Mankvim-B14 Light Interceptor and dubs it The Blind Eye. Jayve turns down an offer to fly the race under Abisho’s sponsorship, citing that he’s already racing for Ina’s shop. Scoffing at this, Abisho (mildly insulted) rescinds his offer of sponsorship and continues haggling prices with the two, settling on taking the Nomad along in trade for the junker XS, telling the two that he will come to get the nomad from the docking bay in an hour to give them time to prep it for transport. Jayve hires Ina to use a light disintegrator tool to remove any identifying marks from the Nomad (a curious act, as the Nomad itself is a completely unique and custom ship.) Abisho arrives and makes a few rude remarks, hinting at Ina being a former dancer at the casinos, and possibly a slave. The ships are swapped, and the Mankvim delivered, leaving the heroes to begin repairs and upgrades on their new shining (or in Jayve’s case, rusted and derelict) transports.

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Worplort’s tourist district

Meanwhile, a lone starfighter warps into the system, disengages from its hyperdrive docking ring, and lands discreetly in the junkyard outlying the city of Worlport. The dark red hooded pilot disembarks from the ship, and activates a portable holoprojector to inform a shrouded man of his progress…

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